METC is proud to Connect Innovative Learners like you! This free METC Networking Night will be after the #DigCitDay on Friday, December 9 at EducationPlus, from 3-6 p.m. Come as you are, after work or school, to enjoy a late afternoon snack and explore some digital tools.
We will have some Bee-Bots and Ozobots, Spheros and LEGOs, as well as some other hands-on things to explore while you meet people and learn. Spend your #HourofCode with us! This FREE event will be in an Open House format so you can come and go, or stay as long as you like.
It’s our way of saying THANK YOU and Happy Holidays.
Be sure to take advantage of the Early Bird pricing by registering before December 7, 2016!
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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Educators Don Goble (Ladue) and Bill Bass (Parkway) has been honored with the coveted Making IT Happen award for their contributions to the successful integration of technology in education. The Making IT Happen award is provided by the International Society for Technology in Education, of which METC is an affiliate.
The Making IT Happen award honors outstanding educators and leaders who demonstrate extraordinary commitment, leadership, courage and persistence in improving digital learning opportunities for students. Since its inception in 1995 more than 500 educators from around the world have received the award.
“Making IT Happen honorees make unique contributions to advancing the use of digital technology to inspire learning and teaching,” said ISTE CEO Brian Lewis. “Their significant accomplishments all further ISTE’s vision of a world in which all learners thrive, achieve and contribute.”
Don Goble is an award-winning Broadcast Technology, Film and Multimedia Instructor at Ladue Horton Watkins High School. He has spent countless hours teaching students and peers how to effectively utilize multi-media and appreciate media literacy. Don speaks nationally, offering educators innovative ways to incorporate video into the classroom. Mr. Goble advocates for technology and digital media in the classroom by blogging for national education publications, offering professional development to staff and schools all over the country, and by serving as a media creator himself. Mr. Goble was a part of the 2011 Apple Distinguished Educator class and named the Journalism Education Association 2015 Broadcast Adviser of the Year. Besides keynote presentations, workshops, breakout sessions, Ignite talks, TED Talks, and a multitude of professional development, Don supports the METC ISTE Affiliate through coordinating the METC Student eNews Bureau and news / media coverage of the Gateway2Change, a Student Summit on Race.
In the Parkway School District, Bill Bass leads professional development opportunities for teachers including a number of technology academies and classes. He has taken those classes and created systemic opportunities for teachers to learn on their own time through virtual classes. He helped to create the EdTech master’s program at Missouri Baptist University where he serves as an adjunct professor. Bill is a regular speaker at local and national conferences, serves on the METC Advisory Committee, and helps to organize the Missouri Summit featuring Google for Education. In all his work, Bill seeks to empower teachers so that they are comfortable and confident in their ability to use the tools in the classroom. Bill’s influence goes far beyond Missouri as he is the President of the ISTE Innovative Learning PLN, has written two books and numerous chapters and articles highlighting and advocating for the use of technology for students.
Successful integration of educational technology requires a common passion, initiative and pledge that can best be summarized by the Making IT Happen Formula of Success:
Educators and leaders who apply available technology now
Move forward and don’t look back
See students as real people
Teach through relationships by inspiring, encouraging, and nurturing
Recognize that further change is necessary, but understand that it is a process
Realize that teacher empowerment is the key element to technology integration
Motivate through awareness and access to information
Both educators join a prestigious group of Making IT Happen honorees, including classroom teachers, school principals, superintendents, corporate executives, legislators, governors, and more.
About Making IT Happen
Founded in 1995, the Making IT Happen program highlights the dramatic role educators have on the learning process by using technology and rewards those individuals for their commitment and innovation. To date, more than 500 individuals have been awarded this recognition through ISTE and its affiliates. The impact of this program has been felt at hundreds of conferences around the world. The focus of the Making IT Happen program is on current practitioners, highlighting their significant contribution and encouraging them to continue their work.
Innovative offerings include the ISTE Conference & Expo – the world’s most comprehensive ed tech event – as well as the widely adopted ISTE Standards for learning, teaching and leading in the digital age. The organization’s robust suite of professional learning resources features online courses, consulting services for schools and districts, books, and peer-reviewed journals and publications. For more information, visit iste.org. Connect with ISTE via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
For more information, media only: Jodie Pozo-Olano, Chief Communications Officer, 804-986-6911, email@example.com
The results of the 2015 Board of Directors election are in, and ISTE is pleased to welcome new board member, Bill Bass, as well as two returning members, Dr. Mila Thomas Fuller and Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach. They will start their three-year terms Jan. 1.
Bill is the innovation coordinator for instructional technology and library media at Parkway School District in Chesterfield, Missouri. He’s also an adjunct professor of education at Missouri Baptist University.
Mila Thomas Fuller, Ed.D, Dr. Mila Fuller, deputy executive director of the National Council of Teachers of English, will be representing ISTE at METC 2016. She will also be presenting two sessions: Supporting Student Writers through the Use of Digital Organizers and Evaluating Digital Tools for Use in the Classroom.
Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach is CEO of Powerful Learning Practice in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She has worked as a classroom teacher, technology coach, charter school principal, district administrator, university instructor and digital learning consultant.
Did you know that a full video production studio already resides within the iPad? Be a part of this preconference workshop, Become a Citizen Journalist, to learn how to guide your students on becoming citizen journalists.
The presenter of this workshop, Don Goble, a multimedia instructor at Ladue School District, was named the 2015 National Broadcast Adviser of the Year by The Journalism Education Association. His students have also won multiple awards for their journalism and you may have seen them at METC 2014 and 2015 as part of the METC eNews Student Journalism team.