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Vicki Davis

Go Deep Into the Amazon With Scientists Unraveling a Creepy Mystery - Wired Science - 6 views

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    This is the lead in story that tells how they are trying to solve the mystery of the silk tower. I love how they did this -- read this with your students first and then the next article for the answer. Very good writing and kudos to wired. Neat.
Vicki Davis

We Went to the Amazon to Find Out What Makes These Weird Web-Tower Things - Wired Science - 4 views

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    Science teachers will love this - a mystery of silk towers in the Amazon is finally solved. These structures went viral after someone posted and asked what they were on the Internet and now it has been discovered: a spider - although no one is really sure how.

    It baffled entemologists. This whole topic is very cool because it is science but it is also social media and how the two have become inextricably intertwined. This is a great one to talk about in your science classes because there are so many ways you can go with it. So cool.
Vicki Davis

Learn | The Hour of Code 2013 - 2 views

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    Tutorials to teach students of all ages about computational thinking and coding.
Vicki Davis

The New Mayor and the Teachers - NYTimes.com - 2 views

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    An overview from the New York Times predicting the future between Mayor Elect Bill de Blasio and the United Federation of Teachers which represents 40% of the city's workforce. For those following politics in the US, this is a situation to watch.
Vicki Davis

Common Core Academies | Digital textbooks and standards-aligned educational resources - 7 views

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    Through the end of the year, Discovery just sent me a note that they are offering these three common core academies at no cost. Here's the info from Steve Dembo. I've done some work with their SIEMENS STEM Academy and am a sTAR Educator and everything they do is top notch. If you can work it out before the end of the year, this is something you'll want to do.

    From Steve Dembo:
    "We know that implementing the Common Core can be an uphill climb.

    That's why Discovery Education is proud to partner with educators to offer Common Core Academies in ELA, Math, and Leadership at no cost.

    From now until the end of the school year, educators across America are invited to sign up for an Academy and receive:
    practical strategies to implement CCSS
    reseach-based instructional practices
    best practices in using digital content
    resources and digital tools for immediate classroom integration
    Discovery Education Common Core Academies offer one day of immersive professional development and two follow-up virtual sessions at no cost to support educators and leaders in effectively implementing the Common Core State Standards.

    Educators may choose from three Academies offering a unique combination that brings together best practices in digital integration with proven research-based instructional practices:

    Literacy and the Common Core in a Digital World
    Teaching and Assessing Common Core Math in a Digital World
    Leadership Strategies to Support Digital Literacy and the Common Core"
Vicki Davis

CPR in Schools - 0 views

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    Train your students in CPR. This is a great thing to share with your health classes. The curriculum is here for you.
    "The easy-to-use CPR in Schools Training Kit is designed just for schools.  It contains everything needed to train 10 students at once in CPR.  Repeat the process to train a class, a grade - or even an entire school! The CPR in Schools Training Kit is portable, allowing for convenient movement from classroom to classroom and easy storage. One CPR in Schools Training Kit can train hundreds of students!"
Vicki Davis

4liters - 0 views

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    Students and teachers are taking the 4 liter challenge. Here's the curriculum and information to bring resources and instruction to children of all ages.

    "To make the 4 Liter Challenge an even more enriching experience, we've created a free curriculum that introduces themes of water, poverty and human rights to any 7-12th grade classroom. The 4L Curriculum is multidisciplinary and designed to align with national standards. It's built on an innovative "See, Judge, Act" model and will greatly enhance your students' 4L Challenge."
Vicki Davis

Microsoft pulls Windows RT 8.1 update from the Store | ZDNet - 0 views

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    FYI. Microsoft Pulled the Windows 8.1 update after it "bricked" some devices. So, if you're trying to update Windows, wait a little while longer.
Vicki Davis

moonlyt - 10 views

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    This is an online tutoring site. There are many ways you can tutor now and online is one of them.
Vicki Davis

Researchers say tooth proves T. rex was predator - CNN.com - 1 views

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    More science news! A duckbill dinosaur was found with a trex tooth in it. Yes - Trex was a predator, so no rewrite of Jurassic park is needed.

    "You see 'Jurassic Park,' and you see T. rex as this massive hunter and killer, as incredibly vicious. But scientists have argued for 100 years that he was too big and too slow to hunt prey and that he was probably a scavenger, an animal that feeds only on dead things," University of Kansas paleontologist David Burnham said.
    Burnham and researcher Robert DePalma got what Burnham described as his "lucky break" when they found the fossil of a duckbill dinosaur's tail with a tooth in it."
Vicki Davis

Scientists confirm new element after atoms collide - CNN.com - 3 views

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    Scientists confirm new element after atoms collide

    New Element #115 has been announced but is not officially "approved" (which must happen before it is added to the official periodic table.)

    Scientists "slammed calcium atoms into americium." Then, the element vanished quickly into a flash of radiation - but scientists could measure it. It has 115 protons at its center so that puts it at 115 on the table. This would be a great one for classes to discuss in chemistry. Neat topic.
Vicki Davis

Kindle Education - 3 views

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    Some rules have changed as I've been reading up on having Kindles at schools. (Back in February I read a spate of posts mentioning that Amazon said that having 6 kindles share one account was just for "personal use" and that libraries can't do it.) But Amazon does have information on Whispercast which lets you handle distributing books. It is a "free self-service online tool" and I'm thinking that it is something we need to be using. It looks like you can also distribute many of the free ebooks onto Kindles. 
Vicki Davis

Kindle for iOS update brings boost to students and visually impaired | ITProPortal.com - 1 views

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    The recent Kindle updates over the past few months have quite a few teachers. In particular, if you have a textbook on Kindle, you can collate notes by color, which is a major enhancement.  This article does a nice job of summarizing the features important to educators.

    "The update also brings some changes that should be especially helpful for students and teachers, like the ability to highlight long passages that span multiple pages.

    In addition, the Notebook feature for textbooks has new filtering options, which should help you more quickly and easily find all your notes, bookmarks, and highlights by colour"
Vicki Davis

Moving at the Speed of Creativity | Redeeming the Family: Blessing Children of Incarcer... - 2 views

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    Wesley Fryer is not only a great educator but a great man. Here he shares how he and other men went into the Cushing Oklahooma correction facility and helped dads record messages to their children for Father's day. What a great thing to do. Part of my own faith is the forgiveness that we can receive and as people we must forgive and encourage those who have made mistakes. If you don't make a mistake ignore this post, if you do, then consider bringing something like this to your area. Great work, Wes. I hope our PLN's share this message far and wide.

    "This is a 14 minute video reflection by Wesley Fryer, who volunteered with Redeeming the Family on May 15, 2013, at the Cimarron Correctional Facility (prison) in Cushing, Oklahoma. Oklahoma currently has 17 prisons, and Cimarron is one of three which is privately operated. Corrections Corporation of America has owned and operated this prison commercially since 1997. Last week Redeeming the Family volunteers assisted 50 incarcerated dads to record video messages of love for their children, which will be mailed to their children before Father's Day on Sunday, June 16th."
Vicki Davis

EbookBelle - Home - 4 views

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    Here's the website where Merritt compiled all her book reviews on Kindle Nation Daily.
Vicki Davis

Learning with 'e's: 10 characteristics of authentic learning - 12 views

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    An important read as we work to reinvent schools and make sure we measure authentic learning with more authentic measures than bubble trouble. ;-)
Vicki Davis

8 Educational Apps To Create Digital Portfolios - 15 views

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    All of my students are required to create an efolio. Every year they update it, eventually producing a personal website to use for themselves for the future. Here are 8 apps that help you do this.
Vicki Davis

Google adding quick action buttons, real-time flight status to Gmail - 1 views

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    You'll notice new quick action buttons in Gmail as announced by Google on Wednesday. They want to make things more intuitive. Expect these changes to happen on a gradual basis but they are coming. Including the ability to RSVP more easily - a feature which I like as some stragglers still refuse to properly use Google Calendar or any online calendar at all.

    "When the situation calls for it, new quick action buttons will pop up in an email, letting you accomplish simple tasks without reaching for the keyboard. For event RSVPs, you can even mark your attendance from the main inbox view -- a preview with all the key details will pop up, letting you respond with a simple Yes, Maybe or No. "
Vicki Davis

Instagram Child Safety - SociallyActive - 3 views

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    Instagram is something kids are using. Here are some tips for helping your child be safe on instagram. I totally agree about talking to your child about the photo map. If you haven't already, talk to them today about NOT using the feature which puts their photos on a map of where they were when they took it. Like that paint in your new bedroom? Photo map it? Boom. The lat and long of your daughter's bedroom. Just a bad idea. I do think instagram and other location based websites are going to get into hot water. Lat and long disclosing by kids should be approved by parents.
Vicki Davis

Quest2Matter - What It Is & How to Join - Choose 2 Matter - 5 views

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    Help your kids submit their idea and work to Quest to matter. This is a great way to showcase what your students are doing. It will also open up opportunities for mentoring. If you know a kid who is doing something cool to change the world - SUBMIT IT. The end date is June 7th. Why not have your class create a quest to matter. If you haven't had a chance to do a genius project or some creative teacherpreneurship with passion projects - USE THIS opportunity. My friend Angela Maiers had this idea and many have joined in (like me) to help create a website showcasing and promoting all the great work that students are doing as social entrepreneurs to change the world. There will be a winning project that is showcased and mentored. 
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