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Big Deal Media K-12 Technology Newsletter

Save 70 hours of teaching time per year!

Managing Deployments of Mobile Technology

What would you do with two extra weeks of instructional time each year? Featuring a top-loading design, LocknCharge’s carts provide multiple access points to make it easier for students to get their devices. Using the carts in conjunction with Baskets by LocknCharge, you can easily share devices between classrooms and distribute them more easily and safely. Devices can be distributed in a fraction of the time, meaning teaching happens faster—save up to 70 hours of instructional time each school year per 30-unit cart. Check out what LocknCharge’s customers are saying.

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August 15, 2017

 

 

OER Math English

Digital Learning • Learning Support

OER-based Curricula for Problem-based Learning

In the summer of 2017, Open Up Resources released a problem-based core math program for grades 6–8 to spark student engagement. The full OER-based curriculum is a result of a 21st Century Collaboration Model: the core materials were developed by recognized math education experts and then classroom tested and modified by 175 classroom teachers in six school districts.

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Librarian Award

Funding & Recognition

Recognition of Exceptional, Transformational Librarians

The American Library Association’s I Love My Librarian Award honors librarians who have made a positive impact at their school, campus, or community.

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Girls Social Media Technology

Social Media

Community Inspiring Girls to Connect and Support One Another

The nonprofit Girl Nation (GN) is helping female students between the ages 8 and 15 to understand—and cope with—the potential downside of social media and technology.

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Engage and Inspire the Great Minds of the Future!

Professional Growth

Opportunities to Inspire the Great Minds of the Future

Little Scholars, a leading provider of afterschool enrichment programs, summer camps, and tutoring, is looking for exceptional teachers for a unique teaching experience. Little Scholars hires teachers who appreciate organic learning beyond the tests. Its enrichment programs and summer camps are offered at local public and private schools. Little Scholars provides the curriculum, including the materials and supplies, to teach the programs. Tutoring is individualized for each student: the tutors choose from a variety of proven methods when planning lessons to make sure each student is successful. Little Scholars is perfect for teachers, education students, retired teachers, and teachers looking for part-time work. Visit the website to learn more and submit your résumé.

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Chemistry Competition

Funding & Recognition

Challenge Exploring Real-World Applications of Chemistry Concepts

You Be The Chemist Challenge, sponsored by the Chemical Educational Foundation (CEF), is an interactive academic contest that encourages students in grades 5–8 to explore chemistry concepts and their real-world applications.

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Solar Eclipse By sancho_panza via Wikimedia Commons

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

SPOTLIGHT! On the 2017 Solar Eclipse

On August 21, citizen scientists will have an opportunity to make scientifically valuable observations of many aspects of animal behavior as the solar eclipse is in progress. They can join the California Academy of Sciences in conducting research into behavioral changes in plants and animals during a total solar eclipse.

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Fake News Journalism

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Game Testing Fake News Judgment

A free browser-based game called Factitious helps middle school and high school students distinguish between fake news and real journalism. Players indicate if they think an article is fake, or if they believe it is real.

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Quill Education Resource Center - Articles, Projects & More

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

Essential STEM Resources to Spark Creativity

Quill.com helps educators launch the new school year with fresh lesson plans and activities, as well as products, supplies, and technology to create engaging and positive learning environments. Teachers can put their students’ creativity into high gear with 3D models and other STEM activities. They can brush up on their professional growth efforts (and receive a CE certificate) with relevant webinars on topics such as “Teaching with Technology,” “Tech As a Learning Tool,” and “Creating Brain-Friendly Classrooms.” Quill’s Educator Resource Center grows by the day with sources to enrich STEM projects, grants to expand special programs, and links to access more than 85,000 classroom essentials.

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Video Conversations info.flipgrid.com

Social Media

Tools to Ignite Meaningful Discussions Across the Globe

Designed by a professor and graduate students at the University of Minnesota, Flipgrid brings the world’s voices to the classroom and sends students’ voices around the world.

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Smithsonian Art Museum John Mix Stanley [Public domain],
via Wikimedia Commons

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Videoconferences Exploring American History Through Art

Students can explore US history and culture through Artful Connections, free interactive videoconferences provided by the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

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Professional Learning teach.kqed.org

Professional Growth

Courses Focusing on Media Literacy and Civic Engagement

KQED Learning has launched a new online hub with free professional learning courses and resources focused on media literacy and civic engagement in the digital world.

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Civics Education

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Learning Modules Encouraging Democratic Citizenship

For social studies educators who want to actively engage their students in learning about government, law, economics, or citizenship, The Civic Mirror created by Action-Ed Learning Resources, brings these subjects to life both in class and online.

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ecoSolutions Grants

Funding & Recognition

Grants to Support Project-based Environmental Learning

The Captain Planet Foundation awards ecoSolution Grants to support solution-oriented, youth-led projects that result in real environmental outcomes.

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Social Emotional Learning casel.org

Professional Growth

Effective Social–Emotional Learning Tools

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) works to advance the practice of promoting integrated academic, social, and emotional learning for all children in preschool through high school. CASEL offers an up-to-date clearinghouse of tools drawn from the worlds of scholarly research, on-the-ground practice, and cutting-edge policy.

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