60 Second Recap summarizes classic literature

November 5, 2009

BY BILL FERRIS Everyone needs help wrapping their heads around a book from time to time. If you teach literature, that time occurs every day. You can outsource some of the necessary explanation by sending your students to 60 Second … Continued

Celebrate Banned Books Week this week

September 28, 2009

BY BILL FERRIS Do something subversive this week — read a book. It’s time once again for the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week (September 26 through October 3). Every year, hundreds of books are banned or challenged by people … Continued

Read faster with ReadSpeeder

September 18, 2009

BY BILL FERRIS Web app ReadSpeeder can help you improve your reading speed. Much like Spreeder, ReadSpeeder works by letting you copy and paste text into the app. It then breaks the text down into tiny chunks displayed in rapid … Continued

Find great elementary resources at e-Learning for Kids

August 5, 2009

BY MELISSA THIBAULT Picture this. You just finished teaching your third lesson on prime factors, photosynthesis or fractions, and there are some students who need more visuals and more practice. Wouldn’t it be great if you had free, quality-assured courseware … Continued

Monday by the numbers

August 3, 2009

BY BILL FERRIS This week’s MBTN features an express flight to Mars, Web 2.0 project ideas, alternatives to book reports, and online sites where you can learn a new language. Read about all of it after the jump.

Random roundup: Library of Congress

June 17, 2009

For this month’s random roundup, we’ve selected the Library of Congress, our nation’s storehouse of pretty much everything worth knowing. As you’d expect, a lot of great resources for teachers have been derived from the Library. See your tax dollars at work.

Monday by the numbers

June 15, 2009

This week’s MBTN features the art of persuasion, common literary references, and $125,000-a-year teachers. More after the jump.

Readability makes the web more readable

May 28, 2009

Here at Instructify, we’ve done our best to provide you with a reading experience that is easy on the eyes.  Unfortunately, not all sites share our dedication to keeping you headache-free.  If you spend any measurable amount of time on … Continued