METC Mission & History

As the EdTech program of EducationPlus, a non-profit, membership driven organization, the Midwest Education Technology Community (METC) is dedicated to assisting the education community through support, promotion, and leadership in the effective use of educational technology. The first METC Conference was hosted at the Henry VIII Hotel 1983 in St. Louis, MO. Since then, METC has become a premier ISTE affiliate and consists of educators from Missouri and beyond. METC invites anyone in education to join our collaborative community.

A resource of EducationPlus, a non-profit education consortium, the Midwest Education Technology Community (METC) is the educational technology program and a premier affiliate of the International Society for Technology in Education. METC is dedicated to assisting the education community through support, promotion, and leadership in the effective use of educational technology. 

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Midwest Education Technology Community:

Mission
Motivate, engage, transform, and connect all learners to advocacy, partnerships, and professional learning opportunities.

Vision
Curate a collaborative community of innovative educational partnerships to support all learners.

Goals:
* Foster and model a participatory culture, professional practice, and lifelong learning
* Inspire creativity and expertise in digital and media literacies
* Advocate for access, adequacy, and equity in education technology through policy and best practices
* Explore and promote high-quality digital-age teaching and learning resources in preK-12 education
* Provide opportunities to cultivate digital citizens


Who is the METC ISTE affiliate?

As a program of EducationPlus, the Midwest Education Technology Community ISTE affiliate provides professional development and support for area educators through the use of technology and 21st century skills. The affiliate was established in 2010 and consists of educators from the Greater St. Louis area and beyond.

 

History

Our first METC Conference was offered in 1983 at the Henry VIII Hotel with a limited choice of technology sessions for the 100+ attendees. We have hosted our conference at various locations around St. Louis City, St. Louis County and now St. Charles County. The conference has grown to include not just teachers and breakout sessions, but now hundreds of students, sessions, our Playkerspace and over 75 exhibitors. 

Established in 2010, the 
METC ISTE Affiliate was originally established within th
e Virtual Learning Center of Cooperating School Districts (VLC of CSD). After CSD underwent a strategic planning process, it reorganized and rebranded becoming EducationPlus in the fall of 2013. The VLC was absorbed and later reorganized through the merger of the Midwest Education Technology Conference and ISTE affiliate program. In 2014, the Midwest Education Technology Community (METC) was created as an educational resource that helps innovative learners connect through professional learning opportunities and advocacy.

ISTE Affiliate

Since the first Missouri edcamp in the fall of 2010, the METC continues to support innovative educators and their learning. We have provided annual support of EdCampKC and EdCampSTL since they began. We have expanded our support of other edcamps and educational advocacy groups across Missouri as well. In January of 2015, the Educational Technology Association of St. Louis merged their ISTE affiliate with METC, making a inaugural collaborative partnership. 

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METC features the tagline, "Connecting Innovative Learners," as educators who take advantage of METC resources seek out ways to connect with the latest technology, other educators, and students.  METC members engage learners and transform learning in their actions and reactions.  Our resources help learners motivate, engage, transform and connect. 

The annual METC conference is the largest EdTech Conference in Missouri, and one of the largest educational technology conferences in the nation with over 2,000 attendees.  During the conference, international and national experts share the latest in technology trends, local educational leaders share best practices for implementing technology in the classroom and educators get a unique opportunity to collaborate.

As an ISTE affiliate, METC provides educators a wealth of valuable resources including opportunities for networking and collaboration, discounts on registrations and educational resources and a connection to the global clearinghouse of resources that ISTE provides. In the spring of 2018, METC was selected as one of four Authorized Delivery Partners to offer ISTE Standards Certification. Learn more about this high quality PD on our METC ISTE Certification webpage. 

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Any certified or preservice educator is welcome to join our collaborative community.  View some of our the METCpd we have offered and continue to offer through traditional and virtual learning opportunities.