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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.

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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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Big Deal Book, August 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 Experience Virtual Reality, Make Original Media, Think Globally & 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 Desktops

Educators can transform and accelerate STEM education with the zSpace STEM lab. The lab includes a set of student virtual reality stations and a teacher station, each outfitted with an interactive stylus, as well as educational software covering a wide variety of subjects, from science and physics to engineering.

Courses Focusing on Digital Literacies

KQED Teach, a new online learning platform, supports educators’ growing media literacy needs by helping them develop the media skills necessary to bring media production to their learning environments. KQED Teach courses are free and self-paced so that educators can learn what they want, when they want.

One Book Connecting the World

The Global Read Aloud program uses social media to improve student learning. Over a six-week period, classes all over the world read the same book. Using Twitter, Skype, Write About, Edmodo, or another social media platform, students connect and engage with other classes from every corner of the globe to discuss the book. The 2016 Global Read Aloud will take place between October 3 and November 11.

Big Deal Book, August 1, 2016

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Big Deal Book, June 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 Decipher Code, Collaborate Across Cultures, Evaluate Tech Tools & More.

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

Cryptology Project for Improving Math Skills

The CryptoClub Project in the Learning Sciences Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago develops classroom and web-based materials to teach cryptography and related mathematics to middle school students in informal settings. During a typical session, students are introduced to a cipher (method of encrypting) and then practice it through games andactivities that involve secret messages.

Lively Science Podcast

How does memory work? Will our descendants be human or machine? What’s the origin of humor? The Big Picture Scienceradio show and podcast ponders these questions daily and expounds on them weekly. Produced at the SETI Institute in Menlo Park, California, this one-hour radio magazine engages the public with modern science research through lively and intelligent storytelling.

Webinar on STREAM in the Classroom

At 3 p.m. (ET) on July 19, 2016, the Amazing Resources for Educators community on edWeb.net will host a webinar titled “How to Connect Science, Technology, Engineering, Robotics, Arts, and Math in the Classroom,” sponsored by Quill.com, In this webinar, the presenter, a library media specialist and Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, will explore how STREAMteaching can create meaningful learning for students.

Big Deal Book, June 15, 2016

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Big Deal Book, June 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 Explore Fabrication, Gamify Instruction, Demystify Shakespeare & More.

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

Web Event on Gamification in Education

On June 14, 2016, at 3 p.m. (ET), ASCD will host a free webinar titled “Get in the Game: The Magic Circle of the Gamified Classroom.” Participants in this webinar will have an opportunity to explore the basics of the gamified classroom.

3D CAD Software for Fabrication

Some schools, makerspaces, and fabrication labs have introduced a free online block-based program called BlocksCAD, which is specifically designed to help elementary-aged children create 3D printable objects while learning math and programming. With BlocksCAD, students create, combine, and manipulate 3D shapes by stacking “block” commands rather than by typing precise coding syntax.

Real-World Interactives Challenging Algebraic Thinking

Get the Math mixes video and web interactivity to help middle school and high school students develop algebraic thinking skillsfor solving real-world problems. The multimedia mathematics challenges are presented in the context of the “real world” scenarios of fashion design, videogame design, music production, restaurant management, professional basketball, and movie special-effects production.

Big Deal Book, June 1, 2016

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Big Deal Book, May 16, 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 Deepen Cultural Awareness, Celebrate Making, Spark Imagination & More.

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

Challenge Future Engineers

On September 21, 2015, NASA launched the first-ever Zero-G 3D Printer (built by Made In Space) to the International Space Station aboard SpaceX-4. To celebrate the launch of this “In Space Manufacturing” revolution, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Foundation and NASA have partnered to challenge K–12 students in the United States to Think Outside the Box with 3D printing—literally. To take the challenge, students need to design an object that assembles, telescopes, hinges, accordions, grows, or expands to become larger than the printing bounds of the AMF 3D printer (14cm long x 10cm wide x 10cm tall). The deadline is August 1, 2016. Learn more by clicking the link below.

Share Educational Accomplishments

GoEnnounce lets middle school and high school students create and share electronic portfolios of their academic and extracurricular achievements. On the free platform (or using the free iOS app), students can build personal pages where they highlight their activities and awards, showcase their school projects, and connect with their family, peers, and mentors.

Explore Under the Paint

The Touch Van Gogh app from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam gives students a unique look at Vincent van Gogh’s work and techniques as they discover the hidden treasures in his paintings, just as the original restorers did.

Big Deal Book, May 16, 2016

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