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Expii - Expii, Inc.

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Expii is a free resource for learning about math and science topics creatively through video and written explanations provided by different expert contributors. Math content begins...more
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Expii is a free resource for learning about math and science topics creatively through video and written explanations provided by different expert contributors. Math content begins with pre-algebra and moves up through advanced topics. Many units also offer options for practice. Expii also encourages students and teachers to add their content. Search for topics by keyword or choose from the different math and science topics to begin learning. Use Expii without registering; however, free registration allows you to save favorites for later use. If your district blocks YouTube, then the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): atoms (55), cells (102), charts and graphs (200), decimals (126), earth (224), electricity (94), equations (154), fractions (230), magnetism (40), molecules (47), number lines (33), number sense (97), planets (134), ratios (64), space (231), stars (70), STEM (206), sun (70), transformations (19), variables (20)

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Include Expii with your links for students to use at home and in class. Expii is an excellent way to provide content explanation through the voice of many different speakers, allowing the opportunity to increase student understanding. To enhance learning, ask groups of students to view lessons provided by the different contributors, then ask them to compare and contrast information by creating a concept map or Venn Diagram using Canva, reviewed here. At the end of a teaching unit, ask students to redefine what they learned using a multimedia tool like Adobe Spark in K-12, reviewed here, or Sway, reviewed here, to share their learning. Be sure to have them include their own video explanation of the content.

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Science News for Students - Society for Science and the Public

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4 to 8
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Science News for Students publishes daily science articles aimed at readers 9-14 years old. Written by science experts, this site features a variety of topics geared toward preteens....more
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Science News for Students publishes daily science articles aimed at readers 9-14 years old. Written by science experts, this site features a variety of topics geared toward preteens. Each story includes highlighted "power" words including providing definitions for lesser-known vocabulary. At the end of each article, find a readability score using the Flesch-Kincaid algorithm. Browse the site's home page for the most recent posts or use the Topics link to find information sorted into categories. This site also includes a keyword search to use when looking for specific information. Some articles include YouTube videos; if your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): body systems (59), brain (67), careers (147), earth (224), environment (319), evolution (103), genetics (89), human body (133), space (231), STEM (206)

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Include a link to Science News for Students on classroom computers to include with other non-fiction reading resources for students. Have students browse through the site to find information of interest when choosing science fair or research topics. Alter students' learning by asking them to create an infographic related to a science topic using Canva Infographic Creator, reviewed here. This very easy to use tool includes drag and drop tools for easy creation of infographics using included templates or your own design. Take student research a step further and redefine their learning by having students use ThingLink, reviewed here, to upload an image related to their science research and add annotations. Thinglink offers tools for adding text, audio, video, and more to images. Weaker readers will need a reading buddy for some of the more challenging article. Classes in lower grades will want to read the articles together. A quick check on one article using Juicy Studio's Readability test, reviewed here, provided an approximate grade level of 6.5. Check articles before assigning to elementary students. You might also want to use Word Sift, reviewed here, to quickly identify important words that appear in the text.

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OK2Ask: TeachersFirst Tech Tools Smackdown - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from January 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. There are many technology tools available for classroom use, but which ones...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from January 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. There are many technology tools available for classroom use, but which ones are teachers' favorites? This session will share and compare some of TeachersFirst contributors' favorite resources. Help us decide which tool is the session winner of our Smackdown! Participants will: 1. Learn about and compare some of TeachersFirst contributors' favorite technology tools; 2. Evaluate uses for one or more tools for classroom use; and 3. Share ideas for using resources with other participants. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask: Classroom Collaboration with Google Tools - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from January 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. G Suite tools are changing today's classrooms. Using Docs, Slides, MyMaps,...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from January 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. G Suite tools are changing today's classrooms. Using Docs, Slides, MyMaps, Forms, Draw, and more, students can collaborate on activities and deepen content knowledge. Discover simple yet powerful activities that promote student collaboration and increase student engagement across grade levels and content areas. Take away strategies you can share with colleagues and use to take your student's learning to the next level. Participants will: 1. Understand the components of a successful collaborative activity; 2. Explore ideas for collaborative activities using G Suite tools; and 3. Plan a collaborative project for your instructional setting. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): collaboration (35), Google (35)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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ERDPlus - ERDPlus

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ERDPlus is a free and simple diagram maker that includes options for creating several different types of schema models. Create your diagrams with or without free signup. Free accounts...more
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ERDPlus is a free and simple diagram maker that includes options for creating several different types of schema models. Create your diagrams with or without free signup. Free accounts offer users the ability to save documents onsite and options to easily share documents with others. Once you begin using the diagram maker, use the dashboard to choose the style of diagram to create or import a document from your computer. Use the tools to add information, connect items, and move information around to suit your needs. When finished, save to your account or your computer.

tag(s): charts and graphs (200), mind map (25)

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Use ERDPlus to create classroom models and diagrams for any subject. Before assigning to all students, choose a few tech-savvy students to learn how to use this site and provide tutoring help for those that need it. Consider having a few students create a video explanation using MySimpleShow, reviewed here, using the provided templates. Create diagrams for students to "map" out a chapter or story. Assign groups to create study guides using this tool. Use this tool for literature activities, research projects, social studies, or science topics. Use this to create family trees or food pyramids in family and consumer science. Have students collaborate (online) to create group mind maps or review charts before tests on a given subject. Have students organize any concepts you study. Have students map out a story, plotline, or plan for the future. Students can also map out a step-by-step process (such as a life cycle or how to solve an equation).
 

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Invasive Mosquito Project - Citizen Science

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Collect and share data about mosquitos as part of a national project by participating in the Invasive Mosquito Project. This project is gathering data on the number and types of ...more
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Collect and share data about mosquitos as part of a national project by participating in the Invasive Mosquito Project. This project is gathering data on the number and types of mosquitoes found around the country and needs the help of students, teachers, and anyone interested in participating. In addition to this research project, the site offers a collection of resources for teachers including lessons for collecting information, recognizing mosquito types, and mosquito facts. Submit your collected data using the online form found on the site.

tag(s): data (156), insects (73), scientific method (70)

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The Invasive Mosquito Project is an excellent way to teach scientific process and data gathering through real-world techniques. Take advantage of the free lessons found on the site to teach your students how to properly collect and share data before actually following procedures for participating in the project. As students learn to collect data and take images, use Wakelet, reviewed here, to organize and share their work and curate online information. As students become more involved with the project ask them to share information using Google My Maps, reviewed here. Google My Maps offers tools for creating a virtual field trip across a path created by students.
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School Garden Resource Center - Whole Kids Foundation

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K to 12
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Find resources for starting a school garden or supporting an existing garden at the School Garden Resource Center. Start with information on why your school needs a garden, planning,...more
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Find resources for starting a school garden or supporting an existing garden at the School Garden Resource Center. Start with information on why your school needs a garden, planning, planting, and teaching through your gardening experience. Choose from individual topics on the site or download all of the information in one PDF document.

tag(s): nutrition (156), plants (176)

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Share information from this site with your school's parent/teacher organization to gain support and possible funding for a garden project. Ask students to create video commercials to ask for funding, share their gardening success, or for their favorite gardening tool. Gardening is a perfect topic for student blogs. Have students use Edublog, reviewed here, to share the progress of their gardens including images and journal entries.
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Monarch Lab - University of Minnesota

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This site is an undertaking of the University of Minnesota to develop a citizen science project including volunteers from around the country to share long-term data on monarch butterfly...more
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This site is an undertaking of the University of Minnesota to develop a citizen science project including volunteers from around the country to share long-term data on monarch butterfly populations and their milkweed habitat. Sign up and share your data, or explore the site to learn more about monarch butterflies. The site includes monitoring data from around the US, training information, and ongoing updates and newsletters.

tag(s): animal homes (62), butterflies (12), data (156), habitats (109), insects (73)

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Use the downloadable worksheets on this site to monitor and learn about monarch butterflies in your area. Use Google Sheets and Documents to include images and data together. Compare your class data to those around the country. Take advantage of this project to show students how every piece of data is significant for scientific studies. Ask students to share information through blog entries using Edublog, reviewed here. Edublog includes tools for easily creating interesting blogs including student writing and images.
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ClassClimate - classclimate.org

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K to 12
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ClassClimate is an easy to use online tool to track students' moods throughout the day. Create an account using email and verify through the email link sent after registering. (Be ...more
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ClassClimate is an easy to use online tool to track students' moods throughout the day. Create an account using email and verify through the email link sent after registering. (Be sure to check your junk mail or spam folder if you don't receive the link in your inbox). Obtain student's feelings through the use of emojis in one of two ways. Share your class code and ask students to register or send a "Speed Read" link to all students. ClassClimate collects data for up to a month for your use in evaluating the mood of the class.

tag(s): classroom management (147), emotions (39)

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

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2 and 3 Circle Interactive Venn Diagrams - Class Tools/Russell Tarr

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K to 12
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Create and practice using 2 and 3 circle Venn Diagrams utilizing this creation tool from Class Tools. Select the number of circles to begin. Add your name and title, then ...more
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Create and practice using 2 and 3 circle Venn Diagrams utilizing this creation tool from Class Tools. Select the number of circles to begin. Add your name and title, then add labels for each circle. Type directly into the chosen portion of the diagram to add information. Be sure to check out the samples found at the green question mark icon for ideas on creating and using Venn Diagrams.
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tag(s): charts and graphs (200), venn diagrams (18)

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Share a link to this site on classroom computers and your class website to use anytime when working with Venn Diagrams. Ask students to practice using Venn Diagrams using the interactive activities. Have students create their own prompts for classmates to complete a diagram. Have students use a video explainer tool like My Simpleshow, reviewed here, to demonstrate how to create and use Venn Diagrams.

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My Story: Edmund Hillary and Mount Everest - Scholastic

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Investigate Sir Edmund Hillary and his historic trek up Mount Everest through the photographs, interviews, and interactive activities provided on this site. Choose from different options...more
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Investigate Sir Edmund Hillary and his historic trek up Mount Everest through the photographs, interviews, and interactive activities provided on this site. Choose from different options to learn more about Sir Edmund Hillary, mountains, and the geography and culture of the Himalayas. The included Teacher's Guide provides standards-based lessons based on reading, social studies, and science objectives..

tag(s): asia (74), biographies (87), explorers (69), mountains (17)

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Make use of the lesson ideas and resources found on this site to include with lessons on explorers, biographies, and famous people from around the world. Use a kid-friendly search engine like Kiddle, reviewed here, and have students research more about the Himalayas. Ask students to create an infographic sharing facts and information learned from their research using an infographic creation tool like Canva, reviewed here. Extend student learning further by asking groups of students to create podcasts as they assume the role of a famous explorer, have students describe in detail the difficulties faced by explorers and how they overcame the many obstacles faced. Buzzsprout, reviewed here, provides free podcast uploads and hosting.

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Twitter Chat: Handwriting Skills: Necessary or Not? - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from January 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Handwriting Skills: Necessary or Not? Through this chat, participants will: 1. ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from January 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Handwriting Skills: Necessary or Not? Through this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss the role of handwriting in the digital age of education, 2. Share resources to better understand the influence of handwriting on other developmental skills, and 3. Explore ways to balance traditional skills with more modern educational initiatives.

tag(s): handwriting (19), twitterchatarchive (61)

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Find resources and explore ways to integrate handwriting skills into the digital age. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for sites and information related to handwriting integration.

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Apester - Moti Cohen

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Create free online storytelling tools with Apester. Choose from several options including polls, quizzes, stories, and more. Use Apester's templates to add or change images, text, and...more
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Create free online storytelling tools with Apester. Choose from several options including polls, quizzes, stories, and more. Use Apester's templates to add or change images, text, and other options. When finished, publish then share using the link created. Use the embed code to embed into your website or blog. After sharing, Apester provides statistics including the number of views, interaction time, and times shared.

tag(s): digital storytelling (151), polls and surveys (55)

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Use Apester's tools in a variety of ways. Create polls to assess understanding before or after any lesson, use the poll as an exit ticket after class, or have students create polls for use in multimedia presentations. Use the countdown poll feature and ask students to predict upcoming events in novels and stories. Ask students to use the story feature to retell events in history, share scientific information, or feature their original writing. Challenge students to redefine their learning and integrate their Apester creations into a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools, reviewed here. Some tool suggestions are (click on the tool name to access the review): Blabberize, Lucidpress, Powtoon, and Rooclick. Find many ideas for implementing rubrics to assess multimedia projects along with examples and online tools at TeachersFirst Rubrics to the Rescue, here.

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eStory - A Timeline Creator - Jean-Benoit Malzac

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eStory is a timeline creation tool offering features for including images and links to media. Register for an account using email, Facebook, or Google account. Follow the prompts to...more
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eStory is a timeline creation tool offering features for including images and links to media. Register for an account using email, Facebook, or Google account. Follow the prompts to add each event including dates, descriptions, and images. After adding your desired information, save and submit to create your timeline. Once submitted, wait for your timeline to be approved for publication. Share your timeline with the URL provided or use the embed code to embed into your class website or blog.

tag(s): timelines (57)

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Before using eStory browse through the site to find examples to share with students. Use eStory to create timelines to order events in stories, visualize and compare historic events or outline steps in a science experiment. Ask students to create a timeline as a substitute for a handwritten research paper. Include student timelines in multimedia projects that include video, images, and maps. Find ideas for multimedia presentation tools and redefining student learning at TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. Some tool suggestions are (click on the tool name to access the review): Visme, Adobe Spark for K-12, Plotagon, and My Simpleshow.

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Twitter Chat: Inclusive Technology - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This archived Twitter chat is from December 2018 and will open in TweetChat. The title of this chat is: Inclusive Technology. Through this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss the need...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from December 2018 and will open in TweetChat. The title of this chat is: Inclusive Technology. Through this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss the need for technology that meets the diverse needs of our learners, 2. Share tech tools that can aid in differentiating the learning environment and 3. Brainstorm possible solutions to the challenge of meeting the needs of all students. Find great tools and resources to create equitable learning experiences.

tag(s): differentiation (50), Special Needs (36), twitterchatarchive (61)

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Find tools and resources to create lessons that incorporate technology, while meeting the diverse learning needs of your students.

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Open Explorer - National Geographic

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Open Explorer is a digital field journal sharing community stories of global exploration, science, and storytelling. The site offers a variety of ways to explore content. Choose from...more
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Open Explorer is a digital field journal sharing community stories of global exploration, science, and storytelling. The site offers a variety of ways to explore content. Choose from map locations or popular and recent explorations. Additional filters allow you to narrow choices to selected types of investigations including air, land, sea, urban, or backyard. Each research project includes a map and is set on a timeline for viewers to follow the progress of the journey. Although registration is not necessary to use the site, it allows you to monitor the ongoing activities of chosen explorations. The videos reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, they may not be viewable.

tag(s): animals (317), descriptive writing (42), habitats (109), journals (22), scientific method (70), scientists (69), writing (364)

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This site isn't just for science teachers! Use these journals for non-fiction reading in language arts classrooms or as examples of journal writing. Explore features around the globe in social studies class as part of your geography lessons. In science class, use this site as part of your lessons on animals, habitats, or scientific inquiry. Use this site as a model for science research projects. Complete the entire project digitally beginning with an online notetaking tool such as ReadWriteThink's Notetaker, reviewed here. Notetaker allows students to organize and plan research projects with their different outline formats. During the revision portion of the project, use PeerGrade, reviewed here, for students to share their writing, extend their learning, and receive constructive feedback from classmates. For the final presentation redefine learning, by using a multimedia tool like Sway, reviewed here, to create a presentation including video, images, text, and other research information.

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A Teacher's Ultimate Destination for Virtual Field Trips - Education Database Online

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4 to 12
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Take a virtual trip around the country or around the world with this expansive list of virtual field trips. Browse the list then choose a link to visit diverse places ...more
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Take a virtual trip around the country or around the world with this expansive list of virtual field trips. Browse the list then choose a link to visit diverse places like the Statue of Liberty, the Louvre, or a tour about cows and the milk you drink. Because each link leads to a different site, it is important to view it in advance to make sure your computer meets any specific requirements for that activity. *Please be aware that some of the field trips are no longer available, however, there are still approximately 50 working field trips to explore. Please check the link before you share the location with your class.

tag(s): virtual field trips (54)

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Take advantage of this list of virtual field trips to include with your current teaching units. Visit sites together with your students on your interactive whiteboard or share a link with students to explore on their own. When finished, have students use Thinglink, reviewed here, to modify learning and create an interactive image sharing information learned on their field trip. Include images, videos, and more on their base image. To wrap up your unit, instead of a research report, have students use a multimedia tool like Story Maps, reviewed here, to redefine their learning and create and share a digital story using maps of the location studied.

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Sadly the robotics link results in a 404 error. Note from the editor: Thank you for the comments. Our review has been updated. Beth, NY, Grades: 9 - 12

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Standardized Test Prep - Scholastic

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K to 12
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Learn tips and tricks for building student confidence in test taking for any grade with the advice found on this site. Articles and blog posts provide advice for test prep ...more
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Learn tips and tricks for building student confidence in test taking for any grade with the advice found on this site. Articles and blog posts provide advice for test prep throughout the year, calming student nerves, test-taking skills and vocabulary, and more.
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tag(s): test prep (95)

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Don't wait until just before high stakes testing! Bookmark this site for use throughout the school year as you and your students prepare for any test including standardized testing. Share articles during professional development sessions. Have students create and share their own tips for success during testing with a weekly podcast using Buzzsprout, reviewed here. Ask students to interview teachers, administrators, and fellow students to find the best testing advice.

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Pikwizard - Pikwizard

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K to 12
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Pikwizard provides an extensive collection of beautiful, high-quality stock photos. Use the search feature to find images of nature, people, technology, and more. Scroll through the...more
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Pikwizard provides an extensive collection of beautiful, high-quality stock photos. Use the search feature to find images of nature, people, technology, and more. Scroll through the home page and use filters to find trending photos, the latest uploads, and favorites. Click on any image to download or save. Also, each image includes licensing and attribution information. Pikwizard also links images to Design Wizard, reviewed here, an online app that includes filters and tools for editing images. Sign in isn't required; however, it allows you to add favorites to find later.
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tag(s): creative commons (24), images (281)

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Include Pikwizard with your other image resource bookmarks. Use a bookmarking tool like Symbaloo, reviewed here, to curate image resources for you and your students and save to classroom computers and on your class website. Use images for any digital projects. Find and use images from Pikwizard to create infographics using Canva Infographic Creator, reviewed here, to share data and information about landforms, technology, events in history, and more. Create a class account and mark favorite images for students to use.

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The Science of Snowflakes - Marusa BradaA''''?

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4 to 12
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Take a fascinating look at the secret life of a snowflake with this TED-Ed lesson. This lesson includes a video and a series of discussion questions. Take advantage of the ...more
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Take a fascinating look at the secret life of a snowflake with this TED-Ed lesson. This lesson includes a video and a series of discussion questions. Take advantage of the large selection of additional resources offered on the site to explore snowflakes further. Log in to your free account to save and modify the lesson as you desire. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): seasons (36), snow (21), weather (205)

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This lesson is perfect for saving for a snowy day or use during winter lessons. Create your free TED-Ed account, reviewed here, and save this lesson and others for use in your classroom. Before introducing this lesson to students, ask students to share what they know about snowflakes on an online bulletin board like Lino, reviewed here. At the end of your lessons, revisit your bulletin board to add additional information learned and correct previous misconceptions. View the video together as a class, then allow students to research and find answers to the included discussion questions. Create a Google form for students to respond to discussion questions. Ask them to back up their response by including information and/or images found during their research.

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