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February 17, 2020

 

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Art contest for GooglePhoto by Teo Zac on Unsplash

Funding & Recognition

Competition to Create a Google Doodle Based on Kindness

Doodle for Google offers K–12 students an opportunity to display their artwork on Google.com. In addition to having their work featured on the tech company’s landing page for an entire day, the winner will receive a $30,000 college scholarship, and the winner’s school will be awarded a $50,000 technology package.

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Ethics framework for educators

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Balancing Caring for Students with Professional Distance

How can educators remain sensitive to students’ needs and protect themselves from risk when interacting with students, parents, and colleagues in complex situations? With the ProEthica program, educators have tools to develop decision-making skills based on open communications and a professional ethics framework. This self-paced, online program provides real-life scenarios of situations educators encounter to help develop awareness of professional risk, the value of subscribing to a code of professional ethics, and the power of collaborative decision-making. The ProEthica program helps build trust among colleagues while protecting the teaching profession and supporting the welfare and safety of students.

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Trends in STEM100kin10.org

Professional Growth

Report Identifying Future Trends in STEM

100Kin10’s 2019 Trends Report identifies increasing STEM teacher diversity, greater focus on STEM subjects in early childhood education, and a rise in environmental literacy in response to student activism and interest as trends that will shape STEM education in 2020.

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STEM resourcesfizzicseducation.com.au

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

Innovative Activities to Integrate into a STEM Program

Based in Australia, Fizzics Education hosts more than 150 free resources, including science activities and experiments, and podcasts with teaching ideas. For example, in a November 2019 podcast, two educators describe how they help their learners understand STEM from the early years and onward.

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melscience.com

Mobile Learning

Virtual Reality App Immersing Students in Chemistry Processes

MEL Chemistry is a course of lessons in virtual reality that turns studying into an engaging process for learning about the rudiments of chemistry.

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Blog by the Library of Congressloc.gov

Professional Growth

Blog Sharing Current Thinking on Effective Classroom Practices

Since its launch in 2011, the Teaching with the Library of Congress blog has included more than 900 posts covering a wide range of topics and suggesting various strategies for deepening student engagement and learning.

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Mentoring girls in computer scienceprojectcsgirls.com

Funding & Recognition

Community of Girls Using Technology to Change the World

The ProjectCSGIRLS competition encourages girls to develop projects that disrupt the present in a positive way. The contest’s aim is to create a community of creative, talented, and confident young women building the technologies that will shape the future.

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literacy and black history monthncte.org

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Black History Month: Celebrating Diversity in Literature

The National African American Read-In is the nation’s first and oldest event dedicated to diversity in literature. The initiative was established in 1990 by the National Council of Teachers of English to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month, and since that time, it has reached more than 6 million participants around the world.

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environmental_challenge.jpgPhoto by John Cameron on Unsplash

Funding & Recognition

Design Challenge Encouraging Responsible Energy Use

The Clean Tech Competition is a worldwide research and design challenge for precollege youth. The program encourages scientific understanding of real-world issues and the integration of environmentally responsible energy sources.

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OER library controlleddigitallending.org

Professional Growth

Guide to Help Librarians Curate Open Source Resources

The nonprofit Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME) has created and shared an open-source guide for school librarians engaged in curating open educational resources. Drawing lessons from school districts and libraries, ISKME developed the free guidebook to help school librarians and district officials develop a coherent roadmap for OER curation and implementation.

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Compare world constitutionscomparativeconstitutionsproject.org

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Lesson Plans to Bring the World’s Constitutions into the Classroom

The Comparative Constitutions Project (CCP) launched Constitute in collaboration with Google Ideas in 2013. Accessible in EnglishSpanish, and ArabicConstitute is an online environment to read, search, and compare the world’s constitutions.

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elements.wlonk.com

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

Interactive Pictorial Periodic Table

The Interactive Periodic Table of the Elements, in Pictures and Words provides chemistry students of all ages and levels with instant facts about each of the elements it illustrates. When students click on Palladium, for example, they will learn about the element’s role in pollution control.

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globalstorybooks.net

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Open-Licensed Global Storybooks: From Arabic to Zulu

A team based at the University of British Columbia in Canada has developed a literacy portalGlobal Storybooks, which hosts custom sites with multilingual, open-licensed books from more than 40 countries and regions on five continents. The portal is intended to help democratize global flows of information and resources, facilitate language learning—including Indigenous languages—and promote literacy.

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augmented reality artifiactsbbc.co.uk

Mobile Learning

Augmented Reality App Exploring Artifacts from Around the World

Civilisations AR, an iOS app from the BBC, gives students an unprecedented look at 30 artifacts from around the globe—for example, the Rosetta Stone from the British Museum; an Egyptian mummy from the Torquay Museum in Devon, England; and Rodin’s The Kiss from the National Museum of Wales.

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Interactive infographic on creative peoplepodio.com

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Daily Routines of Famous Creative People

Podio.com has designed an interactive infographic of the daily routines of 26 creators—from W. H. Auden to Immanuel Kant, from Flannery O’Connor to Franz Kafka. The daily routines are as varied as the people who follow them, although long walks and a very early wakeup time are common to many.

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