Resource suggested by The Education Technology Blog.
“SearchEdu.com is a reference based search engine that allows you to search education sites, government sites, online books, dictionaries, biographies and more. Think of it as a more user friendly advanced Google search. Simply enter your search terms and choose your source site category from the dropdown menu. It also has some useful links to popular, and reliable, reference sites, conversions sites and calculators.”
Intuit-owned Mint.com, the service that made budgeting a fun task, has partnered with Scholastic to offer a free, online personal-finance program to middle-school students, teachers, and parents. The program aims to help build money management skills at a young age. It will feature colorful classroom lesson plans and materials, as well as an interactive game, that should translate to younger audiences.
In the Tournament Spelling Bee, you’ll be challenged by a series of words, with the spelling difficulty adapted to your skill level. The more words you get right, the higher your score will go, on a scale from 200 to 800. You can compete against other spellers, since we keep track of high scores (with streaks of correct answers serving as tiebreakers).
The Veterans History Project began in 2000 for the purpose of documenting the lives of American WWII Veterans. Later, the project was expanded to any veteran on active duty or who has served in any branch of the Armed Services in any era. Your mission is to interview a veteran, present their narrative in a multimedia presentation, and share it. If it is good enough, the interview and the narrative will be sent to the Library of Congress so any American can learn about the service and sacrifice these veterans have made for our country. More information about this project can be found at http://www.loc.gov/vets/.
This would be a wonderful extra credit project for Social Studies.
When applying to college, a good GPA and SAT scores will only get you so far. The application process is becoming more and more competitive, and so it is important to spruce up your application with extracurriculars that show your work ethic and set you apart from other students. Including any of the following five extracurriculars on your application is a reliable method of gaining points from college application officers and puts you one stop closer to being accepted to your dream school.
“Teachers don’t need fame to be transformative leaders. They do need school boundaries expanded to allow creativity, flexibility, and enthusiasm back into the classroom. We need to give teachers time and freedom to teach beyond the test. Teaching that embraces a love of learning is motivating to both students and teachers.”—
In 1960, six-year-old Ruby Bridges made history when she integrated a New Orleans elementary school under the escort of US Marshals. She is widely known as the first African-American to attend an all-white school in the South. In our occasional “Wisdom Watch” series, host Michel Martin speaks with Bridges about her experience and about her spearheading of the launch of New Orleans’ first-ever children’s book festival this weekend.
The Democratic-led House voted Thursday to send President Obama a bill that would enable more poor children to receive free meals at school, raise the nutritional quality of cafeteria fare, and reduce the junk food and sugary beverages sold in school vending machines.
The bill, which cleared the Senate in the summer, won House approval on a 264-157 vote. More than 15 Republicans broke party ranks to join Democrats in favor of the bill. A handful of Democrats were opposed.
The bill, a priority for the president and first lady Michelle Obama, would boost spending on child nutrition $4.5 billion over 10 years and raise federal reimbursements for school lunches more than the inflation rate for the first time since 1973. It also would require for the first time that free drinking water be available where meals are served.
If the kind of text our students are encountering in these online travels is embedded with so many links and media, and if those texts are connected to other associated pages (with even more links and media), hosted by who-knows-whom, the act of reading online quickly becomes an act of hunting for treasure, with red herrings all over the place that can easily divert one’s attention. As educators, we need to take a closer look at what online reading is all about and think about how we can help our students not only navigate with comprehension but also understand the underlying structure of this world.
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The more we incorporate technology and internet sources in the classroom, the more important it is to teach students how to work with internet articles and websites.