Literacy: STEM

April 24, 2017

Here’s the Definition, What’s the Word?

By marcieg | Literacy Resources

What’s in a word? Plenty if you consider its definition, part in speech, proper spelling and placement in text. As most reading and writing teachers know, building a robust vocabulary and knowing the right way to use words are skills students acquire through practice. Teachers who are looking for a good educational game to supplement…

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April 17, 2017

Mobile App Makes Learning Fractions Easy

By marcieg | Literacy Resources

One-half or two-thirds. Which is greater? If you’re measuring ingredients to bake a cake, mix a drink, distribute money or divide materials, it’s important to know the answer. K-12 students need to learn fractions because when they join the workforce, using fractions will be part of the job in most occupations. Just ask any baker,…

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April 10, 2017

Earth Day Activities to Help Students Learn about the Environment

By marcieg | Literacy Resources

In an effort to raise environmental awareness, Earth Day was established in 1970 by Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. senator from Wisconsin. That year, 20 million people across the United States gathered to talk about the environment and ways to stem pollution. This action opened the door to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and…

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April 3, 2017

Pegs and Rubber Bands go Digital in Geometry App

By tomm | Literacy Resources

Pegs and rubber bands don’t immediately come to mind as classroom teaching tools. Especially in today’s digital era. But, why not? They can be great manipulative tools for teaching and illustrating basic geometry concepts. Rubber bands stretched around pegs can create a plethora of geometric shapes, including polygons, triangles, squares and even octagons. Cool, huh?…

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March 13, 2017

Wonders of Science Fill App for Middle and High School Students

By tomm | 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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January 30, 2017

A Dozen Great Tech Tools that Make Teachers’ Lives Easier

By tomm | 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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January 23, 2017

Website Helps Students Discover Secrets of Minerals and Rocks

By tomm | 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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January 3, 2017

Ask a Biologist Site Invites Life-Sciences Questions from Students, Teachers

By tomm | 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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December 5, 2016

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

By tomm | 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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November 29, 2016

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

By tomm | 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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