Monthly Archives: March 2017


The Intersection of Personalized Learning and Social-Emotional Learning

With 21st century learning comes 21st century skills.  Incorporating techniques like self-directed curriculum and more collaborative activities helps students prepare for the 21st century workplace but students (and teachers) can become frustrated if they don't have the social and emotional skills necessary to succeed in a new learning and teaching environment.  CICS West Belden, a [...]

By | 2017-09-12T09:50:02+00:00 March 30th, 2017|ePortal|0 Comments

Tool Tip Tuesday: Chronas

I love maps, and I especially love well-designed interactive maps that include different layers of information.  Chronas definitely fits the bill.  Students can zoom into various areas on the map and adjust the time period of the map and watch as political boundaries change.  There are also icons on the map that indicate important people, [...]

By | 2017-09-12T11:01:54+00:00 March 28th, 2017|ePortal|0 Comments

Preparing for the Future with AI

Ask someone what they think a world of artificial intelligence will look like and they'll probably describe something that sounds like it comes from a Terminator movie.  But what many people may not realize is that we are already living with a lot of artificial intelligence in our day to day lives.  Siri or Cortana [...]

By | 2017-09-12T10:30:54+00:00 March 23rd, 2017|ePortal|0 Comments

Tool Tip Tuesday: A Walk in our Shoes

It can be hard to understand the lived experiences of different groups of people, especially if you've never met a member of that group.  Newsela has a great set of resources that introduce students to different perspectives, both current and historical.  Some of the focus groups are refugees, veterans, Muslim Americans, Native Americans, and groundbreaking [...]

By | 2017-09-12T10:31:23+00:00 March 21st, 2017|ePortal|0 Comments

Educational Attainment in the Neighborhood

Since the election, pundits have been making big claims about how America is splitting into two radically different sub-populations--those who live in the cities and those who live in rural areas.  Turns out that educational attainment shows a similar pattern with Master's degree holders clustered in the larger cities.  You can see how your neighborhood [...]

By | 2017-09-12T10:31:46+00:00 March 16th, 2017|ePortal|0 Comments

Tool Tip Tuesday: EPA Water Activities for Kids

Helping students understand the journey that water takes to get to the taps in their house can be a daunting task.  The EPA has put together a great list of resources to help explain the water cycle and the ways that human activities can affect the water that we use for drinking, bathing, and cleaning. [...]

By | 2017-09-12T10:32:17+00:00 March 14th, 2017|ePortal|0 Comments

Place-Based Education

Place-based education is a new way of teaching that centers the students' education on their local environment in an effort to get them to be better stewards of their communities.  If you're confused or concerned about this method, you're not alone.  The STAR school in Arizona has been working on a place-based curriculum for the [...]

By | 2017-09-12T10:32:36+00:00 March 9th, 2017|ePortal|0 Comments

Tool Tip Tuesday: Women’s History Month at Time for Kids

Just like February is Black History Month, March is Women's History Month. Time for Kids has put together another collection of articles, activities, movies, and books to give students information about influential women and the struggles that women have faced throughout history. Website: Subject: History, Social Studies Grade Level: K-6 Price: Free, subscribers get additional features including [...]

By | 2017-09-12T10:33:12+00:00 March 7th, 2017|ePortal|0 Comments

Read Across America

Today is Dr. Seuss's birthday and the National Education Association celebrates this man who taught many of us to read by providing resources for Read Across America, an initiative that encourages everyone to stop and read a book.  The website includes audiobooks, printables and lesson plans to incorporate reading into your classroom today.  Now get [...]

By | 2017-09-12T10:33:37+00:00 March 2nd, 2017|ePortal|0 Comments