Polygraph: Parabolas by Desmos We have designed Polygraph to foster the pleasure and the power of words without the drudgery of the lists. With Polygraph, Desmos provides tools for developing informal language into formal vocabulary. Because words should result from a need to describe our world—this is where they gain their power. And we also know well the pleasure of having just the right word handy at just the right moment—what the French call le mot juste. How the activity works: Each student plays a practice round against the computer to learn how the game works. Next, students are paired with a classmate to play polygraph with parabolas. Between rounds, students answer questions that focus their attention on vocabulary and strategy. Before you put students on computers, make sure they understand the premise of the game. Starting in the second round, we pair students with each other. Pro Tip! If you want to play on your own, you’ll need two browser tabs, and you’ll need to play the roles of two different students.
Classkick Defeats The Mind-Reading Math Robots October 21st, 2015 by Dan Meyer Classkick allows you to give your students written feedback on work you assign on iPads. Crucially, that student work can be handwritten, which is (potentially) more valuable for feedback than multiple choice work. I thought it looked promising and I wrote about some of its promise last September. Ruth Eichholtz didn’t find it as useful in class (where it’s hard to focus on a dashboard) as she did out of class, when she took a personal day: I had my iPad at home and had iPads brought to the students at the beginning of the lesson. I’m pessimistic about any vision of math education that has a robot grading the work of millions of students. I’m intrigued, however, by this vision of math education that has one expert human analyzing and responding to the handwritten mathematical thinking of many more students than could fit in the same room at the same time. Featured Comment Jesus:
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The Science Spot Snicker's Science Playdoh Mountains (Student worksheet provided) Ride the Rock Cycle Mighty Minerals (Student worksheets provided) Sand Hunt (Student worksheet provided) Simply Sediments (Student worksheet provided) Rock and Roll - Building Earthquake Proof Homes Plate Tectonics - Pick-A-Project (Student worksheet provided) Weather Lessons (Student worksheets provided) Don't miss ..."Digging Into Science - An exploration of paleontology" - Visit this area for details on creating a "dinosaur dig" for your students and an assortment of lesson to explore the world of dinosaurs and fossils! Also check out ... | Back to top | Snicker's Science (T. An easy and tasty way to illustrate plate tectonics is using candy bars, such as Snickers or Milky Way. Worksheets: Candy Bar Tectonics & Answer Key CAUTION: Do not use this lab with students who have allergies to peanuts or other food products. | Back to top | Playdoh Mountains (T. This activity is a wonderful introduction to topographic maps.
Hands-on Activities for Teaching Biology to High School or Middle School Students by Drs. Ingrid Waldron and Jennifer Doherty, University of Pennsylvania The expression "hands-on, minds-on" summarizes the philosophy we have incorporated in these activities - namely, that students will learn best if they are actively engaged and if their activities are closely linked to understanding important biological concepts. Many of our activities are explicitly aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards, as indicated by (NGSS) in the descriptions below and the links to the right. Additional information is provided in Summary Tables and in the Teacher Preparation Notes for these activities. To accommodate limited budgets, most of our activities can be carried out with minimum equipment and expense for supplies. Additional resources for teaching biology are available at More Minds on Activities for Teaching Biology. Read More Intro and Biological Molecules Is Yeast Alive? Enzymes Help Us Digest Food(revised, July, 2016) Who Took Jerell's iPod? More Minds-on Activities
7 Ways To Get Funding And Grants For Technology In Your Classroom - NutmegEducation.com As past educators, we know how tedious it can be to search and apply for grants and funding for your classroom. Fortunately, there are a bunch of ways to get gadgets into your classroom with out actually taking money out of your own pocket. We decided to make it a little bit easier by showing you some opportunities that you can take advantage of. Here are 7 ways to receive funding for technology in your classroom! 1. Website: 2. Website: www.Donorschoose.org 3. Email: Computers.Learning@gsa.gov Website: 4. Email: email@example.com Website: 5. Website: 6. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: 7. Website: Here are other sites and opportunities to search for grants and funding for your classroom. Email: email@example.com Website:
5 ways to turn a worksheet into a collaborative critical-thinking activity Worksheets: we all have to give them, we all hate doing it. Here are 5 no prep ways you can turn just about any lower level thinking or rote practice worksheet (like a multiple choice or fill-in-the-blank quiz, or math drill workbook page) into an activity that’s collaborative and includes higher level thinking skills. The strategies work for grades 3-12 (and can be modified for students who aren’t yet reading/writing independently). The best part? These 5 active learning strategies and games have absolutely saved me and my third graders when I was required to give yet ANOTHER test prep activity: 1) Cut Apart Group students into teams of five and pass out one copy of the same worksheet to each group. Also try: 2) Everybody Knows Divide students up into teams of 4, and number them off so each person plays the role of Team Member 1,2,3, or 4. 3) Lines of Communication Have students stand in two rows facing each other. 4) My Mistake 5) Pair Rotation Want more engaging, no prep activities?
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