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The Best of the Week: Volume 17

Posted by Marygrove MAT on Sep 26, 2014 2:25:34 PM


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There’s never enough time to blog and reblog all of the interesting resources we find during the week, so we decided to start a Best of the Week List where we share all of the education-related blogs, articles, apps and resources we come across every week.

History and Social Studies
Your Ancestors Didn’t Sleep Like You Do
Underwater City Ruins: 7 Submerged Wonders of the World
Deathbed Quotes and Epitaphs
11 Historical Myths We Need to Stop Believing
5 Medical Innovations of the Civil War
World War I Photos: Introduction
Back to the Future (an infographic about the amount of income controlled by the top 1 percent)

Random Reads
What to Do With That Awkward 5 or 10 Minutes of Class You Have Left
5 Simple Tricks to Invigorate Learning in Your Classroom Today
Teacher Helpline: Cheap (or Free!) Virtual Field Trips
10 Rejection Letters Sent to Famous People
Global Poverty (an interactive lesson on, you guessed it, global poverty)
Your Teacher Was Right (an infographic)
The Vault (a coffee shop in North Dakota that runs on an “honor system”)

Random Apps
5 Good Educational iPad Apps that Have Gone Free
Class Messenger (a new app that helps connect parents and teachers)

STEM-Related
You Are Here (a photo taken by the Spirit Rover that puts “it all” into perspective)
Meteor Over Canada (video taken from a patrol car that captures a falling meteor)
Apollo 11 Launch (video taken at 500 frames per second)
Visible Body (nice collection of anatomy apps)
Tons of Free Textbooks and Interactive Simulations for Physics and Science Teachers

Reading and Language Arts
12 Old Words that Survived by Getting Fossilized in Idioms
Habits of the Common Bookworm
21 Books That Changed Science Fiction And Fantasy Forever
How a Struggling Reader’s Brain Works Differently
Six Alternatives to Book Reports

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The Best of the Week: Volume 15

Posted by Marygrove MAT on Sep 12, 2014 1:47:44 PM

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There’s never enough time to blog and reblog all of the interesting resources we find during the week, so we decided to start a Best of the Week List where we share all of the education-related blogs, articles, apps and resources we come across every week.


Reading and Language Arts

Super Corny Thesaurus Joke
My Storybook (nice app to help students create digital stories)

History and Social Studies
10 Reasons Why Russians Don’t Smile Much
Ferguson: The Do’s and Don’ts of Teaching It
José vs Joe: Who Gets A Job? (A must-see YouTube video)
100 Years of Unrest (interactive map that shows the history of protests, uprisings, rebellions and revolts)

Photogrammar (awesome collection of historical photos)
Fasten Seat Belts (a light-hearted guide to help you avoid misunderstandings when traveling)
Overlap Maps (a nice country-comparison tool)

Random Reads / Random Apps for Educators

The National Honesty Index
Teacher Asks Students To Split Into 2 Groups To Simulate Ideal Class Size (hilarious, but completely true article from The Onion)
Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding
Heganoo (an app to help you create your own interactive maps)
Foldify (an app that allows you to draw, create, print and fold beautiful 3D figures)

STEM-Related
A Visualization of an Asteroid's Path of Orbit Which Nearly Collided with the Earth and Moon in 2003
Outer Space (The footage from this video was captured by NASA's Cassini and Voyager missions)
Low-Tech Magazine: Doubts on Progress and Technology
World’s Oldest Light Bulb Still Works
The 20 Best Science Fiction Books of the Decade
50 Best Science Sites for the Average Joe
This Impressive Tower Creates Water from the Air
The Kid Should See This (cool videos for curious students)
18 GIFs That Prove Science Is The Coolest Subject Ever

 The Essentials: A No-Nonsense Guide to Back to School Night

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The Best of the Week: Volume 14

Posted by Marygrove MAT on Sep 5, 2014 2:27:53 PM

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There’s never enough time to blog and reblog all of the interesting resources we find during the week, so we decided to start a Best of the Week List where we share all of the education-related blogs, articles, apps and resources we come across every week.

Reading and Language Arts
5 Excuses Kids Give for Not Reading (and Ways to Respond)
Fairy Tales Gone Wild: 10 Creative Ways to Teach Fairy Tales
Lit Genius (an online community where you’ll find the work of scholars who have annotated anything from classic and contemporary literature, to spoken word and hip hop music)
Lincoln Elementary Turns Reluctant Boy Readers into Voracious Page Turners
The Best Places To Read & Write “Choose Your Own Adventure” Stories
Core Clicks
(a digital nonfiction program for K-5 students)
Newspaper Map (an interactive world map that allows users to click their way around the latest international news)

History and Social Studies
The Public Domain Review (excellent collection of public-domain artifacts)
HipHughs History (a YouTube channel that offers a series of upbeat history lessons)
A Global Guide to the First World War (an interactive documentary)
Made from History (an awesome collection of history-related videos, articles, and photos)
Some Things Never Change
Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Photos From the Ruins
Today I Found Out (a collection of quick facts that explain anything from why Michael Jackson’s skin turned white, to how dry cleaning works)

Random Reads for Educators
The Complete List of 80 Teacher Discounts
15 Things We Did At School That Future Students Will Never Understand
A Thought-Provoking Infographic on Poverty and Education in the United States
Museum of New Zealand (collection of over 30,000 free images)

STEM-Related
Distant Oasis (an infographic on Europa, the sixth-closest moon of the planet Jupiter)
Teach Math With Mondrian, Calder, Warhol and Others!
PhysicsGames.Net (nice collection of free physics games)

The Reading Playbook, a teachers guide to success

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the Best of the Week: Volume 13

Posted by Marygrove MAT on Jul 3, 2014 2:44:51 PM

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There’s never enough time to blog and reblog all of the interesting resources we find during the week, so we decided to start a Best of the Week List where we share all of the education-related blogs, articles, apps and resources we come across every week.

Reading and Language Arts
Six Word Stories (A nice collection of stories all written in only six words)
The Top 10 Most Read Books in the World
Vocab Monk (free vocabulary-building app)
Write About This (An iPad app designed to encourage creative writing as well as prompting narrative and opinion pieces)

History and Social Studies-Related Links
Timelines: Sources from History (A collection of timelines from medieval era to the present day)
Vintage Everyday (a neat collection of colorized photos from the first half of the 20th century)
60 Historical Oddities You Probably Don't Know
Chart Showing How 25 American Presidents are Related
99 Incredible YouTube Channels for History Buffs
40 Maps that Explain WWI
100 Legacies from World War I that Continue to Shape Our Lives Today
Smarty Pins (free geography and trivia game that uses Google Maps)
History of the 4th of July: Crash Course US History Special (a new Crash Course video on John Green’s YouTube channel)
Map of the Languages of Europe
Ready, Aim, Fire: Scenes From Early American Dueling
The Decade in Seven Minutes (video)

Classroom Management
Using Dialogue Circles to Support Classroom Management
Give Your Space the Right Design: Feng Shui Principles Transform a Classroom

STEM-Related Links
The Cause Of Mediocre U.S. Math Scores
What If Other Planets Orbited at the Same Distance as The Moon
Try Engineering (a nice collection of science/engineering games for students)

Technology in the Classroom
Edmodo Snapshot (A free tool that lets you mold Common Core to your standards)
The Digital Lives of Teens: "If You Don't Have a Plan for Them, They Will Have a Plan for You"
10 Good Ways to Integrate Mobile Phones in Class

Uncategorized
5 Ways to Make the Most of Non-Teaching Time
Big Think (a YouTube channel full of short, thought-provoking videos)
Here’s How You Spend Your Days, America — in 10 Charts
Where Are the Hardest Places to Live in the U.S.? (an interactive map)
Developing Good Credit Habits - A Game for Teaching Students Personal Financial Responsibility


A Teacher's Guide to Summer Travel

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The Best of the Week: Volume 12

Posted by Marygrove MAT on Jun 27, 2014 12:49:04 PM

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There’s never enough time to blog and reblog all of the interesting resources we find during the week, so we decided to start a Best of the Week List where we share all of the education-related blogs, articles, apps and resources we come across every week.

Reading and Language Arts
BookCrossing.com (register a book online, share it, and find out where it travels)
10 More Awesome Fantasy Series That are Not Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings

History-Related Links
For 40 Years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact, Unaware of World War II (fascinating article from Smithsonian.com)
Inside America’s Atomic City (interesting article and images from Messy Nessy)
The 1970s Cold War Era Home Built 26 Feet Underground
An 8th Grade Final Exam from 1895
1,000 Years of War in 5 Minutes
10 Myths About Vikings
Famous Last Words (tragic and amusing collection of last words!)
The History of Taxes (an interactive infographic)
D-Day Landing Scenes in 1944 and Now (an interactive photo collection)
A Beginner’s Guide to Understanding A Coat of Arms (an infographic)

Classroom Management
How To Turn A Negative Consequence Into A Positive Classroom Management Strategy (an excellent article by Larry Ferlazzo)
7 Ways to Increase Student Engagement (an infographic)

STEM-Related Links
99 More Incredible Lectures From the World’s Top Scientists
Impact Calculator (create a virtual impact on Earth by changing the size, speed and composition of an approaching asteroid or comet)
Bill Nye, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Pamela Gay, and Lawrence Krauss Discuss Our Future in Space
MIT's Freaky Non-Stick Coating Keeps Ketchup Flowing
Remastered and Stabilized Apollo 16 Footage
Science Hack (every science video on the site is screened by a scientist to verify its accuracy and quality)

Random Education Links
4 R’s of Summer School: Keeping the Momentum Going
What People Think A Teacher’s Summer Is Like Vs. What It’s Really Like
Road Tested / Lesson Closure: Stick the Landing (good advice on ending lessons with a bang)
Meaning Makers or Empty Vessels (6 questions we should ask ourselves before assigning homework)
Rethinking Homework (an interesting article from author and former-principal, Alfie Kohn)

Technology in the Classroom
Shadow Puppet Edu (a free app to help you capture and share student work)
Integrating Technology & Genius Hour: My Journey as a Teacher & Learner (a nice collection of resources related to Genius Hour)
Contemplate (a proverb-generating web application)
Draw a Stickman (free web application; could be useful for developing students’ fine motor skills)

Uncategorized
The Coffee Cup Analogy (good advice on pursuing happiness)
The Straight Dope (you ask a question, Cecil Adams will answer it)
Partially Examined Life (philosophy podcasts)
Philosophy Bro (nice collection of summaries of philosophical works)

 

A Teacher's Guide to Summer Travel

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The Best of the Week: Volume 11

Posted by Marygrove MAT on Jun 20, 2014 9:53:00 AM

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There’s never enough time to blog and reblog all of the interesting resources we find during the week, so we decided to start a Best of the Week List where we share all of the education-related blogs, articles, apps and resources we come across every week.

Reading and Language Arts
News-O-Matic: Daily Reading for Kids (free application available on iTunes)
Seven Strategies to Teach Students Text Comprehension
Text Compactor (free online summary tool)

Random Education Links
The Tough Decision to Leave the Classroom
Genius hour: Making time for Passion in the Classroom
10 Ways to be a More Reflective Teacher
The Genius Hour Manifesto
Transforming School Culture Through Mutual Respect
Four Essential Ways to Avoid Educator Burnout
The Ultimate Summer Reading List for Teachers
A Nice Collection of Free Education Guides from Edutopia

History-Related Links
“Smithsonian Quests” program (online summer learning experience for students)
History on the Net (free history information website)
SchoolHistory.co.uk (online history lessons, revision, games, worksheets, quizzes, and links)
D-Day Hour by Hour for the iPad

Classroom Management
The Real Meaning of Classroom Management (an interview with teacher and author, Harry Wong)
Top Classroom Management Software Products
DyKnow (a web-based classroom management tool)
Behavior Tracker (available on iTunes for $.99)
Pupil Track (available on iTunes for $.99)

STEM-Related Links
2 World Cup Math Lessons: “How Many Ways?” and “World Cup Draw”
Create a Graph (free web application)
Mahjong Chem (free game to practice chemistry)

Technology in the Classroom
12 Ways to Share Almost Any File With Your Students
An Educator’s A-Z Guide to Twitter (an infographic)
Just Paste.it (an easy to share text and images)
Zaption (an app that allows you to create video-based quizzes)

 

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The Best of the Week: Volume 9

Posted by Marygrove MAT on May 30, 2014 5:00:00 AM

The_Best_of_the_WeekThere’s never enough time to blog and reblog all of the interesting resources we find during the week, so we decided to start a Best of the Week List where we share all of the education-related blogs, articles, apps and resources we come across every week.

Classroom Management/ Student Engagement
20 Brain Break Clips: Movin’ and Groovin’!

Reading and Language Arts
30 Words Most of Us Use Incorrectly
Half-Priced Books(cheap books to build your classroom library)
Best Places to Get Free Books
Write It, Live It: Six Steps to Help Kids Write Their Own Lives
4 Steps to Better Writers
STEM-Related
The Universe: Simulating the First 13 Billion Years (video)
8 Wonders of the Solar System (Artist Ron Miller takes us on a journey to eight of the most breathtaking views that await explorers of our solar system)

History and Social Studies
War Animals From Horses to Glowworms: 7 Incredible Facts
The British Soldier Who Killed Nazis with a Sword and a Longbow
Plaster Casts from the 79 A.D. Eruption of Vesuvius
8 Crazy Facts You Won’t Learn in History Class

Random Links and Useful Apps
Developing Grit: An inspirational story about Bruce Lee
Ask Philosophers (you post questions; philosophers answer)
9 'Facts' You Learned In School That Are No Longer True
End-of-year Closure Activities for All Grades
17 Things People Who Love Their Lives Seem To Do Differently
Amazing Fact Generator
Philosophy Posters by Max Temkin
7 Myths About Rigor
5 Reasons I don’t Assign Homework

End of the Year Advice Book 

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The Best of the Week: Volume 8

Posted by Marygrove MAT on May 22, 2014 2:11:30 PM

The_Best_of_the_WeekThere’s never enough time to blog and reblog all of the interesting resources we find during the week, so we decided to start a Best of the Week List where we share all of the education-related blogs, articles, apps and resources we come across every week.

Classroom Management/ Student Engagement

Reading and Language Arts
Memetales App (15 free books when you register for free; every week thereafter, users receive a free book)
E.B. White’s Beautiful Letter to a Man Who Had Lost Faith in Humanity
Book Mooch (give away the books you’ve read; get new ones you want)
Glossi (create and share your own digital magazines)
The 5-Sentence Challenge
How to Write a 10-Minute Play

STEM-Related
Best Science Apps for Kids (ages 4-21)

Summer Learning for Students
Tips for Preventing the Summer Slide

History and Social Studies
World History and Timeline Database
Twilight Histories (free history podcasts)
Rome Reborn: A Virtual Tour of Ancient Rome in 320 CE
History Shots (prints and posters that tell stories)

Random Links and Useful Apps
25 Interactive Web Sites for Virtual Field Trips (free PDF guide)
How to lock ipad / iPhone screen so kids stay within the app?
Curiosity (a database of the web’s best learning videos)
Comment Bubble (useful app for capturing student response to videos)
Takepart
Embed.ly (a free app that allows you to embed anything)



End of the Year Advice Book

       

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The Best of the Week Volume 7

Posted by Marygrove MAT on May 22, 2014 11:29:38 AM

Best of the WeekThere’s never enough time to blog and reblog all of the interesting resources we find during the week, so we decided to start a Best of the Week List where we share all of the education-related blogs, articles, apps and resources we come across every week.

Classroom Management/ Student Engagement
What Your Classroom Setup May be Saying to Students
Practical Ideas to Help Students & Teachers Stay Organized
Daniel Dennett's Advice On Offering Criticism
7 Tips for Better Classroom Management
Before You Speak, Think…(a great idea for a classroom poster)

Reading and Language Arts
Book Source (an app to help you organize your classroom library)
What Poets Know That Most Writers Don’t
If You Liked Hunger Games, You Should Read…
10 Awesome Fantasy Series that are Not Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings

Top 10 Sites for Teaching Grammar to Students


STEM-Related

Eyes on Earth: The ISS HD Earth Viewing Experiment

Math Tools
(a free app to teach counting, multiplying, timetables, number bonds and calculation skills)
Free Mathematics Books


History and Social Studies

Journey of Mankind (a virtual, global journey of modern man over the last 160,000 years)

Random Links and Useful Apps

Resources and Downloads to Improve Student Performance

A Clutter-Free Way to Show YouTube Videos

StatPlanet
(interactive mapping & visualization software)
A Thought-Provoking Quote by Harun Yahya

Internet Worksheets
(free printables)
Free Screen Recording Tools

 

 

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