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EnviroScape Model Training Available

The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District wants to partner with St. Louis area educators (4-12th grades) on stormwater pollution awareness and education using the nonpoint source EnviroScape model. The EnviroScape model is the leading teaching tool that water educators have for portraying the complexity and importance of water quality practices.  The model also enhances water education curriculum and provides students more information about STEM careers.

To reach more schools and students throughout the area, MSD is offering to loan out EnviroScape models to schools for use in their classrooms and train educators how to use the Enviroscape model at no cost.  Two free training workshops will be held in October for interested schools. Attendees will leave the 90 minute workshop knowing how to use the EnviroScape model in their classroom. MSD will provide 1.5 hours for professional development in watershed and stormwater management certificates at the end of each workshop.

The workshops will be offered on Thursday, October 2, 2014 and Tuesday October 14, 2014, 9:00 – 10:30 AM at the MSD training auditorium located at 10 East Grand Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri 63147. For more information or to RSVP, contact rabieh@stlmsd.com.

Gateway Media Literacy Partners Presents STEM & MEDIA: A Natural Fit

gmlp agenda for nov 14
photo by Mary Pat Gallagher • infographic by Rebecca Morrison

Gateway Media Literacy Partners invites area (pre)K-12 educators to an experiential outdoor workshop with a media literacy infusion at Shaw Nature Reserve’s Dana Brown Education Center during Media Literacy Week. On Friday, November 14, GMLP will hold STEM & MEDIA: A Natural Fit. Science educators, media specialists, art teachers- anyone is welcome to attend this day of learning.

This is a bring your own device workshop; while you attend, take fall nature photos to share on Instagram; tweet about what you are learning throughout the day to your professional learning network! Think critically about media presentations, learn how to make videos, understand how to use a GPS, appreciate Missouri ecology, network with other educators and more!

This workshop will be lead by the GMLP Education Community Engagement Committee, Shaw outdoor educators, volunteer teacher naturalists and edtech instructors. Also, Don Corrigan, author, publisher and Webster University journalism professor will keynote, discussing his book Environmental Missouri. Topics he addresses in his book include: urban sprawl, radioactive waste, lead contamination, airborne mercury, as well as noise and light pollution. Don is a GMLP Klotzer Award Honoree.

Workshop sessions will be held both indoors and outside. Dress appropriately for the weather, bring a charged device and be ready to walk away refreshed and energized to bring new ideas back to you school.

Much of the workshop curriculum- focusing on science and technology especially- aligns to Missouri Learning Standards. Visit our registration page to see links! A full day of learning will take place, registration cost is $20 per person (bring fee onsite the day of the event). Lunch will be provided.


Assistive Technology Precons at METC 2014

assistive We’re going to feature some of the preconference opportunities available at the Midwest Education Technology Conference in upcoming posts. If you work with students with developmental disabilities and/or are in need of assistive technology, you’ll want to consider attending these Monday, February 10 sessions. Additional registration is required of precons, visit METCconference.org to learn more.

Make Collaborative Assistive Technology Decisions Using the SETT Framework with Bob Cunningham of  Maryville University
Monday, February 10 (3 Hour Preconference Workshop)
Audience Tech Level: All | Audience Grade Level: K-12
Students with learning disabilities frequently avoid academic tasks because of the difficulty they experience in completing them. Assistive technology can serve as a mechanism to motivate these students to participate at increased levels eventually leading to increased engagement in the educational process. IDEA mandates that assistive technology must be considered for all students with an IEP. Educators who participate in these decisions will benefit from a structured process to make these decisions. This precon half-day workshop will introduce the attendees to the SETT (Student, Environment, Tasks and Tools) Framework and learn how it can be used by IEP teams to collaboratively determine assistive technology needs.

Alternate Routes to Literacy for Students with Developmental Disabilities with Robin Heimos, Alyson Diaz-Kleine, Christine Schneider of Special School District
Monday, February 10 (6 Hour Preconference Workshop)
Audience Tech Level: All | Audience Grade Level: All
This innovative workshop will provide the blueprints needed to make literacy fun and engaging for students with developmental disabilities. This idea-packed, construction-themed workshop will demonstrate ways to create detours around typical literacy instruction, taking participants down alternate roads. Along the way, participants will be provided with a toolbox full of assistive technology ideas including such tools as PixWriter, Boardmaker and others all ranging from low to high tech.

METC is a program of EducationPlus.

LEARNnco: Pollution Solutions, Plus More

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LEARNnco offers many great upon request science videoconferences! Here are a couple that will work particularly well with any Earth Day curriculum you might have coming up:

Pollution Solutions, for grades 3- 8: Every day we pour or release harmful substances such as poisonous gases, chemicals and garbage into our environment. These harmful substances that end up damaging the environment, are called pollution. Pollution Solutions shows students the causes and prevention of pollution using hands on activities. This program is $175.

Global Warming: Good or Bad?, for grades 5-12: Many people are concerned with the possibility that the earth’s atmosphere is getting warmer and what effects this change may have on the our environment. This program uses demonstrations and student/instructor interaction to help students understand climate change by exploring the definition, causes, and possible repercussions of global warming in regard to the planet’s ecosystems. This program is $175.

To see a full list of programs offered by LEARNnco, click here.

March, April May, the GNG way

Here are some more spring videoconferences being offered by Global Nomads Group. Sign up early, they are very popular!

Women and Gender Issues: A Week-long Celebration for International Women’s Day
In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, 2009, students will be celebrating the remarkable achievements of women by looking at how women are changing and shaping many worldwide issues. Specifically, we will celebrate International Women’s Day through studying a series of women who have taken exquisite leadership in their communities. We will look at women’s leading roles in education, climate change, human rights, as well as the financial sector. In addition, in partnership with CARE, we will celebrate International Women’s Day through a study of specific programs implemented by CARE that have promoted women’s welfare in the international community through viewing a documentary called A Powerful Noise.

Exploring Energy: Alternative Fuels, Nuclear Energy, Solar Energy, Dams
Four 2-Part PULSE Series ( March-May)

earth_icon“Drill, Baby, Drill?”  This mantra was repeated time and time again in the Presidential Elections last fall.  What is all this talk of drilling and alternative energy about, and why should we care? In this 4 part Pulse series, students will explore the various sources of energy that have been significantly discussed in the media in recent months and their impact on the environment. We will look into alternative fuel for vehicles – and what our GM Suburbans may look like in the future; nuclear energy and its significant role in the international community; solar energy; and dams. In addition, young people will have the opportunity to speak directly with scientists and experts in the field of energy.

GNG will organize a series of videoconferences from a yet to be disclosed location with GNG’s four founders. The program will draw upon the history of GNG’s field programs and may last up to two weeks. Stay tuned for more info!

LIVE from the Field: CARE- Afghanistan
afghanistanCARE has been working in Afghanistan since 1961, though the 1979 Soviet invasion and the violent civil war that followed made it necessary to suspend operations from 1980 to 1989. Recently, due to heightened security issues, CARE has had to re-structure some of its humanitarian relief programs, but it is still actively supporting Afghans all over the country. CARE currently works to fight the underlying causes of poverty in Afghanistan in three major areas: advocacy, relief, and development. In this four-part videoconference series, students will go beyond the headlines to learn firsthand about the issues facing the people of Afghanistan from one of the key NGOs that is supporting their development. What are the current challenges facing Afghanistan? How are students, young widows, and other vulnerable groups affected by these challenges? What role does CARE play in aiding the redevelopment efforts? How are the U.S. and other governments participating? Students will have the opportunity, first-hand, to speak with Afghan students and CARE staff members about the past, present and future direction of their country, despite the manifold issues they are facing, many of them life-threatening.

Rapid Response: The Democratic Republic of Congo
Over the past ten years, more than 5.4 million men, women, and children have died in the Democratic Republic of Congo primarily due to the drcconsequences of its civil war (diseases, bloodshed, etc.). Just recently, the on-going conflict in the DRC has been splashed in the major headlines as the country is on the brink of another war. In this special PULSE series, students will learn to identify the root causes of the conflict and the humanitarian and environmental issues as a result of it. In addition, students will learn to celebrate the history and culture of the DRC and identify the ways to bring hope to its future.