Monday Message: Brain Break

Sometimes, it’s difficult to come back from winter break. It also doesn’t help that we have several months in front of us before spring and summer recess. At moments like these, we all need a brain break. This is a moment in time when our brains can relax and we can recharge for what’s ahead.

For Monday, January 9th, this is your brain break…

Monday Message: December 19, 2011

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Hang in there. Your winter break is nearly here! In the meantime, check out some announcements from eMINTS:

e-Learning for Educators Winter/Spring 2012 Registration Open: Register for online professional development courses offered through the eLearning for Educators program at  http://www.elearningmo.org/register/ Courses are available in all content areas for elementary, middle, and high school teachers. Learn how to use Google tools, differentiate instruction, or new classroom management tips. Courses are 7 weeks long and begin with an orientation week February 1, 2012. Cost is low at $150 per person (graduate credit is available for an additional $100 per credit hour). e-Learning for Educators offers a limited number of scholarship every semester that reduce the cost of e-Learning courses by 50%. Twenty scholarships will be awarded for Winter/Spring 2012. Scholarships are limited to one per applicant. See http://www.elearningmo.org/scholarships-and-discounts/ for more information about scholarship discounts. Courses are taught by practicing educators who facilitate interesting discussions and are available as a resource to participants. Hurry!! Registration closes January 24, 2012.

eMINTS Offers SMART Notebook Training Sessions: Increase your effectiveness with SMART Notebook collaborative learning software at a full-day professional development session taught by SMART -certified eMINTS staff members. The sessions are intended for new users of SMART Board interactive whiteboards or Notebook software or those who want an introduction to them. Choose one of three dates/locations in Columbia (January 10), St. Louis (January 5) and Kansas City (January 26) areas. Cost is $125 per participant and includes training, lunch and a learner’s workbook. Hurry – registration closes December 16. See: http://www.emints.org/events/smart-training/ for details and registration.

eMINTS Annual Conference Dates: Save the dates! The annual eMINTS Conference is scheduled for February 22 (pre-conference) through February 24, 2012 in Columbia, MO at the Stoney Creek Inn. Detailed information about speakers, sessions, and other events along with registration will open in the next two weeks on the new eMINTS website at: http://www.emints.org/events/

New eThemes:

Career Cluster: Arts, A/V Technology, and Communications<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/503>
Explore these websites to learn what careers are included in the art, audio-video, and communications career path. Includes information about careers in music, writing, fashion design, and more. There are links to eThemes on career exploration and career interest assessments.

Career Cluster: Business, Management, and Administration<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/504>
Find out how to get involved in business, management, and administration. These websites detail the occupations available and career information such as education needed, salary, and job growth information. Includes links to eThemes on career exploration and career interest assessments.

Health: Cancer<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/1975>
These informational sites provide students with articles, short videos, and audio-articles for research on types and treatments of cancer. Downloadable brochures are available in English, Spanish, and Asian languages. Many types of statistics about cancer are provided. Slideshows of healthy foods, what skin cancer looks like, and tips for quitting smoking add more information for student projects.

Native Americans: Lakota Sioux<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/453>
The Lakota Sioux are known as the “Teton or Western Sioux.” They are closely related to the Dakota tribe. Learn about Crazy Horse and the Lakota winter counts. Includes photographs, a quiz, and two eThemes resources on Native Americans.

NETS Standards<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/454>
These sites are about the NETS standards for students and teachers. They include information about the standards, assessments, related resources, and applications in classroom activities. Includes lesson plans and examples using a PowerPoint presentation.

Nevada: State Facts<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/455>
Learn about the state of Nevada regarding state symbols, wildlife, economics, and history. Find out the history behind the state symbol, myths, and truths about the state. Includes radio clips, illustrations, printable worksheets, games, and a quiz. There is a link to eThemes resource on Nevada state flag.

Monday Message: December 5, 2011

Happy Monday, dear readers! I hope you are staying warm as Winter struggles to take hold of our spirits as well as our wardrobes. Also in play is the holiday season as Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, and Winter Solstice are fast approaching. So, things are moving here as well as in the schools.

With the wintry winds and seasonal festivities, eMINTS is unveiling its new website. You’ll find it at the same URL, but the look is completely different and a little more user friendly. Personally, I also think it’s aesthetically more pleasing. Be sure to stop by and see what has changed.

Monday Message: Welcome back!

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It’s great to be back after a week of family, food, and festivities, isn’t it? Well, even if you’re not quite ready, Networked Teaching & Learning is ready to give you the latest tools, resources, tips, and ideas to close out your semester. So, stay tuned for what’s to come over the next few weeks.

Don’t forget that if you have something to share, submit your posts here. I’m a little behind with reader submissions. So, if you have already submitted posts and/or ideas, be patient. They will publish shortly. In the meantime, join our Facebook group, “like” the blog, and follow me on Twitter.

Zac Early is an instructional specialist with the eMINTS National Center.

Monday Message: November 14, 2011

Here are a few announcements for mid-November…

Announcing Digital Learning Day – February 1, 2012: The Alliance for Excellent Education invites you – teachers, students, parents, principals, district administrators, as well as state and national education leaders – to engage in Digital Learning Day, a year-long campaign to celebrate bold, creative innovative teachers in classrooms across this nation. Digital Learning Day will challenge education professionals and policymakers at all levels to start a conversation, make a proclamation, improve a lesson, or create a plan. To help you participate in the campaign, the Alliance for Excellent Education will create and share ideas, tools and templates – including digital learning project ideas tailored for various grades and academic subjects. The first step is easy!

Learn more about the Digital Learning Day at: http://www.digitallearningday.org/ Sign up to participate at: http://www.digitallearningday.org/sign-up/ and learn more about the events leading up to and following the Digital Learning Day. Watch the introductory video on the Digital Learning Day website. You may see some familiar faces. The eMINTS National Center is proud to participate as a partner for the event and to share some of the photos that are being used to promote the event.

Help SuccessLink reward Missouri teachers for submitting exemplar unit plans:  SuccessLink, a professional development and lesson database in Missouri, has launched a campaign to win votes for $50K Pepsi Refresh Project Grant to reward teachers for submitting exemplar unit plans to the SuccessLink lesson plan database. You can vote once each day for our project.

To vote visit http://www.refresheverything.com/search/?q=SuccessLink or  Text* 109715 to Pepsi (73774) to vote from your mobile. (Note that standard text messaging rates apply.) To learn more about SuccessLink resources see: http://www.successlink.org/

Monday Message from the road

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I was worried that my busy schedule would keep me from publishing today’s post. However, realizing that my iPhone was in my pocket, I knew that today’s post would come from the road. (Don’t worry. I don’t mean that literally.)

Technology like the iPhone makes it so that we’re never too far from content we consume or produce. This is exciting for those of us in education as well.

How are you using technology to stay in touch no matter where you are? What can we teach students so that they can take advantage Of such technologies? How are you incorporating mobile technologies in your classroom?

Zac Early is an instructional specialist with the eMINTS National Center.