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Teachit Timer - teachit.co.uk

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K to 12
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TeachIt Timer is an online alternative to the traditional countdown or stopwatch timer. This free online timer displays a countdown timer and a count-up timer at one time. The most...more
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TeachIt Timer is an online alternative to the traditional countdown or stopwatch timer. This free online timer displays a countdown timer and a count-up timer at one time. The most incredible feature is that it allows you to schedule a series of up to eight timed alarms. There are also eight choices of sounds from whistles to bells to barking. Launch the timer right from your screen or download it to your computer to have easy access.

tag(s): classroom management (70), organizational skills (91)

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There are many uses for this practical online tool. At the beginning of the school year, display on your interactive whiteboard or projector to time or count down any classroom activity. That will get the students in the habit of checking how much time they have left. Project the time TeachIt Timer while students take a test, solve a drag and drop, practice speeches, rotate between learning centers, or join cooperative learning groups. Be sure to turn up the volume! When rotating between centers or taking turns in a cooperative learning group, schedule the time sequence to keep everyone on track.
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Great timer resource to use with visual students. Melissa, , Grades: 0 - 5

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Do Nothing for 2 Minutes - Alex Tew

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K to 12
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Take a much-needed 2 minute break with Do Nothing for 2 Minutes. When you enter the website, the 2 minute timer begins. Relax and enjoy the soothing sounds of waves ...more
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Take a much-needed 2 minute break with Do Nothing for 2 Minutes. When you enter the website, the 2 minute timer begins. Relax and enjoy the soothing sounds of waves and the beautiful beach image. If you do anything, such as move your mouse, the timer resets challenging you to take the full 2 minutes of relaxation time. What a fabulous tool for lowering your stress or refocusing!

tag(s): stress (13)

In the Classroom

Use Do Nothing for 2 Minutess to settle students down after activities or during transition times. Use it to relax them before "big tests." This site may be perfect for those students that need a little quiet time in their daily routine. Use this site with any students who may need some quiet time between transitions. Share this site to use with students while studying. They could study for 15 minutes (or longer, depending on the age) and "earn" two minutes of relaxation. If students feel stressed out about a project, try starting with this 2 minute relaxation exercise to calm the nerves. Use this site for yourself: relaxing, destressing, and enjoying life for a quick 2 minutes. Use this tool during a unit in study skills to talk about ways to refocus as you study. There is great value in incubation time before actually launching into a new project or creative challenge, and this tool can help!

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ClassDojo - Sam Chaudhary and Liam Don

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K to 8
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Manage behavior and boost involvement in class quickly and easily. ClassDojo allows you to recognize desirable behaviors and accomplishments in real time. Use it on any Internet connected...more
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Manage behavior and boost involvement in class quickly and easily. ClassDojo allows you to recognize desirable behaviors and accomplishments in real time. Use it on any Internet connected device in your classroom: computer, smartphone, iPod Touch, iPad, or tablet. There are app versions for both iOS and Android. You can choose an avatar for each student. Student behavior records are automatically created, updated, and reports generated with just one click by you. You can even write comments to parents about why a student earned a lost a point. Weekly summaries are automatically emailed to parents. The wording on their site indicates that ClassDojo is free and will stay free for "early adopters," so start your account (and parent accounts) before they change their minds!

tag(s): behavior (38), classroom management (70), DAT device agnostic tool (68)

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Consider using this program to reward a group of the week. Award points for positive behaviors such as participation, helping others, creativity, hard work, or create your own categories. Using ClassDojo for group behaviors will give immediate feedback to students if projected on your whiteboard or your projector. Use this tool to help your unfocused students stay on task. Share this site with students on the first day of school as you go over class expectations and your behavior plan for your classroom. Use ClassDojo to offer both negative and positive feedback to parents and students.

Are you a regular education teacher with special education students mainstreamed into your classroom? Use Class Dojo to privately keep track of student behaviors and send a report to special education teachers or parents. This could be invaluable to a life skills, autistic support, gifted, or emotional support teacher who needs to track the behavior of each of the students as part of an IEP/GIEP. Alternative ed programs may find this tool very useful, as well, even up through high school.

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Veezzle - Vezzle

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K to 12
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Use Veezzle to search for royalty free stock photos and clip art. Veezzle sources its images from a variety of royalty free sites to provide you with an efficient experience. ...more
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Use Veezzle to search for royalty free stock photos and clip art. Veezzle sources its images from a variety of royalty free sites to provide you with an efficient experience. Preserved photographer notes on the images allow you to see what the photographer said about their work and any requests for credit. Veezzle is quite fast to find photos, and it's free of banners and pop-ups. Sort your search by relevance, popularity, and latest. Buttons under the search bar also allow you easily to navigate through the photo sets. Please note that license details for images found on source sites marked with an asterisk should be carefully checked as some copyrighted material can slip through the search filters for these particular sites. Disclaimer: The use of any image found using Veezzle is at your own risk. It is your obligation to verify, read, and respect the license of each photo and use it responsibly.
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tag(s): copyright (45), creative commons (17), images (210)

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Is there a copyright conundrum in your classroom? It is important to teach students about copyright and owner's rights. Demonstrate good search practices as well as how to save the images on the student's computer. Teach the students how to provide full credit to the owner of the image. Use Veezzle to search for photos for presentations, projects, or research. Use the images for ESL/ELL students or speech/language students to create their own visual dictionary. Challenge your students to use images to illustrate vocabulary words using the images from Veezzle or to accompany their writing. Project an image or post it online to use as a writing prompt or to create descriptive sentences. Have one student describe the image as another creates a sketch from the description. Then, compare the described image to the real image. Have students create a multimedia presentation using Prezi reviewed here or another presentation tool. Be sure to hold students accountable by including a "digital citizenship" category in your project rubric, requiring proper credit for all images. You will want to spot check a few of the urls to be sure they are actually correct credits. Share Veezzle on your class web page, wiki, or blog so students can access it anywhere, anytime.

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Worldcrunch - All News Is Global - Jeff Israely and Irene Toporkoff

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8 to 12
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Worldcrunch delivers news from top world-language outlets, translated into English and providing a non-U.S. "view" via reputable sources. The collection was created by a former Time...more
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Worldcrunch delivers news from top world-language outlets, translated into English and providing a non-U.S. "view" via reputable sources. The collection was created by a former Time bureau chief and foreign correspondent for various U.S. publications. He has teamed with a media collaborator from France. Worldcrunch is a great resource for locating news and culture from around the world. During periods of controversy or high international tension, this is an informative source for teens to adults. Explore the interactive map to find news from specific locations or browse through headlines on the main page. This site is very up to date and includes articles from the news today around the world. Choose from topics such as World Affairs, Tech/Science, or Culture/Society. Easily share articles using social networking and email links. Use the "Read Later" link to email, send to Pocket reviewed here. Free app versions are available for both Android and iOS.
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tag(s): cross cultural understanding (85), DAT device agnostic tool (68), journalism (30), media literacy (43), news (167), newspapers (47)

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Share with your students to show them different perspectives on world events. This site would also provide contrasting texts for close reading as required by Common Core. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here) to compare and contrast coverage between two newspapers. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here after reading and comparing many different articles. Build student awareness of the limited view provided by some publications, especially during times of international tension. Explore this site during Newspaper in Education Week or as part of a unit on the basics and nuances of journalistic writing. World language teachers can use newspapers to teach about both language and culture. Have world cultures or social studies students learn about local culture through advertisements and articles and share their findings using a screencast (or screenshots) of the newspaper and talking about their discoveries. Use a free tool like Screenr, reviewed here, to create screencasts.

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Daily Starters - Scholastic

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K to 8
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Daily Starters offers a different opening idea each day for 4 different age bands from Pre-K to grade 8. Subjects include language arts, math, and history, as well as fun ...more
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Daily Starters offers a different opening idea each day for 4 different age bands from Pre-K to grade 8. Subjects include language arts, math, and history, as well as fun facts that relate to the day or month. In addition to a challenging question or idea, the site offers a Teacher's Guide that explains different ways to use the site. It includes the background and vocabulary students need to understand and use the site optimally. Some specific topics include grammar, word usage, mechanics, word study, basic operations, algebraic thinking, measurement, fraction, geometry, word problems, and more. Clicking on the Reveal the Answer tab shows the correct solution to each question. Please note: These daily starters are only updated during the school year. New daily starters begin again every August.

tag(s): fractions (212), geometric shapes (121), grammar (207), measurement (141), numbers (177), substitutes (18), word study (56)

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Display each day's Daily Starters on your projector or whiteboard for students to do first thing in the morning. Or arrange for the classroom computers to open with the Daily Starter page. Have students work alone or collaboratively with a group. Allow students to share questions and responses via their own blogs or your class wiki. Not comfortable with wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through. Challenge students to create their own questions and use them for a class discussion about each idea brought up. Display the ideas from history tidbits and fun facts in a creative way on your class bulletin board. Keep the Daily Starter handy as an activity for substitute or for parent volunteers to use with students during free time or indoor recess.

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Flipped Math - The Algebros

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6 to 12
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Would you like to "flip" your Algebra or Geometry classroom but just aren't sure how to get started? Flipped Math has everything you need! Choose a course to view video ...more
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Would you like to "flip" your Algebra or Geometry classroom but just aren't sure how to get started? Flipped Math has everything you need! Choose a course to view video lessons and download practice problems, corrective assignments (additional practice for misunderstood concepts or incomplete mastery), and a complete pacing guide. Flipped Math also includes many student resources as well as Teacher and Parent FAQ's. Even if you aren't flipping your classroom, Flipped Math offers valuable teaching tools to use in any Algebra or Geometry classroom.

tag(s): teaching strategies (25), video (175)

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Begin your journey into the Flipped Classroom by trying a single lesson or two in your students have access to view videos at home. Use videos and practice problems found on the site as a supplement to your current lessons. Embed videos on your class website or blog for use at home. Even if you are not "flipping," these will make terrific reinforcement for struggling students -- and possibly for parents who want to help, but cannot remember the math skills. Do you want to learn more about flipping your classroom? Find many ideas and suggestions at Flipped Classroom.
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JogNog - JogNog

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2 to 12
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JogNog offers some free online learning games aligned to Common Core Standards. Easily find games for 2nd grade up to college level by topic or type. Search relevant keywords to ...more
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JogNog offers some free online learning games aligned to Common Core Standards. Easily find games for 2nd grade up to college level by topic or type. Search relevant keywords to find games. Hover over search results to view a short description of each quiz along with the number of levels and questions included. Create a class and share any quiz with a quick click to create a class code and url link to selected quizzes. The first level of every Quiz is always free. Every review quiz is free. Grade Books and Questions Report provide feedback on class participation and correct responses. Choose the design link to create your own personalized quizzes using your own content or from questions already on the site. Play JogNog on personal computers or any mobile device by downloading the corresponding app. Creating quizzes is FREE at all times. The free trial (offers additional materials) is good for only 14 days.
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tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (68), quizzes (75), test prep (82)

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Make use of this trial just before standardized test time to get the most out of your free JogNog account. Create a free teacher account then choose quizzes for student review of any topics. Create any number of quizzes and share with students for use on any mobile device. Share JogNog with parents to create an account for their student.

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Quest: The Science of Sustainability - KQED, Inc.

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5 to 9
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Join the Quest and learn all about sustainability and interesting facts about the environment. Some of the interesting topics include A Hidden World Thrives Beneath the Snow, Farm Waste...more
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Join the Quest and learn all about sustainability and interesting facts about the environment. Some of the interesting topics include A Hidden World Thrives Beneath the Snow, Farm Waste Fashionistas, and Let Them Eat Flies. These highly engaging informational texts are great for meeting Common Core standards. Read articles, view video clips (with transcripts), and more. In additional to the main topics highlighted at this site, explore the related videos found at the bottom of the page. This site is often updated (based on the season), so check back often.

tag(s): biodiversity (39), climate (90), energy (165), environment (279), sustainability (14)

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Use this resource in science classrooms to connect the importance of sustainability, water use, biodiversity, and other environmental issues to the world surrounding your students. Connect science to social studies (and vice versa) through the discussion of long term problems/hidden costs of unsustainable use of resources, challenges in crafting and enforcing government policies, and effects of environmental issues on other social problems. Use these articles to meet the Common Core standards for reading informational and digital texts. Share the video clips on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Assign cooperative learning groups a video/topic to explore and share with the class around Earth Day. Challenge cooperative learning groups (or partners) to create a story about their topic using a site such as StoryBird (reviewed here).
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Realtime Board - Multivitamin Project

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K to 12
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Try this "easy to use" collaboration tool and templates to enhance your interactive whiteboard (IWB) or make ANY projector or computer screen behave like a collaborative IWB. See Examples...more
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Try this "easy to use" collaboration tool and templates to enhance your interactive whiteboard (IWB) or make ANY projector or computer screen behave like a collaborative IWB. See Examples to get the idea. Once you join, choose from dozens of different board templates (left sidebar) including a traditional whiteboard. Create sticky notes, text boxes, and upload images or PDF documents. Draw freehand on the whiteboard using a brush. Change colors, add symbols, lines, and more. Rotate and resize items. All menu items are seen at the bottom of the board window. Invite collaborators using the menu at the top right. When finished, publish as an image or PDF document. You can also easily embed the results within a site or your class wiki. Connect to Google Drive to share with collaborators and others.

tag(s): charts and graphs (183), drawing (69), graphic organizers (43), iwb (30)

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Assess prior knowledge as you start a unit by generating a class whiteboard. Save it under your class/teacher account to re-access throughout the unit, adding new topics and content. Make the URL available from your class web page for students to use as a review or for learning support teachers to reinforce what has happened in class. Have student groups map out the content of projects. Encourage visual prewriting for the students who "think in pictures." Have students create review organizers to share with classmates. Allow students to use their whiteboard as their visual during speeches. Map the sequence of steps in a chemical reaction. Then share the URL for absent students to "see" what happened in class. Annotate design principles directly on top of an uploaded image. Have young students use a whiteboard to draw out ideas before they can even write entire sentences. The real asset is that the files are saved and available from ANY computer!

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Classmint - Rajan Chandi and Amar Prabhu

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4 to 12
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Create beautiful, annotable, and audible flashcards using Classmints. Features allow the ability to add code, insert images, and to explain notes with text or images. Play notes...more
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Create beautiful, annotable, and audible flashcards using Classmints. Features allow the ability to add code, insert images, and to explain notes with text or images. Play notes in an audio visual player to listen while studying. "Fold" notes to cover up explanations then "unfold" to view and review. Adjust settings to allow flashcards to be private or public depending on your needs. Be sure to explore the "ready to go" flashcards at the site, before creating your own. At the time of this review, this website was FREE. However, the website creator does mention they plan to add premium features in the future, while keeping most of the site free. The introduction video is hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then it 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 KeepVid reviewed here to download the video from YouTube.

tag(s): flash cards (43), test prep (82), vocabulary (304), vocabulary development (100), word study (56)

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Create flashcards for your classes or have them make their own. Try using them as an introduction to a concept, again in the practice of the concept, and as a final review. It is a nice three for one creation deal! This would be great for teaching Latin prefixes and suffixes of words to students. Use in science terms, or for standardized test preparation. Try having students create flashcards and share with each other to quiz themselves within their own groups. Teach students in higher grades how to create flash cards with multiple blanks to challenge their brain to remember more pieces of the puzzle. Show them how to carefully read through their classroom notes and underline the most important word or words in a sentence. Then have them leave out the most important words for their flashcards. Learning support teachers might want to have small groups create cards together to review before tests. Have students create flashcard sets to "test" classmates on what they "teach" in oral reports. Be sure to check the data base for already created sets to save you time making them yourself!

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Movenote - Movenote Team

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5 to 12
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Create an integrated video presentation or screencast using Movenote. Add content from Google Drive, a computer, or just about any device. Movenote will work with nearly any format...more
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Create an integrated video presentation or screencast using Movenote. Add content from Google Drive, a computer, or just about any device. Movenote will work with nearly any format (doc, PDF, images, and even video). Uploading your documents or video creates the slides, and you can start recording. Simply swipe to synchronize the slides to the video. Registration requires your name and email address. You can register with your Google account. Share the Movenote by embedding, or use Gmail, Google+, Google Drive, Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox, and other social media. Recording requires Shockwave and the approval to access your device's sound and camera.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (68), digital storytelling (82), video (175)

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Encourage your students to use this tool for projects and reports. Use this tool for analysis of a lab report, the culminating project for literature circles, book reviews, explaining a math problem, or a digital portfolio for artwork or music. Have students record their authentic language (reading a Spanish or French paragraph or ESL/ELLs reading English) to listen to their pronunciation. Students can take pictures on a field trip and share them via Movenote to show their parents what they learned. Students could illustrate a short story they wrote, using the audio to record the story as the illustrations slide past. Use this program when you have to be away from the classroom instead of writing out all the directions for a sub. Use it for absent students to stay on top of what has been discussed, assigned, or completed in class. Use it to explain how to solve a math problem and post it on the class website for students to refer to at home. Use it as a screencast for giving feedback for student writing. This tool would be useful for blended or flipped learning, giving students time to absorb information about content, leaving class time for individualized learning.

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99 Polls - 99 Widgets

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K to 12
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Create a free poll or survey and share via email, website, blog, or even a social network. Engage all students with their active involvement with 99 Polls! It is a ...more
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Create a free poll or survey and share via email, website, blog, or even a social network. Engage all students with their active involvement with 99 Polls! It is a great tool that makes looking at data easy and interesting. Embed the URL in your website or email and you are good to go!

tag(s): polls and surveys (38)

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Liven up your classroom with 99 Polls. Use it as an anticipatory guide for introducing new content. Get kids thinking by asking tough questions leading to debates. 99 Polls can also serve as a class voting device. Make school-wide decisions with students, faculty, or parents! During reading week, discover your class, school, or school families' favorite books, or activities. During election time, this is an easy voting solution. At the beginning of the school year, 99 Polls is a great ice breaker. Students can use 99 Polls as a study tool or even quiz maker. Use as a data collection device in science or math.

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Remind - Remind 101

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K to 12
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Remind 101 is a safe and easy way to send reminders to students via text message. The site is set up so that students do not see the teachers' phone ...more
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Remind 101 is a safe and easy way to send reminders to students via text message. The site is set up so that students do not see the teachers' phone numbers nor do the teachers see the students' phone numbers. Create an account. Any phone that can receive text messages will receive these. Communication through this site is safe and secure. You only see the names of your students, not their phone number, and they only see your name -- not your cell phone number. Be sure to obtain parental permission FIRST, as standard messaging rates apply. .

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Set up accounts for all your classes, and even your extracurricular activities, to send homework, project, and supply reminders. Remind students of upcoming events, practices, or things they need to bring to class or practice. You could also use this to communicate with parents (allow them to sign up for text message updates at back to school night). Share this site the first week of school to save time throughout the entire year. Remind parents of big tests, report cards, field trips, deadlines, back to school night, sneaker days, conferences, and more. Set up a faculty reminder group within your school for emergency closures and more.

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Love this site! I'm using it to send reminders to students about overdue library books and/or fines! Terri, VA, Grades: 9 - 12

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Classtools Twister: Create Fake Tweets - Classtools

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8 to 12
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Create a fake tweet and Twitter wall quickly and easily by entering minimal information. Enter a (fake) user name, full name of the person you are impersonating, your tweet, and ...more
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Create a fake tweet and Twitter wall quickly and easily by entering minimal information. Enter a (fake) user name, full name of the person you are impersonating, your tweet, and a date to show on the tweet. Your tweet will appear on a wall with an image of that person ready to share through links provided at the bottom of the page. Twister also includes several ideas for consideration when creating an update such as possible hashtags and most important moments to include. Share via social networks or simply COPY the url of your finished Twister page to share it. There is also an option to save as pdf for easy printing.

tag(s): creative writing (131), social networking (103)

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Share examples found at this site on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to demonstrate possible uses. This site is wonderful for creating interest in many subjects. It is perfect for the social studies classroom as a quick end of class review or homework assignment to summarize each day's lesson. Write about presidents, founding fathers, famous scientists or artists, a Civil War soldier, and much more. Use Twister to study literature, create an update for the central character, book's author, or the setting of the book or play. For a unique twist in science class, create a Twister update for a periodic element or another science topic. Use the update to describe "the life" of that atom or element. The possibilities within the classroom are endless (as is the creativity and motivation)! In World language classes, have students do this activity (about themselves) in the new language they are learning. Create a Twister update for the first day of school to introduce yourself to students or at Open House for parents. In the media center, have students create twister pages for authors or about favorite books. Challenge students to create and share an update about themselves during the first week of school.

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Website Evaluator - ResearchReady.com

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5 to 12
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The Website Evaluator takes you step-by-step through the process of evaluating any website. The site also creates a final report based on your input. Begin by adding the URL of ...more
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The Website Evaluator takes you step-by-step through the process of evaluating any website. The site also creates a final report based on your input. Begin by adding the URL of any website and clicking "Go." A sidebar set of questions appears alongside the site to guide you as you go. Questions consider purpose, accuracy, authority of the author and publisher, relevancy, and how recent the information is. Once finished, view responses and print or email them.

tag(s): evaluating sources (6), internet safety (93)

In the Classroom

Use the Website Evaluator as an integral part of your Internet safety, information literacy/research, or website evaluation lessons in any subject where you require online research. Demonstrate how to use the Evaluator on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Allow students to evaluate sites on their own. Share and compare printed evaluations on a classroom bulletin board or your class website (or wiki). Have students use the Evaluator to compare and contrast different websites to find the one that is the best fit for a particular need. Require that students include a site evaluation for any online source they use as part of a research project.

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Teach Parents Tech - Google

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2 to 12
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Teach Parents Tech is a tongue in cheek method for helping parents (and others) learn basic technology tasks. Simply fill out the spots in this online form to send a ...more
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Teach Parents Tech is a tongue in cheek method for helping parents (and others) learn basic technology tasks. Simply fill out the spots in this online form to send a helpful email to anyone. Information includes short "how to" videos about various tech tasks. Options range from computer basics such as copy and paste up to creating an online calendar to resizing and sharing images and many more.

tag(s): computers (40), internet safety (93), tutorials (48)

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Bookmark Teach Parents Tech for use anytime you want to share a how-to video on computer tasks. Challenge your students to use it to encourage their own parents. Students can also use it as a model to create their own encouraging videos and how-to tips for both parents and teachers! Promote digital writing by having student groups script and create a "Teach Teachers Tech" video collection and web site to encourage their more hesitant teachers (or principal). Share this resource with students who are just learning to work with images, create calendars, translate text, and much more. Share password creation tips with parents for use at home. There are many possibilities so be sure to bookmark this site for use throughout the year! Share a link on your class website or blog for students to access and share when "helping" parents and grandparents.
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Readability - Arc90

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K to 12
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This simple but powerful tool allows you to view ANY web page as simple, clear text. It removes all of the flashing, moving, distracting elements that interrupt concentration and understanding....more
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This simple but powerful tool allows you to view ANY web page as simple, clear text. It removes all of the flashing, moving, distracting elements that interrupt concentration and understanding. Visit the Apps and Add-ons page before making an account. Readability will recognize most browsers to download a Readability add-on or extension for your browser so you can "clean up" the pages you're viewing with a single click. You can also install a "bookmarklet," a simple mini-program that runs inside Internet Explorer, Firefox, or other web browsing software on your computer. "Installing" is then as simple as dragging the Readability button to the Favorites bar of your browser, a one-click button to scrub webpages clean of distractions. No Favorites or links bar to which to drag? Go to the View menu on your browser and click to turn on your Favorites or links bar. Once you have the Readability button, go to ANY web page and click "Readability" to see the page magically change to simple text passages, ready for your interactive whiteboard, easier for your young readers, or enlarged for tired eyes. Share your Readability links through email or Flipboard. There are also Readability Twitter clients as well as many other features offered on the Apps and Add-ons page of the Readability site. Note: Pages with content created in FLASH will not work in Readability, since FLASH text is actually an image to a computer. Test it first before planning to use it in class. Readability delivers a great reading experience on every platform and provides an avenue for connecting readers and publishers on the Web. iOS and Android apps for Readability are available to use on mobile devices.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (68), media literacy (43), reading comprehension (84)

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Install Readability at the beginning of the year on any computer you use with interactive whiteboards so students can highlight key words from any web page and practice notetaking, main idea, summarizing or other comprehension skills to improve web literacy and overall reading skills. If your school computers are locked down, show it to tech staff and special ed/reading department chairs to convince them it is worth installing! Use Readability as you project any advertising-laden site or to help attention-deficit students stay focused on the words. Resource and ESL/ELL teachers will appreciate the ability to focus on the words without other distractions, allowing you to determine how much students are actually reading words vs. using images as context clues. Use this site to help your unfocused gifted students pay better attention! Try turning Readability on and off to show students how they can use images to help in comprehension once they find some meaning from the words on a page. All readers would benefit from stopping to compare how they construct meaning from words and text. Advanced art and design or media literacy students will enjoy examining the advertising techniques on a web page by stripping them away, then turning them back on. This tool also provides a clean way to make printable versions of web page text, even adjusting text size to your preferred option. Please consider the trees before getting carried away, though!
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Hashify - David Chambers

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6 to 12
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Hashify is a simple tool to create web pages with no HTML experience.... and more. Think of it as the plainest of plain vanilla online writing spaces. Type everything in ...more
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Hashify is a simple tool to create web pages with no HTML experience.... and more. Think of it as the plainest of plain vanilla online writing spaces. Type everything in the left side of the tool and it is automatically formatted on the right side. The tools on the left toolbar tool add formatting: headers, bold, bulleted lists, etc. This tool offers options in between plain text writing and the formatting you would expect in Microsoft Word. It's also supported in many different web applications, including Tumblr and some Wikis. It is a great way to organize notes, to-do lists, or other items. It has all the advantages of plain text writing, but acts like a word processor. Use this tool as a minimalist writing system to jot down your thoughts without worrying too much about the appearance. Export the finished result with formatting added. Click Save. Share above the left typing area to obtain the url to the page you have created. Others can add their own ideas, too! No membership is required.

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Use this minimalist tool for a student scribe to keep track of key terms during a class discussion. Share the url with classmates for them to add their thoughts, as well. When brainstorming with a class, use this simple tool for students to add ideas or make lists. It is so simple it does not take up space with lots of fancy toolbars and gadgets. It also does not offer spell checker, so it could be a useful way to have students write without all the "crutches" of grammar and spell checkers.

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GoNoodle - Health Teacher, Inc

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K to 5
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Give yourself a brain break using the interactive classroom resources at GoNoodle. These activities promote health and fitness and are based on cutting edge research. (See the...more
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Give yourself a brain break using the interactive classroom resources at GoNoodle. These activities promote health and fitness and are based on cutting edge research. (See the White Paper to learn more about the research.) These engaging games and activities provide short bursts of movement leading to improved focus and energy within the classroom. Create an account and choose a class mascot. Choose from all brain breaks or narrow your search to a certain activity type: YouTube options, Zumba Kids, etc. Some options are for paid memberships only. None of the games takes longer than five minutes. While most of these are physical tasks, a few are mental/logic activities. Time required for the activity is shown with each option. Registration does require an email address. If your district blocks YouTube, some activities 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): classroom management (70), fitness (43), logic (201), preK (225)

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Share these short activities on your projector or interactive whiteboard for your entire class to view together. Bookmark and save GoNoodle as a before class (or before the bell) activity, perfect for those long winter days inside. These would be great activities as you head into high stakes tests. When your class needs to refocus, use GoNoodle as a short brain break. Use GoNoodle to motivate and reward class accomplishments. Share with learning support teachers (or emotional or autistic support) for use in motivating and reinforcing behaviors with their students.
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My students and I love using GoNoodle for brain breaks. GoNoodle tracks your minutes for you and your mascot "grows" as you use the site. Paula, LA, Grades: 3 - 5
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Art Lessons and Lesson Plans - Ken Rohrer

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K to 12
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FInd an extensive collection of art and drama lesson plans for use in all grade levels. Choose a grade level from categories on the left side of the page. Pick ...more
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FInd an extensive collection of art and drama lesson plans for use in all grade levels. Choose a grade level from categories on the left side of the page. Pick from sub-categories such as type of medium, art period, or artist. One particularly useful category is by integration: ideas you can choose for lessons in subjects such as health, science, or language arts. Once you choose a lesson title, specific details include materials used, appropriate age levels, instructions, and images of projects. Many, but not all lessons also include correlation to national standards. Click on the printer friendly link to print lessons without all the clutter on the page.
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tag(s): animals (218), artists (55), colors (70), geometric shapes (121), insects (58), japan (57), native americans (63), origami (15), painting (59), preK (225), recycling (48), symmetry (49)

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Bookmark and save this site as a resource for art projects throughout the year, especially if budget cuts have taken away your art teacher! Be sure to check out the link to Sub Lessons. Print and save a couple of these to have in your substitute folder for use if necessary. Share with your art teacher (if you have one) as a resource.

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Graphic Organizers and Strategy Charts - William E. B. DuBois Elementary

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K to 12
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If you are looking for an excellent resource of graphic organizers and charts for reading instruction, general comprehension, and note-taking, look no further! This site contains many...more
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If you are looking for an excellent resource of graphic organizers and charts for reading instruction, general comprehension, and note-taking, look no further! This site contains many downloadable graphic organizers for making predictions, revising writing, note-taking, and much more. Scroll down to view topics and click to download the PDF, ready to print and use. This site also shows an area about Reading Strategies. However, at the time of this review, most of the Reading Strategy links were not working. The graphic organizers alone make this site worth a look!

tag(s): characterization (14), charts and graphs (183), graphic organizers (43), guided reading (38), independent reading (95), main idea (11), note taking (21), reading comprehension (84), reading strategies (29), summarizing (11), venn diagrams (15), vocabulary (304)

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Bookmark and save this site as a resource for many graphic organizers to use with reading, writing, and content instruction throughout the year. Use these tools in your reading/language arts lessons, science, social studies, and more. Learning support teachers and those who work with gifted students who eventually "hit the wall" in tougher courses can encourage students to create organizers and see which types improve their quiz and test scores the most. Including them in the choice may make a big difference with your more stubborn students.
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Mathematics Performance Task Bank - Research, Development and Accountability

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1 to 8
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Mathematics Performance Task Bank provides resources to help in learning about and implementing performance-based math assessments in K-8 classrooms. Begin with the introduction tutorial,...more
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Mathematics Performance Task Bank provides resources to help in learning about and implementing performance-based math assessments in K-8 classrooms. Begin with the introduction tutorial, and find the best tips for using performance-based assessments. Find suggestions to implement and use most effectively. There is also a collection of children's math literature for all ages. Look at suggestions for management of all different levels. Follow the monthly math assessment tips. Search Mathematics performance test banks by grade level or math strand. Provided are task specific detailed rubrics which will immediately provide ways to restructure instruction. Tasks can be accessed in English and Spanish.

tag(s): addition (210), assessment (62), charts and graphs (183), equations (132), money (174), operations (99), patterns (74), problem solving (181), sequencing (32)

In the Classroom

Use these task items to track student progression in each strand throughout the school year. Revisit the tasks and see how the student strategies change. Use this as a way to find motivation for real world tasks in your math class. Consider placing student work from these tasks in a math portfolio. Use the tasks at an after school math club, or even for a math night. Assign small groups of students to one of the tasks and they can be the experts for that task. Have each group present the task, after the concepts have been taught, as a review and reinforcement.
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Bullying Preventation Resources - National Association of School Psychologists

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K to 12
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Find resources, research, books, and other information at this bullying prevention resource from National Association of School Psychologists. The site is not visually interesting,...more
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Find resources, research, books, and other information at this bullying prevention resource from National Association of School Psychologists. The site is not visually interesting, but the materials are excellent. Categories include statements and guidelines, resources for families and educators, research, and books and products. Many of the resources are in PDF format, making them perfect to easily copy and share. One exceptional resource is Bullies and Victims: A Primer for Parents. It contains very specific descriptions of bullying behavior (including cyber bullying) along with interventions for bullies and victims.

tag(s): bullying (50), cyberbullying (32), professional development (68)

In the Classroom

This is an excellent site to use as a professional resource within any school or district especially when developing policies to address bullying. Share information with parents during Open House sessions. Share this site with PTA or parent organizations and discuss ways to address bullying in your school. Share with school counselors as an addition to their bullying resources. Include the link on the school web page.
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No Bullying - Treze Ltd.

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5 to 12
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No Bullying is an online forum offering advice, counseling, and resources for the prevention of bullying. Select content specifically geared toward teens, educators, parents, or health...more
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No Bullying is an online forum offering advice, counseling, and resources for the prevention of bullying. Select content specifically geared toward teens, educators, parents, or health educators. Information includes articles and videos offering advice on stopping bullying and reacting to bullying. Other resources include a large database of facts, statistics, and stories about victims of bullying. Be sure to check out the Cyber Safety portion of the site offering information on Internet safety and cyber bullying.

tag(s): bullying (50), internet safety (93)

In the Classroom

Use No Bullying as the starting point for individual or group projects or lessons on bullying. Bookmark and save this site as a resource to address bullying concerns in your school or classroom. Share this site with parents as an important resource for discussing bullying and Internet safety with their family. Include this site on your class web page for students and parents to access as a reference. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings concerning bullying using Easel.ly, reviewed here or Venngage reviewed here. Challenge students to create an antibullying presentation using Prezi (reviewed here).
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A really informative website offering an extensive range of bullying advice and stories. This website covers all types of bullying and is a great resource to help support the teaching of Internet Safety and the importance of dealing with bullying. Michelle, , Grades: 0 - 12

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