Examples of ways to differentiate instruction

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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 (155), suffixes (11), vocabulary (302), vocabulary development (98)

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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 (206), decimals (110), division (137), equations (124), fractions (205), functions (57), integers (41), measurement (134), multiples (31), multiplication (188), number sense (75), numbers (176), operations (94), order of operations (30), polynomials (26), pythagorean theorem (27), statistics (100), subtraction (170), time (124)

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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 (54)

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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.

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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 (220), vocabulary development (98)

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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 (161)

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Add this website to your classroom computers, websites, and newsletters for parents of ESL/ELL students or beginning readers. Use this tool to differentiate in all primary classes. 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 (29), creativity (88), professional development (60), social networking (96)

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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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Knowble - Bob Rafferty

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6 to 12
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Improve reading comprehension using Knowble to find interesting online articles and questions based on your reading level and preferences. Create your account to begin. Start the 40...more
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Improve reading comprehension using Knowble to find interesting online articles and questions based on your reading level and preferences. Create your account to begin. Start the 40 question vocabulary test. Following the test, you will see several articles selected based on your results. Choose from categories such as world, business, entertainment, sports, and science. Each article offers an opportunity to practice vocabulary with a short activity. Choose the user profile link to view the number of texts read, and words learned at any time. Note: This site comes from the United Kingdom so most articles are based on information from the UK.

tag(s): guided reading (37), independent reading (91), reading comprehension (81), vocabulary development (98)

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Use Knowble with ESL/ELL or special education students as an interesting way to deliver interesting and appropriate leveled informational texts. Have students create individual accounts and use as a computer lab or classroom center activity to build vocabulary and reading skills. Use this site to differentiate for students of all levels. Share this site with your teaching colleagues to help differentiate for learning support (or gifted or ESL/ELL) students. Select informational texts to use for close reading (a la Common Core) together as a class on a projector or interactive whiteboard.

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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 (77), video (164)

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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 (33), proofreading (12), writing (310)

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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 (206), division (137), fluency (22), multiplication (188), subtraction (170), vocabulary (302), vocabulary development (98)

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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 this tool to differentiate for all 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 (206), charts and graphs (176), decimals (110), division (137), equations (124), experiments (64), fractions (205), geometric shapes (110), integers (41), logic (198), mean (24), median (22), mode (14), multiplication (188), number sense (75), numbers (176), operations (94), order of operations (30), probability (100), problem solving (170), ratios (47), square roots (22), subtraction (170), symmetry (46), venn diagrams (15), whole numbers (14)

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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 (23), musical instruments (27), musical notation (19)

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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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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 (123), digital storytelling (79), social networking (96)

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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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Presentain - Neek Kurat

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4 to 12
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Connect and engage your presentation audience with Presentain. Create a free account and link to your Google Drive account. Connect your social media accounts through your profile so...more
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Connect and engage your presentation audience with Presentain. Create a free account and link to your Google Drive account. Connect your social media accounts through your profile so presentation participants can view your connections. Access your Google Drive presentations in Presentain or upload a PDF version of a presentation created in PowerPoint or Keynote. Store your presentations in the Presentain cloud. Download the iOS or Android app on your phone or tablet to connect your mobile device. Use your mobile device as a clicker and connect your audience on their mobile devices. The audience can ask questions, take part in polls, send you follow-up requests, share your slides, and more. Record your voice while you present and publish the slidecast to your online audience. Presenting on a laptop that's not yours? Enter a presentation code that doesn't require a login. This is a great tool to involve your audience. Presentain users must be at least 18 years old.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (48), slides (49)

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Use your existing presentations and upload them as a PDF to Presentain. Use the many tools available at the site to engage your students. Use the question feature as a backchannel to address questions and concerns. Collect data using polls to differentiate your instruction. A BYOD school? Connect your students on their mobile devices. Share your slidecasts for student access both in and outside of class for further practice. An excellent site to share your presentations on professional development with your teaching colleagues. A great tool to flip your classroom instruction. Record students' presentations (using your account) to share on a website or blog so families unable to attend can view. Create visual presentations for key concepts or vocabulary. Record descriptions and share the slidecast for student access both in and outside of class for further practice.

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Happy Class - David Cole

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K to 6
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HappyClass is a FREE automatic classroom seating chart maker. HappyClass creates charts in minutes based on your students' needs and relationships. Type or paste your class roster into...more
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HappyClass is a FREE automatic classroom seating chart maker. HappyClass creates charts in minutes based on your students' needs and relationships. Type or paste your class roster into the website and configure the virtual desks to look like your physical classroom. The contextual menu provides options to make sure relationship factors are prioritized as well as student needs (like front or back of the room). Need a student to stay in the same seat? Pin them to the seat (not literally of course!). Edit each student's unique needs at any time as your students change throughout the year. The happiness indicator automatically determines if the student is sitting in an ideal situation. A smiley face means all is well, a so-so face means it could work, and an uh-oh face means the current seating configuration could lead to a negative classroom environment. Seating chart results are immediate with one click of a button. Not happy? Generate a completely new configuration with another click. Print your chart in a snap for your lesson plan book. The free version (Lite) includes an unlimited number of students in one editable class roster and one room setup at a time. You can add, edits or delete students, rearrange the room, or change relationships and needs of that one class over and over. The freebie limits make this well suited for self-contained classes, not teachers who see different classes throughout the day.
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tag(s): back to school (33), classroom management (55)

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HappyClass is a great site to make sure seating preferences in IEPs /504 plans are met. Create differentiated cooperative learning groups throughout the day in seconds. Printing charts is quick and easy. Change the configuration of your room by dragging and dropping desks. Clear the chart and start from scratch. More time to focus on instruction! Save this in your "back to school" online files!

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The Music in Poetry - Smithsonian

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4 to 12
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The lessons at this site focus on two poetic forms: the ballad stanza and the blues stanzas, and their rhythm. Both of these forms began as song. A sound track ...more
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The lessons at this site focus on two poetic forms: the ballad stanza and the blues stanzas, and their rhythm. Both of these forms began as song. A sound track is included. The sound track has a separate URL from the lessons and is suggested several times in the plans. As with all educational resources at the Smithsonian, the sixteen page lesson plan (unit) is thorough. It includes suggestions for playing music from the Smithsonian's Folkway recordings, an explanation of the metrical unit, iamb, with some humorous examples on the Bestiary of Poetic Terms page, nonfiction reading about the ballad and the blues forms of poetry, and too many others to list here. Through all this, you can review the form of "The Cat in the Hat," and meet Langston Hughes, Bob Dylan, U2, Willie Nelson, William Wordsworth, Lewis Carroll, Emily Dickinson and many other famous poets and song writers.

tag(s): blues (21), dance (23), differentiation (20), gifted (65), poetry (209), rhymes (33), rhythm (17), writing (310)

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There is a ton of information and activities in this lesson plan. This lesson plan is more like a unit plan, so choose to complete the entire unit or pick and choose certain lessons to familiarize your students with the ballad and the blues. You could choose just to do one or the other. Differentiate the activities for your gifted students. The lessons also include suggestions for movement activities and having students create their own poems. Student poems can be displayed creatively by using a poster program like Smore reviewed here, and the URLs can be posted on your teacher website in order for parents to see.
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ForAllRubrics - ForAllSchools

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K to 12
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Data drives instruction. Managing data drives you crazy. This free tool will assess students, manage data, and analyze results to make your instruction better. Easily create rubrics....more
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Data drives instruction. Managing data drives you crazy. This free tool will assess students, manage data, and analyze results to make your instruction better. Easily create rubrics. Describe your indicators and include standards. Find rubrics in the library to copy and make your own. Print rubrics, save as a PDF, or download as a spreadsheet. Share your rubrics in the library for others to access. Does breaking down data make you break down? Analyze assessment results by individual students, class, item analysis, or standards. Email students and their families the results or download rubrics to print. Add comments to rubrics for qualitative analysis. Award badges (stickers) to reward students and provide positive feedback. An accompanying, free iPad app allows you to collect data on the fly and add it to your account. The demonstration video requires Flash, the remainder of the site does not.

tag(s): assessment (52), rubrics (22)

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Use the data provided to analyze students to differentiate instruction. Provide students and families the opportunity to view data online. Motivate students to learn by awarding badges. Students can analyze their own data to monitor progress. Use the data for progress reports and parent/teacher conferences. Use the data provided to analyze your instruction to make sure standards are being met and instruction is tailored for students' individual needs.

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Gettysburg by the Numbers - TeachersFirst

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5 to 10
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Gettysburg by the Numbers (GBTN) is a web-based, interactive experience of the Battle of Gettysburg through numbers and infographics that raise questions and invite connections. Exploring...more
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Gettysburg by the Numbers (GBTN) is a web-based, interactive experience of the Battle of Gettysburg through numbers and infographics that raise questions and invite connections. Exploring Gettysburg "by the numbers" invites you to move beyond dates and facts to questions that make the battle more meaningful and real. Dig into the numbers to imagine the weather, the clothing, the communications, the people, the weapons, and--yes -- the cleanup from three devastating, pivotal July days in 1863. Delve into the infographics and accompanying questions to connect what was then with what is now. The site includes ideas for families and for teachers to use it in the classroom. Be sure to click on the large color image of the battle to get the "big picture." Teachers will want to explore the extensive "For Teachers" section that offers materials, lesson ideas, Common Core correlations, and much more.

tag(s): civil war (125), gettysburg (27)

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Gettysburg exemplifies many aspects of the Civil War experience and of U.S. life during the 1860s. Use this resource as a whole class introduction to the Civil War or specifically to the Battle of Gettysburg. Extensive teacher materials include downloadable and customizable handouts for students to "get the basics" about the battle or extend their understanding through small group or individual projects on battle-related topics that interest them. Coordinate with your math teacher to reinforce concepts of proportion, percent, ratio, and graphing with real data about Gettysburg. Differentiate for your students by helping them select from more concrete or more open-ended "questions" included with each detail about the battle. You can make this a one-day "quick tour" or a week long journey. Find project ideas included in these questions. There is even a customizable project rubric in the teacher materials. Be sure to share this link on your class web page for curious students (and families) to explore on their own outside of class!

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Excellent resource for research Arthur, TX, Grades: 0 - 12

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Opus - Common Core Math Problems for Middle School - opusmath.com

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6 to 9
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Search for problems and build assignments for middle school math using Opus. Begin by searching the Common Core standards list or choose a grade level and a topic content. Click ...more
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Search for problems and build assignments for middle school math using Opus. Begin by searching the Common Core standards list or choose a grade level and a topic content. Click to view available problems. You can click thumbs up or down to find more problems similar to what you are searching for. You can also choose to highlight all of a particular topics (such as probability). Tick the box next to problems to save. When finished, choose to save problems in a Word or Google Document. Generate answer sheets using your Opus account, if desired. An Opus account is required to save and generate documents. Create your account using your name, email, and a password.

tag(s): angles (73), area (50), charts and graphs (176), commoncore (81), decimals (110), fractions (205), functions (57), multiples (31), number lines (13), percent (70), probability (100), pythagorean theorem (27), ratios (47), square roots (22), statistics (100), test prep (82), transformations (14), volume (35)

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Bookmark and use Opus as a resource for math problems aligned to Common Core standards. Don't keep this site to yourself! Create your own homework or review sheets using problems found on Opus. Use this tool to create individualized "study guides" for students to use to better prepare for state testing. You can easily differentiate to find the specific topics that certain students are struggling to understand. Better yet, have students choose their own topics to investigate and study. Share with students to use as a problem bank for additional practice in all common core and middle school math skills. Provide this link on your class website, wiki, or blog for student practice at home.

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Not Just Sums - NotJustSums.com

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Not Just Sums offers several math interactives and printable resources. Choose the link to games to find many engaging activities perfect for any math class in the upper elementary/middle...more
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Not Just Sums offers several math interactives and printable resources. Choose the link to games to find many engaging activities perfect for any math class in the upper elementary/middle school grades. There is Cricket Challenge (overall review of many math concepts), Halloween Pumpkin Pairs Game, The Wall Addition, Magic Square Investigation, and more. Each activity offers simple directions and most have a timed element for competition. The Sample Resources link includes links to printable resources for classroom use. Although labeled as worksheets, many activities go beyond simple fill in the answer problems. They are also appropriate for many learning and extension uses. This site was created in the United Kingdom so Americans will notice some spelling, currency, and measurement differences.
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The activities on this site are perfect for use on interactive whiteboards or classroom computers. Have students try activities to increase fact fluency as well as fluency with number patterns. Print and use worksheets from this site for homework, math centers, or review of current content. It would be simple to differentiate for your gifted students or learning support students. For example, there are specific activities to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division. Choose the one that each particular student needs to practice the most. If students are beyond basic operations, try the Cricket Challenge or Magic Square Investigation (both appear more challenging than the basic operations activity). Note: American children can learn about cricket, too!
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