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Integrating Khan Academy into Curriculum

Khan-Academy-Digital-SignatureIntegrating Khan Academy into curriculum is fun and easy with Khan Academy supplying all the necessary resources and help. Having integrated Khan Academy into my curriculum for the last five years, I highly recommend that all teachers, students, and parents take advantage of this tremendous resource.

Recently, I had the honor of being selected as a Khan Academy Ambassador. Khan Academy’s mission is “to provide a free, world‑class education for anyone, anywhere”. Just one look at the comprehensive subject offerings at https://www.khanacademy.org/ confirms that there is something to learn for everyone. The content is very high quality and standards aligned. The videos, exercises, and activities are very engaging for students.

For teachers, Khan Academy offers excellent tools that make this the go to resource for an online curriculum supplement. Classes are easy to set up, and the reporting features make assessment easy. Content is easy to assign and completely customizable by class and student. Content may be assigned as homework or in class practice to help identify skill gaps and learning differences. The available content and reporting tools also make this the perfect “flipped classroom” tool. In the Resource section of the Coach Dashboard are comprehensive help topics to guide teachers through the process of integrating Khan Academy into curriculum. Khan-Academy-Teacher-Certificate

In addition to the extensive online reference section for teachers, Khan Academy offers an excellent free Teacher Training Course with a certificate of completion! All US teachers automatically get access to the training through the Coach dashboard from May 14th to August 10th. There you will see the Khan Academy Teacher Training checklist and be able to access the videos and resources. I highly recommend taking advantage of this training!

For students, the self paced activities and easy to follow videos set them up for success. Students will become empowered learners and are rewarded with points and badges. The exercises offer support and tips to help students be successful.

For parents, Khan Academy is the ultimate free tutoring and homeschooling resource. In the Resource section of the Coach Dashboard are comprehensive help topics to guide parents and mentors to set up classes and get the most out of Khan Academy.

As a teacher, you should explore and embrace this fabulous educational resource. You will be happy that you integrated Khan Academy into your curriculum!


Sources of High Quality Free Images

It is important for students and teachers to understand, recognize, and honor Copyrighted images and material. While there are “Fair Use” and “Educational” exemptions to Copyright infringement, I believe it is important to teach students good sources of high quality free images that are clearly designated for reuse. What may start as a classroom assignment, may end up as a monetized video on YouTube with the “Fair Use” or “Educational” exemption no longer applying.

With the increased use of multimedia presentations and digital storytelling in the classroom, finding sources of high quality free images clearly designated for reuse is important. Sourcing images that are appropriate to reuse is not as simple as selecting “Labeled for reuse” in your browser. While this practice can help narrow down results, it is not a guarantee against Copyright issues or having inappropriate images display in results.

Following are some sources of high quality free images that are designated for reuse. Each site has clear rights information to assist in teaching good usage practices. Some have opportunities to participate in, or contribute to their community.

Sources of High Quality Free Images

Wikimedia Commons: https://www.commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page Wikimedia Commons is a repository of media created and organized by volunteer contributors. The license conditions of each image is available on the description page. There are opportunities for aspiring photographers to contribute to the repository, and participate in the monthly photo contests. I have enjoyed contributing images to this site and participate in the monthly photo contests. There are over 46 Million media files available. Your students will find high quality images for every topic conceivable.

Sources of High Quality Free Images

Rijks Museum: https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/ The Rijks Museum is the museum of the Netherlands with a vision of sharing Art and History. They have a comprehensive collection of Dutch Art and History, as well as European and Asian Art. High resolution images of original art are available for download. This resource may not be appropriate for grades younger than high school because there are images of nudes. It does require that you set up a free account.

Sources of High Quality Free Images

NGA: https://images.nga.gov/en/page/show_home_page.html NGA Images is a collection of high resolution digital images of the National Gallery of Art. On this website you can search and download from over 51,000 high quality images. Their Help section provides technical assistance and a downloadable reproduction guide.

Sources of High Quality Free Images

The Getty Museum: http://www.getty.edu/art/collection/ The Getty Collections include Antiquities, Sculptures, Paintings, Manuscripts, Drawings and Photographs. All available digital images to which the Getty holds the rights to or that are in the public domain may be downloaded for any purpose without cost or permission required.

Sources of High Quality Free Images

Walters Art Museum: http://art.thewalters.org/  Known Internationally, the Walters Art Museum is one of the few museums in the world to represent comprehensive collections of art from the Third Millennium BCE to the early 20th Century. It makes available digital images under Creative Commons CC0 license to waive copyright and allow for unrestricted use.

Sources of High Quality Free Images

NASA: https://images.nasa.gov/ The NASA Image and Video Library contains amazing images that are generally not copyrighted. The content may be used for non-commercial educational or informational purposes. This general permission extends to personal Web pages. Be advised the actual NASA logo is protected by copyright and may not be used without permission. NASA provides a comprehensive usage guide on the site.

Sources of High Quality Free Images

NOAA: http://www.photolib.noaa.gov/index.html The NOAA collection includes over 32,000 images of weather, space, seas, coastlines, and a wide variety of marine species. Most NOAA photos and slides are in the public domain. There is no fee for downloading any images on the NOAA Photo Library. Educational use is encouraged so students will become mindful of the environment and act responsibly.

Sources of High Quality Free Images

Library of Congress https://www.loc.gov/collections/ The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, newspapers, maps and manuscripts in its collections. The Library is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. The Digital Collections are available for worldwide use and reuse under Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal.

Global Voices of the Next Generation on Water

Designathon Works has just released the excellent report: Global Voices of the Next Generation on Water.

Global Voices of the Next Generation on Water

Global Voices of the Next Generation on Water

The Global Children’s Designathon, that took place on November 11th 2017, is the backbone of the Global Voices of the Next Generation on Water Report. During this event more than 600 children aged 7 to 12 years, participated in 18 cities around the world, where they created solutions to this year’s big societal and environmental issue: WATER.

The Global Children’s Designathon provides a channel for two way inspiration: the children get to tackle the world’s biggest problems and adults can gain a unique view of what the next generation envisions around water issues. The solutions they came up with are amazing and informed by their context. This report shows that children care for our planet, are aware of water-related issues, believe these issues are pressing, and offer concrete solutions to solve them.

Clearwater’s Fabrication Lab at Saint Paul’s School was honored to be a host for the Global Children’s Designathon, and to contribute to the report. Please take time to read the report to see some of the amazing designs that the children created!

Global Children’s Designathon

Global Childrens DesignathonOn November 11th, Saint Paul’s School in Clearwater will be joining cities like London, Singapore, Tel Aviv, Nairobi, Amsterdam and Vancouver, as a host for the 3rd Annual Global Children’s Designathon.

Every year in November, Designathon Works organizes a worldwide event during which children in different cities around the world work in parallel with the Designathon methodology to find solutions for societal or environmental issues.

Saint Paul’s was selected as a host because of our curriculum, Fab Lab resources, and dedicated educators for Design Thinking and Maker Education.

The Designathon methodology combines aspects of Design Thinking and Maker Education, both approaches which are gaining ground in education systems around the world, and uses them to work around societal and environmental issues such as mobility, water, food, waste and circular economy. Students from 7 to 12 years old develop solutions to major social problems and through this process the new generation of changemakers is cultivated.

I will be guiding the students and facilitators through the Designathon process: inspire, research, ideate, sketch, make and present. During the process, students from different cities will communicate their ideas with each other through live video exchange. At the end of the day students will present their inventions to the panel of experts that will give them their feedback, and will announce 4 inventions that excel in the categories like: empathy, execution, short term implementation, long term implementation.