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Passover Resources - Gateways Access to Education

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Discover several activities for children to learn about Passover on this Gateway page. Each resource downloads in PDF format and full color. Download and read a kid-friendly, illustrated...more
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Discover several activities for children to learn about Passover on this Gateway page. Each resource downloads in PDF format and full color. Download and read a kid-friendly, illustrated Story of Passover, and also find symbols for a board game, a Passover Activity Placemat, visuals for The Order of the Seder, 10 Plagues, Blessings, Songs, and matching activities. There is no registration necessary to enjoy these activities.
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tag(s): egypt (69), hebrew (14), holidays (148), middle east (31)

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Consider setting up Passover stations in your classroom for students to learn about this Jewish holiday. Use an interactive whiteboard or projector to show each activity to students, then group them in fours and have them rotate through the stations.
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Mahara - New Zealand's Tertiary Education Commission

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8 to 12
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Mahara is an open source e-portfolio creator. Download the Mahara software to begin creating your e-portfolio including journals, social media resources, and uploading files. Once created,...more
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Mahara is an open source e-portfolio creator. Download the Mahara software to begin creating your e-portfolio including journals, social media resources, and uploading files. Once created, share your portfolio using access permissions, allowing members to determine who can view their work. Other features include a resume builder and social networking system connecting members to online learning communities. Scroll to the bottom to find Mahara Support which includes links to a User Manual and Wiki. There is even a demo for you to use for the day to preview Mahara.

tag(s): assessment (104), classroom management (145), portfolios (30)

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

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Full Spectrum Science: Fireworks - Exploratorium

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6 to 12
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Learn all about the science of fireworks with this video presentation from Exploratorium. Discover the chemistry and history behind fireworks as you learn what creates the colors and...more
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Learn all about the science of fireworks with this video presentation from Exploratorium. Discover the chemistry and history behind fireworks as you learn what creates the colors and varying patterns seen in modern fireworks.

tag(s): chemicals (43), light (49)

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Have students create a simple infographic about fireworks using Easel.ly, reviewed here or Venngage reviewed here. Use this video as a model and have students research the origins of other common items. Have students upload a photo they have taken and add voice bubbles to explain what they learned using a tool such as Superlame, reviewed here.

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NASA Online - knowitall.org

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3 to 9
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NASA Online provides award-winning videos and interactives promoting STEM learning corresponding to the TV series for children, The NASA SciFiles. Each video program is accompanied...more
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NASA Online provides award-winning videos and interactives promoting STEM learning corresponding to the TV series for children, The NASA SciFiles. Each video program is accompanied with a web component, which reinforces and extends the instructional objectives and establishes a connection between the math, science, and technology concepts taught in the classroom and the math, science, and technology used everyday by NASA researchers. Choose from interactive math and science activities or view video excerpts from the series. Topics include basic concepts such as electricity, geometry, and sound. Click the NASA SciFiles to find teaching resources.

tag(s): atmosphere (28), charts and graphs (195), electricity (91), hurricanes (38), light (49), matter (61), nasa (40), ratios (54), sound (103), STEM (143)

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Take advantage of these entertaining videos to introduce science concepts. Share interactives on classroom computers or embed on your class web page for students to use at home. After exploring videos and interactives on the site, have students create a multimedia presentation using Voicethread, reviewed here. 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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Affordable Colleges Online - Dan Schuessler & Doug Jones

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Affordable Colleges Online provides extensive information about the costs and the programs offered for online degrees. Use tabs at the top of each page to view by degrees, majors, states,...more
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Affordable Colleges Online provides extensive information about the costs and the programs offered for online degrees. Use tabs at the top of each page to view by degrees, majors, states, rankings, or additional resources. Other options allow viewers to see colleges offering cheap, quality online degrees, explore accreditation, and search for religious college options. One resource worth exploring is the section describing options for financial aid, including many valuable statistics and information for finding the most financial aid.

tag(s): college (44), financial aid (13)

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Many students are considering virtual degrees, and almost all college-bound students need information on financial aid options. Affordable Colleges Online is a useful site to include with information on college search strategies, consider bookmarking it for college-bound students. This tool is helpful for high school guidance counselors or teachers who work with juniors and seniors. Provide the link on your class website for families to access and explore at home.
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Smudge's Early Science - Storm Educational Software

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K to 3
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Smudge's Early Science provides activities for introducing basic science concepts about plants and animals to children ages four and up. Follow the instructions included with each activity...more
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Smudge's Early Science provides activities for introducing basic science concepts about plants and animals to children ages four and up. Follow the instructions included with each activity to drag and drop images into the correct order or sort by categories.

tag(s): animals (284), plants (152), preK (284)

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These activities are perfect for use on classroom computers as a science learning center. Also, include a link to these interactives on your class website for use at home. Introduce your plant or animal unit using the activities found on this site, then investigate other animals and plants found near your school. Create a story about animals and plants using pictures, themes, and other prompts generated by the site StoryBird, reviewed here.

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Atom Animation - KScience

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Build and view atom structures with this drag and drop interactive. Enter the symbol for any of the first 20 elements into the box to see the structure including electrons, ...more
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Build and view atom structures with this drag and drop interactive. Enter the symbol for any of the first 20 elements into the box to see the structure including electrons, neutrons, and protons. Build your atom by dragging and dropping features onto the template. As you drag and drop, the display indicates the chemical formed.

tag(s): atoms (58), molecules (45), periodic table (51)

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This site is perfect for use on your interactive whiteboard. Explore atoms together as you experiment with dragging and dropping different parts of atoms onto the interactive. Have students explore this site on their own by sharing a link on classroom computers. Include this site as part of your introduction to elements and the periodic table.
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Weather-Ready Nation - National Weather Service

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Weather-Ready Nation provides weather safety information and forecasts along with all of the latest weather news. Choose the weather safety link to learn about specific weather threats...more
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Weather-Ready Nation provides weather safety information and forecasts along with all of the latest weather news. Choose the weather safety link to learn about specific weather threats such as lightning safety and hurricanes. This site also includes seasonal safety campaigns featuring information and tips for dealing with seasonal weather. 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): fire (26), floods (7), hurricanes (38), safety (91), snow (22), tornadoes (17), tsunamis (18), weather (194)

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Share a link to Weather-Ready Nation on classroom computers for students to explore on their own. Include information from the site during your weather unit. Discuss weather threats that are specific to your area. Take advantage of the free flyer to print and include on a classroom bulletin board. Have students create annotated images of weather events including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create daily weather forecast videos using Powtoons, reviewed here, and share them on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here.
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Ready Jet Go! - PBS Kids

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Ready Jet Go! is a PBS Kids animated series to help children learn about astronomy and earth science concepts. This site features characters from the series in games, videos, and ...more
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Ready Jet Go! is a PBS Kids animated series to help children learn about astronomy and earth science concepts. This site features characters from the series in games, videos, and activities. Watch full episodes, connect to the live Space Station feed, or learn about spacecraft from Astronaut Amy's short videos.

tag(s): gravity (49), moon (74), planets (126), preK (284), solar system (122), space (213), stars (64), sun (73), temperature (31)

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Use this site as a learning station or center. Be sure to include a link on your class web page for use at home. Create a word cloud of the important terms students learn from this site using a tool such as Wordle, reviewed here, or Word Clouds For Kids, reviewed here. Have students use an online poster creator such as Printing Press, reviewed here, to present information learned about space.

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AeroSpaceGuide - Vic Stathopoulos

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6 to 12
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AeroSpaceGuide is the online resource for all things aerospace for students, scientists, and anyone interested in space. Dig deep into this site to learn about space exploration vehicles...more
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AeroSpaceGuide is the online resource for all things aerospace for students, scientists, and anyone interested in space. Dig deep into this site to learn about space exploration vehicles and history, women in space, the solar system, and much more through images and short feature articles.
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tag(s): explorers (63), solar system (122), space (213)

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Use AeroSpaceGuide as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Allow students time to explore as a starting point for further research into space-related topics. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their space research using Easel.ly, reviewed here. Upon completion of your space unit have students make a multimedia presentation featuring information learned using LiveSlides, reviewed here, or Lucidpress, reviewed here.

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Born Free USA - Belton Mouras and Ken Guerrero

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Born Free USA is an animal advocacy group offering many resources for helping animals. Browse through the Campaigns & Programs to learn about key issues of their work including Animals...more
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Born Free USA is an animal advocacy group offering many resources for helping animals. Browse through the Campaigns & Programs to learn about key issues of their work including Animals in Entertainment, Fur as Fashion, and more. Find out how to become an animal advocate with Born Free USA's tools and resources including downloadable advocacy materials. Be sure to check out the 2016 Year of the Lion that includes lesson plans, videos, and other teaching materials. 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 (284), service projects (26)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and more to include with your animal unit. After introducing the site with a projector or on an interactive whiteboard, allow older students to explore on their own then choose a topic of interest for further research. Have students make a multimedia presentation or create a digital story about their animal topic using Adobe Spark, reviewed here. Younger students could create a digital story around their animal topic using My Storybook, reviewed here. Consider bringing in a local animal advocate to speak to your class about issues in your area. Post a link to this website for students to share with parents at home.

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eMathHelp - eMathHelp

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eMathHelp offers help and resources for high school and college students. Select Math Notes to find over 2000 notes with explanations and examples for Pre-Algebra through Calculus 2....more
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eMathHelp offers help and resources for high school and college students. Select Math Notes to find over 2000 notes with explanations and examples for Pre-Algebra through Calculus 2. eMathHelp also offers a large variety of calculators in various subject areas featuring step-by-step answers. Browse through the Homework Help section to find answers to previously solved problems or post your own. Be aware, this site will point you in the right direction to finding answers, they don't just give answers!!
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tag(s): calculators (42), homework (46), tutorials (47)

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Take advantage of the many free calculators for use in your math class; display on your interactive whiteboard or with a projector as you work through problems and see how to solve them. Share a link to this site on your class website for students to use as a resource for homework help. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create math explanation videos using Powtoons, reviewed here, and share them on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here.

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Youngest & Oldest Olympic Gold Medalists - Athletic Edge Physiotherapy

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5 to 12
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This interactive features the youngest and oldest gold medal winners from several popular Olympic sports. Click on any blue or green bar to view full information including the athlete's...more
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This interactive features the youngest and oldest gold medal winners from several popular Olympic sports. Click on any blue or green bar to view full information including the athlete's name, country, and gold medal year.

tag(s): olympics (48), sports (97)

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Although all sports represented are from Summer Olympics, this interactive would be useful for learning about the Winter Olympics as well. Share with students, then have them research information for the winter games, or for their favorite Olympic sport. Once the research is completed, have students create online posters individually or together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard, reviewed here, or PicLits, reviewed here. Have students identify sports with the smallest and largest age gap for gold medal winners, then consider why they are so different.

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Random Name/Word Picker - ClassTools

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K to 12
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This random name or word picker tool offers two different methods for selecting names from a list. Enter each name or word on a different line, copy and paste from ...more
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This random name or word picker tool offers two different methods for selecting names from a list. Enter each name or word on a different line, copy and paste from a spreadsheet or word document if available. Choose the typewriter to view a scrambled word letter-by-letter. The fruit machine reveals a choice with a slot machine, choose the button Remove to delete used words from the list as you play.
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tag(s): classroom management (145), gamification (71)

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The obvious use for this tool is for selecting students to answer a question or do an activity. Other uses could include forming groups/pairs or creating seating charts. Allow students to use it when it's time to choose the next student. Instead of names, enter activities for P.E., rainy day recess activities, the next book your class will read together, or anything where you need to make a choice. Enter vocabulary words and use the word picker to practice definitions, or have one student provide the definition for a selected word and other students guess the word.
 
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KQED Media Literacy Courses - KQED Teach

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K to 12
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KQED offers several free, self-paced courses for expanding media literacy skills. The first course begins with an introduction to the KQED teach and an overview of the platform used...more
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KQED offers several free, self-paced courses for expanding media literacy skills. The first course begins with an introduction to the KQED teach and an overview of the platform used for each of the courses. Topics include Taking Charge of Social Media, Media Essentials, and Video Storytelling Essentials. Choose any course description to view what is included in the modules and lessons in addition to the length of time to complete. All courses include interaction with an online community to share and learn together.

tag(s): professional development (126)

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Gain a better understanding of media literacy tools by taking KQED's professional development courses. Participate in classes on your own or with colleagues as part of your ongoing professional development. Begin any of the self-paced courses anytime and complete them at your own pace.

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Exploratorium - Exploratorium

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Explore, play, and discover at the website for Exploratorium in San Francisco. This very comprehensive site is part of their learning laboratory exploring the world through science,...more
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Explore, play, and discover at the website for Exploratorium in San Francisco. This very comprehensive site is part of their learning laboratory exploring the world through science, art, and human perception. Choose from the many different offerings including blogs, videos, and websites or explore by topic. If you teach science, you will want to bookmark this site for use all year long!

tag(s): atmosphere (28), colors (80), earth (231), electricity (91), energy (202), geology (82), light (49), magnetism (38), matter (61), motion (62), oceans (150), optical illusions (13), optics (15), sound (103), space (213), STEM (143), temperature (31), time (142), water (131)

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Take advantage of the many resources found on Exploratorium to supplement science lessons. Resources include animations, songs, activities, and more. Share this site with students to use as inspiration for science fair projects. After using resources from the site, have students make a multimedia presentation including information learned using Ignite, reviewed here. Ignite is a tool to create a unique multimedia project using layers and incorporating collaboration. Alternatively, choose one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools, reviewed here.

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Mummy Maker - BBC

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You become the embalmer as you prepare the body of Ramose for his funeral with this interactive game. Fail, and Ramose becomes homeless and doesn't enter Paradise. Choose the correct...more
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You become the embalmer as you prepare the body of Ramose for his funeral with this interactive game. Fail, and Ramose becomes homeless and doesn't enter Paradise. Choose the correct tools to perform each task to prepare the body for embalming. Be careful, if you make three mistakes, Ramose's body and soul become vulnerable to demons from the underworld. Though this interactivity has been archived, it is still fully functional.

tag(s): egypt (69)

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Create a link to this game on your class website and have students explore the game on their own. Have students create blogs describing the embalming process in Ancient Egypt using Throwww, reviewed here. This site allows you to create "quick and easy" blogs to be used one time only. A unique URL is provided, and this site is as easy as using a basic Word program! Have students use Fakebook, reviewed here, to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about an ancient embalmer.
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MathGames - TeachMe, Inc.

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MathGames offers a large variety of math games and interactive questions for grades preK-8 all fully aligned to Common Core Standards. Choose a grade to start, or choose by skills....more
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MathGames offers a large variety of math games and interactive questions for grades preK-8 all fully aligned to Common Core Standards. Choose a grade to start, or choose by skills. Other options allow users to choose by grade level standards. Registration isn't necessary to play individual games; however, enrollment as a teacher provides additional features. Input your class to receive detailed progress reports as well as leaderboards and student competitions.

tag(s): addition (238), charts and graphs (195), DAT device agnostic tool (166), differentiation (48), division (167), equations (155), estimation (45), fractions (235), geometric shapes (163), measurement (160), mental math (28), multiples (36), multiplication (221), patterns (85), preK (284), ratios (54), statistics (123), subtraction (198), time (142)

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MathGames is perfect for practice with many different math concepts. Include a link to games on your class website or classroom computers. Be sure to share games with parents for play at home. Take advantage of the free registration to register your class to follow student progress and challenge students to increase scores. If you teach using Common Core Standards, this site is excellent for finding practice activities aligned to the standards.
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Aurasma - Aurasma

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Intrigued about Augmented Reality? Use this augmented reality application to overlay any image or video over top of an image uploaded from your computer. The next step is to upload...more
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Intrigued about Augmented Reality? Use this augmented reality application to overlay any image or video over top of an image uploaded from your computer. The next step is to upload the video you want to include as the overlay. Save and share your Aura using the links provided. Demo tutorials on this provide additional information for creating and sharing Auras.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (166), images (271)

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Use this tool for Word Walls, overlaying images of the words or videos showing the words in action when they are scanned. Create overlays of diagrammed pictures, revealing more information for each of the elements labeled. For example, add more information about parts of the human body, elements in the periodic table, works of various artists/musicians, or battles in a war. Create an interactive journal or newspaper with simple headlines. For example, create a headline of "School play a definite smash!" and overlay a video of the play using the app. Create a poster of school rules or laboratory safety. Consider assigning groups of students the task of acting out the rules to overlay on the interactive poster. As students work towards completing material for a class, create video words of encouragement or advice to play at key points of the assignment. Or, add additional information at various points, inspired by past or present student questions about how the information relates to life. Bring the outside world in by taking videos of professionals to play when reading stories in class.

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OK2Ask: Make Magic with Mix - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from March 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Create powerful, engaging, and interactive presentations using the latest...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from March 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Create powerful, engaging, and interactive presentations using the latest Microsoft Office add-in for PowerPoint -- Office Mix. Learn to use Office Mix for recording video, screen capturing, adding annotations, making interactive questions and assessments, sharing online, and data analytics. You can easily Flip your classroom with Mix while tracking students' understanding. Remember, it's OK2Ask'®. This session is for teachers at INTERMEDIATE technology comfort levels. As a result of this session teachers will: (1) Learn the basic functions of Microsoft Mix; (2) Explore three different ways to use Microsoft Mix in the classroom; and (3) Plan for the use of Microsoft Mix in the classroom.

Note: You must attend this session on a laptop or desktop computer that has a full version of Microsoft PowerPoint installed. Additionally, participants MUST download and install the free Office Mix add-in before the session. You will not be able to CREATE Office Mix learning objects on an Android or Apple tablet or via Office 365. You can access and use them on those devices but not create them.

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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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