TeachersFirst - Featured Sites: Week of Aug 18, 2013

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Talking Math With Your Kids - Christopher Danielson

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K to 4
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Talking Math With Your Kids is a blog devoted to the support of early mathematical development in children. Each post discusses an opportunity to have math conversations throughout...more
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Talking Math With Your Kids is a blog devoted to the support of early mathematical development in children. Each post discusses an opportunity to have math conversations throughout everyday activities. The author provides a discussion and adds information on the math content opportunities for learning. Examples are math conversations while playing games, exploring nature, or searching for scissors and learning about pairs.

tag(s): parents (56), preK (279)

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Add your email address to subscribe and receive notifications of new posts. This is an excellent resource to share with parents who want ways to work with their children at home. Be sure to share a link on your class website or blog. Share this site with pre-service teachers as a resource for learning math questioning skills.

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Cyber Safety - Internet Safety Tips - Open Colleges, Ltd

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4 to 12
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Cyber Safety is your go-to guide for learning Internet safety. Scroll through the page to view information on cyber bullying, identity theft, plagiarism, computer viruses, and general...more
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Cyber Safety is your go-to guide for learning Internet safety. Scroll through the page to view information on cyber bullying, identity theft, plagiarism, computer viruses, and general Internet safety. Each section includes comprehensive information such as facts and legal issues as well as examples and what to do in each instance. There is also a quiz and tips for parents.

tag(s): cyberbullying (43), internet safety (108), plagiarism (35)

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This site is an excellent resource for teaching and reinforcing online safety lessons. View on your interactive whiteboard as a class either in one session or several smaller sessions/lessons. Assign students to become experts on one safety concern and share an explanation about it with the class. Have students create a simple infographic sharing what they learn using Easel.ly, reviewed here or Venngage reviewed here. Be sure to share with parents at an Open House or through your classroom website.

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9 Most Mathematically Interesting Buildings in the World - tripbase.com

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6 to 12
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Explore how math and architecture are closely linked as you view these 9 famous buildings. Discover the mathematics behind the buildings' famous facades. Each building has a short description...more
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Explore how math and architecture are closely linked as you view these 9 famous buildings. Discover the mathematics behind the buildings' famous facades. Each building has a short description along with a link to the definitions of the mathematical component involved. Although simple in its look, this is an excellent starting point for exploring math connections to architecture and buildings in the real world.

tag(s): architecture (83), calendars (44), geometric shapes (163), greeks (30), mayans (12), pythagorean theorem (35), ratios (53), symmetry (55)

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View and explore this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Assign groups of students the task of exploring other buildings. In Art class, have students explore the relationships between math and aesthetics. Have students find other examples of the use of mathematical concepts (some ideas have been added in the comments on the site). Send them out into the community to take digital pictures on their cell phones of mathematical concepts in buildings. Challenge the groups to create a project using Padlet, reviewed here. The Padlet application creates free online bulletin boards. Have cooperative learning groups create online books of mathematics in architecture using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here.

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Battle of Gettysburg - Esri.com

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6 to 12
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View an interactive map and timeline of decisive moments of the Battle of Gettysburg. Click on each numbered event to view the location on the map. Display the map in ...more
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View an interactive map and timeline of decisive moments of the Battle of Gettysburg. Click on each numbered event to view the location on the map. Display the map in either satellite or historical view. Each event includes links to a panoramic view of the area along with a short description of events taking place and important figures in the battle. View the sources link for a PDF including maps and atlases used for research.

tag(s): civil war (145), gettysburg (26)

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Explore the map and timeline on your interactive whiteboard with your class. Use the sources PDF and this page from TeachersFirst's Gettysburg by the Numbers to find additional Civil War and Gettysburg information. Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore the map independently or in small groups. Have students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. Use information from this site and have students create their own battle timelines (with music, photos, videos, and more) using Capzles (reviewed here).
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Google Keep - Google, Inc.

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4 to 12
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Use Google Keep to save notes directly to your Google Drive account. This tool requires that you have a Google account. Unlike some similar services, such as Evernote,...more
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Use Google Keep to save notes directly to your Google Drive account. This tool requires that you have a Google account. Unlike some similar services, such as Evernote, reviewed here, notes kept in Google Keep are saved to your Google Drive account. Use for notes, voice notes, lists, and photos. Access these on any web enabled mobile device. Keep works best with Chrome browsers and Android phones, but our editors had no issues using other browsers as well. Google Keep can also be also used with any school's Google Apps account. Keep is colorful, which is part of the design. Be sure to use the colors as an organizational tool. Keep has a low learning curve and is very simple to use. The quick note feature is invaluable: just type your notes in the text box without logging in or switching screens. To leave a voice note, tap the microphone icon and speak. Archive items easily when you are done. Though Keep is a more generic, basic tool, its value is in its simplicity and ease of use.

tag(s): note taking (32), organizational skills (122)

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Take pictures of things to do, buy, or finish. Create checklists of steps in a project. Place all of your notes in one place so you do not forget. Use this tool easily in your Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) classroom since all students will be able to access it for free, no matter what device they have. They could "keep" assignment information, reminders, and more. Consider creating a class account that can be used by all students. Spell out the use of the site and what is allowed and not allowed -- and the penalties. Even though all students have the same login, create different notebooks for different tasks that students can use to upload information to be shared by all. Create separate accounts for student groups who can then share their notebook with other groups. Use to snapshot and share links, documents, files, and pictures for any group project or class work. Whole class accounts can be used by a class scribe during class and accessed from home for review, by absentees, etc.

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MashPlant Studio - Jason Brett

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4 to 12
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MashPlant studio is a digital classroom and project workspace that combines social media in a safe setting. Sign up and create an account using your school information. The teacher...more
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MashPlant studio is a digital classroom and project workspace that combines social media in a safe setting. Sign up and create an account using your school information. The teacher account log in will work right away, even though it says you must be approved. You will receive confirmation emails quickly. Your first step is to create a new studio that will appear on your corkboard. This studio will be the home for your class announcements and serve as a virtual bulletin board. Studio members can share by uploading text, videos, or images. Please note: the owner of the studio approves all additions to the corkboard before they go live. Use the blog center as a quick and easy way to post announcements or assignments. Class links provide links to web content you post for student use. Teacher tools allow support for customizing student access to sites such as turning ratings on or off and allowing uploads. All interactions are moderated by the teacher. MashPlant also has an extensive resource library containing tutorials on various subjects such as tips and tricks for remembering facts and an online library of videos and images for use in projects. Be sure to watch the video tutorials to see the many features offered through MashPlant. If you plan to use this site with students under 13, be sure to read the teacher information about parent permission and using this site with students under 13.
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tag(s): blogs (88), digital storytelling (142), social networking (112)

In the Classroom

Use MashPlant as a resource for creating a classroom-to-go where students can find resources, share, and interact from anywhere. Add web links for students to access at home, post assignments and homework, and allow students to upload multimedia projects for all to view. If students would like suggestions on a work in progress, this is a great tool to use. If you don't already have a class website, use MashPlant to create your own personal place on the web for your students.

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Engage NY: Common Core Tool Kit - NYSED

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K to 12
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Need a way to get a quick understanding of Common Core or explain the basics to parents? Be prepared with this all in one site. Find explanatory videos, documents, and ...more
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Need a way to get a quick understanding of Common Core or explain the basics to parents? Be prepared with this all in one site. Find explanatory videos, documents, and more.

tag(s): commoncore (92)

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Be ready to begin implementation of Common Core with Engage NY: Common Core Tool Kit. Use the basics to explain Common Core to parents, colleagues, or even teachers. Topics such as facts, myths, and key points begin the Common Core journey. View video clips to learn more about Common Core. Find examples of assessments by grade level, units, and a plethora of resources to supplement your journey into Common Core.
  This resource requires Adobe Flash and PDF reader software like Adobe Acrobat.

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Physical Education Update - Physical Education Update.com

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K to 12
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Welcome to every PE teacher's best resource: Physical Education Update. Find videos and articles offering thousands of ideas, games, tips, and drills. Follow on an RSS feed or follow...more
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Welcome to every PE teacher's best resource: Physical Education Update. Find videos and articles offering thousands of ideas, games, tips, and drills. Follow on an RSS feed or follow on Facebook or twitter. There is a fee-based section for members only. This review only refers to the free area.
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tag(s): fitness (49)

In the Classroom

Find new activities and challenges to make your class different every time. Find practical advice on the best training activities. Offer as a resource for families and students to add movement into their healthy lifestyle. Have your classes watch the games shared (on your interactive whiteboard or projector). Challenge students to create their own variations of the games shown or new games entirely. Add an early morning exercise period for all students to burn off energy and be ready for their day. Use this site to compliment your unit on healthy lifestyles. After school programs can try new ideas to make this time exciting and fun.
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ScreenLeap Free Screen Sharing - ScreenLeap, Inc

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4 to 12
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Share your screen instantly and easily to any device with a browser using ScreenLeap. Choose Start Now to begin and follow simple start-up directions. Once connected, send the...more
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Share your screen instantly and easily to any device with a browser using ScreenLeap. Choose Start Now to begin and follow simple start-up directions. Once connected, send the link via email or text or provide the access code to anyone else to begin sharing. Choices include sharing the entire screen or just what is within the box. Directions include options for just audio sharing. Free account access offers up to 2 hours of screen sharing time per day.
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tag(s): editing (60), homework (44), parent conferences (22)

In the Classroom

Screen share with students in a computer lab to demonstrate how to locate information on websites, or when learning tech tools. This is a great alternative if an interactive whiteboard or projector is not available. Use this tool to collaborate with other teachers when creating lesson plans or student documents. Have students with laptops share their screen with you during presentations to make information easier to view. Share this site with students to use at home when collaborating on projects. Help a homebound student by sharing your class computer screen and opening an audio connection over the phone. Offer "extra help" sessions via screen share at predetermined "office hours" or during a snow day or on certain evenings. Have students teach tech skills to their peers using this free sharing app. Share a student's work using a screenshare during a parent phone conference. Show a parent how to navigate a practice site you want the family to use at home.

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The Be a Reporter Game - Poynter.news University

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6 to 12
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The Be a Reporter Game is a self-directed course that looks at the basics of how journalists probe, clarify, verify, and race against a deadline. Set in a fictional setting, ...more
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The Be a Reporter Game is a self-directed course that looks at the basics of how journalists probe, clarify, verify, and race against a deadline. Set in a fictional setting, characters respond based on the experiences of journalists in the field. Complete the course at your own pace. Start and stop as needed, or rewind and review previous information as desired. Register with your email to enter the course.
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tag(s): careers (132), journalism (46)

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Try this activity together as a class on your interactive whiteboard or projector (creating a teacher account only). Allow students to create their own account and complete on their own. Read tips for safely managing email registrations here. This would make an excellent option for an ongoing, semester long project for students. Teachers of gifted may want to suggest this unit for their students to work on independently when they complete work in the regular language arts classroom. Have students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here demonstrating information learned in the game.

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Educaplay - Multimedia Learning Resources - Adrformacion

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3 to 12
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Create many educational multimedia activities in one place using Educaplay. Create interactive maps, riddles, slide shows, fill in the blanks, crossword puzzles, word search puzzles,...more
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Create many educational multimedia activities in one place using Educaplay. Create interactive maps, riddles, slide shows, fill in the blanks, crossword puzzles, word search puzzles, jumbled word, jumbled sentence, dictation, or create a collection of several of these based on a theme. Registration is required. Your results will be consistent and professional looking. Also, browse and use activities and collections others have created. Download and print the activities or complete them online by embedding them on your website or sharing the URL. Results can be registered in your learning management system (online grade book). Though originally a Flash program, Educaplay converted to HTML5 and should work on any computer.

tag(s): crosswords (18), multimedia (57), puzzles (208), quizzes (97), slides (63), word study (80), worksheets (59)

In the Classroom

When configuring a quiz you will have the ability to have the questions presented randomly, decide the number of questions, and the threshold to pass the quiz, among other choices. When adding the questions, you will be able to add an image, audio, or video. Why should you make all the activities for your class? Assign students to create crossword puzzles and such for a story or unit the class is studying. Consider having a small group create a "collection" of activities around an area of study. Be sure to put a link to the program for parents to create study activities for their student to use at home.

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