Monthly Archives: September 2015

Online Learning – Changing Our View of Schooling

by Guest Contributor, Dr. Martha Angulo, President Knowledge Headquarters, Inc*.

Dr. Martha Angulo (Ph.D. Education Administration) is an educator experienced as a teacher, principal, and superintendent.  She has held positions in inner city schools, rural and suburban districts and has worked with Early Childhood  through post graduate university students.  Dr. Angulo holds degrees in Special Education, Elementary Education and Educational Administration. She has been recognized for her excellence in education by universities and administrative organizations.  Dr. Angulo founded Knowledge Headquarters, Inc. The company is dedicated to enhancing education using the opportunities provided by technology. It develops and markets K-12 internet education content, enabling tools and communication products created to establish a superior learning experience.


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Screen Shot 2015-10-03 at 8.53.51 PMhe other day a neighbor visited me while I was working in the garden. She wanted to talk about the changes occurring at the local school. Comparing the education she and her husband received with that her children were receiving, she had determined that they were getting an excellent education. Both parents were pleased their children were learning “so much more” than they had.

I had to agree with my friend, that we most often use our own schooling as a standard of measurement for our children’s schooling. I certainly did when my children were young. But is this the best measure for quality in education? I asked the neighbor to consider how the world had changed, in the time since she was in school, and the amount of information we and our children have at our finger tips. It seems reasonable to assume that our children would, and should, be learning a great deal more of the information that took us years to assimilate. For the most part, children today begin school having access to more information than their parents had. By the time a child has completed one year of schooling that information has almost doubled. When I was in school it took many years for information to change. This provided me and those of my generation a certain consistency with learning information that is not available today. Therefore, I’m not certain that the same paradigms for learning, that served my neighbors and me, are adequate for today’s student.

This need to assimilate so much information makes the teaching learning process even more challenging. The Internet offers the opportunity for students to work at their own level, at their own pace, on topics that are of personal interest. Our work is a continuing effort to assist those we serve to understand and adapt their instructional programs by offering choices for personal learning.

Web-based, online learning gives students a unique opportunity to explore learning and gain knowledge at their own level. Online learning offers a way to stay ahead of the information tide of an expanding knowledge base. Students do not need to be time bound by their learning program. Online learning can offer real-time learning in a vast number of subjects and topics for individual instruction. The best online learning programs will provide students and parents the flexibility necessary for true knowledge to take place. We know that what we learned in school is not enough for the future of our children. We have a responsibility to provide programs that offer skills and tools the students can use to ensure a successful future.

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In this regard home schooling is reinventing the idea of school. The integration of knowledge is a personal process, rather than a social process. By viewing school not so much as a place, but the act of learning, those who home school have forced us to look at a new paradigm for schooling. These parents recognize that acquiring knowledge does not need to be a group activity but is often more effective as an individual activity. They know that how they learned is not the best method of learning for their children. Home schooling parents use varied approaches in teaching their children. Many have added online curricular programs to provide a new avenue of learning for their children.

How we learned and what we learned are not adequate measures of education for our children today. When I hear about educators who continue to teach the way they have for many years, it concerns me. The tried and true paradigms of the past, that served us well, that prepared our youngsters for a successful future, are not adequate today. We all have to try harder to challenge our own methods of educating and of evaluating schooling.


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*Knowledge HQ created its premier education product, eTutor, in 1997 and continues to innovate in the educational field every day. eTutor is an internet- driven curriculum created by educators nationwide for Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies and can be accessed by homeschoolers anywhere in the world..

Welcome New Publisher: Highlights for Children

We are very excited to welcome Highlights for Children to our family of publishers.

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Working in a two-room office over a car dealership in Honesdale, Pennsylvania with a tiny band of co-workers, the Myerses created the first issue of the magazine they had long imagined. Printed in June 1946, that first issue ran to 20,000 copies. Sixty years later, in June 2006, the one-billionth copy of the magazine rolled off the presses just in time for the company’s 60th anniversary.

Highlights for Children is committed to helping kids become their best selves. Their belief that children experience fun and joy when they use their innate creativity, curiosity, thinking ability and imagination, as well as our commitment to the motto Fun with a Purpose™, can be found on every page of our magazines, as well as in all of our exceptional products for children, parents and teachers.

In addition to the flagship magazine, Highlights’ other offerings include a preschool magazine (High Five), an infant magazine (Hello), a children’s book company (Boyds Mills Press), puzzle book clubs and a variety of digital products.

Dedicated Teacher is proud to offer their digital products in our eStore. With an inventory of over 1000 titles, a majority of these titles are short fiction reading ebooks created with their motto in mind, **Fun with a Purpose**.  When you purchase one of these ebooks, you will receive both a pdf file, that can be printed, displayed on your classroom devices or even projected on screen.  The purchase also includes a companion mp3 file for audible reading.  Each component can be used independently or coupled together for a full learning experience.

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Be sure to check out all of Highlights for Children’s titles and introduce your students to the Fun with a Purpose learning experience.

You can find them on Facebook at Facebook.com/HighlightsforChildren and on Twitter @Highlights.

Welcome New Publisher: Teacher’s Discovery

We are excited to welcome Teacher’s Discover to our family of publishers.

TDY_LogoTeacher’s Discovery has been a classroom staple since 1978.  They started out selling t-shirts to French teachers. Today they offer thousands of exciting and eye-opening teaching tools via our printed catalog and website, including an ever-expanding line of digital materials. All of their products are created for teachers, by teachers, and allow students to experience far-off places and fascinating people using real-world, cutting-edge technology. From on-trend downloads to all-in-one digital courseware, Teacher’s Discovery is the resource for the digital teachers of today.

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Titles such as:

Super Value Alphabet Lesson Spanish

Super Value Basic Expressions Lesson Spanish

Super Value Months And Seasons Lesson Spanish

Super Value Subject Pronouns Lesson Spanish

Super Value Days Of The Week Lesson Spanish

Super Value Family Lesson Spanish

Super Value Introducing Yourself Lesson

Super Value Cognates Lesson Spanish

Super Value Adjectives Lesson Spanish

Be sure to check out all of these products and be watching as they will be adding more content soon!

Welcome AKJ Education

We here at DedicatedTeacher.com are excited to welcome AKJ Education to our family of publishers.

dedicatedteachers150x150For over 40 years, AKJ Education has been a leading provider of tradebooks and classroom library collections, offering the best in service and pricing.  Now, we have added new, supplemental products and services for social studies and language arts classrooms.  We are the exclusive provider of the social studies digital learning platforms, CICERO Kids and CICERO: History Beyond the Textbook, as well as social studies collections with CICERO Resource Packs and Common Core text sets.  We continue to grow to provide teachers, schools, and districts with high quality education materials.

New titles such as:

Cicero Resource Pack Civil War Grades 4-5

Cicero Resource Pack Civil War Grades 6-8

Cicero Resource Pack Revolutionary War Grades 4-5

Cicero Resource Pack World War II Grades 4-5

Cicero Resource Pack World War II Grades 6-8

Screen Shot 2015-09-19 at 6.39.50 PMCicero Resource Packs include two lesson plans and two classroom ready Power Point presentations. Lesson plans provide objectives, key terms, lesson details with homework, assessments, and extension activities. All lesson materials, reproducibles, and primary sources are included as well as historical background information. Classroom ready Power Point presentations help students gain a better understanding about events of the time period and can be used for teaching large group instruction or student review and research. Organized, easy-to-use and classroom ready.

Be sure to check out these wonderful educational resources now available at DedicatedTeacher.com

 

Meet Spanish Verb Chart

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Screen Shot 2015-09-19 at 7.48.56 PMWhen it comes to learning a language, it’s rarely the vocabulary that gives people trouble. More often than not, the trickiest parts of speech are the verb conjugations,and Spanish is no different. Spanish verb conjugations can be very intimidating for both those students new to the language and furthermore to native speakers.

There are plenty of tools available that can help you on your journey to becoming a speaker of the Spanish language: Spanish-English dictionaries, textbooks, games, flashcards, worksheets, and online conjugation websites. An easier and more comprehensive tool is the eChart published by SpanishVerbChart. The eChart is an easy to access electronic book which displays a comprehensive 6 page Spanish verb conjugation table.This eChart is a language learning literacy and reference tool that empowers the user to quickly and correctly conjugate both regular and irregular verbs in the Spanish language highlighting the 7 basic tenses: present, preterite, imperfect, future, conditional, present subjunctive, and past subjunctive along with the 7 compound tenses: present perfect,past perfect, imperfect, future perfect, conditional perfect,present perfect subjunctive, and past perfect subjunctive.

SpanishVerbChart is like your own personal trainer getting you in shape for those conjugation drills you know will be coming your way in class tomorrow. The author is a former Advanced Placement Spanish Instructor from UCLA who devised the Chart to be a viable and comprehensive tool in preparing her students to successfully pass the national AP Spanish Language exam. For twenty years, she employed the Chart in class to empower student success in gaining Spanish literacy. So get ready to give yourself a major one-up on the rest of the class when you download the Spanish VerbChart, and you will be acing that test in no time!

Testimonials:

“When I first arrived at the University of Florida, I passed a placement test to be enrolled in advanced Spanish classes as a freshman. I had my Chart from Señora’s classroom. All the other students wanted copies, as they saw how much more I knew than them. Congratulations, Señora, on the Chart becoming an electronic app.” -Sarah Dodson

“My first year at UC Davis, I contacted Señora Smith asking her for a copy of the Chart we used in the classroom. I can’t survive without it!” -Bob Newsom

“As a native speaker, speaking Spanish is easy, but when it comes to writing it…that’s a different story. My job will pay me more, if I can not only speak but write Spanish correctly, and the iChart is helping me achieve this goal.” -Manuela Rodriguez

“I am a former student of Señora Smith who is now a Spanish teacher at a private girls school. All our students have ipad access in the classroom. Guess who is using the iChart in her classroom as a teaching tool? Muchas gracias, Señora.” -Susan Cummins

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Be sure to stop by DedicatedTeacher.com and have a look at this amazing teaching tool.

New Titles for August 2015

August was a month of many new titles that were added to our eStore inventory.  New Novel Study guides, classroom decor, fictional offerings, topical studies and more.  Check out these new additions!

Teacher Created Materials Today – 95 new titles

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Teacher Created Materials Today added new titles to their Karen’s Kids series.  A series devoted to helping teachers brighten their classrooms making them both colorful and to help with the learning process.  The also added to their top-selling ‘Great Works’ Study guide series of slices.  

Bellwether Media – 86 new titles

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Bellwether Media has added several new series such as Explorers, Dog Breeds, Brands We Know, Children’s Storytellers, Cats, Extreme Sports and more.  Check out these wonderful resources that will help your students learn about topics that interest them.

Shell Education – 20 new titles

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Shell Education added titles to their Great Works Study guide series, with new titles filled with lesson plans geared toward students in grades Kindergarten through Seniors in High School.

Charlesbridge – 17 new titles

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Charlesbridge has added new fiction titles in a variety of topics, geared toward students grades PreK – 5.  Titles that will be sure to get your students reading and creating that desire to read more.

Arbordale – 14 new titles

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Arbordale Publishing has added their own selection of fictional titles geared toward elementary age students. Titles to inspire creativity and draw out their imagination. (available in English and Spanish editions)

Gallopade International – 6 new titles

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Gallopade has added six new titles to their Common Core Lessons and Activities series.  Included with the titles above are two more titles on Personal Finance & Elections.  With America revving up for the 2016 Election season, this resource will be a great tool to help your students learn about this process.

Gihon River Press – 1 new title

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Gihon River Press added one new title, the Holocaust Reference Guide.  This guide, a six page, tri-folded reference guide packed with information to help both teachers and students of the Holocaust in discovering: Important vocabulary including 33 difficult terms and their meanings and more.

Educational Impressions – 1 new title

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Educational Impressions added a new title, Logic Mysteries for Young Readers.  Students in grades 2 through 4 read about situations, consider a list of clues, make inferences and use a matrix grid to eliminate possibilities and arrive at conclusions.

Check out all these new titles and much MUCH more at DedicatedTeacher.com

Top Selling Titles- August 2015

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These are the top-selling titles for August 2015

1. Mathematics: Drill and Practice, (Grades 1-6)
hspa284rby Hayes School Publishing

Skill and problem solving activities with equal emphasis on skill and concept development. Ideal supplement for any current text. Rounding numbers, solving equations, least common multipliers, multiplying, dividing, fractions and mixed numbers, decimals, problem solving, percents, geometry, and more.

Our price: $5.65

2. Common Core Math 4 Today, series (Grades K-5 )
csd104594ebby Carson-Dellosa Publishing

Build a foundation and focus on what matters most for math readiness with Common Core Math 4 Today: Daily Skill Practice for third grade. This 96-page comprehensive supplement contains standards-aligned reproducible activities designed to focus on critical math skills and concepts that meet the Common Core State Standards. Each page includes 16 problems to be completed during a four-day period. The exercises are arranged in a continuous spiral so that concepts are repeated weekly. An assessment for the fifth day is provided for evaluating students’ understanding of the math concepts practiced throughout the week.

Our price: $6.64

3. Common Core Math 4 Today, series (Grades K-5 )
csd704582ebby Carson-Dellosa Publishing

Spectrum Reading for Grade 4 includes focused practice for reading comprehension including fiction and nonfiction passages, theme and summarization, integration of knowledge and ideas, and key ideas and details. Spectrum® Reading workbooks contain focused practice for reading comprehension, including letters and sounds, word recognition, integration of knowledge and ideas, key ideas and details, main idea, story structure, theme, and summarization. Each lesson features an illustrated story followed by exercise in comprehension.

Our price: $7.59

4. Trino’s Choice by Diane Gonzales-Bertrand (Grades 6-9 )

app9781558855373by Arte Publico Press

Seventh-grader Trino Olivares doesn’t like books and has never cared for school types. So when Rosca, an older teen with a vicious streak, invites Trino to start hanging out with his crowd – and maybe make some quick money – the younger boy doesn’t know what to think. Trino’s angry that his family barely gets by even though his mother works two jobs. And he’d do anything to make an impression on Lisana, a smart neighborhood girl who happens to be a school type. With little help from any adults, it’s up to Trino to decide which choices will impress his friends and which choices are the best for Trino.

Our price: $7.56

5. Que Nervios! by Julie Danneberg and Judy Love (Grades 1-4 )

cbp9781607340621by Charlesbridge Publishing

Spanish text follows a reluctant Sarah Jane Hartwell as she gets ready for her first day of school. Funny illustrations and a surprise ending will keep readers in stitches.

Our price: $6.64

 

6. Daily Math (U.S. Edition) series, Grades 1-6 (& Canadian Edition series)

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Chalkboard Publishing

Chalkboard Publishing “Daily Math” series is a great asset to any Canadian classroom! Develop and strengthen crucial math skills with consistent daily practice. This eBook contains reproducible math activities – each week day is dedicated to a specific math strand, such as measurement, geometry, number sense, patterning and algebra or data management. The “Daily Math” series is perfect for use with a small or whole group, and is also an ideal supplement when you are working individually with students.  *Also available in French.

Standard eBook – Our price: $14.24
Enhanced eBooks – Our price: $18.99

7. U.S. History Shorts (Grades 5-12)

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History Shorts are fun, “bite-sized” history lessons for students reading below grade level. These engaging programs were designed for students of all ages who need help learning the basic concepts covered in U.S. history and world history classes. Pre-Colonization – Reconstruction Binder 1: Early Native Americans; U.S. Geography; European Explorers; Colonization; The French and Indian War; The American Revolution; The Louisiana Purchase; Lewis and Clark’s Expedition; Technological Advances; The Cotton Kingdom; The Civil War; Reconstruction, and more.

Our price: $56.00

8. D ‘Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths: A Literature Guide for Classroom Use (Grades 5 – 8)
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This eBook is filled to the brim with fun classroom activities, games, worksheets, and unit tests, making it an indispensable tool to teach well-known literature. Students will be engaged while developing important skills, such as a familiarity with vocabulary, sequencing, characterization, and more. Reproducible pre- and post-reading cross-curricular lessons involve ideas that are optimal for core literature and individualized reading.

Standard eBook – Our price: $9.49
Enhanced eBooks – Our price: $14.24

9. Night Lesson Plans (Grades 9 – 12)

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Curriculum guide for Night by Elie Wiesel; aligned to Common Core standards. Includes objectives, teacher notes, individual and small group activities, student handouts with suggested responses, culminating projects, and a test with answer key. Students analyze characters and themes, research information about the Holocaust, focus on Wiesels style and how he relates historical events to the text and interprets images, identify figures of speech and irony, and work to understand stereotypes and scapegoats. PDF format allows posting handouts directly to a LMS or to student devices. 10 Lesson Plans/24 Handouts

Our price: $14.20

10. Graphic Novel: Revolutionary Rumblings by Bentley Boyd (Grades 3-6)

ctc9781933122663by Chester Comix

Why did guys in powdered wigs argue over a breakfast beverage?!?! Chester the Crab shows the road to the American Revolution — how money arguments became political arguments and then became shooting arguments. The colonial conflict begins in the French and Indian War, then moves to the Boston Massacre and Boston Tea Party and finally follows Paul Revere towards the writing of the Declaration of Independence. Your reluctant reader will love this funny, colorful graphic novel!

Our price: $7.55

Honorable Mentions:

Standards-Based Connections Reading (Grades K-5)
by Carson-Dellosa Publishing
Our Price: $6.64

Grammar Minutes, series (Grades 1-6)
by Creative Teaching Press
Standard eBook – Our Price: $14.24
Enhanced eBook – Our Price: $16.14

Figuratively Speaking: 40 Basic Literary Terms (Grades 5-8)
by Creative Teaching Press
Our Price: $17.09

Number the Stars L-I-T Guide (Grades 4 – 8)
by Educational Impressions
Our Price: $10.40

Labor Day Weekend Sale

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To celebrate Labor Day we are having a massive sale on all of our great educational materials all weekend! The more you buy, the more you save! If you spend over $10 you will save a total of 10%, over $50 and save a total of 20%, and over $100 and get a whopping total of 30% off your entire order. All you have to do to get the discount is to use the code Labor2015 in your shopping cart.

You can use the code as many times as you would like but hurry, the saving ends September 8th!

The more you shop the more you save. There is no limit, make a purchase each day and continue to save!

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