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Blasts from StudySync for Sharing Student Opinion

5 Dec

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StudySync’s Blast feature offers a real-world, read-write connection for students, giving them the opportunity to share their opinions on a variety of topics. You’ll be able to help students answer the question, What’s happening in the world today? and learn about what your students think about those current events.

Screen Shot 2014-12-05 at 10.33.05 AMBlasts are one of the many resources offered within StudySync’s award-winning core ELA curriculum.  Designed for grades 6-12, they include short reading and writing assignments based on timely, high-interest topics.  Students respond in short answer format, participating in thoughtful discussion with other students across the globe.  Not only are Blasts engaging, they are a great way to build critical thinking, writing, and research skills!

Watch the video or sign up for a free trial to learn more!

10 Totally Terrific Current Events Resources

17 Nov

10I love using current events with students as a high interest informational text.  There are tons of video and print news stories that can be accessed from terrific websites and iPad apps.  Here are a few of my favorites, add your picks in the comments section below!

  1. News-O-Matic
  2. Scholastic News
  3. Newsela
  4. Smithsonian Tween Tribune
  5. The Wilson Center
  6. NBC Nightly News
  7. TED
  8. Watchup
  9. NPR
  10. USA Today

Online Resource: The Library of Congress

11 Oct

I’ve shared some of my favorite resources for primary source documents and here is another fantastic site to check out.  The Library of Congress has dynamic, multi-touch books that are completely free for teachers.  The Student Discovery Sets cover topics including the Dust Bowl, The Constitution, and The Harlem Renaissance.

Screen Shot 2014-10-11 at 3.16.47 PMVisit their website to learn more and download these terrific resources today!

15 Apps and Websites for Primary Source Documents

10 Oct

15It’s so important to include primary sources in your English Language Arts and content area instruction.  Whether you’re doing a close reading of a text or drawing conclusions from a photograph
there are lots of ways that students can interact with artifacts.  Here are a few great online resources and apps for primary source documents:

  1. Getty Images (photo library)
  2. Changing America (documents)
  3. DocsTeach (website from National Archives)
  4. Flickr (photo library)
  5. Shadow Puppet EDU (searchable photo library)
  6. LIFE Photo Archive (photo library
  7. Today’s Document (app from National Archives)
  8. Quotable Americans (famous quotes)
  9. Underground Railroad (documents)
  10. Met Museum (artifacts)
  11. Abraham Lincoln (documents)
  12. Congressional Moments (videos)
  13. America History Interactive Timeline (app with artifacts)
  14. DocsTeach (app from National Archives)
  15. American History Clips (videos)

Inspire Students to Become Game Creators with Tynker

9 Oct

 

Tynker LogoComputer science skills are essential for students who want to be college and career ready when they finish high school.  Tynker is a new online curriculum that you’ll want to check out!  It uses professional game studio quality content and tools to inspire kids to create projects.  As they learn computer programming they’ll have fun creating projects.  This includes games, quizzes, and animations that can explain a math or science concept.

TYNKER boys collaborating hardware (2)With Tynker kids can enhance their own learning while creating learning experiences that can be shared with others.  Tynker uses a fun and game-like approach that will grab the attention of your students right from the start.  They provides an easy introduction to programming with interactive self-paced courses.  Tynker is perfect for schools that have adopted a PBL (project-based learning) model.

Visit their website to learn more!

 

CodeHS for Computer Science

30 Sep
rwc logoPreparing students for careers of the future is so important!  CodeHS is a comprehensive curriculum to help educators teach coding.  Their mission is to help anyone and everyone learn computer science skills.  CodeHS has tools for teaching and learning computer science in the classroom or at home – including a self-paced online curriculum.
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Karel and ClassroomCodeHS helps teachers with no coding experience teach coding by providing teacher tools and resources, as well as support from their team of computer science experts.  They offer professional development courses including “How to Teach Intro Coding.”  With CodeHS teachers can access centralized resources and save time by easily tracking student data.
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If you’ve thought about starting a coding club at your school or adding computer science to your curriculum you’ll want to check out CodeHS.  Learn more by visiting their website!

Classify It! Animal Exploration

13 Sep

Screen Shot 2014-09-12 at 2.27.55 PMscreen480x480Classify It! from the American Association for the Advancement of Science has an awesome free app that helps students learn about different animals.  This multi-level app asks children to identify different organisms.  They’ll earn points as they unlock each level and answer questions.

This app is great for station work if you only have a few iPads since it lets multiple users create profiles.  Download Classify It! today – it’s free!

 

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