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ReadWorks - ReadWorks.org

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K to 12
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ReadWorks provides a free, research-based, and Common Core-aligned reading comprehension curriculum for grades K-6. Search through hundreds of lesson plans organized by grade level,...more
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ReadWorks provides a free, research-based, and Common Core-aligned reading comprehension curriculum for grades K-6. Search through hundreds of lesson plans organized by grade level, topic, or book titles. Register to download materials and save lessons to your folder. (A valid email and password is required). Other areas of the site provide information about using and teaching the provided lessons and differentiation. Choose the non-fiction portion of the site to obtain over 1,000 reading passages along with question sets to support learning activities for grades K-12. Click on the skill/strategy link located by a passage to find other material addressing that skill.

tag(s): characterization (16), context clues (8), figurative language (16), guided reading (47), independent reading (129), main idea (9), parts of speech (68), plot (10), point of view (9), reading comprehension (114), reading strategies (46), sequencing (31), themes (12), vocabulary (323)

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This site is a must. Bookmark ReadWorks for access throughout the year. Search for lessons addressing specific skills to use in your classroom. Share with others in your building, and be sure to check out the 5th and 6th grade novel study units for classroom use, perhaps with gifted 3rd and 4th graders too!
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Unused Words - Discover a New Word Every Day! - Unusedwords.com

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4 to 12
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Unused Words is your guide to richer language and vocabulary development. Scroll through and find the latest additions. Each word includes the definition, pronunciation, word origin,...more
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Unused Words is your guide to richer language and vocabulary development. Scroll through and find the latest additions. Each word includes the definition, pronunciation, word origin, and example of how to use the word correctly. Search by different word types such as noun, adjective, adverb, or slang. One interesting portion of the site provides words that are OED rejected. These are words suggested for use in the Oxford English dictionary but rejected due to restrictions such as being local slang or words to describe a short-term phenomenon. Find this section among the menus. Be sure to preview whatever you plan to share since dictionary entries or slang are not always classroom appropriate. At the time of this review, all material was perfectly appropriate for the classroom.

tag(s): dictionaries (56), prefixes (16), root words (13), suffixes (14), vocabulary (323), vocabulary development (125), word study (80)

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This is a great site to use as a resource for a word of the day or word of the week. Choose a word and challenge students to create a word cloud of terms related to that particular word using a tool such as Wordle reviewed here. Share this site on your class website or blog for students to access at home for writing projects. Use these words as examples to decipher when studying word roots and affixes. As students prepare for the SAT, have them explore and attempt to figure out words based on roots, etc. Sign up to receive an email daily with new words. You can also "like" their Facebook or Twitter pages to receive updates.

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I will be visiting this site often as I want to increase my vocabulary to be a more proficient teacher. Mary, GA, Grades: 0 - 5

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Storyboard That - Aaron Sherman and Clever Prototypes, LLC

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4 to 12
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Find an easy, interactive tool to create storyboards at Storyboard That. Choose between three and six frame storyboards, and build a storyboard using the free library with drag...more
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Find an easy, interactive tool to create storyboards at Storyboard That. Choose between three and six frame storyboards, and build a storyboard using the free library with drag and drop technology. Before you begin, you may want to look at the example storyboards for business and teachers. With a free account, you can save three times a day, print, and embed your storyboard. To share and save storyboards, you must register with an email. Only the introductory video uses Flash.
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tag(s): creative writing (166), digital storytelling (146), writing (361)

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Demonstrate how to create a storyboard using "Storyboard That" on your interactive whiteboard (or use your projector and screen). As you and your students create a class story, show them the different selections of characters, settings, dialogue boxes and more. Show them how easy it is to edit anything in the frame. Have your students use "Storyboard That" for anything from brainstorming for a video story they want to create to a final copy of a story, report, or poem. This is a highly engaging way to teach your students about story elements, dialogue, character development, etc. Challenge students to create a storyboard of a book or short recently finished in class as a review of characters and story plot. World language students can create storyboards and label the images, or tell the story in the language they are learning. "Storyboard That" has a growing collection of lesson plans and you can also contribute yours. Math teachers can use the interesting storyboard characters to explain word problems and capture reluctant student's interest. Have your students complete biographies for famous people. Tell the story of different famous events in history or explain their understanding of cell division using this easy program that produces entertaining results. Autistic or emotional support teachers can have students storyboard interpersonal behavior skills.

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david, TX, Grades: 9 - 12
As of January 2013 teachers can now create a private classroom where their students data is secure and the teacher has more control. -Aaron (Founder/CEO of Storyboard That) *Editor's Note: this feature is available as part of the Classroom Portal Section which is a paid add on. This review highlights only the free portions of the site. Aaron, , Grades: 0 - 12

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Picsviewr - Webzardry

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K to 12
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Share your Flickr photos in visually stimulating presentations using Picsviewr. Enter your Flickr username into the field to create a link to your slideshow. Choose from several different...more
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Share your Flickr photos in visually stimulating presentations using Picsviewr. Enter your Flickr username into the field to create a link to your slideshow. Choose from several different template options: poster, Polaroid Gallery, photo stack, wall, and more. Change options until satisfied with the results. Share using the direct link provided. You must have a Flickr account to use this site. If you are unfamiliar with Flickr, see our review (here).

tag(s): flickr (7), images (269), slides (63)

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Create a class Flickr account to upload pictures of experiments, student projects, and items related to class content. Use Picsviewr to share these pictures on a blog or wiki. Use pictures to represent Math concepts, poems and stories, science concepts in the real world, or items from different cultures. Create a Picsviewr folder of art projects to display to the world. If students are allowed individual accounts, they could use this as a way to share their portfolios of artwork or digital images.

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Thou shalt not commit logical fallacies - Jesse Richardson, Andy Smith, Sam Meadon

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6 to 12
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Find a clickable, online poster explaining the most common logical fallacies. Simply rolling your cursor over the icon for the fallacy will give a definition. Click on it to find ...more
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Find a clickable, online poster explaining the most common logical fallacies. Simply rolling your cursor over the icon for the fallacy will give a definition. Click on it to find a further explanation and an example. Reducing each fallacy to a single simple sentence makes these easier to understand, and the examples given are amusing. There is also a free downloadable PDF of all the fallacies and their explanations presented on this site. A free poster in PDF format is available in three sizes. The free poster can be found at the bottom of the first page of this site.
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tag(s): critical thinking (111), debate (41), logic (237), persuasive writing (55), reading comprehension (114), thinking skills (18)

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Most academic writing presents a premise to be proved (an argument). When you first start to have your students try to understand logical fallacies, show them the online poster for logical fallacies and get them started trying to find these fallacies in their everyday lives. You could assign a fallacy a week and have students write in a journal, or a little tablet when they come across one. Or collect them on a class wiki with a page for each fallacy type. You could even have them make up their own logical fallacies. Have students create online posters on paper or do it together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) or PicLits (reviewed here. After introducing logical fallacies, have students peer edit papers to make sure the writer is not trying to support one of these fallacies. Of course, any speech and debate, or media strategies class would benefit from a review this site. During political seasons, be sure to share this site for evaluating politicians' positions.

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Urgent Evoke - A Crash Course in Changing the World - International Bank for Reconstruction and Development

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7 to 12
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Urgent Evoke is an online video game designed to help individuals across the world develop innovative, creative solutions to the globe's most pressing social problems. It also helps...more
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Urgent Evoke is an online video game designed to help individuals across the world develop innovative, creative solutions to the globe's most pressing social problems. It also helps to develop ten much-needed skills: collaboration, courage, creativity, entrepreneurship, local insight, knowledge sharing, resourcefulness, spark/example setting, sustainability, and vision. Unlike most typical online video games, accepting the mission on Urgent Evoke does not bring players to a new, simulated world within which to complete that mission. Rather, players act on the mission within their own communities and document efforts with video, photos, or a blog post. Be sure to watch the "How to Play" videos to get a full overview of the concept and how to play games.

tag(s): creativity (110), problem solving (273), social skills (20)

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Use Urgent Evoke to stimulate innovation and creativity among students. Have students work in teams or individually to move through the ten-week game and complete missions. Provide context for the game and supplement with real-life encounters with activists, business people, and creative thinkers who are working to address these same problems in their own lives. Students don't have to play the whole game, choose missions that are appropriate to your classroom learning goals to present as problem solving and creative thinking activities. Teachers of gifted could use this game as a basis for a semester of intense projects.

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Thought Questions - Marc and Angel Hack Life

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5 to 12
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How do you know when you're happy? What's one bad habit that makes you miserable? Find open-ended questions on Thought Questions daily. A gorgeous photograph complements each...more
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How do you know when you're happy? What's one bad habit that makes you miserable? Find open-ended questions on Thought Questions daily. A gorgeous photograph complements each question. The site provides a space for you to answer these questions online or not. Maximize the benefits of self-reflection by taking the time to think! Visit this site daily, weekly, or monthly. There are over 900 questions and photos to contemplate, and they post a new one daily. There are advertisements between pictures, but their arrangement is such that they are not visible on the screen unless you are scrolling through the pictures. The public is able to answer the questions on the site, so you may want to only use this on an adult's computer.
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tag(s): critical thinking (111), writing prompts (92)

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This is the perfect site to start your students' day or end your day with them. Use these questions as writing prompts or quick writes. You may want to ask students to choose their favorite and form small groups to discuss their answers. Post some of the same questions on bulletin boards. Discussing or debating these questions would be a powerful community builder at the beginning of the year or when forming new small groups. To avoid the advertising, have your question on the screen before projecting it on your screen or whiteboard. IF your class includes gifted students, they may react well to such thought-provokers. Encourage them to collect favorite prompts and responses in a writing journal or "idea bin" to use at times when they are ahead of the class or need extra writing challenges.

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The Advertising Artwork of Dr. Seuss - Mandeville Special Collections Library, UC San Diego

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6 to 12
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Explore a rich collection of Dr. Seuss' advertising artwork for magazines created before becoming a successful children's author. Choose from various companies (Ford, Holly Sugar, GE,...more
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Explore a rich collection of Dr. Seuss' advertising artwork for magazines created before becoming a successful children's author. Choose from various companies (Ford, Holly Sugar, GE, and others) to view artwork for their advertisements. Each image includes citation information including date, title, and creator. Most are copyrighted and allow permission for scholarly use but cannot be copied or shared outside of "fair use." In other words, you cannot use them in online projects or make copies beyond classroom or offline student projects. You can easily share each cartoon via Twitter, Facebook, etc. Click the enlarge arrows to see the image in its own separate window and copy its url.

tag(s): 20th century (51), advertising (33), comics and cartoons (74), dr seuss (13), primary sources (86)

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Use during art class or studies of the decades of 20th century as examples of advertising artwork. How does advertising represent a culture and what is important to us? How do these ads differ from today's? Extend your study of history through primary sources with these engaging examples. Include in social studies, reading, or art class during Seuss's birthday celebrations to demonstrate his other creative avenues. This is a great way for older students to celebrate the wonderful Dr. Seuss! Challenge your students to create their own cartoons/comics about Dr. Seuss using one of the tools and ideas included in this collection.

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Video Lessons: Essay Writing - Ryan Thiggins

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8 to 12
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These "video lessons" orally instruct how to write argument, discussion and IELT essays. The site includes information on how to write a thesis statement, do an outline, and complete...more
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These "video lessons" orally instruct how to write argument, discussion and IELT essays. The site includes information on how to write a thesis statement, do an outline, and complete the essay. It goes through all the necessary planning and thinking steps by actually writing an essay on the site's chosen topic. Although these essay writing lessons target ESL/ELL students who are preparing for the IELTS exam, their simplicity makes it useful for any beginning essay writers. Be aware: some of these videos opened a bit slow using Chrome.
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tag(s): essays (22), expository writing (44)

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Use these videos as a preview to writing an academic essay in class. Ask the students to take notes on what the various parts of the essay are. When you expand to writing another type of essay, have the students make their own videos of the different parts and thinking processes similar to this one. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos share the videos on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here.
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Annotary - Ashok Nayar and Travis Hardman

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6 to 12
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Annotary is a social bookmarking and annotation service provided through an extension for Google Chrome and Firefox. Bookmark sites, highlight portions of pages, and annotate pages...more
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Annotary is a social bookmarking and annotation service provided through an extension for Google Chrome and Firefox. Bookmark sites, highlight portions of pages, and annotate pages with sticky notes. Create as many collections as you like for each project, topic, or idea. Share bookmarks using icons on each page for most major social networks. Search by user, keyword, or collection names. Sign up with your Facebook account or use your email and a user name.

tag(s): bookmarks (59), social networking (111)

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There are so many applications and possibilities for this site! Use prompts on articles to build Common Core skills analyzing informational texts. How many times have we heard students complain during a group project, "But I couldn't get to his or her house to work on it?" Tell them to use Annotary to interact online. The research and conversations created through highlighting and annotating what they read can greatly enhance both their research skills and their online interaction on academic level skills. Or use the site to post and share discussion assignments on specific articles or even parts of articles using the highlighting tool. Find a relevant article to your subject, highlight the part that you want students to read. (If students are younger keep it short to reduce the intimidating reality of too much information for kids.) Attach a note with a discussion question for the students. Have them comment on the link in a "class discussion" as an outside assignment. If you are fortunate enough to have all students with computer access in your class and at home, such as in one to one laptop program schools, you can use this essentially to run your class. Post assignments or post readings. Science teachers can post online interactive labs, and more. The site even allows students to submit work via the comment.

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Study Droid - StudyDroid.com

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K to 12
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StudyDroid is an online flashcard creator (with a new twist). They have a database of over 3 million sets of cards. Create cards online or on a mobile device. Take ...more
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StudyDroid is an online flashcard creator (with a new twist). They have a database of over 3 million sets of cards. Create cards online or on a mobile device. Take pictures from your mobile phone to include on flash cards; then sync to the site to download for mobile use. Register using your email to save and access cards from anywhere. Use the search feature to find flashcards available. Choose the study online option or print to have a printed copy. Share card sets using the share button to email or share via common social networking sites. When viewing online, click in the large box displaying the question to see the correct answer.
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tag(s): flash cards (47), test prep (95), vocabulary (323), vocabulary development (125)

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Create flashcards for your classes or have them make their own. Try using them as an introduction to a concept, then again in the practice of the concept, and again as a final review. It is a nice three for one creation deal! This would be great for teaching Latin prefixes and suffixes of words to students. Use in science terms, or for standardized test preparation. Try having students create flashcards and share with each other to quiz themselves within their own groups. Teach students in higher grades how to create flash cards with multiple blanks to challenge their brain to remember more pieces of the puzzle. Show them how to carefully read through their classroom notes and underline the most important word or words in a sentence. Then have them leave out the most important words for their flashcards. Learning support teachers might want to have small groups create cards together to review before tests. Have students create flashcard sets to "test" classmates on what they "teach" in oral reports. Be sure to check the data base for already created sets to save you time making them yourself!

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wevideo - Jostein Svendsen

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3 to 12
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WeVideo is a collaborative video creation tool that uses GoogleDrive for online storage and access. Upload your own media clips or use stock media clips to produce your video. Use ...more
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WeVideo is a collaborative video creation tool that uses GoogleDrive for online storage and access. Upload your own media clips or use stock media clips to produce your video. Use video editor tools to trim the length of display. Drag and drop items onto the timeline to create layers and organize projects. Invite other people to create and edit with you as you would any other Google document. The free plan allows you to upload your videos to YouTube and Vimeo but does not allow local downloads. The basics of the free plan include: 5GB of storage space, 1 user license, 15 minutes of export time per month, and 5 invites per project.
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tag(s): video (259)

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You may want to consider allowing your older students to create their own account, depending on school policies. Read tips for safely managing email registrations here. Upload pictures and videos once a month to share through your classroom website or blog. Or allow a group of students to create each month's review. Create a project site for students to upload images and videos found when studying any subject. Upload images with squares, triangles, rectangles, etc. when learning about shapes. Upload pictures of plants for a science unit, etc. Have students upload family pictures when learning about families. World language students can create digital photo stories they can narrate to use new vocabulary. Share this site when students work on any collaborative project. Present teacher professional development or an end of year display. Have other staff members upload images and videos from the year of school activities.

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MyHistro Interactive Timelines - Jaanus Vihand

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3 to 12
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Create interactive timelines of geographically-located events on Google Maps and share them on the web for free. Hover over events on the Google map (or use Google Earth) to enlarge...more
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Create interactive timelines of geographically-located events on Google Maps and share them on the web for free. Hover over events on the Google map (or use Google Earth) to enlarge and view a summary of relevant information. Click play to scroll through events in chronological order. Create your own or browse many of the timelines on the site. No registration is necessary to view timelines already created by others. Sign up with an email account to create or comment on timelines. Create a new timeline, including a title, select a category, and add as many stops on the timeline as you wish. Share using Facebook, Twitter or an RSS feed. Click "embed/share" to copy a url to share with others or an embed code to use in a blog, wiki, or other site. Choose from three privacy level settings to customize viewing options. Be aware: the comments are not moderated, so please preview.

tag(s): timelines (63)

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Consider creating a class account with a single login and password. Ask students to initial their timelines as well to indicate ownership. There are many ways to include this in class. Every topic in history, literature, sciences, and the arts has dates and recorded events. Use your interactive whiteboard or projector to learn about the history of the Olympics, famous people, events, literature, and more. Have students create timelines to share research projects. Use the timeline as a visual tool to discuss events in literary works or the life of a scientist, political figure, or pop artist. Create animal life cycles mapped to their habitat, author or presidential biographies, or even timelines of the events and causes leading to a war. Make a timeline using local, national, or international current events. Elementary students could even interview grandparents and create a class timeline about their grandparents' generation for Grandparents' Day. For collaboration, link up with another classroom in another town (or another country) to build a timeline that shares events in each local area so students can see what was happening at the same time in another location (maybe in the opposite hemisphere: compare weather and seasons!) Students can use the timeline as a visual aid during presentations. Student groups can work on different aspects of the same time period to share with the rest of the class. For example, in studying World War II, one student group can create a timeline of Japanese occupation, another of the German occupation, and so forth. The timelines are perfect to share on your interactive whiteboard or projector as well as on a class wiki.

Challenge your gifted students by having them create mapped timelines of contrasts: The life cycles (and locations) of two migrating species, the events leading to the end of World War II in Europe and the Pacific, the lives of two famous Americans from two different centuries. They could embed the results in a wiki page so other students can view and comment (or ask questions).

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Tackk - Creatively Share Your Message - Erick Bockmuller and Dan Klammer

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3 to 12
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Tackk is a new way for sharing and creating web content. It is almost like designing a one page web site. Start with an image or idea, NO membership required ...more
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Tackk is a new way for sharing and creating web content. It is almost like designing a one page web site. Start with an image or idea, NO membership required (for short term pages). Personalize the look of your content using the editor to change colors, fonts, and background. You can also add tags. Choose from themes on the left to begin customization or just click on different portions of the page to upload a picture, edit your title, and write a description. Add additional information using links provided. Paste a link to your Youtube, Vimeo, Hulu, Instagram, or Soundcloud to embed songs, photos, and more. Sign up isn't required. However, your Tackk will only be available for a week if not registered on the site. Free registration allows multiple Tackks, available indefinitely. Savvy users can make a Tackk private (i.e. hidden from search engines), password protect your Tackks, add tags, and even collect them into Tackkboards by tag -- very handy for seeing a full class's work simply by having students use the same tag. Click the word Tackk then on the FAQ in the footer of the page to learn how to do all of these and more! Share completed Tackks using social media links at the bottom of the page or via the unique url created and available at the top of the page. People who wish to comment must do so using an account on Facebook or other social media, so the commenting feature is somewhat limited.

tag(s): creative writing (166), journals (21), multimedia (58), posters (36)

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Share any short term announcement visually without joining or set up a class account for all to use. One of the options when you click "Create" is Class Assignment! If students have email, they can set up individual accounts. Have students create a Tackk instead of a book report. Have students copy a story into Tackk and expand using multimedia and photos. Have students make Tackks as online posters advertising healthy eating or reminding others about grammar rules. Create a Tackk to introduce any unit or a webquest. Use it to compile review materials; then share the link on your classroom website. Have students create a Tackk for upcoming book fairs, math or science night, or any school activity then print the finished items for display around the classroom or school. As a back to school introduction, make a cooperative Tackk of class rules or allow students to make a Tackk introducing themselves without a photo. Have others try to match the Tackks to their classmates.

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Make Word Mosaic - Image Chef

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K to 12
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Make any quotation, passage of text, or poem into a "word mosaic" (graphical display). Paste in any text to create an word image. Choose your own colors, background, and shape/symbol:...more
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Make any quotation, passage of text, or poem into a "word mosaic" (graphical display). Paste in any text to create an word image. Choose your own colors, background, and shape/symbol: star, smiley faces, initials, and more. You can print creations or share via email, Facebook, or Twitter. Play with options under Layout, Color, and Font menus to change the look. There are links on this site to public galleries of remixes and symbols associated with another application.Save the image in one of three sizes using the export option. Be sure to preview before sharing from the homepage or Gallery.
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tag(s): bulletin boards (16), vocabulary (323), word clouds (10), word study (80)

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This is a terrific visual tool to share on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Paste in a passage or URL for a political speech to visualize the politician's "message." Analyze advertising propaganda by visualizing the language used in TV or print ads. Create word mosaics of historical texts of inauguration speeches as time capsules of the issues of the day. Use this site as a way to help students see and memorize text, especially visual learners. Make Dolch word/sight word mosaics for students to take home for practice. ESL and ELL students will eagerly use this site since word order will no longer be a problem for them. Have students work in groups to create word posters of vocabulary words with related meanings (such as different ways to say "walk"). Have students make mosaics for each part of speech to help them remember examples. Decorate your classroom with these visual reminders of the richness of language. Another idea: use this site during the first week of school. Have students create word mosaics about themselves and create a bulletin board introducing your students (and yourself). In elementary grades, create greeting cards for holidays and special occasions using spelling words and holiday words.

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UnShortMe - Unshort.me

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K to 12
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This tool reveals full urls for links that have been shortened using URL shortener tools (like bit.ly, tinyurl.com and others). Many of the URLs created by the shortening sites are...more
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This tool reveals full urls for links that have been shortened using URL shortener tools (like bit.ly, tinyurl.com and others). Many of the URLs created by the shortening sites are blocked by school content filters (because the shortener websites are actually blocked). Try un-shortening the URL with this tool to access the content and to know what you are headed for! Enter the URL and click the button. Shortened urls can also hide undesirable content, so seeing the "real" url can prevent embarrassment such as opening something unexpected in front of others.

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Use this to access sites especially those shared with your PLN through RSS or Twitter. Many times, the original link is not blocked but the shortened URL is because of the shortener service's url. Save this tool in your favorites to access when needed.
 

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PBLU - Buck Institute for Education

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3 to 12
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Find several ready to go, Common Core aligned, Math and English/Language Arts projects free for your use. Developed by the Buck Institute for Education, who are THE experts for project...more
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Find several ready to go, Common Core aligned, Math and English/Language Arts projects free for your use. Developed by the Buck Institute for Education, who are THE experts for project based learning, the PBLU projects are designed to save you time in the project based learning process. However, each project is flexible enough to customize it to your needs. Along with these projects, also find several two-week online classes that can result in your becoming PBL certified. The classes are free, but not required to use the projects with your students. If none of the projects they have now are appealing, sign up for their newsletter to stay updated about new project development. You can even suggest a project for them to create through the Community Wish List.

tag(s): problem solving (273)

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There are a variety of projects presented at different grade levels. Don't hesitate to look at one that seems beyond or below your grade level. They are easily adaptable. For instance, the one by Biz World created for third through fifth grade students to experience entrepreneurship can easily be adapted to a product that high school students might be interested in such as earrings, designing a class ring, or a video explaining how to conquer levels in a video game.
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Desktop QR code reader - DANSL

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K to 12
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Learn what a QR code is and how it works. These little images have amazing powers! This blog post includes a link to install a QR reader onto your computer ...more
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Learn what a QR code is and how it works. These little images have amazing powers! This blog post includes a link to install a QR reader onto your computer (works with your webcam). This site/tool works with both Mac and Windows/Linux.
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tag(s): qr codes (21)

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The use of QR codes in the classroom is limitless. Set up student computers with a QR desktop code reader, and it is easily assessable by all students young or old. Share this link on your website so families can download the QR reader onto home computers. Create QR codes for assignments for directions, rubric information, editing instructions, or the places in which to find resources. For a model, create QR codes to describe any part of the model. Create a QR code to go home on student planners reminding them about homework. Place outside your classroom door to describe your classroom. Add another QR code to tell your schedule, or learning goals. Send home audio announcements of special events to your families. When students are absent, create podcasts of missed class discussions, shared on a QR code. For study guides, provide a QR code with answers so students can self -check. Create a living history museum with in-depth explanations in QR codes. For vocabulary words in English or any other language, provide correct pronunciations and definitions of each word. Have student create QR codes as study guides or a way to present information. Create a problem solving page which is completed by each student. Using a QR code, scan to self check. QR codes can be used everywhere!
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Fakebook - Class Tools

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4 to 12
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Create a "fake" Facebook-style page for anyone or anything! No membership required! Give your page a title and add an image from your computer. (They insert an image for you ...more
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Create a "fake" Facebook-style page for anyone or anything! No membership required! Give your page a title and add an image from your computer. (They insert an image for you if you do not select one.) Of course you will need to use a Creative Commons or other copyright-safe image. You can also use autoselect from a websearch, edit the profile, and your page is almost ready. You must add at least one post and one friend to save work. Choose "save" from the options on top right side of the page, enter a password, and your unique url for your Fakebook page appears. Be sure to copy and save this link as it is the only time it is given in the setup process. Here is an example created in less than a minute. Page creation is quick and easy with a small learning curve. Flash is needed only to watch the introduction video, not use the site/tool. There is a downloadable Word doc "startup guide" for those who prefer written, illustrated directions.
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tag(s): book reports (35), creative writing (166), social networking (111)

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Engage and create interest in classroom learning with Fakebook. This site is wonderful for creating interest in many subjects. In social studies, instead of a typical biographical report have students create a Fakebook page about their famous person. Write about presidents, founding fathers, famous scientists or artist, a civil war soldier, and much more. Have students create a timeline of any historical event (the page should be named for the event). Use Fakebook to outline the plot of a book, play, or film, then share with students while studying the material. To use Fakebook to study literature, create a page for the central character, book's author, or the setting of the book or play. For a unique twist is science class, create a Fakebook page for a periodic element or another science topic. Use the page to describe "the life" of that atom or element. In world language classes, have students do this activity (about themselves) in the second language they are learning. Create a Fakebook page for the first day of school to introduce yourself to students or at Open House for parents. Challenge students to create and share a page about themselves during the first week of school. Share a Fakebook page with students to demonstrate proper netiquette and social sharing. Be sure to share a rubric with students for all expectations of what should be included on their page. Make Fakebook one of the options for your gifted students doing projects beyond the regular curriculum. With no membership required, this tool is simple enough for younger gifted students who have parent permission to post work to the web. We could pretend that they do not know what Facebook looks like, but we would be deluding ourselves!

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ClassTools - Russel Tarr

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K to 12
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Classtools offers online game, quiz, and concept map generators to use in any classroom with any subject. Templates make it easy. NO registration is necessary. Just start right in!...more
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Classtools offers online game, quiz, and concept map generators to use in any classroom with any subject. Templates make it easy. NO registration is necessary. Just start right in! Make games public on their website or blog using the link provided upon completion. Templates include Fakebook, Tweet Generator, an SMS conversation (text message) simulator, QR Treasure Hunt, Fishbone, Random Name Generator, Burger Diagram (essay writing), Countdown Timer, and many more. The complete list of templates is on the right sidebar of the site. Follow the easy step-by step directions provided. View the video tutorials on the main page to learn more.
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tag(s): essays (22), qr codes (21), social networking (111), spelling (169), twitter (50), vocabulary (323), word choice (26), word study (80)

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The possibilities abound in nearly any subject area. Be sure to check out all of the free templates to use. Use the many tools yourself or have your students create a Fakebook page or use the Tweet Generator to present information in any subject area. Create a Fakebook page about a famous historical person or government figure in social studies or science class. Share the Burger Diagram for writing essays. Use the Arcade Game Maker to create practice activities for students who need the extra help. Create a random word generator with vocabulary from a Science or Social Studies unit to review before testing. Allow students to create Venn diagrams to be posted on the class website using information from current lessons. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here). Save this site in your Favorites on your teacher computer!

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