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stickK - Dean Karlan, Ian Ayres, Jordan Goldberg

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StickK offers tools for achieving goals through the use of a Commitment Contract defining the goal, stating what it takes to achieve the goal, and involving others to maintain motivation...more
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StickK offers tools for achieving goals through the use of a Commitment Contract defining the goal, stating what it takes to achieve the goal, and involving others to maintain motivation to accomplish the goal. Begin by choosing a goal from the drop-down box and create your account. Follow the steps to create your Commitment Contract including specific goals and a timeline. Options include adding financial commitments to charities or others if goals aren't met and adding a referee to verify progress. Once you complete the contract, use StickK to track your journey through photos and an online journal.

tag(s): organizational skills (119)

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Share StickK with students as a motivation to help achieve individual or classroom goals. With younger students use these ideas to set goals for long-term projects. Add deadlines to your calendars to monitor progress along the way. Use Edublog, reviewed here or another blogging tool to share successes and failures along the way. Upon completion of the stated goal or project, have students create a multimedia presentation using UtellStory, reviewed here, to share their journey and completed work. This tool allows adding narration and text to a picture. Resource teachers could use StickK with their students for goal setting and checking in to see accomplished steps towards achieving their goal.

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AutoDraw - Google Creative Labs

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K to 12
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AutoDraw matches your online doodles with professional drawings using any device. Begin a picture, and as you add to the image, AutoDraw's algorithms offer possible matches for your...more
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AutoDraw matches your online doodles with professional drawings using any device. Begin a picture, and as you add to the image, AutoDraw's algorithms offer possible matches for your attempt. Click on any of the matching images to replace your doodle with a completed drawing. Use the site's tools to add text, change outline and fill colors, and add shapes. When finished, download your creation as a PNG file to your device. Share your drawing using social media links or URL.

tag(s): colors (79), drawing (76), images (280), painting (66)

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AutoDraw is an excellent tool for artists and non-artists. Use this site to quickly draw professional looking images to for any number of classroom purposes. Create images to accompany presentations on an interactive whiteboard (or projector) or for use on your class website. Ask students to create drawings when retelling stories or creating math problems. Use with students who have any disability as an aid for conveying information through pictures. When teaching ESL/ELL and world languages, use AutoDraw to create images to replace words in texts. Have students create and personalize their images to include with multimedia presentations.

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MySciLife - The Source for Learning

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6 to 9
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MySciLife is a free social learning platform for middle school classes. Join a MySciLife cohort after participation in a one-month online training cycle. Students participate in monthly...more
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MySciLife is a free social learning platform for middle school classes. Join a MySciLife cohort after participation in a one-month online training cycle. Students participate in monthly exchanges with a global community through research and sharing science connections through writing activities. This platform works with any curriculum and includes a complete set of resource materials aligned to Next Generation Science Standards. MySciLife requires parental permission for student participation; all students post anonymously using their science "identity" names.

tag(s): animals (322), critical thinking (119), descriptive writing (40), digital citizenship (65), plants (175), scientists (69), social media (25), STEM (186), volcanoes (68), writing (364)

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Join MySciLife to bring excitement and energy to your science classroom. As you complete activities in the platform, use a concept mapping site like MindMup, reviewed here to replace paper/pencil version of a concept map. Ask students to create and share infographics based on their research and sharing of ideas. Canva, < a href="/single.cfm?id=17570">reviewed here is an easy to use site for creating infographics using pre-made templates or from scratch. Take student learning to a whole new level and have them create a game-based learning activity for their peers using Symbaloo Learning Paths reviewed here. Symbaloo Learning Paths offers many options for creating differentiated learning using video, quizzes, and more.
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3D Apollo 11 Command Module - Smithsonian Museum

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4 to 12
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Take a virtual 3D tour of the Apollo 11 Command Module, Columbia, home of the astronauts of the first manned lunar mission in 1969. Select from 27 slides to view ...more
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Take a virtual 3D tour of the Apollo 11 Command Module, Columbia, home of the astronauts of the first manned lunar mission in 1969. Select from 27 slides to view different portions of the module, then use your mouse to move around the image. Each slide also contains a short description of the content shown. In addition to the 3D tour, this site includes many downloads including models for 3D printers and models for use with VR headsets. 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 ClipGrab, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): explorers (68), moon (74), space (225), STEM (186), virtual field trips (55)

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Bookmark this site on classroom computers for students to explore during your space unit or when studying modern explorers. Introduce the site on your interactive whiteboard to demonstrate the different features before having students explore on their own. Use Wakelet, reviewed here to curate and share additional web resources about space exploration as a class, or have students create their own Wakelet sharing resources found through individual research. As a culminating project, have students create an interactive timeline using Timelinely, reviewed here or choose from other timeline creation tools located here to tell the story of space exploration and man's mission to the moon.

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Women with Altitude - NetFlights

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Discover the stories of women achieving aviation firsts through this interactive timeline. The timeline begins with the first woman to receive a pilot's license, Raymonde de Laroche,...more
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Discover the stories of women achieving aviation firsts through this interactive timeline. The timeline begins with the first woman to receive a pilot's license, Raymonde de Laroche, in 1910 and continues through present time. Each entry shares an image and short presentation on the individual woman's accomplishment in aviation.

tag(s): aviation (35), biographies (92), flight (32), pioneers (9), women (96)

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Share this timeline when studying pioneers in different fields or include in Women's History Month lessons. Each entry provides a short introduction to the featured woman. Challenge students to use the entry as a starting point to research the aviator more fully. Have students save their resources using a bookmarking tool like SearchTeam, reviewed here and include a link to their resources with the final project. SearchTeam allows users to collaborate and add notes to bookmarks making this a useful tool for use with group projects. Ask students to create their own timelines exploring the life of a famous pioneer using Timeline Maker, reviewed here or choose from other timeline creation tools located here.

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National Cowboy Museum - National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

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3 to 8
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Learn about the exploration and pioneers of the American West through two online unit studies for middle school students. "Emigrants Crossing the Plains" utilizes the paintings of Albert...more
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Learn about the exploration and pioneers of the American West through two online unit studies for middle school students. "Emigrants Crossing the Plains" utilizes the paintings of Albert Bierstadt created during his journeys along the Oregon Trail. "End of the Trail" focuses on the sculptures of James Earle Fraser depicting spiritual representations of Native Americans. Each unit includes an introduction, discussion questions, and three teaching activities. Be sure also to check out the link on this site to the "Wandering Western Chest" that includes reading suggestions and lesson ideas for grades 3-5.

tag(s): art history (81), artists (81), native americans (80), westward expansion (31)

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Add these teaching units to your current resources for teaching about westward expansion of America, Native Americans, the 1800's, or explorers. Have students research and discuss other artwork depicting American expansion, ask them to use Padlet, reviewed here, to organize and curate their saved resources. Ask students to build a timeline of events based on westward expansion or Native Americans using Timeline Maker, reviewed here, or choose from other timeline creation tools located here. Include images, web links, and videos to create interactive timelines. Use the "Wandering Western Chest" links as a starter to creating your own Western Chest. Include books, artifacts, drawings, and more and share as an introduction to your western unit.
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Cowboys - History Channel

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Investigate the American cowboy's history and their part in westward expansion with this article and video from the History Channel. Discover the Spanish influence on ranching in the...more
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Investigate the American cowboy's history and their part in westward expansion with this article and video from the History Channel. Discover the Spanish influence on ranching in the states in the 1500's and the evolution into what is now recognized as the American cowboy. This page also includes links to additional information on cowboys and related information about westward expansion.

tag(s): 1800s (50), 1900s (38), explorers (68), westward expansion (31)

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Bookmark this History Channel site for use when teaching about the American west. Ask students to include it with their other resources and share using a bookmarking site like SearchTeam, reviewed here. SearchTeam is a collaborative bookmarking site and allows you to share information and add comments. Copy portions of the article into Wordsift, reviewed here, to create a word cloud to highlight and visualize often-used words and terms. Use this information as a basis for further research. After completing research, have students create explainer videos using My Simpleshow, reviewed here, or create a story map explainging western life using Story Maps, reviewed here.

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Clipchamp - Alexander Dreiling, Dave Hewitt, Tobi Raub, and Soeren Balko

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K to 12
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Clipchamp provides a variety of free tools for creating and editing video. The free services include a video editor, video conversion, and webcam recorder. Create your account to begin...more
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Clipchamp provides a variety of free tools for creating and editing video. The free services include a video editor, video conversion, and webcam recorder. Create your account to begin a project. Follow the prompts to upload your media files. Use tools within Clipchamp Create to clip videos, change backgrounds, and edit your video. Choose Clipchamp Utilities to upload and convert videos to several different formats for social media use, edit or compress files. Clipchamp Utilities also provides resources for recording directly from your webcam.

tag(s): conversions (28), images (280), movies (71), video (279)

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Use Clipchamp to create and edit videos for any multimedia projects. Upload images from student projects or field trips to create a video to share on your webpage. Convert your videos into different formats to share easily on social media sites. Ask students to use Clipchamp to create explainer videos in any subject. Include student-created videos in online presentations using a tool like Adobe Spark, reviewed here.

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Microsoft Bing - FUN - Microsoft

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Bing Fun offers a selection of web-based mini games in a variety of formats like puzzles and trivia quizzes. Scroll down the page to choose from the available options including ...more
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Bing Fun offers a selection of web-based mini games in a variety of formats like puzzles and trivia quizzes. Scroll down the page to choose from the available options including quizzes on current news and geography. Most quizzes offer several options for level of difficulty, the current news quiz allows users to select quizzes for several different weeks.

tag(s): logic (248), Microsoft (37), problem solving (297), puzzles (204), trivia (20)

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Include Bing Fun as a link on your classroom computers and share the link on your class webpage. Have students try their skill on Sudoku and other logic puzzles to increase problem solving skills. Use the current news questions as a starting point for discussions in social studies classes. Ask students to choose one of the questions as a starting point for digging deeper into the topic. Have students share weekly podcasts discussing current topics and background information. Radionomy, reviewed here provides free podcasting tools.

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Immersive Reader - Microsoft

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Immersive Reader is a free Microsoft Learning Tool available for use with several Microsoft products including OneNote, Word, Outlook, and Edge. Immersive Reader dictates text and offers...more
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Immersive Reader is a free Microsoft Learning Tool available for use with several Microsoft products including OneNote, Word, Outlook, and Edge. Immersive Reader dictates text and offers several options for personalization. Use the options to adjust the playback speed, highlight text during the audio reading, and adjust text size and spacing. Click on any word in your reading material to listen to the pronunciation. Additional options allow users to view words divided into syllables, use labels to color-code words by parts of speech, and increase the spacing between lines and letters. Use the line focus feature to highlight only small portions of text. Turn on the dictionary option to select words and view drawings representing the meanings.

tag(s): differentiation (45), disabilities (21), dyslexia (8), Microsoft (37), reading comprehension (126), text to speech (19)

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Take advantage of the many features included with Immersive Reader for any classroom use. You may need to discuss downloading this product with your school's IT department; however, it is well worth the effort. This product is especially helpful for ESL/ELL students and students needing additional help with reading. Use the language options for students to hear and view text in their native language. Use Immersive Reader to help students with Dyslexia to decode and focus on the text by using the options included. Upload classroom materials for students to use for help in understanding difficult text.

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Design Wizard - Design Wizard

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Design Wizard is an online photo editor app. Create an account using email or login with a Facebook or Google account and verify with a link sent to your email. ...more
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Design Wizard is an online photo editor app. Create an account using email or login with a Facebook or Google account and verify with a link sent to your email. Choose the link to create a new design to access tools on the dashboard. Choose from thousands of templates and images to create designs for social media, cards, posters, book covers, and much more. When finished, use links to download or share. Note: a great deal of the preloaded content is not free; however, Design Wizard allows users to upload their own images to edit and share.

tag(s): design (88), graphic design (36), images (280), social media (25)

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Take advantage of the many features included with Design Wizard to upload and edit images. Have students use their images to create book covers instead of assigning a traditional book report. As students learn about advertiser tactics, use the ad template and have students create truthful advertisements for products. Create flyers to invite parents to school programs. Ask students to create a flyer that might have been used to invite others to a historical event. The possibilities are as endless as you and your students' imaginations.

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Color, Draw & Paint - ABCya!

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K to 4
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Engage in digital storytelling using the many features included in Color, Draw & Paint. Choose from the included tools to spray paint, draw, add stickers, and more. Be sure to ...more
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Engage in digital storytelling using the many features included in Color, Draw & Paint. Choose from the included tools to spray paint, draw, add stickers, and more. Be sure to watch the tutorial for a complete overview of the features. When finished, save as a PNG file to your computer or print.

tag(s): digital storytelling (151), drawing (76), painting (66), preK (286)

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Share how to use this site on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector then allow students to explore on their own. Have students create drawings to demonstrate math problems, share science experiments, or draw scenes from a story. Include students' drawings in a digital portfolio like Seesaw, reviewed here. Seesaw offers tools for uploading images and creating an audio recording to share their reflections upon their work.
 

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