April 25, 2011

Filed under: April 2011 — mbrown @ 9:47 am

Education.com was created for involved parents to stay connected to their children’s education and help them to succeed. Is your child having trouble in math, reading, science, history, test preparation, art, or another subject? Go to the Activities page to find fun activities searchable by grade, subject, and topic to help your child better understand the concepts they are having trouble with in a fun way. There is also a terrific Just Ask discussion board where you can post a question to any school related issue and other parents and educators can answer your questions and provide suggestions. There are articles, printable worksheets, videos, and parent’s guides to education from preschool through college.

March 24, 2011

Site of the Week

Filed under: March 2011 — mbrown @ 9:33 am

teachers’ domain
Teachers’ Domain is a completely free database of educational media, support materials, and tools to enhance classroom lessons and professional development activities. You can search this vast database of resources by subject and state standard. The digital media available is provided by several public broadcasting entities and their partners. Teachers’ Domain is funded by the National Science Foundation.

March 18, 2011

Disaster in Japan: An opportunity to teach

Filed under: March 2011 — mbrown @ 10:07 am

On March 11, 2011 a massive earthquake occurred near the northeastern coast of Japan, creating enormous tsunami waves that left a path of destruction that has affected millions. Thousands are confirmed dead, injured, or missing and millions are without water, electricity, or transportation.

In the wake of this terrible disaster, as people all over the world reach out to help, teachers can use this as a teaching opportunity. Students can study tsunamis, earthquakes, and other natural disasters, learn about how to get involved, follow the story and create timelines of events, map the destruction, and study the economic impact of this disaster on Japan and countries around the world. Here is a list of Web sites dedicated to providing teacher resources related to the disaster in Japan. (more…)

February 15, 2011

Filed under: February 2011 — mbrown @ 11:09 am

Textbooks come to life with this wonderful companion to McDougal Littell’s suite of math, world languages, science, social studies, and language arts textbooks. Students in grades 7-12 can search for their textbook by grade level, state, and subject. They will then find links to online quizzes, puzzles, current events, and study materials. Teachers will find daily lesson ideas and professional development resources. This is a great way for students to solidify their knowledge of each chapter with extra review and practice. It’s also a way for teachers to make reading more interactive and interesting for students.

February 8, 2011

Get Inspired by Innovative School Programs

Filed under: February 2011 — mbrown @ 1:06 pm

A great way to find inspiration about how to motivate students to excel in the classroom is to look at programs that are implementing innovative teaching strategies at their schools. The programs listed below are experiencing great success in creating confident, ambitious, lifelong learners who are dedicated to developing the skills they need to succeed in college and their future careers. (more…)

February 7, 2011

Site of the Week

Filed under: February 2011 — mbrown @ 10:08 am

Online Math Resources

Online Math Resources has a comprehensive list of math resources to help with everything from basic math, geometry, trigonometry, algebra, and calculus. Students can use this as a resource for homework help. They will find sample math problems, instructional videos, math games, sample quizzes, practice worksheets, and more.

January 31, 2011

Site of the Week

Filed under: January 2011 — mbrown @ 11:55 am

Science Buddies


If you have students who are struggling to come up with a science fair project idea, Science Buddies has over 1000 science fair project ideas organized by area of science. There is also a Topic Selection Wizard to help students narrow down a project idea based on their areas of interest, a step-by-step guide on how to complete a science project, and reference materials to aid students in their research! The Ask an Expert section is available to students to ask questions when they come across challenges in their research. The parents and teachers section has helpful materials needed to implement and evaluate science fair projects.

January 23, 2011

Site of the Week

Filed under: January 2011 — mbrown @ 10:50 am

Izzyshare is a great way for educators to find and share classroom design ideas. Create a free account to obtain access to a database of classroom photos. Search by schools, themes, topics, or people. You can upload pictures of your own terrific classroom design or search albums of other classrooms to find inspiration for your own.

January 19, 2011

Site of the Week

Filed under: January 2011 — mbrown @ 10:50 am

Grant Wrangler is a free online resource for K-12 schools to find grants, sweepstakes, and funding for classroom projects. This user-friendly searchable database posts new grant opportunities each week and has a place for organizations to submit new grants. There is also a free bi-weekly bulletin you can subscribe to and a grant-writing service called Nimble to help schools develop successful grant-writing skills.

January 5, 2011

Are online classes right for you?

Filed under: January 2011 — mbrown @ 11:01 am

Many educators consider taking online courses but are concerned about the technical skills required to navigate such a course. Without an onsite trainer to answer immediate questions perhaps they won’t be able to solve technical issues that arise.

There are also questions about the time constraints. With an already busy schedule, how much time will be required to complete assignments and listen to lectures? What are the benefits of attending an online course over an onsite workshop where there is a trainer on hand to address any technical issues that arise? (more…)

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