High School (Grades: 9-12)

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 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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November 7, 2016

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

By tomm | 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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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 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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August 2, 2016

Smithsonian Website Offers Free STEM Resources to Teachers

By tomm | 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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July 25, 2016

Tablet App Reveals Secrets of Van Gogh Paintings

By tomm | 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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