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Mightybell - Gina Bianchini

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9 to 12
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Mightybell connects people based upon their passions and interests. Mightybell brings together People, Content (including photos), Conversations, and Events. Login using Facebook, LinkedIn,...more
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Mightybell connects people based upon their passions and interests. Mightybell brings together People, Content (including photos), Conversations, and Events. Login using Facebook, LinkedIn, or email. Create a community that reflects your specific interests. Within the community, create specific circles for topics within your interest. Live chat and content are easily viewed on the screen. Create an invitation-only private space or a public community. Posts of members can be edited or deleted by the space creators. (Co-creators can also be added to share the responsibility.) You can determine the frequency of email received. This tool archives all conversations and content for access by those in the community or circle. You must be 13 to use this site. If you are under 18, you need the permission of a parent or guardian to use it.

tag(s): social networking (112)

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Use Mightybell to begin communities that reflect student interests. For example, create a Photography community with various circles within the community such as Black and White, Digital, Landscape, etc. Create private communities for almost every subject for students who have passions for Literature, Science, History, Food and Cooking, Art, and more. Use to develop research projects or student portfolios with circles of students and teachers offering critiques and feedback. Create literature circles, book clubs, a writers' community, and even specific clubs within the school. 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. Load resources into the community and create circles for the various discussions of professional development. Presenting at a conference? Use this resource to share presenter materials and continue the discussion after the presentation.

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Build with Chrome - Google Chrome and LEGO

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K to 12
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A worldwide virtual LEGO playground, Build with Chrome offers online LEGO bricks to capture your creativity. Jump right in or take some lessons in the Build Academy from master...more
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A worldwide virtual LEGO playground, Build with Chrome offers online LEGO bricks to capture your creativity. Jump right in or take some lessons in the Build Academy from master builder, Vitruvius. Vitruvius guides you through a series of increasingly complex tasks as you unlock more bricks along the way. You must sign in to Google Chrome to publish your completed projects. You will also receive a URL to share your creation! If you do not have a Chrome account, you can take screenshots of the different views to save what you built. Explore other builds through a clickable Google Map. Choose a plot anywhere in the world to build! At the time of this review, Build with Chrome works only on the Chrome web browser and up-to-date Firefox browsers. It also works well on Android mobile devices. iOS mobile devices using the Chrome Browser do NOT support Build with Chrome. (Apple and Google are in competition, remember.) Piece together your ideas using Build with Chrome's collection of colorful bricks.

tag(s): architecture (83), creative writing (166), creativity (109), engineering (125), geometric shapes (163), structures (24), tessellations (6)

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Allow your students to explore a virtual LEGO playground without having to keep the plastic bins organized! Create a whole class account if your students do not have their own emails or use the Gmail sub account trick explained here. Challenge them to see how large a building they can build with only a limited number of bricks. Have your students build two dimensional tessellations or something that represents a geometric shape. Teach basic math concepts such as volume or multiplication by counting brick units. Your students can select a place in the world to build and research the architectural designs associated with that location. Challenge your students to build a design to fit that geographic environment. Encourage your students to locate and research different historical monuments or buildings around the world and recreate them using the virtual LEGO bricks. Have your students research the ecology and climate of where they are building. Your students can construct creations for humans or animals that live in that ecosystem. Integrate writing with your students Build with Chrome creations. Have them write descriptions and explanations of their designs. Your students can also write stories about events that may have occurred at the building they created. Assign your students different regions around the world and challenge them to build a cultural center for the area. Use the Google Maps interface to travel around the world as students use Swipe, reviewed here, to present information of their Build with Chrome building and the culture. Create your own town with the buildings created by your students. Create a newspaper for your town using a site such as Zinepal, reviewed here. Click to "Start with a blank e-Book." This is a great tool for cross-grade activities in a gifted program or sharing among students in several schools.

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This is a great idea. My school has a lego club and this would be great for the students. Lorraine, VA, Grades: 1 - 3

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ArtsAlive.ca Music - National Art Centre

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K to 8
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Tempt your musical taste buds with this engaging and eclectic site. Take a virtual tour of all of the instruments in the orchestra. Try your hand at creating your own ...more
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Tempt your musical taste buds with this engaging and eclectic site. Take a virtual tour of all of the instruments in the orchestra. Try your hand at creating your own composition (and listen to the recording). Listen to audio and video clips of many famous composers and compositions. View an interactive timeline and additional information about composers such as Vivaldi, Mozart, Beethoven, and others. There is even an Instrument Lab to explore. The Activities and Games link includes "Name the Instrument," "Name the Composer," and "Compose Music." Don't miss the FREE teacher resource kits (just click on the link for Teachers). There is also a link for parents full of musical information. At the time of this review some of the audio clips were not working properly, however nearly all other activities, interactives, and videos were working fine.

tag(s): composers (21), music theory (42), musical instruments (48), musical notation (35), sound (100)

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Use this one-stop music shop to entice your students. Start with the Teachers Guide or a visit to the Music Resources. With younger students, demonstrate how to use the "Activities and Games" on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Use these same three activities in your BYOD music class. Be sure students share any music they compose. If you are doing a unit on music history, composers, or instruments - use this tool as a reference. Use this with younger students during a science unit on sound. Share this site with your gifted students who are interested in music. Challenge students to explore a specific composer (over 15 are highlighted). Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here or Venngage reviewed here. Record students' musical compositions using Dragontape, reviewed here.
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Nature Soundmap - Wild Ambience

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K to 12
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Immerse yourself in soundscapes from around the world! Soundscapes feature recordings of bird songs, frogs, insects, hippos in a pool, and more. Hover over the location points to view...more
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Immerse yourself in soundscapes from around the world! Soundscapes feature recordings of bird songs, frogs, insects, hippos in a pool, and more. Hover over the location points to view the title. Choose one of the locations on the World map to view information about the nature of the recording, a picture of the organism featured, a link to the recordist and videos, and a "Listen" button to play the recording. Move around the map as you would in Google Maps, (reviewed here). Zoom in and out to see locations all around the world.

tag(s): animals (276), biomes (116), cultures (105), environment (317), habitats (84), plants (144), sounds (68)

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Use this resource when discussing various animal units or a unit on behavior. When discussing a country or culture in history, consider playing various soundscapes to identify with the culture. Be sure to provide this link for students when reporting on a culture in front of the class. Students can play the soundscapes while presenting information on the culture (turn up your speakers!). Compare different types of animals around the world. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here) to compare two different types of animals. Students can brainstorm similarities and differences and follow this activity with research into the various species. In lower grades, play soundscapes during classroom read-alouds about the animals or places in the recording. Make the Soundscapes site a listening/writing center in your elementary science classroom and ask your young scientists to describe what they hear as they learn about making observations as scientists.

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Image Atlas - Taryn Simon and Aaron Swartz

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5 to 12
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Use Image Atlas to search images from several countries instantly! Click the words "Atlas selection" to checkbox the countries you want from among several dozen. Enter the image search...more
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Use Image Atlas to search images from several countries instantly! Click the words "Atlas selection" to checkbox the countries you want from among several dozen. Enter the image search term and choose to either sort them alphabetically or by GDP. For example, search the word "beauty" to view the differences in images of beauty in a variety of countries. Try "home" to see different homes or "lunch" to see differing foods. Try "school" or "teacher" to see how differently they are portrayed (or are they?). Click on each image to view the article from which the image originates. Some of this content may not be appropriate for the classroom. You may want to preview search results, before you share them. Or better yet, complete the searching together with a student or class.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (115), images (265), photography (160)

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Use this tool to compare images that portray words you have searched and hypothesize about cultural differences. GO beyond the images to compare the articles that contain the images. This tool would be especially relevant in social studies, health, and other subjects where a difference in meaning across the world can be discussed. This tool may be useful if doing reports on countries. If you are allowing older students to search on their own, be sure to set firm guidelines/rules ahead of time! As with ANY image search, it all depends on the terms you enter!

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Machu Picchu Virtual Tour - Machu Picchu Virtual Tours

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8 to 12
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Experience Machu Picchu with this 360 degree virtual tour. Begin with a short introduction to the history of Machu Picchu. Tour the 32 different vantage points (interactive 360 degree...more
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Experience Machu Picchu with this 360 degree virtual tour. Begin with a short introduction to the history of Machu Picchu. Tour the 32 different vantage points (interactive 360 degree images) to enjoy your tour. Explore incredible panoramic views from different angles such as the subterranean path all the way up to the highest point of the Citadel. Control the screen on your own to move images up, down, and in different directions. Click to allow the view to rotate on its own. You will feel like you are really there!

tag(s): architecture (83), explorers (61), peru (6), south america (39), virtual field trips (48)

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Include this Machu Picchu Virtual Tour with your study of South America, Incas, or early explorers. Take a virtual field trip to this historic site from the comfort of your classroom. Have students use Fakebook (reviewed here) to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about one of the earlier settlers of Machu Picchu.
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Kickboard for Teachers - Kickboard

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K to 12
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Kickboard for Teachers is an online grade book that includes features to track student behavior, facilitate parent communication, and to identify trends in student responses. It offers...more
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Kickboard for Teachers is an online grade book that includes features to track student behavior, facilitate parent communication, and to identify trends in student responses. It offers the ability to correlate assessments to specific skills or standards including state and Common Core standards. Use features in Kickboard to personalize reward and consequence systems to meet individual needs. View snapshots of individual students showing overall performance on a group of skills as well as comparisons to group performance. Class setup and data input is quick and easy. Information is automatically backed up and saved. View an introductory video before starting to use this site.

tag(s): assessment (99), classroom management (134), data (148)

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Up to three teachers in an individual school may use Kickboard for free. Use Kickboard to collaborate and share data with other teachers for a particular class or group of students. This would be especially helpful for collaborating between learning support and regular classroom teachers when using a behavior plan. Share Kickboard information with parents as part of your ongoing communication process. Use Kickboard to collect and gather information for IEP and other intervention and data collection meetings. Track student behavior for positive reinforcement or discipline purposes. This versatile tool has many possibilities.

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Here There Everywhere- News for Kids - Claudia David Heitler - News for Kids, Inc.

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4 to 10
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Find news features on current events, politics, space, weather, sports, and more. This would be useful in any classroom where a "knowledge of the now" is a focus. At the ...more
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Find news features on current events, politics, space, weather, sports, and more. This would be useful in any classroom where a "knowledge of the now" is a focus. At the time of this review some of the specific topics included granting a wish to a terminally ill young child, remembering JFK 50 years after his assassination, a football game honoring a special needs student, the discovery of new planets, and much more. Subscribe to their newsletter to receive updates on new articles. For an interesting discussion about who writes these news stories, take a look at "About." The site creator used to be a producer for the Today Show!

tag(s): news (261)

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Use this site as a resource for current events. The reading level of the stories is generally upper elementary, but the topics are of interest through high school. These short articles would be great for practice with informational texts. Keep this site as part of a list for students to access, including weaker readers and ESL/ELL students who can use the videos to aid understanding. Have students research whats going on via this news site, and present a small presentation at the beginning of class. Students can either present orally or, for the technologically inclined, create a short video summarizing the same information. Consider using a bookmark site such as Diigo, reviewed here, to share newsworthy items that correlate with your class curriculum.

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J. Paul Getty Museum - Khan Academy - J. Paul Getty Museum

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4 to 12
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The J. Paul Getty Museum has curated a special section for the Khan Academy video library reviewed here sharing many different kinds of art featured...more
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The J. Paul Getty Museum has curated a special section for the Khan Academy video library reviewed here sharing many different kinds of art featured within the museum. View close to 100 different videos on art topics such as photographs, paintings, and art conservation. One section focuses on art videos just for kids with discussions on important art pieces. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos 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): art history (69), artists (75), drawing (78), photography (160)

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Display and use these short videos on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to introduce art to students. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos based on other famous works of art (or their own artwork) and share them on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here. Work together with your school's art teacher on a collaborative project with student writing scripts about art. Have older students explore areas of this site to find artwork from the time period they are studying in Social Studies classes or from a culture they are learning about in world language class. Why not have students create multimedia presentations about the style of art from specific time periods using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. Use artwork videos as one of several choices for writing prompts in your English class. Students could write about the importance of art to a culture and use the video as an example to focus on.
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Flippity - Flippity.net

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6 to 12
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Easily create flashcards from Google spreadsheet data using Flippity. Simple directions offer clear instruction about downloading the template and entering data terms. Publish data...more
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Easily create flashcards from Google spreadsheet data using Flippity. Simple directions offer clear instruction about downloading the template and entering data terms. Publish data and receive the url for viewing and sharing your flashcard set. Completed sets offer options for viewing either side of cards, moving through the set, and reloading/reshuffling the set. While registration is not required for this tool, you do need a Google account. Flippity also offers several other activities you may find useful such as Quiz Show, Spelling Words, Mad Lib, Badge Tracker, and others.

tag(s): flash cards (46), game based learning (103), quiz (85), quizzes (97), test prep (96), vocabulary (324), vocabulary development (126)

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This is a fantastic tool for vocabulary development in any subject area! Create flashcards for your classes or have them make their own using individual or a whole class Google account. Use them as an introduction to a concept, then again in the practice of the concept, and again as a final review. It is a nice three-for-one deal! Use with science terms or for standardized test preparation. Have students create flashcards and share with each other to quiz themselves within their own groups. Encourage students in upper grades to create their own spreadsheet and flash card sets. Show them how to carefully read through their classroom notes and underline the most important word or words in a sentence. Then have them leave out the most important words for their flashcards. Learning support teachers might want to have small groups create cards together to review before tests. Have students create flash card sets to "test" classmates on what they "teach" in oral reports. Create and collect sets of vocabulary cards for your world language or ESL/ELL classes.

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Delivr - delivr.com

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K to 12
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Delivr combines a URL shortening/tracking service with a QR-Code generator to easily share web-based information such as links to videos or web sites. Copy/paste any url into the bar....more
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Delivr combines a URL shortening/tracking service with a QR-Code generator to easily share web-based information such as links to videos or web sites. Copy/paste any url into the bar. Use the drop-down menu for sources such as YouTube or Flickr; then press enter to shorten the url and share. Share options include Facebook, Twitter, or as a QR code to save in several different formats. Free sign-up offers additional options such as an account dashboard that allows you to manage campaigns, produce reports, and download QR codes. The FREE plan requires email registration and allows 25 "active campaigns" or services for one user.
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tag(s): qr codes (21)

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Use Delivr to shorten and share any long url. If you have a BYOD or 1:1 classroom with mobile devices, be sure they include free QR reader apps to open the codes you create. Create a QR code that directs to your class site or blog and include it on handouts for Back to School night. Create a QR code scavenger hunt for students, making a webquest or research project more engaging. Add QR codes to documents for students to access a key or information to check their answers to questions. Expand knowledge of a topic by adding a QR code to a site that goes beyond the textbook. Create a data chart accessible via a QR code. Students can easily access the data and manipulate the information. Have students create a book trailer or review and affix a QR code to the outside of the book. (Students may be more apt to read a book that has been reviewed by another student.) Make a display completely interactive with a QR code that describes the assignment, the process, the research, student's reactions and more! Add extra help information to any assignment that asks students to solve problems. Create an online help tutorial accessible via a QR code, and place the code beside a similar problem. Even non-readers can use QR codes that lead to images or videos. Link directly to a Google Map. Place QR code contact information for you and your school on contact cards to give to parents. Attach QR codes to physical objects around the room to provide information about the object. Place the links in a newsletter using QR codes instead of a series of words that need to be typed.

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Comic Creator - Boys' Life

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K to 4
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Create simple cartoons using the Comic Creator. The limited number of characters makes this easy to use for a beginner. Choose from the two main characters, Pee Wee or Pedro. ...more
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Create simple cartoons using the Comic Creator. The limited number of characters makes this easy to use for a beginner. Choose from the two main characters, Pee Wee or Pedro. Add one of the few other characters (all characters are boys). Change the background, add text, or include objects. Choose from a single slide format or a three picture cartoon. Print completed comics using the print button. If you want more character options, you may want to try this simple comic creator, as well.

tag(s): comics and cartoons (74), digital storytelling (142), emotions (35)

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Use comics to show sequencing of events. When studying characterization, create a dialog to show (not tell) about a character. To have options for female characters, you also may want to offer the choice of using this other comic creator. Use the dialog box (bubbles) to explain the sequence of a story, a science concept, or school news! Why not use the comic strips for conflict resolution or other guidance issues (such as bullying). Emotional support and autistic support teachers can work with students to create strips about appropriate interpersonal responses and/or feelings. Sometimes it is easier for students to write it down (or create pictures) than use the actual words. World language and ESL/ELL teachers can assign students to create dialog strips as an alternate to traditional written assessments.

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Mighty Book - Mighty Book

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K to 3
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Engage young children in this colorful site, packed with songs, interactive books, art and music interactives, and emergent reading activities. Reaching a wide range of grades, this...more
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Engage young children in this colorful site, packed with songs, interactive books, art and music interactives, and emergent reading activities. Reaching a wide range of grades, this site offers over 50 different engaging activities. Visit the stories made by children. The free part of this site includes a great variety of topics: Boston Tea Party, alphabet, making mistakes, metamorphosis, Mars, a variety of popular children's songs, nouns, upper case and lower case, Beatrix Potter, jokes, Bach & Van Gogh, Mona and Beethoven, and much more! Some of the activities are also available in Spanish. There are extensive advertisements, so adults will need to help guide children away from them!
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tag(s): alphabet (92), independent reading (126), preK (279), sight words (37), songs (52)

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Introduce Mighty Book on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Use this site for learning as a whole group, learning centers, or individual laptops for reinforcement or enrichment. Since there are extensive ads, you may want to bookmark or create shortcuts directly to the activity you want children to use and avoid having them get "lost" in the many links that take you off the site. Share the songs and discuss the lyrics and what they are teaching. Use this site in art class to introduce famous artists to even the youngest of learners. After listening to the jokes, have students make up their own jokes. Poems with activities offer a kinesthetic approach to poetry. Songs about colors and the days of the week catch your auditory learners. Share this link on your class website for students to explore (and enjoy) both in and out of the classroom.
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HapYak Interactive Video - HapYak

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3 to 12
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Take any video to the next level by adding interactive content such as links, quizzes, drawings and more. Add chapters to videos over two minutes in length for viewers to ...more
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Take any video to the next level by adding interactive content such as links, quizzes, drawings and more. Add chapters to videos over two minutes in length for viewers to jump directly to important content. Sign up using your email and a password to begin creating content on any video. Follow the step by step directions for adding your video link and title. Videos can be located on any public site such as YouTube or Vimeo. Once the video is available, use links at the bottom of the screen to draw, add images from a url or your computer, create a quiz and more. When finished, share using the url provided or the embed code. The FREE plan includes 20 public videos and 1 author. All other features are the same (or very similar) to the paid plans.
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tag(s): quizzes (97), video (253)

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Create videos for your students or have older students create videos to share with others (using a teacher-controlled email registration). Read tips for safely managing email registrations here. Tag key points at which students might have questions. At those points insert tags that reveal clarifying information from another video, a web page, an image, or an audio recording. If using student-created videos or having students create the HapYak video, check your school policy about sharing student work on the Internet. If using with students, be sure to discuss appropriate/inappropriate annotations to make on videos. Also discuss the fact that you are using someone else's video and should give proper credit for it. Embed annotated videos in your class wiki for the class to find them easily. Projects students could make include a cultural tour of a country, a detailed biography, or an author study to play in the library/media center.

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Calendly - calendly.com

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K to 12
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Calendly is an appointment scheduling tool that syncs with your Google Calendar. Sign in with your Google login and set up scheduling pages with your availability preferences. Choose...more
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Calendly is an appointment scheduling tool that syncs with your Google Calendar. Sign in with your Google login and set up scheduling pages with your availability preferences. Choose from several options for length of appointments. Next, describe your event and even add additional questions for invitees if desired. Advanced options allow for making events public, limiting the number of participants, and minimizing schedule notice time. You can add buffer time before and after appointments. Share the link with anyone needing to schedule an appointment with you. They simply visit your calendar to schedule an appointment, and it appears automatically on your calendar. Invitees receive a confirmation screen upon completion of scheduling that includes a link to add the event to their own calendar.

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Use Calendly to schedule parent or student conferences that meet mutual scheduling needs. Create events for professional development sessions. Have participants choose a time for attending or presenting at sessions. Share with your school's Parent Teacher Organization as an excellent scheduling tool for any event. Link this up with your Google Calendar and save time, emails, phone calls, and more!

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Science of NHL Hockey - NBC Learn

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6 to 12
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Explore the science and math behind the sport of Ice Hockey with these 10 videos offered by NBC Learn. Topics include Hockey Geometry, Science of NHL Hockey: Kinematics, Science of...more
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Explore the science and math behind the sport of Ice Hockey with these 10 videos offered by NBC Learn. Topics include Hockey Geometry, Science of NHL Hockey: Kinematics, Science of NHL Hockey: Newton's Three Laws of Motion, Science of NHL Hockey: Force, Impulse & Collisions and more. Videos are approximately 5-10 minutes in length and include lessons related to the video topic along with a transcript. Lessons are for grades 5-8 or 9-12. Although part of a larger site that charges for access, these videos and lessons are all free.
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tag(s): angles (88), density (20), energy (197), geometric shapes (163), mass (23), motion (58), sports (96), statistics (122), vectors (25), volume (45)

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View videos on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) as an introduction to any of the science or math topics included. Challenge students to find examples in other sports of concepts introduced. Use portions of included lesson plans as extension activities. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here or Venngage reviewed here.
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Flipboard - Flipboard

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3 to 12
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Use Flipboard to collect, explore, and share information from many sources, all in a magazine-style format. Flipboard can hold specific articles and images you choose or a dynamic "feed"...more
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Use Flipboard to collect, explore, and share information from many sources, all in a magazine-style format. Flipboard can hold specific articles and images you choose or a dynamic "feed" from a web source such as CNN, a Twitter hashtag, or a favorite blog. Most Flipboard consumers read their magazines on mobile devices, but you can manage and access your magazines from the "web tools" page (the link from this review) on a computer. Create your personal magazine(s) with things you care about: news, staying connected, social networks, and more. Create an account with Flipboard and then connect with LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or YouTube. Click the More panel to browse other categories and add them to your magazines. Drag the Flipboard button to your bookmarks bar or use the Flipboard app on your smartphone or tablet. Find an article you want to add to your collection? Click the + button next to the article to save it or simply click "Flip It" on your computer's browser toolbar to add that web page to your magazine. Edit your magazines online and share with friends and colleagues. View your RSS feeds or follow your news stream in social media with this magazine-style interface. Most of the tutorial videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home. If you want to share the videos with students, bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube. Flipboard is a device agnostic tool. Load the free app on mobile devices.
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tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (196), news (261), social networking (112), video (253)

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Create a class Flipboard account and create magazines for each unit studied through the year. Add information that is useful for student understanding, application of concepts, or materials to be used for projects. Create a magazine of great articles and information to read or search through. Consider creating a Flipboard magazine for student current events or happenings. Use this for reports on various topics such as food issues, diseases, political information, cultures around the world, and more. Make a customized "feed" for more advanced information on a topic for your gifted and advanced students. Students can curate a Flipboard of pictures or videos from the web on a certain topic to share with their classmates. Create a Professional Development Flipboard with other teachers. Teacher-librarians may want to work together with classroom teachers to create magazines of certain content for students to use during research units. Challenge your middle and high school gifted students to curate a magazine for themselves on a topic of individual interest, creating a "PLN" they can use for years. For example, a student interested in rocketry can locate and add blogs from rocket scientists, NASA feeds, and more. Talented writers may want to collect feeds from literary publications and author blogs. They will probably also discover related Flipboards created by others. As gifted students' interests change, they can curate other topical "magazines" to keep learning, even if the topics do not fall within the traditional curriculum. You may find that the personalization of learning is something ALL your students want to do.

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There are amazing collections on this site. Cindi, NC, Grades: 0 - 6

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Hootsuite - Hootsuite Media, Inc.

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9 to 12
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Manage all of your social networks (Twitter, Linkedin, Google+ Pages, Facebook, and more) from one place: HootSuite. This is especially helpful for professional development or for organizing...more
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Manage all of your social networks (Twitter, Linkedin, Google+ Pages, Facebook, and more) from one place: HootSuite. This is especially helpful for professional development or for organizing class learning experiences via Twitter. Learn more about Twitter in this review and TeachersFirst's Twitter for Teachers page. Use Hootsuite to easily and quickly receive updates from followers, direct messages, Facebook updates, and follow hashtag conversations all in one convenient interface. Use this application to follow the multitude of educational chats on Twitter using hashtags. Need help using Hootsuite? Click "Resources" on the site to find help with various issues, as well as video tutorials. Hootsuite is available as an add-in for many browsers as well as an app for mobile devices.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (196), social networking (112), twitter (50)

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Set up Hootsuite by providing information such as your Twitter and Facebook name. Create columns for the various conversations such as "All Friends," "Facebook status updates," "Direct Messages," and more. Create a new Column to follow all the tweets of a particular person or a specific hashtag. Simply enter the username or the hashtag to instantly follow all conversations. Have more than one Twitter account? No problem. Follow all conversations by adding up to five accounts. Click on the picture of each follower for simple commands such as "Reply," "Retweet," "Direct Message," or "Other actions" to manage the user or the Tweet given. Easily follow or unfollow others. Create a column for each hashtag for the best way to keep track of chats on education topics.

Check that Twitter is accessible at school. Twitter is safest used as a whole class activity. If using Twitter with students, be sure you are following the students in order to monitor their use. Set up searches for curriculum-related topics, such as climate change or earthquakes. Use this tool to manage some of the best professional development around. Learn from other like educators, and challenge thinking and learning to greatly impact the lives of your students. Create connections that help you grow as an individual and an educator. Find more ideas in TeachersFirst's Twitter review.

If you teach gifted students, use Hootsuite on classroom computers for them to set up specific searches related to the topics your class is studying. Challenge them to act as your class Twitter curators, checking out related articles and links that will bring more real-world examples to the rest of the class or raise related debates that the gifted student can investigate. Find professionals in the field for your gifted students to ask questions about their science experiments and interests. Be sure to discuss safety and responsible online behavior if you permit students to send tweets on their own. Of course you will be able to "see" what they have sent if they use a class account.

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PollCode - Boardhost.com

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3 to 12
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Looking for a way to quickly collect answers or opinions? Use PollCode to quickly create and embed a poll on your website. You can also share it using a simple ...more
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Looking for a way to quickly collect answers or opinions? Use PollCode to quickly create and embed a poll on your website. You can also share it using a simple link. Receive a breakdown of responses. Fill in the question along with up to 30 answer options. Use the code provided to embed the poll on any website. Share the poll also using social media share buttons. Sharing the poll by link allows users to also leave comments. Polls stay online until they have received no responses for 30 days.

tag(s): quiz (85), quizzes (97)

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Share polls on a projector or interactive whiteboard to discuss and informally assess prior knowledge as you start a new unit, asking questions about the material. Discuss in groups why students would choose a particular answer to uncover misconceptions. Use for Daily quiz questions to check student understanding as a means of formative assessment. Use a class account to have student groups alternate to create a new poll for the next day. Place a poll on your teacher web page as a homework inspiration or to ask questions to increase parent involvement. Older students may want to include polls on their student blogs to increase reader involvement. Have students create polls to use at the start of project presentations. Use polls to generate data for math class (graphing), during elections, or for critical thinking activities dealing with the interpretation of statistics. Use "real" data to engage students on issues and current events that matter to them.

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The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History - Gilder Lehrman

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4 to 12
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Discover American History through images, exhibits, primary sources, and more with The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. As a teacher or student, you can have free access...more
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Discover American History through images, exhibits, primary sources, and more with The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. As a teacher or student, you can have free access to the website. Find history by era beginning in the 1620's. Look at Native Americans, Colonization, The American Revolution, National Expansionism, Civil War and Reconstruction, Industrial America, The Great Depression and World War II, all the way to current times. There are special programs and exhibits for teachers and students. A large collection of primary sources complements many studies in social studies-- and literacy. As a member, save all of your favorites and make lists for each area of study. The multimedia tab reveals documentaries, videos and virtual field trips. History Now publishes monthly newsletters.

tag(s): 1600s (11), american revolution (86), civil war (145), colonization (16), great depression (24), industrial revolution (25), literacy (103), native americans (78), westward expansion (29), world war 2 (142)

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Find many lesson plans, resources, and primary documents to enrich your history lessons. Make a splash with visual learners by starting class with artifacts from an era displayed on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Explore primary sources and historic texts as part of a Common Core literacy program cooperating among English, reading, and history teachers. Have your students sign up to enjoy access to all the resources. Challenge cooperative learning groups to choose a specific historical time period and become "experts." Have the groups create presentations to share with the class about what they learn. Use a tool like Zoho Show (similar to Powerpoint, but easier and free) reviewed here.
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