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Time to Register for the 2014 eMINTS Conference!

It is that time of year again, when educators from near and far make plans to attend the annual eMINTS National Center Conference.  This exciting event takes place Feb 26-Feb 28 at the Stoney Creek Inn in Columbia, MO and is designed for anyone who is passionate about learning, teaching, and connecting with technology.


If you have never before attended this conference, please accept this invitation.

eMINTS teachers, trainers, technicians, and administrators  are looking forward to meeting old friends and making new ones. They are preparing session workshops and designing their materials, selecting activities, resources and choosing strategies that can be taken back and used by participants almost immediately and in practically any learning environment.

The Keynote speakers will be Dr. Alex Repenning – “‘Excuse me, I need better Artificial Intelligence!‘ Igniting Students’ Intrinsic Math Motivation through Game Design” and Dr. Wesley Fryer – “Mapping Media to the Common Core”.

There are also two brand new opportunities that take place during the conference this year.  On Wednesday afternoon, there is a pre-conference 2.5 hour session called the “eMINTS Academy”.  During this session, eMINTS Instructional Specialists will be showcasing several custom PD offerings.  Actual activities from those recent and upcoming sessions will be delivered to participants.

On Wednesday and Thursday evening, the eMINTS community will gather to have the very first Camp eMINTS”.  This event will have a guest speakers, group sharing, games and resources that will be sure to allow attendees to help build professional relationships.

Both the eMINTS Academy and Camp eMINTS are free!

To register and find more information, visit http://www.emints.org/conference-2014/

Doug Caldwell, EdS, is an instructional specialist for the eMINTS National Center.

My Conference Highlights #emints

While back in the office reflecting on this past week, I must admit I was sad to see the eMINTS National Conference come to an end. All of the presentations I attended were really excellent and truly inspiring.  If you didn’t get a chance to attend this year, I highly encourage you make it next year. Conferences always tend to re-spark my love of education — I leave with so many fresh ideas and tools, it would be impossible to share them all in one blog post. We promise to share these great ideas, tools and more with you in this blog over the next few months but, for now, here are my top four moments from the conference:


  • PictureThursday Keynote Speaker, Ken Shelton: Ken spoke about “Generation Now”, focusing on three themes: Information Literacy, Digital Citizenship, and Publication and Collaboration. Not only was his presentation informative, his slides were beautifully designed and well thought out. A hot topic of the conference came from this session when Ken brought up “selfies”, sharing a video spoof on Instagram to remind students that, once you post a photo online, it’s out there and there is no going back.  For those who don’t know, a “selfie” is a picture taken of yourself that is usually intended to be uploaded to a social networking site.
  • Friday Keynote Speaker, Howie DiBlasi: Dr. Howie went over the habits of highly effective 21st century classrooms, at one point posing the question of whether we were ready for the next generation of students. His presentation was fast-paced and fun, sharing many inspirational videos and current tools to help us prepare students for the changing world we live in. His presentation inspired some great ideas for future blog posts on building 21st century skills, so keep checking back for this in the next couple weeks.
  •  Falling Falling, Falling (A Model Lesson): This session was discussed in the last post, so I won’t go into too much detail at this time — but this was one of my favorite sessions of the conference. Doug Caldwell and Glen Westbroek presented a model eMINTS lesson with the session attendees as the students. We got to set up tracks of dominos and record how fast they fell, based on various factors. It was super neat to see, from the student perspective, how current online tools can be used in a hands-on lesson that promotes real-world thinking and uses the eMINTS instructional model. A big bonus of this session is that they provided everything you need to implement this lesson in your own classroom via a LiveBinder, which you can access here.
  • QR codes and the Four C’s: One of the last sessions on Friday, I ‘d consider this to be one of the more energetic sessions I attended. Shelly Tarter gave us an interactive presentation on QR codes and how they can be used with the 4 C’s of education:  Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, and Critical Thinking. We got hands-on experience using QR codes, learned the difference between static and dynamic QR codes, and brainstormed possible uses in groups — all while having fun. You could tell this presentation was a favorite by how the conversation continued long after it ended.  Shelly put together a great Weebly site for this presentation, which you can view here.

These were only a few of my favorite moments of the conference, but every attendee had a different schedule with a different experience. Question: What were some the highlights of your own 2013 eMINTS Conference experience?

[This post was provided by Zoe Hyatt, an instructional developer for the eMINTS National Center and eLearning for Educators.]

Monday Message: eMINTS Conference Presentation Deadline Arrives

Today is the day. This is the last day to submit your presentation ideas for our 2012 eMINTS Conference! Go to the conference website for all the details.

Formerly known as “Winter Conference,” the eMINTS conference is in its twelfth year of providing teachers – mostly in the eMINTS program or graduates – with two days of inspiration and invention.

The eMINTS National Center’s 2012 conference planning committee invites the submission of proposals for 1-hour and 2-hour presentations and 3-hour preconference workshops at the 12th annual conference to be held in Columbia, MO, February 22 – 24, 2012.

Conference theme – Experience Unlimited Possibilities for Learning

  • Hands-on and/or participant involvement are strongly encouraged.
  • All presenters are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses.
  • One presenter per accepted presentation proposal receives free registration for the 2012 eMINTS conference.
  • Certified eMINTS instructional specialists can earn 2 recertification units by presenting at the eMINTS conference.
  • As mentioned above, the deadline for submissions is TODAY!
  • Notification of acceptance – mid-October 2011

Submit online proposal now ….

See you in Columbia!

Monday Message: October 3, 2011

Happy October, everyone!

Missouri Host Teachers Needed for Peer Visits:  Missouri eMINTS teachers that have completed comprehensive eMINTS professional development or are currently in their second year of comprehensive eMINTS professional development are invited to participate in the Host Teacher process for peer visits. During year 1 and year 2 of comprehensive eMINTS professional development, teachers in Missouri are required to spend a full day observing an eMINTS teacher’s classroom. These visits are valuable for developing a deeper understanding of how concepts investigated during professional development sessions transfer into practice. We need eMINTS teachers that have completed two years of comprehensive eMINTS professional development in Missouri or are in their second year of comprehensive eMINTS professional development in Missouri to serve as host teachers (eMINTS4ALL veterans or participants are not eligible to serve as host teachers). eMINTS teachers that are selected to serve as a host teacher, will be eligible to receive one of the following “thank you” options:

To initiate the process of becoming a host teacher please complete a short survey located at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5N5ZHPF. eMINTS teachers selected to serve as host teachers will receive a confirmation host teacher email with additional information regarding the process visiting teachers will follow to schedule a peer visit. Questions may be directed to Roxanne Kerwood, PD Materials Coordinator, by email at kerwoodr@emints.org<mailto:kerwoodr@emints.org<mailto:kerwoodr@emints.org%3cmailto:kerwoodr@emints.org>>

eMINTS Winter Conference 2012 Call for Presenters: The call for presenters for the 2012 eMINTS National Center Conference is open!  Yes, for a limited time you can log on to http://emints.org/events/conference2012/presenter.shtml and submit a proposal! (Deadline is Oct. 7)   Don’t miss out on the excitement and fun Feb. 22-24 at the cozy Stony Creek Inn in Columbia, MO. BONUS-One presenter per accepted presentation proposal receives free registration for the 2012 eMINTS conference.  Be part of the excitement, be part of the learning, be part of the fun!  Be part of the 2012 eMINTS National Center Conference!  See you there!

New eThemes for the week of October 3, 2011

Grammar: Punctuation: Quotations<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/312>

These sites focus on the use of quotations. The sites are primarily text-based. Other punctuation types are included. Reading levels vary.

Health: Metabolism<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/315>

These sites are about metabolism and the process of metabolism. Learn about metabolism, factors that affect metabolic rate, converting food intake into energy, and staying balanced. Includes lesson plans, interactive materials, and a physical activity calorie-use chart. There are also links to eThemes Resources on diet and nutrition, and obesity.

Literature Awards: Michael L. Printz 2005<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/61>

Find out which books won the 2005 Michael L. Printz award. The award is given by the American Library Association to books for young adults that exemplify literary excellence. Includes author information, activities, and excerpts from the books. There are links to eThemes on other book awards for young adult novels.

Literature Awards: Show Me Readers Award Nominees 2004-2005<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/42>

These websites are about the books and authors nominated for the Show Me Readers Award in 2004-2005. Find out which books were nominated and which books won. Read more about the authors. Also includes activities, lesson plans, and book reviews.

Literature Awards: Show Me Readers Award Nominees 2005-2006<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/150>

These websites are about the books and authors nominated for the Show Me Readers Award in 2005-2006. Find out which books were nominated, and read more about the authors. Also includes activities, lesson plans, and book reviews.

Literature: “The Best Halloween Ever” by Barbara Robinson<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/287>

These websites are about the book “The Best Halloween Ever,” author Barbara Robinson, and Halloween. There are reviews of the book, an excerpt from the book, and Halloween-themed math lesson plans. Includes links to eThemes on Halloween and other Robinson books.

Literature: “The House of Dies Drear” by Virginia Hamilton<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/276>

These websites are about the book “The House of Dies Drear” and author Virginia Hamilton. Includes lesson plans, quizzes, excerpts, and games. There are links to eThemes resources on writing mysteries and the Underground Railroad.

Literature: Realistic Fiction and Fantasy Genres for Children<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/1962>

These sites provide definitions of realistic fiction and fantasy genres, book lists, and activities. Interactive activities for students to evaluate literature and create a genre bookmark are given. Watch the video interview with Beverly Cleary, author of the realistic fiction “Henry Huggins” series and the fantasy series of “The Mouse and the Motorcycle”. Included is eThemes resource about genres.

Masonry: Control Joints<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/64>

These sites are about control joints as part of a high school masonry class. Students can also explore information on masonry as a career.

Missouri: Regional Foods<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/63>

These sites feature some of the regional foods from different parts of Missouri. Includes traditional recipes, famous foods, and stories about the foods. An eThemes resource on Pioneer Life Food is included.

Model United Nations Preparation<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/174>

These sites feature tips and resources on Model United Nations Preparation. Information about UN roles in peacekeeping, peacekeeping operations and missions, rules of engagement, and UN charter are included.

Native Americans: Goshutes<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/163>

These websites are about the Goshute Indian tribe in Utah. Read about the people, their history, and their culture. Includes information about the temporary nuclear storage facility the Goshutes want to have on their reservation. There are links to eThemes resources on Native American culture and Utah history.

Nobel Prize<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/188>

Find out about the Nobel Prize and its creator, Alfred Nobel. Read the biographies of Nobel Prize winners and take quizzes about the prize. One website includes a video clip of an interview with two Nobel Prize winners. Includes a link to an eTheme on President Jimmy Carter who won the Nobel Peace Prize.

Technology: Computer Troubleshooting and End-of-Year Maintenance<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/53>

The following web sites have tips and suggestions on how to properly use and maintain computers. Find out how to diagnose and troubleshoot various computer problems. Learn how to do end-of-year cleaning of hardware and software. Learn how to perform error check, disk scan, and defrag of hard drives. There is an eThemes resource on computer basics.

Technology: SMART AirLiner Wireless Slates<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/189>

These sites offer ideas for SMART AirLiner Wireless Slates usage ideas, resources, and classroom activities. Includes a white paper, basic guidelines, and a podcast about SMART AirLiners.

Technology: Windows Movie Maker<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/30>

These sites help readers learn how to use Windows Movie Maker. Videos, step-by-step instructions, tips and tricks, and tutorials are included.


Find out the benefits of videoconferencing. Learn about different types of videoconferencing, equipment, participating companies, and classroom layouts. Learn how to prepare, plan, set up a room, start and end videoconferencing. Includes images and video files of examples of successful videoconferences, tips for teachers, and in-class projects and activities.

World War II: Guadalcanal<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/70>

These sites for older students explain about the Battle of Guadalcanal. Read first-hand accounts from American and Japanese soldiers. Learn about the naval and air defenses and read about the history of this battle. Includes maps, timelines, and photographs. There is a link to an eThemes Resource on World War II.

Updated eThemes for the week of October 3, 2011

Literature: Genres<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/850>

Learn about the genres of literature. These sites are about the many different genres: fantasy, historical, realistic, science fiction, biography, reference, reporting, folk tales, plays, and poetry. Some sites have recommended reading lists. Included are eThemes resources covering the various genres.

Math: Geometry: Composing and Decomposing Shapes<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/1256>

These sites are about composing and decomposing shapes. Learn how to subdivide, combine, and transform shapes to form new polygons. There are interactive games, activities, and lesson plans. Included are three eThemes resources on shapes, transforming shapes, and pattern blocks and tangrams with related activities.

Matter: Properties: Tools for Measuring and Observing<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/384>

These sites compile simple tools that are used for measuring and observing the properties of matter such as thermometers, rulers, and balances. Includes games and lesson plans. There are also links to eThemes Resources on Matter: Properties and Metric Measurement.

Natural Disasters: Tsunamis: Indian Ocean<http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/385>

These sites have information about the devastating tsunami that struck the Indian Ocean in December of 2004. Animations, maps, photographs, and movies are found on several sites. Included is an eThemes resource on the general topic of tsunamis.

Monday Message: May 23, 2011

Happy Monday, all! May seems to be chugging along at a quick pace. That can be good or bad, depending on whether your school year is over or about to end. Either way, things are always happening here at eMINTS…

If you are in Missouri and your district is planning on sending new or replacement Year 1 Comprehensive eMINTS teachers, eMINTS4All teachers or Professional Development for Educational Technology Specialists (PD4ETS) participants to training provided by eMINTS staff, please register those participants at: http://www.emints.org/services/adduserprogram.php by May 31.

Missouri District-level eMINTS Instructional Specialists: Please use the same link to register any new Year 1 Comprehensive eMINTS or eMINTS4All teachers that you will be training as well by May 31. Please also register teachers who are continuing  from Year 1 into Year 2 next school year. This will ensure that we provide access to eMINTS materials and Moodle space (pending approved schedules) to  your teachers.

eMINTS program participants in other states will receive instructions about how to register new Year 1 teachers and continuing Year 2 teachers in the next several weeks.

Please call the eMINTS office at 573-884-7202 with any questions.

Southern Boone School District in Ashland, MO Seeking Certified eMINTS Specialist: The Southern Boone County School District in Ashland, MO is interested in hearing from certified eMINTS instructional specialists (graduates of PD4ETS) or educators who would be willing to complete the PD4ETS program. Ashland is located 15 miles south of Columbia and 15 miles north of Jefferson City on Highway 63.  Contact Superintendent, Mrs. Charlotte Miller, at cmiller@ashland.k12.mo.us<mailto:cmiller@ashland.k12.mo.us> and to express your interest in learning more.

eMINTS Winter Conference Survey: We are planning our 2012 eMINTS Winter Conference. We want your input. Not planning on attending? That’s okay! We still want your input. Please help us by taking just a few minutes to fill out this very brief survey. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6QC9ZXR

HD Links: eMINTS Winter Conference

This week’s HD Link is just one link to the eMINTS Winter Conference blog. There are many, many great resources from conference presenters linked in the blog. Below are a few highlights:

  • Presenter Roger Brallier gave pre-conference-goers several ideas for using Weebly in their classrooms.
  • eMINTS Program Coordinator Michelle Kendrick demonstrated how Geocaching can be an adventurous classroom activity as well as ways Google Earth can be best utilized.
  • The “handout” from Jamie McKenzie’s engaging keynote talk from last Thursday is within this blog post.
  • Check out eMINTS Professional Development Materials Coordinator Roxanne Kerwood’s presentation on the free tools available from eMINTS partner Intel.
  • Michelle Gilmer gives some ideas for effective differentiation during Thursday’s sessions after lunch. Her materials are here.
  • I could go on, but you should check out all the resources provided by our presenters at the blog for yourself.

Zac Early is an instructional specialist for the eMINTS National Center and spent a lot of time updating the conference blog. He’d love it if you checked it out and left some comments.

Tuesday’s Tool: SchoolTube

We’ve featured several YouTube add-ons in recent posts, but this one needs to be highlighted.

SchoolTube is today’s tool, one I learned more about at last week’s Winter Conference. Here’s what their website says:

SchoolTube.com is the nation’s largest K-12 moderated video sharing website that provides students and educators with a safe and FREE video sharing website that is exclusively endorsed by leading education associations.

SchoolTube provides schools with a way to store and share videos safely. Also, for teachers in districts where YouTube is restricted, YouTube videos can be stored and shared without the unnecessary ads or comments.

This online tool provides several uses for different groups. Students can use it to post their own works and compete for awards. Teachers can be sure that the media shared from the site has been approved by their peers as well as gather lesson ideas. There are also many uses for principals, parents, and IT managers.

Check out SchoolTube today and discover the ways you can enhance your lessons with the media and storage it provides.

Zac Early is an instructional specialist with the eMINTS National Center.

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: www.smarttech.com/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 http://www.elearningmo.org/ and learn about how the program works, discounts available, and information about graduate credit. Courses will begin February 2, 2011.