Ever since I started teaching, back in the misty annals of time, I’ve tried to give students options for sharing ideas. My students, from elementary to graduate school, have written reports (of course), created poetry, acted out scenarios, built art works or models, composed music, recorded radio dramas, made charts and diagrams, etc. etc. Each … Continue reading
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Explore Under the Earth—From the Sky!
When I was young, one of my favorite books was called All About Archeology. Before I was old enough to read it myself, I begged my father to read it to me (over and over and over), especially the story of the discovery of King Tut’s tomb. The romance and adventure of digging for ancient … Continue reading
Critical Thinking, Fake News, and Infographics
Sometimes common phrases can lead us astray. This can be due to misunderstanding, for example, the friend who heard the server ask if she wanted “soup or salad” and thought she was being asked if she wanted a super salad! (Super salad sounds pretty good, don’t you think?) Grammatical misunderstandings are so common they end … Continue reading
NRICH: Welcome to the Home of Rich Mathematics!
When I think of things that are rich, I’m more likely to think of hot chocolate or creamy cheese sauce than mathematics, but clearly I’ve been missing out. One of my students sent me the website for NRICH—the home of rich mathematics and I was hooked. NRICH is associated with the University of Cambridge and … Continue reading
New York City Public Library: A Digital Treasure
When I was a little girl, I used to sit on the floor of my family home and read the World Book Encyclopedia. Yes, I know, today that would be considered a very “nerd” thing to do. Maybe it was then, too, but not among my friends. When I was bored, I’d pull a random … Continue reading
The School in the Cloud: Learning Unleashed
What do we do when we can see that the best schools and teachers don’t exist in the places children most need good schools and teachers? This is the question Sugata Mitra faced, and his answers have led to some of the most innovative education in the world. I first learned about his work in … Continue reading
Skype in the Classroom: More Than Just Mysteries
One of the dangers and delights of the web is how one thing leads to another. Last post, as I was reviewing Mystery Skype resources to share with you, I ended up exploring other Skype lesson resources as well. There were so many, I decided we needed two more posts. Skype sponsors a Skype in … Continue reading
Mystery Skype: Where in the World are YOU?
I love a good mystery. (OK, I love a good mystery without too much gore, and with all characters I’ve come to love still alive at the end.) Anyway. I also love the idea of Mystery Skype, both for what it is and what it could become. The basic premise of Mystery Skype is simple. … Continue reading
Adobe Edex: Explore the Possibilities
Are you interested in creativity? Do you use Adobe products (who doesn’t)? Do you wish you knew more about them? Would you like to share ideas with teachers around the globe? Adobe Edex may be just what you need. Adobe Education Exchange (Edex) bills itself as “your online hub to help ignite creativity in your … Continue reading
National Postal Museum: Inspiring Creativity with Stamps
Did you know there is a U.S. National Postal Museum? I didn’t. I’ve learned that the National Postal Museum is part of the Smithsonian and it is full of interesting things. Fortunately for those of us who don’t live near Washington, D.C. , it can be explored online. One area organizes resources thematically. For example … Continue reading