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The 5 Best Plagiarism Detection Tools for Educators

Author: Kristen Hicks
Posted: January 26, 2015, 3:00 pm

In a perfect world students would understand that education is for their benefit and put their all into every assignment. Unfortunately, every educator working today knows how far off the reality is from that ideal.    Cheating isn’t just something that a few bad apples do every now and then, it proliferates. In a 2010 […]

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Edudemic’s Guide to the Flipped Classroom for 2014

Author: Edudemic Staff
Posted: January 23, 2015, 3:00 pm

For the past few years, Edudemic has covered the rise of the flipped classroom and its subsequent evolution. Each year, we find that more teachers are testing this new learning strategy and creating new ways to improve current methods. While some teachers are trying it out for the first time this fall, others who used the flipped […]

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5 Ways to Keep Creativity Alive in Your Common Core English Class

Author: Amanda Ronan
Posted: January 22, 2015, 3:00 pm

The Common Core State Standards have generated a lot of new buzzwords in English classrooms. All of a sudden it’s not enough for students to read, but now they must perform close reading. And it is not enough to answer simple questions, but students must become experts in answering text-dependent questions. Informational and opinion texts […]

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STEM vs. STEAM: Why The “A” Makes All The Difference

Author: Edudemic Staff
Posted: January 21, 2015, 3:00 pm

Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects are the focal point of popular integrated learning systems. However, voices are calling out for the “A” in “arts” to turn STEM into STEAM. What does the debate involve, and what do educators and students think about it? The National Math + Science Initiative points out some numbers that […]

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Study Habits: New App Helps Students Get Organized and Motivated

Author: Ann Elliott
Posted: January 20, 2015, 3:00 pm

After testing the app for a month with two classes of students, I can endorse Study Habits as the best student productivity app for iOS. Compared to its competitors, Study Habits provides the richest array of features and augments its planning capabilities with proven study aids.   The app enables students to manage their time, […]

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How to Use Recycled Tech Devices as Learning Tools

Author: Edudemic Staff
Posted: January 19, 2015, 3:00 pm

The idea of dissection in the classroom is nothing new. Science teachers have been delighting (and occasionally sickening) students for decades by giving them hands-on experience with organisms and tools. What is new, however, is the movement to create un-making spaces in the classroom. Giving kids access to old, broken-down electronics and a safe place […]

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How to Empower Students to Create Change

Author: Leigh Ann Whittle
Posted: January 16, 2015, 3:00 pm

It is a great misconception to assume that social change can only be implemented by those who have already reached adulthood. In fact, many young people are transforming their world in ways that put adults to shame. As an educator, you can be the catalyst to help our youth continue to change the world for […]

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Getting Started: The Most Useful Resources For New Teachers

Author: Edudemic Staff
Posted: January 15, 2015, 3:00 pm

First-day jitters are not the exclusive domain of students. Teachers also worry about what to wear, how to act, how to make a good first impression, and how the school year will turn out. If you are a fresh face on the teaching scene — or even if you’re just looking for new ways to hone […]

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MinecraftEDU and SimCityEDU: Blazing Trails for Interdisciplinary Learning

Author: Ann Elliott
Posted: January 14, 2015, 3:00 pm

School-specific versions of two popular video games recently debuted: MinecraftEDU and SimCityEDU. These games require students to apply knowledge in the context of a virtual world, fostering an interdisciplinary learning experience that integrates siloed concepts. MinecraftEDU and SimCityEDU call for skills that transcend curricular boundaries and thus better replicate the real-world intellectual challenges that students […]

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Lightbot: Teaching Rudimentary Coding Concepts to Students

Author: Ann Elliott
Posted: January 13, 2015, 3:00 pm

After I tested Lightbot for a week in my classroom and analyzed other online reviews, I can unreservedly endorse it as the best educational programming game for iOS and Android. Relative to competitors, Lightbot has a stronger educational orientation and simpler explanations of complex concepts. With Lightbot, educators can not only familiarize students with basic […]

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How to Use Social Media as a Learning Tool in the Classroom

Author: Edudemic Staff
Posted: January 12, 2015, 3:00 pm

Social media is an ingrained part of today’s society. Our students are constantly on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and likely many sites we’re not hip enough to know about, and by reading this blog, you’re interacting with social media at this very moment. If you want to bring the “real world” into the classroom, consider integrating […]

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Subtext: For Sharpening and Expanding Language Arts Skills

Author: Ann Elliott
Posted: January 9, 2015, 3:00 pm

After testing the app for three weeks and weighing online feedback from other educators, I can recommend Subtext as the best collaborative digital reading app for iPads. Relative to its competitors, Subtext has a more expansive in-app library and offers the widest array of features for teachers and students. With Subtext, educators can leverage technology […]

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How to Constructively Leverage Mistakes as Part of Your Teaching Strategy

Author: Edudemic Staff
Posted: January 8, 2015, 3:00 pm

Students are not perfect, and we spend much of our time correcting their mistakes. Our challenge is in correcting these mistakes in a useful rather than in a discouraging manner. Fortunately, as Dr. Richard Curwin argues cogently in his recent Edutopia blog post. There are ways that we can structure our classrooms and change how […]

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How Developing Trust is Problematic (But Essential) For Independent Learning

Author: Edudemic Staff
Posted: January 7, 2015, 3:00 pm

Katrina Schwartz’s recent KQED blog post explores why trust is crucial in shaping independent learners. The article points out that in this age of preparing students to be “college and career ready,” it is puzzling that schools block portions of the internet in the name of protecting students from inappropriate online behavior. Additionally, by blocking digital tools that […]

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The Globalized Classroom: 18 Key Resources for 2015

Author: Edudemic Staff
Posted: January 6, 2015, 3:00 pm

All humans are citizens of the world, and teaching that fact to children in school can make them more sensitive to global issues and inspire them to look outside their own walls. A globalized classroom helps students to see the local significance of international events. How can you help your pupils adopt such a broad […]

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