Entrepreneurship education provides students with an introduction to skills that can be applied in the real world. By engaging in tasks that connect to their everyday life, students will see a purpose for the math instruction, group work, and presentation skills that are woven throughout K-12 curriculum. Cashtivity is a fantastic, free online tool for teachers looking to energize their instruction. This online tool provides a platform for students to run their own business.
With Cashtivity students will brainstorm their own product ideas, collaborate with a small group to make decisions, and learn how to determine prices and monitor demand. The Cashtivity tool provides an online space for students to come together. Students can work as teams to see their entrepreneurial vision come to life while applying cross-curricular skills to their project. Cashtivity provides the resources you need to bring entrepreneurship education to your classroom.
Visit Cashtivity’s website to learn more!
This year I’ve shared Standards Planner, an online tool that lets teachers create and organize their lessons quickly and easily. As you wrap up classes for summer and get ready for next year, Standards Planner will definitely come in handy. They are offering a free account for teachers with extra support, setup, and resources. This includes Khan Academy videos, CK12 resources, and all of the national and state standards including the Common Core, Next Gen Science, and ISTE standards.
One new option that has just been released is the click and create feature right on your customized teaching schedule. Just click anywhere on your calendar and create or store your resources. Then when you come back next school year just select the day, click on the resource, and use it in the classroom. Standards Planner is free for teachers and integrates with your existing Google, Edmodo, Clever, Office 365 account.
Learn more by visiting their website!
OpenEd.io is the world’s largest K-12 educational resource library and contains over a million assessments, homework assignments, videos, games and lesson plans. Teachers can access content that is aligned to every Common Core Math, Language Arts, Literacy and Next Generation Science standard. It lets users easily find and assign resources from OpenEd’s pre-built lesson plans (lists of videos, assessments and homework) for every grade level and subject — and they can modify these lesson plans or create their own. While the vast majority of resources are free, OpenEd also offers a Premium Subscription of proprietary content from major educational publishers for just $9.95/month.
You might be familiar with OpenEd’s free app Common Core Quest, which is available for Apple, Android and Chrome. It allows students to take quizzes to demonstrate mastery of Common Core Math and English Language Arts skills and earn badges for each category. When students don’t achieve mastery, the app recommends videos and games to learn the precise micro-concepts they are struggling with. The net result is universal personalized learning for each student.
Learn more about OpenEd.io by visiting their website!
I’ll be giving away a brand new Multimedia Enhanced QR Code Journal when you download lesson plans from my Syllabuy store!
Here’s how it works:
1. Visit my Syllabuy store and download as many lessons as you like
2. Forward your receipt to ClassTechTips@gmail.com
3. For every lesson you download you’ll get a virtual raffle ticket (1 download = 1 chance to win, 7 downloads = 7 chances to win)
*The contest ends 12/31/14, journal will be shipped to US addresses only
If you are selling your lesson plans online already or are thinking about getting started you’ll want to check out Syllabuy. Now is a great time to set up a shop on Syllabuy since sellers will pay no transaction fees and earn 100% commission on shop sales until 2015. Features for sellers include: a simple product management system, the ability to put products on sale and create coupon codes, real-time feedback on product performance, and monthly payments via PayPal.
Syllabuy is a program from FundingFactory, the nation’s largest e-waste recycling fundraiser. Although Syllabuy is still in BETA, they already have thousands of lessons, activities, worksheets and other resources in all subjects available, most of them free or very low-cost. Many of the lessons are CCSS aligned and it’s free to create an account on Syllabuy – you only pay when purchasing a resource.
You can take a look at some of the lessons on Syllabuy (like mine!), upload your own to sell, or simply explore the site to learn more!
The H&R Block Budget Challenge has just launched and now teachers can register to win classroom grants and student scholarships. It’s designed to help kids learn budgeting and financial discipline skills early by presenting financial literacy in a fun and playful context. Students will be given real-world problems to tackle that they can apply to their own lives. Teachers can use the lesson plans provided to teach financial literacy while addressing national standards.
Introducing students to real world skills like financial literacy is an important part of making sure that they are college and career ready! This program is a great opportunity to get your hands on resources for teaching the subject and get students excited through the challenge. The H&R Block Budget Challenge runs from October through April but you can sign up today.
Visit their website to learn more!