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Maker Education

A Maker Movement for a World Beyond Things

What about the makers who give us poetry, mathematics, philosophy, and dance? Students need opportunities to explore making beyond materialism.
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Literacy

50 Writing Prompts for All Grade Levels

Sometimes students need a little push to activate their imaginations.
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Literacy

6 Techniques for Building Reading Skills—in Any Subject

Students need good reading skills not just in English but in all classes. Here are some ways you can help them develop those skills.
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Coding in the Classroom

Calling All Learners and Teachers for Hour of Code 2016

Generate excitement about coding and expose students to computer science by participating in Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week.
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Literacy

Building Vocabulary Through Fun and Games

Since students become very engaged in games, you can use play in your coursework to help deepen students’ understanding of key terms.
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Professional Development

10 Simple Strategies for Creating a Better PD Program

Peer observation can be used as free, ongoing, effective professional development—and can draw faculty closer together.
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Brain-Based Learning

The Teenage Brain Is Wired to Learn—So Make Sure Your Students Know It

Thanks to the wonders of neuroplasticity, adolescents are primed to improve their performance in school—and beyond. Here’s how to help.
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Assistive Technology

Using Technology to Empower Students With Special Needs

One of the biggest problems I encounter as a resource room teacher is the self-esteem of the students in my classes. After years of disappointing academic experiences, their confidence is low and their motivation has declined. Combine those points...
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Career and Technical Education

Preparing Students With Cognitive Impairments for the Job World

Try simulating the situations these students will encounter at work.
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Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology: Resource Roundup

Discover websites, blog posts, articles, and videos related to understanding, selecting, and assessing assistive technology.
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