Examples of ways to differentiate instruction

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Diagnostic Questions - Craig Barton and Simon Woodhead

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4 to 12
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Diagnostic Questions offers over 2000 quick questions for an immediate and accurate look at student understanding of math concepts. Choose the question link to browse and find questions...more
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Diagnostic Questions offers over 2000 quick questions for an immediate and accurate look at student understanding of math concepts. Choose the question link to browse and find questions by topic. Choose "Random Question" for one question on any topic. Each question offers multiple choice answers and checks for the correct response. View each response to find out how many others made that choice. Optional site registration allows you to assemble collections of questions into quizzes to save and share. Use the online editor to create and share your own quizzes and questions in just seconds. The site was created in the UK, so it has some pronunciations and spellings different from American English.

tag(s): angles (77), area (53), assessment (62), charts and graphs (183), data (142), decimals (115), equations (132), exponents (38), fractions (212), functions (62), geometric shapes (121), median (21), order of operations (29), statistics (108), time (130), vectors (25)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Use to find a question of the day to begin lessons. Share or embed questions on your class website. Have students prepare a question of the day to include with your quizzes. See the "About" page to find questions for class discussions. Though they suggest using mini whiteboards or a large card, think about using computers or tablets and a student response system, such as Socrative, reviewed here. Using a student response system, you will be able to keep a record of the responses without having stacks of paper. It will help you to differentiate and know whom to focus on with some immediate extra help.

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Online Math Learning - OnlineMathLearning.com

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1 to 12
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Supplement math instruction in the classroom using OnLineMathLearning. Find videos explaining concepts, worksheets for practice, games, and activities. The site material correlates...more
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Supplement math instruction in the classroom using OnLineMathLearning. Find videos explaining concepts, worksheets for practice, games, and activities. The site material correlates to Singapore Math but is assessable to all learners. Explore math by grade level, or by topic. Find math worksheets by grade level or even by topic. There is also Test Prep for SAT, ACT, GMAT, GRE, ESL, IELTS, or TOEFL. Furthermore, this site has instruction on Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Animal facts, Programming, or English help. Find many science project ideas, listed by subject area.
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tag(s): parents (44), video (175), worksheets (39)

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OnLineMathLearning is a nice supplement to your classroom. Use the videos on your interactive whiteboard to begin instruction. Differentiate your math instruction by student need and assign individually. Use the worksheets, games, and activities for extra practice and reinforcement. Allow students to see the ideas listed before they start their science fair projects. Recommend this website to parents so they can understand the "new way" of doing math. Be sure to list as a resource for extra practice on your class website. Keep the videos on this site in mind for using as models when assigning students to make their own videos. Be sure to include in your math parent night. Use as enrichment for your advanced students.
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Oppia (Beta) - Oppia.org

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8 to 12
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Oppia is a wonderfully interesting tool for creative learning explorations. The goal of Oppia is to create a one-on-one learning situation similar to that found in a learning dialogue....more
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Oppia is a wonderfully interesting tool for creative learning explorations. The goal of Oppia is to create a one-on-one learning situation similar to that found in a learning dialogue. As you proceed through each Oppia and enter responses, feedback stimulates thinking without providing answers. Browse the gallery to begin exploring math, languages, and programming options. Be sure to choose the "Show beta explorations" option to find many more activities with topics from "Art" to "Welcome to Oppia." The activities offer an exploration of the background and use of the website. If you feel comfortable with technology, try to create and add your own Oppia to the site. There are not many activities yet, but the possibilities for this one as both a programming challenge and an activity source make it one to watch.

tag(s): logic (201), puzzles (180), STEM (55)

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Assign Oppia explorations to gifted students as part of your differentiated learning lessons. Use Oppia explorations as part of your flipped classroom. Have students complete explorations and then discuss in class. Add links to (or embed) Oppia explorations on your class website or blog for students to explore at home as a review tool or as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson. Join the Oppia Users Group to collaborate with others to create your own Oppia explorations.

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Spell Up - Google Chrome

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3 to 12
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Practice spelling a new way with Spell Up. This activity requires the Chrome browser. Allow your computer's microphone to connect to the website to begin. Choose from beginner, intermediate,...more
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Practice spelling a new way with Spell Up. This activity requires the Chrome browser. Allow your computer's microphone to connect to the website to begin. Choose from beginner, intermediate, or expert level to play. After hearing the word to spell, say a letter and wait for it to appear and continue on until the word is completely spelled (wait to speak when you see the orange dot). Correctly spelled words become part of a tower of words. Incorrect words fall off the screen with the opportunity to try again. Options within the game include a dictionary to hear the definition of words, a keyboard to hear letter pronunciations, and a translator to translate words into many different languages.

tag(s): spelling (160), vocabulary (304)

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Demonstrate HOW to use this website on your interactive whiteboard or projector (with your mike nearby!). Divide your class into teams and test out the site together. Create a link to Spell Up on your class website or blog for students to play at home. Use Spell Up at varied levels for different students to differentiate challenges for your students. Share this link on your class website for students to use at home (especially for spelling practice during the summer).

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Bees: A Honey of an Idea - Canada Agriculture and Food Museum

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3 to 9
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Learn about the fascinating world of bees with this beautiful and comprehensive site. Begin your exploration as you choose from different categories such as What is a Bee?, Pollination,...more
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Learn about the fascinating world of bees with this beautiful and comprehensive site. Begin your exploration as you choose from different categories such as What is a Bee?, Pollination, Life in a Hive, or The Beekeper. The entire site is also available in French. Explore each topic as you view images and descriptions of the life of bees. Find the Glossary link near the top of each page to view a selection of vocabulary words and definitions. Be sure to view the Activities page including recipes, crafts, printable activities, and an image gallery.

tag(s): insects (58)

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Be sure to share this site during any unit on insects or careers. As news stories tell us about the rapid demise of honeybees and the resulting danger to our food supply, step back to see what bees are all about. Allow older students to explore on their own. Younger students will benefit from viewing and reading together on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. Have students use Fakebook (reviewed here) to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about a week in the life of a beekeeper. Use the glossary as a resource for differentiated spelling lists each week. French teachers may want to use this site as a reading experience!
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Fill in the Chart - Susan Jones

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2 to 6
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Fill in the Chart helps you practice multiplication facts using multiplication charts with missing numbers. Choose from many different versions of the charts such as the 5's...more
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Fill in the Chart helps you practice multiplication facts using multiplication charts with missing numbers. Choose from many different versions of the charts such as the 5's or 10's facts. When finished, choose "Grade Me!" to view your score. These practice activities are untimed (so less pressure). Other practice charts include quizzes with multiplication facts offered in random order. Choose from many different practice options.
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tag(s): multiplication (194)

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Share Fill in the Chart on your class website or newsletter for multiplication practice at home or from any computer. Create a link on classroom computers for student practice during center time. Differentiate learning by assigning different practice charts based on individual student needs. This site doesn't time students, therefore causing less stress. if you prefer, have students time themselves with each activity then challenge them to improve completion time and accuracy with each practice. Or time your students using the free Online Countdown Timer (reviewed here).

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Frontiers for Young Minds - Frontiersin.org

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2 to 10
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This tool is a neuroscience journal that includes articles reviewed by kids! Approved student scientists, ages 8-16, review the articles, and neuroscientists serve as their mentors....more
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This tool is a neuroscience journal that includes articles reviewed by kids! Approved student scientists, ages 8-16, review the articles, and neuroscientists serve as their mentors. The scientific process is followed with young scientists writing their submission specifically for the Frontiers Journal. The article is then peer reviewed. Students and scientists serve as peer reviewers. The process shows how articles are reviewed in major publications and show the scientific process.

tag(s): brain (54), child development (20), human body (86), senses (22)

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Use these articles in Biology or Health class to learn about the brain and factors that affect it. Students will find many articles of interest to them. Articles focus not only on learning, but games, media, emotions, and other activities. Have a bright students looking for a challenge? Encourge him/her to follow the directions to apply as a Young Mind reviewer. Challenge cooperative learning groups to read an article and create an infographic sharing the highlights of what they discovered. Use a tool such as Venngage reviewed here. If you teach gifted science students or would like to offer an advanced option to a gifted student in your regular science class while studying the brain or human body, this journal offers an outstanding opportunity for real world collaboration with scientists and very bright students in other places. Differentiate by going outside school walls! Have your student write an article and/or apply to join the team of young scientists.

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Learn That Word - LearnThat Foundation

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3 to 12
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Learn new words ten times faster at Learn That Word. This free, personalized spelling and vocabulary program also offers a "personal vocabulary coach." Create a free account...more
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Learn new words ten times faster at Learn That Word. This free, personalized spelling and vocabulary program also offers a "personal vocabulary coach." Create a free account to begin. Email is required, but you do not have to wait for a verification email. You will definitely want to watch video tutorials available by clicking "My Account" to understand how to use all the tools. The help and activities open in new pop-up windows. Before you start, you are tested for words you already know. Learn new vocabulary if you are learning English or new terms in any subject. Generate your own list of spelling words. There are many ready-made lists and activities. With 180 thousand words in their database, this tool encompasses all ages and skill levels. The activities include multimedia, audio, video, and images to make your new words stick. There are three types of quizzes: Vocabulary, Spelling, and Combo. The root words and prefix/suffix information is very helpful in learning more general approaches to new words.

tag(s): prefixes (14), root words (13), spelling (160), suffixes (11), vocabulary (304), vocabulary development (100)

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Although the site could theoretically work for any age, navigating through it to find what you are looking for would be tough for students below grade 3. You will definitely want to create directions AND demonstrate how to navigate on a projector or interactive whiteboard, even for "savvy" students. This tool is terrific for word study units on prefixes and suffixes as well as for ANY classroom unit that involves learning spelling or word meanings, even in science or social studies. Learning support teachers will love the ability to create activities to reinforce terms. Have your middle and high school students create their own in small study groups to reinforce the words as they create the quizzes! What a great way to differentiate and offer individualized lists! Students can practice the nuts and bolts of spelling with this collection of activities involving root words, prefixes and suffixes, vocabulary, or both in the Combo Quizzes. Create your own spelling and vocabulary lists or search the archives for topic lists. There are two options for teachers to add students to this program. Students can join using a key code, or you can add them yourself by adding their names, and optional email, and a username that will be their password. Students who are entered or join a class will also be registered for the "All Students" class, making it easy to assign lists or inform/remind students of assignments and quizzes coming up. Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Divide your class into groups, and have a class challenge for past and present spelling words or vocabulary. This is an excellent site to differentiated student word practice. Share this link through your class website or newsletter for practice at home.

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iPracticeMath (Beta) - iPracticeMath.com

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K to 12
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iPracticeMath is a great site for teaching, reinforcing and reviewing math skills for all grade levels. The site is intended for home use, with parents registering to track their child's...more
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iPracticeMath is a great site for teaching, reinforcing and reviewing math skills for all grade levels. The site is intended for home use, with parents registering to track their child's progress, but registration is not required to access activities. Begin by choosing from math practice, learning, or worksheets. From there choose a grade level and content. In addition to the usual math topics, there is Consumer Math. Answer multiple choice questions that provide immediate feedback including correct responses for incorrect answers. Optional parent account creation provides reports including individual progress, strengths and weaknesses, and comparisons to students of similar age.

tag(s): addition (210), decimals (115), division (142), equations (132), fractions (212), functions (62), integers (40), measurement (141), multiples (32), multiplication (194), number sense (82), numbers (177), operations (99), order of operations (29), polynomials (28), pythagorean theorem (26), statistics (108), subtraction (174), time (130)

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Although this site only reinforces basic math concepts through multiple choice responses and short answers, it is one worthy of adding to classroom computers and definitely worth sharing with parents. Differentiate content based on individual student's needs. If you wish, encourage parents to create individual student accounts to track progress and share with you throughout the school year. Have them email reports or print them out and send to school with younger ones. If you and the parent wish to "share" a login, you could work together to support struggling students. Learning support teachers and ESL/ELL teachers will find this simple tool a great asset in the classroom.

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Great website for math-practice ise, , Grades: 0 - 12

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Activate Instruction - Diane Tavenner

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K to 12
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Activate Instruction is a free tool to create and share personalized instruction through playlists similar to those used for music listening. This tool can be used by teachers, parents,...more
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Activate Instruction is a free tool to create and share personalized instruction through playlists similar to those used for music listening. This tool can be used by teachers, parents, and students. Search by Common Core standards to find resources to add to playlists or for immediate use. Create your own playlists after registering on the site. Students and parents access materials by following their teacher's playlists. Include resources such as videos, worksheets, animations, and self-created material on your playlist. Be sure to watch the introductory video for an overview of how to use Activate Instruction. Although the search provides all grade levels, at the time of this review most content was geared toward upper elementary students and above.

tag(s): bookmarks (58)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Share with students and parents as a resource for finding personalized learning materials. Search for ready-made playlists to share with students for any instructional unit. Create your own and share with students on your classroom website. Share with other teachers as a way to collaborate on playlists for any classroom topic. Personalize playlists to differentiate for ability levels within your class. Allow your gifted learners to excel levels and explore topics for enrichment or advancement opportunities.

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Listen and Read: Reading Activities for Early Learners - Scholastic

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K to 3
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This site offers short, non-fiction readings at two beginning levels of difficulty. You can read the story yourself or click to hear it line by line as you read. After ...more
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This site offers short, non-fiction readings at two beginning levels of difficulty. You can read the story yourself or click to hear it line by line as you read. After reading, choose a review activity such as hearing the vocabulary words again. The subjects include Community Workers, Animals, Environmental Studies, Social Studies, History, Civics & Government, and Plants & Flowers.

tag(s): audio books (27), guided reading (37), preK (225), vocabulary development (100)

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Use this site in early elementary grades to help students begin to read and interpret informational text (a key piece of Common Core). Because of its multiple levels, you can easily use this site to differentiate. Share the stories on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Assign each student a different community worker to learn about. Have the students learn three new facts about their community worker to share with the class during a social studies lesson on communities. Have your ESL/ELL or learning support students write their own comprehension questions and answers based on the information to check their own comprehension and to exchange with their classmates.

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News in Levels - newsinlevels.com

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K to 8
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Find high interest, leveled news articles (and lessons) for English language learners. Although this site was designed for ESL/ELL it could be very useful in any elementary classroom...more
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Find high interest, leveled news articles (and lessons) for English language learners. Although this site was designed for ESL/ELL it could be very useful in any elementary classroom looking for informational texts that can be differentiated for various reading levels (great for meeting Common Core standards). This tool could be used with any readers to increase comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary skills. There are four difficulty levels. Take the Test Your Level quiz to find out what level will be best. Level 0 requires little to no reading, mostly audio, except some vocabulary words. Many of the lessons include audio, video, practice exercises (with answers), and more. In addition, interesting pictures pique the students' interest. The same story is presented in all of the various levels. The vocabulary at lower levels repeats at the higher levels with more vocabulary added as the level increases. A convenient online dictionary assists with English meanings. Comments are permitted with each article. Some of 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. At the time of this review, most of the news story content was fine for all ages. However, please preview the story before you share it with your class to be certain it is appropriate since there are comments, unmoderated by the site.
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tag(s): guided reading (37), news (167)

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Add this website to your classroom computers, websites, and newsletters for parents of ESL/ELL students or beginning readers. This tool is especially helpful at the beginning of the year, as you are learning students' reading levels. Use this tool to differentiate in all primary classes. Although this site was created for English Language Learners, it could still be used by all students including gifted and learning support. Differentiate for your advanced/gifted students in elementary, while meeting Common Core standards of Informational Text. Use these news articles as informational text meeting your Common Core goals. Assign students of different levels the same story at the appropriate level or build skills by sharing the same story as a class. Challenge groups to compare the stories in pairs. Have students create a visual presentation of the story using comic-creation tools from this collection.
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Blendspace - Blendspace

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K to 12
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Create an interactive online lesson or collection with this free tool. Upload and organize all the resources on a topic in one place and access them with a single click. ...more
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Create an interactive online lesson or collection with this free tool. Upload and organize all the resources on a topic in one place and access them with a single click. Resources appear as a grid on their screen. The site can hold Office files, PDFs, flash files, small videos, YouTube videos, images and Internet links. This tool also can connect with your Google Drive or Dropbox account. Simply share the link for your finished space with anyone to view. Search for items to add right within the application. There is no need to use another browser window/tab to find the resources. Watch the available 30 second video to get started. This tool can be viewed on any computer or mobile device.

tag(s): book reports (30), creativity (93), professional development (67), social networking (103)

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Use this tool to create Internet scavenger hunts and webquests or challenge collections for students to explore and learn. Insert your directions as text in one of the grid boxes. Add the text on top of other material in the grid box. Create lessons about various type of energy or rocks, systems in the body or types of tissues, categories of foods, environmental issues, books of various themes or genre, seasons, parts of speech, civilizations, etc. Use with faculty and staff to showcase a variety of tools for professional development. View the gallery of items created by other educators on the front page of the site that include Flipped Learning, Differentiated Instruction, and Project-Based learning. Have student groups create curated collections on a topic or even collect poetry and images on a specific theme.

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VideoNot.es - UniShared

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4 to 12
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Take note! VideoNot.es is a collaborative notebook that will enhance your online learning experiences. Play a video file on the left side of the screen while typing notes in blank ...more
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Take note! VideoNot.es is a collaborative notebook that will enhance your online learning experiences. Play a video file on the left side of the screen while typing notes in blank note-taking space on the right. You can't go wrong with this tool. Copy and paste a video URL from Khan Academy, Coursera, Udacity, Vimeo, or even YouTube. Play the video and start typing your notes! Each new line that you start writing on is time-coded to coincide with the video. After typing your notes, this noteworthy feature allows you to click on that line and the video will automatically jump to the spot that note was added. Imagine the time this will save you when reviewing your notes. Pause the video until the concept is understood and resume the video with keyboard shortcuts. VideoNot.es integrates with Google Drive. Save your notes in Google Drive to collaborate with friends and classmates. Collaboration with video information will revolutionize your online education and your experience in a flipped classroom. Note that this tool will not work if the video sharing service (such as YouTube) is blocked in your school.

tag(s): note taking (21), organizational skills (91), video (175)

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Flipping your classroom? You'll flip over this collaborative video note taking tool. Students watch videos and share notes with classmates so classroom time is more efficient. Use the qualitative information from the notes as well as quantitative data from pre-assessments to differentiate instruction. VideoNote.es is great for interactive formative and summative assessments. This is a great assistive technology tool for low-level readers to listen to questions as they type their responses. Use VideoNot.es to post online presentations and to type evaluations. This is a great tool to comment on multimedia projects created by students. Post video clips for students to analyze in all subject areas. Collaboration is easy with the Google Drive integration. Do your students lose their paper-and-pencil notes? Google Drive allows for optimal organization. Students and classes can combine their notes to create study guides for the lesson. Read more about Google Docs/Drive here.

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Slick Write - Russ Tek, LLC

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5 to 12
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Refine your writing with Slick Write's feedback about the flow, style, structure, readability, word frequencies, and repeated phrases in your writing. This program is not just a grammar...more
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Refine your writing with Slick Write's feedback about the flow, style, structure, readability, word frequencies, and repeated phrases in your writing. This program is not just a grammar check. See diagrams showing the flow of your writing and sentence styles. It will highlight and label weak descriptions, too many prepositional phrases, cliches, and weasel words. Under "Configure", Slick Write gives choices for types of feedback for the writing. Give it a try by clicking on "edit" and pasting your text. Click "proofread" to get your results. Click "stats" to learn about overuse of prepositions and passive voice, two common writing faults. Once you see your "weaknesses," it's time to begin the hard part: revising! But at least you have an idea where to focus!
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tag(s): editing (37), proofreading (12), writing (312)

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Use this program with your students who are ready to refine and improve their writing. This is a wonderful program to use for revision after editing of grammar and mechanics is complete. Discover what is making your writing too wordy (excessive prepositional phrases or adverbs?) Partner an advanced writer with one not so advanced and have them use Slick Write to improve their styles. Easily differentiate for writing pitfalls by having them "configure" the settings to focus on their greatest needs instead of overwhelming them with everything at once. Put the URL on your website for students and parents to use from home. Remind seniors to use it for their college essays. Use this tool to polish your own professional writing, parent newsletters, blog posts, and papers for grad classes!

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MobyMax: Complete K-8 Curriculum - MobyMax.com

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K to 8
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Practice and improve math and vocabulary skills through pre-testing students and assigning differentiated activities at MobyMax. Pre-tests target areas of struggle and assign...more
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Practice and improve math and vocabulary skills through pre-testing students and assigning differentiated activities at MobyMax. Pre-tests target areas of struggle and assign curriculum based on need. The progress tracking throughout is based on Common Core standards. Adjust assigned curriculum on your own if desired by reassigning a pre-test or assigning your own lessons. Register using your email and school information to begin. Add your student list. Once created students have their own individual login to begin placement testing. Set student IEP goals using Common Core standards. Choose from tabs on the teacher page to view student progress reports, testing, lessons, and IEP progress. There is a PRO account that costs money, this review is only for the FREE portion.
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tag(s): addition (210), division (142), fluency (24), multiplication (194), subtraction (174), vocabulary (304), vocabulary development (100)

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Create a classroom account. Use MobyMax for nightly homework, for use during centers, or computer lab time. Share with parents as an excellent resource for practice of math and vocabulary skills at home. Use the pre-testing features at the beginning of the school-year to get students started at the correct levels. Use this tool to differentiate for all students. Your gifted students can pretest out of material already learned and receive activities and instruction at their individual level. Remedial students can use this site to meet IEP goals (already saved on this site). Be sure to bookmark this site to use with all levels of students.

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Maths Practice and Worksheets - EduGain

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4 to 10
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Practice math skills online, print practice sheets, or create your own customized worksheets with this in-depth mathematics site. Choose a grade level to begin. Topics vary from basic...more
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Practice math skills online, print practice sheets, or create your own customized worksheets with this in-depth mathematics site. Choose a grade level to begin. Topics vary from basic operations to Roman numerals to data handling and many others! Choose from the printed paper or solve online options. Free registration is required to print worksheets and complete some of the online activities; however, this option also allows you to customize worksheets to suit your individual needs. An Android app version is available.

tag(s): addition (210), charts and graphs (183), decimals (115), division (142), equations (132), experiments (63), fractions (212), geometric shapes (121), integers (40), logic (201), mean (22), median (21), mode (13), multiplication (194), number sense (82), numbers (177), operations (99), order of operations (29), probability (105), problem solving (181), ratios (49), square roots (22), subtraction (174), symmetry (49), venn diagrams (15), whole numbers (15)

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Use this site to differentiate for students of all levels. Use activities on this site as a learning station or center. This site is ideal for 1-1 (or BYOD) classrooms. Set up a single teacher account and have all the students use the class login to enable access to all features of the site. Be sure to include this site on your class web page for students to access both in and outside of class for further practice.
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Very good website for Math practice. Thanks for sharing. , , Grades: 0 - 12

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Color in my Piano - Joy Morin

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K to 12
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Color in my Piano is a piano teacher's blog for exchanging and finding resources. "Start Here" gives an overview of the most popular articles, teaching tips, and resources offered....more
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Color in my Piano is a piano teacher's blog for exchanging and finding resources. "Start Here" gives an overview of the most popular articles, teaching tips, and resources offered. Explore the large printables portion of the site to view and download worksheets, games, lesson plans, sheet music, and more. Search through an extensive reading list of articles and resources for teachers, parents, and students. Don't miss Wednesday's Words of Wisdom, featuring inspirational quotes for all. If piano music interests you, this site is a must-see! Note: some of the materials mentioned are for sale, but there is plenty for free.
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tag(s): music theory (25), musical instruments (28), musical notation (20)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and worksheets for music classroom use. Search the Reading Lists for articles to share with students. Share (and discuss) Wednesday's Words of Wisdom. Use this site to differentiate for music students of all levels.
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Sketchlot - sketchlot.com

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K to 12
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Create a sketch on a virtual whiteboard, share it, and have recipients mark it up and share it back. This tool describes itself as a "web whiteboard for schools." Click ...more
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Create a sketch on a virtual whiteboard, share it, and have recipients mark it up and share it back. This tool describes itself as a "web whiteboard for schools." Click Demo to try the tools. Create your own account, and add a list of students. Students log in using your class code and a password. Share finished sketches using the share feature for others to view, sketch, and reply. Embed sketches to your website using code provided or share via Twitter. Sketchlot is a device-agnostic tool, designed to work on all current tablets, phones and computers. Use it from any device or move between several devices and still access your work. App and web versions may vary slightly. Note that the tools in Sketchlot are drawing only: lines, rectangles, and freeform drawing, but no text typing! Anything you can depict as a diagram with free-form writing can be a Sketchlot. (It may be easier to draw on a tablet than on a computer.) Make it easer to write with your finger by zooming in or out.

tag(s): brainstorming (19), DAT device agnostic tool (68), drawing (69), mind map (25)

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If you are one of the lucky ones with a classroom set of mobile devices, this site is an excellent resource for you! Use Sketchlot to write and share math problems for students to view, complete, then send back to you. Create diagrams for student viewing. Have students label items, then return. Create a simple diagram of a structure and have students label forces acting on that structure. Hand the main page over to a student on your interactive whiteboard during a presentation, then share with the rest of the class to add reviews and additional information. Send differentiated tasks to your gifted students by starting a partially completed diagram (a valley where they need to build a bridge) and having them investigate, complete the diagram, and add details. They can, in turn, pass back challenges for classmates (or you) to solve.

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Famous Inboxes - Mark Brownlow

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6 to 12
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If famous people from long ago had inboxes, what would be in them? Famous Inboxes takes that concept and creates inboxes for characters in literature, entertainment, and history....more
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If famous people from long ago had inboxes, what would be in them? Famous Inboxes takes that concept and creates inboxes for characters in literature, entertainment, and history. Choose from artists, musicians, great leaders, authors, and many more categories. Each inbox contains a screenshot of the person's email (mythical) inbox including the subject of the email and the sender. This is an entertaining and provocative site sure to inspire lots of ideas for your own use! Be sure to preview before you share as some of the topics (or "texting" language) may not be appropriate for the classroom.

tag(s): creative writing (131), digital storytelling (82), social networking (103)

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Share Famous Inboxes with your students on your interactive whiteboard or projector using a character or author studied in class. Assign students to each of the inbox titles and have them write the actual email sent. Don't see anyone to use in class? Create your own or have students use the site as a model to create their own. Most likely, working in groups will get the creative juices flowing. This would be a great model to use for introducing a history or science unit or for looking at the relationships between characters in literature. Have students write the emails as an end of unit review. Subscribe to the RSS feed of this site to receive updated contents. Use the option to create an inbox as a differentiated challenge for your gifted students. For example: Summarize World War II by showing Winston Churchill's inbox, then write two of the key emails. As a "hook" for new books in the media center, have students create inboxes for one of the characters and post them with the book jackets. Instead of a "report" on a scientist, have students create their inbox documenting their research and accomplishments.

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