ADE Community Newsletter | August 2016

By Jenny Burns, Community Coordinator for Allen Distinguished Educators
August 15, 2016

New this month: Grant opportunities to adapt innovative classroom projects, exceptional teachers who provide global education, and a teacher who adapted an ADE DIY Guide for her videography class.

Remember to apply for a DIY Guide grant by Sept. 5. 


Lights, Camera, Entrepreneurship Education!

By Andrea DeGette, high school videography teacher in Hillsborough, NC, and Jenny Burns, Community Coordinator for Allen Distinguished Educators
August 5, 2016

Award-winning project replicated with DIY Guide grant from Allen Distinguished Educators 

DIY Guide grants ensure adoption of ADE-created classroom projects and practices across a diverse range of schools – engaging student of all backgrounds.

“Many group projects I’ve taught in the past drag on and waste precious class time. The 52 Minute Challenge was great because it was easy to implement and was appealing to my students,” explained Andrea DeGette, a videography high school teacher and DIY Guide grantee from Allen Distinguished Educators. “I will definitely use this project again because it fills a gap in my curriculum for a group project and it is quick and effective.” DeGette is one of 28 teachers to receive a DIY Guide grant from the ADE program this year. 


Collaboration at ISTE 2016 Supports Global Education

By Tracey Winey, media and STEM specialist at Preston Middle School, adjunct professor at Colorado State University and 2016 Allen Distinguished Educator
August 1, 2016

Educators have known for generations that we are better, stronger, and more effective when we work together, share ideas, and stretch each other’s beliefs. A powerful network of teachers can define educational opportunities that inspire students all year long. International Standards of Technology in Education (ISTE) knows this and has provided a strong conference for educators to meet and work together annually. ISTE 2016 was hosted in Denver this year (my own backyard), and I was very excited to meet and reconnect with other Colorado educators in my personal learning network. 


DIY Guide Grants Available to Engage Students in Authentic Learning

By Jenny Burns, Community Coordinator for Allen Distinguished Educators
July 21, 2016

Engage Students in Authentic Learning

with DIY Guide grants from Allen Distinguished Educators

The application period for DIY Guide grants from ADE is open now!

Teachers are encouraged to apply for grants (up to $1,000) to creatively adapt and implement hands-on, student-directed classroom projects developed by award-winning educators. Applicants can choose from 11 innovative computer science, engineering, and/or entrepreneurship projects from burrito-fueled STEM explorations, to engineering habitats for hermit crabs, and more.


ADE Community Newsletter | July 2016

By Jenny Burns, Community Coordinator for Allen Distinguished Educators
July 7, 2016

You can “turn it up to 11” next school year with 11 innovative and engaging DIY Guides from Allen Distinguished Educators. Rock and roll with Arduino-based music boxes, teach your students the magic of trade economics, build and design real arcade games, and more with support from the ADE community, open-educator resources, and DIY Guide grants (applications accepted starting July 20).

Learn more about DIY Guide grants, download the new ADE app, and read how DIY Guide grantees from the 2015-2016 school year adapted ADE-created projects to suit their unique classroom situations.


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