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Daily Starters - Scholastic

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K to 8
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Daily Starters offers a different opening idea each day for 4 different age bands from Pre-K to grade 8. Subjects include language arts, math, and history, as well as fun ...more
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Daily Starters offers a different opening idea each day for 4 different age bands from Pre-K to grade 8. Subjects include language arts, math, and history, as well as fun facts that relate to the day or month. In addition to a challenging question or idea, the site offers a Teacher's Guide that explains different ways to use the site. It includes the background and vocabulary students need to understand and use the site optimally. Some specific topics include grammar, word usage, mechanics, word study, basic operations, algebraic thinking, measurement, fraction, geometry, word problems, and more. Clicking on the Reveal the Answer tab shows the correct solution to each question. Please note: These daily starters are only updated during the school year. New daily starters begin again every August.

tag(s): fractions (239), geometric shapes (163), grammar (216), measurement (159), numbers (204), substitutes (21), word study (80)

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Display each day's Daily Starters on your projector or whiteboard for students to do first thing in the morning. Or arrange for the classroom computers to open with the Daily Starter page. Have students work alone or collaboratively with a group. Allow students to share questions and responses via their own blogs or your class wiki. Not comfortable with wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through. Challenge students to create their own questions and use them for a class discussion about each idea brought up. Display the ideas from history tidbits and fun facts in a creative way on your class bulletin board. Keep the Daily Starter handy as an activity for substitute or for parent volunteers to use with students during free time or indoor recess.

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Concrete Poetry - Woodland Trust

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K to 3
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Create and share concrete poetry easily using this tool. Choose from pictures provided or draw your own and click to add words. Provide your own words or click and drag ...more
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Create and share concrete poetry easily using this tool. Choose from pictures provided or draw your own and click to add words. Provide your own words or click and drag from the choices offered. Be sure to click on different categories to see all options. When finished, choose Print. Add your name and the poem title to print. Options for printing include showing the shape or not. If you want to keep the image digitally, use a screenshot (Prtscrn key, followed by pasting into a document on Windows; Command+shift+4 on Mac to save the screenshot to your download location).

tag(s): poetry (228), preK (281)

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Use this site as a computer center during your poetry unit. Create concrete poetry as a class on your interactive whiteboard or projector and print for a bulletin board display. Use the site to brainstorm words to include with a concrete poem. Print the words and have students create their own unique poems.
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Famous Inboxes - Mark Brownlow

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6 to 12
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If famous people from long ago had inboxes, what would be in them? Famous Inboxes takes that concept and creates inboxes for characters in literature, entertainment, and history....more
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If famous people from long ago had inboxes, what would be in them? Famous Inboxes takes that concept and creates inboxes for characters in literature, entertainment, and history. Choose from artists, musicians, great leaders, authors, and many more categories. Each inbox contains a screenshot of the person's email (mythical) inbox including the subject of the email and the sender. This is an entertaining and provocative site sure to inspire lots of ideas for your own use! Be sure to preview before you share as some of the topics (or "texting" language) may not be appropriate for the classroom.

tag(s): creative writing (166), digital storytelling (144), gamification (65), social networking (112)

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Share Famous Inboxes with your students on your interactive whiteboard or projector using a character or author studied in class. Assign students to each of the inbox titles and have them write the actual email sent. Don't see anyone to use in class? Create your own or have students use the site as a model to create their own. Most likely, working in groups will get the creative juices flowing. This would be a great model to use for introducing a history or science unit or for looking at the relationships between characters in literature. Have students write the emails as an end of unit review. Subscribe to the RSS feed of this site to receive updated contents. Use the option to create an inbox as a differentiated challenge for your gifted students. For example: Summarize World War II by showing Winston Churchill's inbox, then write two of the key emails. As a "hook" for new books in the media center, have students create inboxes for one of the characters and post them with the book jackets. Instead of a "report" on a scientist, have students create their inbox documenting their research and accomplishments.

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Doorway Online Learning Activities - Philip Whittaker and Thomas Lee

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K to 3
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Doorway Online provides several early elementary level learning activities in the areas of literacy, math, typing, and memory games. Choose one of the categories to view game titles,...more
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Doorway Online provides several early elementary level learning activities in the areas of literacy, math, typing, and memory games. Choose one of the categories to view game titles, then click to play. Some games offer learning or testing modes as an option for play while others provide several options for differentiating activities. Created in Scotland, this site uses British spellings and currencies.

tag(s): addition (251), alphabet (92), counting (120), keyboarding (38), phonics (75), preK (281), sounds (68), spelling (168), subtraction (208), time (144)

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If you have computer stations, you may want to set up different areas of this program to allow students practice time after instruction. Use the program with the entire class by putting an area of the program up on your projector or interactive whiteboard and having small groups of students decide what the answer should be. Post the link to this program on your website for students to practice at home.
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Exam Time - ExamTime.com

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7 to 12
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ExamTime is powerful tool package to improve and enhance study skills. Features include mind maps, flash cards, quizzes, and goal-setting. Sign up using email or Facebook to begin exploring...more
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ExamTime is powerful tool package to improve and enhance study skills. Features include mind maps, flash cards, quizzes, and goal-setting. Sign up using email or Facebook to begin exploring the site. Choose the Explore button at the top of the page to create a study activity. Follow the easy directions to add text, drag and drop items, and build study items. When finished, share with friends within ExamTime. Another interesting feature is the Goal Builder - enter goals, future assignments, project deadlines, and more to build a timeline and check activities when complete. View information easily on computers and mobile devices for easy access anywhere and anytime.

tag(s): assessment (100), classroom management (135), flash cards (46), homework (44), mind map (25), quizzes (97), social networking (112), test prep (96)

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Share ExamTime with students to build and use study skills. Although an individual can use the site on their own, it is best to use it as a sharing site to share study information. Encourage students to sign up and build a network of friends for creating and sharing resources. You might consider requiring students to use the timeline feature to prioritize and stay organized, especially with long term tasks. Learning support teachers and teachers of gifted-but-disorganized students will want to share the tools and encourage their students to collaborate with their peers. Have students create review activities (they call it revision) and swap them with peers. Use this tool with colleagues to co-create materials to use with content units or materials to use for flipping the classroom. Use this tool for professional development. Groups of grade level teachers can use the timeline feature and set goals to make sure they are covering the Common Core Standards for the year, throughout the year.

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EduClipper - Adam Bellow

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4 to 12
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Pinterest and Learnist are for general public use, but eduClipper takes the best of both of those tools and puts them together for educators and their students. The real difference...more
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Pinterest and Learnist are for general public use, but eduClipper takes the best of both of those tools and puts them together for educators and their students. The real difference with eduClipper for educators is the ability to create classes. Make your clipboards public or private. Post videos, documents, links, or upload files. Get great ideas by browsing existing clipboards with no registration, or save those searches and create subject specific clipboards by registering for free.

tag(s): bookmarks (60), organizational skills (122), social networking (112)

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The real difference about eduClipper for educators is the ability to create classes. This makes it easy to create small groups for investigations and have the students post for each other their findings and suggestions. Brainstorming with the entire class with eduClipper allows everyone to contribute and view the brainstorm even when they are not in class. For more ideas about using eduClipper with and in your classroom, see the classroom suggestions for a similar program, Learnist, reviewed here.

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OK2Ask'®: Skype July 2013 - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2013, opens in Adobe Connect. Skype: Bring the world into your classroom! Discover TeachersFirst 3.0 to...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2013, opens in Adobe Connect. Skype: Bring the world into your classroom! Discover TeachersFirst 3.0 to explore and energize your classroom through the use of Skype. Participants will view and explore resources for understanding and learning about Skype as well as explore ideas for immediate and future classroom activities. A question/answer period will be available to help with individual questions. It's OK2Ask,"'?.

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Gather ideas by exploring 6-10 Skype resources located on TeachersFirst; Investigate and discuss lesson ideas offered in the reviews and by other teachers in this online session; List possible curriculum-related projects or activities that students could do in his/her classes using one of these resources; Explore and practice with the resource(s) of choice; and (follow-up) Plan and implement a student-centered, curriculum-related use of the resource(s) of choice as part of an upcoming teaching unit. Applicable NETS-T standards (2008)*: 1a,b,and d, 2a, b, and c, 3b and d,4c and d, 5a * The text of these standards is copyrighted. Please read the full text at ISTE's NETS-T page.

tag(s): skype (12)

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Find ideas about using Skype in your classroom. View this webinar alone or with other colleagues wanting to learn more about Skype. Many resources will be shared that use Skype in the classroom (and are ready to go). Take a look at the resource page full of interesting ways to use Skype in the classroom. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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3 Important Graphics to Help Parents Teach Their Kids - ForTheTeachersBlog.org

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K to 6
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This site offers three useful, downloadable posters to help parents help their student with Reading, Spelling, and Math. Each poster includes several easy to implement suggestions for...more
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This site offers three useful, downloadable posters to help parents help their student with Reading, Spelling, and Math. Each poster includes several easy to implement suggestions for help at home: letting your student see you read, having your student explain how to solve problems when doing homework, and more. Click on the links provided with each poster to go to the original graphic or to print a PDF version of the poster. Be sure to give proper credit.
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tag(s): back to school (58), literacy (103), parent conferences (22), spelling (168)

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Post during conferences. Post in the parent pick-up area of your school lobby. Provide a link from your class web page or print and send home. Share posters with your PTO/PTA for use in planning parent education activities. These posters are an excellent back to school resource. Be sure to share with parents, teachers, and volunteers for ideas when helping students.

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Cool Ways to Use Skype in the Classroom - Annie Condron

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K to 12
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Find many good ideas for including Skype in your classroom. See tips for making the most of your Skype experience and a video of an actual classroom Skype session with ...more
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Find many good ideas for including Skype in your classroom. See tips for making the most of your Skype experience and a video of an actual classroom Skype session with author Mike Artnell. Be sure to check out the embedded slide show that includes lots of tips for Skyping with students. The video clip is hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then it may not be viewable. You could always view the video at home and bring it to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): parent conferences (22), skype (12), virtual field trips (48)

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Bookmark and save this site to use as reference when setting up Skype calls. Share with other teachers during professional development sessions. After completing Skype sessions, have students create maps using Animaps (reviewed here). Students can add text, images, and location stops! Want to learn more about using Skype in the classroom? View TeachersFirst's OK2Ask: Skype archived webinar (here). This webinar is about 90 minutes long.
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Skype as a Learning Call - Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano

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2 to 12
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Skype as a Learning Call is a PDF loaded with information on using Skype calls in your classroom. Different pages include information such as what to do before, during, and ...more
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Skype as a Learning Call is a PDF loaded with information on using Skype calls in your classroom. Different pages include information such as what to do before, during, and after a call for both you and your students. Also included are student handouts to record information from calls. Be sure to check this out as an excellent resource for getting the most of your Skype learning experiences! Want to learn more about using Skype in the classroom? View TeachersFirst's OK2Ask Skype archived webinar (here). (This recording is about 90 minutes long.)

tag(s): skype (12), webcams (6)

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Print or save this PDF to use as a resource with any Skype call. Use ideas from this site for assigning student jobs during Skyping. Use the student handouts as a resource for students to complete for post-assessment. Share this site with your Skype partner before your session so that you know each other's goals and objectives for the session.
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Boundless - Ariel Diaz

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9 to 12
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Save money, learn faster with free digital textbooks from Boundless. Boundless creates interactive textbooks including flashcards, interactive searches, and highlighting options. It...more
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Save money, learn faster with free digital textbooks from Boundless. Boundless creates interactive textbooks including flashcards, interactive searches, and highlighting options. It includes 18 college level subjects from Accounting through Writing. Choose any subject to begin. Create a free account enabling access to a search engine and additional study tools.

tag(s): art history (70), business (58), ebooks (42), microorganisms (14), politics (99), sociology (22)

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Although geared toward college textbooks, Boundless is an excellent resource for many high school classrooms. Choose sections of books to use as lessons on your interactive whiteboard or assign for students to read on their own. Challenge students to create a presentation using Prezi (reviewed here) demonstrating concepts learned. Use flashcards and quizzes embedded in Boundless books to review concepts. Boundless is an excellent resource for gifted or AP students. Use as a source for enrichment of your current curriculum.

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Room Recess Educational Games for Kids - roomrecess.com

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K to 4
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Room Recess contains several educational games for elementary students created by a 3rd Grade teacher, and is still growing! Room Recess has more than doubled in size since this review...more
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Room Recess contains several educational games for elementary students created by a 3rd Grade teacher, and is still growing! Room Recess has more than doubled in size since this review first published, and now offers more than thirty free games. The games are arranged in four categories; math games, reading games, word games, and matching games. Choose from free word or math games with titles such as Pizzeria Parlor and Prefix Popper. Practice skills such as basic operations, sequencing, spelling, sight words, tic-tac-toe, and many more! The games are in four categories; math games, reading games, word games, and matching games. Each activity includes short directions before play begins.

tag(s): addition (251), antonyms (26), division (172), flash cards (46), fractions (239), game based learning (103), keyboarding (38), multiples (35), multiplication (227), operations (126), parts of speech (68), prefixes (16), preK (281), reading strategies (45), sequencing (31), spelling (168), subtraction (208), time (144)

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Choose these games for student play during computer lab or at classroom centers to practice math and language skills. Although simple, they provide fun review of skills. Demonstrate some of the activities on your interactive whiteboard. Although this site was created to help teachers find educational "fun" activities to do during indoor recess, the activities would also be great for learning centers or use in an interactive whiteboard center. The reading category for this site is the most valuable for learning new skills or reviewing skills.
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Flask - flask.io

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1 to 12
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Flask is a very simple list maker. Type in your first to-do item and press enter to create a new list. NO membership required! The unique url generates, and your ...more
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Flask is a very simple list maker. Type in your first to-do item and press enter to create a new list. NO membership required! The unique url generates, and your list is ready to use. Continue typing items as needed and change the name of your list if desired. Use the share button to view the url, embed link or to email the list.

tag(s): organizational skills (122)

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Help students organize the specific tasks necessary to finish a project. Use class discussion to create a list of all necessary items or steps. Organize tasks and set due dates to assist students in time management for completing projects. Create weekly lists of due dates and important information to embed on your class website. Use this tool to support students in learning organizational skills. Share this tool at the beginning of the school year for your students to use to organize assignments. Use this tool for your own organizational purposes. Create as many separate lists as needed.

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Current - Your Private, Daily Diary - current.im

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7 to 12
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Current is a completely private online diary using just 140 characters (a la Twitter). Login with a user name, password (email address needed), and begin typing. Current keeps a daily...more
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Current is a completely private online diary using just 140 characters (a la Twitter). Login with a user name, password (email address needed), and begin typing. Current keeps a daily record of writing along with a time stamp, making it a simple and private tool for short journal writing.

tag(s): creative writing (166), journals (21)

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Share this site with students to create their own private diary or journal. Because it is only 140 characters, Current may be a good option for students to use for prewriting and brainstorming before beginning writing projects. Create your own account and use Current as a tool for reflecting on lessons and classroom activities each day. If you have individual laptops for students, or are in a byod school, why not begin class with a Current entry each day. Have students keep a simple, year-long journal of the highlights of their learning. Use Current as lesson "closure" using today's 140 character format.

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Tools for Educators - Mark Cox

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K to 6
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Tools for Educators is a great site to build an engaging classroom. Worksheet templates, printables, and game makers enhance your classroom instruction. Customize printable word searches...more
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Tools for Educators is a great site to build an engaging classroom. Worksheet templates, printables, and game makers enhance your classroom instruction. Customize printable word searches with images in seconds. Crossword puzzles can be created as well and even on the same page as a word search. Design your own dice with images or text on the face of the dice. Roll the dice and create dice with text and images! Are your students bored with games? Need activities for centers or stations? The board game maker is a worksheet wizard that allows you to create board games on any theme with pictures. Tools for Educators currently has games for over 20 themes. Build your own BINGO boards, or be amazed by the maze maker. Make your own mazes for the students to explore with questions on content! Don't fall over, but create your own dominoes with text on the left and images on the right. You can't go wrong! Create spelling and reading worksheets as well as handwriting worksheets for students to trace. Tools for Educators is an award winning site itself. Choose from 70 different themes in over a 1,000 styles to create certificates. Picture this...vocabulary words with images. Tools for Educators allows you to create visual vocabulary handouts.
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tag(s): back to school (58), images (266), printables (38), puzzles (208), resources (112), worksheets (60)

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Easily integrate this site into your content to customize the tools available. Create word searches and crossword puzzles with your vocabulary words for any subject. Make your own board games to review or to spice up your stations or centers. Encourage students to join in the game-making to show what they know or to review and challenge their friends. Integrate your own content and questions to customize the games. The domino and dice tools allow you to customize them with your own words with images. Create engaging games to review sight words, vocabulary words, spelling words and more! The dice and dominoes provide great hands-on, minds-on activities to review world languages and other words in the classroom. Create your own BINGO games to review math concepts or any subject material. The maze maker is an amazing tool to engage students. Create squares with questions or content information. Students can answer math questions or other questions in content squares. The maze maker provides great activities for review or centers. Students tired of tracing disconnected material for handwriting practice? Use the tracing paper to enter your own content to make the activity meaningful. Students can also type their own work to print to practice typing and handwriting. All of the text is customizable in the certificate tool with tons of options. Create awards to recognize student accomplishments throughout the year.

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Presentain - Neek Kurat

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4 to 12
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Connect and engage your presentation audience with Presentain. Create a free account and link to your Google Drive account. Connect your social media accounts through your profile so...more
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Connect and engage your presentation audience with Presentain. Create a free account and link to your Google Drive account. Connect your social media accounts through your profile so presentation participants can view your connections. Access your Google Drive presentations in Presentain or upload a PDF version of a presentation created in PowerPoint or Keynote. Store your presentations in the Presentain cloud. Download the iOS or Android app on your phone or tablet to connect your mobile device. Use your mobile device as a clicker and connect your audience on their mobile devices. The audience can ask questions, take part in polls, send you follow-up requests, share your slides, and more. Record your voice while you present and publish the slidecast to your online audience. Presenting on a laptop that's not yours? Enter a presentation code that doesn't require a login. This is a great tool to involve your audience. Presentain users must be at least 18 years old.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (199), slides (63)

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Use your existing presentations and upload them as a PDF to Presentain. Use the many tools available at the site to engage your students. Use the question feature as a backchannel to address questions and concerns. Collect data using polls to differentiate your instruction. A BYOD school? Connect your students on their mobile devices. Share your slidecasts for student access both in and outside of class for further practice. An excellent site to share your presentations on professional development with your teaching colleagues. A great tool to flip your classroom instruction. Record students' presentations (using your account) to share on a website or blog so families unable to attend can view. Create visual presentations for key concepts or vocabulary. Record descriptions and share the slidecast for student access both in and outside of class for further practice.

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My Classroom Ideas - myclassroomideas.com

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K to 5
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Visit this Pinterest-style site for sharing photos of unique classroom ideas such as bulletin boards, reading corners, and seasonal ideas. Search for specific content using the search...more
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Visit this Pinterest-style site for sharing photos of unique classroom ideas such as bulletin boards, reading corners, and seasonal ideas. Search for specific content using the search bar or scroll through images posted on the site. Choose the Classroom Decorating link located in the top left corner to view specific topics such as door decorations or back to school ideas. Create your own account to save and share images via Twitter, Pinterest, or Facebook. Share your own class images on this site or just find ideas.
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tag(s): back to school (58), bulletin boards (16), classroom management (135), guided reading (47), preK (281), seasons (37)

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Bookmark this site to find classroom display and decorating ideas for use throughout the school year. Create an account to save and pin items of interest to find them later. This would be a great addition to your back to school file! If you enjoy Pinterest, this is very similar and sure to entertain and inform.

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How Do You Play - howdoyouplay.net

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K to 12
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Don't remember how to play certain games or need to find some new ideas? This is the site for you! How Do You Play contains instructions for many classroom-friendly games ...more
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Don't remember how to play certain games or need to find some new ideas? This is the site for you! How Do You Play contains instructions for many classroom-friendly games and activities. Choose from categories of active games, board games, classroom games, icebreakers, sports, and many more. Find instructions and information for great icebreaker questions/games, how to build the tallest tower, playing spoons, how to play a photo scavenger hunt, egg drop with teambuilding, life timelines, and much more. Each game or activity includes a list of materials needed, number of players, time required, and directions for play. Some directions for strategy games also include strategy options. Although many of the games seem juvenile, the team building and icebreaker options are even good for adults.

tag(s): back to school (58), sports (97)

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Use this site to find games and activities for classroom centers or review activities. Icebreaker activities include options for the first week of school community building. Bookmark this tool for the first week of school or anytime that you want to experience some "team-building" in your class. This is a great site to use if you have weekly classroom meetings to build relationships among students. Share this site with students and have them create their own games based on research projects or as review for major tests. Challenge students to describe their "creations" using the models shown on this site. Share this site with parent helpers to find ideas for classroom parties.

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Printable Paper - printablepaper.net

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K to 12
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Download and print many types of papers easily from Printable Paper. Lose the excuse, "I don't have any graph (or other) paper!" Choose from popular types such as lined paper ...more
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Download and print many types of papers easily from Printable Paper. Lose the excuse, "I don't have any graph (or other) paper!" Choose from popular types such as lined paper (college or wide rule), several forms of graph paper, letter templates, and much more. Use the categories listing to find specific options to narrow your search such as different forms of penmanship paper, score sheets, or music papers. There are even several different comic page templates and storyboard papers for storytelling or story mapping. Click on any paper image to download in PDF format. A special heading for teacher resources includes lesson plan paper and more. The specialty papers include doorhanger patterns to decorate and cut out. Don't miss the printable games.
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tag(s): charts and graphs (195), comics and cartoons (74), handwriting (18), letter writing (21), musical notation (35), preK (281)

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This site is a must bookmark for classroom use. Use anytime you need graph paper, writing paper, music sheets, etc. Share a link on your classroom website for student use at home. Share this site with parents at Back to School Night. Share this site with older students the first week of school. Now there is no excuse for not doing homework because of not having the correct type of paper! Some of the papers have alternate uses, such as using quilting graph paper to create and study geometric shapes.
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Inspirational Quotes for Teachers - Windows to the Universe

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2 to 12
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Inspire yourself and your students with Windows to the Universe Motivational Quotes. Although a rather simple site in appearance, there is a lot of "good stuff" here. Add creativity,...more
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Inspire yourself and your students with Windows to the Universe Motivational Quotes. Although a rather simple site in appearance, there is a lot of "good stuff" here. Add creativity, encouragement, and an atmosphere of excellence to your classroom and your life.
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tag(s): quotations (23)

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Post in the signature on your email, on your website, or even on your whiteboard! Encourage leadership, hope, and inspiration! Use quotes as a theme for writing prompts or even to relate to the theme of a story. Use the quotes as examples of figurative language. Add quotes to end of year picture CDs/DVDs. Use the quotes to inspire personal or classroom mission statements. Have students include a quote when turning in work, and explain how it inspired or helped them. Add music or art to explain a quote. During the first week of the school year, share this site with students. Challenge students to choose a "quote of the year" for themselves personally. Have students put the quote in their notebook, folder, or as a screen saver. Also, choose a few quotes to hang around your classroom. If you need more quotes, check out TeachersFirst's Bulletin Board Hangups.

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