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First Day of School Lesson Ideas

The first day of school. Do you still get the tingles when you think of it? I bet your students do. You want to set just the right tone for the fresh new school year. You want to keep that excitement alive in your students. You want to let them know yours is a classroom that will be fun—but still values learning above all. So what do you plan? You probably want to start with an ice-breaker to…

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Added by Debra Collett on August 16, 2012 at 4:21pm — No Comments

Teaching Tots to Twitter Instills Love of Writing: Part II Transform Teaching With Twitter



If students learn to tweet in the primary grades, is it possible we may begin to see an improvement over time in students' writing skills and overall attitude toward writing? I believe Twitter, if properly implemented, can support writing and reading instruction and promote a love of writing. Twitter in the elementary classroom can be essential for establishing the mind-set for students that they all have something worthwhile to say in writing, and there…
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Added by Ary Aranguiz on June 3, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

It's A Black Tie Affair With Tagxedo: List Five of Tech Terms All Teachers Should Know!

Smarten up with http:/tagxedo.com, and turn vocabulary lessons into a special occasion!  
Tagxedo.com is not your ordinary cloud generator. Students can upload websites, blogs, or any type of text, then choose the…
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Added by Ary Aranguiz on October 1, 2011 at 1:54pm — No Comments

The Evolution of Vocabulary Instruction: Fotobabble.com

So on Monday, you assign your students 20 vocabulary words; give them a menu of tried and true vocabulary exercises on Tuesday to challenge them to learn and use the words throughout the week; test them on Friday, yet half the students fail the vocabulary test. A month later, most students say they have never heard those words in their entire…

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Added by Ary Aranguiz on September 6, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

Starters Guide to Using Free Web Tools

Using web 2.0 in the class might come as second nature to some folks, but it's still new to many more.  I put together a guide to some of the more popular web 2.0 sites out there, give a short description, the link, and some practical ways teachers can use them in their class. Download and share with a friend!

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Added by Brian Thomas on February 9, 2011 at 12:41pm — No Comments

Build Strong Visual Literacy Skills into Your Class

Kelly Shafsky shares how to use TCI's powerful (click to watch) Visual Discovery strategy inside a class.  Whether you teach social studies or another area, we all use visuals.  This short five-minute video taps the important features to think about when using visuals with your students.  You can learn other instructional strategies at…

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Added by Brian Thomas on February 3, 2011 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

5 Ingredients for Educators on Closing the Opportunity Gap | #Edchat Recap

Photo from Education Equality Project



Last week's afternoon #edchat discussion was about the opportunity gap. We tackled the ultimate question: How do we ensure those without privilege have equal access to quality education and opportunity? As a Teach… Continue

Added by Amanda Kenuam on May 3, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

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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, lecturing to…See More
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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, lecturing to…See More
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