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Refraction: Teaching Fractions Through Gameplay - Erik Andersen

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4 to 7
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Refraction is an online game for teaching fractions. Partition lasers to power spaceships that contain various animals stuck in space. Animal spaceships require different fractions...more
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Refraction is an online game for teaching fractions. Partition lasers to power spaceships that contain various animals stuck in space. Animal spaceships require different fractions of the lasers, and pieces split and bend the lasers to reach the animals to satisfy these requirements. These mechanics can teach many important fraction concepts, such as equal partitioning, addition, multiplication, mixed numbers, improper fractions, and common denominators.

tag(s): fractions (239), mixed numbers (14)

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This game is perfect for use on your interactive whiteboard or on classroom computers. Discuss different options for using lasers and the effect they will have when used. Present the site to a couple of "tech savvy" students before presenting to the whole class. These students become helpers to answer questions others may have with using the game.
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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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Scale of the Universe 2 - Cary and Michael Huang

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6 to 12
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Scale of the Universe 2 zooms into the smallest parts of atoms and out to the largest items in the solar system. Use your mouse or click to view objects ...more
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Scale of the Universe 2 zooms into the smallest parts of atoms and out to the largest items in the solar system. Use your mouse or click to view objects that vary incredibly in size. Use this tool to get a sense of the size of the universe through the relationship between familiar and unfamiliar objects. Click on the object, and an information box pops up. Click on the musical note in the upper right corner to silence the music. Spend many hours perusing the variety of information on this site.

tag(s): atoms (55), measurement (159), planets (123), space (205)

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Use your projector or interactive whiteboard and spend time moving through the objects and looking at the relationships between the sizes. Be sure to instruct students on how to read powers of 10 for understanding of the sizes. This would also be a way to help students visualize the concept of scientific notation! Use the items as part of a "size scavenger hunt." Consider creating visual displays of information similar to this to show relationships between objects. Use a zooming tool such as Prezi or any other multimedia tool.
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Procon - Procon.org

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7 to 12
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Procon presents controversial issues in a non-partisan manner. Find current issues with balanced information to promote critical thinking without bias. Categories include Education,...more
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Procon presents controversial issues in a non-partisan manner. Find current issues with balanced information to promote critical thinking without bias. Categories include Education, Media & Entertainment, Sports, Science & Technology, among others. Issues can include Abortion, Euthanasia, Climate Change, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Health Care Reform, Obesity, and the Death Penalty, just to name a few. Read the information on each issue in a Pro and Con format along with background information, and included video clips. Some topics are controversial, so adults using this site with young people may want to go directly to a single issue rather than having them browse openly.

tag(s): climate change (64), critical thinking (108), debate (41), persuasive writing (55), politics (99)

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Using controversial topics that have more than one side is a great way to develop critical thinking and problem solving. Find issues on this site that relate to your curriculum and use them as an entry point for a new unit. Use the teaching resources found under the Teacher's Corner. Use this site to teach how to distinguish facts from opinions, using information to write essays or create speeches, or hold a class debate. Help students develop flexibility in their thinking by having them argue a side they do NOT agree with. Focus on critical thinking with your students to develop skills needed for life. Use as a whole class activity or for individual students to find an issue of interest to them. Gifted students often think deeply on such issues at an early age and will find these topics of great interest. Use this site to guide a deliberate discussion or debate.

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I also love this site, but I don't see any advertising on there at all. The site is free. Not sure how they stay afloat but I'm glad they do. For me, it is better than Opposing Viewpoints database for its depth, ease of use, and lack of registration/passwords. I use it for student debates on current events, and my wife (an English teacher) uses it for persuasive essays and role play debates. , , Grades: 0 - 12
I've used this and it's great! Balanced, has good resources. Helps students see both sides of an issue. Frances, CT, Grades: 6 - 8

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Math Game Time - Fila LLC

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K to 7
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Math Game Time is a free website with math videos, worksheets, and games. Find topics listed by grade level (PreK - 7th grade) or concept. You can make your ...more
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Math Game Time is a free website with math videos, worksheets, and games. Find topics listed by grade level (PreK - 7th grade) or concept. You can make your games public or private, allowing "outsiders" to play against you or inviting opponents you choose. Join the newsletter to keep up with the latest from this site. Apps for this site are available for purchase on tablets, but the web games are free. They require Flash, so web versions will not work on iOS devices using Safari.
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tag(s): addition (251), decimals (133), division (172), fractions (239), multiplication (227), numbers (204), operations (126), preK (279), printables (38), ratios (53), subtraction (208)

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Introduce the site to students on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Allow students to explore the site on their own or with a partner. Create a link on classroom computers for students to practice during free time. Share the link on your classroom blog or website for students to practice at home. Use the site as a resource to supplement Math topics being taught in class. Share the site with parents at Open House or Math Nights at school.
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Kidopo - Kidopo.com

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K to 4
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Kidopo offers Flash games for kids including brain games, card/board games, math games, memory games, puzzle games, science games, and word games. In addition, there are coloring pages,...more
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Kidopo offers Flash games for kids including brain games, card/board games, math games, memory games, puzzle games, science games, and word games. In addition, there are coloring pages, printables, videos, and crafts. Sort activities by type, then by theme such as food, holidays, learning, and much more. Note that some of the games are purely entertainment and have no instructional value.
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tag(s): colors (79), puzzles (208)

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Use the online coloring book to help primary students practice mouse manipulation. The learning games on Kidopo make a good practice center activity on classroom computers. Some advertisements on this site may look like part of the program. Be sure to show students how to avoid them so they won't leave the site.
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Numbersleuth: Magnifying the Universe - Science is Beautiful

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K to 12
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This site shows the scale of items from the atom to the universe by using an interactive Infographic. Choose from nine items to begin comparison. Use the blue dot to ...more
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This site shows the scale of items from the atom to the universe by using an interactive Infographic. Choose from nine items to begin comparison. Use the blue dot to zoom in and out by sliding it up and down. The dial gives the difference in size. Be sure to view the Infographic full screen.

tag(s): animals (276), atoms (55), earth (228), measurement (159), planets (123), space (205)

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Provide time for student groups to explore this tool, record observations, discuss information they know, and generate questions. Research information to answer questions. Use this site before discussing the metric system or conversions between various units. It can be used to discuss the use of significant figures and errors in measurements and numbers. Use it as a springboard to measuring and comparing various items that students are familiar with. Embed this on to your class site for easy access by students.
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Christmas Activity Advent Calendar - Kent ICT

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K to 1
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This advent calendar has fun short games and activities to play each day. The games and activities are quick and easy to complete. ...more
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This advent calendar has fun short games and activities to play each day. The games and activities are quick and easy to complete.

tag(s): christmas (64), colors (79), counting (120), keyboarding (38), preK (279)

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This advent calendar would be good for the classroom computers as a center to help young students build keyboarding and mouse skills. Use this on an interactive whiteboard (or projector) and ask a different student each day to choose the day and play the activity.
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Cue Flash - cueflash.com

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K to 12
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This tool is an Internet-based flashcard system. Create, edit, and re-mix flashcards for any topic or subject. The interface and flashcards are simple and the site is very easy to ...more
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This tool is an Internet-based flashcard system. Create, edit, and re-mix flashcards for any topic or subject. The interface and flashcards are simple and the site is very easy to use. Use the tag cloud or subject list to find existing flashcard sets.
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tag(s): flash cards (46), word study (80)

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Create flashcards for your classes -- or have them make their own. Try using them as an introduction to a concept, then again in the practice of the concept, and one more time as a final review. This would be great for teaching Latin prefixes and suffixes of words used in science terms or for standardized test preparation. Try having students create flashcards and share with each other to quiz themselves within their own groups. Clicking on Discussion Group in the upper right corner to start a discussion thread about a flashcard to extend learning. Teach students in higher grades how to create flash cards with multiple blanks to challenge their brain to remember more pieces of the puzzle. Show them how to carefully read through their classroom notes and underline the most important word or words in a sentence. Then have them leave out the most important words for their flashcards. Learning support teachers might want to have small groups create cards together to review together before tests. Have students create flashcard sets to "test" classmates on what they "teach" in oral reports.

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Less is More: Making Your Presentations Zen-tastic! - Kim Cofino

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6 to 12
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This short article presents several tips for making presentations more interesting and dynamic. The article is fairly short and is an easy read. Included are links to additional resources...more
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This short article presents several tips for making presentations more interesting and dynamic. The article is fairly short and is an easy read. Included are links to additional resources and suggestions. It is definitely worth a look before preparing classroom or professional presentations using PowerPoint, Prezi (reviewed here) or another presentation tool.

tag(s): media literacy (58)

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Share this article with students on your interactive whiteboard or projector before they begin preparing projects for presentation. Use information from the site for your own information when preparing presentations for the classroom or professionally.

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The Successful Web Reader - Neal Bastek-Content Developer-Colorado State

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7 to 12
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The Successful Web Reader is an interesting guide loaded with links for anyone who would like to improve and speed up their Web page reading. Just as with print, we ...more
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The Successful Web Reader is an interesting guide loaded with links for anyone who would like to improve and speed up their Web page reading. Just as with print, we read on the Web for a variety of reasons. Whether it is to surf and browse for information, or to interact with people and texts around the world, the criteria for success is dependent upon skills and strategies that experienced online readers use as an approach to reading digital/electronic text. Find out how to take advantage of the functionality of your browser and make the most out of your visits to the Web with the helpful suggestions you will find on this site.

tag(s): reading comprehension (116), reading strategies (44)

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Reading is a cross curricular activity. Every teacher, not only English, language arts, and reading teachers, should teach or review these strategies with students before asking them to find information and read on the Web. The Successful Web Reader provides teacher and student-friendly, practical tips and information to aid "critical linking" and path following, effective scanning, avoiding distractions, and how to get the most out of a quick visit. Bookmark this website in your favorites. Choose from the many links of helpful information to project on your whiteboard at opportune times.

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Newtools Powered by Aardvark - John Davitt

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4 to 12
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Try this idea generator, called "learning events," to spark projects to show in-depth understanding. To give you an idea for what to expect, here are two examples: "do what the ...more
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Try this idea generator, called "learning events," to spark projects to show in-depth understanding. To give you an idea for what to expect, here are two examples: "do what the Magna Carta meant in a series of 5 photographs," or "do metamorphosis as a blues song." There are 2,500 of these ideas, and you will have to scroll through them until you find the one you like. All the learning events use the highest level of Bloom's Taxonomy, synthesis (now called "creating"). This page is just the beginning! You will also find idea generators for geography and homework! Build creative flexibility and orginality with these prompts.

tag(s): creative writing (166), creativity (109), flexibility (5), writing prompts (92)

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Set up Newtools on a classroom computer. Make this one of several writing prompt options for blogs or other open-ended assignments. Allow students who finish work early or who need a journal idea to scroll through and try to find an idea that you have studied in class. Write several of these on your interactive whiteboard and then have students choose which one they would like to work on. Once all the projects are complete, rotate the students around the room to share with classmates who worked on a different project. Use this site to challenge gifted students to produce a higher level project. Some of the projects suggest using video or another presentation format. Be sure to check TeachersFirst Edge Presentation tools here to find one that is just right.
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My Math Universe - Pearson

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6 to 9
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My Math Universe features a variety of video channels with different math activities. Actress Danica McKellar welcomes you on the video Math Doesn't Suck: The Channel. Videos on this...more
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My Math Universe features a variety of video channels with different math activities. Actress Danica McKellar welcomes you on the video Math Doesn't Suck: The Channel. Videos on this channel include reducing fractions, prime factorization and how to focus. The Rappin' Mathematician sings rap songs about core concepts, and MangaHigh is a resource for finding math games. AlleyOop contains activities by grade level with topics such as percents, scientific notion, rational numbers, and much more. Be sure to check out Virtual Nerd that includes many step by step math tutorials. All activities on the site align to Common Core Standards. The site is new as of May, 2012, so it is worth watching for new material.
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tag(s): fractions (239), percent (82), ratios (53)

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Use videos from the site to introduce new concepts on your interactive whiteboard or projector in a fun way. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos about other math topics then share the videos on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here. Create a link to games on your classroom website and assign for homework.
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DIY - DIY Co

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1 to 12
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Discover a free online portfolio or collection place specifically created for children to showcase things they make: projects, work, videos, and pictures. Upload videos or pictures...more
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Discover a free online portfolio or collection place specifically created for children to showcase things they make: projects, work, videos, and pictures. Upload videos or pictures of the projects from your computer or iOS app to the website. With an animal avatar identity and different name, children are not identifiable to outsiders. When a project is shown online, viewers can add stickers to show support. An Android app is "planned." Parents or teachers have a dashboard for reviewing all activity on the account. Students under 13 must provide a parent email for their parents to verify tha they give permission for the membership.

tag(s): portfolios (28)

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Leap into the age of technology by making your student portfolios digital. Use DIY for student portfolios of class projects, explorations at home, and family fun. To get started, make a whole-class account to share class accomplishments. Then move to having each student create his/her own. The digital portfolio includes an extra bonus: parent involvement. Using parent emails, the work shared brings a close home-school connection going beyond just parents to extended family and friends. Have basic standards and requirements for posting to encourage quality control. Excite and motivate students using this easy portfolio. Use for an after school club, such as book club, photography club, Lego club, Odyssey of the Mind, chorus, or news team to keep a digital record of events, ideas, or projects. During science fair or any long-term project, record step by step progress. Use as a presentation tool, data notebook, or reflection tool. Teachers of gifted (or teachers who have gifted students in their class) can encourage these students to start collecting a portfolio of their best work, especially projects that go beyond the regular schools curriculum or school year. If a student has a special interest in poetry, rocketry, or forestry, encourage him/her to start documenting accomplishments with explanations, pictures, and links.

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Presentation Tube - Dr. Alaa Sadik

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K to 12
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Add narration to your PowerPoint presentations to create a great resource for any use. Download Presentation Tube and use the video presentation recorder to produce high quality, easily...more
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Add narration to your PowerPoint presentations to create a great resource for any use. Download Presentation Tube and use the video presentation recorder to produce high quality, easily shared, interactive videos. Combine all parts of the lesson: video, PowerPoint, images, Web sites, and even handwritten notes into the presentation. Upload and publish the finished video presentations to Presentation Tube. You can also post the URL or use the embed code on your own website, Facebook, or Twitter.

tag(s): video (253)

In the Classroom

Be sure that your teaching style fits the use of Presentation Tube before using in the classroom. Easily create presentations for students to access. Be sure to play with the software before using to create your first real product. Provide links to presentations on your wiki, blog, site, or other courseware site.

Time is always short in the classroom, and sometimes it's hard to make time for oral presentations. Have the students use Presentation Tube to report out their research, and you and their peers can watch it and grade it any time. Or, have students post their Presentation Tube to your web page or TeacherTube reviewed here, and they can view and peer evaluate the projects. You may want to create your own rubric with student input for this. See a selection of rubric makers here on TeachersFirst. Another idea would be to have students create a Presentation Tube for the results of their research, and then pause and comment during an oral presentation to the class. Students with speech difficulties or challenges with English fluency will appreciate the opportunity to prerecord their presentations without an audience. High school students can also narrate a portfolio slide show for Art school applications or a show of accomplishments for college applications. Students can package book reviews or author reports to be shared in the media center. In primary grades, have students narrate their portion of a whole-class slide show, then share it with parents and grandparents by url. They can practice oral reading as they share their story slides.

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Tinkercad - Tinkercad, Inc.

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3 to 12
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Create 3D models with Tinkercad's easy drag and drop interface. Move objects into and out of other objects and zoom in and out with ease. Tinkercad is a free site ...more
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Create 3D models with Tinkercad's easy drag and drop interface. Move objects into and out of other objects and zoom in and out with ease. Tinkercad is a free site using a browser-based CAD program (no download required). Click on the Learn tab along the top of the main page to follow activities to learn new skills. Share your creations on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. Want to save a picture? Use the screen shot function (command//shift/4 in a Mac or print screen in a PC). To print in 3D, you must use other applications or have access to a 3D printer. All designs made in Tinkercad are public. Others can copy and use your designs. (This Creative Commons license is another useful part of Tinkercad.)

tag(s): creativity (109), drawing (78), measurement (159), modeling (9)

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Bring out the budding engineer, scientist, or designer in your students. Create simple models or use one created by others in Tinkercad. Give ample time for students to play with the variety of shapes and letters. As they become proficient, create a 3D model science fair for products that solve problems. As part of a multidisciplinary unit in science, technology, economics, math, social studies, and English classes, use this site to create a culminating design project.

Have the final design project be a new museum or historical/tourist attraction to commemorate a local hero/heroine. In English classes, have students create a written grant for the design proposal. In economics, have the students discover how to construct the project for the best possible cost. In math and science classes, have the students "build" the project with accurate measurements. Then as a follow up, have students use Google Earth reviewed here to predict the environmental impact of the new construction. Or, in technology education or industrial arts class, use this as a way to submit project drafts for construction.

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Oolone Visual Search Engine - Oolone

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1 to 12
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Oolone visual search engine searches the web and shows the results as thumbnail images of each webpage. Oolone is ideal for those who are visual learners. (If you often recognize ...more
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Oolone visual search engine searches the web and shows the results as thumbnail images of each webpage. Oolone is ideal for those who are visual learners. (If you often recognize sites by their look rather than their words, this tool will hep you find the site you recall but cannot name.) Although this search engine appears "plain vanilla," its best features aren't obvious until you start using it. Hover over the thumbnails to get an enlarged view of each site without having to leave your search results. This allows you to spend less time on sites that don't fit your needs. Oolone doesn't track you so no ads appear.

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This site is perfect for your visual learners or weaker readers. Use this site on an interactive whiteboard to show students how to search for information. Use the page counter to show students how different search terms provide different results. Place on your class webpage for students to access at school and home. Be sure to check out their education page where you can find lesson ideas. Learning support and ESL/ELL students will appreciate being able to search without as much reading. Even very young students can LOOK for a site using this search tool, assuming they can type just a little bit.
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Just Beam It - Akshay Kannan, Hristo Oskov, and Pranava Adduri

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Share files hassle-free using Just Beam It! Drag your file into the designated space, share the URL link, and leave the WINDOW OPEN. You will get a message telling ...more
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Share files hassle-free using Just Beam It! Drag your file into the designated space, share the URL link, and leave the WINDOW OPEN. You will get a message telling you the transfer completed. At this point, it is safe to close the window. If you prefer the traditional file search to find sharable documents, there is a spot to click for that method of file identification. Just Beam It! works by streaming the file directly from your computer to your recipient, and is not stored on the website. Just remember, files cannot exceed 2 GB and keep the window open until the transfer is complete. Beam happily!

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Have trouble sharing files with students because they do not have email? Do they need to share files with each other for collaborative projects ? Try using Just Beam It! No email or flash drive needed. File transfer is quick. Drag, drop and share! So easy, a savvy fourth grader could do it.
 

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I Need a Pencil - Jason Shaw

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Find 60 innovative SAT lessons, 800+ SAT practice questions, and countless useful features to help students prepare for the SAT and maximize their scores. I Need a Pencil started a...more
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Find 60 innovative SAT lessons, 800+ SAT practice questions, and countless useful features to help students prepare for the SAT and maximize their scores. I Need a Pencil started a few years ago by a high school student whose goal was to rewrite the rules for college/university admissions to enable students from all socioeconomic levels to have greater access. Shocked and inspired by a visit to an impoverished school, the creator of this site did not want income to determine outcome when it came to attending college. Having just taken the SAT and curious about how these students would do when it was time to apply to college, Jason Shah did some research and found that students from higher income backgrounds consistently outperformed lower-income students. Wanting to help to make a positive change, he put together a business plan and launched this free website, which he continues to keep up-to-date with help for thousands of students each month to improve their performance on the SAT.

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Project this website on your classroom white board to show all students the power and opportunity to improve their scores and make their college entrance dreams attainable. Demonstrate the easy to navigate menu of the available resources in addition to practice questions and advice, such as sample essays and the ongoing blog with responses to frequently asked questions, samples of exemplary college applications, and scholarships. Inform parents and provide a link for I Need a Pencil on your class web page. Make your guidance counselors, principal, and other administrators aware and ask them to include the website in the school's newsletter. Many school districts set aside a night to meet with students and parents of high school juniors and seniors. What a great opportunity to encourage them to use this web site.
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Now I See! Infographics as content scaffold and creative, formative assessment - TeachersFirst: Candace Hackett Shively and Louise Maine

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6 to 12
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Discover how to use student-created infographics as scaffold or assessment for learning in any middle or high school subject. Many teachers are not "visual" people and struggle to implement...more
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Discover how to use student-created infographics as scaffold or assessment for learning in any middle or high school subject. Many teachers are not "visual" people and struggle to implement infographics because they do not know how to help students. Whether you are a visual person or a "data" person, these pages will help your class get started. See the story of one teacher's journey into using infographics and learn from her experience. Find downloadable files to help: a PowerPoint you can use with students, and a customizable rubric. Don't miss the extensive Resources and Tools page for examples, background articles, and more. These pages grew out of a presentation at ISTE 2012.

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Read through this professional tutorial if you have even considered trying infographics with your students. You will find just the encouragement you need. Mark this one in your Favorites and share the many examples with your students, including student-created examples from a ninth grade class, as you launch your own infographics projects. Let your students "show what they know" in a new way.

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