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Teach Your Monster to Read Minigames Overview

Last month the folks behind the popular Teach Your Monster to Read virtual world for literacy development introduced a set of minigames. The minigames are short activities designed to help students improve the speed and accuracy with which they recognize letters. In the video embedded below I provide a short overview of the Teach Your Monster to Read minigames.

Students Serve Up Stories Of Beloved Family Recipes In A Global Cookbook Project

Washington, D.C.’s Capital City Public Charter School feels like a mini United Nations. Many of the school’s 981 students are first-generation Americans with backgrounds spanning the globe, from El Salvador to Nigeria to Vietnam. So when the staff of the literacy non-profit 826DC began a book-publishing project with the junior class, they picked a topic everyone could relate to that also left room for cultural expression: food.

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Asturias, patria querida

En los últimos tiempos me he fijado en que hay bastantes establecimientos en Madrid que tienen un nombre con un diminutivo en -ino o -ina (en lugar del diminutivo en -ito o -ita, más común), muy característico del español hablado en Asturias, una comunidad autónoma española que está en el norte, en la costa del mar Cantábrico, y que es una de las zonas que más me gustan de España.

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How to Add Spoken Audio to Google Slides

The Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week that I published yesterday was about adding music to Google Slides. In the twelve hours since that tip was published a bunch of people have asked about adding spoken words to slides. The process is a little more involved than just adding music, but it's the same basic process. In the following video I explain how I add spoken audio to Google Slides.

How Kids Benefit From Learning To Explain Their Math Thinking

Math teachers of older students sometimes struggle to get students to explain their thinking with evidence. It’s hard to get kids in the habit of talking about how they are thinking about a problem when they’ve had many years of instruction that focused on getting the “right answer.” That’s why educators are now trying to get students in the habit of explaining their thinking at a young age.

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