Monthly Archives: November 2010
Upcoming free videoconference opportunity:
The Giver: Bringing the Characters to Life
Dates: December 9, 2010 | Grade Levels: 6-10
Times: 10 to 11:00 a.m. CT or 1 to 2:00 p.m. CT
Lois Lowry’s Newbery Medal winning novel The Giver continues to be read and loved by thousands of young people each year. In this third of a series of four HEC-TV Live! programs focusing on the novel, students will have the unique opportunity to meet the director and actors who are taking this classic story and bringing it to new life in their upcoming production of Eric Coble’s stage adaptation.
Have your students read the book this year? Will you be reading it later? Are you interested in your students better understanding the work of theatre professionals and how a story is translated through their eyes to the eyes of an audience member? HEC-TV hopes you can join them for this free program.
How do you take the vivid and compelling characters in The Giver and bring them to life in a stage adaptation? Find out by joining HEC-TV’s Tim Gore live from the Metro Theater Company’s rehearsal space:
• View a scene from the production- see elements of the set; meet director Carol North and members of the cast.
• Ask your questions of actors about how they formulated and performed their character- what clues from the novel have informed their performance? How do the director and actors work together to develop a performance? How do the characters interact on stage differently or similar to how they interact in the novel?
This series of programs is being produced in conjunction with Washington University in St. Louis and Metro Theater Company of St. Louis as they prepare and present a stage adaptation of the novel to be presented at Edison Theatre on the campus of Washington University in January. Funding for the program is provided by the Missouri Arts Council.
Viewing and registration information can be found here.
The Virtual Learning Center wanted to share this great opportunity with you-
Description: Supporting videoconferencing in your school is critical to the successful use of your videoconference system. Discover how to bring authors, experts, scientists, and global peers to the classroom to enhance student engagement. Learn about the resources available and tips for scheduling and managing the videoconferences. Strategies for encouraging teachers to use videoconferencing will be shared. Network with other VC coordinators and practice with the technology. This online course from Berrien Regional Educational Service Agency is addressed to anyone who is the champion for videoconference in their school, district, or service area. This course is taught online via Moodle. Class assignments are posted in the discussion board. Participants are required to login regularly during the class. Learn more (requirements, costs, etc.) here.
About the Instructor: Janine Lim, PhD, has been coordinating videoconferencing for 22 school districts with 70 videoconference systems since 1999. This workshop shares the successful strategies of her school videoconference coordinators. Results and strategies from her recent research on videoconference coordinators in six countries are included in the course.
Technology Featured: Participants can choose which method of videoconferencing to focus on within this class: standards-based videoconferencing carts, rooms, or desktop software by Polycom, Tandberg, LifeSize, Sony, etc. OR Skype.
Sessions for 2011: February 28 – March 28
Learn more here.
Descriptions for these precons (and that platform they are using- Windows or Mac) are listed below. To see a complete list of all the METC 2011 preconference workshops, click here.
Tech Level: Intermediate – presented by Jon Orech
The Power of Digital Storytelling (Windows)
Come learn the transformative power of digital storytelling. In this workshop, participants will learn 7 elements of digital storytelling, see samples of digital storytelling, participate in a “story circle,” be introduced to filmmaking terms, know where to find images and music, know how to give credit for photos, and create their own digital stories. Participants should bring a one-page personal story of an event that impacted them and 10-15 accompanying digital images.
Tech Level: Intermediate – presented by Chris Ingram & BJ Mork
The Student Video Resume: a Multimedia Production (Macintosh)
Experience the process used with students to create video resumes and other types of presentations. When middle and high school students create video resumes, they not only prepare for job interviews but also build self-awareness and self-esteem. Elementary students can use video as a cumulative lesson/unit product or create “a story about me.” Attend this workshop and create your own video resume or story; then take the process back to your classroom to your students. The facilitators will share pre and post surveys used to collect data regarding knowledge related to targeted skills in the NETS-S. Attendees will develop their own data collection tools to meet their specific needs.
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced – presented by Jerri Davenport
Connecting Digital and Print Literacy: Creating Book Trailers (Windows)
Producing book trailers motivates students to engage with books in a way that transforms their involvement with reading connecting print literacy with digital literacy. Book trailers expose students to a real-world digital marketing strategy. Participants will make book trailers using PhotoStory 3, a free Microsoft download (or a program of their choice). Learn how to help students select their audience, and decide how to construct their message to accomplish the persuasive goal of the trailer. The workshop will touch on copyright compliance issues and time will be given to find acceptable images and music. Voice-overs using the free download Audacity will be demonstrated. Skills covered can be applied to any subject and grade level.
The Midwest Education Technology Conference is a program of Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis.
The United States Distance Learning Association’s 4th Annual Conference is May 1-4, 2011. The 2011 theme is “Distance Learning Leading the Way.” The submission deadline for call for proposals is December 17, 2010. The conference takes place at The Hilton at the Ball Park in St. Louis, Missouri.
According to USDLA, proposals are now being accepted based on the conference theme. USDLA invites your proposals and participation in this exciting and important event. There is also a unique opportunity this year to present your session in our virtual classroom setting, which means your session will be viewed by face-to-face attendees as well as those attendees joining us virtually. You will be able to note an interest in the call for proposal link.
USDLA Conference Tracks
You are invited to submit proposals that address any of the conference topics outlined below. Please remember to incorporate the overall conference theme when possible.
• Track 1: Leading Distance Learning in the 21st Century
• Track 2: Research and Evaluation Processes
• Track 3: Professional Development
• Track 4: Best and Promising Practices in Distance Teaching and Learning
• Track 5: Technology: Changes and Challenges