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Tyranny of the Lecture

The Tyranny of the Lecture: Varying Instructional Strategies with Tech Tools takes place on Monday, June 11, from  8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cost for this professional development  is $149 for a CSD member; $189 for a non-member (One Graduate Credit is available). About the workshop: lecture & direct instruction are essential components of effective teaching, but their overuse can lead to unengaged students and predictable lesson formats. You can change this up!

In this newly developed, one-day workshop, examine high engagement strategies that use student interaction to promote learning, and investigate technology resources, such as wikis, blogs, WebQuests, online forums, chat rooms, simulations and educational games, that help students be directors of their own learning.  You’ll also have an opportunity to examine several types of student response systems and evaluate them for use in the classroom. Walk away with ready to use classroom strategies and technology tools to help you break the lecture habit in your teaching. This workshop is co-facilitated by Teacher’s Academy Director Peggy Dersch and the Virtual Learning Center’s Martha Bogart. Registration is required, click here to do that now!

A New Paradigm for Learning Workshop, Plus Others

Here’s a list of the first few workshops we are offering this summer at Cooperating School Districts’ tele. A complete list of May & June sessions is currently up at www.csd.org/tele, as are more complete descriptions of the workshops listed below.

Using Prezi to Create Zooming Presentations
June 1  12:30-3:30pm  $75 CSD member; $89 non-member
(No Credit) Did you know that Prezi is a web-based presentation application & storytelling tool that uses a single canvas instead of traditional slides? Text, videos and other objects are placed on the infinite canvas & grouped together. Learn how the canvas allows users to create non-linear presentations, where users can zoom in and out of a visual map. You’ll see how your Prezi can be developed in a browser window, and then downloaded so that no Internet connection is needed when sharing your presentation.

New Links for Your Classroom with Videoconferencing & Skype   
June 4 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.     $149 CSD member; $189 non-member
(1  Grad Credit Available) Find out how to take your students anywhere in the world to connect with experts and collaborate with other students- all without leaving your classroom! You can make these connections using distance learning technology tools like Skype and videoconferencing. Compare & contrast different methods of delivery during this workshop.

NEW! Digital Age Leadership: A New Paradigm for Learning
June 5 
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.     $149 CSD member; $189 non-member
(1  Grad Credit Available) How can we meet the needs of today’s learner, use technology effectively and efficiently, and still maintain the personal connection that’s so important to any learning experience? You’ll learn about managing change, using authentic student engagement strategies, and communicating effectively with education stakeholders. Technology tools used will include, but are not limited to, Google Forms for data gathering and analyzing, learning management systems (like Moodle), social bookmarking, and wikis, blogs, podcasts, videoconferencing, plus social media.

Transforming Learning with a Promethean ActivBoard (Level 1)   
June 5   8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.   $149 CSD member; $189 non-member
(No Credit) Learn how to use the Promethean ActivBoard and the ActivInspire software in your classroom- you’ll discover how to locate hundreds of lessons that have already been created for use on the ActivBoard and become familiar with features such as Focus tools, Power tools and the Resource Browser that make your lessons more interactive.

Specialty VC Searches

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A  neat feature of TWICE’s videoconference database is browsers can look programs up under speciality searches, which include HD programs, sample video clips, award-winning programs, and blog-reviewed programs!

The Apple’s Top 10 Technology Tips for New Teachers

@ IWBAccording to Kelly Tenkely of  TheApple.com: “Being a first year teacher can be overwhelming to say the least. There is new curriculum to learn, unfamiliar school policies, classroom management challenges, and new teammates. Technology can help to ease some of these first year growing pains.”

Here’s her list of the top tech tips for new teachers, but is probably a good list for veteran educators to review, too. Click here for the complete list with full descriptions…

1)   Develop a Personal Learning Network (PLN) on Twitter.
2)   Keep students engaged.
3)   Take charge of professional development.
4)   Involve parents by creating a link between home and school.
5)   Keep yourself organized.
6)   Find educational blogs to discover new ideas, encouragement, and educational news.
7)   Get to know your students.
8)   Work smarter not harder.
9)   Don’t reinvent the wheel.
10)  Always be prepared.

1 week ’til METC

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This morning I was able to check out the St. Charles Convention Center– the site for the Midwest Education Technology Conference (while I was there, we conducted successful test calls for the videoconferences we have lined up).  This is our first year at this convention center.  The space was very cool- spacious with a nice lay out, clearly labeled rooms, plenty of (free) parking, the works.  We’re really excited to have grown into it…  registration for METC has now topped 1,300! Attendees will include (but not limited to) educators from Missouri, South Dakota, Arkansas, Kansas, Tennessee, and Illinois.  Even though we’re a week away, it’s not too late to register if you are interested in attending. For details, click here.   We hope to see you next week.