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Hello parents, teachers, and blog readers! We’ve received so much interest in The Kid Should See This and for the educational videos featured here — especially for the science vids — that we’d love to focus that attention on the teachers who are bringing science education to life for kids every day. If you’ve liked watching videos on this ad-free blog, want to let the co-curator and I know that the research and work put into this site has meant something to you, and above all want to directly help students in need, then please consider giving this site a small tip in our tip jar by supporting one of the science-focused projects that we’ve picked on It works like this: Hello parents, teachers, and blog readers!  We’ve Hello parents, teachers, and blog readers!  We’ve
Workshop 1. Creating a Community of Writers In this session, participants explore practical strategies — from desk arrangements to classroom organization to writing routines — that allow young adolescents to share their writing in an atmosphere of trust and safety and to recognize their identities as lifelong writers and readers. Go to this unit. Resource: Write in the Middle: A Workshop for Middle School Teachers Resource: Write in the Middle: A Workshop for Middle School Teachers
Ten states got the green light Thursday to pursue school reforms without being tethered to the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind law. At least 28 more are expected to seek similar approval by the end of the month. Kids will still be tested each year on learning, but the tests will measure how well they are doing against state, not federal, standards. And, states will have more flexibility in deciding what to do about schools with the lowest scores. No Child Left Behind, signed into law in 2002 by President George W. Bush, was meant to improve fundamental skills of students. Official: 10 states to get education waiver Official: 10 states to get education waiver
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How to Learn Without Memorizing

How to Learn Without Memorizing

Photo by Edwin Stemp Rote memorization is an inefficient way to learn. Just retaining a single formula can mean pounding the same information into your skull dozens of times. If your computer hard drive had this accuracy, you’d probably throw it out.
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It is time for my yearly post about the technology I've purchased during the past year. You can view my previous posts for 2012, 2011, 2010, and 2009 Since I make presentations and facilitate workshops about all sorts of different technologies, I try to get my hands on devices and gadgets that I think might be helpful to teachers. Some of these items I highly recommend. Others are ones I wish I didn’t waste my money on. Some things are stupidly expensive while a few are pretty cheap.
NCEE - National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education The International Entrepreneurship Educators Programme module 1, was a great success taking place in Newport, Wales on the 19th–20th June. Module 2, taking place in Sheffield on the 10th–11th September in conjunction with the IEEP ( NCEE recently hosted a visit from the British Council and stakeholders from Saudi Arabia as part of their study tour to the UK The Entrepreneurial University Leaders Programme module 2, was hosted at Coventry University on the 17th – 20th April. Module 3, will take place in London on the 10th – 13th July. To find out more information on the 2014 programme at NCEE - National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education
Six Questions for Entrepreneurial Leadership and Innovation in Distance Education | Leadership in Distance Education | Six Questions for Entrepreneurial Leadership and Innovation in Distance Education | Leadership in Distance Education | Six Questions for Entrepreneurial Leadership and Innovation in Distance Education by Connie Reimers-Hild, Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and James W. King, Ed.D., University of Nebraska-LincolnWinter 2009, Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration
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This list is distinctive as the resources are a) free and b) almost exclusively browser based. The list is also sorted by Blooms, meaning you are able to more easily consider your student outcomes FIRST. There are a few exceptions. A number of resources listed offer ‘pro’ services, but are still particularly useful using the free services they offer. There are a couple of software downloads included. Notably, Jing and Audacity, which are free and powerful products in the classroom and I felt compelled to include them. «Free digital tools in Blooms

«Free digital tools in Blooms

Testmoz is a test generator that sports 4 question types, automatic grading, a really simple interface and detailed reports. Testmoz is free, and does not require you (or your students) to register. You can build a fully functional test in about a minute, so why don't you give it a try and generate a test? I forgot my test password. Can you retrieve it for me, please? No.

Testmoz - The Test Generator

Testmoz - The Test Generator

The Best Videos For Educators In 2011

The Best Videos For Educators In 2011 This is always one of my favorite year-end lists to do….. You might also be interested in: Part Two Of The Best Videos For Educators — 2010 The Ten Best Videos For Educators — 2010 And you might also want to see The Best Funny Videos Showing The Importance Of Being Bilingual — Part One and The Best Videos Illustrating Qualities Of A Successful Language Learner. Here are my choices for The Best Videos For Educators In 2011:

100 Incredibly Useful YouTube Channels for Teachers | Online College Courses

YouTube has earned a reputation for featuring brain cell-slaughtering fare such as the truly abysmal Fred and playing host to the some of the most depressingly stupid comments this side of Yahoo! News. But for every participant liberally dishing out misspelled racist, sexist and homophobic talking points, there is at least one whose channel genuinely offers something provocative and educational. For teachers hoping to infuse multimedia into their classrooms, YouTube makes for an excellent starting point. Plenty of universities, nonprofits, organizations, museums and more post videos for the cause of education both in and out of schools. The following list compiles some of the ones most worthy of attention, as they feature plenty of solid content appealing to their respective audiences and actively try to make viewers smarter.
It’s said that there’s nothing new under the sun, It’s said that there’s nothing new under the sun, but the first time I saw someone levitating a glider, I couldn’t believe it… Ten years later I was building and flying walkalong gliders with my students. And now teacher Slater Harrison shares his Air Surfing Foam Walkalong Glider project on his site, Science Toy Maker. He also has videos about variations on the glider, the history of the experiment, and other easy and more challenging science DIYs. An excellent resource.

Evernote for Education

Android App: I use the desktop version at home and the office, the Android app on my HTC One smartphone, my tablets, web version on my Chromebook. The desktop version sync's all of the data to your computer (good for backup) and you can also export your notes in a variety of formats for backup. You can create new notes via desktop, web, or mobile version.
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The Oxford Institute for Environmental Education
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