DirectStarTV provides grants for K–12 teachers to deploy technology in the classroom. To apply for a grant, teachers must write a 400- to 500-word essay on the impact the proposed technology will have on their students. Submissions should describe a learning challenge that is amplified by inadequate technology, the specific technology that will be implemented and the ways it will support teaching efforts, and the anticipated impact improved technology will have on students. The top three submissions featuring the most innovative and beneficial uses for classroom technology will be awarded a $1,000 grant to spend on new technology for their classroom. Interested applicants will find this grant opportunity on GetEdFunding, a free database sponsored by CDW•G of thousands of funding opportunities for educators.
Are you curious how you might integrate computer science in your upper elementary classroom, or are you looking for a unique way to have your students share their favorite books? With technology playing an increasingly important role in every profession, a foundational understanding of computer science is becoming an essential component of student learning. To authentically integrate computer science and literacy, I’m going to teach you how to support your students in using block-based coding to program book trailers.
As an educator of many years, change has always been an influential companion on this exciting journey of teaching students. Lately, change seems to be the driving force of everything. This became very evident when I asked my students what careers they would like to have in the future. Their answers were very different from the usual pro ball players and nurses—they said they wanted to be YouTubers! This shows just how prevalent technology is in their everyday lives, both in and out of school.
100Kin10’s 2019 Trends Report identifies increasing STEM teacher diversity, greater focus on STEM subjects in early childhood education, and a rise in environmental literacy in response to student activism and interest as trends that will shape STEM education in 2020.