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EdisonLearning Partners with Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis

Is your district focused on career and college readiness?

You’ll be interested to know that EdisonLearning has signed onto Cooperating School Districts’ online learning program, District’s-Choice. EdisonLearning will provide high quality STEM eCourses and assessment using eValuate™. eValuate™ enables educators to:

  • Assess student progress and adjusts instruction accordingly
  • Analyze data to adjust achievement gaps and address them by focusing resources in the right places
  • Improve student achievement and engagement in learning

CSD will host a meeting on August 21 at 4 p.m. for districts and high schools that have an interest in further exploring this program. eValuate™ (or its predecessor, Tungsten), has been used successfully in Missouri schools for the past 10 years. The informational session will include descriptions from clients of how involved Missouri schools use the program to achieve high levels of school performance. A demonstration also will be offered so that participants can receive first hand information on how the program works. Edison reps will answer questions and will schedule follow-up sessions with any educators wanting further discussion. Enroll in this free session by e-mailing Janice.Walkonis@edisonlearning.com.

On August 23, CSD will host a free meeting at 4 p.m. for districts and high schools that have an interest in EdisonLearning eCourses. eCourses (for grades 7-12) are dynamic online courses designed to engage 21st century students in rigorous coursework. From dropout recovery solutions to full-time virtual programs, EdisonLearning delivers a dynamic, media-rich learning experience. eCourses incorporate the best of “brick & click” practices for your virtual learning program. eCourses provide a robust, easily deployed and standards aligned curriculum solution with the flexibility to support a variety of online programs and student needs.

Differentiating features of the eCourses include:

  • State standards and Common Core alignment
  • Unique focus on STEM
  • Multiple learning modalities
  • Individual student customization
  • Real-time progress tracking
  • Consistent structure and design
  • Accessible cloud-based delivery platform
  • Assessments to measure mastery

A discussion and demonstration will be offered on August 23 so that participants can receive first hand information eCourses and virtual learning. Representatives from Edison will be on hand to answer questions and will schedule follow-up sessions with any districts wanting further discussion. Register by e-mailing Tanya.Egbert@edisonlearning.com. Both meetings will be held at CSD’s 1460 Craig Road location in St. Louis, Missouri.

For questions on District’s-Choice Online Learning,
also known as DCOL, contact Ruth Litman-Block.

How-to Grade Digital Work

We’re excited to share this new professional development opportunity with you, coming up next week-  Grading Digital Work. What does good feedback look like? How does one provide proper feedback on student created multi-media projects? How do you create formative and summative assessments for use in today’s classrooms?

In this workshop, come learn how to create rubrics, scoring guides, checklists, and other forms of assessments for and of learning that truly measure what students have learned. With the digital technologies that we have available, it opens up a wealth of new ways for students to show their learning. Many of these tools also make it easy for students to work collaboratively. We will take a look at how these assessments differentiate instruction and how they allow for student creativity. Models will be shown, and online access to information and examples will be given. You’ll have an opportunity to explore grading tools like RubiStar, Google Forms, Flubaroo, and DE Quiz Builder.

We will also show tips & tricks for providing feedback on digital work through commenting by text and voice. Come with an open mind and discover new, flexible feedback and evaluation methods. This full-day workshop is July 25 from  8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cost is  $110 for a CSD member and $140 for a non-member. In addition, 1 graduate credit is available for this workshop. Find online registration at this link.

Teacher Timesavers 2: More FREE Online Resources

NEW! Teacher Timesavers 2: More FREE Online Resources
July 11 & 12 from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
$279 CSD member; $349 non-member  (Two Graduate Credits Available)

You asked for it, you got it! More free online resources to save you even more time! In this fast-paced class, we plan to take a look at numerous online tools you can use in your role as an educator. The tools shared can be used in your classroom or professional development activities. We will explore the many uses of such tools like Stixy, Glogster, and VoiceThread to collaborate and display student work. Online communities of learning like Think Quest, Curriki, and the National Archives will be explored. We will also take a more in-depth look at specific search engines like Google & Wolfram Alpha.  Come ready to learn and explore a variety of free time saving educational resources.

And don’t worry, we are still offering the original:

Teacher Timesavers: FREE Online Resources
June 15 & 16 from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
$279 CSD member; $349 non-member  (Two Graduate Credits Available)

Do you want to make your life as a teacher easier? Are you wanting to integrate technology into your lessons, but don’t know where to start?  In this class we will focus on two large communities of learning that are filled with tons of lesson plans, rubrics, creators, and time savers that you can use today! You’ll be amazed at how many free online tools are out there ready for you to use. Learn how online file management and social bookmarking sites will save you time. Discover how the ALTEC Star Tools, like RubiStar, QuizStar and TrackStar can make lesson planning and assessments easier. Then we will dive deeper into the old and new Thinkfinity tools; ReadWriteThink, Illuminations, Wonderopolis and others.  Come explore the wealth of online resources for teachers and walk away with tips and techniques to make your life easier.

Create Formative & Summative Assessments

What does a good scoring guide look like? How do you create formative and summative assessments for use in today’s classrooms or for use with student created multi-media projects? In this tele class, learn how to create rubrics, scoring guides, checklists, and other forms of assessments for and of learning that truly measure what students have learned. Find out how to develop holistic and analytic scoring guides for your specific instructional needs. In addition, take a look at how to use these assessments to differentiate instruction. Models will be shown, and online access to information about scoring guides will be given. Participants will have an opportunity to create their own scoring guides and have them critiqued by their peers and the teacher. Evaluating Student Work with Differentiated Scoring is scheduled for July 7, starting at 8:30 and running until 3:30. Click here for cost & registration.