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Unio - Harness

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K to 12
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Create interactive online lessons including quizzes and polls with Unio. Create an account using your email address to begin. Upload images, PowerPoints, videos, PDF's, and more to...more
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Create interactive online lessons including quizzes and polls with Unio. Create an account using your email address to begin. Upload images, PowerPoints, videos, PDF's, and more to include in your slideshow. Follow the tutorials to learn how to edit information and add quizzes and polls. When ready, launch your lesson and share the join code with students for access. Students will see your screen and be able to save the lesson for access later. Teachers can monitor students in real time. Free accounts provide temporary student access (instead of student accounts) and storage of up to 5 lessons. The tutorials reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos 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): book reports (39), classroom management (157), multimedia (63), social networking (111)

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Use Unio to create and prepare lessons for presentation on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector. After providing the share code to students ask them to participate by answering quiz questions or use the drawing tools to highlight information shared in the lesson. Upon completion of your lesson using Unio, have students add a video response to share information learned using a collaborative tool like Flipgrid, reviewed here. Flipgrid allows students to respond to a prompt and add comments as part of a shared conversation within a group. Instead of a written report at the end of your lesson, ask students to create a Symbaloo Learning Path, reviewed here, to use for review. This site allows users to create a learning path by adding websites, videos, documents, and more.

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Microsoft Touch Develop - Microsoft

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4 to 12
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Create apps to work on any device using Microsoft Touch Develop. Launch Touch Develop to access tutorials and showcases to begin. The editor adapts to your skill level from beginner...more
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Create apps to work on any device using Microsoft Touch Develop. Launch Touch Develop to access tutorials and showcases to begin. The editor adapts to your skill level from beginner to expert. Step by step video directions provides information on how codes work and then allows you to create code for each step.

tag(s): coding (65), Computational Thinking (14), computers (100), critical thinking (119), design (95), problem solving (289)

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Use Touch Develop as a computer center or during Hour of Code lessons. Encourage students to view programs others have created, then try making their own. If your school has an after-school computer club, Touch Develop is perfect for use in teaching and practicing coding. Consider pairing students who have more computer experience with those who have less. Touch Develop is also an excellent opportunity for "new" coders as it allows them to create and share interesting apps with little background knowledge of computer programming. Have students share their completed apps during a computer or STEM showcase at your school.

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Minecraft Education Edition - Microsoft and Mojang AB

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2 to 12
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Promote creativity, problem-solving, and collaboration through game play with Minecraft Education Edition. This version of the popular game includes features for classroom use including...more
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Promote creativity, problem-solving, and collaboration through game play with Minecraft Education Edition. This version of the popular game includes features for classroom use including documentation of work and a secure environment for class play. In addition to the software download, this site includes a small base of lesson plans, classroom community support forums, and a My Classroom feature. My Classroom allows teachers to create a private world for students to join enabling them to work together in the same world.

tag(s): coding (65), game based learning (128), gamification (81)

In the Classroom

Make use of the features provided in the education edition of Minecraft to allow learning through gameplay. Ask students to use the camera and portfolio features to document decision making and progress through games. Use features within the game to learn about history, for example, have students import 3-dimensional structures such as the Roman Colosseum to explore and create experiences from that time. Instruct students to create a story for creative writing projects. Encourage students to retell a story through a Minecraft experience. Use Minecraft features to teach math lessons on shape, volume, area, and more. Discover more ideas at Minecraft Hour of Code Tutorials, reviewed here.

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KingCitation - KingCitation

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5 to 12
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Let's face it, creating proper citations is difficult due to the many different formats and the variety of sources cited. KingCitation helps with this problem with its citation generator....more
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Let's face it, creating proper citations is difficult due to the many different formats and the variety of sources cited. KingCitation helps with this problem with its citation generator. The three step procedure begins with choosing the type of work that is cited then moves on to adding requested information to the form generator. Click "Generate Citation" to complete your citation ready to copy and paste into any document.

tag(s): citations (38), plagiarism (37)

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Use your interactive whiteboard and projector to show students how to use this tool for citing their sources. Share this website for all of your projects using research so students know the correct procedure for citations. Be sure to add it on your class web site as a useful reference.
 

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Boardthing - Dave Gray

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5 to 12
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Boardthing is a web-based visual thinking and collaboration tool. Create your board then share with others. Add cards to your board similar to sticky notes on a whiteboard. Use the...more
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Boardthing is a web-based visual thinking and collaboration tool. Create your board then share with others. Add cards to your board similar to sticky notes on a whiteboard. Use the site's tools to draw lines connecting ideas, change the color of cards, and add images. Share boards via the unique URL or save using different file options.
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tag(s): bulletin boards (18), collaboration (18)

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Create a Boardthing board to collaborate on collecting ideas, brainstorming, and more. Use this tool easily in your Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) classroom since all students will be able to access it for free, no matter what device they have. Boardthing does not show which work is attributable to which student, so you may want to require that students initial their contributions to get credit. If allowing all students to post to the board or make comments, you may want to discuss Internet safety and etiquette and establish specific class rules and consequences. Challenge students to create a BoardThing to display pictures and videos of their research project, science fair projects, steps to how they resolved a math equation, etc. Free accounts after the trial period allow users five new boards usable only by the board creator.

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Slidebot - SlideBot Pty Ltd

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6 to 12
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Create engaging presentations, similar to those used by TedX speakers, with Slidebot. Register using your education email to begin. Follow the instructions after clicking Getting Started...more
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Create engaging presentations, similar to those used by TedX speakers, with Slidebot. Register using your education email to begin. Follow the instructions after clicking Getting Started to add title headings for your slides. SlideBot chooses images for each slide with an option to change at any time from over 25 million choices. Change the design on any slide using options for text, color, and placement. When finished, share your presentation within Slidebot or export as a PPT or PDF.
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tag(s): slides (65)

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Use SlideBot for student presentations in the classroom. Challenge your writers to create short stories and publish with slides. SlideBot is a great resource for your BYOD classroom. Create supporting presentations for lessons. Encourage students to create presentations to support book talks and share them on a library website.

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ChartAccent - Donghao Ren, Matthew Brehmer, and others

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8 to 12
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Add comments and annotations to your online charts with ChartAccent. Upload your CSV file to begin and follow the steps to choose the best type of chart for your dataset. ...more
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Add comments and annotations to your online charts with ChartAccent. Upload your CSV file to begin and follow the steps to choose the best type of chart for your dataset. Options include bar, line, or scatter plots. Follow additional steps to label and annotate your chart. When finished, save your work as a PNG, SVG, or animated GIF. Be sure to watch the included video with directions for annotating and exporting charts.

tag(s): charts and graphs (199)

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Collect data in your classroom and quickly create a graph to represent it. Share through links or adding images to blogs, wikis, or websites. Share graphs on an interactive whiteboard or projector for better analysis of data by the class, then add comments and notes. Graph results of a test, answers from students, favorite foods, fictitious budgets, class schedules, and whatever else is applicable in your classroom. Use an informational text, and have students create a pie chart to understand how to read charts that accompany the informational texts. Have cooperative learning groups create graphs to share with the class on the class wiki. Create quick pie charts on your interactive whiteboard whenever you count class votes or encounter other data so students "see" data visualized on a regular basis; visual students will have another way to absorb the information. Keep the link handy on your web page to access it quickly in or out of class. Assess students' understanding of any chart by uploading one and having the student annotate the information.
 

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StepMap - Ole Brandenburg

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5 to 12
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Create personalized local or world maps using StepMap. Register using your email, then activate your account to begin. Choose from creating a standard map or regional/city map to start....more
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Create personalized local or world maps using StepMap. Register using your email, then activate your account to begin. Choose from creating a standard map or regional/city map to start. Follow the steps to choose an area on the map, colorize specific areas including national parks, add options including latitude and longitude lines, and icons. StepMap also offers the option to upload and add video and images as a link to specific locations. When complete, save your map then share using social networking options, the provided embed code, or download to your computer as a jpg. Watch the video tutorial for information on using this site. If your district blocks YouTube, the video may not be viewable. You could always view the video at home and bring it to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the video from YouTube.
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tag(s): continents (49), countries (80), map skills (81), maps (295)

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Use StepMap as a tool for helping students learn the locations of countries. Demonstrate how to use the site, then have students find and locate countries, then label using specific colors. Use StepMap to create a map of locations from a novel, events in history, or interesting locations near your hometown.

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Canary Learning - Canary Learning, Inc

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6 to 12
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Canary Learning is an online platform for distributing, collecting, and grading assignments. Create assignments from existing documents to download to student devices. When complete,...more
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Canary Learning is an online platform for distributing, collecting, and grading assignments. Create assignments from existing documents to download to student devices. When complete, students submit work even when offline. Grade and manage assignments with Canary Learning's built-in tools. Your Canary Learning dashboard keeps track of daily information including assignments, student and teacher resources, work to be graded, and more.

tag(s): assessment (113), classroom management (157)

In the Classroom

Take advantage of Canary Learning's features to organize and manage your classroom. Provide student feedback quickly through the site's grading tool. Students will always know the latest assignments and due dates through access on the site.

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RooClick - David Bard

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6 to 12
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Create interactive video lessons with RooClick. Embed quizzes and documents at any point in a video and receive detailed reports on student responses. See Rooclick in action by going...more
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Create interactive video lessons with RooClick. Embed quizzes and documents at any point in a video and receive detailed reports on student responses. See Rooclick in action by going to the "Try It!" link on the site. RooClick works on any device; however, RooClick recommends that you download and use their apps when using a mobile device. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos 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 Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.
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tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (177), digital storytelling (151), questioning (34), video (278)

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Create short review videos for flipped lessons. Annotate by highlighting the significant features of videos through the addition of documents with supporting information. Consider the power of students using this site to annotate videos to explain the material in their own words. Students can also create questions to play with each video. Also, as a final project for any unit, students can share research findings in a video with discussion questions to go with the research and with links to outside resources. Be sure students create a script to read from before beginning to produce their own video.

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Quiznetic - Quiznetic

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6 to 12
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Quiznetic is a quiz creation tool that sends players racing on a track you choose. Begin by creating your quiz from options presented within Quiznetic including player movement choices...more
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Quiznetic is a quiz creation tool that sends players racing on a track you choose. Begin by creating your quiz from options presented within Quiznetic including player movement choices and positions on the board. Add questions by selecting from options of question types, add images or videos if desired, and feedback for submitted answers. Quizzes allow for up to 30 players, and they enter the game on any device by entering the unique access code. Also, you can run more than one quiz at a time. When finished, teachers receive a game result spreadsheet with player names and results from each question. Making the creation of a quiz can take just a matter of seconds by copying other people's public game designs.

tag(s): assessment (113), quiz (88), quizzes (102)

In the Classroom

Add Quiznetic to your arsenal of quiz creation tools, especially for differentiation, since you can run more than one quiz at a time. Create a quiz as a tool for checking prior knowledge or making a quick assessment. Have students answer exit questions or see what students remember from the previous day using the Quiz Creator. Use for formative assessment to identify misconceptions that students may have at the start of a unit. ESL/ELL and world language teachers could use Quiznetic for vocabulary practice. Have students create quizzes with characteristics of story characters for classmates to see which character they resemble the most. Students could also create a quiz to present to his/her peers after giving a class presentation.

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Formilla - Tawer Gilyana and Zaia Gilyana

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K to 12
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Formilla is a live chat widget add-on for your website. Compatible with all formats, Formilla is customizable for different languages and appearance. Free accounts include access to...more
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Formilla is a live chat widget add-on for your website. Compatible with all formats, Formilla is customizable for different languages and appearance. Free accounts include access to one website, one chat agent, and up to 30 chats/emails.
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tag(s): chat (54)

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Offer a set time for office hours published well in advance for parents and students to drop in and ask questions about assignments, homework help, or any other matters that they may have. Set up a chat time early in the school year for "meet and greet" so parents discover your website or for those who are unable to attend back to school night! Cut down on email! Encourage students to identify the questions they (or their parents) have the most as you develop the scope for your chat. ESL/ELL teachers can use the chat to provide extra written language practice for their students in an engaging way! Use the chat with your colleagues in a Teacher Lounge format to help each other in the appropriate use of technology, content sharing, or professional development.

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Loom - Vinay Hiremath

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K to 12
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Loom is a Chrome browser extension for creating quick and easy video screen recordings up to five minutes long. Download and install the extension following directions on the site....more
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Loom is a Chrome browser extension for creating quick and easy video screen recordings up to five minutes long. Download and install the extension following directions on the site. Loom allows you to record the entire desktop, just an application, or use the computer camera for recording. When finished, Loom automatically saves the recording and provides the URL for sharing through Gmail or social accounts.

tag(s): video (278)

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Download and install Loom on classroom computers using Chrome. Have students make screen recordings to share how to use websites or software with their peers. Ask students to create a recording to demonstrate where to find information on a website, or point out specific areas of difficulty when working on a computer. Share a link to videos you create on your website to demonstrate specific instructions on finding information on the computer or how to get started on a computer game. Although only available in Chrome at the time of this review, Loom states that it is working on making the download available for other browsers in the future.

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ClassroomScreen - Laurens Koppers

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K to 12
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ClassroomScreen is a background utility for use with interactive whiteboards or projector screens. Choose from circles at the bottom of the screen to add features including a random...more
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ClassroomScreen is a background utility for use with interactive whiteboards or projector screens. Choose from circles at the bottom of the screen to add features including a random name picker, text, timer, and clock. Drag items to place them on the screen as desired.

tag(s): classroom management (157), functions (70), iwb (33), time (139)

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Use ClassroomScreen on your interactive whiteboard for quick access to many commonly used tools. Add to student computers for access to a calculator and text box for notes. ESL/ELL teachers will enjoy the multi-language feature. Use the different backgrounds as inspiration for creative writing projects.
 

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Duck Soup - Robert Boyett and Andrew McAfee

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K to 12
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Is a paperless classroom your goal? Duck Soup is for you! Instead of making copies of papers to hand out and then grade, upload any PDF or Word document to ...more
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Is a paperless classroom your goal? Duck Soup is for you! Instead of making copies of papers to hand out and then grade, upload any PDF or Word document to your Duck Soup account to quickly turn it into an e-sheet gradable activity. Receive feedback in real time as students complete work. Duck Soup also offers the ability for students to "write" on documents as they would with pencil and paper. Options include setting times to submit responses, set number of retries for incorrect responses, and set values of questions. This site fully integrates with Google Drive making it a "must have" for any Google Classroom.

tag(s): Google (25)

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Save time and paper using Duck Soup. Start out slowly, perhaps with one or two papers the first week. Choose a paper that is familiar to both you and your students and explore together how to use e-sheets and settings that work best for your classroom. Once familiar with the site, the possibilities are unlimited. Use Duck Soup for homework, centers, and ongoing projects. Instead of sending paperwork home to be completed by parents, create digital versions for quick response and compilation of information.

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Go Pollock - Pollock Technologies

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6 to 12
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Go Pollock is an online quiz creator that provides immediate results and feedback. Create your question and answer choices, then share the link with students. As students provide answers,...more
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Go Pollock is an online quiz creator that provides immediate results and feedback. Create your question and answer choices, then share the link with students. As students provide answers, view results as they come in. Choose from several different response options including checkboxes, multiple choice, short answer, and true/false. Go Pollock also offers the option of including images with each question. Save your quizzes to your library to edit or reuse as you like. The feature "Collaborative Challenges" does have a one time fee. This review is only for the free features on Go Pollock.
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tag(s): polls and surveys (54), quiz (88), quizzes (102)

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Add Go Pollock to your arsenal of quiz and poll creation tools for use by you and your students. Use as a tool for checking prior knowledge or making a quick assessment. Have students answer exit questions or see what students remember from the previous day using this site. Use for formative assessment to identify misconceptions that students may have at the start of a unit. ESL/ELL and world language teachers could use this for vocabulary practice. Have students create quizzes with characteristics of story characters for classmates to see which character they are most like. Embed or post the URL for the quizzes on your web page for students to complete.

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Ganttology - Webalon LTD

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5 to 12
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Ganttology is a web-based service for creating Gantt charts. Gantt charts allow you to track the progress of tasks using horizontal bars representing sub-tasks and milestones. Free...more
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Ganttology is a web-based service for creating Gantt charts. Gantt charts allow you to track the progress of tasks using horizontal bars representing sub-tasks and milestones. Free accounts allow you to create a chart with up to 50 tasks including groups and sub-groups. Other features include color coding of items and the option of assigning tasks to different people.
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tag(s): charts and graphs (199), collaboration (18)

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Use Ganttology to create a task chart for group projects or a long-term overview of a unit. Be sure that all participants have a link to the chart, or print it out and display in a convenient location. Have students map out a chapter, story, or novel from difficult reading material. Use the events charted to discuss cause and effect.

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Expresso - Mikhail Panko

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6 to 12
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Expresso is a tool to improve and analyze writing through providing data to enhance your writing style. Paste your work into Expresso to analyze your sample. Expresso's analysis provides...more
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Expresso is a tool to improve and analyze writing through providing data to enhance your writing style. Paste your work into Expresso to analyze your sample. Expresso's analysis provides a significant amount of data including the number of weak verbs in your writing, frequently used words, and readability statistics. Take full advantage of the power of this site by exploring how to use the sections in the metrics information menu and the site's tutorial.

tag(s): editing (71), grammar (210), proofreading (25), spelling (167), writing (369)

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Share this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector and demonstrate how to use it with your students. Instead of having students turn in a final draft of writing assignments, ask them to paste their writing project into Expresso and make improvements before turning it in for grading. Ask students to submit their original work along with the final project and highlight changes made using Microsoft Word or Google Docs. After making changes, ask students to post their work on Comments4Kids, reviewed here. This site offers interactive peer feedback of student writing under specific guidelines to promote positive interactions. Ongoing use of Expresso helps students identify common writing errors made. After using this site for some time, have students create a podcast using a site such as Podcast Generator, reviewed here, to share tips and helpful information for improving writing.

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Bitmoji - Bitstrips Inc

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K to 12
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Build an emoji with Bitmoji. Bitmoji is an Android and Apple app, also available as a Chrome extension. Use email to create an account then follow prompts to create an ...more
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Build an emoji with Bitmoji. Bitmoji is an Android and Apple app, also available as a Chrome extension. Use email to create an account then follow prompts to create an emoji with your likeness; save it as a png to your computer, Google Drive, or Microsoft OneDrive. The fun starts after creating your emoji! Choose from countless options to share your Bitmoji in emails, messages, as an avatar, or anywhere you communicate online.

tag(s): creativity (121), DAT device agnostic tool (177), emotions (37), faces (4), images (274)

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Create a Bitmoji to use as your avatar on your class website or blog. Update your avatar to reflect current lessons, holidays, or events. Use emojis to appeal to students and draw their attention to important information. For example, choose the bitmoji with praying hands and "please" as a reminder to read all of the directions before beginning work. Choose a Bitmoji with an interesting background or phrase to use as a writing prompt. Insert a bitmoji into a Google form as feedback for student responses. Have older students (13+) take a picture of a portion of text and add a Bitmoji to share a connection or response to the text (also known as BookSnaps).

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SpryCanvas - sprycanvas.com

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Sketch, collaborate and brainstorm with anyone anywhere with SpryCanvas. Create and verify your account to begin. Start your session by adding the email address of contacts to invite....more
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Sketch, collaborate and brainstorm with anyone anywhere with SpryCanvas. Create and verify your account to begin. Start your session by adding the email address of contacts to invite. Options allow you to add images, change text colors, and add notes. SpryCanvas also includes a chat feature for participant discussions. Download and save a picture of your screen during any session using the provided link.

tag(s): drawing (84), iwb (33), painting (67)

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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. Share the finished products on an interactive whiteboard, projector, or your class website. Have a group of students create a drawing so that another group can use it as a writing prompt. Use a SpryCanvas board 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 with students 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, use SpryCanvas 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 to complete complex math problems or equations. Give students a problem by typing it on their board.

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