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SchoolRack - Artia Moghbel

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K to 12
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SchoolRack is a free service for creating a classroom website or blog. Designed with schools in mind, its features include options for managing student and parent groups, discussion...more
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SchoolRack is a free service for creating a classroom website or blog. Designed with schools in mind, its features include options for managing student and parent groups, discussion boards, and mailing lists. Post, collect, and report grades using site features. Use the password protection feature to protect privacy in any or all portions of your site. Use the Quick Start Guide to set your site up easily and quickly. The free account allows for 5 pages, 100 MB of storage, 1 class, 1 mailing list, and unlimited discussion topics. Although we recommend this site for all grades, in elementary school an adult would need to be in charge of the "creating" part. The limits to free pages most likely mean its use for a class web page is best suited for elementary teachers who have only one class.

tag(s): blogs (89), social networking (114)

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Use SchoolRack to keep parents and students updated with class information. Create, collect, and post assignments using features on the site. Try using SchoolRack for student created "visual essays;" digital biodiversity logs (with digital pictures students take); online literary magazines; personal reflections in images and text; research project presentations; comparisons of online content, such as political candidates' sites or content sites used in research (compared for bias). Use this tool to make for science sites documenting experiments or illustrating concepts, such as the water cycle; "Visual" lab reports; Digital scrapbooks using images from the public domain and video and audio clips from a time in history -- such as the Roaring Twenties; Local history interactive stories; and Visual interpretations of major concepts, such as a "visual" U.S. Constitution. Imagine building your own online library of raw materials for your students to create their own "web pages" as a new way of assessing understanding: you provide the digital pictures, and they sequence, caption, and write about them (younger students) or you provide the steps in a project as a template, and they insert the actual content of their own. Of course, the limits to the free pages will mean you can only choose one or two of these ideas!

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moourl - flexcode

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3 to 12
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This very simple tool allows you to shorten a LONG URL (web address). Paste it into this web page, and get back a short URL that fits easily in any ...more
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This very simple tool allows you to shorten a LONG URL (web address). Paste it into this web page, and get back a short URL that fits easily in any webpage or sharing location. Once created, copy onto your clipboard for easy pasting onto any document using the link provided. Personalize your moourl to easily remember it. Drag the bookmarklet onto your toolbar for easy url shortening any time. This is especially helpful when you have a long url such as a search result, news article, or endless .k12 type school web page.
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Have a website (long url) that you want to share with your class (or parents)? Use this tool to shorten up the url before posting on your blog, wiki, website, or newsletter. Save this tool in your favorites to access when needed. Create a custom short url for your students to enter ore remember easily, such as to your class web page! Share this site with your older students to use on their own.

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Every Second on the Internet - designly.com

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6 to 12
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Explore what happens every second on the Internet with this interesting and engaging site. View how many Skype calls and Tweets are issued each second. Find out how many happened ...more
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Explore what happens every second on the Internet with this interesting and engaging site. View how many Skype calls and Tweets are issued each second. Find out how many happened just since you began exploring the site. Keep scrolling to see graphics of Google searches, Facebook likes, and emails sent. Each action is represented with an icon making this visualization stunning and mind boggling at the same time. It provides a sense of the magnitude of information offered on the Internet each and every second.

tag(s): internet safety (105), social networking (114)

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This site is perfect for use on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) during lessons on computer use or Internet safety. Have students predict the number of Google searches, emails sent, etc. each second before displaying the actual number. Use information on this site as part of a lesson on comparisons, fractions, or number sense with large numbers. Share with parents during your Open House to offer an understanding of the impact of computers and social networks on their students lives.

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Ribbon Hero 2 - Microsoft

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5 to 12
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Ribbon Hero is an add-on for Microsoft Office that allows you to play a game within the Office application (ie Word), teaching some of the unique features of the Word ...more
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Ribbon Hero is an add-on for Microsoft Office that allows you to play a game within the Office application (ie Word), teaching some of the unique features of the Word program. When playing Ribbon Hero, you can earn points for doing different tasks within Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. Every game challenge exposes you to more Office features, many of which help you to be more efficient. What a great way to learn about Office. Note that this game requires WIndows XP, 7, or Vista.

tag(s): computers (92)

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Download Ribbon Hero to classroom computers and have students play games to become more proficient using Microsoft Office. Ribbon Hero is perfect for use in computer labs to teach MS Office skills. Have students create videos of their own tips, then share them using a tool such as SchoolTube reviewed here. Ribbon Hero isn't just for kids. Play games on your own to learn new tips and techniques to use with Microsoft Office products.

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Smarterer - Dave Balter, Michael Kowalchik, and Jennifer Fremont-Smith

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8 to 12
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Smarterer helps identify what you know about many subjects and helps identify your weaknesses in others. Explore tests by categories such as games, language and writing, or math and...more
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Smarterer helps identify what you know about many subjects and helps identify your weaknesses in others. Explore tests by categories such as games, language and writing, or math and finance to begin. Choose a test and take a practice question which will not count on your score. Take complete tests after signing in using your Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn account. You can also use your email. View scores at the end of each test and your ranking on a scale from beginner to master based on comparisons to other test takers. Create your own tests easily using step by step directions provided on Smarterer. Give your test a title, then add questions and multiple choice responses. Choose to let others add questions to your test or not. Tests will appear on Smarterer after approval from the site moderators. The site continues to add new tests, many user-created.

tag(s): assessment (106), business (58), computers (92), quizzes (97), test prep (96)

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Use Smarterer to help students identify areas to improve in different skills. Use some of the tests for students to "test out" of curriculum such as email etiquette in computer class or to motivate students to learn about real world skills they will need in the job market. Share this site with students to use at home for quick assessments in many subjects. Create your own tests to use for review and share with students to take and identify areas for further study. Demonstrate how students can track progress through retaking tests (students will need their own account).

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Cyber Safety - Internet Safety Tips - Open Colleges, Ltd

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4 to 12
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Cyber Safety is your go-to guide for learning Internet safety. Scroll through the page to view information on cyber bullying, identity theft, plagiarism, computer viruses, and general...more
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Cyber Safety is your go-to guide for learning Internet safety. Scroll through the page to view information on cyber bullying, identity theft, plagiarism, computer viruses, and general Internet safety. Each section includes comprehensive information such as facts and legal issues as well as examples and what to do in each instance. There is also a quiz and tips for parents.

tag(s): cyberbullying (42), internet safety (105), plagiarism (34)

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This site is an excellent resource for teaching and reinforcing online safety lessons. View on your interactive whiteboard as a class either in one session or several smaller sessions/lessons. Assign students to become experts on one safety concern and share an explanation about it with the class. Have students create a simple infographic sharing what they learn using Easel.ly, reviewed here or Venngage reviewed here. Be sure to share with parents at an Open House or through your classroom website.

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Saylor - Free Online Courses Built by Professors - Michael J Saylor

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8 to 12
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Choose from almost 300 courses to take for free at Saylor. Topics range from general education to computer science and professional development. There is a K-12 area that includes Common...more
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Choose from almost 300 courses to take for free at Saylor. Topics range from general education to computer science and professional development. There is a K-12 area that includes Common Core information (for teachers or parents), test prep, and English lessons. Explore a specific area of study to find courses or choose the course list to view all offerings. Some courses include a full textbook and/or a full set of video lectures and are listed on the content matrix. Each course lists learning outcomes, course requirements, and a course overview. Create your own eportfolio to enroll in courses, track progress, download transcripts, and engage with the online community. Pass the final exam of each course to receive a certificate of completion.

tag(s): professional development (129)

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Allow gifted students to enroll in courses that interest them or that provide enrichment beyond classroom content. Share with others in your building as a resource for professional development. Explore the topics yourself for some new, engaging topics to round out your own expertise. Allow students to enroll in a course that would fit into their career goals as an exploratory opportunity in that field.

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Responsible Use Guidelines of School E-mails for Elementary Students - Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano

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2 to 8
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View visual guidelines for proper email etiquette. We all need to develop e-mail writing skills for an academic setting with classmates, teachers, administrators, and members of the...more
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View visual guidelines for proper email etiquette. We all need to develop e-mail writing skills for an academic setting with classmates, teachers, administrators, and members of the community in the 21st century. Download the PDF visual guidelines to guide you and your students on the manners and responsibilities associated with communicating through email. Be sure to provide credit to the author in your classroom, website, or blog if you post the PDF.

tag(s): digital citizenship (63), writing (363)

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A great visual to share with your students to develop quality communication skills. Discuss rules, rights, privileges, and responsibilities of a digital citizen. Create your own guide using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) or PicLits (reviewed here with your students for their use of their own school email address. Print your guide, have the class sign it, and post it in the classroom as a visual reminder to their commitment to digital citizenship. Share the printables or the links to the students' guides with parents at open house or conferences. Have students create online posters individually or together as a class.
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Textbook Revolution - textbookrevolution.org

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9 to 12
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Textbook Revolution provides links to free (and paid) online textbooks and other educational materials. Some of the books are PDF files, others are viewable online as e-books, or some...more
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Textbook Revolution provides links to free (and paid) online textbooks and other educational materials. Some of the books are PDF files, others are viewable online as e-books, or some are simply web sites containing course or multimedia content. Search for specific textbooks or topics using the search bar. Choose the book for download. This link provides bibliographical data on the book and a link for download. Click to go to the download link to get the book in PDF format.
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tag(s): book lists (132), search engines (65)

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Use Textbook Revolution as a resource for supplemental classroom materials or to use with gifted or advanced students. Share links to educational material on your class website for students to access both in and out of the classroom.
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Screenhero (Beta) - Screenhero, Inc.

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4 to 12
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Screenhero is a screen sharing service that allows the option for both parties to share the mouse on the other person's screen. Watch the one minute video on the site ...more
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Screenhero is a screen sharing service that allows the option for both parties to share the mouse on the other person's screen. Watch the one minute video on the site for a nice overview of how the application works. Begin by both parties downloading the software onto computers to use. Choose between the options to share window or share entire screen. Each person has a mouse cursor labeled with his/her name, to use during sharing. Pause or end sessions when ready using the stop share button.

tag(s): homework (46), tutorials (47)

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Screen share with students working on individual computers to demonstrate items such as website addresses, how to locate information on websites, or when learning text editing features such as changing font size or color. This is a great alternative if a projector or interactive whiteboard is not available. Use this tool to collaborate with other teachers when creating lesson plans or student documents. Ask students using a computer for a presentation to share their screen with the teacher's computer to make information easier to view. Share this site with students to use at home when collaborating on projects. Help a homebound student or offer "extra help" sessions via screen share at predetermined "office hours" or during a snow day. Consider having students teach tech skills to their peers using this free sharing app.

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Doorway Online Learning Activities - Philip Whittaker and Thomas Lee

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K to 3
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Doorway Online provides several early elementary level learning activities in the areas of literacy, math, typing, and memory games. Choose one of the categories to view game titles,...more
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Doorway Online provides several early elementary level learning activities in the areas of literacy, math, typing, and memory games. Choose one of the categories to view game titles, then click to play. Some games offer learning or testing modes as an option for play while others provide several options for differentiating activities. Created in Scotland, this site uses British spellings and currencies.

tag(s): addition (238), alphabet (90), counting (119), keyboarding (37), phonics (72), preK (288), sounds (68), spelling (166), subtraction (198), time (141)

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If you have computer stations, you may want to set up different areas of this program to allow students practice time after instruction. Use the program with the entire class by putting an area of the program up on your projector or interactive whiteboard and having small groups of students decide what the answer should be. Post the link to this program on your website for students to practice at home.
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Skype as a Learning Call - Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano

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2 to 12
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Skype as a Learning Call is a PDF loaded with information on using Skype calls in your classroom. Different pages include information such as what to do before, during, and ...more
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Skype as a Learning Call is a PDF loaded with information on using Skype calls in your classroom. Different pages include information such as what to do before, during, and after a call for both you and your students. Also included are student handouts to record information from calls. Be sure to check this out as an excellent resource for getting the most of your Skype learning experiences! Want to learn more about using Skype in the classroom? View TeachersFirst's OK2Ask Skype archived webinar (here). (This recording is about 90 minutes long.)

tag(s): skype (12), webcams (6)

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Print or save this PDF to use as a resource with any Skype call. Use ideas from this site for assigning student jobs during Skyping. Use the student handouts as a resource for students to complete for post-assessment. Share this site with your Skype partner before your session so that you know each other's goals and objectives for the session.
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Presentain - Neek Kurat

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4 to 12
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Connect and engage your presentation audience with Presentain. Create a free account and link to your Google Drive account. Connect your social media accounts through your profile so...more
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Connect and engage your presentation audience with Presentain. Create a free account and link to your Google Drive account. Connect your social media accounts through your profile so presentation participants can view your connections. Access your Google Drive presentations in Presentain or upload a PDF version of a presentation created in PowerPoint or Keynote. Store your presentations in the Presentain cloud. Download the iOS or Android app on your phone or tablet to connect your mobile device. Use your mobile device as a clicker and connect your audience on their mobile devices. The audience can ask questions, take part in polls, send you follow-up requests, share your slides, and more. Record your voice while you present and publish the slidecast to your online audience. Presenting on a laptop that's not yours? Enter a presentation code that doesn't require a login. This is a great tool to involve your audience. Presentain users must be at least 18 years old.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (167), slides (65)

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Use your existing presentations and upload them as a PDF to Presentain. Use the many tools available at the site to engage your students. Use the question feature as a backchannel to address questions and concerns. Collect data using polls to differentiate your instruction. A BYOD school? Connect your students on their mobile devices. Share your slidecasts for student access both in and outside of class for further practice. An excellent site to share your presentations on professional development with your teaching colleagues. A great tool to flip your classroom instruction. Record students' presentations (using your account) to share on a website or blog so families unable to attend can view. Create visual presentations for key concepts or vocabulary. Record descriptions and share the slidecast for student access both in and outside of class for further practice.

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SearchyPants - Safe Search for Kids - SearchyPants

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K to 6
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Looking for a safe way for young students to search? SearchyPants provides a safe search environment. You can customize a safe search page with a background and add links. You ...more
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Looking for a safe way for young students to search? SearchyPants provides a safe search environment. You can customize a safe search page with a background and add links. You can search the entire web or narrow your search to just images, videos, or games. Add a custom message for users of your search page to read before searching or using links. Note that search result pages do display ads, just as Google does, so you will want to show young users how to distinguish and avoid these links.
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tag(s): search engines (65)

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Create a SearchyPants page for use on classroom computers. Demonstrate HOW to use this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Even younger students can search for topics using the links that you provide. Be sure to include graphics for your non-readers. With upper elementary students, have them access the web through your page for safe searching. Include links for specific games or websites for classroom use.

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Great tool to use with young students!! Melissa, , Grades: 0 - 5
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Safety Center: Staying Safe on YouTube - Google Education

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6 to 12
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Google Education has created this curriculum for secondary teachers including several articless supporting responsible digital citizenship not only with YouTube but with all online...more
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Google Education has created this curriculum for secondary teachers including several articless supporting responsible digital citizenship not only with YouTube but with all online activity. There is an introductory video about Google and being safe on the Internet. 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. Use a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): digital citizenship (63), internet safety (105)

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Assign groups to read different articles and share the highlights with the class. Show students how to take Cornell (two column) notes and summarize using this information. Use a tool like 43 Folders Cornell Notes, reviewed here, to help explain Cornell Notes to students. Pair weak readers with strong readers for this activity. Have students create online posters using Check This (reviewed here) to illustrate the concepts they learned to others in their class.
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Abbreviations - STANDS4 LLC

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6 to 12
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Abbreviations.com is a directory and search engine for abbreviations, acronyms, and initial-isms across the Internet. It includes hundreds of thousands of entries organized into a large...more
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Abbreviations.com is a directory and search engine for abbreviations, acronyms, and initial-isms across the Internet. It includes hundreds of thousands of entries organized into a large variety of categories. Search for an abbreviation or acronym using the search bar and choose from abbreviation to term, term to abbreviation, or a word in the term. Browse items by choosing any letter to find items listed or choose from specific communities such as medical or business. Although this site has a lot of advertisements, the content found is worth looking past them.
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tag(s): search engines (65)

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Bookmark this site for reference to find or to decipher abbreviations or acronyms. Share with students on your website or blog as a resource at home.

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Celly - Celly, Inc.

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K to 12
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Texting, texting... 1, 2, 3. Are you hunting for a good text messaging tool? Celly is a free mobile social network to communicate with students and parents via text message. ...more
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Texting, texting... 1, 2, 3. Are you hunting for a good text messaging tool? Celly is a free mobile social network to communicate with students and parents via text message. A simple setup process allows you to create as many cells (private texting rooms) as you like. Provide your unique code to students and parents to join your cell through their phone or the web. Members can use Celly online or through a mobile device. Require usernames or allow users to be anonymous. Members' numbers are private for safe and secure communication. Customize your cells with how you want to interact with your members. Conversation mode can be configured for one-way messaging, from the teacher to all members, or two-way group chat between all members. Multiple-choice polls allow numerous opportunities for engagement. Schedule messages to be sent at a later time. Link your cell(s) online for students and parents who do not have text messaging. This is a device-agnostic tool, available on the web but also available for free as both an Android and iOS app. Use it from any device or move between several devices and still access your work. App and web versions vary slightly. FAQ: Celly is free if you use the Celly website or Celly apps. Every newly created cell is given 1,000 free SMS text messages. However, standard text message rates apply. Students ages 13-18 must have parental permission to use Celly.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (167), gamification (71), parents (58), polls and surveys (53)

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Celly could work in class as an instant response system if your school allows cell phones. Create a protected online environment for students to communicate with you and with each other. Set up your account and all students (and parents) at the beginning of the school year or at Back to School night. Students can communicate online or on a phone. Students and parents without cell phones won't be left out because they can interact online. Quickly send reminders to students and parents or promote an upcoming event or due date. No need to watch the news! Send alerts to members for weather closures and delays. Even if your students are too young, teachers can communicate with parents via Celly. Schedule messages up to 90 days in the future. Use Celly as a back channel or interactive wall during class. Students can use the @me feature for note-taking in class. Provide polls for exit slips or to activate schema. Send polls during field trips to monitor engagement and text trivia questions on the bus ride home. Send reminders to chaperones on field trips. Students and chaperones can text you throughout the trip as virtual safety checks. Real time information from the polls provides rich data. Polls are efficient and meaningful. They make the classroom feel like a larger place.

You can say so much in only 140 characters. Allow students to use texting language to send responses. However, they should also have to write the message using correct conventions. Teach the difference between formal and non-formal writing. Rewrite passages in abbreviated speech through text messages. Students translate the messages to gain a better understanding of the material. Students can also rewrite work for peers to translate. Students can text thoughts as they read a selection to group members for interactive reading. Teach digital citizenship in a controlled environment. Responsibly using cell phones in the classroom teaches digital literacy skills to be successful.

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Szoter - szoter.com

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Szoter is an online tool for annotating images stored on your computer or screenshots from your computer. Use this site directly on the web or download the Adobe Air version ...more
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Szoter is an online tool for annotating images stored on your computer or screenshots from your computer. Use this site directly on the web or download the Adobe Air version that runs on your desktop. Launch then choose from options to annotate such as load local image, capture camera image, make screenshot, or load image url. After your image loads, choose from editing options such as scaling image, drawing tools such as lines, arrows, and circles, and add text. When finished, save to your computer or publish and share to Twitter, Facebook, or copy the url provided.

tag(s): digital storytelling (153), images (274)

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Capture a screenshot of websites or software and annotate with directions for student use. Have students label and identify objects in an image. Label parts of a plant, continents, landforms, etc. Practice new words in a different language by asking students to label and identify objects in that language. Create a storyboard using several annotated images as a story starter. Art students can annotate images to point out design elements or annotate images of their own work to talk about the creative decisions they made. Share annotated Szoter images on your class website or blog to tell about a field trip or class event.

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OK2Ask®:Sharing and Solutions for Technology Coaches/Trainers March 21, 2013 - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from March 21, 2013 opens in Adobe Connect. This session is for anyone (regardless of title) working as an instructional...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from March 21, 2013 opens in Adobe Connect. This session is for anyone (regardless of title) working as an instructional technology coach, technology integration specialist, technology facilitator, or working alongside teachers to help them integrate technology in support of effective teaching and learning. Explore resources to inspire your teachers and practical ideas to help them envision and implement effective use in their classroom. As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, coaches will: Explore TeachersFirst, evaluating its resources, original content, and value-added reviews for potential in meeting the needs of teachers and students they work with; Search and share resources for hard-to-find curriculum topics or specific teaching challenges they and their teachers encounter; Explore professional offerings to support effective teaching; Find and exchange challenges, ideas, and solutions with other coaches through live discussion during the session; Generate a collaborative coaching "wishlist" of as-yet unmet coaching needs; (follow-up) Use selected solutions from this session and/or TeachersFirst's resources to suggest or model new strategies/resources in an upcoming coaching opportunity.

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Explore resources to inspire your teachers (and yourself). Learn practical ideas to help teachers envision and implement effective use in their classroom. Watch this recording with other tech coaches in your district. Take a look at the resource page full of GREAT ideas! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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Copyright - New York Online

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Explore the complex topics of copyright and plagiarism. Find information on identifying plagiarism, ethical concerns, and ways to avoid stealing others' material. Explore essential...more
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Explore the complex topics of copyright and plagiarism. Find information on identifying plagiarism, ethical concerns, and ways to avoid stealing others' material. Explore essential questions such as Why Should I Care?, What Does it Look Like?, and How Can I Use My Own Brain? Student tools offer tips for avoiding plagiarism such as correctly citing sources and learning proper phrasing. Teacher tools include videos and posters to help students explore this topic and understand copyright issues. View several videos in the digital ethics portion of the site that discuss the fine line between plagiarism and mashups, downloading, and music use. Some of the videos are hosted on YouTube. 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.

tag(s): copyright (49), digital citizenship (63), ethics (17), plagiarism (34)

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This site is a must-have in the toolbox for all secondary teachers. Bookmark and save this site to use for discussion questions and factual information on plagiarism. Share the videos on your projector or interactive whiteboard. View a video each week and discuss contents. View specific videos addressing concerns that arise in your classroom. Share this site with parents at meet the teacher (Back to School) night for their use at home. Share a link to the site on a prominent place on your class website or blog for student reference at any time.
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