The sole purpose of this post is to share a few outstanding opportunities that have come across my screen lately. Seriously...if you are a K12 teacher, school administrator, or connected in any way to K12 education - here are some great opportunities.
1. Crowdsourcing with By The People at Library of Congress: Become a virtual volunteer at the Library of Congress! Okay, I tried this one and (in my opinion) it is an outstanding way to engage students with documents housed in the United States Library of Congress - all the while, contributing as a volunteer from afar. The By The People initiative from the Library of Congress invites everyone "to transcribe, review, and tag digitized images of manuscripts and typed materials from the Library’s collections." This means that your students will be given a document from the Library of Congress collections, and they will help to transcribe that document in the digital module provided by the Library of Congress; thus, helping to make the Library of Congress collections more accessible to everyone! The best part is that students can work at their own pace, individually or calloboratively, at any time of day and in any time zone to evaluate and analyze documents - all while learning content and volunteering for a great cause!
2. Last year, I showcased a series of ready-to-go digital field trip opportunities. Well, I have one more to add! The Smithsonian and the National Museum of Natural History will kick off 2020 with a series of Science How? live video webcasts on February 6th. These free, interactive, live video webcasts "take questions from your students while introducing them to science concepts and practices through the lens of Smithsonian research and experts." For the complete 2020 schedule, along with more information - visit the distance learning website HERE!
3. Host an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact at your school with this awesome ARISS initiative. According to the program website, "A scheduled ARISS contact is a voice-only communication via Amateur Radio between the International Space Station (ISS) crew and classrooms and communities. ARISS contacts allow education audiences to learn firsthand from astronauts what it is like to work and live in space." For more information and application instructions, go to THIS LINK! The application window opens on February 1, 2020.
About the Author
I see opportunities come across my screen...a lot. I have acted on some, but not all. So, I started a collection. A collection of EDU opportunities. I share my collection @PitchThisEDU. Pick one and apply. Let me know if you need help. BTW - I'm a teacher, [purposeful] writer, tweeter. -Jen Hesseltine (@jenhesseltine)