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.
As teachers, we must check our systems for
equity each time we walk into our classrooms. The key word here is “systems,” for
without thoughtful practices, even the most well-intentioned among us fall into
the old traps of expediency, implicit bias, and tradition. Here are a few
practical structures I use as equity checks that take very little time to
Women @ NASA features short films that explore the careers and backgrounds of career women who work for NASA in each of the STEM areas.The website includes a collection of 64 videos and essays from women across the agency who contribute to NASA’s mission in many different ways.
Coming soon from Scholastic Education … Fifty award-winning literacy educators contribute more than thirty-five “engagements”—engaging stories of student-focused, classroom-tested instructional and assessment actions—to strengthen the reader in every child, while reinforcing one essential fact: reading is about constructing meaning. Reading Revealed is organized in a four-part framework: Knowing Reading, Knowing Readers, Engaging Readers, and Knowing the Language to Use. Each engagement includes a brief Introduction; Why?—Benefits of the engagement; Who?—Students that would benefit most from the engagement; How?—Materials and instructions for effective implementation; Closure/Stepping Back—Concluding the engagement; How’s It Going? Informal Assessment; and Sources for more information. Packed with helpful tips, photos, an appendix of forms, and a companion website featuring real classroom videos, Reading Revealed offers indispensable support for helping students approach reading strategically and joyfully.