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Monday Message (on a Tuesday)

We are busy with our year 1 comprehensive groups around here. So, regrettably, this week’s Monday post is a day late. Keep an eye out for today’s actual post to appear soon.

From the desk of Monica Beglau, our executive director:

Congratulations to eMINTS Teachers Featured in PD 360 Blog:
Congratulations to Chris Rivet from Eagleville, MO whose video and comments about using technology in a secondary science class were posted on the PD360 blog site for the October 17 :

Libbi Sparks from Independence, MO will be featured in an upcoming blog segment on using technology in a secondary mathematics classroom. We will post the link as soon as it is available.

Many of the PD 360 videos about technology integration were filmed in eMINTS classrooms. PD4ETS participants and certified eMINTS Instructional Specialists have access to all PD 360 videos for use in eMINTS professional development sessions. PD4ETS participants and graduates will find more information and access to PD360 videos in the FY12 Moodle course for facilitators.

PBS Channel 9 – KETC – St. Louis Invites Participants in American Graduate Broadcast: The national launch of American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen will occur in St. Louis on November 7 at 7:00 p.m. with the live broadcast of an American Graduate Teacher Town Hall moderated by Gwen Ifill, senior correspondent for PBS News Hour and moderator and managing editor of Washington Week. For more information or to register to participate see: PBS stations in Alabama, Philadelphia, and 18 other states are also participating.

New eThemes for the week of October 24, 2011

Library Skills: Wikipedia in Student Research<>
These websites are about information literacy, with particular emphasis on Wikipedia and its role in student research. There are interactive tutorials, articles, and ideas for class activities.

Literature: “Curious George” by H.A. Rey<>
These sites are about the book “Curious George” and author H.A. Rey. Biography of the authors, reviews of the book, discussion questions, lesson plans, games and circus activities are included. There are links to eThemes resources on Chimpanzees and Circus Acts and Animals.

Monday Message: eMINTS Conference Presentation Deadline Arrives

Today is the day. This is the last day to submit your presentation ideas for our 2012 eMINTS Conference! Go to the conference website for all the details.

Formerly known as “Winter Conference,” the eMINTS conference is in its twelfth year of providing teachers – mostly in the eMINTS program or graduates – with two days of inspiration and invention.

The eMINTS National Center’s 2012 conference planning committee invites the submission of proposals for 1-hour and 2-hour presentations and 3-hour preconference workshops at the 12th annual conference to be held in Columbia, MO, February 22 – 24, 2012.

Conference theme – Experience Unlimited Possibilities for Learning

  • Hands-on and/or participant involvement are strongly encouraged.
  • All presenters are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses.
  • One presenter per accepted presentation proposal receives free registration for the 2012 eMINTS conference.
  • Certified eMINTS instructional specialists can earn 2 recertification units by presenting at the eMINTS conference.
  • As mentioned above, the deadline for submissions is TODAY!
  • Notification of acceptance – mid-October 2011

Submit online proposal now ….

See you in Columbia!

Monday Message: October 10, 2011

Red autumn leaves
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A few announcements for your Monday morning…

Congratulations to East Elementary in Jefferson City (MO): Congratulations to teachers, principal and staff at East Elementary in Jefferson City, MO for a great article in the Jefferson City Tribune recently:

New Look for eMINTS Moodle: Our Moodle was recently upgraded to version 2.1 that has many new and improved features. There are a few known issues with the upgrade, however:

1.       Some facilitators (individuals with ‘non-editing teacher’ permissions) did not upgrade completely. If you need immediate access to PD modules, send a message to<<>> We are looking for a global solution but can fix individual accounts manually (during business hours) by request for the time-being.

2.       Google Chrome browser bugs with Moodle cause some features not to display properly. Try an alternate browser

3.       Slow load of some features (HTML or wiki editors) so user sees code instead of ‘human language’ in dialog boxes. Please be patient until new Moodle site can build caches that will improve performance.

4.       Incomplete access to editing or input boxes – try dumping your own browser cache or reducing your screen display size (Ctrl + – key in most browsers)

If you continue to experience issues with accounts, access, or content, please contact<<>> and include as much specific information (URL, symptoms, text of error messages, etc.) so that we can work through them and arrive at solutions.

New eThemes for the week of October 10, 2011

Literature Awards: Missouri Building Block Award Nominees 2011<>

The websites will lead you to information about the authors and illustrators for the Missouri Building Block Nominees for 2011. The activities provided will encourage creative lessons involving the nominated books.

Teaching Tips: STEM Initiative<>

These sites offer an explanation of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) initiative for schools. Educators can utilize the variety of links for activities, competition opportunities for students and grant information. Several of the sites have brief videos explaining why STEM is important and what it involves. Educator blogs are available for connecting with others for lesson sharing. Free webinars are offered on several of the sites. Includes a link to an eThemes Resource on inquiry-based learning.

Monday Message: October 3, 2011

Happy October, everyone!

Missouri Host Teachers Needed for Peer Visits:  Missouri eMINTS teachers that have completed comprehensive eMINTS professional development or are currently in their second year of comprehensive eMINTS professional development are invited to participate in the Host Teacher process for peer visits. During year 1 and year 2 of comprehensive eMINTS professional development, teachers in Missouri are required to spend a full day observing an eMINTS teacher’s classroom. These visits are valuable for developing a deeper understanding of how concepts investigated during professional development sessions transfer into practice. We need eMINTS teachers that have completed two years of comprehensive eMINTS professional development in Missouri or are in their second year of comprehensive eMINTS professional development in Missouri to serve as host teachers (eMINTS4ALL veterans or participants are not eligible to serve as host teachers). eMINTS teachers that are selected to serve as a host teacher, will be eligible to receive one of the following “thank you” options:

To initiate the process of becoming a host teacher please complete a short survey located at eMINTS teachers selected to serve as host teachers will receive a confirmation host teacher email with additional information regarding the process visiting teachers will follow to schedule a peer visit. Questions may be directed to Roxanne Kerwood, PD Materials Coordinator, by email at<<>>

eMINTS Winter Conference 2012 Call for Presenters: The call for presenters for the 2012 eMINTS National Center Conference is open!  Yes, for a limited time you can log on to and submit a proposal! (Deadline is Oct. 7)   Don’t miss out on the excitement and fun Feb. 22-24 at the cozy Stony Creek Inn in Columbia, MO. BONUS-One presenter per accepted presentation proposal receives free registration for the 2012 eMINTS conference.  Be part of the excitement, be part of the learning, be part of the fun!  Be part of the 2012 eMINTS National Center Conference!  See you there!

New eThemes for the week of October 3, 2011

Grammar: Punctuation: Quotations<>

These sites focus on the use of quotations. The sites are primarily text-based. Other punctuation types are included. Reading levels vary.

Health: Metabolism<>

These sites are about metabolism and the process of metabolism. Learn about metabolism, factors that affect metabolic rate, converting food intake into energy, and staying balanced. Includes lesson plans, interactive materials, and a physical activity calorie-use chart. There are also links to eThemes Resources on diet and nutrition, and obesity.

Literature Awards: Michael L. Printz 2005<>

Find out which books won the 2005 Michael L. Printz award. The award is given by the American Library Association to books for young adults that exemplify literary excellence. Includes author information, activities, and excerpts from the books. There are links to eThemes on other book awards for young adult novels.

Literature Awards: Show Me Readers Award Nominees 2004-2005<>

These websites are about the books and authors nominated for the Show Me Readers Award in 2004-2005. Find out which books were nominated and which books won. Read more about the authors. Also includes activities, lesson plans, and book reviews.

Literature Awards: Show Me Readers Award Nominees 2005-2006<>

These websites are about the books and authors nominated for the Show Me Readers Award in 2005-2006. Find out which books were nominated, and read more about the authors. Also includes activities, lesson plans, and book reviews.

Literature: “The Best Halloween Ever” by Barbara Robinson<>

These websites are about the book “The Best Halloween Ever,” author Barbara Robinson, and Halloween. There are reviews of the book, an excerpt from the book, and Halloween-themed math lesson plans. Includes links to eThemes on Halloween and other Robinson books.

Literature: “The House of Dies Drear” by Virginia Hamilton<>

These websites are about the book “The House of Dies Drear” and author Virginia Hamilton. Includes lesson plans, quizzes, excerpts, and games. There are links to eThemes resources on writing mysteries and the Underground Railroad.

Literature: Realistic Fiction and Fantasy Genres for Children<>

These sites provide definitions of realistic fiction and fantasy genres, book lists, and activities. Interactive activities for students to evaluate literature and create a genre bookmark are given. Watch the video interview with Beverly Cleary, author of the realistic fiction “Henry Huggins” series and the fantasy series of “The Mouse and the Motorcycle”. Included is eThemes resource about genres.

Masonry: Control Joints<>

These sites are about control joints as part of a high school masonry class. Students can also explore information on masonry as a career.

Missouri: Regional Foods<>

These sites feature some of the regional foods from different parts of Missouri. Includes traditional recipes, famous foods, and stories about the foods. An eThemes resource on Pioneer Life Food is included.

Model United Nations Preparation<>

These sites feature tips and resources on Model United Nations Preparation. Information about UN roles in peacekeeping, peacekeeping operations and missions, rules of engagement, and UN charter are included.

Native Americans: Goshutes<>

These websites are about the Goshute Indian tribe in Utah. Read about the people, their history, and their culture. Includes information about the temporary nuclear storage facility the Goshutes want to have on their reservation. There are links to eThemes resources on Native American culture and Utah history.

Nobel Prize<>

Find out about the Nobel Prize and its creator, Alfred Nobel. Read the biographies of Nobel Prize winners and take quizzes about the prize. One website includes a video clip of an interview with two Nobel Prize winners. Includes a link to an eTheme on President Jimmy Carter who won the Nobel Peace Prize.

Technology: Computer Troubleshooting and End-of-Year Maintenance<>

The following web sites have tips and suggestions on how to properly use and maintain computers. Find out how to diagnose and troubleshoot various computer problems. Learn how to do end-of-year cleaning of hardware and software. Learn how to perform error check, disk scan, and defrag of hard drives. There is an eThemes resource on computer basics.

Technology: SMART AirLiner Wireless Slates<>

These sites offer ideas for SMART AirLiner Wireless Slates usage ideas, resources, and classroom activities. Includes a white paper, basic guidelines, and a podcast about SMART AirLiners.

Technology: Windows Movie Maker<>

These sites help readers learn how to use Windows Movie Maker. Videos, step-by-step instructions, tips and tricks, and tutorials are included.


Find out the benefits of videoconferencing. Learn about different types of videoconferencing, equipment, participating companies, and classroom layouts. Learn how to prepare, plan, set up a room, start and end videoconferencing. Includes images and video files of examples of successful videoconferences, tips for teachers, and in-class projects and activities.

World War II: Guadalcanal<>

These sites for older students explain about the Battle of Guadalcanal. Read first-hand accounts from American and Japanese soldiers. Learn about the naval and air defenses and read about the history of this battle. Includes maps, timelines, and photographs. There is a link to an eThemes Resource on World War II.

Updated eThemes for the week of October 3, 2011

Literature: Genres<>

Learn about the genres of literature. These sites are about the many different genres: fantasy, historical, realistic, science fiction, biography, reference, reporting, folk tales, plays, and poetry. Some sites have recommended reading lists. Included are eThemes resources covering the various genres.

Math: Geometry: Composing and Decomposing Shapes<>

These sites are about composing and decomposing shapes. Learn how to subdivide, combine, and transform shapes to form new polygons. There are interactive games, activities, and lesson plans. Included are three eThemes resources on shapes, transforming shapes, and pattern blocks and tangrams with related activities.

Matter: Properties: Tools for Measuring and Observing<>

These sites compile simple tools that are used for measuring and observing the properties of matter such as thermometers, rulers, and balances. Includes games and lesson plans. There are also links to eThemes Resources on Matter: Properties and Metric Measurement.

Natural Disasters: Tsunamis: Indian Ocean<>

These sites have information about the devastating tsunami that struck the Indian Ocean in December of 2004. Animations, maps, photographs, and movies are found on several sites. Included is an eThemes resource on the general topic of tsunamis.

Monday Message: September 26, 2011

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Happy Monday! I just had to post the above comic when it crossed my Google Reader this morning. It brings the Shel Silverstein into a modern context.

Keep in mind that Networked Teaching and Learning comes at you five times a week. We also have a page on Facebook you should like as well as the eMINTS National Center group you should join. You can also follow me on Twitter for another way to stay in touch with eMINTS.

If you would like to contribute to our blog, click on the the link under “Contribute” to the right. It will take you to a form where you can submit resources, ideas, or even an entire blog post. In the meantime, feel free to participate here on the blog by leaving comments.

Have a fantastic week!

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

Monday Message: Fall Into Learning

Friday is the first day of fall, but most educators know that the fall begins the first day of school as students descend upon their classrooms in the same way leaves fall from their trees.

Too much? How about this?

Consider this week how your students fall into learning. Where are discoveries made? Is there room in your classroom for students to fall into their content? What strategies make it possible for students to fall into learning?

As you consider these questions, enjoy the cool weather and get ready for a great week of posts!

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

Monday’s Message: September 12, 2011

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There was not much to share today. So, I went searching for images that matched the term “September” as the first full month of the school year is well-underway. The image above appeared in the results.

At first, I couldn’t figure out how this image fit with a new(-ish) school year and/or the eMINTS program, but then I considered what a road like the one pictured represents. There is a long road ahead of us. What appears to be a straight shot into an enormous task or set of tasks is actually a winding road with many turns, dips, and climbs ahead. The picture even reveals that first turn in what will be an adventurous trip.

Here’s hoping this five-day week gets off to a great start and propels you into the rest of your school year!

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

Monday Message: August 29, 2011

Hurricane Irene (NASA, International Space Station, 08/22/11)
Hurricane Irene (NASA, International Space Station, 08/22/11)

Here are a few items to get you started this week…

Senate Bill 54
There have been developments in the SB54 issue. Check the following links to get the latest:

e-Learning for Educators
e-Learning for Educators Online Professional Development Fall Registration Now Open: See the great online PD courses available through e-Learning for Educators for the 2011 Fall semester. Courses are short (7-8 weeks long), facilitated by practicing educators, and carry optional graduate credit. Courses are affordable at $150 per course per participant.

Check out the courses and register at: Call e-Learning at 573-884-4233 with questions or for more information. Registration closes September 21 and courses begin October 5.

Missouri Future of Learning Forum
MOREnet Offers NEW Opportunity for Missouri High School Students: Prototype @ the Missouri Future of Learning Forum is an intensive hands-on design camp immersing passionate and creative students in a collaborative environment to re-imagine the future of learning. Students will learn how design and design-thinking can unlock real world challenges. Students will work with acclaimed designers and educators crafting new models of the classroom and of learning.

The forum will bring together high school students from across Missouri; large and small, rural and urban. As design participants, students will be fully-immersed in a creative setting, presented with a challenge, spend two days collaborating as a team and talking with innovative designers and educationalists from around the country as they design their prototype solution If you know a creative, innovative, student looking to participate in a once-in-a-lifetime event that will enable him/her to meet other students, establi  sh relationships with business leaders, open doors for the future of innovation in Missouri education, then encourage him/her to apply for the Missouri Future of Learning Forum.

The Prototype Design Camp staff and Event Committee (which includes MOREnet staff and member representatives) will select up to 40 sophomore, junior and senior high school students to participate. The online application, design challenge and faculty recommendation(s) will be used to  determine candidate selection. Applications will be accepted until Sept. 12, 2011 so don’t delay, have your students begin working on their applications soon! MOREnet will notify accepted applicants by Sept. 16, 2011. Student out-of-pocket cost to attend is $25 plus travel to Tan-Tar-A, meals outside the forum and incidental expenses. One school chaperone will be required for every two student participants. The chaperone’s cost will only be travel to Tan-Tar-A, meals outside the forum and incidental expenses.

For more in  formation see: Online application available at:

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Monday Message:First Day

For many of you, the first day of school is today or later this week. (For some, it happened last week.) We here at Networked Teaching & Learning wish you a successful year and want to remind you that we’ll have your educational technology needs covered all year!

first day school bus ritual
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