Monday, October 27, 2014

Mentoring Minds - A website review

Hello teachers...

Today I'd like to share a new (to me) educational resource website called Mentoring Minds. Although the biggest purpose of the site is to promote their Common Core Aligned ELA and Math products, as well as various other educational resources... I was drawn in by their blog posts.

 You can find their blog most easily by going to their homepage, and scrolling to the bottom of the page and on the bottom right, under About Us, you will find a link to their blog posts.

 The blog is very teacher-friendly in that it is organized so you can find what you want quickly and efficiently by using their Categories list at the top right of the blog. Each category is specific and allows teachers (who all have limited time) go directly to what they need and are interested in.

I spent some time reading their blog posts and here were my 3 biggest take-aways:

1. The posts are a reasonable length - Let's be honest, as teachers we don't always have time to sit down and read lengthy articles, blog posts, etc.
2. Although many of their posts are promoting their products, employees, etc. most posts focus on day-to-day helpful ideas and tips for any teacher.
3. There is a big focus on technology in many of their posts. If you're interested technology in your classroom you'll find lots of information on their blog under blended learning.

Finally, here are the top 3 Mentoring Minds blog posts you should check out:

1. Student Infographics - this post talks about a website that makes great (and free) infographics you can use in your classroom. I learned about the excitement infographics can create in your classroom in one of my grad classes and seeing Mentoring Minds encourage the use of infographics in the classroom was wonderful to see!

2. Keeping Up With Tech - this post offers 3 quick and easy ways you can best keep up with technology to use in the classroom. There are constantly new apps, new websites, new resources and although it is impossible to keep up with them all, these 3 tips make "keeping up" feel manageable.

3. The Age of Digital Storytelling - This post was of extra interest to me because of the grad class I am currently in. We have a project in which we will use digital storytelling, so I imagine I will be posting again about digital storytelling. This post talks about the value of using digital storytelling within the classroom.

There are MANY other posts with lots of great information on Mentoring Minds' blog. I'd also love to hear from anyone who has used their products as the company seems to be very current on the needs of classrooms in a technology-age! If this is the first time you're hearing about Mentoring Minds, go check them out!

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*All images/screenshots were taken from Mentoring Minds website*

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