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  • 1. Februar y 2011 E-CONNECTINSIDE THIS ISSUE: NEW! Professional Development Schedule Professional Development Sign up for fifteen hours to be eligible for one semester hour of credit. Sign up for thirty hours to be eligible for two semester hours of credit. Credit is available from Lourdes College for $200/credit WIN A FLIP CAM! hour. Call 419-380-4633 for more information. Black History Month Resources BIG Tech Pak SESSION PRICING & DESCRIPTIONS can be found at Environmental Science Resource www.wgte.org/education Toledo Museum of Art Imagination Station Single Session PD FREE Professional Development SMART Board Basics Grants for Educators SMART Board Intermediate Mimio Basics Flip Cam Advanced Personal Learning Networks: Exploring iGoogle & Google Reader Google Calendar & Other Google Tools Using Social Media in the Classroom Series Based PD More contact hours, more learning…one low price! Personal Learning Network Series: 5 contact hours Tech, Learn, Go! Technology + Professional Development Introduction to Flip Video Tech Included: Flip Ultra video cam Introduction to iPod Touch Tech included: 32GB iPod Touch + iTunes gift card Introduction to iPad Tech included: 16 GB iPad + iTunes gift card
  • 2. PD via Distance Learning Technology Snapshots Time: 8:00 a.m. Videoconferencing; 3:30 p.m. Webinar via Elluminate Session Dates: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 Assistive Technology in the 21st Century Classroom Tuesday, March 8, 2011 Differentiated Instruction with the iPad Tuesday, April 12, 2011 21st Century Skills Tuesday, May 10, 2011 Creativity Through Photo Sharing with Picasa Fees: Price Per SessionParticipate in our online poll and Comprehensive Members: Free (one site per topic, unlimited participants)automatically be entered into a drawingto win an iPod Shuffle or a voucher Basic or Non-Members: $75 per site (unlimited participation)towards professional development atWGTE. (Restrictions apply) Just visitwww.wgte.org/education and click onthe ERC Survey banner. Win a FlipVideo Cam! Enter the BESTT Practices Contest: Building Environments to Support Teaching with Technology, sponsored by the Instructional Technology Integration Partnership of Ohio (ITIP Ohio) As an ITIP founding member, WGTE is seeking educators and administrators to enter this monthly BESTT Practices contest. One winner per month will receive a Flip Ultra video camera plus be featured within WGTEs and ITIPs newsletters and websites. Its as simple as writing a short essay that highlights your success and creativity in using technology to support student learning. This is a great way to spotlight your school and win more technology! Who will win this month? It just might be you! For contest details and to view past entries, go to itipohio.org Black History Month Resources Teachers Domains Civil Rights collection captures the voices, images and events of the movement and the ongoing struggle for racial equality in America. Highlights include a conversation with Rosa Parks as well as archival news footage, primary sources, and interview segments filmed for Eyes on the Prize. Teachers Domain is a free digital media service for educational use from public broadcasting and its partners. You’ll find thousands of media resources, support materials, and tools for classroom lessons, individualized learning programs, and teacher professional learning communities. www.teachersdomain.org
  • 3. Page 3 E-CONNECT WGTE BIG Tech Pak Cutting Edge Technology + High Quality Professional Development Intro to Flip Video Class set of 15 Flip Ultra video cameras $2,200 Includes one, three-hour training session for three participants. Please add $25 for each additional participant. SMART Response PE Clickers Class set of 24 response clickers $2,099; Class set of 32 response clickers $2,499 Includes one, three-hour training session for three participants. Please add $25 for each additional participant. Intro to Elmo Document Camera Two (2) Elmo Document Cameras $1,600 Includes one, three-hour training session for two participants. Please add $25 for each additional participant. Intro to the Aver Document Camera Two (2) Aver Media CP Series Document Cameras $1,350 Includes one, three-hour training session for two participants. Please add $25 for each additional participant. iPod Touch Four (4) 32GB iPod Touch $1,650 Includes one, three-hour training session for three participants and iTunes gift cards. Please add $25 for each additional participant. How can your school pay for these technology programs? Use Title I Part A Funds, Title III Funds, Permanent Improvement Funds and/or Equipment Funds to support these technology integration programs! Environmental Science Resources Looking for additional resources to help teach environmental science concepts? WGTE has video resources available for you to use. Click on the links below to learn more about each topic discussed. Student Scientists: UT encourages high school students to study the environment Educational Alternatives: Developing "green" curriculum for classroom
  • 4. E-CONNECT Educator Resources Now Searchable Online TMA’s Resource Center for Educators (RCE) loans out thousands of educational materials that integrate art into math, social studies, language arts, history, and more. Now the materials—books, discovery boxes, videos and other media—can be searched for and reserved online! The RCE has joined the online catalog shared by the Art Reference Library and the Visual Resources Collection, for one-stop shopping for art-related resources. Visit www.toledomuseum.org  Learn at TMA  Reference Library  Online Catalog. Click the ―Advanced‖ tab. Under ―Location‖ select the Resource Center for Educators, then type in keywords for your search. Questions? Contact rce@toledomuseum.org or 419-254-5076. WGTE Public Media 1270 S. Detroit Ave. Toledo, Ohio 43614 Phone: 419.380.4633 Fax: 419.380.4710 E-mail: erc@wgte.orgEngineering Week – February 21-27, 2011With the opening of Engineer IT!, an educational, entertaining and interactive learning world thatpresents science as an open-ended discovery process, we are excited to be celebrating NationalEngineers Week with special activities all week long in Science Studio. Build bridges out of spaghettiand test their strength, build domes from gum drops and toothpicks, discover balloons that neitherfloat or sink, build protective ―carriers‖ for a fragile egg and then release them from a zip line, andexplore the world of spatial relations by constructing 3 dimensional boxes. This Think It, Build It, TestIt week culminates with an exciting opportunity to think big and win prizes during The BladeChallenge on February 26th. For more information, visit imaginationstationtoledo.org. www.wgte.org
  • 5. Professional Development Opportunity for Educators and Administrators Free limited number of registrations for Public Schools!Is your district preparing students for the educational opportunities and skills of THIS generation?Learning for the Digital Age is a professional development initiative for Ohio’s K-12 teachers thatexplores the critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication skills students need to beeffective in today’s classroom and tomorrow’s workplace. A statewide collaboration of Ohio’sEducational Technology Agencies, Educational Television Stations, and eTech Ohio, Learning for theDigital Age provides high-quality interactive training for teachers to help students use technology tomaster these essential skills for success throughout life.A full-day workshop will immerse K-12 educators and administrators in the what, why and how ofusing technology to foster 21st century skills. Participants will engage in demonstrations andhands-on learning activities designed to prepare students for the educational opportunities and jobopportunities that await them. Dont miss this opportunity!Workshop ScheduleFebruary 14 & February 16, 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (must attend both sessions)February 24, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.March 7, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.March 15, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.April 4 & 5, 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (must attend both sessions)May 12, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.May 18 & May 19, 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (must attend both sessions)To register for this professional development opportunity, please visit www.wgte.org/education. Grants for Educators ING Unsung Heroes Program Opens Grant Program for K-12 Educational Projects. The program is designed to recognize educators who utilize new teaching methods and techniques that improve student learning. 100 finalists will receive $2,000. Three of the top finalists will receive $5,000, $10,000, and $25,000. For more information, visit: http://ing.us/about-ing/citizenship/childrens-education/ing-unsung-heroes. Deadline: April 30 The Horace Mann Corporation Offers College Course Scholarships for K-12 Educators. Applicants must have at least two years of K-12 teaching experience and work at least thirty hours a week at a U.S public or private school. One recipient will receive $5,000 in scholarship funds payable over four years; sixteen other recipients will receive $1,000 each in scholarship funds payable over two years; and eighteen additional recipients will each receive one-time awards of $500. To obtain additional information and an application, visit: https://www.horacemann.com/teacher-lounge. Deadline: March 1.