The Monday Minute
December 8, 2020 Indiana Middle Level Education Association
Time for Some Good News & Fun Engagement Ideas!
Benjamin Franklin Middle School Posts Holiday Treat
What did the 6th grade orchestra and their director, Mr. Marolf, come up with for the holidays?(BTW, Zoe is BFMS's therapy dog. You can read more about her and Valpo's program to put a dog in each school here.) Benjamin Franklin MS is a School to Watch!
We'd love to share any videos created at your school. Feel free to share!
Horace Mann is at It Again: BIg Giveaways Next Week
Looking for Fun Activities for Online Collaboration?
When you purchase a Stick Together, you will also get some tips on how to use it with students online or in person. Some teachers are using it as an incentive.
Speaking of Stickers.....
Free Pear Deck Templates
Offerings for Grades 6-8 include:
- CMU CS Academy
- Creative Electronics with Chibitronics Paper Circuits
- Every Student Can Code with Tynker
- Junior Botball Challenge
- Lights! Camera! Action! Visual Storytelling through Filmmaking
- Makey Makey Invention Literacy At Home and Beyond!
- Microsoft MakeCode
- Mobile CSP
- Remote Robotics: Coding, Building, and Teaching in Virtual and Hybrid Learning Environments
- Teach CS with Python: Physical Computing and Virtual Worlds
- 2021 Winter Maker Festival
Free Learning Opportunities (all times EST)
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" with Jack Berckemeyer, 4:30 pm
December 11: Leslie Fisher Gadgets Webinar, 7 pm (Gift ideas?)
December 12: Writing, Coding, & Sharing for All Grades with Elementari, Noon
December 14-January 8: Matt Miller's Ditch Summit, new sessions with access to past ones
December 17-January 19: Free, asynchronous PD from Region 8 ESC
December 18: Uncovering King Tut: Busting Egyptian Myths(for Students), 7 pm
January 2-3: 3rd Annual Teacher Reboot Conference
January 11: Letters about Literature Entries Due (Grades 4-12)
January 11: Corwin Webinar: "What Ahead in US Education?" 6:30 pm
January 14: Virtual Indiana STEM Education Conference
January 23: Middle Grades Collaborative Conference, 9-4:30
January 29: Applications Due for Laura Bush Library Grant
2021: IMLEA Conference-Now Virtual!
Indiana eLearning Lab (Must Register to See Live Schedule; Tutorials always available. This week's sessions are about coding.)
National Geographic Online Courses (several start on January 20)
That's All for 2020!
Because many schools are wrapping things up next week, this is the last edition of the Monday Minute for 2020. If we come across more worthwhile professional opportunities, we will add them into the calendar section above, so free to check back over break. We hope that you will have some time to recuperate after a challenging semester.
You can access past Monday Minutes via this link on our webpage, and you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Principals and others: Feel free to forward this newsletter to your staff, and email us at any time. Share your good ideas and resources with us, and all best wishes for the end of 2020 into 2021!