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Apple offers summer webcast series

Learn from “Standout Schools” throughout June and July on how they implement Apple into their classrooms and curriculum. This free webcasts series promises that you’ll “learn from and speak with your peers as they describe best practices in their implementations from a leadership, IT, and curriculum perspective.” Here’s the line-up (registration is required):

• June 19, 2012, 10–11:00 a.m. PDT for K12 Independent Schools
Innovating curriculum with Apple technology.
presented by Mireille Rabaté, Middle School Principal and Seth Hubert, Director of Academic Technology, French American International School, San Francisco, CA and Misty Overman, Middle School Principal and JoAnn Waldrop, Middle School Science Teacher, Greater Atlanta Christian School, Norcross, GA.

• July 10, 2012, 10–11:00 a.m. PDT for Middle and High Schools
Engaging and empowering students with iPad and Mac.
presented by Margaret Murphy, Education Technology Specialist and Stephanie Meewes, Middle School Language Arts Teacher, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago, IL and Mary Stewart, Principal and Julie Leach, 21st Century Literacy Teacher Leader, Wyandotte High School, Kansas City, KS.

• July 24, 2012, 10–11:00 a.m. PDT for Elementary Schools
Increasing student achievement with Apple technology.
presented by Emy Flores, Principal and Anna Kozma, 1st Grade Teacher, Valencia Park Elementary School, Fullerton, CA and Dr. Kevin Juach, Superintendent and Gail Soriano, Technology Director, Avoca School District 37, Wilmette, IL.

July 31, 2012, 10–11:00 a.m. PDT for Higher Education Graduate Schools
Advancing professional education with iPad.
presented by Yousuf Kahn, Chief Information Officer, Hult International School of Business, San Francisco, CA and Michael L. Schwartz, PhD, Assistant Dean for Curriculum, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT.

Visit the website to read full descriptions and to register.

Guest Blog Post: Back To The Future II and Technology

Guest post by Greg Lawrence

When I was in elementary school, the movie Back To The Future II premiered. Marty McFly had once again teamed up with Dr. Emmett Brown (Doc) and had been sent into the future, 2015 to be exact. In the movie, we get a little glimpse of what the future might look like… cars will be able to fly and skateboards can hover over the ground. Well, 2015 is less than 4 years away, so… where are all of the flying cars? Where are all of the hovering skateboards? Where are all of the robots?

As a technology facilitator for a school district in the St. Louis area, one comment that comes up from educators is, “This is just one step closer to a computer taking over our jobs.” I normally respond with a laugh and move on.  I am not sure how serious they are, but one thing I am sure of is that- computers will not replace a teacher, but an educator who is integrating technology into his or her classroom will replace an educator who is not! Technology is here and it is not a fad that will disappear. It is not a trendy concept. It is a resource that is completely revolutionizing the way our students  learn and how we teach. With the invention of the Apple iPad and Android tablets, the look of the computer has changed, but it is still an active learning resource.

I am a firm believer that training is one of the most important pieces in the technology integration equation. Technology without the training is meaningless. Many studies have shown that effective integration of technology into teaching and learning can result in higher levels of student achievement (ACOT2 – http://ali.apple.com/acot2). “Effective integration” means not merely using technology for technology sake, but rather having a plan, a purpose and effective training which guides our decisions.

Over the past couple of years, I have had the opportunity to attend some amazing workshops and outstanding conferences that are part of Cooperating School Districts’ Virtual Learning Center.  I have attended and presented at the Midwest Education Technology Conference (METC) multiple times, taken part in the Technology Leadership Academy (TLA), and participated in several workshops. Every opportunity has provided me with the training for supporting instructional learning and technology integration in the classroom.

McFly and Doc might not have been able to accurately predict the future, but technology is here and enhancing student learning and achievement in the classroom. Seek out every training opportunity that is available to you. Be the teacher who models being a lifetime learner by continuing to seek new ways to integrate technology into the lives and education of your students.

METC Call For 2009 Presenters

What tech tools do you use to reach and teach your students or staff?  Do you feel others would benefit from learning more about the technology tools used in your teaching?  Do you have a desire to share your creative and professional successes?

If you or a colleague can answer yes to the above questions, METC 2009 invites you to apply as a presenter for a breakout session or hands-on workshop. More than 1,500 attendees from across the nation are expected to participate including technology specialists, teachers, library media specialists, staff developers, administrators, instructional technology teachers, counselors, and information technology/network specialists.

Share how your most effective technology tool(s) directly impacts:

Student achievement  |  Transformation of instruction  |  Library media   Administrative leadership  |   Network infrastructure

METC topic strands are:
1.  1:1 Initiatives (One laptop/handheld/desktop per student)  “NEW”
2.  Curriculum & Instruction based on Assessment and Data
3.  Differentiated Instruction
4.  Digital Media
5.  Distance Learning (online learning, conferencing)
6.  Instructional Technology Integration
7.  Library Technology Integration
8.  Mobile Technology (Palm, MP3 Player, Cell Phone) “NEW”
9.  Technology Integration 101 – a primer on basic tech integration “NEW”
10.  Technology Leadership
11.  Technical & Networking
12.  Web 2.0 (Read / Write Web)

Select from seven types of presentation formats:
1. 30-min Best Practices for Classroom Integration mini-session
2. 50-min breakout session giving the attendees an overview or introduction of a topic
3. 1-hr and 50-min breakout session that addresses a topic more in-depth.  This will be conducted in two consecutive 50-min sessions with a Part 1 and Part 2. It may be a hands-on workshop BYOL (bring your own laptop).
4. Student Poster session for your students to showcase how they learn and what technology tools they use.
5. Student plus Teacher session (bring your students as your co-presenters).
6. 3-hr preconference workshop on the morning of Monday, January 26
7. 6-hr preconference workshop all day on Monday, January 26

You may submit a proposal using the METC Call for Presenter form or after May 15, use the online proposal form located at www2.csd.org/metc2009.htm

For program updates, keynote and featured speakers, and online registration information, check the conference website at www2.csd.org/metc2009.htm

Cooperating School Districts hopes to see you at METC 2009,
January 26-28 at the St. Charles Convention Center.

Tech Rich Lessons & MS Publisher April Workshops at Cooperating School Districts

St. Louis area educators, here are some upcoming tele classes! 
To register, visit http://www2.csd.org/tele/:
Creating Technology-Rich Lessons to Increase Student Achievement 
Wednesday, April 2, 9, 16, & 23   4-7 pm 
$259 CSD member | $389 non-member
This three-day workshop is for people already familiar with “surfing the Net” but unsure about how exactly to use it and other technologies such as Microsoft Office applications in their classes. The focus of the workshop will be to help you create an entire lesson plan from lesson objectives and assignments to teacher and student support materials, all the way to a scoring guide for technology projects. Get tools and a model for technology integration in your classroom.
• Learn easy to use Internet search strategies for you and your students
• Find lesson plans on the Web to use or modify
• Store websites in a free location on the web
• Create “tracks” of approved websites for students
• Learn the “grammar” of the web
• Create quizzes online
• Create worksheets for use online by students
• Create assignments that require students to use word-processing, PowerPoint and simple web pages
• Create your own PowerPoints for use in introducing a lesson
• Find scoring guide templates for technology projects and create your own rubric online
Using MS Publisher in the Classroom 
Monday, April 14   4-7 pm 
$59 CSD member | $89 non-member
Newsletters, fliers, signs, tickets, calendars, invitations, brochures, banners, and certificates are staples in the classroom. This software application enables you to create all of these and more through easy-to-use templates that are already set up for you. No more guessing about attractive layouts, colors, etc. With this program, you are a graphic artist! Publisher makes it easy with PageWizard that walks you through the process for making publications. During this workshop, you will create from scratch, so come with ideas for projects you want to develop, and you will learn how to design student assignments that require the use of this technology tool.