Category Archives: EducationPlus

2018-19 METC Technology Academies

2018-19 Technology Acadmies

Registration for our six, long-term technology academies for the 2018-19 school year is now open. Each academy registration includes one-day attendance at the 2019 METC Conference, February 11-14, 2019 and has up to 3.0 graduate credit hours available (for a small, additional fee).

Beginning Friday, September 21

Technology Leadership Academy for School Leaders

The 20th annual TLA will assist in developing the knowledge and skills necessary to use technology as a tool for more effective and efficient leadership in your schools. This year-term academy is for all educational leaders (superintendents, assistant superintendents, principals, curriculum or tech coordinators). Learn more and register HERE.

Beginning Monday, October 1

MO Google for Education Academy

There is no question that Google is here to stay and that Google Apps for Education has changed how students learn. Never before have students had so many resources at their fingertips. The way educators learn and collaborate has also changed.  If your district has gone Google, and you are feeling lost, then this GAFE Academy is for you!  As a participant of this academy you will learn more than just the basics of these amazing educational tools. Our Google Certified Instructors will help you dive deeper, learn ways to use these tools within your lessons and engage all learners like never before. Learn more and register HERE.

Beginning Wednesday, October 3

STEAM-ing UP STEM Academy

STEAM is everywhere! It is hard to come up with any occupation that doesn’t involve STEAM. The focus on STEM began with the notion that students need more opportunities in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math related fields. With the increased enthusiasm for Project Based Learning (PBL) these two concepts complement each other. Both STEM & PBL promote important 21st century competencies and directly connect to the ISTE Standards of Innovative Designers and Computational Thinkers. You will have the opportunity to participate in virtual field trips and regional excursions, as well as experience hands-on STEAMy activities. We will explore ideas of combining real-world activities along with problem solving and team building to come up with a solution. Learn more and register HERE.

Beginning Thursday, October 4

Library Media Specialist Academy

The LMS Academy focuses on the changing role of the Library Media Specialist in K-12 education. Today’s LMS must play the versatile role of an instructional partner responsible for ensuring that students and staff are efficient and effective users of information. The Academy will assist LMS personnel in teaching and connecting the new standards of AASL, ISTE and NETS. Learn more and register HERE.

Beginning Tuesday, October 9

MakerEd Academy

The MakerEd movement for educators who enjoy inventing, designing and tinkering, and believe creativity and innovation are catalysts for student engagement. Maker and design thinking experiences foster a culture of asking questions, solving problems and develop an “I can do that!” confidence in young people. You will experience a challenging and collaborative environment. You will learn the basics of making and building rough prototypes by hand using simple tools such as paper, glue, and tape, as well as experience 3D printing. We will also explore Makerspace ideas, design a space and curate resources for a successful Maker environment. Learn more and register HERE.

Beginning Thursday, October 11

Technology Leadership Academy for Teachers

The TLA for teachers will assist educators in developing the knowledge and skills necessary to use technology as a tool for more effective and efficient integration in their classrooms. Various free digital portals, applications and resources will be explored including Google and Microsoft applications and research based technology integration tools such as SAMR. This long-term academy is for all media or tech specialists and classroom teachers. Learn more and register HERE.


 

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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.

METC Conference Early Bird Registration Ends Tomorrow- 12/7/16!

Be sure to take advantage of the Early Bird pricing by registering before December 7!

Registration Fee Table


Group Registration Discount: Save 10% by sending 5 or more educators. Those using the group discount must register all group members at the same time. Presenters are not eligible to be registered with the group discount code.

Use the discount code: 5PLUS

METC16: Transform your library!

Learn how two media specialists transformed libraries at their district into Learning Commons spaces starting with developing a five year plan. They will also help participants brainstorm ideas for their own libraries and how to transform them and how to promote them in new and innovative ways.

The Library Media Specialist: Lead, Motivate, Serve

Presenters: Andrea Head & Kelly Hauquitz, media specialists, Francis Howell School District, St. Charles, Missouri.

The preconference workshop will be on February 8, 2016, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at the St. Charles Convention Center.

The presenters explained more about their workshop in the video they created below!

 

Kim Lindskog is in the METC Spotlight

Kimberly Lindskog
Follow Kim on Twitter at @klindskog

We’re excited to share 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.

Kim Lindskog is a part of the Teaching, Learning and Accountability team as a Library Systems Support Specialist in the Parkway School District. She embraces her role in supporting librarians and sharing her knowledge with districts across the area by regularly presenting at conferences including ISTE, METC, M3, MASL and SLRLN. Kim’s focus is to help define what it means to be a digital age librarian, craft spaces that promote individual and community growth and create opportunities through transformative ideas that change the connection from the past to the future for library programs. Kim is able to work with both students and adults to make technology integration, reading and information literacy an authentic part of the classroom experience.