Category Archives: Monday Message

Monday’s Message: December 13, 2010

There isn’t much to post this Monday. Be sure to check in with Networked Teaching & Learning for daily tips, tricks, and resources for the 21st century educator.

Registration for eMINTS Winter Conference 2011 Now Open: Online registration for the 2011 eMINTS Winter Conference is open, now through January 28, 2011 – or until sessions are filled. 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:  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: http://www.emints.org/events/winter2011/

Monday’s Message: Better Late than Never

There isn’t much time to post today, so I’ll leave with the following announcements:

Registration for eMINTS Winter Conference 2011 Now Open: Online registration for the 2011 eMINTS Winter Conference is open, now through January 28, 2011 – or until sessions are filled. 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:  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: http://www.emints.org/events/winter2011/

Collection of Articles About Online Collaboration for Students: e-School News just published this excellent collection of articles and stories about online collaboration opportunities for students: http://www.eschoolnews.com/2010/11/21/engaging-students-through-online-collaboration/ It has many great ideas and might help you think of ways to engage your students in online activities.

eMINTS Discussion List Archives: The eMINTS discussion list has a great set of searchable archives that you can use to find resources and to read older posts. Go to: http://lists.emints.org/archives/emints/ and view all the posts from every month going all the way back to 1999. You may view the posts by thread, subject, author or date. You can search by key words or phrases. Use the archives to help you find those great resources that have been shared throughout the years.

Monday Message and EduBlog Award Nominations

The view from my window makes me long for Thanksgiving past...

Welcome back, everyone! I trust you had a restful if not slightly decadent Thanksgiving break. We are all back and ready for the stretch run at the end of the year. Of course, the weather here in central Missouri is not the most inspiring (see image above), but we will soldier on.

Here are a few announcements from the eMINTS National Center:

Registration for eMINTS Winter Conference 2011 Now Open: Online registration for the 2011 eMINTS Winter Conference is open, now through January 28, 2011 – or until sessions are filled. 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:  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: http://www.emints.org/events/winter2011/ or check out the conference blog at http://emintswincon.wordpress.com/

eMINTS Teacher Presents at National Science Conference: Kelly Taylor year 2 eMINTS teacher from Carnahan School of the Future in St. Louis, MO presented Tools for Data-Driven Biology Teaching at the National Science Teacher Association conference in Kansas City.  Kelly shared how using her WebQuest increased proficiency on specified Course Level Expectations.  Her presentation was based on her eMINTS Training and the graduate work she is doing at Washington University.  To access the conference presentation materials go to http://mrstaylorssciworld.weebly.com/nsta-conference-materials.html

Help for WINDOWS 7 OS and SMART Notebook:  If you are experiencing difficulties with the new Windows 7 Operating System and features of the SMART Notebook Ink Aware programs, a help video from SMART on how to resolve those issues is available at: http://www.emints.org/equipment/fy11/whiteboard.shtml#win7help
The link launches a WMV file with tips for users.

Edublog Award Nominations
The following are not an officially promoted list of sites from eMINTS. These are simply some of the favorite sites of eMINTS staff and deserve nominations for the 2010 Edublog Awards.

Best Group Blog: Edutopia
From the George Lucas Educational Foundation, Edutopia seeks to identify the most innovative teaching strategies and share them with the world. The site is a fantastic resource and features many, many bloggers who freely share the best strategies available to the 21st Century educator. (Shared by Ruth Henslee, eIS)

Most Influential Blog Post:”When Hunches Collide
Kelly Tenkely’s post “When Hunches Collide” is truly inspiring (if not influential). She takes some time to share some of her ideas of how education could be transformed as she dreams of better days being inspired by a TED talk graphic facilitation by Steven Johnson’s summarizing ideas from his book Where Good Ideas Come From. As a person that values interdependence, she puts her ideas out there to “collide” with others and hopefully make something happen. She fully believes in her PLN and what they the changes their ideas together may spark. She is an avid blogger penning Dreams of Education and iLearn Technology a blog she uses to support classroom teachers. She can also be followed on Twitter @ktenkely. (Shared by Brooke Higgins, eIS)

Best Resource Sharing Blog: Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day
For my money, there is no better resource sharing blog on the entire web. My Reader fills up daily with updates to past posts as well as a steady stream of new resource lists for current events and trending topics. No site is better for the teacher trying to stay up to date than Larry Ferlazzo’s Website of the Day.
(Shared by Zac Early, eIS)

Best Library/Librarian Blog: Librarian By Day
Transliteracy is a hot topic in the library sciences right now and there is no better place to follow the transliteracy discussion than at Librarian By Day
, the brainchild of blogger/librarian Bobbi Newman. I suggest you add LBD to your RSS feed ASAP in order to keep up with this rapidly advancing literacy movement.

Best Admin Blog: Principally Speaking
Dr. Robert Dillon, a principal in the St. Louis, MO area, provides post after post of inspiration and insight into administrating the 21st Century school with an eye toward technology and student engagement. Check out Dr. Dillon’s Principally Speaking and revive your perspective on education for the December stretch-run. (Shared by Carmen Marty, eIS)

Lifetime Achievement: Bernie Dodge
We at eMINTS would be remised if  we didn’t give credit to the WebQuest guru of gurus, Bernie Dodge. A regular at our annual Winter Conference, Bernie has been an integral part of the eMINTS program with his perspective of the WebQuest guiding many of our teachers to instructional success. For all his great work in educational technology, Bernie Dodge receives a nomination for the Edublog Lifetime Achievement Award. (Shared by Zac Early, eIS)

Are there any other blogs or online educators who deserve a nomination? Feel free to mention some of your own nominations in the comments.

Taking the Week Off

Networked Teaching & Learning is taking the week off. Be sure to check in again next week for more great posts providing all you need to reach 21st Century learners!

Have a happy Thanksgiving!

In the meantime, check out the following opportunities:

Online registration for the 2011 eMINTS Winter Conference is open, now through January 28, 2011 – or until sessions are filled.
Conference dates – Feb. 23-25, 2011
Location – Columbia, MO

More in 2011

  • More sessions, more presentations
  • More pre-conference, hands-on workshops
  • More inspiration from nationally-recognized keynote speakers, Jamie McKenzie and Bernie Dodge

New for 2011

  • New tools and ideas to enhance your teaching and learning
  • New location at Stoney Creek Inn in Columbia, MO

Find details and register online now

The following are grant opportunities for educators:

ING Unsung Heroes Award

Each year, one hundred educators are selected to receive $2,000 each to help fund their innovative class projects. Three recipients are then selected to receive additional top awards of $5,000, $10,000, and $25,000. Visit: http://ing.us/about-ing/citizenship/childrens-education/ing-unsung-heroes

Middle and High School Science Teachers

The National Science Teachers Association, the largest professional organization in the world working to promote excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning, and Shell Oil Company have launched a new competition for middle and high school teachers that will bring laboratory resources to school districts across the United States. Through the NSTA Shell Science Lab Challenge, schools will compete for up to $93,000 in total prizes, including AQUARIUS – best-horoscope.com : Aquarius may possibly put Gemini under his supervision. a grand-prize school science lab makeover valued at $20,000: http://www.nsta.org/shellsciencelab/

Seven Fund offers Fellowships to K-12 Teachers to Study Solutions to Poverty in Rwanda

The objective of the fellowship is to introduce the concepts of business solutions to poverty within a K-12 curriculum. Winners will be invited to spend two weeks in Rwanda, where they will meet with leaders in the private, public, and education sectors. Individual meetings and trips also will be arranged according to the interests of the winning teachers. For example, a biology teacher might spend time with scientists working in Rwanda”s emerging biotech cluster; an art teacher might travel around the country to study artisan cooperatives specializing in different handicrafts; a journalism teacher might shadow the editor of a major Rwandan publication: http://www.sevenfund.org/teaching-fellowship/

Music Education for Low-Income Students

The NAMM organization has announced the availability of grants through its Wanna Play Fund to provide instruments to schools and community organizations that are expanding or reinstating music education programs as part of a core curriculum and/or that employ quality music teachers.

Eligible applicants are public schools serving low-income students (percentage of free and reduced lunch data required); community organizations serving low-income students and students with special needs (community demographic information required); and schools and community programs that have made a commitment to hiring and retaining high-quality music teachers and providing standards-based, sequential learning in music: http://www.nammfoundation.org/grant-information/apply-grant-and-scholarship

Monday Message for November 15, 2010

Monday Blues
Happy Monday, everyone! In case you missed last week’s posts, here’s a rundown of the topics covered:

  • Tuesday’s Tool: Chris shared Jing, a great online tool for creating screencasts.
  • Wednesday’s HD Links: Brooke provided a great list of sites for locating royalty/copyright-free images.
  • Thursday’s Teaching Tip: Michelle tipped the idea of using five minute here and there to stimulate higher-order thinking in our students.
  • Friday 4ALL: Carmen shared some great videos from TED, featuring students rethinking education.

For this week, be on the lookout for two posts on getting the most out of Google Earth, a Thanksgiving resource, and an inspirational video on changing educational paradigms. We will take a break Thanksgiving week, but look for us to be back the following week as we carry you through the homestretch to the winter break.

In the meantime, check out this great announcement from Knob Noster:

MO eMINTS Mathematics Student Places in Top 100 in National Mathematics Contest:  Knob Noster (MO) sophomore, Katherine Azbill, placed 98th in the nation in the American Math Challenge held October 27-28. Her teacher, Neva Allen, who has a high school level eMINTS classroom in the Knob Noster district noted that there were 120,000 participants nationwide K-12. For more information about the mathematics contest see: http://www.americanmathchallenge.com.  Information about the competition and about Katherine’s work can be seen in the November 2, Sedalia (MO) Democrat:  <http://www.sedaliademocrat.com/.

Monday Message for November 8, 2010

Gateway Arch sunrise 6Happy Monday, everyone!

Things are moving along here at the eMINTS National Center. We have several weeks of posts under our belts and I feel like this blog is hitting its stride. However, we still have room for your submissions. Feel free to submit online tools and resources you have found, valuable teaching tips, or inspiring vignettes about all the things that are happening in your classroom. Just go the submission form and fill out the appropriate information.

In the meantime, here are few newsworthy items from eMINTS:

Congratulations to Baldwin County (AL) eMINTS Teachers: Congratulations to Carol Therrell and Vicki Gripp, eMINTS teachers at Stapleton Elementary School in the Baldwin County (Alabama School) District, for the great press coverage of their eMINTS classrooms last week. The classrooms were featured on the local news station. We are proud of you. See the story at: http://www.local15tv.com/ugc/cat/CoolSchools2010/PnrNNPfXrEqbmoR4qfGoig.aspx. eMINTS teachers, Carrie Lowery and Lisa Creps, at Bay Minette Middle School, and their fellow teachers were also recently featured in a news story in the community.

eMINTS Teachers Featured at National Conference: Lori Mathys, eMINTS teacher from Rockwood School District (MO), and Denis Knight, eMINTS teacher from Junction Hill School District (MO), made multiple classroom presentations using the “model classroom” provided by SMART Technologies at the National School Board Association Technology + Learning (NSBA T+L) annual Conference in Phoenix, AZ October 19-21. Each teacher presented different lessons to groups of conference participants who took on the role of elementary or middle school students in the sessions.

Share Your Good News: If you have good news to share about eMINTS or eMINTS/eMINTS4All teachers/PD4ETS participants or graduates or eMINTS students – an award, press coverage, special events of interest – please send a short email with information about the news and any pertinent links to emints-info@emints.org. It is great to be able to highlight positive achievements of eMINTS teachers and students.