21st Century Teaching & Learning Resources


Virtual HS Adds Solar Energy Design, Cryptography Classes

High schoolers will have the chance to learn solar energy design, cryptography and chemistry in three new courses added to the offerings by the Virtual High School (VHS). VHS is a Massachusetts-based non-profit that offers online courses to students in any state and many countries.

Smithsonian and Lenovo Collaborate to Advance STEAM Learning

The Smithsonian is collaborating with tech company Lenovo to foster STEAM (science, technology, engineering arts and math) learning in school and after-school programs using the Smithsonian Learning Lab, a free online toolkit to find, customize and share digital museum resources with others.

House Votes to Repeal Online Privacy Regulations Issued by Obama Administration

The House of Representatives voted Tuesday to block online privacy regulations issued during the final months of the Obama administration, a first step toward allowing internet providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon to sell the browsing habits of their customers.

Students Win National 3D Design Competition for Future Missions to Mars

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Foundation and Future Engineers, an online education platform, have chosen winners for their 3D Mars Medical Challenge: Lewis Greenstein, 18, of Seattle, and Lauren Lee, 12, of Cupertino, CA.

Three Change Agents Will Be Keynote Speakers at ISTE

Three “change agents” who have upended the status quo in their own unique ways will be the keynote speakers at the International Society for Technology in Education’s (ISTE) conference and expo in San Antonio, TX, June 25-28.

Initiative Will Train 20,000 Teachers to Introduce Computational Thinking in CS Education

A new national initiative from Discovery Education and Tata Consultancy Services will provide professional development content to more than 20,000 teachers in the United States so that they can introduce computational thinking concepts in computer science education.

Dell Expands Thin Client Lineup With Quad-Core Wyse 3040 Model

Dell has added a new model to its entry-level thin client series that enables light multi-tasking in a highly secure, easy to manage and space-efficient design.

SparkFun Opens micro:bit Technology to American Markets

SparkFun Electronics has begun carrying the micro:bit in the United States, starting this month and shipping in early May 2017. The micro:bit — a beginner-friendly, reprogrammable microcontroller — gained popularity after the BBC gave the board to every 11- and 12-year-old student in the United Kingdom to inspire a new generation to pursue innovation in computer science.

Houston Nonprofit Delivers Refurbished Computers, Tech Education to Underserved Youth

To help close the digital divide in Houston, a nonprofit organization has supplied nearly 9,000 refurbished computers to students from underserved communities over the last 10 years.

Science and STEM Educators Win 2017 Vernier NSTA Technology Awards

Seven elementary through college-level educators have won the 2017 Vernier/NSTA Technology Awards, valued at $5,500 each and sponsored by Vernier Software & Technology and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).

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