Spooky STEM Fest Contest

Attention teachers and students! Here is your chance to show off your creativity just in time for Halloween. To encourage the importance of STEM learning, Edmodo and ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda bring you the Spooky STEM Fest DIY Contest

Just grab your cauldrons and cook up a Halloween-themed creation that uses ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda for the chance to win $2,000 and Steve Spangler Science kits for yourself, plus an additional $1,000 for your school! 

Your students can participate as well (parents must enter on students’ behalf), so please encourage them to join in the fun! For a little inspiration, please check out these free lesson plans created especially for you and your students. Happy Halloween!

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Toony Tool Cartoon Maker

Create and share simple one-page cartoons or comics using your own backdrops or those provided. You add characters, speech or thought bubbles, and props to help tell your story. This cross-curricular tool gets students excited about writing. Studying Ancient Cultures? How about narrative writing? Have students illustrate the Author’s Purpose through a cartoon. Comics can be printed, saved, downloaded, emailed, or shared online.

https://www.toonytool.com/

TellyPrompt – Chrome Extension

This free Chrome extension is a breeze to use. You don’t need a fancy teleprompter box. Just use your device with the Chrome web browser and TellyPrompt extension and you are in business. It’s so simple. Type or paste text into the editor window and then click “Start Presenting”. Check out the features below.

Features:
– Full-screen display for minimal distraction to talent
– Adjust scroll speed in real-time
– Designed for single-monitor and dual-monitor setups
– Adjust font size, color, and direction
– Change background color and horizontal text margins on display
– Block mouse wheel from accidentally scrolling text while running
– Mirror horizontal, vertical, both, or none
– Multi-monitor support with presenter view

You can download it free from the Chrome Web Store.

Codeable Crafts and Storytelling

Codeable Crafts is perfect for tying in literacy with computer science. Students combine simple crafting (shapes, stickers, crayons) with block coding to create their stories. Students enrich their imagination and creativity while engaging in the basic concept of computational thinking. They draw on animal templates, name their creatures, and then snap together a set of coding blocks for a sequence of interactions for telling their story. Students can add a small set of advanced coding blocks to create sound, movement, and text.

This must-have FREE app is available for iOS and Android devices. Let’s do this!