The Monday Minute

February 8, 2021

Educators Deserve Love on Valentine's Day-- & More!

This page from Hyperdocs includes "5 Ways to Show Yourself Some Love" plus several hyperdocs that can be used with students. Simply click on the red button above.


In this blog post from TCEA's "technotes", Peggy Reimers offers several ideas, including a Valentine's Day breakout, digital conversation hearts, music composition with the Chrome Music Lab Song Maker, and more. Several of her strategies can be used beyond Valentine's Day.
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Purdue College of Science would like to announce the following events. Please feel free to forward this information to any teachers that you think might be interested. As always, you are welcome to contact them directly with any questions you may have.

14 February 2021: K-12 STEM Open Conference Begins

Purdue University College of Science K-12 Outreach is excited to announce the K-12 STEM Open Conference. This virtual event for both teachers & middle/high school students is completely free, no registration required. The conference web page will go live on Sunday, February 14, 2021 and you can access that link on the Purdue University College of Science page. The link will also be released on the Purdue Superheroes of Science Facebook and Twitter pages (@PurdueSOS). There will be conference strands for both educators & students; educators to earn PGPs, and students can apply to receive their own Arduino kits (thanks to funding from The Halliburton Foundation). There were be live and pre-recorded sessions, and all will be available for later viewing.

Mondays at 4pm-4:30pm EST, (starting February 15): Virtual Science Teachers’ Lounge

We know how important it is to connect with others in a virtual world! That’s why Purdue University Superheroes of Science is starting a virtual space where science teachers can socialize, unwind, and informally share ideas. The virtual science teachers’ lounge will be a weekly, virtual Zoom event with special guests to get the conversation started each week. Can’t make it Mondays at 4pm? The half-hour weekly sessions will be recorded (for release later in the week) as our new Teaching Science podcast - a podcast just for science teachers! Check the Purdue University College of Science page for the Zoom link.

Questions? Contact Sarah Nern, K-12 Outreach Coordinator, Dept. of Chemistry,

Purdue University College of Science

Purdue Opens Online Learning Portal

Purdue's online Learning Portal is expanding to K-12. Topics include: instructor strategies, course enhancement, pedagogy, active learning, sample tools, and policies. Modules and microcredentials will be available, many resources are ready now.

Access the portal with the button above or here. This is funded by a CARES grant from the Governor's Office. In addition to the portal itself, this press release offers a thorough explanation. It is already very comprehensive!
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The Association of Illinois Middle Schools (AIMS) is offering free access to a webinar with Rae Hughart, a member of the #TeachBetter team. You can find more information and register here. Please note: The webinar is 5:30 CST, 6:30 EST Thursday.
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Horace Mann has one more speaker in their series designed especially for educators. Register for this event here; you can also download the entire flyer below.

EVERFI: Black History Month Resources

Each week in February we will include additional resources for Black History Month. DOE's recent #DIgitallyINspired newsletter included these pages from one of our favorite sources, EVERFI! It includes 8 lessons and more, which can be used throughout the year.

Lilly Teacher Creativity Grant Winners

Congratulations to the 101 Indiana educators who were awarded Lilly grants worth up to $12,000, representing over 60 different Indiana cities & towns; several are from middle level. Looking at the list of winners and their projects might give you ideas for a grant for yourself! Applications will open again in late summer.


Vicki Davis, @CoolCatTeacher, calls Wizer a "Swiss Army knife for teaching." Teachers can add video, audio, & images to interactive worksheets, making them accessible to all students. It is simple to use, and other teachers’ digital worksheets are available as well. Vicki even interviewed the CEO, Nira Mayorchik Sheleg, and recorded a tutorial with her.

A word of caution: do not post a test or quiz publicly, as students might find it online; in addition, Vicki suggests that it is more for teaching than assessment.

Free Learning Opportunities (all times EST)

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

February 10: Digital Learning Tools with DOE/CIESC/Keep Indiana Learning, 4 pm

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

February 10: Hybrid or Home: Harnessing the Power of Read Alouds, 4 pm

February 11: Ready, Set, Design: Build Your Design Literacy Toolkit with Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, 4 pm (youtube live)

February 11: AIMS Teacher Talk-Room & Zoom, Managing a Classroom with Simultaneous Instruction, 6:30 pm

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

*February 14: K-12 STEM Open Conference for Teachers & Students Begins

February 16: DOE Educator Panel: Tips from the Trenches, 4 pm

February 16: Horace Mann Speakers Series, Nicole Malachowski, 8:30 pm

February 18: AMLE-Promoting Digital Citizenship & Online Wellness at Your Middle School, 4:30 pm

February 20: Pear Deck Pear-Fair

February 23: DOE Educator Presentation: Digital Learning in the Secondary Classroom, 4 pm

*February 24: Library of Congress: On the Road with Jason Reynolds, 4 pm

February 25: Digital Learning Day

*Includes (or aimed at) Students


Keep Indiana Learning Live Events, Archived Events

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 Hyperdocs & Genius Hour.)

Leslie Fisher Webinars

Teachers First/OK2Ask Webinars

That's All for Now!

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INSPIRE3 resources are on both the IMLEA and IASP webpages.

And don't forget, you can join both IMLEA and AMLE in a joint membership!