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Twelve Ideas for Teaching with QR Codes - Andrew Miller

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K to 12
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This short article provides some quick tips for using QR (Quick Response) codes in the classroom. Most ideas are easy to use immediately in a classroom setting. For example, use ...more
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This short article provides some quick tips for using QR (Quick Response) codes in the classroom. Most ideas are easy to use immediately in a classroom setting. For example, use QR codes to link to exemplars to provide examples of quality work for students or use codes to make learning stations that link to online content. If you are interested in using QR codes in your classroom, this article will help you get started. Be sure to read the comments from others for some additional ideas for using QR codes in the classroom.

tag(s): qr codes (21)

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Choose one of the ideas suggested in the article as a starting point for using QR codes in your classroom; then try additional ideas a little at a time. Share the article with other teachers and split up the ideas for each to become an "expert" in one of the strategies. Share your experiences as you learn together, perhaps in a staff meeting.

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My American Farm - American Farm Bureau Foundation

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K to 6
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Learn and explore everything about agriculture, food processing, sustainable farming, and equipment engineering interactively at this informate and entertaining site! The activities...more
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Learn and explore everything about agriculture, food processing, sustainable farming, and equipment engineering interactively at this informate and entertaining site! The activities feature different concepts and promote various aspects of agriculture, math, science and society. Hover over the game icon with your mouse to view a short description of the activity, approximate playing time, grade range, curriculum area, and agriculture theme. At the end of each interactive, you can watch short, related video stories from the public television show "America's Heartland." Don't miss the Equipment Engineering challenge. The Educator Resources section contains standards, implementation ideas, and many activity sheets for classroom use. View resources by curriculum area or agriculture topic using the links on the left in this section.

tag(s): agriculture (56), animals (285), careers (133), conservation (126), life cycles (25), plants (153), problem solving (271), rounding (22)

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This site is great during units on plants, farms, conservation, or even inventions and engineering. Create links to games on classroom computers. As students complete games, let them fill out the passport included on the site. Print and use classroom activities included on the site as a supplement to current lessons. Have students create their own comics to explain a topic from the site using comic-creation tools from this collection.
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Turtlediary - Learning Games for Kids - Turtlediary.com

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K to 3
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Turtlediary is a one stop shop for learning games and more for early elementary students. Choose from various categories: games, videos, stories, and arts and crafts. Included under...more
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Turtlediary is a one stop shop for learning games and more for early elementary students. Choose from various categories: games, videos, stories, and arts and crafts. Included under each heading is an age range and description of each activity. Be sure to scroll down near the bottom of the page to find lists of all learning games sorted by subject, sort further by choosing a grade level from preK through 2nd grade. For full access to this site, you must register (which does cost a fee). However, most of the interactives are currently available for FREE to guests with no registration.
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tag(s): addition (238), alphabet (90), alphabetical order (19), colors (80), counting (119), dinosaurs (58), gravity (50), human body (125), independent reading (130), life cycles (25), map skills (80), phonics (72), preK (288), puzzles (205), subtraction (198)

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Use this site as a resource for learning games, videos, and read-aloud books. Demonstrate the activities on your interactive whiteboard; then create a link on classroom computers for students to try on their own. Share this link with parents on your classroom website or newsletter as a resource for practicing math and reading skills at home. Use videos from the site to introduce science lessons and concepts.
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Create an Animal Ocean - Sheppard Software

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K to 3
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Use this colorful site to make your own animated water scene. Click once and again to drop sea creatures to where you want them. Click on the creatures to hear ...more
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Use this colorful site to make your own animated water scene. Click once and again to drop sea creatures to where you want them. Click on the creatures to hear their names. Drop them into the scene and hear the sounds that they make. Click the printer icon to print your result.

tag(s): animals (285), environment (318), food chains (21), oceans (152)

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As you create the water scene in the classroom, discuss the habitat and niche of each of the organisms. Be sure to discuss the ocean food chains. (Great to know when deciding which creatures should stay away from one another!) Make this activity part of an ocean day or week at school. Write stories about a chosen creature. Create artwork and posters about the ocean creatures using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here). Have students move as the creature would move, and have ocean inspired snacks and lunches. For extra counting or color practice, have students place a certain number or color of creatures at an interactive whiteboard "center."
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NPR Podcast Directory - NPR

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7 to 12
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Mix your own podcast to create your own unique collection of podcasts available from NPR's library of thousands of podcasts. Name your podcast, select relevant keywords and content,...more
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Mix your own podcast to create your own unique collection of podcasts available from NPR's library of thousands of podcasts. Name your podcast, select relevant keywords and content, and then subscribe to your new custom podcast using your podcast tool choice.
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tag(s): podcasts (54)

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Students can use NPR's "mix your own podcast" service to create interesting and informative podcast collections. Create a podcast collection of content related to your course; then share the link on your classroom blog, wiki, or website. Encourage students to share findings from the podcasts in blog posts or for extra credit on a class wiki. Play excerpts from podcasts (turn up your speakers) during the last ten minutes of study halls when students are getting "itchy."

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The Great Piggy Bank Adventure - Disney and T. Rowe Price

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3 to 6
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Play "The Great Piggy Bank Adventure"''® to learn about sound financial planning. The game display contains beautiful 3D animation making it visually stimulating and entertaining....more
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Play "The Great Piggy Bank Adventure"''® to learn about sound financial planning. The game display contains beautiful 3D animation making it visually stimulating and entertaining. Play games from a single player up to 4 players. Begin by selecting a goal to earn, such as an artist's easel or basketball goal. Throughout the game, players make financial choices such as choosing investments, spending wisely, or diversifying assets. Reach financial goals to finish and complete the game.

tag(s): financial literacy (80), money (190)

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Display and demonstrate the game on your interactive whiteboard; then allow students to play on their own or in a group on classroom computers. Discuss different financial choices and thought processes leading to student choices. Share a link to the game on your class newsletter or website for students to play at home. Recommend this site to parents as an option for teaching financial literacy to their child.
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PBS Video Online - PBS

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Watch full episodes of your favorite PBS shows without having to record them. Videos may be searched by show name or by subject. Use the subscribe button to automatically subscribe...more
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Watch full episodes of your favorite PBS shows without having to record them. Videos may be searched by show name or by subject. Use the subscribe button to automatically subscribe to the show so you will never miss a new episode again.

tag(s): video (269)

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Teachers you can now access videos from PBS without having to record them. Use the subject search to find videos relevant to a unit of study. Display videos with your projector or add a link to your class website so students can watch at home.
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Pop!Tech Popcasts - PopTech, a 501(c)3 organization

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10 to 12
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Pop!Tech provides scientific discovery and social innovation information. Are you ready to challenge your paradigm? Step back and feel your brain spin into action while you think about...more
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Pop!Tech provides scientific discovery and social innovation information. Are you ready to challenge your paradigm? Step back and feel your brain spin into action while you think about the goals and objectives of this "community of innovators, working together to expand the edge of change." Thought-provoking videos (about 20 minutes long) address change from many angles.

tag(s): creativity (118), scientists (69)

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Want your students to think differently about science, technology, and collaborating? The projects and initiatives on this site did not happen in seclusion. Have students read an article and break it down to see how all three play equally important parts in creating change. Challenge students to work together to design or create something new for their school or community. This would be great in science classes, social studies classes, potentially even art or family and consumer science class. Expertise can come from many different disciplines. How many times have you told a student that they need to be prepared for jobs that may not yet exist? Emphasize this point by having them read different articles from this website. These innovations were certainly not around when today's parents were graduating. >br>
As an intro to upper level science courses or a lead-in to a gifted enrichment project, have students choose one video and explore the various scientific advances now in the preliminary stages that may lead to related changes. Challenge them to discover what future careers might draw on such change and to present the ideas as a "Window into Change" presentation using any medium they prefer (video, multimedia, music, poetry or ??).

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Intermediate Test Prep - Math 8 - Oswego City School District

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5 to 9
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Find useful information about the New York State Math 8 Test for teachers, parents and students; however, content is applicable to many states. Each key concept has activities and resources...more
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Find useful information about the New York State Math 8 Test for teachers, parents and students; however, content is applicable to many states. Each key concept has activities and resources developed for each grade 5-8 and divided into lessons, practice, interactive, teacher resource, and literature connection. The index for each level is an excellent starting point for exploration. For example, the 5-6 resources include linear pattern and matching graph interactives perfect for use on your interactive whiteboard. Search for any topic using the search bar on the site using keywords and grade levels. This is a terrific resource to bookmark and explore throughout the year.

tag(s): coordinates (31), data (148), estimation (45), exponents (42), fractions (235), geometric shapes (163), inequalities (27), percent (81), place value (55), ratios (53), rounding (22), variables (21), venn diagrams (15)

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You will want to bookmark this site and explore as you begin new units throughout the year. Search by grade level and content to find lessons, practice items, and more specific to your needs. Share the link to activities for students to practice at home for homework, test review, or end of year practice.
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Crickweb Useful Extras - Crickweb

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K to 4
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If you need a resource for countdown timers, Promethean flipcharts, or phonics videos you may find what you need at this "extras" site from Crickweb. These are resources that don't...more
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If you need a resource for countdown timers, Promethean flipcharts, or phonics videos you may find what you need at this "extras" site from Crickweb. These are resources that don't fit neatly into their useful grade level categories, so are in this "other" spot on the site. Included are several Promethean flipcharts in zip format for easy download. Topics include function machines, weigh ins, and a number Venn diagram. Timers are for use on any PC or whiteboard and include countdown clocks in several formats such as a clock, timer, or "bomb."

tag(s): iwb (31), phonics (72), preK (288), time (141)

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Download and save the timers for use during student work time. Set a timer on your interactive whiteboard for students to see time remaining. Promethean users can download and save flip charts for classroom use.
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Center for PRobing the NanoScale - Nano Activities - Stanford University

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Nano has become a buzz word in our language, but what does it really mean? Find out by looking at this site from Stanford University. Do you have billions of ...more
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Nano has become a buzz word in our language, but what does it really mean? Find out by looking at this site from Stanford University. Do you have billions of things to do, and no time for things that are as small as a billionth of a meter? You need to make time to learn about this tiny scale that packs a mighty little punch today in science, technology, and even in our global economy. Make some time for this teeny tiny stuff because it's big, very big! This website provides a set of thorough, hands-on lesson plans that are excellent for magnifying this microscopic concept.

tag(s): inventors and inventions (95), measurement (160), microscopes (13)

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Are you struggling to wrap young minds around the tiny world of nanoscale? Lessons are appropriate for grades two to twelve, but could be adapted if you are teaching middle level students who have never been introduced to the world of nanotechnology. As an introduction for students who have never thought about nano, talk about how the use of this technology created better underwear that help prevent odor and decrease sweating. This is sure to start an interesting conversation. Just make sure that you set boundaries before you begin the discussion. See what other lines of clothing students could "create" with nanotechnology. Have them share their "inventions" on a class wiki or in a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.

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Ookaboo: free pictures of everything on earth - Ontology2

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K to 12
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Find free, copyright-safe pictures of places, people, animals, and more. Ookaboo is a resource containing over a million images. All images are in public domain or under creative commons,...more
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Find free, copyright-safe pictures of places, people, animals, and more. Ookaboo is a resource containing over a million images. All images are in public domain or under creative commons, making them free and available for anyone to use (with credit). As the site explains, pictures are free to use within the law, and Ookaboo offers an excellent description on the help page about how legally to use the pictures. Search for images using the search box or by using links to countries, people, or technological artifacts. Download easily with the download button. One goal of Ookaboo is to include images suitable in an educational setting; however, as with any other image site, there is a possibility of inappropriate content.
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tag(s): images (274), news (261), photography (161)

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Include a link to this site for students when preparing for presentations. Look for photos of any recent news event, even events obscure enough not to be included in American newspapers. Share an image or gallery of images on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) in a world language class. Discuss them in the language the students are learning. Link to certain galleries from your class web page or student presentations to show examples of concepts and life in other places. Share this site on your class web page for students to access easily during research projects. Use the photos as writing prompts in current events or writing classes. Learn about the culture and news in far off places. Create a visual current events "quiz" by displaying a gallery of images and asking students to explain the background of the story. Speech or ESL/ELL teachers can also share images to prompt students to talk about or describe them. Let the students select the image they wish to discuss!

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K20ALT - Authentic Learning and Teaching - University of Oklahoma

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K to 12
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Find lesson plans for English, Science, Math, Fine Arts, and Social Studies that integrate STEM and authentic learning principles. You can download innovative lesson plans that use...more
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Find lesson plans for English, Science, Math, Fine Arts, and Social Studies that integrate STEM and authentic learning principles. You can download innovative lesson plans that use inquiry, data collection, and scientific thinking to learn the subject. Many of these activities are cross-curricular, as well. One drawback: there does not seem to be a way to set a grade range on a lesson plan search, and lesson grade ranges are not obvious. Most appear to be middle to high school, even though the site is labeled as K-20. Though this site does not require Flash, the videos do.

tag(s): debate (43), engineering (125), inquiry (37), scientific method (64), scientists (69), STEM (144)

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Did you ever think you could get students excited about reviewing the parts of speech? Take a look under the English category to find the lesson titled "War of Words" to see a perfect example of how to combine students' prior knowledge and their interest in arguing into enthusiasm for reviewing the four main parts of speech. This is just an example of how motivational these lessons in core subjects can be. Find lesson plans that include teacher and student resources to bring inquiry and authentic learning into your classroom. Increase STEM in your classroom with the great ideas from the innovative minds of the contributing educators.

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Dweeber - SmartWired

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7 to 12
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Create an online study group with Dweeber. Though Dweeber has the social network look, it targets study groups, classmates, book groups, and all other types of educational groups to...more
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Create an online study group with Dweeber. Though Dweeber has the social network look, it targets study groups, classmates, book groups, and all other types of educational groups to help each other with academics. Created with young people in mind, Dweeber has an ultra-cool look, and strict, upfront safety precautions. There are several components that make Dweeber unique. Their S.M.A.R.T. profile (stands for Successes, Mind Patterns, Attractions and Interests, Resources, and Thinking Talents) helps you to get to know how you and your friends learn best. My Sites/Top Sites is where you can store the sites that help you learn and study and is a place for you to vote on the best websites in the entire Dweeber network. Dweeber lists the sites that users have rated the highest. Up to eight people at a time can engage in a real-time study session using the collaborative whiteboard.

tag(s): homework (46), learning styles (19), social networking (114)

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Teachers and students create your own accounts. Then invite each student as friend. Go to the "My Dweebs" tab on the top, and click "New team" in the upper right corner. Create teams of any size. Engage student groups in discussions about current events, independent reading, literature, and more. Set up teams for students to work on projects or literature circles. Use the space as a forum to work out tasks and scheduling. 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. Your students will likely suggest additional ways to use this tool from their world.

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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 (46), social networking (114)

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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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Teaching Kids News - Teaching Kids News

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2 to 8
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Teaching Kids News is an excellent, visual newspaper for kids grades 2 through 8. Set up in a typical newspaper format, articles contain interesting images and easy to read text. ...more
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Teaching Kids News is an excellent, visual newspaper for kids grades 2 through 8. Set up in a typical newspaper format, articles contain interesting images and easy to read text. Use curriculum connections included with every article for an instant lesson plan or discussion starter. View by choosing category selections such as news, entertainment, science, politics, and more. One interesting and helpful feature is the use of tags with each article. Choose from clearly labeled tags to find other articles with similar topics. Included on the right side of the site are tags used most often on the entire site. Larger and bolder text indicates most widely used tags. Share articles easily using social media links included to most common sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Read the How to Use This Site page for ideas on how to make the most of this site with students.

tag(s): literacy (107), news (261), newspapers (95)

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This site is perfect for interactive whiteboards or projectors. Display the site on your whiteboard when discussing current events. Use as a learning center for students to read and journal. Practice with Main Idea or summarizing using these interesting informational texts. ESL/ELL learners can also find accessible news stories here. Provide this link for students to use at home to keep up with current events. Challenge students to create a talking avatar using a photo or other image (legally permitted to be reproduced). The avatars can be used to explain or summarize any article on the site. Use a site such as Blabberize (reviewed here).

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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 (72), digital storytelling (153), 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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Crickweb Early Years Learning Activities for Preschool/Infant/Kindergarten - Crickweb

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K to 1
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This site offers fifteen learning games for early childhood. Activities include learning about sounds, counting, colors, seasons, and more. Directions are clear, and voice prompts motivate...more
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This site offers fifteen learning games for early childhood. Activities include learning about sounds, counting, colors, seasons, and more. Directions are clear, and voice prompts motivate interest in activities. Icons next to the games give a quick overview of the activity and have a short description of the game. Note that the vocabulary and speech are British, so American children may need to adjust a bit for slight differences.
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tag(s): colors (80), counting (119), literacy (107), numbers (199), phonics (72), preK (288)

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Share the activities on your interactive whiteboard or as a center activity. Create a link to games on classroom computers for student use. Share this site with parents through your classroom newsletter or blog for use at home.
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Dice Wars - GameDesign

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3 to 8
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Dice Wars is a logic and strategy math game. The objective is to invade and take over your opponent's territory by rolling a larger number on the dice. Start by ...more
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Dice Wars is a logic and strategy math game. The objective is to invade and take over your opponent's territory by rolling a larger number on the dice. Start by choosing from two to seven opponents on the computer; then begin play. Each turn you may attack any opponent's territory from one of your adjacent territories as long as your territory has more than one die on it. Your turn ends when you click the "End Turn" button.

tag(s): logic (236), probability (129)

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This strategy and logic game would make an interesting and entertaining homework activity, especially as you study probability of attaining certain rolls of the dice. Have students play the game then journal about successful and unsuccessful strategies.
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Math Lines - Novel Games

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K to 3
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Practice single-digit addition with this engaging math game. Destroy balls by forming pairs that add up to 10 or destroy a group of balls with the same number. See your ...more
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Practice single-digit addition with this engaging math game. Destroy balls by forming pairs that add up to 10 or destroy a group of balls with the same number. See your score when the game is over.

tag(s): addition (238), subtraction (198)

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This is a great site for use on your interactive whiteboard or classroom centers to practice single-digit addition (and subtraction). Share the link on your class website or blog for use at home. Challenge students to increase their score each time they play the game.
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