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

The NASA TechRise Student Challenge invites students to design, build, and launch experiments on suborbital rockets and high-altitude balloons. The challenge aims to inspire a deeper understanding of Earth’s atmosphere, space exploration, coding, electronics, and the value of test data.

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.

To learn more about it, students and teachers can drop in and watch a live stream with astronaut Reid Wiseman and several other space experts on September 24 between noon and 4 pm

NASA TechRise Student Challenge Explained

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

Bill Ferriter, a classroom teacher from North Carolina, gave permission for us to share this template for establishing and evaluating teaching team roles. When you read these descriptions, do certain of your team members come to min? Bill has many resources to support teams on his website, and handouts from several of his presentations.

Want to Win a Seismograph?

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security is giving Indiana schools a chance to Get ShakIN’ on earthquake preparedness by competing for their very own seismograph through a video contest. Ten seismographs will be distributed to Indiana schools, and the overall winner will have the opportunity to host an earthquake preparedness school event featuring the Quake Cottage earthquake simulator. Learn more about the contest here; the deadline to submit is September 30. There are a lot of other useful resources, including lesson plans, on the Indiana Geological and Water Survey site.

Google Experiments for Learning & 360 Cities

Google has so many learning experiences on the web; they have now arranged them into several large categories under the umbrella "Experiments with Google." One that might be really useful for school is the "Experiments for Learning" collection, which includes things like virtual field trips, music labs, space, and drawing. Users can even submit their own experiments.

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

IDOE's fall book study features the book UDL and Blended Learning: Thriving in Flexible Learning Landscapes by Katie Novak and Catlin Tucker. The study uses moodle, and is self-paced over 9 weeks, with up to 18 PGPs available.

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'

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Long-time IMLEA corporate supporter, Horace Mann, is kicking off the new school year with $10,000 in DonorsChoose funding! Still have some items on your wish list? Enter your DonorsChoose project from Sept. 13 – Oct. 8 for your chance to win. Every day from Oct. 4 – 8, Horace Mann will draw winners and fund at least $2,000 in DonorsChoose projects! To learn more about DonorsChoose, sign up for an upcoming webinar. For help setting up a DonorsChoose project, check out these instructions, or contact your local Horace Mann representative.You can enter projects now to be eligible for the drawings in October, or create one before the drawings begin.

Epic Cheetah Cup Challenge

Several teachers shared their classes competing in the. "Epic Cheetah Cup Challenge" via Twitter. It Started Here

The Double Stack

And Then It Moved to Teachers

And Then It Got More Complex

Photo courtesy of Nico Ismaili, Unsplash

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 28: The Science of Learning: A Research-Informed Strategy Approach to Learning Recovery and Acceleration, 5 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 15: Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Short-Term Program Application Deadline

*October 23:

October 26-28: Adobe MAX: The Creativity Conferencer

October 28: Make Learning Magical: Innovative Strategies to Inspire, Immerse, and Empower with Tisha Richmond, 7 pm

Jan 31

*Designed for Students as Well


Keep Indiana Learning Live Events (many free) Archived Events

PATINS Trainings for Accessibility for All Webinars

Teachers First/OK2Ask Virtual Workshops

AMLE Podcast Series

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.


INSPIRE3 philanthropy education and service-learning projects are available on our website as well as IASP. You can also go direction to Learning to Give for current ideas, including standards-based lessons.

That's All for Now...

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