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16 Practical Strategies to Help You Differentiate Your Teaching

No two learners learn the same way. Learning is a social practice, a form of social behaviour whose development requires attention to a number of …

Pedagogy

2018 Fantasy Football: Biggest Sleepers at Every Position

What is a sleeper in 2018?<p>The NFL is covered extensively both in and out of season to the point that you almost always hear about even the faintest hint of a positive report on any player. With so much information out there, rarely are we taken by surprise when a player breaks out or ascends from …

Fantasy Football

Are We Alone?

According to different estimations the human species has been around for plus minus 4 millions years. What might seem a lot to the mortal human being is a mere blink of an eye in the timeline of the universe.<p>So young a civilization, we are nevertheless pragmatically discussing the cyborgization of …

Universe

Exclusive: Writers S.K. Dunstall on their rip-roaring new space opera, Stars Uncharted

Australian sisters Sherylyn and Karen Dunstall have forged an unlikely creative partnership by keeping it in the family and delivering some of the …

Science Fiction

To Fix That Pain In Your Back, You Might Have To Change The Way You Sit

My back hurts when I sit down.<p>It's been going on for 10 years. It really doesn't matter where I am — at work, at a restaurant, even on our couch at home. My lower back screams, "Stop sitting!"<p>To try to reduce the pain, I bought a kneeling chair at work. Then I got a standing desk. Then I went back …

Yoga

The top edtech tools for teachers to try in 2017

Many new educational apps and websites were introduced in 2016, providing new opportunities for classroom practice. However, this is just the …

Education Technology

Fantasy Football Sleeper Wide Receivers You Should Target

We kicked off our fantasy football coverage this Sunday with sleeper running backs. Today, we dive into the wide receivers.<p>These ‘sleepers’ aren’t just players you have to wait until late in your drafts to take, but simply players that should out-perform their current ADPs. As we did for the RBs, I …

Fantasy Football

Google adds lots of new tools to its Education suite

Summer break is normally a time for rest and recreation, but Google has been busy updating Classroom, Google Earth and other Google for Education tools in preparation for the next academic term.<p>Since its 2014 inception, Google Classroom has served to empower both teachers and students by …

Education Technology

Khan Academy Kids by Khan Academy

The curriculum includes reading, language, writing, math, social-emotional development, problem-solving skills, and motor development. Open-ended …

Khan Academy

Live updates: Trammell, Morris speak at Baseball Hall of Fame

Shortstop Alan Trammell and pitcher Jack Morris, stars of the Detroit Tigers’ 1984 World Series championship team, will be inducted into the Baseball …

Baseball

Where Personalized Learning Meets Social Emotional Learning

Want to take a look inside some of the innovative schools in America? The second annual EdSurge Fusion conference is designed to be your …

Education Technology

3-Ingredient Natural Weed Killer That Really Works

Even if you're not a savvy environmentalist, you probably know that contaminating your yard with nasty chemicals isn't a good idea, especially if you have kids, pets, or an edible garden nearby. Here's an easy-to-make weed killer that won't hurt the earth but will stop the weeds from growing. All …

Every Stop You Need to Make on the Ring of Kerry

In a country made for great road trips, Ireland’s Ring of Kerry manages to stand out as one of the most scenic drives. Cutting through the …

Growing, Harvesting and Using Basil - Organic Gardening

Basil is one of my favorite plants. I seriously think everyone should grow it, as it's so easy. Basil is extremely healthy, delicious, versatile, and …

Gardening

5 grilling myths to stop believing

Cooking on a grill seems like the easiest thing in the world: Fire it up, toss your meat or veggies on, cook until done.<p>And you've no doubt learned some tips and tricks along the way, like marinating meat overnight and letting it come to room temperature before cooking.<p>Guess what? Conventional …

Common Sense Media Overhauls Popular Digital Citizenship Curriculum

From fake news to digital self-harm, a host of new online challenges has prompted the nonprofit group to update its widely used K-12 digital …

Create Interactive Agendas with Google Slides

Time, or more accurately the lack thereof, is the number one “pain point” most teachers experience. They don’t feel they have enough time to get …

Want to Deliver Unforgettable Presentations? Use the 30-Second Rule

The secret to making a great presentation is winning over your audience in the first 30 seconds (and keeping their interest through the last 30 seconds).<p>No matter who's in your audience, or where and when you deliver it, the secret to making a great presentation is capturing your audience's …

It's Time to Rethink School Schedules, Report Says

Much of a teacher's day is devoted to instruction, with precious little time set aside for collaborating with colleagues, planning lessons or …

Take a ‘simple’ approach to teaching grammar

Grammar terms can be a real pain. For one, there are different models of grammar, different frameworks for describing language, each coming with its …

You’ll Never Guess What Happened When Massachusetts Actually Got Serious About Education

6:25 AM 06/13/2018<p>The 68th governor of Massachusetts, Bill Weld might be the only state executive in a century who dreams in ancient languages and …

Boosting Student Engagement Through Project-Based Learning

New Research Shows the Power of PBL<p>In an attempt to foster those necessary skills, Allen-Sanchez uses a combination of project-based learning (PBL) …

14 of the most popular board games on Amazon this summer

<i>— Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA TODAY’s newsroom and any business incentives.</i><p><i>Editor's note: This</i> …

Father, son bond writing U.P. bars book and it becomes a cult classic

THE UPPER PENINSULA – Randy Kluck liked to drink. If he wasn’t drinking wine on his front porch at his house he was drinking liquor on a barstool at …

How to Dry Herbs at Home

Of all the various types of foods and ways to preserve them — freezing or canning fruits and vegetables, pickling, curing meat, making cheese and …

Scary prediction: 22 years until World War III

In fact, it will probably happen in about 22 years’ time — and that’s if we’re lucky.<p>That is the estimate of the historian Ian Morris, who in 2014 …

Don't Touch! A Scientist's Advice For Spotting Poison Ivy Before It Ruins Your Summer

It was a close encounter in 2012 that made microbiologist John Jelesko take an interest in poison ivy.<p>The Virginia Tech professor was cutting up a downed tree with an electric chainsaw. What he didn't realize was that his power cable had been dragging through poison ivy. So at the end of the day, …

Virginia Tech

Game-Based Learning Yields Empathetic Understanding #edtech #edgaming @sid_meier

I have been teaching Social Studies for 18 years and have found a natural place for me in my classroom is the “sage on the stage” when really for my …

Five Keys to Motivating Students

Recently I had reason to revisit Paul Pintrich’s meta-analysis on motivation. It’s still the piece I most often see referenced when it comes to …

What Happens When a Bad-Tempered, Distractible Doofus Runs an Empire?

One of the few things that Kaiser Wilhelm II, who ruled Germany from 1888 to 1918, had a talent for was causing outrage. A particular specialty was insulting other monarchs. He called the diminutive King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy “the dwarf” in front of the king’s own entourage. He called Prince …

World History