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Big History Project

Big History Project
The Big History Project is not a for-profit program. Your engagement will exclusively benefit teachers and students around the world. Teaching the course It's easy to teach Big History — all you have to do is register, set up a class, and go! Start a pilot Schools that want to work with us have the option of joining a small group committed to delivering Big History. By working closely with a handful of schools, we can use feedback to rapidly improve the course. Create a movement Districts and networks that want to explore how to bring Big History to life should reach out to discuss partnering with us. Teach the course All of our courseware is free, online, and available to any teacher. Not an educator? Check out our public course — a four-to-six hour tour of Big History. Questions about the Big History Project?

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8 teacher guides for free tech tools (including Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest) I am a fan of free educational technology for teachers. This is why I created the following 8 teacher’s guides to free educational technology. The aim is to offer teachers some of the best tips concerning the most popular educational resources available today. Enjoy, and do not hesitate to contact me if I can be valuable to you. 12 "myths" about education in Finland debunked The success of public schooling in Finland has been a huge topic of discussion in the education community over the past year. I’ve read a few good articles about it, including Why Are Finland’s Schools So Successful?, and was impressed with what I learned. So when the image to the left started circulating on social media, I shared it along with a link to 26 Amazing Facts About Education in Finland. The image and the article weren’t in total agreement about the state of Finnish education, and neither were commenters on Facebook.

Why the 21st Century Classroom May Remind You of Starbucks It’s been my dream to make my 2nd grade classroom look more like a “Starbucks for kids”, and less like, well, a classroom. Think about when you go to Starbucks to complete some work. Why do you choose to work there? Jungle Memory Trains Working Memory for 7 to 16 year olds Jungle Memory trains students to use their Working Memory. Working Memory allows us to make mental scribbles of multiple pieces of information or processes we need to remember and think about. We use this skill in all subjects, from Reading, Writing, and Math, to Grammar, History, and Science. Working Memory is the foundation for learning, and by training it students can make dramatic improvements in learning. MORE Targets Key Brain Areas Jungle Memory is designed to target Working Memory skills critical for academic success. Jungle Memory can improve reading, writing, and logical processing.

bigthink It’s a well-known fact that the United States is incarcerating more people than any other country in the world - and the prison system has been widely criticized for its inhumane practices, inefficiency, and high recidivism rates. Unsurprisingly, part of the solution lies in education. Studies have shown that inmates who take part in educational programs in prison are 47 percent less likely to reoffend. But some say philosophy, in particular, can benefit prisoners in ways that other subjects can’t.

62 School Project Ideas Are you a teacher, parent, or student looking for a creative project idea? You should find this list of 62 project ideas to be a great resource for designing activities and projects. When students create projects, they are the active agent in the learning process; the classroom is centered on the student rather than the teacher and the role of the instructor evolves to that of the facilitator. This list should give you great ideas to create projects for any topic of study. Leave a comment below to share how you’ve applied these ideas in your home or classroom. Advertisements: create an advertising campaign to sell a product. TUC Talks Do you enjoy listening to parents passionately sharing their unschooling experiences? If so, you’re in for a treat! I hosted the Toronto Unschooling Conference for six years, from 2006-2011. It was an amazing experience and I loved meeting many wonderful unschooling families. Though I no longer host the conference, the unschooling insights shared by the speakers over the years are timeless. I’m thrilled to have these talks available to you for free.

A Timeline of Google Classroom’s March to Replace Learning Management Systems Over the last two years, Google has taken its popular applications and outfitted them for the classroom. While many schools and districts continue to use existing learning management systems, such as Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle and Schoology, Google’s Classroom platform is increasingly catching teachers’ eyes. Many schools already use Google’s suite of productivity tools — Docs, Sheets and Slides. What Classroom aims to provide is a way to package these apps together and add features unique to what teachers and students need. In short, Classroom wants to be a lightweight learning management system. Google Classroom launched in August 2014 and advertised itself as the one-stop-shop to save teachers time so they can focus on teaching.

This School in Levelfield Is Changing the Concept of Education Love reading positive news? Help The Better India grow Support our endeavor to become every Indian's source of daily inspiring positive news. Smithsonian Science What happens when ocean currents and air masses interact? Find out in Weather Lab! Take on the role of a meteorologist by predicting spring weather and how people should dress for it in particular regions of the United States. Eclipses visible in Auckland, New Zealand Search Site / Articles City / Country Social Share this page / Follow us on: Some Schools Are Abolishing Homework In Favor Of Reading, And That's A Good Thing This September, the 20,000 elementary school students of Florida’s Marion County public school district will enter school with the promise that they will not be doing any more homework as part of their daily school life. The policy is introduced by the county’s new superintendent Heidi Maier. She motivated her decision with research that shows that homework does not improve achievement for younger students, but time free from school type activities is important for their development.

Technology Programs – Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center Program Overview and Goals The Digital Observation Technology Skills (DOTS) program is an outdoor environmental education lesson that uses modern mobile technology tools to connect today’s students to the outdoors in new and innovative ways. This inquiry-based lesson navigates the basics of the scientific method and focuses on the importance of good scientific communication and sharing discoveries with others. Students work in groups to test simple hypotheses from the environmental and ecological differences across the local landscape using data and observations collected in the field. Participants use the technology tools found in the DOTS kits to make observations, take measurements, explore the micro and macro details of their environment, and learn how to embrace their inner scientists. They collect digital artifacts to test their hypothesis including both quantitative and qualitative data.

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