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We ask you for your payment information primarily for identity and security reasons. Elementary School - PhET Simulations. 21 Digital Tools To Build Vocabulary - 21 Digital Tools To Build Vocabulary by Kimberly Tyson, Ph.D If you follow this blog, you know that I believe effective vocabulary instruction is just about the most important instructional activity for teachers to get right.

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For lots of reasons. Vocabulary influences fluency, comprehension, and student achievement. How’s that for starters? In addition, a broad vocabulary is important for effective speaking, listening, reading and writing. I write frequently about the importance of effective vocabulary instruction and my recent infographic – the 10 Do’s and Don’ts of Effective Vocabulary Instruction – has proved very popular having been Pinned over 31,000 times.

In today’s 21st century classrooms, digital tools must coexist alongside more traditional tools. Digital tools have advantages. The following digital tools show promise to support word learning, review, and playing with language. 70 Cool Math Games. My little Miss Four seems to be right into math at the moment.

70 Cool Math Games

She’s always counting things and using her fingers to help keep track of things she’s counting. I wanted to harness this eagerness so I’ve been searching the Internet for some cool math games that I can use with her. Hour of Code. First News. First News journalists provide up-to-date, insightful and dynamic articles on a range of subjects from entertainment to politics, sport to science which are relevant to an audience spanning 7-14 year olds.

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The new digital edition of First News brings the newspaper to life, engaging children with dynamic content in an easy to use format. Treat a special child in your life to a First News digital subscription and they will discover a read which is interactive, thought-provoking, intelligent - and fun! Download each week's issue first thing every Friday morningNever miss an issueChoose from our great subscription offersAvailable on tablet device Please choose your country: First News. The Personal Road to Reinventing Mathematics Education. Math education has fascinated me for a very long time.

The Personal Road to Reinventing Mathematics Education

I was always good at arithmetic and despite having a pretty bleak elementary school experience, I could do what they called, “math.” Test scores in the 6th grade indicted that I was mathematically gifted and earned me a place in something called Unified Math. “Unified” was an accelerated course intended to rocket me to mathematical superiority between grades 7 and 12. Rather than take discrete algebra, geometry, trigonometry, etc., Unified Math was promised as a high-speed roller-coaster ride through various branches of mathematics. Then through the miracle of mathematics instruction I was back in a low Algebra track by 9th grade and limped along through terrible math classes until my senior year in high school. Microsoft, Will Use Minecraft to Teach Kids Programming. Microsoft Corp. has teamed up with, the nonprofit that offers free programming tools for kids, to bring its best-selling personal-computer game Minecraft to the group’s popular Hour of Code tutorials.

Microsoft, Will Use Minecraft to Teach Kids Programming

Kids will be able to go to’s website and find a tutorial with 14 levels of Minecraft including a free-play board, said Deirdre Quarnstrom, director of Minecraft education at Microsoft, which is’s biggest financial backer. The agreement is the second this month for the computer-science educational group, which added Star Wars to its lineup last week. Minecraft, which Microsoft acquired with its $2.5 billion purchase of software company Mojang AB in 2014, puts users inside a vast pixelated 3-D landscape and allows them to build with blocks made of different resources. was started in 2013 to make computer-science education available to more children, with a goal of boosting participation in the field by women and students of color.

Teacher Recommended: 50 Favorite Classroom Apps. Educators and students are quickly becoming more comfortable with classroom technology, allowing them to shift from thinking about the technical side of integrating a new tool to focusing on how it improves learning.

Teacher Recommended: 50 Favorite Classroom Apps

While the sheer number of education apps is still overwhelming, increasingly teachers have found what works for them and are sticking to them. “The conversations I had were radically different than they were a year ago,” said Michelle Luhtala, the librarian for New Canaan High School and host of an Emerging Tech webinar on edWeb. She tapped her professional learning network of educators, teaching all grades and located all over the country, to share their favorite tech tools. Apps That Actually Help Kids Learn. Monday, October 19, 2015 Last week, I moderated a panel discussion at Sesame Street Workshop (yes, there were Muppets everywhere!)

Apps That Actually Help Kids Learn

The Importance of Recreational Math. Photo Baltimore — IN 1975, a San Diego woman named Marjorie Rice read in her son’s Scientific American magazine that there were only eight known pentagonal shapes that could entirely tile, or tessellate, a plane.

The Importance of Recreational Math

Despite having had no math beyond high school, she resolved to find another. By 1977, she’d discovered not just one but four new tessellations — a result noteworthy enough to be published the following year in a mathematics journal. The article that turned Ms. TOP TIPS, TRICKS & GAMES TO IMPROVE YOUR MATHS TIMES T. Free Math Worksheets. Learn how to code by playing a game. Guide to the Best Homeschooling and Unschooling Resources. Overwhelming.

Guide to the Best Homeschooling and Unschooling Resources

That’s the word you hear when you ask homeschooling parents about the resources available to them today. How do Unschoolers Turn Out? Peter Gray has studied how learning happens without any academic requirements at a democratic school. The Boston College research professor also wrote about the long history and benefits of age-mixed, self-directed education in his book Free to Learn. Over the years, as he encountered more and more families who had adopted this approach at home (these so-called “unschoolers” are estimated to represent about 10 percent of the more than two million homeschooled children), he began to wonder about its outcomes in that setting. Finding no academic studies that adequately answered his question, he decided to conduct his own. In 2011, he and colleague Gina Riley surveyed 232 parents who unschool their children, which they defined as not following any curriculum, instead letting the children take charge of their own education.

The Pros and Cons of Unschooling. Upgrade to Gold Membership - Zaption Features: Pangaea, Metric System, Civil Rights. Log in. Timberdoodle Co - Homeschool Curriculum, Resources, Materials & Books. Fourth Grade Curriculum & 4th Grade Lessons by Time4Learning. Overview of Fourth Grade Learning Objectives This section provides a summary of the key fourth grade learning objectives for reading, language arts, and math. A more detailed description of each subject is provided below, including links with more information on the hundreds of learning activities. The fourth grade language arts and math curriculum correlate to state standards.

Fourth grade is a year of highly visible progress in reading, writing and language arts.