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Birdhouse Roof Tile: Cozy Nesting Site For Birds Brings Wildlife to Your Home Looking to find some feathery housemates or find a cool new accent for your home? The Birdhouse roof tile created by Klaas Kuiken is an excellent way to bring a little nature back into your life. Built atop a standard roof tile, a basket below the tiny house can be used for nesting and accessed by the round entrance in the front. The entire piece can be fastened with a special glue that makes it resistant to extreme temperatures. With good ventilation and a safe harbor away from cats and other predators, the birdhouse roof tile is also sealed to make sure the winged residents don’t accidentally fly into your attic. Looking to help combat the declining bird population, artist Klaas Kuiken consulted with the Vogelbescherming (Dutch Bird Association) to find a way to encourage urban habitats.

Avalon Solutions Joins Forces with Creative Apps for Education Google has long been a leader in building the best tools for educating the world’s children. Chromebooks are the best-selling education device in the US, and there are 60 million users of G Suite for Education. While this marriage of hardware and software has created one of the best learning tools out there, it is the ecosystem of apps in the Chrome Web Store that has transformed the way children learn. Collectively known as the Creative Apps for Chromebooks, three particular apps stand out: Soundtrap, WeVideo, and Explain Everything. What Every Teacher Needs to Know About Google in the Classroom Google just might change the way you teach—in a good way. It makes grading more efficient, enriches the classroom experience, and allows you to connect with your students on a level they understand—all for free. “After making a full Google Docs integration this year in my history classroom, I will never go back,” wrote Nate Green, an educator and blogger with

The Comprehensive Google Drive Guide for Teachers and Students January 26, 2014 Google Drive is one of the fundamental tools in our digital toolkits as teachers and educators. Whether you want to compose a document, create a presentation, design a sheet, or share a beautiful drawing you made, Google Drive provides you with the tools to do that on any device and anywhere you are with an internet connection . Given this huge importance of Google Drive for teachers, I have created an entire section here packed full of tips, tricks, ideas, and third party tools to enable you to better tap into the full educational potential of this platform. Today, I am sharing with you a treasure trove of practical guides on how to use each tool in Google Drive. This is the same list I have been using to create guides I share with you here in this blog. All the guides below are created and shared by Google help centre.

Peek of the week 10 - great videos and channels on YouTube Peek of the week 10 focuses on channels and inspirational videos on YouTube. What they have in common? They are informative, often funny and graphically appealing and, not to forget, they are in English.

How to Make Stepping Stones - with a Cake Pan Posted on May 30, 2012 by Christina You don’t need a fancy schmancy mold to make garden stepping stones; all you need is a non-stick cake pan! And you won’t even ruin the pan! I stumbled on a new – and EASIER way to make mosaic stepping stones; it’s called the indirect method and it involves contact paper. Typing Spanish Characters - Spanish411 How do I type Spanish Characters on a keyboard? It is decidedly difficult to be bilingual on a computer. Since English is the de facto language of computing, little effort has been made to incorporate the "special" characters of other languages and it is not readily apparent how to type them. This leaves most people making a decision between foregoing diacritical marks altogether (e.g. "espanol," "arbol") or doing the best they can with what's available (e.g. "espan~ol," "a`rbol") when writing emails or completing assignments.

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: The Best 8 Web Tools for Doing Fo... February 25, 2015 Formative assessment, as we have agreed elsewhere, is assessment for learning which is completely different from summative assessment, which is assessment of learning. The insights gained from formative assessments are usually used to decide on the next instructional steps and also inform teachers as to the additional opportunities needed to ensure students' success. Examples of formative assessment include: assigning projects and performances, giving writing assignments, and asking questions. There are a variety of ways to do formative assessment in class and this post features some interesting examples of formative assessment techniques. You can also draw on technology to formatively assess your students and gather feedback from them.

Chalkup- A Wonderful Google Drive Tool for Teachers February 6, 2015 I just learned through an email from Justin Chando about this interesting update to Chalkup. The folks in Chalkup have finally made the move to Google Drive and created a seamless integration of Chalkup with Google Drive. Chalkup is a great web tool that allows teachers to create classes and share different study materials on a message board that students can access in real-time. Chalkup lets you post discussion prompts, add comments to discussions, distribute announcements and assignments and view files.

24 Best Poems to Teach in Middle and High School It can be hard to know which poems will spur your middle and high schoolers into deep, meaningful discussion and which will leave them, ahem, yawning. So we asked experienced teachers to share their favorites—the punch-in-the-gut poems that always get a reaction, even from teens. Here's what they had to say. 1. Snow by David Berman Captures a narrative in miniature with a creative structure. 2. Aeonium The rosette leaves are on a basal stem. Low-growing Aeonium species are A. tabuliforme and A. smithii; large species include A. arboreum, A. valverdense and A. holochrysum. Aeonium are not frost-resistant. They are related to the genera Sempervivum, Aichryson and Monanthes, which is easy to see from their similar flower and inflorescences. Recently, the genus Greenovia has been placed within Aeonium.

How To Run Full Java 8 On Your Chromebook – No Crouton Needed If you’re looking for an easy way to enjoy Java content on your Chromebook, you’ve come to the right place. We’re going to walk you through a simple guide on how to install the Oracle version of Java on your Chromebook without installing Crouton or other apps. Considering that the Chrome OS can also work with Linux binary codes, we are going to treat the Chrome OS like a Linux OS and make you able run Java on your machine in no time. Before we begin go ahead and enable Developer Mode on your Chromebook. A guide that can help you with that can be found here. How To Run Full Java 8 On Chromebook

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 7 of The Best Chrome Apps for EFL... February 27, 2015 Today we are sharing with you some useful Chrome apps to help your students with their language learning. These apps are particularly helpful for EFL and ESL learners. They (the apps) provide a wide variety of activities, games, flashcards and exercises on language practice.