Saturday, September 26, 2020

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: 18 Articles, Lesson Plans and Videos

ARTICLES
Academy of Achievement: Ruth Bader Ginsburg- biography, profile, gallery, interview

Examining the Impact and Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg- from School Library Journal; 6 books are reviewed for grades 3 and up.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Biography- from Biography.com

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Facts for Kids- from Kiddle

TIME 100- 1996: Ruth Bader Ginsburg

LESSON PLANS

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Legacy on the Supreme Court- PBS News Hour Extra's lesson for grades 6-12; video with questions provided.

My Hero- celebrating Ruth Bader Ginsburg, includes discussion questions

RBG (film) Classroom Guide- discussion questions, post-viewing activities, supplemental resources, movie reviews.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg- Share My Lesson has many documents to download with reference to the lesson plan.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Biography Worksheet- biography is followed by questions (grade 5)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Coloring Pages

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court's Feminist Icon- lesson of the day from The New York Times Learning Network; although the grade level is not listed, it looks like grades 8-12.

Women Who Shaped the Supreme Court- lesson for grades 6-12 from NewseumED

VIDEOS

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

7 Tips to Create Strong Passwords

 

It's always been important to have strong passwords. Too many people choose their birthday, anniversary, name of a pet or easy number pattern. (Yes, there have been those using 1, 2, 3, 4 ! ) Hackers live to crack your accounts, people! A few popular apps include Facebook, Hotmail, (Microsoft is big on their attack radar) Twitter,  and Instagram. The list is endless, so before you are the next to be hacked, here are some suggestions which will provide a strong password. 


1. Do not use the same password for all your accounts.
The reason is obvious, so just don't. Period.

2. Use a mix of upper and lower case letters with numbers and symbols.
You can choose a word you will remember, but really mix things up. For example, the number 1 can be the letter I or i. The $ sign can represent an S or s. Remember, letters in a password are case-sensitive. You get the idea.

3. Do not use spaces.
Spaces are not permitted most of the time.

3. Misspell a word on purpose.
Gr8PuRr$uN = Great person

4. Never use keyboard sequences, such as QWERTY or CVBNM.
Too easy to crack, right?

5. Never enter your password into a public computer.
Hackers will love you if you do that...

6. Don't leave password hints on site accounts.
It's nobody's business but yours!

7. Use two-step authentication.
For example, when logging into your online bank account, have them text you a code to sign in.

G00b lUk, y00$3R
Good Luck, User

Right-click to download the infographic I created from the list above. It is larger than it appears on this post.





Monday, September 7, 2020

10 Must-Haves for Your Media Center's Virtual Website

 

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay 

Now that we are 6 months into the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever for school media specialists to have information-rich webpages which their students can access 24/7. The following list provides the most important elements you need to place on your media center's site. Media specialists can also go HERE to find everything related to the many hats you wear in your teaching position.


1. Your media center's webpage needs to have a direct link on the home page for your school.
     It should not take several clicks to get to the page, i.e. District Home > Your School > Extra Resources >Your School's Media Center Home Page. Unfortunately, that's exactly the where my school put our link. 😞

2.  Make the home page easy to navigate.
     
Remember that you will have students of all ages and levels, whether you teach in an elementary,  middle or high school. Ease of use will not frustrate your kids. Knollwood School Media Center (Elementary) has a clean main page, although I wish the resources page was alphabetically organized within categories, such as subscriptions, reading and research. I would not post user names and passwords for the world to see.


3. Make your website content rich and visually appealing.
    In order to keep students interested and focused on learning, your site's interface should keep students coming back to explore more and more of resources you have posted. Convince them that your site can offer them more than a Google search. I created a page devoted just to pathfinders, covering 135 subjects, from African American Inventors and Scientists to Young Adult Authors. With an icon for each subject, the page is not just a list; it's a visual listing. 


4. Utilize tutorials and infographics.
    Putting tutorials on your site will allow anyone who needs assistance 24/7 help. Tutorials can be in the form of videos, (visual learners love this method) or infographics. Explain the rules of the media center, show how to search the card catalog etc. My media center had 20x30 enlargements of infographics I had created, and others I was able to download for classroom use.  The first one by EasyBib should be on your website:


The next one covers the difference between paraphrasing and plagiarism. Note the Creative Commons license at the bottom of the infographic:


I created this next example with SnagIt for Education, and because it was done quite a few years ago, this might not look the same on the EasyBib site. I wanted to show how helpful SnagIt is when you are a teacher.


Here's a video example of a tutorial to embed on your media center website:



5. Put a direct link to your online card catalog.
    Students and staff should be able to view your collection from anywhere. Books can be easily reserved if they are listed as checked out.

6. Resources should hand-picked by the media specialist and posted on your site.
    Important to cover: study skills, research paper formatting, tips for taking tests, recommended reading lists by grade level, website evaluation and cyber safety.


7. Provide contact information so that students and teachers can communicate with you.
    Use either a contact form, email address, or school phone number, if you are in school.


8.  Provide either a photo or emoji of the media center staff:




9.  Provide your mission information for the media center, as well as policies and procedures.

10. Provide book suggestions by grade level.

Friday, September 4, 2020

UPDATED: 100 Online Museums to Visit Without Leaving the Classroom

 

Taken at the Museum of Tolerance
Here's a pretty extensive listing of museums for you to use in your curriculum. I've covered subject areas of art, culture, history, natural history, science, technology and miscellaneous. Please add any suggestions you have to the comments section.

UPDATED: 9/4/20

Art and Our Culture
Art Institute of Chicago

Artsonia- world's largest art museum for young artists; this is an excellent place "to post and find student art"; all graphics are done by students.

The Barnes Foundationan art collection and educational institution promoting the appreciation of art and horticulture

Bling Universe- art museum in Maryland

Musee d'Orsay-very large galleries

Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)- multimedia site

National Gallery of Art- online tours of the Washington, DC museum

National Museum of Women in the Arts- more than 3,000 works from the 16th century to the present

National Portrait Gallery: London- digital history resources

Philadelphia Museum of Art- explore online collection database

The Rodin MuseumWith nearly 150 bronzes, marbles, and plasters, the distinguished collection housed in the Rodin Museum represents every phase of Auguste Rodin’s career.

State Hermitage Museum- St. Petersburg, Russia

Tate Online- British & International Modern Art

The Van Gogh Museum- located in the Netherlands

Uffizi Gallery- Florence, Italy

Vatican Collections Online-virtual tour of the Sistine Chapel



History
American Memory Historical Collections

The Anne Frank Museum

The British Museum

Colonial Williamsburg Museums

Conner Prairie Interactive History Park- Indiana

The Hermitage- located in Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ
Imperial War Museum

Memorial Hall Museum Online: American Centuries, View from New England
- for researcher, educators and students; explore American History with hands-on activities, exhibits, lessons, historic documents and artifacts.

Museum of Tolerance

National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum

National Museum of the American Indian

Boston Children's MuseumThe Boston Children’s Museum welcomes online visitors into its exhibits (no lines!) and you can supplement the images with your own at-home activities and games.

The Freud Museum (London)

Mathematics Museum (Japan) 

National Inventors Hall of Fame

Canadian Museum of Nature 

Museum of Paleontology- Univ. of California, Berkeley

Natural History Museum- Los Angeles County- activities and programs; teacher resources

Natural History Museum of Florence University- botanical

Nature Online- Natural History Museum; London

Ology at the American Museum of Natural History- for young children

University of Michigan Exhibit Museum of Natural History-virtual tour 

World Wide Museum of Natural HistoryAn online museum featuring photo galleries and quality educational products for homes, schools and museums.
                                          


Science and Technology
The Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel Universitythe oldest natural science research institution and museum in the Americas; features Science from Home page, Academy Kids and more.

Computer History Museum

Exploratorium- this is a hands on science museum which has online versions of some of their exhibit

The Field Museum-several permanent exhibits

IEEE Virtual Museum-the history of electronics, electricity and computers

MIT Museum- multimedia


The Mütter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia- a medical museum which contains a collection of anatomical and pathological specimens, wax models, and antique medical equipment

National Air and Space Museum- Smithsonian

The Paley Center for Media (formerly The Museum of Television and Radio)

Robotics- part of the Tech Museum


The Science Museum of London- students can explore over 250,000 objects and archives from the collection of the Science Museum Group.

Science Museum of Minnesota-online activities

Try Science- virtual field trips for kids

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Teaching Empathy: 20 Resources During This Very Trying Time

 

These are unprecedented times. There is unprecedented anxiety, fear and anger. People have been dealing with isolation, death,  and loss of jobs. We all need to be more patient and empathetic with one another. Easy to say, right? As adults, we have been trudging through the past 6 months with great difficulty, so imagine how our kids and students have felt. My first guess would be that they are quite confused and wondering whether or not they will be returning to school in person or virtually. The following resources are meant to assist us all with being more empathetic. If you have any additions, please add in the comments section after the article.


ARTICLES, LESSONS, WORKSHEETS
3 Ways to Teach Kindness and Empathy- from McGraw Hill

4 Proven Ways for Teaching Empathy- from Edutopia

Ages and Stages: Empathy- from Scholastic; covers PreK- Grade 2

Can Empathy Be Taught?-by F. Diane Barth, LCSW; Psychology Today Magazine

Can Virtual Reality Teach Empathy?- from Innovation Education in VT

Developing Empathy Through Retold Fairy Tales- from PBS Learning Media; grades 5-8

Empathy Lesson Plans for Middle School

Empathy Worksheets- FREE download; grades 1-3

For Families: 5 Tips for Cultivating Empathy- from the Harvard School of Education's Making Caring Common Project

How to Be More Empathetic- NY Times article written by Claire Cain Miller; for older students to adults

How to Teach Empathy in the Classroom- from TeachThought

Nine Competencies for Teaching Empathy- by Michele Borba, educational psychologist and parenting expert






Someone Else's Shoes- activity for middle school kids

Teaching Tolerance- includes lessons, learning plans, articles, publications and much, much more

What is Empathy? And Why is it So Important?- from educator and author David Geurin


VIDEOS






Monday, August 31, 2020

11 Non-Partisan Fact-Checking Websites

Those  of you who have followed this site have seen the large post I  did three years ago for teachers and students about Fake News. Today's post is for everyone, since our political climate is currently so filled with misinformation. We all need to have factual information for the coming November election. Please share with your friends on social media. Too many people believe everything they read or see on TV. I've also attached an infographic from the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, which you can print and post near your workspace. 

UPDATED 9/3/20

AP Fact Check- Associated Press' website, an independent global news organization dedicated to factual reporting, founded in 1846.

Fact Check- A project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center

Fact Tank: News in the Numbers- "Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world. It conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis and other empirical social science research."

MediaBias/Fact Check- comprehensive media bias resource; currently 3200+ media sources listed in the database and growing every day.

Media Matters for America- "A web-based, non profit research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting misinformation in the U.S. media."

Open Secrets- run by the Center for Responsible Politics; non-profit, non-partisan.  Also lists where candidates get their money. Dark money is explained in detail.

PolitiFact- non-profit run by the Poynter Institute

PunditFact- "a project of the Poynter Institute, dedicated to checking the accuracy of claims by pundits, columnists, bloggers, political analysts, the hosts and guests of talk shows, and other members of the media."

SciCheck- Fact Check's site "focuses exclusively on false and misleading scientific claims that are made by partisans to influence public policy. It was launched in January 2015."

Sunlight Foundation- "a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that uses civic technologies, open data, policy analysis and journalism to make our government and politics more accountable and transparent to all."

TinEye- this is a reverse image search which tells you whether or not an image was altered.


Here is the English version. (Right-click on the image to download.)
The infographic is also available in 45 other languages!! CLICK HERE to see the list.


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Friday, March 20, 2020

Thousands of Online (Mostly FREE) Resources to Deal With Social Distancing


We are all in this together. Many companies are stepping up and offering free concerts, movies, lectures and classes, and it's wonderful that we have all these options! (Don't forget to read, folks!) Here's my curated list of things to view while you practice your social distancing. Feel free to add any suggestions in the comments section, as I will be updating this post regularly.



eBOOKS
150 Free Textbooks- meta collection from Open Culture's blog

1,000+ Open Textbooks and Learning Resources for All Subjects


4eBooks- computer programming books; very large collection


Academic eBooks- covers humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, formal sciences and professions & applied sciences.


askSam eBooks  and Databases- askSam viewer needed for downloaded books


Barnes and Noble Free Nook Books- search 0.00 and get a listing of free eBooks


Bartleby-small site contains classic literature, poetry and reference works.


Bibliotastic-free downloads for indie authors; rating system for titles


BluePortal- computer-related titles, such as Facebook for Dummies, Javascript Bible and the Digital Photography Workflow Handbook.


Bookyards- currently 800,000 ebooks

Books Buddy- a Nook app to locate free books

Digital Library NJ- Kindle, Nook; library card needed

eBooks Habit- regular postings

eBook Lobby- categories include art and photography, children's books, literature and fiction and sports.

eBooks Directory- close to 1700 titles; includes textbooks, lecture notes; updated daily


Flatworld Knowledge- free textbooks


FreeBookSpot- 96 categories and over 4,4000 titles


Free-eBooks- register for free; download on iPhone or computer; includes magazines


Free Computer and IT Books


FreeComputerBooks- 12 major categories and 150 sub-categories; includes tutorials. lecture notes and computer and math eBooks.


FreeBook-s- download for iPad, smartphone or eBook reader; this is a search engine which looks through many collections to find eBooks.



FreeTechBooks- covers computer science, engineering, programming, textbooks and lecture notes.

eReaderPerks- Kindle, Kobo and Nook; also, the "latest device news, book/ereader reviews and author interviews."

Feedbooks- Kindle, Nook; public domain books

Fictionwise eBooks- Kindle, Nook

GetFree eBooks- free legal downloads

Globusz Publishing- ePublishing house which has free downloads

Goodkindles- up and coming authors offer short-time free downloads via Amazon

Inkmesh- search engine for free eBooks, including Kindle and Nook

Internet Archive- Kindle, Nook

Kindle Store's Top 100 Free

KnowFree- ebooks, video training, educational materials; IT books and magazines

Kobo- includes NY Times Bestsellers, Oprah's Book Club


Lendink- loan and borrow "officially lendable eBooks for your Kindle and Nook."

Librophile- search by genre


ManyBooks- more than 29,000 eBooks; download to iPod, eBook reader or PDA

Memoware- some categories include literature, (biography, horror, children, western...) reference, (education, computers, history..)

Mobipocket- Kindle


New Jersey State Library- new ebooks


The Online Books Page-"over 1 million free books on the web".

OnlineComputerBooks- just what the title says....free computer books

Online Free eBooks- mainly pdf downloads; nine categories

The Open Library- Kindle, Nook; one million titles


Page By Page Books

Planet eBook- free classic literature

Project Gutenberg- 15,00 titles, all in the public domain. Easy download text files written in ASCII; readable on all computers.

Penn State University's Electronic Classic Series Site- Kindle, Nook; pdf files Pixel of Ink- free and bargain Kindle books

World Public Library"the world’s largest eBook provider"mp3, pdf files; they have classic literature, graphic novels, audio books, children's literature and so much more"







BROADWAY SHOWS

BroadwayHD- free 7-day trial; $8.99/month after ($99.99/year)




MarqueeTV- known as "The Neflix of the Arts"; get 30 days free; $8.99/month after (First year $69.99)


PBS' Great Performances- full shows for Kinky Boots, The King and I, 42nd St., The Sound of Music, Much Ado About Nothing.






CONCERTS
Austin City Limits

Billboard's Live Streams & Virtual Concerts to watch- updated daily


Chamber Music Society- livestreams, concerts, lectures and master classes


ClassicFM- list of classical music organizations who have made their concert archive free for streaming; worldwide listing


Glamour- all artists offering free concerts online


The Guardian- 'Quarantine soirees' include operas and classical concerts


NPR-stream live concerts; classical included in this list


NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts-YouTube channel


Syracuse.com- Artists sharing live music


Vulture-all musicians streaming live concerts





HEALTH, FITNESS, WELL BEING
7 Online Fitness Classes to Stream- some have free trials

12 Meditation Apps for Better Sleep & Less Stress


13 Online Workouts-Amazon Prime $


21 Best Meditation Podcasts to Listen to in 2020


Daily Burn- free 30 day trial


Fitness Classes on YouTube


Meditation Classes on YouTube


Philly Fitness Studios Offering Online Classes via Facebook


Planet Fitness- free at-home workout classes


Studios Live-Streaming Fitness Classes- CBS News article


The Ultimate List of Free Meditation Resources


YMCA360- free on demand classes include Bootcamp, Barre, Yoga, Active Older Adults, Weightlifting, Tai Chi, YBox.


Yoga Classes on YouTube





FREE ONLINE CLASSES / VIRTUAL LEARNING
20 Biology Courses- Alison


77 Online Museums- from this very blog!


Coursera- audit classes for free


edX- 2500+ online courses from Harvard, M.I.T., Boston University, Berkeley UCal, Stanford; 140!


Photoshop Cafe- free tutorials


Photoshop Essentials


SkillShare- listing of free courses offered; categories included create and build.



VIRTUAL VIDEO COMMUNICATION TOOLS
Apple's Facetime- I'm sure that if you own an iPhone, you are familiar with 

Facetime; one call at a time.


Google Hangouts- add to Chrome browser

Skype- owned by Microsoft, you need to download software for Mac or PC

Webex- current upgraded basic plan

Zoom- Basic plan allows up to 100 participants and a 40 minute meeting; educators and schools do not have the 40 minute limit.

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