Handwriting Without Tears
Take control in this new era of learning with a new  integrated handwriting program  to meet the demands of today’s classroom. Learning Without Tears has taken its proven instructional methods grounded in foundational skills for handwriting and applied them digitally to ensure all learners can gain fluency in handwriting, whether they are learning remotely or in classrooms.

August 3, 2020
Funding & Recognition
Leadership Program for Youth Organizers and Change-Makers

Now is the moment for students to become the leaders the world needs. Peace First  is launching the Black Unity Initiative for Leadership Development (B.U.I.L.D.) program  for Black leaders aged 13–25. Throughout the program, participants will receive a $250 stipend, peer mentorship, personalized coaching, skills-based workshops for social change, and more.

At-Home STEM Camp Encouraging Exploration and Socialization

The National Inventors Hall of Fame has transformed its summer STEM camp, Camp Invention, into a new at-home program called Camp Invention Connect. The program balances active, independent hands-on exploration with opportunities for socialization from home.

Digital Learning • Learning Support
Cloud-based Platform for Monitoring and Collaborating with Students

NetSupport ’s  classroom.cloud  is a low-cost,  cloud-based classroom management  and  teaching platform  equipped with teaching tools that make it easy for schools to deliver technology-based learning. Whether students are in school or at home, teachers can monitor, control, and collaborate with students to deliver engaging, interactive lessons that will keep them immersed and on task. Low cost and scalable, with clear central configuration and management, classroom.cloud is ideal for large or small installations. Once classroom.cloud is set up, the IT team’s involvement is minimal—and, for teachers, using its intuitive interface is a breeze, meaning more time for providing direct instruction. Register for the prelaunch trial for free at classroom.cloud to see how you can get the most out of your classroom technology.

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Digital Learning • Learning Support
Media Lessons on Topics Related to COVID-19

Project Look Sharp, a program of Humanities & Sciences at Ithaca College, has developed a series of free constructivist media-decoding lessons that teach critical thinking skill about COVID-19–related topics.

Professional Growth
Report with 9 Recommendations for Reopening US Schools

In a report on reopening schools in the United States, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine offers an updated review of the evidence from around the world and a set of recommendations on mitigation strategies for the coronavirus in school settings.

Professional Growth
Professional Learning at Your Fingertips

Professional Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) offers online programs that support educators at all stages. Through exceptional professional education that is responsive and relevant to the challenges practitioners face, HGSE can equip and empower educators worldwide to improve their practice in the service of their students, schools, and communities. HGSE’s online program portfolio is designed to impact a variety of learning needs and environments in whatever way best fits your schedule. With transformative adult learning, HGSE elevates student learning.

Mobile Learning
Google Augmented Reality Social Distancing Tool

The latest project in Google’s Experiments with Google collection, Sodar is a simple browser-based app that uses WebXR to offer a mobile augmented-reality social distance.

Digital Learning • Learning Support
Bilingual Children’s Book Fostering Reflection on Identity and Emotions

Behind My Mask / Detras de me cubrebocas is a pedagogical tool to engage bilingual youth in conversations around identity and emotions amid the COVID-19 global pandemic. Written in English and Spanish, the book includes reflective activities about emotions and promotes the use of masks.

Distance Learning Resources
Digital Resources in a Time of Remote Learning

Get Back-to-School ready with thousands of discounted digital titles and distance-learning information and learn how to stretch your dollars with shared digital collections. For more than 35 years, Mackin has provided library and classroom materials for preK–12. Known the world over for their exemplary service and stringent attention to detail, Mackin provides access to more than 18,000 publishers and a collection of nearly 3 million printed titles. The development of MackinVIA, a free, multiple award-winning digital content management system, has been instrumental in assisting digital learning for tens of thousands of schools, and more than 9 million students worldwide. To date, Mackin’s digital catalog boasts close to 3 million preK–12 age-appropriate titles in ebook, audiobook, read-along, video, and database formats. For more information call 800.245.9540 or visit Mackin.com.

Funding & Recognition
Photography Contest to Document the Story of an Artifact

has announced its second The Global Oneness Project has announced its second student photography contest, The Artifacts in Our Lives. Each submission must also include a photographer’s statement and take into consideration how the artifact tells a bigger story about our common humanity.

Image by Christo Anestev from Pixabay
Digital Learning • Learning Support
40 Documentaries Exploring America’s Many Stories

Filmmake Ken Burns’s website, UNUM, is a new way to explore American history through scenes selected from across more than 40 documentaries. Visitors to the site can explore stories and topics by Themes, Events, People, Wars, and Time, as well as by AP US History Themes. For example, the UNUM short film “The Mythology of Monuments” explores what role monuments play in our culture.

Podcasts Diving into Children’s Curiosity About STEAM Topics
The science-oriente National Children’s Museum in Washington, DC, has started STEAM Daydream, a monthly podcast in which curious children interview STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) innovators from across the country for answers to their burning questions.

Funding & Recognition
Grants for Project-based STEM Learning

Toshiba America Foundation (TAF) grants fund project ideas and materials that teachers need in order to innovate in their science, technology, engineering, and math classrooms or schools

Mobile Learning
Home-based Online Physical Activity Program

Through its Exercise and Sports Science Initiative, University of Michigan has developed an online program, InPACT at Home, to help K–12 students remain active while learning remotely.

Digital Learning • Learning Support
Paintings and Picture Books That Serve As Catalysts for Talking About Race

Finding the right words to discuss race and racism with children can be challenging, but images can help. An article written by members of the Youth and Families team in the Art Institute of Chicago offers ideas about how to use picture books and artworks to talk about race and affirm children’s identities.

Professional Growth
Tool for Evaluating Capabilities of Curricula for Remote Learning

Materials provide the foundation for student learning and become even more critical when students are learning at home with remote instruction and support from teachers.

Digital Learning • Learning Support
Illustrated Book Exploring Children’s Questions About COVID-19

Devon Scott and Samantha Harris, two class of 2021 medical students in Southern California, have created a book, entitled Why We Stay Home, to help children understand why their worlds have changed dramatically in the last few months and why it has been important to stay home during that time.

Mobile Learning
Daily Digital Assessment Using 5 Categories of Emojis

The Rhithm app brings remote learning and social–emotional learning into “rhythm.” The app asks students to express their feelings, wellbeing, and engagement using emojis from five categories: mental, energy, emotional, physical, and social.


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