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Darfur is Dying - mtvU

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Step inside the life of a Darfurian refugee with this narrative-based simulation. Start by choosing a Darfurian to represent your camp, then begin by foraging for water while avoiding...more
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Step inside the life of a Darfurian refugee with this narrative-based simulation. Start by choosing a Darfurian to represent your camp, then begin by foraging for water while avoiding death by the militia. Fulfill other tasks throughout the experience including collecting food, building shelter, and staying healthy. Along the way learn facts and information about the genocide that has taken place in Darfur throughout the years.

tag(s): africa (172)

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Share this site with students as part of any study of Sudan or Africa. Facts and information on the site are from 2006, ask students to research an update and statistics of life in Darfur. Create a class wiki with information about Darfur and other refugee situations. Not comfortable with wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through. If your community has someone with first-hand knowledge of the refugee situation, invite them to speak to your class. Have students create a timeline (with music, photos, videos, and more) using Capzles, reviewed here, to illustrate events leading up to this crisis or the events that have occurred since 2006.
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When Tragedy Hits - NewseumEd

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When Tragedy Hits, is a simulation based on the Virginia Tech massacre and its aftermath. It is intended for the class as a whole and to help students understand reactions, ...more
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When Tragedy Hits, is a simulation based on the Virginia Tech massacre and its aftermath. It is intended for the class as a whole and to help students understand reactions, interactions, and the ethics involved - from the role of the media, law enforcement, technology and citizen journalists, and others. The lesson should take about 90 minutes. Find a Teacher Overview, Setting the Scene, Scenarios, and Role cards, all in PDF format for you to download and preview. You must be a registered NewseumEd member to access this resource; however, membership is free.

tag(s): journalism (55), media literacy (64), news (262)

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Read all materials before presenting this simulation to the class. You may decide participation may be too difficult for some students - those with a personal connection to this or similar tragedies. Make a copy of Setting the Scene and Scenarios for each student. Project the PDFs with the projector and ask students to volunteer for a read-aloud - read-around with all listening to one person and then another. Use the accompanying discussion questions. Consider giving all students a chance to voice their opinions (even the shyest and quiet ones) by using a tool like Backchannel Chat, reviewed here.

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World Press Freedom Map - NewseumEd

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Discover what a free press really is and how many of the world's nations enjoy a free press using the NewseumEd activity World Press Freedom Map. You don't have to ...more
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Discover what a free press really is and how many of the world's nations enjoy a free press using the NewseumEd activity World Press Freedom Map. You don't have to make a trip to Washington D.C. to learn from this activity, instead, use the accompanying link for the Freedom House interactive map. Download the worksheet/chart in PDF or as a Word document for distribution. You must be a registered NewseumEd member to access this resource; however, membership is free.

tag(s): freedom of speech (11), journalism (55), media literacy (64), news (262), newspapers (96)

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Begin by showing students the Freedom House interactive map and read the information in the right column about what a genuinely free press is. Compare that info to a partly free press (explained just under it). Then have students work in small groups or with a partner to fill out the worksheet/chart. Complete a class discussion of the chart, and then have the small groups or pairs choose one of the countries with partial freedom of the press and research what other freedoms the U.S. enjoys that are restricted or repressed for the citizens of that country. Add these to the chart. Challenge students to convert their paper worksheet/chart to an online digital infographic to present their findings using Visme, reviewed here, or to set up their own graphic organizer to show the comparisons using an online tool such as TUZZit, reviewed here. TUZZit allows you to create diagrams, mindmaps, and other visual graphic organizers.

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Who, Me? Biased? - New York Times

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Explore bias through this series of videos from the New York Times. Using titles such as Peanut Butter, Jelly, and Racism, and Why We're Awkward, this series explores types ...more
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Explore bias through this series of videos from the New York Times. Using titles such as Peanut Butter, Jelly, and Racism, and Why We're Awkward, this series explores types of bias, how to address and change prejudices, and ways to address racism. Most videos run around 2 minutes in length, making them perfect for a short introduction to the topics addressed.
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tag(s): black history (59), bullying (51), civil rights (122), diversity (33), racism (16), tolerance (9)

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Share videos with students either with a projector, an interactive whiteboard, or use the link or embed codes on your class website to view at home. Have students view from home using VideoAnt, reviewed here, where students can stop the video and ask questions about the parts where they need clarification on the video! Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts sharing their insight into biases and racism along with suggestions on ways to address each problem. Use a site such as podOmatic, reviewed here. Share this site with your school's counselor for use with ongoing lessons in tolerance and diversity.

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OK2Ask: Tech Integration Made Easy with Adobe Spark - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from May 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Engage students and deepen content area knowledge using instructional imagery....more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from May 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Engage students and deepen content area knowledge using instructional imagery. Deliver instruction in a compelling way and transform your classroom activities by learning how to use Adobe Spark, an integrated suite of FREE storytelling applications. Learn to use Adobe Spark, Post, and Page for classroom projects and personal productivity. Select images and make minor edits to bring additional context to content area instruction for your students. Brainstorm with others how you and your students can use Adobe Spark in your classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels. As a result of this session teachers will: 1. Learn basic use of the Adobe Spark tools; 2. Explore three different ways to use Adobe Spark in the classroom; and 3. Plan for the use of Adobe Spark in the classroom.

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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Vanishing: The Extinction Crisis is Far Worse than you Think - CNN

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This CNN interactive takes an in-depth look at vanishing species around the globe along with the reasons for their disappearance. Scroll through to discover how humans are causing species...more
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This CNN interactive takes an in-depth look at vanishing species around the globe along with the reasons for their disappearance. Scroll through to discover how humans are causing species to go extinct at a rate 100 times faster than normal. Watch videos as scientists describe physical changes occuring on the earth's surface, view interactives demonstrating animal habitat changes, and more.

tag(s): animals (296), conservation (128), earth (233), earth day (111), endangered species (39), habitats (86)

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This site is perfect for use on interactive whiteboards as an introduction to any unit on animals, habitats, or earth conservation. Explore together, then allow students to explore in depth on their own. Have students either individually or as groups choose a topic found on this site to research further. If you are new to integrating technology you may want to have students create a presentation using Slidestory, reviewed here. Looking for something different? Have students use Microsoft Sway, reviewed here, to create an interactive presentation including charts, videos, and images.

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World of 7 Billion - Population Connection

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World of 7 Billion provides a broad variety of resources and information for teaching about world population. Discover the ever changing world and United State's current population...more
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World of 7 Billion provides a broad variety of resources and information for teaching about world population. Discover the ever changing world and United State's current population count near the top of each page. Explore the Teachers Resources for activities to use with middle and high school students. Encourage students to participate in the annual video challenge contest sponsored by the site highlighting different global challenges with prizes up to $1,000.

tag(s): conservation (128), environment (322), population (63)

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Encourage students to take part in World of 7 Billion's annual video contest. Benefit from the free lessons for middle and high school students as well as the ideas for school-wide events. Provide time for students to browse through the site and to generate questions about it. Brainstorm not only questions but what students learned from it. Allow groups time to research the economic and social issues that have caused such a change in population and how people live. Challenge students to create a presentation with their findings using Prezi, reviewed here. Have students use a mapping tool such as Zeemaps, reviewed here, to create a map of population changes around the world (with audio stories and pictures included)!
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Pic4Carto - Adrien Pavie

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Find open source pictures from around the world with Pic4Carto. Zoom in on the map until you view grids positioned over each area, then choose a cell to display available ...more
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Find open source pictures from around the world with Pic4Carto. Zoom in on the map until you view grids positioned over each area, then choose a cell to display available images. Play all images as a slide show or scroll through pictures one at a time. Images are imported from sites such as Flickr and Wikimedia Commons and include attribution information. Upon finishing a set of slides, users are prompted to browse nearby areas or return to the map.

tag(s): images (273), map skills (81), maps (292)

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Use any part of this map for your school projects. Share the maps on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students create stories about visiting in these places to share with others. Challenge students to create a digital presentation on a map location rather than write an essay or present a paper poster. If you're just beginning the process of integrating technology in your classroom, use Prezi, reviewed here, which is much like PowerPoint or Keynote but allows for "zoomable" content. If you are more experienced in the integration of technology, try Lucidpress, reviewed here, where students could produce a variety of products. If you teach geography, Pic4Carto is a must; it is also helpful for showing students WHERE a story or news event takes place. If you have a new road in your area, share the difference between this map and older ones found online.

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Ultimate Parent's Guide to Internet Safety - EveryCloud

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K to 12
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The Ultimate Parent's Guide to Internet Safety is a comprehensive infographic providing facts on the use of the Internet by children. Scroll through the page to learn about the use...more
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The Ultimate Parent's Guide to Internet Safety is a comprehensive infographic providing facts on the use of the Internet by children. Scroll through the page to learn about the use of mobile devices and the Internet beginning with kids as young as one-year-old. Continue down the page to learn about the most popular social media sites, the amount of time typically spent online by children, and typical use of the Internet by teens. Other information provides tips for knowing when teens are in trouble online due to cyberbullying or misuse of the Internet. This infographic is also available in PDF format or copy and paste the embed code to post on your web page.

tag(s): cyberbullying (45), internet safety (111), preK (293)

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This site contains valuable information to share with parents and students. Include a link to the site on your class webpage and consider sharing during Open House events. Share with your school's guidance counselor. View this site with students on an interactive whiteboard. Ask them to use an online poster creator, such as Padlet, reviewed here, to share additional Internet safety tips and information. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create weekly or monthly podcasts sharing Internet safety tips. Use a tool such as podOmatic, reviewed here.
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The Harry Potter Alliance - Matt Maggiacomo

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The Harry Potter Alliance is an organization dedicated to student activism inspired by "Dumbledore's Army" in the Harry Potter series. Their goal is to mobilize youth in support of...more
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The Harry Potter Alliance is an organization dedicated to student activism inspired by "Dumbledore's Army" in the Harry Potter series. Their goal is to mobilize youth in support of charitable causes, literacy, and human rights. Use the map to locate a nearby chapter to learn more about their endeavors, or find information about starting your own chapter.
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tag(s): civil rights (122), communities (38), literacy (107), service projects (27)

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Share information from this site with Harry Potter lovers as inspiration for how to help your communities. Volunteer to start a local chapter or share with others to begin an after-school group. Be sure to browse through Success Stories on the site to find ideas about how students can help others in their community. Challenge students to create a presentation using Prezi, reviewed here, to share their ideas for supporting the community through a Harry Potter Alliance project.

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Whats on the Seder Plate: A Kindergarten Webquest - Linda Kagan

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K to 2
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This Pesach (Passover) holiday webquest is for children to identify the items on a Seder Plate and discuss the symbolism of each item. Children need to have the basic computer ...more
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This Pesach (Passover) holiday webquest is for children to identify the items on a Seder Plate and discuss the symbolism of each item. Children need to have the basic computer skills of mouse clicking and opening files. The webquest represents a new challenge in computer skills, a focused Internet search. On the menu bar on the left, there are tabs for Home, Task, Resources, and a Teachers Guide. Under Resources, find a Seder Plate Game, Coloring Pages, a tic-tac-toe game, and more.

tag(s): hebrew (20), holidays (151), jews (26)

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The Teacher's Guide suggests pairing your student with an older buddy to provide another learning opportunity; the kindergartener and older "buddy" will learn communication and cooperation skills by working together. Display the WebQuest on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector, and discuss the goals with students. Then, have them work in pairs to complete the WebQuest. Once they have all completed the WebQuest, have the students and buddies post what they learned about the Seder Plate, symbolism, and communication. Use a tool like Dotstorming, < a href="/single.cfm?id=16997">reviewed here. With Dotstorming students can have video, images, text, audio, voting & make comments in a chat box. Allow students to make comments on each other's finding to extend the communication process.

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Jewish Kids: Passover - Chabad.org

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The Jewish Kids Passover page offers videos, crafts, songs, stories, and games to learn about the Passover holiday. The videos include Out of Egypt, the Passover Mini-Series parts 1,...more
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The Jewish Kids Passover page offers videos, crafts, songs, stories, and games to learn about the Passover holiday. The videos include Out of Egypt, the Passover Mini-Series parts 1, 2, 3, how the Jews left Egypt and several others. There are printables featuring coloring pages, mazes, and a mystery. The Guide starts out with a challenge for children called The Big Clean, explains Chametz vs. Matzah, The Lighting of Candles, and much more. There is no registration necessary to enjoy these activities.

tag(s): hebrew (20), holidays (151), jews (26)

In the Classroom

Keep this site in mind as an easy place to learn about the Jewish holiday of Passover, Jewish symbols relating to Passover, and a little information about Judaism. Classes studying world cultures, the Hebrew language, and/or international holidays can learn from this site and also use it as a model to create similar games and projects for other cultures and languages. Select music for students to listen to while completing coloring pages and puzzles.

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Born Free USA - Belton Mouras and Ken Guerrero

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Born Free USA is an animal advocacy group offering many resources for helping animals. Browse through the Campaigns & Programs to learn about key issues of their work including Animals...more
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Born Free USA is an animal advocacy group offering many resources for helping animals. Browse through the Campaigns & Programs to learn about key issues of their work including Animals in Entertainment, Fur as Fashion, and more. Find out how to become an animal advocate with Born Free USA's tools and resources including downloadable advocacy materials. Be sure to check out the 2016 Year of the Lion that includes lesson plans, videos, and other teaching materials. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): animals (296), service projects (27)

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

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Virtual Debate - South Orange Middle School and others

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Virtual Debate offers online examples and resources for conducting virtual debates. The debates are for middle school level students, and schools sign up to debate new topics each school...more
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Virtual Debate offers online examples and resources for conducting virtual debates. The debates are for middle school level students, and schools sign up to debate new topics each school year. Choose a year beginning with 2013 to view topics and archived recordings from Google Hangout debate sessions. This site also includes extensive debate preparation resources such as expert interviews and online folders containing rubrics, lesson plans, and judging sheets. 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): debate (44), persuasive writing (55), problem solving (286)

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Take advantage of the many resources on the Virtual Debate site and enroll your class in a debate. Be sure to preview previous debates with your students and use already-created materials as you prepare. Even if you don't want to participate through this site, the many available materials offer a rich opportunity for including debate in your classroom. Consider creating your own debate (virtual or not) with another classroom in your school or district. Topics could include any curricular or current events topic such as use of social media, elections, or environmental issues. One bonus of using debates in the classroom is the many opportunities to engage students in non-fiction writing to meet Common Core Standards.

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Smithsonian Science How Webcasts - Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History

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5 to 12
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Bring a Smithsonian scientist to class through live webcasts including the ability to respond to questions in real-time. Choose the link to the schedule to view and register for upcoming...more
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Bring a Smithsonian scientist to class through live webcasts including the ability to respond to questions in real-time. Choose the link to the schedule to view and register for upcoming webcasts. No worries if you missed a session, go to the archives to see all previous sessions and view corresponding teaching resources. Resources include videos, lessons, online activities, rubrics, and more. Each webcast also provides correlation to Next Generation Science Standards.

tag(s): agriculture (58), arctic (46), birds (52), dinosaurs (54), environment (322), fish (25), fossils (45), human body (131), insects (72), mammals (34), minerals (17), paleontology (41), plants (159), rocks (51), solar system (119), space (220), volcanoes (66)

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Take advantage of the many free resources on this site to use in your classroom. Watch webcasts together on an interactive whiteboard, or have students view at home and bring their questions and comments to class. Use this site for enrichment for gifted learners to dig deeper into science concepts. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create their own science videos using a tool like Stupeflix, reviewed here, and share them on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here. Have students make a multimedia presentation demonstrating science concepts using Zeetings, reviewed here. Zeetings' features allow for audience participation, polls, video, embeds, web links, and more.
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The Lowdown - KQED News

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The Lowdown connects the newsroom to the classroom through timely multimedia articles featuring the latest news. Convert any post to PDF for easy printing and sharing. Search using...more
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The Lowdown connects the newsroom to the classroom through timely multimedia articles featuring the latest news. Convert any post to PDF for easy printing and sharing. Search using a keyword or choose links to find lesson plans, interactives, and videos. Many features include alignment to Common Core Standards. If your district blocks YouTube, videos 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 Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): commoncore (96), journalism (55), multimedia (63), news (262), newspapers (96)

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Achieve two goals with this very people-friendly site: provide quality non-fiction reading materials and the latest in current events. Use this site to differentiate reading materials by student interest. Encourage students to explore the site on their own. Be sure to include a link on classroom computers and your class website for students to access at any time. Flip your class and assign the reading to do at home. Then, have students create a simple infographic sharing findings from The Lowdown with their classmates using Piktochart, reviewed here. Have cooperative learning groups create weekly podcasts with news from around the world. Use a site such as podOmatic, reviewed here.
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Constitute - Comparative Constitutions Project - Univ of Texas at Austin

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8 to 12
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Constitute is a database of all available online constitutions from around the world with several comparisons and research tools built-in. Quickly find passages by tags such as "right...more
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Constitute is a database of all available online constitutions from around the world with several comparisons and research tools built-in. Quickly find passages by tags such as "right to privacy" or "equality regardless of gender." Filter searches by period or geographic region. Compare constitutions side by side, then select comparisons to display highlighted similarities. "Pin" your results to export to Google Docs or as a PDF.

tag(s): civil rights (122), constitution (86), cross cultural understanding (119), cultures (108)

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Share Constitute on an interactive whiteboard or projector as part of any lessons studying nations around the world. Compare constitutions when discussing current events and cultural differences. Use an online tool such as the Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, to demonstrate differences and similarities. Flip learning by sharing a comparison you create, then have students study comparisons before class discussions of materials.
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Seven Digital Deadly Sins - Guardian Weekend Magazine

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What are the seven digital deadly sins? This site explores digital sins through videos and personal stories. Learn how envy has led to social media users feeling inadequate with their...more
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What are the seven digital deadly sins? This site explores digital sins through videos and personal stories. Learn how envy has led to social media users feeling inadequate with their own life circumstances, or how digital access stops some users from personal interactions. Click on any image to open the topic and view each personal story. Be very careful if using this in a classroom as there are discussions of items not appropriate for all viewers.

tag(s): digital citizenship (67), professional development (162), social media (22)

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Be very careful if using this in a classroom as there are discussions of items not appropriate for general consumption, and may be more appropriate as inspiration for discussing the main "sins" in your classroom. At a minimum, be sure to view and screen portions of the site for appropriateness before sharing with students. Have students create an online graph using Amblegraph, reviewed here, to analyze their digital usage. Share ideas and reflections comparing the positives of digital media versus the negative impacts. Exchange information from the site with your colleagues and school counselors as part of any professional development or discussions about the use of social media and digital tools. Share with parents who have concerns about their student's digital usage.
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OK2Ask: Tech Integration Made Easy - Animoto - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from October 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Transform your classroom activities by learning how to use Animoto. Engage...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from October 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Transform your classroom activities by learning how to use Animoto. Engage students and deepen content area knowledge by instructional videos. Text, audio, and video bring additional context to content area instruction for your students. Use student created videos as formative assessment. Brainstorm with others how you and your students can use Animoto in your classroom. As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: (1) Learn the basic use of Animoto; (2) Explore three different ways to use Animoto in the classroom; and (3) Plan for the use of Animoto in the classroom. This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels.

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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iCivics, Win the White House - iCivics

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Make the presidential election process personal. Run for U.S. president by playing this free interactive online game which is best played on a computer using most current browsers....more
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Make the presidential election process personal. Run for U.S. president by playing this free interactive online game which is best played on a computer using most current browsers. In this lively, colorful simulation, students will experience being part of a campaign, including creating a candidate avatar, selecting either Democratic or Republican issues, participating in debates and developing a media campaign. Choose your level to start: elementary, middle, or high school and complete the easy-to-follow tasks which do involve some reading, especially the debates section. The "Campaign Manager" will lead you through the process ending with your final probability of winning. Loading the game may take a few moments. Sound begins immediately, but may be toggled off. Online assistance is available by clicking the Help button in the top right corner at each step of the game. Also, the Back button in the top left corner allows easy do-overs of sections. Students may play without registering, but will access more content, compete with others and earn badges after logging in. You can have separate accounts for students and teachers, but must have email addresses. An automatic username is generated when registering. The easy to use Extension Pack for Teachers provides more activities and assessments. Registered teachers can message students and create classes to give students a virtual class code to join without needing an email. If students register, they can check their My iCivics accounts to see points and message members of their groups which can be controlled by the teacher.

tag(s): elections (78), presidents (130)

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Start out using this site with your projector or interactive whiteboard with the whole class. Walk through the beginning of the game and demonstrate the built-in help which is useful for students who might need additional guidance. Have individuals play or create small group teams of campaign staff to guide the candidates. Students or groups may play multiple times. After registering, the site will save games and students can send messages. Use the Achievements badges and points for student assessments. Have students research the debate topics and compare the different aspects of the game to real-life examples in the news. An easy to use Extension Pack for Teachers provides more activities and assessments.
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