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Blended Play - BlendedPlay

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Create games for groups or multiple players personalized with your content using Blended Play. Choose from five game options with titles like Mountain Climber and Sushi Take Over. Add...more
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Create games for groups or multiple players personalized with your content using Blended Play. Choose from five game options with titles like Mountain Climber and Sushi Take Over. Add questions to your game selection and save. Choose options within games to select the number of players, length of the game, and more. Visit the Game Library to view and download question files shared by fellow members of Blended Play. Watch the tutorial video shared on Blended Play for complete instructions on creating and using games from the site. The tutorial also comes in PDF format. If your district blocks YouTube, the tutorial video may not be viewable. You could always view the video at home and bring it to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the video from YouTube.
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tag(s): Computational Thinking (17), critical thinking (118), design (88), game based learning (137), gamification (89), problem solving (294)

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Before creating games, take advantage of shared files in the Game Library to quickly make games accessible for students. Once you are familiar with the site, create games for any topic to use for review or as a schema activator. Have groups of students create their own review games for personal use and to share with fellow students. As students gain confidence in creating their own games, share other game-creation sites like Scratch, reviewed here, as an excellent way to promote creativity and personalize any learning experience.

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Twitter Chat: Using Tech Tools to Generate Ideas in the Classroom - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This archived Twitter chat is from March 2018 and will open in TweetChat. The title of this chat is - Using Tech Tools to Generate Ideas in the Classroom. Through ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from March 2018 and will open in TweetChat. The title of this chat is - Using Tech Tools to Generate Ideas in the Classroom. Through this chat participants will: 1. Discuss ed tech tools that promote critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity, 2. Discuss ways to incorporate higher order thinking skills into technology, and 3. Share ed tech tools and resources and promising practices for implementation. Read the many comments and suggestions by both the moderator and other participants.

tag(s): twitter (42), twitterchatarchive (50)

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Share this chat with your colleagues looking for tech tools to generate ideas in the classroom. Explore the various tools that are shared.

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Empatico - The KIND Foundation

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3 to 4
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Empatico matches classrooms of students aged 8-10 with other similar classrooms around the world with standards-based lessons incorporated through video conferencing. Follow the six...more
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Empatico matches classrooms of students aged 8-10 with other similar classrooms around the world with standards-based lessons incorporated through video conferencing. Follow the six easy steps to enroll your class and match to another classroom interested in similar activities as your class. Choose from Spark (2-3 hour) or Fire (8-12 hour) activities, each spread over multiple visits.

tag(s): climate (93), collaboration (32), commoncore (89), cross cultural understanding (125), cultures (108), family (59), globe (17), maps (295), weather (205)

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Enroll your classroom and collaborate with others. Expand upon the activities included with Empatico to dig further into the topic of your activity. If you typically have students write in paper journals, try an online blog using a simple blogging tool like Easyblog, reviewed here. Enhance your Empatico project with FlipGrid, reviewed here. Create a video question for students in both classrooms in your FlipGrid, then ask students to share their video response with their peers. Instead of a written report at the end of your sessions, have students create an original video using My Simpleshow, reviewed here, to share information and new perspectives gained through your Empatico activities.

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Disaster Fact Sheets - FEMA

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Learn what to do before, during, and after a disaster with these fact sheets from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency). Select a topic to view information in PDF format from ...more
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Learn what to do before, during, and after a disaster with these fact sheets from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency). Select a topic to view information in PDF format from the several available types of disasters including hurricane, drought, tornado, and more. Each fact sheet is two pages long and includes a quick fact check, words to know, and advice for dealing with the disaster.

tag(s): disasters (43), earthquakes (51), fire safety (14), floods (12), heat (16), hurricanes (40), red ribbon week (8), snow (20), tornadoes (17), tsunamis (18), weather (205)

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Bookmark this site for use during your weather unit as an introduction to types of severe weather. One of the fact sheets discusses home fires and is perfect to include with Red Ribbon Week activities. After sharing disaster facts with students, ask students to create word clouds using vocabulary terms related to any specific type of disaster. Use a site like Word It Out, reviewed here, to easily create custom word clouds. Upon completion of your unit, ask students to create a book sharing their tips and advice for dealing with disasters. Use an interactive book creation tool like Book Creator, reviewed here. Book Creator offers tools for making online books that include images, videos, audio, and more.
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Analyzing an Ecosystem - University of Alberta

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4 to 8
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What do you know about interactions in an ecosystem? Answer questions to discover your knowledge. Use the provided choices to identify examples located within the image. Items include...more
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What do you know about interactions in an ecosystem? Answer questions to discover your knowledge. Use the provided choices to identify examples located within the image. Items include identifying mimicry, parasitism, abiotic and biotic components, and more.

tag(s): biomes (139), ecology (133), ecosystems (91), habitats (108)

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Include this interactive with your unit on ecosystems. Complete questions together on your interactive whiteboard or have students explore on their own. Have students share their explanations for the questions using an audio tool like Vocaroo (reviewed here), then share their recordings on your class website. Take this a step further and use a tool like Flipgrid (reviewed here) to have students record a video response to a probing question related to ecosystems. Students record their video response then can add comments to other responses.
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Endangered Animals Game - Sheppard Software

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3 to 7
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Catch the endangered animals moving around the globe, then take a short quiz to learn about what is causing them to shrink in numbers with the Endangered Animals Game. Click ...more
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Catch the endangered animals moving around the globe, then take a short quiz to learn about what is causing them to shrink in numbers with the Endangered Animals Game. Click on rhinos, pandas, and more to read a short question and choose the correct answer. Following a right answer, each animal is moved outside the globe as players continue to try to catch the remaining figures.
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tag(s): endangered species (41), environment (322)

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Include this activity on student computers during your unit on the environment or endangered animals. Have students find other sites to share with information on endangered animals. Use a collaborative bookmarking tool like SearchTeam, reviewed here, to share sites with fellow students. SearchTeam allows you to share links to websites, videos, and more and also add comments to information shared. Have students create maps using Animaps, reviewed here, to share information on endangered animals around the world. Students can add text, images, and location stops! As a final assessment, instead of a written report have students create a Story Map, reviewed here. Story Map allows you to create interactive maps telling stories through a timeline of "dots" to move through each step of the story.
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America's Rainforests - Prince William Network

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4 to 12
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Join science experts to visit America's rainforests in Puerto Rico and Alaska through an electronic field trip shared on this site. The hour and a half long webcast presents information...more
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Join science experts to visit America's rainforests in Puerto Rico and Alaska through an electronic field trip shared on this site. The hour and a half long webcast presents information on plants, animals, and features of the rainforest. America's Rainforests also includes a variety of lesson plans aligned to science standards for teachers along with a student section with more information about this biome.

tag(s): biomes (139), rainforests (21)

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Include this site with your teaching materials on the rainforests. After learning about America's Rainforests, have students find and map rainforests around the world. Have students create maps sharing this information using Animaps (reviewed here). Students can add text, images, and location stops! As a final project, have students create a Symbaloo Learning Path (reviewed here). This site allows users to personalize a learning activity featuring videos, games, quizzes, and more.

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Rainforest Lesson Plan - The Wild Classroom

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Don't let the basic look of this website fool you; it contains many resources for teaching about the rainforest biome. In addition to the information on the home page, there ...more
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Don't let the basic look of this website fool you; it contains many resources for teaching about the rainforest biome. In addition to the information on the home page, there are many resources found by clicking on icons near the top of the page next to the arrow stating "Click on me." Learn about species found in the rainforest, scientist profiles, rainforest conservation, and a small selection of locations around the world containing rainforests.
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tag(s): biomes (139), habitats (108), rainforests (21), scientists (69)

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Include this site as part of your teaching resources for the rainforest biome. Instead of creating a folder on student computers with links to various resources, consider using a bookmarking site like Symbaloo, reviewed here, to gather all of your favorite sites into one easy to use place for students. Instead of taking notes into a notebook as students gather information about the rainforest, have them write blogs sharing facts, images, and discussion of conservation efforts. Easyblog, reviewed here, is designed for ease of use with younger students and allows uploads of images and videos to blog posts. As a culminating project for your biome unit have students create and share custom maps using Google My Maps,reviewed here, to send visitors on a virtual field trip of rainforests across the globe.

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OK2Ask: So Simple. So Slick. So Sway! - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from February 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. You and your students can create and share engaging interactive reports,...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from February 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. You and your students can create and share engaging interactive reports, presentations, assignments, projects, and more with Sway, a free app from Microsoft Office. This workshop will introduce Sway as attendees transform an outline to an engaging, modern presentation using Sway, Microsoft's digital storytelling, and presentation app. Create presentations that focus on content rather than bells and whistles. Get up and running within a class period. Sway is accessible on any device, making it a perfect addition to your 1:1 initiative toolbox. Participants will: 1. Learn basic use of the Microsoft Sway tool; 2. Learn three different ways to use Microsoft Sway in the classroom; and 3. Plan for the use of Microsoft Sway in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): digital storytelling (154), 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: Digital Differentiation with Symbaloo Learning Paths - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from February 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Differentiate your instruction with Symbaloo Learning Paths, interactive...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from February 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Differentiate your instruction with Symbaloo Learning Paths, interactive gameboard-style virtual lessons. Create pathways for students to learn at their own speed and infuse them with formative assessment questions, review material, and branching to construct personalized learning paths. Join us and learn how to create a learning path from scratch or by altering one created by another teacher. Learning paths provide real-time progress data and can include resources, articles, videos, and quizzes. Don't miss this opportunity to make learning fun and effective for all learners. Participants will: 1. Learn to create a basic Symbaloo Learning Path; 2. Understand how to use Symbaloo Learning Paths to differentiate classroom instruction; and 3. Plan for the use of Symbaloo Learning Paths in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): differentiation (45)

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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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CutePDF - Acro Software Inc.

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K to 12
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Easily convert Microsoft applications to PDF with the installation of CutePDF onto your computer. Follow the directions and system requirements to install. Once installed, select print...more
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Easily convert Microsoft applications to PDF with the installation of CutePDF onto your computer. Follow the directions and system requirements to install. Once installed, select print for any Microsoft document that allows printing, then select to save as a PDF.

tag(s): conversions (28), Microsoft (39), worksheets (62)

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Download CutePDF onto your computer to save Microsoft documents to PDF. Saving as a PDF offers flexibility when sharing documents with others. Save student work as a PDF to share with parents. Use Flipsnack, reviewed here, to turn their PDFs into an online book; there is even a page-turning effect! This is a helpful utility for students entering contests or completing applications offered only in PDF form.

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Memo Notepad - memonotepad.com

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K to 12
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Think of Memo Notepad as the online version of your spiral notebook. Just click on the pencil to type your notes onto the lined paper. Write as many pages you ...more
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Think of Memo Notepad as the online version of your spiral notebook. Just click on the pencil to type your notes onto the lined paper. Write as many pages you like without even creating an account. To share any page, choose the email icon and send. Create an account to save your pages and access your notes on any device. Download the iPad or iPhone app for easy use on an iOS device. An Android app is in the works at the time of this review.

tag(s): note taking (43)

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Use Memo Notepad as a handy way to create lists and reminders and access on any device. Share this site with older students to use when working on collaborative projects to share notes and ideas. Share with students who struggle with penmanship to use as an alternative to traditional notebooks for notetaking. Create a class account and have students use it for notetaking. When finished, all students will have access to the entire class's notes.
 

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Get More Out of Google - HackCollege

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K to 12
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This handy infographic provides viewers with tips and tricks for using Google for online research. Scroll down the page to find helpful tips for searching smarter, narrowing down results...more
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This handy infographic provides viewers with tips and tricks for using Google for online research. Scroll down the page to find helpful tips for searching smarter, narrowing down results to needed information, and keyboard shortcuts for viewing and finding information on your computer. This page also includes a link to a YouTube video sharing Google Search Hacking Tricks. If your district blocks YouTube, the video may not be viewable. You could always view it at home and bring it to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as ClipGrab, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): Google (33), search engines (58), search strategies (24)

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Embed this valuable infographic on your class website for quick reference at any time. Have students brainstorm additional smart search ideas on a collaborative bulletin board like Corkboard, reviewed here. Corkboard works across all media platforms and offers you the ability to add notes and sort items into groups. Instead of just using this site for reference, take lessons further and have groups of students create quizzes to reinforce understanding of safe Internet searching. Use a tool like Triventy, reviewed here, a quiz creation tool featuring many options to make collaborative quizzes. As a final project, have students use a video creation tool like My Simpleshow, reviewed here, to demonstrate tips and tricks for Internet searches. My Simpleshow is designed specifically for creating video explanations and includes a variety of templates and step-by-step directions for making videos.

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Email This - Bharani Muthukumaraswamy

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K to 12
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Have you found an online article that you want to read but just don't have the time? Email This is the answer. Install the bookmarklet into any browser to send ...more
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Have you found an online article that you want to read but just don't have the time? Email This is the answer. Install the bookmarklet into any browser to send ad-free articles and web pages straight to your email for reading at your convenience. Follow directions to add the bookmarklet to your web browser. Once installed, click the icon when viewing any web page. Email This sends it to your email without any of the annoying ads.

tag(s): bookmarks (68)

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How often do you see something online and can't find it later? Email This helps avoid this problem by making it quick and easy to send to your email inbox. If you teach older students with their own email accounts, send information to them for use with research projects or share for them to add to their own browser for use at any time. Because this site removes ads, it is perfect for use when sharing information with students who may be distracted by web page add-ons.

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Predator Protector - KQED and Ocean Futures Society

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Learn about sharks and how to keep the ocean in balance through this interactive. Throughout the activity, players work to keep their shark healthy while avoiding dangers such as fishing...more
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Learn about sharks and how to keep the ocean in balance through this interactive. Throughout the activity, players work to keep their shark healthy while avoiding dangers such as fishing nets. Win points for your shark consuming food and avoidance of threats to move on to a new level with a different species of shark.

tag(s): animal homes (62), animals (320), environment (322), oceans (166)

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Include a link to this interactive on classroom computers during your studies of oceans, animals, or the environment. Have students create an annotated image of a shark including text boxes and related multimedia links to describe different survival techniques using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. Create an interactive class book using Book Creator, reviewed here. Have students contribute images, stories, and videos to tell about sharks or other animals and the environmental dangers they face.
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Flash Card Maker - Scholastic

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Scholastic offers this simple to use flash card maker. Choose math or words to begin creating your flash cards then enter information for both sides of the card. When complete, ...more
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Scholastic offers this simple to use flash card maker. Choose math or words to begin creating your flash cards then enter information for both sides of the card. When complete, display cards online or send to your printer for a physical copy. Be sure also to check out the articles shared with tips for using flash cards as memory boosters, to study a world language, and more.

tag(s): flash cards (45), test prep (95)

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Create flash cards as a quick review of any topic. Instead of using index cards, have students create their own flashcards for online review. Be sure to share a link on your class webpage for use at home. Take learning beyond rote memorization and have students use terms from their flashcards or discuss their math problems in a blog post. Use a tool like Telegra.ph, reviewed here. There is no registration with Telegra.ph, and you will get a unique URL for sharing the blog post. With Telegra.ph you just click on an icon to upload images from your computer, add a YouTube or Vimeo, or Twitter links. Create a collaborative class book for students to view anywhere using Book Creator, reviewed here. Book Creator allows users to include images, videos, and more to create multimedia interactive books.
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Kami - Kami, Ltd

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Kami is a web application offering the ability to view and edit documents online including PDF files. Create an account to begin using the site and open a PDF or ...more
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Kami is a web application offering the ability to view and edit documents online including PDF files. Create an account to begin using the site and open a PDF or supported document. Use the toolbar to draw, highlight, or add notes to your document. Changes automatically save to your Google Drive.
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tag(s): collaboration (32), conversions (28), editing (75)

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Use Kami on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector to share and highlight information on documents during lessons. Ask students to use this site to highlight information. For example, in short stories have students highlight foreshadowing events, character clues, or descriptive phrases. Have students create an annotated image using Thinglink, reviewed here

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Dictionary.com - Dictionary.com, LLC

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4 to 12
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Dictionary.com provides much more information than a typical dictionary. Browse the page to find the Word of the Day, grammar tips, and word trends. Find the menu or "hamburger" (3...more
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Dictionary.com provides much more information than a typical dictionary. Browse the page to find the Word of the Day, grammar tips, and word trends. Find the menu or "hamburger" (3 small lines located at the top-left hand corner of the home page) to translate text into different languages, play games, or read the very interesting blog. Creating an account isn't necessary; however, it allows you to save words as favorites.
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tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (177), dictionaries (58), game based learning (137), thesaurus (23), word choice (28)

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Use this online dictionary instead of printed dictionaries and thesauruses in the classroom. Be sure to share a link to this site on your class website. Display the word of the day on your interactive whiteboard as a lesson starter during writing or language arts lessons. Ask students to include featured words during writing activities using Google Documents, then highlight each time the word is used. Take it a "tech" step further and have students create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from this site using a tool such as WordItOut, reviewed here. Dive even deeper and have students or groups of students create daily video presentations featuring their choice for word of the day (or week) using a tool like Powtoon, reviewed here. Share their videos on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here.

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Temperate Forest - Kids Do Ecology

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Learn the basics about the Temperate Forest biome with this site from Kids Do Ecology. Information includes weather, locations, and plants and animals found in this biome. In addition...more
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Learn the basics about the Temperate Forest biome with this site from Kids Do Ecology. Information includes weather, locations, and plants and animals found in this biome. In addition to facts about the Temperate Forest, this site includes a printable crossword puzzle featuring information about the biome.

tag(s): animals (320), biomes (139), habitats (108), plants (176)

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Include this site with your other biome resources. Share a link on classroom computers and your class website. View information from the site together on an interactive whiteboard or projector highlighting important information. Have students create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from this site using a tool such as Wordle, reviewed here, or WordItOut, reviewed here. At the conclusion of your biome unit, have students make an interactive multimedia poster using Visme, reviewed here.
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World Biomes: Savanna - Kids Do Ecology

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Learn about the Savanna biome with this informative site from Kids Do Ecology. This site provides basic information about the location, weather, and inhabitants of this biome. Also,...more
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Learn about the Savanna biome with this informative site from Kids Do Ecology. This site provides basic information about the location, weather, and inhabitants of this biome. Also, there is a printable crossword puzzle all about the Savanna.

tag(s): animals (320), biomes (139), habitats (108), plants (176)

In the Classroom

Include this site with other resources featuring biomes. Consider creating a Webmix (web-based screens of link "tiles") with all of your biome resources using Symbaloo, reviewed here. Share a link to your Symbaloo Webmix on your class website or classroom computers for easy student access. Use an online infographic creator, such as Canva, reviewed here, to create infographics including images and facts about biomes. Instead of asking students to create written reports at the end of your biome unit, have students create maps sharing locations and features of different biomes using Animaps, reviewed here. Students can add text, images, and location stops!
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