Lesson Plans

Tech Ed Resources for your Class–K-12 Tech Curriculum – Education Article

I get a lot of questions from readers about what tech ed resources I use in my classroom so I’m going to take a few days this summer to review them with you. Some are edited and/or written by members of the Ask a Tech Teacher crew. Others, by tech teachers who work with the same publisher I do. All of them, I’ve found, are well-suited to the task of scaling and differentiating tech skills for age groups, scaffolding learning…

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3 EdTech Tools for Interactive Teaching and Learning – Education Article

What does interactive teaching and learning look like? I was so excited to finally meet the Merrills earlier this year. They have a fantastic book with interactive teaching and learning strategies that are perfect for both inside and outside of the classroom. Authors Kristin and Joe Merrill have a combined 19 years of teaching experience. They collaborate to create with one common goal in mind — to create learning experiences for students that are interACTIVE. As we explore ways to…

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Everything You Need to Ace Computer Science and Coding – Education Article

This spring, the creators of a special guide reached out to me. Their popular resource for students has millions of copies in print. I’m excited to share it with you in today’s blog post. Everything You Need to Ace Computer Science and Coding in One Big Fat Notebook is a study guide for middle schoolers. You can now grab a copy of this new book in paperback or eBook. Computer Science Study Guide Everything You Need to Ace Computer Science and Coding in…

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Why Earth Day May be the Most Important Event at School – Education Article

Every year, the world celebrates Earth Day on April 22nd, a day the United Nations recognizes as International Mother Earth Day. It is a day to remind ourselves of the importance of clean air, fresh water, and unlittered land. It’s when we can all participate in making that happen rather than accepting the trash-filled oceans, the smoggy skies, and the debris-laden land that is becoming the norm in our lives. Despite the questionable health of our world, we have made…

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How to Use Emojis with Students – Education Article

Do you use emojis in your classroom? I had so much fun teaming up with the folks at Book Creator to put together a new and totally free resource all about how to use emojis with students. If you’ve been a bit curious about whether emojis have an educational purpose… well, I have you covered! In this blog post, I’ll take you through the new resource I put together for Book Creator. It’s an interactive ebook that shares information on…

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Toyota Dream Car Art Contest – Education Article

STEM, STEAM, and design thinking are buzzwords in education today. In addition to true STEM projects, we also work to include the arts in all subjects. The U.S. Toyota Dream Car Art Contest is the perfect contest for classrooms across the United States. Specifically, this art contest combines design thinking and the arts. Definitely, download the lesson plan and entry forms now. Then, enter between November 1, 2019, and January 31, 2020. (Also scroll down for a special art supply…

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Free Teacher Lesson Plans for Red Ribbon Week – Education Article

Have you used online resources to help students understand the dangers of underage drinking? Red Ribbon Week takes place from October 23rd to October 31st. This week is designed to educate youth about drug prevention. It was first sponsored by the National Family Partnership in 1988. In this blog post I’ll share free teacher lesson plans for Red Ribbon Week! Earlier this year, I shared Responsibility.org’s Ask, Listen, Learn: Kids and Alcohol Don’t Mix program. Ask, Listen, Learn is a…

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Save Money on Easy, Awesome Science Projects @coolcatteacher – Education Article

Ward’s Science has cool hands-on science lessons. Everything comes in the box and you’re ready to engage your students. Recently I tested three of these science kits and in this blog post, I’ll share a review of these kits and how you can save 15% and get free shipping on your future order before October 31, 2019. Additionally, I’ll share information on engaging students in hands-on science learning. This post is sponsored by Ward’s Science. All opinions are my own.…

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How to Help Kids Who Hate Math Learn It @coolcatteacher – Education Article

Today Dan Meyer @ddmeyer gives us tips and advice for helping kids who hate math learn to love it. He explains the 3-Act method of teaching. From The 10 Minute Teacher Vault — As we finish season 5, we have been airing the most popular shows of all time. Since Apple Podcasts only holds 297 episodes, many of these popular shows are worth a re-listen. Enjoy! Listen Now Subscribe to the Show Full Bio As Submitted Dan Meyer Dan Meyer @ddmeyer taught…

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Teaching Pupils About The Realities Of Work – Education Article

Reading Time: 2 minutes How easy is it to link careers to the curriculum? Careers advice in schools is a challenging and critical aspect of the curriculum to help offer pupils develop their employability skills. These soft skills help students become employable, but curriculum restraint is difficult for schools. These free activities from IGD can help teachers develop these skills with our pupils within a congested curriculum. Curriculum planning Career planning in schools used to be the domain of specialist…

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2nd Amendment, Slavery & Creating Critical Readers & Thinkers – Urban Education Mixtape – Education Article

One of the most important jobs that a history teacher has is threefold: learn the truth, know the truth and teach the truth. When teaching children of color, understand that traditionally, the “canon” has withheld the whole truth of American history. Whether Black or White, if you’re a history teacher, it is your obligation to unearth the withheld truths – for students of all backgrounds. Knowledge absent of truth is not power; it is to be inhibited. In light of…

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16 Fast, Fun Things to End on An Up Note – 🎶 – Education Article

We’re working towards the end of the school year, teachers! You’re going to make it! In this newsletter, I’ve got 16 fun, quick ideas to make the end of the school year more exciting. Oh, and interestingly, Kahoot bought Dragonbox. My best stuff typically goes in my weekly newsletter. I’m sharing last week’s newsletter content because I thought it might be helpful for some of you (and you could see why you should subscribe.) Just scroll down to the bottom or…

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Urban Education Mixtape – Education Article

It’s that time of year again. It’s the time of year that falls between the holiday season and spring break. It’s that time of the year where the prescribed off days are few. It’s that time of the year where children begin to feel restless, the calendar seems to stand still and the adults are starting to lose their patience. It’s that time of the year where the realization of the end of year failures for specific students grows stronger.…

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Quick Classroom Activity for Making Math Memes with Spark Post – Education Article

A few times a day I chuckle at a text message or social media post with a meme. Maybe it’s a Game of Thrones reference sent by a friend or a corny joke sent by a family member. Either way, a meme requires a certain level of topical knowledge and a big dose of creativity to really get laughs.  Creating memes with students is a great classroom activity. It asks students to think deeply about a topic, apply what they’ve…

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Educational Technology Guy: Google Dynamic Learning Project Strategy Menu – Education Article

The Google Dynamic Learning Project is a great resource for educators and educational leaders. It helps schools create sustained, system change with support, resources, consulting and coaching and more. One of the components that is very useful to teachers is the Project Strategy Menu. With the PSM, you can review thought-starters for instructional strategies, explore tech tools and start tackling your challenges as an educator. You can search for resources and tools by Challenge Area, Strategy or Tool, and then filter…

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