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Remember The Milk - Remember the Milk.com

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K to 12
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Your busy life needs a manager. Now you have one: RememberTheMilk.com (also known as RTM). Don't worry about missing a date; any or all of these applications or programs will ...more
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Your busy life needs a manager. Now you have one: RememberTheMilk.com (also known as RTM). Don't worry about missing a date; any or all of these applications or programs will remind you: email, SMS, and instant messenger (AIM, Gadu-Gadu, Google Talk, ICQ, Jabber, MSN, Skype and Yahoo) are all supported. Set up a free account in minutes. Secondary students will embrace this tool to remind them of tests or assignments or sporting events. List making has made it to a whole new level.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (171), organizational skills (128), time (139)

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Read the Blog at this site to learn many cool ways to interact with your personal computer an devices using RTM. Learning support teachers and teachers of disorganized gifted students may want to "model" using such an online tool to help middle and high school students learn better personal organization. Make a demo account for a "mythical" student and organize him/her together so students can see how it works. You will have to check school policies and access to some of the messaging tools, however, since some may be prohibited in your school. Learning support and gifted teachers will welcome this online tool as an engaging way for students to become better-organized. Give students a tech tool, and they just might try it!

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English Literature: Frankenstein - BBC

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9 to 12
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This site offers background on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and its convoluted plot in a general way and does an excellent job of covering the basic themes of the book. There...more
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This site offers background on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and its convoluted plot in a general way and does an excellent job of covering the basic themes of the book. There are links provided for context, plot, character, themes, and sample questions. The links provide an option for "revise" which reviews the information and "test" which provides a simple interactive quiz. Since this is a British site, you may notice some slight spelling differences.

tag(s): literature (274), organizational skills (128), plot (10)

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While great for review, this site is also a good introductory lesson or wrap-up for this novel. Especially interesting is the sample question part with suggestions on time management for writing an essay and a model essay for a potential test question. The "Tests" are ideal for an interactive whiteboard or projector with the group "composing" together on the board. Divide your class into teams and project the Test on the screen. Have the teams work together to answer the questions in seated groups, then share their ideas on the board.

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English Literature: To Kill a Mockingbird - BBC

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8 to 11
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This interactive site by the BBC is both a good introduction and a fine review for To Kill a Mockingbird. It has an interactive timeline, especially helpful to lower level ...more
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This interactive site by the BBC is both a good introduction and a fine review for To Kill a Mockingbird. It has an interactive timeline, especially helpful to lower level students who might have problems sequencing the book. Reviewing sequence with students is important, and the interactive timeline is attractive and amusing, illustrated with student drawings. It can even lead to discussion about the various ways narratives reveal events in time: flashbacks, etc. Like other BBC literature sites, it offers a brief background on the author and the social background of the book. It gives options for plot, character, and theme review and interactive quizzes, as well as a sample question and answer with suggested time management for essay writing. Note to American teachers: The term" revise" in Britain is what you would call "review."

tag(s): organizational skills (128)

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Using an interactive whiteboard to construct the suggested essay layout and/or the sample answer would help students understand how to make their own essays stronger. If you enable them to make changes to the sample question, based upon their own ideas, it will prepare them to write better essays on the upcoming test. You could also offer this link from your teacher web page for students who seek review tools to use at home.

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Smart Girl - NSF & UMich

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7 to 12
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This site values bright young women by offering features on things that interest them: surveys, creativity, feelings, writing, horoscopes, dreams, sports, college, etc. Older girls...more
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This site values bright young women by offering features on things that interest them: surveys, creativity, feelings, writing, horoscopes, dreams, sports, college, etc. Older girls will gain confidence as they find their voices and read those of others. Mentor journals of college-age "Smart Girls" share their college experiences. The site is run by NSF and University of Michigan and provides a very positive tone. They monitor content. Links are available to outside sites on a wide variety of topics.

tag(s): organizational skills (128)

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Counselors, writing teachers, and even those working with young women in emotional support classes will want to encourage your female students to submit creative writing, write surveys, learn to do websites, and write reviews of their favorite media productions. If you have students who want to know more about college life (in a positive way), share this link with them to learn about the college experience, time management , and more from the mentor journals.

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Grid Computing - TryScience

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4 to 12
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This creative web activity challenges students to prioritize and play against the clock to solve huge problems using grid computing. The activity features kid-friendly terms and even...more
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This creative web activity challenges students to prioritize and play against the clock to solve huge problems using grid computing. The activity features kid-friendly terms and even comic strip graphics and layouts to teach how scientists prioritize problems in order to "multitask" and achieve multiple successes. The skills of prioritizing can be applied to homework and long term assignments, as well. If you are working with students struggling with time management, this simulation will open the door to discussion of ways to prioritize and avaluate progress at intermediate checkpoints before tasks are due. This web challenge is interactive and requires FLASH, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): organizational skills (128)

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This website is perfect for an interactive whiteboard. Be sure to point out how many things are changing at once, in case students do not notice.
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Time Out - Edutopia

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This article, published in the George Lucas Foundation's Edutopia online journal, argues that the rigid time schedules found in most schools work to the detriment of both teachers and...more
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This article, published in the George Lucas Foundation's Edutopia online journal, argues that the rigid time schedules found in most schools work to the detriment of both teachers and their students. It argues for a reexamination of some of the practices common in most schools, and suggests the consequences of continuing with current patterns.

tag(s): professional development (133)

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It's My Life - Castleworks, Inc.

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5 to 10
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Visit the many links (and view the videos) on topics such as Emotions, Money, Food Smarts, and more. This site offers many topics about nutrition. Learn about serving sizes, understand...more
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Visit the many links (and view the videos) on topics such as Emotions, Money, Food Smarts, and more. This site offers many topics about nutrition. Learn about serving sizes, understand food labels, learn the importance of healthy choices, and more. Be sure to check out the videos under the Food Smarts section. Other video topic areas include Time Management, Sibling Rivalry, Depression, Dealing with Anger, and many others!

tag(s): bullying (52), emotions (34), mental health (27), myplate (28), nutrition (158), organizational skills (128)

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Share the videos on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Looking for high interest nutrition videos or activities? This is the perfect place with highly engaging material. Share this link with parents on your class website. Have students create blogs using Throwww (reviewed here). This site allows you to create "quick and easy" blogs to be used one time only. There is no registration necessary!
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