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QuickRubric - Clever Prototypes, LLC

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K to 12
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Develop rubrics to assess what you expect students to learn with Quick Rubric. Registration is free and allows for saving the rubric. Click Create a Rubric and add a title, ...more
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Develop rubrics to assess what you expect students to learn with Quick Rubric. Registration is free and allows for saving the rubric. Click Create a Rubric and add a title, brief description, and the maximum and minimum scores. Describe your indicators, add descriptors, and even include standards. At any time during the formation of the rubric add columns and rows. Save and share via URL or printing. The ability to copy and modify a rubric from your account is a great time-saver.

tag(s): assessment (106), rubrics (32)

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Use this online tool to create original rubrics before introducing a new project. Be sure to review the rubric with your students on a projector or interactive whiteboard, to be certain that they understand your expectations. As you approach the project deadlines, consider reviewing the rubric again having students mark or highlight key terms in the rubric that will help them get a better evaluation. Have a question and answer period at this time. Rubrics can be created for any task or project. For example, prepare rubrics for silent reading time, science labs, skills tasks in physical education, and all presentations. Visit Rubrics to the Rescue to see examples of topics and wording.

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Zing - Schoolwide

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1 to 12
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Find Ebooks by topic, reading level, or language. Ebooks have a built-in dictionary, highlighting, and bookmarking capability. There are also tools for taking notes and writing a review....more
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Find Ebooks by topic, reading level, or language. Ebooks have a built-in dictionary, highlighting, and bookmarking capability. There are also tools for taking notes and writing a review. Select from award-winning titles, books and series from well-known authors, short texts, poems, and articles. Through your Zing account, you can also access Buzzing, an informational website with author interviews, lesson plans, instructional resources, teaching tips, collaborative tools, and much more. Click Help to find screen shots with written directions or video tutorials for anything you need to do in Zing. There are also free 15-minute webinars for you to attend. Additional features are available for a fee.
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tag(s): assessment (106), book lists (132), classroom management (149), ebooks (42), independent reading (130), reading comprehension (118)

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After signing up click Manage Students to get a class code, URL, and to start adding students. This rather intensive job will take some planning ahead. Look at the required fill-in boxes before starting. Free accounts can have one class and 30 students. If you have a larger class or more than one class, there is a "workaround" for this. If you have a Gmail account, you can add subaccounts (see directions to do this here). You could create another Zing account with this subaccount; you would end up with two different accounts for your classes. Give the students the class code to log in and find their name on the class list. Bookmark your Zing account on class computers for easy access, and post the link on your teacher website for students and parents to access the program at home. Consider requiring students to use the tools on their dashboard for taking notes or highlighting main ideas and supporting details. Students can also use it when writing a review for a book, and then you can conference with students to have them show you their work. Resource teachers and ESL/ELL teachers will find this tool invaluable for having their students reading at appropriate levels.

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Happier - Nataly Kogan

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3 to 12
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Share positive moments and increase your happiness! Share by describing your happy moment, upload a picture (not required), and place it in categories you create, such as working out,...more
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Share positive moments and increase your happiness! Share by describing your happy moment, upload a picture (not required), and place it in categories you create, such as working out, family, and more. Click Share to share with others, including on Twitter or Facebook. Why use categories? If you are lacking motivation for working out, viewing your positive messages from before can definitely help! Connect with others and comment on their happy moments! Read helpful tips to center you on happiness, find mini-courses, and use daily reminders to increase your happiness. Read the many articles on your journey to a happier YOU! This site/app is easy to use with today's busy lives, and interactivity is grounded in actual science.

tag(s): mental health (26), psychology (64)

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With testing, social pressure, and the desire to do well, use Happier in class to celebrate the small steps and successes on which students should be focusing. Teach students to identify positives along the way, no matter what the test or situation's outcome. Consider asking what did you learn from the situation? Identify categories that encompass all of the student's lives and focus on finding happy moments in all areas. Be sure to use this yourself! Find the positives in every facet of your day building happiness day by day. Psychology and Sociology classes can use this as an experiment about happiness, collecting student or family data through the year.

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CheckiO - CheckiO

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3 to 12
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This resource is an excellent online activity to learn Python through coding challenges. Choose a challenge and solve the problem to move onto another challenge. Complete each of the...more
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This resource is an excellent online activity to learn Python through coding challenges. Choose a challenge and solve the problem to move onto another challenge. Complete each of the tasks to gain points and move to the next area. Designed for beginners and experts students will have to stick with it to be able to move past the beginning as the backstory is lost moving from one action assignment to another. The story can be the one item that makes this site different from other coding challenges. After most of the challenges, the solutions are shown. Create an account or log in through Google or Facebook.

tag(s): coding (50), critical thinking (110), problem solving (272)

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Allow students to a variety of different types of coding. Use this site to learn Python. Once students have used several different coding sites, discuss what they learned from the process. Brainstorm and discuss the following: What is the use of learning coding? What are the similarities and differences of the various coding platforms? Use an online interactive Two or Three-Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, and here, for the comparisons of the coding programs.

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Amazon School Lists - Amazon

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K to 12
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Imagine a one-stop site for creating, editing, and distributing your school supply list and wish list to parents and others. That's Amazon School Lists. Login to your Amazon account...more
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Imagine a one-stop site for creating, editing, and distributing your school supply list and wish list to parents and others. That's Amazon School Lists. Login to your Amazon account and add supplies. Choose a grade to see suggested supplies or add your own. Choose from categories to add items. Categories include most popular items as well as specific items such as paper, pencils, or health and cleaning supplies. Edit items to add a comment, show as optional, or state that similar items are fine. Share the final list through email, URL, or several social networking links.
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tag(s): classroom management (149), preK (291)

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Create an Amazon School List for your building or teaching team and distribute your supply list or a wish list in an easy to find format for parents to access anytime and anywhere. Share what your class specifically needs to be ready for the start of school or a new marking period. Include the links to your lists on your class web page. Library/media specialists can share a schoolwide list to keep the media center well stocked with supplies. Art teachers can request the craft items and supplies they need. Even grandparents can help out the school when they know what is needed. Share with your school's parent organization for creating their own lists.

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2Titles - 2Titles.com

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8 to 12
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Answer a few questions on 2Titles and they will suggest several young adult books you might enjoy. If you have read those titles, just click on the "previously read" button ...more
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Answer a few questions on 2Titles and they will suggest several young adult books you might enjoy. If you have read those titles, just click on the "previously read" button and get another in its place. If you are not interested in a suggestion, click on "Don't show this again" and get another in its place. Easy-peasy! Register with email. Registration allows you to fill out the form for whom to contact with your wish list. This tool is free. You do not have to purchase any books. Warning: students should be 13 or older to use this site. Some adult books are recommended such as Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.

tag(s): book lists (132), independent reading (130), reading lists (79)

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Students are always asking teachers to recommend another book just like the one they love! With the plethora of young adult books being published today, it is hard to keep up. Instead, recommend this site to your avid readers to find a new read. Do make sure the student is 13 or over because books like Kite Runner are also recommended. You may want to get written permission from parents, or email the parent with the 2Titles recommendation and a bit of a warning.

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Acclaim - Aksel Gongor, MyAcclaim, LLC

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6 to 12
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Organize and annotate videos and files with Acclaim. Acclaim's step-by-step process and prompts makes creating courses, sharing course information, creating folders within courses,...more
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Organize and annotate videos and files with Acclaim. Acclaim's step-by-step process and prompts makes creating courses, sharing course information, creating folders within courses, and adding videos or files almost effortless. The free registration is referred to as a demo. Register with email and create a course, a Course URL will be given. No need to copy it at this time. Clicking on the setting symbol on any course (and even folders) will give you the URL again. Students will need an email to join and access your courses and folders. Folders and courses can be made public or private. When prompted, upload files (including videos you created) from Dropbox, Google Drive, your computer, and others. Do this by "choosing" from a list, or using the "drag and drop" method. Add videos, your own recorded on a webcam, or from Vimeo or YouTube by pasting in their URL. Teachers and students can annotate videos at certain points with comments and questions. These comments and questions will receive a time stamp. If you organize your videos and documents within a course with folders, once students have registered with their email, you will need to go into the folder settings and give them access. Acclaim is 100% web based, and it is mobile friendly for all devices.
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tag(s): teaching strategies (24), video (273)

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Acclaim is a terrific tool for any teacher who likes to show and discuss certain aspects of videos in class. No more talking over the video or pausing to ask a question or make a comment. Use Acclaim in class to pause and have the discussion questions visible from the video. This works exceptionally well if you want to flip a lesson and have students watch the video from home and be prepared to discuss in class, or if you use stations in your classroom. Students can also put in questions for clarification at the time they are watching. Share Acclaim with research groups for uploading documents and videos they are thinking of using in presentations and projects. Physical education teachers will find Acclaim useful to pause and review certain aspects of a game or exercise you've recorded. Share the URL via email or post to your website or blog.

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Google Takeout Tool - Google

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K to 12
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The Google Takeout Tool is a backup service to your Google account. It allows you to back up and create an offline archive of your information stored on Google. Select ...more
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The Google Takeout Tool is a backup service to your Google account. It allows you to back up and create an offline archive of your information stored on Google. Select what you want to archive then choose next. Choose the format to receive your archived data and delivery method. Receive data through email or directly into your Google Drive account.

tag(s): organizational skills (129)

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The Google Takeout Tool is perfect for use when changing email accounts or using multiple accounts. Archive all desired files then upload to your new account when ready.

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Edueto - Radka Breitzetelova and Tomas Burda

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K to 12
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Create and share online exercises and quizzes for free. Choose from Edueto's different options such as multiple choice, picture tagging, writing, and more to create activities. Browse...more
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Create and share online exercises and quizzes for free. Choose from Edueto's different options such as multiple choice, picture tagging, writing, and more to create activities. Browse through already created activities sorted by grade, type of activity, keyword, or subject. To use any of the exercises, click on the "Use for my students" link. Choose from Quick Use or Full Use options. Quick Use provides an instant link for use without any signup. Full Use, with account creation, offers additional options such as managing students, viewing results, and the ability to create your own exercises. The intro video resides on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos 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): quiz (88), quizzes (99), test prep (96), writing (362)

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Edueto is a must-have for creating and using online exercises in any classroom. Create an account to find and save ready-made exercises, and then create your own activities to suit your individual needs. Upload videos and files to include with exercises if desired. Differentiate student learning by setting up activities for all different levels of student abilities. Have students create their own exercises to share with classmates for practice sessions, during a review, or at the end of a presentation.

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Choosito! - Eleni Miltsakaki

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K to 12
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Choosito! is a search engine providing safe access to the worldwide web through filtering of reading levels and subject areas for education. Create an account to add class information...more
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Choosito! is a search engine providing safe access to the worldwide web through filtering of reading levels and subject areas for education. Create an account to add class information and add your collections. Search Choosito! using filters for reading level and subject. Limit searches to Choosito's Library, your collections, or Choosito! Web. Easily share searches using social networking links or save to your library. Be sure to check out the Choosito! Start Guides for a quick overview to getting started with this search engine.

tag(s): bookmarks (62), search engines (64), search strategies (29)

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Create a classroom account and provide a link on classroom computers for student searches at any time. Differentiate in your class by assigning reading by reading level. ESL/ELL and resource teachers will find this especially helpful when looking for reading material at your students' level for topics assigned in core classes. Be sure to introduce Choosito! on an interactive whiteboard or projector for students to understand how to use this search engine. Share Choosito! with parents for use at home.

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DK FindOut - Dorling Kindersley Limited

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K to 9
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Find an answer to your question or great question starters for any conversation here with this free tool! Scroll through a few questions on the home page and click Find ...more
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Find an answer to your question or great question starters for any conversation here with this free tool! Scroll through a few questions on the home page and click Find Out More to get to the answer. Enter your search terms or question into the search box (I want to find out about...) Scroll down further in the page to view specific topics such as Animals and Nature, Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Life, History, Music, Art, and Literature, Math, and more! Scroll down further to find information by category: What's New, Quizzes, Videos, Galleries, Fun Facts, and My Stuff. Create an account to save information in My Stuff. This tool has an option to sign up for a Teacher account, and coming soon will be the option for a Parent account.

tag(s): addition (239), animals (289), dinosaurs (57), division (169), earth (232), literature (276), multiplication (222), musical notation (37), plants (154), space (216), subtraction (199), writing (362)

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DK FindOut features subject-based, curriculum-linked articles that support classroom learning. These resources also contain ideas for projects or homework. Sign up for a Teacher account and have the option to use the Lesson Planner to organize information in the creation of a lesson. Use this site to find answers to popular student questions. Bookmark this site on class computers for students to find answers to questions they may have in class. Place a link to this site on your class web page for students to access when the questions pop up! Use this as an incentive for students to "teach" and share what they understand about the answer to their classmates. They could do this in an impromptu speech, or more formally with an infographic using a tool such as Easl.ly, reviewed here, or a word cloud (graphic) using Wordle, reviewed here. Find great question starters for lessons and build an engaging lesson using many of these curricular resources.

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Writing Navigator - SAS Curriculum Pathways

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6 to 12
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The Writing Navigator is a free, online suite of tools that provides guidance and support throughout the writing process: planning, drafting, revising, and publishing. Launch any of...more
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The Writing Navigator is a free, online suite of tools that provides guidance and support throughout the writing process: planning, drafting, revising, and publishing. Launch any of the four tools to begin and follow prompts to upload or create your work. Account creation is required using Google+ or email. This tool works with Windows, Mac, and the Chrome browser. There is also free a app for iOS.

tag(s): editing (66), process writing (45), writing (362)

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Use these tools to guide students through the entire writing process. Introduce each tool on an interactive whiteboard (or projector) and work through the steps together. Ask students to complete each step along the way for their individual writing project. Have students create blogs using Throwww, here, describing their journey through the writing process. This site allows you to create "quick and easy" blogs to be used one time only. A unique URL is provided, and this site is as easy as using a basic Word program! Once the students know the Writing Navigator, use it for peer conferences or at home on their own time. Once you set up your account, enroll students with your school. Their parents can also set up an individual student account. Be sure to provide a link to this site on your class website or blog for student use at home. Be sure to turn off your popup blocker to use the site. Find more ideas in the TeachersFirst review of the Writing Reviser, reviewed here.

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Zoom In! - Education Development Center

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5 to 12
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Zoom In! is a set of digital tools that support social studies teachers in aligning teaching with the Common Core Literacy Standards. In each lesson, students solve a historical problem...more
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Zoom In! is a set of digital tools that support social studies teachers in aligning teaching with the Common Core Literacy Standards. In each lesson, students solve a historical problem by analyzing and collecting evidence, organizing research, and creating a rough draft communicating the solution. Create your teacher account to begin. Browse through 10 lessons with topics as diverse as propaganda and Paul Revere, Labor on the World War II Homefront, Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers, and music in the Vietnam War. Create a class within each lesson to receive a class code for student access. View more information about this resource on their YouTube channel, here. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos 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): american revolution (88), civil war (145), constitution (83), immigrants (21), immigration (58), lincoln (86), slavery (71), vietnam (36), westward expansion (29), world war 2 (141)

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Take advantage of these free lesson plans for use in teaching social studies aligned to Common Core Standards. Even if you cannot use whole lessons, browse through to find resources to add to your current lessons. Create classes and assign different lessons to different groups of students based on ability and interest. After completing a unit, have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools, reviewed here.

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Edusight - Garros Li, Dev Chakraborty, Vikram Somasundaram, & Qiming Weng

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K to 12
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Edusight is an online grade book for K-12 teachers with features for capturing grades and comments easily and powerful analytics for viewing and sharing data. Edusight features "buckets"...more
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Edusight is an online grade book for K-12 teachers with features for capturing grades and comments easily and powerful analytics for viewing and sharing data. Edusight features "buckets" for organizing information. Create buckets for tests, quizzes, group work, or any label you desire. Watch the site's Video Walkthrough for an overview of available features. 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 KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the video from YouTube.

tag(s): assessment (106), classroom management (149), data (148)

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Share Edusight information with parents as part of your ongoing communication process. Use Edusight to collect and gather information for IEP and other intervention and data collection meetings. Track student behavior for positive reinforcement or discipline purposes. This versatile tool has many possibilities.

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Edusight features "buckets" for organizing information. Create buckets for tests, quizzes, group work, or any label you desire. Raxi, , Grades: 0 - 12

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mySkillBoard - Rob Steller and Josiah Hills

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K to 12
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mySkillBoard is an online tool for managing and tracking student data aligned to Common Core or individual standards. Create student groups and add your activities to match standards....more
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mySkillBoard is an online tool for managing and tracking student data aligned to Common Core or individual standards. Create student groups and add your activities to match standards. Quickly input each score and view data through several different visualization options. This site is optimized for use on any device allowing you to input and track student performance at any time. mySkillBoard will work on any device with a modern web browser and an Internet connection.

tag(s): assessment (106), classroom management (149), differentiation (49)

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MySkillBoard requires a bit of a learning curve due to a lack of tutorials on using the program. However, it may be useful for differentiating student instruction in any classroom. Add each class or group of students to document. Follow learning goals and mastery of standards. Use mySkillBoard together with other teachers to monitor and document student progress in all learning areas.

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Cluuz Search - Sprylogics

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K to 12
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This tool is the search engine for the next generation. Search with better results than traditional search engines. How is this possible? Cluuz uses the relationship between the terms,...more
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This tool is the search engine for the next generation. Search with better results than traditional search engines. How is this possible? Cluuz uses the relationship between the terms, persons, or other items searched for more relevant results. Enter your search term. Click Advanced for more search options. Click the various items to include in the search under Preferences. Select whether to search using the News or the Web. Results are displayed in a list form and image thumbnails. Click on each heading to view the source. Find relevant tags below the heading of each source that have some relationship with your topic. These tags help streamline your search, finding the relationships that you are actually looking for. Be sure to notice the word clusters found along the right side of the search page. These semantic graphs are clusters created by items extracted from the web pages. Look at each semantic graph to zero in on the actual focus of your search. Use the menu across the top to learn Search Basics or How to Use Cluuz (this is a powerpoint download).

tag(s): search engines (64)

In the Classroom

When discussing 21st century skills, use Cluuz alongside other search engines to compare the results and determine whether the search engines deliver relevant results. Use this search engine when researching any person, event, or concept in your classes. Be sure to link this search engine along with the others on your web page.
 

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MediaFire - MediaFire

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6 to 12
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Get organized with Media Fire. Store and sync files, folders, and media (photos, music, video). Access them from any computer or mobile device. Download the program to your computer...more
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Get organized with Media Fire. Store and sync files, folders, and media (photos, music, video). Access them from any computer or mobile device. Download the program to your computer for times when there is no Internet access. MediaFire Desktop keeps your online and locally stored files safe and in sync. View and edit all files and folders privately or share them to collaborate. Find a comprehensive Getting Started PDF manual on the left side menu. Signing up is as easy as typing in your email. MediaFire claims to be "the only online storage solution to offer unlimited downloads, download resuming, zero wait times and more, all for free."
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tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (170)

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Use MediaFire to transfer files and images between devices quickly in your BYOD or 1:1 classroom. Student groups working on projects in class can gather and share data easily from anywhere. Use for any work students may wish to collaborate on. They can easily make documents public or private and share with others. What a great way for students to turn their work into you when completed on their devices! During curriculum development and other professional development activities, members of a department (or even school-wide) can share resources and documents easily with each other.

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Scrim - Basem

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4 to 12
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Protect your email address and reduce spam with Scrim. Scrim converts your email address into a short, safe link for sharing on Twitter, forums, or any public site. Enter your ...more
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Protect your email address and reduce spam with Scrim. Scrim converts your email address into a short, safe link for sharing on Twitter, forums, or any public site. Enter your email and add a unique ending to the Scrim URL to receive your unique code. Copy and paste the code for use on social networking sites, documents, or forums.
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tag(s): internet safety (106)

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Use Scrim whenever sharing your email address on Twitter or other social networking sites to avoid receiving spam. Share with older students as part of your cyber safety lessons.
 

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Tracker - Douglas Brown

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9 to 12
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So what can you do with a tool that is used for analysis of videos? How about tracking the motion of an object across frames, including data on position, velocity, ...more
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So what can you do with a tool that is used for analysis of videos? How about tracking the motion of an object across frames, including data on position, velocity, and acceleration? Download this tool for Windows, MacOS, and Linux. Start by obtaining a high speed video using YouTube, a portion of a taped movie on a DVR, or from other video footage. Open the Tracker software and import the video. Find the portion of the video you want to use (frame numbers are given). Click video properties in the lower right. If the video segment is large, change the step size (number of frames looked at each time) to more than one. Set the end frame number. In order to view speed, you need to create a scale for the video. For example, choose an object in the video that you can measure. (Make sure you know how big the object actually is.) Click the tape measure tool, then drag the blue arrow around to define the size of the object. Use the tutorials on the download page to learn to manipulate and analyze the position time graph. Be sure to check out the Tracker Video Tutorials for directions for using Tracker.

tag(s): forces (45), motion (61)

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Use this tool to get your student's attention using a well known video. For example, analyze the speed of blasters in Star Wars or any other movie with awesome effects. Use this tool to track the position, velocity, and/or acceleration of sports, performance of magic tricks, etc. Use this tool for Physics experiments and analysis of the motion.
 

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Group Maker Tool - Instant Classroom

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K to 12
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Create random groups quickly with the Group Maker Tool. Click "Create a Group Now" to begin and follow prompts to set up your groups. You will need to provide an ...more
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Create random groups quickly with the Group Maker Tool. Click "Create a Group Now" to begin and follow prompts to set up your groups. You will need to provide an email and create a password for your group. Add up to 100 names to your class list. Choose the number of groups to make. You can even choose to make pairs!

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Although a bit awkward and slow to get started, this tool is helpful for creating random groups for many purposes. It is best to create your class list ahead of time then you can easily create groups anytime on the fly! Use this tool to create groups for cooperative learning, class plays, presentations, computer centers, field trips, and much more.

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