The Monday Minute

February 7, 2022

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Register Now for Our Conference

Registration is now open for our mini-conference at Lebanon High School. Complete information, including the fantastic session choices, can be found in the flyer we sent last week. Registration information can also be found here.

Thank you to our sponsors, Bayh College of Education at Indiana State Univeristy, sponsoring our keynote speaker, Indiana Teacher of the Year Sharita Ware; Five Star Technology, sponsoring our snack break between sessions two and three.

What follows is our traditional newsletter, "The Monday Minute," which is sent to our members on the first and third Mondays of the month. We like to highlight useful classroom resources as well as special opportunities and professional learning.

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Dr. Torrey Trust has several outstanding interactive digital choice boards for Black History Month, including the one above. Her goal is to inspire critical thinking, creative design, and technology-driven learning. You can find it and several other resources on this page. They are licensed under CC BY NC ND 4.0, so you can edit and remix with credit given.

In honor of Black History Month, Google has adapted some of their Applied Digital Skills lessons to explore the importance of Black history, express identity, and celebrate the contributions of African Americans throughout history.

The Library of Congress has many primary source materials; this portal has suggestions for how to use many of them in the classroom.

The website iCivics has many of their own resources to suggest, and links to several others on this page.

The website We Are Teachers has a great list for February and beyond.

"Celebrating Black History Month All Year Long" blog post from TCEA.

There are resources in the INLearning Lab, including this Wakelet from Katie Belloli.

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Nadine Gilkison from Franklin Township in Indianapolis has updated her Olympics hyperdoc. Per her instructions: Customize as needed, just do not sell. Make a copy here. This has been added to the Olympic Wakelet that was shared in the January 18 edition of the Monday Minute.

And, UJU is out with a new "Would You Rather" video for the Winter Olympics, although I don't necessarily agree with the actions they chose for some of the sports. (ie curling) And if you like that one, you could also do the Super Bowl Brain Break, although I thought the last question would be "Rams or Bengals?" These are fun activities you could do if you have 5 minutes of spare time and want to help create some debates among students.


Do your students play Wordle? Naturally, there are now many alternatives to the original game. Here are a few: where you put in your own word, and also mywordle

-Did you recently start playing? This archive has every daily word, from the beginning in June, 2021 before it was even public.

-For your numbers fans, there is numble, where you create an equation to yield a given answer, or Ooodle, which is similar.

-Absurdle is similar, but harder, as the answer changes during the game!

-There is even a new geography game making the rounds, albeit a little clunky, Globle

-And if you want even more, see this blog post from TCEA, Texas Computer Education Assoc.


A new course is being designed for the second semester of sixth grade social studies, beginning in the 2023-24 school year. Public feedback on the proposed standards is open through this Friday, February 11.

Kahoot Cup '22

The Kahoot Cup returns for its fifth year on March 15. This worldwide competition was founded by an Indianapolis teacher, Steve Auslander from Allisonville Elementary in Washington Township. It will be played four different times to accommodate schools around the world. Sign up, see last year's questions and get more information here.

Kahoot is also offering free upgraded 60-day accounts through March. Get the details here.


Speaking of Washington Township, Northview Middle School was featured in this post by the Hechinger Report. It includes many ways they are preparing students for the future, including use of the Indiana Career Explorer, which will be available to all students, and their use of Naviance, AVID, and other programs.

Kids Fit for Grades K-6

The 2022 KidsFit Program is open to K-6 students. This fitness program helps spark interest in walking and running, as well as encouraging fitness-related activities among Indiana youth. The program is adaptable for primary and intermediate grades and meets Indiana Academic Standards. Use this link for more information and to register, which is completely free.

National Air & Space Museum Teacher Innovator Institute, July 11-22

Grade 5-8 STEAM teachers have the opportunity to participate in an all-expenses paid development intensive in Washington, D.C. focusing on the role aerospace science, history, & technology can play in their classrooms. Get more information and the application here.

Learning Opportunities (all times EST)

*February: Black History Month

*February 4-20: Winter Olympics

February 7-11: National School Counselor Week

February 8: Reigniting Students' Curiosity: Your New Playbook, 5 pm

February 9: KIL-3 Transformative Strategies for Building a Modern Classroom, 4:30

February 11: Commenting on 6th Grade Civics Standards Closes

February 14: KIL-Nancy Frey: Finding Our New Better Normal, 4:30

February 14: Spirit Work and the Science of Cooperation, 6:30

February 15: Application Deadline for National Air & Space Museum Teacher Innovator Institute

February 21: Presidents' Day

February 22: Digital Learning Day #DLDay IDOE DLDay Double Down Panel Discussion, 2 pm

February 22: Teaching, Persevering, and Thriving in 2022 (Fisher & Frey), 6 pm

*February 28: Entry deadline for IASPs Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest

March 1: Applications Due for NEH Summer Programs

March 1: KIL-Sparking Teacher Creativity with Manuel Herrera, 4:00; Twitter Spaces at 4:45

March 1: AMLE Event-Help Us Begin: Strategies to Build Strong Lines of Communication with our Kids, 4 pm

March 3: Stolen Focus-How to Repair Our Broken Attention, 4 pm

March 6-8: Free Kentucky Virtual Math Conference

March 12, 2022: IMLEA Conference, Lebanon High School

*March 15: #KahootCup2022

*Includes direct student involvement


Keep Indiana Learning Live Events (many free) Archived Events Webinars

PATINS Trainings for Accessibility for All

Teachers First/OK2Ask Virtual Workshops

AMLE Podcast Series

AMLE Events (some free, some paid)

IN LearningPartnership (Includes Wednesday PD with IDOE)

Corwin Webinars (Most on Mondays)

Please note: Webinars and events mentioned in this space are not an endorsement of commercial products; on the contrary, we try to avoid listing events that appear to be commercial in nature. Every effort is made to strip social media/tracking data from provided URLs. In many cases you can register and receive a recording later.


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