Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Final Frontier

Want to make a Big-Bang in science education?

Tap into the Space Telescope Science Institute's curriculum based
on discoveries being made by the 17,500 MPH traveling looking glass!
(AKA - Hubble Telescope)

To read the full article from Edutopia ~ Click here.

To begin utilization of this amazing tool to teach science in your classroom,
click here.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Public Agenda

I am ashamed.

Of all the debates on what is appropriate for the public school curriculum, we the people, are concerned about a speech by the PRESIDENT of the United States!

What about textbook publishers that WRITE history?
What about foodservice providers determining what our children eat?
What about us, the teachers?
My kids are bombarded daily with opinions on global warming, the economy, and health care reform...and this occurs in Gym class!

Below is an excerpt from President Obama's speech.
I did not vote for him.
He is my President and has my FULL support.


Wakefield High School
Arlington, Virginia

12:06 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you, everybody. All right, everybody go ahead and have a seat. How is everybody doing today? (Applause.) How about Tim Spicer? (Applause.) I am here with students at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia. And we’ve got students tuning in from all across America, from kindergarten through 12th grade. And I am just so glad that all could join us today. And I want to thank Wakefield for being such an outstanding host. Give yourselves a big round of applause. (Applause.)

To view the full transcript, click here.

Monday, August 24, 2009

"The good news about computers is that they do what you tell them to do. The bad news is that they do what you tell them to do."

Ted Nelson

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Open Your Mind ~ Close Your Wallet

If your wondering how your school can make ends meet in these tough economic times while still providing a quality education;
open your mind to open source!

A recent article published by LinuxPlanet, oulines 55 Free educational products ranging from core curriculum, (Math, Science, English), to Learning Management systems.

For example, Jmol, is a Chemistry app allowing students to create diagrams of atoms, molecules, macromolecules, crystals, and more.

To view the full article, click here.

Friday, August 7, 2009

The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them.

-Sir William Henry Bragg

Thursday, August 6, 2009

When I Grow Up?

My son is leaving for college in a couple weeks and has know idea what he wants to major in let alone a career choice! Fortunately he is surrounded by friends and family members who are prosperous because of their education. Sadly, far too many American teens aren't this lucky.

If public schools are to succeed in breaking the cycle of poverty we must show our students a tangible pot of gold at the end of educational rainbow!

Thanks to a Microsoft, this task has gotten much easier with their FREE online learning program, CareerForward.

To visit the CareerForward site, click here.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

A League of Their Own

Trying to get your students excited about science? Lab activities and field trips are great but what about the classroom or at home?

Tabula Digital has released a series of online, science based games for 3-5 grade students to learn through active play and competition.

And like so many other digital resources, they are 100% Free!

To access these games, click here.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Calling all Educators!

Upcoming Webinar: Cellphones as Instructional Tools
Thursday, July 23, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time
Sponsored by: Sprint
Cellphones have been called “the new paper and pencil” or “the new laptop,” and they could be in the hands of as many as 10 million to 15 million schoolchildren in the next few years. For their instructional potential and ability to connect students to the Internet, mobile devices are quietly making their way into schools in the United States and abroad. Guests will discuss policy and implementation issues and offer practical curriculum ideas for every subject.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Lordy~Lordy...look who's 40!

40 years ago, yesterday, the Apollo 11 mission carried Neil Armstrong to the moon! It's difficult to fathom the technology involed to accomplish this amazing feat and harder still to provide today's students (tomorrow's astronauts?)with a proper historical perspective of what this meant to humankind.

But now, thanks to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, our kids can experience, and hopefully be inspired by the past.

To visit this FREE site, click here.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Health Games = Healthy Kids = Healthy Learning

I grew up in the 70's learning from Seseme Street and The Electric Company.

However, today's kids want more than passive viewing, they are hungry for Active Doing!

Fear not, Grover and Cookie Monster have e-volved and are still providing FREE, interactive education content for today's digital learner.

The focus is on a healthy diet which has been directly linked to improved academic achievement.

To visit, see, and PLAY ~ Click HERE.