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We know it is Monday, but we wanted to make sure you knew about our new regular posting to Facebook- our ‘Friday Quote’!

Friday Quote CollageAt we are sharing inspirational and educational quotes from across time and subject matter. We invite you to comment and share on these quotes each week. We’ve compiled our first three in this blog post – from First Lady Abigail Adams; astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, Neil DeGrasse Tyson and astronomer, astrobiologist, author Carl Sagan. Who will turn up at the end of this week?

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Thomas Jefferson | Flickr The three-week institute Thomas Jefferson: Personality, Character and Public Life, offered by the National Endowment for the Humanities, will take place at Boston University from July 8 to 26, 2013.  Speakers include R. B. Bernstein, Peter Hatch, Joanne Freeman, Jan Lewis, and Peter Onuf. The institute will seek to deepen our understanding of one of the most important figures in American history, a figure who is fascinating, influential, inspiring, and embattled.

Focusing on Jefferson’s personality and character and connecting them to his public career will be the theme of the first week, followed by an examination of  his views on religion, his role as a family man, and his correspondence with John Adams. In the final week, the Institute turns to slavery, science, and money.

The application and further information (like the stipend for teachers is $2,700; itinerary and speaker bios) is at the institute’s website.

During the three weeks, participants will also ponder some larger questions:

  • Is the intimate life knowable?
  • Does it connect to the public man or woman?
  • Do we each fashion our own version of Jefferson to reflect our values and needs?
  • What is Jefferson’s legacy?

Discussion will include pedagogical questions:

  • What role should biography and primary sources play in history instruction?
  • How does teaching biographies fit with state standards and high stakes testing?
  • How do we teach intimate information about famous Americans to young people?
  • How can teachers be honest and realistic yet still inspire students and encourage citizenship?

Learn more by visiting

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Flickr Creative Commons: misshaBrought to you by the producers of the Google Teacher Academy, this summer class at Cooperating School Districts in St. Louis is a Google Workshop for Educators (GWE).  It will introduce participants to innovative ways Google tools can be used in education. This full day of fast-paced presentations and hands-on activities includes experience with advanced search techniques, collaborative web-based applications, and inspirational instructional strategies. Google Certified Teachers share ways they’ve implemented tools such as Google Docs, Google Earth, Google Sites, and more. Participants who complete the event are given access to the Google Workshops for Educators Network (GWEN), an online community focused on supporting educators as they learn more about the power of Google to drive student learning. Bring Your Own Laptop!

Google Academy: Search, Learn, Share!
8:30 am-3:30 pm now on July 16 at CSD
$250/person (One Graduate Credit available at an additional cost)
Register at
(Creative Commons) photo by missha on Flickr

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St. Louis area educators, here is your chance to learn about Second Life and how it can a useful application for your classroom! We’re offering two levels of courses, in second lifeone on June 15 and 16, the other on June 18.

Second Life for Educators- Level I
June 15 and 16, 2009 at CSD:
Second Life, a 3D virtual world created by it “residents,” offers a range of new and exciting possibilities for educators and their students.  Already there is a broad range of prominent educational institutions and organizations exploring the use of virtual worlds for the delivery of a wide range of courses and educational events including distance and flexible education, presentations and discussions, historical recreations, multimedia and game design and language learning practice. This class will take you into the virtual world of Second Life and showcase many of the top educational uses!

[Single day classes are $138 for CSD members, $214 for nonmembers and 2 day classes are $276 for CSD members, $428 nonmembers]

Second Life for Educators- Level II

June 18, 2009 at CSD:
This advanced class takes participants who have completed Second Life for Educators- Level I into the more advanced features of the multi-user virtual environment. Participants will learn how to participate in a personal learning network in Second Life and how to create their own learning environment.

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The latest podcast offered by Cooperating School Districts features the Virtual Learning Center’s Director, Ruth Litman-Block, on the topic of Technology Integration in the Classroom. Past issues covered include High Cost of Fuel and its Impact on Education and School Reform.

Future topics include Preparing Students for the Global Workplace and Public Education and the U.S. Political Landscape. For additional information or to request a specific topic to be covered, contact Kathleen Woehrmann at To listen to all of CSD’s podcasts (or to subscribe to them), visit “ABOUT US: PODCASTS” on the CSD website,

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MODLA‘s annual conference is July 9 and 10 at Tan-Tar-A Resort in the Lake of the Ozarks.  The conference theme this year is ‘Keeping Pace with Distance Learning.’  For a complete list of all the sessions (including mine on our Author Visits!), click here.

Strands include:

  • ABC’s of Distance Learning
  • 21st Century Technologies
  • Distance Learning Content Development
  • Instructional Practices in Distance Learning
  • Interactive Video Conferencing & Online
  • Distance Learning Support and Assessment
In addition, AT&T Education Advocate Wesley Fryer will be the keynote speaker & Dan Coyote and the Skydancers will close the conference with a presentation on Second Life.               

According to its website, the mission of the Missouri Distance Learning Association “is to promote the effective application of distance learning strategies to maximize access, equity, and quality of educational resources for teachers and learners of all ages.”

I hope to see you in Tan-Tar-A!


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Indianapolis Zoo has a popular, annual Earth Day videoconference. I can’t say that I know of too many others out there – can anyone list some?  Have any collaborative project ideas over videoconference for Earth Day? I know I’m going to be getting inquiries on the topic in the next couple of weeks… 



 (photo from Visible Earth – a catalog of NASA images) 

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