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Math Antics YouTube Channel - mathantics.com

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3 to 12
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Learn math through simple, yet engaging videos at Math Antics' YouTube Channel. Choose from several different math topics such as working with fractions, multi-digit numbers, and factoring....more
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Learn math through simple, yet engaging videos at Math Antics' YouTube Channel. Choose from several different math topics such as working with fractions, multi-digit numbers, and factoring. Most videos run less than 10 minutes, making them perfect for use in many different situations. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): addition (224), decimals (125), division (159), equations (150), factors (39), fractions (226), geometric shapes (172), mixed numbers (14), multiplication (210), subtraction (184)

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Share these videos on your interactive whiteboard or projector. FLIP your classroom and have students view the videos at home to discuss and apply the next day in class. (This is a great option if YouTube is blocked in your school.) Use the videos to introduce or practice any math topic and assign others in the series for homework. Be sure to provide this link on your class website for students (and their families) to access at home for additional Math practice.

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Math Antics is a resource that I can recommend without reservation to all 3 - 5th grade elementary school teachers. You can log on to their website and use their videos for free at mathantics.com. Even though my district's math curriculum provides videos for each lesson, Math Antics' videos are much better, and easier to understand, and my students LOVE them! Lauriekay, WA, Grades: 4 - 5

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Vocabulary Development Resources - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This collection of tools and resources from TeachersFirst promotes vocabulary development and skills for students using daily vocabulary, subject matter terms, speech/language vocabulary...more
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This collection of tools and resources from TeachersFirst promotes vocabulary development and skills for students using daily vocabulary, subject matter terms, speech/language vocabulary (special ed), and ESL/ELL language.

tag(s): vocabulary (318)

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Browse this collection when you have students who seem to need extra vocabulary reinforcement or choose one or two tools to use repeatedly each time you introduce new terms. Share specific links or the entire collection for students to find "what works" to help them master vocabulary before the test. Mark this collection in your favorites to have differentiation strategies at your fingertips.

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Alphabetimals - Patrick O'Toole

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K to 2
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Learn the alphabet and letter sounds with the friendly cartoon letter animals on Alphabetimals! Choose from the free assortment of videos, games, coloring pages, and flash cards to...more
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Learn the alphabet and letter sounds with the friendly cartoon letter animals on Alphabetimals! Choose from the free assortment of videos, games, coloring pages, and flash cards to start learning. Young students will love seeing their name on the Name Typer written with the animal characters. Turn off your pop-up blocker to create a printable image.
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tag(s): alphabet (87), alphabetical order (19), preK (292)

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Share a link to Alphabetimals on classroom computers for students to explore during computer centers. Print a copy of each student's name for use with literacy displays or as a desk label. Share a link on your class webpage for students to explore at home. Take advantage of the other free options to print coloring pages and flash cards for student use.
 This resource requires PDF reader software like Adobe Acrobat.

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Learn the Alphabet - Marc Gunderson

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K to 2
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This very simple but engaging site allows young children to select a letter of the alphabet, then view a video to learn about the letter. Choose any letter to view ...more
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This very simple but engaging site allows young children to select a letter of the alphabet, then view a video to learn about the letter. Choose any letter to view the video with characters providing letter sounds and providing words beginning with the letter. The videos are hosted on YouTube. They do not require Flash. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here to download the videos from YouTube.
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tag(s): alphabet (87), phonics (71), preK (292)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce each letter of the alphabet. Share the videos on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Use these videos for your "letter of the day" activities. Be sure to include a link to videos on your class web page for viewing at home. Share a link with parents as a resource for learning letters at home. This site is perfect for use with ESL/ELL learners as an introduction to the alphabet and letter sounds.

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Flipgrid - Charlie Miller & Brad Hosack

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2 to 12
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Flipgrid is a video discussion tool with capabilities for sharing student responses through video. Click the "Are you an educator? Click here" link to signup up for Flipgrid One which...more
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Flipgrid is a video discussion tool with capabilities for sharing student responses through video. Click the "Are you an educator? Click here" link to signup up for Flipgrid One which is the free version of Flipgrid offering the use of a single grid to incorporate the Flipgrid experience. Single grids allow users to include unlimited topics and student responses. This version also provides security settings including password protection. Begin by creating your grid and personalizing settings to fit your needs. Easy-to-follow directions guide you through the process of setting up a video response. When finished, use links to share the URL or embed your Flipgrid into a website. Students access your Flipgrid using the access code provided when sharing your topic.

tag(s): assessment (114), DAT device agnostic tool (178), video (279)

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Flipgrid is a versatile tool for use in any subject. Create prompts for students to respond to about anything and everything. Challenge students to reflect on their learning at the end of a unit, research project, or literature circle. Here are just a few example questions to ask: What are some things you did well on this assignment? What mistakes did you make on your last assignment that you did not make on today's assignment? What would you do differently? What would you like to learn more about?

For professional use, create a topic for peers to discuss. Ideas might include discussing concerns with implementing new technology or curriculum. Have fellow teachers share articles of interest from professional journals. Use Flipgrid to implement a book talk on a topic of interest.

Use Flipgrid as a follow-up for a flipped assignment. Ask students to explain what they understand and/or still don't understand about a concept. You can review the responses before class the next day. Use it as an exit "slip" before students leave class or as a warm up at the beginning of class (what do they remember about the lesson taught yesterday). World language students can practice speaking in their new language and choose the best video to turn into their teacher. Student or teacher can explain a series of steps in an assignment or concept, one at a time (great for differentiation). Math students can explain the steps they took to solve a problem and why. Art students can explain a creation, either theirs or a famous artists - talking about techniques. Music students can perform and explain their learning, or reflect on their performance.

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Fractions - BGFL

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1 to 5
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This is a fabulous website for all levels of fraction instruction (there are five difficulty levels). The website offers both interactive challenges and printable worksheets. Students...more
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This is a fabulous website for all levels of fraction instruction (there are five difficulty levels). The website offers both interactive challenges and printable worksheets. Students will love the pizza fun and other graphics used at this website - check it out. Level 2 is a TERRIFIC way to help students read fraction markings on a ruler, always a challenge for some. Some of the activities require Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): fractions (226)

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Use an interactive whiteboard to introduce this activity. Then differentiate the instruction and allow students to work on their own computers at their own levels. For more instructions on how to use this website, visit the "support materials" link.
 This resource requires Adobe Flash.

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Girls Who Code - Reshma Saujani

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6 to 12
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Girls Who Code is an organization founded to help close the gender gap in technology. They have three programs offering girls the opportunity to explore coding with peers. The Clubs...more
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Girls Who Code is an organization founded to help close the gender gap in technology. They have three programs offering girls the opportunity to explore coding with peers. The Clubs Program is for girls in grades 6-12 and meets two hours each week in local schools and provides opportunities for computer training for beginners through advanced learners. The Summer Immersion Program offers a 7-week training for 10th and 11th-grade students in coding and exposure to jobs in the technology field. Accepted students receive stipends for transportation and living expenses to attend the program. Campus is a two week program for girls grades 6-12 and has a fee. Enter your city, state, and zip code to see a map for clubs in your area, or consider contacting the organization to start a club in your area. While most of the content on this site is appropriate for middle school girls, please preview before you share.

tag(s): coding (68), communities (38), computers (100), critical thinking (117), logic (242), women (94)

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Share this site with your school's administration or anyone willing to consider leading an after-school computer program for girls and ask them to become a sponsor. Be sure to share information on the Summer Immersion Program with your high school guidance counselor and technology teachers as an excellent opportunity for interested students.

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Mystery Writing Lesson Plans - Mystery Net

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3 to 8
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Write mysteries using complete lesson plans include pre-writing, brainstorming, responding to a "mystery" picture, following the writing process using a worksheet form, and sharing...more
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Write mysteries using complete lesson plans include pre-writing, brainstorming, responding to a "mystery" picture, following the writing process using a worksheet form, and sharing the piece-in-progress with other students for suggestions. To complete this creative writing activity, students edit and present their final mystery story. Links on the page lead to other lesson plans for approaching the study of mysteries, learning its vocabulary, and interesting students in writing and reading mysteries.

tag(s): creative writing (169), mysteries (22), process writing (47), writing (369)

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Use this site when preparing students to enter a writing contest such as the national Scholastic Art and Writing competition or simply as a way to teach about story structure, story mapping, and writing. You can even create your own "Flash" mysteries based on pictures students take with a digital camera. Not enough time or cameras for students to take pictures? You can supply a collection from which they may choose a picture. Create and share their final products on a class wiki along with the photos.

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ProProfs Brain Games - ProProfs Brain Games

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K to 12
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ProProfs Brain Games allows you to play or create puzzles and games. Choose from created games in formats including hangman, crosswords, word scrambles, tic tac toe, and more. Create...more
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ProProfs Brain Games allows you to play or create puzzles and games. Choose from created games in formats including hangman, crosswords, word scrambles, tic tac toe, and more. Create a free account to make your own puzzles using the game choices provided. Creating puzzle options includes options for levels of difficulty and personalization of images and vocabulary.

tag(s): game based learning (132), gamification (85), logic (242), problem solving (289), puzzles (207)

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Share puzzles and brain teasers with students on your class website or classroom computers. Brainstorm with students on problem-solving methods and tips. Use a tool like Padlet, reviewed here, to share your list of ideas. Have students use Brain Games to create their own games to review classroom material before tests and quizzes. Take student learning a step further and include their game in a Symbaloo Learning Path, reviewed here. This site allows users to add tiles including quizzes, websites, videos, and more to follow as a learning path for any subject.

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Knight Lab - Northwest University

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K to 12
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Knight Lab offers a variety of tools for storytelling and promoting quality journalism. Choose the Projects tab to find all available options sorted by categories of Storytelling, Research...more
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Knight Lab offers a variety of tools for storytelling and promoting quality journalism. Choose the Projects tab to find all available options sorted by categories of Storytelling, Research and Reporting, Teaching and Learning, and Prototypes, Experiments, and Past Projects. Projects include examples and full instructions for using the tool in any classroom.

tag(s): images (272), maps (295), timelines (61)

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This site is a must-have for anyone that teaches writing or assigns writing projects. Bookmark this site for use throughout the year with any writing project. Focus on one tool a month to learn more about features available. Assign a tool to different groups of students and let them become the experts. Work with peers to assign projects across subject levels using tools from this site to compare and contrast images, create interactive timelines, build story maps, and much more.
 

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PyeongChang 2018 - The International Olympic Committee

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K to 12
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Find complete and up to date information on the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang on this site from The International Olympic Committee. Use the search features and links to...more
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Find complete and up to date information on the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang on this site from The International Olympic Committee. Use the search features and links to find information about South Korea, participating athletes, countries, and events along with medal updates as the games progress.

tag(s): countries (81), korea (18), olympics (52), sports (97)

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Bookmark this site for use during the 2018 Winter Olympics to find daily events and up to date information on medals earned by individual countries. Instead of just viewing daily information, involve your classroom by creating your own spreadsheets to record and view medal counts by nation, athletes, and sports. Take this a step further by converting your spreadsheet into a more visual table format using Tableizer, reviewed here. Incorporate the Winter Olympics into your social studies lessons to learn more about the participating nations. Use Google Maps to locate countries, then have students create a ThingLink, reviewed here, to share information about that country including population information, athletes, sports represented, and geography. After completion of the Olympics, ask students to create a multimedia presentation sharing their observations from the Olympics and new information learned using a tool like Sway, reviewed here. Sway is an easy to use tool from Microsoft offering many features to create interactive reports and presentations.

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RooClick - David Bard

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6 to 12
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Create interactive video lessons with RooClick. Embed quizzes and documents at any point in a video and receive detailed reports on student responses. See Rooclick in action by going...more
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Create interactive video lessons with RooClick. Embed quizzes and documents at any point in a video and receive detailed reports on student responses. See Rooclick in action by going to the "Try It!" link on the site. RooClick works on any device; however, RooClick recommends that you download and use their apps when using a mobile device. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.
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tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (178), digital storytelling (152), questioning (35), video (279)

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Create short review videos for flipped lessons. Annotate by highlighting the significant features of videos through the addition of documents with supporting information. Consider the power of students using this site to annotate videos to explain the material in their own words. Students can also create questions to play with each video. Also, as a final project for any unit, students can share research findings in a video with discussion questions to go with the research and with links to outside resources. Be sure students create a script to read from before beginning to produce their own video.

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Art in Schools Month Resources - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This curated list of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is all about art! Prepare for Art in our Schools Month or share these tools throughout the entire year. Find tools that ...more
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This curated list of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is all about art! Prepare for Art in our Schools Month or share these tools throughout the entire year. Find tools that incorporate history, math, science, and more.

tag(s): art history (78), artists (78), drawing (81), museums (52), painting (67), sculpture (21)

In the Classroom

Get your students geared up for Art in our Schools Month. Show the connection between art and math using various tools listed. Share tools on your interactive whiteboard or allow students to explore independently.

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Scratch - Lifelong Kindergarten Group, MIT Media Lab

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1 to 12
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Want to get in touch with your inner child? Get Scratch! Warning: The use of this application is quite fun and engaging! Scratch is a downloaded program that creates interactive ...more
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Want to get in touch with your inner child? Get Scratch! Warning: The use of this application is quite fun and engaging! Scratch is a downloaded program that creates interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art. This application can be used for bringing simple ideas and projects to life. It has great use as a paint program without using the animations. Downloads/install files are available for Mac or PC. Other links include a Getting Started PDF, Help screens to show what each block controls and how to use, and a Reference Guide which provides an overview of the interface. A support page is also available for help in using the application.

Material created can only be viewed within the program. Drawings are not saved as a JPG or pic file. However, a "snapshot" of the screen can be created by using these keys in Mac: apple, shift, and 4 and click/drag to surround the portion to save. In PC use: control/print screen. These snapshots can be uploaded or used as a picture in other applications.

tag(s): animation (65), coding (68), Computational Thinking (14), critical thinking (117), design (84), drawing (81), problem solving (289)

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Quick start: Click stage and in the center pane, click on backgrounds. Click on paint to make a new background. Different colors, pens, and materials can be used to create the background or an image can be brought in from your computer. Objects in Scratch are called a Sprite and can be added in by choosing the folders below the screen. By clicking the script tab, blocks can be moved in to create motion, add sounds (even record your own message), and change the look of the Sprite. Blocks are linked on to each other to create a series of events. A control block dragged to the top of the blocks control which key starts the event. Advanced options include adding variables and other controls.

Be sure to check with your Technology Department, as many districts require authorization to download or install new applications. Projects can be shared online; however an account is required.

Work is saved to the computer itself and only shared online via an account. To avoid problems concerning content made by outsiders or issues with sharing, save the work locally and either create your own gallery on a supervised class website/wiki or set up a single account where you share the "best" projects online via your own log-in. Remind students of the school's Acceptable Use Policy and consequences of violations, if you do allow them to join/share. Images used should adhere to all copyright rules. Use pictures taken in class or those with Creative Commons licensing (and provide attribution!).

Practical tips: Students quickly catch on to this program when allowed to play and easily see what they can make from it. Provide a simple assignment with defined rules/tasks to learn the tools. Younger students may familiarize themselves more easily working with a partner. Have students use a storyboard to write down what they will do/draw/say in their creation in order to keep tabs on what students and their creations.

Possible uses: For the lower grades, Scratch provides unlimited possibilities. Use as a new way to show vocabulary usage. Use the paint program to add information to a picture from your class field trip or science experiment. Use Scratch to help in storytelling a concept in a new and unique way, such as how rocks are formed. In the upper grades, use Scratch to show complex material in a new way. For example, students can draw DNA and show replication, etc. through their drawings and storytelling. Draw the different movements of landforms in plate tectonics. Draw or illustrate solutions to Math problems.

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Microsoft Touch Develop - Microsoft

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4 to 12
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Create apps to work on any device using Microsoft Touch Develop. Launch Touch Develop to access tutorials and showcases to begin. The editor adapts to your skill level from beginner...more
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Create apps to work on any device using Microsoft Touch Develop. Launch Touch Develop to access tutorials and showcases to begin. The editor adapts to your skill level from beginner to expert. Step by step video directions provides information on how codes work and then allows you to create code for each step.

tag(s): coding (68), Computational Thinking (14), computers (100), critical thinking (117), design (84), problem solving (289)

In the Classroom

Use Touch Develop as a computer center or during Hour of Code lessons. Encourage students to view programs others have created, then try making their own. If your school has an after-school computer club, Touch Develop is perfect for use in teaching and practicing coding. Consider pairing students who have more computer experience with those who have less. Touch Develop is also an excellent opportunity for "new" coders as it allows them to create and share interesting apps with little background knowledge of computer programming. Have students share their completed apps during a computer or STEM showcase at your school.

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TechRocket - iD Tech

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4 to 12
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TechRocket offers coding and design courses for kids aged 10 to 18. Earn points and badges through completing courses. Courses provide instruction in Python, iOS, Java, Minecraft, and...more
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TechRocket offers coding and design courses for kids aged 10 to 18. Earn points and badges through completing courses. Courses provide instruction in Python, iOS, Java, Minecraft, and 3D printing. Free membership offers access to five courses and seven free Hour of Code classes.

tag(s): coding (68), Computational Thinking (14), critical thinking (117), design (84), logic (242), problem solving (289)

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Coding is an excellent way to teach critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Use this site as homework, a center, or in a lab setting. Courses are self-paced, so differentiation is easy. Explain to students that coding is a critical skill in today's world filled with technology and will also be a valuable skill in the job market. Many jobs that will require coding do not yet exist. Put a link to this tool on your class website, blog, or wiki. Since registration is via email, for young students consider using a "class set" of Gmail subaccounts, explained here; this tells how to configure Gmail subaccounts to use for any online membership service. Using Gmail subaccounts will provide anonymous interaction within your class.

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Code - Hadi & Ali Partovi

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K to 10
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Code is designed to spark interest in learning to code, especially among girls and the very young. Find lessons for beginners, Kindergartners to tenth graders (or older). Start by clicking...more
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Code is designed to spark interest in learning to code, especially among girls and the very young. Find lessons for beginners, Kindergartners to tenth graders (or older). Start by clicking Learn in the top menu bar. Find an Hour of Code with 20 puzzles that use a drag and drop process and problem-solving skills. Complete the Hour of Code and select Beyond One Hour. Find everything an early coder needs to get started coding: A K-8 Intro to Computer Science, Tutorials that teach Javascript, Tutorial apps for any device, Learn to program with robots, and many others. There are also "unplugged tutorials" for classrooms without computers. On the top menu, click on the Teach button to find the link to videos (half way down the page) from famous people about how and when they learned to code. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube. Code.org is available in 20 languages.

tag(s): coding (68), Computational Thinking (14), computers (100), critical thinking (117), problem solving (289), STEM (167), women (94)

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Make coding part of science inquiry or math logic in any classroom. Include it as part of scientific method or discussions about careers in science. You may even want to portray coding as just another "world language" in today's world. Be sure to look at all the implementation advice before introducing these extensive coding resources to your class. It would be wise to complete the Hour of Code yourself so you will feel comfortable helping students if they get stuck. Better yet, invite a few students to do an hour with you after school and learn together! You will have a team of "techsperts" to help their peers. Select the Learn button from the top menu to find two links for educators. The one at the top of the Learn page gives quick tips for prepping for the Hour of Code. The one at the bottom of the slide gives complete instructions for implementing the Hour of Code in your classroom. Plan an hour of Code on nationally designated days or on your own calendar! Invite the PTA/PTO to host a coding event. Select a video to use to introduce Computer Science to your students. Introduce this tool using a projector or interactive whiteboard and bookmark it as a learning station with earbuds/headphones. Encourage students to help each other when they have difficulty. Share this on your website for students to use at home, too. Code teaches the basics. Those students who show a keen interest in coding could learn more by using a program such as Codeacademy, reviewed here.
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Coding Resources - TeachersFirst

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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students learn about coding, and for use as a guide for finding the appropriate tools for use...more
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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students learn about coding, and for use as a guide for finding the appropriate tools for use with all grade and skill levels. Nurture problem solving, logic, and creativity. Find resources for just one hour of code or for use as ongoing technology lessons.

tag(s): coding (68), Computational Thinking (14), critical thinking (117), design (84), problem solving (289), STEM (167)

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Explore these resources for use with after-school computer clubs or as an excellent tool when recruiting skilled parent volunteers. Turn the intimidating content of computer programming into an exciting learning adventure for all with these helpful sites!

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Mighty Book - Mighty Book

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Engage young children in this colorful site, packed with songs, interactive books, art and music interactives, and emergent reading activities. Reaching a wide range of grades, this...more
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Engage young children in this colorful site, packed with songs, interactive books, art and music interactives, and emergent reading activities. Reaching a wide range of grades, this site offers over 50 different engaging activities. Visit the stories made by children. The free part of this site includes a great variety of topics: Boston Tea Party, alphabet, making mistakes, metamorphosis, Mars, a variety of popular children's songs, nouns, upper case and lower case, Beatrix Potter, jokes, Bach & Van Gogh, Mona and Beethoven, and much more! Some of the activities are also available in Spanish. There are extensive advertisements, so adults will need to help guide children away from them!
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tag(s): alphabet (87), independent reading (128), preK (292), sight words (36), songs (53)

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Use this site for learning as a whole group, learning centers, or individual laptops for reinforcement or enrichment. First, introduce Mighty Book on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Since there are extensive ads, you may want to bookmark or create shortcuts directly to the activity you want children to use and avoid having them get "lost" in the many links that take you off the site. Share the songs and discuss the lyrics and what they are teaching. Use this site in art class to introduce famous artists to even the youngest of learners. After listening to the jokes, have students make up their own jokes. Poems with activities offer a kinesthetic approach to poetry. Songs about colors and the days of the week catch your auditory learners. Share this link on your class website for students to explore (and enjoy) both in and out of the classroom.
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Open Culture - Open Culture

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Explore 900 free audio books. Scroll to below the ads to see the actual booklist. This collection includes classics and contemporary literature. Books come in a variety of formats,...more
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Explore 900 free audio books. Scroll to below the ads to see the actual booklist. This collection includes classics and contemporary literature. Books come in a variety of formats, from e-files to MP3's to Youtube. The alphabetical list indicates which format or formats each book is available. This easy-to-read site is, however, cluttered with ads and links to other resources.
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tag(s): audio books (28), independent reading (128)

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Students could download independent reading books onto their portable devices. This is perfect for a BYOD or 1:1 classroom. Remind students of this great collection before breaks and summer vacations! Provide this link on your class website. Begin a classroom review magazine. Have students create mindmaps about characters or the plot. Challenge students to write summaries and other types of responses to the books they read. Have the students use a tool like Zoho Show (similar to Powerpoint, but easier and free) - reviewed here. ESL and special education students may find it useful to listen to books they are reading in class, if those titles are available.
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Library of Congress Read.gov - Library of Congress

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Here you will find the English teachers dream come true! Read.gov is from the Library of Congress and is a new website for readers of all ages. The site offers ...more
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Here you will find the English teachers dream come true! Read.gov is from the Library of Congress and is a new website for readers of all ages. The site offers pages specifically designed for kids and teens, as well as adults, educators, and parents. There is so much here: Contests, books online, book lists, and more. The webcast section is truly extensive. There are Webcasts from famous authors such as R.L. Stine, Jon Scieszka, Jan Brett, David Baldacci, John Grisham, Neil Gaiman, and many more. These webcasts also include interesting topics like "Mystery Writers Discuss Their Craft" and "The Nuts and Bolts of Historical Fiction" among others.

A special feature of the site is an exclusive story, called "The Exquisite Corpse Adventure." The Exquisite Corpse was a game in which someone would start a story, fold over their part, and the next person would add to the story and on it would go until the last person ended the story. For this Exquisite Corpse, Jon Scieszka started the story and passed it on to Katherine Patterson, who passed it on . . . and so it goes for 18 episodes. The entire story will take a year to write to the finish. There is an illustration that goes with each segment.

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Check out "The Exquisite Corpse Adventure" and have students listen to the stories. As a challenge ask students to look at the differences in writing style for each of the authors. Project a chart about the plot and the writing style on your interactive whiteboard or projector, and have students list the differences and similarities in writing style. Students could also keep a chart of similarities and differences for the illustrators. Another idea for an activity is to have the students read the poem "If" by Rudyard Kipling and then have them read the very touching national contest winner letter to the author about his poem. Students could then write their own letters to an author of a favorite book or poem. Have students create podcasts to read their letters to the authors using a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here).

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Math Resources for All Grades - TeachersFirst

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Find an extensive collection of resources for math. Curated lists are based on NCTM standards and divided by grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Topics include Numbers & Operations, Algebra,...more
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Find an extensive collection of resources for math. Curated lists are based on NCTM standards and divided by grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Topics include Numbers & Operations, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, and Data & Probability. Each reviewed resource includes a description and technology integration ideas for your classroom.

tag(s): charts and graphs (198), data (159), equations (150), geometric shapes (172), measurement (171), number lines (32), number sense (96), numbers (196), operations (124), order of operations (40), probability (138)

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Save this list for when teaching any math class in grades K-12. Many of the resources would work in a BYOD environment. Share these lists on your class website for students to access for additional practice.

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eMathHelp - eMathHelp

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eMathHelp offers help and resources for high school and college students. Select Math Notes to find over 2000 notes with explanations and examples for Pre-Algebra through Calculus 2....more
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eMathHelp offers help and resources for high school and college students. Select Math Notes to find over 2000 notes with explanations and examples for Pre-Algebra through Calculus 2. eMathHelp also offers a large variety of calculators in various subject areas featuring step-by-step answers. Browse through the Homework Help section to find answers to previously solved problems or post your own. Be aware, this site will point you in the right direction to finding answers, they don't just give answers!!
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Take advantage of the many free calculators for use in your math class; display on your interactive whiteboard or with a projector as you work through problems and see how to solve them. Share a link to this site on your class website for students to use as a resource for homework help. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create math explanation videos using Powtoons, reviewed here, and share them on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here.

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OK2Ask: Build with Chrome: Classroom Activities with Virtual Legos - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. If you build it, they will learn. Google's application, Build with Chrome,...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. If you build it, they will learn. Google's application, Build with Chrome, allows you to build with virtual LEGO bricks using Google Maps as your base template. The integration possibilities are out of this world. Learn how to use all the features Build with Chrome has to offer. After learning how to use Build with Chrome, participants will build a repository of classroom integration ideas to develop their students' 21st Century Skills. Build with Chrome provides the building blocks of creativity for students of all grade-levels and subject areas. As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: 1. Learn how to use the different features of Google Chrome; 2. Learn how to integrate Google Chrome in the classroom; and 3. Create a Google Chrome lesson idea. Remember, it is OK2Ask'® questions at any time! This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

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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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With Math I Can - Amazon

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Increase math confidence and outcomes through a growth mindset with many resources located at With Math I Can. Research demonstrates that students who believe their abilities can grow...more
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Increase math confidence and outcomes through a growth mindset with many resources located at With Math I Can. Research demonstrates that students who believe their abilities can grow and change, achieve higher than those who think they have a fixed ability. Choose from resources for the classroom, your district, and at home to begin. Each of the sections includes videos and links to resources for learning about the growth mindset and its components.

tag(s): brain (70), mental math (29)

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This site is perfect for teachers, families, and students who lack confidence in math. Use the classroom resources on your interactive whiteboard or projector to demonstrate and teach students lessons on perseverance, grit, and more. Include activities as part of your professional development as you discuss math curriculum during staff meetings. Be sure to share the at home resources with parents on your class website, include parents by sharing stories from your classroom as students work on developing their growth mindset.
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