Pop Links 8.26.14: Travel To School; Tech For Teachers; Tennessee & Cursive; Celebrities Speak Education

Pop Links 8.19.14: Pay Kids To Go To School; Discuss Mike Brown; Teacher-Led Administration; Behavior Management App

  • To break the cycle of poverty, a Memphis school district is banking on the idea that paying students to go to school will produce better results. Read more about the controversial incentive system.
  • The Michael Brown shooting and its aftermath have dominated the news media for the past few days, but how will you discuss this complicated topic with your students? NPR offers guidance for broaching the topic in class.
  • At one Boston school, teachers are given a say in all aspects of running the school. PBS explores the inner workings of this innovative teacher-led school administration.
  • Have some unruly students in your classroom? There’s an app for that! Manage class behavior with ClassDojo, an app and website which allows you to easily keep track of individual student’s actions.
  • TFANet Resource: Tracker

Pop Links 8.12.14: Segregation In Schools; College Athletes Win; TFA Diverse Corps; Introductory Comics

  • More than 60 years after the famous Brown vs. Board of Ed ruling, segregation is making a major comeback in the nation’s schools. A PBS Frontline documentary explores the disturbing trend.
  • College athletes scored a major victory in the nation’s highest court. Read more about the ruling that has overjoyed longtime critics of the NCAA.
  • This year Teach For America debuted the organization’s most diverse group of Corps Members to the delight of many education reformers who say that diversity is an absolute necessity in the ed-reform movement.
  • Over the next few weeks, you will meet the cast of characters that will bring life to your classroom. Get to know them in a unique way. Have your students introduce themselves by creating fun online comic stories!
  • TFANet Resource: Parent Letter

Pop Links 8.5.14: Improve Online Learning; Visual Newsfeed; Persuasive Writing

  • With increasing amounts of students engaging in online learning, many organizations are looking to improve online education. Read more about the future of online learning.
  • If you have a class of visual learners, this may be the best way yet to get them engaged in current events! 10X10 scans newsfeeds ever hour for top stories and presents them (as the name suggests) in a 10X10 table of corresponding visuals.
  • TFANet Resource: Persuasive Writing

Pop Links 7.31.14: Batkid Trailer; Teacher Drop-Out Crisis; Lawyers Without Law School; Upgraded Teacher Apps

  • Last spring, Batkid’s story captivated America as San Francisco transformed into Gotham for a young cancer patient’s Make-A-Wish gift. This trailer gives a behind-the-scenes look at what it took to make Batkid’s wish become a reality.
  • Students are not the only ones affected by the nation’s high teacher-turnover rate–replacing teachers is also a very expensive process. NPR addresses the teacher drop-out crisis.
  • Though they were licensed attorneys, Abe Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson never went to law school, and today more wanna-be lawyers hope to follow in their footsteps. Read more about the non-traditional and less-expensive path to becoming a lawyer.
  • Some of the most popular teacher apps got some major makeovers this summer! Free Technology for Teachers recommends 10 upgraded apps that are worth checking out.
  • TFANet Resource: Drawing Conclusions

Pop Links 7.29.14: Alum Stays in Classroom, Explains Why; Password-Managing Site; Learning to Read; Ebola Virus Explained

  • “What followed was the toughest year of my life.” An alum explains why he chose to stay in the classroom after his corps experience, despite the challenges he faced.
  • If this is not already the case, you will soon have countless usernames and passwords for school-related software systems to remember. Keep track of login information using Dashlane, a password manager site.
  • The point where students transition from “learning to read” to “reading to learn” may occur later than previously believed. Read more about the results of a new study that has implications for how we educate students.
  • A recent outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Western Africa has killed more than 600 people in a brief timespan. In one minute, the BBC explains the frightening virus.
  • TFANet Resource: Vocabulary

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