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Text 2 Speech - text2speech.org

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Just as the title implies, this site converts text to speech. Enter any text up to 4000 characters, select a voice and speed, name the file, then choose "Start." After ...more
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Just as the title implies, this site converts text to speech. Enter any text up to 4000 characters, select a voice and speed, name the file, then choose "Start." After processing, click play to listen or choose from download options as an mp3 or wav file.
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tag(s): listening (92), pronunciation (44), text to speech (18)

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Type or copy and paste what you'd like to hear into the Text 2 Speech box. Use speed options to slow down speech for ESL/ELL students. Mark this site on your teacher web page for your ESL/ELL students to hear something read or pronounced both in an outside of class. Use Text 2 Speech with students who have difficulty reading, especially when working with more difficult passages and text.

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OpenEd - OpenEd

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OpenEd claims to be the world's largest online library of free education resources - videos, lesson plans, assessments, games, and more. Search with a keyword and filter by grade, subject,...more
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OpenEd claims to be the world's largest online library of free education resources - videos, lesson plans, assessments, games, and more. Search with a keyword and filter by grade, subject, standard, resource type, or publisher. Save for later use, or assign to all students or just a few. There are several ways to register students: manually with email and password, give them a code, or upload students from Google Classroom or Edmodo. In the assessment area, a convenient feature is the ability for the teacher to assign videos to the student for review if they answered questions incorrectly. Then the student can try again. Both instructors and students can sign up with email and passwords or social media such as Google and Edmodo. Some videos 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): assessment (106), classroom management (149), multimedia (63), slides (65), video (273)

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With 90% of the million resources free, you're sure to find something you need to supplement current curriculum materials. This site could also be used as a learning center or station during any unit or for review. Use activities from this site to differentiate learning within your classroom. Try flipping class and assign videos, slides or lessons to be completed at home and have a discussion (or question and answer session) about them the next day in class. Include this site on the class website for parents to find at-home math, language arts, science projects, and materials for review. Be sure to share with other teachers on campus.

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MakerBot in Education - MakerBot Industries, LLC

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Learn about the uses of 3D printing in the classroom with resources provided by MakerBot. Scroll down the page to find Webinars, Videos, and Case Studies. Use the search feature ...more
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Learn about the uses of 3D printing in the classroom with resources provided by MakerBot. Scroll down the page to find Webinars, Videos, and Case Studies. Use the search feature to find grant and white paper information for funding 3D printers and an essential information packet for pitching and implementing 3D printers in the classroom. Email registration is required to view and download information.
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tag(s): crafts (43), creativity (119), drawing (80), modeling (10), robotics (24)

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Use this site as a resource for materials and information about 3D printing. Take advantage of the downloadable materials when trying to find funding for a 3D printer. Once you receive your 3D printer, find many ideas and downloads at Sketchfab, reviewed here.
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The Lowdown - KQED News

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The Lowdown connects the newsroom to the classroom through timely multimedia articles featuring the latest news. Convert any post to PDF for easy printing and sharing. Search using...more
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The Lowdown connects the newsroom to the classroom through timely multimedia articles featuring the latest news. Convert any post to PDF for easy printing and sharing. Search using a keyword or choose links to find lesson plans, interactives, and videos. Many features include alignment to Common Core Standards. If your district blocks YouTube, 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 Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): commoncore (95), journalism (55), multimedia (63), news (265), newspapers (97)

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Achieve two goals with this very people-friendly site: provide quality non-fiction reading materials and the latest in current events. Use this site to differentiate reading materials by student interest. Encourage students to explore the site on their own. Be sure to include a link on classroom computers and your class website for students to access at any time. Flip your class and assign the reading to do at home. Then, have students create a simple infographic sharing findings from The Lowdown with their classmates using Piktochart, reviewed here. Have cooperative learning groups create weekly podcasts with news from around the world. Use a site such as podOmatic, reviewed here.
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The Color Thesaurus - Ingrid Sundberg

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K to 12
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The Color Thesaurus is an interesting resource for use when viewing and describing colors. Scroll through to see the many shades of basic colors including the name for each specific...more
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The Color Thesaurus is an interesting resource for use when viewing and describing colors. Scroll through to see the many shades of basic colors including the name for each specific hue. Who knew that there were so many shades of whites and blacks? View specific color blocks by clicking the image and opening on a separate page.

tag(s): colors (80), creative writing (169), literature (276), poetry (225)

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The Color Thesaurus is perfect for use with writing projects and to accompany literature selections. Demonstrate how authors use color words by finding words in their work and sharing with the thesaurus. Share this site with students as you teach how to create imagery in their writing, think of the many ways to use when writing poetry! The author of this site is working on a poster version; sign up to receive notification when it is available, then display the poster in your classroom for easy use at any time. Share with your school's art teacher as an excellent tool for use with art projects.

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OK2Ask: Getting Started with OneNote - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from February 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Microsoft OneNote is a free tool that takes digital notebooks to the...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from February 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Microsoft OneNote is a free tool that takes digital notebooks to the extreme while keeping everything together on all of your devices. Organize, create, and collaborate anytime anywhere with text, audio, video, files, digital ink, and so much more! Provide support, feedback, and encouragement from one simple application. Remember, it's OK2Ask''®. This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels. As a result of this session teachers will: (1) Learn the basic use of Microsoft OneNote; (2) Explore ways to give feedback to students using OneNote; and (3) Collaborate with other educators on ways to use OneNote in the classroom.

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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The Classroom Bookshelf - Mary Ann Cappiello, Erika Dawes, Grace Enriquez & K Cunningham

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K to 12
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Discover ideas for new, captivating literature to include in your classroom! Each blog entry focuses on a recently published book. In addition to a summary of the book, entries discuss...more
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Discover ideas for new, captivating literature to include in your classroom! Each blog entry focuses on a recently published book. In addition to a summary of the book, entries discuss several different teaching methods incorporating the book along with extensive lists of links to additional information and similar books. In addition to the blog entries, use links to find book lists by topic as well as classroom and curricular ideas. This blog is a must-read for teachers of all subject areas and is free! This blog is a sister to The School Library Journal which costs for a subscription. Clicking on the Print Issue Archive at the top of this blog will allow you to read past issues of The School Library Journal free of charge!
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tag(s): blogs (89), book lists (132), literacy (107), literature (276), preK (291), reading lists (79)

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Every teacher will want to bookmark this site as a resource for book ideas throughout the school year. Be sure to share this site with your school's media teacher for finding new materials to add to your school library. Search to find books on any topic or subject to use in your classroom library. Create a classroom center with books found through this blog. Don't forget to look through the many excellent classroom teaching ideas. Create a link to The Classroom Bookshelf on your class website for parents; they will appreciate the many book ideas to read at home. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create video book reviews using a tool like Moovly, reviewed here, or Powtoon, reviewed here, and share them on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here.

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My Simpleshow - simpleshow

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My Simpleshow creates dynamic and professional-looking video explanations easily (and for free!). View examples for an overview of the different available templates. Create an account...more
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My Simpleshow creates dynamic and professional-looking video explanations easily (and for free!). View examples for an overview of the different available templates. Create an account using your email to make your own videos. Start by writing a script or uploading a PowerPoint. Follow Simpleshow's step-by-step directions for using templates and adding images and text to create a video. Record your own soundtrack, or choose from provided voice-overs. Simpleshow works on any device with a web browser. Simpleshow recommends uploading published videos to your YouTube account for easiest sharing. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): animation (65), digital storytelling (155), movies (70), multimedia (63), slides (65), video (273)

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Challenge older students to create their own Simpleshow. Have students use this tool to share their ideas or to "prototype" an idea. Students can create videos to show math processes, explanations of complex concepts, review new learning, teach others, explain scientific processes, tell stories, or present research. The possibilities are endless, and students will come up with hundreds of more uses. Flip your classroom using Simpleshow presentations. Use Simpleshow to create teacher-authored animations for students in ANY grade. This tool is an excellent way to present new information or ideas for discussion. It is an easy way to share information with the class when a substitute is in your classroom. Embed your Simpleshow creations on your website or blog for students to review at home. Use a Simpleshow video on the first day of school to explain class rules or to give an exciting introduction to the year ahead. Use Simpleshow to create presentations for back to school night or conference nights to display on your interactive whiteboard or projector.

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OK2Ask: Technology Integration Made Easy with EDpuzzle - TeachersFirst

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3 to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from February 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Transform your classroom activities by learning how to use EDpuzzle....more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from February 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Transform your classroom activities by learning how to use EDpuzzle. Engage students and deepen content area knowledge by using instructional videos. Learn how to select a video, make minor edits, and add questions to bring additional context to content area instruction for your students and monitor progress. Brainstorm with others how you and your students can use EDpuzzle in your classroom. Remember, it's OK2Ask ''®. This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels. As a result of this session teachers will: (1) Learn basic use of EDpuzzle; (2) Explore three different ways to use EDpuzzle in the classroom; and (3) Plan for the use of EDpuzzle in the classroom.

tag(s): video (273)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask: 12 Ways to Use Google Forms in the Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from January 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Make the most of Google Forms to support effective classroom instruction...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from January 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Make the most of Google Forms to support effective classroom instruction and increase student engagement. Powerful, simple, and loaded with options, Google Forms can be used to create exit tickets, surveys, quizzes, and rubrics as well as to collect data and communicate with students and parents. Google Forms is the go-to web-based form tool for teachers. It is completely free and allows for unlimited questions and responses, as well as logic branching. Remember, it's OK2Ask '''®. As a result of this session teachers will: (1) Explore the features of Google Forms; (2) Learn 12 ways to use Google Forms in the classroom; and (3) Plan for the use of Google Forms in the classroom. This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels.

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask: Fostering Responsible Digital Citizenship - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from January 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. To be successful in today's ever-changing global marketplace, both students...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from January 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. To be successful in today's ever-changing global marketplace, both students and teachers must be skilled digital citizens. Even students and teachers who are comfortable using technology in a range of areas may not be using it appropriately or effectively. Learn Mike Ribble's nine elements of digital citizenship and how to incorporate them in the classroom. Understand where to find copyright-friendly resources and how to have engaging conversations with your students about this important topic. Discover places to find digital citizenship curriculum. Explore strategies, resources, and best practices for weaving these core workplace readiness skills into the core curriculum and throughout the day. Remember, it's OK2Ask'''®. As a result of this session teachers will: (1) Learn the nine elements of digital citizenship; (2) Discuss strategies for weaving digital citizenship skills into the curriculum; (3) Explore copyright-friendly resources; and (4) Begin creating a lesson plan for teaching one aspect of digital citizenship. This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels.

tag(s): digital citizenship (63)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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Revue - Martijn de Kuijper, Mohamed El Maslouhi

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Use Revue to create a personal email newsletter in minutes. No more tedious hours putting your newsletter together. Compose it in minutes, preview it, and schedule when you'd like it...more
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Use Revue to create a personal email newsletter in minutes. No more tedious hours putting your newsletter together. Compose it in minutes, preview it, and schedule when you'd like it to be shared. Also, share on Twitter, Medium, Tumblr, Pocket, and RSS feeds. Revue also has a browser extension to make it easy to add to your newsletter while searching the Internet and load up content at any time. The free part of Revue allows you to have 200 subscribers. Sign up with your name and email, or Twitter, Google, or Facebook account. Be sure to check out the very thorough FAQ section.
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tag(s): creative writing (169), descriptive writing (42), digital storytelling (155), expository writing (44), journalism (55), writing (362)

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Consider using Revue to create a daily newsletter about what students learned in class, and then present it as a recap at the beginning of the next day. Be sure to add images and charts where possible for visual students. Eventually, students could do this on their own at the end of the class. A newsletter would build an excellent learning journal and could be used to study for a test, or as a source for writing a final essay. Writing for digital publication is an important element of Common Core writing. In science and math classes, students can design a newsletter about a famous scientist or mathematician. In science class, students can develop a newsletter to explain to a younger student about cells, life cycles, or any science topic. Do an author study with the end project being a newsletter. For literature circle end projects have the group create a newsletter about the plot and characters. Create digital newsletters for any subject or topic: explain an event in history, demonstrate different types of animals or habitats. With the Revue newsletter tool, it will almost seem effortless to send home a weekly or monthly newsletter to parents with ongoing news of class activities, announcements, schedules, and more.

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Copyright Decision Tool - Council of Ministers of Education, Canada

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6 to 12
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Encourage and promote proper digital citizenship through the use of the Copyright Decision Tool. Choose the type of published work from options including periodicals, poems, books,...more
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Encourage and promote proper digital citizenship through the use of the Copyright Decision Tool. Choose the type of published work from options including periodicals, poems, books, and more to begin. Answer questions to learn if it is a permissible use of the published work. In addition to the decision tool, this site contains many other resources for teachers including articles and video presentations.

tag(s): copyright (49), digital citizenship (63), ethics (17), plagiarism (34)

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Include this site as part of your digital citizenship lessons. Explore together what is the acceptable use, and what is not. Have students create online posters individually or together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard, reviewed here, or PicLits, reviewed here, to demonstrate the acceptable use of published work. Be sure to include a link to this tool on your class web page for student use at home.
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Copyleaks Content Authentication - Copyleaks

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4 to 12
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Compare your writing to trillions of online pages to detect possible cases of plagiarism. Insert the URL of your web page to compare information to online content. Sign up using ...more
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Compare your writing to trillions of online pages to detect possible cases of plagiarism. Insert the URL of your web page to compare information to online content. Sign up using email for free to scan files and text. The free plan includes scanning up to 2.5K words per month and a low priority of scans, meaning your scan time may be fairly long. Our scan took almost 10 minutes to complete. The Andriod app allows for scanning (taking a photo) of the writing you want to check.

tag(s): copyright (49), evaluating sources (14), plagiarism (34), writing (362)

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Teach students about plagiarism and how to avoid it; it is a critical skill in all the content areas. Copyleaks is an easy place to introduce the concepts and have students check their writing. Demonstrate how to use the tool to the whole class using a projector or interactive whiteboard. Have students register for additional options. Emphasize to students that they have the ability and the obligation to check their work for honesty.

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Quick Note - diigo.com

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Quick Note is a Chrome browser extension for quickly taking notes while using Chrome. Install the extension according to directions. Add notes while browsing any web page using the...more
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Quick Note is a Chrome browser extension for quickly taking notes while using Chrome. Install the extension according to directions. Add notes while browsing any web page using the extension link, or from the right-click menu. Quick Note also offers a search feature for finding previous notes. Cloud storage provides the ability to access notes from anywhere. If you use Diigo, connect Quick Note and access and add notes from your Android device.

tag(s): brainstorming (25), note taking (38), organizational skills (129), writing (362)

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Use Quick Note to create notes to remember when sharing specific web pages with students. Science and math students can jot down the steps or reminders of what they did in a lab or math problem. History students can take notes on the text they are reading. Students in all subjects can take notes for a test or create questions for a test on Quick Note. Language Arts students can keep track of characters in an online novel and write responses as they read. Writing students can use this tool as a place to jot down ideas or first drafts.

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Writer - Big Huge Labs

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Writer is a distraction-free writing app for online and offline typing. Register using email to begin using the typewriter. The free version allows saving an unlimited number of documents,...more
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Writer is a distraction-free writing app for online and offline typing. Register using email to begin using the typewriter. The free version allows saving an unlimited number of documents, and it automatically saves documents as you write. Customize your experience to include typing sounds or not, change background colors, fonts, and more. When finished, export as a PDF or text document.

tag(s): editing (66), process writing (45), proofreading (23), writing (362)

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Writer is perfect for creating any text document without distractions. Have students create any project in Writer, then copy into another program to add images and more if desired. Although perfect for use with all students, Writer is a great tool for use with students who are easily distracted, and the ability to change the background and font colors and font size will help the visually impaired.

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Copy Edit Tihs! - New York Times and Philip B. Corbett

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6 to 12
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Here is your chance to be an editor for the New York Times. This 10 question quiz includes passages from New York Times articles with one grammatical error each. Click ...more
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Here is your chance to be an editor for the New York Times. This 10 question quiz includes passages from New York Times articles with one grammatical error each. Click on the word you believe to be incorrect; if you choose the correct word, the reason for the error appears. Choose the wrong word, then try again. After three incorrect attempts, opt to select Give Up to see the correct response and explanation.

tag(s): editing (66), grammar (214), grammar review (38), journalism (55), proofreading (23)

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As part of on-going grammar and editing instruction, share Copy Edit Tihs! with a projector or on an interactive whiteboard and edit sentences together. Discuss the author's explanation for errors. Ask students to find their own examples of incorrect grammar in online publications. Have students create blogs using Throwww, reviewed here, to share their findings. Throwww allows you to create "quick and easy" blogs to be used one time only. A unique URL is provided. Throwww is as easy as using a basic Word program! Share a link to Copy Edit Tihs! on your class web page as a resource for student use when editing work.

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WordClouds - wordclouds.com

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2 to 12
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WordClouds generates custom word clouds using your text. Create using their "wizard" with step-by-step directions to add documents or text and personalize features. Another option is...more
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WordClouds generates custom word clouds using your text. Create using their "wizard" with step-by-step directions to add documents or text and personalize features. Another option is to use the dashboard at the top of the page to add and customize the look of your word cloud. Choose colors, type of display, and font. The most frequent words appear larger and darker. When finished, select file to save in your choice of format or share online.

tag(s): editing (66), proofreading (23), speech (92), vocabulary (325), word choice (27), word clouds (11)

In the Classroom

WordClouds is a terrific visual tool to share on an interactive whiteboard or with a 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 clouds 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. Use it also when writing poetry or reading passages of great literature to "see" themes and motifs of repeated words and images. Have students paste in their own writing to spot repeated (and monotonous) language when teaching lessons on word choice. Students will be surprised to see what words appear to be dominant. 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" or "said" and decorate your classroom with these visual reminders of the richness of language.

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Help Me Write - Paul Birch

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Help Me Write is a social networking tool for writers. Share ideas with others to get feedback on your thoughts about a writing project. Sign in with Twitter and your ...more
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Help Me Write is a social networking tool for writers. Share ideas with others to get feedback on your thoughts about a writing project. Sign in with Twitter and your email address to create an account and profile page. Once logged in, add and share ideas from your profile page or browse through and post to other member's writing ideas.

tag(s): creative writing (169), process writing (45), social networking (110), writing (362)

In the Classroom

Share Help Me Write with your class as inspiration for creative writing projects. Have students share their thoughts with peers to get feedback on their ideas. If you prefer a different option, have students or groups share writing ideas using Lino, reviewed here. Lino creates free online bulletin boards.

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500 Narrative Prompts - NY Times - New York Times

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Find 500 Prompts for Narrative and Personal writing from the New York Times (NYT) Learning Network categorized by topics including Childhood Memories, Music, Movies, Theater and Television,...more
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Find 500 Prompts for Narrative and Personal writing from the New York Times (NYT) Learning Network categorized by topics including Childhood Memories, Music, Movies, Theater and Television, Overcoming Adversity, Morality and Religion, and too many more to mention here. Each prompt is based on an article in the NYT. Click the prompt to go the article.
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tag(s): creative writing (169), writers workshop (32), writing (362), writing prompts (94)

In the Classroom

These prompts are not just for language arts teachers. Science and Social Studies teachers will find many prompts to use in Beliefs, Politics and Current Events, and other categories. Digital storytelling incorporates many Common Core Standards and is a possibility in any classroom. To incorporate digital storytelling into your class use a tool like Slidestory, reviewed here, or challenge students to create a Found Poem from the news article using Word Mover, reviewed here.

Take advantage of the many ideas on this site for a class blog and student bloggers. Create a link to the list on classroom computers for student use when looking for blog suggestions. After writing about several different prompts, challenge students to choose one and create a short story or poem. Want to learn more about blogs? Check out TeachersFirst's Blog Basics.

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