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Arts Alive - Dance - ArtsAlive

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4 to 12
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Build your understanding about the art of dance. Find engaging and interactive resources, videos, games and learning tools. Enjoy the information about the history of dance and biographies...more
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Build your understanding about the art of dance. Find engaging and interactive resources, videos, games and learning tools. Enjoy the information about the history of dance and biographies of hundreds of dancers and choreographers. Read the advice for how to become a professional dancer. The videos use Quick Time. There is a Your Turn section where you can compose in a Virtual Dance Studio and quiz yourself about dance, anatomy, and health-related topics. This site is from Canada. Some spellings may differ from American English.

tag(s): biographies (86), dance (28)

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This site would be of special interest to students who are thinking about a career as a dancer. Other uses for this site would be P.E. classes completing a dance unit, a health class when looking at different forms of exercise, drama classes wanting to incorporate dance into a play, and language arts students looking for biographies to read. Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector or include it as one of several options for student projects.
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BirdSleuth - Cornell University

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3 to 12
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Join BirdSleuth, an inquiry-based science curriculum that engages kids in scientific study. Use real data collection and scientific process. Study nature and discover the real-world...more
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Join BirdSleuth, an inquiry-based science curriculum that engages kids in scientific study. Use real data collection and scientific process. Study nature and discover the real-world importance of data (entered by students and used by scientists). Kits are available for purchase. However, many free resources are available: Citizen Science Bird Quest, Feathered Friends, Investigating Evidence, HomeSchoolers' Guide to Project Feeder Watch, Evolution in Paradise, Using eBird with Groups, Explore Life Cycles Through Nesting Birds, and more.

tag(s): birds (50), environment (317), scientific method (64)

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Science classes come alive using BirdSleuth's free resources. Captivate students while discovering the importance of nature and our interactions with it. In gifted classes, use this idea as an example of project-based learning. Pair it with a book such as Hoot by Carl Hiaasen to include ties with literature. Use this resource to build understanding of stewardship in our environment and of man's impact on nature. Develop research and include language arts standards to document the research, study, and findings.
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A Curious Mind - Mario Livio, Space Telescope Science Institute

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9 to 12
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Capture the interest of science students with the many interesting posts in this science blog (full of STEM/STEAM). This is a good example of how science CAN be blog material! ...more
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Capture the interest of science students with the many interesting posts in this science blog (full of STEM/STEAM). This is a good example of how science CAN be blog material! Find posts that are cross-disciplinary and informational. Choose from the two topics along the side of the blog: Art and Science. Use the search bar to find blog articles related to your content topic. Many of the science topics are upper high school to adult, with many blog comments from those who teach at the University level.

tag(s): scientists (68), STEM (134)

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Use this site with gifted students in a regular science class or on their own. Students will find the information and perspectives interesting and thought provoking. Use these passages for reading of informational texts and connecting information with other material learned in classes (science and other). Be sure to bookmark this site on your class webpage for students to use, particularly in any STEM or STEAM initiative at your school.

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Open School ePortfolio - OpenSchool

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1 to 12
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Create digital portfolios in a matter of minutes using this educational platform. Assign simple or complex projects, and create rubrics for them that can include Common Core Standards,...more
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Create digital portfolios in a matter of minutes using this educational platform. Assign simple or complex projects, and create rubrics for them that can include Common Core Standards, NETS, or your own criteria. Notify students once the project is complete via this program. View the Public Projects Library to see how finished projects look, to use the project, or to share your project with other educators. When creating a project, you can choose to allow students and parents to make comments or not. There is a Getting Started Guide, or you can watch a tutorial from the Video Library. Open School ePortfolio offers free iOS and Android apps or works on any web browser. Use this tool each year with your new students. In order for the portfolio to follow a student to the next grade level, your district must pay a fee.
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tag(s): digital storytelling (142), portfolios (28), rubrics (32), writing (358)

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Use Open School ePortfolio for student portfolios in any subject. Set up an account with your teacher name, email, password, and some basic information. You will then receive an email with an activation link and directions for setting up the school year and classes. Included in the email is a link to a complete guide for Open School ePortfolio. Once your account is set up, create a simple project or borrow one from the Public Projects Library. Share the project on your interactive whiteboard or projector to get your students started. Students can set learning goals in addition to the teacher's goals. The teacher portal allows you to assess and comment directly in the program. Science teachers could have students write up their lab reports in a portfolio, and history teachers could set up portfolios for student report writing. Students and parents are alerted when you have finished grading an assignment. Watch student growth all year and share it with parents.

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Venue - venue.com

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6 to 12
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Venue used a traveling rig and interview studio to roam the North American landscape between 2012 and 2013 as a 21st century expedition. The expedition's purpose was "to document often...more
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Venue used a traveling rig and interview studio to roam the North American landscape between 2012 and 2013 as a 21st century expedition. The expedition's purpose was "to document often overlooked yet fascinating sites through the eyes of the innovators, trendsetters, entrepreneurs, and designers at the forefront of ideas today." Click on the Explore tab to view expedition photographs, and stories from a variety of perspectives: historic, scientific, and artistic. Each venue is a map marker that displays an area, usually far from a city center, showcasing human interaction with the Earth. Archives of Venue's travels cover much of the 50 states. Click on the map to view the map points. Click on a map point to see information for that particular site. All age groups will find the stories (such as Tales from the Crash) fascinating, excellent examples of how science, storytelling, and art come together.

tag(s): digital storytelling (142), forests (29), genetics (90), geology (81), maps (288), STEM (134)

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In a geography or social studies class, begin discussions of certain locations by starting with a Venue story. In language arts or science classes begin discussions with the science behind the story. Zoom the map out to find artistic and historic markers in your area. Explore photographs to serve as inspiration for stories. Students can choose a location to research and report on to the class. Use this as an inspiration to create your own "Venue" in your area. Students can find interesting places in your area, research the history, collect images, videos, and interviews associated with the place or an event. This would be a perfect cross curricular project! Create an online display of the student work using a wiki or blog.

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Ask for Evidence - askforevidence.org

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8 to 12
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Ask for Evidence steps in to find the facts behind product claims. Browse through stories for information on questions such as "Should we be Worried about 'Dirty' Stethoscopes?" or...more
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Ask for Evidence steps in to find the facts behind product claims. Browse through stories for information on questions such as "Should we be Worried about 'Dirty' Stethoscopes?" or "Claims about Cancer Fighting Foods." Create an account to ask your own questions. Be sure to view the "Understand Evidence" part of the site to find invaluable resources about how to find and understand reliable evidence. The site was created in the UK, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from American English. Note: topics included may not all be classroom appropriate. Select and share specific articles if you are sharing this site with young people.

tag(s): advertising (33), evaluating sources (13), media literacy (58), politics (99)

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Use this site when discussing political or advertising claims with your students. Build critical thinking and questioning skills. Share specific articles with students as young as upper elementary. Share the "Understand Evidence" portion of the site with students before they begin any investigational reports or persuasive writing pieces. Use specific articles rather than the full site with less mature students. This site will give them experience reading informational text on claims they wonder about. Partner weaker readers with others who may be able to help them read the text-heavy articles. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here, or Venngage, reviewed here.

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Poetica - Anna Maybank, Blaine Cook, & James Weiner

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5 to 12
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Poetica is a browser-based text editor with real-time feedback and collaboration. Create an account using your email. Upload documents from your computer or begin a new document within...more
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Poetica is a browser-based text editor with real-time feedback and collaboration. Create an account using your email. Upload documents from your computer or begin a new document within Poetica. Receive feedback by selecting the "Ask for Feedback" button. Share using the link where the invitee may choose to revise anonymously (no registration) or by sending to email addresses. When sending via email the invitee can choose to revise anonymously (again no registration required), but their email address will show on revisions. Never lose the original or any edits your collaborators make. Download the final draft to your computer in one of the several different formats.

tag(s): editing (60), proofreading (19), writing (358)

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Have students set up collaborative groups for projects, lab data, and more. Anything students can do on a single computer they can do collaboratively with this tool, accessing work from any computer that can access the Internet. Be sure to test out this tool before using with your class. Set up a class account and instruct small revision groups to exchange email addresses. Students can then send the rough draft via email to their revising group. The group members would respond to the email and click on anonymous to make suggestions. This allows the writer to know who is making the revisions without the editor having to make an account. It may be a good idea to set up the groups with the teacher as a "member." Have students work from home for group projects. Make sure to protect the safety of student work and identity. Check your school's Acceptable Use Policy.

Create an innovative, exciting revision experience for students to suggest changes to each others' writing and instantly engage in the peer review process by using Poetica. This tool facilitates teacher comments on student essays by not having to wait until students turn in their papers. Have them share links with you to their works in progress. Check essays online, monitor progress, and even make suggestions for revisions to provide feedback along the way and drive successful evidence support, proofreading, and editing skills. Challenge gifted students on their drafts and push their thinking further, adding questions or responses. Since most of us do not have time to consistently provide such individual challenge throughout the writing process, why not connect them with other gifted students to collaborate and debate beyond just your classroom? Obviously, this tool is also fabulous for collaboration among students or teachers creating a shared writing piece at any level. You could even use it for parent input into draft IEPs.

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Background Burner - Bonanza.com

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K to 12
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Remove the background from any image using Background Burner. Upload your image, wait a few seconds, then view options for what to do next. Select an image that looks like ...more
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Remove the background from any image using Background Burner. Upload your image, wait a few seconds, then view options for what to do next. Select an image that looks like what you want. Or choose Touch Up to use tools to restore or erase more of the background. Registration is required to save and download edited images.
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tag(s): images (265), photography (160)

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Use this tool any time that photos need to be edited for use on class blogs, wikis, or sites. In primary grades, use this tool to edit pictures from a field trip, science experiments, and more. Edit images you want to use in drag and drop sorting activities on your interactive whiteboard, such as food groups. Share the editing process with your younger students using your interactive whiteboard or projector. Edit a photo project together! Encourage older students to use this tool themselves to remove distracting backgrounds from images for projects or presentations. Language and special ed teachers will love being able to create uncluttered images to use in vocabulary activities.

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CurriConnects Book List - Flight and Things that Fly - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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Read about the many ways that people have used flying machines and the many creatures that fly with books from this leveled booklist. Learn how things fly--either by nature or ...more
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Read about the many ways that people have used flying machines and the many creatures that fly with books from this leveled booklist. Learn how things fly--either by nature or human engineering! Read about birds, aircraft, and the people who have pioneered human flight. The Wright Brothers were not the only ones who took to the sky! How does flight work? Some fiction, and some non-fiction, all these books will inspire young aviators, animal scientists, designers, and engineers. This list is particularly rich in offerings for elementary and middle school, with some offerings for high school level readers, as well.

tag(s): aeronautics (13), animals (276), aviation (39), book lists (126), flight (36), STEM (134), wright brothers (25)

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Have students choose a book they can connect to concepts you are studying in science class or have them choose a book of interest and generate a list of questions they would like to investigate further. Share this list with students during your study of physics of flight and aerodynamics. Include it during study of sophisticated engineering design or of basic concepts such as gravity and air flow. As you study animal adaptations and the differences among species, look closely at how birds fly and how man-made flying machines mimic some of their capabilities. The non-fiction selections offer possible informational texts to practice Common Core science literacy skills.

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Live - pics.io

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4 to 12
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Share and discuss photos or other images in real-time using Live. No registration is required. Live works only on Chrome and Firefox browsers. Drag and drop or upload images from ...more
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Share and discuss photos or other images in real-time using Live. No registration is required. Live works only on Chrome and Firefox browsers. Drag and drop or upload images from your computer to Live to begin a session. Be sure to allow access to your computer's microphone for online conversations, or use the chat box if you prefer. The real power of LIVE is being able to "narrate" and discuss images orally, though. Copy or tweet the link to share the URL for your session. Once participants enter the session, the site's tools allow options for drawing using the brush tool, watermarks on images, and zooming in and out to share features of images.

tag(s): images (265)

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Use Live as an alternative to other screen sharing tools to maintain quality when discussing images. Use it with your 1:1 art class to discuss design principles and techniques in images or works of art. Suggest students use Live when collaborating on group art or media projects. Students can create or alter group products such as logos for their mock companies or political party. World language classes can use an image to spark conversation and vocabulary practice using this online tool, even if they are not in the same location! Set up a LIVE session with a partner class at another school for sharing images and the stories behind them. Share an image of a student's work using a Live session during a parent phone conference.

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Chat Salad - Nurph

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K to 12
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This is the go to place for a real-time record of Twitter chats. Chat Salad makes it easy to find a chat to participate and converts it into your time ...more
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This is the go to place for a real-time record of Twitter chats. Chat Salad makes it easy to find a chat to participate and converts it into your time zone! Log in with your Twitter name (handle) and view the chats that are happening soon. Click "Join" and Nurph, reviewed here, opens to prepare for the chat. Use the search function to find a chat you are looking for, or browse the pages of entries. View Editor's Choice Twitter chats as a way to find new chats that may be of interest to you. Why join a Twitter chat? Professional Development may be at a premium, as well as time for learning. Use Twitter chats to learn from others and bring the whole world to you! Learn more about Twitter for Teachers here.

tag(s): microblogging (44), professional development (123), twitter (50)

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Use this resource to find quality Professional development in organized Twitter chats. Chats can be broad, such as #EdChat, or narrow according to subject area or grade. Find other chats that focus on various content areas to learn about subject matter that can bring the world into your classroom. Be sure to share this resource and various chats with other teachers at your school to enhance the professional development possibilities.

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Memidex - Memidex

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7 to 12
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Memidex is a free online dictionary and thesaurus that will work on any computer or device that can access the Internet. A clear, simple, uncluttered layout and the fast access ...more
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Memidex is a free online dictionary and thesaurus that will work on any computer or device that can access the Internet. A clear, simple, uncluttered layout and the fast access time make it a desirable choice for quick word access, especially when using a mobile device. Some of the features include auto-suggest for searches, definitions from many different references, etymology references, audio references, adult filtering, no obscure abbreviated labels, and audio pronunciations in North American and British English. Be aware: this site includes some words that are not appropriate for the classroom. There is an adult filter for obscenity, ethnic slurs, and other words deemed offensive. Read more about the adult filter by clicking on the link in the descriptive paragraph on the home page. If mobile devices don't have Java and cookies enabled, the filter won't work on them. Be sure students know the rules and boundaries when using this site.
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tag(s): dictionaries (56), pronunciation (44), thesaurus (24)

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Use Memidex on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to explore word origins, definitions, and more. Set this site as the home page on classroom computers for student use. Be sure to share this site with parents for use at home too! In addition to defining the word or phrase, the dictionary has click-able audio recordings to hear how the word is pronounced in North American and British English. This site could be very useful for ESL/ELL students. Talk with your district technology department about including the adult filter as part of the security settings on servers. Any settings you "save" will only save on the computer being used.

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EQuIP - Educators Evaluating Quality Instructional Products - Achieve.org

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K to 12
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EQuIP offers a growing list of resources shared by teachers for professional help with Common Core Materials. Click on tabs to find rubrics and feedback forms, e-learning modules, exemplars,...more
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EQuIP offers a growing list of resources shared by teachers for professional help with Common Core Materials. Click on tabs to find rubrics and feedback forms, e-learning modules, exemplars, videos, and much more. After choosing a tab, scroll down to find grade-specific links to materials. View exemplar lessons based on EQuIP rubrics for every grade including peer review feedback. Submit your own lessons for peer review and possible inclusion on the site.

tag(s): commoncore (92), professional development (123)

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Take advantage of EQuIP's lesson plans and rubrics for use in your CCSS classroom. This site is perfect for use with professional development sessions. Share information with other teachers and review rubrics for use with evaluating your current teaching materials.
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ChartGizmo - ChartGizmo.com

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3 to 12
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Quickly create charts for use on websites, blogs, and social media with ChartGizmo. Register using your email address. Click on New Chart and customize using information on the page....more
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Quickly create charts for use on websites, blogs, and social media with ChartGizmo. Register using your email address. Click on New Chart and customize using information on the page. Choose from several different chart types, add a title, change color, and more. Import data from Excel or add your own values. When finished, Save & Publish to choose from several options for sharing or placing on web pages. A manual and examples are available on the home page.
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tag(s): charts and graphs (195), data (148), percent (82)

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Collect data in your classroom and quickly create a graph to represent it. Share through links or adding images to blogs, wikis, or websites. Share graphs on an interactive whiteboard or projector for better analysis of data by the class. Graph results of a test, answers from students, favorite foods, fictitious budgets, class schedules, and whatever else is applicable in your classroom. Use an informational text, and have students create a pie chart to understand how to read charts that accompany the informational texts. Have cooperative learning groups create graphs to share with the class on the class wiki. Create quick pie charts on your interactive whiteboard whenever you count class votes or encounter other data so students "see" data visualized on a regular basis; visual students will have another way to absorb the information. Keep the link handy on your web page to access it quickly in or out of class.

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Postcard FM - David Hoffman

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K to 12
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Send audio postcards to friends and family with Postcard FM. Choose a photo and MP3 from your computer and preview your postcard. Click to add a message while in the ...more
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Send audio postcards to friends and family with Postcard FM. Choose a photo and MP3 from your computer and preview your postcard. Click to add a message while in the preview. Enter the email addresses and send. No registration is necessary to use this fabulously simply tool.

tag(s): digital storytelling (142), images (265)

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Use Postcard FM to send quick reminders to students or parents of upcoming events. Have students send you a postcard as a simple book reports or preview of a class presentation. Send parents a weekly audio postcard with a summary of class events. (Better yet - have students create the weekly summary!) Have students create audio postcards to practice speech/language skills or ESL/ELL vocabulary. Use it in world language class for students to practice oral language and pronunciation as they send cards to each other. Create audio postcards as a thank you to school staff or a simple gift for Mothers or Fathers Day. Make postcards to announce events in the school library or sponsored by school clubs.

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The Pit and the Pendulum Interactive Comic Book - Marc Lougee/Hand Made Heroes

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8 to 12
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Learn about Edgar Allen Poe and his literature through this eerie, interactive experience. Using video, comics, and websites, the program explores the historical backdrop of "The Pit...more
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Learn about Edgar Allen Poe and his literature through this eerie, interactive experience. Using video, comics, and websites, the program explores the historical backdrop of "The Pit and the Pendulum," i.e. the Spanish Inquisition. Find the many hidden links within the comics using your mouse cursor and with a QR code reader. Be sure to allow plenty of time for exploration of the many hidden features lurking in this site! To make sure you can fully explore the site, read information for the tools needed. The links to see the film lead only to the trailer for the film and ads to purchase the DVD. These are not needed to enjoy the interactive comic.
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tag(s): authors (120), graphic novels (7), literature (275)

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Introduce this program to your class on your interactive whiteboard or projector as an immediate attention grabber to begin your Edgar Allen Poe unit. Explore together and have students explore on their own or in groups. Provide the link on your website for students to continue to explore at home. Have students create online posters individually or in small groups to advertise their favorite part of "The Pit and The Pendulum." Use a tool such as Web Poster Wizard, reviewed here, or PicLits, reviewed here. Have students use Fakebook, reviewed here, to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about a story character or Edgar Allen Poe himself.
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Homeroom - Cluster Labs, Inc.

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K to 12
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Homeroom is an online tool and mobile app to share your class photos privately with parents, students, and others. Create an album and invite people to view it. Each time ...more
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Homeroom is an online tool and mobile app to share your class photos privately with parents, students, and others. Create an album and invite people to view it. Each time you update it, the members will be notified. When you populate your album with photos, you can also add a comment. Access Homeroom and upload photos on any device. Initial registration requires either using the app (iOs or Android) or registering using your Google or Facebook account or using a phone number or email. Once registered, you can access the tool using any device using your username and password. Invite others from any device or computer by phone number or email address. They will become members and will be able to update your photo albums. You will be alerted about the new content. Albums are private. Only the people with the invite have access to the photos.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (196), images (265), photography (160)

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Invite parents and students as you create albums of specific events such as field trips, service projects, hands-on activities, field experiences, class speakers, and more. Anywhere photos can be used to showcase achievement, this service would be a great resource. Use for any project, class explanation of concepts, experiments, or demonstrations. Resource teachers, speech teachers, or world language teachers can collect images into "albums" for students to practice/develop speech and vocabulary. In science class when having students do insect collections, instead of having them collect the actual specimens, have them take pictures using their phones or digital cameras. Have the students upload to the album at home, and then they can create a multimedia project with the pictures and statistics of the specimen. Students can snap a picture anywhere, with any device, and upload to the web to use in class or cooperative groups. This tool would be great for clubs and performance groups as well! Do you send a newsletter home to parents? Try creating a heading made from a collage of your latest class activity. Use a program such as Mosaic Maker, reviewed here, to create a collage. Though the content is private, monitor student photos and comments as nothing would be prohibited by Homeroom. You will be notified of all new content.

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Easyclass - easyclass.com

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Easyclass is an online tool for creating and managing classes. Register for a free account, and click on Courses from the top menu and Create a Course from the next ...more
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Easyclass is an online tool for creating and managing classes. Register for a free account, and click on Courses from the top menu and Create a Course from the next page. Student lists can be added at this time, or students can use the access code to enter your class with an email. Once you create the course, you can manage tasks such as class walls, discussions, quizzes, a calendar, and create a class library. Create assignments and quizzes and get immediate feedback when tasks are complete. Be sure to watch the video and browse through the help section to find all of the features available with Easyclass. If your district blocks YouTube, the video may not be view-able. You could always view the video 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. Use this tool in several world languages. At the time of this review, the home page states that mobile access is coming soon!

tag(s): assessment (99), classroom management (134)

In the Classroom

Use Easyclass to manage and organize any classroom. Maintain a classroom calendar so students can easily find due dates and deadlines for homework and projects. Share information with parents to keep them up to date. Use the discussion feature as a resource for keeping students involved over long holidays or on a snow day. EasyClass is an interactive and collaborative program; have literature circles complete write ups, discussions, and final presentations about the book they read using EasyClass. Lab partners can present their findings, and math students can demonstrate how they solved a problem.

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Novels on Location - novelsonlocation.com

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Find novels by choosing the geographic setting using this map-based resource. Click on any feather on the globe to view a novel set in that location -- along with a ...more
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Find novels by choosing the geographic setting using this map-based resource. Click on any feather on the globe to view a novel set in that location -- along with a short Amazon summary. To search for a particular novel, use the keyword search located near the top of the page. At the time of this review, options include over 500 books pinned on the map.

tag(s): literature (275), maps (288), novels (24), setting (11)

In the Classroom

Use Novels on Location to find novels corresponding to geography and cultural lessons. Use this site as an example to create your own novel locations map. Share the locations using Google Earth (reviewed here). Challenge your students to choose novels from several different locations to compare and discuss the role of setting in the themes of the novels.

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CCSS Text Selection Toolkit - Odell Education

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2 to 12
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Find tips to implement the Common Core standards in grades 2-12. The 26-page guide for text selection is downloadable in PDF format. There is also an interactive online review form...more
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Find tips to implement the Common Core standards in grades 2-12. The 26-page guide for text selection is downloadable in PDF format. There is also an interactive online review form (editable pdf) for evaluating texts. Click Literacy Curriculum on the left menu to access four units for grades 6-12 that highlight a core literacy proficiency. They provide instructional sequences, handouts, tools, and texts for developing deeper understanding, independent writing skills, and critical thinking in students. The units include Reading Closely for Textual Details, Making Evidenced Based Claims, Building Evidence Based Arguments, and Research to Deepen Understanding.

tag(s): commoncore (92), persuasive writing (55), professional development (123), reading comprehension (116), writing (358)

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Bookmark this program to use with units throughout the school year. Use as a text selection guide to build your knowledge and implementation of the Common Core standards. Use the guide for choosing Common Core suitable texts. Create lesson plans for favorite books, poems, articles and more.

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