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OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire: Augmented Reality in the Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Are you wondering about Augmented Reality (AR)? You may have already used...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Are you wondering about Augmented Reality (AR)? You may have already used it and not even been aware. This session will explain both place-based and marker-based AR as it is used in our daily lives. We will then look at what this could mean in our classrooms through interacting with markers and using mobile devices. Come learn about tools and apps that can create engaging experiences for your students. Participants will: 1. Understand what Augmented Reality (AR) is and the difference between place-based and marker-based AR; 2. Explore a tool to create Augmented Reality experiences in the classroom; and 3. Plan for the instructional use of Augmented Reality. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): augmented reality (7), professional development (191)

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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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TWiki - Peter Theony

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TWiki is an open-source application for creating and using wikis. Easily add and share information without any coding or programming skills. Think of it as an easily editable page....more
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TWiki is an open-source application for creating and using wikis. Easily add and share information without any coding or programming skills. Think of it as an easily editable page. Download the application to create your wiki. Add text, links, and documents to your wiki pages. Additional features include the ability to view the history of any topic and receive email notifications of changes to any topic. Enhance your wiki with the site's available plugins including a calendar, chart visualizer, slide show module, and others.

tag(s): collaboration (55), wikis (17)

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In language arts or history classrooms use a wiki to create a favorite historical figures page, have students share their favorite person from history along with supporting evidence. Use a wiki to set up a debate between students. For example, create a wiki and ask students to debate the use of homework in schools, the effect of social media on society, or year-round school vs. traditional school calendars. As your class builds and adds to the wiki, extend student learning by having small groups of students select a topic to research further. A nice feature of TWiki is that it allows you to set up collaborative groups where students can share information and ideas about their research. Culminate the research by having students use a multimedia creation tool like Sway, reviewed here, transforming classroom technology by sharing information including text, images, videos, and more. As a last step have the small groups load their Sway creation to their collaborative page on TWiki. For more ideas and information on how to use wikis, visit the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through for a detailed, step-by-step explanation and starter help, including dozens of ideas for ways to use a wiki in your classroom.

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Brush Ninja - Ben Gillbanks

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4 to 12
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Create animated gifs using Brush Ninja's paint tools and online editor. Use the paintbrushes to draw and color each frame. The toolbox contains a variety of features, including pencils,...more
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Create animated gifs using Brush Ninja's paint tools and online editor. Use the paintbrushes to draw and color each frame. The toolbox contains a variety of features, including pencils, text, shapes, and more. Use the control panel to adjust and play the animation. The timeline allows you to see the frames making up an animation, then drag and drop any frame to change the order. When finished, export your gif as an image for each frame, animated gif, or as an animated gif adjusted for Twitter.

tag(s): animation (61), drawing (73)

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Use Brush Ninja in a variety of ways. Share this site with students and give them time to explore and experiment. When working with troubled students, use this site to let students share their thoughts and emotions through an animation. This is an excellent site to use with students who love art and enjoy sharing their learning through creative expressions. Take a look at the images created by other users in the gallery as inspiration for how to use animations. Ask students to create animations demonstrating science concepts like erosion, weathering, or chemical reactions. Use this site to have students create animations demonstrating events from stories, share their thought process in math, or animate an event from history. Have students include their animations when creating multimedia projects in an online tool like Sway, reviewed here.

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Glide - David Siegel

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7 to 12
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Create apps from Google Sheets with Glide without writing code. Choose any of your Google Sheet documents, and import it into the app. Use the features to customize information, add...more
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Create apps from Google Sheets with Glide without writing code. Choose any of your Google Sheet documents, and import it into the app. Use the features to customize information, add icons, and more. Another option is to use Glide's templates to start creating apps for city guides, track learning goals, or a directory of members of an organization. When finished, share the URL for your app through the social media links provided, or copy and share the URL.

tag(s): organizational skills (107), spreadsheets (24)

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Take advantage of the video tutorials to learn about how to create and customize apps with Glide. Consider sharing this tool with one or more of your tech-savvy students and let them become the expert at how to use the different features. Ask them to create screencasts using Awesome ScreenShot, reviewed here, to demonstrate how to begin creating an app, how to customize an app, or any other features of this tool. Use Glide as a unique teaching tool to engage and capture student interest in a variety of ways. For example, have students create a directory of characters found in a Shakespeare play and include pertinent information including their relationship to other characters, the character's important moments within the play, and more. Another example of how to use Glide is to create an app for students to use when working on long-term projects. Use the objectives template to set up goals and timelines for students to follow.

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Send Secure - Acture UG

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Send and share files safely and securely using Send Secure. Send Secure transfers your data without using any cloud services directly to recipients without uploading to a server, and...more
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Send and share files safely and securely using Send Secure. Send Secure transfers your data without using any cloud services directly to recipients without uploading to a server, and only the recipient you choose has access to the file. Select a file from your computer or drop it onto the page. Copy the URL generated and share it with your recipient. When they paste the URL into their browser, the file automatically downloads to their device.

tag(s): collaboration (55), computers (104)

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Use Send Secure to quickly transfer files and images between devices in your BYOD or 1:1 classroom. Student groups working on projects in class can gather and share files easily. This tool would work well when students do not have email addresses or Google Accounts for sharing work with their teachers or each other. What a great way for students to turn in work done on their devices! During curriculum development and other professional development activities, members of a department (or even school-wide) can share resources and documents quickly with each other.

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OK2Ask: Transform Your Lesson Plans with TeachersFirst and Triple E - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Want to use technology with your students while maintaining good instructional...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Want to use technology with your students while maintaining good instructional practices? Then this session is for you! Learn to use the Triple E Framework to select tools that match your objectives from the TeachersFirst database. Technology is not a magic bullet, but you can increase the positive impact of technology in your class using this simple framework and appropriate instructional strategies. Participants will: 1. Understand how to use the Triple E Framework; 2. Explore digital resources and tools for learning; and 3. Plan a technology integrated activity for the classroom using the Triple E Framework. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): professional development (191)

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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: Digital Resources for Self-Regulation - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from October 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Digital Resources for Self-Regulation. During this chat, participants will: 1. Define...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from October 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Digital Resources for Self-Regulation. During this chat, participants will: 1. Define self-regulation and discuss its importance in K12 education, 2. Explore tools that can help students regulate themselves, and 3. Share tips and strategies for facilitating self-regulation in the classroom.

tag(s): mental health (28), social and emotional learning (14), twitterchatarchive (51)

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Find resources and information about self-regulation and ideas/tools to integrate it into your lessons. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for resources related to self-regulation.

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Realism - Realism Inc.

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Realism is your virtual science lab, available to use at any time and anywhere. Engage students with 3D virtual experiments to learn about thermochemistry with a coffee cup calculator,...more
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Realism is your virtual science lab, available to use at any time and anywhere. Engage students with 3D virtual experiments to learn about thermochemistry with a coffee cup calculator, learn about Hooke's Law with springs and weight, and more. Free individual accounts include access to all labs and lesson plans aligned to Next Generation Science Standards.

tag(s): acids and bases (13), chemicals (51), newton (26), rockets (18), STEM (209)

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Add Realism to your other resources for teaching science content; it provides an excellent alternative for teachers with a lack of resources at school or as an option for a virtual lab for your students to explore anywhere. Consider incorporating this site along with other activities into a complete unit using ActivelyLearn, reviewed here. ActivelyLearn includes many features and resources for building custom learning opportunities for your students using their data bank of resources along with those you add on your own. In addition, ActivelyLearn provides you with immediate feedback to use for assessment. As students explore the different lab activities, ask them to use Google Docs or Microsoft Word to document data collected during the experiment, including screenshots captured during the lab. Have students share their work and reflections on activities using a portfolio creation tool like Dropr, reviewed here. Encourage students to show creativity within their portfolio by adding a variety of elements using tools offered in Dropr, including images, music, video, and more to share their learning process.

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OK2Ask: Digital Storytelling 101 - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from September 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Digital Storytelling can begin very simply and become more extensive if...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from September 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Digital Storytelling can begin very simply and become more extensive if you choose. Easy steps will bring success when you start your first digital storytelling project. Use digital storytelling as a formative, or summative assessment that includes 21st Century Skill practice. This strategy supports students as you engage them, enhances your instructional cycle, and extends your students' knowledge as you connect to the real-world. Participants will: 1. Develop an understanding of the digital storytelling process; 2. Understand how digital storytelling can be used in the classroom; and 3. Learn about tools that can be used to implement digital storytelling. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): digital storytelling (147), professional development (191)

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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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WikkaWiki - Wikka Labs

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WikkaWiki is a wiki creation tool using PHP programming language and stores pages using MySQL. Install your wiki using the installation tool found on the site and upload to a ...more
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WikkaWiki is a wiki creation tool using PHP programming language and stores pages using MySQL. Install your wiki using the installation tool found on the site and upload to a directory that is web accessible. Features include a cross-browser compatible editor toolbar, page preview, and a variety of formatting options. WikkaWiki also contains a large variety of plugins including a calendar, feedback form, Google search form, and more. Be sure to visit the site's features page to view the entire list of tools and support for creating and maintaining a wiki with this program.

tag(s): collaboration (55), wikis (17)

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Before implementing this site with your classroom, take some time to teach students how to edit and add information. Consider asking a group of students to learn about this site and teach others how to use the different features. Modify classroom technology use by asking them to create short explainer videos using My Simpleshow, reviewed here, and share them on your class website. Introduce wikis slowly into your classroom; start with asking each student to add a page to the wiki with a short biography. Once students become familiar with wikis, use your wiki for group brainstorming sessions, open-ended discussions such as preparing a list of questions for a class speaker or upcoming unit, post examples of excellent student work, or share information for student research projects. If you have not tried a wiki yet, visit the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through for a detailed, step-by-step explanation and starter help, including dozens of ideas for ways to use a wiki in your classroom.

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Proficonf Video Conferencing - Proficonf Ltd.

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Do you need a safe online meeting site? Proficonf offers web-based conferencing without any downloads. Create your room, share the link, and begin your conference. After creating your...more
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Do you need a safe online meeting site? Proficonf offers web-based conferencing without any downloads. Create your room, share the link, and begin your conference. After creating your account, begin an event or schedule a time for a later meeting date. After allowing the site to access your camera and microphone, choose the link to share with invited participants. This site also includes a chat feature to turn on or off as desired. Other options allow screen sharing, an online whiteboard, and file uploads. Free accounts offer meeting times of up to 45 minutes with up to 25 participants.

tag(s): collaboration (55), parent conferences (23), parents (53)

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Use Proficonf to set up virtual parent/teacher conferences with participants located anywhere in the world. Online conferencing is especially useful when multiple teachers are involved or when parents may not reside in the same location. Share your screen as needed to provide information on assessments and student work. Enhance classroom technology by sharing this tool with students to use when collaborating on group projects. If using the chat feature, ask them to include their chat with the final project as part of their reflection on the learning process.

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DoluWiki - Andreas Gohr

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DokuWiki is an open-source wiki creator that doesn't require a database, making it simpler to use than some other wiki creation tools. Use DokuWiki to create collaborative workspaces...more
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DokuWiki is an open-source wiki creator that doesn't require a database, making it simpler to use than some other wiki creation tools. Use DokuWiki to create collaborative workspaces for any number of classroom uses. Some of the site's features include unlimited change revisions, a large variety of extensions for customization, options for sharing content in many different languages, and many templates and themes. Click the download button to build and install your wiki. Be sure to check out the site's features page to find links and information on how to create your wiki.

tag(s): social networking (94), wikis (17)

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In language arts or history classrooms use a wiki to create a favorite historical figures page, have students share their favorite person from history along with supporting evidence. Use a wiki to set up a debate between students. For example, create a wiki and ask students to debate the use of homework in schools, the effect of social media on society, or year-round school vs. traditional school calendars. As your class builds and adds to the wiki, ask students to select a topic to research further. Ask them to use a multimedia creation tool like Sway, reviewed here to transform classroom technology and share information including text, images, videos, and more. If you have not tried a wiki yet, visit the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through for a detailed, step-by-step explanation and starter help, including dozens of ideas for ways to use a wiki in your classroom.

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Notepad - MicroTheta

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Notepad is an online note-taking application that saves automatically to your browser's local storage without creating an account. Select the "Create a Note" link to start and begin...more
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Notepad is an online note-taking application that saves automatically to your browser's local storage without creating an account. Select the "Create a Note" link to start and begin typing. Each note saves separately onto your Notepad account. Click any of your notes to return to them and edit; format information using the codes found under the question mark icon at the top of your screen.

tag(s): note taking (42)

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Use Notepad as a handy way to create lists and reminders and access on any device. Share with students who struggle with penmanship to use as an alternative to traditional notebooks for notetaking. Designate one class computer for students to use Notepad as a collaborative tool to share notes in one place.

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Twitter Chat: How to Increase Student Engagement Using Technology - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from September 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: How to Increase Student Engagement Using Technology. During this chat, participants...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from September 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: How to Increase Student Engagement Using Technology. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss the benefits of using technology to increase student engagement, 2. Explore various apps and websites that foster increased student engagement and powerful learning experiences, and 3. Share helpful resources to begin to incorporate more technology tools into daily lessons.

tag(s): communication (14), Formative Assessment (8), Online Learning (7), teaching strategies (33), twitterchatarchive (51)

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Find resources and information about online learning and how to integrate it into your lessons. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for resources related to online learning.

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The Flat Earth Theory Explained - BuzzFeed

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Do you believe that the earth is flat? This six and a half minute YouTube video discusses the different theories proposed by different groups that the earth is flat, not ...more
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Do you believe that the earth is flat? This six and a half minute YouTube video discusses the different theories proposed by different groups that the earth is flat, not round. The announcer begins with an explanation of the Bedford Level Experiment based upon viewing a boat from the shore to explain that the earth is flat, and then moves through other examples that "flat earthers" espouse. As a final comment, the announcer challenges viewers to research the different ideas and decide for themselves if the earth is flat or round.
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tag(s): earth (226), gravity (53), tides (9)

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This video provides the perfect opportunity to engage students in research to prove something they have always believed - that the earth is round. Challenge students to prove that it is true through their own research (instead of just accepting what they have always been told). Begin eliciting prior knowledge from students by asking them to share their own observations of the earth. Use FlipGrid, reviewed here to post a question for students to share a video discussion of their observations of the earth and their proof that it is round or flat. Enhance learning through differentiation of activities for student research. Offer students different options for recording their findings. Options include creating infographics using Canva Infographic Creator, reviewed here, sharing annotated images made with ThingLink, reviewed here, or with a concept map created with MindMup, reviewed here. Extend student learning even further by connecting your students with experts in your community or through online options like Skype in the Classroom, reviewed here to discuss their findings and pose any remaining questions.

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How to Create an Infographic - Canva

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This beneficial article shares step by step tips for creating and designing infographics. Begin with ideas selecting and defining your topic and learn about layouts, organizing content,...more
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This beneficial article shares step by step tips for creating and designing infographics. Begin with ideas selecting and defining your topic and learn about layouts, organizing content, and selecting colors based on color psychology. In addition to design tips, this site provides several examples of infographics and their use.

tag(s): data (156), graphic design (42), infographics (51)

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Infographics are an excellent way for students to share learning. Take advantage of the tips in this article to help your students learn how to create interesting and informative infographics on a wide variety of topics. Use Canva's Infographic Maker, reviewed here, to make infographics to retell events in a story, demonstrate the connection of places and people, show different points of view, and much more. Include student-created infographics within larger projects. Ask students to create a webpage using Webnode, reviewed here, that includes their infographic. Be sure to point out that many of the same tips shared for creating infographics applies to web page construction.

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Journey North - Journey North

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Journey North is a citizen-science program for collaborating and documenting the migration of animals and insects. Become involved by adding your images and sightings, or follow the...more
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Journey North is a citizen-science program for collaborating and documenting the migration of animals and insects. Become involved by adding your images and sightings, or follow the site to view the observations of others through maps, images, and descriptions. Choose from a diverse selection of animals, including whales, earthworms, and many others to begin. Within each topic find information about the animal and their migration habits along with links to additional resources. Take your journey a step further and choose the live cam link to view webcams and animal videos from around the world. Make sure to check out the educator's section to find vocabulary, reading, and inquiry activities.

tag(s): animal homes (67), animals (323), insects (73), migration (61), scientists (71)

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Take advantage of this site to teach students about animal migration and the activities of scientists. Include a link to the site on classroom computers to follow updates and record sightings. Even if you don't participate by sharing information on the site, consider using the site as a model for observations in your area. Use Microsoft Office or Google Docs to create a spreadsheet to record sightings including dates, images, and the person doing the sighting. As students view different animals, encourage them to research and learn more about them and share their learning by creating infographics using Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here. Extend classroom technology use by having students include their infographics on webpages created using Carrd, reviewed here. Carrd is a simple yet attractive-looking tool for creating websites for even less tech-savvy users. Redefine classroom technology use and learning and ask students to use Story Maps, reviewed here to design an interactive map including images, text, and other multimedia to tell the story of migration.
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Solar System Exploration - NASA

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Take a journey deep into the solar system with this engaging site from the Planetary Science Communications team at NASA. Choose a destination within the solar system to explore facts,...more
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Take a journey deep into the solar system with this engaging site from the Planetary Science Communications team at NASA. Choose a destination within the solar system to explore facts, information, and images or scroll down the home page to read about the latest news about the solar system. Dig deeper into the site to learn about careers in space, space missions, and much more. Some portions of the site also feature a downloadable app for 3D exploration of planets, moons, asteroids, and more. Stay up to date with the picture of the week and monthly skywatching tips.

tag(s): explorers (70), moon (81), planets (139), solar system (125), sun (76)

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Use this site to offer students the opportunity to explore our solar system through interactives, facts, and informative articles. Introduce the site on your interactive whiteboard then allow students to explore on their own. Because the site is dense with content, you might want to provide students specific areas and content for exploration. As students learn about different pieces of the solar system, ask them to share information using PostIt, reviewed here, a labeling tool; have students use an image and create notes about information learned. For example, find a free image to use of the sun and add notes with interesting facts, including distance from the earth, the temperature on the sun, and more. Use PostIt to create an image for each planet either together as a class, or have students create their own. Use the information learned to create a lively learning game using Baamboozle, reviewed here. Baamboozle is a quick and easy two-team quiz creation game that keeps track of the score as you play. Have older students create their own quiz game for classmates to play based on the material they learned from this site and others. Take student learning a step further and modify classroom technology use by asking them to create books about the solar system using Book Creator (Chrome and app), reviewed here. Book Creator includes features for students to easily create digital books using their own text, videos, and images. Use BookCreator for a variety of assignments in any classroom that is integrating technology as an enhancement, modification, or transformation. Be sure to include your students' books on your class website as part of your digital library for students and parents!

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Nepris - Nepris, Inc.

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Nepris is a mostly STEM-based resource that connects teachers with experts without having to leave the classroom. Choose from a variety of resources, including live industry chats,...more
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Nepris is a mostly STEM-based resource that connects teachers with experts without having to leave the classroom. Choose from a variety of resources, including live industry chats, virtual volunteer opportunities, and archived video sessions. The Career Explorer shares video sessions featuring popular career choices in engineering, computer design, video game creation, and more. Create an account to bookmark favorites and participate in live sessions

tag(s): careers (148), computers (104), engineering (129), financial literacy (109), graphic design (42), STEM (209)

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Include Nepris with your other bookmarked sites for career exploration and STEM lessons. Use the provided templates to request sessions with subject matter experts. Browse the video library to share sessions on your interactive whiteboard with students or to find specific topics that match students' interests. Include items from this site and others and build a webmix using Symbaloo, reviewed here, for students to explore on their own based on their career interest or topics they want to learn. Have students share their findings by creating a digital book using Book Creator, reviewed here. Use Book Creator to add videos, images, drawings, and more to highlight and share students' knowledge of their topic. Use BookCreator for a variety of assignments in any classroom that is integrating technology as an enhancement, modification, or transformation.

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Google Drawings - Google

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Google Drawings is a collaborative drawing tool included with your Google Drive account. To find it, select "new", "more", then choose Google Drawings. Use the tools found on the site...more
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Google Drawings is a collaborative drawing tool included with your Google Drive account. To find it, select "new", "more", then choose Google Drawings. Use the tools found on the site to add shapes, lines, text, and more. Import images from your drive or save Creative Commons images for use. Use the share option to send the links to other users to edit (be sure that your settings allow users with the link to edit the document). To view the revision history for any drawing select "file" and "see the revision history." Images automatically save to your Google Drive and can be downloaded to your computer by saving in a variety of formats including jpg, pdf, and png. Use the publish option to create an embed code and embed into your website.

tag(s): collaboration (55), drawing (73), images (272)

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Take advantage of this easy to use tool for a variety of classroom uses. Upload images and use the text tool to add digital annotations. Ask students to add digital annotations to images, for example, different landforms or to share as an assessment. Use the shape tool to create quick and easy timelines. This is perfect for use as a quick activity on your interactive timeline to help students understand the sequence of a story or a timeline of historic events. Create graphic organizers and mind maps easily by using the shapes tools, drawing lines, and adding text with links to additional information. When working on group projects, suggest students collaborate together to create and annotate images to include with a final multimedia presentation. Use Google Drawings to easily create infographics to share information on any topic.

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