The Monday Minute

November 30, 2020 Indiana Middle Level Education Association


Hour of Code/Computer Science Education Week will be celebrated December 7-13 this year. (That week is chosen to honor the birthdate of Grace Hopper.) This list of activities was created during a CSTA #CSEdWeek kick-off. Dianne O'Grady-Cunniff, formerly of, was part of the breakout room that created it. Why is it called the "Hour of Code?" The idea behind it is that if all students spend at least one hour coding, they might be inspired to pursue more coding activities on their own; they are great for independent learning and asynchronous times. Feel free to make a copy and create your own list. You can find more resources with the hashtags #csk8 and #Hour of Code

From DOE: Be sure to share your activities on social media using the hashtags #CSforIN and #IndianaHoC2020 and tag @EducateIN.


For the past several years, Joan Belschwender has led the INSPIRE 3 efforts in our state. Initially funded by a grant from Lilly Endowment, she formed a network of additional educators across the state who could offer workshops and support for incorporating service learning as a worthwhile part of your curriculum, even cross-referencing the standards involved. She combed resources each week and shared what she thought would be best to meet your needs, in pedagogical and timely fashions. She managed the transition from being connected to generationOn to creating INSPIRE3 and shared many resources from Learning to Give. These resources will be retained on the IASP and IMLEA pages. Being true to her passion for the grant project, although it was supposed to end in August, she continued through today, partly to help administer the final mini-grants. Thanks, Joan!

This Week's INSPIRE3 Update: The Finale

Below are the highlights of information that is included in my final INSPIRE3 Update 11/23/20. Thank You for sharing this Update with your staff and colleagues as these resources are beneficial in service-learning planning for in-school and/or virtual instruction. Service Learning Resources on the INSPIRE3 page will continue to be located on the IASP website under their About tab and on the IMLEA website under their INSPIRE3 tab.

  • NEW Section on the INSPIRE3 page: SL (Service Learning) Educational Connections: Seven NEW documents explaining how Service Learning Connects to: Virtual Blended Learning; Content Areas; SEL; PBL; STEM; Special Education; Safe Schools
  • List of forty-one Service-Learning Spotlight Articles connecting to Back to School; Civic Engagement/Social Justice; Community Development; Educational Connections; Hunger/Homeless/Poverty; Peace/Kindness; Science Related - Written by Beth Smith, INSPIRE3 Consultant. Each article includes live links to resources and school’s service-learning experiences.
  • INSPIRE3 Snapshots of Service Learning pageSummaries of Indiana schools service-learning experiences including the LTG lesson that the teacher or counselor used with their students.
  • LTG Free Online Mini-Courses - Learn methods of thoughtful service-learning, as well as the history, practice, and benefits of philanthropy. Participants earn certificates that may be applied toward PGP Points.
  • LTG Free Lessons/Resources/Project ideasTen Ways to Get Started; LTG website map that includes activities, lesson plans, guides, toolkits to educate, engage, equip, and empower student’s voice and choice and make a difference.
  • LTG Calendar Guide - Infuse service into your school’s teaching calendar throughout the year by aligning lessons and service-learning projects to monthly events and themes.
  • generationOn website free service/service-learning resources for teachers, students, and parents
  • INSPIRE3 PowerPoints and Tutorials found HERE.
  • Visit our INSPIRE3 page on the IMLEA website HERE.
  • INSPIRE3 program status update and Contact information.
  • Thank You Very Much for sharing our updates and the INSPIRE3 web page with your staff and colleagues. Wishing You All the Best, Joan
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Indianapolis area middle School teachers Alison Strole, Ella Hereth, and Jack Hesser are leading a free webinar on using Desmos on Tuesday. What is Desmos? They have a great explanation on their "About" page. (Alison is a great follow on twitter, sharing lots of interesting assignments and activities for algebra and math.) Register here.

Free Program: A Teen's Guide to the Social Dilemma

Have you seen "The Social Dilemma" on Netflix about efforts by technology companies to "hook" teens and others? Some of the insiders will be participating in a free online discussion on Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 7 pm. The webinar is recommended for students 10-18 and all parents. (The sponsor, Activity Hero, has paid programs for students.) Register here.
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Champions Together in the Middle Offers Remote Activities

Champions Together at both the state and national level is compiling resources that can be used during this time. One example is this piece with many activities adapted for distance learning. You are still able to receive training virtually through Special Olympics Indiana and Tori Batson. Promoting inclusion of all students and social emotional learning is so important during this time, especially as we head into winter. Tori has created social media accounts just for middle schools in Indiana, including this twitter account.

Next week, we will share more information about a program called Unified Classroom!

I Would Rename It "Stop Sharing Your Entire Screen"

HOW TO TEACH ONLINE - Stop Sharing Your Screen!
This video has gone viral, and for good reason. It demonstrates how to focus your shared screen on a specific part of the screen when using Zoom. For example, you might want to highlight a photograph, a particular math problem, or something else instead of the entire sceen. It also eliminates many extraneous parts of the view that might distract students. I had to practice a bit to get mine to work, but it was worth it!
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Librarian Support for Students During Remote Learning

The choice board above from Shannon Miller, a teacher librarian in Iowa, includes many virtual STEM activities for grades 6-12. Closer to home, pictured below, Leslie Preddy of Perry Meridian Middle School leveraged grant money, donations, her ingenuity, and other resources to send home maker kits with students when it was announced that all Marion County schools would switch to remote learning. They could also request books, and are allowed to make personal appointments to visit the school library during this time of remote learning.
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Free Learning Opportunities (all times EST)

December 1: Canva for Education Virtual Summit, 5-7 pm

December 1: Desmos for Virtual Math & Science Instruction, 7 pm

December 1-3: LINC Stream Free Conference: "From Surviving to Thriving"

December 1 & 3: Corwin Book Club, Building Resilience in Students Impacted by Adverse Childhood Experiences (You do not have to buy the book), 6:30 pm

December 2: edWeb Webinar, "Flipping the Science Classroom: What’s Working in Hybrid, Remote and On-Premise Classrooms", 5 pm

December 2: A Teen's Guide to "The Social Dilemma," 7 pm

December 3: Teen Vaping Epidemic, Tools & Strategies to Use in Your Classroom, 3 pm

December 7: Tools and Ideas for Independent Reading for All Students… Anywhere, Anytime", 2 pm

December 7: "Recalculating Secondary-Level Math in Hybrid, Remote and On-Premise Classrooms" 5 pm

December 8: AMLE/PAMLE Webinar, "Designing Online Instruction for the Middle Grades: What Makes for Effective Learning, 4:30 pm

December 9: New Kahoot Features Webinar, 4 pm

December 9: AMLE/PAMLE Webinar, "Getting the Most Out of Google Slides," 4:30 pm

December 9: Tips for Cross-Curricular Coding for Elementary & Middle Schools, 6 pm

December 10: AMLE/PAMLE Webinar, "How to Do Virtual Teaching--Even If You Have a Face for Radio," 4:30 pm

December 11: Leslie Fisher Gadgets Webinar, 7 pm

December 12: Writing, Coding, & Sharing for All Grades with Elementari, Noon

December 14-January 8: Matt Miller's Ditch Summit

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

2021: IMLEA Conference-Now Virtual!


DOE Digital Learning Series

PATINS Trainings for Accessibility for All

Corwin Monday Afternoon Webinar Series

Indiana eLearning Lab (Must Register to See Live Schedule; Tutorials always available)

Leslie Fisher Webinars

That's All for Now!

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