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I am a huge fan of the Phet lab simulations.  I find that they are a great way to model real world situations and give students the ability to explore areas such as those with glaciers, digitally since it is virtually impossible for teachers to take such awesome field trips.  This lab is a compilation of other labs that I have found both on Phet and around the internet.  This Earth Science lab also allows students to...Read more

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One of my goals in the last couple of years is to incorporate more math into my Earth Science course.  This lab allows students to explore the angle of repose, or the angle at which a consolidated slope can get before it becomes dangerously close to some sort of mass movement/wasting event.  Students are going to explore the angle at which a particular sediment, mostly sand, will begin to slide down slope.  Here is a...Read more

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Learning for Life

By Jeremy Hatch, Principal-Taylor Elementary

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Cram, is a relatively new website/mobile app, that will let teachers and students create digital flashcards.  Once the cards are created, students can play games that will help them memorize their vocabulary.  I am currently creating a set for my Spanish students.  Below is a quick demonstration on how to create your first set of...Read more

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For those educators who use rubric to grade projects with, here is a new and simple rubric maker, Quick Rubric.  Quick Rubric is indeed quick.  It live up to its name.  Here is a quick demonstration and tutorial on how to use this simple rubric maker.

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Print Friendly is an excellent Google Chrome extension that allows you to take any webpage, discard text, images, and ads, and the create a printer and student friendly PDF file.

  1. Click on the following: Print Friendly
  2. Install the extension.
  3. Go to a web page that you
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There is a new tool from ClassTools.net that allows students to generate a news headline image.  An example of what I am talking about is below.

Vesuvius News

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If a teacher assigns gives an assignment to students, the teacher should grade and give feedback to that assignment.  Students are smart and know which teachers grade carefully and which just give a grade.  I had a foreign exchange student live with us for a year.  When she first got to the US, she did everything perfect or as well as she could.  By the time she left, she completed her assignment only half-heartedly...Read more

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In my High School biology class, we are learning about different biomes and ecosystems.  As part of that lesson we looked at pond water through microscopes so that students could see that ecosystems exist even in a single drop of water.  As we were looking for organisms, a student asked if he could take out his cell phone and take a picture of a worm he found.  In my class, using a cell phone is not an...Read more

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Have you ever had that "Ah Ha" moment, that you wish you could share with other educators quickly and efficiently?  Well, here at EducationalResource.org, Jason and I (Brian), have a combined 29 years of teaching experience, where we have endured the many shifts in educational philosophies,

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