October 2012 Issue
September 27, 2012

Freebies: Flat Stanley's gone digital

Source: NYSUT United

Flat Stanley and Flat Stella have been spreading their message of goodwill and education for decades. Now the popular children's literature characters are helping students fight hunger.

Through the free Flat Stanley iPhone and iPad app, Heifer International and Flatter World Inc. are collaborating to help kids learn about Heifer International's work. With the app, kids can design their own Flat Stanley or Stella and then start taking pictures around their community with their character appearing in the photos.

Within the app, children can also send their Flat characters around the world, including eight different Heifer International adventures:

Haiti, Malawi, Kenya, India, Cambodia, Armenia, Peru and Romania. Users can receive pictures of their characters exploring Heifer projects and discover facts about the group's work.

Visit http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/flat-stanley/id382161936?mt=8 to download the free Flat Stanley app and start your adventures.

Teachers 'Pin it' too

Pinterest.com, a virtual pinboard, is the latest online community. That includes educators sharing their ideas with each other. For a host of freebies teachers are pinning online, visit http://pinterest.com/teachernyla/teaching-freebies. Check out NYSUT's pin board while you're there.

ODE resources

Oral Deaf Education offers several free resources for parents, students building a career in deaf education, educators of the deaf and health care professionals. Materials include a handbook, DVDs, PowerPoint presentations and more. Several videos may also be viewed online. For more information, visit www.oraldeafed.org/materials/index.html.

Master your brain

Is it true that you only use 10 percent of your brain? For the answer to that question and many more, visit brainfacts.org and download your free copy of Brain Facts: A primer on the brain and nervous system. For a free paperback copy of the 2012 version of Brain Facts, email BAW@SfN.org.