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Web-based STEM competition for students in grades 6–9.

Mission to Increase National STEM Literacy

eCYBERMISSION, an Army Educational Outreach Program, is a free web-based STEM competition for students in grades 6–9. The program is committed to answering the nation’s need for increased national STEM literacy and to expanding STEM education opportunities across the country. eCYBERMISSION is looking for educators, community leaders, parents, and professionals interested in STEM to create teams of students. Complete your team’s registration by November 21, 2018, and your students will receive a free STEM Kit. Visit eCYBERMISSION.com to register today.

Deadline: November 21, 2018, for registration and free STEM Kit

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October 01, 2018

 

 

Funding & Recognition

STEM Professional Development in the National Arena

Sponsored by the Office of Science in the US Department of Energy, the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program provides a unique professional development opportunity for accomplished K–12 educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to serve in the national education arena.

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Penn State World Campus

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Online Educational Technology Programs

Educators have a unique opportunity to 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, can help teachers incorporate the use of technology and the internet to more effectively engage learners and improve the quality of their learning experiences. The courses are taught by the same faculty who teach in residence. The Education programs have been consistently ranked in the top 10 by U.S. News & World Report. Interested participants 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.

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touchpressgames.com

Mobile Learning

Strategic Vocabulary Game Making Morphology Fun

Touch Press’s Ink Blott Underground app for iOS is an engaging English language arts game for middle school students in which players dig through a series of crystal-filled caves and bring their vivid world back to life by using word parts to fix broken words and sentences.

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Samsung Solve for Tomorrow

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

Support and Rewards for STEM Projects with Positive Impact

Samsung Solve for Tomorrow project engages students in using STEM to positively impact their community, while competing for a chance to win a share of $2 million in technology and supplies for their school. Here’s how it works: teachers apply with an idea on how to use STEM skills to positively impact their community. The Samsung Solve for Tomorrow site is easy to access and navigate. After they complete their application, teachers are encouraged to create a fundraising project on DonorsChoose.org, giving them the opportunity to raise funds for supplies to implement their Samsung Solve for Tomorrow project. For the first 3,500 applicants, Samsung will match 50 percent of the amount raised, up to $200 per school. Samsung Solve for Tomorrow delivers student involvement, teacher and school recognition, community outreach, super prizes, and funds from DonorsChoose.org to support Samsung Solve for Tomorrow projects. Start your application now.

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elearningindustry.com

Professional Growth

AR and VR Activities for eLearning Courses

Step into the Screen: AR/VR Technology’s Role in the Future of eLearning is a free downloadable ebook by eLearning Industry that helps educators navigate the potential benefits of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) in online professional development courses.

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Literacy Resources

Free Lessons on Drafting—and Understanding an Author

Educators know that writing skills reinforce reading skills, but what’s the best way to capitalize on this beneficial relationship? By flipping the traditional “reading lesson first, writing lesson second” sequence. Colleen Cruz’s Writers Read Better: Nonfiction ingeniously helps teachers make the most of the writing-to-reading connection with 28 carefully matched, conceptually connected lesson pairs. Complete with practical suggestions on adapting the lessons to suit the particular needs of the classroom, as well as individual students, this resource offers a solid foundation for giving students the advantage of powerful, transferable literacy skills. Download a free lesson on drafting and understanding.

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incrediblenumbersapp.com

Mobile Learning

Interactives for Exploring Mathematical Concepts

Professor Ian Stewart is students’ guide through Incredible Numbers, an iPad app from Touch Press. Interactive examples—from simple equations to a working Enigma machine—put the concepts behind mathematics at students’ fingertips.

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Annual K-12 Survey

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As a recipient of Big Deal Media’s K–12 Technology eNewsletter, you are invited to tell Big Deal Media how you use this publication and how you participate in the purchase of technology products and services. (The survey will take about five minutes to complete.) Surveys submitted IN FULL by October 31, 2018, will be entered into a random drawing to win a $50 American Express gift card. Big Deal Media is giving away one $50 card for every 100 completed surveys.

Deadline: October 31, 2018, for completed surveys

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Funding & Recognition

Youth Advisory Board Addressing Bullying and Exclusion in Schools

The Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) Making Caring Common 2018–2019 Youth Advisory Board is a diverse group of young people from across the country who are committed to making schools caring and respectful places through everyday interactions.

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Digital Learning • Learning Support

Histories, Cultures, and Contributions of Hispanic Americans

To help teachers and their students celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15–October 15), ¡Colorín Colorado! features free research-based information, resources, and tools for teaching English language learners (ELLs).

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drc.centerfornewsliteracy.org

Professional Growth

Ideas for Developing Students’ News Literacy

The Center for News Literacy in Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism is all about sharing the accumulating wisdom and materials of the News Literacy teaching community, which works to strengthen democracy by teaching students to access reliable information from the large volume of material in the daily media.

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STEM • STEAM • STREAM

Instructional Units Integrating STEM and Literacy Across Disciplines

The PictureSTEM Project offers three instructional units for K–2 classrooms that use an engineering challenge and picture books as supports for learning science, mathematics, engineering, computational thinking, and reading.

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Funding & Recognition

Competition Recognizing Math and Science Talent

The Regeneron Science Talent Search (Regeneron STS) is the oldest and most prestigious science and mathematics competition for high school seniors, providing a forum for original research that is recognized and reviewed by a national jury of professional scientists.

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readinquirewrite.umich.edu

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Social Studies Argument Writing

Read.Inquire.Write. is a research-based curriculum from The University of Michigan School of Education that creates a process to support middle school students’ argument writing through reading of sources and analysis of complex social and historical issues. Across investigations, students write increasingly complex forms of argument—from interpretations to critiques to counterarguments—with support from disciplinary literacy tools.

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robotvirtualworlds.com

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

Environment for Learning to Program Robots—Without Robots

Robot Virtual Worlds (RVW) is a simulation environment created by Robomatter, which enables students without robots to learn programming.

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Digital Learning • Learning Support

Inquiry-based Learning Using Primary Sources

Case Maker is a customizable system developed by Bean Creative that offers inquiry-based learning opportunities for students, using primary sources from the Library of Congress.

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nasa.gov

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

Lessons for Determining the Nutritional Value of Space Foods

NASA’s freely downloadable Food for Thought: Eating in Space educator guide presents five math, science, and technology standards–supported lessons for grades 5–8 that relate to food and nutrition.

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