I ran across two Washington Post articles this morning dealing with the empowerment of girls. The first is about a D.C. couple who have launched a web site called A Mighty Girl that identifies books and movies with girl-empowering themes. The second is about encouraging girls’ interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) fields.
I got a pointer to Spartan Guides, a treasure-trove of organized links to web sites useful in education. The home page lists the most popular guides. Each of the guides has dozens of categories, which then often break down to sub-categories. Each final page has lots of information. For instance, the New Tools guide includes Digital Storytelling and Google Docs and Apps among its nearly 50 sub-categories.
On the Google Apps page I’d recommend two downloadable Google for Teachers PDFs. The first includes info on uses of Google Maps, including Math Maps (has placemarks with related math questions identified by elementary grade level – Kindergarten through 5th grades) and Climate Change Data (has placemarks tied to current and historical weather data). The second has a section on building custom search engines which I may use to organize links to shareable images. There’s lots more than the few items I’ve mentioned here.
The library producing the above has a wiki page with yet more information. Many of the links take you to pages done by Joyce Valenza using Only2Clicks. These pages have a thumbnail of the relevant web page for each link. There are too may good categories for me to pick just a few. Have a look.
The Rural School and Community Trust ” is a national nonprofit organization addressing the crucial relationship between good schools and thriving communities.”
“The Rural Trust provides a variety of services—training, networking, technical assistance, coaching, mentoring, research—and materials to increase the capacity of rural schools, teachers, young people, and communities to develop and implement high quality place-based education.”
The site seems to get new material relatively infrequently. The information is accessible via targeted audience (administrators, teachers, students, etc.) and category (Funding/Grants/Scholarships, Networks/Groups, Place-Based Learning, etc.)
The Mind/Shift site has an article titled Discovering How to Learn Smarter which discusses a longer Washington Post article about “fine-tuned praise.” They discuss the work of Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck, who has developed Brainology, a program which helps students shift from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset.
When students have a fixed mindset, they believe their intelligence is just fixed—they have a certain amount and that’s that. This mindset makes them afraid to look dumb and curtails their learning. But when students have a growth mindset, they understand that their intelligence can be developed. Instead of worrying about how smart they are, they work hard to learn more and get smarter.
Jacqui Murray teaches at St. Mary’s, a school in southern California. Her sites are rather busy for my taste, but have lots of interesting links to content targeted to teachers and students.
She uses ProtoPage for grade-based home pages. It has lots of links, some interactive widgets, and more.