Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomCitizen Sort is perfect for use on your interactive whiteboard or projector during the appropriate science unit on classification. Play together and discuss options for identifying and classifying living things. Use Citizen Sort as a science center on classroom computers. Be sure to share a link to the site on your class website or blog for use at home. Have students create an online or printed comic demonstrating lessons learned using one of the tools and ideas included in this collection. Have students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomDownload and use Algodoo for an interesting science center. Share with students to use at home, and then allow experienced users to become "experts" for helping other students. Use Algodoo as part of a Science fair project. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos of their creations and share them on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here.
GradesK to 10
In the ClassroomMake 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.
Grades4 to 12
In the ClassroomShare this site on your interactive whiteboard and speakers to launch your modern history or technology unit. Include it in a unit on inventions and inventors or even in "sounds of the decades." Challenge students to research and find other "endangered" sounds from the past. Have them interview parents and grandparents to discover long-missing sounds. Create a class wiki museum of more endangered sounds and images. Challenge students (and parents) to find these items (in real life) and bring them in to share. Have students include sounds from the museum as part of a multimedia project. Use this site to launch discussions about the impact of technology and its rapid changes on such things as home design, economics, and even clothing. Share this site as part of Grandparent's Day activities and have grandparents share memories of these and other obsolete objects.
Really neat site...Just be forewarned that there's a racy photo of a girl in a bikini on the old TV sound part. You don't see it until you click on the TV. Other than that, cute stuff.Angie, GA, Grades: 4 - 6
Editorial Note: Yes, we saw that racy photo also. It is mentioned in our review already, towards the end of the description.
Grades5 to 12
In the ClassroomHave students set up collaborative groups for projects, lab data, and more. Anything students can do on a single computer they can do collaboratively with this tool, accessing work from any computer that can access the Internet. Be sure to test out this tool before using with your class. Set up a class account and instruct small revision groups to exchange email addresses. Students can then send the rough draft via email to their revising group. The group members would respond to the email and click on anonymous to make suggestions. This allows the writer to know who is making the revisions without the editor having to make an account. It may be a good idea to set up the groups with the teacher as a "member." Have students work from home for group projects. Make sure to protect the safety of student work and identity. Check your school's Acceptable Use Policy.
Create an innovative, exciting revision experience for students to suggest changes to each others' writing and instantly engage in the peer review process by using Poetica. This tool facilitates teacher comments on student essays by not having to wait until students turn in their papers. Have them share links with you to their works in progress. Check essays online, monitor progress, and even make suggestions for revisions to provide feedback along the way and drive successful evidence support, proofreading, and editing skills. Challenge gifted students on their drafts and push their thinking further, adding questions or responses. Since most of us do not have time to consistently provide such individual challenge throughout the writing process, why not connect them with other gifted students to collaborate and debate beyond just your classroom? Obviously, this tool is also fabulous for collaboration among students or teachers creating a shared writing piece at any level. You could even use it for parent input into draft IEPs.
GradesK to 12
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In the ClassroomUse this tool any time that photos need to be edited for use on class blogs, wikis, or sites. In primary grades, use this tool to edit pictures from a field trip, science experiments, and more. Edit images you want to use in drag and drop sorting activities on your interactive whiteboard, such as food groups. Share the editing process with your younger students using your interactive whiteboard or projector. Edit a photo project together! Encourage older students to use this tool themselves to remove distracting backgrounds from images for projects or presentations. Language and special ed teachers will love being able to create uncluttered images to use in vocabulary activities.
GradesK to 9
In the ClassroomIncorporate this expedition into your units on continents, exploration and explorers (to compare modern exploration with historic expeditions), or science units on flight, energy and more. See the Blog for specific scientific explorations your students can read in groups or as a class. Include this resource in a unit on scientists and what they do. Include some of the readings as informational texts that will generate high student interest. This is a great resource for your gifted students in a regular classroom to extend curriculum and share what they have learned with classmates. For more background for teachers, see the Executive Summary under "About." Have students use a class account to create maps using Animaps, reviewed here. Students can add text, images, and location stops! Middle school students can use Fakebook, reviewed here, to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about any of the people on Captain Barrington's journey.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomHave students choose a book they can connect to concepts you are studying in science class or have them choose a book of interest and generate a list of questions they would like to investigate further. Share this list with students during your study of the physics of flight and aerodynamics. Include it during study of sophisticated engineering design or of basic concepts such as gravity and air flow. As you study animal adaptations and the differences among species, look closely at how birds fly and how man-made flying machines mimic some of their capabilities. The non-fiction selections offer possible informational texts to practice Common Core science literacy skills.
Grades7 to 12
In the ClassroomUse Lifesaver as part of your heart health unit. Allow students to explore the site and participate in simulations while challenging them to increase scores with continued play. Include it as part of a child care unit in FACS. Share with your school nurse or health professional for use with professional training sessions. Share this link on your class website for students to view (and share with families) at home. Download the free app available for all mobile devices for even better use of this site. Moving the app up and down to do CPR demonstrates the technique much better than options on a personal computer. For an extra research challenge, have students compare this UK-based CPR training with U.S. Red Cross or American Heart Association training to see if there are any differences.
GradesK to 1
In the ClassroomCreate a link to this game on classroom computers for use as a learning center. Share a link on your class website or newsletter for students to play at home. Use this site to learn basic sight words in addition to action verbs. Use an online flashcard maker, like Flashcard Stash (reviewed here) to create flashcards to practice verbs.
Grades4 to 12
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In the ClassroomUse Live as an alternative to other screen sharing tools to maintain quality when discussing images. Use it with your 1:1 art class to discuss design principles and techniques in images or works of art. Suggest students use Live when collaborating on group art or media projects. Students can create or alter group products such as logos for their mock companies or political party. World language classes can use an image to spark conversation and vocabulary practice using this online tool, even if they are not in the same location! Set up a LIVE session with a partner class at another school for sharing images and the stories behind them. Share an image of a student's work using a Live session during a parent phone conference.
Grades5 to 12
In the ClassroomStory of the Web is perfect for use on your interactive whiteboard or projector in a unit on technology and invention or in a computer literacy class. Share this site with students who have grown up on the Internet to provide an understanding of how quickly technology has developed. Compare it to the development of a human being over 25 years! Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here or Venngage reviewed here. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here) comparing communication 25 years ago to the present.
Grades3 to 8
In the ClassroomCheck out the Teacher's Guide first for many curriculum connections and alignment to Common Core. Introduce one of the WebRangers' multimedia resources to your class on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Students sign up with a pseudonym; no email address is required. Use the Question of the Week during writing time, and have students share their response with a partner. Use the historic portions to accompany the study of US history or even in geography. Use this site as a precursor activity to an actual trip to one of the parks or as you study states and their major landmarks. Use this in science class as you study animals and habitats. Explore the landmarks in your own city or town and create multimedia presentations about them like the ones shown here. In the Teacher's Resource Guide, find the link to their Twitter account.
Grades10 to 12
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In the ClassroomUse ideas from these challenges to plan a challenge at your school. Use the challenge to spark teams of students to think outside the box and be innovative in solving some of today's problems. The challenge would be a perfect way to excite Gifted students about science and engineering. Use the judging criteria to develop your own scoring of student projects. Display student designs during a school-based Science or STEM Fair. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge Multimedia tools, reviewed here.
Grades7 to 12
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In the ClassroomUse Memidex on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to explore word origins, definitions, and more. Set this site as the home page on classroom computers for student use. Be sure to share this site with parents for use at home too! In addition to defining the word or phrase, the dictionary has click-able audio recordings to hear how the word is pronounced in North American and British English. This site could be very useful for ESL/ELL students. Talk with your district technology department about including the adult filter as part of the security settings on servers. Any settings you "save" will only save on the computer being used.
Grades1 to 8
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In the ClassroomUse this site when discussing ecology, wildlife, or nature in general. View the Outdoor Recreation and Wildlife Cameras links under the Discover tab for great ideas to get out into nature or view wildlife. Use a webcam for students to practice scientific observation! Choose a recipe from the Cooking link to create and share with others. Give students an opportunity to look at the material around the site and share what they find with others in the class. Be sure to include this link when providing resources for students to generate reports or presentations on wildlife and nature.
Grades3 to 12
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In the ClassroomCollect data in your classroom and quickly create a graph to represent it. Share through links or adding images to blogs, wikis, or websites. Share graphs on an interactive whiteboard or projector for better analysis of data by the class. Graph results of a test, answers from students, favorite foods, fictitious budgets, class schedules, and whatever else is applicable in your classroom. Use an informational text, and have students create a pie chart to understand how to read charts that accompany the informational texts. Have cooperative learning groups create graphs to share with the class on the class wiki. Create quick pie charts on your interactive whiteboard whenever you count class votes or encounter other data so students "see" data visualized on a regular basis; visual students will have another way to absorb the information. Keep the link handy on your web page to access it quickly in or out of class.
Grades1 to 7
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In the ClassroomShare this site with students on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) and show them all the different subjects available. Challenge students to find a topic about which they know nothing (or barely anything). This site will give them experience reading informational text on a topic they wonder about. Partner weaker readers with others who may be able to help them read the text-heavier articles. Have students read and research individually or in small groups taking notes using a simple graphic organizer from 25 Language Arts Graphic Organizers, reviewed here. Use this opportunity to teach summarizing, and citing sources. Cool Kid Facts is a great tool to build background knowledge about all sorts of topics!
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomInvite parents and students as you create albums of specific events such as field trips, service projects, hands-on activities, field experiences, class speakers, and more. Anywhere photos can be used to showcase achievement, this service would be a great resource. Use for any project, class explanation of concepts, experiments, or demonstrations. Resource teachers, speech teachers, or world language teachers can collect images into "albums" for students to practice/develop speech and vocabulary. In science class when having students do insect collections, instead of having them collect the actual specimens, have them take pictures using their phones or digital cameras. Have the students upload to the album at home, and then they can create a multimedia project with the pictures and statistics of the specimen. Students can snap a picture anywhere, with any device, and upload to the web to use in class or cooperative groups. This tool would be great for clubs and performance groups as well! Do you send a newsletter home to parents? Try creating a heading made from a collage of your latest class activity. Use a program such as Mosaic Maker, reviewed here, to create a collage. Though the content is private, monitor student photos and comments as nothing would be prohibited by Homeroom. You will be notified of all new content.
GradesK to 6
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