Big Deal Media K-12 Technology Newsletter

April 01, 2019

 

In-service grant

Funding & Recognition

Grants for In-Service Training in Mathematics

Supported by the Clarence Olander Fund and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), the School In-Service Training Grants (PreK–5) provide financial assistance to elementary schools for in-service education in mathematics. For 2019–2020, grants of a maximum of $4,000 each will be awarded for honoraria and expenses for consultants, materials, substitute time, and conference or workshop registrations.

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Math App Sports nbamathhoops.org

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Sports and STEM Program Developing Social–Emotional Skills

NBA Math Hoops is a comprehensive community program, featuring a basketball board game, mobile app, and curriculum, which allow students to learn fundamental math skills through the game of basketball.

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nwf.org

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

Initiative Connecting the Natural World and STEM

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) provides an extensive Green STEM Guidebook, full of inspiration, information, and lesson plans to inspire teachers to join NWF’s Eco-Schools USA and Schoolyards Habitats Pathways programs. This freely downloadable guidebook shows how the programs provide a clear pathway to excite, motivate, and educate the next generation of experts, innovators, and math and technology whizzes.

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Using Public Media Classroom

Professional Growth

Webinar on Use of Public Media in the Classroom

The American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB), a collaboration between the Library of Congress and WGBH, preserves historic programming created by public media and provides a central web portal for access to these unique programs. The collection includes coverage of the Watergate hearings, education, women’s history, climate change, elections and civics, protests in America, civil rights, and much more.

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augmented reality leoapp.com

Mobile Learning

App That Integrates Realistic, Animated 3D Objects into Videos

The Leo app for iOS and Android allows users to experience advanced augmented reality (AR) through realistic animated and 3D objects in the real world. Students’ phone camera becomes a portal and tool that allows them to augment their world through Leo.

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Ocean Ecology Contest bowseat.org

Funding & Recognition

Ocean Awareness Student Contest

Working at the intersection of ocean science and arts education, Bow Seat’s award-winning programming emphasizes creative thinking and making in exploring the natural world. In 2011 founder Linda Cabot and her daughters embarked on a journey to film a documentary—From the Bow Seat—about environmental issues impacting the Gulf of Maine. After her experiences at sea, Cabot wanted to inspire and encourage young people to think carefully about the ocean, so she began the annual Ocean Awareness Student Contest in partnership with the Gulf of Maine Marine Education Association

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communication app

Social Media

Platform Connecting Refugees and Students in Conversations

NaTakallam (Arabic for “we speak”) connects displaced persons with learners all over the world who want to practice their language skills or find out more about a different culture, and then compensates them for their work. NaTakallam was founded in 2015 when a Lebanese American graduate student at Columbia University was struggling to find someone with whom she could practice her conversational Arabic.

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Digital Learning • Learning Support

Curriculum Tracing the Struggle for Women's Equality

The Bill of Rights Institute has launched a new curriculum, just in time for next year's 100th anniversary of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment. Votes for Women: The Story of the Nineteenth Amendment tells the story of the fight for women’s equality, women’s right to vote, and the struggle, sacrifice, and hardship involved.

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Teaching Empathy

Professional Growth

Training on Building Empathy by Exchanging Stories

Fostering social–emotional learning, creating a global classroom, promoting a positive school climate, inspiring empathy … Narrative 4 (N4) harnesses the power of the story exchange to equip and embolden young adults to improve their lives, communities, and the world. 

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Documentary Films by Kids thirteen.org

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Media Creation with Global Impact

Films BYkids, a collaboration between THIRTEEN and the nonprofit organization, BYkids, gives voice to youth from around the world. The series pairs teenagers from diverse cultures with accomplished filmmakers to create short personal documentaries.

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Science Math Art App noticing.nysci.org

Mobile Learning

Tool for Animating Images While Exploring Math Concepts

With Choreo Graph, from the New York Hall of Science, learners explore and use mathematical concepts from coordinate geometry, angles, rotations, and translations as they make animations from simple dance moves to complex scenes. Suited to middle school and high school students, the Choreo Graph iPad app and accompanying curriculum activities address national standards by integrating content and mathematical practices.

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Art Competition beta.youngarts.org

Funding & Recognition

Awards in Recognition of Outstanding Students in the Arts

Through its YoungArts Competition, the National YoungArts Foundation awards grants of up to $10,000, as well as an invitation to take part in master classes and courses with world-renowned artists and professionals. Winners of the competition also become US Presidential Scholars in the Arts and receive a lifetime of professional support.

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Violence Prevention nationalsave.org

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Student-Led Organization Focusing on Violence Prevention

Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) Promise Clubs are a place for young people across the country to show their leadership, creativity, and passion for protecting their friends, schools, and communities from violence before it happens. Established and led by students, SAVE Promise Clubs are a powerful approach to preventing gun violence (and other forms of violence and victimization) because they recognize the unique role that young people play in making their schools and communities safer.

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NOAA education programs noaa.gov

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

Applied Science Programs to Build Environmental Literacy

The education team of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) offers innovative online materials that enlighten students and educators about the breadth of scientific research, technology, and activities. These resources include student activities, case studies, tutorials, and lesson plans for education audiences of all ages. 

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Poetry Month poets.org

Professional Growth

Professional Ideas and Inspiration Around Poetry

National Poetry Month kicks off on April 1, and teachers are invited to celebrate with the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) by joining NCTE members from across the country in NCTE Verse, a member-exclusive free professional learning opportunity aimed at providing ideas and inspiration around poets and poetry. This year NCTE is featuring the poets that members are teaching right now, and NCTE members have curated the resources.

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Movement in the classroom gonoodle.com

Mobile Learning

App with Movement and Mindfulness Videos for Children

GoNoodle Kids is packed with videos to get children moving—running, jumping, dancing, stretching—while learning along the way. The videos are relatively short (between three and five minutes) and feature both live-action and animated elements.

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New App Augmented Reality AR

Social Media

Community-Driven News Platform

The Quartz app delivers the news as a text- and emoji-filled chat. Headlines from Quartz and other publications are displayed one at a time as text bubbles.

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Summer Program Entrepreneur kwhs.wharton.upenn.edu

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Summer Programs on Entrepreneurship and Finance

The University of Pennsylvania’s [email protected] High School (KWHS) Global Young Leaders Academy (GYLA) is an intensive two-week summer program for a select group of students who are currently in grades 9–12. The two-week experience features Wharton faculty presentations, in-depth learning from high school teachers in the KWHS network, residential activities, field trips, and relationship building with other teens.

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