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Describing Egypt - DescribingEgypt.com

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Walk through the three major kingdoms of ancient Egypt. Use Describing Egypt, a beautiful, virtual reality, immersive tour. Each view is described with detailed information about the...more
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Walk through the three major kingdoms of ancient Egypt. Use Describing Egypt, a beautiful, virtual reality, immersive tour. Each view is described with detailed information about the location as if you are physically there. Learn the stories from these locations--stories of their owners and their life and death--and follow the progression of art, culture, and architecture across Egypt's long and diverse history.

tag(s): africa (166), egypt (62), pyramids (28), virtual field trips (56)

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Take advantage of this beautiful site to engage and interest your students in Ancient Egyptian history. Consider sharing it on your interactive whiteboard to view together as you introduce your unit on Ancient Egypt, then allow students time to explore on their own. Be sure to point out the text with detailed information on each location. If you have struggling readers or ESL/ELL students, share Text to Speech Reader, reviewed here with them. Just copy and paste any text in the reader to hear it back in English or your choice of several other languages. Replace handing students a list of vocabulary words for your unit, by using WordSift, reviewed here, to review vocabulary. Copy and paste any text into WordSift to view a personalized word cloud, visualization, related images, and contextual sentences. Offer students the option to demonstrate an understanding of Ancient Egypt and modify their technology skills by creating a virtual field trip using Google My Maps reviewed here. Use Google My Maps to include important places in Egypt along with images, video, and text explanations of events. When studying Ancient Egypt within a broader timeframe, ask students to use History in Motion, reviewed here, to create an animated timeline of any era in history or show a progression of events until modern times. History in Motion offers tools to create an animated timeline to share historical scenarios and bring history to life using maps, images, and primary source materials.

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Inspark Teaching Network - Center for Education Through Exploration at Arizona State Univ.

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8 to 12
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The Inspark Teaching Network is a collaboration of global science educators creating and sharing next-generation science courses. Join the network through sign up as an educator or...more
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The Inspark Teaching Network is a collaboration of global science educators creating and sharing next-generation science courses. Join the network through sign up as an educator or student. Learn and teach science using the options for smart courses and virtual field trips. Lessons include three options for teaching - open and use the course in its current form, enroll students to gather data and monitor progress, or customize the experience to your needs.

tag(s): cells (102), habitats (112), human body (132), organisms (21), planets (139), rock cycle (14), rocks (52), solar system (123), stars (72), Teacher Utilities (78), virtual field trips (56)

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Take advantage of the free lessons and virtual experiences to enhance your current science lessons. These activities are also perfect for differentiating instruction for gifted learners or for correlating to varying student interests. Instead of using written journals, consider replacing them by asking students to use an online portfolio tool such as Pathbrite, reviewed here, to showcase their learning. Use Pathbrite to set up a digital exhibit demonstrating the science concept learned using multimedia features included in Pathbrite like videos, images and supporting articles. Ask students to modify technology use and demonstrate learning by creating an explainer video using My Simpleshow, reviewed here, or another video creation tool. For the musically inclined student, ask them to create a rap song or poem sharing their learning and produce a video to share on SchoolTube reviewed here.
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Mt. Cleverest - James Villarrubia and Bernie Prat

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5 to 12
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Mt. Cleverest uses AI technology to create quizzes based on any content you provide. Use videos, lesson plans, websites, and more and provide the URL for use. Mt. Cleverest's artificial...more
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Mt. Cleverest uses AI technology to create quizzes based on any content you provide. Use videos, lesson plans, websites, and more and provide the URL for use. Mt. Cleverest's artificial intelligence (they call it Andi) takes your information and turns it into quiz questions ranked and ordered by real-world performance based on research. Order and choose items based on your needs, then assign to students. Students can take variations of the quiz as many times as necessary until they pass. Mt. Cleverest grades student responses and emails scores to you on your selected due date.

tag(s): quiz (76), quizzes (92)

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Use Mt. Cleverest to create quizzes as pretests or final assessments. Use your documents stored in Google Drive or OneDrive to provide the URL for creating quizzes. Mt. Cleverest includes a search feature for finding previous quizzes, take advantage of this to add content for your classroom. Ask students to reflect on missed quiz questions and research the content further. Have them replace paper and pen and extend their learning by sharing their reflections on a simple webpage using Hashify, reviewed here. Hashify provides a simple tool for sharing texts and images without the distractions of multiple backgrounds and formatting options.

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boclips for Teachers - https://www.boclips.com/teachers

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K to 12
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boclips makes it easy to find and use educational videos without worrying about ads, school filters, or inappropriate content. Choose from over 1 million videos selected by teachers...more
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boclips makes it easy to find and use educational videos without worrying about ads, school filters, or inappropriate content. Choose from over 1 million videos selected by teachers for teachers. Create your account then use the search bar to find videos on any topic. View videos from within the boclips platform or save to your account for later viewing. Be sure to check out videos before sharing with your class; some offerings return a "not available in your country" message when trying to view.

tag(s): video (263)

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Take advantage of this site for exactly what it is, a curated resource for finding videos on many content topics. Search for and save videos to share on your interactive whiteboard with students to present new topics or to build content knowledge. Share videos on your class website using the provided link for students to watch at home or on classroom computers. Use Symbaloo, reviewed here to curate your own collection of videos and websites on your chosen topic and include a link to videos found on boclips. Find and share videos with parents and guardians that provide explanations of classroom topics. Embed videos within digital storytelling sites such as Book Creator, reviewed here as part of a student or teacher-created presentation. Just copy the link to any video found on boclips into the embed portion of Book Creator to create a link for viewing any video.

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ZoteroBib - Corporation for Digital Scholarship

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6 to 12
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Do you need help with creating bibliographies? ZoteroBib is here to help. Add any URL, book, title, or another identifier to begin. Choose from over 9,300 different style options to...more
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Do you need help with creating bibliographies? ZoteroBib is here to help. Add any URL, book, title, or another identifier to begin. Choose from over 9,300 different style options to create a citation. ZoteroBib also includes an option for manual entry of information. When complete, copy the citation to your device's clipboard or generate a link to view online.

tag(s): citations (32), expository writing (38), persuasive writing (53), plagiarism (35), Research (12)

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Include this tool on all classroom computers and as a link on your class website for student use. This bibliography tool help students properly format their Works Cited pages. Use this tool to help keep your students (or even yourself) organized! Make sure you teach plagiarism lessons about paraphrasing and proper citation of sources, so students use this tool properly! As teachers, we need to be aware that such a tool exists, since savvy students may compile a "paper" without a logical thought pattern simply by clicking to include suggestions from ZoteroBib or other citation creation tools. The best strategy for such a tool is to show students how to use it well. Take the drudgery out of writing formal papers by emphasizing thinking over mechanics. Whether teaching beginning research or seniors in high school, introduce them to ZoteroBib. For younger students, seeing all the formatting and citing done correctly, from the beginning, makes sense whether it is the body of the writing or the bibliography. With either age group, give lessons about each part of a paper or letter. Demonstrate on an interactive whiteboard and think out loud as a group to pull together ideas, sources, quotes, and more to support an argument and build a paper. You can use it, too, when you write for your graduate program. Since you can choose from MLA, APA, or Chicago Style, you do not have to worry about memorizing punctuation and double checking the format.

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Digital Civics Toolkit - MacArthur Research Network

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8 to 12
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The Digital Civics Toolkit contains five high-quality modules and resources for teaching civic potentials of digital life. Topics include Participate, Investigate, Dialogue, Voice,...more
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The Digital Civics Toolkit contains five high-quality modules and resources for teaching civic potentials of digital life. Topics include Participate, Investigate, Dialogue, Voice, and Action. Each module consists of a conversation starter video along with activities and closing reflections. Each module provides background resources for educators. If your school blocks YouTube be sure to look at alternatives for sharing the conversation starters and other videos on classroom computers.

tag(s): communities (41), cross cultural understanding (134), digital citizenship (73), journalism (63)

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Save yourself some time, and use these excellent free modules on this site to use during online safety lessons. Share this site with your school's counselor for use during digital awareness activities. Instead of using paper and pencil to record ideas during brainstorming sessions, use an online bulletin board like Padlet, reviewed here, to organize and record student responses. Padlet offers tools for participants to share links and add comments to posts. As students develop responses to prompts, replace paper and pencil and ask them to create simple web pages to share their ideas and include support for their position using a simple webpage creation tool like Jimdo, reviewed here. Add a link to each student or group's web pages onto your class website to share the variety of ideas and resources shared by the class. Enhance learning and use Synth, reviewed here, to create podcasts featuring student's sharing tips for being digitally aware and share with your school community. Synth is an extremely easy to use tool for creating short audio and video soundbites and automatically pieces together soundbites into threads to share as podcasts.

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Travelling Tales - Joel Bevans

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K to 12
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Collaborate with classrooms around the world through this story-telling project. Sign up to create your collaborative tale based on a book and told through five different activities....more
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Collaborate with classrooms around the world through this story-telling project. Sign up to create your collaborative tale based on a book and told through five different activities. Work together with your assigned partner to define topics of study (each class chooses their own based on their own needs). Once started, participate in the five activities by completing each segment within 48 hours. The complete project takes place within a two-week time frame. Both classes use Adobe Spark, reviewed here, to share their final stories. To participate, complete the Google Form application on the Travelling Tales website.

tag(s): collaboration (54), cross cultural understanding (134), digital storytelling (143)

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Integrate reading, writing, and social studies objectives through participation in this global project. After signing up for the project, motivate students by predicting the location of your partner class before your assignment arrives. Instead of asking for student predictions, use an online survey tool like Dotstorming,reviewed here, for students to vote on the country you might be assigned. Include all students in your class project by asking them to use organization tools from ReadWriteThink, reviewed here. For example, have each student use the Plot Diagram interactive to tell a story then collaborate as a class on your final submissions based on student ideas. Extend student learning even further by learning more about your partner classroom's country. Share your learning using Google My Maps, reviewed here, to create a virtual field trip to your collaborator's home country.

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All About the Holidays - PBS Learning Media

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K to 12
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Learn about the history and significance behind many holidays through this video collection from PBS Learning Media. Begin browsing by choosing from fall, winter, spring, or summer...more
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Learn about the history and significance behind many holidays through this video collection from PBS Learning Media. Begin browsing by choosing from fall, winter, spring, or summer holidays. Each section includes short videos explaining the history of the holiday. Each selection also includes links to standards along with additional links to supporting materials such as lesson plans or printable items.

tag(s): back to school (62), chinese new year (4), cinco de mayo (12), easter (14), elections (78), fathers day (9), fire prevention (12), flag day (6), halloween (37), hanukkah (14), holidays (140), july 4th (8), kwanzaa (10), labor day (6), martin luther king (38), mothers day (11), new years (10), pi (28), presidents (134), rosh hashanah (8), st patricks day (13), thanksgiving (35), valentines day (13), veterans (18), womens suffrage (27), yom kippur (8)

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Bookmark this site to use as a resource for teaching material during holidays throughout the year. For each holiday use a bookmarking site such as Wakelet, reviewed here, to organize and share lesson materials, videos, and game sites for your students. Instead of worksheets or written reports, enhance student learning by asking them to create infographics sharing information about any holiday. Canva Infographic Creator, reviewed here, is a very easy to use tool that includes pre-made templates. Don't keep student learning to yourself, share their knowledge through holiday podcasts for your entire school and community to hear. Anchor, reviewed here, features many kid-friendly tools to get you started with creating and sharing podcasts. Learn more about podcasting in the classroom in this OK2Ask session archive.

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The Top 6 Population Migrations in American History - HomeArea.com

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7 to 12
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This interesting site features a look at major population changes in the United States from 1790 through 2010. Begin with the big picture, an animated image featuring population change...more
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This interesting site features a look at major population changes in the United States from 1790 through 2010. Begin with the big picture, an animated image featuring population change per square mile over time. Scroll down through the site for additional maps featuring populations changes due to the Gold Rush and railroads, the Civil War, and America's infatuation with cars among others. Scroll further down to choose from links to maps by individual decades, regional population maps, and additional facts and data of different counties throughout the U.S.

tag(s): 1800s (52), 1900s (45), 20th century (52), civil war (148), gold rush (20), migration (60), native americans (82), population (64), railroads (12), STEM (209)

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Use this site for many different purposes in history and geography classrooms. Data found on these maps only go up through 2010, ask students to research data through the current year. Create and annotate your own charts using ChartAccent, reviewed here, to demonstrate population changes in your state or community. Take advantage of a large amount of data and information found on this site to use as a starting point for student research projects. Ask them to transform their learning by creating and presenting their information through a multimedia platform such as History in Motion, reviewed here. Use this tool to add texts, images, maps, and more to tell the story of changes over time within a community.

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Grammar Lookup - Kamran Khan

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K to 12
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Check text for grammar and punctuation mistakes using Grammar Lookup. Type or paste any text then choose the Lookup button to view highlighted errors. Click on highlighted areas to...more
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Check text for grammar and punctuation mistakes using Grammar Lookup. Type or paste any text then choose the Lookup button to view highlighted errors. Click on highlighted areas to see an explanation of the error, change and replace writing, or link to a further description of the grammar mistake.

tag(s): editing (79), grammar (205), proofreading (24), spelling (166), writing (361)

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Include Grammar Lookup with other options for students to use when editing and revising work. Have students copy and paste writing projects into the text editor for a final check for spelling and grammar mistakes after making their last revisions. Continued use of this tool helps students correct writing on their own after seeing common errors in their writing. Never send out a newsletter or post to your web page with spelling or grammar errors again! Use Grammar Lookup to spell check and suggest corrections for any published writing projects. Reinforce learning by asking students to share before and after of written projects. Along with submitting a rough draft and final draft, ask students to take a screenshot of text copied into Grammar Lookup along with the highlighted errors. Insert this screenshot into the rough draft as an image using Google Docs or Microsoft Word. Modify learning and ask students to use their screenshot with highlighted errors to create a Thinglink image, reviewed here. Add text, image examples, and voice recordings to create a short presentation highlighting grammar mistakes and suggestions for corrections.
 

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Earth Rangers Classroom Resources - Earth Rangers Foundation

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3 to 6
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Earth Rangers provides several hands-on lesson activities for elementary level environmental lessons. Take on an engineering challenge with The Need for Seed, explore habitat loss with...more
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Earth Rangers provides several hands-on lesson activities for elementary level environmental lessons. Take on an engineering challenge with The Need for Seed, explore habitat loss with Fly Away Home, and more. Each lesson is ready to print with complete instructions for interactive games, follow-up discussions, and optional lesson extensions.

tag(s): animal homes (66), animals (322), climate change (75), engineering (131), environment (323), habitats (112), STEM (209)

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Be sure to see these free lessons to enhance your current animal and environment lessons. Compile your online resources for students using Symbaloo, reviewed here, and share on classroom computers. Include links to information about specific animals and habitats, games, quizzes, and more in one easy to find place. Replace paper and pen quizzes by including a link to a quiz created using the "Connect Fours" Quiz Generator found at Class Tools, reviewed here, within your Symbaloo for students as a tool for them to review and connect key concepts. Use another another free, excellent resource found on Class Tools to create 2 and 3 circle Venn diagrams to compare and contrast different habitats or animal features. Be sure to save the URL for the Venn diagrams to include as part of a book composed by individual students or groups to share their learning. Book Creator, reviewed here, offers many tools for creating and sharing digital books that include embedded images, videos, and text. BookCreator can be used for a variety of assignments in any classroom that is integrating technology as an enhancement, modification, or transformation. Allow students to choose their animal or habitat to research and produce an ebook for each student. When finished you and your students will have a complete online library with information on a variety of subjects!
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Exploring the Genre of Review Writing - Scholastic

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Explore and practice the art of writing a robust and thoughtful review using the lessons found on this site that combine to make a four-week writing unit. Using content familiar ...more
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Explore and practice the art of writing a robust and thoughtful review using the lessons found on this site that combine to make a four-week writing unit. Using content familiar to them including movies, books, and food students evaluate and reflect upon a variety of reviews before working individually. Each lesson includes group observation and working together as a class before releasing students to work on individual projects.

tag(s): descriptive writing (41), Teacher Utilities (78), writing (361)

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Be sure to see the many ideas for lesson extensions and assessment found in each of these lessons to enhance and individualize student learning. Use an online bookmarking site like Padlet, reviewed here, to organize information like movie snippets for your students in one location. Take that a step further and ask students to add comments to each shared movie title for inclusion in reviews. Provide a variety of different options for students to share their final reviews. For example, let students use a comic creation tool like ToonyTool, reviewed here, create a digital book using Book Creator, reviewed here, or create their own interactive guide to writing reviews using Symbaloo Learning Paths, reviewed here.
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OK2Ask: TeachersFirst Tech Tools Smackdown - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from August 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. There are many technology tools available for classroom use, but which ones...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from August 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. There are many technology tools available for classroom use, but which ones are teachers' favorites? This session will share and compare some of TeachersFirst contributors' favorite resources. Help us decide which tool is the session winner of our Smackdown! Participants will: 1. Learn about and compare some of TeachersFirst contributors' favorite technology tools; 2. Evaluate uses for one or more tools for classroom use; and 3. Share ideas for using resources with other participants. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): professional development (184)

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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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Collabify - collabify.app

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4 to 12
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Participate in an online meeting with one click using Collabify, no registration or download required. Click to begin your session, then share the URL with the other participant. Features...more
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Participate in an online meeting with one click using Collabify, no registration or download required. Click to begin your session, then share the URL with the other participant. Features include chat, webcam access, screen sharing, and file sharing. Using this site without registration allows you to participate in one-on-one meetings, register to invite up to four participants.

tag(s): chat (45), collaboration (54), parent conferences (22), parents (53)

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Use Collabify to set up virtual parent/teacher conferences with participants located anywhere in the world. Collabify is especially useful when multiple teachers are involved or when parents may not reside in the same location. Share your screen as needed to provide information on assessments and student work.

Have your students set up collaborative groups for projects, lab data, and more. Anything students can do on a single computer; they can do collaboratively on this tool, accessing their work from any online computer. Be sure to test out this tool before using with your class. It may be a good idea to set up the groups with the teacher as a "member" but have students work from home for group projects. Make sure you are protecting the safety of student work and identity and are within your school's Acceptable Use Policy.

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Construct3 - Construct.net

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K to 1
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Design and create games with Construct3. Choose from many different formats including puzzles, role-play, and storybooks along with a choice of beginner and intermediate level coding...more
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Design and create games with Construct3. Choose from many different formats including puzzles, role-play, and storybooks along with a choice of beginner and intermediate level coding ability options. Take advantage of the beginner's guide and tutorials to learn and practice the available features. All of the game options include drag and drop coding features. Free accounts offer you up to 25 events per game, two layers per layout, two effects per game, and one font choice. To share, publish your finished game to the site's arcade or download to your server.

tag(s): coding (77), game based learning (147), gamification (83), STEM (209)

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Include Construct3 with your other options for teaching coding to students. Take advantage of the included levels to differentiate learning based on knowledge of coding. If you are uncomfortable with coding, enlist students to become technology coaches in your classroom to teach and share their knowledge with others. Use and share Google Forms to create how-to guides for students to get started including images with tips and suggestions. Ask "in-the-know" students to enhance their learning and create one-page websites using Jimdo, reviewed here, sharing advice for individual games included in Construct3. As students become familiar with coding, have them use My Simpleshow, reviewed here to redefine what they learned by creating simple explainer videos detailing how to build and share personalized games.

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United States Courts Educational Resources - Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts

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Discover a wide variety of educational resources and interactive lessons teaching about the United States court system and Constitution. Choose the Educational Activities section to...more
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Discover a wide variety of educational resources and interactive lessons teaching about the United States court system and Constitution. Choose the Educational Activities section to find lessons based on Constitutional Amendments and the U.S. Court of Appeals. Within each of the different areas of this section are several activities that include a downloadable activity package for educators. Explore landmark Supreme Court cases and participate in interactive activities including a simulation of the Supreme Court decision making process.

tag(s): branches of government (58), constitution (92), supreme court (25)

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Take advantage of these free resources and activities to use in your social studies classroom when teaching about the U.S. Constitution. Instead of asking students to take individual notes throughout your lessons, take advantage of Google documents to create shared notes. Ask students to highlight and annotate important information shared. Use Wakelet, reviewed here to create "wakes" for students to organize information. Add websites, documents, videos, and more to any wake for students to access information in one site. As a final project, challenge students to use a video explanation tool like Rawshorts, reviewed here to share the background and information learned about Supreme Court cases and decisions.
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ZineLab Digital Zines - ZineLab

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6 to 12
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Build, save, and share interactive magazines with ZineLab. Use the included templates to add many forms of content including images, video, maps, and text. After creating an account,...more
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Build, save, and share interactive magazines with ZineLab. Use the included templates to add many forms of content including images, video, maps, and text. After creating an account, select to begin creating your magazine. Watch the tutorial to get started or select items from the dashboard to upload and use. Uploaded images are limited to 2mb in size. When finished, publish your zine and share using the URL created. Free accounts allow you to access basic templates and create up to six zines.

tag(s): blogs (80), digital storytelling (143)

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Before using this site, share the tutorials and how-to information with students to get them started. Modify learning for your tech-savvy or gifted students to create a screen recording tutorial using Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here, or an explainer video using My Simpleshow, reviewed here, to share on your class website or blog for students who need additional help on any features. If image files are too large, reduce them using Web Resizer, reviewed here. Once students are familiar with the site, create magazines using student images to share class projects or use available images found in ZineLab to create and share research information.

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Americans - Smithsonian Institution

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Take a virtual field trip to the National Museum of the American Indian Americans exhibit that features the American Indian identity since before the birth of the United States. Click...more
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Take a virtual field trip to the National Museum of the American Indian Americans exhibit that features the American Indian identity since before the birth of the United States. Click on gallery images to read and learn more about the artifacts shared including coins, dolls, posters, and much more. Additional links take viewers to videos and displays telling the story of Thanksgiving, Queen of America (Pocahontas), The Removal Act, and The Indians Win.

tag(s): battles (20), native americans (82), thanksgiving (35), westward expansion (32)

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Replace some of your current written Native America resources with the genuine artifacts and stories available for viewing on this site. Introduce the site to students on your interactive whiteboard to demonstrate the different features available and how to find them. After students have time to explore, create groups to do in-depth research within the four different featured areas. Create a Padlet, reviewed here, with four columns for students to share web and video resources found during their research. Instead of written or oral presentations, ask student groups to create quizzes for their classmates using a quiz-creation tool like Baamboozle, reviewed here. Baamboozle is a quick and easy resource for creating and sharing quizzes for teams of two. As a final project, transform student learning by using Book Creator, reviewed here, to create class books sharing information about Native Americans. Book Creator is a digital book creation site offering the ability to add images, text, video, and more. Be sure to share student-created books on your class website or blog after publication.

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Tuva - TuvaLabs

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4 to 12
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Tuva offers a collection of data sets related to a variety of subjects and content. The free version offers 15 data sets including lessons with topics including United States Presidents...more
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Tuva offers a collection of data sets related to a variety of subjects and content. The free version offers 15 data sets including lessons with topics including United States Presidents and Weather Balloon Data. Find the free data sets by choosing the Content Library link then using the filter for the 15 Free materials. Choose your topic to see an overview, then access the data. Drag and drop attributes to create and view graphs. Each set includes a large selection of data points to view in a variety of formats. For example, choose to view data in different forms of graphs, including pie charts, dot plots, or line graphs. Each set also includes a variety of activities used by teachers and available to assign to students. View the free data sets without having to register; however, registration is required to create, assign, and use the site's activities.

tag(s): charts and graphs (203), data (157)

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Be sure to watch Tuva's tutorial video to get a full overview of what is on the site and how to use it. Use Tuva not only to view and sort data, but to make cross-curricular connections. For example, use the United States Presidents collection during math class to teach and share how to gather and share data in a variety of formats. Use the same collection during your social studies lessons to evaluate information on United States presidents, including the age when taking office and age of death. As students become comfortable with gathering data and graphing, replace paper and pencil charts and ask them to create their own graphs using this DIY Chart builder, reviewed here. Extend classroom technology use by having students create a website using Webnode, reviewed here, and include their charts and graphs along with written analysis of the content. Alternatively, include images of student charts created with ThingLink, reviewed here, to annotate and highlight data points providing context with annotations using text, video, or links to additional information. Thinglink can be used for a variety of assignments in any classroom that is integrating technology as an enhancement, modification, or transformation.

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Humans of New York - Brandon Stanton

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7 to 12
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Humans of New York was supposed to be a photography project; then it evolved into a vibrant blog featuring the individual stories and portraits of people around the world. Browse ...more
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Humans of New York was supposed to be a photography project; then it evolved into a vibrant blog featuring the individual stories and portraits of people around the world. Browse through the site to read stories of people from every walk of life in the United States. Choose the countries link to read featured stories from over 20 countries around the world. Don't forget to visit the "series" link to find poignant stories based on themes like pediatric cancer and refugee stories.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (134), new york (27)

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Each story included on this site is only about a paragraph long, perfect to use with reluctant readers or as a short introduction to lessons on a variety of social issues. Help students identify the key concepts found in each story by creating a word cloud using Wordsift, reviewed here. Use the keywords found in your word cloud as a starting point for students to begin researching the topic further - examples might be research into refugees, drug abuse, or childhood illness. As students become familiar with the site, use it as an example to create your own site as a class related to your curriculum. For science create a Humans of Chemistry, in social studies create a Humans of the American Revolution, or in language arts create a Humans of Shakespeare. Use a presentation tool like Sway, reviewed here, to share finished projects that include student writing, photographs or drawings, videos, and other multimedia. Use Sway for a variety of assignments in any classroom that is integrating technology as an enhancement, modification, or transformation. Have students work together to compare and contrast their findings as part of a discussion within ongoing podcasts. Anchor, reviewed here, is an augmentation tool offering free podcasting creation and sharing and many features for both new and experienced podcasting teams.

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