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VoiceThread - VoiceThread

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K to 12
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Voicethread allows you to upload images (from your digital camera, scanner, or even paint program). You can also upoad PowerPoint slides. Then students can record or write their own...more
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Voicethread allows you to upload images (from your digital camera, scanner, or even paint program). You can also upoad PowerPoint slides. Then students can record or write their own comments and/or narration about the images/slides. Other listeners can "comment" back, as well. Access to the ed.voicethread site (as opposed to www.voicethread) is restricted to grades K-12 students, educators, and administrators. VoiceThread explains how to set up a classroom account and has some ideas for classroom use, as well. Ideas from the TeachersFirst Edge review team are listed below, under "In the classroom."

Voicethread also offers a free iOS app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. It is free through the iTunes app store. Projects work seamlessly on both computer and mobile iOS devices, so projects started on one machine can be edited and/or viewed on another. Your ed.Voicethread account works in both places.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (170), digital storytelling (153), speech (94)

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You will be logged into your account immediately after you fill in the registration form. You must "apply" to designate your account as an educator account once it is set up. Click on "browse" to see many examples, including tutorials. Watch the "One Minute Voicethread" to get a very quick overview of how easy it is to create a digital story. Set up student identities. Use first names only. You need to know how to locate and upload saved pictures or PowerPoint files. If you want to use audio, the COOL tool, you WILL need a microphone, either plugged into your computer or built in. Once you create a Voicethread, it can be shared by clicking "share" from the menu or at the end of viewing it and copying the URL to send via email or other means, inviting others to comment back. Ed voicethreads have comment moderation turned on by default and are private by default. As the teacher, you can change these settings.

Invite parents to share in the results (The VoiceThread classroom page tells you more about this). TeachersFirst does not recommend using actual, identifiable pictures of children. Let them draw a picture or take a digital picture of an object that somehow represents them (middle schoolers will love that idea!). If you allow others to "comment" on student Voicethreads, the experience can be both wonderful and a bit intimidating. Use this opportunity to promote ethical and kind interaction with other students and their projects.

Of course, you should be sure that you have the RIGHTS to any images you upload. Fair Use does not apply when you put an image on the web! Elementary classes can create or take pictures, then ask each child to talk about the images. Each child can comment on the SAME pictures, creating a collaborative collection of responses. After a field trip or special class event, you can assign groups of students to explain each of the digital pictures you took and how they relate to curriculum topics. In art class, students can critique works of their own or of fellow students. In language arts classes, students can scan and comment on writing pieces as part of a reflective phase of the writing process. Or post an image as a prewriting activity and allow students to respond orally in an idea-generating phase. In social studies, have students provide a picture of a grandparent then narrate what they learned about that grandparent from interviewing him/her. Have students create narrated pictures as gifts (for parents or other care givers) for special occasions, winter holidays, Thanksgiving, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, etc.. During a science experiment or demo, have a student take pictures of the steps. Then ask students to "narrate" them by commenting on what is happening. The narration assignment could even be a center activity or an assignment on a few classroom computers for students to rotate through. What a great way to review and apply key vocabulary! Be sure they identify their voices if you are using a single class account and want to be able to assess understanding. Other ideas: narrated local history projects (pictures of local sites), audio "museum tours" of artifacts (photos) or war veterans telling their stories along with images of their uniforms or old photos. Speech/language, ESL/ELL or early childhood teachers could use this tool to promote vocabulary development and oral expression.

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Geolover - geolover.com

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Use Geolover to plan and organize trips anywhere in the world. Mark places you like. Print to create your own travel map and guide. Click on a location, find sites ...more
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Use Geolover to plan and organize trips anywhere in the world. Mark places you like. Print to create your own travel map and guide. Click on a location, find sites of interest, and click "Add to my list." Click on your lists to view in map view and use other tools. Add your own places of interest easily. As with any site that shares photos and video clips, be sure to preview what you plan to share BEFORE you share the site with your class. There is also an app version of this site for those using iPads or iTouches.

tag(s): countries (77), cultures (110), map skills (81), maps (293)

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Use this resource to find important points of interest in places around the world. Use to learn more about other countries and cultures, determine distances between points of interest, or create travel guides for particular purposes such as religious, governmental, or historical interest. Create a travel guide of a country you would love to visit. Share travel guides or use as the basis of presentations to the class. Use the information at this site to have your students create conventional or multimedia projects. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. Have students create an online book or brochure of images and captions about their travel guide using a site such as bookr (reviewed here.) (Bookr uses Flickr images, so you must first upload or find the images on Flickr reviewed here).
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TeachersFirst's New Year's Day Resources - TeachersFirst

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Find resources and activities appropriate for New Year's in this collection from TeachersFirst.

tag(s): new years (11)

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Use these resources to connect New Years and related "new" celebrations to your curriculum in almost any subject or select one or two ideas to highlight along with your regular lessons. Note that a new school year is also a good time for resolutions!

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TeachersFirst's Mothers' Day Resources - TeachersFirst

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Find resources and activities appropriate for Mothers' Day in this collection from TeachersFirst. The resources include many project ideas for elementary students. Some of the creative...more
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Find resources and activities appropriate for Mothers' Day in this collection from TeachersFirst. The resources include many project ideas for elementary students. Some of the creative tools will lure even older students into writing and creating much=appreciated gifts.

tag(s): mothers day (12)

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Use these resources to connect Mothers' Day to your curriculum in almost any subject or select one or two ideas to highlight along with your regular lessons.

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TeachersFirst's Fourth of July Resources - TeachersFirst

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Find resources and activities appropriate for Independence Day in this collection from TeachersFirst.

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Use these resources to connect Independence Day to your curriculum in almost any subject or select one or two ideas to highlight along with your regular lessons.

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TeachersFirst's Resources for Halloween/Fall - TeachersFirst

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Find resources and activities appropriate for Halloween or Fall Festivals in this collection from TeachersFirst. Most are appropriate for younger grades with a few ideas for secondary....more
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Find resources and activities appropriate for Halloween or Fall Festivals in this collection from TeachersFirst. Most are appropriate for younger grades with a few ideas for secondary.

tag(s): halloween (39)

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Use these resources to connect Halloween or Fall Festival to your curriculum in almost any subject or select one or two ideas to highlight along with your regular lessons.

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TeachersFirst's Fathers' Day Resources - http://www.teachersfirst.com/holiday/fathers.cfm

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Find resources and activities appropriate for Fathers' Day in this collection from TeachersFirst.

tag(s): fathers day (11)

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Use these resources to connect Fathers' Day to your curriculum in almost any subject or select one or two ideas to highlight along with your regular lessons.

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TeachersFirst's Resources for Easter - TeachersFirst

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Find resources and activities appropriate for Easter in this collection from TeachersFirst. Most are suited for elementary, and a few for middle school. ...more
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Find resources and activities appropriate for Easter in this collection from TeachersFirst. Most are suited for elementary, and a few for middle school.

tag(s): easter (20)

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Use these resources to connect Easter to your curriculum in almost any subject or select one or two ideas to highlight along with your regular lessons.

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Resources for Cinco de Mayo - TeachersFirst

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Find resources and activities appropriate for Cinco de Mayo in this collection from TeachersFirst.

tag(s): hispanic (17), holidays (151), mexico (34)

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Use these resources to connect Cinco de Mayo to your curriculum in almost any subject or select one or two ideas to highlight along with your regular lessons.

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TeachersFirst's Resources for Columbus Day - TeachersFirst

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Find resources and activities appropriate for Columbus Day in this collection from TeachersFirst.

tag(s): holidays (151)

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Use these resources to connect Columbus Day to your curriculum in almost any subject or select one or two ideas to highlight along with your regular lessons.

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TeachersFirst's Valentine's Day Resources - TeachersFirst

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Find resources and activities appropriate for Valentine's Day in this collection from TeachersFirst.

tag(s): valentines day (14)

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Use these resources to connect Valentine's Day to your curriculum in almost any subject or select one or two ideas to highlight along with your regular lessons.

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TeachersFirst's Thanksgiving Resources - TeachersFirst

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Find resources and activities appropriate for Thanksgiving in this collection from TeachersFirst.

tag(s): holidays (151), thanksgiving (37)

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Use these resources to connect Thanksgiving to your curriculum in almost any subject or select one or two ideas to highlight along with your regular lessons.

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TeachersFirst's St. Patrick's Day Resources - TeachersFirst

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Find resources and activities appropriate for St. Patrick's' Day in this collection from TeachersFirst.

tag(s): st patricks day (14)

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Use these resources to connect St. Patrick's Day to your curriculum in almost any subject or select one or two ideas to highlight along with your regular lessons. Give new meaning to "going green"!

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Kwanzaa Resources - TeachersFirst

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A collection of resources to help children from all backgrounds understand the Kwanzaa celebration. ...more
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A collection of resources to help children from all backgrounds understand the Kwanzaa celebration.

tag(s): africa (176), african american (114), holidays (151), kwanzaa (9)

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Save this site as a favorite and use it as a point of reference for lessons and classroom activities based around the holiday.

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Christmas Resources - TeachersFirst

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Our own collection of Christmas resources concentrates on Christmas customs in other countries and time periods. Lots of resources for an interesting exploration of how the Christmas...more
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Our own collection of Christmas resources concentrates on Christmas customs in other countries and time periods. Lots of resources for an interesting exploration of how the Christmas holiday developed.

tag(s): christmas (65), holidays (151)

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Try our Giving Tree lesson with your elementary students.

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Resources for Ramadan - TeachersFirst

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See TeachersFirst's collection of resources to help students learn the customs and traditions of the Muslim Ramadan month of fasting. ...more
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See TeachersFirst's collection of resources to help students learn the customs and traditions of the Muslim Ramadan month of fasting.

tag(s): holidays (151), ramadan (10)

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This collection could be useful in a study of world religions, an exploration of the mideast, or a world cultures class. Include the link on your class web page as students investigate different holiday traditions.

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Hanukkah Resources - TeachersFirst

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Our own collection of Hanukkah resources helps students from all backgrounds understand the origins and symbolism of Hanukkah. ...more
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Our own collection of Hanukkah resources helps students from all backgrounds understand the origins and symbolism of Hanukkah.

tag(s): hanukkah (16), holidays (151)

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CIS: Kids' Zone - Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth

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2 to 8
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Learn all about the Commonwealth of Massachusetts including it's historic beginnings, fun facts, and the state government at this website just for kids. The site is divided into eight...more
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Learn all about the Commonwealth of Massachusetts including it's historic beginnings, fun facts, and the state government at this website just for kids. The site is divided into eight categories including State House trivia through Reconstruct MA Artifacts. One especially interesting area is The Ladybug Story, the true story of how a second grade class helped to make a new law. Also, be sure to take the Massachusetts history quiz to learn about the early setters of the commonwealth. If you are looking for state facts, there is a section just for this with almost anything you would want to know from symbols all the way through to famous sons and daughters of the state. This information is also available to download as a pdf.

tag(s): american revolution (89), massachusetts (10), states (164)

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Challenge your students to go past PowerPoint and make an online presentation using Animoto (reviewed here) or another reviewed presentation tool from the TeachersFirst Edge. Share the site with students as a resource for state research projects. Use The Ladybug Story with younger students to demonstrate the bill-creation process, then compare with your state's procedures.
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Financial Education in the Math Classroom - The Math Forum @ Drexel University

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4 to 12
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This site offers in-depth information on finance topics including credit & debt and financial planning & money management. Each of these topics highlights tools and information available...more
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This site offers in-depth information on finance topics including credit & debt and financial planning & money management. Each of these topics highlights tools and information available to teach financial literacy. One example is the Debt Payoff Calculator which is a tool to help explore options for paying off debt and how changing factors will affect payoff rates, interest, and other options for paying off debt. Similar tools are available for analyzing monthly payments, paying off credit card debt, and more. You will need to create a free account to access the Financial Education Problems of the Week, but other resources are available without signing in. Be sure to check out Dr. Math Financial FAQ's on the right side of the page for more resources pertaining to loans, interest, and debt.

tag(s): calculators (41), coins (8), currency (19), financial literacy (80), investing (8), stock market (13)

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Use tools available on the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector to explore how different factors influence finances. Have students predict outcomes before inputting information into the tools on the site. Use the tools when creating a mini-economy in the classroom.
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Frontier Forts of the American Revolution - TeachersFirst

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4 to 8
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Here's a highly visual look at life on the frontier during the American Revolution, created with the help of several groups of reenactors. The unit includes information on the life...more
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Here's a highly visual look at life on the frontier during the American Revolution, created with the help of several groups of reenactors. The unit includes information on the life of children in this setting.

tag(s): american revolution (89), colonial america (108), evolution (101)

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Use this unit as part of a study of colonial America, or to show what daily life was like in the 18th century. Be sure to explore the Teacher area for specific writing ideas and more. Extend the lesson by having student groups map their own virtual "frontier fort" using an online drawing tool such as Scribblar reviewed here.

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Great to use during my American Revolution Unit!!! Veronica, NC, Grades: 5 - 12

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