Pop Links 7.22.14: Girl Scout Barbie; Creative ESL Teacher; Southwest Airlines Soccer Balls; Free NatGeo Courses for Teachers

  • A new Girl Scout is stirring controversy even before her first pledge. The product of a partnership between Mattel and Girl Scouts, Girl Scout Barbie will soon debut to the chagrin of many protesters who complain that Barbie represents the antithesis of Girl Scouts.
  • An ESL teacher has gained Internet fame for his creative way of teaching the countless irregular English verbs.
  • Southwest Airlines is making recycling fun for Kenyan orphans! Find out why the airline is turning its leather seats into soccer balls.
  • This fall, National Geographic is offering free courses to help teachers teach students about one of the most critical compounds on Earth: water! Find out how you can join the online course.
  • TFANet Resource: Word Problems

Pop Links 7.15.14: Educating Parents; Teenagers in The New York Times; Fun Presentations; World Cup Video Summary

  • The struggle to educate our nation’s children has naturally focused on young students. However, research suggests that for students to reach educational milestones, more time and money should be invested in educating parents.
  • Introduce your students to The New York Times’ immense wealth of knowledge through an avenue that may interest them: learning about teenagers! Each month, the Times‘ education-blog editors compile a list of all the stories written about teens in the previous month.
  • Give your students presentations they will remember! Learn how you can use prezi.com to create lively and dynamic presentations!
  • ESPN has captured the excitement and frustration that made for a fun four weeks of World Cup soccer in a four-minute video.
  • TFANet Resource: Symbolism

Pop Links 7.10.14: Obesity vs. Smoking; Free Online Courses; Virtual Field Trips; Rwanda and Burundi Ed Charity Org

Pop Links 7.3.14: Teaching About the Supreme Court; Google’s Coding Initiative; Free Tech for Teachers; Pics of Children Playing

Pop Links 7.1.14: Race and Employment; ABCs of Life Speech; Soccer Player Hugs Young Fan; Hilarious Fan-Cam Child

  • The alarming results of a new study state that on average, black job-seekers need more levels of education than their white peers in order to compete for the same job.
  • Hampton University’s 2004 graduating class probably didn’t think they’d be receiving an alphabet lesson on graduation day! See the valedictorian’s two-minute explanation of the ABC’s of Life that has garnered national attention.
  • One of the more memorable moments of the 2014 World Cup took place off the field. An emotional hug between the star player of the losing Cameroonian team and a young Brazilian fan had many wondering who needed the hug more.
  • How hyped will you get for the USA-Belgium soccer game today? Probably not as hyped as this precious kid at a Marlins game when he realizes the fan cam is on him. #turntup #WC2014 #U-S-A #turndownforwhat
  • TFANet Resource: Writing

Pop Links 6.24.14: Rich Parents’ Big Fear; College Dropout Factories; Justice Sotomayor on Affirmative Action; World Cup Choices

  • Taking the lead from billionaires like Warren Buffet and Bill Gates, more wealthy parents are openly pledging to not leave their fortunes to their children. Find out what big fear motivates this decision.
  • A national education advocacy group is going after America’s college-dropout factories, calling for the government to cut federal funding to schools that do not meet minimum performance standards.
  • Before Justice Sotomayor took the bench, Supreme Court justices were rarely seen or heard from outside a legal context. Now, Justice Sotomayor can be found dropping wisdom everywhere! Last week, she sat down with ABC News to talk affirmative action.
  • Weeks into the World Cup and still not sure what team to root for? Check out this handy guide for finding the perfect team that suits your personality and interests.
  • TFANet Resource: Figurative Language

Pop Links 6.19.14: Redskins Trademark Cancelled; U.S. Health System the Worst; Affirmative Action Alternatives; Learning Websites

Pop Links 6.17.14: Treating Cavities; Background Noise; Birthday Paradox; Five Ways to Send Texts from Computer

  • A visit to the dentist may soon become an infinitely more pleasant experience. English scientists have developed a revolutionary way to treat cavities without having to drill teeth and insert fillings!
  • When it comes to harnessing your creative power, silence is not golden. A highly rated app, Coffitivity, provides the experimentally determined perfect amount of background noise necessary to get creative juices flowing.
  • Ever heard of the birthday paradox? It states that despite laws of probability that would indicate otherwise, among a group of 23 people there is a 50 percent chance that two of them share a birthday. See how this mathematical enigma holds up among the World Cup players. #worldcupmath
  • This list may come in handy for connecting with students or parents, or when traveling internationally–find out five ways to send text messages from a computer.
  • TFANet Resource: Periodic Table