TeachersFirst - Featured Sites: Week of Aug 23, 2015

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Spelling Practice - Interlink Language Centers

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4 to 12
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Practice spelling with or without sound with multi-level quizzes available as part of English lesson practice. Choose from two sets of quizzes. The first set includes a sentence with...more
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Practice spelling with or without sound with multi-level quizzes available as part of English lesson practice. Choose from two sets of quizzes. The first set includes a sentence with a missing word. Listen to the word, type it into the box, and then check the answer. When using the second set, look at two word choices and select the word with the correct spelling. Each set of quizzes includes five levels with ten quizzes in each level. Although this site was originally created for English language learners, it could be useful with all students.

tag(s): spelling (172)

In the Classroom

Be sure to include this site on your class webpage for students to access both in and outside of class for further practice. Create a link to this site on classroom computers for students to practice on their own. Share with ESL/ELL students for spelling practice.

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Estimation 2.02 - University of Colorado

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5 to 9
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Refine and practice estimation skills with Estimation 2.02. Begin by clicking the Train button. Learn how to play. View strategy help with visuals demonstrating ratios and proportions...more
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Refine and practice estimation skills with Estimation 2.02. Begin by clicking the Train button. Learn how to play. View strategy help with visuals demonstrating ratios and proportions in 2D and 3D objects. When ready, play on your own to determine accuracy in estimation. Be sure to check the game rules to understand how accuracy is determined.

tag(s): estimation (45)

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Estimation 2.02 is perfect for use on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to introduce and practice estimation skills. Work together to determine best estimates for the different objects found with the games. Be sure to share a link on your class web page for students to practice at home.
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Measure Yourself! - Lawrence Hall of Science

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1 to 4
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How do you compare in size to an armadillo, gorilla, or giraffe? Measure your ear, height, and one of your feet in centimeters and find out. After clicking submit, view ...more
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How do you compare in size to an armadillo, gorilla, or giraffe? Measure your ear, height, and one of your feet in centimeters and find out. After clicking submit, view a list of animals with dimensions similar to yours.

tag(s): measurement (159)

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Although very simple, this hands-on activity provides excellent practice with measurement, specifically using centimeters. Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups to measure and compare results. Have students create online posters individually or together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard, reviewed here, or PicLits, reviewed here, showing comparisons of students to various animal parts.

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Hash - Today's Talking Points - Joseph Mark & Stephen Phillips

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6 to 12
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Hash is a Twitter feed aggregator showing Twitter's trending news in a beautiful display. Click on any picture's title, or hashtag under it to open up information about any image. ...more
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Hash is a Twitter feed aggregator showing Twitter's trending news in a beautiful display. Click on any picture's title, or hashtag under it to open up information about any image. View a short Wikipedia description of the item, then scroll through Tweets containing the hashtag. Choose the "Share Story" link to share via social media, email, or URL.

tag(s): news (178), twitter (50)

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Display Hash on your interactive whiteboard to find the latest information on current events. Have students explore a story then create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here, or Venngage, reviewed here. Have students use a tool such as Woices (beta), reviewed here. This site allows students to create audio recordings AND choose a location (on a map) where the story takes place. Add items throughout the month or any length of time to follow major events around the world. Looking for more ways to use Twitter in the classroom? Read more about Twitter at TeachersFirst's Twitter for Teachers page.

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Drum Lessons.com - Railroad Media

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1 to 12
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Learn how to master the drums free with DrumLesson.com. The drum lessons include setting up your drums, reading sheet music, understanding basic music theory, mastering your...more
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Learn how to master the drums free with DrumLesson.com. The drum lessons include setting up your drums, reading sheet music, understanding basic music theory, mastering your first song, and more. Each lesson includes downloadable sheet music (PDF) and a video to get you well on your way! Three different instructors will inspire you with each of their musical talents and lesson content. Additional resources make your drum experience complete.
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tag(s): multiple intelligences (9), music theory (35), musical instruments (39), musical notation (26)

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Capture students' interest using Drumlessons.com. Pull in your reluctant learners while emphasizing concentration, math concepts in sheet music, and building confidence. Offer as an after school option that will grab your students' interest. Highlight multiple intelligences and make all of your students shine. When your students create a multimedia project and need to add sound without violating copyrights, create your own! Use this site as an example of real world math in practice!
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Google Takeout Tool - Google

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K to 12
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The Google Takeout Tool is a backup service to your Google account. It allows you to back up and create an offline archive of your information stored on Google. Select ...more
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The Google Takeout Tool is a backup service to your Google account. It allows you to back up and create an offline archive of your information stored on Google. Select what you want to archive then choose next. Choose the format to receive your archived data and delivery method. Receive data through email or directly into your Google Drive account.

tag(s): organizational skills (103)

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The Google Takeout Tool is perfect for use when changing email accounts or using multiple accounts. Archive all desired files then upload to your new account when ready.

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Scale City - The Road to Proportional Reasoning - Kentucky Educational Television

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5 to 8
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Explore amazing roadside attractions in Kentucky while you learn about the mathematics of scale with Scale City. At each stop, a short video field trip and an engaging interactive simulation...more
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Explore amazing roadside attractions in Kentucky while you learn about the mathematics of scale with Scale City. At each stop, a short video field trip and an engaging interactive simulation help you understand proportional reasoning. Follow the suggested route to begin with simpler concepts and move to more complex ones or discover individual stops of your choosing. Visit the Teacher's Diner for many classroom resources such as lesson plans, handouts, and more.

tag(s): baseball (36), dinosaurs (51), geometric shapes (147), measurement (159), musical instruments (39), painting (65), time (141)

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Be sure to include this site on your class web page for students to access both in and outside of class for further practice. Have students create maps using Animaps, reviewed here, displaying information from roadside attractions found on Scale City. Students can add text, images, and location stops with Animaps!
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Interactives & Simulations: Weather, Climate & Atmosphere Education - UCAR Center for Science Education

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This site provides a small, but worthwhile, selection of interactives and simulations related to the weather and climate. Choose from interesting activities such as launching a virtual...more
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This site provides a small, but worthwhile, selection of interactives and simulations related to the weather and climate. Choose from interesting activities such as launching a virtual balloon to examining layers of the earth's atmosphere, or "building" a tree using different climate options. Each activity includes a full explanation and many include additional links or extension activities.

tag(s): arctic (42), atmosphere (28), carbon dioxide (17), climate (97), climate change (61), hurricanes (36), solar energy (34), sun (68), trees (29)

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Introduce Interactives & Simulations on an interactive whiteboard or projector then allow students to explore on their own. Be sure to provide a link on your class website or blog for students to explore at home. Have students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here, to demonstrate information learned from this site. Alternatively students could create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from this site using a tool such as Wordle, reviewed here, or WordItOut, reviewed here.
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Listly Virtual Field Trips - CSISD Tech

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4 to 12
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Bring the world to your classroom with this excellent list of virtual field trips. At the time of this review, there were nearly 50 field trips available! Take a trip ...more
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Bring the world to your classroom with this excellent list of virtual field trips. At the time of this review, there were nearly 50 field trips available! Take a trip to the Eiffel Tower, the Taj Mahal, or Rome. Choose any of the titles to visit the home site for the virtual field trip. Some of the titles have several virtual tours listed, i.e. 7 Wonders Panorama. Share any link via social media, email, or by using the code to embed in a website or blog. Some field trips require Quick Time or Java while others require Flash.

tag(s): africa (179), cultures (92), museums (40), rome (26), virtual field trips (46), white house (10)

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Immerse your students in your studies with a close up in depth look through virtual field trips. Visit places where time, money, and mileage inhibit your dreams for bringing your students into wondrous worlds. Find ways to visit where your class has never gone before. Find ways to motivate your most reluctant learners. For history teachers who teach ancient Rome, the history of the Islamic religion, ancient China, or just about any other historical topic, this would be a real treat for students. Help them recognize that these cultures were once real people, with skills, and goals. World languages teachers will be able to introduce different cultures from a new perspective. Small groups or individual students can focus on one of the tours. ESL/ELL learners will appreciate the visit. Reach all types of learners through a class visit. Use field trips as a whole class anticipatory guide, a center activity, a home connection, or even as extra credit. Challenge your gifted students to be guides to their own learning. Make your class go global!
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MinuteEarth YouTube Channel - Henry, Alex, and Peter Reich, Emily Elert, Ever Salazar

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4 to 12
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This YouTube Channel is the place to find answers about science and stories about our awesome planet. Browse through the video list to learn why we just see one side ...more
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This YouTube Channel is the place to find answers about science and stories about our awesome planet. Browse through the video list to learn why we just see one side of the moon, discover the secret social life of plants, and understand why rivers curve. Subscribe to MinuteEarth to receive notification when new videos become available. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. 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. Since this is YouTube, there are public comments.
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tag(s): atmosphere (28), earth (223), moon (67), oceans (137), planets (114), plants (137), video (214), weather (187)

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Share videos on an interactive whiteboard, projector, or as a link on your class website or blog. To share a single video from this site without all the YouTube clutter, use a tool such as SafeShareTV, reviewed here, and create a shortcut to the SafeShare page directly on the desktop. Have students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here, to share information learned from videos. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos about your curriculum topics and share them on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here.

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Describing Earthquakes - iknowthat.com

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4 to 8
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Explore the effects of earthquakes with this interactive. Be sure to notice the red handle at the top. Click the lever to the "Illustration" side to view the movement of ...more
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Explore the effects of earthquakes with this interactive. Be sure to notice the red handle at the top. Click the lever to the "Illustration" side to view the movement of an earthquake. Click the word "play" to begin the animation. Read more information about earthquakes on the right side of the page. Move the lever towards "On Shaky Ground." Choose the magnitude of the quake, and then view the resulting damage. Want to print the information? Click the print button at the top.

tag(s): earthquakes (46), forces (38)

In the Classroom

Use these activities to learn about earthquakes before discussing in class as a way to create more connections with the material. Allow time for students to play with "On Shaky Ground" and create a simple sentence to describe what they learned. Encourage students to determine the types of buildings or materials that will best weather an earthquake. Use the information learned about earthquakes or earthquake preparedness to create an informational web page using a tool like Studeous reviewed here or Jimdo, reviewed here.
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SurveyPlanet - SurveyPlanet, LLC

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K to 12
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SurveyPlanet makes creating surveys, polls, and quizzes quick and easy. Create an account with your email and see how many free features they have for you! The basics include unlimited...more
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SurveyPlanet makes creating surveys, polls, and quizzes quick and easy. Create an account with your email and see how many free features they have for you! The basics include unlimited questions and responses, color themes, various types of questions, a bank of questions for many different industries, and then there are special free features. Some of these are storage of your survey and results for a year, four types of results charts, duplication of surveys, survey embedding and much more. SurveyPlanet supports over 20 languages.
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tag(s): assessment (81), polls and surveys (40), quiz (73), quizzes (81)

In the Classroom

Use SurveyPlanet for daily quiz questions as a formative assessment or to check for understanding of a previous lesson. Use as an anticipatory guide for introducing new content. Use to check for understanding after a lecture or demonstration. Use a class account to have student groups alternate to create a new poll for the next day. Older students may want to include polls on their student blogs to increase reader engagement. Have students create polls for after a project presentation. Use polls to generate data for math class (graphing), during elections, or for critical thinking activities dealing with the interpretation of statistics. Engage students using "real" data from a survey of issues and current events that matter to them. Use it to serve as a class voting device. Students can use their mobile devices to answer the survey. However, it is best to create them on a laptop or desktop.

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Digital Storyteller - Center for Technology and Teacher Education Univ. of Virginia

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1 to 12
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Find a one-stop shop for digital storytelling at this site, created by the University of Virginia. Produce quick and easy digital storytelling projects and find detailed instructions...more
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Find a one-stop shop for digital storytelling at this site, created by the University of Virginia. Produce quick and easy digital storytelling projects and find detailed instructions for creation. Begin with the idea map. Go to the script and prepare your dialogue. Narrate and record the script. Add images to go with your words. The site also lists other resources featuring digital storytelling. Join the community blog to grow and explore other peoples' ideas. Enjoy the featured story to find an excellent example.

tag(s): digital storytelling (109)

In the Classroom

Emerge your class into higher level thinking skills and the 21st century skills involved in a digital storytelling project. Take any and all subject matter and dig deeper into the curriculum. Start small and gradually build up in complexity and depth. Draw or take your own pictures for this project, or find Creative Commons images for student projects (with credit, of course) at Compfight, reviewed here. Start by sharing the example on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Brainstorm examples with the content you are currently studying. Use digital storytelling as an alternate form of assessment. Be sure to post all student work on your website, blog, or Edmodo account to share with others.

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Media History Digital Library - Media History Digital Library

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6 to 12
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Come to the Media History Digital Library to find digitized classic media periodicals available from the public domain. All of the collections pertain to the cinema, broadcasting, and...more
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Come to the Media History Digital Library to find digitized classic media periodicals available from the public domain. All of the collections pertain to the cinema, broadcasting, and sound. Periodicals such as Business Screen, Pictures and Story Magazine, Motion Picture Classics, and Radio Age have at least a five-year spread of content. Over 100 other periodicals are featured. When selecting a periodical, you may choose to read, download, or go directly to the site. Join the blog to discover recent additions, scholarship opportunities, events, and more.

tag(s): art history (62), media literacy (46), multimedia (42)

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Use Media History Digital Library in your classroom as a secondary resource to discover the culture and setting of a time period while studying literature or even through history classes. List the clues and details that provide further information. Analyze the article use and its influence on society by using close reading techniques. In a multimedia class, discover the history and progression of cinema, broadcasting, and sound. Use to discover the influence of critical world events such as world wars, depressions, economic influences, an industrial revolution, and more. Analyze the artistic changes throughout time.
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