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At our Welcome Back meeting for ETA of STL, the Education Technology Association of St. Louis, we asked our members what is happening in their districts and what topics they would like us to cover at ETA meetings this year. Above is an AnswerGarden of their responses.

In thinking about how technology integration can transform learning, SAMR (Substitution, Augmentation, Modification and Redefinition) is a big topic to kick off the school year, and one that my Academy has been using to frame our technology pd. Many ETA member districts participated in a summer #METCpd SAMR institute sponsored by Edplus.  They brought in Dr. Ruben Puentedura, who developed the framework. They will also be partnering with the Clayton School District to offer a free SAMR unconference on Saturday, Sept. 9.

STEAM & MakerEd continue to be big topics in the region as well. Mehlville School District opened MOSAIC this year, a new school of innovation for elementary students, and Ferguson-Florissant has a new middle school STEAM Academy. South Technical High School has a new makerspace this year, which we hope to be visiting at a future ETA meeting. For those looking for professional development in this area, you might check out the year-long STEM Academy or the new MakerEd Academy being offered by Edplus.

Chromebooks seem to be the 1:1 device of choice in area, with many districts rolling out new or additional Chromebooks including a K-12 program for Winfield, 1:1 Chromebooks at North Technical High School, and Rockwood District rolling out Chromebooks to 6-9 this year. In Ferguson-Florissant the STEAM students are 1:1 with new Dell touch screen fold-able Chomebooks.

Digital Citizenship and related topics are also in focus this year. Our next ETA meeting on September 20 at Hancock Place will be centered around Digital Citizenship, Digital Footprint, and Student Data Privacy. Educators may want to follow the lead of Orchard Farm School District, who is hosting a  Teen Digital Citizenship day for their students October 13. METC’s middle school summit on digital citizenship is Sept 21, and Oct 6 is DigCit Day: Moving Beyond Internet Safety .

As always ETA members are looking for innovative and “new big ideas.” I’m excited to join Tierney Brother’s free STL Tech Tour on October 24. If you are interested in joining in, you should contact Dawn Shuler (dawnshuler@tierneybrothers.com).

It’s sure to be another busy year in #STL #edtech, but we hope you will take time out each month to join us for my favorite local #PLN: ETA of STL.

 

Show Me a Maker: Design challenges with @MASLonline award book tie-ins

At the METC Summer Institute: Building STEAM and Creating Spaces, I attended a wonderful presentation by librarians Carolyn Allen (@cmscaia) and Alissa Roades (@AlissaRoades). They shared their Makerspace activities tied to the Show Me State picture book award nominees from last year. For instance, after reading The Tooth Fairy Wars by Kate Coombs, students did research comparing animal teeth, then built a box that Nathan could use to keep his teeth safe from the Tooth Fairy.

Some advice Carolyn and Alissa shared:

    • Include constraints/requirements and success criteria to help guide students, especially in early maker lessons but don’t show them the example, or you will get copies.
    • Some students struggle with open-endedness and no right answer of maker activities, but hopefully they will get more comfortable with this over time.
    • Coordinate timeline of units so same/similar materials can be used across various grades.
    • Many of the Show Me connection lessons could be adapted to use with multiple grade levels
    • Plan ahead to request donations of materials
    • Before you do the other books consider using resources from Andrea Beaty’s Rosie Revere, Engineer (check out the event kit)

I’m excited to adapt this idea for my older students. I think reading an excerpt from the book and then completing a Makerspace activity tied to the book would be a great way to entice students to read the book and to incorporate Makerspace into literacy activities in the library.
To jumpstart this process, I have created a collaborative document where we can share our MASL Maker ideas for the Show Me, Mark Twain, Truman & Gateway nominated books for 2017-2018. I’ve already added some ideas Carolyn and Alissa mentioned in their presentation as well as some of my own brainstorms. Even if you are not a Missouri librarian, I invite you to check out the document, as it may spur some ideas for you to incorporate Makerspace into your promotion of reading.

3 Tools to Differentiate Reading & Research #METC14

We sent Jennifer Frazer, one of our high school English teachers, who also serves on our tech committee, to the METC preconference workshop on integrating technology tools in English Language Arts to Meet Common Core Standards. She came back with lots of great ideas to share with her department colleagues, but we also asked her to do a short screencast of some of the webtools she learned about that would be of interest to all subject areas. So, Jen chose Newsela, Rewordify, and Instagrok. I particularly like how Rewordify makes a text easier to read not by shortening it (which most automated sites do rather in-eloquently), but by substituting easier words or phrases, while still allowing students access to the original word and its pronunciation.

How #METC14 got this teacher to dive into the Twitter stream

I’ve asked the members of my tech committee who attended METC this year to share something they learned in a screencast. Our eighth grade Social Studies teacher, Danny Commes, was inspired by Josh Stumpenhorst’s  Interactive History and PDBytes’s own Patricia Brown’s Classrooms Without Walls to dive into the Twitter stream. Learn how he got started and why Commes thinks you should, too!

Over 80 crowd-sourced ideas for your classroom #METC14

stumpchumpchampsNowadays, there’s an app or web tool to assist us in every aspect of education. At METC this year, we asked Stump the Chumps! session participants to test their knowledge of 21st century teaching and compete for bragging rights. Jenny Stockton, Sarah Stauffenecker, Katie Rathmell, and Jerri Meppiel were our champs.  Below is the list of web tools and apps (many you will recognize, some you may not) that they and our other audience members recommend.  During the session, we also shared our rubric for selecting tools to integrate into your classroom, and you can find that info. here.

Class Discussion

·      Padlet

·      Answer Garden

·      Today’s Meet

·      Edmodo

·      Edublogs

·      Collaborize Classroom

·      Clunic

·      BigMarker

·      Twiddla

·      ClassPager

·      Poll Everywhere

 

Taking and Organizing Notes

·      Evernote

·      MindMeister

·      Noodle Tools

·      GoogleDocs

·      EasyBib

·      Color Note

·      OneNote

·      Samsung Memo

·      NoteApp

·      LucidChart

·      VideoNot.es

 

Presentations

·      Google Presentations

·      Prezi

·      iMovie

·      SlideShare

·      Photostar

·      Animoto

·      Telegami

·      PowToon

·      Morfo

·      Blabberize

·      WeVideo

Assessment

·      Google Form

·      Survey Monkey

·      Socrative

·      Poll Everywhere

·      Answer Garden

·      Scratch

·      Kahoot

·      Infuse Learning

·      Tricider

·      FunnelBrain

·      SideVibe

·      Problem-Attic

·      NoRedInk

Cool Student Projects

·      Tynker

·      Animoto

·      iMovie

·      Google SketchUp

·       Prezi

·      Glogster

·      Voki

·      Webquest

·      Thinglink

·      CrazyTalk

·      Lulu

·      Museum Box

·     Storybird

·     StoryJumper

·      Fakebook

Parent Communication

·      Twitter

·      Facebook

·      Remind101

·      Wikispaces

·      Edmodo

·      Moodle

·      Schoology

·      Cel.ly

·      Google Voice

·      SendHub

·      Volunteer Spot

Curating Web Content

·      EasyBib

·      Delicious

·      LiveBinders

·      Symbaloo

·      Evernote

·      Blendspace

·      Dropbox

·      Diigo

·     Storify

·     Fav20

·     Pinterest

The best session you didn’t attend #METC14

I learned a lot at METC this year and attended some great sessions, but I wanted to highlight one today that most of you missed: Graduating “Career-Ready” with Cisco Networking Academy. The session featured current students and graduates from North County Technical High School (some of those same wonderful kiddos who were providing tech support to all of the presenters…Shout out to my helper, J!), along with their instructor, Jim Elkins. With Cisco Networking Academy, these students can get Cisco certified while still in high school. Those who get certified are all making $50K/year before age 25. Jim’s students have been placed out of high school at AT&T, Scottrade, Centurylink (formerly SAVVIS) earning $26-40K/yr. The kids all said that the program is challenging, but that the draw of a successful career kept them motivated. Even for those kiddos who plan to attend college, the program seems to give them a real leg-up in their career paths. If you want to know more about bringing the program to your students, contact co-presenter Clydene Stangvik (cstangvi@cisco.com). I am already in the process of setting up a webinar with her for my administrators!