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Your Complete Guide to the Next Generation Science Standards

April 10, 2013

NGSS@NSTA logoYour search for NGSS resources starts at www.nsta.org/ngss.

View the Next Generation Science Standards as well as a variety of documents and supporting materials organized by NSTA to help you understand and navigate the NGSS.

Join us for a free April 16 web seminar—Introducing the Next Generation Science Standards.  Be the first to get an overview of the new science standards from Achieve’s Stephen Pruitt, learn more about the conceptual shifts and dimensions, and discover how NGSS will shape science education for years to come. Also hear from NSTA Executive Director David Evans about NSTA’s outreach and support for science educators around NGSS. To accommodate the large number of participants expected for this web seminar, NSTA will hold two sessions.  The first session is scheduled from 5:30 to 7 p.m. ET, a second session will take place from 7:30 to 9 p.m. ET. Participants are asked to register for one session only. To register, go to the NSTA Learning Center.

 

Target Design K-12 Design in the Classroom

April 10, 2013

Target Design K-12 Design in the Classroom brings a single 45-minute design workshop to New York City Schools for free!

All K-12 teachers in NYC are eligible. Whether you teach social studies or math or even language arts, our hands-on exercises in teamwork and brainstorming will equip your students with new tools to take on challenges in any subject. The workshop focuses on introducing how design is part of the student’s everyday life.  In teams, students will solve a design challenge by creating a simple prototype.  All workshop materials are provided. Registration is now available on-line for the 2012-2013 school year.
 

Mobile Learning with edWeb.net

April 8, 2013

Presented by

Joe Morelock

 

Joe Morelock is the Director of Technology & Innovation for the Canby School District in Canby, Oregon. 

 

Joe is a former high school Spanish teacher, Librarian, and assessment coordinator. He currently leads the district's innovative technology projects.

 

Joe also has developed and delivered mobile content and training on the use of the iPod for Argentina's Ministry of Education. He regularly consults with state departments of education, as well as local school districts in the U.S. and Canada.

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Empowering Teachers & Learners with Mobile Learning


Tuesday, April 16 at 4pm Eastern Time
 
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So many school districts overlook the critical role that administration plays in the learning process. That's not the case in Oregon's Canby School District.

 

In our community's next webinar, Joe Morelock will share his vision for technology, teaching, and mobile learning. He'll discuss the 1:1 iPod touch mobility program that is currently for all Grade Three and Four students in the district, the multiple iPad 1:1 and flipped classroom projects, and what he did to ensure the programs support and empower Canby's teachers and learners every step of the way.

 

You'll hear about how this empowerment philosophy was applied to every facet of the program, including how their network was structured, how teachers manage devices, and how PD is delivered.

 

Join Joe on April 16th for an interactive session on strategies for empowering teachers and learners with mobile learning.

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Mobile Learning Explorations

 

Hosted by Lucy Gray, Project Director for the Consortium for School Networking's Leadership for Mobile Learning initiative.

Mobile Learning Explorations is a professional learning community where educators and industry experts explore the potential of laptops, tablets, and other hand-held devices to enrich learning, to bridge the digital divide, and to extend learning beyond the traditional school day.

As a member of the community you'll receive...

  • Invitations to free webinars and live chats.
  • A CE certificate for attending/viewing our webinars.
  • Access to all of the recorded webinars, presentations, resources, and online discussions.

Join Mobile Learning Explorations to stay connected and share ideas with colleagues all across the country, and the world.  

 

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Arctic Sea Ice: The New Normal

April 4, 2013

Last September, sea ice in the Arctic Ocean shrank to its smallest extent on record. This frozen cover is also dramatically younger and thinner than it used to be. How does the satellite record reveal these changes? And what are the effects of sea ice loss both near and far?

Explore these issues and questions with experts on sea ice monitoring, polar science, and data visualization at a live Google Hangout on Air on Tuesday, April 9 from 4–5 PM EDT, hosted by the American Museum of Natural History’s Science Bulletins program and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The Hangout will highlight a new data visualization, designed for informal education at museums and science centers, about the recent, radical trends in Arctic sea ice. The panel will also address ways to interpret the visualization for museum and educational audiences.

The Hangout will feature:
Dr. Ned Gardiner, data visualization specialist with the NOAA Climate Program Office
Dr. Mark Tschudi, Research Associate at the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Colorado–Boulder
Dr. Karen Frey, Assistant Professor of Geography at Clark University

 

April is Poetry Month

April 4, 2013

April is Poetry Month, so we are happy to feature a Unit Plan for teaching Sonnets in the link below. Shakespeare is certainly famous for his sonnets, but he built his poems on Petrarch's structural foundation, and even more poets followed suit throughout history.  Will your students write their own sonnets? Share them with Folger's Shakespeare Library to celebrate Shakespeare's Birthday! Email student submissions to educate@folger.edu and they'll select a few to feature in a blog post on Making A Scene! http://www.folger.edu/Content/Teach-and-Learn/Teaching-Resources/Teaching-Sonnets/

 

Experiencing Shakespeare: Up On Your Feet!

April 4, 2013

Last Folgers Shakespeare Library partnered with APT to debut their first-ever Electronic field trip. Over 320,000 students and their teachers got involved! This year they're even more excited to celebrate Shakespeare on his birthday with another hour-long digital feast for your imaginations.

Join a teacher with a group of students of all ages as they explore Shakespeare's texts "Up On Their Feet." They'll explore the Folger's vast resources, search the text for clues, and perform scenes that you can join in on, all while you interact with our panel of experts from your very own classroom!

Register today to be a part of the celebration, and get Up On Your Feet. Once registered, you can view clips from last year's Electronic Field Trip, with teaching materials including a trip inside our vault!

Registration is Free!  Get Up! Electronic Field Trip Registration

 

 

The Council for Prejudice Reductions 20th Annual Conference

April 1, 2013
The Department of Education and Information Support Services presents:
Council for Prejudice Reductions 20th Annual Conference 

Date: April 26, 2013
Time: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Melville Marriott Long Island, Melville, NY 11747
Audience: PreK-16 Educators, Parents, Community Groups, DASA Coordinators,
Law Enforcement and Faith, Government, Business Leaders, College Students
Cost: General registration is $65 and Student registration is $45 - **Register for team of 5 and pay for only 4! 
**Fee includes breakfast and lunch**

REGISTRATION MUST BE DONE THROUGH:   http://webreg.esboces.org  

Council for Prejudice Reduction’s 20th Annual Conference. Featuring “THE BULLY PROJECT.” This conference will host a panel of leading educators and other experts in eliminating bullying, harassment and discrimination. Workshops will address the following:

·         Using DASA and Common Core to close gaps in Academic and Social-Emotional Achievement;
·         Bullying, Code of Conduct and Safety;
·         Humane Education to Promote Listening, Learning and Service;
·         Civility, Character, Citizenship;
·         CyberSafety, CyberBullying
·         Performing and Visual Arts Partnerships for Schools and Students;
·         “Welcome!” Parent Involvement for today’s Families and Schools;
·         Gender, Sexual Orientation and Diversity;
·         Protecting Students with Disabilities;
·         Having Too Much on Your Plate?  

REGISTRATION MUST BE DONE THROUGH:  
http://webreg.esboces.org
  ****TO ALL REGISTRANTS****

As a My Learning Plan member, please realize though you registered yourself and submitted your request to your district to attend a workshop, we will NOT see your name as registered until you are approved by YOUR Administrators through the ES BOCES catalog, not just internally.  Confirm your registration at any time by e-mailing Charlene Delgado at
cdelgado@esboces.org

  
As a NON-MEMBER OF My Learning Plan, please realize though you registered yourself, you MUST print out your enrollment form, have an administrator sign their approval and fax or mail it back to the number on the form.  PLEASE DO NOT assume because you handed it in to your district, we received it.  Confirm your registration at any time by e-mailing Charlene Delgado at
 

NYSCATE Grant Opportunity

March 21, 2013


GRANTS:

Each year NYSCATE awards up to 6 grants with a maximum value of $2,000 each for classroom projects that integrate the use of technology. The classroom project must be consistent with the NYSCATE mission, the New York State Learning Standards, and the NETS Standards.

For more information on applying for a grant, click here. The deadline date to submit a grant application is April 1.
 

FREE Common Core Units on American First Ladies

March 21, 2013
The Constitution does not spell out the duties or define the powers of a president’s spouse, yet America’s “first ladies” have, from the beginning of our nation, played key roles as public figures. Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History is now offering two teaching units on American first ladies that meet the Common Core standards.  Visit their webpage to download them.
 

Spring Break Science Camp at the NY Botanical Garden

March 21, 2013

Step behind the scenes of The New York Botanical Garden and uncover how discoveries are made and plants are cared for. After visiting with scientists and gardeners, campers will use technology such as iPads and microscopes to gather their own data while exploring the forest and wetlands. All of these experiences will be captured by building dioramas featuring real plants. Register by calling 718.817.8181 or e-mail childed@nybg.org.

March 25–26
9 a.m.–4 p.m.*
8–10 year-olds
Non-Member $75/Member $60

*All camps offer early drop-off (8 a.m.) and late pickup (5:30 p.m.), available for an additional fee.

 

FREE Webinar on Flipping Your Classroom

March 19, 2013
Shannon Holden

Presented by
Shannon Holden

 

Shannon Holden is a high school and middle school teacher and administrator who loves technology and helping teachers learn easy ways to use free tools in the classroom.

 

Using TED-Ed, Khan Academy, and Sophia to Flip Your Classroom

Tuesday, March 26 at 5PM ET

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Now that the "Flipping" trend has turned into a full-fledged movement, teachers are adapting their teaching methods like never before, recording their lectures for at-home viewing, and dedicating class time for project-based learning and more personalized instruction.

Some teachers, however, want to Flip their lessons, but don't want to make their own videos, or just don't have the time. A number of websites have emerged that give teachers an alternative to creating their own online video content. Join Shannon Holden as he examines the options, and let him help you determine which of these sites is best suited for what you want to accomplish in flipping YOUR classroom.

 

Science of Innovation

March 19, 2013

NBC Learn, in partnership with the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, looks at the Science of Innovation. More than just a single event or brilliant idea, innovation is a process that anyone from a garage tinkerer to a federally-funded scientist can take to discover new solutions. This 11-part series, narrated by NBC's Ann Curry, highlights top innovators from across the country working on innovative projects in industries such as healthcare, energy, transportation, and agriculture. Free lesson plans are provided by NSTA.

 

Follow-on to "The Secret of Life"—Application for the Classroom

March 19, 2013

Join MIT professors and NSTA authors who will together lead discussions related to "The Secret of Life," MIT's free biology course for K–12 science educators. Complimentary 60-minute web seminars (March 27, April 17, and May 15) offer supplementary pedagogical content to the biology course with a focus on practical classroom applications, additional resources, and moderated community forums. Collaboration between the two institutions offers a wonderful learning opportunity at no cost and access to rich and vibrant discussion on issues related to teaching biology across the K–12 spectrum. Renowned NSTA authors Susan Koba, Anne Tweed, and Page Keeley will support the web seminars and share resources that comprise content from their respective bestsellers. Details about each web seminar can be found through the NSTA Learning Center. Register for one or more seminars today.

 

Yearlong Free Professional Development for New Science Teachers

March 19, 2013

Administrators who want to retain and nurture new teachers should learn more about NSTA's exemplary program, the New Science Teacher Academy. Special experiences and support for second- through fifth-year middle and high school science teachers is available and virtually cost-free.

Hundreds of teachers will be chosen to participate in the 2013–2014 Academy to take advantage of consistent, online professional development activities, mentoring, and face-to-face educational experiences. Candidates should apply for one of hundreds of scholarships by completing an application.

The Academy provides each teacher with

A recent Academy Fellow said, "The New Science Teacher Academy has made a huge impact on my teaching and my ability to cope with the stresses of teaching. I believe my third year is going much smoother and easier because of my participation in the Academy. It's been awesome!"

To find out more about the Academy and how to apply for a scholarship, visit www.nsta.org/academy or contact the project director, Damaries Blondonville, at dblondonville@nsta.org.

 

Monticello: Jefferson Postcard Contest

March 19, 2013
Calling all teachers and students! Monticello and HISTORY® invite you to participate in a digital art-based project that encourages students to connect Jefferson with their hometown. Entries must be received by Friday, April 26, 2013. The contest includes $10,000 in prize money and a chance to have your work featured on Monticello's website.

Find contest guidelines and submission details here.

Questions? Email
education@monticello.edu using the subject "Postcard Project"

Additional Opportunity for Teachers: Check out Monticello's Barringer Research Fellowship, a two-week onsite summer fellowship where teachers conduct research and create new learning resources to share on Monticello's digital classroom. Applications are due March 15. Find out more at
http://www.monticello.org/site/research-and-collections/barringer.
 

HISTORY® features Women's History Month programming and online content

March 19, 2013
Every March, classrooms and communities observe Women's History Month, which highlights women who have shaped our world. HISTORY Classroom and History.com feature video clips and other resources for Women's History Month activities. Visit us online at http://www.history.com/topics/womens-history-month to view these resources.

You can also find valuable background information and video clips on the BIO women's history site, located online at
http://www.biography.com/womens-history/index.jsp.

View a timeline of women's history.
 

The Challenge of Discovery

March 19, 2013

One Dynamic Workshop, Four Sites

Presented by NASA's Discovery and New Frontiers Programs

Vision. Collaboration. Creativity. Persistence. Adaptability. Dedication.

You want to go WHERE? What does it take to make a NASA mission happen, and who are the people that drive these tremendous projects?

In Discovery's third annual multi-site professional development workshop, we delve into the stories behind some amazing NASA missions, from conception to science results. Learn how scientists, engineers, and mission operators collaborate to meet the challenges of complex missions to assure the science goals will be met. Investigate what it takes to move a fantastic idea — like scooping up samples of an asteroid and dropping them back off on Earth for analysis — from dream to reality. Explore science as a human endeavor at its awesome best.

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2013
Cost: $25.00 (includes lunch & snacks)
Register by: April 1, 2013

WORKSHOP LOCATIONS

Pasadena, CA

  • 8:30 am - 2:30 pm PT

Tucson, AZ

  • 8:30 am - 2:30 pm MT

Houston, TX

  • 10:30 am - 4:30 pm CT

Laurel, MD

  • 11:30 am - 5:30 pm ET

Click here for more information.

 

Spring Family Fun at the Botanical Gardens

March 19, 2013
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Spring is just around the corner and the Garden is coming alive with both beautiful plant life and fun activities for kids and families. Looking for a fun and educational getaway for the kids over spring break? Spring Break Science Camp may be just the thing! If you're looking for a single-day outing or just love terrariums, Little Landscapes is perfect for you. Exclusive to MasterCard cardholders: Special sessions of Little Landscapes allow your child to build an adventure- or fantasy-themed terrarium to take home. Learn more at Priceless.com/NY. And if a more in-depth gardening experience is what your child needs, the Children's Gardening Program, starting on March 30, offers unique activities tailored specifically for each age group and season. And of course, The Orchid Show is exciting and inspiring for the whole family. Get tickets and more information.
 

Lego Education Grant Opportunities

March 19, 2013


LEGO® Education proudly supports the Education Blueprints Association (EBA) and its mission to provide learning resources and programs that deliver education solutions to teachers and students.

Did you know EBA has these grants available?

Preschool Playful Learning Grant

This grant is open to all public preschools in the US and is designed to bring engaging hands-on resources into preschool classrooms.

Click here to learn more and download the application.


Elementary 21st-Century Skills Grant

This grant is open to all accredited elementary schools in the US and is designed to improve students’ creative problem-solving, communication, and collaboration skills through a hands-on building process.

Click here to learn more and download the application.


Elementary Literacy Grant

This grant is open to all accredited elementary schools in the US and serves as a way to supplement English/Language Arts curriculum with hands-on story-building activities.

Click here to learn more and download the application.


Elementary After-school Program Grant

This grant is open to all accredited elementary schools in the US and will provide the materials and training needed to implement engaging, STEM-focused, hands-on activities into an after-school program.

Click here to learn more and download the application.


University Teacher Education Program Grant

This grant is open to accredited university teacher education programs in the US and serves to help infuse hands-on learning methodologies into the training of future teachers.

Click here to learn more and download the application.


HURRY! Application deadline for all grants: April 15, 2013

For any questions regarding EBA and these grants, please e-mail Admin@edublue.org.


To sign up for our monthly grants e-newsletter, click here.

 

New Elementary Lessons to Keep Your Class Fit

March 19, 2013
Keep Springtime Fit and Fun for Your Students
Download three new lesson plans to keep your class healthy this spring!

Spring is just around the corner and there is no better time to introduce your students to the importance of a healthy lifestyle. To help you get started, fit4theclassroom.com offers FREE science and math lesson plans and videos that can be easily integrated into your daily classroom activities.

A partnership between Discovery Education, Sanford Health and WebMD, fit 4 the classroom provides resources to help educators discuss health and wellness principles with their elementary students. All fit 4 the classroom lesson plans are aligned to national standards including the National Science Education Standards, Common Core Math Standards and the National Educational Technology Standards.

NEW resources include:
  • Let's Get Moving
    Teaching students about the circulatory system? Use this standards-aligned lesson to help students investigate the effects of exercise on the human body.
  • Dream On
    Looking for ways to incorporate the design process into your instruction? This lesson allows students to learn about the science of sleep and design their ideal sleep zone.
  • One Fine Day
    Want to spruce up your math lessons? Check out this interdisciplinary lesson in which students focus on collecting, graphing and interpreting data while learning how to make healthy choices.
Driven by the four pillars of fit - mood, move, food and recharge - fit 4 the classroom resources connect balanced eating and activity with sleep and a healthy emotional life for a more holistic approach to wellness. Visit fit4theclassroom.com to find a variety of dynamic, cross-curricular and interactive videos.

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Free Webinar on Using Wolfram/Alpha

March 19, 2013

Siemens STEM Academy
Don't Forget to Register for the Webinar TODAY:
Dynamic Knowledge: Using Wolfram|Alpha in the Classroom

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Learn how to make expert-level knowledge and answers accessible in your classroom.
Register today to learn how to get more out of your web search - math to chemistry and physics, even astronomy!

Presented by:
Crystal Fantry
Senior Educational Outreach Specialist, Wolfram|Alpha

Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 7:00pm ET
For Educators

REGISTER TODAY
Download the pre-webinar resource to get ready for this exciting event.

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Join us to learn more about one of the Internet's most exciting and powerful tools! Wolfram|Alpha introduces a fundamentally new way to get knowledge and answers - not by searching the web, but by performing dynamic computations based on a vast collection of built-in data, algorithms, and methods. We are looking forward to showing you how you can use Wolfram|Alpha in your very own classroom, regardless of your subject matter. Wolfram|Alpha covers subjects from math to chemistry and physics, even history and astronomy! Click here to learn more.

Have you visited the Siemens STEM Academy site today?
Visit the Siemens STEM Academy site today to find the calendar of upcoming webinars, blogs, professional development opportunities and other STEM resources.

Siemens STEM Academy
 

edWeb.net Webinar promoting integrating Art into STEM lessons

March 7, 2013

 

Presented by Jennifer Horner Miller

 

Jennifer Horner Miller is the district instructional technologist for the Dublin ISD in Dublin, Texas. Jennifer was instrumental in implementing a district K12 1:1 technology initiative funded by a Texas Education Agency Connection Grant. In addition to providing professional development to all teachers, Jennifer oversees an offsite curriculum located across several of Dublin's community museums, and is co-author of NASA's MMS (Magnetospheric MultiScale Mission) 2014 Challenge, which targets grade six through grade eight students with real-world weather challenges.

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10 Practical Tips for Integrating STEAM into your Curriculum


Thursday, March 14th at 4PM Eastern Time
 
REGISTER HERE for the webinar

Applied, real world Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) lessons and activities can promote critical thinking, authentic problem-solving and cross-curricular connections that motivate students and engage them in the learning process. When these activities take place within a global, collaborative context, students benefit additionally from cross-cultural connections. Participation in extended learning communities erases the boundaries of geography, language, culture, ethnicity and socio-economic status. 

In our community's next webinar, district instructional technologist Jennifer Horner Miller will explore what teachers can do both in the everyday classroom and in special projects, such as STEAM camps, to engage students, involve them in higher-order project-based learning activities, and also help them develop the global perspectives required for the 21st-century workforce. Join Jennifer on March 14th for strategies and tactics for integrating STEAM into your curriculum.

 

Last Chance to Win $30,000 and a New Playground

March 1, 2013


Could your school use a new playground? Discovery Education and the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation are giving away more than $100,000 in prizes and your school could be the next lucky winner of a new playground and a $30,000 grant.

As part of the Together Counts™ initiative to promote active, healthy lifestyles at school and at home, we encourage you to enter the Healthy Playground Makeover Sweepstakes today so you don't miss out!

Two Grand Prize Winners will receive a $30,000 grant and a new playground. (One of the Grand Prize Winners will be chosen from a special drawing for Title I Schools!) Three Second Prize Winners will receive a $5,000 grant.

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Spread the word to your school community:  Anyone can enter to win on behalf of your school!  To increase your chances of winning, enter today and every day until March 15, 2013.
 

Watson Adventures March Scavenger Hunts

March 1, 2013
 
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NEW YORK EDITION
 
MARCH ISSUE
Say Farewell to Darkness and Hello to the Great Outdoors!
PLUS...
Spring Break Hunts for Families, including Junior Wizards 
 The Complete March Hunt Schedule
• A Discount for Gangster Fans
• Erin Go Hunt: Top 5 Irish Spots on Hunts
• Hunt Fun for “Take Your Child to Work Day”
 
MARCH HIGHLIGHTS: THE FINAL ART OF DARKNESS, 
THE FIRST JUNIOR WIZARDS
 
The end is near! To make room on our schedule for new hunts such as The Dancing Nudes Murder Mystery Hunt, March 2 will be your last chance to do The Art of Darkness Scavenger Hunt. You’ll see the eerie, unnerving, disturbing side of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Warning: The thrills are also chills.
 
Presto change-o! OK, that’s not a Harry Potter spell, but for kids ages 7 to 9 who missed out on our Wizard School Scavenger Hunts (for ages 10 and up) we’ve created an easier edition, The Junior Wizards Hunt, debuting March 28. It’s just one of several kids’ hunts we’re offering that week for Spring Break. See the full schedule below or click below!
MARCH HUNTS
 
 
Saturday, March 9

Friday, March 15
The Murder at the Met Scavenger Hunt, 6 p.m.

Saturday, March 16

Saturday, March 23
The Gangsters' New York Scavenger Hunt, 2 p.m. Special! Save $5
on this hunt when you use the code RUBOUT at checkout.
 
Sunday, March 24
 
Spring Break! Wednesday, March 27
 
Spring Break! Thursday, March 28
 
Saturday, March 30
ERIN GO HUNT: TOP 5 IRISH SITES & SIGHTS ON HUNTS
 
We’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day by visiting our favorite places and objects on our hunts that reflect the history of the Irish in New York. Here’s our list, in no particular order, and continued in the News section of WatsonAdventures.com
 
Draft Wheel from the Draft Riots: During the Civil War, draftees could pay for substitutes to take their place on the front lines. This didn’t sit too well with the working classes, particularly the Irish, who couldn’t afford to buy their way out of service. On our New York History Mysteries Hunt at the New-York Historical Society, you can see an actual draft wheel that helped officials randomly select names for the draft. This event set off the Draft Riots, one of the worst urban riots in American history. Battles raged in the streets for days, and troops were diverted from Gettysburg to take back the streets. 
 
Old (and new) St. Patrick’s: The Irish finally arrived, of course, and declared it spectacularly by building St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue, a highlight on our midtown hunts for private groups. The Gothic church replaced the Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Mulberry St., always a startling stop for hunters of the SoHo Chocolatey Hunt as it dips into NoLIta. The older church was nearly sacked in 1836 at the hands of anti-Catholic mobs. A different kind of mob visited when the baptism scene was filmed there for The Godfather.
 
 
HUNT FUN FOR “TAKE YOUR CHILD TO WORK DAY”
 
All work and no play...well, you know the rest. April 25 is Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day and in years past, many a company has turned to Watson Adventures for help providing a fun activity that adults and kids can enjoy together.
 
After the kids have toured your workplace, how about taking them on a hunt to explore your neighborhood? Or go farther afield to explore a favorite museum or other landmark location. Learn more about our scavenger hunts for kids and adults to do together.
 
Need to keep the gang inside the office? Companies have had huge success with our Trivia Slam game, where once again the adults and kids play on the same team and have laugh-aloud fun.
 
Either way, a Watson Adventures game can be a great way to show kids the importance of teamwork in all areas of the working world. Get the fun started by calling us at 877-9-GO HUNT, extension 11 for private events, or click on the button below! 
 

edWeb Webinars

March 1, 2013
 edWeb.net - A professional social network for the education community
Free webinars on many topics...
something for every educator!
Check out our upcoming, free webinars, view recent webinars, and explore our PLCs.  You'll receive a free CE certificate for attending or viewing any of our webinars.
 
Top 10 Webinars for 2012 Check out which webinars made the list and watch the ones you missed!
Access for All:
Developing Access Technology for All
Thursday, March 7th - 11AM Eastern Time
Presented by David Banes, President of Mada, Center for Assistive Technology in Doha, Qatar
Join the community edGlobal

Practical Applications Using the Big6/Super3: Putting the Common Core to Work
Tuesday, March 12th - 4PM Eastern Time
Presented by Michael Eisenberg, professor and dean emeritus, University of Washington Information School; and Bob Berkowitz, consultant and retired library media specialist
Join the community LMC @ The Forefront

Mobile Devices for Teaching
Wednesday, March 13th - 3PM Eastern Time
Presented by Kathy Schrock, retired Director of Technology, current professor, writer, and speaker
Join the community PD in Action

10 Practical Tips for Integrating STEAM into your Curriculum
Thursday, March 14th - 4PM Eastern Time
Presented by Jennifer Horner Miller, district instructional technologist for the Dublin Independent School District in Dublin, Texas

Garden to Plate
Tuesday, March 5th - 4PM Eastern Time
Presented by Jessica Cuevas, teacher and coordinator of the Margate Schools Garden, and winner of the inaugural New Jersey School Garden of the Year Award
Join the community Growing School Gardens

Dealing with Disillusionment
Tuesday, March 12th - 5PM Eastern Time
Presented by Shannon Holden, Assistant Principal, Republic Middle School, MO
Join the community New Teacher Help

Ensuring Accountability in the Classroom
Monday, March 4th - 4PM Eastern Time
Presented by Nina Finkler, Director of Outreach, Eden Autism Services, NJ
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Presented by Dr. Robert Dillon, Principal, Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School
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Presented by Dr. Rob Furman, Principal, South Park Elementary, Pittsburgh PA, and author of Instructional Technology Tools: A Professional Development Plan

Presented by Shannon Holden, Assistant Principal, Republic Middle School, MO
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Presented by Leslie Kuhlthau Maniotes, PhD, teacher effectiveness coach in the Denver Public Schools as well as a curriculum specialist and national consultant on inquiry learning
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The National STEM Video Game Challenge Is On!

March 1, 2013

Do you know a kid in middle or high school who loves to play video games? Encourage them to try and create their own! The many game-making platforms like Gamestar Mechanic, Microsoft’s Kodu, GameMaker, and Scratch make it simple. Students can even enter a written design idea. Whether or not their their game wins the challenge, there’s plenty to be gained from the experience. Enter the National STEM Video Game Challenge today.

 

PBL Hangout with Kathy Schrock

March 1, 2013

Join Kathy and Project Based Learning experts Ginger Lewman and Cynthia Treichler on Thursday, March 14 at 7pm ET as they discuss authentic learning models and talk about successful classroom practices.  http://blog.discoveryeducation.com/blog/2013/02/26/pbl-hangout-with-kathy-schrock/

 

 

 

Make Every Student a Philosopher

March 1, 2013
Philosophy for Kids is dedicated to helping adults conduct philosophical discussions with elementary school children. The site uses well-known picture books, such as Harold and the Purple Crayon, Harry the Dirty Dog, The Cat in the Hat and various Frog and Toad stories, to raise philosophical questions. The site was developed by Professor Thomas E. Wartenberg and his undergraduate students at Mount Holyoke College.

Plus: What’s the Big Idea? introduces middle school students to philosophy through film. The website is a tribute to the intellectual curiosity of young people who have questions about the big ideas that have engaged philosophers throughout the ages but don’t have a way to discuss those questions with other people, especially in an educational setting. The website provides inquisitive students with the opportunity to engage in a range of philosophical discussions about issues that other students their age have said were the most pressing ones in their lives: bullying, lying, friendship, peer pressure and environmental ethics.
 
 

Milk Virtual Goats for Women’s Rights

March 1, 2013

Instead of spending to grow virtual crops, Facebook gamers can turn those purchases into donations for cattle and life-saving operations in the developing world. A new Facebook game, called Half the Sky Movement, is inspired by journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. The game brings players first to a small village in India to meet Radhika, who then takes them on a global journey from India to Kenya, Vietnam, Afghanistan and the United States. In her transition from oppression to opportunity, Radhika must find her voice in her own house and gain financial and social independence. Players start with very little, but as they complete quests to help her and other girls and women, Radhika becomes a community leader. Whether helping a girl in the village to buy a bicycle that will take her to school or fighting off an international gang of sex traffickers, Radhika becomes a force within her world. The game intertwines the real world and the virtual world. For example, when Radhika buys a goat, a player can make a donation to Heifer International, or when she gets her daughter treated, the player can make a vaccine donation to the United Nations. Bigger partners such as Pearson and Johnson & Johnson have offered donations of books or surgical operations if enough players trigger them.

 
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