IMLEA Welcome to Fall!
Sept. 23, 2020 Indiana Middle Level Education Association
Considering Accessibility for ALl
Have You Heard about Bookshare?
Do Your Students Know about Immersive Reader?
Immersive Reader is a Microsoft product, but is accessible for free to all, even allowing students and teachers to use a Google login to access it. It is embedded in many websites, including Canvas, Wakelet, Nearpod, Flipgrid, and other sites in addition to Microsoft Teams, PowerPt, etc. It allows students to enlarge and change fonts, change spacing, read passages aloud in different languages, access picture dictionaries, and more. As Matt Miller explains in this piece, a great thing about it is that you can introduce it to students, and they are off to the races! They can use it whenever they feel it is needed.
PATINS Project Expands Resources for Remote Learning
BItmoji Classrooms Revisited
Developed for the faculty of Sacred Heart Preparatory, Atherton by Dr. Diana Neebe (@dneebe) & Dr. Sharon Sikora (@sharon_sikora) (Shared through CC BY-NC 4.0 License)
Free Coding Club for Grades 5-8
The COBUILD19 group out of IU, supported by the National Science Foundation and InfoSys, is running a FREE 6-week after school club that focuses on coding with the micro:bit and designing to solve problems in our world. At the start they will use an online simulator, but all those who participate through the first four weeks will receive a physical micro:bit to keep! No prior coding experience necessary. Meant for children currently in grades 5-8 and adults. Sessions start on September 24 and run for six weeks - each Thursday from 5-6 PM ET. Participation is FREE. Please register here: http://bit.ly/DesignCodeClub One of the goals of COBUILD19 is to make hands-on activities available to students who might not have access otherwise.
Central Indiana: Nominate Teachers for the Golden Apple Award from Channel 8
The PLConnect Team from CIESC will dive into Fisher, Frey and Hattie’s new book, The Distance Learning Playbook, Grades K-12 in a six-part series. Each module will occur live, and will be available OnDemand after the event. Register and get more information here. If you are interested in learning more about the book, you can read a review here, or listen to a podcast with Dr. Douglas Fisher here or Nancy Frey here, and find many free accompanying materials here.
Highlights included in this week's INSPIRE3 Update for 9/21/20. Thank You for sharing this Update with your staff and colleagues as these resources are beneficial in service-learning planning for in-school and/or virtual instruction for the 20-21 school year.
- Learning to Give (LTG) - Activity Guides on these five core competencies of Social Emotional Learning (SEL): Self-Awareness; Self-Management; Responsible Decision Making; Social-Awareness; Relationship Skills. Highlighting specific definitions and activities to help students learn about, develop, and engage in each core competencies in the context of teaching generosity.
- LTG Social Awareness Resources - Teaching Social Justice and Building Remote Community - Social Justice resource guides, organized by grade spans for elementary, middle and high school students
- LTG Issue Area-Related Lesson Plans and Project Ideas
- LTG New Literature Guides that feature diverse perspectives and help teach generosity, social awareness, and respect for others.
- Your Voice, Your Vote – LTG K-12 Voting and Civic Engagement Resources
- Education/Literacy Spotlight on Service-Learning Articles with service-learning experiences from some Indiana schools.
- October Themes, Lessons, Toolkits from LTG
- Planning for 20-21 - LTG Calendar
- Take Action Page: Service-Learning 101; Easy to Watch Whiteboard Videos; Four Types of Service; Power of Reflection; Service-Learning Toolkits by Issue Area
- Content area PowerPoints that connect Virtual Learning with Service Learning
- generationOn website free service-learning resources for teachers, students, and parents
- INPSIRE3 mini-grants available for 1st semester of 20-21
- Visit our INSPIRE3 page on the IMLEA website HERE or the IASP website HERE and Connect
- INSPIRE3 Program Update
- Contact information for free assistance
Free Learning Opportunities & Recognitions (all times listed are EDT)
September 22:Using the Science of Learning to Elevate How We Teach and How Students Learn, 4 pm
September 23 (& 30): Free webinar with Dr. Lori Desautels via CIESC/Keep Indiana Learning, "Resiliency Through The Adversity: Our Brains And Bodies Respond When The Conditions Of Safety And Connection Are Present," 9-10:30 am
September 23: Edsurge Webinar, "How to Move from Reactive to Proactive Virtual Learning," 2 pm
September 23: Online Civic Reasoning, 5 pm
September 25: The Emergency Home Learning (and More) Summit Begins
September 24: #MSChat onTwitter, 8 pm (someone from Indiana is moderating)
September 25: IMLEA Board Meeting (Zoom) 8 am
September 25: Edpuzzle & More Webinar, 7 pm
September 29: Going Deeper w/Distance Learning with Doug Fisher, Nancy Frey, & John Hattie, 3 pm
September 29: DOE Town Hall, 3:30 pm
September 30: Keep Indiana Learning Series on The Distance Learning Playbook begins, 4 pm
October 1: DOE Town Hall, 7pm
October 6: Robert Kaplinsky Webinar: Why We Should Reconsider Using Worksheets (And What We Should Be Doing Instead), (Esp good for math) 5 pm
October 16: Preliminary Activities Start for AMLE20
October 23-25: AMLE Virtual Conference
November 2 : Lilly Creativity Grant Applications Due
2021: IMLEA Conference-Now Virtual!
Until Next Week....
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