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#METC18 Preconference Workshops

Preconference workshops on Monday, February 12 are three-hour, in-depth, hands-on and not to be missed! Here are a few of the 27 workshops that are available:

P05 – Connecting the Dots: Growing a Movement

Join Keynote Speaker Sarah Thomas and learn was to grow collaborative movements using the power of social media! Bring an idea you’d like to share or we’ll help you think of one and grow your PLN.

P11 – Enlighten, Engage & Collaborate with STEAM Partners

Learn to encourage industry-based partnerships and master learning that embraces tech tools, so students are able to achieve graduation and are prepared for future ready endeavors.

P17 – Best Practices with Google Classroom

Learn best practices in Google Classroom and Apps for student success. Simplify classwork and manage student work in one location. All teacher who use the Google Suite are welcome!

P20 – Digital Citizenship: Moving Beyond Personal Responsibility

Join Featured Speaker Dr. Kristen Mattson and learn how to take your lessons to the next level and empower students as members of digital communities.

Find all 27 Preconference Workshops Here!

If you have registered for the 35th annual METC Conference and are interested in adding a precon to your registration, please email registrar LaDonna Henderson or call 314.692.1626.

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Join us for the 35th Annual METC Conference!

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Registration for our

35th Annual METC Conference is now OPEN!
EducationPlus is excited to have our premier EdTech program offer it’s annual event for the 35
th year in a row. The METC Conference presenters are being notified this month and our team is working hard to bring you the latest in educational technology trends, learning strategies, speakers, and research.

We hope to see you February 12-14, 2018  
Back to the Future, Ready?

Register HERE!




10 Reasons to Attend #DigCitDay17


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!

KTRS550 ‘Issues in Education’ Broadcasting LIVE from #METC17



For Immediate Release

Contact: Christine McDonald


Issues in Education to Broadcast Live at 2017 METC Conference

Issues in Education is partnering with the Midwest Educational Technology Community (METC), a resource of EdcuationPlus, to broadcast from the 34th annual METC Conference. The live broadcast will be Tuesday, February 14 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Issues in Education is an influential, national forum that provides a meaningful voice for leaders in education, healthcare and business to share their vision and expertise on the issues that impact 21st century learning across all markets.

The February broadcast of Issues in Education will be held at the 2017 METC Conference, the largest educational technology conference for educators in Missouri, and will focus on creativity and innovation in education.

Discussion topics and scheduled participants include:

 Welcome & Introductions

  • Dennis M. Young, President & CEO, Ittner

 METC Conference Overview & Purpose

  • Bill Bass, Innovation Coordinator, Parkway School District, ISTE Board Member
  • Stephanie Madlinger, Director of Educational Innovation & METC, EducationPlus
  • Christie Terry, Executive Director, eMINTS

New Realities & Emerging Technologies

  • Manuel Herrera, Coordinator of 1:1 Programing, Affton School District
  • Chris Kilbride, Superintendent, Ritenour School District
  • Eric Knost, Superintendent, Rockwood School District
  • Student from Pattonville School District

Transforming Schools

  • Bob Dillon, Director of Innovation, University City School District
  • Jim Elkins, Cisco Networking Academy Instructor, North Technical High School, SSD
  • Keri Skeeters, Director of Curriculum & Instruction, Wentzville School District
  • Student from North Technical High School, SSD

Digital Citizenship

  • Donna Jahnke, Superintendent, Ladue School District
  • Orlando Sharpe, STEM Program Director, YMCA Community Development & STEMpact Facilitator
  • Julie Smith, Adjunct Professor, Southern Illinois at Edwardsville & Webster University
  • Student from the Ritenour School District

Closing Thoughts & Discussion

  • Matthew Goodman, Executive Director, EducationPlus
  • Jennifer Tiller, Chief Academic Officer, EducationPlus

Optimizing Human Performance & Experience

  • Dennis M. Young, President & CEO, Ittner

Issues in Education is founded by ITTNER Architects who believes in optimizing human performance and experience through informed design. These conversations are aired live on The Big 550 KTRS Radio, streamed nationally, and then videotaped to serve as a valuable resource with access online.

The 2017 METC Conference will be held at the St. Charles Convention Center from February 13 – 15, 2017. Presenters and attendees from more than twenty-two states will interact with experts in the field, learn from neighboring schools and share best practices. To learn more about the METC, visit

To learn more about Issues in Education, visit

#METC Digi-Holiday free networking event


Have Yourself a Digi-Holiday and end the Computer Science Education Week with us!

METC is proud to Connect Innovative Learners like you! This free METC Networking Night will be after the #DigCitDay on Friday, December 9 at EducationPlus, from 3-6 p.m. Come as you are, after work or school, to enjoy a late afternoon snack and explore some digital tools.

We will have some Bee-Bots and Ozobots, Spheros and LEGOs, as well as some other hands-on things to explore while you meet people and learn. Spend your #HourofCode with us! This FREE event will be in an Open House format so you can come and go, or stay as long as you like.

It’s our way of saying THANK YOU and Happy Holidays.

Please RSVP so we can prepare accordingly.