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OK2Ask: 3 Cool Tools for Persuasive Writing - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from March 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Persuasive writing is a critical skill that can seem daunting to elementary...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from March 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Persuasive writing is a critical skill that can seem daunting to elementary and middle school students. Now more than ever readers and writers must be able to distinguish between fact and opinion and clearly identify supporting evidence. Understanding the terms fact, opinion, and evidence is key to digital literacy. Using those elements appropriately will help students to construct (and deconstruct) an argument. Join us in the workshop to look at three tech tools that support authentic persuasive writing. Participants will: 1. Understand how fact and opinions together form an argument; 2. Compare/Contrast three online tools for persuasive writing; and 3. Explore three online tools for persuasive writing. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): persuasive writing (57), writing (367)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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EEK! Nature Notes - Environmental Education for Kids!

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EEK! Nature Notes provides quick tips and information about wild animals, specifically those found in Wisconsin. Learn what to do if you find a baby wild animal, how to avoid ...more
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EEK! Nature Notes provides quick tips and information about wild animals, specifically those found in Wisconsin. Learn what to do if you find a baby wild animal, how to avoid ticks, and what to look for on a spring wildflower walk. Other sections dig deeper into sharing information about habitats and information on animals found around the state. Video clips reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as ClipGrab, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): animal homes (62), animals (323), biomes (139), birds (53), fish (25), habitats (107), mammals (36), plants (175), reptiles (14), wetlands (11), wisconsin (4)

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Include this site with your resources for teaching habitats, animals, and biomes. Use a bookmarking tool like Symbaloo, reviewed here, to share Nature Notes with students easily along with other websites. As students learn about animals and habitats, ask them to share information using ThingLink, reviewed here. ThingLink provides tools for adding video, web links, and additional information to images. To wrap up your unit, create a class book using Book Creator, reviewed here. Book Creator allows you to create online, multimedia books.

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Biomes Lesson Plan - InstructorWeb

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This biome lesson plan includes suggestions for teaching the different types of biomes to late elementary age students. The site consists of suggested vocabulary, lesson activities,...more
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This biome lesson plan includes suggestions for teaching the different types of biomes to late elementary age students. The site consists of suggested vocabulary, lesson activities, and extension ideas. Access the printable cards and pictures after free registration on InstructorWeb.

tag(s): adaptations (19), biomes (139), deserts (18), forests (33), habitats (107), rainforests (21), tundra (20)

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Include this site as a resource for planning your biome unit. Use tools found at Class Tools, reviewed here, to present information during lessons. For example, use the Post-It Labeling tool to upload an image of a biome and add sticky notes to identify and explain items found. Be sure to save any creations you make on your class website for students to view at home. Use the idea for writing descriptive paragraphs found within the lesson and enhance the activity by asking students to write blog posts to share. Edublog, reviewed here, provides a free platform for student blogs. As a culminating activity, have students use Google My Maps, reviewed here, to create virtual field trips to different biomes around the world.
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Classroom Blogging - Scott Chow

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Do you want to start a classroom blog but don't know how to start? This series of articles provides all the information you need from getting started through promoting your ...more
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Do you want to start a classroom blog but don't know how to start? This series of articles provides all the information you need from getting started through promoting your blog. Information on this site begins with the most basic information including choosing the appearance of your blog and moves on to cover using and customizing your site. All information in these articles pertains to using WordPress as your platform; however, the tips and information apply to anyone wanting to create a classroom blog.

tag(s): blogs (85)

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Check out TeachersFirst Blog Basics for the Classroom for additional information on creating a blog for your classroom. Use this information as a starting point for creating blogs for students. Instead of written reports or oral presentations ask students to create blog posts sharing information learned in class. Easyblog, reviewed here is a simple to use blogging tool for both younger students and teachers. UseTelegra.ph, reviewed here, for older students. With Telegra.ph you just click on an icon to upload images from your computer, add a YouTube or Vimeo, or Twitter links. This blog creator requires no registration. If you need classroom management tools for older students use Edublog, reviewed here, however the free version does not allow embedding videos or HTML (links).

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kidcyber - Shirley Sydenham and Ron Thomas

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kidcyber contains a collection of text resources targeted explicitly to K-6 students for research and inquiry into science content. View collections of material under eight different...more
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kidcyber contains a collection of text resources targeted explicitly to K-6 students for research and inquiry into science content. View collections of material under eight different content headings. In addition to age-appropriate text, this site also includes images and videos. The diverse range of topics includes sports, technology and inventions, space, and more. The site was created in Australia, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English. 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 ClipGrab, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): aircraft (25), animals (323), australia (37), dictionaries (59), earth (226), inventors and inventions (91), nutrition (158), planets (129), space (226), sports (99), stars (67)

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Include this resource with other content when teaching science concepts. Include a link to specific sections of the site for use as non-fiction reading content. Instead of having students draw a poster to share information about animals or plants, ask them to annotate an image using ThingLink, reviewed here. ThingLink allows you to add links including text, video, and more to images. Broaden your students' knowledge by setting up a Skype chat, reviewed here, with a classroom in a different part of the world to compare and contrast your environments.

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Atoms - Science Resources - TeachersFirst

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This curated list of resources will help you research information about atoms. Read the descriptions to find out whether a site sounds right for what you want to know. Some ...more
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This curated list of resources will help you research information about atoms. Read the descriptions to find out whether a site sounds right for what you want to know. Some sites may be more challenging reading, while others may offer solid basic information. Be sure to try several sources. There are resources for elementary, middle, and high school levels.

tag(s): atoms (55)

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Many of these tools are more appropriate for middle and high school students. In the younger grades, the tools could be used as a teacher-led activity. Share the interactive sites on your projector with the class. List these tools on your website for students to use for review and preparation for a test.

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Cells - Science Resources - TeachersFirst

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This collection of resources will help you research information about cells. There are resources for elementary, middle, and high school levels. Find tools for all grade levels. Read...more
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This collection of resources will help you research information about cells. There are resources for elementary, middle, and high school levels. Find tools for all grade levels. Read the recommended grade levels with each review. Materials include interactives, resource guides, and more. Check back often, as new resources are frequently added. Be sure to try several sources.

tag(s): cells (99)

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Share the interactive sites on your projector with the class. List these tools on your website for students to use for review and preparation for a test. A few of these are device agnostic and available as both an app and on the web.

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OK2Ask: Formative Assessment with Infographics - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from March 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Effective formative assessment can improve student learning. Explore how the...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from March 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Effective formative assessment can improve student learning. Explore how the use of infographics as a formative assessment strategy can both engage students and improve learning. This workshop will help you understand what infographics are, what makes them effective, and how powerful they can be when infused into content-area instruction. Infographic creation requires the application of a range of critical skills, such as synthesis, analysis, organization, and creativity. In order to summarize and convey information correctly, clearly, and concisely, students must understand the material and their audience. Join us and learn how to get started using infographics for formative assessment. Participants will: 1. Understand what infographics are and the elements that make them effective; 2. Explore strategies for using infographics to gather evidence of student progress; and 3. Plan for student use of infographics as formative assessment. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): infographics (51)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask: Introduction to Digital Storytelling - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from March 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Enrich and improve student writing with digital storytelling - giving written...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from March 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Enrich and improve student writing with digital storytelling - giving written stories voice, imagery, and power. Learn to promote higher level thinking while students develop creativity, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills to take narratives to the next level. In this workshop, we will begin by exploring ways to improve writing with story development steps and tools; discover tech tools for editing and sharing student drafts; and finally, discuss strategies for collaborative writing. Participants will: 1. Learn how digital storytelling can enrich narrative writing; 2. Discover ways to improve narrative writing with story development steps and tools; and 3. Explore a variety of web-based tools and resources to improve writing. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): digital storytelling (156)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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Explore Learning Ecosystem Resources - Explore Learning

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Explore Learning offers several resources for teaching and learning about ecosystems. Choose from several different topics including food chains and various kinds of ecosystems. Choose...more
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Explore Learning offers several resources for teaching and learning about ecosystems. Choose from several different topics including food chains and various kinds of ecosystems. Choose any link to obtain complete lesson information including lesson materials and assessments. Some materials are available in other languages. Most items are available to account holders only; signup is free.

tag(s): animals (323), coral (12), ecosystems (93), food chains (25), ponds (9), population (67)

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Take advantage of the many free resources shared on this site for teaching about ecosystems. Ask students to create infographics sharing information they learn. Canva, reviewed here, offers free resources for creating infographics. Have students create animated videos sharing information about ecosystems using Powtoon, reviewed here.
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Populations and Ecosystems - Learning Science

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Learn about populations and ecosystems through a series of "learning tools" offered on this site. Eleven interactive lessons teach you about types of biomes, food chains, and other...more
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Learn about populations and ecosystems through a series of "learning tools" offered on this site. Eleven interactive lessons teach you about types of biomes, food chains, and other features of ecosystems.

tag(s): animal homes (62), animals (323), ecosystems (93), habitats (107), population (67)

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Use this site as a resource for finding resources to share with students when teaching about biomes and habitats. Share links on your class website for students to access from school computers or at home. Have students collect ideas and resources to create a website for what they are learning using an online bulletin board like Dotstorming, reviewed here. With Dotstorming, students can add text, images, and video. Once students have collected their ideas and resources, challenge them to create a website sharing information on biomes using a simple website creator like Carrd, reviewed here. Carrd offers templates and easy to use design features to create stunning one-page websites.
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California Chaparral Institute - The Chaparral Institute

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Learn about California's most extensive ecosystem with information shared by the California Chaparral Institute, a non-profit dedicated to the preservation of native shrublands throughout...more
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Learn about California's most extensive ecosystem with information shared by the California Chaparral Institute, a non-profit dedicated to the preservation of native shrublands throughout the world. Choose from links to learn basic facts about the chaparral, preservation efforts, threats to the biome, and the institute's preservation plan. Other items on the site include information on animals found in the chaparral.

tag(s): animal homes (62), animals (323), biomes (139), habitats (107)

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Include this site with your other resources for teaching about biomes and habitats. Before introducing this site, find out what students already know about chaparrals using a virtual bulletin board like Webnotes, reviewed here, to record student responses. Instead of sharing a list of links with students, consider using a bookmarking tool like Symbaloo, reviewed here, to organize and share information through one easy-to-use link. At the end of your biome unit ask students to create a multimedia presentation using Sway, reviewed here. Sway offers tools to easily create professsional looking presentations including images, videos, and more.

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The Taiga Biome - borealbiome

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Discover basic information about the taiga biome on this site. Choose from the different links to learn about plants and animals, locations around the world, and changes occurring due...more
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Discover basic information about the taiga biome on this site. Choose from the different links to learn about plants and animals, locations around the world, and changes occurring due to human impact. This site also includes a short video with images of animals found in the taiga. 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 ClipGrab, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): biomes (139), forests (33), habitats (107)

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This site contains basic information to use as an introduction to taiga biomes. Include it when sharing other resources with your class. Consider using a bookmarking tool like SearchTeam, reviewed here, to consolidate and share resources in one place. As you and your students progress throughout your biome unit, use a video response tool like FlipGrid, reviewed here, to share student ideas and information learned. Instead of assigning a written or oral presentation at the end of your unit, ask students to create an animated video using My Simpleshow, reviewed here. MySimpleShow offers easy tools to create animated explainer videos.

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Temperate Rainforest Facts - temperate-rainforest-facts.com

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As advertised in the title, this no-frills site offers just the facts about temperate rainforests. The home page features basic information about rainforests along with facts about...more
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As advertised in the title, this no-frills site offers just the facts about temperate rainforests. The home page features basic information about rainforests along with facts about the canopy layers. Choose from additional links to learn animal and plant facts.
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tag(s): biomes (139), habitats (107), rainforests (21)

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Include this site with your other resources when teaching about biomes and habitats. Instead of asking students to take notes or create flashcards, learn vocabulary using online games like Baamboozle, reviewed here. Baamboozle allows you to quickly create games for teams of two and automatically keeps score during gameplay. Upon completion of your unit consider having students create online books using a tool like Book Creator, reviewed here. Book Creator includes many features to create interactive books including adding video, text, audio, and images.

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Temperate Rain Forest Biome - Earth Eclipse

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This site features facts and information related to temperate rainforests. Scroll through to learn about changes due to climate change and deforestation. Other portions share the climate,...more
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This site features facts and information related to temperate rainforests. Scroll through to learn about changes due to climate change and deforestation. Other portions share the climate, locations, plants, animals, and other data related to rainforests.
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tag(s): biomes (139), habitats (107), rainforests (21)

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Information found on this site provides an excellent starting point to find basic rainforest information. Share it on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector as you discuss biomes and as a way to access students' prior knowledge of the subject. Instead of using classroom dictionaries, use an online dictionary like the Miriam Webster Dictionary Page, reviewed here, to look up vocabulary terms. Include this site with your resources for your biome unit, consider saving bookmarks to share with students using a tool like Symbaloo, reviewed here. Instead of having students write reports at the end of your unit, ask them to use Google My Maps, reviewed here, to create custom maps featuring locations and facts about biomes you studied.

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What Eats? - whateats.com

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Find out the diet of different animals in What Eats? Type in the name of an animal to view a description of what it eats, and what eats it! Other ...more
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Find out the diet of different animals in What Eats? Type in the name of an animal to view a description of what it eats, and what eats it! Other portions of the site describe different kinds of food webs, types of animal diets, and even an African food chain in Spanish.
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tag(s): animals (323), food chains (25)

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When introducing your animal unit, add an extension to your Internet browser like Sticky Notes, reviewed here, to project and share student's ideas as you begin discussing animals and food webs. Edit, add, or delete notes as needed as you move throughout your unit. Add a link to What Eats? on classroom computers. As students learn about specific animals or food webs, ask them to create interactive images using ThingLink, reviewed here, to add text, links, and additional information. Have younger students use a tool like WriteReader, reviewed here, to create an online storybook sharing information learned. WriteReader includes tools for sharing student writing along with correct spelling underneath. For older students, try a book creation tool like Story Maps, reviewed here, to add additional information including map locations.

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Encyclopedic Entries - National Geographic

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Think of this site as a digital, illustrated encyclopedia of environmental words and terms. Choose any entry to find beautiful images along with complete encyclopedic entries and additional...more
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Think of this site as a digital, illustrated encyclopedia of environmental words and terms. Choose any entry to find beautiful images along with complete encyclopedic entries and additional resources. Use filters to search by keyword, grade level, or subject.

tag(s): continents (51), ecology (137), environment (323), oceans (165), space (226), weather (203)

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Take advantage of the information on this site for use throughout the school year. Consider choosing an entry each week to share with students and explore further. Use a bookmarking site like Symbaloo, reviewed here, to share other links on the same topic. Ask students to locate information on Google Maps and create a story to tell about their topic using a site like Heganoo, reviewed here. Heganoo allows you to create interactive maps including images, videos, and more to tell a story.

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Recycle Fun - Abacus House Clearance

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Can you sort the trash into the correct recycling bin? Move the control stick to pick up different items of trash then place into the bin. This simple game offers ...more
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Can you sort the trash into the correct recycling bin? Move the control stick to pick up different items of trash then place into the bin. This simple game offers players practice in basic recycling options.

tag(s): conservation (127), earth day (105), recycling (61)

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Although very simple in nature, this game provides a quick overview of different materials used in recycling. Share on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector as an introduction to your recycling unit and create a link for student play on classroom computers. After playing the game, ask students to take pictures of items they recycle then add them to an online bulletin board like Padlet, reviewed here. Create columns in Padlet for different types of materials and have students include the images in the correct column. Take your recycling efforts further and have students create a podcast to share with your school including recycling tips and classroom challenges. Use a tool like Podcast Generator, reviewed here, to create and share your presentations.
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Academic Word Finder - Achieve the Core

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The Academic Word Finder identifies academic vocabulary (tier 2) words found in any text. Register using email to create an account before beginning. Copy and paste any text you want...more
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The Academic Word Finder identifies academic vocabulary (tier 2) words found in any text. Register using email to create an account before beginning. Copy and paste any text you want to analyze, (the site recommends starting with two to three paragraphs) and select your grade level. The Word Finder identifies the vocabulary found in the text and provides additional context with grade range, part of speech, meaning, and an example sentence. Email or print the results using links found on the site. Each entry is automatically saved to your Achieve the Core account for future reference.

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Use the Academic Word Finder to introduce difficult portions of text before reading. Display the results on your interactive whiteboard or with a projector to review with students. This site is perfect for use with special needs or ESL/ELL students to break down difficult content into smaller, understandable portions. Use this site to identify vocabulary words then create online games for student practice. Bamboozle, reviewed here, offers several options for creating games for two teams. Use the Word Finder to choose vocabulary to include when creating interactive lessons for students. Rooclick, reviewed here, includes tools for creating interactive video lessons with embedded documents and quizzes.

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yellkey - Delta Lab

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Yellkey makes it easy to share a long URL with fewer characters for a short time. Copy the long URL into the address bar and choose a time - from ...more
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Yellkey makes it easy to share a long URL with fewer characters for a short time. Copy the long URL into the address bar and choose a time - from 5 minutes to 24 hours and click "generate yellkey." Share this new address with others to quickly share any web address.

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Use yellkey whenever long links to sites need sharing. Share in emails or other correspondence keeping in mind that the shortened URL is only available for the specified period. This shorter address is much easier for students to type into their own computers/BYODs, use it to create web addresses that are easy for students to use during class sessions.

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