Jaime Somers-Smith

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The Math Problem That 1,000 Math Teachers Couldn’t Solve

I spent a year working on Dandy Candies with around 1,000 educators.<p>In my workshops, once I stop learning through a particular problem, either …

A Brilliant Resource For Students Who Think They Hate Writing

<b>A Brilliant Resource For Students Who Think They Hate Writing</b><b>By Ken Haynes</b>, BoomWriter Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer<i>Ed note: The title is</i> …

A Simple Tool to Create Stunning Video Animations for Your Class

September 19, 2015<br>Biteable is a web-based tool that allows you to create beautiful explainer videos to share with your students. Explainer videos are …

20 Apps Making Programming for Kids Exciting (Updated 2017)

How can programming for kids be fun? Through play, of course, and what better way than through apps!<p>Learning to code is similar to learning a second …

Pixar teaches kids the math behind the movies in online class

Pixar created films like "Toy Story" and "Monsters Inc." but the latest production from the Emeryville-based animation studios stars a different cast …

The Math Trick Every Kid Should Know

Do you have painful memories from childhood of sitting at the kitchen table, mindlessly shuffling through flashcards, pretending like you were trying …

Part 2: Over 35 Formative Assessment Tools To Enhance Formative Learning Opportunities

<i>Welcome to post number two in a series devoted to formative learning (assessment). In this post I showcase some tools that can assist in both</i> …

#EverydayClimateChange uses Instagram to document our warming world

EverydayClimateChange is an ongoing documentary project, a tool for raising awareness, and a moving collection of beautiful photography.<p>The project, …

National Parks

Online course teaches kids to program while having fun

With technology skills becoming as important as readin’, ritin’ and ’rithmetic in today's digital world, many parents want to ensure that their children develop the right skills for the future. But many don’t know where to begin and how to make learning tech skills fun for their kids.<p>A new online …

Five Great Reasons to Use Canva in the Classroom

<b></b><br>What is Canva you ask?<br>In the companies own words “An amazingly simple graphic design tool." <br>Five Great Reasons to Use Canva in the Classroom<br>Easy to …

Over 14 Million Public Domain Images to Use with Students in Class

July 24, 2015<br>After posting about the voluminous amounts of historical footages uploaded and provided for free on YouTube, we are sharing with you …

Some Very Good TED Ed Lessons on Writing to Share with Students

July 12, 2015<br>This week’s Ted Ed list of talks we curated for you revolves around the theme: writer’s workshop. This is basically a playlist prepared …

7 Ninja Moves for Increasing Academic Risk-Taking

We sometimes find ourselves in a culture of product-based praise. The A’s, the high test scores, the right answers: These are our educational …

Bill Nye uses emojis to explain the mechanisms of climate change in less than two minutes

Bill Nye, also known as the Science Guy, wants people to understand climate change in an age where long-established theories like evolution are being …

Climate Change

Learning adventures with the new Mystery Skype OneNote Notebook

<i>Today’s post was written by Anne Mirtschin, teacher at Hawkesdale P12 College, a small rural prep school where students are culturally and</i> …

Using Games for Learning: Practical Steps to Get Started

Joan Ganz Cooney Center<i>Part 19 of MindShift’s Guide to Games and Learning</i>By now, you’ve probably read enough to be convinced that it’s worth trying …

The Best Online Learning Games Of 2015 – So Far

Time for another mid-year ”The Best…” list.<p>As usual, In order to make it on this list, games had to:<p>* be accessible to English Language Learners.<p>* …

High School

8 Educational Websites to Help Students Gain Important Learning Skills

June 8, 2015<br>The platforms we curated for you today provide a myriad of useful resources to help students gain important skills. These resources …

Coding in the Classroom: 16 Top Resources

As cool as technology is, its intricacies and inner workings are sometimes intimidating, especially for young people who may be more interested in …

Drawp for School- A Great Collaborative Tool for Teachers and Students

May 30, 2015 <i><br>Drawp for School</i> is an excellent creativity and collaboration tool for teachers and students. It provides students with an intuitive …

Do Your Kids Need to Learn to Code? Yes! But Not for the Reasons You Think

<i>Grant Hosford</i><p>Coding is having its 15 minutes of fame. Journalists regularly quote facts about the shortage of computer programmers in the U.S., entrepreneurs fund coding camps for low opportunity kids and even the President has given learning to code a thumbs up.<p>For many parents and teachers this …

5 Great Apps Students Can Use to Demonstrate Their Learning

May 24, 2015<br>Below are some of the best iPad apps students can use to demonstrate their learning across different subjects. Apple has recently …

Education Technology

Geddit- A Powerful Tool for Collecting Students Feedback

May 20, 2015<br>Update: We just learned from Jonathan Wylie that Geddit will shut down this summer. Check out alternatives at the end of the post.<p>Geddit …

Education Technology

The Genius Hour Design Cycle: A Process For Planning

<b>The Genius Hour Design Cycle: A Process For Planning</b>by <b>Nigel Coutts</b>, thelearnersway.net<i>Ed note: Part 1 of this 2-part series can be seen here; note</i> …

15+ Ways of Teaching Every Student to Code (Even Without a Computer)

In my opinion, parents of every student in every school at every level should demand that all students be taught how to code. They need this skill …

6 Free Apps to Teach Coding Skills

Hopscotch– This award-winning app introduces coding through games and allows students to publish games for others to play.<p>Daisy the Dinosaur– …

Ten Resources for Helping Students Learn to Code and Program

In many of my presentations I tell the story of the first time that I wanted to stay after school. That was in the sixth grade when we could sign-up …

GroupMap-A Good Tool for Boosting Students Visual and Critical Thinking Skills

May 18, 2015<br>GroupMap is an excellent educational web tool for group brainstorming and decision making. It allows you to create your own map and …

Education Technology

Teachers Tool for Creating Great Looking Diagrams and Charts

May 17, 2015<br>Gliffy is a great Chrome app for creating diagrams and flow charts. And although it has some slight shortcomings such as the absence of …