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The power of access to books is showcased.

Discover the Power of Book Access

In Game Changer! Book Access for All Kids, bestselling author Donalyn Miller and fifth-grade teacher Colby Sharp, both literacy advocates with a deep passion for books, showcase the power of children’s access to books, providing teachers and administrators with the tools and information they need to increase children’s meaningful engagement with books and to launch or sustain book access initiatives in their communities.

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November 15, 2018

 

 

Funding & Recognition

Fellowship to Enhance Teaching in STEM Fields

The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship supports teaching certification and a master’s degree in a science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) teaching field for career changers and recent graduates with STEM backgrounds. The goal of the teaching fellowship program is to recruit, train, and retain the nation’s best and brightest STEM teachers.

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Artists World War 1

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Artists’ Responses to the World’s First Modern War

November 11 marked 100 years since the end of World War I. Artists and intellectuals, many of whom experienced combat firsthand, responded in myriad, often contradictory ways to the world’s first modern war.

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Masters in Curriculum and Instruction

Professional Growth

Advance Your Knowledge to Meet the Challenges Facing Education

Penn State’s M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, with five areas of emphasis from which to choose, and the university’s Graduate Certificate in Children’s Literature are led by expert faculty from Penn State’s College of Education and conveniently offered online through Penn State World Campus. No matter where you are in the world, you can pursue a master’s degree or certificate backed by a world-class reputation and accreditation, student support team, and a powerful network of students, mentors, and alumni. Applications are now open for the spring 2019 semester. Take the next step to advance your career in education and become part of the Penn State network of more than 692,000 alumni.

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redistrictinggame.org redistrictinggame.org

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Game Introducing the Political Redistricting System

The ReDistricting Game is designed to educate, engage, and empower students around the issue of political redistricting. The game provides a basic introduction to the redistricting system, allows players to explore the ways in which abuses can undermine the system, and provides information about reform initiatives, including a playable version of the Tanner Reform Bill to demonstrate the ways in which the system might be made more consistent with tenets of good governance.

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waypointedu.com

Mobile Learning

Educational Augmented Reality (AR) Geocaching Game

Using Magnate Interactive’s Waypoint EDU, a free geocaching and scavenger hunt app for iOS, teachers can create an augmented-reality game with multiple-choice questions. The process is quick and easy: Teachers open up the app, tap Create, and give their hunt a title and description.

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STEM • STEAM • STREAM

SPOTLIGHT! On STEM for English Learners

School systems across the country should do more to ensure that current and former English language learners have access to STEM education, a report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine finds. The report follows up on a 2017 study that detailed how under-resourced schools and underprepared educators hinder efforts to help students learn English. 

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STEM • STEAM • STREAM

Game to Help Young Children Develop Analytical Skills

Learn to Code with El Chavo is a free educational game from Televisa for five- to eight-year-old children to learn about the logic behind computer coding through the characters of El Chavo del Ocho (often shortened to El Chavo), a Mexican television sitcom that gained enormous popularity in Latin America and Spain, as well as in the United States.

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instagram-press.com

Social Media

Video Episodes on Channels from Instagram Creators

IGTV is a platform from the folks at Instagram. However, instead of individual posts or Instagram Stories, which combine still images and short video clips, IGTV hosts longer videos, usually centered around one topic.

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Funding & Recognition

Award for Excellence in Engineering Science Education

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and Northrup Grumman Foundation annually present one Excellence in Engineering Education Award to recognize the importance of integrating high-quality engineering instruction into science classrooms and the critical need to make students proficient in practices used by engineers in the field.

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Resources to discuss the midterm elections. facinghistory.org

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Teaching Idea to Model Civil Discourse

Prior to the 2018 midterm elections, Facing History and Ourselves created a teaching idea that offers approaches to addressing the results of the midterms with students, no matter what the outcome. By giving students time to pause and reflect, process and think critically, teachers can model civil discourse and support their students’ civic development.

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exploratorium.edu

Mobile Learning

App for Experimenting with Color and Sound

Sound Rebound is an offbeat experience of color and sound that invites students to create ricochets, bounces, or bumps to investigate seeing and hearing. The app, designed for iOS devices, invites users to move objects around the screen’s “play field” to experiment with color and sound.

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Funding & Recognition

Essay Contest on the Necessity of Free Speech

Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) works to educate students and the general public on the importance of free speech to a thriving democratic society. FIRE’s Free Speech Essay Contest is now open to juniors and seniors in US high schools, including homeschooled students, and US citizens attending schools overseas.

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globalonenessproject.org

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Multimedia Resources Celebrating Indigenous Voices and Perspectives

In honor of National Native American Heritage Month, Global Awareness Project has created a collection of Native American educational resources available on the organization’s website. These include films, lesson plans, photo essays, and articles.

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Funding & Recognition

Donor Site Aligning Tech Requests with Tech Policies

The crowdfunding website DonorsChoose is making it easier for teachers to determine whether their technology requests are in line with what their school districts can support.

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digizen.org

Social Media

Resources for Strengthening Awareness of Digital Citizenship

The Digizen website provides information for educators, parents, caregivers, and young people to strengthen their awareness and understanding of digital citizenship and encourages technology users to be responsible DIGItal citiZENS.

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History of Words merriam-webster.com

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Merriam-Webster’s Time Traveler

Gamification, hashtag, tweep … When were these words first used in print? To find out, students simply enter a date in the search field on Mirriam-Webster’s Time Traveler webpage where they will see the words first recorded on that year.

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Digital Learning • Learning Support

Tool for Students to Express Gratitude

Give Thx provides a structured way for teachers and students to practice expressing gratitude through peer feedback and reflection. The mobile and web platform is straightforward: students log in and write a short thank-you note for one of their classmates.

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amazonfutureengineer.com

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

Computer Science Opportunities from Kindergarten to Career

Amazon Future Engineer is a comprehensive childhood-to-career program to inspire, educate, and train children and young adults from underserved and low-income communities to pursue careers in computer science. Amazon aims to inspire more than 10 million children each year to explore computer science.

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exploratorium.edu

Mobile Learning

Interactive Book That Explores the Surprising Side of Color

When is yellow yellower than yellow? What color is a whisper? What’s missing from the palette of Renaissance painters? Students can explore the surprising side of color with Color Uncovered, an interactive book for iOS and Android.

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sheg.stanford.edu

Social Media

Assessments of Civic Online Reasoning

The Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) has developed assessments of civic online reasoning—the ability to judge the credibility of the information that floods young people’s smartphones, tablets, and computer screens. Discussions about politics and public policy, for example, increasingly take place on social media.

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