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Common Core Connections: The Power of Poetry - TeachersFirst

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K to 6
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Discover ways to incorporate poetry as part of your implementation of Common Core in your elementary reading and literature curriculum. If you have set poetry aside for "informational...more
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Discover ways to incorporate poetry as part of your implementation of Common Core in your elementary reading and literature curriculum. If you have set poetry aside for "informational texts," this article explains how you CAN use poetry to address CCSS for close reading, key ideas and details, range of reading, and for the foundation skills of reading fluency. And poetry can still be just plain fun . The article includes lesson ideas and resources to give poetry a place in your curriculum.

tag(s): commoncore (94), poetry (228)

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Mark this as a favorite for planning your poetry lessons to run regularly throughout the school year or as a special unit during National Poetry Month (April). Share it with your colleagues to plan a schoolwide poetry event or simply to reassure them that poetry did not "disappear" with Common Core.

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Otter - Scurry Labs

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K to 12
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Otter is a website maker specifically designed for educators to make simple sites. Features allow for easy homework uploads. There is a class-specific classroom calendar creator, a...more
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Otter is a website maker specifically designed for educators to make simple sites. Features allow for easy homework uploads. There is a class-specific classroom calendar creator, a class announcement sender to email or text, and document storage. Register (with email) to begin creating your site. Add school information and upload a profile picture if desired. Use links to add classes to your site, homework, announcements, and more. Students may submit assignments via Twitter, Facebook, or email accounts.
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tag(s): calendars (44), classroom management (135), homework (44)

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If your school does not provide such a space, Otter is perfect for teachers to create a simple class page for interaction with parents and accessibility by students. Manage your classroom with this tool. Use as a class hub to manage documents, photos, and files. Be sure to share your link so students and parents can access both in and out of the classroom. Use Otter in teacher ed programs to show future teachers how a website can enhance instruction.

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Twitter Magnets - twittermagnets.com

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3 to 12
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Have fun creating sentences or short messages (like tweets) using drag and drop words at Twitter Magnets! Twitter Magnets calls them poems, though the length limit is a real challenge...more
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Have fun creating sentences or short messages (like tweets) using drag and drop words at Twitter Magnets! Twitter Magnets calls them poems, though the length limit is a real challenge for poets! Choose from the words offered. Drag and drop the magnets into the message area at the bottom -- up to 120 characters. The tool keeps a character count for you. Need different words? Click the swap words link for new choices. Click submit to view your message/poem and decide whether to submit to Twitter Magnet's Twitter feed or not. You can also link to send from your own Twitter account. Note that clicking to see the Twitter Magnets feed will show you "messages" and poems created by the general public. Steer clear or preview to be sure these are appropriate in your setting.

tag(s): creative fluency (8), microblogging (44), poetry (228), twitter (50), writing prompts (92)

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Create a message or "poem" of the day as a class to send from your class Twitter account. Use as a center activity or have student groups create their own messages about what you have learned today in any subject area class. Have ELL students create simple messages to reinforce language skills. If you don't have a Twitter account, just have students create offline messages. Take a quick screen shot, then write, illustrate, and share on your classroom bulletin board! Generate creative messages as a class to use as writing prompts. Have students tell the story (or nonfiction news account) about what caused the message. Looking for more ways to use Twitter in the classroom? Read more about Twitter at TeachersFirst's Twitter for Teachers page. You can also use this site as a tool to teach about digital citizenship and the etiquette of tweets.

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EngageNY Video Library - New York State Education Department

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K to 12
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EngageNY offers a video library and pedagogical tools to aid teachers implementing Common Core. Although this site is mainly math, there are also some ELA resources/ideas. Search the...more
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EngageNY offers a video library and pedagogical tools to aid teachers implementing Common Core. Although this site is mainly math, there are also some ELA resources/ideas. Search the site using filters for content, grade level, or type of resource. Video topics include professional resources and also lesson ideas. Videos range in length from 5 to over 40 minutes.

tag(s): commoncore (94), professional development (123)

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This is a great site to share during professional development days. Share the parent video during your Open House or Meet The Teacher night. Bookmark and view videos to help understand implementing Common Core in your classroom. Check back frequently to see what has been added. Find ideas for specific lesson ideas.

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Find me Words - FindMeWords

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1 to 12
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Find Me Words is a word generator that finds words in many different ways. You can simply type your word into the text box and click Find! Options include: Find ...more
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Find Me Words is a word generator that finds words in many different ways. You can simply type your word into the text box and click Find! Options include: Find Me a Word, Words With Letters, Definitions, Synonyms, Antonyms, and Scrabble. Enter letter combinations, look for words of a certain length or with a certain root or prefix. There is a lot here to explore. Tread carefully allowing students to search on their own as some more mature content/vocabulary is included.

tag(s): antonyms (26), phonics (75), synonyms (38), vocabulary development (126), word study (80)

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Add a technology twist to your word study program. Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector and explore together with your students. In your phonics block, go further by looking at word patterns, beginning sounds, and ending sounds. In your Greek and Latin roots study, search for words by prefix or suffix. Use as a resource for writer's workshop, using the synonyms and antonyms. Increase vocabulary with the definitions. Make words into an exploratory "game" using this site. Have students collect favorite word discoveries on their own wiki page.

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Community Science Workshop Network - Community Initiatives

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K to 12
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Bring science to life with this free community of Science Workshop ideas. The site may not look exciting, but the activities bring real hands-on learning to science. Browse a few ...more
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Bring science to life with this free community of Science Workshop ideas. The site may not look exciting, but the activities bring real hands-on learning to science. Browse a few activities to get the idea. After registering, click on the CSW Projects and Activities tab. Search the activities by project type (e.g. projectiles, music, woodshop) or by STEM content. Workshop ideas are either video or downloaded instructions with images. Most use simple, inexpensive materials.

tag(s): engineering (125), gravity (46), inventors and inventions (101), musical instruments (48), plants (145), sound (101), STEM (134)

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Use these activities to create contraptions for students to manipulate in class. As students use a manipulative, collect their questions about what they observe or wonder about the contraption's motion and characteristics. Students can research the science behind the object or motion. Use class discussion to create understanding about basic scientific principles. Be sure to include a link to this site on your classroom computer or website. Students can use these activities to teach concepts to other students in their class. Many of these activities make great demonstrations as an introduction to a science concept and for uncovering student misconceptions. Expand what you ask students to do by using creative writing, reading, creating Infographics, or learning correct ways to research and report findings about the subject matter.

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Literacy CLL Games - Kent County Council

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K to 2
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Literacy CLL Games offers a small but useful collection of literacy development games. Topics include phoneme practice, vocabulary development, and practice with high frequency words....more
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Literacy CLL Games offers a small but useful collection of literacy development games. Topics include phoneme practice, vocabulary development, and practice with high frequency words. There are interactive books and activities to explore. Hover your mouse over any activity icon to each interactive's purpose and a short description. Several games offer the option of offline play. Choose from the drop-down bar and open the zip file on your computer to play.

tag(s): alphabet (92), audio books (32), handwriting (18), nursery rhymes (18), phonics (75), preK (281), sounds (68), vocabulary development (126)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Share some of the activities and complete them as a class. Set up a learning center for students to explore this site on their own. Be sure to provide this link on your class website for students (and parents) to practice at home. Don't forget to save this one in your favorites.
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Edit Dan's Copy - Miss Maggie

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4 to 8
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At this site, get editing practice on two levels. The first level, which is supposed to be easier, asks you to add capitalization and punctuation. The second level focuses on ...more
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At this site, get editing practice on two levels. The first level, which is supposed to be easier, asks you to add capitalization and punctuation. The second level focuses on run-on sentences, quotation marks, and apostrophes.

tag(s): capitalization (19), grammar (216), punctuation (43), sentences (52)

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Use this in class on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Create learning stations using this site. Ask students to create their own similar exercises on paper and pencil.
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Pocket - Read It Later, Inc

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K to 12
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Pocket is a bookmarking application that syncs across all of your devices to save online articles or videos for later viewing. Saving is simple. Download the bookmarklet on your computer...more
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Pocket is a bookmarking application that syncs across all of your devices to save online articles or videos for later viewing. Saving is simple. Download the bookmarklet on your computer or the Pocket app to your mobile device. When you see something to save for later viewing, click the share button to send to your Pocket account. View at anytime (even offline). Sort by content type such as article, video, or text. Add tags to organize content as you wish. Pocket integrates with many other online tools, such as Twitter and Flipboard. Share articles using social networking or email links to the Pocket app. Although this site is recommended for all grade levels, younger students would only be able to use this site if the collection was completed by an adult. Click to view the short introduction video to learn more.

tag(s): bookmarks (60), DAT device agnostic tool (199)

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Use Pocket professionally to collect and share websites, videos, and images for lessons and units. Use Pocket to share sites with colleagues, parents, and students. Share this site with older students to use to save resources they find for research. Demonstrate how to use Pocket and share with students as a resource for collaborating on group projects. Be sure to talk about using tags to organize things so they don't end up with a giant "pocketful" of tangled "stuff."

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Listen and Read: Reading Activities for Early Learners - Scholastic

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K to 3
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This site offers short, non-fiction readings at two beginning levels of difficulty. You can read the story yourself or click to hear it line by line as you read. After ...more
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This site offers short, non-fiction readings at two beginning levels of difficulty. You can read the story yourself or click to hear it line by line as you read. After reading, choose a review activity such as hearing the vocabulary words again. The subjects include Community Workers, Animals, Environmental Studies, Social Studies, History, Civics & Government, and Plants & Flowers.

tag(s): audio books (32), guided reading (47), preK (281), vocabulary development (126)

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Use this site in early elementary grades to help students begin to read and interpret informational text (a key piece of Common Core). Because of its multiple levels, you can easily use this site to differentiate. Share the stories on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Assign each student a different community worker to learn about. Have the students learn three new facts about their community worker to share with the class during a social studies lesson on communities. Have your ESL/ELL or learning support students write their own comprehension questions and answers based on the information to check their own comprehension and to exchange with their classmates.

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Clipping Magic - clippingmagic.com

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K to 12
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Quickly remove backgrounds from images using Clipping Magic. Choose an image from your computer. (A photo with sharp lines and clear features works best.) View the instructions to begin....more
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Quickly remove backgrounds from images using Clipping Magic. Choose an image from your computer. (A photo with sharp lines and clear features works best.) View the instructions to begin. Outline the portion you want to keep in green, them remove the background with red. Adjust the brush size and background color using tools provided. Save and download when finished. Tutorials will help you master the skills, and examples make the tool easy to understand. Why remove backgrounds? You can "place" an object in another background setting or create drag and drop activities without confusing backgrounds around the image. You can also combine or montage images more easily. This tool is currently in Beta. Sign up during the beta period to continue to receive free services from this site.
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tag(s): images (266), photography (160)

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Use Clipping Magic to create masks for classroom plays or activities. Share with students for use with projects to create and combine images without busy backgrounds. For example, create pictures of presidents, castles, or plants for use with any report or on slides for a presentation. Take pictures of students; then remove the background. Save images for use throughout the year in hall displays, bulletin boards, on reward certificates, etc.

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Make and Do Games - Kent County Council

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K to 3
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Explore this eclectic mix of activities, most available online. All are designed to work on an interactive whiteboard. Some of the topics include Me Maker, Skeletons and Life Cycles,...more
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Explore this eclectic mix of activities, most available online. All are designed to work on an interactive whiteboard. Some of the topics include Me Maker, Skeletons and Life Cycles, Advent Calendar, Chinese New Year Red Pocket, Shadow Simulator, Cobweb Creator, Help Me ID, Singing Science (there are a few of these), and much more! Choose the icon to the left of each description to load the activity, or use the download button to download as a zip file for use. This site was created in the United Kingdom. American English speakers may notice some slight differences in spelling.

tag(s): africa (180), animals (276), back to school (58), christmas (64), colors (79), communities (35), dinosaurs (57), easter (21), halloween (40), insects (69), matter (58), nursery rhymes (18), oceans (148), plants (145), ponds (6), preK (281)

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Bookmark this site for use throughout the year. Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Use activities on your interactive whiteboard for time fillers, story starters, and center time. Use the "Me Maker" for students to introduce themselves at the beginning of the school year or for use with your Student of the Week. Several activities include printables to print and use for centers and homework. Use the "Help Me ID Cards" as an excellent resource for your community helpers unit. Be sure to check out the many seasonal activities.
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3rd Grade Language Arts: Alphabetizing Through the 3rd Letter - Toon University

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1 to 3
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Practice alphabetizing words to the third letter. This site offers a simple, yet engaging interactive to practice! Up to three people can play. The movement is done by keyboard, ...more
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Practice alphabetizing words to the third letter. This site offers a simple, yet engaging interactive to practice! Up to three people can play. The movement is done by keyboard, not mouse, so read directions. Read each question carefully as some ask for different information than others.

tag(s): alphabetical order (19)

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Introduce on your projector or interactive whiteboard to teach the concept. Split your class into teams to add extra motivation. Use this site during centers on individual computers or the whiteboard. Be sure to list this link on your class website for students to use both in and out of the classroom.
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Timeline JS - Northwestern University Knight Lab

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K to 12
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Create beautiful interactive timelines quickly and easily. Begin with a Google spreadsheet from the template provided. Add from a variety of media sources such as Twitter, Google Maps,...more
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Create beautiful interactive timelines quickly and easily. Begin with a Google spreadsheet from the template provided. Add from a variety of media sources such as Twitter, Google Maps, YouTube, and much more. When finished, publish to the web, and share using links or embed code. Be sure to check out the example link for suggestions and ideas for use. The tutorial video is hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, it may not be viewable. You could always view the video at home and bring it to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here to download the video from YouTube.

tag(s): timelines (62)

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Use your interactive whiteboard or projector to share timelines about historical events, research literature, learn about different decades and events throughout the world, and more. Have students create timelines for research projects. Use a whole class Google account or individual Google apps accounts if you have them. Use this tool to make a timeline of your school year. Create author biographies, animal life cycles, or timelines of events and causes of wars. Challenge students to create a timeline of the plot of a novel, interspersed with the ways themes appear throughout the novel. If you teach chemistry, have students create illustrated sequences explaining oxidation or reduction (or both). Have elementary students interview grandparents and create a class timeline about their grandparents for Grandparents' Day. Why not create a timeline highlighting students' family events for a special gift for Mother's Day, Father's Day, or other holidays? You may need to assign students to do some investigative work first (years of births, marriages, vacations, etc.). In world language classes, have students create a timeline of their family in the language to master with vocabulary about relatives, jobs, and more (and verb tenses!). Students learn about photo selection, detail writing, chronological order, and photo digitization while creating the timelines of their choice. Making a timeline is also a good way to review the history and cultural developments.

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Melody Street - Guy Frenkel, Gil Feldman, and Gilad Benamram

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K to 4
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Explore music through many interactive activities on Melody Street. There are games, videos, radio, and more!! This highly engaging site includes the High/Low Pitch game or Who's That...more
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Explore music through many interactive activities on Melody Street. There are games, videos, radio, and more!! This highly engaging site includes the High/Low Pitch game or Who's That Instrument. Watch videos teaching about instruments and more. Listen to music with Melody Street's radio, choosing from songs, classical, or country stations. The Fun Stuff portion of the site includes wallpapers, printables, and coloring pages for download. Other options include a musical storybook and a gallery of musical friends.

tag(s): musical instruments (48), preK (281)

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If you are an elementary music teacher, this site is a MUST SAVE! Perhaps your school has lost its music teacher? This site is a great way to introduce musical instruments. Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Make a shortcut to this site on classroom computers and use it as a center. Share a new video or interactive each week.
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Jimdo - Christian Springub

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K to 12
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Create a free website in just minutes with Jimdo. Use the drag and drop feature to insert and move content easily. Toolbars offer editing options such as adding images from ...more
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Create a free website in just minutes with Jimdo. Use the drag and drop feature to insert and move content easily. Toolbars offer editing options such as adding images from Flickr, including YouTube videos, files, Google Maps, and formatting your text. Add share buttons to connect your site using social networking. Changes save and publish automatically. Although there are paid options, the free site offers 500mb of storage along with many features useful for the casual website builder.
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tag(s): portfolios (28)

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Possible uses are only limited by your imagination! Create your own website for parents and students to stay updated on classroom happenings. Include links for students to submit assignments, your contact information, and anything else you might want to include. Try using Jimdo for: "visual essays;" digital biodiversity logs (with digital pictures students take); online literary magazines; or personal reflections in images and text. Use this tool for research project presentations. Create comparisons of online content, such as political candidates' sites or content sites used in research (compared for bias). Create science sites to document experiments or illustrate concepts, such as the water cycle. Use this site for "visual" lab reports. Have students create digital scrapbooks using images from the public domain and video and audio clips from a time in history - - such as the Roaring Twenties. Use it for local history interactive stories or visual interpretations of major concepts, such as a "visual" U.S. Constitution. Imagine building your own online library of raw materials for your students to create their own "web pages" as a new way of assessing understanding. You provide the digital pictures, and they sequence, caption, and write about them (younger students). With older students, you can provide the steps in a project as a template, and they can insert the actual content of their own. After a first project where you provide "building blocks," the sky is the limit on what students can create. The free account does limit the amount of file storage, so you may want to create several class accounts for small groups to use. Even the very young can make suggestions as you "create" a whole-class product together using an interactive whiteboard or projector. Consider making a new project for each unit you teach so students can "recap" long after the unit ends. Use as an online portfolio for high schools students to include with college or job applications.

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Taggstar - Taggstar.com

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K to 12
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Taggstar is a widget for your website that makes photos interactive and exciting. It works on most sites -- except WordPress. They hope to include WordPress in the future. Install ...more
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Taggstar is a widget for your website that makes photos interactive and exciting. It works on most sites -- except WordPress. They hope to include WordPress in the future. Install the widget using directions provided after creating an account. Point and click to create hot spots on images. Add a video, music, or links to hot spots. Then click the hot spot on your image to view information and go to the link. View the example on the homepage to learn more about how to use this "cool tool."

tag(s): bookmarks (60), images (266)

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Use digital images of lab experiments or class activities for sharing on a class wiki or blog with clickable enhancements offering additional information. If individual computers aren't available, share the images on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Since audio options are available, even non-readers can use this tool! Have students add links or even a blog reaction or explanation to their project or experiment image. Use the site for making a photography or art portfolio blog. Have students annotate images to explain their work or various techniques they used. World language or ESL/ELL teachers can enhance images with links to sound files or other explanations for better understanding. Use in world language to label items in an image with the correct words in that language. Young students can write simple sentences to practice language skills while explaining about a favorite picture or activity. Use in Science to explain the experiment or parts of an animal or organism. Use in a Consumer Science class to explain cooking or other techniques. Consider creating a class account for student groups to use together. Teachers can create a Taggstar of an image with questions and links that students must investigate to respond as a self-directed learning activity. An image of a tree could have questions and links about types of leaves, photosynthesis, and the seasons, for example.

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Next Vista for Learning - Rushton Hurley

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3 to 12
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Next Vista offers Learning videos for teachers looking for alternatives to YouTube. At the time of this review, they offered over 1,000 videos (most useful for in the classroom). Videos...more
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Next Vista offers Learning videos for teachers looking for alternatives to YouTube. At the time of this review, they offered over 1,000 videos (most useful for in the classroom). Videos are made by teachers and/or students. Search by three main topics: Light Bulbs, Global View, or Seeing Service. Better yet, use the right sidebar to search by topic: Math, Science, World Languages, History & Culture, Performing Arts, and more.Next Vista offers an extensive collection of career videos to use as a resource for exploring and discovering career opportunities. View videos directly on site or share using the link or embed code provided. Throughout the school year, Next Vista hosts video creation contests for students and teachers. Submit your own videos less than 5 minutes in length using directions provided. They even offer small prizes for winners.

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In the Classroom

Explore the various topics to share with your students. In the math section, share the "How to Show Your Work" video on your projector or interactive whiteboard. There are useful videos in all sections, offered at a variety of levels. Bookmark and save this site for use throughout the year for student and teacher created videos. Challenge students to create a video to submit for one of the site's contests; who knows, they may win!

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DynaMath - Scholastic

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3 to 6
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Check out this highly interactive online math magazine featuring rigorous practice problems reinforcing Common Core skills. The online magazine is offered in correspondence with the...more
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Check out this highly interactive online math magazine featuring rigorous practice problems reinforcing Common Core skills. The online magazine is offered in correspondence with the print magazine (available at an additional cost). The print magazine is not necessary to use the online features of the free digital edition (Click at left on "Try the free digital edition with videos and activities!") These articles are high interest and worth exploring a bit. Click on images to view the full digital magazine, browse through pages, or visit links to vocabulary, games, and videos. Choose also to view in teacher or student view. Separate links include teacher resources and skills sheets for printing and using.

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In the Classroom

Read an article each week together using your interactive whiteboard or projector. Try the math activities together to incorporate your language arts and math. Be sure to include this site on your class web page for students to access both in and outside of class for further practice. This site is excellent for enrichment and reading practice for fluency and comprehension. Use DynaMath as a classroom center. Have students explore articles and share with classmates. Use as part of a Guided Reading lesson to integrate math with language arts (and also science or social studies!).
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Punctuation Campground - Harcourt School

Grades
2 to 8
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This simple site asks you to add all necessary punctuation to sentences. You can try again until all marks are in the correct places. Options include getting a hint, solving, ...more
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This simple site asks you to add all necessary punctuation to sentences. You can try again until all marks are in the correct places. Options include getting a hint, solving, starting over, or checking.

tag(s): punctuation (43)

In the Classroom

Use this site to review for a punctuation test. This site makes for engaging morning work on your interactive whiteboard or projector while students write the sentence at their desks (or better yet, work on individual laptops). Bookmark this site on your classroom computers for extra practice when teaching direct quotations. ESL/ELL students and learning support students may find the extra practice useful. Since there are no directions or examples, you may need to demonstrate how to use this site before the students can use it.
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