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IT Asset Management and Internet Safety Solution

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December 01, 2017

 

Teaching Tolerance

Funding & Recognition

Award for Excellence in Teaching

The biennial Teaching Tolerance Award for Excellence in Teaching recognizes five K–12 classroom educators from across the United States, who employ research-based practices to help students develop positive identities, exhibit empathy, consider different perspectives, think critically about injustice, and develop skills to take action.

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Professional Growth

Advancing Knowledge About Curriculum and Instruction

Educators can advance their knowledge and gain a well-respected credential from Penn State’s College of Education—consistently ranked in the top 10, according to U.S. News & World Report. Penn State’s World Campus invites educators to earn a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. They can choose from five areas of emphasis: STEM Education; Elementary Education; Children’s Literature; Curriculum and Supervision; and Theory and Practice in English, Social Studies, and World Languages. Participants will learn online from the same faculty who teach on campus and apply their new knowledge immediately in their classroom. The program is asynchronous, so participants can study on their own time, from any location. Visit the website to request information.

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Domestic Violence

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Initiative to Build Healthy Teen Relationships

An initiative of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Discovery Education, Take a Stand for Healthy Relationships teaches middle school students how to build healthy relationships, reject abuse, and safely ally for themselves or others who may be experiencing abuse. The initiative’s website, Teens4HealthyRelationships, provides educators of grades 6–8 with resources, including a standards-aligned curriculum, to encourage students to exercise skills in communication and self-awareness.

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Mobile Learning

Closing the Homework Gap

Sprint and the Sprint Foundation aim to change the lives of 1 million high school students by giving them opportunities to reach their full potential. The 1Million Project is a multiyear initiative offering free mobile devices and free high-speed wireless internet connectivity to 1 million low-income, US high school students lacking a reliable source of internet access at home. The goal of this expansive new program is to eliminate the “Homework Gap” that puts low-income students at a major disadvantage because they do not have ready access to the internet for completing homework, communicating with teachers, or applying for jobs, scholarships, or college.

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Geography Quizesnytimes.com

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Interactive Quiz on Global Awareness

The New York Times Learning Network’s “Country of the Week” feature helps to build students’ geography skills. A weekly interactive quiz introduces students to a country via a recent video or photograph and then asks them to find that place on a map. The quiz then focuses on the demographics and culture of the country.

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STEM • STEAM • STREAM

Mission for Teachers – Should They Choose to Accept!

Educators are invited to register to be an eCYBERMISSION Teacher/Team Advisor. eCYBERMISSION, a free web-based STEM competition for students in grades 6–9, promotes self-discovery and enables all students to recognize the real-life applications of STEM. eCYBERMISSION encourages students to develop solutions to real-world challenges in their local communities and compete for state, regional, and national awards. Teacher/Team Advisor responsibilities include assembling a team, registering both teacher and students, assisting the team in choosing a Mission Challenge, assisting the team with its Mission Challenge, and submitting the team’s Mission Folder.

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Philosophy for Children

Professional Growth

Fostering Discussion Through Philosophical Inquiry

Philosophy for Children and P.E.A.C.E.” (P4C) is a free self-paced virtual course from the Department of Humanities and the Philosophy for Children Course at University of Naples, Federico II, and the PEACE project, which offers training in the use of philosophical inquiry in the curriculum to foster a cosmopolitan mindset in young people.

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STEM • STEAM • STREAM

Award for Exemplary Mathematics or Science Teachers

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is currently accepting nominations in honor of outstanding mathematics and science (including computer science) teachers of K–6. The award recognizes those teachers who develop and implement a high-quality instructional program that is informed by content knowledge and enhances student learning. Awardees join a network of more than 4,700 past recipients and receive a certificate from the President of the United States, a trip to Washington, DC, and $10,000. Educators are invited to nominate a teacher or begin an application on the PAEMST website. Nominations close on April 1, 2018; applications must be completed by May 1, 2018.

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Geographic Beenationalgeographic.org

Funding & Recognition

Competition to Inspire Curiosity About the World

The National Geographic Bee is an annual geography competition organized by the National Geographic Society. To participate in the national competition, schools must register to hold their own geography bee.

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Programming Gamehwahba.com

Mobile Learning

Gameplay Using Programming Commands

Designed for iOS, Cato’s Hike puts students in a hiker’s shoes (either Cato’s or his friend’s—students’ choice) on an odyssey to find a way through the magical world they’ve stumbled into and to get back home. As they engage in the game, students use programming commands to tell their character where to move and how to get past such obstacles as water, rocks, and trees.

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Student Journalismstudentreportinglabs.org

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Curriculum Building Intellectual Curiosity

The PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs (SRL) initiative is building the next generation of public media with a unique digital journalism curriculum, local PBS station mentors, and the opportunity to tell important community stories to the world. The program creates transformational education experiences for middle school and high school students in classrooms and afterschool environments.

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Open Source Software Development

Funding & Recognition

Challenge to Code Open Source Projects

Google’s eighth annual Code-in challenge calls on students aged 13–17 to complete coding tasks on open source projects, with the aim of exposing teenagers to open source software development. To date, some 4,500 students have participated in the Google Code-in challenge, completing more than 23,000 tasks.

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Teaching ELLslagunita.stanford.edu

Professional Growth

Driving Educational Change for English Learners

Supporting English Language Learners: Resources for Leaders” is a free self-paced course developed by staff at the Understanding Language Initiative, housed at Stanford University. Understanding Language’s vision is to increase college, career, and community readiness for all students—especially English language learners (ELLs)—by transforming the quality of their educational experiences.

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Racial Literacy

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Textbook Devoted to Racial Literacy

Teenagers Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi started the student-run organization CHOOSE to overcome racism and inspire harmony through exposure, education, and empowerment. This enterprise led them to collaborate with Princeton University on The Classroom Index, a 224-page textbook devoted to racial literacy.

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Music From Around the Worldradiooooo.com

Mobile Learning

Music from Around the World

Radiooooo brings together music from around the world and organizes it by decade, beginning in 1900 through present day. Listeners simply click on a country and select a decade; the music will then begin playing.

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World War I Resourcescommons.wikimedia.org

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Lessons Inspired by the World War I Centennial

The National History Day (NHD) organization was asked by HISTORY and the World War I Centennial Commission to develop a teacher resource to connect teachers and students to the best research and resources for teaching the 100th anniversary of World War I (1914–1918). NHD worked with partner organizations, including HISTORY, the National Archives and Records Administration, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, and Army, Naval, and Marine Corps historical organizations to find interesting, unique primary sources.

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Game to Learn Principals of Codingprimotoys.com

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

Cross-Curricular Resource Presenting Coding Principles to Children

Designed by Primo in New Zealand, Cubetto offers a fun and engaging way for children to learn the principles of coding through a myriad of themes and subjects, including literacy, numeracy, math, and science. This friendly wooden robot encourages students to practice life skills, such as collaboration, through hands-on play and helps them to develop other important proficiencies, such as spatial awareness and storytelling.

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Chemistry Game Appmolecularium.com

Mobile Learning

3D Models of Molecules

My Molecularium challenges students to launch atoms at target bond sites to assemble essential molecules of increasing complexity and difficulty. Students move their device to direct their shots by aiming the laser-guided gyroscope.

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