When Common Knowledge Isn’t So Common

A cat is a common pet. Chocolate is a common candy. The fact that trees are plants is common knowledge… but what does ‘common knowledge’ mean exactly? Whether your teacher requires MLA, APA, Chicago Manual of Style, or another citation format, you already know how important it is to cite the sources used in any […] ...

Typing or Writing Notes: Which Is Best?

You’ve probably taken a bajillion notes in your life by now. It’s how you absorb and remember class lectures, organize research, and study for tests. But even though you’ve taken notes for years, there’s one big question that might still stump you: is it better to type or handwrite notes? Let’s take a look at […] ...

Video Lesson: Facts, Opinions & Reasoned Judgments

Length: 1:02 Recognizing the difference between fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment statements is an essential skill, one which is often touched upon and reviewed in school. Students need to be able to distinguish between these three types of statements in order to write persuasive pieces, develop proper theses, communicate and engage in debates, and critically […] ...

Identifying Fake News: An Infographic and Educator Resources

We recently posted, “10 Ways to Spot a Fake News Article,” which highlighted key items to look for on a website when determining its credibility. The infographic found here summarizes the content from the blog post and students can use it as a guide when using news sources in research. Post, print, or share it […] ...

How Savvy are Your Students?: 7 Fake Websites to Really Test Their Evaluation Skills

Looking to test your students’ capabilities at figuring out if a website is real or not? Use these fake websites to help, but be careful! Looks may deceive you! Some of these sites are tougher to catch than others. GenoChoice: Create Your Own Genetically Healthy Child Online GenoChoice gives parents the opportunity to genetically modify their […] ...

10 Ways to Spot a Fake News Article

For many of us, 2016 is going down as a year to forget. Election upsets, Zika, the Syrian crisis, and unfortunately tons of fake news about all of the above and everything in between. Denzel Washington was recently quoted as saying, “If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you do read the newspaper, […] ...