Free Tech for Learning

ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) and EdSurge are curating a list of free products offered by companies and organizations to support learning during extended school closures.  Search the directory organized into categories including grade levels, subject area, standards and length of free trial to explore what products will best support your needs.

ITEEA Open Access At-Home Resources

In mid-March, the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) began compiling these resources as a way to support educators through the unprecedented period of “social distancing” designed to prevent the spread of the novel Coronavirus. The list continues to grow and there is now functionality built in that allows educators to easily add new resources to share with colleagues.

Apply for the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing

The National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC) honors 9th-12th grade students who self-identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary for their computing-related achievements and interests, and encourages them to pursue their passions. Award recipients are selected based on their aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing, as demonstrated by their computing experience, computing-related activities, leadership experience, tenacity in the face of barriers to access, and plans for post-secondary education. Since 2007, nearly 14,000 students have received an Award for AiC.The NCWIT Award for AiC is sponsored by Apple, Bank of America, Microsoft, Motorola…

Science & Technology Policy Fellowships

Applications are being accepted for the 2020-21 class of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellows now through November 1st.  The AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship is a paid, yearlong opportunity for professional development and public service for outstanding scientists and engineers. Fellows come from a wide range of disciplines, sectors, and career stages.  Fellows are postdocs, faculty on sabbatical, and other scientists and engineers looking to develop new skills as they grow in their careers. The AAAS is the largest general scientific society in the world. The fellowship program offers hands-on opportunities…

NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing

Congratulations to the Rhode Island recipients of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Affiliate Award for Aspirations in Computing – Amaya (Woonsocket Career  and Technical Center), Cassandra (North Kingstown HS), Emily (Scituate HS), Emma (Middletown HS), Josephine (Scituate HS), Kendra (Smithfield Senior HS), Leslie (Newport Area Career And Technical Center), Rochelle (Davies Jr. Career and Technical HS), Sree Poorvika (La Salle Academy), and Tatyana (Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center). The award honors young women in grades 9 through 12 who are active and interested in computing and technology, and encourages them to pursue their passions. Award…

Technovation RI Team Makes It to the Semifinals

Technovation Rhode Island senior division team “Code Trip” is officially a semifinalist for the Technovation World Pitch. Code Trip is mentored by East Greenwich High School Computer Science teacher Holly Eaves and is composed of three East Greenwich High School students — Katie Cretella, Morgan Prior, and Lauren Shanos. Code Trip is 1 of 19 US teams to make it to the semifinals. Code Trip’s app is titled “Easy Eats”. Easy Eats provides simple step-by-step recipe instructions that aim to increase the independence of those with intellectual disabilities. The app is cognizant of sensitivities of these individuals, which is why…

ISTE

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) has released  an updated version of the Standards for Students.  These standards emphasize the skills and qualities  needed to engage and thrive in a connected, digital world.  The standards focus on transformative learning with technology with students as empowered learners, digital citizens, knowledge constructors, innovative designers, computational thinkers, creative communicators, and global collaborators.  Read more.

Congressional App Challenge

From July 18 through November 2, 2016, students in Rhode Island are invited to design an app for mobile, tablet, or personal computers on a platform of their choice and submit them via the Congressional App Challenge website.  Established in 2013, the Congressional App Challenge is a nationwide event open to all students who have not yet graduated high school. The competition encourages students to get involved in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Students are allowed to compete individually or in teams of up to four people. In addition to submitting an app for the Congressional App…

Technology & Engineering Literacy (TEL)

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) administered the first-ever nationally representative assessment of technology and engineering literacy in 2014.  Eighth-grade students were presented real-world scenarios involving technology and engineering challenges. Students were asked to respond to questions aimed at assessing their knowledge and skill in understanding technological principles, solving technology and engineering-related problems, and using technology to communicate and collaborate.  Read more.

Physics + Dance + Wheelchair = Art

Alice Sheppard, a celebrated disabilities dancer and choreographer recently demonstrated the connection between physics and engineering, and dance as she performed on a prototype ramp designed and built by students at Olin College of Engineering.  The idea for the ramp came from Sheppard, but the planning, modeling, and manufacturing all took place at the college.  Sheppard plans to take the prototype plan to set designers who can build a finished product that she can travel with for her performances.  Read more.