Tag Archives: Educational Technology

METC Conference Registration is OPEN!

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Be sure to take advantage of the Early Bird pricing by registering before December 7, 2016!

Registration Fee Table
Group Registration Discount: Save 10% by sending 5 or more educators. Those using the group discount must register all group members at the same time. Presenters are not eligible to be registered with the group discount code.

Use the discount code: 5PLUS

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Types of METC Membership:

• EducationPlus Member Districts – staff employed by an EducationPlus Member District automatically receive member rates and are FREE to join METC, just complete the online registration form. If you are a Missouri public school district who is interested in becoming a member of EducationPlus, contact Interim Executive Director, Matt Goodman at mgoodman@edplus.org.

 Learning Value Pack– specially designed for Missouri nonpublic/parochial schools, staff who’s school subscribes to the EdPlus Learning Value Pack can join METC through purchasing this annual subscription and receive additional benefits on learning opportunities.

• METC School Member – schools not affiliated with EducationPlus Member Schools or Learning Value Pack Schools can join METC for an annual fee of $250 per school.

• METC Individual Member – individuals not affiliated with EducationPlus Member Schools, Learning Value Pack Schools, or a METC School Membership, can join for an annual fee of $40 per person.

Start Out the New Year with a Steady Diet of Tech PD!

CLASS: Discovery Education streaming
January 9  8:30am-3:30pm; free to to CSD/CSG Members; $189 non-members

CSD offers DE streaming training on the second Monday of every other month during the school year for FREE. Plan to attend this full day of learning and walk away saying, “WOW!”  Through your subscription to DE streaming, you receive on-demand streaming and downloading of videos for your classroom, lesson plans, quizzes, images, sound effects, encyclopedia articles, and more! Using Discovery Education streaming, students are engaged in their learning experiences, and teachers have the ability to create standards-based lessons, assignments, quizzes, and writing prompts online. Come learn the user-friendly features including the My DE page and drag & drop features in My Content. Find out about the curriculum focused features including the Ready Zone, STEM Connect and more! Learn how the Interactive Atlas and the Student Center can engage 21st century learners. CSD offers this free training every other month on the second Monday of the month during the school year from 8:30am-3:30pm.  *Free to those schools that purchase DE streaming subscriptions through CSD and to CSD/CSG Members; $189 non-members.

WEBINAR: Digital Citizenship: Being Aware of Your Digital Footprint
January 18   4-5 pm
Do you know what type of digital footprint you are creating?  Anyone using the web or a mobile device leaves a digital footprint. Being a Digital Citizen means learning how to properly use the Internet and other technology resources. In this webinar we will discuss how to be safe in the digital world.

WEBINAR: Midwest Education Technology Conference Q & A
January 25   4-5 pm
If you are going to METC, participate in this webinar and learn how to make the most of your conference experience. Discover how to find the best sessions to meet your needs using the METC conference planner. Learn about networking opportunities in the Connections Lounge and Exhibit Hall, plus, after hours tweet-ups.  Leave this webinar feeling more confident to plan and organize your personalized day of learning.

CLASS: Digital Citizenship: Being Aware of Your Digital Footprint
January 26   8:30am-3:30pm; $149 CSD member; $189 non-member
(One Grad. Credit Available)

Do you know what type of digital footprint you are creating?  Anyone using the web or a mobile device leaves a digital footprint. We teach our children how to be safe within the physical community, but what about norms for appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to use of technology?  Class time will include discussion through the digital lenses of: Access ~ Commerce ~ Communication ~ Literacy ~ Etiquette ~ Law ~ Rights & Responsibilities ~ Health & Wellness ~ Security.  Being a Digital Citizen means learning how to properly use the Internet and other technology resources. In order to be successful and safe, today’s students must know how to find, evaluate and utilize electronic resources.

CONFERENCE: Free Discovery Education Network (DEN) Saturday Conferences
SciCon DEN Conference January 28  7:30am – 2:30pm; free
Attend this free, Discovery Educator Network Virtual Conference. Each Virtual Conference will feature presentations from DEN gurus and other nationally known speakers. These informative sessions will cover a variety of relevant topics, such as differentiating learning with digital content and integrating new Web 2.0 tools into instruction. Those attending in-person gatherings will participate in the online presentations, as well as breakout sessions presented by local STAR Discovery Educators.  DEN SciCon is an online conference focused on providing participants with some of the most effective strategies for transforming their Science classes through the meaningful and effective integration of digital media content.

Registration information can be found here.

Kenneth Shelton and Lucy Gray will be at METC 2012

Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be featuring the 2012 Midwest Education Technology Conference Featured Speakers. Up first we have Kenneth Shelton and Lucy Gray. The Virtual Learning Center and the METC Advisory Committee are really excited to have them be part of METC this year!

Kenneth Shelton holds a M.A. in Education, with a specialization in New Media Design and Production. Ken has worked as an educator for 9 years- he has earned teaching credentials in both Social Studies and Technology Education- he and currently teaches technology at the Middle School level. Ken is a Google Certified Teacher, an Apple Distinguished Educator, a Discovery STAR Educator, and serves on the Board of Directors for Computer Using Educators (CUE). During his presentations, he covers a wide variety of educational technology, technology integration, creative expression, and instructional design topics.

Lucy Gray is an independent education consultant, working with a variety of institutions on 21st century learning initiatives. She has served in various capabilities related to educational technology at the University of Chicago’s Laboratory Schools, Urban Education Institute and Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education. Lucy founded the Global Education Collaborative, a network for educators interested in project-based learning in 2007. Like Ken, Lucy has also been awarded the Google Certified Teacher and Apple Distinguished Educator distinctions. Lucy’s many professional interests also include mobile learning, digital equity, information literacy, and the incorporation of social media technologies into educational settings.

And don’t forget to look for @k_shelton, @elemenous, and @METC_CSD on Twitter!

VLC Spotlight: Stephanie Madlinger

Stephanie Madlinger is a Program Coordinator and Instructional Technology Specialist for the Virtual Learning Center of CSD. This year she celebrates twenty years of experience teaching preK- adults in traditional, technology-rich and online environments.

Stephanie began her teaching career in the Hazelwood School District, where she taught at the elementary level. Her family moved to Warrenton where she spent time as a Manager and Educational Consultant for Discovery Toys, Inc. Stephanie then became an eMINTS teacher in the Warren County School District. From there, she spent time as an eMINTS teacher in the Winfield School District, then as a Technology Integration Specialists in the Parkway School District. In 2005, Stephanie was hired by the VLC to provide educational technology instruction.

Stephanie graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with emphasis in math & computers and then earned her master’s degree in Educational Administration from Lindenwood University. Stephanie returned to Mizzou for her specialist degree in Educational Technology, and intends to complete her doctorate.

Continuing her love for learning, Stephanie has completed extensive training in Cognitive Coaching, Missouri Reading Initiative, eMINTS, and Professional Learning Communities. She is internationally recognized as a Google Certified Teacher, and is a trainer for SMART, Promethean, Intel, and LoTi. Stephanie serves on the Missouri Leadership Council for Discovery Education and is a STAR DEN member. She was awarded the Tech4Learning Innovative Educator Award in 2009, and was recently awarded the Missouri Distance Learning Educator of the Year Award. Stephanie regularly attends and presents at regional and national education conferences.

As a lifelong resident of greater St. Louis, she enjoys family and friend gatherings across the Missouri and Illinois borders. Currently living in Kirkwood, Stephanie and her husband enjoy being involved in their community, and attending church, school and sporting events of their four children.