The school year is winding down, and everyone is extremely busy. Hang in there! The end is in sight for much needed rest for you and the students.
As a reminder, you received a few weeks ago information for downloading your gradebooks and exporting your courses. Please keep this on your calendar of things to do BEFORE you leave for summer break. Save the gradebook and export the course for each class that you teach. Save the files in a couple of locations that you will be able to locate later.
Just a few helpful tips before you export your course –
1. Remove any outdated material. You will wish to use only current information in your new course.
2. Be sure that all course material is copyright free. If material is copyrighted, please link to the sites inside your courses so that you do not violate copyright laws.
3. Delete duplicate items. This will prevent confusion for you and your students.
If you need directions on how to accomplish these two tasks, here are links to the Canvas Help Guides.
You may request your fall courses beginning in July. Directions will be coming soon for the procedures you will follow for requesting these courses. Please be on the lookout for this information.
There have been requests for information on earning CEUs. Some indicated a need for CEUs to be earned by June 30 for license renewal. Below are listings of upcoming courses that are starting and will end by the June 30 deadline. Note the number of CEUs offered for a particular course. Each course participant is responsible for completing his or her work by the stated deadlines for the CEUs to be earned and sent to MDE.
Online PL Using Google Drive in Online Learning 2 CEUs
Online PL Creating a Social Media Network 2 CEUs
Online PL LMS Basics 3 CEUs
IHL Online PL Buidling a College Going Culture for Students (PD) 2 CEUs
IHL Online PL College Career and Academic Planning (PD) 2 CEUs
IHL Online PL Financial Aid and College Applications (PD) 2 CEUs
M-STAR Standard 10 Multiple Perspectives – Expanding Student Learning 1 CEU
M-STAR Standard 20 Building Communities of Learners 1 CEU
M-STAR Standard 3 Higher Order Thinking – HOT – Instruction Goals 1 CEU
M-STAR Standard 6 Assessments with Rigor and Relevance 1 CEU
M-STAR Standard 4 Lessons in Alignment 1 CEU
M-STAR Standard 16 Making Classroom Management Your Strength 1 CEU
If you wish to register for any of the above courses, you need to do so as soon as possible. Several of them have limited space availability already or are starting next week. Registration is being finalized for others by the end of this week.
Counselors or Career Pathways educators – the certification courses for the respective area will be offered this summer as well. They will start on June 2 and end on June 29.
More detailed information including how to register for individual courses may be found at the RCU website. Here is the link.
Be sure to mark MS ACTE on your calendars. Each program coordinator is working hard to ensure that you are receiving timely, needed information. The dates for MS ACTE are July 28 – 29. Registration information can be found at https://www.rcu.msstate.edu/MDE/MSACTE.aspx.
As you close your school year and begin preparing for next school year, you may wish to conduct a survey of your students. Find out information from them of what went well in your course, areas that may need additional improvement, and what they enjoyed most about your class. Build on your course’s strengths. This should assist you with recruiting for your programs and aid you with retaining your students if you are a multi-year program.
A few websites that I read about recently that you may find helpful are listed below.
Financial Football – www. practicalmoneyskills.com/games
The NFL and VISA credit card partnered to create this program to aid students with financial literacy.
Dinner at Romeo’s – http://www.learn4good.com/games/
This is a restuarant simulation for students to practice running a culinary business. They learn about specific careers in the industry as well as how to manage the financial dynamics of the business.
Windfall – http://www.persuasivegames.com/games/
This is a game to help students learn about clean energy and making it profitable. Sustainability and economic concepts are the focus of this game.
CSI: The Experience Web Adventures – http://forensics.rice.edu/
Rice University, the National Science Foundation, and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences created this program based on the TV program. Students learn about the scientific method in a practical, real world situation by completing missions. Creative problem solving is an added plus of this game.
I hope some of these games will be of benefit to you and your students.
Please let us know if you have questions or concerns. We will be glad to help. You may contact the Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 662-325-2510.
Have a great day!