Monday Minute

November 26, 2018

Congratulations to Destiny Rutzel, Middle School Principal of the Year!

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Destiny Rutzel of South Ripley Jr/Sr High School was named Middle School Principal of the Year at the recent IASP conference. South Ripley JH has many recent achievements, not limited to but including National Blue Ribbon School, the National Forum's Schools to Watch designation, IDOE Promising Practices for their advisory program, and Champions in the Middle with Special Olympics and the IHSAA. And, did we mention that Destiny is on the IMLEA Board? As she said in the IASP program, "my staff is small, but they are mighty. They will go above and beyond to help any student and also their colleagues." Congratulations!
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December 3-9 marks Computer Science Week, which coincides with the "Hour of Code." The idea is to have students spend one hour some time during the week coding; who knows where that will lead them? One easy way is to simply give students a choice of activities. This post by Kasey Bell (ShakeUp Learning) is one of the best I've seen, and it's filled with many great resources and suggestions. This year's new activities for students include one for the Grinch, and Dance Party. In addition, Microsoft is offering some free Skype sessions during that week with professionals who use coding to create amazing things. You can view them live, or watch archived versions. Read more and register here. (Thanks to Kasey for permission to use her graphic and link.)

Counselors for Computing

Middle and high school counselors can sign up for a free workshop at one of the Salesforce offices in Indianapolis on December 7. It's purpose? To help make students aware of the many growing opportunities in careers that involve computer science

Additional Computer Science Workshops

At the IASP convention, the IMLEA booth was next to nextech, which is working with DOE. The nextech reps told us that many attendees at their workshops tell them at the end of the day that they did not realize how many things they are already doing relating to CS and computational thinking (even a kindergarten teacher) and how they are able to make many connections with their curriculum.Many more workshops have been added to this DOE page that is continually updated.

Share Your Opinions about Assessment for a BSU Project

You can participate in this study through Ball State. A student research group (in cooperation with DOE) is conducting this survey to see what we know, don't know, and want to know about standardized tests. The survey is open to any resident 18 and over; it can be forwarded to anyone. My favorite question was about what we would like legislators to know about standardized testing. You can read more about the study here.

Summits, Summits, & More Summits!

Video summits that are available for a short period of time seem to be a popular method of PD these days? Why are they growing? Is it because it's a great way for educators to get their name out there for potential future engagements? Is it because they are a great (even free) way to expose educators to outstanding speakers who they otherwise would not get to see? Is it because one event can include speakers from a variety of disciplines? Is is all of the above? I know of two outstanding online summits coming up; I've seen many of these presenters, and look forward to learning more from them and the others.

Birdville, ISD (Texas), December 3-18: Check out this line up, that includes everything from classroom teachers, edtech experts, art, an outstanding librarian, administrators, and more. Learn more and register here.

Matt Miller's #DitchSummit, December 14-31: Matt has assembled another outstanding group for his summit. The videos are released one day at a time, and are only available through December 31. The line up and registration are here.
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We have shared resources from Tamara Letter before. This week, she's offering her district's "12 Days of Twitter," allowing you to edit and use however you would like. Feel free to modify the hashtags, of course, and even the dates if you would like to use this in a different time period, or participate in theirs! You can also link to this particular tweet and chart here.

This Week's Update from generationON Indiana

Highlights in this edition include: Indiana teacher's LTG article "Connecting Our Community Through Cuisine" and list of schools receiving our genOn IN mini-grants to support one of their teacher's service-learning projects; genOn IN mini-grant information; available power point presentation that includes links to Grad Pathways Box 2 service-based learning resources; LTG lessons, toolkits, and project ideas for hunger, homelessness, poverty and planning ahead for MLK Day. Thank you for connecting with our genOn IN program and sharing this information with your staff!!

Time's Up!

Please forward this to staff or anyone else who might benefit from the content. As always, we welcome your contributions and suggestions! Past editions of the "Monday Minute" and our newsletters are available under the 'Publications' tab on our website. Our fall newsletter was mailed to members; you should have received it by now. You can also access it here. Because there are many pictures from our conference, it may take a few minutes to load on mobile.