Technology in the Classroom: Pros, Cons of Revisiting Software

Today on, frequent contributing writer Jacqui Murray takes a look at the reasons why teachers favor free online tools, as opposed to often-expensive pieces of software that some teachers prefer.

Some of Jacqui’s reasons include:

  • No Ads
  • You Get the Entire Program
  • It’s More Reliable
  • It’s More Secure
  • And More!

It’s an intriguing article that will certainly make you think!

What are your reasons for favoring software or webtools?

February is a big month for special days and themes worthy of celebrating in your class. From Groundhog Day to Valentine’s Day to Chinese New Year, it seems almost every week that there’s a unique occasion for a teacher to call out and acknowledge.

Classroom activities are a great way for educators to give a nod to all the special days this month, and today on, contributing writer Janelle Cox spells out several unique ways teachers can get kids to learn about them all. For instance, for Abraham Lincoln’s birthday on Feb. 12, Janelle encourages teachers to:

  Read the story “Abe's Honest Words: The Life of Abraham Lincoln”
  Read the story "Just a Few Words, Mr. Lincoln"
  Have students try and come up with a Lincolnesque quote of their own

Janelle offers up a lot of original ideas today, and entrepreneurially minded educators will note that a lot of her ideas will transfer from special day to special day. For instance, Her idea about a presidential scavenger hunt can easily be altered to be a Chinese-themed scavenger hunt.

How do you celebrate these February holidays and events in your classroom? Do you have any activities or ideas that you would like to share?

How to Motivate Students to Love Math

Getting students to love any school subject can be a tricky endeavor, especially math.

Recently we published an article about how to motivate students to love math. Writer Janelle Cox called out some important tactics to do just that, including:

  Demonstrate the Usefulness for Math in the Real World
  Present a Reasonable Challenge
  Entice Students with a Magical Math Problem
  And More!

Do you know how to motivate students to love math? Do you have any tricks or tips that you would like to share?