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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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  • ‘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, a nonprofit that boosts student participation in computer science programs at K-12 schools. Each year the…

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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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  • ‘Code Hour’ App Introduces Younger Students to Computer Coding

    Posted October 17, 2016 in Literacy Resources

    At schools across the nation, computer coding is one of the fastest-growing disciplines under the umbrella of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Schools are stepping up coding instruction to prepare students for an increasingly tech-oriented workforce. For teachers, educational apps offer a great tool for introducing students to coding concepts. When used to supplement…

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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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  • 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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  • Mobile App Helps Students Create ‘Found Poetry’

    Posted August 15, 2016 in Literacy Resources

    Words are the building blocks of poetry. Their careful selection and placement along with spaces and lines work together to communicate the writer’s meaning and message. While most K-12 students study the works of well-known poets in English language arts programs, they also need to try their hand at writing poetry. A good way to…

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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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  • Website Teaches Kids the Basics of Healthy Eating

    Posted July 11, 2016 in Literacy Resources

    Most veteran teachers have seen the strong correlation between good nutrition, physical fitness and students’ academic success. A study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that healthy eating and physical activities are strongly linked to academic success in K-12 students. Moreover, good habits learned early often help students establish lifelong healthy behaviors. Teachers…

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  • App Helps Students Boost Vocabulary and Creative Writing Skills

    Posted June 27, 2016 in Literacy Resources

    Reading and writing teachers know that robust vocabulary, good grammar and solid sentence construction skills will help students ace their creative-writing assignments. But the time and practice needed to master those skills can prompt groans of boredom or frustration from some students. Game-based learning apps for smartphones and digital tablets can help those students by…

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  • Increasing the Quantity of Girls Who Study Advanced Math: Girls Equal, Inc.

    Posted June 23, 2016 in Literacy Resources

    Mathematician Jonathan David Farley, Ph.D., believes that girls can and should be learning higher mathematics beginning in elementary grades and continuing through high school. In 2015, he co-founded Girls Equal, Inc. to help realize this goal. Does teacher bias discourage elementary and middle-school girls from studying higher math? After graduating summa cum laude from Harvard,…

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