Our METC has some great professional development we are offering in the next week or two, with deadlines fast approaching. Don’t delay, register today!
Wednesday, November 30 at Ladue School District = DE Day of Learning – free professional development offered by Discovery Education – The 4 C’s and DE (critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication through STEAM)
Friday, Dec 9 at St. Louis Community College NEW location– EducationPlus Craig Road = Educating Digital Citizens Today – $65 early bird extended to Friday, November 25 – national and regional experts share about digital citizenship, media literacy, cyberbullying and more. Authors, teachers, parents, students and professors will share their knowledge and experiences.
We’re excited to start sharing our Midwest Spotlight Educator bios on The Connected Classroom! These K-12 educators demonstrate motivation, engagement, transformation and connection while using technology to improve teaching and learning. They will share their best practices at the Midwest Education Technology Community Conference in February. This year, we have educators from across the state of Missouri presenting. The METC 2016 Midwest Spotlight Educators were selected by the METC Conference committee.
Patricia J. Brown has over 15 years experience in K-12 and higher education and is a technology Integration coach for Ladue School District in St. Louis, Missouri. As an technology integration specialist, she breaks down traditional classroom walls by creating a culture that fosters collaboration, creativity, communication and authentic learning. She is an award winning educator, blogger, and presenter, and was recently selected as a 2015 PBS Lead Learning Media Digital Innovator. Patricia is a Google Certified Trainer, Common Sense & Graphite Certified, Discovery Education DEN Star, Edmodo Ambassador and a columnist for Edsurge. In 2006, she was honored as Teacher of The Year. She is passionate about being a connected educator, and empowering teachers and students. She believes preparing teachers will ultimately prepare students to compete in our global society through digital age teaching and learning.
Did you know students and teachers can access and create lessons in Discovery Education Streaming? Are you aware of the thousands of resources aligned to the learning standards?
Build STEAM in your school!
Come learn on Wednesday, June 3rd the STEAM features available to you and your students from DE Streaming. Review the Teacher Tools, Atlas, STEM resources and Learning Management System too! Explore the Builder Tools; Board Builder, an Online Poster, Quiz & Writing Prompt Builder, along with the Assignment Builder. Learn how you can integrate these online, curriculum resources and share them with students and staff today! College credit available upon request. Registration is open.
Presenter Tina Lauer is the instructional technologist and assessment coordinator in the St. Charles R-VI School District. She is also an adjunct professor at Lindenwood University in the School of Education. Tina is a Discovery STAR educator, Google Certified Teacher and Google Education Trainer. She has presented at several local conferences including the METC Conference and the MO Summit featuring Google for Education. Learn from her expertise this summer!
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.
The Midwest Education Technology Community Conference is still taking registration for 2015. Remember that there is no enrollment necessary for general conference sessions beyond general conference registration, however, for the Monday preconference workshops, preregistration is required. Here is a small sampling of what METC is offering in less than two months:
Augmented Reality: Create New Dimensions for Learning presented by Caroline Haebig, 2015 Midwest Spotlight Educator, Adlai E Stevenson High School, Illinois; Sue Gorman, University of Wisconsin
Want to do more with student creations and bring class content to life? Augmented Reality (AR) is your solution. AR provides educators with the opportunity to create a whole new level of semi-virtual and semi-real learning environments. This workshop will engage participants in the technical use of AR apps like Aurasma, Layar, Chromville and provide support for designing learning experiences. AR affords opportunities to curate digital products, create dynamic supports for learners and bring a new dimension to existing teaching strategies. BYOD: Mobile device (Apple or Android), either tablet or smartphone.
Building your Best Board: Integrate Discovery Education Resources into Your Classroom presented by Melissa Robison, Kratz Elementary, Missouri; Shelby Bailey, Rebecca Boone Elementary, Missouri, DEN Star Educators
Learn how to integrate multimedia into your classroom with Discovery Education (DE) streaming including Board Builder, a unique tool that allows your students to digitize book reports, science projects and more. The DEN Star presenters will spend the morning on how to best utilize the resources of DE streaming in your classroom. During the afternoon attendees will learn how students can curate, create and synthesize content using Board Builder. The group will then go head to head on who has created the most DENmazing Board! Connect Students with Kidblog presented by William Chamberlain, 2013 Midwest Spotlight Educator, McDonald County Schools, Missouri; Andrea Blanco, Francis Howell School District, Missouri
The transformational power of student work being shared globally changes students’ views of themselves and the world. We will explore why blogging is transformational and will walk you through setting up your own free class blog using kidblog.org. Special attention will be paid to privacy and safety online.