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STEM Resource Finder - The Concord Consortium

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Do you struggle to find quality resources for teaching STEM lessons? Check out over 260 lessons and units provided on this comprehensive website. Use filters to choose grade level,...more
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Do you struggle to find quality resources for teaching STEM lessons? Check out over 260 lessons and units provided on this comprehensive website. Use filters to choose grade level, content, and type of activity, or use the keyword search to locate specific content. All resources include correlation to science standards and most include several interactives and online response options.

tag(s): animals (320), cells (99), earthquakes (51), engineering (133), equations (153), measurement (178), plants (176), pollution (65), problem solving (294), space (226), stars (69), STEM (193), temperature (33), weather (205)

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Be sure to bookmark this site as a resource for many interactives and activities for teaching STEM topics. Place students work in groups to complete activities or share ideas from this site for science fair projects. Ask students to share their research and projects using a tool like PortfolioVillage, reviewed here. PortfolioVillage offers a variety of options for building a personalized webpage without knowledge of coding.
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Virtual Tidepool - NOAA

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Learn the basics about tidepools through images and short text explanations at the Virtual Tidepool. Viewers have an introduction to tidepool features through three components: Tidepools,...more
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Learn the basics about tidepools through images and short text explanations at the Virtual Tidepool. Viewers have an introduction to tidepool features through three components: Tidepools, Challenges, and Inhabitants and Adaptations. Scroll down the page to view the images and hover your mouse over captions and red dots to learn more about specific features and survival strategies.

tag(s): biomes (139), marine biology (36), oceans (166), tides (8)

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Include the Virtual Tidepool with your other resources for teaching about biomes and oceans. Share the images and information with students on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector. Before hovering over captions or red dots ask students to predict what the information is. As students share questions about tidepools use an online sticky note tool like Sticky Notes: Just Popped Up!, reviewed here, to save their questions and research information throughout your unit. Have students create their own interactive images about tidepools using Thinglink, reviewed here, to add text, video, and more to their own image.

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OK2Ask: Microsoft in Education Day - 2 Free Apps for Inclusive Learning: Office Lens & Tran - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Making a learning environment accessible for everyone is critical to a successful...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Making a learning environment accessible for everyone is critical to a successful inclusive classroom. Today's classrooms are diverse and include English Language Learners and students with learning challenges, whether they have been identified or not. Every teacher needs to be able to create and deliver content in a way that is accessible to each student. Fortunately, teachers already have free technologies at their disposal to assist with this. Join us as we explore strategies and tools that facilitate an inclusive learning environment. Participants will: 1. Understand the importance of accessibility; 2. Learn about a free Microsoft tool that can be used to digitize content into accessible materials; and 3. Discover a tool that helps bridge communication gaps and supports accessible classroom learning. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Accessibility (3), Microsoft (39), Special Needs (35)

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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: Microsoft in Education Day - Pajama-Compatible Professional Learning - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Looking for a way to get just-in-time personalized PD? We've got the ticket...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Looking for a way to get just-in-time personalized PD? We've got the ticket for you. Join us as we explore the multi-faceted, free Microsoft Educators Community, aka the MEC. The MEC provides online training courses, video Quick Tips, lesson plans, virtual field trips, educator communities, resources, and more. Whether you're a beginner or a tech ninja, you'll find something on the MEC to pique your interest and grow your teaching toolbox. Start making your learning path today! Participants will: 1. Understand the components of the MEC and how to navigate this PD-rich site; 2. Learn the steps to become a Certified Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE); and 3. Discover how to map out learning paths to fit their own professional growth. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Microsoft (39), professional development (160)

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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: Microsoft in Education Day - Can't Miss Tips & Tricks with Bing and Edge - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Want to optimize instructional time and enhance learning? You are in the right...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Want to optimize instructional time and enhance learning? You are in the right place. Explore the robust features of the Edge browser and Bing search engine. Learn how to make the text more accessible for all students. Go beyond basic search. Discover the power of online annotation, strategies for improving online reading, and bring the world into your classroom. Leave poised to use these free Microsoft tools across the curriculum to increase productivity and student engagement. Participants will: 1. Learn how to increase efficiency when working online; 2. Discover strategies for making online text accessible for all students; and 3. Explore ways to increase student engagement. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): digital citizenship (66), Microsoft (39)

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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: Measuring Authentic Learning Activities with Exit Slips - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Knowing if students "caught what was taught" is crucial in instruction. These...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Knowing if students "caught what was taught" is crucial in instruction. These informal formative assessments can help you adjust your instructional plan to accommodate the needs of your students. Learn to use the data to allow students to move on who are ready while those who need additional instruction can have the attention they need. This session will introduce you to the concept of exit tickets and how they can be used in various content areas. Join us to explore the use of exit tickets and determine how they can fit into your instructional plan. Participants will: 1. Learn about the three categories of exit slips; 2. Understand how to use exit slip data; and 3. Plan for the use of exit tickets in your setting. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): assessment (117)

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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: Engage & Inspire: Podcasting in the Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. If you are looking for an easy way to increase engagement in the classroom,...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. If you are looking for an easy way to increase engagement in the classroom, look no further. Podcasting - creating audio recordings to deliver via the Internet - can be used by teachers to deliver instructional information and by students to demonstrate what they have learned. Join us to learn how to connect your classroom to the world beyond your walls. Encourage students to improve their digital and communication skills in all content areas. Understand how you can plan, produce and publish podcasts for free to support your classroom goals. Participants will: 1. Learn ways to use podcasting in the classroom; 2. Explore podcasting tools; and 3. Plan for the use of podcasting in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): podcasts (57)

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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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ClassClimate - classclimate.org

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ClassClimate is an easy to use online tool to track students' moods throughout the day. Create an account using email and verify through the email link sent after registering. (Be ...more
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ClassClimate is an easy to use online tool to track students' moods throughout the day. Create an account using email and verify through the email link sent after registering. (Be sure to check your junk mail or spam folder if you don't receive the link in your inbox). Obtain student's feelings through the use of emojis in one of two ways. Share your class code and ask students to register or send a "Speed Read" link to all students. ClassClimate collects data for up to a month for your use in evaluating the mood of the class.

tag(s): classroom management (152), emotions (37)

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Share ClassClimate with your students for use throughout the day to share their mood. Evaluate the data to understand when students feel frustrated or which events they enjoy. Use ClassClimate during professional development sessions to evaluate reactions from peers during training meetings as a way to understand how to develop effective interactions with others.

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Pinside - Marco

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Pinside is an online bulletin board for sharing notes privately and publicly. Register using email to begin using Pinside. Choose "+New Note" to add a sticky note to your board. ...more
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Pinside is an online bulletin board for sharing notes privately and publicly. Register using email to begin using Pinside. Choose "+New Note" to add a sticky note to your board. Add text to the note and an optional link to an image if desired. When finished, click "Add Note" to share your note to the bulletin board. Drag notes to any position on the board, delete unwanted notes by clicking the x by your name. Use Pinside's settings to add members using email addresses. Share your board with others using the URL of individual boards.

tag(s): bulletin boards (20), organizational skills (122)

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Use Pinside as an easy collaboration tool with students, parents, and peers. Create a board for students to post questions about class assignments, due dates, or share information with others. Make another board just for parents and share links to resources, upcoming class events, and homework information. Collaborate with peers on a Pinside board to share lesson plans and technology resources. Ask students to use Pinside to organize resources used for any class project, then ask them to share a link to their board or include a screenshot with the final presentation.

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OK2Ask: Class Hacks Using Microsoft Office - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Would you like to hack your classroom and gain more instructional time with...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Would you like to hack your classroom and gain more instructional time with your students? Come learn tricks and tips for using Microsoft Office online more efficiently so that you can hack your classroom, save time, and gain more time to spend on what matters the most- your students! Participants will: 1. Explore Microsoft tools that can be used to create interactive lessons; 2. Learn to use Microsoft tools to simplify creating presentations; and 3. Convert handouts to digitally editable files. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Microsoft (39)

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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: 3 Cool Tools for English Language Learners (ELL) - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Are you looking for ways to supplement your instruction with technology tools...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Are you looking for ways to supplement your instruction with technology tools to engage your English Language Learners (ELLs)? Join us to learn about 3 tools you can use with all levels of ELLs. Reading, writing, speaking, and listening can all be practiced via various programs and tools. Learn how to enhance your ELL students' creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication skills. Participants will: 1. Understand the needs of ELL students within the classroom; 2. Explore three online tools to engage ELL students; and 3. Plan for the use of these tools in the classroom. 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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OK2Ask: Google MANIA - Google Slides Tips & Tricks - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Ever wonder what else you can do with Google Slides? Using some of the ...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Ever wonder what else you can do with Google Slides? Using some of the built-in features of the tool can come in handy and help you in the classroom. Come to this session to learn a few cool tricks that will take your use of the tool to the next level. Learn a few productivity tips that will make a difference for you and your students. Change a few small things and increase the visual impact of the slides you create. Participants will: 1. Learn classroom hacks for the use of Google slides; 2. Understand productivity tips for Google slides; and 3. Understand the built-in features of Google Slides. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Google (33)

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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 Chrome Apps/Extensions I Can't Live Without - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Chrome apps and extensions run in the Chrome browser, providing you or your...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Chrome apps and 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 apps and extensions that increase the functionality of the classroom and student learning; and 3. Find, install, and use apps or extensions for their use. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Google (33)

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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 2018, 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 2018, 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.

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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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Twitter Chat: Infusing STEM Into Any Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from June 2018 and will open in TweetChat. The title of this chat is - Infusing STEM Into Any Classroom. Through this chat participants ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from June 2018 and will open in TweetChat. The title of this chat is - Infusing STEM Into Any Classroom. Through this chat participants will: 1. Discuss ways to incorporate STEM into any content area, 2. Share tech tools that promote STEM activities, and 3. Discuss ways to promote critical thinking skills through STEM education. Read the many comments and suggestions by both the moderator and other participants.

tag(s): STEM (193), twitterchatarchive (50)

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Are you ready to infuse STEM into your classroom? Learn new STEM trends and tools for your classroom. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for sites and information about infusing STEM into the classroom. Explore the various tools that are shared.

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Reshot - reshot.com

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Reshot provides free, hand-picked images to use as you wish. The site's goal is to provide a platform for emerging photographers to share their work. Scroll through the site to ...more
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Reshot provides free, hand-picked images to use as you wish. The site's goal is to provide a platform for emerging photographers to share their work. Scroll through the site to view trending images or use the search feature to locate images by keyword. Choose your photo, then use the "download free" link to download to your computer.

tag(s): images (283), photography (156)

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Use Reshot in the classroom any time images are needed for projects, even if the project is not put on a website for others to see. Even though the site says "no attribution required," it is a good idea to have students acknowledge, or as the site says "appreciate," the origin of the image; this will help to get students into the habit of citing their sources. Student groups can use Reshot to find the best image to use for a project collectively. Challenge students to create personalized images (with text) using PicFont, reviewed here. Teachers can collect images for use on their interactive whiteboard for sorting activities (monocots and dicots, producers and consumers, etc.). Use images as a writing prompt or in poetry collections. Art teachers can find images for students to use as references or in photo-montages (with attribution or "appreciation" as they say on the site). For an easy online photo editor and montage maker, try using Pixlr, reviewed here. Elementary teachers can use images from this site as part of student-run interactive whiteboard activities, such as labeling parts of plants. Speech and language or ESL/ELL teachers can find images to use in vocabulary development activities. World language teachers can find cultural photos to use in oral exercises.

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Hacking STEM Library - Microsoft

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The Hacking STEM Library provides a vast array of STEM projects for easy incorporation into any classroom. Scroll through the site to view the Activity Library, Master Skill Guides,...more
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The Hacking STEM Library provides a vast array of STEM projects for easy incorporation into any classroom. Scroll through the site to view the Activity Library, Master Skill Guides, and Bite-Size Activities. Each activity provides a quick look at cost, grade level, and amount of time needed before linking to the full lesson plan. Lesson plans include complete instructions, objectives, and necessary documents.

tag(s): angles (87), critical thinking (118), electricity (93), energy (210), light (54), makerspace (15), problem solving (294), solar energy (40)

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Take advantage of these free activities to include with any STEM lessons already taught. Many activities are perfect for use with Genius Hour or Makerspaces in the classroom. Ask students to share their journey in completing activities in a blog. Bulb, reviewed here, offers tools for building digital portfolios and incorporating blogs. Ask students to annotate images taken of their activities with text, URL's, or videos using ThingLink, reviewed here.
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FireWorks Educational Program - US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station

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FireWorks is a curriculum for all grade levels that teaches about the dangers of wildfires, specifically those that occur in the Northern America mountain ranges. Begin by selecting...more
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FireWorks is a curriculum for all grade levels that teaches about the dangers of wildfires, specifically those that occur in the Northern America mountain ranges. Begin by selecting from the topics available on the home page. Download the entire curriculum as a PDF or choose individual components. All materials align with Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core Standards.

tag(s): biomes (139), fire (27), fire prevention (11), fire safety (14), forests (34)

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Include materials from this site during your fire safety unit, Fire Prevention Week, or as part of your studies of North American biomes. Have students create free and easy websites using Carrd, reviewed here, to share information learned about fire safety, fire hazards, and fire prevention techniques. Ask students to create an online book incorporating videos, images, and more using Book Creator, reviewed here.
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Snappa - Nosco Media Inc

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K to 12
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Snappa is an easy to use graphics editor. Use your own images or choose from Snappa's large library of over 500,000 royalty-free, licensed for commercial use images, 200 fonts, and...more
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Snappa is an easy to use graphics editor. Use your own images or choose from Snappa's large library of over 500,000 royalty-free, licensed for commercial use images, 200 fonts, and 70,000 graphics. After choosing your image size use the site's templates to begin a design, or start with a blank canvas to create your own. Use the tools on the dashboard to change backgrounds, add effects, personalize text, and more. When complete, download to your computer or share to your connected social media sites. The free plan provides five downloads per month and limited templates. At the time of this review, the majority of templates are free.

tag(s): graphic design (38), images (283), posters (41), slides (67)

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Use Snappa to create graphics for any class presentations. Ask students to create a graphic (i.e poster) for an "all about me" introduction at the beginning of the school year, then include these graphics in an online book using Book Creator, reviewed here. Create graphic book covers as book reviews. Include graphics in multimedia presentations created using Sway, reviewed here, or Adobe Spark for Education, reviewed here.

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Gimkit - Josh Feinsilber

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Gimkit is a quiz learning game for students and teachers, created and maintained by students. After signing up, you begin by creating "kits" (live learning games) to create quizzes....more
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Gimkit is a quiz learning game for students and teachers, created and maintained by students. After signing up, you begin by creating "kits" (live learning games) to create quizzes. Create from scratch, import an existing quiz from Quizlet or a CSV file, or copy quizzes from the Gimkit gallery to modify for your use. Follow the prompts to add questions, four answer choices, and add an image if desired. Add class rosters and assign kits for student completion within a specific time frame. Students complete quizzes at their own pace within the due date. As they complete quizzes, students earn money to reinvest in Gimkit upgrades that align with their strengths. Use your Gimkit dashboard to view student progress and earnings and additional formative data. Free accounts provide all core features and the ability to create up to five kits.

tag(s): assessment (117), game based learning (137), gamification (89), polls and surveys (55), quizzes (104)

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Use Gimkit as a formative assessment tool for all subjects. Create pretests and allow students to opt out of some introductory assignments and choose other options like research projects or multimedia presentations. If you want to share a quiz as a class, project a quiz onto your interactive whiteboard and discuss question options together. Use the data collected from student quizzes to guide instruction both individually and for whole groups. Don't forget to take advantage of already created quizzes found on the site and available to import from Quizlet!

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