The Power of Passion and Perseverance - TED Education

Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn't the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of "grit" as a predictor of success.

Ready-to-use set of TED Talk handouts. 
They can be used with ANY TED Talk!

This is a series of blog posts that share the best Ted Talks for Education.

Writing Prompt Visuals: Deserted Island

This is a series of blog posts that turn our Writing Prompts classroom activity into a visual image. Feel free to save them for your classroom.

Prompt: You get to take one book, one food item, and one famous person (living or dead) to a deserted island. What and who do you take? Why?

4 Chrome Extensions: Curate & Save Web Content

Here are some excellent Chrome extensions that you can use to curate and save web content. These extensions allow you to use platforms you might already use and love such as Evernote, OneNote, Google Classroom and Google Drive.

These extensions are extremely useful for research students as you can save content from the web to later reference.

1. OneNote Web Clipper: You're busy. OneNote Web Clipper lets you quickly clip all or part of a web page to OneNote, and save it for later. Clip images, pdfs, videos, or a visual bookmark of a page. Best of all, you can access them from any computer, tablet, or phone - even when you're offline. Download

2. Evernote Web Clipper: Goodbye, bookmarks. Hello, Web Clipper!
Clip the web pages you want to keep. Save them in Evernote. Easily find them on any device. Download

3. Share to Classroom: Google Classroom Teachers: Save time and create a more interactive class with the Share to Classroom extension.  The extension allows you to push webpages to any of your Classroom classes, so they open instantly on your students' computers.  With this extension, you can get your students on the right page, quickly and reliably every time.  You can also post announcements, create assignments, or save webpages to post to Classroom later. Download

4. Save to Google Drive: The Save to Google Drive Chrome extension helps you save web content or browser screenshots to your Google Drive. Download

6 Olympic Resources For Your Classroom

The Olympics are starting next week! Bring the celebrations into your classroom with these 6 Olympic Themed Resources.

1. Winter Olympics Art & Activities: This package is great for the Winter Olympics. It has all sorts of activities and handouts that you can use with your class. Includes: 
  • Color the torch
  • Color the medal
  • Design a medal
  • Design a flag
  • 2 word searches
  • 2 crosswords with answer key (easy and hard for different grade levels)
  • 2 Olympic mazes (easy and hard for different grade levels)
  • Color by numbers
  • 15 Writing Prompts
  • Word Jumble
  • My Olympic Story
  • Fill in the blanks

Links: Roombop - TPT
2. Winter Olympic Word Search: 3 Difficulties: Winter Olympic Word Search Activities. This resource includes 3 different levels of difficulty. 
Links: Roombop - TPT - TN
3. Olympic Country Cards: Olympics Country Cards: Take Advantage of the Olympic Games with this set of country cards. Have your students learn about countries flags, climate, geography, location and general information by filling out these cards. This includes 203 ready made and attractive templates that includes every country involved in the Olympics. Each card also includes an area for each student to tally medals throughout the Olympics. 
Links: Roombop - TPT
4. Winter Olympics - Classroom Posters: This package includes 21 icons in with two types of posters. Each poster type comes in five colors; white, blue, yellow, green and red. 
Links: Roombop - TPT
5. Webquest: Olympic History: Have your students use their Chromebooks or iPads to find answers to learn about the history of the Ancient Greek Olympics and Olympics 
Links: Roombop - TPT
6. PyeongChang Olympic Bundle (40% savings!): Get your classroom Olympic ready with this 600+ page bundle! Buying this bundle saves you $10! 
Links: Roombop - TPT
*BONUS: OLYMPICS games French: engage your students and make them part of this historic event in FRENCH! 
Links: TPT

QR Code & Virtual Dice Classroom Tools & Free Resources

RoomBop is adding on to it's free classroom tools. Today RoomBop is adding four new tools that you can use in your classroom as well as  free resources to go along with them.

VIRTUAL DICE: The use of a dice in your classroom can be a great addition to many lessons. However constantly keeping track if your students returned the dice or have enough for your activity can be a daunting task. That is why we are launching "Virtual Dice". No more losing them or worrying you don't have enough.

To go along with the Virtual Dice, RoomBop has created some free resources to support the use of this new tool. This is just the start!
Learn More About Our Virtual Dice

QR CODE GENERATOR: Don't know what a QR Code generator is? No worries, our "QR Codes in the classroom" resource will explain what a QR code is and how to implement it in your classroom. Once you learned how QR codes work, download our free "QR Technology Posters" for your classroom. Maybe you already know about QR codes, so we have you covered as well. Create your own, so check out our "Creating a QR Code" resource.

Learn More About Our QR Generator

Other Tools: We will continue to add tools that can be helpful to you and your students. Today's update includes two simple but useful tools.

  • Word Counter: Learn More
  • Calculator: Learn More

We continue to improve on our existing tools such as Digital Roll a Story and Writing Prompts. We are gearing towards customization on activities for your classroom in the future. Subscribe below to get a free resource plus keep up-to-date when we 

Education's Death Valley - TED Education

Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish -- and how current education culture works against them. In a funny, stirring talk he tells us how to get out of the educational "death valley" we now face, and how to nurture our youngest generations with a climate of possibility.

Ready-to-use set of TED Talk handouts. 
They can be used with ANY TED Talk!

This is a series of blog posts that share the best Ted Talks for Education.