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February 11: Best Practices Conference

Cooperating School Districts’ Best Practices Conference is a full day of learning and sharing the best educational practices. CSD ITEF partnered with the Innovative Technology Education Fund for the conference this year. ITEF is a St. Louis- based charitable nonprofit operating as a private foundation. Best Practices participants will hear keynote Monte Selby, as well as top educators from the St. Louis metro area, whose practices are making a difference for students and teachers, like:

  • Don Goble, Ladue School District, on media literacy
  • Patricia Ulrich, Ritenour School District, on systems thinking
  • Gregory Taylor, St. Louis Public Schools, on creating and using classroom websites for differentiation
  • plus other education professionals from CSD, the St. Louis RPDC, and school districts

In addition, ITEF Spotlight Presentations Include:

  • Using iPads in the Classroom, Affton School District
  • Great Video Made with Inexpensive Gear, Westminster Christian Academy
  • Using Online Courses to Keep Students On Track to Graduate, Marian Middle School
  • iPads and the Library:  Transforming All Students into Digital Learners, Hazelwood School District

Dr. Selby will also present several sessions during both the morning and afternoon, including Emotions: This Crazy Kid is Making ME Crazy and Motivated Meetings: The End of Boring. Dr. Selby will share ideas and strategies to use with children, preK-12; providing solutions to issues and challenges facing classroom teachers today.

You are invited to join area teachers and leaders on Monday, February 11. Online registration ends on February 1, 2013; walk-ins, however, are welcome the day of the conference. (Also scheduled, although in a different section of the St. Charles Convention Center, are the preconference workshops for the 30th annual Midwest Education Technology Conference). For questions on either event, contact CSD’s Conferences & Events Coordinator, Karen Vaughan at kvaughan@csd.org.

creating book trailers using video editing apps

It was my pleasure to visit two outstanding classrooms recently in the Normandy School District as part of our ITEF Grant involving iPad use in the classroom.  One was a fifth grade classroom and one was a combined 2nd-3rd grade gifted classroom.  In both rooms, students were engaged and on task with their goal of creating book trailers using video editing apps on their iPads.  Teachers had already taken them through the script writing process, and they had created storyboards of the movies they wanted to make.  In each classroom, students were busy finding pictures on the Internet or on other iPad apps that illuminated their stories.  They were using higher order thinking skills to decide what kinds of pictures they needed, how to download them and how to edit them, so that they would fit into the book trailers.  Some students were using the camera feature on the iPad to actually take pictures.  This was a highly engaging task, and students rose to it well.  I had the opportunity to read some of the scripts, which were actually persuasive pieces, and they were excellent.  It was very gratifying to see that the teachers that I had worked with in professional development sessions were implementing their knowledge so well in their classrooms.  Congrats to these teachers and their terrific students!