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Transform your history classroom. ActiveHistory provides entertaining, educational award-winning interactive simulations, decision-making games, self-marking quizzes, high-quality worksheets and detailed lesson plans for teachers and students [more].

Feb 27, 15

"This is the first step toward reimagining YouTube for families, but with your help, the app will continue to get better over time,” writes Shimrit Ben-Yair, group product manager for YouTube Kids, on the company’s blog. “We’re excited to start this chapter with you—so from our family to yours, enjoy!"

Feb 20, 15

The Reading Like a Historian curriculum engages students in historical inquiry. Each lesson revolves around a central historical question and features sets of primary documents designed for groups of students with diverse reading skills and abilities.

Feb 19, 15

The answer to "What generation am I?" is determined by what year you were born. Find the year you were born below to see what generation you are. Note that generations overlap a little so you may consider yourself another generation if you are born close to the generation before or after. While reading about the different generations, ask yourself these questions: Do our descriptions of your generation fit you? What generation describes you? Which generation do you wish you were?

Feb 19, 15

In America, there are six living generations, which are six fairly distinct groups of people. As a generalization each generation has different likes, dislikes, and attributes. They have had collective experiences as they aged and therefore have similar ideals. A person’s birth date may not always be indicative of their generational characteristics, but as a common group they have similarities.

Feb 19, 15

(These are Western Cultural Generations. Japan and Asia and portions of Europe will have their own generational definitions based on major cultural, political, and economic influences.)

Feb 19, 15

Are you confused about generation terminology? Here at Talented Heads we talk a lot about Generation Y, but this doesn’t mean we don’t care about the other generations too! Let us break down the terminology for you…

Feb 19, 15

Growing up, my family's Sunday night ritual was always the single word, dinner-and-a-movie. We were passionate about cinema, and a post-movie debate was always included in the evening's entertainment. In fact, one of the most memorable fights with my dad was over his inability to delay his analysis of Hoosiers before the end credits had even rolled.

Feb 19, 15

The Academy Awards are just around the corner, and there are a number of nominated films that can be great teaching tools for educators this year.

Feb 17, 15

DUST is an alternate reality game, an immersive story in which you interact with a fictional world by using real world media and skills. It is not a video game where you control a virtual player, instead you play as yourself using mobile apps, websites, and social media. Players work together alongside fictional characters to unravel a mystery that will help them save the world. The game officially launches on January 26th. The problem will be revealed and the fun will begin!

Feb 17, 15

Welcome to the David Rumsey Map Collection Database and Blog. The Map Database has many viewers and the Blog has numerous categories.

Feb 17, 15

For years writing across the curriculum has been a topic of discussion and often the subject of inservice sessions. Yet for most schools, infusing more writing into content areas was more of a worthy goal than a school-wide priority. Today, however, writing across the curriculum has become a priority and a high-stakes enterprise because of the increased emphasis given writing by statewide assessment programs. These assessment programs are causing educators across the country to reassess their approach to teaching and using writing.

Feb 16, 15

Researchers at Iowa State University are finding physical activity is a boon to the brains of elementary school students.<br />ISU kinesiology assistant professor Spyridoula Vazou says short bouts of skipping or jumping combined with academic learning can lead to improvement in kids’ cognitive abilities.

Feb 16, 15

Like many 11-year-olds in Texas, Ethan had to build a model of the Alamo as a school project. Often, students make their dioramas out of paper mache or popsicle sticks, but Ethan’s teacher gave him permission to build his project in Minecraft, the popular sandbox software game in which players build structures out of blocks.

Feb 15, 15

Earlier in the year I was asked by a group of kindergarten teachers how they might be able to streamline the process of organizing the notes from their student conferences about their reading. Like many teachers, they had been using notebooks with their students and wanted a system that would be more user-friendly and digital. We looked at a variety of strategies, and as we talked, it became clear that one of the things that was most important for them was to be able to do this work collaboratively. They had tried the Confer app for the iPad and Android tablets, but any notes they took were dedicated to a single device, and if something happened to that device, they would lose everything for their classes. We needed a web-based solution that would allow for multiple people to conference with students and to share their notes without having to hand a notebook off after each conference.

Feb 12, 15

Welcome! Literacy Leader was created as your one-stop shop for reading teachers and learners with a wealth of resources for teaching literacy at all levels. Our goal is to gather activities, strategies, and best practices in instruction for teaching students to effectively read, write, listen, speak, and think.

Feb 12, 15

I was supervising a teacher who was enrolled in our program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst that focused on developing student self-knowledge, ego strength, trust and community in classrooms. We had created a manual with over 50 classroom lessons. She was teaching at a high school in an economically depressed district in northern Appalachia.

Feb 12, 15

In the education world, the term student-centered classroom is one we hear a lot. And many educators would agree that when it comes to 21st-century learning, having a student-centered classroom is certainly a best practice. Whether you instruct first grade or university students, take some time to think about where you are with creating a learning space where your students have ample voice, engage frequently with each other, and are given opportunities to make choices.

Feb 12, 15

It has been said to me many times that it's the child who is acting out that needs you the most. And yet, all too often, the systems that are most likely to deal with young people in crisis do more damage than good.

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