http://bit.ly/1hGl0rp Video-Based Tech Tutorials for Teachers
With new EdTech products released constantly, it can be difficult to keep up, let alone master new platforms and tools. To help, we’ve compiled a list of great videos that can help teachers tackle potentially stressful learning curves. Watch these video tutorials to get up to speed in no time.
http://bit.ly/1im4KXO 10 Great Math Apps for Student
Math may come easily to some students but be more challenging for others. Thanks to technology, there are plenty of resources to help students fine-tune their math skills, whether it is on a computer, tablet or smartphone.
Here are some great math apps to use in the classroom, or to suggest for student use outside of the classroom!
http://bit.ly/1llJpCb Summer Camp in the Classroom
http://bit.ly/Us1YLn The Ants Go Marching…into Your Lesson Plans!
Why not capitalize on students’ fascination with insects? Education World offers a scavenger hunt, with questions for students in all grades. Included: Fun activities to extend ants into your language arts curriculum!
Open your classroom doors to a learning invasion! You’ll find ants all over the Internet… and Education World has made teaching about ants as easy as attracting them is! We’ve created a scavenger hunt with questions about ants for students of all ages. Just sort through the “graded” questions below to create your own custom-made scavenger hunt!
http://bit.ly/1hN3L8a Every Teacher Can Meet the Common Core: Simple Tips
Thanks to its partnership with publisher Eye on Education, EducationWorld is pleased to present this blog post by Eye On Education’s Senior Editor, Lauren Davis. In the post, Davis takes the mystery out of implementing the Common Core in the classroom. She presents easy strategies that educators can use across subjects and grades.
Teachers everywhere want to know how the new Common Core State Standards will alter what they teach and how they teach it. To gather answers to those questions, I spoke to educators across the country. Here are some of the things I learned.
http://bit.ly/1jj7hC1 Site Review: Remind 101
This free site allows educators to communicate with students and parents by sending messages, attaching files, updating a calendar and more. Updates can be sent to smartphones, tablets and other devices.
http://bit.ly/1mEMOIV Stopping the Summer Slide Starts With Parents
Summer learning loss—becoming more of a concern among teachers—could be prevented with more parent involvement, reported Wosu.com, an NPR News affiliate.
http://bit.ly/1hN3EK3 Ten-Year-Old High School Graduate Taking College Courses
In Sacramento, a homeschooled 10-year-old prodigy has become one of the youngest students to graduate high school. He not only met state requirements, but also earned a 4.0 GPA.
http://bit.ly/SwPCjl NEA Regroups, Refocuses After Losing Members
To counteract a 230,000-member drop in just three years, the National Education Association has launched a Center for Organizing that will provide training and tools for educators. The center will also use membership as an avenue to better teaching and learning conditions, according to Education Week.
http://bit.ly/1qqp7rC U.S. Schools Have Remained Relatively Safe, Despite Isolated Incidents
While acts of violence may seem prevalent in schools across the U.S., the U.S. Department of Education and Justice indicates that violent deaths at school remain statistically rare, reported Education Week.
http://bit.ly/1xFLLBi Standardized Testing Hampers Student Curiosity, Learning
Fostering curiosity is the key to learning, said Erik Shonstrom in a commentary piece for Education Week. “We have lost sight of an important clue in helping our students succeed—that curiosity is an essential ingredient in wanting to learn,” he explained.
http://bit.ly/1qqoQoC Faulty $60 Million High School Stadium Sparks Outrage
In Allen, TX, the new, $60 million football stadium has been a source of considerable pride since it opened less than two years ago.
But cracks in the facility, occurring due to structual deficiencies, have forced it to close. Allen’s back-to-back Class 5A Division I state championship football team will have to play home games for the upcoming season in neighboring Plano.
http://bit.ly/1qqoHS2 District Leaders Get Smarter About Ed-Tech Purchases
K-12 school districts are becoming more savvy about purchasing tech for students, reported Education Week. Schools and teachers are also testing products to determine whether they are effective for student learning.
http://bit.ly/1qqoEpm School Sunscreen Ban Infuriates San Antonio Mother
In Texas, a mother is livid over a school ban on sunscreen that led to her daughter suffering a severe sunburn while on a school field trip, reported Fox News.
"The reality is: Children don’t eat sunscreen and they’re not going to," said Christy Riggs, a parent in San Antonio.
http://bit.ly/SwOoVh Five Great MOOCs for Summer Professional Development
Edutopia has generated an interesting list of Massive Open Online Courses for teachers to access over the summer.
"For teachers, MOOCs can be a fun and engaging way to expand expertise and gain new skills," said Matt Davis for Edutopia. "And the summer is a great time to enroll in one of these courses."
http://bit.ly/1phBcSL Fun and Enlightening Activities for the Last Day of School
Ryan Thomas, an ASCD Edge contributor, has outlined five fun activities that teachers can use on the last day of class.
"The end of the school year is always a strange and exciting time," said Thomas. "Like my students, I look forward to a break, but I always have mixed emotions about parting ways after spending the better part of the year with them."
http://bit.ly/1jj6BwD ACT Tweaks Its Popular College Admissions Test
ACT has announced a series of changes—most of which involve the addition of new scores—to its college admissions test.
The changes are relatively minor, such that students will likely not notice much of a difference.
http://bit.ly/SwObRR Site Review: TimeToast
On TimeToast, users can create and share interactive timelines via the Web, whether they feature historical events or other important topics. Explore already-created timelines, or make your own.