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April 17, 2017

 

Literacy Grant horiavarlan.com

Funding & Recognition

Grants to Support Literacy Learning

Dollar General’s Youth Literacy Grants support literacy programs designed to help students who are experiencing difficulty reading or are performing below grade level.

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Great Deals for Educators

Mobile Learning

Great Deals for Educators

It’s that time of year again and Sprint has great deals for Education employees:

• Great deals on devices, including Samsung and LG

• Deals on tablets, and other-on-the-spot rewards

Get an EVEN better deal not available in Sprint’s retail stores by calling 1-844-344-6552 and stating that you are an education employee. Mention code GDVRT_ZZZ.

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Civil Rights Library

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Civil Rights Digital Library

The Civil Rights Digital Library (CRDL), based at the University of Georgia, represents an ambitious and comprehensive effort to deliver educational content on the civil rights movement via the web. 

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Quill Education Resources

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

Essential Classroom Resources

Through relevant webinars on topics such as “Teaching with Technology,” “Tech As a Learning Tool,” and “Creating Brain-Friendly Classrooms,” Quill reaches out to educators to support their daily needs. Quill.com’s Education Resource Center puts teachers in touch with grants to expand their special programs, awards to recognize their efforts, and sources to enrich STEM programs. Bookmark this growing resource as a daily companion, as well as a source to explore more than 85,000 classroom essentials.

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Digital Learning • Learning Support

Weekly Poetry Radio Series

During April, National Poetry Month, students can embark on a journey into the world of daily poetry by tuning into PoetryNow, a weekly radio series that features some of today’s most accomplished and innovative poets.

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STEM Social Media

Social Media

Social Media Outreach

Aspire to Inspire (a2i) is a NASA program that encourages young students, particularly girls, to learn about early career scientists and engineers at NASA by watching short films and using social media to connect with other females in the STEM field. 

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Computer Programming roboblockly.ucdavis.edu

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

Puzzle-Piece Programming

The Center for Integrated Computing and STEM Education at the University of California, Davis has launched RoboBlockly, a web-based robot simulation that uses a simple puzzle-piece interface to program virtual Linkbot and LEGO robots.

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GetEdFunding - Search for grants for FREE.

Funding & Recognition

STEM Challenge to Make a Difference

The Paradigm Challenge is intended to inspire youth to use science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills, as well as kindness, creativity, and collaboration to make a difference. Conceived by Project Paradigm in collaboration with the American Red Cross, the challenge encourages youth aged 4–18 to generate new ideas to reduce waste in homes, schools, communities, and around the world.

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American History

Digital Learning • Learning Support

American History Through Stories of Diversity

Teachers, students, and the general public can dive into the diversity of American history at OneHistory.org, where they can listen to the voices of America, past and present.

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Webcast Transforming Education

Professional Growth

Webcast on Transforming Education

Microsoft invites educators to participate in the company’ free on-demand webcast series titled “Transforming Education” and explore technology solutions that empower their students to develop the modern skills necessary for matriculation and graduation, workforce-ready.

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STEM Activities learninglab.si.edu

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

Hands-on STEAM Activities

The Smithsonian Institution^nbsp∧nbsp^Lenovo have teamed up to develop and provide free STEAM activities for students, along with teachers’ guides. 

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Evidence Based Arguementation

Professional Growth

Webinar on Developing Science Arguments

Sponsored by the Literacy in Learning Exchange of the National Council of Teachers of English, “Evidence-Based Argumentation in Science” is a one-hour, on-demand web seminar that addresses the call to guide students as they develop science arguments supported by research-based evidence. 

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Fake News Literacy thenewsliteracyproject.org

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Infographic on Fake News Detection

A Washington, DC–based organization, the News Literacy Project (NLP) has devised an infographic to help teachers (and any news consumer) wondering how best to approach misinformation in the news and separate fact from conspiracy theory. 

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Makerspace fablearn.stanford.edu

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

Meaningful Making Projects

Illustrated with color photos of real student work, Meaningful Making: Projects and Inspirations for FabLabs and Makerspaces contains project ideas, articles, and best practices from educators at the forefront of making and hands-on education. 

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Teacher Appreciation

Funding & Recognition

Appreciation for Special Educators

Teachers give their students a boost of confidence when they really need one, extra help when they’re having trouble, a welcoming presence when everything else seems out of control—and although students and parents know they can’t ever thank teachers enough, they can take a moment to share their appreciation for the special educators in their schools. 

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STEM Careers

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

STEM Careers Brought to Life

EarthEcho brings modern-day explorers and trailblazers to students and classrooms with STEMExplore, a no-cost online destination featuring dozens of relatable, day-in-the-life interviews with scientists and engineers from science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

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Social Studies lawcentralschools.ca

Professional Growth

Webinar Providing Strategies for Social Studies Instruction

In a webinar supported by the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) and the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), Michael Yell (National Board Certified Teacher – Middle School, and NCSS Past President) will lead participants in examining 10 thought-provoking strategies for creating a different kind of middle-level social studies classroom.

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Physics App

Mobile Learning

Physics Experiments

Lab4U’s Lab4Physics lets students turn their smartphone into a sensor for physics experiments.

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Chemistry Experiment thix.co

Mobile Learning

Virtual Chemistry Lab

CHEMIST, by THIX, is the first-of-its-kind virtual chemical lab for iOS and Android mobile devices. Students can experiment with various lab equipment, procedures, and more than 300 chemicals, however and whenever they want—without the need to buy chemicals or clean up afterward.

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Virtual Mentoring

Social Media

Virtual Mentoring Program

The Women@NASA have created a virtual mentoring program that uses Skype or Google Chat to pair NASA mentors with students in grades 5–8 anywhere in the country.

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Grant for Technology

Funding & Recognition

Grant to Enhance Cyber Safety

What have you as a teacher and your classes learned when it comes to cyber safety? Tell Frontier Communications and you could win a $1,000 grant to buy technology equipment or supplies for your classroom. 

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