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  • Mobile App Helps Students Put the Right Words in the Right Places

    Posted March 20, 2017 in Literacy Resources

    Finding just the right word for an essay can be a head-scratcher for many students. And proper word placement can sometimes be a brain twister. But when carefully chosen words fit into the right places in sentences and paragraphs to convey the author’s precise meaning, the mental gymnastics are well worth the effort. But good…

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  • Wonders of Science Fill App for Middle and High School Students

    Posted March 13, 2017 in Literacy Resources

    Slithering snakes and waddling penguins. Introducing these creatures into classroom lessons is a great way to pique students’ curiosity about the world of science and biology. And what about the technology of controlling sound waves? Or looking at what happens in a robotics summer camp for kids? Those topics and hundreds more fill the “Science…

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  • App Focuses on Famous Monuments Around the World

    Posted February 27, 2017 in Literacy Resources

    We’ve all heard of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Among them are the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Statue of Zeus and others. Of the original seven, only the Pyramids of Giza still stand. But lots of monuments, landmarks and famous locations have survived to inspire wonder worldwide. The Roman Colosseum, Brooklyn Bridge, Great…

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  • Websites on Lincoln, Washington are Great Presidents Day Teaching Assets

    Posted February 6, 2017 in Literacy Resources

    Abraham Lincoln was curious and mysterious. Even though the Emancipation Proclamation was one of the most celebrated events in the 16th president’s life, it’s also one of the least chronicled. And because Lincoln kept much of his private life and thoughts under wraps, in many ways he remains an enigma. Meanwhile, George Washington, the nation’s…

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  • Website Helps Students Discover Secrets of Minerals and Rocks

    Posted January 23, 2017 in Literacy Resources

    If a science teacher asks a student to name three types of rock and the response is, “classic, punk and metal,” that student is probably in the wrong class. All kidding aside, students who are curious about rocks, minerals, crystals and geology have a lot of learning resources available to them. A good one that…

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  • 2016 YAL Roundup: Novels for Today’s Teens Shed Dystopian Tone

    Posted January 17, 2017 in Literacy Resources

    Young adult literature (or YAL) has increasingly become a well-respected genre far beyond its target demographic, finding its way onto bestseller lists and becoming adapted into popular feature films. In the past decade, dystopian YAL novels in the vein of Suzanne Collins’ “The Hunger Games” found a huge following with stories that threw young adults…

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  • ‘High School Math Practice’ App Makes a Great After-School Study Aid

    Posted December 5, 2016 in Literacy Resources

    When it comes time for serious study outside of the classroom, an excellent tool for math students to use is an educational app. One of the best is “High School Math Practice,” a no-nonsense app with interactive exercises and quizzes that challenge students to think logically and organize information they’ve studied in class. The free…

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  • Chemistry Students can Build Atoms, Molecules with ‘NOVA Elements’ App

    Posted November 15, 2016 in Literacy Resources

    Chromium, silicon and tungsten. What are these elements, and why are they important? If you’re a science or a chemistry teacher, you want students to know about these elements and dozens more that are the building blocks of ordinary matter. Chemistry teachers have used the printed Periodic Table of the Elements chart as a standard…

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  • Why Audio Books and Read-Alouds are So Valuable to Older Students

    Posted November 14, 2016 in Literacy Resources

    Early elementary school read-alouds are fun for students and teachers alike, but in time they give way to quiet, independent reading. In classrooms brimming with technology, teachers tend to forgo read-alouds or audio books for what they consider “real” reading experiences. Unfortunately, this shift toward self-directed reading ignores the distinct advantages of audio books or…

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  • Peer Review in Writing Class: 5 Ways to Help Students Embrace Critiques and Revisions

    Posted November 7, 2016 in Literacy Resources

    In 16 years of teaching writing, I’ve learned peer review is an excellent investment of class time. Peer review in a writing class is inspired by the process where researchers ask their colleagues to critique their articles before publication. In the classroom, well-prepared students can use peer review to reinforce the importance of revising their…

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  • Teacher Tips for Using Cellphones in Class

    Posted September 26, 2016 in Literacy Resources

    The crush of consumer technology is creating new aggravations for middle school and high school teachers: ever more students using cellphones in class. Research confirms their plight. A 2015 Pew Research Center study found that 88 percent of American teenagers from 13 to 17 have access to a cellphone, and 73 percent of them use…

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  • Red Cross App Puts First Aid Tips into Students’ Hands

    Posted September 19, 2016 in Literacy Resources

    Medical emergencies can happen at home, on the road, in the workplace and even at school. Whenever there’s a sudden illness, accident or a natural disaster, people who know basic first aid often can help stabilize injured people during the first crucial minutes before professional medical help arrives. Through various programs across the country, the…

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  • Get the Math Site Shows How People Use Algebra on the Job

    Posted September 12, 2016 in Literacy Resources

    As technology increasingly changes how people do their jobs, employers are looking for workers with good math skills. And through science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs, schools across the country are stepping up to the challenge by preparing students to enter the tech workforce. For teachers who want to mix technology into math instruction,…

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  • App’s Puzzles Help Students Learn Fundamentals of Software Coding

    Posted August 22, 2016 in Literacy Resources

    Computer coding is one of the fastest-growing subjects in K-12 schools across the country. Its growth is being spurred by increased federal funding for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) instruction. A fun and visual way teachers can supplement classroom coding instruction is to add an educational app for digital tablets to their classroom-tech toolbox….

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  • Smithsonian Website Offers Free STEM Resources to Teachers

    Posted August 2, 2016 in Literacy Resources

    With 21st century technology growing at a breakneck pace, employers are stepping up demand for students well-versed in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to join an increasingly tech-oriented workplace. Schools across the country are responding. Boosted by an investment of more than $3 billion from the federal government in 2016, STEM programs in K-12…

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  • Tablet App Reveals Secrets of Van Gogh Paintings

    Posted July 25, 2016 in Literacy Resources

    For generations, art teachers have relied on textbooks, prints, photographs and sometimes visits to a museum or gallery to teach students about classic artists like Rembrandt, Monet and Raphael. Today, digital tablet technology can put detailed works by master artists directly into students’ hands. There are dozens of educational apps for tablets that focus on…

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  • 12 Tech Tools for Teachers to Check Out During Summer Break

    Posted June 20, 2016 in Literacy Resources

    Soon after the last student exits the classroom for summer break, many teachers start thinking ahead and making plans for the next school year. Most likely, technology will play a significant part in upcoming lesson plans. From downloadable classroom planners and whiteboard tools to kid-friendly search engines, here are a dozen cool websites bursting with…

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  • Flag App Helps Give Students a Global Perspective

    Posted June 13, 2016 in Literacy Resources

    A good way for teachers to introduce world geography and history into their classroom is to have students study flags from around the world. From their shapes, colors, designs and even fabrics, flags can offer students a significant look at the history, symbolism and cultures of the world’s nations. The study of flags, often called…

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  • Teaching Summer Literacy: Strategies for Elementary, Middle and High School Students

    Posted June 9, 2016 in Literacy Resources

    The importance of summer learning cannot be underestimated. Students who participate in educational activities while school is out see modest gains; those who don’t experience the equivalent of two months’ loss in math and other skills. Summer literacy programs can improve education equity for high-needs students Summer learning loss has the highest impact on students…

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  • 12 Websites that will Slow the ‘Summer Slide’ and Keep Kids Busy

    Posted June 6, 2016 in Literacy Resources

    When summer break arrives, many students happily swap classroom learning for outdoor fun, sports and family activities. And too often, lessons just learned in school become quickly forgotten. It’s the “summer slide” and most K-12 teachers know it well. Studies cited by the National Summer Learning Association, a nonprofit that promotes summer learning programs for…

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