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2019-20 Technology Academy Registration NOW OPEN!

You asked and we’ve answered. We’ve revamped our technology academies and combined our three most popular blended learning format including two of our most popular events: METC Digital Citizenship Day and the METC Conference.

Based on the ISTE Standards for Educators, you will select a cohort that best meets your needs, then engage in virtual connections, self-paced online learning, social media networks and face-to-face events. These learning tracks have been created for a team or individuals to complete activities and explore resources via a personalized learning path.

Choose the Technology Leadership, Library and Media Literacy or STEM and MakerEd cohort. Learn the basics together during the evening virtual connections and break into the personalized cohorts for the self-paced online learning. Cohorts will meet at Digital Citizenship Day and at the METC Conference for an all inclusive academy!

View the METC Technology Academies course outline

Register for one cohort independently or choose leaders for each cohort to learn alongside each other in this new, collaborative learning format.

Find more information and registration here.

Beginning Monday, September 30.

Get #ISTE Certified with the METC!

ISTE Certification LogoISTE Certification is a competency-based, vendor neutral teacher certification based on the ISTE standards. This digital credential recognizes educators who understand how to use edtech for learning in meaningful and transformative ways.

Through the ISTE Certification process, educators will participate in an eight week blended learning cohort based on the ISTE Standards and transformative pedagogy. After completing the blended learning course, participants will have six months to apply their learning and compile artifacts and reflections into a competency-based portfolio to earn ISTE Certification.
Content will be taught in the following four modules:

  • Designing For Diversity
  • Personalized Learning and Alternative Assessments
  • Digital Learning Environments: Design Thinking and Computational Thinking
  • The New Digital Citizenship

Training begins with two onsite training days and culminates with an e-portfolio.

Check out our 2019-2020 #ISTE Certification Schedule.
For questions about ISTE Certification, or if you’re an education leader interested in exploring on-site teacher certification training at your location, contact Director of Educational Innovation & METC, Stephanie Madlinger.

Monday, September 23 & Tuesday, September 24
at EducationPlus, 1460 Craig Road, St. Louis, MO 63146

Thursday, November 21 & Friday, November 22
at EducationPlus, 1460 Craig Road, St. Louis, MO 63146

Thursday, March 12 & Friday, March 13, 2020
at EducationPlus, 1460 Craig Road, St. Louis, MO 63146

Monday, June 1 & Tuesday, June 2, 2020
at EducationPlus, 1460 Craig Road, St. Louis, MO 63146

Don’t want to wait until next school year?
We have four ISTE Certification trainings beginning this summer – two in the St. Louis area, one in Springfield, MO and one at the Windermere Prepatory School in Windermere, FL (please note transportation is not included in the registration fee).

 

 

Free PD Events from Apple Education & Discovery Education

Check out these three, FREE professional development events from Apple Education and Discovery Education.

Space is limited – register today to reserve your seat!


Tuesday, October 23
8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

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Discovery Education, in partnership with EducationPlus, invites you to join us for an interactive day of professional development.  Register for the Discovery Education Experience – Makerspaces & More session on October 23. Come play with us in our Makerspace! What is a Makerspace, you ask? Well there are many answers to that question. In this session we will explore several “variations on the theme”, discuss ways to gather materials and equipment, showcase examples and experience some activities. Learn more & register HERE.

Wednesday, October 24
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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You’re invited to find out how the latest Apple products can support learning and teaching in your school or district. At this event designed for instructional leaders and technology directors, you’ll discover what’s new at Apple, meet your Apple team, ask questions and explore the latest products and solutions Apple offer for Education. Register here!

Wednesday, October 24
12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

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Join us to learn about Everyone Can Create, a new program from Apple designed to help unleash the creative potential in every student. Everyone Can Create includes a collection of free project guides that teach students how to develop and communicate ideas through video, photography, music and drawing. And it give teachers fun and meaningful ways to bring these skills into any lesson, topic or assignment. RSVP here!


 

Digital Citizenship Summits for Students

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The Digital Citizenship Student Summit is a hands-on event for teams of students. In this fourth year, our comprehensive approach demonstrates how actions can impact the behaviors of self and others. Students will collaboratively create artifacts that support modeling of good digital citizenship. Privacy and legal guidelines, as well as combating cyberbullying and digital addiction will be the focus. Methods and practices for both personal actions and school wide culture will be addressed by practicing digital wellness and modeling positive online behaviors.

Privacy, Protection and Professionalism are key to the success of our digitally connected students today. We have aligned this event to the ISTE Standards for Educators and Students, and the latest research in digital citizenship. Student leadership teams should include one sponsor (administrator, counselor, student council advisor) and a team of 5-7 student leaders so personal and building action plans can be created. Digital Citizenship resources and books will be shared with each school team.

We are offering summits for high school, middle school and elementary students this year.  Click the links below to learn more, and register your student leaders today!


Digital Citizenship Summit for High School Students                        Thursday, September 6

Digital Citizenship Summit for Middle School Students                  Thursday, September 20

Digital Citizenship Summit for Elementary School Students                     Friday, October 5

Digital Citizenship Summit for Middle School Students                          Friday, November 2


Digital Citizenship Summit for High School Students                 Thursday, January 17, 2019

Digital Citizenship Summit for Middle School Students         Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Digital Citizenship Summit for Middle School Students                 Thursday, March 7, 2019

Digital Citizenship Summit for Elementary School Students                Friday, April 5, 2019


Find all our upcoming workshops at edplus.org/pd

2018-19 METC Technology Academies

2018-19 Technology Acadmies

Registration for our six, long-term technology academies for the 2018-19 school year is now open. Each academy registration includes one-day attendance at the 2019 METC Conference, February 11-14, 2019 and has up to 3.0 graduate credit hours available (for a small, additional fee).

Beginning Friday, September 21

Technology Leadership Academy for School Leaders

The 20th annual TLA will assist in developing the knowledge and skills necessary to use technology as a tool for more effective and efficient leadership in your schools. This year-term academy is for all educational leaders (superintendents, assistant superintendents, principals, curriculum or tech coordinators). Learn more and register HERE.

Beginning Monday, October 1

MO Google for Education Academy

There is no question that Google is here to stay and that Google Apps for Education has changed how students learn. Never before have students had so many resources at their fingertips. The way educators learn and collaborate has also changed.  If your district has gone Google, and you are feeling lost, then this GAFE Academy is for you!  As a participant of this academy you will learn more than just the basics of these amazing educational tools. Our Google Certified Instructors will help you dive deeper, learn ways to use these tools within your lessons and engage all learners like never before. Learn more and register HERE.

Beginning Wednesday, October 3

STEAM-ing UP STEM Academy

STEAM is everywhere! It is hard to come up with any occupation that doesn’t involve STEAM. The focus on STEM began with the notion that students need more opportunities in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math related fields. With the increased enthusiasm for Project Based Learning (PBL) these two concepts complement each other. Both STEM & PBL promote important 21st century competencies and directly connect to the ISTE Standards of Innovative Designers and Computational Thinkers. You will have the opportunity to participate in virtual field trips and regional excursions, as well as experience hands-on STEAMy activities. We will explore ideas of combining real-world activities along with problem solving and team building to come up with a solution. Learn more and register HERE.

Beginning Thursday, October 4

Library Media Specialist Academy

The LMS Academy focuses on the changing role of the Library Media Specialist in K-12 education. Today’s LMS must play the versatile role of an instructional partner responsible for ensuring that students and staff are efficient and effective users of information. The Academy will assist LMS personnel in teaching and connecting the new standards of AASL, ISTE and NETS. Learn more and register HERE.

Beginning Tuesday, October 9

MakerEd Academy

The MakerEd movement for educators who enjoy inventing, designing and tinkering, and believe creativity and innovation are catalysts for student engagement. Maker and design thinking experiences foster a culture of asking questions, solving problems and develop an “I can do that!” confidence in young people. You will experience a challenging and collaborative environment. You will learn the basics of making and building rough prototypes by hand using simple tools such as paper, glue, and tape, as well as experience 3D printing. We will also explore Makerspace ideas, design a space and curate resources for a successful Maker environment. Learn more and register HERE.

Beginning Thursday, October 11

Technology Leadership Academy for Teachers

The TLA for teachers will assist educators in developing the knowledge and skills necessary to use technology as a tool for more effective and efficient integration in their classrooms. Various free digital portals, applications and resources will be explored including Google and Microsoft applications and research based technology integration tools such as SAMR. This long-term academy is for all media or tech specialists and classroom teachers. Learn more and register HERE.