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Virtual Lab: Communities and Biomes - McGraw Hill Education

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Create and maintain a marine biome with this virtual lab. During this lab, you set up a reef tank and collect data over a (virtual) 12 week period. Along the ...more
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Create and maintain a marine biome with this virtual lab. During this lab, you set up a reef tank and collect data over a (virtual) 12 week period. Along the way, participants learn about using water testing strips to check ammonia, nitrate, and nitrite levels in the tank and monitor ph levels. Other activities include viewing the effect of adding rocks and fish to populate the tank. Throughout the activity, use the journal and tables provided to record data, and answer question prompts.

tag(s): biomes (139), habitats (108), marine biology (35)

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Include this virtual lab as part of your lessons on biomes, specifically the marine biome. Have students complete the journal entries and fill in tables then print to include with your end of unit assessments. Take this activity a step further and have students write blogs to share and discuss their work in maintaining a proper marine environment. Edublogs, reviewed here, provides a free blogging tool for students and educators. Learn even more about marine biomes through a Skype call, reviewed here, to a marine researcher. Alternatively, you might find a webcast on marine science and a scientist to follow at STEM in 30, reviewed here.
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America's Rainforests - Prince William Network

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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 (157), Microsoft (42)

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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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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 (53)

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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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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 (27), Microsoft (42), worksheets (64)

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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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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 (40)

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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 (31), search engines (61), search strategies (27)

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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 (67)

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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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Knowledge Stew - Daniel Ganninger

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6 to 12
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Knowledge Stew contains a compilation of articles discussing interesting, random facts verified by at least three independent, reliable sources. Sample articles include why you are...more
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Knowledge Stew contains a compilation of articles discussing interesting, random facts verified by at least three independent, reliable sources. Sample articles include why you are taller in the morning than at night or why an onion makes you cry. Browse through the site to view the latest items or use the headers near the top of the page to choose from different categories. Subscribe to the site's social media accounts or newsletter to receive the latest updates.
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tag(s): business (59), cultures (109), politics (97), space (226), STEM (184), trivia (19)

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Share a link to Knowledge Stew on classroom computers or your class webpage. Have students share an article of interest from the site with peers then complete some of their own research. Ask them to save their resources using a bookmarking site like SearchTeam, reviewed here. SearchTeam allows you to collaboratively share web resources and include comments. When finished, have students create a video explanation about what they learned using Powtoon, reviewed here. This tool allows users to easily create video explanations by following step-by-step directions.

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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 (44), test prep (98)

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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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Smithsonian X 3D - Smithsonian Institution

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Tour some of the Smithsonian Museum's most treasured objects through 3D models and scientific missions. Through the use of 3D digitization techniques, the museum is rapidly adding content...more
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Tour some of the Smithsonian Museum's most treasured objects through 3D models and scientific missions. Through the use of 3D digitization techniques, the museum is rapidly adding content and collections to this site telling never-known stories about the museum's treasures. Use the site's search features to find models; some also include tours with additional information. Choose videos to learn how curators on the 3D team captured and shared information. Select the educators portion of the site to download an ebook interdisciplinary learning experience combining technology and history in the study of Abraham Lincoln. For help in using this site, be sure to visit the Getting Started portion including directions on how to use the tools. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos on this site may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as ClipGrab, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): dinosaurs (54), lincoln (84), museums (49), presidents (123), space (226), STEM (184), virtual field trips (55)

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Take advantage of these many resources to take a virtual visit with your class to the Smithsonian Museum. View artifacts and tours together on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector then allow students to explore on their own. After viewing a tour, ask students to research a topic further. Instead of a written book report have students create an online quiz or game for fellow students using a quiz tool like Arcade Game Generator, reviewed here, or Quiznetic, reviewed here. Use a video response tool like Flipgrid, reviewed here, for student collaboration and sharing of research. Ask students to create their own virtual field trip using Google Earth, reviewed here. Have students add articles, images, and videos to locations featured on their virtual trip.

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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 (27), conversions (27), editing (72)

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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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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 (180), dictionaries (59), game based learning (138), 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 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. 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 (322), biomes (139), habitats (108), plants (174)

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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 (322), biomes (139), habitats (108), plants (174)

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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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Tropical Savanna - Center for Educational Technologies, Wheeling Jesuit Univ

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Learn about the characteristics of the Savanna biome with this overview featuring animals and plants found in the Savanna. Although the site is fairly simple, it includes some little-known...more
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Learn about the characteristics of the Savanna biome with this overview featuring animals and plants found in the Savanna. Although the site is fairly simple, it includes some little-known facts about this biome.

tag(s): animals (322), biomes (139), habitats (108), plants (174)

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Share information from this site on your interactive whiteboard as an introduction to the Savanna biome. Ask students to use the tools on your whiteboard to highlight important information, then save your work on your computer to share on your class website. Ask students to participate in an online bulletin board, such as Lino, reviewed here, to reflect on what they are learning and collect information and images about the Savanna biome. Challenge students to create an annotated image sharing information about the Savanna or animals found on the Savanna including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. Have students work in groups to create a virtual field trip to Savannas around the world using Google Earth, reviewed here.

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Twitter Chat: Tackle the Engineering Design Process With Students - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This archived Twitter chat is from February 2018 and will open in TweetChat. The topic of this chat is Tackle the Engineering Design Process With Students. Through this chat we ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from February 2018 and will open in TweetChat. The topic of this chat is Tackle the Engineering Design Process With Students. Through this chat we will define and understand the Engineering Design Process, learn how to work through the 5 steps of the cycle with your students, to brainstorm ways to incorporate this process into your lessons. Read the many comments and suggestions by both the moderator and other participants.

tag(s): engineering (132), twitterchatarchive (41)

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Share this chat with your colleagues trying to tackle the engineering process. Peruse the resources shared.

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Cabinet of Curiosities - Philippe Cousteau Jr.

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Cabinet of Curiosities is a site created by the grandson of famed oceanographer Jacques Cousteau to introduce STEM careers to young people. Links within the cabinet take users to eight...more
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Cabinet of Curiosities is a site created by the grandson of famed oceanographer Jacques Cousteau to introduce STEM careers to young people. Links within the cabinet take users to eight different categories including short video explanations by professionals within the field. Click on any image within the cabinet to view a short description of an item used for a STEM career and one or more videos. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as ClipGrab, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): anthropology (12), careers (144), communication (10), ecology (137), engineering (132), marine biology (35), oceans (165), STEM (184)

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Bookmark and save to use when exploring career options with students. Ask students to use information found on this site and others to create an infographic sharing information about a chosen career. Canva, reviewed here, offers many templates for creating infographics. To increase student knowledge of options within STEM careers, have groups of students create a weekly podcast sharing different career fields. Buzzsprout, reviewed here, is an online tool to use when creating and hosting podcasts.

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Typely is a free online proofreading tool. In comparison to other grammar checkers, this tool focuses on usage errors instead of grammatical errors. Typely provides feedback on common...more
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Typely is a free online proofreading tool. In comparison to other grammar checkers, this tool focuses on usage errors instead of grammatical errors. Typely provides feedback on common mistakes including redundancy, sexism, and misspellings among others. Copy and paste your text into the editor to view results. Use settings to change the appearance of your text and use of Typely. When finished, save your document to your computer or create a Typely account to save online.

tag(s): editing (72), grammar (210), proofreading (25), spelling (168), writing (367)

In the Classroom

Bookmark Typely for use with any writing projects to allow students to concentrate on content instead of grammar. Be sure to share a link on your class webpage and classroom computers for students to use with written work. Ask students to analyze their writing by sharing a before and after analysis as a one-time blog post using Telegra.ph, reviewed here, or as part of their digital portfolio using bulb, reviewed here as a digital portfolio tool.

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