Category Archives: Collaboration

10 Reasons to Attend #DigCitDay17

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Ten Reasons to Attend #DigCitDay17


Expand your Personal Learning Network and engage with other educators, parents and community leaders who are interested in Character & Technology.

The ORIGINAL Digital Citizen, author, international speaker, and The Godfather of the Digital Citizenship Institute, Dr. Mike Ribble will lead us through Digital Citizenship in Action.

The self-proclaimed Book Whisperer, Thinker & Social Media Leader, 10 year old Olivia Van Ledtje will model how #KIDSCANTEACHUS

Award winning local multimedia educator, Don Goble will share how to Develop Citizen Journalists and showcase the Global Student News Network.

Learn how to Hack Digital Citizenship from Future Ready Librarian, Media Literacy and Social Justice advocate, and award-winning author Dr. Kristen Mattson

Increase your Digital Wellness by learning exercises and techniques for staying healthy and safe in today’s technology-rich world.

Author, professor, and international speaker and media literacy guru, Julie Smith will share how to spot FAKE NEWS and become critical thinkers.

Learn how area middle school students have been empowered with Student Voice & Choice to create a DigCit Action Plan for improving digital etiquette and cyberbullying.

Hear how last year’s EdPlus DigCit Day made an international impact by helping connect and catapult the Digital Citizenship Summit in Nigeria.

Area school district Communications Specialists will be sharing their best practices and advice in Public Relations for today’s digital citizens.


Make A Change ~ Make A Difference #DigCitDay17

Register Here!

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Can’t Miss #METC Summer PD!

Join us this Summer for Maker Spaces, Google, Coding, SAMR & more! Check out the can’t miss Summer PD workshops you’ll want to register for today.

See our full calendar here.

 

Break Out of Your Classroom & BYOB

Wednesday, June 7 – Thursday, June 8

Two days of professional learning like you’ve never seen before! Fun, collaborative learning with participant-driven sessions and Breakout Expert Learners onsite to help you design and problem solve. Learn more and register here.

DBDM Has Gone Google

Thursday, June 15

This workshop wil infuse Google into your PLC and the Data-Based Decision Making Process. Learn how other in the region are using DBDM to meet the needs of all their students, experience the 6-step DBDM process. Work smarter with this user-friendly tool and SEE your impact. Learn more and register here.

Google Mania: Mini Boot Camp

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Monday, June 19 – Tuesday, June 20

Join area Google Certified Teachers in this two-day workshop. Speed Geek style presentations on day one will show you 8-12 features and strategies you can use in your classroom. Diver deeper on day two to find the hidden treasures that will knock your socks off! Learn more and register here.

LEGO Mindstorms Education EV3 – Grades 5 and Up

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Wednesday, June 21

This hands-on workshop is for educators just getting started with LEGO Mindstorms Education EV3. Learn how to build your robot, how to use programming blocks and see the connects to Common Core. Learn more and register here.

LEGO Education and Maker Spaces (Grades 1-8)

Thursday, June 22

Looking to set up a Maker Space but you don’t know where to start? This one day workshop will show you how to utilize LEGO Education bricks, curriculum and activities to set up a Maker Space that promotes hands-on, minds-on learning. You’ll learn how to incorporate robotics into Maker Space projects at both the elementary and middle school levels. Learn more and register here.

METC Summer Institute: Building STEAM & Making Spaces 

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Monday, July 10 – Tuesday, July 11

Making, coding, designing and more! This two day event is for the creative and innovative educator, as well as those content teachers of Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) and the Arts.  Talented STEAM “makers” will come together to share at our two day Summer Institute. Krissy Venosdale and Steve Dembo will help us kick off the event & several midwest STEM & Maker educators will share what they have learned, and how they make innovative projects and complete engaging activities in their flexible spaces. Learn more and register here.

SAMR Institute and Camp

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Wednesday, July 19 – Thursday, July 20 (optional Saturday, September 20)

The SAMR (Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition) model, developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura, allows teachers to reflect on how technology is being integrated in the classroom. This framework provides another way for educators to visualize and discuss HOW technology can be integrated and HOW it can transform instruction and learning. Learn more and register here.

Creating Coders Camp

Wednesday, July 26 – Thursday, July 27 and date TBD.

There are over seven thousand spoken languages in the world. Did you know that coding is thought of as THE new world language? This language is one that will be vital to your students’ future.  However, how do you introduce coding to your students when you have so much content to cover? Believe it or not, coding can be infused into your current lessons to meet both needs all the while engaging your students like never before! Learn more and register here.

Still Time for Edtech Summer School

Hard to believe we’re approaching mid-July already! We have a few more edtech workshops lined up throughout the month – and there is still time to register! Learn from members of the St. Louis (and beyond!) edtech community in engaging, hands-on sessions at EducationPlus. See the registration calendar here, and keep reading to see what’s being offered before the school year starts!

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July 21: Social Media in Schools: Tackling Social Media Responsibility

July 22: Teaching & Learning Through Tweets: Twitter for Teachers

July 23: Creating SMART Board Lessons to Engage & Motivate Students

July 24: iPads in the Classroom

July 31: Taking Discovery Education Streaming to the Next Level

Bring on the STEAM in July!

photo by Stephanie Madlinger
photo by Stephanie Madlinger

We have several edtech offerings this summer, but for one week in July, it’s going to get a bit STEAMy, with design thinking, coding and project based learning scheduled! Registration is still open, so you can sign up today!

July 13-14: STEAM-ing It Up: Design Thinking in the Classroom; learn from Debbie Fucoloro and Christine Ruder. Beginning with essential questions, they will explore many strategies and practices available to maker educators– makerspace and PBL processes that include: LEGOs, littleBits, squishy electronics, Sphero, wearable computing, Arduino, recycling and robotics, coding and more… all of which allow educators and students to share, engage, explore and collaborate on their learning journey together.

July 15: Adventures in STEM: Learn to Code; Debbie Fucoloro continues to share her best practices in drag and drop programming in a hands-on, game-like constructivist atmosphere.

July 16: Project Based Learning & 21st Century Skills in the Elementary Classroom with LEGO Educationjoin Steffanie Forbes and Laura Jackson has they guide you through hands-on activities that cover modeling in science, math, engineering, language arts, reading, social studies and literacy– using LEGOs. 

July 17: Project Based Learning & 21st Century Skills with LEGO EducationSteffanie Forbes and Laura Jackson focus on the secondary classroom in their second day at EdPlus. Explore real world math, science, renewable energy and engineering, plus simple & motorized mechanisms and physics, again, in hands-on activities.

May 2015 Top Reads

googlemaniaThe Connected Classroom is the EducationPlus LearningLab blog. Here are the top five most visited posts for the past month– did you contribute to the clicks?

(1)  Google Mania Takes Over in July  read it here
(2)  To Thine Own Self Be True: Character Education with Shakespeare  read it here
(3)  St. Louis Summer 2015 Reading Clubs  read it here
(4)  Project Based Learning & 21st Century Skills with LEGO  read it here
(5)  Using Sensory Integration Strategies to Help Students Focus  read it here