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Weekly Reader: Curriculum-Rich Resources for Teachers, Oracle Education Foundation, Projects | Competition | Library Rube Goldberg : Home of the Official Rube Goldberg Machine Contests The Rube Goldberg Machine Contest (RGMC) is an annual international competition that challenges teams of students from middle school to college age to compete in building the most elaborate and hilarious Rube Goldberg Machine. A Rube Goldberg Machine is an overly complex contraption, designed with humor and a narrative, to accomplish a simple task. The 2015 Task is: ERASE A CHALKBOARD. Team Registration is open now! The RGMC is STEM and STEAM friendly, and Teams and their machines are judged on a range of criteria from absurd complexity, reliability, team chemistry, creativity, humor and story-telling -- along with the successful achievement of the task at hand. Download the ALL NEW CONTEST 2015 Rule Book. Click here to find out How To Register Goldberg’s legacy lives on through the contests -- as students nationwide build crazy machines that complete the annual task, all in the spirit of Rube’s illustrations. View the International Online Contest page for middle school students.

Constructivism (learning theory) Jean Piaget: founder of Constructivism In past centuries, constructivist ideas were not widely valued due to the perception that children's play was seen as aimless and of little importance. Jean Piaget did not agree with these traditional views, however. He saw play as an important and necessary part of the student's cognitive development and provided scientific evidence for his views. For more detailed information on the philosophy of the construction of human knowledge, see constructivist epistemology. Formalization of the theory of constructivism is generally attributed to Jean Piaget, who articulated mechanisms by which knowledge is internalized by learners. When individuals assimilate, they incorporate the new experience into an already existing framework without changing that framework. According to the theory, accommodation is the process of reframing one's mental representation of the external world to fit new experiences. A few strategies for cooperative learning include

Faces: A World Cultures magazine for kids ages 9-14 Product Description World Cultures for grades 5-9 Your world, your voice, your Faces. Faces takes readers where no other publication goes. Around the world and back, young readers get an honest and unbiased view of how people in other countries and world regions live. From the clothes they wear to the foods they eat, readers get a glimpse into the way their peers live. In addition to robust nonfiction articles, here is a sampling of the regular features you’ll find in each issue of FACES magazine for grades 5-9: “FACES gives young readers engaging and fun stories to read to learn about their world.” – Sarah Witham Bednarz, Department of Geography, Texas A & M University Preview Sampler Look inside Faces. Digital Magazine Bundles Affordable digital bundles allow up to 25 students at once to access web-based, interactive editions. Upcoming Themes 2012-2013 School Year 2013-2014 School Year Teacher’s Guides Detailed teacher’s guides reduce prep time and ensure student learning.

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Tagxedo - Word Cloud with Styles What Does "Technology Integration" Mean? One reason why I love blogging is the chance to get a variety of responses to my ideas and thoughts. A reader of my last post commented: "This article describes how to help children learn to use an unfamiliar computer program. This got me thinking: what do we really mean when we talk about "technology integration?" However, how do we get to that point? Therefore, technology integration may not look the way we want it to until our students move beyond familiarity with tools and into being able to choose the correct tool for the job. I see various levels of integration, with the ultimate goal being seamless integration. This table is by no means perfect, but is a starting point to think about how technology integration looks in your own classroom. To get to "seamless," you must ask yourself: What skills are applied to nearly all tools? Of course, you often do not have a choice about how integrated our classrooms are due to lack of availability.

Dig: A Archaeology magazine for kids ages 9-14 Archaeology & History for grades 5-9 Travel into the past with Dig as archaeologists and historians explore the mysteries of ancient civilizations. Full of exclusive scoops and photos seen nowhere else, each issue features articles about the latest archaeological discoveries, on-site reports from important digs, and special sections done in partnership with leading museums. In addition to robust nonfiction articles, here is a sampling of the regular features you`ll find in each issue of DIG magazine for grades 5-9: Did You Know? “What a fantastic resource and educational tool – I only wish I had the opportunity to read DIGTM in my childhood days.” – March Hilveda, President, Into Archaeology Preview Sampler Look inside Dig. Digital Magazine Bundles Affordable digital bundles allow up to 25 students at once to access web-based, interactive editions. Upcoming Themes 2013-2014 School Year 2014-2015 School Year Teacher’s Guides Detailed teacher’s guides reduce prep time and ensure student learning.

home TACSEI Calliope: A World History magazine for kids ages 9-14 When gold was found at Sutter`s Mill by James W. Marshall, events were set into motion that were to greatly change the California of the 1840`s and far beyond. See the routes taken by hopeful Easterners and immigrants to arrive at the gold fields by land and by sea. Examine a map to learn the most famous sites of the Gold Rush era.

Gaby Rodriguez, Toppenish High School, Fakes 6-Month Pregnancy For Senior Project TOPPENISH, Wash. — When Gaby Rodriguez took off her fake baby belly and revealed to her classmates that for months they had been part of an elaborate social experiment, she did more than force members of her community to examine how they treat pregnant teens – she got the attention of the nation. The Yakima Herald-Republic detailed the experience of the 17-year-old Rodriguez in a story Wednesday that caught the attention of shows like "Good Morning America" and resonated with viewers of popular teen mom reality shows. School officials said they and Rodriguez would have no more comment until she returns from a class trip next week. But her action thrust her into a growing conversation. The profile of teen moms has changed in recent years. Three years ago, Bristol Palin was a pregnant 17-year-old introduced to the world during her mother's run for vice president. It seems teen mothers are the talk of the nation. They were kept in the dark as part of her senior project on stereotyping.

Teacher Magazine: Community Forums I think the question here is less about whether or not master's degrees have a strict causal effect on teaching and learning and more about whether or not public schools should have lock-step pay increases (for seniority or degrees earned). Or, lockstep teaching assignments (5 or 6 classes with a prep, a study hall, and a 25 minute lunch). If I, as a teacher, can make a strong case that my degree in nursing will help students - for example, by creating an interdisciplinary courses that combine my practical medical knowledge with fields of biology and mathematic, or ethics and literature - why should I not be compensated for that? I am not terribly interested in the current versions of merit pay, because I think the metrics are so blunt and unreliable.