TeachersFirst - Featured Sites: Week of Jul 17, 2011

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ICT Games - James Barrett

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K to 6
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This site provides interactives for practicing many different math skills. Each are categorized by a theme such as number facts, money, and subtraction. For those not sure what activity...more
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This site provides interactives for practicing many different math skills. Each are categorized by a theme such as number facts, money, and subtraction. For those not sure what activity to try, recommended interactives by grade level are listed on the left portion of the site. On the right is a list of activities included under each category. This site has a lot to explore for all elementary students.
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tag(s): addition (251), money (193), patterns (85), preK (279), subtraction (208), time (144)

In the Classroom

Make a shortcut to this site on classroom computers and use it as a center. Include a link to the site on your classroom website or blog for student to practice at home. This is a great site for students to use for additional practice on a skill that is difficult. Make your interactive whiteboard a student-run center for student partners to practice as they think aloud with each other. Or use this site for enrichment for your highly able students.
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Get the Turtle to the Pond - Illuminations

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K to 8
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This activity offers students practice with problem solving and directional skills. The goal is to follow directions (or create your own) and get the turtle to the pond. Extensions...more
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This activity offers students practice with problem solving and directional skills. The goal is to follow directions (or create your own) and get the turtle to the pond. Extensions are offered for getting the turtle to the pond in the shortest number of steps, straightest line, and more. Be sure to check out the lesson plan to the right of the applet for instructions on using in your classroom.

tag(s): maps (288), measurement (159)

In the Classroom

Introduce the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector and demonstrate how to create and follow directions, then allow students to explore the site on their own, with a partner, or on the interactive whiteboard themselves. Create a link on classroom computers for students to use as a center. After students complete a path, have them map it on a piece of paper, then post the different routes and sets of directions in your classroom for other students to follow. Extend the challenge further by having students make mystery paths throughout the school!
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Web 2.0 Scientific Calculator

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2 to 12
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This site provides a scientific calculator and standard calculator that can be displayed on an interactive whiteboard/projector or embedded into a website or blog. The calculator has...more
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This site provides a scientific calculator and standard calculator that can be displayed on an interactive whiteboard/projector or embedded into a website or blog. The calculator has a dropdown box to display the recent history of calculations which may be useful to retrieve recent problems. To embed the calculator into a blog or website, find the "widget" link in the top, right-hand portion of the website. After clicking the link, copy and paste the code to embed the calculator horizontally, vertically, or with a minimal (just standard calculator) display.

tag(s): calculators (41), operations (126)

In the Classroom

Display the calculator on your interactive whiteboard or projector when working through problems or checking class homework. Display on the interactive whiteboard and have a student "Vanna White" model new procedures on the IWB as others work problems at their seats. (The class can "bump" Vanna if he/she makes an error!) Have students practice this tool at an interactive whiteboard center or sidebar. Embed the widget on your class blog or website for students to have any-time access to a scientific or standard calculator. Display on your interactive whiteboard/projector and play "beat the calculator" - assign a problem and play to see if students can solve the problem mentally before the answer appears on the calculator.
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Math Nook - MathNook

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2 to 12
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This site provides many different math activities for students. Directions are provided at the beginning of each interactive, some are for more than one player. At the bottom of the...more
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This site provides many different math activities for students. Directions are provided at the beginning of each interactive, some are for more than one player. At the bottom of the site there is a key that helps explain what skill(s) each activity teaches/practices. Click on "Search" to search the interactives for specific skills. Teachers may also want to take advantage of the free worksheet generators and math videos. Worksheets can be created for elapsed time, telling time, or addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Video directions are provided to help with the creation of worksheets.
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tag(s): addition (251), division (172), money (193), multiplication (227), operations (126), subtraction (208), time (144), worksheets (59)

In the Classroom

This activity would work well for individual or pairs of students in a lab or on laptops. Create a link on your class website or blogs for students to access activities from home. Use the "key" at the bottom of the page to decipher what skills would be useful for your students.
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MathLibs - KidCourses.com

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4 to 6
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MathLibs offers multiplication practice and short slide presentations on various math strands. Multiplication practice is in the format of a word problem. Before starting the problems,...more
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MathLibs offers multiplication practice and short slide presentations on various math strands. Multiplication practice is in the format of a word problem. Before starting the problems, players input several different names based on prompts. The prompts ask for teacher's names, boys and girls names, annoying boys names, etc. (like Mad Libs). These names are then inserted into the word problems to be solved. The slide presentations offer short tutorials on numbers, patterns, measurement, geometry, graphing, and probability.

tag(s): charts and graphs (195), measurement (159), numbers (204), patterns (85), probability (130)

In the Classroom

Use the slide presentations as an introduction to new math units or as review before quizzes and tests. Create a link on your website or blog for students to practice at home. Use the MathLib word problems as examples, then have students create their own MathLib problems and share them on a class wiki.
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Connect the Dots - Lyndsey McCollam

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K to 2
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This is a simple connect-the-dots game using numbers 1 up to 50. Several different puzzles are offered for students to choose from. Connect the dots in the correct order and ...more
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This is a simple connect-the-dots game using numbers 1 up to 50. Several different puzzles are offered for students to choose from. Connect the dots in the correct order and the completed picture is shown (in color.) Puzzles are printable so can also be used by all students at one time for a classroom activity. The image size is not large, so those with poor mouse-skills may have trouble clicking on the small numbers/dots.

tag(s): counting (120), puzzles (208)

In the Classroom

This site would be excellent to use with students who are learning to count numbers in the double-digits. Create a link on classroom computers to use during center time. Print out and hang completed puzzles in the classroom or hallway for an interesting display (if you have paper and ink!).

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Linkbunch - Aalaap Ghag

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K to 12
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Wishing to share a large number of links with others? Use Linkbunch by pasting in the address of the websites you wish to share. Click the Bunch button when done. ...more
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Wishing to share a large number of links with others? Use Linkbunch by pasting in the address of the websites you wish to share. Click the Bunch button when done. Instantly receive a short URL that you can share with others. When opened, all the URL's are live links that lead straight to the sites you are sharing. Share via twitter, email, or text.

tag(s): bookmarks (60)

In the Classroom

Use this service to easily share multiple links at one time with others, especially younger students who have trouble with typing! Save class time by making "bunches" for different projects or topics. Use this as a professional resource to share with colleagues. Use this site to share lists of links with students and parents related to units of study, current events, and more.
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STEM Collaborative - Corporation for Public Broadcasting

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5 to 9
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Find exceptional activities, interactives, and lesson plans at this free site that focuses on real life math to raise the achievement of middle school students. Read about the "Project...more
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Find exceptional activities, interactives, and lesson plans at this free site that focuses on real life math to raise the achievement of middle school students. Read about the "Project Descriptions" with great summaries and other information about the resources, view the "Standards and Concepts," and find other "Additional Resources." At the time of this review a few examples of the activities included "Scale City," "Math By Design," "Rock-n-Roll Road Trip World Tour," and "Proportionland." Click on the links to go to the appropriate resource. Be sure to test out the resources using a student computer prior to using in class.

tag(s): architecture (83), counting (120), measurement (159), ratios (53)

In the Classroom

Use any of these great resources to show how math concepts are used in everyday life. For example, use "Math by Design" as a scenario of how math and architecture are connected. Use the resource to design a nature center or park. Allow students to work in collaborative groups to make decisions and identify the math used to solve the problem. Demonstrate their understanding with a presentation that justifies their choices and how they arrived at their final project choice. Use conventional or multimedia resources to showcase the results and find a public audience. Consider using a wiki or Google Docs for collaboration and presentation. Use a variety of mind mapping applications such as Diagrammr to collaborate and create a flowchart. Take these projects one step further by proposing nature areas in your school campus. Students can take their ideas and resulting understanding of math to justify their design and propose it to the local school board or town council. Use many of these ideas to create your own real world math projects and activities.
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Kizoa - Kizoa

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2 to 12
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Create animated slide shows from uploaded pictures or those on Facebook. Use this free online image suite to store and organize photos. Edit photos using a variety of effects. With...more
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Create animated slide shows from uploaded pictures or those on Facebook. Use this free online image suite to store and organize photos. Edit photos using a variety of effects. With this easy to use uploader, store photos in your own online library. An excellent idea for backup of photos or to share photos with friends by sharing a link. Create slideshows from your library of photos. Add effects and pieces of music to enhance your photo slideshow. Use the online software to send links to friends. Use the embed code to add to blogs, wikis, or sites in order to share the content. With the paid premium version, burn your slideshows to DVD.

tag(s): images (265), photography (160), slides (63), video (253)

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Users must have knowledge of finding and uploading photos as well as navigating this easy to use site. Take time to play a little with this site and learn about all the functions and effects.

Use this site to add information to pictures for class and student projects and creations. Add attributions (copyright info and sources) directly to the photo. Add student responses to pictures of class experiments. Create artistic effects with student pictures. The ideas for picture taking, creating, and sharing are endless. Make this a link from your class wiki so students can cut down file sizes before uploading large photos or make edited composites to communicate their message visually. As you study propaganda, have students create propaganda images to share on a class wiki or classroom bulletin board. Art teachers will love the ability to teach photo montage without expensive software. Make creative bulletin board displays from multiple digital pictures of special events, adding text and captions right into the photo. ESL/ELL, language, and special ed teachers can ask students to label images with sentences including correct vocabulary and grammar. Have students in your reading class create visual idiom images using digital pictures.

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Interesting Ways - Tom Barrett

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3 to 12
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Interesting Ways will help you find new ways to present old material, or give you ideas about how to use new programs, web tools, and technologies in your classroom. ...more
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Interesting Ways will help you find new ways to present old material, or give you ideas about how to use new programs, web tools, and technologies in your classroom. Topics range from "Ideas for Class Blog Posts" to "Use Web Conferencing in the Classroom" to "Use QR Codes In the Classroom" and countless other topics. Many Google Tools are listed here also. There is so much more on this site that you just have to go and investigate! This is definitely a must-see.

Users can comment on this site and the contents. Be sure to preview before having students investigate on their own. And be sure students are clear about your expectations regarding their own commenting on this site.

tag(s): qr codes (21), tutorials (47)

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This is a professional resource to save in your favorites and share with your friends! With older students, challenge cooperative learning groups to investigate one "interesting way" and then create a project (using the suggestions in their "interesting way") to teach the class about a topic currently being taught. Make the choices on this page the options for a student research presentation. What a fabulous way to truly learn the material.... teach it to the rest of the class! Students will also gain expertise at choosing the best tool for the task, a true 21st century skill!
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This should now read "Thirty-Two Interesting Ways to Use Wallwisher".

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World Government Data - The Guardian

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6 to 12
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Trying to find data released from various governments? Find statistics easily with this site that brings together data from countries with freely released information. Use data from...more
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Trying to find data released from various governments? Find statistics easily with this site that brings together data from countries with freely released information. Use data from the US, UK, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. Check back as more countries will be added as data is released. Download data as Excel files and/or Adobe PDF.
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tag(s): agriculture (54), cross cultural understanding (115), data (148), energy (197), financial literacy (80), population (60), statistics (122)

In the Classroom

Find data belonging to a specific country through its own data portal page. Collect similar data and data sets from more than one country at the same time to compare and contrast and identify trends. For example, view categories such as Agriculture, Crime, Culture, Economy, Education, Energy, and more. Enter keywords to find data matching your needs. Use this site to look at data and determine reasons for difference. Encourage students to find articles written in these various countries to explain culture differences. Students can also make infographics (data visualizations) to display comparisons and contrasts. Make connections with educators in these countries to encourage discussions between the different classes either through multimedia or blogs. Resources such as Classchats or Skype in Schools can get you started.
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Quiz Busters - Teachers Direct Recruitment Ltd.

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5 to 12
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Find existing plenary quizzes or create your own quickly using this great site. Students play as teams and full instructions are included with each game. Search through a variety of...more
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Find existing plenary quizzes or create your own quickly using this great site. Students play as teams and full instructions are included with each game. Search through a variety of subject areas and topics to find a quiz appropriate for your class. To make a new game, enter your questions and answers. Twenty questions with key-word answers are needed for each game. Check the database to avoid creating duplicated games.

tag(s): grammar review (37), quiz (85), quizzes (97), test prep (96)

In the Classroom

This quiz would be fantastic on an interactive whiteboard either with a whole class collaborating to earn the optimum (group) grade or small groups of students manipulating the interactive whiteboard themselves. Use as a formative assessment throughout the learning experience, providing more fun than simple question and answer. Use for SAT and other review.
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Get the Math - The Moody's Foundation

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8 to 12
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Use this hip site to reinforce the need for algebra in today's World. Beyond architecture, view videos that explain how musicians, fashion designers, and video game designers use algebra...more
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Use this hip site to reinforce the need for algebra in today's World. Beyond architecture, view videos that explain how musicians, fashion designers, and video game designers use algebra in their work. View videos in the site or embed into a blog, wiki, or other site for your students. Click on The Challenges tab to see a real world problem and the challenge to find the math answer. Teachers will find a video introduction on using the site with classes as well as lesson plans either as a word document or Adobe PDF format.

tag(s): problem solving (272)

In the Classroom

Share the catchy introduction video on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Use the Introduction to raise awareness of using math in careers and the real world. Use the lesson plans provided on the site as a whole class activity or with groups of students. Have students create a podcast using a tool such as podOmatic (explained here), blog post, or other multimedia presentation of their use of Algebra to solve the problem. Have students carefully view their world and find problems or phenomena where math can answer the question.
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