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OK2Ask: Flipping Out for Fliphunts - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Have we got a powerful, engaging, video discussion-based instructional strategy...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Have we got a powerful, engaging, video discussion-based instructional strategy for you! Make room in your lesson plans for Fliphunts. Take free discussion-based edtech tool Flipgrid, add a well-crafted lesson along with a dash of any content area at any grade level; then stir in a heaping serving of critical thinking, creativity, and student voice and you have a fun a formative assessment to inform your instruction. Fliphunts are video-based scavenger hunts organized within Flipgrid -- get kids active in kinesthetic learning while immersing them in content. Challenge your students to show-what-they-know with a Fliphunt. Participants will: 1. Learn the basic use of Flipgrid to record responses and set up a grid; 2. Understand ways to use Fliphunts as formative assessment; and 3. Begin planning a Fliphunt for your classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Formative Assessment (19), Microsoft (68), professional development (228), video (259)

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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: Coding in the Elementary Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Discover the world of coding with your elementary students. Learn tech and no-tech...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Discover the world of coding with your elementary students. Learn tech and no-tech strategies for introducing students to the wonder and world of coding and computer programming. Understand the relationship between computational thinking skills and coding and how one develops logical thinking and problem solving while the other supplies the means to develop and apply it. Through hands-on activities using tools designed to activate a concrete understanding of coding, you will be well on your way to begin the journey in learning and teaching coding in your elementary classroom. Participants will: 1. Understand coding and computational thinking are and how aspects of each can be used in the classroom; 2. Identify and explore resources to introduce coding into the classroom including unplugged activities; and 3. Plan for an activity that introduces coding in your elementary classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): coding (78), professional development (228)

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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: Google MANIA - Google Maps: Make Learning a Journey with Reading Treks - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. TeachersFirst Reading Treks are built using Google Maps to chronicle the journey...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. TeachersFirst Reading Treks are built using Google Maps to chronicle the journey that a story character takes over the course of the book. Each stop along the way adds to student comprehension as they explore the information, visuals, and videos embedded in the map. Give your students context for the stories that they are reading by using Reading Treks in your lessons. Participants will: 1. Understand how to use Reading Treks in the classroom; 2. Learn how Reading Treks are created; and 3. Consider titles that could be used to create Reading Treks for their classroom. This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels.

tag(s): Google (37), maps (286), professional development (228), reading strategies (56)

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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: Google MANIA - Google Tour Builder Basics - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Digital storytelling takes on many formats. Google Tour Builder is an interactive...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Digital storytelling takes on many formats. Google Tour Builder is an interactive storytelling tool that connects people to places using Google Maps and multimedia content. Get students engaged with instructional materials by creating virtual tours that map story settings, showcase locations of events, and share details about regions they are studying. Learn to use Google Tour Builder in any subject area. Participants will: 1. Learn to create a basic Google Tour; 2. Explore strategies for the use of Google Tours in the classroom; and 3. Plan for the use of Google Tour Builder in the classroom. This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels.

tag(s): Google (37), maps (286), professional development (228)

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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: Google MANIA - 10 More Chrome Extensions I Can't Live Without - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Chrome extensions run in the Chrome browser, providing you or your students...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Chrome extensions run in the Chrome browser, providing you or your students many great tools with ease. In this session, participants will explore apps and extensions useful in your classroom. You will learn how to find apps and extensions and install them in your Chrome browser. Come to this session and revolutionize your classroom. Note: You must have the Chrome browser installed prior to the start of the session. Participants will: 1. Learn how to locate extensions on the Chrome Web Store; 2. Explore a variety of extensions that increase functionality of the classroom and student learning; and 3. Find, install, and use extensions for their use. This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels.

tag(s): Google (37), professional development (228)

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

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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 (228), resources (102)

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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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Bensound Royalty Free Music - Benjamin Tissot

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3 to 12
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Choose from a large selection of royalty free music to use with multimedia projects and online videos at Bensound. Music is free to use with attribution to Bensound.com in its ...more
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Choose from a large selection of royalty free music to use with multimedia projects and online videos at Bensound. Music is free to use with attribution to Bensound.com in its original format without remixing. Sort music options by genre or browse by popular and newest additions. Download your selection to your computer as an MP3 file.

tag(s): copyright (46), sound (96), sounds (61)

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Play musical selections for students to talk about musical elements and styles in music class. Have partners explore the site to find examples of different rhythms or styles they prefer. Use Bensound Music for soft background music during quiet work times in your classroom. Share with students for use in multimedia presentations (with proper attribution, of course). Try sharing this resource with students when they are creating podcasts, slideshows, and other media projects. This site would also be great for performance groups such as drama clubs or musicals that need background music. Use background music for poetry readings during poetry month. Make sure students realize that "royalty-free" does not dismiss the need to give proper credit for their source!

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Suan - Shlomo Kraus, Eyal Datz, and Avi Schneebaum

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Create and share mixtapes using content from YouTube and SoundCloud with Suan. This entertaining site makes it easy to decorate, build, and share music without ads or messages. Type...more
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Create and share mixtapes using content from YouTube and SoundCloud with Suan. This entertaining site makes it easy to decorate, build, and share music without ads or messages. Type in the name of your first song to search and choose your source from YouTube or SoundCloud and click to add to your list. Add as many songs as you like and rearrange as you please. Use the icons under the cassette to change the cassette's appearance, and add doodles, stickers, and text. Save your mixtape to your account then share using social media links or copy the URL to share.

tag(s): songs (49)

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Use Suan to create mixtapes for classroom use in many situations. Create a mixtape with soothing music to play during quiet times or to calm students after active periods. Use this site in music class to put together mixes of genres, composers, or instruments being studied. Find music from different eras or podcasts to create a mix to introduce the period to students. Ask students to create music mixes from their own material shared on SoundCloud as part of a course portfolio. Enhance students' technology use in class by including the URL to their mixtape in a presentation created using Wakelet, reviewed here; ask them to include video, images, and original student work.

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Musicmap - Kwinten Crauwels

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Musicmap is a colorful guide to the genealogy of popular music genres based on research from over 200 sources. Color-coding on the map indicates relationships between different genres....more
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Musicmap is a colorful guide to the genealogy of popular music genres based on research from over 200 sources. Color-coding on the map indicates relationships between different genres. Choose any area of the map to click and read the history behind the style and listen to music in the playlist. Tools on the sidebar of the map offer different features to find and access content within the site. This site includes YouTube videos.

tag(s): 1800s (57), 1900s (48), 20th century (52), music theory (43)

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If you teach music, be sure to include this as a starting point for teaching music history and different formats. This site isn't just for music teachers. In Social Studies, use this site to provide context to different periods of history through music and as a starting point for student research on music styles and life during any period. If you teach Reading and Language Arts, use this site to find and share music from the period found in novels and current reading materials. Take advantage of students' interest in music to use this Musicmap as a starting point for research and biography projects. As students complete their research, enhance their learning by asking them to share their findings on a website created using Webnode, reviewed here. In addition to student writing, include audio, video, and images to tell their story. For a different take on research projects, use Story Maps, reviewed hereto tell a story using images, text, and more using maps.

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Space School Musical - Jet Propulsion Laboratory California Institute of Technology

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Introduce students to planets, the moon, and more through this "hip-hopera" correlated to science standards. The materials are designed to be used as a whole production, or as individual...more
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Introduce students to planets, the moon, and more through this "hip-hopera" correlated to science standards. The materials are designed to be used as a whole production, or as individual stand-alone parts. Each section includes a video download and transcript. Total runtime of the videos is 30 minutes. If your school blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): moon (81), planets (134), readers theater (10), space (233), STEM (215)

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Appeal to your students' love of music and drama to teach key space concepts with this site. Instead of just watching the videos, enhance learning using edpuzzle, reviewed here. Use edpuzzle to upload the video then add questions to help student comprehension or as a starter for further exploration. Have students interested in music and theater create their own production of Space School Musical (or their original space production). Allow students who aren't interested in being featured in the production to create scenery, be authors and add additional information, or help videotape and share the finished project. Enhance learning by having other students create video explainers using a video creation tool like Typito, reviewed here. Use these explainers as part of your ongoing assessment of student learning in place of a written report.
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Where Science Meets Art - National Public Radio

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This series explores the intersection of art and science through thought-provoking podcast discussions. Topics range from music and its healing effect to the inclusion of optics and...more
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This series explores the intersection of art and science through thought-provoking podcast discussions. Topics range from music and its healing effect to the inclusion of optics and physics in sculpture. Each podcast is under 10 minutes long. Listen to podcasts online, download, or use the embed code to include on your class website or blog.
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tag(s): colors (75), earth (204), evolution (105), music theory (43), podcasts (62), sculpture (21), STEM (215)

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Use this site to "hook" artistic-inclined students into learning more about the science behind their interests. Share podcasts with your students on your class website or have students listen on their own devices. After listening to podcasts, ask students to explore the topic further through research online. Instead of creating a written or online list of bookmarks used, replace these and have students create a Padlet, reviewed here, to include bookmarks, images, videos, and additional content. Share the Padlet with other students and classes to allow others to collaborate on the topic. Use this podcast series as inspiration for students to create their own podcasts. Instead of having students respond through a writing project, expand this into a weekly or bi-weekly podcast sharing student research into the arts and sciences. Podcast Generator, reviewed here, is one of many free podcasting tools available to create and share podcasts.

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STEAM Art Lessons - Tricia Fuglestad

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Do you need inspiration for art and technology-rich STEAM lessons? Take a look at the many ideas on this site created by art teacher Tricia Fuglestad. Lesson topics include ideas ...more
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Do you need inspiration for art and technology-rich STEAM lessons? Take a look at the many ideas on this site created by art teacher Tricia Fuglestad. Lesson topics include ideas based on famous works of art like Edvard Munch's The Scream and Gilbert Stuart's George Washington portrait. Each lesson consists of a link to the blog post describing the lesson, many of these also include a video overview of the activity. Editor's Note: Some links in the lessons go to a paid site to purchase lesson materials such as PowerPoints. The free lesson ideas and suggestions on this site are sufficient for creating and teaching these ideas without having to buy anything additional.

tag(s): black history (77), coding (78), creativity (104), digital storytelling (134), dr seuss (8), drawing (73), environment (289), graphic design (43), great depression (28), literacy (92), nutrition (163), photography (142), poetry (203), problem solving (277), qr codes (18), read across america (4), STEM (215), stories and storytelling (31), symmetry (44)

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If you feel that you are strong in the arts but not technology (or the other way around), find a teaching partner that complements your strength and work together to teach lessons from this site. Use ideas from here in your classroom makerspace. Download the browser extension, Surfmark, reviewed here, to add notes and questions as you prepare to teach lessons from this blog. Surfmark offers the ability to collaborate and share with others through the addition of written and audio notes to any web page. Use lesson activities found on this site as a replacement for traditional research projects, book reports, or written reports. Have students use a blogging tool like Edublog, reviewed here, to share images and videos of their work from start to finish and to reflect upon learning. Have older students extend learning through the use of Symbaloo Learning Paths, reviewed here. Ask them to research and find additional information on the topic of your lesson and create a learning path for other students to complete. For younger students, create a Symbaloo Learning Path for students to complete as a center activity to complement your STEAM learning activities.

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WordsLiive - Sage Salvo

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WordsLiive is a lesson building tool that combines anchor texts with literary concepts and matching popular music videos. Follow the steps to build a lesson - final lessons include...more
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WordsLiive is a lesson building tool that combines anchor texts with literary concepts and matching popular music videos. Follow the steps to build a lesson - final lessons include teaching notes, slides, and standards-aligned assessments. Begin building your lesson with a classroom text or literary concepts. Use the search feature to find titles and authors. When complete, save to your account and access the finished product at any time. Lessons build into prepared slides to share on your interactive whiteboard. WordsLiive uses the "clean" version of included songs and music by removing questionable language. Some videos still include suggestive content, be sure to preview all videos and song lyrics found in lessons you create.

tag(s): literary devices (13), vocabulary (256)

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Use WordsLiive to build engaging literature lessons that appeal to students through the use of music they enjoy. After creating and sharing a lesson, use it as a model for students to find their own examples of literary features found in music and poetry. Upon completion of your unit, make a class book featuring music matched to literacy concepts using Book Creator, reviewed here. Book Creator allows students to combine their books for a class book. It includes many tools for creating online digital books that include images, videos, and more. Consider working together with your school's music teacher to create a cross-curricular unit featuring music and literacy concepts.

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Hear the Music Play - Penni

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At first glance, this site appears to be a collation of links to the best musical instruments to purchase divided into categories. Take a more in-depth look to find much ...more
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At first glance, this site appears to be a collation of links to the best musical instruments to purchase divided into categories. Take a more in-depth look to find much more than that. This site provides detailed overviews of the physical make-up of instruments, how they work, and information to consider when selecting that instrument. Dig a bit deeper to look into the site's blog to find additional music-related posts with topics about choosing proper stage lighting and how to select the best music stands.
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tag(s): musical instruments (48)

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Music teachers will definitely want to bookmark this site to use as a resource when selecting instruments for in-class use or use by band members. Share this site with parents looking for advice in choosing an instrument for their student. Have students use Hear the Music Play as a resource for researching different categories of musical instruments. Ask students to choose an instrument to research and to use Webnote, reviewed here, to note important information. Challenge them to then share their findings using using ThingLink, reviewed here. Thinglink allows you to add text, web links, videos, and more to an image. This site would also be a great resource to use as inspiration for STEM projects. Have students choose an instrument to learn more about the engineering behind the instrument and how different materials and design affect sound quality.

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Halloween Sheet Music - Virtual Sheet Music, Inc.

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K to 12
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Download high-quality sheet music and more with a Halloween theme from Virtual Sheet Music. Choose from the available songs and select the PDF digital sheet music to print. Listen to...more
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Download high-quality sheet music and more with a Halloween theme from Virtual Sheet Music. Choose from the available songs and select the PDF digital sheet music to print. Listen to and watch the selection through the online interactive or download and listen to mp3 or midi file versions of each song.

tag(s): halloween (35), holidays (138), musical notation (39)

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Use this site to share interactive recordings during music class and as visual learning tools. After sharing this site with students, have them share a recording of their performance using an audio recording tool like Vocaroo, reviewed here. This site isn't just for music teachers! In the classroom download and play these Halloween songs during your class fall or Halloween party. Ask students to research Halloween and its development as a holiday, then present their findings in a podcast using a site such as Podcast Generator, reviewed here. Take student research a step further and connect with a classroom in another country to compare and contrast Halloween traditions. Ask students to share this information using an interactive map tool like Zeemaps, reviewed here. Zeemaps allows students to create audio recordings AND choose various locations on a map where the report takes place. Need suggestions for finding a classroom in another country? Try ePals, reviewed here, or Skype in the Classroom, reviewed here.
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MakerSpace Resources - TeachersFirst

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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students learn about the MakerSpace movement and mindset. Engage your students, challenge their...more
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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students learn about the MakerSpace movement and mindset. Engage your students, challenge their minds, teach cooperative learning, and more. There is no right or wrong way to do a MakerSpace. Use the tools provided to find digital options to use in your MakerSpace area. Read the professional information to educate yourself about the mindset of MakerSpace.

tag(s): circuits (19), coding (78), creativity (104), engineering (128), makerspace (32), musical instruments (48), robotics (23), STEM (215)

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Use these resources for your digital MakerSpace. Find tools for all grades. Don't miss the Twitter Chat for teachers just starting a MakerSpace. There are also a few sites that have more information for educators just learning about MakerSpace. Some of these resources are ideal for individual devices.

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The World in Tune - Expedia UK

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5 to 12
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Enjoy the power of music to bring people together with this fascinating site from Expedia UK. Click on any of the 16 videos to hear and view a song played ...more
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Enjoy the power of music to bring people together with this fascinating site from Expedia UK. Click on any of the 16 videos to hear and view a song played by an international artist on an instrument representing their home country. Bring the world together by choosing two or more videos to see and hear the song played simultaneously by the representative artists.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (148), cultures (115), musical instruments (48)

In the Classroom

Share this site as part of any multicultural lessons to hear musical instruments from around the world. Just share the audio as part of your music lessons to have students determine individual or groups of instruments playing at any time. Use the site to demonstrate how different instruments add depth to any piece of music. Share the calming music as background during student work time. Have students use The World in Tune as a resource for researching different categories of musical instruments. Ask students to choose an instrument to research and to use Webnote, reviewed here, to note important information. Challenge them to then share their findings using using ThingLink, reviewed here. Thinglink allows users to add text, web links, videos, and more to an image. This site would also be a great resource to use as inspiration for STEM projects. Have students choose an instrument to learn more about the engineering behind the instrument and how different materials and design affect sound quality.

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Chrome Music Lab - Google

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Experiment with music using interactive instruments and animations at Chrome Music Lab. Different tools teach the basics of chords, harmony, and rhythm. Choose any image to view the...more
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Experiment with music using interactive instruments and animations at Chrome Music Lab. Different tools teach the basics of chords, harmony, and rhythm. Choose any image to view the concept taught, then click to explore the interactive. Some interactives require access to your computer's microphone.

tag(s): music theory (43), rhythm (26), sound (96), sounds (61)

In the Classroom

Share Chrome Music Lab on your interactive whiteboard (or projector), and turn up your speakers. Use these activities to practice rhythm, rests, and more in music class or to illustrate basics about sound in a science class. Share a link on classroom computers for students to experiment with different music concepts (with headphones, of course!). Have students choose different interactives to explore then share with class members. Use a tool such as Screencast-o-matic, reviewed here, to record student work and share with others.

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Little Kids Rock - Jam Zone

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Learn to write music, play instruments, and sing with Little Kids Rock. Start with a video tour of the site, or choose from links to learn a song, take a ...more
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Learn to write music, play instruments, and sing with Little Kids Rock. Start with a video tour of the site, or choose from links to learn a song, take a lesson, or practice. Choose from the song list of popular music and artists to learn to play a song using options for different instruments. Narrow your choices by a level of difficulty, title, or artist. Use the Take a Lesson link to learn to play several different instruments. Short videos start at beginner levels and move up in difficulty. Practice skills using games and song jams.

tag(s): music theory (43), musical instruments (48), musical notation (39)

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Be sure to check out the Teacher Zone and its free lesson plans and resources. This site is perfect for differentiation in the music classroom. Allow students to choose an instrument and learn at their own pace and level. Share a link on your classroom website for students to practice at home. Take advantage of the vocal lessons to learn about songwriting. After watching videos, have students write a song to summarize a novel, share information on climate change, or sing about an event in history. You may wish to take that a bit further and challenge students to record the song using a tool such as UJAM, reviewed here, where you simply record your voice (even talking and not singing!). UJAM is free and synchronizes your voice and its speed to a variety of different background music options.
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LyricsTraining - LyricsTraining.com

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Learn a language through favorite music videos with LyricsTraining. This very engaging site offers an extensive collection of videos in several genres. Choose from top lyrics to begin...more
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Learn a language through favorite music videos with LyricsTraining. This very engaging site offers an extensive collection of videos in several genres. Choose from top lyrics to begin or scroll through the home page to view popular lyrics. Select a language to narrow down choices. Once you select a video, choose from four different levels - the hardest requires users to fill in all the words of the song! Choose also to fill in the blanks or select responses from the four provided options. Registration isn't required; however, it allows users to save favorites and create your own customized exercises. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.
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tag(s): french (82), german (59), italian (31), japanese (42), portuguese (21), spanish (109)

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Ways to use this site are limited only by your imagination! Share with ESL/ELL learners for practice in English. The many choices on this site assure that all viewers will find music to enjoy. Foreign language learners will love practicing their new language using options on the site. Be sure to share a link on your class website and school computers for practice at home and during independent work time. Use this site as a 5-minute transition at the beginning or end of class. Register on the site and create customized exercises to meet the needs of your students, or let them create practice activities for fellow class members.

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