Designing Science Inquiry: Claim + Evidence + Reasoning = Explanation In an interview with students, MIT's Kerry Emmanuel stated, "At the end of the day, it's just raw curiosity. I think almost everybody that gets seriously into science is driven by curiosity." Curiosity -- the desire to explain how the world works -- drives the questions we ask and the investigations we conduct. Let's say that we are planning a unit on matter. Introducing Seeding Reading: Investing in Children’s Literacy in a Digital Age Today’s children are surrounded by digital media of all kinds. How will they ever learn to read? That question is at the heart of Seeding Reading: Investing in Children’s Literacy in a Digital Age, a new series of articles and analysis brought to you by New America’s Education Policy Program and the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop. Over the next six months, we will be exploring early education and parenting initiatives that are harnessing new technologies; scrutinizing the marketplace of digital “reading” products; and highlighting new research that may illuminate how communications technologies and digital media are affecting the learning of reading, the act of reading, and the reading brain, in both good ways and bad. The intersection of technology and reading is already populated with intriguing writing about teen and adult readers, whether it is by Clive Thompson in his new book Smarter Than You Think or Nicholas Carr in The Shallows.
Games and Activities If your kids are like most they kids enjoy playing computer and online games. These can be a great way to help teach your kids about the dangers of online life such as cyberbulllying, sexting, and online predators, and about the ways they can protect themselves. There are many games and activities available online, and we’ve listed several here for your use. Free Tools For Teachers : Small Basic Help your students start writing their first programs quickly and easily. With only 15 keywords and an inviting development environment, Small Basic is structured to help them succeed. Students who wish to advance their software development skills can also take advantage of Small Basic's online guides and e-books to help them move ahead. Small Basic makes learning programming easy, fun, and interesting Small Basic uses three easy concepts to teach beginning programming: Language, Environment and Libraries.
Google Cardboard Reviews Experience virtual reality in a simple, fun, and affordable way. Get a Viewer Get it, fold it and look inside to enter the world of Cardboard. It’s a VR experience starting with a simple viewer anyone can build or buy. Once you have it, you can explore a variety of apps that unfold all around you. Games and the Common Core: Two Movements That Need Each Other Recently I witnessed two expert panels discussing critical issues for our educational system -- on the same day. The first one was on implementing the Common Core for English-language learners; the second was on how games offer an exciting new frontier for student learning and engagement. In the morning, I listened in to an Alliance for Excellent Education panel including Stanford professor Kenji Hakuta and Carrie Heath Phillips, director of Common Core implementation at the Council of Chief State School Officers. That evening, I went to Stanford to hear a panel on Education’s Digital Future that included professors James Paul Gee of Arizona State and Constance Steinkuehler of the University of Wisconsin - Madison.
12 Quick Thanksgiving Videos for Kindergarten Bring Thanksgiving to life with kindergarten Thanksgiving videos. Here is a collection of favorite Thanksgiving videos for kindergarten. These are Youtube videos that aren’t too long and can hold the attention span of a five and six year old. I’ve found audio books, fingerplays, a good song to sing in front of parents and a few classics you’ll want to show your class. Thanksgiving Books on Video If you have a favorite read aloud – search for it on Youtube! UNITY 3D - Game Programming Introduction Introduction It has been a while since my last article, but coming back I have decided to write an article, or a series of articles, about a game engine called UNITY 3D which happens to be one of the most popular in the industry as of today. There are several really outstanding benefits to the engine: You can get a community version which works beautifully and is more then what most people will ever need.
CSI Expedition · Discovery World In this fun, crime-solving scavenger hunt, you are the sleuths AND the suspects. Come solve the mystery and collect your own biometrics (fingerprints, handwriting samples, and dental impressions), search for clues, see real crime-solving techniques at work, and solve the mystery! Two tiers available: 1 hour and 2 hours. The expanded 2 hour CSI Expedition will allow ALL your students to take at least one fingerprint, dental impression, and handwriting sample as opposed to only “suspected” students in the 1 hour program. Someone has stolen the Discovery World kids’ prizes. They are hidden somewhere around the museum.
Games Some Struggles Teachers Face Using Games in the Classroom Lack of time and administrative support are just some of the obstacles to using games in the classroom. Continue Reading The MindShift Guide to Digital Games and Learning