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OK2Ask®:Blooms 2.0 March 2013 - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from March 11, 2013 opens in Adobe Connect. Learn ways to create a classroom rich with all levels of Blooms Taxonomy...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from March 11, 2013 opens in Adobe Connect. Learn ways to create a classroom rich with all levels of Blooms Taxonomy using new and HOT technology. This session includes a brief introduction to Blooms Taxonomy, but the main focus is sharing tools to connect Blooms with Web 2.0 tools. As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Learn the basics of Blooms Taxonomy; Browse and explore various tools to use at all levels of Blooms Taxonomy available on TeachersFirst; Discuss and share the importance of keeping Bloom in the classroom; (Follow-up) Plan and implement a lesson or activity using a Web 2.0 tool that promotes one of the higher levels of Blooms Taxonomy.

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Enrich your classroom with Blooms! Watch this recording with a few of your colleagues to develop a plan to incorporate more HOTS in your classroom. Or simply visit the resource page to learn more about Blooms Taxonomy and to find some great web resources to use in your classroom. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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Loose Leaves - looseleaves.me

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2 to 12
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Loose Leaves is a place to put thoughts that don't quite fit anywhere else. As they put it, "For Thoughts That Don't Have a Home." It is similar to ...more
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Loose Leaves is a place to put thoughts that don't quite fit anywhere else. As they put it, "For Thoughts That Don't Have a Home." It is similar to an instant web page maker. No registration required. Click on the leaf and begin composing your thoughts. Insert a title and begin writing. Edit font style, alignment, indent, and paragraph style using tools provided. Insert images using the image link. Images must already be online so you can point to them by url. Adjust image size, description, and placement in your document as desired. You can even drag images directly into your document from another open browser window! Choose Save to receive the url for your page. You will receive 2 url's: one for sharing and one to use for editing your page. Be sure to save that url in your Favorites or a document so you do not lose it! Collect lines for future poems, figures of speech that you like, or simply thoughts in this "idea bin" for writing.
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tag(s): blogs (89)

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Use this site for students to post or collect material for simple projects such as stories, poems, and art projects. Collect a master list of urls to student pages on your classroom website, wiki, or blog for easy access. If students are creating pages, be sure to check with your district's policy on publishing student work. The beauty of Loose Leaves is that there aren't any identifiers such as email address, name, or other information about the user. Publications are completely anonymous, if desired. Create pages for quick link sharing or for upcoming events such as field trips, class party information, school events, science fair, etc. Students can create simple pages to share links to include in presentations so classmates can participate on laptops. If you are beginning a major creative project such as a literary magazine or research project, Loose Leaves is a wonderful place for writers to collect questions and ideas to be developed later. Share this one with your gifted students as a place to collect written ideas or to collaborate on any kind of writing, such as a poem or script. Just be sure your disorganized ones save both the sharing urls: the one to view it and the one to edit it. If they do not mark these and save them to favorites, they will be gone forever! (You COULD start the page for them and give them the url to edit it... but you would not be helping them learn organization skills!)

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Whyville - Mundeon

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4 to 10
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Enter the engaging virtual world of Whyville filled with math, science, art, and literature activities. Create an avatar and join in constructive educational activities that...more
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Enter the engaging virtual world of Whyville filled with math, science, art, and literature activities. Create an avatar and join in constructive educational activities that promote socially responsible behavior. There are many activities to explore, and you can chat with other users. The Zero Gravity Chamber features angles and the principle of Newton's 3rd Law. In the Rocket Design Lab simulate rockets to test parameters such as nozzle size and pay load. The Engine Lab has 3 games that teach about electric charges and ion engines. Citizens must be aware of infectious illnesses and plagues that infect the citizens of Whyville. Join in the hot air balloon race to analyze vector fields to navigate hot air balloons. Go on an art treasure hunt around the world. At the dance studio design and choreograph your own dances. Visit the beach, the climate center, take a swim, or meet your friends at the playground or waterfall. Simulations change every time you enter Whyville. Earn clams, a salary, manage a bank account, get a pet, and read the daily news. Log-in (with email) is required to fully participate in this site. However, most of the site is accessible without registration. Don't miss this award winning website!

tag(s): aircraft (24), animals (289), dance (28), diseases (69), logic (237), money (190), motion (61), puzzles (207), recycling (57), social skills (21), vectors (25)

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In the classroom, join as a teacher and manage each students account. Reinforce safe online behavior as your students explore opportunities for learning.The chat feature is a perfect opportunity practice safe interactions. Demonstrate this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Use as a reward in your classroom or as a way to extend and enrich concepts learned in math and science. Offer Whyville as a safe enrichment tool for students to use at home. Encourage all students to join in the educational activities. Design a simplified version of this site for younger children with your class. Use one of the many animation tools available at the TeachersFirst Edge.
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Hooktheory - Hooktheory, LLC

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6 to 12
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Hooked on music theory? Hooktheory satisfies your musical needs. Lend Hooktheory your ear and it will train it. The ear training tool challenges you to figure out a chord progression...more
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Hooked on music theory? Hooktheory satisfies your musical needs. Lend Hooktheory your ear and it will train it. The ear training tool challenges you to figure out a chord progression and melody by ear. Beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels meet the needs of any ear. Try to best the top score or play for fun. Write chord progressions and melodies using the music editor. Type the numbers 1-7 to enter your melody. Can't read music? No worries. Each scale degree is assigned a color to help reinforce the note's sound in your mind to enhance recognition. The editor uses a relative scale so accidentals aren't possible in your melody. Create separate harmony and melody and export your song into a midi file. Import your midi into GarageBand or export your song as a guitar tab or sheet music.

Explore analyses of popular songs through an appetizer of the full song or contribute your own. Listen through YouTube or to the piano version. (If your district blocks YouTube, 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.) Change the key or the tempo of the track for over 1300 songs archived in this format. The ability to quickly explore visually how chords are used in different songs opens up a huge potential for discovery and learning. Hooktheory Chapter 1 is free, the remaining chapters are for a fee. This review is only based on the free portions of the site.
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tag(s): music theory (41), musical notation (37)

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Hooktheory is a great site for computer stations in music class as you work with ensembles or individual students. Support music theory instruction with the interactive tools available. Students can analyze songs before creating their own. Download students' creations as guitar tab, sheet music, or as a midi file. Ensembles, solos, or duets can play the tunes students create. Import the midi file into GarageBand to add background music or to enhance the selection. Have students create their own music to reflect the tone or mood of a poem or piece of writing. Don't have Garageband or aren't familiar with a midi file? Why not simply create videos and share them on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here. Teachers of gifted students seeking to do individual music projects will appreciate this site, especially if the teacher is not a music expert!

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Plan It Green - National Geographic Society

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6 to 12
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Plan It Green is a free tool to create a city and add ecological, "green" improvements. The main task is to construct various buildings in four different categories: residential,...more
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Plan It Green is a free tool to create a city and add ecological, "green" improvements. The main task is to construct various buildings in four different categories: residential, commercial, recreation, and facilities. As the city is built, you must manage happiness, finances, pollution, energy, and employed workers. The residential and commercial buildings provide daily taxes and energy credits. Energy credits can be sold for money that you can use for materials. Upgrades for the buildings and the environment are also included in the game. Use the tutorial to walk through the tools and read accompanying information. Register by naming your city and activating through email. The introduction video is hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, you may want to view the video at home to learn more about this simulation.

tag(s): coal (14), energy (203), environment (321), fossil fuels (18), solar energy (40)

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Use this activity to show how certain buildings can change aspects of happiness, health, and other factors. Brainstorm ways to improve aspects of a city prior to playing the game. Groups of students can even collaborate on a specific city. Students can report on various ways they improved their city including starting with smaller homes, green houses, or by improving large, older homes. Enter screenshots and specific information about the game play on a wiki or other site and research various communities that have achieved those changes. To take a screenshot simply Shift+ Command +4 on a Mac (saves to your Downloads) or Prtscrn key and PASTE on Windows. Propose similar changes in your own community at the end of the play and research. This would be an ideal activity leading up to Earth Day or during an environmental unit. Teachers of gifted could build an entire long term unit around it.

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Book Adventure - Book Adventure

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Find ways to encourage and get your students to splash in the world of reading. Designed for grades K-12, the site offers a search engine to find new literature to ...more
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Find ways to encourage and get your students to splash in the world of reading. Designed for grades K-12, the site offers a search engine to find new literature to read, short quizzes to check your comprehension of over 8,000 books in the database, a Kid's Zone (mainly for elementary students), plus links for both teachers and parents! They also offer prizes. Build your own booklists. You can search by grade level, difficulty, and even subject (MANY to choose from). Request a free teacher kit for detailed and engaging ways to motivate your students. Find resources for successful parent involvement. Watch the introductory video on the homepage to learn more. Contests through the site offer additional reading incentives. While this site does offer a book search and quizzes for all grade levels K-12, it has an "elementary" look. Registration is FREE, but required for several of the activities. Registration requires an email address (for teachers, students, or parents).

tag(s): book lists (132), independent reading (130), literature (276)

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Find detailed ways to help parents support the wonderful world of reading with their students. Have each student create individual reading lists and work towards prizes. Students can use this site as a search tool to find new reading suggestions. Motivate students by setting individual goals. Use quizzes for books as part of literature studies, or examine the type of questions given. Challenge your students to create their own quizzes about a book they recently read. Have students create their own quizzes (and more) using ClassTools (reviewed here).
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Energy Kids - US Energy Information Administration

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K to 8
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Find a great source for all your energy information at Energy Kids! Discover energy sources, forms of energy (renewable and non-renewable), electricity, hydrogen, and recent statistics...more
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Find a great source for all your energy information at Energy Kids! Discover energy sources, forms of energy (renewable and non-renewable), electricity, hydrogen, and recent statistics on energy use. There are games and activities to help reinforce the concepts presented. Detailed lesson plans, science fair experiments, field trip information, and more help you provide a more comprehensive unit. Don't miss the history of energy timeline with all the famous people. There is even a link "For Teachers" where you can find lesson plans from K to secondary.

tag(s): conservation (128), energy (203), natural resources (60)

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Share the resources found here on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Use this site as part of your wiki on energy, renewable resources, and conservation. Add to a center to improve reading skills as well as new literacies in technology. Find excellent information to include for your Prezi, Powerpoint, or Live Binders on energy. Enhance your ESL/ELL students understanding of your energy unit using the visuals and reinforcement of basic concepts.
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Magical Maths - Magical Maths

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6 to 12
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Magical Maths is a blog dedicated to exploring and sharing math concepts and teaching ideas from around the world. Some example topics include how to teach anyone to multiply any ...more
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Magical Maths is a blog dedicated to exploring and sharing math concepts and teaching ideas from around the world. Some example topics include how to teach anyone to multiply any two digit numbers in 11 seconds and the top 10 biggest brain damaging habits. The blog is written in the United Kingdom so references to their curriculum and "key stage" divisions are included. However, the material is appropriate to anyone teaching math. Search the site using keywords to find posts on particular subjects. Choose from specific categories listed on the side of the page. One very useful category is the lesson starters with ideas for beginning a math lesson. Subscribe to the blog to receive updates via RSS feed. Some of the videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here to download the videos from YouTube.
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tag(s): assessment (106), blogs (89), logic (237)

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This is an excellent site to bookmark/save as a favorite and visit often for interesting ideas to use in math class to promote thinking skills. Challenge your students to demonstrate their own understanding of a math concept by creating a video using a tool such as SchoolTube reviewed here.

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Brain Genie - CK12 Foundation

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1 to 12
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This STEM Initiative provides easy to understand and detailed videos about Math and Science concepts for grades 1-12. Choose from the categories: 1-8 Math, Algebra I, Chemistry, 6-8...more
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This STEM Initiative provides easy to understand and detailed videos about Math and Science concepts for grades 1-12. Choose from the categories: 1-8 Math, Algebra I, Chemistry, 6-8 Math, Precalculus, and more. Click to a specific topic within the category. View the video lesson and answer questions about material learned. If you miss a question, a pop up explains the topic again. You are directed to try to answer the questions again. Choose to review the topic again or move on to the next lesson. Practice and learn without registering or register to earn badges to show your progress through the topics.

tag(s): angles (87), area (67), cells (104), decimals (132), ecology (135), equations (153), evolution (102), fractions (237), game based learning (112), genetics (94), logic (237), molecules (44), money (190), operations (123), patterns (85), percent (82), perimeter (30), photosynthesis (32), place value (55), probability (130), problem solving (272), ratios (55), respiration (17), sequencing (31), STEM (148), volume (44)

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Find great ideas for using this tool in the classroom with this video. Be sure to include this link with your resources for students to find alternate explanations to topics for better understanding. Assign various topics as a review in addition to lecture and other classroom activities. Assign a specific topic (not already learned in class) for cooperative groups to view. Have students create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from this site/activity using a tool such as Wordle (reviewed here), Tagxedo (reviewed here), or WordItOut (reviewed here).

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JST Virtual Science Center Mind Lab - Japan Science and Technology Agency

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6 to 12
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Enter the laboratory of the mind and experience visual phenomena and illusions used in psychological experiments. Discover the mysteries of perception and how the brain unconsciously...more
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Enter the laboratory of the mind and experience visual phenomena and illusions used in psychological experiments. Discover the mysteries of perception and how the brain unconsciously interprets the incoming information to construct our visual world. This site is available in Japanese too. This site is slow to open at times.

tag(s): brain (70), optical illusions (13), perspective (11)

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In the classroom, intrigue your students with visual perception experiments. When you study the brain, spend some time looking at how it works. Use on your projector or interactive whiteboard to challenge your students' perceptions. Use in any science class, psychology, physiology, anatomy, or biology as a way to extend the curriculum into real world experiments. In language arts classes, study the concept of perception and how it influences understanding. How do writers use perception to build setting and characterization? Use as a model for science experiments or ways to present research.
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The Noun Project - The Noun Project

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K to 12
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Find free, scalable vector images created by a community of designers whose goal is to create a universal global language of symbols that everyone can understand. Vector files are images...more
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Find free, scalable vector images created by a community of designers whose goal is to create a universal global language of symbols that everyone can understand. Vector files are images that do not change or become fuzzy when you resize them. Communicating visually is powerful and easy using symbols like these. Move beyond language and cultural barriers in learning and communicating by using these symbols. You must set up a free account to actually download. Note: Many programs cannot use the file format (SVG) but some programs, such as Adobe Illustrator, can. Don't have a program to open the image? Download the image, then upload to the Media Converter (reviewed here) to convert the image. No need to open the file- just convert! Note that the use of these vector images is FREE if the artist(s) attribution is easily viewable and accessible (linked back to the artist's page on the Noun Project site). Many images are in the public domain with no attribution required. Ethical use would still give credit. If you do not want to attribute each time it is used, icons can be purchased for unlimited use instead. Be patient. This site is often SLOW to open and offers slow downloads because of the larger image files.
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tag(s): digital storytelling (155), graphic design (34), images (276), infographics (44), stories and storytelling (32)

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The symbols are useful for autistic support, emotional support, ESL/ELL, and even in world languages. Use these vector diagrams for creating infographics and pictograms in any content area. Use a site such as Easel.ly, reviewed here or Venngage reviewed here. Challenge students to tell a rebus-style story using simple symbols only. This is a fun and imaginative way for students to think creatively. Use these symbols to create classroom signs. Teach students digital citizenship along with creativity by learning to give credit for resources used as they explain. Try using icons like these in the navigation area of a wiki or class website instead of words to increase the accessibility to others. Be sure to include this site as a list of resources for students to use on your wiki or class website. Students can access images to tell their story or to relate/teach content to others. Encourage students to create their own symbols for use in telling a story (great if students have access to programs that can create vector images). Special ed teachers may want to use these symbols on communication boards. Note: since file downloads are slow, you may want to download a collection for your specific lesson or project outside of class time and offer the files to students locally in a shared folder or on a class wiki. Teachers of non-readers will find these symbols useful in making classroom rules or signs.

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Crash Course - John and Hank Green

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6 to 12
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Join John and Hank Green on the you Tube channel, Crash Course. Crash Course consists of highly engaging video presentations that explain the basics on many topics: about 10-15 minute...more
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Join John and Hank Green on the you Tube channel, Crash Course. Crash Course consists of highly engaging video presentations that explain the basics on many topics: about 10-15 minute in length, humorous, and engaging! The general topic areas include World History, Literature, and US History. At the time of this review, biology topics include: the carbon cycle, water cycle, molecules, nutrition, animal and plant cells, photosynthesis, heredity, DNA, mitosis, meiosis, natural selection, evolution, genetics, taxonomy, evolution, simple animals, complex animals, animal behavior, various systems of the body, bacteria, protists, and even more. In literature, five videos cover subjects from Romeo and Juliet to The Great Gatsby. There are over forty world history topics: Agricultural revolution, Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, The Persians and Greeks, Buddha and Ashoka, Chinese History, Alexander the Great, The Roman Empire, Christianity from Judaism to Constantine, Fall of the Roman Empire, Islam the Quran, and the Five Pillars, Venice and Ottoman Empire, Russia, Columbus, The Spanish Empire, The French Revolution, Haitian Revolution, Industrial Revolution, Capitalism, Socialism, Imperialism, and many more. 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.

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tag(s): animals (289), bacteria (30), bill of rights (29), body systems (58), chinese (50), constitution (83), declaration of independence (13), evolution (102), genetics (94), greeks (30), literature (276), meiosis (15), mitosis (11), nutrition (156), religions (67), rome (28), romeo and juliet (6), russia (38), shakespeare (132), water cycle (33)

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Use as a way to introduce new topics or subjects to establish background knowledge. Share these videos on your projector or interactive whiteboard to provide an introduction (or review) on various topics. Use as an alternate way to help motivate your tech savvy students. Use as an example for a group project with the students planning, writing, and producing an informational video in the subject you are studying. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos and share them on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here. Be sure to point out the steps followed in teaching and learning in the videos. Independent learners and gifted students will love the opportunity to learn on their own using these videos. Instead of "games" for times when student finish work early, why not share the link to this YouTube channel and encourage them to keep a blog about what they discover.
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Dream Quest One Poetry and Writing Contest - DREAMQUESTONE.COM.

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4 to 12
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Dream Quest One offers a poetry and writing contest. The contest currently takes place annually in winter and summer. On the main page you can find out the criteria, how ...more
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Dream Quest One offers a poetry and writing contest. The contest currently takes place annually in winter and summer. On the main page you can find out the criteria, how to enter, deadlines, and the prizes! Find a variety of writing ideas by looking at featured past winners and viewing examples of quality writing. Past poetry winners (and their works) can be found at the link Poetry Place. Find past winners and tips at Write This Way!. Visit the link for Free Stuff to view lots of free clipart, poetry Ebooks, writing Ebooks, a 54 page Writers Guide, and more. Be aware: there are nominal competition fees ($5 - poem, $10 - story). You need not actually enter to find great writing ideas.
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tag(s): creative writing (169), poetry (225)

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Help students overcome writer's block by exploring this site. Motivate your students with the many writing contests given (for a fee) or do them locally for free. The resources provide a direction for students and teachers to explore in the world of writing and poetry. Explore the many ways to encourage writing using the Internet resources. Use the free ebooks as printed material for your poetry study during poetry month or a unit on poetry. Examine the writing ebook given. Encourage groups to make their own ebook of writing tips. Challenge students to use a site such as Ourboox, reviewed here. Ourboox creates beautiful page-flipping digital books in minutes, and you can embed video, music, animation, games, maps and more.
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Pictolang - Michael R. Shaughnessy

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5 to 12
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Pictolang offers four image-based language/culture learning activities. Visual Word Trainer provides flashcards with images and the word it represents from a choice of several languages...more
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Pictolang offers four image-based language/culture learning activities. Visual Word Trainer provides flashcards with images and the word it represents from a choice of several languages (Arabic, French, Italian, German, Japanese, Spanish, and more). Choose your language and the type of photos you wish to find. Picture Match offers a word with an assortment of images to match correctly. Word Match is the opposite of Picture Match - one image is offered with several words. Choose the correct word to match the image. Both of these activities also ask you to choose the language. The most difficult game is the Analyst Game. This activity "tests your visual intelligence." One image is presented, you choose the correct culture represented by the image. (Try it - not as easy as it sounds!)

tag(s): arabic (21), chinese (50), cross cultural understanding (117), french (89), german (65), images (276), italian (34), japanese (43), maps (292), spanish (109)

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Use Pictolang to help students learn and review languages on their own. This is a perfect site for ESL/ELL students, world cultures class, and world language studies. Display the Analyst Game on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) and play together as a class or as a small group center. Discuss images featured and why they represent different cultures. Allow ESL/ELL students to explore the site using the ESL (North America) option to match images to the English word. This is a great link to add to your class website for world language (or ESL/ELL) students to use for additional practice.

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Figure This - KnowNet Construction, Inc.

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5 to 10
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Looking for a way to add challenges to your middle school math curriculum or gifted classes? Try Figure This, a site of math challenges developed by the National Council of ...more
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Looking for a way to add challenges to your middle school math curriculum or gifted classes? Try Figure This, a site of math challenges developed by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Figure This offers a number of challenges in English and Spanish to be used in a classroom or offered to families for math challenges at home. A PowerPoint is included to help increase parent involvement. Learn why most manholes are round, how fast your heart beats, and numerous other interesting topics. At the time of this review, there were 80 "Challenges" to explore. All of high interest and intriguing topics! Although mainly math activity, many border on science topics as well. Each activity offers hints and answers explained in many ways. Finding the answer is rather tricky! Scroll to the bottom of the page and look for the link to Answer. Don't miss the Teachers Corner. It includes all beginning materials; PowerPoints, forms, and ideas you need to begin!

tag(s): critical thinking (111), geometric shapes (166), logic (237), percent (82), probability (130), problem solving (272), statistics (124)

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In the classroom, use Figure This to help differentiate instruction for all levels, especially the high-achievers and gifted students. Allow students to work independently, or work in pairs to solve challenges. Introduce the challenge on your interactive whiteboard projector. Then allow students to dive into the challenge! Use for gifted enrichment, or even a Math Challenge Day for a reward. Offer extra credit for the number of challenges solved. Use as a model to allow students to create their own challenges. Add to your website as a fun resource for students and families.
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Logic and Values: Critical Thinking - TechNyou

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7 to 12
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TechNyou created this resource explaining critical thinking. Especially good are the six videos and five lessons explaining the valuable argument and broken logic. Besides the videos,...more
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TechNyou created this resource explaining critical thinking. Especially good are the six videos and five lessons explaining the valuable argument and broken logic. Besides the videos, there is a teacher's guide and PowerPoint presentations for each lesson.

tag(s): critical thinking (111), debate (45), logic (237), persuasive writing (56), thinking skills (18)

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Use the Critical Thinking videos as a stand alone, or use them in conjunction with other units. When teaching debate or persuasive writing this will be an invaluable resource. You might also consider using "Thou shalt not commit logical fallacies" reviewed here. Share critical thinking strategies with students, and have the students create lists of how and when these strategies are used in the classroom. Create a bulletin board with critical thinking strategies for your classroom. Use the lessons included on the site as a resource for lessons in your classroom. Bookmark this site and save it in your favorites as a professional resource. Share suggested activities and resources with other staff members. If your school blocks YouTube, use one of these two programs to download videos at home and bring to school on a mini USB drive: KeepVid reviewed here or HD Downloader reviewed here.
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Gone Google Story Builder - Google

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2 to 12
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Enjoy creating original stories on Story Builder. Then watch them come to life. Enter character names and begin writing. Choose a character from the dropdown list, and enter some dialogue....more
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Enjoy creating original stories on Story Builder. Then watch them come to life. Enter character names and begin writing. Choose a character from the dropdown list, and enter some dialogue. Continue to choose different characters and dialogue until your story is complete. Not happy with what you wrote? No problem, edit stories at any time in the process. When finished, add music from the list of choices offered or continue without music. Preview your creation at any time using the preview link on each page. When the story is complete enter a title and your name to receive a unique url to share your story. Check out our example Story Builder) created in less than 5 minutes! Note that you cannot return to change your "story" once it is complete.

tag(s): creative writing (169), digital storytelling (155), expository writing (44), paragraph writing (17)

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Use Story Builder to retell a moment in history or a social studies or science concept. Share some samples on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students or groups of students create their own Story Builder to retell a story or tell a story from a single character's point of view. Assign student groups to tell a story related to your curriculum. Create a Story Builder at the beginning of a unit with what I want to know questions, or use for the end of a unit as a review. Share student Story Builders with a link on your website or blog. In math class have students explain a procedure using Story Builder. Use Story Builder to create drama scripts or to demonstrate writing skills. Have "Annie Adjective" add colorful words to a draft while "Pete Punctuation" proofs for errors. Have students collaborate to create their own "live" edit sessions using an anonymous student draft you provide or from their OWN writing. By naming the character who is making changes, they can show what they are emphasizing, such as Sam Support adding supporting details when writing informational texts. Teachers of gifted could challenge students to create "epistolary" tales using this tool. Once they discover it, your gifted students will come up with new ways to share projects using this tool (and a little humor).

Engage student and parent attention about important announcements by giving a link to s Story Builder where you explain a project or plans for a special PTA event. Write it as a Q/A session, and they will watch the whole thing!

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Sound Around You - University of Salford

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2 to 12
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Listen to soundscapes recorded all over the world. Find a place of interest on the map, listen to the recording, and read the information about the location. Upload your own ...more
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Listen to soundscapes recorded all over the world. Find a place of interest on the map, listen to the recording, and read the information about the location. Upload your own soundscapes using the site or through the iPhone/iPad app.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (117), listening (92), maps (292), senses (29), sound (103), sounds (68)

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Those who teach geography and world cultures will like this! Use this resource to get your students thinking about the sounds around them. Include it when studying sound or the human ear in science class. Connect with other subjects by envisioning smells that would be there or craft a story inspired by the sounds heard at a specific location. Play sounds for your younger students and ask what they hear. Create sound stories together -- or as a creative project --by playing a series of sounds to tell the tale! Use your imagination to add this resource to other location projects used throughout the year. World language teachers could assign students to create a sound and word story about a cultural location. Use these sounds as background and add the dialog!

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Math Monday - National Museum of Mathematics

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6 to 12
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Math Monday is a weekly column discussing fun, experiential, and puzzling topics in mathematics. Each article takes a math idea, explains the concept, and uses images (and/or videos)...more
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Math Monday is a weekly column discussing fun, experiential, and puzzling topics in mathematics. Each article takes a math idea, explains the concept, and uses images (and/or videos) to put the concept into action. Sample topics include hula hoop geometry, large stars, mathematical quilting, and much more. Subscribe to the RSS feed to view new topics each Monday using the link at the top of the page. (Or add the feed to your Flipboard account if you have a tablet.) There is also a very long list of archives to explore and try!

tag(s): colors (80), fractions (237), geometric shapes (166), origami (17), pi (23), puzzles (207)

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Share articles with students and replicate activities included in the article. Share the video demonstrations on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos after reading articles and attempting activities. Share the videos on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here. Use activities in the article as inspiration for Math night activities or Math Fair projects.
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Rich Blocks, Poor Blocks - RichBlocksPoorBlocks

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7 to 12
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Use this tool to find the median household income of the US by each Census tract. Search by city or state. Or click the "little orange man" and drag him ...more
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Use this tool to find the median household income of the US by each Census tract. Search by city or state. Or click the "little orange man" and drag him to the location you want to view on the US map. You will be taken to "Street View" (see the street up close) to view the income for that exact block. Find the median income by color blocks.

tag(s): census (19), maps (292)

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Propose reasons for the differences in median income in a particular area or state. Research industry, agriculture, level of education, and other factors to determine the reasons. Investigate at the nearby ports and natural resources. Why do certain parts of the country have higher incomes and/or costs of living? How is income connected to education level? Students can identify patterns that exist among the data. They can form hypotheses about why. Create a campaign to bridge the wage gap by suggesting ideas to increase salaries in areas. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here or Venngage reviewed here. Teachers of gifted will find "rich" possibilities for discussion from this site.

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