The Monday Minute
November 30, 2020 Indiana Middle Level Education Association
MIDDLE SCHOOL ACTIVITIES FOR NEXT WEEK'S HOUR OF CODE
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 Code.org, 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.
CHEERS TO JOAN BELSCHWENDER & INSPIRE3
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 page –Summaries 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 ideas – Ten 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.
- Make Someone Smile on GivingTuesday – Dec. 1, 2020 - Learn more here
- Civility and Civil Conversations- LTG just published a new resource to guide youth in debate, conflict, and civility.
- LTG Social Awareness Resources- Incorporate teaching SEL and Social Justice in-class and in remote settings.
- 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
Free Program: A Teen's Guide to the Social Dilemma
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"
Librarian Support for Students During Remote Learning
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: 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 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!
Indiana eLearning Lab (Must Register to See Live Schedule; Tutorials always available)
That's All for Now!
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