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MakerSpace - TeachersFirst

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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students learn about the MakerSpace movement and mindset. Engage your students, challenge their...more
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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students learn about the MakerSpace movement and mindset. Engage your students, challenge their minds, teach cooperative learning, and more. There is no right or wrong way to do a MakerSpace. Use the tools provided to find digital options to use in your MakerSpace area. Read the professional information to educate yourself about the mindset of MakerSpace.

tag(s): circuits (23), coding (68), creativity (118), engineering (132), makerspace (11), musical instruments (51), robotics (29), STEM (184)

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Use these resources for your digital MakerSpace. Find tools for all grades. Don't miss the Twitter Chat for teachers just starting a MakerSpace. There are also a few sites that are more information for educators just learning about MakerSpace. Some of these resources are ideal for individual devices.

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OK2Ask: Free Microsoft Tools to Make Learning Accessible and Inclusive - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from February 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Making a learning environment accessible for everyone is critical to a successful...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from February 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Making a learning environment accessible for everyone is critical to a successful inclusive classroom. Today's classrooms are diverse and include English Language Learners and students with learning challenges, whether they have been identified or not. Every teacher needs to be able to create and deliver content in a way that is accessible to each individual student. Fortunately, teachers already have free technologies at their disposal to assist with this. Join us as we explore strategies and tools that facilitate an inclusive learning environment. Participants will: 1. Understand the importance of accessibility; 2. Explore Microsoft tools that can be used to create accessible materials; and 3. Identify an easy new habit, hack, and/or tool they can adopt to help make material accessible for their students. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Accessibility (2), differentiation (53), Microsoft (43), Special Needs (33)

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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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TechTerms Computer Dictionary - Sharpened Productions

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Expert and newbie tech users will appreciate this dictionary providing definitions of Internet and computer terms in easy to understand language. Search for any phrase or word or browse...more
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Expert and newbie tech users will appreciate this dictionary providing definitions of Internet and computer terms in easy to understand language. Search for any phrase or word or browse through recent additions to the dictionary. In addition to the dictionary, this site includes monthly quizzes. Choose the quizzes link to access archives dating back to 2011.
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tag(s): computers (102), dictionaries (59), quizzes (104), STEM (184)

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Save this site on your computer and student computers to quickly look up any technology terms. Have students create online posters individually or together as a class sharing technology terms using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard, reviewed here, or PicLits, reviewed here. Consolidate information learned from the site to create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. Take your student's learning to a higher level and ask them to create commercials or short video discussions of technology using a tool such as Powtoon, reviewed here, then share them using a tool such as SchoolTube, reviewed here.

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OK2Ask: Make the Most of Your TeachersFirst Membership - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from January 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Inspire technology integrated lessons for student learning based on web-based...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from January 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Inspire technology integrated lessons for student learning based on web-based resources. Learn about the features and benefits of your free TeachersFirst membership. This session will briefly share how to find and use resources on TeachersFirst to help you save time. Remember, it is OK2Ask questions at any time! Participants will: 1. Explore TeachersFirst membership features; 2. Identify and share resources to support classroom instruction; and 3. Prepare to use the features of TeachersFirst membership to maximize student learning. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology 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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Building STEAM Skills with Hands-On Activity Collections - Cody Caltharp & Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Art

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These six activity collections from the Smithsonian Center provide engaging, hands-on activities for integrating technology and developing STEAM skills. Activities include creating...more
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These six activity collections from the Smithsonian Center provide engaging, hands-on activities for integrating technology and developing STEAM skills. Activities include creating a 3-D insect model, a trading card game for discovering patterns and connections, and creating wearable tech. Each activity includes a complete lesson plan along with additional ideas for extending learning and reinforcing content. Choose any collection to view resources and download the PDF lesson plan.

tag(s): design (88), engineering (132), flight (31), insects (72), patterns (87), plants (175), sculpture (20), STEM (184)

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Save activities from this site to use as hands-on STEAM lessons throughout the year. Introduce the Smithsonian collection resources on an interactive whiteboard or projector and explore the included items together. Flip your classroom and include a link to museum resources for students to explore before your lessons, and have them create online stickies sharing their thoughts on collection pieces using Lino, reviewed here. Instead of having students complete written responses during your lesson, ask them to respond to questions using a video response tool like Flipgrid, reviewed here. Flipgrid offers users the opportunity to submit video responses to questions and add comments to other users' responses. At the end of your STEAM activities ask students to create a multimedia presentation sharing their activities and reflecting upon learning opportunities provided. Use a tool like Sway, reviewed here, or Adobe Spark, reviewed here.
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NEXT.cc - NEXT.cc

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NEXT.cc shares activities and online information to develop ethical imagination and environmental stewardship through design. The information is based on Common Core and Wisconsin Art...more
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NEXT.cc shares activities and online information to develop ethical imagination and environmental stewardship through design. The information is based on Common Core and Wisconsin Art and Design Standards. Begin your journey by choosing from one of the many icons. Each journey includes a short description of the content and links to several activities featuring games, research projects, or discussion questions. When finished, take a short review quiz or select from the many links providing additional opportunities to explore each topic. 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 ClipGrab, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): aeronautics (13), alphabet (86), animals (323), animation (62), architecture (85), biomes (139), coding (68), design (88), electricity (92), energy (208), habitats (107), light (53), numbers (197), plants (175), time (141), weather (203)

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Share this site on classroom computers, on an interactive whiteboard, or with a projector to explore together. Include this site as part of your bookmarks for lessons in design, science, or art using a bookmarking tool like Symbaloo, reviewed here. Many of the activities have students create online and interactive documents. Following are a few suggestions for these activities. Try Click2Map, reviewed here, which uses display markers featuring text, photos, and videos! Have students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here to demonstrate their understanding of a concept. Ask individual or groups of students to create a multimedia presentation sharing knowledge learned using an online tool such as Sway, reviewed here.

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Above the Noise - KQED

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This YouTube Channel, created for middle and high school students digs deeper into issues (environmental, health, social and more) affecting their lives. Based on science and research,...more
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This YouTube Channel, created for middle and high school students digs deeper into issues (environmental, health, social and more) affecting their lives. Based on science and research, episodes provide information to help teens make informed conclusions on topics like fake news and social media. The classroom guide for teachers provides discussion questions for use before, during, and after videos along with alignment to Common Core Standards. 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): drugs and alcohol (25), social media (25), social networking (113), social skills (22), sociology (22), video (280)

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Take advantage of the classroom guide to explore big questions found within each episode. Subscribe to this channel to receive notifications of new video additions. Use a tool such as Vizia, reviewed here, to add questions directly into the YouTube videos for students to complete as a flipped lesson before classroom instruction. Use a tool such as Voxer, reviewed here, for students to discuss their thoughts on the topic of each video.

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The Climate Explorer - globalchange.gov

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The Climate Explorer uses information from global climate models to create graphs and projections for future climate predictions. Also, this site displays weather observations from...more
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The Climate Explorer uses information from global climate models to create graphs and projections for future climate predictions. Also, this site displays weather observations from the 1950's through the early 2000's. Use filters to search by location, topic, or variables including temperature and precipitation.

tag(s): climate (95), climate change (69), floods (13), temperature (34), weather (203)

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Bookmark and share this resource for student research into climate change anywhere in the world. Have groups of students work on different perspectives of climate change including rainfall, annual and monthly temperature change over time, population density, or flooding changes. Have students make an impressive, interactive poster, infographics, chart or multimedia presentation sharing their findings using Genial.ly, reviewed here. Genial.ly allows you to add polls, videos, embeds, web links, PowerPoint, PDfs, and more to any presentation.

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Metaverse Studio - Google, Magic Leap, BuzzFeed, MySpace, and Fujitsu

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Metaverse Studio makes it easy for anyone to create augmented reality experiences. Create your account to begin then use Metaverse components to arrange items on your storyboard and...more
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Metaverse Studio makes it easy for anyone to create augmented reality experiences. Create your account to begin then use Metaverse components to arrange items on your storyboard and connect without coding. Share completed projects with a QR code, link, or social media options to play using the Metaverse app. Be sure to watch the welcome tutorial for an overview of features and capabilities of Metaverse Studio. 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 ClipGrab, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): augmented reality (5), coding (68), creativity (118), design (88), gamification (88), quizzes (104)

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Share Metaverse Studio with students as part of any computer skills class. Ask students to brainstorm ideas to create using this site. Use a tool like Padlet, reviewed here, to share ideas and suggestions. As students become comfortable using this site, have them videotape tips and suggestions for creating experiences using Screencast-o-matic, reviewed here, then share them using a tool such as SchoolTube, reviewed here. Use Metaverse Studio to create engaging games and quizzes for your classroom.

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Microsoft Visual Studio - Microsoft

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Microsoft Visual Studio offers a variety of free tools and services to build and develop apps on any platform. Download Visual Studio Code and Visual Studio Community, and sign up ...more
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Microsoft Visual Studio offers a variety of free tools and services to build and develop apps on any platform. Download Visual Studio Code and Visual Studio Community, and sign up for a free account on Visual Studio Team Services providing tools and information for integration across platforms. Sign up also for training sessions and additional downloads.

tag(s): coding (68), computers (102), logic (247), Microsoft (43), problem solving (296)

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Share Microsoft Visual with students interested in computer coding. Have students sign up for training that meets their interests. Encourage students to design apps that help fellow students and others in your school. For example, design an app for tracking assignments or an app for collaborating on school projects.

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Year-End Roundup, 2016-2017: Questions for Writing and Discussion - New York Times/The Learning Network

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The Year-End Roundup includes 179 questions asked by the New York Times Learning Network between September 2016 and June 2017. Each prompt promotes discussion on current events appropriate...more
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The Year-End Roundup includes 179 questions asked by the New York Times Learning Network between September 2016 and June 2017. Each prompt promotes discussion on current events appropriate for students 13 years and older. Choose the link to any question to read a short article with background information and suggested points to consider. Download the complete list in a PDF form for easy reference; however, this form doesn't include links to the articles and additional information.

tag(s): debate (46), persuasive writing (57), process writing (47), writers workshop (34), writing (368)

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Bookmark and save this site as a resource for writing prompts, current events discussions, or as a springboard to debate topics. Before writing, encourage students to research their topic and take notes. Use an online note-taking site like Google Keep, reviewed here, to save and share notes. Have students share their completed projects in a blog and ask for feedback from their peers using Telegra.ph, reviewed here. There is no registration with Telegra.ph and you just click on an icon to upload images from your computer, add a YouTube or Vimeo, or Twitter links. Take completed writing projects one step further and ask students to create a Story Map, reviewed here. Story Map offers the ability to tell a story through interactive maps including video, images, and more.
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Discovery Education Virtual Field Trips - Discovery Education

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Travel to the world's most amazing places whenever you like with Discovery Education's Virtual Field Trips, no chaperones or payment required! Explore the archives by subject, grade...more
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Travel to the world's most amazing places whenever you like with Discovery Education's Virtual Field Trips, no chaperones or payment required! Explore the archives by subject, grade level, or theme to view all available experiences. The virtual field trips include a video along with lesson plans and additional resources to download. Some videos are hosted 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): agriculture (60), animals (323), careers (144), constitution (88), design (88), energy (208), england (56), explorers (66), holocaust (41), lincoln (84), nutrition (158), pi (28), planets (129), shakespeare (111), spain (8), STEM (184), virtual field trips (55), weather (203)

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Immerse your students into your studies with a close-up in-depth look through virtual field trips. Visit places where time, money, and mileage inhibit your dreams for bringing your students into wondrous worlds. Find ways to visit where your class has never gone before. Find ways to motivate your most reluctant learners. ESL/ELL learners will appreciate the visit. Reach all types of learners through a class visit. Use field trips as a whole class anticipatory guide, a center activity, a home connection, or even as extra credit. Challenge your gifted students to be guides in their own learning by choosing topics of interest. Then ask these students to share research findings in a video with discussion questions to go with the research and with links to outside resources using a tool such as Rooclick, reviewed here. Be sure students create a script to read from before beginning to produce their own video.
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Anchor - Michael Mignano and Nir Zicherman

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Turn audio into a podcast using any device with Anchor. Add songs from Apple Music or Spotify, upload audio from your computer, or record your voice to create your podcast. ...more
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Turn audio into a podcast using any device with Anchor. Add songs from Apple Music or Spotify, upload audio from your computer, or record your voice to create your podcast. Choose a name when finished, then upload your content as a finished podcast. For ideas on what to include in your podcast, listen to Anchor podcasts shared on the site by Anchor users.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (179), podcasts (57)

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Create regular or special podcasts to share on your class web page or wiki. Looking for even more ideas? Record class assignments or directions. Record story time or a reading excerpt for younger ones to listen to at a computer center AND from home, adding a touch of blended learning to your classroom! Have readers (perhaps older buddies) build fluency by recording selected passages for your non-readers. Launch a service project for your fifth or sixth graders to record stories for the kindergarten to use in their reading and listening center. Challenge students to create "you are there" recordings as "eyewitnesses" to historical or current events. Make a weekly class podcast, with students taking turns writing and sharing the "Class News," encourage students to create radio advertisements for concepts studied in class (Buy Dynamic DNA!). Invite students to write and record their own stories or poetry in dramatic readings. Language students or beginning readers could record their fluency by reading passages. Allow parents to hear their child's progress reading aloud, etc. Compare world language, speech articulation, or reading fluency at two points during the year. Challenge your Shakespeare students to record a soliloquy. Write and record a poem for Father's or Mother's Day (or other special events) and send the URL as a gift to that special person. If you have gifted students who lean toward the dramatic, this tool is simple enough for them to create dramatic mini-casts without needing any additional tools.

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Sploder - Geoff P. Gaudreault

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Design and play online games at Sploder. Register on the site to save and share your creations; however, registration isn't required to play games. Choose from four different game options...more
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Design and play online games at Sploder. Register on the site to save and share your creations; however, registration isn't required to play games. Choose from four different game options to create games without any coding skills. Scroll down on the home page to select games by topic including two-player games and girl games.

tag(s): game based learning (139), gamification (88)

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Show Sploder to students who love to play games as an excellent source for creating their own games. Ask them to create educational games for classroom topics such as identifying parts of speech or multiples of numbers. Share a link to games on your class website for review.

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Kodu Game Lab - Microsoft Research

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Kodu is a software download for creating Windows PC games through a simple programming language. A download is also available for Xbox games; however, it is not free. The software ...more
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Kodu is a software download for creating Windows PC games through a simple programming language. A download is also available for Xbox games; however, it is not free. The software allows users to create and personalize virtual worlds through point and click options. Additional options offer "if this, then that" personalization to add variety to the game. Under Resources find the "Getting Started" tutorial videos that 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): coding (68), game based learning (139), gamification (88), Microsoft (43)

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Have students work in teams to design and develop content demonstrating an understanding of lessons in any subject area. Begin sharing Kodu with your computer experts who are interested in programming. Allow them to be the leaders in sharing how to use and personalize the program. Use Kodu as part of an after-school computer club. Be sure to take advantage of the resources section of Kodu for tips and tutorials on using the program.

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Inkscape - The Inkscape Project

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Inkscape is a free vector graphics software program. Download it to your computer using the provided links for different operating systems. Use Inkscape to create icons, logos, maps,...more
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Inkscape is a free vector graphics software program. Download it to your computer using the provided links for different operating systems. Use Inkscape to create icons, logos, maps, and more. The software supports many different file formats and has an extensive set of drawing tools. View the many tutorials found on the site to learn how to use Inkscape and understand the many features available for use. The 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): design (88), graphic design (35), images (278)

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Include Inkscape as part of any graphics art program. Allow students to use the program to create digital icons for school projects, logos for athletic teams, or enhance images for school yearbooks.

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RobotBasic - John Blankenship

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RobotBasic is a free program download for robotic simulations. It features the ability to include several different commands and sensors. The program is for both novice and experienced...more
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RobotBasic is a free program download for robotic simulations. It features the ability to include several different commands and sensors. The program is for both novice and experienced programmers, this site includes several video tutorials that begin with the assumption that users don't have any programming experience. Be sure to read all system requirements and necessary information before downloading the program.

tag(s): computers (102), robotics (29)

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Share RobotBasic with students interested in computer programming. Ask proficient programmers to be the "experts" and share how-to activities with other students. Have your experts create short tutorials using a tool like My Simpleshow, reviewed here, and share them using a tool such as SchoolTube, reviewed here.

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Siemens STEM Day - Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education

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Created to support the annual National Day of STEM on May 16, this site offers student tools for all grade levels for use throughout the year. Choose activities by grade ...more
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Created to support the annual National Day of STEM on May 16, this site offers student tools for all grade levels for use throughout the year. Choose activities by grade level and STEM topic or career path. Options also include sorting by difficulty, most downloaded, or newest activities. Download activities in PDF format that include correlation to science standards, background information, and complete lesson directions. Check out the educator section for 5-minute thematic refreshers to support and help you prepare your STEM lessons.

tag(s): dna (65), ecosystems (93), energy (208), environment (323), erosion (18), fossils (46), genetics (89), human body (133), nutrition (158), oceans (165), rocks (52), senses (31), STEM (184), structures (23)

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Bookmark this site for STEM activities and support throughout the year. Reduce your planning time by using the free lessons available on the site. Before starting activities, have students create a word cloud of terms they know using a site such as Word Clouds for Kids, reviewed here, for younger students, or Wordle, reviewed here, for older students.
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C-Stem Studio - UC Davis C-Stem Center

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C-Stem Studio is a software download integrated with learning opportunities for STEM subjects. Videos and interactives provide instruction in math, coding, and robotics. Choose from...more
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C-Stem Studio is a software download integrated with learning opportunities for STEM subjects. Videos and interactives provide instruction in math, coding, and robotics. Choose from the different pages to view information about each program. For those who prefer not to download software; try RoboBlockly. Roboblockly is an online tool for learning to code using drag and drop blocks to move robots. There is a link for RoboBlockly on this site.

tag(s): coding (68), game based learning (139), gamification (88), logic (247), problem solving (296), robotics (29), STEM (184)

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Download C-Stem Studio as part of your ongoing STEM and coding instruction. Be sure to follow directions on downloading the correct version and order of downloads. Share activities on your interactive whiteboard or projector, then have students create and explore on their own. After school clubs and activities can use this program to learn to code. Use this tool with gifted students for a great challenge. Set up a coding activity center for interested students when they finish class work or for rainy days and snow days. Share this link on your class website for students to access both in and out of the classroom.

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WooTube - Eddie Woo

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WooTube is a middle and high school level mathematics YouTube channel and more. This site includes video playlists sorted by topic, downloadable worksheets and resources, and the author's...more
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WooTube is a middle and high school level mathematics YouTube channel and more. This site includes video playlists sorted by topic, downloadable worksheets and resources, and the author's blog. The highly acclaimed videos provide instruction in complicated topics and easy to understand content explains the relevance to the real-world use of the content. 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): fractions (229), integers (40), measurement (178), money (186), percent (81), tutorials (49), video (280), volume (53)

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This site began with the owner's desire to share lessons with homebound students making it a perfect accompaniment to classroom instruction. Be sure to take advantage of the free worksheets and resources to use with your students. Share a link to videos on your class website for students to view at home. Ask them to watch videos before you teach content in class. If you typically view videos then discuss questions in class, try using Flipgrid, reviewed here, to take questioning and collaboration to a new level. Upload a WooTube video to your Flipgrid account, then have students record their questions and thoughts. Have students respond to comments made by peers, then discuss both content and student responses in the classroom.
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