Monday, June 17, 2019

The Ultimate Parental Guide To Protecting Your Child On The Internet

The Ultimate Parental Guide To Protecting Your Child On The Internet is a free resource I found out about this week.

It has some great tips and ideas for keeping your devices and children safe from setting limits, to parental controls, and more. It has focus points on young children and teens. 

This is a great resource for teachers to use with students and for schools to share with parents.


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Guest Post - How streaming services can be used as a tool for education

Most educators agree that, when used correctly, video increases interest, engagement, and retention. And teachers are using video in unique ways today, whether to teleconference to multiple classrooms or to stream a nature documentary in science class. Today’s streaming video platforms have many practical benefits for education. For example, because online content is accessible anywhere and anytime, it helps cut down on the academic impact of absences. And streaming services are eliminating the expense of building and managing bulky DVD libraries. But video services also help students learn and retain information. In fact, documentaries provoke 77% of millennials to share what they’ve learned. Here are a few ways you can use streaming video to improve your classroom instruction.

Use It to Support Blended Learning

You can use streaming video to support blended learning models like the “flipped classroom.” Assign students tasks to view videos and live events outside of class. Then use the extra in-class time to explore ideas, answer questions, or collaborate. Streaming video also supports another key part of blended learning models: individualized learning. Students can view streaming content from anywhere at any time. That means they can achieve a better balance of their life and educational goals. Students have more time to consume content and the flexibility to rewind, pause, and rewatch.
Stream Live Events

Live events make information more immediate and relevant. Students feel connected to events presented in real time, especially if they’re able to comment and ask questions. Use video platforms like YouTube and Periscope to broadcast live lectures, take kids on a virtual field trip, or stream student presentations for parents. And, as a live broadcaster, you can control who your audience is. Send private links to students and parents ahead of time. Live event videos on platforms like YouTube also archive your streams, so audience members can go back any time to rewatch.

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Take advantage of Discovery Education, a free collection of virtual tours. Discovery Ed partners with companies to produce virtual field trips that examine everything from space ship engineering to human rights. And the platform works with Boeing to produce Future U, a project aimed at grades 6-12, designed to highlight STEM topics. These streaming videos give students exclusive access to people, places, and technology that aren’t opened to the public. 

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Course Hero - free study guides including STEM and Social Sciences

Course Hero’s course-specific study guides

Course Hero has free lessons for 15 different subjects ranging from STEM to Social Sciences that have been reviewed by university professors and subject matter experts. The collaboration with these individuals has helped them to create high-quality content that will provide students with the necessary resources to learn deeply. Each subject is broken down into easily digestible sections filled with infographics, tables, videos, vocabulary words, and reading recommendations.

All of the course-specific study guides are available for free when you create a free account on our site. Course Hero does not sell, share, rent or trade personal information to third parties for their promotional purposes. More information about their privacy policy can be found here

The guides are well designed and easy to use. 

How VR and AR Will Change How Art is Experienced

Virtual and augmented reality have become a trend more recently due to advances in artificial intelligence. They’ve grown to be more commonly utilized tools for interpretation of ideas in a variety of fields. VR is an immersive technology experience. Though it was commonly used in the gaming industry, it’s now being applied to a variety of fields. For example, companies can make use of simulated interviews and best choose candidates for the job when recruiting and training. AR on the other hand, supplements and enhances reality that already exists. Social media filters are a good example of this. Another example, the furniture company IKEA recently used this immersive technology to help shoppers envision how furniture would look inside their home.

One of the more interesting uses of AR and VR is how it’s being applied to the arts. In particular, museums are using these technologies within specific exhibits to change the way we experience art. Invaluable created a neat visual that shows how these technologies are working, and details some of the most interesting examples from museums around the world. Check it out below!

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Monday, June 10, 2019

What To Do When 50% Of Your Students Send In Copied Work? - Guest Post

What To Do When 50% Of Your Students Send In Copied Work? 

Guest post by: ALICIA ROTHER
Author Bio: Alicia Rother is a freelance content strategist who works with small businesses and startups to boost their brand reach through creative content design and write-ups. Her area of expertise include digital marketing, infographics, branding, and SEO.

Copied or plagiarized work is considered any work that contains the exact words or phrases written by someone else without mentioning the writer. Giving in plagiarized papers is, unfortunately, nothing uncommon for students, especially high school and university students. However, teachers have to cope with this problem properly and try to prevent it from happening or at least decrease the percentage of plagiarized work.

How can you, as teachers, do this?

As teachers, you know that students always look for the shorter and easier way of writing their papers. To speak the truth, you expect that some of them won’t even try to do the work themselves and will send in copied work, hoping that you won’t notice. But, the problem arises when an alarming 50% of your students plagiarize. That is a high percentage of plagiarism at school and it needs to be treated properly. In order to be able to do that, you have to find out what is the reason behind their plagiarizing.

To identify the reason behind the big percentage of plagiarized work, you have to talk to your students openly. Ask them why their works are plagiarized. You might be surprised by the answers you get. There might be students who don’t know or don’t understand what is actually considered as plagiarism, or don’t know how to cite or paraphrase the sources they used for writing their papers.

Once you know the reason, you can devote a few classes to teach them more about plagiarism and how to write plagiarism-free papers. During those classes, you can point out the importance of having plagiarism-free texts and the consequences of plagiarism. In many school students fail an entire course and cannot pass the year, thus falling one grade behind their peers.

You can also suggest or ask them to go through some plagiarism training. If there is such training at your school, it would be great. However, if there isn’t, you can suggest some online courses for them, such as Indiana university plagiarism training, Purdue OWL, Epigeum, and similar.

The best way to teach them about plagiarism is to actually show them how it looks. You can choose several texts, each of them having a different percentage of plagiarism, from biggest to lowest. Point out or mark all the plagiarized parts, and compare them to the original source. Furthermore, you can use those samples to show your students how they can make avoid plagiarism by paraphrasing the content or citing it when possible.

The last thing you should do is teach your students about plagiarism checking. Some of them might not be aware that they can check their papers. Teaching them this is very important because even if they give their best in writing an original text and follow the rules they have learned about paraphrasing, citing, etc., they still might have missed something. That is the reason why they should always check their papers for plagiarism before they give them in.

You can suggest some free plagiarism checking software, such as Plagiarismcheckerfree and use it as an example to show your students that using plagiarism checking software is easy. It would be really nice if you demonstrate the whole plagiarism checking process. You could open the Plagiarismcheckerfree’s website, take some of the plagiarized samples, copy and paste their contents into the bow, and click the button “CHECK PLAGIARISM”. Once your students see that the checking is not difficult at all, they will be encouraged to use such plagiarism checking software and tools.


Thursday, May 30, 2019

Scholarship opportunity for high school students graduating in 2019

The Adrian Rubin Foundation Scholarship was created by Adrian Rubin to help the future entrepreneurs of the world with the cost of going to college, this is the second year that Mr. Rubin has funded this project and he looks forward to continuing it years into the future.

It's a terrific opportunity for your students. Here are the details below:


High school students graduating in 2019 that have been accepted into a college, university, trade school, or design school.
Students currently enrolled in a college, university, trade school, or design school.


To apply for the $1200 Adrian Rubin Foundation Scholarship, Adrian Rubin wants to hear your answer to the following question in the form of a 500-word essay: “When was the exact moment that you knew what you wanted to major in?“

Submission Deadline:

July 1st, 2019

Winner Selection:

The winner will be selected in August 2019. Once contacted, the winner will have two weeks to respond. If the winner does not respond, a new winner will be selected.

Go here to apply:



Wednesday, May 29, 2019

BandLab for Education - free, collaborative music production platform built for schools

BandLab for Education is a free, collaborative music production platform built for schools. Here's a quick overview video of it. It was launched about a year and a half ago, and currently has teachers in over 40 countries using it.

BandLab for Education is a music creation and collaboration platform allowing students and teachers to work together on any web-based tablet or computer. With features inspired by professional software tools but designed for everyone, BandLab for Education opens access to award-winning music technology at no charge to educational institutions.

BandLab for Education’s creation tools put the focus on student-generated content, in line with the 2014 Recommended US Music Standards – which emphasise Creating and Responding to music as key learning goals alongside Performance.

The web-based platform allows students and teachers to:
- Start making music rightaway ​with over 100 built-in virtual instruments including keyboards, synths, drum pads, strings, wind instruments, and more. Students can get up and running immediately, with or without physical instruments.

- Build their understanding of music production principles.​ BandLab for Education’s Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) is easy to use for beginners, and offers familiar features for students who want to dive deeper.

- Make their school workflow seamless. ​BandLab for Education supports all file formats including mp3, .wav, .acc, or .ogg. It also works with Pro Tools, Logic, Ableton, Garageband and more. Importing or exporting tracks has never been easier.

- Track progress easily.​ The teacher-only interface view allows educators to clearly set, manage, track & grade assignments. Students can track and submit their work via the cloud anytime, anywhere.

- Work in a safe COPPA and FERPA-compliant learning environment.​ BandLab for Education’s closed environment is COPPA and FERPA-compliant. The teacher is always in control of the virtual classroom with oversight of what’s happening - whether that’s 1-1, in small groups, or across multiple classes.

BandLab for Education plans to include integrations with learning management systems such as Google Classroom in the near future.

Check it out here: 


Resources for Music in Education 

Soundtrap - make music online from any device!



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