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Here are some things that you should know! Click on the pictures or words to find out more information about these new things that have been announced.

Free Elementari Licenses and PD

Engage your students to write, code, collaborate, and publish their own stories with Elementari.

The Storytelling through Coding grant is providing free Elementari Educator Licenses (35 student accounts) and PD/training.

Watch the short demo video on Elementari.

More Information Here

Common Sense Media #DigCitWeek Resources

Digital Citizenship Week (October 18–22, 2021) is a week-long celebration promoting digital well-being within K–12 schools, advancing Common Sense’s mission of helping students thrive in a world of media and technology.

Every year, Common Sense Education provides activities that educators can do with their students based on lessons from the research-backed and award-winning

K–12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum.

Find More Resources Here

Learning About American Sign Language (ASL)

Pear Deck Templates: Learning About American Sign Language (ASL)

Explore new templates to help students learn about American Sign Language (ASL)! In a video tutorial, students will learn how to spell their name and introduce themselves.

Learning for Justice Teacher Resources


Bring social justice topics to life with our classroom-friendly films and user guides. Learning for Justice film kits are FREE for use in K–12 schools, schools of education, public libraries, houses of worship and youth-serving nonprofit organizations. You can go to the website and click on films to order or stream online, based on availability.


These classroom-ready films align with Teaching Hard History: A Framework for Teaching American Slavery and the resources that support that framework. In these short, streaming films, historians and scholars explore the undertaught history of African and Indigenous enslavement, explain critical concepts, and share recovered narratives that can help students better understand the individual and collective impact—and the damaging legacy—of hundreds of years of American slavery.

Learning for Justice Magazine

Learning for Justice provides timely articles to make you think and publications that are perfect for sharing and discussing with colleagues. These resources are designed to help educators improve their practice and turn K-12 schools into strong communities where all students have the opportunity to learn.


Here is the link for this round of Mote Ambassador applications!

Alert: it's not super easy Why: it's not meant to be But: it is fun and you'll be well rewarded!!

  • We will be looking to accept 50 or so educators from all over the world into this cohort.
  • Deadline is October 17th; selections announced by Oct 31st.
  • We are active on socials and look forward to seeing lots of sharing over the next 6 weeks! @justmotehq and #whyimote are good places to start.



Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT

Hear from Digital Promise Leaders Past and Present

Listen to the current and former heads of Digital Promise as they reflect on the history and growth of the organization and where it’s going in the next decade.

Register Here

Get Ready for TeenTober!

TeenTober is around the corner! TeenTober is a nationwide celebration hosted by libraries every October. It aims to celebrate teens, promote year-round teen services, and the innovative ways teens services help teens learn new skills and fuel their passions in and outside the library.

Start off the celebration with the TeenTober poster and bookmark. Use these to show off the many ways teens can learn new skills and fuel their passions in and outside of the library. If you'd like to receive updates about TeenTober, please sign up here.

Free TeenTober Events

The Children’s & Teen Services (CATS) team at Baker & Taylor has partnered with publishers to offer a series virtual author events during the month of October to help teen librarians celebrate TeenTober. Two live, virtual author events on October 14th and 28th are free and open to all libraries and their patrons that wish to watch. No pre-registration needed. Simply promote the ZOOM links and join during the start time. All sessions will be recorded to share afterwards and available via YALSA's website

· E. Lockhart: LIVE Thursday 10/14, 4 PM EST/ 1PM PST

· Ruta Sepetys: LIVE Thursday 10/28, 4 PM EST/ 1PM PST

Are you a School Librarian in Louisiana?

Louisiana Association of School Librarians (LASL) is having a town hall meeting to discuss how LASL is supporting school librarians across the state of Louisiana and your concerns.

October 13, 2021

6 pm central

Watch and participate here.

PBS Learning Media FREE Resources

Celebrate Fall with Festive, Autumn-Themed Classroom Resources

Explore the autumn scene while learning math, literacy, and science at the same time! These fall-themed resources highlight ways to make traditional fall activities - like visiting the apple orchard, going on nature hikes, and collecting colorful leaves - educational.

🎥 Webinars of the Month

Equity is Not an Add On with Johnson, McAllister, Dr. McCoy-Thomas, and Ramos
Google, You and Your Classroom 2021 Google Summer Updates With Joy Blake
I'm Back, So Are My Students Now What with Joy Blake

✔👀👌😘5 Minute Tips of the Month

Using Multiple Gmail Signatures
10 Google Sheets Tricks to Make Data More Visual

😍 FREE Extension of the Month

This extension lets you use really nice, creative email signatures for Gmail, Outlook and other email platforms. Go to the website to create a free account and create your email signature.

Click on picture below for more information.

💻 📱 Tech Certification of the Month

Click on the image to find out how to get certified with the featured tech certification of the month.


Here is a great way to get support and tips from Microsoft and stay update by subscribing to their newsletter!

Educators Can Get Office 365 for FREE

Students and educators at eligible institutions can sign up for Office 365 Education for free, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and now Microsoft Teams, plus additional classroom tools. All you need is a valid school email address. It’s not a trial – so get started today. -- Microsoft Website

Sign up here!

Flipgrid Blog with Updates

Click Here to find the newest information on Microsoft's Flipgrid!

🌈 Google Updates

Here are some updates from Google!

A Couple More Google Updates

To Stay Updated, Watch Here: EDU in 90: The Latest, September 2021


**Big Changes Coming to EDU Accounts by September 1: Control access to Google services by age

**Changes to Google Certification Exams Level 1 and Level 2 Coming September 1

**Leaving the ones from last month here because they are important...

💡See Me Here

Here are all of the in-person trainings that are upcoming! Also, come see me at some of the following events.

Click on the pictures below for more information and to register and find more information such as dates, times, room numbers and links to register HERE.


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Dr. Desiree Alexander, Educator Alexander Consulting

Dr. Desiree Alexander is an award-winning, multi-degreed educator who has been in the educational field since 2002. She is the Founder CEO of Educator Alexander Consulting, LLC and the Regional Director of North Louisiana for the Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana. She consults with members of several schools/businesses and presents at conferences globally.

Dr. Alexander is lifetime certified in Louisiana in Secondary English Education, as a Reading Specialist, as a School Librarian, as an Educational Technology Facilitator, as an Educational Technology Leader and in Educational Leadership 1. She is certified in Texas as a Principal, in English Language Arts and Reading for grades 4-8 and grades 8-12, as a Reading Specialist for grades EC-12, and as a School Librarian. She holds multiple technology certifications, including, but not limited to, IC3 certification, Google Certified Trainer and Innovator, Apple Teacher, and a Microsoft Innovative Educator Trainer and Expert.

She holds a Bachelor, a Master + 30, and an Education Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Louisiana State University, a Master of Library Science from Texas Woman’s University and a Master of Educational Leadership with a concentration in Educational Technology Leadership from Nicholls State University. She also holds a Doctorate in Education with a concentration in Educational Leadership from Lamar University.

She is a 2021 Texas Computer Education Association Featured Thought Leader, 2020 International Society for Technology in Education Featured Voice, 2020 Future of Education Technology Conference Featured Presenter, 2019 Customer Commitment Award Honoree from Better Business Bureau's Torch Awards for Ethics, a 2019 Shreveport National Pan-Hellenic Council Mover and Shaker, a 2017 Young Professional Initiative 40 Under 40 Awards Honoree, 2017 Center for Digital Education Top 30 Technologists, Transformers & Trailblazers, 2017 PBS Learning Media Digital Innovator for Louisiana, 2016 Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana Member of the Year, 2015 Librarian of the Year for Louisiana Librarian Association, 2015 Campus Teacher of the Year in the Zachary Community School District and 2014 Leader of the Year for Region 2 Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators.

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