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Literary Tweets: 100+ of the Best Authors on Twitter - Mashable

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4 to 12
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Got Twitter? Then take a look at these 100+ authors to see if any of your favorites are listed, and start following them. Mashable has weeded out the authors who ...more
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Got Twitter? Then take a look at these 100+ authors to see if any of your favorites are listed, and start following them. Mashable has weeded out the authors who are just trying to sell you something on twitter. Their list only includes authors who are trying to carry on a conversation with their followers and present information they find valuable, whether it directly benefits them or not. Each author has a description, some of the books they have written, and an example tweet.

tag(s): authors (121), twitter (44)

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A whole class twitter account can follow favorite authors and authors' read through of class novels. The class can direct message them with questions about the book: how they came to write the story, are the characters based on anyone the author knows, and any other ideas your students might come up with. In literature circles a different member of the group each week can Twitter the author of the book as part of the "author analyzer" job. Learn more about Twitter and find many more ways to use it from TeachersFirst's Twitter for Teachers.

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Skype in the Classroom - Skype Limited

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K to 12
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Use Skype as a great tool to connect to others around the nation or the world. Solve the problem of finding classrooms...more
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Use Skype as a great tool to connect to others around the nation or the world. Solve the problem of finding classrooms and various projects with this great site. Use this free site to look through projects, tips from other teachers, and find other teachers to collaborate and connect with your students. Create a profile including your interests and the age, subject, languages, and more information about students. Use the "Project" link to list or find projects, classes, teachers, or speakers. Search the project link by speaker, project, age range of students, language, subject, and tags.

tag(s): colonial america (108), constitution (87), philadelphia (13), skype (13)

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To browse the activities, no special skills are required. If you plan to create your own activity, a Skype account is necessary. Use your Skype login to use this site. Be sure to check with school authorities before scheduling or using Skype with students. Be sure the Acceptable Use Policy covers the use of such tools. Spend time discussing appropriate and inappropriate behavior with students prior to using Skype or participating in many of the projects found on this site.

Browse through the projects link to find ideas, tips from other teachers, and to find teachers to collaborate and connect with your students. You can search the project ideas by project, age range, language, subject, tags, and more. Connect the Skyping computer to a projector or whiteboard for the entire class to see if you are using video. (The video will be fuzzy, but good enough to follow a person's face.) Use Skype to talk to authors (check out their web sites or this blog for contact information). Have students write questions in advance. Use your contacts, web page "contact us" emails, and parent contacts to find others willing to Skype into your classroom. Interview scientists or government officials, deployed military personnel, or classes far away in a different culture or language. Younger students can compare weather, family life, community events, and more. Learn other ideas for using Skype in your classroom at this valuable website.

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Flubaroo - Flubaroo.com

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4 to 12
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Use the Flubaroo add-on tool with Google docs for an easy way to create self grading documents and forms. Be sure to check out their 3 minute demo video and ...more
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Use the Flubaroo add-on tool with Google docs for an easy way to create self grading documents and forms. Be sure to check out their 3 minute demo video and overview links to understand how easy it is to use. Flubaroo provides easy to use step by step directions. Use this tool for multiple choice type answers for an easy way to receive feedback. Students easily see their responses to the questions when grades are emailed providing feedback.

tag(s): assessment (107), quiz (88), quizzes (100)

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Users must be familiar with Google documents and forms. You must also have a Google account (FREE). Follow the demo and overview to become acquainted with this tool. This tool is best used by teachers for ongoing formative assessment. If allowing students to create formative assessments, be sure to create a separate class Google and Flubaroo account for use. Consider assigning groups to to make daily quizzes for the whole class to take as an ongoing formative assessment. Use for check point quizzes to check on terminology, general understanding, and to identify weaknesses in student understanding. Be sure to save this site in your favorites to use professionally to save time and keep your learning tasks organized.
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I would be curious to know how good you have to be with Google docs to be able to use this. Sounds like a summer project for me! Thinking, PA, Grades: 5 - 10

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Big Huge Labs - Big Huge Labs

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K to 12
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Check Teachers First reviews for specific fun and creative tools from this expansive site. As Big Huge Labs continues to expand upon their offerings, be sure to check back to ...more
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Check Teachers First reviews for specific fun and creative tools from this expansive site. As Big Huge Labs continues to expand upon their offerings, be sure to check back to the main page of the site to find what is new. Be sure to check out the Trading Card Maker reviewed here, the CD Cover Maker reviewed here, The Big Huge Thesaurus reviewed here, and many others! Take time to play with some of these tools before sharing the site with students. Many of these tools are more suitable for play than a valuable tool for demonstrating student knowledge.
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tag(s): collages (17), images (274), maps (293), multimedia (63), photography (161), thesaurus (24)

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It is helpful to have a Flickr account to organize photos. Users must be able to find and upload/provide the URL of a specific photo. This tool is so simple with very little steps for creating. Simply upload your photo, select from a few options, and then create.

Check out the Big Huge Labs educator account. Easily pre-register students to avoid creating logins, view and download their creations, and view the site advertisement free. You will find information about the Educator Account here.

Options here are endless. Find out what students understand about a concept by creating a 6 word story. Students find a suitable picture and sum up the concept in 6 words. Students can use the Motivator tool reviewed here to create. Place their creation on a blog, wiki, or site and have students write about how their understandings of the concept have changed throughout the study of it. Create Badges for field trips and other activities. Use the Trading Card Maker reviewed here to identify what a student understands about a concept. Create trading cards of the many species that exist in the world or of places to visit, past leaders of nations, or states and other countries. Create vocabulary trading cards. Use social networking in the classroom? Create an Avatar to use on these spaces. Reading a book or viewing documentaries? Create Movie Posters to share information or to inform others about various times in History. Whatever you use this tool for, it is powerful for students to use a great image and word captions to display their knowledge.

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Webonauts Internet Academy - pbskidsgo.org

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3 to 5
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Explore being a citizen in a "web-infused, information-rich" world. Try your hand at 12 missions all while observing the motto: "Observe, Respect, Contribute." Understand critical issues...more
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Explore being a citizen in a "web-infused, information-rich" world. Try your hand at 12 missions all while observing the motto: "Observe, Respect, Contribute." Understand critical issues concerning online safety. Identify credible sources of information. Learn how to handle cyber-bullying bullying. Note: This resource was developed as a partnership project between PBS KIDS and Common Sense Media. Find great resources and information in the Parents and Teachers tab on the site.

tag(s): bullying (53), cyberbullying (44)

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Learn about the importance of protecting passwords and maintaining privacy settings. Follow the 12 missions to be cyber-smart. Create a password or mission guide for students to complete to show what they have learned. Discuss other issues with technology to provide more learning experiences for students. Challenge groups to create a multimedia presentation about one of the missions they complete or create a word cloud highlighting key terms using a site such as wordle reviewed here.
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Get Creative - Creative Commons

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4 to 12
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Find a great explanation of what Creative Commons is, including the ethical use of electronic information. This site offers highly interactive explanations that are simple to use, exciting...more
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Find a great explanation of what Creative Commons is, including the ethical use of electronic information. This site offers highly interactive explanations that are simple to use, exciting to share, and extremely informative. Share with others in your district, with your students, and where parents can also see and discuss with their students.

tag(s): copyright (49), creative commons (22)

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Be sure to place this link in a prominent location on a wiki, site, or blog for discussion and review by students. Allow students to remix the video (really, you are allowed!) to show specific examples of copyright and the use of creative commons in your class. As you teach about ethical use of electronic media, compare and contrast what users are permitted to do under Copyright vs. Creative Commons. Conduct a mock debate where students play the roles of writers, artists, publishers, and end users. Even if you are teaching computer literacy skills, the understanding of "rights" is essential in knowing what is possible vs what is ethical (and legal). Start with this video.
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View Pure - Veetri

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K to 12
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View Pure enables you to search YouTube and show videos from it without the annoying "extras" on your screen. Wishing you could "just show" YouTube videos to your classes? Looking ...more
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View Pure enables you to search YouTube and show videos from it without the annoying "extras" on your screen. Wishing you could "just show" YouTube videos to your classes? Looking for a way to take away the clutter and often inappropriate related videos that always pop up on seemingly innocent searches? Trying to find a way to share videos and still follow the acceptable use policy? There are three ways to go about this process. You can use the search tool to find and then show a video. You can copy and paste a link from YouTube into the page, or you can install the tool into your bookmarks and click on it to "purify" the videos. A special *note*: this site claims to be useful with video sites other than YouTube, however after trying a number of different video sites, the only successful one was YouTube. The main page for the View Pure site does include some minor advertisements.

tag(s): safety (91)

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How often do you find great clips and video shorts from YouTube and you can't show them or are afraid to show them even if you can get them through the school filter? Try using this to show clips or long videos from to your class via the interactive whiteboard or projector. There are some great, clean "Bill Nye" video portions that can be found and shared using this site for science class.

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Art Project, powered by Google - Google-in Collaboration with this Art Projects' Museums

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4 to 12
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This unique collaboration between Google and many of the world's most respected art museums enables viewers to explore and discover the museums and more than a thousand artworks in...more
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This unique collaboration between Google and many of the world's most respected art museums enables viewers to explore and discover the museums and more than a thousand artworks in extraordinary detail. All content pertaining to individual artworks was provided by the museums. Browse the galleries within each museum using Google's Street View technology that allows you to navigate the interactive floor plan and select the works of art that interest you, or browse using Google's Artwork View technology to zoom into paintings, learn more about the artwork, find more works by that artist, and watch related YouTube videos. What are you waiting for? "Travel" with your class on a virtual fieldtrip to The MoMa in New York City, The Tate Britain in London, The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, and many more.

tag(s): art history (72), artists (76), museums (50), painting (65)

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Bring galleries from all around the globe right into your classroom and project them in full view on your whiteboard or screen. Whether your objective is to explore curriculum connections to topics you are studying, introduce and examine concepts such as a particular theme or time period, practice descriptive writing, pair works of art with literary selections and historical documents, or develop art appreciation, start by selecting a museum, and then either chose to explore the museum or view the artwork. The drop-down menus and information bars let you navigate easily between the museum and artworks. Choose the "Create an Artwork Collection" feature to build a class collection of specific views of the artworks and add comments; then share online. Create and annotate a class collection to pair with a literary work or invite each student to select a work for a Favorites Museum, explaining his/her choice in written comments. Then share the link for parents to tour the "museum" and comment back. For more ideas, lesson plans, and projects, check out the National Gallery of Art reviewed here and browse the online resources for teachers and students. Try inviting the art teacher to collaborate on a joint venture with you.
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Science Notebooking - North Cascades and Olympic Science Partnership

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K to 12
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This site provides a lot of information about how to create, efficiently implement, and organize science notebooks. Are you new to teaching? Are you experienced and want to up the ...more
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This site provides a lot of information about how to create, efficiently implement, and organize science notebooks. Are you new to teaching? Are you experienced and want to up the credibility of the time old concept of notebooks in the classroom? Notebooks can be a very effective tool for communication between teachers and students. This website would is a good resource for any one who wants to use a science notebook with purpose. The Teacher information, especially the FAQ, is very helpful for envisioning the nitty-gritty details of implementing science notebooks in your classroom .Note: A lot of the links to other websites did not work, however the information is still really good and the PDF documents are very useful.

tag(s): ebooks (43)

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This resource may reshape the way you think about science notebooks. Notebooks are an active communication tool between students and teachers and help students understand concepts, allowing for quick and easy formative assessments. Plus, using a notebook strategy such as this allows your students to create their own version of the science textbook. All of the student's work is in one place, making organization a lot better than random papers falling out of a folder. Try this strategy in any science, especially in the middle level classrooms from sixth through eighth grade. Students will learn greater organization skills and develop stronger understandings of the science they are studying. The organizational skills can easily transfer to other subjects, as well, if you are on a teaching team interested in reinforcing organization.
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Autism Speaks, Family Services - Autism Speaks Inc.

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K to 12
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Autism Speaks offers many resources for parents and educators. Autism Speaks describes themselves as a "School Community Toolkit" and was designed to provide information to anyone who...more
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Autism Speaks offers many resources for parents and educators. Autism Speaks describes themselves as a "School Community Toolkit" and was designed to provide information to anyone who has or works with autistic children. The site contains downloadable resources and video clips.

tag(s): autism (21), resources (112)

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Teachers, plan professional development using the free videos and resources from the site. Share the web link on your school's webpage for parents to access. In addition, encourage your PTO/PTA to host an Autism Speaks evening for all interested parents. If you are dealing with an autistic child in your own classroom and feel ill-prepared or uncertain of the best strategies to use, the explanations and ideas on this site will definitely help.
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Add-Art - Steve Lambert

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K to 12
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Replace annoying Internet ads with art! Add-Art is an innovative and free ad blocker for Firefox. It replaces areas that previously contained ads with artwork instead. Simply visit...more
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Replace annoying Internet ads with art! Add-Art is an innovative and free ad blocker for Firefox. It replaces areas that previously contained ads with artwork instead. Simply visit the website and install the necessary plug-in. (Only those with administrative permission on their computers will be able to install this plug-in). A short video on the site's home page provides clear, systematic installation instructions. Once this process is complete, your Internet will start to look like an art gallery.

*Note from the creators of the site, "Firefox 4 compatibility - Add-Art does not work w/ Firefox 4, yet. But it is an open-source, volunteer project and has always been improved by people like you. The code is free for you to modify so you don't have to start from scratch."

tag(s): safety (91)

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Blocking ads on school computers is a great way to avoid inappropriate content and will reduce the confusion that visual inference can cause. Be sure to get permission from your IT department before installing this ad-on to school computers. Maybe you can even convince them to install it schoolwide! Preview the artwork that Add-art uses by clicking on "Shows" before installing this ad on. Plug-ins such as Add-Art are not permanent and are easy to disable.
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Post-it Teachers - Post-it

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K to 8
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Post-it Teachers has a teacher page written by teachers for teachers, all using the little sticky notes that we cannot imagine our lives without. They are used in thousands of ...more
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Post-it Teachers has a teacher page written by teachers for teachers, all using the little sticky notes that we cannot imagine our lives without. They are used in thousands of ways; they are not just for bookmarks anymore! This web site is an activity center for using Post-its in all subjects and grade levels. Each activity is complete with estimated time needed, objectives, description, easy-to-follow steps, and even assessments, at-home activities, and lesson extension ideas. Search by grade level (K-8, or ESL) and topic (art, classroom management, history, language arts, reading & writing, music, math, science, special education, learning activities & templates). Or you are able to search by teaching technique (K-W-L, cluster mapping, questioning strategy, storymap, timeline, Venn diagram, and several others).

tag(s): classroom management (150)

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Add Post-it notes to your back-to-school supply list and "stick" to this website for ideas that will make teaching and learning fun, motivating, and practical. Maybe even ask for Post-it contributions from home. Find unique ideas for using the repositionable sticky notes for Venn Diagrams and more comparing and contrasting techniques, timelines, story maps, bulletin boards, classroom management, and other sticky ideas.
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Longwood Central School District SMART Board Lessons - Longwood Central School District

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K to 12
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This is an extensive collection of ready to go, teacher-made SMART Notebook activities. This collection covers all grade levels and subject areas. Click Elementary, Middle School, Jr....more
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This is an extensive collection of ready to go, teacher-made SMART Notebook activities. This collection covers all grade levels and subject areas. Click Elementary, Middle School, Jr. High, or High School to find the many (MANY) resources). The topics vary greatly and the quantity is impressive. You must have Smart Board software installed on your computer to open these files. Some files will work using the SMART Notebook Express online viewer available here. (Download the notebook file from Longwood's collection to your desktop and then upload to SMART Notebook Express site.)

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These lessons are great for the new SMART Board user or the seasoned pro. Use these if you need a lesson but don't have time to create one from scratch. View the lessons and use them to help you create your own lesson. Click the different tabs to view the different grade levels. Please note that all of these activities require SMART Notebook software (which comes with SMART brand IWBs). Don't have SMART brand IWB's? Some files will work using the SMART Notebook Express online viewer available here. (Download the notebook file from Longwood's collection to your desktop and then upload to SMART Notebook Express site.) If you use a lesson, go to the staff directory under District Information -> Email Directory and send the creator a thank you. Think how great it would be to receive an email from a teacher "out there" thanking YOU for sharing?

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SMART Notebook Express - SMART Technologies

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K to 12
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SMART Notebook Express allows you to view SMART Notebook files even if you don't have a SMART Board or SMART Notebook software. The website allows you to view, save and ...more
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SMART Notebook Express allows you to view SMART Notebook files even if you don't have a SMART Board or SMART Notebook software. The website allows you to view, save and interact with SMART Notebook files from anywhere. The basic software is even available for download for those times when you aren't connected to the Internet.

tag(s): iwb (30)

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Teachers who do not have access to a whiteboard no longer have to miss out on SMART's great activities. Use this site with a projector and have your students manipulate the information from the attached laptop. Use as a classroom center and have students work on SMART Notebook activities. Students can even access activities from home because the files can be opened on the web. When using SMART Notebook express it is important to note that not all features of a lesson may work.
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DK's Clip Art - Dorling Kindersley Limited

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K to 12
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DK's free clip art can be used any way you choose - for school projects or just for fun! There are over fifty categories of downloadable photos and they are ...more
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DK's free clip art can be used any way you choose - for school projects or just for fun! There are over fifty categories of downloadable photos and they are not just your ordinary categories we are all familiar with. There are some really unique options such as Castles, Ancient Rome, Crystals and Gems, and many more. The photos are beautiful and you will love all of the choices. One especially handy tool is a search by school subject. There is also a tool to create a project right on the site. Note that the site requires that you give appropriate credit for the images. Watch the video to learn how to make simple projects using the images.

tag(s): clip art (10), images (274)

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Use this refreshing, extensive collection of clip art anytime you need an image to project on your whiteboard or to include in an assignment or presentation. Click on any category to reveal numerous photos. Click on the individual picture to see the full image, which you may download to your PC or Mac, label, and print. Directions are simple to follow. Be sure to bookmark this site in your Favorites and provide a link to it on your class web page to make it easily accessible to students. When doing research projects, have students use this site to narrate pictures on their topic using a site such as Thinglink, reviewed here.
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Digizen.org - Childnet International

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4 to 12
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This site provides information for kids, parents, and educators on the topic of digital citizenship. The site is broken down into three sections and is color coded so you know ...more
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This site provides information for kids, parents, and educators on the topic of digital citizenship. The site is broken down into three sections and is color coded so you know whether the material is for children, parents or teachers. The site contains interactives, lesson plans, movies and activities.

tag(s): bullying (53), cyberbullying (44), internet safety (108), safety (91)

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This site will be a good addition to any internet safety and awareness program. Teachers, counselors and librarians could put this site on the school or class webpage as a resource for parents and students to access. Use a projector or an interactive whiteboard and view the movie "Let's Fight it Together." Afterward have students do one of the activities contained in the downloadable lesson plan. Be sure to check out the "Things to Do" section for additional student activities, like password creation, digital values, and role playing scenarios. Videotape the role plays and have student groups upload them to TeacherTube, reviewed here. Challenge students to create an online poster using CheckThis, reviewed here, about the information they learned from Digizen.
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Teachley's Amazing Talking Brain - Donna Sawyer

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K to 12
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Teachley's Amazing Talking Brain offers tips and suggestions for increasing student learning. Each portion of the brain offers suggestions for How to Increase Intrinsic Motivation,...more
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Teachley's Amazing Talking Brain offers tips and suggestions for increasing student learning. Each portion of the brain offers suggestions for How to Increase Intrinsic Motivation, Balancing Stress in the Classroom, 6 Ways Movement Can Help in the Classroom, and much more. Below the brain image are also links for other brain resources to use in the classroom. Some of the links are broken; however, the Amazing Talking Brain information is worth the time to visit this site.

tag(s): brain (72), psychology (66), stress (15)

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Share one thought a week with your building's teaching staff or teachers you mentor for motivation throughout the school year. Share this site with classroom tutors when training them to work with students. New teachers or student teachers will also benefit from this clever compilation of tips. With older (or more advanced) students or psychology classes, have cooperative learning groups research one of the topics at this site and create a multimedia presentation. Challenge students to move past PowerPoint and create an online Prezi presentation (reviewed here) or another reviewed presentation tool from the TeachersFirst Edge to explain the topic.

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SEN Teaching Printables - SEN Teacher

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This site provides lots of handy study aids and printables for the regular and special education classroom. Resources can be found in the areas of math, literacy, and other. The ...more
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This site provides lots of handy study aids and printables for the regular and special education classroom. Resources can be found in the areas of math, literacy, and other. The "other" section contains many resources for teachers to use to print certificates, classroom management, "feelings," printables for science lessons, and more.

This site does include some minor advertisements.

tag(s): classroom management (150), printables (38), resources (112)

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Use the printables under the other tab to help manage your classroom. Use behavior chart to help students track their behavior or use for the class as a whole. Use the feeling bubbles to help students articulate their feelings. Use the literacy fans during your language arts time to help students build literacy skills. Use the time and money generators to support your students during math time. All of the tools and printables can be used for center or independent work.
  This resource requires Adobe Flash and PDF reader software like Adobe Acrobat.

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Springfield Library-Google Options - Joyce Valenza

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4 to 12
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Find a collection of Google search tools all in one place! For those trying to figure out all of the wonderful options for searching on Google, this is the site. ...more
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Find a collection of Google search tools all in one place! For those trying to figure out all of the wonderful options for searching on Google, this is the site. Just click on the type of Google search you want to learn about, and you will be there! Whether you need to search for books online, scholarly articles, or want to search the New York Times or the Washington Post, this is the place to start. Whether your search is professional, for research, or personal, make it easy on yourself and start with this site.

tag(s): search engines (64)

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Share on your projector or interactive whiteboard to give kids an overview--or explore yourself to learn all the options! This is a great resource for searching through different tools. Students could each take one of the sites for video and dissect it to look for things like intended audience, subject matter it's best for, and advantages and disadvantages of the site as a source. This is a great link to share on your class website for students (and parents) to use at home.

TV and Yearbook Classes: The links under "Copyright-friendly" would be a great starting point for a dialogue on what is fair or unfair to use, and would be a wealth of resources for students as they work to complete projects and pages. TV: The student video portion as a go-to for high-quality student-produced content is a must for any class in production. Have students share news from around the world posting on your class Wiki. Not familiar with wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through. Have student groups "Advertise" different Google tools by doing a live demo on projector or interactive whiteboard for the class. Then use a poll such as Votesy, reviewed here, to find out which tool students vote as "most useful."
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Text Mechanic's Toolbox - Text Mechanic.com

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Text Mechanic is a collection of free, online, browser-based, text manipulation tools. All tools are simple to use. Basically, click on the tool of your choice, like the Count...more
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Text Mechanic is a collection of free, online, browser-based, text manipulation tools. All tools are simple to use. Basically, click on the tool of your choice, like the Count Characters, Words, and Lines or Remove Lines of Text Containing, copy and paste or type your text into the box, and submit. Results are instantaneous. There is even a tool to change and choose the color of the background, text and border of your web page. The sight is plain vanilla, but that is the beauty of it; there's nothing to hunt for - what you see is what you get.

tag(s): editing (69), grammar (213), spelling (168)

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How many times have your students used the same word over and over again, accidently typed an entire response in all CAPS, or spent more time counting how many words they used than they did writing their essay? Demonstrate some of these text manipulation tools on your projector or interactive whiteboard and make the link readily available from your web page or class wiki and have students bookmark it in their favorites. They will love having these helpful tools when completing assignments on the computer. Although some of them are customized on word processing programs, they are often "hidden" or "well-kept secrets." The Text Mechanic takes the time and guesswork out of manipulating text.

Some of the tools are just plain fun to experiment with and make good time fillers when your students are using the computer lab or a class set of netbooks and some of them finish the assignment before others. For elementary grades, use some of the tools to scramble the letters on weekly spelling words or to generate scrambled sentences.
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