University of Mississippi News: Mississippi Teacher Corps Offers Free Summer School Across State. “The Mississippi Teacher Corps, an alternate-route teacher preparation program housed at the University of Mississippi, has taken its annual summer school program online and will offer free summer classes to instate students in grades 7-12 and more. Designed for students in need of credit recovery or enrichment, the program will last from June 15 to July 17 and will meet online 9-11 a.m. weekdays. Registration for the virtual summer program opens at 5 p.m. June 9.”
SoraNews24: Japanese students hold graduation ceremony in Minecraft amid school cancellation. “Because the Japanese school year ends in March and begins in April, for many students this closing period means that they mill miss their graduation ceremonies. Whether they’re leaving elementary school, middle school, or high school, it’s a sad feeling for them to go out with a whimper instead of a bang. But some creative elementary school graduates in Japan came up with a great workaround. If they couldn’t have a graduation ceremony at school, then why not have one digitally in a place they all meet often anyway… in Minecraft!”
Publishers Weekly: How Kids’ Lit Is Responding to the Coronavirus. “With widespread school and library closures due to the new coronavirus outbreak, children’s authors and publishers are going digital to provide kids with ways to read, draw, engage, and support other children who might need a helping hand. PW is tracking some of the most exciting efforts on social media and across the web, and will be updating our list regularly.”
It started off as a Google Sheet and then it moved to its own domain because it got really, really big: Amazing Educational Resources. It’s described on the front page as “Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions due to School Closings (Updated) : Amazing Educational Resources.” There are also links to a Facebook support group.
New-to-me, from Larry Ferlazzo: This Is Pretty Interesting: An Online Historical Archive Of Notebooks Used By Schoolchildren Around The World. “The Exercise Book Archive is an online archive of children’s notebooks from around the world. Some are actual ‘exercise’ notebooks, with pre-printed exercises designed to help children learn, and containing their completed notes and doodles.”
Fox59: IPS digital collection will launch this week with access to photos and files dating back to 1800s. ” Thousands of files and pictures depicting the history of Indianapolis Public Schools will be soon be available online. As part of The Indianapolis Public Library’s Digital Indy collection; researches, educators and alumni will be able to access archived items stretching back to the 1800’s. Downloadable items represent the 120 elementary and high schools that have comprised IPS and show the role they’ve played in shaping the city of Indianapolis.”
A new digital archive shows children’s perspectives of World War I. “What makes the [Liberal Jewish Synagogue] archive so different is that children’s impressions of WWI are a rare find. There are any number of war poets and other literary ventures, but very little survives showing what children thought and cared about a century ago…. Along with teaching Judaism, the religion school gave its pupils an artistic outlet through writing and drawing assignments some about their lives and how they reacted to the war, some reflecting the wartime propaganda, and other pieces giving a strong flavor of the attitudes of the day.”