It’s no April Fool’s! Here are the top five blog posts for the past month on The Connected Classroom — have you read them?
#1 GMLP Media Literacy Mini Conference: Pedagogy & Production #2 Book Study: Common Core for the Not-So-Common Learner #3 CSD offers New Technology Workshops this Summer #4 Meeting Common Core Standards Using Google Tools #5 19th Annual National Character Education Conference is June 17-19 in Missouri
The Virtual Learning Center of Cooperating School Districts has two more workshops this summer on your Promethean ActivBoard. Take both, or just select the single session that best suits your needs! Each session runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and is $110 for a CSD member and $149 for a non-member. For Level 2 and 3, one graduate credit is available for each workshop (at an additional cost). To register, click here. If you’d like to get a little taste as to what this kind of professional development offers you as an educator, take a some time to view this archived webinar offered by the VLC earlier in the 2011-2012 school year.
Creating ActivBoard Lessons to Engage and Motivate Students (Level 2) Learn the advanced features of the ActivInspire and create flipcharts; develop lesson activities that organize lesson resources, make use of sound and images to motivate students and create a story or problem where your students demonstrate knowledge or creativity in a fun way. You’ll be able to create your own usable flipchart, either from scratch or by tweaking a downloaded lesson. PREREQUISITE: Level 1 training or equivalent; not a workshop for beginners. This workshop is Monday, July 2.
Best Practices in ActivBoard Flipchart Lessons (Level 3) Available for teachers with intermediate or advanced skills in ActivInspire software, this workshop will teach you how to create interactive lesson activities based on curriculum standards & best practices scoring guides. You’ll also collaborate with others to design & build lessons. Lessons created during class will then shared with other teachers through Promethean Planet. PREREQUISITE: Level 2 training or equivalent; not a workshop for beginners; You will be sent a survey of their skills before enrolling. This workshop is Monday, July 9.
Check out some snapshots of the beginning of Stephanie Madlinger’s workshop on Flipped Classrooms! This is one of our brand new professional development sessions- it’s full title is Flipping Your Classroom with Flip Cameras & Screencasting. At a cost of $110, these participants get a full day of instruction, plus hands-on time with the cameras. Stephanie and the group will explore various online resources for “flipping” classes, and will practice using a digital Flip Camera, and consider how to use IWB software like SMART and Promethean to create their own flipped class. (In addition, if they are so interested, the attendees can earn one graduate credit for their participation).
The Virtual Learning Center is offering a discount on the remaining tele workshops for the rest of the summer (going until the July 30th Connecting Digital and Print Literacy – Creating Book Trailers workshop). For members and non-members both, tele workshops will be 25% off their regular prices:
• 1-day workshop for a CSD member will now be $110 instead of $149
• 2-day workshop for a CSD member will now be $209 instead of $279
• 3-day workshop for a CSD member will now be $277 instead of $369
• 1-day workshop for a non-member will now be $140 instead of $189
• 2-day workshop for a non-member will now be $262 instead of $349
• 3-day workshop for a non-member will now be $344 instead of $459
(If you have already registered for a tele workshop between now and the end of July, your price will be adjusted!)
This summer, if you plan to take a workshop, or two, or three, in the technology enhanced learning environment (tele) at Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis, you’ll need to register prior to the event. Our preferred registration process is online, but we do accept faxed in registrations (like the one to the left) to 314-872-9128.
When registering online, remember that you’ll need your form of payment ready at that time, whether it is a purchase order number through your school (district) or credit card number. (If you wish to pay by check without a purchase order–print out a PDF of the registration form and mail in with a check made payable to CSD).
During online registration, you will first be asked which school (district) you work in. Next, you are taken to a screen that will ask for your username and password. If you have previously logged onto the registration account before, you will have this information already. If it is your first time, you will need to create an account by providing an email address. Then you are taken into a three stop process; (1) basic contact info, (2) workshop selection(s), and (3) registration payment option. (You’ll also get an email confirmation to the address you supplied in step 1).
Once you are in the system, you will be able to look up past professional development sessions you’ve attended to keep a good record of it. If you have any questions about the process, speak with tele registrar Joan Forrest.