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Big Deal Media K-12 Technology Newsletter

Free Baskets by LocknCharge!

Schools are the primary focus at LocknCharge. Every school can have a high-quality solution to charge, store, and transport their mobile devices. The Joey Cart is available with free Baskets by LocknCharge now through October 31, 2018. Educators can now enjoy an affordable solution to provide a seamless workflow.

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June 01, 2018

 

 

Funding & Recognition

Matching Grants for Conservation Education

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is seeking proposals through its Developing the Next Generation of Conservationists initiative, which connects youth to the outdoors by providing financial support for conservation education and employment programs.

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Professional Growth

Online Educational Technology Programs

Penn State World Campus offers a world of possibilities—online. Educators can expand their skills in instructional design and learn to evaluate the impact of technology on learning. The educational technology programs offered online through Penn State World Campus, in collaboration with the College of Education, help educators to incorporate the use of technology and the internet to more effectively engage learners and improve the quality of learning experiences. The courses are taught by the same faculty who teach in residence. Penn State’s Education programs have been ranked consistently in the top 10 by U.S. News & World Report. Interested educators can choose from the following programs: Master of Education in Learning, Design, and Technology; Graduate Certificates in E-Learning Design, Educational Technology Integration, and Teaching and Learning Online in K–12 Settings. Request more information here.

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globalonenessproject.org

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Immersive Journey As a Gateway to Deep Listening

The virtual reality/360 film Sanctuaries of Silence from Global Oneness Project takes students on a journey with acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton in the Hoh Rain Forest in Olympic National Park in Washington State, one of the quietest places in North America.

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jig.space

Mobile Learning

3D Animations Demonstrating the Way Objects Work

When students ask, “How does that work?” they can easily find out on the JigSpace platform. Using the app (for iOS), students can view step-by-step interactive 3D breakdowns of complex ideas, objects, and phenomena.

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STEM • STEAM • STREAM

Start Building STEAM Now for the Fall

Designed to boost interest and proficiency in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM), the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest challenges public school teachers and students in grades 6–12 to create solutions using STEAM skills that can be applied to help improve their community. All you have to do now is start thinking of a local or relevant issue that impacts your school. Once the next school year begins, Samsung will remind you to brainstorm a solution with your students for a chance to win a share of $2 million in Samsung technology for your school. Sign up now to receive Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest emails and updates, and be the first to know when the contest officially starts.

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Digital Learning • Learning Support

Smart Glasses That Drive Intelligent Learning

Lumilo is a pair of mixed-reality smart glasses that provides teachers with continuous, real-time feedback about their students’ learning, metacognition, and behavior, informing them on the potential effects of their teaching.

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Funding & Recognition

Grants to Deepen the Impact of STEM Learning

The National Science Foundation’s Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program promotes K–12 students’ interests and capacities to participate in the STEM and information and communications technology (ICT) workforce of the future. 

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yatatoy.com

Mobile Learning

Cartoon Animals That Create Electronic Music

Bandimal is an electronic music creation app for iOS, developed by Yatatoy, in which children use cartoon animals as instruments. The app presents nine animals, each of which has its own range of electronic sounds, from low to high.

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voicesofyouth.org

Social Media

Tools for Sharpening Multimedia Skills

Voices of Youth (VOY) is all about blogging, filming, interviewing, and storytelling. On the VOY website, students will find easy-to-use resources that can help them to sharpen their multimedia skills. These tools are meant for young people who enjoy expressing themselves through media but feel they can still improve their skills.

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insertlearning.com

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Tool to Turn Websites into Interactive Lessons

InsertLearning was founded by two high school teachers who wanted to create a richer learning experience for their students. Their aim is to help teachers turn the internet into an interactive learning experience. InsertLearning lets users take any page on the internet and turn it into a lesson.

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Funding & Recognition

Award for Skilled-Trades Teaching

The Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence will award $1 million to outstanding public high school skilled-trades teachers and their classrooms. These educators are teaching their students how to repair cars, how to weld, how to build houses, how to install electrical systems and plumbing, and more.

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storytimefromspace.com

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

Astronauts Reading Stories to Children from Space

If you’re looking for a way to take story time up a notch with the children in your classroom, why not turn to astronauts? That’s the premise of Story Time from Space, a project from the nonprofit Global Space Education Foundation that features astronauts reading children’s books from the International Space Station.

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masterclass.com

Professional Growth

Online Classes from Masters in Their Fields

Teachers and students can learn something new everyday from more than 35 of the world’s greatest minds in MasterClass, an instructional website where artists share insights about their craft. The digestible, 10-minute online lessons are accessible on any device at anytime.

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nytimes.com

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Lesson Challenging Assumptions About Others

Facing History and Ourselves offers a lesson that challenges students’ assumptions with curiosity. In the lesson, students practice being thoughtful about fellow citizens’ values, identities, and perspectives by reflecting on a video featuring voices of young people from across the country.

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teachingchannel.org

Professional Growth

Video Offering Tips and Strategies to New Teachers

The TeachingChannel’s New Teacher Survival Guide video aims to eliminate some of the frustrations that new teachers face when entering their classrooms. The video follows new teachers exploring the challenges they encounter in areas such as classroom management or differentiated instruction.

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nbm.org

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

Program That Brings the Built Environment into the Classroom

The National Building Museum brings the museum’s educators into classrooms around the nation through livestreamed programs. For example, the Why Engineering? program, designed for students in grades 4–9, investigates the role of engineers who work to make buildings stronger and safer.

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makingscience.withgoogle.com

Mobile Learning

Science Journal for Collecting and Recording Observations

Google’s Science Journal transforms students’ mobile devices into a science laboratory, encouraging students to conduct authentic experiments, collect and visualize data, and record observations from the world around them. The app, which is available for iOS, Android, and most Chromebooks, offers a suite of tools to measure light, motion, sound, G-forces, and more.

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facebook.com

Social Media

Portal for Deepening Youth Connections

Facebook has released a new Youth Portal in 60 languages, which offers some guidance to teens on how to navigate the service and stay secure, while helping them understand how their data are used.

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