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Makebadges - Digitalme

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K to 12
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Design digital badges using Makebadges' intuitive tools. Choose from templates and designs found on the site or upload your images to include with badges. When finished, download to...more
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Design digital badges using Makebadges' intuitive tools. Choose from templates and designs found on the site or upload your images to include with badges. When finished, download to your computer as a PNG file. In addition to badge creation, Makebadges also contains options for designing avatars, logos, and site logos.

tag(s): classroom management (159), design (88), game based learning (139), organizational skills (125)

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Bookmark this site for use when creating digital badges and avatars. Create badges for students to earn as they progress through different reading levels, math goals, or academic benchmarks. Have students share their badges in online portfolios such as those found at Seesaw, reviewed here. Ask students to create their own badges or avatars to include with online book reports and presentations. Consider publishing student projects to Edublog, reviewed here, which is a free blogging service for students and teachers.
 

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yellkey - Delta Lab

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Yellkey makes it easy to share a long URL with fewer characters for a short time. Copy the long URL into the address bar and choose a time - from ...more
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Yellkey makes it easy to share a long URL with fewer characters for a short time. Copy the long URL into the address bar and choose a time - from 5 minutes to 24 hours and click "generate yellkey." Share this new address with others to quickly share any web address.

tag(s): internet safety (118)

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Use yellkey whenever long links to sites need sharing. Share in emails or other correspondence keeping in mind that the shortened URL is only available for the specified period. This shorter address is much easier for students to type into their own computers/BYODs, use it to create web addresses that are easy for students to use during class sessions.

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Password Generator Tool - Comparitech

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K to 12
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This safe and straightforward site creates unique passwords within your given parameters. Choose the length of your desired password and use the checked boxes to include or exclude...more
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This safe and straightforward site creates unique passwords within your given parameters. Choose the length of your desired password and use the checked boxes to include or exclude letters, characters, or numbers. Additional options allow you to select the number of numeric characters or symbols to add. After making your selections, click "Generate" to create your password. Additional information on the site explains why it is important to use strong passwords along with specific content on how a strong password looks.

tag(s): internet safety (118)

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Share this site with students as part of any online safety unit. Discuss the importance of creating strong passwords. One disadvantage of using a site like this is trying to save and remember the unique passwords. Use information on this site to find free, online tools for saving and managing your passwords. As students learn more about online safety, ask them to share their tips using a video response tool like FlipGrid, reviewed here. Use Flipgrid to provide video questions to students with scenarios that might occur online due to lack of knowledge or application of safety techniques. Have students respond with solutions to these problems. Ask students to share their advice with other students using a video explanation tool like Rawshorts, reviewed here, to create short, animated video explanations.
 

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DesignEvo Free Online Logo Maker - DesignEvo

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5 to 12
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Design a free logo with DesignEvo, no download or registration required! Find icons from the millions in the site's library, then add and customize text and shapes to create your ...more
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Design a free logo with DesignEvo, no download or registration required! Find icons from the millions in the site's library, then add and customize text and shapes to create your logo. Change colors, add backgrounds, and much more. When finished, download to your computer. One caveat, before downloading you must give credit by sharing DesignEvo on your social media account or using the embed code on your website.

tag(s): design (88), drawing (78), graphic design (35), images (277)

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Use this site as part of any graphic design or art class to learn about the use of color, text, or design. Have students design a logo for your classroom or school, then use a different logo each month on your class website, newsletter, or any classroom communications. Have students design a logo for a book character to use on their "pretend" business card. Ask students to create their own personal logo for use on a business card. The possibilities are never-ending!
 

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Memo Notepad - memonotepad.com

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K to 12
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Think of Memo Notepad as the online version of your spiral notebook. Just click on the pencil to type your notes onto the lined paper. Write as many pages you ...more
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Think of Memo Notepad as the online version of your spiral notebook. Just click on the pencil to type your notes onto the lined paper. Write as many pages you like without even creating an account. To share any page, choose the email icon and send. Create an account to save your pages and access your notes on any device. Download the iPad or iPhone app for easy use on an iOS device. An Android app is in the works at the time of this review.

tag(s): note taking (40)

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Use Memo Notepad as a handy way to create lists and reminders and access on any device. Share this site with older students to use when working on collaborative projects to share notes and ideas. Share with students who struggle with penmanship to use as an alternative to traditional notebooks for notetaking. Create a class account and have students use it for notetaking. When finished, all students will have access to the entire class's notes.
 

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Kami - Kami, Ltd

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K to 12
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Kami is a web application offering the ability to view and edit documents online including PDF files. Create an account to begin using the site and open a PDF or ...more
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Kami is a web application offering the ability to view and edit documents online including PDF files. Create an account to begin using the site and open a PDF or supported document. Use the toolbar to draw, highlight, or add notes to your document. Changes automatically save to your Google Drive.
This site includes advertising.

tag(s): collaboration (24), conversions (27), editing (72)

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Use Kami on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector to share and highlight information on documents during lessons. Ask students to use this site to highlight information. For example, in short stories have students highlight foreshadowing events, character clues, or descriptive phrases. Have students create an annotated image using Thinglink, reviewed here

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Typely - typely.com

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4 to 12
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Typely is a free online proofreading tool. In comparison to other grammar checkers, this tool focuses on usage errors instead of grammatical errors. Typely provides feedback on common...more
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Typely is a free online proofreading tool. In comparison to other grammar checkers, this tool focuses on usage errors instead of grammatical errors. Typely provides feedback on common mistakes including redundancy, sexism, and misspellings among others. Copy and paste your text into the editor to view results. Use settings to change the appearance of your text and use of Typely. When finished, save your document to your computer or create a Typely account to save online.

tag(s): editing (72), grammar (213), proofreading (25), spelling (169), writing (365)

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Bookmark Typely for use with any writing projects to allow students to concentrate on content instead of grammar. Be sure to share a link on your class webpage and classroom computers for students to use with written work. Ask students to analyze their writing by sharing a before and after analysis as a one-time blog post using Telegra.ph, reviewed here, or as part of their digital portfolio using bulb, reviewed here as a digital portfolio tool.

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Kanbanchi Education App - Kanbanchi LTD

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Kanbanchi is a G Suite tool for managing and organizing projects. Additional features allow you to communicate between boards and monitor progress on shared boards. Take advantage of...more
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Kanbanchi is a G Suite tool for managing and organizing projects. Additional features allow you to communicate between boards and monitor progress on shared boards. Take advantage of the site's handy templates and "how-to" guides to learn about the features and use of this tool. Templates provide a starting point for creating newsletters, lesson plans, and classroom work. Customize any template with your information including images, checklists, due dates, and choice of students to complete each assignment.

tag(s): collaboration (24), organizational skills (125)

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Take advantage of the many planning and personalization features provided by Kanbanchi for use with group projects or lesson planning. Begin slowly by using one of the provided templates, then personalizing content for your own use. Once you become familiar with using this tool, use it to organize any large projects. Create lessons with peers, plan and manage student group projects, or create an interactive newsletter. Have older students use Kanbanchi as a storyboard for writing projects or to plan and monitor large projects.

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ReClipped - Anjoy Tech Labs

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K to 12
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ReClipped allows you to annotate, collect, and share portions of online videos using their online site or a Chrome browser extension. Additional features enable adding notes and markers...more
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ReClipped allows you to annotate, collect, and share portions of online videos using their online site or a Chrome browser extension. Additional features enable adding notes and markers to specific areas of videos. Create your account and download the extension following the site's directions. Collect segments of videos into "Snippets" to save onto boards to share publicly or save as private. Add collaborators to create shared boards.

tag(s): conversions (27), movies (70), video (278)

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Use ReClipped to make sharing portions of videos easier by including only the segments needed. Add notes or questions for students to follow. Create a classroom board to share with students highlighting important information for any topic. Ask students to create their own snippets to share information or back up their point of view. Have tech-savvy students create their own videos and make snippets demonstrating how to use different features of ReClipped. After viewing longer videos, ask students to create snippets of what they consider to be the most critical portions and use the annotation feature to explain their choice.

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Microsoft Visual Studio - Microsoft

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6 to 12
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Microsoft Visual Studio offers a variety of free tools and services to build and develop apps on any platform. Download Visual Studio Code and Visual Studio Community, and sign up ...more
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Microsoft Visual Studio offers a variety of free tools and services to build and develop apps on any platform. Download Visual Studio Code and Visual Studio Community, and sign up for a free account on Visual Studio Team Services providing tools and information for integration across platforms. Sign up also for training sessions and additional downloads.

tag(s): coding (67), computers (102), logic (248), Microsoft (41), problem solving (294)

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Share Microsoft Visual with students interested in computer coding. Have students sign up for training that meets their interests. Encourage students to design apps that help fellow students and others in your school. For example, design an app for tracking assignments or an app for collaborating on school projects.

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Beautiful Audio Editor - Creative Tools

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K to 12
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Beautiful Audio is an in-browser audio editor that works with Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Use the editor to import or record audio files to edit. Use the toolbar to ...more
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Beautiful Audio is an in-browser audio editor that works with Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Use the editor to import or record audio files to edit. Use the toolbar to add effects, drag and reorder audio, and split or delete sections of your file. Easily save completed projects to Google Drive or your computer. Be sure to visit the "Docs" section of this site for an overview of available features. Beautiful Audio recommends using the editor for files under 300mb or 45 minutes in length to avoid crashes leading to project failures.

tag(s): editing (72)

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Record your class singing or reading their compositions to share with parents on your website or blog. Record and edit sound to be included with PowerPoint presentations. Use with a creative writing project to record stories for selected images. Share with students to use with multimedia projects to create background audio or original audio presentations. View the features of the site on your interactive whiteboard together with your older students, then allow them time to explore and experiment with the available features. Instead of having students share a written speech as an oral presentation, ask them to use Beautiful Audio to record their presentation and add original features to the soundtrack. Include this recording as part of a multimedia presentation using a site like Sway, reviewed here. Sway offers tools to create interactive presentations available for all devices.
 

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kudoswall - Nikhil Vootkur and Jag Vootkur

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K to 12
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kudoswall is a free online portfolio-building tool. Upload images to document accomplishments, talents, and experiences. Add and sort information into categories documenting sports,...more
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kudoswall is a free online portfolio-building tool. Upload images to document accomplishments, talents, and experiences. Add and sort information into categories documenting sports, academic, volunteer, or other topics. kudoswall automatically creates a portfolio for sharing or updating at any time.

tag(s): assessment (113), classroom management (159), portfolios (32)

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Record classroom activities and student learning with photos or written anecdotes. Show students how to create a portfolio, then document their learning and make comments in their portfolio. Share portfolios with parents, not just at conference time, but anytime the student portfolio is updated to keep parents in the loop.

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Chartico - Gal Shir

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1 to 12
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Create colorful bar charts in just a few easy steps using Chartico. Click to begin a New Chart and add information. Add color to each bar by clicking on the ...more
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Create colorful bar charts in just a few easy steps using Chartico. Click to begin a New Chart and add information. Add color to each bar by clicking on the bar and choosing from color options Select the last bar to delete or add bars for your chart. Share your chart using social media links, or right click on the image to save to your computer.

tag(s): charts and graphs (197)

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With the class, discuss sets of data. Then use an interactive whiteboard or projector and create a bar graph using Chartico as a way to introduce this tool. Have students use the information on the bar graph to create a different type of graph using the same information. Have students create their own bar graphs using Chartico to include with research reports.
 

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Sploder - Geoff P. Gaudreault

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5 to 12
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Design and play online games at Sploder. Register on the site to save and share your creations; however, registration isn't required to play games. Choose from four different game options...more
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Design and play online games at Sploder. Register on the site to save and share your creations; however, registration isn't required to play games. Choose from four different game options to create games without any coding skills. Scroll down on the home page to select games by topic including two-player games and girl games.

tag(s): game based learning (139), gamification (86)

In the Classroom

Show Sploder to students who love to play games as an excellent source for creating their own games. Ask them to create educational games for classroom topics such as identifying parts of speech or multiples of numbers. Share a link to games on your class website for review.

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Free Office Online Apps - Microsoft

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K to 12
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Create and collaborate from any computer using the Microsoft suite of Office apps. Choose from Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other Microsoft applications to begin. Sign in to (or create)...more
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Create and collaborate from any computer using the Microsoft suite of Office apps. Choose from Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other Microsoft applications to begin. Sign in to (or create) your Microsoft account and follow directions. Each application works within the familiar interface of the downloaded applications.

tag(s): classroom management (159), editing (72), Microsoft (41), portfolios (32), spreadsheets (22)

In the Classroom

Take advantage of these free Microsoft applications to access and use documents across a variety of devices. Have students collaborate on reports and presentations using the tools provided on this site. Easily curate and share class projects made using Microsoft Office using sharing links within each tool. Consider creating a class OneDrive account for students to share and upload documents and class projects. Flip your classroom by uploading documents and presentations for students to access on their own, then have students add comments and additional information to the uploaded document. Find 32 ideas for using Office Apps in this informative blog post from Microsoft.

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Bing Maps - Microsoft

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Use Bing Maps as your online resource for mapping locations and more. Allow Bing to recognize your location, then find and map directions anywhere. Additional features allow you to...more
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Use Bing Maps as your online resource for mapping locations and more. Allow Bing to recognize your location, then find and map directions anywhere. Additional features allow you to view current traffic along the route. Additional icons offer nearby locations for restaurants, gas stations, and more. Choose different views for viewing maps including road, aerial, and street-side views. Sign in to Bing Maps using your Microsoft account to save and access your collections from any device.

tag(s): directions (19), maps (298), Microsoft (41)

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If you teach geography, this one's a must. It is also helpful for showing students WHERE a story or news event takes place. In lower grades, use it to show students the basics of their community. Teach map skills by showing students their own community. Zoom in on their street or the school. This site is perfect for sharing on an interactive whiteboard. Set up a class Microsoft account (or use student accounts if permitted). Have students create their own custom route plans to tour historic sites. Challenge math students to plan the most economical route to visit several vacation destinations, including gas mileage and gas prices. Have students create place-marker files of the important places in the life of a famous person or the route traveled by a particular unit during the Civil War. Have student groups create place-marker files to show environmental sites, habitats, landforms, or anything you can place on a map. Share or embed student-created maps using the links and embed code provided.

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Loose Canon - Julia Franks

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K to 12
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Create excitement about books and promote the love of reading with Loose Canon. This site provides over 9000 book recommendations to view by subject or grade level. Create a free ...more
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Create excitement about books and promote the love of reading with Loose Canon. This site provides over 9000 book recommendations to view by subject or grade level. Create a free classroom account to add your books and recommendations by your students. Free accounts allow up to 60 participants to share and compare texts. Be sure also to view the resources provided by Loose Canon. This portion of the site shares assessment, classroom activities, and reading research to viewers without requiring registration. Included is approximately a five minute video explaining reading workshop and features of Loose Cannon. This video resides on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the video may not be viewable. You could always view the video at home and bring it to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as ClipGrab, reviewed here, to download the video from YouTube.

tag(s): book lists (131), book reports (36)

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Share Loose Canon with your students as an extensive resource for finding and comparing books to read. Use materials found on this site to create collaborative Literature Circles in your classroom. If you create an account with Loose Canon, ask students to share their thoughts on books read in school and at home by reviewing and rating it on Loose Canon. These reviews can be made public, or students can keep them private. Take your reading reflections a step further and ask students to share their thoughts through a multimedia presentation using an interactive tool like Sway, reviewed here, that allows users to include images, links, and videos.

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KingCitation - KingCitation

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5 to 12
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Let's face it, creating proper citations is difficult due to the many different formats and the variety of sources cited. KingCitation helps with this problem with its citation generator....more
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Let's face it, creating proper citations is difficult due to the many different formats and the variety of sources cited. KingCitation helps with this problem with its citation generator. The three step procedure begins with choosing the type of work that is cited then moves on to adding requested information to the form generator. Click "Generate Citation" to complete your citation ready to copy and paste into any document.

tag(s): citations (37), plagiarism (37)

In the Classroom

Use your interactive whiteboard and projector to show students how to use this tool for citing their sources. Share this website for all of your projects using research so students know the correct procedure for citations. Be sure to add it on your class web site as a useful reference.
 

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ChartAccent - Donghao Ren, Matthew Brehmer, and others

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8 to 12
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Add comments and annotations to your online charts with ChartAccent. Upload your CSV file to begin and follow the steps to choose the best type of chart for your dataset. ...more
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Add comments and annotations to your online charts with ChartAccent. Upload your CSV file to begin and follow the steps to choose the best type of chart for your dataset. Options include bar, line, or scatter plots. Follow additional steps to label and annotate your chart. When finished, save your work as a PNG, SVG, or animated GIF. Be sure to watch the included video with directions for annotating and exporting charts.

tag(s): charts and graphs (197)

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Collect data in your classroom and quickly create a graph to represent it. Share through links or adding images to blogs, wikis, or websites. Share graphs on an interactive whiteboard or projector for better analysis of data by the class, then add comments and notes. Graph results of a test, answers from students, favorite foods, fictitious budgets, class schedules, and whatever else is applicable in your classroom. Use an informational text, and have students create a pie chart to understand how to read charts that accompany the informational texts. Have cooperative learning groups create graphs to share with the class on the class wiki. Create quick pie charts on your interactive whiteboard whenever you count class votes or encounter other data so students "see" data visualized on a regular basis; visual students will have another way to absorb the information. Keep the link handy on your web page to access it quickly in or out of class. Assess students' understanding of any chart by uploading one and having the student annotate the information.
 

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ClassroomScreen - Laurens Koppers

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K to 12
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ClassroomScreen is a background utility for use with interactive whiteboards or projector screens. Choose from circles at the bottom of the screen to add features including a random...more
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ClassroomScreen is a background utility for use with interactive whiteboards or projector screens. Choose from circles at the bottom of the screen to add features including a random name picker, text, timer, and clock. Drag items to place them on the screen as desired.

tag(s): classroom management (159), functions (69), iwb (32), time (142)

In the Classroom

Use ClassroomScreen on your interactive whiteboard for quick access to many commonly used tools. Add to student computers for access to a calculator and text box for notes. ESL/ELL teachers will enjoy the multi-language feature. Use the different backgrounds as inspiration for creative writing projects.
 

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