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Expresso - Mikhail Panko

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6 to 12
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Expresso is a tool to improve and analyze writing through providing data to enhance your writing style. Paste your work into Expresso to analyze your sample. Expresso's analysis provides...more
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Expresso is a tool to improve and analyze writing through providing data to enhance your writing style. Paste your work into Expresso to analyze your sample. Expresso's analysis provides a significant amount of data including the number of weak verbs in your writing, frequently used words, and readability statistics. Take full advantage of the power of this site by exploring how to use the sections in the metrics information menu and the site's tutorial.

tag(s): editing (70), grammar (214), proofreading (25), spelling (169), writing (367)

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Share this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector and demonstrate how to use it with your students. Instead of having students turn in a final draft of writing assignments, ask them to paste their writing project into Expresso and make improvements before turning it in for grading. Ask students to submit their original work along with the final project and highlight changes made using Microsoft Word or Google Docs. After making changes, ask students to post their work on Comments4Kids, reviewed here. This site offers interactive peer feedback of student writing under specific guidelines to promote positive interactions. Ongoing use of Expresso helps students identify common writing errors made. After using this site for some time, have students create a podcast using a site such as Podcast Generator, reviewed here, to share tips and helpful information for improving writing.

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Text to Speech Reader - WellSource Ltd

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K to 12
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Drag, upload, or paste text files to convert your text to speech instantly. Choose from many voice and language options for replay. Other options allow control over the speed of ...more
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Drag, upload, or paste text files to convert your text to speech instantly. Choose from many voice and language options for replay. Other options allow control over the speed of your speech replay. Use the upload icon to save to your computer.
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tag(s): chinese (52), french (92), german (67), spanish (110), text to speech (19)

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Share with world language learners to hear text spoken in the native language. Use this site with ESL/ELL students to convert small pieces of text to their native language. Use the speed options to slow down speech for students who are language learners. Use this site with students who have difficulty reading, especially when working with more challenging passages and text. Include a link to this site on your class website for students to use when learning new vocabulary in a different language and for your ESL/ELL students to hear something read or pronounced both in and outside of class.

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Listenwise - Monica Brady-Myerov

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6 to 12
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Listenwise has podcasts and public radio broadcasts for use in advancing literacy and learning skills. Register on Listenwise using your email to access your teacher dashboard and to...more
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Listenwise has podcasts and public radio broadcasts for use in advancing literacy and learning skills. Register on Listenwise using your email to access your teacher dashboard and to begin exploring the site. Search for lessons on any topic or browse through current events. Use the tab at the top of the page to browse by subject. Choose any resource to listen to the story; most topics are less than 10 minutes. Scroll down the page to find comprehension questions and themes for classroom use. Add any lessons to your favorites. Listenwise provides several methods for assigning lessons to students. Use the provided link to share with students, add to your Google Classroom, or use the code to add to Socrative.

tag(s): adhd (29), authors (122), biographies (91), listening (92), literacy (107), literature (275), podcasts (55), poetry (225)

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Bookmark Listenwise for use throughout the year in all subjects. Share lessons with students as a flipped learning experience. Have students listen to the broadcast before class, then ask students to discuss their thoughts and answer the comprehension questions using a video tool such as Flipgrid, reviewed here. This site is perfect for use with ESL/ELL and special education students as it allows the opportunity to listen to information as many times as necessary for understanding. Take advantage of the printables included with broadcasts that offer graphic organizers, charts, and much more.
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Bitmoji - Bitstrips Inc

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K to 12
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Build an emoji with Bitmoji. Bitmoji is an Android and Apple app, also available as a Chrome extension. Use email to create an account then follow prompts to create an ...more
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Build an emoji with Bitmoji. Bitmoji is an Android and Apple app, also available as a Chrome extension. Use email to create an account then follow prompts to create an emoji with your likeness; save it as a png to your computer, Google Drive, or Microsoft OneDrive. The fun starts after creating your emoji! Choose from countless options to share your Bitmoji in emails, messages, as an avatar, or anywhere you communicate online.

tag(s): creativity (120), DAT device agnostic tool (173), emotions (35), faces (4), images (275)

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Create a Bitmoji to use as your avatar on your class website or blog. Update your avatar to reflect current lessons, holidays, or events. Use emojis to appeal to students and draw their attention to important information. For example, choose the bitmoji with praying hands and "please" as a reminder to read all of the directions before beginning work. Choose a Bitmoji with an interesting background or phrase to use as a writing prompt. Insert a bitmoji into a Google form as feedback for student responses. Have older students (13+) take a picture of a portion of text and add a Bitmoji to share a connection or response to the text (also known as BookSnaps).

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Cult of Pedagogy Blog - Jennifer Gonzalez

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K to 12
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The purpose of this blog and the accompanying podcast and videos is to support "a vibrant, encouraging, stimulating community of teachers, supporting each other toward excellence."...more
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The purpose of this blog and the accompanying podcast and videos is to support "a vibrant, encouraging, stimulating community of teachers, supporting each other toward excellence." General education, resource, and ESL/ELL teachers will find plenty of subjects of interest. Choose from broad topics including instruction, classroom management, or technology for ideas in honing your craft through topics of interest to any teacher. Dig deeper to find leadership ideas and hot topics. Check further down the page to browse and find information on specific subjects and grade levels.

tag(s): classroom management (153), learning styles (21), parent conferences (25), parents (61), professional development (158)

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This site is a must-add to any professional development activities. Be sure to check back often for the latest posts or follow The Cult of Pedagogy's Twitter feed for all of the latest updates. The podcasts are extremely engaging, interesting and helpful to all classroom teachers. Listen in your car on your way to and from school, or listen with your peers during your lunch period.

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SpryCanvas - sprycanvas.com

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K to 12
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Sketch, collaborate and brainstorm with anyone anywhere with SpryCanvas. Create and verify your account to begin. Start your session by adding the email address of contacts to invite....more
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Sketch, collaborate and brainstorm with anyone anywhere with SpryCanvas. Create and verify your account to begin. Start your session by adding the email address of contacts to invite. Options allow you to add images, change text colors, and add notes. SpryCanvas also includes a chat feature for participant discussions. Download and save a picture of your screen during any session using the provided link.

tag(s): drawing (82), iwb (31), painting (66)

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Allow students to create collaborative drawings as responses to literature. They can map out the plot or themes, add labels, create character studies, and more. Share the finished products on an interactive whiteboard, projector, or your class website. Have a group of students create a drawing so that another group can use it as a writing prompt. Use a SpryCanvas board as a brainstorming or sketching space as groups (or the class) share ideas for a major project or for solving a real-world problem. Use this site with students in a computer lab (or on laptops) to create a drawing of the setting in a story as it is read aloud. As an assessment idea, have students draw out a simple cartoon with stick figures to explain a more complex process such as how democracy works. If you are lucky enough to teach in a BYOD setting, use SpryCanvas to demonstrate and illustrate any concept while students use the chat and drawing tools to interact in real time. If you are studying weather, have students diagram the layers of the atmosphere and what happens during a thunderstorm, for example. Introduce this tool to students who are working on group projects. Alternatively, have students use this to work as partners or as a small team to complete complex math problems or equations. Give students a problem by typing it on their board.

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TryIt - Isaiah Baldissera

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6 to 12
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TryIt is a curation site for STEM learning experiences. Similar to Pinterest, educators choose and create collections of videos, tools, and events. Students build collections of scholarships,...more
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TryIt is a curation site for STEM learning experiences. Similar to Pinterest, educators choose and create collections of videos, tools, and events. Students build collections of scholarships, internships, and available learning opportunities. Browse by selecting categories or experiences. Register using email to create and curate your collections. The videos on this site reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): bookmarks (65), careers (140), engineering (128)

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Bookmark TryIt for reference when teaching any STEM-based lesson. Curate collections based on topics you teach. Create and share collections for student use with resources and activities. Suggest that older students create their own account to gather information on scholarships and internships of interest. Collaborate with fellow educators to create collections for lesson planning.

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Music Tips and Tools - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This archived Twitter chat is from March, 2017 and will open in Storify. View this archive to learn tips and tools to use when teaching music. Browse the strategies offered ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from March, 2017 and will open in Storify. View this archive to learn tips and tools to use when teaching music. Browse the strategies offered by the chat moderators and participants.

tag(s): professional development (158), twitterchatarchive (24)

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Do you teach music? Check out this archived chat for tools and tips to use in your classroom. Share this tool with your collegues interested in learning more tips and tools to use in music lessons.

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Twig Science Reporter - Twig Education and Imperial College London

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K to 8
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Twig Science Reporter provides high-quality videos and resources for teaching K-5 students science with real-world news through scientific inquiry and reasoning. Weekly content additions...more
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Twig Science Reporter provides high-quality videos and resources for teaching K-5 students science with real-world news through scientific inquiry and reasoning. Weekly content additions ensure fresh content for viewers. Scroll through the home page to view the most recent content. Each item includes information on the type of material within the link such as articles, video, or news update all correlated to NGSS standards. Also, all content includes learning points for discussion, curriculum keywords, and links to additional information. The site was created in the UK, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English.

tag(s): animals (291), endangered species (40), energy (204), environment (320), glaciers (16), human body (130), insects (72), oceans (154), weather (198)

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This site is a must-include for any elementary classroom (and perhaps middle school). Subscribe to receive emails with weekly updates. Include a link on classroom computers to use for both a science and non-fiction reading center. Have students create blogs using Telegra.ph here. Telegra.ph will create a "quick and easy" blog to be used one time only. A unique URL is provided, and with Telegra.ph you just click on an icon to upload images from your computer. Add a YouTube or Vimeo, or Twitter links. It's as easy as using a basic Word program! For K-2 students, consider using Easy Blog, here.

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Capturing Everest - A Groundbreaking VR Experience - SI Group

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6 to 12
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Capturing Everest is a four-part documentary presented through virtual reality film-making technology. Although best viewed with a VR viewer, this site is still stunning when viewed...more
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Capturing Everest is a four-part documentary presented through virtual reality film-making technology. Although best viewed with a VR viewer, this site is still stunning when viewed on its own. The documentary takes viewers from the first stop before starting the climb through the final opportunity to reach the summit. Choose any of the four chapters to begin viewing, click the VR icon to view with a VR viewer.
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tag(s): asia (71), field trips (13), mountains (15), virtual field trips (51)

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Use this site as an activator, introducing the topic of Mt. Everest, Nepal, or the Himalayas. This website would benefit a Geography class, exploring the significance of the Himalayas while simultaneously studying the geographic forces that made the mountain chain. Instruct students to create timelines of a Mount Everest adventure (with music, photos, videos, and more) using Capzles, reviewed here. Invite students to use Fakebook, reviewed here, to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about climbing Mount Everest from the perspective of the climber or a Sherpa guide.

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Expedition Arctic - Canadian Museum of Nature

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5 to 12
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Explore the Arctic region and its people together with the experts of the Expedition Arctic team. Use your mouse to move around the interactive map to view images (some in ...more
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Explore the Arctic region and its people together with the experts of the Expedition Arctic team. Use your mouse to move around the interactive map to view images (some in 3D) and videos from various Arctic locations. Explore the collection of artifacts displaying the natural treasures from the region or take quizzes to test your Arctic IQ. You must create an account and login to take the quizzes.

tag(s): animals (291), arctic (46), explorers (65), oceans (154), plants (156), polar (20)

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Include this site with any unit on continents or oceans. Create a link on classroom computers and have students explore on their own. Have students use Fakebook, reviewed here, to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about life during the expedition as a member of the Expedition Arctic team. Have students use a mapping tool such as Zeemaps, reviewed here, to create a map of Arctic locations (with audio stories and pictures included!).

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Climate Kids - NASA

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3 to 6
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Learn about climate change through games, articles, and interactives at Climate Kids. Choose from different aspects of climate change including oceans or plants and animals, or use...more
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Learn about climate change through games, articles, and interactives at Climate Kids. Choose from different aspects of climate change including oceans or plants and animals, or use links at the top of the page to choose the type of activity. In addition to student activities, this site features information and ideas for teaching about climate change.

tag(s): air (150), animals (291), carbon (21), climate (91), climate change (64), energy (204), oceans (154), plants (156), weather (198)

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Include Climate Kids with any unit on weather, oceans, or climate change. Share the site on your interactive whiteboard to feature specific games and activities for your students. The entire site may be overwhelming for younger students; instead of creating a link to the main site, create separate links to games and activities on classroom computers and on your class website. Upon completion of your unit, have students create a simple infographic sharing information about climate change using Piktochart, reviewed here. Have students take pictures of your local environment, then create an annotated image sharing potential effects of climate change, including text boxes and related links, using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here.
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Weather Lab - Smithsonian Science Education Center

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5 to 12
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Weather Lab is a browser-based app that allows you to take on the role of a meteorologist in North America. Interact with weather processes to predict spring weather and appropriate...more
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Weather Lab is a browser-based app that allows you to take on the role of a meteorologist in North America. Interact with weather processes to predict spring weather and appropriate clothing for different regions of the United States. Follow the instructions to choose an ocean current and air mass, then make your prediction for preparing for the day's weather. Correct predictions initiate an animation showing the weather event, or click to see a satellite image of a similar event.

tag(s): air (150), oceans (154), temperature (33), weather (198)

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Use this interactive as an introduction to weather patterns and wind movements in North America. Provide time for each student or groups of students to play with the different options and make observations about the weather that results. Make this assignment an online lab activity including an analysis portion about what temperature variations create similar weather outcomes. If they are able, have students research online, or use a textbook, to look for reasons for the weather patterns. This activity can also be used after a class discussion to check for understanding of the concepts.

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Life of a Can - Novelis and Discovery Education

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3 to 6
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This engaging interactive and classroom program demonstrates the impact of recycling just one can. Students make eco-friendly choices within the interactive to explore Cantown and earn...more
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This engaging interactive and classroom program demonstrates the impact of recycling just one can. Students make eco-friendly choices within the interactive to explore Cantown and earn Green Points for helping to recycle a can. Resources for educators include standards-aligned lessons to download.

tag(s): conservation (128), earth day (113), recycling (58)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans shared on this site for use with Earth Day activities, or recycling and conservation units. Share a link to the interactive on classroom computers or your class website. Have students create a simple infographic sharing information on recycling using Visme, reviewed here, or create an interactive poster using Adobe Spark, reviewed here.
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Science4Fun - Abdul Wahab Malik

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K to 5
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Science4Fun is a place for learning about science through short articles and interesting experiments. Choose a science topic to begin your learning experience. Easy to read information...more
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Science4Fun is a place for learning about science through short articles and interesting experiments. Choose a science topic to begin your learning experience. Easy to read information and images provide background on subjects including plants, animals, and more. Scroll down the home page to find experiments for learning about floatation, magnets, and energy. Each experiment includes a complete materials list and instructions.
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tag(s): animals (291), density (23), earth (231), electricity (90), energy (204), forces (45), friction (14), gravity (50), heat (15), magnetism (37), mass (23), motion (61), periodic table (52), planets (128), plants (156), preK (292), temperature (33)

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Bookmark Science4Fun as a resource for interesting, classroom-friendly science experiments. Share a link to experiments on your class web page for families to complete at home. Consider taking photos of the different stages of an experiment your students are doing in class. Use Sharalike, reviewed here, to display them on your webpage for students and families to view at any time.

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Extreme Event - Koshland Science Museum

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8 to 12
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Extreme Event is a crisis problem-solving game for groups of 12 or more players with a minimum age of 14 years old. Facilitators set up a room and time for ...more
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Extreme Event is a crisis problem-solving game for groups of 12 or more players with a minimum age of 14 years old. Facilitators set up a room and time for participants, and games typically take about an hour to complete. Choose from three scenarios - hurricane, flood, or earthquake. Download all game materials from the site including PDF cards, sounds, and visual effects. The videos in the classroom activity section reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): critical thinking (112), earthquakes (50), floods (10), hurricanes (40), logic (243), problem solving (278)

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Use the materials found on Extreme Event as a hands-on lesson in problem-solving, short and long term planning, and building community. Use an online tool such as Interactive Three Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, to compare and contrast different strategies needed to solve problems in different crisis situations. Challenge students to create a brochure or newsletter sharing their findings. Are you integrating technology in your class? Instead of the traditional paper brochure use Lucidpress, reviewed here, or if you are more experienced use Sway, reviewed here, and create a newsletter. If you complete this activity with different classes, share results from the different games as part of your discussions on your problem-solving decisions.
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Citation Generator - ClassTools

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8 to 12
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Citation Generator creates citations for books, movies, and websites in several different formats. Choose the type of source, then select the citation type from four options, and enter...more
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Citation Generator creates citations for books, movies, and websites in several different formats. Choose the type of source, then select the citation type from four options, and enter the title or URL. Submit to receive results, then copy and paste into any document. The Citation Generator also includes a button to add to your browser. Drag the button to the bookmarks bar to receive one-click citations from any URL you visit.

tag(s): citations (37), copyright (50), plagiarism (35)

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Use this easy tool in any subject area when requiring research. This is a great site to recommend to students for use at home to build properly constructed citations. Use the Citation Generator to create citations using different formats to compare and contrast differences between the various types available. Include this site on your classroom computers for students to use any time citing resources.

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Free Screen Recorder Online - AceThinker

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K to 12
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Capture your entire screen, or just a part of it with this easy to use screen recorder that includes audio. Download and install the launcher required for your operating system ...more
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Capture your entire screen, or just a part of it with this easy to use screen recorder that includes audio. Download and install the launcher required for your operating system then follow prompts to set up your recording. Save in several popular video formats or directly upload your recording to YouTube, Dropbox, or Google Drive.

tag(s): tutorials (49), video (275)

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Any subject area teacher can use this tool to record instructions for using websites. Share how to solve problems, step by step directions for any project, and much more. Leave a video message for a substitute teacher or even your class! Create a video message for parents about current projects, clips from field trips, and more. Put a link to your recording on your class website for students to view at home. Demonstrate how to use this tool for students with a projector or interactive whiteboard, then have them record questions they have when using websites or online programs.

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Manufacture Your Future - Discovery Education & Alcoa Foundation

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3 to 12
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Manufacture Your Future offers STEM-based lessons, virtual field trips, and information about careers in the manufacturing industry. Virtual field trips take viewers on tours of Alcoa...more
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Manufacture Your Future offers STEM-based lessons, virtual field trips, and information about careers in the manufacturing industry. Virtual field trips take viewers on tours of Alcoa plants featuring the use of robotics and the expertise of engineers and designers. Parent modules include information on facilitating conversations in careers at home. Lesson plans challenge students to design shoes, robots, and explore manufacturing careers.

tag(s): careers (140), design (84), engineering (128), STEM (156)

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Discover the many free resources on this site as part of career exploration lessons. View videos together, or have students view on their own. Take a virtual field trip to a manufacturing plant to learn more about design and the manufacturing process. Challenge students to create a simple infographic sharing information about manufacturing careers using Easel.ly, reviewed here, or have them create an interactive poster using Lucidpress, reviewed here. Ask students to use Fakebook, reviewed here, to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about a week in the life of an engineer or designer.
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Answerables is a game-based virtual learning world and learning management system. Download and log in as an educator to begin. Within Answerables, users create PODS to enroll students,...more
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Answerables is a game-based virtual learning world and learning management system. Download and log in as an educator to begin. Within Answerables, users create PODS to enroll students, create events and assignments, and provide feedback. This site features the use of a token system representing web URL's used by students. Be sure to check out the explanatory video demonstrating all features available within Answerables. Free accounts provide access for single users.

tag(s): classroom management (153), game based learning (116)

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All subject area teachers can benefit from making Answerables your digital library available from anywhere and anytime for you and your students. Store and organize links to websites, videos, and more for your students. Use PODS on this site to differentiate learning for students. Share student's digital work in this secure environment with parents and peers.

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