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Category Archive: ONLINE LEARNING

Nov
26

SpellTower word games are spellbinding. Resistance is futile.

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First there was Boggle, which led the family on a frenzied search for words. Then, there was Tetris, possibly one of the most addictive puzzle games ever. Now there’s SpellTower: A word game that fuses elements of Boggle with Tetris. It’s a lethal combination, but if controlled, delivers a powerful force for kids’ brains. What …

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Oct
05

4 awesome math resources to use when homework is a nightmare.

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  Don’t let math homework bring you down! I’m back, and I have some great math resources for you to share with your kids. Whether you’re a math wiz or math-challenged, you CAN help your kids when they’re frustrated in math.  Check out these 4 resources I posted on Yummy Mummy Club.  Stay tuned for …

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Aug
25

Loveable Grover reads “The Monster at the End of the Book.” – on ipad.

“WHAT DID THAT SAY?  Oh, I am so scared of monsters! Please, please, don’t turn the page!”  Poor Grover. Kids have loved turning the pages of the classic book since its release in 1971.  So, how does a classic whose theme is turning pages in a book translate onto ipad? Don’t be scared to click …

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Aug
03

Music videos get kids excited about history

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Kids love music, but they find history boring.  So, what do you get when you mash up Lady Gaga with Marie Antoinette, or Gwen Stefani with the Black Plague?  Music video spoofs that make learning history fun. Quirky, catchy, and educational, the videos are the brainchild of two talented history teachers.  They are successful: Lady …

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Jun
27

Hollywood actors read stories to your kids while you…

Elijah Wood reads “Me and My Cat” to my son while I get dinner ready.   On the drive to school, Jason Alexander reads “Dad are you the Tooth Fairy.” Yup, I have CONNECTIONS!  Actually, no.  The truth is I discovered this fabulous website called, “Storyline Online,” a program of the Screen Actors Guild Foundation. …

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May
01

The Kid Should See This!

Has your kid ever seen what an erupting geyser looks like? Or thought about  the size of an atom in terms of a blueberry? Seen Tito Puente play live? How about watched the School House Rock clip about the nervous system? The Kid Should See This is genius.  Curated by Rion Nakaya and her four-year …

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Apr
25

Foreign language learning at home with Rosetta Stone

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I was very lucky. As a child of immigrants, I was immersed in languages from an early age. I wasn’t even aware I was learning! Later in life, I chose French immersion and other languages. I’m sure I had a much easier time than my monolingual friends. My kids don’t have it as easy. They …

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Apr
18

Christmas Lectures direct from London! (No, they are not about Christmas.) Curious? Hint: World-famous scientists, kids, internet, awesomeness.

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I know this makes me sound so old , but wonders of our internet-age never cease to amaze me.  Once upon a time, only  children living in London could attend lectures given by the world’s top scientists for children. Started by Michael Faraday in 1825, “The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures” have continued annually ever since, …

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Mar
05

The Magic of Reality: Renowned scientist Richard Dawkins talks to kids about evolution on the IPAD.

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British evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins is best known for his book, “The Selfish Gene,” (1976), and for his outspoken atheism.   This has made him a controversial figure in some circles, especially since he has called for an end to teaching creationism in science classes. No matter how one feels about Dawkins, there’s no denying …

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Feb
20

A fun history game for your ipad: TIMELINE

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Was the bra invented before or after the typewriter?  Was the corkscrew invented before or after the hourglass? Players must wrestle with these questions, as they take turns  placing their invention-medallions on a timeline.  The winner is the first player to correctly place all the medallions. Not only is Timeline a light strategy game that …

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Nov
30

In honour of Mark Twain’s birthday: “I’ve never let school interfere with my education.”

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Happy birthday, Mark Twain! Born in Missouri on Nov. 30th, 1835, Twain (real name Samuel Longhorne Clemens,) was an American novelist and humourist.   He is best remembered for his novels “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” I happen to adore Twain’s witticisms, and for a man whose formal schooling …

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Nov
01

READ TO ME! Audible.com lets you and your kids listen to books any time, anywhere.

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Problem #1: You’re at the gym at the 15 minute mark on the elliptical, desperate for a distraction that will take away the tedium.  The magazine in front of you just isn’t cutting it, and what’s worse you’re getting blurry-eyed from trying to read while bobbing up and down. Problem #2:  You’re stuck in the …

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Oct
22

Quick art history clips on Khan Academy!

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  Because it wasn’t enough for Khan Academy to draw millions of students to their math lessons, they have also included clips on famous paintings.  It looks like the project is not 100% complete yet, but getting there.  Collaborating with “Smart History”, the lessons are organized by paintings categorized under various themes and periods.  In …

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Oct
21

A few great educational websites for kids

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I’m pretty skeptical about the educational value of  kids’ websites.  Often it equates to more time spent playing games  with fancy graphics. When a good educational website comes along, it’s gold.  Kids really like to learn online, and if the learning is through an interactive game or quiz it’s even better.  So, here is a …

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Oct
07

Math with Khan Academy online: Believe the hype!

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At first I didn’t really get it. For years educators and governments have been breaking their heads trying to figure out how best to teach kids math.  We’ve seen cool graphics, manipulatives, games, and fancy technology.  Yet, the familiar refrains return: “I hate math!” “Math’s so boring!” “It’s too hard!”  Along comes Khan Academy.
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Sep
27

Are you an apostrophe abuser or neglecter? Take this test to find out!

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Last week I blogged about two horrible fashion faux pas:  Apostrophe abuse, and apostrophe neglect.  Thanks to Educationdiva subscriber Tamar, who found the Apostrophe Protection Society based out of the U.K. (where else?)  The APS has devised a short quiz to test your apostrophe usage.  Test yourself, and pass it on to your spouse, kids, …

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Sep
26

Cool math online

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Every time the kids are on the computer I grit my teeth.  I know, it’s like the pot calling the kettle black.  It’s just that there’s so much garbage on the internet, and it seems that there’s no end to the amount of time the kids can waste on the most inane sites.  Even I …

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