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Sept. 23, 2020 Indiana Middle Level Education Association

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Have You Heard about Bookshare?

This piece was written last spring, but it's a nice summary of many accessibility features now available for students. This organization, Bookshare, makes eBooks and audiobooks readily available for students with identified barriers to reading. They created this video about accessing the books for your students. Also, I watched this excellent webinar from edWeb that included a teacher librarian explaining the process and answering many questions. It's that rare case of something that sounds too good to be true.... that's true!

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

The PATINS (Promoting Achievement through Technology and Instruction for All Students) Project is a statewide agency. This special page outlines many considerations for remote learning for students with IEPs, and they have added more webinars and office hours. For example, they have a webinar on Sept 28 to explain accessibility and privacy considerations for using Zoom, but you can also schedule a separate session for a group at your school on this or just about any support topic. Every time I have attended one of their sessions at a conference, I am amazed by the assistance and advice they offer. Benefits all
The Described and Captioned Movie Program promotes and provides equal access to communication and learning for students who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind by providing services at no cost to familiy members, educators, and other professionals with qualifying students.It includes over 7000 videos that are already captioned, available in English and Spanish. Teachers are able to use these in classes and share the links with students who qualify. Content includes materials from National Geographic and PBS.

BItmoji Classrooms Revisited

Teachers have made some wonderful, creative Bitmoji classrooms, but some issues have arisen in the amount of time some take to load, and accessibility for students. This is a nice, one-page summary with some of the most common questions. (Even the comments could be useful.)The use of Bitmojis has actually helped many people realize the advantages of making Alt Text available for students and adults, and not just those with disabilities. The page also includes suggestions on making your pages "flatter" and faster-loading.
30 Adaptive Protocols Adjusted for Distance Learning

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)

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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: 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

Last year's honorees included grand prize winner Heather Brewster of Cascade Middle School, and Nate Waterfill of Chapel Hill 7th & 8th Grace Center. Nominations are now open for this year. (Eligible counties are Marion, Hamilton, Hancock, Shelby, Johnson, Morgan, Hendricks, Boone)
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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.

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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

Free Learning Opportunities & Recognitions (all times listed are EDT)

Ongoing: DOE Study of The Perfect Blend by Michelle Eaton

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

September 30: Deadline for Students to Enter the AMLE Influencer Contest

October 1: DOE Town Hall, 7pm

October 4: Deadline to Apply for National Geographic Fall Cohort

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!


DOE Digital Learning Series

Leslie Fisher Free Webinars

PATINS Trainings for Accessibility for All

Learning Revolution

Corwin Monday Afternoon Webinar Series

Until Next Week....

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