#BRESA Tech Tips
November brings a short month packed full of opportunity to collaborate with one another and be thankful for the return of a traditional, busy pre-holiday season. In this month's newsletter, we are excited to share an invitation to the SWMI Esports Finals, a few of our favorite tools and resources, information on this year's upcoming Hour of Code event, a variety of professional learning opportunities, and a reminder about the awesome STEM resources you can check out from Berrien RESA. We are here to help and support you and your students, and we wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.
SWMI Esports Finals
Our Fall Finals event looks to be EPIC! Come join us on Nov. 19 at the Mendel Center - Grand Upton Hall on the campus of Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor. The event will kick off at 9:30 AM (teams should arrive at 9 a.m.) and will run until the victors emerge!
The event is FREE to attend and, with over 150 esports athletes, stands to be an amazing day of gaming! Additionally, we will have two food trucks on site as well as a collegiate scrimmage match! Come enjoy an amazing day of gaming and support the students.
SWMI Esports Finals
Sat, Nov 19, 2022, 09:30 AM
The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College, Yore Avenue, Benton Harbor, MI, USA
November Tech Tools
Would you like to create a personalized header for your Google Classroom? Need a flyer for an upcoming event? Looking for an easy tool for students to create infographics? If you haven't tried Canva, you need to do so ASAP. If you are already aware of this amazing tool, make sure you are not paying for the premium features, as it is FREE for educators. Verify your teacher account today!
Make Code Arcade
News Literacy Matters!
As we head into this busy month of November, it is always a good idea to refresh the concepts of information literacy. From social media to podcasts to websites, misinformation is shared at a rapid speed and our students need to know how to find the facts. One of the best websites we have found for this is the News Literacy Project.
This wonderful non-profit organization has developed tools and resources for educators to use with their students to teach media literacy concepts. They have also developed resources for the general public to utilize to expand their understanding of news literacy. Check this amazing resource out today!
2022 Hour of Code
Professional Learning Opportunities
Microsoft has partnered with Made By Dyslexia to offer FREE online training for educators in hopes districts will embrace time for teachers to learn more about this complex learning challenge. Visit the Microsoft Training Portal to learn more and check out the links below.
While visiting the Microsoft site, you may also want to check out their Educator Center for several other PD opportunities!
Nominations are OPEN for the 2023 MACUL Awards. Are you or do you know an innovative teacher, leader, district or technology professional? Learn more and submit your nominations by January 10.
METS Group Virtual Fall Rally
The Michigan EdTech Specialists Group (METS) will be providing two daily professional learning tidbits via their You Tube channel the week of November 7-11. Videos will drop at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day. Subscribe to the METS Group YouTube Channel to access the amazing line-up of content, including Chromebook Accessibility Tips and Self-Pacing with Google Slides. After you subscribe, be sure to hit the notify button to get the videos pushed directly to you.
Reminder: STEM Resources Available for Check-Out
The Technology Services Department at Berrien RESA has a variety of STEM resources, equipment and materials you can check out for use in your classroom.
Visit our REMC Resource Webpage to learn more about the items that are available. To check out a resource, please complete the resource checkout form.
November ideas for STEM integration:
- Fall Breakout EDU Puzzles--Kit and Digital Games Available
- Dash Robot Turkey Trots
- Hour of Code Primer with Micro:Bit
- Hour of Code Primer with Dash or Dot Robots
We have lesson plans to share if you aren't sure where to begin. We would love to come and help you do an activity with your students or staff. Email John or Amy to set up a time.
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