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Math Arcade

  What it is:  Math Arcade is a branch of the Fun Brain Website.  Students in first through eighth grades can practice math facts and math skills through fun, interactive games.  When students go to Math Arcade, they will see a board game board.  They have to successfully complete each game before they can move their game piece to another spot on the game board.  Each spot on the game board represents an appropriate age level game.  Students can write down a special password to save and return to their saved game at another time.  There are 25 games at each grade level to play.     How to integrate Math Arcade into the classroom:   Math Arcade is a great website to help students practice math facts and skills.  There is enough variety on the site to keep kids interested.  The game board atmosphere gives students a goal to complete, they have to successfully play all 25 games to reach the end.  This site would be a great one to use as a math center, or in a computer lab setting as a math treat once a week.  Students can progress through the site based on their math ability.     Tips: Bookmark this page on your classroom computers for students to access throughout the school day or during free time.   Leave a comment and tell us how you are using Math Arcade  in your classroom. window.google_render_ad();

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Student Freelance: connecting talented students with employers for freelance work

Posted by admin | Posted in Apply, collaboration, Middle/High School, Subject, Teacher Resources, Web2.0 | Posted on 27-06-2013

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Student Freelance via iLearn Technology

What it is:  Student Freelance aims to connect talented American educated students (sorry, for now this is US only) with employers who want to utilize those talents.  Students get an opportunity to put their talents and passions to work while earning money, gaining experience, and making connections with others in their fields of interest.  Employers win because they get a cost-effective solution and the opportunity to scale up.  The added benefit is the apprenticeship opportunity that exists here.

How to integrate Student Freelance into the classroom: If your students are anything like ours, they are wildly talented and passionate.  They continue to amaze me with the ways that they push themselves to learn in areas of passion.  I’ve had several students ask if I could connect them with someone at Google or Pixar so they can start putting their skills to work. :)  While I don’t always have that ability, I can now point them to Student Freelance.  This offers students the ability to share their skills and passions with the world, while becoming contributing citizens now.  It is also a great opportunity for your students to begin building up an authentic work-experience portfolio while they are still in school as learners.

Jobs are listed by areas of skill expertise and passion.  The opportunity can be a freelance job on location, or in some cases, a freelance job that they can complete from anywhere in the US by connecting online.

I’m looking through all of the freelance offerings of students and wondering…could schools utilize these students as a sort of adjunct teacher/mentor for students at their own school?  This could be a cool way to support students and make valuable connections.

Tips:  Spread the word to local businesses that Student Freelance is an option!  I’m not sure most business owners would know to look here.  It is a great mission to support!

Are you using Student Freelance?  Share your experience in the comments below!

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