Causing Your STEM To Grow

Stem Logo“Science is for nerds, math is too hard.” How many times have your heard students express this sentiment.  Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) are all important disciplines in education. Guiding our students to learn more about and participate in these subjects is paramount to the success of our economy in the future. According to Acheive, Inc, students that complete Algebra II in high school more than double their chances of obtaining a four-year college degree. This post will give you some resources for using STEM in your school.

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Public Relations 101: How-To Tips for School Administrators

Principal screamingThe following article by Colleen Newquist first appeared in Education World in 2004 and was updated in 2007. The principles outlined still apply to today’s schools for effective public relations.

Are you looking to improve communications between school and home? Do you want to get the media to pay more attention to the good things that are going on in your school? Do you know how to handle a crisis? Public relations consultant William Harms offers tips for school administrators looking to put their best foot forward.

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Where Are My Sticky Notes When I Need Them?

Sticky-Notes on computerSince April 6, 1980, when Post-it-Notes debuted for public consumption, people have been awed by the usefulness of these paper, restickable and handy notes. In the web2.0 era several companies have created “Sticky Note” sites for folks to be able to use electronic versions of Post-it-Notes. Teachers in the classroom have started using them as well. This post will give you more information about one such site and its usefulness in the classroom.

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When Was the War of 1812 Fought?

Teaching History dot org logo“When Was the War of 1812 Fought?” Maybe you used to ask your buddies this question to make them think really hard or to make them look stupid. But how much do you know about the War of 1812? What is you are an American History teacher and you are looking for resources to help your students understand more about the War of 1812; where would you go? AS we celebrate 200 years since the War of 1812, this post will help you answer that question and give you a source of primary authentic documents and information that you can use to teach any topic in American History.

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Tips for a Successful School / District Website

under constructionYour school’s or school district’s website is the number one communications tool that you have available. Designing an effective website is paramount so that your public will receive the message you are trying to communicate. Maintaining and updating your website is even more important in projecting the image of your school or district. In my job, I have the privilege (some would call it “the chore”) of visiting school and district websites from all over the nation. Unfortunately, most of those sites do not come close to meeting the standards necessary for communicating with your public. One reason this is so is because the Technology (not the Communications) department is responsible for the maintenance of the website (but that’s another story for another day.) This post will give you some tips so that you can create a site that will communicate a consistent, clear and concise message to your public.

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Tweeting Can Be Fun Too!

twitter birdTweeting does not always have to be about reading 140 characters or searching for interesting tools or techniques to use in the classroom or trying to make connections to strengthen your PLN. Tweeting can also be fun – or at least the way we view the tweets and their impact around the world. Using some of the free tools that are available online, you can visualize tweets in different ways and this might even help to attract the tweeting interest of students and staff. This post will discuss some of those tools as well as provide links to other tools that you might want to explore yourself.

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Starting Your School District’s Social Media Presence

Social Media WordleMost school districts and schools in the US are a little reluctant about starting a presence in social media avenues like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, etc. Some of these concerns are valid and understandable, but in today’s social media driven world, it is important that school districts and schools get on board. If school districts don’t start an official presence then it is possible that someone else will begin to represent the district or your school in Social Media and it may not be the reflection that you were hoping for. This post will share some helpful tips about getting started.

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What’s Coding Got To Do With It?

Computer ProgrammingI have always been intrigued by computers and computer programming. I remember my best friend and I would sit up hours creating text-based adventure games on an old Commodore 64 with a cassette tape. Then I took my first programming course in high school in Basic and Pascal on a TRS 80 Model III with amber colored text on a black screen. I was hooked! the exercises were tedious and at times I often asked myself “Why are we having to learn this?” During my teaching years I had the opportunity to teach computer programming in high school and some of my students would ask the same question. This post will strive to help answer that question for you.

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Remember the Titans …er I mean the Titanic!

The TitanticNo other ship in the history of shipdom has garnished as much attention as the RMS Titanic. Several movies, books, documentaries, etc. have been created since the “Unsinkable” ship first set sail in 1912. As we approach the 100th anniversary of her demise on April 15, 1912, this post will give you some great resources to use in your classes this week or next.

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Using the New Facebook Timeline for Pages – Part 2

facebook iconWell Facebook has done it again! They have changed the design of their pages once more and as of March 30th they forced all pages to use the new time line feature. Fortunately they did allow page administrators to preview and work with the new design “behind the scenes.” This allowed page admins to see how the changes would affect their page and its audience. This is the second part in a multi-part post about these changes.

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