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Curiosity Machine - Iridescent

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4 to 12
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Curiosity Machine connects scientists and engineers with young people to help design and create projects together. Create an account to begin using features on the site. Discover challenges...more
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Curiosity Machine connects scientists and engineers with young people to help design and create projects together. Create an account to begin using features on the site. Discover challenges to build on your own, including categories such as aerospace, robotics, engineering, and more. Find inspiration by watching videos of scientists and engineers sharing their inventions. Share your finished projects as inspiration for other aspiring engineers and scientists.

tag(s): aeronautics (13), computers (95), engineering (125), gifted (96), oceans (148), problem solving (272), robotics (25), STEM (134)

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Be sure to take advantage of the free educator units offered with membership. Share project ideas with students as ideas for a school science or engineering fair. Share this site with students interested in exploring careers in science or engineering. Encourage students to use a visual blogging tool such as Check This, reviewed here, (no registration required) to document their progress while completing projects. Have gifted students choose projects from the site to complete as enrichment within different learning units.
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NASA - HIAD App - NASA

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6 to 12
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Develop an inflatable spacecraft for NASA with this exciting activity. Design a HIAD (Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator) to bring cargo back from space. Begin with HIAD...more
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Develop an inflatable spacecraft for NASA with this exciting activity. Design a HIAD (Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator) to bring cargo back from space. Begin with HIAD Boot Camp and work your way up to advanced level using knowledge learned in stages along the way. Be careful, if your design is not strong enough, your spacecraft will burn up, and your mission is a failure.

tag(s): aeronautics (13), engineering (125), problem solving (272), STEM (134)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Include this site with any STEM lessons or units. Share this activity with students interested in aeronautics or engineering as an excellent opportunity for practice and learning skills. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos with tips and suggestions for successful completion of this hands-on learning activity using a tool like wevideo, reviewed here. Share them on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here. HIAD would also be an excellent activity for an after school science club.
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Radionomy - Radionomy Group

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K to 12
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Run your own radio station with Radionomy! Radionomy allows you to create, produce and share your personalized station free with your own music or their library of popular music and...more
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Run your own radio station with Radionomy! Radionomy allows you to create, produce and share your personalized station free with your own music or their library of popular music and podcasts. Add personalized shout outs, voice-overs, interviews, or any audio to make your unique broadcast. Broadcast live or use the 24/7 "scheduler" to keep your station running on air at all times. Be sure to check out Radionomy's Quick Guide for more information on all of the available features.

tag(s): digital storytelling (144), journalism (46), podcasts (52), radio (27)

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Enjoy making a live radio show from your classroom! Publish written pieces of writing, science reports, social studies reports, and any other reports you would like to share. Create a new book review podcast for the media center. Link to your podcast URL on your class website, and publish directions to projects, explanations of difficult concepts, or even a radio show with you reading your favorite books for your students. Have upper elementary students take turns reading aloud for a podcast aimed at little reading buddies in kindergarten. Allow students to podcast to "pen pals" in faraway places. Record your school choir, orchestra group, poetry club, or drama club doing their best work or dramatic readings of Shakespeare soliloquies. Take your school newspaper to a new level with recorded radio articles. Be sure to include interviews with students, teachers, principals, parents, authors, artists, and almost anyone. In younger grades, use to save an audio portfolio of reading fluency, expression, or as an aid for running records. Do this regularly throughout the year to analyze growth. Have fun at Halloween with your Halloween station filled with favorite spooky stories, or during the December holidays with stories from different cultures. Welcome your students to a new school year by sending them your message. Create messages for classmates who move away. Bring your world language classes an extra resource of your pronunciations whenever they need more practice. ESL/ELL and special education classes can often benefit from the additional explanations, practice, and elaborated instructions given at their own pace. The possibilities are endless!

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WizerMe - Wizerme L.S (2015) Ltd.

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K to 12
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Finally, worksheets will be cool! Create interactive worksheets, or use one that is already developed and make it your own with wizer.me. After signing up with email get started with...more
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Finally, worksheets will be cool! Create interactive worksheets, or use one that is already developed and make it your own with wizer.me. After signing up with email get started with Add Task. Follow the prompts for creation; these include selecting text style and color, and choosing a background, adding student tasks (Text, Video, Link, Image), and more. Select question style: Open Question, Multiple Choice, Matching, and more. Then there are the more unusual type responses like Filling in a Table, Image Tagging, Embedding, and others, with promises of more to come. Share with students by posting the URL given, using a pin code on their worksheet board, or use your Google Classroom account. At the time of this review, wizer.me support was through email and real-time online chat.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (199), gamification (65), multimedia (57), worksheets (60)

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Wizer.me would be an excellent tool to use to implement and/or integrate technology into lessons. Look through worksheets others have created to get an idea of what you can do. The possibilities for using this tool in the classroom are limited only by your imagination! Having students view videos or label images is sure to keep them engaged and interested in your subject. Any subject area teacher will find a use for this tool, and it's free! Use worksheets (lessons) you have created in learning centers, with small groups (the possibilities for differentiating abounds), or as homework. Since these "worksheets" can include video, using wizer.me would be a terrific tool to use to "flip" your classroom.

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Science4Us - Science4Us

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K to 3
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Science4Us offers a selection of free resources for K-2 science teachers. View and download entertaining songs, animated lessons, or hands-on projects. Take advantage of the free teacher...more
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Science4Us offers a selection of free resources for K-2 science teachers. View and download entertaining songs, animated lessons, or hands-on projects. Take advantage of the free teacher resources, including 28 free teaching modules for using best practices, cross-curricular teaching strategies, and printable worksheets. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.
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tag(s): animals (276), energy (198), food chains (22), forces (45), scientific method (64), simple machines (37)

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Take advantage of the free materials and resources to supplement your current science lessons. Share the science songs on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector to introduce science lessons. Include a link to videos on your class website or blog for students and parents to view together at home. Share materials with your school's special education teacher to use with their students. Create online posters together as a class for what students are learning using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard, reviewed here, or PicLits, reviewed here.
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My Storybook - myStorybook.com

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1 to 12
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Get into digital storytelling by creating a colorful short story with the tools offered at My Storybook. There is a basic tutorial when you click Create a Storybook. Get started ...more
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Get into digital storytelling by creating a colorful short story with the tools offered at My Storybook. There is a basic tutorial when you click Create a Storybook. Get started using clipart from My Storybook, upload your images, or use their draw tools to create your own artwork. Click the text box and change the font, font color, and size. Add more text and pages for your book, too. Saving and sharing require an email address. Share by sending the URL to several social networking sites or via email, or print your book in PDF format. There is a way to create an ebook, but the ebook option isn't free. Read storybooks created by others by clicking Library in the top right Menu.
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tag(s): digital storytelling (144), writing (359)

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Show students creation possibilities by viewing a few of the books from the library using a projector or interactive whiteboard. Create a class book to begin. Start with a storyboard such as Amazon Storybuilder, reviewed here, or Gone Google Story Builder, reviewed here. Using a storyboard and My Storybook is an effective way to teach students about story elements, dialogue, character development, and more. World language classes can label images, or tell a story in the language they are learning. Work together to complete biographies of famous people. Challenge students to tell the story of different famous events in history or explain their understanding of cell division using My Storybook. Art students can create a story around their artwork. Autistic or emotional support teachers can create stories demonstrating interpersonal behavior skills. Digital storytelling is an amazing way for students to internalize any subject or concept. It also is an excellent assessment tool.

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Electric Cars Primer, MIT Technology Review - MIT TEchnology Review

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8 to 12
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Explore different types of electric cars including hybrids, plug-ins, and extended range electric cars with an interactive model showing how they work. Read the latest ideas for the...more
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Explore different types of electric cars including hybrids, plug-ins, and extended range electric cars with an interactive model showing how they work. Read the latest ideas for the next generation of hybrids that can be plugged in to extend their electric range, and improve fuel economy. The interactive models show power from batteries, batteries and gasoline, and extended range electric. Discover the relationships between distance, speed, and type of car in the interactive graph.
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tag(s): electricity (89), sustainability (19), transportation (40)

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Explore the concepts of electric cars, hybrids, and gasoline cars when studying conservation or sustainability. Collect real-time data using each different model. Gather predictions before introducing the model to students and before working with the interactive. Complete the activity and evaluate conclusions. Use as research for sustainability or conservation projects. Offer to gifted classes to spark interest in transportation models. Use as a model to show the different types of designs created to improve the fuel consumption of natural resources.
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Guide to Water - BBC News

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4 to 7
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Find articles to enhance the understanding of what water is, why we need it, what a shortage is, shortages in developing countries, and what you can do to save water. ...more
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Find articles to enhance the understanding of what water is, why we need it, what a shortage is, shortages in developing countries, and what you can do to save water. The site was created in the UK so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English and measurements use the metric system. Articles are printable or can be emailed.

tag(s): earth day (112), environment (317), water (130)

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Use the articles for informational reading to help meet Common Core Standards. Be sure to assign a strong reader to a weaker one when reading in class. Use this site for Earth Day activities. View together and brainstorm ideas about how to save water at school and home. Have students brainstorm ideas on a collaborative bulletin board like Scrumblr, reviewed here, with a quick start- no membership required. Create a campaign for increasing water conservation in school and at home. Survey the school community on their water usage using a tool such as SurveyRock, reviewed here.

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turnitin - Source Educational Evaluation Rubric (SEER) - turnitin

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6 to 12
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Find an interactive rubric for evaluating the quality of Internet sources students use in academic writing and projects. Fill out a short registration form to have immediate free access...more
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Find an interactive rubric for evaluating the quality of Internet sources students use in academic writing and projects. Fill out a short registration form to have immediate free access to the rubric as a PDF. The criteria for the rubric includes Authoritative, Educational Value, Intent, Originality, and Quality. Below the rubric see an example of three popular sites evaluated with SEER and the scores given for each criterion. Download the rubric to your computer. Once filled in save it to your computer and print.

tag(s): evaluating sources (13), media literacy (58), rubrics (32)

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Share this rubric with middle and high school students with your projector or on an interactive whiteboard. Ask students to suggest a popular site for referencing in papers and projects. Use the rubric together and evaluate the site. Break students into small groups and have them evaluate several sites. Make these sites you have already evaluated, and then have the students evaluate them until you know most students agree on what makes a Highly Creditable site compared to a Creditable or Discreditable site. At the end of the activity give a quick assessment. This way students who do not feel sure about evaluating a site have the opportunity to let you know. Consider using Quiz Socket, reviewed here, for a quick assessment or Quizalize, reviewed here, for a more in-depth assessment.
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What has the United Nations ever done for you? - The Guardian

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6 to 12
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This interactive offers the opportunity to view what the United Nations has done to help people of all ages from around the world. Choose a persona by entering gender, age, ...more
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This interactive offers the opportunity to view what the United Nations has done to help people of all ages from around the world. Choose a persona by entering gender, age, and country to view a list of ways the United Nations has had a positive influence on their situation. Categories include items such as Human Rights, Child Mortality, and Cultural Heritage. The site was created in the UK, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English.
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tag(s): cross cultural understanding (115), cultures (105), united nations (8)

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Introduce this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Allow students to explore on their own. Social studies teachers will want to bookmark this interactive for use throughout the year as students learn about different countries and cultures. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here, to explain what they learned from this site.

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Vibby - Ari Cohen and Ivo Sluganovic

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4 to 12
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Highlight, annotate, and share parts of any YouTube video with Vibby. Create an account then paste in the URL of any YouTube video. Choose the start and stop points of ...more
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Highlight, annotate, and share parts of any YouTube video with Vibby. Create an account then paste in the URL of any YouTube video. Choose the start and stop points of any area to highlight and type in notes of up to 500 characters. Follow prompts to finish creating your "vib" then share using social networking links or the direct URL. Use the embed code to embed the "vib" directly into a blog or website. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): video (254)

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Use Vibby as part of your flipped classroom. Have students watch a YouTube video at home and highlight different portions with questions and observations. Use Vibby in any subject! Ask ESL/ELL and resource students to write text to explain concepts by rewording, or to ask questions about the parts they do not understand. Identify examples of foreshadowing in dramatic videos. Add questions to math explanations. Identify landforms with videos from different locations. Use the embed code to add annotated videos to your class website or blog. Share this site as a way to review before tests. Have media literacy students use the annotation feature to critique videos for bias, poor writing, weak information, and more.

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Jellybean Writer - Jellybean Scoop

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K to 7
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Jellybean Writer is a terrific and simple way to write a digital story. Whether writing a picture book or full page text, choose from several layout templates, background colors, borders,...more
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Jellybean Writer is a terrific and simple way to write a digital story. Whether writing a picture book or full page text, choose from several layout templates, background colors, borders, and fonts. To save stories online, sign up using email. Download and print stories without signing up. Watch Demo Videos from a drop down list located in the upper right corner of the page. If your district blocks YouTube, they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.
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tag(s): creative writing (166), creativity (109), digital storytelling (144)

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Jellybean Writer is so simple very young students can use it successfully after a demonstration using a whiteboard or projector. Use this tool to design simple projects using images to tell the story. At the beginning of the year have students develop stories to tell about their summer and share with classmates. Create a photo story for history, showcasing great people or specific historical events such as the signing of the Declaration of Independence. In the arts, create a photo story of achievements of various artists. In science, create a photo story of famous inventors or have students explain their understanding of cell division. Teachers can create and manage students. Teachers with free accounts can have up to 25 students. If you have a larger class, there is a "work around" for this. If you have a Gmail account, you can add subaccounts (see directions to do this here). You could create another Jellybean account with this subaccount, but you would end up with two different accounts on Jellybean Writer.

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The Science of Hearing - Hidden Hearing

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The Science of Hearing offers an interesting graphic looking at how hearing works, identifying the warning signs of hearing loss, and what to do when suspecting a hearing problem. Scroll...more
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The Science of Hearing offers an interesting graphic looking at how hearing works, identifying the warning signs of hearing loss, and what to do when suspecting a hearing problem. Scroll through the site to view a labeled drawing of the inner ear and information on how the brain processes sounds. Discover two different types of hearing loss and how hearing aids help in restoring hearing.

tag(s): hearing impaired (6), human body (121), senses (28)

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Use this resource during a unit on perception, the senses, or human body systems (nervous system). Study the model to identify problems that can occur with the ear and hearing. Be sure to discuss many current issues such as noise and hearing problems. Have students research various types of noises that one can encounter and the decibel levels and hearing problems that can result from exposure to the sounds. Research sources of hearing impairment and new technology to correct these problems. Have students create online posters individually or together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard, reviewed here, or PicLits, reviewed here. Share this resource with students to help understand the loss of hearing in a hearing impaired classmate. If you would like your students to use an interactive to get to know the ear, use The Interactive Ear, reviewed here.

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Boomerang for Gmail - Bavdin

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1 to 12
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Download Boomerang to organize your Gmail! Schedule when to send messages, remind yourself to follow up if you do not get a reply email, and mark emails that you need ...more
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Download Boomerang to organize your Gmail! Schedule when to send messages, remind yourself to follow up if you do not get a reply email, and mark emails that you need to read at a later time. The basic plan is free and includes most features.
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tag(s): organizational skills (122)

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Let Boomerrang simplify your email life. Start the beginning of school with welcoming emails to each student/family. Schedule emails with newsletters, timely events, or parent conference reminders in exactly the right time! Design unit newsletters to coincide with your lessons time periods. Schedule birthday wishes or even schedule emails to remind yourself of an important event. You will never forget to collect all responses or assignments with a reminder email. Manage daily or weekly parent reports with ease and timeliness. Share at Meet the Teacher Nights or Curriculum Chats to help parents improve organizational skills for their student.

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Animal Homes - Gold Ridge School

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K to 3
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Discover the inhabitants living in different animal homes with this easy to use site. Hover your mouse over images to find who lives in caves, holes, nests, and more. Click ...more
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Discover the inhabitants living in different animal homes with this easy to use site. Hover your mouse over images to find who lives in caves, holes, nests, and more. Click each image to view different animals with each type of home. Scroll down to the bottom of the site to find several other animal-related games and quizzes.

tag(s): animal homes (41), animals (276), habitats (84), preK (281)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on habitats on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Have students create their own list of animals that live in different homes before revealing the images on the site. Have students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here, to describe animals and their homes.
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Free Digital Photos - Wagging Dog Media Limited

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K to 12
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Free Digital Photos offers a large variety of quality photos and images for use with digital media. Preview and download images free of charge. Browse through categories or use the...more
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Free Digital Photos offers a large variety of quality photos and images for use with digital media. Preview and download images free of charge. Browse through categories or use the keyword search to view available images. Each image includes a free download along with paid options for larger resolution downloads. Be sure to follow steps for downloading, including verification of email and entering the text for the security challenge. An easier download is available by registering for the site; this also allows you to track downloads including attribution information. Be aware: this site does have some topics not appropriate for the classroom. We do not suggest allowing younger students to peruse independently.
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tag(s): creative commons (21), images (266), photography (160)

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Use this site to search for photos for presentations, projects, or research. Take advantage of this opportunity to discuss proper use and sharing of online images and information. For ESL/ELL students or speech/language, use the images for them to create their own visual dictionary. World language teachers can also challenge students to use images to illustrate vocabulary or accompany writing. Use images for writing prompts or even to create descriptive sentences. Have one student describe the image as another sketches the image. Now compare the described image to the real image. Challenge students to create a multimedia presentation about class content using these images and UtellStory, reviewed here. UtellStory allows narrating and adding text to a picture.

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FutureLearn for Schools - FutureLearn

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7 to 12
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FutureLearn for Schools offers a large variety of free online courses presented by leading universities for students aged 13 and older in a variety of topics. Choose a category to ...more
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FutureLearn for Schools offers a large variety of free online courses presented by leading universities for students aged 13 and older in a variety of topics. Choose a category to begin browsing topics offered. Content includes history, creative arts and media, literature, and much more. Watch a short video to learn specifics about the course offerings and objectives. This site was created in the UK, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English.

tag(s): advertising (33), business (58), computers (95), creative writing (166), cultures (105), dental health (23), environment (317), financial literacy (80), gifted (96), literature (275), photography (160), politics (99), professional development (123), psychology (64)

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Allow gifted students to enroll in courses that interest them or that provide enrichment beyond classroom content. Share with others in your building as a resource for professional development. Explore the topics yourself for some new, engaging material to round out your own expertise. Allow students to enroll in a course that would fit into their career goals as an exploratory opportunity in that field. With older students you may want to consider requiring them to take a course with the idea that it is a model. Challenge students to develop a course using a tool like Lore, reviewed here, about something in which they feel they are an expert.
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Learn Engineering - Imajey

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The goal of Learn Engineering is to present "tough engineering concepts" in a logical and simple way. Choose from one of the three main fields of engineering - civil, mechanical, ...more
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The goal of Learn Engineering is to present "tough engineering concepts" in a logical and simple way. Choose from one of the three main fields of engineering - civil, mechanical, or electrical to begin. Subcategories within each section answer questions using videos and detailed image explanations. 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 KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): careers (132), engineering (125), STEM (134)

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Share information on the site during career lessons and activities. Share this site with parents as a resource for learning more about careers in engineering. During a unit in careers, divide students into small groups (their interest) to cover all engineering fields, and challenge them to create a multimedia presentation using Presentious, reviewed here, and present their findings about that field to their classmates. Presentious is a mix of the best parts of slide and video recordings, in one new format and is easy to use.

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Television Archive News Search Service - TV News Archive

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The Television Archive News Search Service is a comprehensive resource for finding news video clips from the United States and Great Britain. Scroll through to view clips by most popular...more
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The Television Archive News Search Service is a comprehensive resource for finding news video clips from the United States and Great Britain. Scroll through to view clips by most popular or sort by title, date, archived, or creator. Use the search bar to search by keywords for specific information. Choose any clip, and then choose any minute from the filmstrip to view clips.

tag(s): journalism (46), news (261)

In the Classroom

This site is ideal on an interactive whiteboard or projector, learning station, or on individual computers (with headsets). Provide students with a topic for a keyword search and allow them to explore on their own. Embed video clips into your class web page or view together on an interactive whiteboard as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson.

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The 25 Biggest Turning Points in Earth's History - BBC Earth

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BBC Earth offers this interesting look at their 25 choices for the biggest turning points in Earth's history. Scroll through to learn about events beginning with the birth of Earth...more
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BBC Earth offers this interesting look at their 25 choices for the biggest turning points in Earth's history. Scroll through to learn about events beginning with the birth of Earth 4.5 billion years ago to the evolution of the human race 200,000 years ago. Each event includes approximate dates and a short description of the occurrence. Some events include animation. See these by clicking "Play Video." At the time of this review the animations were problematic using Safari. The site was created in the UK, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English.
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tag(s): cells (102), dinosaurs (57), earth (228), evolution (100), mammals (32), plants (145)

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Ask students to consider the question of the 25 biggest turning points in Earth's history before viewing this site together then compare responses. Have students brainstorm or collect ideas on a collaborative bulletin board like Scrumblr, reviewed here, (quick start- no membership required!). Use this site as inspiration for students to create their own 25 (or whatever) choices for the biggest turning points in their life, your state, their country, a country they are studying, or any subject they are studying.

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