Several members of the Getting Smart team were originally teachers, so we know first hand that teachers don’t really have the whole summer “off.” Sure, the rhythm is different, but just because school is out it doesn’t mean that learning stops.

This week’s top ten list has news about some really cool opportunities for teachers to learn new things, test new tools and get inspired. Plus, we just launched an awesome new campaign called “It’s A Project-Based World.” If you’ve got a summer project you’re working on, we’d love for you to tell us about it in a blog, tweet us a picture or share a link using #ProjectBased.

Blended Schools & Tools

1. A League of Their Own

2. Free MinecraftEDU Summer Pilot

3. Apple Launches Swift Playgrounds

Digital Developments

4. MIT Media Lab & Learning Machine Tackle Blockchain-Based Credentials

5. McREL International + Discovery Education = Dynamic Digital Learning Environments

Dollars & Deals

6. Citelighter Raises $2.1 Million More in Funding

Stem Gems

7. Exploring Harmony


8. LaunchMyCareer Colorado

The Big “D”

9. Trusting the EdTech Environment

Movers, Shakers & Groundbreakers

10. Duncan Joins Pluralsight Board

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