BY LESLEY RICHARDSON The McCormick Freedom Project is committed to helping American citizens understand their First Amendment rights. The Libraries and the First Amendment exhibit has been created to make us think critically about our freedom of speech and it shows how the library is one of the first lines of defense in making sure […]
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 Recap, a site that summarizes the plot, characters, and themes of a book in 60-second […]
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 or groups who try to restrict others’ access to certain books. You can help raise […]
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 succession, as fast as you’re comfortable with. Where ReadSpeeder differs is that it automatically divides […]
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 in math, science, health, reading and keyboarding you could use to reinforce hard-to-grasp topics? e-Learning […]
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.
BY BILL FERRIS Keep your lit students reading this summer with The Book Seer, a handy online book-recommendation tool. The interface is simplicity itself — students enter the title and author of the last book they’ve read (or for better results, the last book they liked), and the heavily bearded, titular Book Seer suggests books […]
This week’s MBTN features the art of persuasion, common literary references, and $125,000-a-year teachers. More after the jump.
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 ad-ridden, font-challenged, or kaleidoscope-colored sites, you may be interested in Readability — a browser bookmarklet […]