Generation Global is a completely free resource that is designed to help students learn how to work across cultures. Cross-cultural dialogue is at the core and heart of what they do and how they believe we can better counter conflict and violence around the world. They have an excellent collection of resources and a wonderful platform for helping to bring students together to begin discussions. Read the complete review on our Review's Page.
Author: Rachelle Dene Poth
Towards the end of this past school year, I noticed that student motivation was decreasing, and participation in classroom activities was not as it had been throughout the year. It was a busy time of year, with testing, sports, and other activities which kept students busy. The combination of these events was really affecting their performance in the classroom and diminishing overall interest in learning. Continue reading the post here.
BookWidgets is an excellent service for teachers and curriculum developers that allows you to create a ton of different types of interactive content to assign to your students. It’s easy to share the content you create with students in a variety of formats, and you can also get detailed analytics on student performance. You can read the complete review here on our Review's Page.
QuizPedia is an online quiz creation resource similar to Kahoot! and Quizizz, but with a few interesting differences as well. QuizPedia markets itself as being designed primarily for students to create quizzes (which is possible with other services as well), but what is unique to QuizPedia is their interface and unique features. There are also a few concerns to keep in mind as well, and you can read the full review here on our Review's Page.
Data collection and analysis are incredibly important STEM skills for students to become familiar with. These skills help students understand how to identify patterns, how to look for trends, and how to solve complex problems using support from data, all of which are necessary when preparing our students to be 21st century learners.
Unfortunately, these skills are often overlooked, or touched on only briefly. Many times teachers can be understandably intimidated by these types of tasks, particularly at the elementary level if they don’t have a science background.
This is where PASCO scientific comes in. They have developed a collection of easy to use, wireless data collection probes that come with K-12 curricular resources and support materials designed to make data collection and analysis tasks easier for classroom teachers to implement. The PASCO team has an excellent collection of new tools and lessons, and you can read our full review here.
STEMscopes from Accelerate Learning, Inc. offers an online, comprehensive, hands-on preK-12 STEM curriculum for schools. They have an enormous collection of content, support material, science kits, lesson plans, inquiry strategies, professional development and so much more. If you’re looking for an all-encompassing STEM solution for your school district, STEMscopes is an excellent and affordable resource to check out. Read more on our Review's Page.
Author: Stephen Wolfram
(This post originally appeared on Stephen Wolfram's Blog)
Computational thinking is going to be a defining feature of the future—and it’s an incredibly important thing to be teaching to kids today. There’s always lots of discussion (and concern) about how to teach mathematical thinking to kids. But looking to the future, this pales in comparison to the importance of teaching computational thinking. Yes, there’s a certain amount of mathematical thinking that’s needed in everyday life, and in many careers. Read the full post.
mysimpleshow is a completely free resource that is designed to help students and teachers quickly create engaging presentations. With so many presentations still relying on traditional PowerPoint styles, it’s always wonderful to see alternative options, especially when those options are free, well-designed, and offer lots of options for customization. Read more on our Review's Page.
TES Teach (formerly known as Blendspace) is a free online resource that is designed to help teachers create digital lessons that can be shared out with students. Using TES Teach you can create interactive lessons with your own content as well as any content from the web. Students can also use TES Teach to create their own lessons and presentations as a way to showcase their understanding of a particular topic. Read more on our Review's Page.
Reflector is a wireless mirroring system from the folks at Air Squirrels that is designed to allow you to display the content of any iOS or Android device onto a central PC or presentation system. Given the increasing prevalence of digital devices in the classroom, having an effective and efficient way to display student screens on a central board or projector can be enormously beneficial. You can read the full review on our Review's Page.
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