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I hope this posting find everyone well! Should have posted this a while ago, but CollectED is taking a summer break. Will be back in the fall.
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TIP: We are debuting the newest exhibit, "Trailblazing: 100 Years of Our National Parks" next week! On Saturday, June 11 from 10 am to 4 pm, there will be a Family Day associated with the exhibit.

The exhibit is packed with quirky and interesting stories of intersections of mail and national parks - it's definitely worth your visit! Send your students to the musum with postcard and, have them write "Greetings from..." letter at the museum (and possibly mail it!), vacation style :-)
http://postalmuseum.si.edu/exhibits/upcoming/index.html

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TIP: It is no longer actively updated, but there are so many useful teaching tools archived on USPS's Community Connection website. There are lesson plans that encourage teachers to teach students with stamps, fun short articles (Stamp Scoops) for both teachers and students, as we well as field trip tip for visiting a local post office.
https://www.uspsconnection.com/

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TIP: Try Mentimeter (https://www.mentimeter.com). This targets older students (High School and up), but super easy to use and free (you can use your facebook account to sing up)! I also can see this tool being used outside of the classroom (for large meetings, teacher trainings, workshops, etc).

Check out the demo video - I hope it inspires you to give this tool a try!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAWoFsXXNPA

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TIP: Happy Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! Here's the Postal Museum collection of People and Places of the Pacific depicted on US postage stamps.
http://postalmuseum.si.edu/People-and-Places-of-the-Pacific/

However, I want to bring your attention that there are only 3 Asian Americans featured on US stamps. USPS calls for suggestion for stamp subject "that help portray the diversity of the American experience for a worldwide audience." To diversify their stamp topics, have your students write a persuasive letter to Post Office. Do research on notable Asian American(s), and explain why the person of the choice deserves to be on a stamp!

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Hi all! Sorry for the hiatus.

I will continue to screen for especially useful tools from his website, but I thought I'd share my go-to edutech source by Richard Byrne. His website is a treasure trove of free/inexpensive educational technology tools and tips!
http://www.freetech4teachers.com/

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TIP: It's that time of the year! Check out trends in museums, technology and education with the Future of Museums’ Trendwatch for 2016. This year's TW is more philosophical piece than any other years! Looking at "who we are and who we
want to be" through museum case studies. I see connection in a role of museums and schools in shaping one's identity and advocating for inclusiveness. What do you think?
http://www.aam-us.org/resources/center-for-the-future-of-museums/projects-and-reports/trendswatch/trendswatch2016

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TIP: For teen students who love video games -- they can take that love to another level! The Hirshhorn’s ARTLAB+ program is hosting a free, eight week-long series of video game design workshops for teens (age 13-19). The program is registration based and space is limited.

Pass this information along to whomever you think would be a good fit!.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1QPBL8VjOdLoo37u3FyViB91jf47nIQA-7mkqz4l5-2c/viewform 
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TIP: Many of you might be already familiar with semi-postal stamps. They are charity stamps, and designing a semi-postal requires good research and (persuasive) writing skills. Take a look at my Learning Lab folder, and challenge your students to design a semi-postal stamp! Use the Semipostal Stamp Proposal template -- students pick a cause, and then provide three reasons why people should support the cause. They also pick a government agency that distributes the fund raised.
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