The student journalists covering METC 2014 did a phenomenal job. Please take some time to review their hard work at their website, on SchoolTube, and on Twitter. Students from the school districts of Brentwood, Francis Howell, Ladue (elementary and high school students), and Maplewood Richmond Heights participated. We’d also like to acknowledge the dedication of their teachers: Don Goble, Dave Grossman, Carol Kliesen, Beth Ramach Phillips, Otto Schultejans, and Jeen Steiger.
For 30 years, the Midwest Education Technology Conference (METC) has provided a venue for K-12 educators interested in integrating technology into the classroom. Inspiring keynote speakers, as well as top-notch presenters, are hallmarks of the conference. This year, students are taking an even more active role in METC, bridging what they learn in class to the real world. Student roles include:
- Presenters – Six breakout sessions feature students:
- Student Centered Support for 21st Century Schools
- Robotics Advancing the Human condition
- BDPA: Providing Students Hands-on Experience in Web Development
- Buder Bobcat News: Who Says that Elementary Kids Can’t Produce the News?
- Shakespearean Stop Animation
- Live Morning Broadcast, More than Just Announcements
- Reporters – The METC eNews Bureau will report on happenings at the conference. All aspects of the eNews Bureau (reporters, editors, photographers, web developers) involve high school students from the St. Louis area, including Brentwood, Ladue, MRH and John Burroughs. To follow the METC 2013 eNews, go to http://www.brentwood.k12.mo.us/metc2013/.
- Tech Support – Eighteen students in the Cisco Networking Academy class at North Tech High School will provide technical support for presenters.
- Graphic Design – METC collaborated with Wentzville High School graphic design teachers to find students to design the conference program cover and a special t-shirt. The teachers selected five designs as finalists and the METC Advisory & Planning Committee selected the winning designs. This opportunity will be opened to other districts for METC 2014.
- Show-Me a Movie is a digital storytelling contest that allows students in grades 2 through 12 to demonstrate their creativity and digital moviemaking skills. Based on curriculum and with a content focus, the movies will showcase what students know, care about, and are able to do. Cash prizes go to the school of the winning movies in each category. All winning movies are showcased at a reception on February 12, 2013 during METC.
Online registration is available at www.METCconference.org.
METC is a program of Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis.
Friday was the first session of our 2011-2012 Boeing Grant professional development. Martha Bogart and Stephanie Madlinger are working with a group of middle school science teachers. This is the fifth year of the Boeing Grant; this year, the focus is using technology in the middle school science classroom.
The participating teachers- from Hancock Place, Ladue, Ritenour, and Wentzville school districts- received Discovery Education Science for the year, along with other Web 2.0 tools to implement in their curriculum. The group will meet through March- you’ll see them at the Midwest Education Technology Conference, too.