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.
Big Deal Book, September 1, 2016