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Exploring Curriculum Pathways & Instructional Technology

Crossing the EdTech Bridge: From the Classroom to the Corporate Edtech World

Wonder how you can interact with and learn from an #EdTech company? Here's your chance to find out from an educator who has done just that! Join Wake County North Carolina teacher and instructional technology facilitator David Balmer at ISTE as he shares his experiences working with Curriculum Pathways during [...]

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Making Annotated Maps for PBL, IBL, and Beyond (Plus it's free)

Imagine students using an atlas equipped with annotation tools to create color-coded map labels that describe the hows and whys of inquiry-based learning. Consider a project asking students to identify the local, regional, or international origin of the food they eat. They could document each meal on an annotated map. Creating [...]

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Learn Spanish vocabulary and phrases with free quick tutorials

Curriculum Pathways offers a suite of Quick Tutorials: Spanish for learning core Spanish content for beginning, intermediate and advance levels. Students watch a video and listen to native speakers, Carmen and Roberto, as they discuss several topics. Each tutorial highlights the proper use and form of a grammatical element in [...]

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Never Underestimate the Humble Tool Tip

Active (close, engaged) reading involves analyzing the meaning and context of new content. According to ASCD,  the goal of close reading is to uncover many layers of meaning. But first students must grasp the functional meaning of each word and reference in the text. Writing centers at George Mason and many other universities offer [...]

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Free Reading Tools for Primary Sources, Songs, and Just-in-Time Definitions

Too often both students and teachers overlook the tools that technology offers to assist in the active reading process. Online tools that streamline the challenging steps in close/active reading give teachers the opportunity to engage as coaches, helping students to explore the layers of meaning in a text. For instance, try Explore! [...]

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Scaffolding Strategies for Better Comprehensible Input: Using Authentic Materials for ELLs

Authentic materials are not produced for the purpose of language teaching; instead, they are created by native speakers for native speakers (e.g., realia such as menus, literary excerpts, poems, broadcasts, ...). For English Language Learners, teachers need to make sure that the authentic materials and resources (#authres) contain appropriate features [...]

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Mission Critical: Teaching Students to Think like Writers

The recent release of enhancements to Writing Reviser makes this an ideal time to revisit the purpose of our innovative tool, which is both significant and, I think, subtle. The tool aims to teach students how to write. No one would argue that this is easy. It isn't. We’ve all [...]

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Writing Reviser: Now Offering More Opportunities for Improvement

When I’ve had the chance over the last few years to show Writing Reviser in classrooms and at conferences, I’ve been careful to point that its purpose is not punitive. Specifically, I mean that the tool does not simply search for and highlight mistakes that student writers inevitably make. Instead, [...]

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Writing Reviser: Choosing Better Words

Good news! We’ve revised the Writing Reviser. We’re happy to announce a number of exciting new features we’ve recently added to the Writing Reviser menu to help students select words that are more vivid, accurate, and powerful. Give meaning to those empty expressions. A new feature in the Sentence Economy [...]

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Writing Reviser: Making Sentences Clearer

We’ve revised and added features to Writing Reviser so that is is even more responsive to the needs of students! More specifically, we've bolstered the Writing Reviser menu to help students spot potentially problematic words and expressions, thus making their sentences clearer and more powerful.  Tell the reader what “This” means. [...]

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Writing Reviser: Improving Sentence Variety

Here’s good news! In the spirit that even good work can get better with revision, we’ve revised Writing Reviser. We think you'll be especially excited about a couple of new features to help students revise words and expressions in ways that will make their sentences more varied and powerful. Draw on [...]

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What's New for May 2018

Spring brings warmer weather, blooming flowers, and new resources from Curriculum Pathways! Don't miss these exciting lessons and updates. Writing Reviser Our April release features dramatic new enhancements to Writing Reviser. To improve the sentence economy section, Writing Reviser now highlights expletives—words or phrases (e.g., "There are...") that often gum [...]

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Why in the World Do We Need Poetry?

Every April we celebrate National Poetry Month, a time when verse-loving educators, media specialists, booksellers, and publishers introduce novel ways to promote poetry. Teachers plan special units on the Romantics, poetry lovers attend readings and symposiums, and we all expect to see releases of new and old titles. It’s a [...]

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How free edtech can help connect distant families

A few years back my daughter and her husband announced that a great job would be taking them from the North Carolina of their birth to upstate New York. Now, if you know anything about the demographics of North Carolina over the past decade or more, you will identify this [...]

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Top Six Reasons to Explore! Primary Sources

Did you know Explore! Primary Sources has over 250 original text and audio resources? Presented in an online lesson format with historical context and comprehension questions, these primary sources encourage active reading and analysis. The collection, provided for free along with all of the resources from Curriculum Pathways, stretches across four centuries. [...]

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2018 Summer Teacher Institute

APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED! Due: April 9th, 2018, at 11:59 pm EST. We at Curriculum Pathways are excited to announce the third Teacher Institute (June 18-August 10)! The application is open and ready for your submission. The deadline for applications is March 30th, 2018, at 11:59 pm EST April 9th, 2018, at 11:59 pm EST. We always say [...]

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Teacher Institute Q & A: Garrett Pederson

  How has the experience at the institute changed your teaching? I now realize the importance of students exploring concepts on their own so that they develop their own understanding. Teaching is not merely transferring knowledge to my students, but giving them prompts and tools to help them reach their [...]

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Summer Teacher Q & A; Ashley Snider

  How has the experience at the institute changed your teaching? I used to be reluctant to rely on—or take risks with—technology. I now operate a paperless classroom and am constantly seeking new ways to engage my students with real-world-relevant skills and technology. What new skills did you acquire at [...]

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Summer Teacher Q & A: Laura Croyle

Laura Croyle has taught elementary school for six years and was a member of the 2017 Curriculum Pathways Teacher Institute. She earned her bachelor's degree and a Master of Arts in Teaching & Curriculum from Michigan State University. She has a passion for literacy and incorporating digital learning practices into [...]

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Summer Teacher Q & A: Jessica Peacock

What new skills did you acquire at the institute? It exposed me to resources that help students build both content knowledge and computer-literacy skills. My classroom is a 21st century space in which students are always learning and preparing for the future. Having spent time with the math curriculum this [...]

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