Our Top Resources from February 2023

By Big Deal Media

Each month we publish blogs and newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in February.

1. New Tools to Detect AI-Generated Writing

OpenAI, maker of the controversial ChatGPT, released a new tool designed to help teachers detect work that has been written by artificial intelligence tools—and potentially curb cheating.

2. SPOTLIGHT! On Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in US history. Since 1976 every US president has officially designated February as Black History Month.

3. Walking, Cycling, Swimming … Virtual Fitness Challenge

Spice up your motivation for running, walking, or cycling (or any distance-based exercise) by taking on The Conqueror’s Mount Everest Virtual Challenge. The challenge takes you through a breathtaking 40-mile journey to the summit of Mount Everest—the highest peak in the world.

4. Tools for Students to Combat Cybersecurity Threats

Australia, India, Japan, and the United States have launched the Quad Cyber Challenge to draw attention to ongoing cyber threats against governments and schools. The initiative’s website links to resources for students created by federal agencies, including Kahoot quizzes on cybersecurity and similar topics.

5. Robotics Platform That Uses Trash to Teach Coding

To students, crumpled plastic water bottles and milk cartons may seem like trash, but to brothers and entrepreneurs Rohit and Sidharth Srinivasan, these common everyday items represent an opportunity for equitable STEM education. These and other common items provide the basis for Trashbots, the Srinivasan brothers’ robotics platform for schools.

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