## Examples of ways to differentiate instruction

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### Figure This - KnowNet Construction, Inc.

5 to 10

Looking for a way to add challenges to your middle school math curriculum or gifted classes? Try Figure This, a site of math challenges developed by the National Council of ...more
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Looking for a way to add challenges to your middle school math curriculum or gifted classes? Try Figure This, a site of math challenges developed by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Figure This offers a number of challenges in English and Spanish to be used in a classroom or offered to families for math challenges at home. A PowerPoint is included to help increase parent involvement. Learn why most manholes are round, how fast your heart beats, and numerous other interesting topics. At the time of this review, there were 80 "Challenges" to explore. All of high interest and intriguing topics! Although mainly math activity, many border on science topics as well. Each activity offers hints and answers explained in many ways. Finding the answer is rather tricky! Scroll to the bottom of the page and look for the link to Answer. Don't miss the Teachers Corner. It includes all beginning materials; PowerPoints, forms, and ideas you need to begin!

tag(s): critical thinking (112), geometric shapes (169), logic (243), percent (83), probability (133), problem solving (278), statistics (126)

#### In the Classroom

In the classroom, use Figure This to help differentiate instruction for all levels, especially the high-achievers and gifted students. Allow students to work independently, or work in pairs to solve challenges. Introduce the challenge on your interactive whiteboard projector. Then allow students to dive into the challenge! Use for gifted enrichment, or even a Math Challenge Day for a reward. Offer extra credit for the number of challenges solved. Use as a model to allow students to create their own challenges. Add to your website as a fun resource for students and families.

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### Shake Sphere - Michael J. Cummings

6 to 12
Peruse this Shakespeare Study Guide to find anything and everything you ever wanted to know about Shakespeare, his works, his craft, the Globe Theater, and more. This site is so ...more
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Peruse this Shakespeare Study Guide to find anything and everything you ever wanted to know about Shakespeare, his works, his craft, the Globe Theater, and more. This site is so impressive that it is recommended as a Shakespeare Resource by The New York Times, the British Library, and the BBC. Of course, you will find all the famous sayings (one fell swoop), quotations, and insults.

tag(s): feudalism (3), hamlet (10), julius caesar (7), literature (275), macbeth (11), midsummer nights dream (5), plays (36), romeo & juliet (7), romeo and juliet (6), shakespeare (112), sonnets (6)

#### In the Classroom

Make this all inclusive site available to your students on your webpage so they can look up words they do not know, etc. There are so many resources available that you could divide your class into groups and have each group research a different play or sonnet. Along with resources for Shakespeare's writing there are resources for Feudalism, Kings and Queens, castles, stage directions and drama terms, and so much more. Consider introducing your heterogeneous class to Shakespeare by using one of the Animated Shakespeare Videos reviewed here. Also, to help differentiate, look at Shmoop's Shakespeare page, reviewed here.

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### Slidespeech - Slidespeech

3 to 12

Make the Notes on your PowerPoint presentations into narration using this text-to-speech tool. Upload your presentation, being sure to include the information you want read in the Notes...more
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Make the Notes on your PowerPoint presentations into narration using this text-to-speech tool. Upload your presentation, being sure to include the information you want read in the Notes section. (This will be the part spoken by this tool.) Click share to send by email, share a link, or embed the narrated results in a wiki, blog, or site. Also share via Facebook or Twitter. Presentations can be downloaded as a video or saved as a zip file.

tag(s): digital storytelling (152), video (275)

#### In the Classroom

Use this tool to differentiate instruction for students in your classes. Students can watch the narrated show any time. Students can use this tool to record their own presentation ahead of time and upload to a site for viewing and grading later. Students with speech difficulties (or challenges with English fluency) will appreciate the opportunity to prerecord their presentations without an audience. High school students can also "narrate" a portfolio slide show for Art school applications or a show of accomplishments for college applications. Students can package book reviews or author reports to be shared in the media center. In primary grades, have students "narrate" their portion of a whole-class slide show, then share it with parents and grandparents by URL. They can practice oral reading as they share their story slides. Use for digital storytelling. Have students draw or upload pictures about a story they have written with the words in the Notes area, and have Slidespeech read the story out loud. Create simple narrated slideshows with questions in the notes area for ESL/ELL or speech/language students to practice on their own, such as slides with images of objects and a questions, "Is this a sock or a shoe?" Challenge students to create review aids for each other by writing questions on slides.

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### Guided Math - Mary Mueller

K to 5

The Guided Math blog contains resources, games, and ideas for implementing Guided Math in the elementary classroom. This blog was created by an experienced teacher implementing Guided...more
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The Guided Math blog contains resources, games, and ideas for implementing Guided Math in the elementary classroom. This blog was created by an experienced teacher implementing Guided Math in a multi-age classroom so many items are a result of that need. The Getting Started section contains practical step-by-step information for setting up Guided Math. The Stations portion of the site describes a schedule and rotation plans for groups and centers. Another portion of the site contains math games and card games to be used at centers. If you are in a multi-age setting (or simply have a wide range of skill levels in your classroom), be sure to check out that portion of the blog for suggestions on getting started and daily scheduling.

tag(s): addition (239), classroom management (153), decimals (131), differentiation (49), division (168), fractions (234), measurement (160), multiplication (222), number sense (98), numbers (203), place value (55), subtraction (198)

#### In the Classroom

Bookmark and save this site for use when implementing math centers or guided math activities. This site offers many ideas for math games, use these as a resource for your classroom. Modify activities as needed for your own use. Differentiate for multiple skill levels using the management tips shared here. Looking for specific content ideas? Choose from the Quick Clicks on the right side of the page to find ideas that have been posted on the blog.

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### Fact Dash - McGraw-Hill Mathematics

K to 5

This easy to use site includes fact practice for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Choose the operation, difficulty level, timed or not, the specific amount of time,...more
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This easy to use site includes fact practice for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Choose the operation, difficulty level, timed or not, the specific amount of time, and horizontal or vertical presentation of problems. Upon completion of 30 problems, a final tally lists your name, date, timed or untimed, number of problems answered correct, incorrect, or skipped. Print this tally using the print button on the screen. Choose the "go" button to view incorrect problems to print or practice.

tag(s): addition (239), division (168), multiplication (222), operations (126), subtraction (198)

#### In the Classroom

Share this site with students and parents as an option for practicing math facts. Assign for homework and ask students to return with a printout of their tally upon completion. Use this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Create a learning station using this site. Differentiate for the ability levels of your students by choosing different operations and difficulty levels. The untimed option removes the stress for struggling students.

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### Bedtime Math: Making Math a Fun Part of Kids' Everyday Lives - Laura Overdeck

K to 4
Enjoy these engaging and "quick to solve" story problems every day of the year. Topics include content familiar to kids such as Dog Years, The 10 Second Rule, and House ...more
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Enjoy these engaging and "quick to solve" story problems every day of the year. Topics include content familiar to kids such as Dog Years, The 10 Second Rule, and House of Cards. Following each short story is a question for three different age groups - wee ones (preschool), little kids (k-2), and big kids (3rd grade and up). Sign up to receive problems daily by email or check the website daily for new problems.

tag(s): preK (292), problem solving (278)

#### In the Classroom

Do you have parents who want ideas to help with math (or make it fun) at home? Share this site as an easy way to do math and discuss problem solving at home. Instead of assigning endless worksheets, consider a family bedtime math challenge that parents and kids can do together. Use the problems in a math center - differentiate by choosing different questions from the stories for different student needs. After solving problems, change the numbers in questions to provide additional practice. Display the question of the day as a beginning of class activity or to use as a daily math journal entry.

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### Asset MathActive for Grades K-2 - Eight Educational Outreach Arizona State University

K to 2

Asset Mathactive is a group of flash animated modules containing lessons and activities addressing geometry performance objectives. Choose from well over 50 activities including many...more
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Asset Mathactive is a group of flash animated modules containing lessons and activities addressing geometry performance objectives. Choose from well over 50 activities including many in Spanish and Navajo voice. Read a short description of each activity before choosing a link. Each activity also includes a teacher's guide in PDF format. The guides include Arizona standards, objectives, overview, modeling instructions, assessment, and more. Activities have easy to follow directions, and many contain additional extension activities as well as questions for exploration.

tag(s): angles (89), geometric shapes (169), numbers (203), preK (292)

#### In the Classroom

This is an excellent site to use to differentiate activities for the various levels of mathematics learners in your classroom. Share the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Provide the direct link to relevant activities. Use this site as a learning center for students to work at their own level. Provide this link on your class website for students (and parents) to use at home for enrichment or extra practice.

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### noredink - Jeff Scheur

3 to 12

Have fun while improving your writing and grammar. At the time of this review, noredink's grammatical categories include apostrophes, subject-verb agreement, comma issues, sentence...more
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Have fun while improving your writing and grammar. At the time of this review, noredink's grammatical categories include apostrophes, subject-verb agreement, comma issues, sentence fragments, run-on sentences commonly confused words, phrases and clauses, and a lot more! The program provides differentiated instruction based on the questions you answer right or wrong. There are tutorials to help you correct mistakes. Sign up with your name, username, email address, gender, school name, and a password.

So, what's fun about learning this type of grammar? noredink asks you to pick your interests from Sports, TV shows, Musicians, and Miscellaneous. You will also be asked if you want them to use your friends from Facebook. When you are practicing or are taking quizzes, the program will use your interests and friends, and generate the questions around your interests and friends. The hope is that the content will be more interesting by including sentences with favorite celebrities, hobbies, TV shows, or even personal friends. Be sure to watch the introductory video which is the only item on the site that requires Flash. The program works on iPads as well as your regular computer. There is a 90 second intro video at the bottom of the landing page.

tag(s): capitalization (18), grammar (214), homonyms (11), homophones (16), punctuation (43), quiz (88), quizzes (100), sentences (50), verbs (41)

#### In the Classroom

Teachers sign up and create a class. You will receive a class code for your students to use (optional). With the class code you will be able to track student's progress, differentiate, assign quizzes and assignments, and see class trends. The program has color-coded "heat maps" to track progress easily. Your assignments and quizzes will be uniquely generated according to each student's interests. Also, students don't have to wait for you to give them an assignment. With their account, they can practice at any time. A student does NOT have to provide an email address to create an account. It will work without it! Since students are providing some personal information about interests, etc., we strongly advise parent permission.

Challenge (and excel) your gifted students with the concepts practiced at this site. Since student assignments are at their own level, students can find great acceleration in practicing these necessary skills. ESL/ELL students will especially benefit from the practice using correct English, in their writing, over a continuous time period. Student assignments are at their own level. You can also create your own quizzes. Use this site as part of your rotation during learning stations. Put your class' URL on your website so students can practice at home, too.

Any website that doesn't let you try it before creating an account is instantly uninteresting to me. Kristi, , Grades: 0 - 12

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### Math Zapper! - SingingWhale.com

3 to 8

Math Zapper is a collection of Flash-based activities that provide practice with fractions, decimals, and percents. View the short tutorial to learn how to play. Choose one of those...more
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Math Zapper is a collection of Flash-based activities that provide practice with fractions, decimals, and percents. View the short tutorial to learn how to play. Choose one of those items from the menu bar, then choose a specific activity such as intro to decimals or adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing by decimals to begin. Pause or continue the program as necessary to view at an individual pace. Progress is displayed with lights on the left side of the display.

tag(s): decimals (131), fractions (234), percent (83)

#### In the Classroom

Share a link to the site with students and parents for review at home. Show portions of activities on your interactive whiteboard pausing as necessary as an introduction or review of these concepts. Create a learning station using this site. Allow students to differentiate based on what they currently know/understand.

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### Rich Kid, Smart Kid - The Rich Dad Company

K to 12

These activities provide an introduction to financial concepts and tips to getting on the right financial footing for a secure future. There are four different activities. Each contains...more
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These activities provide an introduction to financial concepts and tips to getting on the right financial footing for a secure future. There are four different activities. Each contains interactives by grade level-- up through high school. Even thought the cartoons appear juvenile, the concepts are adapted to be appropriate at each level. Concepts included are debt, making profit, and investing assets. In addition to the games, there is a portion of the site for adults. Here you will find lesson plans for each of the activities by grade level: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, or 9-12. Lesson plans include handouts, additional activities, questions for the classroom, and learning objectives.

tag(s): financial literacy (80), money (186)

#### In the Classroom

Use this site as a resource for financial literacy activities. Create a link to grade-level interactives on classroom computers or computer lab computers after demonstrating how to play on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Differentiate activities for students using the grade-level option. After trying the interactives and completing classroom activities challenge students to create a newspaper article about finances using the Newspaper Clipping Generator.

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K to 3

Cookie is a large collection of learning games, videos, worksheets, and arts&crafts for preschool to early elementary. Find math, science, art, and language activities in many different...more
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Cookie is a large collection of learning games, videos, worksheets, and arts&crafts for preschool to early elementary. Find math, science, art, and language activities in many different formats. Search by subject, top games, and new releases. Pre-school and early elementary teachers will appreciate the many videos on the site for learning to write numbers and letters, learning body parts, and days of the week. There are interactives for students related to addition, colors, alphabet letters, and more.

tag(s): alphabet (89), audio books (29), colors (81), geometric shapes (169), matching (24), numbers (203), preK (292), puzzles (207), songs (53), worksheets (62)

#### In the Classroom

These interactives make great center activities to support learning. Or if individual computers aren't available, use your interactive whiteboard or projector. Consider using the IWB as a student-run center for pairs to take turns. There are numerous activities to choose from and differentiate for your students' needs. This is definitely one to save in your favorites (or bookmark). Be sure to share this link via your newsletter or list it on your class website, blog, or wiki. Use your TeachersFirst public page (part of free membership) to share with a single click!

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### Busy Teacher - busyteacher.org

2 to 12
This site offers ESL/ELL worksheets for a wide range of subjects, including pronunciation, grammar, reading, listening, writing, and speaking. With a free registration, you can search...more
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This site offers ESL/ELL worksheets for a wide range of subjects, including pronunciation, grammar, reading, listening, writing, and speaking. With a free registration, you can search for the type of worksheet you desire, including review, crosswords, games, etc. You can also submit your own worksheets for inclusion on the site. In the creative writing section of the site, there are also "ready to go" writing prompts (in addition to worksheets).

tag(s): creative writing (171), descriptive writing (44), grammar review (39), listening (92), pronunciation (44), reading comprehension (119), speaking (25)

#### In the Classroom

This site offers multiple levels and themes, so it is easy to differentiate for ability levels and interests within your class. Peruse the many printable pages available and determine which are useful for your students. Provide this URL on your class website for students to access (for practice) at home.

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### The Readability Test Tool - David Simpson

1 to 12
Test any website's readability using The Readability Test Tool. Test readability by URL or direct text input from any source (such as copy/paste of student writing). Simply enter...more
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Why not have students put in the URL for their blog or wiki (or simply paste in a writing sample) to see the level at which they are writing? This is one way to encourage writing as a craft and challenge students to include more varied vocabulary and sentence structure in their writing.

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2 to 12

Investigate the art of shadow puppetry through Shadow Light Productions. This is a commercial site featuring performances for school groups, community centers, or various events. Examples...more
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tag(s): halloween (39), short stories (25)

#### In the Classroom

Share some of this "puppeteer fun" on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Integrate into your Language Arts classroom to discover theme, plot, characterization, or myths and legends in a new way. Science classes can investigate the use of shadow and sound. Shadow puppetry is an easy way to incorporate several multiple intelligences. Easily differentiated plans for ESL/ELL and Gifted students to capture interest and motivate success. Use as an enrichment cluster, or after-school activity. Be sure to capture all your class creations on video and share on your class web site or blog.

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### Absorb Learning - Crocodile Clips, Ltd.

10 to 12
This site was written to be a series of online, interactive courses for Chemistry, Electronics, and Physics. Although much of the site contains lessons to be purchased, there is still...more
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This site was written to be a series of online, interactive courses for Chemistry, Electronics, and Physics. Although much of the site contains lessons to be purchased, there is still a lot of free material available that would make this a valuable resource for content information. Each lesson contains an introduction, explanation of the topic, questions to correspond with the material presented, a summary of information provided, then follow-up review questions.

tag(s): test prep (96)

#### In the Classroom

Provide a link on classroom computers or in the computer lab for students to review this material at the end of the unit. Place the link on your wiki, site, or blog for homework help. Differentiate for students by providing this link to students struggling with the topics. Use the site as an example, then challenge students to create their own activities on different concepts for classmates to use for review.

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### Dare to Differentiate - Leslie Grahn

K to 12

This wiki is a treasure trove of resources for teachers to use when using the Differentiated Instruction model of instruction. The site is most easily navigated by choosing topics from...more
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This wiki is a treasure trove of resources for teachers to use when using the Differentiated Instruction model of instruction. The site is most easily navigated by choosing topics from the links on the left side of the page. Topics include background information, planning and managing, and professional development tools. After choosing a topic, there is a list of links: some are to videos, others are to Word or PDF documents that can be downloaded for immediate use. One particularly rich resource on the wiki is the section titled Questioning & Thinking Skills. Located here are many resources such as how to write great questions, a Blooms Taxonomy interactive quiz, podcasts about Blooms Taxonomy, an Essential Questions PowerPoint, and much more. This section is worth a visit just to review the resources. Another well-developed portion of the wiki is the Pre-Assessment link. Here you will find many documents to use for pre-assessment of knowledge as well as activating prior knowledge resources.

tag(s): assessment (108), blooms taxonomy (9), differentiation (49), learning styles (21), questioning (33)

#### In the Classroom

Use the printable resources on the site in your classroom to help differentiate instruction. Share resources from the site during staff meetings to help further knowledge of Differentiated Instruction techniques and management. Break up the wiki into sections and have different staff members present on resources from different parts of the site.

carol, TX, Grades: 6 - 9
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### Math 3 Under the Sea! - LearnAlberta.ca

1 to 3

This interactive and colorful math activity lets students practice math skills in several different areas. All activities take place in an under the sea environment with included help...more
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This interactive and colorful math activity lets students practice math skills in several different areas. All activities take place in an under the sea environment with included help and vocabulary support. Please note that this site is from Canada, so the money activity uses Canadian currency.

tag(s): differentiation (49), numbers (203), operations (126), vocabulary (325)

#### In the Classroom

Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector with the sound turned up. Play the introduction to orient your students. Have students try out this site on individual computers, or as a learning center (maybe on the IWB). For students that are having trouble with math vocabulary, use the provided glossary for explanations of common math terms. Parent/teacher information is available for each of the lessons. Most of the activities have different levels so activities can be differentiated for students.

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### Absorb Mathematics - Kadie Armstrong

6 to 11
This site offers a series of online, interactive math courses for middle-school students. Although a majority of the site contains lessons to be purchased, there is free material available...more
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This site offers a series of online, interactive math courses for middle-school students. Although a majority of the site contains lessons to be purchased, there is free material available that would make this a valuable resource for classrooms. Several lessons are available in geometry and shape basics. Each lesson contains an introduction, explanation of the topic, questions to correspond with the material presented, a summary of information provided, then follow-up review questions. The real-life examples make geometry much easier to digest. At the time of this review there were ten free examples. Some of the topics include Ratio and Scale, Bearings, Working with Angles, Regular Polygons, and more.

tag(s): geometric shapes (169), test prep (96)

#### In the Classroom

Provide a link on classroom computers or in the computer lab for students to review this material at the end of your geometry unit. Differentiate for students by providing this link to students struggling with these geometry topics. Put the link on your class website. Use the site as an example; then challenge students to create their own activities on different geometry concepts for classmates to use for review. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.

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### iRubric - Reazon Systems, Inc.

K to 12

Create your own rubric for multimedia and other projects or search the gallery from many that already exist for all grade levels. (Also use the gallery to get great ...more
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Create your own rubric for multimedia and other projects or search the gallery from many that already exist for all grade levels. (Also use the gallery to get great project ideas!) Search the type of rubric or project to find a related rubric. Use the buttons at the bottom to preview, edit (customize and save your own version from existing ones), or copy. Share by URL or embed code in a wiki, blog, or site. Keep bookmarked rubrics in your account on the site. Create free personal or group accounts (for educators). Create classes, join educator groups, and more.

tag(s): assessment (108), rubrics (32)

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To save rubrics and modify existing ones, educators must create an account. Find great project ideas, rubric examples and criteria. Build on the expertise of others to create excellent rubrics. Consider creating categories and using the advice of students to help identify criteria that is important to the project. You might even want to create differentiated rubrics to match multiple intelligences, learning styles, or varied ability levels. With such easy adaptations, you can start alter different versions very easily.

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### Weblist - WebList

3 to 12

Weblist is a way to organize and gather web content, a way to put a list of links into a meaningful organization, ready to share. After you create your list ...more
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Weblist is a way to organize and gather web content, a way to put a list of links into a meaningful organization, ready to share. After you create your list of sites based upon a theme, Weblist will create one easy url to access the list and navigate to the sites. This link can then be shared as a customizable web page or inserted into your website or blog. Click the links in the Weblist to open them in new tabs/windows. No more typing urls!

tag(s): bookmarks (65), resources (112)

#### In the Classroom

Create and share resources for any classroom topic. Ask students to develop a Weblist of their sources when doing their research. Create your own Weblist to be used during lessons on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Assign small groups of students to investigate the already created Weblists to find resources for projects or to reinforce concepts being taught in class. Create differentiated Weblists for projects so everyone can find information they can read and understand.