Grant Opportunity for Branch, Barry & Calhoun Educators

From the Mini-Grant Coordinator:

We are pleased to announce that the Mini Grants and FOCUS Grant will be available again for the 2018-2019 school year.

The Guido A. and Elizabeth H. Binda Foundation has generously provided the Mini Grant Program with $20,000 for twenty awards and up to $1,000 for projects that align with district-approved curriculum.  In addition, one FOCUS Grant of up to $5,000 will be awarded.  The FOCUS Grant project needs to "focus" on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) with the emphasis being on Mathematics and Science curriculum. 

These grants are available to all public school teachers and support staff in Barry, Branch, and Calhoun Counties in Michigan.

Important Dates:
September 27, 2018 - Grant writing workshop at the CISD in Marshall 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
(you will receive TWO EXTRA points on your application for your attendance at the workshop)

October 19, 2018 - All grant applications due prior to 4:00 pm

November 02, 2018 - No…

Website Resource - C-Span Classroom

This find is for Social Studies teachers - 

In addition to access to the programming, teachers can find "bell ringers," lesson plans and opportunities for professional development.

From the website:
C-SPAN Classroom is a free membership service for social studies teachers. Our mission is to enhance the teaching of social studies through C-SPAN's primary source programming and websites. ...To better serve you, our site is password-protected, yet remains free of charge. Membership gives educators access to their own library to store C-SPAN Classroom video clips, supplementary materials such as lesson plans and handouts, and special offers.

Google Mail - Collapsed left sidebar

Working yesterday, my left sidebar was collapsed when in email.  Not having seen this before, I had to search to see how to display it again.  Though, if you are working on a smaller screen, this is a nice feature to know about when screen real estate is needed for other tasks!

Here is an example of the sidebar displayed (on the right) vs collapsed (on the left):
You can see how it pops out when you mouse-over the icons:

Use the "hamburger" icon at the top to turn this feature on/off:

MeL Minute - Fighting Fake News

From Christine Schneider of the MeL Team -

Fake news. Hoax. Media bias. Misinformation. Media literacy is perhaps more important now than ever.  But do you have the resources you need to help students and patrons? The Michigan eLibrary is here to help!
Just in time for the new school year, MeL and Gale have compiled the “Fake News Frenzy: A Guide to Resources for Librarians and Teachers." Resources include links to articles, videos, lesson plans, games, websites, and more. There are even recommended books with a link to MeLCat for each!
Another great resource for combating fake news here in Michigan is Gale’s Opposing Viewpoints in Context (OViC). It is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today's hottest social issues. This database features continuously updated viewpoints, topic overviews, full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files and…

Google Forms - Updated Theme Controls

There are several new options you can use to do a bit more customization to your Google Forms.  Here's an overview -

You still click on the art palette  icon to see the theme options:
The updated screen gives 4 options you can modify:

1. If you want to set an image at the top of your form, you can pick one from the gallery, upload one, or select one from your albums:

2 & 3.  Once you have set the header (or if you stay on the basic theme), you will have several colors you can choose from for the theme color, and the background color.  These are adaptive to the picture you choose if you selected an image:

4. Choose the font style you want to use: