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Educators New to Twitter - Kyle Calderwod

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K to 12
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Learn what you need to do and know to start using Twitter. Sign up to get a Twitter mentor or BE a mentor! Find out what to do before creating ...more
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Learn what you need to do and know to start using Twitter. Sign up to get a Twitter mentor or BE a mentor! Find out what to do before creating a Twitter account, get advice about whom to follow, explore programs to use to help you manage your Twitter account, and read how to keep track of everything. Learn about all the terms needed to be successful using Twitter as a teacher. This site is clean, simple, and very helpful!

tag(s): chat (53), microblogging (45), social networking (115), twitter (51)

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After creating an account, look at the page for what else you can start doing. Find other educators to follow on the Before You Begin page, and also look at participating in a Twitter Chat. Find a list of chats to join, and the day and time they meet at Twitter - Education Chats.As a teaching tool, Twitter is amazing! If your school permits access, have a class account for your class to follow people who work in fields and topics you study. Even primary grades can connect with other classes or "follow" many learning experiences via Twitter. Learn much more about teaching ideas and tools for Twitter in the many resources listed on TeachersFirst Twitter for Teachers page.

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Word Frog - Arcademics Skill Builders

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K to 2
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Practice antonyms, synonyms, and homonyms with the word eating frog. Simply click to match the correct answer. Practice your speed and accuracy. Your final score will be shared at the...more
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Practice antonyms, synonyms, and homonyms with the word eating frog. Simply click to match the correct answer. Practice your speed and accuracy. Your final score will be shared at the end. This site is ideal for beginner readers, but you must be able to read basic sight words. Students learning what antonyms, synonyms, and homonyms mean will also find valuable practice at this site.

tag(s): antonyms (26), homonyms (11), sight words (37), synonyms (38)

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In the classroom, introduce, practice, or reinforce concepts of antonyms, synonyms, and homonyms on your interactive whiteboard. If you teach kindergarten, you may want to make this site a class activity so even the non-readers can easily participate. With younger students, pair up stronger readers with a weaker reader to complete the activities on the site. Offer this interactive to students during centers or for home use. This site is ideal for ESL/ELL learners to deepen their comprehension of the English language.
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Musicovery - Vincent Castaignet and Frederic Vavrille

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K to 12
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Create and personalize a music playlist using Musicovery. Hover your mouse over different areas of the mood pad to define your radio settings of energetic, dark, positive, or calm....more
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Create and personalize a music playlist using Musicovery. Hover your mouse over different areas of the mood pad to define your radio settings of energetic, dark, positive, or calm. Narrow choices by different genres such as pop, soundtracks, world music, and more. A song list starts playing once you selected the mood. Create an account to save favorites for use later.
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tag(s): creative writing (169), learning styles (19), sounds (68)

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Be sure to share this link with students and parents looking for less distracting sounds while brainstorming or working. Note that songs with words will probably distract, so you may want to stick to classical or other instrumental options. Reading a book to the class or conducting a science lab? Turn up your speakers and use calming sounds as mood music to set the stage for your story. Play a few minutes of relaxing sounds before a major test. Let a student "DJ" choose a class relaxation or creativity soundscape. If you have "silent reading" time in your class or school, calm music will help students to focus. As you talk with students about discovering their learning styles, offer this site as a suggestion for them to try while prewriting or studying for tests. Emotional support and autistic support teachers may want to experiment to see if these sounds can help their students.
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Spelling Wizard - Scholastic

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K to 5
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Try your hand at spelling practice using Spelling Wizard. Enter words into the blanks and then choose to make a word search or word scramble. You can do the spelling ...more
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Try your hand at spelling practice using Spelling Wizard. Enter words into the blanks and then choose to make a word search or word scramble. You can do the spelling activities online or click to print.

tag(s): spelling (166)

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In your classroom, introduce Spelling Wizard on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Share your weekly spelling words as a class or in small groups. Make this a regular part of your word study centers featuring each week's words. If you do the "Daily 5," use this as one of your centers. Share this link on your class wiki or website for students to practice at home. This tool is also handy for practicing correct spellings of states and capitals, science terms, and more. It would even work for learning to spell the names of classmates at the beginning of the school year.
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LitPick - LitPick

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4 to 12
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LitPick is a great place to find preteen and teen literature reviewed by students from all over the world. Discover the latest reads reviewed by students. Students apply to ...more
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LitPick is a great place to find preteen and teen literature reviewed by students from all over the world. Discover the latest reads reviewed by students. Students apply to become a reviewer, along with an adult sponsor, and get a free eBook or print book. Choose a book by age or genre. Read within 4-6 weeks and write a 5-10 sentence review summarizing the book, without giving away the ending. Submit and receive feedback before the final review is approved and published. Receive points and badges for well written reviews. Find books listed by author, genre, or age group. Adult members of LitPick can participate in the monthly book giveaway contest and newsletter that features student book reviews and special offers. Sign up to receive the latest announcement and promotional giveaways. Start book clubs, or use in classes. LitPick was selected as Best Website for Teaching and Learning by the American Association of School Librarians, and selected for the Gold Award from Mom's Choice and the Association of Independent Authors. LitPick also hosts a video review channel titled BookTube residing on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): expository writing (45), independent reading (130), literature (276), literature circles (5)

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Use this site for a real reviewer's experience or simply to find great books. Evaluate other reviews and make a list of noteworthy reviewing techniques. Students choose the latest new reads before they are released to the public. Sign up individual students, groups or students, or your class to read a book together and write a review. Challenge your gifted ones to work on this authentic review task. This site is perfect to use for literature circles. Create your own "LitPick" on your school library site. Have students involve parents as their sponsor for greater parental involvement and excitement. Get the newest books free.
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Toggl - Toggl

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K to 12
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Easily track time spent on projects without time sheets! Enter your task and click to begin tracking. View the day-by-day breakdown of time spent on the activities. Generate summary,...more
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Easily track time spent on projects without time sheets! Enter your task and click to begin tracking. View the day-by-day breakdown of time spent on the activities. Generate summary, detailed, or weekly reports. Use this tool to create teams and generate team reports. Invite members by email and mark team data as public or private as needed. Use multiple machines in the day? No problem. Time is tracked across multiple devices including Android and iOs.
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tag(s): classroom management (148), DAT device agnostic tool (167), organizational skills (129), time (141)

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Introduce this tool to students as you talk about study skills and homework habits at the start of the school year. Make it part of your lessons on "how to study" or part of your first long term project, especially with disorganized middle schoolers (and gifted students). Have students track how they are spending their time outside of school and make resolutions about how they can adjust it to improve grades, etc. Even teachers need to track time spent on activities. Record time spent in preparing lessons, collaborating, maintaining your PLN, communicating with parents, extra-curricular activities, and more. This tool is beneficial with student groups and tracking time spent on activities. Be sure that students break down the specific responsibilities needed for the project and separate them out to the group. Students can show the work they completed as well as the summary report of time spent. Students can use this information as self-reflection upon completion of any class project and see the possible impact of time well spent!

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e-learning for kids - Life Skills - Communication - Dr. Nick van Dam

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K to 6
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e-learning for kids' is a collection of five interactives for elementary students to learn different types of communication skills. The lessons cover a range of topics including the...more
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e-learning for kids' is a collection of five interactives for elementary students to learn different types of communication skills. The lessons cover a range of topics including the difference between verbal and non-verbal communication, and the skills for being successful at both. Learn about shyness and assertiveness, public speaking, conflict, types of communication, and general communication skills. Choose any lesson to begin and follow the prompts to complete the activity.

tag(s): conflict resolution (8), listening (91), point of view (9), speech (92)

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e-learning for kids is the ideal place to start a unit on communication. Use the overview about communication as a mini-lesson on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Create a link to lessons for students to complete on classroom computers. Students learn through practice and discussion of real and imaginary situations. These lessons may also be useful for autistic support, emotional support, or counselor discussion groups. Use the ideas for activities at Out On a Limb, reviewed here. Be sure to provide a link to both sites on the class webpage or newsletter for students to use at home.
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Front Row - Sidharth Kakkar

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K to 8
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Front Row is a Common Core-aligned program with resources for Math, ELA, and Social Studies for K-8 that adapts to individual student skills. Front Row has over 30,000 math questions...more
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Front Row is a Common Core-aligned program with resources for Math, ELA, and Social Studies for K-8 that adapts to individual student skills. Front Row has over 30,000 math questions matched to all math standards and more than 500 ELA articles that often cover social studies and science standards as well as all ELA standards. There are five reading levels offered for each article. Sign up to create a class account and add student information. Students login in through an iPad app or with the online web version and the class code. Students complete a diagnostic pre-test and then begin working at their individual level. Awards of coins for completion of levels promote student engagement and enjoyment of the program. Front Row also promotes student collaboration through their inquiry-based, cross-curricular lessons. Other features include a scratch pad for working through problems, virtual manipulatives, and individualized printables for practice. Receive detailed analytics and student reports on your Front Row dashboard. You may encounter a warning about how Front Row may not work on your browser and to use the Chrome app. For this reviewer Mozilla FireFox and Microsoft Edge seemed to work fine for a student pre-test and the teacher dashboard.
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tag(s): differentiation (49), independent reading (130), reading comprehension (118), writing (364)

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After creating your classroom account and adding rosters, introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. If you are lucky enough to have a class set of mobile devices, allow students to use Front Row while you work directly with individuals or small groups of students. Front Row is a great way to supplement instruction for both gifted and special needs students. Visit the FAQ section for ideas for implementing Front Row in your math, ELA, social studies, or science classroom. Be sure to share login information with parents for student practice at home.

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The Global Read Aloud - Pernille Ripp

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K to 12
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The Global Read Aloud offers you a chance to share a book with other students from around the world. This program is in its fourth year and has had over ...more
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The Global Read Aloud offers you a chance to share a book with other students from around the world. This program is in its fourth year and has had over 200,000 participants. The Global Read Aloud is a six-week event that ends in November. Announcement of the book list and the author study selections occur each spring. Student involvement starts in the fall each year. Teachers, parents, and individual students are invited to join. Choose a book to read and sign up at the very beginning of each October. There is a Google form on the main page for registration. On this main page, you will find several suggested ways to participate: The Global Read Aloud wiki, Edmodo, reviewed here, Kidblog, reviewed here, and several others. Also, find a list of teachers who have already started connecting and their Edmodo links.

tag(s): authors (121), guided reading (47), reading comprehension (118), reading lists (79)

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Start looking at The Global Read Aloud program before the school year starts. The author study can be useful for students who have difficulty reading chapter books. There are also pictures books available for younger students. Choose the book early, or get your students involved once school starts. Have students vote for the book they want to read by using a program like Wejit, reviewed here. WeJit allows students to write why they want to read that book. As you are reading the book, you may want to have small groups research and investigate the setting, author, inferences, references, and allusions to other books, history, and places. Book Drum, reviewed here, is a good example with ideas for "profiling" a book. Researching and presenting their findings will help students with deep reading experience required by the Common Core Standards. Have students create a class wiki modeled after Book Drum. To learn more about using wikis in your classroom, check out the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through.

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HelloSign - Joseph Walla

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K to 12
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Obtain and send signatures on documents with HelloSign. This service allows you to email documents and receive legally binding signatures through email and other services. The free...more
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Obtain and send signatures on documents with HelloSign. This service allows you to email documents and receive legally binding signatures through email and other services. The free service permits three per month. HelloSign also syncs with DropBox, Box, Evernote, and SkyDrive. Sign up using your email or Google account then follow steps on the Getting Started link. Upload documents from your computer or allowed services to edit and sign, add a message and recipients then send. Send up to three free documents per month with a free account. There is the option for a 30-day free trial period of some of the premium features, however, this review is only for the "always" free features.
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tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (167), organizational skills (129)

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Use HelloSign to obtain parent signatures on IEP's, behavior notices, and more when parents are unable to physically sign documents. Have administrators send evaluation documents for teacher signatures electronically. Use anytime a signature is required without having to mail documents or have the signer present. You will, of course, want to be sure that a "clever" student is not doing the signing for his or her parents! Make sure to verify email addresses through a phone call or other means.

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English Media Lab - englishmedialab

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K to 12
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Discover an all-in-one site for ESL/ELL lessons in grammar, listening, vocabulary, pronunciation, etc. in many levels. Multi-level lessons are for different age groups, children and...more
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Discover an all-in-one site for ESL/ELL lessons in grammar, listening, vocabulary, pronunciation, etc. in many levels. Multi-level lessons are for different age groups, children and young adult learners. In addition to lessons, there is a variety of puzzles as well as games and quizzes. There are print-ables in many parts of the site. Particularly interesting is the ESL TV section that assists with pronunciation and phonics. Most of the offerings are available at several levels.
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tag(s): enrichment (13), grammar (214), phonics (72), pronunciation (44), vocabulary (325)

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Use this program in centers on your classroom computers. Bookmark activities, videos, and games for your ELL students' needs. Consider using a bookmarking tool such as Symbaloo, reviewed here,. Create tiles with a symbol for the activities, games, and video for each center, allowing your students to feel independent.
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Cellsea - Cellsea LLC

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Cellsea is a free online photo editor. To begin, upload any image from your computer or load from an image URL. Features include drawing on images, re-sizing, cropping, correcting brightness,...more
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Cellsea is a free online photo editor. To begin, upload any image from your computer or load from an image URL. Features include drawing on images, re-sizing, cropping, correcting brightness, and adding special effects. Save edited images when finished or use links to share via email or Flickr. Optional log-in with Facebook or Twitter enables the ability to share via these social networks.

tag(s): editing (66), images (277), photography (162)

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Pictures taken in the classroom often need to be edited in some way, and this online photo editor provides many of the options needed plus a few interesting effects. With no registration, have students upload a picture, create effects, and save again on their computer. Advise students to use pictures that they have permission to alter. Using their own photos is one way to ensure this. Be sure to check your school's acceptable use policy. Students should be aware of how to upload and then find their creation. When using pictures for any classroom projects, lessons, or activities, use this service.

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Dynamic Learning Maps - Dynamic Learning Maps

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Dynamic Learning Maps are assessments that are being created to administer to individuals with disabilities to inform instruction. The field test will be completed in the fall of 2014....more
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Dynamic Learning Maps are assessments that are being created to administer to individuals with disabilities to inform instruction. The field test will be completed in the fall of 2014. There is tons of information to look at for Dynamic Learning Maps. Three different types of professional development modules are available now, and are about which students have the most significant disabilities. Get professional development on the Universal Design for Learning. Training modules include Principles of Effective English Language Arts Instruction and Standards of Mathematical Practice. Included are facilitator's guides and handouts. Find some exemplar text supports for students with disabilities. Parents and students with disabilities can also find suggested resources to aid in educational pursuits.

tag(s): assessment (106), disabilities (20)

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This site is not just for resource teachers. All teachers need to reach all of their students under their instruction, and learn to use inclusion effectively. Review ideas presented and ways to provide support for your students with disabilities. Under the More Information tab, slide down to teachers and learn more about the Tar Heel Reader library which is a very large library of open-source, accessible, texts for individuals with disabilities of all ages. Under the same tab view the resources for parents and students to find links you may want to recommend to parents.
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Doing What Works - US Department of Education

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Looking for best practices and ways to provide evidence for current practices? Discover Doing What Works! Find research and resources in the subject areas of reading, math, science,...more
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Looking for best practices and ways to provide evidence for current practices? Discover Doing What Works! Find research and resources in the subject areas of reading, math, science, English fluency, and how to teach effectively for teachers and administrators. Current national reports reflect recent trends in education. Information is also geared to educating parents.

tag(s): grants (19), parents (58), professional development (132)

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Use Doing What Works to increase your knowledge of best practices and have research backing up your educational decisions. Need information and evidence for grants? Doing What Works is the go-to site! This site is a great site to recommend to eager parents to help them understand current educational practices, and also parent resources.
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Turn on Common Core Math - NC State University

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1 to 12
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Go to Turnonccmath to find standards, unpack them, and see the progressions. Look at the standards by grade level and discover the conceptual understanding, common mistakes,...more
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Go to Turnonccmath to find standards, unpack them, and see the progressions. Look at the standards by grade level and discover the conceptual understanding, common mistakes, and ways to help students understand connections to previous learning. Use the learning trajectory views or follow by grade level for each standard. Find different resources and presentations to aid in further knowledge.
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tag(s): commoncore (97)

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This site is a great place to begin the Common Core math journey, or also just use for checking to be sure you are teaching all of the conceptual material required with each standard. Keep this site bookmarked because you will need to continue referring back for each objective. Bookmark this site on the'?class web page to help parents understand the Common Core math standards.

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Lingo Hut - Lingo Hut

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1 to 8
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This site offers English lessons for ESL/ELL students beginning from their native language. All directions and vocabulary are in their first language. Learn by clicking on the topic...more
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This site offers English lessons for ESL/ELL students beginning from their native language. All directions and vocabulary are in their first language. Learn by clicking on the topic you would like to pursue. Listen to the pronunciation of the new vocabulary while looking at its translation. Activities that review the vocabulary include flash cards that are in the first language on one side and English on the other, tic-tac-toe games and concentration games. Quizzes show the words and phrases studied in your first language. Select the answer based on the English words and phrases heard. If computers have microphones, students can also record their own voices pronouncing the vocabulary words and then immediately listen to how they sound.
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tag(s): flash cards (47), vocabulary (325), vocabulary development (125)

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Sit ESL/ELL students in pairs at classroom computers to get extra review for survival vocabulary and phrases. This site is perfect for the classroom where there is one or more English language learners. This would be like having a personal tutor. Be sure to put the URL on your class website so students can work at home, too. It would be a good idea to get parents involved, if they are learning English, too.
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A List of Twitter Educators by Subject Area - Alice Keeler

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K to 12
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Are you looking for other educators to follow on Twitter? Check out this lengthy list of educator Twitter handles arranged by subject. The easiest way to view the full document ...more
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Are you looking for other educators to follow on Twitter? Check out this lengthy list of educator Twitter handles arranged by subject. The easiest way to view the full document is to click the link located under the heading "A Twitter Win." This link leads to a Google document with headings for all content areas as well as Ed Tech, Counselors, Administrators, and more. Use the scroll bar at the bottom of the document to view all categories. Add your own Twitter handle in the appropriate category for inclusion on this document.
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tag(s): social networking (115), twitter (51)

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Explore the site to discover and follow educators who match your interests and needs. Read the Tweets about what is happening in other classrooms to gain some fresh, new ideas. Looking for more ways to use Twitter in the classroom? If you are the only person in your building who teaches a particular subject, such as gifted or learning support, this list can help you find like minds to share ideas or to set up collaborations between your students. Read more about Twitter at TeachersFirst's Twitter for Teachers page.

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what a great resource Susan, NY, Grades: 6 - 12

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Veezzle - Vezzle

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K to 12
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Use Veezzle to search for royalty free stock photos and clip art. Veezzle sources its images from a variety of royalty free sites to provide you with an efficient experience. ...more
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Use Veezzle to search for royalty free stock photos and clip art. Veezzle sources its images from a variety of royalty free sites to provide you with an efficient experience. Preserved photographer notes on the images allow you to see what the photographer said about their work and any requests for credit. Veezzle is quite fast to find photos, and it's free of banners and pop-ups. Sort your search by relevance, popularity, and latest. Buttons under the search bar also allow you easily to navigate through the photo sets. Please note that license details for images found on source sites marked with an asterisk should be carefully checked as some copyrighted material can slip through the search filters for these particular sites. Disclaimer: The use of any image found using Veezzle is at your own risk. It is your obligation to verify, read, and respect the license of each photo and use it responsibly. Warning: Remind students about school and class rules about searching on the Internet. Give students explicit directions about what to search for. Some images are sexually graphic.
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tag(s): copyright (49), creative commons (22), images (277)

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Is there a copyright conundrum in your classroom? It is important to teach students about copyright and owner's rights. Demonstrate good search practices as well as how to save the images on the student's computer. Teach the students how to provide full credit to the owner of the image. Use Veezzle to search for photos for presentations, projects, or research. Use the images for ESL/ELL students or speech/language students to create their own visual dictionary. Challenge your students to use images to illustrate vocabulary words using the images from Veezzle or to accompany their writing. Project an image or post it online to use as a writing prompt or to create descriptive sentences. Have one student describe the image as another creates a sketch from the description. Then, compare the described image to the real image. Have students create a multimedia presentation using Prezi, reviewed here, or another presentation tool. Be sure to hold students accountable by including a "digital citizenship" category in your project rubric, requiring proper credit for all images. You will want to spot check a few of the URLs to be sure they are actually correct credits. Share Veezzle on your class web page, wiki, or blog so students can access it anywhere, anytime.

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Online Math Learning - OnlineMathLearning.com

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1 to 12
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Supplement math instruction in the classroom using OnLineMathLearning. Find videos explaining concepts, worksheets for practice, games, and activities. The site material correlates...more
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Supplement math instruction in the classroom using OnLineMathLearning. Find videos explaining concepts, worksheets for practice, games, and activities. The site material correlates to Singapore Math but is assessable to all learners. Explore math by grade level, or by topic. Find math worksheets by grade level or even by topic. There is also Test Prep for SAT, ACT, GMAT, GRE, ESL, IELTS, or TOEFL. Furthermore, this site has instruction on Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Animal facts, Programming, or English help. Find many science project ideas, listed by subject area.
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tag(s): parents (58), video (273), worksheets (61)

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OnLineMathLearning is a nice supplement to your classroom. Use the videos on your interactive whiteboard to begin instruction. Differentiate your math instruction by student need and assign individually. Use the worksheets, games, and activities for extra practice and reinforcement. Allow students to see the ideas listed before they start their science fair projects. Recommend this website to parents so they can understand the "new way" of doing math. Be sure to list as a resource for extra practice on your class website. Keep the videos on this site in mind for using as models when assigning students to make their own videos. Be sure to include in your math parent night. Use as enrichment for your advanced students.
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Do Nothing for 2 Minutes - Alex Tew

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K to 12
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Take a much-needed 2 minute break with Do Nothing for 2 Minutes. When you enter the website, the 2 minute timer begins. Relax and enjoy the soothing sounds of waves ...more
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Take a much-needed 2 minute break with Do Nothing for 2 Minutes. When you enter the website, the 2 minute timer begins. Relax and enjoy the soothing sounds of waves and the beautiful beach image. If you do anything, such as move your mouse, the timer resets challenging you to take the full 2 minutes of relaxation time. What a fabulous tool for lowering your stress or refocusing!

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Use Do Nothing for 2 Minutess to settle students down after activities or during transition times. Use it to relax them before "big tests." This site may be perfect for those students that need a little quiet time in their daily routine. Use this site with any students who may need some quiet time between transitions. Share this site to use with students while studying. They could study for 15 minutes (or longer, depending on the age) and "earn" two minutes of relaxation. If students feel stressed out about a project, try starting with this 2 minute relaxation exercise to calm the nerves. Use this site for yourself: relaxing, destressing, and enjoying life for a quick 2 minutes. Use this tool during a unit in study skills to talk about ways to refocus as you study. There is great value in incubation time before actually launching into a new project or creative challenge, and this tool can help!

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