Celebrate the Incredible Edible Egg Eggcyclopedia. Learn about egg candling, one of the tasks of the egg grader. This Eggcyclopedia is a searchable dictionary for all things having to do with eggs.
Vast video site offers current, historical content
Pros: The archive is truly impressive. Teachers can create playlists or download videos. Integrates with Google Classroom.
Cons: Can't re-arrange videos in a playlist. Learning activities aren't integrated with viewing.
Bottom Line: This is a great source for video-based news, thanks to the huge archive, current events coverage, and teacher-friendly extra links to Newsela articles.
Celebrate class novel reading by visiting the classic Alice in Wonderland tale. This beautiful online edition of the Lewis Carroll classic is written in large text for easy legibility, and includes illustrations from eleven different versions of the story.
Superb real-time assessment tool a fit for BYOD, 1-to-1
Pros: Flexible features make creating simple or detailed assessments a snap, and the ability to see student responses in real time helps teachers meet students where they are.
Cons: Assignments are tailored to individual use and lack opportunities for peer collaboration.
Bottom Line: Cleverly designed for teachers, Formative offers a flexible and attractive solution for gathering a variety of student response types and offering individualized feedback.
Peter Rabbit, Peter Cottontail, Bugs Bunny, and Thumper are all famous—but fictional—rabbits. Let’s study “real rabbits” with this in-depth resource about rabbits, their behavior, appearance, reproduction, and classification.
Simplify communication, collaboration, and document sharing
Pros: Easy-to-learn interface; integrates with lots of apps and websites; seamlessly share, collect, and grade G Suite documents.
Cons: Integration with student information services is still in development; no standards-based grading options.
Bottom Line: Google Classroom is a great way to manage and organize learning, though teachers who need more features may need to look elsewhere.
FREE missions boost learning with balance of focus and freedom to explore
Pros: Mastery-focused missions set the pace for each student individually while continuous assessment gives teachers valuable real-time data.
Cons: Video instruction may be too fast-paced for some learners; a fair amount of instruction is only delivered via text with few illustrations.
Bottom Line: A solid resource for math and science instruction as well as foundational knowledge in a number of other high school subjects.
Art of Problem Solving
Variety of math content supports struggling and advanced learners
Pros: Presents information in multiple ways; courses are organized specifically by grade level.
Cons: The forums are a bit hard to navigate; continued use of the program could get a bit pricey over time.
Bottom Line: Separate sections for younger and older students help to teach kids at all levels, from foundational skills up to Math Olympiad training.
Fear of the number 13, knocking on wood, stepping on a crack. Where did these superstitions come from? Why do we still believe in them? Find out by watching this TED Ed video and then taking a quiz, digging deeper with web links, and writing an answer to a discussion question. Better hurry, though. Halloween is coming!
A well-rounded, entertaining, hands-on intro to filmmaking
Pros: Friendly, helpful instruction and videos; a thorough introduction to the filmmaking process; easy to use.
Cons: A few of the links are broken, requires external programs for some of the steps, lacks depth that serious students will be seeking.
Bottom Line: Chock-full of useful advice and hands-on activities that give students a realistic (and really fun!) overview of the movie-making process.
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Valerie Bourbour is a certified educator and past Co-Director of The Academy of Ormond Beach. Ms. Bourbour has experience in online learning platforms and aims for student success.