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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.

 

Big Deal Book, October 17, 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 Build Computational Thinking, Instill Social/Emotional Learning & 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 Community for Practicing Dialogue Skills

On the Generation Global platform, students can develop the skills and experience to flourish in an interconnected and complex world. Generation Global is designed for 12- to 17-year-olds and is active in more than 20 countries from around the world. Students learn and practice the skills of dialogue in the classroom before engaging in dialogue through videoconferences or online.

3D Videos Providing Virtual Reality Experiences

YouTube has a dedicated channel for 3D videos. On their computer, users can scroll around using their mouse, but to enjoy the full virtual reality experience, they can place their smartphone in their VR viewer and choose the Cardboard mode.

Curriculum Modeling Mathematical and Computational Thinking

High school math classes focus traditionally on solving equations; the world of mathematical modeling emphasizes creatingequations. The nonprofit Association of Computational and Mathematical Modeling (AoCMM) is developing a freemathematical modeling curriculum that it plans to share with teachers by early 2017. The curriculum will show students how to construct equations that solve complex real-world engineering, science, and computing problems.

Interested in more information? Check out the complete Big Deal Book for October 17, 2016:

Big Deal Book, October 17, 2016

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CETL Certification Snapshot: Tim Tillman

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.

Tim Tillman, Director of Technology and Learning at Colonial Heights Public Schools, is a recently certified leader. He believes the certification has made him a better leader:

When I found out there was a certification that could prove I had the foundation of knowledge to succeed as a K-12 technology leader, I knew it was something I wanttillmaned. Although the CETL was relatively unknown to my district and surrounding region, I wanted something that I could use to support my authority and leadership.  Studying for the certification helped me realize the weaknesses in my experience and education. I was then able to take corrective action to be well rounded and exhibit the skills required.  I am grateful for this certification and worked hard to be a CETL.  It was worth it!

Learn more at CoSN.

 

Big Deal Book, October 3, 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 Cross Social Boundaries, Create Safe Schools, "Feel" the Past & More.

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

SaveOnEnergy Teacher Grants

SaveOnEnergy.com is offering its second annual $500 teacher grant opportunity to help students learn about energy in science and society. Teachers are invited to submit their best original lesson plans for teaching K–8 students about energy or sustainability. Deadline: October 21, 2016

National History Day Contest

Around the world, middle school and high school students are taking their learning beyond the textbook with the annual National History Day Contest. This project-based contest provides students an opportunity to demonstrate their historical research skills through one of five categories: documentary, exhibit, paper, performance, and website. Guided by an annual theme, students are encouraged to choose a topic that matches their personal interests. The 2017 theme is Taking a Stand in History.

Twitter Activities on Current Issues

Every Friday on its Do Now website, KQED Education posts a weekly activity for students to engage in and respond to current issues using social media tools, such as Twitter. The activity includes a brief introduction to the topic and a media resource that can be played directly on the site.

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Big Deal Book, October 3, 2016

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Big Deal Book, September 15, 2016

VSTE partners with Big Deal Media to bring you the best of the Web from grants to competitions to resources for your classroom.

The September 15, 2016, newsletter focuses on Turn Game Players into Makers, Extend STEM Beyond the Classroom & More.

We've chosen a few favorites from this newsletter. Be sure to check out the full newsletter using the link below. Don't miss the opportunity to complete the survey and be entered to win a $50 American Express gift card.

Toshiba America Grants

The Toshiba America Foundation offers $1,000 grants to K–5 teachers for projects that focus on improving science and mathematics education. The goal is to provide teachers with additional funding to support innovative ideas for hands-on classroom projects. Applications should be for project-based learning with measurable outcomes.

Activities Developing Data Analysis Skills

The US Census Bureau has unveiled its newly updated Statistics in Schools program for K–12 teachers and students. Using current and historical data, the Census Bureau provides teachers the tools to help students understand statistical concepts and improve their data analysis skills. The program offers free online activities and other resources in geography, history, math, and sociology.

Webinar on Bringing Social Media into the Classroom

From 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. (ET) on October 5, 2016, the Amazing Resources for Educators community on edWeb.net will be hosting a webinar titled “Bring Social Media into the Classroom.” This free webinar, sponsored by Quill.com, will define social media and explore a variety of tools that will allow participants to communicate and reach out to other learners or experts from around the world.

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Big Deal Book, September 1, 2016

It's Back to School with VSTE and Big Deal Media! The September 1, 2016, newsletter focuses on Personalizing Student Learning, Stimulating Computational Thinking & More. 

We've chosen a few favorites from this newsletter but be sure to explore all the resources from funding to STEM/STEAM/STREAM to social media.

Collaborative Music Making Studio

Students can jam with friends and band members using Soundtrap—a free online collaborative music and audio recording studio. To make music online, students have the options of plugging in their own instrument, using the software instruments available in Soundtrap, or recording a song directly with their computer’s microphone.

Interactive Virtual Reality Journeys

The developers of the interactive media platform ThingLink have launched a virtual reality content app called VR Lessons. The app is designed for elementary school students and their teachers and parents. VR Lessons is a collection of high-quality, interactive, 360-degree image and video journeys on a variety of topics, including science, language, and the arts.

Stories of the Complexities of Teaching

The STORRI website was designed by students and faculty members of Teachers College, Columbia University, to attract, share, unpack, engage, and reflect on stories that teachers tell about the complexity of contemporary classrooms. Through STORRI, teachers and teacher educators have opportunities to write about moments in their practices when their belief systems “wobbled”—that is, when something happened in the classroom that compelled the teacher to pay attention, to stop and think, to raise a question, to open himself or herself to other perspectives.

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Big Deal Book, August 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 Transition to NGSS, Create Digital Stories, Relive Past Events & More.

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

Grants for Enhancing Imaginative Learning

The Kids in Need Foundation awards grants ranging from $100 to $500 to preK–12 teachers to provide innovative learning opportunities for their students. Projects that make creative use of common teaching aids, approach the curriculum from an imaginative angle, or tie nontraditional concepts together for the purpose of illustrating commonalities may qualify for funding.

Weekly Creative Thinking Math Lessons

To help K–12 students approach math with creativity and enjoyment, youcubed, a Stanford University center that provides research-based resources for teaching and learning mathematics, has released a series of free lessons in time for back to school. The Week of Inspirational Math (WiM) lesson series for teachers, parents, and students includes five lessons that offer students open, rich mathematics experiences to inspire creative thinking and a growth mindset.

TV Programs Examining Today’s Education Challenges

PBS has announced SPOTLIGHT EDUCATION, a special week of primetime programming examining the challenges facing today’s students and America’s education system. The programming features 11 films and documentaries on local PBS stations from September 12 to 17, 2016 (check local listings), and includes special episodes of NOVA, FRONTLINE, and PBS NewsHour. It also presents a new film from POV and the premiere of TED Talks, “The Education Revolution,” and concludes with the fifth annual American Graduate Day, a special broadcast celebrating individuals and nonprofit organizations dedicated to helping youth stay on track to high school graduation.

Big Deal Book, August 15, 2016

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