Digitize! Bring Back Those Cassettes

December 11, 2007

Cassette tapes have gone the way of the dodo, to say the least, but that doesn’t mean you have to let those mix tapes disintegrate into oblivion. With this helpful step-by-step guide, you can now digitize your old tapes for … Continued

Make Fun Science Projects by Reading Comics: Howtoons

October 25, 2007

Finally, educational comic books students might actually enjoy. Howtoons are single-page comics that provide an illustrated tutorial of kid-friendly science projects like an ice skateboard, or a zoetrope. The illustrations are top-notch, with bright colors and panels to give it … Continued

Instructifeature: How to Stimulate Class Discussion Using Discussion Forums

October 10, 2007

Tired of blank faces when you ask the class for their thoughts on Tom Sawyer? How about when you ask if there are any questions about the long division lesson, not a single student raises a hand? You can hardly get kids to pipe down when the morning bell rings, but ask the class a direct question and the first thing you hear is an awkward pause.

In-class discussion is an art, and you’ll probably spend most of your teaching career wondering how to keep kids engaged. Fortunately, in this age of the interweb, you can take advantage of online discussion forums to get the dialogue flowing.

All Educational, All the Time–TeacherTube

September 27, 2007

Watch your class go down the tubes. Wait, that came out wrong. You love how sites like YouTube have made it easy to upload videos you want to show your class, right? But you’re a little nervous about telling your … Continued

Mango: Rhymes with Lingo (Sort Of)

September 19, 2007

I’ve always loved hearing the rich tones of people speaking their native tongue. Probably because my high school Spanish class was so full of students (myself included) torturing words and botching the accent. Back then, they equipped us with a … Continued

Learn How at VideoJug

September 10, 2007

I love being told what to do. I love British accents. This makes VideoJug the perfect site for me. Part YouTube, part HowStuffWorks.com, VideoJug is a series of short videos for do-it-yourselfers. Topics covered include how to make a submarine … Continued

PowerPoint Yourself in the Right Direction

September 5, 2007

Let’s face it– it takes a lot of visual aid to make history engaging. In order to really get your students focused on the American Revolution or the rise of Charlemagne, sometimes it takes an extra step for them to … Continued