January 5, 2021
Funding & Recognition
Grant for Innovative Library Program Motivating Struggling Readers

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Innovative Reading Grant supports the planning and implementation of a unique and innovative program for children that motivates and encourages reading, especially with struggling readers. The $2,500 award is for a successful reading project that demonstrates the potential to improve reading in kindergarten through ninth grade.

Digital Learning • Learning Support
Free Guide for Supporting Remote Student-Centered Book Clubs

Grounded in student autonomy and choice, a remote book club can help students feel a sense of control during times of uncertainty. Remote Book Clubs: Nurturing Community and Connection, a freely downloadable guide from Facing History and Ourselves, includes resources and tools designed to help educators launch student-centered remote book clubs.

Digital Learning • Learning Support
SEL Mentoring Program Inspiring a Positive Classroom Culture

Through the Classroom Champions program, Olympic and Paralympic athletes, student athletes, and professional athletes help support social and emotional learning among students and teachers in high-poverty schools in the US and Canada.

Mobile Learning
Virtual AR Physics Lab for Curious Minds

Anyone can enjoy the fun of scientific experiments with Physics Lab AR by Turtle Sim for iOS and Android devices. Teachers can demonstrate physics in class, and students can explore concepts inside and beyond the classroom.

Digital Learning • Learning Support
Free Online Courses for Creating a Safe, Accessible Digital World

CyberSleuths is a series of free online courses created by One In Tech, in collaboration with Bits N’ Bytes Cybersecurity Education, to help students aged 8–18 safely navigate cyberspace.

Funding & Recognition
Grants to Put Books into the Hands of Disadvantaged Children

In a time when many schools are reallocating their funds to technology and audiovisual equipment, the Snapdragon Book Foundation wants to make sure that school libraries are still offering children good books to read, especially those in disadvantaged communities.

Funding & Recognition
Award for Influencing Policies and Practices That Support Digital Learning

SETDA, the principal membership association of US state and territorial educational technology leaders, is accepting nominations for its new Candice Dodson Influencer Award in recognition of the values, professional influence, and personal contributions to the field of educational technology by edtech leaders.

Lunar Racecar Design Challenge

Moon Mark has forged a partnership with Lunar Outpost to send racecars, designed and piloted remotely by high school students, to the Moon in 2021.

Mobile Learning
Interactive Reference for Improving Math Intuition

Developed by Appellante for iOSMath Interactive helps students build their math skills by deepening their understanding of mathematical concepts, definitions, formulas, and proofs.

Professional Growth
Recommendations on How Best to Develop and Use AI in Education

Dozens of “opportunities” to use artificial intelligence (AI) to support education exist, according to “AI and the Future of Learning,” a report from the Center for Integrative Research in Computing and Learning Sciences.

Professional Growth
Evidence-based Perspectives on Student Mental Health Crisis

Gaggle helps ensure the safety and wellbeing of all students by using artificial intelligence and trained safety experts to proactively assist districts in preventing bullying, inappropriate behaviors, school violence, and other harmful situations—24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Digital Learning • Learning Support
Free Virtual STEM Festival Designed Just for Girls

Hosted by the Chicago Architecture Center, the second annual Girls Build! event will take place virtually on January 9, 2021, from 10 a.m. to noon (CT). Girls aged 10–16 will hear from female professionals who work on environmentally friendly design projects and take part in activities led by leading cultural institutions.

Funding & Recognition
Competition Showcasing the Next Generation of STEM Leaders

Every year tens of millions of students in grades 9–12 participate in science fairs around the globe, but only about 1,800 earn the honor of competing for nearly $5 million awards bestowed each May at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). Competing at ISEF starts at a science fair affiliated with the Society for Science & the Public.

DIY Project Kits for Building Smart Devices

Designed by Teknikio, the Tekniverse learning kits let K–12 students work together to build connected objects while in remote learning or in-person classrooms. Students learn about the Internet of Things (IoT) and create smart projects in partnership with their classmates and teacher.


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