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Inspiration Quickstart Tutorial - Inspiration

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K to 12
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Learn to use Inspiration, the software that makes graphic organizers (and outlines)that make sense to your visual learners, using this printable pdf tutorial. You need Acrobat Reader...more
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Learn to use Inspiration, the software that makes graphic organizers (and outlines)that make sense to your visual learners, using this printable pdf tutorial. You need Acrobat Reader to open and print it. The page provides a link to get Acrobat Reader, if you do not have it.This tutorial is supplied by the software manufacturer.

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This site can also be used to help students develop study skills or determine what helps them learn best.
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Gliffy - Gliffy, Inc.

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K to 12
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Research verifies the power of graphic organizers in promoting strong thinking skills and comprehension for all ages. Gliffy is a FREE online tool for creating graphic organizers without...more
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Research verifies the power of graphic organizers in promoting strong thinking skills and comprehension for all ages. Gliffy is a FREE online tool for creating graphic organizers without purchasing ANY software. The free use is limited to students with an educational email account. You can export the graphic organizers to a blog or "publish" them on the web -- all for free.

tag(s): graphic organizers (41)

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Play with the tools and toolbars to create diagrams, access help and FAQ to collaborate, publish, or embed diagrams in your blog or other web page. Collaborators need individual email accounts to gain access.

Assign students to "map" out a chapter or story or assign groups to create study guides using this tool collaboratively. Create a whole-class concept map from a brainstorm to determine prior knowledge at the start of a unit. Then have students add to it throughout the unit. Your students are certain to enjoy this tool and be forced to THINK in the process. This would also be a great tool for group projects in YOUR grad classes!

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Flashcard Exchange - Tuolumne Technology Group,

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Creating one's own flashcard sets, saving them, and accessing sets already available are only a few of the many options of this comprehensive site. Although there is a fee for ...more
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Creating one's own flashcard sets, saving them, and accessing sets already available are only a few of the many options of this comprehensive site. Although there is a fee for full membership, many options are free on the site. To print out flash cards, participants must join, but studying online is a free option.

tag(s): flash cards (45)

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Allow groups of students to create card sets for the class to study for tests (using your free account). With just one classroom computer, you can allow students to take turns practicing with the card set. Have a contest or rotate the chance to make the study cards for each quiz or test. This will build study skills for all. If you haev access to an interactive whiteboard, have students do a review session using your student-made or another premade card set on the board.
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The Amazing Flash Card Machine - Madhu Prem

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Students or teachers can create their own flash card files. Registration is required but free and allows users to search a public access flash card set database of over 1,400,000 ...more
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Students or teachers can create their own flash card files. Registration is required but free and allows users to search a public access flash card set database of over 1,400,000 items organized by subjects.

tag(s): flash cards (45)

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Students will love using the computer to create and save flash cards! Show your students how to use the site on a projector the first time, then have them create their own flash card sets or sets for their classmates as part of review for unit tests. Use YOUR user account for student safety. Be sure to search for card already made, but remember that others COULD have errors. Always pre-check before letting students use someone else's set.

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Song Lyrics: Using Songs in the ESL Classroom - Neil Coghlan

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1 to 8
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Long known to improve accents and intonations, singing with limited English speakers also provides cultural knowledge, fun, and a whole-language way to assist students to memorize English...more
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Long known to improve accents and intonations, singing with limited English speakers also provides cultural knowledge, fun, and a whole-language way to assist students to memorize English in meaningful chunks. Mainly an alphabetical index to many enjoyable songs, this site also gives suggestions about how to use the lyrics to help improve the students' English.

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Find lyrics to any song you want! Share this link with your students themselves, They may want to look up some songs they have heard and did not fully understand.

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Graphic Organizers - Houghton Mifflin Company

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2 to 8
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This time-saving collection of dozens of graphic organizers includes timelines, Venn diagrams, sequence charts, persuasion maps, and much more. Each is available as a ready-to-print...more
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This time-saving collection of dozens of graphic organizers includes timelines, Venn diagrams, sequence charts, persuasion maps, and much more. Each is available as a ready-to-print PDF file. (You need Acrobat Reader- Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page). Available in Spanish.

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Math Review Games - Houghton Mifflin

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2 to 4
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These four interactive games test basic math skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication, geometry, measurement and more. Auditory learners or struggling readers can drag their...more
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These four interactive games test basic math skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication, geometry, measurement and more. Auditory learners or struggling readers can drag their mouse over textual information to hear it read aloud. The games require FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): addition (223), division (159), multiplication (210), subtraction (184), vision (77)

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Learning Languages - Internet Scout Project

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This well-organized, searchable site, created and maintained by the Internet Scout Project of the University of Wisconsin, contains a wealth of useful, interactive, and motivating resources...more
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This well-organized, searchable site, created and maintained by the Internet Scout Project of the University of Wisconsin, contains a wealth of useful, interactive, and motivating resources for teachers, students and parents. Currently, the site focuses on French, Spanish, and Japanese, although German and Italian resources can be found by following links to many of the recommended sites. Content levels range from beginner to advanced. Links to interactive flash cards, quizzes, and games that strengthen vocabulary and language comprehension are among the high points of this site. Many of the resources provide independent practice, authentic exposure, and opportunities for cultural exploration. Becoming a member is free and enables the site to personalize your visit by preferred language. A new "Word of the Day" is a homepage feature, as are daily updates of the newest additions to the site.

tag(s): french (93), japan (60), japanese (45), spanish (111)

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Helping Your Child with Homework - U.S. Department of Education

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This checklist from the Department of Education clearly organizes and outlines what parents can do to make school and homework a priority in their students' lives. Pass along the site...more
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This checklist from the Department of Education clearly organizes and outlines what parents can do to make school and homework a priority in their students' lives. Pass along the site to parents, who will undoubtedly appreciate the easy methods recommended on this list.

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This site offers tips for parents from the Department of Education.

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Help Your Child Improve in Test Taking - U.S. Department of Education

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This site from the department of Education offers tips and ideas to make test-taking easier for young learners. ...more
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This site from the department of Education offers tips and ideas to make test-taking easier for young learners.

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Pass this site along to parents via wiki or webpage, allowing them to help their students practice test-taking skills before an assessment.

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Appropriate School-Based Accommodations and Interventions

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Here is a comprehensive listing of accommodations and interventions in the classroom for ADD/LD students. Includes information on student work areas, student transitions, lesson plans/assignments,...more
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Here is a comprehensive listing of accommodations and interventions in the classroom for ADD/LD students. Includes information on student work areas, student transitions, lesson plans/assignments, homework adaptations, testing considerations, student motivation and parent involvement.

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Noodle Tools - Debbie Abilock

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4 to 12
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NoodleTools offers several different tools to aid with research. NoodleTools Express creates reference citations using MLA, APA, and Chicago/Turabian forms. Choose a format style from...more
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NoodleTools offers several different tools to aid with research. NoodleTools Express creates reference citations using MLA, APA, and Chicago/Turabian forms. Choose a format style from different citation type options such as newspaper, website, or book. Enter information into the template provided. Copy and paste the citation into your project or word document. NoodleTools MLA Lite contains limited citation options for elementary or middle school students. Account creation is necessary for this option requiring a user name and password. Citations created will be stored in your account for future reference. NoodleQuest narrows down and defines research topics. Use check boxes to indicate needs such as type of results desired (expert, primary sources, etc.), timeliness of information required, and media requirements. Your choices define the best search strategies for your topic along with suggestions for getting started. Be sure to also check out the extensive Teacher's Resources found on NoodleTools. This area contains links to many different research and literacy tools. One item of interest to many is found in the 21st Century Literacies portion. Find the Information Literacy portion then select "Choose the Best Search Engine for Your Information Need." Here you will find a list of search engines that are best for different types of searches such as finding background, searching controversial topics, and finding quality results. Other items in NoodleTools include a Curriculum Collaboration Toolkit and The Ethical Researcher (Tools for Teaching Academic Integrity.)

tag(s): citations (38), internet safety (111), search strategies (29)

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Bookmark and save this site for use with any research projects for citing resources and finding information. Include information from "The Ethical Researcher" portion of the site when teaching proper note taking and information gathering skills. Have students perform similar searches using the different search methods provided in the "Best Search Engine for Your Information Need section." Compare and contrast results to demonstrate results given.

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