Many educators are embracing social media as a teaching tool with a wide array of benefits for learning. From communicating with parents and caregivers to organizing group projects to developing digital literacy, social media has the potential to enhance the curriculum at any grade level—provided it is used responsibly.
How often does math get a holiday? Pi may be a famous irrational number, but there is nothing irrational about celebrating it with students. Every year mathematics teachers around the country celebrate Pi Day on March 14, since the date 3/14 resembles the first few digits of the number: 3.14.
The Peace First Challenge helps youth (aged 13–25) create and lead projects that address injustice in their community through compassion, courage, and collaborative leadership. All they have to do is upload a one-minute reel on their Instagram or TikTok profile, showing how young people are changing their communities for the better.
A recent study from NewsGuard found that roughly one in five TikTok videos contain misinformation, whether the topic is COVID-19 vaccines or the Russia–Ukraine war. The News Literacy Project helps educators and students learn to judge the reliability of online information.
We Need Diverse Books (WNDB), a nonprofit advocacy group seeking to diversify the publishing industry, has rolled out an initiative to fight book bans with a grant program targeting schools and libraries in underserved communities.
For many years, mathematicians, scientists, engineers, and others interested in mathematics have played “year games” via email and online. It may not always be possible to write expressions for all the numbers from 1 to 100 using only the digits in the current year, but it is fun to try to see how many students can find. This year may prove to be a challenge.
Conservation and protection of wildlife species and their habitats are at the core of the Wildlife.net mission. The group’s focus is on building a community and network of members from around the world who care about the environment humans share with wildlife species and are inspired to protect nature and integrate nature into their communities.
The Wild Adventure Girls Channel is a fun, one-stop connection for youth in grades 4–8 to a wild world of awesome adventures, science experiments, crafts, SLIME videos, DIYs, up-close animal encounters, “how-to” videos, and videos that are “laugh out loud funny”!
McGraw Hill’s mobile study app, SHARPEN, helps students who have been turning to social media to find studying help. The app assists students in learning through continuous content feeds, short videos, swipe-able study tools, and a personalized activity dashboard.
Teens & Tech offers a free curriculum about how the brain development of adolescents affects their technology use and wellbeing. The curriculum, developed in a partnership between University of North Carolina (UNC)-Chapel Hill researchers and middle school educators, meets National Health Education Standards for middle schoolers.