Big Deal Book, March 15, 2017

VSTE partners with Big Deal Media to bring you the best in online resources for digital learning and professional development plus grant and competition opportunities and more. In this edition, you can Start Tinkering, Enhance Visual Literacy, Connect with Nature & More.

Here are a few of our favorites from this edition…be sure to check the full Big Deal Book for more great resources!

STEAM Design Competition

The Cooper Hewitt Design Museum’s National High School Design Competition: Good For All is open to all youth aged 13–19 who are high school students in grades 9–12 anywhere in the United States.

Virtual Journey Through Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

With Shakespeare’s Globe 360, students can step inside the famous Globe Theatre in England and discover how it was constructed, see what it would have looked like years ago, and learn about theater life in that time.

Digitized Recordings of FDR’s Speeches

The Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum allows teachers to bring President Franklin D. Roosevelt right into their classrooms with digitized recordings of his most important speeches.

Big Deal Book, March 15, 2017

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Big Deal Book, March 1, 2017

VSTE partners with Big Deal Media to bring you the best in online resources for digital learning and professional development plus grant and competition opportunities and more. In this edition, you can Promote Inclusiveness, Integrate Design Thinking, Shape Recess & More.

Here are a few of our favorites from this edition…be sure to check the full Big Deal Book for more great resources!

Design Education in All Disciplines

The Smithsonian Cooper HewittNational Design Museum offers several resources on how to integrate design-thinking connections into the K–12 classroom.

Contest on the Relevance of Thoreau’s Ideas

Each year the Live Deliberately Essay Contest, sponsored by the Walden Woods Foundation, invites youth aged 14–21 from around the world to respond to a selected quotation from Henry David Thoreau,reflecting on how his words and ideas are still alive and relevant in their lives and in the world.

Digital Archive of Historical Documents

The Nat Turner Project’s digital archive lets students read original documents related to the only large-scale slave revolt ever to occur in the United States.

Big Deal Book, March 1, 2017

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Big Deal Book, February 15, 2017

VSTE partners with Big Deal Media to bring you the best in online resources for digital learning and professional development plues grant and competition opportunities and more. In this edition, you can Connect Math to Music, Unravel Science Mysteries, Redesign Art & More.

Here are a few of our favorites from this edition…be sure to check the full Big Deal Book for more great resources!

Math Ideas with Liberal Arts Connections

Developed at Westfield State University in Massachusetts, Discovering the Art of Mathematics: Mathematical Inquiry in the Liberal Arts is publicly available through a collection of free books and workshops.

Immersive Virtual Reality Experiences

Developed by The New York Times, the NYT VR app for iOS and Android puts users at the center of stories in an immersive virtual reality (VR) experience.

Program Spotlighting Frederick Douglass’s Legacy

Frederick Douglass spent his life fighting for justice and equality. Born into slavery in 1818, he escaped as a young man and became a leading voice in the abolitionist movement.

Big Deal Book, February 15, 2017

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Big Deal Book, February 1, 2017

VSTE partners with Big Deal Media to bring you the best in online resources for digital learning and professional development plues grant and competition opportunities and more. In this edition, you can Simulate a Robot, Take a Brain Break, Perform Acts of Kindness & More.

Here are a few of our favorites from this edition…be sure to check the full Big Deal Book for more great resources!

Global Awareness Activities

#GlobalSpeedChat is a worldwide collaboration platform on which students respond to activity prompts, such as “If the world had a flag of its own, what would it look like?”

Robot Simulator

RobotBASIC is a multifeatured, general purpose, versatile programming language with an integrated robot simulator.

Media Production Lessons

Produced by WNYC Studios since 2014, Radio Rookies has been developing a series of free lesson plans for educators who are interested in using audio production as a teaching tool.

Big Deal Book, February 1, 2017

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Big Deal Book, January 16, 2017

 

 

VSTE partners with Big Deal Media to bring you the best in online resources for digital learning and professional development plues grant and competition opportunities and more. In this edition, you can Personalize Learning, Move into Making, Sing About Science & More.

Here are a few of our favorites from this edition…be sure to check the full Big Deal Book for more great resources!

Creative Computing Network

ScratchEd is a network of educators who are using the student-friendly programming language Scratch in their classrooms, often in unexpectedly creative ways.

Digital Pre-algebra Game

A product of the Learning Games to Go Project spearheaded by Maryland Public Television, Lure of the Labyrinth is a digital game for middle school pre-algebra students.

Magazine for Makers

As a leading voice of the maker movement, Make: publishes tested projects, skill-building tutorials, in-depth reviews, and inspirational stories, accessible by all ages and skill ranges.

Big Deal Book, January 16, 2017

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Big Deal Book, January 3, 2017

VSTE partners with Big Deal Media to bring you the best in online resources, grant and competition opportunities and more. In this edition, you can Tackle Real-World Math, Get a Global View, Explore the Unknown & More.

Here are a few of our favorites from this edition…be sure to check the full Big Deal Book for more great resources!

Lesson on the Influence of Fake News

C-SPAN Classroom has a new lesson plan that is timely given the recent discussions about fake news stories created and shared through social media. Media Literacy & Fake News is a free lesson plan based on five C-SPAN videos featuring authors and other experts talking about the role of media in influencing how people think about political topics.

Family Coding Event

Pioneered by the California nonprofit MV GATE, Family Code Night is a whole-school family event that ignites coding and computer science learning at any elementary school and in any family. The program engages K–5 children and their parents or guardians in the experience of doing their first hour of computer programming together in an early evening special school program.

Lessons on the Ideas of Democracy

Facing History and Ourselves has produced a series of free videos and accompanying lessons that introduce a rigorous study of the Reconstruction era into American history classrooms. The video series presents interviews with scholars who offer insight into this complex history and address questions of freedom, justice, equality, and citizenship that are at the heart of the Reconstruction era.

Big Deal Book, January 3, 2017

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Big Deal Media, December 1, 2016

VSTE partners with Big Deal Media to bring you the best in online resources, grant and competition opportunities and more. In this edition, you can Encourage Kindness, Evaluate Tech Integration, Create 3D Models & More.

Here are a few of our favorites from this edition…be sure to check the full Big Deal Book for more great resources!

Engineering Essay Contest

The National Academy of Engineering invites all students (girls and boys) in grades 3–12 to submit an essay to the 2017 EngineerGirl Essay Contest entitled “Engineering and Animals.”

Tool for Evaluating Ed Tech Integration

District- and school-level administrators can test a new tool developed by the US Department of Education (ED) to help measure the success of educational technology in schools. The Ed Tech Rapid Cycle Evaluation Coach tool will guide school leaders and teachers through the steps they should take before buying education technology.

Virtual Journey into the Human Heart

The Virtual Heart app invites students to explore multiple views of the human heart in real time: an external view and three internal views that realistically depict the heart’s valves, blood flow, and electrical system.

Big Deal Book, December 1, 2016

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Big Deal Media, November 15, 2016

VSTE partners with Big Deal Media to bring you the best in online resources, grant and competition opportunities and more. In this edition, you can Examine Historical Moments, Engage in Digital Fabrication & More

Here are a few of our favorites from this edition…be sure to check the full Big Deal Book for more great resources!

Virtual Reality Lab

Virtual reality (VR) can transport students to the beaches in the Maldives, on a science expedition in the Arctic, or into the middle of a refugee camp. The Global Nomads Group (GNG) is harnessing the power of virtual reality (VR) technology to spark curiosity and cultivate empathy in classrooms.

Guide Exploring Science and Technology in Film

The Museum of the Moving Image publishes Sloan Science & Film to enhance understanding of science through film. This is a freely downloadable guide to 46 short narrative (fiction) films, all supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s nationwide film program—available for streaming in the classroom—which explores science and technology themes and characters.

Social Writing in “Circles”

HaikuJAM is a social writing app that lets students write stories and poems together. Students can either write with others around the world or form “circles” with their friends. After users create an account, the app will open up to a timeline. There, students can click on “JAM” and start writing their own poem or help finish someone else’s poem.

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Big Deal Book, November 15, 2016

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Big Deal Media, November 1, 2016

VSTE partners with Big Deal Media to bring you the best in online resources, grant and competition opportunities and more. In this edition, you can Go Inside the Body, Imagine the Future, Become a Science Sleuth & More.

Here are a few of our favorites from this edition…be sure to check the full Big Deal Book for more great resources!

K–12 Computer Science Framework

Developed by the Association for Computing Machinery, Code.org, the Computer Science Teachers Association, the Cyber Innovation Center, and the National Math and Science Initiative, the recently published K–12 Computer Science Framework provides a set of core concepts and practices for teaching computer science.

Digitally Reconstructed House in Pompeii

Archeologists have digitally reconstructed a house in Pompeii to show what life must have been like for a rich Roman banker 2,000 years ago. The Italian city was famously buried in volcanic ash—and frozen in time—in 79 CE, when Mount Vesuvius erupted. Since 2000 the Swedish Pompeii Project has been working to document an entire city block, or insula, in close detail. This block included three big estates, a tavern, a laundry, a bakery, and several gardens.

Interactive, Augmented Reality Storybook

The educational software company Alive Studios has introduced a new augmented reality printed storybook, Amos Alligator Arrives at the Airport, into its current line of reading and math programs for preK–grade 3 children. The new interactive storybook is one of only a handful in early education that uses the emerging technology of augmented reality.

Interested in more information? Check out the complete Big Deal Book for November 1, 2016:

Big Deal Book, November 1, 2016

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CETL Certification Snapshot: Kevin Perkins

VSTE is the state chapter of CoSN. The VSTE CoSN Council provides professional development of interest to school divisios technology and instruction leaders.

CoSN sponsors the CETL Certification. Becoming a Certified Education Technology Leader demonstrates to your staff, superintendent, and other stakeholders that you have mastered the knowledge and skills needed to define the vision for and successfully build 21st century learning environments in your school district.

Kevin Perkins, Supervisor of Technology at Rockingham County Public Schools, is a recently certified leader. He believes the certification has made him a better leader:

One of the main reasons I pursued the CETL certification was for personal fulfillment and professional growth. When I was awarded the opportunity for a technology leadership position, I was lacking any formal license or certiperkinsfication. The CETL Certification identified the knowledge and skills that are required to be an effective technology leader with the COSN Framework of Essential Skills of the K-12 CTO.  Obtaining the CETL Certification gave me the ability to prove that I had the knowledge necessary to be a successful technology leader. . Having the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues and peers while going through the process of preparing for the CETL exam has been invaluable.  For me, earning the CETL certification has been  rewarding both personally and professionally.

Learn more at CoSN.