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Textbook Revolution - textbookrevolution.org

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9 to 12
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Textbook Revolution provides links to free (and paid) online textbooks and other educational materials. Some of the books are PDF files, others are viewable online as e-books, or some...more
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Textbook Revolution provides links to free (and paid) online textbooks and other educational materials. Some of the books are PDF files, others are viewable online as e-books, or some are simply web sites containing course or multimedia content. Search for specific textbooks or topics using the search bar. Choose the book for download. This link provides bibliographical data on the book and a link for download. Click to go to the download link to get the book in PDF format.
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tag(s): book lists (128), search engines (65)

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Use Textbook Revolution as a resource for supplemental classroom materials or to use with gifted or advanced students. Share links to educational material on your class website for students to access both in and out of the classroom.
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Screenhero (Beta) - Screenhero, Inc.

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4 to 12
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Screenhero is a screen sharing service that allows the option for both parties to share the mouse on the other person's screen. Watch the one minute video on the site ...more
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Screenhero is a screen sharing service that allows the option for both parties to share the mouse on the other person's screen. Watch the one minute video on the site for a nice overview of how the application works. Begin by both parties downloading the software onto computers to use. Choose between the options to share window or share entire screen. Each person has a mouse cursor labeled with his/her name, to use during sharing. Pause or end sessions when ready using the stop share button.

tag(s): homework (44), tutorials (47)

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Screen share with students working on individual computers to demonstrate items such as website addresses, how to locate information on websites, or when learning text editing features such as changing font size or color. This is a great alternative if a projector or interactive whiteboard is not available. Use this tool to collaborate with other teachers when creating lesson plans or student documents. Ask students using a computer for a presentation to share their screen with the teacher's computer to make information easier to view. Share this site with students to use at home when collaborating on projects. Help a homebound student or offer "extra help" sessions via screen share at predetermined "office hours" or during a snow day. Consider having students teach tech skills to their peers using this free sharing app.

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Coggle - coggle.it

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2 to 12
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Coggle is an online, collaborative mind mapping program. Sign in using your Google account or other email to begin. Click "create" to begin a new diagram. Click to edit text, ...more
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Coggle is an online, collaborative mind mapping program. Sign in using your Google account or other email to begin. Click "create" to begin a new diagram. Click to edit text, or choose the + icon to add a new branch. Drag elements anywhere on your screen to rearrange. Invite others to view, add, or edit your Coggle using the share button. Allow other users read-only access or read-and-edit access. Download finished Coggles as a PDF file or a png image. The introduction/explanation video is hosted on YouTube. If YouTube is blocked at your school, you may want to view the video and familiarize yourself with the website from your home computer.

tag(s): brainstorming (23), graphic organizers (43), mind map (25)

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Coggle's ease of use makes it easy to focus on the process of creating a mind map, rather than learning how to use the program or playing with its features to make it pretty. Have your class create organizers together, such as in a brainstorming session on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Assign students to "map" out a chapter or story. Assign groups to create study guides using this tool. Use this site for literature activities, research projects, social studies, or science topics. Use this site to create family trees or food pyramids in family and consumer science. Have students collaborate (online) to create group mind maps or review charts before tests on a given subject. Have students organize any concepts you study; color-code concepts to show what they understand, wonder, and question; map out a story, plot line, or plan for the future; map out a step-by-step process (life cycle).

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CurriConnects Book List - Light and Color - TeachersFirst

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K to 10
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Enjoy books of photographs and about photography in conjunction for student independent reading in conjunction with art classes or in science as you learn about light and the spectrum....more
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Enjoy books of photographs and about photography in conjunction for student independent reading in conjunction with art classes or in science as you learn about light and the spectrum. This list includes nonfiction about light and how it works. The interest levels are predominantly elementary and middle school but include selections for more able readers. 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): book lists (128), colors (79), independent reading (128), photography (160)

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Have students choose a book they can connect to your light unit in science, to art projects, or simply a book of interest. Extend the experience by having them collect their own photographs as examples of the concepts they learn. Share projects using one of these reviewed presentation tools from the TeachersFirst Edge. The non-fiction selections offer possible informational texts to practice Common Core science literacy skills.

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Questions and Thinking in Common Core; Part 2: Students as Questioners - TeachersFirst

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K to 8
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This installment is part of a series of articles about implementing Common Core. This article examines the role that questioning can play in the Common Core and offers some ways ...more
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This installment is part of a series of articles about implementing Common Core. This article examines the role that questioning can play in the Common Core and offers some ways to help students develop a questioning mindset to use as part of "close reading" of texts in elementary grades on up. A separate article, Part I of Questions and Thinking in Common Core, discusses Teachers as Questioners. Both articles are intended for elementary teachers as part of our Help! I lost my library/media specialist series but are easily adapted for middle and high school grades.

tag(s): commoncore (94), questioning (31), thinking skills (17)

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Read lesson ideas and explore the questioning strategies suggested as you begin to implement Common Core. Mark this article in your Favorites. Many of the ideas will be helpful during curriculum planning sessions with other teachers. Click the "share" widget to send them to others!

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Vector-Finder - Vector-Finder.com

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K to 12
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Find free clipart on this site. These are vector graphic images which can be enlarged without the problems of pixelated images. Many of these pictures are appropriate for use in ...more
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Find free clipart on this site. These are vector graphic images which can be enlarged without the problems of pixelated images. Many of these pictures are appropriate for use in the classroom and can be downloaded for student use. Find images and figures, backgrounds and wallpapers, as well as icon sets. When using the clipart, be sure to download to your computer first before inserting into an application. Copying it directly from the website puts a black background behind your image. Note: As with most clipart search engines, there are graphics on this site that are not appropriate for children. It is suggested that an adult look for appropriate graphics to distribute to students.
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tag(s): clip art (10), images (266)

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These vector graphics are free to download and use (with appropriate credit). This site is great if you need some clever clipart to jazz up student handouts, classroom bulletin boards, or PowerPoint/Keynote presentations. Special Ed, speech/language, or ESL/ELL teachers may find these images helpful when working with non-readers or non-verbal students. There is also web clipart that you can use for your blog, class webpage, or wiki. Interested in learning more about wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through. Have students use this site in science class or other subjects to explain concepts and create colorful projects. Create an image collection for them to use as raw material and share it on your wiki or in a shared storage folder. Have students share what they have learned by creating personalized images (with text) using Pinwords reviewed here. Or have them create a comic using one of the many tools here.

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BrainRush - BrainRush.com

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2 to 12
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BrainRush is a collection of fast-paced learning activities. It adapts to the individual users, providing information at just the right level to learn quickly without boredom. The mastery...more
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BrainRush is a collection of fast-paced learning activities. It adapts to the individual users, providing information at just the right level to learn quickly without boredom. The mastery meter shows progress along the way, and BrainRush states "When you finish playing a BrainRush, you know the material, guaranteed." Browse the library to choose from hundreds of topics in categories including all academic subjects as well as sports and Spanish. Future improvements to the site include the promise to create your own BrainRushes. Account creation using your email and a password is required to play BrainRush games. Many activities have audio.

tag(s): american revolution (86), chemicals (40), compasses (4), decimals (133), geometric shapes (163), heart (43), human body (121), multiplication (227), parts of speech (68), periodic table (50), planets (123), presidents (131), south america (39), spanish (108), sports (97), states (162), vocabulary (323)

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Share this site with students to practice and learn classroom material as well as topics they choose. Join the site yourself to share it on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Share with ESL/ELL and Special Education teachers as a resource for their students. Create a link to specific BrainRushes on your class website or blog for students to complete at home. Any student creating an account requires an email address. Read tips for safely managing email registrations here.

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Concrete Poetry - Woodland Trust

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K to 3
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Create and share concrete poetry easily using this tool. Choose from pictures provided or draw your own and click to add words. Provide your own words or click and drag ...more
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Create and share concrete poetry easily using this tool. Choose from pictures provided or draw your own and click to add words. Provide your own words or click and drag from the choices offered. Be sure to click on different categories to see all options. When finished, choose Print. Add your name and the poem title to print. Options for printing include showing the shape or not. If you want to keep the image digitally, use a screenshot (Prtscrn key, followed by pasting into a document on Windows; Command+shift+4 on Mac to save the screenshot to your download location).

tag(s): poetry (228), preK (281)

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Use this site as a computer center during your poetry unit. Create concrete poetry as a class on your interactive whiteboard or projector and print for a bulletin board display. Use the site to brainstorm words to include with a concrete poem. Print the words and have students create their own unique poems.
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Famous Inboxes - Mark Brownlow

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6 to 12
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If famous people from long ago had inboxes, what would be in them? Famous Inboxes takes that concept and creates inboxes for characters in literature, entertainment, and history....more
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If famous people from long ago had inboxes, what would be in them? Famous Inboxes takes that concept and creates inboxes for characters in literature, entertainment, and history. Choose from artists, musicians, great leaders, authors, and many more categories. Each inbox contains a screenshot of the person's email (mythical) inbox including the subject of the email and the sender. This is an entertaining and provocative site sure to inspire lots of ideas for your own use! Be sure to preview before you share as some of the topics (or "texting" language) may not be appropriate for the classroom.

tag(s): creative writing (166), digital storytelling (144), gamification (65), social networking (112)

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Share Famous Inboxes with your students on your interactive whiteboard or projector using a character or author studied in class. Assign students to each of the inbox titles and have them write the actual email sent. Don't see anyone to use in class? Create your own or have students use the site as a model to create their own. Most likely, working in groups will get the creative juices flowing. This would be a great model to use for introducing a history or science unit or for looking at the relationships between characters in literature. Have students write the emails as an end of unit review. Subscribe to the RSS feed of this site to receive updated contents. Use the option to create an inbox as a differentiated challenge for your gifted students. For example: Summarize World War II by showing Winston Churchill's inbox, then write two of the key emails. As a "hook" for new books in the media center, have students create inboxes for one of the characters and post them with the book jackets. Instead of a "report" on a scientist, have students create their inbox documenting their research and accomplishments.

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Doorway Online Learning Activities - Philip Whittaker and Thomas Lee

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K to 3
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Doorway Online provides several early elementary level learning activities in the areas of literacy, math, typing, and memory games. Choose one of the categories to view game titles,...more
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Doorway Online provides several early elementary level learning activities in the areas of literacy, math, typing, and memory games. Choose one of the categories to view game titles, then click to play. Some games offer learning or testing modes as an option for play while others provide several options for differentiating activities. Created in Scotland, this site uses British spellings and currencies.

tag(s): addition (250), alphabet (92), counting (119), keyboarding (38), phonics (75), preK (281), sounds (68), spelling (168), subtraction (207), time (144)

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If you have computer stations, you may want to set up different areas of this program to allow students practice time after instruction. Use the program with the entire class by putting an area of the program up on your projector or interactive whiteboard and having small groups of students decide what the answer should be. Post the link to this program on your website for students to practice at home.
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Exam Time - ExamTime.com

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7 to 12
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ExamTime is powerful tool package to improve and enhance study skills. Features include mind maps, flash cards, quizzes, and goal-setting. Sign up using email or Facebook to begin exploring...more
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ExamTime is powerful tool package to improve and enhance study skills. Features include mind maps, flash cards, quizzes, and goal-setting. Sign up using email or Facebook to begin exploring the site. Choose the Explore button at the top of the page to create a study activity. Follow the easy directions to add text, drag and drop items, and build study items. When finished, share with friends within ExamTime. Another interesting feature is the Goal Builder - enter goals, future assignments, project deadlines, and more to build a timeline and check activities when complete. View information easily on computers and mobile devices for easy access anywhere and anytime.

tag(s): assessment (100), classroom management (135), flash cards (45), homework (44), mind map (25), quizzes (96), social networking (112), test prep (95)

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Share ExamTime with students to build and use study skills. Although an individual can use the site on their own, it is best to use it as a sharing site to share study information. Encourage students to sign up and build a network of friends for creating and sharing resources. You might consider requiring students to use the timeline feature to prioritize and stay organized, especially with long term tasks. Learning support teachers and teachers of gifted-but-disorganized students will want to share the tools and encourage their students to collaborate with their peers. Have students create review activities (they call it revision) and swap them with peers. Use this tool with colleagues to co-create materials to use with content units or materials to use for flipping the classroom. Use this tool for professional development. Groups of grade level teachers can use the timeline feature and set goals to make sure they are covering the Common Core Standards for the year, throughout the year.

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EduClipper - Adam Bellow

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4 to 12
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Pinterest and Learnist are for general public use, but eduClipper takes the best of both of those tools and puts them together for educators and their students. The real difference...more
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Pinterest and Learnist are for general public use, but eduClipper takes the best of both of those tools and puts them together for educators and their students. The real difference with eduClipper for educators is the ability to create classes. Make your clipboards public or private. Post videos, documents, links, or upload files. Get great ideas by browsing existing clipboards with no registration, or save those searches and create subject specific clipboards by registering for free.

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

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The real difference about eduClipper for educators is the ability to create classes. This makes it easy to create small groups for investigations and have the students post for each other their findings and suggestions. Brainstorming with the entire class with eduClipper allows everyone to contribute and view the brainstorm even when they are not in class. For more ideas about using eduClipper with and in your classroom, see the classroom suggestions for a similar program, Learnist, reviewed here.

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OK2Ask'®: Skype July 2013 - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2013, opens in Adobe Connect. Skype: Bring the world into your classroom! Discover TeachersFirst 3.0 to...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2013, opens in Adobe Connect. Skype: Bring the world into your classroom! Discover TeachersFirst 3.0 to explore and energize your classroom through the use of Skype. Participants will view and explore resources for understanding and learning about Skype as well as explore ideas for immediate and future classroom activities. A question/answer period will be available to help with individual questions. It's OK2Ask,"'?.

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Gather ideas by exploring 6-10 Skype resources located on TeachersFirst; Investigate and discuss lesson ideas offered in the reviews and by other teachers in this online session; List possible curriculum-related projects or activities that students could do in his/her classes using one of these resources; Explore and practice with the resource(s) of choice; and (follow-up) Plan and implement a student-centered, curriculum-related use of the resource(s) of choice as part of an upcoming teaching unit. Applicable NETS-T standards (2008)*: 1a,b,and d, 2a, b, and c, 3b and d,4c and d, 5a * The text of these standards is copyrighted. Please read the full text at ISTE's NETS-T page.

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Find ideas about using Skype in your classroom. View this webinar alone or with other colleagues wanting to learn more about Skype. Many resources will be shared that use Skype in the classroom (and are ready to go). Take a look at the resource page full of interesting ways to use Skype in the classroom. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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3 Important Graphics to Help Parents Teach Their Kids - ForTheTeachersBlog.org

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K to 6
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This site offers three useful, downloadable posters to help parents help their student with Reading, Spelling, and Math. Each poster includes several easy to implement suggestions for...more
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This site offers three useful, downloadable posters to help parents help their student with Reading, Spelling, and Math. Each poster includes several easy to implement suggestions for help at home: letting your student see you read, having your student explain how to solve problems when doing homework, and more. Click on the links provided with each poster to go to the original graphic or to print a PDF version of the poster. Be sure to give proper credit.
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tag(s): back to school (58), literacy (103), parent conferences (22), spelling (168)

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Post during conferences. Post in the parent pick-up area of your school lobby. Provide a link from your class web page or print and send home. Share posters with your PTO/PTA for use in planning parent education activities. These posters are an excellent back to school resource. Be sure to share with parents, teachers, and volunteers for ideas when helping students.

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Cool Ways to Use Skype in the Classroom - Annie Condron

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K to 12
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Find many good ideas for including Skype in your classroom. See tips for making the most of your Skype experience and a video of an actual classroom Skype session with ...more
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Find many good ideas for including Skype in your classroom. See tips for making the most of your Skype experience and a video of an actual classroom Skype session with author Mike Artnell. Be sure to check out the embedded slide show that includes lots of tips for Skyping with students. The video clip 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 videos from YouTube.

tag(s): parent conferences (22), skype (12), virtual field trips (48)

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Bookmark and save this site to use as reference when setting up Skype calls. Share with other teachers during professional development sessions. After completing Skype sessions, have students create maps using Animaps (reviewed here). Students can add text, images, and location stops! Want to learn more about using Skype in the classroom? View TeachersFirst's OK2Ask: Skype archived webinar (here). This webinar is about 90 minutes long.
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Skype as a Learning Call - Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano

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2 to 12
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Skype as a Learning Call is a PDF loaded with information on using Skype calls in your classroom. Different pages include information such as what to do before, during, and ...more
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Skype as a Learning Call is a PDF loaded with information on using Skype calls in your classroom. Different pages include information such as what to do before, during, and after a call for both you and your students. Also included are student handouts to record information from calls. Be sure to check this out as an excellent resource for getting the most of your Skype learning experiences! Want to learn more about using Skype in the classroom? View TeachersFirst's OK2Ask Skype archived webinar (here). (This recording is about 90 minutes long.)

tag(s): skype (12), webcams (6)

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Print or save this PDF to use as a resource with any Skype call. Use ideas from this site for assigning student jobs during Skyping. Use the student handouts as a resource for students to complete for post-assessment. Share this site with your Skype partner before your session so that you know each other's goals and objectives for the session.
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Boundless - Ariel Diaz

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9 to 12
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Save money, learn faster with free digital textbooks from Boundless. Boundless creates interactive textbooks including flashcards, interactive searches, and highlighting options. It...more
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Save money, learn faster with free digital textbooks from Boundless. Boundless creates interactive textbooks including flashcards, interactive searches, and highlighting options. It includes 18 college level subjects from Accounting through Writing. Choose any subject to begin. Create a free account enabling access to a search engine and additional study tools.

tag(s): art history (70), business (58), ebooks (42), microorganisms (14), politics (99), sociology (22)

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Although geared toward college textbooks, Boundless is an excellent resource for many high school classrooms. Choose sections of books to use as lessons on your interactive whiteboard or assign for students to read on their own. Challenge students to create a presentation using Prezi (reviewed here) demonstrating concepts learned. Use flashcards and quizzes embedded in Boundless books to review concepts. Boundless is an excellent resource for gifted or AP students. Use as a source for enrichment of your current curriculum.

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Room Recess Educational Games for Kids - roomrecess.com

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K to 4
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Room Recess contains several educational games for elementary students created by a 3rd Grade teacher, and is still growing! Room Recess has more than doubled in size since this review...more
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Room Recess contains several educational games for elementary students created by a 3rd Grade teacher, and is still growing! Room Recess has more than doubled in size since this review first published, and now offers more than thirty free games. The games are arranged in four categories; math games, reading games, word games, and matching games. Choose from free word or math games with titles such as Pizzeria Parlor and Prefix Popper. Practice skills such as basic operations, sequencing, spelling, sight words, tic-tac-toe, and many more! The games are in four categories; math games, reading games, word games, and matching games. Each activity includes short directions before play begins.

tag(s): addition (250), antonyms (26), division (172), flash cards (45), fractions (239), game based learning (103), keyboarding (38), multiples (35), multiplication (227), operations (125), parts of speech (68), prefixes (16), preK (281), reading strategies (45), sequencing (31), spelling (168), subtraction (207), time (144)

In the Classroom

Choose these games for student play during computer lab or at classroom centers to practice math and language skills. Although simple, they provide fun review of skills. Demonstrate some of the activities on your interactive whiteboard. Although this site was created to help teachers find educational "fun" activities to do during indoor recess, the activities would also be great for learning centers or use in an interactive whiteboard center. The reading category for this site is the most valuable for learning new skills or reviewing skills.
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Flask - flask.io

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Flask is a very simple list maker. Type in your first to-do item and press enter to create a new list. NO membership required! The unique url generates, and your ...more
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Flask is a very simple list maker. Type in your first to-do item and press enter to create a new list. NO membership required! The unique url generates, and your list is ready to use. Continue typing items as needed and change the name of your list if desired. Use the share button to view the url, embed link or to email the list.

tag(s): organizational skills (122)

In the Classroom

Help students organize the specific tasks necessary to finish a project. Use class discussion to create a list of all necessary items or steps. Organize tasks and set due dates to assist students in time management for completing projects. Create weekly lists of due dates and important information to embed on your class website. Use this tool to support students in learning organizational skills. Share this tool at the beginning of the school year for your students to use to organize assignments. Use this tool for your own organizational purposes. Create as many separate lists as needed.

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Current - Your Private, Daily Diary - current.im

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7 to 12
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Current is a completely private online diary using just 140 characters (a la Twitter). Login with a user name, password (email address needed), and begin typing. Current keeps a daily...more
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Current is a completely private online diary using just 140 characters (a la Twitter). Login with a user name, password (email address needed), and begin typing. Current keeps a daily record of writing along with a time stamp, making it a simple and private tool for short journal writing.

tag(s): creative writing (166), journals (21)

In the Classroom

Share this site with students to create their own private diary or journal. Because it is only 140 characters, Current may be a good option for students to use for prewriting and brainstorming before beginning writing projects. Create your own account and use Current as a tool for reflecting on lessons and classroom activities each day. If you have individual laptops for students, or are in a byod school, why not begin class with a Current entry each day. Have students keep a simple, year-long journal of the highlights of their learning. Use Current as lesson "closure" using today's 140 character format.

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