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eMINTS Weekly Update – 9/18/12

eMINTS Investing in Innovation (i3) Project to be Featured:

We are pleased to report that the eMINTS Investing in Innovation (i3) project awarded in August 2010 will be visited by Tony Miller, Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of Education and Jim Shelton, Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement on Wednesday, September 19, 2012. The day will start with a Round Table including principals and superintendents whose districts are part of the project. The University of Missouri TelePresence system will be used to connect participants in Columbia with those in Kansas City and St. Louis. Following the Round Table, Assistant Deputy Jim Shelton will visit our lead mentor district, New Franklin, to see eMINTS in action. We will share any photos and news stories about the site visit on the eMINTS website.

New & Updated eThemes for the week of September 17, 2012

New eThemes

Author Study: Herman Melville
Learn about Herman Melville and his books. Melville was a prominent novelist, short story writer, and poet of nineteenth century America. Included are links to sites about the writer’s life and the following works: “Bartleby, the Scrivener,” “Moby Dick,” “Billy Budd,” “The Confidence Man,” and “Typee,” as well as his poetry. There are eBooks, a lesson plan, a quiz, and discussion questions.

Updated eThemes

Amish People, Life, and Culture
These sites describe the day-to-day life of the Amish culture. Learn about their history and beliefs. Some sites include recipes or instructions for making crafts. Most sites include images.

Animals: Opossums
Learn about the only marsupial living in North America – the Virginia opossum. Find out what the opossum’s name means. Learn about the animal’s habitats, diet, behavior, reproduction, and predators. Read people’s misconceptions regarding the animal and find out why opossum live only up to three years in wild and eight in captivity. Includes photographs, images of tracks, coloring pages, and video files.

Author Study: Robert Frost and Modern American Poets
These resources are about the poet Robert Frost and his contemporaries. You will find biographical information, full-text poems, audio files, images, and lesson plans. Included are sites about other modern American poets such as Carl Sandburg, T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, and William Carlos Williams. Included are three related eThemes resources on poetry.

Career Cluster: Architecture and Construction
Find out what careers are included in the architecture and construction career cluster. Learn about the careers, what kind of training they require, and what the working conditions are for architects and construction workers. Includes links to eThemes on career exploration, career interest assessments, and architecture.

Career Cluster: Arts, A/V Technology, and Communications
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
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.

Career Cluster: Education and Training
These websites are about the career path of education and training. Find out which careers are in the career cluster. Read about the careers and how you can enter them. There are links to eThemes on career exploration and career interest assessments.

Career Cluster: Health Science
Find out about the careers available in the health sciences career cluster. Includes information about education needed, working conditions, salaries, and more. There is a video about the kind of work health care workers do. Includes links to eThemes on career exploration and career interest assessments.

Career Cluster: Hospitality and Tourism
These websites are about the career oppurtunities available in the hospitality and tourism industry. Learn what this career path is about and learn about some of the careers featured. Includes links to eThemes on career exploration and career interest assessments.

Career Cluster: Human Services
Find out about the careers available in the human services career cluster. Includes information about education needed, working conditions, salaries, and more. Includes links to eThemes on career exploration, the psychology of personality development, and career interest assessments.

Career Cluster: Information Technology
These websites are about the occupations in information technology. Many of the careers are computer-related. Read about the various careers and the skills and education required for each career. There are links to eThemes on career exploration and career interest assessments.

Career Cluster: Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security
Explore these Web sites to learn what careers are included in the law, public safety, corrections, and security career cluster. Includes information about careers as lawyers, police officers, firefighters, conservation agent, and more. There are links to eThemes on career exploration and career interest assessments.

Career Cluster: Marketing, Sales, and Service
These websites are about careers in marketing and sales. Find out which occupations are included in the career cluster and how you can get started in the industry. Includes links to eThemes on career exploration and career interest assessments.

Career Cluster: Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics
Find out about career opportunities in transportation, distribution, and logistics. Includes information on a variety of careers from taxi cab driver to airplane pilot. There are links to eThemes on career exploration and career interest assessments.

Geography: Middle Atlantic Region
These sites have information about the following Middle Atlantic states: New York, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland. Learn about each state’s symbols, major industries, history, natural resources, and more. There are links to eThemes Resources on the thirteen colonies and New England.

Literature: “Birchbark House” by Louise Erdrich
These sites are about the book “Birchbark House,” and features a Native American family living on the frontier. The book has been compared to the “Little House” series. The main characters are part of the Ojibwe (also called Chippewa) tribe. Included are a book summary and book talk, and discussion questions. Historical information about the Ojibwe tribe and a brief video on making a birch bark canoe is provided.

Literature: Award Winners
These sites are about children’s and young adult’s literature awards. Includes information about several awards such as the Newbery, Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Pura Belpre, Michael L. Printz, Best Books for Young Adults, and more. Learn about the history of the awards and see the winners from the current and previous years. eThemes on the Show Me, Building Block, Gateway,Truman and Mark Twain award winners are included.

Missouri: Famous People
Learn about famous Missourians both living and deceased including Laura Ingalls Wilder, Walt Disney, Samuel Clemens, and Daniel Boone. There is a Missouri person WebQuest, a video on Samuel Clemens, and a link to an eThemes Resource on famous Missouri women.

Missouri: Geography and Landforms
These sites are about the different geographical regions and natural resources in Missouri. Learn about the Ozarks, the Ozark border, glaciated plains, Osage plains, and Mississippi lowlands. Includes classroom activities, plus videos from the Missouri Heritage series. There are links to eThemes Resources on Missouri maps, rivers, and regions.

Nevada: State Facts
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.

Olympic Games: Winter 2006
These are sites about the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino (Turin)Italy. Learn about the different sporting events that take place during a Winter Olympiad, read news stories, or athlete’s biographies. There are games, quizzes, videos, and classroom activities. Included are eThemes resources about Olympic history, athletes and records, the 2002 Winter Olympics, and the 2006 host country of Italy.

Parts of a Book: Nonfiction
This resource provides several informational websites related to parts of a nonfiction book. Includes topics such as glossary, index, table of contents, and key words. There are games, exercises, presentations, and lesson plans. Also includes a link to an eThemes resource on writing nonfiction.

Poems and Songs: Rivers and Ponds
These sites are a collection of songs and poems for elementary students. The songs and poems are related to animals living by, habitats in, and activities on rivers and ponds. Lesson plans, samples of songs, and history of river songs are included. There are links to eThemes resources on Habitat: Ponds and Lakes, Poetry: Simile and Figurative Language, Poets and their Poetry, and Writing: Poetry.

Poets and their Poetry
These sites feature authors who write poetry for children. Includes biographies of poets and examples of their work. Learn about Dr. Seuss, Shel Silverstein, Jack Prelutsky, Sara Holbrook, Edward Lear, and other poets. Included are eThemes Resources on writing poetry, figurative language, and poems and songs about rivers and ponds.

Reading Skills: Following Directions
These sites can help teachers develop lesson plans that incorporate the specific skills of following directions. One site has an interactive game for first graders.

Safety: Winter
These sites provide safety information during winter season. Includes safety tips for winter outdoor activities such as skiing, snowboarding, and bicycling. Also recommended action for hypothermia, frostbite, and snow blindness. There are activities and lesson plans on safe practices and what to do when stuck in the car. There are links to eThemes Resources on Season: Winter and Natural Disasters: Avalanches and Blizzards.

Schools of the Future
What will the school of the future be like? School buildings of the future may look completely different or they may not exist at all. The virtual reality classroom may replace the traditional classroom. Some states already have distance learning for high school students. Is distance learning part of future schools? Included are two links to eThemes resources on schools of the past.

Science: Dinosaurs
Learn more about the types of dinosaurs that roamed the earth years ago. Find out which dinosaurs were in your area, watch videos about these creature, and create your own dinosaur artwork. Includes 3D images, games, and quizzes. There is a link to an eThemes Resource on fossils.

Science: Fossils
These sites focus on fossils and include information about paleontologists, dinosaurs, and petrification. View photographs of actual fossils. Includes a link to an eThemes Resource on dinosaurs.

Science: Oceanography
These sites include information on the topography of the ocean floor and life in the ocean. Sea floor spreading, plate tectonics, and underwater volcanic activity are topics found on several of the sites. Many sites have photographs, maps, and videos. Included are two eThemes resource sites for younger grades, one on the geography of the ocean and the other on creatures of the ocean.

Science: Scientific Classification
Learn about the taxonomy of living things and the seven life processes carried out by living organisms: support, reproduction, digestion, transportation, circulation, excretion, and response. Included are many eThemes resources on microbes, living things, human anatomy, and plants.

U.S. Court of Appeals
These sites contain resources to help students understand how the Court of Appeals System works and how it relates to other types of courts. There are tutorials, basic information about the courts and judges, links to court publications, and databases of statistical information and important court decisions. Includes a link to eTheme resources on the judicial branch of government.

U.S. President: Theodore Roosevelt: Part I
Learn about the 26th American President – Theodore Roosevelt. Discover the president as a son, father, husband, naturalist and conservationist, newyorker, and a war hero. Learn about his hobbies, outdoor adventures, and his nature conservation policies. Includes audio and video clips, timelines, photographs, quizzes, and biographies. There are links to eThemes topics on the President Theodor Roosevelt’s politics, American and foreign policies, Spanish war, and United States presidents.

U.S. President: Theodore Roosevelt: Part II
Theodore Roosevelt was the 26th president and served from 1901 until 1909. Find out about his political views and domestic policies. Learn about the Bull Moose Party and the presidential election campaign of 1912. Includes the presidential inauguration transcript, photographs, audio and video files. There are links to eThemes resources on Theodor Roosevelt’s personal life and nature preservation policies, his foreign policies; and a link to United States Presidents.

Utah: Habitat: Forests
Learn about Utah’s forests and where they can be found. See a map of the various habitats in Utah, watch a video about controlled forest fires, and learn which plants and animals live in Utah’s forests. There are links to related eThemes on trees, forests, and Utah animals.

Teaching Tips: Online Assessments
Teachers can explore these sites for online assessment tools. Some sites are free and some require a payment after a 30 day trial period. Many sites have pre-written assessments that students can take and then data is provided back to the teacher. On other sites teachers can input their own questions and answers, and assessments will be scored and data provided to the teacher. Included is a link to an eThemes resource on writing assessment tools.

Math: Surveys, Tables, and Graphing
These sites have definitions of survey, poll, mean, median, and mode. Find out how to take simple surveys and opinion polls. Includes lesson plans and in-class activities for collecting and organizing numerical and statistical data. There are links to eThemes Resources on how to create and use various types of graphs.

Monica Beglau is the Executive Director of the eMINTS National Center.

eMINTS Weekly Update

eLearning for Educators: Fall Semester Registration Underway: eLearning for Educators fall registration is now open until Wednesday, Sept. 19.The Fall 2012 semester is from Oct. 3 ? Nov. 20, 2012. Register online now. Cost: $150 per course. Graduate Credit (optional): additional fee of $100 per credit hour available through the University of Missouri-Kansas City or University of Missouri-St. Louis. A limited number of scholarships are available. To apply for a scholarship that reduces the cost of an e-Learning course to $75, go to the eLearning Scholarships and Discounts page and fill out the online form. Scholarships are limited to one per applicant. Limit 3 scholarships per one district.

New and Updated eThemes for the week of August 20, 2012

No New eThemes:

  • If there is not currently an eTheme for a topic you need, simply fill out the on-line request form, and it will be created. New eTheme requests are accepted through the on-line requests from all eMINTS teachers as well as all school library media specialists in the state of Missouri.

Updated eThemes for the week of August 20, 2012:

Literature: “Stone Fox” by John Reynolds Gardiner

  • These sites relate to the book Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner. Try the online quizzes. Includes related subjects such as Wyoming, sled dogs, and potato farming.

Monica Beglau is the Executive Director of the eMINTS National Center.

eMINTS Weekly Update

Welcome to the 2012-2013 School Year with eMINTS! The Weekly Update feature resumes beginning today. Updates are published weekly on Mondays except for holidays.

eLearning for Educators: Fall registration is now open until Wednesday, Sept. 19. The Fall 2012 semester is from Oct. 3 – Nov. 20, 2012. Courses cost $150 per course. Optional Graduate Credit is available at an additional fee of $100 per credit hour through the University of Missouri-Kansas City or University of Missouri-St. Louis. A limited number of scholarships are available. You can even apply for a scholarship that reduces the cost of an e-Learning course to $75 by filling out an online form. Scholarships are limited to one per applicant. Limit 3 scholarships per one district. There are three NEW course offerings this semester:

  • Thinking Critically with Data (all)
  • Going Mobile K-12: Capturing the Power of Smart Phones, Tablets, Apps and More (all)
  • Flipped, Upside-down and Blended Instruction for the K-12 Classrooms (all)
  • Some of the additional courses available for the Fall 2012 semester are:
  • Algebraic Thinking in the Elementary School (elementary)
  • Beyond Your Schoolyard:  An Intro to GPS, Geocaching and Google Earth (all)
  • Classroom Management (all)
  • Differentiating Instruction:  Empowering All Learners (all)
  • Early Childhood: Creating a Language-Rich Environment  (early childhood)
  • Google Tools for Schools (all)
  • Heart of Science Instruction (secondary science)
  • Improving Reading and Writing in the Content Areas (secondary)
  • Instructional Approaches for Teachers of English Language Learners (all)
  • Leading Schools in a Web 2.0 World (administrators)
  • Special Students in Regular Classrooms:  Technology, Teaching and Universal Design (all)
  • Teaching Writing in the Elementary Classroom (elementary)

To see the complete list of courses offered this semester, go to: http://www.elearningmo.org/register/fall-2012/.

Share the Good News: Do you have something special to report about your school or classroom? An honor or award that has been presented? Share the good news with your eMINTS colleagues across the US and world by sending details about the good news to emints-info@emints.org.

New eThemes for the Week of August 13, 2012:

  • Africa: National Parks – These sites are about Africa’s National Parks. Learn about the animals, the climate, and the purposes behind why National Parks play an important role in Africa. Includes a link to an eThemes resource on the continent of Africa.
  • Circus Acts and Animals – These sites focus on circus animals, acts, and performers. There is historical information about circuses, plus photographs, audio files, and video clips.
  • Teaching Tips: “7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens” by Sean Covey – These websites are about Sean Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens.” There are summaries of the habits, as well as advice and lesson plans for incorporating the 7 Habits into the daily lives of teens. Includes a link to eThemes resource, Goal Setting.

Updated eThemes for the week of August 13, 2012:

  • Literature: “Dear Mr. Henshaw” by Beverly Cleary -These sites are about the book “Dear Mr. Henshaw” by Beverly Cleary. There are several hands-on classroom activities including how to make a lunch box alarm. Students can take online quizzes over vocabulary and events from the book. Includes eThemes Resources on Beverly Cleary and letter writing.
  • Literature: “The Monkey’s Paw” by W.W. Jacobs – These sites are about the short story “The Monkey’s Paw” by W.W. Jacobs. Includes full text of the story, quizzes, lesson plans, and vocabulary worksheets. There are also links to games about short story elements and a booklist of other horror stories and books. Includes links to eTheme resources on Story Elements and Character Traits.

Become a Blog Contributor: Share your insights and thoughts with eMINTS blog followers and fans. Contribute to the blog and community learning by submitting a blog post, resource link, online tool or teaching tip.

Monica Beglau is the Executive Director of the eMINTS National Center.

New & Updated Posts on eThemes

New eThemes for the week of May 21, 2012

Australia: Famous People<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/1785?locale=en>

Learn about famous people from Australia from a wide variety of disciplines. There are famous leaders, writers, noble prize winners, scientists, musicians, athletes, and many more that have shaped and made great contributions to Australia. Includes videos and photos. There is also a link to eThemes Resource on Australia: Facts.

Cartoons for the Classroom<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/1778?locale=en>

These sites feature comic strips that teachers can use in the classroom to introduce units or concepts. Includes popular comic strips such as Peanuts, For Better or For Worse, Zits, and many more. There are also biographies on famous cartoon artists and an interactive game that lets you create your own cartoon. Includes eThemes resources on superheroes and political cartoons.

Literature: “The Watsons Go to Birmingham –1963″ by Christopher Paul Curtis<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/1781?locale=en>

These sites are about the book, “The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963″, and the author Christopher Paul Curtis. Includes lesson plans, activities, and author interviews. There is a link to an eThemes Resource on the Civil Rights Movement.

Literature: “Tuck Everlasting” by Natalie Babbitt<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/1753?locale=en>

These sites have activity ideas, online quizzes, discussion questions, and lesson plans for the book “Tuck Everlasting.” Also learn about author Natalie Babbitt and the Disney movie based on this book. There are links to eThemes Resources on the life cycle, the water cycle, and story elements.

Updated eThemes for the week of May 21, 2012

Africa: Adinkra Cloths<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/1764?locale=en>

These sites show and tell about the history of adinkra cloths, an art form from the Asante people of Ghana and the Gyaman people of Cote’ d’lvoire. Includes sites about the Ashanti tribe that also wears this type of clothing. There are also related eThemes sites on Africa and Ghana.

Aging<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/1696?locale=en>

These sites include information on aging and the effects on the human body. Discover why our bodies age. Learn how aging affects appearance, exercise, and eating habits. Includes interactive quizzes, an animation, and face changing images.

Country: Syria<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/1832?locale=en>

These websites are about the country of Syria. Learn about the history, government, touristic sites, economy, human resources, geography & environment, foreign affairs, holidays, the people of Syria, & helpful facts, including maps and photos of the country. Also included is the eThemes resource on the religion of Islam.

Ecosystems: An Overview<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/1385?locale=en>

These sites are an overview of ecosystems including what they are, how they are different from and related to habitats and biomes, and how to preserve ecosystems. Classroom activities and online exercises are included. There are links to eThemes resources on animal survival and habitats including overview, deserts, forests, grasslands, ponds and lakes, rainforests, tundras, wetlands, and mountains.

Literature Theme: Nonfiction: Tolerance<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/208?locale=en>

These sites are about tolerance. Find out which nonfiction books deal with tolerance. There are also classroom activities and a case study that have a tolerance theme. Includes eThemes resource on Literature Themes: Bullying.

Literature: “A Separate Peace” by John Knowles<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/1843?locale=en>

These sites provide study guides, web quests, writing, and research activities for the novel. Background author information is given as well as comments about the book by John Knowles. Additional information about PTSD, World War II, and an interview project involving veterans is included.

Literature: “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/1844?locale=en>

These sites provide lesson plans, writing and research activities. Tests and interactive time lines are included as well as a text messaging lesson that explores the boys’ communication on the island. Video clips which summarize the plot, character and themes of the novel are entertaining and informative.

Literature: “Dear America” Native American Experience Books<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/334?locale=en>

This site provides activities for the Dear America books: “The Girl Who Chased Away Sorrow” by Ann Turner, “The Journey of Jesse Smoke” by Joseph Bruchac, “Weetamoo: Heart of the Pocassets” by Patricia Clark Smith, and “My Heart is on the Ground” by Ann Rinaldi. Three of the books focus on Native American children in the eighteenth century. Weetamoo is the story of a Wampanoag girl in 1653. There are study guides, discussion questions, and author interviews. Follow the eThemes Resource links to learn about their Nations, Navajo, Cherokee, Wampanoag and Sioux. Also included is an eThemes link to Historical Fiction.

Literature: “Listen!” by Stephanie S. Tolan <http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/319?locale=en>

These sites are about the book “Listen!” by Stephanie S. Tolan. There is information about such as the author’s biography, book chapters, and reviews. Includes topics on coping with death, grief, and loss. There is also a link to eThemes Resource on dogs.

Literature: “Stargirl” by Jerry Spinelli<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/403?locale=en>

These websites are about the book “Stargirl” and author Jerry Spinelli. Explore the author’s official website to learn more about him. There are book discussion guides, student hand-outs, audio of Jerry Spinelli reading from Stargirl, and student extension activities. One activity involves suggestions for beginning a Stargirl society at school. Includes a link to an eThemes Resource on the literature theme of bullying.

Teaching Tips: SMART Board Resources<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/1540?locale=en>

These sites provide SMART Board resources for various subjects and grade levels. There are downloadable lessons, interactive websites, templates, interactive videos, and teaching ideas. There is a link to eThemes Resource on Math: Smart Board Activities.

Alamo<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/1697?locale=en>

These sites are about the Alamo and the Mexican-American War. Take a 360-degree virtual tour of the site and view many photos. There are timelines and first-person accounts. Includes information on Sam Houston, Spanish missions, and the Southwest region of the United States.

U.S. Imperialism<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/1837?locale=en>

Learn about the Progressive Era of the United States by looking into the Presidencies of McKinley, Teddy Roosevelt, Taft and Wilson. Also included are primary sources from the time, including government policies, military actions and war information.Included are eThemes resources on Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, the Spanish American War, and World War I.

Technology: Digital Scrapbooking<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/46?locale=en>

These sites offer ideas for creating digital scrapbooks that use various software programs such as Adobe Photoshop Elements, PowerPoint, Paint Shop Pro, and Digital Image Pro. There are examples, step-by-step instructions, tutorials, and graphics for digital scrapbook creation. Tips and techniques to enhance digital scrapbooks are included.

Technology: Movie Maker Projects<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/304?locale=en>

These sites focus on how to integrate technology, specifically digital movies, in the classroom. Ideas, lesson plans, and samples of movie projects are included. An eThemes on Windows 2.1 Movie Maker is included.

Teaching Tips: iPods in Education<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/346?locale=en>

These sites focus on integrating iPods in elementary education. Find many possibilities of using iPods in education and learn how teachers incorporate iPods into regular and special education classrooms. Includes lesson plans and video clips. There are also links to eThemes Resources on Podcasting: Educational Examples and Technology: Audios for Podcasting.

eThemes: A Reminder and Time Saver

Look what showed up in my inbox yesterday…

As you have noticed over the past weeks I have been sharing the ins and outs of stop-motion video. During my search for resources I checked eThemes and noticed they didn’t have anything available. Since I am a former eMINTS teacher I can request new eThemes. In just minutes I filled out the form including the types of resources I was looking for, grade levels, standards, and specific details further describing what I needed. I also shared a few links that I had already found to help them understand what I was specifically looking for. In less than 2 weeks they returned my eTheme and I was ready to roll.

For those of you not familiar with eThemes it is a “source for content-rich, kid-safe online resources that will help enhance your teaching and save you time. eThemes provides free, fast access to over 2,500 collections of websites, on topics ranging from Aerodynamics to Zebras and everything in between!”

eThemes saves teachers’ time looking for resources by doing the searching for you. Anyone can use the existing themes and any eMINTS teacher can request a new theme be searched giving them more time to focus on teaching.

Check out eThemes now and make a request to start planning your next classroom project.

Brooke Higgins and Julie Szaj are instructional specialists with the eMINTS National Center.

Stop Motion Animation Made Easy – Part 2

Recently, Allison Byford shared the basic tools and steps for helping students to create stop motion animation movies in her post Stop Motion Animation Made Easy – Part 1 . Today we’ll take that a step further and share more examples, tools needed, step-by-step how to instructions, and some tips for a successful implementation.

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Many of you have seen the OK GO video for their song “Here it Goes”,  but have you seen the LEGO “Here it Goes”. It’s an example of how a student with a creative mind and a camera recreated the video. If you are an eMINTS teacher you have surely seen some of the great Common Craft videos covering topics such as “GoogleDocs in Plain English” or  “Electing a US President in Plain English”. While common craft videos aren’t purely stop motion they include some content recorded in stop motion animation as well as video.

When thinking about how stop motion animation could be connected to curriculum teachers can use stop motion video to present new concepts, record what happens during an extended Science experiment, or to present learned content.

Stop motion animation can be used in creative writing lessons to tell story with or without words or retell stories.

Students can present their understandings of math concepts by creating videos that may be used to teach newly learned skills to others.

Students can represent historical concepts, create documentaries, or reenact historical events to show their understanding of the impact of history.

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Not only can curriculum content be covered but students can also focus in on using 21st Century Skills when creating stop motion animation projects. These kinds of projects can require students to Think and Work Creatively with Others, Communicate Clearly, Collaborate with Others, Adapt to Change, Be Flexible, Manage Goals, Time, and Projects, Produce Results, Create Media Products, and Apply Technology Effectively.

Tune in tomorrow to learn the steps for creating successful projects like these.

Brooke Higgins is an instructional specialists for the eMINTS National Center and Allison Byford is the Instructional Technology Coordinator with the Springdale Public Schools in Arkansas and is an eMINTS PD4ETS graduate.

eMINTS Weekly Update 4/16/12

New MU College of Education K-12 Virtual Program: Check out the new University of Missouri College of Education K-12 Virtual program called Mizzou K-12 Online at: http://www.mizzouk-12online.missouri.edu The program will launch this summer with 5 high school level courses facilitated by Missouri-certified teachers. The courses are open to students in any school setting or location and can be purchased by schools, districts, parent, or guardians. The courses available include American Government and Health along with several elective courses. Additional courses including English 1 – 4 and Algebra will be available beginning in late August.

e-Learning for Educators Summer Registration Open: Don’t miss registration for e-Learning for Educators summer session of online professional development courses! These 7-week courses facilitated by certified educators are open to teachers and others in any state. Course costs are $150 per person with graduate credit available at an additional cost. There are 20 partial scholarships available to Missouri educators (limit of 3 scholarships per district please) on a first-come, first-served basis. In addition to a great line-up of courses for teachers at all grade levels and content areas, two exciting new courses will premier this summer:

  • Going Mobile K-12:  Capturing the power of Smartphones, tablets, apps and more!
  • What is the Right Blend?  Making sense of blended and hybrid learning for the K-12 classroom

Registration closes May 23. Courses begin June 12 and end July 24. For more information call 573-884-4233 or visit the website at http://www.elearningmo.org/

New eThemes for the week of April 16, 2012

Literature: “Loser” by Jerry Spinelli<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/1498?locale=en>

These websites are about the book “Loser” and author Jerry Spinelli. Go to his official website to learn more about him. There are also worksheets, games, quizzes, discussion questions, and lesson plans for the book. Includes links to eThemes resources on Jerry Spinelli, the literature theme of bullying and the Mark Twain literature awards for 2004-2005, for which this book was a nominee.

Literature: “Riding the Flume” by Patricia Curtis Pfitsch<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/1530?locale=en>

These sites provide suggested readings and activities for the book “Riding the Flume.” Also includes sites on related themes of lumber mills, log flumes, and images/information for the region. There are links to eThemes Resources on Writing: Fiction and Writing: Historical Fiction.

Literature: “The Courage of Sarah Noble” by Alice Dalgiesh<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/1469?locale=en>

These sites offer ideas for activities relating to the book “The Courage of Sarah Noble.” Writing activities involving characters from the book are given. Includes eThemes Resources on Native Americans and colonial life, which are main topics in the story.

Weekly Update 4/9/12

e-Learning for Educators Summer Registration Opens April 11:

Don’t miss registration for e-Learning for Educators summer session of online professional development courses! These 7-week courses facilitated by certified educators are open to teachers and others in any state. Course costs are $150 per person with graduate credit available at an additional cost. There are 20 partial scholarships available to Missouri educators (limit of 3 scholarships per district please) on a first-come, first-served basis. In addition to a great line-up of courses for teachers at all grade levels and content areas, two exciting new courses will premier this summer:

  • Going Mobile K-12:  Capturing the power of Smartphones, tablets, apps and more!
  • What is the Right Blend?  Making sense of blended and hybrid learning for the K-12 classroom

Registration closes May 23. Courses begin June 12 and end July 24. For more information call 573-884-4233 or visit the website at http://www.elearningmo.org/

Mizzou K-12 Online Seeking Part-time High School Instructors: The Mizzou K-12 Online program will soon be offering a full slate of high school courses to Missouri school districts and their students. The program’s goal is to offer a partial catalogue beginning in summer 2012 and a more complete catalogue in fall 2012. Part-time online instructors are needed in all content areas for a variety of courses in grades 9 – 12. Instructors may also be employed as full-time teachers in Missouri school districts but may teach for Mizzou K-21 Online only during non-contract hours. Current Missouri certification is required and instructors must have documentation of recent criminal background check as required by DESE. Applicants must have successfully completed a course in facilitating online courses for K-12 students or be willing to complete such a course prior to being assigned students (course registration fees will be paid). For more information search for Instructor position ID 71

77 on the University of Missouri Human Resources website: http://hrs.missouri.edu/find-a-job/index.php. For assistance with the Human Resources website, please call 573-882-7976. Interested applicants can send questions about the program or positions by email to mucoemizzouk12online@missouri.edu<mailto:mucoemizzouk12online@missouri.edu>

New eThemes for the week of April 09, 2012

Literature: “The Kid in the Red Jacket” by Barbara Park<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/1431?locale=en>

These sites provide suggested questions and activities for the book “The Kid in the Red Jacket.” Also includes sites on the related themes of friendship and adjusting to a new community. There are links to eThemes Resources on Author Study: Barbara Park, Literature: Book Activities, and Literature Themes: Friendship.

Weekly Update 3/5/12

Annual eMINTS Conference Resources Available on eMINTS Website: Check out the great resources and materials shared by presenters at the 2012 eMINTS Conference. Many of the presenters have graciously shared the resources, sites, tips, and materials they used in their concurrent presentations at the Conference via the eMINTS website. Visit the website at: http://www.emints.org/conference-2012/presentation-materials/ for more information.

eMINTS Discussion List Server Migration: The host for the eMINTS discussion list, MOREnet, has notified us that there will be very small and short outages of the discussion list as they move the list to a new server this week. A specific time for the outage has not been provided, however, it will be a very brief outage and should not affect any future functions of the discussion list. The Weekly Update apparently got caught in the migration and is thus late by a day. Once the migration is completed this week, the interface will remain the same as will all features including the availability of archives and the options to manage your own experiences on the list (subscribe, unsubscribe, request digests, etc.). If you experience any continued difficulties, please email support@emints.org<mailto:support@emints.org> for assistance.

New eThemes for the week of March 05, 2012

Early American Settlements: For Lower Elementary Grades<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/2018?locale=en>

These sites are about the early American settlements at Plymouth and Jamestown. They include instructional materials, videos, coloring sheets, games, recipes, and images. Links to eThemes Resources: Pilgrims of Plymouth County, Mayflower Voyage, Famous People: Pocahontas, and Early Settlement of North America.

Math: Solving High Degree Polynomials<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/2017?locale=en>

These sites include information on solving high degree polynomial equations. Algebraic concepts covered include: solving for graphing, dividing polynomials, cubics, quartics, and the use of the Rational Root Theorem. Includes links to explanations and interactive applets for solving these types of equations. Links to eThemes Resources: Math: Quadratic Equations: Graphs and Patterns, and Math: Quadratic Functions.

Photos and Images for Educational Use<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/125?locale=en>

These sites are collections of photo databases free for educational use. There are general image galleries that include various categories and sites with images on specific topic. Clip art is not included.

Weekly Update 2/13/12

New Federal Report on Online Learning Available: The US Department of Education released a report called “Understanding the Implications of Online Learning for Educational Productivity” this past January at: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/os/technology/implications-online-learning.pdf The report provides foundational knowledge needed to understand how online learning can contribute to educational productivity. It has sections on cost-analysis of using online learning (how to estimate program costs and measure program outcomes) to help reduce costs and make education more efficient, particularly at the high school level.

Midwest Educational Technology Conference (METC) Live-Streaming: METC is another great Missouri educational technology conference option. If you can’t attend due to snow or distance, check out some of the great sessions and presenters that are streamed live from St. Louis and the METC event tomorrow and Wednesday, February 14 and 15 at  http://2012.metcconference.org/<http://2012.metcconference.org/>

New and Updated eThemes: For the listing of new and updated eThemes as of today, February 13, 2012 see: http://ethemes.missouri.edu/new_themes?locale=en