The “print-to-digital” transition is full of challenging opportunities. As a regional manager with Discovery Education, an organization committed to providing the best digital resources for curriculum, instruction and assessment, Max Brooks has the privilege of helping administrators, teachers and students overcome these challenges. Learn from his expertise at the Midwest Education Technology Community Conference this February!
METC Conference Featured Speaker Kyle Schutt has worked since 2010 with educators to help them better understand how technology and digital media can be used to support instruction, motivate students, and increase passion for learning. He has fostered relationships and community-building by hosting in-person and virtual events for the Discovery Educator Network (DEN), most recently enjoying brainstorming, creating, producing and moderating Discovery Education’s virtual field trips and student focused events. Kyle (@ktschutt on Twitter) will be presenting a Preconference Workshop on February 10:
When it comes to STEM education, the whole is by far greater than the sum of its parts. During this session, we will build a common understanding of STEM and why it is such an important edutopic. You will tinker, innovate, ask questions, make observations and create connections to technology-rich examples that you can bring back to your classroom. And of course we’ll also expose you to a wealth of resources from Discovery Education to share with your colleagues and support your STEM community. Those that do not already have a DE account through their district will receive a free 30 day trial. Bring your own laptop with browser and wifi capability.
To register for Tinkering, Observing, and Connecting: STEM Education & You, visit METCconference.org.
Our Library Media Specialist Academy focuses on the changing role of the Library Media Specialist in K-12 education. Today’s LMS plays the versatile role of an instructional partner responsible for ensuring that students & staff are efficient & effective users of information. The academy assists LMS personnel in teaching and connecting the new standards of AASL, ISTE and the NETS. Registration is open for all library media specialists to attend this eight-part academy on:
- September 24
- October 15
- November 12
- December 10
- January 14
- February 11 or 12 at the Midwest Education Technology Conference
- March 11
- April 8
All sessions, except for METC, are 4-7 p.m. at CSD. Just some of the topics to be covered include: understanding the meaning of media literacy as it applies to 21st century skills; learning digital tools that promote effective use of digital media for K-12 students; examining best practices for Copyright & Fair Use; and exploring digital citizenship and literacy curriculum resources.
The cost is $495 non-CSD members and $395 for members. In addition, participants have an option to earn 3.0 graduate credits for an additional cost of $60 per credit hour through Lindenwood University. Learn more by clicking here.
Be sure to read this story on CNN.com on ‘How to protect your cloud data from hacks.’ Within the article, security experts offer tips on how to use the cloud safely, including:
• Backing up your files in multiple places, including in on-the-ground hard drives
• Turning on Google’s and Facebook’s two-factor authentication features
To find the five tips they feel everyone who uses cloud-based computing should know and utilize, click here.
Author Barri Bumgarner will return as a content provider for Cooperating School Districts’ New Links distance learning program. Here are a few of the interactive writing videoconferences she’ll be offering upon request for middle school and high school classes:
“Soundtracks of Our Lives”: Let your students explore their lives through the lens of songs. In this session, students will listen to songs during a modeling session, consider the stages of their own lives, and illustrate each with a song that fits that portion of their lives. This interactive session will let students self-evaluate, use media to accentuate their writing, and see the value of technology in the writing world. Join author Barri L. Bumgarner in an interactive workshop that will allow kids to see themselves through the eyes of music.
“Let’s Get Digital”: Teaching today should embrace technology when it works for a unit, not just for technology sake. This interactive workshop, with students in a computer lab or with laptops, will demonstrate how to tell a story digitally, using free PC software. We assume kids are tech-savvy, when in reality, they only know the technologies they’re surrounded by everyday (Facebook, texting, gaming). Enticing students to tell a story digitally will open up the world of research, creativity, and show them that they can express themselves in a variety of ways with the world at their fingertips. Join author Barri L. Bumgarner in an interactive workshop that will teach students and teachers the possibilities with digital software.
“The Many Hats We Wear: Getting Inspired to Write What You Know”: Tapping into inspiration for students is often as easy as helping them figure out who they are when they write… and can they change “hats” to write something different? This session will help students explore their many inspirations and find out how differently they can write when they don different hats. Join author Barri L. Bumgarner in an interactive workshop that will motivate kids to self-reflect, write, and explore the nuances of who they are when they write.
For 2011-2012, Barri’s videoconferences will be available upon request. For costs, email Rebecca Morrison at CSD.