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Five Citizen Science Projects to Do With Your Students
posted by: Melissa | September 21, 2017, 01:33 pm   

In this day and age of crowdsourcing, students have more opportunities to become engaged with authentic scientific experimentation than ever before. Citizen science uses the power of the internet to connect scientists with a vast community of science enthusiasts who conduct experiments and gather data on a massive scale.

Teaching Adolescents How to Evaluate the Quality of Online Information
posted by: Melissa | September 20, 2017, 06:59 am   

This blog was written by Julie Coiro and originally posted on on August 29, 2017.

An essential part of online research is the ability to critically evaluate information. This includes the ability to assess its level of accuracy, reliability, and bias. In 2012, my colleagues and I assessed 770 seventh graders in two states to study these areas, and the results definitely got our attention. Unfortunately, over 70 percent of the students’ responses suggested that:

Becky Mitchell, Idaho Teacher of the Year 2018
posted by: Cindy Omlin | September 18, 2017, 02:47 pm   

Congratulations to Becky Mitchell, Idaho’s new Teacher of the Year!! Mrs. Mitchell is an NWPE member and teacher at Vision Charter School.  She has taught high school English and Physical Sciences at the Caldwell, ID, school for the past eight years.  Her depth of experience which spans a couple decades in the classroom includes teaching everything from Spanish to kindergartners to chemistry at the community college.

Weekly News Round-Up for September 15th
posted by: Melissa | September 15, 2017, 01:27 pm   

Each week, NWPE brings its members a round-up of what’s happening in education. From big, eye-catching headlines to the stories most papers overlook, AAE finds the news our members really want to see. This week, Idaho has named their teacher of the year and it’s a member! Also, the ESSA deadline looms as teachers strike and DeVos urges educators to rethink schools.

Artificial Intelligence: The Next Lesson Plan Revolution?
posted by: Melissa | September 14, 2017, 01:15 pm   

I always relied heavily on online lesson plan banks when I was still in the classroom. I was among the first generation of teachers that was comfortable online, and looking up ideas and inspiration online only seemed natural. Plus, since I worked at a small school, I had five preps each day meaning I had less than 10 minutes planning for each 45 minutes of content with some subjects out of my area of expertise. Turning as much planning over to someone else was a necessity just to keep my head above water.

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