Instilling good digital citizenship in students is important for keeping them safe online, writes journalist Meghan Bogardus Cortez. She outlines three basic standards educators should consider when teaching digital citizenship in the classroom, including helping students understand the consequences of digital actions.
Makerspace teacher Sam Patterson in this blog post shares insights from a recent makerspace project. He notes that the cardboard-armor lesson supported skills such as reading, writing, math, communication and character education.
What happens when students, not planned teaching points, lead instructional decisions about writing? When Writers Drive the Workshop shows teachers how to empower students in every aspect of writing workshop—conferring, responding to writing, self-assessment, & mini-lessons. Includes ideas for using digital tools. Preview the entire book!
Teachers can play an important role in teaching students about positive uses of technology, digital learning specialist Kerry Gallagher writes in this blog post. She shares several ideas for using technology to help jump-start learning.
Despite enthusiasm for virtual and augmented reality technology, both have yet to catch on in K-12 classrooms, according to a report from Project Tomorrow. Researchers found about 5% of classrooms are using such technology, with the rate slightly higher in high schools.
A California junior high school is piloting a career and technical education program that will be expanded into other schools in its district. Educators worked with counterparts in feeder high-school programs to develop after-school, career-centric classes, such as a Red Cross certified babysitting and first-aid class, video production and firefighting.
Officials in Philadelphia are considering expanding a partnership with Relay Graduate School of Education to recruit and prepare teachers. The program -- which is not associated with any colleges or universities -- includes blended learning and seeks to revolutionize the training of teachers.
With Earth Day 2017 (April 22) falling on a Saturday, consider hosting school events and classroom activities this week that help your students become environmentally-conscious citizens. Here are several resources for engaging hands-on lessons and conservation projects, grounded in STEM practices. Read more.
National DNA Day
National DNA Day is April 25, commemorating the break-through research of James Watson and Francis Crick on the structure of DNA. It's a great opportunity to introduce your students to the fascinating STEM fields of DNA analysis and human genomics! Read on.
The secret to so many artists living so long is that every painting is a new adventure. So, you see, they're always looking ahead to something new and exciting. The secret is not to look back.