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KTRS550 ‘Issues in Education’ Broadcasting LIVE from #METC17



For Immediate Release

Contact: Christine McDonald


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

To learn more about Issues in Education, visit

#METC17 Preconference Workshops Are Filling FAST!


Preconference workshops are offered for those who want more in-depth instruction on specific subjects. #METC17 preconference workshops are Monday, February 13- with full day or half day workshops available… and they are filling fast!

(Workshops listed in bold italic are nearing capacity -12 or fewer seats remain).

If you’re interested in registering for a preconference workshop, we strongly recommend that you do NOT delay your registration.

Register soon, so that you don’t miss out!

Below is the current list of available preconference workshops at #METC17.

Click the headings to read more information about each workshop.

Full Day Workshops

P01- Code Studio- K-5 Computer Science Fundamental Curriculum

P02- Robotics in the Classroom

P03- METC Digital Learning Leadership Summit

Half Day Workshops (AM)

P04- Automating Your Workflow with Google

P05- BreakoutEDU- Fostering Creative Problem Solvers in your Classroom through Gamification of Content 

P06- Cyber Aware School Audit: Are You Ready?

P07- Google and SAMR

P08- Google Certified Education GAFEcamp

P09- If They Can Design It, They Can 3D Print It

P10- I Wish Google Could…

P11- Podcasting 101

P12- STEAM-Y Force & Motion

P13- WeDo 2.0 Workshop: Make Science Come to Life

Half Day Workshops (PM)

P14- Basic to Advanced Google Tools: Drawings, Forms and Slides

P15- BreakoutEDU 2.0 Building Breakouts: Creating Customized Breakouts for Your Classroom and Content

P16- Building Capacity: Survive, Adapt & Thrive!

P17- Crack the Code: Teaching Kids to Code

P18- #FutureReady Librarians: Unleash the Leadership!

P19- Getting Started with Google and ISTE Standards for Primary Students

P20- High Tech & Low Tech Solutions to Closing the Feedback Loop

P21- If They Can Design It, They Can 3D Print It, part II

P22- Produce Videos with a Chromebook? Absolutely!

P23- Teaching Science and Math Through Robotics

P24- Virtual Reality in the Classroom: Create Your Own Expedition



#METC Digi-Holiday free networking event


Have Yourself a Digi-Holiday and end the Computer Science Education Week with us!

METC is proud to Connect Innovative Learners like you! This free METC Networking Night will be after the #DigCitDay on Friday, December 9 at EducationPlus, from 3-6 p.m. Come as you are, after work or school, to enjoy a late afternoon snack and explore some digital tools.

We will have some Bee-Bots and Ozobots, Spheros and LEGOs, as well as some other hands-on things to explore while you meet people and learn. Spend your #HourofCode with us! This FREE event will be in an Open House format so you can come and go, or stay as long as you like.

It’s our way of saying THANK YOU and Happy Holidays.

Please RSVP so we can prepare accordingly.

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

Upcoming Can’t Miss #METCpd

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)

Learn more and register here.

googlemania_dec2016Friday and Saturday, December 2-3 at Warren County School District = Google Mania: Two Day Mini Boot Camp– fast paced, popular and fun two days of learning and sharing about GAFE/G Suite.

Register and learn more




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.

#EdPlus #DigCit Day

Learn more and register today!


February 13-15, 2017 = 34th Annual METC Conference –  A draft session schedule has been posted and early bird rates end December 7. #METC17

Register here