TeachersFirst - Featured Sites: Week of Sep 8, 2013

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Qixshr - qixshr.com

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K to 12
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Easily create and share custom picture collages using Qixshr (pronounced Quick Share). Upload up to 40 images from your computer and click create Collage to create and add to your ...more
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Easily create and share custom picture collages using Qixshr (pronounced Quick Share). Upload up to 40 images from your computer and click create Collage to create and add to your collage. Use options to move images, add or take away borders, and choose the size for your collage. Registration is required to upload images and create collages. Share finished images using links to social networks. Right click to save to your computer or copy the embed code to embed into any website. Avoid the "featured" examples, as they may not be classroom-appropriate.
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tag(s): images (265), slides (63)

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Create and share collages of classroom activities, field trips, and much more. In lower grades, create the collage together or for your students. Embed collages into your class website or blog for viewing at home. Have students create collages using their own pictures of land formations, types of plants, colors, words beginning with the same letter of the alphabet, and whatever else you can think of! This is a great tool for your visual learners!

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Dino Hunters - Sadlier-Oxford

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2 to 5
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Dino Hunters is a great interactive for practicing dictionary skills. Select the correct group of guide words for each group of words given. Receive a rare dino for each five ...more
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Dino Hunters is a great interactive for practicing dictionary skills. Select the correct group of guide words for each group of words given. Receive a rare dino for each five correct answers.

tag(s): alphabetical order (19), dictionaries (56)

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Dino Hunters is simple and easy to play. Demonstrate on your interactive whiteboard (or projector). Allow students to play on classroom computers or the interactive whiteboard as a classroom center. Provide a link to this site on your class website for students to play at home. Have students create their own guide word activity using the format of the game.
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Every Second on the Internet - designly.com

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6 to 12
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Explore what happens every second on the Internet with this interesting and engaging site. View how many Skype calls and Tweets are issued each second. Find out how many happened ...more
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Explore what happens every second on the Internet with this interesting and engaging site. View how many Skype calls and Tweets are issued each second. Find out how many happened just since you began exploring the site. Keep scrolling to see graphics of Google searches, Facebook likes, and emails sent. Each action is represented with an icon making this visualization stunning and mind boggling at the same time. It provides a sense of the magnitude of information offered on the Internet each and every second.

tag(s): internet safety (108), social networking (112)

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This site is perfect for use on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) during lessons on computer use or Internet safety. Have students predict the number of Google searches, emails sent, etc. each second before displaying the actual number. Use information on this site as part of a lesson on comparisons, fractions, or number sense with large numbers. Share with parents during your Open House to offer an understanding of the impact of computers and social networks on their students lives.

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Match the Memory - Curtis Gibby

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K to 12
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Create your own matching games with Match the Memory. You can also play a ready-made memory game. Create your memory cards using themes provided. Customize cards with text, picture...more
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Create your own matching games with Match the Memory. You can also play a ready-made memory game. Create your memory cards using themes provided. Customize cards with text, picture only, or using other options. Easily add images, videos, events, and links to personalize a game. Choose a public or private option for sharing. Registration isn't required; however, it offers the option of editing games at a later date.
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tag(s): puzzles (208)

In the Classroom

Create matching games for words that begin with the same letter, color, or numbers for early elementary students. Use with older students to review concepts such as matching landforms, state capitols, or vocabulary terms. Have students (or groups) create matching games for others to play as review. in world language class, have students create games to reinforce vocabulary. Create a matching game with pictures and videos from recent field trips or class activities for students to share with parents. Learning support teachers can help students create their own memory games as a review activity. Encourage students to use a matching game as followup for oral presentations to keep their audience involved.

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My Great Maps - Mr Nussbaum

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3 to 12
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Create and personalize many different types of maps at this colorful and useful site! Choose from available maps such as states, historical maps, world maps, and countries. Add colors,...more
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Create and personalize many different types of maps at this colorful and useful site! Choose from available maps such as states, historical maps, world maps, and countries. Add colors, key words, icons, and more to label and identify map information. Sign up for a free account and create interactive maps! The interactive maps allow you to scroll over portions of the map and view added captions.

tag(s): continents (50), countries (77), map skills (80), maps (288), states (163)

In the Classroom

Create maps for your state including state bird, flower, flag, landmarks, and more. Embed maps on your class website using the code in the "embed" box. Have students create maps featuring landmarks, historic information, or landforms. Print for bulletin board displays or embed into your classroom website or wiki for viewing at home.

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Earth Unplugged TV - BBC Earth Productions

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6 to 12
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Find answers to some of the most interesting questions ever asked about the natural world. Earth Unplugged, a YouTube Channel, presents our amazing world as never seen before. Subscribe...more
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Find answers to some of the most interesting questions ever asked about the natural world. Earth Unplugged, a YouTube Channel, presents our amazing world as never seen before. Subscribe to the video channel to receive notifications of updates. Various categories include: Incredible questions, Zoo visits, Deadliest Predators, Walking with Dinosaurs, and more. Note: These videos are You tube videos. Be sure to check if You Tube is blocked in your school before you plan to show the video. Consider using a tool such as Zamzar to download and save your video to a stick and bring to class.

tag(s): animals (276), dinosaurs (57), video (253), zoology (7)

In the Classroom

Use these videos to introduce a specific category of animal classification. Students can choose a question, view the video, and explain the basics of the answer to the class. Consider creating your own series of videos with your classes. Student can ask a question, research the information necessary to formulate an answer, and create a video version to post on the class blog, wiki, or site.
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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 (251), charts and graphs (195), decimals (133), division (172), equations (155), experiments (71), fractions (239), geometric shapes (163), integers (41), logic (235), mean (25), median (22), mode (15), multiplication (227), number sense (97), numbers (204), operations (126), order of operations (33), probability (130), problem solving (272), ratios (53), square roots (24), subtraction (208), symmetry (55), venn diagrams (16), whole numbers (16)

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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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More Words - morewords.com

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4 to 12
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More Words is a word list generator that allows you to enter characteristics of a word and identifies words with those attributes. For example, when doing a crossword puzzle and ...more
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More Words is a word list generator that allows you to enter characteristics of a word and identifies words with those attributes. For example, when doing a crossword puzzle and only the first two letters are available, insert those letters along with *** for each missing letter. More Words will generate a list of words that meet the given criteria. Another option is to type in letters to find words that can be made from those letters including words formed by adding a new letter to the beginning or end of the letters you entered.
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tag(s): crosswords (18), puzzles (208), word study (80)

In the Classroom

Use this site when creating crossword puzzles or other word games for students. Use for spelling practice. Enter letter patterns, prefixes, suffixes, or roots to see what other words you can find. Choose a long word and see how many smaller words students can create using the letters provided. Challenge your gifted students to create a game that uses More Words.

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Let Freedom Swing - jacl.org

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6 to 12
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Let Freedom Swing is an inspirational site showing democracy and jazz as parallels. The videos are the creation of, and inspired by, retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor...more
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Let Freedom Swing is an inspirational site showing democracy and jazz as parallels. The videos are the creation of, and inspired by, retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and Wynton Marsalis, musician, composer, educator and Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center. The three six-minute videos feature; "We the People," "E Pluribus Unum" (From Many, One), and "A More Perfect Union". A study guide for each video includes questions for discussion, teaching activities, and additional resources.

tag(s): branches of government (48), democracy (12), jazz (15), music theory (42)

In the Classroom

Let Freedom Swing is ideal for social studies, humanities, and music classes in grades 6-12, although teachers may be able to adapt the materials for use with younger children. Use along with Common Core Standards to integrate art and music into the content area curriculum. Otherwise, use the website and ideas as a model for use in other subjects with the genre of music or art. Use in writing class to inspire writing in content areas. Find connections between the content areas of music or art. Use this to prompt the investigation of art or music in historical contexts or even in literary settings.

These intelligent, creative people have made incredibly cool analogies between jazz and democracy that enable your students to easily remember the branches of government and parts of the constitution. However, students often need time to think about unusual comparisons. Consider having the students watch the video at home with the questions embedded into the video. Use a program like Grokit/Answers, reviewed here, to achieve this. Also, for your quiet ones, consider having the classroom discussion via backchannel chat, giving everyone in the room a chance to have a voice. Use a program like Today's Meet, reviewed here, and project the discussion on your whiteboard (or projector), where everyone can see what everyone else is saying.
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Useful for Janet and music classes to discuss our nation's conception---flawed even at its inception---to create a place of equality. Patricia, NJ, Grades: 6 - 12

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Isle of Tune - isleoftune.com

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K to 5
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Create musical journeys by building streets, houses, trees, and islands with Isle of Tune. Skip the "now make this" block screen and click the green PLAY button to begin. Then...more
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Create musical journeys by building streets, houses, trees, and islands with Isle of Tune. Skip the "now make this" block screen and click the green PLAY button to begin. Then view Help for a quick overview of what each of the buttons does. Objects generate sounds as cars go by. Choose the sounds to associate with each object. Build and rebuild the musical journey as desired. When finished, share using links provided to Twitter, Facebook, or email. An iOS app is available, but, unlike the web version, it is not free.

tag(s): coordinates (32), musical instruments (48), patterns (85), rhythm (20)

In the Classroom

Connect music with math and logic using this engaging tool! Isle of Tune is an excellent site for exploring and playing with patterns, coordinate directions, and more. Teacher rhythm or pitch visually in music class. After creating a musical journey, use it as a creative writing prompt. Have students share created journeys with each other and identify similarities and differences in their creations. Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector.
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Math Trail - HeyMath!

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6 to 12
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Explore virtual trails while putting math and geography skills to the test with Math Trail (powered by Google Maps). An introductory video on the site's home page explains the concept...more
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Explore virtual trails while putting math and geography skills to the test with Math Trail (powered by Google Maps). An introductory video on the site's home page explains the concept and how to play. An email id is required to get started. Choose from nine different trails with difficulty levels from low to high. Begin with the first set of instructions provided. Win gold coins along the way by completing math challenges. The introduction video is hosted by YouTube. If YouTube is blocked at your school, 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.

tag(s): equations (155), geometric shapes (163), map skills (80), numbers (204)

In the Classroom

Math Trail would make an excellent game for use during math centers or as a computer lab/laptop activity. Read tips for safely managing email registrations here. After playing, have students create their own math trail using Animaps (reviewed here). Students can add text, images, and location stops!
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Hands On Banking - Wells Fargo

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4 to 12
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Learn about basic money tools, entrepreneurship, and other financial matters with Hands On Banking. Courses are provided for kids through adults with topics such as using credit, budgeting,...more
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Learn about basic money tools, entrepreneurship, and other financial matters with Hands On Banking. Courses are provided for kids through adults with topics such as using credit, budgeting, and smart investing. The interactives (especially for the younger ages) are highly engaging. In addition to the online activities, instructor guides are available for PDF download for all age ranges. Courses are also available for use on mobile devices.

tag(s): financial literacy (80), money (193)

In the Classroom

Create a link to the course for your students on classroom computers or view together on your interactive whiteboard (or projector). Have students create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from this site using a tool such as Wordle (reviewed here), Tagxedo (reviewed here), or WordItOut (reviewed here). This is a great tool to share with families (for both student or parent use). Share this site on your class wiki, blog, or website.
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Classtools Twister: Create Fake Tweets - Classtools

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8 to 12
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Create a fake tweet and Twitter wall quickly and easily by entering minimal information. Enter a (fake) user name, full name of the person you are impersonating, your tweet, and ...more
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Create a fake tweet and Twitter wall quickly and easily by entering minimal information. Enter a (fake) user name, full name of the person you are impersonating, your tweet, and a date to show on the tweet. Your tweet will appear on a wall with an image of that person ready to share through links provided at the bottom of the page. Twister also includes several ideas for consideration when creating an update such as possible hashtags and most important moments to include. Share via social networks or simply COPY the url of your finished Twister page to share it. There is also an option to save as pdf for easy printing.

tag(s): creative writing (166), social networking (112)

In the Classroom

Share examples found at this site on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to demonstrate possible uses. This site is wonderful for creating interest in many subjects. It is perfect for the social studies classroom as a quick end of class review or homework assignment to summarize each day's lesson. Write about presidents, founding fathers, famous scientists or artists, a Civil War soldier, and much more. Use Twister to study literature, create an update for the central character, book's author, or the setting of the book or play. For a unique twist in science class, create a Twister update for a periodic element or another science topic. Use the update to describe "the life" of that atom or element. The possibilities within the classroom are endless (as is the creativity and motivation)! In World language classes, have students do this activity (about themselves) in the new language they are learning. Create a Twister update for the first day of school to introduce yourself to students or at Open House for parents. In the media center, have students create twister pages for authors or about favorite books. Challenge students to create and share an update about themselves during the first week of school.

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The Nature of Overfishing - New York University Interactive Telecommunications Program

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4 to 12
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Scroll visually through the past 100 years of fishing history with this interactive tool. As you move through the years, you see the numbers of big predatory fish and small ...more
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Scroll visually through the past 100 years of fishing history with this interactive tool. As you move through the years, you see the numbers of big predatory fish and small prey fish as they vanish or multiply. The swimming fish change in numbers, and the percent change is shown below as the slider is moved. Click on the information icon ("i") for more information about the data.

tag(s): ecology (135), environment (317), fish (24), food chains (22)

In the Classroom

Though a simple resource, this interactive can open up discussions into ecosystems, ocean resources, and environmental problems. Display on an Interactive Whiteboard (or projector) for the class to view together. Allow students the opportunity to manipulate the slider and view the data. Brainstorm possible reasons for the sudden loss in big fish during one decade. Students can focus on policy, lifestyles of various cultures, or environmental problems. Research the various fish that have been lost to overfishing, and assign students a specific group of fish to explore. Create a display online or in the classroom to share their information. Have students share what they have learned by creating personalized images (with text) using Pinwords reviewed here. Use the information about the species researched to determine the other members of the food chain.

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