|Academic Learning Coach|
On April 9, 1959, National Aeronautics and Space Administration introduced America's first seven astronauts. Learn about these men, all part of the Mercury Project, and the timeline the group followed from pilots to seasoned space travellers.
Readorium is a website offering a virtual science library with books and activities that focus on building students reading comprehension and science knowledge.
Science and reading come together in aging but effective platform
Pros: Varied activities and adaptive instruction help students comprehend scientific texts.
Cons: Parts of the platform are showing their age, and it can get repetitive; there's a big focus on earning (and spending) money and tokens.
Bottom Line: There's not much out there that focuses specifically on reading science texts, so if your students can get past the dated design this could be a handy tool to turn to.
Cast Your Vote
Lively civics sim introduces the hows and whys of voting decisions
Pros: Feels very modern, and gets students to reflect on their positions on important issues.
Cons: Students can't access previous notes during Town Hall meetings, and scorecard at the end is a bit reductive.
Bottom Line: This game invaluably shows students the importance of researching candidates and how to do it, and along the way gets students to define their political points-of-view.
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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.