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Polling Students to Check Understanding

Teachers continually search for ways to increase engagement and comprehension in their classrooms. Audience response systems (ARS)—like clickers, for example—can be one tool for achieving those outcomes. ARS have been shown to increase ...

The Future of Fake News

On an episode of Radiolab recorded earlier this year, host Simon Adler leads us down a fascinating and somewhat terrifying path into the future of fake news, where videos of real people—like a U.S. president—can be made to say fake thin...

Five Tools for Creating Animations on Chromebooks

Yesterday’s post about the PuppetMaster app prompted a couple of people to ask me if there is anything similar available for Chromebook use. While I can’t think of anything that is free and exactly like PuppetMaster, here are so...

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Respectable Native Accents

I agree with @Homer Potvin and @Sclavus . I’ve mentioned this before in a previous thread on this topic, but for an example of what not to do, check out the autobiography Dancing On My Grave by Gelsey Kirkland. The Russian accents are...

Presentation Paranoia? How To Ace Your Next Presentation

December 8, 2017, by Shweta Presentation Paranoia? How To Ace Your Next Presentation Around this time last year, I gave my first oral presentation at university. Now, almost a year later, I’m planning – or at least, planning to start pl...

Encouraging a Love of Poetry

A poem is a lightweight thing, a beautiful construction that can, despite its lightness, carry remarkable burdens. Poet Mahmoud Darwish imagined this paradox as “the butterfly’s burden.” When you consider that meditation works similar...

Race and the Literary Canon

“OK,” I say to my students, “this is a book written 57 years ago about events that would have happened 84 years ago. Are the things being discussed here still relevant today? Why or why not?” My students pause. We’ve just finished...

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Sal Boxford wins the November contest!

@Wreybies could you do the honours?Banana, Rosa [3,468] It’s not right for an animal to be caged. You can’t keep a creature in captivity just so a bunch of kids can be disappointed to find it isn’t the anthropomorphic best bud Disney/...

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