Archived METC17 Searchable Program & Handouts

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1, 2, 3 = Easy

Speaker: Rae Hughart, Math & L.A. Teacher, Evans Junior High School, IL
Day/Time: Tuesday - 2:20pm - 3:10pm
Audience: K - 12
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: 104

A great teacher is a blend of Effective Grading and Relevant Learning. Join "1,2,3 = Easy" to learn a foolproof method for developing units focused on CCSS with a blend of creativity that is fun for all learners. You will understand how to guide students through the learning process, grade using Standard-Based Grading tools, and incorporate the community in daily learning! I will highlight the importance of using themed units to guide classrooms while showing educators how CCSS can help support creativity; not weigh it down!

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1:1 Panel

Speakers:  Michelle Dirksen, Director of Technology, Hancock Place School District, MO
                  Bill Niemeyer, Director of Technology, Orchard Farm School District, MO
                  Greg Southard, Director of Technology, Pattonville School District, MO
                  Richard Wilson, Director of Technology, Wentzville School District, MO
Day/Time: Wednesday - 2:20pm - 3:10pm
Audience: 6 - 12
Tech Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Strand: Leadership
Room: Jr Ballroom C

This panel discussion will include several St. Louis area schools district which have implemented successful 1:1 programs. The panel will include technology directors sharing their districts 1:1 projects, and go over major facets of their programs. Time will be allocated for audience questions to the 1:1 panel. You will come away from this session with real-world solutions on how effective 1:1 programs have been implemented with St. Louis area school districts.


21st Century Learners in a Primary Classroom

Featured Speaker: Christina Garcia, Teacher, Atwater Elementary School District, CA
Day/Time: Tuesday - 10:50am - 11:40am
Audience: Early Childhood - 5
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: D2

In this session, our Featured Speaker will share teacher and student activities that can be completed using Google and iPad apps to address the different needs of students and meet state standards. Learn successes, failures and how to transform your classroom into a 21st century student centered learning environment that is both engaging and fun! By the end of this session, you will have ideas to help manage your classroom and teach your students by integrating technology in a 21st century learning environment.

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25 Free Tools and Resources Smackdown with Discovery Education

Speakers: Michael Bryant, Director Educational Program Activation, Discovery Communications
                 Rob Lamb, Teacher, Pattonville School District, MO
Day/Time: Tuesday - 10:50am - 11:40am
Audience: K - 12
Tech Level: All
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: Jr. Ballroom A

Join our team for a smackdown-style dive into the suite of free resources from Discovery Education. Investigate resources to support arts and humanities, healthy living, STEM, professional development and career connections. Leave with a plan for how to use these tools with students and share with colleagues.


360 Degrees of Learning

Speaker: Chris Anderson, Library Media Specialist, Liberty High School, MO
Lori Riedel, Library Media Specialist, Liberty High School, MO
Day/Time: Wednesday - 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Audience: 6 - 12
Tech level: All

Strand: Library & Media Literacy

Room: D1

Redefine your library to be a welcoming and inclusive space where students and staff can come to create, connect and cultivate 360 degrees of learning. Create a library environment that is flexible, collaborative, student-driven and inspiring. Physical flexibility of space allows on-demand, customizable access suitable for individuals, small groups, whole classes and community events. Students and staff are inspired to use the space for anything ranging from instructional to personal interests, all resulting in the development of the student skills needed for instructional innovation and college and career readiness. By redefining and rebranding the library, it has emerged as the central resource to support all areas of academic and instructional needs. It is essential that libraries evolve beyond a place for reading material and research assistance.

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3D Printing in the History Classroom

Speaker: Eric Langhorst, Teacher, Liberty Public Schools, MO
Day/Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm 
Audience: K - 12 
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Innovative Instruction 
Room: 104

Discover how a Dremel Ambassador is using a 3D printer in his middle school U.S. History classroom. In this session you will learn how this emerging technology is allowing students to explore historical artifacts on a new level. See student projects, learn about available free software applications for 3D model creation and practical advice on getting started with 3D printing in your classroom. You will leave this session with understanding of basic terminology and features of a classroom 3D printer.

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4 Ways Digital Citizenship is Missing the Point

Speaker: Julie Smith, Professor, Webster University
Day/Time: Wednesday - 2:20pm - 3:10pm
Audience: K - Post Secondary
Tech Level: All
Strand: Leadership
Room: Grand Ballroom C

Digital citizenship should be more than anti-bullying programs. Our students are stressed out, vulnerable, gullible and filled with fear of missing out. Julie will share coping strategies for helping your students through this minefield: tools for evaluating the authenticity of online information, tips for helping students conquer FOMO and ideas for creating stronger passwords. Examples include 1Password, Emergent, Trendsmap, Google Reverse Image Search, Verification Junkie and more. We need to "elevate" digital citizenship education to go way beyond "cyberbullying". The issues go so much deeper, and we need to "evolve" so we can "educate" our students in this engaging way.


50 Ways to Use Board Builder in the Classroom

Speaker: Michael Bryant, Director, Educational Program Activation, Discovery Education
Day/Time: Wednesday - 10:50am - 11:40am
Audience: Early Childhood - 12
Tech Level: Beginner
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: Boardroom

Do you think Discovery Education is just about playing videos? Think again! Board Builder is a power multimedia content creator that lets students demonstrate learning by mashing up Discovery Education's videos, images and audio with their own work. Research shows that media is one of the most powerful ways for students to learn from, but it's even more effective when they create new content with it. Learn how to teach students to learn from, synthesize and then remix multimedia to demonstrate knowledge and understanding. Examples of student work will highlight how to elevate STEAM, Language Arts and Social Studies across grade levels. Explore 50 different ways to engage your students and kickstart creativity by using Discovery Education Streaming.