Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomBookmark this site for use with any social media lessons. Use the entire book or choose from selected chapters or sections. Enhance learning by encouraging students to reflect on and discuss the information found in the book through the use of Fiskkit, reviewed here. Fiskkit is a collaborative tool for sharing and discussing online articles, add the URL of this book into Fiskkit to create a document where students can highlight and comment on any portion of the information. When working with research projects, suggest that students use iCyte Education, reviewed here, to save quotes and cite information found. iCyte is a browser add-on that makes citations and saving online information easy for you and your students. As a final project, and to extend learning, have students create explainer videos using Plotagon Story, reviewed here, to share their tips on how to find and deal with "fake news."
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomIf you have not tried a wiki yet, visit the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through for a detailed, step-by-step explanation and starter help, including dozens of ideas for ways to use a wiki in your classroom. Before implementing this site with your classroom, take some time to teach students how to edit and add information. This site is not WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get), meaning that when editing a page, you see the markup information. Allow students time to play in the site's "sandbox" as a way to preview and learn how to add information. Create and use a wiki to collaborate and compile information on any classroom research projects. For example, have your class work together to add resources and web links when researching causes of the Civil War, plants and animals found within different habitats, or share math problem-solving ideas and links. Use your wiki for small group projects and ask students to share a synopsis of group meetings along with a compilation of websites and videos used in their research.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomTake advantage of these free lesson plans and classroom activities to integrate art into your everyday classroom activities. Consider coordinating lessons with your school's art and music teachers. Expand upon the ideas found on this site to bring other art forms into the lessons. For example, take advantage of poetry resources and interactives found at ReadWriteThink, reviewed here, and have students create diamante, acrostic, and haiku poems relating to your lessons. Enhance student learning further by asking students or groups of students to create webpages sharing their learning activities using a resource like Carrd, reviewed here. This very simple tool allows users to add images and text to create a beautiful website using the provided templates. Be sure to ask students to include a reflective writing piece describing their learning throughout your unit. Take learning to the highest level and ask students to design and create a series of podcasts using Anchor, reviewed here. Ask students to discuss their learning activities, and also hypothesize on different outcomes of experiments when changing elements or activities. For example, if creating a podcast discussing changes in matter, have students share their thoughts on how the room and outdoor temperature affects outcomes. What if they used juice instead of water? Would the change from ice to liquid take the same amount of time?
Grades4 to 8
In the ClassroomShare these modules for students to complete during any lessons on Internet safety. Ask students to contribute to a collaborative document sharing examples they have seen of cyberbullying or deceptive news practice. Replace pencil and paper notetaking by sharing an online tool such as Webnote, reviewed here, for students to use to take notes on any website. When finished, have them share their notes using the URL created for use in classroom discussions. Reinforce online safety concepts through gameplay using Baamboozle, reviewed here. Enhance student learning by asking students to create a game in Baamboozle for their peers to play to identify best practices in creating a safe online presence. After completing your digital safety unit, modify classroom technology use by asking students to create explainer videos using FlexClip, reviewed here, with suggestions on how to identify fake news, how to create a positive digital footprint or ways to support peers when faced with cyberbullying. Share student videos on your class website and with younger students.
Grades7 to 12
In the ClassroomTake advantage of the video tutorials to learn about how to create and customize apps with Glide. Consider sharing this tool with one or more of your tech-savvy students and let them become the expert at how to use the different features. Ask them to create screencasts using Awesome ScreenShot, reviewed here, to demonstrate how to begin creating an app, how to customize an app, or any other features of this tool. Use Glide as a unique teaching tool to engage and capture student interest in a variety of ways. For example, have students create a directory of characters found in a Shakespeare play and include pertinent information including their relationship to other characters, the character's important moments within the play, and more. Another example of how to use Glide is to create an app for students to use when working on long-term projects. Use the objectives template to set up goals and timelines for students to follow.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomBookmark this site to use as a resource as you teach about digital citizenship. Learn about the five competencies, then use them as a basis for instruction. Encourage students to become engaged in the conversation by sharing their understanding of different topics. For example, as you teach about the concept of being aware, use a concept mapping resource like MindMaps, reviewed here for students to visualize and share ideas related to being aware of online actions. As you continue in your lessons of awareness, enhance student learning by incorporating teaching strategies to encourage students to personalize learning experiences through the use of journals or blogs. Edublog, reviewed here is an excellent blogging tool that provides a safe resource for student writing in addition to providing you the ability to moderate content and privacy settings. As students develop an understanding of each competency, encourage them to continue learning and applying the lessons to their everyday use of online resources. Have groups of students become experts in different competencies and share their knowledge with younger students through the creation of explainer videos using My Simpleshow, reviewed here, podcasts using Buzzsprout, reviewed here, or digital books created with Book Creator, reviewed here.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomAdd 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 ActivelyLearn, reviewed here. ActivelyLearn 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, ActivelyLearn 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 Dropr, reviewed here. Encourage students to show creativity within their portfolio by adding a variety of elements using tools offered in Dropr, including images, music, video, and more to share their learning process.
Grades3 to 12
In the ClassroomUse this site to offer students the opportunity to explore our solar system through interactives, facts, and informative articles. Introduce the site on your interactive whiteboard then allow students to explore on their own. Because the site is dense with content, you might want to provide students specific areas and content for exploration. As students learn about different pieces of the solar system, ask them to share information using PostIt, reviewed here, a labeling tool; have students use an image and create notes about information learned. For example, find a free image to use of the sun and add notes with interesting facts, including distance from the earth, the temperature on the sun, and more. Use PostIt to create an image for each planet either together as a class, or have students create their own. Use the information learned to create a lively learning game using Baamboozle, reviewed here. Baamboozle is a quick and easy two-team quiz creation game that keeps track of the score as you play. Have older students create their own quiz game for classmates to play based on the material they learned from this site and others. Take student learning a step further and modify classroom technology use by asking them to create books about the solar system using Book Creator (Chrome and app), reviewed here. Book Creator includes features for students to easily create digital books using their own text, videos, and images. Use BookCreator for a variety of assignments in any classroom that is integrating technology as an enhancement, modification, or transformation. Be sure to include your students' books on your class website as part of your digital library for students and parents!
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomInclude Nepris with your other bookmarked sites for career exploration and STEM lessons. Use the provided templates to request sessions with subject matter experts. Browse the video library to share sessions on your interactive whiteboard with students or to find specific topics that match students' interests. Include items from this site and others and build a webmix using Symbaloo, reviewed here, for students to explore on their own based on their career interest or topics they want to learn. Have students share their findings by creating a digital book using Book Creator, reviewed here. Use Book Creator to add videos, images, drawings, and more to highlight and share students' knowledge of their topic. Use BookCreator for a variety of assignments in any classroom that is integrating technology as an enhancement, modification, or transformation.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomUse this quiz as an introduction to any online safety lessons or unit. Complete the quiz together as a class on your interactive whiteboard or have students take the quiz on their own. If students complete the quiz individually, compile statistics on individual questions and percentage correct on the overall quiz. Use your statistics to modify technology use by creating a simple infographic and chart using Venngage, reviewed here. Discuss the questions that gave students the most difficulty and use that as a starting point for further lessons. Augment classroom technology by having students share their knowledge of online safety through podcasts using Buzzsprout, reviewed here. Use Buzzsprout to schedule and share podcasts through weekly "chapters" that include links to further information.
GradesK to 12
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In the ClassroomIn 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.
GradesK to 5
In the ClassroomTake advantage of the lessons and materials on this site to introduce computer and computational skills to elementary-age students. Several activities incorporate music and art concepts; collaborate with your school's special area teachers to teach lessons found on the site. Use a portfolio tool such as Seesaw, reviewed here, to have students enhance and share their learning successes through sharing pictures of projects and written reflections on learning activities. Work together as a class to modify classroom technology by creating a digital book using WriteReader, reviewed here, to feature class learning of computer concepts.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomTake time to explore this site for use in a variety of ways in your classroom. The lesson plans provide an excellent starting point for use in science centers or your makerspace projects. Enhance student interest in robotics and science topics by incorporating this content into reading lessons. ActivelyLearn, reviewed here, provides free, high-quality non-fiction reading materials in all subjects that includes teaching ideas and questions to promote student learning. Use ActivelyLearn to assign science and robotics articles based on varying student needs and interests. As students learn about robotics and try them on their own, ask them to share their learning using tools from Read Write Think, reviewed here. For example, use the K-W-L Creator to organize their thinking and guide future learning or use the NoteTaker tool to record and share information. Transform learning as a final project, by having students create a video using Moovly, reviewed here, sharing their robotics projects that includes a discussion on their problem-solving activities.
Grades6 to 12
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In the ClassroomTake advantage of the share feature included with each video to share a link or embed videos on your class website or student computers. These videos provide a wonderful opportunity for students to explore a variety of science topics that aren't always included in the science curriculum. As students find a topic of interest on the site, ask them to research additional information, and then use Canva, reviewed here, to modify their learning and create posters or infographics sharing their findings with their peers. Include student-created posters or infographics as part of an overall presentation using a portfolio-building site like About.me, reviewed here. Use About.me for students to create a portfolio as their future self as a scientist sharing their research that includes posters, written work, cited research, and more.
Grades7 to 12
In the ClassroomBecome acquainted with the information shared on this site to use within your current lessons on space and science. View videos together on your interactive whiteboard or have students view videos at home and share questions and their thoughts in class. Include information from this site with other web resources to share with students. Use a bookmarking site like SearchTeam, reviewed here, to share online resources collaboratively. In addition to saving bookmarks, SearchTeam allows you to add comments to saved resources. Work together as a class to create resources for researching science topics. Instead of just watching videos, increase and enhance student learning through the use of a site such as Playposit, reviewed here. Playposit offers tools for adding both student and teacher comments to online videos. Use this resource to point out important information, ask critical questions, and challenge student thinking. Instead of assessing student learning of your science topic through tests or research projects, offer students the opportunity to share learning by creating their own game based on their research using a game-creation tool like Scratch, reviewed here.
Grades8 to 12
In the ClassroomTake advantage of the free lessons and virtual experiences to enhance your current science lessons. These activities are also perfect for differentiating instruction for gifted learners or for correlating to varying student interests. Instead of using written journals, consider replacing them by asking students to use an online portfolio tool such as Pathbrite, reviewed here, to showcase their learning. Use Pathbrite to set up a digital exhibit demonstrating the science concept learned using multimedia features included in Pathbrite like videos, images and supporting articles. Ask students to modify technology use and demonstrate learning by creating an explainer video using My Simpleshow, reviewed here, or another video creation tool. For the musically inclined student, ask them to create a rap song or poem sharing their learning and produce a video to share on SchoolTube reviewed here.
Grades5 to 12
In the ClassroomUse Mt. Cleverest to create quizzes as pretests or final assessments. Use your documents stored in Google Drive or OneDrive to provide the URL for creating quizzes. Mt. Cleverest includes a search feature for finding previous quizzes, take advantage of this to add content for your classroom. Ask students to reflect on missed quiz questions and research the content further. Have them replace paper and pen and extend their learning by sharing their reflections on a simple webpage using Hashify, reviewed here. Hashify provides a simple tool for sharing texts and images without the distractions of multiple backgrounds and formatting options.
GradesK to 12
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