TeachersFirst Edge

New web 2.0 tools appear each day. Many of these tools were not originally intended for classroom use, but they can be powerful learning tools for today's techno-savvy students and their more adventurous teachers. These sites appear (and frequently disappear) very quickly, launched by creative techno-geeks out there in the world.

Many of these tools require a higher-than-average set of teacher tech skills or some extra monitoring to assure student "safety." TeachersFirst Edge reviews these "tools on the Edge" carefully, and with specific ideas for using them safely and effectively in teaching and learning. Reviews point out any safety or policy concerns for the tool and offer links to management tips for each concern.

Especially popular is this subset of the Edge: BYOD Dream Tools: Free tools that work on any device. Look for the device agnostic tool tag in any review.

This is the world your students already know. Try teaching in their vernacular. A little adventurousness makes for powerful learning.

See General Tips for using Edge Tools - a must for first-time users

Browse the full listing of detailed safety/school policy tips or save time by reading them as needed from each tool review.

Learn about school web filtering, a critical issue with many "Edge" tools

If you try one of these tools and find it especially useful, be sure to leave a comment on it to share your students' successes with other teachers. If you know of another tool that teachers would find beneficial, please suggest it via our webmaster account, as a "suggested resource."

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TrackStar - 4Teachers.org

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2 to 12
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Build scavenger hunts, treasure hunts, webquests, or extend learning using Trackstar. To make a track, think of a descriptive title, and write a description. Select from creating a...more
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Build scavenger hunts, treasure hunts, webquests, or extend learning using Trackstar. To make a track, think of a descriptive title, and write a description. Select from creating a Resource list, Worksheet, Extended learning, or Demo. Collect up to 15 websites (know the page title and URL) and create annotations or directions. Viewing the track in frames will have the titles of pages in the left menu bar. Click on the title and the text of the page appears in the center. Any links that are on the page in the center will open in a new tab. Search ready-made Tracks to get an idea of how they work. Viewing tracks in Chrome is possible, but this tool does not seem to work with Chrome to create tracks.

tag(s): bookmarks (56), webquests (31)

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Create an Internet activity that is useful for students and allows them to work independently or with a partner in class or at home. Demonstrate on an interactive whiteboard or projector how to use the track. Be sure to put the URL for the track on your class website. This tool would be great for flipping your classroom. Students could read and view the sites at home and come to class with their work and their questions ready for a discussion. Create a bank of resources for each content unit within your subject or classroom. Use for web treasure hunts to learn or introduce any topic within your content area. Use for directed research. Search the ready-made tracks by subject, grade level, theme, track number, etc. to find one to use with your class. Collect links to informational texts for students to read "closely" a la CCSS. Students or student groups can create Trackstars of the resources they use for a project. Use with faculty and staff to showcase a variety of tools for professional development. Create Tracks you can share with other teachers in your building or district. If you would like to know more about webquests see TeachersFirst Webquest 101

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YouTab - YouTab

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6 to 12
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Write down the chords and lyrics to your music in this wiki-style community for music artists. Tablature, or "tab," is a system for writing down guitar chords for any song, ...more
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Write down the chords and lyrics to your music in this wiki-style community for music artists. Tablature, or "tab," is a system for writing down guitar chords for any song, and YouTab provides handy online tools to do just that -- and to share music with others. You can easily find ready to play music shared by others. Be sure to read the Terms of Use and DMCA information about copyright linked from the footer. YouTab states, "YouTab respects your copyrights and the copyrights of others and therefore requires that you only annotate tablature of your own music or of music that you are licensed to annotate (such as public domain music)" and invites any copyright holder to report violation of their copyright. That said, there are many popular, current songs displayed with embedded music videos from YouTube next to the user-submitted tab and lyric notations for the song. We advise that users stick to copyright-safe use. Click to "Explore Music" or join for free to add your own. NO membership is required to view the songs, only to add your own. The song display pages can include YouTube videos of your song performances, displaying the tab and lyrics to the music as you listen to the song. The Tips and Tricks link in the footer shows how to use the tools. The lyrics display along with the chords and can flow in sync as the recorded song plays. As with any "crowd-sourced" site, there is the possibility that some songs may not be appropriate for young people. Preview first. The site does include commenting and other social features. Some videos are hosted on YouTube. If YouTube is blocked at your school, these videos won't work.

tag(s): lyrics (19), musical notation (22), poetry (217)

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Share YouTab with your general music or guitar students or any students interested in writing or playing music. English teachers may want to offer this musical option during a poetry unit so musically inclined students can compose lyrics with music instead of simple poetry. In any class where you use this, you will want to have a discussion about whether sites such as YouTab that publish lyrics and user-generated "notation" for songs are good or bad for professional musicians. Displaying an embedded and credited YouTube music video published by the artist is certainly legal, but what about writing out copyrighted lyrics? Encourage your musicians to write songs, create a video, and provide tab notations to spread the word about their creative endeavors. This site would be great for small ensembles or gifted musicians seeking an outlet. Be sure to get parent permission before having students share any music online!

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Kodable - Surfscore, Inc

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K to 4
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Kodable teaches coding to young children through programming logic, sequence, loops, functions, and debugging. Create one free class account for up to 25 students with up to 45 levels....more
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Kodable teaches coding to young children through programming logic, sequence, loops, functions, and debugging. Create one free class account for up to 25 students with up to 45 levels. Find lessons with programmed curriculum, explanations of key concepts, and Common Core alignment. You can play without an account; however, results are not saved. Kodable can be used on any web browser or an iPad/iOs device.
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tag(s): computers (45), logic (205), problem solving (197), STEM (68)

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Use this tool to learn basic coding skills. Students will quickly catch on to this program when allowed to experiment while viewing their results. Kodable is great for differentiating for students with different abilities and learning styles. Keep track of student progress through your teacher account and entering student profiles. Have more than 25 students in your class? Challenge students to work in pairs to complete the challenges.

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Matisse for Kids - Baltimore Museum of Art

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1 to 8
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Join Raoudi (Rowdy), the dog, to discover the art of Henri Matisse. Explore the color, pattern, props and other elements that repeat in many of Matisse's paintings. Allow Rowdy to ...more
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Join Raoudi (Rowdy), the dog, to discover the art of Henri Matisse. Explore the color, pattern, props and other elements that repeat in many of Matisse's paintings. Allow Rowdy to explain all of the artsy details. For the interactive, you match the element used in the two paintings shown. When correct, you get to keep that element in your portfolio. At the conclusion of the presentation you get to make an original masterpiece using color, patterns, or props. Print and hang your masterpiece!

tag(s): art history (58), artists (62), painting (63)

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Present on your interactive whiteboard or projector to bring the art of Henri Matisse to life. Use as an example to discover the elements used by different artists. Create a presentation with various artists using one of the Presentation Tools available at the TeachersFirst Edge. Extend this example into other areas such as literature, poetry, architecture, mathematics, and science. To print the results from this tool have the students use a code for their signature.

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Mapwing - Redbug Technologies

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4 to 12
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Turn digital photos into virtual tours with interactive maps, images, and comments using Mapwing. Create the tours for free. Basic tours offer up to 20 points of entry per floor ...more
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Turn digital photos into virtual tours with interactive maps, images, and comments using Mapwing. Create the tours for free. Basic tours offer up to 20 points of entry per floor plan/map. Each area becomes interactive and includes a comment option. Add hotspots to images to view close-up areas or link to websites. Share your tour using the tour's unique URL or use the embed code to embed into your website or blog. To understand the concept, explore tours already uploaded to Mapwing.
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tag(s): images (218), maps (251), slides (52), virtual field trips (40)

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Take a look at the already created tours available. You may find something very useful for your classroom. Share HOW to use this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Use Mapwing to create virtual tours of your classroom, school, or community. Create a tour of a future field trip location. Or if a field trip is not in the budget, take your students anywhere virtually using this tool. Create a virtual tour to share information about class pets. Challenge students to create a virtual tour to accompany research reports about states or geographic areas. Use at the beginning of the year for a new twist on "how I spent my summer" or beginning of the year introductions. Share this tool at Back to School night as you share your classroom (rules, schedules, and more) with families.

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ParentSquare - ParentSquare LLC

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K to 12
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ParentSquare combines many versatile tools into a single site for efficient and effective communication. Parents and teachers can access ParentSquare from the web or the free iOS app....more
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ParentSquare combines many versatile tools into a single site for efficient and effective communication. Parents and teachers can access ParentSquare from the web or the free iOS app. Automated email alerts notify ParentSquare members of messages on their unique homepage containing relevant information. Teachers, administrators, the PTO, and other parents with access can post messages. Appreciating and commenting are features that provide a social environment within the site. The calendar is another great feature to help everyone organize their busy schedules. Members of the community can post photos of classroom activities for everyone to view. Relevant documents and links are also easily accessible and organized to access. Simply share online fundraisers or collect volunteer requests making it effortless for everyone involved. ParentSquare is a two-way communication location to build a better school community. The first three classrooms for an account are free on ParentSquare.
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tag(s): calendars (42), parents (46)

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ParentSquare eliminates the need to have multiple tools to communicate. Teachers, parents, administrators, and the PTO are all able to use one convenient site. School and classroom events are all located on one calendar. The files area provides an exceptional location to share documents and links. Post assignment information, PTO flyers, and school-wide documents in one location. ParentSquare users with access can share photos for everyone to view in a safe and secure space. Organize volunteers for classroom and school-wide events. Parents can take over this responsibility on the same site without the need to use another tool. Facilitate fundraisers for individual classrooms or an entire school using ParentSquare. Think outside the box with ParentSquare and delegate responsibilities for an effective school community.

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Better Lesson - BetterLesson

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K to 12
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This site offers over 10,000 lessons aligned with the Common Core and the Next Generation Science Standards. The lessons were created by 130 Master Teachers. You can browse resources...more
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This site offers over 10,000 lessons aligned with the Common Core and the Next Generation Science Standards. The lessons were created by 130 Master Teachers. You can browse resources without registering. Click the blue "Browse" button to get started. Choose along the top from Common Core Math, Common Core ELA, or Next Generation Science. Lessons are arranged by grade level or Math, Language, and Science subjects. However, if you want to create your own resources, registration is required. After registering, create a class and then create a unit for that class. Finally, create a lesson for that unit, fill in an objective, select a state standard, and estimate the total time on task. Upload files (or drag and drop) to assign them to the lesson or keep them "unassigned" for later use. Additionally, simply add other users' files to your own curriculum. Search for files by keyword, age-level, and type of format. Click on a result to see every lesson plan using that file.

tag(s): commoncore (62), professional development (83)

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Use this site to create lessons for students to follow. Use this site to share inspirational lessons you create or to find inspiration in the work of others. Meet the Common Core goals by using the tools and lesson plans offered at this website. Though the site deals with the technical aspect of lesson planning, many ideas exist to reverse engineer to your own lessons. Create a course to maintain and tweak your lessons for your classes. Expand PD to others in your school or in other schools to learn from the best ideas of others!

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Email Game - Baydin, Inc.

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K to 12
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Need inspiration to manage your email inbox? The Email Game makes this task easy and fun! Simply enter your email address and login. Take action on each email message within ...more
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Need inspiration to manage your email inbox? The Email Game makes this task easy and fun! Simply enter your email address and login. Take action on each email message within the 45 seconds given. The clock counts down, prompting you to work through your email. Note the different smiley face emoticons as you work to determine your progress. Though some might find the countdown stressful, the action of the clock reduces other distractions and your focus is on email alone. Sometimes it is best to read and react to emails rather than being distracted by videos, etc.

tag(s): organizational skills (97)

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For those facing an inbox with a substantial number of emails, this tool may be an easy way to reduce or get to Inbox Zero. Afraid there are resources in emails that you might lose by deleting? Archive those that have other resources that you need to spend more time on. Use when you have a bunch of new emails to get through (such as early in the morning). Try to beat your score each successive time. Share this tool with your older students to use to organize their email accounts.

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Doctopus - Google

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7 to 12
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Organize student Google documents with Doctopus! This tool is essential for organizing of documents both to and from students. Create a Google Doc template. Next, create a spreadsheet...more
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Organize student Google documents with Doctopus! This tool is essential for organizing of documents both to and from students. Create a Google Doc template. Next, create a spreadsheet containing the students who will be using the document. When you install Doctopus as a Chrome add-on, a Doctopus folder is created in Google Docs. Be sure that the template you create and the spreadsheet containing student names are in that folder. A script needs to be installed to pull the student names from the spreadsheet and then send them the document. Simple directions with screenshots can be found here. This is a Google Chrome add-on and is available for Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, and Linux. This add-on is not available for Windows RT, iPad, or mobile devices as of this time.

tag(s): assessment (69)

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Use Google Docs more effectively with this simple Chrome add-on. Though the process at first seems long, it actually makes sharing of documents easier with students. BUT it also makes the collecting of student documents easier. Use Docs for reading response journals, writing science labs, writing reports or papers, creating collaborative notes in any class, and more. What better way to comment on and improve student work!

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Youth Voices - UC Berkley Grad School of Education National Writing Project

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K to 12
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Youth Voices is a social networking site for young writers seeking an authentic audience and a space to publish writing across a range of genres. Search the site using the ...more
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Youth Voices is a social networking site for young writers seeking an authentic audience and a space to publish writing across a range of genres. Search the site using the keyword search or scroll through articles and topics from the home page. Click on the Guides tab to find resources for teachers. Some of the topics include Argument, Booktalk, Arts & Entertainment, Our Space (K-5), From the Middle (6-8), and many others. Registration isn't required to view articles and guides. However an email address is required to write blog posts, complete missions, and join communities. Please note: that while there are limited resources available for all ages, most of the resources and topics are more appropriate for secondary students.

tag(s): blogs (74), creative writing (137), descriptive writing (32), digital storytelling (81), expository writing (33), paragraph writing (12), persuasive writing (45), process writing (35), social networking (97)

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Share blogs and articles found on Youth Voices as examples of peer writing. Share this site on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Use the Guides tab as an excellent, relevant resource for writing prompts and ideas for classroom use. Students become better writers when they have an authentic audience, so encourage student writers to join and become an active part of this online writing community. There is a special section for grades K-5 only and another for grades 6-8.

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Nearpod - Nearpod

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5 to 12
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Use this free slide-based multimedia app to put lessons and other material on any web browser OR iOs and Android devices. Build your own presentations using pre-made templates. The...more
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Use this free slide-based multimedia app to put lessons and other material on any web browser OR iOs and Android devices. Build your own presentations using pre-made templates. The site does offer some ready-made presentations (some free). Many of the video and text presentations are from Khan Academy and include questions to answer as you work through the presentations. What is the best part of Nearpod? Teachers control the pace of the lesson, and students do not move to the next screen until advanced by the teacher. Use the teacher version of the app to push out the presentation to your students. Every student uses their own student app to follow the screens and answer the questions. This provides immediate feedback about every student. The feedback can be emailed to the teacher for later review. This formative assessment tool is invaluable and a unique part of the app. The tool also includes drawing for students to work out problems. Teachers are able to identify students who are not "on task" and not working within the app when a little red light pops up. Absent students are able to complete the assignment at home.

tag(s): assessment (69), classroom management (92), DAT device agnostic tool (92), multimedia (36), slides (52)

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This is an exciting way to begin an iPad (or BYOD) integration into the classroom. Though it may be difficult to determine the best pacing of the lesson, the ability to slow down the advancement of the next screen allows more time to digest the information. Be aware that students needing more time may be very frustrated as the screen may advance before they are able to finish. Start small by uploading presentations and using JPEG and other images. Add interactive elements such as polls and videos. Grab students attention by using the first slide to deliver a piece of humorous information. Create guided learning stations and push out several presentations to different devices as students move through the various lessons to be learned. This technique can be helpful for struggling learners. Use this tool to help reinforce the most difficult parts of the lesson. Use the app to create schedules for training, clubs, and more. For English, learn about grammar rules, sentence structure, and other elements necessary for good writing. For ESL/ELL classes and world languages, practice various vocabulary words and learn tenses of verbs. Learn vocabulary and basic scientific concepts in any science class or facts about historical periods in history classes. This app is a valuable tool in any classroom.

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Incredibox - So Far So Good

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K to 12
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Create musical compositions with Incredibox. Express your inner musician with a simple way of creating personal musical masterpieces. Choose from one of the four versions. Version 4...more
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Create musical compositions with Incredibox. Express your inner musician with a simple way of creating personal musical masterpieces. Choose from one of the four versions. Version 4 is most recent and easiest to use and understand. Simply drag and drop. Add beats, melodies, a chorus, and special effects to create a musical creation. You can even add clothing and hats.
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tag(s): musical instruments (29), rhythm (18)

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Use Incredibox as a great warm-up activity for a choir, band, or any sort of music appreciation class. As part of music class lessons, discuss the different elements in compositions. Use in any class as background music for podcasts, movies, PowerPoints, or blogs. Highlight and honor the musical geniuses in your classroom with this easy tool. Allow your learning support students instant success while challenging gifted students to create the perfect piece. Use in writing class to create mood. Play a composition as background while reading poetry or doing artwork. Help students memorize mnemonics by accompanying them with an audio track a la rap. Use music tracks as a writing prompt and enjoy the fun.

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QuestBase - SmartLite Software

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6 to 12
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Create and manage assessments, tests, and quizzes. Create surveys and polls using QuestBase. All can be administered online or printed. Take assessments using any online device or print...more
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Create and manage assessments, tests, and quizzes. Create surveys and polls using QuestBase. All can be administered online or printed. Take assessments using any online device or print choosing multiple versions and formats. Enter questions manually or import using built-in wizards. Choose from different question formats. Use pictures, movies, special characters, or math equations to personalize any content. Publish online, embed onto a website, share via email, or print finished tests. Other options include the ability to add timers, passwords, and privacy options.

tag(s): polls and surveys (43), quiz (73), quizzes (79)

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Use this tool for creating practice quizzes for your students to take on any computer or device. Use as a formative assessment to see what material needs more review with classes (or individual students). Students can take the quiz on their own for at-home study. Share with students as a resource for creating quizzes for studying at home. When students are using surveys and polls for reports, introduce them to QuestBase since it works on any device that accesses the Internet.

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Bookopolis - Kari Ness Riedel

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1 to 7
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Bookopolis is more than an online social reading club for children ages 7-12. It has an education portal to keep track of and review a reader's work. In the New ...more
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Bookopolis is more than an online social reading club for children ages 7-12. It has an education portal to keep track of and review a reader's work. In the New Book section, find a book by grade level and read ratings and reviews from other readers. Bookopolis includes digital reading logs, reading log prompts, and comprehension questions about the book. Through the dashboard, monitor and comment on the reader's writing and reading logs. The activities and features on the site are aligned with many of the Common Core Reading and Writing standards. There are several video tutorials on getting started and how to use the dashboard. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, 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 KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): book lists (102), book reports (30), guided reading (44), independent reading (101), reading comprehension (92), social networking (97)

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Create your account with your email, teacher name, username, and some basic information. Create your dashboard by adding a class and class name. You can create multiple classes. View the several teacher dashboard video tutorials to get started. Student accounts can be created manually or by importing an xls or csv file. Students will automatically be "friends" with other students in the same class, but can also invite students from different classes. Share this site with students (and parents at back to school night) using your interactive whiteboard or projector. Show students the video tutorial "How to Add Books" to get them started. Students can create bookshelves for books they are reading, that they have read, and that they want to read. Students can earn badges and points for the books they read. This tool will get students excited about reading since they can connect with friends to share book reviews and swap book recommendations. Students also practice persuasive writing, comprehension, and typing skills by completing reviews, reports, and reading logs online.

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Tweet Reports - TweetReports, LLC

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K to 12
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Are you looking for good Twitter chats to participate in on Twitter? Check out this inclusive list of Twitter chats listed alphabetically. This list includes chats on all topics including...more
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Are you looking for good Twitter chats to participate in on Twitter? Check out this inclusive list of Twitter chats listed alphabetically. This list includes chats on all topics including education. You will also find many additional topics: Agriculture, Healthcare, Technology, Volunteering, Advertising, Design, and countless others. Click the arrows to the right of each of the column headings to reorder the list by that heading (topic, description, day, time, etc.). Do you have information about a chat you feel should be included in the list? Click the button at the top to submit the chat to be included.

tag(s): microblogging (33), twitter (44)

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Explore the site to discover Twitter chats to match your interests and needs. Join chats with other like-minded educators to gain new ideas for your classroom. Find chats that are related to your expertise to learn about issues in the field or to bring a new perspective of that subject area to share with your classes. Looking for more ways to use Twitter in the classroom? Check out these many offerings. If you are the only person in your building who teaches a particular subject, such as gifted or learning support, this list can help you find like minds to share ideas or to set up collaborations between your students. Find other educators to collaborate with or connect your students. Need more information about Twitter? Read more about Twitter at TeachersFirst's Twitter for Teachers page.
 

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Frolyc - Frolyc, Inc.

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K to 12
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Use Frolyc to create multimedia lessons on the web, and have access to them via the iPad (or any web browser). Frolyc also has ready-made lessons aligned to Common Core ...more
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Use Frolyc to create multimedia lessons on the web, and have access to them via the iPad (or any web browser). Frolyc also has ready-made lessons aligned to Common Core Standards. Search lessons by grade level or keyword. All ready-made activities list grade level, subject area, Lexile levels, and standards addressed. Whether using a premade lesson or designing your own, assign a lesson to students and collect data on student responses. Educators, tutors, and parents can author or create activities. Sign up with email and add student profiles. There are several excellent videos to help you create everything on Frolyc! If your district blocks YouTube, they may not be viewable. You could always view the instructional videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here to download the videos from YouTube.
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tag(s): assessment (69), classroom management (92), multimedia (36), polls and surveys (43), quizzes (79), reading comprehension (92), writing (322)

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Once you have created a class and student profiles, assign lessons from the catalog or create your own. If your students are using iPads, they will need to have the free Frolyc Activity Spot app added. The app requires Wi-Fi to sync with frolyc.com. Student profiles will automatically sync with the iPads. Each student can only interact with the activities assigned to him or her via an access code. Since Frolyc is web-based you can create easy, simple activities or elaborate units. Start building Common Core aligned and differentiated activities such as reading, filling out concept maps, writing paragraphs, drawing, answering questions, taking quizzes, and more. Add links to read and hear multimedia content such as videos and slideshows. For longer videos, you may want to put a tag or comment in certain areas. Use a program like The Mad Video, reviewed here, to accomplish this. Tags can be as simple as "answer question 4 now." Alternatively, use one of the ready-made lessons from the catalog for free. The app will need Wi-Fi for video and voice-over. You can use the Spot Activity app from Frolyc without an account. Frolyc publishes Common Core Standards aligned reading comprehension activities to this app for student use. The possibilities are endless! The Spot Activity app from Frolyc allows students to construct activities. Have literature circles complete write ups, discussions, and final presentations about the book they read using the Spot Activity. Lab partners can present their findings, and math students can demonstrate how they solved a problem.

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PhotoFunia - Capsule Digital

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K to 12
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Use your pictures and PhotoFunia to create photo collages, flyers, family trees, holiday albums, and more. No registration is needed! PhotoFunia has hundreds of effects and filters....more
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Use your pictures and PhotoFunia to create photo collages, flyers, family trees, holiday albums, and more. No registration is needed! PhotoFunia has hundreds of effects and filters. More are added weekly. To add shadows, age your photo, or render it black and white just visit the Filters category. Add clever features such as an astronaut or a Santa suit, a witch's hat or a queen's crown. Looking for an attractive frame for your photos? Find one here. Write on the sand or graffiti text on the wall. Carve your name on the ground or create your very own road sign using text effects. The program is as easy to use as picking the effect and uploading a photo. Save it to your computer or email it. Try using PhotoFunia online with no registration, or get the free app for iOS or Andriod, and most other smartphones. At the time of this review, all photo effects appeared appropriate for use in the classroom. However, we always suggest you preview the tool before sharing it with students.

tag(s): comics and cartoons (72), DAT device agnostic tool (92), editing (45), images (218), photography (134)

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You do not need to be artistic to transform a personal or stock photo into a stunning work of art or even an amusing image. Adjust any image's color intensity, value, and hue using the filters. Use this tool anytime that photos need to be edited for use in class blogs, newsletters, wikis, or websites. In primary grades, this tool could be useful for teachers to use to edit pictures from a field trip, science experiments, and more. Share the editing process with your younger students using your interactive whiteboard or projector. Edit together! Encourage older students to use this site themselves on images for projects or presentations. Use the features and effects to edit images to fit styles of photos when doing historical reports or to set the mood.

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Crumbles - Thirty Labs

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K to 12
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Why just record your voice or send a message the same old boring way? Use cartoon and movie characters to speak your message instead! Type your message in the box. ...more
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Why just record your voice or send a message the same old boring way? Use cartoon and movie characters to speak your message instead! Type your message in the box. There is a 25 word limit. The site takes clips from TV and movies to create a short video. Each word uses a different clip. If a clip is not available for a word you pick, Crumbles uses a computerized voice instead. A silly tool, but a fun one to enjoy. Click create link to share or share via Facebook and Twitter. Be sure to monitor students carefully as clips can be found from ANY word that they type into the message. It would be a good practice to approve messages students want to create before sharing the tool with them.

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Use this engaging (and fun) tool to create an announcement for the start of a student presentation. Create one to share the writing prompt for the day. Students may be inspired by the movie/TV clips that generate the message. Create a "6 degrees of" type assignment where the video/TV clips generated must have something in common. Students can take time to look at the clips to identify items in the background, characteristics of the actors/actresses, etc. Create a similar type of message from video clips of students taken throughout the year. Or, create your own by taping students saying words and splicing them together to create a similar end result. Use a tool such as StepUp reviewed here.

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FollowUpThen - Reilly Sweetland, Lukasz Wojciechowski Github, Joren Mathews

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K to 12
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FollowUpThen provides simple email reminders for any email address or device. Use FollowUpThen to clean up emails sitting in your inbox. Forward it to FollupThen, and include a time...more
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FollowUpThen provides simple email reminders for any email address or device. Use FollowUpThen to clean up emails sitting in your inbox. Forward it to FollupThen, and include a time or date to receive the email back. Add FollowUpThen as a recipient on any email to receive a reminder to follow-up on the contents. Be sure to watch the introductory video and read the "How To Use" section for complete information on the capabilities of using FollowUpThen. The free plan offers up to 50 follow ups per month.
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tag(s): organizational skills (97)

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Use FollowUpThen to receive reminders when waiting for email responses from colleagues or parents. Set up annual or monthly reminders for recurring events such as conference dates, programs, or report card due dates. Clean-up your email accounts. Send yourself reminder emails for due dates, future projects, parent contacts, and more.

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ImageQuiz (Beta) - Simon @ ImageQuiz

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3 to 12
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ImageQuiz uses images as a starting point for creating learning quizzes. Choose from quizzes on the site or create your own. Choose from the list of all quizzes, take a ...more
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ImageQuiz uses images as a starting point for creating learning quizzes. Choose from quizzes on the site or create your own. Choose from the list of all quizzes, take a random quiz, or pick from popular tags such as math or physics. Create your own quiz easily. Upload any image and draw lines around desired areas. If you wish, add a question for students to answer. View the video tutorials for complete instructions. This site was created in the UK. American English speakers may notice some slight spelling differences.

tag(s): quiz (73), quizzes (79)

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Create an ImageQuiz to review any topic such as items in world language, places on a map, rock formations, cell diagram, etc. Share a link to the ImageQuiz on your class website for students to use for review at home. Have students create ImageQuizzes for review on any subject.

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