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Morguefile - Kevin and Michael Connors, Johannes Seemann

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4 to 12
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Use MorgueFile for free images for inspiration, reference, and use in creative works. These images are legal for use without concern about copyright. Photographs were 'freely contributed...more
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Use MorgueFile for free images for inspiration, reference, and use in creative works. These images are legal for use without concern about copyright. Photographs were 'freely contributed by many artists to be used in creative projects by visitors to the site," though they do request that proper credit be given (see "about"). Enter your search term and refine your search to find images in various categories, size, color, and other options. Click on the image to go to its own page. Save on your computer by clicking Download. Inappropriate images can be reported on this page as well. Create a login to use an organizer to manage photos you have found. Be sure to check out the portfolio tab to view other photos as well as the Classroom tab. Use the Classroom tab to learn about cameras, lenses, and taking better photographs.
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tag(s): copyright (47), images (266), photography (160), writing prompts (92)

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Use this site in every subject area where images can convey concepts or students make projects. Find free images easily for use within the classroom. Use images for drag and drop activities on IWB, such as sorting vegetables from fruits, etc. In Art class, have students find images to demonstrate different design concepts such as rhythm, line, etc. Project an intriguing photo on your interactive whiteboard or projector as a writing prompt for a short story (or poem). Use images for practice writing in world languages, by having students describe the scene or tell a story about it. Have students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here.

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Mapping the Nation's Well-Being - NY Times

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6 to 12
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This interactive map shows the United States "Well-Being" according to a 2010 Gallup poll. You can search for happiness, stress, depression, health, health issues, work environment,...more
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This interactive map shows the United States "Well-Being" according to a 2010 Gallup poll. You can search for happiness, stress, depression, health, health issues, work environment, job satisfaction, diet etc. You can also make the map bigger to just display a certain area. (Simply click on the area that you wish to enlarge.)

tag(s): careers (132), dental health (23), map skills (79), maps (287), mental health (26), nutrition (154), stress (14)

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Use this map when studying map reading and graphs. Talk about what geographic, climate, or economic factors may influence "well being" in a certain location. Have students create a simple online posters comparing two areas using PicLits (reviewed here. Or use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here) to compare two areas. Incorporate information from this map when doing state projects. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. This site is very accessible for ESL/ELL and learning support students since there is little reading.
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Compare & Contrast Map - Read, Write, Think - International Reading Association

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3 to 12
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This interactive graphic organizer helps students develop an outline for one of three types of comparison essays: whole-to-whole, similarities-to-differences, or point-to-point. A link...more
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This interactive graphic organizer helps students develop an outline for one of three types of comparison essays: whole-to-whole, similarities-to-differences, or point-to-point. A link in the introduction to the "Comparison and Contrast Guide" gives students the chance to get definitions and look at examples before they begin working. The tool offers multiple ways to navigate information, including a graphic on the right to move around the map without having to work in a linear fashion. The finished map can be saved, e-mailed, or printed. There are many additional interactives and lesson plans (with standards included!).

tag(s): charts and graphs (195), concept mapping (22), graphic organizers (43)

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Use this site to introduce comparisons to your students on your interactive whiteboard or projector. After demonstrating how to use the site, create a link on classroom computers for students to make their own comparisons to be printed and shared. Divide students into 3 groups - one for each type of comparison essay - and have them create comparisons for their type, then share and compare with other students. Have students create "talking pictures" to illustrate the different types of comparisons using Fotobabble reviewed here. Use this site with gifted students as a way for them to explore subjects more deeply than discussed in class. Use this site with ESL/ELL students to help organize information easily and as a visual representation of class material.
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Knoword - Trevor Blades

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5 to 12
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This "wordy" site offers word definitions with a challenge! You see the first letter of a word and its definition. You must quickly type in a word you think fits ...more
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This "wordy" site offers word definitions with a challenge! You see the first letter of a word and its definition. You must quickly type in a word you think fits the definition. The site allows you to pass if you do not know the word, but the definition of the word appears anyway (along with the answer). Once the correct word is entered, the definition changes quickly so you can accrue as many points as possible in a limited time. The site also keeps a list of words used at any interaction, so you can see the words correct and missed. Some definitions offer easier hints in their wording.

tag(s): game based learning (103), vocabulary (323), vocabulary development (125), word study (80)

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Try this activity at the start of class on your interactive whiteboard or projector; it's perfect for vocabulary development with a lively twist! Offer this site to your students who are trying to assess and/or improve their vocabulary for standardized tests such as the ACT or SAT. ESL/ELL students may also enjoy the challenges and additions to their vocabulary. Share this site on your class webpage or blog for students to access (and practice) at home.
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Write Comics - Write Comics

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K to 12
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You can make your very own comic right now! At Write Comics, you will be able to create your own comics using the figures, backgrounds, animal, aliens, and dialogue bubbles, ...more
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You can make your very own comic right now! At Write Comics, you will be able to create your own comics using the figures, backgrounds, animal, aliens, and dialogue bubbles, supplied by Write Comics. This site is extremely easy to use. There is no need to sign up or register. Once you click Finish, you will be given a link. Go to your link and print your comic or upload it to your webpage.

tag(s): comics and cartoons (74)

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Create a comic to put on your website. You might want to use Write Comics to display the vocabulary word of the day, the math puzzle of the week, a concept your students are learning in social studies or science. Have students create comic strips for dialog-writing lessons, summarizing, predicting and retelling stories. Use comic strips for literature responses. For pre-reading students, create a comic of pictures and have students tell the story based on the pictures/scenes. Make a class book of the comics created throughout the year. That book will become the most read classroom book of all in an elementary classroom. Use comics to show sequencing of events. When studying about characterization, create dialog to show (not tell) about a character. World language and ESL/ELL teachers can assign students to create dialog strips as an alternate to traditional written assessments. Have students share all of their comics on your interactive whiteboard or projector.

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EL Civics for ESL students - EL Civics

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3 to 8
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Find material about the U.S. national symbols, famous Americans, major landmarks, national symbols, and the basics of the US government organization and workings. Although this site...more
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Find material about the U.S. national symbols, famous Americans, major landmarks, national symbols, and the basics of the US government organization and workings. Although this site is geared towards ESL/ELL students, it could be useful in all classrooms. The site is not high tech. It consists mostly of simple written text. In addition to text, there are slide shows about government topics that include lesson plans, pictures and activities. There is also a link to videos on many of the topics. Links to other themed pages include U.S. holidays, important U.S. politicians, geography, and life/survival skills for ELL/ELL learners.
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tag(s): branches of government (48), holidays (147), states (162)

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Have ESL/ELL students search for answers to previously prepared questions or do a scavenger hunt to find relevant information. Pair ESL/ELL students with a verbally strong English speaking partner so they can listen to the text being read. Use the links under U.S. Geography as an introduction for students doing state projects. Have students create posters from the info they gather here using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here or PicLits (reviewed here. Or use an online poster creator, such as Padlet (reviewed here).

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Sophia - Sophia Learning, LLC

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5 to 12
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Join a community of online learners, teachers, experts, and parents, which provides variety and creativity in teaching and learning. Different areas of focus include Applied Sciences,...more
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Join a community of online learners, teachers, experts, and parents, which provides variety and creativity in teaching and learning. Different areas of focus include Applied Sciences, English/literature, Humanities, Learning Strategies, Mathematics, Sciences, Social/Behavioral Sciences, Visual and Performing Arts, and World Languages. Within the subject matter, learning packets focusing on specific educational objects is presented through a number of medias including; audio, video, PowerPoints, or written text. Opportunity to ask the creator of the packet specific questions follows the information. Suggested grade levels are included. By getting a free account, you may contribute learning packets, questions, or rate a packet.

tag(s): anthropology (11), arabic (20), archeology (32), architecture (83), business (58), chinese (48), dance (28), design (83), environment (317), greek (41), literature (275), organizational skills (122), portuguese (18), probability (130), psychology (64), religions (61), statistics (122)

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Provide your students with reinforcement or challenge into the many different areas listed. Allow time for students to choose their area of interest to study. Create an account and contribute your teaching materials. Be sure to list this site on your class website as a resource. Encourage parents to visit this site to brush up on their skills. Challenge students to create your own learning packets based on your areas of study. Include your own personalized packets on your class blog. You can create a private group, so only your students may access your materials.
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Curriki - EnterpriseDB Postgre SQL company

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K to 12
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Curriki is a nonprofit organization that encourages collaboration of teachers and learners in a global community of 211 different countries. Find resources by grade level, subject area,...more
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Curriki is a nonprofit organization that encourages collaboration of teachers and learners in a global community of 211 different countries. Find resources by grade level, subject area, or resource type (interactive, video, or podcast.) Usage type, or exercise, unit, lesson plan, or game, is another option for searching. Use the professional webinars for a better understanding of Curriki. Onsite training is another option listed. Join different groups for a more involved way to explore new areas in online learning, subject area interests, or focus questions. Be a peer reviewer offering comments or suggestions on submitted lessons, units, games, or exercises and give your input. Create collections of your resources to keep privately or share with others. Easily make lesson plans or web quests with the easy to use templates, which include graphic organizer and rubric options. Try a problem based learning unit. Join the challenge to create a video lesson for a chance at winning $5000. The focus of this site is to provide access to teachers, schools, students, or parents to many new creative ideas in a global community. Free membership includes monthly newsletters. Follow Curriki on Facebook, twitter, or blogs.
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tag(s): graphic organizers (43), literacy (103), operations (126), rubrics (32)

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Curriki has a number of ways to benefit teachers and students. Use Curriki as a resource listed on your website for parents and students to have extra opportunities for additional practice or enrichment. Use as a way to organize your digital resources. The lesson plan and webquest templates are user friendly and promote best practices. While growing in your professional development by connecting with teachers worldwide, let your class learn with other classes worldwide. Curriki encourages you to think critically of your own lessons, but also lessons suggested.

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Slime Kids - slimekids.com

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1 to 8
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Created by librarians and reading specialists this site offers links to book trailers (video-audio presentations of new and popular books), favorite author websites, and websites that...more
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Created by librarians and reading specialists this site offers links to book trailers (video-audio presentations of new and popular books), favorite author websites, and websites that review books interesting for students ages 6-13. You'll also find links to online references (fun and interactive encyclopedias, dictionaries, and atlases), safe student search engines, and educational games (including typing and grammar games).

Use the site map to find hundreds of book trailers listed by the publishing year and title, or grouped by grade level. This site is frequently updated, so check back often!

tag(s): authors (120), dictionaries (56), grammar (216), independent reading (128), keyboarding (38), search engines (65), spelling (168)

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Use your projector and interactive whiteboard to demonstrate to students how to use the reference part of this site before starting individual or group projects.

Use the author portion of this site to have students look for new books to read, or to complete a project on author studies.

This site is excellent for enrichment. Include this site on your class web page for students and parents to access as a reference. Include it on your classroom computers for students to access in class. Ask students to use and review various parts of this site.
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Interactive Books - Mrs. Hacquet

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2 to 12
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This site, created by a French-speaking professor, offers interactive "books" on grammar topics for English learners. Open the pages and find plenty of exercises on the selected topic,...more
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This site, created by a French-speaking professor, offers interactive "books" on grammar topics for English learners. Open the pages and find plenty of exercises on the selected topic, including grammar. Topics include the verb "to be," past tense, present continuous tense, using "can," using "must/mustn't," a variety of holidays, clothing, houses, daily routine, places in town, pronouns, etc. The only drawback is that the opening page that lists the topics is in French, but if you look at the menu on the left, all topics are in English. After finding a topic, you can see the "Table of Contents" for the book listing all the interactive exercises which include audio.

tag(s): french (88), grammar (216), grammar review (37), interactive stories (32)

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You may want to first share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector, so students understand how to navigate the site. It is worth searching this site to find the review exercises you would like your ESL/ELL students to brush up on. Include the site on a classroom computer list so the students can also work ahead and become familiar enough with it to use it at home. The exercises are good enough that native English speakers with trouble spots or special education students would also find it useful.
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Sqworl - Caleb Brown

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K to 12
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Sqworl is a site for combining multiple links into one single link. Registration is required; however, it is very easy. You create a username and password, add your email and ...more
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Sqworl is a site for combining multiple links into one single link. Registration is required; however, it is very easy. You create a username and password, add your email and it is done. After registering, a personal homepage is created, this is where the magic can begin! The homepage is where groups will be created to combine url's. Then adding some groups of link begins the process of creating groups. At this point a title is given to the group being created (examples might be Math sites, American History, etc.). The final step is to add a short description. After choosing start, simply copy and paste the url you want to use and add a short description and click finish. Once a group is created, it can be shared through the url shown on the page. Sqworl also has a bookmarklet that can be added to the browser toolbar making it easier to add items to your groups without having to open the homepage. There is also a mobile app for iPhone.
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tag(s): bookmarks (60)

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In the classroom use this site to combine url's of online class projects into one group. Create a group of resources for students or parents for different subjects and share the url through your classroom website or newsletter. Create a group with videos relating to classroom content. Create a classroom account and let students add resources they have found to groups to share with others. Show students how to follow other groups on Sqworl and share resources by creating their own groups. Share this site with others in your building or district as an easy way to save and share online resources.

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Research Project Calculator Classic - University of Minnesota Libraries

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4 to 12
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Get rid of the last minute rush and make planning research projects easier with this online calculator and planner. Simply put in some basic information such as your name, class, ...more
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Get rid of the last minute rush and make planning research projects easier with this online calculator and planner. Simply put in some basic information such as your name, class, email, and type of project. Then the calculator maps out a time-lime for completing the project on time. You can choose from several types of projects such as essay, slide presentation, or video. The last step is putting in information including the starting and due dates. A step by step process is revealed with dates to finish each portion of the project beginning with questions to answer before beginning, gathering information, drawing conclusions, communicating information, and evaluation. Each of these portions contains links with further information and probes to keep the project moving along. This entire page can then be emailed to you for future use or the choice can be made to receive an email each step along the way.

tag(s): calculators (41), calendars (44), organizational skills (122), timelines (62)

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Share this site with students to use as a planning guide for research projects. Create one timeline for the entire class to use as a planning benchmark or create timelines for each student. ESL/ELL and Special Education teachers may find this to be a useful tool to help students with planning and preparing for long-term projects. Provide this link for students to access both in and out of the classroom while planning projects.
 

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Stich - Stich.it

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K to 12
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Stich.it is a new link-shortening service that lets you combine several links into one and then plays them like a slideshow. View examples shown on the site. Some have descriptive ...more
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Stich.it is a new link-shortening service that lets you combine several links into one and then plays them like a slideshow. View examples shown on the site. Some have descriptive text found at the top of each slide and written by the user. Follow the helpful information along the side for using Stich.

tag(s): bookmarks (60)

In the Classroom

Use Stich.it for Internet scavenger hunts. Create a Stich with all the links needed to complete a project or for the entire unit. Students can create a Stich that showcases the websites that they used to complete an assignment or project. Use this with even the youngest students by sharing a Stich on your class website for students and parents to explore. Make a Stich of sites to learn to count, a stich for sites to learn the branches of government, a stich of sites to learn about tough biology concepts, a stich of sites to practice trigonometry, and pretty much anything else you can imagine!

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ClassMarker - ClassMarker Pty Ltd.

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1 to 12
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Create your own tests to be taken online and graded instantly and accurately. With a free account, you can save 100 test results a month. ClassMarker allows you to add ...more
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Create your own tests to be taken online and graded instantly and accurately. With a free account, you can save 100 test results a month. ClassMarker allows you to add your own tests to be taken online and graded instantly. ClassMarker will randomize questions and answers, add time limits, and preset test availability dates. You can choose from multiple choice, short answer, essay & more question types.

Registration is not required. You can embed the tests on your own web page. This method is useful for practice tests since test results are only saved when students are registered and logged into ClassMarker. To register students, you create a group, add the student names (use a code for online safety), and create a password for the group. Or students can register themselves using a registration code you give them. You can then transfer users to multiple groups after they are registered if you wish.
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tag(s): quiz (84), quizzes (96), test prep (95)

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Create, assign, and practice tests easily with this resource! Create and manage your tests as well as view activity reports about those who have taken the test. Use this resource as a way to practice material and improve students' scores in preparation for an actual test. Use this resource to practice involved questions that like those found on the state tests. Practicing with various question formats builds confidence and improves performance. Create quizzes and tests that students must pass before moving on to other content or other harder tests. Use these as progress steps along the way to help students learn the content as they progress through a unit. Learning support teachers may want to work together with small groups to create their own "practice" quizzes before major tests.

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Figment: Write Yourself In - Jacob Lewis and Dana Goodyear

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6 to 12
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Figment: Write Yourself In is a terrific program for both readers and writers! Looking for something new to read? Want to get your student's or your own writing published? You ...more
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Figment: Write Yourself In is a terrific program for both readers and writers! Looking for something new to read? Want to get your student's or your own writing published? You don't even have to register to read or listen to a book. It's all free. If you or your students are aspiring authors you can register and publish your writing here. Figment also has contests where the community votes for the best piece of writing for a certain prompt. Books are tagged, so you can search by tag. The Figment library has all the genres listed for you to click on and search, a section for "newest additions," "recently updated," and "all the rage." For reading and listening, the only skill you will need to know is to know how to search the site. If your intent is to publish yours or your student's writing, you will need to register. Be aware that Figment is designed for ALL kinds of writers and may include some writing that is not "kid friendly." Click the Educators link in the footer to access newer features specifically for teachers.

tag(s): digital storytelling (144), persuasive writing (55), poetry (228), short stories (25), writing (359)

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There are several ways you can use this site as a place to publish. Some may involve using other tools. For example, with younger students: Once your students have completed a piece of writing, have them submit it to the class using MixedInk reviewed here. The class can then collaborate by choosing ideas from any of the pieces submitted and publishing a "class" approved story, poem, etc. on Figment. With older students: Have them submit their poems, short stories, current event articles, or persuasive writing to MixedInk for peer edit and advice. After the class has collaborated on the writing, submit to Figment for a more general audience. Some teachers have their students write novels for National Novel Writing Month, and at "Figment: Write Yourself In" they will be able to publish them.

Students will need a screen name that is not their real name, and a password. See the Profile area for Scholastic's "You Are What You Read" reviewed here for several suggestions for creating a screen name. For younger students you may want to have a "class account" and supply the password. Be sure you and your students write their screen name and password down. Just make sure they sign their writing with their screen name. With older students you can use the same procedure as above, or students can sign up with their own email. Read tips for safely managing email registrations here.

If school policies and parents allow it, You may want to introduce your gifted student-writers to this site as a place where they can publish and get feedback from a broader audience. The safest way may be to set up groups as a teacher, including other student writers from other classrooms and grade levels. Gifted students interact well in multi-age settings, especially if they have common interests. Have the history buffs work together on accurate historical fiction related to the time periods you are studying or have your advanced science students write up their research collaboratively using Figment. They might even try their had at writing some science fiction based on concepts you are studying.

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Learning Chocolate - learningchocolate.com

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K to 12
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This ESL/ELL vocabulary site has words and related pictures organized into over 100 categories. Example categories include animals, body, birds, Christmas, camping, phonic, days of...more
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This ESL/ELL vocabulary site has words and related pictures organized into over 100 categories. Example categories include animals, body, birds, Christmas, camping, phonic, days of the week, Europe, Fruit, Work Site Problems, Medical Jobs, and much more! Click on a category and you get common vocabulary as well as five review games for that category. Each word has sound, and many of the review activities are based on hearing the word to complete the required work. An added benefit to the site is that it is easy to switch the target language from English to three other languages: Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, and Spanish.
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tag(s): chinese (48), japan (61), japanese (42), spanish (108), vocabulary (323)

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Save/bookmark this site on your classroom computers to serve as a vocabulary resource for ESL/ELL and also world language students. Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Share this site with Chinese, Japanese and Spanish teachers as well as with special needs professionals for help with vocabulary development and articulation. You could also have students create their own narrations of photos (similar to this site) using a site such as Thinklink reviewed here.
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Special Holiday Emergency Desk - Erwin Penland

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K to 12
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This great site draws a picture of whatever is typed into the "Draw It" box. A baseball-capped man (viewed in a video) sitting behind a desk with many pictures tacked ...more
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This great site draws a picture of whatever is typed into the "Draw It" box. A baseball-capped man (viewed in a video) sitting behind a desk with many pictures tacked on the wall behind him takes up his drawing pad and pen and creates the drawing in front of you! The site does take a few seconds to load and to draw, so it is not an instant picture, but the picture appears within 6 seconds. The supporting dictionary does seem to be somewhat limited, so the picture you get may not always be what you are expecting! And if students types in something inappropriate, they get a "naughty list' note from the man.

tag(s): dictionaries (56), drawing (78), vocabulary (323)

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This is a great site for ESL, SPED, and language teachers who can not seem to communicate exactly what a certain object is. Share the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. For students who do not know what a hedgehog or okapi is, this is a simple way to display a picture. Have students compete to draw their vocabulary words with the onscreen man, and decide whose pictures are best!
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Stories in Flight: FlickrPoet - Thomas Sturm

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3 to 12
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This site matches the words you enter with photos on Flickr reviewed here. It uses search tags, titles, and descriptions of photos to match up with...more
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This site matches the words you enter with photos on Flickr reviewed here. It uses search tags, titles, and descriptions of photos to match up with the words you type in the text box. You can get new pictures for the same words by clicking "Show Story" again. Use Stories in Flight: FlickrPoet to put photos with your favorite poem, quote, lyrics, or other piece of writing.
Note: Since Flickr houses photos contributed by the general public, some photos may be rated PG or depict something that may make student laugh. Nouns, active verbs, and vivid adjectives are most likely to return results that make sense.

tag(s): creative writing (166), creativity (109), digital storytelling (144), flickr (7), poetry (228)

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Stories in Flight: FlickrPoet would be perfect to use in April during National Poetry Month. Or introduce any poetry unit by showing Stories in Flight: FlickrPoet on your interactive whiteboard or projector. (Prescreen your word choices to be sure what you will get.) Have students work together on the IWB to create poems, or choose a favorite paragraph from their writing, then use this site to add images. Click on "Show Story" and compare the different outputs. For some interesting, high level discussion, ask students what makes something a "poem" vs. simply a collection of words. Ask them if they are satisfied with the images matched to their writing, and how they could make better matches for what they were thinking. Do they prefer imagining the metaphors or seeing them in concrete images, for example?

You may want to have a class Flickr account. Have students play with Stories in Flight: FlickrPoet using the "Show Story" several times, and then find their own pictures to go with their writing by using the search bar on Flickr. They can then publish their creations using a web site maker such as Weebly reviewed here. Offer this as one of several "visual poem" options during Poetry Month or poetry units.

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DOGOnews - Meera Dolasia

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2 to 12
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Need kid-friendly online news? This safe site, written for kids, by kids, offers news from a younger point-of-view. You can create a class page where you can load a variety ...more
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Need kid-friendly online news? This safe site, written for kids, by kids, offers news from a younger point-of-view. You can create a class page where you can load a variety of articles, add a book list, a calendar, favorite sites list, add lesson plan instructions, monitor student comments, and more. DOGOnews is kid friendly, colorful, and flexible. After all, DOGO means young or small in Swahili. You can select articles from a number of categories (Social Studies, Science, World, Current Events, etc.). There is an integrated dictionary for challenging words and maps for geographical context. Some of the articles include short video clips. Students may leave brief comments about each article (no login required). Also, typing the word "video" in the search box will bring up the Video of the Week for the past several weeks. The videos reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube. In addition, find a Book and Movie section with a brief summary for the book or movie, and comments. You don't have to join to read the articles, but you do need to join to create a class page. There are many benefits to creating a class page, and it's all free! Don't want to create a class page? You can also embed articles on your current web page.

tag(s): news (261), reading comprehension (116), sports (97)

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Non-fiction reading and background knowledge have found a new emphasis with The Common Core State Standards. It is more important now than ever to help connect students with quality, non-fiction reading and viewing material. Find great news resources and videos of the week to create assignments for your class at DOGOnews. You may want to create a class page and load several news articles. Have students choose from the articles, and email it to themselves. Have students print out the article and complete a "close reading" of the article by annotating it. Then have students who chose the same article get together in groups to discuss their reactions about the article, create a summary together, and create four or five open-ended questions about the article. Lastly, create groups of four, with each student having a different article, and have them present their article to the others in the group and ask them their open-ended questions to trigger a discussion. Create a class magazine from the articles. Or better yet, have students create a multimedia presentation using UtellStory, reviewed here. This site allows users to narrate a picture. Challenge students to find a photo (legally permitted to be reproduced), and then narrate the photo as if it is a news report. Strengthen reading comprehension by having an 'article du jour' on your interactive whiteboard or projector as students arrive. Link this site on your homepage.

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YoungZine - Deepa Gopal

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3 to 10
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Youngzine is news and more for the young. Enjoy the different articles, comics, videos, etc. without signing up, or you can sign up to have full access to everything ...more
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Youngzine is news and more for the young. Enjoy the different articles, comics, videos, etc. without signing up, or you can sign up to have full access to everything on this safe site, including teacher tools. General subjects include World News, Science & Technology, Our Earth, Society & Arts. For each class, teachers get a blog where they can post assignments and have students respond. Teachers can register their class for free. You can include specific articles and quizzes for each assignment. Comments are moderated to prevent inappropriate classroom content.

For each of your classes, you see a full report of each student's activities by going to your classroom tab. Youngzine also provides a safe "blog" environment for classrooms - a constructive, creative, and controlled way for teachers to create classroom assignments and foster discussions about current events! The blog can be completely private so outsiders cannot see student comments. Teachers control these settings.

tag(s): blogs (88), communities (35), news (261), service projects (25), summarizing (13)

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Have your students make comments on articles (public comments), take quizzes, rate articles, and participate in contests. You can create custom assignments and have students respond and discuss, right on Youngzine! This is a great way to assess student's understanding and create an arena for a discussion/debate between class students. Or, ask your students to summarize an article, as a way to encourage them to think and write.

There is also a tab for "U Write." This section appears to allow students to write about issues in their community, or programs they've heard about to help a suffering communities. You might consider having your students look at the different articles and decide on a community to help. Have them vote on the community they would like to help by using Thinkmeter reviewed here.

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