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Study Blue - StudyBlue

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K to 12
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This site lets you keep study notes with you anywhere you go! Create flashcards and study even on your mobile phone. Share notes, flashcards, study guides, and quizzes with others ...more
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This site lets you keep study notes with you anywhere you go! Create flashcards and study even on your mobile phone. Share notes, flashcards, study guides, and quizzes with others for excellent collaboration. Study Blue also provides hints to help students study. Create a folder in "My Backpack." Make flashcards to get started or search flashcards already created by others.

tag(s): flash cards (46)

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Use as a study aid for students. This is a great tool for older students (who own cell phones). Students can study their flashcards on the bus, in the backseat of the family car, or while waiting for their dentist appointment! Have students create individual accounts and collaborate with others or create a class account for all to use. Have groups collaborate on the creation of flashcards for students to use or have groups create flashcards for specific parts of the unit. Learning support students can take their extra help along with them.

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MoMath - Museum of Mathematics - Museum of Mathematics

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2 to 12
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This is the official website for the first math museum in the United States, opening in 2012. At the time of this review, this site is in its infancy but ...more
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This is the official website for the first math museum in the United States, opening in 2012. At the time of this review, this site is in its infancy but certainly shows potential as a wonderful math resource. Currently there are several videos from their "Math Encounters" presentations that help bring math to life. Topics include Symmetry, Art and Illusion, the Geometry of Origami, Geometric Sculpture Barn Raising, and more. One especially interesting portion of the site is Math Monday - a weekly column discussing fun, experiential topics in Mathematics. Previous topics include shadow folds, cut and fold Escher, and pencil star.
This site includes advertising.

tag(s): critical thinking (108), logic (235), origami (17), sculpture (21), video (253)

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Use activities from Math Monday during Math nights or competitions at school. Challenge students to choose one of the activities to create while discovering math concepts such as symmetry and angles. Show videos from Math Encounters to students on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) as supplements to classroom activities. Have older students create projects found on the site, then share and create them with younger students. Share the site with the art teacher and work together to have students create mathematical art projects.
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Google Archive News Search - Google

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3 to 12
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This interesting site (created by Google), provides an easy way to search and explore historical archives. In addition, the search can also create timelines from relevant time periods...more
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This interesting site (created by Google), provides an easy way to search and explore historical archives. In addition, the search can also create timelines from relevant time periods by using the advance search table that pops up on the landing page.

tag(s): journalism (46), primary sources (86), search engines (65), timelines (62)

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This site will complement any social studies, history class, or English class. Use the search to bring history alive for students. Show actual news articles on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students use this tool for research. Have them use the advanced search table that pops up to find events that happened during a particular time period. English teachers will also find this a useful tool to show how journalism has evolved through the years.
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Aesthetic Computing for Mathematics Teachers - Paul Fishwick

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7 to 12
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"Aesthetic computing" is an approach to algebra that focuses on students representing algebraic equations as pictures and stories to increase student involvement and understanding....more
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"Aesthetic computing" is an approach to algebra that focuses on students representing algebraic equations as pictures and stories to increase student involvement and understanding. The goal is to engage students who would benefit through hands-on and visual approaches to learning. The site includes a 5 minute video describing the approach, an introduction to the theory including lesson plans and handouts, and learning outcomes. Lesson plans are divided into Middle School and High School categories. One interesting inclusion to the site is the online chat and group for teachers interested in trying the approach. The group is very small but might be worthwhile to use for networking with others using this approach.

tag(s): operations (126), problem solving (272), visualizations (14)

In the Classroom

Share this site with Special Education and Gifted teachers as the hands-on approach will appeal to both types of learners. Display and share students' pictures and stories in your classroom or on your classroom website. Challenge students to find the equation within the pictures and stories.

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Weblist - WebList

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3 to 12
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Weblist is a way to organize and gather web content, a way to put a list of links into a meaningful organization, ready to share. After you create your list ...more
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Weblist is a way to organize and gather web content, a way to put a list of links into a meaningful organization, ready to share. After you create your list of sites based upon a theme, Weblist will create one easy url to access the list and navigate to the sites. This link can then be shared as a customizable web page or inserted into your website or blog. Click the links in the Weblist to open them in new tabs/windows. No more typing urls!

tag(s): bookmarks (60), resources (112)

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Create and share resources for any classroom topic. Ask students to develop a Weblist of their sources when doing their research. Create your own Weblist to be used during lessons on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Assign small groups of students to investigate the already created Weblists to find resources for projects or to reinforce concepts being taught in class. Create differentiated Weblists for projects so everyone can find information they can read and understand.

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Electro-magnet - Harcourt School

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5 to 9
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This animated, interactive is a fun and challenging way to learn about electromagnets (using virtual paperclips.) The online instructions are clear and easy to follow. Students can...more
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This animated, interactive is a fun and challenging way to learn about electromagnets (using virtual paperclips.) The online instructions are clear and easy to follow. Students can use the hint feature to make the activity more mathematical than scientific, depending upon which subject is the emphasis.

tag(s): animation (63), magnetism (35), problem solving (272)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. To create a more inquiry based activity, you could show students the features and omit the use of the hints feature. Students could use trial and error and develop a systematic way to determine how many paperclips are obtained with both features of the electromagnet. Student could verify this with their instructor or team until they have determined the correct combinations.

If this activity is being used in math classroom, students could be shown the hints. You could create an online worksheet to show the calculations behind the student answers. Or you could simply provide scratch paper for students to show their work as they solve problems, and collect that as verification.
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Puzzle Picnic - Johan de Ruiter

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4 to 12
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This site offers well over 1000 logic puzzles to solve online. Puzzles are searchable by genre, level of difficulty, author, and date. Difficulty levels range from 1 to 5 stars ...more
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This site offers well over 1000 logic puzzles to solve online. Puzzles are searchable by genre, level of difficulty, author, and date. Difficulty levels range from 1 to 5 stars with 5 stars being the most difficult. Over 50 different types of puzzles are included from Sudoku, Battleship, Disconnect Four, and Diamonds. When searching by genre there is a link explaining the puzzle type included under that heading. Membership in the site is free and not necessary to solve puzzles; however, members can see puzzles they have already solved, statistics, and perhaps most interesting - can create their own puzzles to upload to the site. Membership does not require an email address.

tag(s): logic (235), problem solving (272), puzzles (208)

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Introduce the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then create a link on classroom computers or the computer lab for students to explore. Challenge students to create their own puzzles to share with other classmates.

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Jotform - Interlogy, LLC

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K to 12
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Use JotForm to quickly build a professional online form. Build contact forms, surveys, and many other forms in a matter of minutes. Customize to meet your needs. Use the large, ...more
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Use JotForm to quickly build a professional online form. Build contact forms, surveys, and many other forms in a matter of minutes. Customize to meet your needs. Use the large, empty canvas by dragging and dropping elements. Generate and post your form online and receive an email for every survey response.

tag(s): polls and surveys (48)

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Use in the classroom for a survey, collecting student information, or any time you are looking for feedback. Use this site for checking student knowledge quickly and easily. Use in projects, including graduation projects. Students can collect data for analysis. Teachers can collect input from parents or students, including conference concerns to know about in advance or questions students have about current curriculum topics. Students who might never speak up in class may be willing to share their questions online, especially if it is anonymous.

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Jotform is really easy to use! But there are some limits regarding how long and often you can use it without paying. I also use Google forms/ spreadsheets in my class to make forms. Google spreadsheets also have gadgets that let you graph the results! Elise, CO, Grades: 0 - 12

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Powers of Ten - Charles and Ray Eames

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5 to 12
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This site offers dramatic, visual views of changes when zooming in or out by powers of ten. Simply click on the start page to begin the journey by looking at ...more
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This site offers dramatic, visual views of changes when zooming in or out by powers of ten. Simply click on the start page to begin the journey by looking at roses as we normally see them. By clicking on each of the numbers on the ruler below, you can see what happens at +10 squared and beyond up to 10 to the 26th value (the largest scale picture ever taken). You can also go to negative powers of 10 up to -15, the study of quarks. According to TeachersFirst user C.G., this site is based on a video. Watch the video here. Consider offering this site as a starter and the YouTube video (if accessible at school) for students who wish to know more. If your district blocks YouTube, then this may not be viewable. You could always view that at home and bring it to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): exponents (42), negative numbers (22), place value (56), square roots (24)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector to help students visualize the dramatic changes between powers of ten. Allow students to experiment with the site on classroom computers. Provide a link on your class website to this interesting activity. Make ten even more "powerful" by having students write abstract poems about what they might see at different "powers."

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Show your students video "The Powers of Ten" which is what the site was based on. It's fascinating. I don't know who was more amazed - my 5th graders or me. [Ed note: thanks for the video link. We have added it to the review!] Cindy, TX, Grades: 5 - 6

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VoiceThread - VoiceThread

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K to 12
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Voicethread allows you to upload images (from your digital camera, scanner, or even paint program). You can also upoad PowerPoint slides. Then students can record or write their own...more
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Voicethread allows you to upload images (from your digital camera, scanner, or even paint program). You can also upoad PowerPoint slides. Then students can record or write their own comments and/or narration about the images/slides. Other listeners can "comment" back, as well. Access to the ed.voicethread site (as opposed to www.voicethread) is restricted to grades K-12 students, educators, and administrators. VoiceThread explains how to set up a classroom account and has some ideas for classroom use, as well. Ideas from the TeachersFirst Edge review team are listed below, under "In the classroom."

Voicethread also offers a free iOS app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. It is free through the iTunes app store. Projects work seamlessly on both computer and mobile iOS devices, so projects started on one machine can be edited and/or viewed on another. Your ed.Voicethread account works in both places.

tag(s): digital storytelling (142), speech (92)

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You will be logged into your account immediately after you fill in the registration form. You must "apply" to designate your account as an educator account once it is set up. Click on "browse" to see many examples, including tutorials. Watch the "One Minute Voicethread" to get a very quick overview of how easy it is to create a digital story. Set up student identities. Use first names only. You need to know how to locate and upload saved pictures or PowerPoint files. If you want to use audio, the COOL tool, you WILL need a microphone, either plugged into your computer or built in. Once you create a Voicethread, it can be shared by clicking "share" from the menu or at the end of viewing it and copying the URL to send via email or other means, inviting others to comment back. Ed voicethreads have comment moderation turned on by default and are private by default. As the teacher, you can change these settings.

Invite parents to share in the results (The VoiceThread classroom page tells you more about this). TeachersFirst does not recommend using actual, identifiable pictures of children. Let them draw a picture or take a digital picture of an object that somehow represents them (middle schoolers will love that idea!). If you allow others to "comment" on student Voicethreads, the experience can be both wonderful and a bit intimidating. Use this opportunity to promote ethical and kind interaction with other students and their projects.

Of course, you should be sure that you have the RIGHTS to any images you upload. Fair Use does not apply when you put an image on the web! Elementary classes can create or take pictures, then ask each child to talk about the images. Each child can comment on the SAME pictures, creating a collaborative collection of responses. After a field trip or special class event, you can assign groups of students to explain each of the digital pictures you took and how they relate to curriculum topics. In art class, students can critique works of their own or of fellow students. In language arts classes, students can scan and comment on writing pieces as part of a reflective phase of the writing process. Or post an image as a prewriting activity and allow students to respond orally in an idea-generating phase. In social studies, have students provide a picture of a grandparent then narrate what they learned about that grandparent from interviewing him/her. Have students create narrated pictures as gifts (for parents or other care givers) for special occasions, winter holidays, Thanksgiving, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, etc.. During a science experiment or demo, have a student take pictures of the steps. Then ask students to "narrate" them by commenting on what is happening. The narration assignment could even be a center activity or an assignment on a few classroom computers for students to rotate through. What a great way to review and apply key vocabulary! Be sure they identify their voices if you are using a single class account and want to be able to assess understanding. Other ideas: narrated local history projects (pictures of local sites), audio "museum tours" of artifacts (photos) or war veterans telling their stories along with images of their uniforms or old photos. Speech/language, ESL/ELL or early childhood teachers could use this tool to promote vocabulary development and oral expression.

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E-Lab Grade 6 - Harcourt School

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5 to 7
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Harcourt School's website offers many different activities for practicing Math skills taught in their sixth grade program; however, the activities are free and available to everyone....more
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Harcourt School's website offers many different activities for practicing Math skills taught in their sixth grade program; however, the activities are free and available to everyone. Activities are divided by math strands - number sense, algebra and functions, measurement and geometry, and statistics, data analysis and probability. Most activities have a printable recording sheet that can be used by students. Students can input their own figures which makes the activities less repetitive and more interesting.

tag(s): equations (155), fractions (239)

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Make a shortcut to this site on classroom computers and use it as a center. Use this site to differentiate for students of all levels. Have students complete the recording sheet with an activity to use as an assessment or accountability piece. Include a link to the site on your classroom website or blog for students to practice at home.
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Visual Fractions - Richard Rand

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3 to 9
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This site is a tutorial that models fractions with number lines or circles through several different options. Applets are divided into categories such as identify fractions, rename...more
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This site is a tutorial that models fractions with number lines or circles through several different options. Applets are divided into categories such as identify fractions, rename fractions, compare fractions, investigate fractions, and much more. Each category contains different options for exploration with flash applets to practice that skill. The "investigate" option offers step-by-step explanations of the different categories and would be very useful to offer students when reviewing skills such as comparing fractions and using order of operations. Some of the slide shows are also available in PDF form along with practice worksheets. Another component of the site allows you to input your own fractions to practice your own examples.

tag(s): decimals (133), fractions (239), percent (82), test prep (96)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have the students open the site and use the whiteboard tools to explore and practice different aspects of fractions. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Use this site on a projector or interactive whiteboard to discuss and informally assess prior knowledge as you start your study of fractions. Create a link to this site on classroom computers, and your classroom website or blog for students to explore.
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TeachersFirst's Resources for Halloween/Fall - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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Find resources and activities appropriate for Halloween or Fall Festivals in this collection from TeachersFirst. Most are appropriate for younger grades with a few ideas for secondary....more
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Find resources and activities appropriate for Halloween or Fall Festivals in this collection from TeachersFirst. Most are appropriate for younger grades with a few ideas for secondary.

tag(s): halloween (40)

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Use these resources to connect Halloween or Fall Festival to your curriculum in almost any subject or select one or two ideas to highlight along with your regular lessons.

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Resources for Cinco de Mayo - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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Find resources and activities appropriate for Cinco de Mayo in this collection from TeachersFirst.

tag(s): hispanic (18), holidays (147), mexico (34)

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Use these resources to connect Cinco de Mayo to your curriculum in almost any subject or select one or two ideas to highlight along with your regular lessons.

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TeachersFirst's Resources for Columbus Day - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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Find resources and activities appropriate for Columbus Day in this collection from TeachersFirst. ...more
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tag(s): holidays (147)

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Use these resources to connect Columbus Day to your curriculum in almost any subject or select one or two ideas to highlight along with your regular lessons.

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TeachersFirst's Valentine's Day Resources - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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tag(s): valentines day (14)

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Use these resources to connect Valentine's Day to your curriculum in almost any subject or select one or two ideas to highlight along with your regular lessons.

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TeachersFirst's St. Patrick's Day Resources - TeachersFirst

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tag(s): st patricks day (14)

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Use these resources to connect St. Patrick's Day to your curriculum in almost any subject or select one or two ideas to highlight along with your regular lessons. Give new meaning to "going green"!

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Financial Education in the Math Classroom - The Math Forum @ Drexel University

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4 to 12
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This site offers in-depth information on finance topics including credit & debt and financial planning & money management. Each of these topics highlights tools and information available...more
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This site offers in-depth information on finance topics including credit & debt and financial planning & money management. Each of these topics highlights tools and information available to teach financial literacy. One example is the Debt Payoff Calculator which is a tool to help explore options for paying off debt and how changing factors will affect payoff rates, interest, and other options for paying off debt. Similar tools are available for analyzing monthly payments, paying off credit card debt, and more. You will need to create a free account to access the Financial Education Problems of the Week, but other resources are available without signing in. Be sure to check out Dr. Math Financial FAQ's on the right side of the page for more resources pertaining to loans, interest, and debt.

tag(s): calculators (41), coins (8), currency (20), financial literacy (80), investing (10), stock market (13)

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Use tools available on the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector to explore how different factors influence finances. Have students predict outcomes before inputting information into the tools on the site. Use the tools when creating a mini-economy in the classroom.
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Online Mathematics Dictionary - MathPro Press

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4 to 12
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This site offers a simple, basic math dictionary that may be helpful as a quick classroom resource. It contains definitions for virtually all math terms in a quick sentence. All ...more
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This site offers a simple, basic math dictionary that may be helpful as a quick classroom resource. It contains definitions for virtually all math terms in a quick sentence. All definitions are on one page and words can be found either by clicking the alphabetical links at the top of the page or by scrolling down through the site.
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tag(s): dictionaries (56), vocabulary (324)

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Create a link on classroom computers for easy access to mathematics terms. Print a copy of the site for students to include with math notebooks or journals. Use definitions from the site to create flash cards for learning mathematical definitions.

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Viewbix - Qoof, Ltd.

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Create interactive videos from existing You Tube videos. The creations can be used on your site as well as other sites (driving traffic back to your site). Create a free ...more
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Create interactive videos from existing You Tube videos. The creations can be used on your site as well as other sites (driving traffic back to your site). Create a free account and then create a new interactive video. Watch the video demo for an example. Link the button on the tool to a page on your site. Add photos, pricing (just an option,) and/or descriptions. Note that this tool will not work if YouTube is blocked in your school.

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Use custom videos to sell materials at school for your clubs or organizations. Drive people back to your site when students make creative projects on a curriculum topic and host them on YouTube.

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