Free ISTE webinar: Bring Family Code Night to Your Elementary School
ISTE is hosting a very special webinar this Wednesday, December 14th at 4 Pacific/7 Eastern on how you can implement a Family Code Night at your elementary school and get parents and kids coding together. Whether you're making your own apps or the closest thing you've done to coding is program your microwave's clock, if you're interested in getting parents and kids coding and learning about computer science, this webinar is for you.
This webinar is open to everyone, so please feel free to share with parents, colleagues, and anyone else. To register, just go to https://www.iste.org/resources/Product?ID=3990
New Google Sites | Dec 2017
As many of you are aware, Google has updated Sites. Currently there is no easy way to migrate a site from Classic to the new Sites. Google has published on their help site
"Migration tools to transition your classic sites will be released in 2017. Both classic and new Sites will continue to be supported during this time. Timelines and instructions regarding the gradual depreciation of classic Sites will be released in 2018. The specific depreciation date will be announced at least one year in advance."
So for the present time, if creating a brand new site, use the new Google sites. If you have a site that was created in the Classic version, keep it there. Sounds like help is on the way in 2017.
Toyota Dream Car Art Contest
Toyota Financial Services (TFS) announces its 6th year of hosting the worldwide Toyota Dream Car Art Contest in the United States, which is designed to inspire creativity in youth and encourage an interest in the automotive industry. Now thru Tuesday, January 31, 2017, U.S. youth, ages 4-15, can submit hand-drawn artworks featuring unique concepts of their “Dream Car.” Applicants are sorted into three age categories (4-7 years; 8-11 years; 12-15 years). Judging is based on three criteria: execution of concept; uniqueness; and artistry. For official rules and required entry forms, visit http://www.TFSintheCommunity.com/DreamCar.
New Student Portal & Productivity Tools
PBS LearningMedia now offers a student learning portal and a suite of productivity tools for teachers. These new features make it easy to create personalized learning experiences for students to explore inside or outside of the classroom.
Students in grades K-12 are invited to take part in the 2016 Doodle 4 Google contest, and create a doodle that tells the world “What I see for the future.” From crayons to clay, graphic design, or even food, young artists can utilize any materials to bring their creation to life. Like all Google Doodles, each doodle must incorporate the letters G-o-o-g-l-e. One national winner will also receive a $30,000 college scholarship. The contest is open for entries from September 14, 2016 to December 2, 2016.