Edutopia Features eMINTS and Hartville

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On July 25, the Edutopia’s Schools That Work profiles the eMINTS program as it has been implemented in the Hartville R-II School District located in Hartville, MO. The Hartville School District has implemented the eMINTS program at multiple grade levels from elementary through high school over the past seven years. The district was selected by Edutopia not only for its high levels of performance on standardized assessments but also for its strong showing on other measures of student performance such as graduation rate, number of students completing advanced courses, and career education placements.

Edutopia, sponsored by the George Lucas Foundation, is a digital treasure trove of resources, ideas, and communication opportunities for educators, parents, and others who are interested in improving the K-12 learning process. Edutopiahighlights evidence-based strategies that prepare students to thrive in their future education, careers, and adult lives.

Edutopia film crews visited the eMINTS National Center offices and the Hartville School District in April to capture footage about the eMINTS professional development programs and how they were implemented in Hartville. The crew interviewed program leaders, Monica Beglau and Lorie Kaplan, about the ways that eMINTS helps teachers learn how to integrate technology into classrooms so that learning can be transformed.

The interviews provide insight into how eMINTS professional development is one of the few programs that has lasting positive impacts on how teachers teach. The crew travelled to Hartville to film an eMINTS professional development session and then followed teachers into their classrooms to observe how the professional development changed their practice.

In addition to the feature video, eMINTS has shared program resources that teachers can use in their classrooms to integrate technology in more effective ways.

Monday Message (on a Tuesday)

We are busy with our year 1 comprehensive groups around here. So, regrettably, this week’s Monday post is a day late. Keep an eye out for today’s actual post to appear soon.

From the desk of Monica Beglau, our executive director:

Congratulations to eMINTS Teachers Featured in PD 360 Blog:
Congratulations to Chris Rivet from Eagleville, MO whose video and comments about using technology in a secondary science class were posted on the PD360 blog site for the October 17 : http://www.teachingstrategiesblog.org/blog.php?id=44.

Libbi Sparks from Independence, MO will be featured in an upcoming blog segment on using technology in a secondary mathematics classroom. We will post the link as soon as it is available.

Many of the PD 360 videos about technology integration were filmed in eMINTS classrooms. PD4ETS participants and certified eMINTS Instructional Specialists have access to all PD 360 videos for use in eMINTS professional development sessions. PD4ETS participants and graduates will find more information and access to PD360 videos in the FY12 Moodle course for facilitators.

PBS Channel 9 – KETC – St. Louis Invites Participants in American Graduate Broadcast: The national launch of American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen will occur in St. Louis on November 7 at 7:00 p.m. with the live broadcast of an American Graduate Teacher Town Hall moderated by Gwen Ifill, senior correspondent for PBS News Hour and moderator and managing editor of Washington Week. For more information or to register to participate see: http://americangraduateteachertownhall.eventbrite.com/ PBS stations in Alabama, Philadelphia, and 18 other states are also participating.

New eThemes for the week of October 24, 2011

Library Skills: Wikipedia in Student Research<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/434>
These websites are about information literacy, with particular emphasis on Wikipedia and its role in student research. There are interactive tutorials, articles, and ideas for class activities.

Literature: “Curious George” by H.A. Rey<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/436>
These sites are about the book “Curious George” and author H.A. Rey. Biography of the authors, reviews of the book, discussion questions, lesson plans, games and circus activities are included. There are links to eThemes resources on Chimpanzees and Circus Acts and Animals.

Monday’s Message: Congratulations Monica Beglau!

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) has announced the recipient of its 2011 Outstanding Leader award – Dr. Monica Beglau, Executive Director of the eMINTS National Center.

The Outstanding Leader award recognizes and honors individuals who have demonstrably improved education through the use of technology. Candidates for the awards are nominated by ISTE Affiliates, a network of more than 75 professional associations representing more than 100,000 educators worldwide. Nominations are reviewed by an eight-person team of education and technology professionals from around the world.

Beglau was nominated by the Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis for “her vision, leadership, and ability to adapt and thrive in ever-changing conditions.”

Read the ISTE news release.