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20 Tricks to Make You an Excel Expert

Microsoft Excel is a powerful tool for organizing your work life. But how much do you know about its secrets? Try these tricks from LifeHack to make your spreadsheeting days easier and more efficient!

Full article: 20 Tricks That Can Make Anyone an Excel Expert

The Greatest Gift: Teach Students to Fight Fake News

Challenge student thinking and fight ignorance by fostering critical thinking skills and information literacy in your classroom!

Full article: Teach Students to Fight Fake News

Flipster Magazines

Available for individual and class use.  Current issue and back issues available.
.Browse the full collection of magazine titles

Time — Seventeen — Science News — Rolling Stone — People — National Geographic — National Geographic History — Sports Illustrated — Commonweal — World Soccer — The Week — Rugby World — Runner’s World — Golf Digest — Car & Driver — Bon Appetit — Yoga Journal — 5280 — Shutterbug

The magazines can be viewed in any Web browser on iPad, Android tablet, any Smartphone or computer.  Simply click on a cover above.  For a full list, click on the “Flipster” Logo. Click here for a desktop Video tutorial.

Or use the App.  Available for iPad/iPhone or Android.  Instructions for the app.

 

28 Student-Centered Instructional Strategies

 

This infographic reference can help remind you to use more student-centered instructional strategies in your curriculum.  Click here for the complete graphic.

 

 

The Periodic Table of Videos

Maintained by the University of Nottingham (UK) comes this collection of videos for each element of the periodic table.  Be sure to check out the university’s YouTube channel for more great content.

Periodic Table of Videos

Wireless Philosophy – YouTube Channel

Video lessons on critical thinking, from analyzing a persuasive essay to dissecting research findings, as well as accessible videos on the practice of philosophy.

Link: Wireless Philosophy

App Highlight: ThingLink for Assessment and Creative Learning

ThingLink, a free app in the app store, lets users create interactive images.  Add your own or web-based images, videos, links to articles / web pages, sound clips, or text.  This app is simple to use and the applications are endless!  Finished ThingLinks can be emailed and viewed in a web browser.  The site’s published ThingLinks are searchable in the app and on the website and easily copied to your personal library to be shared / uploaded.

Suggestions for using ThingLink in your classroom:

  • For teaching: Use ThingLink to explain a diagram, math problem, poetry form, concept, etc..  Link articles, instructional videos, and add text explanations.  Have students use your ThingLink to teach themselves, especially useful if they are absent from class.  Sample ThingLink on Inverse Trig Functions: https://www.thinglink.com/scene/730047756499943424 (To use: Hover your mouse over the image and click the icons to view supplemental content.)
  • For learning / assessment: Assign ThingLink as a research project or to check for understanding.  Have students research any topic and link / describe all resources in the ThingLink or have students upload diagrams, label the parts, and write explanations for each.  The features will work for any discipline!  Sample research-based ThingLink on St. Ignatius Loyola: https://www.thinglink.com/scene/773971961398165505 (To use: Hover your mouse over the image and click the icons to view added content.)

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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/