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Store Wars - Organic Trade Association

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6 to 12
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Trying to convince your students that healthy eating is the way to go? Turn the job over to Cuke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Cannoli. In a supermarket, far, far, way, ...more
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Trying to convince your students that healthy eating is the way to go? Turn the job over to Cuke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Cannoli. In a supermarket, far, far, way, organic foods join forces to wage war against Darth Tater and rescue Princess Lettuce. Enjoy this Star Wars take-off, and may the farm be with you.

tag(s): nutrition (168), satire (5)

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Kami - Kami, Ltd

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K to 12
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Kami is a web application offering the ability to view and edit documents online including PDF files. Use it to replace paper and textbook highlighting and margin notes. Create an ...more
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Kami is a web application offering the ability to view and edit documents online including PDF files. Use it to replace paper and textbook highlighting and margin notes. Create an account to begin using the site and open a PDF or supported document. Use the toolbar to draw, highlight, or add notes to your document. Changes automatically save to your Google Drive.
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tag(s): collaboration (74), editing (81)

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Use Kami on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector to share and highlight information on documents during lessons. Ask students to use this site to highlight information. For example, in short stories have students highlight foreshadowing events, character clues, or descriptive phrases. Have students use the document to create an annotated image of the excerpt from the story using Thinglink, reviewed here. Thinglink can be used for a variety of assignments in any classroom that is integrating technology as an enhancement, modification, or transformation. With Thinglink you can add narration, links to text, videos, and images to provide details explaining the original document.

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OK2Ask: Google MANIA - Five Strategies for Feedback - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. In this session, you will learn to see feedback as a teaching opportunity that...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. In this session, you will learn to see feedback as a teaching opportunity that motivates students to make further progress. Students need descriptive feedback to improve their achievement. Using technology tools to deliver information that is both meaningful and actionable can change students' reactions to feedback. With good information on how their performance compares to the goal, students can become partners in a collaborative effort to better align their work with the instructional objective. Join us to learn five strategies that change the feedback loop in your classroom. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Recognize the components of effective feedback; 2. Develop an understanding of the RISE feedback model; and 3. Discover ways to use Google tools to deliver feedback to students. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Google (55), professional development (248), remote learning (14)

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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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Cult of Pedagogy Blog - Jennifer Gonzalez

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K to 12
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The purpose of this blog and the accompanying podcast and videos is to support "a vibrant, encouraging, stimulating community of teachers, supporting each other toward excellence."...more
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The purpose of this blog and the accompanying podcast and videos is to support "a vibrant, encouraging, stimulating community of teachers, supporting each other toward excellence." General education, resource, and ESL/ELL teachers will find plenty of subjects of interest. Choose from broad topics including instruction, classroom management, or technology for ideas in honing your craft through topics of interest to any teacher. Dig deeper to find leadership ideas and hot topics. Check further down the page to browse and find information on specific subjects and grade levels.

tag(s): classroom management (146), learning styles (19), parent conferences (23), parents (58), professional development (248)

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This site is a must-add to any professional development activities. Be sure to check back often for the latest posts or follow The Cult of Pedagogy's Twitter feed for all of the latest updates. The podcasts are extremely engaging, interesting and helpful to all classroom teachers. Listen in your car on your way to and from school, or listen with your peers during your lunch period.

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OK2Ask: Hidden Treasures: Engaging and Free Resources from TeachersFirst - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore the teacher-friendly features of TeachersFirst to help you save time...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore the teacher-friendly features of TeachersFirst to help you save time in developing technology-infused lessons. Participants will learn strategies to incorporate the tools of the web successfully into any classroom. Participants will: 1. Locate resources within TeachersFirst to provide real-world learning experiences for their students; 2. Locate and evaluate effective, web-based tools and resources in support of teaching and learning, both for themselves and for their students; and 3. Plan to use TeachersFirst's value-added reviews to plan technology-infused lessons. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): professional development (248), resources (105)

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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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OK2Ask: Believe the hype! Using HyperDocs for Innovative Instruction - TeachersFirst

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2 to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. HyperDocs aren't just the "new Webquest." They are a mechanism for flexible...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. HyperDocs aren't just the "new Webquest." They are a mechanism for flexible lesson delivery designed for differentiated activities that engage students. Maximize student time on task and encourage student voice with these technology-integrated lessons. In this session, you will learn to plan and design HyperDoc lessons using ready-made templates and frameworks. Participants will: 1. Learn about creating and using HyperDocs; 2. Explore sample HyperDocs and templates; and 3. Plan for the use of HyperDocs in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Google (55), professional development (248), teaching strategies (37)

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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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MakeCode Arcade - Microsoft

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4 to 12
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Modify or create your retro games with MakeCode Arcade. Resources on the site include coding tutorials, game design concepts, and courses in coding. Follow the prompts within the tutorials...more
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Modify or create your retro games with MakeCode Arcade. Resources on the site include coding tutorials, game design concepts, and courses in coding. Follow the prompts within the tutorials to create unique games using drag and drop code blocks. As you become familiar with coding, expand knowledge with javascript or python. Share using the links or download onto Microsoft game devices if available.

tag(s): coding (80), computers (109), game based learning (157), STEM (219)

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Use Microsoft Arcade to introduce coding to both new and experienced coders. Share some ideas from the site on an interactive whiteboard (or with a projector), then have students experiment on their own. Encourage students who are comfortable with coding to become classroom experts and explain ideas to other students. Ask them to make recordings using Screencast-o-matic, reviewed here, to share tips, and demonstrate different features of coding. Use this tool with gifted students for a great challenge. Set up a coding activity center for interested students when they finish classwork or for rainy days and snow days. Share this link on your class website for students to access both in and out of the classroom.

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Gaming Concepts: A Video Gaming Curriculum for Schools - Dr. Kristy Custer and Michael Russell

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6 to 12
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This downloadable curriculum contains lessons and content for use in teaching a one-semester long course. The content focuses on elements of gaming, including motor skills, self-management,...more
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This downloadable curriculum contains lessons and content for use in teaching a one-semester long course. The content focuses on elements of gaming, including motor skills, self-management, personal and social behavior, and more in over 80 one-hour long lessons. The first lesson begins with the creation of a classroom "Code of Behavior," and the course culminates with final reflections on daily logbook reflections. Designed for use by any teacher, knowledge of gaming and video games isn't required.

tag(s): OER (31), professional development (248), social and emotional learning (30), social media (42)

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You may not have the opportunity to teach gaming as an entire course over a semester; however, this curriculum offers a great deal of material for classroom use. Use the Student Survey as a starting point for gathering data on video gaming use within your class. Many of the ideas found in the course are appropriate for use when discussing cybersafety and social media issues. Some of the surveys offer opportunities for students to evaluate and review games; use these as a starting point for students to learn about advertising techniques used by software companies. As students discuss and evaluate video games, have students annotate an image using ThingLink, reviewed here, to share features found in individual games, then include each of the ThingLink images in a multimedia presentation using Wakelet, reviewed here, or another presentation tool. Ask students to incorporate and extend their learning into their own games created using Minecraft Education Edition, reviewed here, or Scratch, reviewed here.
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Dash - General Assembly

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4 to 12
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Dash is an interactive, online learn to code program. Use Dash to practice HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to build a website, blog theme, CSS robot, or your own mad libs ...more
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Dash is an interactive, online learn to code program. Use Dash to practice HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to build a website, blog theme, CSS robot, or your own mad libs game. Choose your project, then follow prompts in each accompanying slide show to add coding and receive feedback. Dash also highlights skills learned to view progress throughout tutorials. Click on any learned skill for a quick review lesson. The one-minute intro video resides on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the video may not be viewable.

tag(s): coding (80), computers (109), critical thinking (123), problem solving (288), STEM (219)

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Use Dash to learn basic coding skills. Students will quickly catch on to this program when allowed to explore and see what they can make. Provide a simple assignment with defined rules/tasks to learn the tools. Younger students may familiarize themselves more easily working with a partner. Be sure to recommend that students "ask three before me" (the teacher). When finished with these lessons, move to other free tools such as Scratch, reviewed here. Teachers of even very young gifted students can turn them loose with these challenges when they have already mastered the math or science curriculum. Have them create a creature they can explain to the class or share with gifted peers in other classrooms.

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Pencil Code Gym - David Bau

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K to 12
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Code your own art, music, and interactive fiction with Pencil Code Gym. The main language is Coffescript, but you can press the gear button to use HTML, Javascript, and CSS. ...more
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Code your own art, music, and interactive fiction with Pencil Code Gym. The main language is Coffescript, but you can press the gear button to use HTML, Javascript, and CSS. Follow instructions to code using drag and drop blocks or text. Click the pencil in the upper left corner to see several resources including Materials for Teachers, Teachers Manual, Printable Activities, and several others. Toggle back and forth between the two formats to view the different formats. The wide range of activities make this site perfect for use with students of all levels of coding abilities. When complete, share finished projects on "GymStage", the sharing portion of Pencil Code Gym.

tag(s): coding (80), computational thinking (35), critical thinking (123), digital storytelling (148), drawing (75), geometric shapes (176), musical notation (37), problem solving (288)

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Create a link on classroom computers for use as centers. Use the text options for students to use with digital storytelling. This site is perfect for differentiating different levels of coding skills. Allow students to explore at their own pace, then share their creations with classmates. Redefine learning by challenging students or groups to create videos explaining their creations using My Simpleshow, reviewed here, and share them on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here. Be sure to add a link to your class website for students to practice at home.
 

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Great resource for all ages, more appropriate for middle school and above. Melissa, , Grades: 0 - 5

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Where on Google Earth is Carmen Sandiego? The Crown Jewels Caper - Google

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4 to 12
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Can you track the stolen loot? Follow Carmen Sandiego around the globe to help capture the world's greatest super thief. Begin the chase to receive your first assignment and go ...more
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Can you track the stolen loot? Follow Carmen Sandiego around the globe to help capture the world's greatest super thief. Begin the chase to receive your first assignment and go to the location provided in the clue. Use magnifying glasses found in the city to interview suspects and collect clues to the next location. Each city stop includes three areas for finding clues to the following site.

tag(s): game based learning (157), maps (295)

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Share a link to this site on your classroom computers for students to use as a geography center. Use the locations contained within the game as a starting point for student research projects. Allow students to choose from different locations for their project using a polling tool like Dotstorming, reviewed here. Dotstorming allows participants to add comments, use this option to let students sign up for their choice of location. Encourage collaboration between groups of students by using Padlet, reviewed here, to correlate a list of links and resources to use. Create a column for each country or location being studied and ask students to share resources as they find them. As students begin to gather facts and information, help organize their thinking by asking them to create infographics using Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here. Provide a list of topics to include such as population, main imports and exports, climate, etc. Instead of a typical written report, ask students to tell the story of their chosen location using Google My Maps, reviewed here. Google My Maps is more than a map-making tool; it includes features that allow you to add images, videos, and more to take viewers on a virtual trip anywhere in the world. Once students become familiar with Google My Maps, ask them to create their own geography game by providing clues to different locations found on their map.

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OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire with Virtual Field Trips - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Make an ordinary day extraordinary. Provide important context for your content,...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Make an ordinary day extraordinary. Provide important context for your content, ratchet-up engagement, and immerse all students in authentic learning experiences with virtual field trips. Discuss strategies that can deepen learning and focus on targeted instructional goals, whether challenges and observations during or reflections and extensions post-experience. Explore different field trip options and identify destinations that support your educational setting. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1.Understand how to use virtual field trips in the classroom; 2. Explore virtual field trip options; and 3. Plan for the use of virtual field trips in your classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): remote learning (14), virtual field trips (79)

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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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Global Youth Perspectives - Global Oneness Project

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K to 12
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This collection from the Global Oneness Project includes a series of lessons based on stories of youth around the world, ranging from preschoolers to 12th grade. The films and images...more
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This collection from the Global Oneness Project includes a series of lessons based on stories of youth around the world, ranging from preschoolers to 12th grade. The films and images provide perspectives on the daily lives of the featured youth, along with their future hopes. Each lesson includes a correlation to National Teaching Standards and additional resources for exploration. Registration on the site isn't required to access the lessons; however, it allows you to add materials to an account as favorites to find easily.

tag(s): africa (162), alaska (26), anthropology (13), cross cultural understanding (147), cultures (115), india (34), middle east (44), native americans (85), Project Based Learning (9), psychology (64), scotland (7), south africa (11), south america (41)

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Take advantage of these free lesson ideas and videos to incorporate into any lessons on tolerance, culture, and to bring a personal touch to learning about nations around the world. Consider using the embed code found in each video and add the video to your class website for students to view at home before your lesson. Ask students to provide a short response to the video on an online bulletin board like Pinside, reviewed here, then use these responses to guide your lesson. The following ideas lend themselves to using this resource for project based learning or blended learning: As part of students' ongoing research, share iCyte Education, reviewed here, to use as a browser add-on. iCyte Education allows you to save portions of online information and create the proper citation using just a couple of clicks. Enhance learning by using information learned to create infographics with Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here. Instead of a typical report or assessment at the end of your unit extend students' learning by having them use Story Maps, reviewed here, to build a virtual field trip to tell the story of students in other cultures. Include links to articles, videos, student-created infographics, and more.

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HoloLab Champions - Schell Games

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8 to 12
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Use virtual reality to learn about and engage in chemistry lab experiments with HoloLab Champions. Different game features allow you to work on your own, in groups, or together as ...more
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Use virtual reality to learn about and engage in chemistry lab experiments with HoloLab Champions. Different game features allow you to work on your own, in groups, or together as a class. Begin your experience in the Hall of Brains to select from different options for gameplay. As you interact with the game, the host provides instructions and lab procedures in the scientist's notebook. Follow the procedures then submit your lab reports. Good news! Try as many times as you like to complete your submissions without penalty. Be sure to review the Classroom Guide for a complete overview of the many activities and content available within HoloLab Champions.

tag(s): chemicals (51), density (25), experiments (66), mass (28), measurement (174), volume (50)

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HoloLab Champions is an excellent addition to any chemistry classroom. Whether you have a well-stocked lab or a lab with few supplies, this site provides learning opportunities that are available anywhere and at any time. Along with the many different experiments, the lab provides detailed notes on many different types of lab equipment. Consider sharing this information at the beginning of your school year before students begin hands-on activities. Instead of simply introducing lab equipment to students, ask them to explore this site and share their knowledge of proper use by creating cartoons with students using equipment properly. Use a comic creation tool like ToonyTool, reviewed here. As students interact with this site, ask them to use Google Documents or Microsoft Word to record and share their science journals. Include successes and failures within the experiments, along with student reflections on their experience. Ask students to highlight keywords, add links to online articles, or add links to videos that helped them learn about science concepts. After completing experiments on the site, enhance student learning by asking students to become the expert and share their learning with others as a presentation using Zeetings, reviewed here. Zeetings offers interactive features such as real-time polls and comments to keep viewers interested in involved in the presentation.

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Realism - Realism Inc.

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6 to 12
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Realism is your virtual science lab, available to use at any time and anywhere. Engage students with 3D virtual experiments to learn about thermochemistry with a coffee cup calculator,...more
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Realism is your virtual science lab, available to use at any time and anywhere. Engage students with 3D virtual experiments to learn about thermochemistry with a coffee cup calculator, learn about Hooke's Law with springs and weight, and more. Free individual accounts include access to all labs and lesson plans aligned to Next Generation Science Standards.

tag(s): acids and bases (12), chemicals (51), newton (27), rockets (17), STEM (219)

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Add Realism to your other resources for teaching science content; it provides an excellent alternative for teachers with a lack of resources at school or as an option for a virtual lab for your students to explore anywhere. Consider incorporating this site along with other activities into a complete unit using Actively Learn, reviewed here. Actively Learn includes many features and resources for building custom learning opportunities for your students using their data bank of resources along with those you add on your own. In addition, Actively Learn provides you with immediate feedback to use for assessment. As students explore the different lab activities, ask them to use Google Docs or Microsoft Word to document data collected during the experiment, including screenshots captured during the lab. Have students share their work and reflections on activities using a portfolio creation tool like PathBrite reviewed here. Encourage students to show creativity within their portfolio by adding a variety of elements using tools offered in PathBrite, including images, music, video, and more to share their learning process.

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In Pictures - In Pictures, Inc.

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K to 12
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Do you need help learning how to use Microsoft and Google Suite Products? In Pictures provides a variety of tutorials using color accented screenshots. Choose a product to begin, go...more
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Do you need help learning how to use Microsoft and Google Suite Products? In Pictures provides a variety of tutorials using color accented screenshots. Choose a product to begin, go step by step through the tutorial, or select a task from the included list. Each tutorial shares complete directions to walk you through the steps to create, edit, and share documents. In addition to Word and Google documents, In Pictures provides tutorials for basic web coding skills and working with Virtual Private Network (VPN) software.
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tag(s): editing (81), Google (55), Microsoft (75), tutorials (48)

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In Pictures is an excellent site to bookmark on classroom computers and share with students. Use this site to help students (and you) understand how to complete various tasks when working with a variety of documents. Use In Pictures as a model to demonstrate how to present how-to guides, then enhance student learning by having students create their own how-to presentation based on your classroom needs. Ask students to create their guides using an easy website creation tool like Carrd, reviewed here, and augment classroom technology. For example, in science class have students create a step-by-step guide using screenshots and images to demonstrate the scientific process, or for a reading project have students demonstrate skills for reading non-fiction by previewing chapter titles, images, and captions.

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Virtual Field Trip Resources - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This collection of reviewed resources includes our best virtual field trips. Peruse the list of websites and many suggestions for ways to use them in teaching almost any subject or...more
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This collection of reviewed resources includes our best virtual field trips. Peruse the list of websites and many suggestions for ways to use them in teaching almost any subject or grade. Be sure to read the "In the Classroom" suggestions for examples of ways to use virtual field trips as part of a lesson or unit.

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This collection includes virtual field trips for all grades. Each review includes several classroom use ideas. Get out your projector (or interactive whiteboard) and take your students on an adventure. Have students go on a "field trip" with a partner or independently on laptops or other devices. Explore the activities suggested.

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Mix - StumbleUpon

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6 to 12
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Are you looking for some of the best content on the web? Use Mix to browse and search for information based on your interests and those of like-minded people. ...more
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Are you looking for some of the best content on the web? Use Mix to browse and search for information based on your interests and those of like-minded people. Mix imports content from news sources, popular blogs, and additional world-wide resources. The more you browse and save material, the more Mix will refine its understanding of what you like. Create collections by adding information found on the site or by keeping links to web content found as you browse the Internet. Use Mix's web browser extension to save URL's to collections with just one click. When ready to share your collection, use the share icon to copy the link, send via email, or share on social media.

tag(s): bookmarks (56), evaluating sources (17), social networking (93)

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Use Mix for your personal research and professional development. Visit Mix occasionally to find new ideas and new sites for teaching. Create and share collections of websites to share with students for use with research projects. For example, as you prepare to teach a science unit on plants, create a collection containing news articles, explainer sites, and online games for students to use as a virtual resource for supplementing classroom lessons. Include documents, slide presentations, and more from your Google Drive for student access from any device. Another use of Mix is to create collections when teaching students how to evaluate online resources. Create a collection from a variety of different resources based on the same topic and ask students to reflect upon the validity of the information and the source. Ask them to use a presentation tool like Sway, reviewed here, to share their findings by including links to the information along with supporting evidence. Another idea for using Mix is for students to create collections to share as part of multimedia projects as a virtual bibliography. In addition to websites shared, ask them to add their written work, images, or other creations. Mix is an excellent tool for creating an online portfolio for students to use when applying to college. Show students how to easily create new collections using their work, but personalized to individual college applications.

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A Teacher's Ultimate Destination for Virtual Field Trips - Education Database Online

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4 to 12
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Take a virtual trip around the country or around the world with this expansive list of virtual field trips. Browse the list then choose a link to visit diverse places ...more
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Take a virtual trip around the country or around the world with this expansive list of virtual field trips. Browse the list then choose a link to visit diverse places like the Statue of Liberty, the Louvre, or a tour about cows and the milk you drink. Because each link leads to a different site, it is important to view it in advance to make sure your computer meets any specific requirements for that activity. *Please be aware that some of the field trips are no longer available, however, there are still approximately 50 working field trips to explore. Please check the link before you share the location with your class.

tag(s): virtual field trips (79)

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Take advantage of this list of virtual field trips to include with your current teaching units. Visit sites together with your students on your interactive whiteboard or share a link with students to explore on their own. When finished, have students use Thinglink, reviewed here, to modify learning and create an interactive image sharing information learned on their field trip. Include images, videos, and more on their base image. To wrap up your unit, instead of a research report, have students use a multimedia tool like Story Maps, reviewed here, to redefine their learning and create and share a digital story using maps of the location studied.

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Sadly the robotics link results in a 404 error. Note from the editor: Thank you for the comments. Our review has been updated. Beth, NY, Grades: 9 - 12

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Microsoft Virtual Academy - Microsoft

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8 to 12
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Find free online training for a variety of skills and products, delivered by experts in the field, at Microsoft Virtual Academy. Choose from the many courses offered for developers,...more
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Find free online training for a variety of skills and products, delivered by experts in the field, at Microsoft Virtual Academy. Choose from the many courses offered for developers, IT pros, and data pros by topic or product. Some options include beginner courses and learning paths for students interested in technology careers. Participate in courses by viewing a series of videos then completing a final course assessment.

tag(s): computers (109), Microsoft (75), OER (31), STEM (219)

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Share the Virtual Academy with students interested in learning more about technology and considering careers in computer programming. Have students choose courses of interest to complete on their own as part of a computer technology course. Share with the leader of after-school computer clubs to supplement their current material.

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Cikumas Class Owl - Alexander Degenhardt and Noah Liebherr

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4 to 12
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Cikumas is a virtual classroom management system. After creating a Cikumas account, import class lists from Google Classroom or by hand. Upload assignments and lesson plans to include...more
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Cikumas is a virtual classroom management system. After creating a Cikumas account, import class lists from Google Classroom or by hand. Upload assignments and lesson plans to include on the site calendar. Use the Collections feature to group assignments as needed. Student tools include a chat window to engage with the teacher in real time and a note-taking feature.

tag(s): classroom management (146), Teacher Utilities (98)

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Use Cikumas to manage, distribute, and grade class assignments. Take advantage of current lesson plans on this site to modify for your classroom. Make class announcements using video, images, or notes using Cikumas' communication tools.

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Smithsonian X 3D - Smithsonian Institution

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6 to 12
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Tour some of the Smithsonian Museum's most treasured objects through 3D models and scientific missions. Through the use of 3D digitization techniques, the museum is rapidly adding content...more
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Tour some of the Smithsonian Museum's most treasured objects through 3D models and scientific missions. Through the use of 3D digitization techniques, the museum is rapidly adding content and collections to this site telling never-known stories about the museum's treasures. Use the site's search features to find models; some also include tours with additional information. Choose videos to learn how curators on the 3D team captured and shared information. Select the educators' portion of the site to download an ebook interdisciplinary learning experience combining technology and history in the study of Abraham Lincoln. For help in using this site, be sure to visit the Getting Started portion including directions on how to use the tools. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos on this site may not be viewable.

tag(s): dinosaurs (50), lincoln (79), museums (43), presidents (131), space (234), STEM (219), virtual field trips (79)

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Take advantage of these many resources to take a virtual visit with your class to the Smithsonian Museum. View artifacts and tours together on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector then allow students to explore on their own. After viewing a tour, ask students to research a topic further. Instead of a written book report have students create an online quiz or game for fellow students using a quiz tool like Arcade Game Generator, reviewed here, or Quiznetic, reviewed here. Use a video response tool like Flipgrid, reviewed here, for student collaboration and sharing of research. Ask students to create their own virtual field trip using Google Earth, reviewed here. Have students add articles, images, and videos to locations featured on their virtual trip.

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Answerables - Nexed

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K to 8
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Answerables is a game-based virtual learning world and learning management system. Download and log in as an educator to begin. Within Answerables, users create PODS to enroll students,...more
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Answerables is a game-based virtual learning world and learning management system. Download and log in as an educator to begin. Within Answerables, users create PODS to enroll students, create events and assignments, and provide feedback. This site features the use of a token system representing web URLs used by students. Be sure to check out the explanatory video demonstrating all features available within Answerables. Free accounts provide access for single users. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): classroom management (146), game based learning (157)

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All subject area teachers can benefit from making Answerables your digital library available from anywhere and anytime for you and your students. Store and organize links to websites, videos, and more for your students. Use PODS on this site to differentiate learning for students. Share student's digital work in this secure environment with parents and peers.

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Read Ahead - Full Tilt Ahead, LLC

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3 to 12
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Transform any text into a guided reading activity presentation using vocabulary, keywords, and phrases with Read Ahead. Create a presentation highlighting critical components of a text...more
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Transform any text into a guided reading activity presentation using vocabulary, keywords, and phrases with Read Ahead. Create a presentation highlighting critical components of a text passage by choosing keywords or phrases, add your vocabulary list, or use the Smart Skimmer to select items automatically. When complete, your presentation shares featured words and terms with readers before beginning to read the text. Share with students using the created link or through social media links.

tag(s): literacy (111), reading comprehension (134), vocabulary (292), vocabulary development (110)

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Include Read Ahead with your other resources for teaching vocabulary. Read Ahead is perfect for introducing any reading passage to struggling readers, special education students, and ESL/ELL learners. Create presentations for articles found in science or social studies materials to prepare students for difficult vocabulary and phrases. Take advantage of this site to use reading material with your students that might otherwise be above their reading level. Instead of asking students to use vocabulary in sentences to demonstrate understanding, ask them to use the words to create digital stories using an online tool like Book Creator, reviewed here. Book Creator 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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Journey North - Journey North

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3 to 12
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Journey North is a citizen science program for collaborating and documenting the migration of animals and insects. Become involved by adding your images and sightings, or follow the...more
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Journey North is a citizen science program for collaborating and documenting the migration of animals and insects. Become involved by adding your images and sightings, or follow the site to view the observations of others through maps, images, and descriptions. Choose from a diverse selection of animals, including whales, earthworms, and many others to begin. Within each topic find information about the animal and their migration habits along with links to additional resources. Take your journey a step further and choose the live cam link to view webcams and animal videos from around the world. Make sure to check out the educator's section to find vocabulary, reading, and inquiry activities.

tag(s): animal homes (68), animals (322), insects (75), migration (60), Project Based Learning (9), scientists (70)

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Take advantage of this site to teach students about animal migration and the activities of scientists. Include a link to the site on classroom computers to follow updates and record sightings. Even if you don't participate by sharing information on the site, consider using the site as a model for observations in your area and possibly a mini project based learning unit. Use Microsoft Office or Google Docs to create a spreadsheet to record sightings including dates, images, and the person doing the sighting. As students view different animals, encourage them to research and learn more about them and share their learning by creating infographics using Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here. Extend classroom technology use by having students include their infographics on webpages created using Carrd, reviewed here. Carrd is a simple yet attractive-looking tool for creating websites for even less tech-savvy users. Redefine classroom technology use and learning and ask students to use Story Maps, reviewed here to design an interactive map including images, text, and other multimedia to tell the story of migration.
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