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School Town - SchoolTown, LLC

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5 to 12
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Create, share, and use resources on this social learning and classroom collaboration tool. A free account allows up to two groups. The School Town portal offers a rich area to ...more
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Create, share, and use resources on this social learning and classroom collaboration tool. A free account allows up to two groups. The School Town portal offers a rich area to share and use videos, podcasts, and resources in a growing community. Browse the site for archived courses, assignments, discussions, events, announcements, chat forums, and files. Create groups, assignments, and even grade assignments. Invite parents to join in the site too. Use this site for building community and learning from others while differentiating learning for students. Follow the tutorials in the support center. Use the tabs across the top to access your portal, PD (professional development), or the Exchange for sharing.

tag(s): forum (9), microblogging (44)

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Use this site as a portal for your students to find great learning resources on a variety of subjects. Use the chat and discussion features for collaborative learning and the full site for blended learning with your students. Users must be somewhat familiar with web 2.0 tools in order to decide what to use and how best to use them. Be sure to check out all the support material on this site for help in using and setting up the features. Check your district's policy before launching use of such a tool.

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Let's Crate - Sahil Lavingia and Dan Loewenherz

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K to 12
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Package your files (or groups of files) for sharing in "crates" simply by dragging and dropping them in place. After dropping them into the crate, the files are uploaded. Use ...more
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Package your files (or groups of files) for sharing in "crates" simply by dragging and dropping them in place. After dropping them into the crate, the files are uploaded. Use the links then provided to share your files with others. The free account has a limited number of 6 crates and 1,000 files that may be uploaded. Easily share documents with others in the class. Though not a complete back-up of all your documents, Let's Crate can be used to collaborate and to finish work easily when on different computers. Any Word files, slides, or videos can be shared via Let's Crate.
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tag(s): images (269), slides (64), video (262)

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Use for any work students may wish to collaborate on. Use this resource to upload files for access at school later. (Be sure to make sure that this site is not blocked by the district first.) The possibilities here are endless - any subject area, any level, any topic!

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Learn it in 5 - How to Videos - Learnitin5.com

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K to 12
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This site offers short video tutorials for many common web 2.0 tools, technology tasks, and subject specific items. This is truly an awesome find! Some examples of topics (at the ...more
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This site offers short video tutorials for many common web 2.0 tools, technology tasks, and subject specific items. This is truly an awesome find! Some examples of topics (at the time of this review) include: Twitter Hashtags, Adding Pictures to your Wiki, Google Swirl, YouTube Interactive Videos, and countless others. Additional videos provide still images set to music and can be used during instruction. These videos include the American Revolution, Algebra Mistakes, and science topics. There appears to be a new tutorial added every few weeks, so check back often. The actual videos are hosted on YouTube, so they may be blocked in some schools.

tag(s): tutorials (46), video (262)

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This site is great for teachers and students. Show these videos using an projector or interactive whiteboard to introduce students to a new web 2.0 tool before starting a project. The videos are five minutes or less so they won't take up too much instructional time. Make this link available as a Favorite on you teacher public page as student self-help. These videos are also helpful for teachers who want to know more about tech tools but don't have the time to participate in lengthy workshops. Please note that the videos are embedded YouTube videos so they may be blocked by your district. If your school blocks streaming video sites, consider accessing this site and choosing videos at home. Use a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here to download the videos from YouTube.

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Write Comics - Write Comics

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K to 12
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You can make your very own comic right now! At Write Comics, you will be able to create your own comics using the figures, backgrounds, animal, aliens, and dialogue bubbles, ...more
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You can make your very own comic right now! At Write Comics, you will be able to create your own comics using the figures, backgrounds, animal, aliens, and dialogue bubbles, supplied by Write Comics. This site is extremely easy to use. There is no need to sign up or register. Once you click Finish, you will be given a link. Go to your link and print your comic or upload it to your webpage.

tag(s): comics and cartoons (74)

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Create a comic to put on your website. You might want to use Write Comics to display the vocabulary word of the day, the math puzzle of the week, a concept your students are learning in social studies or science. Have students create comic strips for dialog-writing lessons, summarizing, predicting and retelling stories. Use comic strips for literature responses. For pre-reading students, create a comic of pictures and have students tell the story based on the pictures/scenes. Make a class book of the comics created throughout the year. That book will become the most read classroom book of all in an elementary classroom. Use comics to show sequencing of events. When studying about characterization, create dialog to show (not tell) about a character. World language and ESL/ELL teachers can assign students to create dialog strips as an alternate to traditional written assessments. Have students share all of their comics on your interactive whiteboard or projector.

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Soundation - Power FX Systems AB

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5 to 12
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Soundation is an online tool to create music. No download or installation is needed to use this tool. It has the raw materials: sounds loops, effects, and virtual instruments, ready...more
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Soundation is an online tool to create music. No download or installation is needed to use this tool. It has the raw materials: sounds loops, effects, and virtual instruments, ready to be use. Experienced music creators could probably learn how to use this tool by playing around with it. For those who are little less musically trained or inclined, there is a great how-to section of the site that gives a play by play of how to make your own music. There are FREE and FEE based versions of this site. The FREE version allows you to record music in one session; however you cannot save to return later. You can use the free version to record and edit what you have recorded. You can download the file in .wav format and save it on your own computer. You can also "publish and share" via url or on Facebook. The down arrow offers both options.
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tag(s): energy (199), lyrics (20), musical instruments (48), musical notation (35), sounds (68)

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This would be fantastic for teaching how to mix music and create interesting sounds without taking up space in permanent files on the computer. If it is used for practice, the jumbles of sounds "go away" when closing the website. Try using this in music class to show students how to mix up sounds, practice with rhythms, and play with tools. Allow students to try their hand at creating their own music. Create sound files to use as "bumpers" or backgrounds in podcasts and videos. The music you create is not copyrighted, so there is no concern about "rights." As a new angle on digital storytelling, why not challenge students to tell a story through sound effects and music? Create sound sequences then as audio writing prompts for stories or poetry. In science or physics classes, this tool could be displayed on an interactive whiteboard (or projector) to show what the frequencies of sound and different pitches of voices look like when represented graphically. Use this site to demonstrate how a sound wave is actually a wave of energy. Another use would be for classroom management. Have this tool displayed on the interactive whiteboard, as student become to noisy point out what their sound looks like on the board, and show them parameters of sound that they have to meet in your classroom. For younger students, this will give the visual message that their sound is "big" because they often lack that perspective.

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PHMS Podcasts: Math Minutes - Prairie Hills Middle School

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5 to 8
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Get involved with Math through podcasts. Each podcast is fairly short and to the point (approximately 1 minute in length). The podcasts feature vibrant pictures and are similar to videos....more
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Get involved with Math through podcasts. Each podcast is fairly short and to the point (approximately 1 minute in length). The podcasts feature vibrant pictures and are similar to videos. Students tackle topics such as using variables, expressions, and proportions and demonstrate how to solve a problem. Be sure to click on the archives link for other podcasts not shown on the main page of the site. This site is fairly new, so it is likely that new podcasts will be added. You may want to check back occasionally to see what's new.

tag(s): equations (157), operations (125), order of operations (33), podcasts (52), variables (22)

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Share podcasts on your interactive whiteboard or projector as a warm-up to class lessons. Use the podcasts as examples and have students create their own. Use a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here). Share their work on your class website or blog. Include a link to the site on your class newsletter for parents to view.
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The U Games Summer Challenge - Tabula Digita, Inc.

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3 to 8
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The U Games Summer Challenge is a Multiplayer Video Game Tournament. Students can compete in 5 different rounds. They use math and literacy skills to compete for prizes. This enables...more
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The U Games Summer Challenge is a Multiplayer Video Game Tournament. Students can compete in 5 different rounds. They use math and literacy skills to compete for prizes. This enables students to continue learning all summer so they will be ready for the fall. The "games" remain on the site year-round for extra practice. Be sure to read the FAQ section to learn about how to use this site and the many resources.

tag(s): independent reading (129), mental math (27)

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Use this multi-year project as a way to keep your students sharp over the summer. This will be an excellent activity if you teach summer school to keep kids fresh. These educational resources are available all year (even when no competition is occurring). Be sure to save this site in your favorites and share this link on your class website.
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Sophia - Sophia Learning, LLC

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5 to 12
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Join a community of online learners, teachers, experts, and parents, which provides variety and creativity in teaching and learning. Different areas of focus include Applied Sciences,...more
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Join a community of online learners, teachers, experts, and parents, which provides variety and creativity in teaching and learning. Different areas of focus include Applied Sciences, English/literature, Humanities, Learning Strategies, Mathematics, Sciences, Social/Behavioral Sciences, Visual and Performing Arts, and World Languages. Within the subject matter, learning packets focusing on specific educational objects is presented through a number of medias including; audio, video, PowerPoints, or written text. Opportunity to ask the creator of the packet specific questions follows the information. Suggested grade levels are included. By getting a free account, you may contribute learning packets, questions, or rate a packet.

tag(s): anthropology (11), arabic (19), archeology (32), architecture (83), business (58), chinese (48), dance (28), design (83), environment (317), greek (41), literature (275), organizational skills (122), portuguese (17), probability (130), psychology (64), religions (62), statistics (122)

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Provide your students with reinforcement or challenge into the many different areas listed. Allow time for students to choose their area of interest to study. Create an account and contribute your teaching materials. Be sure to list this site on your class website as a resource. Encourage parents to visit this site to brush up on their skills. Challenge students to create your own learning packets based on your areas of study. Include your own personalized packets on your class blog. You can create a private group, so only your students may access your materials.
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Curriki - EnterpriseDB Postgre SQL company

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K to 12
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Curriki is a nonprofit organization that encourages collaboration of teachers and learners in a global community of 211 different countries. Find resources by grade level, subject area,...more
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Curriki is a nonprofit organization that encourages collaboration of teachers and learners in a global community of 211 different countries. Find resources by grade level, subject area, or resource type (interactive, video, or podcast.) Usage type, or exercise, unit, lesson plan, or game, is another option for searching. Use the professional webinars for a better understanding of Curriki. Onsite training is another option listed. Join different groups for a more involved way to explore new areas in online learning, subject area interests, or focus questions. Be a peer reviewer offering comments or suggestions on submitted lessons, units, games, or exercises and give your input. Create collections of your resources to keep privately or share with others. Easily make lesson plans or web quests with the easy to use templates, which include graphic organizer and rubric options. Try a problem based learning unit. Join the challenge to create a video lesson for a chance at winning $5000. The focus of this site is to provide access to teachers, schools, students, or parents to many new creative ideas in a global community. Free membership includes monthly newsletters. Follow Curriki on Facebook, twitter, or blogs.
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tag(s): graphic organizers (42), literacy (106), operations (125), rubrics (32)

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Curriki has a number of ways to benefit teachers and students. Use Curriki as a resource listed on your website for parents and students to have extra opportunities for additional practice or enrichment. Use as a way to organize your digital resources. The lesson plan and webquest templates are user friendly and promote best practices. While growing in your professional development by connecting with teachers worldwide, let your class learn with other classes worldwide. Curriki encourages you to think critically of your own lessons, but also lessons suggested.

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Math Drill - MathDrill.com

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3 to 8
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This site offers practice with computation in several different areas of math. Math problems are organized into 86 levels (and increasing), ranging from simple ordering of numbers to...more
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This site offers practice with computation in several different areas of math. Math problems are organized into 86 levels (and increasing), ranging from simple ordering of numbers to addition and subtraction (with/without carrying, borrowing, word problems, using whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and more). There is also multiplication, division (simple as well as long), fractions, time, algebra, geometry, etc. You can sign up and register your class to receive feedback on student progress. It will grade the submitted answers and you will get the scores for all your students.
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tag(s): addition (249), decimals (133), division (172), fractions (239), multiplication (227), numbers (203), problem solving (272), subtraction (206), time (144), whole numbers (16)

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Demonstrate the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector then create links on classroom or computer lab computers for students to use for fact practice. Share this site with parents through your classroom newsletter, website, or blog for practice at home.

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TuLyn Math for All - NySphere International

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1 to 12
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TuLyn provides over 2000 math video tutorial clips, hundreds of practice word problems, and printable worksheets for grades 1 through 12. Registration to the site is free and is required...more
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TuLyn provides over 2000 math video tutorial clips, hundreds of practice word problems, and printable worksheets for grades 1 through 12. Registration to the site is free and is required to fully view all video clips. Although previews can be viewed without registration. Available items can be viewed by searching by topic, grade level, or school level. After choosing a topic there is a short explanation, definitions, and links to available resources by format. Choices include video tutorials, worksheets, word problems, discussions, and books. All worksheets are in PDF format for easy saving and printing. Be aware, this site has many advertisements. You may want to peruse the site and get the video (or other activity) prepared ahead of time, to avoid the advertisements.
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tag(s): problem solving (272), tutorials (46), video (262), worksheets (61)

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Use this site as a resource for word problems or worksheets to support existing units. Show videos on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) as a supplement to classroom activities. Create a link to the site on classroom computers to be used as a center for students to view videos. You may want to have the exact URL already prepared/loaded on the computer, to avoid the advertisements. Share this site with students and parents through your classroom newsletter or website as a resource for additional practice with curriculum.
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Math 247 - Tim Fahlberg

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K to 12
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This site offers mathcasts provided by students and teachers of all ages and grade levels. Mathcasts are screencasts (screen movies of writing with voice) that focus on mathematics....more
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This site offers mathcasts provided by students and teachers of all ages and grade levels. Mathcasts are screencasts (screen movies of writing with voice) that focus on mathematics. The easiest way to get started on the site is to find the link to the mathcast library located on the left of the screen. When you open the link, there will be choices of mathcasts sorted by authors (children, students, teachers) and subject (Algebra and Calculus). In addition to the video mathcast, some presentations also include downloadable PDF tests and quizzes. For those interested in creating and sharing their own mathcast, there is information on how to do this by choosing the mathcasts link in the tree on the left of the screen, then choose to make your own mathcast. Suggested tools for creating mathcasts are Voicethread reviewed here and Jing Voicethread reviewed here.
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tag(s): numbers (203), operations (125), podcasts (52), probability (130), problem solving (272), social networking (111), test prep (95), tutorials (46), video (262)

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Share mathcasts on your interactive whiteboard as an introduction or review for classroom material. Use mathcasts as examples for students to create their own video presentations of mathematics concepts or as an example of how to explain math problem solutions. Challenge students to create their mathcast using sites such as Voicethread reviewed here and Jing Voicethread reviewed here. Share the link to videos for students to access at home for review or homework help.
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Mr. P's Math Page - Mr. P

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6 to 12
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Mr. P offers a site loaded with Math humor, facts, problems, songs, videos, quotes, puzzles, games, poems, and lesson plans. Especially helpful are the math videos (which require QuickTime)....more
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Mr. P offers a site loaded with Math humor, facts, problems, songs, videos, quotes, puzzles, games, poems, and lesson plans. Especially helpful are the math videos (which require QuickTime). The Math Poems and Songs are great for your more auditory learners. The problem of the month is offered with the solution provided at the end of the month; however, previous problems, with their solutions, are archived and available to use.

tag(s): equations (157), humor (15), polynomials (32), puzzles (209)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Use the Problem of the Month as homework or extra credit for students. Use resources from the site such as poems, riddles, and articles to supplement current topics being taught in class. Encourage students to try and make up some of their own poems, songs, or puzzles.

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Learn With Math Games - Learn With Math Games

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K to 9
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This site was created for teachers to help students see the fun and creative side of Math! There are many games here to be used in the classroom. Some activities ...more
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This site was created for teachers to help students see the fun and creative side of Math! There are many games here to be used in the classroom. Some activities include printables. Activities are categorized by math topic and grade level. Be sure to check out the Math Tricks for fun shortcuts and tricks to amaze students! Some worksheets are available on the site; however, most activities are hands-on practice for students. Teachers and parents can sign up to receive a monthly newsletter with tips and ideas.
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tag(s): addition (249), counting (119), division (172), multiplication (227), printables (37), subtraction (206), worksheets (61)

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Use the site as a resource to find fun activities to supplement Math topics being taught in class. Create a link to games on classroom computers. Share the Math Tricks with students to help with learning basic Math facts or to use tricks during Open House or Math Nights at school.
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Sqworl - Caleb Brown

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K to 12
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Sqworl is a site for combining multiple links into one single link. Registration is required; however, it is very easy. You create a username and password, add your email and ...more
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Sqworl is a site for combining multiple links into one single link. Registration is required; however, it is very easy. You create a username and password, add your email and it is done. After registering, a personal homepage is created, this is where the magic can begin! The homepage is where groups will be created to combine url's. Then adding some groups of link begins the process of creating groups. At this point a title is given to the group being created (examples might be Math sites, American History, etc.). The final step is to add a short description. After choosing start, simply copy and paste the url you want to use and add a short description and click finish. Once a group is created, it can be shared through the url shown on the page. Sqworl also has a bookmarklet that can be added to the browser toolbar making it easier to add items to your groups without having to open the homepage. There is also a mobile app for iPhone.
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tag(s): bookmarks (59)

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In the classroom use this site to combine url's of online class projects into one group. Create a group of resources for students or parents for different subjects and share the url through your classroom website or newsletter. Create a group with videos relating to classroom content. Create a classroom account and let students add resources they have found to groups to share with others. Show students how to follow other groups on Sqworl and share resources by creating their own groups. Share this site with others in your building or district as an easy way to save and share online resources.

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Research Project Calculator Classic - University of Minnesota Libraries

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4 to 12
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Get rid of the last minute rush and make planning research projects easier with this online calculator and planner. Simply put in some basic information such as your name, class, ...more
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Get rid of the last minute rush and make planning research projects easier with this online calculator and planner. Simply put in some basic information such as your name, class, email, and type of project. Then the calculator maps out a time-lime for completing the project on time. You can choose from several types of projects such as essay, slide presentation, or video. The last step is putting in information including the starting and due dates. A step by step process is revealed with dates to finish each portion of the project beginning with questions to answer before beginning, gathering information, drawing conclusions, communicating information, and evaluation. Each of these portions contains links with further information and probes to keep the project moving along. This entire page can then be emailed to you for future use or the choice can be made to receive an email each step along the way.

tag(s): calculators (41), calendars (45), organizational skills (122), timelines (63)

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Share this site with students to use as a planning guide for research projects. Create one timeline for the entire class to use as a planning benchmark or create timelines for each student. ESL/ELL and Special Education teachers may find this to be a useful tool to help students with planning and preparing for long-term projects. Provide this link for students to access both in and out of the classroom while planning projects.
 

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Dare to Differentiate - Leslie Grahn

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K to 12
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This wiki is a treasure trove of resources for teachers to use when using the Differentiated Instruction model of instruction. The site is most easily navigated by choosing topics from...more
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This wiki is a treasure trove of resources for teachers to use when using the Differentiated Instruction model of instruction. The site is most easily navigated by choosing topics from the links on the left side of the page. Topics include background information, planning and managing, and professional development tools. After choosing a topic, there is a list of links: some are to videos, others are to Word or PDF documents that can be downloaded for immediate use. One particularly rich resource on the wiki is the section titled Questioning & Thinking Skills. Located here are many resources such as how to write great questions, a Blooms Taxonomy interactive quiz, podcasts about Blooms Taxonomy, an Essential Questions PowerPoint, and much more. This section is worth a visit just to review the resources. Another well-developed portion of the wiki is the Pre-Assessment link. Here you will find many documents to use for pre-assessment of knowledge as well as activating prior knowledge resources.

tag(s): assessment (102), blooms taxonomy (9), differentiation (48), learning styles (19), questioning (32)

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Use the printable resources on the site in your classroom to help differentiate instruction. Share resources from the site during staff meetings to help further knowledge of Differentiated Instruction techniques and management. Break up the wiki into sections and have different staff members present on resources from different parts of the site.
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Easy Going Surveys - Easygoingsurveys.com

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Create and share surveys easily with this online tool. Simply create an account with your email and password, choose a template, customize with your information, then share the url...more
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Create and share surveys easily with this online tool. Simply create an account with your email and password, choose a template, customize with your information, then share the url for respondents to reply.
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tag(s): polls and surveys (52), quiz (85), quizzes (97)

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Create a survey as an exit slip to identify student understanding or misunderstandings. Use a poll on a projector or interactive whiteboard to discuss and informally assess prior knowledge as you start your study by asking questions about the material. Discuss in groups why those in class would choose a particular answer to uncover misconceptions. Use for Daily quiz questions to gain knowledge of student understanding and a means of formative assessment. Create a question that matches the day's lesson to determine how well students are able to solve a similar problem. Use the survey to collect data from students for use in a Math class (such as calculating means and medians) or in a Social Sciences/Psychology class to determine trends and opinions. The surveys could even be used with young students on an interactive whiteboard (voting for field trip options, lunch count, "student choice" centers, and much more Include a question of the week on your class wiki or web site to keep parents and students coming back.

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Braineos - Braineos.com

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Use this fun and easy flashcard site to learn information and concepts. Create flashcards easily or use the search function to find existing sets that can be used for study. ...more
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Use this fun and easy flashcard site to learn information and concepts. Create flashcards easily or use the search function to find existing sets that can be used for study. Play the "Challenge" feature to compete with friends for high scores. Play a variety of games for review of the flashcard set. The variety of options keeps the learning experience fresh.

tag(s): flash cards (47), game based learning (110), grammar (217), operations (125), verbs (41)

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Have students or groups of students create flashcards for study. Provide the link to this site or ready made flashcard sets for study as needed. Create flashcards for vocabulary words in all subjects, math facts, or any other material that needs to be learned.

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Stich - Stich.it

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Stich.it is a new link-shortening service that lets you combine several links into one and then plays them like a slideshow. View examples shown on the site. Some have descriptive ...more
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Stich.it is a new link-shortening service that lets you combine several links into one and then plays them like a slideshow. View examples shown on the site. Some have descriptive text found at the top of each slide and written by the user. Follow the helpful information along the side for using Stich.

tag(s): bookmarks (59)

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Use Stich.it for Internet scavenger hunts. Create a Stich with all the links needed to complete a project or for the entire unit. Students can create a Stich that showcases the websites that they used to complete an assignment or project. Use this with even the youngest students by sharing a Stich on your class website for students and parents to explore. Make a Stich of sites to learn to count, a stich for sites to learn the branches of government, a stich of sites to learn about tough biology concepts, a stich of sites to practice trigonometry, and pretty much anything else you can imagine!

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