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BusEd Bits – July 2015


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During the summer board meeting, the board worked on the Constitution and Bylaws for new MBITE structure and organization. Thanks go out to Bev O’Connor for helping with this huge task. More information on changes will be available on website after general meeting. Voting on these changes will take place at the general meeting during Fall make !t matter Conference. 

MBITE Members Receive MORE Benefits
In addition to all the benefits of membership in the past including conferences, networking, staff development, and legislative updates, membership in MBITE will now carry even more value including:
1 – BusEd Bits  Board has approved publishing July, August and September newsletters and sending to any prospective secondary and post-secondary educators who may be interested in following happenings within the business education field.
Newsletters for remainder of school year (October to June) will be published to active MBITE members. To become a member and to continue to receive the publication, register for membership on website.  

2 – Facebook Group 

MBITE Publications has created a membership only group for educators to post questions, resources and inquiries for other educators within business education field at the secondary and post-secondary level. 

3 – Legislative Presence 

MBITE has long been associated with MnACTE, but now membership in MBITE will result in a dual membership with MnACTE as well.  MnACTE is a powerful organization with legislative impact within CTE (Career and Technical Education). Your membership will mean more of a presence and impact our power within the MN Legislature.


Business Educator postings have recently opened in 2 school districts: St. Francis and Alexandria. Another possible position as Career Development Specialist has been posted for MDE. See http://www.mbei-online.org/ for more info.
MBITE 2015 Conference Update

“make !t matter” October 8-9, 2015


The Inn on Lake Superior    

Duluth, MN

Save the date! Plan on attending the MBITE 2015 Fall Conference to be held at the Inn on Lake Superior. Be part of an opportunity to connect, share and support business education at all levels.

Make your reservation early. Join your colleagues in Duluth, Minnesota on the beautiful shores of Lake Superior in scenic Canal Park. The MBITE block of rooms will be released by September 15. Plan on staying extra and enjoy the peak of the magnificent fall color season.

Block Rooms held until September 15, 2015:

  • Thursday, October 8
  • $120.00 plus tax
  • One 2 Bedroom Suite available for $239.00 plus tax

Additional rooms available for stay on Friday, October 9

  • $135.00 plus tax
  • One 2 Bedroom Suite available for $289.00 plus tax

The Inn on Lake Superior Lakeside View

Hotel:  The Inn on Lake Superior

350 Canal Park Drive
Duluth, MN 55802
Phone:  1.888.668.4352 or 218.726.1111

Planned Sessions:

  • Reality Check – Interactive Budgeting Simulation
  • Social Media in the Classroom
  • Multitasking with Technology
  • App Inventor Mobile Apps
  • Google Classroom
  • Creating InfoGraphics
  • Classroom Twitter
  • App Smashing
  • IT Exploration
  • Financial Literacy Online Tools
  • Marketing
  • Getting AP Computer Science Principles in Your Curriculum

Member and conference registration are available on the MBITE website: www.mbei-online.org.

Lesson Share
Amazon Prime Day campaign sparks competition. Amazon claims Prime members can claim more deals than Black Friday. How did this affect other businesses? What type of results did Amazon see? What lessons can you bring into your classroom from this July 15th news worthy event? Here are two articles to get you started:

*  CNN Money: Angry Amazon Customers Vent Over Sale Fail

Share your lesson with other MBITE members in Facebook group.


Online Resource Share:

Research just got easier. What’s the difference between Bill Gates and Steve Jobs? What’s the difference of a router and a switch? Diffen.com will tell you. Utilize the categories to find common items compared or type your own terms. Each item will return statistics pertinent to topic and allow for side-by-side comparison.

MN Legislative Update

CTE CreditMN.  This website will allow you to articulate your business classes without a masters degree! This will give your students the opportunity to earn credits towards an AA degree, without them leaving your classroom!
At the summer Emerging & Veteran Teacher Workshop, we hear about the CTE Levy changes. Check out the changes to see how your schools may be affected. State of MN CTE Levy Report

Member Updates

Congratulations and welcome to 2 new teachers to Business Education:
Amanda Rodgers accepted position split between STMA and Buffalo High School.
Troy Robinson accepted position at Mound-Westonka
Do you know a new teacher to the field, teacher who has moved, or someone retiring who deserves a shout out? Share your exciting news by emailing a photo and short bio to mbeionline@gmail.com so we can help you celebrate.

We are looking for interesting facts or stories about MBITE or members. Email mbeionline@gmail.com to get your story in an upcoming edition of BusEd Bits.
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