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NEARPOD Training -- It's Coming, TOMORROW!

Thursday, Jan. 14th, 7am-12:30pm

Mt. Vernon Jr. High Language Arts Lab (rm. 317, next to Dave Purvis)

Billy Spicer is an elementary school teacher in Illinois and one of the best Nearpod PioNears. Billy will lead the Nearpod training in Mount Vernon on January 14th. We will have

  • An introduction to Nearpod 7:00 - 7:30 (for all teachers in the district!)
  • Walk-In training from 8:00 - 12:30 (any teachers on plan periods from all our buildings, eLearning Coaches, Administrators)

Billy will also blend Nearpod with these topics...Project-Based teaching, Flipping,

Google Tools, Twitter, Gamification, and Haiku.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

16 Things Teachers Should Try in 2016 [infographic]

See them here!

Thanks for the info, Scott Dallas!

January 13, 2016

MyOn Webinars!

Most times if you register for a webinar and can't make it, they will send you the transcript. If you decide to register for one of these, let us know so we can add it to your PGP database!

January Webinar: ESSA and myON: What You Need to Know About the New Funding Legislation The passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) ushers in a new era for U.S. education. School, district, and state leaders must quickly prepare for and transition to ESSA requirements-- from new accountability requirements to consolidated funding channels. In this webinar, Dr. Paula Love, respected funding expert, will provide you with a strong understanding of ESSA's major components. Dr. Love will also touch on how myON and ESSA can help to achieve your literacy goals under this exciting new funding legislation.

Webinar date: Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Webinar time: 1:00 – 2:00 CST

Click here to register

February Webinar: Building a Sustainable and Growing Literacy Program Betsy Ball, Principal of Mead Elementary in Colorado’s St. Vrain Valley School District, discusses the key components of her school’s successful and growing myON implementation. Now in their 4th year with myON, Betsy will share what works for her PK-5 school – covering everything from the support teachers provide to one another to the friendly competition among building principals and the invaluable support they all receive from district administrators who have embraced myON.

Webinar date: Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Webinar time: 1:00 – 2:00 CST

Click here to register

Do YOU Have Your Book Yet? Email if you still need one!

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Are you ready to Practice? New to Chat?

Congratulations on taking a new step in being connected! To join a Twitter chat, you just need to know what hashtag is being used. A hashtag is simply a way to search topics on Twitter and is recognized as a word preceded by a “#.” We use #MVeLearn. Once you’ve logged into Twitter, you can use the search box to find us.

Some chats are fast paced and it's important to note that you aren't expected to read everything. Our #MVeLearn chat will be in low-gear and our moderators will help you find your place by structuring questions with a number system (Q1...).

#MVeLearn chat is a bit unique in that we don't answer with A1, etc rather we use R1 to respond to Q1. Here's why. Not all answers will be labeled, but when a new question is posted, it's generally easy to spot. There are a number of tools such as Hootsuite and TweetDeck to help you keep track of the #MVeLearn tweets as they are posted, but the critical thing to remember is that when you post a tweet, you need to include the #MVeLearn hashtag so that others will see it.

One tool we’ve found to be really useful is
Twubs. If you are NEW to chat, this site is for YOU! This site not only shows you the stream (the list of all the tweets using the hashtag #MVeLearn), but once you are logged in using your Twitter username, it will automatically add the hashtag to your tweets. We’ve included the link for you:

We look forward to seeing you at our first practice chat on Monday, Jan 18, at 3:00. There will be no topic for this practice session. Just send a tweet followed by the #MVeLearn and you'll be registered for a fabulous PRIZE! Please let us know if you need help or want us to be with you for this practice.

We need YOU! The Deadline to submit is coming soon!

Connecting the 4Cs Conference

Tuesday, June 7th, 8am to Wednesday, June 8th, 4pm

700 Harriett Street

Mount Vernon, IN