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A BBC documentary featured Dr. Hans Rosling, a founder of Gapminder, which uses data animation to educate the public about gaps in health and wealth. Go to related article » Lesson Plan | Data Visualized: More on Teaching With Infographics Lesson Plan | Data Visualized: More on Teaching With Infographics
I’m seeing more Scoopit links in my Twitter stream and I’m not crazy about it. Sure it’s quick and easy to share with Scoopit. But it not quick and easy to consume. For me it's all about the econ... Marty Note (here is comment I wrote on Dr. How To Curate Learning Paths and Engage Students: Curatr How To Curate Learning Paths and Engage Students: Curatr
StoryKeepers - StoryMaking Software StoryMaking is a process facilitated by a variety of tools. Following the Seven Steps of StoryMaking provides an opportunity to master a variety of tools. The following suggestions offer a starting place for integrating technology that supports this process. The list is updated frequently as new choices enter the marketplace so check in often or send additional ideas to Bernajean@Digitales.us. Depending on time and interest, choose the tools that best fit your readiness for digital storytelling. See more in-depth information for video-making and other media production tools on the navigation side bar.Bibliography Maker - Track ALL Media SourcesBibme.org Online StoryKeepers - StoryMaking Software
Educational Crafts
Share My Lesson - Free K-12 Teacher Resources Aligned to Common Core State Standards
Lesson Planning

Taking Notes


Log In The Week in Rap Recommended forGrades 5 to 12 All Units Aligned to January 24, 2014 The-Week-In-Rap The-Week-In-Rap
10 Interactive Lessons By Google On Digital Citizenship 10 Interactive Lessons By Google On Digital Citizenship 10 Interactive Lessons By Google On Digital Citizenship Added by Jeff Dunn on 2012-07-22 YouTube has a firm place in the current classroom.
Reality TV and E-Learning: The Next Frontier? Three Possible Edu-Reality Shows Reality TV and E-Learning: The Next Frontier? Three Possible Edu-Reality Shows You don't want to watch, but once you do, you want more and more. You ask yourself why, and all you can come up with is that there is something cathartic about tragedy (not exactly a new finding -- but ranks up there with the eternal verities) -- and, the Aristotelian ideas / precepts still hold: the tragic hero is compelling because of the essentially flawed nature of his/her beingness, and hubris resides at the core. "There but for the grace of God ..." we intone because we all have a "hubris trigger" in our heart of hearts -- we all would love to be invincible and to somehow transcend / escape angst, pain, fear of death, and death itself. But the tragic hero tends to die -- and to die prematurely -- precisely because he / she tried to cheat death, and to grab onto all the spoils of life -- wealth, glory, fame, progeny -- and the act of grasping is what triggered the downward spiral.
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Lectures: Brenzel - Floating University Lectures: Brenzel - Floating University The Essential Value of a Classic Education. JEFFREY BRENZEL, Philosopher, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions, Yale University Lesson Overview Some people regard the classics as mere historical artifacts or fodder for cocktail party conversation. To succeed in today's world, the thinking goes, it's not necessary to closely read Plato's Republic or Dante's Inferno when one can easily find a summary in Cliff Notes or on Wikipedia. Professor Brenzel argues that not only can reading the great classics enrich your education, it can actually make your life better.
Literature Poetry etc.


Literary Devices

Fairy Tales

Think.com, Oracle Education Foundation, Projects | Competition | Library As of July 1, 2013 ThinkQuest has been discontinued. We would like to thank everyone for being a part of the ThinkQuest global community: Students - For your limitless creativity and innovation, which inspires us all. Think.com, Oracle Education Foundation, Projects | Competition | Library
Online Lang and Lit

AP Visual Literacy Resources - WriteSpace
Teaching Writing

Reasoning, Logic, Using Evidence

other prompts and AP Lang multiple choice

Cartoons/Graphic Novels


Turn of the Screw


Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Post Office

Salem Witches

Successful Leader prompt





The Extended Essay (IB DP)



Rhetorical Analysis

Listen and Write - Dictation
Free English Tests and Exercises Online for ESL, TOEFL, TOEIC, GRE, SAT, GMAT
Language Arts Presentations in PowerPoint format, Free Interactives
Holt Literature & Language Arts Home Page
Functional Grammar
Graphic Organizers

Ed Tech Tools

The 5 Minute Lesson Plan by @TeacherToolkit
Language Arts Presentations in PowerPoint format, Free Interactives
Yesterday, the Open University released ‘The History of English in 10 Minutes,’ a witty animated sequence that takes you through 1600 years of linguistic history. The Vikings gave us “give” and “take.” Shakespeare added another 2,000 words and expressions to the mix. The British Empire (see video above) then brought the evolving English language to new lands, creating new varieties of English worldwide. And so the story continues. You can find this series featuring the voice of Clive Anderson on iTunes or YouTube. The History of the English Language in Ten Animated Minutes The History of the English Language in Ten Animated Minutes
This fun English game has some silly pandas to help teach the parts of speech. Get enough of the questions correct, and you can make your own silly sentence. Sharlayne Overton, author of A Daily Dose of Writing, came up with the concept for this game. To get exercises to help with writing, check out her fun book! Strike 1! Help the Chimpunks win their Championship Baseball gameby helping them read base words with suffix endings. Fun 4 the Brain - English Games Fun 4 the Brain - English Games
There tends to exist a general skepticism toward book trailers. While some of it is a reaction to their novelty—and the question of whether they can actually generate higher book sales—another part is rooted in more of an ethical uncertainty. A trailer, in a way, violates a book’s very construction. We are taught from a young age that reading, unlike pretty much everything else, forces you to use your imagination. Fantastic Book Trailers And The Reasons They’re So Good
Free Interactive English Games - Fun Learning Activities
The Pleasures and Perils of Rereading In his often anthologized essay “On Reading Old Books,” William Hazlitt wrote, “I hate to read new books. There are twenty or thirty volumes that I have read over and over again, and these are the only ones that I have any desire to ever read at all.” This is a rather extreme position on rereading, but he is not alone. Larry McMurtry made a similar point: “If I once read for adventure, I now read for security. How nice to be able to return to what won’t change. When I sit down at dinner with a given book, I want to know what I’m going to find.”
We Can't Teach Students to Love Reading - The Chronicle Review
The Art of Reading: How to Read A Book
How to Read Faster: Bill Cosby's Three Proven Strategies
Jewish Literacy as the Road to Riches: The Chosen Path of the 'Chosen Few' | The Business Desk with Paul Solman | PBS NewsHour
Literacy-Based and Other Guessing Games
Research Databases & Archives

National Libraries

digital public library of america - Google Search
Smithsonian Libraries : Digital Library
Library of Congress Home
Teacher's Guides and Analysis Tool - For Teachers
The New York Public Library
Information Research

Drawing Lessons

Text Compactor: Free Online Automatic Text Summarization Tool
History of Philosophy without any gaps
Our Third Annual Summer Reading Contest

Test Prep (SAT/ACT)

Kansas 8th Grade Graduation Exam 1895
Critical Thinking On The Web
Creative Thinking Is a Specific Process That Can Be Replicated
What Is Intelligence? Just a Byproduct of Cooperation. | IdeaFeed
Discrepant Events

Are we asking the right questions? - Ideas
About L2L | Look to Learn
Brain Games & Brain Training - Lumosity
Six Tips for Brain-Based Learning
Project-Based Engineering for Kids
Social Studies


Resources & Advice § Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning
The student authored syllabus | Peeragogy.org