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NASA Online - knowitall.org

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3 to 9
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NASA Online provides award-winning videos and interactives promoting STEM learning corresponding to the TV series for children, The NASA SciFiles. Each video program is accompanied...more
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NASA Online provides award-winning videos and interactives promoting STEM learning corresponding to the TV series for children, The NASA SciFiles. Each video program is accompanied with a web component, which reinforces and extends the instructional objectives and establishes a connection between the math, science, and technology concepts taught in the classroom and the math, science, and technology used everyday by NASA researchers. Choose from interactive math and science activities or view video excerpts from the series. Topics include basic concepts such as electricity, geometry, and sound. Click the NASA SciFiles to find teaching resources.

tag(s): atmosphere (29), charts and graphs (196), electricity (90), hurricanes (40), light (49), matter (60), nasa (39), ratios (56), sound (105), STEM (151)

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Take advantage of these entertaining videos to introduce science concepts. Share interactives on classroom computers or embed on your class web page for students to use at home. After exploring videos and interactives on the site, have students create a multimedia presentation using Voicethread, reviewed here. This site allows users to narrate a picture. Challenge students to find a photo (legally permitted to be reproduced), and then narrate the photo as if it is a news report.

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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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K to 12
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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 (27)

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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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5 to 12
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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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K to 12
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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.

tag(s): professional development (133)

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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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Exploratorium - Exploratorium

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4 to 12
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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!

tag(s): atmosphere (29), colors (80), earth (231), electricity (90), energy (203), geology (82), light (49), magnetism (37), matter (60), motion (61), oceans (154), optical illusions (13), optics (15), sound (105), space (217), STEM (151), temperature (31), time (140), water (130)

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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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Aurasma - Aurasma

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6 to 12
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Intrigued about Augmented Reality? Use this augmented reality application to overlay any image or video over top of an image uploaded from your computer. The next step is to upload...more
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Intrigued about Augmented Reality? Use this augmented reality application to overlay any image or video over top of an image uploaded from your computer. The next step is to upload the video you want to include as the overlay. Save and share your Aura using the links provided. Demo tutorials on this provide additional information for creating and sharing Auras.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (170), images (275)

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Use this tool for Word Walls, overlaying images of the words or videos showing the words in action when they are scanned. Create overlays of diagrammed pictures, revealing more information for each of the elements labeled. For example, add more information about parts of the human body, elements in the periodic table, works of various artists/musicians, or battles in a war. Create an interactive journal or newspaper with simple headlines. For example, create a headline of "School play a definite smash!" and overlay a video of the play using the app. Create a poster of school rules or laboratory safety. Consider assigning groups of students the task of acting out the rules to overlay on the interactive poster. As students work towards completing material for a class, create video words of encouragement or advice to play at key points of the assignment. Or, add additional information at various points, inspired by past or present student questions about how the information relates to life. Bring the outside world in by taking videos of professionals to play when reading stories in class.

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OK2Ask: Make Magic with Mix - TeachersFirst

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6 to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from March 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Create powerful, engaging, and interactive presentations using the latest...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from March 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Create powerful, engaging, and interactive presentations using the latest Microsoft Office add-in for PowerPoint -- Office Mix. Learn to use Office Mix for recording video, screen capturing, adding annotations, making interactive questions and assessments, sharing online, and data analytics. You can easily Flip your classroom with Mix while tracking students' understanding. Remember, it's OK2Ask'®. This session is for teachers at INTERMEDIATE technology comfort levels. As a result of this session teachers will: (1) Learn the basic functions of Microsoft Mix; (2) Explore three different ways to use Microsoft Mix in the classroom; and (3) Plan for the use of Microsoft Mix in the classroom.

Note: You must attend this session on a laptop or desktop computer that has a full version of Microsoft PowerPoint installed. Additionally, participants MUST download and install the free Office Mix add-in before the session. You will not be able to CREATE Office Mix learning objects on an Android or Apple tablet or via Office 365. You can access and use them on those devices but not create them.

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

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K to 12
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Schedule your tweets to send at any time with Twuffer. This Twitter management tool allows users to write tweets then schedule them to go out at a later date. Just ...more
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Schedule your tweets to send at any time with Twuffer. This Twitter management tool allows users to write tweets then schedule them to go out at a later date. Just create an account and click to schedule a tweet. Include any links or images as desired and select a date and time. Once you select "schedule," your tweet will be posted at your desired time. If you make a mistake, delete any scheduled tweets anytime before they post. The free version of Twuffer allows up to 50 scheduled tweets per month.
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tag(s): chat (53), classroom management (148), microblogging (41), PLN (6), social networking (112), twitter (43)

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Twuffer is perfect for all busy teachers trying to manage classroom duties and social media. Prepare and schedule tweets with reminders for project due dates, homework assignments, and more at your convenience. If you have reoccurring events, set up tweets in advance for these reminders. Timing is everything! Schedule tweets to be sent at several times throughout the day to make sure all users see your posts. Share with students who use Twitter with class assignments.
 

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Highly - Highly Inc.

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K to 12
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Highly is an extension for use on iPhones, iPads, Chrome, and Safari to highlight anything on the web. After downloading, highlight any content to save or share with others through...more
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Highly is an extension for use on iPhones, iPads, Chrome, and Safari to highlight anything on the web. After downloading, highlight any content to save or share with others through email or messaging apps. Recipients don't need to have Highly to view the highlighted content. Highlights save to the cloud for access at any time. Registration isn't required to download and use this extension; however, free email registration allows users to create unlimited highlights, follow friends, and more.
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tag(s): bookmarks (64), organizational skills (128), professional development (133), social networking (112)

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Use Highly to collect and organize information for lessons throughout the year. Share with older students (age 13+) -- if school policies permit -- to use when collaborating on projects or as a resource for gathering and organizing information for year end review. Create highlights and share the link on the classroom web page. Have students add their own notes and thoughts and then share the finished project on a projector or an interactive whiteboard. Highly provides opportunities for limitless collaboration and sharing of information from across the web, not only with your class but with others around the world!

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Asana - Dustin Moskovitz and Justin Rosenstein

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K to 12
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Asana is an easy to use tool for organizing projects and tasks as a team or group. Register with your work email address to be connected as a team. If ...more
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Asana is an easy to use tool for organizing projects and tasks as a team or group. Register with your work email address to be connected as a team. If you don't have a work email, no problem, use your regular email address. Once registered, create a project and divide into tasks. Assign tasks to team members and set due dates. Follow updates and progress in real time. Free accounts offer unlimited tasks and projects for up to 15 team members.
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tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (170), organizational skills (128)

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Create an account to use with students as a tool for organizing and collaborating on group projects. Asana makes it easy for all users to view overall progress on each task. Use Asana to help students remain on track with project deadlines; encourage older students to create their own account and set up groups for projects. Use this tool to collaborate with colleagues for use with professional projects such as unit planning and long-term scheduling.

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Rambox - Ramiro Saenz

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K to 12
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Rambox is a free download for organizing online messaging services into one convenient place. This service allows access to several services in one place and also offers the availability...more
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Rambox is a free download for organizing online messaging services into one convenient place. This service allows access to several services in one place and also offers the availability of the included mobile apps onto your desktop computer. Some of the services include Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Google Hangouts, Voxer, Linkedin, Hootsuite, Tweetdeck, and much more. Not finding the service you need? Add it manually. Follow links to download Rambox onto your computer, then choose from provided services to enable them. Personalize each of the setting notifications to meet your needs.

tag(s): communication (5), organizational skills (128)

In the Classroom

Download Rambox to organize content into one location, and see everything at a glance. Rambox works well for busy people who receive communications from many different messaging applications.

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Animaker - Srinivasa Raghavan

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6 to 12
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Animaker is an easy to use animated video creation tool. Create an account to begin your video and choose a template to customize. Be sure to watch the tutorials before ...more
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Animaker is an easy to use animated video creation tool. Create an account to begin your video and choose a template to customize. Be sure to watch the tutorials before starting to learn all of the features included with Animaker. When complete, download a video to your computer or directly to YouTube or Facebook. Free accounts allow videos up to 2 minutes in length and five exports per month. The tutorials reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.
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tag(s): animation (65), creativity (118), movies (72), video (274)

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Use this tool easily in your Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) classroom since all students will be able to access it for free, no matter what device they have. Users need the basic understanding of how to create using this tool. Work together on your interactive whiteboard to create a class video before assigning to students. Use Animaker to make commercials, science fair previews, infographics, 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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Collabrify Suite - Intergalactic Mobile Learning Center

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K to 9
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Collabrify Suite is a set of five mobile apps for use in elementary and middle school collaborative learning situations. The apps include a spreadsheet, word processor, KWL tool, whiteboard,...more
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Collabrify Suite is a set of five mobile apps for use in elementary and middle school collaborative learning situations. The apps include a spreadsheet, word processor, KWL tool, whiteboard, and a mind mapping tool. Two or more students work together using their own devices to collaborate on any project either face to face or from a distance. In addition to the apps, Collabrify Suite also offers a few starter activities, called Roadmaps for download. Apps use Google logins and work best in Chrome, Firefox, and Safari browsers. The demonstration videos reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): collaboration (10), DAT device agnostic tool (170)

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Be sure to watch the videos on the homepage for an overview of the apps in action. Download Collabrify Suite for use in your class for any collaborative project. Ask students to work in small groups to draw landforms or the water cycle in science class, gather data and create a spreadsheet for math, work together to write a story summary or share information on a KWL before the start of a new unit.

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CoSpaces - Delightex GmbH

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4 to 12
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Build your own 3D spaces using CoSpaces, then view in virtual reality. Choose from the large library of items to include in your creation including characters and objects. To get ...more
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Build your own 3D spaces using CoSpaces, then view in virtual reality. Choose from the large library of items to include in your creation including characters and objects. To get a sense of how this works, visit the gallery to view creations built by CoSpace users. Register to create your account to start building your own 3D space. Be sure to visit the section for educators with many ideas on how to use CoSpaces in the classroom. Tutorials for CoSpaces reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): creativity (118), DAT device agnostic tool (170), digital storytelling (154)

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Recreate scenes from books or use CoSpaces to retell any story with 3D images. Encourage creativity and ask students to develop virtual exhibitions of artwork, animal habitats, or landforms. Have older students create infographics featuring data collections, for example comparing availability of Internet in different American towns.

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PingPong - gogopp.com

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PingPong is a free app creating an interactive network between a host and responders. Log in and create an account to begin, then share the room code with participants. Ask ...more
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PingPong is a free app creating an interactive network between a host and responders. Log in and create an account to begin, then share the room code with participants. Ask participants to share a response choosing from five different options: multiple choice questions with four or five choices, true/false, send text, or send an image. View responses in real-time as participants submit answers. PingPong is different from many other response systems because the host doesn't enter the questions and responses into the app.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (170), polls and surveys (55)

In the Classroom

Invite students to participate by giving them the class code - no sign-in or account required. Use in a 1:1 classroom, then have students provide feedback in real time to demonstrate understanding. Use as an exit slip, to identify material that needs to be retaught, or to locate specific students that need remediation. PingPong is perfect for use in Flipped classrooms as a quick assessment at the beginning of a flipped lesson.

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Beyondpad - Arturs Girons

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Beyondpad is an organizing tool on steroids! Use this tool to create templates to track time spent on any task, build checklists, take notes, and save online information. Add tags ...more
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Beyondpad is an organizing tool on steroids! Use this tool to create templates to track time spent on any task, build checklists, take notes, and save online information. Add tags to any item to unify and organize information. Upcoming features include images, calendars, and maps. Be sure to go into Beyondpad's Demo Mode for hands-on practice with all of the site's features. Beyondpad also includes apps for Chrome, Windows, and Firefox. The Demo Mode will not save your work unless you sign in with email and password or one of several social media accounts. At the time of this review there was one introduction video and it resides on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the video may not be viewable. You could always view it at home and bring it to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.
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tag(s): classroom management (148), note taking (39), organizational skills (128)

In the Classroom

Create a class account to organize information into one easy to access place. Spell out the use of the site and what is allowed and not allowed -- and the penalties. Even though all students have the same login, create different notebooks for different tasks that students can use to upload information to be shared by all. Create separate accounts for student groups who can then share their notebook with other groups. Use tags to easily find and identify specific information. Create checklists of steps in a project. Place all notes in one place, so you do not forget. Use this tool easily in a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) classroom since all students will be able to access it for free, no matter what device they have. It may take some time to learn all of Beyondpad's many features, start by adding basic information and find out more as you begin to use this tool.

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