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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Remember to Sleep - A Lesson for Students

As the new school year gets going there will be plenty of students and teachers who are adjusting to a new sleeping schedule. It can be tempting to stay up late to get "just one more thing" done. We're actually better off going to bed and getting up early than we are if stay up late trying to get something done. The Benefits of a Good Night's Sleep is a TED-Ed lesson that teaches us about the importance of sleeping on a steady schedule.

In The Benefits of a Good Night's Sleep, embedded below, we learn how sleep "resets" the brain. The video also explains how memories are formed and retained by our brains.

50 for 50 Writing Contest for Students

Middle school and high school social studies teachers in the U.S. who are looking for a writing project to start the year, should take a look at PBS Election Central's 50 for 50 writing contest. The contest asks students to draft open letters to Presidential candidates. The letters should include ideas and suggestions on what needs to change in government to get more accomplished. One winner from the middle school category and one winner from the high school category will be chosen to attend the final Presidential debate in Las Vegas.

September 21st is the deadline for submissions to the 50 for 50 contest. Teachers need to register and submit the letters written by their students.

15 Google Forms Tutorial Videos

On Friday I published a new video guide to using Google Forms for new users. As I noted when I published that video, there are many other features available in Google Forms. Over the last year I've created a bunch of videos on some of the advanced features available in Google Forms. Those videos are all in my Google Forms tutorials playlist that is embedded below. Of course, the playlist will be updated as I create more videos about Google Forms.