The Great Thanksgiving Listen is an initiative that is encouraging and empowering students to create an oral history of the United States by recording interviews with their elders using the free Story Corps app. And while the program requires students be over 13 to publish their work using this specific app, the curricular ideas (check out the toolkit at the bottom of this page) can be modified and used by students of all ages. Discover more in this quick 1 minute video.
The best way to learn more about this movement is to listen to some the heartwarming, and sometimes heartbreaking, stories. Below is a video of one animated story, as well as a link to many of the stories Story Corps has captured over the years. You can sort the stories by collection (i.e. justice, military, parenthood, etc.), date, and more.
Check out the toolkit and podcast below. There are many great resources that you can put to use right away.
Do you want your students to connect with students outside the four walls of their classroom? Consider the value in a global learning community. Discover these amazing resources by watching the following brief introductory videos. When one of the programs sparks your interest and you want to learn more about it, check out the section below these videos to learn how to move forward and engage globally.
Learn more about using these tools to connect globally by watching the following instructional videos.
Get started! Follow the links below to connect globally with another classroom.
In short, HyperDocs are interactive, digital documents (i.e. Google Docs or Slides) containing links to activities, videos, and resources that drive and engage student learning. HyperDocs take the teacher lecturing in the front of the room off stage and encourage students to follow the paths that ignite their curiosity. While students are navigating a HyperDoc playlist, the teacher is able to move about the classroom, working one-on-one or in small groups with students. Discover more in this short video created by West Ada School District, and check out this template for a visual.
How might HyperDocs support your curriculum? Could you create HyperDocs for fast finishers to access? Are you interested in modifying a unit so one day consists of student learning being guided by their choices? Or do you want to make HyperDocs a more regular part of your teaching? Learn more about how HyperDocs could change the way you teach by checking out the examples below.
Check out the free templates and additional resources below.
Are you interested in free virtual classes geared toward upper elementary - high school students? Discover how to access NewseumEd virtual classes by watching the short video below.
NewseumED offers free 30 - 50 minute virtual classes for your students. These classes run Monday - Friday, 9AM - 4PM, and can be adjusted to fit YOUR schedule. They are aligned to standards and often include additional teaching ideas/handouts. A few examples of classes are: “Is It Fair? Evaluate Your Media”, “Fighting Fake News: How to Outsmart Trolls and Troublemakers”, “Media Ethics for Students”, “First Amendment and Tinker” and “You Can’t Say That in School?" Follow the links below to review grade-appropriate content for your students.
Request a free virtual class for your students by following the link below. You should request a class with at least a two week notice, as you will be provided with a test date to ensure properly working hardware/software.