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Camp Google - Google

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2 to 6
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Camp Google is a partnership between Khan Academy, National Geographic, The National Park Service, and Google to provide science activities and adventures led by experts. Although it...more
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Camp Google is a partnership between Khan Academy, National Geographic, The National Park Service, and Google to provide science activities and adventures led by experts. Although it has a starting date in July, activities remain open to complete at any time. Each theme - ocean, space, nature, and music - lasts four weeks. Kids complete the activities with common household items and minimal parental help.

tag(s): music theory (42), natural resources (59), oceans (148), space (205)

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Incorporate activities from Camp Google into your science lessons throughout the year. Set up a "summer camp" in the middle of winter to encourage student interest in activities. Share Camp Google with parents as an excellent resource for at-home science activities. Share ideas with students for use in science fair projects.

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EekoWorld - PBS Kids Go

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K to 5
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Use EekoWorld to help children learn about the important role they can play in taking care of the earth. With EekoWorld's interactive format, you create and care for your own ...more
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Use EekoWorld to help children learn about the important role they can play in taking care of the earth. With EekoWorld's interactive format, you create and care for your own Eeko Creature. You help him overcome environmental issues such as pollution and recycling. Explore the EekoHouse to find energy-saving and conservation tips. Be sure to check out the parents and teachers section for lesson plans and tips on using the site.

tag(s): conservation (127), environment (317), recycling (57)

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If your class is participating in the World Water Monitoring Challenge reviewed here, this is a fabulous tool to incorporate into your lessons. Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard, and then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Be sure to include this site on your class webpage for students to access both in and outside of class for further practice. Have students create an online or printed comic using one of the tools and ideas included in this TeachersFirst collection. Create a quick poll using SurveyRock, reviewed here, to poll students about their knowledge of environmental issues.
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Plickers - Nolan Amy

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1 to 12
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All-inclusive student response is what Plickers is all about. Students do not need to have Internet access. Responders use individualized QR Code cards (print a set FREE from Plickers),...more
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All-inclusive student response is what Plickers is all about. Students do not need to have Internet access. Responders use individualized QR Code cards (print a set FREE from Plickers), to answer questions. You use your mobile device to read the QR Code cards that students hold up. Create an account and get started immediately. No need to wait for an email response. There is a demo to use, or see the Help page for detailed instructions for adding classes, students, questions (with or without images), and folders to organize your questions by unit, topic, lesson and more. You can save student responses to your online Plicker account.
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tag(s): assessment (99), DAT device agnostic tool (196), game based learning (103), gamification (65), qr codes (21), questioning (31), quiz (85)

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Create greater student engagement and increased student interest in your classroom with Plickers. Students give their input anonymously. Print out Plickers' cards and hand out to students. Use an interactive whiteboard or projector to explain how the Plickers cards work. Create questions, with or without images, and add multiple choice answers. Project your questions and possible answers. Have students hold up their card in the position that reflects their answer. Use your mobile device and Plickers mobile app to scan the cards. You will see a bar graph with student responses on your mobile device. These can be saved to your Plickers account. Use Plickers to answer exit questions or to see what students remember from the previous day. Use for formative assessment to identify misconceptions that students may have at the start of a unit. There are cards with larger fonts for young students or the visually impaired. ESL/ELL teachers could use this for vocabulary or sentence structure practice. Unless your school or district has access to a matte-finish for laminating or matte-plastic pockets, you may want to collect the cards at the end of class.

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Apricot - Just Apricot

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2 to 12
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Apricot is not your average prompt generator. Use Apricot to have parents become collaborators in their child's education. With an Apricot account, create an online classroom or multiple...more
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Apricot is not your average prompt generator. Use Apricot to have parents become collaborators in their child's education. With an Apricot account, create an online classroom or multiple classrooms within the same account. Invite students to join using a code provided by Apricot for each class. Moreover, if you choose, invite parents to join and read their student's responses to the prompts you create. Send parents email alerts for only the response(s) you wish to share. Find an introduction Vimeo video on their blog (a link at the bottom of the landing page). This works on any browser based computer and on iPads. At the time of this review the site was planning to add an option to write a personal note to the parents when sending the prompt.

tag(s): parents (56), writing (358), writing prompts (92)

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What a great tool to get your students writing daily! Not only language arts teachers will benefit from using this tool. Any subject teacher can create prompts about the topics their students study. Use Apricot as an exit ticket to see where students have misconceptions about the lesson presented. For days when you need some help coming up with a prompt, look at Thought Questions, reviewed here, to get a few ideas. Send responses to parents easily by having them sign up for the code. Parents will not automatically get responses. You can select which responses to send them.

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Wimp - wimp.com

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K to 12
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Wimp offers a wide variety of videos with family-friendly content. Browse through the site using a keyword search or choose categories such as popular, life, culture, learning, and...more
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Wimp offers a wide variety of videos with family-friendly content. Browse through the site using a keyword search or choose categories such as popular, life, culture, learning, and more. Choose a video to read a short description and view. Videos are imported from many different locations such as Vimeo, YouTube, and individual websites. 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. Although the content is family friendly, this site contains comments that aren't monitored. If sharing with students, go to the direct link provided with each video for viewing without some of the distractions (and possibly inappropriate comments).
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tag(s): animals (276), DAT device agnostic tool (196), musical instruments (48), video (253)

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Bookmark Wimp as a resource for finding videos for lessons and activities. Share the direct link to individual videos on your class website or blog. To remove the distracting advertisements on video sharing sites and more, use a tool such as SafeShareTV, reviewed here, and create a shortcut to the SafeShare page directly on the desktop.
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BrainPOP Digital Etiquette - BrainPOP

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BrainPOP offers this interactive site with several resources for learning digital etiquette. View the interactive video to learn proper etiquette to use while online in forums like...more
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BrainPOP offers this interactive site with several resources for learning digital etiquette. View the interactive video to learn proper etiquette to use while online in forums like message boards, blogs, gaming, emails, and instant messaging. Lesson ideas and activities provide opportunities to learn to recognize and combat online bullying and also learn essential Internet vocabulary. Be sure to check out the Lesson Ideas section with lessons aligned to Common Core Standards.
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tag(s): cyberbullying (43), digital citizenship (58), internet safety (108)

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Use resources on this site as part of any digital etiquette and online safety lesson. Create a link to the site on classroom computers for students to explore on their own. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here, or Venngage reviewed here.
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The Engineering Place - North Carolina State University

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The Engineering Place offers resources for students, parents, and educators to promote and learn about engineering. Explore the student section, sorted by age groups, to find information...more
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The Engineering Place offers resources for students, parents, and educators to promote and learn about engineering. Explore the student section, sorted by age groups, to find information about careers in engineering. Choose the parents section to download a booklet with information about helping your student with mathematics and tips for encouraging students to explore careers in engineering. Find lesson plans and additional resources in the Educators portion of the site.

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

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Bookmark this site for use throughout the year, and take advantage of the free lesson plans. Share information from the site during career lessons and activities. Share this site with parents as a resource for learning more about careers in engineering. Have students use Fakebook, reviewed here, to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about an engineer.
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Mystery Science - Keith Schacht & Doug Peltz

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3 to 5
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"Do" science with these engaging, hands-on science lessons. The creators of Mystery Science believe in capturing a child's curiosity and forming it into the ability to think scientifically....more
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"Do" science with these engaging, hands-on science lessons. The creators of Mystery Science believe in capturing a child's curiosity and forming it into the ability to think scientifically. Mystery Science has activities for third through fifth grade. It is set up so the average elementary teacher, with no specialization in science, can deliver intriguing, inquiry-based science lessons. Each grade level has a collection of themes with four to eight lessons. The lessons are aligned with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and support the Common Core ELA standards. They include activities, videos and discussions, and extras. The extras include additional activities, informational reading, and more. Keep your eye on Mystery Science! They have four complete units (plants, animals, astronomy, forces) and will be releasing the next unit within a few weeks. Every couple of months throughout the summer and all next school year they will be releasing other new units. Teachers may use all of these, FREE.

tag(s): adaptations (17), animals (276), chemicals (40), dinosaurs (57), erosion (17), forces (44), geology (81), habitats (84), life cycles (25), magnetism (35), matter (56), minerals (17), moon (72), motion (58), natural disasters (20), planets (123), plants (144), rocks (49), stars (61), sun (71), water cycle (33), weather (188)

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Share the Exploration video and discussion questions with your class on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Use the excellent activity provided either as a class or in small groups. Some of the Optional Extras (activities, reading, more videos) are outstanding so be sure to look through those to plan ahead. As students work through each unit, you may want to incorporate even more Common Core ELA standards by having them keep a digital journal about what they are learning. One way to do this would be to keep a class (or individual student) blog. A good blogging tool for third through fifth grade is Kidblog, reviewed here. If you have not started blogging yet, check out TeachersFirst Blog Basics. Build thinking skills with a challenging culmination piece. Have pairs or small groups of students use their blog entries to create a field (or nature) notebook. Consider using a tool such as Page Flip-Flap, reviewed here, for this project. Some activities require simple supplies such as brads, sticky tack, and plant seeds.
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Great videos and easy to follow activities. Delaine, TX, Grades: 0 - 12

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Who Is Hosting This? - Quality Nonsense, Ltd.

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K to 12
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How can you tell if a website has reputable information? This site is a necessity for any online research. Who Is Hosting This provides an infographic to determine whether a ...more
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How can you tell if a website has reputable information? This site is a necessity for any online research. Who Is Hosting This provides an infographic to determine whether a site is valid and the criteria for evaluating for credibility. Follow the steps on the infographic to determine whether a site is a valid source. In addition to using the infographic, click the Who Is Hosting This banner at the top or bottom of the page to get to a search bar. Enter the website URL to find who is hosting that site.
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tag(s): internet safety (108), search strategies (30)

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Use this site to show the steps in evaluating a website. Be sure to use a projector or interactive whiteboard to follow the steps together as a class for clarification. Be sure to include this link on your class web page for easy access to this site. Split the class into groups and provide them with one reliable and one unreliable website. Have them use this tool to determine which is the valid site. As a group, they should state specifically how the sites met (or did not meet) the criteria. Print the infographic and post in your classroom for review.

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Gridlock Buster - ITS Institute, University of Minnesota

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K to 12
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Become a member of Traffic Team Alpha. Join the mission to get cars through intersections as quickly as possible by controlling traffic lights. As you complete each mission, move up...more
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Become a member of Traffic Team Alpha. Join the mission to get cars through intersections as quickly as possible by controlling traffic lights. As you complete each mission, move up to more congested intersections and improve your problem-solving skills. Read and follow the directions for priorities with each level.

tag(s): critical thinking (108), engineering (125), problem solving (272)

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Share Gridlock Buster on an interactive whiteboard or projector, and create a link on classroom computers. Challenge students to increase their score on each mission. Have students discuss their strategies for improving scores. Be sure to share a link on your class website for students to play at home.
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ProjectWriter - BoomWriter

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Develop and manage group writing projects with ProjectWriter. Created by BoomWriter, reviewed here, this site specifically provides support for expository...more
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Develop and manage group writing projects with ProjectWriter. Created by BoomWriter, reviewed here, this site specifically provides support for expository writing across any content area including built-in vocabulary tools. Begin by creating a project and breaking content into smaller, manageable sections. Enter assignments stating requirements such as word count, due dates, and more. Receive submissions in real time as students submit work for your review. After receiving all submissions allow students to review anonymous submissions and vote for the best entry.
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tag(s): digital storytelling (142), essays (21), expository writing (44), interactive stories (32), vocabulary (324), vocabulary development (126), writing (358)

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ProjectWriter is perfect for use when incorporating Common Core Writing Standards into any content area. Encourage students to read other students' writing for ideas about what makes informational writing interesting. Create a friendly competition within your grade level by starting a project and choosing a winner. Create new projects throughout the school year for any and all subjects.

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P 21 - Partnership For 21st Century Skills - P21

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Join the community designed to educate students and all learners in 21st century learning. The mission consists of building collaborative partnerships between education, businesses,...more
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Join the community designed to educate students and all learners in 21st century learning. The mission consists of building collaborative partnerships between education, businesses, government, and community leaders to promote learning skills needed in the 21st century for life, work, and citizenship. P21 strives to prepare all students for the challenges of the future. Find a framework for student outcomes with support system outlines. Resources for educators include sample lesson ideas, Common Core alignment, P21 Common Core Tool Kit, professional development guides, 21st century skill maps in a variety of subject areas, case studies of exemplar schools, a newsletter, and a Blogazine. Resources for policymakers include information on definitions, framework, and implementing 21st century skills. A parents' guide contains information on 21st century skills and leadership. Most downloadable materials are free. Get a press kit or join an advocacy group or mailing list.
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tag(s): professional development (123)

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Investigate P21 to see if you are meeting your students' needs for the 21st century. Use the parent tip sheet, real world examples, or the PowerPoint to clarify your goals to parents and administration. Explore literacy maps and skills maps to compare your methods of instruction. Look for ways to support professional development in your school. Become more effective using Common Core Curriculum. Join the blog and change your world. This site contains great research, ideas, and goals to include in grants, mission statements, or strategic planning.
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Corkboard - Corkboard LLC

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1 to 12
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Tack up a digital corkboard and remember all of your lists, items to do, recipes, decorating, or share comments with others. This site offers a digital version of the corkboard ...more
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Tack up a digital corkboard and remember all of your lists, items to do, recipes, decorating, or share comments with others. This site offers a digital version of the corkboard from the "old days." Fill it with whatever you want! Even better than the traditional corkboard, you can create as many different digital corkboards as you want. Create the name, tags, and double click to add to your new corkboard. Keep it private or share with co-workers or friends. Go online to access, or use an iPhone app. Click on Corkboard Mobile to use with other mobile devices. Add the Corkboard bookmarklet to take a screen shot of a web page and save it.

tag(s): brainstorming (23), note taking (32)

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Think big and small when you use Corkboard! Use a Corkboard to communicate with each of your students' families. Add simple reminders, lists of spelling or vocabulary words, homework assignments, project directions, field trip dates, after school club dates, or general parent tips. Share the cork board(s) with all parents. There is also an easy way parents can go back and reference earlier Corkboards. When planning an event or field trip, make your list on Corkboard and let parents easily make their choice. Updates are immediate. Use this tool for brainstorming on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Post the link for the Corkboard and allow students to continue the brainstorm from home. Encourage collaboration between group members in a snap. Set up your parent conference schedule easily! Bring a bit of technology into language arts with class reflections, or even individual reflections. Have students create study guides together from home or even at centers. Reinforce concepts from any subject as a study guide. This tool makes it easy to conduct an author's chair. Document steps of a problem-based learning experience together. Watch current events come alive. No longer are you limited by wall space, digital corkboards are limitless!

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Edueto - Radka Breitzetelova and Tomas Burda

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K to 12
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Create and share online exercises and quizzes for free. Choose from Edueto's different options such as multiple choice, picture tagging, writing, and more to create activities. Browse...more
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Create and share online exercises and quizzes for free. Choose from Edueto's different options such as multiple choice, picture tagging, writing, and more to create activities. Browse through already created activities sorted by grade, type of activity, keyword, or subject. To use any of the exercises, click on the "Use for my students" link. Choose from Quick Use or Full Use options. Quick Use provides an instant link for use without any signup. Full Use, with account creation, offers additional options such as managing students, viewing results, and the ability to create your own exercises. The intro video resides 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 KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): quiz (85), quizzes (97), test prep (96), writing (358)

In the Classroom

Edueto is a must-have for creating and using online exercises in any classroom. Create an account to find and save ready-made exercises, and then create your own activities to suit your individual needs. Upload videos and files to include with exercises if desired. Differentiate student learning by setting up activities for all different levels of student abilities. Have students create their own exercises to share with classmates for practice sessions, during a review, or at the end of a presentation.

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Choosito! - Eleni Miltsakaki

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K to 12
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Choosito! is a search engine providing safe access to the worldwide web through filtering of reading levels and subject areas for education. Create an account to add class information...more
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Choosito! is a search engine providing safe access to the worldwide web through filtering of reading levels and subject areas for education. Create an account to add class information and add your collections. Search Choosito! using filters for reading level and subject. Limit searches to Choosito's Library, your collections, or Choosito! Web. Easily share searches using social networking links or save to your library. Be sure to check out the Choosito! Start Guides for a quick overview to getting started with this search engine.

tag(s): bookmarks (60), search engines (65), search strategies (30)

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Create a classroom account and provide a link on classroom computers for student searches at any time. Differentiate in your class by assigning reading by reading level. ESL/ELL and resource teachers will find this especially helpful when looking for reading material at your students' level for topics assigned in core classes. Be sure to introduce Choosito! on an interactive whiteboard or projector for students to understand how to use this search engine. Share Choosito! with parents for use at home.

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Slidestory - Audio Slideshows & Podcasting (Beta) - Slidestory

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Create a slideshow with voice narrations and images at Slidestory. Download the free slideshow publisher and begin. Publish your work on the site or join an online group to share ...more
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Create a slideshow with voice narrations and images at Slidestory. Download the free slideshow publisher and begin. Publish your work on the site or join an online group to share your work. Find answers to questions in the forum. Find examples of projects on the site categorized by subject. Join the RSS feed to stay up with the latest creations. Under support, find detailed information about each part of this process. When finished, save the file on your computer or publish to the Slidestory site. There is no need to download Slidestory if you only want to view the examples and selections.

tag(s): digital storytelling (142), podcasts (52), slides (63)

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Use SlideStory in all areas of your classroom life. Have each student create an electronic portfolio for use during the year. Have students use Slidestory when writing reading responses. Discover a new format for publishing writing of any genre: narrative, expository, or persuasive. Begin digital storytelling in an easy, simple way with all that you need. Become a character from a story and retell the story in that character's words. Have students record lessons of them teaching content to other students. Record your lessons for flipping your classroom. Record directions of a big project that your class has and publish on your website for student reference. Choose a character or period of history and create a memory book. Have students describe their futures in a leadership presentation. Have students make study guides for content review.

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City Technology - The City College of New York

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K to 6
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City Technology offers resources for students and educators to learn about engineering. You learn through the creation of projects and integration across curricular areas such as math...more
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City Technology offers resources for students and educators to learn about engineering. You learn through the creation of projects and integration across curricular areas such as math and science. The page for kids shares projects for kids to create on their own. Each project features a video showing how to make the item and a list of materials needed. Choose the section for educators to find complete units on Energy Systems, Force and Motion, and Stuff that Works correlated to math and science standards. Each unit includes a video and downloadable lesson plans.

tag(s): circuits (20), energy (197), engineering (125), forces (44), friction (11), gravity (45), motion (58), STEM (134)

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Use this site as part of any unit about force, motion, or energy. Have student groups create the different projects found on the site, and share their creations with classmates. Have students upload a photo they took of their project, and add voice bubbles to explain what they learned using a tool such as Superlame, reviewed here. Have students create projects found on City Technology, then host your own Science Fair!
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stickr - Informer Technologies, Inc.

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K to 12
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Install stickr as a bookmarklet or add-on to your browser to save quotes, comments, images, or videos. Select the text and insert a stickr. Save images and video to stickrs, ...more
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Install stickr as a bookmarklet or add-on to your browser to save quotes, comments, images, or videos. Select the text and insert a stickr. Save images and video to stickrs, too! Choose to change the stickr color and text. Save your stickrs as public or private. Find stickrs on a drop down menu or in your profile. Follow others in your stickr feed. Watch the video tutorial on the main page. At the bottom of the page click on the How To section for specific instructions and an instructional video. The video resides on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the video 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): note taking (32), summarizing (13), word study (80)

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Share an article on the Internet with students using an interactive whiteboard or projector. While the class is reading, use different color stickrs to highlight and quote main ideas, explain unknown words, and indicate details during a close reading. Add videos or images to enhance comprehension. Stop throughout the article to record students' comments or questions. Adding tags will ensure finding what you need the next time you visit the page. Tags will also help students find main ideas to aid in studying. This tool will benefit any subject area teacher when explaining concepts or events while reading informational text. Show students how to summarize the information on the stickr using their words. Save sites for different research projects by adding tags. Use stickr to find information for the bibliography instantly. Have students take notes right on the page using their own words. Be sure to add a lesson on plagiarism.

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Skyenimals - skyenimals.com

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K to 4
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Skyenimals is a website just for kids to learn about real and make-believe animals. Skyenimals are mixed up and imaginary animals created by kids. Explore and choose different animals...more
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Skyenimals is a website just for kids to learn about real and make-believe animals. Skyenimals are mixed up and imaginary animals created by kids. Explore and choose different animals to find related pictures, games, puzzles, and more. Choose the activities link to find coloring pages as well as online and printable activities.
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tag(s): animals (276), creativity (109)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Share a link on classroom computers for use as a center. Allow students to explore their imaginative side and use this site to create their own Skyenimal to use as inspiration for a creative writing project.

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Google Photos - Google

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K to 12
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Find, organize, edit, and share your photos from one place with Google Photos. Automatically upload pictures from any device to one storage platform. Use keywords to locate any uploaded...more
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Find, organize, edit, and share your photos from one place with Google Photos. Automatically upload pictures from any device to one storage platform. Use keywords to locate any uploaded image. Use the editing tools to create animated GIF's from images or combine related images and videos into a movie with a matching soundtrack. Google Photos allows you to upload photos from any mobile device and provides free unlimited storage for photos up to 16 megapixels or videos up to 1080 HD.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (196), images (265), video (253)

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Create a classroom Google account for students to upload video projects or images for projects. Share raw materials for student multimedia projects, such as photos of lab experiments or local historic sites. Share classroom projects privately and easily from your Google account. In elementary classrooms, teachers can use this tool to share photos from field trips, assemblies, project presentations, and other special events. Share the password with parents only. Have older students create their own Google account for collaborating on multimedia projects.

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