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Phyllis Wheatley - Biography

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6 to 12
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Enjoy this interesting, short "biography" about Phyllis Wheatley and her poem "His Excellency General Washington" (an ode to George Washington). In the video, historian Alexis Coe reads...more
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Enjoy this interesting, short "biography" about Phyllis Wheatley and her poem "His Excellency General Washington" (an ode to George Washington). In the video, historian Alexis Coe reads the last verse of Wheatley's poem and describes Washington's reaction (and adds a bit of her own opinion of Washington). She then describes Wheatley's experience as a slave, which was quite different from what other slaves experienced. A lot of information is packed into this 2:45 video! If you use a "pop-up blocker" or "ad blocker," be sure to disable it to view this video.

tag(s): african american (102), biographies (88), black history (64), poetry (222)

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Use this short video when studying any of Phyllis Wheatley's poems, types of poetry, George Washington, or the American Revolution. Since the historian in this video is rather opinionated, use a tool like Padlet, reviewed here, to ask students questions about the video and their opinion about the statements made by Alexis Coe. Padlet allows you to create columns for posting in categories (or for different questions). You may want to allow students to choose which questions to answer.

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Celebrating Black History Month - Collection - Poetry Foundation

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7 to 12
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For Black History Month, the Poetry Foundation has put together this excellent collection of poems, articles, and podcasts that will help you discover African American history and culture....more
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For Black History Month, the Poetry Foundation has put together this excellent collection of poems, articles, and podcasts that will help you discover African American history and culture. Find poems and podcasts from Langston Hughes, Nikki Giovanni, Maya Angelou, Rita Dove, Gwendolyn Brooks, and many others. Also, discover Educational Resources that include biographies, poem guides, and Articles for Teachers.

tag(s): african american (102), biographies (88), black history (64), podcasts (57), poetry (222)

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Share several poems with students and then have them create similar poet and poem podcasts. Start your own classroom collection to be shared digitally on your website. Exchange the physical whiteboard or chalkboard by creating a digital, collaborative board using a tool such as Lino, reviewed here, for the collection ideas. Enhance learning and augment classroom technology use by using a site such as podOmatic, reviewed here, for students to present their poems to their classmates. Post the podcasts to your class website for students and parents to enjoy at home.

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QRickit QR Codes - Denso Wave Inc.

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K to 12
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Create and share QR codes from any device using the free resources from QRickit QR Codes. Use the dropdown box to select the type of code you wish to create ...more
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Create and share QR codes from any device using the free resources from QRickit QR Codes. Use the dropdown box to select the type of code you wish to create from the many available options, including links to websites, playing a YouTube video, viewing a Google Map location, and more. Fill in the blanks to add relevant information then choose QCreate to view and download the QR Code image. When finished, QRickit provides an option for embedding the code into a flyer, select this option to personalize and create your flyer that is ready to print and use.
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tag(s): gamification (80), qr codes (19)

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Create a QR code that directs to your class website or blog. Include it on handouts for Back to School night. Create a QR code scavenger hunt for students or make a webquest more engaging. Add QR codes to documents for students to check their answers. Further, develop knowledge of a topic by adding a QR code to a site that expands upon what is in the textbook. Create a data chart accessible via a QR code. Students can access the data and manipulate the information. Have students create a book trailer or review and affix a QR code to the outside of the book. Students may be more apt to read a book that has been reviewed by another student. Make a display completely interactive with a QR code that describes the assignment, the process, the research, students' reactions, and more! Add extra help information to any assignment that asks students to solve problems. Create an online help tutorial accessible via a QR code, and place the code beside a similar problem. Link a QR code directly to a Google Map. Place QR code contact information for you and your school on contact cards to give to parents. Attach QR codes to physical objects around the room to provide information about the object. Instead of copying/pasting links in a newsletter, put them into QR codes for easier access by readers. Post QR codes to resource sites and new articles on your BYOD classroom bulletin boards for students to access information on their tablets or smartphones. As a time-saver, post a QR code to the class wiki or web page.
 

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Under Advisement: Ohio Supreme Court Cases On Demand - The Supreme Court of Ohio & The Ohio Judicial System

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9 to 12
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Take an in-depth look at civil and criminal cases tried and decided by the Ohio Supreme Court using these two free lessons. Both lessons align with Ohio's Learning Standards for ...more
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Take an in-depth look at civil and criminal cases tried and decided by the Ohio Supreme Court using these two free lessons. Both lessons align with Ohio's Learning Standards for the High School American Government Curriculum and provide a real-world look into the court system and legal process. Email the resources link to receive the password to access and download the educator and student resource guides; typically requests are granted within an hour during business hours. If you don't receive the information, check your spam folder.

tag(s): courts (17), states (161)

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Although this site is aligned to Ohio Learning Standards, it is useful for any classroom studying civil and criminal cases. Download the free materials to use when learning about branches of government. Before completing the lessons within each of the cases, introduce the topic to students and ask them to predict the outcome using a simple polling tool like Updwn, reviewed here. As students become familiar with the Ohio court system, ask them to research the courts in your state and compare them using a Venn Diagram tool like the one found at Class Tools, reviewed here. Consider asking a local attorney or judge to visit your classroom to discuss the specifics of each case and how the law is interpreted within the state courts.
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Excel Easy - E-Learning

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Do you need some help with Excel basics and functions? Excel Easy uses fully illustrated tutorials to walk you through Excel sheets from start to finish. Use the links at ...more
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Do you need some help with Excel basics and functions? Excel Easy uses fully illustrated tutorials to walk you through Excel sheets from start to finish. Use the links at the top of the site to select from options starting with the basics, functions, and data analysis. Choose the 300 Excel Examples to find tutorials on any topic quickly. Each tutorial includes step-by-step directions, including images to guide users through each portion of the directions.
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tag(s): computers (105), data (157), Microsoft (69), spreadsheets (24)

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Bookmark this site for your use and for student use on classroom computers. Make it easy to find sites with tutorials by creating a Padlet, reviewed here, to share with students. Use columns to sort tutorials and other helpful sites by topic within your Padlet. If you don't find a tutorial that you need, extend student learning by asking them to create their own using Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here, or by creating an explainer video using FlexClip, reviewed here.

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Great Big Story - Great Big Story and CNN Worldwide

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9 to 12
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Great Big Story is a global storytelling network featuring stories that show a sense of optimism in the world. Choose from Featured Series, Videos, Playlists, and Guides leading to...more
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Great Big Story is a global storytelling network featuring stories that show a sense of optimism in the world. Choose from Featured Series, Videos, Playlists, and Guides leading to discoveries based on topics of interest. Discover Channels that curate content inspired by nature, tech and science, and other common interests. Each article is visually appealing and provides an easy reading experience. Videos are typically less than 5 minutes long and include a short synopsis of the content and a location map. Some topics are for more mature audiences, be sure to preview content before sharing with students.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (143), DAT device agnostic tool (170)

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Take advantage of the content found on this site to find reading material that appeals to students. Share stories as examples of how to write and share topical information or as inspiration for student writing projects. Use the search feature to find content that matches your current classroom curriculum. For example, when learning about countries around the world, use the search bar to find articles and videos of real-world information and sharing stories of people from that country. As students find and share information, use Edublog, reviewed here, as a platform for sharing student work. Extend learning further by finding Skype, reviewed here, partners to share cross-cultural connections with classrooms around the globe.

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Tour Creator - Google

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4 to 12
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Create and share virtual tours with Tour Creator. Tour Creator's features offer you the ability to include 360-degree photos, highlighted points of interest, and image overlays. Use...more
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Create and share virtual tours with Tour Creator. Tour Creator's features offer you the ability to include 360-degree photos, highlighted points of interest, and image overlays. Use your 360-degree images or use those found on Google Street View. Begin creating a tour from a blank page or one of the site's templates. Follow the directions to add images and descriptions. Choose the "See Other Tours" link to view examples created by others. View finished tours on any device or with virtual viewing devices.

tag(s): design (89), images (274), virtual field trips (59)

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Create interactive games around your school, campus, or community for your students to complete. Send students on scavenger hunts to explore geometric shapes, nature, and history. Extend learning by having students create games for a field trip or visitors to explore your community. Have students create virtual tours of geographic locations. For example, have students create a tour of Gettysburg battlefields when studying the Civil War or use a 360-degree image taken by students to identify landforms or types of architecture found nearby. Include your virtual tours within presentations designed using Story Maps, reviewed here, to create an interactive look at any topic using maps, multimedia, and images.

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OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire: Flipped and Blended Learning - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from January 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Do you want to engage your students and have time in class to give ...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from January 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Do you want to engage your students and have time in class to give extra support to those who need it? Then you need to use flipped and/or blended learning. In this session, we will simplify these instructional models and introduce a tool that will support both. Blendspace allows you to create interactive lessons that deliver instruction digitally while allowing flexibility for student pacing. Engage and Inspire your students with this free teaching resource. Participants will: 1. Understand the instructional case for flipped and blended learning and the differences between the two; 2. Explore a tech tool that can deliver digital content; and 3. Plan an authentic learning activity using flipped/blended learning. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): professional development (196)

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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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Reading Trek: Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad - TeachersFirst

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5 to 9
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TeachersFirst Reading Treks create a virtual field trip of resources about a piece of literature or text using the My Maps feature of Google Maps. This Reading Trek provides inspiration...more
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TeachersFirst Reading Treks create a virtual field trip of resources about a piece of literature or text using the My Maps feature of Google Maps. This Reading Trek provides inspiration and suggestions for using the trade book Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. Use our robust Instructional Guide with students in grades 5-9. Content correlates to Common Core Standards, ISTE Student Standards, and National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies. Find the entire selection of Reading Treks here.

tag(s): black history (64), civil rights (125), civil war (149), commoncore (89), underground railroad (12)

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Take advantage of the many suggested classroom uses for this resource found on the Instructional Guide (PDF). Consider using the historical information and primary sources from the book to have students create timelines of the important events during a period in Tubman's life. Find a variety of free online timeline creation tools located here. Using the map and locales, trace and then calculate distances for some of Tubman's rescues, missions, and places she lived. Use Google My Maps, reviewed here, to create and share custom maps.
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Twitter Chat: Tech Tools to Enhance School to Home Communication - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This archived Twitter chat is from January 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Tech Tools to Enhance School to Home Communication. During this chat, ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from January 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Tech Tools to Enhance School to Home Communication. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss the importance of school-to-home communication, 2. Explore strategies on how to strengthen communication with families, and 3. Share tools that can be used to share information with students and their guardians.

tag(s): back to school (61), communication (18), parents (55), twitterchatarchive (58)

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Find resources and information about how to use tech tools to enhance school to home communication. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for resources related to school to home communication.

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Perfect Blues:1920s, 30s and 40s Vintage Blues; Duke Ellington; Leadbelly (Past Perfect) - Past Perfect Vintage Music

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Are you having trouble finding Blues sites with the music? Listen to handpicked classic, popular Blues sounds of the 1920s, 30s, 40s and 50s on this YouTube playlist. You'll find ...more
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Are you having trouble finding Blues sites with the music? Listen to handpicked classic, popular Blues sounds of the 1920s, 30s, 40s and 50s on this YouTube playlist. You'll find Leadbelly, Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Jelly Roll Morton, Joe Venuti, Bessie Smith and many, many more. The music is crystal clear with none of the scratchy sounds you hear with many old songs that were recorded from old technology. If your district blocks YouTube, you may not be able to enjoy this music.

tag(s): 1920s (3), 1930s (14), 1940s (12), 1950s (12), blues (15), harlem (7), jazz (16)

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Play musical selections for students to talk about musical elements and styles in music class. Have partners explore the site to find examples of different rhythms or styles they prefer. In social studies or history classes, use this Perfect Blues music as an introduction to any unit of study from the 1920s - 1950s in your classroom. Share with students for use in multimedia presentations (with proper attribution, of course). Try sharing this resource with students when they are creating podcasts, slideshows, and other media projects. Make sure students realize that "royalty-free" does not dismiss the need to give proper credit for their source!

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Writing Movie Reviews - Scholastic and Angela Bunyi

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This lesson plan and the student printables offer a starting point for teaching the art of review writing. The included templates guide students through the observation and evaluation...more
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This lesson plan and the student printables offer a starting point for teaching the art of review writing. The included templates guide students through the observation and evaluation process as they reflect upon movie reviews and write a review based upon the supplied rubric.

tag(s): movies (65), writing (360)

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Make the most of students' interest in movies to engage them in the art of writing reviews using the lesson plan and materials as a starting point. Engage students by polling them using Dotstorming, reviewed here, to select a movie to review together. Once you have modeled this process, create a Padlet, reviewed here, for you and your students to share additional movie suggestions. Organize your Padlet into columns based upon movie genres and encourage students to review movies from more than one genre during your movie review activities. Enhance student learning by tying your activities into real-world events like the Oscars. Search for Oscar-themed lesson ideas at ReadWriteThink, reviewed here, that helps students view movies beyond the role of a participant, but also from the viewpoint as a film crew member or writer. Extend learning even further by placing students into the role of a film critic through creating podcasts to share on your class or school website. In addition to movie reviews, ask students to take the role of journalists and interview different members of the film crew for the movie they are reviewing. Buzzsprout, reviewed here, offers many free podcasting tools suitable for classroom use.
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ProWritingAid - Orpheus Technology

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K to 12
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Improve your writing with this Chrome browser extension. Follow the directions to download the extension and begin using it. In addition to highlighting grammar and spelling errors,...more
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Improve your writing with this Chrome browser extension. Follow the directions to download the extension and begin using it. In addition to highlighting grammar and spelling errors, this add-on also provides suggestions for improving the clarity of wording. Other features include highlighting sentence length variations, passive voice, and more.

tag(s): editing (80), grammar (204), proofreading (25), spelling (166), writing (360)

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Use this excellent, free browser extension to improve your writing and your students' writing. Never send home a newsletter with spelling or writing errors again. Install the browser onto all classroom computers for students to use for editing purposes with all written work. Ask students to take a screenshot of their initial work and include it with the final project. Have students analyze their writing for common errors and reflect upon a plan to make improvements. Compile a list of common writing errors made by your students and use that information as a basis for writing lessons. Extend learning by asking students to write and produce podcasts using Buzzsprout, reviewed here, to share an ongoing series of writing tips and suggestions.

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Audience Connect - Create with Google

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Engage and connect your audience during Google Slide presentations using Audience Connect. Download the app onto your Windows or Apple computer to set up and take advantage of features...more
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Engage and connect your audience during Google Slide presentations using Audience Connect. Download the app onto your Windows or Apple computer to set up and take advantage of features that make your audience active participants in your presentation. After entering the connect code, participants connect to your session to view the slide show. During the presentation, ask participants to provide feedback, answer questions, or view preloaded videos.

tag(s): Google (46), multimedia (53), slides (54)

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Take lessons beyond your typical slide show presentations by using the features in Audience Connect. Insert polls within your slides to quickly gauge students' understanding of the content or ask them to respond to questions throughout the presentation. Use the embed video feature to have all students watch portions of video directly from your laptop onto their device. Have students use Audience Connect as an enhancement to any class presentation to keep their audience involved and active in the presentation topic.

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Drama Toolkit - DramaToolkit.co

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K to 12
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Do you need resources for teaching drama? Drama Toolkit is a one-stop-shop for games, strategies, and lessons for teaching drama. Created by drama therapists, the website includes many...more
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Do you need resources for teaching drama? Drama Toolkit is a one-stop-shop for games, strategies, and lessons for teaching drama. Created by drama therapists, the website includes many ideas for incorporating the Arts with children and teens. Choose the games section to find activities sorted by objectives such as thinking skills, trust, and concentration. Other parts of the site share ideas on how to incorporate dramatic strategies and offer a free lesson plan for download.

tag(s): acting (25), plays (29), readers theater (14)

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This site isn't just for drama teachers; it offers many ideas for use in all classrooms. Take advantage of the games section to find team-building, getting to know you, and listening skills activities. For example, use the game "Change Places If..." within a variety of academic topics. In math class, use the prompt for students to change places with others when they hear the correct answer to a problem within a series of answers or change places if they can share a tip for a problem-solving activity. When teaching social studies, play this game to have students change places if they can provide information on a date in history or tell a fact about a famous person. Use this same game as a review activity when preparing for quizzes and tests. Another set of activities helps students work on voice and dialogue skills. Use these ideas to promote students' oral reading skills. Use FlipGrid, reviewed here, as a video recording tool for students to assess their reading improvement by asking them to read a passage before participating in voice and dialogue activities, then again after these lessons.

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Johnnie's Math Page - Operations - Johnnie Wilson

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K to 6
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Practice and learn math facts with the games provided on Johnnie's Math Page for operations. Select games to review and practice addition, subtraction, division, and mixed operations,...more
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Practice and learn math facts with the games provided on Johnnie's Math Page for operations. Select games to review and practice addition, subtraction, division, and mixed operations, along with activities for operation fun. Each topic includes many games approaching concepts from a variety of angles. For example, the addition section includes number lines, missing addends, balancing equations, and more. All games include correlations to Common Core Math Standards.
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tag(s): addition (225), division (159), multiplication (210), operations (120), problem solving (293), subtraction (188)

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Bookmark this math page to find and share engaging games for practicing math facts. Share a link to selected games on classroom computers for student use during math centers. Share this math page with parents as an at-home practice and review site. Due to the variety of activities, this site is an excellent choice for providing differentiated learning opportunities to meet the needs of all students. Extend learning even further by asking students to share tips with their peers on some of the more challenging activities. Use a video response tool like FlipGrid, reviewed here, and ask students to share their suggestions for learning math facts or how they apply problem-solving skills when faced with difficult math problems.

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OpenSciEd - OpenSciEd.org

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6 to 9
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OpenSciEd offers high quality open educational resources (OER) curriculum for middle school science educators. Use these materials as part of a coherent sequence that scaffolds curriculum...more
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OpenSciEd offers high quality open educational resources (OER) curriculum for middle school science educators. Use these materials as part of a coherent sequence that scaffolds curriculum throughout units and across grade levels. Register for your free account to view and download curriculum units. Editor's note: at the time of writing this review, only one unit per grade level is available; however, the website shares a timeline for the roll-out of all of the units taking place through 2022. In addition to the instructional units, OpenSciEd includes a simulation library with activities to accompany units, and there are several simulations ready for each middle-grade level. Be sure to find the teacher edition for each unit for directions on using the simulations.

tag(s): body systems (60), energy (212), human body (133), matter (65), molecules (49), motion (70), sound (106)

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Bookmark this site to use as a resource for middle school science lessons and units. Be sure to check back according to the timeline for additional materials as they are published. Take advantage of the simulation activities to include with your lessons even if you aren't using the lesson materials on the site. Incorporate the simulations into your interactive lessons using NearPod, reviewed here. Use NearPod to build and share lessons with opportunities for students to collaborate with peers, share their findings through a variety of different methods, and for teachers to receive formative assessment in real-time.
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Scene VR - KnightLab Northwestern University

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K to 12
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SceneVR is a virtual reality editor that turns panoramic images into a slideshow. Use the editor to upload panoramic photos from a camera or panoramic scenes from phones. To create...more
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SceneVR is a virtual reality editor that turns panoramic images into a slideshow. Use the editor to upload panoramic photos from a camera or panoramic scenes from phones. To create your slideshow, log in using your Google account to open SceneVr Creator and follow prompts to upload images. After editing your project, publish using the links to share online, embed it into a website, or share it on Twitter or Facebook. Be sure to check out the site's tips for creating projects.

tag(s): images (274), slides (54)

In the Classroom

Use Scene VR to take slide presentations to a whole new level. Quickly upload panoramic photos from class field trips, science experiments, or presentations to create a unique presentation to share with parents and families on your website. Ask students to use their photos to create a virtual reality presentation. For example, when learning about geometric shapes, have students take panoramic images of your classroom and school. Put these images into Scene VR to create a presentation and allow students to explore your "virtual world" for shapes found around them. Extend learning further by incorporating slideshows into a multimedia presentation such as a digital book made with Book Creator, reviewed here, or Sway, reviewed here. Use your (or student-created) multimedia presentations to present a larger picture of any concept by incorporating text, images, and videos along with your slideshow.

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Open Washington: Open Educational Resources - Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

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9 to 12
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Open Washington is a site dedicated to providing resources for learning, finding, and using Open Educational Resources (OER). Designed for use by college faculty, the website provides...more
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Open Washington is a site dedicated to providing resources for learning, finding, and using Open Educational Resources (OER). Designed for use by college faculty, the website provides valuable information for educators in a variety of settings. Information on the site includes an in-depth learning module teaching educators how to find and use OER materials to enhance lessons. The OER search portal includes videos, images, course materials, and textbooks. Learn more about personal stories using OER through short video stories featuring students, educators, and professors.

tag(s): OER (31), Online Learning (10)

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Take advantage of the many resources shared on this site to supplement your current classroom instructional materials. Use these materials to find and differentiate learning for students, especially when working with gifted students as you look for content and resources to meet their educational needs that aren't available within your current curriculum. Offer students a variety of options using those found on this site. Share available student choices using Padlet, reviewed here. Enhance learning by encouraging students to collaborate in the learning process using Notejoy, reviewed here. Notejoy offers tools for collaborative note-taking and sharing of ideas through chats, shared images, and more. Ask students to demonstrate their understanding of topics learned by asking them to create a multimedia project sharing their knowledge. Suggestions for multimedia tools include Sway, reviewed here, Wakelet, reviewed here, or Adobe Spark, reviewed here. These multimedia tools present the opportunity to enhance or extend student learning depending on teacher requirements for the project or even student ability; most allow for adding narration, videos, text, and links to help explain what certain parts of the content are about.

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Contexted - Contexted

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8 to 12
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Contexted uses your text and notes to build a Wiki-like knowledge base. Type or paste in your text and highlight words to create links to online resources or add notes. ...more
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Contexted uses your text and notes to build a Wiki-like knowledge base. Type or paste in your text and highlight words to create links to online resources or add notes. Contexted creates mindmaps using your notes to form visualizations of related content. Free accounts include unlimited content, mindmap view, and markdown export.

tag(s): collages (17), note taking (43), organizational skills (108)

In the Classroom

Use Contexted as a collaborative note taking tool to use with peers. Create an account for all of you to use, then add notes, links, and information in one place as needed. Have students use Contexted's mind mapping feature to plan and outline writing projects. Create a class account and have students use it for note taking. When finished, all students will have access to the entire class's notes.

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