2013 Midwest Spotlight Educator Linda J. Dougherty is a high school librarian and district library chair in the Northwest R-I School District, and is surprised by her reputation as a social media maven and tech toy geek. Linda belongs to the ISTE’s Special Interest Group Media Specialists, SIGMS, where she has built her PLN by presenting at the 21st Century Digital SIGMS Playgrounds. She is a member of ALA, AASL, ASCD, MASL, MSTA, is a DEN Star, and a Google Apps for Education District Administrator. Linda blogs and tweets with the Geek Tribe, aka, TL Virtual Café librarians. Follow her on Twitter at @ldougherty.
Linda is one of nine educators chosen as spotlight speaker at the Midwest Education Technology Conference. This special designation honors leaders from the region in education technology, whose practices are making a difference for students and teachers. METC, a program of Cooperating School Districts, celebrates 30 years in 2013.
The Midwest Education Technology Conference is currently taking proposals for the the 2012 conference. We’re looking for breakout sessions that consist of a presentation with handouts (that will also need to be uploaded to the METC website- directions for posting will be available in November), plus time for interaction among attendees and the presenter. Presenters are encouraged to share their strategies for successful curriculum integration and transforming lessons that involve complex learning and thinking tools.
This year, we’re also interested in receiving proposals that feature SIG topics- Special Interest Groups, that is- as defined by ISTE. For example, the SIGIVC: Interactive Video Conferencing Special Interest Group promotes the understanding of interactive videoconferencing and related virtual learning technologies within the K–12 education community by advancing collaboration, information dissemination, research, and best practices. Other SIGs include (but aren’t limited to!) Administrators (SIGAdmin), Music and Technology (SIGMT), 1 to 1 Computing (SIG1to1), and Independent Schools (SIGIS).
METC is accepting proposals until the end of August! For all the information you need to submit, visit METCconference.org. METC 2012 runs February 13-15 at the St. Charles Convention Center.
Follow us on Twitter @METC_CSD. The Midwest Education Technology Conference is a program of the Virtual Learning Center of Cooperating School Districts.