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Inventure Prize: A New Kind of Science Fair

Tonight is the night that the Inventure Prize winner will be chosen in a live competition show at Georgia Tech, broadcasted by GPB at 7PM. You can watch and encourage your students to watch online and join in the chat discussion, too.

Take a Dip into History: Find Family Fun this Labor Day

In 1921, an aristocratic up-and-coming young New York politician, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, contracted polio. Fearing his political future over, and desperate for a cure, FDR journeyed to Warm Springs, GA., on the advice of his friend, George Foster Peabody. There, FDR found the naturally soothing mineral water helpful in his physical therapy. FDR purchased the property and turned it into a polio treatment center. Eventually, FDR reentered politics and was elected, first Governor of New York, then four times President of the United States.

Race to 270!

On your mark, get set, go! The presidential nominees are in a race to the White House and the magic number of electoral votes needed to win the presidency is 270! In this episode of On the Campaign Trail with Bill Nigut, “Race to 270!,” students will learn about the general election. Specifically, Bill will explain the difference between the popular and the electoral vote, how the number of electors is determined per state, and the importance of swing states.

5 Fun, Nontraditional Scholarships For Georgia Students

Applying to colleges can be stressful, especially when they come with hefty price tags, and the monotony of scholarship applications only makes matters worse. But this process doesn’t have to be so boring! Explore five fun, nontraditional scholarship opportunities from Unigo that not only minimize costs but maximize creativity. 

Applicants must be 13 years or older, legal residents of the United States, and attend an accredited university no later than fall 2023. All essays must be 250 words or fewer.

Surviving An EdTech Conference

With GaETC less than a month away, many individuals in educational technology including classroom teachers, specialist, coordinators, coaches, and consultants will soon be converging on Georgia Convention Center. Here are some tips for navigating GaETC as well as other edtech conferences you may attend in the future.

Celebrate Red Ribbon Week October 23-31

Unite the students in your classroom and throughout the school in a stand against drugs by celebrating Red Ribbon Week on October 23-31. The National Red Ribbon CampaignTM was founded after the death of DEA agent Kiki Camarena in 1985, and its mission is to present a unified and visible commitment towards the creation of a nation that is drug free. This year’s theme, “YOLO. Be Drug Free,” was created by two sixth graders in Pennsylvania.

Verizon Innovative Learning App Challenge Deadline Is Approaching

The fifth annual Verizon Innovative Learning app challenge—the no-coding-skills-required competition for middle and high school students—is accepting submissions now until November 18, 2016.

The Museum Of History And Holocaust Education Opens New Exhibition

Calling all teachers! 

Getting Started With Document-Based Questions

Analyze. Discuss. Compare and Contrast. Evaluate the degree to which. These are the new demands of social studies education. Students now must go further than selecting or listing answers such as who, which, or when. Enter the Document-Based Question (DBQ), a teaching strategy no longer just for Advanced Placement history classes anymore. As inquiry-based approaches to social studies become more prominent, all levels of education are finding this method useful for teaching critical thinking yet more challenging as students must learn new and more difficult skills earlier and earlier.

Make Room For Makerspaces!

Transforming the classroom into a place where students can think critically and creatively, communicate, and work cooperatively is essential to ensuring they are successful in the 21st century. Preparing a makerspace in your classroom is one way to accomplish this goal and convert your classroom into an active and engaging learning environment. Here is some information about makerspaces and how to incorporate them into your classroom. 

1. What is a Makerspace?