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StoryTimed - storytimed.com

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9 to 12
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StoryTimed is a shared story writing site. Contribute to two different types of stories or start your own. Contribute to a Closed Book story by adding to the last posting ...more
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StoryTimed is a shared story writing site. Contribute to two different types of stories or start your own. Contribute to a Closed Book story by adding to the last posting without knowing how the story evolved from the beginning allowing for stories to take twists and turns based on author's knowledge of one piece of content. Open Stories allow authors to view stories from the beginning as they create a cohesive tale from start to finish.

tag(s): creative writing (170)

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Create your own story on StoryTimed for your class or classes to write. Make both closed and open stories for student contributions with the same opening. Have students compare and contrast the finished stories and discuss how knowing the full story makes a difference vs just having a piece of information. Use an online tool such a Creately, reviewed here, to create a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast your finished products. Use examples of writing from the site for students to edit and view different styles of writing.

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Vizia - vizia.co

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K to 12
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Add questions and quizzes to videos using Vizia to embed and share on any platform. After registering on Vizia, enter a link to your video hosted on YouTube or Wistia. ...more
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Add questions and quizzes to videos using Vizia to embed and share on any platform. After registering on Vizia, enter a link to your video hosted on YouTube or Wistia. Once your video uploads, choose any point on the timeline to add a poll or question using the provided prompts. Vizia autosaves your work as you add information. Share videos using provided links or the embed code. Download completed responses through links to Google Sheets or CSV file format. 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): note taking (39), polls and surveys (55), quizzes (101), video (274)

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Upload videos in advance; a video of about 4 minutes in length took several minutes to upload. If yours appears to be stuck loading, try going to "My Videos" to find your completed upload. When finished, use links to share or embed the video onto your class website. Options allow requiring name and email of viewers to access your video. Use Vizia to "flip" classroom content, have students view and respond to videos at home. Add notes for students to see as they view assigned videos. Use data from responses to analyze student knowledge and guide lessons in response. Have students use Vizia as part of any multimedia project. Have them add quizzes for fellow students to answer, point out relevant information in videos, or add quizzes to use for review before testing.

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PracTutor - Hardik Parikh, Vatsal Ghiya, and Chetan Parikh

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K to 8
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PracTutor is designed to help students master Common Core Standards for math and language arts through online videos and practice. The content is customized based on student skills...more
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PracTutor is designed to help students master Common Core Standards for math and language arts through online videos and practice. The content is customized based on student skills through the use of pre-tests of standards. Free accounts allow users to add an unlimited number of students, customize curriculum, and receive detailed insights and reports.
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tag(s): commoncore (96), differentiation (50)

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Create your classroom account and add rosters manually or give students a class code to join your class. Next, introduce this site on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector. If you are lucky enough to have a class set of mobile devices, allow students to use PracTutor while you work directly with individuals or small groups of students. PracTutor is an excellent way to supplement instruction for both gifted and special needs students. Visit the bottom of the pricing and overview sections for ideas for implementing this site in your classroom. Be sure to share login information with parents for student practice at home.

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Mic Note - Treebeard Bros.

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K to 12
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Mic Note is a voice recorder and notepad available for download on most computer systems. Features include timestamps on recordings, editing, transcription, and shareable links. Once...more
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Mic Note is a voice recorder and notepad available for download on most computer systems. Features include timestamps on recordings, editing, transcription, and shareable links. Once logged in, Mic Note syncs notes across platforms making them available from anywhere. Check the download area to choose the correct version for your needs.

tag(s): fluency (24), speech (94)

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Have students practice spelling words orally, record speeches, practice reading fluency, and much more using Mic Note. After recording, allow students to listen to the playback and reflect upon the quality of their work. Do before and after recordings of students to share with parents during conferences to demonstrate reading progress. Have students record weekly summaries for what has happened in your class to share on your class website or blog. Record weekly or daily homework assignments and share as a voice recording on your website. Save file space by replacing old files with new ones. Mic Note would be an excellent resource for recording and sharing more complicated directions for projects and assignments (adding you voice intonation and cues!). Your weaker readers and ESL/ELL students may do better with a combination of written AND auditory directions. Provide the link on your class website for students to use at home for additional practice in spelling, reading, practicing reports, and more. Share this site with parents at Back to School Night. Have students write and record audio book reviews others can play on iPads or iTouches in the school library. If you have gifted students in your classroom, this tool is simple enough for even the youngest to be able to record audio mini-dramas portraying a historic figure or event, poetry readings, and more. Be sure to show them how to NAME and download the files to the local computer! Anything they can say out loud can become a creative project recording. Don't forget about recording musical performances or practices.

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QuoteItWithMe - Prolific Labs LLC

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5 to 12
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Quickly create and add quotations to any writing assignment with QuoteItWithMe. Copy and paste your quote and choose a formatting style (MLA, APA, Chicago). Follow the four steps to...more
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Quickly create and add quotations to any writing assignment with QuoteItWithMe. Copy and paste your quote and choose a formatting style (MLA, APA, Chicago). Follow the four steps to add information on who said the quote, where it came from, and dates. Upon completion, QuoteItWithMe provides your quotation in four different versions for copying and pasting into your writing project. This site even reads your quotation out loud when finished!

tag(s): citations (35), plagiarism (35), quotations (24)

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Use QuoteItWithMe to teach students formatting for quotations and during lessons on plagiarism. Share the final quotes as examples for different ways to present quotes in writing. Ask students to create their own quotes, then check their work by using this tool. To either teach about or give students a review of plagiarism and citing sources, use a tool like Plagiarism.org, reviewed here.
 

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DesignBold - Hung Dinh

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K to 12
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Design almost anything with drag and drop features and DesignBold's pre-made templates. Pick from template options including newsletters, posters, and much more. After choosing a template,...more
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Design almost anything with drag and drop features and DesignBold's pre-made templates. Pick from template options including newsletters, posters, and much more. After choosing a template, personalize features including text, images, and backgrounds. When finished, download to your computer or create an account using your email to save on DesignBold's site.
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tag(s): graphic design (35), images (275), posters (39), slides (65)

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Create a slideshow, invitations, or photo collages for any classroom presentation. In the younger grades, teachers would be the ones creating the project. However, older students could easily create one themselves! Have students create their own DesignBold presentations. Have students use this online tool as they would any presentation tool or image enhancing site. Use this site for research projects about famous people from the past and present. Have cooperative learning groups create presentations about science or math topics. Have students create presentations to "introduce" themselves to the class during the first week of school. Link or embed the introduction presentations on your class wiki and have others guess who they are about. Use this tool with your 1:1 art class for students to practice design principles and techniques. Share student projects with parents and others via URL. Be sure to demonstrate HOW to use this tool on your interactive whiteboard or projector.

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ToonyTool - ToonyTool

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2 to 12
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ToonyTool is a simple canvas to create a single frame cartoon easily. With ToonyTool you can add a dash of humor and create a single comic to get the message ...more
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ToonyTool is a simple canvas to create a single frame cartoon easily. With ToonyTool you can add a dash of humor and create a single comic to get the message across. Choose from one of their background pictures, or upload one of your own. Create a title or type in part of your message in the Meme text bar. Choose a character or two, add a prop, and select speech bubbles to type message. Everything is easy to move around by just dragging and dropping. At the bottom of the page find tools to share and edit your comic. Share via Google, Facebook, Twitter, print, download, or email. There is no registration required.

tag(s): comics and cartoons (72), creative writing (170), summarizing (15)

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There is a multitude of ways to use comics/cartoons in the classroom. For instance, create one-page discussion starters to help students keep up with current political issues. Use comics to show sequencing of events, for example, explain the sequence of a story, a science concept, or current event! When studying about characterization, create a dialog to show (not tell) about a character. Use comic strips for literature responses. Another idea - why not use the comics for conflict resolution or other guidance issues (such as bullying). Sometimes it is easier for students to write it down (or draw the pictures) than use the actual words. Emotional support and autistic support teachers can work with students to create strips about appropriate interpersonal responses and feelings. World language and ESL/ELL teachers can assign students to create dialog strips as an alternative to traditional written assessments; summarize through a comic. Challenge students who move through other assignments more quickly to create a cartoon for review of a topic studied in class. Make a class book of the comics created throughout the year.

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JoeZoo - Carl Mascarenhas and Rakesh Kamath

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K to 12
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JoeZoo is a Google Docs add-on for creating rubrics, providing feedback, and a grading tool optimized for use on Chrome and Safari browsers. JoeZoo is available in two forms, as ...more
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JoeZoo is a Google Docs add-on for creating rubrics, providing feedback, and a grading tool optimized for use on Chrome and Safari browsers. JoeZoo is available in two forms, as an add-on best for use by individual teachers or as an app requiring Google domain installation. The feedback tool provides many resources including highlighting text, pre-loaded feedback, and pie charts demonstrating feedback from different categories. Create and edit customized rubrics using the rubric creator. Be sure to watch the tutorial videos for full information on using JoeZoo in your classroom.

tag(s): Google (17), rubrics (32)

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Give your students timely feedback and save valuable time grading by adding JoeZoo to your toolbox. Click to input grades without leaving the document, students receive instant feedback through their JoeZoo add-on. Import your Google Classroom information into JoeZoo to further simplify and enhance your grading process.

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Arcade Game Generator - ClassTools

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K to 6
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Create several arcade games with one set of questions using the Arcade Game Generator. Follow the steps to give your quiz a title and input questions and answers. This site ...more
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Create several arcade games with one set of questions using the Arcade Game Generator. Follow the steps to give your quiz a title and input questions and answers. This site provides sample layouts and quizzes to get you started. After entering information, game options include Pong, PacMan, flashcards, and more. The "Share this Quiz" option provides the URL and embed codes for sharing.
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tag(s): game based learning (113), gamification (75), quiz (89), quizzes (101)

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Use this game generator for any subject. Embed your game onto your class website for practice at home. Have students create their own quizzes to share with peers.
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bulb - Bulb, Inc.

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2 to 12
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Use bulb as a portfolio tool to showcase your work, share ideas, and ask for feedback. Sign up with your Google account or enter your email. Choose to keep your ...more
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Use bulb as a portfolio tool to showcase your work, share ideas, and ask for feedback. Sign up with your Google account or enter your email. Choose to keep your page public or private. After creating your account, click on the little question mark on the top menu to see how to set up a page, collections (multiple pages), groups (with or without Google), and lots more. Click on Explore, on the home page in the top menu bar, and look at projects students and teachers have created. bulb is easy to use due to its drag and drop interface. The free account includes one GB storage, one Group (class), unlimited pages, and collections. Besides creating text, you can embed images and videos, and integrate with your Google Drive.
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tag(s): multimedia (64), portfolios (32), writing (366)

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Use bulb for student portfolios in any subject. Set up an account with your teacher name, email, password, and some basic information. Once your account is set up, create a group, to invite students to join the group, type in their bulb username, email address or their Google account name. Share how to get around bulb on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector to get students started. Anyone you invite can publish to the group. However, students will also have their own account and can keep pages private. Science teachers could have students write up their lab reports in a portfolio, and history teachers could set up portfolios for student report writing. Have teens and older students upload work throughout the year to create their own "me-portfolios." Create portfolios (with permission) to share younger students' work with parents and students during conferences. Use this tool to show finished projects or to show changes in a project from start to finish. Make a work prototype site and upload examples of exemplary work to share with students to set expectations for completed products before beginning a project. Create a link to this tool on your class website for students to share projects and information. (Get parent permission before posting students' work!) Have students take ownership of their own portfolios to show progress and products across several years. Have older students build portfolios to share as part of career and college preparation. Art teachers will want to share this as a portfolio option for their students.

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Awesome ScreenShot - Awesome ScreenShot

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2 to 12
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Awesome ScreenShot makes screen capture and annotation effortless! Click the camera icon, and Awesome Screenshot takes a snap of the whole page on your screen or any portion. You can...more
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Awesome ScreenShot makes screen capture and annotation effortless! Click the camera icon, and Awesome Screenshot takes a snap of the whole page on your screen or any portion. You can also upload an image from your computer, drag and drop, or paste from your clipboard to your account. Annotate the picture with lines, text, and shapes. Crop or blur out sensitive information before saving or uploading the image. Save to your account or get the URL to share via email, on your web page, etc. You can download video as WebM files and upload videos to your YouTube or Google Drive account. This tool supports images in PNG or JPG format. Awesome ScreenShot is available on the web. It works with Windows, Linux, and iOS 10.9 or later. It is also available as an extension for Mozilla FireFox and Chrome. The free account includes one project, 30 images, and 30 screen recordings.

tag(s): drawing (81), editing (68), images (275), tutorials (48)

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Use this tool anytime you need to edit photos for use on class blogs, wikis, or in presentation tools. In primary grades, this tool can be useful for teachers to use to edit pictures from a field trip, science experiments, and more. Share the editing process with younger students using an interactive whiteboard or projector. Edit together! Encourage older students to use this site themselves on images for projects or presentations. Use this tool in photography or art classes. Use the editor to edit pictures to fit styles of pictures when doing historical reports or to set a mood. Use text options for the photos themselves to tell the stories. Have students annotate or label Creative Commons online images of cells, structures of an animal, and much more. Create screenshots showing how to do various computer tasks or navigate websites. Demonstrate how to use a website or software for specific tasks within the classroom. Make how-to demos for instructions on using and navigating your class home page, class wiki or blog, or other applications you wish the students to use in creating their own projects. By labeling how students should navigate through a certain site or section, you can eliminate confusion, provide an opportunity for students to review the information as a refresher for the future, and maintain a record for absent students. Social studies teachers could assign students to critique a political candidate's web page using a screenshot. Reading/language arts teachers could have student teams analyze a website to show biased language, etc. Math teachers using software such as Geometer's Sketchpad could have students create their own demonstrations of geometry concepts as a review (and to save as future learning aids). As a service project, have students create "how to screenshots" to help elderly or less tech savvy computer users navigate the web, register to vote, or find important health information.

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LanguageTool - LanguageTool.org

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K to 12
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LanguageTool is a spelling and language checker for English, French, and more than 20 other languages. Copy and paste your text to check for spelling and grammatical errors. Use the...more
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LanguageTool is a spelling and language checker for English, French, and more than 20 other languages. Copy and paste your text to check for spelling and grammatical errors. Use the drop-down boxes to change language preferences. LanguageTool also offers browser add-ons for installation on Chrome and Firefox, and add-ons for Google Docs, LibreOffice, and OpenOffice.

tag(s): editing (68), grammar (215), spelling (167), writing (366)

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Use this visual revision program with students who are ready to refine and improve their writing. Have students copy and paste writing projects into the text editor for a final check for spelling and grammar mistakes after making their last revisions. Continued use of a language checking tool helps students correct writing on their own after seeing common errors in their writing. Never send out a newsletter or post to your web page with spelling or grammar errors again! Use LanguageTool to spell check and suggest corrections for any published writing projects.
 

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Open Learning Initiative - Carnegie Mellon University

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6 to 12
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Teach or learn through high-quality online courses offered by the Open Learning Initiative. Choose from available courses in a variety of subjects for full course information including...more
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Teach or learn through high-quality online courses offered by the Open Learning Initiative. Choose from available courses in a variety of subjects for full course information including topics covered, estimated completion time, and software required. Classes are free for independent learning. Set up and teach your own course by registering for an instructor account. Instructor accounts allow members to access tools to assess student learning and provide credit for course completion.

tag(s): chinese (51), design (83), engineering (127), french (90), logic (239), probability (131), psychology (65), statistics (124), STEM (151)

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Take advantage of content in courses to supplement your current lessons. No registration is required to access and view course information. Share this site with gifted students or students with interests in specific academic areas not covered in your current curriculum. Create a course and offer it to your students for greater interaction and learning through community building. Find great ideas from other existing courses. Teachers of gifted can use courses to challenge students in their areas of interest. You can also have gifted students create or collaborate on a student-made "course." Explore the topics for some new, engaging topics 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. The Open Learning Initiative would also be perfect for setting up directions and steps for any projects you require students to do for your class. The program will integrate with some learning management systems.

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Credo Reference - Credo Reference

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6 to 12
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Credo Reference is an extensive online research collection containing almost 900 online dictionaries, reference tools, and encyclopedias. Begin with a keyword search or by subject....more
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Credo Reference is an extensive online research collection containing almost 900 online dictionaries, reference tools, and encyclopedias. Begin with a keyword search or by subject. Use the drop-down box to narrow search terms to include images, topic, books, or mind maps. Choose the advanced search option to limit searches to meet your defined inclusions. Although login isn't required; creating an account allows you to save, print, and share search results.

tag(s): bookmarks (64), search engines (65)

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Bookmark Credo Reference to use on all classroom computers as a reliable and hearty search engine. Be sure to include a link on your class webpage for student use at home. Demonstrate on your interactive whiteboard different methods of searching and appropriate use of each method. Have cooperative learning groups research a certain topic and share their resources using this tool. Remind students that they will need to give proper credit for any resource they use in their research! To either teach about or give students a review of plagiarism and citing sources, use a tool like Plagiarism.org, reviewed here.
 

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The True Size of... - James Talmage and Damon Maneice

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4 to 12
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The True Size of...uses Google Maps and drag and drop technology to allow you to compare the size of any two countries. Because normal maps have a certain amount of ...more
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The True Size of...uses Google Maps and drag and drop technology to allow you to compare the size of any two countries. Because normal maps have a certain amount of distortion, sometimes it's hard to see real size differences on a standard map. Just type in the name of any county. Once highlighted, drag the country to any location on the map to compare. Hover over the country to view statistics with the actual size. When finished, right click and start over.
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tag(s): area (68), countries (78), map skills (82), maps (293)

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The True Size of... is perfect for use on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector. Use to demonstrate size differences in countries. Have students use this site when presenting reports of nations around the world. Have a new student from another state or country? Use this site to begin a discussion of the comparable size of where they came from to where your classroom is located. This tool would be especially valuable when explaining the concept of map scale or square miles/meters. Use The True Size of... to compare locations students read about in Globetracker's Mission, reviewed here, or books they are reading. Include it in discussions about the impact of a country's size on its culture in world language or cultures classes. Use an online tool such a Creately, reviewed here, to create a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast different countries.

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Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature - University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries

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2 to 12
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The Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature is a digitized collection of a variety of children's literature from approximately 1896 to 1943. Use filters to narrow content...more
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The Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature is a digitized collection of a variety of children's literature from approximately 1896 to 1943. Use filters to narrow content by year, genre, publisher, and more. Some items in the collection offer different publications of the same text. Each thumbnail links to images includes the publication date and publisher information.

tag(s): book lists (133), digital storytelling (154), literature (276)

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Share older versions of children's classic books with students to compare with modern versions including print books and online videos. This literature collection is perfect for use with studies of the late 1800's and early 1900's as a primary source of information. For younger students or those with little technology experience, use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, to compare different versions of texts. For older and more experienced technology students, use XMind, reviewed here, to make the comparisons of versions.

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Fresh From the World...Where Your Food Comes From - University of Illinois Extension

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2 to 5
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Fresh From the World offers an interdisciplinary look at the history and origins of many of our favorite foods. Follow along with the presentation to learn the history of potatoes,...more
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Fresh From the World offers an interdisciplinary look at the history and origins of many of our favorite foods. Follow along with the presentation to learn the history of potatoes, bananas, and more. The Teachers Guide provides many suggestions for extending learning opportunities. Be sure to visit the Fun Place for additional learning activities including loading a grocery truck and describing your neighborhood grocery store.

tag(s): agriculture (57), nutrition (158)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on agriculture or nutrition on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Make a shortcut to this site on classroom computers and use it as a center. Have students create maps using Animaps, reviewed here, to label origins of foods shared on this site. Research other foods to include, then have students add text, images, and locations.
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zipTrips - Purdue University

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Introduce your students to science careers, research, and scientific inquiry with zipTrips from Purdue University. Each electronic field trip features a live webcast offering science...more
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Introduce your students to science careers, research, and scientific inquiry with zipTrips from Purdue University. Each electronic field trip features a live webcast offering science in an entertaining format. Register to create your free account and watch archived zipTrips featuring topics including Disease Detectives and The Science of Nutrition. Teacher's Guides for each trip provide background information and questions for discussion. 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): animals (290), diseases (70), genetics (95), nutrition (158), plants (155), virtual field trips (51)

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View zipTrips together with your class on your interactive whiteboard, or have students view on their own. Share this site with students interested in careers in the sciences and/or animals. Have students create blogs using Throwww, reviewed here, to discuss content from zipTrips. Throwww allows you to create "quick and easy" blogs to be used one time only. A unique URL is provided and Throwww is as easy as using a basic Word program! Have students create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from this site using a tool such as Word Clouds for Kids, reviewed here, for younger or less experienced technology users, or WordItOut, reviewed here, for more experienced technology users.
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Pierre de Coubertin in Search of a Sustainable Stadium - The Olympic Museum

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Follow the founder of the modern Olympic Games, Pierre de Coubertin, as he observes the impact of building an Olympic stadium on the economy, the environment, and social implications....more
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Follow the founder of the modern Olympic Games, Pierre de Coubertin, as he observes the impact of building an Olympic stadium on the economy, the environment, and social implications. Learn more about terms such as sustainable development, then make choices as you plan and develop a stadium.

tag(s): architecture (85), olympics (49), sustainability (20)

In the Classroom

This site is perfect for use during any Olympic Games, but is also a great addition to any unit on the environment. Have students explore on their own to learn more about the thought process that goes into designing and constructing a large building. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, to compare and contrast areas before and after the construction of the stadium. Challenge students to create a presentation using slides, reviewed here, to present their view on the proper placement and design of a stadium located near your town. Older students or more experienced technology users could use Ignite, reviewed here, for this presentation. Ignite creates unique multimedia projects using layers and incorporating collaboration.

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Understanding Sacrifice - American Battle Monuments Commission & Dept of Veterans Affairs

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Understanding Sacrifice takes you beyond the facts and figures of World War II battles and provides activities based on the stories of fallen American heroes. Browse the site to find...more
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Understanding Sacrifice takes you beyond the facts and figures of World War II battles and provides activities based on the stories of fallen American heroes. Browse the site to find Northern Europe and Mediterranean battle sites or learn about individual fallen heroes. Choose the Activities link to view lessons correlated to Common Core Standards for grades 6-12. Search options also allow you to find lessons by grade level or subject. The videos 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): battles (19), heroes (26), veterans (21), world war 2 (142)

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This site is a must-see for any teachers of World War II history. Take students beyond the information about battles to learn about individuals and their role and sacrifices. Be sure to take advantage of the extensive information included in each activity including assessments, lesson extensions, and adaptations. Have students choose one of the stories, then research the battle to learn more about the event's relationship to the war. Have students create maps using Animaps, reviewed here. Students can add text, images, and battle locations to tell the story of fallen heroes. Ask local veterans to visit your classroom and share their stories with your class.

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