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Constructing Interpretive Sentences from Models

In this Buried Treasures post, I want to spotlight a powerful little writing exercise you may not have discovered. It’s a sentence-modeling activity that appears in all nine titles of the English Poetry Series, but you can apply it to any writing task that requires text analysis. In the series, […]

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Canvas Users – Access SAS Curriculum Pathways Resources Quickly and Easily!

If you're a Canvas customer who’d like to use our over 1700 tools and lessons, you can start by simply adding SAS Curriculum Pathways as an app. Creating Assignments using SAS Curriculum Pathways  resources Once the app is set up, teachers can get started creating new assignments with SAS Curriculum Pathways […]

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Buried Treasures: Acquiring Advanced Dictionary Skills

If you are a regular reader of the blog posts on this site, you may recall that our curriculum specialists occasionally identify and describe some of their favorite SAS Curriculum Pathways resources. For example, 5 SAS Curriculum Pathways Hidden Gems highlights valuable—but often overlooked—lessons in math, English, science, social studies, […]

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What an Hour of Code Looks Like in 2016

When Andy Williams first sang "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year," I don't think he had visions of Computer Science Education Week and millions of students completing an Hour of Code. He may not even have known that this "time of the year"  includes Grace Hopper's birthday. But what a […]

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You Can Do an Hour of Code with SAS CodeSnaps

This week volunteers around the world, including many from SAS, are entering classrooms to lead an Hour of Code. Guiding a class full of eager students through that hour code activity is an awesome experience. It's also fairly easy, requiring no--or very little--expertise because of the vast number of readily available resources designed […]

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Ready-to-Go Coding Lessons and Materials

A fantastic new app from Curriculum Pathways, SAS CodeSnaps can engage an entire classroom with just one iPad and one robot. Using printed coding blocks, students create programs that, when scanned by the CodeSnaps app, can be executed on a robotic ball. While CodeSnaps is an excellent resource for introducing students to coding, […]

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Why We Love Computer Science (Education Week)

Computing is ubiquitous. Cisco predicts there will be as many as 50 billion devices connected to the Internet by 2020, when the world population will reach 7.7 billion. That's 6.5 devices per person. No wonder forecasters predict so many jobs requiring computer science skills. When you ask people why they love computer […]

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Punctuation Rules! is now a free iPad/iOS App!

We all know the feeling. Call it "punctuation despair." The sense that you're about to do something dreadfully wrong. Sartre might have called it "l'inquiétude de la virgule incertaine" ("the disquiet of the uncertain comma"). Your writing assignment is due, and you’re still not sure whether the semicolon in your […]

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SAS CodeSnaps: A New Way to Code!

Some people think that K-12 computer science requires a large budget, a classroom full of tablets and robots, and an experienced tech teacher. We are pleased to dispel those myths--and introduce you to SAS CodeSnaps! CodeSnaps is a collaborative coding environment requiring only one iPad and one robot. The app […]

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Active Reading and Primary-Source Analysis: Making (K-12) Civics Sizzle

Ok, all those STEM classes have cool calculations, coding, and climate change, but is there anything more exciting and relevant than teaching civics in a presidential election year? Explore: Primary Sources offers a collection of over 200 text and audio resources that engage students in active reading. Here are just […]

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