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US Digital Literacy - US DIgital Literacy

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K to 12
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US Digital Literacy is a comprehensive informational site to help better deliver digital literacy information to students. Help to prepare your students to understand and use information...more
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US Digital Literacy is a comprehensive informational site to help better deliver digital literacy information to students. Help to prepare your students to understand and use information in multiple formats from a broad range of sources. Students need to be able to read, and interpret media, reproduce data and images, evaluate, and apply new knowledge from digital environments. Learn how to use the tools, promote responsible digital citizenship, while providing a framework to access, analyze, and create new information. Under Digital Toolkits find information about digital citizens, web 2.0, augmented reality, social bookmarks, wikis, images and creative commons, keyboarding practice, and mobile learning communities. For your own use, find professional learning networks, adaptive learning systems, learning management systems, project based learning, and STEM and STEAM. The Twenty-first- Century Skills section gives background in the Common Core, core subjects, learning and innovative skills, information and media literacy, and life and career skills. Instructional Strategies provide information for classroom management, activating strategies, vocabulary strategies, cognitive growth strategies, organizing strategies, summarizing strategies, and assessment types. Information regarding thoughtful technology leadership includes videos to promote conversations and challenges for your school website. Each section includes interesting and informative videos. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos 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): professional development (85)

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Become your school's technology guru. Find information to explore, try and share a piece at a time. Easily locate information to lead you to becoming a 21st century educational technology teacher (and leader). Be sure to document your professional growth as part of your yearly teacher evaluation. Present information at staff meetings to promote growth within your school. Explore various sections of this site to share with your class. Sign up for the newsletter to discover the latest information and resources.
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STEAM Education - Sarah Weaver

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Enhance STEAM activities (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art/Design, Math) through great ideas found on the this blog. The ideas demonstrate activities for use including instructions...more
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Enhance STEAM activities (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art/Design, Math) through great ideas found on the this blog. The ideas demonstrate activities for use including instructions and images of students completing activities. View archives for additional lessons. Find art, articles, lessons, or resources under the categories link. Add your email for notification of new posts and updates.

tag(s): blogs (75), STEM (71)

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Be sure to bookmark this blog or sign up for updates to continue to receive great ideas for incorporating STEAM into your classroom. Collaborate with your school's art teacher to teach lessons found on the site. Share ideas from this blog with parents for entertaining at-home activities. Use ideas from the site for a Math/Science fair at school.

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Scrim - Basem

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4 to 12
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Protect your email address and reduce spam with Scrim. Scrim converts your email address into a short, safe link for sharing on Twitter, forums, or any public site. Enter your ...more
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Protect your email address and reduce spam with Scrim. Scrim converts your email address into a short, safe link for sharing on Twitter, forums, or any public site. Enter your email and add a unique ending to the Scrim URL to receive your unique code. Copy and paste the code for use on social networking sites, documents, or forums.
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tag(s): internet safety (100)

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Use Scrim whenever sharing your email address on Twitter or other social networking sites to avoid receiving spam. Share with older students as part of your cyber safety lessons.
 

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Welcome to Hector's World - ThinkUKnow

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K to 3
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Watch Hector and his friends learn to use computers safely through cartoons and puzzles. Six cartoons provide lessons on Internet dangers and computer safety. Each episode also includes...more
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Watch Hector and his friends learn to use computers safely through cartoons and puzzles. Six cartoons provide lessons on Internet dangers and computer safety. Each episode also includes a coloring book in PDF format. Piece together online jigsaw puzzles for each of the characters in Hector and friends. This site was created in the UK. American English speakers may notice some slight pronunciation and spelling differences.

tag(s): digital citizenship (26), internet safety (100), preK (246)

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View computer safety videos together on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Print coloring books for students to complete to reinforce concepts. Be sure to share a link to this site on your class web page or newsletter for parents to use at home with students. Use this site as part of your digital citizenship unit in the younger grades.
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Typing Lessons That Work - keybr.com

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2 to 12
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Learn how to touch type or increase your touch typing speed and accuracy with this handy resource! You can practice with NO registration. But if you want to keep track ...more
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Learn how to touch type or increase your touch typing speed and accuracy with this handy resource! You can practice with NO registration. But if you want to keep track of your progress, registration is suggested. You can sign up with your email or Google or Facebook account. Use the cloud to store your results. This enables use of this tool anywhere, anytime. There is a thorough slide tutorial when first arriving at the site. You can find it again under the Help section. The tutorial explains how the lessons are set up, what you will see on your screen, and what each feature does. You do not have to register to use this site, only to track your progress.
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tag(s): computers (47), keyboarding (32)

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Everyone will benefit by learning to type faster. Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students practice their touch typing independently. No need to have them sign up. They will see their speed and errors at the end of each list given to them. That information will accumulate for as long as they continue the practice. They could keep their results in a word document or a Google Doc. For more about Google Docs and Templates see the review here. Be sure to watch and see that students are using the proper touch typing position (no two finger typing!). Share this site with your students who are struggling with writing. Offer students the opportunity to learn to type in addition to write!

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Common Core Resources - Weebly

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K to 12
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Want to make sure you are up to speed on all your Common Core resources? The links guide you to resources in math, language arts, writing, reading, science, and technology. ...more
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Want to make sure you are up to speed on all your Common Core resources? The links guide you to resources in math, language arts, writing, reading, science, and technology. Find a short description of the site, and then go directly to the site. There is also quite a bit of professional information about the Common Core standards. Substitute teachers can easily be led to ready to go Common Core sites.

tag(s): commoncore (66)

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Challenge yourself to explore the resources found on Common Core Resources. Add into your lesson plans so you remember to share with our colleagues. Make sure to document to add on to your teacher evaluation. Share at your professional learning community every month.
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Kodable - Surfscore, Inc

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K to 4
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Kodable teaches coding to young children through programming logic, sequence, loops, functions, and debugging. Create one free class account for up to 25 students with up to 45 levels....more
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Kodable teaches coding to young children through programming logic, sequence, loops, functions, and debugging. Create one free class account for up to 25 students with up to 45 levels. Find lessons with programmed curriculum, explanations of key concepts, and Common Core alignment. You can play without an account; however, results are not saved. Kodable can be used on any web browser or an iPad/iOs device.
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tag(s): computers (47), logic (206), problem solving (199), STEM (71)

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Use this tool to learn basic coding skills. Students will quickly catch on to this program when allowed to experiment while viewing their results. Kodable is great for differentiating for students with different abilities and learning styles. Keep track of student progress through your teacher account and entering student profiles. Have more than 25 students in your class? Challenge students to work in pairs to complete the challenges.

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Free Training Tutorials - Barak Sofer

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K to 12
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Here is your one stop for FREE training on Microsoft Word and Excel, Typing challenges, and activities in several subjects. There are activities for typing, math, spelling, and life...more
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Here is your one stop for FREE training on Microsoft Word and Excel, Typing challenges, and activities in several subjects. There are activities for typing, math, spelling, and life skills geared toward elementary and middle school students. The menu at the left provides links to all activities except Excel. Find those at the top of the page. If you find an activity you like, easily share using links on each activity via email or social networks. Some of the video clips 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.
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tag(s): grammar (212), keyboarding (32), operations (103), parts of speech (65), spelling (168), spreadsheets (14), vocabulary (311)

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Make a shortcut to any activity on this site on classroom computers and use it as a center. Be sure to include this site on your class web page for students to access both in and outside of class for further practice. Train yourself on Microsoft Word or Excel using these video clips. Share the typing activities with your students to increase their speed and accuracy. Set up learning centers for the interactives available (such as nouns and verbs).
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Better Lesson - BetterLesson

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K to 12
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This site offers over 10,000 lessons aligned with the Common Core and the Next Generation Science Standards. The lessons were created by 130 Master Teachers. You can browse resources...more
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This site offers over 10,000 lessons aligned with the Common Core and the Next Generation Science Standards. The lessons were created by 130 Master Teachers. You can browse resources without registering. Click the blue "Browse" button to get started. Choose along the top from Common Core Math, Common Core ELA, or Next Generation Science. Lessons are arranged by grade level or Math, Language, and Science subjects. However, if you want to create your own resources, registration is required. After registering, create a class and then create a unit for that class. Finally, create a lesson for that unit, fill in an objective, select a state standard, and estimate the total time on task. Upload files (or drag and drop) to assign them to the lesson or keep them "unassigned" for later use. Additionally, simply add other users' files to your own curriculum. Search for files by keyword, age-level, and type of format. Click on a result to see every lesson plan using that file.

tag(s): commoncore (66), professional development (85)

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Use this site to create lessons for students to follow. Use this site to share inspirational lessons you create or to find inspiration in the work of others. Meet the Common Core goals by using the tools and lesson plans offered at this website. Though the site deals with the technical aspect of lesson planning, many ideas exist to reverse engineer to your own lessons. Create a course to maintain and tweak your lessons for your classes. Expand PD to others in your school or in other schools to learn from the best ideas of others!

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Anybody Can Learn Code - Hadi & Ali Partovi

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K to 10
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Anybody Can Learn Code is designed to spark interest in learning to code, especially among girls and the very young. Find lessons for beginners, Kindergartners to tenth graders (or...more
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Anybody Can Learn Code is designed to spark interest in learning to code, especially among girls and the very young. Find lessons for beginners, Kindergartners to tenth graders (or older). Start by clicking Learn in the top menu bar. Find an Hour of Code with 20 puzzles that use a drag and drop process and problem-solving skills. Complete the Hour of Code and select Beyond One Hour. Find everything an early coder needs to get started coding: A K-8 Intro to Computer Science, Tutorials that teach Javascript, Tutorial apps for any device, Learn to program with robots, and many others. There are also "unplugged tutorials" for classrooms without computers. On the top menu, click on the Teach button to find the link to videos (half way down the page) from famous people about how and when they learned to code. The videos are hosted on YouTube. 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. Code.org is available in 20 languages.

tag(s): computers (47)

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Make coding part of science inquiry or math logic in any classroom. Include it as part of scientific method or discussions about careers in science. You may even want to portray coding as just another "world language" in today's world. Be sure to look at all the implementation advice before introducing these extensive coding resources to your class. It would be wise to complete the Hour of Code yourself so you will feel comfortable helping students if they get stuck. Better yet, invite a few students to do an hour with you after school and learn together! You will have a team of "techsperts" to help their peers. Select the Learn button from the top menu to find two links for educators. The one at the top of the Learn page gives quick tips for prepping for the Hour of Code. The one at the bottom of the slide gives complete instructions for implementing the Hour of Code in your classroom. Plan an hour of Code on nationally designated days or on your own calendar! Invite the PTA/PTO to host a coding event. Select a video to use to introduce Computer Science to your students. In a 1:1 or BYOD classroom, guide students through the site using Surfly, a tool to share the web pages with others, reviewed here. If you only have a few computers, introduce this tool using a projector or interactive whiteboard and bookmark it as a learning station with earbuds/headphones. Encourage students to help each other when they have difficulty. Share this on your website for students to use at home, too. Anybody Can Learn Code teaches the basics. Those students who show a keen interest in coding could learn more by using a program such as Codeacademy, reviewed here.
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Museum of Endangered Sounds - Brendan Chilcutt

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4 to 12
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We all know about endangered plants and animals, but what about endangered sounds? The Museum of Endangered Sounds offers a collection of sounds unfamiliar to many young people. Click...more
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We all know about endangered plants and animals, but what about endangered sounds? The Museum of Endangered Sounds offers a collection of sounds unfamiliar to many young people. Click on any thumbnail to hear sounds such as the ka-ching of a cash register, dialing a rotary phone, the sound of dial-up Internet, or the click and winding of a film camera. Although the collection is quite small, it is worth a visit for a trip back to the past! Warning: the clip with TV Snow features a provocative photo. You may want to avoid that example with an immature audience.

tag(s): 1960s (30), 1970s (11), 1980s (9), inventors and inventions (96), sounds (68)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard and speakers to launch your modern history or technology unit. Include it in a unit on inventions and inventors or even in "sounds of the decades." Challenge students to research and find other "endangered" sounds from the past. Have hem interview parents and grandparents to discover long-missing sounds. Create a class wiki museum of more endangered sounds and images. Challenge students (and parents) to find these items (in real life) and bring them in to share. Have students include sounds from the museum as part of a multimedia project. Use this site to launch discussions about the impact of technology and its rapid changes on such things as home design, economics, and even clothing. Share this site as part of Grandparent's Day activities and have grandparents share memories of these and other obsolete objects.

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Really neat site...Just be forewarned that there's a racy photo of a girl in a bikini on the old TV sound part. You don't see it until you click on the TV. Other than that, cute stuff.

Editorial Note: Yes, we saw that racy photo also. It is mentioned in our review already, towards the end of the description.
Angie, GA, Grades: 4 - 6

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Embed.ly - Sean Creeley and Art Gibson

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K to 12
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Embedly is an extremely easy to use embed code generator. Simply click Create Embed and paste in the URL for the site you want to embed. View a preview and ...more
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Embedly is an extremely easy to use embed code generator. Simply click Create Embed and paste in the URL for the site you want to embed. View a preview and copy the automatically generated embed code. Options include adding a dark background or making the preview chromeless (colorless). The dark ground will hide any text that is black.

tag(s): wikis (18)

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Add visual interest to your website, wiki, or blog using Embed.ly. Create links with a preview of any website to put on your blog, wiki, or website. Make web links actual "mini" views of the site using the embed tool, a real advantage for your non-readers! Share Embed.ly with students to add links to student-created blogs and websites. Have students embed a site that they are critiquing or analyzing in their blog post, such as a political site or a site of questionable reliability. Embed.ly is the ideal tool to use on your wiki, class webpage, or blog for the sites you and your students use on a regular basis. If you have not started using a wiki or blog but would like to learn how, check out TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through or TeachersFirst Blog Basics.
 

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Surfly - Nicholas Piel and Denis Bilenko

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K to 12
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Surfly is a sharing tool to share the web with others, almost as if their computer is watching over your shoulder. No special plug ins are required! Create an account ...more
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Surfly is a sharing tool to share the web with others, almost as if their computer is watching over your shoulder. No special plug ins are required! Create an account and use the Start a Session link to begin. Paste in the URL of any website, then share the Surfly URL generated for that site with anyone you wish. You provide the browsing experience while invitees are along for the ride! Invite others to join in at any time using links on the left or change the site URL with a quick click.

tag(s): computers (47), editing (45), homework (45), parent conferences (14)

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Screen share with students on individual computers to demonstrate how to locate information on websites, or when learning tech tools. Surfly is a great alternative if an interactive whiteboard or projector is not available. It is also very helpful for demonstrating with others at another location (such as students who are home sick). Use this tool to collaborate with other teachers when creating lesson plans or student documents. Have students on laptops share their screen with you during presentations to make information easier to view and assess. Share this site with students to use at home when collaborating on projects. Help a homebound student by sharing your class computer screen and opening an audio connection over the phone. Offer "extra help" sessions via screen share at predetermined "office hours," on snow days, or on certain evenings. Have students teach tech skills to their peers using this free sharing tool. Share a student's online work using a screen share during a parent phone conference. Show a parent how to navigate a practice site you want the family to use at home. Visual directions always work better!

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What Your Teen is Doing on Social Media - Liahona Academy

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4 to 12
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Liahona Academy offers this PDF infographic as a detailed look at teen social media use and what parents and teachers should know to take an active role in students' online ...more
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Liahona Academy offers this PDF infographic as a detailed look at teen social media use and what parents and teachers should know to take an active role in students' online life. Discover how teens spend their time on social media, what platforms they use, and how to stay informed of their activities. Follow tips for monitoring Internet browsing activity with specifics for commonly used browsers. Learn how teens try to hide activity from adults and what you can do to stay one step ahead! Stay informed about tools available to adults to help monitor the safety of students.

tag(s): cyberbullying (33), digital citizenship (26), internet safety (100)

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Share this infographic at Back to School Night, at Open House, or as a link on class/school web page. Discuss this information with your preteen/teen students as part of a digital citizenship curriculum. Be sure to talk about what THEY think parents should do/talk with them about. Share this information with colleagues as part of your professional development training in computer/Internet safety. Use these tips to keep your students safe while browsing in the classroom. This could also make a great discussion at a faculty meeting as your school ventures into a 1:1 program.
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CodeMonkey - Jonathan Schor

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1 to 6
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Code Monkey is an engaging interactive to learn basic coding skills for even younger students. Follow the simple tutorial to learn each step and help the monkey find his bananas. ...more
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Code Monkey is an engaging interactive to learn basic coding skills for even younger students. Follow the simple tutorial to learn each step and help the monkey find his bananas. Receive stars for completing each challenge along the way. Thirty challenges offer opportunities for you to progress from basic through more intermediate coding skills.

tag(s): computers (47)

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Introduce Code Monkey on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Allow students to explore and learn on their own at classroom computer centers or individual laptops. Provide a link to Code Monkey for students to access at home. Create a bulletin board for students to post achievement levels. Have student "coding experts" create screencasts about completing challenges using a tool such as Screenr reviewed here.

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Educators New to Twitter - Kyle Calderwod

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K to 12
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Learn what you need to do and know to start using Twitter. Sign up to get a Twitter mentor or BE a mentor! Find out what to do before creating ...more
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Learn what you need to do and know to start using Twitter. Sign up to get a Twitter mentor or BE a mentor! Find out what to do before creating a Twitter account, get advice about whom to follow, explore programs to use to help you manage your Twitter account, and read how to keep track of everything. Learn about all the terms needed to be successful using Twitter as a teacher. This site is clean, simple, and very helpful!

tag(s): chat (38), microblogging (33), social networking (98), twitter (44)

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After creating an account, look at the page for what else you can start doing. Find other educators to follow on the Before You Begin page, and also look at participating in a Twitter Chat. Find a list of chats to join, and the day and time they meet at the Twitter Chat Schedule. As a teaching tool, Twitter is amazing! If your school permits access, have a class account for your class to follow people who work in fields and topics you study. Even primary grades can connect with other classes or "follow" many learning experiences via Twitter. Learn much more about teaching ideas and tools for Twitter in the many resources listed on TeachersFirst Twitter for Teachers page.

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Through the Wild Web Woods - Council of Europe

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3 to 7
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Learn about dangerous Internet traps and become a safe Internet user through this interactive designed for 7-10 year olds. Pass through four cities while collecting Information about...more
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Learn about dangerous Internet traps and become a safe Internet user through this interactive designed for 7-10 year olds. Pass through four cities while collecting Information about privacy and security. Be sure to look for the keys and Awareness coins. Collect scrolls along the way to help other children in need. After saving all of the children, earn the right to play "Scroll Run" in E-City. Note that the technology illustrated at the start of the game is "older" (desktop computer and wired modem), but the online concerns are quite valid!

tag(s): digital citizenship (26), internet safety (100)

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Make a shortcut to this site on classroom computers and use it as a center on Internet safety and digital citizenship. Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on Internet safety on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Share a link to this game on your class website for students to play at home. Be sure to share this site with parents for reinforcing Internet safety at home.
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Curious - Curious

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Learn fascinating information in video format on a plethora of different topics. As you click through, click FREE at the top of each category to se only the free offerings. ...more
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Learn fascinating information in video format on a plethora of different topics. As you click through, click FREE at the top of each category to se only the free offerings. Choose from categories such as Game On, Curious 52, Art and Photo, Smarty Pants, Fit and Active, and Health and Beauty. There is so much more: Learn to Code, Great Outdoors, Popular, Fancy Pants, Around the House, Staff Picks, Pocket Perfect, Language, Crafting, Green Thumb, Software, Tasty Treats, Song and Dance, Business Savvy, and Party Time. Each video has a clickable "timeline" under it where you can read about the video, find lessons, make comments, find related topics, and see assignments. Teach others your skill or talent. Send Curious cards to teachers or others to show what you know. Be aware, not all of the video clips are free.
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tag(s): art history (58), dance (25), family (53), financial literacy (63), money (179), nutrition (142), sports (81), video (188)

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Check out the offerings for videos that support or extend your curriculum. Have your students find a lesson to learn or even a lesson to teach. Be sure to show them where to click "free" to narrow the listings. After previewing Curious on an interactive whiteboard or projector, choose a video to evaluate and gather the important parts of the information. Small groups could each choose a different video. Have students create their own lessons in content areas using these as a model. As you teach about informational text, this is the perfect example of digital writing to convey information. Suggest this site at a parent night to help keep everyone lifetime learners. Be sure to post a link on your website for parents and students to access at home.
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Codecademy - Codeacademy

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4 to 12
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Try Codecademy to learn how to code. Build projects such as interactive websites, games, and apps. Join a community of coders and share the knowledge. Collaborate with others from all...more
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Try Codecademy to learn how to code. Build projects such as interactive websites, games, and apps. Join a community of coders and share the knowledge. Collaborate with others from all over for new projects. Find 18 adaptable lesson plans that link to Codecademy's online courses. You can also build a profile to track progress. Included is a free kit to start an after school coding club. Check out the one hour introductory class on coding for teachers. Codecademy's small lessons help one focus on tasks that might at first be completely foreign or overwhelmingly technical. Discover the curriculum developed for primary and secondary schools. Download an app for iPhones to continue coding. Lessons for coding include JavaScript, HTML/CSS, PHP, Python, Ruby, and APIs.

tag(s): computers (47), engineering (87), STEM (71)

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Codecademy offers you basic instruction before you begin teaching your students (or learning together with them!). Create accounts for your students, and track their progress. Besides the intrinsic factors that come with learning to code, students will be motivated by the streaks, badges, and points they can earn. After school clubs with Codecademy will be a breeze with everything all set up. Set up a coding activity center for interested students when they finish class work or for rainy days and snow days.
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Made with Code - Google

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Made with Code is a Google initiative with a goal of getting young women and girls excited about learning to write code. Choose from several different projects such as customizing ...more
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Made with Code is a Google initiative with a goal of getting young women and girls excited about learning to write code. Choose from several different projects such as customizing a bracelet, creating an accessorized selfie, designing an avatar, or making a custom animated gif. Follow easy step by step directions for coding and completing each project. Receive your 3D printed bracelet free in 3 to 4 weeks upon completion of your design! All projects use Blockly programming language to code and personalize projects.

tag(s): creativity (92), design (81), STEM (71)

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Although Made with Code is aimed at girls, all students will love creating and designing projects with this fun website. Demonstrate how to use the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Allow students to create projects on their own. Include customized avatars or gifs on your class website or with students' multimedia projects. If students create their own blog, challenge them to create a customized avatar. Made with Code would be a great addition for use with after school technology programs or during your school's technology fair. Include in your math or science class to help students learn logical thinking. Be sure to include a link to this site on your class website or blog for students to "play" with at home.

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