Linking to learning

October 28, 2010

Teaching resources from your union

The Internet is a rich resource for teachers looking for fresh ways to reach students and to invigorate their classroom practices. Google searches usually return millions of results, making it time-consuming to find what you need. But what most members don’t realize is that the UFT and its affiliates, New York State United Teachers and the American Federation of Teachers, provide online resources for educators at every level.

September 30, 2010

Tools to develop students’ political literacy

Elections are opportunities for teachers to enrich their daily curriculum with current and real-life lessons about how democracy in American society operates. Here are a few websites that can help you expand how you use the teachable moments that elections provide.

June 17, 2010

There’s an app for that!

Your iPhone is an incredibly powerful device, but did you ever consider using it for taking classroom attendance, as a grade book or as a lesson-planning resource? Well, there’s an app for that! Here is a short list of useful apps for the iPhone created with teachers in mind. Some of them are free and others charge a nominal fee.

May 20, 2010

Picture this: Using digital cameras in your classroom

Obviously, images have great impact on how society views a subject, so it makes sense that they can make an impact in the classroom, too. By using a digital camera, teachers can take advantage of the new technology and integrate photography into their daily teaching.

April 15, 2010

Protect yourself: Know the DOE’s Internet policy

The intention of the Department of Education’s Internet Acceptable Use Policy was to establish a set of guidelines to inform users about the appropriate use of the DOE’s Internet services and “to establish a secure, appropriate virtual learning space” that will expand communication “between all members of the learning community.”

February 18, 2010

‘Seising’ up earthquake education

Seismic events have been part of earth’s existence since it became a planet and, with an average of 50 earthquakes a day around the world and the recent devastation in Haiti, maybe it is time for teachers to make a concerted effort to spark student interest in our planet’s most powerful forces.

January 11, 2010

Help your students help their families stand up and be counted

To improve the overall response to the 2010 Census, the U.S. Census Bureau established the Census in Schools Program called “It’s About Us.” The aim of the program is to educate youngsters about the importance of the count that will begin in March.

November 26, 2009

Federal government provides free ed resources

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE) is a compilation of educational resources from more than 60 government agencies, and once you enter here you’ll find a potpourri of educational materials and links from art and music to math and science.

October 29, 2009

Triple Crown of lesson plan Web sites

Here are a few online resources that new and senior teachers can use to build their lesson plan libraries.

October 1, 2009

Expand your classroom management repertoire

Whether it is your first year teaching or you have been at it for a while, there is always room to expand your classroom management repertoire. One way you can do that is by taking advantage of the educational resources that are on the Internet.

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