The Monday Minute

January 18, 2021!

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As we welcome a new year, and in some cases, more students back to school, we share this edition of the Monday Minute with some timely resources and opportunities to extend learning. Please let IMLEA know how we can be of assistance! Our sincere hopes for a healthy, productive 2021!

A Hybrid Companion for Middle Level Teaching

This article from MiddleWeb contains many tips from Cheryl Mizerny, a 6th grade ELA teacher from Michigan. Her suggestions center around ways to

✻ Help students strengthen their organization skills

✻ Adapt methods with adolescent learners in mind

✻ Modify curriculum.

6 Teaching Resources for the Presidential Inauguration

eSchool News highlights several resources that can be used for students to learn about the Inauguration, including some virtual tours and comprehensive resources from the Library of Congress (where this photograph from 1861 is available)

Learning Disguised as Fun (or Vice Versa?)

Blob Opera is a new experiment from Google Arts and Culture. It's free and works on Chromebooks and tablets (through the app). I've seen many mentions from adults who've taken advantage of this opportunity to learn about machine learning and imagine students will experience the same!
Unified PE Holiday Show
While this program from Woodside Middle School in Fort Wayne was from December, you could adapt this for other events. Tori Batson from Special Olympics Indiana helped them create this celebration. As some schools return more students to school, or have hopes to do so before the end of this semester, the activities through Champions in the Middle can be a valuable resource for ALL students to interact in person once again. Check the resources on our website or contact Tori!

Microgrants Available to Support Technology Integration

Keep Indiana Learning shared this opportunity to apply for microgrants worth $250 to $5000. From their website: "If you are a teacher that is in need of an effective technological tool that will assist in bettering student achievement, not only in your classroom but throughout your entire institution, take the time to fill out our grant application. Our classroom technology grant applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis and responses are given accordingly (January, April, July, October)."

More from Keep Indiana Learning

Speaking of Keep Indiana Learning, they have many PD sessions archived and available in addition to upcoming live sessions, many of them free. Did you know that they even offer the opportunity for you to use their state-of-the-art equipment to present a webinar.... and be paid? Administered by the Central Indiana Education Service Center (CIESC), Keep Indiana Learning has received grants to expand their offerings.

Examples of sessions available on demand include the Distance Learning Playbook, "Fostering the 4 C's Using Google Slides," Visible Learning, and many math-related sessions.

AMLE is partnering with American Student Assistance to offer a competition called Solve Together. Students learn workforce skills through career role-playing while solving real-world challenges that are standards alligned. Even if you do not enter students in the competition, these real-world challenges are already set up for you; two related to COVID, plus climate change and building a colony on Mars. The first place school receives $10,000; it does not start until next month.

Join DOE's Book Study on Interventions and Extensions

DOE's Office of School Improvement has launched a book discussion in collaboration with Mr. Mike Mattos, former administrator, presenter, and internationally recognized author of It’s About Time: Planning Interventions and Extensions. You can join educators from across the country and share innovative, successful intervention and extension strategies in either an elementary or secondary group. There are live sessions every two weeks, extending through March 2, with the next one on January 26. Get more information and register here.

FETC: Now Virtual and Free!

The Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC, and I always thought the 'F' stood for Florida... maybe it did at one point) is virtual and free this year. From outstanding keynotes to accomplished educator presentations to innovative vendors, FETC is one of those conferences I always wanted to attend. (Of course, it didn't hurt that it's generally in Florida in January-Feb) Register for free here.

Free Classes for Students (That You Might Enjoy, Too)

Varsity Tutors hosts many interesting classes, many science related, many of them free. You might share some of these with students, with the understanding that when parents sign them up, they may receive emails for their paid events. Examples include slime, storm chasing, Sue the T-Rex, astronomy, and more. There is even a session on February 9 in collaboration with Microsoft about accessibility tools for students with dyslexia.

Reminder: INSPIRE3 Resources Still Available

While the Lilly Grant to support INSPIRE3 has ended, the resources that Joan Belschwender compiled weekly are still available on our website, as well as many other materials she curated. For example, in January she spotlighted Learning to Give's Teach One Lesson on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Service learning is an excellent way to support students to reinforce their talents and importance. Her final update in November also included some activities for the coming months and included educators to contact for assistance.

Free Learning Opportunities (all times EST)

January 19: PATINS- Assistive Technology Tools & Supports for Remote Learning, 9-2

January 19 or 20: Social Studies Caravan (register by 1-18-21)

January 19: AMLE Followup Webinar on Discussing Current Events & the Inauguration, 4:30-5:30 pm

January 19: TeachersFirst Smackdown (Classroom Management Edition), 7 pm

January 20: AMLE Webinar on Implicit Bias & Microaggressions, 4:30-5:30 pm

January 21: Flipgrid for All Celebration, 1 pm

January 21: Teaching in the Concurrent Classroom: ​​​​​​​Four Strategies to Make It Work with Catlin Tucker, 8 pm

January 23: Middle Grades Collaborative Conference, 9-4:30

January 25: ALA Youth Media Awards (Newbery, Caldecott, etc) Free webcast of the Announcements, 9 am

January 25: Educating Responsibly with Diana Gill & Keep Indiana Learning, 5 pm

January 26-29: FETC Conference, Free!

January 26: 3 Cool Tools for Station Rotation, 7 pm

January 28: AMLE Webinar: It's not Too Early to Begin Planning 2021-22 Schedules with Scheduling Guru Elliot Merenbloom, 4:30-5:30 pm

January 29: Applications Due for Laura Bush Library Grant

February 2: Horace Mann Speaker Series: Adam Welcome, Kids Deserve It, 8:30 pm

February 4: A Virtual Approach to Social & Emotional Learning, 4:30 pm

February 9: Accessibility Tools for Students with Dyslexia, 7-8 pm

February 10: Reading the Pictures; Visual LIteracy with Renee Hobbs, Frank Baker, & Michael Shaw, 4 pm

February 11: Accessibility Tools for Students with Dyslexia, 9-10 pm


PATINS Trainings for Accessibility for All

Corwin Monday Afternoon Webinar Series

Indiana eLearning Lab (Must Register to See Live Schedule; Tutorials always available. This week's sessions include GoogleKeep and Sketchnoting .)

Leslie Fisher Webinars

National Geographic Online Courses (several start on January 20)

Teachers First/OK2Ask Webinars

Time's Up!

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