Use the huge libraries of public domain, grade appropriate books to make sure that every student has books he or she is able to read.
With all of the pushes to use data and the now endlessly diverse sources through which schools are generating data, all schools need a spreadsheet-style platform that will allow them to use and organize a large variety of information about students. GPA, SAT, state tests, AIMSweb, local benchmark assessments, etc. It's not going to work if we continually need to use so many sites to see the data.
We need to figure out how to leverage our outstanding research infrastructure for applications across the K-20(and beyond) curriculum. The "Silent Stimulus" includes high speed networks and high performance computing resources developed and owned by the national higher education community.
A location for teachers to view lessons implemented in a classroom. The lessons would be based on best-practices and research based. Each lesson would include a video of a teacher implementing the lesson.
At my district I am one of the members of a Learning Management System project team. We are in the process of determining and developing the lms for the use with professional developers. We have had constant pressure to find a solution to provide meaningful pd oppurtunites to staff, but at the same time lower the release time of staff away from students. It has always been an issue of finding the happy medium between... more »
Typical vocabulary building begins with looking up words in the dictionary for their meanings, and this approach was used initially with the project, DA_7_8_RYSS by having the students go online and look up the definitions for their assigned words to begin to have an understanding. Retention of this understanding was the important component of the project, and a second approach was used by having the students visualize... more »
Using Your Senses “Human beings are sensory creatures – that is, we operate not just through what we know but through what we see and hear and feel. Reading about something brings us understanding, but our senses of sight, hearing and touch deepen that understanding. Multimedia – combinations of words, sounds, images, video and animation – can provide that sensory input. Multimedia productions can take many forms, including... more »
In keeping with the programming section of one of the chapters of the Grade 7 TEKS/TAKS Technology Applications textbook ... HTML or Web page building in this case ... the students will be using these acquired skills [source code writing] to incorporate stories for children as Web-based. The story writing ... source code writing and practice implemented the previous week ... is based on children's books that target... more »
Literacy Through Photography (LTP), the educational component of FotoFest International (Houston, Texas), is a writing program designed to help classroom students achieve better communication skills through the use of digital or film-based photography. FotoFest has combined with Tom Chambers at Raul Yzaguirre School For Success [Houston, Texas] and Harold Olejarz at Eisenhower Middle School [Wyckoff, New Jersey] to pursue... more »
A web banner or banner ad is a form of advertising on the World Wide Web. This form of online advertising entails embedding an advertisement into a web page. It is intended to attract traffic to a website by linking to the website of the advertiser. The students were asked to create banners of the standard size to advertise various products and/or promote causes and ask for donations. Web banner production is an integral... more »
As a part of after-school programming, a core group of students from Raul Yzaguirre School For Success [Houston, Texas] and Eisenhower Middle School [Wyckoff, New Jersey] will go out as a team with teacher to document the environs on three or four separate occasions to be able to have an adequate amount of images for editing and exchange between the two student core groups at the two schools. An online blogging website... more »
"Flip Flop ... Classroom Evaluations" Students will be assigned to provide coverage of various teaching methods and classroom activities. The coverage will then be viewed for teaching style evaluations from a student perspective. The coverage will be imported into MovieMaker for editing and oral evaluation dubbing. The product ... movies ... will then be placed on the Internet for public consumption and feedback.... more »
Using Google Earth and its flight simulator to motivate students to study Geography and History Install Google Earth on the students' computers, and then show the students how to use the flight simulator ... even young children can master this because it's fun ... to "fly over" [and around] specific sites to look at the geographic detail and how the particular cities/towns and villages are configured amongst the natural... more »
Using "Panhandle Circle-square" project at: http://tomrchambers.com/circle_square.html and other locations via Google Earth to study Geometry and make mathematical calculations as they relate to real world applications such as the farmers in the Texas Panhandle using square plots of land and circular irrigation of their crops to make a living. Their geometrical calculations are precise to be efficient with their livelihood.... more »
Spellathon provides a new free resource for teachers and their students to practice English spelling in the class room and at home in a fun and engaging way.
Spellathon is also the biggest, best and most exciting global sponsored spelling competition ever. All Schools, Colleges and University Unions will receive 25% of the income fundraised by their students!