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Big Deal Media K-12 Technology Newsletter

January 03, 2020

 

 

Microsoft STEM Coding Competition imaginecup.microsoft.com

Funding & Recognition

Microsoft Global Technology Competition

For nearly two decades, students from around the world have participated in Microsoft’s global technology competition, the Imagine Cup, to bring their unique tech solutions to life. However, the Imagine Cup is more than just a competition; it’s a chance for students to work with friends, network with professionals, gain new skills, and meet other youth who want to make a difference in the world.

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Masters of Education in Learning and Technology

Professional Growth

Earn a Truly Tech-Savvy MEd Online

It’s in your nature to improve education at every level. It’s in ours too. That’s why Western Governors University (WGU) offers an accessible and respected online MEd program in Learning and Technology. What could an MEd do for you? Learn how to better integrate innovative technology into classroom curriculum. Improve your instructional skills. Enhance your own career development—all while you’re making education even more impactful for your students. Here’s what you can expect from WGU:

  • Affordable tuition. Low, flat-rate tuition is under $6,500 per year, about half of what you’d pay at other online universities.
  • Accredited programs. WGU holds the highest accreditation recognized by the US Department of Education.
  • Accelerated progress. WGU’s competency-based education model means you can move through coursework as quickly as you demonstrate mastery of the material.
  • Elevated Curriculum. Study instructional design, research fundamentals, and technology integration.

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nfte.com

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Program to Activate the Entrepreneurial Mindset in Young People

The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) offers a global online entrepreneurship experience that challenges students to develop innovative solutions aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. NFTE’s Pathway begins by igniting students’ imagination.

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Audubon bird app audubon.org

Mobile Learning

Portal into the Natural World of North American Birds

The Audubon Bird Guide is a free and complete field guide to more than 800 species of North American birds that fits right in a user’s pocket. Developed for all experience levels, it will help users identify the birds around them, keep track of the birds they’ve seen, and get outside to find new birds near them.

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social emotional learning simpleinteractions.org

Professional Growth

Professional Growth Model Inspired by Mr. Rogers

Simple Interactions, a project of the Fred Rogers Center in partnership with researchers at Harvard University and University of Pittsburgh, has been adopted by schools, afterschool and summer programs, and other organizations for children in 35 states and several countries, including in China, Canada, and Scotland. Under the program, educators’ interactions with children are filmed to help strengthen relationships and educators’ professional growth.

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VR apps about Egypt and Pluto store.steampowered.com

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Virtual Reality Journey Through the Tomb of Nefertari

Students don’t need to pack their bags to step inside the tomb of Nefertari and bask in the story of its beautiful artistry, majestic history, fascinating construction, and mythology. They can head off on their adventure by downloading Nefertari: Journey to Eternity, a virtual reality experience that invites them to embark on an educational journey into one of the world’s most stunning and mysterious locations.

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reaganfoundation.org

Funding & Recognition

Great Communicator Debate Competition

The Ronald Reagan Foundation & Institute established the Ronald Reagan Great Communicator Debate Series to develop engaged, informed, and conscientious citizen leaders by hosting a national series of debates for high school students who effectively use logic, evidence, and personality to communicate their ideas. This debate series encourages students to join the conversation on issues the United States faces.

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math and stem underserved students beammath.org

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

Program to Drive Talented Underserved Students Toward STEM Careers

Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM) creates pathways for underserved students to become scientists, mathematicians, engineers, and computer scientists. The nonprofit has provided its services for free to more than 600 students since 2011.

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studentcam.org

Funding & Recognition

C-SPAN Student Documentary Competition

StudentCam is C-SPAN’s national video documentary competition encouraging students to think critically about issues that affect their communities and the nation. This year students in grades 6–12 are asked to create a short (five- to six-minute) video documentary on a topic related to the theme What’s Your Vision in 2020?

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digital journalism curriculum studentreportinglabs.org

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Curriculum Fostering Journalistic Inquiry and Media Learning

The PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs is building the next generation of public media with a digital journalism curriculum, as well as local PBS station mentors and the opportunity to tell important community stories to the world. The program creates educational experiences for middle school and high school students in classrooms and afterschool environments.

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teaching about refugees unhcr.org

Professional Growth

Guidance on Including Refugees in the Classroom

A website of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Teaching About Refugees presents free and adaptable teaching materials on refugees, asylum, migration, and statelessness, as well as a section dedicated to professional development and guidance for elementary and secondary school teachers on including refugee children in their classes.

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educatorsusa.org

Funding & Recognition

Educators of America MicroGrant Program

Outfitting a school or classroom with the correct technology resource can further the reach of teachers, enhance the skills of students, and create endless opportunities of education methods. Educators of America are driven to not only supply teachers and educators with the classroom technology they need but also train them to use it in the most effective ways possible.

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global solar projects wesharesolar.org

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

Program Linking Practical Engineering Skills with Global Humanitarian Service

We Share Solar empowers students to be global changemakers. By combining solar energy and engineering education with real-world applicability, trained teachers cultivate students’ interests in STEM subjects and inspire them to meet an immediate need in the developing world.

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Virtual Reality Calculus App calcvr.org

Mobile Learning

Virtual Reality App for Visualizing Calculus Concepts

Calculus in Virtual Reality (CalcVR), an app for iOS, uses a Google Cardboard headset to enable the user to visualize concepts in multivariable calculus within a virtual reality setting. Users can specify their own objects for visualization, as well as go through lessons on the geometry and calculus of multivariable functions and the corresponding surfaces.

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lbjlibrary.org

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Curriculum on Issues Related to Presidential Powers and Voting Rights

The LBJ Presidential Library provides freely downloadable curriculum resources for addressing the issues during Lyndon Johnson’s presidency. In the collection, teachers will find activities and accompanying primary source materials on civil rights, voting rights, elections, presidential powers, and more.

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