Raspberry Pi Academy

Raspberry Pi Academy

Whitfield School (map)

Join us as our Raspberry Pi Expert, Chantell Mason, teaches you how to integrate Raspberry Pi into your class or makerspace.  You'll learn how to set up and program a Raspberry Pi computer.  The Raspberry Pi expert will provide you with step-by-step projects and ideas that you can use in your school today!

There are two awesome registration options for you to go back to your school with your very own raspberry pi!

Option 1:  The RASPBERRY PI ZERO W, this is the slimmest, most pared down Raspberry Pi to date. It's kind of like the little cousin to the Pi 3 - with just a micro SD card slot, a mini HDMI port, two micro USB ports (one for power, one for USB), and 512MB of RAM. It has a single-core 1 GHz processor chip, similar to the Pi A+ and B+.  It's so cute!  With this option, you'll still get an SD card, tons of learning and the same amount of snacks.

Option 2: The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ is the latest product in the Raspberry Pi 3 range, boasting a 64-bit quad core processor running at 1.4GHz, dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless LAN, Bluetooth 4.2/BLE, faster Ethernet, and PoE capability via a separate PoE HAT.  WHOA! FANCY! Plus an SD card, tons of learning and snacks!

So what's the difference?  Just which Pi you want to take home!

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Edcamp Leadership

Edcamp Leadership

Affton High School (map)

Thank you for registering for the EdCamp Leadership event hosted by Connected Learning at Affton High School. We are so happy that during your summer break you are excited about meeting up with other administrators and leaders just like yourself! 

You Are Coming, Who Else Should Come?
Think of this as a team event.  A team event where a central office staff, school board, administrative team, and/or district leadership team all attends, learns, shares and collaborates on a vision for the future of their school or district.  EdcampSTL supports teacher learning, the Edcamp Leadership is an event focused on educational leadership.

“Feel” of the day
Most sessions are unknown to us right now.  The majority of sessions will be made up on the spot and done in an “unconference” style.  Some sessions will be predetermined from the topics you’re going to add to this padlet: https://goo.gl/PFXtcI. Don’t see something on the topic list, add it!  Have an expertise to share, share it.  The sessions will be discussion driven and conversation focused so no powerpoint/keynote slides necessary.  As with all Connected Learning events, we will encourage the “rule of two feet.”

I’m new here...Please help me!
For many of you, this is your first edcamp experience. We are excited to have you attending, and we believe that it will transform your professional learning forever. Below are some great videos that will give you an insight to how this day of learning happens.

What is edcamp?: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gr7teMAk-hA
EdcampSTEAM: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZPzoHli8Gw
EdcampTO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zq9KzCCpuo4
EdcampPhilly: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7kBnudi_8I
Why you should attend: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvX7KaGP6RU
EdcamSTL 2011: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIV80M4NWoU&feature=c4-overview&list=UUZl1Rgkib7BnTGb5ETBBSAw 

Schedule of the day

8:00 - 8:30 - Breakfast, Check-in, and Kickoff

8:30 - 9:20 - Session 1

9:30 - 10:20 - Session 2

10:30 - 11:25 - Session 3

11:25 - 12:00 - Eval/Wrap up

Design Thinking: Developing a Framework for Creativity in the Classroom

Design Thinking: Developing a Framework for Creativity in the Classroom

Cambridge Innovation Center (map)

Design thinking is a creative problem solving method adopted by designers that uses a human-centered approach to better define problems and solutions. This is done by collecting information from and about those impacted by a problem and designing a solution through various feedback loops.

In this session, attendees will walk through each step of the design thinking process, and utilize a framework to take existing curriculum and connect real design challenges for students to solve using the design thinking approach. Attendees will gain strategies to support students through the process as they approach challenges as designers.

St. Louis Education Author's Weekend

St. Louis Education Author's Weekend

CIC@CET (map)

Become a Published Author!

We're orchestrating a project this summer to publish a book about how we are changing learning in the region. It is designed to be a collection of stories that feature a diverse group of school district in the process. We are limited to 25 WRITERS.

Interested?  Email Dr. Robert Dillon at bob@connectedlearningstl.org

You may be the perfect person to craft these 2500 words or someone else in your district or organization may be this person. The working title for the book is: "25 Stories, 1 City: Changing the Way We View Learning." It is the latest ConnectED Learning project. 

The end result will be a published book (haven't you always wanted to be an author) that we can use to reshape the narrative around education in the region. To help make time and space for this book, we are holding July 20, 21 as community writing days. These will be in the showroom at the CIC@CET. Some of us need community and support to hold us accountable and some of us would rather construct our first draft in another way. Either way, you are welcome to join. 

More details below and here.

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Long Elementary (map)

A 1/2 day Unconference for all things Special Education.  We're gathering the best and the brightest to discuss, share, connect with every SSD staff member, aide, support staff, OT, PT, Speech/Language Therapist, Preservice Educators, etc. You name it!  Come one come all! Connect, Learn, Share, Create!  Our kids deserve it!

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Connected Learning Gala

Connected Learning Gala


Please join us for the first annual Connected Learning Gala for Innovation and Technology! We are shining the spotlight on 15 local educators, demonstrating innovative programs, and sharing our mission of connecting educators. Dinner and drinks are included. Our fundraising goal is $20,000 to continue bringing amazing professional development opportunities to St. Louis. We hope that you will show your support on April 12th!

  • Tickets: $35 per person or $350 per table

  • Reception: 6pm

  • Dinner & Auction: 7pm

  • Attire: Cocktail-ish

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Screening: Beyond Measure

Screening: Beyond Measure

Saint Louis Public Library (map)

Every day we hear stories about America’s troubled education system. And we’re told that in order to fix what’s broken, we need to narrow our curricula, standardize our classrooms, and find new ways to measure students and teachers. But what if these “fixes” are making our schools worse.
In Beyond Measure, we set out to challenge the assumptions of our current education story.

Rather than ask why our students fail to measure up, this film asks us to reconsider the greater purpose of education. What if our education system valued personal growth over test scores? Put inquiry over mimicry? Encouraged passion over rankings? What if we decided that the higher aim of school was not the transmission of facts or formulas, but the transformation of every student? And what if this paradigm-shift was driven from the ground up? By students, parents, and educators? By all of us?

In Beyond Measure, we find a revolution brewing in public schools across the country. From rural Kentucky to New York City, schools that are breaking away from an outmoded, test-driven education are shaping a new vision for our classrooms. These are schools that see critical thinking, communication, exploration, experimentation, collaboration, and creativity as the key to good education. And they are dramatically improving outcomes for children of all backgrounds. They are schools where practically every student graduates and goes on to finish college.

Beyond Measure offers a positive picture of what’s possible in American education when communities decide they are ready for change. Are you?

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