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Six Amazing Websites that Make Your Writing Stronger Long writing activities are not very frequently done in class. I tend to think that my students are like me; I need the right kind of atmosphere. Writing requires time, silence and lots of inspiration. Ideally, at this time of the year, I would probably wish to be sitting next to a fireplace with the most perfect instagrammable snow falling outside my window while drinking a nice cup of coffee waiting for inspiration to strike. 7 Ways Video Games Will Help Your Kids in School The first video games were not designed with education in mind. Pong, Mario Brothers, Sonic the Hedgehog and Street Fighter didn’t help anyone learn algebra, practice vocabulary, or memorize details of Ancient Roman history, but they were fun. Because of their entertaining nature, video games developed a bad rap over the years for “rotting kids’ brains” or distracting them from more studious pursuits. Fortunately, we know now that playing video games is far from a waste of time.

kids Art Zone A Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Award Winner The NGAkids Art Zone app from the National Gallery of Art introduces children not only to the experience of great artwork, but also to the creative process of producing great artworks. Through the manipulation of paintings spanning hundreds of years and numerous styles of art, children are free to explore the elements that go into a painting. In the classical and impressionist designs, they are free to explore and modify the objects of the paintings, from the sky and the background, through the middle and the foreground, adjusting for perspective and adding and subtracting characters and scenery at will. Some of the characters in the paintings can be animated for an extra laugh. Ten Tips for Fiction Writers - the important things every novelist should know about writing stories In no particular order: #1) Write what you know More of a mantra than a tip. You'll have heard it before - but it's not about the mantra, it's about the interpretation.

7 Ways Teachers Can Create Videos without Installing any Software 1- Wevideo WeVideo is a collaborative, cloud-based online video editor that is free to use, with affordable options to export in HD and store additional videos 2- Google Story Builder This Story Builder allows you to create mini-movies or video stories with the feel of Google Docs. Make and Play Switch the animals' heads, legs, and tails to make your own new creatures! Switch Zoo has 142 natural species in nine habitats. Play Switch Zoo Build six of world's biomes by choosing the right plants, animal, temperature range, and precipitation for each. Get a postcard for each biome you build, and build all of them to become a Biome Master. Write About - Challenge: Write about peeling a potato for at least 3 paragraphs. I felt the potato in my hands. The skin was smooth, with little dimples where the eyes were. It was about the size of a large orange, with light brownish skin mostly covered by dirt and muck. It fit wonderfully in my hand. I reached for the faucet, hearing the water swish out like a waterfall falling from a snaky silver mountain. I pushed the potato under the stream of water and watched as the mud came off in flakes and rivers.

The Teacher’s Guide to Using YouTube in the Classroom YouTube is one of the most popular websites on the planet and a vast resource for educational content. The site is home to over 10 million videos tagged as educational, many of them submitted by your fellow teachers. A completely free resource this huge and varied has nearly endless potential for the classroom. Here are some ideas and suggestions to get you started. Ways to Use YouTube in the Classroom

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