Virtual field trips and virtual reality provide powerful, free, on-demand events that engage students and bring the real world into the classroom. Learn with us as we investigate strategies to connect these digital media experiences to relevant curriculum and lesson ideas.
Join us for Ignite My Future in School – a customized in-person professional development experience brought to you by leaders at the forefront of computational thinking. Our DEXP is is designed to connect you with your fellow educators and will equip you with the tools you need to start incorporating the skills associated with computational thinking into classroom learning activities.
Come play with us in our Makerspace! What is a Makerspace, you ask? Well, there are many answers to that question. In this season, we will explore several variations on the theme, discuss ways to gather materials and equipment, showcase examples and experiences some activities.
Check out these FREE professional development events from Microsoft and Discovery Education. Space is limited – register today to reserve your seat!
Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Teacher Academy
Monday, January 7 || 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
This six-hour Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Teacher Academy is designed to give educators an understanding of what physical computing is and how they can integrate it into their curriculum to deepen learning. Educators will learn why physical computing is a powerful teaching tool, how MakeCode.com and micro:bit support physical computing projects, and what resources are available to design content-based physical computing units. It is aimed at educators for whom physical computing is relatively new and who are looking to implement lessons in their classroom right away. This training will explore physical computing through hands-on activities that will introduce educators to the principles of physical computing and the resources available as well as collaborative activities that will encourage participants to work together to design a lesson for their class. Learn more and register HERE.
Ignite My Future in School with Discovery Education
Friday, December 7 || 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Join EducationPlus and Discovery Education for Ignite My Future in School – a customized in-person professional development experience brought to you by leaders at the forefront of computational thinking. Our Day of Discovery is designed to connect you with fellow educators and will equip you with the tools you need to start incorporating the skills associated with computational thinking into classroom learning activities. This event is FREE. Register HERE.
Space is limited – register today to reserve your seat!
Tuesday, October 23
8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Discovery Education, in partnership with EducationPlus, invites you to join us for an interactive day of professional development. Register for the Discovery Education Experience – Makerspaces & More session on October 23. Come play with us in our Makerspace! What is a Makerspace, you ask? Well there are many answers to that question. In this session we will explore several “variations on the theme”, discuss ways to gather materials and equipment, showcase examples and experience some activities. Learn more & register HERE.
Wednesday, October 24
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
You’re invited to find out how the latest Apple products can support learning and teaching in your school or district. At this event designed for instructional leaders and technology directors, you’ll discover what’s new at Apple, meet your Apple team, ask questions and explore the latest products and solutions Apple offer for Education. Register here!
Wednesday, October 24
12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Join us to learn about Everyone Can Create, a new program from Apple designed to help unleash the creative potential in every student. Everyone Can Create includes a collection of free project guides that teach students how to develop and communicate ideas through video, photography, music and drawing. And it give teachers fun and meaningful ways to bring these skills into any lesson, topic or assignment. RSVP here!
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.