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SmyFace - smyface.com

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K to 6
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How are you feeling today? Use Smyface to share your feelings of the day! Slide the changing expression on the animated emoticon to show how you are feeling (and change ...more
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How are you feeling today? Use Smyface to share your feelings of the day! Slide the changing expression on the animated emoticon to show how you are feeling (and change the expression on the emoticon from sad to scared to happy. Add a message containing up to 80 characters to express the reasons for the feelings. Share using links to Facebook, Twitter, or email.

tag(s): emotions (35), preK (281)

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Smyface is excellent for use in Special Education classrooms (or ESL/ELL) for students to express feelings with a short written response. Autistic support and emotional support teachers can use this to both show emotional expressions and encourage students to write about them. Use in early elementary classrooms for students to practice short writing prompts. Display using your interactive whiteboard or projector and have students use as a story prompt based on the face created. Display while reading stories and change to demonstrate emotions of characters throughout the piece. You could use this as a behavior management tool in elementary classrooms. Put up the "happy" emoticon on the whiteboard if the kids are on task and following the rules. If their behavior starts to decline, use this to show (and explain) why their behavior isn't appropriate (in 80 words or less). Even older kids (with more understanding of social networks) will enjoy playing around with this site.

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Webs - Make a Free Website - webs.com

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K to 12
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Webs is a free, easy to use website creator with many features for personalizing content. Drag and drop to add content: images, photos, video, slideshows, and more. Choose from a ...more
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Webs is a free, easy to use website creator with many features for personalizing content. Drag and drop to add content: images, photos, video, slideshows, and more. Choose from a variety of themes in the template gallery. Add pages for blogs and online forums. Viewing on mobile and desktop computers is supported. The free version includes use of the mobile site (with ads) and storage for up to 40 MB and up to 5 items in an online store.
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tag(s): blogs (88), social networking (112)

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Possible uses are only limited by your imagination! Create your own website for parents and students where they can stay updated about what is happening in your classroom. Include links to where students can submit their assignments, your contact information, and anything else you might want to put on your website. There is a free blogging tool for writing assignments, reflection, or reading journals. Have everything you need on one website! Find more specific blog ideas in TeachersFirst's Blog Basics for the Classroom.

Try using Web for: "visual essays;" digital biodiversity logs (with digital pictures students take); online literary magazines; or personal reflections in images and text; research project presentations. Create comparisons of online content, such as political candidates' sites or content sites used in research (compared for bias); science sites documenting experiments or illustrating concepts, such as the water cycle; "Visual" lab reports. Have students create digital scrapbooks using images from the public domain and video and audio clips from a time in history - - such as the Roaring Twenties; Local history interactive stories or Visual interpretations of major concepts, such as a "visual" U.S. Constitution. Imagine building your own online library of raw materials for your students to create their own "web pages" as a new way of assessing understanding: you provide the digital pictures, and they sequence, caption, and write about them (younger students) or you provide the steps in a project as a template, and they insert the actual content of their own.

After a first project where you provide "building blocks," the sky is the limit on what they can do. Even the very young can make suggestions as you "create" a whole-class product together using an interactive whiteboard or projector. Consider making a new project for each unit you teach so students can "recap" long after the unit ends. Use as an online portfolio for high schools students to include with college applications.

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MobyMax: Complete K-8 Curriculum - MobyMax.com

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K to 8
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Practice and improve student skills in the K-8 curriculum with MobyMax. Start with pre-testing students and assigning differentiated activities for reading, math, science, writing,...more
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Practice and improve student skills in the K-8 curriculum with MobyMax. Start with pre-testing students and assigning differentiated activities for reading, math, science, writing, grammar and vocabulary. Pre-tests target areas of struggle and assign curriculum based on need. Never again will students have to practice material they have already mastered. The progress tracking throughout is based on Common Core standards. Adjust assigned curriculum on your own if desired by reassigning a pre-test or assigning your own lessons. Register using your email and school information to begin. Add your student list. Once created students have their own individual login to begin placement testing. Set student IEP goals using Common Core standards. Choose from tabs on the teacher page to view student progress reports, testing, lessons, and IEP progress. There is a PRO account that costs money; this review is only for the FREE portion.
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tag(s): addition (251), differentiation (47), division (172), fluency (23), game based learning (103), multiplication (227), subtraction (208), vocabulary (324), vocabulary development (126)

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Create a classroom account. Use MobyMax during centers, for nightly homework, or computer lab time. Share with parents as an excellent resource for practicing math, reading, writing, grammar, science, and vocabulary skills at home. Use the pre-testing features at the beginning of the school year to get students started at the correct levels. Use this tool to differentiate for all students. Your gifted students can pretest out of material already learned and receive activities and instruction at their individual level. Remedial students can use this site to meet IEP goals (already saved on this site). Be sure to bookmark this site to use with all levels of students.

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Chillola - Chillola

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K to 8
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Learn the basics of English, Spanish, German, Italian, and French at Chillola. Use the interactives to learn the alphabet, numbers, colors, shapes, animals, fruit, vegetables,...more
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Learn the basics of English, Spanish, German, Italian, and French at Chillola. Use the interactives to learn the alphabet, numbers, colors, shapes, animals, fruit, vegetables, food, calendar, weather, time, body parts, house, positions, opposites, and more. One great feature of this site is that pronunciations are provided for many of the words within the interactives. Worksheets reinforce the basic words. Use the text links to access the various languages, NOT the ad links for Babbel!
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tag(s): french (88), german (64), italian (33), preK (281), spanish (108)

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Share Chillola on the interactive whiteboard or projector as an early literacy site for preschoolers. Use as a way to help ELL/ESL students to start learning the basics of English. Create a center and allow children to explore different sounds from other languages and stretch their learning. Add an extra dimension into learning about the setting of different books. Challenge your gifted children to compare or learn vocabulary in different languages. Add as a link on your class website.
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CurriConnects Book List - Colonial America and the Revolution - TeachersFirst

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1 to 12
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All history can seem "ancient" unless you connect to it personally. Understand the American colonies and American Revolution by choosing a book to help you connect with the times. This...more
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All history can seem "ancient" unless you connect to it personally. Understand the American colonies and American Revolution by choosing a book to help you connect with the times. This list includes fiction and nonfiction books about life in the American colonies and during the American Revolution as well as books about leaders and major locations of this historic period. CurriConnects thematic book lists include ISBN numbers for ordering or searching, interest grade levels, ESL levels and Lexiles'''® to match student independent reading levels to challenge, not frustrate. For more on text complexity and Lexiles''®, see this information from the Lexile Framework. Don't miss other CurriConnects themes being added regularly. If your library does not have the books, try interlibrary loan!

tag(s): american revolution (86), book lists (128), colonial america (107), independent reading (128)

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Make history more real during your unit on Colonial America and/or the Revolution. Have students choose a book from this list and present their impressions from it in the form of a blog post from the times using a tool such as Throwww (reviewed here). This site allows you to create "quick and easy" blogs to be used one time only. There is no registration necessary! Collect the links to all the student posts on your class web page for students to browse and gather a "human" experience of history.

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SchoolRack - Artia Moghbel

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K to 12
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SchoolRack is a free service for creating a classroom website or blog. Designed with schools in mind, its features include options for managing student and parent groups, discussion...more
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SchoolRack is a free service for creating a classroom website or blog. Designed with schools in mind, its features include options for managing student and parent groups, discussion boards, and mailing lists. Post, collect, and report grades using site features. Use the password protection feature to protect privacy in any or all portions of your site. Use the Quick Start Guide to set your site up easily and quickly. The free account allows for 5 pages, 100 MB of storage, 1 class, 1 mailing list, and unlimited discussion topics. Although we recommend this site for all grades, in elementary school an adult would need to be in charge of the "creating" part. The limits to free pages most likely mean its use for a class web page is best suited for elementary teachers who have only one class.

tag(s): blogs (88), social networking (112)

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Use SchoolRack to keep parents and students updated with class information. Create, collect, and post assignments using features on the site. Try using SchoolRack for student created "visual essays;" digital biodiversity logs (with digital pictures students take); online literary magazines; personal reflections in images and text; research project presentations; comparisons of online content, such as political candidates' sites or content sites used in research (compared for bias). Use this tool to make for science sites documenting experiments or illustrating concepts, such as the water cycle; "Visual" lab reports; Digital scrapbooks using images from the public domain and video and audio clips from a time in history -- such as the Roaring Twenties; Local history interactive stories; and Visual interpretations of major concepts, such as a "visual" U.S. Constitution. Imagine building your own online library of raw materials for your students to create their own "web pages" as a new way of assessing understanding: you provide the digital pictures, and they sequence, caption, and write about them (younger students) or you provide the steps in a project as a template, and they insert the actual content of their own. Of course, the limits to the free pages will mean you can only choose one or two of these ideas!

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Classmint - Rajan Chandi and Amar Prabhu

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4 to 12
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Create beautiful, annotable, and audible flashcards using Classmints. Features allow the ability to add code, insert images, and to explain notes with text or images. Play notes...more
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Create beautiful, annotable, and audible flashcards using Classmints. Features allow the ability to add code, insert images, and to explain notes with text or images. Play notes in an audio visual player to listen while studying. "Fold" notes to cover up explanations then "unfold" to view and review. Adjust settings to allow flashcards to be private or public depending on your needs. Be sure to explore the "ready to go" flashcards at the site, before creating your own. At the time of this review, this website was FREE. However, the website creator does mention they plan to add premium features in the future, while keeping most of the site free. The introduction video is hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then it may not be viewable. You could always view the video at home and bring it to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here to download the video from YouTube.

tag(s): flash cards (46), test prep (96), vocabulary (324), vocabulary development (126), word study (80)

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Create flashcards for your classes or have them make their own. Try using them as an introduction to a concept, again in the practice of the concept, and as a final review. It is a nice three for one creation deal! This would be great for teaching Latin prefixes and suffixes of words to students. Use in science terms, or for standardized test preparation. Try having students create flashcards and share with each other to quiz themselves within their own groups. Teach students in higher grades how to create flash cards with multiple blanks to challenge their brain to remember more pieces of the puzzle. Show them how to carefully read through their classroom notes and underline the most important word or words in a sentence. Then have them leave out the most important words for their flashcards. Learning support teachers might want to have small groups create cards together to review before tests. Have students create flashcard sets to "test" classmates on what they "teach" in oral reports. Be sure to check the data base for already created sets to save you time making them yourself!

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Loupe - Vincent Cheung

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K to 12
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Quickly and easily create photo collages in many shapes using Loupe. Choose from various shape options such as hearts, flowers, cars, or create your own from text or drawing. Then ...more
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Quickly and easily create photo collages in many shapes using Loupe. Choose from various shape options such as hearts, flowers, cars, or create your own from text or drawing. Then add pictures. Add pictures from your computer and many online sites such as Facebook, Dropbox, Flickr, and Google Drive with just a couple of clicks. You can also create cards using this tool. For cards or collages, search the web for pictures to add, and choose the ones you prefer. Once pictures are added, adjust settings such as background color, picture borders, or shuffle images until pleased with the result. The card tool provides simple drawing tools to add to your image. Share saved collages or cards using social networking links or download onto your computer. Start immediately: no registration necessary to begin!

tag(s): collages (17), images (266)

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Create and share collages of classroom activities, field trips, and much more. In lower grades, create the collage together or for your students. Embed collages into your class website or blog for viewing at home. Have students create collages using their own pictures of land formations, types of plants, colors, words beginning with the same letter of the alphabet, and whatever else you can think of! This is a great tool for your visual learners! Create cards as gifts for moms or dads or for thank yous to members of the school community. Print the cards, fold over, and handwrite messages inside. Practice simple thank you notes on your own creative cards.

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Classic Books - Library of Congress

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K to 12
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Explore this collection of public domain, classic books for children and teenagers from the Library of Congress. They are organized in alphabetical order. There are 51 books for younger...more
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Explore this collection of public domain, classic books for children and teenagers from the Library of Congress. They are organized in alphabetical order. There are 51 books for younger children, 6 books for teens, and 6 books for adults. Each has a short summary, a link from which to read the book, and a link to more information about the book. Enjoy these stories online. Although they aren't audio books, they could be very useful with all ages.

tag(s): book lists (128), independent reading (128)

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Share the classics on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Read the stories together as a class and consider converting an excerpt into an interactive text using Active Textbook, reviewed here. You could add to it yearly, with each class taking a chapter or section to "liven up" with media. Or challenge your tech-savvy gifted students to bring a classic to life with such a project. Share this public domain collection on your class website, blog, or wiki as a good place to find classics (FREE). Create a learning station on your classroom computers using these books.

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Note Pub - NotePub LLC

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4 to 12
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Note Pub is an online notepad: a clean and simple writing tool to keep track of lists, personal reminder notes, or even journal entries. A nice feature is the choice ...more
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Note Pub is an online notepad: a clean and simple writing tool to keep track of lists, personal reminder notes, or even journal entries. A nice feature is the choice to store notes on your computer. This allows you to edit your notes when there is no Internet connection. So, even when offline just go to Note Pub.com and update. The FREE version allows up to 50 "Notes" per year. Be aware, you must create a screen name and password before you can proceed into the site. This is entirely free and requires no email address. Just make sure you WRITE DOWN or remember the username and password you create, since it cannot email you a password reset!
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tag(s): blogs (88), journals (21), note taking (32), organizational skills (122), writing (359)

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There are many classroom uses for an electronic notepad. Science and math students can jot down the steps in a lab or math problem. History students can take notes on the text they are reading, and students in all those subjects can take notes for a test or create questions for a test on Note Pub. Language Arts students can keep track of characters in a novel and write responses as they read. Writing students can use this program as a place to jot down ideas or first drafts. No one has to worry about the general public seeing any of their writing. The free option doesn't allow any "public" notes.

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Words of the World - The University of Nottingham

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6 to 12
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Develop your vocabulary and understanding of culture through words. The site offers a series of short videos presented by experts from the University of Nottingham's School of Cultures,...more
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Develop your vocabulary and understanding of culture through words. The site offers a series of short videos presented by experts from the University of Nottingham's School of Cultures, Languages, and Area Studies. Each video takes an in-depth look at the story behind many words of the world, including where they came from, what they mean, and how the words have changed over time. Simply click on any word in the visual to view the video. Most videos are less than 5 minutes in length. This site was created in the United Kingdom, so you may notice some slight pronunciation (or spelling) differences from American English. Many of the videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (115), vocabulary (324), vocabulary development (126), word study (80)

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Words of the World is a great site for some quick vocabulary building, but even more it is a window into words as vital components of culture and history. Share these videos on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) for a quick lesson on the background and meaning of several words. Use it to talk about how words can also define a time period in history or a concept that is vital to a particular culture. Explore language as PART of a culture as you study different countries. Find out what words are unique to that culture. Use this site as an example, then challenge cooperative learning groups to create their own word background videos of culture-connected words and share them on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here. Share a link to videos using links provided on your class website for students to view as a word of the week. Challenge students to use the word of the week in class discussions or other written work throughout the week.
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Gaming Against Plagiarism - University of Florida Marston Science Librarians

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6 to 12
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Explore these three engaging interactives about plagiarism. Click on any title to begin play and read the objectives and directions. Topics include plagiarism, ethics, and cheating....more
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Explore these three engaging interactives about plagiarism. Click on any title to begin play and read the objectives and directions. Topics include plagiarism, ethics, and cheating. This is a great "digital citizenship" site! The examples of plagiarism include more subtle "offenses," such as misquoting or incorrect citations.

tag(s): digital citizenship (59), game based learning (103), gamification (65), plagiarism (35)

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These activities are quite simple in nature and would be perfect for use in introducing or reinforcing topics pertaining to plagiarism. Display on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) and discuss terms used and examples of plagiarism. Allow students to explore on their own in small groups to find all the "crimes." Have students create an online or printed comic discussing plagiarism using a tool like Printable Comic Strip Templates, reviewed here, or Write Comics, reviewed here. You could use Printable Comic Templates for all students to create a rough draft.
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Active Textbook - Evident Point

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K to 12
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Create your own interactive version of any PDF document or text using Active Textbook. Don't let the term "textbook" fool you. This tool can work with fiction and non-fiction or ...more
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Create your own interactive version of any PDF document or text using Active Textbook. Don't let the term "textbook" fool you. This tool can work with fiction and non-fiction or ANY combination. Add an existing document to begin. Use the site's tools to enhance with multimedia, links, notes, bookmarks, and more. Use social networking tools to exchange ideas and questions with other readers. Customizing features allow for private viewing, tags, inclusion into courses, and enabling or disabling comments. Save up to 500 pages or 50MB using the free version of the site.
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tag(s): digital storytelling (144), ebooks (42)

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Upload any PDF document to create an interactive book for class use. Create one together as a class as you move through a unit or topic, adding images and ideas you students suggest, creating a class "book." Use in a flipped classroom to deliver course information. Have students convert any document to PDF format using PDF Converter reviewed here. Assign several student groups the same pdf and have each group create their own multimedia versions as they learn more about the topic. Make a digital bookshelf of all the versions and invite the class to vote for the best. Challenge your gifted students to enhance the "standard" class text with additional material they discover by going deeper and learning about related topics. In lower grades, create teacher-made ebooks for your young readers, perhaps adding audio of your own voice reading the text.

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Glass Giant - Make Pictures - Glass Giant Ltd.

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K to 12
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Create fun, custom pictures easily with Glass Giant! Choose from customization options such as Giant Cookies, Tickets, holidays, or a plane banner to begin. Upload your own picture...more
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Create fun, custom pictures easily with Glass Giant! Choose from customization options such as Giant Cookies, Tickets, holidays, or a plane banner to begin. Upload your own picture to view on a Jumbotron or in a snow globe. Easily personalize any of the images with text and color options. Save finished images using links or right click to save. Use these images as avatars, profile images or introductions. Be aware: this site has many advertisements.
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tag(s): back to school (58), holidays (147), images (266)

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Use Glass Giant to create personalized images for each of your students for back to school meetings, open house, or student of the week bulletin boards. This is a great tool for all grades. Have students use the romance novel option to create a book cover for books. Use the wanted poster option as a creative story starter. Be sure to bookmark this site to create fun images throughout the school year.

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moourl - flexcode

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3 to 12
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This very simple tool allows you to shorten a LONG URL (web address). Paste it into this web page, and get back a short URL that fits easily in any ...more
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This very simple tool allows you to shorten a LONG URL (web address). Paste it into this web page, and get back a short URL that fits easily in any webpage or sharing location. Once created, copy onto your clipboard for easy pasting onto any document using the link provided. Personalize your moourl to easily remember it. Drag the bookmarklet onto your toolbar for easy url shortening any time. This is especially helpful when you have a long url such as a search result, news article, or endless .k12 type school web page.
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Have a website (long url) that you want to share with your class (or parents)? Use this tool to shorten up the url before posting on your blog, wiki, website, or newsletter. Save this tool in your favorites to access when needed. Create a custom short url for your students to enter ore remember easily, such as to your class web page! Share this site with your older students to use on their own.

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Ultimate Titanic - UltimateTitanic.com

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4 to 12
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Ultimate Titanic is a site put together by teachers and historians dedicated to giving a clear understanding of the people and the events related to RMS Titanic. The site contains ...more
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Ultimate Titanic is a site put together by teachers and historians dedicated to giving a clear understanding of the people and the events related to RMS Titanic. The site contains hours of footage from survivors, animations, and documentaries as well as hundreds of photographs and documents to explore. Use the categories listed at the top of the page to find and narrow information to view. Choose from options such as the ship, the tragedy, or news. Within the education section are links to teaching ideas, a timeline, and several documentaries. The site has a few occasional typos but is still worthwhile. (Give bonus points to students who find a typo!) Some of the video clips are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here to download the videos from YouTube.
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tag(s): 1910s (9), 20th century (51), disasters (39)

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Use this site as a resource for information and ideas for teaching the Titanic as part of an early 20th century history lesson or as enrichment when reading any novel about the Titanic. Use the materials available here to talk about the difference between primary ad secondary sources. Use the site's timeline as a starting point and have students create their own Titanic timeline (with music, photos, videos, and more) using Capzles (reviewed here). Create a newspaper using a site such as Zinepal (reviewed here) telling the details of events of the Titanic. Click to "Start with a blank e-Book."
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Phonics Training Grounds - Compass Learning Odyssey

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K to 1
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Join the army cadets and play along with the Phonics Training Game. Begin with individual letters and sounds. Join the cadets in earning stars using activities with sounds for segmentation,...more
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Join the army cadets and play along with the Phonics Training Game. Begin with individual letters and sounds. Join the cadets in earning stars using activities with sounds for segmentation, blending, and spelling words.

tag(s): phonics (75)

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Introduce sounds, blending, and segmentation activities with students running your interactive whiteboard. Continue practice at center time or even at home. Have children help you make new activities with different words and word families. Make puppets and video to make your own version. Use with struggling learners as the content is not "babyish."
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Qixshr - qixshr.com

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Easily create and share custom picture collages using Qixshr (pronounced Quick Share). Upload up to 40 images from your computer and click create Collage to create and add to your ...more
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Easily create and share custom picture collages using Qixshr (pronounced Quick Share). Upload up to 40 images from your computer and click create Collage to create and add to your collage. Use options to move images, add or take away borders, and choose the size for your collage. Registration is required to upload images and create collages. Share finished images using links to social networks. Right click to save to your computer or copy the embed code to embed into any website. Avoid the "featured" examples, as they may not be classroom-appropriate.
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tag(s): images (266), slides (63)

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Create and share collages of classroom activities, field trips, and much more. In lower grades, create the collage together or for your students. Embed collages into your class website or blog for viewing at home. Have students create collages using their own pictures of land formations, types of plants, colors, words beginning with the same letter of the alphabet, and whatever else you can think of! This is a great tool for your visual learners!

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Dino Hunters - Sadlier-Oxford

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Dino Hunters is a great interactive for practicing dictionary skills. Select the correct group of guide words for each group of words given. Receive a rare dino for each five ...more
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Dino Hunters is a great interactive for practicing dictionary skills. Select the correct group of guide words for each group of words given. Receive a rare dino for each five correct answers.

tag(s): alphabetical order (19), dictionaries (56)

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Dino Hunters is simple and easy to play. Demonstrate on your interactive whiteboard (or projector). Allow students to play on classroom computers or the interactive whiteboard as a classroom center. Provide a link to this site on your class website for students to play at home. Have students create their own guide word activity using the format of the game.
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Match the Memory - Curtis Gibby

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Create your own matching games with Match the Memory. You can also play a ready-made memory game. Create your memory cards using themes provided. Customize cards with text, picture...more
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Create your own matching games with Match the Memory. You can also play a ready-made memory game. Create your memory cards using themes provided. Customize cards with text, picture only, or using other options. Easily add images, videos, events, and links to personalize a game. Choose a public or private option for sharing. Registration isn't required; however, it offers the option of editing games at a later date.
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tag(s): puzzles (208)

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Create matching games for words that begin with the same letter, color, or numbers for early elementary students. Use with older students to review concepts such as matching landforms, state capitols, or vocabulary terms. Have students (or groups) create matching games for others to play as review. in world language class, have students create games to reinforce vocabulary. Create a matching game with pictures and videos from recent field trips or class activities for students to share with parents. Learning support teachers can help students create their own memory games as a review activity. Encourage students to use a matching game as followup for oral presentations to keep their audience involved.

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