Free Hands-on Science Activities

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The Exploratorium, in San Francisco, has launched Science Snacks, a great collection of hands-on science lessons for middle school and high school students. Science Snacks features activities that can be conducted with inexpensive and readily available materials. Each Science Snack comes with a materials list and step-by-step directions. Science Snacks are also accompanied by a written explanation of the science at work in the activity. Many Science Snacks, like Penny Battery, include video ...

4 Steps to Mastering Social Media

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Social Media can be a good addition to open communication with the parents and the community as a whole.  It is important that you approach using Social Media in your school with the intentions of making it an asset to learning for the students.  There a 4 Steps according to Luvelle Brown, superintendent of New York's Ithaca School district.  Develop a Plan:  Outline goals for your social media campaign. Tell your story:  Use online tools and resources to paint a positive picture of the go...

9 Elements of Digital Citizenship

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With more students using Chromebooks and mobile devices at school and home, teaching Digital Citizenship has become more important than ever, especially at an earlier age.  In a recent study by Common Sense Media, Zero to Eight: Children's Media Use in America 2013, indicates that the percentage of children ages eight and under who have used a mobile device nearly doubled from 2011 to 2013.  It also concluded that about 2 in 5 children under the age of 2 have used a mobile device. As a ba...