Tag Archives: ARRA

Virtual Learning Center in Photos

Have you visited the Virtual Learning Center’s Flickr page recently? Click here to see photos from professional development sessions the VLC offers.

From top left, clockwise: Stephanie Madlinger works with a teacher in the tele; Bernajean Porter brainstorms methods for creating digital stories with ARRA Grant participants; ITEF grant participants collaborate; and a TLA participant works with his new iTouch.


Looking through Magic Glasses

Magic Glasses
Taking a critical look at the 6 elements of digital storytelling.

Ten lucky high school teachers in the St.Louis area are spending the day with Bernajean Porter, national & international collaborative staff developer.  Today’s workshop is part of the ARRA Grant written by CSD‘s Virtual Learning Center staff.  Five history teachers from each district,  Ritenour & Ferguson Florissant are creating digital stories.  This morning teachers are empowered to critically look through magic glasses at the 6 elements of a good digital story.
As part of the grant, the participants will be creating digital stories with one of their classes next semester.  Each teacher has also provided 3 lesson plans that integrate technology.  These plans have been evaluated using several criteria including the Grappling’s Technology & Learning Spectrum, MO 4th Cycle MSIP, DOK, and McRel’s Researched-Based Instructional Strategies.  One of the goals of the grant is that there will be improvement of understanding and implementation of each of these areas.

ARRA and Technology Education

keyboard and mouseAre you interested in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)? Curious about how it will provide for technology integration in schools? Here a couple useful resources to review:

  • Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), March 2009: Volume 10, Number 5 of Instructional Technology Newsline.
  • DESE webpage featuring ARRA information
  • Apple white papers: Stimulus Opportunities for Integrating Technology with Educational Goals