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Exploring Curriculum Pathways & Instructional Technology

Back to School: English

As the new school year gets under way, you may be looking to ease your students back into English language arts. Here are a few ways that Curriculum Pathways can help. Check out Crio! Ready to give shape to some new ideas about novels or writing types you will be [...]

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Using Crio to Support Professional Learning Communities

In medieval Europe, individuals who practiced a craft often joined a guild. Within a guild, devoted craftspeople provided support for each other, discussed best practices, and set the standard for the products given to consumers. Today, teachers promote their craft more extensively -- in professional learning communities (PLCs). How can teachers [...]

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Crio Delivers Active CTE Learning with an Impact

My “why” has always been my animals. They are the reason I drag myself out of bed every morning before the sun comes up to feed, water, and check them over before heading to school. And once there, my “why” becomes my job as I share my passion for animals [...]

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Back to School: Social Studies

With the start of the new school year, you may be looking for ways to ease students back into social studies. Here are a few ways that Curriculum Pathways can help. Check out Crio! Use our brand new drag-and-drop editor to transform your static, paper-based lesson plans into online resources; and [...]

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Using Digital Resources to Support Social-Emotional Development

Ask anyone what subjects are taught in school. The list is predictable: some combination of reading, writing, math, social studies, and science, along with fine arts, physical education, and perhaps technology. It's rare for someone to mention social-emotional skills (SEL). But, if you ask a kindergarten teacher what skills their [...]

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Four Reasons I'll Use Crio to Flip My Classroom

As an elementary teacher and technology facilitator, I know the excitement educators feel when they want to implement new technology into their classroom. Typically, most teachers are eager to learn and try new things at the beginning of the school year. This year, I am eager to flip my classroom [...]

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Now you can add Google files to your Crio lesson!

Crio is barely a month old, and we're already making it better! Launched in June, Crio enables teachers to create lessons that include audio, text, images, video, and interactive content. This drag-and-drop editor lets teachers transform static, paper-based lesson plans into online resources, and to do so without any programming skills. And [...]

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Three ways a free online course can help you blend algebra instruction

Did you know Curriculum Pathways resources include an entire online Algebra 1 Course? And it's much more than a typical math textbook. The Algebra 1 Course consists of 46 lessons organized into 10 units. In addition, students can work through two pre-algebra units (7 lessons) in preparation for the course. [...]

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Back to School: Math

Kicking off the new school year, you may be looking for ways to ease your students back into math. Here are a few ways that Curriculum Pathways can help. And remember, all Curriculum Pathways resources, including apps, are free! Check out Crio! Use our brand new drag-and-drop editor to transform your [...]

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Student-led Conferences in Four Easy Steps

Open communication between school and home is essential to student learning. Traditionally, a parent-teacher conference is scheduled between report cards to provide parents with updates on their child’s progress. But the focus and the work is on the parents and the teacher. How do we shift the focus to the [...]

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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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