Middle School (Grades: 6-8)

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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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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November 15, 2016

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

By tomm | 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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November 14, 2016

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

By tomm | 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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October 17, 2016

‘Code Hour’ App Introduces Younger Students to Computer Coding

By tomm | 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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September 26, 2016

Teacher Tips for Using Cellphones in Class

By tomm | 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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September 19, 2016

Red Cross App Puts First Aid Tips into Students’ Hands

By tomm | 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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September 12, 2016

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

By tomm | 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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August 29, 2016

Math App Helps Middle School Students Understand Place Values

By tomm | 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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August 22, 2016

App’s Puzzles Help Students Learn Fundamentals of Software Coding

By tomm | 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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