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Make It Memorable - NBC News

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4 to 12
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Explore this video collection of inspirational and heart-warming stories of people around the U.S. Choose from 20 short videos based on Bob Dotson's, (NBC National Correspondent for...more
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Explore this video collection of inspirational and heart-warming stories of people around the U.S. Choose from 20 short videos based on Bob Dotson's, (NBC National Correspondent for 40 years) book Make It Memorable. The diverse topics include such titles as 8th Grader Uses Bubble Wrap to Make Skin for Artificial Limbs, Secret Soldiers of World War II, Interview with Florence Owens Thompson, the Mona Lisa of the Dust Bowl, and seventeen other unusual and inspiring subjects. Although part of a larger pay for use site, this portion of it is free.
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tag(s): creative writing (166), creativity (109), disabilities (20), service projects (25), video (254)

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

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

tag(s): assessment (100), DAT device agnostic tool (199), quizzes (97)

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

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TwistedWave - MediaHQ

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

tag(s): editing (61)

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

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International Dot Day - Reynolds Center for Teaching Learning & Creativity

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K to 12
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Become part of a global celebration of creativity, courage, and collaboration on International Dot Day. Formed in response to The Dot written by Peter H. Reynolds, this day is...more
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Become part of a global celebration of creativity, courage, and collaboration on International Dot Day. Formed in response to The Dot written by Peter H. Reynolds, this day is set aside to rekindle and inspire the power of creativity in all of us. Sign up for free to download the Educators Handbook. Explore the site to find many pictures of Dot Day in action. Don't forget to follow International Dot Day on Facebook and Twitter to stay in touch with all of the latest updates from around the world. Sign up to become a member of the Dot Day Community and celebrate with others around the world each September! Some of the videos are on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, they may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): creativity (109), cross cultural understanding (115), literature (275)

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Although the official International Dot Day is in September, use ideas from the site to inspire creativity and collaboration throughout the year. Read The Dot to students and encourage them to collaborate ways they can make their mark in the world. Challenge older students to explore their place in the world through the use of a blog such as Throwww, reviewed here. This site allows you to create "quick and easy" blogs to be used one time only. A unique URL is provided. Throwww is as easy as using a basic Word program! Consider following International Dot Day on Facebook and Twitter to stay in touch with all of the latest updates from around the world.
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Civil Rights at 50 - Equal Justice Society

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7 to 12
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Civil Rights at 50 offers free lesson plans based on the book, Wherever There's a Fight, by Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi. The six middle and high school lesson plans ...more
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Civil Rights at 50 offers free lesson plans based on the book, Wherever There's a Fight, by Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi. The six middle and high school lesson plans revolve around the struggle to develop and protect rights in California. Click the download link to access and print the lessons in PDF format.

tag(s): california (27), civil rights (117)

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Although lessons are for a particular book, they can be adapted for classroom use without reading the book. Take advantage of these free lessons and handouts for use with any Civil Rights lesson or unit. These lessons would be great for use with gifted students or differentiating work for students. Have a group of students read Wherever There's a Fight and make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools, reviewed here.
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Ice and Sky - Association Wild-Touch and Luc Jacquet

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8 to 12
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Learn about the history of climate change through the scientific explorations of Claude Lorius. View the entire interactive as a slide show or use the menu to explore specific content...more
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Learn about the history of climate change through the scientific explorations of Claude Lorius. View the entire interactive as a slide show or use the menu to explore specific content such as Exploring Ancient Climates or Man Disrupts the Giants of Nature. The tutorial explains how to display and download related documents from the site. Add any screen to create a personalized lesson, or download and display documents from the Ice and Sky educational program. Downloads include videos and educational booklets. The site seems to work well on Chrome, and not as well on Safari.

tag(s): antarctica (29), climate change (64), slides (63), video (254), weather (188)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Challenge students to create a multimedia presentation on climate change using UTellStory, reviewed here. This tool allows for narrating and adding text to a picture. Challenge students to find a photo (legally permitted to use), and then narrate the photo as if it is a news report. Have students create a map (choose locations, add text, images, and videos to demonstrate the effect of climate change) using Tour Builder, reviewed here. Have students use Bio Cube, reviewed here, to create a biography about Claude Lorius.

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Happier - Nataly Kogan

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

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

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

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Reddit - Reddit.com

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9 to 12
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Reddit democratizes news through voting on the headlines that matter to you. Though informative, it is not eye catching. Simply "upvote" or "downvote" a headline to bring it higher...more
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Reddit democratizes news through voting on the headlines that matter to you. Though informative, it is not eye catching. Simply "upvote" or "downvote" a headline to bring it higher (or lower) in the news column. Curate the best stuff on Reddit by creating a Subreddit. Note: New accounts are unable to make a Subreddit without time spent being active in the community. Search or view the various Subreddits for a topic of your choice. To make a Subreddit, choose "Create your own Subreddit." On the left-hand side are the boxes for your Subreddits (under the Multireddit label). Subscribe to various threads of interest through the subscribe button. As you subscribe to the threads, your Reddit page will change to show these subscriptions. Some threads are Ask Me Anything (AMA), and the poster will answer when you ask. As Reddit is Social Networking, be sure to look at the comments of others before sharing with students. Since you can curate your own topics, this may not be a major concern.
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tag(s): microblogging (44), news (261), social networking (112)

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Use Reddit to show the uniqueness and value of topics by the upvotes and downvotes. Also discuss the thinking behind the upvotes and downvotes. Comments to the posts offer more detailed information to portions of the topic that can lead to different points of view, deeper analysis, and discussion of related topics. Since the average person and professionals use Reddit, students can ask a question to get crowdsourced answers such as "How to write a better term paper?" View the various topics that have high or poor ratings and determine whether rating is based upon facts or opinion. Students can find various topics for term papers or research by viewing the Reddit topics. Reddit is also popular for finding peer review journals and tutorials.

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Learning Toolbox - James Madison University Special Education Program

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

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

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

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25 Moments That Changed America - Time Magazine

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6 to 12
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Take a look at what leading experts consider the 25 moments that changed 20th century America in this interesting list from Time. Click through the slideshow or view all moments ...more
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Take a look at what leading experts consider the 25 moments that changed 20th century America in this interesting list from Time. Click through the slideshow or view all moments in one list. Each event, listed in chronological order, also includes a summary and photograph. A few also include a video clip. Click on the links at the bottom of each moment to view more information from the Time Vault.
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tag(s): 20th century (51), civil rights (117), presidents (131), womens suffrage (26)

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Use this site to introduce any lesson or unit on 20th century America with an interactive whiteboard or projector. At the end of a 20th century unit, have students create their own list individually or as a group before sharing this site. This site contains many events that may be unfamiliar to most younger Americans, use it as an opportunity to explore these events further. Have students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here, to share information from different events. This is a good informational reading source to help meet your Common Core Standards.

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Multimedia Mania Project Checklist - MidLink Magazine

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

tag(s): assessment (100), multimedia (57), rubrics (32)

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

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Dress the Part is an interactive that teaches about eighteenth-century clothing and its relationship to social status in Virginia. Choose a member from different social statuses such...more
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Dress the Part is an interactive that teaches about eighteenth-century clothing and its relationship to social status in Virginia. Choose a member from different social statuses such as field slaves up to the gentry. Learn about that place in society and choose the proper clothing. When your member of society is appropriately dressed, read more about their situation and social status.
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tag(s): 1700s (23), slavery (72), virginia (16)

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Use this activity to introduce the idea of social classifications during the 1700's. Use this site as the starting point for individual or group projects. Challenge students to create an interactive map and tell a digital story about a society member's ancestry and movements. Use a tool such as Tour Builder, reviewed here. With Tour Builder, you can add locations, text, images, and videos to build the story. A simpler project would be to ask students to use Cube Creator, reviewed here, and design a Bio Cube about different members of Virginia society.
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Stupeflix Video Maker - Stupeflix.com

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Stupeflix is a video creation application. Create and post videos and photographs to impress others and push your production skills to new levels. Drag and drop your images into the...more
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Stupeflix is a video creation application. Create and post videos and photographs to impress others and push your production skills to new levels. Drag and drop your images into the appropriate sequence or import from Facebook, Instagram, and more. Easily add additional text or make edits. Add more than one audio clip to the creation (though there is only one soundtrack available); upload others from your computer. Choose from a variety of themes: Snowflakes, Scrapbook, Blueprint, and others. Follow the easy to use directions to create an amazing video! Share on Facebook, Twitter, email the URL, or copy the embed code.
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tag(s): images (266), movies (65), video (254)

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

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Digital Citizenship Toolkit - Microsoft

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

tag(s): digital citizenship (59), internet safety (109)

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

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Explore and discover the most influential people in history using Pantheon People Rankings. Prepare to be immersed in the many different features of this site. Search by period, country,...more
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Explore and discover the most influential people in history using Pantheon People Rankings. Prepare to be immersed in the many different features of this site. Search by period, country, or domain to view rankings of the most influential people in that category. Set search parameters using drop down boxes to the left of the chart. Hover over colored result boxes to view specific information for each result. Click on any individual name to get a short Wikipedia overview and ranking information.

tag(s): cultures (105), explorers (61), politics (99), scientists (69), sociology (22), sports (97)

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Bookmark this site for use throughout the year when looking for ideas for research projects, biographies, and more. Have students create a list of whom they think is most influential and compare their lists to the actual results. Use information to find the most influential people around the globe or throughout time. Have students create timelines (with music, photos, videos, and more) using Capzles, reviewed here.

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The Global Flow of Refugees - Nikola Sander & Ramon Bauer

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7 to 12
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The Global Flow of Refugees offers an interactive look at refugee flows between countries during the past few years. It is based on a New York Times visualization. Choose a ...more
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The Global Flow of Refugees offers an interactive look at refugee flows between countries during the past few years. It is based on a New York Times visualization. Choose a year to view the complete flow circle for that year. Click any segment to narrow down information to individual countries showing the flow to or from that country. In addition to the interactive chart, scroll down further on the page to view two static versions of the chart featuring 50 selected countries.

tag(s): continents (49), countries (76), cross cultural understanding (115), immigrants (20)

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Share this site on a projector or interactive whiteboard to research and understand the flow of refugees throughout the world. Use this as an introduction to understanding complicated events in the Middle East and other volatile regions in the world. After viewing the interactive, have students study the regions for large migrations of refugees from one region to another. Have them share their findings with a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. Have students use Little Memory, reviewed here, to create a diary entry as a refugee traveling to a new country.

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GeaCron - The GeaCron Project

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6 to 12
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Explore the changing boundaries of the world's countries through maps and timelines found on GeaCron. Type in any date to view the shape of the world at that time. Click ...more
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Explore the changing boundaries of the world's countries through maps and timelines found on GeaCron. Type in any date to view the shape of the world at that time. Click the timeline link to search for period or event. Move the bar on the timeline to move through different time periods or change the look of the timeline to include more or less information using the + or - icons.
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tag(s): continents (49), countries (76), maps (287), timelines (62)

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Use GeaCron's maps and timelines for an excellent visualization of changing borders of countries throughout time. Have students compare and contrast world borders during any different period. If your class discusses current events, this would be an excellent tool to use to track the history of certain issues. Allow students to explore on their own and create an infographic to share their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here.

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Five Myths - The Washington Post

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

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

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

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Heatmap News - Heatmap News

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Heatmap News provides a quick look at the latest world news using hotspots and news provided by Google News and Google Earth Maps. Click on any of the hotspots to ...more
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Heatmap News provides a quick look at the latest world news using hotspots and news provided by Google News and Google Earth Maps. Click on any of the hotspots to read short articles about events in that area. Use the drop-down box labeled Date to include only the last hour, today, this week, or any date back to August 18, 2014.

tag(s): journalism (46), news (261)

In the Classroom

Share Heatmap News on an interactive whiteboard or projector as part of any current events lessons. Create a link to this site on your class website and have students find news and then research to learn more about an event. A side benefit of using Heatmap News for your current events is that students will become more knowledgeable about world geography. Challenge students to use a tool such as Zeemaps, reviewed here, to create a map with images and an audio recording for what they learned about an event where the story takes place. Students can add details for news from around the world.

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GoConqr - ExamTime Ltd

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GoConqr (formerly ExamTime) is a crowdsourcing site for uploading and sharing class notes, flashcards, quizzes, and more. Free membership offers you access to 3 subjects and 20 public...more
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GoConqr (formerly ExamTime) is a crowdsourcing site for uploading and sharing class notes, flashcards, quizzes, and more. Free membership offers you access to 3 subjects and 20 public resources. Sign up using your email account to begin using GoConqr's features. Be sure to watch the video tutorials for creating resources for your personal page. Use the search feature to find and access resources already designed and shared on the site. If your district blocks YouTube, they may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): classroom management (135), flash cards (46), homework (44), mind map (25), quizzes (97), social networking (112), test prep (96)

In the Classroom

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

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