Big Deal Media K-12 Technology Newsletter

Writing Feedback for Students

Empower Educators to Teach Originality

With Turnitin Feedback Studio’s similarity checking service, educators can leverage the world’s largest collection of internet, academic, and student paper content. Teaching originality requires more than just plagiarism detection; paired with commenting and grading tools and classroom resources, Feedback Studio helps teach students the value of their authentic voice.

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November 15, 2019

 

grants for ecology projects captainplanetfoundation.org

Funding & Recognition

Grants to Support the Next Generation of Environmental Stewards

The Captain Planet Foundation awards ecoSolution Grants to implement solution-oriented, youth-led projects that result in real environmental outcomes. Grants support the purchase of materials and other expenses required to carry out the project.

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Encourage Curiosity in Your Students for High Achievement

Literacy Resources

Encourage Curiosity in Your Students for High Achievement

In Disrupting Thinking, Kylene Beers and Bob Probst discuss an ongoing problem: lack of engagement with reading. They explain that all too often, no matter the strategy shared with students, too many students remain disengaged and reluctant readers. The problem, they suggest, is that we have misrepresented to students why we read and how we ought to approach any text—fiction or nonfiction. With their hallmark humor and appreciated practicality, Beers and Probst present a vision of what reading and education across all the grades could be. Hands-on strategies make it immediately applicable for the classroom teacher, and turn-and-talk discussion points make it a guidebook for schoolwide conversations. In particular, they share new strategies and ideas for helping classroom teachers create engagement and relevance, encourage responsive and responsible reading, deepen comprehension, and develop lifelong reading habits.

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social emotional learning guide casel.org

Professional Growth

Guide to Effective Social–Emotional Learning Programs

The CASEL Guide provides a systematic framework for evaluating the quality of social and emotional programs, and applies this framework to identify and rate well-designed, evidence-based SEL programs with potential for broad dissemination to schools across the United States.

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global gaming challenge globalgamejam.org

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

Event Fostering Game Design and Game Education

The Global Game Jam (GGJ) is the world’s largest game jam event (game creation) taking place around the world at physical locations. Participants come together, share experiences, and express themselves in a multitude of ways using video games.

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Illuminate Student Learning

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Assessment That Reaches All Students

The MAP Suite brings learning into focus—so you can support growth, skills mastery, and early literacy for every student. This cohesive assessment system from the nonprofit NWEA illuminates student learning, helps teachers target instruction, and gives administrators what they need to help their districts thrive.

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stem research for high school students think.mit.edu

Funding & Recognition

Science, Research, and Innovation Competition

The MIT THINK Scholars Program is a nationwide educational initiative from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) that encourages high school students to turn their science, technology, and engineering ideas into reality. To participate in the program, students must submit a research proposal for consideration.

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ABCs from Space NASA Google Earth earthobservatory.nasa.gov

Mobile Learning

Google Earth Virtual Tour of Locations Forming an Alphabet

One of the most intriguing virtual tours on Google Earth is Reading the ABCs from Space. Developed by NASA, this tour is comprised of 26 chapters that reveal locations that form an alphabet, such as a coral reef in the shape of a “J” or the intersection of two lakes that resembles a “V.”

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Native American history folklore videos Photo by Stephen Walker on Unsplash

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Videos Presenting Histories and Stories of Native Americans

Native American Heritage Month is a time to introduce students to the rich cultures and histories of indigenous peoples in the United States. With Described and Captioned Media’s accessible videos, students learn about the histories, achievements, dances, languages, and stories of Native Americans.

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webinars

Professional Growth

Webinars on Ideas from the Education Field

The ASCD Webinar Archive is a treasure trove of teaching/learning insight from experts in the field. The webinars cover everything from tackling attendance challenges to understanding the neuroscience of learning.

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reduce carbon footprint challenge Photo by Matthew T Rader on Unsplash

Funding & Recognition

Environmental Research and Design Challenge

The Clean Tech Competition is a worldwide research and design challenge for precollege youth. The program encourages scientific understanding of real-world issues and the integration of environmentally responsible energy sources.

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 citizen scientist ecology app plantnet.org

Mobile Learning

Image-Sharing App for Identifying Plant Species

[email protected] allows users of iOS and Android devices to identify plants simply by photographing them with their smartphones. [email protected] is also a citizen-science project: all the plants that users photograph are collected and analyzed by scientists around the world to better understand the evolution of plant biodiversity and better preserve it.

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stem grants for girl focused programs

Funding & Recognition

Mini-Grants for Collaborative STEM Programs

The National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) awards mini-grants to girl-serving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)–focused programs to support collaboration, address gaps and overlaps in service, and share exemplary practices.

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Language around the world and Google Earth google.com

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Google Project Raising Awareness of Indigenous Languages

Users of Google Earth can hear more than 50 indigenous language speakers from across the globe saying words and simple phrases and even singing traditional songs. The project, called Celebrating Indigenous Languages, honors the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages.

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Student led STEM Club

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

Organization Taking STEM Beyond the Classroom

The Technology Student Association (TSA) is a national nonprofit organization of middle school and high school students who are engaged in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Since TSA was chartered in 1978, almost 4,000,000 student members have participated through competitions, intracurricular activities, leadership opportunities, community service, and more.

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Smithsonian Latino Museum latino.si.edu

Digital Learning • Learning Support

SPOTLIGHT! On US History from a Latino Perspective

The Smithsonian Latino Center collaborates throughout the Smithsonian and beyond to promote national dialogue on the role of museums and cultural centers in advancing Latino-community cultural development. The Molina Family Latino Gallery is set to debut in 2021 and will focus on sharing the stories of Latino communities in the United States.

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thoughtful political expression secdlab.org

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Space for Respectful Discourse Around Civics-Related Issues

Youth Nation was created by Rutgers University’s Social–Emotional and Character Development (SECD) Lab for adolescents to exercise political expression and hear from other youth around the country. The website is intended to show students how they can push their limits and understand themselves through thoughtful stories.

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Tech Challenge thetech.org

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

Engineering Design Challenge to Solve Real-World Problems

The Tech Challenge, the signature program of The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, California, invites teams of students in grades 4–12 to use the engineering design process to solve a real-world problem. Participants spend months engaged in the challenge while documenting their progress and designs. 

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STEM resources for Native Americans aises.org

Digital Learning • Learning Support

STEM-Focused Career Readiness for Native Americans

Published five times a year by the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), Winds of Change is a nationally distributed magazine with a single-minded focus on career and educational advancement for American Indians/Alaska Natives/Native Hawaiians/First Nations, with an emphasis on STEM.

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