TeachersFirst - Featured Sites: Week of Nov 15, 2015

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Free Digital Photos - Wagging Dog Media Limited

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K to 12
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Free Digital Photos offers a large variety of quality photos and images for use with digital media. Preview and download images free of charge. Browse through categories or use the...more
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Free Digital Photos offers a large variety of quality photos and images for use with digital media. Preview and download images free of charge. Browse through categories or use the keyword search to view available images. Each image includes a free download along with paid options for larger resolution downloads. Be sure to follow steps for downloading, including verification of email and entering the text for the security challenge. An easier download is available by registering for the site; this also allows you to track downloads including attribution information. Be aware: this site does have some topics not appropriate for the classroom. We do not suggest allowing younger students to peruse independently.
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tag(s): creative commons (21), images (261), photography (160)

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Use this site to search for photos for presentations, projects, or research. Take advantage of this opportunity to discuss proper use and sharing of online images and information. For ESL/ELL students or speech/language, use the images for them to create their own visual dictionary. World language teachers can also challenge students to use images to illustrate vocabulary or accompany writing. Use images for writing prompts or even to create descriptive sentences. Have one student describe the image as another sketches the image. Now compare the described image to the real image. Challenge students to create a multimedia presentation about class content using these images and UtellStory, reviewed here. UtellStory allows narrating and adding text to a picture.

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FutureLearn for Schools - FutureLearn

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7 to 12
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FutureLearn for Schools offers a large variety of free online courses presented by leading universities for students aged 13 and older in a variety of topics. Choose a category to ...more
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FutureLearn for Schools offers a large variety of free online courses presented by leading universities for students aged 13 and older in a variety of topics. Choose a category to begin browsing topics offered. Content includes history, creative arts and media, literature, and much more. Watch a short video to learn specifics about the course offerings and objectives. This site was created in the UK, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English.

tag(s): advertising (33), business (57), computers (79), creative writing (167), cultures (105), dental health (23), environment (317), financial literacy (78), gifted (96), literature (275), photography (160), politics (98), professional development (123), psychology (64)

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Allow gifted students to enroll in courses that interest them or that provide enrichment beyond classroom content. Share with others in your building as a resource for professional development. Explore the topics yourself for some new, engaging material to round out your own expertise. Allow students to enroll in a course that would fit into their career goals as an exploratory opportunity in that field. With older students you may want to consider requiring them to take a course with the idea that it is a model. Challenge students to develop a course using a tool like Lore, reviewed here, about something in which they feel they are an expert.
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Learn Engineering - Imajey

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8 to 12
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The goal of Learn Engineering is to present "tough engineering concepts" in a logical and simple way. Choose from one of the three main fields of engineering - civil, mechanical, ...more
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The goal of Learn Engineering is to present "tough engineering concepts" in a logical and simple way. Choose from one of the three main fields of engineering - civil, mechanical, or electrical to begin. Subcategories within each section answer questions using videos and detailed image explanations. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): careers (129), engineering (118), STEM (123)

In the Classroom

Share information on the site during career lessons and activities. Share this site with parents as a resource for learning more about careers in engineering. During a unit in careers, divide students into small groups (their interest) to cover all engineering fields, and challenge them to create a multimedia presentation using Presentious, reviewed here, and present their findings about that field to their classmates. Presentious is a mix of the best parts of slide and video recordings, in one new format and is easy to use.

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Television Archive News Search Service - TV News Archive

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5 to 12
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The Television Archive News Search Service is a comprehensive resource for finding news video clips from the United States and Great Britain. Scroll through to view clips by most popular...more
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The Television Archive News Search Service is a comprehensive resource for finding news video clips from the United States and Great Britain. Scroll through to view clips by most popular or sort by title, date, archived, or creator. Use the search bar to search by keywords for specific information. Choose any clip, and then choose any minute from the filmstrip to view clips.

tag(s): journalism (45), news (261)

In the Classroom

This site is ideal on an interactive whiteboard or projector, learning station, or on individual computers (with headsets). Provide students with a topic for a keyword search and allow them to explore on their own. Embed video clips into your class web page or view together on an interactive whiteboard as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson.

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MasterMath - Stan Lisle

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5 to 9
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MasterMath offers a large variety of resources for middle school mathematics, including videos, worksheets, and quizzes. Choose from 6th, 7th, or 8th-grade math, or Algebra 1 divided...more
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MasterMath offers a large variety of resources for middle school mathematics, including videos, worksheets, and quizzes. Choose from 6th, 7th, or 8th-grade math, or Algebra 1 divided into quarters. Click on any lesson description correlated to FCAT (Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test) standards to view all resources offered for that standard. If your district blocks YouTube, you are given an Archive link that should play the video. If that does not work, you could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.
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tag(s): charts and graphs (195), decimals (133), equations (155), fractions (239), functions (70), integers (41)

In the Classroom

Use MasterMath resources as part of your flipped classroom. Have students watch videos before coming to class, then discuss questions and problems together. Create a link to videos on your class web page for students to view at home for additional practice. Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Share this site with other math teachers on your campus, especially NEW teachers.
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Connecting Learning and Instruction in Olathe (CLIO) - Olathe United School District

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5 to 12
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CLIO provides American History resources for 5th through 12th grade teachers. Information includes lesson plans, reading lists, and general teaching resources. The most detailed portion...more
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CLIO provides American History resources for 5th through 12th grade teachers. Information includes lesson plans, reading lists, and general teaching resources. The most detailed portion of the site is the lesson plan section that includes many printable lesson plans beginning with Creating a New Nation through Year of the Boar and Native Americans in Contemporary America. Be sure to check out the General Teaching Resources section for additional printables including a Historic "Moment in Time" Poem worksheet and resources for teaching Historical Writing.

tag(s): american revolution (86), civil rights (117), civil war (145), cold war (29), great depression (24), lincoln (85), martin luther king (37), native americans (81), roosevelt (16), rosa parks (6), vietnam (36), washington (36), world war 1 (53), world war 2 (141)

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If you teach American history, be sure to bookmark this site for use throughout the year. New teachers will especially appreciate having a stockpile of ready-made lessons they can tweak and make their own, and of course, any American history teacher can take advantage of the free lesson plans and teaching resources included here. Use activities from this site to differentiate learning within your classroom. Be sure to share with other American History teachers on your campus.
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The 25 Biggest Turning Points in Earth's History - BBC Earth

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7 to 12
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BBC Earth offers this interesting look at their 25 choices for the biggest turning points in Earth's history. Scroll through to learn about events beginning with the birth of Earth...more
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BBC Earth offers this interesting look at their 25 choices for the biggest turning points in Earth's history. Scroll through to learn about events beginning with the birth of Earth 4.5 billion years ago to the evolution of the human race 200,000 years ago. Each event includes approximate dates and a short description of the occurrence. Some events include animation. See these by clicking "Play Video." At the time of this review the animations were problematic using Safari. The site was created in the UK, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English.
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tag(s): cells (102), dinosaurs (57), earth (228), evolution (100), mammals (32), plants (143)

In the Classroom

Ask students to consider the question of the 25 biggest turning points in Earth's history before viewing this site together then compare responses. Have students brainstorm or collect ideas on a collaborative bulletin board like Scrumblr, reviewed here, (quick start- no membership required!). Use this site as inspiration for students to create their own 25 (or whatever) choices for the biggest turning points in their life, your state, their country, a country they are studying, or any subject they are studying.

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Quizalize - Zzish

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4 to 12
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Track learning in real-time with Quizalize. Student answers are color-coded on the teacher dashboard for ease in identifying who needs more help. Create scrambled word or multiple choice...more
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Track learning in real-time with Quizalize. Student answers are color-coded on the teacher dashboard for ease in identifying who needs more help. Create scrambled word or multiple choice questions, and each question can have a custom timer. With this tool, sub-group questions that will allow for quick analysis of class or individual learning gaps. View or print reports for each student's progress and learning gaps. Create a quiz or select one from Quizalize's growing library. Quizzes can be "gamified" by showing the teacher dashboard as a leaderboard to see progress against other users. Quizalize works on any device and any operating system. You can also transfer into Quizalize quizzes created with Zondle and Quizziz. Sign up with an email and password. Create a quiz, assign it to classes, get a code, give it to students, and let the fun begin! The Welcome and Explainer videos are on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube. Quizalize was created in the U.K. so grade levels and some spelling will look different from the U.S.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (192), differentiation (47), game based learning (101), gamification (63), polls and surveys (47), quizzes (95)

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Make a class challenge! Create practice quizzes to review the material just learned in class. Use an interactive whiteboard or projector for students to view the "leaderboard" (teacher dashboard) as in a game. Students score more points by answering questions quickly. As with other tools where there is a leaderboard, it is helpful to have a collaborative environment where competition is not the goal, instead working together and improving is important. Use Quizalize as a formative assessment and to differentiate to see what material needs more review with classes (or individual students). Use this tool often to obtain a snapshot of each student's understanding of content; quickly see who understands a concept and who needs some individualized practice. Print a report for each student to use as a guide once the class has started learning the topic. If you use Zzish with your Google Classroom or Office 365 account, you can export quizzes as PDF files. Share with students as a resource for creating quizzes for studying at home. When students are using surveys and polls for reports, introduce them to Quizalize since it works on any device. Share quizzes with your fellow teachers.

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Story Maker - ABCya

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K to 6
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Create simple and easy stories using ABCya's Story Maker. Without registering, draw a picture using the many drawing tools provided. Type the story, and add pages for a longer...more
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Create simple and easy stories using ABCya's Story Maker. Without registering, draw a picture using the many drawing tools provided. Type the story, and add pages for a longer story. Once finished, print in PDF format. This tool is so easy Pre-K students can use it. Since all pictures are hand drawn your older artists will love it, too.
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tag(s): digital storytelling (135), drawing (77), writing (356)

In the Classroom

Story Maker is so simple very young students can use it successfully after a demonstration using a whiteboard or projector. Use this tool to design simple projects using student drawings to tell the story. At the beginning of the year have students draw and annotate stories to tell about their summer and share with classmates. Students of any age love to draw, so why not have them draw their impression of a message to the reader from a story and then explain it in writing?
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4 Win-Win Math Games - Marilyn Burns

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K to 5
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Support learning of numbers and operations with these four activities requiring nothing more than pencil and paper. These game-like activities offer practice in mental computation,...more
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Support learning of numbers and operations with these four activities requiring nothing more than pencil and paper. These game-like activities offer practice in mental computation, column addition, combinations of 10, and multiples of 10. Be sure to check out the Math Game Tips offering excellent advice for all math activities.

tag(s): addition (252), base ten (12), game based learning (101), mental math (27), multiples (34)

In the Classroom

Add these activities to your toolbox of math games for classroom use. Take advantage of the tips to teach one at a time and create a list of math game-like activities that students know. These are perfect for differentiating instruction. Adjust numbers used in each for different groups of student abilities. Use as one of your station activities. Teach a parent volunteer how to play these game-like activities and use for tutoring sessions. Be sure to share a link to this PDF with parents to play at home. If your school holds a math night, these are perfect for use! Share a link to this article on your class website or print and include with your class newsletter.
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Seesaw - Charles Lin, Carl Sjogreen , Adrian Graham

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K to 10
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Seesaw is a digital portfolio that is totally free for all devices and on the web. Students can showcase their work, videos, text, drawings, and images, and get feedback from ...more
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Seesaw is a digital portfolio that is totally free for all devices and on the web. Students can showcase their work, videos, text, drawings, and images, and get feedback from teachers and parents. Create a class blog in your Seesaw for students to write blog posts. Teachers create an account with email and then start creating as many classes as needed. There is no limit on the number of students a class can have. Give students a "join" code for their class, and they sign up from there, choosing to access their account through a Seesaw generated QR code or their email. Teachers can enable or disable student likes, comments, and editing. Blog post and comments must have teacher approval before becoming public. Students will be able to reflect on their work with a voice recording or text, and can share artifacts from their portfolio by clicking the red button at the bottom of the screen and then either print or get the item QR code. Once you have an account, click Help & Teacher Resources to find Getting Started Tips, Tutorial Videos, FAQs, and Activity Ideas grouped by grade level. If your district blocks YouTube, the tutorials may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): blogs (88), DAT device agnostic tool (192), digital storytelling (135), portfolios (25)

In the Classroom

Sign up for Seesaw and generate a join code for the class from the menu at the upper right corner or by clicking your name or initials in the left corner to get a drop down menu. The join code expires in 15 minutes, so it is best to do this in your classroom or computer lab. Teachers can add photos, drawings, links, notes, and upload a file from this same menu by clicking the + symbol. You can even add a co-teacher! See Seesaw's FAQs for ways for parents to sign up and letters to send home. Use Seesaw portfolios for any subject or grade level. Once your account is set up, create a simple project or borrow one from the Activities on the Help and Teacher Resources page. Share the project on your interactive whiteboard or projector to get your students started. The teacher portal allows you to access and comment on student work. View the work of an individual or the entire class. The ability to import work from many creation apps to Seesaw makes this a perfect portfolio tool. Don't forget to watch the video about setting up blogs for your students. Remember, this is all free! Science teachers could have students write up their lab reports, take photos of their labs and label them in a portfolio. History teachers could set up portfolios for student report writing or digital storytelling projects. Seesaw is the perfect tool to use during parent conferences.

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