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Technology

STEM… STEAM… Tech… Makers: Connecting Project Based Learning (PBL)

Welcome to a post that brings STEM, STEAM, and Maker Space together with Project Based Learning and proper technology integration in the classroom. You will discover multiple free resources in this post along with some great ideas for finding student success.

Current Affairs

Environment

Earth Action: Support Global Climate Literacy

Taking action for the Earth shouldn’t be limited to Earth Day. So Earth911 is honoring the 52 years that Earth Day has been inspiring action with 52 Actions for the Earth. The Earth Day theme this year is investing in the planet. Each week from Earth Day 2022 to Earth Day 2023, we will share an action you can take to invest in the Earth and make your own life more sustainable.

Health & Safety

Viruses: Can they be helpful?

They’re everywhere. And there are a lot of them. And yes, they can be dangerous. Viruses are ingenious survivors, as old as life itself. They have played a key role in evolution - including the evolution of human beings.

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BOOKS

How to bring more untold stories into your literacy instruction

Mirrors. Windows. Sliding glass doors. Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop brought these terms into the discussion about the need for diverse literature for children. She stated that children need books that act as mirrors, reflecting a child’s perspective and identity. Additionally, they need books that act as windows, welcoming them into the lives, experiences, and perspectives of others. Finally, they need books that will act as sliding glass doors, removing the barrier between themselves and people who are not like them. These texts invite children to understand and engage meaningfully with the authentic stories of others. A quick look at the research shows we’re still struggling to provide these experiences for many of our students.

10 Scary short stories to share with your students this October

This year, we found a few new ones I’d never heard of before, as well as rediscovered some classic, scary short stories I can’t wait to show my students. Here are the ten scary short stories I was most excited to find, as well as how a teacher might use them in a lesson.

Librivox: Acoustical liberation of books in the public domain

Librivox offers tons of free public domain audiobooks that are read by volunteers from all around the globe. You can listen to LibriVox audiobooks on both the web and mobile devices. You can use the site's built-in search functionality to look for specific audiobooks or use filters to search for works by author, title, or genre/subject.

10 Places kids can listen to free audiobooks

Audiobooks are a wonderful way to expose all students to complicated storytelling, no matter their reading level. Listening to a story being read helps students engage in text, gain exposure to more words, and ultimately improve vocabulary, comprehension, and critical thinking skills. Not only that, they’re super fun! Here are ten of our favorite places to get free audiobooks for kids.

New book explores how schools can prepare students for an uncertain future

As technology evolves and changes the world at a faster pace than ever before, two veteran educators have written a new book that explores how schools can prepare young people for a globalized future that is still taking shape.

Wellbeing

Five effective ways to reduce your screen time

It’s something many of us struggle with, but here’s how to cut back on the amount of time you’re spending on your phone

Meditate with Yoda

The mindfulness app Headspace released Star Wars-themed meditations in celebration of May the 4th. Characters like Yoda, BB-8, and Chewbacca are all part of the collaboration, in animated form of course.

LIFESTYLE

A beginner’s guide to going vegetarian

Do you currently eat meat, but want to start eating a vegetarian diet? Cutting out meat can seem intimidating at first, but if you take it one step at a time, you will be a vegetarian in no time. Here are our top seven tips for going vegetarian for beginners.

Doing well by doing good: How food banks help supermarkets make money

Scroll through any supermarket chain's social media feed and you're bound to see feel-good stories about charitable food donations to the community. What may seem like an altruistic gesture at first sight is actually helping the company's bottom line, according to research by a Northeastern professor who studies food waste.

Surgeons implant pig heart into human patient in world-first case

US surgeons have successfully implanted a heart from a genetically modified pig in a human patient, a first-of-its-kind procedure, the University of Maryland Medical School said Monday.