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Fotojet - PearlMountain Technology Co., Ltd

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K to 12
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Create beautiful photo collages, cards, and posters easily with Fotojet. Choose from over 320 templates and upload pictures directly from your computer or Facebook. Edit photos for...more
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Create beautiful photo collages, cards, and posters easily with Fotojet. Choose from over 320 templates and upload pictures directly from your computer or Facebook. Edit photos for size, exposure, rotate, flip or mirror, add text (and edit), and more. When finished, share using links or download as a JPEG or PNG file.

tag(s): collages (19), graphic design (30), images (237), posters (30)

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Create cards, posters, or photo collages for any classroom presentation. Share what you created on your website or blog for students to review or for students who were absent. In the younger grades, teachers would be the ones creating the project. Have students create presentations to "introduce" themselves to the class during the first week of school. Link or embed the introduction presentations on your class wiki and have others guess who they are about. Use this tool with your 1:1 art class for students to practice design principles and techniques. Share student projects with parents and others via URL. Be sure to demonstrate HOW to use this tool on your interactive whiteboard or projector.

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NFL Rush - National Football League

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3 to 7
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The National Football League's official site for kids includes interactives, tips, videos, and links to favorite teams. Read up on the latest NFL news, participate in polls, or play...more
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The National Football League's official site for kids includes interactives, tips, videos, and links to favorite teams. Read up on the latest NFL news, participate in polls, or play the game of the week. Read stories from the Kid Reporter team with information about local teams and events. Click links to any NFL team to view season schedules and read the latest team updates.

tag(s): polls and surveys (40), sports (85), statistics (117)

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Share the latest polls with students and compare results to those found in your class. Create a quick poll (with no membership required) using SurveyRock, reviewed here. Create a link on classroom computers and allow students to read headlines and the latest news, and then prepare a summary to present to the class. Follow the students' favorite teams through the site to use as story starters and journal topics. Practice math by following statistics of National Football League teams. Have students take one of the polls, and then justify their responses through writing a short editorial article.
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Closr (Beta) - Closr.it

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K to 12
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Engage your audience with zoomable images using Closr. Create an account and upload an image to begin. Add "Spots" and descriptions of any location on the image. Use the zoom ...more
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Engage your audience with zoomable images using Closr. Create an account and upload an image to begin. Add "Spots" and descriptions of any location on the image. Use the zoom feature to zoom in on any area on the image. Highlight and describe information. When finished, share using the embed code, URL, or social media links. Free plans include creating up to 5 canvases. Currently this site is also available as an iOS App.
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tag(s): images (237)

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Share Closr with your school's art teacher as an excellent way to highlight and feature details on artwork. History and science teachers can use Closr to zoom in on parts of the microscope, cells, historic buildings, battles, and more. Have students upload an image to demonstrate different parts of plants, landforms, or shapes found in images.

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Watchkin - Alan Cheney

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K to 12
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Watchkin provides tools for a safer and cleaner view of YouTube videos. Use Watchkin to remove text, comments, thumbnail images, and most ads from any video on YouTube. Copy and ...more
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Watchkin provides tools for a safer and cleaner view of YouTube videos. Use Watchkin to remove text, comments, thumbnail images, and most ads from any video on YouTube. Copy and paste the video URL into the Watchkin search box for automatic redirection to the clean version of the video. Install the bookmarklet on your search engine toolbar for easy video clean up while on the YouTube site. If your district blocks YouTube, then the videos 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.

tag(s): internet safety (118), video (211)

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How often do you find great clips and video shorts from YouTube and you cannot show them or are afraid to show them even if you can get them through the school filter? Try using this to show clips or long videos to your class via an interactive whiteboard or projector.

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New York Film Academy - How to do Stop Animation - New York Film Academy

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Jump into stop animation using video devices instead of drawing. Find all you need to know when creating a stop motion animation (SMA) at the New York Film Academy. Discover ...more
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Jump into stop animation using video devices instead of drawing. Find all you need to know when creating a stop motion animation (SMA) at the New York Film Academy. Discover simple, detailed instructions and the type of equipment required. The site also lists accompanying links to make SMA projects a breeze! There is a warning at this site for SMA - it is very time consuming and requires a great deal of patience!

tag(s): assessment (81), digital storytelling (109), reading comprehension (102)

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Use stop motion animation as a new form of multimedia project for students to demonstrate their knowledge of the content, literature, and creativity. Use puppets, pictures, still photographs of people, Legos, or any other object to tell the story. Using any video recording device, incorporate with captions or sound to tell the story. In language arts, use SMA with retelling, alternate endings, students' writing, or commercials. In content area subjects use to demonstrate understanding of the topic with a digital story. Use as an alternate form of formative or summative assessment. Use as a journal for reflections. Offer as a choice for demonstrating knowledge. Put a link for these directions on your class webpage for students and parents to use at home.
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Measure Yourself! - Lawrence Hall of Science

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1 to 4
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How do you compare in size to an armadillo, gorilla, or giraffe? Measure your ear, height, and one of your feet in centimeters and find out. After clicking submit, view ...more
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How do you compare in size to an armadillo, gorilla, or giraffe? Measure your ear, height, and one of your feet in centimeters and find out. After clicking submit, view a list of animals with dimensions similar to yours.

tag(s): measurement (159)

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Although very simple, this hands-on activity provides excellent practice with measurement, specifically using centimeters. Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups to measure and compare results. Have students create online posters individually or together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard, reviewed here, or PicLits, reviewed here, showing comparisons of students to various animal parts.

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Google Takeout Tool - Google

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K to 12
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The Google Takeout Tool is a backup service to your Google account. It allows you to back up and create an offline archive of your information stored on Google. Select ...more
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The Google Takeout Tool is a backup service to your Google account. It allows you to back up and create an offline archive of your information stored on Google. Select what you want to archive then choose next. Choose the format to receive your archived data and delivery method. Receive data through email or directly into your Google Drive account.

tag(s): organizational skills (103)

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The Google Takeout Tool is perfect for use when changing email accounts or using multiple accounts. Archive all desired files then upload to your new account when ready.

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Math Thinking - David Wees

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Explore examples of thinking in math through original solutions found by students! Find ways to include an inquiry-based approach in mathematics education. Each post explores a particular...more
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Explore examples of thinking in math through original solutions found by students! Find ways to include an inquiry-based approach in mathematics education. Each post explores a particular math situation and conversations with students to find solutions. Browse through the blog by scrolling through recent posts or find specific topics by keyword search, tags, and categories.

tag(s): blogs (77), number sense (94), questioning (34)

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Subscribe to the Math Thinking blog as part of your ongoing professional development in teaching thinking skills in mathematics. Discuss specific posts with colleagues as you work on questioning techniques in the classroom. Share with administrators and other professionals to help them understand the importance of discussing math thinking strategies in the classroom.

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SurveyPlanet - SurveyPlanet, LLC

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K to 12
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SurveyPlanet makes creating surveys, polls, and quizzes quick and easy. Create an account with your email and see how many free features they have for you! The basics include unlimited...more
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SurveyPlanet makes creating surveys, polls, and quizzes quick and easy. Create an account with your email and see how many free features they have for you! The basics include unlimited questions and responses, color themes, various types of questions, a bank of questions for many different industries, and then there are special free features. Some of these are storage of your survey and results for a year, four types of results charts, duplication of surveys, survey embedding and much more. SurveyPlanet supports over 20 languages.
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tag(s): assessment (81), polls and surveys (40), quiz (73), quizzes (81)

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Use SurveyPlanet for daily quiz questions as a formative assessment or to check for understanding of a previous lesson. Use as an anticipatory guide for introducing new content. Use to check for understanding after a lecture or demonstration. Use a class account to have student groups alternate to create a new poll for the next day. Older students may want to include polls on their student blogs to increase reader engagement. Have students create polls for after a project presentation. Use polls to generate data for math class (graphing), during elections, or for critical thinking activities dealing with the interpretation of statistics. Engage students using "real" data from a survey of issues and current events that matter to them. Use it to serve as a class voting device. Students can use their mobile devices to answer the survey. However, it is best to create them on a laptop or desktop.

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Digital Storyteller - Center for Technology and Teacher Education Univ. of Virginia

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Find a one-stop shop for digital storytelling at this site, created by the University of Virginia. Produce quick and easy digital storytelling projects and find detailed instructions...more
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Find a one-stop shop for digital storytelling at this site, created by the University of Virginia. Produce quick and easy digital storytelling projects and find detailed instructions for creation. Begin with the idea map. Go to the script and prepare your dialogue. Narrate and record the script. Add images to go with your words. The site also lists other resources featuring digital storytelling. Join the community blog to grow and explore other peoples' ideas. Enjoy the featured story to find an excellent example.

tag(s): digital storytelling (109)

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Emerge your class into higher level thinking skills and the 21st century skills involved in a digital storytelling project. Take any and all subject matter and dig deeper into the curriculum. Start small and gradually build up in complexity and depth. Draw or take your own pictures for this project, or find Creative Commons images for student projects (with credit, of course) at Compfight, reviewed here. Start by sharing the example on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Brainstorm examples with the content you are currently studying. Use digital storytelling as an alternate form of assessment. Be sure to post all student work on your website, blog, or Edmodo account to share with others.

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Creative Educator - Tech4Learning

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1 to 12
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Creative Educator offers articles, lesson plans, and resources for many different ways to put creativity into the curriculum. Explore four main topics: Creativity, Digital Storytelling,...more
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Creative Educator offers articles, lesson plans, and resources for many different ways to put creativity into the curriculum. Explore four main topics: Creativity, Digital Storytelling, 21st Century Classrooms, and Project-based Learning. Curriculum related areas such as Literacy, English Language Aquisition, and Stem resources will grab your interest. Find a variety of lessons in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies to integrate technology and pique students' interest.
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tag(s): addition (234), creativity (100)

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Creative Educator, designed for teachers, helps you move past stale worksheets to get inspired! Be sure to look at this site to help you discover ways to integrate technology and creativity into lessons. Work with a partner to make the lessons fit in your situation. Share at staff meetings and offer new ideas. Look for ways to bring a new focus to your gifted students. Give as a resource to students, so they can choose a multimedia product to share the content knowledge they are learning.

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Safe YouTube Videos - Wessam El Mahdy

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K to 12
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Confidently share YouTube videos without distractions or offensive comments with Safe YouTube (no registration required!). Paste the URL of a YouTube link into the bar to generate a...more
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Confidently share YouTube videos without distractions or offensive comments with Safe YouTube (no registration required!). Paste the URL of a YouTube link into the bar to generate a safe view link and begin viewing. Use links provided to download or share through social networking sites. 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.

tag(s): classroom management (105), internet safety (118), video (211)

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Share "distraction-free" videos on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Removing distractions and having confidence in removing any offensive content makes for a better learning experience. Use this tool to limit distractions for your ADD/ADHD, Autistic, unfocused Gifted, and other special needs students. Less distraction = better learning experience for all.

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Picasa - Google

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K to 12
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Organizing and editing photos has never been easier! Download Picasa to any platform (iOs, Windows, or Linux). The downloader will recognize the system you have. Open Picasa and choose...more
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Organizing and editing photos has never been easier! Download Picasa to any platform (iOs, Windows, or Linux). The downloader will recognize the system you have. Open Picasa and choose to scan the entire hard drive or just documents, pictures, and desktop. Pictures display in a library view in Picasa. Pictures appear in folders based on the location on your computer. Add new folders easily under the Tool Menu --> Folder Manager. Double click on any photo to enter Edit mode. The Basic Edit button ("wrench tool") includes many recognizable tools (be sure to click "Apply" with these tools when done making changes). Included are Crop, Straighten (to fix a slanting horizon), RedEye, I'm Feeling Lucky (to adjust color and lightness to what the computer chooses as a better shade), Auto Contrast, Auto Color, Retouch, Text (easy tools for the color, font, size, and transparency of the text in the text box), and Fill Light. The Tuning tab (brightness icon) includes Fill Light, Highlights, Shadows, Color Temperature, and Neutral Color Picker. Use the sliders for each of these tools to make adjustments. Find a large variety of tools in the Effects Tabs (looks like a paintbrush) Sharpen, Sepia, Black & White, Film Grain, Soft Focus, and many more! Click "Share" to upload to Picasa Web Albums. You will need to create an account, and then it is easily accessed through your Drive or Google Tools! Other "Share" options include Email, Print, Export, Shop, Blog This, Collage, Video, and Geotag (to Geotag your pictures in Google Earth).

tag(s): editing (48), images (237), photography (145)

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Use this tool anytime for editing photos for use on class blogs, wikis, or in presentation tools. Use one of the many Presentation tools reviewed by TeachersFirst here. In primary grades, this tool could be useful for teachers to use to edit pictures from a field trip, science experiments, and more. Share the editing process with younger students using an interactive whiteboard or projector. Edit together! Encourage older students to use this site themselves on images for projects or presentations. Use this tool in photography or art classes. Use the editor to edit pictures to fit styles of pictures when doing historical reports or to set a mood. Use text options for the photos themselves to tell the stories. Use the Geotagging feature to geotag the location of the pictures (camera locations need to be turned on in the camera before taking pictures) taken to embed in Google Earth.

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The Teacher Toolkit - The Region 13 Educator Certification Program (ECP)

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K to 12
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Find many strategies and techniques to keep your class engaged and interested! Many of the strategies are also helpful in adult meetings. View the short video on the home page ...more
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Find many strategies and techniques to keep your class engaged and interested! Many of the strategies are also helpful in adult meetings. View the short video on the home page to get a good overview of what to find and how to navigate this site. See the Strategies and Techniques, or Tools, by clicking on the button. Not only will all the tools be displayed, but on the left find a menu with categories to make it easier to find what you are looking for. There are Opening and Closing Activities, Checks for Understanding, Reading Strategies, and more. There is no sign in to see all the activities. However, by joining the site, you will be able to take and save notes for the different tools of interest. Each tool has an overview of how and when to use it, variations of the tool, and templates (downloaded in Word) for participants to use. Some tools have accompanying videos to show the tool in action. The video clips require Flash, the rest of the site does not.

tag(s): back to school (44), classroom management (105), reading strategies (33)

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Keep lessons engaging and interactive with these Tools. For instance use the Quiz, Quiz, Trade activity to get students up and to interact with questions for review before a test. To structure a meaningful discussion try the 5-3-1 activity. Use the Gallery Walk to review and get students discussing the unit or topic just finished. With the Gallery Walk, student groups could create posters (maybe a picture summary of something just read in class) and walk around observing and taking notes from others' posters. There are dozens more for you to try at The Teacher Toolkit.
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Simple Sticky Notes - Simnet Limited

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Find your sticky notes with the click of a button. Post your important notes or lists to your home screen on your computer quickly and easily. Download the software and ...more
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Find your sticky notes with the click of a button. Post your important notes or lists to your home screen on your computer quickly and easily. Download the software and begin writing notes. Easily delete with one button. Change color, theme, or text type on each sticky note if you desire.
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tag(s): brainstorming (24), graphic organizers (45), note taking (29)

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Stay organized and never lose that sticky note again! Make notes for conferences, lab materials, books needed, or even parent conferences. Use on your interactive whiteboard to create a fun brainstorming session. Use as a way to motivate unorganized students. Post a link on your class web page as a tool for students and even parents! Post on student computers and fill with inspirational messages, vocabulary or spelling words, or even for reflection questions.

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Math Vocabulary Cards - Math Learning Center

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K to 6
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Math Vocabulary Cards take flashcards to a new level! Available in both English and Spanish, these interactive cards allow you to view three boxes: the vocabulary word, an image, and...more
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Math Vocabulary Cards take flashcards to a new level! Available in both English and Spanish, these interactive cards allow you to view three boxes: the vocabulary word, an image, and a written description. Click on the eye in any box to turn each portion on or off. At the bottom left of the page, choose the stack of cards to select by grade level or topic.

tag(s): area (64), charts and graphs (191), fractions (235), measurement (159), operations (107), probability (124), time (141), vocabulary (319)

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Use flashcards to individualize student learning by choosing specific topics for any student. These cards are perfect for use at a math learning center. Share this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector to demonstrate how to use it. Be sure to include a link to Math Vocabulary Cards on your class web page for student use at home. Share with your school's ESL/ELL teacher as an excellent tool for Spanish-speaking students to practice math.

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Problems of the Month - Inside Mathematics

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The Problems of the Month offer problems (divided into 5 difficulty levels) to be used school-wide as part of a problem-solving theme. View videos to learn more about the program ...more
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The Problems of the Month offer problems (divided into 5 difficulty levels) to be used school-wide as part of a problem-solving theme. View videos to learn more about the program and get started in your school. Expand the Getting Started link to find scoring guidelines, sample letters for teachers and parents, and more. Video examples demonstrate the use of different levels within each of the problems. Click on the "download problems of the month" link on the left side of the page to access problems by grade level.

tag(s): critical thinking (76), problem solving (222)

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Use this site to supplement your Common Core math teaching materials and problem-solving lessons. Share the site with staff members and use as a professional development resource throughout the school year. Share with parents during your math night or as part of your meet the teacher information. Although the site states for school-wide use, individual teachers can use problems in any classroom.
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Bingo Card Generator - Christopher Herdt

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K to 8
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Create Bingo cards in no time with the Bingo Card Generator. In the boxes provided, enter any word list and choices for free space, card size, and number of cards ...more
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Create Bingo cards in no time with the Bingo Card Generator. In the boxes provided, enter any word list and choices for free space, card size, and number of cards to make. When finished, choose the "Generate Bingo Cards" to print.

tag(s): printables (35), worksheets (51)

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Use the Bingo Card Creator to create Bingo games to review any topic with small groups. Instead of saying the word that is on the Bingo card, give the definition (so students must find the term) or a math problem whose answer is among those on the card. Create sight word bingo cards for younger students and ESL/ELL students. Bingo is an excellent review tool for science or social studies. Put a short description of a vocabulary word into the space. Tell students the name of the vocabulary word and see if they can find it on the Bingo card. Alternatively, do the reverse and write the vocabulary word on the card and read the definition to the class. Encourage students to create bingo games for each other as a review or to engage the audience during oral presentations. Learning support teachers can create them together with students as an engaging way to review. World language teachers (and students) can create bingo cards to reinforce vocabulary.
 

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Spruce - Spruce

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K to 12
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Add text to any image in seconds with Spruce. Choose from millions of free photos or upload your own and add text in the box. Drag and reposition text and ...more
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Add text to any image in seconds with Spruce. Choose from millions of free photos or upload your own and add text in the box. Drag and reposition text and the image as needed. When finished, download to your computer or share on Twitter or Facebook with links provided.

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Although this tool's focus is with Twitter images in mind, Spruce has multiple uses. Add text to classroom images for your Twitter feed. Upload images for use on your class web page of class projects, field trips, school events, yearbook, newsletter, and more. Add whatever text you desire. Create a class book about reptiles, landforms, current events, and more. Then use Page Flip-Flap, reviewed here, to turn the images into an online book. Why Page Flip-Flap? It has a page-turning effect!

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OK2Ask'®: Common Core Math (K-12): Ideas, resources, and collaboration for Common Core - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Discover TeachersFirst to energize and strengthen teaching of Common Core...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Discover TeachersFirst to energize and strengthen teaching of Common Core Math Standards in the classroom. Participants will view and explore new resources for lesson planning, student use, and collaboration with a focus on understanding and developing math concepts as well as the use of writing the math classroom. A question/answer period will be available to help with individual questions.

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Gather ideas by exploring 15-20 math resources located on TeachersFirst; Investigate and discuss lesson ideas, student resources, and common core resources 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; (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 ISTE-T standards (2008)*: 1a, b, c,and d, 2a, b, c, and d, 3b, c and d, 5a ISTE's standards page.

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Get to the "root" of the Common Core and view this fabulous archive. Find many new ideas, sites, and professional information to explore. Find ideas for K-12 math instruction. Take a look at the resource page full of excellent resources to explore! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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