Subject: Innovation + Tech

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Add formative assessments to virtual lessons with Peardeck

Add formative assessments to virtual lessons with Peardeck

As an increasing number of educators shift to online instruction, the need for ways to engage digitally with students has increased exponentially. One way that educators have been interacting with students from a distance is by adding Peardeck to their Google Slides. Many teachers are using this tool within Zoom lessons as a way to...

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Software to teach students to read, write, and code interactive stories

Software to teach students to read, write, and code interactive stories

Elementari is offering free premium access for teacher and parents affected by COVID-19 school closures. This program offers students an opportunity to read, write, and code interactive stories using illustrations and sounds. Students can work at their own pace and have an opportunity to share their creations with others. Teachers can also access free standard...

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Girls Who Code offers at home CS activities weekly

Girls Who Code offers at home CS activities weekly

Girls Who Code, a group whose mission is to close the gender gap in technology, is offering educational CS activities that can be implemented at home during the pandemic. The site has new activities each week of varying difficulty levels. In addition to the activities, there is a female technology pioneer shared each week. Check...

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Future Goals offers hockey-themed STEM lessons

Future Goals offers hockey-themed STEM lessons

The Future Goals Program teaches STEM skills to students through a sports-themed curriculum. Using the game of hockey as a tool to teach STEM, the program helps students understand real world applications of science and math skills and prepares them for potential future careers. The curriculum, which is targeted for grades 4-7, is computer-based, making...

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Promote Conversational Learning Over a Range of Subjects

Promote Conversational Learning Over a Range of Subjects

Bamboo Learning offers free, voice-based educational applications for grade-levels K-5 covering a variety of subjects. The focus of Bamboo’s conversational learning is to provide a fun, home-based learning. Voice-based education is an interactive form of learning, which is found to be very helpful to young learners. Bamboo is compatible with Amazon devices like Alexa, Fire...

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Relaxation and regulation app suggestions for kids

Relaxation and regulation app suggestions for kids

PATINS Specialist, Rachel Herron, has created a review video featuring three apps that can be used to help students relax, regulate, and refocus. In these challenging times, students may struggle with relaxation, regulation, and focus. She believes in giving kids the ability to step back, calm down, and rejoin the task at hand. The apps...

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Esri: GIS Mapping Software offers unique PBL experience

Esri: GIS Mapping Software offers unique PBL experience

Esri is a geography and data tool that can combine information, find patterns, and make connections. This software is used to solve real issues facing society in real time, but can also be very useful in social studies courses, particularly for project based learning at the secondary level. GIS can help students understand the geographic...

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Excel exercises and activities for students

Excel exercises and activities for students

Introduce your students to Microsoft Excel and spreadsheets with these 11 lessons and exams created by David Houston. Excel is an extremely important tool for many careers and learning can be daunting. Help give your students a head start.

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Robotics and technology activities for students

Robotics and technology activities for students

STEM Works has curated a list of several activities for the STEM fields. Several of these activities can either be done online or done from home. Help your students think critically and creatively and discover a passion for science and technology.

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Fun Elementary-Level Coding Activities

Fun Elementary-Level Coding Activities

Scratch is a program developed by educators at MIT that is full of interactive activities for elementary-aged students. With scratch, you can prompt students to create their own interactive stories, games, and animations. It even allows students to share their creations online! Let your kids’ imaginations run wild while teaching essential skills of the 21st...