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Top 20 resources from 2020

Our Top 20 Resources in 2020

Jan 15, 2021 2021-01-15

Each year we publish blogs and newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in 2020.


Blog: Finding the Perfect Parent-Teacher Communication App for Your Classroom
Navigating the news is just as hard as ever for students. Barbara Theirl’s blog outlines a lesson educators can use to help students start identifying words and phrases that could point to bias.


Blog: Neutral, Biased, or Balanced?: Recognizing Points of View in Media
Navigating the news is just as hard as ever for students. Barbara Theirl’s blog outlines a lesson educators can use to help students start identifying words and phrases that could point to bias.


IEP Goals and Objectives with Common Core Standards
The National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) has designed an app for iOS to assist educators in creating a list of students who have received IEPs and in planning lessons and goals for each of the students.


The Hip-hop Shakespeare Company
Check out this music theatre production company aimed at exploring the social, cultural, and linguistic parallels between the works of William Shakespeare and that of modern-day hip-hop artists.


Ink Blott Underground App
An engaging English language arts game for middle school students in which players dig through a series of crystal-filled caves and bring their vivid world back to life by using word parts to fix broken words and sentences.


44 Free Engineering and Science Activities
The James Dyson Foundation has created 44 free engineering and science activities for children to try out while at home during the coronavirus pandemic.


Flipgrid for Special Needs Classrooms
Find ideas of how to engage students with special needs using Flipgrid.


The Manhattan Project Electronic Field Trip
Students in grades 7–12 can enjoy a free cross-country virtual expedition from The National WWII Museum to discover the science, sites, and stories of the creation of the atomic bomb.


CryptoClub Project
The CryptoClub Project in the Learning Sciences Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago develops classroom and web-based materials to teach cryptography and related mathematics to middle school students in informal settings.


Indian American Perspectives on Thanksgiving Poster
The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian has designed a poster to encourage teaching about Thanksgiving in a new way—one that recognizes the country’s original people and gives real meaning to November as American Indian Heritage Month.


Webcomics Web Archive and Web Cultures Web Archive
The Library of Congress debuted two collections featuring artifacts from 21st-century online culture.


Interactive Periodic Table of the Elements, in Pictures and Words
This table gives chemistry students of all ages and levels with instant facts about each of the elements it illustrates.


Blog: 4C’s Come to Life Through Digital Tools
Super skills, twenty-first century skills, best practices—whatever you want to call the 4C’s (creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, communication), they are an integral part of the student experience in a classroom.


Blog: Digital Storytelling: 20 Revelations Part 2
Storytelling is one of the oldest human activities. People want to tell stories to convey beliefs, share adventures, and create a voice. Jason Ohler has 20 revelations about digital storytelling and its development and he would like to share them with you.


“Created on iPad Gallery”
Apple and Art of Autism posted a digital art gallery of works created by artists on the autism spectrum.


Skype a Scientist
Are your students interested in ichthyology or curious about crustaceans? Skype a Scientist brings experts into the classroom or students’ homes—virtually—to answer all their questions—for free.


Free Autism Curriculum Kit
Stages Learning Materials is offering a free Autism Curriculum Kit to support families during COVID-19 school closures.


Buttons & Figs Podcasts
From puns to personification, young readers tuning in to the Buttons & Figs podcasts will develop a love of all the amazing things they can do with words.


Black Lives Matter (BLM) at School’s Free Curriculum Resource Guide
This resource guide for K–12 teachers covers racism, social justice, and diversity.


Blog: Three Skills Students Need to Become Good Digital Citizens
In order to be good digital citizens, students must cultivate a filter through which they view their digital lives and understand online communication.


Each year we publish blogs and newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in 2020.

Blog: Finding the Perfect Parent-Teacher Communication App for Your Classroom
Navigating the news is just as hard as ever for students. Barbara Theirl’s blog outlines a lesson educators can use to help students start identifying words and phrases that could point to bias.


Blog: Neutral, Biased, or Balanced?: Recognizing Points of View in Media
Navigating the news is just as hard as ever for students. Barbara Theirl’s blog outlines a lesson educators can use to help students start identifying words and phrases that could point to bias.


IEP Goals and Objectives with Common Core Standards
The National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) has designed an app for iOS to assist educators in creating a list of students who have received IEPs and in planning lessons and goals for each of the students.


The Hip-hop Shakespeare Company
Check out this music theatre production company aimed at exploring the social, cultural, and linguistic parallels between the works of William Shakespeare and that of modern-day hip-hop artists.


Ink Blott Underground App
An engaging English language arts game for middle school students in which players dig through a series of crystal-filled caves and bring their vivid world back to life by using word parts to fix broken words and sentences.


44 Free Engineering and Science Activities
The James Dyson Foundation has created 44 free engineering and science activities for children to try out while at home during the coronavirus pandemic.


Flipgrid for Special Needs Classrooms
Find ideas of how to engage students with special needs using Flipgrid.


The Manhattan Project Electronic Field Trip
Students in grades 7–12 can enjoy a free cross-country virtual expedition from The National WWII Museum to discover the science, sites, and stories of the creation of the atomic bomb.


CryptoClub Project
The CryptoClub Project in the Learning Sciences Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago develops classroom and web-based materials to teach cryptography and related mathematics to middle school students in informal settings.


Indian American Perspectives on Thanksgiving Poster
The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian has designed a poster to encourage teaching about Thanksgiving in a new way—one that recognizes the country’s original people and gives real meaning to November as American Indian Heritage Month.


Webcomics Web Archive and Web Cultures Web Archive
The Library of Congress debuted two collections featuring artifacts from 21st-century online culture.


Interactive Periodic Table of the Elements, in Pictures and Words
This table gives chemistry students of all ages and levels with instant facts about each of the elements it illustrates.


Blog: 4C’s Come to Life Through Digital Tools
Super skills, twenty-first century skills, best practices—whatever you want to call the 4C’s (creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, communication), they are an integral part of the student experience in a classroom.


Blog: Digital Storytelling: 20 Revelations Part 2
Storytelling is one of the oldest human activities. People want to tell stories to convey beliefs, share adventures, and create a voice. Jason Ohler has 20 revelations about digital storytelling and its development and he would like to share them with you.


“Created on iPad Gallery”
Apple and Art of Autism posted a digital art gallery of works created by artists on the autism spectrum.


Skype a Scientist
Are your students interested in ichthyology or curious about crustaceans? Skype a Scientist brings experts into the classroom or students’ homes—virtually—to answer all their questions—for free.


Free Autism Curriculum Kit
Stages Learning Materials is offering a free Autism Curriculum Kit to support families during COVID-19 school closures.


Buttons & Figs Podcasts
From puns to personification, young readers tuning in to the Buttons & Figs podcasts will develop a love of all the amazing things they can do with words.


Black Lives Matter (BLM) at School’s Free Curriculum Resource Guide
This resource guide for K–12 teachers covers racism, social justice, and diversity.


Blog: Three Skills Students Need to Become Good Digital Citizens
In order to be good digital citizens, students must cultivate a filter through which they view their digital lives and understand online communication.


Each year we publish blogs and newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in 2020.

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