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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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  • A Dozen Great Tech Tools that Make Teachers’ Lives Easier

    Posted January 30, 2017 in Literacy Resources

    While it might seem that some students are leaps and bounds ahead of teachers when it comes to using technology, are they really? Probably not. Beyond everyday consumer technologies like smartphones, videogames and social media, most K-12 students are still on the shy side of using technology for productivity, the workplace and especially education. That’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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  • Ask a Biologist Site Invites Life-Sciences Questions from Students, Teachers

    Posted January 3, 2017 in Literacy Resources

    The world of biology is as fascinating as it is sometimes confusing. Do you have a question about DNA, cell division or what a biologist does? Just ask. A biologist is as close as your internet-connected computer, digital tablet or smartphone. K-12 teachers and students can direct these kinds of questions to Ask a Biologist….

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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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  • ‘Run Marco!’ App Aligns with Hour of Code Sessions

    Posted November 29, 2016 in Literacy Resources

    Using desktop computers, digital tablets and even smartphones, thousands of students are expected to participate in Hour of Code sessions at schools across the country during Computer Science Education Week in early December. The sessions are sponsored by Code.org, a nonprofit that boosts student participation in computer science programs at K-12 schools. Each year the…

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  • Carnegie Academy Website Offers Cyber Safety Guidelines for Kids

    Posted November 22, 2016 in Literacy Resources

    As the number of young people accessing the internet through computers, tablets and smartphones increases across the country, it’s important for them to be able to identify online safety threats such as cyberbullying, suspicious emails and dangerous websites. And school is the best place for young web surfers to learn how to fend for themselves…

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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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  • 12 Websites New and Veteran Teachers Should Know About

    Posted October 24, 2016 in Literacy Resources

    A dizzying number of new educational websites are launching regularly on the internet. And for many teachers, it’s often hard to keep up with the flow. But it’s important to follow online educational trends because technology is quickly changing how educators teach and students learn. Here are a dozen good websites teachers should know about….

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  • 10 Halloween Websites for Teachers to Keep Kids Learning and Engaged

    Posted October 12, 2016 in Literacy Resources

    Just because Halloween is approaching doesn’t mean that ghosts, goblins and witches haunting students’ thoughts needs to be a classroom distraction. Savvy teachers know how to take advantage of the spooky holiday and brew technology into lesson plans. From math and science to reading and literature, the internet is awash with educational websites teachers can…

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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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  • Math App Helps Middle School Students Understand Place Values

    Posted August 29, 2016 in Literacy Resources

    Some young learners have a hard time visualizing basic math concepts from printed worksheets or in-class whiteboard examples. That’s especially true with place values. In tablet-enabled classrooms, math apps are great resources because they give students extra help via self-paced exercises. A good app teachers should consider is “Number Pieces” by The Math Learning Center….

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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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  • Animal Flash Cards Jump to Life with ‘4D’ Technology

    Posted August 8, 2016 in Literacy Resources

    From raccoons and squirrels to lions, tigers, bears and even whales, most kids seem to love seeing and learning about animals. Elementary school teachers who add animals into their study mix can often boost fun and creativity in the classroom. For tablet-enabled classrooms, a good tool is an educational app like “Animal 4D+” from Octagon…

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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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  • Startup Uses Text Messages to Help Parents, Kids Overcome Math Anxiety

    Posted August 1, 2016 in Literacy Resources

    A new math startup lets parents and teachers subscribe to a text-messaging service designed to help young people see math through the lens of everyday life. The idea is to help parents bring math concepts into their homes in a calm, natural way to help kids overcome their reluctance to study math, says Bon Crowder,…

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  • Teaching Sensory Literacy: Classroom Strategies for Sensory Learning

    Posted July 28, 2016 in Literacy Resources

    Sensory play is a fairly broad term that encompasses a number of activities that engage the senses of touch, sight, sound, smell and taste. From infancy, children participate in sensory play to engage with and explore the world around them. Whether it’s fiddling with the fringe on the carpet or pouring water through their fingertips,…

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  • Teaching STEM Literacy: Strategies to Engage Students in Engineering

    Posted July 21, 2016 in Literacy Resources

    Developing innovative and engaging lessons in STEM fields has become increasingly important for teachers in the last few years. Pressure is mounting to promote student engagement and achievement in these subjects and ensure the U.S. has the workforce necessary to fill roles in science, technology, engineering and math fields. Teaching STEM literacy increases the chance…

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  • STEM Literacy: Skills Students Need to Fill Tomorrow’s Jobs

    Posted July 19, 2016 in Literacy Resources

    STEM fields, comprised of science, technology, engineering and math, have become an increasingly significant focus in K-12 education in the last decade. Studying STEM subjects is significant in terms of increasing overall literacy and ability to understand concepts from these subjects, but jobs in these fields are also growing exponentially, which means that students who…

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