This flash site provides a simple way to make line graphs. Just enter the title, labels and axis increments and then pull the line into place. Use the print screen to make a copy to print or share. http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/Maths
Set of video tutorials explaining some off beat tricks with Word that give value added features to viewing the document on a PC. Pop Up Boxes, embedding video inside the Word document (plays in the page), etc.
children from low-income families spend more time handling technology -- across platforms -- than their wealthier counterparts, and across class, kids mainly use their "handling skills" for entertainment. They play games, watch videos, and visit social networking sites.
there's scant evidence that anyone but the companies who make, sell, and advertise on these new technologies benefit from the time young children spend with them, there's plenty of reason to be worried about it.
studies showing that the bells and whistles of electronic books actually detract from reading comprehension.
I'm worried that screen-based reading, with omnipresent hyperlinks, interferes with comprehension and memory, and that heavy Internet use appears to encourage distractedness and discourage deep thinking, empathy, and emotion.
fast-paced video games trigger dopamine squirts in our brains -- kind of like cocaine.
here's what worries me most: We're turning to the companies that profit from these technologies to help parents manage their kids' relationship with screens. While it's great that the Federal Communications Commission is launching a campaign to promote digital literacy, the fact that companies like Best Buy and Microsoft are funding it make it unlikely that weaning kids from their products will be a priority.
the skills they will always need to thrive -- deep thinking, the ability to differentiate fact from hype, creativity, self-regulation, empathy, and self-reflection -- aren't learned in front of screens. They are learned through face-to-face communication, hands-on exploration of the world, opportunities for thoughtful reflection, and dreams.
"if we want students to improve their reading comprehension and critical thinking skills— and truly fall in love with literature—we need to bring a genre that makes adults want to dress up as their favorite superhero into the classroom."
When students are prepped and prepped and prepped to pass the state tests, they aren't necessarily better educated, just prepared to take a specific test. Too much prepping distorts the value of the test.
"An important new study by Professors Adam Maltese of Indiana University and Craig Hochbein of the University of Louisville sheds new light on the validity of state scores. This study found that rising scores on the state tests did not correlate with improved performance on the ACT. In fact, students at "declining" schools did just as well and sometimes better than students where the scores were going up."