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KTRS550 ‘Issues in Education’ Broadcasting LIVE from #METC17

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For Immediate Release

Contact: Christine McDonald

cmcdonald@edplus.org

314.692.1233

www.edplus.org

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 METCedplus.org.

To learn more about Issues in Education, visit www.IssuesInEducation.net.

See You This Summer

Several instructors from this summer’s line up of edtech programming met today to share and collaborate. We’re really excited to have such a dynamic, diverse group of educators available to share their best practices within their professional learning network. Sessions include working in Google, coding in the classroom, downloading the right apps for your students and digital literacy. To learn more about what is being offered, or to register, visit edplus.org/summer_of_innova.html.

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METC 2015 Virtual Conference Available Online Now

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Virtual Conference sessions include those from Library Media Specialists Gwyneth Jones (keynote), Angela Van Batavia (spotlight educator) and Jennifer LaGarde (featured speaker).

The METC 2015 Virtual Conference consisted of live programming on  February 10 and 11 during the edtech conference. Those same sessions are now archived for streaming at your convenience. The presentations chosen include those from keynote and featured speakers as well as Midwest Spotlight Educators.

Streaming services were provided by Conference Technologies, Inc.
The METC Conference Moodle is provided by SqoolTechs, LLC.

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Here’s the Debut of the 2014 Show-Me a Movie Winners!

Thank you all who had students submit 130 movies to the 2014 Show-Me a Movie Contest! Choosing the winners in each category was a difficult task for the panel of judges, who spent a full day reviewing the movies, entry forms and student reflections. The winning movies will be shown at the Midwest Education Technology Community Conference on February 10th. Congratulations to the following movies, our winning science, technology, engineering, math and art-themed submissions:

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Still from Makey-Makey by Warren Elementary students

Elementary

Show-Me a Story  Francis Howell’s Sawmill
John Weldon Elementary, Francis Howell School District
Sponsor Marcia Riley

Show-Me Something New  Makey-Makey
Warren Elementary, Francis Howell School District
Sponsor Missy Kelly

Show-Me Your Creativity  Using Recycled Materials to Make a Checker Board
Buder Elementary School, Ritenour School District
Sponsors Janel Hubbard, Christine Phillips

Middle School

Show-Me a Challenge  Girls in STEM
Orchard Farm Middle School, Orchard Farm School District
Sponsor Heather Hinze

Show-Me Your Community   Using Art in the Real World
LaSalle Springs Middle School, Rockwood School District
Sponsor Rebecca Schweizer

Show-Me Your Creativity   Fluorescent vs Incandescent Light Bulbs
LaSalle Springs Middle School, Rockwood School District
Sponsor Rebecca Schweizer

High School

Show-Me a Challenge  Distractive Driving Campaign
Liberty High School, Wentzville School District
Sponsor Molly Kleiber

Show-Me Your Creativity  Les Fleurs de la Vie
Francis Howell Central High School, Francis Howell School District
Sponsor Michelle McCune

Thanks to our judges who took the time to review the movies. Also, thank you to our sponsors: EducationPlus, Fontbonne University, Kikkerland Design Inc., Lindenwood University and St. Louis County Library.

Digital Storytelling Guide for Educators

guide for educatorsThe Midwest Education Technology Community Conference advisory committee is excited to bring back book reviews of materials that we will offer at the conference this February. Digital Storytelling Guide for Educators by Midge Frazel is one of the selections. The audience for this book is K-12 educators, curriculum specialists and administrators.

Reviewed by Hollie Hanneke, Library Media Specialist, Parkway School District   Storytelling has been around since the beginning of time. Midge Frazel’s Digital Storytelling Guide for Educators brings storytelling to the 21st century by incorporating multimedia and computer based features into the writing or story process. Frazel examines digital storytelling by demonstrating how audio, photography, music and sound effects can create a modern story to share with others.

Frazel’s book is designed as a resource and guide for educators. She begins by giving an overview of digital storytelling and includes step by step instructions on how to plan, prepare, evaluate, and execute a digital story. The chapters are packed full of web based and computer program resources to use with the creation of a digital story. Frazel’s resources are explicitly well written, allowing even a novice teacher to instruct students on digital storytelling. My favorite chapter is near the end as Frazel explains how digital storytelling can bridge the gap between the classroom and the community, thus creating excitement within our students and the work they are producing in school.

Digital storytelling is our future. Digitial Storytelling Guide for Educators brings excitement, practicality and essence to this genre.