This summer we've been busy creating new lessons, adding new features, and revamping our professional development offerings.
New and Updated Lessons
With the help of our Summer Teacher Institute participants, we're thrilled to kick off the school year with several new and updated interactive lessons (all of which, of course, include standards alignment and a lesson guide):
- English Language Arts
- Fact and Opinion: Can You Tell the Difference?
- Memorable Dangling Modifiers
- Fixing Fragments
- Affect or Effect
- Transforming Words into Poetry
- Revising, Editing, and Proofing
- Sound and Sense in Emily Dickinson's Poems
- Active Listening
- Theme and Purpose in Science Fiction
- Ideas for Generating Writing
- The Naturalistic Elements of London's "To Build a Fire"
- Active Reading
- The Pros and Cons of the Measures of Central Tendency
- Mean and Median: Are They Stable?
- Normal Distribution: Z-scores
- Fractions: A Part of a Whole
- The AIDS Epidemic: Analyzing the Data
- Surface Area to Volume Ratio
- Analyzing Bivariate Data
- Analyzing and Interpreting Measures of Central Tendency
- New Data Depot datasets
- Crude Oil Production
- Petroleum Reserves and Production
- Proved Oil Reserves
- Aircraft Monitoring
- Data on the Fly
- Household Telephone Status (updated)
- Top Movie Box Office Results
- Social Studies
- Ancient China: Buddhism and the Silk Road
- Age of Exploration: The Columbian Exchange
- Battles of the Revolutionary War
- Characteristics of a Civilization
- The Spanish-American War
- The Civil War: The Emancipation Proclamation
- Exploring King's "I Have a Dream" Speech
- Ancient Middle East: Mesopotamia
- The Daily Lives of Slaves
- The Declaration of Independence: Analyzing Grievances
- The Roaring 20s: Flapper Culture
- Medieval Europe: Bubonic Plague
- The Jamestown Colony
- New Explore! Primary Sources documents
- English Language Arts
Saving and Sending Work
Students can now save and send their work with our new Portfolio feature. From the user home page, use the new Portfolio tab to view, organize, and send work. For some, you can now relaunch to continue working on a resource! Resources that support reloading of student work are identified ask links in the Name column of Portfolio.
Don't forget we not only have the resources to bring your teaching to the next level, but the PD to support you as well...all for free! Between traveling for PD sessions, we spent the summer updating our on-site offerings and completely overhauling our online courses. We adopted a new platform for online PD making the overall experience more seamless and user-friendly.
We also added a new 12-part course, Teaching Writing in the Digital Age, that promises to sharpen your writing instruction skills.