To see some great images of students participating in mock elections this week, check out the #kidvote hashtag. One particularly active teacher is METC Spotlight Educator Krissy Venosdale of Hillsboro, Missouri. She’s documenting every step of her students’ election process- voting, tabulating, reporting, and Skyping- over several media platforms. You can find links to them all at her Twitter feed, including their mock election results. Remember, for those of you 18 and over voting in the real election, the closing time for Missouri polls is 7 p.m. central time; the Show-Me State is worth 10 electoral votes in the presidential race.
Is your district focused on career and college readiness?
You’ll be interested to know that EdisonLearning has signed onto Cooperating School Districts’ online learning program, District’s-Choice. EdisonLearning will provide high quality STEM eCourses and assessment using eValuate™. eValuate™ enables educators to:
- Assess student progress and adjusts instruction accordingly
- Analyze data to adjust achievement gaps and address them by focusing resources in the right places
- Improve student achievement and engagement in learning
CSD will host a meeting on August 21 at 4 p.m. for districts and high schools that have an interest in further exploring this program. eValuate™ (or its predecessor, Tungsten), has been used successfully in Missouri schools for the past 10 years. The informational session will include descriptions from clients of how involved Missouri schools use the program to achieve high levels of school performance. A demonstration also will be offered so that participants can receive first hand information on how the program works. Edison reps will answer questions and will schedule follow-up sessions with any educators wanting further discussion. Enroll in this free session by e-mailing Janice.Walkonis@edisonlearning.com.
On August 23, CSD will host a free meeting at 4 p.m. for districts and high schools that have an interest in EdisonLearning eCourses. eCourses (for grades 7-12) are dynamic online courses designed to engage 21st century students in rigorous coursework. From dropout recovery solutions to full-time virtual programs, EdisonLearning delivers a dynamic, media-rich learning experience. eCourses incorporate the best of “brick & click” practices for your virtual learning program. eCourses provide a robust, easily deployed and standards aligned curriculum solution with the flexibility to support a variety of online programs and student needs.
Differentiating features of the eCourses include:
- State standards and Common Core alignment
- Unique focus on STEM
- Multiple learning modalities
- Individual student customization
- Real-time progress tracking
- Consistent structure and design
- Accessible cloud-based delivery platform
- Assessments to measure mastery
A discussion and demonstration will be offered on August 23 so that participants can receive first hand information eCourses and virtual learning. Representatives from Edison will be on hand to answer questions and will schedule follow-up sessions with any districts wanting further discussion. Register by e-mailing Tanya.Egbert@edisonlearning.com. Both meetings will be held at CSD’s 1460 Craig Road location in St. Louis, Missouri.
For questions on District’s-Choice Online Learning,
also known as DCOL, contact Ruth Litman-Block.
HEC-TV Live! Presents Inside the Artist’s Studio: Drummer Boys, Battledrum, and the Civil War Videoconference — how do you take the world of Civil War drummer boys and create a compelling and meaningful stage production that is also historically accurate? Meet the directors, designers, and actors from Metro Theater Company and historians from the Missouri Historical Society who are taking on that challenge with the play, Battledrum.
Date: January 5, 2012 and January 12, 2012
Times: 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Central Time
Grade Levels: 4-10 | Cost: FREE | Register
How do you create a compelling & meaningful stage production that is historically accurate? To find out the answer to this question and more as HEC-TV invites you to meet the directors, designers, and actors from Metro Theater Company and historians from the Missouri Historical Society who are taking on that challenge with the play, Battledrum. For both programs, join them live from the auditorium of the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park where the production will take place.
Both the January 5 and 12 programs will include a tour of the set, question and answers with the director and actors, performance of a short scene from the play, examples of drummer boy drills used both by soldiers as well as in the production, and video showing elements of the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park’s new exhibition, “The Civil War in Missouri.”
The January 12 program will also include the unique opportunity for students to interact with Doug Cooney, playwright of Battledrum. Thus, in addition to the opportunity to meet the actors, designers and historians involved with the production, students will be able to ask questions of the playwright himself about his writing process in general as well as about his creation of this particular play. For this January 12 program, part of the preparatory materials will include a segment from the play for students to read in advance to help them develop questions for Mr. Cooney.
(photo from The U.S. National Archives Flickr stream via Creative Commons)
Through a partnership with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), MOREnet will provide live video streaming of the inauguration of Jay Nixon as Missouri’s 55th Governor on Monday, Jan. 12, 2009. Missourians can be a part of this event, even if they are unable to travel to Jefferson City. Live streaming coverage will begin at noon CST. Interested? To connect to the live stream go to www.more.net/services/videostreaming/events.html.
For questions about connecting, contact MOREnet Video Services at (573) 884-6986.
Videoconferencing isn’t rocket science… or is it? Today an aerospace engineer connected (through MOREnet with RoundTrips) to sites from all over the U.S. via videoconference- schools in Alabama, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Kansas, New York and Missouri (including CSD) as part of the second annual Kansas City FIRST Robotics Regional Competition videoconferences. Engineer Paul Buhse shared his expertise with students, talking about the Boeing ScanEagle (an unmanned robotic observation plane), live from St. Clement of Rome School in St. Louis, Missouri.
Info on the ScanEagle:
Also during each one hour videoconference (there were three throughout the day, today), students interacted with participating student engineers in the pits at the competition and asked them questions about their projects. Programming continues into the weekend-
Dr. Marge Skubic of the University of Missouri will share information about her ElderTech robotics research and application program.
Dr. David Gustafson is from Kansas State University. He specializes in software engineering including software measurement, software testing, software engineering of robotics software, and robotics. His students participate in the Semantic Robot Vision Challenge. http://people.cis.ksu.edu/~dag/
Semantic Vision Robotic Challenge
David Larsen is from the University of Missouri School of Natural Resources and will discuss his use of a robotic camera and balloon to study forest canopy.
For more information on the programming, click here.