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Cooperating School Districts’ Show-Me a Movie Contest is now open to students in Missouri and its border states: Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa!
The entry form and reflection form will be posted online soon, but guidelines, deadlines, rules, and frequently asked questions are now online.
Submit a proposal for the 2014 Midwest Education Technology Conference this summer! As you can see from 2013 keynote Ken Shelton, you’ll jump for joy if your submission is accepted! The preconference proposal deadline is August 23, 2013 and the general session submissions deadline is September 15, 2013. The advisory committee will review all proposals in the fall and the presenters will be notified of their acceptance by October. To see all the information you need to submit a proposal for METC 2014, visit METCconference.org.
The Midwest Education Technology Conference is taking nominations / applications for the 2014 Midwest Spotlight Educators until May 31, 2013. This recognition honors leaders from the region (Missouri and Illinois) in education technology, whose practices are making a difference for students and teachers. By integrating technology into their instructional practices, they increase knowledge, improve skills and academic achievement. (See the first group of Spotlight Educators by clicking on the image to the right).
What’s new this year? All nominees/ applicants will be required to create and submit a video about themselves. Using the conference theme of Motivate, Engage, Transform, Connect, the potential Spotlight Educators need to demonstrate who they are as a presenter & educator. For applicants, the video URL will be submitted as part of the application form. For those who are nominated by colleagues, the nominee will be contacted by Cooperating School Districts about the submission, and will be asked to create a video to complete the process. If you are nominating a colleague, please keep in mind that (s)he will have to finish the application, and will need time to create the 60-second video.
Applicants will need to provide a minimum of two references. With nominations, one additional reference is needed besides the person submitting the nomination. To learn more about the Midwest Spotlight Educator recognition, and/or to submit yourself or a colleague, visit METCconference.org.
For the third year in a row, Cooperating School Districts’ Midwest Education Technology Conference is holding a virtual essay contest to attendees of METC. Participants should pick their favorite online tool (i.e. Glogster, Animoto, Prezi, VoiceThread) and make a connection between their experience at METC and the theme Motivate, Engage, Transform, Connect.
1. Must include the METC 30th Anniversary logo.
2. Maximum time length of 2 minutes.
3. Must cite all sources within the essay.
1. Clear and encouraging/persuasive connection to the conference theme Motivate, Engage, Transform, Connect.
2. Connection to your experience(s) at METC.
3. Creativity with the tool used to create the essay.
4. Creativity Challenge for 2013: Incorporate the number 30 some way into your essay.
Virtual Essay Process:
1. Create your virtual essay using an online tool. This may be done prior to, during, or after METC.
2. Submit the virtual essay by completing the Google Doc Form.
3. Deadline for submission is March 4, 2013.
4. The METC Planning & Advisory Committee will decide on a winner March 2013.
Be creative with your message and share your story! The winner will receive their choice of an iPad, Microsoft or Android Tablet. Past winners are Manuel Herrera and Carmen Marty. Who will be selected for 2013? Stay tuned…
Several of the Midwest Education Technology Conference Advisory Committee members have volunteered to read the books being offered at the METC book store and are providing brief reviews on the content. Here are the latest:
Reinventing Project-Based Learning – Your Field Guide to Real-World Projects in the Digital Age
By Suzie Boss and Jane Krauss, Reviewed by Will Blaylock
Reinventing Project-Based Learning is an outstanding resource to use when working with teachers on how to best implement Project Based Learning. This is the first resource I have found that takes the teacher from beginning to end on how to plan, implement and assess project based learning. The authors use vignettes throughout the book demonstrating real-world examples. This should be very beneficial when working with teachers who are not eager to adopt this instructional model. Most chapters include a realistic example, discussion on the topic and how-to’s when it comes to leveraging technology. Technology use is woven throughout the book to amplify the positive effect it can have on the learning process. An interesting and timely topic of discussion within the book is the development of a Professional Learning Community to facilitate the implementation of Project Based Learning. I highly recommend this book to increase personal learning as it relates to Project Based Learning!
1-to-1 Online Learning: Laptop Programs that Work
By Pamela Livingston , Reviewed by Cindy Marston
This book is an in-depth and practical guide for administrators, teachers, and parents. As a second edition, it contains chapters on programs using tablet PCs and effective use of Web2.0 resources. The book is well-organized into three parts, allowing readers to easily locate the information they seek and skim what may be marginally relevant. Part 1 describes the possibilities of a 1-to-1 program, with specifics from several schools, including Whitfield School right here in St. Louis (page 43), and a chapter that summarizes the research and lessons learned from early adopters. Part 2 discusses the critical steps of planning and implementation, including a “must read” chapter on professional development for teachers. Finally, the chapters in Part 3 contains practical information regarding classroom management, helping to answer the essential question: What does teaching and learning look like when every student has a computer in front of them? Based on her research, Ms. Livingston makes strong and persuasive arguments that “students get to the thinking levels faster when they have their own digital assistants to help them.”
Cooperating School Districts’ Best Practices Conference is a full day of learning and sharing the best educational practices. CSD partnered with the Innovative Technology Education Fund for the conference this year. ITEF is a St. Louis- based charitable nonprofit operating as a private foundation. Best Practices participants will hear keynote Monte Selby, as well as top educators from the St. Louis metro area, whose practices are making a difference for students and teachers, like:
- Don Goble, Ladue School District, on media literacy
- Patricia Ulrich, Ritenour School District, on systems thinking
- Gregory Taylor, St. Louis Public Schools, on creating and using classroom websites for differentiation
- plus other education professionals from CSD, the St. Louis RPDC, and school districts
In addition, ITEF Spotlight Presentations Include:
- Using iPads in the Classroom, Affton School District
- Great Video Made with Inexpensive Gear, Westminster Christian Academy
- Using Online Courses to Keep Students On Track to Graduate, Marian Middle School
- iPads and the Library: Transforming All Students into Digital Learners, Hazelwood School District
Dr. Selby will also present several sessions during both the morning and afternoon, including Emotions: This Crazy Kid is Making ME Crazy and Motivated Meetings: The End of Boring. Dr. Selby will share ideas and strategies to use with children, preK-12; providing solutions to issues and challenges facing classroom teachers today.
You are invited to join area teachers and leaders on Monday, February 11. Online registration ends on February 1, 2013; walk-ins, however, are welcome the day of the conference. (Also scheduled, although in a different section of the St. Charles Convention Center, are the preconference workshops for the 30th annual Midwest Education Technology Conference). For questions on either event, contact CSD’s Conferences & Events Coordinator, Karen Vaughan at email@example.com.
Several of the Midwest Education Technology Conference Advisory Committee members have volunteered to read the books being offered at the METC book store and are providing brief reviews on the content. Here’s the latest:
Making Connections with Blogging by Authentic Learning for Today’s Classrooms
by Lisa Parisi & Brian Crosby, reviewed by Bev Byrd
If you are interested in blogging, want to know how, if you need ideas of what to blog, I recommend Making Connections with Blogging, Authentic Learning for Today’s Classrooms. You will be able to get through this book quickly and begin blogging with confidence. This book provides a clear understanding of the pedagogy of blogging from beginning to end, and how it relates to standards while clearly showing the educational value it provides students. Parisi and Crosby walk you through every step of blogging from permissions slips to moderating while providing several examples and ideas of blogging in different subject areas and age levels.