TeachersFirst - Featured Sites: Week of Oct 20, 2013

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Copy - Copy

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7 to 12
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This tool is a wonderful storage site. Use from a computer and/or download a multi-platform app for Android and iOs which is very similar to Dropbox....more
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This tool is a wonderful storage site. Use from a computer and/or download a multi-platform app for Android and iOs which is very similar to Dropbox. Use the synced folder on all your devices. Files can be updated and accessed from any device. Share files or folders with other people by generating a URL. It works on a computer with Dropbox already installed and the free account gives you 15GB of storage. They also only "count" shared storage once. So if you are "sharing" a file that belongs to someone else, it does not count against your free limit. Additional storage is available for a price. Create an account and be sure to follow the tour to learn all the parts of this app.
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tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (196), writing (358)

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Use for any work students may wish to collaborate on. They can easily make documents public or private and share with others. Though not a complete back up of all your documents, Copy can be used to collaborate and to finish work easily from different devices. Any item you can work with using word can be used with Copy. 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. Share entire files and folders with students easily.

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ChubbyGrub - Trailer Park Media, LLC

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3 to 12
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Use this tool to find the calories and nutrient content of a large variety of foods found in the popular chains. Search a variety of restaurant names or search categories ...more
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Use this tool to find the calories and nutrient content of a large variety of foods found in the popular chains. Search a variety of restaurant names or search categories of foods from the chains. This site features a search bar for finding the nutrient information of the food easily. Nutrition facts include carbohydrates, fiber, fats (saturated, cholesterol, and trans fat), proteins, and sodium.

tag(s): calories (9), myplate (28), nutrition (154), obesity (19)

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Use this tool in Health, Family and Consumer Science, or a Biology classroom. Make it part of a healthy eating/anti-obesity campaign in your school. Bookmark this site or place a link on your class web site. Use to compare various chain restaurant offerings and compare the accumulated total to MyPlate guidelines. Learn more about the MyPlate guidelines (here). Have students create a food infographic comparing two favorite fast food meals using a tool such as VennGage, reviewed here.

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Flexlists - MovingLabs

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4 to 12
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Create, share, and edit a variety of lists using FlexLists. Give your list a name. Choose from list options such as projects, addresses, to-do lists, and more. Add information manually...more
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Create, share, and edit a variety of lists using FlexLists. Give your list a name. Choose from list options such as projects, addresses, to-do lists, and more. Add information manually or import using options provided. Keep lists private or email to others using options such as read only, read/add, or full editing permission. Registration isn't necessary; however, it allows you to easily find and share saved lists.

tag(s): classroom management (134), organizational skills (122)

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Create a to-do list for group projects and invite students to the group they will be working with. Have older students sign up and create their own project and invite their group members. Have the students agree on tasks and who will complete them -- and post it on FlexLists. Use this site to help students organize for individual or collaborative research projects. Take the time to actually teach about time management skills, one of the most sought-after skills listed by today's employers. Create a database of your classroom inventory, class library, to-do lists for throughout the year, or an address book with parent contact information. Anything you might use a spreadsheet for can be a flexlist accessible from anywhere. Have students add books they like to a shared, recommended independent reading list.

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Budgeting Tools - Dave Ramsey

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6 to 12
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Create and explore different budgeting options using this online tool. Enter an income to view proposed options in several categories such as housing, food, and personal expenses. Adjust...more
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Create and explore different budgeting options using this online tool. Enter an income to view proposed options in several categories such as housing, food, and personal expenses. Adjust your budget as desired to view various proposals and outcomes. Choose the link to print your finished budget.
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tag(s): careers (132), financial literacy (80), percent (82)

In the Classroom

Use in a math class as a way to use percentages in a real world context. Help students gain better number sense of what percentages look like as the class experiments with different incomes on an interactive whiteboard or projector. For financial literacy, explore different budget options for any income using the budgeting tool. Compare and contrast options with different careers, income levels, or asset allocations. Divide your class up into groups with different starting incomes to create a budget. Have students discuss choices made. Use as part of a career unit. Find out starting salaries for different careers then explore budget options available within each career.
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John F Kennedy White House Diary - John F Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

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4 to 12
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Click an interactive calendar to experience the day by day schedule of President John F. Kennedy, Jr., including digital scans of his actual appointment diary for any given day as ...more
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Click an interactive calendar to experience the day by day schedule of President John F. Kennedy, Jr., including digital scans of his actual appointment diary for any given day as well as video, audio, and photos of the day's events. Choose any date on the calendar to view information or scroll through page by page. Choose View Appointments to see a copy of the appointment calendar for the date or click In The News to view New York Times stories from the same dates.

tag(s): civil rights (117), kennedy (27), presidents (130), vietnam (36)

In the Classroom

This is a must-use site for any lesson or unit about John F Kennedy, presidents, the Vietnam War, or Civil Rights! What, exactly, does a president do? Include information on timelines to demonstrate what the president's schedule looked like on important dates. Have students create timelines (with music, photos, videos, and more) using Capzles (reviewed here). Have students explore on their own then choose a date to investigate further. Use a tool such as Padlet, (reviewed here) to present information.
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The President's Desk - John F Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

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4 to 12
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Explore John F. Kennedy's desk interactively, examining treasured mementos and important documents. Don't miss the comprehensive resource guide for classroom use. Click on highlighted...more
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Explore John F. Kennedy's desk interactively, examining treasured mementos and important documents. Don't miss the comprehensive resource guide for classroom use. Click on highlighted areas of the desk to view videos, read documents, and explore important events from John F Kennedy's history. Download the pdf resource guidefor lessons, transcripts, and copies of included documents. This terrific interactive unfortunately requires Flash so will not work on iOS devices.

tag(s): 1960s (30), civil rights (117), kennedy (27), presidents (130), vietnam (36)

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Use the President's Desk as a highly engaging resource for getting to know more about John F. Kennedy's presidency. Show on your interactive whiteboard or projector and include suggested lesson activities to accompany the site. Have students use Fakebook (reviewed here) to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about John F Kennedy. Have students create timelines (with music, photos, videos, and more) using Capzles (reviewed here). Be sure to add a link to the site on you class website for students to access on their own or from home. Have your class create a presidential desk for another historic leader, creating their own annotated photo of the desktop using Thinglink reviewed here to explain the items on the desk.
  This resource requires Adobe Flash and PDF reader software like Adobe Acrobat.

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Portrait Illustration Maker - AbiStudio.com

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3 to 12
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Create your own character icon (or avatar) for free with Portrait Illustration Maker. Customize your character with all of the options on the site. Select your hairstyle, face line,...more
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Create your own character icon (or avatar) for free with Portrait Illustration Maker. Customize your character with all of the options on the site. Select your hairstyle, face line, eyes, eyebrows, nose, mouth, coloration, as well as other effects and accessories. Click Download to save your completed character as a PNG (or other file format) to use on a website or blog. Click Alignment to select gif or jpg file format or to add a Word that will appear the top of the image. Images are 96 by 96 pixels (quite small). Use the delete button to start over or to make a new character. Portrait Illustration Maker offers a FREE iOS and Android app for mobile devices.
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tag(s): creativity (109), DAT device agnostic tool (196), emotions (35), faces (3)

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Have students create an avatar that looks like them to use as a profile picture for a blog or website. Challenge students to create images of how they picture characters in books. Share the images with reading groups and classmates to compare. Have students create an image for a character including text boxes of character traits or the character's thoughts using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. Create an avatar to speak using a tool such as Blabberize, reviewed here or Fotobabble, reviewed here. The avatar could be a historical figure, book character, narrator, or represent the student. Use this tool together with emotional support or autistic support students to create faces that express certain feelings. Use the word labels to identify the feelings.
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Mathsbox - mathsbox.org

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2 to 11
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Find a large collection of downloadable and online math resources for a range of ages and topics. Choose from a variety of topics: Number, Algebra, Shape, or Data. There are ...more
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Find a large collection of downloadable and online math resources for a range of ages and topics. Choose from a variety of topics: Number, Algebra, Shape, or Data. There are also various subtopics. Print bingo cards for use with the bingo games. Use the warmups for math practice, or use many of the other games on the site.

tag(s): addition (251), mental math (27), number sense (97), order of operations (33), subtraction (208)

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Warmups use Flash and are perfect for a projector or interactive whiteboard to get the brains working and recap number sense and mental math skills. Practice makes perfect. These different practice and reinforcement activities offer help with various operations and skills necessary to complete math assignments and problems. Print out these activities for students to use for additional practice or enrichment. Share this site on your class webpage or wiki for students to access both in and out of the classroom.
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Tranquillity - Bilal Quadri, Josh Greenman, Gene Demo, Grant Kot, Sharon Li

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4 to 12
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Tranquillity is a simple text editor with powerful features to bring out your inner poet. Use the rhyme helper by entering in your desired rhyme scheme (AABB, ABAB, etc.). As ...more
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Tranquillity is a simple text editor with powerful features to bring out your inner poet. Use the rhyme helper by entering in your desired rhyme scheme (AABB, ABAB, etc.). As you enter a line that should rhyme with another, it will offer possible words to use, including near matches. While typing, notice the number of syllables for that line. This tool is nonthreatening and requires no email or membership account. Be SURE to copy and paste your poem somewhere in order to save it!

tag(s): creative writing (166), poetry (227), rhymes (33)

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As you teach about rhyme scheme, meter, and more in poetry, invite your students to try their hand at it. Start by demonstrating the features of Tranquillity on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Ask for student volunteers to suggest different lines for a poem so the students can see how the rhyme scheme dictionary works. This would be a great "center" assignment where students can work independently to create a poem. Even science teachers can offer poetry as an option for a "report." Be sure to put a link to Tranquillity on your class computers. Parents may enjoy playing with poetry, so post it on your web page, too. Use Tranquility in upper elementary grades to write poems as gifts for Mother's Day or Father's Day.

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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 (60), proofreading (19), writing (358)

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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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eQuiz Show - eQuizShow

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3 to 12
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Make quizzes from ready-made quiz show templates or create your own using this free tool. NO membership is required, but you will need to remember the password you add to ...more
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Make quizzes from ready-made quiz show templates or create your own using this free tool. NO membership is required, but you will need to remember the password you add to the quizzes you create so you can return to and edit it. Templates can be edited to suit your purpose. Some of the general topics include most subject areas (history, math, science, social studies, languages, and technology). There is also an area related to sports and games. It is helpful to know some html code to make your quiz look the way you wish it to (boldface, etc.), but there are reminders at the side to help with this option. Note that the quizzes do NOT score your results and are intended to be played orally (Jeopardy style).
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tag(s): quiz (85), quizzes (97)

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Create Jeopardy style quizzes for review and reinforcement of classroom content. Have groups of students create a quiz to share with the class or with other groups. Students can brainstorm what they liked about each of the different activities for more analysis on their strengths and weaknesses and how they learn best (metacognition). Have student emcees operate the student-made quizzes on an interactive whiteboard or share them by url on a class wiki so every student can take try. Create pretests to offer to gifted students to "test out" of already learned material. Challenge your gifted students to create pretests for the rest of the class. Learning support teachers may want to have small groups create their own review quizzes, since creating the quiz is actually a way to reinforce content.

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Quincy and the Magic Instruments - Disney Jr

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K to 2
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Learn about musical instruments with Quincy from The Little Einsteins show. Watch the introduction then hover over instruments to hear the sound that each instrument makes. Drag...more
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Learn about musical instruments with Quincy from The Little Einsteins show. Watch the introduction then hover over instruments to hear the sound that each instrument makes. Drag and drop to match like instruments. Continue through to form your own orchestra with Quincy.

tag(s): musical instruments (48), preK (279)

In the Classroom

Has your school lost its music instructor? If so, this is a great resource for teaching musical instruments to young children. View together on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Identify instruments as a group. This is a great resource for early primary students to learn computer skills such as drag and drop while also learning about musical instruments.
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