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March Is Special!

29 Feb

Good morning,

I trust everyone enjoyed the month of February and promoted their respective CTE programs. Did you know that March is a special month as well? I am not referring to spring break either. It is National Frozen Food Month, Nutrition Month, Peanut Month, AND Red Cross Month. Wow! March is special. Many of our CTE programs are involved this month.

Dr. Bowen has advised me that registration is now open for MS ACTE. The dates are July 27 – 29, 2016, at the Jackson Convention Complex. You can go to the new registration portal in GoSignMeUp at https://rcu.gosignmeup.com/Public/Course/Browse to register. There are two links – one is for New RCU Participants and the other is for Former RCU MyPLC Participants. Click the appropriate link for directions on how to enter the system and sign up for MS ACTE or other sessions.

Dr. Long wanted me to let everyone know that details are being finalized for summer methods or endorsement training. She hopes to have this completed by the middle of the month. Simply keep an eye open on the RCU website for upcoming professional learning. Here is that link.

http://www.rcu.msstate.edu/Professional-Learning/Upcoming-Professional-Learning.aspx

The next two Wednesdays are special. March 2 is Dr. Seuss day. March 9 is Panic Day. Yep! That March 9 day caught me by surprise as well.

http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/March/panicday.htm

For Dr. Seuss day, here are some links for helping your students grasp concepts for goods, services, decision making, and more. Books like Dr. Seuss’s Amzing ABC Book, What Pet Should I Get?, and Green Eggs and Ham are just a few fun books you can use. Look at the links below for free lesson plans pertaining to economics, personal finance, decision making, and much more.

https://www.stlouisfed.org/~/media/Education/Curriculum/pdf/Kiddynomics-Lesson-2-Dr-Seuss-ABC.pdf

http://www.econedlink.org/teacher-lesson/1263/

http://www.econedlink.org/teacher-lesson/966/

SREB asked for assistance in sharing the following information about open eBooks. Look at the following information with directions.

…thrilled to announce an amazing opportunity for students. Open eBooks is a new e-reader app that will make thousands of popular, top-selling eBooks available to children in low-income homes for FREE. The initiative offers unprecedented access to quality digital content, including a catalog of eBooks valued at more than $250 million.

The Open eBooks app is available through Title I and Title I­ eligible schools as well as libraries, preschools, and community after school programs serving a minimum of 70 percent students from low-income households. The program will also be available through schools and programs serving children whose families are enlisted in the armed forces, or serving special needs children.

See the website for more information, including instructions for signing up–http://openebooks.net/

Press release: http://openebooks.net/OpenEbooksPressRelease.pdf

Would you like to create some videos for your classroom? The next link provides information for several apps that will help you do this. Check out Stop Frame Animator. There are four other ones to consider also.

http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2015/12/5-excellent-apps-for-creating.html

Canvas has recently gone through several updates. Mozilla Firefox, an Internet browser normally recommended for use with Canvas, may not work as effectively. Theresa Wheeler, our Canvas specialist, has advised that you use when possible Google Chrome for the Internet browser with Canvas.

If you have questions regarding Canvas or registering for professional learning, please contact the Help Desk. The Help Desk email is helpdesk@rcu.msstate.edu.

Have a great day!

Michelle

 

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