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At-the-Desk Charging

Protect Instruction Time with Easy At-The-Desk Charging

Many schools are struggling to leverage laptops with batteries that do not last through the day, and students need to be able to charge their devices while they work to get through their lessons. JAR System’s new Active Charge for Adapt4 USB-C Charging Stations are all-in-one portable power solutions to provide at-the-desk charging without running power strips or extension cords to desks. Take advantage of a limited-time offer.

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February 15, 2021

  

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Grants from IBMibm.org

Funding & Recognition

Grants to Help Educational Institutions Strengthen Cybersecurity

IBM is offering in-kind grants worth $3 million to six school districts to assist them in strengthening cybersecurity in the wake of reports of increased cyberattacks against schools. 

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nationalcyberleague.org

Funding & Recognition

Challenges Building Cybersecurity Skills in a Safe Environment

The biannual National Cyber League (NCL) Competition simulates real-life cyberthreats in a safe environment for high school students to learn how to defend organizations against such threats and keep them secure. 

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Funding & Recognition

Grants to Help Students Think Critically and Solve Problems

The NEA Foundation’s Student Success grants fund projects that will stimulate students’ curiosity and help them become successful global citizens who are critical thinkers and problem solvers. 

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Funding & Recognition

Opportunity to Close the STEM Gap

The Siemans STEM Day Possibility Grant Sweepstakes offers K–12 educators in Title I schools a chance to win $5,000 for a STEM lab with the latest technology in their school. 

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Student Engagement with Classlink

Digital Learning • Learning Support

How Fulton Keeps 94,000 Students Engaged with ClassLink

Dr. Emily Bell, Chief Information Officer for Fulton County Schools, Georgia, says ClassLink helps her district’s 94,000 students stay engaged, whether they are remote or in class. Students access digital resources from one place with one login, while leaders and teachers track engagement with usage analytics. Bell says with ClassLink Analytics, teachers monitor which digital resources students engage with and for how long, allowing them to step in quickly when students need support. “For us, ClassLink is an important element in our success, whether we are in school or in remote learning,” says Bell.

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Image by Magic Creative from Pixabay

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Online Course Presenting the Science Behind Well-Being

To help young people combat the growing mental health crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Yale University is offering a variation of its most popular “happiness” course to more than 500 low-income high school students around the nation at no cost

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Digital Learning • Learning Support

Traveling Exhibit with Original Artifacts of Black History

The Black History 101 Mobile Museum hosts an award-winning collection of more than 10,000 original artifacts of Black memorabilia dating from the trans-Atlantic slave trade era to hip-hop culture. 

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Free Music ResourcesImage by Hans Braxmeier from Pixabay

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Music Legends Raising Awareness of Black Contributions to Arts and Society

Kids Discover has partnered with Rhino Records to celebrate Black History Month by releasing three free units honoring classic recording artists Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, and Curtis Mayfield. 

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Library of Congress Newspaper Databasechroniclingamerica.loc.gov

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Searchable Database of Visual Content in Historic Newspapers

For more than a decade, educators and students have explored historic newspapers through the Chronicling America website. Now the latest machine learning experience from Library of Congress Labs allows users to search visual content in American newspapers dated 1789–1963.

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Reviews children's book as it relates to diversity. Illustration by David Huyck, 
in consultation with Sara Park Dahlen

Professional Growth

Videos Exploring Multicultural Children’s Books Through an Antibias Lens

In response to requests for recommendations of antibias children’s books, Social Justice Books has launched the Freedom Reads: Anti-Bias Book Talk video series. Each episode walks viewers through a synopsis of the book, relevant resources, and four to five key points from an antibias, critical literacy perspective.

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free educator trainingverizon.digitalpromise.org

Professional Growth

Remote Teacher-Training Pathways

Digital Promise and Verizon have teamed up to offer free training pathways for individual teachers that will lead them to educator microcredentials. Three pathways are currently available, with more to be offered later in the year.

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Award for STEM Educators

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

Nation’s Highest Honor for Teachers of STEM and Computer Science

For more than 35 years, The White House Office of Science and Technology has bestowed the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) upon STEM teachers across the country and in US jurisdictions. More than 5,300 teachers have received PAEMST, the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K–12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teaching. Awardees receive a trip to Washington, DC; a $10,000 award; and opportunities to network with colleagues from across the nation. To learn more about eligibility requirements, nominate a teacher, or apply yourself, visit www.paemst.org.

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science articles, podcasts, and videossciencehistory.org

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

Compelling Stories at the Heart of Science and Society

The Science History Institute in Philadelphia collects and shares the stories of innovators and the discoveries that shape our lives. As the natural repository for the history of chemistry, chemical engineering, and the life sciences, the institute preserves, interprets, and houses an archive and library of award-winning digital content.

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science museum virtual tourhsm.ox.ac.uk

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

Exhibits and Artifacts Inspiring the Next Generation of Scientists 

Oxford University’s History of Science Museum hosts a leading collection of scientific instruments from the Middle Ages to the nineteenth century. The museum’s virtual tours allow visitors to explore exhibits and artifacts of some of the most important scientific discoveries in science history. 

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civics Library of Congresskidcitizen.net

Mobile Learning

Interactive Exploration of Congress and Civic Engagement

KidCitizen introduces a new way for K–5 students to engage with US history. In KidCitizen’s interactive episodes, children explore civics and government concepts by investigating primary source photographsfrom the Library of Congress and connect what they find with their daily lives.

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space augmented reality appmediaarchive.cern.ch

Mobile Learning

Story of Our Universe—in Mixed Reality

The free Big Bang AR app for iOS and Android invites students to join Tilda Swinton and CERN scientists on an epic, mixed-reality journey through the birth and evolution of our Universe. 

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