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Thu, 20 Nov 2014 4:17:43 EST
As a tech teacher, I see a lot of student websites. I’m always impressed with the effort, the tenacity, and often the skill, but most require ‘some additional work’ to be published. And then I got an email from Stephen Byrne. In his quest to better learn history, he blended it with his love of …Continue reading »
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 4:53:30 EST
I don’t hear a lot of buzz about 3DTin, but I should. It’s a well-kept secret your 5th grade and up will love. Age: 3rd-8th Topic: modeling, programming Address: 3DTin Review: Google’s 3DTin is 3D modeling in a browser. It goes out of its way to be user-friendly. It requires no installation as long as … Continue reading »
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 4:29:19 EST
Here are ideas of apps and websites that teachers in my PLN used successfully in the past during Hour of Code: Kindergarten Start kindergartners with problem solving. If they love Legos, they’ll love coding BotLogic–great for Kindergarten and youngers Code–learn to code, for students Daisy the Dinosaur—intro to programming via iPad How to train your … Continue reading »
Mon, 17 Nov 2014 4:42:30 EST
December 8-14, Computer Science Education will host the Hour Of Code–a one hour introduction to students on coding, programming, and why they should love it, designed to demystify “code” and show that anyone can learn the basics to be a maker, a creator, and an innovator. They provide a variety of self-guided tutorials that say … Continue reading »
Sun, 16 Nov 2014 4:31:31 EST
The 2014 Edublog Awards is a community based initiative started in 2004 in response to concerns relating to how schools, districts and educational institutions were blocking access to educational blog sites. The purpose of the Edublog awards is promote and demonstrate the educational values of these. Once a year, about this time of year, we … Continue reading »
Fri, 14 Nov 2014 4:06:52 EST
These cover elementary school through high school (sites like Open Library and Gutenberg Press where students can get free copies of books they need for class): Read Stories Aesop Fables—no ads Aesop’s Fables Audio stories Childhood Stories Classic Fairy Tales Edutainment games and stories Fables—Aesop—nicely done Fables–beautiful Fairy Tales and Fables Project Gutenberg Interactive storybook … Continue reading »
Wed, 12 Nov 2014 4:18:40 EST
Here’s an authentic use of technology to support discussion on math, language standards, and the holidays. As a summation to your discussion with students on symbols, idiomatic expressions, geography, farms, or another topic, post this on your Smartscreen. The poll includes lots of definitions for the word ‘turkey’–from objective to idiomatic. Have each student come … Continue reading »
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