The Monday Minute
September 20, 2021
More Incentives for Attending AMLE, November 4-7
Tired of doing virtual PD solo? How does an #AMLE21 pizza watch party sound instead? Register your school for #AMLE21 by Sept 30 to be entered to win a pizza party from AMLE. Learn more about AMLE is reimagining virtual conferencing. Earn up to 5 digital badges. See the lineup of outstanding presenters. Remember, you can use ESSER funds for this professional learning, and you can register your entire school for less than the price of five individuals.
Great New Opportunity from Unified Champions: eSports
You are invited to participate in Indiana’s inaugural UNIFIED ESPORTS competition for middle and high schools! SOIN is partnering with IHSEN/IMSEN to host two Unified Esports competitions. Rocket League will be in the fall and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will be in the spring.
Please see the flyer below for more information. The first five middle schools and five high schools to sign up using this link will receive a FREE Nintendo Switch and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game for the spring competition!
If you have any questions, please contact Tori Batson at Special Olympics.
NASA Seeks Student Tech Ideas for Suborbital Launch
Guided by an educator, student teams affiliated with U.S. public, private, and charter schools can develop and submit creative experiment ideas. The entry period is open until Nov. 3, 2021. Each winning team will receive $1,500 to build their experiment and an assigned spot to test it on a NASA-sponsored suborbital flight operated by Blue Origin, UP Aerospace, or Raven Aerostar. To enter the competition, teams should submit their experiment ideas online using the TechRise proposal framework. NASA plans to announce the competition winners in January 2022. The selected student teams will build their experiments and watch them take flight in early 2023.
Student Art and Writing Contest
The twenty-third annual State of Indiana Holocaust Remembrance Program will take place on Tuesday, November 9, from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at the Indiana Statehouse. Middle and high school students from across the state are encouraged to submit an original piece of art or writing to be considered for inclusion in the 2021 State of Indiana Holocaust Remembrance program booklet and marketing materials. The contest deadline for all art work submittal is Friday, October 1, and the winner will be announced on Friday, October 15. To learn more, click here.
Valuable Tool to Establish Team Roles
Want to Win a Seismograph?
Did You Know that Middle School Students Can Participate in "We the People?"
The "We the People" contest sponsored by the Bar Association includes not just high school students, but also middle and elementary. This year's competition has been moved online, and is organized by regions; middle level will be between November 9 and 11, with the state finals on December 7. Students are given questions to prepare for in advance.
Google Experiments for Learning & 360 Cities
In addition, Google has made some changes to their AR/VR and other offerings. While many were disappointed by the end of Google Tour Creator, they have some, including 360Cities for schools. You can see an example of a 360 coral reef tour here, and see step-by-step instructions on how to create your own here.
IDOE Book Study Begins Today
In addition, Dr. Tucker has many useful resources and blog posts on her website, including not only UDL and blended learning, but tips for concurrent teaching, stations, writing, and other topics, and podcasts and videos.
After you log into the IDOE's Moodle, use the enrollment key 'blended'
Learning Opportunities (all times EDT)
Ongoing through October 15: Hispanic Heritage Month
September 21: The State of STEM in Indiana, 1:30 pm
September 21: Learning about the Partnership of IDOE, Learning Lab, and Keep Indiana Learning, 3 pm
September 21: AMLE Collaboration Meetup-Not Another Review Worksheet, 4 pm
September 22: Kahoot EDU Fall Meetup, 1-4:30
September 22: Building Global and Digital Citizenship through Authentic Connections, 6 pm
September 23: AMLE Collaboration Meetup-Using Tech to Help with Mindfulness Breaks, 4 pm
*September 24: NASA Virtual Fieldtrip, Noon-4 pm
September 24-30: Shake Up Learning Back to School Conference
September 27: KIL: Accelerate, Don't Remediate: Closing the Gap for Our Math Students, 4:15 pm (also October 4 & 11)
September 28: The Middle School Dyslexia Journey Panel Discussion, 2 pm
September 28: AMLE Webinar-Making Career Exploration Work in the Middle Grades, 4 pm
September 28: We the People Fall Online PD, 4-6:15 pm
September 29: Unlocking the Power of Education Technology with Digital Ink, 2 pm
September 30: Deadline to win free lunch from AMLE
September 30: AMLE Meetup-New Teacher Roundtable, 4 pm
September 30: Remake Learning Back to School Kickoff Event: Creating and Activating Hope, 7-8:30 pm
October 1: IMLEA Board Meeting, Indianapolis and on Zoom, 9 am
October 4: Lilly Creativity Grant Proposals Due, 11:59 pm
October 7: AMLE Student Voice Off Entries Due, 11:59 pm
October 15: STW Applications Due
October 26-28: Adobe MAX: The Creativity Conferencer
*Designed for Students as Well
Indiana Learning Lab. Must log in to see workshop topics. Collaboration with iDOE, Keep Indiana Learning, and FiveStar
Please note: Webinars and events mentioned in this space are not an endorsement of commercial products; on the contrary, we try to avoid listing events that appear to be commercial in nature. Every effort is made to strip social media/tracking data from provided URLs.
That's All for Now...
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