TeachersFirst - Featured Sites: Week of Apr 6, 2014

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Edspire - Jim Moodie

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11 to 12
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This tool is much like a trip advisor for your online learning. Find information to help with courses, learn for personal enjoyment, improve professional skills, or develop a hobby,...more
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This tool is much like a trip advisor for your online learning. Find information to help with courses, learn for personal enjoyment, improve professional skills, or develop a hobby, passion, or interest. Choose your path, then select from subjects or topics. Topics vary from Psychology to Literature to Engineering and countless others. Choose your learning style: from visual, audio, interactive, words, structured learning, learning at your own pace, or blended (a variety of the rest). Choose the time you have to spend as well as cost you are willing to pay, including free. What you get is a list of online courses and materials from which to choose. As these are mostly university open courses, the resources are useful to increase your knowledge or those of upper level students. Copyright law would prohibit teachers from using the materials on this site as their own.
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tag(s): advanced placement (21), learning styles (19)

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Use this resource to learn information to increase your knowledge and extend learning beyond the textbook. Link to this site from your gifted resource page. Gifted students will find a great variety of courses and materials in many fields and interests that can stretch their learning past the High School level. If you teach an AP class in your school, encourage students to find a passion related to your class. If possible, create an assignment where students choose their area of interest, take a course related to it (many courses are only 4 hours in length), and present material to the rest of the class.
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Wizenworld - Deepak Joy Cheenath

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3 to 8
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Wizenworld is a game-based middle school math learning site. The adventure begins in the forest as your character travels along a path on a mission to free magical creatures known ...more
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Wizenworld is a game-based middle school math learning site. The adventure begins in the forest as your character travels along a path on a mission to free magical creatures known as Meings. Defeat the underworld goons trying to keep the Meings in their cages with correct responses to math questions. Choose scenarios from fraction options such as word problems, fractions on a number line, or comparing fractions. Be sure to check back for new games coming soon relating to several other math topics such as geometry and algebra. There are some videos hosted on YouTube (mostly an introduction to this site). If your district blocks YouTube, they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share (if necessary). Use a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): fractions (239), game based learning (101), number sense (97)

In the Classroom

Make a shortcut to this site on classroom computers and use it as a center. Share the link on your class website or blog for students to play at home. Share Wizenworld as a way to review for tests. Challenge students to complete each level within each math category. This is a great site to provide to students to stay sharp during the summer months.

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Very good site for practicing math in the classroom. Makes learning fun! Raunaq, , Grades: 0 - 12
Thanks for sharing this! Deepak, , Grades: 0 - 12

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10 Minute Mail - Devon Hillard

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5 to 12
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10 Minute Mail quickly creates a "disposable" email address to use with web tools that require email registration/activation. The best part is that no registration is required to use...more
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10 Minute Mail quickly creates a "disposable" email address to use with web tools that require email registration/activation. The best part is that no registration is required to use this EASY site! Use 10 Minute Mail as your solution for registration on free, membership-required sites requiring individual sign-up using an email address. This is the spam, update, and junk email dumping ground! Your disposable email is only available for 10 minutes unless you click the link to extend your session another 10 minutes. The genius of this site is that it is temporary but completely functional for protecting individual identities. The only downside to using a short term email address is that you will never receive the "forgot my password" emails. You won't receive the endless annoying emails, either!
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tag(s): internet safety (117)

In the Classroom

Have students create a 10 Minute Mail address in the beginning of the school year as part of your introductory lesson on acceptable use procedures. Use 10 Minute Mail anytime you visit a site that requires registration, but you don't want to receive additional information. Be sure to share a link on your class website or blog for students (and parents) to use at home.
 

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Any New Books? - Antonio Cangiano

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7 to 12
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Book lovers rejoice; this site is just for you! Any New Books? delivers weekly email notifications with new books in the subjects you love. Enter your email to get started. ...more
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Book lovers rejoice; this site is just for you! Any New Books? delivers weekly email notifications with new books in the subjects you love. Enter your email to get started. Choose genres of interest to receive weekly emails with information about new books in each category. Categories range from Children's books to the types you might see in a real or online bookstore. Choose three categories to receive three weekly emails. If you prefer, subscribe to the RSS feed for any category instead of signing up for email notifications. The lists include links to purchase on various web sites and ebook formats. The introduction video is hosted on YouTube. If YouTube is blocked at your school, you may want to view the video at home. If you want to share the video with your students, you could always view the video at home and bring it to class "on a stick." Use a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here to download the videos from YouTube.
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tag(s): book lists (124)

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Subscribe to emails for any category of books for classroom and professional use to remain up to date on the latest books being published. Share with students as an excellent resource for finding new reading material. Share Any New Books? with parents as a resource for finding books to read at home. A valid email is required to join this site. Read tips for safely managing email registrations here.

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TelevisionTunes - jayzoo.com

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5 to 12
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Stroll down memory lane with this huge archive of over 29,000 television theme songs! Scroll through the latest additions or browse by alphabetically. Use the download link to save...more
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Stroll down memory lane with this huge archive of over 29,000 television theme songs! Scroll through the latest additions or browse by alphabetically. Use the download link to save a song clip to your computer or share using social networking links. In addition to finding clips, challenge yourself to Name That Theme Song with a lively one or two player game. Be sure to read the "Legal" tab to know what is and is not legal use of these copyrighted songs.
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tag(s): songs (52)

In the Classroom

Add a little interest to classroom games by downloading and including game show clips (music) as part of your activity. Play a sound clip as a classroom management cue, such as for circle reading time with young ones (turn up the speakers). Share with students as a resource for audio clips to add to offline podcasts and multimedia presentations for educational purposes.

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Me Make Monster! Custom - Me Make Monster

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K to 5
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Calling all Frankenstein scientists (and artists) to create a monster! Create your own creatures by choosing from faces, eyes, mouth, nose, hair, eyebrows, legs, arms, skin, clothes,...more
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Calling all Frankenstein scientists (and artists) to create a monster! Create your own creatures by choosing from faces, eyes, mouth, nose, hair, eyebrows, legs, arms, skin, clothes, and more! Give your monster a name, and you are done. Share using various social networks or email. You can also easily save your monster to your own computer.
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tag(s): creative writing (167), descriptive writing (41), halloween (40)

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Share how to use this engaging site on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Have students create and share their monster creature as an icebreaker activity. In language arts classes, use monsters as an avatar in introducing lesson concepts, reviewing, and questioning sessions. Create stories featuring the students' monsters! Monsters can give summary reviews of correct or incorrect information. Create multimedia stories describing the monsters and have students present information using their creatures using UTellStory, reviewed here. This tool allows narrating and adding text to a picture. Create Halloween fun monsters galore! As a class incentive, earn monsters as a reward system for academic achievement or behavior. In science create monsters suited to different habitats, predators, jobs, or adaptations. Create monsters during the first week of school for students to introduce themselves, and post them on your class wiki along with their explanations.

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Fargo - Dave Winer

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7 to 12
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Fargo is a simple note-taking and outlining tool designed to work with a single subfolder in your Dropbox account. Authorize Fargo to access your Dropbox, and Fargo creates a sub-folder...more
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Fargo is a simple note-taking and outlining tool designed to work with a single subfolder in your Dropbox account. Authorize Fargo to access your Dropbox, and Fargo creates a sub-folder to store notes. Use Fargo to organize your todo lists, as a simple idea outliner, for project organization, or as a basic notepad/paper. Fargo does not access any other areas of your Dropbox account. As you add information to your notes, expand and organize information using the outlining tools. Be sure to read the Outliner how-to for a full explanation of creating and modifying outlines.

tag(s): organizational skills (120), process writing (40), writing (356)

In the Classroom

Use Fargo as part of your Dropbox account. Share with students to outline or add information regarding class projects, review information, and tests. Add Fargo to your personal Dropbox for note-taking and outlining ideas (for both professional and personal use). Create Fargos with course outlines, semester plans, and more. Use Fargo to teach outlining as one option for prewriting/planning a paper and having your notes handy from any web-connected device.

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1-100 Factored Poster - Richard Evan Schwartz

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4 to 9
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This bright and colorful poster illustrates the concept of factoring numbers through the use of cartoon characters. Each block representing a prime number has some feature relating...more
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This bright and colorful poster illustrates the concept of factoring numbers through the use of cartoon characters. Each block representing a prime number has some feature relating to the prime such as number of sides on the head. Others have blocks representing composite numbers. Some of the lower numbers are represented with eyeballs. Each number is different and leads to more exploration. Unfortunately, the author did not provide easy ways to navigate among the various pages associated with this poster, so we share them here. Be sure to visit here for a complete explanation of the poster. View smaller portions of this poster by visiting this link for #1-30, or this link for #31-60 or this link for #61-90.

tag(s): factors (42), number sense (97), prime numbers (31)

In the Classroom

Share this online poster on your projector or interactive whiteboard during discussions of factoring numbers or composite and prime numbers. Use this poster for a fun math center! Have students find each factor or prime number representation in the cartoon characters. Challenge students to create and draw their own factoring poster then use the posters for a colorful classroom display. This is a great way to "draw in" your visual-spatial kids in math class.

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Map Stack - Stamen

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6 to 12
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Create highly stylized map images with this tool. This tool is very similar to the Photoshop layers palette and easily creates map layers using data already available in Open Street...more
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Create highly stylized map images with this tool. This tool is very similar to the Photoshop layers palette and easily creates map layers using data already available in Open Street Map. Create layers using backgrounds, roads, labels, and satellite imagery. Modify the layers' color, opacity, and brightness. Easily highlight or color portions of the map you want to standout. Share the image you create via Pinterest or Tumblr. Share your map image also by a link. Use precision detail with image overlays and layer effects, even creating masks for other layers. The tool can also be used to create a regular map in the colors you want. This site takes some tinkering to figure out but yields colorful and interesting maps.

tag(s): images (261), maps (287)

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Use to focus on and compare resources found in various communities or geographic locations. Identify where natural resources are concentrated in the world. Compare street design in various communities, concentration of population, and more. Create artistic representations of various areas as a project. Include this tool for your tech savvy students to try as you study different types of maps. Challenge them to create a map that has traditional elements such as terrain, and also uses color and image tools to emphasize or communicate information about a location, such as toxic waste locations or musical "scenes." Art teachers can suggest this tool for students to create geo-based artworks or create images to use in Earth Day posters.

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MightyText - MightyText.net

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9 to 12
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Use this tool to create texts from any Android device AND from your computer. Texts are sent using your Android phone number and appear in the inbox of your phone. ...more
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Use this tool to create texts from any Android device AND from your computer. Texts are sent using your Android phone number and appear in the inbox of your phone. Text directly from Google Chrome! Easily sync your videos and images from your phone to computer or tablet. Why use this tool? Managing and responding to texts on the computer is easier when you use power view and can see all conversations at the same time. Additional features include texting from your Gmail account, editing photos using filters, and receiving alerts about the battery life of your phone. If you are an iPhone/Mac/iPad user, you already have similar functionality built in with iMessage.

tag(s): chat (52), classroom management (129)

In the Classroom

Manage texts to students and teachers from your computer or tablet using MightyText. View texts easily on your computer. Send texts to parents reminding them of upcoming conferences. Remind students of project deadlines or tests. Have a snow day? Send students the work so they have less homework the following day. If a student is absent, text the assignments to their device.

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TweetedTimes - Tweetedtimes

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9 to 12
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Create a personalized newspaper from your Twitter account or for any topic of interest. Connect this site easily with your Twitter account and generate a newspaper in minutes. View...more
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Create a personalized newspaper from your Twitter account or for any topic of interest. Connect this site easily with your Twitter account and generate a newspaper in minutes. View the newspapers of your Twitter friends or popular newspapers from other Twitter users. New to Twitter? Learn more from TeachersFirst's Twitter for Teachers page.

tag(s): digital storytelling (135), newspapers (94), social networking (113), twitter (51)

In the Classroom

Use Tweeted Times to showcase your own Professional Development over time. Create and share a newspaper from a class or teacher Twitter account as a summary of content learned. Create a newspaper to use for real world learning in any subject (see Thematic newspapers). Share a newspaper of your class tweets with parents (and school administration) to show what students have learned and to highlight the value of Twitter in the classroom. Students can create a newspaper using their own Twitter account to document their learning and conversations. Be sure to use TeachersFirst's review of Twitter for great classroom ideas.

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Green Forest - jayzeebear.com

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K to 4
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Enter the Green Forest for early literacy and math activities for preschool and early elementary. Find interactives with ABC's, colors, numbers, and memory with Dreamer, the Baby Blue...more
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Enter the Green Forest for early literacy and math activities for preschool and early elementary. Find interactives with ABC's, colors, numbers, and memory with Dreamer, the Baby Blue Bird. Jayzee Bear's world (for ages 4 and up) includes interactives for practicing counting, beginning letter sounds, identifying shapes, coloring, memory games, and more. In Conkee's world, ages 6 and up, enjoy singing along, practicing time, reading books, and solving math problems. Red's house, ages 8 and up, explores outer space, goes on map adventures, finds nocturnal animals, unscrambles words, reads illustrated books, practices math skills, and shows how to make origami creations. Tito's world, ages 9 and up, practices time concepts, math, reading with books, discovering germs and bacteria, and a word search puzzle. Some of the activities require Java. You may need to adjust security settings on your computer for them to run.

tag(s): alphabet (92), bacteria (30), colors (79), counting (119), geometric shapes (159), literacy (102), maps (287), preK (275), songs (52), space (206), time (144)

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If you teach preschool or early elementary, take a look at this eclectic website. You are sure to find plenty to use as a learning center. You may want to demonstrate how to use the site on your projector or interactive whiteboard. This is an excellent site to use for remedial work or to challenge with the extra motivation of technology! Offer it on your class website for offer parents to reinforce concepts at home. Reinforce early phonological awareness and phonemic awareness concepts, math practice, reading, science, and geography. Differentiation is easy with this site's many different levels and activities. After school programs can bookmark this site for all ages and abilities. Share it at parent nights for families to use at home.
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Power Poetry - Power Poetry

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8 to 12
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Encourage budding poets with Power Poetry. Power Poetry's mission is to close the literacy gap through poetry. This is a community where young people of all backgrounds come together...more
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Encourage budding poets with Power Poetry. Power Poetry's mission is to close the literacy gap through poetry. This is a community where young people of all backgrounds come together to process their emotions using poetry. Find challenges to write about social issues or to write a poem in only 140 characters. There are tips for writing FanFiction poetry. Find many supportive community members to encourage you to develop your voice. Poets are free to write about any subject; however, there are site guidelines to prevent hate speech and other inappropriate content. Join with a username and email address. On your profile, you have the option of sharing your first name and last initial, profile picture, and a short biography. You can message each other within the site, but this feature can be disabled from account settings.

tag(s): poetry (229)

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Encourage your most avid writers to submit their poetry to this site. Use your whiteboard or projector to show them the "Take Action Guides." There you will find many issues of concern to youth today. Most students will enjoy uniting multimedia, poetry, and activism in one place. Challenge your students to write a poem in 160 characters or 140 characters (the length of a text message or Tweet respectively). Counselors may want to encourage disenfranchised students to join the site and write about their deepest feelings. This is a supportive community that encourages students to develop their own voice.

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