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Closr (Beta) - Closr.it

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K to 12
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Engage your audience with zoomable images using Closr. Create an account and upload an image to begin. Add "Spots" and descriptions of any location on the image. Use the zoom ...more
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Engage your audience with zoomable images using Closr. Create an account and upload an image to begin. Add "Spots" and descriptions of any location on the image. Use the zoom feature to zoom in on any area on the image. Highlight and describe information. When finished, share using the embed code, URL, or social media links. Free plans include creating up to 5 canvases. Currently this site is also available as an iOS App.
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tag(s): images (266)

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Share Closr with your school's art teacher as an excellent way to highlight and feature details on artwork. History and science teachers can use Closr to zoom in on parts of the microscope, cells, historic buildings, battles, and more. Have students upload an image to demonstrate different parts of plants, landforms, or shapes found in images.

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Digital Compass - Common Sense Media

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5 to 9
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Digital Compass is an animated interactive designed to teach middle school students about digital citizenship. Each of the eight characters demonstrates a different topic such as cyberbullying...more
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Digital Compass is an animated interactive designed to teach middle school students about digital citizenship. Each of the eight characters demonstrates a different topic such as cyberbullying and Internet safety. Along the way players choose different options. Some choices have positive results, and others have negative consequences. This tool is also available in Spanish. Find an Educator Guide for suggestions about how to use this tool in the classroom and PDFs for a Quick Start Guide and the Teacher's Guide.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (199), digital citizenship (59), internet safety (109)

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This site is perfect to incorporate into any digital citizenship lessons. Complete activities together on your interactive whiteboard while making appropriate and inappropriate choices along the way. Create a link on your class website or blog for use at home. Be sure to share Digital Compass with parents to use as part of their online safety discussions at home. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here, or Venngage, reviewed here.
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Spelling Practice - Interlink Language Centers

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4 to 12
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Practice spelling with or without sound with multi-level quizzes available as part of English lesson practice. Choose from two sets of quizzes. The first set includes a sentence with...more
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Practice spelling with or without sound with multi-level quizzes available as part of English lesson practice. Choose from two sets of quizzes. The first set includes a sentence with a missing word. Listen to the word, type it into the box, and then check the answer. When using the second set, look at two word choices and select the word with the correct spelling. Each set of quizzes includes five levels with ten quizzes in each level. Although this site was originally created for English language learners, it could be useful with all students.

tag(s): spelling (168)

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Be sure to include this site on your class webpage for students to access both in and outside of class for further practice. Create a link to this site on classroom computers for students to practice on their own. Share with ESL/ELL students for spelling practice.

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Listly Virtual Field Trips - CSISD Tech

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4 to 12
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Bring the world to your classroom with this excellent list of virtual field trips. At the time of this review, there were nearly 50 field trips available! Take a trip ...more
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Bring the world to your classroom with this excellent list of virtual field trips. At the time of this review, there were nearly 50 field trips available! Take a trip to the Eiffel Tower, the Taj Mahal, or Rome. Choose any of the titles to visit the home site for the virtual field trip. Some of the titles have several virtual tours listed, i.e. 7 Wonders Panorama. Share any link via social media, email, or by using the code to embed in a website or blog. Some field trips require Quick Time or Java while others require Flash.

tag(s): africa (180), cultures (105), museums (49), rome (27), virtual field trips (48), white house (14)

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Immerse your students in your studies with a close up in depth look through virtual field trips. Visit places where time, money, and mileage inhibit your dreams for bringing your students into wondrous worlds. Find ways to visit where your class has never gone before. Find ways to motivate your most reluctant learners. For history teachers who teach ancient Rome, the history of the Islamic religion, ancient China, or just about any other historical topic, this would be a real treat for students. Help them recognize that these cultures were once real people, with skills, and goals. World languages teachers will be able to introduce different cultures from a new perspective. Small groups or individual students can focus on one of the tours. ESL/ELL learners will appreciate the visit. Reach all types of learners through a class visit. Use field trips as a whole class anticipatory guide, a center activity, a home connection, or even as extra credit. Challenge your gifted students to be guides to their own learning. Make your class go global!
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Digital Storyteller - Center for Technology and Teacher Education Univ. of Virginia

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1 to 12
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Find a one-stop shop for digital storytelling at this site, created by the University of Virginia. Produce quick and easy digital storytelling projects and find detailed instructions...more
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Find a one-stop shop for digital storytelling at this site, created by the University of Virginia. Produce quick and easy digital storytelling projects and find detailed instructions for creation. Begin with the idea map. Go to the script and prepare your dialogue. Narrate and record the script. Add images to go with your words. The site also lists other resources featuring digital storytelling. Join the community blog to grow and explore other peoples' ideas. Enjoy the featured story to find an excellent example.

tag(s): digital storytelling (145)

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Emerge your class into higher level thinking skills and the 21st century skills involved in a digital storytelling project. Take any and all subject matter and dig deeper into the curriculum. Start small and gradually build up in complexity and depth. Draw or take your own pictures for this project, or find Creative Commons images for student projects (with credit, of course) at Compfight, reviewed here. Start by sharing the example on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Brainstorm examples with the content you are currently studying. Use digital storytelling as an alternate form of assessment. Be sure to post all student work on your website, blog, or Edmodo account to share with others.

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Creative Educator - Tech4Learning

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1 to 12
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Creative Educator offers articles, lesson plans, and resources for many different ways to put creativity into the curriculum. Explore four main topics: Creativity, Digital Storytelling,...more
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Creative Educator offers articles, lesson plans, and resources for many different ways to put creativity into the curriculum. Explore four main topics: Creativity, Digital Storytelling, 21st Century Classrooms, and Project-based Learning. Curriculum related areas such as Literacy, English Language Aquisition, and Stem resources will grab your interest. Find a variety of lessons in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies to integrate technology and pique students' interest.
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tag(s): addition (251), creativity (109)

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Creative Educator, designed for teachers, helps you move past stale worksheets to get inspired! Be sure to look at this site to help you discover ways to integrate technology and creativity into lessons. Work with a partner to make the lessons fit in your situation. Share at staff meetings and offer new ideas. Look for ways to bring a new focus to your gifted students. Give as a resource to students, so they can choose a multimedia product to share the content knowledge they are learning.

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Safe YouTube Videos - Wessam El Mahdy

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K to 12
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Confidently share YouTube videos without distractions or offensive comments with Safe YouTube (no registration required!). Paste the URL of a YouTube link into the bar to generate a...more
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Confidently share YouTube videos without distractions or offensive comments with Safe YouTube (no registration required!). Paste the URL of a YouTube link into the bar to generate a safe view link and begin viewing. Use links provided to download or share through social networking sites. 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): classroom management (135), internet safety (109), video (253)

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Share "distraction-free" videos on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Removing distractions and having confidence in removing any offensive content makes for a better learning experience. Use this tool to limit distractions for your ADD/ADHD, Autistic, unfocused Gifted, and other special needs students. Less distraction = better learning experience for all.

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Study Body Language - Study-Body-Language

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Communicate more effectively with students, parents, and administrators with Study Body Language, a site that promotes nonverbal communication. Discover the many ways people communicate...more
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Communicate more effectively with students, parents, and administrators with Study Body Language, a site that promotes nonverbal communication. Discover the many ways people communicate non-verbally through facial expressions, gestures, touch, tone, volume, the rate of voice, personal space, eye contact, physical appearance, and hygiene. Discover how to hone your skills in reading others' body language. Learn ways to promote yourself using posture and attitude. A collection of videos from various sources helps you see concrete examples of reading nonverbal communications. If your district blocks YouTube, some videos 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. Join the blog and RSS feed to get even more videos and ideas on nonverbal communication.
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tag(s): autism (22), back to school (58), debate (41), gifted (96), speech (92)

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As a professional educator, nonverbal body language greatly impacts your teaching, communication with students, colleagues, parents, and presentations. Improve your nonverbal communication skills by reviewing different parts of the site. Feature on the interactive whiteboard (or projector) as part of instructions for student presentations to offer important tips for success. Use as a resource for any autistic children or children who have difficulty communicating. Give to parents as a resource for when their student is practicing a project presentation, or with their student who needs extra assistance in communication. Fuel your debate team with these important tips. During leadership classes or activities, these can become important lesson ideas and resources. During practice for job or college interviews, have students discover important ways to communicate.
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The Teacher Toolkit - The Region 13 Educator Certification Program (ECP)

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K to 12
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Find many strategies and techniques to keep your class engaged and interested! Many of the strategies are also helpful in adult meetings. View the short video on the home page ...more
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Find many strategies and techniques to keep your class engaged and interested! Many of the strategies are also helpful in adult meetings. View the short video on the home page to get a good overview of what to find and how to navigate this site. See the Strategies and Techniques, or Tools, by clicking on the button. Not only will all the tools be displayed, but on the left find a menu with categories to make it easier to find what you are looking for. There are Opening and Closing Activities, Checks for Understanding, Reading Strategies, and more. There is no sign in to see all the activities. However, by joining the site, you will be able to take and save notes for the different tools of interest. Each tool has an overview of how and when to use it, variations of the tool, and templates (downloaded in Word) for participants to use. Some tools have accompanying videos to show the tool in action. The video clips require Flash, the rest of the site does not.

tag(s): back to school (58), classroom management (135), reading strategies (45)

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Keep lessons engaging and interactive with these Tools. For instance use the Quiz, Quiz, Trade activity to get students up and to interact with questions for review before a test. To structure a meaningful discussion try the 5-3-1 activity. Use the Gallery Walk to review and get students discussing the unit or topic just finished. With the Gallery Walk, student groups could create posters (maybe a picture summary of something just read in class) and walk around observing and taking notes from others' posters. There are dozens more for you to try at The Teacher Toolkit.
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OK2Ask'®: Specialized for Special Needs - July 2015 - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Learn how to adapt your teaching for your students' special needs using TeachersFirst...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Learn how to adapt your teaching for your students' special needs using TeachersFirst resources. Participants will view and explore tools to help students needing emotional support, learning support, speech/language support, autistic support, ESL assistance, and more. Find resources that promote organization, focus, and differentiated learning. Use exploration time to discover and discuss how selected resources can be utilized in your classroom. This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels.

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Gather ideas by exploring at least 10 specialized resources on TeachersFirst; Explore and practice with selected resources; Investigate and discuss lesson ideas offered in reviews and by other participants; List and discuss other curriculum related projects or activities that could be done using the resources in the teacher's own teaching situation; (Follow-up) Implement one of the provided resources into an upcoming teaching unit or lesson. Applicable ISTE-T standards (2008)*: 1a, b, c; 2a, b, c, d; 3b, c, d; 4c ISTE's standards page.

tag(s): adhd (28), autism (22)

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Help ALL of your special needs students with the ideas in this session. Learn ways to differentiate to reach them all. Take a look at the resource page full of excellent resources to explore! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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Bingo Card Generator - Christopher Herdt

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K to 8
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Create Bingo cards in no time with the Bingo Card Generator. In the boxes provided, enter any word list and choices for free space, card size, and number of cards ...more
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Create Bingo cards in no time with the Bingo Card Generator. In the boxes provided, enter any word list and choices for free space, card size, and number of cards to make. When finished, choose the "Generate Bingo Cards" to print.

tag(s): game based learning (103), printables (38), worksheets (60)

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Use the Bingo Card Creator to create Bingo games to review any topic with small groups. Instead of saying the word that is on the Bingo card, give the definition (so students must find the term) or a math problem whose answer is among those on the card. Create sight word bingo cards for younger students and ESL/ELL students. Bingo is an excellent review tool for science or social studies. Put a short description of a vocabulary word into the space. Tell students the name of the vocabulary word and see if they can find it on the Bingo card. Alternatively, do the reverse and write the vocabulary word on the card and read the definition to the class. Encourage students to create bingo games for each other as a review or to engage the audience during oral presentations. Learning support teachers can create them together with students as an engaging way to review. World language teachers (and students) can create bingo cards to reinforce vocabulary.
 

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The eLearning Coach - Connie Malamed

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5 to 12
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Get ready to sharpen your information and visual presentations! Discover resources to make your presentations pop at The eLearning Coach. Find downloadable storyboard templates, editing...more
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Get ready to sharpen your information and visual presentations! Discover resources to make your presentations pop at The eLearning Coach. Find downloadable storyboard templates, editing tools, and examples of online learning. Included are various podcasts to support instructional design. Articles also support audio, authoring tools, graphics, video, mobile learning, and more. The site also provides support and advice. They offer many free templates, ready to go! This site contains some products for purchase. This review is for the free part of this tool.
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tag(s): digital storytelling (145), multimedia (57)

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Bring students to the next level of technology literacy. Bring the eLearning coach into your classroom to present different ideas and lessons. Begin with an article and allow exploration time. Offer as a resource when using multimedia. Use as a resource for yourself to make your presentations more professional and stand out! Be sure to share this tool with other teachers.
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Plickers - Nolan Amy

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1 to 12
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All-inclusive student response is what Plickers is all about. Students do not need to have Internet access. Responders use individualized QR Code cards (print a set FREE from Plickers),...more
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All-inclusive student response is what Plickers is all about. Students do not need to have Internet access. Responders use individualized QR Code cards (print a set FREE from Plickers), to answer questions. You use your mobile device to read the QR Code cards that students hold up. Create an account and get started immediately. No need to wait for an email response. There is a demo to use, or see the Help page for detailed instructions for adding classes, students, questions (with or without images), and folders to organize your questions by unit, topic, lesson and more. You can save student responses to your online Plicker account.
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tag(s): assessment (100), DAT device agnostic tool (199), game based learning (103), gamification (65), qr codes (21), questioning (31), quiz (85)

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Create greater student engagement and increased student interest in your classroom with Plickers. Students give their input anonymously. Print out Plickers' cards and hand out to students. Use an interactive whiteboard or projector to explain how the Plickers cards work. Create questions, with or without images, and add multiple choice answers. Project your questions and possible answers. Have students hold up their card in the position that reflects their answer. Use your mobile device and Plickers mobile app to scan the cards. You will see a bar graph with student responses on your mobile device. These can be saved to your Plickers account. Use Plickers 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. There are cards with larger fonts for young students or the visually impaired. ESL/ELL teachers could use this for vocabulary or sentence structure practice. Unless your school or district has access to a matte-finish for laminating or matte-plastic pockets, you may want to collect the cards at the end of class.

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Apricot - Just Apricot

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2 to 12
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Apricot is not your average prompt generator. Use Apricot to have parents become collaborators in their child's education. With an Apricot account, create an online classroom or multiple...more
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Apricot is not your average prompt generator. Use Apricot to have parents become collaborators in their child's education. With an Apricot account, create an online classroom or multiple classrooms within the same account. Invite students to join using a code provided by Apricot for each class. Moreover, if you choose, invite parents to join and read their student's responses to the prompts you create. Send parents email alerts for only the response(s) you wish to share. Find an introduction Vimeo video on their blog (a link at the bottom of the landing page). This works on any browser based computer and on iPads. At the time of this review the site was planning to add an option to write a personal note to the parents when sending the prompt.

tag(s): parents (56), writing (359), writing prompts (92)

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What a great tool to get your students writing daily! Not only language arts teachers will benefit from using this tool. Any subject teacher can create prompts about the topics their students study. Use Apricot as an exit ticket to see where students have misconceptions about the lesson presented. For days when you need some help coming up with a prompt, look at Thought Questions, reviewed here, to get a few ideas. Send responses to parents easily by having them sign up for the code. Parents will not automatically get responses. You can select which responses to send them.

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Ultimate Student Copyright Guide - Quality Nonsense, Ltd.

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6 to 12
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This is a tool that explains everything you need to know about copyright, and then some! Learn what copyright is and is not, what it protects, what Public Domain is, ...more
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This is a tool that explains everything you need to know about copyright, and then some! Learn what copyright is and is not, what it protects, what Public Domain is, what the difference is between Copyright and Plagiarism, and a LOT more. Do you remember what the acronym DMCA stands for? Click on the twelfth item in the Table of Contents to find a link to The Ultimate DMCA Guide for Students. Hint: Copyright Infringement Consequences. There are several other pertinent links and resources listed under Table of Contents item twelve. In the middle of the page, under Derivative Works, is a very cool video featuring John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars. The video is about buying copyrighted material or sharing the profits gained from it. Another video referenced is Copyright Basics. Both videos are on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos 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): copyright (47), digital citizenship (59), plagiarism (35)

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This site is a must-share with students for all middle school and secondary teachers. Bookmark and save this site to use for discussion questions and factual information on plagiarism. As you use digital media, be sure to discuss copyright with students. Create a set of rules or reminders as a class to post in the classroom or on a class website or blog. Ask students, or small groups, to create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Piktochart, reviewed here. Share this site with parents at Back to School night for their use at home. Share a link to the site in a prominent place on your class website or blog for student reference at any time.

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ProjectWriter - BoomWriter

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2 to 8
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Develop and manage group writing projects with ProjectWriter. Created by BoomWriter, reviewed here, this site specifically provides support for expository...more
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Develop and manage group writing projects with ProjectWriter. Created by BoomWriter, reviewed here, this site specifically provides support for expository writing across any content area including built-in vocabulary tools. Begin by creating a project and breaking content into smaller, manageable sections. Enter assignments stating requirements such as word count, due dates, and more. Receive submissions in real time as students submit work for your review. After receiving all submissions allow students to review anonymous submissions and vote for the best entry.
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tag(s): digital storytelling (145), essays (21), expository writing (44), interactive stories (32), vocabulary (324), vocabulary development (126), writing (359)

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ProjectWriter is perfect for use when incorporating Common Core Writing Standards into any content area. Encourage students to read other students' writing for ideas about what makes informational writing interesting. Create a friendly competition within your grade level by starting a project and choosing a winner. Create new projects throughout the school year for any and all subjects.

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Choosito! - Eleni Miltsakaki

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K to 12
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Choosito! is a search engine providing safe access to the worldwide web through filtering of reading levels and subject areas for education. Create an account to add class information...more
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Choosito! is a search engine providing safe access to the worldwide web through filtering of reading levels and subject areas for education. Create an account to add class information and add your collections. Search Choosito! using filters for reading level and subject. Limit searches to Choosito's Library, your collections, or Choosito! Web. Easily share searches using social networking links or save to your library. Be sure to check out the Choosito! Start Guides for a quick overview to getting started with this search engine.

tag(s): bookmarks (60), search engines (65), search strategies (30)

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Create a classroom account and provide a link on classroom computers for student searches at any time. Differentiate in your class by assigning reading by reading level. ESL/ELL and resource teachers will find this especially helpful when looking for reading material at your students' level for topics assigned in core classes. Be sure to introduce Choosito! on an interactive whiteboard or projector for students to understand how to use this search engine. Share Choosito! with parents for use at home.

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Slidestory - Audio Slideshows & Podcasting (Beta) - Slidestory

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1 to 12
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Create a slideshow with voice narrations and images at Slidestory. Download the free slideshow publisher and begin. Publish your work on the site or join an online group to share ...more
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Create a slideshow with voice narrations and images at Slidestory. Download the free slideshow publisher and begin. Publish your work on the site or join an online group to share your work. Find answers to questions in the forum. Find examples of projects on the site categorized by subject. Join the RSS feed to stay up with the latest creations. Under support, find detailed information about each part of this process. When finished, save the file on your computer or publish to the Slidestory site. There is no need to download Slidestory if you only want to view the examples and selections.

tag(s): digital storytelling (145), podcasts (52), slides (63)

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Use SlideStory in all areas of your classroom life. Have each student create an electronic portfolio for use during the year. Have students use Slidestory when writing reading responses. Discover a new format for publishing writing of any genre: narrative, expository, or persuasive. Begin digital storytelling in an easy, simple way with all that you need. Become a character from a story and retell the story in that character's words. Have students record lessons of them teaching content to other students. Record your lessons for flipping your classroom. Record directions of a big project that your class has and publish on your website for student reference. Choose a character or period of history and create a memory book. Have students describe their futures in a leadership presentation. Have students make study guides for content review.

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Squirt - Squirt io

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2 to 12
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Start speed-reading with Squirt! Just install Squirt on your bookmarks bar. Clicking Try It Now will show you how this tool works. Back on the home page, click Install Squirt...more
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Start speed-reading with Squirt! Just install Squirt on your bookmarks bar. Clicking Try It Now will show you how this tool works. Back on the home page, click Install Squirt to read the FAQs and install the bookmarklet. When visiting a page on the web, select the text you would like to speed-read. Click on the bookmarklet, and watch the magic of Squirt begin. Squirt shows one word at a time while you adjust the speed of the words you read.

tag(s): independent reading (128)

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Want to take away the distractions of advertising or annoying graphics on a page? Use Squirt to only look at one word at a time. Squirt can also help struggling readers to practice their speed and accuracy rate. Squirt aids readers who may have problems with tracking. Use as an example of speed reading versus comprehension. Discuss the difference between reading with and without illustrations, tables, pictures, and the difference they make to comprehension. Use as a way to challenge students for reward certificates or extra computer time using an interactive they love. Use Squirt yourself, to get caught up on articles you need to read.

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We Tell Stories - Penguin Books Limited

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6 to 12
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Discover We Tell Stories, and find six different types of fiction with six different authors, each using a different type of technology. Each story has its unique way of integrating...more
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Discover We Tell Stories, and find six different types of fiction with six different authors, each using a different type of technology. Each story has its unique way of integrating technology into its fictional story. The story, The 21 Steps, uses Google Maps, challenging you to follow the story along the map. Once Upon a Time allows you to choose the characters. The story, Slice, unfolds through a series of blogs by the main characters. Hard Times is an interactive Prezi-type story. The interactive story, The Former General, allows you to navigate with the arrow keys uncovering the plot of the story. Don't miss this incredibly journey into digital storytelling.

tag(s): digital storytelling (145), narrative (24)

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Immerse your students into the world of digital storytelling! Lead your study of digital literacy with fictional literature with a new direction. Carefully examine, analyze, and enjoy each story! Feature each story on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Look for common characteristics found in all of the stories. Examine and analyze each story. Compare the story format to the traditional book format. Have students take a fairy tale (no copyright infringement), and assign groups to create their own way of adding technology. Use one of the many multimedia tools reviewed by TeachersFirst Edge, here, for this project. Present student creations to younger students. Finally, challenge your students to write and publish their own fictional story through technology. ESL/ELL and resource students will especially appreciate and benefit from the visual aspects of these stories. Be sure to add your students' finished digital storytelling projects to your class web page and share at family nights at school.
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