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Free Technology for Teachers: Six Web Adventures In Science

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"There are six adventures in the series including the CSI adventure. Each of the adventures is appropriate for middle school or high school use. In each adventure students take on the role of scientist to solve a crime, conduct experiments, and learn about scientific methods and processes."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, November 1, 2013 9:33 PM

Richard Byrne shares six science games that are available online through Rice University. The games include:

* CSI Adventure - six adventures that allow students to become forensic scientists and solve a crime.

* Cool Science Careers - students may explore five STEM-based careers. Students take an interest survey and their adventure will be guided by their interests.

* MedMyst - learn about microbiology with a focus on infectious diseases and how they spread.

* Reconstructors allows you to "gather evidence and data to solve drug-related cases." (3 games)

* Virtual Clinical Trials - become a research scientist and help develope treatments for spinal cord injuries, depression and brain injuries.

* N-Squad - "investigate the effects of alcohol on the digestive, circulatory, and nervous systems."

These games are geared to middle and high school students and these adventures are also available in Spanish!

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30 Years Earlier: What I Wish I Knew About Leadership

30 Years Earlier: What I Wish I Knew About Leadership | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool. – William Shakespeare One of the benefits of aging (not that I am old) is attaining a certain amount of wisdom that can ...

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Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, April 25, 3:23 PM

With experience comes wisdom. 

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The 4 Properties of Powerful Teachers

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Even if you weren’t born with some of these qualities, you can develop them.
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The Condition of Future Educators 2014: An ACT Publication

In 2014, a record 57% of the US graduating class took the ACT® test. The steady increase in ACT test takers in recent years has enhanced the breadth and depth of our data pool, providing a more comprehensive picture of the college readiness levels of the graduating class while giving us a deeper look into the data. Our data review from this year’s graduating class has offered a glimpse into new areas of study, including emerging educational pipelines. In this report, ACT looks specifically at students expressing an interest in education as a profession. ACT-defined education majors are categorized into four areas: Administration/Student Services—non-teaching education majors such as counseling, curriculum, and administration Teacher Education, General—a single major considered by individuals who have an interest in teaching but have not yet determined a student population and/or subject area focusTeacher Education—Specific Student Population— majors defined by the type of student being served, such as early childhood education and postsecondary education Teacher Education—Subject Specific—majors defined by the type of subject taught, such as art education, foreign languages, and mathematics educationKey FindingsThe number of students interested in becoming educators continues to drop significantlyStudents interested in education have lower-thanaverage achievement levels, particularly in STEM areas—Interest in pursuing an education career is low among males—In general, there is a lack of diversity among students interested in education
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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, April 24, 11:25 AM

Frankly, given the climate surrounding education as a profession, there is nothing surprising in this report; however, the mere fact that there are no surprises should cause us to rail over the effects the media and political pollution of our profession. The bad air is poisoning our kids and weakening the future quality of our profession--and that will play itself out on future learners and the quality of future workers, parents, professionals, and generally civic minded citizens.

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21 Components of Effective Feedback

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The 21 Components of Effective Feedback Infographic will help managers develop a comprehensive understanding of what constitutes effective feedback.

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Love, Teach: What I Wish I Could Tell Them About Teaching in a Title I School

Love, Teach: What I Wish I Could Tell Them About Teaching in a Title I School | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
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It's a difficult job; our teachers, instructional coaches, administrators, and other faculty and staff in Title I schools in the Troy region do amazing jobs!
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An Introduction to Julius Caesar Using Multiple-Perspective Universal Theme Analysis - ReadWriteThink

An Introduction to Julius Caesar Using Multiple-Perspective Universal Theme Analysis - ReadWriteThink | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
This resource is an introduction to William Shakespeare’s tragic play, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, through the study of universal themes using multiple-perspective investigations of betrayal scenarios.
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Build Your Own Utopia: A PBL Unit for The Giver

Build Your Own Utopia: A PBL Unit for The Giver | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Amber Chandler's PBL unit on The Giver takes students deep into the book's ideas by having them create their own utopias and explore unintended consequences.
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5 Great Web Tools to Enhance Collaboration in Class

5 Great Web Tools to Enhance Collaboration in Class | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

If anything, web technologies have redesigned the notion of collaboration and  rendered it an open construct independent of any conceivable spatio-temporal constraints. For instance, in our educational context,  possibilities for collaborative learning are bigger than ever before. Teachers and students have at their hands a variety of powerful softwares and web-based tools to help them engage in collaborative learning anytime, anywhere. From popular learning management  systems (LMS) such as Blackboard, Collaborate, and Moodle to social networking websites like Twitter and Google Plus, collaboration opportunities are limitless.

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The 8 most common mistakes when integrating iPads into the classroom

The 8 most common mistakes when integrating iPads into the classroom | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

This post is not meant to be judgey!  Even the best techie teacher started somewhere and most likely made one of these common mistakes.  I think I made all five during the same lesson when I first started to integrate iPads.

Whether you are just starting out with iPads or are a seasoned iPad integrator, let’s look at the 8 mistakes most teachers make when using iPads in the classroom and how to avoid them.


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Martin Debattista's curator insight, April 24, 2:35 AM

iPads or any kind of tablet for that matter.

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Report: California Voters Back Common Core -- THE Journal

Report: California Voters Back Common Core -- THE Journal | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

A majority of voters, 67 percent, polled in California support the Common Core State Standards, according to a new poll from Children Now.


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6 Mindsets of Excellent Educators | Teaching the Core

6 Mindsets of Excellent Educators | Teaching the Core | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

If you wander through my school, you’ll see numerous examples of teacher excellence. One of our best educators is stern, intense, rarely cracking a smile; another is warm, inviting, and deeply relational; still another is peppy, exuberant, bubbling over with enthusiasm. Each of them are excellent teachers, and I’d argue that their excellence is something separate from personality or teaching style.

Rather, it stems from the way they think about their work as teachers. Let’s examine several mindsets they have in common.

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Help All Student Readers Access Complex Texts

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Text complexity is an important part of the Common Core State Standards, so how can we help all students access complex texts? Ryan McCarty has some ideas.
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Steps to Create the Conditions for Deep, Rigorous, Applied Learning

Steps to Create the Conditions for Deep, Rigorous, Applied Learning | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Check out some resources meant to help education leaders find ways transform the vision and goals of schools to move towards applied, connected and real-world learning opportunities for students.
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All Student Hand-Outs From Larry Ferlazzo's New Student Motivation Book Now Online For Free

All Student Hand-Outs From Larry Ferlazzo's New Student Motivation Book Now Online For Free | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

All of the many - and I mean many - student hand-outs in my new book on student motivation are now on the publisher's site and can be downloaded for free -- no registration is required. Just click ...

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Don't Quit: 5 Strategies for Recovering After Your Worst Day Teaching

Don't Quit: 5 Strategies for Recovering After Your Worst Day Teaching | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
To recover from your worst day of teaching, cry on a friendly shoulder, breathe, plan for community, prioritize, get perspective -- and please don't quit!
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5 Strategies for SPED Success with Common Core

5 Strategies for SPED Success with Common Core | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

 

Handle tasks head-on to speed student success. By Christine Fax-Huckaby

"As the Common Core State Standards have been implemented this school year, with many states in the midst of using the new standardized tests, the transition has been mired in challenges. The Common Core is a critical step toward ensuring students have the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in life beyond graduation, but teachers and students alike have been apprehensive and overwhelmed. They need greater support, more empathy, and better communication from school and district leaders to help them overcome their anxiety.

This anxiety is even more prevalent in the special education community, and as a special education academic support teacher, it’s my job to make sure teachers and students in my district are as prepared for Common Core as possible. Here’s what’s working well in our district:"

 
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What I Learned From Teachers Who Inspired Me

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Inspired by his colleagues, one teacher learned to differentiate instruction, foster a flexible learning environment, avoid harshly penalizing failure, and encourage problem solving and innovation.
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Four awesome pieces of advice!

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In 1564, William Shakespeare was born on this day. - ReadWriteThink

In 1564, William Shakespeare was born on this day. - ReadWriteThink | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Based on grade level, students learn about rhyming structure, experiment with the Shakespearean Insult Kit, or study scenes from Othello and watch an adaptation of that scene from the movie O.
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HBD, Shakespeare!
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Writing Strategies for Students With ADHD

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Here are six challenges and solutions, based on task simplicity and clear instruction, for helping students with ADHD develop their essay-writing skills.
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7 Apps to Help Anyone Improve Their English Grammar

7 Apps to Help Anyone Improve Their English Grammar | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
In a world of spellcheck and texting abbreviations, few people want to take the time to learn about subjects, objects, and dangling modifiers. Besides, computers can fix our sentences for us. However, as anyone who's suffered an autocorrect embarrassment knows, computers don't always get it right. Language is a human tool and requires the insight of…

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Ricard Garcia's curator insight, April 23, 2:40 AM

Good "on-the-go" tools for grammar reference... let's go mobile!

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Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, April 25, 2:24 PM

Here could be a reason for students to use their cell phones in class during down time.  Three of the apps discussed are free and a few more are under $2.  They offer workbook like practice in the selected grammar area.

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School Leadership in Action: 5 Principal Practices

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This video series follows 10 principals in four metropolitan areas through their workdays, showing how they use five practices of effective school leadership to improve teaching and learning in their classrooms. The practices, described in The School Principal as Leader, are based on more than a decade of Wallace-supported research to identify what successful principals do. The five-video series, produced by WNET, New York City’s PBS affiliate, is also available on the PBS LearningMedia website.
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Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, April 22, 10:02 PM

if you are in the principal pipeline this is a great resource. 

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Tons of Tips and Resources for Integrating Technology in Classroom

Tons of Tips and Resources for Integrating Technology in Classroom | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

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How Student Mock Trial Improved Argumentative Writing

How Student Mock Trial Improved Argumentative Writing | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Mackenzie Grate found mock trials a perfect vehicle to teach reading, speaking/listening & argumentative writing. Includes tips, downloads and lessons learned.
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Seven Strategies for Engaging Middle Schoolers in Complex Text

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