Category Archives: Monday Message

Monday’s Message: March 28, 2011

Happy Monday, all! Here’s what you might have missed last week. Be sure to not miss this week’s exciting lineup of topics.

  • Monday, March 21 – There was a nice rundown of previous posts on the blog.
  • Tuesday, March 22 – Tuesday’s Tool was TitanPad, an alternative to Google Docs.
  • Wednesday, March 23 – The HD_Links featured a list of must-reads from all over the internet.
  • Thursday, March 24 – Thursday’s Tip provided a list of ways one could use Facebook in the classroom.
  • Friday, March 25 – Friday’s 4ALL post challenged you to inspire your students through sharing your own experiences.

That’s a great list of topics and posts. Don’t miss this week’s posts!

Monday Message: March 21, 2011

Happy Monday to you all. Hopefully, you’ve survived the “Ides of March” as well as “March Madness” and are ready for the homestretch to your school year.

If you haven’t been keeping up with this blog, here are a few highlights from the past several weeks…

  • Here is a brief list of online voting tools at your disposal.
  • Check out this great new tool for filtering and organizing online video content via SchoolTube.
  • Winter Conference happened and here were some highlights.
  • We learned about a great new trick for setting goals, better known as “preflection.”
  • eBooks are all the rage and we even provided a great list of resources.
  • Here is more help with providing video content for your students at Next Vista.

Stay tuned as the coming days and weeks should provide you inspiration and tools to carry you to the end of the school year!

Monday Message: U.S. Presidents (Day) Week

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In a continued effort to bring you resources and ideas that fit neatly into a theme each week, we here at NT&L are dedicating this week to U.S. Presidents, past and present. With Presidents Day approaching (February 21), we have a week of excellent posts planned to help you to take advantage of the holiday. Stay tuned all week as we post online tools, resource links, and provide a few teaching tips as to ways educators can make Presidents Day more meaningful to their students.

In the meantime, check out the new and updated eThemes available:

New eThemes for the week of February 7, 2011

Country: Argentina<>
Learn about Argentina and its geography, history, and culture. Read about the country’s noted national heroes, an overview of Latin America, and links to Spanish language sites. Includes eThemes resources on Latin American Culture and Spanish for Middle and High School.

Literature: “The Barcode Tattoo” by Suzanne Weyn<>
Learn about Suzanne Weyn, author of “The Barcode Tattoo” and her other novels. Some of the student activities on propaganda include a webquest,interactive advertising games, and an activity using newspaper ads.

Literature: Romanticism in American Literature<>
These sites provide information about Romanticism in American Literature. Learn about the tenets of Romanticism as well as the lives and works of prominent writers of the time including Walt Whitman, Edgar Allen Poe, Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Kate Chopin, and others. Also includes literature units designed to encourage a greater understanding of the authors from this time period. There is a link to eThemes resources on Edgar Allen Poe.

Multicultural Literature: High School<>
This site provides recommended book lists, the historical background of multicultural literature, and informational articles about multicultural literature. Author interviews and book trailers are provided.

Personal Finance: Investing<>
Learn about personal finance and investing. Learn how to adjust your spending habits, play interactive games designed to teach the importance of personal finance concepts such as simple and compound interest, forms of saving and investing, and understanding stocks, bonds and mutual funds. Practice solving compound interest problems. Understand the importance of planning ahead for your retirement. Includes eThemes resources on Personal Finance and Budgeting and Budgets.

Roller Derby<>
These sites are about the sport of roller derby. Includes game vocabulary, the current Male and Female Flat Track Derby Leagues, the history of the sport, rules involved in playing the modern version, and protective gear you need to get started. Includes suggested drills and skills to get your club into skating shape.

Updated eThemes for the week of February 7, 2011

Author Study: Edgar Allan Poe<>
Learn more about American Gothic author Edgar Allan Poe. Includes full-text versions of his stories and poems, plus information about his life. There are lesson plans and suggested classroom activities. Includes an eThemes resource on the short story “The Fall of the House of Usher.”

Author Study: Laura Numeroff<>
This is a collection of sites about author Laura Numeroff and her circle stories. Includes biographical information about her life and work. There are several suggested classroom activities to go along with the books: “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie,” “If You Give a Pig a Pancake,” “If You Give a Moose a Muffin,” “Dogs Don’t Wear Sneakers,” and “If You Take a Mouse to School.” There is a link to an eThemes Resource on mice.

Author Study: Patricia Polacco<>
These websites are about author Patricia Polacco and her books. There are lesson plans, interactive activities, interviews, and biographies. Includes information about the learning disability of dyslexia, which Polacco has. There are links to eThemes resource on the Civil War, farming, and Christmas.

Author Study: Robert Munsch<>
Find out about children’s author Robert Munsch. Read interviews and biographies to find out what books he has written. Online activities, classroom activities, discussion questions, and lesson plans are included.

Literature: “Math Curse” by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith<>
These sites have classroom activity ideas for the book “Math Curse.” Read what other children have written about their own math courses and try to solve word problems. There are biographies for author Jon Scieszka and illustrator Lane Smith. Includes a link to an eThemes Resource on Everyday Uses of Math.

Literature: “Number the Stars” by Lois Lowry<>
There are summaries, suggested activities, and online quizzes about the book “Number the Stars.” Also learn about author Lois Lowry. Includes a link to an eThemes Resource on the Holocaust.

Literature: “Pictures of Hollis Woods” by Patricia Giff<>
These websites are about the book “Pictures of Hollis Woods” and author Patricia Giff. See her official website to learn more about her. There are also worksheets, games, and lesson plans to go along with the book. Includes links to eThemes resources on hands-on crafts students can do in class in conjunction with reading the book.

Literature: “The Best School Year Ever” by Barbara Robinson<>
These sites are about “The Best School Year Ever” and author Barbara Robinson. There are various reading and vocabulary activities for the classroom. Includes some sites on kindness, cooperation, and bullying. There are links to eThemes Resources on Book Activities, Story Elements, “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” by Barbara Robinson, and “The Best Halloween Ever” by Barbara Robinson

Literature: “The Tale of Despereaux” by Kate DiCamillo<>
These sites are about the book “The Tale of Despereaux” by Kate DiCamillo. Includes biographies on the author, book summaries, discussion questions, suggested activities, and a webquest. There are links to eThemes Resources on Fairy Tales, Recommended Reading for Elementary Students, “Ella Enchanted” by Gail Carson Levine, Cinderella Stories, and “Because of Winn-Dixie” by Kate DiCamillo.

Literature: Recommended Reading for Elementary Students<>
This resource is a compilation of booklist web sites for elementary school students. The lists were compiled by teachers, librarians, and students. Some of the lists are divided by grade level, readability, or genre. There are also links to eThemes resources on various literature awards and literature genres.

Logic Puzzle Games for Lower Grades<>
These sites have logic puzzles and mind-challenging games for elementary students to practice logic reasoning skills. There are many Sudoku and variations. Included are both online and printable versions.

Physics: Potential and Kinetic Energy<>
Learn about the different types of potential energy. Discover how potential energy transforms into kinetic energy while conserving the total amount of energy. Find out how to measure and calculate these types of energy. Includes animations, potential energy online calculator, lesson plan, in class activities, quizzes, and experiments. There are links to eThemes resources on roller coaster designs and forms of energy.

These websites are about propaganda. How is propaganda used to influence political opinion? How is advertising like propaganda? Here you can find articles and lesson plans, sites about the persuasive techniques used in propaganda, examples of real life propaganda, and information on critical thinking skills.

Reading Skills: Context Clues<>
These sites focus on using contextual clues to determine the meaning of unknown words. The sites introduce different types of contextual clues and strategies on using the clues. Exercises, lesson plans, and a song are included. There are links to eThemes resources on Text Structures, Teaching Tips for Decoding Strategies, Synonyms and Antonyms, and Prefixes and Suffixes.

Reading Skills: Inference for Elementary School Students<>
These websites can help elementary students learn how to infer while reading. There are activities, graphic organizers, and short lessons on inference. Includes a link on inference for middle school students.

Space: International Space Station<>
These sites are about the International Space Station that orbits earth. Learn about the history of its development, its mission, and the astronauts who have lived there. Includes videos, animations, and photographs. There is a link to an eThemes resource on space exploration.

Monday Message: Social Media Week!

It’s Social Media Week here and in nine major cities around the world. eMINTS and eLearning are not officially associated with Social Media Week, but we are using this opportunity to take a look at the ways in which social media can improve teaching and learning.

Be sure to check in here all week for online tools, resources, and teaching tips for all your social media needs. In the meantime, join us on Facebook (eMINTS group, NT&L page), follow me on Twitter, and find us on Linked In.

Black History Month (Week)

Here at Networked Teaching & Learning, we’re taking a different approach to our topics. With Black History Month coming (all of February), we’re dedicating this week to resources and tips relating to the month. Be sure to check in throughout as we provide online tools, resource links, and teaching tips to help you with your Black History Months needs.

In the meantime, check out the news from eMINTS and eLearning…

Friday was the last day to sign up for the eMINTS Winter Conference. If you missed the deadline, were unable to attend this year, or want keep track of the many great presentations at this year’s conference, check out our conference blog.

Congratulations to Bolivar Intermediate School (MO) for SMART Designation: Bolivar Intermediate School (where all teachers are eMINTS4ALL trained and 4th grade teachers are certified eMINTS Comprehensive teachers) was just chosen by SMART to be an Elite SMART School.

SMART announced a new initiative exclusively for SMART Showcase Schools. Beginning this year, 25 SMART Showcase Schools have been selected as Elite for the duration of the calendar year. These selections were made based on the annual survey data collected throughout October and November last year. SMART Showcase Elite Schools are those that have demonstrated an exceptional commitment in using a wide range of SMART products in the majority of classrooms to create appealing, interactive learning environments that increase student engagement and improve learning outcomes. Educators and administrators at SMART Showcase Elite Schools have shared their results and experiences with their local education community by consistently hosting visitors who are interested in learning more about SMART. They have also been active members of SMART learning communities, such as SMART User Groups, the SMART Exemplary Educator Program, and SMART Exchange, in an effort to constantly improve and share their SMART skills.

Each of the 2011 SMART Showcase Elite Schools will receive a recognition package, including a SMART Board 885ix interactive whiteboard system and a commemorative plaque. Throughout 2011, these Elite Schools will be eligible for hardware and software donations on new SMART products as they come to market. SMART requires each Elite School to act as the host site for a SMART Open House event in 2011. A SMART Open House is a time for the Elite School to share their SMART success story with other educators in the local area who may be interested in learning how SMART products and services can improve teaching and learning.

For more information on the program or to apply to become a SMART Elite School see:

e-Learning for Educators Winter Semester Registration Extended: Registration for the Winter Semester has been extended to January 26, 2011. Check out the new e-Learning for Educators website and see what is available for Winter Semester. Visit and learn about how the program works, discounts available, and information about graduate credit. Courses will begin February 2, 2011.

Monday Message: January 24, 2011

Happy Monday, all! There isn’t much to report here. Below, you’ll find a message from the eMINTS Winter Conference committee as well as a listing of the posts featured on this blog in 2011 so far. Stay tuned for even more great content in the coming days and weeks.

The Winter Conference Crew hopes to see you in Columbia, MO Feb. 23, 24 and 25, 2011 for the Future is Now! Our Keynote Speakers are Bernie Dodge and Jamie McKenzie! There are tons of awesome preconference and conference sessions and if you are around on Thursday night, join us for Power Point Karaoke. Have no fears, no singing is involved! Be part of the Future! Register NOW! (Registration closes January 28, 2011)

Click on the link to learn more about the upcoming eMINTS Winter Conference!

Be sure to keep up with our Winter Conference blog for all the latest news on Winter Conference 2011.

Previously on Networked Teaching & Learning
Monday Message: New Year’s Resolutions
Tuesday’s Tool: My eBook
HD Links: Math & Constructivism
Thursday’s Tip(s): Top Five Tips
Friday 4ALL: The New Year Resolution with Fly Lady
Monday Message: January 10, 2011
Tuesday’s Tool: StoryBird
HD Links: Shadow Cast by MLK
Thursday’s Tip: Graphic Organizers
4ALL: Forgetting the Past in the Name of Accessibility
Tuesday’s Tool: Save, Sync, Share with Dropbox
HD Links: Your Own Virtual Corkboards
Thursday’s Tip: What’s Your Style?
4ALL: How We See the World

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e-Learning for Educators Winter Semester Registration Extended: Registration for the Winter Semester has been extended to January 26, 2011. Check out the new e-Learning for Educators website and see what is available for Winter Semester. Visit and learn about how the program works, discounts available, and information about graduate credit. Courses will begin February 2, 2011.

Monday Message: January 10, 2011

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It’s snowing here in Missouri. This week’s message is short and sweet, just a couple of announcements. Drive carefully out there!

e-Learning for Educators Winter Semester Registration Open: Check out the new e-Learning for Educators website and see what is available for Winter Semester. Visit and learn about how the program works, discounts available, and information about graduate credit. Courses begin February 2, 2011.

Registration for eMINTS Winter Conference 2011 Continues: Online registration for the 2011 eMINTS Winter Conference is open, now through January 28, 2011 – or until sessions are filled Wasser-Hindernis. The Conference dates are Feb. 23-25, 2011 with a new location in at the Stoney Creek Inn in Columbia, MO. This year’s conference offers MORE for attendees:  more sessions, more presentations, more pre-conference hands-on workshops and more inspiration from nationally-recognized keynote speakers, Jamie McKenzie and Bernie Dodge. Find details and register online now at:

You can also stay up-to-date at the Winter Conference Blog.

Monday Message: New Year’s Resolutions

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Sure, it’s cliched, but this is as good a time as any to make plans to do something new, something better than you did it before. It’s a new calendar year, a new grading period, and even new semester. The new year is an ideal time to develop your professional practices and add to your professional toolbox.

Let Networked Teaching & Learning help with your new year’s resolution. Every day, we post useful ideas, tools, and resources for the eMINTS classroom…and any 21st century, inquiry-based, student-centered classroom, really. Each day offers the tools and information you’ll need to make your resolutions happen this year.

Our topics throughout the week are as follows…

  • Monday Message – This is where eMINTS and eLearning announcements are made. Plus, as this blog develops an identity, these posts will begin to set the tone for the posts that follow.
  • Tuesday’s Tool – Look here on Tuesdays for a great online tool that will make your classrooms more efficient and allow your students to meet 21st century learning goals.
  • HD Links (Wednesday) – Looking for online resources for your students or even to inform your own teaching? Our HD Links should do the trick.
  • Thursday’s Tip – The vast experiences of eMINTS staff and teachers provide some great teaching tips, both digital and analogue.
  • Friday 4ALL – This day is dedicated for our “misfit” posts that don’t really fit in any of the days mentioned above. Still, it’s a very worthwhile day to check out Networked Teaching & Learning.

As you can see, every day is a good day to visit Networked Teaching & Learning for all of your resolution needs.

What are your new year’s resolutions? What do you hope for your students in 2011? Might one of your resolutions include submitting a post for publishing here at Networked Teaching & Learning? Let us know your new year’s resolution in the comments below.