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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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Muggs the Dog: A Retrospective

The SAS Curriculum Pathways team suffered a loss recently, as writer and editor Tim McBride’s American Staffordshire Terrier (Pit bull), Muggs passed away at the age of 10. Now, many of us have pets and we don’t usually spend much time chronicling them here. But Muggs was different. Over the […]

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Building a PBL: Earth's Atmosphere

Project-based learning (PBL) has received a lot of attention recently. It replaces traditional lectures with student-driven collaboration to solve a real-world problem and share that solution with an audience. Motivated to defend their own views, students draw on lessons from several disciplines. Many times, students surprise teachers with research materials […]

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Our favorite resources for teaching digital citizenship

It's Digital Citizenship Week (#DigCitWeek, #DigCit) and Connected Educators Month, so in today's post we're focusing on how connected educators can teach digital citizenship. (Phew, is that enough buzzwords for you?) One of the best resources for teachers is the internet. And with the increased prevalence of mobile devices in education, internet […]

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Booming Enrollments and Gender Diversity in Computer Science

Computer Science is currently experiencing booming enrollments at the university level and increased interest throughout the pipeline. Several academic institutions have noted that CS enrollment has tripled or quadrupled in recent years. This type of computer-science boom has happened twice before--each time followed by a drop in enrollment. These enrollment […]

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Using devices vs. Using devices to learn

A common fallacy in educational technology is the assumption that since kids know how to use phones better than their parents do, they also know how to use them to learn. Almost any educator can tell you this is not the case. Technology often wins in the battle for students' attention in the […]

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Why Digital Citizenship Matters

It’s Digital Citizenship Week! This week we will be featuring a series of blog posts on the topic of digital citizenship, and we want to hear from you. Please comment, interact with us on Twitter (@SASEducator) and Facebook , to tell us what is working in your classroom and your […]

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Need Data Sets? Look No Further!

Data--that small four-letter word packs a mighty punch! Data is everywhere. Stores use it to determine how to advertise products, politicians use it to support their campaigns, and Google uses it to improve the search engine that may have brought you to this blog! Data is displayed in newspapers, brochures, billboards, as […]

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