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The Quarry: A Social Justice Poetry Database - Split This Rock

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This searchable collection of over 300 poems is designed to share poetry by socially engaged poets. Poetry topics cover a wide variety of themes including aging, economics, and environmental...more
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This searchable collection of over 300 poems is designed to share poetry by socially engaged poets. Poetry topics cover a wide variety of themes including aging, economics, and environmental issues. Use the filters to search by format, language, and more. Many poems include audio and video versions, and international poets offer translations into English. Note: this site contains several adult themes including gender identity and sexuality. Be sure to preview any content before sharing with your students.

tag(s): authors (120), creativity (119), environment (321), poetry (225), sexuality (15), sociology (25)

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Be sure to preview any work on this site before sharing with your students. Take advantage of this database for use when looking for contemporary poetry to use in your classroom. Enjoy sharing poetry with students as models for poetry writing and reading or to introduce poets to your students. Instead of asking students to create a written journal of poetry, replace the written journal and build a poetry portfolio by having them use a bookmarking tool like Wakelet, reviewed here. Use Wakelet to add links to student-created poetry, poems from their favorite poets, audio recordings of their poetry, and videos sharing different structures of poetry. As a final project, ask students to extend classroom technology by creating podcasts discussing and featuring both their work and the work of favorite poets. Anchor, reviewed here, is a free, easy to use podcast creation and sharing site.

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Poem Generator - Masterpiece Generator

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4 to 12
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Quickly create several different forms of poems using the Poem Generator. Choose from over a dozen different options to begin your poem. Follow the prompts to add a topic and ...more
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Quickly create several different forms of poems using the Poem Generator. Choose from over a dozen different options to begin your poem. Follow the prompts to add a topic and words to include. To create your poem, select the "Write me a poem" link to complete. Some formats require additional steps before generating the final piece of poetry. To view different poem creations using the same word prompts, choose refresh for a new poem.
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tag(s): parts of speech (69), poetry (225)

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Use the Poem Generator to introduce students to different forms of poems through exploration and use of the generator's features. This site is also a great tool to use when teaching parts of speech. Challenge students to identify the features that indicate different types of poems. Create a class Padlet, reviewed here, with columns for each type of poem and ask students to share their creations in the appropriate column. After students have time to experiment with the Poem Generator, challenge them to create poems without using this tool. Enhance classroom technology use by adding a picture of their final project to ThingLink, reviewed here, and ask students to add audio recordings including their reading of the poem and a short discussion sharing the features that identify the poem as belonging to a specific genre. Transform classroom technology use by having students publish their poetry using Book Creator, reviewed here, to make a class book with all of your students' poetry. Be sure to have each student include an audio recording reading their poem!
 

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Poetry Generators - Poem of Quotes

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4 to 12
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Are you stuck trying to write a poem? These generators will help you through the process. Choose from a variety of different formats including haiku, limerick, and acrostic to begin....more
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Are you stuck trying to write a poem? These generators will help you through the process. Choose from a variety of different formats including haiku, limerick, and acrostic to begin. Once started, fill in the provided blanks to add names and other information then view your completed poem. Copy the poem as created, edit to your liking, or choose the regenerate option to generate a new creation.
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tag(s): digital storytelling (154), poetry (225)

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Take advantage of the poem generator to motivate student interest in poetry and offer the opportunity to explore different types of poetry. As students become more confident in creating their poetry, use a digital portfolio tool like educlipper, reviewed here, for students to compile and share their poetry. Transform classroom technology use by having students publish their poetry using Book Creator, reviewed here. In addition to sharing poems, ask students to add images and record audio, reading their poems and sharing their creative process when writing poetry.

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Frostbite Theater - Jefferson Lab

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6 to 12
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Frostbite Theater is a video collection of more than 80 science demonstrations and experiments hosted on YouTube. Many of the experiments feature the use of liquid nitrogen, dry ice,...more
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Frostbite Theater is a video collection of more than 80 science demonstrations and experiments hosted on YouTube. Many of the experiments feature the use of liquid nitrogen, dry ice, and electricity. Most videos are less than eight minutes long. The entertaining format helps maintain high-interest levels with even the most complex science topics. Be sure to discuss how to access YouTube on school computers with your school's tech department if necessary.

tag(s): butterflies (13), electricity (96), gravity (52), light (57), moon (77), water (135), weather (208)

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Before watching these video experiments, ask students to predict the outcomes. Replace traditional voting methods and use an online voting tool like Dotstorming, reviewed here to generate ideas, and have students vote on their choice. Instead of just watching and discussing the videos, make them interactive, enhancing student learning, using Playposit, reviewed here. Playposit offers options for creating interactive videos by adding teacher and student questions and comments. Use these videos as a model for students to transform their learning by recording and creating their own video experiments. Use a tool like moovly, reviewed here. Share student videos on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here.

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Quatr.us - Dr. Karen Carr

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8 to 12
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Quatr.us provides a collection of over 2500 study guides related to history topics. The home page includes links to study guides and articles related to the current month. Find additional...more
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Quatr.us provides a collection of over 2500 study guides related to history topics. The home page includes links to study guides and articles related to the current month. Find additional topics using the keyword search. Embedded within the articles are links to related information and bibliographies including additional reading resources.
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tag(s): 1700s (30), 1800s (50), 1900s (42), 20th century (52), medieval (27), renaissance (33)

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Bookmark Quatr.us as a resource for history articles and "on this date" information to share with students. Instead of creating links to bookmarked sites on your class webpage or computer, use Padlet, reviewed here to create an interactive resource for students. Within your Padlet create columns to add websites, videos, or other student resources. Consider using Quatr.us along with other history sites as a resource for students to use and create a weekly or monthly podcast discussing historic events using a site like Podcast Generator, reviewed here. Instead of just learning about historic events, different time periods, or the history of a country enhance student knowledge by having individual students or groups of students use Google My Maps reviewed here to create a virtual field trip to tell the story. Enhance student learning by asking students to use a timeline creation tool like History in Motion, reviewed here, to create an interactive timeline using images, maps, and video.

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Moment Zero - Pilot

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Moment Zero is an immersive experience for viewing seismic activity around the world since 1970. View information in 360 degrees using computers and mobile devices, or in VR with a...more
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Moment Zero is an immersive experience for viewing seismic activity around the world since 1970. View information in 360 degrees using computers and mobile devices, or in VR with a headset and mobile phone. Use the options on the site to explore the yearly timeline and view annual statistics.

tag(s): earthquakes (52)

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There is a learning curve to using this site, be sure to take some time to explore the options on how to find different areas and information that is available. Consider choosing a couple of "tech-savvy" students to become experts on using the site. Ask them to use Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here, to record instructions about finding information, share these tutorials on your class website for student use. As students gather information and statistics from the site, use this as part of a larger activity as you learn about earthquakes. Create a class account for Google My Maps, reviewed here, and enhance student learning by recording earthquake activity around the world as they occur. Have students add images, videos, and vital statistics to this ongoing project.

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Your Plan, Your Planet - Google/California Academy of Sciences

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Your Plan, Your Planet is an interactive that demonstrates how simple changes at home have a positive impact on our environment. The interactive focuses on three components: water,...more
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Your Plan, Your Planet is an interactive that demonstrates how simple changes at home have a positive impact on our environment. The interactive focuses on three components: water, food, and energy. Select any of the three items to begin your exploration of ways to change individual habits at home for the greater good of the planet.

tag(s): energy (211), environment (321), recycling (60), water (135)

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Share this site with your class on a projector or an interactive whiteboard to learn about ways to save water, food, and energy in your school then have students explore on their own. As you and your students learn about ways to positively impact the environment, ask them to create infographics sharing statistics and vital information using a tool like Canva, reviewed here, as an alternative to a written research paper. Have older students create video explainers using My Simpleshow, reviewed here to share with younger students and teach them about environmental awareness. Instead of oral reports sharing student research, consider enhancing student understanding by having them create an ongoing podcast to share with your school community. Include tips for reducing food and energy waste at school, and share success stories from different classes. Buzzsprout, reviewed here is a free tool for uploading and sharing podcasts.

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The Adventures of Kara, Winston and the SMART Crew - Childnet International

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This interactive is all about being SMART online. Guide animated characters through a difficult online situation through games, quizzes, and teaching activities provided on this site....more
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This interactive is all about being SMART online. Guide animated characters through a difficult online situation through games, quizzes, and teaching activities provided on this site. Download the Educator's Guide for suggestions on using the program in your classroom to teach the five SMART rules. See the five rules of online safety written out here: SMART Rules. The suggested recommendation from the creators is to implement activities throughout several weeks; however, it is possible to complete as a one-time activity.

tag(s): digital citizenship (69), internet safety (117)

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Any teacher will benefit from the free materials and activities on this site to teach online safety to students either directly through these materials, or as additional resources to your current online safety materials. As a substitute for links on paper or in a word processing tool, use a bookmarking tool like Symbaloo, reviewed here, to share online resources with students on classroom computers and your class website. Enhance student understanding by challenging students to create digital books teaching online safety using Book Creator, reviewed here. Book Creator includes tools for adding videos, images, and more into books.

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It's Elemental - Element Flash Cards - Jefferson Lab

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6 to 12
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Review and practice your knowledge of elements found on the periodic table with these virtual flashcards. Use the options to personalize by the number of cards and use of proper ...more
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Review and practice your knowledge of elements found on the periodic table with these virtual flashcards. Use the options to personalize by the number of cards and use of proper capitalization. Also, select to include chemical names, symbols, and atomic number. Click the more options link to make additional selections based on types and sets of elements.

tag(s): elements (36), periodic table (53)

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Add this flashcard game to your other resources when introducing and learning about chemical elements and the periodic table. Use a bookmarking site like SearchTeam, reviewed here, to share resources with your students. SearchTeam includes the option for adding comments along with sharing resources. Extend student's understanding by asking students to offer tips and suggestions for using the items shared. Have students redefine their learning by challenging them to create an animated video using Powtoon, reviewed here, or Plotagon Story, reviewed here, to share with their peers or younger students.

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Element ID Game - Foss Web

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Use this interactive to learn about elements on the periodic table. This site offers two different options for games. The first challenges players to find the given element on the ...more
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Use this interactive to learn about elements on the periodic table. This site offers two different options for games. The first challenges players to find the given element on the periodic table within 30 seconds. The second game increases difficulty by only providing hints about an element then providing 90 seconds for selecting the correct one on the table.

tag(s): chemicals (46), gamification (89), periodic table (53)

In the Classroom

Include this game with other resources for students to learn about the periodic table. Challenge students to increase speed in finding elements within both games. Modify student learning by challenging small groups to make infographics about each of the elements using Canva Infographic Creator, reviewed here, or another infographic creation tool. When complete, use Sway,reviewed here to compile a class multimedia project including your infographics, videos, and student writing sharing information about the periodic table.
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Expii Solve - Expii, Inc.

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8 to 12
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Solve interactive math and science puzzles based on current events with Expii Solve. Choose from over 70 sets of questions with topics including the Super Bowl, Star Wars, holidays,...more
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Solve interactive math and science puzzles based on current events with Expii Solve. Choose from over 70 sets of questions with topics including the Super Bowl, Star Wars, holidays, and more. Each topic includes a set of five problems with each question increasing in difficulty. If you need help, use links to tutorials at the bottom of each question. Registration isn't required; however, registering allows you to track progress in completing puzzles.

tag(s): cultures (112), holidays (140), logic (250), problem solving (297)

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Be sure to save these puzzles for use throughout the school year. Use these problems as a substitute for your typical homework assignments. Include questions as part of math or science centers. Replace pencil and paper journals or notebooks by having students blog about their learning and understanding using Pen.io, reviewed here, Ask groups of students to work on topics together then share their results with the class. To enhance student learning and understanding, consider instituting a recurring podcast for students to share problems and discuss problem-solving strategies. Use a site such as podOmatic, reviewed here.

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History Tech - Glenn Wiebe

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7 to 12
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History Tech is an outstanding blog for history and social studies teachers created by curriculum and technology integration consultant Glenn Wiebe. Wiebe shares resources and lesson...more
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History Tech is an outstanding blog for history and social studies teachers created by curriculum and technology integration consultant Glenn Wiebe. Wiebe shares resources and lesson ideas with a focus on game-based learning and technology integration. Browse through the blog's feed to view the latest posts, use the search box to search by keyword, or click on commonly used tagged words. To find specific topic content scroll down to the bottom of the home page and use the drop box featuring History Tech Topics. Be sure to sign up with your email address to receive the most recent posts directly to your inbox and follow the site on Twitter @glennw98.

tag(s): back to school (62), branches of government (55), digital storytelling (154), maps (292), politics (107), primary sources (95), social media (35), teaching strategies (29)

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Bookmark this site to reference throughout the school year. Use the keyword search option to find ideas for specific units or technology tools to use. Use a bookmarking tool like Wakelet, reviewed here, to collect and share information from this blog along with your other resources. As you gather lesson ideas and create your unit, use Symbaloo Learning Paths, reviewed here, to create differentiated lesson activities for your students.

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Browse Happy - WordPress

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Do you ever wonder if you have the latest updates to your Browser? Do you know about the different browsers available for use? Browse Happy provides the answers for you. ...more
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Do you ever wonder if you have the latest updates to your Browser? Do you know about the different browsers available for use? Browse Happy provides the answers for you. Click on any of the browsers shared on the site to visit their website to download the latest version.

tag(s): browser (9)

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Keeping your browsers updated helps to provide the latest security for your computers. Use this site to discover the most popular browsers available. Download different browsers to compare and contrast features to find the one that is most user-friendly for your needs.

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Shakespeare Uncovered - PBS Learning Media

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8 to 12
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This series of lessons uses video segments from the PBS series Shakespeare Uncovered to tell the stories behind some of Shakespeare's greatest plays. Choose any link to access the full...more
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This series of lessons uses video segments from the PBS series Shakespeare Uncovered to tell the stories behind some of Shakespeare's greatest plays. Choose any link to access the full lesson including suggestions for use, links to PDF forms, and introductory through culminating activities. Use links to assign to students in Google Classroom or share with social media links.

tag(s): england (55), literature (266), novels (23), shakespeare (111)

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Incorporate the videos and lessons from this site into your current Shakespeare lessons. Instead of written responses for portions of your assignments, have students use a video response tool like FlipGrid, reviewed here, to share answers. Upon completion of your Shakespeare unit, instead of a written test or research project, ask students to create a digital book using an online tool like Ourboox, reviewed here. Have students include images, videos, and their written work to create the book.
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Aquation - Smithsonian Science Education Center

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Play this game to solve the world's water crisis through careful management of resources and responses to global events. Before playing, be sure to check out the tutorial to understand...more
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Play this game to solve the world's water crisis through careful management of resources and responses to global events. Before playing, be sure to check out the tutorial to understand the available options. Your mission is to make water available to all regions through a series of decisions based on cost and research. Be sure to check out the text alternative short story to the game sharing a tale of the importance of water within a small community.

tag(s): conservation (121), DAT device agnostic tool (176), game based learning (146), recycling (60), water (135), weather (208)

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Include this activity with any unit on the environment, water cycles, or weather. Extend this activity further to learn more about water conservation in your community. Ask students to take pictures around the school or at home showing the inefficient use of water. Use PhotoCollage, reviewed here, and have students create a collage of their images to use as a starting point for research. Ask students to enhance their learning and upload their collage to a blog and write analyzing and sharing ideas for water conversation based on their collage. Use a blog tool such as Edublog, reviewed here. Use Symbaloo Learning Paths, reviewed here, to create a learning path for your students for your entire unit. Add videos, quizzes, embed this game and add all the information for students to follow. Symbaloo Learning Paths also includes options for differentiation for different interests or ability levels of your students. Ask older students to modify their learning and create their own Learning Path to demonstrate and share learning throughout the unit.

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