Big Hero 6: 21st century superheros are STEM nerds

Big Hero 6 was a delight.  Based on Marvel book comic characters,  this is the story of Hiro,  who is taken away from wasted genius gambling on street bot fights to a fun and diverse group of young scientists. His brother draws him to the exciting world of science and technology labs in academia. Hiro […]

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How to get rid of ads

During the past three years I spent a lot of time in classrooms with teachers and students using Choosito to help them find good resources for their projects. As you know, Choosito displays no ads.  There are many websites, however, including sites you can find in Choosito’s Library that have tons of ads. This is because […]

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Eye of newt, and toe of frog, Wool of bat, and tongue of dog, Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting, Lizard's leg, and owlet's wing, For a charm of powerful trouble, Like a hell-broth boil and bubble

William Shakespeare

The unreasonable popularity of scary

  Every year around Halloween, I take my kids to a Halloween store to pick a costume. Every time I find myself surrounded by skeletons, scary masks, vampire costumes, fake blood, grave stones, evil laughs, screeching doors  and other scary sound effects, I shake my head in disbelief and wonder why we like this “stuff”. […]

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Elements of bullying

  There are three core elements in bullying behavior and they are important to understand: intentional hurtful action repeated over time involving imbalance of power The first two took care of any questions I had about how to identify bullying. If  a child intentionally tries to hurt another child’s feelings and does that often, it’s […]

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Learning about bullying

  October is the national anti-bullying month. Bullying is “dead” serious and it requires our full attention throughout the year. Certainly, one month of worrying about it will not do any good. But we can take this opportunity to do the most basic step in our efforts to stop bullying. Be informed. Here at Choosito! […]

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Question & inquiry

  I like the first definition of “question” given by Merriam-Webster : “an interrogative expression often used to test knowledge”. I like it because it describes well the most frequent use of questions in the classroom. At least when I was a student.  I also like the first definition of “inquiry” by Merriam-Webster:  “examination into […]

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