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Our Top Five Resources in May

Jun 02, 2017 2017-06-02

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 May.

1. Mobile Computer Science Principles Curriculum
Mobile Computer Science Principles (Mobile CSP) offers an Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles (AP CSP) curriculum for students in grades 9-12 to learn computer science by building socially useful mobile apps. The Mobile CSP course uses the visual programming language MIT App Inventor [http://appinventor.mit.edu/explore/get-started.html] to provide a rigorous, programming-based introduction to computer science through a project-based curriculum. A complete set of free, openly licensed Mobile CSP curricular and instructional materials are available online.

2. STEAM Activities
The Smithsonian Institution and Lenovo have teamed up to develop and provide free STEAM activities for students, along with teachers' guides. Available in the Smithsonian Learning Lab, projects include creating a 3D model of an insect based on specimens from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History; combining circuitry and fabric to create wearable technology; and constructing an art-making robot using motors, batteries, and whimsy.

3. Boulevard
Boulevard offers educators and students the opportunity to explore art galleries all over the world through virtual reality. On Boulevard's Art & Culture page, [http://blvrd.com/artculture/] students can access the world's great art collections and cultural sites from their classroom. From its Educate page, [http://blvrd.com/educate/] Boulevard provides original, easily downloadable, and fully integrated curriculum for each of its museum experiences.

4. RoboBlockly
RoboBlockly is a web-based robot simulation that uses a simple puzzle-piece interface to program virtual Linkbot and LEGO robots. The RoboBlockly curriculum includes student self-guided Hour of Code robotics and coding activities, as well as teacher-led mathematics activities that meet national standards for grades 4-9. Teacher's notes and resource packets for activities are freely available in C-STEM Studio.

5. “Ten Questions for Fake News Detection” Inforgraphic
The News Literacy Project has devised an infographic to help teachers wondering how best to approach misinformation in the news and separate fact from conspiracy theory. "Ten Questions for Fake News Detection" helps teachers and students comb through an article to find telltale signs of falsehood.

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