TeachersFirst - Featured Sites: Week of Nov 1, 2015

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Easy Tweets - easytweets.net

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8 to 12
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Practice reading with real Tweets sorted by difficulty level with Easy Tweets. Choose easy, medium, or difficult and add a topic to receive a list of Tweets. Sorted using Cambridge...more
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Practice reading with real Tweets sorted by difficulty level with Easy Tweets. Choose easy, medium, or difficult and add a topic to receive a list of Tweets. Sorted using Cambridge University's English Vocabulary Profile Project, Tweets correspond to reading levels. Please note - Tweets are real Tweets and have not been monitored for content so you may want to preview results before sharing with students.

tag(s): chat (41), microblogging (27), twitter (39)

In the Classroom

Use Easy Tweets with ESL/ELL students as an authentic way to practice reading skills. Use to differentiate with different abilities of readers as you follow certain current events to learn more. Use Easy Tweets to model writing skills. Have students compare the differences between Tweets at different levels. Consider using this tool for finding Twitter information about possible people of interest (i.e. scientists, politicians, singers, actors), to follow. Looking for more ways to use Twitter in the classroom? Read more about Twitter at TeachersFirst's Twitter for Teachers page.

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Learn to Play the Piano - Hoffman Academy

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2 to 12
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Learn to play the piano through a series of video tutorials offered by Hoffman Academy. Participate in over 100 lessons sequenced to build ability and understanding. Each lesson includes...more
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Learn to play the piano through a series of video tutorials offered by Hoffman Academy. Participate in over 100 lessons sequenced to build ability and understanding. Each lesson includes instructions and opportunities for self-paced practice. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable; be sure to look at alternatives for sharing the videos on classroom computers.
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tag(s): music theory (36), musical instruments (38), musical notation (32)

In the Classroom

If you don't have access to a piano, don't worry, you can still learn how to play! Take advantage of the online virtual piano, reviewed here, to practice just like you would on a real piano. Share with your school's music teacher as an excellent resource for teaching students notes and piano keys. The self-paced videos offer a great opportunity to differentiate for different ability levels while achieving success for all. Share a link to this site on your class website for parents to use at home.

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ArtsEd LAB (AKA) STEAMed Magazine - Education Closet

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K to 12
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ArtsEd LAB is a FREE publication that provides countless ideas, explanations, lesson plans, videos, podcasts, and more. Some examples of topics include Painting With Pendulums...more
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ArtsEd LAB is a FREE publication that provides countless ideas, explanations, lesson plans, videos, podcasts, and more. Some examples of topics include Painting With Pendulums and Making Art with Robots (Art Bots). Both have links to a free video and free lesson plans. There are links to free lessons for Sound Sculpture and Soil Paintings, examples for Making Mental Maps, Architecture, Art and Math, and much more. This 45-page magazine has advertisements, but the ideas and freebies make it worth the effort to download it. From the landing page also find back issues, a link to more free lesson plans, and a Daily magazine. It is suggested you download the free quarterly magazine to your computer in PDF. Viewing online uses Flash, and in Chrome it was too small to read on the screen.

tag(s): architecture (62), professional development (262), robotics (23), soil (19), STEM (218)

In the Classroom

Look at the back issues of ArtsEd LAB for different articles to see if you want to subscribe to ArtsEd LAB. Find ideas for incorporating art into science, technology, engineering, and math classes. Share with colleagues and at professional development meetings for any relevant ideas.
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