Next up, Free Tech has a short review of a new online game, "Play Thingdom and Learn About Genetics." Produced by the London Science Museum, Thingdom is an online game that helps students learn about genetics. In the game, students select a "thing" and then try to find a way to create that "thing" by selecting various traits. The game is part of a larger exhibit called Who Am I? that uses animations, videos, and text to teach students about genetics.
Free Tech also an article covering "30 Free Teacher PD Courses." The post talks about Coursera and their new collection of Professional Development Courses. All the classes are free and they cover a wide range of topics from the foundations of education to integrating art and inquiry into your curriculum.
Finally, Free Tech has a short review of PAT, a "Free, Open Source, Portable Atlas." Developed by Ian Macky, PAT is a collection of free maps which include every country in the world. The collection is an excellent resource for social studies and history teachers in need of high-quality maps.
Getting Smart continues with a follow up to their post from two-weeks ago on comparable growth measures with, "A Proposal for Better Growth Measures." The article argues that in order to accurately and efficiently compare academic measures across blended school settings, there is a need for some form of common assessment. If you're a big fan of Lexile levels and analyzing data, get on it!
Next up, for all you math teachers out there, Getting Smart covers "3 Tools to Tackle Common Core Math Standards." All of the resources they cover are aligned with the Common Core Standards to help teachers with easy integration. The article covers LearnZillion, TenMarks, and Learning Farm.
Finally, for the Economics and Business teachers, Getting Smart has a new post on "The Interactive Economics Classroom with MobLab." MobLab has a giant variety of educational games for the sciences and social studies, and now they've got economics covered as well. For any teacher looking to implement some game-based learning, this is a great resource to go with.
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