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Monday, March 25, 2013

A Little Bit Tech and a Little Bit Common Core

I am busy getting ready for a few upcoming programs and came across another interactive field trip that I thought you'd want to check out. It comes from the folks at Scholastic and has to do with immigration. Not only can you tour Ellis Island, there is also a section that allows you to "hear" from the young immigrants of today and examine some immigration data - all very Common core friendly. I've linked it here.

On the tech side of things, the best way to take a virtual field trip with your students is on a screen (at worst) or on an interactive whiteboard (at best). I've placed a link to a site that will in turn link you to dozens of organizations that offer some kind of virtual field trip. There are some pretty cool things available from the National Parks Service and the Museum of Natural History, just to name two. Check it out in the Links tab above.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Speaking in New England about Common Core Plus the Library of Congress and Primary Sources

The Common Core State Standards are on the minds of many folks these days. I'll be speaking at a wonderful event hosted by SDE, Staff Development for Educators, in New Hampshire on April 8 and 9 about reaching those standards through centers, great read-alouds, and writing projects. I'd love it if any of my local followers stopped in to say hello! There will be other terrific speakers there as well, covering a wide variety of topics, not just Common Core. Here's the link to the brochure if you want to check it out!

As I was preparing some handouts for the event I came across a tidbit from the Library of Congress that helps you help students understand and use primary sources. There's a link to the Library of Congress' collection of primary sources and their student analysis guide on the Links page above. Check it out.