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Embed Plus - EmbedPlus

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K to 12
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Want to enhance the viewer experiences and discussions around the YouTube videos you embed? Enter the URL of your You Tube video to add DVD-like controls without altering the original...more
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Want to enhance the viewer experiences and discussions around the YouTube videos you embed? Enter the URL of your You Tube video to add DVD-like controls without altering the original content. Use EmbedPlus to add features such as scene skipping, movable zoom, third party annotations, slow motion on-demand, and instant replay. Set start time and scene markers if desired. Add your annotations during this set up process. When done, click get Code to either copy a new URL for your video or obtain an embed code to place in a blog, wiki, or site to share with others.

tag(s): movies (72), video (276)

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If using student created video, please check with district policy about sharing student work on the Internet. If using with students, be sure to discuss what is considered appropriate/inappropriate annotations to make on videos. These videos may not play in districts where You Tube videos are blocked. As EmbedPlus uses its own wrapper around the You Tube video, it may be viewable in your district depending upon the filter being used. Be sure to test this before using with students. Note: The "real time reactions" option pulls in and displays public comments when you click it. Use the "enhanced embed" wizard and be sure to click the checkbox that deactivates this feature. You may wish to monitor these for possible inappropriate content.

Use the controls to add annotations or student thoughts to sections of the videos. Students can make these comments on their own videos or on a different groups contribution. Use this just to add playback controls that allow for greater viewing of You Tube videos. Have students find a video (or assign one) and annotate it with curriculum related discussion, criticism, vocabulary, etc. Students can then embed this product in his/her blog or a class wiki or site. Don't have one of those? Consider using WebNode, reviewed here. Make an annotated video with question prompts in annotations and embed in wiki or glog to share with your classes. Playback using the slow motion and zoom would be a great item to show on a whiteboard or projector.
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The Gingerbread Man with Everything - Sprint

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K to 3
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Decorate a virtual gingerbread man with this simple to use site. Add frosting, decorations, and more. Then save your creation (downloads as a jpg file). There are options to share ...more
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Decorate a virtual gingerbread man with this simple to use site. Add frosting, decorations, and more. Then save your creation (downloads as a jpg file). There are options to share and send, but these do not appear to work all the time. You can also browse a Gallery of others' creations for inspiration. Important note: the site uses pop-ups to save or send, so be sure you allow pop-ups from this site.

tag(s): christmas (65), holidays (151), writing (367)

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Share the gallery and have students experiment together to learn what the tools do on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Be sure everyone knows how to SAVE their creations. Then set up a gingerbread man center for creative expression. Once students create their virtual treats, have them click to SAVE the file on the local computer. They can write stories about them in the pattern of classics: "You can't catch me...!" or in their own fantasy style. Print the illustrations or include both stories and images on your class wiki. Not sure how to make a wiki? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through. Another option: You could make a class book of the students' creations. For this you might want to use Mixbook reviewed here to add a professional flare.
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Dolch Word - Dolch word.net/

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K to 3
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The Dolch Word website offers a variety of activities, information, and tools for teaching and learning the Dolch Word list. The words are broken into the pre-primer, primer, first,...more
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The Dolch Word website offers a variety of activities, information, and tools for teaching and learning the Dolch Word list. The words are broken into the pre-primer, primer, first, second, and third grade categories. Within each category, you will find printable flashcards as well as word lists that can be used for student assessment. At each level, there are a variety of Dolch word games to choose from such as memory, matching, spelling, and jigsaw. Audio is used during some of the games as verbal cues. There are items for sale and advertisements, but you can ignore them.

tag(s): puzzles (207)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector to introduce new Dolch words or to familiarize students with the rules of the games prior to using them during centers. Be sure to show which areas are ads to avoid. Students can use this site during centers as a review or to differentiate instruction. Have students print out their own Dolch flashcards, cut them up and place them in a plastic bag for those times when they finish their work early. Do not forget to share this useful site with the school reading specialist and ELL/ESL teacher. Another idea: provide this link on your class website for students and parents to access both in and out of the classroom.
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Christmas Fun - Mrs. Robin Martin

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K to 5
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If you are looking for fun activities to feed the holiday spirit check out Mrs. Martin's blog. Students will enjoy decorating digital gingerbread cookies, "elfing" themselves, making...more
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If you are looking for fun activities to feed the holiday spirit check out Mrs. Martin's blog. Students will enjoy decorating digital gingerbread cookies, "elfing" themselves, making virtual snowflakes, creating colorful sand drawings, and counting down the days to Christmas on advent calendars from around the world.

*BE AWARE: at the time of this review, a few of the links were "under construction." However, what IS available is worth taking a look at!

tag(s): christmas (65), snow (22)

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Incorporate fun digital activities into your interactive whiteboard or projector lessons this December. Make a shortcut to links from this site on classroom computers and use it as a center. Read Jan Brett's book "Gingerbread Baby" and then have students create virtual gingerbread cookies from the variety of sites on this blog. Science units covering the states of matter, weather, or water cycle can include a fun diversion to cutting out virtual snowflakes. Schools that celebrate Christmas will enjoy projecting an advent calendar daily and seeing what surprises each new day brings.

General Tips and Reminders: Fully preview the links on this site at school before introducing them to students. Some sites may be down or not accessible on your school network. There is some advertising on a few sites. Students may have the opportunity to create virtual cards. These require users to enter email addresses directly into the site. Advise your students to print their work rather than submitting personal emails. Or use a class email (rather than your personal email, create a class gmail account for all students to use).
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Wylio - wylio.com

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K to 12
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Find and use copyright-free pictures using simple tools and copy/paste to get the embed code. Use Wylio to search for a picture in the topic of your choice. Enter a ...more
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Find and use copyright-free pictures using simple tools and copy/paste to get the embed code. Use Wylio to search for a picture in the topic of your choice. Enter a search term, view the possible pictures, and click on your choice. Change the alignment of the picture and the size it will appear using the simple tools. When done, click "Get The Code" to view the embeddable code. Copy and paste the code into a site, blog, or wiki to share with others. What is special about Wylio? The attribution to the picture's author is embedded into the code, so you are modeling ethical use of electronic resources!

tag(s): creative commons (23), images (275), photography (162)

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Users must be knowledgeable about embed codes and how to use them in a site, blog, or wiki. Be sure to test out embedding a picture on your site to anticipate problems when students use Wylio. Use Wylio to find copyright-free pictures for teacher use in any subject area or for student use as soon as they learn to copy/paste embed codes. This tool would be a great asset to a photography or art class but can be used in any subject area. Use pictures that showcase life around us or in a Math class to show various Math functions in man made structures and nature. Use this site to take your geography class around the world (virtually). Have students create presentations in any subject area and narrate the pictures rather than doing a traditional oral report. Use a site such as Slidestory, reviewed here, to narrate the pictures. Speech and language in lower grades or ESL/ELL teachers could use pictures for vocabulary development and allow students to add words or sentences to go with the pictures. In Science, find pictures that represent various concepts and encourage explanations of these concepts for better understanding.
 

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Word Games - FPS Networks Inc.

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2 to 12
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Word Games has compiled many of the web's best word games into one resource. Games are categorized in several different ways such as typing, word search, puzzles, and others. In ...more
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Word Games has compiled many of the web's best word games into one resource. Games are categorized in several different ways such as typing, word search, puzzles, and others. In addition, the newest and most popular games are identified for easy access. Facebook users can "like" the site and receive daily games to play. This site provides varied activities to help increase word skills at many different levels.

Navigate carefully as this site has many advertisements! But the great interactives make it worth the hassle.

tag(s): logic (239), puzzles (207), sudoku (18)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Make a shortcut to this site on classroom computers and use it as a center. Provide a link to these activities on your class website.
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Classroom Libraries - Teachers College Reading and Writing Project

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This site has a variety of themed booklists developed by educators at Teachers College for K-12 students. The lists display in Google Documents. The themes available are fairly typical...more
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This site has a variety of themed booklists developed by educators at Teachers College for K-12 students. The lists display in Google Documents. The themes available are fairly typical ones, like non-fiction, biography, history, Spanish-language, history, narrative, and multi-cultural among others.

tag(s): book lists (133)

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Teachers can use this as a reference site, especially when preparing a new unit in another subject area and trying to find related independent reading or literature circle options.

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Kidsreads - Carol Fitzgerald

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3 to 8
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This is the site for anyone that loves to read! Reviews of the latest kids books are available along with trivia, author interviews, and special book features. There are author ...more
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This is the site for anyone that loves to read! Reviews of the latest kids books are available along with trivia, author interviews, and special book features. There are author pages, reviews, podcasts, and audio (coming soon), new and upcoming, books into movies and other sections to discover. Special sections are available for librarians, teachers and parents. Anyone interested in the newest children's literature will appreciate and enjoy this site. Links are provided to purchase books discussed on the site, but you can avoid them and use the library instead. Students will enjoy entering the many contests available on the site and perhaps win one of the book giveaways!

tag(s): authors (121)

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Print out book reviews as examples before having students create their own book review. Use this site to help students find some fresh literature to read. Use trivia questions as quiz questions after reading books in class or during independent reading time. Use the author links to learn about authors popular with students.

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Kids Book Blog - Mrs. Phillips' 5th Grade and 6th grade class

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3 to 8
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Kids Book Blog is a site that has been created and is maintained by fifth and sixth grade students. The site houses a book review database for over 500 books ...more
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Kids Book Blog is a site that has been created and is maintained by fifth and sixth grade students. The site houses a book review database for over 500 books with reviews written by students for students. In addition to the database, the site includes Author Study Podcasts, Comic Book Summaries, and Game Show templates in PowerPoint format. Another interesting feature of the site is the opportunity to join on-line Book Clubs. Students read the assigned book and check in weekly to discuss their opinions and share comments about the reading. The students who maintain the site are working on bringing How To videos, such as Inferencing and Cause and Effect, to the site. What a fabulous site to share with students to demonstrate the potential all students possess.

tag(s): blogs (90), literature (274), podcasts (55)

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Allow students to read through the reviews to choose literature. After reading the book, have students write their own reviews. Compare and contrast their reviews with the database write-ups. Have students create their own podcasts reviewing the book using a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here).

Differentiate reading assignments by assigning Book Clubs in accordance with student reading levels. Teachers who use the Book Clubs with classes should check school policies on posting student comments on-line and obtain written parent permission. Be sure to establish class guidelines for safe commenting and comply with school policies for identifying student (initials? first names?).

Utilize the Game Show formats as study tools for test prep. Have students create their own test prep formats and present to the class in a Power Point presentation.

This blog site is a model for many effective reading projects upper elementary and middle school classes can create on their own: video summaries (using a site such as SchoolTube reviewed here), book club blogs, Power Point "Jeopardy" book quizzes, and more. The blog promises to continue adding new projects in the future. Use the examples here to inspire your own students.

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CurriConnects - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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Use CurriConnects to find books related to curriculum topics or subject areas. Build student literacy skills, reinforce the place of curriculum concepts in other contexts, and help...more
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Use CurriConnects to find books related to curriculum topics or subject areas. Build student literacy skills, reinforce the place of curriculum concepts in other contexts, and help students build the important reading strategy of connecting what they read to prior knowledge. Share CurriConnects as links on your class web page or wiki or share them with school and local libraries where students can select books to accompany what they are studying. Topics include Earth Science, Explorers, Frontiers and Settlers, Geographic Wonders (landforms), Inventors and Inventions, Maps, Math in Use, Medicine and Health, The Artists's Eye (books with outstanding illustrations and books about artists), What Do You Do? (careers). More are being added on an ongoing basis. Grade ranges vary.

tag(s): book lists (133), independent reading (129), reading lists (79)

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Share CurriConnects as links on your class web page or wiki or share them with school and local libraries where students can select books to accompany what they are studying. Explore the many ideas TeachersFirst offers for using CurriConnects in your classroom. Be sure to share these lists with ESL/ELL teachers for reading selections to build student vocabulary and understanding of curriculum.

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Story Soup - Highlights for Children

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K to 6
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Story Soup is filled with a variety of reading activities for every elementary learning level and style. Students will enjoy the interactive nature of activities such as Goofus and...more
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Story Soup is filled with a variety of reading activities for every elementary learning level and style. Students will enjoy the interactive nature of activities such as Goofus and Gallant where readers can choose the twists and turns of the story; Rebus Roundup where students can fill in the rebus blanks to create their own silly stories; Book Clubs where learners can vote for their favorite books; and The Timbertoes where students can make their own stories using provided illustrations/captions. Students can experience a Story of the Week and The Arizona Zone, a section focused on the beloved Highlights character and her social issue-related debacles.

tag(s): literacy (106)

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Adapt this site for struggling readers by turning on the volume and providing it as a listening center while students follow along with the text. Allow students to work with partners to create silly stories and share with the class on the interactive whiteboard or projector. Extend the stories by using the writing process and allow students to publish their final outcomes. Use as an enrichment tool for those who finish their work quickly or need that extra challenge. Add to the desktop and use as a center activity. Or add it to the class web page and let parents and students investigate the site together.

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The Thanksgiving Story - Wilstar

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3 to 6
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This site contains a short text explanation of events leading up to the first Thanksgiving held in 1621 and how that has led to today's traditions and celebration of the ...more
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This site contains a short text explanation of events leading up to the first Thanksgiving held in 1621 and how that has led to today's traditions and celebration of the holiday. Although it is fairly short, it contains many facts which would be useful in a classroom study of Thanksgiving. There is a short quiz at the end based on the information included that can be reproduced and used in the classroom.

Note - there is a link to a YouTube video midway through the information on the page, students may need to be cautioned that it isn't part of the activity.

tag(s): holidays (151), pilgrims (17), thanksgiving (37)

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Type up the quiz (or use copy/paste, but GIVE CREDIT) and give it to your students before studying Thanksgiving to assess prior knowledge. Use the story page on an interactive whiteboard for students to highlight key words and write a main idea sentence or do practice comprehension or notetaking skills during Thanksgiving season. Older students can read the site on their own at a classroom center and complete the quiz at the end of their session. After reading the story, ask students to write their own story from the perspective of one of the first Thanksgiving participants. Create a class book using their stories using a site such as Bookemon, reviewed here.

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Coloring Page Tuesdays - Elizabeth O. Dulemba

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K to 3
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As the name of the depicts, this site offers FREE coloring pages. Children's books' author and illustrator, Elizabeth Dulemba, creates an assortment of "coloring pages" every week that...more
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As the name of the depicts, this site offers FREE coloring pages. Children's books' author and illustrator, Elizabeth Dulemba, creates an assortment of "coloring pages" every week that accompany her stories. There are images of animals, people, and various themes such as holidays, patriotism, and school. Simply click the image to open a .jpg to print and color. Sign up to receive alerts when new coloring pages are posted each week.

tag(s): images (275), themes (12)

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Although the original intent of the coloring pages are meant for younger students, they are perfect if you are looking to build a library of readily accessible images that can be categorized and saved into folders for quick display on your whiteboard or to embed in PowerPoint slides or documents. Simply right click on any image, and then remember to choose save target as, and name the image. You are then able to open it and size it accordingly.
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Order in the Library - University of Texas

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1 to 6
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This site offers 11 levels of practice to help students learn how to use a virtual library. They learn sorting, shelving, and reordering (placing mixed up books in the correct ...more
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This site offers 11 levels of practice to help students learn how to use a virtual library. They learn sorting, shelving, and reordering (placing mixed up books in the correct location) with a simple game. Sorting is level 1, shelving is levels 2 - 8, and reordering is levels 9 - 11. Players practice their alphabetizing skills, numerical arranging skills and knowledge of the Dewey Decimal system at 4 levels from expert to super genius. There is a short tutorial that you can view to understand the site. This site is also available in Spanish. At the end of activities, they can print out a certificate (useful for teachers to know students have been successful, but it does kill trees.)

tag(s): alphabet (89)

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Use this site as a preview to a trip to the library to explore library organization. This is also an engaging and practical application for understanding numerical order for math. ELL and ESL students will have no problems with language at any of these levels since it requires no more than a simple understanding of numbers and the alphabet.
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Testmoz - testmoz.com

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K to 12
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Use this very simple site to create a test that's accessible on the Internet. Create an automatically graded test easily and for free! Registration is not required to use or ...more
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Use this very simple site to create a test that's accessible on the Internet. Create an automatically graded test easily and for free! Registration is not required to use or to take the created tests. Simply click "Create a test," enter the test name, and create a password. Note: Be sure to remember the password somewhere because it is not possible to recover it. Read the directions on the Test Control Panel to adjust settings, add questions, and publish the test. Bookmark the URL of the finished test you make so you can find it later. After publishing, copy and paste the URL of the test into a wiki, blog, or site, for student access. View reports when students are done with the test.

tag(s): quiz (89)

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Skills required: Be sure to remember the password for your tests, as well as the unique URL. It would be wise to copy/paste them into a document you keep somewhere for reference. Users are unable to access the tests without the URL. Be sure to not share this ahead of time. Items in Testmoz are not made public.

Use where automatically graded tests are required, such as for formative assessments to check student understanding. Use as a "ticket out the door" to see what students know at the end of class. Be sure that this is the medium you want to use for testing. Be flexible with students who find it difficult to take online testing. Entering all the material ahead of time can be time consuming, so this may not be the best format for long tests. Use this quiz application to create study quizzes for review for students to complete as homework (or during class time). Have students rotate to create daily check quizzes for their peers (earning a grade for test-creation). Learning support students and others who need a little extra review might like to make quizzes to challenge each other or themselves. Have students who are preparing to give oral presentations in any subject prepare a short Testmoz for their peers to take at the end.

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geoGreeting - Jesse Vig

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1 to 12
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This site is an engaging way to send greetings to friends via Google Maps. The creator became interested in seeing how many buildings looked like letters of the alphabet when ...more
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This site is an engaging way to send greetings to friends via Google Maps. The creator became interested in seeing how many buildings looked like letters of the alphabet when viewed in Google Maps so he decided to put them together as a way to send messages to friends. Just type in your message and it will be created using various buildings from around the world, your message can then be emailed to your friends. Each letter also includes a pop-up showing the name of the building and its location. Click here for an example of a message that can be created.

tag(s): architecture (85), maps (292)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Introduce students to Google Maps by creating messages with geoGreeting. Art teachers can use this tool to show the flexibility of letter forms created by real objects via satellite view. Primary reading teachers may even want to expose students to alternate letter forms created from satellite views! Use this site to expand your students' understanding of geography. Create messages, then explore and research the buildings and areas that are used in the creation of the message. Have students work with a partner to research a building and create a multimedia presentation to share with the class. How about an interactive online poster using Genial.ly, reviewed here, or narrate a picture using a tool such as ThingLink, reviewed here. If you want to use another geography tool, have students use an online mapping tool to create their own "tour" for the class. Try a tool such as Tour Builder, reviewed here.
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Sweet Search - Dulcinea Media, Inc.

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K to 12
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Use Sweet Search to search the web for student friendly and informative sites for students of all ages to use. Simply enter your search term in the box. Use "Get ...more
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Use Sweet Search to search the web for student friendly and informative sites for students of all ages to use. Simply enter your search term in the box. Use "Get Widget" to place on a wiki, site, or blog for easy access by students. Use resources listed on the search page for more effective searching and specific lists for various subjects such as Social Studies. Although the search tool does not include TeachersFirst's teacher-friendly review and classroom use suggestions, the sites they find are solid.

tag(s): search engines (65), search strategies (29)

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Provide Sweet Search for your students to find some of the best student friendly material on the web. For older students, evaluate Sweet Search with other search engines to determine which provides the best information.

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World Wide School Library - World Wide School

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1 to 12
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The world Wide Library is a collection of online books in the public domain. They are currently adding to the collection of classic titles from the Gutenberg Collection with the ...more
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The world Wide Library is a collection of online books in the public domain. They are currently adding to the collection of classic titles from the Gutenberg Collection with the offerings of the Hart Library. It is well-organized and easy to use. You can search by subject, title, author, or in a general box at the bottom of the page. Available texts are in English and also in other languages such as French, German, other Germanic & Scandinavian Languages, Italian, Latin, and Spanish.

tag(s): literature (274)

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Use these online texts as a source for easy copy/paste excerpts to use on an interactive whiteboard when studying literature. Suggest that students browse the offerings to see sample a book or author when searching for independent reading or research materials. Share the texts in world language classes. Since the texts are no longer under copyright, they are a great source for literary projects such as visual interpretations of poetry, or online posters about literary devices. Use a tool such as Genial.ly, reviewed here, for students to create online visuals with text and more. Share the link on your class website for students to find copyright-free texts any time.

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Snappy Words-Free Visual Online Dictionary - Snappy Words.com

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2 to 12
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Snappy Words visual dictionary is an easy-to-use online interactive English dictionary and thesaurus. It provides the meanings of words or phrases, generates synonyms, and draws...more
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Snappy Words visual dictionary is an easy-to-use online interactive English dictionary and thesaurus. It provides the meanings of words or phrases, generates synonyms, and draws connections to associated words. Simply type a word in the search box and click "GO." Instantly you will see a word map. An extra built in feature is the words in the visual interactive display are color coded according to parts of speech. Look up as many words as you need anytime; there is no limit on the number of searches and no registration is required. As with most online tools, teacher monitoring is strongly advised.

tag(s): maps (292), parts of speech (67), speech (94), thesaurus (24)

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Teachers and students on all grade levels will love usingSnappy Words for all subjects. Demonstrate it on your classroom whiteboard or projector, bookmark it in your favorites, and make it directly available to students from your class webpage. Elementary students will enjoy defining their spelling words or content area vocabulary. They can categorize their words by parts of speech or create a list of synonyms. Students can then create their own word "maps" for new vocabulary words using drawing tools or online graphic organizers like bubbl.us, reviewed here. Middle school, high school and adult learners can use it as a valuable tool for vocabulary specific to a literary work or subject area, preparing for a standardized test, or while reading assigned material or a book, poem, or article of choice. Whether you are writing content for an article, a blog, a letter, or any assignment, minimize this website and play with words to avoid repetition, choose precise meanings and kick your vocabulary up a notch! Share this one on your class web page, for sure.
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Blipsnips - blipsnips.com

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K to 12
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Use this online application to take videos from either You Tube or Vimeo and snip the unwanted sections by only choosing the part to share with others. After registering, click ...more
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Use this online application to take videos from either You Tube or Vimeo and snip the unwanted sections by only choosing the part to share with others. After registering, click "Create a blipsnip." Enter the URL of the video. Click "Play It" to start watching the video. Click "Tag it" to mark the portion of video you wish to keep. Click "Save and share" to send to others. Blipsnip can also be used by dragging a bookmarklet into your browser toolbar.

tag(s): movies (72)

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This application is very easy to use. Users must create an account and be able to find the URL of a You Tube video they wish to bookmark and share.

Check with your technology department about using You Tube videos in your school. If your school blocks You Tube, ask about getting selected videos unblocked.

Use this application to find little segments of videos that can be used in the classroom. Bookmark (or save in your favorites) the sections and use to show only the parts of what you want. This is great for removing extraneous or unneeded material as well as keeping portions of videos hidden for the purpose of meaningful discussion. Separate World War II videos into separate battles. Clip different cell processes apart from each other in a Biology class. Share the "meat" with your class, and take out the parts of the videos that are not useful for learning. Even in primary grades, the ability to show "clips" from longer videos makes them more classroom-friendly.

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