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Cool Ways to Use Skype in the Classroom - Annie Condron

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K to 12
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Find many good ideas for including Skype in your classroom. See tips for making the most of your Skype experience and a video of an actual classroom Skype session with ...more
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Find many good ideas for including Skype in your classroom. See tips for making the most of your Skype experience and a video of an actual classroom Skype session with author Mike Artnell. Be sure to check out the embedded slide show that includes lots of tips for Skyping with students. The video clip is hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then it may not be viewable. You could always view the video at home and bring it to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here to download the videos from YouTube.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Flask - flask.io

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1 to 12
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Flask is a very simple list maker. Type in your first to-do item and press enter to create a new list. NO membership required! The unique url generates, and your ...more
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Flask is a very simple list maker. Type in your first to-do item and press enter to create a new list. NO membership required! The unique url generates, and your list is ready to use. Continue typing items as needed and change the name of your list if desired. Use the share button to view the url, embed link or to email the list.

tag(s): organizational skills (122)

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

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Current - Your Private, Daily Diary - current.im

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

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

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

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Tools for Educators - Mark Cox

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K to 6
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Tools for Educators is a great site to build an engaging classroom. Worksheet templates, printables, and game makers enhance your classroom instruction. Customize printable word searches...more
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Tools for Educators is a great site to build an engaging classroom. Worksheet templates, printables, and game makers enhance your classroom instruction. Customize printable word searches with images in seconds. Crossword puzzles can be created as well and even on the same page as a word search. Design your own dice with images or text on the face of the dice. Roll the dice and create dice with text and images! Are your students bored with games? Need activities for centers or stations? The board game maker is a worksheet wizard that allows you to create board games on any theme with pictures. Tools for Educators currently has games for over 20 themes. Build your own BINGO boards, or be amazed by the maze maker. Make your own mazes for the students to explore with questions on content! Don't fall over, but create your own dominoes with text on the left and images on the right. You can't go wrong! Create spelling and reading worksheets as well as handwriting worksheets for students to trace. Tools for Educators is an award winning site itself. Choose from 70 different themes in over a 1,000 styles to create certificates. Picture this...vocabulary words with images. Tools for Educators allows you to create visual vocabulary handouts.
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tag(s): back to school (58), images (266), printables (38), puzzles (208), resources (112), worksheets (60)

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Easily integrate this site into your content to customize the tools available. Create word searches and crossword puzzles with your vocabulary words for any subject. Make your own board games to review or to spice up your stations or centers. Encourage students to join in the game-making to show what they know or to review and challenge their friends. Integrate your own content and questions to customize the games. The domino and dice tools allow you to customize them with your own words with images. Create engaging games to review sight words, vocabulary words, spelling words and more! The dice and dominoes provide great hands-on, minds-on activities to review world languages and other words in the classroom. Create your own BINGO games to review math concepts or any subject material. The maze maker is an amazing tool to engage students. Create squares with questions or content information. Students can answer math questions or other questions in content squares. The maze maker provides great activities for review or centers. Students tired of tracing disconnected material for handwriting practice? Use the tracing paper to enter your own content to make the activity meaningful. Students can also type their own work to print to practice typing and handwriting. All of the text is customizable in the certificate tool with tons of options. Create awards to recognize student accomplishments throughout the year.

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Presentain - Neek Kurat

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4 to 12
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Connect and engage your presentation audience with Presentain. Create a free account and link to your Google Drive account. Connect your social media accounts through your profile so...more
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Connect and engage your presentation audience with Presentain. Create a free account and link to your Google Drive account. Connect your social media accounts through your profile so presentation participants can view your connections. Access your Google Drive presentations in Presentain or upload a PDF version of a presentation created in PowerPoint or Keynote. Store your presentations in the Presentain cloud. Download the iOS or Android app on your phone or tablet to connect your mobile device. Use your mobile device as a clicker and connect your audience on their mobile devices. The audience can ask questions, take part in polls, send you follow-up requests, share your slides, and more. Record your voice while you present and publish the slidecast to your online audience. Presenting on a laptop that's not yours? Enter a presentation code that doesn't require a login. This is a great tool to involve your audience. Presentain users must be at least 18 years old.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (198), slides (63)

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Use your existing presentations and upload them as a PDF to Presentain. Use the many tools available at the site to engage your students. Use the question feature as a backchannel to address questions and concerns. Collect data using polls to differentiate your instruction. A BYOD school? Connect your students on their mobile devices. Share your slidecasts for student access both in and outside of class for further practice. An excellent site to share your presentations on professional development with your teaching colleagues. A great tool to flip your classroom instruction. Record students' presentations (using your account) to share on a website or blog so families unable to attend can view. Create visual presentations for key concepts or vocabulary. Record descriptions and share the slidecast for student access both in and outside of class for further practice.

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My Classroom Ideas - myclassroomideas.com

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K to 5
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Visit this Pinterest-style site for sharing photos of unique classroom ideas such as bulletin boards, reading corners, and seasonal ideas. Search for specific content using the search...more
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Visit this Pinterest-style site for sharing photos of unique classroom ideas such as bulletin boards, reading corners, and seasonal ideas. Search for specific content using the search bar or scroll through images posted on the site. Choose the Classroom Decorating link located in the top left corner to view specific topics such as door decorations or back to school ideas. Create your own account to save and share images via Twitter, Pinterest, or Facebook. Share your own class images on this site or just find ideas.
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tag(s): back to school (58), bulletin boards (16), classroom management (135), guided reading (47), preK (281), seasons (37)

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Bookmark this site to find classroom display and decorating ideas for use throughout the school year. Create an account to save and pin items of interest to find them later. This would be a great addition to your back to school file! If you enjoy Pinterest, this is very similar and sure to entertain and inform.

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How Do You Play - howdoyouplay.net

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K to 12
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Don't remember how to play certain games or need to find some new ideas? This is the site for you! How Do You Play contains instructions for many classroom-friendly games ...more
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Don't remember how to play certain games or need to find some new ideas? This is the site for you! How Do You Play contains instructions for many classroom-friendly games and activities. Choose from categories of active games, board games, classroom games, icebreakers, sports, and many more. Find instructions and information for great icebreaker questions/games, how to build the tallest tower, playing spoons, how to play a photo scavenger hunt, egg drop with teambuilding, life timelines, and much more. Each game or activity includes a list of materials needed, number of players, time required, and directions for play. Some directions for strategy games also include strategy options. Although many of the games seem juvenile, the team building and icebreaker options are even good for adults.

tag(s): back to school (58), sports (97)

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Use this site to find games and activities for classroom centers or review activities. Icebreaker activities include options for the first week of school community building. Bookmark this tool for the first week of school or anytime that you want to experience some "team-building" in your class. This is a great site to use if you have weekly classroom meetings to build relationships among students. Share this site with students and have them create their own games based on research projects or as review for major tests. Challenge students to describe their "creations" using the models shown on this site. Share this site with parent helpers to find ideas for classroom parties.

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Printable Paper - printablepaper.net

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K to 12
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Download and print many types of papers easily from Printable Paper. Lose the excuse, "I don't have any graph (or other) paper!" Choose from popular types such as lined paper ...more
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Download and print many types of papers easily from Printable Paper. Lose the excuse, "I don't have any graph (or other) paper!" Choose from popular types such as lined paper (college or wide rule), several forms of graph paper, letter templates, and much more. Use the categories listing to find specific options to narrow your search such as different forms of penmanship paper, score sheets, or music papers. There are even several different comic page templates and storyboard papers for storytelling or story mapping. Click on any paper image to download in PDF format. A special heading for teacher resources includes lesson plan paper and more. The specialty papers include doorhanger patterns to decorate and cut out. Don't miss the printable games.
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tag(s): charts and graphs (195), comics and cartoons (74), handwriting (18), letter writing (21), musical notation (35), preK (281)

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This site is a must bookmark for classroom use. Use anytime you need graph paper, writing paper, music sheets, etc. Share a link on your classroom website for student use at home. Share this site with parents at Back to School Night. Share this site with older students the first week of school. Now there is no excuse for not doing homework because of not having the correct type of paper! Some of the papers have alternate uses, such as using quilting graph paper to create and study geometric shapes.
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Inspirational Quotes for Teachers - Windows to the Universe

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2 to 12
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Inspire yourself and your students with Windows to the Universe Motivational Quotes. Although a rather simple site in appearance, there is a lot of "good stuff" here. Add creativity,...more
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Inspire yourself and your students with Windows to the Universe Motivational Quotes. Although a rather simple site in appearance, there is a lot of "good stuff" here. Add creativity, encouragement, and an atmosphere of excellence to your classroom and your life.
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tag(s): quotations (23)

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Post in the signature on your email, on your website, or even on your whiteboard! Encourage leadership, hope, and inspiration! Use quotes as a theme for writing prompts or even to relate to the theme of a story. Use the quotes as examples of figurative language. Add quotes to end of year picture CDs/DVDs. Use the quotes to inspire personal or classroom mission statements. Have students include a quote when turning in work, and explain how it inspired or helped them. Add music or art to explain a quote. During the first week of the school year, share this site with students. Challenge students to choose a "quote of the year" for themselves personally. Have students put the quote in their notebook, folder, or as a screen saver. Also, choose a few quotes to hang around your classroom. If you need more quotes, check out TeachersFirst's Bulletin Board Hangups.

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OK2Ask''®: Blooms 2.0 July 2013 - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2013, opens in Adobe Connect. Blooms 2.0: Promoting ALL levels of Bloom's Taxonomy through Technology Create...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2013, opens in Adobe Connect. Blooms 2.0: Promoting ALL levels of Bloom's Taxonomy through Technology Create a classroom rich with all levels of Blooms Taxonomy using new and HOT technology. This session will have a brief introduction to Blooms Taxonomy, but the main focus will be sharing tools to achieve Blooms levels using the newer tools.

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Recap the basics of Blooms Taxonomy; Discuss and share the importance of keeping Blooms in the classroom; Browse and explore various tools available on TeachersFirst to use at all levels of Blooms Taxonomy; and (Follow-up) Plan and implement a lesson or activity using a web tool that promotes one of the higher levels of Blooms Taxonomy. Applicable NETS-T standards (2008)*: 1a and c, 2b, 4b, and 5c * The text of these standards is copyrighted. Please read the full text at ISTE's NETS-T page.

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View this webinar to learn about the new HOTS Blooms 2.0. Find resources to use to meet all levels on Bloom's Taxonomy. View this webinar with a friend or group of teachers in your computer lab. Take a look at the resource page for some great sites to learn more about Blooms 2.0 and resources to use in your class! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask'®: Great Ideas July 2013 - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2013, opens in Adobe Connect. Great Ideas: Exploring the Resources of TeachersFirst 3.0 to Plan Effective,...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2013, opens in Adobe Connect. Great Ideas: Exploring the Resources of TeachersFirst 3.0 to Plan Effective, Technology-Infused Lessons! Discover TeachersFirst 3.0 to inspire new ways of thinking about lessons, student learning, and the web. This session will briefly share the teacher-friendly features of TeachersFirst 3.0 to help you save time and envision new ways for students to learn using the tools of the web. Participants will be encouraged to seek specific solutions and ask questions to meet their own classroom needs. It's OK2Ask'''®

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Locate resources within the new TeachersFirst to provide real-world learning experiences for their students; Locate and evaluate effective, web-based tools and resources in support of teaching and learning, both for themselves and for their students; Evaluate TeachersFirst membership features applicable to their individual technology expertise and teaching situation; Find solutions to individual questions or practical problems of their teaching situation by exploring TeachersFirst and/or asking live questions during the session; and (follow-up) Use the features of TeachersFirst's value-added reviews to plan technology- infused learning experiences for students that promote learning and creativity. Applicable NETS-T standards (2008)*: 1b, 2a and b, 3d * The text of these standards is copyrighted. Please read the full text at ISTE's NETS-T page.

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Not overly familiar with TeachersFirst? This is a great introduction. Learn how to search efficiently on the site, saving you time! Learn about some hidden treasures available from TeachersFirst. Learn about our ready to go lessons, units, resources, and more. Share the resources page with a friend. Or better yet, attend the webinar together! Take a look at the resource page full of GREAT ideas! >. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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SciShow - SciShow

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This YouTube channel teaches scientific concepts in an easy to understand style. The channel includes a variety of short videos ranging from 3 to 10 minutes. There are videos for ...more
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This YouTube channel teaches scientific concepts in an easy to understand style. The channel includes a variety of short videos ranging from 3 to 10 minutes. There are videos for primary students as well as high school students. New videos are released weekly, and viewers are encouraged to add their suggestions for future videos. The wide variety includes just about every topic in Science. Note: Constant additions mean that adults will want to preview in case recent additions are not appropriate for your audience. One page load included a video about "How Weed Works," possibly appropriate during a drug and alcohol study, but not elsewhere?

Be sure to check whether You Tube is blocked at your school and download videos prior to class if necessary. 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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Share the videos on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Flip your classroom and have students view video clips at home and then discuss the following day in class. Use as an introductory video at the start of a lesson or unit to catch student interest. Follow with individual and group brainstorming of questions the students have about content they would need to know to understand the topic. Students can research the answers to the questions and present to the class with teacher guidance and filling in gaps of knowledge. Can't find a video that pertains to your current unit of study? Why not have students create their own videos to share with the class using a tool such as SchoolTube reviewed here.
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The Field Book Project - National Museum of Natural History and Smithsonian Institute

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This article announces and explains a one stop archive of field research journals and other documents. Click the text link "View all Field Book Project records on Collection Search...more
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This article announces and explains a one stop archive of field research journals and other documents. Click the text link "View all Field Book Project records on Collection Search Center" to search from a wide variety of examples of scientific fieldbooks. Use the search functions to find specific journals related to many fields in Biology and Geology. Click to view each electronic resource in a pop up window.

tag(s): field trips (12), geology (81), journals (21), scientific method (64)

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Share this site as you teach about scientific method or simply about what scientists do. Display sample journals on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have student partners explore to find a journal they find intriguing and bring it back to describe to the class. Be sure to discuss the value of using journaling in the sciences. View a journal to identify what information is included in actual scientist's journals. How is the information recorded then valuable to what we know today? How are field journals different from the type of work that students do? Challenge your students to keep their own field journals. Have students use Ourboox, reviewed here. Ourboox creates beautiful page-flipping digital books in minutes, and you can embed video, music, animation, games, maps and more.

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Who Am I? - London Science Museum

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Who Am I? is an online exhibit presented by the London Science Museum devoted to the exploration of genetics and the human body. Play Thingdom, choose a "thing," and begin ...more
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Who Am I? is an online exhibit presented by the London Science Museum devoted to the exploration of genetics and the human body. Play Thingdom, choose a "thing," and begin the process of nurturing it to maturity. Move through a progression of challenges to create offspring with the correct traits. Choose the Find Out More section to view animations of your body, your brain, and your genes.
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tag(s): brain (72), cells (102), emotions (35), genetics (90), human body (121)

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Much of this material is ideal for sharing on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Another idea: flip your classroom and have your students view a certain section of the site at home and share their thoughts the following day in class. Allow students to play Thingdom on classroom laptops to explore concepts learned about genetics. Create an account to save games for later play. Have students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here to explain the genetics concepts they have learned.
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We Heart Trees - Knock

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K to 8
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Answer five simple questions to create your own unique tree at We Heart Trees. Questions relate to hand-washing, recycling, and other "tree friendly" actions. Customize with...more
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Answer five simple questions to create your own unique tree at We Heart Trees. Questions relate to hand-washing, recycling, and other "tree friendly" actions. Customize with your own color, accessories, and quotes to share with the world. Share your finished tree on social networks to increase awareness about the importance of our behavior.

tag(s): earth day (112), environment (317), recycling (57), trees (30)

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Have students create their own tree as part of your Arbor Day or Earth Day activities. Include this activity when studying plants and trees. With younger students, you will have to read the questions aloud or have them partner with stronger readers. This is also an excellent "homework" activity to do with a parent. After creating trees, have students draw their tree and include with an environmental tip for a bulletin board or hallway display. Or make your display online on a class wiki or blog to SAVE more trees! Have students upload a photo or screenshot of their tree and add voice bubbles to explain what they learned using a tool such as Superlame, reviewed here.

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SearchyPants - Safe Search for Kids - SearchyPants

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K to 6
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Looking for a safe way for young students to search? SearchyPants provides a safe search environment. You can customize a safe search page with a background and add links. You ...more
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Looking for a safe way for young students to search? SearchyPants provides a safe search environment. You can customize a safe search page with a background and add links. You can search the entire web or narrow your search to just images, videos, or games. Add a custom message for users of your search page to read before searching or using links. Note that search result pages do display ads, just as Google does, so you will want to show young users how to distinguish and avoid these links.
This site includes advertising.

tag(s): search engines (65)

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Create a SearchyPants page for use on classroom computers. Demonstrate HOW to use this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Even younger students can search for topics using the links that you provide. Be sure to include graphics for your non-readers. With upper elementary students, have them access the web through your page for safe searching. Include links for specific games or websites for classroom use.

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Great tool to use with young students!! Melissa, , Grades: 0 - 5
Good searching for young children connie, , Grades: 0 - 2

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Mars Education - Developing the Next Generation of Explorers - Arizona State University

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K to 12
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The Mars Education Program is a resource for STEM lessons and activities related to Mars and outer space. Mars resources include videos, images, and news on the latest research of ...more
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The Mars Education Program is a resource for STEM lessons and activities related to Mars and outer space. Mars resources include videos, images, and news on the latest research of the planet. Don't miss Ask Dr. C (a beta project) in the Resources menu to pose questions about Mars and see the answers. Stay up to date with the latest information from Mars by perusing The Red Planet Report from the Mars Resources menu. Visit the STEM plans for lessons in exploring, scientific research, and conceptual modeling. Aligned to National Science Education Standards, lessons have been developed for K-12 classrooms. Lessons include complete descriptions of activities, learning objectives, handouts, and assessments to download in PDF format. In most cases, you must open the pdf to see the grade range on the lessons.

tag(s): mars (41), planets (123), scientists (69), space (205)

In the Classroom

View videos on your interactive whiteboard to learn more about the exploration of Mars. Download and use lesson plans during your planet or atmosphere units. Challenge students to create online montages using images, slideshows, or comic strips using a site such as Infinite Canvas (reviewed here) to demonstrate what they have learned and further questions they would like to investigate.
 This resource requires PDF reader software like Adobe Acrobat.

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Tableizer! - Danny Sanchez

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4 to 12
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Tableizer is a "cool tool" for creating HTML code to show spreadsheet data in table format. No one wants to learn how to write HTML (web page code) to make ...more
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Tableizer is a "cool tool" for creating HTML code to show spreadsheet data in table format. No one wants to learn how to write HTML (web page code) to make tables, but adding a table to your blog is sometimes a must to line up information into columns. Copy and paste your cells from Excel, Calc, or other spreadsheets into the box provided. Choose options such as font size and style and color. Click the Tableize it! button to view the HTML code along with a preview of the results. Copy and paste the HTML code into any web page you create, such as your blog or wiki. The best part: no registration is required.
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tag(s): blogs (88), data (148), spreadsheets (17)

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Tableizer is an excellent tool for easily displaying data on your web page or blog. Use anytime you want to display information from a spreadsheet. Share with students for use in displaying lab results, scientific data, budgets, etc. Use this to list a schedule of events, requirements, etc. in a clear table on your class blog.
 

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