Tuesday, October 25, 2016

For 6-12th grade math, science, or civics teachers in Michigan. (from MDOT_TRAC)

What: 1 day free MDOT-TRAC (Transportation and Civil Engineering) Training 
When: TBD
Time: 8:00am-3:30 pm 
Where: TBD
Registration: Contact information provided at end of page
For this FREE training and hands-on tools provided by MDOT:  
  • Educators will learn to use (and will receive) hands-on math and science tools/exercises.
  • Supplies are replenished as used.  
  • Six SCECH hours are also available for the training.

At least 1200 Michigan teachers have been trained to use these tools.  The program is used in 26 of the 50 states and is available for use in grades 6-12.  Training covers civil engineering related exercises involving these concepts:
  1. Environmental (settling and filtering)
  2. Motion (laws of motion, impulse)
  3. Magnetic Levitation (reaction, polarity, aerodynamics, friction, laws of motion, graphing)
  4. Traffic Technology (reaction and perception, velocity/deceleration, braking distance, circuits, traffic dilemma zones, graphing yellow light time, and Excel nested if statements)
  5. Bridge Building (tension, compression, deflection, bridge design/build using 2D, 3D, or CAD design)
  6. Safety (critical thinking, decision making, data reliability)
  7. Road Design and Construction (traffic flow, radius, curvature, calculating land cost, road design)
In addition to the modules for use in the classroom, MDOT organizes an annual Bridge Challenge competition for 7th through 12th graders.  Our engineers even visit classrooms to discuss their experiences with students.

Training covers over 25 exercises which incorporate the hands-on tools.  Teachers can select two modules following their training.  Feel free to visit the www.michigan.gov/mdot-trac website to learn more about TRAC.  Teachers can register for the November 17 training by emailing or phoning me.  If that date doesn’t work for everyone, we have also scheduled another December 10 training in Kalamazoo.

Brenda Kragt
MDOT-TRAC Coordinator

Thursday, October 13, 2016

In case you missed it - MeL now has Chrome Apps for your use -

Michigan eLibrary Chrome Apps
Access to your favorite Michigan eLibrary (MeL) databases is now even easier when you install the FREE MeL Chrome Apps! These apps are compatible with any Mac, PC, or Chromebook running the Chrome browser and provide simple one-click access to MeL databases. Install these apps for FREE from the Chrome Webstore!  
For additional information and directions for installation go to the Technology Resources in the redesigned MeL Teachers portal, thanks to Christine Schneider, Michigan eLibrary Education Specialist.

Access the entire Michigan eLibrary which features all of your favorite MeL databases and resources including MeLCat.

MeL- Teens
Access to resources specifically for grades 6 through 12+ including homework help, recommended books, and college planning and test prep tools.

MeL - Kids
Resources specifically designed for young learners, pre-K through 5th grades, including homework helpers, stories, games, and information about the state of Michigan! 

MeL - College Bound
Resources to help you select, prepare and pay for college.

MeL - Michigana
Michigan is a great state! Learn more about it with access to 15 diverse research digital collections, giving access to primary resources such as photographs, family history, and podcasts. 

MeL - Business
Support and resources for entrepreneurs and small businesses as they contribute to the Michigan and global economies.

MeL Minutes are brought to you by the Library of Michigan.  Want more information on MeL?  Stay tuned for next week’s MeL Minute available on many Michigan library listservs, email us atcontact@mel.org  or visit http://mel.org. We encourage you to share MeL Minutes with your colleagues and networks.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Webinar: Election Coverage with Britannica & MeL

From Christine Schneider, MeL K-12 Education Specialist -

"Join us on October 18th for a 45 minute webinar to discover content paired with learning strategies to prepare students’ understanding of the upcoming election.  We’ll discover content on the history of presidential elections in the United States, the electoral process, political parties, and key issues surrounding this November’s election. 

Pick the time that works best for you!

Please share this with anyone in K-12.

Email me with any questions: cschneider.mel@gmail.com"

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Website Find - NASA Education

In honor of World Space Week, I encourage you to check out NASA Education.  NASA has developed quite a useful site for educators! 

From the site:
"As the United States begins the second century of flight, the Nation must maintain its commitment to excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education to ensure that the next generation of Americans can accept the full measure of their roles and responsibilities in shaping the future....
NASA will continue to pursue three major education goals:
-- Strengthening NASA and the Nation's future workforce
-- Attracting and retaining students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, disciplines
-- Engaging Americans in NASA's mission"

Some of the items you will find on this site:
  • Subscription to a weekly email with education opportunities
  • Lesson plans & teaching materials searchable by keyword, subject and grade level
  • Links to other useful materials, including NASA Galleries which provide lots of images and videos that you or students can use copyright-free (.gov materials are public domain unless otherwise noted)
Talking about Hurricane Matthew?  Show your students the videos from the International Space Station as it flew over the hurricane (it gives a great perspective of "eye of the storm").

Teaching about plants? Participate in a live video chat with a researcher studying plants on the space station.

Looking for pictures to better illustrate objects in space?  Search through the image library for extensive photos from many sources, including the Hubble Telescope.

A whole host of resources to supplement your studies of our planet and the skies around us. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Google Classroom - Invite a Co-Teacher

It is very easy to add a co-teacher to your Google Classroom.  If you have whitelisted domains with your domain, you can even have a coteacher from another domain!

Here's how:

Go to the About page in the course you want to, and look in the lower left corner for the "Invite Teacher" button.  Click it -

On the screen that appears, check the box next to any account you want to add as a teacher.  You can use the search bar to find the account(s) more quickly.  Once they are all checked, click on Next -

 Another pop-up will appear asking you to confirm that you want to invite this person to be a teacher in the course.  Click Invite -

 The person will now show up in the left side (and at the top) as an invited instructor -

Once the person accepts the invitation, it will remove (invited) after their name so you know -