March Media Mania

Town Hall Meeting with Superintendent McCormick

State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Jennifer McCormick, will be at a town hall meeting next Monday at 5 pm at the IASP office, 11025 E. 25th (by Sunny Heights & Stonybrook). If you are interested in attending, please let me know ASAP. This meeting is being sponsored by the Indiana Middle Level Education Association (IMLEA)
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Important Resources for Research

You may recall that most students received public library cards in November. Since that time, I have demonstrated how to check out eBooks and access the extensive databases available to our students. We must guide them in finding accurate resources and ways to evaluate websites. To that end, the first lessons I will do after spring break are about digital literacy and so called "fake news". If there is anything in particular related to this that you would like me to include, please let me know.

You can access the slide show about electronic resources that I created for students here. In addition, here is a screencast walking you through many of the features, including citations and sharing through Google Classroom. I highlighted databases for science and social studies in particular. If you would like me to tailor a lesson to your area in particular, I would be happy to do that.

Even if you do not live in Marion County, you are eligible for an Indianapolis library card because you work here. They have special limits and services just for teachers.

What Do You Mean, myOn's Gone?

Great Professional Learning Opps

Breakout EDU (Think Escape Room Modified for School)

The Classroom 2.0 Live webinar on April 8 will be with Adam Bellow, the executive director of Breakout EDU. The MAC grant I received from McDonald's was used to purchase 3 Breakout EDU kits that are available from the library for checkout.

I will offer a workshop after school on April 12 for anyone who would like to try a breakout or learn more about the kits. In addition, the area of Digital Breakouts is now growing exponentially, so we'll explore those as well. There are already thousands of pre-made Breakouts that teachers are sharing via the website and Facebook group, although the best ones are often those you create to reflect your curriculum.

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Yes, it's the Spring Book Fair! March 13-17

As soon as I find out the date the fair will be delivered, I will be sending out a schedule for language arts classes to bring students for a preview. In a departure from past fairs, we are having a fair that is almost completely books! We give staff a 10% discount on sales, because you are often our best customers. (Cash, check or credit card)

You can even shop online through March 21 (sorry, no discount then) or view books available on a special webpage.

Quick Hits (because you've already had a lot to read)

Free trial from Rosen Publishing with many science and social studies eBooks (username is crestonms, password is library)

Common Lit, Free Newsela alternative recommended at Open Education Resource Summit I attended Feb. 10

March Book Madness Instead of basketball teams squaring off, books go head to head in this month-long event. We own all of the books in the middle level bracket. Students can vote each week. We were the 6th pin on this map!

The Andrew Luck Book Club: currently finishing Number the Stars and When Breath Becomes air (Luck even did a podcast)