Happy July to all of our teachers! We know that for some of our teachers, it feels like the summer is just beginning. For others, it feels like it is rapidly coming to an end. Regardless of what school calendar you follow, we wanted to share some fun July events and resources you can use in your classrooms as we countdown to the launch of our BETA version of boclips for teachers this fall!
July 3-International Plastic Bag Free Day
A quick view of this content partner video and one can see why initiatives are underway to help reduce and eliminate the use of plastic bags.
July 4-Independence Day
Happy Independence Day from boclips!
July 7-Chocolate Day
It is a sweet day filled with a sweet deal! The sweet deal involves Follow @boclips on Twitter or Facebook and share one chocolate fact you’ve learned from watching content partner SciShow’s video, The Science of Chocolate. Tag with #worldchocolateday and #boclipsEDU to help us find your fact! One lucky winner between that follows and shares between July 7 and July 10 will be chosen to win a FREE dozen chocolate covered doughnuts from Krispy Kreme (awarded in the form of a Krispy Kreme gift card for $ or £ depending on your location).
July 8-Video Games Day
Calling all gamers and teachers of gamers! If you’re including coding in your curriculum, this is a fun look a the history of games. Yes, games. Learn all about games from early games on cave walls, all the way to VR and everything in between with content partner Crash Course.
July 11-World Population Day
World Population Day has been celebrated every July 11 since 1989. The purpose of this day is to bring awareness to population issues around the world. Our Geography collection in the boclips platform illustrates the negative effects of climate change on the environment and people. The collection is broken into subcategories and the Population Change portion speaks directly to the issues World Population Day seeks to bring to light.
July 13-Friday the 13th
Walking under ladders. Breaking a mirror is equal to seven years of bad luck. Regardless of where you may find yourself when it comes to superstitions and whether or not they can be validated, all we know at boclips is that July 13, 2018, just happens to land on a Friday. For us, that means that it is officially Friday the 13th! In honor of this spooky day and all of the superstitions that people believe in and practice, we’d love to highlight the superstitions of some athletes from the 2008 Olympic games. Special thanks to content partner AP for sharing this archival footage.
July 18-Nelson Mandela International Day
Nelson Mandela was born on July 18. The United Nations invites the global community to mark this day in making a difference in the lives of others just as Nelson Mandela did. Learn more with the PBS NewsHour content on boclips or through visiting un.org.
July 20-Moon Day and Space Exploration Day
Celebrate Moon Day and Space Exploration Day with this instructional video, How America Won the Race to the Moon, by content partner Hip Hughes History. He covers the pre-NASA events leading up to the race.
July 24-Happy Birthday Amelia Earhart
On this day in 1897, Amelia Mary Earhart was born. She left a legacy and of course, we’d love to share a favorite quote, “The most effective way to do it, is to do it.” Learn more about her accomplishments with content partner Mr. Beat.
July 29-Rain Day
Whether you are teaching about the water cycle, weather, or a variety of other topics that include rain, we thought this informational video would be a fun one to share on Rain Day! Check out what boclips content partner Minute Physics has to say in answer to the question, Is it Better to Walk or Run in the Rain?
July 30-International Day of Friendship
Today is International Friendship Day! According to School of Life, one of our content partners, friendship has several purposes including networking, assurance, fun, and clarification. This six minute video could offer just what your students need when working out their differences with friendships.
We want to hear from you regarding your use of video in the classroom and edtech! What August dates and events are you looking forward to? Make sure you share with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!