IMLEA Monday Minute

February 26, 2018

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Ben Glenn, "The Middle Matters" Keynote Speaker

Mark your calendars for September 16 & 17, 2018 for our IMLEA Annual Conference. This year we will be at the newly-renovated Marriott North hotel (Keystone at the Crossing). Our keynote and informal gathering will be on Sunday, September 16, with a full day of sessions on Monday the 17th. You will hear more about our keynote speaker, Ben Glenn, in the future; feel free to check out his website!

Proposals Now Open to Apply to Present at "The Middle Matters" AND You Can Also Tell Us What Sessions You Would LIKE to See!

We are now accepting proposals to present at our 2018 conference. We were so pleased with our presenters last year-- and so were our attendees! Please complete this form by Friday, April 20 to apply. We have the capability of hosting any handouts or information you would like to share on our conference website.

In addition, we want to let us tell you what you would LIKE to learn about, or if you would like to suggest someone you think should present. Please use this google form to suggest topics or presenters.

We (Still) Want to Include You in Our Newsletter!

We are still accepting articles for our upcoming print newsletter. School happenings, book reviews, successful programs, grants... anything that might be of interest to other schools. We can even award PGPs for them! Questions? Contact Susie Highley

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There are many wonderful opportunities for teachers to extend their knowledge and expertise during the summer. Just last week, Superintendent McCormick shared this link to numerous Pathfinder activities (primarily computing and making) in Bloomington this summer. Recently, I have seen these programs mentioned on a national level.

This week is the deadline to apply for the NEH Summer Seminars & Institutes for Teachers. These come with a stipend to defray costs, and are held at various locations.

The Library of Congress has week-long institutes in Washington, D.C. focusing on using primary sources in the classroom. This year in addition to general sessions, there are weeks focused on WW I and Science, Technology, & Engineering. I have several friends who have attended this and recommend it highly. The deadline to apply is March 21.

If you know of other special opportunities that we can share, please let Susie Highley know, and we will include it in a future edition of the "Monday Minute".

Hot Augmented Reality Item: $1 Merge Cube at WalMart

Librarians across the country are going wild over these $1 Merge Cubes at WalMart. While there are apps you can purchase (of course), students from elementary through high school are having fun playing free games, app smashing and more with them. You can even check to see if WalMarts in your area have them in stock with this link. A librarian in Connecticut wrote this blog post about them. They are being used in classrooms, libraries, makerspaces, as gifts, and more. (Disclaimer: yes, I bought one to play with!)

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