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: http://www.newstribune.com/news/2011/sep/27/east-elementary-puts-technology-grant-use/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org%3cmailto:email@example.com>> 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 firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org%3cmailto:email@example.com>> 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<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/1964>
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<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/1965>
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.