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XtraMath is a free website to help students improve their basic math skills. It covers addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. It is very easy to sign up and teachers may quickly create their own classes. The student will be given a pin to use as their password and the teacher has a copy of all pin numbers. At the start, a short placement quiz is given to get the students to the problems they need to practice. I only allows for about a 10 minute practice a day whether at home or at school.

The week of October 14th-18th is the perfect time to share with your students not only about being safe online, but how to be good citizens at school and at home. A good citizen, whether online or off, is working with the community to make it a better place. You can access Digital Citizenship resources here.

A new school year is beginning and here are some tools your students can use to get off to a great start.

  1. Students can create a graphic or video in Adobe Spark to introduce themselves.
  2. Students can share their voice with Flipgrid. They can even integrate their Adobe Spark graphic or video into Flipgrid.
  3. Students can review previously learned standards using Gimkit in a game like format.
  4. Students can share about their summer reading through a #Booksnap. They can make one of their favorite passage or the most interesting one.
  5. Students can interact with our new program, Learning.com, to meet their Digital Literacy Computer Science standards. (K - 8)

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Looking for an out-of-this-world reading experience for your students? Be sure to check out Story Time From Space. This website, a project of the Global Space Education Foundation, has astronauts at the International Space Station reading books to children. Books like Rosie Revere Engineer, Mousetronaut, Max Goes to Mars, and many others are available. They are working on cross-content curriculum to support the Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core to accompany the books that are read, so check back often to see the updates.

Example game board.

Gimkit is a learning game your students will love. The teacher puts in questions/answers or can use Quizlet to pull sets to use as the game questions. The students earn money for correct answers and lose money for wrong ones. Once they have earned enough money, they can go shopping. They may buy upgrades and powerups. It may be used as homework, too. When they are finished, the teacher gets detailed reports where the class/student is weak.

Are you in need of digital flashcards, a matching game, a random name picker, or a timeline, just to name a few? If so, check out Flippity.net (also a Google Sheet Add-on). This tool helps you easily turn a Google Sheet into lots of cool stuff to use in your classroom. Each tool comes with a Demo, Instructions, and Template to help guide you through the setup and use.

Are you looking for a way to bring geography to life in your classroom? If so, be sure to check out The Crown Jewels Caper, an international sleuthing game featuring Carmen Sandiego. Google Earth and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt partnered to bring the classic video game to life. The game allows the students to pursue Carmen Sandiego around the world, hoping to catch the infamous thief and recover the stolen jewels. Throughout the game, the students visit new destinations and landmarks, and talk to witnesses to gather evidence to help them find her whereabouts. The game is available for Chrome, Android, and iOS, and can be started by clicking the red "Catch Carmen Sandiego" button on Google Earth.

Discovery Education and Boeing have teamed up to present a virtual field trip to the Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX on April 9, 2019. The tour will introduce Boeing employees, who will share some of the unexpected steps they took to launch the Starliner/CST-100 and deploy the Space Launch System.

You can use this link to sign up for the virtual field trip.

Are you looking for a way to engage girls in STEM? A Mighty Girl has posters celebrating women in science that are free to download. Each poster has a short introduction to the scientist, as well as recommended readings. What girl wouldn't be inspired by Mae Jemison, Katherine Johnson, or others?

Mighty Women in Science Posters