Big Deal Media K-12 Technology Newsletter

Next Step Guided Reading Assessment supports data-informed decisions about reading instruction for striving, advanced, and EL students in grades K–6.

Target Instructional Next Steps

Developed by leading literacy experts Jan Richardson, PhD, and Maria Walther EdD, Next Step Guided Reading Assessment (NSGRA) supports data-informed decisions about reading instruction for striving, advanced, and EL students in kindergarten through grade 6. The assessment tool provides a complete picture of each reader’s word knowledge, fluency, and comprehension skills, and the NSGRA K–6 app offers reports for grouping, planning, and pinpointing instruction. Get to know your readers in four easy steps.

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August 15, 2019

 

Teacher Grant

Funding & Recognition

Grant to Advance Student Learning

Study.com offers a $1,000 Grant for Teachers to support them in developing curricula, purchasing supplies, or implementing projects that positively impact students and improve learning. In applying for the grant, teachers should describe their challenges with individualized instruction and relate how they overcame those challenges.

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The International Literacy Association 2019 Conference

Digital Learning • Learning Support

The International Literacy Association 2019 Conference

How can educators and administrators create the environment students need to reach their full potential in the classroom and throughout their lives? By infusing literacy in every aspect of education! The ILA 2019 Conference offers these professional learning opportunities to enhance literacy instruction:

* Two full days of professional learning on the topics you want, delivered in a variety of styles

* Two optional, additional days of deep-dive learning into children’s literature and today’s hottest literacy topics

* A well-rounded program of research-based and peer-reviewed sessions to help you empower your students and create an inclusive learning community

Visit ilaconference.org to register.

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coding and robotics competition crcc.io

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

Virtual Robotics and Coding Competition That Empowers STEM for All

CoderZ has kicked off registration for the third annual Cyber Robotics Coding Competition (CRCC) for students in grades 5–8. This online coding and robotics tournament enables schools, districts, and afterschool programs and clubs to engage students in STEM learning by using game-based competitions that are both safe and fun.

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Create an engaging social–emotional literacy-learning environment

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Program Incorporating Literacy Skills and Social–Emotional Development

LitLeague creates an engaging social–emotional literacy-learning environment. Perfect for your extended day or after-school programming needs!

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Music Grant

Funding & Recognition

Grant to Improve Access to Music and Music Education

The D’Addario Foundation offers Music Education Grants to US public schools and nonprofit organizations to promote high-quality, sustainable music instruction and improve student and community access to music and music education. The foundation gives preference to stringed, band, and percussion programs for underserved areas.

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space stem expiriments Photo by Atik sulianami on Unsplash

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

Program to Inspire the Next Generation of Scientists and Engineers

The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) was launched In June 2010, by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE) in strategic partnership with NanoRacks.

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Lessons on addressing violence facinghistory.org

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Ideas for Establishing a Safe, Inclusive Learning Community

Across the United States, students are returning to school amidst another nationwide tragedy. And once again, teachers are faced with the challenge of establishing a positive, safe, and reflective classroom in the wake of horrific violence. The staff of Facing History and Ourselves has produced the Teaching Idea Teaching in the Wake of Violence” to help educators address recent attacks.

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Critical learning and development

Professional Growth

SPOTLIGHT! On Executive Function and Self-Regulation

Executive function and self-regulation (EF/SR) skills provide critical supports for learning and development, and while we aren’t born with these skills, we are born with the potential to develop them through interactions and practice.

Enhancing and Practicing Executive Function Skills with Children from Infancy to Adolescence is a 16-page guide provided as a free download by the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University.

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9/11 Webinar Photo by Gerrie van der Walt on Unsplash

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Webinar on the Eighteenth Anniversary of 9/11

Students and teachers from around the world are invited to commemorate the eighteenth anniversary of 9/11 by registering for the 9/11 Memorial & Museum’s free Anniversary in the Schools webinar. During the 35-minute program, participants will connect with museum staff and guest speakers to hear first-person stories about the attacks and recognize the importance of commemoration.

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Rubiks Cube STEM lessons Photo by Olav Ahrens Røtne on Unsplash

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

Engineering and Construction Using the Rubik’s Cube

The You CAN Do The Rubik’s Cube program provides resources and support to schools and youth organizations to teach STEM/STEAM standards and twenty-first century skills by using the Rubik’s Cube. Invented by Professor Erno Rubik as a model of 3D geometry and design, the Rubik’s Cube has its foundation in the classroom.

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Revolutionary War Museum amrevmuseum.org

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Historical Perspectives on the American Revolution

The Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia brings the causes, events, and ideas of the American Revolution to life through immersive and creative programming for people of all ages and diverse life experiences. The well-researched, high-quality programs and learning resources draw on the museum’s collection and exhibits to present multiple historical perspectives through the eyes of real people who lived during the American Revolution.

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Interactive science app learnyland.com

Mobile Learning

App That Lets Children Explore the World

How It Works? by Learny Land is an entertaining didactic app for iOS that gives children the opportunity to explore how the world works through animations, simple explanations, games, and locutions.

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Buy a backpack with Alexa

Funding & Recognition

Student Backpack with School Supplies

Amazon has enabled Alexa users to donate money toward back-to-school supplies for children in need. Users simply say, “Alexa, donate to Happy School Year,” to be guided through a $25 donation to fill a student backpack.

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podcast on how children learn npr.org

Professional Growth

Podcast Exploring Innovations in Education

The MindShift podcast investigates innovations and issues that are shaping how children learn. Topics include “How Teachers Designed a School Centered On Caring Relationships,” “Why Ninth Grade Can Be a Big Shock For High School Students,” and “Overcoming Childhood Trauma: How Parents and Schools Work to Stop the Cycle.”

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code with google google.com

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

Google Initiative to Help Students Succeed in Computer Science

Google is offering a new coding resource for educators via Code with Google, which collects Google’s own free course curriculum on teaching computer science and a variety of other programs to help students learn to code or build on their existing skills, with lessons and materials for people at all levels of ability.

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World War II Interment Camp App eastoftherockies.com

Mobile Learning

Augmented Reality Story About Japanese Internment

The East of the Rockies app is an experiential augmented reality (AR) story written by Joy Kogawa, one of Canada’s most acclaimed and celebrated literary figures. The story is told from the perspective of Yuki, a 17-year-old girl forced from her home and made to live in the Slocan internment camp during the Second World War.

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