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Do you want to make your life as a teacher easier? Are you wanting to integrate technology into your lessons, but don’t know where to start?
Join us from your own computer in this free webinar on Wednesday, December 7. Fill your technology toolbox in just 1-hour! You’ll be amazed how many free online tools are out there for you to use after participating in Free Cool Tools for Educators. This event is part of the Virtual Learning Center‘s ongoing free professional development through Webinar Wednesdays. All webinars offered by the VLC on Wednesdays run 4-5 o’clock.
“Library media specialists empower students to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information.” (AASL)
The Virtual Learning Center’s new LMS Academy focuses on the changing role of the Library Media Specialist in K-12 education today. Today’s LMS must play the versatile role of an instructional partner responsible for ensuring that students and staff are efficient and effective users of information. The academy will assist LMS personnel in teaching and connecting the new standards of AASL, ISTE and the NETS. Registration is open for all library media specialists to attend. Participants will:
- Learn how to develop lessons that support the AASL, ISTE & NETS Standards
- Understand the meaning of media literacy as it applies to 21st century skills
- Network with colleagues working in school libraries across the area and globally
- Learn digital tools that promote effective use of digital media for K12 students
- Examine problem based activities, plus web & media literacy lessons
- Examine best practices for Copyright & Fair Use
- Explore digital citizenship and literacy curriculum resources
- Contribute in an online learning community, such as Moodle or SchoolTown
- Research books by LMS experts such as Joyce Valenza & Kathy Schrock (one of the featured speakers at this year’s METC)
- Participate in 40 hours of blended learning professional development
- Attend one day of the Midwest Education Technology Conference
Dates and times of participation:
face-to-face classes at CSD
- October 27 ~ 4- 7 pm LMS Academy Kickoff
- November 7 ~ 8:30- 3:30 pm ~ Media Literacy tele class
- December 8 ~ 4- 7 pm LMS academy class
- January 26 ~ 8:30-3 :30 pm ~ Digital Citizenship tele class
- March 8~ 4-7 pm LMS Academy Celebration
additional online and outreach activities
- November 2 ~ online CSDVLC webinar 4- 5 pm
- November 6-12 ~ Media Literacy Week in St. Louis ~ attend choice of event(s)
- December 7 ~ online Free Cool Tools webinar 4- 5 pm
- January 18 ~ online Digital Citizenship webinar 4- 5 pm
- February 14 ~ attend 1 day of METC
Cost: $495 CSD Members/$595 Non-members. If you have questions, contact Stephanie Madlinger at email@example.com or 314-692-1212.
Here’s a photo from Stephanie’s class today on using Flip video cameras in the classroom. To see more images from this all-day professional development session, click on the image above to get to our Flickr account.
St. Louis area educators, are you already familiar with what the Internet offers, but unsure about how exactly to use it in combination with software applications and Web 2.0 technologies in your classes? The focus of this two-day class at Cooperating School Districts will be to help you create an entire lesson plan from lesson objectives and assignments to teacher and student support materials, all the way to a scoring guide for technology projects. Get tools and a model for technology integration in your classroom.
- Learn easy to use Internet search strategies for you and your students
- Find lesson plans and classroom projects on the Web to use or modify
- Store websites in a free location on the web
- Create lists and/or search engines of approved websites for students
- Learn the “grammar” of the web • Create quizzes online
- Create assignments that require students to use technology
- Find scoring guide templates for technology projects and create your own rubric online
Creating Technology-Rich Lessons to Increase Student Achievement is June 21 & 23, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. It costs $279 for a CSD member and $349 for a non-member. Also, two graduate credits are available, for an additional fee, with this course. Register here.
Once again the Virtual Learning Center‘s SMART Board class is full! Our Technology Enhanced Learning Environment, usually referred to as the tele, has educational technology classes, workshops & academies a few times per week. “This is always a popular class,” said Martha Bogart, the instructor in today’s workshop. Many classrooms around the St. Louis area are installing interactive white boards as a new & improved method of teaching and interacting with students. SMART has several studies that show the benefits of using interactive whiteboards. Further research supports the increase in student learning and motivation.
Teachers, along with administrators from Lutheran North, Ladue, Jonesburg, Meramec Valley & New City, came together to learn about how to integrate this technology into the classroom. The basics of the SMART Board were covered in this class. All VLC classes and academies are paperless and handouts are provided in the CSD Tech PD Moodle so teachers can access 24/7. Click here to find out when the next class will be held. You can also check to see the VLC’s other technology courses such as Podcasting, Power Point, Moodle, Promethean Boards, Free Online Resources, Internet Safety, and more.
The Midwest Education Technology Conference has a new Twitter account: METC_CSD. To see what METC_CSD’s been posting, click here. Conference updates will take place there, especially starting this month! The Midwest Education Technology Conference starting using Twitter in the summer of 2008 to update educators on Twitter about conference happenings. We had 700 people following our updates on our old account! During the 2009 conference, the VLC communicated with our followers attending the conference for up to the minute information. We’re looking forward to people following us at our new METC Twitter account.