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Get 20% Off Cost on DonorsChoose for a Classroom Audio Project

FrontRow wants to help you overcome the invisible barriers to learning with the Juno classroom audio system. To get you started, FrontRow will donate the first 20 percent of material costs on any Juno project. They will also promote your project to help you get the most exposure possible with your community. Every student in your class will get a FrontRow seat with Juno.

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October 15, 2019

 

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Coding competitiongocoderz.com

Funding & Recognition

Online Computer Science and Robotics Tournament

The Cyber Robotics Coding Competition (CRCC) is an online tournament for students of all levels to participate in and learn about STEM, coding, robotics, and technology career paths. CRCC enables teachers, schools, and districts to engage students with technology and develop STEM awareness while they compete in the gamelike competition.

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resources for planning and teaching developmentally appropriate word study and phonics lessons

Literacy Resources

Guide for Developing Proficient Word Solvers and Independent Readers

Guided reading experts Jan Richardson and Michèle Dufrense provide teachers with clear, concise, and practical instructions and resources for planning and teaching developmentally appropriate word study and phonics lessons. Learn how students solve words, how to assess what students know and need to learn next, and what sequence, materials, and activities to use to help students excel. The Next Step Forward in Word Study and Phonics works with the familiar Next Step Forward lesson plan framework from Richardson’s bestselling Next Step Forward in Guided Reading. It uses a gradual release-of-responsibility approach that guides students to independent word-solving; introduces readers to six approaches to phonics and word study; and presents more than 250 ready-to-use word study lessons, leveled from preA–Z.

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ISTE Educational Technology

Professional Growth

Guide for Conversing with Parents About Learning with Technology

Your Edtech Conversation Guide, a free downloadable resource from the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), is the definitive handbook for changing the conversation with parents about how students are learning with the use of technology.

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Dedicated solution to manage all classroom devices and school-wide IT assets.

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Toolkit for Successful IT Management

NetSupport DNA provides educators, technicians, and counselors with their own dedicated solution to manage all classroom devices and school-wide IT assets, while identifying vulnerable students. As technology use increases in schools, educators should be equipped with tools not only to improve the quality of technology-led instruction but also to maintain a safe learning environment while ensuring IT assets are used effectively. In addition to providing teachers with tools to interact and collaborate with student devices, IT staff can centrally manage and support IT assets and endpoints across a school- or district-wide network. Powerful student eSafety features help support counselors in proactively identifying and protecting vulnerable students via internet metering, keyword/phrase monitoring, webcam controls, report a concern, risk index, plus more. NetSupport DNA provides a complete toolkit for successful IT management while promoting positive digital citizenship and protecting students.

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Submit your art to the exhibitionmsichicago.org

Funding & Recognition

Juried Exhibition Celebrating Black Creativity

Applications are now open for the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry’s Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition, the longest-running gallery of African American art in the nation. The museum is calling for adults and students to submit their work to be included among more than 100 pieces as part of the 50th annual celebration of Black Creativity.

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Samsung Ultimate STEM Contest

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

Creating Change in Communities with STEM

Samsung Solve for Tomorrow is the ultimate STEM contest for sixth- through twelfth-grade public schools, and now applying is easier than ever: first create an account (so you can be notified if you win); then provide your school information in the online form; and finally answer two simple questions. That’s it. You have applied for a chance to win a share of $3 million for your classroom!

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Technology News App

Mobile Learning

Tappable Distillations of Tech News

Sip News by Product Hunt distills the day’s most important technology news into digestible snippets. The format is simple: each day’s headlines are condensed into slideshow stories, composed of quick-hitting explanations and commentary.

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Art History App

Mobile Learning

Daily Dose of Art History

Do you want to know why Van Gogh cut off his ear? Or who the lady on Picasso’s portrait is? Or how Jackson Pollock created his paintings? DailyArt, a free app for iOS and Android by Moiseum, offers a daily dose of classic, modern, and contemporary art masterpieces.

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K-12 Survey

Funding & Recognition

Tell Us About Yourself!

As a recipient of Big Deal Media’s K–12 Technology eNewsletter, you are invited to tell Big Deal Media how you use this publication and how you participate in the purchase of technology products and services. (The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete.) Surveys submitted in full by October 31, 2019, will be entered into a random drawing to win a $50 Amazon gift card. Big Deal Media is giving away one $50 card for every 100 completed surveys.

Deadline: October 31, 2019, for completed surveys

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Nominate a librarian for award

Funding & Recognition

Award Honoring Librarians for Outstanding Service to Children

The Distinguished Service Award honors an Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) member who has made significant contributions to or impact on library services for children, and directly to ALSC. Nominees may be practicing librarians in a school or public library, a library or information science educator, a member of the library press, an editor or other employee of a publishing house, or a retired children’s librarian.

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Earthrise Global Oneness

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Student Multimedia Project on the Meaning of Global Citizenship

Global Oneness Project is sponsoring a student photography project inspired by the film Earthrise by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee. “Document Your Place on the Planet” challenges students to take one photograph that captures their relationship and place on Earth.

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audio translation of visual medialisteningislearning.org

Funding & Recognition

Contest to Describe the Benefits of Audio Description in Education

The American Council of the Blind’s Audio Description Project (ACB-ADP) and the Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP) are cosponsoring the Benefits of Audio Description in Education (BADIE) contest, an opportunity for young people, aged 7 to 21, who are blind and visually impaired to win prizes for themselves and their teacher, as well as recognition for their school.

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Community Intelligence Software

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Software That Helps Bring People Together

Thoughtexchange’s community intelligence software empowers education leaders to ask open-ended questions and get answers in real time. Artificial intelligence and machine learning ensure everyone’s response gets considered. Powerful analysis tools instantly surface valuable insights into key areas of agreement and disagreement. Leaders can find common ground, inspire trust, and use data to make decisions that get immediate support. Everyone contributes and everyone learns, without bias. Millions of people around the world use Thoughtexchange to lead change, optimize learning, define products, and drive innovation. Discover how Thoughtexchange is rethinking the way people come together to share ideas and create ownership for important decisions.

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Anti bullying materialspacerteensagainstbullying.org

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Campaign to Prevent Peer-to-Peer Bullying

October marks National Bullying Prevention Month, an occasion initiated by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, which brings together communities around the world to unite in a campaign to keep all youth safe from bullying.

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Democracy and Dictatorship

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Virtual Classroom Visits on Protecting Democracy

In September 2019, author Kenneth C. Davis began offering free virtual classroom visits on the subject of democracy and dictatorships. The intent of the virtual visits is to speak with middle school and high school students and their teachers about what democracy is, what threatens democracy today, and how to protect it.

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coding careers for people with autism

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

SPOTLIGHT! On Coding for Children with Autism

Learning to code is about learning how to solve problems, work with others in creative ways, and think in a new language. Teaching children with autism employs the same skills—creating logical connections, breaking tasks into smaller parts and sequencing them—but it is also much more. Teaching children with autism to code is teaching them the thinking skills they need to address the challenges they face in their everyday lives—to frame their thoughts, to prompt them through routines, and more.

Autism Coding Academy
Coding Autism is building the first autism-specialized coding academy, pairing online coding education, community, and an autism-savvy support team to help transition autistic talent into the technology workforce.

Coding Guide for Children on the Spectrum
Coding for Kids with Autism: The Ultimate Guide for Parents and Educators offers answers to some of the most common questions the authors have encountered while operating a successful coding school serving hundreds of children on the autism spectrum.

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Digital Citizenship Resourcesdigcitcommit.org

Professional Growth

Campaign to Redefine Digital Citizenship

A diverse group of technology, education, and media organizations has come together to launch the Digital Citizenship Commitment campaign (DigCitCommit) with the goal of redefining digital citizenship and reaching one million students by 2021. The campaign will engage teachers, allow for sharing of best practices, and provide educators with tools to teach a new definition of digital citizenship and wellbeing.

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women in STEMearthecho.org

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

Live Virtual Events Focusing on Women in STEM

From marine sciences to engineering, environmental youth leadership organization EarthEcho International and United Technologies Corp. (UTC) are giving a new generation of aspiring professionals an exciting look into the real-world of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics careers through a series of live virtual events.

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New York Times Writing Promptsnytimes.com

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Program Based on Real-World Writing

This school year, The New York Times is offering a free, flexible, seven-unit writing curriculum based on real-world genres found not just in The Times, but in all kinds of print and online sources. Woven into each unit are multiple opportunities for students to publish and have their writing read by authentic audiences.

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