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Now Playing: Show-Me a Movie Judging

Today the judges have gathered at EducationPlus to evaluate the submitted movies for the 2013 Show-Me a Movie Contest! Using rubrics and through discussion, they are judging nearly 150 movies from two states. The movies that receive the highest scores will be honored at the 31st annual Midwest Education Technology Conference next month. Thanks to those who volunteer their time and talents to review the student work! COMING SOON: the winners!

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Midwest Spotlight Educator: Christine Ruder

Christine RuderChristine Ruder is a third grade teacher at Harry S Truman Elementary School in Rolla Public Schools in Rolla, Missouri. She has taught 1st, 3rd, and 4th grades and has a Masters degree in Computer Education from Fontbonne University. Christine believes learning should be relevant, authentic, and active because she wants her kids to become thinkers. She is passionate about using technology with her students- from digital photography to blogging to learning basic coding skills.

Christine believes in integrating technology with her students so that they can create, connect, and collaborate beyond the walls of the classroom. In 2013, she was selected as a Midwest Spotlight Educator for 2014 for the Midwest Education Technology Conference. This recognition honor leaders from the region in education technology, whose practices are making a difference for students as well as teachers.

She also provides technology support for the teachers in her building and district and enjoy sharing ideas with teachers everywhere. She is an enthusiastic supporter of Edcamps and was a member of the #EdcampSTL planning team. At METC, she presents on Tuesday with Tell Me a Story and on Wednesday with It’s Not About the Apps: Create, Connect & Collaborate.  Follow her on Twitter @jhox.

Midwest Spotlight Educator: Robert Dillon

ImageDr. Robert Dillon currently serves the community of Affton, Missouri, as the Director of Technology and Innovation. Over his 18 years in education, Dr. Dillon has worked tirelessly to provide unique experiences and opportunities for students in a variety of secondary schools in St. Louis. In 2013, he was selected as one of the Midwest Education Technology Conference’s Midwest Spotlight Educator for 2014. This recognition honor leaders from the region in education technology, whose practices are making a difference for students as well as teachers.

Bob is a co-founder of edcampSTL, and has worked to build a vibrant network of collaborative learners in St. Louis and beyond. He is a presenter and writer of ideas and next practices in education. His blog, Principally Speaking, was an Edublog Award finalist for Best Administrator Blog. You can hear Bob this February at METC and follow him on Twitter at @ideaguy42.

METC is a program of EducationPlus.

Discovery Education & EdPlus offer Professional Learning Day

discovery ed eventJoin Discovery Education and EducationPlus for an interactive, free Professional Learning Day on January 24, 2014.

Designed specifically for Missouri educators, this unique day of learning and networking will highlight creative ways to engage students and invigorate your curriculum using the latest 21st century tools and Discovery Education Resources. Covering all subject areas & grade levels, we’ll fill the gaps with helpful information on navigating Discovery Education, talk about the new and exciting enhancements for 2014, and uncover some resources that you never knew you had!

Register today and join us for an interactive Professional Learning Day in the New Year!  Contact Stephanie Madlinger for more information about January 24 at smadlinger@edplus.org.

If you really want to further dive into Discovery Education, be sure to check out Midwest Education Technology Conference‘s Features Speaker Kyle Schutt’s sessions!

Midwest Spotlight Educator: Gina Hartman

Gina Hartman-cropped Former high school business education teacher, Gina Hartman, has worked as an Educational Technology Specialist in the Francis Howell School District for the past 7 years. She also teaches and designs graduate level instructional technology courses for Missouri Baptist and Lindenwood Universities. She was selected as one of the Midwest Education Technology Conference’s Midwest Spotlight Educator for 2014. This recognition honor leaders from the region in education technology, whose practices are making a difference for students as well as teachers.

Gina most definitely meets the desired spotlight qualifications. She has designed and delivered countless hours of professional development for teachers and administrators at all grade levels; she is very active in the instructional technology community around the state of Missouri. Her passion for integrating technology into teaching and learning shines through in her workshops.

She is a certified eMINTS Instructional Specialist, former Co-President of the Educational Technology Association of St. Louis and she has been awarded the ISTE Making IT Happen Award and V.C. McCluer Award for being a leader in the field of educational technology integration in K-12 schools. Gina enjoys connecting and collaborating with other educators and helping them building their Personal Learning Network (PLN), so she created the Twitter4Teachers wiki. Follow her on Twitter @ghartman or visit www.ginahartman.com.