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METC Super Early Bird Extended

February 8-10, 2010

The Super Early Bird registration for the Midwest Education Technology Conference has been extended to Tuesday, December 15th.  The pre-conference sessions on Monday are filling fast.  In these full and half day workshops you can learn about Digital Projects, Give Your Lesson Plan an Extreme Makeover, or Learn more about Second Life or Twitter, among other choices.
Be sure to also check out the full list of shorter breakout sessions for Tuesday & Wednesday in the Program Grid.  Breakout sessions are organized into 13 topic strands such as Web 2.o, Differentiated Instruction, Leadership & Professional Development & Library Media Center.  You can also search the program by keyword, then register online.

Come hear some of the top educational leaders in technology. Wesley Fryer, Deneen Frazier Bowen, Scott Meech & Leslie Fisher are a few of the Keynote & Featured Speakers invited to METC this year. Make sure to follow us on Twitter @METC_CSD , register on the METC Ning, or check out the METC Flickr page to find out all of the latest updates.

METC Advisory Committee Meets

Nancy George

The Midwest Education Technology Conference Advisory Committee met today at Cooperating School Districts to review the submitted proposals and to get conference updates from METC Program Manager Nancy George.

Interested in presenting this January in St. Louis? You have until the end of the week to submit your presentation idea- proposals are due to CSD by Friday, August 29, 2008: http://www2.csd.org/csdrpdc/metc2009/presenter.htm.

METC Call For 2009 Presenters

What tech tools do you use to reach and teach your students or staff?  Do you feel others would benefit from learning more about the technology tools used in your teaching?  Do you have a desire to share your creative and professional successes?

If you or a colleague can answer yes to the above questions, METC 2009 invites you to apply as a presenter for a breakout session or hands-on workshop. More than 1,500 attendees from across the nation are expected to participate including technology specialists, teachers, library media specialists, staff developers, administrators, instructional technology teachers, counselors, and information technology/network specialists.

Share how your most effective technology tool(s) directly impacts:

Student achievement  |  Transformation of instruction  |  Library media   Administrative leadership  |   Network infrastructure

METC topic strands are:
1.  1:1 Initiatives (One laptop/handheld/desktop per student)  “NEW”
2.  Curriculum & Instruction based on Assessment and Data
3.  Differentiated Instruction
4.  Digital Media
5.  Distance Learning (online learning, conferencing)
6.  Instructional Technology Integration
7.  Library Technology Integration
8.  Mobile Technology (Palm, MP3 Player, Cell Phone) “NEW”
9.  Technology Integration 101 – a primer on basic tech integration “NEW”
10.  Technology Leadership
11.  Technical & Networking
12.  Web 2.0 (Read / Write Web)

Select from seven types of presentation formats:
1. 30-min Best Practices for Classroom Integration mini-session
2. 50-min breakout session giving the attendees an overview or introduction of a topic
3. 1-hr and 50-min breakout session that addresses a topic more in-depth.  This will be conducted in two consecutive 50-min sessions with a Part 1 and Part 2. It may be a hands-on workshop BYOL (bring your own laptop).
4. Student Poster session for your students to showcase how they learn and what technology tools they use.
5. Student plus Teacher session (bring your students as your co-presenters).
6. 3-hr preconference workshop on the morning of Monday, January 26
7. 6-hr preconference workshop all day on Monday, January 26

You may submit a proposal using the METC Call for Presenter form or after May 15, use the online proposal form located at www2.csd.org/metc2009.htm

For program updates, keynote and featured speakers, and online registration information, check the conference website at www2.csd.org/metc2009.htm

Cooperating School Districts hopes to see you at METC 2009,
January 26-28 at the St. Charles Convention Center.

METC 2008 brings together a diverse collection of speakers

Technology is a tool that excites and engages students to learn.


Save the date: February 4-6, 2008

Registration began October 1, 2007

On The Move

Oxford Street, London, England

It’s a busy time here in the Virtual Learning Center! Nancy is working on the METC and with Martha, Ruth and Stephanie (our ITT– Instructional Technology Team) on various academies.  Stephanie and Nancy will be presenting at the MITC (MOREnet Instructional Technology Conference) the week of October 15 at the Lake of the Ozarks. They will be talking about tech PD- 4 models that work.

Next week, Ruth and Stephanie jet off to London, England, to attend the ITiE Symposium as U.S. delegates, compliments of Promeathan.  According to the ITiE website, “The ITiE Symposium 07 uses British and international experience and research to present and discuss key issues and developments in interactive technology for education… The ITiE Symposium 07 is a must for education decision makers and influencers from around the world. It’s an event not to be missed.” Ruth and Stephanie will be blogging from the United Kingdom, so they’ll keep us updated on their international adventure!

Speaking of global connections, this week Parkway North High School is connecting to GNG for two videoconferences entitled “The PULSE: The Future of America.”   The central question of the conversation is what do we want the United States to stand for in the world? ABC’s Senior Political Reporter, Rick Klein, will join the discussion Thursday.  Participants in this videoconference will be able to enter an essay contest put on by GNG– they are asked to outline their ideal America.

Here is a key to help you out:
METC – Midwest Education Technology Conference
ITT- Instructional Technology Team
MITC- MOREnet Instructional Technology Conference
ITiE- Interactive Technology in Education
GNG- Global Nomads Group

The Virtual Learning Center is really focused on our mission: The mission of the VLC is to be a leader of technology integration by positively impacting all education stakeholders.