Sabrina Hounshell

Monday Morning Monitor 8/20/2012

Blog Post created by Sabrina Hounshell on Aug 20, 2012

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NAAE at the National FFA Convention

NAAE will have a big presence at the National FFA Convention this year. We will be responsible for the Teach Ag booth and interactive experiences, plus Teachers' World professional development workshops and internet cafe, teacher recognition during general session five, and of course, the NAAE Member Services booth over in the Teachers' World exhibits. We'll be setting up a newsletter so keep an eye out for that!Participate in the Tagged to Teach Ag photo contest! You can download and print the Tagged to Teach Ag sign.  Then take the sign with you wherever you go.  Take pictures of yourself with the sign and submit one or two of your favorite photos to our Teach Ag Tumblr. We will choose some of the best photos submitted by September 15 to use in our display at the 2012 National FFA Convention Career Show Teach Ag Booth.Participation is open to everyone; secondary and post-secondary students, teachers, alumni, sponsors, parents, and administrators. Photos eligible for display and the grand prize drawing must be submitted by 11:59pm EST on Sept. 15, 2012.For complete details about the contest click here.News & Views Advocacy Edition is Now Available
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CAST Friday Notes

From Friday, August 17 - The nation's food supply is always a hot topic. Find articles on GMO food labeling, insights from Dr. Carl Winter and new members to the CAST Food Work Group in this week’s newsletter.

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from WinField (a Land O’Lakes company). here to access the most recent edition of CAST Friday Notes

National FFA

The National FFA Organization needs your help, as we prepare to package one million meals at the 85th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. The FFA Rally to Fight Hunger will involve 10,000 FFA members, advisors, alumni, volunteers and stakeholders from October 24-26 at Lucas Oil Stadium. Participants from across the nation will assemble meals to provide relief from hunger and malnutrition during hour-long shifts to in an unprecedented three-day effort against hunger. Shift scheduling will be part of Online Convention Registration, which will open in mid-August. Click here for more information or contact us at


Game Based Learning

The topic of “game-based learning” is gaining considerable attention as more and more young people are learning from games outside of school and more and more teachers are leveraging the power of games to engage students in school.

Well-designed games can motivate students to actively engage in meaningful and challenging tasks, and through this process to learn content and sharpen critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. Click here to read an article that touches on three game bsaed learning programs including Sokikom, Game Enhanced Interactive Life Science (GILS) and Zoo U.


NASDCTEc is pleased to invite you to participate in the 2012 Fall Meeting.

The fall meeting will take place from October 11-13, 2012 in Omaha Nebraska.

For more information please click here.


True to his roots as a frontier farm boy, on May 15, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed legislation to create the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Over the next two months - in the midst of the Civil War - he signed additional legislation that expanded and transformed American farming, including the Homestead Act, and the establishment of the Land Grant agricultural university system.

Learn more about how USDA touches the lives of each and every American every day by subscribing to the 150th factoids. Subscribe to the factoids here.