STEM & STEAM

Plotly: Educational graphing and analytics. Free, world-class, online.
Your students can use the same data visualization, sharing and data analysis tools as researchers at NASA, Google, Wired Magazine and the Washington Post. Plotly is free for public sharing, entirely online, and collaborative. Plotly is:

– Collaborative Graph, analyze, and stream data together with your students.
– Cloud-based No downloads or installations. It’s all online.
– Flexible Works with Excel, Dropbox, Google Drive, and any data or file type.
– Comprehensive 2D, 3D, and streaming graphs, plus stats, fits, and functions.
– Training and support for teachers and students.

Learn more about our product and Plotly for education.  It’s all about the graphs!

Everfi: Digital Literacy and Responsibility Course
The National Hockey League (NHL®) and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) have partnered to launch the Future GoalsTM program, a major North-American initiative that provides students with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education opportunities. The program brings digital learning opportunities into classrooms at no cost, and prepares today’s students to be the innovators and leaders of tomorrow. In addition to STEM career topics, Future GoalsTM covers cyberbullying and digital relationships in a manner relevant to middle school students.Program Highlights:

  • Targets grades 5-8 and is 4 hours in length
  • Built-in assessments and tracking
  • Guided narration with real-time feedback

This online learning course is available to TFA teachers, as well as non-TFA colleagues, so please spread the word!  Visit http://info.everfi.com/TFA.html for additional information.  

#CreditChat – Financial Education Webinar 
Do you know what’s more important: your credit report or credit score? Do you know what to do if you find a mistake on your credit report? For answers to these questions and more, join our partners at Wells Fargo for a special credit webinar. The webinar was hosted on 10/29 but you can listen to a free recording of the Q&A session here. Interested in sharing credit and saving resources with your students? Check out Wells Fargo’s Hands on Banking site for a host of grade specific resources, tools, and lessons.

Education Resources from the Federal Reserve of St. Louis
The Inside the Economy™ Museum is an ideal class field-trip location for students in middle school through college. Through engaging and interactive exhibits, students will learn what makes the economy work, how they play a role in it, and how the decisions they make today could affect their financial futures.  For a more in-depth learning experience, the St. Louis Fed has a variety of ready-to-go lesson plans that you can use to enhance your students’ learning experience. The lessons align with national education standards in economics and personal finance.  To access the complete menu of the St. Louis Fed’s award-winning economic education resources, visit Econ Lowdown on the Bank’s public website.

CK12 – for STEM Teachers
Looking for great high quality STEM content and tools for this school year? Save time and money with tons of free resources from CK-12, a non-profit organization.  Everything is and will always be 100% free! Check it out here (via TFANet).

  • An extensive library of 90+ STEM digital textbooks that you can use as is or customize for your class.
  • 5,000+ STEM concepts available in multiple modalities (read, video, practice, activities, etc.)
  • Online classroom management tools (assign practice, track student performance, and have discussions beyond class time)

Check out 101 Resources for Math Teachers
Check out this list of 101 resources for math teachers. You can see the list at http://onlinemathdegrees.org/leading-sites-for-teachers/

Help Participate in Research of Retrieval Practice at WashU
Scientists at Washington University in St. Louis are developing a Retrieval Practice Guide that will help educators implement a powerful research-based learning strategy in their classrooms.  Retrieval practice is the act of recalling information from memory, which improves long-term retention, application skills, and complex thinking.  We need your help and input to ensure that the Retrieval Practice Guide is useful, informative, and effective. If you are interested in participating and learning more about retrieval practice, please visit www.retrievalpractice.org for more information.

Interested in edtech?
Check out the recently launched Facebook group “Connecting Teachers & Technology”  We’re building up a community of edtech enthusiasts (CMs and alumni) who are interested in this exciting, innovative, and classroom-impacting space!  Come collaborate with us!

Collaborative Educational Opportunity with WashU Medical Students!
The Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program (HPREP) is a program run by Washington University medical students with the goal of increasing elementary, middle, and high school students’ interest in and exposure to science and health career fields. The medical student volunteers visit science classrooms, or after school programs. They teach the students about basic heart and lung anatomy, physiology, and health. The program is highly interactive and fun, including models, medical equipment and preserved human tissues on loan from WashU’s anatomy department! Teachers who have participated in HPREP in the past have reported high levels of student enthusiasm. Along with the single-day heart or lung teaching, your students can also participate in a field day in the spring, where they would come to Washington University and experience “a day in the life of a medical student.”  Please contact student coordinators BenCynthia, Kristen and Sindu if you are interested in the program or have any questions! Thanks, and we look forward to working with you!

Free biology resources
Teach For America has partnered with Washington University’s Colleges of Arts & Sciences to offer schools the opportunity to access (for free) both lab kits and professional development related to the integration of synthetic biology studies into both basic and advanced biology classes. Synthetic biology, which is a growing interdisciplinary field that draws largely from both biology and engineering, and can be applied to medicine, biofuels, pharmaceuticals, pollution remediation and many other fields. Email Allison Hoynes-O’Connor for more information. Target group: middle schoolers and high schoolers

ForestNation is recruiting schools and students to grow their own trees   
Schools can join this initiative by using tree kits for education and also for school fundraising.  ForestNation offers free lesson plans and activities for schools with a focus on social responsibility.  Visit the ForestNation website for more information and to get started today.

Check Out The Institute for School Partnership at Washington University
The Institute is a resource for teachers all over the region. They specialize in science education but have educators that will work with social studies and math teachers as well to develop unit plans and lessons that are engaging for students. On their website, there are Common-Core aligned curricula and units that teachers teaching all grade levels can use. There is also a warehouse with thousands of science supplies that teachers can borrow and use. Brochures with more information are available in the Teach For America Office.

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