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Croak.it - Protik Roychowdhury and Srinivasa Teja

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K to 12
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Croak.it allows you to TALK to those who land on your webpage. Your visitors can leave a verbal message for you using the Croakit application program interface (API). (An API...more
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Croak.it allows you to TALK to those who land on your webpage. Your visitors can leave a verbal message for you using the Croakit application program interface (API). (An API is similar to embedding a mini version of the tool.) The beauty of this audio recorder is that it works on many types of devices, including iOS (iPad, iTouch, iPhone), Android phones, or in a regular computer browser. And it's free. There is no email sign up. Their slogan is, "Push. Speak. Share." Leave a message up to 30 seconds on your page. You can push to stop at any time. Once you have created your Croak.it, you have the choice to adjust the tempo and pitch. Share your Croak.it through Facebook or Twitter. Copy the URL and put it on your webpage, in your email, on your blog, etc. Use Croak.it to express yourself using your voice, which is much more interesting than reading text! The only part of this program that uses Flash is the introductory video.

tag(s): speech (94)

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The potential for using Croak.it for and with your students is limitless. As you create (or update) your website at the beginning of the school year, considering using this site to verbally greet all visitors! Record a message for absent students explaining something done in class and email it to them. Leave verbal instructions on your web page or homework page that might be too complicated to write out or for your students to read. This program has incredible promise for use with learning-support students, speech and language students, ESL/ELL students, non-readers, and for differentiating instruction. If your students have blogs, consider adding Croak.It to their blog pages for spoken comments. An excellent idea from the blog "Inquiry Live in the Classroom" is to use Croak.it with QR Codes and have your students make 30 second book reviews for your classroom or school library. Students can then scan the code of a book they think they are interested in reading to see what others think of it, or to get a 30 second summary of it. Use Croak.it for tutorials on your website. Use a QR Code generator and put the code next to diagrams in text books. To view many more ideas see "QR Codes and Using Them in the Classroom," reviewed here, and know that you can combine these with the use of Croak.it, too. There are many personal ways you and your students can use this program: create a wish list, Mother's Day or birthday greeting, a message to a grandparent, or a recording of part of a picture book for a younger sibling. Because of the 30 second time limit, encourage students to rehearse (never a bad idea) before recording. One suggestion for saving recordings is to create a Google Form or wiki page where students can use to submit their recording links. This allows you to collect student recordings without having to use an e-mail account. Speech and language teachers could create wiki pages (on a private wiki) for each student to record samples throughout the year to demonstrate progress with articulation. World language teachers could record assignments and ask students to respond orally on a class wiki.

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Sound Around You - University of Salford

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2 to 12
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Listen to soundscapes recorded all over the world. Find a place of interest on the map, listen to the recording, and read the information about the location. Upload your own ...more
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Listen to soundscapes recorded all over the world. Find a place of interest on the map, listen to the recording, and read the information about the location. Upload your own soundscapes using the site or through the iPhone/iPad app.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (120), listening (91), maps (293), senses (29), sound (105), sounds (70)

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Those who teach geography and world cultures will like this! Use this resource to get your students thinking about the sounds around them. Include it when studying sound or the human ear in science class. Connect with other subjects by envisioning smells that would be there or craft a story inspired by the sounds heard at a specific location. Play sounds for your younger students and ask what they hear. Create sound stories together -- or as a creative project --by playing a series of sounds to tell the tale! Use your imagination to add this resource to other location projects used throughout the year. World language teachers could assign students to create a sound and word story about a cultural location. Use these sounds as background and add the dialog!

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Math Monday - National Museum of Mathematics

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6 to 12
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Math Monday is a weekly column discussing fun, experiential, and puzzling topics in mathematics. Each article takes a math idea, explains the concept, and uses images (and/or videos)...more
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Math Monday is a weekly column discussing fun, experiential, and puzzling topics in mathematics. Each article takes a math idea, explains the concept, and uses images (and/or videos) to put the concept into action. Sample topics include hula hoop geometry, large stars, mathematical quilting, and much more. Subscribe to the RSS feed to view new topics each Monday using the link at the top of the page. (Or add the feed to your Flipboard account if you have a tablet.) There is also a very long list of archives to explore and try!

tag(s): colors (80), fractions (234), geometric shapes (165), origami (17), pi (26), puzzles (207)

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Share articles with students and replicate activities included in the article. Share the video demonstrations on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos after reading articles and attempting activities. Share the videos on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here. Use activities in the article as inspiration for Math night activities or Math Fair projects.
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Creating Infographics: A Screencast Tutorial - School Library Journal Linda Braun

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3 to 12
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View this video to learn how to create an infographic. For visual learners, this is a must see! Linda Braun briefly introduces what an infographic is using the program Visual.ly, ...more
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View this video to learn how to create an infographic. For visual learners, this is a must see! Linda Braun briefly introduces what an infographic is using the program Visual.ly, reviewed here. She then switches over to a program called Easel.ly, reviewed here, where you can use one of their templates to create your infographic. She steps you through changing objects, object size and color, and adding text. Once she finishes the infographic in Easel.ly, she then switches to Infogr.am, reviewed here, and shows how to either use their templates, or create your own, including importing your own data and images.
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tag(s): infographics (47), video (276)

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Introduce your students to infographics and this video in class. Share this (approximately 14 minute) video on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then, post this video on your website for students to watch whenever they need help while creating an infographic. Consider assigning the creation of an Infographic as an assignment to understand content and connect it with the real world. See a full TeachersFirst article about using infographics as a scaffold and formative assessment here. Have students create an infographic about the impact of slavery on an economy or to explain an experiment and report the results with graphical information to provide meaning. Use one of the tools described in the video, Visual.ly, reviewed here, Easel.ly, reviewed here, or Infogr.am, reviewed here.
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Vaccine Preventable Outbreaks - Council on Foreign Relations

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9 to 12
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Find the numbers of preventable diseases that have been confirmed in various areas around the world using this visual map. The preventable diseases shown include Measles, Mumps, Rubella,...more
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Find the numbers of preventable diseases that have been confirmed in various areas around the world using this visual map. The preventable diseases shown include Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Polio, and Whooping Cough. Each of the diseases is completely preventable by vaccine. Click on each circle to see the number of cases, date range, and a link to the source data.

tag(s): bacteria (30), diseases (69), medicine (70)

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Use this tool during a unit on infectious disease in biology or health classes. Identify the difference between a cluster outbreak, secondary transmission, epidemic, and other categories of outbreak. View the various diseases and have students research each to report to the class about the transmission and dangers of each of the diseases. Identify the prevalence of various diseases in certain parts of the World compared to other locations. Identify why certain diseases are found in each of these areas. Research various ways to prevent further epidemics from occurring as well as the various social, religious, and political issues. Assign cooperative learning groups a disease to investigate. Use an online tool such as Canva, reviewed here, to create diagrams and other visual graphic organizers.

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Infinite.ly Web Page Maker - Luis Buenaventura

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3 to 12
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Create a bright, colorful web page quickly and easily with Infinite.ly. You also get a mobile-friendly website, Facebook page, and blog (should you wish.) Choose your unique subdomain...more
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Create a bright, colorful web page quickly and easily with Infinite.ly. You also get a mobile-friendly website, Facebook page, and blog (should you wish.) Choose your unique subdomain name to begin. Choose from a page-type template. Choices include business, personal, school, event, product, or teaser. Click on different parts of the page to add text, images, change the background, and add pages, and much more. When finished, click Publish to make your page live on the web. Registration with email is not required to publish pages; however, without registration, published pages will only be available for 48 hours. Research before you join. Basic features are free, but add-ons and extra storage space are for a fee.
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tag(s): blogs (90), microblogging (40), portfolios (33)

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Use this site for students to post simple projects such as stories, poems, and art projects. Students can also create online "me-portfolios" where they collect and curate all the links to their various online projects. Collect a master list of links to student pages on your classroom website, wiki, or blog for easy access. If students are creating pages, be sure to check with your district's policy on student use of email as well as publishing of student work.

Try using Infinite.ly for: "visual essays," digital biodiversity logs (with digital pictures students take), online literary magazines, personal reflections in images and text, research project presentations, or comparisons of online content (such as political candidates' sites or content sites used in research -compared for bias). Use this tool for science sites documenting experiments or illustrating concepts (such as the water cycle), "visual" lab reports, digital scrapbooks using images from the public domain and video and audio clips from a time in history -- such as the Roaring Twenties. More ideas include local history interactive stories, visual interpretations of major concepts (such as a "visual" U.S. Constitution). Imagine building your own online library of raw materials for your students to create their own "web pages" as a new way of assessing understanding. You provide the digital pictures, and they sequence, caption, and write about them (younger students), or you provide the steps in a project as a template, and they insert the actual content of their own.

After a first project where you provide "building blocks," the sky is the limit on what they can do, but watch the file size and space limits. Even the very young can make suggestions as you "create" a whole-class product together using an interactive whiteboard or projector. Consider making a new project for each unit you teach, so students can "recap" long after the unit ends. Separate pages mean smaller sites, so they can remain free.

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Take Me Fishing - Fishopedia - The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation

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3 to 10
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Learn about all different species of fish in the United States and around the world. This site packs an aquatic animal punch! Explore the Fishopedia to learn facts about different ...more
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Learn about all different species of fish in the United States and around the world. This site packs an aquatic animal punch! Explore the Fishopedia to learn facts about different types of fish such as where they live, what type of food they eat, and how to catch them. There are even sections about fishing safely and conserving fish and their native habitats.
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tag(s): animals (288), conservation (126), environment (318), fish (27)

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Use this resource to help your students learn more about local fish and the effects of human behavior on aquatic life. Have students use a fish to tell its own story with the additional assistance of a tool like Blabberize reviewed here. Use in environmental science courses to help students understand sustainability and conservation. Try using it as part of practice for Envirothon competitions. Perhaps even start a wildlife club and use this site to prepare for a field trip of fishing.
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ReCommunity Recycling - ReCommunity

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1 to 12
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Learn about the recycling process. View Vimeo videos about recycling processes including recycling of specific materials. View Infographics of data and information about use of resources...more
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Learn about the recycling process. View Vimeo videos about recycling processes including recycling of specific materials. View Infographics of data and information about use of resources and recycling. Need more information? Use the list of links to aid in research. Use the glossary at the bottom of the page to understand unknown words. Lesson plans are available for grades 1-12.

tag(s): earth day (112), energy (202), recycling (57), resources (112)

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Use the lesson plans to use the site to learn about resources and recycling. Be sure to discuss what is meant by "Reduce, reuse, recycle" in terms of resources and energy (Infographics and resources are helpful for this) and why recycling is not always the best answer. Do simpler activities or lessons with younger students during Earth Day or Earth Week. Include this link with other resources about resources and recycling. Have different groups each become an expert in the processing of one of the resources and discuss the common steps and problems involved in the recycling process.
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RideSurfboard Web Page Browser - Ryan O'Donnell and Aaron Wadler

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3 to 12
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Experience an ordinary website in a flippable, newspaper-like format. Enter the url of any website. Surfboard instantly converts the website into a white, flippable, newspaper-like...more
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Experience an ordinary website in a flippable, newspaper-like format. Enter the url of any website. Surfboard instantly converts the website into a white, flippable, newspaper-like format where all content is laid out nicely. Click on the next arrow at the bottom of your screen to flip to the next page or swipe if using an iPad or iPhone. Choose a headline and click to view the full story. Content is optimized for Safari desktop browser, iPads, and iphones. It may not work well with other browsers. There are tips for using a Chrome browser found on the homepage. Note: our editors noticed many websites would not convert, even using Safari. So test before you use this site in a class or presentation. Many newspaper sites display nicely (without all the ads).

tag(s): browser (6)

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Teachers with iPads in their classrooms will probably benefit most from this site. Create a link directly to SurfRider.com on classroom ipads for students to view websites in this page-flip format. Any computer with Safari could use this website also. This site could be used to make the content of a website more palatable for students easily distracted by "flashy" websites. Learning support teachers might want to try this presentation of informational texts with their students to see if it improves their comprehension. If your students have blogs, try reading them using this tool for a very "professional" look.

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BarryFunEnglish Tools - BarryFunEnglish. com

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K to 12
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BarryFunEnglish offers several free and useful teacher tools for use on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Use the dart board selector to randomly choose students from your class....more
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BarryFunEnglish offers several free and useful teacher tools for use on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Use the dart board selector to randomly choose students from your class. Import your class from a txt file or input names manually. Easily edit your class list with absent students. Once ready, click to spin the dart board, launch a dart and see what names appears! Open each tool in a new window for a larger viewing area. At the time of this review the other free tools included a random name generator, scoreboard, and stopwatch. Access to all tools is available after registration with email and a password. Note that other areas of this site are subscription based.
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tag(s): classroom management (150)

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Use the free registration option to sign up for the site. Bookmark and use this site as a tool for classroom management, such as a way for choosing random students, keeping score, stopwatch, and others. All of the tools are perfect for use on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Open them in separate windows so that you can drag off to the side if doing an on-screen activity.
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100,000 Stars - Google

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6 to 12
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100,000 Stars is an amazing, interactive visualization of the universe from Google. It can only be viewed in the Chrome browser. It will start to open in other browsers, but ...more
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100,000 Stars is an amazing, interactive visualization of the universe from Google. It can only be viewed in the Chrome browser. It will start to open in other browsers, but doesn't function properly. Choose the "Take a Tour" option at the top-left side of your screen to view a tour beginning with the sun. Begin to find stars closest to our solar system. Use the slider bar on the right side of the page to travel to the end of the Milky Way. Explore on your own using your computer mouse. Click and zoom to explore the universe or click on any star name to find information about named stars.

tag(s): planets (127), space (218), stars (65), sun (72)

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If you do not have Chrome on you classroom computer, it is worth installing it or asking your tech folks to do so. Explore this site as a class on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Allow students to explore on their own on classroom computers. Create a scavenger hunt for stars to find and have students locate them on the site. Have students give a guided star tour on the interactive whiteboard.

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Listango - A Better Way to Bookmark - Jason Inzer and Steven Roberts

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K to 12
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Save, organize, and share your favorites (bookmarks) for free using Listango. Access them from any computer. This tool is basic and quick. Sign up with email and a password or ...more
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Save, organize, and share your favorites (bookmarks) for free using Listango. Access them from any computer. This tool is basic and quick. Sign up with email and a password or your Facebook account. View the introductory video on the home page. Drag the Listango bar to your toolbar to start using the service. Access your account to begin creating folders. Add as many folders as you like or create additional folders as needed. Click on the Listango bar on your browser toolbar to add any webpage to your bookmarks, then choose a folder for placement. Edit bookmarks at any time when logged in to your Listango account. Hover over the description to change the name, add a description, or change folders. Easily share bookmarks via Twitter, Facebook, or email using the link located by each descriptions. Make important links stand out by clicking the star next to the description. Download your bookmarks at anytime through html and csv file links located in the tools section of the site.

tag(s): bookmarks (64)

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Use Listango to organize and share links used throughout the year. Organize by subject, topic, type of material, etc. Demonstrate how to use Listango on your interactive whiteboard or projector with students. Have students email links used in classroom projects to your email account. Create a Listango classroom account for students to add links found to use throughout the year: ideas could include games, videos, sites for review, etc. You could also create folders for each student, using this simple tool to introduce very young students to an online bookmarking site under adult guidance.

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True Tube - TrueTube

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9 to 12
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Find videos related to social education, health, citizenship, religions, the environment, crime, and countless eclectic topics at this UK-based site. Though some are controversial,...more
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Find videos related to social education, health, citizenship, religions, the environment, crime, and countless eclectic topics at this UK-based site. Though some are controversial, this is a great set of resources for the introduction of difficult subjects to a class. Events that coordinate with videos are listed along the right side of the site. Choose from subjects along the top including Body and Health, Crime, Culture, and more. Many of the videos deal with worldwide issues from a non-U.S. point of view, offering a different perspective. Be sure to preview videos before you share. Some do deal with rather controversial topics. If necessary, check with your administration about the appropriate use of these videos before sharing withe the class OR sharing the link on your class website.

tag(s): architecture (84), digital citizenship (65), diseases (69), environment (318), media literacy (62), mental health (27), persuasive writing (56), poetry (224), religions (68), sexuality (14), social skills (21), writing prompts (95)

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Share specific videos on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Use a video to introduce a debate topic or as a prompt for persuasive writing. As a media literacy exercise, ask students to find another video (perhaps on YouTube) that presents an opposing viewpoint on the same topic as one here. Then challenge cooperative learning groups to create their own videos on this or another controversial topic being discussed in class. Share the videos using a tool such as TeacherTube reviewed here.
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Disease Detectives - Science Museum of Minnesota

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5 to 12
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This online exhibit introduces you to three patients, all of whom are suffering from different illnesses. Examine each interactive mannequin: take their temperatures, listen to their...more
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This online exhibit introduces you to three patients, all of whom are suffering from different illnesses. Examine each interactive mannequin: take their temperatures, listen to their hearts, lungs, and bowels. Try to determine what is making them sick. Choose the activities link to view a teacher's guide as well as additional online activities (Predict the Flu, Bacteria Blaster, and an Interactive Timeline of Infectious Disease.) View photos and videos to explain the use of antibiotics, food inspection, and malaria worldwide.

tag(s): bacteria (30), careers (136), diseases (69), heart (43), respiration (17)

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Share activities and video clips on your interactive whiteboard or allow students to explore on their own during health or career units. Biology teachers can use this as practical application during units on cells and viruses. Challenge students to create a newspaper article about preventing the spread of disease using the Newspaper Clipping Generator.
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Sound Maps -- British Library - The British Library

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K to 12
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Find over 50,000 sounds of music, nature sounds, spoken words/poetry and human environments. Click dots on a map to see the location and play the sound. Search by keyword or ...more
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Find over 50,000 sounds of music, nature sounds, spoken words/poetry and human environments. Click dots on a map to see the location and play the sound. Search by keyword or by category and save to your playlist for future use once you create a free account.

tag(s): cultures (110), multimedia (63), sounds (70)

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This site is a great addition to any world language, history, music, English, or science class. Use the oral history section to hear stories from Holocaust survivors. Listen to accents from around the world. Have you ever wanted to know what a cicada sounds like? Use the recordings from the nature and environment section. Science and music teachers can use the site to show how sound waves look. Use the site to demonstrate how to create an oral history. Then have cooperative learning groups create podcasts demonstrating their understanding of a particular topic you are studying. Use a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here). In world language classes, have students explore locations to learn more about the sound of that country. Then have them create a recording that uses recorded sounds as background to their own spoken words in their new language.

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SciStarter - Science for Citizens LLC

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5 to 12
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Find citizen science projects that are available for students. Scientists contribute project ideas. Science teachers register and can sign up for email newsletters describing the projects....more
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Find citizen science projects that are available for students. Scientists contribute project ideas. Science teachers register and can sign up for email newsletters describing the projects. Example projects include: EyeWire (participants "reconstruct the tree-like shapes of the neurons in the retina to help the computer develop 3-D reconstructions of the neurons"), WaterIsotopes "(a call for assistance in collecting samples of precipitation - both rain and snow associated with the passage of Hurricane Sandy"), the Baby Laughter Project, and Citizen Weather Watcher Observer Program. Topics range from weather to birds to medicine to sound. Rather than focusing on teachingcontent, the activities focus on using scientific communities to connect and immerse students in the science.
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Find a great project for your students to participate in, entering data and looking at the results. Search by activity or topic to find a project geared towards your students age range, curriculum, and ability to complete. Have students make a multimedia presentation about one of the "projects" using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.

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ESA Space for Europe - European Space Agency

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4 to 12
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Find great images, links, and articles about the sun and space on this European site. View multimedia videos, high resolution images, animations, and downloads. Find additional resources...more
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Find great images, links, and articles about the sun and space on this European site. View multimedia videos, high resolution images, animations, and downloads. Find additional resources for further information about space missions. View and read related articles. Find current topics of focus in Astronomy such as recent and impending solar eclipses. The link "For Educators" is full of "ready to go" lesson ideas. There is also a link on the Educators' section to esaKIDS: designed with elementary students in mind. Most of this site is ideal for secondary students; however, parts of the Educators' area could be used with upper elementary students.
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tag(s): earth (232), solar system (121), space (218), sun (72)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Make a shortcut to this site on classroom computers and use it as a learning station. The text portions are challenging, so you should pair weaker readers with a partner as they research on this site. Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts demonstrating their understanding of one of the concepts. Use a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here). Have students create posters on paper or do it together online as a class using a tool such PicLits (reviewed here). Or use other online tools such as Padlet (reviewed here), PodOmatic (reviewed here).
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PictureSet - Special Education Technology British Columbia

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K to 12
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PictureSET is a collection of downloadable visuals to support receptive and expressive communication in the classroom, at home, and in the community. Choose from the main category titles:...more
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PictureSET is a collection of downloadable visuals to support receptive and expressive communication in the classroom, at home, and in the community. Choose from the main category titles: Young Adult, School, Community, Home, and others to access resources. Available resources include songs, posters, booklets, and stories. Print and save files using links included. Many of the collections were designed to meet specific needs such as articulation.

tag(s): dental health (23), holidays (151), hygiene (10), posters (40)

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Print posters from the site for classroom use for procedures such as bathroom routines, cleanup, teaching personal hygiene, etc. This is an excellent site to use with learning support, or even life skills students. Many parts of this site would be ideal to use in the ESL/ELL classroom. Special ed teachers looking for free communications materials will love the teacher-made options available here. You can aso share materials you create. World language teachers can use the images to create vocabulary challenges for students to narrate.
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Scoop.it! - Scoop.it Inc

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5 to 12
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Scoop.it considers itself a free "publishing-by-curation" tool on the web. You create a Scoop topic and add articles and websites to the topic. People who view your Scoop see...more
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Scoop.it considers itself a free "publishing-by-curation" tool on the web. You create a Scoop topic and add articles and websites to the topic. People who view your Scoop see what you want them to see. This is a way to deliver subject focused articles and information to a specific audience. Scoops can be shared through social media or using a widget to embed on your website.

tag(s): bookmarks (64)

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Create Scoops for projects so that students have a one stop shop to research. Create a Scoop with information and sites for students to use as a study guide. This also gives you some control over the information to which your students are exposed. Have students sign up for their own free account. Students could use this as a working bibliography of the resources they use for research, posters, and presentations for all classes. Assign students to create a collection of online literature about a specific topic as an assignment. Have students use the "add your insight" text box to provide a mini review of the articles.

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mailDiary - mailDiary.net

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3 to 12
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Check out this online journal with a twist. Each day the site sends an email with questions about your day to prompt you to write. Respond to the email with ...more
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Check out this online journal with a twist. Each day the site sends an email with questions about your day to prompt you to write. Respond to the email with your entry for automatic posting. Images can also be added to entries. Personalize the site using your choice of color and fonts. View entries as a PDF for easy printing as desired. Register with an email and unique name for your diary.

tag(s): creative writing (171), journals (22), writing prompts (95)

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Create a diary with a message to your students each day. Have students keep a diary of their first week at school. They can re-read this at the end of the school year. Have students keep a diary of a famous person for a character in a story that you have been reading in class. Ask students to write a diary about a picture that you have sent to them. Have students write diary entries from the point of view of soldiers, presidents, scientists, and more. Prompt a giving diary during the holiday season with students writing about what they GAVE to someone else each day.

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