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Understand what you read

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Six Amazing Websites that Make Your Writing Stronger Long writing activities are not very frequently done in class. I tend to think that my students are like me; I need the right kind of atmosphere. Writing requires time, silence and lots of inspiration. Ideally, at this time of the year, I would probably wish to be sitting next to a fireplace with the most perfect instagrammable snow falling outside my window while drinking a nice cup of coffee waiting for inspiration to strike. Unfortunately, there isn’t any snow where I live so I’ll have to make do with a bit of rain and some reddish trees.

AEM: Open Educational Resources (OERs) Open educational resources (OERs) are defined by UNESCO as "teaching, learning, and research materials in any medium, digital or otherwise, that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation, and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions." Strengths of OERs include that they are flexible, cost-free, and easily shared. By Andrew Hashey and Skip Stahl Animate Your Life Tellagami® is a fun, new way to share animated messages. Customize your character. Change its mood or outfit. Record your voice or add dialogue. Then share your Gami video. Character Mission 4: City Of Immigrants We would appreciate feedback from educators on our latest game, Mission 5: “Up from the Dust,” to inform future missions. Please fill out our survey here. <object classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" width="800" height="600" id="Mission4"><param name="movie" value="/flash/streaming_mission04/df_web_head.swf" /><param name="quality" value="high" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="sameDomain" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="flashvars" value="base_path=/flash/streaming_mission04/" /><param name="swfversion" value="11.1.0" /><!--[if !

Today’s Education Should Be About Giving Learners Voice and Choice Some of the recurring themes of my conference presentations and blog posts include: The underlying theme of all of my ideas, of all of my blog posts is about setting up the conditions where learners’ choice and voice flourish. I have come to believe that the only real education is one that fully embraces learner choice and voice. All instructional practices in this era of learning should revolve around learner choice and voice: 9 Word Cloud Generators That Aren't Wordle The use of word clouds in the classroom is a powerful way to really get through to visual learners. The details about the following nine word cloud generators will give you a fair idea how, as an educator, you can get the best out of them. A quick note: Wordle is quite easily the most popular word cloud generator out there. It’s free and easy to use. It does require Java though so Chrome users might have some trouble. In any case, this article focuses on non-Wordle options you should know about.

Six Writing and Grammar Lessons and Activities WeAreTeachers is pleased to welcome guest teacher-blogger Tiffany Rehbein. Tiffany is a high school English teacher and writes the Core Grammar blog at Sadlier School. Find Tiffany’s blog as well as free grammar and writing lessons, activities and games over at Sadlier’s PubHub. The best way to improve students’ writing is to have them, well, write. For students, being told to write can feel like being forced to eat that pile of broccoli at dinner, but it doesn’t have to feel that way! These six engaging writing activities can be incorporated throughout the day, in any subject, and take from a few minutes to an entire lesson.

Assistive Technology: Resource Roundup An educator's and parent's guide to websites, blogs, articles, and videos that provide information and tools related to understanding, selecting, and assessing assistive technology and accessible instructional materials. Getting Started Whether low-tech, high-tech, or somewhere in between, assistive technology and related services play an important role in reducing barriers to learning for students with a variety of special needs and challenges. Listen to parent Jeanne Dwyer, as she discusses her experiences using technology to help her son build independence, in this video from the Maryland State Department of Education: For Educators

Memorado The origins of brain training For decades scientists from all over the world have investigated how our brain functions and how specific training programs could foster the strength of our brain. The earliest research on Brain Gym was conducted by Paul Dennison who was a school teacher in Los Angeles in the 1960s. He found that his students became better at skills like reading and coordination after regularly working out their brain. As a result he formed a new philosophy called "Educational Kinesiology".

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