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OK2Ask: Google Form Basics - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from April 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Google forms can support classroom instruction AND improve teacher productivity....more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from April 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Google forms can support classroom instruction AND improve teacher productivity. You can use Google Forms to create surveys and quizzes; collect research data, and plan events. Unlike other "freemium" web-based form tools, Google forms is completely free and allows for unlimited questions and responses, as well as logic branching. Once completed and shared, recipients can easily fill out and submit their responses. A Google form is automatically connected to a spreadsheet with the same title. When you send or share a form, recipients' responses will automatically be collected in that spreadsheet. Participants will: 1. Explore the features of Google Forms; 2. Discover a variety of uses for Google Forms; and 3. Create a basic Google Form. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): assessment (117), Google (32), polls and surveys (55)

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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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Notion - Ivan Zhao and Nicolae Rusan

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K to 12
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Notion's goal is to be your all-in-one workspace as an alternative to using several different software tools. Use Notion to write, create lists and spreadsheets, collaborate, and more....more
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Notion's goal is to be your all-in-one workspace as an alternative to using several different software tools. Use Notion to write, create lists and spreadsheets, collaborate, and more. Notion uses a concept called blocks to add information. Each block is a single piece of content such as a to-do list or an embedded file. Click the menu on each page to open items or add content. Notion's free plans offer up to 600 blocks on your workspace or unlimited blocks using a mobile device and up to 5MB per file upload.

tag(s): calendars (47), collaboration (30), organizational skills (122), spreadsheets (21)

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Use Notion to organize and plan through one convenient workspace. Collaborate with other teachers using Notion to plan lessons, organize classroom events, or manage student projects. Share with your school's parent/teacher organization to use as a planning tool. Share Notion with older students as a tool for managing homework and after-school activities.

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Rocketium - Rocketium.com Technologies Private Limited

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Create videos in just minutes without any design experience using Rocketium. Create an account using your email to begin adding content to your video. Upload images and videos, and...more
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Create videos in just minutes without any design experience using Rocketium. Create an account using your email to begin adding content to your video. Upload images and videos, and add captions following prompts on the dashboard. After adding content choose from theme, filter, and music options then publish your video. After publication, use links to share your video, upload to YouTube, or download to your computer. Free accounts allow you to create up to 10 videos per month including 20 images and 30 seconds of video.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (175), video (275)

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Use Rocketium to create videos for any multimedia presentation. Ask groups of students to create a video to explain science concepts like causes of earthquakes, demonstrate problem-solving methods in math, or share events leading up to World War 1 in social studies classes. Have older students create videos for younger students sharing book talks and reviews. Use Rocketium with any grade level to create and share explainer videos.

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Cikumas - Alexander Degenhardt and Noah Liebherr

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Cikumas is a virtual classroom management system. After creating a Cikumas account, import class lists from Google Classroom or by hand. Upload assignments and lesson plans to include...more
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Cikumas is a virtual classroom management system. After creating a Cikumas account, import class lists from Google Classroom or by hand. Upload assignments and lesson plans to include on the site calendar. Use the Collections feature to group assignments as needed. Student tools include a chat window to engage with the teacher in real time and a note-taking feature.

tag(s): classroom management (153)

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Use Cikumas to manage, distribute, and grade class assignments. Take advantage of current lesson plans on this site to modify for your classroom. Make class announcements using video, images, or notes using Cikumas' communication tools.

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Timelinely - Daniel Levin

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Create interactive video experiences with Timelinely. Just paste your YouTube video URL to get started and bring up your video to annotate. Select any portion of the video timeline...more
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Create interactive video experiences with Timelinely. Just paste your YouTube video URL to get started and bring up your video to annotate. Select any portion of the video timeline and add images, maps, links, and more to the annotation box. Edit and add as many highlights as you like, then publish when complete. You need to create a free account to publish your work. Share using social media links or the Timelinely URL provided after publication.

tag(s): video (275)

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Create flipped learning lessons for your blended learning classroom using Timelinely to provide questions, additional links, or notes to any video. Ask students to use Timelinely to share information learned through videos. Include annotated videos with any multimedia presentation. Sway, reviewed here, offers many tools for including images, video, and more as part of online presentations.

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Makebadges - Digitalme

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Design digital badges using Makebadges' intuitive tools. Choose from templates and designs found on the site or upload your images to include with badges. When finished, download to...more
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Design digital badges using Makebadges' intuitive tools. Choose from templates and designs found on the site or upload your images to include with badges. When finished, download to your computer as a PNG file. In addition to badge creation, Makebadges also contains options for designing avatars, logos, and site logos.

tag(s): classroom management (153), design (88), game based learning (137), organizational skills (122)

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Bookmark this site for use when creating digital badges and avatars. Create badges for students to earn as they progress through different reading levels, math goals, or academic benchmarks. Have students share their badges in online portfolios such as those found at Seesaw, reviewed here. Ask students to create their own badges or avatars to include with online book reports and presentations. Consider publishing student projects to Edublog, reviewed here, which is a free blogging service for students and teachers.
 

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DesignCap Poster Creator - PearlMountain

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Create free posters in three easy steps without registration using DesignCap. Begin by selecting a template from the many offerings on the site. Use the tools to edit your posters ...more
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Create free posters in three easy steps without registration using DesignCap. Begin by selecting a template from the many offerings on the site. Use the tools to edit your posters features including text, images, and background. Upload your images to use or choose from clipart available in DesignCap. When finished, share to social media using the provided link, download to your computer, or print your project. Registration isn't required; however, it gives you the ability to save projects to your online account.

tag(s): images (283), posters (41)

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Take advantage of this free resource to create posters for any topic. Have students design poster book covers to summarize stories read. Include posters with student blogging projects as part of an online portfolio. Easyblog, reviewed here, provides free, easy to use blogging tools for younger students. Ask older students to create posters of different cultures and countries, then include them in a virtual field trip using Google My Maps, reviewed here. Challenge science and math students to create posters demonstrating an understanding of topics using their own words and images.

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Meme Buddy - Mike Bodge

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Create memes using your computer or mobile device with Meme Buddy. Meme Buddy works with Google Assistant to build a meme using your instructions for adding an image and text. ...more
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Create memes using your computer or mobile device with Meme Buddy. Meme Buddy works with Google Assistant to build a meme using your instructions for adding an image and text. Change options as you like until your meme looks the way you want. Save to your device to share as desired. Be sure to watch the video for an overview of how Meme Buddy works.

tag(s): creativity (118), DAT device agnostic tool (175), digital storytelling (154), images (283)

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Use Meme Buddy to quickly create memes on the fly. Share a meme on your interactive whiteboard as a discussion starter for the beginning of your lesson. Ask students to create a meme as a one sentence summary of the day's activity and use as an exit ticket. Meme Buddy translates information into other languages, create a meme in a different language as an anticipatory set for learning about a foreign language. Foreign language teachers will love creating memes to teach phrases to students!

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Interactive Planner for Caregivers - TheCPLawyer.com

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This simple site provides a valuable service for anyone with a need to share a daily schedule for a child. Just use the link to add new items to the ...more
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This simple site provides a valuable service for anyone with a need to share a daily schedule for a child. Just use the link to add new items to the planner including the time and specific details. When finished, print the completed schedule to share with caregivers.

tag(s): Special Needs (35)

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Use this planner to create a personalized schedule for any student. This is especially helpful for students with strict requirements due to diet or health care. Students who receive different services throughout the day will appreciate having this schedule included in their notebook or taped onto their desk for easy viewing. For more visual students, create an infographic using Visme, reviewed here, to provide a daily or weekly schedule.
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OK2Ask: 3 Cool Tools for Persuasive Writing - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from March 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Persuasive writing is a critical skill that can seem daunting to elementary...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from March 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Persuasive writing is a critical skill that can seem daunting to elementary and middle school students. Now more than ever readers and writers must be able to distinguish between fact and opinion and clearly identify supporting evidence. Understanding the terms fact, opinion, and evidence is key to digital literacy. Using those elements appropriately will help students to construct (and deconstruct) an argument. Join us in the workshop to look at three tech tools that support authentic persuasive writing. Participants will: 1. Understand how fact and opinions together form an argument; 2. Compare/Contrast three online tools for persuasive writing; and 3. Explore three online tools for persuasive writing. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): persuasive writing (56), writing (364)

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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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EEK! Nature Notes - Environmental Education for Kids!

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EEK! Nature Notes provides quick tips and information about wild animals, specifically those found in Wisconsin. Learn what to do if you find a baby wild animal, how to avoid ...more
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EEK! Nature Notes provides quick tips and information about wild animals, specifically those found in Wisconsin. Learn what to do if you find a baby wild animal, how to avoid ticks, and what to look for on a spring wildflower walk. Other sections dig deeper into sharing information about habitats and information on animals found around the state. Video clips reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as ClipGrab, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): animal homes (62), animals (319), biomes (139), birds (52), fish (24), habitats (108), mammals (35), plants (176), reptiles (12), wetlands (11), wisconsin (4)

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Include this site with your resources for teaching habitats, animals, and biomes. Use a bookmarking tool like Symbaloo, reviewed here, to share Nature Notes with students easily along with other websites. As students learn about animals and habitats, ask them to share information using ThingLink, reviewed here. ThingLink provides tools for adding video, web links, and additional information to images. To wrap up your unit, create a class book using Book Creator, reviewed here. Book Creator allows you to create online, multimedia books.

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Biomes Lesson Plan - InstructorWeb

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3 to 7
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This biome lesson plan includes suggestions for teaching the different types of biomes to late elementary age students. The site consists of suggested vocabulary, lesson activities,...more
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This biome lesson plan includes suggestions for teaching the different types of biomes to late elementary age students. The site consists of suggested vocabulary, lesson activities, and extension ideas. Access the printable cards and pictures after free registration on InstructorWeb.

tag(s): adaptations (18), biomes (139), deserts (18), forests (34), habitats (108), rainforests (21), tundra (20)

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Include this site as a resource for planning your biome unit. Use tools found at Class Tools, reviewed here, to present information during lessons. For example, use the Post-It Labeling tool to upload an image of a biome and add sticky notes to identify and explain items found. Be sure to save any creations you make on your class website for students to view at home. Use the idea for writing descriptive paragraphs found within the lesson and enhance the activity by asking students to write blog posts to share. Edublog, reviewed here, provides a free platform for student blogs. As a culminating activity, have students use Google My Maps, reviewed here, to create virtual field trips to different biomes around the world.
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Classroom Blogging - Scott Chow

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K to 12
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Do you want to start a classroom blog but don't know how to start? This series of articles provides all the information you need from getting started through promoting your ...more
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Do you want to start a classroom blog but don't know how to start? This series of articles provides all the information you need from getting started through promoting your blog. Information on this site begins with the most basic information including choosing the appearance of your blog and moves on to cover using and customizing your site. All information in these articles pertains to using WordPress as your platform; however, the tips and information apply to anyone wanting to create a classroom blog.

tag(s): blogs (84)

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Check out TeachersFirst Blog Basics for the Classroom for additional information on creating a blog for your classroom. Use this information as a starting point for creating blogs for students. Instead of written reports or oral presentations ask students to create blog posts sharing information learned in class. Easyblog, reviewed here is a simple to use blogging tool for both younger students and teachers. UseTelegra.ph, reviewed here, for older students. With Telegra.ph you just click on an icon to upload images from your computer, add a YouTube or Vimeo, or Twitter links. This blog creator requires no registration. If you need classroom management tools for older students use Edublog, reviewed here, however the free version does not allow embedding videos or HTML (links).

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kidcyber - Shirley Sydenham and Ron Thomas

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K to 6
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kidcyber contains a collection of text resources targeted explicitly to K-6 students for research and inquiry into science content. View collections of material under eight different...more
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kidcyber contains a collection of text resources targeted explicitly to K-6 students for research and inquiry into science content. View collections of material under eight different content headings. In addition to age-appropriate text, this site also includes images and videos. The diverse range of topics includes sports, technology and inventions, space, and more. The site was created in Australia, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as ClipGrab, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): aircraft (25), animals (319), australia (37), dictionaries (58), earth (222), inventors and inventions (89), nutrition (159), planets (130), space (226), sports (99), stars (69)

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Include this resource with other content when teaching science concepts. Include a link to specific sections of the site for use as non-fiction reading content. Instead of having students draw a poster to share information about animals or plants, ask them to annotate an image using ThingLink, reviewed here. ThingLink allows you to add links including text, video, and more to images. Broaden your students' knowledge by setting up a Skype chat, reviewed here, with a classroom in a different part of the world to compare and contrast your environments.

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Atoms - Science Resources - TeachersFirst

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This curated list of resources will help you research information about atoms. Read the descriptions to find out whether a site sounds right for what you want to know. Some ...more
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This curated list of resources will help you research information about atoms. Read the descriptions to find out whether a site sounds right for what you want to know. Some sites may be more challenging reading, while others may offer solid basic information. Be sure to try several sources. There are resources for elementary, middle, and high school levels.

tag(s): atoms (54)

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Many of these tools are more appropriate for middle and high school students. In the younger grades, the tools could be used as a teacher-led activity. Share the interactive sites on your projector with the class. List these tools on your website for students to use for review and preparation for a test.

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Cells - Science Resources - TeachersFirst

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This collection of resources will help you research information about cells. There are resources for elementary, middle, and high school levels. Find tools for all grade levels. Read...more
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This collection of resources will help you research information about cells. There are resources for elementary, middle, and high school levels. Find tools for all grade levels. Read the recommended grade levels with each review. Materials include interactives, resource guides, and more. Check back often, as new resources are frequently added. Be sure to try several sources.

tag(s): cells (99)

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Share the interactive sites on your projector with the class. List these tools on your website for students to use for review and preparation for a test. A few of these are device agnostic and available as both an app and on the web.

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OK2Ask: Formative Assessment with Infographics - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from March 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Effective formative assessment can improve student learning. Explore how the...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from March 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Effective formative assessment can improve student learning. Explore how the use of infographics as a formative assessment strategy can both engage students and improve learning. This workshop will help you understand what infographics are, what makes them effective, and how powerful they can be when infused into content-area instruction. Infographic creation requires the application of a range of critical skills, such as synthesis, analysis, organization, and creativity. In order to summarize and convey information correctly, clearly, and concisely, students must understand the material and their audience. Join us and learn how to get started using infographics for formative assessment. Participants will: 1. Understand what infographics are and the elements that make them effective; 2. Explore strategies for using infographics to gather evidence of student progress; and 3. Plan for student use of infographics as formative assessment. 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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Explore Learning Ecosystem Resources - Explore Learning

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4 to 10
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Explore Learning offers several resources for teaching and learning about ecosystems. Choose from several different topics including food chains and various kinds of ecosystems. Choose...more
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Explore Learning offers several resources for teaching and learning about ecosystems. Choose from several different topics including food chains and various kinds of ecosystems. Choose any link to obtain complete lesson information including lesson materials and assessments. Some materials are available in other languages. Most items are available to account holders only; signup is free.

tag(s): animals (319), coral (12), ecosystems (91), food chains (26), ponds (9), population (64)

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Take advantage of the many free resources shared on this site for teaching about ecosystems. Ask students to create infographics sharing information they learn. Canva, reviewed here, offers free resources for creating infographics. Have students create animated videos sharing information about ecosystems using Powtoon, reviewed here.
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Populations and Ecosystems - Learning Science

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Learn about populations and ecosystems through a series of "learning tools" offered on this site. Eleven interactive lessons teach you about types of biomes, food chains, and other...more
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Learn about populations and ecosystems through a series of "learning tools" offered on this site. Eleven interactive lessons teach you about types of biomes, food chains, and other features of ecosystems.

tag(s): animal homes (62), animals (319), ecosystems (91), habitats (108), population (64)

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Use this site as a resource for finding resources to share with students when teaching about biomes and habitats. Share links on your class website for students to access from school computers or at home. Have students collect ideas and resources to create a website for what they are learning using an online bulletin board like Dotstorming, reviewed here. With Dotstorming, students can add text, images, and video. Once students have collected their ideas and resources, challenge them to create a website sharing information on biomes using a simple website creator like Carrd, reviewed here. Carrd offers templates and easy to use design features to create stunning one-page websites.
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California Chaparral Institute - The Chaparral Institute

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Learn about California's most extensive ecosystem with information shared by the California Chaparral Institute, a non-profit dedicated to the preservation of native shrublands throughout...more
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Learn about California's most extensive ecosystem with information shared by the California Chaparral Institute, a non-profit dedicated to the preservation of native shrublands throughout the world. Choose from links to learn basic facts about the chaparral, preservation efforts, threats to the biome, and the institute's preservation plan. Other items on the site include information on animals found in the chaparral.

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Include this site with your other resources for teaching about biomes and habitats. Before introducing this site, find out what students already know about chaparrals using a virtual bulletin board like Webnotes, reviewed here, to record student responses. Instead of sharing a list of links with students, consider using a bookmarking tool like Symbaloo, reviewed here, to organize and share information through one easy-to-use link. At the end of your biome unit ask students to create a multimedia presentation using Sway, reviewed here. Sway offers tools to easily create professsional looking presentations including images, videos, and more.

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