Jun 19, 2020 2020-06-19
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 May.
1. 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. Wordplay helps children make sense of the world by allowing them the freedom to play with meaning, sounds, and ideas. Each Buttons & Figs podcast features some form of wordplay inspired by a book, song, or poem.
2. 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. Dr. Sarah McAnulty, a squid biologist, started Skype a Scientist as a way to connect classrooms with scientists, but with everyone now at home due to the coronavirus, the program has been expanded to allow families to chat with experts as well.
3. Free Online Access to Spanish-Language Educational Materials
Thanks to an international partnership between the Mexican Ambassador to the US, Martha Bárcena, and the Center for Applied Linguistics, teachers have free online access to hundreds of multimedia Spanish resources, including complete textbooks, lesson plans, videoclips, and maps.
4. Collection of Free Games for Learning at Home
Filament Games has curated several free learning games in multiple subjects, including life science, media literacy, and women in STEM. For example, the Oculus game Breaking Boundaries in Science is a virtual-reality celebration of some of history’s most renowned women in the STEM arena. Rigged, by Bellweather Education Partners, lets players step into the shoes of an underserved youth, making critical life decisions affecting relationships, academics, and responsibilities.
5. Occupy White Walls
The free video game Occupy White Walls by StikiPixels allows users to design their own art gallery. Available on gaming platform Steam, the building experience features 2,200 unique architectural elements. Daisy, an artificial intelligence assistant curator, helps users interpret their collections and suggests works they might enjoy.
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