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Interactive Games: Science Lives Here - The Royal Institution

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Learn about science, engineering, and the natural world with this large variety of interactive games. Scroll through to view all game topics, or use the drop-down box to limit your...more
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Learn about science, engineering, and the natural world with this large variety of interactive games. Scroll through to view all game topics, or use the drop-down box to limit your search by subject. Content offers a broad range of choices including animals, genetics, and space.

tag(s): animals (290), biodiversity (38), cells (104), genetics (95), gravity (49), human body (126), insects (71), medicine (70), nutrition (158), periodic table (52), plants (155), ponds (7), rainforests (15), solar system (122), space (217), stars (65), STEM (151)

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Introduce a new concept through games offered on this site. Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector, then allow students to play on their own. Have students create blogs using Throwww, reviewed here, to share information learned. Throwww allows you to create "quick and easy" blog to be used one time only; a unique URL is provided, and this site is as easy as using a basic Word program!
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Google Earth Showcase - Google Earth

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Google Earth presents this showcase library of tours, videos, and imagery from planet Earth and beyond. Choose from diverse topics including the Hubble Telescope, Mars, Hereos of Google...more
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Google Earth presents this showcase library of tours, videos, and imagery from planet Earth and beyond. Choose from diverse topics including the Hubble Telescope, Mars, Hereos of Google Earth, and 3D imagery to begin your journey. Each category leads to several video presentations sharing the world with us. 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 Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): climate (91), explorers (65), heroes (25), landmarks (27), mars (42), moon (73), oceans (152), space (217), stars (65)

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Bookmark this site to use throughout the year with lessons on climate change, oceans, explorers, and much more. As an end of the year project, allow students to choose their area of interest from this showcase. Then, have students watch videos, and create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here. In language arts, during a study of heroes, use an online tool such as the Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, to compare and contrast features of Heroes of Google Earth against cartoon heroes.

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WeLearned.It - eduClipper

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K to 12
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WeLearned.It is a digital portfolio and classroom management tool for students and educators. The free pricing plan allows users to create student portfolios, manage unlimited classes,...more
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WeLearned.It is a digital portfolio and classroom management tool for students and educators. The free pricing plan allows users to create student portfolios, manage unlimited classes, provide feedback in several different formats, and distribute class assignments. Attach documents or websites to tasks from Google Drive, your computer, and more. Students receive a digital code to join, and then their work saves to their personalized portfolio.

tag(s): classroom management (148), portfolios (32)

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Take advantage of WeLearned.It's features in your 1:1 classroom for project-based learning assignments. Motivate students through feedback provided on this site in the form of badges, video or audio recordings, or text. Encourage students to support classmates through providing feedback to peers on the site. Science teachers could have students write up their lab reports, take photos of their labs and label them in a portfolio. History teachers could set up portfolios for student report writing or digital storytelling projects. WeLearned.It is a perfect tool to use during parent conferences.

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Peergrade - David Kofoed Wind, Malthe Jorgensen & Simon Lind

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Save time grading papers and encourage peer interaction with Peergrade. Create your assignment and a rubric for grading to begin. Students upload their work to the site. Upon reaching...more
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Save time grading papers and encourage peer interaction with Peergrade. Create your assignment and a rubric for grading to begin. Students upload their work to the site. Upon reaching the deadline for completing tasks, Peergrade automatically distributes work to other students for peer review. Using the associated rubric, students evaluate peer's work and provide feedback. Peergrade provides teachers reports with rubric scores, information on rubric questions providing difficulty for students, and the amount of time spent by each student providing feedback. Teachers have the option to provide their feedback on student work.

tag(s): assessment (105), rubrics (32)

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Take advantage of Peergrade to teach students how to provide meaningful feedback to peers. Be sure to check out the site's Rubric Library for use with students as you teach them about rubrics, how to provide feedback that is fair and relevant, and encourage critical thinking as part of any assignment. If you are hesitant to begin with peer reviews, upload example assignments for students to practice working with rubrics and reviews. After completing peer reviews have students create blogs using Throwww here). Ask them to reflect on their peer reviews and how completing this activity will help with future assignments. Throwww allows you to create "quick and easy" blogs to be used one time only. A unique URL is provided and this site is as easy as using a basic Word program!

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Knowlounge - Klounge

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K to 12
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Knowlounge is a real-time video and shared whiteboard tool for use with all devices. Create your class and share the code with students. Keep that class open as long as ...more
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Knowlounge is a real-time video and shared whiteboard tool for use with all devices. Create your class and share the code with students. Keep that class open as long as you like so that students don't need to enter a new code each time they enter the class. Knowlounge features include whiteboard tools, the ability to upload media such as PDF's and videos, and live quiz features.

tag(s): brainstorming (25), collaboration (10), DAT device agnostic tool (171), drawing (81), iwb (31)

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Knowlounge is perfect for flipped learning and collaborative learning experiences. Upload a YouTube video (or use the site's recorder to make your own), then add notes and comments for your students. Students can record their answers or comments as they watch videos. Use Knowlounge to collaborate with classes in different parts of the world, to introduce a guest speaker in another location, or to allow an absent student to participate in lessons.

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Have been using together with Know Recorder for flipped learning, and even some remote classes with kids that haven't been able to make it in due to snow or other issues. Very impressed that this software is mostly free. Steve, , Grades: 1 - 12

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Knight Lab - Northwest University

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Knight Lab offers a variety of tools for storytelling and promoting quality journalism. Choose the Projects tab to find all available options sorted by categories of Storytelling, Research...more
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Knight Lab offers a variety of tools for storytelling and promoting quality journalism. Choose the Projects tab to find all available options sorted by categories of Storytelling, Research and Reporting, Teaching and Learning, and Prototypes, Experiments, and Past Projects. Projects include examples and full instructions for using the tool in any classroom.

tag(s): images (275), maps (292), timelines (64)

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This site is a must-have for anyone that teaches writing or assigns writing projects. Bookmark this site for use throughout the year with any writing project. Focus on one tool a month to learn more about features available. Assign a tool to different groups of students and let them become the experts. Work with peers to assign projects across subject levels using tools from this site to compare and contrast images, create interactive timelines, build story maps, and much more.
 

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The Science of Classroom Design (Infographic) - USC Rossier Online

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This infographic details five ways changes in classroom design lead to improved behavior, academic success, and increase time on task. Scroll through to find suggestions and advice...more
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This infographic details five ways changes in classroom design lead to improved behavior, academic success, and increase time on task. Scroll through to find suggestions and advice for choosing the optimal layout of furniture, wall color, and use of light. The bottom portion of the infographic suggests methods of improving digital spaces through the use of visual clues, removing screen clutter, and correct pacing of information.

tag(s): classroom management (148), preK (289), professional development (133)

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Share this infographic during professional development sessions as advice for creating student-centered classroom environments. Bookmark and save this site to review when making physical changes to your classroom or when creating digital content for students. Consider training students how to move desks and tables in and out of the different configurations, or have Parent Square, reviewed here, send out a message to ask parents and high school student volunteers come in to help move the furniture.

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Common Core Lesson Plans Template - FormSwift

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K to 12
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Common Core Lesson Plans offers three easy to use templates for designing professional looking lesson plans with language correlated to Common Core Standards. Begin by choosing the...more
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Common Core Lesson Plans offers three easy to use templates for designing professional looking lesson plans with language correlated to Common Core Standards. Begin by choosing the content from Math, Science, or English links. Click the link to start creating your lesson plan. Use the template to add lesson planning information within the template. When finished, print or save as a PDF or Word document. Create a free account to save finished products directly on FormSwift. You must provide the actual standards for your lesson plan.

tag(s): commoncore (95), professional development (133)

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Take advantage of these lesson plan templates for lesson planning using Common Core Standards. If you don't teach using Common Core, these templates are still useful for lesson planning. Change the portion with standards to meet your goals and objectives for individual lessons. Use these templates when collaborating on lessons with other educators as a way to maintain consistency in planning. Share these templates with other teachers during professional development sessions.
 
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ClassHook - Alexander Deeb and Joyce Ang

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6 to 12
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ClassHook uses favorite TV shows and movies to teach classroom content in engaging and relevant ways. Students naturally relate to popular media, making ClassHook a natural learning...more
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ClassHook uses favorite TV shows and movies to teach classroom content in engaging and relevant ways. Students naturally relate to popular media, making ClassHook a natural learning tool to help students relate to concepts beyond a textbook. Find content by using the keyword search or browse by topic. Search by Math, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, or Business. Create an account using your email to gain full access to ClassHook's library of clips. Class accounts also enable users to set up and share playlists, bookmark clips, write comments on clips, and submit clips to share with other users. 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 Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): movies (72), video (275)

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Find clips on ClassHook to share with students as an attention-getter or introduction to new content. Create a link to media clips on your classroom computers or class website for students to view on their own. Flip your classroom and have students watch videos at home before teaching lessons, add questions for students to consider while viewing video clips. Have students create blogs using Throwww, reviewed here, discussing the content of movie clips concerning the lesson taught. Throwww allows you to create "quick and easy" blogs to be used one time only with a unique URL. Blogging will be as easy as using a basic Word program!

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Mahara - New Zealand's Tertiary Education Commission

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Mahara is an open source e-portfolio creator. Download the Mahara software to begin creating your e-portfolio including journals, social media resources, and uploading files. Once created,...more
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Mahara is an open source e-portfolio creator. Download the Mahara software to begin creating your e-portfolio including journals, social media resources, and uploading files. Once created, share your portfolio using access permissions, allowing members to determine who can view their work. Other features include a resume builder and social networking system connecting members to online learning communities. Scroll to the bottom to find Mahara Support which includes links to a User Manual and Wiki. There is even a demo for you to use for the day to preview Mahara.

tag(s): assessment (105), classroom management (148), portfolios (32)

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Record classroom activities and student learning with photos or videos. Show students how to create a portfolio, then document their learning and make comments in their portfolio. Share portfolios with parents, not just at conference time, but any time the student portfolio is updated to keep parents in the loop.

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Full Spectrum Science: Fireworks - Exploratorium

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Learn all about the science of fireworks with this video presentation from Exploratorium. Discover the chemistry and history behind fireworks as you learn what creates the colors and...more
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Learn all about the science of fireworks with this video presentation from Exploratorium. Discover the chemistry and history behind fireworks as you learn what creates the colors and varying patterns seen in modern fireworks.

tag(s): chemicals (41), light (49)

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Have students create a simple infographic about fireworks using Easel.ly, reviewed here or Venngage reviewed here. Use this video as a model and have students research the origins of other common items. Have students upload a photo they have taken and add voice bubbles to explain what they learned using a tool such as Superlame, reviewed here.

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Affordable Colleges Online - Dan Schuessler & Doug Jones

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Affordable Colleges Online provides extensive information about the costs and the programs offered for online degrees. Use tabs at the top of each page to view by degrees, majors, states,...more
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Affordable Colleges Online provides extensive information about the costs and the programs offered for online degrees. Use tabs at the top of each page to view by degrees, majors, states, rankings, or additional resources. Other options allow viewers to see colleges offering cheap, quality online degrees, explore accreditation, and search for religious college options. One resource worth exploring is the section describing options for financial aid, including many valuable statistics and information for finding the most financial aid.

tag(s): college (48), financial aid (16)

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Many students are considering virtual degrees, and almost all college-bound students need information on financial aid options. Affordable Colleges Online is a useful site to include with information on college search strategies, consider bookmarking it for college-bound students. This tool is helpful for high school guidance counselors or teachers who work with juniors and seniors. Provide the link on your class website for families to access and explore at home.
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Atom Animation - KScience

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7 to 12
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Build and view atom structures with this drag and drop interactive. Enter the symbol for any of the first 20 elements into the box to see the structure including electrons, ...more
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Build and view atom structures with this drag and drop interactive. Enter the symbol for any of the first 20 elements into the box to see the structure including electrons, neutrons, and protons. Build your atom by dragging and dropping features onto the template. As you drag and drop, the display indicates the chemical formed.

tag(s): atoms (57), molecules (44), periodic table (52)

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This site is perfect for use on your interactive whiteboard. Explore atoms together as you experiment with dragging and dropping different parts of atoms onto the interactive. Have students explore this site on their own by sharing a link on classroom computers. Include this site as part of your introduction to elements and the periodic table.
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Weather-Ready Nation - National Weather Service

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Weather-Ready Nation provides weather safety information and forecasts along with all of the latest weather news. Choose the weather safety link to learn about specific weather threats...more
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Weather-Ready Nation provides weather safety information and forecasts along with all of the latest weather news. Choose the weather safety link to learn about specific weather threats such as lightning safety and hurricanes. This site also includes seasonal safety campaigns featuring information and tips for dealing with seasonal weather. 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 Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): fire (27), floods (8), hurricanes (40), safety (91), snow (22), tornadoes (17), tsunamis (18), weather (194)

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Share a link to Weather-Ready Nation on classroom computers for students to explore on their own. Include information from the site during your weather unit. Discuss weather threats that are specific to your area. Take advantage of the free flyer to print and include on a classroom bulletin board. Have students create annotated images of weather events including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create daily weather forecast videos using Powtoons, reviewed here, and share them on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here.
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AeroSpaceGuide - Vic Stathopoulos

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6 to 12
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AeroSpaceGuide is the online resource for all things aerospace for students, scientists, and anyone interested in space. Dig deep into this site to learn about space exploration vehicles...more
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AeroSpaceGuide is the online resource for all things aerospace for students, scientists, and anyone interested in space. Dig deep into this site to learn about space exploration vehicles and history, women in space, the solar system, and much more through images and short feature articles.
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tag(s): explorers (65), solar system (122), space (217)

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Use AeroSpaceGuide as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Allow students time to explore as a starting point for further research into space-related topics. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their space research using Easel.ly, reviewed here. Upon completion of your space unit have students make a multimedia presentation featuring information learned using LiveSlides, reviewed here, or Lucidpress, reviewed here.

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Born Free USA - Belton Mouras and Ken Guerrero

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Born Free USA is an animal advocacy group offering many resources for helping animals. Browse through the Campaigns & Programs to learn about key issues of their work including Animals...more
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Born Free USA is an animal advocacy group offering many resources for helping animals. Browse through the Campaigns & Programs to learn about key issues of their work including Animals in Entertainment, Fur as Fashion, and more. Find out how to become an animal advocate with Born Free USA's tools and resources including downloadable advocacy materials. Be sure to check out the 2016 Year of the Lion that includes lesson plans, videos, and other teaching materials. 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 Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): animals (290), service projects (28)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and more to include with your animal unit. After introducing the site with a projector or on an interactive whiteboard, allow older students to explore on their own then choose a topic of interest for further research. Have students make a multimedia presentation or create a digital story about their animal topic using Adobe Spark, reviewed here. Younger students could create a digital story around their animal topic using My Storybook, reviewed here. Consider bringing in a local animal advocate to speak to your class about issues in your area. Post a link to this website for students to share with parents at home.

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Youngest & Oldest Olympic Gold Medalists - Athletic Edge Physiotherapy

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This interactive features the youngest and oldest gold medal winners from several popular Olympic sports. Click on any blue or green bar to view full information including the athlete's...more
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This interactive features the youngest and oldest gold medal winners from several popular Olympic sports. Click on any blue or green bar to view full information including the athlete's name, country, and gold medal year.

tag(s): olympics (49), sports (98)

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Although all sports represented are from Summer Olympics, this interactive would be useful for learning about the Winter Olympics as well. Share with students, then have them research information for the winter games, or for their favorite Olympic sport. Once the research is completed, have students create online posters individually or together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard, reviewed here, or PicLits, reviewed here. Have students identify sports with the smallest and largest age gap for gold medal winners, then consider why they are so different.

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Random Name/Word Picker - ClassTools

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K to 12
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This random name or word picker tool offers two different methods for selecting names from a list. Enter each name or word on a different line, copy and paste from ...more
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This random name or word picker tool offers two different methods for selecting names from a list. Enter each name or word on a different line, copy and paste from a spreadsheet or word document if available. Choose the typewriter to view a scrambled word letter-by-letter. The fruit machine reveals a choice with a slot machine, choose the button Remove to delete used words from the list as you play.
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tag(s): classroom management (148), gamification (75)

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The obvious use for this tool is for selecting students to answer a question or do an activity. Other uses could include forming groups/pairs or creating seating charts. Allow students to use it when it's time to choose the next student. Instead of names, enter activities for P.E., rainy day recess activities, the next book your class will read together, or anything where you need to make a choice. Enter vocabulary words and use the word picker to practice definitions, or have one student provide the definition for a selected word and other students guess the word.
 
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KQED Media Literacy Courses - KQED Teach

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KQED offers several free, self-paced courses for expanding media literacy skills. The first course begins with an introduction to the KQED teach and an overview of the platform used...more
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KQED offers several free, self-paced courses for expanding media literacy skills. The first course begins with an introduction to the KQED teach and an overview of the platform used for each of the courses. Topics include Taking Charge of Social Media, Media Essentials, and Video Storytelling Essentials. Choose any course description to view what is included in the modules and lessons in addition to the length of time to complete. All courses include interaction with an online community to share and learn together.

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Gain a better understanding of media literacy tools by taking KQED's professional development courses. Participate in classes on your own or with colleagues as part of your ongoing professional development. Begin any of the self-paced courses anytime and complete them at your own pace.

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Explore, play, and discover at the website for Exploratorium in San Francisco. This very comprehensive site is part of their learning laboratory exploring the world through science,...more
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Explore, play, and discover at the website for Exploratorium in San Francisco. This very comprehensive site is part of their learning laboratory exploring the world through science, art, and human perception. Choose from the many different offerings including blogs, videos, and websites or explore by topic. If you teach science, you will want to bookmark this site for use all year long!

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Take advantage of the many resources found on Exploratorium to supplement science lessons. Resources include animations, songs, activities, and more. Share this site with students to use as inspiration for science fair projects. After using resources from the site, have students make a multimedia presentation including information learned using Ignite, reviewed here. Ignite is a tool to create a unique multimedia project using layers and incorporating collaboration. Alternatively, choose one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools, reviewed here.

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