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December 03, 2018

 

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Civil liberties and human rights prize.

Funding & Recognition

Essay Contest on Issues Related to Human Rights

The Kemper Human Rights Education Foundation is offering a $1,000 first prize and a $500 second prize to high school students in the United States who are judged to have written the best answers to a question on American civil liberties and human rights.

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Pursue a master's degree via online learning through Penn State World Campus.

Professional Growth

Online Education Programs to Meet Professional Goals

Penn State’s graduate education programs can be an ideal addition to your credentials if you want to move forward in your school or district, or satisfy professional development requirements. Among the areas to study are Curriculum and Instruction; Learning, Design, and Technology; Educational Leadership; and Special Education. Thanks to online learning through Penn State World Campus, you can pursue a master’s degree or certificate no matter where you are in the world. As a student in Penn State’s programs, you are backed by a world-class reputation and accreditation, student support team, and powerful network of students, mentors, and alumni. Applications are now being accepted for 2019 admission.

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Educational Biology Kits for Experimentsmybiobits.org

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

High-Tech Biology Kits for the Next Generation of Scientists

The BioBits Project was started by a group of synthetic biology researchers at Northwestern University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Wyss Institute at Harvard University, who wanted to help students learn biology by doing biology. Their aim was to enable students to perform a range of simple, hands-on biological experiments without the need for specialized lab equipment and at a fraction of the cost of current standard experimental designs.

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Increase children’s meaningful engagement with books.

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Game Changer! Discover the Power of Book Access

Two literacy advocates with a deep passion for books, bestselling author Donalyn Miller and fifth-grade teacher Colby Sharp, showcase the power of children’s access to books, providing teachers and administrators with the tools and information they need to increase children’s meaningful engagement with books and to launch or sustain book access initiatives in their communities. Game Changer! provides years of independent-reading, classroom-program knowhow and research for educators at every level.

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Global Awarenessprimarysource.org

Professional Growth

Online Modules on Strategies for Global Learning

Primary Source’s Building Blocks for Global Learning are a new set of six online modules that build a foundation for global awareness and support global competence in the classroom and school community.

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PBS Nova Science

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

In-depth Science Programming

Now in its fourth decade, WGBH Boston’s NOVA television series remains committed to in-depth science programming in the form of one-hour documentaries and long-form miniseries—from the latest breakthroughs in technology to the deepest mysteries of the natural world. In addition to the weekly television broadcasts, NOVA extends its award-winning science reporting both online and in classrooms.

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Augmented Reality Reading Appwonderscope.com

Mobile Learning

Augmented Reality (AR) Environment for Story Explorers

The startup Within Limited is bringing its expertise in making experiential virtual reality (VR) to the world of augmented reality (AR). In November 2018, the company launched its first AR experience, Wonderscope, as an iOS app.

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Art design awardcooperhewitt.org

Funding & Recognition

Award for Applying History of Design in Education

The Smithsonian Libraries is calling for applications for the 2019 Neville-Pribram Mid-Career Educators Award. The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Library in New York is the host location for 2019.

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Learn about holiday traditions.pbslearningmedia.org

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Winter Holiday Videos

PBS LearningMedia’s All About the Holidays is a collection of short videos exploring the history and significance behind Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa.

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Collaborate to Create Online Storiesbevansjoel.wixsite.com

Social Media

Collaboration in the Global Classroom without Walls

Travelling Tales is an online program in which students from schools all over the world collaborate to create stories. Students are sorted by age and assigned an issue on topics that vary—from environmental to social issues.

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News for Elementary School Studentsxyzanews.com

Mobile Learning

News Experience Designed for Children

Xyza is a news experience made just for elementary and middle school–aged children. Whether reading, watching, responding, or contributing, students get the opportunity to learn about the events that are occurring in the world right now. Xyza’s news stories cover politics, world events, entertainment, sports, arts, culture, science, technology, and more.

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Resources for teaching about the judicial branch.

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Realistic Courtroom Simulations

Enrichment activities and resources dealing with the federal courts, the Supreme Court, and the Constitution bring realistic court experiences into the lives of high school students. These original, courtroom-ready and classroom-ready resources are the centerpiece of the federal courts’ national and local educational outreach to high school students and their teachers.

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Podcast on Education Topics

Professional Growth

Podcast About Teaching with Technology

OnEducation, by OnPodcastMedia, is a podcast about “teachers, teaching, and everything in between.” The hosts are two educators—one a language teacher in the US, the other a computer science teacher in Canada—who talk with world-class educators, take questions, and tell listeners what’s new in educational technology.

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Student documentary prizestudentcam.org

Funding & Recognition

National Student Video Documentary Competition

StudentCam is C-SPAN’s video documentary competition that encourages students to think critically about issues affecting their communities and the nation. This year students in grades 6-12 are asked to create a short (five- to six-minute) video documentary.

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Archive of materials from Teddy Roosevelt.

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Theodore Roosevelt’s Life Documented Through Primary Sources

Thousands of intimate records from Theodore Roosevelt’s life are now available in a digital archive compiled by the Library of Congress. According to the library, its collection of Roosevelt’s papers has become the world’s largest, with 276,000 documents and more than 460,000 images from his time as governor of New York, his days as a cavalry officer in the Spanish–American War, and his role as president in the early 1900s.

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Physics Interactivenorilla.com

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

Mixed-Reality System to Improve STEAM Learning

NoRILLA (novel research-based intelligent lifelong learning apparatus) is a mixed-reality system that combines physical and virtual worlds to improve children’s STEAM learning in an enjoyable and collaborative way. Based on scientifically proven research at Carnegie Mellon University, NoRILLA’s specialized AI algorithm tracks what students are doing in the physical environment and provides personalized interactive feedback to children as they experiment and make discoveries in the real world.

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Virtual Field Tripsexploringbytheseat.com

Social Media

Virtual Field Trips That Bring Science into the Classroom

Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants aims to inspire the next generation of scientists, explorers, and conservationists by bringing science, exploration, adventure, and conservation into classrooms through virtual speakers and field trips with leading experts across the globe. Since starting in September 2015, this free program has connected tens of thousands of students to scientists and explorers in more than 40 countries.

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Augmented Reality Anatomyappadvice.com

Mobile Learning

Human Brain in Augmented Reality (AR)

Made for iOS 12 by Designmate, Brainapse is an engaging and informative learning app that uses augmented reality (AR) to help students explore the anatomy, structure, and functions of the human skull and brain and explains the evolution of the human brain and its way of working.

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