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The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Library of Congress

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5 to 12
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Explore American history through music with this extensive collection of digitized recordings, sheet music, artist commentaries, and videos. Use the keyword search to find specific...more
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Explore American history through music with this extensive collection of digitized recordings, sheet music, artist commentaries, and videos. Use the keyword search to find specific information. Narrow the search by date, subject, language, and more. Be sure to visit the About this Collection tab to find links to interactive maps and timelines as well as educator resources including several lessons correlated to standards.

tag(s): 1800s (44), 1900s (33), 20th century (51), poetry (228), songs (52)

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This site is a goldmine for finding music to accompany any American history unit! Use resources from the site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Play music from the period you are studying during reading or research time. Allow students to explore the site on their own, and then share their findings with classmates. Have students create timelines (with music, photos, videos, and more) using Hstry, reviewed here.
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301 Prompts for Argumentative/Persuasive writing - New York Times

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7 to 12
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Find 301 prompts from the New York Times (NYT) Learning Network's Student Opinion feature. Find a multitude of topics of interest to teens and they will have an opinion about ...more
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Find 301 prompts from the New York Times (NYT) Learning Network's Student Opinion feature. Find a multitude of topics of interest to teens and they will have an opinion about at least a few of them! However, their opinion is not all they are supposed to give. To submit, teens will need to have evidence-based, concise editorials much like the ones the NYT publishes daily. Once submitted the NYT and the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University will use a rubric to select winners, and then publish those on The Learning Network. We suggest obtaining parental permission before submitting anything.

tag(s): news (261), persuasive writing (55), writing (359), writing prompts (92)

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English/writing, social studies, and current events teachers are sure to find something here for their students to write about. Introduce a few of the prompts and the winning student editorials using an interactive whiteboard or projector to get students interested. Have students define what concise means and what it should mean in their writing. Point out the good writing habits of the student winners. Students should read the NYT's article(s) that give information about the topic of the prompt(s). At this time, you could have students choose a topic, or you could select several from which students could choose. You could also use one prompt a day as an opener or closer quick write. Another idea would be to have students respond on a class blog to the prompts and then make comments on each other's opinions. Haven't started blogging yet? Check out TeachersFirst's Blog Basics.

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America's Heritage: A History of Immigration - immigrationcouncil

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6 to 12
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Explore America's History of Immigration through the thirty-two interactive events on this timeline beginning in 1492. Scroll the timeline bar to any area on the timeline to view events...more
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Explore America's History of Immigration through the thirty-two interactive events on this timeline beginning in 1492. Scroll the timeline bar to any area on the timeline to view events for that period. Click the arrows on each box to read more about that event.
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tag(s): immigrants (20), immigration (58), timelines (62)

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Share this timeline on your interactive whiteboard as an introduction to your unit on immigration. You could show the history of immigration and discuss the U.S. as a nation of immigrants. Use a tool such as Socratic Smackdown, reviewed here, for students to debate about this topic, or any hot topic. It is interesting to note that there are many more events for the most recent twenty-five years than there are for all the previous years. Use this as a starting point for students to research and find additional information to add. Have students create their own timelines (with music, photos, videos, and more) using Capzles, reviewed here.

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This is a comprehensive, yet kid-friendly, overview of US immigration policy in an interactive timeline. It ends with an Executive Order in November 2014. I hope the Heritage foundation continues to update this resource. Patricia, NJ, Grades: 6 - 12

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TPS Teachers Network - Metropolitan State University of Denver

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K to 12
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TPS Teachers Network is a social networking site for social studies and history teachers. The Library of Congress funded this as part of their Teaching With Primary Sources Program....more
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TPS Teachers Network is a social networking site for social studies and history teachers. The Library of Congress funded this as part of their Teaching With Primary Sources Program. Create an account to begin using features on the site (email and password required). Once enrolled, options include participating in a chat, adding friends, and searching using keywords. Use the tag cloud on the main page to find specific information by grade level or topics such as primary source sets. Create albums on the site, including primary and secondary sources, to easily share with students or fellow teachers. Be sure to check out the Help section at the bottom of the page when you first get started for Quick Tip Tutorials to make the most of the site. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): bookmarks (60), primary sources (86), professional development (123), social networking (112)

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Bookmark and save TPS Teachers Network as an excellent professional development and social networking site. Share with your colleagues to create your own professional learning network on the site. Create albums with primary sources for use throughout the year in one easy to find location.

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ZenPen - Tim Holman

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2 to 12
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Block out all distractions and just start writing with ZenPen. Remove the instructions found on the page (just click delete). Begin writing without any visual elements in the way. No...more
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Block out all distractions and just start writing with ZenPen. Remove the instructions found on the page (just click delete). Begin writing without any visual elements in the way. No registration is required! Highlight text and select options to add italics, bold text, or URLs. Use links on the left side of the page to change text and background colors to black and white, toggle to full screen, add a word count, or save work.

tag(s): editing (61), process writing (42), proofreading (19), writing (359)

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Use this simple tool with an interactive whiteboard or projector to demonstrate different writing techniques without any distractions. Create and save student writing projects such as short stories, poems, and reports. Create study guides before tests or directions for assignments. Have students write a progressive story where they each add a portion.

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Radionomy - Radionomy Group

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Run your own radio station with Radionomy! Radionomy allows you to create, produce and share your personalized station free with your own music or their library of popular music and...more
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Run your own radio station with Radionomy! Radionomy allows you to create, produce and share your personalized station free with your own music or their library of popular music and podcasts. Add personalized shout outs, voice-overs, interviews, or any audio to make your unique broadcast. Broadcast live or use the 24/7 "scheduler" to keep your station running on air at all times. Be sure to check out Radionomy's Quick Guide for more information on all of the available features.

tag(s): digital storytelling (144), journalism (46), podcasts (52), radio (27)

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Enjoy making a live radio show from your classroom! Publish written pieces of writing, science reports, social studies reports, and any other reports you would like to share. Create a new book review podcast for the media center. Link to your podcast URL on your class website, and publish directions to projects, explanations of difficult concepts, or even a radio show with you reading your favorite books for your students. Have upper elementary students take turns reading aloud for a podcast aimed at little reading buddies in kindergarten. Allow students to podcast to "pen pals" in faraway places. Record your school choir, orchestra group, poetry club, or drama club doing their best work or dramatic readings of Shakespeare soliloquies. Take your school newspaper to a new level with recorded radio articles. Be sure to include interviews with students, teachers, principals, parents, authors, artists, and almost anyone. In younger grades, use to save an audio portfolio of reading fluency, expression, or as an aid for running records. Do this regularly throughout the year to analyze growth. Have fun at Halloween with your Halloween station filled with favorite spooky stories, or during the December holidays with stories from different cultures. Welcome your students to a new school year by sending them your message. Create messages for classmates who move away. Bring your world language classes an extra resource of your pronunciations whenever they need more practice. ESL/ELL and special education classes can often benefit from the additional explanations, practice, and elaborated instructions given at their own pace. The possibilities are endless!

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WizerMe - Wizerme L.S (2015) Ltd.

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K to 12
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Finally, worksheets will be cool! Create interactive worksheets, or use one that is already developed and make it your own with wizer.me. After signing up with email get started with...more
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Finally, worksheets will be cool! Create interactive worksheets, or use one that is already developed and make it your own with wizer.me. After signing up with email get started with Add Task. Follow the prompts for creation; these include selecting text style and color, and choosing a background, adding student tasks (Text, Video, Link, Image), and more. Select question style: Open Question, Multiple Choice, Matching, and more. Then there are the more unusual type responses like Filling in a Table, Image Tagging, Embedding, and others, with promises of more to come. Share with students by posting the URL given, using a pin code on their worksheet board, or use your Google Classroom account. At the time of this review, wizer.me support was through email and real-time online chat.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (199), gamification (65), multimedia (57), worksheets (60)

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Wizer.me would be an excellent tool to use to implement and/or integrate technology into lessons. Look through worksheets others have created to get an idea of what you can do. The possibilities for using this tool in the classroom are limited only by your imagination! Having students view videos or label images is sure to keep them engaged and interested in your subject. Any subject area teacher will find a use for this tool, and it's free! Use worksheets (lessons) you have created in learning centers, with small groups (the possibilities for differentiating abounds), or as homework. Since these "worksheets" can include video, using wizer.me would be a terrific tool to use to "flip" your classroom.

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Mr. Beat's Social Studies Channel - Matt Beat

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5 to 12
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Mr. Beat's YouTube Channel provides educational Social Studies videos in a storytelling format. There are a few other topics: Primary and Secondary Sources, Guide to Critical Thinking,...more
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Mr. Beat's YouTube Channel provides educational Social Studies videos in a storytelling format. There are a few other topics: Primary and Secondary Sources, Guide to Critical Thinking, and others. Be sure to check out the music video and song for each of the presidents. Other topics include using Google Earth, Presidential Elections, and Story Time with Mr. Beat. If your district blocks YouTube, then 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.
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tag(s): alaska (25), elections (75), explorers (61), gettysburg address (18), lincoln (86), presidents (131), primary sources (86), washington (36)

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Share these videos on an interactive whiteboard or projector. FLIP your classroom and have students view the videos at home to discuss and apply the next day in class (this is an excellent option if your school blocks YouTube). Use the videos to introduce any topic and assign others from the series for homework. Be sure to provide this link on your class website for students (and their families) to access at home.

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My Storybook - myStorybook.com

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1 to 12
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Get into digital storytelling by creating a colorful short story with the tools offered at My Storybook. There is a basic tutorial when you click Create a Storybook. Get started ...more
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Get into digital storytelling by creating a colorful short story with the tools offered at My Storybook. There is a basic tutorial when you click Create a Storybook. Get started using clipart from My Storybook, upload your images, or use their draw tools to create your own artwork. Click the text box and change the font, font color, and size. Add more text and pages for your book, too. Saving and sharing require an email address. Share by sending the URL to several social networking sites or via email, or print your book in PDF format. There is a way to create an ebook, but the ebook option isn't free. Read storybooks created by others by clicking Library in the top right Menu.
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tag(s): digital storytelling (144), writing (359)

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Show students creation possibilities by viewing a few of the books from the library using a projector or interactive whiteboard. Create a class book to begin. Start with a storyboard such as Amazon Storybuilder, reviewed here, or Gone Google Story Builder, reviewed here. Using a storyboard and My Storybook is an effective way to teach students about story elements, dialogue, character development, and more. World language classes can label images, or tell a story in the language they are learning. Work together to complete biographies of famous people. Challenge students to tell the story of different famous events in history or explain their understanding of cell division using My Storybook. Art students can create a story around their artwork. Autistic or emotional support teachers can create stories demonstrating interpersonal behavior skills. Digital storytelling is an amazing way for students to internalize any subject or concept. It also is an excellent assessment tool.

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The Great Thanksgiving Listen - StoryCorps

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K to 12
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The Great Thanksgiving Listen is a project to gather recorded conversations between adults and students over the Thanksgiving weekend. Download the free toolkit to participate that...more
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The Great Thanksgiving Listen is a project to gather recorded conversations between adults and students over the Thanksgiving weekend. Download the free toolkit to participate that includes background information, lesson planning guides, permission slips, and more. Participation isn't necessary to enjoy conversations shared on the site. Click the browse button to find featured conversations or sort by recent or popular posts. Use the search bar to look for keywords or find popular tags such as family or school.

tag(s): family (59), thanksgiving (37), veterans (19)

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Although this project takes place over Thanksgiving, it is a useful resource for any time throughout the year. Use as part of your Veteran's Day activities to find conversations from military veterans. Listen to different family conversations to learn how families are different and alike. Use this site as a model to start your own generational conversations. Use a tool such as AudioBoomreviewed here to record conversations or create videos and share them on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here.

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turnitin - Source Educational Evaluation Rubric (SEER) - turnitin

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6 to 12
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Find an interactive rubric for evaluating the quality of Internet sources students use in academic writing and projects. Fill out a short registration form to have immediate free access...more
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Find an interactive rubric for evaluating the quality of Internet sources students use in academic writing and projects. Fill out a short registration form to have immediate free access to the rubric as a PDF. The criteria for the rubric includes Authoritative, Educational Value, Intent, Originality, and Quality. Below the rubric see an example of three popular sites evaluated with SEER and the scores given for each criterion. Download the rubric to your computer. Once filled in save it to your computer and print.

tag(s): evaluating sources (13), media literacy (58), rubrics (32)

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Share this rubric with middle and high school students with your projector or on an interactive whiteboard. Ask students to suggest a popular site for referencing in papers and projects. Use the rubric together and evaluate the site. Break students into small groups and have them evaluate several sites. Make these sites you have already evaluated, and then have the students evaluate them until you know most students agree on what makes a Highly Creditable site compared to a Creditable or Discreditable site. At the end of the activity give a quick assessment. This way students who do not feel sure about evaluating a site have the opportunity to let you know. Consider using Quiz Socket, reviewed here, for a quick assessment or Quizalize, reviewed here, for a more in-depth assessment.
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The Global Flow of People - Nikola Sander, Guy J. Abel, and Ramon Bauer

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7 to 12
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Investigate migration patterns around the world from 1990 through 2010 with this interactive chart. Choose a five-year period for an overall view of global migration during that time....more
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Investigate migration patterns around the world from 1990 through 2010 with this interactive chart. Choose a five-year period for an overall view of global migration during that time. Click on individual regions to narrow down information on migration from country to country. Be sure to click on both individual lines and countries to take advantage of all the information this resource has to offer. Information for 2005-2010 is available for download as a two-sided poster using the link near the bottom of the website.

tag(s): continents (49), countries (76), cross cultural understanding (115), migration (59)

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Share The Global Flow of People with a projector or on an interactive whiteboard as part of any global studies unit. After finding the numbers of people migrating, have students brainstorm or collect ideas for the reasons of migration on a collaborative bulletin board like Scrumblr, reviewed here, quick start- no membership required. Challenge students to explore further and share their findings with a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.
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What has the United Nations ever done for you? - The Guardian

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6 to 12
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This interactive offers the opportunity to view what the United Nations has done to help people of all ages from around the world. Choose a persona by entering gender, age, ...more
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This interactive offers the opportunity to view what the United Nations has done to help people of all ages from around the world. Choose a persona by entering gender, age, and country to view a list of ways the United Nations has had a positive influence on their situation. Categories include items such as Human Rights, Child Mortality, and Cultural Heritage. The site was created in the UK, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English.
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tag(s): cross cultural understanding (115), cultures (105), united nations (8)

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Introduce this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Allow students to explore on their own. Social studies teachers will want to bookmark this interactive for use throughout the year as students learn about different countries and cultures. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here, to explain what they learned from this site.

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Vibby - Ari Cohen and Ivo Sluganovic

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4 to 12
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Highlight, annotate, and share parts of any YouTube video with Vibby. Create an account then paste in the URL of any YouTube video. Choose the start and stop points of ...more
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Highlight, annotate, and share parts of any YouTube video with Vibby. Create an account then paste in the URL of any YouTube video. Choose the start and stop points of any area to highlight and type in notes of up to 500 characters. Follow prompts to finish creating your "vib" then share using social networking links or the direct URL. Use the embed code to embed the "vib" directly into a blog or website. If your district blocks YouTube, then 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): video (254)

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Use Vibby as part of your flipped classroom. Have students watch a YouTube video at home and highlight different portions with questions and observations. Use Vibby in any subject! Ask ESL/ELL and resource students to write text to explain concepts by rewording, or to ask questions about the parts they do not understand. Identify examples of foreshadowing in dramatic videos. Add questions to math explanations. Identify landforms with videos from different locations. Use the embed code to add annotated videos to your class website or blog. Share this site as a way to review before tests. Have media literacy students use the annotation feature to critique videos for bias, poor writing, weak information, and more.

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Jellybean Writer - Jellybean Scoop

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K to 7
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Jellybean Writer is a terrific and simple way to write a digital story. Whether writing a picture book or full page text, choose from several layout templates, background colors, borders,...more
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Jellybean Writer is a terrific and simple way to write a digital story. Whether writing a picture book or full page text, choose from several layout templates, background colors, borders, and fonts. To save stories online, sign up using email. Download and print stories without signing up. Watch Demo Videos from a drop down list located in the upper right corner of the page. 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.
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tag(s): creative writing (166), creativity (109), digital storytelling (144)

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Jellybean Writer is so simple very young students can use it successfully after a demonstration using a whiteboard or projector. Use this tool to design simple projects using images to tell the story. At the beginning of the year have students develop stories to tell about their summer and share with classmates. Create a photo story for history, showcasing great people or specific historical events such as the signing of the Declaration of Independence. In the arts, create a photo story of achievements of various artists. In science, create a photo story of famous inventors or have students explain their understanding of cell division. Teachers can create and manage students. Teachers with free accounts can have up to 25 students. If you have a larger class, there is a "work around" for this. If you have a Gmail account, you can add subaccounts (see directions to do this here). You could create another Jellybean account with this subaccount, but you would end up with two different accounts on Jellybean Writer.

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Boomerang for Gmail - Bavdin

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1 to 12
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Download Boomerang to organize your Gmail! Schedule when to send messages, remind yourself to follow up if you do not get a reply email, and mark emails that you need ...more
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Download Boomerang to organize your Gmail! Schedule when to send messages, remind yourself to follow up if you do not get a reply email, and mark emails that you need to read at a later time. The basic plan is free and includes most features.
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tag(s): organizational skills (122)

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Let Boomerrang simplify your email life. Start the beginning of school with welcoming emails to each student/family. Schedule emails with newsletters, timely events, or parent conference reminders in exactly the right time! Design unit newsletters to coincide with your lessons time periods. Schedule birthday wishes or even schedule emails to remind yourself of an important event. You will never forget to collect all responses or assignments with a reminder email. Manage daily or weekly parent reports with ease and timeliness. Share at Meet the Teacher Nights or Curriculum Chats to help parents improve organizational skills for their student.

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Free Digital Photos - Wagging Dog Media Limited

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K to 12
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Free Digital Photos offers a large variety of quality photos and images for use with digital media. Preview and download images free of charge. Browse through categories or use the...more
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Free Digital Photos offers a large variety of quality photos and images for use with digital media. Preview and download images free of charge. Browse through categories or use the keyword search to view available images. Each image includes a free download along with paid options for larger resolution downloads. Be sure to follow steps for downloading, including verification of email and entering the text for the security challenge. An easier download is available by registering for the site; this also allows you to track downloads including attribution information. Be aware: this site does have some topics not appropriate for the classroom. We do not suggest allowing younger students to peruse independently.
This site includes advertising.

tag(s): creative commons (21), images (266), photography (160)

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Use this site to search for photos for presentations, projects, or research. Take advantage of this opportunity to discuss proper use and sharing of online images and information. For ESL/ELL students or speech/language, use the images for them to create their own visual dictionary. World language teachers can also challenge students to use images to illustrate vocabulary or accompany writing. Use images for writing prompts or even to create descriptive sentences. Have one student describe the image as another sketches the image. Now compare the described image to the real image. Challenge students to create a multimedia presentation about class content using these images and UtellStory, reviewed here. UtellStory allows narrating and adding text to a picture.

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FutureLearn for Schools - FutureLearn

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FutureLearn for Schools offers a large variety of free online courses presented by leading universities for students aged 13 and older in a variety of topics. Choose a category to ...more
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FutureLearn for Schools offers a large variety of free online courses presented by leading universities for students aged 13 and older in a variety of topics. Choose a category to begin browsing topics offered. Content includes history, creative arts and media, literature, and much more. Watch a short video to learn specifics about the course offerings and objectives. This site was created in the UK, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English.

tag(s): advertising (33), business (58), computers (95), creative writing (166), cultures (105), dental health (23), environment (317), financial literacy (80), gifted (96), literature (275), photography (160), politics (99), professional development (123), psychology (64)

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Allow gifted students to enroll in courses that interest them or that provide enrichment beyond classroom content. Share with others in your building as a resource for professional development. Explore the topics yourself for some new, engaging material to round out your own expertise. Allow students to enroll in a course that would fit into their career goals as an exploratory opportunity in that field. With older students you may want to consider requiring them to take a course with the idea that it is a model. Challenge students to develop a course using a tool like Lore, reviewed here, about something in which they feel they are an expert.
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Television Archive News Search Service - TV News Archive

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The Television Archive News Search Service is a comprehensive resource for finding news video clips from the United States and Great Britain. Scroll through to view clips by most popular...more
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The Television Archive News Search Service is a comprehensive resource for finding news video clips from the United States and Great Britain. Scroll through to view clips by most popular or sort by title, date, archived, or creator. Use the search bar to search by keywords for specific information. Choose any clip, and then choose any minute from the filmstrip to view clips.

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

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This site is ideal on an interactive whiteboard or projector, learning station, or on individual computers (with headsets). Provide students with a topic for a keyword search and allow them to explore on their own. Embed video clips into your class web page or view together on an interactive whiteboard as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson.

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Connecting Learning and Instruction in Olathe (CLIO) - Olathe United School District

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CLIO provides American History resources for 5th through 12th grade teachers. Information includes lesson plans, reading lists, and general teaching resources. The most detailed portion...more
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CLIO provides American History resources for 5th through 12th grade teachers. Information includes lesson plans, reading lists, and general teaching resources. The most detailed portion of the site is the lesson plan section that includes many printable lesson plans beginning with Creating a New Nation through Year of the Boar and Native Americans in Contemporary America. Be sure to check out the General Teaching Resources section for additional printables including a Historic "Moment in Time" Poem worksheet and resources for teaching Historical Writing.

tag(s): american revolution (86), civil rights (117), civil war (145), cold war (29), great depression (24), lincoln (86), martin luther king (37), native americans (78), roosevelt (16), rosa parks (6), vietnam (36), washington (36), world war 1 (54), world war 2 (142)

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If you teach American history, be sure to bookmark this site for use throughout the year. New teachers will especially appreciate having a stockpile of ready-made lessons they can tweak and make their own, and of course, any American history teacher can take advantage of the free lesson plans and teaching resources included here. Use activities from this site to differentiate learning within your classroom. Be sure to share with other American History teachers on your campus.
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