December 1, 2019

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Get "Techie" With Us in December

This month we celebrate Computer Science Education Week and Hour of Code (both December 9-15). Find tools and resources to engage, extend, and enrich the learning in your class. 

Get Ready for the Hour of Code

Hour of Code is one week away (Dec. 9-15). Now is the time to prepare activities for your students. Find resources for a single lesson or to use as ongoing tech lessons. There are tools included for all grade levels, and many cross-curricular ideas.

Ready. Set. Code! »

Computer Science Education Week

In honor of Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 9-15), we share this collection of DATs (Device Agnostic Tools). These tools, available as both apps and on a web browser, are perfect for any BYOD (bring your own device) classroom.

Find tools for your BYOD classroom »

Winter Book Study Opportunity

Our winter book study features Learning Transported, by Jaime Donally. The book introduces immersive technologies (augmented, virtual and mixed reality) and explains how to customize their use in safe, affordable ways. Space is limited to 40 educators.

Get the details and apply for the Winter Book Study »

Chat About Universal Design for Learning

Join us this Thursday (12/5) at 8 pm ET on Twitter as we collaborate about Tech Tools to Support Universal Design for Learning (UDL). We will define UDL, discuss guidelines, and share tech tools that support UDL.

Use the hashtag #OK2Ask to join the conversation »

More December Delights

Find helpful links and timely resources for December observances, including: Special Education Day/International Day for People with Disabilities (12/2), Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (12/7), the Wright Brothers' first flight (12/17), the adoption of the 13th Amendment (12/18), and more.


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Global Collaboration for Cross-Cultural Understanding

XW1W (Across the World Once a Week)

Be a part of XW1W --a simple, social way for students to learn about life in other parts of the world. If you are an elementary or middle school educator, read all about this opportunity for cross-cultural understanding and learning.

Learn how to participate in #XW1W »


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December 2, 2019

Special Education Day/International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Tomorrow (Monday, December 2nd), we acknowledge Special Education Day, also known as the International Day for People with Disabilities. Leverage this list of teacher-reviewed special education resources, including classroom usage ideas.

Access tools, sites, and more for teaching students with special needs »


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Never Forget - December 7, 1941

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Whether you focus on Pearl Harbor for one class or spend an entire unit on World War II (or the Holocaust), use this collection to honor Pearl Harbor Day and the important events of World War II through related projects and classroom activities.

Delve into our Pearl Harbor Day collection »


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The year was 1865

The 13th Amendment Abolished Slavery

On December 18, 1865 the 13th Amendment was adopted abolishing slavery, it had already been ratified on December 6th. Make cross-curricular connections with this collection of related books (both fiction and non-fiction), about the Civil War and slavery.

Make history connections with literature »


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CurriConnects Book List: 20th Century America, Part 2 (1945-2000)

Rosa Parks in Montgomery, Alabama

Today in history, December 1, 1955, was the memorable day when Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing a bus driver's instructions to give up her seat to a white passenger. Teach your students about this impactful event and other Civil Rights issues.

Find books for your curriculum related to Civil Rights »


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How many teaching days in December?

Weekly Poll

This year, the Thanksgiving holiday is later than usual. This means that there is not much time between Thanksgiving break and the end of year break. This week's poll asks how many school days you have in the month of December.

Share your response and read the replies of others »

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