Category: Cool

Google Search Tricks for Research

  Google Search has become our go-to source for practically every question we have—from simple questions to the philosophical ones. But Google can also be a great starting point for student research projects. Understanding how to use the search engine’s targeted search features is the key to accessing a wealth of credible, accurate information. Common ...

Do You Widget?

Classroom Screen is a simple, accessible, and (hopefully) useful tool to keep in your back pocket. It is a website where you can have all of your widgets on one screen and manipulate them with ease. You don’t need an account, login, or anything other than a browser to use Classroom Screen. One downside is ...

Young Writers Program – National Novel Writing Month

November is National Novel Writing Month, which is an internet based effort to encourage and support writers in completing a 50000 word novel. The project has been an annual event since 1999 with billions of words written. NaNoWriMo has adapted its program to create a powerful web tool and curriculum for students and teachers to join ...

It’s Media Literacy Week!

November 5th-9th is dedicated to highlighting the importance of media literacy. Organized by the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE), the week is designed to coordinate events across the country to bring awareness to the importance of media literacy education. What is media literacy? Media literacy is the ability to access, analyze, and evaluate ...

A Brief History of the Oregon Trail (video game)

This video gives a glimpse into the story of how Oregon Trail went from a desire to make learning fun to world wide phenomenon and classic experience for 80’s and 90’s students. Read the whole story over at io9.

Train Like A Martian Day 1

Day 1 of TOSAs working out to go to Mars. If you haven’t already, join us each day the rest of this week.

Train Like a Martian

What is the #TrainLikeAMartian challenge? A week of fun activities that highlight the importance of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, space exploration, and physical fitness. The challenge begins May 14th and provides students and adults around the world a chance to have some fun, show why STEM is important, and to win some cool ...

Bluetooth’s Treasure Found

No, there isn’t some unknown magical feature now available for the ubiquitous computer connection technology. Instead we’re talking about coins and jewelry that belonged to the technology’s namesake, Danish king Harald ‘Bluetooth’ Gormsson. Last weekend, archaeologists unearthed hundred’s of coins, pearls, brooches and even a Thor’s Hammer pendant on Rügen Island in Germany. They were ...

Is Technology a Tool?

Is Technology a Tool? As a former math teacher I am convinced that I could teach math with chalk, a chalkboard, and a few $0.99 calculators. I am also convinced that by the end of the semester my students would show good scores and growth on their various summative assessments. So if I can arrive ...