Caroline Haebig is the Instructional Technology Coordinator at Adlai E. Stevenson High School, in Lincolnshire, IL. She collaborates with teachers and administrators to improve how students engage in the learning process. She creates professional learning supports for educators and collaborates with teachers to redefine learning experiences using technology. Caroline has been influential in leading teacher prep for the district’s 1:1 iPad program and student engagement initiatives.
Caroline is a 2015 Midwest Spotlight Educator. This recognition, in its third year, honors leaders from the region in education technology, whose practices are making a difference for students and teachers.
You can hear her best practices at the Midwest Education Technology Community Conference this February. Learn more about the annual conference at METCconference.org.
Caroline is a member of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Young Educator Network and the Apple Distinguished Educator Community. She also was named as the ISTE Outstanding Young Educator 2012, a Jacobs Educator for the Indiana University School of Education 2012-2013, an ISTE Emerging Leader (2011), a Google Certified Teacher (2013) and a Google Education Trainer (2014), among her accomplishments. Connect with Caroline on Twitter @Haebig.
Do you have a mobile device and want to learn how to find education-friendly apps? Come learn from Greg Lawrence how to find apps for any content area and get a chance to learn how to use them. In this hands-on session, you will explore a multitude of education friendly, content-based resources for your mobile device for multiple grade levels and subject areas. Other websites and online resources will also be shown, like app-finder apps, utility apps and apps your students can use in 1:1 environments.
Register online, today, for the EducationPlus workshop on July 10! This is a BYOD session: you must bring your own mobile device, either an Android or Apple product. See you next week!
Several of the Midwest Education Technology Conference Advisory Committee members have volunteered to read the books being offered at the METC book store and are providing brief reviews on the content. Here are the latest:
Reinventing Project-Based Learning – Your Field Guide to Real-World Projects in the Digital Age
By Suzie Boss and Jane Krauss, Reviewed by Will Blaylock
Reinventing Project-Based Learning is an outstanding resource to use when working with teachers on how to best implement Project Based Learning. This is the first resource I have found that takes the teacher from beginning to end on how to plan, implement and assess project based learning. The authors use vignettes throughout the book demonstrating real-world examples. This should be very beneficial when working with teachers who are not eager to adopt this instructional model. Most chapters include a realistic example, discussion on the topic and how-to’s when it comes to leveraging technology. Technology use is woven throughout the book to amplify the positive effect it can have on the learning process. An interesting and timely topic of discussion within the book is the development of a Professional Learning Community to facilitate the implementation of Project Based Learning. I highly recommend this book to increase personal learning as it relates to Project Based Learning!
1-to-1 Online Learning: Laptop Programs that Work
By Pamela Livingston , Reviewed by Cindy Marston
This book is an in-depth and practical guide for administrators, teachers, and parents. As a second edition, it contains chapters on programs using tablet PCs and effective use of Web2.0 resources. The book is well-organized into three parts, allowing readers to easily locate the information they seek and skim what may be marginally relevant. Part 1 describes the possibilities of a 1-to-1 program, with specifics from several schools, including Whitfield School right here in St. Louis (page 43), and a chapter that summarizes the research and lessons learned from early adopters. Part 2 discusses the critical steps of planning and implementation, including a “must read” chapter on professional development for teachers. Finally, the chapters in Part 3 contains practical information regarding classroom management, helping to answer the essential question: What does teaching and learning look like when every student has a computer in front of them? Based on her research, Ms. Livingston makes strong and persuasive arguments that “students get to the thinking levels faster when they have their own digital assistants to help them.”
NEW WORKSHOP! Choosing Education-Friendly Mobile Apps takes place Monday, June 11. Do you have a mobile device and want to learn how to find education-friendly apps? Join us & find apps for any content area and get a chance to learn how to use them. The morning session will focus on apps appropriate for 6-12th grade curriculum, while the afternoon session will focus on apps for preK-5 curriculum. In this hands-on session, we will explore a multitude of education friendly, content based resources for your mobile device. Other websites and online resources will also be shown, like app finder apps, utility apps, and apps your students can use in 1:1 environments.
K-12 educators, chose to attend one or both of these sessions at Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis. This is a BYOD session. You must bring your own mobile device, whether it is an Android or Apple product. Session times: Secondary, 6-12 8:30-11:30 a.m. and Elementary, PreK-5 12:30-3:30 p.m. Costs: $75 CSD member per session; $89 non-member. (No Graduate Credit available for these workshops). Registration is now open.
Attend the SMART virtual event this May: This event will display SMART’s newest education solutions and will give you the opportunity to interact with SMART representatives, access resources and attend presentations remotely. The virtual event takes place May 5, 2011, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. MT, or 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT. Register today to see what the latest innovations from SMART can do for your schools.
On May 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., join CDW•G live at a 1:1 Roundtable at CSD where you will hear from subject matter experts on the successful elements of building a 1:1 program. You’ll learn “best practices” and share questions, ideas and experiences with other St. Louis public and private schools that have successfully deployed one-to-one programs in a roundtable discussion. Areas of discussion: financial sustainability, research on working in technology-transformed schools and show how technology can save money when properly implemented, enhancing your mobile technology and a look at devices available for your 1:1 program. Register for the CDW•G event here.
In June, come spend a day with Dr. Janet Allen, a leading expert in adolescent literacy at Harris Stowe State University. Dr. Allen will be sharing over 30 years of experience in literacy instruction, research and reform. The 1 day session on June 7 is free and sponsored by RB Education, Dr. Janet Allen’s Plugged-in, Harris Stowe State University and the St. Louis IRA. This event is designed for grades 4-12 teachers, reading specialists, staff developers, Title One, special educators, ELL, and administrators. To register for the Dr. Allen event, click here.
Registration is required for all listed events.