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New England Aquarium Supports Teachers – STEM Activities

The March issue of the New England Aquarium’s Teacher Resource Newsletter is filled with resources, teacher workshops, field trip ideas and STEM conference information. I just wanted to share with other  New England DEN members… just as a reminder of the great resources and hands-on experiences available at the Aquarium. Don’t forget to check out

CAST UDL Book Builder

CAST “is an educational research & development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals through Universal Design for Learning.  UDL is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn. UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone–not a

TED-Ed Lessons Worth Sharing

TED-Ed has developed an idea to recognize great educators by helping them share their lessons with the rest of their world! The educators and their lessons will be paired with equally talented animators to create “curiosity-igniting videos.” At this point, TED-Ed is looking for nominations for educators, lessons, and animators to begin the project. Watch

Calling the Curious

NASA’s sites are great resources for the classroom, and many are targeted for younger students.  But my favorite one is the Astronomy Picture of the Day,  For the truly curious among us, the APOD archive offers a chance to browse previous daily posts, finding topics of which we may not have even been aware. 

Everloop: “Facebook” for the Tween Generation

Everloop is designed to provide a safe environment for tweens to become a part of a social network. They can connect with friends, loop together based on interests, play games, and even play a prank by virtually “tp-ing” a friend. Everloop allows tweens to be involved without exposing them to some of the risks that

Discovery Education, Value Added!

 In honor of Black History month I always read an historical fiction diary written from the viewpoint of a slave child in 1857.  It is a very powerful book that emphasizes the importance of getting an education and the power it gives to an individual.  This power was the major reason why it was against

Inching the Door Open

A recent blog entry on the Teaching Channel caught my interest. It was titled, “The Detriment of Teacher Isolation.” I have never considered myself an isolated teacher. I do spend a lot of time in my classroom with the door closed; however, I don’t feel isolated. Hallway discussions, conversations with colleagues, and great resources like