Taking the Museum Experience Mobile

Visiting a museum is a great way to expand our knowledge, see things we can’t ordinarily see, and learn in an informal setting. Whether for field trips, Saturday morning tours, or special events, museums reflect the importance we place on knowledge and learning. They are valuable resources to us all.

But that doesn't mean we can't improve the museum experience. The SAS Curriculum Pathways development team has done just that with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, the largest institution of its type in the Southeast and the most visited attraction in North Carolina. More specifically, the team has created an app that provides a wealth of targeted information and unprecedented accessibility. NC NatSci was funded by an IMLS Sparks grant and is available for free download on any Apple device.

Convenience

Picture a typical visit to a museum. You enter the main doors, grab a map, and follow the suggested path. You view the exhibits and read the accompanying information; maybe you rent an audio wand to get a virtual tour.

With an app like NC NatSci, however, a more tailored approach is possible. Say you want to see all of the dinosaur-related items. With the new app, you can filter the content by topic and plan your trip to see exactly what you want. You can listen to the information while viewing the exhibit and thus focus on the dinosaurs rather than text about dinosaurs. After all, as with art galleries, we don't visit museums simply to read. To keep you on track, you can access maps at any time. All in all, this app makes your visit more informative, enjoyable, and efficient.

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Accessibility

The overall goal of the app is to improve the museum experience for all visitors, so accessibility is crucial. Being available as an iOS app guarantees a high level of "baked-in" accessibility as a result of Apple's rigorous approval process. Apple products also have powerful accessibility features; that's why they are preferred as assistive technology devices. Our developers have coded NC NatSci to work with Apple's accessibility features (e.g., tap-to-zoom, color inversion, and VoiceOver). Though many iOS apps are highly accessible, small glitches can cause huge accessibility problems. The SAS team worked diligently to eliminate such problems.

Access Anywhere

Whether you want to determine in advance which exhibits to visit (something especially valuable for teachers planning field trips!) or learn about the exhibits remotely, NC NatSci offers a wealth of  information that's accessible anytime, anywhere.

The museum is a free community resource whose mission is to increase a visitor's knowledge of ecological interconnectedness. Improved access to and increased understanding of the museum’s resources are thus huge steps toward fulfilling that mission.

Check it out, and let us know what you think! As always, we rely on your input to help improve our apps.

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A Crime-Scene Cure for Reluctant Readers?

Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood is one of those rare books people describe as “impossible to put down” that really is (figuratively) impossible to put down. As an English teacher, I found a marked increase in student participation when I substituted Capote’s “nonfiction novel” for one of the canonical works in the syllabus. Even the reluctant readers in class suddenly became unreluctant.

Part of our Strategies for Reading series, our biography topic lets students explore how, on a dark night in 1959, the criminal actions of Dick Hickock and Perry Smith changed forever the peaceful mid-American town of Holcomb, Kansas—and became the subject of a brilliant novel, as well as three excellent movies.

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The Strategies for Reading tool assists students in understanding nonfiction texts. They can analyze sample nonfiction passages or enter their own text. Students develop strategies for nonfiction—predicting what they will learn before reading, identifying details and organizing ideas while reading, and explaining what they have learned after reading.

What makes our approach compelling? Prior to reading a complex, informational text about the criminals, students examine and comment on six thought-provoking photographs and make predictions (within the tool) about what they will read.

Students then engage in a close reading of a short biography of Hickock and Smith, which they can also have read to them, and reconsider their predictions while responding to a pointed question about each photograph.  Difficult words are defined in rollovers. After rereading the biography, students organize their ideas by responding to four general questions in the tool’s built-in organizer.

Students demonstrate their comprehension in the final section: they answer a series of true/false questions, choose the best of three short summaries, and explain the reasons for their choice. Students can then save, print, and email a document that contains all of the responses mentioned above.

If you are trying to break down the barriers erected by a reluctant reader, take a look at our Strategies for Reading Biography. Your students just might find it impossible to put down.

And be sure to check out our related materials that help students explore other informational and literary texts. All follow the same format as Strategies for Reading Biography.

Strategies for Reading Novels
Strategies for Reading Poetry
Strategies for Reading Short Stories
Strategies for Reading Science Fiction
Strategies for Reading Mythology
Strategies for Reading Epics
Strategies for Reading Folklore
Strategies for Reading Fantasy
Strategies for Reading Dramatic Dialogue

 

 

 

 

 

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Elementary Spotlight: Spanish

In SAS Curriculum Pathways, elementary students and teachers will find a wealth of thematically organized resources that are age-appropriate and help students learn basic expressions, words, and phrases in context. Students explore and discover the Spanish language and culture by interacting with the resources.

Our Spanish Language Videos introduce and reinforce Spanish vocabulary within a thematic context. Students listen to native speakers, experience real-world situations, and view dynamic visuals while following the adventures of Miguel and Sabo!

 

Our (still growing!) Spanish Video Series currently includes the following:

Each video comes with a transcript, a deck of SAS Flash Cards, and a handout to review vocabulary and grammatical elements and assess comprehension.

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What are teachers saying? SAS Curriculum Pathways Master Teacher Paula Green recently shared the success her 2nd graders had with La familia:

It was a great lesson and [another Spanish teacher] has already discovered many other SAS Spanish lessons and begun to use them with her other K-6 classes.

 

Many of our other Spanish resources also offer videos to enhance listening skills and visuals to build interest and understanding. The Spanish Language Builder series Grammatical Elements and Verbs offers modules with a short video, a practice section for immediate feedback, and a drag-and-drop quiz. In Likes and Dislikes students view a tutorial to identify the proper use of gusta and gustan, and in Greetings and Farewells, students learn los saludos (hello) and las despedidas (goodbye).

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Be sure to check out these additional elementary Spanish resources:

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Elementary Spotlight: Geography

Elementary students need an engaging tool to learn the basics, the physical and political geography of their school, their neighborhood, their town, their state, and the world. Our Interactive Atlas was designed specifically to build those skills and expand that knowledge base.

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The Interactive Atlas opens with a map of the continents and major oceans.

From identifying basic knowledge—continents, oceans, countries, and capitals—to creating unique, individualized maps that illustrate specific ideas, the Interactive Atlas places a powerful geography learning tool into the hands of students.

I was able to use the interactive atlas with my 2nd-grade class to chart the courses of some of the early explorers such as Marco Polo, Henry the Navigator, Vasco da Gama, Ferdinand Magellan, and Columbus! It was so beneficial to look at the world map and then be able to zero in on the explorations routes originating from Portugal. I think this gave the students a much clearer picture than what they get looking at a class map. It is hard to see a country the size of Portugal.

—Paula Green, SAS Curriculum Pathways Master Teacher

Drawing tools in the Interactive Atlas allow students to experiment, using geography lessons created for exploration of standards-based geographic topics like deserts, islands, and rainforests. For example, Mapping the Sahara provides resources for students to learn more about the Sahara Desert AND create a map illustrating what they've learned!

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A student-generated map, created with the Interactive Atlas, illustrating features of and facts about the Sahara Desert.

Our geography resources don't end with the Interactive Atlas. The audio tutorial about the Sahara Desert, used in the mapping lesson described above, can be used on its own. Other resources cover similar topics such as the Amazon Rainforest and Australia.

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Using the Amazon Rainforest audio tutorial, students identify the size and location of the rainforest and consider the environmental challenges it faces.

Our free, interactive resources can help students study and map the world, beyond the roof of their house.

Looking for more geography resources? Check these out!

Mapping the Ten Largest Islands
Identifying Countries Using Mnemonics
Mapping the Most Populous Cities
Mapping the World's Most Populous Countries
Mapping Australia and New Zealand
Mapping the Amazon Rainforest

 

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Elementary Spotlight: Math

Early math skills—such as number sense, number relations, pattern identification, estimation, and measurement—are the foundation for future math achievement. By mastering these basic concepts, young students can engage in more complex cognitive processing and develop higher-level math skills. Also, early math achievement has been linked to an increased likelihood to take Algebra I by 8th grade and improved PSAT math scores.

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To help young math students master basic number literacy, we've created SAS Math Stretch. This fun, engaging, and free app provides a suite of activities to develop elementary math skills and number sense. These activities are great for early math learners in K-3. Teachers in K-5 tell us they love using them as warm-up exercises.

  • Exercises target counting, number relations and operations, and telling and manipulating time.
  • Settings allow students, parents, and teachers to control the level of difficulty for each activity.
  • Practice sessions and completed quizzes can be shared with parents and teachers.

Take a look at some of our favorite activities.

Ordering Numbers

The Ordering Numbers activity challenges students to drag and drop the number tiles into the correct order. Users can adjust the difficulty level of the session by toggling several settings, including number type (whole, decimal, fraction) and range (0-1, 0-10, 0-100, 0-1000).

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Number Comparison

In Number Comparison, students are presented with two numbers and asked to pick the appropriate comparison sign. Again, using the settings function, students can manipulate the range and choose to compare whole numbers, fraction, decimals, or a combination!

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Daily Numbers

Daily Numbers is a great warm-up activity to get students thinking about different representations of numbers, combining math and literacy skills.

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Number Bonds

The newest addition to the Math Stretch suite, Number Bonds challenges students to think about the composition of and relationship between numbers. Students can complete the Number Bonds activity either in Addition/Subtraction or Multiplication/Division mode.

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Download SAS Math Stretch today through the App Store and Google Play. And remember, your feedback is very important to us, so if you have an idea for the next release of Math Stretch, let us know!

Also, check out our other elementary math resources:

  • Data Depot. Currently, there are 26 data sets in Data Depot, addressing topics in science, social studies, and a variety of other subjects. Use these data sources as the foundation for student inquiries and teacher-created lessons. To help teachers even more, we have created tool-based lessons to take advantage of the data sets. In QL #1554 - M&M'S®: Are the colors evenly distributed?, students learn how to create bar graphs and pie charts from color distribution data sets.
  • Flash Cards. With thousands of decks to choose from, Flash Cards is the perfect app for mastering early math skills from shapes to basic addition, to multiplication tables. Students can create and share their own decks for a customized experience.
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Elementary Spotlight: Writing

Let me start by stating the obvious: teaching students to write well is hard. Yet teachers who have had success at the elementary level know that young writers can thrive when certain conditions and practices exist in the classroom. For instance, they know students need to be given time to practice writing frequently, even daily. They also know that improvement comes when students understand the writing process.

Faced with a writing task that seems overwhelming, students can break down the writing process into manageable steps or chunks. And if these steps—planning, drafting, revising, and publishing—also include instructional activities, then students will have the support they need to improve sentence construction, paragraph development, and other elements of writing fluency.

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SAS Curriculum Pathways offers resources that give young writers exactly this kind of support. Writing Navigator is a suite of four tools, one for each step in the writing process. Each tool offers numerous instructional features that help students create an effective plan, draft well-constructed sentences and paragraphs, revise their work in thoughtful ways, and prepare their written work for sharing with an audience.

Here’s one example of the support we provide. Elementary students who have practiced identifying verbs can begin to think about how to select strong verbs to give their sentences more power. Our Audio Tutorial Strong Verbs explains that forceful writing demands forceful verbs. They drive sentences the way an engine drives a car.

One second grade teacher who used Strong Verbs says the video provides a “delightful analogy of verbs compared to car engines.” She added that the “visual example of verbs goes a long way with small children.”

 

To give young students practice in selecting strong verbs, teachers can use Writing Reviser, one of the Writing Navigator tools. Here’s one way I've used that tool.

First, I wrote a short paragraph full of weak verbs. I entered the paragraph in Writing Reviser, opened Sentence Power from the menu, and clicked All verbs. Voilà, Writing Reviser highlights all the verbs in my own work (i.e., it personalizes learning), allowing me to focus on a single task. And if I can't reliably identify my own verbs, the tool is also helping me develop that skill.

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Next, I revised the sentences to add stronger verbs. When I entered this paragraph, the new verbs were highlighted.

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Along with the highlights, Writing Reviser lists the verbs used in the passages and identifies how often they are used. Here’s a comparison of the verbs appearing in the two passages.

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Finally, I would point out that in the first list, I used some verbs more than once, wasting opportunities to include a variety of forceful verbs. Also, these weak verbs in the first list do not reveal much about my topic, eating a great pizza dinner. However, the stronger verbs in the second list give the reader a vivid picture of how excited I was to eat that tasty meal.

Check out these other resources that can help young writers improve their fluency:

Needless Phrases
Misused Expressions
Clear Modifiers
Concrete Language
Building Sentences

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Elementary Spotlight: Reading

In and around 3rd grade, students make a significant transition: rather than learning to read, they begin reading to learn. That transition has classroom implications as well: instead of teaching students how to read, we instead expect them to use their (assumed) reading skills to acquire new information on their own (e.g., reading a textbook, an article, a website). Consequently, poor readers often have a difficult time keeping up with the material and, without help, fall further and further behind. It should come as no surprise, then, that third-grade reading proficiency has been shown to correlate with long-term academic achievement and high-school dropout rates [1].

Unfortunately, the Nation's Report Card shows that in 2013 only 35% of our nation's 4th graders demonstrated reading skills at or above the Proficient level*. These data represent a collective call to action focused on this question: how can we best reach early, emergent, and struggling readers?

At SAS Curriculum Pathways, we've built tools that students, parents, and teachers can use to help young readers develop these foundational skills.

SAS Read Aloud

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In the formative stages of reading, shared-book reading experiences at home have been shown to be a powerful impact on young readers beyond other predictive factors such as socioeconomic status and parent education level. Although reading a book together might seem like nothing more than a bonding experience, young children are exposed to important concepts such as associations between written and spoken language, letter and word sounds, and basic print conventions (e.g., we read left to right in English)[2,3]. This is especially true when adults employ strategies to overtly bring young readers' attention to the text, such as pointing to words as they are read aloud[3,4].

From this foundation, we developed SAS® Read Aloud as a supplement to shared reading. We implemented strategies such as word-by-word highlighting and guided word interaction to draw emergent readers' visual attention to the print so they could understand how letters, words, sounds, and structure combine to form sentences and stories. We've also adding a unique recording feature so that parents, teachers, and even young readers can record themselves to further simulate the shared reading experience. Thus, anytime can be storytime!

In addition, Read Aloud provides free access to numerous books with three  reading modes: Read to Me, Help Me Read, and Read by Myself.

Reading Modes

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  • Read to Me – Words highlight as the book is automatically read aloud. Readers experience the speaker's intonation, rhythm, and stress.
  • Help Me Read – Readers are guided through the book and control the reading pace. Readers focus on developing print knowledge skills and identifying words.
  • Read by Myself – Readers can progress through books silently and select only the words they would like to hear. This traditional approach allows readers to build confidence with selected support from speakers on specific words.

SAS Reading Records

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Running records of students’ reading are a valuable source of data for reading instruction, but also a significant time sink; they can also be tricky to administer. Reading Records is an anytime, RR3anywhere solution that promises to yield the same valuable data without compromising class time (and also providing several enhancements to the old paper-and-pencil method).

Available for free on the web, in the App Store, and the Chrome Web Store, SAS Reading Records is a flexible tool designed to support many methods for conducting running records. By utilizing the numerous features of Reading Records, educators can do the following:

  • Select passages from our built-in library, which offers more than 75 fiction and nonfiction reading passages at various reading levels. All passages have multiple-choice and open-ended comprehension assessments. Students can also work on their own devices.
  • Grade assignments at their own pace and without necessarily being one-on-one with a student. The Reading Records system actually records students as they read aloud, allowing instructors to pause and replay portions of the audio to ensure all reading behaviors are captured.
  • Analyze performance using the data-visualization tools that update in real time. Graphs and charts update automatically whenever you grade an assignment or modify students’ reading levels.
  • Use the data as a centerpiece for student instruction and parent conferences. The interface not only provides an organized portfolio of the student's work, but also recordings of the student reading aloud.

Student Interface With the student interface, young readers can do the following:

  • Complete assignments using the student-friendly, streamlined design. In fact, the assignment-creation interface lets teachers provide up to three passages from which students can choose a passage that aligns with their individual interests.
  • View their results complete with dynamic charts and graphs, a recording of their session, and the marked-up passage.
  • Listen to previously read passages to reflect on performance, hear reading behaviors, and perceive changes.
  • Monitor and share progress with teachers and parents from anywhere.

As with all of our products, we are constantly refining and adding features to our reading apps. Have a suggestion for our next release? We’d love to hear from you!

*As defined by the National Center for Education Statistics, Proficient achievement level implies the student demonstrated  solid academic performance for each grade assessed. Students reaching this level have demonstrated competency over challenging subject matter, including subject-matter knowledge, application of such knowledge to real-world situations, and analytical skills appropriate to the subject matter.

[1] Hernandez, D.J. (2012). Double Jeopardy: How Third-Grade Reading Skills and Poverty Influence High School Graduation. A Annie E. Casey Foundation Report.

[2] Justice, L.M., & Lankford, C. (2002). Preschool Children’s Visual Attention to Print During Storybook Reading. Communication Disorders Quarterly, 24(1), 11-21.

[3] Bus, A. G., van IJzendoorn, M. H., & Pellegrini, A. D. (1995). Joint Book Reading Makes for Success in Learning to Read: A Meta-Analysis on Intergenerational Transmission of   Literacy. Review of Educational Research, 65(1), 1-21.

[4] Lane, H. B., & Wright, T. L. (2007). Maximizing the effectiveness of reading aloud. The Reading Teacher, 60(7), 668-675.

 

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Teaching Poetry: It's a Slam Dunk

T.S. Eliot opens his poem The Waste Land by famously calling April the “cruellest month.” But for me, January has always offered up its own special form of cruelty. The holiday celebrations have come and gone, the days have frozen and withered into darkness, and the New Year is already starting to seem old.

1One of the only bright spots in this otherwise dismal time of year is that January is a great month to be a sports fan. If you like football, you can enjoy the season-ending college bowl games, or you can follow the NFL playoffs that culminate in the Super Bowl. And as a college basketball fan, I can finally get excited as league play begins to ramp up after the rather tepid early season games. Even baseball fans can take heart—spring training is only two months away.

SAS Curriculum Pathways can help bring some of this excitement to the study of poetry. Exploring Poetry about Sports helps students improve their poetry-reading skills by encouraging them to read and respond to three short poems about basketball, baseball, and football.

The interactive tool guides students through four steps as they study each poem.

  1. Students make predictions based on the poem’s title, the poet’s biography, and an image associated with the poem.
  2. They listen to a professional reading of the poem, check definitions of difficult terms, and respond to questions.
  3. They improve their reading skills by watching and evaluating a visual interpretation of the poem.
  4. They identify and make notes on key images, details, and themes.

Exploring Poetry about Sports

Exploring Poetry about Sports may be just what students need to make them realize that poetry can be as exciting as a game-ending touchdown, a home run, or a slam dunk. Even in January.

Check out the two other poetry titles in this series:

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Finding the Virtue in Virtual Labs

Virtual labs can be a boon to science instruction, capturing the excitement of discovery and encouraging students to think earnestly about STEM careers. While no one would advocate working exclusively with virtual labs, they can play an important role in expanding the classroom repertory: experiments that had been too dangerous, difficult, expensive, or time-consuming are no longer off limits.

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The VLab on acid-base chemistry helps students develop an understanding of titrations, titration curves, and associated calculations.

With SAS Curriculum Pathways VLabs, for example, students can learn about unstable atomic nuclei without being exposed to radioactive materials. They can perform genetic crosses without maintaining a population of mating organisms and waiting for offspring to emerge.

Moreover, for many abstract concepts, virtual labs are the only practical means of instruction: one can’t, after all, send students up in space to observe an eclipse or cause an earthquake so that they can learn the principles of plate tectonics. But virtual labs help students visualize these concepts in ways conventional materials cannot.

With VLab: Evidence for Plate Tectonics, students discover the characteristics of geologic features that form as plates move apart, collide, or slide past each other; measure plate densities and thicknesses to learn how one plate can slide under another; and uncover additional evidence as you examine the age and magnetic patterns of earth's ocean floor.

Using the plate tectonics VLab, students discover the characteristics of geologic features that form as plates move apart, collide, or slide past each other; measure plate densities and thicknesses to learn how one plate can slide under another; and uncover additional evidence while they examine the age and magnetic patterns of the ocean floor.

Finally, interactive features, animations, and immediate feedback can be the difference between comprehension and despair. That's a crucial issue when we're talking about students who might give up on STEM careers under the mistaken impression that they "can't do science." For many students, working with a virtual lab is like putting on a pair of glasses for the first time: what had been cloudy suddenly becomes clear.

By staying interested and informed through virtual labs, students can develop the foundational skills they’ll need to succeed as scientists working under real-world constraints.

A recent Los Angeles Times article clarifies the rationale for (and the impact of) virtual labs: “When we look at the rapid growth in the number of students versus science lab facilities, it's just not enough," said Gerry Hanley, assistant vice chancellor for academic technology services for the Cal State system. "Students end up taking these courses later or delaying graduation. Facilities bottlenecks are one reason we're looking at the virtual labs idea."

Hanley adds that “The idea that virtual labs are a poor substitute” for students pursuing STEM careers “is not actually true anymore.”

Initial studies support Hanley’s assertion: "Last spring, a pilot project at Cal State L.A. compared the success of students participating in traditional labs with those using an all-online format and a 'flipped' lab model, where online students met in the classroom every two weeks. Students in the flipped model maintained their interest and got better grades, the study found. Perhaps equally important, the virtual labs were able to accommodate more students and proved less expensive to operate."

SAS Curriculum Pathways offers a wide range of virtual labs to inspire your students and clarify core science concepts. Check out the partial list (below) or enter “virtual labs” in our Search feature to see the full range of our offerings.

VLab: Free Fall
VLab: Kinetic and Potential Energy
VLab: Evidence for Plate Tectonics
VLab: Eclipses
VLab: Atomic Structure
VLab: Properties of Stars
VLab: Acid-Base Chemistry (Titrations)

 

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Best of 2014

As we wrap up 2014, we take a look back at a fabulous year here at SAS Curriculum Pathways. This year brought record registrations, skyrocketing student usage, and continued creativity in resource/app integration. Of our 1,250+ (free!) resources, here are this year's most loved.

Top 3 Resources

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1. Algebra 1. Explore video and text that addresses concepts covered in Algebra 1. As you complete the units within this course, you'll learn how to solve equations and inequalities, identify sequences, graph functions, display and analyze data, simplify radical and polynomial expressions, and factor polynomial expressions.

2. Writing Reviser. Revise your writing with the help of this tool. It allows you to focus on your purpose and audience, essay structure, and use of written language (sentence economy, variety, power, and clarity). You'll learn to ask questions experienced writers ask automatically. As a result, you'll begin to express yourself with greater precision and power. What started as just the Writing Reviser has now expanded to a suite of writing tools, Writing Navigator, available for the web ,iPad, and Chromebook.

3. Punctuation Rules. Explore the most common punctuation marks and their uses. You'll learn the basic rules of punctuation; demonstrate the connection between punctuation and meaning; and provide specific words, phrases, and clauses to create sentences and apply what you've learned. You can complete the quizzes to check your understanding.

Top 3 Apps

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1. SAS Flashcards. Available in the App Store, SAS Flash Cards provide space to create, learn, and share your work. You can download and play decks in any subject, create new decks in a variety of question formats, and share your decks with others (for iPhone, iPad, and iTouch).

2. SAS Math Stretch. Updated earlier this month, SAS Math Stretch provides a suite of activities to develop elementary math skills and number sense. The app includes exercises that target counting, number relations and operations, and telling and manipulating time. Settings allow students, parents, and teachers to control the level of difficulty for each activity. Download SAS Math Stretch today from the App Store and Google Play!

3. SAS Data Notebook. Available for free in the App Store, SAS Data Notebook lets students take control of their learning and monitor their progress. Built-in templates for mission statements, goals, checklists, plus/deltas, spelling lists and histograms are included. Data Notebook even includes a scratch paper template where students can load pictures, create drawings, and more. A new text page enables students to take notes, keep a journal, or perform any other writing tasks organized in their notebook. Students can also add sections in order to set, monitor, and reflect on individual goals by subject. Notebooks can now be emailed to teachers, parents, or friends.

Top 3 "New in 2014" Resources

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1. SAS Reading Records. Available in the App Store and Chrome Store, Reading Records allows users to monitor reading skills in a more time-efficient manner. Students read and record a passage, answer related quiz questions, and retell what they've read in their own words. The tool's library contains numerous reading passages (various Lexile® levels, both fiction and nonfiction); teachers can also generate passages themselves. See how Reading Records can work for you!

2. Writing Planner.Work through the process of generating ideas and organizing them into a plan for writing. You'll determine your purpose and audience; brainstorm ideas, facts, or opinions; support your ideas with quotations and information from web sites, books, or other sources; group and sequence your ideas; and review your writing plan. This year, we rounded out our writing tools to include four products that guide students through the entire writing process: Writing Planner, Writing Drafter, Writing Reviser, and Writing Publisher. Available for the web ,iPad, and Chromebook.

3. Writing Drafter.Transform your writing plan into the first draft of an essay by developing coherent sentences and paragraphs from the organized ideas in your plan. You'll develop the body of your essay by creating sentences, supporting details and transitions; create introductory and concluding paragraphs; and analyze your writing to improve sentence patterns, punctuation, and transitions. Writing Drafter is part of a suite of writing tools, Writing Navigator, available for the web ,iPad, and Chromebook.

Top Video on YouTube

Los días de la semana. From SAS Curriculum Pathways, this video is designed to build mastery of the language, introducing and reinforcing Spanish vocabulary for the days of the week. Students watch and listen as native speakers discuss the question ¿Qué día es hoy?


Top Professional Development Course

Getting Started with SAS Curriculum Pathways. This asynchronous, self-paced learning option introduces SAS Curriculum Pathways and provides guidance and support as teachers develop individual lesson plans to address their instructional goals.

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