Students can make a difference in their communities by joining 6 million other young people trying to change the world for the better. As part of Do Something, they can hone in on their interests, use the resources available, and share their expertise to create positive change.
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!
Ever get sick and tired of writing down the same one line journal prompts? Why not try a video with a question? Once that TV starts rolling you've already got everyone's attention and journaling just became a lot less painful.
The Kid Should See This: Smart Videos for Fun and Learning
By screening short videos that provide a visual look at subjects ranging from science to art, teachers can reinforce concepts kids are learning in class.
Pros: Informative, kid-appropriate videos include written background information.
Cons: Content is divided into general categories, but isn't sorted by age or specific topic.
Bottom Line: Regularly updated visual content stimulates interest, learning; adding better sorting capabilities would make it a stronger resource.
Bring real-world stories from public radio into the classroom
Pros: Vast range of solid current event info and historical stories from public radio let students make genuine connections.
Cons: Audio-focused site could use a few more videos and images to entice kids used to snazzier visual content.
Bottom Line: A fantastic resource that brings both historical and current event public radio stories into the classroom.
Pros: Kids will find the articles interesting, and teachers can track student quiz and comment activity to facilitate progress.
Cons: Articles on fluff topics like a pageant shoe parade don't offer much useful information; the topic listings and tags could be more clearly defined.
Bottom Line: TweenTribune's questions, quizzes, and educator tools can help kids follow and understand the news; its content may work best with younger users.
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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.