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February 16, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Have Students Use “GlobalXplorer” To Become “Armchair Archaeologists”

GlobalXplorer is a crowdsourced tool supported by TED that lets users search satellite imagery for signs of looting so that archaeological sites can be saved.

The first country they are searching is Peru, and the project will continue until March 15th. Presumably, at that point, they will move onto another country.

It seems like it would be an excellent student project – the geographic “tiles” that are searched don’t seem too big, the “training” required (watching a short video) seems pretty easy, and the supplemental materials from National Geographic about Peru are ideal for Geography class.

You can read more about the project at TED.

In many ways, the project is similar to Zooniverse, another crowdsourced site for “citizen” science and social science projects (see “Zooniverse” Is One Of The Coolest Ed Sites On The Web – I Can’t Believe I’m Just Hearing About It!).

February 16, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

New Study Reaffirms What Teachers Know: Relationships Matter

The Search Institute has probably done more research than anyone over the past few years on the importance of positive relationships in the lives of young people.

They have recently issued a new publication titled “Relationships First: Creating Conditions That Help Young People Thrive.” You can get a free copy by going to the link and giving them your email. I learned about it from Kate Maguire.

Here’s an excerpt:

I’m adding it to The Best Resources On The Importance Of Building Positive Relationships With Students.

February 16, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Resources For Learning About The Spanish-American War

The U.S. Battleship Maine sank in Cuba on this day in 1898:

Here is a beginning list of related resources, which I’ll be adding to over time:

The Library of Congress has a simple introduction.

The Library of Congress also has a collection of video newsreels from the war.

Here’s a good interactive tutorial on the war.

Here’s a Choose Your Own Adventure where users play the role of either a U.S. or Spanish soldier.

Here’s a matching exercise of war facts.

Here’s a useful lesson plan from Stanford.

February 15, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Classroom Instruction Resources Of The Week

Each week, I publish a post containing three or four particularly useful resources on classroom instruction, and you can see them all here.

You might also be interested in The Best Articles (& Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2016 – Part Two and The Best Resources On Class Instruction In 2016 – Part Two.

Here are this week’s picks:

Teaching in the Trump Years (Part 1) is by Larry Cuban. I’m adding it The Best Posts & Articles On How To Teach “Controversial” Topics.

New tools to help educators and support students in controversial scenarios is from Usable Knowledge. I’m adding it to the same list.

Classroom Seating: A Clue to Teacher Beliefs about Learning is by Angela Watson.

Want to resist the post-truth age? Learn to analyze photos like an expert would is from Quartz. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Close Reading Paintings, Photos & Videos.

Black History Month & the Danger of a Single Story is from The Morningside Center. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On “The Danger Of A Single Story”

I’m adding this tweet to The Best Scaffolded Writing Frames For Students:

February 14, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

“Author Interview: ‘The ABCs of How We Learn'”

Author Interview: ‘The ABCs of How We Learn’ is the headline of my latest Education Week Teacher column.

In it, the authors of “The ABCs Of How We Learn: 26 Scientifically Proven Approaches, How They Work, And When To Use Them,” agreed to answer a few questions about their book.

Here are some excerpts:

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