Smithsonian: Smithsonian To Host First Annual Educator’s Day. “The Smithsonian will host its first annual Educator’s Day Friday, Sept. 17. The free full-day virtual event will bring together museum educators and teachers from across the country to explore opportunities to collaborate, learn from one another and discuss the future of education. The day will include plenary sessions and more than 30 breakout sessions between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET. Pre-K–12 teachers across the country are invited to participate in this inaugural event.”
SmartBrief: Free resources for educators during the coronavirus pandemic. “As educators in all 50 states shifted, rather abruptly, to virtual instruction amid school closures brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, companies and organizations serving this market stepped up to help. Here is a list of free tools, services and resources — divided by topic or subject area — aimed at helping educators keep their students learning and engaged. And don’t miss the And More section with links to even more curated lists of fabulous freebies and guides. We will update this story as more announcements break.” Nice roundup.
School Library Journal: School Library Journal Offers Free Full Access to Content, Digitized Magazines
School Library Journal: School Library Journal Offers Free Full Access to Content, Digitized Magazines. “School Library Journal (SLJ) is offering temporary free access to digitized editions of SLJ, as well as all content on its website, SLJ.com. ‘We want to support you as you grapple with the challenge of advancing your work through the COVID-19 crisis,’ says Rebecca T. Miller, group publisher of Library Journal, School Library Journal, and The Horn Book.”
Twitter Blog: Twitter builds partnership with UNESCO on media and information literacy. “At Twitter, we have always championed the free flow of information and people’s right to free expression online. These complementary commitments intersect when we discuss media and information literacy. We want to empower the people who use our service to critically engage with the content they see. That’s why today, to mark the beginning of @UNESCO’s Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2019, we are launching a new handbook for educators, entitled Teaching and Learning with Twitter.”
Royal Society of Chemistry: Lesson planning just got a whole lot easier. “We’ve launched our new education website that brings together all our support for chemistry teaching in one place. With just one simple and free registration, our users can now access Education in Chemistry articles, all of the teaching resources previously available from Learn Chemistry, the Chemistry Olympiad, Spectroscopy in a Suitcase, professional development and more.”
Common Sense: Teachers’ Essential Guide to Google Classroom. “What is Google Classroom? And how are teachers using it? Learn more about this popular platform and how to use it with students.”
UTSA Today: New grant-funded educator misconduct database to aid in research and prevention . “David Thompson, a professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, and Catherine Robert ’17, Ed.D, an assistant professor of educational leadership and policy studies at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), are developing a database with information about Texas certified educators who have engaged in sexual misconduct during the last two decades (1999-2019) to provide empirical data on educator sexual misconduct (ESM) that can inform education policymakers at the national and state levels.”
WRAL: Average teacher pay, textbook funding, class sizes: NC debuts new school finances website. “The site debuted Thursday and shows financial info for every school system in the state, including average teacher salaries, textbook funding and class sizes. Similar to the state’s School Report Card website, the new dashboard will allow state and local leaders, researchers, news media, community members, and educators and parents to learn more about the funding that goes into, and is spent on, the state’s K-12 public schools.”
The Power Of Digital: New Initiative To Expand Museums’ Capacity To Share Their Collections With K-12 Educators (Institute of Museum and Library Services)
Institute of Museum and Library Services: The Power Of Digital: New Initiative To Expand Museums’ Capacity To Share Their Collections With K-12 Educators. “The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced the launch of a new special initiative focused on building the museum field’s capacity to connect with teachers and students. Museums for Digital Learning is a two-year cooperative agreement that enables museums to broadly share their digitized collections and other resources with K-12 schools across the country.”
KSAT: Researchers create database highlighting educator discipline after improper relationship accusations
KSAT: Researchers create database highlighting educator discipline after improper relationship accusations. “Two researchers from the University of Texas at San Antonio are creating a database highlighting educator discipline after they are accused of improper relationships. The researchers hope to get a deeper understanding of the epidemic of these allegations in the state of Texas.” Note that this database appears to focus on the state of Texas only.
Google has launched the Google News Lab University Network. “The News Lab University Network will be comprised of an initial cohort of 48 journalism schools from all over the globe. The Network is designed to provide in-person training when possible, and online training materials and support to professors and students on topics ranging from Google tool fundamentals, trust and verification, immersive storytelling, data journalism, advanced search and Google Trends, data visualization, mapping and more. We also want to celebrate and promote academic journalism projects that use Google tools.”