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Yes. There Are Now Grants For Classroom Pets.

When I was in the first grade, our classroom got chickens. I don’t mean large chickens, pecking their way around the classroom eating crayons and shoelaces, but baby chickens: we had an incubator to help hatch the eggs, and then cared for the chicks once they had hatched. Granted, first grade was a looong time […]

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A Surprising Look At College Graduation Rates In The US

When we compare our education system in the US with others around the world, we often talk about test scores. Which countries boast the highest test scores in Math and Science? Which have the lowest? How does this correlate with educational spending per student, teacher to student ratio, and teacher training? While these are all […]

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How Technology Is Rewiring Your Brain

As we all know, our minds are changing as technology integrates more and more into our lives. The use of technology in traditionally social situations has become so rife it that
games have been invented in order to keep people off their phones. In schools, it is evident that children and teenagers spend more time taking […]

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5 Time-Saving Ways Teachers Can Use Google Forms

One of my favorite features of Google Drive is Google Forms. If you’re unfamiliar with this, think of it as a way to create quick surveys that can be used for a number of applications. Google automatically aggregates this data into a Google Spreadsheet, making forms a great way to quickly collect and share information. […]

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30+ Powerful Summer Learning Apps For All Ages

For some parents, getting their kids to stop reading and say, come to the dinner table, is a difficult task. For other parents, getting their kids to even pick up a book is equally difficult, if not more. And when summertime rolls around and there isn’t any pressing schoolwork to cut into hours of camp, […]

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How To Actually Delete your Digital Footprint

Helping students understand their digital footprint is an integral part of being a good digital citizen. Knowing that you leave behind a little trail of digital breadcrumbs as you conduct your digital life is useful  - and can even help you in some scenarios (like when you need to hunt down something you remember seeing […]

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Why Homework Matters

As an elementary/middle school teacher, I hear constant complaints about the issue of homework. There are valid points against overdoing it and even studies that suggest, in some cases, it doesn’t always help. There’s a big difference between busy work and assignments that are meaningful. Some researchers, like Sara Bennett and Nancy Kalish, propose that […]

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How Teens Are Really Using Social Media

A lot of kids are using social media these days, and even if that isn’t surprising to you, it may be surprising to you just how many of them are using it and just how much. Leveraging these popular social media tools in the classroom is a no-brainer: everything from Twitter and Facebook all the […]

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How Technology Is Helping Students Take Ownership Of Their Work

As a teacher who has been using technology in my various learning environments for the past seven years, I pride myself in never doing the same project twice. When I taught high school physics two years ago, I was guilty of doing too much of the work for my students. I had just begun using […]

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How Homework Works In Finland (Hint: There Isn’t Any)

When we talk about how our education system is failing our students, there are a lot of different options presented on how to ‘fix’ it. Everyone has an answer, a promising new way of thinking, a potential magic bullet. Inevitably, we also examine school systems that are working as a part of investigating what to do […]

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How To Use Social Media As A Learning Tool For Homeschoolers

Matching, out-of-date sweatsuits. The ability to recite lines from the Iliad in response to your peers’ discussion of a television show. Parroting your parents’ values. If you’ve paid attention to mainstream depictions of homeschooled children, these images are likely familiar. Homeschooled kids get a bad rap and are too frequently associated with social awkwardness due […]

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How To Become A Better Online Researcher

When we ‘research’ things now, we generally aren’t referring to spending time in a library – or even referring to spending time online accessing specific library or school research databases. The word ‘research’ largely refers to the act of typing words into your internet search bar and seeing what the Wise Old Web tells you. […]

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STEM vs STEAM: A Look At Half-Brain Teaching

Science, Technology, Engineering, Math. Teach coding, get girls interested in all of these subjects. However you slice it, there’s a lot of focus on the logical and analytical brain functions these days. Many schools are cutting the ‘extras’ like art and music. While I firmly believe that students need to be well rounded and really […]

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4 Technology Trends Changing Higher Education

Technology has had a huge impact on the education system worldwide, transforming how students learn, share and gather information. The adoption of technologies like mobile apps, cloud computing and game-based learning has helped students be more productive. From being consumers, students are now becoming creators and innovators, thanks to technology’s ubiquity. As universities continue to […]

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Would You Create An Online Course? Here’s Why Some Do (And Some Don’t)

There are a ton of sites out there now for teachers to share lesson plans and resources. Sharing, at least in this case includes having access to platforms where you can both get and give content. Teachers can find both free and paid content for their use, and can also upload their own content to share […]

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