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NASA wants students to help predict real-world disease outbreaks

NASA wants students to help predict real-world disease outbreaks

04/01/2019

Topics: STEM

They’re the bane of summer campouts, cookouts and evening strolls. They’re also the world’s most dangerous animal, causing more deaths even than humans. Yet most people don’t think about mosquitoes until they’…

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NASA resources: A universe of learning at your fingertips

NASA resources: A universe of learning at your fingertips

05/20/2019

Topics: citizen science, STEM & STEAM

Searching for resources on the NASA website to challenge and inspire budding scientists can be a bit like exploring the universe: You’ll find a vast expanse of interesting data, visuals, stories and creations.…

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The maker movement: A learning revolution

The maker movement: A learning revolution

02/11/2019

Topics: Makerspaces, Project-based learning

The impulse to create is one of the most basic human drives. As far back as the Stone Age, we were using materials in our environment to fashion tools for solving the problems we encountered. And in the millions of years since then, we have never stopped creating. In fact…

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Gamify any lesson, class or curriculum

Gamify any lesson, class or curriculum

02/07/2019

Topics: Gamification, Gaming

I'm not a gamer, never even owned a console. That's probably why I'd never been very interested in game-based learning and was not excited when I found myself…

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No device needed to teach kids to code

No device needed to teach kids to code

01/29/2019

Topics: Coding & robotics, Computational Thinking

Leka DeGroot can relate to teachers who would like to bring coding to their classrooms but just can’t fathom fitting it in.

“Teachers often tell me, ‘It sounds great but I don’t have time, or I don’t have the skills,’ but you don’t have to be a computer scientist to teach coding,”…

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5 myths of online student privacy

5 myths of online student privacy

01/28/2019

Topics: Digital Citizenship

One of my greatest challenges as a technology integrator is helping teachers overcome their fears of letting students engage with the digital world around them. Students want to use the…

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Blogging to meet CCSS and ISTE Standards

Blogging to meet CCSS and ISTE Standards

07/11/2014

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Technology enters our classrooms at a sometimes head-spinning pace. As educators, we want technology to inspire student learning and creativity. That's what led us — an instructional coach and English teacher at Kirkwood High School in Missouri — to design a rigorous learning experience…

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Design an engaging virtual learning experience in 5 steps

Design an engaging virtual learning experience in 5 steps

07/21/2014

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What does an engaging learning experience look like? You probably know it when you see it. Most likely, you'll find teachers,…

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Build an awesome class website with Google Apps

Build an awesome class website with Google Apps

07/23/2014

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Let's face it: Teachers can use all the help we can get. To have the most impact, we need to form partnerships with those other educators who spend even more time with our students than we do — their parents.

Parents haven't always been welcome in schools as partners. In the past,…

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Teach physics with Angry Birds

Teach physics with Angry Birds

09/04/2014

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Many students think physics is too hard for them to grasp. And many physics teachers reinforce this notion by using a lot of linear instruction techniques, demanding that they take notes and memorize, and focusing on drill and practice for standardized tests.

To make matters worse,…

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