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February 29, 2012

Remember Me?

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The Remember Me? Project

Between 1933 and 1945, millions of children were displaced as a result of persecution by the Nazis and their collaborators. After World War II, relief agencies photographed some of the children who survived to help find their families. Now, more than 65 years later, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is working to discover what became of these young survivors.

Listen to a 1945 BBC radio broadcast seeking relatives of displaced children. View the gallery and find pertinent videos on Youtube.

If you’re studying WWII–this is a source of information that will touch you and your children deeply.

Ann Simpson

February 27, 2012

EmergingEdTech

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EmergingEdtTech.com is an informational site started by Kelly Walsh, the Chief Information Officer at the College Of Westchester in New York state because, “I’ve believed for years that properly implemented and supported technology can help make classroom work and course assignments more engaging for students, which can in turn improve learning outcomes.”

There is A LOT of information on this site!

He has postings on iPad applications, educational games, educational websites, classroom blogging and more. It’s certainly worth a look-see.

As always, fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

February 24, 2012

Chuggington Safety

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In September of 2011, Chuggington partnered with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to create the ‘Think Safe, Ride Safe, Be Safe! campaign, a compelling traffic safety program that provides families with important traffic safety resources. To date, more than 270,000 children nationwide have taken the pledge to ‘Be Safe!’ by promising to always buckle their seat belt, wear a helmet when riding their bike and only cross the street with an adult.

Here are a few traffic safety tips that you will find useful in their resolution to ‘Be Safe’ as a family:

  • Always walk on a sidewalk, if there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic.
  • Insist that children of all ages wear a helmet while biking. Make it a rule: No helmet, no riding.
  • Before you install a car seat, read the instructions that came with your car seat. Also read the car owner’s manual.
  • Always fasten your baby in the car seat before covering with blankets.

Chuggington is a fun way to teach safety, and fun learning is forever learning.

Ann Simpson

February 22, 2012

Social Media and College Admissions

Filed under: Daily News,Educational Adventures — dailynews @ 2:00 am

Jennifer Varnell, the Assistant Director of Education, School Counseling Services at Laurel Springs School recently wrote a blog entitled Social Media and College Admissions. This is an article that every Middle School–High School Student should read.

Following is an excerpt from the blog–

According to a recent study, at least a quarter of college admissions officers are using social media to conduct background research on applicants. While the practice is not yet routine, 12% of study participants said that “what they found negatively impacted the applicant’s chances of admission”.  Some college admissions officers cited examples of inappropriate behavior and plagiarism when explaining how social media can reveal negative impressions of an applicant.

Just thought you should know.

Ann Simpson

February 17, 2012

RINDIN

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RINDIN is a Five-Star App that your entire family can read, watch and play.  It teaches the value of tolerance, of being “Friends not Bullies”.  Your kids will love the main character, a darling, googly-eyed, buck-toothed puffer fish.

In the App, RINDIN, a small puffer fish is teased by the other fish because he looks different from them.  The other fish who are bullying RINDIN then get into some trouble with a barracuda and it is only RINDIN (because of his unusual appearance) who can save them.  In the end, all of the fish learn that RINDIN’S appearance should not only be tolerated, but should be celebrated–it’s one of the reasons he’s special.

RINDIN not only conveys the importance of “being yourself”, it also inspires another important principle–Respecting INDIvidual DiffereNces.

This App is optimized for all iOS devices (iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch devices).  All for $0.99!  A free lite version is also available.

How fun–and fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

February 15, 2012

Sketchpad Explorer for the iPad

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In late 2011, Key Curriculum Press launched Sketchpad Explorer, an iPad® app offering an intuitive environment for exploring Dynamic Geometry® mathematics. Sketchpad Explorer gives users access to the vast library of The Geometer’s Sketchpad® mathematics content on the web–including Sketch Exchange®, the Sketchpad Resource Center and dozens of teacher-published websites–where they can view and share sketches across a diverse range of mathematics topics and levels.

In addition to providing unlimited access to a user’s own and others’ Sketchpad documents, Sketchpad Explorer comes with ready-made explorations, in which learners can dynamically manipulate visual mathematical representations to investigate and generalize their understanding of fundamental concepts in elementary mathematics, geometry, algebra, trigonometry and even calculus. Sketchpad users can also create and share documents with and for their iPad using iTunes® File Sharing. Download for free via iTunes.

The full version of The Geometer’s Sketchpad is available for trail on their website, or you can purchase the full version.  You do not need the software though to download and use the app.

Sketchpad Explorer connects directly to Sketch Exchange, a free, online community for sharing Sketchpad activities, tips, questions and ideas. Visitors to the site can browse sketches by grade level, topic or tag. A discussion forum is also available for Sketchpad users to encourage the exchange of best practices and new models for learning. In the forum, users can find helpful guidelines for iPad sketch design.

The Sketchpad Resource Center offers sample activities to help instructors teach a wide range of mathematical topics, from counting techniques for third graders to calculus applications and beyond. The site provides a wealth of information, including tips for getting started with Sketchpad, access to technical support, libraries of sketches, user groups, links to presentations and related news and websites.

Fun!  And fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

February 13, 2012

A Blogging Conference–for Homeschooling Bloggers

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Name of the Conference–2:1 Conference

When–April 27-29, 2012

Where–Sterling, VA

From the website

“2:1 is the premier conference for bloggers like you - mothers, in the trenches of homeschooling, with hearts for God.  What are your desires for your faith, your homeschool, your blog this year?”

“This conference is based on Titus 2:1, but we’ree not here to indoctrinate you.  This is a welcoming home for all denominations to come together, make new friends, be encouraged in homeschool and learn about social media – all with biblical principles and foundations.”

“2:1 has a knowledgeable and fun group of speakers waiting to share their expertise.  We’re ready to laugh with you, grow with you – and hug your neck!”

How fun–and fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

February 10, 2012

Allied National High School

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Allied National High School is an accredited high school with NCAA approved courses. With Allied, you benefit from custom curriculum options, college-prep courses, and one-on-one attention.  Allied students receive user friendly, comprehensive standards-based online curriculum with the support of highly qualified teachers trained to facilitate success in the online environment.

When you enter Allied’s virtual classroom, you enter an online high school full of opportunity. Allied would like to invite you to become part of the Allied family!

And as always, fun learning is forever learning.

Ann Simpson

February 8, 2012

The Curriculum Pond

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The Curriculum Pond, is a new, free online environmental curriculum program. Here’s how it works:

1.  Teachers/Homeschoolers access one of the 3 monthly environmental-education curricula.  Topics range from nature art to soil science.
2.  Classrooms/Homeschoolers complete the curriculum and post their results on the Curriculum Pond website.
3.  Students can then compare results from their activity to students around the United States and the World.

For example:  One of their activities involves youth analyzing the mineral components of a soil sample. The student fills out the worksheet attached to the activity, scans it into the computer, and posts it on the Curriculum Pond website.  Youth can then compare the sand, silt, and clay composition of their soil sample to samples taken in different geographic regions of the United States.

There’s also a raffle for funds and classroom supplies that they conduct on the last day of every month for classrooms/homeschool groups that have participated.

Click on http://www.thegivingseed.org and then click Curriculum Pond, OR go directly to www.across-the-pond.org.

How fun–and fun learning is forever learning.

Ann Simpson

February 6, 2012

Environmental Literacy Scope and Sequence

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The state of Minnesota teaches Environmental Literacy.

A group of Japanese educators found the program to be such a valuable resource, they translated it into Japanese for use in their country!

Just thought you might want to take a look at it.  And don’t miss their list of environmental links.

Fun!  And fun learning is forever learning.

Ann Simpson

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