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Building Community Through Creativity - student engagement activities
This blog has a great list of activities that could take place in a classroom, an entire school, or in neighborhood non-school tutoring and/or mentoring programs.

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Consumer Finance - resources for parents and caregivers
From the web site: "Children learn from watching you earn, shop, save, and borrow – you’re the top influence on their financial lives. And you don’t need to be a money expert to help them start out strong.

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Creating Story Animations Using Inkscape and Animatron
Volunteers in tutoring, mentoring programs could teach youth how to create stories using free applications like inkscape and animation, and might teach themselves at the same time. Here's a blog article with tutorials and suggestions.

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Games for Change - use games to stimulate learning
From the web site "Founded in 2004, Games for Change facilitates the creation and distribution of social impact games that serve as critical tools in humanitarian and educational efforts.

We aim to leverage entertainment and engagement for social good. To further grow the field, Games for Change convenes multiple stakeholders, highlights best practices, incubates games, and helps create and direct investment into new projects."

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How to spot fake news - slide presentation
There are many resources to help you spot fake news. This presentation is one.

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KQED Teach - expand your media skills
From the web site: "KQED’s online professional learning platform dedicated to engaging participants in a hands-on approach to learning digital media literacy skills. This is the space to practice and collaborate with your fellow educators to learn and bring media making your learning environment."

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Making Stopmotion Movies
From the web site: "This site is a resource for educators and young people who want to learn more about how to create stopmotion and claymation movies. I hope you get inspired and make your own movies!.'

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Map of New York City, showing buildings from late 1800s
Students doing research projects might find this map useful, and interesting. More than 8000 photos from the late 1800s are plotted onto a Google map showing where the buildings were located. Introduce this to your students and let them browse the site.

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Sketch 50 - creative expression activity
Browse this site and see how people from throughout the world, mostly educators, are prompted to create doodles and visualizations for 50 consecutive days. While this is a 2017 activity, it could be adopted by any classroom, or non-school youth program, as a future activity.

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String Games, A Simple, Powerful, Teaching Tool - video
In this Google Hangout Fred Mindlin shares his passion for string games. By the end of the one-hour video, tutors, mentors and teachers, especially those working with elementary school kids, will see that this is a powerful tool that they can use to engage with kids.

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The Wonderment - learn and create with kids throughout the world
This site offers a world of creative exploration and learning for kids from any place. Here's intro from the web site: "In the Wonderment, kids participate in collaborative creative experiences with other kids across the globe and turn their shared imagination and interaction into a currency backed by brands and donors to support social good projects benefiting kids around the world. It’s a place where kids can find their creative voice, connect it to others and use it to make a difference." This is a project of Kidnected World.

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To Boost Higher-Order Thinking, Try Curation
This article shows how to engage students in higher level learning experiences using curation activities.

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16 great education apps
This site points to recommended learning applications that can be used in the summer, or throughout the year to keep kids engaged in learning.

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50 Ways to Tell a Story - wiki full of useful ideas
As part of the 2013 Education Technology and Media MOOC many ideas were shared for digital story telling. This wiki compiles many of the tools in one place.

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Apps to support Inquiry - Connect & Wonder
This blog includes an Inquiry Cycle graphic and some suggestions that educators and mentors might find inspiring.

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Blogs about learning, teaching, etc.
This section of the library has a list of blogs written by educators and learning experts. These offer many ideas for expanding what you might do to inspire and support learning habits in the youth you work with.

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Brainly - an on-line homework help platform
From the web site: "With Brainly you a) Get homework help from millions of students and moderators; b) Learn how to solve problems with step-by-step explanations; C) Share your knowledge and earn points by helping other students; and d) Learn anywhere, anytime with the Brainly app!"

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Comic Book and Music Projects Engage Youth
In the introduction this web sites says "Center for Educational Pathways has been working hard since 2001 to help children and youth build core academic skills through creativity and entrepreneurship. The Comic Book Project and Youth Music Exchange represent not only cutting-edge curricula but over 100 years of ideas and theories from progressive  educators like John Dewey, Maxine Greene, and others. Our goal is to put those ideas into practice by developing project-based, inquiry-based curricula for the students, teachers, and communities who need it most. Our projects encourage teachers to become instructional designers; students become dedicated leaders and empowered critical thinkers." Visit the site to learn more. These look like exciting programs that could be implemented in schools and/or non-school programs.

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Cool Technology to use in learning, mentoring
This is a section of the Tutor/Mentor Connection library where a list of "cool technology" tools is being maintained. Browse the list and see which of the ideas you can apply in your own learning, tutoring, mentoring.

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Create comic strips as learning, fun - see example
Kevin Hodgson is a 6th grade teacher in Western Massachusetts. He uses comic strips as part of his teaching. This blog article shares one film strip he created. This could be a project of youth and volunteers in a tutor/mentor program as well as an in school or home learning project.

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Creative Learning Exchange - systems thinking in k-12 schools
From the web site: "The Creative Learning Exchange was founded as a non-profit in 1991 to encourage the development of systems citizens who use systems thinking and system dynamics to meet the interconnected challenges that face them at personal, community, and global levels.
The Creative Learning Exchange encourages an active, learner-centered process of discovery for 5-19 year old students that engages in meaningful, real-world problem solving through the mastery of systems thinking and system dynamics modeling."

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Design Thinking for Educators Toolkit
From the web site: This is a "A free, how-to toolkit and coursework that introduces educators to the process and methods of design." Could be used by staff and volunteers in tutor/mentor programs, too.

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Digital Story Telling - Internet Workshop
This link points to an Internet workshop that helps people learn to tell digital stories. Mentors could use this with youth.

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Digital Story Telling - The Art of Storytelling
This site offers many ideas for digital story telling "in terms of low budget projects that can yield high academic and creative returns in a short amount of time".

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Digital Story Telling - tips for using various tools
This post shows how to use several different tools and applications to create your own digital stories.

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