Category Archives: Videoconferencing

February 2014 Top Reads

Kevin Honeycutt, Will BlaylockThe Connected Classroom is the EducationPlus Learning Division blog. Here are the top five most visited posts for the past month – did you contribute to the clicks?

#1 Making IT Happen: Will Blaylock

#2 2014 METC Conference Keynotes: Kevin Honeycutt and Lodge McCammon

#3 Student Journalists Cover METC Live

#4 Sharpen Your Skills and Open Up New Worlds!

#5 Stream Video from METC 2014

Sharpen Your Skills and Open Up New Worlds!

Teachers just like you are doing amazing things through distance learning, providing their students experiences that are far beyond what’s possible in the classroom.  flickr creative commons

The EducationPlus Distance Learning Academy will equip you with the knowledge and tools to make amazing experiences  come to life for your students! St. Louis area teachers have connected their students to the rainforests of Borneo and to the underwater wonders of the Great Barrier Reef. Where will you take your students?

In the three day academy this summer, you’ll learn about e-learning, online projects and videoconferencing using tools like Polycom, Cisco, Skype, Google and LifeSize.  You’ll also learn how to effectively use other collaborative technologies such as Google Docs, blogs and wikis.  As you collaboratively work on projects over distance learning you’ll develop a Personal Learning Network that will be valuable in your teaching.

Learn more about dates, fees, and graduate credit opportunities by visit our online registration calendar.

Crucial Conversations: Dialog Among Students about the St. Louis School Transfer Program


EducationPlus announces a series of videoconference dialogs among schools on the topics of improving unaccredited schools and the St. Louis school transfer program.

These conversations are suggested for classes in Civics, Government, History, Journalism and Social Studies. High school students from different demographic areas of St. Louis, including the unaccredited districts and the receiving districts, will have an opportunity to talk with each other in a series of five videoconference dialogs. Schools must participate in all five sessions and have a way to connect over the Internet with voice and video to participate; this could be by having a  Polycom-type unit or Skype-type connection. Time will be determined by participating schools and EducationPlus. To learn more, including session descriptions and the series’ alignment with Common Core ELA Standards, follow this link.

Session 1 | Jan. 29, 2014
Session 2 | Feb. 24, 2014
Session 3 | March 31, 2014
Session 4 | April 15, 2014
Session 5 | May 7, 2014

Objectives of this program are for the students to:

  • Research the background of the school accreditation process and the current transfer program, including national and Missouri state educational policy
  • Interview the parties involved with Missouri school accreditation and the current transfer program
  • Evaluate and summarize school accreditation from all perspectives
  • Compile and document data and anecdotal evidence related to the current transfers
  • Brainstorm and develop recommendations for education policy in Missouri
  • Present results of study to appropriate parties

Sign Up Now for an Exciting Project with Your Students! Design a Set for Upcoming Opera

Opera Theatre logoFor Teachers of Math, Technology, Gifted, Theater, Drama and Music:

What happens when you combine a partnership with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis with the concepts of Common Core Math, Project-Based Learning, WebQuests, and the Performance Character principles of cooperation, interdependent learning, leadership expectations, meaningful work, presentation, and the ability to learn from experts?

Put another way….

Q: When does Common Core Math & Character become your ticket to the world of the stage? 
A: When students in grades 3-12 team up to create a Set Design Proposal that includes a “to-scale model” and their logic-based reasons why their design is the best choice for the children’s opera, The Very Last Green Thing.  Student teams will present their work for professional review at the STAGE RIGHT EXHIBITION on Saturday, October 19 at Touhill Performing Arts Center from 1-3 p.m. Their work will be on display during the run of The Very Last Green Thing from Oct. 21-26.

How does it work?  Teachers and advisors go to WebQuest Set Design at

They will find a WebQuest that includes the project description, leadership roles and resources for each member of the student teams, lesson plans and the entry form.  Explore it and determine if and how it might become part of your Fall curriculum.  Keep these key dates in mind.

Sep. 20            Deadline for Entry Form.  No student team can present without confirmed receipt of the Entry Form.

Oct. 14            Deadline for completion of the Set Design Proposal, including to scale rendering, model and 5- minute oral presentation

Oct. 19AM:      Delivery of set design models to Touhill Performing Arts Center

Oct. 19PM:      Showing and Review of the Set Designs by teams of Theater Professionals  1 – 3 PM

Call or email Diane Stirling with any questions after you’ve reviewed the WebQuest site.  Phone: 314.303.6815  Email:

Constitution Day 2013: The Ongoing Impact of Gideon v. Wainwright

HEC-TV Constitution Day
HEC-TV’s Constitution Day 2012 – click photo to play

On September 17 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. CT, HEC-TV presents Constitution Day 2013: The Ongoing Impact of Gideon v. Wainwright. Join HEC-TV from the Thomas F. Eagleton Federal Courthouse in St. Louis to interact with their panel of judges, prosecutors, and public defenders for a vibrant and insightful discussion on the constitutional, legal, political and practical implications of the landmark 1963 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Gideon v. Wainwright.

To find a more detailed program description- which participants can watch online, on TV, or participate via videoconference-  that includes objectives, related national curriculum standards, pre-program learning activities, and information on how to view the program live and participate interactively, click here.