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Education-Related Websites to Visit: July 10, 2014

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

** ~ This site offers thousands of printable activities and games for your kids, plus schooling information and more.

** ~ This site is all about reading–teaching it, helping struggling students, and covering related topics A-Z.

** ~ This is “a directory of websites, mobile apps, and desktop programs that are rated and reviewed by parents and educators. We help you find the right educational tools for your specific needs.”

** ~ This Common Sense Media site “makes it easier for educators to find the best apps, games, and websites for the classroom.”

** ~ Here you’ll “find and use thousands of FREE games, videos, and interactives in all major K-12 subjects and aligned to the Common Core.

Recommended Education-Related Websites: July 3, 2014

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

** ~ This site from Information Please offers up facts on everything from sports and science to math, money, and the world. You’ll also find a Homework Center, games, quizzes, an encyclopedia, thesaurus, and more.

** ~ Here, you’ll find lesson plans for grades K-6, fun crafts, and much more.

** ~ Here you’ll be treated to an adventure in art history.

** ~ This site offers “collections of topic-based online education resources to incorporate in your curriculum,” and it covers everything from cyber safety and polar science to science news and webquests.

Education-Related Websites to Visit: 6/26/2014

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

** ~ With its mission to expand participation in computer science, this site believes that “every students in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer programming.”

** of lemurs/ ~ This site explains that “through reading nonfiction and informational texts, students will learn about Madagascar’s geography and its native lemurs–found nowhere else on earth.”

** ~ This site is “the universally recognized authority on record-breaking achievement.”

** ~ Information Please has been answering all kinds of factual questions since 1938, first as a quiz show, then as an annual almanac starting in 1947, and now online.

Education Websites to Visit: 12/18/2013

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

** ~ Here visitors become pest-wise via guides, games, science fair kits, and more.

** ~ This site “was designed to enhance the breadth, flexibility, and knowledge of science, math, and technology between higher education and K-12 education.”

** ~ This Allentown Art Museum’s interactive educational site invites visitors to travel back 500 years into the past with just the click of a mouse button.

Education-Related Websites to Visit: 12/11/2013

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

** ~ This site says it’s been designed with teachers in mind and provides content-area assessments, curriculum maps, standards-based student reports, and so much more.

** ~ This site “provides the information and community support that aspiring teachers need to design their own path to a rewarding, successful career.”

** ~ This site offers a full list of on- and off-line games designed to promote good oral health.


Quotable Education Quotations: 12/3/2013

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

** “Teachers should be compensated based on their ability to improve student learning, their ability to be a leader in the school, and their ability to continue to grow as a teacher through a career ladder. So to be a mentor, a master teacher, to take on responsibilities. What I should add there that’s missing is we should compensate teachers and principals for taking on the toughest of assignments, inner-city urban, rural, or remote. And we have areas of critical need, areas like math and science, where we’ve had a shortage for 20, 30 years. Not everyone agrees with me; I think we should pay math and science teachers more money.” ~ Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education

** “If California moves forward with a plan that fails to assess all its students, as required by federal law, the Department will be forced to take action, which could include withholding funds from the state.” ~ Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education

** “”What if 20 years from now, writing by hand on paper is as outdated as taking a chisel and hammer to a slab of stone? It might sound unthinkable, but given the current trajectory of K-12 education, handwriting could take a backseat to typing as technology dominates the way we communicate.” ~ Ricky Ribeiro

** “There is no longer a premium for English. The global conversation is out of control, and our commerce and government are struggling to keep up. … Language is the oil of the 21st century.” ~ William B. Rivers, executive director, Joint National Committee for Languages

** “Teacher websites and online grade reports can be wonderful tools to help parents with their child’s school. However, these same tools can lead to parental over-involvement or helicoptering.” ~ Jennifer Shroff Pendley, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

** “Sandy Hook changed the playing field. We realize now every school is vulnerable to that kind of tragedy.” ~ Curtis Lavarells, School Safety Advocacy Council

Education-Related Sites to Visit: 11/27/2013

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

*** ~ This Peace Corps World Wise School site “provides students with a view of life in more than 80 countries where Peace Corps volunteers serve.”

*** ~ This National Fire Protection Association Sparky the Fire Dog site “allows kids to explore and learn about fire safety in a safe and interactive environment,” complete with activities, cartoons, and more.

*** ~ This site says, “Strap a mask and flippers onto your imagination and chart a course to Shedd Aquarium. Have you ever gotten eye-to-eye with a dolphin? Or met a penguin on a stroll to the South Pole? Or immersed yourself in an Amazon-flooded forest? At Shedd, it’s all possible.”

*** ~ Head here to find out how your Pennsylvania school stacks up against all the rest in the state on a scale of 100.

Worthwhile Education Websites: 11/20/2013

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

*** ~ This National Park Service site offers “distance learning, field trips, and curricular materials,” plus professional development opportunities for teachers” and says, “The parks are America’s greatest classroom. …”

*** ~ This NASA site teaches kids all about earth science: people, land, waters, air, and natural hazards, too.

*** ~ This EPA site teaches about waste reduction, using less energy, and saving money “by doing simple things at home, at work, and in their neighborhoods.”

Education-Related Sites to Visit: 11/13/2013

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

*** ~ This site features the FDIC’s primer, “For Young Adults and Teens: Quick Tips for Managing Your Money.”

*** ~ Here, kids learn all about the mint via games, toons, and more.

*** ~ This National Gallery of Art site offers kids interactives introducing art and art history and activities for kids of all ages.

Education-Related Websites to Visit: 10/30/2013

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

*** ~ Here you’ll “find and use thousands of free games, videos, and interactives in all major K-12 subjects and aligned to the Common Core”–all designed with educators, parents, and students in mind.

*** ~ This Smithsonian Institute National Zoo Park site offers streaming web cams of the zoo’s 2,000 animals.

*** ~ As it says, this site is “a place for kids to explore, discover, and learn” and offers up games, activities, and more in art, science and nature, history and culture, people and places.

*** ~ This site offers lots of fun money facts, together with classroom resources, games, simulations, and more.

Education-Related Websites to Visit: 10/23/2013

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

*** ~ These are “free downloadable files that mark the journeys of characters from famous literature on the surface of Google Earth.”

*** ~ This is “a directory of websites, mobile apps, and desktop programs that are rated and reviewed by parents and educators, for parents and educators. We help you find the right educational tools for your specific needs.”

*** ~ This site says that, at no charge, here you”ll “find the best apps, games, websites and digital curricula rated for learning.”


Education Websites to Visit: 10/16/2013

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

*** ~ Saying, “We make harder easier,” this site offers instructional materials, full-length practice tests, a teacher resource book, and an online Teacher Toolbox.

*** ~ This site, “helps you share your knowledge and creativity with the world. … It develops, supports, and stewards legal and technical infrastructure that maximizes digital creativity, sharing, and innovation.”

*** ~ This site offers “a collection of free math activities for Google Earth designed for students and educators.”

Websites to Visit: 9/26/2013

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

*** This site says, “If you read fiction and nonfiction books in any discipline or settling,’s database of instructional materials will enliven your K-12 reading and library activities.”

*** This site “connects students in the classroom and out to real science and exploration to inspire and motivate them to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).”

*** This is a “free web portal designed to assist anyone who wants to find high-quality free Internet resources to use in classroom instruction, developing project ideas, reinforcing specific subject matter areas both in class and at home, and even for technology tutorials.”

*** This site teaches kids from kindergarten through 12th grade about the federal government.


Student Punctuation Guide

Monday, September 23rd, 2013


A-1:    At the end of sentences: (I am a student.)
A-2:    After abbreviations: (N.Y./New York)  (Dr./Doctor)
A-3:    After numbers and letters that label items: (A. 1. A.)

B-1:    To separate 2 sentences joined by such conjunctions as and, but, so:
(John called her on the phone, and they talked for hours.)
EXCEPTION: No need for a comma if the sentences are very short:
(John called and they talked.

B-2:   No comma is needed in a sentence with a single subject and a compound verb:
(John called her on the phone but hung up quickly.)

B-3:   To set off phrases called appositives:
(Good writing, an important skill, takes lots of practice.)

B-4:   To set off introductory phrases or clauses:
(Between you and me, I can’t stand her.) (Because she always talks in class, she got a detention.)

B-5:   To set off names in direct address:
(John, what’s your phone number?) (Go over there, Susan, and wait.)

B-6:   To set off certain words (more…)

Education-Related Websites: 9/19/2013

Thursday, September 19th, 2013
English: Diagram of technology-empowered profe...

English: Diagram of technology-empowered professional development for teachers. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

*** This site says it makes it easy to keep students alert and on task, while it “improves behavior in class with one click of a smartphone, laptop, or tablet.:

*** This site is “committed to reducing and eliminating bullying and school violence.” As it also says, “Our organization saves lives every day.”

*** This site says it offers “the world’s highest quality teacher resources coupled with professional development and assessment, and supports educators’ efforts to accelerate student achievement.”

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