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BBC - My Web My Way - Making the Web Accessible!

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My Web My Way explains the many ways you can change your browser, computer, keyboard and mouse settings to make the web more accessible for the diversity of learners.

 

 


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How to Incubate Creativity in School Through Making and Discovery

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The Turtle Art project, and the concept of “doing” or “making” before any explicit instruction has been given, is part of the school’s attempt to shake up its teaching. Lighthouse Community Charter has to cover the same standard curriculum as district schools, so teachers have to choose carefully the times when they’ll spend a little more time and creativity on a difficult subject.

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Great Learning Activities to Use with Pokémon Go ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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Pokémon Go is the top trending virtual reality game right now. It has been making news since its release a few weeks ago and for us in education, the game is already promising. Several teachers and educators have already been experimenting with it in educational settings and the results seem to be positive so far. For the uninitiated of you, Pokemon Go is ‘an augmented reality game that you can play through your smart phone. The app uses the coordinates of your GPS to determine your location in the real world and provides you with Pokémon characters to view and catch.Pokémon are out there, and you need to find them. As you walk around a neighbourhood, your smartphone will vibrate when there’s a Pokémon nearby. Take aim and throw a Poké Ball… You’ll have to stay alert, or it might get away!’. To learn more about the educational potential of Pokémon Go, check out this resource.
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StayFocusd

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"Google Chrome users looking to boost their productivity may want to check out StayFocusd, an extension that enables users to limit the time they allow themselves to spend on designated websites. Once users add the extension, they can choose which websites they would like to limit their time surfing. One aspect of StayFocusd that may appeal to some users is that, unlike many productivity extensions and applications, it does not entirely block sites. Rather, StayFocusd allows users to allot a set amount of time to peruse marked sites. After this time is up, users will see a screen that says "Shouldn't You be Working?" when they attempt to load URLs that they have chosen to limit. Users may also remove URLs from this restricted list, but must wait 24 hours to access the site again. Thus, users can ensure that their daily browsing of social media, blogs, or newspapers is limited to a time of their choice"

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ABC Books | Rare Books and Special Collections

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"Alphabet books have been used for centuries and are often one of the first texts that young children will encounter. ABC books is an online collection of 55 English language alphabet books published between 1805-1987. These books were collected from the Cotsen Children's Library for a spring 2016 Princeton University class on children's literature and are available for the public to browse. As the website notes, these books reveal more than changing aesthetic sensibilities; each book provides insight into past conceptions of childhood, morality, humor, and education. Many books are designed to teach moral lessons alongside literacy lessons, including Take Your Choice! (1822) and Anti-Slavery Alphabet (1947). Others are intended to be humorous and a surprising number center around apple pie. Some books, as the site notes, include offensive images, highlighting the way stereotypes and prejudice were modeled and taught to children through text. While many are centered around text and rhyming couplets, others are centered on illustration, providing a glimpse into how design in children's books throughout the past two centuries has evolved"

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Periodic Table of Elements: Los Alamos National Laboratory

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"The Los Alamos National Laboratory publishes an annotated periodic table of elements as a resource for K-12 students. This accessible resource was originally created by Robert Husted back in 1992, but has since been updated and redesigned by other chemists at Los Alamos. The site's strength is its simplicity; students can click on each element to discover additional information. Each element's annotation follows a similar format, providing students with information about the element's history, sources, production, compounds, properties, uses, forms, isotopes, handling, hazards, or availability, as appropriate. In addition, students can find explanations of atomic numbers, atomic weights, and electron configuration on the How to Use page. The consistent format and clear language make this website a useful resource for students to explore during classroom projects or to study the periodic table at home."

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Data.gov - US Government data sets

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"Data.gov is part of the U.S. government's ongoing efforts to make government agency data accessible to the general public and available for use by individuals, businesses, non-profit organizations, and web developers. This site contains over 183,000 data sets from 77 different agencies and sub-agencies of the government, including the Department of Labor, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Education. Anyone can search the data sets or browse for data by agency or topic. Data.gov is designed to encourage the practice of "civic hacking," a practice of using open government data to increase civic engagement and connect citizens with useful information. Data.gov provides examples of how citizens, local governments, businesses, and consumer organizations have used their data. In addition, the site includes links to a variety of software applications that utilize this open government data that may be of interest to citizens."

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African Rock Art - British Museum

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"What can readers learn about science from fiction? "Lab Lit: Writing Fiction Based on Real Science," a series of lesson plans designed by the New York Times Learning Lab, has been designed to explore this question and others like it. Interdisciplinary in nature, Lab Lit may be of interest to science and English literature instructors alike. At the heart of this lesson is a 2012Times essay by Katherine Bouton, in which she discusses "lab lit" - fictional stories that, as a website called LabLit.com puts it - "depicts realistic scientists as central characters and portrays fairly realistic scientific practice or concepts, typically taking place in a realistic - as opposed to speculative or future - world." Examples of lab lit include Ann Patchett's State of Wonder and Barbara Kinsolver's Flight Behavior. The Learning Lab team presents a series of lesson ideas to encourage students to critically consider how science and fiction can inform one another. In one suggested activity, students compose their own fictional stories based on science concepts explored in class. Check out the website for additional ideas and resources"

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Google’s New App Brings Hundreds of Museums to Your Phone

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Google's new Art Recognizer tool turns your museum visit into a multimedia experience.

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How to AirPrint from your iOS device - SoftwareVilla News

How to AirPrint from your iOS device - SoftwareVilla News | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
AirPrint is an inherent printing feature available in iOS and Mac devices. Know how to AirPrint from your iOS device and resolve related issues.

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How to install and use add ins in MS Office

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You can easily use add ins for MS Office to increase it functionality. Here is a quick guide to get you stated with installation and use.

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Five Ways to Help Students Succeed in the Online Classroom

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Online students often underestimate the amount of time and discipline necessary to successfully complete assignments, discussions, quizzes, and projects.

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Cozmo Is an Artificially Intelligent Toy Truck That’s Also the Future of Robotics

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With a new software development kit that even the greenest coder can use, this smart toy could help seed a new generation of intelligent robots.
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10 Lesson Plans to Develop Digital Literacies

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Over the last few months I have been working hard to develop a set of commercially available lesson materials. These lesson plans aren't specifically designed for English language learners, though they will be useful for students at higher levels who want stimulating skills based practice or for any teacher interested in developing a CLIL or content based approach to language learning. They were designed to enable any teacher to develop students in a way that is more closely aligned to the kinds of skills they will need to function effectively and critically in the digital world.


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A collection of 10 of my lesson plans designed to develop critical thinking and digital literacy.

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A collection of 10 of my lesson plans designed to develop critical thinking and digital literacy.

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Lesson plans and activities to help with literacy for all ages. This program is  designed to focus on giving specific skills to a student studying literacy at all levels. The 10 lessons also give the teacher access to relevant information required when catering for a students needs.
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Math Journals as Formative Assessment

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I’m a huge fan of writing in math class! While I was teaching, I had my fifth graders write in their math journals every single day.
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Jeopardy Rocks - Jeopardy Game Creator For Teachers

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"Educators who are fans of using games to facilitate learning will appreciate Jeopardy Rocks. This free, easy-to-use tool allows users to create and save their own Jeopardy game questions to use in the classroom. Users can then facilitate their Jeopardy games by projecting the game board onto a screen, wall, or other surface. Facilitators can reveal new questions by clicking on each square and adjust scores simply by indicating whether a team answered correctly or incorrectly. Facilitators may choose to adjust the number of players (or teams) to accommodate different class sizes. Users will need to sign up for a free account to create and save games."

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Cooking in the Archives - Recipes from 1600-1800

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"According to its About section, Cooking in the Archives "sets out to find, cook, and discuss recipes from cookbooks produced between 1600 and 1800." The blog is one of two planned products of a project begun in 2014 by Alyssa Connell, Assistant Director, Leadership Communications at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and Marissa Nicosia, Assistant Professor of English at Penn State Abington. Currently, there are about four dozen recipes on the blog, and in true scholarly fashion, most recipe posts are fully attributed and often include images of the original manuscript on which they are based. For example, My Lady Chanworths receipt for Jumballs (cookies) begins with an image and transcription of the original from LJS 165, a recipe book dated between 1690-1802, located in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library at University of Pennsylvania. This is followed by a modernized version of the recipe, with updated measurements and instructions, and process and finished images of the jumballs. The second product of the project is a "final feast where we will share the fruits of our research with our mentors and peers", although the date of this feast does not seem to appear as of yet on the blog."

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American Journal of Play 

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"How is the concept of "play" changing? How do varying social norms, conceptions of childhood, and educational policy impact play? The American Journal of Play is dedicated to "the history, science, and culture of play." Published by the Strong Museum - the "national museum of play" in Rochester, New York - the journal features contributions from psychologists, educational scholars, historians, neuroscientists, and other scholars and is "intended for educators, psychologists, play therapists, sociologists, anthropologists, folklorists, historians, museum professionals, toy and game designers, policy makers, and others interested in children and the importance of play". Recent topics include the potential educational value of alternative reality games, the efforts of a school district to reintegrate play into their curriculum, and a cross-cultural comparison of parent-child play around the globe. Full text of current and past issues is available online, and those interested can also sign up for a print subscription."

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Visualizing Isaiah

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"Visualizing Isaiah is an online exhibit by the Israeli Museum that highlights artifacts from the late eighth and early seventh centuries BCE. These tempestuous years, when the Assyrian Empire overthrew the kingdoms of Israel and Judah, also marked a time when the prophet Isaiah lived in Jerusalem. Readers interested in exploring the teachings of Isaiah and his prophecies may peruse the Book of Isaiah chapter-by-chapter or click on one of the museum's many artifacts from ancient Israel that the exhibit's curators have linked to text in the Book of Isaiah. These artifacts include wine jugs, figurines, and jewelry, as well as an assortment of other antiquities. Perhaps Isaiah's most notable prophecy is that in which he shares his vision of world peace (2:4); to help portray the imagery of this verse, curators have linked three of the museum's iron artifacts: a ceremonial sword, a hoe, and a plowshare. For a more interactive experience, visitors are welcome to uncover the secrets of the Dead Sea Scrolls; all 66 chapters of the Book of Isaiah are documented on the Great Isaiah Scroll (dated to about 125 BCE), which represents only one of the seven Dead Sea Scrolls found in Qumran in 1947. Readers may examine the scroll in its original Hebrew or click on the digitized scroll for English translations. Visitors may also view the museum's other four digitized Dead Sea Scrolls or watch short video clips about the scrolls, each featuring Dr. Adolfo D. Roitman, curator of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Head of the Shrine of the Book."

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Diversity of Organisms | HHMI BioInteractive

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"BioInteractive is a website created by science education specialists at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and hosts a rich collection of award-winning online resources for the biology classroom. Its Diversity of Organisms page contains a number of resources about characteristics, classification, and evolution of different organisms. One highlight of this page is its engaging short films: Popped Secret explains how scientists identified that modern day corn was cultivated from the teosinte plant and The Guide: A Biologist in Gorongosa, directed by Academy Award winner Jessica Yu, is a portrait of a young Mozambique boy who decides to pursue a career in biology in order to preserve Gorongosa National Park. BioInteractive also excels at providing accessible visualizations that illuminate biological processes, such as the lifecycle of a virus. Finally, BioInteractive includes an innovative, interactive activity called "WildCam Gorongosa" where students can examine 52 photographs from Gorongosa National Park and, with the aid of some online tools, see if they can identify animals."

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Black Quotidian: Black Quotidian

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"Maintained by historian Matthew Delmont, Black Quotidian is a digital project that commemorates "everyday moments and lives in African-American history." Sourced almost entirely from black newspapers, the articles featured here highlight events often overlooked by the mainstream press and that haven't made it into most history books. Delmont writes, "[b]y emphasizing the ordinary or mundane aspects of history I hope both to call attention to people and events that are not commonly featured in textbooks, documentaries, or Black History Month celebrations, while also casting new light on well-known black history subjects." Each day, the site features a single article (or advertisement) from major black newspapers providing a full citation of the article with accompanying commentary. Recent posts feature a 1933 Norfolk Journal and Guide article about the death of soprano Matilda Sissieretta Jones; a 1947 Cleveland Call and Post article about the wave of evictions impacting Cleveland's black community; and a 1977 Atlanta Daily World article about the formation of the African-American History Association, a group dedicated to helping African-Americans conduct genealogical research."

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