Tag Archives: social media

Shining the Spotlight on Exceptional Educators

Nominations and applications for Midwest Spotlight Educators open today! The 2016 conference marks the fourth year we’ve spotlighted educators whose practices are making a difference for students and teachers.

Spotlight EducatorsSpotlight educators receive special recognition and free attendance to the METC Conference. They also share their best practices in at least two sessions (see some of our 2015 speakers here). Those selected as spotlight educators must be a certified educator in [new states added!!] Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Tennessee must have completed the submission process and have extensive experience in edtech.

Educators who wish to be considered should provide two references and also produce a two-minute video that demonstrates their presentation skills. Learn more by visiting metcconference.org.

Media Literacy & Critical Thinking Skills Workshops

Media Literacy Spring 2015The LearningLab has several new edtech and innovation workshops focusing on social media, 21st century learners, media and visual literacy. Julie Smith will lead these dynamic workshops at EducationPlus discussing topics like digital footprints, responsibility in reporting, how editing images changes the focus of the message and so much more. Click on the graphic to to the right to go to descriptions of each session and to register.

Upping Engagement: Using Social Media to Connect at METC

@ROCK_supt TweetingRockwood School District’s Dr. Eric Knost, known as @ROCK_supt to the Twitter community, uses social media in his role as superintendent to engage with students, staff, parents and community.

At the Midwest Education Technology Community Conference’s Leadership Lunch in February, Dr. Knost will talk about his best practices for school leaders in social media, how he encourages his own administrators to use it and how it has helped his district’s community engagement efforts. He’ll be followed by a panel discussion with other school leaders on the effective use of social media in schools today.

Register today to join Dr. Knost for Upping Engagement: Using Social Media to Connect with Students, Staff and the Community. On Twitter, follow Dr. Knost at @ROCK_supt and METC at @METCedplus.

Student-Led Initiative #StartsWithUs Spreads on Social Media

#startswithusStudents from eight area high schools created a campaign to prevent cyberbullying by using the hashtag #StartsWithUs and sending messages of kindness, inclusion and connection via social media. These students, under the guidance of CharacterPlus, also created The Clothes Pin Challenge to spread the word about the hashtag: #StartsWithUs is printed on one side of a wooden clothes pin and a kind message on the other side.  They “pin” a friend who takes a photo or video of the clothes pin to post on social media.  Everyone then “pins” another friend. The schools who planned this campaign are:

Bayless High School
Belleville East High School
Belleville West High School
Fox High School
Ladue Horton Watkins High School
Lafayette High School (Rockwood)
Lindbergh High School
Mehlville High School

Today was the launch, watch it unfold! The participating students will share their experiences this February at the Midwest Education Technology Community Conference. Thanks to the participating schools, community partners and those who continue to promote its positive message.

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edplus fbEducationPlus’ Learning Division has a new, updated Facebook page. For those who liked the old page, your ‘like’ should automatically transfer within two weeks of this blog post. If you haven’t visited us on Facebook before, please take a moment to check out the new page and its offerings.