S'Cool Tools of the Week: Write the World, CK-12, New edX Courses, Dino Tales

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! If you’re stumped about how to inspire your high school students to write, check out Write the World. The site offers prompts for writing from nonfiction opinion to flash fiction to poetry. Aspiring authors in your classroom can earn badges, join a topic-specific group, and become part of a writing community. Note: Write the World is only appropriate for students age 13 and older.*

Free! Looking for interactive physics simulations of mirrors and the law of reflection? How about tools for elementary math instruction, like videos on how to tell time or exercises about converting types of currency? Check out the latest open source resources from CK-12! (Learn how to register students under age 13 here.)

Free! In the PD category: Want to use historical objects to teach your students about previous eras? Check out the edX course on historical inquiry, and another using artifacts from the Smithsonian collections. And after five weeks of edX’s superhero history course, you and your students will be spouting the history of masks and capes--in costume, we presume.

$3.99: Encourage young paleontologists and archaeologists with Dino Tales. Designed for learners ages 4-10 using iPads or iPhones, the game takes users on a tour of a prehistoric island through the eyes of a baby dinosaur, as wise dinosaur, Darwin, answers their Jurassic questions. The game compiles each play session into a Storybook that parents and educators can watch.

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