Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Why can't schools be more like summer camp-Really!

Let's make things!!!

3 Things That Schools Can Learn from Summer Camp from Amplify

"I'm fascinated by what I see when kids get the opportunity to make things. They enjoy what they are doing, and they begin to direct their own work toward their own creative goals. For those who are disengaged, we have to help them discover a state of play."

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Election 2012 on Discover Education

Great place for short videos

Discovery Education has partnered with MacNeil/Lehrer Productions—producers of the PBS NewsHour—to offer exclusive presidential election coverage. Check here weekly for three-minute video news summaries designed to keep students up-to-date on the latest developments of the election. In addition, each week a new further learning activity will be added to this page. See "About Election 2012" under More Resources for further details.

Monday, October 8, 2012

5 Critical Mistakes Schools Make With iPads (And How To Correct Them)

5 Critical Mistakes Schools Make With iPads (And How To Correct Them)

Over the last few years K-12 schools and districts across the country have been investing heavily in iPads for classroom use. EdTechTeacher has been leading iPad professional development at many of these schools and we’ve seen firsthand how they approach iPad integration.
While we’ve witnessed many effective approaches to incorporating iPads successfully in the classroom, we’re struck by the common mistakes many schools are making with iPads, mistakes that are in some cases crippling the success of these initiatives. We’re sharing these common challenges with you, so your school doesn’t have to make them.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Earth Science Animations

A bunch of great EARTH SCIENCE animations on the Curriki website

Neil Gaiman's 8 Rules of Writing

Neil Gaiman’s 8 Rules of Writing by Maria Popova “Perfection is like chasing the horizon. Keep moving.” In the winter of 2010, inspired by Elmore Leonard’s 10 rules of writing published in The New York Times nearly a decade earlier, The Guardian reached out to some of today’s most celebrated authors and asked them to each offer his or her commandments. After Zadie Smith’s 10 rules of writing, here come 8 from the one and only Neil Gaiman (Graveyard Book, Coraline...)

Also check out: For more timeless wisdom on writing, see Kurt Vonnegut’8 rules for a great storyDavid Ogilvy’10 no-bullshit tipsHenry Miller’11 commandments,Jack Kerouac’30 beliefs and techniquesJohn Steinbeck’6 pointers, andSusan Sontag’synthesized learnings.