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Simplenote - automattic.com

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K to 12
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Simplenote is a note-taking tool that updates information across all of your devices. Download the app for mobile devices and onto PCs. Notes update immediately, no need to save. Use...more
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Simplenote is a note-taking tool that updates information across all of your devices. Download the app for mobile devices and onto PCs. Notes update immediately, no need to save. Use the scroll bar to go back in time and find notes from a previous time. Use tags or search to find notes created. Simplenote also allows for collaboration with other users.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (170), organizational skills (128)

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Use Simplenote for all notes and ideas in all aspects of your busy life. Keep your file system with you all of the time! Instruct students in the use of Simplenote for notetaking needs. Share outlines and study guides with students. All members can collaborate and add thoughts. Offer as a way to improve organizational skills.

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Baamboozle - baamboozle.com

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K to 12
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Baamboozle is a quick and easy-to-use tool for playing and creating games. It doesn't require registration to play. Choose the "Play games now" link to go to all games saved ...more
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Baamboozle is a quick and easy-to-use tool for playing and creating games. It doesn't require registration to play. Choose the "Play games now" link to go to all games saved on Baamboozle. Scroll through to view games, or search for a term. Divide the group into two teams and begin play. Each team chooses a number from the game board and answers the question. Check for accuracy; then, Baamboozle keeps track of scores. Use games found on the site, or create games on any device. Registration with email is necessary to create your own games.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (170), flash cards (47), game based learning (114), preK (291)

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Save Baamboozle in your bag of tricks for a quick review of any content. Have students create games to share with the class when reviewing for quizzes and tests. Bring excitement to professional development by creating a Baamboozle with materials you are sharing. Be sure to provide a link to Baamboozle games on your class website for students to play at home.

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EasyWrite - Deekshith Allamaneni

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K to 12
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EasyWrite is a simple to use writing tool for creating easy to understand content. Just type your text into the text box and begin writing. EasyWrite highlights words not found ...more
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EasyWrite is a simple to use writing tool for creating easy to understand content. Just type your text into the text box and begin writing. EasyWrite highlights words not found in the 1,000 most commonly used words in the English language. At the time of this review, EasyWrite worked best with Chrome or Mozilla FireFox.

tag(s): digital storytelling (153), independent reading (129), process writing (46), vocabulary (324), writers workshop (34)

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Have students use EasyWrite to retell difficult text in an easy to understand way. Retell Shakespeare passages in simple English or breakdown complicated directions into simple terms. EasyWrite is perfect for use with ESL/ELL or special education students. Choose any complex or difficult text and break it into simpler terms for easier understanding. Do this by adding a free browser extension such as Grammarly (for Chrome, Safari, and FireFox), reviewed here, or After the Deadline (for Internet Explorer), reviewed here, to classroom computers and devices. Turn the theory of EasyWrite upside down - have students paste their writing projects into EasyWrite. If there are only a few highlighted words, have them develop more interesting and complex writing passages. Have students take a screenshot of their original work to include with a final draft.

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Hippani - Hippani Ltd

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6 to 12
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Hippani is an HTML animation software download for creating apps, animations, and more. There are many tutorials available making it easy for beginners to start creating professional...more
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Hippani is an HTML animation software download for creating apps, animations, and more. There are many tutorials available making it easy for beginners to start creating professional looking results. There is a free and professional version. The free version allows you to create HTML animation and GIF's. With the free version, you can also test out the professional version during the free 30 days trial. Works with Windows and Mac OS X, however, the web apps created can be converted to iOS, Android and Windows phone apps via another program.

tag(s): animation (65), coding (52), images (274)

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Download Hippani's software onto classroom computers to learn basic coding skills. Students will quickly catch on to this program when allowed to explore and see what they can make. Then, for those who show an aptitude for coding, take advantage of the free 30-day use of the professional edition. Have students browse through the gallery and tutorials to learn about the features of Hippani. Allow them to explore and create on their own as part of your MakerSpace or as a center. Challenge students to use this software to create animated GIFs such as demonstrating how simple machines work, changes in landforms over time, or significant events from novels.

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The Gamification of Education - Knewton

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K to 12
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The Gamification of Education is an infographic containing information and statistics about the potential for using games in the classroom. Scroll through to find out the components...more
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The Gamification of Education is an infographic containing information and statistics about the potential for using games in the classroom. Scroll through to find out the components of games that are useful in learning, examples of ways to use games to deliver content, and a short history of the evolution of learning games online.

tag(s): game based learning (114), gamification (75), professional development (156)

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Share this infographic as part of any professional development session on gamification in the classroom. Use the embed code to add this to your class website to share with parents as an opportunity to discuss the learning benefits of games in the classroom (and at home). Include this infographic during your Parent Orientation session as you discuss learning methods used in your classroom.

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Geo Tombs - Room Recess

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3 to 6
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Practice finding area and perimeter with Geo Tombs. Select area or perimeter, or both, and shapes to begin play. Move your character throughout the activity to unlock correct answers...more
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Practice finding area and perimeter with Geo Tombs. Select area or perimeter, or both, and shapes to begin play. Move your character throughout the activity to unlock correct answers and earn points.
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tag(s): area (68), geometric shapes (165), perimeter (30)

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Share Geo Tombs on an interactive whiteboard to demonstrate how to play the game, then add a link to classroom computers for students to play during center time. Create a link to Geo Tombs on your class website for student practice at home. After playing, have students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here, to demonstrate how to find perimeter and area.
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PBS Summer Adventures - PBS Kids

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K to 3
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Not just for summer! Enjoy learning at home all year-round with PBS Kids Summer Adventures. Click on the calendar for new daily adventures such as using bath time to explore ...more
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Not just for summer! Enjoy learning at home all year-round with PBS Kids Summer Adventures. Click on the calendar for new daily adventures such as using bath time to explore math or learn how to make a bird feeder. Scroll through the site to find reading charts, map skills, activity booklets, and much more. Did you find this site too late for summer? No worries, there are plenty of activities to do throughout the entire year.

tag(s): calendars (46), literacy (106), preK (291), reading lists (79), summer (12)

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Take advantage of the many free activities on this site; be sure to share with parents for ideas on learning at home. Consider having a "summer" day in the middle of winter as you enjoy summer activities in the warmth of the indoors. Share with parents at the end of the school year as a great resource for learning during the summer months.
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Panzoid Tools - Panzoid.com

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7 to 12
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Create and customize introduction clips, banners, and thumbnails for social media with Panzoid. Choose from the Clipmaker 1 or 2, or the Backgrounder to start. Use the tools in each...more
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Create and customize introduction clips, banners, and thumbnails for social media with Panzoid. Choose from the Clipmaker 1 or 2, or the Backgrounder to start. Use the tools in each program to format text, add videos or images, and customize the display. When finished, follow links to download and use.
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tag(s): multimedia (63), video (276)

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Panzoid features may require a bit of learning curve. Demonstrate how to use these tools with an interactive whiteboard or create tutorials for the different tools on Panzoid using a site such as Screencast-O-Matic, reviewed here. Embed the tutorials on your class website for student use at anytime. Have students use Panzoid to add pizzaz to videos or personalize custom backgrounds for presentations.
 

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Contrasting Cases - Harvard Graduate School of Education

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5 to 9
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Contrasting Cases provides curriculum and professional development for developing flexibility in math problem solving in Algebra. The site includes many printable resources for classroom...more
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Contrasting Cases provides curriculum and professional development for developing flexibility in math problem solving in Algebra. The site includes many printable resources for classroom use including student handouts and teacher guides. Also, there are archived webcasts illustrating teaching techniques and discussions on why students struggle with Algebra concepts.

tag(s): critical thinking (112), equations (153), problem solving (273), thinking skills (17)

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If you teach Algebra, you will want to take advantage of the many free resources on this site. Share resources with colleagues as part of your professional development activities. Use printable resources from this site to encourage and develop problem-solving flexibility with students. Create videos of students explaining different methods for solving problems and share them on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here. Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts demonstrating a problem-solving method using a site such as podOmatic, reviewed here.
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Teach With Movies - TeachWithMovies.com, Inc.

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3 to 12
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Four hundred and counting! That's how many lesson plans or guides you'll find at Teach With Movies. Search one of twelve categories to locate the movie, documentary, or short you ...more
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Four hundred and counting! That's how many lesson plans or guides you'll find at Teach With Movies. Search one of twelve categories to locate the movie, documentary, or short you want. Some of the categories are Subject Matter (and not just math, science, history, etc.), Social-Emotional Learning (themes like Ambition, Coming of Age, and many others), Appropriate Age (three through adult), and Set Up the Sub, just to name a few. Lessons include a general summary of the film and discussion questions with answers. Most also include a rationale for using the movie, the subjects, topics, and themes, if there is a book - a bit of background and review of it, objectives, possible problems, historical context, and more. Of course, these topics for consideration depend on the film. Sign up for the newsletter to see when there are lesson guides for the newest movies. Whether culminating a unit or introducing one, using these lessons and guides along with the video will help to make a lasting impression about your topic.

tag(s): essays (22), movies (72), questioning (33), video (276), worksheets (62), writing (369)

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Movies offer an entertaining format for history and thematic studies. Use a video to add to the learning experience of students who are visual and auditory learners. Use this site to find videos in a wide range of topics to share on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector. Take advantage of the free lesson plans for classroom use. Preview the lessons before viewing and convert those that can be to a real-time discussion to engage students WHILE they watch a video! Achieve this by setting up a backchannel chat using GoSoapBox, reviewed here.

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Skimcast - Bill Hollingsworth

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5 to 8
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Read less to find out more! Pressed for time? Use Skimcast to pare down articles you need to read. Just get the facts - choose a summary anywhere from 1 ...more
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Read less to find out more! Pressed for time? Use Skimcast to pare down articles you need to read. Just get the facts - choose a summary anywhere from 1 - 99% of the article. Paste in a URL or upload a PDF. Not only will you get the entire document back with the summary highlighted, but also see a list of clickable theme words and phrases to the right of the document. Click one and see it highlighted where ever it appears in the article. Use Skimcast on the web or find a button at the bottom to add it as a Chrome browser extension on your toolbar. To more fully understand this tool, read the Top Tips.

tag(s): note taking (39), reading strategies (49), summarizing (15)

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Skimcast would be the perfect tool to show students how to take notes for a report or speech or create a study guide during, or at the end of a unit of study. Work together as a class and read the sentences that are just the relevant facts. Then show students how to pull out just the important words - deleting all prepositions, articles, and connector words. Resource teachers can use Skimcast to make reading from core classes shorter and easier for their students. ESL/ELL teachers can use this tool to make the text more understandable to limited English speakers. Before introducing Skimcast to students, you may want to review Fact Fragment Frenzy. You will find this linked in Research Building Blocks, reviewed here.
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Holiday Logic Game - thekidzpage.com

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K to 8
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Not as simple as it looks! Try this very challenging interactive to test your critical thinking skills. Pop all the ornaments, as quickly and with as few moves as possible, ...more
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Not as simple as it looks! Try this very challenging interactive to test your critical thinking skills. Pop all the ornaments, as quickly and with as few moves as possible, to win the game. Every time you click an ornament, all the others reverse their positions. Get a new puzzle, in a new format, with each new try.

tag(s): christmas (65), creativity (119), critical thinking (112), logic (239)

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Use this challenge to warm up brains in math class. Use this interactive on your whiteboard, as a center, or a class activity. Holiday Logic works well with young students as a springboard for discussing problem-solving strategies and teaching how to think ahead for multiple steps. Even the very young students will enjoy it, though you may need to play as a group. Provide this link on your class website for some at-home logic practice.
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Sugar, Sugar the Christmas Special - Math Playground - Bart Bonte

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K to 8
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With Sugar, Sugar the Christmas Special you won't even know you're improving your math skills using logic, creativity, and critical thinking. Direct the sugar crystals with your mouse...more
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With Sugar, Sugar the Christmas Special you won't even know you're improving your math skills using logic, creativity, and critical thinking. Direct the sugar crystals with your mouse to the mug(s). See how many tries you need. If you don't solve a level, try it multiple times. There's more than one way to solve each level. Sometimes the sugar even falls UP!
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tag(s): christmas (65), creativity (119), critical thinking (112), logic (239), puzzles (207)

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This interactive would be perfect for use on classroom computers. Demonstrate on your interactive whiteboard. Use the game as a prompt for math journals. Have students write about their efforts in directing the sugar crystals into the mugs and their thought process as they made changes. Have them record how many tries they needed for each level.
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NorthPole.com - Northpole Productions, LLC

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K to 7
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Enjoy a colorful look at Santa's Village. NorthPole has games (concentration, word searches, counting money, telling time, mazes, and more), and you can even play checkers with Santa....more
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Enjoy a colorful look at Santa's Village. NorthPole has games (concentration, word searches, counting money, telling time, mazes, and more), and you can even play checkers with Santa. Attend the Elf Academy, read stories about your elf, send animated Christmas postcards, write Santa a letter and get a reply! For those into the maker movement, there are holiday crafts to make with directions and free templates. Create an account and register your students at the same time. Students will be assigned a user ID and password.
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tag(s): christmas (65), holidays (151)

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Introduce the NorthPole to students by projecting it for all to see the different areas to explore. Add a link to classroom computers for the entire site or specific areas. Post a link on your class web page or newsletter for parents and students to use at home. Consider demonstrating how to write a letter to Santa or send a postcard to a relative from this site.
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MathPapa - Robert Ikeda and Priscilla Pham

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5 to 12
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MathPapa provides step-by-step Algebra help through practice and lessons. Use the Algebra Calculator to solve equations and view each step in solving the equation. Select the practice...more
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MathPapa provides step-by-step Algebra help through practice and lessons. Use the Algebra Calculator to solve equations and view each step in solving the equation. Select the practice page to choose from several different practice activities; use your email or Facebook to create your account and log in. Click on the Lessons link to learn Algebra with five lessons beginning with the basics. Download the free app for Apple and Android for use on any mobile device. Lesson videos reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (170), equations (153), problem solving (273)

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MathPapa is an excellent addition to any Algebra classroom. Provide a link on classroom computers for students to use to solve problems and view the step-by-step process. Share on an interactive whiteboard as you discuss steps for solving Algebra problems. Share a link to MathPapa on your class web page for student use at home. Have students create blogs using Throwww, here, to share their problem-solving process. This blog site allows you to create "quick and easy" blogs to be used one time only. Share your blog entry with a unique URL and blogging will be as easy as using a basic Word program! Share MathPapa with younger students who have mastered basic math facts and are ready to learn basic Algebra.

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Survey Anyplace - Stefan Debois and Mark Penson

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K to 12
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Create engaging and informative surveys and polls from any device using Survey Anyplace. Create an account using your email to begin. Follow prompts to build a survey with a variety...more
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Create engaging and informative surveys and polls from any device using Survey Anyplace. Create an account using your email to begin. Follow prompts to build a survey with a variety of different question formats including multiple choice, open-ended, images, and more. Choose from the many design templates to add color and interest to your survey. Free plans offer an unlimited amount of surveys each month with up to 20 monthly responses.
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tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (170), polls and surveys (54), quizzes (100)

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Use Survey Anyplace to accomplish multiple tasks. Create a quiz as a tool for checking prior knowledge or making a quick assessment. Have students answer exit questions or see what students remember from the previous day. Use for formative assessment to identify misconceptions that students may have at the start of a unit. ESL/ELL and world language teachers could use this for vocabulary practice. Have students create quizzes with characteristics of story characters for classmates to see which character they are most like. Students could also create a quiz to present to his/her peers after giving a class presentation. One warning - Survey Anyplace only offers 20 responses per month with its free plan, be sure to keep this in mind. One workaround is to use multiple email accounts to create and share surveys and quizzes. One feature of Gmail is you can create multiple sub-accounts, explained here; this tells how to set up Gmail subaccounts to use for any online membership service.

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picjumbo - Viktor Hanacek

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K to 12
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Find thousands of free images and stock photos for use with digital media at picjumbo. Preview and download images free of charge. Browse through categories or use the keyword search...more
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Find thousands of free images and stock photos for use with digital media at picjumbo. Preview and download images free of charge. Browse through categories or use the keyword search to view available images. Be aware: this site may have some topics not appropriate for the classroom. We suggest previewing images before allowing students to search independently.
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tag(s): creative commons (22), images (274), photography (161)

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Use this site to search for photos for presentations, projects, or research. Take advantage of this opportunity to discuss proper use and sharing of online images and information. For ESL/ELL students or speech/language, use the pictures for them to create their own visual dictionary. World language teachers can also challenge students to use images to illustrate vocabulary or accompany writing. Use photos for writing prompts or even to create descriptive sentences. Have one student describe the picture as another sketches the image. Now compare the described image to the real image.

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Recap - SWIVL

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2 to 12
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Use video to assign work and assess students. Recap is a free video response and reflection tool. Set up an account with email, create a class or classes, and invite ...more
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Use video to assign work and assess students. Recap is a free video response and reflection tool. Set up an account with email, create a class or classes, and invite students with a code. You can input student names, or they can sign up with an email. Both ways the student will need the code. Create questions in text and/or audio or video. Assign to individual students or the whole class, set a due date, decide whether you want students to take the self-assess poll or not, set the maximum time for students to respond (between 15 seconds to two minutes) in their own assessment video, then click done. Students respond using any browser on a computer/laptop or an iPad. Recap has made this process super simple! They have a thorough support section, and, oh yes, you can respond to students by clicking "Leave Feedback."

tag(s): assessment (107), DAT device agnostic tool (170), portfolios (33), video (276)

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Use Recap in any subject. Create prompts for students to respond to about anything and everything. Challenge students to reflect on their learning at the end of a unit, research project, or literature circle. Here are just a few example questions to ask: What are some things you did well on this assignment? What mistakes did you make on your last assignment that you did not make on today's assignment? What would you do differently? What would you like to learn more about?

Use Recap as follow up for a flipped assignment. Ask students to explain what they understand and/or still don't understand about a concept. You can review the responses before class the next day. Use it as and exit "slip" before students leave class or as a warm up at the beginning of class (what do they remember about the lesson taught yesterday). World language students can practice speaking in their new language and choose the best video to turn into their teacher. Student or teacher can explain a series of steps in an assignment or concept, one at a time (great for differentiation). Math students can explain the steps they took to solve a problem and why. Art students can explain a creation, either theirs or a famous artists, talking about techniques. Music students can perform and explain their learning, or reflect on their performan

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Class Responder - Teacher Created Resources

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K to 12
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Interact with students in real-time with Class Responder. Assign lessons, create quizzes and activities, then view student responses on any device. Create your account with email, then...more
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Interact with students in real-time with Class Responder. Assign lessons, create quizzes and activities, then view student responses on any device. Create your account with email, then follow prompts to add students, create groups, and choose response options. Class Responder activities are for grades 1-6, However, you can create your own for older students. Activities offered on the site include correlation to state and national standards.
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Be sure to click the "Help" link at the bottom of a page or the upper right corner of any page for information about using and setting up Class Responder. Use Class Responder in a 1:1 classroom, then have students provide feedback in real-time to demonstrate understanding. Use as an exit slip, to identify material that needs to be retaught, or to locate specific students that need remediation. Class Responder is perfect for use in Flipped classrooms to share videos and ask questions before students come to class. Create several activities to save just in case you need an extra lesson on short notice, need to have a substitute, or to use as an at-home lesson for snow days.

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PaGamO - Benson Yeh

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PaGamO is a social gaming platform for education offering learning opportunities through missions. Create an account with email or a social media account to use PaGamO and add classes....more
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PaGamO is a social gaming platform for education offering learning opportunities through missions. Create an account with email or a social media account to use PaGamO and add classes. Select assignments from those available on the site, or create questions to set up a mission. Students earn rewards as they complete activities based on your minimum grade settings. PaGamO provides feedback on class and individual performance as students complete activities. Distribute assignments, assessments, and homework within the platform to custom groups of students you create. View PaGamO's tutorials and videos for how to use all features on the site. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

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The gamification of the material on PaGamO is sure to catch your student's interest! After creating a class or group, give students the class code to participate in missions. At the end of an introduction of a concept, use this site for specific language arts or math practice. Use this site for homework, review, and reinforcement of any math or language arts concept. Differentiation for students of all levels is easy using your custom groups. Create a link to PaGamO on classroom computers to use as math and language arts centers/stations. Share this site with parents through your classroom website or newsletter as a resource for math and language practice at home. Share this site as a way to review before tests. ESL/ELL and resource teachers will find PaGamO to be extremely helpful for reinforcing language and math concepts.

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