Educators

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Whether it be for STEM instructional management or inspiration, the Coalition strives to point educators in the most effective direction to navigate students for educational success. Down below are categorized resources for educators.

If you might want to share more helpful STEM education resources with us, please contact info@arkansasstemcoalition.com, and the resource will be reviewed and may be posted on this page.
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[av_toggle title=’Code.org’ tags=” av_uid=’av-j01f94′]
Code.org is a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools and increasing participation by young women and students from other underrepresented groups. The vision is that every student in every school has the opportunity to learn computer science as part of their core K-12 education.
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[av_toggle title=’Pencil Code’ tags=” av_uid=’av-hxr920′]
Learn professional programming languages using the Pencil Code editor that lets you work in either blocks or text. Create art, music, games, and stories. Or invent a program that will change the world.
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[av_toggle title=’Micro:Bit’ tags=” av_uid=’av-fod2y0′]
The Micro:bit Educational Foundation is a non-profit organization that seeks to support exceptional educational programs across the globe. There are several computer science and practical programming projects available.
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[av_toggle title=’Codesters’ tags=” av_uid=’av-e0kins’]
Codesters combines a fun online coding platform for students, a powerful learning management system for teachers, and built-out coding lessons so you can start teaching kids to code in your school today.
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[av_toggle title=’CodeHS’ tags=” av_uid=’av-c5ee6w’]
CodeHS is a comprehensive teaching platform for helping schools teach computer science. There is web-based curriculum, teacher tools and resources, and professional development opportunities for computer science.
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[av_toggle title=’Blockly Games’ tags=” av_uid=’av-am42yg’]
Blockly Games is a series of educational games that teach programming. It is designed for children who have not had prior experience with computer programming. By the end of these games, players can be better prepared to use conventional text-based languages.
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[av_toggle title=’JavaLab’ tags=” av_uid=’av-8vxctk’]
From mechanics to astronomy, JavaLab has several block coding interactives for students to learn basic programming concepts.
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[av_toggle title=’Carnegie Mellon Computer Science Academy’ tags=” av_uid=’av-7im8i0′]
CMU CS Academy is an online, graphics-based computer science curriculum taught in Python provided by Carnegie Mellon University. Novel, world-class Computer Science education for your classroom awaits —and it’s entirely free.
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[av_toggle title=’Google CS First’ tags=” av_uid=’av-f4tf5k’]
Google’s CS First program provides teachers with the tools and resources to teach computer science at no cost — so every student has access to the skills that will shape the future. Students code with Scratch, a free, block-based programming tool developed by MIT. It’s ideal for beginners to learn coding. Students “snap” together blocks of commands that the computer can carry out.
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[av_toggle title=’Scratch’ tags=” av_uid=’av-e1so60′]
With Scratch, students can program interactive stories, games, and animations — and share creations with others in the online community. Scratch is designed, developed, and moderated by the Scratch Foundation, a nonprofit organization. It is provided free of charge.
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[av_toggle title=’MIT App Inventor’ tags=” av_uid=’av-bysp3c’]
MIT App Inventor is an intuitive, visual programming environment that allows everyone – even children – to build fully functional apps for smartphones and tablets. Those new to MIT App Inventor can have a simple first app up and running in less than 30 minutes. And what’s more, the blocks-based tool facilitates the creation of complex, high-impact apps in significantly less time than traditional programming environments.
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[av_toggle title=’OpenProcessing’ tags=” av_uid=’av-bg7jl4′]
Engage in creative coding opportunities on OpenProcessing, a community of creative coders, educators, and designers who explore, experiment, and play.
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[av_toggle title=’CodeCombat’ tags=” av_uid=’av-9jiriw’]
CodeCombat is a community coding project, with hundreds of players volunteering to create levels, contribute to code to add features, fix bugs, playtest, and even translate the game into 50 languages so far.
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[av_toggle title=’Replit’ tags=” av_uid=’av-7x57ns’]
Replit is a free, collaborative, in-browser IDE to code in 50+ languages, with opportunities in education, learning resources, and team planning.
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[av_toggle title=’Pygame’ tags=” av_uid=’av-fvquug’]
Pygame is a set of Python modules designed for writing video games. Pygame adds functionality on top of the excellent SDL library. This allows users to create fully featured games and multimedia programs in the python language.
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[av_toggle title=’Code Club’ tags=” av_uid=’av-eja67c’]
Code Club is a global community of volunteers, educators, and partners to run free coding clubs where 9-to-13-year-olds build and share their ideas. With concepts in learning through creating, coding projects offer young people plenty of opportunities to be creative and to share their creations with each other.
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[av_toggle title=’Code Monkey’ tags=” av_uid=’av-cyw7i0′]
CodeMonkey is a fun and educational game-based environment where kids learn to code without any prior experience. After completing CodeMonkey’s award-winning coding courses, kids will be able to navigate through the programming world with a sense of confidence and accomplishment.
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[av_toggle title=’Codelicious’ tags=” av_uid=’av-15m2dk’]
Codelicious provides full-year computer science curriculum for K-12. Codelicious courses are delivered with everything teachers need to teach computer science, including lesson plans, assessments, and standards mapping. By bringing Codelicious into the classroom, teachers provide their students with opportunities to learn skills in collaboration, critical thinking, and problem solving.
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[av_toggle title=’p5.js’ tags=” av_uid=’av-8l5mhk’]
p5.js is a JavaScript library for creative coding, with a focus on making coding accessible and inclusive for artists, designers, educators, beginners, and others! p5.js is free and open-source.
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[av_toggle title=’BlocksCAD’ tags=” av_uid=’av-ou2js’]
BlocksCAD is an education technology company dedicated to creating tools that help students of all ages pursue their love of science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). Our signature product, BlocksCAD, is a cloud-based 3D modeling tool that encourages users to learn math, computational thinking and coding concepts through visualization and designing models to be 3D printed.
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[av_toggle title=’Can-Can Robot ‘ tags=” av_uid=’av-7dwwtk’]
Robots are more than just fun toys! Before you get started, consider this: A robot is a machine designed to do things humans can do. The first robot was created in the 1950s by George C. Devol. It was called Unimate and designed to do industrial tasks—like build a car! Now, robots can vacuum, help us navigate space…almost anything!

There are lots of different ways to engineer your robots, so look at Can-Can Robot | 4-H for more insight.
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[av_toggle title=’Curious George STEM’ tags=” av_uid=’av-t68iaw’]
Active learning begins with curiosity! The Curious George STEM Collection is a great way to help young children understand science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts, such as measuring, building, and simple machines. Lesson plans with Curious George videos offer hands-on investigations and exciting new learning opportunities that will inspire children to explore the world around them.

https://unctv.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/curiousgeorge/#.WdzHBmhSyUk
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[av_toggle title=’The Educator’s Guide to Real-Estate Lesson Plans: Math & Science’ tags=” av_uid=’av-r9j33c’]
Real estate is a complex field that requires skills in math, science, English, social studies and home economics. By incorporating real estate-based lessons into your curriculum, you can help students gain valuable skills in practical math application, presentation giving, forming a persuasive argument, earth science and so much more!

https://www.redfin.com/blog/2015/08/the-educators-guide-to-real-estate-lesson-plans.html
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[av_toggle title=’Crypto for Kids with Special Needs’ tags=” av_uid=’av-q358jc’]
Many people who enter cryptocurrency come at it as developers, supported by knowledge in computer science and mathematics. Others come at it from finance or economics angles, both of which benefit from a strong foundation in quantitative studies. Still others have even more diverse backgrounds but have had enough exposure to STEM concepts that they can easily grasp crypto projects.

Read more…
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[av_toggle title=’Computer Programming Basics Lesson Plan: Tynker Games’ tags=” av_uid=’av-zw1hxk’]
Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

In this computer programming basics lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 3-12, students use BrainPOP resources (including online coding games) to learn about programming.

https://educators.brainpop.com/lesson-plan/computer-programming-basics-lesson-plan-tynker-games/
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[av_toggle title=’A Collection of Elementary STEM Design Challenges Based Children’s Literature’ tags=” av_uid=’av-yg3feg’]
Challenge young students with STEM applications based in traditional children’s literature.

http://www.uastem.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/2013-UA-STEM-PROBLEM-SOLVING-ACTIVITIES.pdf
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[av_toggle title=’Ultimate STEM Guide for Kids’ tags=” av_uid=’av-1l3y52w’]
It’s never too early to encourage kids and teens to pursue education and activities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). It’s important to set future generations up for success as careers in these fields continue to grow.

This guide features summer camps, websites, competitions, apps, and career resources for students in elementary school to high school.

https://www.mastersindatascience.org/resources/the-ultimate-stem-guide-for-kids-239-cool-sites-about-science-technology-engineering-and-math/
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[av_toggle title=’Amazon Future Engineer’ tags=” av_uid=’av-1isrgfs’]
Amazon Future Engineer is a comprehensive childhood-to-career program to inspire, educate, and train children and young adults from underserved and low-income communities to pursue careers in computer science. More information can be found here.
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[av_toggle title=’The Educator’s Guide to Applying Real-World Math: 15 Resources with Over 100 Lesson Plans’ tags=” av_uid=’av-1i2x12g’]
We know how tough it can be to engage student interest in math so we’ve compiled a list of resources for lesson plans for grades K-12 so parents and educators can skip all the tedious research and get right to the fun parts of teaching and learning! In this article, we provide lesson plans for both classroom-based and project-based learning, broken down by age group.

https://www.homeadvisor.com/r/mathematics-application-in-everyday-life/
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[av_toggle title=’A Kids Guide to Recycling Glass and Plastic’ tags=” av_uid=’av-1g4f3bs’]
A helpful guide to recycling recommended  by a Girl Scout troop!

http://www.bottlestore.com/kids-guide-to-recycling-glass-and-plastic
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[av_toggle title=’Early STEM Matters’ tags=” av_uid=’av-1emvsm0′]
From the Early Childhood STEM Working Group, a policy report on Providing High-Quality STEM Experiences for All Young Learners, available at http://ecstem.uchicago.edu/.
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[av_toggle title=’Early Learning and Educational Technology Briefing’ tags=” av_uid=’av-1dl976g’]
Created by the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, available at https://tech.ed.gov/earlylearning/.
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[av_toggle title=’Classroom Resources Ready for New Arkansas Science Standards’ tags=” av_uid=’av-11yd93c’]
In a unanimous vote, the Arkansas State Board of Education adopted new K-12 Science Standards for Grade K-4 and 5-8 on June 11, 2015. The standards, based on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), mark the state’s attempts to bring science education into the 21st century with a considerably greater emphasis on real-world applications, inquiry-based learning and modern-day issues.

https://www.knowatom.com/blog/classroom-resources-ready-for-new-arkansas-science-standards
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[av_toggle title=’Ag in the Classroom Materials’ tags=” av_uid=’av-101g43s’]
The Arkansas Ag in the Classroom program was created to promote awareness of the importance of agriculture to our communities, state, nation and the world to students in all grade levels. The Ag in the Classroom program features K-12 classroom materials, garden grants, educational programs and teacher workshops.

https://www.arfb.com/pages/education/teacher-resources/
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[av_toggle title=’How to Identify Effective STEM Activities for Children’ tags=” av_uid=’av-xlb3pk’]
This article helps parents and teachers know what to look for in a STEM lesson and offers 9 examples of quality online resources. Read the full article here.

This information was provided by Baylor’s EdD online in Learning and Organizational Change.
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[av_toggle title=’NSTA’s Daily Do — Classroom Resources’ tags=” av_uid=’av-wffh0o’]
Daily Dos are sensemaking tasks teachers and parents can use to engage their students in authentic, relevant science learning. Students actively try to figure out how the world works (science) or how to design solutions to problems (engineering) using the science and engineering practices. Engaging in these practices requires that students be part of a learning community, of classmates or family, to be able to share and evaluate ideas, give and receive critique, and reach consensus. To access these teaching resources, please visit their website at https://www.nsta.org/daily-do.
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[av_toggle title=’K-12 STEM Resources: A Complete Guide’ tags=” av_uid=’av-43x85k’]

As you may already know, the fields in STEM are rapidly growing and can provide students with the opportunity to enter a challenging and rewarding career. The purpose of this guide is to introduce students and parents to the field and to the different career paths that are available. Among the topics this guide covers:
  • What is the field of STEM (and what types of different jobs are available)?
  • Skills needed to pursue a career in STEM
  • Resources for learning more about a career in STEM
  • How parents can help
The guide is available for free on the website at K-12 STEM Resources: A Complete Guide 

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[av_toggle title=’Construction, Building, and Woodworking DIY Projects for Students’ tags=” av_uid=’av-mwtso8′]
Learning about building, construction, and woodworking not only fosters critical thinking skills and creativity simultaneously but can help to set you up for a very successful career in the future. But the best part is that doing building and engineering projects can be a lot of fun, too. With just a few supplies and some basic tools, you can solve problems, create practical things for around the house, and make cool gifts for your friends and family.

Learn more…
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[av_toggle title=’The Educator’s Guide to Real-Estate Lesson Plans: Math & Science’ tags=” av_uid=’av-kirdgo’]
Real estate is a complex field that requires skills in math, science, English, social studies and home economics. By incorporating real estate-based lessons into your curriculum, you can help students gain valuable skills in practical math application, presentation giving, forming a persuasive argument, earth science and so much more!

https://www.redfin.com/blog/2015/08/the-educators-guide-to-real-estate-lesson-plans.html
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[av_toggle title=’Crypto for Kids with Special Needs’ tags=” av_uid=’av-j6trjs’]
Many people who enter cryptocurrency come at it as developers, supported by knowledge in computer science and mathematics. Others come at it from finance or economics angles, both of which benefit from a strong foundation in quantitative studies. Still others have even more diverse backgrounds but have had enough exposure to STEM concepts that they can easily grasp crypto projects.

Read more…
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[av_toggle title=’Computer Programming Basics Lesson Plan: Tynker Games’ tags=” av_uid=’av-veq3ko’]
Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

In this computer programming basics lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 3-12, students use BrainPOP resources (including online coding games) to learn about programming.

https://educators.brainpop.com/lesson-plan/computer-programming-basics-lesson-plan-tynker-games/
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[av_toggle title=’PBS Learning Media’ tags=” av_uid=’av-svlpfs’]
Did you know that PBS Learning Media puts hundreds of FREE lesson plans at your fingertips? Just search by grade, subject, or keyword to uncover creative activities, discussion questions, and new approaches to learning!

The home page is customized for Arkansas teachers.  These resources can be very helpful as you incorporate CCSS for ELA at K-5 or CCSS for Literacy in Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects at grades 6-12 into your science lessons.  There is also a section on Engineering Design http://aetn.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/ngss-eng/

http://aetn.pbslearningmedia.org/
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[av_toggle title=’Ultimate STEM Guide for Kids’ tags=” av_uid=’av-19bd2qg’]
It’s never too early to encourage kids and teens to pursue education and activities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). It’s important to set future generations up for success as careers in these fields continue to grow.

This guide features summer camps, websites, competitions, apps, and career resources for students in elementary school to high school.

https://www.mastersindatascience.org/resources/the-ultimate-stem-guide-for-kids-239-cool-sites-about-science-technology-engineering-and-math/
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[av_toggle title=’Amazon Future Engineer’ tags=” av_uid=’av-4dn8go’]
Amazon Future Engineer is a comprehensive childhood-to-career program to inspire, educate, and train children and young adults from underserved and low-income communities to pursue careers in computer science. More information can be found here.
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[av_toggle title=’The Educator’s Guide to Applying Real-World Math: 15 Resources with Over 100 Lesson Plans’ tags=” av_uid=’av-15knr48′]
We know how tough it can be to engage student interest in math so we’ve compiled a list of resources for lesson plans for grades K-12 so parents and educators can skip all the tedious research and get right to the fun parts of teaching and learning! In this article, we provide lesson plans for both classroom-based and project-based learning, broken down by age group.

https://www.homeadvisor.com/r/mathematics-application-in-everyday-life/
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[av_toggle title=’Architecture Activities to Help You Address NGSS Engineering Standards’ tags=” av_uid=’av-14aql88′]
To expand upon concepts in physics, calculus, geometry, engineering, and algebra, teachers can use architecture activities for greater student understanding. Architecture is no longer an area of study that simply covers building homes and commercial structures. The concentration also includes things like environmental design, landscape architecture, and urban planning. Here are some activities that can bridge the divide between traditional science and engineering concepts in your classroom.

http://edu.stemjobs.com/architecture-activities-to-help-you-address-ngss-engineering-standards/
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[av_toggle title=’Making Science Labs Accessible to Students with Disabilities’ tags=” av_uid=’av-13hmhqw’]
Students with disabilities face access challenges to typical science labs in precollege and postsecondary settings. Access barriers may prevent a student from:

  • gaining knowledge,
  • demonstrating knowledge, and
  • fully participating in lab activities.

There are two approaches to making academic activities accessible to students with disabilities—accommodations and universal design (UD). Accommodations are alternate formats, assistive technology, and other adjustments for specific students once they are enrolled in a class. For examples of accommodations in science classes, consult the publications Working Together: Science Teachers and Students with Disabilities and The Winning Equation: Access + Attitude = Success in Math and Science.

http://www.washington.edu/doit/making-science-labs-accessible-students-disabilities
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This website has short teacher videos with good ideas on chemistry and biology: www.flinnsci.com.  Click on Teacher Resource Videos and scroll to Minute Videos.  These videos give you ideas about teaching concepts, safety ideas, etc.

For biology teachers: www.hhmi.org/biointeractive also has great video clips.  They have one ontranslation that is great and gives students a real-time picture of what is happening.

http://www.flinnsci.com/
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In a unanimous vote, the Arkansas State Board of Education adopted new K-12 Science Standards for Grade K-4 and 5-8 on June 11, 2015. The standards, based on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), mark the state’s attempts to bring science education into the 21st century with a considerably greater emphasis on real-world applications, inquiry-based learning and modern-day issues.

https://www.knowatom.com/blog/classroom-resources-ready-for-new-arkansas-science-standards
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The Arkansas Ag in the Classroom program was created to promote awareness of the importance of agriculture to our communities, state, nation and the world to students in all grade levels. The Ag in the Classroom program features K-12 classroom materials, garden grants, educational programs and teacher workshops.

https://www.arfb.com/pages/education/teacher-resources/
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[av_toggle title=’Resources to Teach and Learn Data Science in High School’ tags=” av_uid=’av-2jkc14′]

More information can be found here.
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Daily Dos are sensemaking tasks teachers and parents can use to engage their students in authentic, relevant science learning. Students actively try to figure out how the world works (science) or how to design solutions to problems (engineering) using the science and engineering practices. Engaging in these practices requires that students be part of a learning community, of classmates or family, to be able to share and evaluate ideas, give and receive critique, and reach consensus. To access these teaching resources, please visit their website at https://www.nsta.org/daily-do.
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EnvironmentalScience.org is the ultimate guide to everything you need to know about starting your career as an Environmental Scientist. EnvironmentalScience.org’s mission is to be the most reliable and expansive advocate for environmental science education and careers. Environmental Scientists have rewarding, challenging, and well-paying careers that offer excellent opportunities for growth and advancement.

http://www.environmentalscience.org/
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The field of cyber security has never been hotter. To help you find your dream job, they’ve pulled together a comprehensive directory of colleges and universities offering cyber security degrees, as well as a wealth of information on career paths within the cyber security field, security clearances, the range of professional security certifications available, free online courses in security topics and more.

http://www.cyberdegrees.org/
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[av_toggle title=’Industry and Career Resources for Promoting Diversity in Engineering’ tags=” av_uid=’av-whpzp4′]
In the US STEM employment has grown by 79% in the last three decades. However, diversity in the field hasn’t even remotely kept pace. While women do currently make up about half the overall workforce in STEM they’re centralized in occupations related to healthcare and underrepresented in other fields like engineering.

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The Arkansas Department of Education emphasizes the mission to provide all Arkansas public school districts, charter schools, and education service cooperatives with electronic access to financial and student administrative computing software that provide a method for standard reporting to the Department of Education.

For more information about financial & student applications, please visit the Arkansas Public School Computer Network here.
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Arkansas’ P-12 Cyber Threat Response Team represents a collaborative effort among Arkansas Cooperative Technology Coordinators, Arkansas Team Digital, and the Arkansas Division of Information Systems (DIS). The Cyber Threat Response Team is a small group of IT professionals who are willing and ready to provide onsite support, at no cost to the district, whenever an Arkansas school district is faced with a cyber threat. Information collected through the P-12 Cyber Threat Response Team will only be used to inform and protect Arkansas school districts.

School districts should communicate with their DIS Field Technician or Co-op Technology Coordinator any time they are experiencing a cyber attack (regardless if onsite support is needed). It is important that we all communicate to better protect one another.

Contact the P-12 Cyber Threat Response Team

To report cyber incidents and ask questions related to cybersecurity, contact the Team using this form.
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[av_toggle title=’Data Privacy Resources’ tags=” av_uid=’av-br2x3c’]
The Arkansas Department of Education is committed to maintaining data privacy and supporting districts across the state by promoting ethical data use and providing training resources and policies for safeguarding student data.

School Districts’ Responsibility for Safeguarding Data

All educational organizations have a legal and ethical responsibility to protect the privacy and security of education data. Below are some resources for districts to help ensure they are in compliance with state and federal laws and guidance for safeguarding data.

Student Privacy Training Module

A self-paced student privacy training module from Technology Initiatives & Resources.

Note: This module will take approximately 60 to 75 minutes. It works best on a computer browser (not mobile) and you may need to disable your pop-up blocker.

Resources for Working with Vendors

How do you know if the apps you are using protect student privacy? Browse our list of resources to help you sort through strategies for increasing efficiency when vetting apps and strengthening written agreements with vendors.

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SMACtalk for Teachers is designed to aid teachers in the practice and promotion of online safety and security. This webpage features our SMACtalk for Teachers Podcast and other useful links. The podcast will feature an interview with a new special guest every month for each SMACtalk theme.

Access free training:

Jump to a monthly topic:

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Computer Science Curriculum Resources

Elementary Curriculum Resources

Middle Level Resources

High School Resources

General Curriculum Resources

Computer Science Teacher Resources

Computer Science Curriculum Standards Documents

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The Arkansas Department of Education has identified the following resources as potentially beneficial for individuals preparing to take the Computer Science PRAXIS 5652. If you are aware of other study resources that can be used at no charge by Arkansas educators, please email CSforAR@arkansas.gov.

ETS PRAXIS Resources

Arkansas Statewide Computer Science Specialist Resources

LinkEdIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com) Courses/Videos

ArkansasIDEAS (http://ideas.aetn.org/) is now providing access to LinkEdIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com) to all Arkansas public and charter school teachers and administrators through the ArkansasIDEAS portal. Lynda.com adds over 5,161 technology professional development courses to the ArkansasIDEAS learning system. These courses focus on various technological subjects including developer, design, web, photography, business, education, 3D/animation, video and audio/music. Courses specific to computer science cover 116 programming languages and 5,347 video tutorials specific to programming. These programming classes will provide incredible support for computer science teachers. In addition, all teachers now have a wealth of technology courses available at their convenience.

To access the LinkEdIn Learning at no cost, first log into your ArkansasIDEAS (http://ideas.aetn.org/) account and navigate to the LinkEdIn Learning link under the “Additional Training Resources” section. Once validated through ArkansasIDEAS the links below should take the user directly to the courses. If not, once validated, please use the search bar to find the courses by name.

Miscellaneous Resources

A Lesson in Formal Logic (for Games and Logical Reasoning)

KhanAcademy Computer Science Algorithms Course

University Interscholastic League Computer Science Sample Test
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Arkansas schools continue to meet the diverse learning needs of all students, pivoting as needed to a new normal through virtual, remote, and blended learning. To provide high-quality support to schools, the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has mobilized efforts and resources to Build common knowledge and language; Provide high-quality training opportunities; and Provide guidance and resources to support school districts with implementing technology for remote, blended, virtual, and in-class learning.

Digital learning provides a great deal of flexibility for innovation through a student-focused vision. There are numerous models of blended and online learning that have been successfully implemented across the nation and others that are emerging. A true blended learning scenario provides the student some element of control over time, place, path, or pace of learning. Thinking about the K-12 Spectrum of Digital Learning, it is critical to strategically plan for implementation. Arkansas Ready for Learning Teams are encouraged to utilize the Plan, Do, Check Process to: choose the digital model, consider the hardware, software and technological supports, and identify the Content Choices, LMS Integration, and Digital Course Design.

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The Digital Learning Act of 2013, A.C.A. § 6-16-1406, stipulates that each high school student shall be required to take at least one (1) digital learning course for credit to graduate. The Approved Digital Providers List is intended to support districts in meeting this requirement. These providers are approved for use with grades 9-12 courses for credit. This single course for grades 9-12 should not be confused with a district Digital Program option which may be available for K-12.

New Digital Learning Providers in Arkansas

New Digital Learning Providers must complete and submit the Digital Learning Provider Application (download and open in Adobe).

All digital courses offered must meet or exceed the Arkansas Academic Standards. Digital Learning Provider approvals are valid for five years or until the Arkansas Academic Standards on which the offered courses are revised, whichever occurs first.

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[av_toggle title=’A Guide to Teach Coding to Kids’ tags=” av_uid=’av-7b8w14′]
Start the coding lessons with young children by teaching them about the algorithms and creative processes that they perform in their daily lives.  A Guide to Teach Coding to Kids (mastersindatascience.org)
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As schools look for innovative ways to bring in STEM learning, here’s a possible road map for how to galvanize a school community.

http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/01/09/10-innovative-ways-to-bring-stem-to-schools/
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Segment topics covered include:

*   Introduction
*   The Benefits of an Appropriate Computer Science Education
*   General Requirements
*   High School Computer Science Teacher Licensure Requirements
*   Kindergarten through Eighth-Grade Teacher Requirements
*   CS Flex Credits
*   Completer Pathways
*   Connect to the Arkansas Computer Science Initiative
*   Diversity in Computer Science
*   Connect to Support and Training
They can be found at this link.
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A free textbook created for STEM education students, practicing teachers, and others interested in a hands-on approach to teaching astronomy on the K-12 level by Dr. Daniel Barth.

https://uark.libguides.com/ld.php?content_id=44760071
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[av_toggle title=’Getting Girls Interested in STEM Education’ tags=” av_uid=’av-qafkzc’]
It is important to introduce STEM learning as early as preschool to children of all genders. It’s never too early to introduce STEM learning into your child’s life. Throughout this guide, you will find several ways to help prevent your daughter from falling into the STEM gap, including activities, toys, curriculum, and more.

You can learn more at https://winnie.com/resources/engaging-girls-in-stem-education.
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A report from OregonAsk on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO).  It is available at https://oregonask.files.wordpress.com/2015/11/essa-report_3-31.pdf

Did you know that GLOBE has crafted nine new GLOBE Data Exploration learning activities over the past year!
Explore these activities, and the GLOBE Teacher’s Guide, by clicking here!

Or explore the learning adventures one by one:

Weather Tourists: A GLOBE Data Exploration
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[av_toggle title=’Developing a STEM-focused, Elementary Optics Program’ tags=” av_uid=’av-hfe11k’]
STEM Education Thought Leader Sue Sorrentino on LinkedIn outlined ways to develop a STEM-Focused, Elementary Optics Program for educators.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/developing-stem-focused-elementary-optics-program-sue-sorrentino
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Dear Teachers,

Do you struggle to reach some of your students in the classroom with all of today’s distractions? Have you ever wished you could open the walls of your classroom and step outside for a true experience of natural science, to see the skies, hear the creek and walk your students into the amazing world of the Ozarks? This is the world we are inviting you to share as our staff of teacher naturalists guide your classroom through 400 acres of outdoor educational experiences.  Choose from our many course selections to tailor the program to your curriculum. We look forward to sharing our unique and amazing science center with you all.

More information can be found here.
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[av_toggle title=’Getting Started with Educational Equity’ tags=” av_uid=’av-dl7yoo’]
This 18-page e-book contains ten steps for educators to initiate and develop educational equity in the classroom.

https://arkansasstemcoalition.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/UAMhwF9rSse4pvAJyOuu_Getting_Started_with_Educational_Equity.pdf
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Help spread the word!
The College of Education at UCA seeks individuals with math and science backgrounds interested in becoming licensed math and science teachers. Special funding by the U.S. Department of Education is offering up to $5,000 to help highly qualified mid-career professionals or recent graduates make the transition into the classroom with a Master of Arts in Teaching from the College of Education. Funding will cover the actual costs of the total program. This program is designed for individuals without teaching credentials but wish to become a teacher in an expeditious way. In just five semesters, students can earn a Master of Arts in Teaching and secure a position in one of UCA’s partnership school districts, Little Rock School District or North Little Rock School District. [Learn more]

  • The Requirements
  • Applicants must have successfully completed a baccalaureate degree
  • Graduates of the program must teach for three years in a partnership school district
  • Additional exit requirements may apply
  • The Application Process:
  • Apply to the UCA Graduate School
  • Apply to the UCA Graduate School
  • Apply to the UCA Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program
  • Take and submit scores from the GRE or Praxis 1 exam
  • Apply for the Partnership for Transition to Teaching grant funds
  • More complete details can be found on the application page.

For more information, please contact Dr. Carolyn Williams, at transition@uca.edu or by phone, 501.450.3627.
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Attention Arkansas Environmental Education Association Members: the spring mini-Grant funding cycle is now open for formal educators.
The Arkansas Environmental Education Association is soliciting proposals of up to $500 for AEEA’s mini-grant program. The mini-grant program is designed to support, enhance and expand the implementation of environmental education throughout the state of Arkansas. The winning proposal will receive the grant check in August in time to be utilized during the start of the new school year. Applicants must be paid members of AEEA. If you are not a current member of AEEA I invite you to join! A membership application form can be downloaded at www.arkansasee.org/membership.htmland sent in with a check or you can pay online using a credit card through the PayPal option.
Download the AEEA Mini-Grant Application here.
AEEA Membership Information
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[av_toggle title=’Walton Family Foundation’ tags=” av_uid=’av-6v1wdk’]
The Walton Family Foundation contains K-12 grants for educators and classrooms alike at this link here.
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The Fort Smith Public Schools Foundation, Inc. has scholarships, grants, and other financial resources for instructors and students for supporting education in Fort Smith, Arkansas at this link here.
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The North Little Rock Public Education Foundation has several grants for educators with a master application that can be applied for here.
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The Conway Public Schools Foundation has several grant and nomination opportunities for educators at this link.
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Amazon lists out 100 robotics grants for educators at this link.
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With their goal for economic, educational, and ethnic equity, the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation has grants for educators at this link.
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From fitness to literature, the Bentonville Public Schools Foundation has several grants for educators and classroom programs here.
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The Springdale Public Schools Education Foundation Board of Directors accepts requests for SPSEF grants here.
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With traditional scholarship awards and other grants, the Mountain Home Education Foundation has grants for educators from key industry sponsors here.
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[av_toggle title=’Science Technology Advanced Resource, Inc. (STAR)’ tags=” av_uid=’av-fcbwt4′]
STAR, Inc. is a national [501c3], not for profit, education program that integrates elementary, middle, high school and early college students with expert resources provided through interactive webcasts and events that are specifically integrated into the classrooms per teacher and administration requests and needs. STAR is adaptable to the IT infrastructure of the school systems with no program purchase cost or fee. It is a teaching tool that allows teachers, with minimum effort, to adapt STAR to their curriculum and lesson plans. This non-competitive program embraces students of all grade point averages allowing each student the same opportunity to interact with STAR experts.

http://star-classroom.org/
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Audubon Arkansas is working with the Nature Conservancy to educate about one of Arkansas’s most treasured and threatened ecosystems—the tallgrass prairie. We have field trip opportunities available to a large tract of tallgrass prairie just outside of Arkadelphia called Prairie Ridge Preserve at Terre Noire.
These environmental education programs are free of charge. They can take place in the classroom or on-site at the prairie and cover prairie history, prairie plants and animals, prairie soils, habitat management, nature journaling, and geocaching. Any of these topics can be tailored to be age-level appropriate. Contact Uta Meyer (see below) to get a program scheduled for the spring!  Audubon and the Nature Conservancy are also planning a Prairie Awareness Week for mid-May to involve public presentations, workshops, and a prairie art competition.

Audubon Arkansas is also thrilled to be working with Central Arkansas Water on water education and outreach in the central Arkansas region. As a part of this collaboration, Audubon is now offering program about Lake Maumelle and its watershed to K-12 students in Little Rock and Pulaski County!  Programs are free of charge and cover water conservation, water treatment, watershed protection, the ecological connection between water and wildlife, and outdoor recreation opportunities at Lake Maumelle like birding, geocaching, and nature journaling. Depending on the chosen intinerary, programs can be held in the classroom or on a field trip to Lake Maumelle.
If you’re interested in these opportunities, please contact Uta Meyer at umeyer@audubon.org, 501-244-2229.

http://ar.audubon.org/
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From PLT’s websiteProject Learning Tree® (PLT) is a program of the American Forest Foundation that uses the forest as a window on the world, engaging the next generation of America’s thought-leaders and decision makers. Check out Project Learning Tree’s quarterly newsletter The Branch, and sign up to receive it.

LEARNING IS IN OUR NATURE


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SIS offers a wide variety classroom of activities for pre-K through 12th grade educators to use in all subjects. This program was created by teachers, for teachers.

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STEM Education Opportunities: Teachers

The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Economic Impact and Diversity has a dependent list of STEM education opportunities for educators.

https://www.energy.gov/diversity/stem-education-opportunities-teachers
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Not every school can afford the expense or time needed to visit the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub and experience their unique STEAM learning opportunities. So in 2018, they partnered with community leaders to create the STEAM Roller, a mobile makerspace that takes the technology currently available at the Hub—like laser cutters, 3D printers, CNC Routers, and more—to underserved and rural communities and schools across the state. More information can be found here.
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Using new Statistics in Schools (SIS) resources in your classroom during the 2019-2020 school year will support efforts to make sure EVERY child is counted in the 2020 Census. This count impacts the federal funds that communities receive for special education, classroom technology, teacher training, after-school programs, school lunch assistance, and more. More information can be found here.
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An exciting new LEGO(r) Education space mission is underway! LEGO Education and NASA have teamed up to invite teachers and students from across the United States to participate in an educational program designed to inspire the exploration of science, technology, engineering, and math. Through the LEGO Bricks in Space program, students will work alongside International Space Station (ISS) crew members to conduct activities that test the effects of microgravity on simple machines. During Phase 1, eight LEGO Education activities will be conducted on board the ISS. Astronauts will build LEGO Education models, complete educational activities, and record their results through video and crew commentary. Each activity will include a downloadable teacher’s guide and student worksheet so classrooms can complete the activities on Earth and compare results with the ISS crew.

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ASTA’s first electronic newsletter shares information on professional development, conferences, mini-grants, next generation science standards, and more. This one is available to all, rather than just ASTA members. For information on becoming an ASTA member, visit arkscience.org.   Chemical Disposal Information for Teachers View and print the “Review of Chemical Disposal Procedures” for your classroom here.

http://arkscience.org/newsletter/April_Newsletter_2012.pdf
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Maryville University Online wants to help educate people on the benefits of a career in STEM fields as well as provide the resources necessary for women, minorities, and people with disabilities to follow their passion and desired career path. This guide provides some information about the current gender and diversity gaps in STEM university studies and careers, reasons for those gaps, and strategies to help promote inclusivity in STEM-related industries. You can read it here: https://online.maryville.edu/blog/women-in-stem-a-guide-to-bridging-the-gender-gap/
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Standards for Professional Learning outline the characteristics of professional learning that leads to effective teaching practices, supportive leadership, and improved student results. Through the Standards for Professional Learning, Learning Forward leads the field in understanding what links professional learning to improved student achievement. Learn more…
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As part of the STEM Unit’s vision to transform Arkansas to lead the nation in student-focused and career-minded science and engineering education, the state science team developed the Grasping Phenomenal Science (GPS) Professional Learning System. GPS is composed of multiple sessions that model hands-on, student-focused science instruction. GPS continues to grow and develop to meet the needs of our students at all grade levels. DESE-funded Science Specialists located across the state provide GPS professional learning opportunities and school-based instructional coaching.

Recommended Science Professional Development Pathway

State Supported Professional Learning Opportunities

Other Science Professional Development Opportunities

ArkansasIDEAS Online Professional Learning Opportunities

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The Program Areas in Career and Technical Education will develop and offer various content-related professional development sessions for teachers, administrators, and CTE coordinators. These sessions are held at various locations across the state to enable all to participate. The following page contains a list of upcoming professional development sessions and registration information.
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The CTE STEM Education division provides leadership to STEM educators across the state and supports programs provided in comprehensive schools and technology centers. STEM programs provide a hands-on problem-based curriculum that allows students to explore opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Learn More…

Technology Student Association
National TSA
Arkansas TSA
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Edtech, a portmanteau of “education technology,” is the practice of implementing IT tools to supplement and enhance classroom learning. Edtech is an important part of STEM education, giving students real-time interactions and practice using technology-based tools. Edtech isn’t only important for STEM; it would be difficult to educate today without it, particularly with rises we’ve seen in online and blended classrooms.

Learn More…
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As educators, you bring the excitement of science and exploration to your students each day in the classroom. But how can you find the latest information about what is taking place aboard the International Space Station, or ISS, especially with regard to all of the science and research being operated continuously by the crews or self-sufficiently?

Here are six effective ways you can keep current and feel more confident in talking to students, and others, about the space station and what is happening in the orbiting laboratory.
1) Subscribe to the ISS Program Science Listserv.  Receive twice-weekly emails with compelling stories about important space station research conducted each day.
2) Read the information-rich ISS Research and Technology Web page and the engagingISS research blog, A Lab Aloft.
3) Know the ISS research benefits for humanity, available in video and print formats.
4) Follow timely ISS research updates on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.
5) Learn how to get research aboard the ISS (or refer those interested).
6) Tap Into the ISS Toolkit, a wealth of ISS research multimedia resources at your fingertips and perfect for communication and outreach opportunities.

http://www.nasa.gov/news/index.html#.Uw0KGc6We2U
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STEM is an abbreviation that stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. STEM is an interdisciplinary approach to learning where academic concepts are coupled with real-world lessons. Students apply science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in contexts that make connections between the classroom and the world around them.

The importance of STEM education is emphasized by the Next Generation Science Standards, which were designed to improve how students comprehend and apply science. STEM education typically focuses on project-based learning in the classroom. The projects and activities incorporate technology to emphasize the application of science and prepare students for future classes.

More information can be found here.
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Explore a list of resources for Arkansas women that offer a variety of resources in computer science, engineering, and general STEM information.

https://aauw-ar.aauw.net/files/2014/08/STEM-Resources-for-Arkansas-Girls.pdf
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Results of a national survey conducted by the EdWeek Research Center show that less than half of K-12 students in the U.S. are currently receiving some type of cybersecurity education, and access to those resources varies considerably.

Read the report.
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This classroom poster is available for free to science teachers.

http://www.the-brights.net/action/activities/poster.html
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Microscope repair service is available for science educators and others at DELTA Optical Instruments, Inc. North Little Rock, Arkansas Gayle Ross, NAESC Science Specialist 501-758-4442.
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If your students need assistance with graphing, types of graphs, analyzing graphs and data then these sites may be useful for you.

Lessons can be done online or you can print the worksheets for your students at:
http://www.mathgoodies.com/lessons/graphs/line.html

Another site that seemed more suited for lower grades or graphing abilities was:
http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/createagraph/
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Disposal of laboratory specimens can be challenging.  Please visit the Arkansas Dept. ofEnvironmental Quality’s page here to get information on proper disposal techniques.   Requirements vary by region, but Carolina Biological also has recommendations that can be found here.
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If you have little ones, how to help them learn a new language? The answer might just be through some fun games.

When you’re learning a language, you’re going to find a lot of words you don’t know. If your kid is learning about space, they might hear words like “gravity assist” or “meteoroid” and not know what they mean. How to find out?

One way is to look everything up in the “Simple English” Wikipedia. However, not all kids like to read long lines of text – and, to be honest, the “simple English” wiki isn’t all that well-formatted.

A better idea? Play some computer games that will be educational and fun!

Click Here  – Blast Off!
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