EarthEcho brings modern-day explorers and trailblazers to students and classrooms with STEMExplore, a no-cost online destination featuring dozens of relatable, day-in-the-life interviews with scientists and engineers from science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The cabinet of curiosities–themed portal is inspired by the vast collection of items from three generations of Cousteau explorers, including the legendary Jacques Cousteau. United Technologies Corporation is collaborating with EarthEcho International to bring STEM careers to life through videos that feature a broad range of scientific careers. The video profiles introduce the amazing people who go to work every day in jobs that unearth, study, create, or protect these kinds of curiosities.
Plus: EarthEcho International will partner with The Nature Conservancy for a live virtual event on April 19, 2017. The event, which is open to all middle and high schools across the US and internationally, will showcase the array of science and engineering career opportunities and the workforce’s diversity. The panelists will explore topics such as their journeys to become STEM professionals—what they love about their work, with a focus on nature or sustainability; how they are inspired; and what unique qualities students from underrepresented communities bring to the fields of conservation and sustainability. The panel will engage in discussions and a Q&A with the live-event audience through questions obtained via Twitter and YouTube Live.
Tell About This is aversatile prewriting or publishing tool that’s easy for young storytellers to use. Dozens of photos sorted into categories, including culture, people, family, and fun, serve as inspiration for prompts.
Researcher and ELL expert Jim Cummins has identified three keys to success in teaching students who are just learning English:
· Engage students in their literacy by providing access to resources.
· Ensure that all teachers are prepared to scaffold their instruction across the curriculum.
· Affirm and value students’ background, culture, and identity.
Across the nation, many schools are using edtech tools to support their teaching of English language learners through these three tactics. Read Middlebury Interactive’s special report on how technology can help address the needs of English language learners.
On November 1, 2017, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. (ET), TESOL will host a virtual seminar entitled “Creating & Using Videos for English Language Teaching.” With the increase of great videos from online sources such as MOOCs, TED, and YouTube channels, more and more educators and language learners are relying on video and audio as a source of language input.