Jan 17, 2020 2020-01-17
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 December.
1. Virtual Reality Journey Through a Human Cell
The Body VR lets users experience the wonders of the human body and its billions of living cells. Users travel through the bloodstream and learn everything there is to know about how blood cells work to spread oxygen through the human body. They also learn how the body reacts when it is faced with deadly viruses.
2. Web Series Highlighting Social-Emotional Learning
Carmen Sandiego is on a new mission: traveling the world to help the next generation of global citizens build valuable social-emotional skills. Students can journey with Carmen in Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's new web series, Fearless Kids Around the World, and meet young heroes working to do good with bravery, resilience, and kindness.
3. The Partnership of Technology and Social-Emotional Learning in Education
The Learn how technology can be a valuable partner for educators, edtech leaders, support staff, & parents in the implementation of SEL in this blog from Eileen Belastock.
4. Problem-Solving App Introducing Simple Machines and Mechanical Motion
Crazy Gears from Edoki Academy gets children to think critically and explore physics and other STEM topics. This puzzle-like app for iOS asks students to construct gears to find a way to "pull themselves to the next level." Students figure it out on their own as they drag and drop various items into place, experimenting to discover different ways to connect a ball and chain so the next level gets "pulled" across the screen.
5. Online Destination for Exploring Documentaries by Ken Burns
Ken Burns, who has used archival footage and photographs to tell uniquely American stories, has launched a new site for educators called Ken Burns in the Classroom on PBS LearningMedia. The site is an online destination for free teaching and learning resources inspired by his documentaries.