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Apps for Youth, By Youth

Tech Soup Blog

The app was a finalist in Microsoft's 2011 Imagine Cup, a student technology competition. As more tablets and smartphones are making their way into the classroom, it makes sense that there are a number of apps aimed at helping young people with their education and job preparedness. iPad, iPhone, MacOS) is a student planner that helps you keep track of your class schedule, track your grades and GPA, manage homework assignments, and create an interactive calendar.

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9 Amazing Organizations Share Their Tech Success

Tech Soup Blog

The Kosch-Westerman Foundation connects terminally ill children to their classrooms through technology. New Heights also uses Citrix GoToMeeting from TechSoup to connect teachers and tutors with students. These online sessions can also be reviewed and played back later, allowing New Heights to offer suggestions for both teacher and student improvement. Inward Bound Mindfulness Education is dedicated to improving the lives of teens through mindfulness retreats.

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The Art of Relevance Sneak Peek: Part Ex-Con, Part Farmer, Part Queen

Museum 2.0

FoodWhat's staff and teens have taught me a lot about what it really means to be relevant to people who are often overlooked or ignored. FoodWhat empowers teens to change their lives through farming and food justice. Doron doesn’t work with A students or B students. Today, there are thirty kids fidgeting in a classroom, talking to their friends, messing with their phones. It’s not a lot, but still, money is a huge motivator for these teens.

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6 Fundraising Platforms That Have Disrupted Charitable Giving Forever

Beth Kanter

Image courtesy Tsahi Levent-Levi via Flickr. ” From its humble beginnings, DonorsChoose.org has cumulatively raised $335 million and funded nearly 600,000 classroom projects. Today, DonorsChoose.org is the go-to site for alternative sources of funding for the classroom. This includes some of the most basic student essentials. Note from Beth: I hope you are enjoying summer break as much as I am!

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Six New Games for Change: Check Out the Future of Gaming for Good

NTEN

” Presented by filmmaker Chelo Alvarez-Stehle, SOS_Slaves aims to raise trafficking awareness in teens while empowering them with the tools to take responsibility and speak out against this issue. Ludwig is a game aimed at educators and students alike. Since most educational games struggle to find logical ways to be integrated into a classroom, Ovos took a different approach by creating a game based solely on curriculum-based material.

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17 Ways We Made our Exhibition Participatory

Museum 2.0

It was fascinating to see people--across social differences--responding to representations of love in the paintings, images, objects and narratives that were part of the installation. We invited a private art school to fill a very public wall with paintings made by students in response to the question, "How would you depict love?" It is a personality test (based on real science) in which you can determine your own love style by answering a series of questions, teen magazine-style.