Big Idea #1 - Meet InSight, NASA's news Mars lander
NASA's newest Mars lander, InSight, is now on Mars and is getting ready to go to work soon. NASA has developed special classroom activities regarding InSight's mission on Mars, as well as the planet itself, for all grade levels. Visit NASA's InSight website to view the classroom activities. The activities range from building and using a robotic arm to using pi to determine a planet's size.
Big Idea #2 - Using audiobooks to help students with dyslexia
One reading specialist, who works with students with dyslexia, uses audiobooks to help her students read, along with other assistive technology tools. One of the benefits of this "ear-reading" (as she calls it) is her students gain confidence in their reading skills, which has translated to more confidence in other academic areas. Read the article to learn about "ear-reading" and how using the assistive technologies helped create a student-led tech crew for the assistive software.
Big Idea #3 - Giving Students Choices in Their Learning
We have heard a lot about giving students choices in their personalized learning, without understanding why giving the students choice in their learning actually matters. One teacher/author has learned that by giving students choice, it encourages them to take ownership of their learning. Read the article about the benefits of student choice, and another article lists twelve ways a teacher can encourage student choice in the classroom.
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