TeachersFirst - Featured Sites: Week of Jun 8, 2014

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Study Geek - StudyGeek

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6 to 12
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StudyGeek is a free math homework help service for algebra through calculus. The help is provided by PhD tutors. View written explanations, video lessons, images, games, various calculators,...more
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StudyGeek is a free math homework help service for algebra through calculus. The help is provided by PhD tutors. View written explanations, video lessons, images, games, various calculators, and more. Search StudyGeek for content or choose from specific courses to find information. In addition to lessons and tutorials, be sure to check out the "Other" link to infographics, math memes, and other interesting math trivia.
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tag(s): calculators (41), homework (43), problem solving (258)

In the Classroom

Share a link to StudyGeek on your class website for students to access from home. Display information from the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector as a supplement to your current teaching materials. Share the calculators with your students to use both in and out of the classroom.

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You Can Book Me - Bridget Harris

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K to 12
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You Can Book Me is an appointment scheduling tool that works within your Google Calendar. Sign in with your Google login, and set up scheduling pages with your availability preferences....more
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You Can Book Me is an appointment scheduling tool that works within your Google Calendar. Sign in with your Google login, and set up scheduling pages with your availability preferences. Enter the length of "bookings" (appointments) along with time zone and language preference. Choose a theme to finish set-up. Customize your calendar further with tools under the advanced options. Options include different availability times on individual dates, a block for your lunch period, or requiring a minimum notice to schedule appointments. Once saved, share a link to your calendar with your custom booking link.
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tag(s): calendars (44), organizational skills (120)

In the Classroom

Use You Can Book Me to schedule parent or student conferences to meet mutual scheduling needs. Create events for professional development sessions. Have participants choose a time for attending or presenting at sessions. Schedule student presentations at your evening science fair or other culminating event. Share with your school's Parent Teacher Organization as an excellent scheduling tool for any event. If you advise a club, use this tool to schedule student volunteers to work the photobooth, concession stand, or other volunteer hours. Link this to your Google Calendar and save time, emails, phone calls, and more! School library/media specialists can book their volunteer slots or visiting readers using this tool.

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Appear.in - appear.in

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K to 12
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Create video conversations including up to eight people instantly with Appear.in. There is nothing to download, and no registration is required. Add a name for your room and click "create."...more
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Create video conversations including up to eight people instantly with Appear.in. There is nothing to download, and no registration is required. Add a name for your room and click "create." Allow access to your computer's webcam and microphone, and your room is all set up. Send the link to others to click and join in. Claim a room to get privileges such as customizing your room's background and locking your room when empty. Appear.in works with Chrome, Firefox, and Opera browsers. Appear.in does not currently work on mobile devices. Sign up to receive notification when mobile capability becomes available.

tag(s): chat (52), video (251)

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Connect up to eight whole classrooms across the country for book clubs. Connect experts such as authors and scientists to classrooms of children. Create connected learning experiences with other students, especially those in older grades. Connect world language classes to classes in other countries. Students interested in graphic design can connect with an expert or artist far away and share current work in a virtual critique. Connect students with mentors or older students for help with homework. Teachers can hold "office hours" for homework help and student questions. Whole buildings can collaborate and share professional development with others in their own district and beyond! Of course, you will want to pretest whether this service works in your school since some filters block access to such "interaction."

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Map of Continents and Oceans - Naace

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2 to 5
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Practice locating oceans and continents with this simple, drag and drop map activity. Drag ocean names (in blue) and continent names (in yellow) to the correct locations with question...more
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Practice locating oceans and continents with this simple, drag and drop map activity. Drag ocean names (in blue) and continent names (in yellow) to the correct locations with question marks. You are asked to identify both northern and southern Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Incorrect responses drop back to the starting point while correct answers remain in the proper location. Reset to start over and play again.

tag(s): continents (50), maps (287), oceans (147)

In the Classroom

Be sure to include this site on your class web page for students to access both in and outside of class for practice locating continents and oceans. Create a link to this activity on classroom computers for use as a center. This site is also ideal for your interactive whiteboard or projector with students operating the activity.

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e-learning for kids - Environmental Skills - Dr. Nick van Dam

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K to 6
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e-learning for kids offers a small collection of resources for environmental learning with elementary students. At the time of this review, there were five detailed lessons on various...more
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e-learning for kids offers a small collection of resources for environmental learning with elementary students. At the time of this review, there were five detailed lessons on various topics: Global Warming, Energy, Earth's Resources, and Homes for Living Things. Choose any lesson to begin and follow prompts to complete each activity. If you receive a message that your computer doesn't meet minimum system requirements, try clicking the image to launch the course anyway. Our editor's computer accessed and completed all activities despite this message.

tag(s): energy (197), environment (317), habitats (84), natural resources (59), resources (111)

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These lessons are perfect for use as mini-lessons on your interactive whiteboard or projector. View and discuss activities together as a class or create a link to lessons for students to complete on classroom computers. Be sure to provide a link to the site on your class webpage or newsletter for students to use at home. Use lessons on this site as part of your Earth Day activities. Have students create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from this site using a tool such as WordItOut (reviewed here).
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Animal and Environmental Facts - Young People's Trust for the Environment

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3 to 8
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The Young People's Trust for the Environment (UK) offers a large selection of fact sheets about animals and environmental issues. The information is primarily text-based. Scroll through...more
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The Young People's Trust for the Environment (UK) offers a large selection of fact sheets about animals and environmental issues. The information is primarily text-based. Scroll through the alphabetical list of animals to view available fact sheets. Sheets contain an image along with other pertinent information such as habitat, size, food, and daily life. Click the blue box on the upper left side of the page to download and print all information in PDF format. Note: Only text appears on downloaded sheets; images appear as X's. Choose the Environmental Facts link to explore fact sheets with subjects ranging from Acid Rain through Zoos. This site was created in the United Kingdom, so you may notice some slight spelling differences from American English.

tag(s): acid rain (5), animal homes (41), animals (277), climate (92), energy (197), environment (317), habitats (84), pollution (66)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Bookmark this site for use with any animal or environmental unit. You will need to pair weaker readers with a stronger reader since the information is almost entirely text. Allow students to choose an animal or environmental topic from the resources available and become "experts." Have students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. Have students use Page Flip-Flap (reviewed here) to turn their Word documents, PDFs, and images into an online book. There is even a page-turning effect! Have students create maps of animal habitats using Animaps (reviewed here). Students can add text, images, and location stops.
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Place Value to 100 Thousands - Toon University

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3 to 6
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Practice place Value to 100 Thousands through three different game levels. Choose a level to begin. Type in the correct answer using numbers in response to the written words. Each ...more
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Practice place Value to 100 Thousands through three different game levels. Choose a level to begin. Type in the correct answer using numbers in response to the written words. Each level increases the difficulty including length of response time and larger numbers. Your correct answers unlock the tank game and improve shot accuracy.
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tag(s): integers (41), place value (56)

In the Classroom

Place Value to 100 Thousands is perfect for your interactive whiteboard or projector with student operators. Allow students to take turns in providing responses and playing the tank game. Challenge students to move up in difficulty levels through continued play. Create a link on your class website or newsletter for play at home. Create a link on class computers for use during center time.
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GeoHive - Johan van der Heyden

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9 to 12
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Explore and discover a vast array of world population statistics at GeoHive. Choose links for Global Data or Country Data. Find information such as evolution of the population, agriculture,...more
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Explore and discover a vast array of world population statistics at GeoHive. Choose links for Global Data or Country Data. Find information such as evolution of the population, agriculture, and density statistics. Compare past, present, and estimated future population statistics broken down by country. Click through the Population Pyramid on the home page to view the world's expanding population broken down by gender and age.

tag(s): agriculture (54), population (60), statistics (122)

In the Classroom

Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. In math class, have students identify and compare population trends across countries. In social studies classes, talk about factors that influence population and that are, in turn, affected by population. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Venngage reviewed here. Have students create maps using Animaps (reviewed here). Students can add text, images, and location stops.

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Online Dictation - Amit Agarwal

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K to 12
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Use the magic of speech recognition to create emails, dictate notes, or write an essay without ever touching your keyboard. Online Dictation only works in the Chrome browser. Click...more
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Use the magic of speech recognition to create emails, dictate notes, or write an essay without ever touching your keyboard. Online Dictation only works in the Chrome browser. Click "Start Dictation," and grant the site permission to connect to your computer's microphone. Begin talking, and watch your words appear on the screen. Dictation detects many different languages so is useful for many non-English speakers. When you finish speaking, export your text using links to Dropbox, Google Drive, your computer, or send as an email.

Since this tool has to connect back to its own servers to "translate" your spoken words to text, it may not have the sensitivity you expect. It is a good idea to test it first yourself before assigning students to use it. You might want to demonstrate how clearly you must speak to make it work.

tag(s): speech (93)

In the Classroom

Use Online Dictation to dictate homework assignments to post on your class webpage. Demonstrate proper note taking using Online Dictation. Leave this site up in your browser, and add notes throughout your lesson. Save notes to your computer to print and use for future reference. Share this site with students who have difficulty putting thoughts onto paper or students with delayed handwriting skills or processing delays. Let students dictate stories, poems, questions, etc. to print and use. Share Online Dictation with your school's ESL/ELL teacher as a resource for use with their students. Speech and language teachers can try this tool to encourage students to improve articulation. If they speak clearly, their words will "magically" appear in writing!
 

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The concept is great but the execution is disappointing. The text response is slow and often captured only an occasional word or phrase. Most of what was returned in text was gibberish. This program is not suitable for student use. Dwight, , Grades: 3 - 7

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Types of Sentences - Les Snowdon and Maggie Humphreys

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2 to 4
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Understand the four types of sentences (and proper punctuation) by learning from Ed at this colorful site. First find out what the different types of sentences are. Practice correctly...more
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Understand the four types of sentences (and proper punctuation) by learning from Ed at this colorful site. First find out what the different types of sentences are. Practice correctly identifying them. This is a quick and easy review activity (short reading passage followed by 5 multiple choice questions). This site was created in the United Kingdom. American English speakers may notice some slight spelling differences.

tag(s): punctuation (43), sentences (52)

In the Classroom

Begin instruction for the types of sentences and punctuation on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Continue at centers for individual practice. Have students create their own sentences as examples on a class PowerPoint or Prezi (reviewed here). Use Bookemon reviewed here to illustrate sentences in your own class book.
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Chinese Checkers - Jerome Meriweather

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1 to 9
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Put a technology twist on Chinese Checkers without losing any marbles! Play with 2, 4, or 6 players. Follow the score and number of moves. Just click on your color ...more
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Put a technology twist on Chinese Checkers without losing any marbles! Play with 2, 4, or 6 players. Follow the score and number of moves. Just click on your color choice to begin. The Help page wasn't working at the time of this review.

tag(s): gifted (96), logic (229), puzzles (208)

In the Classroom

Introduce Chinese checkers on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Offer this game as a writing prompt for students to learn how to write directions. Give it as a challenge without any spoken or visual directions. Challenge student groups to plan and explain a strategy to be the winner with the fewest moves. Have students determine ways to earn extra points in the game. Share this site with your gifted students for some extra mindbending challenges. Substitutes will want to keep this site tucked in their bag of tricks.
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Achieve the Core - Student Achievement Partners

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K to 12
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Find lessons and materials to jump into Common Core. Whether you are already a Common Core whiz or just a beginner, this site will help you grow and learn. Search ...more
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Find lessons and materials to jump into Common Core. Whether you are already a Common Core whiz or just a beginner, this site will help you grow and learn. Search the site by selecting subject area, grade level(s), and your role/position. Begin your professional development with instructional modules. Modules include a facilitators guide, a video, and hands on activity with discussion ideas. Content includes both ELA and Math. Some lessons can be found (in ELA) that also incorporate science and social studies. Search by individual grade level or by elementary, middle school, or high school. Under ELA/Literacy, examine text dependent questions and text complexity. You will also find instructional videos, sample lesson and assessment questions, instructional practices, and aligning materials. Math activities include videos, examining the shifts, and evaluating yourself. Another area to explore is the Leadership Tools.

tag(s): commoncore (92)

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Bookmark this site for professional development. Find the self evaluation tools to use before your evaluation by administrators. Start a Common Core study group, and explore and share together. Ready made parent materials make parent involvement easy. Learn ways to become involved with the Common Core movement. And of course, don't miss the fabulous "ready to go" lessons!
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