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Makerspaces - Andrew Miller

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K to 12
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Makerspaces is a resource created to help schools and libraries learn about, build, and run makerspaces. Choose the Maker Projects link to find many project ideas including tutorials...more
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Makerspaces is a resource created to help schools and libraries learn about, build, and run makerspaces. Choose the Maker Projects link to find many project ideas including tutorials that incorporate tools such as 3D printers and circuits. Download a free ebook with over 250 resources for any makerspace program. Find out what others are doing with makerspaces by choosing the Makerspace tab, this includes tweets from makerspace users, project ideas, and a showcase of makerspaces in action. If your district blocks YouTube, then they 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 Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): crafts (43), inquiry (38), makerspace (2), STEM (147)

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Take advantage of the many ideas and tutorials found on this site when creating a makerspace in your classroom or school. Collaborate with peers to create different makerspaces within your classroom communities. Ask parent volunteers to help teach students about circuits and other technology used in your makerspace.
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Paper Circuits for Makerspaces - Andrew Miller

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4 to 12
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Paper Circuits for Makerspaces provides many tutorials and ideas for creating paper circuits for teaching electricity and circuits. Scroll through the page to find many examples of...more
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Paper Circuits for Makerspaces provides many tutorials and ideas for creating paper circuits for teaching electricity and circuits. Scroll through the page to find many examples of paper circuits created in classrooms and complete tutorials. Also included on this page is a linked list of resources for buying materials needed to make circuits. Be sure to click on the ebook link for a free download with over 250 resources for your makerspace program. 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 Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.
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tag(s): circuits (21), crafts (43), creativity (119), electricity (90), engineering (126), makerspace (2), STEM (147)

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Paper Circuits for MakerSpaces is perfect for use with an after-school science program or as a resource for science fair projects. Create a center throughout the school year for students to work on circuits and build skills at an individual level. If you don't feel comfortable working on this topic, find a parent volunteer to help, or partner with another classroom to work together. Need funding to buy materials? See GetEdFunding, reviewed here, to write for a small grant.
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Math and Science Concept Map - CK-12 Foundation

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The Math and Science Concept Map is an interactive, customizable concept map demonstrating the interrelationships between math and science concepts. Choose or search for an idea to...more
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The Math and Science Concept Map is an interactive, customizable concept map demonstrating the interrelationships between math and science concepts. Choose or search for an idea to open up the map. Expand the map further by clicking on an item. Learn more about individual terms by selecting a "details" box; those link to videos and reading materials providing further information. You may want to view the explanatory video before exploring the concept map to get an overall understanding of this map and how it works. In order to explore all the features for this concept map, it is best to use the FireFox browser. The explanatory 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 Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the video from YouTube.

tag(s): concept mapping (24), STEM (147)

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Display the concept map on an interactive whiteboard, or with a projector, and explore the complex interactions between math and science together. Focus on one specific topic, such as population growth patterns to find sub-topics for further exploration. Have students choose a topic for further research then present their findings using a tool like Zoho Show, reviewed here, which is similar to Powerpoint, but easier and free. This site is perfect for use with gifted students to find and learn more about specific math and science content.

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Wind Energy Virtual Lab - 3M and Discovery Education

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6 to 12
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Your challenge at the Wind Energy Virtual Lab is to build a high efficiency, low-cost turbine supplying energy to 400 homes. Follow the steps to choose the appropriate location, design,...more
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Your challenge at the Wind Energy Virtual Lab is to build a high efficiency, low-cost turbine supplying energy to 400 homes. Follow the steps to choose the appropriate location, design, and material for your turbine and view the results. When finished, the lab displays up to three design attempts for comparison of outputs. Be sure to download the Teacher's Guide including explanations of the different lab components and ideas for classroom use.

tag(s): conservation (127), energy (203), weather (195)

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Share the Wind Energy Virtual Lab on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector. Then let students explore and design turbines on their own. Ask them to take a screen shot of three designs and compare the results. Have them discuss their findings on a podcast using a site such as podOmatic, reviewed here. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here.
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World of 7 Billion - Population Connection

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6 to 12
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World of 7 Billion provides a broad variety of resources and information for teaching about world population. Discover the ever changing world and United State's current population...more
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World of 7 Billion provides a broad variety of resources and information for teaching about world population. Discover the ever changing world and United State's current population count near the top of each page. Explore the Teachers Resources for activities to use with middle and high school students. Encourage students to participate in the annual video challenge contest sponsored by the site highlighting different global challenges with prizes up to $1,000.

tag(s): conservation (127), environment (319), population (62)

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Encourage students to take part in World of 7 Billion's annual video contest. Benefit from the free lessons for middle and high school students as well as the ideas for school-wide events. Provide time for students to browse through the site and to generate questions about it. Brainstorm not only questions but what students learned from it. Allow groups time to research the economic and social issues that have caused such a change in population and how people live. Challenge students to create a presentation with their findings using Prezi, reviewed here. Have students use a mapping tool such as Zeemaps, reviewed here, to create a map of population changes around the world (with audio stories and pictures included)!
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Free School - YouTube Channel - FreeSchool

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K to 8
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FreeSchool, a YouTube Channel, provides an extensive selection of educational videos and adds two new videos each week. Videos provide content in art, music, science, literature, and...more
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FreeSchool, a YouTube Channel, provides an extensive selection of educational videos and adds two new videos each week. Videos provide content in art, music, science, literature, and more. Browse through the site to find content or choose the playlists to find videos by specific topics. Most videos run less than 10 minutes in length making them perfect for use in many situations. 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 Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.
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tag(s): angles (87), animals (287), biographies (88), fractions (236), grammar (214), literature (276), martin luther king (38), planets (127), punctuation (43), scientific method (65), space (215), states (163), weather (195)

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Use as a way to introduce new topics or subjects to establish background knowledge. Share these videos on your projector or interactive whiteboard to provide an introduction (or review) on various topics. If you allow students to explore on their own, take caution since they could click and go elsewhere on YouTube. Share a link to this site with parents through your classroom website or newsletter for students to view at home.

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Microsoft Educator Community - Microsoft

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Welcome to the Microsoft Educator Community! This extensive network of educators is the place to find lessons, collaborate with fellow teachers, and earn badges and certificates through...more
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Welcome to the Microsoft Educator Community! This extensive network of educators is the place to find lessons, collaborate with fellow teachers, and earn badges and certificates through training courses. Register for virtual field trips from across the globe with exciting partners such as an elephant sanctuary or climbers hiking up Mount Everest. Sign into your account to add lessons as favorites or upload your lessons to share with the community.

tag(s): collaboration (9), PLN (6), preK (290), professional development (132), skype (13), virtual field trips (50)

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Take advantage of the many resources on the site for use in your classroom and to share with peers. Find partners for Skype lessons, participate in virtual field trips, and download lessons for use. Watch tutorials to learn how to use Microsoft Tools such as OneNote, Sway, and others with your students. Enroll in the online courses for personal learning in many topics or share with others in your building and learn together. Earn badges and points and become a Microsoft Innovative Educator. Include all courses as part of any professional development plan.
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The Great Fire of London - Museum of London

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Learn all about The Great Fire of London that took place in 1666 through gameplay, a Minecraft experience, and an extensive website explaining events from several different perspectives....more
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Learn all about The Great Fire of London that took place in 1666 through gameplay, a Minecraft experience, and an extensive website explaining events from several different perspectives. The game unfolds through six chapters beginning with the fire through the last day and the beginning of rebuilding. The Minecraft experience offers players the ability to enter maps as they dig deeper into the experience of The Great Fire. Explore the website's interactive timeline to understand the unfurling of events while clicking on icons to learn more about specific circumstances and documents of the time. The site was created in the UK, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English.

tag(s): 1600s (14), england (57), fire (27), fire prevention (11), fire safety (12), game based learning (112), gamification (74), great britain (18)

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This site is perfect for use on an interactive whiteboard (or with a projector) to understand the background and impact of the Great Fire of London as well as what life was like in 1666. Include this as part of any study of this period of time in Europe. Share this site during fire prevention week as an example of how society has learned about the dangers of fire and adapted building safety throughout time. Allow students to explore the site independently or in small groups, then compare and contrast life in London then to modern life. Have students create a multimedia presentation using Voicethread, reviewed here, to share their findings. This site allows users to narrate a picture. Challenge students to find a photo (legally permitted to be reproduced), and then narrate the photo as if it is a news report.

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Math for Fun and Glory - Khan Academy

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8 to 12
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Khan Academy's Math for Fun and Glory offers an assortment of brain teasers, videos, and puzzles to stimulate interest in math. Choose from six different topics including doodling in...more
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Khan Academy's Math for Fun and Glory offers an assortment of brain teasers, videos, and puzzles to stimulate interest in math. Choose from six different topics including doodling in math and math warmups, or explore staff picks of their favorites. If your district blocks YouTube, then they 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): geometric shapes (165), logic (237), problem solving (272), puzzles (207), thanksgiving (37), transformations (18), video (273)

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Use activities and videos from this site as brain teasers and to motivate student interest in math concepts. Create a link on your class website for students to view at home. Have them share their thoughts using an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. Create a class wiki to share other fun math websites. Not comfortable with wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through.

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Decoding Cancer - Discovery Education

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Decoding Cancer brings cancer research to the high school classroom. The site includes many standards-based interactive lessons applying knowledge in genetics, pathology, and more....more
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Decoding Cancer brings cancer research to the high school classroom. The site includes many standards-based interactive lessons applying knowledge in genetics, pathology, and more. Find a Cancer Treatment Virtual Lab for students to learn how to order tests and treatments for cancer patients. Decoding Cancer also features career profiles introducing students to health-care professions and an extensive glossary featuring doctor and scientist's terminology.

tag(s): genetics (94), human body (126), medicine (70)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans (provided in PowerPoint format) and interactives for use when teaching genetics, health, or biology lessons. Be sure to share this site with students interested in medical careers and gifted learners. After learning about cancer, have students create a multimedia presentation using Voicethread, reviewed here, to share their findings on cancer treatments and research. Voicethread allows you to narrate a picture. Challenge students to find a photo (legally permitted to be reproduced), and then narrate the photo as if it is a news report. Sign up for Decoding Cancer to receive updates and notification of new site additions.

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The Common Core Math Standards - CK-12 Foundation

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CK-12 Common Core Math Standards provides an extensive collection of math content for grades six and higher. Use the browser to find lessons and activities for concepts and correlated...more
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CK-12 Common Core Math Standards provides an extensive collection of math content for grades six and higher. Use the browser to find lessons and activities for concepts and correlated standards. Most of the lessons have a short explanatory video. Create an account to save and assign to your classes, add to your library, or share to groups. CK-12 also offers the option of setting up a Flexbook Textbook with your personalized content. 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 Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): commoncore (97), equations (154), geometric shapes (165), probability (130), professional development (132), ratios (54), statistics (124)

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Take advantage of CK-12 for finding standards-aligned lessons and interactives for math lessons. Create an account and upload your own resources and activities to create your own Flexbooks for use with students. CK-12 is available in many languages. Use this site with your ESL/ELL students as a supplement to classroom resources. Share CK-12 lessons with other teachers as you collaborate on lesson planning. Share a link on your class web page for students to use as extra practice at home.

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Infographic Portal - infographicportal.com

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Infographic Portal offers an extensive collection of infographics sub-divided into several categories. In addition to viewing infographics on the site, under Infographic Designers,...more
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Infographic Portal offers an extensive collection of infographics sub-divided into several categories. In addition to viewing infographics on the site, under Infographic Designers, see design tips, and then submit original designs for inclusion on the site. Choose categories from topics listed at the top of the website with an orange background. Infographics in the education section include titles such as Verb Grammar Rules: Your Complete Handbook and A Typical School Week Around the World. Be sure to review the site before sharing with students, some images may not be suitable for all ages or school-appropriate.

tag(s): digital storytelling (156), infographics (44), professional development (132)

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Click on any infographic link to see it in full along with additional information including the image source and a link to download and save to your computer. Take advantage of the infographics on this site for both classroom use and professional development. Introduce a topic by sharing the Infographic and allowing time for students (or peers) to identify various items they notice about the chart. Allow students the chance to think-pair-share and list questions for further understanding. Choose a new infographic each week to share on your classroom website. Make curriculum content more real with infographics students can relate to. Consider creating Infographics of material students are learning in class for better understanding and connection with other topics and the world around them. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Piktochart, reviewed here.

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Ready. Set. Grad. - Washington Student Achievement Council

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Ready.Set.Grad. is a complete resource for parents, educators, and students in 6th grade and beyond to prepare for high school graduation and beyond. The site's online tools provide...more
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Ready.Set.Grad. is a complete resource for parents, educators, and students in 6th grade and beyond to prepare for high school graduation and beyond. The site's online tools provide information to reach individual goals of college admission, vocational training, or certificate programs. Choose a grade level to learn more about steps to take along the way. Be sure also to check out content for finding financial aid as well as resources for parents and educators. Though this site focuses on Washington State colleges, most of the information will apply to any college and college applicant. Videos on the site reside on YouTube. 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 Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): careers (134), college (47), financial aid (16)

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Middle school and high school teachers will want to create a link to this site on your class websites. Share with parents as an excellent resource for how students should prepare for college as early as 6th grade. Share this site with your school's guidance counselors for use when career planning with students. Ask students to explore this site then prepare a plan that guides them toward their selected career goal. Next have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here, or Venngage, reviewed here.

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Pobble365 - Johnny Davies

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Scroll through these extraordinary, sometimes surrealistic images and find story starters, philosophical questions, sentences challenges, and more to create an interesting lesson. Click...more
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Scroll through these extraordinary, sometimes surrealistic images and find story starters, philosophical questions, sentences challenges, and more to create an interesting lesson. Click What is This to read about and join Pobble. Registering is not necessary to enjoy these images and the activities that go with them. Joining requires email or use your Google, Facebook, or Twitter account; it also allows you to receive notification of new images and share student work on the site. Click the calendar symbol at the top to see all past images.

tag(s): creative writing (169), digital storytelling (156), writing (364), writing prompts (94)

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These unique images are perfect for quick writes, creative writing assignments, journaling, or blogging. There are plenty of unusual ideas to give even your most reluctant writer an inspirational nudge. Share these prompts with your gifted students for some "out of the box" writing ideas. Keep these creative ideas in your "emergency" lesson plan folder for substitutes or your own spontaneous writing needs. Share Pobble365 as a link on your class web page to inspire students in search of a topic they can "relate to." Have students choose their favorite response and find more pictures to turn it into a digital story. Try using Picsearch, reviewed here, or Compfight, reviewed here, to find free images. Use a tool like Utellstory, reviewed here, that allows narrating and adding text to a picture.

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Global Shakespeare Explorer - Expedia

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2016 was the 400th year since Shakespeare died. To help commemorate Shakespeare's life, Expedia put together this wonderful interactive map, Global Shakespeare Explorer. Easily explore...more
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2016 was the 400th year since Shakespeare died. To help commemorate Shakespeare's life, Expedia put together this wonderful interactive map, Global Shakespeare Explorer. Easily explore Shakespeare's legacy with this tool. Click His Life to see different biographical locations, click Plays to see the different settings for his plays, and click Legacy to see where to find events like festivals. Warn students NOT to click on Find A Hotel.
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tag(s): shakespeare (132)

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This resource would make a very good introduction to a unit about Shakespeare. Give students time to explore the map to build some background knowledge about Shakespeare. Alternatively, flip your classroom and share a link to the interactive map with students on your class website to view outside of class. Ask students to explore the map and decide on a topic that interests them to research. During the discussion in class about the items that interest students, use an online whiteboard like Scrumblr, reviewed here, (quick start- no membership required!) to form small groups (or pairs) for researching the favorite topics. Students can continue to use Scrumblr to organize tasks and resources. Review the TeachersFirst Special Topics page for Shakespeare to see if there are resources for certain groups to use. As a culmination of this project, have students present what they learned about their Shakespeare topic using a tool like Ignite, reviewed here. With Ignite students can collaborate and work on the presentation in real-time.

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The Great Language Game - Lars Yencken

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There are over six or seven thousand languages in the world. How many languages can you identify? Listen and find out with the Great Language Game. Listen to several sentences ...more
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There are over six or seven thousand languages in the world. How many languages can you identify? Listen and find out with the Great Language Game. Listen to several sentences and then click the button of one of four different languages. If you're correct, the button turns green, and you click next to move on. Not correct? The button turns red. After three incorrect choices, towards the bottom of the page will appear the languages you couldn't identify and a chance to listen to them again. See if you can collect more points each time you play!

tag(s): arabic (21), chinese (50), cultures (107), french (89), german (65), italian (34), japanese (43), portuguese (20), russian (28), spanish (109)

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This site would be very handy in world language classes and when working with ESL/ELL students. Use this site as a learning station or center. Students could find their native language and play it for their peers, then interpret the sentence in English (Spanish, French, etc.). Include this site as a resource when students are preparing a project about another culture. If you have students in world language, world cultures, or even language arts classes who need enrichment - listen to languages and see if they can find one they would like to learn. If they find one, send them to The Vocabulary Trainer, reviewed here, to learn some basic vocabulary for that language.

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OK2Ask: Free Microsoft Tools to Ignite Student Engagement and Increase Productivity! - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from May 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Who doesn't love free tools? Come join us as we take a look at ...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from May 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Who doesn't love free tools? Come join us as we take a look at some of Microsoft's top free tools for empowering teachers and students and making learning fun. Learn how these tools can be used across the curriculum to increase productivity and student engagement. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels. As a result of this session teachers will: 1. Increase awareness of top Microsoft free tools that can ignite the classroom in all content and curriculum areas; 2. Discover ways to increase productivity and student engagement; 3. Expand skills into industry leading trends: Flipped and Blended Learning, Global Learning, Gaming/Coding, and Productivity; and 4. Explore learning beyond the classroom walls with resources like Bing in the Classroom and Skype in the Classroom.

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask: Make the Most of Your TeachersFirst Membership - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from May 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Inspire technology integrated lessons for student learning based on web-based...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from May 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Inspire technology integrated lessons for student learning based on web-based resources. Learn about the features and benefits of your free TeachersFirst membership. This session will briefly share how to find and use resources on TeachersFirst to help you save time. Remember, it is OK2Ask questions at any time! This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels. As a result of this session teachers will: 1. Explore TeachersFirst membership Features; 2. Identify and share resources to support classroom instruction and; 3. Prepare to use the features of TeachersFirst to maximize student learning.

In the Classroom

The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask: Meet Google Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from May 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Want to go paperless? Try Google Classroom, an online tool that incorporates...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from May 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Want to go paperless? Try Google Classroom, an online tool that incorporates G-Suite apps into a dynamic classroom environment. Learn how to create, distribute, and grade assignments. Understand how to organize class resources, post announcements, and questions. Google Classroom makes it easy to coordinate and organize your G-Suite and tech-infused students projects. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels. NOTE: To participate you must be able to sign into a Google account that has been set up by your school district. You must have access to G-Suite with Google Classroom turned on. As a result of this session teachers will: (1) Set up a basic Google Classroom; (2) Create an assignment and import a document into either a question, announcement or topical post; and (3) Plan for the use of Google Classroom in their setting.

In the Classroom

The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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Qzzr - Bucky Flowers

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Share quizzes, polls, and lists with Qzzr by embedding them on your website or in a link on social media. Register to begin with a basic account. Free accounts allow ...more
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Share quizzes, polls, and lists with Qzzr by embedding them on your website or in a link on social media. Register to begin with a basic account. Free accounts allow users to create unlimited quizzes using basic customization including eight colors and a background image. Watch the introductory video to learn about different types of quizzes offered including outcome, graded, and checklist. When finished, publish your quiz to receive the link, embed code, or share using social media links.
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Add Qzzr to your arsenal of quiz and poll creation tools for use by you and your students. Create a Qzzr as a tool for checking prior knowledge or making a quick assessment. Have students answer exit questions or see what students remember from the previous day using this site. Use for formative assessment to identify misconceptions that students may have at the start of a unit. ESL/ELL and world language teachers could use this for vocabulary practice. Have students create quizzes with characteristics of story characters for classmates to see which character they are most like. Embed or post the URL for the quizzes on your web page for students to complete.

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