IMLEA Monday Minute

November 27, 2017

Each year the number of resources for Computer Education Week seems to grow exponentially. Also referenced as "Hour of Code," the activities can go beyond using computers or devices. I always enjoyed sharing numerous coding activities in the library; classrooms of just about every discipline incorporate these ways of critical thinking.

A friend of mine in San Francisco had a part in putting together this comprehensive list of resources. While some aspects are only applicable to the Bay Area, there are a lot of great ideas here that they have curated from numerous sites. I like the suggested videos for each day. This S'more from a twitter friend also has a nice list.

What things does your school do for Hour of Code? Feel free to share with us!

Congratulations to IPS Center for Inquiry School 84, Our Newest School to Watch!

The site visits for Schools to Watch have begun. Leading off last week was Center for Inquiry School 84, the first from Indianapolis Public Schools to earn designation. Visits continue this week into next month for schools applying for the first time, as well as others up for redesignation. Thanks go to our members who take the time to review applications, visit the schools, and write up their thoughtful analyses. These visits are also a prime opportunity to learn from these outstanding schools.

If you are interested in the training for Schools to Watch, whether your school is applying or not, there will be workshops on February 22 and April 10 at the IASP office. There will be a registration form on our website soon, or you can contact Shirley Wright.

Looking for Some Great Middle School Reads?

This time of year brings many "Best of" lists, and literature is no exception. Maybe you are looking for gift recommendations, librarians have money to spend, or teachers are adding to classroom libraries. Many librarians or teachers will have students come up with their own "Best of" titles or share their own opinions of book lists. Announced so far this year:

Publishers Weekly

School Library Journal

Evanston Public Library 101 Great Books for Kids

NYPL 100 Best Books for Kids

(can be filtered to select middle level)

Kirkus Reviews Best Middle-Grade Books of 2017-released today!

In addition, I just came across this great list from Kelli Gordon & Jason Campbell, also known as @MGBookshelf. They created it after presentations and booktalks. The first twenty are their absolute favorites of the year.

IMLEA Board Meeting

Our IMLEA Board, consisting of educators from throughout the state, will be meeting on Monday, December 4. Please let us know if you have any concerns you would like us to address. In addition, we will be reviewing the evaluations from our conference this past September and continue working on plans for next year's. Just in case you wanted to complete the conference evaluation but never got around to it, here is the link again. We value your input!

Important Dates

November 28: #GivingTuesday We'd love to see any pictures of events you have planned!

November 28: Free ISTE webinar on the Hour of Code

November 29: AMLE Webinar: Top Tips for Sustaining Change at the Middle Level

December 4: IMLEA Board Meeting

December 4-10: Computer Science Education Week aka Hour of Code

December 5: DOE Hour of Code Webinar

December 15-23: #DitchSummit (More on this next week)

Time's Up!

Thanks for taking the time to read this update. Feel free to forward it to your staff or anyone who might benefit from the information.