By , October 23, 2014 7:00 am

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Prepare lessons, communicate with parents, take a field trip and have many more educational experiences using APPS.

The October 2014 Instructor Magazine polled the Scholastic Teachers Facebook community, connected with education bloggers, and asked their advisors to come up with a list of their 50 favorite education apps in subjects ranging from math & science, language arts, social studies, music & art, special needs, organization & communication and classroom management.

Check out the list –  50 AWESOME APPS FOR TEACHERS

Instructor Magazine is available in print in the ERC.


JumpStart – Read for the Reason

By , October 21, 2014 9:28 am


October 21,2014

Read for the Reason


On October 21, 2014, people across the country will unite to read the children’s book Bunny Cakes, by bestselling author and illustrator Rosemary Wells, in support of Jumpstart’s mission: to work toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed.

Pledge to read with us and learn more about the campaign at www.jstart.org/readfortherecord

MTEL Prep Workshops

By , October 10, 2014 12:06 pm

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The schedule of Fall and January workshops aimed to assist undergraduate and graduate Teacher-Education students prepare for taking their Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure has been posted on the School of Education website. Click this link for more information –

MTEL Prep Workshops Schedule

MTEL Information

Search the McQuade Library catalog and ERC for MTEL test preparation resources.



By , October 7, 2014 9:55 am


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Primary Sources provide first hand testimony or direct evidence to an event in history. They are created by witnesses or recorders at the time the event or condition occurs and can include autobiographies, memoirs and oral histories created later. Primary Sources are characterized by their content not by the format which could be original, microfilm, digital or published.

Using Primary Sources in your classroom or need them for an assignment?

Sample selection of websites:

ALA|Using Primary Sources on the Web   

Primary Sources on the Web

National Archives 

Plimouth Plantation/Just for Teachers 

Plymouth Colony

Colonial Williamsburg

Old Sturbridge Village

Google Images / Search:  Jamestown, VA – Native Americans – Colonial America – Westward Expansion

Jack Daws Publications/Primary Source documents

Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty

Samples of resources available in the ERC :


Resources in local communities:

Haverhill – Buttonwoods Museum

Lowell – American Textile History Museum

Saugus Iron Works  

Education APPS:

History: Maps of the world – Explore the world through interactive maps illustrating geopolitical and geographic shifts over time.

Constitution for iPad – Reference copy of the US Constitution for your iPad. Includes text, notes, and images of original documents

Declaration for iPad – Reference copy of the US Declaration of Independence for your iPad. Includes text, notes, and images of original documents.

Early Jamestown - This interactive textbook exploration of the early days of the Jamestown settlement and the state of  Virginia. Embedded videos chronicle the beginnings of the Jamestown Settlement, the first permanent English colony in North America.

National Archives Docs Teach – Engage in activities that will help you make sense of stories, events, and ideas of the past using documents from the holdings of the US National Archives.

Ellis Island  –  Museum Planet presents a comprehensive narrated digital tour of Ellis Island just off the the historic foot of Manhattan.



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