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Published: Sat, 25 Mar 2017 09:30:18 -0700

 



Free Teacher Video Editor

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 16:21:23 GMT

Title: MediaBreaker/Studios Summary: Free video-remix tool boosts media literacy, presents some challengesPros: Lots of support: example videos, tutorials, guides, lesson plans.Cons: Since students will need to use YouTube and the third-party site deturl.com, classroom implementation can be challenging.Bottom Line: It's not without its challenges for teachers, but at its core MediaBreaker is an easy-to-use and free tool for teaching critical media-making and literacy. [...]



The World of PI

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 15:51:53 GMT

Celebrate Pi Day (3.14 or March 14th) with this fun overview about Pi. Looking at the life of Pi from the early days where Pi wasn't really a known entity through getting the nickname of 22/7. [...]



Metropolitan Museum of Art for KIDS

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 15:30:02 GMT

Title: MetKids Summary: Whimsical, kid-friendly intro to the wide world of artPros: Great videos and a fun interactive map help kids get oriented to the real-life Met and its artwork.Cons: Some kids may be overwhelmed by the sheer volume of content; it's hard to keep track of what you've already visited.Bottom Line: A wonderful, endlessly detailed way to get kids engaged in the world of art. [...]



Woman's History Month

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 16:22:19 GMT

This month is Women's History Month. Check out this story about those who led the rebellion that finally resulted in the ratification of 19th Amendment to the Constitution on January 6, 1920 that earned women the right to vote. Read about early pioneers like Abigail Adams who reminded her husband, as he helped finalize the Declaration of Independence, to "remember the ladies" and many others. [...]



Students Track Progress in Core Areas

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 15:48:35 GMT

Site of the Week picks are selected from the top edtech tools reviewed by Common Sense Education, which helps educators find the best edtech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly.​Title: IXL Summary: Immediate feedback and breadth a major plus, despite emphasis on drillsPros: Tool helps students develop confidence and clearly track progress.Cons: Drilling limits opportunities [...]



Is It a Sale?  Read the Fine Print!

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 15:34:07 GMT

It’s never too early for students to learn about the dangers of fine print. This interactive site helps students understand that a deal may not always be as good as it seems at first glance. Students complete three activities to learn how to spot a deal that sounds too good to be true. Then they look at six different ads using a calculator to determine whether the deal being advertised is a good deal or a bad deal. Finally, students use a calculator to determine the actual cost of th [...]



TEaching A People's History

Sun, 05 Mar 2017 16:15:09 GMT

Title: Zinn Education Project Summary: Resources, lessons help teach a more inclusive version of U.S. historyPros: The lessons address a complex view of history, emphasizing the significant roles of the working class, women, and people of color.Cons: Many of the text-based lessons would need to be adapted to offer access to English Language Learners and struggling readers.Bottom Line: Free downloadable resources encourage critical thinking and active learning in search of a m [...]



Grammar Ninja

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:06:03 GMT

Want to practice your grammar and you ninja skills at the same time? Grammar Ninja can help. This interactive site gives students allows students to work through three levels of mastery by throwing ninja stars at different parts of speech within sentences. The beginning level focuses only on nouns and verbs. The Skilled Ninja level adds in pronouns, articles, adjectives, and adverbs. Finally, Master Ninjas identify all eight parts of speech. Each level ends in a Mission Complete screen [...]



Common sense: Free Educator Tools

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:47:55 GMT

Site of the Week picks are selected from the top edtech tools reviewed by Common Sense Education, which helps educators find the best edtech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly.​Title: Formative Summary: Superb real-time assessment tool a fit for BYOD, 1-to-1 ​ [...]



How to Save Energy Skate Park

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:49:50 GMT

Learn about the conservation of energy with this learning activity from the PhET Interactive Simulations project at the University of Colorado Boulder. Students can build tracks, ramps, and jumps for a skater and view the kinetic energy, potential energy and friction as they  move. They can also take the skater to different planets or even to outer space to investigate with the effects of gravity on these physical phenomena. With this highly engaging sim, students not only explore [...]