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Published: Mon, 19 Feb 2018 07:50:57 -0800


App Alert! Desmos Graphing Calculator

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:46:13 GMT

DesmosElegant graphing calculator and math simulations promote collaborationPros: Free and easy-to-use tool that gives students a visual way to understand expressions.Cons: Without significant help, less experienced students might struggle when things gets complicated.Bottom Line: Innovative calculator and simulations are a standout graphing option for inquiry-driven math. [...]

Newsela for Current Events

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:38:07 GMT

NewselaAbsorbing daily news stories offer kids just-right learning content​Pros: A best-in-class library of high-interest, cross-curricular, adjustable nonfiction texts. Cons: Expanded search and recommendation features could help students connect with articles tailored even more to their interests and reading level.  Bottom Line: Up-to-date, high-interest articles meet students right at their level: Use this robust tool to bolster students' nonfiction reading pra [...]

SYMMETRY Jigsaw Puzzles

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:33:03 GMT

It's National Puzzle Day on the 29th. Learn about spatial relationships and boost your understanding of numbers by customizing and assembling these cool jigsaw puzzles that display symmetry.  [...]

App Alert! The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 18:16:32 GMT

​Pros: Tons of images, audio, and video bring primary source documents and expert perspectives to your classroom.Cons: More accessibility features -- like better text-to-speech integration and video captions -- would improve usability for a broader range of users.Bottom Line: In class, a good resource for U.S. history; beyond, a great website for free teacher PD and some great in-depth exploration of primary sources. [...]

Tween Tribune Current Events for the Classroom

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 17:22:34 GMT

Pros: Kids will find the articles interesting, and teachers can track student quiz and comment activity to facilitate progress.  Cons: Articles on fluff topics like a pageant shoe parade don't offer much useful information; the topic listings and tags could be more clearly defined.   Bottom Line: TweenTribune's questions, quizzes, and educator tools can help kids follow and understand the news; its content may work best with younger users. amzn_assoc_place [...]

Antonym Word Game

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 17:15:08 GMT

The opposite of everything is celebrated on the 25th for Opposite Day. Check out this word game exploring antonyms then create an original story about them. For ideas click the nouns and opposites buttons until the opposites you want to write about appear. [...]

App Alert! NASA Global Climate Change - Vital Signs of the Planet

Sat, 03 Feb 2018 21:12:53 GMT

Tons of climate change info from expert sources in one easy placePros: Fantastic content, beautiful (and sobering) imagery, actionable resources, and clear citations, all on a site that's easy to navigate.  Cons: Overwhelming amounts of info not always easily searchable by topic, occasionally written with a disgruntled edge against climate change deniers.  Bottom Line: This is a one-stop shop for climate change info, from basic intro content to practical guides and [...]

Try Now Comment

Sat, 03 Feb 2018 21:04:36 GMT

NowComment makes it easy to have rich, engaging discussions of online documents no matter how large (or small) your class or collaboration group.Pros: Tons of comment options including restricted dates, sorting, and multiple threads.Cons: Though multiple file types are supported, the site claims that there are sometimes difficulties with PDFs.​Bottom Line: It's a versatile discussion platform for teaching, peer reviewing, and fostering active reading, and offers much more t [...]

Komodo Dragon

Sat, 03 Feb 2018 19:28:51 GMT

Celebrate dragons in real life rather than on Game of Thrones on the 16th for Dragon Appreciation Day. Check out National Geographic's coverage of the formidable Komodo Dragon. [...]

Create Cooler Worksheets

Sun, 28 Jan 2018 17:55:18 GMT

WizerDigital worksheet builder lets students show learning in multiple waysPros: Attractive user interface makes for easy assigning, submissions, and feedback; user-created resource bank lightens workload.Cons: Some limits to how students can demonstrate understanding of concepts; some features may not work on all devices.Bottom Line: Students will appreciate this 21st-century take on worksheets, and teachers will love all the different options for creation and assessment.amzn_ass [...]