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NASA Software Catalog

posted Apr 12, 2017, 4:59 AM by Michael Elson   [ updated Apr 12, 2017, 4:59 AM ]

NASA released a ton of software for free and here’s the link:

Word Map

posted Mar 17, 2015, 7:26 AM by Michael Elson

This experiment brings together the power of Google Translate and the collective knowledge of Wikipedia to put into context the relationship between language and geographical space.

PARCC Prep Resources

posted Oct 23, 2014, 5:50 AM by Michael Elson

With PARCC testing looming ever closer, please be sure to take advantage of some of the many resources I have collected for us over the past year.  The links provide you with training materials, sample tests for you and your students and a wealth of additional information.

The link is located under the Technology heading of our website (In the yellow on the left).  The direct link is below.

If anyone has additional info or links, please email me so I can add them to our resources.  Thanks.

Discovery Education My Hero Is Contest

posted Oct 10, 2014, 5:48 AM by Michael Elson

Discovery Education in partnership with American Heroes Channel and the National Military Families Association present the My Hero Is Contest.

Join Discovery Education, American Heroes Channel, and the National Military Families Association in honoring our military members and families by recognizing their service and bravery through the My Hero Is Contest.

Get your students involved by using our free resources and classroom activities around Veterans Day. Then, have them honor a current or veteran military hero or military family member in their lives by creating and submitting 30-second tribute videos. The school with the largest number of videos submitted will receive a special school assembly honoring local veteran heroes.

To support Veterans Day and your students in creating tribute videos, we are providing a number of classroom resources including a Veterans Day classroom activity, videos, and tip sheets on storytelling and interviewing.

Learn more and help your school win a special school assembly honoring the brave veterans in your community.


posted Oct 7, 2014, 6:55 AM by Michael Elson - Flight Facts for everyone.

Massive amounts of flight information, presented through visualizations.
  • Math projects
  • Student research skills

Google Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum

posted Sep 26, 2014, 7:01 AM by Michael Elson

Google Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum

Google has partnered with iKeepSafe to provide you with a a great resource to help you educate your students about the importance of digital citizenship and how to keep themselves safe while using the net.

Lesson plans for three distinct classes cover questions like:

  • Why is it important to be alert and check sources while exploring online?
  • How do I protect myself against online tricks?

Make your own grid paper

posted Sep 19, 2014, 12:35 AM by Michael Elson lets you custom design and print your own grid paper.


posted Sep 18, 2014, 6:09 AM by Michael Elson

New school year and new names to learn and remember. Let NameCoach help.

NameCoach provides a simple and effective solution: users voice-record their names online so others can easily learn and remember how to say them. Perfectly. Using the Student Name Directory, teachers provide a link for the students in their class where they record the pronunciation of their names.


posted Sep 17, 2014, 6:17 AM by Michael Elson

WriterKata helps improve the craftsmanship of your writing through simple, repetitive exercises (or katas). The kata cycle is a collection of random exercises divided into four stages: sentence, paragraph, sketch, and story.

Great exercise for do nows or creative writing.

Growth in Flipped Learning

posted May 21, 2014, 3:11 AM by Michael Elson

Transitioning the focus from teachers to students for education success.  Below is a link to a powerful infographic showing some of the benefits of flipping your classroom.

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