TeachersFirst - Featured Sites: Week of Oct 28, 2012

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Mapping Revolutionary Boston - Bostonian Society and Wellesley College

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4 to 12
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Explore and learn about Boston from 1760 - 1776 with this interactive guide to the city and its inhabitants. Choose from 4 themes pinned on the map of Boston: Boston's ...more
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Explore and learn about Boston from 1760 - 1776 with this interactive guide to the city and its inhabitants. Choose from 4 themes pinned on the map of Boston: Boston's Places, Making a Living, People of Boston, and Political Crisis. Choose pinned areas from each theme to view information about the location of the pin. Many descriptions include a "read more" option with additional information and links to related topics. Choose the lesson plan link to view and download four lessons in PDF format. The reading levels on some of the text may require that an adult help upper elementary students.

tag(s): american revolution (86), boston (14)

In the Classroom

This site is a great resource to accompany any American Revolution unit and help today's vsual students "see" history. Display the map on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) and view pins to guide understanding to events and actions taking place in Boston. Print and use lesson plans available on the site as a supplement to your current activities. Share the link to the site with students and have them compare and contrast Boston Today with early Boston using links available on the site. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here). Click "Boston today" to see a Google Maps view of Boston (both map and Satellite view) and see what has become of the colonial sites.
  This resource requires Adobe Flash and PDF reader software like Adobe Acrobat.

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Fact Dash - McGraw-Hill Mathematics

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K to 5
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This easy to use site includes fact practice for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Choose the operation, difficulty level, timed or not, the specific amount of time,...more
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This easy to use site includes fact practice for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Choose the operation, difficulty level, timed or not, the specific amount of time, and horizontal or vertical presentation of problems. Upon completion of 30 problems, a final tally lists your name, date, timed or untimed, number of problems answered correct, incorrect, or skipped. Print this tally using the print button on the screen. Choose the "go" button to view incorrect problems to print or practice.

tag(s): addition (251), division (172), multiplication (227), operations (126), subtraction (208)

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Share this site with students and parents as an option for practicing math facts. Assign for homework and ask students to return with a printout of their tally upon completion. Use this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Create a learning station using this site. Differentiate for the ability levels of your students by choosing different operations and difficulty levels. The untimed option removes the stress for struggling students.
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Illustrative Mathematics - Institute for Mathematics and Education

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K to 12
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Find lessons and activities aligned to Common Core math standards for every grade level on the Illustrative Mathematics site. Choose from K-8 or high school standards to begin your...more
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Find lessons and activities aligned to Common Core math standards for every grade level on the Illustrative Mathematics site. Choose from K-8 or high school standards to begin your search. Choose a topic such as geometry or measurement and data to expand the list of activities. Choose from the appropriate grade level to find the task. Each task has a direct link to view the task along with a link to download in PDF format. The site is a little difficult to follow, so allow some exploration time to find all that there is to offer. Site registration isn't required; however, it is available to rate and comment on lessons and upload your own activities.

tag(s): assessment (100), base ten (12), equations (155), fractions (239), operations (126), probability (130), problem solving (272), ratios (53), statistics (122)

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Share this site with other teachers as you begin implementation of Common Core lessons and activities. Bookmark the site for use when planning new units. Explore this site for new teaching ideas. Share with new teachers as a resource for lesson planning.

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Asset MathActive for Grades 7-8 - Eight Educational Outreach Arizona State University

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6 to 9
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This group of animated Flash modules contains lessons and activities addressing geometry objectives. Choose from over 30 activities, including many in Spanish and Navajo voice. Read...more
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This group of animated Flash modules contains lessons and activities addressing geometry objectives. Choose from over 30 activities, including many in Spanish and Navajo voice. Read a short description of each activity before choosing a link. Each activity also includes a teacher's guide in PDF format containing Arizona standards addressed, objectives, overview, modeling instructions, assessment, and more. Activities have easy to follow directions. Many contain additional extension activities as well as questions for exploration.

tag(s): area (66), patterns (85), pythagorean theorem (35), transformations (17)

In the Classroom

Share activities on your interactive whiteboard to complete as a class or use on your whiteboard as a math center. Create a link on classroom computers to use as a math center. Share this site with parents through your classroom website or newsletter as a resource for math practice at home.
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KidzVuz - Rebecca Levey and Nancy Freidman

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K to 7
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Finally, safe video sharing of "reviews" by kids age 7-12! Kids review items from books to Halloween costumes, movies, or restaurants. See all the categories across the menu bar. to...more
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Finally, safe video sharing of "reviews" by kids age 7-12! Kids review items from books to Halloween costumes, movies, or restaurants. See all the categories across the menu bar. to Upload your own videos then share on this site or view and comment on videos already posted. The videos themselves are "hosted" at YouTube, but they show here so you do not ever need to open YouTube! Search the site by using any keyword or by categories including: tech, food, toys and games, and more. Videos are all under 3 minutes in length. Upload using one of several methods: use the record button on the site and your webcam for the easiest method. Or record a video, save to your computer, then upload following the directions on the site. Every single video, comment and written review receives approval by a member of the KidzVuz team before being posted to the site. Sign up isn't required to view videos; however, it is necessary to post or comment. Parents must approve sign-up information. (If your school blocks YouTube, you may not be able to open this site at school. Test first.)

tag(s): social networking (112), video (254)

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Choose reviews from the site to watch together as a class before beginning a persuasive writing project or before students write about things that interest them. Share the video(s) on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Discuss effective and less effective word choices. Allow students to upload a video instead of completing a written assignment after pre-determining rubrics for assessment. (Be sure to get parental permission first, of course). Have students view videos and choose one that is opposite to their opinion. Write or upload their own thoughts on the same subject. This would be a fun way for students to complete and share short book reports, or have students view videos already on the site to help choose new books for personal reading. This site is also an effective way to teach netiquette and internet safety: how to comment politely, how to maintain a profile and activity as you want others to know you, etc.

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Snag.gy - Terence Lee

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K to 12
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Sharing screen shots or images online just became easy and hassle free! If you have ever had a problem with any program, the support people always seem to ask you ...more
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Sharing screen shots or images online just became easy and hassle free! If you have ever had a problem with any program, the support people always seem to ask you to send a screen shot (Command-shift-4 on a Mac or FN [Function key]+ PRTSC [print screen] on a PC). That requires several steps after you take the screenshot! With Snag.gy, you can simplify to a single copy/paste. Once you have created your screen shot share it through Snag.gy by URL, Twitter, Facebook, Stumble Upon, and a few other social networks. You can also share any image on the web instantly, such as a digital picture.

tag(s): images (266)

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When teaching your students a new Internet program, consider taking a series of screen shots to post on your blog, wiki, or teacher page to guide students through the steps. Consider using a program such as Kwout reviewed here, to display all screen shots in one place on your wiki, blog or teacher page for students and parents to see from home. Students can create screen shots for presentations. Consider using Tildee, reviewed here. With Tildee students can use text, screen shots, and video to enhance their presentations. Wish you could share an image to use as a writing prompt or for students to analyze what was seen/photographed through a microscope? Share the image instantly and give ti its own url using snag.gy.

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QR Codes and Ideas for Using Them in the Classroom - Karen Ogen

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K to 12
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Learn what QR codes are and how to use them in a classroom. There are ideas for literacy, math, art, social studies, science, and more. The slideshow provides some quick ...more
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Learn what QR codes are and how to use them in a classroom. There are ideas for literacy, math, art, social studies, science, and more. The slideshow provides some quick tips for using QR (Quick Response) codes in the classroom. It begins with a short explanation of QR codes, how to generate them, and applications for reading them. Most ideas are easy to use immediately in a classroom setting. For example, use QR codes to link to book reviews in library books or add a QR code to student-produced artwork with a link to the student reading a story or describing their work. If you are interested in using QR codes in your classroom, this slideshow will help you get started. Be sure to read the comments at the bottom of the article for some additional ideas for using QR codes. There are also a few links provided for more information and video instructions.

tag(s): qr codes (21)

In the Classroom

All it takes to use a QR code is a device such as an iTouch or phone to aim at the code. Even very young students can aim at a code to open a web page or game. Make objects in your classroom play a song (on a web page) or teach. Choose one of the ideas suggested in the slideshow as a starting point for using QR codes in your classroom. Try additional ideas a little at a time. Share the slideshow with other teachers and split up the ideas for each to become an "expert" in one of the strategies. Share your experiences as you learn together. Form a classroom "tech team" of interested students to try out an idea before launching it with the full class. Let them become experts along with you. Meet together over lunch or before/after school to become QR masters.
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Windfall - Persuasive Games, LLC

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5 to 12
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Try this strategy activity for building wind farms and creating profitable, clean energy. Learn about clean energy while having fun. Research locations for great wind conditions and...more
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Try this strategy activity for building wind farms and creating profitable, clean energy. Learn about clean energy while having fun. Research locations for great wind conditions and find suitable places near residential areas by looking at land values and political consequences. As turbines are built, they are connected to the energy grid where energy can be sold for renewable energy credits. There are three levels to the game. (Each level uses a different region.) See the tutorial for extra help.
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tag(s): electricity (89), energy (198), natural resources (59)

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Try this challenge through the link on the site or embed the game in a class wiki. As part of a unit on the environment or energy, use this activity to discuss what needs to be considered for any energy creation and specifically for wind energy. Discuss what was learned by the game and whether these facts are also true for other energy sources. Then, compare and contrast the costs and issues with each of these different energy sources. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here) to visualize the comparisons.
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Inhabitat - Inhabitat, LLC

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7 to 12
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Find technological improvements and enhancements that make a difference in today's rapidly changing world. This site's mission statement is "Good design is green design." Search articles...more
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Find technological improvements and enhancements that make a difference in today's rapidly changing world. This site's mission statement is "Good design is green design." Search articles about improvements in architecture, interiors, energy, technology, transportation, fashion, art, and kids. Read blog posts about advancements in each of the categories. Below the posts are related topics of additional interest. This site appears to be updated often, so be sure to check back.
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tag(s): ecology (135), environment (317), inventors and inventions (101), persuasive writing (55), resources (112)

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When discussing environmental topics, be sure to share this link on your class website or on a class computer for students to access information about great technological breakthroughs. Use when students are researching technological advancements of their choice. Challenge individual students or cooperative learning groups to read one of the articles and report their findings to the class, making connections to some of the topics you study. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here or Venngage reviewed here. If you teach about advertising techniques inventions, challenge your students to select a "product" from this site to create a new advertisement using a specific technique. The innovative ideas will spark their interest! Use articles from this site for reading comprehension selections that will interest even the most reluctant readers. The articles are also useful prompts for persuasive writing or debates.

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How to embed almost anything in your website - Amit Agarwal

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K to 12
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This simple blog site offers directions for embedding practically anything in a web site. Directions are included for photos, RSS feeds, YouTube videos and other videos, podcasts, and...more
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This simple blog site offers directions for embedding practically anything in a web site. Directions are included for photos, RSS feeds, YouTube videos and other videos, podcasts, and more.
This site includes advertising.

tag(s): images (266), photography (160), portfolios (28), resources (112), video (254)

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If you have students creating projects using online tools, embedding is often the best way for them to collect projects all in one place. Often the tools are not clear about how to manage the details of embedding, to this reference is very helpful. If your students create ME-portfolios to showcase their work to colleges or potential employers, embedding is a must. Link to this site from your class web page of general resources to help today's tech-savvy students learn how to embed from various applications. Provide this link on your class website, wiki or blog for students (and parents) to access at school and at home. Teachers can create a class wiki or web site using embedding, even in school-subscription web site services. Share your elementary class's creative projects by embedding them on your class site so parents can see their great work. This site wil help you learn how.
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IconBug.com - ClipArt Free - IconBug 2011

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K to 12
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Looking for some new free clipart to add to projects, presentations, and websites? With over 10,000 images and a keyword search function, IconBug makes locating and using clipart easy....more
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Looking for some new free clipart to add to projects, presentations, and websites? With over 10,000 images and a keyword search function, IconBug makes locating and using clipart easy. Simply click on the image to download. With Mac, the image automatically downloads as a PNG. With a PC, you need to choose to save the image. Either way, it is easy to use and there is no need to worry about image copyright. Each image page specifically tells you whether icons/clip art are free for personal use, for commercial use, or both. Note that many do require that you give credit via link back to their site.
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tag(s): clip art (10), creative commons (21), images (266)

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Share this link with your students so they have safe images to use in projects beyond the standard images in their computer software. If you worry that students will spend far too much time making up their minds, download a smaller collection, including the links to give proper credit, to share locally as part of a project assignment. Use clipart to spice up your activity sheets and rubrics. Use clipart images in learning support, speech and language, or life skills classrooms to teach words using images. This method could also be applied for students learning a new language. World language teachers can create a presentation of pictures and speak the words in the world language to help students learn. An extension of this type of activity could also be helpful with ESL/ELL students in your classroom. The handy icons here would also work well for sharing link collections visually using a tool such as Symbaloo, reviewed here.

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