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Star size comparison video

My mind was blown when I first saw this video a couple of years ago. I randomly came across it this week and I'm not forgetting to book mark it this time around.
As the title would suggest it is a video show the comparative sizes of all the planets in our galaxy.
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Free music, songs and sound effects for YouTube Videos and Vlogging

Sometimes the answers to simple questions can be long and tortuous. I've spent many hours trawling Google for songs and sound effects to legally use in my Youtube Videos. Why I never thought to look at the YouTube page itself for an answer I'll never know.

From YouTube then:
• Free music - The YouTube Audio Library for music music
• Free sound effects - The YouTube Audio Library for sound effects

In a previous post I looked into…
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5-Minute English Games - Counting 1-10

Introducing Numbers 1-10. To play requires simply a football.
1. Stand in a circle holding hands
2. Kick the softball to, not at, each other
3. Restart the count if the ball goes outside the circle
4. Encourage the students to count aloud with you
5. This activity can work equally well with…
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Free video resources for teachers and students

Thousands of innovative, standards-aligned digital resources, compelling student experiences, and professional development opportunities.

A mighty useful free resource that had up until now escaped my attention. If you are a teacher of any grade looking for an easy to use professional resource site then just head over to the PBS Learning Media website and have a wander through it yourself.

Highlights for me include:

• Content by calendar - content by major holidays, observances, important dates, and themes
• Assign lesson and…
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Bloom's Digital Taxonomy

Video from Common Sense Media: Most educators are familiar with Bloom’s Taxonomy, a model that classifies different levels of human cognition in thinking, learning, and understanding. But in a digital age, educators are thinking about it as Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy. This updated version aims to expand upon the skills associated with each level as technology becomes a more engrained – and essential - part of learning.
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How to address student squeeling or tattling

Classroom behaviour management

Update: August 22nd 2015. I see that there is a book of the same title available from Amazon.

Book - Don't squeal unless it's a big deal

Amazon: In this highly entertaining story for young children, kids will learn when ""squealing"" on your fellow classmate is appropriate and when it is merely tattling! Set in a school classroom, the ""kids"" in the class constantly tattle on each other, creating an air of frustration and distrust. As the story unfolds, the teacher, rather than strictly policing the situation, addresses underlying feelings and encourages mutual problem solving. This story helps teach children when to ""squeal"" on important issues and when to work it out alone.
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Little Red Riding Hood - Fixed Fairy Tales

From YouTube: Fixed Fairy Tales is an animated series that takes classic fairy tales and gives them a new twist. From the creators of How It Should Have Ended and Klomp! Animation comes a fun new animated collection of stories told high in a castle tower with your host, Vincent Featherbottom, the Story Changing Owl.
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Do standing desks make children better students?

Is it not important to teach our children how to be more active, from an early age? asks director of the Ergonomics Center at the Texas A&M Health Science Center Mark Benden. A great article on the pros and cons of seated vs standing classrooms, workstations, and desks.

Standing in classrooms
Encouraging movement
Impact of a standing desks
Future of classroom design
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