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Practise the four rules of arithmetic

Picture Arithmetic is freeware that allows pupils to practice the four rules of arithmetic. Ten questions are set and marked with each correct answer causing part of a mystery picture to be revealed. By editing the teacher’s control pages, the teacher can control the degree of difficulty of the questions set and/or select a particular number to add, subtract, multiply or divide by

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New computer games promote civics education

iCivics.org is an expanded, rebranded version of a web site founded by former Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O’Connor

The iCivics program is based at Georgetown University Law School.

The iCivics program is based at Georgetown University Law School.

An “unintended consequence” of the No Child Left Behind initiative has been a decrease in civics knowledge, former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor said May 26 in promoting an expanded version of a web site that uses computer games to put a fun spin on learning about government.

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Reading with Blend Phonics


Blend Phonics Presentation 1


A brief introductory demonstration lesson for Hazel Loring’s
Reading Made Easy with Blend Phonics in First Grade by Don
Potter. Visit www.donpotter.net or www.blendphonics.org to
download this free, yet powerful, phonics-first program.

This video clip will burn the house down

Watch CSIRO scientists burn down a house in their attempt to make a bushfire-proof house made of steel.

http://bit.ly/dmoAtw

Parenting – Be a golf mentor

Golf can teach kids many valuable lessons. Unfortunately, it’s harder for the younger generation to learn the game. This article tells you how you can be a golf mentor.

http://bit.ly/72maRN

Write some poetry; science poetry, that is

. Science made marvellous wants your prose and poetic inspiration, be it stanzas of superconductivity or lyrics of astrophysics. Submit up to five poems, as either text or as audio for this collaborative national poetry and science project. Email your submission to: ScienceMadeMarvellous@gmail.com.

The deadline for submission is 30 June 2010.

For more information go to the Queensland Poetry Festival website and look under the ‘poetry awards’ section.

Technology Brings Dream Career Speakers to Online High School Students

Interactive virtual assemblies allow Insight Schools students to rub virtual shoulders with professionals and celebrities otherwise out of reach for traditional schools

PORTLAND, Ore., May 25 /PRNewswire/ — Rock stars, a Super Bowl champion, and a New York fashion designer are just a few of the amazing speakers that today’s high school students learn from first hand. At least for online, public high school students at Insight Schools.

Insight students log in monthly to chat live in a “virtual assembly,”

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Play the game: Build Our Milky Way

From Galaxies Galore, An Amazing Space online exploration.

Play the game:  Build our Milky Way

Creating Effective Teaching Guides for Graphic Novels


Peter Gutiérrez, creator of a number of teaching guides for comics and graphic novels, including TOON Book’s Little Mouse Gets Ready and Bloomsbury’s Rapunzel’s Revenge, discusses the ins and outs of creating reading guides, teaching guides and lesson plans to accompany graphic novels. In addition, BookShelf presents list of recommended resources.
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