Unhangout is an open-source platform for running large-scale online unconferences. The project uses Google Hangouts to create as many small sessions as needed and help users find others with shared interests. Think of it as a classroom with an infinite number of breakout sessions. Each event has a landing page, called the lobby. When they arrive in the lobby, participants can see who else is there and chat with one another. The hosts can do a video welcome and introduction that gets streamed into the lobby. Participants then break out into smaller sessions (up to 10 people per session) for in-depth conversations, peer-to-peer learning, and collaboration on projects. Unhangout is an MIT Media Lab project, in collaboration with the MacArthur Foundation.
NPR invites students around the country to create a podcast and then—with the help of a teacher—compete for a chance to win NPR’s grand prize and have their work featured on national public radio. This contest is for teachers with students between grades 5 and 12.
Based in Australia, Fizzics Education hosts more than 150 freeresources, including science activities and experiments, and podcasts with teaching ideas. For example, in a November 2019 podcast, two educators describe how they help their learners understand STEM from the early years and onward.
Since its launch in 2011, the Teaching with the Library of Congress blog has included more than 900 posts covering a wide range of topics and suggesting various strategies for deepening student engagement and learning.