Making IT Happen is an internationally recognized awards program from ISTE for educators and leaders in the field of educational technology integration in K–12 schools. The program identifies and rewards educational technology leaders around the world for their commitment and innovation. The Midwest Education Technology Community (METC) ISTE affiliate is pleased to honor our latest Making IT Happen educator.
Andrew Wall is a third grade teacher at Harvest Ridge Elementary School in the Francis Howell School district. According to colleagues, Andy utilizes any available technology to help his students reach beyond the classroom walls. After seeking grants for his students, he has integrated Minecraft and green screen productions into his classroom. Andy’s imaginative utilization of QR has enticed staff members to snap and read stories his students have published with their kindergarten buddies. As parents await their student’s conference with him, they capture the code and view data of their child’s most recent achievements.
Andy is technology’s #1 cheerleader and among the top contenders in the his school district. Andy has hosted numerous Tech Tuesday mini PD sessions and served as an instructional technology specialist. He was the key contributor to the planning, promotion and presentations of a recent building Tech Fest. Andy uses YouTube, e-mail and his personal blog to share solutions to problems being faced by colleagues. Andy has been described as motivational and never judgmental. In other words, he is a fantastic individual to represent the ISTE Making IT Happen Award.
If you are hungry for new, fun STEM ideas in your classroom, you’ll want to learn more about one of our 2015 METC Featured Speakers, Andrew Vanden Hueuvel! A Google Glass Explorer, he shares his STEMbite videos on YouTube. See him in February!
Would you like to find other people to connect to besides those you see daily? Having a PLN (Personal Learning Network) allows you to learn and share with others around the world, 24/7. A PLN is a reciprocal network that you create based on your interests and needs. By developing your own PLN, you generate multiple opportunities to learn from, connect with, gather information and resources, then create and share with people like you. In this full day workshop for beginners, we will explain how to use an online community to develop your PLN and then share various tools that can help you do so. We will explore online learning communities such as Nings, Wikis, Moodle & LinkedIn; and social networks such as Google+, Facebook and Twitter. Become a digital learner through podcasts, YouTube, TeacherTube & SchoolTube. Set up an RSS feed to read your favorite blogs, news and other information in one place online. The tools shared can also be used in your classroom or professional development activities. Fasten your seat belts for this full day of learning about these free, timesaving, professional development resources.
–> Participants should bring a laptop with wireless Internet access and power cords. Lunch will be provided.
Reference #: 24031-29. Register here. (To register online you must have one of the following payment methods: Purchase Order, Credit Card, CSD Network Credits). Registration Deadline: April 11. This PD takes place at the RCEW, Partnership Conference Center at 8225 Florissant Rd. inSt. Louis, MO 63121.Questions? Email Tiffiny Creech: email@example.com
Google intends to retire several non-Google name brands and rename them as Google products, according to Mashable. (Mashable is the top source for news in social and digital media, technology and web culture with more than 40 million monthly pageviews). These changes mean that the familiar names of Picasa and Blogger will be relaunched in the next six weeks as “Google Photos” and “Google Blogs,” respectively. Picasa was acquired by Google in 2004 and Blogger was acquired in 2003; Blogger is one of the top 10 most visited websites in the world. Mashable also reports that other Google brands are likely to be affected, though YouTube is not one that will be rebranded. To read the article in full, please click here.
Gateway Media Literacy Partnership (GMLP) encourages students who turn in outstanding media literacy analyses to submit their work for possible inclusion in the 2011 Academic Symposium, to be held on November 12, 2011. The symposium will be an integral part of GMLP’s annual Media Literacy Week (November 6-12 this year). The 2011 theme is “Media Literacy is the Message: The Legacy of Marshall McLuhan.”
The Academic Symposium is divided into two strands:
The Academic Strand (9:00-10:15am) consists of presentations that analyze the media and media presentations, using the analytical tools of media literacy
The Pedagogical Strand (10:30-11:45am) focus on issues related to the teaching of media literacy
Presenters will have fifteen minutes in which to present their papers, with five minutes to answer questions from the audience. The event will be held in a “smart classroom,” so you will be able to use your computer, CDs, tapes, and the Internet. This is a public event, so colleagues, friends and family are encouraged to attend. Submit two copies of your paper and a one hundred word abstract by June 1st.