30+ Awesome STEAM Activities for Kids

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Posted by jenmalonetn | Posted in Science Fair, Science Resources, STEM Resources | Posted on August 25, 2015

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SENSING STEAM: 30+ AWESOME SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, ART AND MATH ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS

This is the mega monster of STEAM posts.  It’s a list of some of the coolest science, technology, engineering, art and math projects from some of the most creative bloggers out there.  Plus, all of the projects help feed the senses while kids play and learn.  Get ready to have some fun!

CK-12 Foundation Online Science Textbooks

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Posted by jenmalonetn | Posted in Math Resources, Middle School, Science Resources, STEM Resources | Posted on August 24, 2015

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CK-12 Online Math and Science Textbooks  call Flexbooks.  They also have study groups for students, simulations, and adaptive practice.  You search by state, grade level, and science strand to find content.

10 Things First Year Teachers Need Veteran Teachers to Know

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Posted by jenmalonetn | Posted in Back to School, New Teachers | Posted on August 24, 2015

10 THINGS FIRST YEAR TEACHERS NEED VETERAN TEACHERS TO KNOW is especially relevant as we head back to school.  We often think of advice for new teachers but this is a twist in that it addresses how veteran teachers interact and support the newbies.

Math Snacks

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Posted by jenmalonetn | Posted in Math Resources, Videos | Posted on August 24, 2015

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Math Snacks is a site with educational animations, mini-games, and interactive tools that help middle-school learners better understand math concepts.  There are catchy instructional videos along with lesson plans and resources.

Nearpod Resources

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Posted by jenmalonetn | Posted in Digital Storytelling, Online Projects, Presentation Tools | Posted on August 24, 2015

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Nearpod is a FREE tool that works on any device and allows teachers to guide students through presentations and activities both synchronously as well as asynchronously.  The EdTech Teacher blog has a helpful post with tips and suggestions for using Nearpod in your classroom.

Watch Know Learn Educational Videos

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Posted by jenmalonetn | Posted in Videos | Posted on August 17, 2015

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WatchKnowLearn is a great place to find free educational videos for your classroom.  To make this a reality, they invite teachers, instructors and educators to suggest videos for inclusion into the directory, and then to review, approve, and assign those videos into appropriate categories using a wiki framework and philosophy. The videos are the highest quality found on the Internet, cover all major educational topics from elementary to secondary schools (or age range 1 – 18), and are Kid Safe because they are vetted by teachers.

Amazon Alexa – Great tool for the classroom

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Posted by jenmalonetn | Posted in Blogs, Library/Media Specialists, Tech Gadgets, Technology, Technology Trends | Posted on August 14, 2015

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I bought my husband the Amazon Alexa for Father’s Day and we have been surprised by how much we use and appreciate this “new member of the family.” Turns out there are also some great classroom ideas for this voice activated computer.  Check out this blog post by “The Daring Librarian” Gwineth Jones on using Alexa in the library – “There’s an Echo in my Library.”

 

Windows 10 Helps

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Posted by jenmalonetn | Posted in Microsoft Office Programs/Tools | Posted on August 14, 2015

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Here is a list of several sites to help those new to Windows 10.

How to Customize the Windows 10 Start Menu

Activate God Mode in Windows 10 for Quick Access to Windows Commands

5 secrets to make you fall in love with Windows 10

Three Windows 10 Start menu tweaks that subtly improve your experience

The Dark Side of Windows 10: Set a Theme & Change Colors

Apple now supports Windows 10 installations on the Mac

How to Cure Windows 10 Worst Headaches

20 must-know keyboard shortcuts for Windows 10

Discovery Education Teaching Strategies

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Posted by jenmalonetn | Posted in Blogs, Lesson Planning, Questioning, Teaching Strategies | Posted on August 14, 2015

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Discovery Education has put together a great list of SOS Teaching Strategies that is free content for teachers.  Some of these are creative and not the same old “ticket out the door.”

5 Good Google Tools for Social Studies Teachers – And How to Use Them

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Posted by jenmalonetn | Posted in Geography, Google, Social Studies Resources | Posted on August 14, 2015

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5 Good Google Tools for Social Studies Teachers - And How to Use Them is a blog post on the Free Technology for Teachers web site.  I especially liked the Google Scholars and Google Newspaper Archives.

Global Oneness Project

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Posted by jenmalonetn | Posted in Current Events/News, Geography, Global Learning, Social Studies Resources, Writing | Posted on August 11, 2015

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Founded in 2006, the Global Oneness Project offers free multicultural stories and accompanying lesson plans for high school and college classrooms. Our award-winning collection of films, photo essays, and articles explore cultural, social, and environmental issues with a humanistic lens. Aligned to National and Common Core Standards, our curriculum content contains an interdisciplinary approach to learning and facilitates the development of active, critical thinking. Each month, we release a new story and accompanying lesson plan. All of our content and resources are available for free with no ads or subscriptions.

Seterra Geography Games

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Posted by jenmalonetn | Posted in Geography, Social Studies Resources | Posted on August 11, 2015

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Seterra is a challenging educational geography game with more than 100 different exercises. Learn about countries, capitals, oceans, flags and cities in Africa, Europe, South America, North America, Asia and Australia, using outline map exercises! Seterra has been around since 1998, is translated into 26 different languages and has been loved by people all around the world.

Field Trip Zoom

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Posted by jenmalonetn | Posted in Current Events/News, Educational Resources, Virtual Field Trips | Posted on August 11, 2015

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FieldTripZoom provides you with an online service that allows you to search, order, schedule and connect to hundreds of live interactive programs. These programs provide your students with unique learning experiences that align with your courses and drive home the in-class materials.

Museums, zoos and historical sites are some of the best sources of educational content specific to the curriculum. Whether it’s history, the arts, anthropology or other subject matter areas, these institutions can bring a new level of understanding to the material.

Additionally, the integrated software-based video conferencing allows you to easily connect to the programs directly from your classroom. If you’re ready to bring the world to your classroom, don’t delay and take a virtual field trip today .

AppoLearning

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Posted by jenmalonetn | Posted in Apps for Learning, Collections of Links by Subject Area | Posted on August 11, 2015

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AppoLearning works with teachers and education experts to find the best educational apps, videos and websites for all PreK-12th grade subjects, topics, and Common Core Standards.

Zoom In Social Studies/ELA Lessons

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Posted by jenmalonetn | Posted in Social Studies Resources, Writing | Posted on August 11, 2015

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Zoom In is a free, Web-based platform that helps students build literacy and historical thinking skills through “deep dives” into primary and secondary sources.

Zoom In’s online learning environment features 18 content-rich U.S. history units that supplement your regular instruction and help you use technology to support students’ mastery of both content and skills required by the new, higher standards

Twitter List of Loudon County Educators to Follow

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Posted by jenmalonetn | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on August 11, 2015

Looking for great educators to follow on Twitter – check out these folks at Loudon County Schools in TN.

 

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@JasonWVance (Jason Vance Director of Schools)

@mikelgarren (Mike Garren Asst. Director)

@JenMaloneTN (Jennifer Malone Technology/Middle School Supervisor)

@MariaWarrenTN (Maria Warren Elem Supervisor)

@The_ScottMac (Scott MacKintosh Federal Programs, PK, Safety, Spec Areas)

@amburnmelanie (Melanie Amburn SPED Dir)

@HaunMelissa (Melissa Haun Math Coach)

@bethdutton5 (Beth Dutton ELA Coach)

@HayleyABL (Hayley Lynn SPED Coach)

@LoudonCo_Tech (LoCo Tech Dept.)

@LoudonCountyPD (LoCo Professional Development)

@SES_scouts (Steekee Elem)

@feezellm (Marvin Feezell PES Principal)

@PhillyWarriors (PES)

@FranklinT8902 (Tracy Franklin SES Principal)

@tinkerLC (Matt Tinker NMS Principal)

@christieamburn (Christie Amburn FLMS Principal)

@hatenite (Chad Loveday Tech)

@northmiddlestar (North Middle School)

@jtouton83 (Jarrod Touton Tech)

@EatonElementary (Eaton Elem)

@talleyashley (Ashley Talley Eaton Prin)

@kathy_winsor (HP Principal)

@ksdorothyintn (Cheri Parrish LHS Prin)

Simple Science – A Year’s Worth of Science Experiments for Kids

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Posted by jenmalonetn | Posted in Science Resources | Posted on June 23, 2015

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Simple Science – A Year’s Worth of Science Experiments for Kids is a wonderful site to keep elementary students interested and engaged in science problem solving.

21 Ways to Use Photos in the Classroom

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Posted by jenmalonetn | Posted in Desktop Publishing, Digital Photography, Digital Storytelling | Posted on June 23, 2015

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21 Ways to Use Photos in the Classroom is a blog post from We Are Teachers and has some stellar ideas for integrating visual images in your teaching.

Art for Kids

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Posted by jenmalonetn | Posted in Art, Videos | Posted on June 23, 2015

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Art for Kids is a YouTube channel with fun, informative videos that walk kids through various art projects.

Teach Your Monster to Read

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Posted by jenmalonetn | Posted in Early Learning, Games, Phonics, Reading/Language Arts | Posted on June 23, 2015

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Teach Your Monster to Read is a free online early learning platform for literacy instruction.  It teaches children letters and sounds with fun, engaging videos.

12 Ways to Use ThingLink in the Classroom

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Posted by jenmalonetn | Posted in Blended Learning, Blogs, Desktop Publishing, Digital Photography, Digital Storytelling, Thinglink | Posted on June 23, 2015

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ThingLink Blog has twelve super ideas on ways to integrate this free web tool into the classroom.

Think Garden

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Posted by jenmalonetn | Posted in Earth Day, Environment, Environmental Studies, Science Resources | Posted on June 23, 2015

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Think Garden is a PBS sponsored video collection that helps teach elementary students about the art and science of growing food, with an emphasis on biological and environmental concepts. It also addresses topics related to nutrition and economics.

Tackk

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Posted by jenmalonetn | Posted in Desktop Publishing, Digital Storytelling, Web Design | Posted on June 23, 2015

 

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Tackk is a web design platform easy for teachers and student to use in creating digital content.  Teachers can create lesson visuals while students can demonstrate their learning and publish to the web.

 

Prodigy Math Games

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Posted by jenmalonetn | Posted in Games, Math Resources | Posted on June 23, 2015

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Prodigy claims to be the world’s most engaging math game and has over 300 curriculum-aligned math skills for your students to master. Moving beyond simple number sense, Prodigy covers Geometry, Spatial Sense, Probability, and many more crucial skills. There are even specific curricula for EQAO Grade 3 and 6! Prodigy actively adapts to keep each of your students learning at their own pace, with a learning algorithm that automatically identifies knowledge gaps and helps students through difficult concepts.

Learning in Hand Top Posts

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Posted by jenmalonetn | Posted in Apps for Learning, Blogs, iPad, iPod Touch/iPhone, QR Codes | Posted on March 3, 2015

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Best Blog Posts of 2014 – Learning in Hand

Here is a great list of top blog posts from Tony Vincent’s Learning in Hand site.  Topics include QR Codes, favorite Apps, all about iOS8, Ed Chats, etc.