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ThinkBinder - Thinkbinder, LLC

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7 to 12
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Thinkbinder lets you create an online study group. Enter a name for your study group and click create. Next enter your name, email, and password, and then create your account. ...more
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Thinkbinder lets you create an online study group. Enter a name for your study group and click create. Next enter your name, email, and password, and then create your account. Invite others to your group via email. Your study group will have access to group chat, video chat, file management, a collaborative whiteboard, and a bookmark button to share pictures, videos, and links from anywhere on the web. Enter topics you work on, and team up with others in your study group by giving them the code for the topic. Only the introductory video uses Flash.

tag(s): homework (44), social networking (112)

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Create your own teacher account and invite each student via email. Use the topics code to invite students to specialized groups like literature circles, research groups, etc. Engage student groups in discussions about current events, independent reading, literature, and more. Use the chat area for students to discuss the current novel they are reading or to ask peers for clarification about assignments. Students can brainstorm ideas for their group presentations or help each other work out math problems using the real-time collaborative whiteboard.

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ePub Bud - ePub Bud, a not for profit organization

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K to 12
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EPub Bud is a multifaceted site where you can create and share your writing, read ebooks published by others, participate in activities, and join or create groups. You can read ...more
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EPub Bud is a multifaceted site where you can create and share your writing, read ebooks published by others, participate in activities, and join or create groups. You can read and create ebooks for and on any device. EPub Bud uses the standard .epub file format. Go to the page titled "How To Read These ePub eBooks" to see all the different readers and browsers and recommendations for how to read the ebooks. This is perfect for those with more than one device requiring different formats or when sharing eBook resources with others. Use many formats such as doc, PDF, HTML, and more to convert. Also, see their Upload/Convert page. ePub Bud, developed for children's books, also has adult books. You can learn to create books that include audio, too.
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tag(s): ebooks (41), independent reading (126), literature (275)

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What better way to publish for an authentic audience than to have your student's short stories, research, children's books, and novels published here? Use for students to "publish" their own works easily. Write and collaborate using Google Docs, download the document, and then convert using this tool. Use in elementary reading to make instant ebooks from their own writing or from vocabulary words in upcoming units. Use for whole-class collaboration and create a book to share on eBook readers. The books you or your students create can also include audio and video. Offer this site to students who use digital devices to read. You can use this resource to convert eBooks for sharing in a class using a variety of devices. Since there are also adult books on ePub Bud, you will want to supervise any downloading of books by students to read in your classroom. ESL/ELL and learning support students may benefit from being able to hear or see books in a different way. Use these texts in language arts to analyze or manipulate on your interactive whiteboard to teach reading comprehension skills, parts of speech, transition words, vocabulary study, and writing style. Teacher librarians can encourage students to share student-written eBooks or book reviews in the school media center on almost any type of device.

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Comics Workshop for Teachers - Marek Bennett

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K to 12
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Discover resources and ideas for using comics in the classroom. The simplicity here might be a good thing, so do not be fooled into thinking this site is not worth ...more
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Discover resources and ideas for using comics in the classroom. The simplicity here might be a good thing, so do not be fooled into thinking this site is not worth your time. Marek Bennett moved this site from an older Wordpress blog in March, 2014, but much of the older blog (and its great posts) remain as an archive, so explore BOTH. Click on any of the comic images to view posters, books, and tips for using comics in the classroom. Take the time to explore and view each of the links available. Be sure to check out the information about comics and multiple intelligences. Take time to explore other areas of the blog for more information on creating and using comics. There is information about paid workshops, but the site has much to offer without spending a cent.
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tag(s): comics and cartoons (74), digital storytelling (142), stories and storytelling (32)

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Be sure to check out Teachers First's Comics Resources for many other ideas and tools for using comics in the classroom. Comics are great for telling the "story" of any curriculum concept, such as insect life cycles or biographies. They are also very creative for using with languages, ESL/ELL, gifted, and learning resource students for writing.

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Robopoem - InterAnnex Web Applications

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6 to 12
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Unleash your creativity by inputting text and pushing a button to create a (rather funky) poem! Any text works, but the results are often mixed and incomprehensible. The robo takes...more
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Unleash your creativity by inputting text and pushing a button to create a (rather funky) poem! Any text works, but the results are often mixed and incomprehensible. The robo takes the text typed or pasted into the box and adds vocabulary to fill out lines and metric feet. Sometimes the poem rhymes, but the meanings are vague. "Writers" can select the number of syllables they want in their final poems. Note: there is one inappropriate word in the site intro. Avoid sharing that text with young people.
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tag(s): poetry (227)

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Include this unusual poetry generator in a class discussion of "What is poetry"? Have students first make their own poems from a given block of text. Then try it in Robopoem and compare the results to see which makes the most sense. Ask what features are most important to poetry: making sense? rhythm? rhyme? Once they decide what constitutes a poem, challenge students to create an online poster to share the newly created poem(s) using Poster My Wall reviewed here. Even if they do not deem the RoboPoem results to be "poems," they can use them to practice determining rhythm and "feet." An additional idea might be to have students select a music backdrop to play as they read their poems.

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Edsitement - EdSitement

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4 to 12
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Find lesson ideas and more for literature and language arts, foreign languages, art and culture, history and social studies at the reworked site that was once part of MarcoPolo. Book...more
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Find lesson ideas and more for literature and language arts, foreign languages, art and culture, history and social studies at the reworked site that was once part of MarcoPolo. Book articles, data bases, educational gaming, professional development events, sound, film, video resources, and resource website lists all aid teachers and learners. A calendar keeps you up to date with famous dates in history.

tag(s): art history (69), cultures (105), literacy (103)

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Use Edsitement for lesson ideas in language, history, literature, and cultures. Find multiple sources to give a deeper comprehension on the subject matter. In history classes, keep the ongoing calendar in your favorites to celebrate an important historical day every day. Lesson plans cover multiple grade levels in many different subject areas. Resources can enrich, or even to give further explanation to current topics of study.
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Numberphile - Brady Haran

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7 to 12
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Are you interested in numbers? This site has a variety of videos about math theories that are at the forefront of research. Easy, understandable language presents each topic, and this...more
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Are you interested in numbers? This site has a variety of videos about math theories that are at the forefront of research. Easy, understandable language presents each topic, and this is an entertaining way for anyone to learn fascinating facts about numbers. The Numberphile covers a very broad scope of topics such as Why do people hate mathematics, AMAZING Dice Rolls, and Sounds of PI. Videos vary in length, although most remain well under 15 minutes. Even those who believe they are not good at math will like learning interesting facts about numbers. The site is not in Flash, but all the videos are. 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): calculators (41), negative numbers (22), number lines (22), numbers (204), pi (22), prime numbers (31), video (253)

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Share these videos on your interactive whiteboard or projector as wonderful math journal and discussion starters. Choose a video about an interesting number fact that can be used to hook students into a particular lesson or unit. Use the videos to show the fascinating side of mathematics. For example, 666 and its peculiarity in mathematics would be interesting to students. Make a math enrichment center for your gifted students or "hook" math-haters (or girls) by letting them select and critique their own video choice from this site. Embed a video on your class wiki and have students use the discussion tab to comment on what they like about it or were surprised to learn. FLIP your classroom and have students view the videos at home to discuss the next day in class. (This is a great option if YouTube is blocked in your school.) Be sure to provide this link on your class website for students (and their families) to access at home. Consider having students make their own advertising videos about their favorite or "lucky" number using a tool such as and share them on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here.

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What Speed Do you Read? - Staples.com

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3 to 12
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Speed read your way into an easy to use speed reading test. In just a few minutes, read and take a short comprehension quiz; discover your time and how ...more
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Speed read your way into an easy to use speed reading test. In just a few minutes, read and take a short comprehension quiz; discover your time and how you compare nationally. Next, discover how long it would take you to read War and Peace, Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone, Lord of the Rings, Catch 22, and 1984.
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tag(s): independent reading (126), reading comprehension (116)

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Race to read, with Staples simple Speed reading test. Offer your students and parents an easy way to track reading fluency. Use this tool to open discussion about the reasons why we sometimes need to slow down and how practice can build fluency. Offer contests, use in portfolios, or just plain have fun reading! Begin by using on the interactive whiteboard and reading aloud and modeling good reading behaviors. Help students discover the skills of great comprehension. Have students graph the family results. Test your principal and other teachers. Use this website to prove reading takes practice. For another reading speed builder, try Easy Prompter, reviewed here.
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CE02: The Climate Business Game - Allianz and World Wildlife Federation

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8 to 12
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CE02 puts players into the role of a CEO in one of four leading industries from 2010 to 2030, trying to control your output of CO2. Choose insurance, utility, automotive, ...more
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CE02 puts players into the role of a CEO in one of four leading industries from 2010 to 2030, trying to control your output of CO2. Choose insurance, utility, automotive, or chemical companies to begin play. Enter the name of the CEO and company name. Then view a demo and read about the company before playing. Read about various options, and make decisions by dragging choices to the option bar. Once you make decisions, view how the company performs during the 20 year time span. Each round progresses to a new decade with new opportunities and risks.

tag(s): carbon dioxide (17), carbon footprint (11), environment (317), industrialization (15)

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Use this site as part of your unit on the environment to demonstrate the effect of decisions made by leading industries. Have students create presentations using one of the many tools from the TeachersFirst Edge presentation tools. Consider dividing your class into four different groups, one for each industry. After playing, have them discuss and compare results from each group. Alternatively, have students operate this on your interactive whiteboard and play together as a class, discussing decisions and the impact that they have on the environment. Teachers of gifted can suggest this as an extra challenge for students studying environmental issues in science or even business class.
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Hidden Hereos - Steve Henn, Hans J. Meyer

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6 to 12
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See a display and history of products that we rarely think about but all use daily. Scroll over the colored bars to see what some of these simple, but ...more
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See a display and history of products that we rarely think about but all use daily. Scroll over the colored bars to see what some of these simple, but highly functional and successful inventions are. Learn about zippers, paper clips, plastic bottle carriers, cable ties, coffee filters, and post-its. There are plenty more to investigate. After selecting your language, choose the colored bars you wish to learn about, and click on "begin the exhibition." Register for newsletters that will include details of the new "heroes." The site suggests you can contact them to suggest everyday items you want to know more about. When you first arrive on the page, there is a tab on the left. If you click on "Museum," you can read about how an object can become a "Hidden Hero."

tag(s): design (84), engineering (125), inventors and inventions (101)

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Hidden Hereos is an excellent site to use for nonfiction reading assignments or to inspire future scientists and industrial designers/engineers. Include it in reading practice or in a unit on inventions and design. The reading level of the page is about tenth grade, so it would be a suitable site to share with your advanced readers, high school students, and gifted students. Share this site with your students, and allow them to explore as many inventions as they want. You may want to assign small groups to read about certain inventions each day and then share with the rest of their group until your class has gone through all. Then have them think of an everyday item not listed here and research that item. You might want to consider contacting the developers of this site; ask them to research and display their findings on the object your students suggested.
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Open Source Shakespeare - Eric Johnson, Bernini Communications LLC

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9 to 12
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Open Source Shakespeare is not just another ordinary collection of the complete works of William Shakespeare. You can use an advanced search, read the plays, and look up words in ...more
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Open Source Shakespeare is not just another ordinary collection of the complete works of William Shakespeare. You can use an advanced search, read the plays, and look up words in the "concordance." It is a comprehensive, free electronic bookshelf built with flexibility, user-friendliness, and powerful search functions that easily enable scholars, casual readers, or Shakespeare lovers to read the plays, poems, and sonnets. At the same time look up terms, phrases, quotations, passages, or search for answers to questions about characters, acts, or scenes in an infinite number of ways. This is an incredibly ambitious online project that provides quick, easy access and enables you to retrieve, store, and print. The simple appearance also makes the site functional on any mobile device, such as iPads, without concerns about Flash or other non-mobile features.

tag(s): literature (275), plays (37), shakespeare (131), sonnets (7)

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Use this inclusive resource as you prepare to teach any of Shakespeare's classics. By making a direct link available from your class web page, you are opening the door for your students to have easy access and help when preparing for AP tests and other exams, as well as an ongoing method to guide independent reading and understanding for the many complexities in Shakespeare's literary works. The electronic text enables you to project it on your whiteboard, perhaps for a class reading where you could assign students parts to read aloud, or for students to highlight and "mark-up" evidence of literary techniques, or to critique or interact with the words in a variety of ways. One neat feature is that you can choose to place any two sonnets on a single page to view them side by side. This opens a world of opportunity for comparing and contrasting. You may want to use a Venn Diagram tool, reviewed here. Mark this collection in your favorites to use for planning during any of your units on Shakespeare. In a class where textbooks might be in short supply, or if there is a piece that you want to draw everyone's attention to, this is an excellent site to ensure everyone has access, just as long as they have a computer.
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Wunderlist - 6 Wunderkinder GmbH

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7 to 12
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Wunderlist is more than a to-do list. Use it as a project management tool to develop plans, store resources, and arrange group collaboration or planning. It works on all devices ...more
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Wunderlist is more than a to-do list. Use it as a project management tool to develop plans, store resources, and arrange group collaboration or planning. It works on all devices and in your browser on the web. Sync all of your devices with this one tool. Teachers, students, and parents can all use this tool to help improve organization. Assign, track, and follow your groups. Be sure to sync to the cloud to keep school, home, kids, and more together in one place. The free version has some limitations, so click Pro to see how much your free account can do.
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tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (196), organizational skills (122)

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Use Wunderlist to stay on top of everything you do or even for communicating with parents. Students can use this resource as a way to stay organized in all tasks or to plan intermediate steps of a long-term project. Even disorganized students will love getting organized with the help of technology! Begin by demonstrating how to use Wunderlist on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) as a whole group activity. In primary grades, use this tool as a class to introduce and reinforce time management. Demonstrate how to use the program to stay on top of long-term assignments or projects. Be sure to include checking off the task when finished. Since membership requires an email account, you probably will not be able to use this with individual student accounts in lower grades. Older students with individual accounts (if permitted by school policy) can keep their school year organized by adding assignments and tasks, uploading work, taking/keeping notes, and sharing their board. As students work on and complete tasks, they can move items from one column to the next. Use Wunderlist as a collaboration tool during group projects to track responsibilities, resources, and progress. Have each group invite you as the teacher so you can monitor group progress and each student's participation. Use the program as a unique way to keep track of homework. Learning support teachers and teachers of gifted-but-disorganized students will want to include this as a tool to meet IEP organizational goals. Add reminders, due dates, reoccurring to dos, or notes to each task.

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Pagefin - Pagefin 2010

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1 to 12
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Use Pagefin as a quick and easy way to create web pages. Spend only seconds to add text, images, or links to create your own web pages. After creating, share ...more
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Use Pagefin as a quick and easy way to create web pages. Spend only seconds to add text, images, or links to create your own web pages. After creating, share via a URL link where you can edit the page later, a direct link for email and instant messaging, a shortened URL which is convenient for sharing on Twitter, or HTML embed code for your other websites. No need to login, just start immediately.

tag(s): multimedia (57), portfolios (28)

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Use Pagefin at school for individual or group projects. Create webpages to use for anticipatory guides, polls, or even study guides. Allow students to build a content review page to demonstrate mastery. The ease of use allows even novice technology users, as well as younger students, to create their own webpage (parent permission strongly advised!). You or your students can create beautiful presentations with images, text, and links. Each website created has a private URL. Students can use this tool at home for presentations and email you the URL for their completed work. Compile the presentation URLs on your class blog or wiki so all students have access. Integrate all subjects into Pagefin. The simplicity of this site would make it an easy tool for younger students to create eportfolios with links to and explanations of their various projects located elsewhere on the web.

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Projeqt - Dynamic Presentations for a Real-Time World - Pilot.is.

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8 to 12
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Looking for a quick and easy way to share dynamic presentations? Try Projeqt! This is a simple tool with onscreen, embedded instruction (i.e.drag here). Update previously created presentations...more
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Looking for a quick and easy way to share dynamic presentations? Try Projeqt! This is a simple tool with onscreen, embedded instruction (i.e.drag here). Update previously created presentations by uploading images, documents, and PDF files, video, or create slides from scratch. See your Projeqt as a film strip or in grid view, and there's a full-screen option, too. Add a Google map, Flickr page, and more! Projeqt aims to establish itself above other presentation tools through the direct integration of social media dynamics, and that it certainly does! Unlike many web tools, this one works on mobile devices, including iPads and iPhones. Here is a simple sample Projeqt.

tag(s): multimedia (57), slides (63), social networking (112)

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Use this presentation tool to have students express themselves creatively in your classroom. Have them share their projects with Projeqt as an alternative to a writing assignment or other traditional method. Set requirements for how much and what types of information they must have, and watch what they develop. They may just surprise you! Have students create end of year portfolios to share during spring fairs or open houses. Save Projeqts for fall open house to share the work students will be doing! Students can present in person or link their presentations to a media site that has a recording of them giving a summary. This could also be used to showcase a long-term community service project or show off a season's accomplishments for a sports team.

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GeoCube - GeoCube

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3 to 12
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GeoCube is a delightful, online, interactive resource about world geography. Based on the principle of the Rubik Cube, GeoCube has six sides, each with a topic and nine sub-topics....more
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GeoCube is a delightful, online, interactive resource about world geography. Based on the principle of the Rubik Cube, GeoCube has six sides, each with a topic and nine sub-topics. Click on each sub-topic to find a gallery of videos and images with accompanying text explaining different concepts in geography. The topics explored are living together, earth from all angles, shrinking planet, exploring our world, fascinating earth, and useful geographies. Be sure to watch the How to Use intro video (uses Quick Time) to see how your mouse navigates GeoCube. Clicking on downloads will allow you to view and print PDFs of each topic as well as a colorful GeoCube template with photos to fold and assemble. GeoCube is viewable in several languages: English, Spanish, German, and Italian.

tag(s): earth (228), earthquakes (48), ecology (135), energy (197), environment (317), extinction (4), forests (29), hurricanes (35), landforms (45), maps (288), mountains (13), natural disasters (20), natural resources (59), ozone (10), pollution (66), religions (61), transportation (40), tsunamis (16), volcanoes (61), water (130), wetlands (9)

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Explore one of the subtopics on GeoCube with your class on the interactive whiteboard. Discover different aspects of the world through the subtopics. Use the text as a basis to find another text, either narrative or expository, and compare and contrast the knowledge. You might want to allow students to investigate the different topics on their own at a learning station. Language arts, social studies, and science teachers can use the information found on GeoCube to build background knowledge for students before studying a unit. Introduce a unit on the environment by reading and viewing the videos for waste and pollution, water resources, energy resources, deforestation, species extinction, and climate change. Physical science teachers can use GeoCube as a unique way to introduce volcanoes, tsunamis, hurricanes, and conflicts in the earth's systems. These are just a few of the 54 subtopics your will find on GeoCube. ESL/ELL and learning support will all enjoy and benefit from viewing and reading GeoCube.

Use the GeoCube idea for students to present information they research on any science or social studies topic. Adapt it slightly, having students create foldable visual aids using FoldPlay, reviewed here, or interactive video cubes using YouCube, reviewed here. YouCube needs to access YouTube, so may not be accessible at school.
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Classroom Earth - National Environmental Education Foundation

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9 to 12
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This tool is an online resource created to help teachers of all subject areas include lessons on the environment. Find terrific lessons and ideas for any subject. Join the community...more
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This tool is an online resource created to help teachers of all subject areas include lessons on the environment. Find terrific lessons and ideas for any subject. Join the community or click on Professional Development for even more first-rate ideas. Use many activities with special calendar days such as Earth Day and World Water Day.

tag(s): earth (228), earth day (112), environment (317), natural resources (59), water (130), watersheds (16)

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Open a new world or way of thinking by using these activities. Show students how environmental content is useful in understanding the world around them. Students can use these ideas to teach each other and present to the class. Click on the Resources tab and have small groups of students choose a topic from the list. Have them conduct their research and then present their findings using one of the presentation tools suggested on the TeachersFirst Presentation page here. If you are preparing students for reading tests, try using some of the informational texts and activities found on this site to double dip classroom time: learn reading and environmental topics.

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Wild About Math - Wild About Math

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6 to 12
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At Wild About Math you will find videos for math (SAT) challenges and several cartoon videos that will make math fun. Open your mind to the wild world of mathematics. ...more
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At Wild About Math you will find videos for math (SAT) challenges and several cartoon videos that will make math fun. Open your mind to the wild world of mathematics. Join Sol Lederman and others in uncovering the math challenges. Challenges, blogs, question areas, math contest information, and mathcasts will appeal to every mathematician. Join the RSS feed to stay in math shape! Search the index on the right to find topics that interest you. Some videos cost money, but the most of the site is free.
This site includes advertising.

tag(s): equations (155), pi (22), pythagorean theorem (35), sudoku (18)

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Inspire your students to find joy in math with Sol Lederman. Test your brightest mathematicians or simply add depth to your math curriculum. Use math casts for personal explanations. Encourage students to create their own library of math casts to explain current information. Keep math casts on file to use as student tutoring by yourself as teacher or even for peer tutoring. Follow blog feeds to expand and involve students in even more intriguing problems.
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Scribophile, the Social Writing Community - Scribophile

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10 to 12
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At Scribophile you can share your writing with others. It is self-professed as a community that takes writing seriously and wants to both give and receive feedback on writing. Publish...more
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At Scribophile you can share your writing with others. It is self-professed as a community that takes writing seriously and wants to both give and receive feedback on writing. Publish works, read others' work, write critiques of others' work, and interact with other writers. This is a good site for mature, serious writers. Joining is free but necessary to participate fully. The sample blogs given for each day are enlightening and have intelligent ideas presented in thoughtful ways. Within the "Community" section, read the spotlighted work and how others respond to it.

tag(s): creative writing (166)

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Caution is necessary with this site because it is completely open to the public. Be aware of what your district's restrictions are on this kind of activity. Depending on your circumstances and school district policies, this site might best be used under a teacher login. You can put models up on your interactive whiteboard for students to respond to either individually or as a class. You might have reactions to some of the blogs or have students write their own critiques of the spotlighted work before sharing what others on the site have posted. If your students are going to have their own accounts, create groups for your students to post their writing. In either of these circumstances using the "Community" section, you can read the spotlighted work and how others respond to it. That would be great for teaching students to critique each others' work in useful ways. All students would benefit from class or small group discussions of the daily blogs. Using this in class might also encourage students to seek out the writing on their own and may have them bringing in extra work for their classmates to comment on. This site might also be a good venue for students who work together on a high school literary magazine or high school gifted students seeking writing mentors outside teh school community (with parent permission, of course).

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LearnersTV - LearnersTV

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9 to 12
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Learners TV has video materials and lectures for many subjects (mostly AP and college level courses). Find your topic from the very organized lists arranged by course and then topic....more
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Learners TV has video materials and lectures for many subjects (mostly AP and college level courses). Find your topic from the very organized lists arranged by course and then topic. The videos are actually located on YouTube.

tag(s): tutorials (47), video (253)

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Be sure to check whether YouTube is blocked at your school. If your district blocks YouTube, you could always view/download them at home and bring them to class on a USB drive to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here to download the videos from YouTube. Show on an interactive whiteboard for the whole class. Use to reinforce concepts taught in class or as an introduction to a unit of study. Interested in flipping your classroom? Use the videos with a few questions for students to answer before coming to class or allow students to take notes and ask questions of their own to drive in-class discussions. Teachers of gifted will appreciate the availability of advanced video options for self-motivated students.

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Discover Design: A Student Design Experience - Chicago Architecture Foundation

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8 to 12
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Learn about architectural design and construction of buildings and more and about design in general. This site also gives teens a forum to post design ideas and receive feedback from...more
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Learn about architectural design and construction of buildings and more and about design in general. This site also gives teens a forum to post design ideas and receive feedback from others their age as well as teachers and design professionals. Discover Design also promotes a challenge every year for student teams to create an innovative remake of something (lunchroom, food stand, locker, etc.) at their school. The registration deadline is in the first week in April with final project due the second to last week in May. Judging begins the last week of May and ends the second week of June. View the contest requirements and rules in great detail with forms on the site. Use this site for lessons and information without an account, but to use the forum tool you need to create a user account.

tag(s): architecture (83), engineering (125), measurement (159), modeling (9)

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Teach students about applied science and math through the use of design. Students will see real life applications, get energized about a possible career, and go beyond repetitious facts or abstract theories. Use this site to spark ideas for your students. Use one of the smaller past challenges for your class. Have students compete to create a new student locker or lunch tray. Have them do research and design prototypes. Have students display their work locally for the school and community. Judge work by the public or by classmates on a rubric. Even if you are not part of the larger Maker's Faire movement, your students can be involved in hands-on design and innovation.

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Easel.ly

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5 to 12
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Create Infographics - easily! Click the "Start Fresh" gray square to begin using the tools. Simply drag and drop your favorite from a wide selection of customizable themes (layouts),...more
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Create Infographics - easily! Click the "Start Fresh" gray square to begin using the tools. Simply drag and drop your favorite from a wide selection of customizable themes (layouts), or start from a blank canvas. Drag and drop other needed elements or upload graphics to create your own. Enter your text and data to create your own Infographic, displaying and sharing information. Find all the needed elements and prompts along the top navigation bar. This site takes the challenge of using design principles out of the creation of an Infographic. Click Save and you will be prompted to join if you have not already. Once logged in and saved, the prompts will tell you to return to your home page (leaving the "creator" area) to choose settings for your finished infographic. You can choose public or private, share by link, download, or delete.

tag(s): data (148), infographics (42), posters (36)

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Use a whole class account if you are working with students under 13 or if school policies prohibit student accounts. Experiment with Easel.ly on a projector or interactive whiteboard (let the students do it!) using different design "themes," making changes without having to configure the whole Infographic. After creating Infographics as a class, review the other types to show basic design principles. Students can create Infographics of a classroom topic, relationships and definitions of major terms, information from labs, and more. Find data and information that connects your content to the outside world, such as the statistics and causes for endangered species. Consider assigning the creation of an Infographic as an assignment to understand any curriculum content and connect it with the real world. For example, show the many ways electricity is used in the world or the impact of slavery on an economy. Or have students explain an experiment and report the results with graphical information to provide meaning. Learn about food groups (now displayed as myplate) by dissecting a food, diary, or a typical school lunch in terms of meeting daily requirements (and other nutrition topics).

If your use literature circles in your classroom, making an Infographic about a novel the group read would be a great conclusion for the lit circle project, and it might entice others in the class to read the novel. Post the infographics on your web page for all your students and their parents to enjoy.

To challenge your gifted students, have them research and create infographics depicting the tough issues or "flipsides" related to your curriculum topic: Major court cases and issues involving freedom of speech (during your Constuitution unit), risks and benefits of nuclear power (in a physics class), how an author's experience influences what he/she writes, lead-ups to a current events crisis, etc.

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