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1. Using augmented reality programs to help students learn

MiddleWeb SmartBrief | May 28, 2015

Augmented reality programs are gaining steam in K-12 education. This article focuses, in part, on a program that blends virtual and hands-on science education -- known as EcoMobile -- that was developed by Harvard University researchers and is being piloted at a middle school in Massachusetts. The Hechinger Report (05/27)


2. Ga. middle school plans to engage students with jobs

MiddleWeb SmartBrief | Jun 02, 2015

A Georgia middle school plans to implement MicroSociety's structure of giving students jobs as part of its plan to improve student achievement. Students will hold school jobs, from bankers to cafe workers, to learn how societies work and apply their language arts, math, social studies and science skills. Savannah Morning News (Ga.) (free registration) (05/31)


3. Teacher develops Cyber Civics curriculum for middle grades

MiddleWeb SmartBrief | May 29, 2015

A California teacher has developed the curriculum for a three-year weekly program called Cyber Civics, designed to teach middle-grades students the skills they need in a digital world. The curriculum includes lessons on being respectful online, using online resources appropriately, and developing best practices when posting information and photos online. The Deseret News (Salt Lake City) (05/29)


4. N.J. 6th-graders showcase engineering skills for NASA

MiddleWeb SmartBrief | May 29, 2015

Sixth-grade students in New Jersey were among seven classes nationwide selected to demonstrate their solutions to engineering problems during an Internet showcase held by NASA and the U.S. Department of Education. The team focused on slowing down a Mars lander, and detailed their successes and setbacks. The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.) (tiered subscription model) (05/28)


5. Educator: Even best practices can be improved

MiddleWeb SmartBrief | Jun 02, 2015

Best practices are called best practices for a reason -- they work, writes Rebecca Alber, an instructor at the University of California at Los Angeles Graduate School of Education. In this blog post, she cites her use of best practices, including checking for understanding often and in different ways, and notes that even best practices can be improved with students' changing needs. Edutopia.org (05/29)


6. Okla. 7th-graders learn by doing in outdoor lab

MiddleWeb SmartBrief | May 28, 2015

Seventh-grade students at an Oklahoma middle school are learning science in an outdoor lab known as the Exploratorium. Educators say students learn by doing in the lab that includes a greenhouse, fruit trees, stream, butterfly garden, hummingbird garden and chicken coop. The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City) (05/26)


7. Reinvent summer learning with maker projects

MiddleWeb SmartBrief | May 28, 2015

STEM by Design blogger Anne Jolly knows summertime can be productive learning time. In this letter to parents and caregivers, Anne shares fun ideas about Maker projects that encourage curiosity, creativity, persistence and teamwork, all important STEM skills. Resource links included. Read more.


8. 3 ways to avoid end-of-school leadership "overwhelm"

MiddleWeb SmartBrief | May 28, 2015

What can leaders do about the mismatch between available days and a seemingly bottomless stack of tasks as the last weeks of school approach? Frank Buck has three suggestions that can help administrators overcome May stress through more efficient organization. Try these ideas and tools now and plan to fully implement them over the next school year. Read more.


9. Utah district engages students in STEM through coding, robotics

MiddleWeb SmartBrief | May 28, 2015

Three schools in a Utah district are holding after-school computer-programming and robotics classes for seventh-, eighth- and ninth-graders. Officials say the program has successfully engaged students in science, technology, engineering and math and they expect the program's enrollment to double next year. The Deseret News (Salt Lake City) (05/27)


10. What does the rise of the teacherpreneur mean for education?

MiddleWeb SmartBrief | May 28, 2015

The rise of the teacherpreneur may be ushering in a new era in education, middle-grades teacher Heather Wolpert-Gawron writes. In this blog post, she describes teacherpreneurs and asserts they are "first and foremost, imaginative teachers." Edutopia.org (05/27)




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