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Fun Student Activities for the Testing Season

During the barrage of mandatory assessments each spring, it can be tempting to "decide to do very little with our students" between tests, says …

Teaching

This Awesome Periodic Table Tells You How to Actually Use All Those Elements

Americium could save your life.<p>Thanks to high school, we've all got a pretty good idea about what's on the periodic table.<p>But whether you're looking …

Chemistry

The Best Mountain Bikes Under $2,500

14 exceptional full-suspension values<p>The annual drool-on-carbon show that is the <i>2018 Bible of Bike Tests</i> just launched, and with it, several dozen …

Mountain Biking

Wow! It Looks Like iCivics Wants To Be THE One-Stop Shop For Social Studies Teachers

I haven’t always enamored with iCivics, but they’re really upped their game over the past couple of years.<p>They’ve continued to do so, which you can …

Teaching

A high-school student won $250,000 for explaining relativity using a pick-up truck and Usain Bolt

The German physicist Albert Einstein needed complex equations to describe his theory of relativity, but 18-year-old Hillary Diane Andales of the Philippines does just fine with a pick-up truck, a few cell phones, and Usain Bolt.<p>Andales is the winner of the 2017 Breakthrough Junior Challenge, an …

Space

The Best Sites Where Students Can Ask Science Questions & Receive Responses

There are several useful sites that invite students to submit science-related questions, and then those sites publish responses.<p>Here are a few of …

High School

A New Interesting Periodic Table of Technology for Students

September 4, 2017 Below is an interesting periodic table created and share by the Beacon.The Periodic Table of Technology is created to help students …

Education Technology

10 MORE digital bell-ringer activities to kickstart class (Part 2)

We have a golden window of time at the beginning of any class. For these first five or ten minutes of class (OK, probably more the five than the …

Education Technology

5 Questions to Ask Your Students To Start the School Year

Schools are about more than learning; they are about experience(s). They help shape us in our present and future and those experiences stick with us …

Teaching

“Quiznetic” Lets Teachers Create – & Students Play – Online Racing Games For Learning

Quiznetic is a Kahoot-like tool that lets you create learning games in various racing forms. Students can then “race” each other in answering the …

Education Technology

14 *Garlicky* Good Dinner Recipes

You’ve mastered the genius garlic-peeling hack, so it’s time to put those mad skills into action! Garlicky aioli dipping sauce or infused olive oil makes a tasty appetizer or snack. But how about some entrees to round out that menu? Garlic has a way of bringing out the best in both chicken and …

Cooking

Weekend Recipe: Creamy Turkey and Wild Rice Soup

Photo: Courtesy of Cook's Country<p>This turkey and rice soup from Cook's Country is a great way to make use of leftover Thanksgiving …

Chicken Tetrazzini

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.<p>Spread 1 tablespoon of butter over a 13 by 9 by 2-inch baking dish. Melt 1 tablespoon each of butter and oil in a …

Beef Potpies With Cheddar-Stout Crust

For the dough:<p>1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting<p>3/4 teaspoon fine salt<p>1 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces<p>3/4 cup …

Creamy Cajun Shrimp Pasta with Sausage Recipe

Bring large pot of water to boil for pasta. Toss shrimp with 1 - 2 tablespoons of cajun seasoning and coat well. Heat a large skillet over medium …

Acadiana

15 Minute Super Easy Foil Packet Fish Dinners

Ready for grilling season… or simply looking for a quick-fix oven baked dinner? Consider <i>15-Minute Foil Packet Fish Dinners</i> as a go-to meal, …

Seafood

Sheet Pan Mustard-Maple Salmon: The Video

Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 425°F. Place a rimmed baking sheet in the oven while the oven is heating. Meanwhile, marinate …

Seafood

6 things we learned about ‘Rogue One’ from the novel ‘Star Wars: Catalyst’

When Disney purchased Lucasfilm and took control of the <i>Star Wars</i> universe, the entertainment giant made it clear that all upcoming stories would be …

Star Wars

13 Secret Codes That Unlock Hidden Features on Your Phone

Remember that scene in War Games when the socially broken code monkeys were explaining to aspiring hacker Matthew Broderick all about "back doors" …

Are You a YouTube Star? Why Not?

"Do you make lesson recap videos? You should."Those words, spoken years ago by Chris Aviles at EdCamp New Jersey, punctured my belief I was rocking …

Education Technology

What Pop Culture Can Teach You About Science

Neil deGrasse Tyson will use any means necessary—including zombies—to help people learn about science.<p>Neil deGrasse Tyson, the director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City, approaches space with a mix of pop culture, science, and humor. When the <i>Cosmos</i> television series was being rebooted, he …

An Excellent Rubric for Science Teachers

In today's post I am sharing with you an excellent rubric for science teachers. This document, which is available for free download, is shared by the …

Education Technology

14 Messages Every Student Needs To Hear From You

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The Post

How to hold students' attention in the classroom (essay)

Creating classroom experiences that grab and hold students' interest is not only good teaching, it's good science, writes Karen Costa.

Teaching

Next Generation Science Standards: What Do Lessons Look Like?

Lessons aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards are focused on application and making connections across topics. They're also hard to come …

Teaching

Response: Classroom Rules - Ways to Create, Introduce Enforce Them

Response: Classroom Rules - Ways to Create, Introduce & Enforce Them<p>The new "question-of-the-week" is:<p><i>What are the best ways to introduce classroom</i> …

PBS is Giving Away iBooks to Teachers

PBS has released a series of free interactive digital books for teachers.<p>The series covers a number of topics including math, science, foreign …

Education Technology

Sit Back and Enjoy an HTML Rube Goldberg Machine Right in Your Browser

Disruption through over-complication.<p>Rube Goldberg machines, extraordinarily long methods of producing simple results, revel in the joy of impracticality. Figuring out how to make something simple complex goes against all known schools of thought, which is what makes it fun.<p>Although this website …

Four must-have Virtual Reality apps and Bluetooth game pads for the Samsung Gear VR

If you happened to purchase a Galaxy S7 or S7 edge between February 23 – March 18, 2016 you qualified for a $99.99 Gear VR headset for free. I just …

Virtual Reality