11 Things We Learned This Week – National Geographic Education Blog – Education Article

This week, we learned … … there really is a black panther in Africa. This melanistic leopard—a black panther—prowls the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, not Africa.Photograph by Joel Sartore, National Geographic What are black panthers? Who are Black Panthers? Who is Black Panther?   … three tests the Green New Deal must pass in order to work. This building in Greensburg, Kansas, uses wind turbines, solar panels, and geothermal heat pumps—all renewable energy technologies.Photograph by Lauren Ayres, My Shot How…

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15 President’s Day Activities | Ask a Tech Teacher – Education Article

Presidents’ Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February–this year, February 19, 2018. Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, it is still unofficially called “Washington’s Birthday” by many. The holiday became known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers. Several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and other…

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11 Things We Learned This Week – National Geographic Education Blog – Education Article

This week, we learned … … the last five years were the hottest ever recorded. This classic Nat Geo map depicts climate change since 1960.Map by National Geographic Enroll in our free online course to learn how to communicate stories like this to your students.     … what’s happening with the four 2014 finalists for National Teacher of the Year. These are just a few of our favorite teachers attending our 2018 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow conference.Photograph by Rebecca Hale,…

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10 Top Tips and Click-throughs in 2018 – Education Article

Because AATT is a resource blog, we share lots of tips our group comes across in their daily teaching as well as materials shared by others we think you’d like. Some you agree with; others, not so much. Here’s a run-down on what you thought were the most valuable in 2018: Top 10 Tech Tips As a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions from parents about their home computers, how to do stuff, how to solve problems which…

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11 Things We Learned This Week – National Geographic Education Blog – Education Article

This week, we learned … … school districts have gotten creative in announcing snow days. Find five fun ways to warm up on snow days!   … some good news! Central Mexico reported its first sighting of a black bear in more than 100 years! American black bears (like this one in California) are not endangered.Photograph by Michael Nichols, National Geographic What is the species range of the black bear?   … how a music teacher’s project is sending students…

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11 Things We Learned This Week – National Geographic Education Blog – Education Article

This week, we learned … … good grades and a great work ethic only get you so far. Read of the week! About 40% of Boston’s valedictorians make less than $50,000 a year.Photograph by Otis Imboden, National Geographic How does our learning framework support lifelong learning?   … how self-compassion, not self-esteem, supports academic motivation. “Self-compassion leads to learning goals instead of performance goals — such as trying again after messing up. It’s a better academic motivator than self-criticism. It’s…

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11 Things We Learned This Week – National Geographic Education Blog – Education Article

This week, we learned … … “The science says to us that, in fact, the way the brain functions and grows, it needs safety, it needs warmth, it actually even needs hugs. We actually learn in a state of positive emotion much more effectively than we can learn in a state of negative emotion. That has huge implications for what we do in schools.” Learn more about the science of learning by enrolling in one of our free online courses!…

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Best Software Programs for Desktop Publishing – Education Article

For a decade, when I thought of desktop publishing, I turned to Microsoft Publisher. I loved its flexibility, adaptability, and ease of use both for classroom projects and home. But then I moved on to other alternatives, like Lucid Press that were more flexible and affordable for educational purposes. Really, I didn’t see a lot of other alternatives until Sara Stringer, from the Ask a Tech Teacher, came up with this great article about desktop publishing options. Some of these–like Word–have changed…

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Top 10 Product Reviews of 2018 – Education Article

Throughout the year, I post websites and apps the Ask a Tech Teacher crew’s classes found useful, instructive, helpful in integrating technology into classroom lesson plans. Some, you agreed with us about; others not so much. Here are the reviews you-all thought were the most helpful in efforts to weave tech into the classroom experience: How to Use Google Sheets in the K-12 Classroom Quick Review of 7 Popular Math Programs 9 Best-in-Class Digital Storytelling Tools What is Microsoft… This…

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Best-in-Class Resources–You Decide | Ask a Tech Teacher – Education Article

Every year, I review a large number of websites, apps, and resources that help educators blend technology into their classrooms. I get lots of feedback from readers sharing their experiences, asking questions, and clicking through to see if a particular tool will serve their needs. But, I often don’t hear how the product worked in the fullness of time. Starting last year, I sought out your opinions: how dependable is it how versatile is it for time-strapped teachers does it differentiate……

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10 Hits and 10 Misses for 2018 – Education Article

Since we at Ask a Tech Teacher started this blog eight years ago, we’ve had over 5.3 million visitors to the 2,112 articles on integrating technology into the classroom. This includes tech tips, website/app reviews, tech-in-ed pedagogy, how-tos, videos, and more. We have regular features like: If you’ve just arrived at Ask a Tech Teacher, start here. It always surprises us what readers find to be the most and least provocative. The latter is as likely to be a post…

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11 Things We Learned This Week – National Geographic Education Blog – Education Article

This week, we learned … … what it would sound like if people talked to other professionals the way they talk to teachers. Read of the week! Photograph of Grosvenor Teacher Fellows by Rebecca Hale We talk to teachers like the professionals they are—read up with our Educator Spotlight series.   … photosynthesis goes ping. Underwater, that process of converting sunlight and carbon dioxide into energy and oxygen sends tiny bubbles spiraling toward the surface. And according to new research,…

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11 Things We Learned This Week – National Geographic Education Blog – Education Article

This week, we learned … … where the U.S. government shutdown is having the biggest impact. Resource of the week! Have your students map where the shutdown is impacting your state with our MapMaker Kits.   … all the animals that went extinct in 2018, and which are on the brink in 2019. The last wild sighting of Hawaii’s po’ouli was in 2004, and a 2018 study recommended declaring the species extinct.Photograph courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Where are…

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What You Might Have Missed in December – Education Article

Here are the most-read posts for the month of December: College Credit Classes onTechnology in Education End-of-year Maintenance: Image and Back-up Digital Devices  End of Year Maintenance: Update Your Online Presence End-of-Year Maintenance: 19 Steps To A Speedier Computer 3 Free SEL Activities from SafeSchools Why Should Students Learn Computer Science? A Teacher’s Perspective Root Robotics–Great Way to Extend Hour of Code Holiday Gifts for Teachers 13 Holiday Websites and 13… This is only a snippet of a Education Article…

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