Focus on What Matters the Most

Whether you’re teaching in person, remotely, or in a hybrid model, it’s critical to close learning gaps this school year. Renaissance Focus Skills help you prioritize instruction by focusing on the most essential skills first. Focus Skills are based on your state standards and show you what every student needs to learn for success. Download literacy and math Focus Skills for free.

October 1, 2020
Funding & Recognition
Walkathon to Support Education About African American History

Primary Source has announced HistoryThon, an opportunity to explore African American history while supporting teachers with the tools they need, at a time when outdoor activities are safest. Participants can choose where their journey will take them as they explore walks, trails, and sites of historical importance to the African American experience.
Professional Growth
Playful Learning Approaches to Early Childhood Technology Education

Tufts University’s Early Childhood Technology (ECT) certificate program is designed for educators and practitioners working with young children in prekindergarten through second grade in diverse educational settings, such as schools, museums, libraries, and daycares.

Imagine, Ideate, and Invent a Media-Rich Project Online

ISTE’s Creative Constructor Lab Virtual is a digital experience that brings together the most creative minds in education to collaborate and experiment with digital storytelling, design thinking, coding, and more. Unlock more than 70 hands-on sessions to watch live or view later. From October 3 to 10, 2020, you can participate in interactive workshops to learn new skills or join a design challenge to quickly test your creative prowess. As you learn how to use the latest tools, you’ll also earn professional development credit. See the full schedule and register today.
Digital Learning • Learning Support
Lesson on Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a Generational Cultural Icon

The New York Times offers a lesson for students on the life and influence of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on September 18 at age 87. The lesson provides an article and short video that discuss her impact on the law and offers some warm-up questions, along with writing and discussion prompts.
Mobile Learning
Visualizations of Curves, Surfaces, and Vector Fields in Multivariable Calculus

The Calculus in Virtual Reality (CalcVR) app for iOS and Android contains a wealth of content focused on multivariable calculus, covering topics such as 2D Coordinates and Graphs, 3D Coordinates and Graphs, Curves and Surfaces, and Vector Valued Functions. The twist is that the content is set against a backdrop of 360-degree images.
Digital Learning • Learning Support
Webs Displaying the Genealogies and Relationships of Popular Music Genres

The Musicmap is the ultimate genealogy of popular music genres, including their relations and history. More than 230 genres are connected in intricate webs of influence, mapped in a zoomable visual interface and linked to explanatory articles and representative playlists.

Funding & Recognition
Award Recognizing Educators Who Promote Gender Equity in Computing

The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Aspirations in Computing Educator Award (AiC Educator Award) identifies exemplary formal and informal educators who play a pivotal role in encouraging ninth- through twelfth-grade students who self-identify as female, genderqueer, or nonbinary to explore their interests in computing and technology.
Professional Growth
Virtual Event on the Struggle for Racial Justice and Voting
Facing History and Ourselves invites educators to join a dialogue with Dr. Carol Anderson, professor, historian, and National Book Critics Circle Award winner, exploring the history of the fight for African Americans’ voting rights as part of the struggle for racial justice in the United States.
Mobile Learning
3D Geometry Tasks to Increase Spatial Awareness

VR Math, an interactive app from VR-AR Education for iOS and Android, helps educators teach and students understand 3D geometry, graphs, and vectors via virtual and augmented reality. The content is accessible using VR headsets or in 360-degree or AR mode on a touchscreen.

Image by Francine Sreca from Pixabay
Digital Learning • Learning Support
Student Town Hall on the 2020 Election

Since 2020 is an election year, many topics and questions are on the minds of social studies students as they engage in civic life. The National Council for the Social Studies invites high school students to contribute short videos or serve on a panel during a live town hall broadcast to speak out on the subjects of citizenship, the election process, and civics.
Digital Learning • Learning Support
Curriculum for Evaluating the Trustworthiness of Online Sources

Misinformation runs rampant online. How can educators help students navigate this treacherous terrain? The Stanford History Education Group’s Civic Online Reasoning (COR) curriculum features 67 free lessons and assessments that teach students the methods fact-checkers use to sort fact from fiction by evaluating the trustworthiness of online sources.
Inquiry Units Situating STEM within Social and Humanistic Contexts

IEEE REACH provides teachers and students with educational resources that explore the relationship between technology and engineering history and their complex relationships with society, politics, economics, and culture.
Funding & Recognition
Competition Challenging Students to Think Critically About National Issues
Are you looking for a project-based learning assignment for this unprecedented school year? C-SPAN’s StudentCam documentary competition challenges students in grades 6–12 to get creative and think critically about an issue of national importance.
Digital Learning • Learning Support
Hispanic Heritage Celebrated Through Film

Students can celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, which started September 15 and ends October 15, through the lens of several films available for free viewing via Kanopy with a library card.
Emerging Technologies Changing the World

CompTIA has created future//of>>tech to explore how technology is changing the way we live and work. The free and growing library of resources is intended to help the creators of tomorrow understand the basics of emerging technologies.
Digital Learning • Learning Support
World’s First Entirely Online Art Museum

Launched in September 2020, the Virtual Online Museum of Art (VOMA) is more than just an online gallery. VOMA is entirely virtual, from the paintings and drawings hanging on the walls to the museum’s computer-generated building itself, giving viewers a new way of experiencing art that transports them to an art space without having to leave their computers.
Digital Learning • Learning Support
Books and Videos Promoting Respect for and Embrace of Differences

Teaching for Change provides teachers and parents with the tools to create schools where students learn to read, write, and change the world. By drawing direct connections to real-world issues, Teaching for Change encourages teachers and students to question and rethink the world inside and outside their classrooms.


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