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Nine Do's and Dont's for Cultivating Student Autonomy - Sandy Merz

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Discover classroom-tested techniques for building autonomy in the classroom with tips learned by a National Board Certified teacher of engineering and algebra. Each piece of advice...more
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Discover classroom-tested techniques for building autonomy in the classroom with tips learned by a National Board Certified teacher of engineering and algebra. Each piece of advice offers specific information on why and how specific components contribute toward building student success. Within the article, find references that also offer suggestions on how to build student autonomy within the classroom. Click the X to get to the article and away from the many advertisements.
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Be sure to click the X when opening this site to view the article. Sign up for a free membership to receive additional education stories, newsletters, and more. Print using the printer friendly link and save this article as a resource for building student autonomy within your classroom. Include suggestions from this article as part of professional development sessions. Take one tip to explore further each month before beginning to implement student autonomy in your classroom.

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10 Myths About Gifted Students and Programs for the Gifted - Carolyn Coil

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Stereotypes and myths abound surrounding the characteristics of gifted students and methods for teaching advanced learners. This short article discusses ten of the most common myths...more
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Stereotypes and myths abound surrounding the characteristics of gifted students and methods for teaching advanced learners. This short article discusses ten of the most common myths related to gifted education. The author discusses reasons why each myth is incorrect in a short, no-nonsense manner. For more information, be sure to check out links provided to resources at the end of the article.

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Read through this article for ideas on appropriate instruction for gifted learners in your classroom. Print and save this article (or bookmark on your computer) to include with your gifted teaching resources. Share this article during professional development sessions in your school and with parents of gifted students.

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Surfmark - Vivek Agarwal

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K to 12
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Collect, express opinions, and collaborate on any web content easily using Surfmark. Get started with the quick sign-up process. Add the Surfmark bookmarklet to your browser's toolbar...more
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Collect, express opinions, and collaborate on any web content easily using Surfmark. Get started with the quick sign-up process. Add the Surfmark bookmarklet to your browser's toolbar or add the Chrome or Firefox extension. Visit any web page and activate the app when ready. Type in thoughts and annotations as notes, then save. This creates your Surfmark. Add additional annotations to any page, or highlight text directly from web content. View saved pages as a collage, or create books for multiple pages. Privacy options allow for public editing or password protection to access saved information. View other user's pages and grab their pages to add to your own. Easily share any creations using the share link with a custom url or links to social networking options. Because public content is shared on this site, adults may want to explore this site on your own and not send students to explore unsupervised.

tag(s): bookmarks (60), organizational skills (122), professional development (123), social networking (112)

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Use Surfmark to collect and organize information for lessons throughout the year. Share with older students (age 13+) -- if school policies permit -- to use when collaborating on projects or as a resource for gathering and organizing information for year end review. Create a Surfmark and share the link on your classroom web page, have students add their own notes and thoughts then share the finished session on your interactive whiteboard. Surfmark provides opportunities for limitless collaboration and sharing of information from across the web, not only with your class but with others around the world!

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OK2Ask'®: Gifted Resources Galore April 2014 - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from April 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Learn new ways to meet the needs of your gifted students. Participants will...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from April 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Learn new ways to meet the needs of your gifted students. Participants will view and explore tools that offer enrichment, advancement, differentiation, promote organization and focus, and more. There will be a question/answer period to meet individual challenges. Use exploration time to discover and discuss TeachersFirst resources available to use with gifted students. This fast paced session is appropriate for teachers at all technology comfort levels. As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Gather ideas by exploring 6 -10 specialized resources on TeachersFirst; Explore and practice with selected resources; Investigate and discuss lesson ideas offered in reviews and by other participants; List and discuss other curriculum related projects or activities that could be done using the resources in the teacher's own teaching situation; Have individual questions/concerned addressed by both our experienced Gifted/Talented specialists and other participants; and (Follow-up) Implement one of the provided resources into an upcoming teaching unit or lesson. Applicable ISTE-T standards (2008)*: 1a, b, c; 2a, b, c, d; 3b, c, d; 4c. Please read the full text at ISTE's page

tag(s): gifted (96), organizational skills (122)

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Having a hard time finding materials to enrich and advance your gifted students? Explore (and share) the many resources from this site. Share the organization tips/sites with your students. Share these resources on your class website for both students and parents to access. Take a look at the resource page full of GREAT ideas! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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Jooners - Jooners Inc.

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K to 12
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Create, coordinate, and manage sign up sheets online in just 2 minutes. There is no registration required! Create your own sign up from scratch or choose from examples of different...more
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Create, coordinate, and manage sign up sheets online in just 2 minutes. There is no registration required! Create your own sign up from scratch or choose from examples of different types of sheets to modify for your use. View a preview and publish when complete. Send finished sheets to email recipients. Recipients click on the link in the email to sign up using options provided. Optional registration (FREE) allows members to save up to 5 sign up sheets for use at a later time. A premium version offers additional options, but the free version gets it done!
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tag(s): calendars (44), organizational skills (122)

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Be sure to check out the pre-made templates for many school events such as conferences, recess duty, lunch helpers, and spring carnival. Use Jooners to coordinate helpers and items for classroom parties or teacher luncheons. Use Jooners to plan for your class field trips, special events, and more. Jooners is perfect for all of your Parent Teacher Organization events. Share this site as an easy way to coordinate all school or extracurricular activities.

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Student Center Activities Aligned to the Common Core Standards - Florida Center for Reading Research

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K to 5
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Discover student center activities aligned to Common Core from the Florida Center for Reading Research. Use differentiated instruction to meet every child's needs. Explore the teacher...more
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Discover student center activities aligned to Common Core from the Florida Center for Reading Research. Use differentiated instruction to meet every child's needs. Explore the teacher resource guide, the professional development on differentiated instruction, and how to use student centers. All materials are available as downloads. They mention a DVD, but you can download all the files separately and for free.

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After formative assessments, hone in on every child's needs by searching this site for worthwhile activities that target specific instruction. These ready made center activities can be used tomorrow. Share with your grade level colleagues and offer instant solutions for every teacher. Share with learning support teachers or even after school tutoring programs. Offer enrichment or advancement for gifted children by looking ahead.
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How to Spot a Gifted Student - TeachersFirst

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See the most common characteristics of gifted students explained in a format that offers both the positive and possibly negative aspects of typical gifted kids (not that there is such...more
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See the most common characteristics of gifted students explained in a format that offers both the positive and possibly negative aspects of typical gifted kids (not that there is such a thing as "typical"). This pro-con style list can help you sort what appear to be behavior or attitude problems from what may be "side effects" of giftedness. The shift in perspective will help you rethink what may be going on inside the head of a challenging child or student.

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Read and bookmark this list so it stays fresh in your mind, especially as you get to know new students or try not to become frustrated with a particular student in your class. Confer with your colleagues to find out what next steps are possible if you see these characteristics. Talk to your school counselor to find out about possibilities for gifted screening. At the very least, look into past test results, especially those that measure ability, not necessarily achievement. The underachieving gifted student can be particularly hard to figure out! Find strategies for working with the gifted in a regular classroom via the link at the bottom of the page.

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Life Among the Gifted - M J Hayes

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Unravel the mystery of twice exceptional gifted students. Life Among the Gifted offers lists of characteristics of exceptional and twice exceptional children compiled by teachers and...more
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Unravel the mystery of twice exceptional gifted students. Life Among the Gifted offers lists of characteristics of exceptional and twice exceptional children compiled by teachers and parents of gifted students. Browse through two lists beginning with e1 (students identified as exceptional in one area), then moving to e2 (identified as exceptional in 2 or more areas). These lists offer a look into common traits found in gifted student offering insight into why a student may behave "differently" than his peers.

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Share this list with any classroom teachers working with gifted students to help them understand common personality traits of these students. Share with parents of gifted parents to help them understand when their child behaves "differently" than peers. This is a great tool to use to help yourself understand twice exceptional gifted students in your classroom.

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Gifted child, left behind - Amy Crawford

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K to 12
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Are gifted children being left behind? This article takes an in-depth look at gifted education. Explore the reasons why it may not receive priority in our current education system in...more
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Are gifted children being left behind? This article takes an in-depth look at gifted education. Explore the reasons why it may not receive priority in our current education system in all aspects including funding and identification of giftedness. Read through long-term research results and discussions of the No Child Left Behind Act to gain the author's perspective of the challenges we face in meeting the needs of our gifted student population.
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Print this article as a resource for discussions when planning gifted programs and curriculum. Share with others in your building and district for use during professional development sessions. Share with parents as a resource for information on gifted education in the United States.

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Cumberland Trace Gifted - DAP Tool - Julia Roberts and Tracy Inman

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K to 12
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The DAP (Developing and Assessing Products) Tool is a set of rubrics developed to assess student products at varying levels of expertise. The intent of the DAP Tool is to ...more
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The DAP (Developing and Assessing Products) Tool is a set of rubrics developed to assess student products at varying levels of expertise. The intent of the DAP Tool is to differentiate while taking the ceiling off higher level and creative thinking skills (perfect for gifted learners). There are four components for all products: content, presentation, creativity, and reflection. The tool offers rubrics at three performance levels. Especially appropriate for removing a "ceiling" for gifted students is the inclusion of an expert or "professional" performance level rating. This rating acknowledges work that one would expect from a professional in the content area. The criteria for each level increase in sophisticated. Level 1 would be for younger students or those with less expertise. Level 3 might be for high school and/or your most gifted students-- at any grade level. There are fourteen different product rubrics and a blank rubric at each level. The blank rubric suggests descriptions for all but the presentation component. Some of the products are PowerPoint, poster, pamphlet, diorama, service learning, monologue, model, and more. Download the rubrics in PDF format.

tag(s): critical thinking (108), differentiation (47), essays (21), interviews (16), posters (36), rubrics (32), service projects (25), speech (92), writing (359)

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Offer individualized rubrics for every project so each student can demonstrate appropriate expertise. These rubrics are perfect to use in the heterogeneous classroom where you might have a mix of ESL/ELL, gifted, and learning support students. Many of these activities are ideal for differentiating for your gifted students and providing challenges more suited to their ability, creativity, and thought process.
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What Is Giftedness? - National Association for Gifted Children

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Find current definitions of giftedness in the U.S. as explained by NAGC. See the variations between legal and clinical/research-based definitions. The brief history of gifted is informative...more
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Find current definitions of giftedness in the U.S. as explained by NAGC. See the variations between legal and clinical/research-based definitions. The brief history of gifted is informative and lends some perspective on where gifted programs began. For more information, explore the many useful links.

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Read and bookmark this in your professional resources as a "must-know." If you have students in your class who may be gifted or parents who ask about whether their child should be identified as gifted, this is a good place to start. Remember, however, that most states have their own legal definitions. For a more practical, observational way of "spotting" gifted students, see How to Spot a Gifted Student.

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The Do's and Don'ts of Instruction: What it Means to Teach Gifted Learners Well - Carol Ann Tomlinson, Ed.D

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This short article offers specific information on general indicators of appropriate and inappropriate instruction for gifted students. Each of the 11 statements offers a general topic...more
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This short article offers specific information on general indicators of appropriate and inappropriate instruction for gifted students. Each of the 11 statements offers a general topic of information. Specific examples are also provided. Sample ideas include addressing good and appropriate curriculum while avoiding putting gifted students in the role as a classroom tutor. As a conclusion, the article reminds us that "What it takes to teach gifted learners well is actually a little common sense."

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Read through this article for ideas on appropriate instruction for gifted learners in your classroom. Print and save this article (or bookmark on your computer) to include with your gifted teaching resources. Share this article during professional development sessions in your school and with parents of gifted students.

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Common Myths in Gifted Education - National Association for Gifted Children

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Take a close look at myths versus truths in Gifted Education at this informative site. Topics range from identification of gifted students through information on accelerated options....more
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Take a close look at myths versus truths in Gifted Education at this informative site. Topics range from identification of gifted students through information on accelerated options. Browse through a series of over 10 myths related to Gifted Education and then view a short discussion of the truth. Each set of truths includes links to further information on the National Association for Gifted Children's website. You will find articles, studies, and webpages related to the specific myth being addressed.

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Share information from this site during professional development sessions in your school as a resource for properly serving your gifted population. Use information from this site when holding parent conferences as a resource for research on gifted education.

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Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted - SENG

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Change lives and change futures of gifted and talented individuals by gaining a more comprehensive view of being gifted. SENG's mission is to empower families and communities to help...more
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Change lives and change futures of gifted and talented individuals by gaining a more comprehensive view of being gifted. SENG's mission is to empower families and communities to help gifted and talented individuals to reach their goals: intellectually, physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. A variety of programs offers education either through home study courses, annual conferences, online parent support groups, or ways to establish a parent support group in your area. Continuing education credits are offered for health care professionals or any interested individual. Find a health care provider in your own area. Free materials further explain medical misdiagnosis for Gifted, Emotional Health, Twice Gifted, ADHD, Roles for Health Care Professionals, and more. An extensive free library of print, audio, and video resources help explain needs of gifted and talented students and how to advocate for them. Find links to other gifted organizations, books, and downloadable informational brochures.
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Have questions about a gifted child or a child you suspect to be gifted? Teach a gifted and talented group? Answer many of your own questions and also parent questions with an amazing amount of information available. Sponsor a parent night for Gifted Students and offer and feature many of the resources highlighted. Be sure you have a strong base of your own knowledge of the needs of gifted and talented students. Keep up to date with latest research and information.
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Online Tools: Suggestions from TeachersFirst - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This editor's choice collection offers timesavers and organizational tools for teachers. They include "utility" sites for teaching tasks such as seating charts, rubrics, and certificates....more
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This editor's choice collection offers timesavers and organizational tools for teachers. They include "utility" sites for teaching tasks such as seating charts, rubrics, and certificates. Other tools facilitate parent communication, such as text messaging or online conferencing. Our editors have also hand picked simple, timesaving, creative tools from the TeachersFirst Edge. These tools organize to-do lists (for yourself or for students), convert files, remove ads from web pages, check web site readability, write a one-time blog, generate an online sign up sheet, make a simple graphic organizer or chart, create online corkboards or stickies, and much more.

tag(s): classroom management (135), rubrics (32)

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MultiURL - multiurl.com

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Shorten any link for easy sharing or combine several links into one short shareable link using MultiURL. Choose from the multiple or single link options, and paste in urls for ...more
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Shorten any link for easy sharing or combine several links into one short shareable link using MultiURL. Choose from the multiple or single link options, and paste in urls for sharing along with a name for the link. Use the Submit button to create your link and view sharing options through social networks and email. Registration isn't necessary; however, it does provide the option for editing links and viewing statistics on the number of times links are clicked.
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Although we recommend this site for all ages, in the primary grades this would be strictly a professional tool for teachers to share site lists with parents, students, or even colleagues. Use this site to combine the url's of online class projects into one group (one url). Create a group of recommended resources for students or parents on a specific subject or topic. Share that url through your classroom website or newsletter. Create a single url to all reading resources or math resources for students to explore at home. Create a url for each unit. Create a group with videos on a specific area of classroom content. Create a classroom account where students add resources they have found to share with others. Share this site with others in your building or district as an easy way to save and share online resources.

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OK2Ask'®: Google 6-Part Series: Google Cool Tools - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from April 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Learn about the latest and greatest Google Cool Tools, plus some old favorites...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from April 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Learn about the latest and greatest Google Cool Tools, plus some old favorites in this fast paced session. Explore basics such as Google Translate and Google Voice. Plus, delve into Hangouts, Orkut, and the newer features that Google has to offer. Time will be provided for individual exploration. A question/answer period will be available to help with individual questions. It's OK2Ask'''®. This fast paced session is appropriate for teachers at the Intermediate to advanced technology comfort levels. As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Explore Google Translate, Google Voice, Hangouts, and Orkut and learn a few teaching features; Evaluate selected tools available for use in your curriculum; Explore topics and lesson ideas that could be enhanced using Google Cool Tools; Learn about the latest tools that Google has to offer; Find solutions to individual questions or practical problems, and (Follow-Up) Create a project for your class (or position) using one of the tools shared during the session. Applicable NETS-T standards (2008)*: 1a and b, 2b and c, 3a and d. Please read the full text at ISTE's NETS-T page.

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Explore various Cool Tools in this session. Learn ways to implement these tools in your classroom. Take a look at the resource page full of GREAT ideas! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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30 Boxes - Julie Davidson and Nick Wilder

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K to 12
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Create a simple, easy-share, online calendar using 30 Boxes. Use the wizard to fill in birthdays, email connections, your zip code (for weather information), and more. Click on any...more
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Create a simple, easy-share, online calendar using 30 Boxes. Use the wizard to fill in birthdays, email connections, your zip code (for weather information), and more. Click on any date to add events, add start and finish times, notes, tags, or make private. Use the dropdown box to choose times for reminders by text or email. Send an invite to your contacts or add any email address. Choose from many personalization options to change color, add online calendars to your feed, or change privacy settings. Share your calendar using the link, embed code, or other share options.

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Create a 30 Boxes calendar and share on your class website. Include homework, upcoming events such as conferences and holidays, and test dates. Share with your school's Parent Teacher Organization as an excellent way to share school events with the community. Create an online calendar including professional development opportunities to share with others in your school and district. If you advise a club, this is a handy tool for sharing the events calendar.

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Tweetchup - Alex Kaul

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4 to 12
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Tweetchup is an easy to use Twitter analytic tool. Registration is not required. Login with your Twitter account to view an analysis of your Twitter account stats. View mentions, average...more
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Tweetchup is an easy to use Twitter analytic tool. Registration is not required. Login with your Twitter account to view an analysis of your Twitter account stats. View mentions, average mentions per day, the potential number of followers you reach, and more. What makes Tweetchup different from other Twitter analysis sites is the ability to analyze other Twitter users' hashtags and keyword histories. Use the "Profiles" link to analyze the profile of any other Twitter user. The "Keywords" option allows you to enter any keyword to analyze the last 1600 tweets using that keyword. Your analysis includes recent tweets, most retweeted tweets, and most favorited tweets.

tag(s): internet safety (106), social networking (112), twitter (50)

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Looking for more ways to use Twitter in the classroom? Read more about Twitter at TeachersFirst's Twitter for Teachers page. Use Tweetchup to find and analyze popular and viral hashtags. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here or Venngage reviewed here. Use Tweetchup to analyze your class Twitter account to find and improve content and connections. This is also a great way for students to realize the extent of their digital footprint!
 

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Ecoplexity - Portland State University

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Use Ecoplexity to learn the complexity of ecosystems, feedback loops in ecosystems, and how to design and carry out an inquiry project. What is the best way to learn? Through ...more
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Use Ecoplexity to learn the complexity of ecosystems, feedback loops in ecosystems, and how to design and carry out an inquiry project. What is the best way to learn? Through Inquiry! View research from various locations: Chihuahuan Desert, Shortgrass Steppe, Temperate Forest, Tropical Forest, or Urban Desert. Explore how complex ecosystems function and the consequences of human behavior. Be sure to look at the list of resources and follow through the Scientific Inquiry tab to look at the steps for inquiry research.

tag(s): biodiversity (38), climate change (64), data (148), ecosystems (88), inquiry (37)

In the Classroom

Even though this site is an introduction into an inquiry program, there are many great resources to use. Find useful data sets to share with students to identify how researchers collect and analyze data. Use these data sets as inspiration for the kinds of data students can collect in your local ecosystem. Use this site to explain ecological complexity, climate change, and many other problems that affect ecosystems. This site could be the inspiration for science fair projects or an Earth Day activity for a school environmental science club.
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