Advice for Using iPads in School - June 21, 2013 12:00 PM
In recent years, the iPad has become an integral tool in the classroom. From interactive books to helping students with autism communicate better, iPads allow teachers to engage with their students at a different level than traditional means.
How Innovative Teachers Are Using Skype In Their Classrooms - January 14, 2013 09:00 AM
Skype gives students and teachers the ability to connect with the outside world without leaving the classroom, allowing them to meet face-to-face with the subjects of their learning or with students from other cultures. Teachers across the world have already arranged many enlightening and unforgettable conferences, demonstrating the extraordinary potential of Skype in the classroom.
11 Things You May Not Know About Abraham Lincoln - November 09, 2012 08:00 AM
Abraham Lincoln is one of the most studied figures in American history, but there is still much you may not know about his life. We've scoured the best online resources about Lincoln and unearthed eleven interesting facts.
101 Great Sites for Social Studies Class - March 22, 2012 09:00 AM
Many teachers have yet to fully embrace the potential for the Internet to transform the social studies curriculum. Whether your class is named History, Government, Civics, Economics or Psychology, there is a great wealth of material available online that will engage your students. We’ve assembled just a smattering of the best of it here.
How to Help Child Soldiers in Africa - March 14, 2012 04:00 PM
The Invisible Children campaign has brought a lot of attention to the issue of child soldiers. Here are some other ways that concerned students can help child soldiers in Africa.
Lessons From Kony 2012: How to Critically Analyze Online Content - March 14, 2012 02:00 PM
Invisible Children’s Kony 2012 video has received criticism for being misleading and factually inaccurate. How can students properly evaluate its accuracy?
Kony 2012: Why It Resonates With Students - March 14, 2012 12:00 PM
The Kony 2012 film has become one of the most watched videos on the Internet. How were the filmmakers so successful in gaining the attention of American youths?
Using Collaborative Learning in Classrooms and Libraries - December 01, 2011 01:00 PM
Collaboration, whether between teachers and librarians or classrooms around the world, is fast becoming a crucial educational tool.
Building an Online Presence More Important Than Ever - December 01, 2011 12:00 PM
Educators have long cautioned students about posting damaging information online, but now it’s also becoming important to build a positive digital footprint. When should students start building their online persona? The earlier, the better.
Sites for Learning About the 50 States - December 01, 2011 11:00 AM
When was Colorado admitted to the Union? What is the state motto of Idaho? Who were earliest inhabitants of Indiana? Any student tasked with writing a report about one of the country’s 50 states will find a wealth of information to aid their research online. The sites below include detailed state histories, population breakdowns, geographical information, fun facts and more.
Make Search Engines Work for You: Tips for Better Searches - October 27, 2011 02:00 PM
No search engine is perfect, but armed with a few tips for better searching you can get great results out of (almost) any search engine.
Sites for Learning About Countries - October 27, 2011 01:00 PM
The sites below have a cool collection of tools to help you learn about different countries. A lot of students have to research countries, and by starting with these sites, you’ll be able to write the most accurate and interesting report possible without boarding an airplane.
Misquotes: Searching for Authenticity Online - October 27, 2011 12:00 PM
Misquotes often spread virally through social media, highlighting the lack of skepticism by Web users when sharing poorly cited quotes. Students should learn to treat quotes with suspicion, and how to verify questionable quotes prior to use.
Strategies for Synthesis Writing - October 27, 2011 11:00 AM
To write effectively, students must be able to synthesize ideas from multiple sources into a cohesive viewpoint. Here are some strategies for teaching students how to do so.
Avoid Plagiarism by Paraphrasing Correctly - October 27, 2011 10:00 AM
The ability to fairly incorporate the ideas of another writer into one’s own work is a delicate skill that students of the Internet age must master.
Web Sites for Researching History - October 27, 2011 08:00 AM
These 10 trustworthy Web sites provide detailed accounts of historical events and figures, and collections of primary source material designed to help middle and high school students research U.S. and world history.
The Top 10 Reasons Students Cannot Cite or Rely On Wikipedia - October 27, 2011 08:00 AM
Wikipedia provides Internet users with millions of articles on a broad range of topics, and commonly ranks first in search engines. But its reliability and credibility fall well short of the standards for a school paper. According to Wikipedia itself, “[W]hile some articles are of the highest quality of scholarship, others are admittedly complete rubbish. … use [Wikipedia] with an informed understanding of what it is and what it isn't.”
To help you develop such an understanding, we present 10 reasons you can't rely on information in Wikipedia.
Frozen in Time: A Look at Time Capsules - October 27, 2011 07:00 AM
Time capsules allow their creators to freeze moments in time and communicate those moments to future generations. They encourage a dialogue with history, and speak through the artifacts of culture. Take a look at some unique time capsules that await opening, and some that have already been unearthed.
5 Ways to Get Boys to Read - June 28, 2011 06:00 AM
Nationwide, more boys than girls seem to be struggling with reading. Here are five tips from teachers, librarians, authors and literacy strategists to encourage boys to read.
Pretty and Personable Students Have Classroom Advantage - June 05, 2011 07:00 AM
Around report card time many parents hear a familiar complaint: “My teacher just doesn’t like me.” Researchers at the University of Miami acknowledge there may be truth to these grumblings, and that “non-cognitive traits” influence students’ grades.
K-12 Schools Need More Male Teachers - May 31, 2011 07:00 AM
The dwindling number of male teachers in elementary and middle schools is cause for concern. Boys and girls need male role models in the classroom, educators say.
ADHD or Immaturity? Resources for Teachers & Parents to Divine the Difference - May 27, 2011 07:00 AM
ADD-ADHD is the most commonly diagnosed disease in American children, but critics have long asserted that it is over-diagnosed. For teachers and parents, it can be difficult to discern the difference between immaturity and a treatable disease. Fortunately, the Web offers a bevy of outstanding, informational resources that help divine between the two, and cope with each of them.
The 7 Wonders of the Ancient World - April 28, 2011 07:00 AM
Centuries ago, in a seemingly lost age where rulers built monuments of stone, seven structures stood out for their grandiosity, and for the awe they inspired in all who beheld them.
World’s Greatest Libraries: Past and Present - April 16, 2011 07:00 AM
Explore some of the most significant libraries from the ancient and modern world, including the largest, the oldest and the most technologically advanced, as well as those with unique collections, architecture or locations.
Making the Most of Libraries in the Digital Age - April 14, 2011 07:00 AM
The advent of the Internet has seen many people migrating from the library to the Internet to do research, but libraries are undoubtedly still the best option. Fortunately, it’s easy to find libraries with extensive collections on the Web.
Women’s History Month: American Women Fight for Their Rights - March 09, 2011 07:00 AM
Since the dawn of our nation, there were American women advocating for equal rights. Although women couldn't vote until 1920, pioneers like Abigail Adams were drawing attention to women's rights as early as the 18th century. The following Web sites offer resources about other heroines of the era and the words and actions that paved the way for women's equality.
Libyan History and the 2011 Protests - February 26, 2011 07:00 AM
Libya is experiencing violent upheaval as rebels attempt to end the decades-old rule of Col. Moammar Gadhafi. To understand how Libya has arrived at its present crossroads, one must explore the history of conflict that has shaped the country.
Fairy Tales Continue Enchanting Writers and Readers, But Why? - January 27, 2011 07:00 AM
The revitalization of “Alice in Wonderland” shows the enduring appeal of certain fairy tales, and spotlights modern reincarnations and uses in the classroom.
Want to Hide in Plain Sight? Consider an Alias on Facebook - January 20, 2011 07:00 AM
As more cases come to light of tarnished online reputations proving disastrous in the professional world, more people consider changing their names on Facebook.
8 Sites for College Dorm Survival - January 18, 2011 07:00 AM
Living in a dorm is something that the vast majority of college students have to endure for at least a year. Here are some tips and Web sites to help you survive key aspects of dorm life: roommates, relationships, noise, the bathroom and drab décor.