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Heatmap News - Heatmap News

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7 to 12
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Heatmap News provides a quick look at the latest world news using hotspots and news provided by Google News and Google Earth Maps. Click on any of the hotspots to ...more
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Heatmap News provides a quick look at the latest world news using hotspots and news provided by Google News and Google Earth Maps. Click on any of the hotspots to read short articles about events in that area. Use the drop-down box labeled Date to include only the last hour, today, this week, or any date back to August 18, 2014.

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

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Share Heatmap News on an interactive whiteboard or projector as part of any current events lessons. Create a link to this site on your class website and have students find news and then research to learn more about an event. A side benefit of using Heatmap News for your current events is that students will become more knowledgeable about world geography. Challenge students to use a tool such as Zeemaps, reviewed here, to create a map with images and an audio recording for what they learned about an event where the story takes place. Students can add details for news from around the world.

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GoConqr - ExamTime Ltd

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6 to 12
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GoConqr (formerly ExamTime) is a crowdsourcing site for uploading and sharing class notes, flashcards, quizzes, and more. Free membership offers you access to 3 subjects and 20 public...more
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GoConqr (formerly ExamTime) is a crowdsourcing site for uploading and sharing class notes, flashcards, quizzes, and more. Free membership offers you access to 3 subjects and 20 public resources. Sign up using your email account to begin using GoConqr's features. Be sure to watch the video tutorials for creating resources for your personal page. Use the search feature to find and access resources already designed and shared on the site. If your district blocks YouTube, they may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): classroom management (134), flash cards (46), homework (44), mind map (25), quizzes (97), social networking (112), test prep (96)

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Share GoConqr with students to build and use study skills. Although an individual can use the site on their own, it is best to use it as a sharing site for study information. Encourage students to sign up and build a network of friends for creating and sharing resources. Learning support teachers and teachers of gifted-but-disorganized students will want to share the tools and encourage their students to create groups and collaborate with their peers. Have students create review activities and swap them with peers. Use this tool with colleagues to co-create materials to use with content units or materials to use for flipping the classroom. Use this tool for professional development.

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Siftr - David Gagnon & Shelby Copeland

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5 to 12
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Siftr is a social photo sharing site for students to post, tag, and describe their surroundings based on a teacher-directed prompt or activity. Explore already created Siftrs through...more
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Siftr is a social photo sharing site for students to post, tag, and describe their surroundings based on a teacher-directed prompt or activity. Explore already created Siftrs through a keyword search or browse through recent and popular activity. Create an account to begin your own Siftrs. Upload a picture with a brief description and tag with one of the five selected themes. Share Siftr with others to contribute their photos and observations, all tagged and uploaded to a map.

tag(s): images (265), maps (288), photography (160), social networking (112)

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Browse through Siftr for ideas on how others use this site for photo sharing in the classroom. Create Siftrs to demonstrate different stages of plant growth, identify landforms around the world, inspire creative writing, or share items that can be recycled. The possibilities are endless!

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Odyssey - CartoDB

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6 to 12
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Build interactive, map-based stories without coding skills using the Odyssey open source library. Click Create Story to begin and follow the prompts to choose a template for slides,...more
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Build interactive, map-based stories without coding skills using the Odyssey open source library. Click Create Story to begin and follow the prompts to choose a template for slides, scrolling, or an animated story template. Add story content, images, links, and more within the "sandbox." When finished, publish directly to GetHub, download, or share as iFrame to embed directly into your blog or website.

tag(s): digital storytelling (142), gamification (65), images (265), interactive stories (32), maps (288)

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Most users will find a bit of a learning curve to working with Odyssey, click on the three bars on the left top of the home page to find the Quick Start Guide tutorial for using the site. Share this site with tech-savvy students so that they can become experts and help others become familiar with using the site. Use Odyssey for creating map-based stories based on works of literature, important events in history, or mapping scientific discoveries. Odyssey is perfect for use with gifted students when creating multimedia presentations.

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The Quote Garden - Terri Guillemets

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4 to 12
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Explore and discover quotes for any occasion at The Quote Garden. Search through this extensive collection of quotes by topic, holiday, or special occasion. Links for each topic directs...more
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Explore and discover quotes for any occasion at The Quote Garden. Search through this extensive collection of quotes by topic, holiday, or special occasion. Links for each topic directs you to a list of quotations with author credits.
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tag(s): bulletin boards (16), quotations (23)

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Make a shortcut to The Quote Garden on classroom computers or include it on your class web page for students to use as a resource for projects. Encourage leadership, hope, and inspiration! Use quotes as a theme for writing prompts or even to relate to the theme of a story. Have students find quotes as examples of figurative language. Add quotes to end of year slide shows or videos. Use the quotes to inspire personal or classroom mission statements. Have students include a quote when turning in work, and explain how it inspired or helped them. Add music or art to explain a quote. During the first week of the school year, share this site with students. Challenge students to choose a personal "quote of the year" to set the tone for their goals. Have students put the quote in their notebook, folder, or on their device desktop. Choose a few quotes to hang around your classroom. Show students how to keep favorite quotes in an idea bin where they keep thoughts, thoughtful questions, and pieces of inspiration. Here are two tools you might like for an idea bin for middle or high school students: Thoughtboxes, reviewed here, and The Sketchbook Project, reviewed here. An idea bin collector for primary and elementary students could be Padlet, reviewed here.

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Pablo - Buffer

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K to 12
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Quickly create and share engaging social media images with Pablo - no registration required! Choose the shape of your image to match the platform where you will share, namely ...more
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Quickly create and share engaging social media images with Pablo - no registration required! Choose the shape of your image to match the platform where you will share, namely wide for Twitter and Facebook or square for Instagram. Add text and edit the font type, size, and colors. Select a background image from Pablo's many options or upload your own image. When finished, use links to Tweet, share on Facebook, or download and use any way that you like.

tag(s): back to school (58), graphic design (35), images (265), posters (36), quotations (23)

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Engage your class by creating a teaser for upcoming units using an image created with Pablo. Create images with favorite quotes as an introduction to any lesson. At the beginning of the year, print out images with inspirational quotes to put on bulletin boards. Share what you created on your website or blog. Have students create an image to "introduce" themselves to the class during the first week of school. Link or embed the introductory presentations in your class wiki, and have others guess who is portrayed. Use this tool to create short story summaries.

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Giphy - Jace Cooke & Alex Chung

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K to 12
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Search and share animated GIF files with Giphy. Search using keywords or browse by categories, authors, or stickers. Create a free account to save your favorites. Easily share or embed...more
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Search and share animated GIF files with Giphy. Search using keywords or browse by categories, authors, or stickers. Create a free account to save your favorites. Easily share or embed GIF's using the codes provided.

tag(s): animation (63), images (265), photography (160)

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Share an animated GIF to get student's attention! A cat reading a book is one way to begin reading time! Show any science concept a student should look at several times to see every aspect of the event. Some ideas to search for might be the development of an organism, cell division, a chemical reaction, formation of stars, or a bullet in slow motion. Do you want to reveal portions of a video outlining the travels of historic expeditions, addition of the states to the US, or any other historical event captured in a video? Use a looping animated GIF! Every subject could use one of these GIFs to generate interest in a class activity or new content. Use these examples as inspiration to create your own animated GIF's using GIFMaker, reviewed here.

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I need a resume - mitchs.co

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10 to 12
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Use this tool to craft and format a better resume. Create a beautiful, free resume in minutes. I need a resume is convenient and uses a simple yet sophisticated template. ...more
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Use this tool to craft and format a better resume. Create a beautiful, free resume in minutes. I need a resume is convenient and uses a simple yet sophisticated template. Enter your information in the fields and move through the screens. At the end, change your font and other settings. Click the cloud button to print. You can go back and edit your resume, but be sure not to delete your computer cache!
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tag(s): careers (132), writing (358)

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After generating the information needed for a resume, enter the information on this site to create a quick and easy to read resume. Share this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector with students to create resumes for summer jobs and more.

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Daily 5s with Technology - Kelsey Hoffman

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K to 3
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This Prezi is a K-3 lesson plan for the Daily 5 using several different apps for the iPad. The majority of the apps are free. Find apps for Read to ...more
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This Prezi is a K-3 lesson plan for the Daily 5 using several different apps for the iPad. The majority of the apps are free. Find apps for Read to Self, Partner Read, and Listen to Reading. There are Word Work apps, and Work on Writing apps, as well as a slide on possible challenges and solutions for using these tools in the classroom.

tag(s): listening (91), literacy (103), reading comprehension (116), reading strategies (44), sight words (37), vocabulary development (126), word study (80), writing (358)

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Bookmark this Prezi lesson plan for reference when implementing technology for students into the Daily 5 routines. Download the apps to student iPads in your classroom. Post a list, with the links to download, on your web page or blog for parents to download to their student's iPads at home. If you are interested in using Prezi in your classroom you will find a review of it here.

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Daily 5/Cafe Pinterest Board - Jana Wilson

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K to 6
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Do you need new ideas to spice up your Daily 5 instruction? Try browsing through this Pinterest board for ideas from all over the web. Choose the links provided to ...more
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Do you need new ideas to spice up your Daily 5 instruction? Try browsing through this Pinterest board for ideas from all over the web. Choose the links provided to find many free ideas for strategy charts, scheduling, posters, and tips for use throughout the school year.

tag(s): bookmarks (60), literacy (103), reading comprehension (116), reading strategies (44), word study (80), writing (358)

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Be sure to "follow" this Pinterest board to view new pins as they are added. Use this board as inspiration for creating your own Pinterest board for your Daily 5 links and favorite ideas. Share with colleagues and create a Pinterest board as you collaborate. Create a Pinterest board with links for parents to use at home. The ideas are as endless as your imagination!

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Daily 5 with Technology Integration - Elizabeth Fairbanks

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K to 6
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Do you need ideas for integrating technology within each component of your Daily 5 instruction? Are you new to the Daily 5? This site offers two resources for each portion ...more
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Do you need ideas for integrating technology within each component of your Daily 5 instruction? Are you new to the Daily 5? This site offers two resources for each portion of the program, providing you with a quick look at different online tools to use.

tag(s): literacy (103), reading comprehension (116), reading strategies (44), word study (80)

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Use this site as a starting point for ideas on incorporating technology into your Daily 5 program. Share with your teaching colleagues and come up with a more comprehensive list of online tools for use with Daily 5. If you need ideas, be sure to check out TeachersFirst Edge, located here, to find all of the latest web 2.0 tools.

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Balanced Literacy & Technology Integration - Lorie Squalls

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K to 6
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This excellent site offers many resources for balancing literacy and technology into your Daily 5 routine. Choose from several categories including organization, strategies, and a comprehensive...more
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This excellent site offers many resources for balancing literacy and technology into your Daily 5 routine. Choose from several categories including organization, strategies, and a comprehensive overview of the Daily 5 program to find information and resources for classroom use. Be sure to check out the Elementary Resources located under the Classroom Organization section to find several downloads such as book club reading cards and literacy station schedules and directions.

tag(s): independent reading (126), literacy (103), professional development (123), reading comprehension (116), reading strategies (44), vocabulary development (126), word study (80), writing (358)

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Use this site as a professional resource when developing lessons and understanding how to implement the Daily 5 into your classroom. Take advantage of the free printables for use with students. Share this site with teaching colleagues who use (or are thinking about incorporating) Daily 5 strategies.
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Technology and the Daily 5 K-2 - Laura Moore

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K to 5
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Technology and the Daily 5 is a must-see site if you are thinking about adding technology into to your Daily 5 routines. Although the title states K-2 classroom, the Daily ...more
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Technology and the Daily 5 is a must-see site if you are thinking about adding technology into to your Daily 5 routines. Although the title states K-2 classroom, the Daily 5 routines (and tools) are great to use for any elementary grade. For each of the components of the Daily 5 find categories such as Web Tools, Mobile Devices, and a video. Some components have interactive whiteboard suggestions, and there are links to other resources such as a PDF for task cards. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): literacy (103), literary devices (11), reading comprehension (116), reading strategies (44), video (253), vocabulary development (126), word study (80), writing (358)

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Bookmark this site for use all year while incorporating technology into your Daily 5 components. Post links to downloads for the apps you decide to use so parents can get them on their computers and mobile devices at home for student use. As you get into more and more technology for student use, you may consider suggesting apps to parents that you do not have time for in the classroom. These apps could be for additional at-home practice.

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Daily 5 Technology - Jennifer Lambrecht

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K to 5
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If you are a primary or elementary teacher looking to include technology into your Daily 5 routine, look no further. At this primary teacher's blog investigate the tabs across the ...more
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If you are a primary or elementary teacher looking to include technology into your Daily 5 routine, look no further. At this primary teacher's blog investigate the tabs across the top for Videos, Word Work, iPad Creating, SMART Notebook, QR Codes, Listening to Reading, Skype/FaceTime, and Web. Under Videos find a link to a Play List of YouTube videos for literacy, and a video showing how to set up iPods for the Listen to Reading component. Under each of the other tabs find sources and "how to's" for all sorts of technology to incorporate into your literacy lessons. This blog also has a section about incorporating Chrome Books (under the New tab) and iPads into the primary curriculum. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): independent reading (126), listening (91), literacy (103), reading comprehension (116), reading strategies (44), video (253), vocabulary development (126), word study (80), writing (358)

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Incorporating technology for students into the classroom is necessary to meet state standards. Let this blog guide you and make it easier. Although the creator of this site is a 1st grade teacher, many of the technology ideas and tools she mentions are appropriate for older students and other grades as well. This especially pertains to the QR Code and iPad Creating, and Skype/FaceTime sections of this blog. Mentioned are several iPad apps this blogger is currently using with her students. One ingenious idea is to use Skype or FaceTime for your Read to Someone component. Primary teachers may be interested in Literactive, reviewed here, and Teach Your Monster to Read, reviewed here, that she has students use on her Chrome Books. So if you are thinking of, or just beginning to use technology in your class, take a look at this blog for an easy start or as a guide for new ideas to add.

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Daily 5 - K-5 Literacy Connections

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K to 5
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View four short videos of a teacher and her first-grade students as they practice the Daily 5 routines. These videos give a great beginning overview of how this structured literacy...more
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View four short videos of a teacher and her first-grade students as they practice the Daily 5 routines. These videos give a great beginning overview of how this structured literacy time functions in the classroom. Each video is six minutes or less. Also find a Pacing Guide for the first 23 days of a Daily 5 routine. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): independent reading (126), literacy (103), reading comprehension (116), reading strategies (44), video (253), vocabulary development (126), word study (80)

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Although these videos feature a first-grade classroom, the Daily 5 routines are great to use for any elementary grade. If the Daily 5 is new to your classroom, these videos will be a great asset in helping you understand what you do, what the students do, and how all of it sounds and looks. Once you have viewed the videos, click on the Pacing Guide to view what to do for the first 23 days while implementing the Daily 5.

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Dustbin - Class Tools

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4 to 12
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Create an interactive categorization activity with Dustbin. Give the activity a title and begin adding categories. Add items in up to four different categories. When finished, drag...more
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Create an interactive categorization activity with Dustbin. Give the activity a title and begin adding categories. Add items in up to four different categories. When finished, drag and drop items as quickly as possible into the correct bin. Use the provided links to share the activity, embed into a blog or web page, or print it. Use password protection if desired to limit access. Click the question mark on the bottom right toolbar, and scroll down that page to find many templates for inspiration or use.
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tag(s): game based learning (103), quiz (85), quizzes (97)

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Develop Dustbin activities to review any topic and save for use as a classroom center. Have students create review Dustbins as a study tool. Be sure to demonstrate how to make and share Dustbin before having students set up their own. Ideas for categorization activities are unlimited, but can include categorizing types of animals, literary elements in novels, habitats, characteristics of geographic areas, and much more.

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Breaking News Generator - Russell Tarr

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4 to 12
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Design professional looking front pages for a newspaper with this tool. Simply fill in the pertinent information (headline, date, place, and more) and an image. Share via URL, Twitter,...more
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Design professional looking front pages for a newspaper with this tool. Simply fill in the pertinent information (headline, date, place, and more) and an image. Share via URL, Twitter, or download to your computer. There is also the ability to save a blank template. Be sure to view the several samples available, and click on the little question mark at the end of the title to see ideas for use of this tool. No registration is necessary.

tag(s): digital storytelling (142), images (265), newspapers (94)

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Assess students prior knowledge by creating a Breaking News piece to introduce a new unit. Ask students to fill in an interactive KWL chart from Holt, reviewed here, or discuss in small groups what they know about the topic. Use in presentation slides by downloading the image from your computer. Then upload the image to a slide presentation creator such as Slidestory, reviewed here. Suggest to students that they do the same for their presentations. Use as a timeline of events for lab experiment, a novel study, historical event, and more. You might want to think about using this tool as a storyboard for digital storytelling; printing blank templates would work well for storyboarding.

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Free Conference Call - freeconferencecall.com

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K to 12
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Conduct virtual conferences with up to 25 people at one time with Free Conference Call. Instantly share your screen during online calls for participant viewing. Other features allow...more
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Conduct virtual conferences with up to 25 people at one time with Free Conference Call. Instantly share your screen during online calls for participant viewing. Other features allow for recording and sharing meetings when finished. After creating an account, follow instructions for inviting participants and setting up the conference call.

tag(s): chat (51), DAT device agnostic tool (196), parent conferences (22), parents (56)

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Use Free Conference Call to set up virtual parent/teacher conferences with participants located anywhere in the world. This is especially useful when multiple teachers are involved or when parents may not reside in the same location. Share your screen as needed to provide information on assessments and student work.

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Jellybean Scoop - Jellybean Scoop

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1 to 10
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Use the news and improve reading scores. Jellybean Scoop offers different news articles, written daily, at four different Lexile reading levels. Levels for articles are Starter, Single,...more
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Use the news and improve reading scores. Jellybean Scoop offers different news articles, written daily, at four different Lexile reading levels. Levels for articles are Starter, Single, Double, and Triple. Find articles in categories of World News, Nature and Science, Odd News, Inspiration and Health, and Fun Facts. Each story has an audio recording and the ability to record yourself reading it. Find activities such as vocabulary, sentence scramble, and a quiz. See the many Demo Videos to really understand the powerful features on Jellybean Scoop. 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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Achieve three goals here: differentiate, help students improve their reading comprehension, and keep students current with what is happening in our nation and the world. When assigning articles, choose to have the class read at one reading level, or choose individuals and set the reading level for them. Set up different articles at different learning stations on the computers in your room. Since Jellybean Scoop is cloud based, even absent students can complete the missed work easily. Teachers of gifted students can use this site to accelerate or enrich reading for students. Teachers of Learning Support students and ESL/ELL students will love this alternate way for their students to meet current events requirements. Teachers with free accounts can have up to 25 students. If you have a larger class, there is a "work around" for this. If you have a Gmail account, you can add subaccounts (see directions to do this here). You could create another Jellybean account with this subaccount, but you would end up with two different accounts on Jellybean Scoop.

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Office Mix - Microsoft

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Take your standard PowerPoint to new interactive levels with this tool! Add video or audio, write on your slides as you present, and even insert quizzes and polls. Take the ...more
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Take your standard PowerPoint to new interactive levels with this tool! Add video or audio, write on your slides as you present, and even insert quizzes and polls. Take the limited PowerPoint presentation and "mix" it with the best parts of a live lecture in one tool. Each PowerPoint slide contains additional tabs for the added information. Since each slide is independent and contains the video, audio, or screencast, those slides can still be reordered by dragging them into the correct order. Insert information from Khan Academy or CK-12 as well. Easily control the number of attempts with quizzes, provide hints, add a timer, randomize the questions, or give feedback. Analytics are provided as well to see student interaction with the material. Each Mix lives online and can be accessed with any browser. Give the link to students for access. Mixes cannot be saved on your computer. Find ways to use with popular Learning Management Systems (LMS) like Moodle, Blackboard, Canvas, and more with these tutorials found here. Note: Mixes can only be created with a PC and PowerPoint 2013 (not free).

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In the Classroom

Use this tool to create Flipped Lessons, moving some material like knowledge activities, as a pre-class activity. Office Mix is a valuable tool when you will be out of the classroom. Your plans are ready to go! Absent students can easily follow the content from the day. Differentiate for your classroom by creating a Mix that can be used for students to review as needed. Students who need it can review while others can focus on the material that they need. Use this tool wherever a PowerPoint with more detailed explanations are needed. Club advisors can use this tool to show 'how to' information for extracurriculars or field trips. Use this tool to show how to complete forms correctly, saving time and frustration! Students can create a Mix to share information researched for a class presentation.

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