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A huge shout out to Indiana educators!!! We recognize that you have been doing amazing work as you have been transitioning to continuous remote learning while finishing up the school year! The work you do each day, in whatever way you serve children and families and the education community, is vital and appreciated and righteous. Thank you!

This May issue of #DigitallyINspirED has been designed with a fluid page layout to access all of our resources to help meet your needs as you end the school year and begin thinking about next school year.

A Message from the Director

Greetings! I am Dr. Jennifer Jensen, the Director of Teaching and Learning, at IDOE. I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you our newly organized Office of Teaching and Learning. Utilizing the TPACK Model, which emphasizes the equal importance of Technological, Pedagogical, and Content Knowledge, we now have all IDOE Content Specialists and Digital Learning Specialists housed in the same office. We believe this is the best way to meet the needs of educators in this brave new world.

While encouraged by most districts to varying degrees, digital learning and technology integration used to be optional. However, in today’s world, both have become essential. And, given current circumstances, we know that what we are asking of educators, even those early technology adopters, is entirely different than what we have promoted in the past. Additionally, while we don’t know what next fall will look like, we are certain that we need to always be prepared for both remote digital learning and technology integration. IDOE wants to help make sure that you are prepared.

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) has 14 essential conditions deemed “necessary to effectively leverage technology for learning.” IDOE has organized these elements into the three Pillars of Digital Learning: Leadership, Teaching and Learning, and Community Engagement. As we seek to offer support over these coming months, each professional development opportunity or resource created will tie to one of these pillars. Stay tuned for upcoming opportunities and additional resources. Do not hesitate to contact the Teaching and Learning team if you need help or guidance. We are here to help you!


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Resources Database

A comprehensive (and growing) database of resources for educator and family use, searchable by grade, content area, and whether the resource is online, offline, or available on television.

Continuous Learning Challenges

Designed without technology in mind and adapted from Michael Fullan’s Six Cs of Deep Learning. These highly engaging challenges are fun for the whole family. New challenges posted every Thursday!

Continuous Learning Guide

The Continuous Learning Guidance was developed by IDOE to meet the needs of school administrators, teachers, and the families they serve with immediate support to ensure learning may continue outside of the traditional school setting.

COVID-19 Biweekly Webinars for School Leaders

In an effort to share information and answer questions, IDOE leadership will now be hosting a biweekly webinar. Tuesdays at 10 a.m. ET.

Resources and Support Requests

We understand that this transition has been difficult and we see you. Please reach out if you have any questions or need support, regardless of content area. We will make sure your questions are answered and you are supported.

Submit a Resource for the IDOE Database

The submission of this form does not guarantee inclusion in the database until evaluated by IDOE content specialists.

Professional Development Opportunities

Digital Learning Summer Book Study

IDOE’s digital learning team is excited to announce a great summer professional learning opportunity for all K-12 educators. Beginning June 8 we will read and discuss Copyrighteous by Indiana educator Diana Gill. The study will last through the week of July 20 and be worth up to 14 PGPs. Sign up for the course in Moodle using the enrollment key: copy2020. Please email Meri Carnahan with questions.

Digital Course Curation Training Opportunity

Due to the high interest a second date has been added! On June 15 and 16, IDOE will provide an additional two day synchronous and asynchronous training session to enhance digital learning and to develop online-based courses within learning management systems. Participants will focus on building the necessary skill set and knowledge base required for digital course curation and will begin building a course and receive 15 PGPs. Please register here. Email Jennifer Watson with any questions.

Computer Science Professional Development for K-12 Educators

IDOE is working with five organizations, including CodeHS, IndianaComputes!, IU School of Informatics and Computing, Nextech, and Project Lead The Way to bring FREE computer science professional development to Indiana K-12 traditional public and public charter school teachers. All summer 2020 opportunities have shifted to a virtual format. More information can be found here. Contact Jake Koressel with questions.


Data from the 2020 Tech Plan Survey is now available. Responses were received from 389 traditional school districts and charter schools. This submission of data serves as the requirement to qualify for the common school fund, the connectivity grant, as well as grants from the Office of Teaching and Learning. For questions, contact Meri Carnahan.

Superheroes of Science is a 25-35 minute weekly interview with scientists and STEM professionals. This podcast began as a resource for middle and high school teachers and students to learn more about opportunities in different scientific fields and to help address career awareness in the field of science. The podcast has become a way for scientists and STEM professionals to showcase their research, to learn about what others are doing in research, to be informed about current scientific research and trends in science education.

Look for Purdue University Superheroes of Science on your favorite podcast platform and on our YouTube Channel: https://bit.ly/SOS_UTube Worksheets for selected episodes are available at: https://bit.ly/PUelearning

Design it Make it (At-home) Challenge Announcement:

TechPoint Foundation for Youth's 2020 Design it Make it (At-Home) Challenge is now live! We want all Indiana kids to think creatively and critically to solve real-world problems from the comfort of their homes by building and/or coding a solution! Learn more here (https://www.techpointyouth.org/design-it-make-it).

It’s Time to Renew Your Girls Who Code Club!

The club renewal process is officially open. More information can be found here. Additionally, Girls Who Code has created this resource document to help you think about virtual options for your club. Contact Jake Koressel with questions.

Learning Keeps Going from ISTE

ISTE launched LearningKeepsGoing.org - a site with tips for online learning and a directory of hundreds of vetted ed tech tools that are completely free for schools/families for the rest of the year.
Indiana Retired Teachers Association launched a call and learn hotline providing K-12 students with educational support from retired educators. Click here for more information.

Do you (or your students) have a science question?

Superheroes of Science would like to hear from you! Submit your science question for Superheroes of Science by clicking here. You can also tweet us your questions @PurdueSOS. We will find someone to answer your question on a future episode of our podcast. Check us out on your favorite podcast provider and our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/SOS_UTube

Grant Opportunities

Robotics Start-Up Grants Available - Grades 1-12!

TechPoint Foundation for Youth's (TPF4Y) 2020-21 Robotics Start-up grant is now open! We want to help launch a robotics team at every school in Indiana.

Learn more and apply here (www.techpointyouth.org/robotgrant)


The Indiana Department of Education Announces the Number of STEM Certified Schools Continues to Climb

Eminence Community School Corporation - Eminence Elementary

Medora Community School Corporation - Medora Elementary

MSD Lawrence Township - Crestview Elementary

MSD Lawrence Township - Forest Glen Elementary

MSD Lawrence Township - Oaklandon Elementary

New Castle Community School Corporation - Parker Elementary

Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation - Elm Road Elementary

South Dearborn Community School Corporation - Aurora Elementary

Tell City-Troy Township School Corporation - William Tell Elementary

Warsaw Community Schools - Claypool Elementary

Warsaw Community Schools - Jefferson Elementary

Warsaw Community Schools - Madison Elementary

Innovative Educator Spotlight Nomination Form

Do you know someone who deserves recognition for innovative educational practices? Tell us about them in this nomination form.

Meet Our Team!

Jake Koressel

Computer Science Specialist

(317) 234-6702


Christy Hilton, PhD

STEM Specialist

(317) 234-7785


Jennifer Watson

Senior Digital Learning Specialist

(317) 234-2137


Meri Carnahan

Learning Resources Specialist

(317) 234-1329


Shannon Dick

Innovation Specialist

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