IMLEA Monday Minute

January 15, 2018

DitchSummit is Back!

Due to popular demand, the videos from Matt Miller's DitchSummit are posted again through January 18. I binge-watched/listened in the car to eight episodes on what was originally the final day. I found the brain episode very interesting! If you are a Google district, you might find Eric Curts' & Matt's sessions very helpful, but I would recommend watching those rather than just listening.

Spotlight on History/Social Studies

In recent months I've seen some great social studies resources shared. These include

Eric Curts' Social Studies EdTech Links of the Month It is well worth exploring much of the other content on his site as well.


Stanford History Education Group.(SHEG) They received a lot of publicity last year for their study of students & media literacy. While some of these resources are used more in high school, there are still some suitable for the middle level. Media specialists use some of their material as well.


Gilder Lehrman Summer Seminars Schools can register to receive free American history materials from Gilder Lehrman, and their website is extensive. In addition, they support in-depth, on location summer research opportunities for K-12 teachers, with stipends that cover much of the cost.


Social Studies Digital Content List Teacher Tom Mullaney curated this list of OER (Open Educational Resources) for his own classroom use. I have several friends who participate in #sschat, where I first saw this. (Mondays, 7 pm ET)

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Social Leadia: Moving Students from Digital Citizenship to Digital Leadership was written by a friend of mine, Jennifer Casa-Todd, who is a librarian in Ontario. Her book is filled with examples of ways students are using the web and social media for good. I've had the pleasure of introducing her in a webinar about the book, which can be found here. One of the highlighted students is 10-year-old Olivia Van Ledtje, @thelivbits, who will be presenting at Lafayette's Summer of eLearning event June 6-7, 2018. This book is easily one that could be shared among staff members. You can learn more and participate through this link.
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I am on the advisory board for Classroom 2.0 Live, a live weekly PD webinar that has been ongoing for nine years. This past Saturday we had an anniversary show that celebrated all of our 2017 presenters; the Symbaloo is a great visualization of them complete, with links. The programs can be viewed in their entirety through the webpage, through iTunes, or youtube. Extensive Livebinders of all resources shared are also available. Then there is this phenomenal document with all of the presentation information and contacts.


The list of presenters through the years is a venerable Who's Who of EdTech. This has been some of the best PD I've experienced; please let me know if you have any questions, or would like to suggest a presenter.

Dates to Note

January 16, 3 pm ET: edweb webinar: Teacher Wellness: How Curriculum Can Support Teacher Confidence

February 1: World Read Aloud Day (Many schools connect with authors this day.)

February 5: DOE's Winter eLearning Book Club Begins

February 15: Applications due for Gilder Lehrman Summer History Seminars

February 16: IMLEA Board Meeting, IASP Office

February 22: Digital Learning Day

February 22: Schools to Watch Training, IASP office

Time's Up!

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