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Do your students need you to help them in small groups or individually?

Do you wish you could clone yourself when teaching?

The Flipped Classroom is one in which teacher presentations are videotaped, and students have a chance to watch on their own time. Then during class, the students practice what they have learned under the guidance of the teacher. This workshop will explore various online resources for flipping your class and will explore how to use digital tools to create your own flipped class. Read more & register here!

 

Don’t miss our other #METCpd this summer!

Register before May 9 with promo code METC50 and save 50%! Throughout the month of May, use promo code METCpd and save 25%!

Google Mania:  Mini Boot Camp 6/6 – 6/7

Using Mobile Devices in the Classroom

Adventures in STEM: Learn To Code 

Digital Citizenship: It’s Common Sense

Google Extensions, Add-Ons & More

Google Mania: Mini Boot Camp 7/6 – 7/7

METC Maker Summer Institute: Empowering Creative Minds

Cool Tools and Free Resources for Teachers


 


 

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The Missouri University of Science and Technology (S & T) Mars Rover Design Team will be at the CharacterPlus National Conference on July 27!

The Missouri S & T Mars Rover Design Team (MRDT) was established in 2012 to complete in the University Rover Challenge (URC) hosted by The Mars Society. With over 200 members, over the course of a year, the team works to design and build the next generation of Mars rovers that will one day work alongside human explorers in the field.

Make sure to visit them to check out their latest Mars rover and to learn how and why their group was former.

Conference Strand: College & Career Readiness

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CharacterPlus National Conference

July 27-28, 2016

Early Bird Registration Deadline: April 29

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The U.S. Department of Education announced the launch of 13 statewide #GoOpen initiatives committed to supporting school districts and educators as they transition to the use of high-quality, openly-licensed educational resources in their schools. This inaugural cohort of #GoOpen states joins leaders from an expanding number of #GoOpen districts and innovative platform providers in setting a vision and creating the environment where educators and students can access the tools, content and expertise necessary to thrive in a connected wold.

“Openly licensed educational resources can increase equity by providing all students, regardless of zip code, access to high quality learning materials that have the most up-to-date and relevant content,” said Acting U.S. Education Secretary John King. “The leadership, mentorship, and collaboration of these #GoOpen states and districts are critical, not just to grow and sustain this movement, but to transform our schools.”

States and districts were recognized for their leadership by the U.S. Department of Education at the #GoOpen Exchange, a gathering of state and district leaders and innovators from education technology companies and nonprofit organizations working together to help educators transition to using openly-licensed educational resources. At the event, several education technology companies unveiled new platform features that enable the integration of openly-licensed educational resources into their platforms and sharing between platforms via the Department of Education Learning Registry so teachers and schools will have access to these materials no matter where they start their search.

“States are powerful collaborators in supporting and scaling innovation. They can connect forward-thinking educators, share effective ideas widely, and amplify successes,” said Joseph South, director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education. “With the launch of statewide #GoOpen initiatives, states are helping districts transition to a new model of learning by facilitating the creation of an open ecosystem of digital resources that can increase equity and empower teachers.”

Openly-licensed educational resources have enormous potential to increase equitable access to high-quality education opportunities in the United States.

“Switching to openly-licensed educational materials has enabled school districts to repurpose funding typically spent on static textbooks for other pressing needs, such as investing in the transition to digital learning,” said Andrew Marcinek, Open Education Advisor at the Department.

The #GoOpen Exchange was made possible by the generous support of Amazon Education.

For more details on #GoOpen commitments made by states, school districts, and technology companies, visit http://tech.ed.gov/open.

 

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St. Louis County Library will celebrate Teen Tech Month in March. SLCL will join thousands of other libraries and schools across the country who are celebrating this year’s theme, Libraries are for Making.

Beginning in March, SLCL will offer a line-up of tech-themed programs for teens including screencasting tutorials, game design workshops, Minecraft, a robotics demonstration, DIY craft projects, gaming nights and more. A full list of Teen Tech Month programs can be found here, or call 314.994.3300 for more information.

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Educators Don Goble (Ladue) and Bill Bass (Parkway) has been honored with the coveted Making IT Happen award for their contributions to the successful integration of technology in education. The Making IT Happen award is provided by the International Society for Technology in Education, of which METC is an affiliate.

The Making IT Happen award honors outstanding educators and leaders who demonstrate extraordinary commitment, leadership, courage and persistence in improving digital learning opportunities for students. Since its inception in 1995 more than 500 educators from around the world have received the award.

“Making IT Happen honorees make unique contributions to advancing the use of digital technology to inspire learning and teaching,” said ISTE CEO Brian Lewis. “Their significant accomplishments all further ISTE’s vision of a world in which all learners thrive, achieve and contribute.”

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Don Goble

Don Goble is an award-winning Broadcast Technology, Film and Multimedia Instructor at Ladue Horton Watkins High School. He has spent countless hours teaching students and peers how to effectively utilize multi-media and appreciate media literacy. Don speaks nationally, offering educators innovative ways to incorporate video into the classroom. Mr. Goble advocates for technology and digital media in the classroom by blogging for national education publications, offering professional development to staff and schools all over the country, and by serving as a media creator himself. Mr. Goble was a part of the 2011 Apple Distinguished Educator class and named the Journalism Education Association 2015 Broadcast Adviser of the Year. Besides keynote presentations, workshops, breakout sessions, Ignite talks, TED Talks, and a multitude of professional development, Don supports the METC ISTE Affiliate through coordinating the METC Student eNews Bureau and news / media coverage of the Gateway2Change, a Student Summit on Race.

 

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Bill Bass

In the Parkway School District, Bill Bass leads professional development opportunities for teachers including a number of technology academies and classes. He has taken those classes and created systemic opportunities for teachers to learn on their own time through virtual classes. He helped to create the EdTech master’s program at Missouri Baptist University where he serves as an adjunct professor. Bill is a regular speaker at local and national conferences, serves on the METC Advisory Committee, and helps to organize the Missouri Summit featuring Google for Education. In all his work, Bill seeks to empower teachers so that they are comfortable and confident in their ability to use the tools in the classroom. Bill’s influence goes far beyond Missouri as he is the President of the ISTE Innovative Learning PLN, has written two books and numerous chapters and articles highlighting and advocating for the use of technology for students.

 

Successful integration of educational technology requires a common passion, initiative and pledge that can best be summarized by the Making IT Happen Formula of Success:

  1. Educators and leaders who apply available technology now
  2. Move forward and don’t look back
  3. See students as real people
  4. Teach through relationships by inspiring, encouraging, and nurturing
  5. Recognize that further change is necessary, but understand that it is a process
  6. Realize that teacher empowerment is the key element to technology integration
  7. Expect success
  8. Motivate through awareness and access to information

Both educators join a prestigious group of Making IT Happen honorees, including classroom teachers, school principals, superintendents, corporate executives, legislators, governors, and more.  

About Making IT Happen

Founded in 1995, the Making IT Happen program highlights the dramatic role educators have on the learning process by using technology and rewards those individuals for their commitment and innovation. To date, more than 500 individuals have been awarded this recognition through ISTE and its affiliates. The impact of this program has been felt at hundreds of conferences around the world. The focus of the Making IT Happen program is on current practitioners, highlighting their significant contribution and encouraging them to continue their work.

About ISTE

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) is the premier nonprofit organization serving educators and education leaders committed to empowering connected learners in a connected world. ISTE serves more than 100,000 education stakeholders throughout the world.

Innovative offerings include the ISTE Conference & Expo – the world’s most comprehensive ed tech event – as well as the widely adopted ISTE Standards for learning, teaching and leading in the digital age. The organization’s robust suite of professional learning resources features online courses, consulting services for schools and districts, books, and peer-reviewed journals and publications. For more information, visit iste.org. Connect with ISTE via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. 

For more information, media only:
Jodie Pozo-Olano, Chief Communications Officer, 804-986-6911, jpozoolano@iste.org

Lisa Wolfe, L. Wolfe Communications, 773-278-2800, lwolfe@lwolfe.com

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The results of the 2015 Board of Directors election are in, and ISTE is pleased to welcome new board member, Bill Bass, as well as two returning members, Dr. Mila Thomas Fuller and Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach. They will start their three-year terms Jan. 1.

Bill is the innovation coordinator for instructional technology and library media at Parkway School District in Chesterfield, Missouri. He’s also an adjunct professor of education at Missouri Baptist University.

Mila Thomas Fuller, Ed.D, Dr. Mila Fuller, deputy executive director of the National Council of Teachers of English, will be representing ISTE at METC 2016. She will also be presenting two sessions: Supporting Student Writers through the Use of Digital Organizers and Evaluating Digital Tools for Use in the Classroom.

Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach is CEO of Powerful Learning Practice in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She has worked as a classroom teacher, technology coach, charter school principal, district administrator, university instructor and digital learning consultant.

Dr. Matt Harris will become the new chair and Dr. Kecia Ray will become past chair effective Jan. 1.

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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!

 

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