A year ago, I boarded an airplane and took my window seat next to a middle school girl and her mom. We were about to take off and travel the length of the country when I heard delighted laughter coming from my row mates. Of course, I wanted to know what was so funny, so I listened a little closer, which is not hard when you are seated on a crowded airplane.
Each month we publish blogs and newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in January.
At the beginning of February 2019, the podcast “Binge Mode” concluded its eight-month run of 70 episodes discussing every chapter of the seven books in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Students can jump on their brooms and explore all the episodes of the Harry Potter podcast on the Binge Mode website or in iTunes.
NewsFeed Defenders,by iCivics and FactCheck.org, is a freemedia literacy game that engages students with the standards of journalism, showing them how to spot a variety of methods behind the viral deceptions they face today. To play the game, students join a fictional social media site focused on news and information, where they meet challenges to level up from guest user to site administrator.
Crash Course is an educational YouTube channel started by the Green brothers, Hank Green and John Green, who are notable for their VlogBrothers channel. Crash Course has been working with MediaWise, a project from the nonprofit PoynterInstitute for Media Studies, to help students evaluate the accuracy of digital information.