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Starting the School Year Right Lessons

If you are getting ready for back to school and in search of lesson ideas that will transition your students back to “learn” mode and also facilitate an atmosphere for hands-on activities, I have created four free lessons  any teacher can use.

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Added by Brian Thomas on July 25, 2011 at 11:11am — No Comments

Debriefing Your Year - Lesson Activity



Get your students to reflect on their year and their content with a neat activity that uses smart phones, QR codes, and movement!

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Added by Brian Thomas on April 29, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

St. Patricks Day with a Tech Twist

Irisih eyes are smiling, and so are we at TCI.  For a little holiday fun in advance of March 17th, I have written a lesson to learn about Ireland’s most famous name.  This skill builder lesson utilizes an emerging tech trend as well, QR codes.  Now, have no fear if you’re not familiar with QR codes you can read a previous post on the blog here.  Take advantage of the opportunity to have students learn about the life of St. Patrick and also get their geek on.…



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Added by Brian Thomas on March 11, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Starters Guide to Using Free Web Tools

Using web 2.0 in the class might come as second nature to some folks, but it's still new to many more.  I put together a guide to some of the more popular web 2.0 sites out there, give a short description, the link, and some practical ways teachers can use them in their class. Download and share with a friend!

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Added by Brian Thomas on February 9, 2011 at 12:41pm — No Comments

What if the cyclone in Australia hit the US? Great photo for students!

Thanks Steve Seto for sending to me!  Amazing.

Added by Brian Thomas on February 3, 2011 at 2:52pm — No Comments

Build Strong Visual Literacy Skills into Your Class

Kelly Shafsky shares how to use TCI's powerful (click to watch) Visual Discovery strategy inside a class.  Whether you teach social studies or another area, we all use visuals.  This short five-minute video taps the important features to think about when using visuals with your students.  You can learn other instructional strategies at…

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Added by Brian Thomas on February 3, 2011 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

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