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New York Times Provides Free Tools for Educators

The New York Times

Little more than two years ago, New York Times launched “The Learning Network” blog. The free website helps educators and students alike teach and learn.

The Learning Network just published a post about how it can be used this year for learning purposes. Specifically, the blog provides 12 ways the Learning Network can be used by educators.  Finding a lesson plan is one way to use the blog.

 Find a fresh lesson plan every weekday.

This year, our lessons resume Monday, Sept. 12. You can receive them via e-mail daily, or just on the days that suit you. Here is our schedule:

* Monday – Multimedia Interdisciplinary Lesson of the Week
* Tuesday – History and Social Studies
* Wednesday – Science and Health
* Thursday – Language and Fine Arts
* Friday – Ideas From Our Audience: Guest Posts, Student Contests, Reader Ideas and occasional surprise

Like everything else, process of learning has to be interactive too. The blog recommends educators to ask their students to post comments on the questions posed by the learning network.

And don’t worry: we read every single comment submitted, and won’t post them unless they meet our standards. That makes our site a safe place to help kids practice becoming good “digital citizens.” We even have a lesson plan on the topic!

Similarly, the blog has tools on how to help students with “literacy and numeracy skills”, historical events, news of the day and vocabulary to name a few.

The Learner blog also takes ideas/stories from teachers who want to publish their teaching styles in print under “Great Ideas from our Readers Series”. And students who want to publish their stories can also send their stories for considerations.

There are many other great learning and teaching features on the blog. In order to utilize the blog for its maximum potential, two tips should be considered.

First, use the right hand column on the blog to navigate efficiently. And use “search this blog” to search content that is on the blog.

Via – 12 Ways to Use The Learning Network This School Year





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