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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#METC18 Preconference Workshops

Preconference workshops on Monday, February 12 are three-hour, in-depth, hands-on and not to be missed! Here are a few of the 27 workshops that are available:

P05 – Connecting the Dots: Growing a Movement

Join Keynote Speaker Sarah Thomas and learn was to grow collaborative movements using the power of social media! Bring an idea you’d like to share or we’ll help you think of one and grow your PLN.

P11 – Enlighten, Engage & Collaborate with STEAM Partners

Learn to encourage industry-based partnerships and master learning that embraces tech tools, so students are able to achieve graduation and are prepared for future ready endeavors.

P17 – Best Practices with Google Classroom

Learn best practices in Google Classroom and Apps for student success. Simplify classwork and manage student work in one location. All teacher who use the Google Suite are welcome!

P20 – Digital Citizenship: Moving Beyond Personal Responsibility

Join Featured Speaker Dr. Kristen Mattson and learn how to take your lessons to the next level and empower students as members of digital communities.

Find all 27 Preconference Workshops Here!

If you have registered for the 35th annual METC Conference and are interested in adding a precon to your registration, please email registrar LaDonna Henderson or call 314.692.1626.

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Top 5 Reasons Why Your Schools Should Participate in Speak Up

1. Gain a better understanding of what your school’s technology needs are and make more informed funding decisions.
2. Learn about the aspirations for your teachers for using technology more effectively – and what is holding them back.
3. Find ways to improve school-to-home communications using new technology tools.
4. Ensure that your students and parents have a voice in national, state and local decisions about education.
5. It’s free!

The Speak Up Research Project for Digital Learning is both a national research project and a free service to schools and districts everywhere. Since fall 2003, Speak Up has helped education leaders include the voices of their stakeholders in annual and long-term planning. More than 5 million students, educators, parents and community members have shared their input on education, technology, schools of the future, science and math instruction, professional development, career exploration and more.

Registered schools/districts receive all of their data – for free – in February, plus national data for comparison.

Speak Up 2017 will be open for input through January 19, 2018.
Participate at any time during that window.

Surveys take 15-20 minutes to complete. All information is 100% confidential. No identifying information is collected. All local data is ONLY shared with the registered primary contact. Speak Up is facilitated by Project Tomorrow, a national education nonprofit organization.

Register today: tomorrow.org/speakup.

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Win Free #METC18 Registration With Speak Up America

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This week, we are offering the opportunity to win one complementary two-day registration to #METC18 for taking the Speak Up America survey before Friday, December 8.

Each survey submitted increases your school/district’s chances to win!

Find more information, and the survey, on the Project Tomorrow website.

Don’t forget – Early Bird registration closes TOMORROW.

REGISTER HERE

#METC18 Early Bird Registration Ends December 6!

The Midwest Education Technology Community is going Back to the Future, Ready? This is the 35th year for the conference and we couldn’t be more excited! Our METC Conference presenters are being notified and our committees have worked hard to bring you the latest in educational technology trends, learning strategies, speakers, and research.

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Since 2012, the Midwest Education Technology Community has honored educators from our region who are walking-the-walk and talking-the-talk of leadership and technology. These practicing educators will be presenting twice during the METC18 Conference. Be sure to Connect and Learn with these Innovative Educators!

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EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION ENDS ONE WEEK FROM WEDNESDAY!

REGISTER HERE!