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.
One of the most powerful moments in my 22 years of teaching occurred on the last day of the school year.
During the first week of school, my students in rural Pennsylvania played a game via Skype with a group of students in a rural Kenyan village. During that call, they learned of a bridge in the village so dangerous that many children were not able to go to school because of it. Over the course of the school year, the children in Kenya taught my students how to garden. In exchange, my students designed and fundraised to replace that bridge.
In honor of National Native American Heritage Month, Global Awareness Project has created a collection of Native American educational resources available on the organization’s website. These include films, lesson plans, photo essays, and articles.
To help teachers and their students celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15–October 15), ¡Colorín Colorado! features free research-based information, resources, and tools for teaching English language learners (ELLs).