Using Minecraft to promote literacy

Using Minecraft to promote literacy. Source: Treasure Island | Minecraft: Education Edition What do you get when you combine Minecraft with Treasure Island? You get a very cool way to dive deep into the book. Litcraft has recreated Treasure Island in Minecraft, and Microsoft has put together several resources on using Minecraft in your classroom. […]

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Practice math in grades 1-5 with ADDieMath

Practice math in grades 1-5 with ADDieMath. Source: ADDieMath ADDieMath is strictly drill and kill software, but with math, sometimes you just need a little practice. Once adding a user, the user can select a program to practice. There is addition, subtraction, multiply, divide, and specific multiplication factors. This might be a quick and dirty site […]

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Little Big City is a pretty cool map and 3D experiment

Little Big City is an experiment in web 3D graphics using the openstreet map database You can navigate to different locations using the map in the lower right. Unfortunately, there is no search, so you’re stuck either panning across the world or inputing the coordinates. Pretty nifty visualization if you are teaching maps or map reading. […]

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RSS is dead, long live RSS!

I have included a module on RSS to allow my students to create their own research teams on topics of interest. Because I’m old, I still have my students set up Feedly accounts and plug in the RSS feeds of their classmates and hopefully add other blogs to their feeds as well. And like blogging, I […]

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I don’t think we’re ready for robo-grading of essays

But now, machines are also grading students’ essays. Computers are scoring long form answers on anything from the fall of the Roman Empire, to the pros and cons of government regulations.   Developers of so-called “robo-graders” say they understand why many students and teachers would be skeptical of the idea. But they insist, with computers […]

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You can @mention people in the new Gmail!

I think we’ve all been there, working on an email, usually a reply, when we realize that we need to involve someone else in the email. In the past, you would stop your email, go to the To:, CC:, or BCC: field. After typing the person’s email address to add them to the reply, you would then […]

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