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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help students learn their most effective study strategies. The collection includes specific study tools, reading strategies, review ideas, and notetaking methods that students and teachers can try as lessons in themselves or --even better-- as they go about the regular curriculum. Whether you want to use a graphic organizer, create your own electronic flash cards, or simply learn how to approach a test, there is a resource to help. Learning Support teachers and teachers of gifted will also want to share these alternate ways for students to organize and retain concepts, vocabulary, and more.

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Flipped Learning Global Initiative - Flipped Learning LLC

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4 to 12
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The Flipped Learning Global Initiative is an international collaboration of educators and researchers committed to flipped learning. This site offers online webinars along with archives...more
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The Flipped Learning Global Initiative is an international collaboration of educators and researchers committed to flipped learning. This site offers online webinars along with archives of previous webinars for professional development. Be sure to check out the Flipped Learning Technology Selection located in the Training section to enroll in a free one-hour course outlining the mistakes to avoid with flipped learning. The community portion of the site includes a forum for interacting with educators from around the world to discuss flipped learning. The archived webinars reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): learning styles (20), professional development (156)

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If you are considering flipping your classroom or have begun using this technique, bookmark this site as a resource for professional learning and collaboration. View webinars with your peers as you learn how to flip a classroom together. Have questions? Share your thoughts and ideas on the community forum to get answers from educators experienced in flipping their classroom.

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Sugarcane - IXL Learning

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3 to 12
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Create and play learning games with Sugarcane. Choose from eighteen options for game types including matching, associating, ordering, and categorizing activities. Sugarcane offers several...more
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Create and play learning games with Sugarcane. Choose from eighteen options for game types including matching, associating, ordering, and categorizing activities. Sugarcane offers several additional options within each of those categories. Next, enter data in the template or import CSV or Excel files with your information. The last step provides options for personalizing games. For additional help, Sugarcane includes tutorials each step of the way. To learn more about the types of games available, browse through topics on the home page of the site to find and play games created by others. Use Google or Facebook to make an account or fill in a username, your email, and a password. You can play and create games without an account; when creating a game, you need an account to save it.

tag(s): flash cards (47), game based learning (114), puzzles (207)

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Bookmark and save this site throughout the year. New to using technology or games in your classroom? Not comfortable creating games? Use the ready-made learning games on class computers or provide links to activities on your class website or blog for use at home. Another option is to challenge older students to create educational games for their peers using the templates and instructions provided. Instead of a research report, they can create a game! Share with parent helpers or classroom tutors to create review activities for student practice. Learning support teachers can have small groups create a game together to help review any material. Assign a small group of students to work with different game templates and then act as "host" of the game to quiz the rest of the class. Sugarcane is an ideal review or way to present student research information on a topic and keep the "audience" engaged.

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iBoske - Ana M. Martin

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6 to 12
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Create and/or browse decision-making trees with iBoske. Browse through published trees with topics including choosing a laptop or identifying species of whales. Use the search bar to...more
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Create and/or browse decision-making trees with iBoske. Browse through published trees with topics including choosing a laptop or identifying species of whales. Use the search bar to look for a specific topic of a decision tree. Create a tree by adding a title and your topic question. Add questions as needed, leading to personalized solutions. When finished, publish your project by signing up for an account using Facebook, Google, Twitter, or LinkedIn, and share using provided links or an embed code. iBoske's video tutorials reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): concept mapping (21), debate (44), graphic organizers (42), mind map (24), persuasive writing (56)

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Use iBoske for many kinds of societal, political, or environmental discussions and decisions, such as paper or plastic bags, support fracking or not, etc. Use in literary discussions of alternatives faced by characters. Use in preparation for debates or persuasive writing. Generate a list of actions and alternatives and create the decision matrix. Consider using this tool for a project occurring in student neighborhoods. For example, the removal of a field and trees or the changing of the landscape for a proposed development. Use the decision-making matrix in iBoske to determine why the decision to proceed happened or should happen.

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ASVAB Practice Test Online - ASVAB Practice Test Online

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10 to 12
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The ASVAB Test (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) is designed to be taken by incoming members of the military to determine aptitude for different areas of the service. This...more
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The ASVAB Test (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) is designed to be taken by incoming members of the military to determine aptitude for different areas of the service. This site provides questions emulating the test for anyone to take to help identify areas of interest and likely successful career choices. Take any or all portions online using the site, including science, math, word knowledge, paragraph comprehension, and mechanical options. In addition to practice tests, this site provides information about ASVAB testing, videos, and history. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): careers (136), test prep (96)

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Share with students to take as practice for upcoming ASVAB testing at your school. ASVAB testing isn't just for students interested in a military career. Any student who is questioning what career path to take may want to take a practice test to find areas of interest to pursue.

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Playbuzz - Shaul Olmert and Tom Pachys

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9 to 12
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Create and share interactive content with Playbuzz. Browse through to find and participate in polls, quizzes, trivia, and much more. Additional free features include a Video Snaps tool...more
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Create and share interactive content with Playbuzz. Browse through to find and participate in polls, quizzes, trivia, and much more. Additional free features include a Video Snaps tool for sharing portions of a video and Flip Cards. Create an account, then make content to embed and engage with other participants. Warning: this site contains content that is not moderated, be sure to view information before sharing with students.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (170), flash cards (47), polls and surveys (54), quiz (88), trivia (18), video (276)

In the Classroom

Share Playbuzz with students to create interactive classroom content. Have students create polls for favorite characters in books, use the Video Snaps tool to share significant portions of a video, or use Flip Cards in place of traditional flash cards. Create interactive content for your classroom lessons including trivia to introduce new lessons or create a Gallery Quiz to match images to clues. The possibilities are as unlimited as your imagination and those of your students!

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Baamboozle - baamboozle.com

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K to 12
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Baamboozle is a quick and easy-to-use tool for playing and creating games. It doesn't require registration to play. Choose the "Play games now" link to go to all games saved ...more
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Baamboozle is a quick and easy-to-use tool for playing and creating games. It doesn't require registration to play. Choose the "Play games now" link to go to all games saved on Baamboozle. Scroll through to view games, or search for a term. Divide the group into two teams and begin play. Each team chooses a number from the game board and answers the question. Check for accuracy; then, Baamboozle keeps track of scores. Use games found on the site, or create games on any device. Registration with email is necessary to create your own games.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (170), flash cards (47), game based learning (114), preK (291)

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Save Baamboozle in your bag of tricks for a quick review of any content. Have students create games to share with the class when reviewing for quizzes and tests. Bring excitement to professional development by creating a Baamboozle with materials you are sharing. Be sure to provide a link to Baamboozle games on your class website for students to play at home.

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Edynco Learning Maps - Tadej Stanic and Jana Jan

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5 to 12
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Create online learning maps using Edynco on any device. Similar to a mind map, a learning map includes interactive features such as websites, quizzes, documents, and more. Connect features...more
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Create online learning maps using Edynco on any device. Similar to a mind map, a learning map includes interactive features such as websites, quizzes, documents, and more. Connect features on the learning map using "nodes" to create a learning path. Edynco's Forever Free plan allows users to store three learning maps, three quizzes, three audio/video recordings, and create one group with up to 30 students. Tutorial videos reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.
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tag(s): graphic organizers (42), interactive stories (31), mind map (24), organizational skills (128)

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Browse through the examples of Edynco maps for ideas about how a learning map works. Use this tool to help organize a learning unit and share the organization on a screen, so students see how pieces fit together. Share the unit map with other teachers, students, or parents. Highlight goals, objectives, learning tasks, assessments, and resources. Have a group of students create a learning map to review concepts at the end of any unit. Unfortunately, the free plan only allows three learning maps, allow older students to create their own account to share their learning maps.

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QuoDeck - Ptotem Technologies

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5 to 12
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Create interactive mobile game-based learning content with QuoDeck's tools. Create an account, then choose from tools to make flashcards, video and picture quizzes, multiple choice...more
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Create interactive mobile game-based learning content with QuoDeck's tools. Create an account, then choose from tools to make flashcards, video and picture quizzes, multiple choice quizzes, or teach a simple concept. Follow prompts to personalize content and change themes. When finished, share the content using provided links. Not sure that you can create your own? Use the search bar to find tools made by others to use as a starting point for your content.

tag(s): flash cards (47), game based learning (114), gamification (75), quiz (88), quizzes (100), test prep (96)

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Use QuoDeck to share content for flipped learning, or for a quick assessment during lessons. Share quizzes on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector at the end of a lesson. Allow students to create quizzes and flashcards to share with the class. Use video and picture quizzes as an introduction to new content to gather information on students' prior knowledge. Create your own micro-learning management system (micro-LMS) to deliver content through short, focused lessons. Be sure to download the micro-LMS whitepaper for a better understanding of how this works.

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Gojimo - George Burgess

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8 to 12
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Gojimo is a quiz-taking app (and online site) for high school English, math, science, geography, and more. Although created for British students, quizzes are suitable for students in...more
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Gojimo is a quiz-taking app (and online site) for high school English, math, science, geography, and more. Although created for British students, quizzes are suitable for students in any country. Choose "Study Online" to begin using Gojimo on your computer or device, then choose a topic. Immediate feedback is provided to let you know if answers are correct. Each question also includes a short explanation of the topic. There is no registration to take quizzes; however, to save them and have your Gojimo results on any device, registration is necessary.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (170), quiz (88), quizzes (100), test prep (96)

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Share Gojimo with students for review and study of all subjects. Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Use to find a question of the day to begin lessons.

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Growth Mindset Archives - YouCubed at Stanford University

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K to 12
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Growth Mindset Archives offers a selection of resources for teaching and developing a Growth Mindset in math. Resources include downloadable posters, videos, and inspirational messages....more
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Growth Mindset Archives offers a selection of resources for teaching and developing a Growth Mindset in math. Resources include downloadable posters, videos, and inspirational messages. Click on any title to view. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): brain (72), learning styles (20), professional development (156)

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This site is perfect for teachers, families, and students who lack confidence in math. Use information from this site to help change negative mindsets and promote growth mindsets. Share resources on an interactive whiteboard or projector to demonstrate and teach students lessons on perseverance, grit, and more. Include activities as part of your professional development as you discuss math curriculum during staff meetings. Be sure to share ideas from this site with parents on your class website, include parents by sharing stories from your classroom as students work on developing their growth mindset.
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Parent Toolkit en Espanol - NBC News Education Nation and Pearson

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1 to 12
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This is NBC Learn's Spanish-language version of the Parent Toolkit, reviewed here (English version). The Parent Toolkit provides an informative guide...more
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This is NBC Learn's Spanish-language version of the Parent Toolkit, reviewed here (English version). The Parent Toolkit provides an informative guide to child development from pre-K through High School. Videos offer information and advice for parents and teachers.

tag(s): back to school (60), child development (25), learning styles (20), nutrition (159), parents (59), social skills (21)

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Share the Parent Toolkit with parents as an excellent resource for information on education and parenting. Create a link to the appropriate grade level information on your class webpage to help parents understand developmental guidelines for their student.

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Triventy Collaborative Quizzes - Triventy

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4 to 12
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Create and play interactive quizzes in three easy steps with Triventy. Set up a game, or choose from the public games available, to begin. Customize public games to your specifications....more
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Create and play interactive quizzes in three easy steps with Triventy. Set up a game, or choose from the public games available, to begin. Customize public games to your specifications. When ready to play, invite others to play by sharing a link to the game and the access code, or a QR code. Once all players are logged in, select start to play the game. Options for creating games include the length of time to respond, the choice of many different languages, and sharing via Google Classroom.

tag(s): assessment (107), gamification (75), quiz (88), quizzes (100), test prep (96)

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Create a Triventy quiz as a tool for checking prior knowledge or making a quick assessment. Have students answer exit questions or see what students remember from the previous day. Use for formative assessment to identify misconceptions that students may have at the start of a unit. ESL/ELL and world language teachers could use this for vocabulary practice and take advantage of the many different language options. Have students create quizzes with characteristics of story characters for classmates to see which character they are most like.

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Termling - Salvador

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6 to 12
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Earn rewards for studying with Termling. This free interactive combines role-playing elements with study activities to assist students in learning vocabulary and terms with flashcards,...more
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Earn rewards for studying with Termling. This free interactive combines role-playing elements with study activities to assist students in learning vocabulary and terms with flashcards, quizzes, and other study activities. Create your Termling avatar and enroll to start using the site's tools. Earn additional features through gameplay. Once enrolled, use options to find or create your own study sets and invite other members to be Study Buddies. Educators can personalize study sets to assign to students and monitor progress.

tag(s): flash cards (47), game based learning (114), gamification (75), quizzes (100), test prep (96)

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Introduce Termling to your class and demonstrate the different features available. Create study materials for individuals to differentiate learning. Have students set up and share their own study materials. Show students how to read carefully 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 to review together before tests. Have students create flashcard sets as a follow-up activity to "test" classmates on what they "teach" in oral reports.

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Animal Inquiry - ReadWriteThink

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K to 6
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Animal Inquiry provides four graphic organizers for recording and exploring information about any animal. Choose from animal facts, babies, interactions, and habitat graphic organizers....more
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Animal Inquiry provides four graphic organizers for recording and exploring information about any animal. Choose from animal facts, babies, interactions, and habitat graphic organizers. Each organizer provides three prompts for entering information. When complete, click the Print link to print the final product. No registration required.

tag(s): animal homes (44), animals (288), graphic organizers (42), habitats (84)

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This is the perfect tool for students under 13 to use. Share this site on an interactive whiteboard (or projector) and complete organizers together. Have older students complete their own animal inquiry using this site. Have students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as ThingLink, reviewed here, using information they provided on the graphic organizers.
 
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Study Jams - Scholastic

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3 to 8
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Study Jam offers engaging instruction and review activities in both math and science. Some sample science topics include plants, human body, the solar system, weather, matter, and more....more
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Study Jam offers engaging instruction and review activities in both math and science. Some sample science topics include plants, human body, the solar system, weather, matter, and more. Math topics include numbers (place value, number lines, estimation), algebra, addition/subtraction, problem solving, and others. Don't miss the "Jams" sure to excite your students to learn new skills in a musical and entertaining manner. Key vocabulary is presented along with a short video explanation of each topic. In addition to the video, there is an option to test your own ability. Each topic can also be printed to use in the classroom and there is a link to related "jams."

tag(s): addition (239), animals (288), climate (90), decimals (131), differentiation (49), division (168), ecosystems (83), energy (202), estimation (46), forces (45), fractions (234), game based learning (114), human body (127), landforms (47), light (49), matter (60), measurement (159), minerals (17), multiplication (220), number lines (25), percent (83), place value (55), plants (153), probability (132), problem solving (273), rocks (50), solar system (121), sound (105), subtraction (198), weather (195)

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Excite your students with the Jams! Share the Jam videos on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students sing along and learn more about science and math. Especially younger students will enjoy this feature. Create a link to the site on your classroom website or blog for students to use for review and practice at home. Use the many topics available to differentiate for all students in your classroom. Create learning centers using this site or use it in on individual laptops. Print out the quizzes for students to take as an assessment.
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Mindset Kit - The Project for Education Research that Scales (PERTS)

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K to 12
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The Mindset Kit is a large compilation of resources for parents and teachers for teaching and developing growth mindsets. Based on the book, Mindset, by Carol Dweek, these lessons...more
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The Mindset Kit is a large compilation of resources for parents and teachers for teaching and developing growth mindsets. Based on the book, Mindset, by Carol Dweek, these lessons and activities provide tools for developing positive mindsets, in turn, leading to increased academic performance. Choose the section for teachers to find seven lessons for educator teams, or take advantage of ten lessons for parents to learn about growth mindset and how to instill this in students. Other portions contain ideas for specific content areas and mentors.

tag(s): brain (72), learning styles (20), professional development (156)

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Take advantage of the many lessons and ideas on this site in your classroom and when working with parents. These tools are especially useful for times when a student (or parent) claims that they were never good in a particular subject. Share ideas with your peers as part of your ongoing professional development, discuss ideas from this site and how they can be incorporated as part of a school-wide action. Take advantage of the many ideas featured in the Popular Practices section to learn how to use ideas in any classroom.
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Big Ideas Video Series - Class Dojo

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K to 8
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The Big Ideas Series, offer by ClassDojo, provides a five part video series encouraging students to explore different ways to discover a growth mindset. Each topic takes a look at ...more
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The Big Ideas Series, offer by ClassDojo, provides a five part video series encouraging students to explore different ways to discover a growth mindset. Each topic takes a look at a secret of the brain and how to use this science to improve learning. Ideas within videos discuss concepts such as the magic of mistakes and taking tasks a little at a time. Each short video includes a discussion guide to download for classroom use and a page with take-home questions for parent use. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): brain (72), emotions (35), learning styles (20)

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Share videos with a projector or on an interactive whiteboard with students. Introduce a video each week and explore the discussion questions together. These videos could be very useful when preparing and motivating students for upcoming standardized testing or at the beginning of a school year to set a tone that everyone can learn. Include a link to videos on your class web page for parents to discuss at home with their student, and be sure to send home the take-home questions with topics to talk about.
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Vocabulist (Beta) - Ahan Malhotra

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4 to 12
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Easily personalize and practice vocabulary with Vocabulist. Upload a file from your computer or copy and paste text into Vocabulist. Wait a minute or two for your document to process....more
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Easily personalize and practice vocabulary with Vocabulist. Upload a file from your computer or copy and paste text into Vocabulist. Wait a minute or two for your document to process. When finished Vocabulist provides a list with each word and its definition. Choose the correct definition when necessary from drop boxes or provide your own definition. When finished, export as a PDF to your computer or directly into Quizlet, reviewed here, to use as flashcards.

tag(s): flash cards (47), spelling (168), vocabulary (324), vocabulary development (124), word study (79)

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Vocabulist is perfect for differentiated learning. Create individual student vocabulary and spelling lists based on student needs. Create lists for difficult vocabulary from any text or for any subject. Be sure to share a link on your class website for students to use at home to create study guides throughout the year.
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PARCC Practice Tests - English and Math - Pearson Education

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This site offers practice tests for grades 3-11 in English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics. Choose one content area to begin, and then select a grade level. Find many options...more
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This site offers practice tests for grades 3-11 in English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics. Choose one content area to begin, and then select a grade level. Find many options within each grade level for online or paper tests, Spanish and Braille, and large print for visually impaired students.

tag(s): test prep (96)

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Use as a teaching tool on your interactive whiteboard or projector to help students understand how standardized tests will look. Continue to use individually or as small group instruction. Share a link to practice tests on your class website for use at home.
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Dotstorming - Gareth Marland

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Create an online bulletin board (much like Padlet, reviewed here, or Lino, reviewed here) for brainstorming and...more
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Create an online bulletin board (much like Padlet, reviewed here, or Lino, reviewed here) for brainstorming and VOTING on any topic. The voting is what makes this tool different. Create an account. There is no waiting for email approval. Add a board, title, select how many votes the participants will have (up to 10), and start adding posts with text, images, and video. Add images and video via URL or upload from your computer. When participants join, they give their name. Participants can add posts. Names of participants using the board appear below the chat box. Participants name's appear when they make a comment in the chat. However, comments on posts don't have the participant name. Once the board is complete, the creator can finalize the board so no new ideas can be posted, but the voting feature is still open.

tag(s): bulletin boards (17), gamification (75), images (274)

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Share your board with a projector or interactive whiteboard. Put the URL link on your website for students to access. If you don't want to share the link that way, then use a tool such as Google URL Shortener, reviewed here, for students to type in (and reduce input mistakes). You may want to think about students using only their first name or their code to participate. Dotstorming does not show which posts belong to which student, so you may want to require that students identify their post and comment by putting their initials, their first name, or their code on their contributions to get credit. If you plan to allow all students to post to the wall or make comments, you may want to discuss Internet safety and etiquette and establish specific class rules and consequences.

Use Dotstorming to collect WebQuest links and information to share with students. Assign a student project. For example, have students create a board about an environmental issue. They can include pictures, video, links, and other information to display. Use as a new format for book reports. Do your students have favorites such as music or sports? Create a board around these favorites or hobbies. Use a wall for grammar or vocabulary words. Create walls for debates or viewpoints. The voting is perfect for that idea! Post assignments, reminders, or study skills on a board. Do you use student scribes or reporters? Use Dotstorming to create a board with class news and updates.

Use Dotstorming as an "idea bin" where students can collect ideas, images, quotes, and more for a project. Require them to share a brainstorming Dotstorming board to show you the ideas they considered before they launch into a project. Have them brainstorm (and rank by votes) the possibilities for a creative problem solving or a "Maker Faire" project. In writing or art classes, use Dotstorming as a virtual writer's journal or design notebook to collect ideas, images, and even video clips.

Use Dotstorming as your virtual word wall for vocabulary development. Have students submit and share questions or comments about assignments and tasks they are working on.

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