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Twitter Chat: Inspire Ingenuity and Creativity in Your Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from January 2021 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Inspire Ingenuity and Creativity in Your Classroom. During this chat, participants...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from January 2021 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Inspire Ingenuity and Creativity in Your Classroom. During this chat, participants will: 1. Define and discuss the components of design thinking, 2. Share resources and digital tools that can help manage the creative process in your classroom, and 3. Explore the role of ingenuity and creativity in education.

tag(s): creativity (104), twitterchatarchive (98)

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Find resources and information about ingenuity and creativity in the classroom. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for tools and resources on ingenuity and creativity.

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Convert PDF to Excel - pdftoexcel.com

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As the title states, this site converts PDF documents to Excel documents. Upload a file of any size from your computer, Google Drive, Dropbox, or OneDrive without having to create ...more
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As the title states, this site converts PDF documents to Excel documents. Upload a file of any size from your computer, Google Drive, Dropbox, or OneDrive without having to create an account. Files remain on the site's server for six hours before being automatically deleted. Once converted, all information imports into an Excel file, and any tables in the original document become fully editable and formatted. The conversion speed depends on the file's size and server speed; our practice document was ready to use within a minute.

tag(s): conversions (30), worksheets (64)

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Keep this site handy to use in a variety of situations. For example, many student worksheets available with textbooks are in PDF format. PDF files are the most common type of document available, take advantage of this conversion site to extract information and explore different scenarios using the original formulas. Science teachers can take lab activities and refine questions or add instructions as needed for their classroom. Save student grades in a PDF document and then convert to Excel to understand individual assignments' impact on the overall grade.
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A Looming Plague: The Fight to Contain a New Locust Invasion - Tara John and Bethlehem Feleke, CNN

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Explore the reasons locusts threaten food security in Kenya, Ethiopia, and Somalia with this CNN interactive. Scroll through to learn how the coronavirus pandemic is hampering the region's...more
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Explore the reasons locusts threaten food security in Kenya, Ethiopia, and Somalia with this CNN interactive. Scroll through to learn how the coronavirus pandemic is hampering the region's ability to implement efforts to fight the impending maturation of locusts that reproduce quickly and devastate crops. The interactive also takes viewers through a timeline of extreme weather events leading to the threat to African crops.

tag(s): africa (155), climate change (72), insects (76), weather (198)

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Include this interactive with lessons about African countries, climate change, weather, or insects. Engage students by exploring this site together using Microsoft Whiteboard, reviewed here, or Google Jamboard, reviewed here, to add notes, images, or create diagrams sharing students' thoughts. For older students, have them explore the site independently and share ideas on a collaborative whiteboard. Ask students to research the problems faced due to locusts and include information from previous infestations. As students conduct their research, use a collaborative site like Milanote, reviewed here, for groups to share articles, images, and brainstorm ideas. Extend learning further by asking students to become the problem solvers and share their suggestions for solving the problem both long term and short term. Provide options for groups to present their findings through various methods of digital media. For example, ask a group to use Google Tour Creator, reviewed here, to create a virtual tour of the problem areas and add images and notes with their suggestions. Have another group use tools found at Genially, reviewed here, to create a presentation that includes interactive images, infographics, and videos using templates found on the site.

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How the Human Eye Works - Animagraffs

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Do you know how the human eye works? This animated infographic includes detailed images and information sharing the parts of the eye, how light focuses on the eye, movement of ...more
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Do you know how the human eye works? This animated infographic includes detailed images and information sharing the parts of the eye, how light focuses on the eye, movement of the eye, and much more. In addition to the animations, this site includes vocabulary and descriptions that tell how our eyes gather and process light.

tag(s): animation (64), eyes (8), human body (123), infographics (51), vision (79)

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This animation is a "must-use" for science classes! All learners will appreciate the use of animations to learn about how the eye works; however, it is especially useful for visual learners to "see" the process in motion. Provide a link to this site or embed it on your class website for students to use when learning about anatomical features. Include this animation along with videos, articles, and other information in an interactive learning platform such as Crio, reviewed here. In addition to including options for learning materials, Crio includes several formats for assessment, including multiple-choice and open-ended response questions. Upon completion of your learning activities, have students demonstrate learning by creating explainer videos using FlexClip, reviewed here, that explain the process of how eyes work.

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Animagraffs - Jacob O'Neal

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How do things work? See how Animagraffs answers this question using beautifully animated infographics. Learn how the human eye works, how cheetahs run so fast and explore the inside...more
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How do things work? See how Animagraffs answers this question using beautifully animated infographics. Learn how the human eye works, how cheetahs run so fast and explore the inside of solar cells, among the many other topics. After selecting an infographic, scroll through to explore the different content that includes animated graphs, images, and text.

tag(s): animals (318), animation (64), eyes (8), financial literacy (109), infographics (51), machines (22), STEM (215)

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Share the animated graphs from this site as an introduction to learning units. Provide students time to explore the animation independently, then ask them to share interesting information learned. Use Answer Garden, reviewed here, to gather student responses and share ideas as a group. The animations found on this site are perfect to include in a blended learning space such as TES Teach Blendspace, reviewed here. Include videos, articles, and animations to provide a digital learning unit for your students. TES Teach Blendspace also includes tools for assessment, including quizzes and student discussion areas. Use the animations as a model for students to create their own infographics using Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here. Ask students to pay attention to what makes each infographic interesting, focusing on the graphic design, type of content, and use of graphs and images.

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Mapping the Nation - Susan Schulten

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Mapping the Nation is the companion site to the book of the same title. It provides images and context to the book's content that explores the rise of different mapmaking ...more
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Mapping the Nation is the companion site to the book of the same title. It provides images and context to the book's content that explores the rise of different mapmaking methods in the 19th Century. Browse the site by chapter, creator, or in chronological order to each map. In addition to the map images, each item includes extensive information including date of creation, type of map, notes, and much more. Many of the maps are available for download, use the notes included to find publishing rights.

tag(s): 1800s (57), maps (286), primary sources (103)

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Bookmark and save this site to use in a variety of ways. Share maps with students that show information for different periods of time during the 19th Century. Because this site includes various types of maps, use these resources to provide a wider context of the time period. For example, choose the time from 1860-1870 to take a look at the Civil War era. Have students use the information found in the maps to research and understand population patterns in the United States, explore the slave population's distribution, and understand the geographic locations of the south's cotton regions. Help students understand the different content using Padlet, reviewed here, to organize and share information. Create columns within the Padlet to share maps, articles, and primary sources separated by content such as geography, weather, political information, or other important categories. Ask students to share their understanding using one of the many digital tools found at Adobe Spark in K-12, reviewed here. Have a group create videos that include downloadable maps found at this site to tell the story of the Civil War through a geographic lens, ask another group to create a web page sharing information from a journalist's point of view, and have others create social media graphics featuring headlines of the day appealing to different areas of the country.

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Parlay - Parlay Ideas

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Parlay is a virtual round table student-driven discussion tool. Browse the discussion prompts available on the site or create your own to begin. Each round table starts with a statement...more
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Parlay is a virtual round table student-driven discussion tool. Browse the discussion prompts available on the site or create your own to begin. Each round table starts with a statement of the learning goals for the activity. Students then view added content and multimedia, including videos, articles, and other information to support the discussion. After reviewing the content, students participate by responding to discussion questions followed by peer feedback. After creating a round-table, invite students to participate using the join code or link to your activity. Parlay connects to Google Classroom, allowing educators to assign to students automatically. The free option offers up to twelve round tables and one custom content request.

tag(s): business (55), civil rights (141), civil war (143), digital citizenship (74), ecology (130), ethics (22), genetics (90), journalism (71), listening (79), literature (231), literature circles (4), media literacy (86), novels (23), politics (105), renaissance (35), Teacher Utilities (100), world war 1 (57), world war 2 (145)

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Parlay is an excellent tool to help you teach listening and discussion skills! Browse through Parlay topics to find many ideas for engaging students in thoughtful discussions and conversations. Include recorded conversations in addition to written student responses using Vocaroo, reviewed here. If sharing articles to discuss, use Fiskkit, reviewed here, for students to annotate and comment within each article. The free Parlay option is limited; however, access to the Round Table ideas is free. Use these ideas to promote classroom discussion with FlipGrid, reviewed here. Ask students to use Flipgrid to record video responses upon completing the learning and discussion portions of the Round Table activities.

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Wooclap - Sebastien Lebbe and Jonathan Alzetta

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Wooclap takes smartphones into the classroom for use as an interactive learning tool. Use Wooclap to ask multiple-choice questions, polls, and ask students to locate areas on images....more
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Wooclap takes smartphones into the classroom for use as an interactive learning tool. Use Wooclap to ask multiple-choice questions, polls, and ask students to locate areas on images. Use the messaging feature to gather and display messages from participants. Wooclap also features options for add-ins to include PowerPoint Slides, Google Slides, PDF's, and more. Free Wooclap accounts allow users two questions for up to 1,000 students; however, it is free for educators in K12 by following the directions found here. Create an account to begin, then add an event. Choose the type of activity from the provided options such as a poll, open-ended question, word cloud, and more. Share your activity using the event code or link created for it.

tag(s): assessment (120), polls and surveys (45), quizzes (81)

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Use Wooclap to engage students in learning while gathering feedback in real-time. Start a lesson by asking students to respond to a prompt about the upcoming information. For example, at the beginning of a math lesson on geometric shapes, share a picture, and ask students to share a thought on what they see in the image. Use the poll feature as an exit ticket and ask students to share their comfort level in understanding the lesson. Are you finding that your students are losing interest in a topic? Bring them back with a quick Wooclap poll or question response. Use Wooclap for both remote and in-person learning to engage learners.
 

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The Math Learning Center - Dr. Eugene Maier, Don Rasmussen, and David Raskin

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The Math Learning Center provides learning applications and resources for educators and families that support the Bridges in Mathematics PK-5 curriculum. The free math apps offer student...more
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The Math Learning Center provides learning applications and resources for educators and families that support the Bridges in Mathematics PK-5 curriculum. The free math apps offer student practice in many math concepts, including measurement, fractions, and number sense. Choose the Home Learning link to access the Math at Home website. Math at Home includes math activities, games, and practice pages organized by grade levels.

tag(s): addition (217), division (153), fractions (230), geometric shapes (168), measurement (168), money (177), multiplication (203), number lines (37), numbers (179), patterns (79), place value (56), preK (277), subtraction (180)

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Even if you don't use the Bridges in Mathematics curriculum, this site provides many supports for any math curriculum. Include the math apps as part of a math center or include them in your shared resources for math practice. Use a bookmarking tool like Symbaloo, reviewed here, to share all of your math practice sites with students on your classroom computers and devices. Take advantage of the daily math activities to share open-ended math problems with students using FlipGrid, reviewed here. Display the problem on Flipgrid, and ask students to create a video sharing their response and problem-solving technique. Use the math activities to differentiate students' activities, use ideas from upper grades to challenge students, or help struggling students reinforce previous concepts by choosing ideas from lower grade levels.
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CloudApp - CloudApp

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CloudApp is a screen recording tool that includes features for collaboration and integration with other cloud-based tools. Complete the linked form to upgrade to the pro version using...more
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CloudApp is a screen recording tool that includes features for collaboration and integration with other cloud-based tools. Complete the linked form to upgrade to the pro version using your school email address. After downloading CloudApp, follow the directions to install and use on your device. Features include screen recordings with the option to have a picture-in-picture version that adds your image to your screen recording. Use the annotation tools to add text, highlight portions of your screen, and use arrows and other tools to point out your screen. When finished annotating information, save and generate a link to your clipboard. Other features include the ability to do real-time annotations while you are recording your screen, editing tools to trim and cut your recordings as needed, the ability to add collaborators, and create collections from your recordings.

tag(s): digital storytelling (134), video (259)

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Download and use CloudApp in many ways in all classrooms. Make screen recordings to share how-to information on navigating websites. Use the annotation tools to highlight important information and the location of website tools. Have students use CloudApp to share their screens when facing difficulty using sites. Use collaboration features when working with student groups to highlight and share information. Create collections of videos for students to access, including instructions for logging in to various websites, searching effectively, or sharing information digitally. This feature is especially handy to use when you see a need for sharing video instructions for any purpose.

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Wordwall - wordwall.net

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Create and customize interactive games and activities with Wordwall's easy to use tools. Choose from many different options, including quizzes, matching games, drag and drop activities,...more
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Create and customize interactive games and activities with Wordwall's easy to use tools. Choose from many different options, including quizzes, matching games, drag and drop activities, and more. After creating an account, choose from shared activities, modify them to fit your needs, and then share them with your students as an assignment or link. Create a new activity by selecting a template and following the directions to add information and images if desired. At the time of this review, free plans offer access to 18 interactives, 15 printables, and the ability to create five resources.

tag(s): assessment (120), game based learning (160), quiz (67), quizzes (81)

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Use the interactive games found at Wordwall to use at computer stations or home to practice skills or prepare for upcoming quizzes and tests. Use the embed code to add your games onto your class website for easy student access. Instead of asking students to memorize dates or events, help them by organizing the information into common features. For example, during a Civil War unit, group together events taking place in different cities to help provide context for students. Include a link to your quizzes on your class webpage or blog for students to practice at any time using the URL or embed code. Enhance technology use and learning by having students create their own Z-A quizzes to share with peers when studying for tests or use as an introduction with class presentations. This quiz generator is also a great resource to use during professional development sessions with your peers. Create a quiz to increase your viewers' interest in your topic as you begin your discussions or as a final activity to review information shared.

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Teacherstack - Teacherstack

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Teacherstack helps manage and organize simple classroom tasks such as center rotation schedules, seating charts, and displaying to-do tasks for students. Create your account and add...more
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Teacherstack helps manage and organize simple classroom tasks such as center rotation schedules, seating charts, and displaying to-do tasks for students. Create your account and add students and classes. This site is beneficial for creating Station Rotations. Personalize options within the program to create student groups, add schedules, allot time for each session, add transition time, and more. Display information on your whiteboard for you and your students to view and remain on track.

tag(s): classroom management (143), Teacher Utilities (100)

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Use Teacherstack to manage everyday classroom routines easily. Display on your whiteboard to help students understand group rotation schedules, use the time and transition sound to keep everyone on schedule. Start with longer transition times as you introduce station rotations, then reduce the time as students understand rotation procedures. Create a to-do list to display and share with reminders of upcoming events throughout the day. A to-do list is beneficial for use on days when there are disruptions to normal routines and schedules, such as early release days or special events.

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