February 18, 2020
Funding & Recognition
Competition to Create a Google Doodle Based on Kindness

Doodle for Google  offers K-12 students an opportunity to display their artwork on Google.com. In addition to having their work featured on the tech company’s landing page for an entire day, the winner will receive a $30,000 college scholarship, and the winner’s school will be awarded a $50,000 technology package.

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Digital Learning • Learning Support
Balancing Caring for Students with Professional Distance

How can educators remain sensitive to students’ needs and protect themselves from risk when interacting with students, parents, and colleagues in complex situations? With the ProEthica program, educators have tools to develop decision-making skills based on open communications and a professional  ethics framework. This  self-paced, online program provides real-life scenarios of situations educators encounter to help develop awareness of professional risk, the value of subscribing to a code of professional ethics, and the power of collaborative decision-making. The ProEthica program helps build trust among colleagues while protecting the teaching profession and supporting the welfare and safety of students.

Professional Growth
Report Identifying Future Trends in STEM

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.

Mobile Learning
Virtual Reality App Immersing Students in Chemistry Processes

MEL Chemistry  is a course of  lessons in virtual reality  that turns studying into an engaging process for learning about the rudiments of chemistry.

Innovative Activities to Integrate into a STEM Program

Based in Australia,  Fizzics Education  hosts more than 150  free resources, 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.

Professional Growth
Blog Sharing Current Thinking on Effective Classroom Practices

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.

Funding & Recognition
Community of Girls Using Technology to Change the World

The  ProjectCSGIRLS competition  encourages girls to develop projects that disrupt the present in a positive way. The contest’s aim is to create a community of creative, talented, and confident young women building the technologies that will shape the future.

Digital Learning • Learning Support
Black History Month: Celebrating Diversity in Literature

The  National African American Read-In  is the nation’s first and oldest event dedicated to diversity in literature. The initiative was established in 1990 by the  National Council of Teachers of English  to make literacy a significant part of  Black History Month, and since that time, it has reached more than 6 million participants around the world.

Digital Learning • Learning Support
Lesson Plans to Bring the World’s Constitutions into the Classroom

The  Comparative Constitutions Project  (CCP) launched  Constitute  in collaboration with  Google Ideas  in 2013. Accessible in  English, Spanish, and Arabic, Constitute is an online environment to read, search, and compare the world’s constitutions.

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Funding & Recognition
Design Challenge Encouraging Responsible Energy Use

The  Clean Tech Competition  is a worldwide research and design challenge for precollege youth. The program encourages scientific understanding of real-world issues and the integration of environmentally responsible energy sources.

Professional Growth
Guide to Help Librarians Curate Open Source Resources

The nonprofit  Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME) has created and shared an  open-source guide  for school librarians engaged in curating open educational resources. Drawing lessons from school districts and libraries, ISKME developed the free guidebook to help school librarians and district officials develop a coherent roadmap for OER curation and implementation.

Interactive Pictorial Periodic Table

The  Interactive Periodic Table of the Elements, in Pictures and Words  provides chemistry students of all ages and levels with instant facts about each of the elements it illustrates. When students click on  Palladium , for example, they will learn about the element’s role in pollution control.

Mobile Learning
Augmented Reality App Exploring Artifacts from Around the World

Civilisations AR , an  iOS  app from the  BBC , gives students an unprecedented look at 30 artifacts from around the globe–for example, the Rosetta Stone from the British Museum; an Egyptian mummy from the Torquay Museum in Devon, England; and Rodin’s  The Kiss  from the National Museum of Wales.

Digital Learning • Learning Support
Open-Licensed Global Storybooks: From Arabic to Zulu

A team based at the  University of British Columbia  in Canada has developed a  literacy portal, Global Storybooks, which hosts custom sites with multilingual, open-licensed books from more than 40 countries and regions on five continents. The portal is intended to help democratize global flows of information and resources, facilitate language learning–including Indigenous languages–and promote literacy.

Digital Learning • Learning Support
Daily Routines of Famous Creative People

Podio.com  has designed an  interactive infographic  of the daily routines of 26 creators–from W. H. Auden to Immanuel Kant, from Flannery O’Connor to Franz Kafka. The daily routines are as varied as the people who follow them, although long walks and a very early wakeup time are common to many.


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