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VideoANT - Regents of the University of Minnesota

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VideoANT is an annotation tool for use with YouTube, Flash videos, mp4 and .mov formats. Create and share your annotated videos without ever leaving VideoANT. Launch VideoANT and sign...more
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VideoANT is an annotation tool for use with YouTube, Flash videos, mp4 and .mov formats. Create and share your annotated videos without ever leaving VideoANT. Launch VideoANT and sign in using Google+, Facebook, or Twitter. You may also sign in as a guest (email required). As a guest you will not have as many options for sharing your completed videos. Upload a video file or enter the url for a YouTube video. Browse your YouTube account uploads and choose a video to annotate. Begin and stop your video at any time to add a subject line and content. When finished, choose from sharing options using the link, embed code (not available for guest users), or export as various video file types. Privacy options include making ANTS (your annotated videos) public or private for only those with the link. Share using the annotate link to allow others to contribute to your video, or use the view link for viewing only. If your school blocks YouTube, these videos may not be viewable. Create and download your videos at home to bring them in to school "on a stick."

tag(s): media literacy (58), video (273)

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If you are lucky enough to have a (BYOD) Bring Your Own Device classroom, allow students to add comments as you watch videos on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Share the "Ant" link and have students add comments and questions to any YouTube video. This works for any subject. Identify examples of foreshadowing in dramatic videos. Add questions to math explanations. Identify landforms with videos from different locations. If you joined the site, use the embed code to add annotated videos to your class website or blog. Ask students to contribute comments directly onto the video. Share this site as a way to review before tests. Have media literacy students use the annotation feature to critique videos for bias, poor writing, weak information, etc.

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Inch by Inch, Row by Row: Read-Alouds for Gardens - TeachersFirst

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K to 6
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This TeachersFirst page is a list of read-alouds (by grade level) offering a sampling of books and websites to get you started with school or home gardens, gardening, and farm-based...more
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This TeachersFirst page is a list of read-alouds (by grade level) offering a sampling of books and websites to get you started with school or home gardens, gardening, and farm-based education. Gardens provide a myriad of opportunities to integrate curriculum and solve real-world problems. This read-aloud list includes a wealth of excellent books--both fictional and informational-- for teaching topics such as the life cycle of plants, the scientific method, what plants need to thrive, ecosystems, food chains, soil science, and more as you plan and work on your garden (or simply imagine a virtual garden). There are numerous helpful resources and lesson plans included, along with some grant ideas to purchase materials for a garden. Connect with both Common Core and Next Gen science standards using gardens as an entry point. If food and nutrition are more of a focus, you will want to check out another article from the Help! I lost my library/media specialist! series.

tag(s): book lists (132), life cycles (24), plants (152), soil (19)

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This read-aloud is a good starting point for a unit on plants, ecosystems, or soil. What a perfect way to integrate spring garden planting, literacy, and a GROWING understanding of science. Mark it in your favorites for early spring and be sure to request some of the books on interlibrary loan if you do not have them in your school. Explore the lesson plan options or incorporate this with your existing lessons on plants. You might even consider working across grade levels and subjects and planning a school garden together. Your health/PE teacher will probably join in the effort!

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Grow For It - North Carolina 4H

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2 to 12
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Grow For It offers lessons and resources for exploring agriculture, natural resources, and insects! Download several different lessons correlated to Common Core and/or North...more
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Grow For It offers lessons and resources for exploring agriculture, natural resources, and insects! Download several different lessons correlated to Common Core and/or North Carolina Standards. Find teaching materials about gardening, insects, and soil erosion. Some lessons offer additional materials not included as part of teacher training, provided by 4H services. However, free materials include detailed lessons and activities worth exploring. Be sure to explore other links for grant opportunities, weekend projects, and a "Plant Geek Pledge."

tag(s): agriculture (56), ecosystems (89), erosion (16), insects (70), natural resources (60), plants (152), soil (19)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans included on the Grow For It site as part of a plant or nutrition unit. Share ideas from the site with parents interested in helping set up a school or classroom garden. Once you have started your garden, have students upload a photo they have taken and add voice bubbles to explain what they learned using a tool such as Superlame, reviewed here. Ask a local 4H leader or Coop Extension Agent to come to your classroom to discuss local plants and gardening ideas.

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WordDraw - Free Word Newsletter Templates - worddraw.com

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K to 12
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WordDraw offers a variety of newsletter and flyer templates designed for classroom use in Microsoft Word format. Scroll through the home page to find templates for each grade level,...more
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WordDraw offers a variety of newsletter and flyer templates designed for classroom use in Microsoft Word format. Scroll through the home page to find templates for each grade level, holidays, back to school, and more. To view all school templates choose the "School Templates" link at the very bottom of each page. Other options include Business and Family templates. Click any link to view a short description and larger image of the template. Choose "Template Download" to save directly to your computer. Modify any design after downloading by clicking in text boxes to add text or change text box properties. Modify the color, size, and font. Use templates on all versions of Microsoft Word 2000 and after. Don't have Word? Many of the templates can be saved to your computer (without opening) then uploaded to Google Docs/Drive (reviewed here) with the option set to CONVERT them to Google's format and used there. Note that most of the text is designed to go inside text boxes, so you have to double click the text box to edit the words.
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tag(s): back to school (58), newspapers (95)

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Download and save templates for use throughout the year. Use templates to create newsletters for your class. Customize any of the offerings to fit your personal needs and teaching situation. Share flyer templates with students (once they have basic computer and keyboarding skills) so they can use them in designing posters, flyers, and resumes. Be sure to demonstrate how to edit on a projector or interactive whiteboard if students are unfamiliar with text boxes.

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National Geographic Young Explorer! - National Geographic

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K to 2
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Visit the online version of National Geographic Young Explorer! to find audio-enhanced editions of their magazine featuring text, audio readings, and illustrations. Simply click...more
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Visit the online version of National Geographic Young Explorer! to find audio-enhanced editions of their magazine featuring text, audio readings, and illustrations. Simply click to hear the words read to you. The oral reading is clear and somewhat slower than natural speech. It highlights each word as it is read. Browse through More Issues to view available stories dating back to 2007. There are teachers' guides available to help with the use of the articles. These interactive versions do not require Flash so can be used on iPads!

tag(s): audio books (31), guided reading (47), vocabulary development (125)

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Looking for some new ways to bring literacy into your science lessons? Are you implementing Common Core? Find accessible, informational texts (non-fiction) at this site. The teachers' guides have tons of information, worksheets for the students, and answer keys. The Teacher tab also includes downloadable Spanish versions of some issues as well as a Flash-based "projector" version of the issue to maximize screen size. Have your students compare information from the article to information from other sources, such as magazines, newspapers, or web pages or their own background knowledge. Have them ask or write a series of questions about the parts of the article where they would like to know more. Use this site in your BYOD classroom (with headsets or earbuds). View a story on the interactive whiteboard or projector. Set up a science/reading learning station using this website. Your ELL and learning support students will benefit from seeing and hearing the text at the same time. Set up a read-and-listen station in your library/media center too!

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DropTask - Think Productivity

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DropTask is a visual task management organizer for individuals and groups. Create tasks by dragging and dropping items, and assign priorities for completion. View tasks in List View...more
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DropTask is a visual task management organizer for individuals and groups. Create tasks by dragging and dropping items, and assign priorities for completion. View tasks in List View or a Venn Diagram style presentation. Share projects through email with friends, add files, and view changes in real-time. Short tutorials demonstrate how to start and create projects, add people to groups, and choose priorities for tasks. Sort tasks by priorities or due dates. Change settings to receive email notifications of upcoming tasks or completion dates. The FREE version includes collaboration for two members and up to five projects.
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tag(s): calendars (46), DAT device agnostic tool (167), graphic organizers (43), organizational skills (129)

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Use DropTask to schedule staff meetings, PTA events, Science or Math fairs, club or student council events, parent volunteer meetings, and more. Student groups of busy high schoolers may want to use it to schedule work sessions. This is a great tool for teams of teachers to stay on the same page! Secondary learning support and gifted teachers can share this tool with their less organized students. This program will help them develop coping/organizational skills, and they can set intermediate deadlines with reminders for long term projects.

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Next Exit History - Historical Research Associates, Inc.

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3 to 12
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Travel the United States and the world on your computer, tablet, or smartphone using Next Exit History, powered by Google Maps. Apps are available for iOS and Android. High quality...more
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Travel the United States and the world on your computer, tablet, or smartphone using Next Exit History, powered by Google Maps. Apps are available for iOS and Android. High quality historical information educates you as you visit and click the historical landscape of over 55,000 sites around the world. Join and save your information to "backpacks." Use the embedded links for easy reference. Discover culture, history, and tourism information all at your fingertips.

tag(s): cultures (107), DAT device agnostic tool (167), maps (291), primary sources (88), virtual field trips (50)

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Use Next Exit History for either primary or secondary information on any location for social studies, history, or even literature study. Use this tool as an example for a multimedia presentation or map drawing of state history or study about any geographic location. After reading The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs by Betty Birney, discover the wonders of your school, community, or state. Plan culminating projects where students create their own Google Earth Map (reviewed here). Create placemarker guides to your community using Next Exit History as an example. Be sure to share this link on your class website for instant reference.
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Kids Gardening - National Gardening Association

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3 to 8
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Get involved with gardening throughout the community using ideas from Kids Gardening! Explore news articles discussing different types of gardening, gardens in schools, and new ideas...more
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Get involved with gardening throughout the community using ideas from Kids Gardening! Explore news articles discussing different types of gardening, gardens in schools, and new ideas for successful gardening. Choose from the Family Gardening or School Gardening sections for how-to guides, lessons, projects. Learn how to make the most of "gardening moments." Be sure to take some time to explore this site for many useful ideas for indoor and outdoor gardening projects.
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tag(s): grants (19), nutrition (155), plants (152)

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If you aren't lucky enough to have outdoor gardening space, take advantage of ideas offered for indoor gardens such as terrariums and container gardening. Be sure to check out the extensive lesson library to search by theme, standards, season, and more. Use the Growing Poems ideas from the site as part of your poetry or plant unit. After starting your garden project, have students create an annotated image of their plants including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Photocat, reviewed here. Be sure to check out the Grants & Fundraising link for information on raising money for your classroom or school garden!

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Anyvite - Dan and Jeff Morin

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K to 12
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Create and send amazing online invitations quickly using Anyvite. Choose a design from the large list provided and personalize colors if desired. Continue following prompts to add event...more
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Create and send amazing online invitations quickly using Anyvite. Choose a design from the large list provided and personalize colors if desired. Continue following prompts to add event details including time, place, and a description. If your event requires ticket sales, add that option including the option to purchase tickets directly through a PayPal link. Another interesting option allows guests to bring an item to your event and offers the option for organizers to list items and number needed. Choose from allowing only invited guests to view the invitation or make it open to the public. List this event in your ICal of Google Calendar. When complete, share your Anyvite with invited guests using the unique URL or through social networking links to Facebook, Twitter, and more.
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tag(s): back to school (58), calendars (46), preK (290)

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Use Anyvite as a fun, convenient way to remind parents of field trips, classroom events, Open Houses, and more. Create an invitation WITH your students' help for elementary class plays, etc. Share with your school's Parent Teacher Organization for use with school events, including those that require a ticket purchase. Send out a fun Anyvite to students as a reminder for upcoming project due dates or tests. Use Anyvite to welcome parents (and students) at the beginning of the school year and include the "potluck" option for items to donate to your classroom!

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Great timesaver to remind parents about conferences. Melissa, , Grades: 0 - 5

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Sketch Toy - Hakim El Hattab

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K to 12
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Sketch Toy is an intriguing, online drawing tool. No membership is required. Click in the blank graph paper to begin drawing. Click buttons/menus to adjust the line size and color,...more
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Sketch Toy is an intriguing, online drawing tool. No membership is required. Click in the blank graph paper to begin drawing. Click buttons/menus to adjust the line size and color, undo, or erase. Note that you must click Erase a second time to turn it off! Set your line to vibrate using different options. One of the best features of this site is the ability to take an image from your desktop and drag it onto the drawing screen. Once your image is on screen, use the image to trace and create a stencil. Then choose "SAVE" to view your artwork in a step-by-step replay. Copy the image URL and/or share using social networks. Going to the URL will "play back" the drawing process. Click Refresh to watch it over again. You can also download your image. This tool works nicely on tablet browsers. Important: Be SURE to save your image URLs in Favorites or paste them somewhere so you can find them again later. With no registration, you have no way of "saving" your works of art within the tool!
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tag(s): creative writing (169), creativity (119), drawing (80), geometric shapes (165), images (277), perspective (11), writing prompts (94)

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Use Sketch Toy to demonstrate and create symmetrical drawings. This tool is great for creating and visualizing math concepts from basic geometric shapes and area to complex constructions and trig. Use on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Use for hands-on work with any geometry or trigonometry functions. Since this tool works on such a variety of devices, it would be ideal to use in a BYOD (or 1:1) geometry class. Art teachers who want to "draw in" their more mathematical students can offer this as a design option, especially when teaching about perspective. Drag in images of alphabet letters for younger students to practice tracing. In art class, pull in images of artworks (even students' own work) and have them highlight design principles such as the path of your eye in viewing this image. Annotate any image using freehand drawing and writing. Use this tool as a visual writing prompt. Create drawing stories where a small group adds to the drawing as they pass it around on a tablet, narrating the story among themselves. Save it and play it back for them to write down their own versions of the story. Drawing stories would be a great way to practice world language skills or for ELL students to master vocabulary!

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Highflyers Publishing - Happy Easter - Highflyer Publishing

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K to 2
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Test your memory as you recreate the "strange Easter creature" who has many bunny qualities. This simple memory test offers a challenge with five different levels. Each level requires...more
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Test your memory as you recreate the "strange Easter creature" who has many bunny qualities. This simple memory test offers a challenge with five different levels. Each level requires more memory and observation skills and an increase in speed.

tag(s): easter (20), matching (24), preK (290), visual thinking (10)

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Help your young students develop their visual spatial and observation skills through this interactive. You can even tie it into scientific observation by asking students to notice what is on screen and say what they see. Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Put this link on individual computers or even share the link for families (in the spring). This would make a great SPRING rainy day activity!
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Pdf4Kindle - Heroku

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4 to 12
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Easily convert PDF documents to Kindle formats (mobi or azw). Upload a PDF from your computer or add the url of a PDF document. After the file is processed, download ...more
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Easily convert PDF documents to Kindle formats (mobi or azw). Upload a PDF from your computer or add the url of a PDF document. After the file is processed, download and save to your computer for transfer to your Kindle. This converter supports Mac, Windows, and Linux. NO registration is required!
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tag(s): ebooks (43)

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Use Pdf4Kindle in your Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) classroom for students to access and view documents on Kindles. Use for test review, sharing research information, and much more. Many e-books are available in PDF format. Use this site to convert files for reading on Kindles. Library/media specialists and teachers who have Kindles to loan will love the ability to load files, including the rules for borrowing a Kindle!
 
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Quotes Cover - QuotesCover.com

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1 to 12
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Design and create beautiful images from quotes using Quotes Cover. Copy and paste any quote into the toolbar. Follow the steps along the way. Choose from e-cards, wallpaper maker, prints...more
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Design and create beautiful images from quotes using Quotes Cover. Copy and paste any quote into the toolbar. Follow the steps along the way. Choose from e-cards, wallpaper maker, prints for posters, and other options. The print section offers many size options from business cards to large posters. Edit and personalize using tools provided such as fonts, colors, custom background pictures, and drawing tools. You can download the finished image as a png file or share it on various social networks.
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tag(s): images (277), posters (38), quotations (23)

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Create posters with students' favorite quotes, book titles for a bulletin board, All About Me information, or whatever your imagination produces! Have students include a poster as part of a research project or choose a favorite quote from class reading materials to "cover" a book talk. Create a poster with a quote from any figure in history and personalize it using Creative Commons images. In primary grades enter sight words and other basic vocabulary to create word posters. To find Creative Commons images for student projects (with credit, of course), try Wikimedia Commons, reviewed here. Have students create a poster for Back to School night to share with parents. Use this tool for students to make posters of the class rules they agree upon during the first week of school. Create quote images to use as Facebook "cover" photos for a famous person or fictitious character. Locate inspiring quotes from Quotesome, reviewed here, to use with this tool. World language teachers and students can create clever vocabulary or sentence posters to help master the new language.

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Qwant Search Engine (Beta) - Qwant.com

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4 to 12
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Qwant is a search engine that allows you to search several forms of media at once, share easily, or create bookmarks and lists. Type in any search term to display ...more
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Qwant is a search engine that allows you to search several forms of media at once, share easily, or create bookmarks and lists. Type in any search term to display results in columns sorted by web, news, graphs, social, and shopping. Or click to view in classic view. Click the Boards tab to browse collections by others (similar to Pinterest). Account creation isn't necessary, but it allows the option to save, tag, and organize sites into public or private lists.

tag(s): bookmarks (62), search engines (64)

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Create a classroom account to create and share resources for any subject. Allow students to add information found on their own. You may want to have students cooperatively "tech out" Quant on your projector or interactive whiteboard so they know how to use all its features. Bookmark Qwant on classroom computers as an alternative search engine to the one you already use. For an alternative research project, have cooperative learning groups research a certain topic and share their resources using this tool.

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PicMark - PicMark

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K to 12
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PicMark is a simple tool for adding a frame to any image then sharing via social networking tools. Create an account using your email and a password to begin. Upload ...more
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PicMark is a simple tool for adding a frame to any image then sharing via social networking tools. Create an account using your email and a password to begin. Upload an image from your computer. Choose a frame and add text if desired. Create your own frame using the "ADD NEW" link for further personalization. Save when complete. Share using provided links on Google+, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, or email.

tag(s): images (277), photography (162), vocabulary development (125)

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Use PicMark to personalize and share pictures from classroom and school events. Have students use PicMark to add text on images for (very) short story summaries or descriptions of plants or animals. Take a picture of math problems and include a short explanation (or hint) on the frame. Use PicMark to create pictures for your "About Me" bulletin boards at the beginning of the school year. Take pictures on your field trip and create PicMarks. If you have a student taking an educational trip, have him or her take photos and label using PicMarks. With non-reading students, take pictures of everyday items and put the word(s) on the picture to help with word recognition and beginning reading skills. Don't forget to use color coding to help. For example, frame all verb pictures in red and all noun pictures in blue. Use this in any world language class to label pictures to learn vocabulary. Add short questions to any image and share on a class web page.

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CPALMS - 2013 CPalms

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K to 12
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CPALMS is an online source of information, resources, interactive tools, and lesson plans to help educators K-12. Although created for use in Florida, you can find resources for Common...more
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CPALMS is an online source of information, resources, interactive tools, and lesson plans to help educators K-12. Although created for use in Florida, you can find resources for Common Core by subject, grade, or area. With free membership you can save favorites. Find free online courses by grade level or general education. Find exceptional professional development for instructors of elementary, middle, high, or adult ed. Explore Model Eliciting Activities or problem based learning lessons enriched with engineering based concepts by grade level and subject. Lesson Study Resource Kits cover grades K-12 in math, science, and English Language Arts. Discover information for unpacking and understanding Common Core Standards and information about how to use complexity ratings in Common Core.

tag(s): commoncore (97), professional development (132)

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Use CPALMS as a way to continue your implementation of Common Core standards. Use resources from lesson plans for problem based learning to enrich your curriculum. Try an online professional development course to be sure you are up to date on the latest.
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ReaderKidZ - ReaderKidZ

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K to 6
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Introduce budding readers and writers to the authors and books found at ReaderKidZ. Several children's book authors maintain this place for teachers, parents, and librarians. Find interesting...more
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Introduce budding readers and writers to the authors and books found at ReaderKidZ. Several children's book authors maintain this place for teachers, parents, and librarians. Find interesting and exciting books and activities for children PreK through grade five. There are even picture books for non-readers. Check out the Author-In-Residence section with its downloadable activities, books from around the world in Beyond Boundaries, and recommendations in the Book Room.

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Get your students interested in reading by picking a book for the class to read together as a read aloud or story time activity. These resources are also great for ESL/ELL students just learning the English language. Many of these are available as e-books and even available on mobile devices. Be sure to post the link to ReaderKidZ on your website and encourage parents to read a book with their child. Have your students complete an author study. Each author interviewed has a mini biography (downloadable) and a link to their website. Check out the Tool Box to find recommended reading for comprehension strategies. Some of the books under Authors-In- Residence have downloadable activities such as readers theater and discussion questions. Look at the individual write ups (reviews) for these activities.

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UJAM - Make Your Music - UJAM Incorporated

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Create free songs without musical talent! Simply record your voice (even talking and not singing!). This free site synchronizes your voice and its speed to a variety of different background...more
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Create free songs without musical talent! Simply record your voice (even talking and not singing!). This free site synchronizes your voice and its speed to a variety of different background music options. Change the style, tone, and pace of your voice. Save your song in MP3 format. At the time of this review, this site was still in Beta. Some of the videos are hosted on YouTube. 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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Use this tool to create a song to explain a homework assignment or class concept. Afraid that your students will find it "strange" or "dorky"? What better way to get their attention and make something stick! Students will love to play around with this site and use it for creating projects. The creative potential is unlimited. Imagine if students were assigned the task to create a song to review a set of terms or a new concept, and they actually listened to the resulting files! Remember, the best way to learn content... is to teach about it! Have students write poems and recite them with musical accompaniment. For Dr. Suess birthday, try to make Suess-like poems about science, social studies, or math terms and setting them to music.

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Mastery Connect - Doug Weber and Mick Hewitt

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Easily get a snapshot of students' mastery of core concepts in the classroom. Create formative assessment questions tied to a specific objective in the state curriculum. This tool ensures...more
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Easily get a snapshot of students' mastery of core concepts in the classroom. Create formative assessment questions tied to a specific objective in the state curriculum. This tool ensures that every question on formative quizzes is important, shows mastery of concepts, and is linked to the curriculum. The grade book, or "tracker," uses red, yellow, and green color coding to show mastery. The free account allows ten question quizzes. You can easily share assessments (even those aligned with the Common Core) with others. Resources such as Khan Academy videos are also linked to the Common Core. Registration is required, and the free version has limitations. Read the Plans and Pricing information.
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Use these short quizzes to track mastery of concepts by all students in your class. Use this site to pretest your gifted students. If the gifted students already know the material, allow them to advance to another topic. The quick feedback allows greater opportunity to focus on students who need additional help. Share the assessment with others on your team or even with parents. Use this tool to pinpoint student understanding and difficulties.

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Read, Tell, and Sell: CCSS through student book promotions - TeachersFirst

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Promote books beyond traditional book reports and at the same time work toward Common Core Standards in Speaking and Listening. This article includes suggestions, step by step strategies,...more
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Promote books beyond traditional book reports and at the same time work toward Common Core Standards in Speaking and Listening. This article includes suggestions, step by step strategies, resources, and tips--from tech-savvy to low-tech or no tech--so your students can promote books and build CCSS skills as they contribute to their community of readers and writers. Want to know more about implementing Common Core? See the full series of articles, read-alouds, and more here.

tag(s): book reports (37), commoncore (97), listening (91), process writing (45), speaking (24)

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Save this article in your Favorites to have it ready. Use the comprehensive tips and resources to have students create book promotions as your next (traditional or digital) writing activity as part of your usual reading activities. Let this reading and writing activity do double duty to meet speaking and listening standards, too!
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