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Whiteboard.chat - whiteboard.chat

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K to 12
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Collaborate, share, teach, and interact with students using Whiteboard.chat. Use the teaching mode to create, assign, and teach live lessons. The teaching mode also includes uploading...more
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Collaborate, share, teach, and interact with students using Whiteboard.chat. Use the teaching mode to create, assign, and teach live lessons. The teaching mode also includes uploading a multipage PDF document and assigning multiple pages as workbooks to individual students. Use the collaborative method to work within a collaborative workspace with other users. After entering the teaching mode, use the toolbar to access drawing tools, upload images and documents, and manage the look and content of your board. Once students enter a whiteboard session using a shared code or link through Canvas or Google Classroom, they can download any shared workbook pages. Student tools include an area to raise their hand to receive help, request a break, indicate work is finished, or request to speed up or slow down the lesson. Observe students using the grid view that provides a thumbnail view of individual student whiteboards. Additional features include a timer, a list of participants, options to create breakout rooms, and settings to lock students from updating boards prematurely. Registration isn't required; however, it allows you to manage and save boards for later use.

tag(s): collaboration (78), differentiation (57), iwb (29)

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Use Whiteboard.chat to collaborate with students to share and organize information instantly. This tool even allows educators to auto-correct all boards with a single click! Use the PDF document feature to differentiate instruction with groups of students or individuals. Use the breakout feature to conduct small group meetings or provide personalized instruction to individual students. Allow students to create collaborative drawings as responses to literature. They can map out the plot or themes, add labels, create character studies, and more. Have a group of students create a drawing so that another group can use it as a writing prompt. Use Whiteboard.com as a brainstorming or sketching space as groups (or the class) share ideas for a major project or for solving a real-world problem. Use this site in a computer lab (or on laptops) to draw the setting in a story as it is read aloud. As an assessment idea, have students draw out a simple cartoon with stick figures to explain a more complex process, such as how democracy works. If you are lucky enough to teach in a BYOD setting, have a blended classroom, or are distance teaching, use Whiteboard.chat to demonstrate and illustrate any concept while students use the chat and drawing tools to interact in real-time. If you are studying weather, have students diagram the layers of the atmosphere and what happens during a thunderstorm, for example. Introduce this tool to students who are working on group projects. Alternatively, have students use this to work as partners or as a small team within a breakout area to complete complex math problems or equations.

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IdeaBoardz - IdeaBoardz

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K to 12
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IdeaBoardz is an easy-to-use collaborative whiteboard created for brainstorming and sharing ideas. Instead of starting with a blank board and adding information, IdeaBoardz provides...more
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IdeaBoardz is an easy-to-use collaborative whiteboard created for brainstorming and sharing ideas. Instead of starting with a blank board and adding information, IdeaBoardz provides several options for creating boards from templates. Choose to create a board, add a name and description to begin. Use the dropdown box to select the type of board from choices such as pro and con or creating from up to ten sections. Next, share your board using the URL provided. Finally, participants select the plus sign located next to a heading to add a sticky note and type comments. Registration is not required; however, creating an account allows participants to revisit saved boards.

tag(s): collaboration (78), graphic organizers (39), iwb (29)

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Use IdeaBoardz as an engaging way to brainstorm ideas, share student comments related to any classroom conversations, or as a tool for exit tickets. For example, use the two-column option as a schema activator when introducing a new lesson. Create a column for students to share what they know and another column for sharing what additional support is needed. Include a link to your collaborative board on your class webpage for students to view and add items as desired. Share with students to create boards for use with their presentations. Use the multi-columns to organize information by topics. For example, for book reports, create a board with columns for setting, character, theme, etc.

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Comic Strips Templates - Canva

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K to 12
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Design and share high-quality comic strips using the many free templates from Canva's Comic Strip Templates. Choose from numerous colorful designs in various formats, including single...more
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Design and share high-quality comic strips using the many free templates from Canva's Comic Strip Templates. Choose from numerous colorful designs in various formats, including single strips or comics with multiple frames. Begin by using the dropdown box to find free templates, narrow choices by color if desired. After selecting a template, choose the link to customize. Each template includes several pages that form a complete cartoon, a blank frame, and illustration sets to enter with your design. The share option offers the ability to share creations with others and allow them to edit the comic. When complete, download your finished cartoon to your device as a PDF file or PDF, JPG, or GIF image.

tag(s): comics and cartoons (41), graphic design (46)

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Engage students by using the templates to display the day's vocabulary word, the math puzzle of the week, a concept your students are learning in social studies or science as an example, and engage students. Have students create comic strips for dialog-writing lessons, summarizing, predicting, and retelling stories. Use comic strips for literature responses. For pre-reading students, create a comic of pictures and tell the story based on the pictures/scenes. It's a good idea to require students to create a rough draft of their comic using Printable Comic Strip Templates, reviewed here. Make a class book of the comics created throughout the year. That book is likely to become a class favorite! Use comics to show sequencing of events. When studying characterization, create a dialog to show (not tell) about a character. World language and ENL/ESL teachers can assign students to create dialog strips as an alternate to a traditional assessment. Have students share all of their comics on your interactive whiteboard or projector.

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Workona - Quinn Morgan and Alma Madsen

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8 to 12
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Workona is an organizational tool for creating collaborative workspaces. Upload and share documents and information from cloud apps, your computer, and Google Drive. Add notes and descriptions...more
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Workona is an organizational tool for creating collaborative workspaces. Upload and share documents and information from cloud apps, your computer, and Google Drive. Add notes and descriptions to organize information, use the drag and drop tools to move and order items as needed, and use buttons to check off completed tasks. Sort information as the project requires; for example, create tabs for resources, notes, and assignments to make it easy to locate specific information. Free accounts provide ten workspaces/users and storage up to 300MB.

tag(s): collaboration (78), graphic organizers (39), organizational skills (95)

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Use Workona to organize projects for staff meetings, PTA events, Science or Math fairs, club or student council events, parent volunteer meetings, and more. High schoolers may want to use it to collaborate on large group projects. Workona is a great tool for teachers to stay on the same page when researching new curriculums or to prepare for professional development sessions. Secondary learning support and gifted teachers can share this tool with their less organized students. This program will help them develop coping/organizational skills, and they can set intermediate deadlines with reminders for long-term projects.

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Doozy - Doozy Live Ltd

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9 to 12
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Doozy is a social platform for teams to chat, create quizzes, participate in group games, and much more. Register and create an account with Doozy to create your social space. ...more
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Doozy is a social platform for teams to chat, create quizzes, participate in group games, and much more. Register and create an account with Doozy to create your social space. Grab the link to invite others to your game room to begin group activities. Once in the room, use chat features to interact, create a quiz or choose from the library of pre-made quizzes, or add a playlist from Spotify as part of your activity room.

tag(s): chat (41), communication (133), remote learning (33), social and emotional learning (45), social networking (86)

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Use Doozy as a virtual get-to-know-you activity when starting remote learning activities or when collaborating with other classrooms. It is also an excellent icebreaker for professional development sessions or back-to-school team meetings. Create a quiz, or choose from the library to start a friendly competition with others. Since Doozy doesn't track scores, it is an excellent way to work with teams to review practice material in a non-competitive environment. Include Doozy as part of any team-building and social skill support activities.

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Mural for Education - Tactivos, Inc.

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6 to 12
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Mural for Education offers flexible tools for virtual collaboration and communication. Think of it as a virtual whiteboard workspace that includes sticky notes, shapes, and connectors...more
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Mural for Education offers flexible tools for virtual collaboration and communication. Think of it as a virtual whiteboard workspace that includes sticky notes, shapes, and connectors to create diagrams and mind maps, drawing tools, images, and more. Use Mural to create breakout rooms for group work or prepare and share study guides and classroom calendars. Apply for a free account as a student or for a classroom account. Start collaborating by following the prompts provided by Mural to begin designing your workspace using templates or from a blank board. Use the dashboard to add text, icons, images, and more. Facilitators also have options for adding contributors, setting a work timer, and setting parameters for the session chat.

tag(s): collaboration (78), graphic organizers (39), iwb (29)

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Ask older students to create a Mural for Education account when collaborating on projects to share ideas and organize information. Have students use Mural for Education to develop storylines that include links and images to tell the story of events in history or retell novels. Ask students to use Mural to create mood boards to share the different works of artists or demonstrate different architecture types. Mural would be an excellent choice as a collaborative tool for large projects to brainstorm ideas, assign tasks, and document progress. Use Mural with students as part of your science experiments to share the steps of the experiment, document hypothesis, and add images and reflections upon the outcomes of the experiment. Mural for Education is an excellent resource for remote learning situations to engage students through the use of interactive content and chat. Use the breakout room option to allow for differentiation and group discussions.

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Icebreaker - Icebreaker

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K to 12
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Icebreaker is a group chat and video conversation utility that includes guided conversation games. Add up to 40 people to your meeting with unlimited conversations included in the free...more
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Icebreaker is a group chat and video conversation utility that includes guided conversation games. Add up to 40 people to your meeting with unlimited conversations included in the free plan. Once the event starts, use Icebreaker's templates to host a virtual meet and greet, watch videos together, or watch a featured speaker. After selecting a template, follow the prompts to set up your virtual event and personalize activities to suit your needs. Once your event room is set up, copy the link and share it with participants via email, text, Slack, or calendar.
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tag(s): chat (41), communication (133), parent conferences (22), professional development (250), remote learning (33)

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Use Icebreaker as a back-to-school activity when teaching remotely for students and you to get to know one another. Set up professional development sessions with peers that take advantage of the templates and cards found in the application. Use Icebreaker to set up virtual parent/teacher conferences with participants located anywhere in the world. This tool is especially useful when multiple teachers are involved or when parents may not reside in the same location. Connect whole classrooms across the country for book clubs. Collaborate with experts such as authors and scientists with classrooms of children. Create connected learning experiences with other students, especially those in older grades. Connect world language classes to classes in other countries. Teachers can hold "office hours" for homework help and asking questions. Create a collaborative space for homework help before or after school or on snow days. Students can meet whenever help is needed, or teachers can create a session that can be accessed on any device easily by those who need it. Use Icebreaker for group work - no more excuses about not meeting for cooperative learning projects! Buildings can collaborate and share professional development with others in their own district and beyond!

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Cloud Stop Motion - ZuLogic Ltd

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1 to 12
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Have you seen stop motion videos and wished you and your students knew how to make them? Wish no longer! Cloud Stop Motion provides all of the tools you need ...more
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Have you seen stop motion videos and wished you and your students knew how to make them? Wish no longer! Cloud Stop Motion provides all of the tools you need without downloading software, and you can use it on any browser. Choose start and allow access to your device's camera to enable the camera to take pictures of items to use in your videos. Follow the instructions to add images, video, text, and sound. When complete, export your video to your device as an MP4 video file or create a free class or school account with Cloud Stop Motion to save up to 2GB in video files. Class and school accounts also offer members the ability to create unlimited student accounts and student groups.

tag(s): digital storytelling (128), movies (54), video (243)

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Incorporate Cloud Stop Motion in your classroom tech arsenal to engage students in creative storytelling within any content area. When creating a video, it is always important to create a storyboard to organize and plan the entire episode. Find a variety of storyboard options at ReadWriteThink, reviewed here. Ask students to reenact a scene from a play, illustrate a math strategy, or demonstrate how molecular concepts and interactions work. Find many more examples and instructions on creating stop motion animations from the New York Film Academy, reviewed here.

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Involve.me - Involve.me

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5 to 12
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Involve.me is a platform for creating and sharing personalized, digital interactive content. Quickly build quizzes, surveys, and online forms with the included templates. Create and...more
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Involve.me is a platform for creating and sharing personalized, digital interactive content. Quickly build quizzes, surveys, and online forms with the included templates. Create and activate your account to begin using Involve.me. Add images, files, links, and other features to your project. When finished, publish and share by using the project URL provided.

tag(s): assessment (120), calculators (38), polls and surveys (44), quiz (62), quizzes (82)

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Use Involve.me templates and designs in a variety of ways in any classroom. Create short, interactive quizzes for students and receive feedback immediately through an email or within your Involve.me account. For example, modify the Literature Pop Quiz template for any novel or substitute questions about your latest science experiment to assess student understanding. Use the How Well Do You Know History? template to ask questions about important events during your social studies unit. Have students incorporate the survey templates to use as an interactive portion of classroom presentations. Include the inflation calculator during an economics lesson to help students understand the effects of inflation. As students create multimedia projects using resources such as Sway, reviewed here, or Adobe Spark for Education, reviewed here, ask them to include a link to a quiz or survey created using Involve.me.

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Write.as - Matt Baer

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4 to 12
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Write.as hosts ad-free and distraction-free blogging tools using a plain-text editor. Sign up to create an account using your name or an anonymous user name. After confirming your email,...more
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Write.as hosts ad-free and distraction-free blogging tools using a plain-text editor. Sign up to create an account using your name or an anonymous user name. After confirming your email, start a new post by typing or adding text using copy and paste. Select publish when finished to add a post to your online blog. Free accounts allow users to publish up to 15 posts per day.

tag(s): blogs (73), communication (133), writing (280)

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Write.as is perfect to use anytime you or your students need a simple tool for writing. Provide this site as an option for students to use with creative writing assignments, lab reports, or exit tickets. Include links to blogs as part of larger assignments created with Sway, reviewed here that include images, research links, and videos. Create a class collection that shares all of the blogs created using Write.as into Wakelet, reviewed here. Wakelet also offers the option to import class accounts from Google Classroom, Clever, and Microsoft Teams. Use this feature to create individual student accounts and ask them to share their Write.as blogs into an individual portfolio.

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Telescope - Telescope

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Are you looking for a simple to use blog creation tool? Try Telescope to make no-fuss yet visually appealing blog presentations. Begin by selecting to create a new blog and ...more
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Are you looking for a simple to use blog creation tool? Try Telescope to make no-fuss yet visually appealing blog presentations. Begin by selecting to create a new blog and add a title. Add or paste text onto your blog. Telescope uses "code blocks' to add information to your blog. Use the plus sign to insert text, or click the icon to find the additional options to add images, copy and paste code, or add quotes. Click enter on your keyboard to move to a new code block. Telescope offers a limited number of themes; find those options in the dropdown box within each code block. Your work is autosaved; when finished, select publish to create the shareable link. Although signup isn't necessary, it provides access to your blogs and stories allowing you to edit and delete blogs.

tag(s): blogs (73), communication (133), writing (280)

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Share Telescope with students to use when creating presentations or to share journals and other responsive writing. Use blogs to engage students in the writing process and to teach lessons on proper attribution of images. Telescope is perfect for individuals, students, or groups to use when sharing details of lab experiments. Ask students to include images of their work along with summaries of their findings. Use this site to quickly create and share weekly updates of class activities with parents, ask older students to create the weekly update from their point of view.

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Teletype - Supercoin Corp.

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4 to 12
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Do you want to create a blog but don't have coding or design skills? Use the minimalist tools found at Teletype to build an eye-appealing site that works across all ...more
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Do you want to create a blog but don't have coding or design skills? Use the minimalist tools found at Teletype to build an eye-appealing site that works across all devices. First, create an account to begin a blog. After adding a title, select the small plus sign at the beginning of a line and choose from options to add from the dropdown box. You can add images, YouTube and Venmo video links, Twitter posts, and formatted text to your blog. After adding videos and pictures, Teletype provides options for resizing information on the page. Teletype automatically saves your work; when finished, publish and share the content. Teletype includes several sharing options that allow the writer to post privately, view as draft-only when collaborating, auto-publish at a given time, or accept comments and reactions from viewers.

tag(s): blogs (73), communication (133), writing (280)

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Use this tool as an easy-to-use blogging tool in the classroom and in every subject area that engages students in the learning process. Use in language arts classes to strengthen students' writing ability and 21st-century skills. Teach about proper commenting etiquette on simple first blog posts and how to provide attribution for images correctly. Use for student-written book reviews for the school library. Write weekly blogs as a tool for class or parent communication and include examples of student work and activities. Engage students in discussions on current events, independent reading, literature, and more. Ask students to play the role of a historical figure and write about their viewpoints or experiences. Share a blog in even the youngest of classes for parents to use to learn about a specific unit of study, field trips, and more. Use this site in world language classes to have students write a blog entry in the new language. Include the principal or superintendent in class discussions of students' rights as you study the Constitution. Create incredible discussions of environmental, political, or economic issues. Create a standing assignment for elementary and middle schoolers on snow days.

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Blooket - Blooket LLC

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Blooket is a digital review game built for classroom use. Educators create game sets, and students join on their device to play a variety of game options using the provided ...more
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Blooket is a digital review game built for classroom use. Educators create game sets, and students join on their device to play a variety of game options using the provided code. Games include options for solo or group play. Build sets using your own questions or search Blooket's library to find games created by other educators. Save favorite sets to your account for later use, then duplicate sets and edit to fit your needs when ready to play. Blooket also offers the option to import quizzes directly from Quizlet, reviewed here. As students join a game, they choose a Blook, a character that serves as an avatar. When ready, choose the "host" option to begin play by selecting a game mode and following prompts. Some games offer the ability to assign homework, allowing students to complete the game within the selected time frame.

tag(s): game based learning (155), gamification (79), quizzes (82), vocabulary (233), vocabulary development (89), worksheets (66)

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Discover and use Blooket's many engaging games as a resource for practicing and reviewing information within any area of content. Use the score results to provide feedback for guiding further lessons. Some games are more fast-paced than others; use this to your advantage by sharing different versions for different groups of students. Use Blooket to differentiate instruction by adjusting the difficulty of question sets based on student abilities. Introduce new content using Blooket as a pre-assessment before starting any new unit. Use Blooket as an ice-breaker or get-to-know-you activity at the start of the school year or at the beginning of a new semester to build comradery within your classroom.

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WordsTool - Wordstool

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Create digital materials for teaching and learning about vocabulary with Wordstool. Create an account as a teacher or as a student. Use your teacher account to browse and find vocabulary...more
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Create digital materials for teaching and learning about vocabulary with Wordstool. Create an account as a teacher or as a student. Use your teacher account to browse and find vocabulary sets or create your own. Vocabulary sets include word cards that feature example sentences, pronunciation, translations, images, and more. Create sets and build folders to organize materials by topic or teaching unit. Once built, use sets to provide vocabulary practice with five different activities. Free accounts allow educators to assign topics to individual students and track their progress, including tasks completed and the number of errors.

tag(s): flash cards (36), vocabulary (233), vocabulary development (89)

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Share Wordstool with students and ask them to create an account for use with any new vocabulary. Use during science lessons to build knowledge of new terms, during social studies activities to enhance understanding of words such as sovereignty by including examples and images, or reading novels such as those written by Shakespeare that may consist of unfamiliar language. At the end of your teaching unit, ask students to share their learning using tools found at Adobe Spark for Education, reviewed here, and include their new vocabulary terms. For example, have students create an infographic sharing science vocabulary or retell events in history by creating a short video that includes highlighted vocabulary.

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PDF to Flipbook Converter - Heyzine

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K to 12
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Convert PDFs to flipbook magazines, brochures, and more without watermarks for free using this PDF to flipbook converter tool. Customize your creation by choosing from different options...more
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Convert PDFs to flipbook magazines, brochures, and more without watermarks for free using this PDF to flipbook converter tool. Customize your creation by choosing from different options for page-turning effects, change the look of the text, add interactive videos, and more. Upload your PDF document to begin using the customization options found on the dashboard. Options include adding links, images, changing the background, and embedding video. Changes are not automatically saved, be sure to save changes often. Share your flipbook using the link found on the site or embed it into a website using the embed code. Magazines created without creating an account are saved for a week; create a free account to save for future use.

tag(s): conversions (33), digital storytelling (128)

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Make a flipbook of a presentation as an engaging alternative to a web page or PowerPoint. Share classroom information such as rules and expectations in an easy to read format. Use for a great way to bring digital storytelling upfront in your classroom. Make photosynthesis a story instead of bits of equations and information. Portray a period in time in history or create books of different political or societal opinions. Create a flipbook with the viewpoints and personalities of characters in a story. Practice a different language by creating a themed flipbook. Lower grades can combine writing into a class flipbook to be shared online or read aloud. Any written assignment can easily be re-visioned as a flipbook! Make your literary magazine a flipbook or build new poetry collections during poetry month. Share all your flipbooks on individual laptops, or the interactive whiteboard or projector. Create simple flipbooks of Dolch words for beginning readers.
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Whiteboard.fi - Digital Teaching Tools Finland Ltd

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K to 12
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Whiteboard.fi is a temporary whiteboard tool created specifically for educators and for classroom use. Free accounts offer you the ability to create and use a whiteboard and the accompanying...more
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Whiteboard.fi is a temporary whiteboard tool created specifically for educators and for classroom use. Free accounts offer you the ability to create and use a whiteboard and the accompanying tools without registration. Temporary rooms are deleted following two hours of inactivity. Choose the option to start a new class and follow the steps to begin a session. Options allow you to create a waiting room where students have to be allowed into the whiteboard area and include a save mode that adapts for participants with limited internet strength. Once the room is created, share the URL or QR Code with students. The whiteboard tools include text, drawing, images, and more. When finished, use the included options to save your whiteboard as an image file or PDF document.

tag(s): collaboration (78), iwb (29)

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Use Whiteboard.fi to collaborate with students to share and organize information instantly. Use the whiteboard as a brainstorming or sketching space as groups (or the class) share ideas for a major project or solve a real-world problem. Use this site in a computer lab (or on laptops) to create a drawing of the setting in a story as it is read aloud. As an assessment idea, have students draw out a simple cartoon with stick figures to explain a more complex process, such as how democracy works. If you are lucky enough to teach in a BYOD setting, have a blended classroom, or are distance teaching, use this whiteboard tool to view students' whiteboards in real-time. For example, if you study weather, have students diagram the layers of the atmosphere and what happens during a thunderstorm. Introduce this tool to students who are working on group projects. Alternatively, have students use this to work as partners or as a small team to complete complex math problems or equations.

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Verse by Verse - Google

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7 to 12
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Verse by Verse is an experimental poetry-creation project by Google that uses AI (Artificial Intelligence) to help create poems using classic American poets' suggestions. Begin by selecting...more
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Verse by Verse is an experimental poetry-creation project by Google that uses AI (Artificial Intelligence) to help create poems using classic American poets' suggestions. Begin by selecting up to 3 muses for inspiration. If you aren't sure who they are, click on any image to view short biographical information. During the next step, choose a poem structure, syllable count, and rhyme. Enter the first line of your poem and become inspired by options presented by your muses! When finished, choose from options to copy the text or add a border, then download it as a PNG image.

tag(s): poetry (178)

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Introduce different forms of poetry and poets using Verse by Verse. Offer students time to explore and experiment with the different features to become familiar with the different types of formats and styles of the included poets. Have students share their poetry digitally by creating an audio podcast using Synth, reviewed here. Synth features easy to use tools for creating short audio podcasts in up to 256-second increments. Encourage students to rehearse reading their poetry and add proper intonation, spacing, and reading techniques such as they would for an in-person poetry reading. Besides sharing poems, ask students to add images and record audio, read their poems, and then share their creative process when writing poetry. Share student recordings on a class blog created with a free blog tool such as Site123, reviewed here, or in a series of blogs based on different forms of poetry.
 

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Photopea - photopea.com

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6 to 12
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Photopea is an advanced image editor similar to Photoshop but available within your browser for free and doesn't require registration. Files opened in Photopea save to PSD format; however,...more
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Photopea is an advanced image editor similar to Photoshop but available within your browser for free and doesn't require registration. Files opened in Photopea save to PSD format; however, you can upload JPG and other file formats to use in Photopea to add and edit information. Other options for sharing completed images include publishing products to Imgur in PNG or JPG format. Use the "Learn" link found at the top of the page to access the site's tutorials for using the different features available.
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tag(s): editing (78), images (253)

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Previous experience with layer-based design software editing such as Photoshop is extremely beneficial. The Photopea Learn page provides helpful tutorials, but individuals without previous training may need additional support.

Challenge students to learn about the different options and features included with Photopea, then create and share video tutorials for their peers using a screen recording tool like Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here. As your students become familiar with the different features, have students include their edited images in any multimedia projects. Include images when using Adobe Spark for Education, reviewed here, when creating videos, flyers, or websites. Include images with storytelling projects created with Sway, reviewed here.

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Fresh Folk - Leni Kauffman

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K to 12
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Fresh Folk is a downloadable library of editable people and objects. Enter your email and download the versatile library of items, including mix and match characters and various objects...more
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Fresh Folk is a downloadable library of editable people and objects. Enter your email and download the versatile library of items, including mix and match characters and various objects to use when creating scenes. After selecting to download the images, all files are saved to your computer in a zip folder, open the folder to access all of the shared items. All images are in PSD format for use with Photoshop. Use Photoshop tools to edit all features of images, including text, color, layers, and more.

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Previous experience with layer-based design software editing such as Photoshop is extremely beneficial.

Include this library of objects for students to use with any digital projects. If you or your students, don't use PhotoShop, edit images using Photopea, reviewed here, then save in PNG or SVG format. Include the multicultural images when creating classroom newsletters, calendars, and worksheets. Ask students to use the images when creating digital books or multimedia projects. For example, include images when making digital books with Book Creator, reviewed here, or include with explainer videos created using Powtoon, reviewed here.

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FANschool - FANschool

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6 to 12
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Engage students in learning and staying involved with current events through a fantasy-sports type of games and challenges. Students draft teams of states, countries, events and earn...more
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Engage students in learning and staying involved with current events through a fantasy-sports type of games and challenges. Students draft teams of states, countries, events and earn points when their choice is mentioned in the news. Select from several games, including FANpolitics, to draft states or legislators and follow current news and legislation. Choose FANgeopolitics to draft countries and compete against classmates. At FANspecies players can earn points by selecting animals and researching species to find those most commonly observed in the wild. Sign up for your free account to begin. Free accounts allow one commissioner with up to 35 players. Follow the prompts to choose your game and options, including start and end dates. Invite players by sharing your league's URL or the token provided after creating your league.

tag(s): branches of government (54), cross cultural understanding (140), elections (75), game based learning (155), media literacy (83), politics (99), social media (44)

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FANschool is an incredibly interesting way to engage students in current events and is relatable to students who already participate in fantasy sports leagues. Create a league for your class that lasts for a set time, such as a semester or 9-week grading period. Continue with the fantasy sports theme by asking students to create weekly podcasts using Buzzsprout, reviewed here, to provide updates on the latest news and information. Be sure to read some of the suggestions on FANschool for how other educators use this tool to explore media bias methods, raise awareness of global citizenship, and involve students in understanding political issues.

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