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The Wonders of Space - Franklin Institute

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3 to 6
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Here's a simple introduction to the stars and solar system presented in a visually attractive format. Created as part of a collaborative effort with the Franklin Institute, this lesson...more
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Here's a simple introduction to the stars and solar system presented in a visually attractive format. Created as part of a collaborative effort with the Franklin Institute, this lesson will keep young students interested while they learn first facts about the stars and planets.

tag(s): solar system (119), space (221)

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Toys in Space - NASA

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What happens to your favorite wind-up toy if you try to use it in zero gravity? A NASA shuttle mission took a box of toys into space to find out ...more
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What happens to your favorite wind-up toy if you try to use it in zero gravity? A NASA shuttle mission took a box of toys into space to find out the answer. This site asks your students to predict how various toys would behave in a weightless environment. It's a new twist on formulating hypotheses.

tag(s): space (221)

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Liftoff to Space - NASA

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2 to 6
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Latest NASA news as well as background information on U.S. space exploration. The "Kids Space" section includes interactive games, puzzles, and art related to space exploration. ...more
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Latest NASA news as well as background information on U.S. space exploration. The "Kids Space" section includes interactive games, puzzles, and art related to space exploration.

tag(s): space (221)

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Athena Space and Astronomy - NASA

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This NASA site includes links with lesson plans and activities with templates for studying the solar system. ...more
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This NASA site includes links with lesson plans and activities with templates for studying the solar system.

tag(s): space (221)

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Astronomy Picture of the Day - NASA

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2 to 12
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NASA offers a daily selection of pictures from its various space exploration on this site. Each day the image is explained by a professional astronomer. ...more
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NASA offers a daily selection of pictures from its various space exploration on this site. Each day the image is explained by a professional astronomer.

tag(s): planets (128), space (221), stars (64)

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The daily images would be an excellent stepping-stone to study other aspects of space and space exploration. Visit the archive to find any one item of particular interest. Better yet, allow students to choose an image from the archive for further exploration and research. Results could be reported as an infographic using Visme, reviewed here, for beginning technology teachers and students, or as an interactive newsletter using Sway, reviewed here, for those more advance in the use of technology with their class. Since this site is constantly updated, post a link on your webpage for those students and parents who want to check back frequently.

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Video: Social Media in Plain English - Common Craft

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K to 12
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What is social media? This video takes you on a journey to "Scoopville," a fictitious town used to demonstrate the many "flavors" of social media. The video is short (3:25-minutes)...more
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What is social media? This video takes you on a journey to "Scoopville," a fictitious town used to demonstrate the many "flavors" of social media. The video is short (3:25-minutes) and very easy to follow. Highlighted are blogs, podcasts, and videos. This site requires you to be a paying member to embed or download the video. However, you can still see the transcript for the video. Despite a paid membership model, Common Craft still offers this video for free, but it does have a watermark saying, "For evaluation only." If you wish to share this with a group, they will need to view it on individual/partner computers (or IOS devices) or on a projector that has a zoom function to enlarge a selected area of the screen.
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tag(s): blogs (86), podcasts (59), social media (22), video (278)

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If you are looking to learn more about various social media, check out this short video. Learn more about the "flavors" you could use in your own classroom. For research projects have students create a blog, wiki, or even a podcast and compare the pros/cons of each regarding communication and safety. Create podcasts using a tool such as podOmatic, explained here. To put the video on a "center" computer, do a "right click" on the video, select "save as" and save to the "center" computer.
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Webquest 101 - TeachersFirst

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1 to 12
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Newly revised, TeachersFirst's extensive tutorial explains what a webquest is, why it can be useful in the classroom, and how to create your own webquest on a topic of your ...more
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Newly revised, TeachersFirst's extensive tutorial explains what a webquest is, why it can be useful in the classroom, and how to create your own webquest on a topic of your choosing. Don't miss the section on url detective work and evaluating which sites are best for your students. Fid handy ways to collect resources for webquests and hints for checking reading levels and more. There are lots of examples, tool suggestions, and links to our ever-growing collection of sample webquests.

tag(s): tutorials (50), webquests (20)

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Mark this in your Favorites as a professional reference. You may even want to assign students to create their own webquests following these guidelines. If you mentor new teachers, share this resource when they are designing their first web-based projects.

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Gnowledge - Gnowledge Sdn. Bhd.

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2 to 12
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Create, assign, and practice tests easily with this resource! Create and manage your tests as well as view activity reports about those who have taken the test. Create your new ...more
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Create, assign, and practice tests easily with this resource! Create and manage your tests as well as view activity reports about those who have taken the test. Create your new test defining the name, subject, and whether it is your test material or from a third party. Create questions, add images, and include bits of text snippets. Help options are found on the question pages. Enter the questions, answer choices, and actual answer as well as answer explanations will be provided. Be sure to look at all the question type options in the tabs above: Fill in the blanks, Match, Multiple Choice, and True/False. When finished, be sure to click Apply New Changes, Make Visible. Note: All created tests are made public but need not be turned on until needed. Students can take tests and go back later if needed.

tag(s): quiz (88), quizzes (102), test prep (96)

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Use this resource as a way to practice material and improve students' scores in preparation for an actual test. Use this resource to practice involved questions that like those found on the state tests. Practicing with various question formats builds confidence and improves performance. Create quizzes and tests that students must pass before moving on to other content or other harder tests. Use these as progress steps along the way to help students learn the content as they progress through a unit. Learning support teachers may want to work together with small groups to create their own "practice" quizzes before major tests.

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Everyone can create, publish, share and take tests of any subject or syllabus on this site. Kudos! John, , Grades: 0 - 12

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Questioning Toolkit - From Now On

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K to 12
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This site offers suggestions and examples of different types of questions to include in classrooms. Each type of question is explained and sample questions are included. For a visual...more
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This site offers suggestions and examples of different types of questions to include in classrooms. Each type of question is explained and sample questions are included. For a visual explanation of how questions work together, choose the Essential Questions link and scroll down to the diagram showing that this is center of all questions, then all other types of question serve to illuminating the Essential Questions. Links are included to additional information on each of the topics.

tag(s): critical thinking (119), questioning (34)

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Use this site as a guide when lesson planning. Demonstrate to older students how different types of questions will lead to further learning and strengthen critical thinking skills. Display the diagrams and information on the site on your interactive whiteboard to help students explore different questioning techniques. When studying a particular unit, challenge cooperative groups to create their own essential questions (and other types of questions) and create electronic "posters" or word graphics using tools such as Piclits (reviewed here) or Typogenerator (reviewed here).

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Fotobabble - Fotobabble

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K to 12
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Add voice to your pictures easily and effortlessly with this free site. Add your picture easily to Twitter, Facebook, and an unbelievable number of other sites. Don't see your site?...more
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Add voice to your pictures easily and effortlessly with this free site. Add your picture easily to Twitter, Facebook, and an unbelievable number of other sites. Don't see your site? Use the URL link or embed code to add your Fotobabble where you see fit. How easy is it? Upload your picture (you can choose whether it is public or remains private.) Add your voice and review quality. Share by clicking on the option you require or copy the embed code or URL to share.

tag(s): images (274), photography (159)

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Users need to be able to locate and upload pictures. Use an attached or internal microphone to add voice to the picture. Manage the final product by email, adding to the vast array of services listed, or using the embed code.

Consider the use of a class account that is shared by all instead of using individual accounts.

Be sure that students understand to use appropriate and copyright free pictures. Check with your district policies about using pictures of or by students as well as using this service.

Use in any curriculum area. Use to show and tell about a favorite animal, historical figure, place, or event, artists or musicians, scientists or technologies, characters from fiction, or how to play a specific sport (as told by the ball!) to name a few. Take pictures during a science demo and have students upload and speak as the science concept - or as Sir Isaac Newton or Louis Pasteur! Have students write stories and upload a photo of their story's setting, reading their story aloud as viewers take in the setting. Try different options of storytelling: first person as an inanimate object, flashback, etc. Art teachers can have students upload a photo of recent artworks and narrate their technique or thoughts in creating the work. Speech/language teachers and ESL/ELL teachers will find that photos can promote oral language practice (and preserve a recording to demonstrate progress). A picture can SPEAK a thousand (or more) words!

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Shape it up! An Earth Changing Erosion Activity - kineticcity.com

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2 to 8
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Learn about erosion with this easy to understand site. When prompted, choose forces of nature to change a flat piece of land into the eroded land pictured. If the wrong ...more
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Learn about erosion with this easy to understand site. When prompted, choose forces of nature to change a flat piece of land into the eroded land pictured. If the wrong force of nature is chosen, a red X appears. When correct answers have been chosen, the actual process appears in order to illustrate how the processes make the first scene change into the last one.

tag(s): erosion (17), glaciers (17), landforms (48), volcanoes (64), water (130)

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Use this simple and effective site to identify the common processes involved in erosion. Demonstrate how the site works on your interactive whiteboard and projector. Then allow students to explore the site on classroom computers or in the computer lab. As students work through the site, have them note what creates the eroded area. Students can either take notes, draw pictures, or record audio. During class discussion, name the processes and forces for greater understanding. You may want to have pairs investigate and use Postica (reviewed here), to create web-based sticky notes on a sticky board about the aspect of erosion they had time to investigate. Use the board as a visual prompt for review topics.
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Legacy of the Horse - International Museum of the Horse

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4 to 8
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This site from the International Museum of the Horse contains information on the roles that horses have played in work, war, and sport down through the centuries. The site is ...more
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This site from the International Museum of the Horse contains information on the roles that horses have played in work, war, and sport down through the centuries. The site is available in both flash and non-flash versions and provides a great starting point for a research project or for enrichment.

tag(s): animals (307), museums (51)

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This site is excellent for enrichment. Include it on your teacher web page for students to access both in and out of class.
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PuzzleMaker - Discovery

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1 to 9
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Here's every parent or teacher's dream: a site that helps you make your own puzzles, word games, and math puzzlers. There is a selection of almost a dozen different formats, ...more
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Here's every parent or teacher's dream: a site that helps you make your own puzzles, word games, and math puzzlers. There is a selection of almost a dozen different formats, each of which can be customized to meet your specific needs. Choose the puzzle type you want from the drop-down menu. Both adults and learners can create games!

tag(s): crosswords (20), puzzles (204)

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Create your puzzles by following the simple directions. These can be used both online and in print form. You or your students can create games for use on an interactive whiteboard (students highlight the answers in different colors). Have students create their own to challenge classmates! If you have kinesthetic learners or those with weak fine motor skills who have trouble with pencils, the whiteboard is a real help. Make it a center. Build a class collection of student-made games and puzzles for use over and over. Tip: If you take a screenshot of a word search or print it to a pdf, you can save it electronically. Screenshots: Prtscrn key on a Windows machine, then PASTE into a document; Command+shift+4 on a Mac; press both buttons at once on an iPad to save a screenshot to the camera roll.

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Thinkport - Maryland Public Television and John Hopkins University

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This site provides sample student activities and "how to" instructions for students to create timelines, museums, pattern makers, and more. Explore the tools to give students ownership...more
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This site provides sample student activities and "how to" instructions for students to create timelines, museums, pattern makers, and more. Explore the tools to give students ownership over their learning. Create your own activities or use the sample activities given with each tool. Use the Timeline Builder to easily create a simple but customizable timeline. Examine text for better understanding with the Annotate It! tool. Build spatial sense with the Pattern Builder that combines art and geometry in a fun to use tool. Create your own Museum is a great learning tool to decide what to showcase in any type of museum. Besure to check out the Learning Resources tab at the top for great digital activities for all ages!

tag(s): museums (51), patterns (88), reading comprehension (124), timelines (62), writing (368)

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Use these tools for any subject area and for any content. Be sure to look at the sample activities that are great to use as is or can stimulate thinking into your own projects. Use the timeline as an introduction to the first year by discussing their summer activities, major events in a students life, inventions or technology that made a difference in their life, events in their favorite book, and more. To understand content in perspective, create a timeline to be sure students understand why some events happen at particular times. For example, our understanding about biology greatly changes after the invention of the microscope. A great sample activity to Create your own Museum is the celebration of neighborhoods which can create a greater understanding about different people. Create a museum for each different kind of biome that showcases what would be found there. Create a museum for a time period in history but created by a specific group of people. View each of the museums and note the differences in what is portrayed using the lens of that various segment of the population. Create writings or blog posts portraying the differences in the museums and why these differences exist. Even young students can make a simple timeline of their own life of the life cycle of a butterfly to build the concept of linear representation of time.

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Classroom Jeopardy - superteachtools.com

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K to 12
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Looking for an easy to use free jeopardy game? Look no further than this site. Download the application for free or create the activity to be played online. View and ...more
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Looking for an easy to use free jeopardy game? Look no further than this site. Download the application for free or create the activity to be played online. View and try activities already created online. If you like your project you can save it to a folder on your computer. There is a short video in the "How To" section that will walk you through the process of making, saving, and playing a Flash Jeopardy game. Those of you who have used the PowerPoint Jeopardy will find this flash version much less time consuming to create and to recreate new Jeopardy games.

tag(s): grammar review (41), matching (23)

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Use this great resource to create Jeopardy games for any content area. This resource is perfect for use on an interactive whiteboard or projector with a student emcee. Use for vocabulary/terms, identifying parts of anything, and reviewing for any curriculum topic. Use as an opener to a unit to determine what students already know. Play as a review game to assist learning for all students. Encourage students to create the clues and answers to their own Jeopardy review games as a creative way to review and reinforce. Learning support teachers may want to have students create review games together.

You or your students can copy and paste the HTML code for any game on your web page, wiki, or blog for easy access to any Flash Jeopardy Game.

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Bookemon - Bookemon, Inc.

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K to 12
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Write your own original books, add images and artwork as illustrations, and read your published books in interactive, online form. There is no fee for the online publication and sharing....more
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Write your own original books, add images and artwork as illustrations, and read your published books in interactive, online form. There is no fee for the online publication and sharing. This is the ultimate in "digital storytelling." Click "Explore" to browse many "public" examples on the templates page of books created by others. Take advantage of the free apps that make Bookemon even easier to use with any device! Use Bookemon Reader to READ books you created in Bookemon or Bookemon edCenter (available for both iOS and Android). BookPress for iOS devices only allows you to CREATE books from scratch, including using photos from your iPad/iPhone. InstaPress (for iOS only) offers options to make books from documents, pdfs, etc. to be shared on mobile devices as eBooks. Here is an example of a book created by the TeachersFirst Edge editors. Once you set up free membership on this site, students (or teachers) can select to create from a blank start or to use the templates provided. You can also create a book starter of your own as an example so students can follow the prompts you have created. The book creator allows you to upload your own images and to create books from a Word document or PowerPoint file you have already made. EdCenter users can collaborate on books.

After you save and publish the work, share the URL so people can read the entire book online, either among an audience of "just my friends" or publicly. They also offer the embed code to place your books on a class or school web page, wiki, or blog. The easiest option is to copy the address of the new window displaying the interactive book. There is an option to have the book printed for a fee, but this is not required. You can also read books created by others (if they make them public). Use the fully-public option to create learning materials for classes to access year to year for at-home review or reading practice.

This site requires a simple registration. Teachers can set up an edCenter for their school or class in accordance with school policies. See more detailed suggestions "In the Classroom" below and in our sample book! Newer mobile device options include players to view your books on iPads and more.
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tag(s): creative writing (167), digital storytelling (151), writing (368)

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SKIP the profile and friends areas to get to the book creator to play with the tools a bit. Before you get too involved, create an edCenter to minimize advertising and create books in your own teacher-friendly class environment. Use the edCenter to register students and establish privacy settings for your class. No student emails are required.

On the Create Books page, choose from using a blank book, starting from a file, or using a template. Choose "school" to see projects from other classes or a sample created by you or a student team working in advance along with you. Explore ready-made themes (seasonal, topical, etc.) or use "open theme." Choose book dimensions (match layout shape to any uploaded files, such as PowerPoint slides). Enter settings and description of your book (editable later), including who is allowed to "see" it: everyone, just friends, or private. Again choose a "theme" - more of a category where Bookemon will list your completed book. A logical option is "school." Experiment with tools to upload files (within file limits), add images, add text, etc. Written help is offered as you go, but there is no video demo. SAVE often. Turn margins on to avoid chopping content. To share the book, you must "publish" it (i.e. finalize).

Once published, locate the book under "My Books" and use options to share (by email--and see the URL to copy from there), "Make a new edition" to create a new version--also useful for treating the original as a template for later books), Post to Other Sites offers embed codes. The BEST option is to click the book COVER which opens a new window without ads or "stuff," and copy the ADDRESS of that window to paste into email, etc. You can also mark that clean window view as a Favorite on a classroom computer!

Use your edCenter settings to manage social networking features. This will avoid the "public" Bookemon features such as opportunities to share address books, use social tools such as Facebook to share your books, etc. Teacher-controlled edCenter accounts are probably the easiest option for managing within school policies.

With younger students, have them begin their work in PowerPoint then upload for whole-class books. See an example, created by the TeachersFirst Edge editors . The example is full of ideas for classroom use from Kindergarten to high school, including science concept tales, poetry books, general writing, math problem solve-its, and more. ANY grade can use this tool, depending on the amount of direction by the teacher. (By the way, the correct answer to the problem in the sample book is c. 27.) Another idea: have students create personalized books for their parents or grandparents for special occasions (Mother's Day, Father's Day, or Grandparent's Day).

Use the mobile device features offered in your BYOD classroom to make and share books, PDF's, and more. Tip: Use this site for a guided introduction to social networking as a class, an excellent teaching opportunity for digital citizenship in the context of a project.

This is one of the best creative tools for gifted students to go above and beyond regular curriculum. Don't let the "juvenile" appearance fool you. Even older students can write and include images to create and share books of any length. Any independent research or writing project can become an interactive book. Even advanced science experiments and lab reports can be shared online using this tool. Once you have one book, you can use that as a template for others. Inspire your gifted students to create literary magazine or even a personal online "portfolio" of writing, artwork, or photography presented in interactive book form.

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This is one of my all time favorite creative tools. Very versatile. Great for making "buddy books" or for teacher-created learning "books." Make one as a whole class to summarize a science unit in primary grades. I even use it personally to make fee online "gifts" for children I know. I did purchase one print version, and it looked great. Thinking, PA, Grades: 5 - 10

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PocketMod - PocketMod.com

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K to 12
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This VERY simple tool lets you or your students make simple, folded small booklets that fit in a pocket. You choose what will appear on each page: from blank space ...more
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This VERY simple tool lets you or your students make simple, folded small booklets that fit in a pocket. You choose what will appear on each page: from blank space to lines to calendars or checklists. Then print the single sheet (and run copies!) for a student "organizer" useful for homework assignments, long-term project deadlines, checklists, even student-made study guides. Students use the booklets the old fashioned way: by WRITING in them; but the clever, customizable format lets you teach organizational skills in a way that works.

See a sample PocketMod checklist, notes, and calendar booklet (with a separate page of folding directions) and one made from a PDF of the Pennsylvania Science and Technology Standards, converted using the free downloadable software.
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tag(s): organizational skills (129)

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Go to PocketMod and follow the simple drag-and-drop visual screen to create the PocketMod from their many organizer options. Print and fold (NO Acrobat Reader required). More skilled users should consider downloading the free "PDF to PocketMod" converter that will take any pdf document and format it to the small, foldable format. If you have handouts in pdf format or can make them from your scanner/copier, you can make ANYTHING into a PocketMod. The converter assumes you have Acrobat Reader.

Have students design their own study guides before a chapter test or maintain a project checklist to be submitted along with the completed project to build better organizational skills. Warning: Students will quickly learn that PocketMod is a great way to make CHEAT SHEETS. Be forewarned of student cleverness!
 
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BiosciEdNet - American Association for the Advancement of Science

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K to 12
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Find creative commons licensed photographs tagged with a variety of key terms. Search by subject or topic and view photos and related photographs to the subject matter. Read descriptions...more
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Find creative commons licensed photographs tagged with a variety of key terms. Search by subject or topic and view photos and related photographs to the subject matter. Read descriptions about the topic for better understandings of what they mean. For some topics, you are required to click several times before you are lead to the picture.

tag(s): agriculture (59), ecosystems (88), environment (321), images (274), photography (159)

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Search for pictures that are tagged with specific words related to your topic or subject. Be sure to credit the site with the actual web address of the picture when using these photographs for class or student use. Students can search these pictures to use in projects or materials. As they search their terms, they also will learn basic information about the subject or terminology as well.
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EducaPoles - International Polar Foundation

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Teach the importance of the fragility of polar environments, and learn the basics of climate changes to this important but often neglected region of the world. Use EducaPoles for a...more
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Teach the importance of the fragility of polar environments, and learn the basics of climate changes to this important but often neglected region of the world. Use EducaPoles for a number of educational tools such as teaching dossiers, educational material, animations, quizzes, picture galleries, comic strips, and stories. View international teaching projects in conjunction with institutes and universities. Use this site to find direct access to important and vital information. Read current news on projects and materials for teaching about the polar environment as well as climate change.

tag(s): climate (94), climate change (68), polar (19), weather (197)

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Use the resources on this site to learn about the climate record locked in the polar region and understand its vulnerability to any climate change. Identify changes being seen there and in your own area. Be sure to discuss the difference between climate and weather as this is often misunderstood. As climate change is global, it is often a difficult concept to grasp. Use the data and projects to identify the global nature of the phenomena in order to allow students to identify the far reaching implications. Identify any climate change in you area. Consider having students poll their family members from young to old. Many (especially older members) will remember seasons vastly different from what they see today. Sensitize students to the possibilities in order to identify changes (even considered minor) and how everyone can make changes to reduce their carbon footprint. Many of the choices that students make have other benefits (such as saving money, etc.) as well as impacting the global climate change. Consider having students create stories, poems, and editorials as well as posters and conventional or multimedia campaigns to express their knowledge. Use an online poster creator, such as Padlet (reviewed here). Be sure to note the use of material on this site as it requires an email for permission to use. Link to the material and use directly from the site. Sensitize young people to not only their environment and local climate and develop a personal position while reducing their ecological footprint

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Weather Interactives - Learner.org

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Identify the specifics of the atmosphere and conditions that create a variety of weather conditions using this informative site. Although now a highly interactive site, this site does...more
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Identify the specifics of the atmosphere and conditions that create a variety of weather conditions using this informative site. Although now a highly interactive site, this site does provide a wealth of information.

tag(s): atmosphere (31), climate (94), weather (197)

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Use this site to determine the underlying conditions of the atmosphere and the conditions necessary for severe weather. Find areas on a map that would have similar weather conditions and determine the geographic and other factors that allow those conditions to occur. Create a song, poem, or story about weather conditions. Share the students' creation by creating videos. Share the videos using a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here. Research past storms and how generations coped with these climatic conditions.

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