NEW! Save Time & Collaborate with Your Own PLN is scheduled for Monday, June 6th from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Cooperating School Districts. Are you overwhelmed? Do you feel isolated in your role as an educator? Having a PLN allows you to learn and share with other educators around the world so you don’t feel alone. A PLN is a reciprocal network that you create based on your interests and needs. Come to this class to find out just what a PLN is and why do you need one. By developing your own PLN, you create multiple opportunities to learn from, connect with, gather information and resources, create and share with professionals like you. In this class, we will explain how to develop a PLN and then share various tools that can help you. We plan to explore Twitter, social networks, and other collaborative applications including Ning, Skype, and social bookmarking sites to get you on your way. Class costs: $149 CSD for members; $189 for non-members. For an additional fee, one graduate credit is available to interested parties. Register by clicking here.
Ning (created in 2004) is a popular social networking website, and is often utilized by K-12 staff. There are over 40 million registered Ning users! Last night on PBS’s Charlie Rose show, he interviewed Gina Bianchini, CEO of Ning, about social networking websites- of course Ning, but also Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook. One interesting point she said was that in her experience, the more specific a social network is, the more popular- sometimes the broad ones don’t generate as much interest. The interview is 25 minutes, and if you want to see it, click here.
Do you belong to a Ning?
The Super Early Bird registration for the Midwest Education Technology Conference has been extended to Tuesday, December 15th. The pre-conference sessions on Monday are filling fast. In these full and half day workshops you can learn about Digital Projects, Give Your Lesson Plan an Extreme Makeover, or Learn more about Second Life or Twitter, among other choices.
Be sure to also check out the full list of shorter breakout sessions for Tuesday & Wednesday in the Program Grid. Breakout sessions are organized into 13 topic strands such as Web 2.o, Differentiated Instruction, Leadership & Professional Development & Library Media Center. You can also search the program by keyword, then register online.
Come hear some of the top educational leaders in technology. Wesley Fryer, Deneen Frazier Bowen, Scott Meech & Leslie Fisher are a few of the Keynote & Featured Speakers invited to METC this year. Make sure to follow us on Twitter @METC_CSD , register on the METC Ning, or check out the METC Flickr page to find out all of the latest updates.
Digital Learning Academy:
The Read/Write Web for the Classroom
July 13, 14, 15 ; 8:30 am-3:30 pm each day
Three day class: $414 CSD member; $598 non-member (Two Graduate Credits Available)
This three-day, hands-on educational workshop at Cooperating School Districts in St. Louis is focused on helping teachers blend collaborative learning technologies into creative, powerful lessons and projects for K-12 students. Facilitator Karen Montgomery and participants at CSD will be partnered with teachers in Oklahoma City, who will be facilitated by Wesley Fryer. The groups will interact with each other using videoconferencing technology, both Polycom and Skype.
Some of the Web 2.0 topics covered in this tele class will be: • Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy and Creative Commons • Social bookmarking – delicious • Podcasting – Gabcast • Photo sharing – Flickr • Digital storytelling – VoiceThread • Collaborative document building – Google docs and PBwiki • Social networking –Ning • Online video – TeacherTube, YouTube and USTREAM
Heading to METC next month? Don’t forget to attend the sessions on interactive videoconferences! Some include: The Perfect Videoconference – Andy Campbell; Virtually Crossing Cultures: Using GNG Videoconferencing to Connect Youth Globally – Tonya Muro Phillips; Collaborative Curriculum Videoconferencing Projects – Elaine Shuck; Kids Creating Community Content: The KC3 Story – Jan Zanetis; and Cultural Diversity: Diversity in the Dugout- James Yasko (Baseball Hall of Fame). We also have v/c connections with Adventures in Medicine and Science at Saint Louis University and Paul Hieronymus will speak on The Emerging Technology Game.