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Ten Ways to Use QR Codes for Education | Scholastic.com

Ten Ways to Use QR Codes for Education | Scholastic.com | Education Professional Development | Scoop.it
You know how to make QR codes, but what do you do with them? Check out ten ways to dazzle your students and their families with scannable 2D bar codes.

Via Julie Millan
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Just something kind of cool to do.  I know that my students have enjoyed this.  I've also sped up activities by having the kids scan instead of type addresses.

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Challenger Center Marks 27th Anniversary of Space Shuttle Tragedy | blog.stemconnector.org

.@ChallengerCTR Marks 27th Anniversary of Space Shuttle Tragedy- remains committed to supporting #STEM education http://t.co/AnSWZfoZ
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Gallup.com - The Gallup Blog: The School Cliff: Student Engagement Drops With Each School Year

Gallup.com - The Gallup Blog: The School Cliff: Student Engagement Drops With Each School Year | Education Professional Development | Scoop.it
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Something for us to keep in mind.  Although it's true that engagement is dropping, I guess that just means we have to find more creative ways to keep the kids engaged.

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How to Teach a Novel: Six Ways to Improve Close Readings

How to Teach a Novel: Six Ways to Improve Close Readings | Education Professional Development | Scoop.it
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Some good reminders here.

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Education Dept. Clarifies Law on Disabled Students’ Access to Sports

Education Dept. Clarifies Law on Disabled Students’ Access to Sports | Education Professional Development | Scoop.it
The Education Department said school districts must provide qualified students an equal opportunity to participate in extracurricular athletics to the maximum extent appropriate. (Education Dept.
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Schools That Work: Integrating Art and Politics to Improve High School Student Engagement

Schools That Work: Integrating Art and Politics to Improve High School Student Engagement | Education Professional Development | Scoop.it
Editor's Note: AP government teacher Dayna Laur and art teacher Katlyn Wolfgang collaborated to create a joint project between their classes.
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Yeah, this is high school, but I think that the interdisciplinary idea *could* apply to the middle school as well.

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Top 10 skills children learn from the arts

Top 10 skills children learn from the arts | Education Professional Development | Scoop.it
10 important reasons to fund the Arts and Art Education. http://t.co/s05sEJZb
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We know this, it's nice to be validated.

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STEM students bring in big bucks - The Grade - Connecticut News

STEM students bring in big bucks - The Grade - Connecticut News | Education Professional Development | Scoop.it
Education in Stamford (RT @StamAdvocate: #STEM students bring in big bucks http://t.co/nk0mxuIO #TheGrade #education)
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Student Engagement Tip of the Week!

Abolish hand raising.  Asking questions and having students raise their hands limits the number of students participating.  In fact most students opt out of hand raising activities.  Instead pose your questions as problems students all must try to resolve or have them partner and tell their idea or answer to a neighbor, then switch.  When you ask for sharing don't ask for their answer, ask them to share what their partner shared.  This way they need to genuinely listen to each other.

 

Matthew Yoshioka

Principal, Sunridge Middle School

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App of the Week!

"Tap Roulette" - This app a very simple but fun way to decide who to select in your class to answer a question, who gets to work at the board, who gives their speech first etc.  Students simply touch the screen with their finger and the app randomly selects a student (finger).  It may seem silly or a waste of time, but you will be surprised how excited the kids get to use it, how more engaged the students will be, and who you might get excited to participate.  The best part is they cannot blame you for selecting them!  This app is available on iPad or iPhone or iPod for FREE. 

 

Matthew Yoshioka

Principal, Sunridge Middle School

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Website of the Week!

www.knowmia.com – Teachers create lessons for EVERYTHING. Geared towards secondary level education. Over 8,000 lessons already there for you to beg, borrow and steal.  

 

Matthew Yoshioka

Principal, Sunridge Middle School

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Student Engagement Tip of the Week!

Turn and Talk - It's just that simple!  Ask a question and have the students "turn and talk" about it to a neighbor.  Every student has to answer the question, not just the one who raises their hand.  You can then ask random students what their neighbor shared (this way they need to both talk AND listen to their neighbor).  This can be used in any classroom regardless of subject or setting and be used many times in a class period.  Yes it may get noisy for a few seconds, but it's the noise of students engaged!

 

Matthew Yoshioka

Principal, Sunridge Middle School

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App of the Week!

"World Book - This Day in History" - This is an awesome app!  It give important events in history for each day.  Births, deaths, battles, discoveries, etc.  A great app for daily facts or questions for bellwork or just fun facts to share as an exit activity.  Not just a Social Studies app!  You may find important events in science, math, music and technology!  This is a FREE app for any iDevice!

 

Matthew Yoshioka

Principal, Sunridge Middle School

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SimCity EDU Combines STEM Education and Management Simulations - GCo

SimCity EDU Combines STEM Education and Management Simulations - GCo | Education Professional Development | Scoop.it
Aew collaboration by Electronic Arts and GlassLab is aiming to take management sim education to the next level, with SimCity EDU.
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Looks pretty cool.  I am interested if this has applications to civics education as well.  How cool would it be to do this and then have the city engineer or public works director come in?

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Success » CCSS in Excel–complete standards

Success - A teacher looking for classroom success.
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How easy to access.  Also useful if you're using a website like Quizlet and uploading excel files to create standards flashcards.

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ICT For Educators: Integrating technology in PE

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This looks pretty cool.  Some good ideas here and written by a PE teacher to boot!

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BetterLesson

Find lesson plans, classroom materials and resources from high-performing K-12 teachers. Share curriculum and connect with fellow educators around the world
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I'm on, and I use this site.  Good stuff!

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New Webinar | Principal's Guide to Supporting Transition and Implementation of the CCSS in Elementary Mathematics for Blended Learning

New Webinar | Principal's Guide to Supporting Transition and Implementation of the CCSS in Elementary Mathematics for Blended Learning | Education Professional Development | Scoop.it
RT @DreamBox_Learn: Principal's Guide to Transitioning to CCSS: Join Dr. Francis 'Skip' Fennell, Wednesday, January 30th. Register here:http://t.co/jwcXlyoJ
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Enhancing physical education with technology - Participaction

Enhancing physical education with technology - Participaction | Education Professional Development | Scoop.it
RT @ParticipACTION: Check out the apps physical education specialist @MrBridge204 uses when planning PE classes for his students: http://t.co/x2eImGYM #pechat
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This webpage is awesome.  I could use the interval app in regular classes I think.

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Research and the Common Core: Can the Romance Survive? » TextProject

Research and the Common Core: Can the Romance Survive? » TextProject | Education Professional Development | Scoop.it
Free Text Project webinar now: Looking at the research behind #CCSS with P. David Pearson #educhat http://t.co/Xr9EltoG
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Click through to the presentation.  Policy-esque but there may be some good infor for PLCs.

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Different Types of Genres

Different Types of Genres | Education Professional Development | Scoop.it
By Zemen Marrugi A story’s genre identifies what type of story you are reading, all based on who the characters are and their actions. With that being said, teaching students about the differ...
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Website of the Week!

http://www.freerice.com - This is a free vocabulary game!  For every correct answer they donate ten grains of rice to the World Food Program to help feed the hungry.  The questions will adjust to the player's ability, get an answer correct, you get a harder question, get it wrong, get an easier one, etc.  You can never get enough vocabulary instruction!

 

Matthew Yoshioka

Principal, Sunridge Middle School

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Student Engagement Tip of the Week

Classroom Guest Speakers - Bring in outside experts.  Connect the classroom to the community.  Bring people in to teach, share or speak about a curriculum related topic.  This mixes it up and gives students the opportunity to make the connections between the classroom and the outside world.  Examples; weather station visitors (science OR math), history professor from BMCC or EOU (they would likely come to help support the Eastern Promise Compact), local contractor (math, tech ed, geometry, etc), health dept. workers, Inter-path lab technicians (Health, life science, etc).  Often is only takes a quick e-mail or phone call and many of our local resources (forest service, watershed, ODFW, ODOT, etc.) would jump at the chance to do something new during their work day!  It may also give you a much needed break!

 

Matthew Yoshioka

Principal, Sunridge Middle School

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App of the Week!

"QRC Elements" - This app is a simple game to test kids on all of the elements!  They simply drag a path from the element to its correct position in the element chart.  Level 1 tests the first 20 elements, Level 2 the first 30 element, and Level 3 tests all of the elements.  It will even keep track of who has the highest scores at each level! This app is available on the iPhone, iPod, or iPad for FREE!

 

Matthew Yoshioka

Principal, Sunridge Middle School

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Website of the Week!

www.plinky.com - Online writing prompts!  Hundreds of writing prompts for journals or bellwork.  It took me less than five minutes to register for a free account and I now have access to the writing prompts.  You can also have students register and they can write their responses to the prompts online!  It's free and just what kids are doing with technology today!  See me if you need help!

 

Matthew Yoshioka

Principal, Sunridge Middle School

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