Illuminations is a math teaching resource, with numerous lessons and online activities that are suitable for any math instructor.
Citation Machine helps students and professional researchers properly credit the information they use. Its primary goal is to make it so easy for student researchers to cite their information sources.
Onestopenglish is a community set up for EFL/ESL teachers to share methodologies, resources, lesson plans, and information about teaching conditions in different countries and regions around the world.
Musopen is a collection of public domain music, primarily classical, in both MP3 and sheet music format. Music sheets range from simple instrumental pieces to symphonic arrangements.
Clover is an extension of the Windows Explorer to add multi-tab functionality, similar to Google Chrome browser. After installing Clover, you will be able to open multiple folders within the same window, and you can also add folder bookmarks. Note that the installer is in Chinese, but just click the big button to install and you'll be good to go.
NASA's Eyes is a way for you to learn about your home planet, our solar system, the universe beyond and the spacecraft exploring them. With applications for Mac and PC as well as apps for mobile devices there are many ways for you to follow along with NASA's scientists and engineers.
Krita is a professional free and open source painting program. Krita is used by comic book artists, illustrators, concept artists, matte and texture painters and in the digital VFX industry. It is made by artists that want to see affordable art tools for everyone.
Weber Online has many great components necessary for students to be successful with digital learning. Students will notice how simple our courses are to navigate, (click here to see the flyer each student receives). Students sign up as part of an initial assignment to receive text messages and/or emails to their own device to remind them several times each week to work on their course(s). Our great success rate is indicative of the great teachers that back these courses. Take a look at what students are saying about Weber Online courses! (Click Here) If you are a student in Weber School District, see your counselor to sign up for courses.
December is an exciting month with all of the holiday activities, the music, and the gatherings with family and friends sharing traditions and the spirit of the season. It is about the relationships we have with those we care about. I feel very fortunate, that on a daily basis I get to work with people that I call my friends. I have the opportunity of collaborating with talented teachers, administrators and support staff who are driven by a desire to help all students. Just as important as our education family are the amazing students we work with every day. I see the strong bonds developed between a caring educator and their students and how it makes all the difference in the world when it comes to teaching and learning.
During our October Professional Learning Day, conversations were centered around Relationships, Rigor and Relevance. You can see that the word relationship is first. As educators we must establish stable, warm, and trusting environments for students. One of our amazing educators, tells of a story when he was a science teacher. He was working with a small group of students and they had been asking him several questions. One of them said he had one more question and then asked, "How do you make every student feel like they are your favorite?" If we want to ensure students learn, communicate and think at high levels, we have to develop positive, trusting relationships with students, all students.
In a TED Talk, Rita Pierson challenges teachers to understand the power of relationships. She believes deeply in forming strong bonds with her students: through simple things like apologizing, laughing and just acknowledging their successes. Rita states, "Strong relationships encourage learner exploration, dialogue, confidence, and mutual respect."
In Weber School District, we have great people doing great things that impact the lives of our children every day. Continue to value caring, professional relationships between students and teachers. Enjoy the month of December and the energy the students bring to the classroom ... even though you are exhausted from all the holiday activities. May you treasure this season and all of its wonder as you surround yourself with family and friends. Happy Holidays!
Jane Ann Kammeyer