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15 Resources for Safer Internet Day

Posted on February 6th, 2012 by Hal Bowman

Tomorrow, February 7, is Safer Internet Day .

Try Spool to Save Web Content for Offline Viewing

Posted on February 6th, 2012 by Hal Bowman

Spool is a new service (still in an invite-only beta phase) that aims to help you save web content, including videos and articles, to read or watch at your leisure even if you don't have an Internet connection. Spool syncs your content and makes it available to you across all of the devices that you use. Spool can be used as a Google Chrome extension, as an Android app, and as an iOS app.

Close Reading: Are Educators Behind the Curve?

Posted on February 6th, 2012 by Hal Bowman

Those of you who were interested in the close-reading exercise that I reported on last week might want to read what Understanding-By-Design guru Grant Wiggins has to say about it in his blog . A quick refresher: chief academic officers from 14 big school districts walked through a lesson on close reading at an Aspen Institute retreat in Florida. It's a very different way of teaching than most teachers are used to, and the CAOs had both admiration for and concern about implementing the technique in their districts.

Alphabetimals – A Fun Way to Learn the Alphabet

Posted on February 6th, 2012 by Hal Bowman

Alphabetimals is a nice website on which you will find some nice resources for helping young children learn the alphabet.

Calling All Teachers: An Invitation to Help Design Common-Core Tools

Posted on February 6th, 2012 by Hal Bowman

Unless you've slept through most of your visits to Curriculum Matters, you know already that two big groups of states are using federal Race to the Top money to design tests for the new common standards.

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