Interactive physics: Forces
Have you ever experienced digital learning? Digital Learning Day on February 23rd is the perfect time to try out a great digital learning resource. This interactive program will help you teach all about how forces work. Discover what they are, types, combining, and more through engaging online activities.
Build Math Skills with Aleks
Strong adaptive learning makes traditional math curriculum more useful
Pros: Provides tons of data to teachers and students, and competency-based progression is far better than grades.
Cons: Math content is mostly traditional, decontextualized, and dry.
Bottom Line: For kids who crave a traditional mastery-style math learning experience and have good self-regulation skills, this is a great option.
Try Engineering: Build a Big Wheel
To honor the inventor of the Ferris Wheel, George Washington Ferris, try this engineering lesson. Students will immerse themselves in a study of motion, lode, and construction of various wheels throughout history. Structural engineering and design investigations will also occur during their investigation of the "London Eye" to analyze wheel design challenges that Ferris and others who preceded him must have experienced.. Then the students will work in cooperative groups to build and problem solve as they will use pasta, glue, and tea bags to construct a big wheel.
February is Periodic Table Month, and this website is the perfect way to celebrate. The table can be color coded by orbitals, element types, electronegativity, melting points, boiling points, and percent of the Earth’s crust. You can also click on each element to learn even more.
Create Animated Videos
Design and present animated infographics and video with versatile site
Pros: Seven different media creation tools; students can create content from templates or from scratch.
Cons: Frequent users will need to upgrade; loading videos can take a while.
Bottom Line: A great media creation tool that could be used all year long for everything from posters to videos, but teachers will need to make learning goals clear.
Try Password Raps
The first of February is Change Your Passwords Day. Find out more as Clicky raps about how to make a strong password. Why are they important? How do you create one? Watch and find out!
Well-structured lessons encourage deep analysis, thoughtful writing
Pros: High-interest texts can spark classroom discussions, and the CCSS-aligned critical reading framework provides helpful feedback tools for teachers.
Cons: Lessons/texts could be more timely. Further options for collaboration and discussion among students would make the platform more lively.
Bottom Line: This is a ready-to-go, research-backed resource that focuses intently on CCSS-aligned and AP-level critical reading and writing skills.
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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.