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GoSoapBox - Go Education, LLC

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5 to 12
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Engage your students and knockdown participation barriers with GoSoapBox, a free web-based student response system. Set up an event, or GoSoapBox space, for your class. Students enter...more
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Engage your students and knockdown participation barriers with GoSoapBox, a free web-based student response system. Set up an event, or GoSoapBox space, for your class. Students enter the SoapBox through a unique code, and only the instructor can view the student names. Accessible through a computer or mobile device, GoSoapBox offers many tools for some creative Q&A in your classroom. The confusion barometer allows the teacher to assess the students' understanding of the topic. The poll and quiz tools provide a formative assessment option. Post questions or topics for your students using the GoSoapBox discussion tool. An option to post anonymously is available as well as many other settings for using the Social Q&A tool. Students can post questions for their peers or the teacher to answer. Coupled with an Internet connected device, GoSoapBox provides an outside the box classroom experience. GoSoapBox is free for class sizes under 30 students.
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tag(s): chat (40), classroom management (84), polls and surveys (42)

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GoSoapBox provides an opportunity for instructors to think outside the box for greater student engagement and participation. Is your classroom BYOD? Use GoSoapBox for free! Use the polling feature to access prior knowledge, or use it as an exit slip. Assign multiple choice quizzes as formative assessments throughout the class to differentiate instruction. Post questions and topics to foster higher-level thinking using the discussion tool. The Social Q&A tool allows students the opportunity to communicate and collaborate for understanding. Use the Social Q&A as a back channel during lectures or videos to make sure you address all student questions. Students can vote on the questions posted in the Social Q&A. Use this feature to address the most pressing needs of the class. GoSoapBox is a useful site to organize and collect meaningful data to make sure you are meeting all the needs of your learners. Try it during Back to School night as your school begins BYOD so parents can see the power of engaging EVERY learner.

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The Q&A Wiki - wiki.answers.com

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8 to 12
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Ask and answer any question with the Q&A Wiki. This site is a classic example of using the "wisdom (or not-so-wisdom) of the crowd." Using the Wiki format, user-contributors amend ...more
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Ask and answer any question with the Q&A Wiki. This site is a classic example of using the "wisdom (or not-so-wisdom) of the crowd." Using the Wiki format, user-contributors amend answers with an improved response if desired. Type a question in the search bar or search and browse through different sections such as food, health, or politics. Find basic "how to" information and directions for questions asked by others. Registration isn't required to search and browse the site. However, registration using email or social networking links allows users to post and answer questions. At the time of this review, there were no offensive topics. However, not all topics are "classroom-appropriate."
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tag(s): questioning (31), wikis (16), writing prompts (85)

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Share the Q&A Wiki with students on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) and explore answers to classroom questions. Post a question, and challenge students to share their response. Use choices of questions from this site as writing prompts for informational writing. Have students find good (and not-so-good) examples of how-to responses as they learn to write their own step by step directions. Challenge students to explore the site to find incorrect or incomplete answers to questions and use this as part of a lesson on evaluating Internet sources. How can you decide whether the information is accurate? Provide this link on your class website for students (and families) to use together.

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Quotery - Jason Bacchetta

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3 to 12
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Explore, discover, collect, and share quotes with Quotery. Search by keywords to find quotes on various topics or by author to find quotes from a certain source. Sort by popular, ...more
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Explore, discover, collect, and share quotes with Quotery. Search by keywords to find quotes on various topics or by author to find quotes from a certain source. Sort by popular, random, or the latest quotes. Use the toolbar on the left to search by topic, author, pictures, and much more. Links on each quote allow you to easily view the full quote, save to your account, or share using the URL, email, or social networking sites. Registration isn't necessary but does allow you to collect and save quotes for future use.
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tag(s): bulletin boards (16), quotations (23)

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Make a shortcut to Quotery on classroom computers or include it on your class web page for students to use as a resource for projects. Encourage leadership, hope, and inspiration! Use quotes as a theme for writing prompts or even to relate to the theme of a story. Have students find quotes as examples of figurative language. Add quotes to end of year slide shows or videos. Use the quotes to inspire personal or classroom mission statements. Have students include a quote when turning in work, and explain how it inspired or helped them. Add music or art to explain a quote. During the first week of the school year, share this site with students. Challenge students to choose a personal "quote of the year" to set the tone for their goals. Have students put the quote in their notebook, folder, or device desktop. Choose a few quotes to hang around your classroom. Show students how to keep favorite quotes in an idea bin where they keep thoughts, thoughtful questions, and pieces of inspiration. Choose a sticky note tool from the Teachersfirst Edge as a collection space.

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Patatap - Jono Brandel and Lullatone

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K to 12
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Create music and animation by tapping the keys on your keyboard with Patatap. Choose any letter from A to Z to bring your screen to life with sounds, lasers, and ...more
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Create music and animation by tapping the keys on your keyboard with Patatap. Choose any letter from A to Z to bring your screen to life with sounds, lasers, and motion. Press the space bar to change everything up including sounds, background colors, animations, and motions. Be careful...creating interesting mixes may become addictive with Patatap! There is an app version, but only the web version is free.

tag(s): animation (50), sounds (67)

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Patatap is perfect for your interactive whiteboard or projector. Just bring up the on-screen keyboard and play away! Use sounds and animations to refocus student attention or as a short brain break. Allow students to explore and experiment with sounds and animations during indoor recess or free time. Challenge students to create their own short mix of sounds to accompany multimedia projects. Students who find themselves "musically challenged" will find success in creating short mixes using Patatap. This site is prefect to teach sound and rhythm in music class! Use Patatap as a memory game: create any sequence and challenge students to come recreate the same sequence on your interactive whiteboard. Discuss the various background colors and "themes." Do different colors elicit different forms of sound or emotion? Have students write a journal entry about their favorite color scheme and animations. Small groups of students on individual laptops with speakers could create an actual "band" together! Record the band's sounds using an iTouch or even a mobile phone. As a classroom management tool, create certain sound sequences as cues for activities or transitions. Challenge your gifted students to create a system of musical notation for Patatap that includes both the keyboard symbols/letters and a way to indicate the rhythm. Use Patatap during poetry units to help students hear poetic meter, such as iambic pentameter. Use Patatap as an accompaniment/study aid for auditory learners to memorize spelling, states and capitals, and more.

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Tally - Filip Minev

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K to 12
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Create simple polls in no time using Tally. Start by typing in your question. Press enter and begin adding answer choices. Share your poll using the URL link or via ...more
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Create simple polls in no time using Tally. Start by typing in your question. Press enter and begin adding answer choices. Share your poll using the URL link or via Twitter. This is as easy as it gets! No registration is necessary.

tag(s): polls and surveys (42), quiz (72), quizzes (76)

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Use this site to create online polls without all of the bells and whistles (and time wasting doodads!). Create a poll as a review to share on your interactive whiteboard or projector. If you have a 1:1 or BYOD class, make a quick poll question about a lesson-related controversy or common misconception to launch the lesson. Use the poll for pre- or post- assessments of units. In younger classrooms, use a whole class account to make quizzes together. Older students can create their own polls to use for review, as a peer challenge, or as a final project. Suggest that students create a poll as followup for their listeners after a class presentation.

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I Love PDF - ilovepdf.com

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K to 12
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Merge several PDF files into one document or split a PDF document into different documents using I Love PDF. Choose your option and follow the links to upload and convert ...more
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Merge several PDF files into one document or split a PDF document into different documents using I Love PDF. Choose your option and follow the links to upload and convert your files. When complete, click the download link to open and save files to your computer. There is a premium option of this tool, but most features are free. The FREE option allows a total of 80 MB for all uploaded PDFs. Read the chart on the homepage to learn all that is included in the FREE option.

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Use this site to work with your PDF files in many ways. If you need just a page or two from a large PDF file (perhaps a worksheet to send home to an absentee student), easily extract it to send. Combine class projects received as individual PDF's to create a complete class book by merging all files. Combine several lessons into one complete unit by merging files. Make combined PDFs available as downloads from your class web page so students "get it all together." Teachers at all grades can use this tool, and older students may find it handy for their own use.
 
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Surfly - Nicholas Piel and Denis Bilenko

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K to 12
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Surfly is a sharing tool to share the web with others, almost as if their computer is watching over your shoulder. No special plug ins are required! Create an account ...more
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Surfly is a sharing tool to share the web with others, almost as if their computer is watching over your shoulder. No special plug ins are required! Create an account and use the Start a Session link to begin. Paste in the URL of any website, then share the Surfly URL generated for that site with anyone you wish. You provide the browsing experience while invitees are along for the ride! Invite others to join in at any time using links on the left or change the site URL with a quick click.

tag(s): computers (42), editing (39), homework (47), parent conferences (14)

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Screen share with students on individual computers to demonstrate how to locate information on websites, or when learning tech tools. Surfly is a great alternative if an interactive whiteboard or projector is not available. It is also very helpful for demonstrating with others at another location (such as students who are home sick). Use this tool to collaborate with other teachers when creating lesson plans or student documents. Have students on laptops share their screen with you during presentations to make information easier to view and assess. Share this site with students to use at home when collaborating on projects. Help a homebound student by sharing your class computer screen and opening an audio connection over the phone. Offer "extra help" sessions via screen share at predetermined "office hours," on snow days, or on certain evenings. Have students teach tech skills to their peers using this free sharing tool. Share a student's online work using a screen share during a parent phone conference. Show a parent how to navigate a practice site you want the family to use at home. Visual directions always work better!

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Pacer's National Bullying Prevention Center - Pacer Center, Inc.

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K to 10
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Visit Pacer's National Bullying Prevention Center (PNBC) to discover resources for implementing a bullying prevention program in your community and school. There are many pages to explore...more
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Visit Pacer's National Bullying Prevention Center (PNBC) to discover resources for implementing a bullying prevention program in your community and school. There are many pages to explore through clicking on the menu tabs at the top. There are over sixty videos of special interest for all age groups. The Students with Disabilities section has ten facts everyone needs to know, and you can download it in PDF format. Investigate the Educator Toolkits and Activities. Activities for Youth is for young students to help them prevent bullying. Classroom Toolkits are available for elementary, middle and high school classrooms. Community Toolkits have ideas for holding a rally, organizing a run, or creating an advocacy program. The Student Created Toolkits include videos, music, and artwork designed by students for students. There are New and Featured Toolkits for you to explore, too. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): bullying (51)

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Introduce a bullying discussion in your class by viewing a video appropriate for your age group. Continue with a class discussion. Have students do a quick write about how they feel about bullying. Begin a school and community-wide campaign against bullying by sharing this resource with your school leadership team, PTA/PTO, and other teachers. This tool would be a great project for the school's student council to undertake. There are a ton of resources; someone just needs to get this program going!
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Academic Help - Academic Help

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Academic Help offers a collection of writing guides for almost any type of writing need. Choose the button with three bars to find categories of guides sorted into topics such ...more
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Academic Help offers a collection of writing guides for almost any type of writing need. Choose the button with three bars to find categories of guides sorted into topics such as Academic Assignments, Becoming a Student, Creative Writing, and Letter and Business Writing. Within each category find specific step by step directions for writing in that style. Directions include samples and opportunities for asking questions. Other valuable content on this site includes a copy and paste Plagiarism Checker (5 times for free) and an online Glossary with links to examples. The "ask an expert to check your work" section involves a fee.
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tag(s): creative writing (137), descriptive writing (29), expository writing (32), letter writing (18), paragraph writing (11), persuasive writing (43)

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Be sure to bookmark this resource for use throughout the year. Share samples of writing on your interactive whiteboard with students, and explore different types of writing examples together. Be sure to include a link to Academic Help on your class website or blog for students to access from home. After they follow the advice on this site, have students use Page Flip-Flap, reviewed here, to turn their finished Word documents, PDFs, and images into an online book. The resulting online book even has a page-turning effect!

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Writing I Spy Riddle Rhymes with Jean Marzollo - Scholastic Inc

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2 to 8
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Learn how to write an I Spy Riddle Rhyme with expert, Jean Marzollo, the author of I Spy books and riddles. Follow detailed steps including PDFs about how to write ...more
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Learn how to write an I Spy Riddle Rhyme with expert, Jean Marzollo, the author of I Spy books and riddles. Follow detailed steps including PDFs about how to write and publish I Spy Riddle Rhymes. Find examples of student writing. Conclude with a biography written by Jean Marzollo.

tag(s): biographies (39), poetry (211), riddles (13)

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Poetry and riddles come alive through Jean Marziollo's easy to follow steps. Begin with an author study, and analyze the books and riddles written by Jean Marzollo. Follow the step-by-step instructions for student riddle success. Students will learn about the rhythm, rhyme scheme, alliteration, and punctuation of these poetry riddles. Create a class book with Bookemon, reviewed here, or a Prezi, reviewed here, to share your students' creative ventures. Be sure to add links to your students' work on your class website. Share your poems with other classes in your school by displaying them outside your room. Organize a poetry evening featuring this form of poetry. In content area subjects, create riddles for special topics, charts, and diagrams to help students remember terms and concepts. For instance, challenge students to create a riddle poem about the diagram of a microscope or parts of a cell. Examine Marzollo's short autobiography and have students create an autobiography for themselves to go along with their poems.
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PixTeller - Alexandru Roznovat and Ovidiu Farauanu

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5 to 12
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Turn words into beautiful images to use on posters, greeting cards, and more with PixTeller. Choose "Create Poster" to begin creating your design. Choose a background with your choice...more
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Turn words into beautiful images to use on posters, greeting cards, and more with PixTeller. Choose "Create Poster" to begin creating your design. Choose a background with your choice of colors, images, and size. Move through the rest of the steps to add text, icons, and other design elements. Create a PixTeller account to save your design and remove the watermark. When finished, share the image through social networking options or with a direct URL.

tag(s): book reports (30), collages (16), images (215), posters (27)

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Use PixTeller to create a simple end of unit or novel study project. Use posters for covers for research projects or a quick and colorful classroom display. Have students make posters "advertising" books from independent reading on your bulletin board, on the wall outside your classroom, or in the library/media center. Advertise a curriculum concept with posters such as "The Exciting Life and Times of Pi," "Plate Tectonic Superheroes," or "The Misunderstood Sentence Fragment." To find Creative Commons images for student projects (with credit, of course), try Compfight, reviewed here.

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TUZZit - Christophe Fruytier

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4 to 12
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TUZZit is an online graphic organizer with several options for organizing information. Choose from the canvases in the library or start with a blank board. Use TUZZit's tools to add...more
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TUZZit is an online graphic organizer with several options for organizing information. Choose from the canvases in the library or start with a blank board. Use TUZZit's tools to add text, images from Flickr, stickers, maps, and more. When finished, save your work. Share using the export option to receive the URL for your board. Add a password for privacy if you wish. Account registration isn't required to create a graphic organizer, but it is needed to save and share any projects.
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tag(s): brainstorming (21), concept mapping (23), graphic organizers (45)

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Have student groups create presentations on TUZZit. The subtopics can serve as talking points. Have students begin projects by making an outline with TUZZit and sharing it with the teacher. As a whole class create a TUZZit organizer at the beginning of the unit showing what the class knows. Add information to the TUZZit throughout the unit. Create lesson plans on TUZZit by outlining the order of topics, links, and documents you will be using. Take notes about lessons/units using TUZZit. Hand out (or provide a link to) the organizer as a visual guide and summary of what they have learned, including documents and links. Share completed organizers with learning support teachers and parents to help struggling students. Ask students to create an organizer of a book or a chapter. Outline characters, setting, and events taking place in stories. Use TUZZit to create a graphic organizer or timeline of important historical events.

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Ed on the Web for Owls - Maggie Humphreys and Les Snowdon.

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2 to 6
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Ed on the Web is an online reading club for children ages 7 to 12. Every month features recently published books with reviews, reading activities, and author interviews. Scroll down...more
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Ed on the Web is an online reading club for children ages 7 to 12. Every month features recently published books with reviews, reading activities, and author interviews. Scroll down to Edtime Stories to explore Edventures of Ed and the Magic Computer, Meet the Boggles, the HippopotaPuss, and many more intriguing characters. Inside Ed's Word Zone, explore poetry, spelling, a storywriter, vocabulary builders, and word searches. The Ed Files include interactive teaching and learning in English, Math and Science. Try the quizzes in different categories: Countries, Environment, History, Food, Music and Theater, and Ed's Quiz of the Month. In the art room, design bookmarks, "edcards", or color in pages of Ed relaxing. Note: spelling on this site is from the UK!

tag(s): guided reading (40), independent reading (97), literacy (84), reading lists (66)

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Imagine the excitement of featuring new books on your interactive whiteboard or projector every month with your students. Use the suggested reading activities during learning centers. Begin a lesson on book reviews and bring it to an all-new level. Investigate and share the archives of reviewed books when students ask what they should read next. Start following Ed in his Edventures and rewrite them with Ed visiting new places your students want him to visit. Also share the games and author interviews, or visit the art room. Start your own class blog with children suggesting their favorite book in a book review format. Link the blog on your class website so families can follow the class favorites. Haven't started blogging yet? Check out TeachersFirst's Blog Basics. Have students create their own reading activities as part of a formative or summative assessment. Challenge students to pair a nonfiction book with the book featured.
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Skim.it - Lloyd Jennings and Jack Hampson

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6 to 12
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Skim.it is a Chrome extension that turns text intensive articles and websites into an easy to read 100 word summary. Save summaries into a topic-based Canvas for sharing and collaboration....more
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Skim.it is a Chrome extension that turns text intensive articles and websites into an easy to read 100 word summary. Save summaries into a topic-based Canvas for sharing and collaboration. To download the extension, follow the directions and the link on the home page. Once installed, click the toolbar button to skim any website or right-click on any section of the site to skim that part.

tag(s): summarizing (12)

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Share Skim.it with students working on research projects as a way to quickly determine content and viability of using websites. Use to differentiate instruction with students. Use with learning support students as a resource to make content easier to understand (and shorter to read). Use Skim.it summaries when teaching how to summarize in English class. Compare the summary you create as a class or in small groups with the "automated" one. Are there subtleties or important distinctions that this tool misses? As a challenge for your more critical thinkers, have them try to figure out what signals the tool uses to create its summary.

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Just Flip A Coin - My Tech Tailor

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K to 12
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Do you sometimes wish you had a coin in your pocket to make a quick decision? Just Flip A Coin does it for you! Open the site and watch the ...more
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Do you sometimes wish you had a coin in your pocket to make a quick decision? Just Flip A Coin does it for you! Open the site and watch the coin flip a few times before landing on heads or tails. Choose "Flip Again" for a do-over!

tag(s): classroom management (84), probability (108)

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Although this site is extremely simple, you will find many classroom uses. Be sure to bookmark it for later use. Use Just Flip A Coin on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to choose leaders of teams, decide between options for classroom games or activities, or decide between two book choices. Have students use an actual coin to flip and compare results with Just Flip A Coin for a math probability lesson.

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Free Video Lectures - Free Video Lectures (FVL)

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9 to 12
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Free Video Lectures is a resource offering over 1000 free (upper high school and college level) online courses and 25,000 video lectures from more than 30 universities. Begin your search...more
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Free Video Lectures is a resource offering over 1000 free (upper high school and college level) online courses and 25,000 video lectures from more than 30 universities. Begin your search by choosing a subject or university to explore. Use the search bar to find specific content. Icons for each course offer a short description along with the number of included videos. Find topics ranging from accounting to web designing to business management and many others. Download or embed any videos using links and download instructions. Ignore the advertising; the site content is worth it. Note that these videos are NOT hosted on YouTube so may or may not be locked at your school. Downloading at home is easy -- if necessary. Use a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here to download the videos.
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tag(s): business (55), cultures (86), genetics (89), literature (216), medicine (48), oceans (126), psychology (49), video (183)

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If you are flipping your classroom, use videos from this site to introduce content to students. Embed videos onto your class website or blog for easy student access. Free Video Lectures is perfect for use with gifted students. Use videos to provide advanced instruction and lessons in content not offered in your school. Have students create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from a video using a tool such as Wordle (reviewed here) or WordItOut (reviewed here). Challenge students to create a presentation using Prezi (reviewed here) to show what the have learned.
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Rootbook - Rootbook

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2 to 12
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Rootbook is a choose-your-own-adventure book reading and writing program. Without signing up, you can read Game Books and add what is called a Bookmark (a branch) to the stories. Once...more
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Rootbook is a choose-your-own-adventure book reading and writing program. Without signing up, you can read Game Books and add what is called a Bookmark (a branch) to the stories. Once registered (requires an email, player name & password), you can create your own stories to save. You can also save the bookmarks you add to other stories. Registering allows you to submit reviews of the stories available on the site. Rootbook says they will soon have filters to monitor inappropriate language. Until then, read stories and branches prior to sharing with young people. Leave a comment if you find anything offensive, and they will remove it.
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tag(s): creative writing (137), digital storytelling (87), narrative (20), writing (313)

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To use Rootbook and save work, students will need an email account. If students cannot have their own email accounts, consider using a "class set" of Gmail sub-accounts, explained here. This will provide anonymous interaction within your class, and you (as the Gmail account holder) will be able to go into each Rootbook account to check progress. Begin by choosing a story and reading it as a class. Give the students scratch paper to create storyboards and have them continue the story. Then collect the papers and have them write their continuation again on someone else's paper. Next, ask students to end the story and switch again, and write their ending on this new paper. Doing this will help younger students understand the "branching" story line. If students are sitting in groups of four, they can just rotate the papers around for this activity. When students want to create their story on Rootbook, be sure to have them upload an image for the cover first and plan the story using a graphic organizer! As subject matter for stories in any curriculum area, tell a science story, such as the life of a butterfly or a history story such as what happened (and could have happened) at the Boston Tea Party.

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SurveyRock - surveyrock.com

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3 to 12
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Design, personalize, and distribute surveys easily with SurveyRock. Create surveys with up to 15 response items/questions and 125 responses/answers per survey using the free version...more
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Design, personalize, and distribute surveys easily with SurveyRock. Create surveys with up to 15 response items/questions and 125 responses/answers per survey using the free version of the site. Choose from several different formats such as multiple choice, textbox, and rating scales. You can also decide to make questions mandatory or optional. Add an optional start and end date. Share your survey using the unique URL or social networking links. Receive results on your reporting page in real-time as surveys are complete.
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tag(s): polls and surveys (42)

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Copy/paste the link to the poll or use embed code to place in a wiki, blog, or a website. Be sure that students use the poll appropriately and that personal information is not offered in poll responses. Use polls to record quick responses to questions. Have students create a poll about their interests and allow time to analyze responses and report findings. Use this site to vote on correct answers in math class, project ideas for science or social studies, social issues in current events, and practically any other subject area. Encourage students to incorporate polls during class presentations. Provide options for students to gain confidence in generating and analyzing statistics they have created. Make a quick parent poll to include on a class website to keep the lines of communication open.

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Bouncy Balls - Practicon

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K to 12
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Manage your classroom noise level with this visual presentation from Bouncy Balls. Bouncy Balls monitors noise levels from your surroundings. The quieter the bouncing balls, the more...more
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Manage your classroom noise level with this visual presentation from Bouncy Balls. Bouncy Balls monitors noise levels from your surroundings. The quieter the bouncing balls, the more settled the balls remain. If there is more noise, the balls start flying and jumping around the screen. In addition to bouncy balls, choose from bubbles, eyeballs, and smiley face icons. There is also a full screen option. Our editors had some trouble trying to figure out HOW to enable the microphones. Here are some tips that we learned. If you are using Firefox or Chrome, you must allow pop-ups. You should get a message in the narrow band below the address bar asking you to "Allow Microphone" for this site. At the time of this review, this site was not working properly on the Safari browser. Even so, this is still one site you will want to explore and "have a ball."

tag(s): classroom management (84)

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Display Bouncy Balls on your interactive whiteboard or projector anytime you want to monitor classroom noise levels. Share this tool with your class and let them "tech it out" by making noise and seeing how the balls react. Of course, the first time you use it, students will want to see just how MUCH noise they can make. Discuss how much the balls should be moving throughout the day. Use this tool during the Daily 5, learning stations, DEAR time, or other quiet times throughout the day. Challenge students to keep the balls as still as possible for the activity.

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Blog Post Ideas Generator - Matthew Loomis

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4 to 12
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Get some great ideas for writing ... anything... using this tool. Though the title says Blog Post, use these ideas for any writing. Click on the Generate a Blog Post ...more
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Get some great ideas for writing ... anything... using this tool. Though the title says Blog Post, use these ideas for any writing. Click on the Generate a Blog Post button to get an open-ended sentence starter to write about. Don't like that one? Click again until you find one you like. You can also contribute your own ideas!

tag(s): writing (313), writing prompts (85)

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Share this site with students using an interactive whiteboard or projector. Scroll through the prompts ahead of time to find one for the entire class. Or have a student emcee choose the idea for today's freewriting time. Many of the ideas could be adapted for writing in science or social studies classes by substituting in a curriculum term or writing from the point of view of a historic figure. Scroll through with your class allowing them to pick one on their own. If you have class blogs, that's great. If you don't, that's O.K. Use the prompts for journals and quick writes, too. Ask students for prompts to add to the site. Post the URL for this site on your class webpage for students to use at home. Want to learn more about blogs and how to use them in any classroom? Try TeachersFirst's Blog Basics for the Classroom.

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