Each month we publish several newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are the resources from our newsletters that educators turned to the most in the month of July.
NEXT.cc is an eco web that develops ethical imagination and environmental stewardship through activities and links to cultural heritage institutions. The site introduces what design is, what design does, and why design is important. NEXT.cc introduces activities that align to Next Generation Science Standards and provide a solid foundation for North American Association of Environmental Education standards.
2. Engage! K12
Launched by RobotLAB, Engage! K12 provides robot-based lessons for a range of subjects and age levels. The user-friendly interface lets teachers, even those with no programming experience, bring lessons to life with virtual or physical robots. Ready-to-use lesson plans and STEM project templates support twenty-first century skill building and college and career readiness. Educators can sign up for a free demo.
3. 37 Maps That Convey the Diversity of America's Immigrants
American politicians, and Americans themselves, refer to the United States as "a nation of immigrants"—a place where everyone's family has, at some point, chosen to come to seek freedom or a better life. It's impossible to understand America today without knowing who's been kept out, who's been let in, and how they've been treated once they arrive. These 37 maps convey the hidden diversity of America's immigrants.
4. Better Lesson
BetterLesson's personalized coaching pairs teachers with a personal virtual coach. Together they systematically identify and tackle the teacher's most pressing classroom challenges, trying proven instructional strategies, handpicked to meet the needs of the teacher's students.
5. Autism Games
Autism Games assists children with moderate to severe autism to develop independent living skills. Autism Games integrates two websites: autismgames.com, a site for parents and teachers that provides instructions for using the free games and indicates their purpose; and whizkidgames.com, the portal through which children can access the games, with parental controls to limit other computer and internet functions. Each game reinforces keywords, such as "special activity," so that in-game learning can be transferred into real-world situations.
You have a new student, and he speaks no English. His family has just moved to your town from Japan, and although he receives English as a second language (ESL) support, he is also in your classroom every day so he will have more exposure to his new language. How can you be an effective teacher to this student?
Three educators of English learners offer 12 strategies that regular classroom teachers can use to improve instruction for their EL students. The strategies are simple to implement; they take little time to carry out; and best of all, they will help all students to learn.
Try these resources as you implement some of the suggested strategies.
To raise awareness about sexual assault and harassment, a new organization called Stop Sexual Assault in Schools has launched #MeTooK12. The goal is to bring attention to the problem in the school environment in the same way the “Me Too” movement has exposed sexual misconduct in the professional and political realms.
At 10 years old, Marley Dias loved to read but hardly ever came across protagonists who looked like her, so she decided to do something about it. In November 2015, Dias launched the #1000BlackGirlBooks campaign to raise awareness about the lack of black girl characters and inspire young people to take action.