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Aimee Bartis

Aimee Bartis is a veteran teacher and an Educational Technology Specialist in Texas. Connect with Aimee on Twitter @aimeegbartis or pluggedinedu.com.

Making in a Middle School

This year we decided to create a MakerSpace elective at our 5-8 middle school. We offered it to incoming 6th graders on their course selection guides at the end of 5th grade, and we limited the class to 20 students. I was thrilled when the class filled quickly and had a waiting list!

Smart Review | Media Literacy in the K-12 Classroom

Now more than ever, students must be taught how to be media literate, and after reading Frank Bakers "Media Literacy in the K-12 Classroom" I think teachers have exactly the resource they need to get started.

Sir Ken Robinson’s ‘Creative Schools’: Change We All Want & Deserve

Sir Ken Robinson, with collaborator Lou Aronica, does what he does best in his latest book, Creative Schools. Robinson does an excellent job of highlighting what is going right in education, while asking questions about how we can do better.

How Essential Questions Drive Purposeful Learning

Essential Questions promote student learning in a number of ways. When teachers use essential questions they model important skills to students and show them the types of questions they should be asking themselves.

Smart Review | Write Out Loud

Write Out Loud is a must-have for high school students preparing to write college essays. In Write Out Loud, Barash walks you through her storytelling course. The book is divided into four parts: Find, Shape, Perform, and More Tools for Your Journey.

Smart Review | The Prize: Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools?

In the fall of 2010, Mark Zuckerberg dropped himself smack in the middle of that debate. Appearing on the Oprah show with New Jersey’s Republican Governor Chris Christie and Newark’s Democratic Mayor Cory Booker, he announced a 100 million dollar ‘challenge grant’ for Newark. Did it work? That's the focus of Russakoff's new book.

Changes in the Student Brain: A Review of Age of Opportunity

Age of Opportunity: Lessons from the New Science of Adolescence is a game changer in understanding the developing brain of millennials.


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