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2016

Meet an eMINTS Teacher: Sue Adams

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Sue Adams, K-8 Gifted Education, Southern Boone School District, Ashland, MO

Sue Adams is in her 21st year of teaching. She has taught learners at a variety of levels including college, high school, and now primary, elementary and middle school. She has a background in Health and Physical Education and is currently teaching K-8 Gifted Education in the Southern Boone County School District in Ashland, MO. Sue is finishing her third year of professional development in the eMINTS Comprehensive program.

Getting her gifted students to participate in planning their own instruction has been a challenge. Sue often finds that gifted students are uncomfortable with planning what they want to learn because they have rarely been asked to do so. She overcame her students’ reluctance by breaking the task of planning their own learning down into smaller pieces. She started by presenting an interesting topic, such as Rube Goldberg machines, to students and getting them to think about creative ways that they might want to investigate the topic. She then moved her students into thinking about how they would demonstrate what they learned and how they would present their findings. From there, Sue engaged her students in creating rubrics to evaluate the many different products they came up with. Giving students options in a way that is carefully scaffolded with the desired goals and objectives in mind has been a successful way for Sue to reach her overall goals with her students. “My goal, and why eMINTS has been so important for me, is to constantly push my students to the edge of their learning.”  

Sue describes how student engagement in her classroom might appear to be “chaos” to the casual observer. However, what is really happening is the social and emotional engagement and growth that occurs when her gifted students get the opportunity to be together as learners. The students already all have an internal love of learning so getting them motivated is not a problem. Rather, the goal is to get her gifted students to reflect on their learning in ways that help them better understand themselves. Sue related that her eMINTS professional development helped her to examine the questions she was using as prompts for her students’ reflections. She was getting the same superficial responses until she changed the questions she asked her students, requiring them to think more critically.

Sue believes every learner, gifted or not, can be introspective about their learning at a level that is meaningful to them. She feels that it is up to the teacher to ask the types of questions that push students to engage in deeper introspection.

Another key feature of helping students to reflect on and personalize their learning is ensuring that the end products they create are presented to an authentic audience. Whether students are presenting to peers, to students who are younger or older than them, or their work is being published online in the form of YouTube videos or other methods, Sue finds her students striving harder to perfect their work.

Sue gave an example of a unit centered on creating an “Inventor’s Fair” to showcase how she uses technology tools. Students had to learn about and define the process of invention by studying several different inventors’ successes and failures. Using an app that allows students to summarize and share their findings about specific topics using digital “sticky notes,” Sue’s students had a visual model and used it to figure out how to organize what they learned from their research. They quickly determined that notes with information about an inventor’s birth date or place of residence had little to do with what they were interested in, namely, how the inventor’s successes and failures contributed to the students’ understanding of the process of invention. Students were engaged because they were focused on what they were doing and the digital tool enhanced their conversations and collaboration. Sue recalled, “It was what every learning day should be!”

Sue feels that peer collaboration through eMINTS and Professional Learning Communities (PLC’s) has made her a “braver” teacher because it gives her the confidence to take risks knowing that if she needs feedback, it is always available in a collegial atmosphere.

Sue’s advice to others on the journey towards personalizing learning for students is to strive to break those old teaching habits that are rooted in the cycle of the teacher always being in control or being the one who is right.

This teacher profile was featured in the white paper Connections and Convergence: eMINTS and Personalized Learning by Monica Beglau and Christine Terry. To view this paper, click here.

Update from Director Christine Terry

Update from Director Christine Terry

Dear eMINTS friends, colleagues, and followers,

I am delighted to send out my best wishes for the 2016-17 academic year as the new director of the eMINTS National Center.  After 16 years of working for eMINTS as a trainer, program coordinator, and associate director, I am excited to serve the eMINTS mission, teachers, and staff in this new role.

This is an exciting year for us as we identify and explore the big challenges that are critical to the mission of supporting schools and educators in the transition to digital age teaching and learning.  Challenges of critical importance to us this year are:

  • Make significant contributions to educational research
    • We are partnering with faculty and other outreach units to identify opportunities to investigate emerging technologies and approaches
    • Through our US Department of Education grant we will investigate mechanisms for scaling the eMINTS program within and beyond Missouri
  • Continuously strive to better serve the eMINTS community
    • Support schools, districts, trainers, and teachers as they adapt our program to meet local/individual needs and technologies
    • Identify potential funding sources for technology and professional development for educators
    • Identify private and public sector partners who share our mission and values
  • Bridge the divide between research and practice
    • In light of the critical needs for STEM education, we are working to find ways to locally sustain and scale our coding project as we approach the final year of NSF funding
    • We are dramatically expanding our eLearning for Educators online course catalog in response to emerging trends in education and legislation
    • eMINTS is partnering with faculty in colleges of education to ensure that we are working together to serve both inservice and preservice educators.

If you would like to learn more about what is going on at eMINTS, I’d love to hear from you.  You can reach me on LinkedIn, Twitter, or by email.  Or you can follow the eMINTS Google+ community.

Christie Terry

Director, eMINTS National Center

University of Missouri, College of Education

Join us for #eMINTS Tweet Week!

Join us for #eMINTS Tweet Week!

Help us celebrate Connected Educator Month by joining us for eMINTS Tweet Week!

Educators everywhere are encouraged to tweet on Oct. 17-21 for this exciting opportunity to connect on Twitter. Participants will engage in collegial sharing, reflective thinking, and inspirational discussions prompted by 5 daily topics dedicated to digital education.

To follow along, simply use the search feature in Twitter to view posts with the hashtag #eMINTS! To JOIN in, tweet out each day on the following topics while using the hashtags specified:

  • Oct 17: Motivate Monday (#emints #MotivateMon)
    • Share a motivational quote!
  • Oct 18: Transform Tuesday (#emints #TransformTues)
    • Share something you tried that transformed/transforms how we teach.
  • Oct 19: Wednesday Wisdom (#emints #WedWisdom)
    • How do you use Twitter to share student success?
  • Oct 20: Throwback Thursday (#emints #TBT)
    • How much have you grown since you first started educating?
  • Oct 21: Friday Follow (#emints #FF)
    • Who should we follow? Recommend someone from your PLN.

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New ISTE Aligned Courses + Save on Fall PD

New ISTE Aligned Courses + Save on Fall PD

desigthinkingeLearning for Educators is offering three brand new courses this fall, in addition to several popular courses from recent semesters. Design Thinking in the Classroom will give K-12 teachers in any subject area a structured way to support students in approaching and solving real-world problems by teaching them the Design Thinking Model. Empowering Learners with PBL will discuss the essential elements of project-based learning, how to design student-centered PBL experiences, and how to use technology to enhance PBL. It’s designed for K-12 teachers in any discipline area and will provide the chance to connect PBL to content-area standards. Innovative Teacher Leaders in the Digital Age will enable participants to develop a personal PLN, explore the many roles teachers play in their school community, discover resources for educational trends, and more.

eMINTS eLearning professional development courses start October 5, 2016. To register or read course descriptions, visit our online registration site.

Get $20 off or BOGO 50% off

We are offering up two last-minute discounts for fall semester!

  1. Take $20 off your total by entering code KICKOFF2016 at checkout!
  2. Take one course, get a second course for 50% off! No code needed – select BOGO 50% off option during registration!
    Both discounts are good until further notice and cannot be combined.

REGISTER NOW!

For questions, contact elearning@emints.org.

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Come see eMINTS at #MOREnet2016!

See eMINTS at #MOREnet2016!

Join eMINTS from October 10-13, 2016 in Osage Beach, MO for the 2016 MOREnet Annual Conference. eMINTS staff will be presenting in room 76 on Oct 10 and Oct 12. See the full eMINTS room schedule at https://goo.gl/MCei8Y!

For more information and how to register, visit the MOREnet Annual Conference registration site at https://goo.gl/lBfQH0.

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2016

Fall Registration is now open for eMINTS Online PD!

Registration for the Fall Semester of eMINTS eLearning is now open!

Courses start October 5, 2016. Register for courses here.

Course offerings for the Fall 2016 semester include the following:

  • Going Visual: Using and Creating Infographics for Learning
  • Effective K-12 Online Instruction
  • Digital Age Learning With iPads
  • Early Childhood Learning with iPads
  • Innovative Teacher Leaders in the Digital Age (New!)
  • Design Thinking in the Classroom (New!)
  • Empowering Learners with PBL (New!)

Follow us on Twitter at @elearn4edu for discount codes and updates!

Click for more information about the eMINTS eLearning program.

Click for information about taking our courses for graduate credit.

Register for Fall eLearning Courses Starting Aug 24

Registration for the Fall Semester of eMINTS eLearning Opens August 24

Registration opens August 24, 2016. Courses start October 5, 2016.

Course offerings for the Fall 2016 semester include the following:

  • Going Visual: Using and Creating Infographics for Learning
  • Effective K-12 Online Instruction
  • Digital Age Learning With iPads
  • Early Childhood Learning with iPads
  • Innovative Teacher Leaders in the Digital Age (New!)
  • Design Thinking in the Classroom (New!)
  • Empowering Learners with PBL (New!)

Follow us on Twitter at @elearn4edu for discount codes and updates!

Click for more information about the eMINTS eLearning program.

Click for information about taking our courses for graduate credit.

2016

Register now for Code4Edu course starting Aug 24!

Register now for Code4Edu course starting Aug 24!

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Computational Thinking and Simulations in the Classroom combines technology and content using game design to teach computational/critical thinking and problem solving literacy. Participants will begin simulation design and learn how to teach it using AgentCubes Online provided by AgentSheets Inc. Teachers will develop experience, confidence, and resources for teaching students to design games and simulations.

Through this course, you will experience simulation design which will progress students ability to think critically and computationally and develop problem solving. Participants will contribute to weekly discussions with fellow participants that will build upon the week’s topic. Upon successful completion of this course you will learn how simulation creation can help in differentiating and expanding learning for students, as well as have a lesson and examples for classroom implementation.

Computational Thinking and Simulations in the Classroom begins Wednesday, Aug. 24 and runs through Oct. 11. Click to register.

Up to 30 seats and included software are available for this course at no cost to participants, thanks to a Google Grant.

This course is worth two graduate credit hours when participants enroll through a participating graduate institution for an additional fee. For more information about graduate credit, see http://elearningmo.org/graduate-credit.

Computational Thinking and Simulations in the Classroom is part of the eMINTS eLearning: eLearn to Code suite of courses. Check back for more courses and offerings in coming semesters.

2016

You’re Invited: Join us 5/11 for Gift Announcement

You’re Invited: Join eMINTS on 5/11 for Gift Announcement

GIFT ANNOUNCEMENT

Please join us for an MU gift announcement 

celebrating a public/private partnership for the 

College of Education

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

9:00 a.m.

Columns Room C

Reynolds Alumni Center

The University of Missouri

Reception to follow

2016

Summer eLearning registration now open! Flash sale today only!

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Registration for eMINTS eLearning is NOW OPEN.

FLASH SALE TODAY APRIL 27 ONLY: BUY ONE COURSE GET ONE 50% OFF. SELECT BUY ONE GET ONE 50% OFF WHEN REGISTERING.

Course offerings for summer semester include the following:

  • Assessment in 21st Century Classrooms (Intel)
  • Chromebooks in the Classroom    
  • Digital Age Learning with iPads
  • Google Tools for Schools
  • More Google Tools for Schools
  • Online Tools for Digital Age Learning
  • The Role of Questions in an Early Childhood Classroom

Register now!

These facilitated, asynchronous courses begin June 8, 2016 and run until July 26, 2016.

Follow us on Twitter at @elearn4edu for discount codes and updates!

Click for more information about the eMINTS eLearning program.

Click for information about taking our courses for graduate credit.