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*NEW* Excel Class

Excel is not just for math teachers, and it is not boring either!  Come to the tele class on October 27th from 4-7 pm and Stacey will show you how to incorporate this tool in exciting, new ways in your classrooms.  Did you know that you can use it to make interactive maps?  How about WebQuests?  Go beyond the normal spreadsheets with Excel and learn how to make them interesting for both you and your students. To sign up, visit  http://www.csd.org/tele.

*Spring 2009 update: This class has a new name! Teaching Students about Charts & Graphs (Featuring MS Excel 2007) will be this summer on July 23*

What are students searching for on the web while at school?

Stephanie shared this interesting article with me from eSchool News.

These are the top in-school web searches conducted by students: 

1. Games,  2. Dogs,  3. Animals, 4. Civil War,  5. George Washington,  
6. Holocaust,  7. Abraham Lincoln,  8. Multiplication,  9. Math Games,  
10. Weather,  11. Frogs,  12. Fractions, 13. Planets,  14. Sharks,  15. Plants 

Something that’s interesting to me is these are common topics teachers want for videoconferences, too: animals, weather, planets, etc. Take a second to check out the article: Index reveals what kids are searching for online .

Historical Fiction/ Biography Writing Videoconferences

mckissack-books.jpgPatricia McKissack connected to Howitt Middle School in Farmingdale, New York today for her first videoconference with the participating students.  Their area of focus for this series: Historical Fiction/ Biography Writing.  This is actually the second time Pat has connected to Howitt Middle; the first videoconference was with the teacher to discuss expectations- on both ends.  In this second videoconference in the series, Patricia tells the students about herself, her books, and gives them a writing assignment to be completed by March 12, the last connection.  During the third and final videoconference, students will share their written work with Pat and get her input on the stories.

Today, Pat introduced herself to the students, which included showing them a table covered with some of her books (“some” of her books covered the entire table top- she is the author of over 100 books).  Pat also spoke about being a writer, and some of the subjects of her books, such as Frederick Douglass. Using the document camera, she placed one of her books, Frederick Douglass: Leader Against Slavery on it to show the students a photo of the famous African American abolitionist. Pat has quite a bit experience writing biographies; she (sometimes with her husband, Fred) has written biographies on Satchel Paige, Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes, among others. Historical Fiction by Pat includes Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters, and A Picture of Freedom: The Diary of Clotee, a Slave Girl.

Pat said the videoconference went very well and the students asked great questions.

RoundTrips & MOREnet Present Robots Alive: Robotics, Engineering & You

Sign up now if you are interested!

Join RoundTrips live from Hale Arena in Kansas City, Missouri and be part of the action as teams from across the Midwest compete in the  2nd annual Kansas City FIRST Robotics Regional Competition.  During the free videoconference your students (grades 7-12) will interact with both competing student engineers and professional engineers.  Go live to the pits as students test and tweak their robots; ask questions about designing and building the machines, what’s working and what’s not.  Go live to the field of competition and see the robots in action;  watch how the robots are accomplishing their tasks, which strategies and designs work best.  Your students will also meet engineers working in the field and see other unique applications of robots.  Your students will have the chance to ask engineers questions about their career, the design and creation of their robots, the challenges and opportunities available as an engineer.  Are your students working on a robotics project of their own?  Ask the engineer for advice, feedback, and ideas. Videoconference Dates:  March 6, 2008 at 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Noon to 1:00 p.m., and 2 to 3 p.m. CST and March 7, 2008 at 10 to 11 a.m., and 1 to 2 p.m. CST. (Each program will be offered live via videoconference, webstreaming, and broadcast programming).

1.  To view as a Videoconference School—Interactive videoconference space for the program is limited to three schools per show.  These students will have face-to-face interaction with the competitors and engineers at the FIRST Robotics competition.  “View only” videoconference space is also available, and these students will be able to e-mail questions during the program. To enroll as a videoconference school (interactive or view only), contact Rebecca Morrison at Cooperating School Districts of St. Louis at rmorrison@csd.org no later than March 1.  Once enrolled, teachers will receive the program’s preparatory and evaluation materials.  2.  To view via the Internet—Viewing via the web is unlimited but enrollment is necessary to receive the program’s preparatory and evaluation materials.  To watch the program live via the web, surf your computer to http://www.more.net/mets/first/ on the program day. Students viewing can e-mail questions during the program to roundtrips@clayton.k12.mo.us.   To enroll your students for web viewing, once again contact Tim Gore at RoundTrips at roundtrips@clayton.k12.mo.us or by calling 314-773-6934.  Once enrolled, teachers will receive the program’s preparatory and evaluation materials.  Since many schools limit streaming video through their firewalls, we recommend testing your ability to view the stream prior to the program by watching one of RoundTrips’ archived programs at www.roundtrips.org.  We recommend viewing the program live on 1 computer only and connecting that computer to a television or digital projector for classroom viewing.  Should you have questions about viewing this way, please contact us. To see even more of the FIRST Robotics excitement online you can watch live competition all day March 7 and  March 8 via webstream at: www.more.net/mets/first/.   3.  To view via Cable Television—Some programs will be shown live in the St. Louis metropolitan area on CSD-TV, channel 22.  Students viewing in this way can e-mail their questions during the program to roundtrips@clayton.k12.mo.us.  Viewing via cable television is unlimited but enrollment is necessary to receive the program’s preparatory and evaluation materials.  To enroll your students for web or TV viewing, contact Tim Gore at RoundTrips at roundtrips@clayton.k12.mo.us or by calling 314-773-6934.  Once enrolled, teachers will receive the program’s preparatory and evaluation materials. The following programs will air live on 22:  March 6 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 2 to 3 p.m. and March 7 10 to 11a.m. and 1 to 2 p.m. [ More details about FIRST Robotics can be found at http://www.usfirst.org/.  Learn more about Missouri Research and Education Network (MOREnet) at http://www.more.net and find out about RoundTrips at http://www.roundtrips.org.]

Show Me the Reception!

During the METC last week, the Virtual Learning Center held the winners’ reception for Show Me a Movie.  Over 100 people- students, teachers, families- attended and viewed the 2 minute movies.  Cinema St. Louis‘ Cliff Froehlich introduced and congratulated the winners, and CSD’s Martha Bogart handed out the awards.  If you want to see the movies, visit this link.

the view from behind the stage…

prizes & people 

Master of Ceremonies, Cliff Froehlich