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39 Recommended Reading Comprehension Tools for Young Students

39 Recommended Reading Comprehension Tools for Young Students | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
A collection of teacher-approved, teacher-recommended reading comprehension websites and mobile apps for K-2 students.

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Teacher Reviewed Educational Apps for 2012 - We Are Teachers

Teacher Reviewed Educational Apps for 2012 - We Are Teachers | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Reviews and best practices from teachers who have used apps.

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Best Merge Cube apps for schools

Best Merge Cube apps for schools | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Merge Cube offers a lot of excellent uses including being used as a teaching aid. Here are some of the apps that can be used for education.
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30 Free Google Drawings Graphic Organizers

30 Free Google Drawings Graphic Organizers | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Graphic organizers are a great tool to share information, explain a concept, or illustrate a relationship using elements including images, shapes, text, colors, and connecting lines. They can be used in education with any age group or subject area.

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Some nice examples. 
 
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9 Smart Calculator Apps to Help Students with Math Problems

9 Smart Calculator Apps to Help Students with Math Problems | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education
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Storytelling To Build Trust [Be The Drop Podcast] | Narrative Marketing

Storytelling To Build Trust [Be The Drop Podcast] | Narrative Marketing | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
BTD Podcast Interview With Sasha Baranikov Discussing Storytelling To Build Trust In Your Brand Or Business. Plus Insights From Uniti's Fast Growth Journey.
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Why It's Important to Teach About America's Not-So-Perfect History

Why It's Important to Teach About America's Not-So-Perfect History | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Nowhere is the tension between revision and respect for historical figures and events more apparent than it is in classroom curricula. School boards and state legislatures have great influence over what and how children are taught—as do historians. However, the media and lawmakers often reduce revisionism to two poles: a liberal left that pursues an overly "negative" reinterpretation of U.S. history versus a conservative right that just wants students to memorize a list of names and facts—and "smudge out the ugly parts."

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DIDLS Strategy for Analyzing Tone

DIDLS Strategy for Analyzing Tone | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
DIDLS is a strategy for analyzing tone. It usually applies to a written or oral text. . It's an acronym that stands for diction, imagery, details, language and structure. To begin your analysis, it helps to have
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How to Turn Your Syllabus into an Infographic

How to Turn Your Syllabus into an Infographic | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
If there's ever been a Top 10 List of Most Boring Documents, a course syllabus would most ceratinly be on it. It's unfortunate, too, because syllabi have a unique ability--as much as a written document
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Can We Feed The World With Farmed Fish?

Can We Feed The World With Farmed Fish? | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Froehlich believes seafood consumption will eventually replace a considerable amount of land-based meat production, and she hopes to quantify the extent to which this could alleviate agricultural pressures on land and water resources.

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One of the great fears of the future is impending threat of starvation. Things to consider. 
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How Do You Prepare for Death?

How Do You Prepare for Death? | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

The daily work of a hospice nurse, who treats the physical, psychological, and spiritual needs of people at the most vulnerable point of their lives.

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Exploring death and dignity in dying may seem counterintuitive when considering its value when secondary students are at the "beginning of their lives", but teaching students how to ask questions about death helps them better understand how to pursue quality in their living. It gets students--kids and adults--to think about their values and priorities. I once taught a lesson that explored these issues after reading "Flowers for Algernon." After all, Charlie-the-supergenius felt more fully alive and aware than he ever felt as the Charlie that he was before the treatment. Knowing one Charlie was going to become the previous Charlie is a kind of death. With that in mind, we did a writing exercise: How would you like to be remembered? Although it was a writing assignment, the discussion was truly enlightening. Another way was to write your own obituary. 

Talking about death also explores topics like dignity and living a good life. 

If anything, this article could support the reading of "Flowers for Algernon" or any other literature or movie with death and dying as its central themes.

The important thing to remember to do though is to promote positive, growth-mindset, humanistic attitudes. You can introduce other concepts like Bushido, Wu Wei, and religious attitudes towards death and dying. You could also assign the watching of Neil Degrasse Tyson's interview where he discusses death and dying. One video might be found here on Youtube: https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwiqv7bck8rVAhVJ54MKHfMtBgYQtwIIKDAA&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DM3G9LOJZTmM&usg=AFQjCNEa3b84JkMNuJpCdCKCZmFbELUQew.

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As politicians become less civil, so does the internet

As politicians become less civil, so does the internet | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Offensive comments on Reddit are more popular, and more likely, when politicians are extremely offensive.
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Forget about the rap music or the rock music or the violence in video games. When it comes to bad behavior, blame offensive politicians.
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The Axes of American Politics – The Bigger Picture – Medium

The Axes of American Politics – The Bigger Picture – Medium | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Divide up American politics-- not along the axis of Red and Blue, or of any of the popular variations on that-- but to try something a little more extreme: to chop up American politics into a collection of basic ideologies that shape people’s political lives, and then see how ideas like “political party” sit uncomfortably on top of them — as they must, because people’s ideas change much more rapidly than large organizations ever could.

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This article does something I have only seen when exploring the foundations or assumptions driving ideas like justice, human rights and dignity. This article and instructive videos teaching the meaning of "justice" can help high school students (secondary school juniors and seniors really) to understand how justice and the concept of human value relates to political ideologies. 
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Why Islam prohibits images of Muhammad

Why Islam prohibits images of Muhammad | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
LOOK upwards in the magnificent place of worship in Istanbul now known as the Hagia Sophia Museum (pictured), and you will see two different ways of approaching the...

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An Educator’s Guide to Augment Learning with Merge Cube | The Janus Group

An Educator’s Guide to Augment Learning with Merge Cube | The Janus Group | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
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Integrating Computational Thinking into Your Elementary Classroom - Getting Smart

Integrating Computational Thinking into Your Elementary Classroom - Getting Smart | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Computer science education is not a new field. Much of what we know about the pedagogy and content for elementary students comes from Seymour Papert’s research on teaching elementary students to code back in the 1970’s and 80’s. But, as we shift from labs and one-off classrooms to a broad expansion for all students in every classroom K-12, we are seeing changes to how computer science is taught. This means we are working in a rapidly evolving field (insert metaphor of building a plane while flying it). Over time, we have gone from a focus on coding (often in isolation) to a more broad idea of computer science as a whole, and now to the refined idea of computational thinking as a foundational understanding for all students.

Pause. You may be asking, “But wait, what’s computational thinking again?” In her book Coding as a Playground, Marina Umaschi Bers explained: “The notion of computational thinking encompasses a broad set of analytic and problem-solving skills, dispositions, habits, and approaches most often used in computer science, but that can serve everyone.” More simply, you can think of computational thinking as the thought processes involved in using algorithms to solve problems. Sheena Vaidyanathan writes some good articles explaining the differences between computer science, coding, and computational thinking here and here.

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Best Pi Day Activities for the Classroom - We Are Teachers

Best Pi Day Activities for the Classroom - We Are Teachers | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Math deserves its own day, don’t you think? Join the fun of Pi Day, celebrated on March 14 (3.14, get it?) by more and more schools every year. Here are 14 Pi Day activities that will encourage your students to see the joy and whimsy in math.

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Best Pi Day Activities for the Classroom - #PiDay #MathChat

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What Would Happen If Students Assigned Their Own Math Homework?

What Would Happen If Students Assigned Their Own Math Homework? | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Instead of a set of 20 questions, use this framework to have your students create their own homework based on their needs and interests.
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Why Truth Matters: Research versus Propaganda in the Policy Debate

Why Truth Matters: Research versus Propaganda in the Policy Debate | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

For those who want to participate in policy politics, I have a different set of suggestions.

Pick your research questions not only based on what is but on what ought to be on the political agenda. Your best work comes out of your own enthusiasm, and you never can tell when that policy window will open.


Use your research to tell a story—the valuable advice I got while writing my dissertation. If you don't know what your story is—if you can't answer the “so what?” question—you simply haven't done your job.


Beware of traps. The line between research and propaganda gets fuzzy when you want to play in the political process. The push for certainty in an uncertain environment—for truth about a future that is, truthfully, unknowable—is powerful. Speaking truth to power, as Aaron Wildavsky defined the role of a policy analyst, is not always pleasurable. But commitment to truth under pressure is a measure of your own integrity.


The bottom line? As members of academe and AcademyHealth, pursuit of truth is our hallmark. We have reason to be proud of what we do. Just as politics is not about the pursuit of truth, the pursuit of truth is not about politics. We pursue it because it's the right thing to do.

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Rewriting history? Texas tackles textbook debate

Rewriting history? Texas tackles textbook debate | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

The long-running ideological dispute over what gets taught in Texas classrooms flared anew over proposed history textbooks Tuesday, with academics decrying lessons they said exaggerate the importance of Christian values on the nation's Founding Fathers while conservatives complained of anti-American, pro-Islam biases. (from year 2014)


"We do our students a disservice when we scrub history clean of unpleasant truths," academic tells state's Board of Education

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Purdue OWL

Purdue OWL | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Understanding and being able to analyze rhetorical situations can help contribute to strong, audience-focused, and organized writing. The PowerPoint presentation in the Media box above is suitable for any classroom and any writing task. The resource below explains in more detail how to analyze rhetorical situations.

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Coltan - Wikipedia

Coltan - Wikipedia

Potential future mines, in descending order of magnitude, are being explored in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uganda, Greenland, China, Mozambique, Canada, Australia, the United States, Finland, Afghanistan,[better source needed ] and Brazil. A significant reserve of coltan was discovered in 2009 in western Venezuela.

Conflicts, including the Rwandan occupation in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), made it difficult for the DRC to exploit its coltan reserves. Mining of coltan is mainly artisanal and small-scale.[24] A 2003 UN Security Council report[25] stated that much of the ore is mined illegally and smuggled across Congo's eastern border by militias from neighbouring Uganda, Burundi and Rwanda.[26]

All three countries named by the United Nations as coltan smugglers have denied being involved. Austrian journalist Klaus Werner has documented links between multi-national companies like Bayer and the illegal coltan traffic.[27] A United Nations committee investigating the plunder of gems and minerals in Congo listed in its final report[25] approximately 125 companies and individuals involved in business activities breaching international norms. Companies accused of irresponsible corporate behavior include Cabot Corporation,[28] Eagle Wings Resources International[29] Forrest Group[30] and OM Group.[31]

Coltan smuggling likely provided income for the military occupation of Congo,[32] and the prolonged civil conflict afterwards. To many[who?], this raises ethical questions akin to those of blood diamonds. Because it is difficult to distinguish legitimate from illegitimate mining operations, several processors such as Cabot Corp (USA) have decided to forgo central African coltan altogether, relying on other sources.[citation needed]

Much coltan from the DRC is exported to China for processing into electronic-grade tantalum powder and wires.[33] Coltan imports from DRC to Europe are usually directed to Central/Eastern Europe and Russia. These cargoes mostly travel through the route Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), Piraeus (Greece), then the Balkans. Nova Dies, an offshore consortium based in British Virgin Islands, mostly controls the trans-Balkan transportation network.[34] This network carries mostly unprocessed coltan mined in uncontrolled artisanal mines, and so it hinders the development of processing infrastructure in DRC. Therefore, this route is a long-term threat for DRC economy.[35]

Estimates of Congo's fraction of the world's coltan reserves range from 64% and up,[36][37] but the higher estimates are difficult to trace to reliable data.[38] Professional bodies like the British Geological Survey estimate 9% total for Central Africa.[39] Tantalum, the primary mineral extracted from coltan, is also mined from other sources, and Congolese coltan has represented around 10% of world production in recent years.[40][41]
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For Global Studies classes where "conflict minerals" and "conflict diamonds" can be explored. This is an ethical issue that impacts technology sales (computer technology). 
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Farm-To-Table May Feel Virtuous, But It's Food Labor That's Ripe For Change

Farm-To-Table May Feel Virtuous, But It's Food Labor That's Ripe For Change | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Farm-to-table's sincere glow distracts from how the production and processing of even the most pristine ingredients — from field or dock or slaughterhouse to restaurant or school cafeteria — is nearly always configured to rely on cheap labor. Work very often performed by people who are themselves poor and hungry.

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This is something to share with students in Health classes (in the US) and in Civics classes. Students can explore simple marketing strategies to sell the value of food access directly from farms and the deeper truths about the costly impact of cheap labor. Can also connect this in a lesson referring to clothing manufacture, manufacturing of other items world wide, and exploring the cheap labor and working conditions of workers who assemble mobile phones. Exploring labor and working conditions throughout history can also explore these topics, especially regarding child labor, blood diamonds, coltan mining (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coltan), and the fishing and fisheries. 
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The Invented History of 'The Factory Model of Education'

The Invented History of 'The Factory Model of Education' | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
“What do I mean when I talk about transformational productivity reforms that can also boost student outcomes? Our K–12 system largely still adheres to the century-old, industrial-ag
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It's about time we have this article...dogma fountains won't be happy with this though, but like Dale Edgar's Cone of Experience, it will persist for years.
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Family Meals and Child Academic and Behavioral Outcomes

Family Meals and Child Academic and Behavioral Outcomes | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

It is important to clarify that previous research has not typically claimed a direct link between FMF and child outcomes. Typically, studies have concluded by suggesting the need for additional research to identify the mechanisms by which family meals might affect outcomes (Eisenberg et al., 2004; Eisenberg et al., 2008) or by indicating steps like public education campaigns to raise awareness about the value of family meals (Eisenberg et al., 2004; Sen, 2010). Although an investigation of potential pathways by which shared mealtimes might affect family functioning or child well-being is a potentially important task for research, this study attempts to rigorously investigate the more primary question of whether FMF has a main “effect” on child outcomes.

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Black Chronicles II | Autograph ABP

Black Chronicles II | Autograph ABP | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Drawing on the metaphor of the chronicle the exhibition presents over 200 photographs, the majority of which have never been exhibited or published before. As a curated body of work, these photographs present new knowledge and offer different ways of seeing the black subject in Victorian Britain, and contribute to an ongoing process of redressing persistent ‘absence’ within the historical record.

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Students learn black history separately from American history in the USA as if the two histories are not the same history. Instead, they are segregated like so many schools and towns. This photo exhibition may help breakdown the artificially segregated boundary between black and white history. Recently, I have also come to learn that various races also served in the Roman armies. The first time I saw black people in Doctor Who's travels to the past, i wondered if this was a "politically correct" move on the part of the BBC. Now, these pictures have been uncovered where black people did populate Britain as British subjects, visitors, and even rescues from the slave trade. 
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What is civic space? - CIVICUS - Tracking conditions for citizen action

Civic space is the bedrock of any open and democratic society. When civic space is open, citizens and civil society organisations are able to organise, participate and communicate without hindrance. In doing so, they are able to claim their rights and influence the political and social structures around them. This can only happen when a state holds by its duty to protect its citizens and respects and facilitates their fundamental rights to associate, assemble peacefully and freely express views and opinions. These are the three key rights that civil society depends upon. The CIVICUS Monitor analyses the extent to which the three civil society rights are being respected and upheld, and the degree to which states are protecting civil society.

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