Looking for a lesson to teach about the upcoming 57-th inauguration? Barack Obama’s big day can be a teachable moment with the help of the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies. There will be an online lesson on Thursday January 10th at 1PM (eastern time) as well as a teacher preview on January 7th at 4PM. In addition to the history, context and details about the inauguration, there will be three 50 minute online classes including question and answer time at the end.
We’ve all heard of the TED conferences where the tech world’s movers and shakers meet and try to outdo each other with intense intellectual presentations about their areas of interest. How about one for students? That’s exactly what TEDYouth is all about. On November 17, nearly two dozen scientists and future-thinkers will converge on New York City’s Times Center with planned presentations by Bobak Ferdowsi (the Mars Curiosity rover’s Flight Director), science writer Carl Zimmer and theoretical physicist Clifford Johnson. There will also be dozens of TEDYouthDay events throughout the world.
Just as the school year gets underway, Parchment’s annual Student Choice College Rankings shows that it’s never too early for students to set educational goals. The study reveals that while you may have an excellent state college nearby, Harvard University comes out on top, once again. Stanford, Yale, MIT and Princeton follow closely. You can see the complete listing and get the class studying those SAT vocabulary lists.
Well thought-out lesson plans are hard to come by, but Microsoft has a slew of them, ranging from running a virtual lemonade stand to a literary scavenger hunt. It’s all on the company’s lesson plan page and it’s categorized by subject and age group as well as how long it takes. My favorite is a four-period class plan for exploring the cosmos with the online WorldWide Telescope, which includes links for viewing as well as student handouts.
Having a speech pathologist at every school is out of reach for most districts these days, but the needed speech therapy can be delivered through a video conference. Learn all about how it’s done on July 12 by watching “Speech Telepractice: Good, Bad or Ugly?” The Webinar starts at 1PM, eastern time, and will be hosted by Presence Learning. The online lesson will be moderated by Dr. Barbara J. Moore and explore its potential.
The following panel is scheduled to participate:
- Dr. Shari Robertson, Associate Dean of the Graduate School and Research at Indiana University of Pennsylvania;
- Dr. Lynda Donahue, Special Education Director of Vacaville Unified School District in California;
- Melissa Jakubowitz, Vice President of Speech Language Pathology (SLP) Services for PresenceLearning.
It’s free but you’ll need to register.
In this era of tight school budgets art is one of the first disciplines to get cut, but Art Road Nonprofit is trying to keep the experience of creating art in schools. The Mobile Art Classroom is a 1,000-square foot art space on wheels that brings drawing, painting and sculpture to kids. So far, students have produced a wide variety of works, but the mobile art room is still experimental. Based in Detroit, the sponsors hope to get enough donations to turn it into a national mobile art program.
If you’ve been burned suggesting kids visit certain educational Web sites only to find problems, YogiPlay has a great assortment of sites for reinforcing what the kids learn during the day. Aimed at 3- to 8-year olds YogiPlay has dozens of sites that vary from math to music. All have been tried out for appropriate material and educational usefulness. It has apps for a variety of tablets, including Androids and iPads and teachers and parents can monitor how much time kids spend using the software. Just register.
Need more info about high school kids dropping out in order to keep them in school by aiming your curriculum and class offerings at them. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting has a new Web site that can give you ideas and ammunition to keep every kid around until graduation day. Called American Graduate, the site has the facts, techniques and some classroom activities.
We all know what happens when you mix diet soda with Mentos, but what about the thoughts, science and people behind the MythBusters? Jamie Hyneman, Adam Savage, Kari Byron, Tori Belleci and Grant Imahara team up with Discover Education for a Webinar next Thursday. Called “The Explosive Exhibition,” the show will have 15 minutes of demonstrations (probably with an explosion), 15 minutes of student questions (probably about explosions) and 15 minutes of remarks by officials of the host, Chicago public Schools (sorry, no explosions). It’s free, but you need to register.