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BDM Blog January 2019 - email

February 15, 2019

 

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Math Modeling Challenge M3

Funding & Recognition

Mathematical Modeling Challenge

MathWorks Math Modeling (M3) Challenge spotlights applied mathematics as a powerful problem-solving tool and as a viable and exciting profession. Participating students are encouraged to explore and bolster their mathematical modeling knowhow to position themselves for success.

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

Professional Growth

Opportunity to Advance Your Career in Education

Penn State’s M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, with five areas of emphasis to choose from, and the Graduate Certificate in Children's Literature are taught by distinguished faculty from Penn State’s College of Education and conveniently offered online through Penn State World Campus. No matter where you are in the world, you can pursue a master’s degree or certificate backed by a world-class reputation and accreditation, student support team, and a powerful network of students, mentors, and alumni. Penn State is accepting applications for the spring 2019 semester. Take the next step to advance your career in education and become part of the Penn State network of more than 692,000 alumni.

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PBS Presidents Series Videopbs.org

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Teaching Tools for Presidents Day

Presidents Day in 2019 is February 18. On this day, students celebrate the lives of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, their contributions to the United States, and the lives and contributions of all 45 US Presidents. The National Education Association provides resources (lessons, games, videos, and more), organized by grade range (K–5, 6–8, 9–12), which teachers can use in the classroom.

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Science Simulation Lab Onlinerealism.io

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

Virtual Science Labs, Anytime, Anywhere

Steven Wang got into the tech field about seven years ago—as a pre-adolescent. Now, at 17, he has a concrete vision for how he wants to use technology to transform the learning experiences of students all over the world. He is CEO and cofounder of a startup company called Realism that offers virtual labs in physics, chemistry, and biology.

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Captioned Media Improves Literacydcmp.org

SPOTLIGHT! On Using Captioned Media to Improve Literacy

Described and Captioned Media Program’s (DCMP) Read Captions Across America (RCAA) is the first national reading event to put emphasis on the importance of captioned media as a reading tool for all children, not just those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Thousands of students have participated in this event since its inauguration in 2006. Teachers can order a free RCAA kit, learn more about how captioning improves literacy, and find great ideas from teachers and parents on the RCAA website.

Educators can also use these captioned media resources from DCMP to celebrate Black History Month (February) and Presidents Day (February 18)—and throughout the year.

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Augmented Reality Animal Appalivestudiosco.com

Mobile Learning

Magical Windows to a 3D Animal World

Alive Studios Rugs alive are colorful classroom rugs that come to life with the free Rugs alive app for iOS and Android devices. Students can learn about the world’s animal habitats, explore 26 animals in 3D, take fun photos with their favorite animal, brush up on uppercase and lowercase letters, and more.

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3D Modeling Contestgrabcad.com

Funding & Recognition

Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge

Extreme Redesign is an annual 3D printing challenge created by Stratasys, Inc., which invites students worldwide to design an original piece of art, jewelry, or architecture, or to improve an existing design. This year Extreme Redesign features three categories: Engineering: Secondary Education (middle/high school students); Engineering: Post-Secondary (university, college, or post-secondary students); and Art, Jewelry & Architecture (students of any grade level).

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Travel Opportunities New York Times Studentsnytimes.com

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Educational Travel Programs for Students

New York Times Student Journeys offers educational travel programs for middle school and high school students. The programs focus on destinations The Times has covered, where students can benefit from an insider’s view as they explore themes and topics associated with The Times coverage of local issues.

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High School Essay Contest Diplomacy PeacePhoto by Nathan Fertig on Unsplash

Funding & Recognition

Peace-Building Essay Contest

Since 2015 the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) has partnered with the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) on its annual National High School Essay Contest. The contest engages high school students in learning and writing about issues of peace and conflict, and encourages appreciation for diplomacy’s role in building partnerships that can advance peace building and protect national security.

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Empathy Storiesglobalonenessproject.org

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Stories That Foster Empathy in the Classroom

The Global Oneness Project has created an Empathy Collection of 15 stories and lesson plans to foster empathy in the classroom. Through the multimedia stories, students meet individuals from different backgrounds and visit communities in different geographic locations facing challenging global issues.

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Forensics Chemistry Gamificationchemcollective.org

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

Game Using Chemistry Concepts to Solve a Forensics Case

ChemCollective’s free Mixed Reception game is set in a research group that is developing an antivenom for spider bites. In the opening scene, Nelson Pogline, a talented graduate student, dies unexpectedly at a university reception. In their role as detectives, students must use chemistry concepts to determine if he was murdered, and if so, to solve the case.

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Music Educator Award

Funding & Recognition

Music Education Award

The GRAMMY Foundation’s Music Educator Award shines a spotlight on the excellent and impactful work being done by thousands of music teachers across the United States. To be eligible for the award, educators must teach music fulltime in public or private schools, kindergarten through college.

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Explore the Importance of Journalismnewseumed.org

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Virtual Exploration of a Historic Student Rights Case

Fifty years ago, the US Supreme Court ruled on a landmark student rights case, Tinker v. Des Moines. Teachers can use NewseumED’s resources to explore the importance of the court ruling, then and now. The case involved Mary Beth Tinker, her brother John, and Christopher Eckhardt, who had been punished for wearing black armbands to school in protest of the Vietnam War.

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Poetry Competitionpoetryoutloud.org

Funding & Recognition

Poetry Out Loud Competition

Poetry Out Loud helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life. Created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, the program is administered in partnership with arts agencies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the US Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. The national Poetry Out Loud Competition invites high school students in grades 9–12, as well as eighth graders who participate in a high school-level class, to compete in local, state, and national finals in the recitation of poetry.

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Augmented Reality Appteliportme.com

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

Augmented Reality Portals to Places Around the World

Teliport Me’s iOS app Portals: Learning with AR uses augmented reality to enable anyone to walk into a 360-degree image or video. Looking through their mobile device, students will see a circular design “floating” in the classroom that remains in place as they walk around it.

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Collaborate with Educators

Professional Growth

Collaborative Workshops Exploring Innovative Education Trends

From the latest tech to the newest assessment trend, it’s difficult for classroom teachers to stay on top of everything. The Educator Innovation Lab is a place where teachers can identify an area of desired growth and then try innovative ideas in that area in the classroom.

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Primary Grades Math ContestPhoto by Antoine Dautry on Unsplash

Funding & Recognition

Mathematics Problem-Solving Contest

The Noetic Learning Math Contest (NLMC) is a semiannual problem-solving competition for elementary and middle school students. The goal of the competition is to encourage students to be interested in math, to develop their problem-solving skills, and to inspire them to excel in this subject area.

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Harry Potter Podcast

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Podcast Analyzing the Harry Potter Series

At the beginning of February 2019, the podcastBinge 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.

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Nominate a Math or Science Teacher

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

Nominate a Teacher for a Presidential Award

Since 1983 the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) have been recognizing excellent educators spanning all corners of the country from one-room schoolhouses in rural Montana to large school systems in the heart of New York City.

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