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/.

Hello, World!

This post kicks off the eMINTS National Center’s first foray into the blogosphere! We want the world to know about the kind of work we do at eMINTS and eLearning. This blog will be the source for all the brain power in our collective organizations as well as the fruits of our labor.

For every day of the week, those edtech leaders associated with eMINTS and eLearning will share resources and news that demonstrate the many great things that are happening here in Missouri and around the globe in the world of education and education technology (edtech). Monday’s will feature a message from the our offices, usually from our director, Monica Beglau. On Tuesday, you will find a post featuring an online tool excellent for classroom use. Wednesdays will provide a helpful link or series of links on a common theme. Thursdays will showcase a teaching tip and Fridays will be a miscellaneous edtech topic.

Be on the lookout for these and other posts from the eMINTS/eLearning blog, Networked Teaching & Learning.

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Monday Message Items:
Hallsville (MO) eMINTS Teacher Named Finalist for Award: Congratulations to Betsy O’Day, Hallsville (MO) Intermediate Science Specialist, who is one of four Missouri teachers named as finalists for the Presidential Teaching Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Betsy is an eMINTS teacher and was selected for the Missouri Mathematics, Engineering, Technology and Science (METS) model eMINTS classroom project in 2008. For more information go to the DESE Awards and Honors site at http://dese.mo.gov/commissioner/awards/ and the Presidential Awards site at http://www.paemst.org/controllers/home.cfc?method=view.

Summary of eMINTS Program Evaluation Research Findings Now Available: A full summary of the past ten years of program evaluation and research findings is now available on the eMINTS website at: http://www.emints.org/evaluation/index.shtml. The summary was completed by Learning Point Associates as part of the eMINTS Investing in Innovation (i3) grant application. The summary may be downloaded to highlight how eMINTS changes teacher practice and student achievement. It contains references to complete reports published about eMINTS. Instead of having to search through all of the reports for research information, it is now available in one handy document.

Also, be sure to check out eThemes for new resources every week!