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Big Deal Media K-12 Technology Newsletter

One App for All Your Parent Communication

App for Communicating with Parents

Bloomz is the free mobile and web app that provides a one-stop solution for teachers and administrators to effectively communicate with parents. The suite of tools Bloomz offers includes photo and video sharing, conference and volunteer signups, messaging, behavior tracking, student portfolios, and a translation feature for more than 80 languages.

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September 01, 2017

 

 

K-12 Technology Survey

Tell Us About Yourself!

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 September 30, 2017, 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: September 30, 2017, for completed surveys

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Teaching Tolerance Grant tolerance.org

Funding & Recognition

Grants for Promoting an Affirming School Climate

Educators hoping to develop programs that fight bigotry in schools and create safe and welcoming classrooms for all students can apply for funding under the Teaching Tolerance Educator Grants program.

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High School Aviation Symposium

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

Take Your STEM Program to the Next Level

AOPA’s High School Aviation STEM Symposium, presented by American Airlines on November 6 and 7, 2017, is one of the most unique high school STEM gatherings of its kind. Focusing on aviation and aerospace, the symposium brings educators from across the nation to share insights, ideas, and best practices on incorporating aviation STEM programs into secondary education. This is your chance to get to know leaders in the field. AOPA speakers come with a wealth of experience in multiple areas, including education and the aviation industry. They’ll share lessons learned from experience and provide fresh ideas to take back to your classrooms, from starting an aviation program to building a flight-training program. They’ll also show you how to integrate AOPA’s free aviation STEM curriculum into your school. Learn more or register now for early bird pricing.

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Biology Plants namooapp.com

Mobile Learning

Explorations of the Life of Plants

Students aged 9–11 can take on the role of a naturalist in NAMOO – Wonders of Plant Life, as they water roots, pollinate flowers, and “blow” carbon dioxide onto leaves.

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Superintendent Resources cosn.org

Professional Growth

Resources for Leading a Digital Transformation

CoSN recently released a set of resources developed specifically for school-system leaders, providing a comprehensive and consistent review of various edtech topics that guide and empower superintendents and their leadership teams in leading a digital transformation.

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World History pixabay.com

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Curriculum Presenting the Human Past As an Integrated Story

World History for Us All is an innovative model curriculum for teaching world history in middle school and high school. World History for Us All offers an abundance of free teaching units, lesson plans, and other resources that present the human past as a single story rather than as unconnected stories of many civilizations.

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Harry Potter Book Club my.pottermore.com

Social Media

Twitter Conversations of Harry Potter Books

Pottermore invites Harry Potter fans—old and new—to join the Wizarding World Book Club, a free online club to examine and debate every book in the Harry Potter series.

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Science Lessons nanospace.molecularium.com

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

Virtual Amusement Park of Atoms and Molecules

Produced by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NanoSpace Molecularium introduces elementary and middle school students to the properties of atoms and molecules.

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School Psychologist Podcast pixabay.com

Professional Growth

Podcasts of Educational Experts Sharing Insights

School Psyched Podcast is hosted by three school psychologists who invite experts to share their insights on a range of topics, including evidence-based social and emotional learning, gifted students, legal considerations, and more controversial issues, such as racial representation in special education.

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Physics Competition pixabay.com

Funding & Recognition

Challenge to Explain a Big Scientific Idea

The annual Breakthrough Junior Challenge hosted by Khan Academy asks students to create a five-minute movie explaining a “big idea” in physics, mathematics, or life sciences.

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September 11th pixabay.com

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Program Commemorating 9/11 Anniversary

The 9/11 Memorial Museum invites teachers and students to participate in “Anniversary in the Schools,” a free webinar commemorating the 16th anniversary of 9/11.

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Professional Development Mobile Learning

Professional Growth

Virtual Course Offering Strategies for Mobile Learning

The Verizon Mobile Learning Academy (VMLA) is a free, 10-week virtual professional development experience designed to help teams, schools, or districts implement or improve their mobile learning strategy.

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Civics Education Constitution Day pixabay.com

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Civics Education Tools in Celebration of Constitution Day

The Civics Renewal Network is a consortium of nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations committed to strengthening civic life in the United States by increasing the quality of civics education in our nation's schools and improving accessibility to high-quality, no-cost learning materials.

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Math Competition ams.org

Funding & Recognition

Competition Celebrating Mathematical Talent

Sponsored by the American Mathematical Society, Who Wants to Be a Mathematician is a competition in which high school students compete for cash and prizes by answering multiple-choice mathematics questions.

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Coding Robot edu.pai.technology

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

Robot That Pairs Coding with Augmented Reality

Pai Technology has designed a robot for early childhood and elementary grade students that blends research from child development experts with the latest technology in coding and augmented reality.

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Anti-Racist Resources google.com

Professional Growth

Compilation of Resources for Conversations About Racism

Julie Boulton, Department Head of History and Contemporary Studies at a high school in Canada, has compiled Anti-Racist Resources, inspired by the thread created by Melinda D. Anderson—#CharlottesvilleCurriculum—on Twitter in response to the white supremacist/neo-Nazi rally, violence, and murder that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Mobile App Development Coding

Mobile Learning

Fundamentals of Mobile App Development

MAD-learn is a web-based curriculum program for K–12 students that inspires creativity and fosters entrepreneurship through Mobile Application Development (MAD-learn).

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Project Based Learning

Social Media

Project-based Learning Encouraging Global Connections

Dreamdo Schools is a free project-based learning (PBL) platform that allows teachers and students to create and contribute to projects, sharing learning and experiences with their classmates and potentially the world.

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Subscribe to Teaching 4 Tomorrow

 

In this blog, Dr. Jason Ohler outlines the practical steps educators can take to implement a successful character education program in their school. The steps include incorporating character education into a mission statement, adopting the principles of character education, and creating a brand for the program.
 
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Magazine for Girls kazoomagazine.com

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Magazine Inspiring Girls to Be Strong and Inquisitive

Kazoo is a new kind of quarterly print magazine for girls, aged 5–10—one that inspires them to be strong, smart, fierce, and above all, true to themselves.

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MIT Course Artificial Intelligence pixabay.com

Professional Growth

Interactive Demonstrations on Artificial Intelligence

MIT’s free online course titled “Artificial Intelligence” introduces participants to the basic knowledge representation, problem solving, and learning methods of artificial intelligence.

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