The Monday Minute

February 16, 2021

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Middle school teachers Erin Scholes and JJ Van Ess created a one-stop-shopping website for hybrid teaching, Erin is also part of a webinar today for AMLE, "Let's Talk about Hybrid Learning." More information, including this diagram, is available on the newly-redesigned AMLE website.

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NASA has many resources for students to learn about the Perseverance landing on Mars this Thursday. There are live programs leading up to the touch down at 3:55 pm, and many video explanations. You can even make a reservation to send your name to Mars on the next mission; 4 million+ people are already "onboard."

George Washington Carver: Inventor, Scientist, Educator

The Linda Hall Library in Kansas City offers many programs of interest to families. This Wednesday they will have an expert on George Washington Carver. Register for free at this site; you will receive a link for the live session and also the archive if you would like to use it later. I attended a great series on maps through the LHL; the first session called "All Maps are Lies" would be good to use with students.

NASA Releases Toolkit for Hidden Figures

Students may be familiar with Katherine Johnson through the "Hidden Figures" film and book. The movie inspired me to learn more about her and her co-workers. Now NASA now has the Modern Figures Toolkit, a collection of resources & educational activities for K-12 students. Each item includes a brief description & information about how the activities & lessons align to education standards. Resources highlighted include videos, historical references and STEM materials. You can download all of the materials here.

Great News from Special Olympics/Champions Together

Lowell Middle School Unified Celebration Video
Special Olympics has made several strategic modifications, and you are still able to get your students involved in Champions in the Middle and other programs. Recently, Lake Ridge Tech Middle School became the newest Champions participant through a successful virtual training.

Because the traditional Polar Plunge is not really possible this year, SO has the "Earn Your Wings" program through March 31 with either

  • Be an Angel for Special Olympics Indiana by dressing up or making a snow angel and sharing a photo or video on social media using the hashtag #EarnedMyWings.
  • IT'S YOUR RACE to participate in the first annual Polar Plunge Run and compete from home against others across the state. This brand new way to be Freezin' for a Reason invites participants to complete a 5k or 10k anywhere and anytime during the 2021 Polar Plunge season.
You can see an example of Lowell Middle School's virtual celebration on the dedicated youtube channel. Questions? We have more information on our webpage, and you can contact Tori Batson at Special Olympics
A Fun Quiz to Find Your Creative Type

This entertaining quiz from Adobe will give you a creative type; I took the quiz twice and changed my answers just so I could see all the videos. Simply click the button above.

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Virtual Events & Classroom Resources from the Children's Museum

The Children's Museum has a variety of online programs, including a free event, "Remembering Ryan White" with his mother on March 2. Some programs have a charge as low as $50, others depending upon group size. In addition, they have free classroom lessons. Questions? Contact Jennifer Busenbark, School Programs Operations & Events Coordinator, 317-334-3229


Yet another great blog post from Vicki "Cool Cat Teacher" Davis explains many ways to use the website Educaplay. Note: It does have a notice about students under 13 using it due to anonymous cookies it collects. It does integrate easily with Canvas, Microsoft Teams, and Google Classroom.

Fulbright Teacher Exchanges

The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Research Program provides an opportunity for US K–12 educators to conduct research & engage in other professional learning experiences abroad for 3-6 months. Participants work on individual inquiry projects on a topic relevant to education in the US & the host country, take courses at a host university, & collaborate with colleagues on educational practices to improve student learning. Learn more and apply here by March 7.

Free Learning Opportunities (all times EST)

*K-12 STEM Open Conference for Teachers & Students Continues

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

February 16: AMLE Webinar: "Let's Talk about Hybrid Learning," 4:30 pm

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

*February 17: Linda Hall Library Expert Speaker on George Washington Carver, 1 pm

February 18: Perseverance Lands on Mars! Broadcast starts at 2:15 pm, Landing 3:55 pm

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

February 20: Pear Deck Pear-Fair

February 22: Keep Indiana Learning, "Elevating Student Voice through Literacy in a Project-Based STEM Classroom," 4:30 pm

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

February 23: DOE Dyslexia Community of Practice Forum, 4:30 pm

February 23: Keep Indiana Chatting, 7 pm

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

February 24: OMLA Free Webinar, Dr. Jason Fine Jones MS Principal, Upper Arlington, "A Journey With Tourette's", 7 pm

February 25: CTQ Webinar: Collective Leadership & School Culture, 4 pm

*February 26: How Do I Become an Astronomer? (Linda Hall Library), 3 pm

March 3: Using Kahoot for Assessment, 3 pm

*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 Google-Y Secrets & Hyperdocs )

Leslie Fisher Webinars

Teachers First/OK2Ask Webinars

That's All for Now!

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