Thursday, July 17, 2014

Featured 7-17-2014: Highlights for High School

Highlights for High School is a companion website to MIT OpenCourseWare* providing open educational resources for high school educators and students.

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Highlights for High School includes content created specifically for high school students as well as resources collected from the MIT curriculum that can be used effectively in high school.
Available resources cover not only science and math, but also engineering, humanities, and social sciences. The material can be integrated into classroom lesson plans, shared, reused, and remixed. Though meant primarily for juniors and seniors in high school, motivated younger students can also benefit from these courses.
The website is organized into two main sections:
  • The Subjects section is arranged by topics likely to be encountered in high school, such as mathematics, physics, and biology. Within each of these you will find a variety of content, such as labs, courses, and video resources.
  • The Exam Preparation section is aimed at students who are preparing to take AP exams in biology, calculus, chemistry, or physics. These materials are meant to supplement classroom learning. Relevant OCW course materials have been mapped to the topics in these exams and are easily searchable.
 In addition to YouTube access, Highlights for High School has posted all of their videos to TechTV, an MIT-based video service similar to YouTube.
*See yesterday’s post


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Featured 7-16-2014: MIT OpenCourseWare

MIT OpenCourseWare makes the materials used in the teaching of almost all of MIT's undergraduate and graduate courses freely available on the web.

With more than 2200 courses available, OpenCourseWare provides free MIT educational content that can be used to augment your knowledge or in teaching others.
Each course consists of at least two parts: some type of instruction (a syllabus, lecture notes, reading list, calendar, etc) and a learning activity such as assignments, quizzes, or exams.
You may choose to use a complete course from beginning to end or just implement select concepts. You may use the material at your own pace.
Physics III
OpenCourseWare offers several resources for you to use, adapt, and share with your students:
  • Use advanced search to find assignments, recitations, exams, labs, study materials, or related resources on a specific topic.
  • Simulations, applets, and visualizations let your students modify or control experiments.
  • Audio and video lectures can facilitate a flipped classroom.
  • Students can review concepts they should master for your course.
 Visit the MIT OpenCourseWare YouTube channel
MIT OpenCourseWare is free and requires no registration.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Featured 7-15-2014: Biblionasium

Designed to engage, encourage, and excite young people about reading, BiblioNasium is a free, social network for children in elementary and middle school.
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BiblioNasium includes the tools to function as a literacy partner, helping teachers efficiently develop and propel an effective, challenging, independent reading program.
Differentiate reading programs to meet students' individual needs by monitoring reading logs, creating reading challenges, and helping students expand genre choices and tailor reading lists. Build and manage programs by group, class, grade, and individual student.
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More that you can do with BiblioNasium:
  • Track what each student is reading and at what level, using Lexile® measures provided onsite.
  • Virtual bookshelves help kids keep track of what they’ve read, what they like, and what they plan to read.
  • Kids can share book recommendations and books, building conversation and connections around reading.
  • Mascot and reading coach Chip Manzee motivates and entertains kids, challenging them and rewarding good reading behavior.

 Tour the Biblionasium website
BiblioNasium has taken measures to keep information safe. Only approved friends and the registered educator can see a student’s name and school.  Other signed-in users can see the student’s anonymous username, books, and other non-personal information. No users can see student information without authorization.


Monday, July 14, 2014

Featured 7-14-2014: The Collaborative for Student Success

The Collaborative
The Collaborative for Student Success is a grant-making initiative that pools the resources of a diverse group of education foundations.

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Committed to improving public education, the members of the Collaborative for Student Success share the concept that successfully putting the Common Core State Standards into effect is important to ensuring that all students are prepared for school and life.
Their mission is to "support the state-led efforts of State Education Agencies and local education organizations responsible for educating and informing all stakeholders—parents, students, teachers and community leaders—about the new state standards and assessments."
The Collaborative is providing grants to:
  • aid state and local efforts to effectively inform about the standards and assessments.
  • ensure that teachers’ voices are heard both locally and nationally as implementation moves forward.
  • involve higher education leaders and business representatives in dialogue about the standards.
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Thus far, Collaborative for Student Success grantees have included groups representing state departments of education, state advocacy organizations, educator-led organizations, faith-based organizations, and local chambers of commerce.


Saturday, July 12, 2014

The Rearview Mirror 7-12-2014

For those of you who may have missed an EDge21 featured post or who didn't have the opportunity to look at some of them during this past week, here's a second chance.



Brown v. Board of Education was a landmark case in which the US Supreme Court declared state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students to be unconstitutional.


Timeline World War 2 is a definitive history of the Second World War, presented by broadcaster Robert MacNeil.


Global Writes works with schools and school districts to develop and implement programs integrating performing arts techniques with literacy programs.


MIT+K12 Videos about STEM topics are made for students by students.

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