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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Try Math Landing for K-6 Mathematics Resources

Math Landing is a database of mathematics lessons and interactive resources for use in elementary school. You can search for lessons and interactive resources by grade level and or by mathematics topic. You can search Math Landing and access the resources without registering. If you do register you can participate in the Math Landing message board community, share resources, and create personal folders of resources that you find in the Math Landing community.

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You could probably find most of the resources that are indexed by Math Landing by searching the web,  but it would probably take you much longer than it would if you use Math Landing's search tools. The next time you're looking for a new math lesson, give Math Landing a try.

A Couple of Short Lessons About Labor Day

Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer in North America. Schools that started in August had a long weekend and the rest will start this week. If you're looking for a short explanation of Labor Day to share with students, take a look at the two videos below.

History of the Holidays is a series of videos from History. Each installment explains a different holiday. The Labor Day video is embedded below.


Why Do Americans and Canadians Celebrate Labor Day? Is a new TED-Ed lesson. The video is embedded below. You can find the full lesson here.



Reminder - Update Your Browser for Maximum Performance and Security

A couple of times this week I have had people contact me about web tools not working the same way on their computers as they did in one of my tutorial videos. I also had folks in a workshop this week run into the same problem. In all of those cases the problems were related to out of date web browsers.

Using an outdated browser can slow your online experience and make some web applications not work correctly. Outdated browsers can also make your computer more vulnerable to viruses and other dangers. A simple way to check if your browser is up to date is to visit Browse Happy. Browse Happy lists the six most commonly used browsers, the latest version of each, and links you to the download for the latest version.

If you use Chrome as your web browser you will see three red/orange lines in the upper-right corner of your browser when you are not using the most current version. To update Chrome simply quit it completely then restart your computer and it should automatically update for you. If that doesn't work you can update by opening the help menu then choosing "about" and running the update manually.
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Another way to determine what browser you're using is to visit WhatBrowser.orgWhat Browser is a Google site that detects what browser you're using and displays that information right on the page in front of you.