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Edmodo - Edmodo

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7 to 12
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Use Edmodo for microblogging in your classes. Use microblogging for real time discussions and responses from all students. Designed specifically for education, teachers can easily create...more
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Use Edmodo for microblogging in your classes. Use microblogging for real time discussions and responses from all students. Designed specifically for education, teachers can easily create a network for their classes where members can quickly respond to each other. This is a device-agnostic tool, available on the web but also available for free as both an Android and iOS app. Use it from any device or move between several devices and still access your work. App and web versions vary slightly. Post assignment reminders, build an event calendar, and post messages to the group as well. View a video of how to easily use Edmodo.

tag(s): blogs (74), DAT device agnostic tool (100), microblogging (33)

In the Classroom

View a screencast demo of using Edmodo here. Before using with a class, create a master administrator and also create two to three "fake students" to practice using Edmodo for a few weeks. Use this suggestion not only to understand how to use Edmodo but to also determine how it will be used in the classroom. Allow students to register by using your group code. Use this tool easily in your Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) classroom since all students will be able to access it for free, no matter what device they have.

Use this service for class scribes to detail what has been learned that day. In Math, instruct scribes to discuss how to solve a problem. Better yet, allow students the opportunity to discuss how they solve specific problems to identify more than one manner of solving. During class presentations, use Edmodo to provide feedback to the presenter. During videos, students can maintain backchannel discussions in order to recap events, ask for clarification, or carry on meaningful discussion of the content. Use to create stories one line at a time with collaboration from the whole class. Ask questions from the days work to identify which concepts are causing problems with students and need to be reinforced. Post assignments in Edmodo. Students can access assignments and ask questions for clarification. Discuss environmental, health, or other social issues to identify other viewpoints and concerns. Still need more ideas? Check the Edmodo blog.

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Edmodo is a terrific resource for communicating with teachers and students. It's Facebook-like interface is familiar and inviting for users. Tim, , Grades: 0 - 6

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Geddit - Justin Mann

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6 to 12
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Use this free online tool to receive instant feedback from students about understanding of classroom content through their mobile devices. The tool works in the web browser on any mobile...more
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Use this free online tool to receive instant feedback from students about understanding of classroom content through their mobile devices. The tool works in the web browser on any mobile device (no app needed). Feedback options include self-assessment, multiple choice, and short answer responses. Choose the teacher button to add classes to your account. Input names individually or upload your class list from your computer. A different option offers the ability to provide students with a code to create their own account. Be sure to view the quick tutorials for using Geddit and suggestions for classroom use.

tag(s): assessment (70), classroom management (93), DAT device agnostic tool (100), polls and surveys (41)

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For those lucky enough to have a classroom set of mobile devices or laptops or who teach in a BYOD classroom, use Geddit to deliver quick assessments, receive student feedback on classroom information, or involve students in classroom lessons. This is a great tool to engage students in the learning process. During a lesson, throw a random "thought" question to everyone based on what you are teaching. Create "ready to go" quick quizzes on any topic. Especially at the beginning of the year, use this tool to survey students on their thoughts about issues that they may not feel comfortable answering by raising their hands or speaking out loud. Create pretests for your gifted students to take to "test out" of already learned material. Find other tools that work on ALL types of devices at TeachersFirst's at BYOD tools.

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Smarty Pins - Google

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6 to 12
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Smarty Pins is an online game combining Google Maps with historical trivia questions. Start a game, and a trivia question pops up requiring an answer that can be mapped. The ...more
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Smarty Pins is an online game combining Google Maps with historical trivia questions. Start a game, and a trivia question pops up requiring an answer that can be mapped. The game gets you started in the right general location, but you have to drop a pin in the right spot to answer the question. Your score depends upon how close you are. Starting with 1000 points, you lose a point for every cumulative mile you are away from the target(s). The questions come from broad categories like science, history, current events and entertainment, and it's possible to narrow your questions to just one of the categories.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (100), map skills (75), maps (255), trivia (15)

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Smarty Pins would be great as a reward for students who finish work promptly, for advanced students who have completed an assignment before other students, or as a way to focus student attention quickly at the beginning of class. It can be used collaboratively from an interactive white board, or it launches from both the Android and the iOS Google map app or from a desktop. Challenge your students to design their own geography quizzes using Mapskip, reviewed here, adding their own "stories" with questions.

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Modern Chalkboard - SuperTeacherWorksheets.com

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K to 6
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Modern Chalkboard is an online resource for free Smart Board interactives for elementary grade levels. Choose from math, grammar, social studies, and science resources. Choose any topic...more
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Modern Chalkboard is an online resource for free Smart Board interactives for elementary grade levels. Choose from math, grammar, social studies, and science resources. Choose any topic to view a short description of the file including correlation to Common Core Standards and appropriate grade level. Click to download to your computer. Some files also include a downloadable PDF Follow-Along Worksheet. If you don't have a Smart Board, convert files using SMART Notebook Express, reviewed here.

tag(s): addition (226), charts and graphs (188), continents (43), division (154), electricity (74), geometric shapes (137), grammar (213), human body (96), iwb (31), measurement (150), money (179), multiplication (205), parts of speech (65), place value (55), preK (251), rounding (23), solar system (111), subtraction (188), time (138)

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Bookmark this resource for use throughout the year for interactive whiteboard lessons. Share activities on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students operate the board. Some activities would also be appropriate for individual computers.
 This resource requires PDF reader software like Adobe Acrobat.

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EverySlide - NetClick, Inc

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6 to 12
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Improve your slide presentations with audience interaction using EverySlide. Upload any PowerPoint or Keynote presentation to your EverySlide account. You will then receive your unique...more
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Improve your slide presentations with audience interaction using EverySlide. Upload any PowerPoint or Keynote presentation to your EverySlide account. You will then receive your unique presentation URL. Viewers participate by typing in the code displayed at the top of your presentation. Participants can provide feedback via instant polls or question responses. Following your presentation, review feedback or download contact information and answers into a spreadsheet. Create instant polls, word clouds, class reports, and more. The free version works on any device (perfect for your BYOD - bring your own device classroom).
This site includes advertising.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (100), slides (55)

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Use your existing presentations and upload them to EverySlide. EverySlide is perfect for use in your BYOD or 1:1 classroom. Use during your presentations to increase student interest and interaction. Check understanding of your ELL students by having them respond or pose questions throughout the presentation. Share with students for them to use during their own presentations, inviting other students to comment and answer questions. During Open House night with parents, demonstrate how EverySlide provides interaction. Use EverySlide during professional development presentations to invite discussions from colleagues. Anytime you need an engaging and interactive presentation platform... look no further than EverySlide!

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Teaching Tolerance - Southern Poverty Law Center

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K to 12
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Teaching Tolerance is a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center and seeks to provide educators with tools to reduce prejudice of all kinds. You might already be familiar with ...more
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Teaching Tolerance is a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center and seeks to provide educators with tools to reduce prejudice of all kinds. You might already be familiar with this group's "Mix it Up" initiative which seeks to get middle school and high school students to sit with someone new for one day during lunch at the cafeteria. This site contains lesson plans, links for teachers, parents, teens, and kids, current topics related to prejudice, an on-line version of the Teaching Tolerance magazine, an order form for free curriculum materials, and links to other resources.

The teacher's link offers classroom activities (many interactive) that tie in with the lesson plans. There is also a link to receive FREE kits and handbooks! The "Parents" link offers activities and ideas for ages 2-17! There are online activities, recommended books, "talking points" for parents, and more. The "For Teens" link includes a wealth of resources: video clips, lessons, 10 steps to take action, downloadable posters, essays, and true stories. The Kid's link offers "read," "Explore," and "Play" options for elementary (and younger middle school) students. A "sign up" box appears when you first enter the site, click on the X to remove the box.

tag(s): bullying (51), diversity (37), tolerance (11)

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Of course, the obvious uses for this site include preparing for Black History Month or Women's History Month, consult this site for more than that! Don't just visit the Teacher's link, but check out the kids and teens links for videos and interactive that you can share on your projector or interactive whiteboard. If you are unsure of how to approach a touchy subject with your students--either a subject from the news like the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" rules, or something that is happening in your school or community, this site can provide resources for you and your students. Subscribe to Tolerance.org's emailed newsletter, or order one of the curriculum kits; the newest one is Viva la Causa about Cesar Chavez and the struggle for justice for farmworkers in the 1960s. This is a great addition to your school's bully program! Take advantage of the free lesson plans, class activities, interactive, and book recommendations. This is definitely one to list on your class website!
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Virtual Manipulatives - Glencoe.com

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K to 8
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Looking for a great site that offers simple shapes and tools to manipulate to learn math concepts? Looking for a great site to play simple games? Find both here. Use ...more
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Looking for a great site that offers simple shapes and tools to manipulate to learn math concepts? Looking for a great site to play simple games? Find both here. Use this site on single computers with individuals or groups of students or with a whole class on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Select a grade and then add backgrounds such as coordinates or other grids. Add manipulatives such as algebra tiles, currency, cubes, or counters. As you scroll through the options, a preview window shows what the selection will look like. Use other tools such as pens, compasses, and rulers with all of the manipulatives. Bring your lessons to life interactively using these manipulatives. Choose "Game boards" or "Story boards" under "Backgrounds" for other great options for any class! Use the print function to print the finished screen.

tag(s): counting (118), equations (138), money (179), time (138)

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In Science or Math, use the backgrounds to create a large graph paper screen on an interactive whiteboard or projector to explain how to complete an activity. In Math, find a number of backgrounds or manipulatives to illustrate math concepts. For example, use the Equation Charts background to learn solving equations. Allow students to enter the numbers into the equation and solve then in front of the class. Use Base Ten blocks to illustrate area, volume, and other concepts in Math. Follow with actual manipulatives such as blocks that can be stacked for additional reinforcement. Use story boards for any class as ways to brainstorm ideas, solving problems, and creating flowcharts. Use the storyboard pictures as writing prompts or to frame math or science questions for better understanding. After demonstrating any activity with the whole class, use this site as a perpetual math center with different assignments for students to work with manipulatives on their own or in pairs. Post screenshots at the center for the tools students should use for that week's center. No clean up and no lost pieces! Share this site on your class web page for at-home practice, as well.
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This is a great tool for young students to learn shapes. Melissa, , Grades: 0 - 5

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TeachersFirst Middle East Interactive Activities - TeachersFirst

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6 to 12
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Understanding the nuances of the Middle East is a challenge for anyone. TeachersFirst offers these interactive activities to help students grasp the basic political geography and religious...more
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Understanding the nuances of the Middle East is a challenge for anyone. TeachersFirst offers these interactive activities to help students grasp the basic political geography and religious make-up of the region. The activities include some basic facts to acquaint students with historical events, resentments, and alliances in the region. With this foundation, you can move on to meaningful discussions of the many interrelationships in the Middle East and their impact on the world today.

tag(s): arab (18), iran (10), iraq (31), israel (15), middle east (22)

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These interactive activities are well-suited for both individual student use and interactive whiteboards. There is a link at the bottom of the page to different lesson plan ideas to use these activities in the classroom for varying purposes. Be sure to include the link on your teacher web page if you are asking students to learn all the country names. They will be able to use the activities to practice at home or in study halls.
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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 (195)

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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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News in Pictures - BBC

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5 to 12
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See photographs and captions of current daily news from around the world. In addition to showing professional pictures, you can contribute your own special photos. Each photo included...more
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See photographs and captions of current daily news from around the world. In addition to showing professional pictures, you can contribute your own special photos. Each photo included a clickable caption. Click on the caption to view more photos and read simple explanations.
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tag(s): news (173), newspapers (50), photography (139)

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Use the photos on this page as a jumping off site for many activities. Challenge students to read about the same topic/news using a different site and then writing a comparison essay. Students can submit their own photos for consideration. Students can learn summary writing by looking at these photos and writing briefly what happened. Have students create a multimedia presentation using Thinglink, reviewed here.This site allows users to narrate a picture. Challenge students to upload a copyright-safe photo, and then narrate as if it were a news report. Students of multiple ability levels can respond to the photos, each at their own ability level.

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Teach World War One History with Food - American Historical Association

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7 to 12
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Teaching about World War I usually involves a little international politics, a little national politics, and a side trip into the innovations of waging war. Why not include something...more
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Teaching about World War I usually involves a little international politics, a little national politics, and a side trip into the innovations of waging war. Why not include something a little more personal and relatable--like food? Four short (under 5 minutes) videos introduce the idea that Americans' role in providing food aid to Europe in the early stages of the war was part of the larger Progressive movement. The videos also focus on the actual preparation of a World War I era meal. Information about the actual recipes is interwoven with further political and cultural commentary about life in the US during the World War I era. Videos are hosted on Vimeo, so Flash isn't required.

tag(s): nutrition (143), world war 1 (44)

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Use these short videos to make life during World War I come alive. Consider asking students to make some of these recipes themselves at home, or if it's feasible, prepare an authentic meal at school as a treat during the unit. Students might discuss the issue of food rationing during both World War I and II as a contrast to the widespread availability of all kinds of food today. How is food rationing a patriotic act? Challenge students to find other popular recipes from this time in history. Have students video the preparation and explanation of the recipe. Share the videos on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here.

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WE THE ECONOMY 20 Short Films You Can't Afford to Miss - Vulcan Productions/Cinelan

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9 to 12
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Build your understanding of the U.S. economy through a creative, well-organized collection of short films (5-8 min) designed to explain 20 key concepts that any informed citizen needs...more
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Build your understanding of the U.S. economy through a creative, well-organized collection of short films (5-8 min) designed to explain 20 key concepts that any informed citizen needs to understand. Unlike many informational films, these are quite engaging. The collection is divided into five chapters on Economy, Money, The Role of Government, Globalization, and Inequality. All of us can better understand how our economy works from watching these films and exploring some of the follow-up discussion suggestions, even among adults. Teachers can obtain a link to free, downloadable lesson materials, activities, and extensions by filling out a form with their email address. (The email comes within a few minutes but watch your SPAM filter. It may be better to request the ink via a home email to avoid school filtering!) The teacher materials include correlations to CCSS standards in ELA, Math, and Writing. The content of the films and lessons supports many major concepts of economics and government included in state and other standards. App versions are available for both iOS and Android.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (100), money (179), supply and demand (2)

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Sign up to download the support materials and plan one or several lessons to demystify the economy as part of a civics/government class or an econ course. Assign students to watch films in small groups and explain the key concepts to the class using a multimedia tool from the Edge. As economic issues come up in current events or during an election cycle, use these films to explain the underlying issues.

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Easel.ly

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5 to 12
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Create Infographics - easily! Click the "Start Fresh" gray square to begin using the tools. Simply drag and drop your favorite from a wide selection of customizable themes (layouts),...more
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Create Infographics - easily! Click the "Start Fresh" gray square to begin using the tools. Simply drag and drop your favorite from a wide selection of customizable themes (layouts), or start from a blank canvas. Drag and drop other needed elements or upload graphics to create your own. Enter your text and data to create your own Infographic, displaying and sharing information. Find all the needed elements and prompts along the top navigation bar. This site takes the challenge of using design principles out of the creation of an Infographic. Click Save and you will be prompted to join if you have not already. Once logged in and saved, the prompts will tell you to return to your home page (leaving the "creator" area) to choose settings for your finished infographic. You can choose public or private, share by link, download, or delete.

tag(s): data (145), infographics (42), posters (30)

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Use a whole class account if you are working with students under 13 or if school policies prohibit student accounts. Experiment with Easel.ly on a projector or interactive whiteboard (let the students do it!) using different design "themes," making changes without having to configure the whole Infographic. After creating Infographics as a class, review the other types to show basic design principles. Students can create Infographics of a classroom topic, relationships and definitions of major terms, information from labs, and more. Find data and information that connects your content to the outside world, such as the statistics and causes for endangered species. Consider assigning the creation of an Infographic as an assignment to understand any curriculum content and connect it with the real world. For example, show the many ways electricity is used in the world or the impact of slavery on an economy. Or have students explain an experiment and report the results with graphical information to provide meaning. Learn about food groups (now displayed as myplate) by dissecting a food, diary, or a typical school lunch in terms of meeting daily requirements (and other nutrition topics).

If your use literature circles in your classroom, making an Infographic about a novel the group read would be a great conclusion for the lit circle project, and it might entice others in the class to read the novel. Post the infographics on your web page for all your students and their parents to enjoy.

To challenge your gifted students, have them research and create infographics depicting the tough issues or "flipsides" related to your curriculum topic: Major court cases and issues involving freedom of speech (during your Constuitution unit), risks and benefits of nuclear power (in a physics class), how an author's experience influences what he/she writes, lead-ups to a current events crisis, etc.

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Group Maker Tool - Instant Classroom

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K to 12
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Create random groups quickly with the Group Maker Tool. Click "Create a Group Now" to begin and follow prompts to set up your groups. You will need to provide an ...more
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Create random groups quickly with the Group Maker Tool. Click "Create a Group Now" to begin and follow prompts to set up your groups. You will need to provide an email and create a password for your group. Add up to 100 names to your class list. Choose the number of groups to make. You can even choose to make pairs!

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Although a bit awkward and slow to get started, this tool is helpful for creating random groups for many purposes. It is best to create your class list ahead of time then you can easily create groups anytime on the fly! Use this tool to create groups for cooperative learning groups, class plays, presentations, computer centers, field trips, and much more.

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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 (91), DAT device agnostic tool (100), journalism (31), media literacy (43), news (173), newspapers (50)

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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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Verso - Verso

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4 to 12
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More than a student response system, Verso allows you to create lessons, track and group students' responses, collect data, and give everyone in the class a voice. Create a class...more
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More than a student response system, Verso allows you to create lessons, track and group students' responses, collect data, and give everyone in the class a voice. Create a class and students join using a unique code. Create lessons containing instructions and content such as a video or video clips, sound recording, document, or link to a website. Students cannot see responses by others until they have submitted their own choice/response. Once students can see others' responses, they are anonymous. Only the teacher can see who made each response. Students can "Like" and/or comment on others' responses, anonymously. Students and teachers can flag comments they deem inappropriate. Teachers can see who made comments and choose to hide or show it. Use Verso in the classroom or at home on any device. This app is perfect for flipping learning since it will work on any device and the web. There are many instructional videos available to help you get started! The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): assessment (70), classroom management (93), creativity (96), DAT device agnostic tool (100), data (145), video (195)

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See ideas for creating lessons on Verso by clicking on the tab in the top menu labeled "Getting Started." You will see several "challenges" (lessons) created by teachers. There is plenty of video support for setting up your classes, getting students registered, and creating lessons. There is even a "challenge" for students to use before you assign them your lesson. If you have ever wanted greater student engagement, increased student interest, and heightened discussion and interactivity in your classroom, Verso is the answer. Students can give their input and express their views anonymously. This tool will give everyone in your class a voice, even the shyest student.

Use this site to create unique lessons that require critical thinking responses from your students. Math and science teachers can use annotated images such as a microscope, cell, equation parts, etc. Pose questions or allow students to pose their own "I wonder if..." questions as they watch and listen. In world language classes, have students use new vocabulary to comment on descriptions of what they see while classmates act out a scene from a video or novel. Autistic or behavior support students can guess the feelings of the people while watching a video. For longer videos, you may want to put a tag or comment in certain areas before uploading them to Verso. Use a program like The Mad Video, reviewed here, to accomplish this. Tags can be as simple as "answer question 4 now."

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101 Things You Can Do in the First Three Weeks of Class - Joyce Povlacs Lunde

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K to 12
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The first three weeks of school set the tone for the entire year. Even if you didn't have a "great" first day (or week) of school, there is still time ...more
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The first three weeks of school set the tone for the entire year. Even if you didn't have a "great" first day (or week) of school, there is still time to change the mood of your classroom! This list provides many suggestions for getting off to a great start. Although created for college teachers, most content is appropriate for all grade levels. Scroll through each section to find ideas for transitioning to a new grade level, keeping students' attention, providing support, building community, and much more. Although this site is rather "plain vanilla" it is packed full of wonderful "sprinkles" to start your year off great!

tag(s): back to school (40), newbies (18), professional development (87)

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Use ideas from this site during back to school staff meetings to motivate teachers as they begin a new year. Share it with your student teacher before he.she gets started. Challenge yourself and other department members to check off as many items on the list as you can. Keep this list up on your computer as a reminder through the day. Revisit this site each year as a reminder of starting each school year on the right foot! Why not bookmark this site (or save in your favorites), so it is easy to find each year.

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Nearpod - Nearpod

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5 to 12
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Use this free slide-based multimedia app to put lessons and other material on any web browser OR iOs and Android devices. Build your own presentations using pre-made templates. The...more
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Use this free slide-based multimedia app to put lessons and other material on any web browser OR iOs and Android devices. Build your own presentations using pre-made templates. The site does offer some ready-made presentations (some free). Many of the video and text presentations are from Khan Academy and include questions to answer as you work through the presentations. What is the best part of Nearpod? Teachers control the pace of the lesson, and students do not move to the next screen until advanced by the teacher. Use the teacher version of the app to push out the presentation to your students. Every student uses their own student app to follow the screens and answer the questions. This provides immediate feedback about every student. The feedback can be emailed to the teacher for later review. This formative assessment tool is invaluable and a unique part of the app. The tool also includes drawing for students to work out problems. Teachers are able to identify students who are not "on task" and not working within the app when a little red light pops up. Absent students are able to complete the assignment at home.

tag(s): assessment (70), classroom management (93), DAT device agnostic tool (100), multimedia (37), slides (55)

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This is an exciting way to begin an iPad (or BYOD) integration into the classroom. Though it may be difficult to determine the best pacing of the lesson, the ability to slow down the advancement of the next screen allows more time to digest the information. Be aware that students needing more time may be very frustrated as the screen may advance before they are able to finish. Start small by uploading presentations and using JPEG and other images. Add interactive elements such as polls and videos. Grab students attention by using the first slide to deliver a piece of humorous information. Create guided learning stations and push out several presentations to different devices as students move through the various lessons to be learned. This technique can be helpful for struggling learners. Use this tool to help reinforce the most difficult parts of the lesson. Use the app to create schedules for training, clubs, and more. For English, learn about grammar rules, sentence structure, and other elements necessary for good writing. For ESL/ELL classes and world languages, practice various vocabulary words and learn tenses of verbs. Learn vocabulary and basic scientific concepts in any science class or facts about historical periods in history classes. This app is a valuable tool in any classroom.

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ClassFlow - Promethean

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3 to 12
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ClassFlow is more than a lesson builder, more than a presentation tool, more than an assessment tool; it is all of these and more! Access everything in one place: create, ...more
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ClassFlow is more than a lesson builder, more than a presentation tool, more than an assessment tool; it is all of these and more! Access everything in one place: create, present, and share lessons; connect, poll, and assess students with devices they use every day. After registering, you will receive a welcome email with several "getting started" links. The lesson developer is a very powerful tool, with options for embedding, linking, or adding images and shapes. There are also annotating/highlighting tools, and more. Demonstration videos hosted on YouTube show how to have students sign up via a web browser. If your district blocks YouTube, they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): assessment (70), classroom management (93), DAT device agnostic tool (100)

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Any teacher can take advantage of ClassFlow. It is a good idea to view the YouTube video for creating a lesson on ClassFlow. Become familiar with this program, and have students present projects using ClassFlow. Since ClassFlow is an interactive and collaborative program, have literature circles complete write ups, discussions, and final presentations about the book they read using ClassFlow. Lab partners can present their findings, and math students can demonstrate how they solved a problem.

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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.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (100)

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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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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 (100), quizzes (79), test prep (84)

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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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Draw It Live - Luis Montes

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K to 12
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Draw It Live is a LIVE online whiteboard collaboration and sharing tool. There is no membership required. Simply click on the screenshot of the words "Collaborative Whiteboard" to create...more
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Draw It Live is a LIVE online whiteboard collaboration and sharing tool. There is no membership required. Simply click on the screenshot of the words "Collaborative Whiteboard" to create your whiteboard and add a username. Copy the link provided for the whiteboard or enter emails of those you wish to invite. Use the chat area on the left of the screen to discuss your whiteboard with other users as you all draw in real time. Tools provided include text boxes, shapes, colors, and more. Use the Clear the Drawing option to start over without having to go to a new whiteboard link. (Remember to SAVE your whiteboard link as a Favorite or email it to yourself so you don't lose it! You can return later to add more!) Note: this tool works great on tablets using the web browser! No special app needed.

tag(s): colors (73), DAT device agnostic tool (100), drawing (67), iwb (31), painting (63)

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Allow students to create collaborative drawings as responses to literature. They can map out the plot or themes, add labels, create character studies, and more. Share the finished products on an interactive whiteboard, projector, or your class website. Have a group of students create a drawing, that another group can use that as a writing prompt. Use a Draw It Live board as a brainstorming or sketching space as groups or the class share ideas for a major project or to solve a real world problem. Use this site with students in a computer lab (or on laptops) to create a drawing of the setting in a story as it is being read aloud. As a creative assessment idea, have students draw out a simple cartoon with stick figures to explain a more complex process such as how a democracy works. If you are lucky enough to teach in a BYOD setting, use Draw It Live to demonstrate and illustrate any concept while students use the chat and drawing tools to interact in real time. If you are studying weather, have students diagram the layers of the atmosphere and what happens during a thunderstorm, for example. Introduce this tool to students who are working on group projects. Or have students use this to work as partners or as a small team to complete complex math problems or equations. Give students a problem by typing it on their board. Then have them work through it together, noting all of their reasoning and steps of work along the way. Have them "turn in" their work by url, or post the url on the class wiki to compare with others. Not comfortable with wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through. This would be a great tool for gifted students (or any students) to collaborate with others outside of their own class, even from other schools. It is simple enough for ANY student to figure out and get started without a membership.

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Curriculet - Jason Singer and Mauricio Alvarez

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5 to 12
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Use this powerful, cloud based, interactive e-reader to improve student's reading skills and expose them to Common Core type questions and quizzes. Choose by grade level or genre any...more
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Use this powerful, cloud based, interactive e-reader to improve student's reading skills and expose them to Common Core type questions and quizzes. Choose by grade level or genre any of the free public domain texts. Use Curriculet's questions and quizzes or create your own directly in the text you assign. No more paper! No more copying! Is there a difficult passage in the reading? Not to worry, upload an explanatory image, or create/locate a video to explain it and embed it in the text where the passage appears. Create an account with email. Set up your classes and start selecting works from their store. It's that easy. Don't let the word "store" scare you. There is actually a library of free works with many categories from which to choose ("Ready to Teach" Curriculets). Curriculet allows you to differentiate for your students, keep track of who has done and hasn't done the assignment, and see how your students did on the assignment. Curriculet also allows you to add texts such as webpages (including news articles, Wiki pages, etc.) and your own documents from your computer, Google Drive, or Dropbox. Curriculet works on any device. Curriculet was formerly known as Gobstopper and works on any device's web browser including mobile devices.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (100), guided reading (45), reading comprehension (92)

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Take your students to the next level in their reading! Start out by using a Curriculet selection in class together. Discuss and answer questions together until the students become familiar with how to use Curriculet. Assign the reading as homework, and check the next morning to see who has completed it and where students might need help. Email is required for student registrations. Read tips for safely managing email registrations here.

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Hungry for English - Learn English Series

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1 to 12
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Hungry to Learn English currently features over 35 YouTube videos. Topics range from basic greetings, colors, and numbers to families, countries, the verb "to be," and more. These videos...more
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Hungry to Learn English currently features over 35 YouTube videos. Topics range from basic greetings, colors, and numbers to families, countries, the verb "to be," and more. These videos allow you to see, hear, and practice all the lessons in live format. You can also participate in making more videos by sending in your own pictures. Is YouTube blocked at your school? You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here to download the videos from YouTube.
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tag(s): grammar (213), pronunciation (43), verbs (41), video (195)

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Use one of these videos each time you introduce a new ESL/ELL lesson. Share the video on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Share this link on your class website or wiki for new English language learners to use together with their families. Challenge your ESL/ELL students to create their own videos to teach others English. What better way to learn, than teach? Share the videos on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here.

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Voices of Youth - UNICEF

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6 to 12
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Voices of Youth is UNICEF's online home for young people to know more, learn more, and do more about our world. Read articles, view videos, and share thoughts and opinions ...more
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Voices of Youth is UNICEF's online home for young people to know more, learn more, and do more about our world. Read articles, view videos, and share thoughts and opinions with others around the world on global topics. Topics include poverty, education, human rights, health issues, and much more. Choose from links on the home page to find information on specific topics. Scroll through the page to read the latest posts. Click on tags at the bottom of each article to find related articles. Easily view the site in French or Spanish using links provided at the top of each page. Create your own posts or add comments after registration on the site -- with email or using a Facebook or Twitter account. Some of the videos are hosted on YouTube. If your school blocks YouTube, they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): dental health (21), disabilities (15), environment (296), hiv/aids (17), inequalities (25), mental health (18), school violence (12)

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This site is an excellent resource to bookmark and use throughout the year when discussing current events, specific countries or geographic areas, or for non-fiction reading. Find informational texts that matter to your students. Spark informational writing, as well. Allow students to browse the site to find interesting articles. Have students create magazine covers of information found on this site using Magazine Cover Maker reviewed here. Challenge students to create a newspaper article using articles found on this site as a model using the Newspaper Clipping Generator. World language teachers will find this useful when viewing articles in French or Spanish to practice translation skills.
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