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Utilizing Technology for More Effective + Efficient School Leadership

Technology LeadershipAcademyRegistration is open for superintendents, assistant superintendents, principals, assistant principals, librarians, media specialists, tech coordinators and teachers to attend the 2014-2015 TLA. This popular academy assists educators in developing the knowledge and skills necessary to use technology as a tool for more effective and efficient leadership in their schools.

The Technology Leadership Academy will help you:
•  Develop a vision to improve student performance using technology
•  Assess tech strengths and needs of your staff/students
•  Develop a practical and useful technology plan
•  Expand your network of colleagues

Cost for six, all-day sessions: $1,000. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop to the sessions. (For an extra $600, participants may purchase an iPad.  Please contact Stephanie Madlinger at smadlinger@edplus.org.) In addition, participants have an option to earn 3 graduate credits for an additional cost of $100 per credit hour through Lindenwood University. Click on the image above for more information, including dates and locations.



Register for METC Starting Tomorrow!

METC Thursday, October 1, 2009 marks the opening for 2010 METC registration! Keynote speakers are Wes Fryer, Deneen Frazier Brown and Ian Jukes.

Held annually at the St. Charles Convention Center, METC attracts educators from across the United States and around the world. This year’s theme is “Reaching Beyond the Cloud.”

To learn more about METC, or to register (starting tomorrow!), visit: http://metcconference.org.

METC 2010 Keynote Speakers Announced

METC 2010 will be held February 8-10 at the St. Charles Convention Center in St. Charles, MO. Call for presenters is currently up until August 20. Online registration begins October 1! Cooperating School Districts recently announced 2010 keynotes: Wesley Fryer and Deneen Frazier Bowen.

FryerWesley Fryer is a digital learning consultant, author, digital storyteller, educator and change agent. With respect to school change, he describes himself as a “catalyst for creative engagement and collaborative learning.” Wesley serves as a co-convener for the annual K-12 Online Conference and is the co-director of the statewide Celebrate Oklahoma Voices digital storytelling project. His blog, “Moving at the Speed of Creativity” was selected as the 2006 “Best Learning Theory Blog” by eSchoolnews and Discovery Education. He was named an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2005. He was an elementary classroom teacher for six years in Texas public schools before serving as a college director of distance learning for five years. Wesley is completing his doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction at Texas Tech University, studying the impact of podcasting and coursecasting on student learning in higher education.

Wesley will conduct a preconference workshop on Monday, February 8. On Tuesday, February 9, he is keynote speaker and presents two additional breakout sessions.

For more than a decade, Deneen Frazier Bowen has been applying her acting, teaching and technology experience to help teachers and schools expand students’ learning opportunities through harnessing new technologies. She has traveled the country consulting with and speaking to schools, school districts, foundations and organizations.

Frazier BowenDeneen spent several years working first as an elementary and then as a high school academic technology coordinator. In 2000, she designed and directed the Catalyst Communities program to explore how online communities can strengthen local schools. In 2001, she moved to Austin where she directed the online learning community for Teachscape, a developer of online professional development courseware for teachers. Since 1992, Deneen’s consulting business has provided technology-based professional development consulting services to educators nationwide. She holds a bachelor’s in communication from the University of California-San Diego and master’s in secondary education from George Mason University.

In her ‘spare’ time, Deneen is an accomplished and versatile actress who loves to bring life to the characters she portrays. With ActWith, Deneen masterfully weaves together her insights as an educator, talent for engaging audiences and technology expertise.

Missouri Distance Learning Association July Breakout Sessions posted

MODLA‘s annual conference is July 9 and 10 at Tan-Tar-A Resort in the Lake of the Ozarks.  The conference theme this year is ‘Keeping Pace with Distance Learning.’  For a complete list of all the sessions (including mine on our Author Visits!), click here.

Strands include:

  • ABC’s of Distance Learning
  • 21st Century Technologies
  • Distance Learning Content Development
  • Instructional Practices in Distance Learning
  • Interactive Video Conferencing & Online
  • Distance Learning Support and Assessment
In addition, AT&T Education Advocate Wesley Fryer will be the keynote speaker & Dan Coyote and the Skydancers will close the conference with a presentation on Second Life.               

According to its website, the mission of the Missouri Distance Learning Association “is to promote the effective application of distance learning strategies to maximize access, equity, and quality of educational resources for teachers and learners of all ages.”

I hope to see you in Tan-Tar-A!