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Big Deal Media K-12 Technology Newsletter

Microsoft Hackathon

Hack the Classroom Online Event

Tune in live to “You Bring the Q’s, We’ll Bring the Hacks,” a free online event sponsored by Microsoft, to see how small changes can have huge student impact. The event will take place on June 27, 2017, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (CT).

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STEM Robot Activities engagek12.robotlab.com

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

Hands-on Learning Using Robots

RobotLAB has launched Engage! K12, a platform that provides robot-based lessons for a range of subjects and age levels. Engage! K12’s interactive and hands-on learning experiences are organized by high-interest topics, such as soccer-playing robots or autonomous cars.

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Learn Skills to Teach the Earth Sciences

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Skills for Teaching the Earth Sciences

The Earth sciences curriculum, offered online through Penn State World Campus, can prepare you to help students in grades 7–12 master the educational objectives related to Earth and space science. You can take a course for professional development in the Earth sciences, learning from faculty who conduct cutting-edge research. Or you can take courses in such disciplines as geosciences, energy and mineral engineering, meteorology, geography, and even astronomy and apply what you learn in the classroom right away. The courses offer flexibility and convenience and are taught by the same distinguished faculty who teach on campus.

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National Geographic Grants US Fish and Wildlife Service

Funding & Recognition

Grants for Teaching and Learning About the World

The National Geographic Society (NGS) is offering education-focused grants to individual educators to support projects that teach students about the world and the way it works, empowering them to make it a better place.

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Master Teacher Coaching betterlesson.com

Professional Growth

Personalized Learning from Master Teachers

BetterLesson’s personalized coaching empowers teachers to take their learning straight to the classroom. A teacher is paired with a personal virtual coach.

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Quill Education Resource Center

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

Essential Classroom Resources

Through relevant webinars on topics such as “Teaching with Technology,” “Tech As a Learning Tool,” and “Creating Brain-Friendly Classrooms,” Quill reaches out to educators to support their daily needs. Quill.com’s Education Resource Center puts teachers in touch with grants to expand their special programs, awards to recognize their efforts, and sources to enrich STEM programs. Bookmark this growing resource as a daily companion, as well as a source to explore more than 85,000 classroom essentials.

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Twitter App twitterrific.com

Social Media

Tweets Without Clutter

Twitterrific is an award-winning Twitter client for iOS that lets users browse Twitter free from the clutter of promoted tweets. Users can use Muffles to hide from their timeline tweets containing words, phrases, people, and hashtags that they don’t want to see.

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Internet Safety beinternetawesome.withgoogle.com

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Program Promoting Astute Digital Citizenship

In celebration of Internet Safety Month, Google has released a classroom curriculum and computer game to teach children in grades 3–5 about online safety and security. The program, called Be Internet Awesome, is part of Google’s effort to instill youth with digital savvy and to encourage them to be good internet citizens.

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STEM Projects invent.sparkfun.com

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

Community for Sharing Science Projects

InventorSpace by SparkFun is a free online community where educators can find, create, and share electronics and computer science-based projects.

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Education Blog

Professional Growth

Blog Encouraging Lifelong Learning

Howard Gardner, Professor of Cognition and Education in the Harvard Graduate School of Education, has launched a blog titled “Life-Long Learning: A Blog in Education.”

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Thoreau's Journal themorgan.org

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Oral Readings from Thoreau’s Lifelong Journal

Henry David Thoreau spent two years in a cabin by Walden Pond and a single night in jail, and out of those experiences grew two of America’s most influential works: his book Walden and the essay known as “Civil Disobedience.”

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Children and Nature childrenandnature.org

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Tools on the Health and Academic Benefits of Nature

The Children’s Nature Network provides a collection of free toolkits, reports, and infographics on the benefits of nature (wellbeing and academic outcomes), along with free advocacy tools designed to help schools and other organizations connect children, families, and communities to nature.

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Empathy Multiplayer Game atstakegame.org

Mobile Learning

Game Fostering Creativity and Empathy on Real-World Issues

The online digital multiplayer game @Stake was created by Emerson College to foster empathy and creativity between diverse perspectives on real-world issues.

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Math Game cignition.com

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Math Game to Avoid the Summer Slide

Cignition aims to break the summer-slide trend through an online fantasy world called Fog Stone Isle, which helps students retain the difficult math concepts encountered during the school year through crafting activities during the summer months.

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NASA Spacecraft App jpl.nasa.gov

Mobile Learning

Exploration of the Solar System Through Augmented Reality

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has created Spacecraft 3D, an augmented reality (AR) app for iOS that lets students learn about and interact with a variety of spacecraft used to explore our solar system, study Earth, and observe the universe.

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Open Educational Resources ©opensource.com via Flickr

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Collaborative Platform for Sharing Open Educational Resources

Created by the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education, OER Commons offers a comprehensive infrastructure for curriculum experts and instructors at all levels to identify high-quality open educational resources (OER) and collaborate around their adaptation, evaluation, and use to address the needs of teachers and learners.

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Bullying Resources

Social Media

Conversations About Bullying and Harassment

The KnowBullying app for iOS and Android is designed to help parents initiate difficult conversations about bullying and harassment with their children.

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Learner-Centric Grants

Funding & Recognition

Grants for Implementing Next Generation Classroom Assessments

Naiku’s Teacher Team School Grants combine professional development and next-generation classroom assessment software to give K–12 classroom teachers the necessary information and tools required to successfully implement learner-centric assessment methodologies within a team environment.

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