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Welcome to Whyville!

Welcome to Whyville!
Dear Parent, Whyville is a safe, friendly, and FREE learning site for your child. Founded in 1999 (16 years!), Whyville has won many awards from educational and parenting organizations. Whyville is also one of the most innovative learning sites for kids, with games and activities covering many subjects, from art to marine biology, from civics to programming. Whyville is a place where your child can explore, play and have fun while learning important lessons about the real world.

My Best of series You can find all of my “Best” lists in broad categories here. The link to that page can also be found at the top right of my blog: My Best Of Series I also have them all on another page where they are listed in the chronological order in which I originally posted them. You can find that link at the top of my blog by first clicking on About and then scrolling down to Websites of the Year. Two thousand “Best” lists are a lot of best lists! 23 Things Top Students Do They are the ones you catch out of the corner of your eye. They get their exam back, calmly flip through the few (if any) errors they made, and swiftly place their 94% into their bag. That’s right, I’m talking about the top students who make it look so easy. What we don’t realize is that under the surface there is a collection of positive habits and mindsets that make that person so successful in class. Not just a few, but an accumulation of many habits that combine to produce high-level academic performance. Here are 23 habits of top students that you can use as tips to do better in school:

Games and Gaming Resources - GamingResources This site is maintained by the American Library Association. National Gaming Day @ your library All information about National Gaming Day for 2011 and beyond is now at . William Annin Middle School Who are you, what is your role and what class(es) do you teach Steven Isaccs, Teacher of 8th grade Video Game Design and Development. What versions of GameMaker do you use? Currently, GameMaker Studio. I've been teaching with GameMaker since version 4 :)

20 Visual Timers For Children With Special Needs If you have a child with special needs you now how difficult transitions are. Children with special needs, especially children with autism have difficulty with moving from one activity or event to another. An effective solution to help with transitions has been the use of visual timers.

Laparoscopy Today: The Top Gun Laparoscopic Skills and Suturing Program As we stand at the dawn of a new century, it has been over 30 years since Kurt Semm initiated the era of operative laparoscopy. The entrance of general surgeons into the practice of minimal access surgery has accelerated the appearance of new applications and techniques. But as we bask in the glory of this achievement, a bittersweet residue hangs over what has been accomplished. At the 10th International Congress of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons in 2001, French gynecological surgeons reported that only 15% of their surgeons were routinely practicing advanced videoscopic procedures. 21 Grab-And-Go Teaching Tools For Your Classroom 21 Grab-And-Go Teaching Tools For Your Classroom by Lynn Usrey Every teacher wants to be able to make his or her classroom environment the optimum place for learning, interacting and engaging. Today, there is a wide assortment of free technology options available to enhance your instruction. The tools are changing… quickly.

BMX XXX Production[edit] BMX XXX builds on the earlier work done by Z-Axis on Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX, their previous BMX title featuring and endorsed by professional BMX rider Dave Mirra. During development of the new game, publisher Acclaim Entertainment decided to style the game after a raunchy sex comedy movie. Soundtrack[edit] The official BMX XXX in-game music soundtrack includes: Jeux Populaires by Games2win Games » Online Popular Games This is what you came here for, the best of the best; games that will blow your mind while you blow stuff up. A collection of wicked awesome games that will keep you playing for hours or at least till your parents stop you. So what are you waiting for jump right in. ▲ Less

7 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions Bring TeachThought Professional Development To Your School! 7 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions by Terry Heick Rules of Play "Rules of Play is an exhaustive, clear, cogent, and complete resource for understanding games and game design. Salen and Zimmerman describe an encyclopedia of game design issues, techniques, and attributes. In particular, they analyze the elements that can make a game experience richer, more interesting, more emotional, more meaningful, and, ultimately, more successful. It should be the first stop you make when learning about game design." —Nathan Shedroff, author of Experience Design "Rules of Play makes a monumental contribution to the development of game theory, criticism, and design.

13 Tips for Monitoring Kids’ Social Media The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently released findings from a comprehensive study on the impact social media has on kids and families. Although there are real benefits to kids using sites like Facebook, including increased communication, access to information and help in developing a sense of self, there can be serious downsides to all this online sharing too. Social networking is on the rise, and the study found that 22 percent of teenagers log onto their favorite social media sites more than 10 times a day, and that 75 percent own cell phones. This level of engagement online increases the risks of cyberbullying, “Facebook depression” (a new phenomenon where “de-friending” and online bullying lead to symptoms of depression), exposure to inappropriate content, and sexting. Just as we prepare our kids for life in the real world, we should prepare them for life in the online world. Read on for tips that every parent should keep in mind.

2014 Recap: 15 Top Resources On Digital Citizenship Via Edudemic A lot of the facts you teach your students will be long forgotten by the time they reach graduation, but the hope is that the practical lessons — the ones that can benefit them for years to come — are the ones that will stick. Digital citizenship is something that can equip students for a lifetime of safe, responsible Internet use. How can you mold your students into stand-up digital citizens?