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5 Unplugged Hour of Code Activities

Ask a Tech Teacher

Over the next weeks, I’ll share ideas that will get you ready for Hour of Code. This includes (links are live on publication day) : An Overview of This Week — Dec. 5, 2023 Long list of websites by grade — Dec. 6, 2023 9 Unusual Projects — Dec. 7, 2023 5 Unplugged Hour of Code Activities — (this post) Dec. 8, 2023 These unplugged activities go back to the roots of coding.

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To Get Serious About Games, Teachers Experiment With Play in the Classroom

ED Surge

Every week at the Nysmith School in Herndon, Virginia, Philip Baselice breaks out a game to teach his class about key world events. Baselice teaches history to middle schoolers, and game-based simulations have been part of his teaching arsenal for the last nine years, ever since he first tried it. “I used a game to teach my students about the causes behind the start of the First World War.

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How to Use AI to Help You Make Substitute Teacher Lesson Plans in a Snap

Cool Cat Teacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Substitute teachers, like teachers, are heroes. As I wrote in “ There is No Substitute for Great Substitute Teachers ,” when we need a substitute, it is rarely planned. I'm so grateful for those who are flexible enough to fill in with limited notice. But when you're sick, it can be hard to write great lesson plans.

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Enter The All About STEM Competition!

All About STEM

Open for entries: The All About STEM Competition! (Ages 9-16) The All About STEM Competition, sponsored by Unilever aims to open up the world of STEM to young people across the North West by inviting them to ‘develop a new product, item, idea or approach which solves a problem facing our world or the people in it.’ And this year it’s all about FOOD!

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Can Brain Science Actually Help Make Your Training & Teaching Stick?

Speaker: Andrew Cohen, Founder & CEO of Brainscape

The instructor’s PPT slides are brilliant. You’ve splurged on the expensive interactive courseware. Student engagement is stellar. So… why are half of your students still forgetting everything they learned in just a matter of weeks? It's likely a matter of cognitive science! With so much material to "teach" these days, we often forget to incorporate key proven principles into our curricula — namely active recall, metacognition, spaced repetition, and interleaving practice.

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Here’s Why Your Kids Should Participate in Extracurricular Activities

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Here’s Why Kids Should Participate in Extracurricular Activities Most parents ignore this, but playtime activities significantly contribute to a child’s overall development. The key to raising children successfully is acknowledging that learning doesn’t take place only within the classroom environment. Similarly, academics aren’t the only key to success in the future.

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Lessons from My Classroom: What Works, What Doesn’t and What I’m Doing Now

Cool Cat Teacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Welcome to today's episode, where I will bridge the gap between AI in my classroom and your ears! If you've been following my blog, you know I want to bring practical, innovative teaching strategies to life. But today, I'm doing things a bit differently on the show for an extended episode with me, your host, Vicki Davis.

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Amazing Apprenticeships: Spring Term Planner

All About STEM

Get ready for Spring with Amazing Apprenticeships! You can use their resources to celebrate events and campaigns that engage students, staff, parents and carers in the world of apprenticeships. The planner runs from January to March and includes resources to support National Apprenticeships Week, British Science Week, International Women’s Day, Careers Week and more!

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The Role of Assistive Technology in Promoting Inclusive Education

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Here’s the complete overview on the role of assistive tech in encouraging inclusivity in education: What does that mead? What are the benefits? What are the drawbacks? What types are available? How do you create one in your class or school? The Role of Assistive Technology in Promoting Inclusive Education Persons with disabilities may struggle with coordination problems, short attention spans, and limited mobility, which may or may not be obvious.

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Breaking Barriers to a Foundational Early Childhood Education

ED Surge

A solid early education serves as a cornerstone for a child's future. It shapes their physical, cognitive, social and emotional development while setting them on a path to success in both their academic journey and overall life experiences. However, many young children have limited access to high-quality educational opportunities because of socioeconomic factors and technological barriers.

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Harnessing The Power Of Math Manipulatives

Mathematics, a subject steeped in abstract concepts, often poses challenges to students, especially those in grades 5-10. But imagine a bridge that transformed this intricate maze into an interactive adventure.

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How To Teach Math To Kids: Simple Strategies To Teach Math Through Play

Accelerate Learning

Learning mathematics through play is a fundamental aspect of early childhood education. It's a powerful approach that blends the natural curiosity and playfulness of young children with foundational math concepts.

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Primary CREST: Superstar Awards!

All About STEM

CREST is a STEM enrichment programme for young people that inspires, enables and rewards open ended project work. CREST has a phenomenal library of FREE resources for all ages along with accredited resources from partnering organisations. Superstar Awards are recommended for children aged 7-11 years, activities are presented as a collection of hone-hour challenges and relate to broader situations.

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Hour of Code–Overview

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Traditionally, the hugely-popular Hour of code has been celebrated one week in December, but now, you can participate any time you want. This year so far: 1,706,394,983 hours in 180+ countries. at 8,620 events What is it Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to students on coding, programming, and why they should love it, designed to demystify that geeky subject that confounds students and teachers alike and show that anyone can learn the basics to be a maker, a creator, and an innovator.

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This Paraprofessional Did Her Teacher Training on the Job. Now, She Has Her Own Classroom.

ED Surge

Janae Montgomery has walked the halls of the same school building for much of the last 10 years — first as a high school student, then as a paraprofessional and, as of a few months ago, as a special education teacher. Montgomery’s education and training experience had its share of detours but ultimately led her back to a career that she’d picked out for herself long ago, and which she feels she is especially well suited for.

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Downloadable Design Briefs for an Integrative STEM Curriculum

These easy-to-use design briefs outline student objectives, challenges, and materials needed to complete each 30-minute to 4-hour lesson. ITEEA’s Integrative STEM curriculum, Engineering byDesign, includes many more standards driven hands-on activities just like these!

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Class Libraries to Inspire and Challenge Readers

Middle Web

Using their own experiences with classroom libraries and ideas from other professionals, Colby Sharp and Donalyn Miller provide insight, wisdom, and actionable practices for teachers in The Commonsense Guide to Your Classroom Library. Katie Durkin highly recommends it. The post Class Libraries to Inspire and Challenge Readers first appeared on MiddleWeb.

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Free Tool: Schools Upgrade to Compass +

All About STEM

Compass + is a FREE tool from The Careers & Enterprise Company to help you benchmark, manage, track and report on your school’s careers provision. It’s available to all secondary schools, special schools, sixth-forms and PRUs in England. All eligible schools can upgrade to Compass+ and The Careers & Enterprise Company offer comprehensive video guides to walk you through the new platform.

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9 Unusual Hour of Code Projects

Ask a Tech Teacher

Over the next weeks, I’ll share ideas that will get you ready for Hour of Code. This includes (links are live on publication day) : An Overview of This Week — Dec. 5, 2023 Coding activities by grade — Dec. 6, 2023 9 Unusual Projects — (this post) Dec. 7, 2023 5 Unplugged Hour of Code Activities — Dec. 8, 2023 Coding–that geeky subject that confounds students and frightens teachers.

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Why I Teach Women's Studies at an All-Girls Catholic School

ED Surge

I teach at the only all-girls school in the state of Minnesota. We are also a devoted Catholic community, founded by the Visitation Sisters to educate young women in virtue, intellect, mind and heart. To build on our founders’ mission, the school began offering a women’s studies elective titled “Women and Society”, which I have proudly taught since 2014.

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SNL "Posters" - Marcello Hernández was cheated

The Blog of Phyz

"Posters" has been a recurring skit on Saturday Night Live. It originally featured guest Emma Stone and cast member Pete Davidson, with additional cast members Mikey Day, Kenan Thompson, and Kate McKinnon. It seems to be resurrected whenever Stone hosts. Last night, "Posters" was staged again, this time with Marcello Hernández and Ego Nwodom alongside Stone, Day, and Thompson.

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Christmas STEM Activities: Recommended!

All About STEM

Visit All About STEM on Pinterest for our recommended (and favourite) Christmas activities! Our Pinterest boards are packed with fun projects with categories ranging from subject to season. All of our boards are regularly updated and you can view them all here. Christmas is coming up, take a scroll through our latest finds – there’s everything from Salt Crystal Snowflakes to Spinning Christmas.

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“Savoring” Can Be an Incredible Learning Tool

Middle Web

Fresh off seeing U2 in concert at the Sphere in Las Vegas, Stephanie Farley is still savoring the experience by describing it to others. New research says students can learn better and enjoy school more by savoring their own favorite memories. Farley shares some strategies. The post “Savoring” Can Be an Incredible Learning Tool first appeared on MiddleWeb.

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Writing a College Essay That Stands Out

ED Surge

As the college essay program manager for Write the World, a nonprofit writing organization for teens, I oversee a group of advisers who guide students through the essay writing process. I have seen firsthand the anxiety that students experience when it comes to writing their college essays. Many of the students we serve say they lack confidence in writing their college essay, sharing that they feel uneasy and unprepared.

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Code, Create, Innovate: Inspiring Young Minds Through Hour of Code

Bright and Smart

S.T.E.A.M stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. By incorporating hands-on activities into our children's curriculum, it will help them to improve skills like: Creativity Critical Thinking Independent Thinking Brainstorming Problem-solving Teamwork This week, students all around the world will be participating in (the) Hour of Code!

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STEM Ambassadors & Educators: Advent Calendar!

All About STEM

STEM Learning has released their new Primary and Secondary advent calendars on STEM Community! “Each day a new door will be available for you to open, it will contain a little gift for you, it might be a digital resource, a free CPD course, a short video, competition or an opportunity for you or your school/class.” The STEM Community Advent Calendars are available to educators and STEM ambassadors.

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Tips About Building Bridges in STEM

Teachers are Terrific

One of the very first structures I ever built with students was a bridge. Boy, I could have used some tips about building bridges right then! This was many, many years ago when I was the Science Club sponsor. At one of our club meetings, I gave students some spaghetti strands (uncooked), some tape, and a cup of pennies. Their task was to build a bridge that would hold the pennies.

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Classroom Crockpot Hot Chocolate

The Trendy Science Teacher

About 5 years ago, I started hosting “ Starbucks Mode ” in my classroom leading up to Christmas break. It’s always a hit with my students and I enjoy whipping up a batch of my famous classroom crockpot hot chocolate and serving my students. As my students enter the classroom, I give them a “Starbucks Mode” order form. They select their preferences and turn it in.

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Denver Public Schools: Pioneering Career Discovery with MimioSTEM

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Denver Public Schools (DPS) is leading the way in career exploration through its Spark Early Career Exploration Program , emphasizing diverse career exposure for students. Olivia Barraza Kee, Senior Manager of DPS Spark, highlights the importance of developing career identities to shape students' futures positively: “The work of developing career identities for our students is really important to us so that they can plan and chart their futures and get careers that sustain them and their familie

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Nuffield Research Placements & Experiences: What’s the difference?

All About STEM

Nuffield Research Placements & Experiences are amazing opportunities for students to apply knowledge and skills learned at school and work alongside industry professionals. Find out below how they differ and if you’re thinking of applying, choose which option is best for you! Nuffield Research Placements Nuffield Research Placements (NRPs) are 2-week collaborations with a STEM-related knowledge.

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Top 5 Winter STEM Projects for Kids

Starfish Education

Winter is a magical time for kids to engage in exciting and educational STEM projects! Here are the top 5 winter STEM projects for kids!

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Maximizing Engagement Through Regular Immersion in Computer Science

Defined Learning

Through project-based learning, students at Winchester Public Schools participated in a "STEM-mersion" program which included an immersive visit to a regional airport. In partnership with Defined Learning, Winchester Public Schools was able to integrate career-connected PBL into their computer science curriculum.

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MimioPro 4 Firmware Update Coming Soon!

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We're excited to share a preview of the upcoming MimioPro 4 firmware release scheduled for December 15, 2023. This update is designed to elevate the classroom experience, introducing new features and improvements tailored to a variety of teaching and learning needs.

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Enter The All About STEM Competition!

All About STEM

Open for entries: The All About STEM Competition! The All About STEM Competition, sponsored by Unilever aims to open up the world of STEM to young people across the North West by inviting them to ‘develop a new product, item, idea or approach which solves a problem facing our world or the people in it.’ And this year it’s all about FOOD!

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