Is nonfiction gaining traction? How important is background knowledge? How does reading translate to different careers? Get the answers to these questions and more in Renaissance Learning’s freeWhat Kids Are Reading: 2020 Editionreport. The world’s largest annual survey of K–12 student reading habits, What Kids Are Reading contains eye-opening research analyses and lists the top books students are reading at every grade level.
The Bill of Rights Institute rewards students who rise to the challenge of tackling some of the most compelling questions of our time. This year’s We the Students Essay Contest challenges students to tell what civil discourse means to them.
DreamBox Learning Math is the only K–8 digital math program powered by students, built by and for educators, and independently proven to positively impact student achievement. DreamBox dynamically adapts and differentiates in real time based not only on students’ answers but also on how they solve problems. By continually supporting all students at their right level, DreamBox is a powerful partner in every classroom, school, and district.
The New Leaders Initiative offers innovative youth programming across the United States, with the goal of engaging, growing, and supporting environmental and social justiceyouth activists so that they can reach the highest version of themselves.
On April 2, 2020, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (ET), educators are invited to a free, live presentation on “Leading with Ethics” sponsored by ETS – ProEthica. In this freeedLeader Panel hosted on edWeb.net, the presenters will explore how school administrators can help change the way ethics-based decisions are made within their school districts.
SPOTLIGHT! On Equitable Access to Science Materials
Building Science Literacy with Technology
Nationally, English learners (ELs) make up nearly 10 percent of preK–12 classrooms and almost 15 percent of urban classrooms, and these numbers are on the rise, according to research by the National Center for Education Statistics. Many supports are available for ELs, but the elementary science materials available are disproportionately directed toward grade-level readers. How can educators make access to science more equitable?
iRobot is helping to drive STEM education programs in the iRobot Cool Stuff Museum, where students can explore the building blocks of the world’s coolest robots. A freeiOS or Androidapp from Cuseum takes students on a tour of the museum, providing an opportunity to learn about iRobot’s rich history in robotics and gain inspiration.
Recently NPR published a comic geared to children about the newly discovered coronavirus. The comic was also published in Chinese and has been translated into other languages—and it is finding an audience in schools and libraries as well as at home.
Course on the Complexities of a Contemporary, Healthy Food System
FOOD Ed. is a national standards-aligned course that brings STEAM to life by exploring the complexities of the nation’s food system. The semester-long interdisciplinary course explores connections between food and culture, food and environment, and food and power.
Project Bringing to Light the Vision and Voice of Eleanor Roosevelt
March is Women’s History Month—commemorating and encouraging the study, observance, and celebration of the vital role of women in American history. Eleanor Roosevelt (ER) was one of the most significant American women of the twentieth century, and she remains one of the most admired.
3D App with Interactive Scenes of the Acropolis of Athens
The world’s most famous citadel, the Acropolis of Athens, was built in Ancient Greece in the fifth century BCE. With the freeAcropolis Interactive 3D app, students can explore this great work of architecture along with events of the past.
Self-Paced Course to Increase Confidence Around Climate Topics
To celebrate 50 years of Earth Day, Project WET has teamed up with the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and Project WILD to launch a freeonline professional learning opportunity on climate topics on March 23, 2020.
Inquiry-based Activities to Increase Students’ Math Understanding
Math educators worked with learning researchers and multimedia developers to create Math Snacks, an online platform that helps students in grades 4–8 work through difficult math concepts. Created in New Mexico State University’s Learning Games Lab, the freeMath Snacks materials address critical content, including number sense, ratio, proportion, measurement, scale factor, and prealgebra.
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