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5 Amazing Christmas Games That Preschoolers Would Love



Any planning for Christmas? Find five amazing activities that are all Christmas themed and very educational for mental growth and development. Read First School’s latest blog to find…

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Added by Dorothy Hastings on December 18, 2014 at 4:51am — No Comments

Thanksgiving: Time to Teach Your Kids About Gratitude

Thanksgiving is a wonderful occasion to give back something to the community. Learn practical ways to encourage gratefulness this Thanksgiving. 

Most people view Thanksgiving as a holiday when family comes together to share a delicious meal. However, there is more to this…

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Added by Dorothy Hastings on November 25, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Methods: Tradition vs. Relevance

This morning I read a post from a higher education educator about the negative effects of Tech in lectures. The author was perplexed when he realized a great many students in his lecture hall were paying attention to Facebook, or attending to email during the course of a two-hour lecture. His school chose to ban tech devices from the lecture hall. Additionally, students were required to use nametags, so that the lecturer could address…

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Added by Thomas Whitby on November 21, 2014 at 2:23pm — No Comments

I'm a serif kind of gal.

I love typefaces. I fell in love with them during my graphic design classes in art school. I think that some of them are so beautiful, they give the words they display more meaning. They are a subtle way to add a level of expression to the words they spell out. "I love you" written in Times Roman is a much different expression than when it's written in Edwardian Script.



I have my favorites, of course, as everyone does. The delicate shifts in weight and graceful…

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Added by Eileen Lennon on November 20, 2014 at 5:39pm — No Comments

Hour of Code

I received some mail about the Hour of Code last year around this time. I had no idea what it was and I was barely interested in it, but I looked through it because I'm always looking for new things to add to my technology curriculum. I went to the website and watched the intro videos and started working through the activities. It took a few minutes, but I was hooked and I knew my students would be too. The Hour of Code introduces students to a skill they might not know they have; the…

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Added by Eileen Lennon on November 20, 2014 at 5:38pm — No Comments

Free pilot test of Rainforest Journey, K-5 life science program from EdTechLens

EdTechLens is offering a free pilot test of Rainforest Journey, a web-based K-5 life science program. Rainforest Journey uses video, photos and leveled text to engage students. The program is aligned with the NGSS standards and can be used for classroom lessons on digital whiteboard, or individually by students on computers or tablets. Testers complete 3 feedback surveys during the pilot testing period, and receive a license to use the program for a year. To sign up, to this link:…

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Added by Laura Dwight on November 20, 2014 at 8:39am — No Comments

Stop 20th Century Thinking

In the 21st Century our approach to education can and should be very different from previous centuries. The basic skills we teach are pretty much the same, but the tools we have to use require a different approach, as well as additional and very different literacies from centuries past. Information once difficult to find, maintain, and disseminate is now found by a voice command to a mobile device. The model of the teacher as the content expert standing in the front of the room,…

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Added by Thomas Whitby on October 28, 2014 at 1:29pm — No Comments

7 Ways to Motivate Students to Learn Math

Motivating students in math is one of the challenging tasks for many of the parents and teachers. Student’s engagement is the key of learning math and math engagement comes from motivation. This article will explore many learning techniques to parents and teachers which allow them to encourage students to get excited about math learning. Many students hate math because they have the feeling that math is a hard subject. Below you can find 7 guaranteed ways which will help students to motivate…

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Added by John Marsh on October 21, 2014 at 8:53am — No Comments

Basic Concepts Of Statistics

Statistics is a branch of mathematics. Statistics is the art of analyzing and concluding of data. Most of the developments of the statistics occurred in the 20th century. Statistics are used in daily life. Statistics use in medical, business, engineering, media, politics, sports, etc. To understand some basic concepts of statistics follow the below article.…



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Added by John Marsh on October 14, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

Digital Citizenship: Post #2

Blog Post #2 for my 8th grade ICT students. Blogging about Internet Safety/Digital Citizenship. 

http://mrkirsch.edublogs.org/2014/10/12/post-2/

Added by Dan Kirsch on October 13, 2014 at 9:44am — No Comments

Digital Footprint

Students utilizing @Tagxedo while learning about their Digital Footprints and posting on Pinterest!! Love teaching internet safety and technology skills all at the same time!!!  Tagxedo

Added by Dan Kirsch on October 10, 2014 at 12:42pm — No Comments

Students utilizing @Tagxedo while learning about their Digital Footprints and posting on Pinterest!! Love teaching internet safety and technology skills all at the same time!!!

Students utilizing @Tagxedo while learning about their Digital Footprints and posting on Pinterest!! Love teaching internet safety and technology skills all at the same time!!!

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Added by Dan Kirsch on October 10, 2014 at 12:39pm — No Comments

Important Math Skills For Middle School

Math is a challenging subject for the middle school students. Middle school is a biggest step for any students. Middle school basic math skills are very important because it helps students with more difficult concepts in high school. Middle school math concepts are the foundation of the high school math. This math is more complex than the elementary math. It covers arithmetic, algebra, geometry, statistics, etc. Middle school math concepts is the bridge of elementary school and high school.…

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Added by John Marsh on October 9, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

Connected Purpose | CEM #1

October kicks off connected educator month around the world! Below is the mission and goals which you can read on the About page at Connected Educators.  The mission and goals:
Millions of educators and others around the world have participated in…
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Added by Scott Kinkoph on October 6, 2014 at 7:14pm — No Comments

Know the Secrets to Make Your Child a Singing Pro

Have you ever wished your child could sing as flawlessly as your favorite singer? It's possible for almost anyone with a voice to learn how to sing professionally. All you need to do is follow a step by step process while encouraging practicing as much as possible. If…

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Added by Dorothy Hastings on September 26, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments

How To Do Equation Word Problems Quickly

Word problems represent the math equation in the form of sentence. Word problems can involve algebra, arithmetic, geometry, combinations. Some time we also take calculus help to solve word problems. Many students have the trouble with word problems. The cause can be revolving around having a systematic approach to solving word problems. To solve any word problem you at least should have the basic knowledge of other area…

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Added by John Marsh on September 22, 2014 at 8:44am — No Comments

How To Build Basic Math Skills At Nursery

A solid math foundation is vital for children to succeed. Children start learning math skills from nursery onwards. Children love playing with numbers and shapes which are the. Nursery skills are the basic foundation of math. The children set the foundation for future life skill, from preschool to end of the elementary school. The ability to solve math problem builds from 3rd or 4th grade math…

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Added by John Marsh on September 18, 2014 at 7:54am — No Comments

6 Incredible Ways to Raise Confident Kids



Confidence is a critical aspect of leading a healthy, productive life. It is a key to boost your kid's confidence from childhood itself. Insult and injury are inevitable in life. However, children with high self confidence levels are more resilient and come through tougher times in life stronger than ever. The following details six simple ways that parents can build self confidence in kids.

  1. Practice what you…
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Added by Dorothy Hastings on September 16, 2014 at 7:40am — No Comments

7 Extracurricular Activities to Discover Your Kids’ Potential





Extracurricular activities are a great way for young kids to develop social skills, learn more about something that they love and stay active. From gymnastics to art classes to sports, you are sure to find something will interest your little one.



  1. Gymnastics.
  2. Dance
  3. Sports.
  4. Swimming.
  5. Martial arts.
  6. Educational classes.
  7. Music and creative arts…


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Added by Dorothy Hastings on September 15, 2014 at 6:51am — No Comments

Why do we do what we do?

How much of what we do as educators is done because that’s the way it’s always been done? I imagine that whenever these things, that we do out of a respect for history, were originally executed, there was probably a reason for it. My question is with our society and all of the systems within it changing so rapidly over the past few decades, are those original reasons for doing things a certain way still valid? How would we know unless we re-examined the things that we do in education and see…

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Added by Thomas Whitby on September 11, 2014 at 12:11pm — No Comments

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