The Monday Minute
January 25, 2021
Buzzer Games for Remote Environments
The buzzer activity in Deck Toys lets you create an in-person team/individual buzzer game for a remote environment. It even shows who buzzed in first so that you don't have to take your best guess. Bonus: Students don't have to log in or create an account to use the buzzer.
Would You Like to Meet with Teachers in Other Schools in Your Discipline?
Horace Mann Speaker Series: Welcome, Adam Welcome!
Great Opportunity: Laura Bush Library Grant, Due Friday
Join DOE's Book Study
This spring the DOE book study will be reading and discussing The Interactive Class: Using Technology to Make Learning More Relevant and Engaging in the Elementary Classroom by Joe and Kristin Merrill. The book study will begin in February and will be run in Moodle. Even though this book is geared toward elementary teachers, secondary teachers may also benefit from the discussions and all participants will earn PGPs. If you are interested in participating in the book study, please complete this form.
Maker Challenge for Students-Chain Reaction
Calling all makers! Amazeum and CoBuild19 have teamed up to challenge you to build the coolest chain reaction possible right from your home. How many obstacles can you create? How many reactions can you cause? Gather up some household materials and join Amazeum educators via Zoom as they guide you through your explorations to create your very own chain reaction. Ages: 8-11 years old Virtual workshop via Zoom, January 28-Feb. 11.
Fee: free thanks to generous support from the National Science Foundation and Infosys Foundation USA
Google Puzzle Party, A Way for All Students to Collaborate
Free Learning Opportunities (all times EST)
January 26-29: FETC Conference, Free!
January 26: IDOE/Keep Indiana Learning Dyslexia Community of Practice, 4:30 pm
January 26: 3 Cool Tools for Station Rotation, 7 pm
January 26: Job Alike Group (JAG)-Performing Arts, 7 pm
January 27: DOE WebEx on About Time by Make Mattos, 7 pm
*January 27: RosieCon Virtual Author Panel, 7 pm
*January 28: Free Virtual Author Visit with Author Alan Gratz, 9:45 am
January 28: Getting Started with Everfi's Free Resources, (They have added more content areas!),4-4:30 pm
January 28: Job Alike Group (JAG)-Math, 7 pm
*January 28-February 11: Maker Challenge: Chain Reactions (various times)
January 29: Applications Due for Laura Bush Library Grant
February 2: Horace Mann Speaker Series: Adam Welcome, Kids Deserve It, 8:30 pm (See Flyer Below)
February 3: World Read Aloud Day
February 4: AMLE: A Virtual Approach to Social Emotional Learning, 4 pm
February 4: Job Alike Group (JAG)-ELA, 7 pm
*February 9: Accessibility Tools for Students with Dyslexia, 7-8 pm
*February 11: Accessibility Tools for Students with Dyslexia, 9-10 pm
*Includes (or aimed at) Students
Indiana eLearning Lab (Must Register to See Live Schedule; Tutorials always available. This week's sessions include Extensions, Assessments, & Wakelet .)
National Geographic Online Courses (several started on January 20)
Next Week: Super Bowl, Chinese New Year, Plus Exciting News from Keep Indiana Learning!
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And don't forget, you can join both IMLEA and AMLE in a joint membership! See a special announcement from AMLE below.
Special Announcement on Great Opportunity from AMLE!
Dear IMLEA/AMLE members,
Let me take this opportunity to introduce myself. I am a former Indiana principal and I currently serve on the AMLE Board of Trustees. As a proud Indiana resident, I am excited to tell you about an upcoming contest offered by AMLE and ASA. I am including the details of the contest. Believe me when I say that I would LOVE to have schools from Indiana enter this contest. We have so much talent in our state that I would love to highlight it throughout the nation!
As a member of the AMLE Board of Trustees (and a former member of the IMLEA Board), I am always open to hear your ideas about how we can make the middle level better for all of our students and educators. Don't hesitate to contact me at email@example.com with your thoughts and ideas! Please let me know if you decide to enter this contest. Also know that I am here to help however you need! Good Luck! Let's represent the talent in our Hoosier state!
Sincerely in the middle,
AMLE and ASA are offering a terrific contest for middle school students. You have the opportunity to win some fantastic recognition and great prize money for your school. I would love to see your school enter (and win) this contest! Go to asasolvetogether.org for details. The four areas include:
6-8th grade teachers can sign up a team of up to 5 participants and select one of 4 standards-aligned challenges for their class to tackle:
- The Economic Impact of COVID-19
- Solving COVID-19: A Community Challenge
- Building a Colony on Mars
- Acting on Climate Change
- Contest open to 6-8th grade public schools (Teachers must register)
- Registration closes 2/15
- Winners announced 4/2
- Prizes awarded for winners
- 1st Place:
- $10,000 for the school
- $1,500 to be split by the student team
- 2nd Place:
- $5,000 for the school
- $1,000 to be split by the student team
- 3rd Place:
- $2,500 for the school
- $500 to be split by the student team
For additional information, go to amle.org