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.
Tags: 21st century skills, blog, Discovery Education, METC, STEM