Wednesday, August 28, 2013

New resources for teaching content. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Teachers turn to video games to teach science and math
The proliferation of inexpensive tablets, and younger teachers who are savvy with computers, means students are using more video games to learn about subjects such as math and science. For example, Foldit, a game developed by the University of Washington's Center for Game Science, allows students to study protein structures. Other games, such as DragonBox, teaches students algebra. "We were able to show that even kindergartners and first-graders can master solving equations," UW's Zoran Popovic said. The Seattle Times (8/21)Bookmark and Share

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Here's a new option that creates a easy way to differentiate in your classroom. FREE! Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Free Web-based tools help teachers mix lessons like a disc jockey
Two new, free Web platforms called OpenCurriculum and Activate Instruction allow teachers to upload resources, lesson plans and other materials and act like a disc jockey to create digital "playlists" that can be shared with other educators. "The great thing about it is that it makes it very, very easy to personalize and individualize things for students," said Kevin Bock, a chemistry teacher at a California school in which the platform was tested for the past year. Fast Company online (8/14)

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Here is a great post for teachers who are looking for a way to boost engagement in their classrooms. This is so easy and it works!! Coourtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Can cellphones boost classroom interactions for some students?
More teachers are finding ways to boost lessons and classroom participation by using devices that were once banned from schools -- cellphones. Some teachers in Ohio are texting reminders about tests and homework, with students responding and engaging. "We had some students who maybe ... have said three or four words the entire semester," said Damon Mollenkopf, an Advanced Placement history teacher at Westerville North High School. "All of a sudden, they are giving me these fantastic contributions via [Twitter] or via texting or via email." WBNS-TV (Columbus, Ohio) (8/7)
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Sunday, August 4, 2013

Free Resources! Enjoy! Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief!

6 sources for free, online K-12 textbooks

This article details six sources for free, online textbooks and teaching materials narrowed to specific subjects in K-12 education. For instance, CK-12 Foundation offers student and teacher versions of books and user reviews of materials, while Project Gutenberg provides free digital versions of classic texts and a feature that suggests other books similar to ones selected. T.H.E. Journal (8/1)
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This report highlisghts a national trend. Take a look and see what might apply to your students' learning. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Report highlights need for literacy focus in Mich.
One in three students in parts of Michigan are not reading at grade level, according to a review of student achievement in 20 districts. Officials say the data is part of a national trend that emphasizes the need to rally around schools, students and parents to improve literacy. "Children who are not reading at grade level by the end of third grade are more likely to not graduate from high school, which perpetuates the cycle of not going to college and not getting into the workforce," said Lindsay McHolme, director of the Community Literacy Initiative, which compiled the report. WZZM-TV (Grand Rapids, Mich.) (8/1)Bookmark and Share

Nationally, schools are looking at schoolwide digital devices for all students. This creates the need for all teachers to acquire a indpeth knowledge of digital literacy. This article looks at one funded project meant to help schoold with funding.Courtesy of ASCD smartBrief.

Revised NCLB would include support for computer-science education
Legislation to revise No Child Left Behind, which is making its way through Congress, recently was amended to include computer-science teachers in a provision of the bill pertaining to professional development. The move was supported by the advocacy group Computing in the Core, which includes Google, Microsoft, the Computer Science Teachers Association and others. Education Week/Curriculum Matters blog (7/29)
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