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The Helpful Counselor - Heather Thomas

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K to 12
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The Helpful Counselor is the blog of a former school counselor turned elementary-school teacher. The entries feature ideas and tips for promoting social, emotional, and behavioral development....more
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The Helpful Counselor is the blog of a former school counselor turned elementary-school teacher. The entries feature ideas and tips for promoting social, emotional, and behavioral development. Scroll through current and previous posts to find classroom management strategies and tips (some based on current Disney movies), observation and counseling forms for download, and posters and coloring pages. The Disney movie clips reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, they 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 KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube. Although some of the links lead to the author's Teachers Pay Teachers page, there are many free resources worth checking out.
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tag(s): behavior (46), emotions (35), preK (279)

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Follow The Helpful Counselor's blog, Facebook, or Twitter accounts to receive notice of new posts to the site. Take advantage of the free materials available on the site to use in your classroom. Be sure to share information from the site with your school counselors and fellow educators.
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Brain Pump - brainpump.net

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6 to 12
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Learn something new every day with Brain Pump videos. Choose from the many topics including game design, history, science, math, technology, nature, business, casual science, and more...more
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Learn something new every day with Brain Pump videos. Choose from the many topics including game design, history, science, math, technology, nature, business, casual science, and more to view a random video about the topic. Not interested? No problem, click the next video link to watch another on the same subject. Sign up isn't necessary but allows you to "star" videos to find for later viewing. 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 KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.
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tag(s): business (58), critical thinking (108), earth (228), financial literacy (80), fish (24), human body (120), marine biology (33), natural resources (59), plants (144), psychology (64), rivers (21), space (205), spanish (108), video (253)

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Use the short videos found at Brain Pump to introduce content and assess prior knowledge. Create a link to videos, or embed them, on your class website for student viewing at home. Use a video tool such as EdPuzzle, reviewed here, or ComentBubble, reviewed here, to have students answer questions, from home, on the content of the video. Back in the classroom, have students talk in small groups about any video and their questions and ideas about the topic. Have the student groups share out the important questions and thoughts with the whole class. After the class discussion, have the students write a group response, either on paper or on your class blog or wiki. Completing a group response now, could evolve into students writing journal entries at home or during class about the topic of a video. These videos make powerful writing prompts. After viewing a few videos in this manner, you may want to have older students select videos they want to watch (or you can assign them) and have the students respond.

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Chalkup - Chalkup Corp.

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3 to 12
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Chalkup will be your "do everything" class management tool. Chalkup will do everything other learning management systems (LMS) do, and includes an emphasis on collaboration and student...more
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Chalkup will be your "do everything" class management tool. Chalkup will do everything other learning management systems (LMS) do, and includes an emphasis on collaboration and student voice. View the video "Guided Tours" to see all the features. An impressive one is the class chat where teachers and students engage in real time. Also, Chalkup is very Google Drive friendly. It converts Drive files into the Chalkup LMS to post and assign text, images, documents, AND embed any HTML object in an assignment (quizzes, polls, and more). Grading is easy, too. There are numerical grades, and it is also possible to create rubrics for a document, short answer, and essay grading. Find tools to markup student documents with highlights, discussion points, and more. Student accounts look much the same as the teacher account, so it is easy to help them get around in the beginning. Students have the additional feature of looking ahead at future assignments, AND students can create discussions and post questions so they can get help from other students or the teacher. Chalkup works with any browser and has a free iOS app.

tag(s): assessment (99), chat (51), classroom management (134), homework (44), multimedia (57)

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Project the student page for Chalkup on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Once students are on Chalkup, they can use a course code to become a member of your class. Use the class chat for discussions, brainstorming, informal assessment, and many other response system tasks. Consider using class discussion at student registration time and while showing the students around. This way they can ask questions about Chalkup features. You can also sign students up via email. For ESL/ELL classes and world languages, use this tool for assigning various vocabulary words and learning tenses of verbs. Assign vocabulary and explain any basic scientific concepts in science classes, or facts about historical periods in history classes. Lab partners can present their findings, and math students can demonstrate how they solved a problem. For English, post assignments about grammar rules, sentence structure, and other elements necessary for good writing. Since Chalkup is an interactive and collaborative program, have literature circles complete write ups, discussions, and final presentations about the book they are reading using Chalkup. Soon you will be able to group students within a class. For now, a potential solution could be to create separate assignments for each group. Label the assignments in the Title by group name, i.e., "[Group 1] Project" (or book title) so that students know which assignment belongs to their group.

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Groupting - Groupting

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K to 12
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Plan and organize any event with Groupting. Enter event details, including date and the location to begin a Ting. Continue following prompts to add items needed and invite participants...more
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Plan and organize any event with Groupting. Enter event details, including date and the location to begin a Ting. Continue following prompts to add items needed and invite participants directly with an email list or imported contacts from popular email hosts. Groupting sends invitations to all participants who then sign up online to attend or bring items. When the event date nears, Groupting sends reminders to attendees and a summary of information to you.

tag(s): classroom management (134), organizational skills (122)

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The possibilities for using Groupting are endless. Use this for planning parties, bringing in materials for projects, and any other activity that requires coordination. If you have limited technology availability, this is a great way for teachers or students to sign up for time slots to use laptops, iPads, cameras, or a podcast recording station. Go paperless with signups! Organize your parent/teacher conferences. Plan student research of class projects using this resource. Help students build organizational skills by having them "plan" a mythical (or actual) event such as a museum opening for their Famous Americans exhibit. Use this tool for any middle or high school club, career day, or sports team to organize their own events. Share with your school's parent organization to help them plan the next school event.

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Make It Memorable - NBC News

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4 to 12
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Explore this video collection of inspirational and heart-warming stories of people around the U.S. Choose from 20 short videos based on Bob Dotson's, (NBC National Correspondent for...more
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Explore this video collection of inspirational and heart-warming stories of people around the U.S. Choose from 20 short videos based on Bob Dotson's, (NBC National Correspondent for 40 years) book Make It Memorable. The diverse topics include such titles as 8th Grader Uses Bubble Wrap to Make Skin for Artificial Limbs, Secret Soldiers of World War II, Interview with Florence Owens Thompson, the Mona Lisa of the Dust Bowl, and seventeen other unusual and inspiring subjects. Although part of a larger pay for use site, this portion of it is free.
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tag(s): creative writing (166), creativity (109), disabilities (20), service projects (25), video (253)

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Share these clips as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Use videos from this site as the starting point for individual or group projects. Have students brainstorm or collect ideas about other inspirational or innovative subjects on a collaborative bulletin board like Scrumblr, reviewed here, or Lino, reviewed here. Both of these are quick starts with no membership required! Language arts teachers could use these short videos for writing prompts or story starters.
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STEAMed Magazine - Education Closet

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K to 12
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STEAMed is a FREE quarterly publication that provides countless ideas, explanations, lesson plans, videos, podcasts, and more. Some examples of topics include Painting With Pendulums...more
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STEAMed is a FREE quarterly publication that provides countless ideas, explanations, lesson plans, videos, podcasts, and more. Some examples of topics include Painting With Pendulums and Making Art with Robots (Art Bots). Both have links to a free video and free lesson plans. There are links to free lessons for Sound Sculpture and Soil Paintings, examples for Making Mental Maps, Architecture, Art and Math, and much more. This 45-page magazine has advertisements, but the ideas and freebies make it worth the effort to download it. From the landing page also find back issues, a link to more free lesson plans, and a Daily magazine. It is suggested you download the free quarterly magazine to your computer in PDF. Viewing online uses Flash, and in Chrome it was too small to read on the screen.
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tag(s): architecture (83), professional development (123), robotics (25), soil (17), STEM (134)

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Look at the back issues of STEAMed for different articles to see if you want to subscribe to STEAMed. Find ideas for incorporating art into science, technology, engineering, and math classes. Share with colleagues and at professional development meetings for any relevant ideas.
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Quiz Socket - Sven Kreiss

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2 to 12
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Use Quiz Socket to quickly get feedback or give assessments. Quiz Socket is so easy to use you can create a quiz on the spur of the moment. No registration ...more
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Use Quiz Socket to quickly get feedback or give assessments. Quiz Socket is so easy to use you can create a quiz on the spur of the moment. No registration is required. Click Create Quiz and get a code to give to participants. Participants enter the code and respond on the Quiz Socket site using any device. Ask multiple choice questions verbally or post them with a projector onto a screen or whiteboard.

tag(s): assessment (99), DAT device agnostic tool (196), quizzes (97)

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Quiz Socket is an excellent tool for checking prior knowledge or making a quick assessment. Use Quiz Socket for students to answer exit questions or to see what students remember from the previous day. Use for formative assessment to identify misconceptions that students may have at the start of a unit. ESL/ELL teachers could use this for vocabulary practice.

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TwistedWave - MediaHQ

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K to 12
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Create and edit audio recordings with the TwistedWave online editor. Use links to upload existing files from your computer, Google Drive, or Sound Cloud, or start a new document. Tools...more
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Create and edit audio recordings with the TwistedWave online editor. Use links to upload existing files from your computer, Google Drive, or Sound Cloud, or start a new document. Tools in the editor allow you to add effects, crop and cut, and much more. When finished, save the file to Google Drive or Sound Cloud. No account is necessary; however, free accounts can edit mono files up to 5 minutes long.

tag(s): editing (60)

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Use TwistedWave in early grades to promote literacy by recording students and creating an audio portfolio record of their reading. Use this tool with ESL/ELL students to practice fluency and hearing themselves speak. Record your class singing. Record compositions to share with parents on your website or blog. Record and edit sound for PowerPoint presentations. Use with a creative writing or digital storytelling project to record stories for selected images. Record speeches, create podcasts, record students learning world languages, create radio advertisements as part of a writing project, the ideas are endless!

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Eat: The Story of Food - National Geographic

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4 to 12
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Eat: The Story of Food is an accompaniment to the National Geographic series of the same title. Choose from six different categories to learn more about the evolution of food ...more
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Eat: The Story of Food is an accompaniment to the National Geographic series of the same title. Choose from six different categories to learn more about the evolution of food and eating habits. Scroll through to the bottom of each "course" to view videos, read short articles, and browse short slide show presentations. Easily share the entire site or individual sections using social networking share buttons.

tag(s): food chains (22), nutrition (154)

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This site is perfect for use on an interactive whiteboard or projector to explore the evolution of food together as a class. Use this site as the starting point for individual or group projects, have students explore on their own and choose a category for further exploration. Have students or groups collect additional ideas and findings using Padlet, reviewed here. The Padlet application creates free online bulletin boards.
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Happier - Nataly Kogan

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3 to 12
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Share positive moments and increase your happiness! Share by describing your happy moment, upload a picture (not required), and place it in categories you create, such as working out,...more
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Share positive moments and increase your happiness! Share by describing your happy moment, upload a picture (not required), and place it in categories you create, such as working out, family, and more. Click Share to share with others, including on Twitter or Facebook. Why use categories? If you are lacking motivation for working out, viewing your positive messages from before can definitely help! Connect with others and comment on their happy moments! Read helpful tips to center you on happiness, find mini-courses, and use daily reminders to increase your happiness. Read the many articles on your journey to a happier YOU! This site/app is easy to use with today's busy lives, and interactivity is grounded in actual science.

tag(s): mental health (26), psychology (64)

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With testing, social pressure, and the desire to do well, use Happier in class to celebrate the small steps and successes on which students should be focusing. Teach students to identify positives along the way, no matter what the test or situation's outcome. Consider asking what did you learn from the situation? Identify categories that encompass all of the student's lives and focus on finding happy moments in all areas. Be sure to use this yourself! Find the positives in every facet of your day building happiness day by day. Psychology and Sociology classes can use this as an experiment about happiness, collecting student or family data through the year.

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Learning Toolbox - James Madison University Special Education Program

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2 to 12
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The Learning Toolbox contains tools and resources for students, parents, and teachers for helping middle and high school students with learning difficulties. Choose from one of the...more
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The Learning Toolbox contains tools and resources for students, parents, and teachers for helping middle and high school students with learning difficulties. Choose from one of the three sections to begin as a student, parent, or teacher. Locate strategies for teaching and assessing students in the teacher portion of the site. Options for parents include information about teaching strategies as well as advocacy information for finding the best educational options for their student. Find tools for organization, test taking, and much more that offer help directly to students.

tag(s): note taking (32), organizational skills (122), reading comprehension (116), test prep (96)

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Although this site states it is for working with learning difficulties, much of the information offers support to all students. Use the tips found in the student section to help any student struggling with time management, organization, or comprehension. Share this site with parents as a resource for explicit directions on helping students who struggle with these issues.

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Multimedia Mania Project Checklist - MidLink Magazine

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5 to 12
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Do you need a checklist for students to use before submitting multimedia projects? This site provides a printable list (pdf) that covers several areas such as mechanics, documentation,...more
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Do you need a checklist for students to use before submitting multimedia projects? This site provides a printable list (pdf) that covers several areas such as mechanics, documentation, and quality of content. Check off each item on the list, multiply the weight, and come up with the total points.

tag(s): assessment (99), multimedia (57), rubrics (32)

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Use this checklist as it is or as a starting point for creating your own rubric for any project. Not sure how to build your own rubric? See Rubrics to the Rescue, here. Share with students when assigning any project and ask them to complete it and turn it in with the project when done. Create a link on your web page or blog so students (and parents) can access information from home. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools, reviewed here.
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Stupeflix Video Maker - Stupeflix.com

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Stupeflix is a video creation application. Create and post videos and photographs to impress others and push your production skills to new levels. Drag and drop your images into the...more
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Stupeflix is a video creation application. Create and post videos and photographs to impress others and push your production skills to new levels. Drag and drop your images into the appropriate sequence or import from Facebook, Instagram, and more. Easily add additional text or make edits. Add more than one audio clip to the creation (though there is only one soundtrack available); upload others from your computer. Choose from a variety of themes: Snowflakes, Scrapbook, Blueprint, and others. Follow the easy to use directions to create an amazing video! Share on Facebook, Twitter, email the URL, or copy the embed code.
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tag(s): images (265), movies (64), video (253)

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Create a video montage of images taken in the classroom. Use to show a process, explain an experiment, discuss data collected, create club or class movies about happenings throughout the year, and much more. Use this tool as a creative and easy alternative to boring slideshow presentations. Introduce the major points of a topic through images and added text. Use this site to make commercials, science fair previews, and animated shorts in any content area. Have students make "advertisements" for an organism or a literary character. Make a travel commercial for a country being studied or for cultural sites in a world language class. Be sure to share the presentations on your projector or interactive whiteboard.

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Digital Citizenship Toolkit - Microsoft

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3 to 12
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This free Toolkit from Microsoft is an excellent resource for high-quality materials to complement your Internet safety unit. Download PDFs and brochures about digital citizenship for...more
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This free Toolkit from Microsoft is an excellent resource for high-quality materials to complement your Internet safety unit. Download PDFs and brochures about digital citizenship for any age group. Find topics titled Digital Citizenship Begins with You Factsheet, Help Kids Stand Up to Online Bullying Brochure, DigiDucks Big Decision Book Sample, and more.

tag(s): digital citizenship (58), internet safety (108)

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Use the PDFs in your class or during professional development. Take advantage of the many free resources and ideas on this site. Bring some technology into the presentations by challenging small groups of students to transform the PDFs presentation into an interactive learning tool for younger students or their peers. Ask them to add questions, feedback, more images, etc. so the PDF becomes a student-created tutorial on an aspect of digital citizenship. Of course, students will be graded on the accuracy of their information as well as their creativity. Think of it as inverse teaching. Have students extract the information (with proper credit of course) and create their tutorial using ePubEditor, reviewed here, or Zeetings, reviewed here. Prepare a rubric before you start or use our Rubrics to the Rescue to find one that shares your expectations for this project.
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Five Myths - The Washington Post

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6 to 12
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Five Myths takes on everyday subjects and challenges widely held beliefs every time. For example, are panda bears really cuddly and gentle? Has technology really changed how we fight...more
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Five Myths takes on everyday subjects and challenges widely held beliefs every time. For example, are panda bears really cuddly and gentle? Has technology really changed how we fight wildfires? Each short article is written by a content expert and explores little-known facts to debunk commonly held beliefs.

tag(s): journalism (46), myths and legends (25)

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Share Five Myths on an interactive whiteboard or projector as an excellent starting point for lessons on the subjects included. Be sure to review comments on each section before sharing since they are unmoderated. After viewing the articles on this site, start a discussion about what students know about urban legends and Snopes. Have students research and find five myths for any topic, then create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here.

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Building STEAM with Dia Book LIsts - American Library Association

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1 to 8
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Find the ALA's STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) book lists for students birth to eighth grade with multicultural titles. The book lists are in printable PDF format....more
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Find the ALA's STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) book lists for students birth to eighth grade with multicultural titles. The book lists are in printable PDF format. Each list features a STEAM activity.

tag(s): book lists (126), STEM (134)

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Promote STEAM activities into the curriculum using books in language arts or science classes. Check with your site library to see if any of these books are available. If not, work with the librarian/media specialist to get them ordered for student and teacher use. Use at a faculty meeting to share resources. Attach the list to your class website for parents who would like enrichment books and activities. Make a file containing all the different ways teachers implemented STEAM ideas.
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GoConqr - ExamTime Ltd

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6 to 12
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GoConqr (formerly ExamTime) is a crowdsourcing site for uploading and sharing class notes, flashcards, quizzes, and more. Free membership offers you access to 3 subjects and 20 public...more
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GoConqr (formerly ExamTime) is a crowdsourcing site for uploading and sharing class notes, flashcards, quizzes, and more. Free membership offers you access to 3 subjects and 20 public resources. Sign up using your email account to begin using GoConqr's features. Be sure to watch the video tutorials for creating resources for your personal page. Use the search feature to find and access resources already designed and shared on the site. If your district blocks YouTube, they 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 KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): classroom management (134), flash cards (46), homework (44), mind map (25), quizzes (97), social networking (112), test prep (96)

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Share GoConqr with students to build and use study skills. Although an individual can use the site on their own, it is best to use it as a sharing site for study information. Encourage students to sign up and build a network of friends for creating and sharing resources. Learning support teachers and teachers of gifted-but-disorganized students will want to share the tools and encourage their students to create groups and collaborate with their peers. Have students create review activities and swap them with peers. Use this tool with colleagues to co-create materials to use with content units or materials to use for flipping the classroom. Use this tool for professional development.

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Siftr - David Gagnon & Shelby Copeland

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5 to 12
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Siftr is a social photo sharing site for students to post, tag, and describe their surroundings based on a teacher-directed prompt or activity. Explore already created Siftrs through...more
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Siftr is a social photo sharing site for students to post, tag, and describe their surroundings based on a teacher-directed prompt or activity. Explore already created Siftrs through a keyword search or browse through recent and popular activity. Create an account to begin your own Siftrs. Upload a picture with a brief description and tag with one of the five selected themes. Share Siftr with others to contribute their photos and observations, all tagged and uploaded to a map.

tag(s): images (265), maps (288), photography (160), social networking (112)

In the Classroom

Browse through Siftr for ideas on how others use this site for photo sharing in the classroom. Create Siftrs to demonstrate different stages of plant growth, identify landforms around the world, inspire creative writing, or share items that can be recycled. The possibilities are endless!

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Odyssey - CartoDB

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Build interactive, map-based stories without coding skills using the Odyssey open source library. Click Create Story to begin and follow the prompts to choose a template for slides,...more
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Build interactive, map-based stories without coding skills using the Odyssey open source library. Click Create Story to begin and follow the prompts to choose a template for slides, scrolling, or an animated story template. Add story content, images, links, and more within the "sandbox." When finished, publish directly to GetHub, download, or share as iFrame to embed directly into your blog or website.

tag(s): digital storytelling (142), gamification (65), images (265), interactive stories (32), maps (288)

In the Classroom

Most users will find a bit of a learning curve to working with Odyssey, click on the three bars on the left top of the home page to find the Quick Start Guide tutorial for using the site. Share this site with tech-savvy students so that they can become experts and help others become familiar with using the site. Use Odyssey for creating map-based stories based on works of literature, important events in history, or mapping scientific discoveries. Odyssey is perfect for use with gifted students when creating multimedia presentations.

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Mysteries of the Brain - NBC Learn

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Discover the latest research into the mysteries of the brain with these eight videos from NBC Learn. These 5-minute videos explore topics such as the evolving brain, the emotional brain,...more
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Discover the latest research into the mysteries of the brain with these eight videos from NBC Learn. These 5-minute videos explore topics such as the evolving brain, the emotional brain, and building a brain. Click on the transcript bar of each video to view the written text. Be sure to visit the site at a later time for upcoming lesson plans provided by the National Science Teachers Association.
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tag(s): brain (72), human body (120)

In the Classroom

Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on the brain on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Divide students into cooperative learning groups to explore the site. Have each group choose a video to use as a launching pad for further study. Have students create an annotated image, including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here.
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