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Project idea: Interactive timelines for any topic

Below is an article that reviews 10 free timeline generators.  Read through the short reviews and choose the best one for your class.

“Top 10 Free Timeline Creation Tools” by eLearning Industry: http://goo.gl/ogIz3z

 

The Tiki-Toki timeline generator is already used in some Theology classes. Check out this sample timeline created by Diana Haney, “St. Iggy and the Jesuits”: http://www.tiki-toki.com/timeline/entry/492586/Saint-Iggy-and-the-Jesuits/

St Iggy

 

Six creative ways to inspire girls in science lessons

Inspire girls to pursue STEM with these creative ideas inspired by Ada Lovelace (the world’s first computer programmer!):

  • Create a timeline or a comic strip of her fascinating life (Her father was Lord Byron, the Poet) or another prominent women in STEM history: Katherine Johnson, Rachel Carson, and Sally Ride.
  • Curate a collection of curious facts for students to explore
  • Make them wonder with science “tricks” to spark interest
  • Solve mysteries with SCIENCE
  • Bake cookies using sunlight, or make a solar oven using a pizza box!

 

More resources:

Girl Friendly Physics: http://girlfriendlyphysics.co.uk/

Top 10 Tips for Engaging Girls with Physics: http://teachers.theguardian.com/teacher-resources/21200/

TED Talk: “Inspiring the Next Generation of Female Engineers”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEeTLopLkEo

Science Grrl: http://sciencegrrl.co.uk/

 

Read the article:

“Six Creative Ways to Inspire Girls in Science Lessons” from @GuardianTeach

http://goo.gl/EGDNzf

Vocabulary.com for learning vocabulary for any subject

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Vocabulary.com isn’t just a tool for English teachers (Though it’s quite handy for literary devices and novel vocab!).  Any teacher can create their own lists of vocabulary for students to learn, or choose pre-made lists from the vocabulary.com library on any subject!  Create lists of terms for history, math, science, or art units to help reiterate and refresh.

How vocabulary.com works:

https://www.vocabulary.com/howitworks/

 

Teenreads for booklists, reviews, interviews, and more!

teenreads

One of our favorite teen reading sites is www.teenreads.com.  If you’re looking for ways to add an independent reading project to your class, this site has great booklists (The Ultimate Reading List!), author interviews, reviews, blog posts, and newsletters about reading to supplement the project.  You can also encourage voracious readers to apply to be a book reviewer!

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning for PLN

ed tech

This blog is a favorite for learning about new ed tech tools and tips for using them.  Posts cover a range of topics to help teachers make technology work for them and for their students, including tips for using Google tools, apps for homework help, web tools for inquiry-based learning, etc.

http://www.educatorstechnology.com/

Found Poems for Inquiry!

found

This post by literacy coach Lauren Francese outlines the process for using primary sources to make found poems. This activity can easily be adapted for any discipline.  In the blog post below, students use soldiers’ journals from World War I, but I have also seen teachers use found poetry with novels and articles.

https://goo.gl/qR2Dyj

Mom, this is how Twitter works.

twitter

For a quick, comical guide to the nuances of the Twitterverse:

http://www.momthisishowtwitterworks.com/