January is Houseplant Appreciation month. One plant that is amazing in our houses and in the wild is the orchid. Discover how orchids outwit insects to reproduce and how they have adapted to survive in their environment.
Quirky, funny videos give thoughtful answers to kids' sex-ed questions
Pros: A fun visual style, solid information, and easy-to-understand info make tough questions a lot easier to ask
Cons: The irreverent tone and frank content may challenge parents' and teachers' expectations on what's appropriate in this context.
Bottom Line: An appealingly down-to-earth way to help kids face tough questions about navigating the challenges of puberty.
Welcome to 2018! Check out how we organize our lives in accordance with the sun and stars. Understand the specifics of how calendars were developed through the ages and have a Happy New Year!
Math Science Music
Thoughtful tools teach STEM skills through music and creativity
Pros: Interdisciplinary design boosts STEM and musical skills at the same time. Win-win.
Cons: Nontraditional site navigation without a menu and search function can make it difficult to locate resources.
Bottom Line: Limited but quality content gives STEM teachers a new toolset for fostering engagement and understanding.
Addicted to chocolate? Want to learn a bit more about this luscious plant? Then check out Globio. Chocolate begins as a seed of the tropical cacao tree. It has been a prized taste sensation for more than 2,500 years. Learn more about this tasty treat.
What release number is the iPhoneX? How many winter Olympics have we had after the XXIII Winter Games? Get a handle on the Roman Numerals we see everywhere with this interactive game. Convert from Arabic to Roman Numerals or the other way around with handy help available when you need it.
Title: Whooo's Reading
Summary: Innovative take on independent reading ditches multiple-choice quizzes
Pros: Questions push students to read critically; supports a shared, meaningful independent reading program.
Cons: Avatars and rewards likely not suitable for older students; auto-generated questions can be too general.
Bottom Line: A convenient, well-intentioned tool for supporting a quality, interest-driven independent reading program, but make sure to tweak the auto-generated scores and questions.
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.
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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.