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Jason Waltz is in the METC Spotlight

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Follow Jason on Twitter at @edjawz.

We’re excited to share our MIDWEST SPOTLIGHT EDUCATOR bios on The Connected Classroom! These K-12 educators demonstrate motivation, engagement, transformation and connection while using technology to improve teaching and learning. They will share their best practices at the MIDWEST EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY COMMUNITY CONFERENCE in February. This year, we have educators from across the state of Missouri presenting. The METC 2016 MIDWEST SPOTLIGHT EDUCATORS were selected by the METC Conference committee.

Jason Waltz is zealous about learning. During his career, he has sought to infuse technology so thouroughly that it becomes as “cool” as paper and pencil. After graduating from University of Missouri-Kansas City, Jason taught K-5 within the Raymore-Peculiar School District. He continues to serve Ray-Pec as the instructional technology specialist. He is completing his Masters at University of Central Missouri.
 Jason’s passion to help others develop their own passions has led him to many opportunities. He has presented at various conferences and seminars. He also enjoys facilitating edCamp style professional development; Jason established an after-school gathering of teachers sharing best practices which grew to include educators from surrounding districts. He contributes to local, regional and worldwide cadres of teachers seeking to enhance their practice and uses social media to engage with his professional learning network.

Student Groups Can Enter Cardinals’ Music Contest

Marching band directors, music teachers and video production educators, The St. Louis Cardinals are challenging fans to produce a video singing their own stylized version of Take Me Out to the Ballgame for a chance to win a VIP experience for 10 people. This Cardinal Nationexperience includes having the winning video shown to over 40,000 fans in the middle of the 7th inning of the Cardinals-Reds Game on July 29th.

School groups are encouraged to produce a music video, no more than three-minutes, demonstrating their creativity with their own personalized version of the classic baseball song. Fans may transform the tune into any music genre they want while keeping the core lyrics intact.

Fans are encouraged to entertain Cardinals Nation, show their enthusiasm for the team and most importantly, have some fun while creating their own music video.

Dates to remember:
• Fans have until May 31, 2015 to submit their video.
• Fans will vote online for their favorite June 1 – July 3rd.

Learn more and submit a link to their video and see video submissions from other fans at cardinals.com/talent.

Make a Splash, Start a Ripple

The CharacterPlus National Conference takes place June 16-17. In previous posts, we’ve shared about the pre-conference workshops options open to educators. Here, we’d like to focus a bit more on our two keynote speakers.

kafeleTuesday keynote Principal Baruti Kafele, an award-winning educator and best-selling author, is a leading authority on professional development strategies for creating a positive school climate and culture, transforming the attitudes of at-risk student populations, motivating males to excel in the classroom and school leadership development. His messages include attitude, goal setting, planning, purpose, vision, determination, self-esteem, self-image, decision-making, school behavior, bullying, distractions, temptations and so much more in an effort to motivate, educate and empower students for success. Learn more about Principal Kafele, see his books and videos at PrincipalKafele.com. Follow @PrincipalKafele on Twitter.

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Wednesday keynote Tanya Avrith is an innovation specialist, helping lead change by working with educators, parents, K-12 and college students. While she was the lead educational technology and digital citizenship teacher at the Lester B. Pearson School Board in Montreal, Canada, Tanya was instrumental in the vision and execution of the district-wide Digital Citizenship Program. Tanya presents to educators, students and parents all over North America. She has also been invited to Facebook headquarters to discuss digital citizenship education. Tanya spent the last two years guiding students how to harness the power of social media and will be incorporating this message into her keynote. She is a Google Certified Teacher and an Apple Distinguished Educator as well as the co-host of EduSlam.me. Follow @TanyaAvrith on Twitter.

Both keynotes will also present breakout sessions. Conference registration is now open. CharacterPlus is a resource of EducationPlus.

Exploring Experiential Learning Through Digital & Media Literacy

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Facilitator Mary Pat Gallagher (center) will lead participants through the experiential learning workshop at Little Creek Nature Area. Photo by Marteana Davidson.

This unique workshop is a breath of fresh air! It will be held at the Little Creek Nature Area, a 97-acre outdoor educational facility owned and operated by the Ferguson-Florissant School District. Since 1974, teachers have provided ecology, environmental science, field biology and living history programs for district students.

On June 9, EdPlus workshop participants will explore STEAM resources connected to technology standards, digital and media literacy. Using nature, art and technology tools, we will examine how experiential learning can be replicated in your classroom today. Geocaching, nature walks and animal viewing will be some of the activities you experience. We’ll encourage you to take nature photos to share on Instagram & tweet about what you are learning throughout the day to your PLN. During the workshop we’ll share how to think critically about media presentations, learn how to make simple videos, appreciate Missouri ecology and network with other educators and more.

This workshop will be held both indoors and outside, so dress appropriately for the weather. Bring a charged device and be ready to walk away refreshed and energized to bring new ideas back to you school! Learn more and register here.

CharacterPlus National Conference Keynote Addresses Digital Citizenship

Make-A-SplashTanya Avrith‘s passion stems from a strong desire to effect change and inspire others to explore how they can use the technology to help differentiate individual students’ needs, provide a vehicle for collaboration and allow for deeper purpose and voice in student learning. Her CharacterPlus National Conference keynote addresses digital citizenship:

Rebranding digital citizenship is not an option. It is an imperative. It is our professional and moral responsibility as educators. We need to rebrand digital citizenship so that it becomes part of our daily practice. The technology itself, and our guidance on its use, needs to have a regular place in the classroom and in our students’ lives at school. We need to empower our students to have a voice and learn as citizens of a connected world.

At the conference, she will also present on the following topics:

  • Harnessing the Power of Social Media & the Web
  • Building Your Early Footprint
  • Helping Parents Embrace their Children’s Digital Life

Tanya holds a M.A. in Educational Technology and a B.A. in Communication Studies from Concordia University in Montreal as well as a B.Ed from the University of Ottawa. Tanya is a connected educator with strong ties to her PLN. She also is a Google Certified Teacher and an Apple Distinguished Educator. Learn more about Tanya and her work at tanyaavrith.com.

Register for the CharacterPlus National Conference today; it takes place June 15-17 in St. Charles, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. CharacterPlus is a resource of EducationPlus.