Grades3 to 12
In the ClassroomJoin XW1W with your class using a single Twitter account or any blog or wiki tool where you can share student answers to the weekly question. If you cannot access Twitter at school, that is not a problem. You do not even have to use Twitter (though this is a great way dip your toes into Twitter). See the FAQ page for specific hints on using XW1W with your students. Share the XW1W idea with teaching colleagues in other places, and perhaps even with families to try at home. Want to learn more about Twitter and teaching. See TeachersFirst's Twitter for Teachers page.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomUse this refreshing, extensive collection of clip art anytime you need an image to project on your whiteboard or to include in an assignment or presentation. Click on any category to reveal numerous photos. Click on the individual picture to see the full image, which you may download to your PC or Mac, label, and print. Directions are simple to follow. Be sure to bookmark this site in your Favorites and provide a link to it on your class web page to make it easily accessible to students. When doing research projects, have students use this site to narrate pictures on their topic using a site such as Thinglink, reviewed here.
Grades8 to 12
In the ClassroomThis site is perfect for gifted learners or academic enrichment based on individual interests. Students can choose a course to enroll in, then present information in the form of a multimedia report. Challenge students (independently or collaboratively) to create an online book using a site such as Mixbook (reviewed here.
Grades7 to 12
Be aware: at the time of this review, a few of the links were no longer active. What remains is quite worthwhile, however.
In the ClassroomBe sure to bookmark this website in your favorites for your study of Shakespeare. Post a link to it on your class page to give students access to the literary works at home. Not only will they be able to have an entire copy of Shakespeare's works on hand, they will also be able to click on links for summaries, analysis, and assistance with nearly everything they will need to know about his life and writing. This is a great resource for you and your students to refer to for review, research projects, or just for reading the text, both in and out of your classroom. Are you looking for more Shakespeare sources and ideas? Save yourself plenty of time by visting TeachersFirst Shakespeare Resources reviewed here, where you will find almost everything you are looking for within this rich collection of valuable materials.
GradesK to 5
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In the ClassroomShare these audio stories on your interactive whiteboard or projector(with speakers!). Allow students to explore this site during reading centers. (Don't forget the headsets.) Offer this link on your class website for students to visit at home. Use this site to share stories from around the world as listening activities or as tie-ins to geography study.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomIf you are teaching a course that covers the African slave trade, this site will be invaluable. Take some time to browse the interactive maps and timelines, look through the lesson plans, and find images that can be used to supplement reading and discussion. Discover the glossary of terms that could be used for vocabulary work, the tables of information useful for teaching data analysis, and the African name database for genealogy research. Challenge cooperative learning groups to research a specific section of this site and create multimedia presentations. Try Thinglink, reviewed here. This site allows users to narrate a picture. Challenge students to upload a copyright-safe photo, and then narrate as if it were a news report. Another idea: have students create an online presentation using Smilebox, reviewed here, or another reviewed presentation tool from the TeachersFirst Edge.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomImageBase provides a great place for students to find pictures that can be used to communicate information. Find pictures about a particular topic. Keep this site as a reference on your class web page for any time students are creating wikis, blogs, or electronic projects where they need images. Create collages, projects, and more with these high quality pictures. Use images as blog prompts or illustrations in student projects. Have your students create an online "scrapbook" using Smilebox, reviewed here. Find images of locations you are studying in world cultures or geography class. Find images to use in student online projects using Bookemon, reviewed here, or UtellStory, reviewed here.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomThere are countless ways to incorporate this website into many subject areas. Math teachers will love having a way for students to apply data skills in a real world context. During Women's History month, compare statistics of countries and how women are compensated for their pay. In health class, share the HIV occurrences throughout the world. Assign cooperative learning groups one specific area to investigate and present their findings to the class via a multimedia presentation. Have students use a mapping tool such as Click2Map, reviewed here, to create a map of specific locations within their research. They can even include display markers featuring text, photos, and videos!
Grades6 to 12
Maps are also available in PDF format so you can download and print for classroom use. Note however, the very specific terms of the license under which these maps are available. A limit of 25 maps can be used in a single project without special permission, and a link to Florida's ETC must be included when maps are used on websites. The license is clearly spelled out and would also serve as a good exemplar to use with students to teach them how to credit the resources they find on the internet.
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In the ClassroomEach of the maps is available as a GIF or JPEG file to use on an interactive whiteboard (or projector), or to insert in a document or website. Use this site for nearly any historical research project. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.
Grades1 to 8
In the ClassroomChoose your subject and use your interactive whiteboard and projector to introduce your students to the topic using a game, or a movie. After students have completed the study of the subject, have them create their own movie to show their understanding of the topic. Use Animaker, reviewed here, for a project like this. During your study of the Middle Ages in Europe (or any other time period) have your students read the short texts at Kids Know It (History Textbook), then divide the students into groups of four or five and divide the topics listed under the Middle Ages. Give one or more topic(s) to each group to research for more in-depth knowledge. As a final assessment have the groups create an Adobe Spark interactive poster, reviewed here, to teach the class about their topic. Have them create videos about an interesting aspect or person from their topic to upload to their interactive poster. Have them choose whether to use Animaker, reviewed here, or Animoto, reviewed here, for the video they will upload to their poster.
Grades6 to 12
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In the ClassroomBecause the information uploaded to Historvius is user generated, teachers should preview the site before using it with students. Because the site is constantly growing, it may be most useful as an opportunity for students to research their own local sites and create a collective submission as a group or whole class under teacher supervision. Since Historvius editors must approve and edit any submissions, the upload won't be instant, but students should find it exciting to be part of building the database themselves. The editor-approval process makes the site "safer" and far less likely to include inappropriate content.
Grades6 to 12
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In the ClassroomIf you do not approve use of Wikipedia, you will want to state this up front to your students. Before turning your students loose with this program, use your interactive whiteboard, projector and Quicklyst to show them how to put information in their own words. Then you can have them use Quicklyst to take notes for any type of summarizing or research. Create separate accounts on Quicklyst for student research groups. Students can then easily share their notes with their group members. Create a class account, and use your interactive whiteboard and projector along with Quicklyst to have the class create a study guide for a test on any subject. These can be saved and used for notes for a final test. If there is a common class password, students will be able to access the notes from home.
GradesK to 12
As an FYI, TeachersFirst/The Source for Learning is a partner in the Global Education Conference effort -- another free, non-profit effort to support teachers and students using technology effectively for THINKING and learning.
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In the ClassroomMark this one in your favorites to use for inspiration and connection as you plan upcoming units. You can join for free -- requires email. Just click "Sign up" in the upper right. Then tiptoe in or take a plunge. If you have been looking for ways to connect your classroom with others across the country or around the world, this is a great place to start. If you have never participated in a Ning, just click on the various headings to find your way around.
Grades4 to 12
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In the ClassroomFind information for science and technology reports on this site. Allow students to view the dates of many of the inventions to determine what scientific principle was just known to push technological thinking. Create a timeline of inventions to determine the impact of science, economy, and society on inventions. Use a site such as TimeRime reviewed here. Choose an invention and research other forms of that model, alternatives before and after, and what we are using today. Discuss environmental impacts, how the invention changed society, and other impacts.
GradesK to 12
This site includes advertising.
In the ClassroomUsers must have a Flickr account and be able to navigate the authorizing of flickr as well as choosing an album to publish. Be sure to create titles in Flickr since these are imported as well.
Be sure to check district policy about creating student accounts and publishing student pictures and/or other material before using this tool. Note that by choosing Public in creating the magazine, the magazine is viewable online. Check your District policy. When browsing existing magazines, note that these may not be monitored and check for possible classroom-inappropriate material (though none was detected at the time of the review.) Consider creating a class Flickr account for students to upload class and group pictures.
Use a class Flickr account to keep track of day to day happenings in the classroom (especially for younger grades). Create albums of specific events such as field trips, service projects, hands-on activities, field experiences such as watershed studies, and more. Uploaded photos can easily be manipulated into an online album. Art and photography classes can use the magazine format as a portfolio. Create a magazine of photos that portray different history and social topics, set the scenes for novels or stories, or explain a specific science concept. Anywhere photos can be used to showcase achievement or explain a concept, this service would be a great resource. Special ed teachers, speech teachers, or world language teachers can collect images into "magazines" for students to practice/develop speech and vocabulary.
Parent permission advised before posting student work created using this tool
Includes Interaction w general public/ public galleries with unmoderated content
Requires registration/log-in (WITH email)
Products can be embedded
Products can be shared by URL
Multiple users can collaborate on the same project
Grades6 to 12
Be sure to turn off your pop-up blocker or you will be unable to access the site content.
In the ClassroomWhile the site may be impressive on an interactive whiteboard or projector to introduce a lesson on the place of Berlin in history, it is probably more useful for students to explore individually or in small groups. Rather than focus on Berlin specifically, use the site to ask larger questions about geography and culture and how maps can show us changes over time. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create simple videos sharing how maps demonstrated change in another area of the world. Share the videos using a site such as SchoolTube (reviewed here).
GradesK to 12
Be aware: this site also includes some items for sale. You may want to advise students to steer clear of these links.
In the ClassroomIntroduce this site by sharing photos or videos on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Include this site on a list of hotlinks for students to access when researching the Rainforest, climate change, sustainability, or carbon footprints. Save this site in your favorites on classroom computers for students to view rainforest maps, ask questions, or read magazine articles. Ask students to visit the site and create an interactive multimedia presentation from the information they learn there using Sway, reviewed here. Register your school with Cool Earth and take advantage of the free lesson plans and resources they offer. The ultimate experience would be to personalize student learning and sponsor a tree or organize a fundraiser to purchase an acre of land. Ask students to research their tree, or the biome biodiversity characteristic of their acre. Include a link to this site on your class web page for students to access both in and out of class.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomShare this presentation on your interactive whiteboard or projector. If individual computers are available, have students explore on their own (with headsets). Create a class wiki to share their thoughts and reflections on what they saw. Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through. The 23 photographs in this slideshow are very powerful. Ranging from those that capture the scope and power of the blast itself to a series that show the impact of the blast, students who have not really considered what it means to detonate a nuclear device will find these images sobering. Use the slide show to introduce a lesson on the Cold War, on the end of World War II or on the issue of atomic energy.
Grades6 to 12
Take caution when using the Google images search feature: the images that can be generated may not all be appropriate for classroom use.
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