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.
The Pop History Dig is a magazine-styled website with more than 250 stories that cover a range of topics, often focusing on the history and power of popular culture. One goal of the site is to use the visibility of popular culture—its music, film, literature, and famous personalities—to engage readers on topics ranging from civil rights history to the power of the entertainment industry.
The Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) mission is to end discrimination and fight for equity for all people. As part of this mission, ADL offers resources for teachers to address wide-ranging issues that touch on the topics of diversity and bias, such as bigotry, net neutrality, DACA and immigration, and conversations about race in a mostly white classroom.
A project of the Brooklyn Historical Society, Voices of Mixed Heritage: Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations is a free interdisciplinary curriculum designed for grades 6–12. Students and educators are invited to engage with the topic of mixed heritage and identity in the United States from the mid-nineteenth century to the present.