Platform for Sharing Moments Connecting with Loved Ones
In this historic pandemic, when people across the country are feeling alone, one meaningful conversation can make all the difference. National Council for the Social Studies is collaborating with StoryCorps, an independent nonprofit with the mission to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world. Teachers and students can share a moment of connection with loved ones through a new remote technology. The StoryCorps Connectplatform enables anyone to remotely record a StoryCorps interview with a loved one using videoconferencing technology. The audio and a still photo from each interview will be preserved in the Library of Congress. Students’ interviews will become part of American history, and hundreds of years from now, future generations will listen in. StoryCorps has developed a companion toolkit and interview questions to help teachers bring the StoryCorps model into their virtual classrooms. The lessons and multimedia resources cover the process of planning, recording, and preserving interviews remotely.
Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and maker education are viewed and defined differently no matter where you go. To me, the focus of any work in my STEM classes or in my makerspace is on the process and not the product. But STEM shouldn’t be viewed as a “special class” or a separate subject. There are ways to integrate STEM education and making throughout the school year and in every subject.
Parents and children will find a wide variety of engaging camp activities to take part in when they dive into Camp Wonderopolis. Some of the activities revolve around STEM-field careers, others are designed to boost literacy and comprehension, and still others to help foster and improve critical thinking and creativity in young minds.
Readers who long imagined themselves in Harry Potter’s world have a chance to immerse themselves in another fictional universe created by J.K. Rowling. The author is releasing The Ickabog, a new story for young readers, for free online.