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Storybird - Storybird Inc.

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K to 8
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Write your own story or collaborate and create a story using pictures, themes, and other prompts generated by the site. Students and families also can view stories created by others....more
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Write your own story or collaborate and create a story using pictures, themes, and other prompts generated by the site. Students and families also can view stories created by others. The final story is available for sharing via URL or email (or keeping private) and printing it is an option. Basically, write text and titles, create a book cover, add graphics, and pass the product to a co-writer (if collaborating) who adds more until both feel the story is complete. A demo video explains the basics. A special section for artists encourages art contributions and explains how to use the art to enhance the stories. an Education area provides a way for teachers to set up accounts for a class with or without student email. If your district blocks YouTube, the video 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): stories and storytelling (32), writing (362), writing prompts (94)

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Have pairs of students create a story by working collaboratively after you have explained and demonstrated the basics. Encourage your older students to use this tool for projects created in response to research or extra study. This is a great find for gifted students who want to include art work and use their creativity in productive ways. ESL/ELL students can use the site to recreate folk tales and recreations from their home countries.

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Drop Event - dropevent.com

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K to 12
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This fabulous site allows you to post and share photos related to a certain event with others. Create an "event" and share the link for others to upload photos. Only ...more
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This fabulous site allows you to post and share photos related to a certain event with others. Create an "event" and share the link for others to upload photos. Only the creator of the event must register on the site. All others upload without registering. Email photos to the event site as well. Set permissions for instant sharing or moderate pictures before they show on the Drop Event site. Choose to make your event public or private. Note: If public, it will show up in Drop Event searches and be visible to others. When you create your event, answer questions to create your free account. Note: Most recent events appear on the main page of this site. Be sure to check for appropriate content before showing to students. Consider directing students to the URL of the actual event page.

tag(s): images (276), photography (162)

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This site is great for students to upload photos from field trips or other events. Keep track of project accomplishments by uploading pictures of the process. Have a class project such as DNA models or types of plants? Get them out of the classroom by taking pictures and uploading them to Drop Event. Make a collection for local history or photos of lab results during a bridge-building or pumpkin seed counting activity. Collect images that students can then use in Thinglink, reviewed here, "lab reports" about their discoveries. Place the link to the event page you have created and invite parents to view the creations. Take snapshots to create a Day In The Life event for your classroom. What better way to share memories! Have parent volunteers? Have them upload their pictures too! Whatever project or event you have, sharing and collaborating with Drop Event is easy and fun!

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Bitstrips - Core Matrix

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3 to 12
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Bitstrips lets you create comics. You will also find comics to read or remix, created by others in the Bitstrips community. Create professional-looking comics in minutes. Choose the...more
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Bitstrips lets you create comics. You will also find comics to read or remix, created by others in the Bitstrips community. Create professional-looking comics in minutes. Choose the number of panels, type of characters, style of speech bubble, and various props and settings. Several actions are available: clicking and dragging the items to go into the comic strip, typing dialog into the bubbles, scaling items in the frame, rotating items, and more. There is a "Bitstrips for Schools" link; this feature does offer a 30-day free trial, however it is fee-based after 30-days.

tag(s): comics and cartoons (71)

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Have small groups of students each create one panel as a summary of something you just read in class. Use comics in math and turn a word problem into a comic strip/cartoon. In social studies create a comic strip/cartoon about a historic event, person, place, or speech. In language arts take a novel or non-fiction book and create a comic strip/cartoon about the characters and plot. You can also have your students write summaries of current events or responses to reading assignments. With younger students, use an interactive whiteboard or projector to create a class comic on a current topic of study, such as the different parts of a plant or the planets.

Register and play with the simple tools to choose how many frames, settings, people, dialog bubbles, and props. Save your work to come back later or you may "publish" right away. You have a choice about whether others are allowed to view and "remix" your work. You also have the option to edit work or embed it in a website, blog e-mail or wiki. It would be wise to preview whatever you wish to share with your students since the general public can create comics with their own ideas. Students should submit their work without identifiable names and location, according to your school policy, (since you own the master account).

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PBWorks - PBWorks. Inc.

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K to 12
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This online tool lets you and your students create a collaborative "space" online in any subject, allowing as many people as you want to edit, make changes, add new content, ...more
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This online tool lets you and your students create a collaborative "space" online in any subject, allowing as many people as you want to edit, make changes, add new content, etc. You may be familiar with wikipedia, but wikis can be so much more! A recent poll of "high tech" educators cited wikis as the one web-based tool they could not live without! If you have not tried a wiki yet, visit the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through for a detailed, step-by-step explanation and starter help, including dozens of ideas for ways to use a wiki in your classroom.

If you are not sure which wiki tool is best for you, see our detailed TeachersFirst review of PBWorks (formerly PBWiki) features, pros, and cons(done as part of the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through). Ignore the persistent and pervasive suggestions that you upgrade to a fee-based membership!

tag(s): social networking (110), wikis (20)

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Click through the first two steps to create a free wiki, including the name (which becomes part of the wiki URL). Be sure to select "education" as the answer to "What is this wiki for?" Wait for your confirmation email (may take a while...check junk mail folder). After the email, choose whether your wiki is public or private (visible to members only or to the public). Set a "key" (password), if you wish. Bypass the offer to PAY. Use the Quickstart steps to configure the wiki just the way you want it or simply play to learn the Clickable editing toolbar. Add and edit pages, invite new members, explore the three template options and a few options for "skins." You may want to become familiar with the tool as a teacher-created site at first so you know its capabilities before turning students loose.

See the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through for practical management and safety tips.

Safety concerns: Students need email accounts to have individual log-ins. Note: with this wiki tool, you do not have the option of "locking" certain pages or setting different "levels" of users. You and your students have equal access to make changes, once you make them "members." There are also "plug-ins' (widgets) available from the toolbar, some of which may connect you to sites with unmonitored content. Decide ahead of time what you policies are concerning use of the "plug-ins."

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Mathematical Interactives - Mr. Hellam

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3 to 12
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This site offers many different math interactives, puzzles, and activities for all learners of math! Math games include popular puzzles such as the frog puzzle, matching, and an interactive...more
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This site offers many different math interactives, puzzles, and activities for all learners of math! Math games include popular puzzles such as the frog puzzle, matching, and an interactive 100's chart. Number puzzles included are magic squares and triangles, multiplication tables, mazes, and much more. Be sure to check out the interactive algebra online section for some great conversation starters and practice. This site isn't always updated with the creator's most current resources, but there is a link provided to his weblog to find the most current information.

tag(s): measurement (160)

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Create a link on classroom or computer lab computers for students to explore or practice specific math skills. Choose a different game or activity each week as a game of the week. Ask students to respond to activities in math journals by describing thought processes when solving problems. Create a class math wiki to share the activities they have tried and their successes and challenges. For more information about wikis, check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through.
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MathsMasters - MathMaster.org

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3 to 8
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This site offers short videos explaining math concepts of numbers, algebra, space and shape, and data and probability. Each video offers a short, concise explanation on how to perform...more
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This site offers short videos explaining math concepts of numbers, algebra, space and shape, and data and probability. Each video offers a short, concise explanation on how to perform tasks such as adding numbers in a column or graph transformations. One of the best parts of this site is the activities section which offers video explanations of some fun math activities for students such as curves of pursuit and sequence designs. Each activity is based on using math concepts to create beautiful art.

tag(s): geometric shapes (165), sequences (16)

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Share the site with the art teacher when integrating math and art concepts. Ask students to create sequence designs and have others find the sequence used to create the design. Create a link to concept videos on classroom computers for students to use as review. Share a link to concept videos on your classroom website or blog for students to access at home. Have students create commercials about a math concept and share the video using a tool such as SchoolTube reviewed here.

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Origami Club - Fumiaki Shingu

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K to 8
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The Origami Club makes the art of folding paper child's play. The animated video tutorials and printable directions take the guesswork out of making origami. There is a wide variety...more
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The Origami Club makes the art of folding paper child's play. The animated video tutorials and printable directions take the guesswork out of making origami. There is a wide variety of directions for creating animals, creatures, food, holiday gifts, and accessories. The site also includes printable origami paper, links to other origami sites and new designs each month. There are some minor advertisements at this site.

tag(s): origami (17)

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Learn about the culture of Japan, geometry, and art with Origami. Use these video tutorials to create clever objects for holiday gifts while teaching mathematical principals about 2D and 3D figures, line, area, perimeter, and planes. Demonstrate how to create an origami object by projecting the site's animated videos directions. Stop and pause the video as students follow along. Save this site in your favorites on classroom computers so students can practice paper folding independently. Afterward, discuss the benefits of oral, visual, or animated directions. Ask students to describe the folding process with geometric terms such as fractional parts, symmetry, faces, edges, rotations, lines, triangle, angles, and shapes. Consider having students use a variety of multimedia presentation platforms to publish their personal version of directions. Have students create multimedia presentations that add narration to each fold with Thinglink, reviewed here. Alternatively, share video directions on SchoolTube, reviewed here, or TeacherTube reviewed here. Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts demonstrating how to create origami with sites such as PodOmatic, reviewed here.
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Activity TV - activitytv.com

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K to 8
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This site contains how-to videos and printables for kids. Topics include science, paper airplanes, cooking, origami, cartooning, puppets, music, dance, math, and holidays. A summary...more
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This site contains how-to videos and printables for kids. Topics include science, paper airplanes, cooking, origami, cartooning, puppets, music, dance, math, and holidays. A summary next to the activity title gives the appropriate level, the number of views, and a starred evaluation of the demonstration. Holiday craft ideas and demos finish up the educational portion of the offerings.

tag(s): air (163), christmas (66), comics and cartoons (71), cooking (35), dance (28), easter (20), halloween (39), origami (17), preK (291), thanksgiving (37)

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Share the video clips on your interactive whiteboard or projector to accompany curriculum topics in science, art, physical education, language arts, health, or family/consumer science. Or show the videos to a class as examples for writing how-to (demonstration) speeches and/or videos done in language arts classes. Challenge students to create their own videos using a site such as SchoolTube (reviewed here). Look here also for ideas of holiday craft projects. Share the link on your class web page for students to try activities at home during breaks.
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Treasury Direct Kids - U.S. Department of the Treasury

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4 to 8
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At this wonderful site, learn about the history of Treasury securities, U.S. debt, and the importance of saving and investing. You can view an old video featuring an ancient superman...more
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At this wonderful site, learn about the history of Treasury securities, U.S. debt, and the importance of saving and investing. You can view an old video featuring an ancient superman talk about buying U.S. savings bonds, try several money interactives, and do money math. Learn about the important history of U.S. borrowing. Viewing old war bond posters is another way to learn history and learn about old styles of graphic design. Graphs of U.S. debt complete another approach to teaching about basic banking and debt. Many wonderful short videos show TV advertisements for savings bonds.

tag(s): advertising (33), posters (38)

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After presenting the basic info on this site, have students make online posters parallel to the old ones they see displayed here. Use an online poster creator, such as Padlet (reviewed here). Have them make their own graphs of funds and debts based on their own finances using Tabblo reviewed here. Use this site when teaching percentages; have students do problems figuring the interest on today's debt. Introduce them to the concept of buying a bond today and have them calculate its accrued interest and how many years it will take to gain face value. Have students in a team create modern day videos to advertise and sell savings bonds. Share the videos using a tool such as SchoolTube (reviewed here).
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Word Clouds for Kids - ABCya.com

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K to 7
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This word cloud generator is made specifically for children. This site takes any text and creates a "word cloud" (graphical display) of the words in a passage of text. The ...more
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This word cloud generator is made specifically for children. This site takes any text and creates a "word cloud" (graphical display) of the words in a passage of text. The most frequent words appear larger. Paste in any passage or grouping of text to create a word cloud of the text. Students can choose their own colors, type of display, font, and the final cloud can be printed or saved.

tag(s): speech (92), vocabulary (325), word choice (27), word clouds (11)

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This is a great visual tool to use. Take a poll and have your students type their answers into the word cloud builder. Then display on an interactive whiteboard or projector and see which answer was the most popular. Use this site as a way to help students see and memorize text, especially visual learners. Use it also when writing poetry or to "see" themes of repeated words and images. Have students paste in their own writing to spot repeated (and monotonous) language when teaching lessons on word choice. Students will be surprised to see what words appear to be dominant. Have students work in groups to create word posters of vocabulary words with related meanings, such as different ways to say "walk" or "said" and decorate your classroom with these visual reminders of the richness of language.
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Art Project, powered by Google - Google-in Collaboration with this Art Projects' Museums

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4 to 12
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This unique collaboration between Google and many of the world's most respected art museums enables viewers to explore and discover the museums and more than a thousand artworks in...more
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This unique collaboration between Google and many of the world's most respected art museums enables viewers to explore and discover the museums and more than a thousand artworks in extraordinary detail. All content pertaining to individual artworks was provided by the museums. Browse the galleries within each museum using Google's Street View technology that allows you to navigate the interactive floor plan and select the works of art that interest you, or browse using Google's Artwork View technology to zoom into paintings, learn more about the artwork, find more works by that artist, and watch related YouTube videos. What are you waiting for? "Travel" with your class on a virtual fieldtrip to The MoMa in New York City, The Tate Britain in London, The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, and many more.

tag(s): art history (72), artists (76), museums (50), painting (66)

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Bring galleries from all around the globe right into your classroom and project them in full view on your whiteboard or screen. Whether your objective is to explore curriculum connections to topics you are studying, introduce and examine concepts such as a particular theme or time period, practice descriptive writing, pair works of art with literary selections and historical documents, or develop art appreciation, start by selecting a museum, and then either chose to explore the museum or view the artwork. The drop-down menus and information bars let you navigate easily between the museum and artworks. Choose the "Create an Artwork Collection" feature to build a class collection of specific views of the artworks and add comments; then share online. Create and annotate a class collection to pair with a literary work or invite each student to select a work for a Favorites Museum, explaining his/her choice in written comments. Then share the link for parents to tour the "museum" and comment back. For more ideas, lesson plans, and projects, check out the National Gallery of Art reviewed here and browse the online resources for teachers and students. Try inviting the art teacher to collaborate on a joint venture with you.
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Soar into Spring with Kites - Education World

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3 to 12
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This web page consists of an adaptable lesson plan and information that is chock full of creative, interactive, practical, ready to use activities based upon the discovery and usefulness...more
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This web page consists of an adaptable lesson plan and information that is chock full of creative, interactive, practical, ready to use activities based upon the discovery and usefulness of the kite. There are interdisciplinary projects including art/history, science, geography, language arts, and math that are fun for students of all age ages. Spring, or any season, is the perfect time to introduce your students to the fascinating world of kites. At the time of this review, two of the links were no longer active. However there are many useful links that make this site a worthwhile tool!

tag(s): crafts (43), seasons (39)

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Check out this educational page for many ideas, links, and ready to do projects. This all-encompassing lesson plan challenges students to participate in enthusiastic learning activities about why kites have often appeared in poetry, legends, and folk tales, and have led to important scientific discoveries. Invite students to try one of the many ideas to create and decorate a kite that represents flags from various countries. Ask them to label the kite with that country's word for kite, using the link provided for the Kite Translation Table. Allow your students to be adventurous with technology by providing them with the opportunity to create online posters using Animoto for Education reviewed here.
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Add-Art - Steve Lambert

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K to 12
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Replace annoying Internet ads with art! Add-Art is an innovative and free ad blocker for Firefox. It replaces areas that previously contained ads with artwork instead. Simply visit...more
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Replace annoying Internet ads with art! Add-Art is an innovative and free ad blocker for Firefox. It replaces areas that previously contained ads with artwork instead. Simply visit the website and install the necessary plug-in. (Only those with administrative permission on their computers will be able to install this plug-in). A short video on the site's home page provides clear, systematic installation instructions. Once this process is complete, your Internet will start to look like an art gallery.

*Note from the creators of the site, "Firefox 4 compatibility - Add-Art does not work w/ Firefox 4, yet. But it is an open-source, volunteer project and has always been improved by people like you. The code is free for you to modify so you don't have to start from scratch."

tag(s): safety (91)

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Blocking ads on school computers is a great way to avoid inappropriate content and will reduce the confusion that visual inference can cause. Be sure to get permission from your IT department before installing this ad-on to school computers. Maybe you can even convince them to install it schoolwide! Preview the artwork that Add-art uses by clicking on "Shows" before installing this ad on. Plug-ins such as Add-Art are not permanent and are easy to disable.
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Post-it Teachers - Post-it

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K to 8
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Post-it Teachers has a teacher page written by teachers for teachers, all using the little sticky notes that we cannot imagine our lives without. They are used in thousands of ...more
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Post-it Teachers has a teacher page written by teachers for teachers, all using the little sticky notes that we cannot imagine our lives without. They are used in thousands of ways; they are not just for bookmarks anymore! This web site is an activity center for using Post-its in all subjects and grade levels. Each activity is complete with estimated time needed, objectives, description, easy-to-follow steps, and even assessments, at-home activities, and lesson extension ideas. Search by grade level (K-8, or ESL) and topic (art, classroom management, history, language arts, reading & writing, music, math, science, special education, learning activities & templates). Or you are able to search by teaching technique (K-W-L, cluster mapping, questioning strategy, storymap, timeline, Venn diagram, and several others).

tag(s): classroom management (149)

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Add Post-it notes to your back-to-school supply list and "stick" to this website for ideas that will make teaching and learning fun, motivating, and practical. Maybe even ask for Post-it contributions from home. Find unique ideas for using the repositionable sticky notes for Venn Diagrams and more comparing and contrasting techniques, timelines, story maps, bulletin boards, classroom management, and other sticky ideas.
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Google Treks - Dr. Alice Christie

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K to 12
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GoogleTreks allows teachers and students to synthesize information in one easy-to-use Google Map that places text, pictures, audio files, video files, and much more in one central location....more
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GoogleTreks allows teachers and students to synthesize information in one easy-to-use Google Map that places text, pictures, audio files, video files, and much more in one central location. This site offers possibilities for exploration in all subject areas for all grades. The site is organized by both subject and grade-level tasks. Currently there are only a few examples to follow; however, they offer a variety of material and ideas for creating your own Google Trek or for students to create their own. After choosing a pre-made GoogleTrek, you are directed to a Google Map with different tasks and links.

There is an excellent tutorial for creating your own GoogleTrek that includes step-by-step directions with pictures. After creating a GoogleTrek, it can be posted to the site for others to use. Also included is a rubric that can be downloaded in pdf form. More information on Google Maps can be found at the TeachersFirst review. You can also view the maps in Google Earth. To learn more about Google Earth, see the TeachersFirst review (here).

tag(s): maps (292)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore independently or in small groups. Older students can create their own GoogleTrek after viewing examples for any subject. To post the GoogleTrek, you must email the creator (directions are explicitly explained on the "Posting Your Own GoogleTrek" link. Have students create GoogleTrek's about Christmas Around the World, routes of explorers, famous landmarks, and important inventions. While presenting a GoogleTrek, have students identify points displayed on paper maps located at their seats.

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Psykopaint - Mathieu

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3 to 12
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Turn a photograph into a painting without all the mess. Psykopaint is an on-line painting program that is easy to use. You do not need to be artistic to transform ...more
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Turn a photograph into a painting without all the mess. Psykopaint is an on-line painting program that is easy to use. You do not need to be artistic to transform a personal or stock photo into artwork reminiscent of impressionism, cubism, or tile mosaics. Adjust any image's color intensity, value, and hue. There are also transparency layers and effects that are fun to play with. When a masterpiece is complete, simply save it to the desktop and it is available for a wide range of uses. Users may submit work to the Psykopaint gallery through a Facebook account, but no Facebook account is needed for creating and saving an image. There is also a blank canvas: a free form drawing option that does not require photography. This site may or may not be fully accessible inside your school filtering. You will want to check all portions that you plan to use in class.

tag(s): images (276), multimedia (63), painting (66), photography (162)

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Users need to know how to select and upload a photograph from a computer. Be sure to take advantage of the helpful on-line tutorials. Enjoy spending some time experimenting with the site before introducing it to your class. The on-line gallery takes submissions and lets users view artwork. This is only accessible with a Facebook account. Many schools block Facebook entirely, so check first. Facebook accounts DO require a valid email address. One option is to register for a class Facebook account using a free class gmail account. It is essential that permissible use and consequences are set before introducing the site. Get parent permission before posting any student work on the sharing site. Downloading drawings allows "local control." Without a Facebook account it is possible to view the work of others but not, comment, rate and submit artwork. Preview artwork in the user's gallery before having your class accesses it. Students will also need to know how to cite the original source of a photograph. Psykopaint is a wonderful alternative to hand drawn pictures. Students can liven up reports, stories, websites, and podcasts with manipulated photographs. Model how to use this site on your projector or interactive whiteboard and then give students at least one full class session to experiment. Create your own set of pictures in advance and limit students to the class set so they do not search and find pictures inappropriate for the classroom. Have students take photographs of historic landmarks or important buildings in their town and then use Psykopaint to transform them into illustrations. Help students use these images to create an online, multimedia, town history infographic using Piktochart, reviewed here. Consider scanning or photographing student artwork and then use this site to edit their creation. Let students photograph themselves acting out scenes for a story they wrote then transform them into painterly illustrations. Have students create a multimedia presentation using Thinglink, reviewed here. This site allows users to narrate a picture. The artwork students can create on this site will spice up any published projects.

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ImageBase - davidniblack.com

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K to 12
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Find copyright-safe, creative commons attribution, public domain images to use in the classroom and in projects. Be sure to credit the photographer David Niblack when using the photos....more
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Find copyright-safe, creative commons attribution, public domain images to use in the classroom and in projects. Be sure to credit the photographer David Niblack when using the photos. Click on an album such as "People," "Objects," or "Nature." Click on each picture to bring up a larger image. Right click (or ctrl click on a Mac) to save the image to your computer. Change easily to a larger full size image. Note that ads do appear along the side of this resource. Search photo tags using the search function of the site.

tag(s): images (276), photography (162)

In the Classroom

ImageBase provides a great place for students to find pictures that can be used to communicate information. Find pictures about a particular topic. Keep this site as a reference on your class web page for any time students are creating wikis, blogs, or electronic projects where they need images. Create collages, projects, and more with these high quality pictures. Use images as blog prompts or illustrations in student projects. Have your students create an online "scrapbook" using Smilebox, reviewed here. Find images of locations you are studying in world cultures or geography class. Find images to use in student online projects using Bookemon, reviewed here, or UtellStory, reviewed here.
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ArtisanCam - Cumbria and Lancashire Education Online (CLEO)

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K to 12
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This awarding winning website highlights contemporary artists for students. Every featured artist episode introduces various art forms, how life experiences influence artistic choices,...more
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This awarding winning website highlights contemporary artists for students. Every featured artist episode introduces various art forms, how life experiences influence artistic choices, and why artists create. Media on the site include painting, printmaking, installation, textiles, jewelry, sculpture, and ceramics. Typically, each artist profile contains videos of an interview, student lead critique, recorded workshop (classroom lesson), teacher response, artist at work in their studio, and fun interactive computer activities. There is also a comprehensive section for teachers that suggests lessons and extension ideas. Every activity outlines lesson objectives and connects to academic content areas. Artists also have an on-line gallery of their work. There are easy, interactive activities that allow students to create artwork reflective of a particular artist and their medium. Students can submit and share their creations to an online gallery.

tag(s): artists (76), design (82)

In the Classroom

The resources on this site are useful for ANY grade level. Each lesson lists how it connects to UK learning standards, which are not unlike those in the U.S. The workshops and videos integrate beautifully with a diverse range of curriculum topics such as: science, poetry, math, history, and much more. Connect a unit about plants and photosynthesis to the collaborative work by Loop.PH. Liven up the process of publishing a writer's workshop book with workshops modeled after bookmaker and illustrator Sarah Dyer or Jane Ray. Take a unit about birds of prey and examine how Sulky Best creates animations of their flight. View the workshop videos on laptops, interactive whiteboard, or a projector before beginning one of ArtisanCam's suggested lessons. These videos are an engaging way to give directions and provide wonderful overview of the activity. Each lesson includes clear systematic directions and suggests practical guidelines for teachers to follow. Share this link on the class website for enrichment or even a fun homework assignment. Teachers of gifted can find inspiration for many extension activities from this site.

Some of the activities ask the students to enter their name, age, and town before submitting them to their online gallery. Be sure not to include any identifiable information that outsiders could trace to an individual students. Consider asking students to leave these fields blank or assign initials and logical pseudonyms (Ex. MsGper2-12, MsGper2-13, etc.) for their user names. Of course, you will want check school policies and get written parent permission before submitting student work. Spell out both permissible use and consequences before you send students to this site.
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Build a Snowman - Highlights Kids

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Students will enjoy creating unusual characters with this fun Snowman building activity. Pick from a wide variety of humorous body parts, accessories, and possible settings. This site...more
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Students will enjoy creating unusual characters with this fun Snowman building activity. Pick from a wide variety of humorous body parts, accessories, and possible settings. This site guarantees a giggle. Note: depending on the time of day (and month of the year) this site may take time to load. Be patient and sing a snowman song while you wait!

tag(s): creative fluency (8), fluency (23), snow (22)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector and then ask students explore it independently or in small groups. Connect this activity to literature study books such as Lois Elherts "Snowballs," and ask students to label or write about their online creation. It is possible to print directly from the site. To save on paper and ink, simply take a screen shot and save it to the desktop ("Prnt Scrn" key on Windows, Command+shuft+4 on Mac --- then paste into a document or slide). These images could be incorporated into a class book in programs such as Mixbook reviewed here or using PowerPoint. Exercise your students "fluent" creative thinking skills by asking them to brainstorm items that developers could add to the snowman options. Soon students will be generating their own ideas for unusual snow characters.
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thisissand - Johanna Lundberg and Jenna Sutela

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Turn your computer screen into a virtual sandbox. Look carefully when you go to this site. The screen is NOT blank! When you open the site, a small box will ...more
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Turn your computer screen into a virtual sandbox. Look carefully when you go to this site. The screen is NOT blank! When you open the site, a small box will appear - click on it and let the "Thisissand" create colorful landscapes with pixel size grains of sand. Click on screen and grains of sand slowly drip down to form colorful mounds. Select new colors by typing 'C' and then use left and right arrows to switch between colors. Save your work by submitting it to their online gallery. No-account, personal information, or sign up is necessary.

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Demonstrate how to use thisisand on an interactive whiteboard or projector and then let students explore the site independently or collaboratively. There is an amazing gallery of previously submitted images to explore but be sure to 'sift' through them for inappropriate content before allowing students free access. Although creating precise shapes can be difficult, the application is wonderful for experimenting with color. Have students create a landscape by varying the value of only one color or by playing with the chromatic interactions between colors. This is a wonderful site to support any course in color theory. Art history or studio classes studying "Geometric Abstraction" will enjoy trying to recreate paintings by Josef Albers, Mark Rothko, Sean Scully, or Frank Stella.
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