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Classroom ideas, School and Teaching strategies

Are your lessons and units in need of some flavor? Spice up your instructional planning process with these fun resources!

Why We Need Safeguards to Protect Kids' Data | Common Sense Kids Action

Are School Districts and Tech Companies Doing Enough to Protect Student Privacy?

You've likely heard about the latest development in the ever-changing world of online privacy: Facebook has changed its privacy restrictions for …

Diane Ravitch's Blog: Georgia Withdraws from PARCC Testing Consortium

The U.S. Department of Education is prohibited by law from interfering in curriculum, but Secretary Duncan was itching to get the Common Core …

Education

Ready or not, online tests coming to Colorado

Colorado kids will get a chance to put their computer skills – and their academic knowledge – to high-stakes use when the state’s first online tests …

Education

Diane Ravitch: Testing and vouchers hurt our schools. Here’s what works

<b>Diane Ravitch (Paul Wolfe)</b><p>Education reformers have it all wrong, Diane Ravitch tells Salon, and keep pushing policies that make schools worse<p>Sara Scribner<p>September 18, 2013 11:45am (UTC)<p>Diane Ravitch has become one of the fiercest -- and most lucid -- critics of many commonly accepted ideas about …

New data shows school “reformers” are full of it

<b>Michelle Rhee (© Hyungwon Kang / Reuters)</b><p>Poor schools underperform largely because of economic forces, not because teachers have it too easy<p>David Sirota<p>June 3, 2013 4:30pm (UTC)<p>In the great American debate over education, the education and technology corporations, bankrolled politicians and …

13 Lovely Cinemagraphs That Will Make You Permanently Give Up Regular Old GIFs

Cinemagraphs are a subset of .gif files that are high quality, smoothly looped, and just downright gorgeous.<p>A ton of outstandingly creative people have worked hard to create these pictures, and you can really tell based on how wonderful they look in motion.<p>Reddit's /r/Cinemagraphs subreddit has one …

GIF Animations

How to Prevent The Pitfalls of Remote Working

Remote work is arguably one of the greatest advancements in the working life of people around the globe today. It gives new opportunities that nobody …

This ad blocking software is getting users to pay for it to advertise

As marketing stunts go, this one is impressive. AdBlock is a free piece of software you can add to your web browser to, well, block ads. Its creator, Michael Gundlach, says it is used by 20 million people. But he wants more.<p>And—in a twist—Gundlach apparently believes the best way to tell people …

Why today is my last day teaching online…

I just submitted final grades for the last time. This means that today marks my last day teaching online. 🙁<p>For the past 3+ years, I’ve been an …

A compilation of the Why, How to Get Started, and How to Get Connected with Twitter

It seems as the number of resources available to twitter followers on why to use twitter, how to get started with twitter, and how to get connected …

Introduction to RSS and subscribing to blogs using Feedly

RSS is an acronym which stands for Really Simple Syndication.<p>In simple terms, RSS is a simple and effective way of keeping in touch when new …

The Best Places to Find Free Stock Images for Your Website

Unsplash is usually the first site I visit when I’m looking for an image. It features hundreds of beautiful photos in a variety of styles, from …

Web Design

A READER’S AMAZING RENOVATION

Joni Webb<p>First, I hope everyone is enjoying a wonderful, long Fourth of July Holiday!<p>Today, a reader has graciously submitted the before and after …

Vegetable Garden Planning for Beginners

If you're a <b>beginner vegetable gardener</b>, here are basics on vegetable garden planning: site selection, plot size, which vegetables to grow, and other …

Gardening

Home Gardening with Vegetables, Herbs, and Plant Propagation

Over the years the side garden area of our yard has gradually grown into a small forest area. My kids call the area "the thicket." They play in the …

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Inspiring Shed Designs

Sheds are probably the most utilitarian part of most home and garden designs. The majority of gardens have some sort of storage, even if it is little …

30 Gorgeous Spring Gardens

There's no sight more beautiful than flowers in bloom and lush greenery.<p>From sprawling paths to simple patios, find the best look for your backyard with these gorgeous garden designs.

Perennial Cutting Garden Design

01 of 14<p>A Garden of Bouquets, Year After Year<p>Cutting gardens are often designed using annual flowers, because annual flowers will repeat bloom …

Garden: layered planting

While the minimal gardens of the early 2000s exalted the clean archi-tectural look, they also seemed a bit bare, like bachelor pads. If poured …