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I Fake Text - iFakeText.com

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2 to 12
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iFakeText is a tool to create fake screenshots of a series of iPhone text messages. Write a name, then choose an operator and write text in the provided box. Click ...more
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iFakeText is a tool to create fake screenshots of a series of iPhone text messages. Write a name, then choose an operator and write text in the provided box. Click the link "Create your Screenshot" to view the picture. Have the operator READ the text message (great for non-readers). Take a screenshot or share via different social networking platforms or via a link.
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tag(s): creative writing (166), text to speech (16), writing prompts (92)

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Have two characters from a book or two famous people text each other. Create short poetry using this tool. Provide some opening text and ask students to write their guesses of the other person's answers. Have students practice a dialogue or questions and answers. Create a fake text of a conversation and have students use inference skills to state what happened before and after the conversation. You could even use it as a writing prompt. Teach important texting etiquette using this tool. Use a fake text on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to display word definitions in a fun way. Use this site with your ESL/ELL students (or those learning to read) and have the site READ the text to the students. The ability to use the "text to speech" makes this an easy tool for any age student to try! Tear down the boundaries of delayed reading. Create fake texts of homework or project reminders and post them on your class wiki or web page.

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Slidespeech - Slidespeech

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3 to 12
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Make the Notes on your PowerPoint presentations into narration using this text-to-speech tool. Upload your presentation, being sure to include the information you want read in the Notes...more
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Make the Notes on your PowerPoint presentations into narration using this text-to-speech tool. Upload your presentation, being sure to include the information you want read in the Notes section. (This will be the part spoken by this tool.) Click share to send by email, share a link, or embed the narrated results in a wiki, blog, or site. Also share via Facebook or Twitter. Presentations can be downloaded as a video or saved as a zip file.

tag(s): digital storytelling (142), video (253)

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Use this tool to differentiate instruction for students in your classes. Students can watch the narrated show any time. Students can use this tool to record their own presentation ahead of time and upload to a site for viewing and grading later. Students with speech difficulties (or challenges with English fluency) will appreciate the opportunity to prerecord their presentations without an audience. High school students can also "narrate" a portfolio slide show for Art school applications or a show of accomplishments for college applications. Students can package book reviews or author reports to be shared in the media center. In primary grades, have students "narrate" their portion of a whole-class slide show, then share it with parents and grandparents by URL. They can practice oral reading as they share their story slides. Use for digital storytelling. Have students draw or upload pictures about a story they have written with the words in the Notes area, and have Slidespeech read the story out loud. Create simple narrated slideshows with questions in the notes area for ESL/ELL or speech/language students to practice on their own, such as slides with images of objects and a questions, "Is this a sock or a shoe?" Challenge students to create review aids for each other by writing questions on slides.

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Wolfram Demonstrations Project - Wolfram Mathematica

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4 to 12
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Discover a huge collection of interactive illustrations to help explain complex concepts in science, technology, art, math, and a range of other topics. The activities also give you...more
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Discover a huge collection of interactive illustrations to help explain complex concepts in science, technology, art, math, and a range of other topics. The activities also give you the power to create interactive visualizations. There are thousands of Mathematica Demonstrations. A demonstration is a Mathematica notebook that takes advantage of Mathematica's manipulate command. Use the manipulate command to create sliders or buttons or check boxes to change the values of parameters in the displays in the demonstration. The result is you control the animation. View demonstrations on topics ranging from odd and even numbers to odd and even functions, fractions to fractals, and from linear functions to linear algebra and linear programming. In addition to mathematical topics, there are demonstrations illustrating the time in different cities around the world, global demographic information, the solar system, and art and music concepts. You need to download the Wolfram CDF player to use and interact with the demonstrations.
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tag(s): addition (251), animals (276), architecture (83), computers (94), division (172), fractions (239), geometric shapes (163), gravity (45), logic (235), maps (288), money (193), multiples (35), multiplication (227), plants (144), psychology (64), statistics (122), subtraction (208), weather (188)

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Explain how to use the Demonstrations on your interactive whiteboard (or projector). Allow students to explore on their own classroom computers. (Remember to download the CDF player onto each computer or request it in advance from your tech department.) Challenge students to create a talking avatar using a photo or other image (legally permitted for reproduction). Use avatars to explain activities performed using a Demonstration. Use a site such as Blabberize (reviewed here). The beauty of the demonstrations is that it allows students to manipulate and "play" to view the impact of changes made, allowing many opportunities for classroom discussion. Ask students to predict the impact of changes using the manipulate command; then discuss the actual impact as it occurs.
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Instant Google Street View - Nick Nicholaou

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4 to 12
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Go to Google Street View instantly with this handy site. Begin by typing in an address. As you type the screen changes automatically to the best street view image of ...more
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Go to Google Street View instantly with this handy site. Begin by typing in an address. As you type the screen changes automatically to the best street view image of what has been entered so far. Many may find the constant changing of images as you type distracting; others may find the variety of seeing new areas exciting. Click "About" in the lower left hand corner for an explanation of color boxes and controls. Download and share the view easily.
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tag(s): map skills (80), maps (288)

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Assign students various countries, regions, or continents to make comparisons. Identify the biological, geographical, cultural, and social issues that exist in the world, based on what the pictures show and what their research uncovers. Bring a greater understanding to current economic and environmental issues in many countries. World language (or world cultures) classes can help students understand the cultures of the countries where the language is spoken. Compare specific attributes of two countries using an online Venn Diagram, such as the one reviewed here. Another idea: have cooperative learning groups use this resource to create online books about the country of their tour using a resource such as Bookemon.

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ReadWorks - ReadWorks.org

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K to 12
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ReadWorks provides a free, research-based, and Common Core-aligned reading comprehension curriculum for grades K-6. Search through hundreds of lesson plans organized by grade level,...more
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ReadWorks provides a free, research-based, and Common Core-aligned reading comprehension curriculum for grades K-6. Search through hundreds of lesson plans organized by grade level, topic, or book titles. Register to download materials and save lessons to your folder. (A valid email and password is required). Other areas of the site provide information about using and teaching the provided lessons and differentiation. Choose the non-fiction portion of the site to obtain over 1,000 reading passages along with question sets to support learning activities for grades K-12. Click on the skill/strategy link located by a passage to find other material addressing that skill.

tag(s): characterization (16), context clues (8), figurative language (16), guided reading (47), independent reading (126), main idea (9), parts of speech (68), plot (10), point of view (9), reading comprehension (116), reading strategies (44), sequencing (31), themes (12), vocabulary (324)

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This site is a must. Bookmark ReadWorks for access throughout the year. Search for lessons addressing specific skills to use in your classroom. Share with others in your building, and be sure to check out the 5th and 6th grade novel study units for classroom use, perhaps with gifted 3rd and 4th graders too!
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Unused Words - Discover a New Word Every Day! - Unusedwords.com

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4 to 12
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Unused Words is your guide to richer language and vocabulary development. Scroll through and find the latest additions. Each word includes the definition, pronunciation, word origin,...more
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Unused Words is your guide to richer language and vocabulary development. Scroll through and find the latest additions. Each word includes the definition, pronunciation, word origin, and example of how to use the word correctly. Search by different word types such as noun, adjective, adverb, or slang. One interesting portion of the site provides words that are OED rejected. These are words suggested for use in the Oxford English dictionary but rejected due to restrictions such as being local slang or words to describe a short-term phenomenon. Find this section among the menus. Be sure to preview whatever you plan to share since dictionary entries or slang are not always classroom appropriate. At the time of this review, all material was perfectly appropriate for the classroom.

tag(s): dictionaries (56), prefixes (16), root words (13), suffixes (14), vocabulary (324), vocabulary development (126), word study (80)

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This is a great site to use as a resource for a word of the day or word of the week. Choose a word and challenge students to create a word cloud of terms related to that particular word using a tool such as Wordle reviewed here. Share this site on your class website or blog for students to access at home for writing projects. Use these words as examples to decipher when studying word roots and affixes. As students prepare for the SAT, have them explore and attempt to figure out words based on roots, etc. Sign up to receive an email daily with new words. You can also "like" their Facebook or Twitter pages to receive updates.

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I will be visiting this site often as I want to increase my vocabulary to be a more proficient teacher. Mary, GA, Grades: 0 - 5

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BiblioNasium - Marjan Ghara

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1 to 7
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BiblioNasium is a READING social platform for learners ages six to twelve. Students, teachers, and parents all have their own login on the site. Students need a parent (or legal ...more
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BiblioNasium is a READING social platform for learners ages six to twelve. Students, teachers, and parents all have their own login on the site. Students need a parent (or legal guardian) to give permission to use this site. Teachers and parents can set reading goals and rate and recommend books. There are some similarities to Goodreads reviewed here in that this is a reading club where you can read reviews about books, write reviews, and rate books, too. Students will treasure finding new books recommended by others. Reluctant readers will become avid readers because it is easy to find topics of interest. Flash is used only for the introductory video.
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tag(s): descriptive writing (41), independent reading (126), social networking (112), writing (358)

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Use BiblioNasium to manage an independent reading program from reading logs to tailored reading lists. Stack your virtual bookshelves with recommended or required reads: set reading goals, create challenges, and keep track of student reading by using BiblioNasium in your classroom. Your students can easily see what they have read, what they like, and what they plan to read. Be sure to have them evaluate the books they read using BiblioNasium to help others find their next book. Find books by Lexile reading levels with BiblioNasium's Search Field. BiblioNasium is partners with MetaMetrics''''''''®, developer of the Lexile''''''''® Framework for Reading. Knowing the reading levels of your students, you can set up leveled small groups for literature circles or nonfiction reading.

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Storyboard That - Aaron Sherman and Clever Prototypes, LLC

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4 to 12
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Find an easy, interactive tool to create storyboards at Storyboard That. Choose between three and six frame storyboards, and build a storyboard using the free library with drag...more
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Find an easy, interactive tool to create storyboards at Storyboard That. Choose between three and six frame storyboards, and build a storyboard using the free library with drag and drop technology. Before you begin, you may want to look at the example storyboards for business and teachers. With a free account, you can save three times a day, print, and embed your storyboard. To share and save storyboards, you must register with an email. Only the introductory video uses Flash.
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tag(s): creative writing (166), digital storytelling (142), writing (358)

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Demonstrate how to create a storyboard using "Storyboard That" on your interactive whiteboard (or use your projector and screen). As you and your students create a class story, show them the different selections of characters, settings, dialogue boxes and more. Show them how easy it is to edit anything in the frame. Have your students use "Storyboard That" for anything from brainstorming for a video story they want to create to a final copy of a story, report, or poem. This is a highly engaging way to teach your students about story elements, dialogue, character development, etc. Challenge students to create a storyboard of a book or short recently finished in class as a review of characters and story plot. World language students can create storyboards and label the images, or tell the story in the language they are learning. "Storyboard That" has a growing collection of lesson plans and you can also contribute yours. Math teachers can use the interesting storyboard characters to explain word problems and capture reluctant student's interest. Have your students complete biographies for famous people. Tell the story of different famous events in history or explain their understanding of cell division using this easy program that produces entertaining results. Autistic or emotional support teachers can have students storyboard interpersonal behavior skills.

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david, TX, Grades: 9 - 12
As of January 2013 teachers can now create a private classroom where their students data is secure and the teacher has more control. -Aaron (Founder/CEO of Storyboard That) *Editor's Note: this feature is available as part of the Classroom Portal Section which is a paid add on. This review highlights only the free portions of the site. Aaron, , Grades: 0 - 12

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Picsviewr - Webzardry

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K to 12
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Share your Flickr photos in visually stimulating presentations using Picsviewr. Enter your Flickr username into the field to create a link to your slideshow. Choose from several different...more
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Share your Flickr photos in visually stimulating presentations using Picsviewr. Enter your Flickr username into the field to create a link to your slideshow. Choose from several different template options: poster, Polaroid Gallery, photo stack, wall, and more. Change options until satisfied with the results. Share using the direct link provided. You must have a Flickr account to use this site. If you are unfamiliar with Flickr, see our review (here).

tag(s): flickr (7), images (265), slides (63)

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Create a class Flickr account to upload pictures of experiments, student projects, and items related to class content. Use Picsviewr to share these pictures on a blog or wiki. Use pictures to represent Math concepts, poems and stories, science concepts in the real world, or items from different cultures. Create a Picsviewr folder of art projects to display to the world. If students are allowed individual accounts, they could use this as a way to share their portfolios of artwork or digital images.

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Thou shalt not commit logical fallacies - Jesse Richardson, Andy Smith, Sam Meadon

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6 to 12
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Find a clickable, online poster explaining the most common logical fallacies. Simply rolling your cursor over the icon for the fallacy will give a definition. Click on it to find ...more
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Find a clickable, online poster explaining the most common logical fallacies. Simply rolling your cursor over the icon for the fallacy will give a definition. Click on it to find a further explanation and an example. Reducing each fallacy to a single simple sentence makes these easier to understand, and the examples given are amusing. There is also a free downloadable PDF of all the fallacies and their explanations presented on this site. A free poster in PDF format is available in three sizes. The free poster can be found at the bottom of the first page of this site.
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tag(s): critical thinking (108), debate (41), logic (235), persuasive writing (55), reading comprehension (116), thinking skills (17)

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Most academic writing presents a premise to be proved (an argument). When you first start to have your students try to understand logical fallacies, show them the online poster for logical fallacies and get them started trying to find these fallacies in their everyday lives. You could assign a fallacy a week and have students write in a journal, or a little tablet when they come across one. Or collect them on a class wiki with a page for each fallacy type. You could even have them make up their own logical fallacies. Have students create online posters on paper or do it together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) or PicLits (reviewed here. After introducing logical fallacies, have students peer edit papers to make sure the writer is not trying to support one of these fallacies. Of course, any speech and debate, or media strategies class would benefit from a review this site. During political seasons, be sure to share this site for evaluating politicians' positions.

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Thought Questions - Marc and Angel Hack Life

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5 to 12
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How do you know when you're happy? What's one bad habit that makes you miserable? Find open-ended questions on Thought Questions daily. A gorgeous photograph complements each...more
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How do you know when you're happy? What's one bad habit that makes you miserable? Find open-ended questions on Thought Questions daily. A gorgeous photograph complements each question. The site provides a space for you to answer these questions online or not. Maximize the benefits of self-reflection by taking the time to think! Visit this site daily, weekly, or monthly. There are over 900 questions and photos to contemplate, and they post a new one daily. There are advertisements between pictures, but their arrangement is such that they are not visible on the screen unless you are scrolling through the pictures. The public is able to answer the questions on the site, so you may want to only use this on an adult's computer.
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tag(s): critical thinking (108), writing prompts (92)

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This is the perfect site to start your students' day or end your day with them. Use these questions as writing prompts or quick writes. You may want to ask students to choose their favorite and form small groups to discuss their answers. Post some of the same questions on bulletin boards. Discussing or debating these questions would be a powerful community builder at the beginning of the year or when forming new small groups. To avoid the advertising, have your question on the screen before projecting it on your screen or whiteboard. IF your class includes gifted students, they may react well to such thought-provokers. Encourage them to collect favorite prompts and responses in a writing journal or "idea bin" to use at times when they are ahead of the class or need extra writing challenges.

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Annotary - Ashok Nayar and Travis Hardman

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6 to 12
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Annotary is a social bookmarking and annotation service provided through an extension for Google Chrome and Firefox. Bookmark sites, highlight portions of pages, and annotate pages...more
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Annotary is a social bookmarking and annotation service provided through an extension for Google Chrome and Firefox. Bookmark sites, highlight portions of pages, and annotate pages with sticky notes. Create as many collections as you like for each project, topic, or idea. Share bookmarks using icons on each page for most major social networks. Search by user, keyword, or collection names. Sign up with your Facebook account or use your email and a user name.

tag(s): bookmarks (60), social networking (112)

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There are so many applications and possibilities for this site! Use prompts on articles to build Common Core skills analyzing informational texts. How many times have we heard students complain during a group project, "But I couldn't get to his or her house to work on it?" Tell them to use Annotary to interact online. The research and conversations created through highlighting and annotating what they read can greatly enhance both their research skills and their online interaction on academic level skills. Or use the site to post and share discussion assignments on specific articles or even parts of articles using the highlighting tool. Find a relevant article to your subject, highlight the part that you want students to read. (If students are younger keep it short to reduce the intimidating reality of too much information for kids.) Attach a note with a discussion question for the students. Have them comment on the link in a "class discussion" as an outside assignment. If you are fortunate enough to have all students with computer access in your class and at home, such as in one to one laptop program schools, you can use this essentially to run your class. Post assignments or post readings. Science teachers can post online interactive labs, and more. The site even allows students to submit work via the comment.

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Study Droid - StudyDroid.com

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K to 12
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StudyDroid is an online flashcard creator (with a new twist). They have a database of over 3 million sets of cards. Create cards online or on a mobile device. Take ...more
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StudyDroid is an online flashcard creator (with a new twist). They have a database of over 3 million sets of cards. Create cards online or on a mobile device. Take pictures from your mobile phone to include on flash cards; then sync to the site to download for mobile use. Register using your email to save and access cards from anywhere. Use the search feature to find flashcards available. Choose the study online option or print to have a printed copy. Share card sets using the share button to email or share via common social networking sites. When viewing online, click in the large box displaying the question to see the correct answer.
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tag(s): flash cards (46), test prep (96), vocabulary (324), vocabulary development (126)

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Create flashcards for your classes or have them make their own. Try using them as an introduction to a concept, then again in the practice of the concept, and again as a final review. It is a nice three for one creation deal! This would be great for teaching Latin prefixes and suffixes of words to students. Use in science terms, or for standardized test preparation. Try having students create flashcards and share with each other to quiz themselves within their own groups. Teach students in higher grades how to create flash cards with multiple blanks to challenge their brain to remember more pieces of the puzzle. Show them how to carefully read through their classroom notes and underline the most important word or words in a sentence. Then have them leave out the most important words for their flashcards. Learning support teachers might want to have small groups create cards together to review before tests. Have students create flashcard sets to "test" classmates on what they "teach" in oral reports. Be sure to check the data base for already created sets to save you time making them yourself!

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wevideo - Jostein Svendsen

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3 to 12
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WeVideo is a collaborative video creation tool that uses GoogleDrive for online storage and access. Upload your own media clips or use stock media clips to produce your video. Use ...more
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WeVideo is a collaborative video creation tool that uses GoogleDrive for online storage and access. Upload your own media clips or use stock media clips to produce your video. Use video editor tools to trim the length of display. Drag and drop items onto the timeline to create layers and organize projects. Invite other people to create and edit with you as you would any other Google document. The free plan allows you to upload your videos to YouTube and Vimeo but does not allow local downloads. The basics of the free plan include: 5GB of storage space, 1 user license, 15 minutes of export time per month, and 5 invites per project.
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tag(s): video (253)

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You may want to consider allowing your older students to create their own account, depending on school policies. Read tips for safely managing email registrations here. Upload pictures and videos once a month to share through your classroom website or blog. Or allow a group of students to create each month's review. Create a project site for students to upload images and videos found when studying any subject. Upload images with squares, triangles, rectangles, etc. when learning about shapes. Upload pictures of plants for a science unit, etc. Have students upload family pictures when learning about families. World language students can create digital photo stories they can narrate to use new vocabulary. Share this site when students work on any collaborative project. Present teacher professional development or an end of year display. Have other staff members upload images and videos from the year of school activities.

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MyHistro Interactive Timelines - Jaanus Vihand

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3 to 12
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Create interactive timelines of geographically-located events on Google Maps and share them on the web for free. Hover over events on the Google map (or use Google Earth) to enlarge...more
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Create interactive timelines of geographically-located events on Google Maps and share them on the web for free. Hover over events on the Google map (or use Google Earth) to enlarge and view a summary of relevant information. Click play to scroll through events in chronological order. Create your own or browse many of the timelines on the site. No registration is necessary to view timelines already created by others. Sign up with an email account to create or comment on timelines. Create a new timeline, including a title, select a category, and add as many stops on the timeline as you wish. Share using Facebook, Twitter or an RSS feed. Click "embed/share" to copy a url to share with others or an embed code to use in a blog, wiki, or other site. Choose from three privacy level settings to customize viewing options. Be aware: the comments are not moderated, so please preview.

tag(s): timelines (62)

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Consider creating a class account with a single login and password. Ask students to initial their timelines as well to indicate ownership. There are many ways to include this in class. Every topic in history, literature, sciences, and the arts has dates and recorded events. Use your interactive whiteboard or projector to learn about the history of the Olympics, famous people, events, literature, and more. Have students create timelines to share research projects. Use the timeline as a visual tool to discuss events in literary works or the life of a scientist, political figure, or pop artist. Create animal life cycles mapped to their habitat, author or presidential biographies, or even timelines of the events and causes leading to a war. Make a timeline using local, national, or international current events. Elementary students could even interview grandparents and create a class timeline about their grandparents' generation for Grandparents' Day. For collaboration, link up with another classroom in another town (or another country) to build a timeline that shares events in each local area so students can see what was happening at the same time in another location (maybe in the opposite hemisphere: compare weather and seasons!) Students can use the timeline as a visual aid during presentations. Student groups can work on different aspects of the same time period to share with the rest of the class. For example, in studying World War II, one student group can create a timeline of Japanese occupation, another of the German occupation, and so forth. The timelines are perfect to share on your interactive whiteboard or projector as well as on a class wiki.

Challenge your gifted students by having them create mapped timelines of contrasts: The life cycles (and locations) of two migrating species, the events leading to the end of World War II in Europe and the Pacific, the lives of two famous Americans from two different centuries. They could embed the results in a wiki page so other students can view and comment (or ask questions).

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25 Language Arts Graphic Organizers - Daily Teaching Tools

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K to 9
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Find ready-made graphic organizers for Language Arts at this site. View organizers through the quick links containing titles such as 3 column notes, main idea web, or character map....more
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Find ready-made graphic organizers for Language Arts at this site. View organizers through the quick links containing titles such as 3 column notes, main idea web, or character map. Scroll down a bit further to see images of each of the organizers. Right click and save each image or choose the link provided at the very end of the page under "Free Download" to access and easily print the files in PDF format for all of the graphic organizers listed. The permissions say you can use them for one teacher. Tell your teaching colleagues to download for themselves.
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tag(s): graphic organizers (43), process writing (42), writers workshop (31), writing (358)

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Many of these organizers are useful for Common Core standards. Print and save the graphic organizers for use throughout the year. These organizers should be especially helpful when teaching different text structures found in informational text as required in Common Core. Use as part of your writer's workshop or guided reading instruction. Share organizers when preparing for standardized tests to help students organize and understanding test materials.
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Tackk - Creatively Share Your Message - Erick Bockmuller and Dan Klammer

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3 to 12
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Tackk is a new way for sharing and creating web content. It is almost like designing a one page web site. Start with an image or idea, NO membership required ...more
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Tackk is a new way for sharing and creating web content. It is almost like designing a one page web site. Start with an image or idea, NO membership required (for short term pages). Personalize the look of your content using the editor to change colors, fonts, and background. You can also add tags. Choose from themes on the left to begin customization or just click on different portions of the page to upload a picture, edit your title, and write a description. Add additional information using links provided. Paste a link to your Youtube, Vimeo, Hulu, Instagram, or Soundcloud to embed songs, photos, and more. Sign up isn't required. However, your Tackk will only be available for a week if not registered on the site. Free registration allows multiple Tackks, available indefinitely. Savvy users can make a Tackk private (i.e. hidden from search engines), password protect your Tackks, add tags, and even collect them into Tackkboards by tag -- very handy for seeing a full class's work simply by having students use the same tag. Click the word Tackk then on the FAQ in the footer of the page to learn how to do all of these and more! Share completed Tackks using social media links at the bottom of the page or via the unique url created and available at the top of the page. People who wish to comment must do so using an account on Facebook or other social media, so the commenting feature is somewhat limited.

tag(s): creative writing (166), journals (21), multimedia (57), posters (36)

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Share any short term announcement visually without joining or set up a class account for all to use. One of the options when you click "Create" is Class Assignment! If students have email, they can set up individual accounts. Have students create a Tackk instead of a book report. Have students copy a story into Tackk and expand using multimedia and photos. Have students make Tackks as online posters advertising healthy eating or reminding others about grammar rules. Create a Tackk to introduce any unit or a webquest. Use it to compile review materials; then share the link on your classroom website. Have students create a Tackk for upcoming book fairs, math or science night, or any school activity then print the finished items for display around the classroom or school. As a back to school introduction, make a cooperative Tackk of class rules or allow students to make a Tackk introducing themselves without a photo. Have others try to match the Tackks to their classmates.

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Make Word Mosaic - Image Chef

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K to 12
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Make any quotation, passage of text, or poem into a "word mosaic" (graphical display). Paste in any text to create an word image. Choose your own colors, background, and shape/symbol:...more
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Make any quotation, passage of text, or poem into a "word mosaic" (graphical display). Paste in any text to create an word image. Choose your own colors, background, and shape/symbol: star, smiley faces, initials, and more. You can print creations or share via email, Facebook, or Twitter. Play with options under Layout, Color, and Font menus to change the look. There are links on this site to public galleries of remixes and symbols associated with another application.Save the image in one of three sizes using the export option. Be sure to preview before sharing from the homepage or Gallery.
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tag(s): bulletin boards (16), vocabulary (324), word clouds (10), word study (80)

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This is a terrific visual tool to share on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Paste in a passage or URL for a political speech to visualize the politician's "message." Analyze advertising propaganda by visualizing the language used in TV or print ads. Create word mosaics of historical texts of inauguration speeches as time capsules of the issues of the day. Use this site as a way to help students see and memorize text, especially visual learners. Make Dolch word/sight word mosaics for students to take home for practice. ESL and ELL students will eagerly use this site since word order will no longer be a problem for them. Have students work in groups to create word posters of vocabulary words with related meanings (such as different ways to say "walk"). Have students make mosaics for each part of speech to help them remember examples. Decorate your classroom with these visual reminders of the richness of language. Another idea: use this site during the first week of school. Have students create word mosaics about themselves and create a bulletin board introducing your students (and yourself). In elementary grades, create greeting cards for holidays and special occasions using spelling words and holiday words.

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Newsola - Nick Nicholaou

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6 to 12
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This free site provides a color-coded mashup of current news headlines, clickable to see the full articles. View various sections of the news separately by clicking on the colored icons...more
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This free site provides a color-coded mashup of current news headlines, clickable to see the full articles. View various sections of the news separately by clicking on the colored icons along the top. Sort into World, National, Finance, Tech, Showbiz, and Sport. To read the full article, click on the brief story (in the box). Use the drop-down feature to search news stories in a variety of other countries.

tag(s): countries (77), financial literacy (80), news (261), sports (96)

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Use this site to select current events for the day. Follow the same news thread for a period of time to look at changes and possible reasons for the change in the news. Be sure to check news stories from other countries for a different viewpoint on issues. Create a class discussion for the differences in viewpoints. Challenge cooperative learning groups to explore ONE of the subtopics (Showbiz, World, Finance, etc..) and present the highlights to the class. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.

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eBooks @ Adelaide - The University of Adelaide

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6 to 12
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eBooks @ Adelaide offers an eclectic collection of free electronic books in an easy to use format. Search by authors, titles, or subject. (You may see an empty Twitter feed ...more
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eBooks @ Adelaide offers an eclectic collection of free electronic books in an easy to use format. Search by authors, titles, or subject. (You may see an empty Twitter feed on the home page if Twitter is blocked on your system. Simply go to the menus to search/browse.) Read online directly from the book link or download to Kindle or ePub format using quick links at the bottom of the page. Click on the information link with each book to read the author's biography along with a list of other books and short stories. The site continues to grow as new books are added weekly. Check the "New" link to view new additions. First time users may want to check out the FAQ to get started located here.

tag(s): ebooks (41), independent reading (126), literature (275)

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Bookmark and save this site as a resource for eBooks. Include this site on your teacher web page for students and parents to access as a reference. Have students use this website to find their next piece of literature.

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