Learn more about the lives of Orville and Wilbur for Wright Brothers. Learn about how the invention of a working airplane came to being. Enjoy lessons, simulations, presentations, activities, and videos connected to Orville and Wilbur's work. Enjoy numerous primary sources that share their early work and demonstrate the complexity of their inventions.
Summary: Popular games, big names get kids and teachers pumped to program
Pros: Focused and engaging activities allow students to work at their own pace and stay challenged.
Cons: Though there are tons of teacher resources, it'll take some time to figure out how to weave them into your class.
Bottom Line: A well-planned, -produced, and -curated set of free resources bound to get kids hooked on learning to code.
Nobel Prize Day is in December. Prizes are awarded annually for outstanding contributions in physics, chemistry, medicine, and literature. Check out this website to learn about the current winners including Bob Dylan, the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature for creating a new style of music. Find out why Alfred Nobel created the Prize; learn about any of the recipients since 1901! Read about the “Women Who Changed the World” and the youngest Nobel Laureate ever, who was only 17.
Summary: Complete and entertaining typing program for all ages
Pros: Thorough K-12 curriculum, attractive interface, and very powerful back end for teachers and admins.
Cons: Long list of lessons might intimidate some students, not designed for individual users.
Bottom Line: A perfect typing curriculum implementation for schools or districts.
The Women Who Changed a Nation. The Mother of the Civil Rights Movement. These honorable titles are attributed to Rosa Parks. In honor of Rosa Parks Day on 12/1, watch an interview with Rosa Parks as she describes her role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Support materials for teachers are included, such as background information, discussion questions, and a student handout.
Title: Youth Radio
Summary: A stellar take on the news from diverse kid journalists
Pros: The content is top-notch, and the kids are guided by professionals to make compelling radio.
Cons: It's slightly difficult to navigate the website; some reorganization for clarity would help.
Bottom Line:An outstanding place to find fresh voices and NPR-quality content created by kids.
Follow the links on this website to learn all about Western Philosophy. Ancient and Medieval Philosophy contains information about Plato, Aristotle, and various ideas of thought. Then move onto Early Modern Philosophy with the Renaissance, Descartes, Locke, and more. Recent Modern Philosophy includes the Enlightenment, Kant, Idealism, and Pragmatism among other things. And, finally, Contemporary Philosophy ideas including existentialism, Postmodernism, feminism, and more. Other links also include a dictionary, study guide, timeline, logic, and more in this comprehensive introduction to Western Philosophy
Summary: Projects inspire creativity; a place for kids' sharing would boost fun
Pros: Clean design and sophisticated resources make for a unique collection of projects to get kids thinking and innovating.
Cons: An online community space where kids could share creative ideas would boost engagement, especially for older kids.
Bottom Line: A go-to site for teachers looking for well-presented project ideas; kids will need opportunities to share work locally.
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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.