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August 2012 Blog Posts (58)

Websites for Young Learners of English (YLE)(1)

If you are teaching to Young Learners Of English(YLE ),those website can be really beneficial for your pupils.

Let's start:


It is a website for digital…


Added by Azize Beşik on August 31, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Common Language not in Common Core

Going back to school means that teachers and students will confront two philosophical statements. One statement is the school’s mission statement that quite literally confronts them as they enter a school building. The second statement is the statement of purpose for the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) that currently guides the curriculum for K-12 teachers in states that adopted the CCSS.

Here is an interesting exercise. Below, there are three randomly selected school mission…


Added by Colette Marie Bennett on August 31, 2012 at 4:42pm — No Comments

Would we want to read a student's mind?

The Advanced Virtuality Lab at the Interdisciplinary Centre in Israel and the Beziers Technology Institute in France have used fMRI scanner to allow someone to control a robot with thought alone.…


Added by Richard Nelson on August 31, 2012 at 6:39am — No Comments

QR Codes: A Wealth of Information Stored in a Little Square


Added by Lynda Hall on August 31, 2012 at 12:30am — No Comments

Are We Reaching Middle Schoolers?

A new Gallup poll studied factors related to student engagement, optimism, and well-being revealed that students scored relatively high on all…


Added by ruthschapira on August 30, 2012 at 10:27pm — No Comments

Teaching About Reconstruction of the U.S. After the Civil War


This post is for my friends that begin their American History course with a Reconstruction Unit. I will share lesson ideas that I used during my years of teaching Part 2 of U.S. History and in my AP class. In my Part 2 U.S. History classes, it had been several years since students had taken the…


Added by Debra Collett on August 30, 2012 at 6:43pm — No Comments


Mobile phones managed to mostly kick their classroom stigma once the iPhone, Android, Blackberry, and other PDA-cellular hybrids (also known as “smartphones,” but you knew that already) popped onto the scene. Thanks to the veritable Library of Alexandria of apps available on the respective markets,…


Added by Gianfranco D'Aversa on August 27, 2012 at 9:03am — 3 Comments


Technology and education are pretty intertwined these days and nearly every teacher has a few favorite tech tools that make doing his or her job and connecting with students a little bit easier and more fun for all involved. Yet as with anything related to technology, new tools are hitting the market…


Added by Gianfranco D'Aversa on August 27, 2012 at 1:50am — No Comments

Teaching About Pre-Columbian Native Americans


Teaching About Pre-Columbian Native American Cultures


It’s time to plan that first social studies unit. Some of us have the lesson plan pretty much handed to us by the state or district, and told not to veer off of it. Others are given standards as guidelines, but are left to our own creativity and students’ needs to determine how we will teach them. Some of us fall in between. If you are in the first group, you’re probably not looking for new ideas, but if…


Added by Debra Collett on August 26, 2012 at 12:14am — No Comments


Chronozoom is a zoomable timeline of timelines augmented with multimedia features. Packed into a single Web page, ChronoZoom represents literally the history of everything since the Big Bang, presented in a visual, navigable package. Users log…


Added by Gianfranco D'Aversa on August 24, 2012 at 7:31am — No Comments


Dipity is a chronological timeline builder that takes useful information on the Internet—from social media, traditional search services, and RSS – and aggregates them in a single, easy-to-use, fun-to-navigate interface. These timelines not only cover a wide…


Added by Gianfranco D'Aversa on August 24, 2012 at 7:31am — No Comments


SoundCloud is an online audio distribution platform which allows collaboration, promotion and distribution of audio recordings. SoundCloud was originally started in Stockholm, Sweden, but was…


Added by Gianfranco D'Aversa on August 24, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments

Teaching about Explorers



The Age of Exploration…oh such a big topic and so little time to teach. Most scope and sequences don’t provide for a lot of time-or a lot of depth on this subject in American history classes. Fortunately it is also taught in the World history curriculum so the burden is split. In this post I will share ideas that can be used in both courses at the middle grade and high school levels, and sprinkle in some tips and resources for elementary. To see details about the…


Added by Debra Collett on August 23, 2012 at 11:57pm — No Comments

Student Standardization

As I was driving recently, I heard a commercial on the radio that really grabbed my attention. It was from a real estate organization that was talking about the advantages of owning a home. What grabbed my attention was a statement claiming that children of homeowners score better on standardized tests. I couldn’t believe it. Somebody was using the potential of a child’s success on a standardized test to get people to consider buying houses.…


Added by Thomas Whitby on August 23, 2012 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Creative Commons, Copyright & You

Understanding copyright laws can be very difficult…

Added by Lynda Hall on August 23, 2012 at 6:04pm — No Comments

Applying to Study at a USA College

Curated links for overseas students considering applying to a USA College.

Added by Shamblesguru on August 23, 2012 at 12:31am — No Comments


WizIQ is an online learning platform. The site is designed to help students and teachers find each other, and to provide an online virtual classroom learning environment. The WizIQ virtual…


Added by Gianfranco D'Aversa on August 22, 2012 at 6:51am — No Comments


Stipple is a new service (still in an invite-only beta) that allows you to create interactive images. UsingStipple you can upload an image and tag it with pinmarks. Within each pinmark you can include videos,…


Added by Gianfranco D'Aversa on August 22, 2012 at 6:50am — No Comments


Soundation is a free service that allows anyone to create and remix sound tracks online. If you have used Apple’s Garage Band or Aviary’s Myna, Soundation will look familiar to you. Soundation…


Added by Gianfranco D'Aversa on August 22, 2012 at 6:49am — No Comments

A great video/lesson educational site for teachers!

Here's a terrific website that I discovered with educational videos, lessons, and games for kids from K-12.  All videos are reviewed for appropriateness, accuracy, and safety:

Added by Rae Ross on August 21, 2012 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

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