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By Dr. John Urkevich, Executive Director

NOTE: Within this blog is a video link you do not want to miss! Before I get into my blog, I want to encourage you to watch this short video and think about our world today and the powerful role technology can play in our students’ education.

CSD of Greater St. Louis, Inc. was recently recognized by the Gateway Media Literacy Partners for our commitment to the promotion of media literacy education. We appreciate this recognition. As an organization, we remain committed to helping our school districts integrate technology into the classroom and promote media literacy. CSD is currently looking at our technology infrastructure and forming an internal committee to assess where we are at as we move forward in the 21st century.

Our students are competing on a global stage now more than ever. With social media tools, such as blogs, and students’ use of technology in their daily life, it’s essential that our schools integrate these tools in classroom instruction. I encourage you to become familiar with CSD’s Virtual Learning Center, a department focused on integrating technology into classroom learning. The Virtual Learning Center hosts regular videoconferencing for teachers and students that allow them access to the world beyond classroom walls. To learn more about these videoconferences and other programs, including technology training for teachers, visit the VLC’s blog called The Wired Classroom.

Each year, CSD sponsors the Midwest Education Technology Conference (METC) and we are currently exploring the possibility of holding a one-day Technology Integration Summit for our member districts to share best practices and further develop knowledge of integrating technology and the use of Web 2.0 tools into the classroom.

We’ll keep you posted on our efforts in technology as we continue to help our districts network in this area and leverage our cooperation to help students succeed in school and in life.

Thank you to Stan Smith, Instructional Technology Coordinator in the Warrensburg (Mo.) R-VI School District, for his creation of the “Allison’s Day” video. This powerful video shows how one school has successfully integrated technology into classroom learning as they work to prepare students for life in the 21st century. Stacey Franks from CSD’s Virtural Learning Center worked on this project with Stan Smith and trained the teachers in this video.