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Top 5 Resources for June

Our Top Five Resources in June

Jul 07, 2017 2017-07-07

By Taylor Kremer

Each month we publish several newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are the resources from our newsletters that educators turned to the most in the month of June.

1. Padagogy
The Padagogy Wheel, developed by educator Allan Carrington, aligns a variety of educational phone apps with Bloom's taxonomy.

2. InventorSpace
InventorSpace by SparkFun is a free online community where educators can find, create, and share electronics and computer science-based projects. InventorSpace Projects are standards-aligned, and come with instructions and simple code.

3. Legends of Learning
A new web-based platform, Legends of Learning, allows teachers to create playlists of educational games-similar to how Spotify works for music. The games, already vetted by educators, are tied to educational standards. Access to the site is free for the first three months or so. It remains free after that if teachers agree to work with developers or other teachers to help them use the games more effectively.

4. Above the Noise
Above the Noise, a YouTube series for teens, cuts through the hype and dives deep into the science behind the issues affecting students' daily lives. This weekly series from KQED Learning takes on controversial subject matter with facts and research to help young viewers draw informed conclusions, while inspiring media literacy.

5. The Courage to Be Kind
The Courage to Be Kind is an illustrated children's book that educates youth about a number of physical differences, including Apert syndrome, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, Tourette syndrome, alopecia, birthmarks, and dwarfism. Growing up with a facial difference, author Rena Rosen knows what it feels like to be stared at, and it's a feeling she doesn't want other children or adults to have to experience. She always wished for a book that accurately portrayed physical differences in a child-friendly way, while also addressing the needs of parents and educators on how to facilitate conversations and promote positive inclusion and interactions. An ebook is available from Simon & Schuster's Archway Publishing for $3.99.

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