S'Cool Tools of the Week: DUST, CommonLit, WeLearned.It

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S'Cool Tools of the Week: DUST, CommonLit, WeLearned.It

Feb 1, 2015

TOO COOL (PERFECT FOR SCHOOL): We've got our favorite edtech teacher and administrator tools for the week right here, as highlighted in our Instruct newsletter. By the way--got a favorite S’Cool Tool you like to use? We would love to hear and share your recommendations! If you’ve got a tool that makes you or your students sing from the proverbial mountaintops, fill out this form to let us know. It might just get featured!

Our tools of the week are:

Free! Adults across the world are falling unconscious due to a mysterious dust cloud, and it’s up to teenagers to figure out why—and what they can do to stop it. That’s the idea behind DUST, an alternate reality game sponsored by the National Science Foundation and developed (in part) by teens themselves. (Curious about using ARGs in your classroom? Check out advice from teacher Chris Aviles.)

Free! Looking to provoke conversations about ideas in the classroom? Use CommonLit’s poems, stories, documents and articles to teach your students about greed using Aesop’s parable of the goose with the golden egg, or to spark a conversation about prejudice with The Emancipation Proclamation and Obama’s remarks on the Trayvon Martin ruling.

Free! Get crafty with student projects--and feedback--using WeLearned.it. You can assign multimedia projects, help students collect materials, and provide feedback in digital learning portfolios and progress reports, all in one place. Available for iPad on the App Store.

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