IMLEA Up-to-the-Minute

August 27, 2020. Indiana Middle Level Education Association

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Thanks to Alex Dunfee from Eastwood Middle School in Indianapolis, and Bridget Bryson for sharing these success stories. (Here's the hobby article she used from the NYTimes and an additional one, and the PBS piece.) The Creston parent also gave her permission to share.

What success stories can you share? Please let us know! (and we may find some of you on Twitter.)

Have You Checked out the New Indiana eLearning Lab?

Several organizations came together to fund the Indiana eLearning Lab to support remote learning. You can access about 30 (so far) "Lesson Ideas" that follow a format of Explore, Connect, Produce" and include suggested accommodations and extensions. The 'Resources' tab includes videos for just about any tool; credit toward PGP points is automatically recorded for the ones you watch while logged in. There are periodic webinars; you can see the schedule after you register.
You can create a profile and join different communities, including one for grade 6-8 educators (reminiscent of the Learning Connection that DOE had for several years.)

What Happens in a 2020 Internet Minute?

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Cloud software company Domo has released "Data Never Sleeps 8.0." It might be interesting to share this with students and ask them questions such as:

  • What surprises you most about this chart?
  • How many of these tools have you used?
  • Which of these do you think will increase?
  • You could even make up some math questions, such as, "If 404,444 hours of Netflix are streamed every minute, on average, how many people are on Netflix then?"

The above National Geographic article is one of the best I've seen for online teaching.

When Ed Campos posted this strategy below, several other teachers shared their versions, including these from Angelina Murphy and Shana Ramin, who links to a template. You can link to the original tweet from Ed with links here.

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Opportunities to Learn from Top Blended Learning Expert Catlin Tucker

Catlin Tucker is author of a popular book series on blended learning, and has many useful strategies on her blog, including this recent post on asynchronous vs. synchronous learning. You can also interact with her and a distinguished panel of educators, including Yong Zhao, Chris Dede, Scott McCleod, and Curt Bonk on this week's live episode of Silver Lining for Learning at 5:30 pm on Saturday. (live on YouTube)

Have You Been Checking Out Library Books to Students?

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With consultation from the Institute for Library and Museum Science, the American Library Association, and the CDC, the Indiana Library Federation published (and has updated) these guidelines for safe checkout of books to students. (They have been shared previously by the Indiana School Boards Association and Indiana Association of School Principals.) School librarians have been doing combinations of library visits, curbside checkouts, classroom delivery, and neighborhood delivery (like Kristen Distler of Fall Creek Junior High, below, for virtual students) Leslie Preddy from Perry Meridian Middle had curbside during the summer and shared her current delivery setup. Indiana school librarians have been meeting virtually weekly on Mondays. What better way for students to use their "spare" time productively than reading for enjoyment while adding to comprehension and content skills?
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AskRose started up early this year, even before Rose Hulman students returned to campus. Not only can students get help via phone, chat, or email; there are many other resources on their website for teachers as well, and you can order free stickers and flyers to use for promotion. In addition, IU has just announced a program of tutoring, mentoring, and workshops for students in 6-12; you can see some details here and request help here.
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Highlights included in this INSPIRE3 Update 8/27/20 . 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.

  • Service-Learning Stories from Castle North M.S., Warrick County Schools
  • Spotlight on Service-Learning article Service Learning BLENDS into VIRTUALLY Everything!”
  • Tutorials and PowerPoints on our Digital Resource page -free online resources available to use in-class or virtually and how SL connects to ALL content areas
  • August Events and Teaching Resources -Establishing a Culture of Service; Introduction to Philanthropy; Character Education/Anti-Bullying
  • Planning for 20-21 - LTG Calendar
  • TeachOne Back to School LTG units/lessons/projects
  • LTG Professional Development online mini-courses
  • generationOn website free service/service-learning resources for teachers, students, and parents
  • INPSIRE3 mini-grants available for 1st semester of 20-21
  • Visit our INSPIRE3 page on the IASP website HERE and Connect
  • INSPIRE3 Program Update
  • Contact information for free assistance
  • Thank You Very Much for sharing our updates and web page with your staff and colleagues

What Happened to the Monday Minute?

Due to some technical difficulties and permissions delays, we're a bit late again. Next week, we will probably be back on Monday! Currently, we are sending this to an extended list of recipients, but soon we will send to members only. Please consider joining IMLEA and/or AMLE (see details below and on our webpage.)

You can access past Monday Minutes via this link on our webpage, and you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter; we will be posting there more frequently. Principals and others: Feel free to forward this newsletter to your staff, and email us at any time.

Special Opportunity for Joint Membership-IMLEA & AMLE!

The deadline for the special offer of joint membership has been extended to August 31. You can find the details and forms on our IMLEA webpage. If you have already joined just one of the organizations, your additional membership fee will be pro-rated; you are not required to join both, but will see the advantages to doing so. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Shirley Wright. This could be a great use for your Title funds!

Membership will include discounts for AMLE's upcoming virtual conference in October! More on that next week!