May 15, 2020 2020-05-15
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 April.
1. Free Engineering and Science Activities
The James Dyson Foundation has created 44 free engineering and science activities for children to try out while at home during the coronavirus pandemic. The activities range from making a balloon-powered car to building a bridge from spaghetti.
2. Resources for Autism Awareness Month
April is Autism Awareness Month, and teachers and parents can tap these free programs to support educating children with autism and other special needs. Apple is posting a digital art gallery of works created by artists on the autism spectrum. “Created on iPad Gallery” features the work of 15 artists from the autistic community who hail from across the US and Canada.
Stages Learning Materials is offering a free Autism Curriculum Kit to support families. The kit includes downloadable lessons, activity sheets, data-tracking sheets, behavior management tools, and more.
Hearing and vision screening for very young children can be difficult when the child also has autism. The Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP) provides more information, as well as autism resources, in its online Learning Center.
3. TalkingPoints Teacher App
The app helps teachers reach all parents and guardians, regardless of language, via text messages in more than 100 languages. The translations are done by a combination of human translators and machines, allowing for seamless communication with all students’ families.
4. Science at Home Website
On the Museum of Science and Industry’s Science at Home website, children can keep learning in place and at their own pace with science activities and topics they can access anytime. Among the hands-on activities are the “Egg Drop Challenge,” in which students design a landing craft to get a raw egg safely to ground, and “Sound Sandwich” in which students create music using rubber bands.
5. Lesson Module on the History and Geography of a Pandemic
National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and World History Digital Education Foundation (WHDEF) are offering teachers a set of free, three-day classroom modules to address the COVID-19 pandemic. These modules provide instruction for comparing the COVID-19 pandemic to past pandemics and for examining geographic and economic data to understand diffusion sources, globalization, and government responses.
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