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Here Is An Excellent Web Tool for Creating Classroom Newspapers

Here Is An Excellent Web Tool for Creating Classroom Newspapers
February 2, 2016 Printing Press is a great web tool from ReadWriteThink that you can use with students in class to easily create beautiful newspapers, flyers and brochures. The tool is very easy to use and students will definitely love working on it. Printing Press provides multiple pre-made templates to choose from when creating a newspaper. Finished works can be saved and shared with others through emails or you can print out paper versions to distribute in your class. Additionally, you can save your unfinished newspaper as a draft and use a simple WYSIWYG to edit it later on. To start using Printing Press, click on ‘get started’ from this page.

Describing a Place | Teaching KIds to Write with Vivid Vocabulary “Descriptive writing is an art form. It’s painting a word picture so that the reader ‘sees’ exactly what you are describing.” ~Brenda Covert This post contains affiliate links. Read our full disclosure policy. What’s the big deal about writing descriptively? Writers use this powerful method to make their pieces memorable—even brilliant—rather than dry and boring. Even if your child never aspires to write stories or poetry, description is a wonderful skill to develop. Describing a Place Vivid writing is especially important when describing a place — whether to describe a vista for a travel guide or flesh out a scene in a novel. Master storyteller Charles Dickens was also a master of using description to create a mood. It was a town of machinery and tall chimneys, out of which interminable serpents of smoke trailed themselves for ever and ever, and never got uncoiled. But your child doesn’t have to be a Dickens to add color, depth, and interest to his writing. Using a Search Engine

9 Excellent Under 3 Minutes TED Talks for Teachers February, 2014 We all love TED talks but because of our time constraints it sometimes become hard to afford 20 minutes of your time to sit and watch one and this is where short TED talks like the ones featured below come in handy. This is basically a playlist that the folks in TED have recently compiled featuring some wonderful under 3 minutes talks. I think these could be good thinking prompts and discussion starters to use with your students in class. Enjoy 1- Matt Cutts: Try something new for 30 days 2- Richard St. 3- Terry Moore: How to tie your shoes 4- Rives: A story of mixed emoticons

Reading (and Engineering with) “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” The Innovation Celebration at St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School in Alexandria, VA As the sun beamed down on the assembled school community, a kindergartner flew a tissue-paper kite across the field, while a freshman pushed third graders down the hill in a cardboard multiuse sled. To celebrate and deepen this shared experience across our K–12 community, we created an Innovation Celebration, a day to meet the author and put the book’s themes of innovation and resilience into action by engaging in a variety of cross-divisional maker-style challenges. Finding the right read Wanting to tap into the energy around STEM, sustainability, and globalization, I had planned to use the newly released young reader’s edition of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind as the middle school summer reading title. William Kamkwamba speaks to students. Community Investment I was fortunate enough to receive enthusiastic administrative support for the creation of an all-school read. The Planning process It took a village

How Stories Change the Brain Ben’s dying. That’s what Ben’s father says to the camera as we see Ben play in the background. Ben is two years old and doesn’t know that a brain tumor will take his life in a matter of months. Ben’s father tells us how difficult it is to be joyful around Ben because the father knows what is coming. But in the end he resolves to find the strength to be genuinely happy for Ben’s sake, right up to Ben’s last breath. Everyone can relate to this story. A recent analysis identifies this “hero’s journey” story as the foundation for more than half of the movies that come out of Hollywood, and countless books of fiction and nonfiction. Why are we so attracted to stories? Why the brain loves stories The first part of the answer is that as social creatures who regularly affiliate with strangers, stories are an effective way to transmit important information and values from one individual or community to the next. Think of this as the “car accident effect.” What makes a story effective?

Over 50 Wonderful Books for Teachers and Educators February 1 , 2016 Reading is key to personal and professional development. It provides us with a window into the outer world and expands our insights and shapes our beliefs. It takes us from a simple state of being informed to a deeper and nuanced state of being illuminated. A lot of people spend a decent amount of time perusing their Facebook feeds, reading tweets, or going through short 'newsy' blog posts that are tailored specifically to attend to their short attention span. As teachers and educators we need to be critically conscious of how the technology we use in our daily lives influence our literacy practices. In the context of deep reading, we are sharing with you some excellent books we have reviewed in the last few years.

5 Good Resources for Teaching and Learning About the American Revolution Today is Patriots' Day. Here in Maine as well as in Massachusetts and Wisconsin it's an official state holiday. The day commemorates The Battles of Lexington and Concord. As a New Englander this is a good day to review some good resources for teaching and learning about the American Revolution. Teaching American History has a series of interactive lessons about the American Revolution that are suitable for middle school and elementary school use. America, A Narrative History is a text published by WW Norton. Pictures of the Revolutionary War is a compilation of images about the Revolutionary War. Crash Course has a ten part series on U.S. Keith Hughes offers Colonialism for Dummies as part of his series on U.S.

10 Types of Infographics: Which Works For You? Do you have your next big infographic idea but know how to get it on paper? Do you have all the data you need but aren’t sure how to visualize it? Creating a really cool, memorable and–above all–shareable infographic comes down to investing the necessary time and attention in all the steps that lead up to an awesome data visualization. In a previous series of posts, we discussed the steps to creating your own infographic. One of the key elements in this process is understanding that information can be categorized in one of five ways: ChronologicallyAlphabeticallyGeographicallyCategoricallyHierarchically The visual format you choose will depend on how you want to organize your information. 1 Mixed charts Source: MHPM As its name implies, this type of infographic incorporates different chart and graph formats. This mixed bag of charts and graphs is the best option when you have many statistics, facts and figures to communicate to your audience. 2 Informational / List Business 2 Community 4 How-to

5 EASY Techie Tools for Social Studies Projects - The Techie Teacher Are you looking to spice up your Social Studies lessons this school year? No iPads? Then here are 5 EASY technology tools you could use with your students using laptops/desktops. #1 Scribble Maps When I think of Social Studies, the first visual I see in my mind is a MAP. There is an option to sign in but you don't have to. You could even use the pencil tool to draw out different geographical regions you are studying: There are a lot of other really cool features to this site but let's continue keeping it EASY today :) #2 Powerpoint/Keynote These programs have A LOT more power than creating slideshows. The students clicked on the middle of the boat and dragged their cursor (that displays a line) to their final destination. Here is a FREE planning sheet that contains the website address at the top if you would like for your students to pre-plan before getting the computers out. ReadWriteThink also has an EASY Timeline Maker that you can add images to!

Bad Infographics: 11 Mistakes You Never Want to Make In an increasingly visual world, bad infographics have become the bane of the Internet. Just ask users who are bombarded on a daily basis with everything from poorly designed visuals to flat-out inaccurate data visualizations. This pandemic has gotten so bad that up to 95% of infographics from unknown sites have distorted the truth or just plain lied. Take a look, for example, at this infographic (click to enlarge). Not so fast. Internet users–like the ones below–have gotten smart to the tricks used by marketers looking for a fast way to get more links. To help you avoid the fate of a badly designed or, worse yet, a misleading data visualization, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most common mistakes made when creating infographics. 1 It just doesn’t add up We’ve all seen these before. Although you don’t have to be a math wiz to figure this one out, the mistake is more common than we think. 2 Choosing the wrong type of chart Or take, for example, this data visualization.

8 Excellent Free Timeline Creation Tools for Teachers 1-TikiToki TikiToki is a great application for multimedia timelines making . It allows its users to create stunning animated timelines. TikiToKi is very easy to use and above all its basic version is completely free . 2- Time Glider This is a web tool that lets you create, collaborate on, and publish zooming/planning interactive timelines for free.It is like Google Maps but for time. 3- OurStory Ourstory enables you to write stories, tag friends, and add media to collaborative timelines either privately or in public. 4- Capzles Capzles is a web tool I have reviewed here a couple of times. 5- Read Write Think Read Write Think has a beautiful timeline tool that allows users to add project labels and easily create timelines. 6- Xtimeline Xtimeline is a free web-based timeline that you can use to easily create and share timelines with pictures and videos. 7- TimeToast TimeToast is another great tool that allows you to create timelines and share them on the web. 8- Dipity

How to Create Infographics Whether you’re a marketer, entrepreneur, writer or educator, odds are that you’re itching to create some awesome visual content–something that will really impress your audience–but just don’t know where to begin. You’re not alone. Like you, many non-designers nowadays find themselves in the same predicament: full of ideas worth listening to but lacking the know-how to visualize them in a way that will really captivate readers, even in the midst of a crowded web. To help you properly translate your ideas into visuals so that you can extend their reach and lifespan on the web, we’ve created a short tutorial for beginners on how to create a simple infographic with Visme. All you have to do is follow these simple step-by-step instructions, and you’ll be on your way to creating visual messages that will impact your audience more than text-based content alone. 1 Create a project. If you don’t already have a Visme account, create one simply by entering your name, email address and password.

Makin' It Merry Looking for a few making projects to celebrate the holiday season? Check out these merry finds to add some holiday cheer. For Meghan Trainor, it’s all about the bass, but I think it’s all about makin’ it merry with animated GIFs! My colleague Miguel Guhlin inspired me and then taught me how to create an animated GIF. Check out my second ever GIF above with the holiday theme. I made my first animated GIF for Twitter. Step 1 Open Google Slides Under File >Page Settings >Pixels Set 400 x 400 Create your first slideChoose a background colorAdd your content: I drew lights and added clip art snowflakes and a text box with HappyDuplicate your first slideI changed the coloring of the lights and switched out the word “Happy” for “Holidays,” but used the same text box. Step 2 1. (Click on <Select a File) Find your Google Slide Presentation and click select This will save the three slides as a .png. 2. 3.Download this file. Step 3 Viola! More Merry Making for the Holiday Season Paper Snowflake Maker

Art of Public Speaking – col sengupta I think, public speaking is the most important talk because it is needed every day by everybody. You are required to talk for either informing, entertaining or persuading somebody. You are constantly telling your superiors something, informing your faculty something, making a point or telling your team what to do and calling for action; the purpose is to make the audience act as you request and they act only when we are able to win both their hearts and mind. Talking the Talk Step One: First & Foremost : Establish an “I AM OK, YOU ARE OK” position with them by first few sentences without touching the subject. ” I am so glad to be with such bright students of this college .” Step Two: Start speech from a point of Agreement. Step Three: Slowly move towards point of disagreement: in small steps. ” We love life, we love this earth, we love our friends, and family. Keep Eye contact, watch their Body – Language. Step Five:Presume that they have all agreed. Remember … + Use maximum of “WE”.

Two Simple Timeline Creation Tools That Are Frequently Overlooked This morning I answered an email from a reader who was looking for a suggestion for a timeline creation tool. My recommendation was to try Timeline JS which is my favorite tool and is featured in my Teaching History With Technology course. But there are many other ways to create timelines. Two of those ways are hidden in the tools that many of us use on a regular basis. Google Slides and PowerPoint have templates for making timelines. Browse through Microsoft's templates gallery and you will find an entire section devoted to making timelines in PowerPoint and in Word. Google Slides also has timeline templates that your students can use.