Jul 17, 2020 2020-07-17
By Taylor Kremer
Each month we publish blogs and several 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 June.
1. Virtual Summer Camps
Parents and children will find a wide variety of engaging camp activities to take part in when they dive into Camp Wonderopolis, #SummerWithGoogle, Varsity Tutors‘ free weeklong interactive summer camps, Family Maker Camp, and Camp Candlewick.
2. Black Lives Matter (BLM) at School’s Curriculum Resource Guide
As protests over George Floyd’s death continue across the country, BLM at School offers a new, free curriculum resource guide for K–12 teachers, covering racism, social justice, and diversity. The lessons, created by educators, are designed for students of all ages, from early childhood to high school.
3. Imagineering in a Box
Imagineering in a Box is designed to pull back the curtain to show students in middle school and high school how artists, designers, and engineers work together to create theme parks. The program, from Khan Academy, takes a behind-the-scenes look with Disney Imagineers and makes it an active learning experience by weaving together videos and exercises into lessons that culminate in student-driven projects. The goal is to make students aware of careers they never knew existed and deepen their understanding of the process, concepts, and terminology of the creative workplace.
A unique program for K–12 science teachers, BrainU provides neuroscience training, materials, and staff support to bring brain science to students. In BrainU’s professional workshops, participants receive updates on the latest neuroscience research—discussion is complemented with hands-on activities and lab work.
5. Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness
The Bill of Rights Institute (BRI) is helping teachers plan for the upcoming academic year with free, engaging resources and programs. In partnership with Rice University’s Open Stax, BRI has launched Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness, an open educational resource for high school US history. With contributions from nearly 100 scholars, this resource invites students to investigate the central themes and ideas of American history.
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