martes, 25 de diciembre de 2018

Christmas Time

When the Puritans banned Christmas

In 1659 the Puritan government of the Massachusetts Bay Colony banned Christmas. This religious minority considered that such celebration was unnecessary and that it distracted from religious discipline as the daily celebrations often led to drunkenness, promiscuity, gambling and other forms of excess. They also felt that celebrating Christmas would be idolatry due to this holiday's pagan origins.

domingo, 23 de diciembre de 2018

Pixabay (@pixabay)

Since Pixabay was launched in November 2010 a growing community (over 100,000 peopel from allover the world) has turned this project into the greatest, high-quality source for free images and videos. 

With a total of 1.5 million free images, most of them photos (1.2 million) and several hundred thousands of illustrations, vector graphics and clip arts, Pixabay is the largest collection of free quality images.

You can search public domain images by using keywords or by browsing through the libraries. You can download them in different sizes.

Pixabay is one of the best choices to find free quality images for classroom projects avoiding copyright violations.


App on GooglePlay:
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sábado, 22 de diciembre de 2018

A Christmas Carol: A Reading by Monica Dickens

Lilu's House. Language Skills through Experiments

For children, everyday life is full of questions. Inspired by this, an international teacher team from seven countries developed specific ideas and practical advice on how to promote the basic scientific knowledge of primary school children while simultaneously training their skills in reading, writing and speaking. Available in English and German. (Source Science on Stage)

Brochure in English.

Additional materials:

Other free of charge teaching materials developed by European STEM teachers and offered by Science on Stage:

sábado, 15 de diciembre de 2018


DeepGrammar is a grammar checker that integrates deep symbolic processing and deep learning (artificial neural networks). It uses deep learning to learn a model of language, and it then uses this model to check text for errors in three steps:

- Compute the likelihood that someone would have intended to write the text.
- Attempt to generate text that is close to the written text but is more likely.
- If such text is found, show it to the user as a possible correction.

The following page demonstrates a prototype of DeepGrammar.

Grammar Gamble

Grammar Gamble is an English grammar test that helps you learn English faster.

Simply log in, answer 10 questions and build the highest score you can. At each question you can bet some of your 'money' on the answer. If you choose right, you win the money. If you choose wrong, you lose it.

Grammar Gamble is aimed at Intermediate English learners, although all learners will enjoy it. (Source Grammar Gamble).

domingo, 9 de diciembre de 2018


ReadWorks is a nonprofit that provides K-12 teachers with the largest, highest-quality library of curated nonfiction and literary articles in the country, along with reading comprehension and vocabulary supports, formative assessments, teacher guidance, and more. 

Everything ReadWorks does is based on proven cognitive science research, not unproven academic theory. 
(Source ReadWorks)

sábado, 8 de diciembre de 2018


This video library contains over 100 math and science lessons, all freely available for teachers. 

You can browse and download lessons to use in your classroom. Every lesson includes video segments, a teacher's guide, downloadable hand-outs and a list of additional online resources relevant to the topic.

Find it all on:

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On YouTube:

On Facebook:

domingo, 2 de diciembre de 2018

Understanding Science

The Understanding Science site was produced by the UC Museum of Paleontology of the University of California at Berkeley, in collaboration with a diverse group of scientists and teachers, and was funded by the National Science Foundation.

The mission of Understanding Science is to provide a fun, accessible, and free resource that accurately communicates what science is and how it really works. 

Its immediate goals are to (1) improve teacher understanding of the nature of the scientific enterprise, (2) provide resources and strategies that encourage and enable K-16 teachers to reinforce the nature of science throughout their science teaching, and (3) provide a clear and informative reference for students and the general public that accurately portrays the scientific endeavor. 


Resource database:

For teachers: @KinderArt

Created in 1997, KinderArt makes teaching art easier for teachers, parents and artists with art lesson plans art curriculum and tips for all ages. 

It offers thousands of ideas and activities which can be viewed by category or by grade (Preschool, Elementary, Middle and High School).



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