National Golf Day is this month. Learn the science, technology, engineering and math of golf through this collection of short original video clips. The video series features both scientists and pro golfers.
Deliver solid content, crunch data with connected LMS/grading platform
Pros: Beyond the grading and reporting platform, there are useful instruction and assessment tools like wikis, flash cards, and quizzes.
Cons: Success hinges on consistent use from all stakeholders, and making the most of all the features can be overwhelming.
Bottom Line: With time-saving tools and accessible third-party content, this gradebook is a solid choice for its extensive, district-level features.
Ever wonder what exactly Confucious did say? You can find out by checking out the original, online text of Confucian Analects by Confucius.
Design, analyze, then build STEM applications
Pros: Students are able to engage in an authentic engineering process that builds science knowledge.
Cons: Kids may get lost in the heavy text sections.
Bottom Line: Complete learning modules include simple CAD design simulation tools, a digital competition, and options for hands-on building.
This lesson offers thought-provoking activities for grades 9-12 with this interactive in which students are given a limit and must decide what to bring on the Mayflower.
Thanksgiving is right around the corner. As inspiration for your festivities, check out the different types of headdresses worn by Native American groups across North, Central and South America.
PBS Kids: Plum Landing
Web games, outside adventures offer in-depth tour of Earth’s ecosystems
Pros: Hands-on investigations help kids explore the world around them and build scientific understanding.
Cons: Alignment to the Next Generation of Science Standards leaves a bit to be desired.
Bottom Line: Student-directed investigations and outdoor extension activities elevate Plum Landing beyond just a companion site for the TV show.
Skyscrapers are awesome to check out. Celebrate the world's tallest buildings with this graphical timeline that showcases all the buildings from 1890-2004.
Minecraft-like 3D modeling (and printing) made super easy for all ages
Pros: Simple, Minecraft-inspired design tools are familiar to some users and easy to learn for others, especially with the great tutorials and examples.
Cons: Designs are exclusively composed of cubes, which makes creating very complex designs a bit challenging, and the teacher dashboard is limited.
Bottom Line: This may be the fastest, cheapest route from idea to 3D printing out there, if you don't mind low-res, pixelated designs.
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage by exploring the roots, artists and instruments of salsa! Includes English/Spanish lessons related to salsa greats Yomo Toro and Celia Cruz.
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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.