HUE Animation Studio: Award-Winning Stop Motion Animation Studio for K-12 Students
Hue Animation Studio is a complete stop motion animation kit for students in K-12 classrooms. With the kit, students can create their own stop motion videos from legos, play-doh, clay, dry erase boards, cardboard creations, or anything else they can imagine. Once their projects are complete, they can share them online through sites like Createubbles. Overall, the hardware, software, and guide book that come with the HUE Animation Studio can be used across subject areas to create a wide variety of student products.
Book Review | Evidence of Practice: Playbook for Video-Powered Professional Learning
Evidence of Practice: Playbook for Video-Powered Professional Learning, written by Adam Geller with contributions from Annie Lewis O’Donnell, offers teachers and administrators a collection of research and practice-based advice for implementing video-based professional development. The book opens with three brief chapters which outline the basics of using video for professional development, and the rest of the book outlines 12 different strategies schools can put into place.
Overall, the ideas and strategies covered throughout the book do an excellent job of bringing together research and practice in ways that can be easily implemented throughout K-12 environments.
OppU: Free, Standards-Aligned Personal Finance Lessons for 11th-12th Grade Students
For many students across the nation, personal finance is unfortunately not a topic that is typically covered in high school. Rather, students learn from their parents, siblings, friends, or more typically, from making mistakes along the way once they’re out on their own. For students and teachers looking for an opportunity to expand personal finance knowledge, OppU offers a free online program.
This program consists of four courses, all of which are aligned with national standards from the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy.
CommonLit: Free Literacy Resources and Progress Tracking Tools (Updated for 2018)
CommonLit is a completely free literacy resource design for 3rd - 12th grade classrooms. The resource is accessible on any internet-enabled device and offers a growing collection of literacy resources, questions, and tools for helping students improve their ELA skills. Overall, CommonLit is incredibly user friendly, and for a free resource, it offers a wealth of possibilities for the classroom. Let’s take a look.
Pioneer Academics is a public benefit corporation that was the first to create a structured research mentorship program for high school students. The program gives high school students (typically sophomores and juniors) the opportunity to be mentored by college faculty and collaborate with peers around the world while working on a research project. It’s an outstanding program, currently in its 7th year, and it is designed for gifted, talented, and advanced students.
The Pioneer Academics team offers a spring through summer program, as well as an accelerated summer only program.
Epson’s new DC-13 Document Camera was designed specifically for K-12 classrooms and includes a wide range of beneficial classroom features. I had the opportunity to spend the last week reviewing the DC-13, and I am incredibly impressed with the collection of features the camera offers, paired with its simplicity of use. The camera currently runs at $449 through Epson’s Brighter Futures program.
It offers the ability to capture images, and even audio/video recordings of what teachers and students are sharing on the camera, as well as a variety of additional features we’ll explore.
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