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Kodu Game Lab - Microsoft Research

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Kodu is a software download for creating Windows PC games through a simple programming language. A download is also available for Xbox games; however, it is not free. The software ...more
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Kodu is a software download for creating Windows PC games through a simple programming language. A download is also available for Xbox games; however, it is not free. The software allows users to create and personalize virtual worlds through point and click options. Additional options offer "if this, then that" personalization to add variety to the game. Under Resources find the "Getting Started" tutorial videos that reside 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): coding (65), game based learning (123), gamification (79)

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Have students work in teams to design and develop content demonstrating an understanding of lessons in any subject area. Begin sharing Kodu with your computer experts who are interested in programming. Allow them to be the leaders in sharing how to use and personalize the program. Use Kodu as part of an after-school computer club. Be sure to take advantage of the resources section of Kodu for tips and tutorials on using the program.

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NoteBookCast - notebookcast.com

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K to 12
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Create and collaborate with up to 10 others using this online whiteboard, no registration necessary. Optional registration allows users to save whiteboards for later use. Give your...more
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Create and collaborate with up to 10 others using this online whiteboard, no registration necessary. Optional registration allows users to save whiteboards for later use. Give your whiteboard a name and choose your board size to begin. Options allow for customizing the look of the whiteboard, adding a chat box, and uploading images. Share with other users using the provided link or with your personalized code. NoteBookCast is compatible with many devices making it easy for everyone to work together.

tag(s): collaboration (17), drawing (82), iwb (32)

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Most subject area teachers and their students will benefit from the use of this tool. Allow students to create collaborative drawings as responses to literature. They can map out the plot or themes, add labels, create character studies, and more. Share the finished products on an interactive whiteboard, projector, or your class website. Have a group of students create a drawing, so another group can use it as a writing prompt. Use a NoteBookCast board as a brainstorming or sketching space as groups (or the class) share ideas for a major project or for solving a real world problem. Use this tool with students in a computer lab (or on laptops) to create a drawing of the setting in a story during a read-aloud. As an assessment idea, have students draw out a simple cartoon with stick figures to explain a more complex process such as how democracy works. If you are lucky enough to teach in a BYOD setting, use this site to demonstrate and illustrate any concept while students use the chat and drawing tools to interact in real time. If you are studying weather, have students diagram the layers of the atmosphere and what happens during a thunderstorm, for example. Introduce this tool to students who are working on group projects. Alternatively, have students use this to work as partners or as a small team to complete complex math problems or equations.

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TED-Ed Clubs - Lessons Worth Sharing - TEDEd

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4 to 12
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TED-Ed Clubs provide a platform for students aged 8-18 across the world to explore ideas, share information, and participate in global conversations. Begin by applying to start a club...more
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TED-Ed Clubs provide a platform for students aged 8-18 across the world to explore ideas, share information, and participate in global conversations. Begin by applying to start a club to discuss thoughts and ideas of interest to your group through the leadership of an adult facilitator. Each club is open to up to 50 members. Clubs provide 13 meetings beginning with three sessions exploring TED Talks, following that, students learn how to frame and share ideas. At the conclusion, participants upload their final talk to the TED-Ed YouTube Channel. 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): collaboration (17), creativity (121), critical thinking (120), logic (235), problem solving (287)

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Facilitate a TED-Ed Club to promote problem-solving skills and creative thinking in any subject. Challenge students to pursue ideas of interest to them in the classroom. Create a club as an after-school activity for like-minded students, or as enrichment for gifted learners. TED-Ed Club provides an outlet for some quieter students with interests other than what is offered in the curriculum, encourage these students to share their interests and passions through the guidelines provided in the clubs.

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3x3 Links - Federico Elles

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K to 12
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3x3 Links is a bookmarking site that organizes saved websites into a 3x3 grid. Add items as a link to any website or create a folder that links to a ...more
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3x3 Links is a bookmarking site that organizes saved websites into a 3x3 grid. Add items as a link to any website or create a folder that links to a new grid with websites you add. Customize your page to include a personalized URL, add a background image or color, and include or delete captions.

tag(s): bookmarks (66), preK (293)

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3x3 Links is an excellent tool for efficiently managing online resources in your classroom. For younger students, use this site as the home page on classroom computers. Add direct links to sites for student use or create folders for each subject. This site allows the creation of multiple grids, create a grid for each content unit or semester. Use the embed code to add the grid to your class webpage. For older students, this site is perfect for organizing and sharing resources for study or research projects. As an example, if your students are doing a research report on a state, ask them to create a grid to include folders linking to different topics including famous people, population information, geography, and history. Although there is an option to create up to 9 cubes in your grid, it isn't necessary so the number of cubes can be suited to fit your needs.

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Sticky Notes: Just Popped Up! - Ukiv

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Do you always place sticky notes on your computer screen? This Chrome extension is for you. This simple design allows users to add a note to their screen with one ...more
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Do you always place sticky notes on your computer screen? This Chrome extension is for you. This simple design allows users to add a note to their screen with one click. Change font size, color, and themes to personalize your stickies. View your notes across devices when logged in to Chrome. Be sure to watch for updates to include multiple sticky notes and features for sharing.

tag(s): brainstorming (26), note taking (39), organizational skills (128)

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Make notes for conferences, lab materials, books needed, or even parent conferences on any web page. Add sticky notes to any webpage or PDF shared with students on your interactive whiteboard to remind them of necessary information or as a list of important items to watch for when viewing a page. Create a list of vocabulary words from any website as you view it together. Share this extension for students to use on their device for note-taking.

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Loose Canon - Julia Franks

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Create excitement about books and promote the love of reading with Loose Canon. This site provides over 9000 book recommendations to view by subject or grade level. Create a free ...more
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Create excitement about books and promote the love of reading with Loose Canon. This site provides over 9000 book recommendations to view by subject or grade level. Create a free classroom account to add your books and recommendations by your students. Free accounts allow up to 60 participants to share and compare texts. Be sure also to view the resources provided by Loose Canon. This portion of the site shares assessment, classroom activities, and reading research to viewers without requiring registration. Included is approximately a five minute video explaining reading workshop and features of Loose Cannon. This video resides on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the video may not be viewable. You could always view the video at home and bring it to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as ClipGrab, reviewed here, to download the video from YouTube.

tag(s): book lists (133), book reports (39)

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Share Loose Canon with your students as an extensive resource for finding and comparing books to read. Use materials found on this site to create collaborative Literature Circles in your classroom. If you create an account with Loose Canon, ask students to share their thoughts on books read in school and at home by reviewing and rating it on Loose Canon. These reviews can be made public, or students can keep them private. Take your reading reflections a step further and ask students to share their thoughts through a multimedia presentation using an interactive tool like Sway, reviewed here, that allows users to include images, links, and videos.

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Unio - Harness

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K to 12
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Create interactive online lessons including quizzes and polls with Unio. Create an account using your email address to begin. Upload images, PowerPoints, videos, PDF's, and more to...more
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Create interactive online lessons including quizzes and polls with Unio. Create an account using your email address to begin. Upload images, PowerPoints, videos, PDF's, and more to include in your slideshow. Follow the tutorials to learn how to edit information and add quizzes and polls. When ready, launch your lesson and share the join code with students for access. Students will see your screen and be able to save the lesson for access later. Teachers can monitor students in real time. Free accounts provide temporary student access (instead of student accounts) and storage of up to 5 lessons. The tutorials reside 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 ClipGrab, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): book reports (39), classroom management (155), multimedia (63), social networking (113)

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Use Unio to create and prepare lessons for presentation on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector. After providing the share code to students ask them to participate by answering quiz questions or use the drawing tools to highlight information shared in the lesson. Upon completion of your lesson using Unio, have students add a video response to share information learned using a collaborative tool like Flipgrid, reviewed here. Flipgrid allows students to respond to a prompt and add comments as part of a shared conversation within a group. Instead of a written report at the end of your lesson, ask students to create a Symbaloo Learning Path, reviewed here, to use for review. This site allows users to create a learning path by adding websites, videos, documents, and more.

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Microsoft Touch Develop - Microsoft

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Create apps to work on any device using Microsoft Touch Develop. Launch Touch Develop to access tutorials and showcases to begin. The editor adapts to your skill level from beginner...more
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Create apps to work on any device using Microsoft Touch Develop. Launch Touch Develop to access tutorials and showcases to begin. The editor adapts to your skill level from beginner to expert. Step by step video directions provides information on how codes work and then allows you to create code for each step.

tag(s): coding (65), Computational Thinking (14), computers (100), critical thinking (120), design (94), problem solving (287)

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Use Touch Develop as a computer center or during Hour of Code lessons. Encourage students to view programs others have created, then try making their own. If your school has an after-school computer club, Touch Develop is perfect for use in teaching and practicing coding. Consider pairing students who have more computer experience with those who have less. Touch Develop is also an excellent opportunity for "new" coders as it allows them to create and share interesting apps with little background knowledge of computer programming. Have students share their completed apps during a computer or STEM showcase at your school.

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Minecraft Education Edition - Microsoft and Mojang AB

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2 to 12
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Promote creativity, problem-solving, and collaboration through game play with Minecraft Education Edition. This version of the popular game includes features for classroom use including...more
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Promote creativity, problem-solving, and collaboration through game play with Minecraft Education Edition. This version of the popular game includes features for classroom use including documentation of work and a secure environment for class play. In addition to the software download, this site includes a small base of lesson plans, classroom community support forums, and a My Classroom feature. My Classroom allows teachers to create a private world for students to join enabling them to work together in the same world.

tag(s): coding (65), game based learning (123), gamification (79)

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Make use of the features provided in the education edition of Minecraft to allow learning through gameplay. Ask students to use the camera and portfolio features to document decision making and progress through games. Use features within the game to learn about history, for example, have students import 3-dimensional structures such as the Roman Colosseum to explore and create experiences from that time. Instruct students create a story for creative writing projects. Encourage students to retell a story through a Minecraft experience. Use Minecraft features to teach math lessons on shape, volume, area, and more. Discover more ideas at Minecraft Hour of Code Tutorials, reviewed here.

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Formilla - Tawer Gilyana and Zaia Gilyana

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K to 12
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Formilla is a live chat widget add-on for your website. Compatible with all formats, Formilla is customizable for different languages and appearance. Free accounts include access to...more
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Formilla is a live chat widget add-on for your website. Compatible with all formats, Formilla is customizable for different languages and appearance. Free accounts include access to one website, one chat agent, and up to 30 chats/emails.
This site includes advertising.

tag(s): chat (54)

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Offer a set time for office hours published well in advance for parents and students to drop in and ask questions about assignments, homework help, or any other matters that they may have. Set up a chat time early in the school year for "meet and greet" so parents discover your website or for those who are unable to attend back to school night! Cut down on email! Encourage students to identify the questions they (or their parents) have the most as you develop the scope for your chat. ESL/ELL teachers can use the chat to provide extra written language practice for their students in an engaging way! Use the chat with your colleagues in a Teacher Lounge format to help each other in the appropriate use of technology, content sharing, or professional development.

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Loom - Vinay Hiremath

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Loom is a Chrome browser extension for creating quick and easy video screen recordings up to five minutes long. Download and install the extension following directions on the site....more
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Loom is a Chrome browser extension for creating quick and easy video screen recordings up to five minutes long. Download and install the extension following directions on the site. Loom allows you to record the entire desktop, just an application, or use the computer camera for recording. When finished, Loom automatically saves the recording and provides the URL for sharing through Gmail or social accounts.

tag(s): video (278)

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Download and install Loom on classroom computers using Chrome. Have students make screen recordings to share how to use websites or software with their peers. Ask students to create a recording to demonstrate where to find information on a website, or point out specific areas of difficulty when working on a computer. Share a link to videos you create on your website to demonstrate specific instructions on finding information on the computer or how to get started on a computer game. Although only available in Chrome at the time of this review, Loom states that it is working on making the download available for other browsers in the future.

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ClassroomScreen - Laurens Koppers

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K to 12
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ClassroomScreen is a background utility for use with interactive whiteboards or projector screens. Choose from circles at the bottom of the screen to add features including a random...more
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ClassroomScreen is a background utility for use with interactive whiteboards or projector screens. Choose from circles at the bottom of the screen to add features including a random name picker, text, timer, and clock. Drag items to place them on the screen as desired.

tag(s): classroom management (155), functions (71), iwb (32), time (137)

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Use ClassroomScreen on your interactive whiteboard for quick access to many commonly used tools. Add to student computers for access to a calculator and text box for notes. ESL/ELL teachers will enjoy the multi-language feature. Use the different backgrounds as inspiration for creative writing projects.
 

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Duck Soup - Robert Boyett and Andrew McAfee

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K to 12
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Is a paperless classroom your goal? Duck Soup is for you! Instead of making copies of papers to hand out and then grade, upload any PDF or Word document to ...more
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Is a paperless classroom your goal? Duck Soup is for you! Instead of making copies of papers to hand out and then grade, upload any PDF or Word document to your Duck Soup account to quickly turn it into an e-sheet gradable activity. Receive feedback in real time as students complete work. Duck Soup also offers the ability for students to "write" on documents as they would with pencil and paper. Options include setting times to submit responses, set number of retries for incorrect responses, and set values of questions. This site fully integrates with Google Drive making it a "must have" for any Google Classroom.

tag(s): Google (25)

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Save time and paper using Duck Soup. Start out slowly, perhaps with one or two papers the first week. Choose a paper that is familiar to both you and your students and explore together how to use e-sheets and settings that work best for your classroom. Once familiar with the site, the possibilities are unlimited. Use Duck Soup for homework, centers, and ongoing projects. Instead of sending paperwork home to be completed by parents, create digital versions for quick response and compilation of information.

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Bitmoji - Bitstrips Inc

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Build an emoji with Bitmoji. Bitmoji is an Android and Apple app, also available as a Chrome extension. Use email to create an account then follow prompts to create an ...more
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Build an emoji with Bitmoji. Bitmoji is an Android and Apple app, also available as a Chrome extension. Use email to create an account then follow prompts to create an emoji with your likeness; save it as a png to your computer, Google Drive, or Microsoft OneDrive. The fun starts after creating your emoji! Choose from countless options to share your Bitmoji in emails, messages, as an avatar, or anywhere you communicate online.

tag(s): creativity (121), DAT device agnostic tool (174), emotions (36), faces (4), images (273)

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Create a Bitmoji to use as your avatar on your class website or blog. Update your avatar to reflect current lessons, holidays, or events. Use emojis to appeal to students and draw their attention to important information. For example, choose the bitmoji with praying hands and "please" as a reminder to read all of the directions before beginning work. Choose a Bitmoji with an interesting background or phrase to use as a writing prompt. Insert a bitmoji into a Google form as feedback for student responses. Have older students (13+) take a picture of a portion of text and add a Bitmoji to share a connection or response to the text (also known as BookSnaps).

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SpryCanvas - sprycanvas.com

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Sketch, collaborate and brainstorm with anyone anywhere with SpryCanvas. Create and verify your account to begin. Start your session by adding the email address of contacts to invite....more
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Sketch, collaborate and brainstorm with anyone anywhere with SpryCanvas. Create and verify your account to begin. Start your session by adding the email address of contacts to invite. Options allow you to add images, change text colors, and add notes. SpryCanvas also includes a chat feature for participant discussions. Download and save a picture of your screen during any session using the provided link.

tag(s): drawing (82), iwb (32), painting (65)

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Allow students to create collaborative drawings as responses to literature. They can map out the plot or themes, add labels, create character studies, and more. Share the finished products on an interactive whiteboard, projector, or your class website. Have a group of students create a drawing so that another group can use it as a writing prompt. Use a SpryCanvas board as a brainstorming or sketching space as groups (or the class) share ideas for a major project or for solving a real-world problem. Use this site with students in a computer lab (or on laptops) to create a drawing of the setting in a story as it is read aloud. As an assessment idea, have students draw out a simple cartoon with stick figures to explain a more complex process such as how democracy works. If you are lucky enough to teach in a BYOD setting, use SpryCanvas to demonstrate and illustrate any concept while students use the chat and drawing tools to interact in real time. If you are studying weather, have students diagram the layers of the atmosphere and what happens during a thunderstorm, for example. Introduce this tool to students who are working on group projects. Alternatively, have students use this to work as partners or as a small team to complete complex math problems or equations. Give students a problem by typing it on their board.

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Free Screen Recorder Online - AceThinker

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K to 12
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Capture your entire screen, or just a part of it with this easy to use screen recorder that includes audio. Download and install the launcher required for your operating system ...more
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Capture your entire screen, or just a part of it with this easy to use screen recorder that includes audio. Download and install the launcher required for your operating system then follow prompts to set up your recording. Save in several popular video formats or directly upload your recording to YouTube, Dropbox, or Google Drive.

tag(s): tutorials (50), video (278)

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Any subject area teacher can use this tool to record instructions for using websites. Share how to solve problems, step by step directions for any project, and much more. Leave a video message for a substitute teacher or even your class! Create a video message for parents about current projects, clips from field trips, and more. Put a link to your recording on your class website for students to view at home. Demonstrate how to use this tool for students with a projector or interactive whiteboard, then have them record questions they have when using websites or online programs.

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Answerables - Nexed

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K to 8
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Answerables is a game-based virtual learning world and learning management system. Download and log in as an educator to begin. Within Answerables, users create PODS to enroll students,...more
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Answerables is a game-based virtual learning world and learning management system. Download and log in as an educator to begin. Within Answerables, users create PODS to enroll students, create events and assignments, and provide feedback. This site features the use of a token system representing web URLs used by students. Be sure to check out the explanatory video demonstrating all features available within Answerables. Free accounts provide access for single users. 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 ClipGrab, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): classroom management (155), game based learning (123)

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All subject area teachers can benefit from making Answerables your digital library available from anywhere and anytime for you and your students. Store and organize links to websites, videos, and more for your students. Use PODS on this site to differentiate learning for students. Share student's digital work in this secure environment with parents and peers.

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Presefy - Eero Ronkko, Antti Lampela, Hannu Karki & Tuomas Vahanen

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K to 12
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Broadcast presentations and engage your audience using Presefy and your mobile device. Create a free account, then upload your presentation from your computer. At the time of this review,...more
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Broadcast presentations and engage your audience using Presefy and your mobile device. Create a free account, then upload your presentation from your computer. At the time of this review, Presefy supports PowerPoint and PDF files for upload. Free accounts allow storage for two presentations at a time. Once you broadcast the presentation by sharing the URL, all participants will be on the same page as you. When you turn the page, theirs will turn, too. Presefy works on any device with a modern web browser and an Internet connection.
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tag(s): digital storytelling (153), slides (65)

In the Classroom

What an exciting way to have all students at the same place in your lesson! Any subject area teacher can take advantage of this powerful tool! Introduce Presefy to your class(es) with your projector to show them all the features, then have them learn and participate by logging into your presentation. Have students use this tool when presenting orally to the class. Use the URL given for your channel to include your presentation on your class website for access anytime and from anywhere. What a great way for traveling or absent students to stay current!

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Book Creator - Red Jumper Limited

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K to 12
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Create beautiful, multimedia digital books with Book Creator. Follow the site's prompts to add video, text, images, and audio to your book. When finished, publish and share your book...more
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Create beautiful, multimedia digital books with Book Creator. Follow the site's prompts to add video, text, images, and audio to your book. When finished, publish and share your book using the site's web-based reader for access on any device. Be sure to follow the short tutorial after signing up to learn about the many features for creating, storing, and sharing your books. The free plan offers one activity library with storage of up to 40 books. At the time of this review, Book Creator only works with Google Chrome or the iPad app.

tag(s): digital storytelling (153), ebooks (43), preK (293)

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Create books together as a class as you move through a unit or topic, adding images and ideas your students suggest. Use in a flipped classroom to deliver course information. Assign several student groups a different topic and have each group create their own multimedia versions as they learn more about the topic. Students can combine their books later as a class book. Make a digital bookshelf of all the versions for all to use. Challenge gifted students to enhance the "standard" class text with additional material they discover by going deeper and learning about related topics. In lower grades, create teacher-made e-books for your young readers, perhaps adding audio - your own voice reading the text.

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Easyblog - easyblog.org

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K to 6
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As the title suggests, this site allows you to create and maintain a blog easily. Designed for primary classroom use, a simple set up allows you to upload student names ...more
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As the title suggests, this site allows you to create and maintain a blog easily. Designed for primary classroom use, a simple set up allows you to upload student names and quickly start adding blog posts. Click on a profile picture to add a post. Options include adding images, videos, or uploading a PDF file. Bloggers also have the choice of choosing a subject for their post to organize blogs throughout the school year easily. Privacy settings allow users approval of comments before publishing, adding passwords, and more. Parent subscription options allow parents to view class and their student's posts. At the end of the school year download individual student portfolios as a zip file.

tag(s): portfolios (33), writing (366)

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Use Easyblog for student portfolios in any subject. This site works especially well with younger students due to the visual design of the site and ease of using video to share information. Share images with recordings about science experiments. Create portfolios (with permission) to share younger students' work with parents and students during conferences. Use this tool to show finished projects or to show changes in a project from start to finish. Make a work prototype site and upload examples of exemplary work to share with students to set expectations for completed products before beginning a project. Create a link to this tool on your class website for students to share projects and information. (Get parent permission before posting students' work!) Have students take ownership of their own portfolios to show progress and products across the school year.

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