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National Geographic and the Common Core - National Geographic

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National Geographic offers collections of resources aligned to Common Core ELA standards for grades K-12. Begin your search by exploring non-fiction resources grouped by grade range....more
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National Geographic offers collections of resources aligned to Common Core ELA standards for grades K-12. Begin your search by exploring non-fiction resources grouped by grade range. If you prefer, use a keyword search to find specific content. When searching by grade range groups, scroll through the presentation slide show to view all resources and click links to go directly to the page. Be sure to take some time to find all the collection offers; there is a great deal of content available. Look for Geostories, Article, or Encyclopedic Entry to find reading resources. Don't miss the Common Core Toolkit offering a large variety of lesson plans and media aligned to National Geographic books.
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tag(s): charts and graphs (186), guided reading (39), reading comprehension (85)

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Use this National Geographic site to find high quality, high interest, non-fiction reading material for your students. Ask students to visit sites found through your search. Challenge students to share what they learned by creating multimedia presentations using one of many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. Use this site as an anticipatory set to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard.

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Ziggity Zoom - Ziggity Zoom LLC

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K to 3
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Ziggity Zoom provides games, activities, and craft ideas for young children. Scroll down the home page or explore menus to find the many categories and resources available. The online...more
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Ziggity Zoom provides games, activities, and craft ideas for young children. Scroll down the home page or explore menus to find the many categories and resources available. The online games include memory games, puzzles, and mazes. There are also printable craft and skill activities. Be sure to view the Story section (from a link at the very top) with several interactive books for students to read on their own (or have read to them).
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tag(s): crafts (34), digital storytelling (86), interactive stories (29), preK (229), puzzles (181), video (180)

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Introduce Ziggity Zoom on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently. Be sure to show them how to AVOID the many advertisements! Make a shortcut to individual activities on classroom computers and use it as a center. Include this site on your class web page for students and parents to access at home. Explore this site to find crafts and activities for classroom use.
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Send Anywhere - ESTmob, Inc

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K to 12
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Send Anywhere offers simple, unlimited, instant file transfers across any device. Drag and drop or click to add files. Simply click to send files. A pop-up box appears with a ...more
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Send Anywhere offers simple, unlimited, instant file transfers across any device. Drag and drop or click to add files. Simply click to send files. A pop-up box appears with a QR code and a 6-digit numerical code for downloading the file. The pop-up remains active for 10 minutes. The countdown on the screen shows the time remaining. Mobile users need to download the free Send Anywhere app to their mobile device. When sharing across computers, go to the Send Anywhere site to input the 6-digit code to receive files.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (70)

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Use Send Anywhere to quickly transfer files and images between devices in your BYOD or 1:1 classroom. Student groups working on projects in class can gather and share files easily. This tool would work well when students do not have email addresses or Google Accounts for sharing work with their teachers or each other. What a great way for students to turn in work done on their devices! Just make sure you retrieve it before the time limit expires. During curriculum development and other professional development activities, members of a department (or even school-wide) can share resources and documents easily with each other.
 

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DivShare - Diversion Web Publishing

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3 to 12
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DivShare is a service to upload, store, and manage your files. You can also embed any file (including video files) into websites. The free account allows up to 5gb storage ...more
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DivShare is a service to upload, store, and manage your files. You can also embed any file (including video files) into websites. The free account allows up to 5gb storage and 50 downloads/month. Select a file from your computer, organize into folders, then upload. Once a file is uploaded, a unique sharing link is provided. Add a password for increased security if desired. Use your account dashboard to organize and find files from any computer.
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Use DivShare to store and manage any classroom files and to embed on your classroom website. Create a class DivShare account for students to use with collaborative projects. Share a link to DivShare on your class website for students to create their own accounts, if permitted.

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LiveSchool - Matt Rubinstein

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K to 12
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Manage and track behavior with LiveSchool's behavior point system. Free accounts allow up to five users to award points, leave and view comments, and withdraw points for "purchases"...more
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Manage and track behavior with LiveSchool's behavior point system. Free accounts allow up to five users to award points, leave and view comments, and withdraw points for "purchases" from any device. Print weekly reports for parents with day by day records of points earned or lost, comments with teachers' names, behaviors observed, and cumulative totals of points earned.
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tag(s): behavior (41), classroom management (78)

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Consider using this program to reward a group of the week. Award points for positive behaviors such as participating, creating, working hard, and helping others. Using LiveSchool for group behaviors will give immediate feedback to groups when projected on your whiteboard or your projector. Use this tool to help less focused students stay on task. Share this site with students on the first day of school as you go over class expectations and your behavior plan for your classroom. Use LiveSchool to offer both negative and positive feedback to parents and students.

Use LiveSchool to privately keep track of learning or emotional support student behaviors and send a report to their special education teachers and/or parents. This tool could be invaluable to the life skills, autistic support, gifted, or emotional support teacher who needs to track the behavior of each of the students as part of an IEP, GIEP, or behavior plan. Alternative Ed. programs may find this tool very useful, even up through high school.

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Modern Chalkboard - SuperTeacherWorksheets.com

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K to 6
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Modern Chalkboard is an online resource for free Smart Board interactives for elementary grade levels. Choose from math, grammar, social studies, and science resources. Choose any topic...more
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Modern Chalkboard is an online resource for free Smart Board interactives for elementary grade levels. Choose from math, grammar, social studies, and science resources. Choose any topic to view a short description of the file including correlation to Common Core Standards and appropriate grade level. Click to download to your computer. Some files also include a downloadable PDF Follow-Along Worksheet. If you don't have a Smart Board, convert files using SMART Notebook Express, reviewed here.

tag(s): addition (212), charts and graphs (186), continents (41), division (143), electricity (74), geometric shapes (123), grammar (209), human body (88), iwb (31), measurement (144), money (175), multiplication (195), parts of speech (62), place value (52), preK (229), rounding (21), solar system (105), subtraction (176), time (131)

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Bookmark this resource for use throughout the year for interactive whiteboard lessons. Share activities on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students operate the board. Some activities would also be appropriate for individual computers.
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Swipe - Horia Cernusca and Hakon Eide

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K to 12
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Create simple, interactive presentations on any device using Swipe. Rearrange slides using drag and drop. Add YouTube and Vimeo videos by adding the URL. Upload images and documents...more
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Create simple, interactive presentations on any device using Swipe. Rearrange slides using drag and drop. Add YouTube and Vimeo videos by adding the URL. Upload images and documents right into your Swipe presentation. Use the Markdown feature to create simple, text-only slides. Add polls to make your presentation interactive, and view results with one click. Share presentations privately through email, publicly with a unique URL, or by embedding in your website. View and edit presentations on any computer or mobile device.

tag(s): slides (55)

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Use Swipe to create quick slideshows for any classroom use. Easily share slides with information and images on your website or blog to remind students about a project or assignment. Create a presentation for Open House and embed on your site for parents who could not attend. Have students create presentations to "introduce" themselves to the class during the first week of school. Create a slide show to introduce any unit and have students guess what they will be learning. Create a Swipe "on the fly" as a review resource to embed on your class website or blog. This site is perfect for the BYOD/1:1 classroom since it is viewable on any device. Make quick "cue cards" using the Markdown tool for students to read their lines off a projector or interactive whiteboard during a video or school news broadcast. Practice reading fluency or sight words using markdown slides, too! Paste school or class announcements into slides and embed them on the class or school website. Have world language or ESL/ELL students write messages in their new language for a classroom "activity tour." Activities could include speaking, following directions such as "touch your nose" or question/answer about an image.

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Moovly - Brendon Grunewald

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Moovly is a wonderful animation tool for creating videos and presentations. Create an account with your email and watch the two-minute video about how to use this tool. Click on ...more
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Moovly is a wonderful animation tool for creating videos and presentations. Create an account with your email and watch the two-minute video about how to use this tool. Click on "New Moov" to begin. Give your Moov a title and description then choose from templates offered or create your own Moov from scratch. Modify slides text, font, image holders, and props. Preview your creation at any time with the play button. Stop and make changes as needed. Upload sounds from your computer in MP3 format: voice, music, or noises. These can be used in parallel, or click the microphone to record your voice. You can also make your Moovly interactive by using Flash. Save and share via YouTube, Facebook, email. You can also download to your computer using mp4 (video) or swf format. Download the 28-page PDF guide for step-by-step directions and answers to specific questions. Emailing customer support will get you answers within 24 hours. Free accounts can create unlimited videos that are each ten minutes long. The free account allows for 100MB or 20 items in their storage.

tag(s): animation (52), movies (51), multimedia (34), slides (55), video (180)

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Challenge older students to create their own Moovs. Students can use Moovly to share their ideas or to "prototype" an idea. Students can create videos to show math processes, explanations of complex concepts, review new learning, teach others, explain scientific processes, tell stories, or present research. Flip your classroom using Moovly presentations. Use Moovly to create teacher-authored animations for students in ANY grade. This is a great way to present new information or ideas for discussion. It is an easy way to prepare information for the class when a substitute is coming. Embed Moovly creations on your website or blog for students to review at home. Use a Moovly video on the first day of school to explain class rules or give an exciting introduction to the year ahead. Use Moovly to create movies or presentations for back to school night or conference nights to display on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Teacher-librarians can ask students to create Moovly book reviews to share kiosk style in the library/media center.

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Image Flip: Meme Generator - ImgFlip

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4 to 12
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Annotate any image using custom, re-sizable text with Image Flip Meme Generator. Choose one of Meme Generator's template images or upload your own. Keep your image private by downloading...more
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Annotate any image using custom, re-sizable text with Image Flip Meme Generator. Choose one of Meme Generator's template images or upload your own. Keep your image private by downloading it to your computer, or you can save it on Image Flip. Sharing your Meme is easy via any social network, or you can copy the code for the image link or the image HTML.

tag(s): creativity (95), digital storytelling (86), images (213)

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Since the images can be kept private, this would make the perfect "getting to know you" activity for beginning of the school year. Have students upload a picture of themselves doing their favorite activity and label it with witty text or a favorite quote (or song lyric?). Have them upload images that represent their interests and character traits. Print the images with text for a back to school bulletin board. Alternatively, make a slide show to play as the parents enter the room. Use a tool like Zoho Show (similar to PowerPoint, but easier and free) - reviewed here). At the end of the year, students could do a "that was then, this is now" project. Have them upload a current picture doing a favorite activity, and different images that represent new interests they have learned this year. Post the images side by side for spring open house night or as a year-end activity. To find Creative Commons images for student projects (with credit, of course), try Compfight, reviewed here. For other uses, have students practice new words in a world language class by labeling and identifying images in that language. Create writing prompts using several annotated images. Have students create annotated images to explain key terms in science class. In ELA class, make homophone or vocabulary images to show the correct word along with an image that explains it.

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Fake Concert Ticket Generator - faketicketgenerator.com

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K to 12
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Create your own novelty tickets. Choose from two different ticket styles and enter information such as row and seat numbers, event title and place, and date of the event. After ...more
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Create your own novelty tickets. Choose from two different ticket styles and enter information such as row and seat numbers, event title and place, and date of the event. After entering information, click "Make My Ticket!" to view and save your ticket in JPEG format.
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tag(s): behavior (41), classroom management (78)

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Ask your students to use the Fake Ticket Generator to create excitement for class presentations. Have them create tickets and hand them out to other students to use to be admitted to class for their presentation. Create tickets to hand out to students at the beginning of any unit to create interest and excitement. Make tickets to give to parents as invitation to Meet the Teacher night, Science and Book Fairs, PTO meetings, and more. Create tickets that students can earn, such as a ticket to skip a homework assignment or to have extra time at centers. Give out tickets to special events in the library/media center, such as Dress as Your Favorite Author Day. Have students create tickets to a classroom museum or science fair. Use tickets as a behavior incentive.
 

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NameCoach - Praveen Shanbhag

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K to 12
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Never mispronounce a name again, thanks to the help of NameCoach! Users record their names using their own computer or any other device. Add phonetic spelling or pronunciation tips....more
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Never mispronounce a name again, thanks to the help of NameCoach! Users record their names using their own computer or any other device. Add phonetic spelling or pronunciation tips. You can listen to the names as often as you wish. Create your account to make lists for Back to School, award ceremonies, graduations, and much more. After creating your name page, share a link to participants through email or as a link on your class webpage or blog. Create a master list with sublists for use in different departments, classes, or for individual events.

tag(s): classroom management (78), pronunciation (39)

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Create a master list of student names in your school or class using NameCoach. Provide a subset for different activities such as award ceremonies, after-school programs, or for student tutors. Share with your school's ESL/ELL teacher as an authentic way to learn and practice unfamiliar names. Provide this list (and URL) to any substitute coming to your classroom. Use it in world language classes to help students learn pronunciation of new names.

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CodeMonkey - Jonathan Schor

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Code Monkey is an engaging interactive to learn basic coding skills for even younger students. Follow the simple tutorial to learn each step and help the monkey find his bananas. ...more
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Code Monkey is an engaging interactive to learn basic coding skills for even younger students. Follow the simple tutorial to learn each step and help the monkey find his bananas. Receive stars for completing each challenge along the way. Thirty challenges offer opportunities for you to progress from basic through more intermediate coding skills.

tag(s): computers (41)

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Introduce Code Monkey on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Allow students to explore and learn on their own at classroom computer centers or individual laptops. Provide a link to Code Monkey for students to access at home. Create a bulletin board for students to post achievement levels. Have student "coding experts" create screencasts about completing challenges using a tool such as Screenr reviewed here.

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Geometry Toolbox - Bruno Reddy

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4 to 12
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Explore measurement and geometric construction with this fantastic set of virtual geometry tools! Choose from a compass, protractor, or ruler to create and measure shapes and angles....more
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Explore measurement and geometric construction with this fantastic set of virtual geometry tools! Choose from a compass, protractor, or ruler to create and measure shapes and angles. Use the pen and pencil tools to add comments and draw your own lines.

tag(s): angles (78), geometric shapes (123), measurement (144)

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Geometry Toolbox is perfect for use on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) for teaching measurement and angle construction. Allow students to use tools to learn how to use a compass and protractor. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos demonstrating use of the geometry tools and share them on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here. Or have them create a screencast of ways to use the Geometry Toolbox using Screenr, reviewed here.
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SchoolCircle - Elena Krasnoperova

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K to 12
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Open up the lines of parent/teacher communication with SchoolCircle. Use your email address to create your account and set up class Circles. Manage Circles to share messages, pictures,...more
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Open up the lines of parent/teacher communication with SchoolCircle. Use your email address to create your account and set up class Circles. Manage Circles to share messages, pictures, and files. Add tasks, organize events, and assign roles. Members of Circles receive three types of emails: a daily digest received each evening, a morning email with information due that day, and a weekly digest each Sunday. There is an option to send urgent messages immediately.

tag(s): classroom management (78), homework (46), microblogging (37)

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Set up accounts for all of your classes. Send homework, project, and supply reminders. Send changes to plans due to a snow day or other emergency. Remind students of upcoming events, practices, or things they need to bring to school. Don't forget to include any extracurricular activities. Use this tool to communicate with parents. Allow them to sign up for these updates at back to school night using a laptop or provide them the necessary information on your class web page. Remind parents of big tests, report cards, field trips, deadlines, back to school night, school spirit days, conferences, and more. Learning support teachers can promote organizational skills by having students and their parents sign up to receive reminders about tests and homework. Add messages with tips for parents to help their elementary child study. Need supply donations? Send out a request using SchoolCircle. Set up a faculty reminder group within your school for emergency closures or department meetings and activities.

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Wheel Decide - wheeldecide.com

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Wheel Decide helps make decisions interesting and fair. Choose from ready-made wheels with choices such as games or food. Create your own wheels. Scroll down below the wheel and choose...more
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Wheel Decide helps make decisions interesting and fair. Choose from ready-made wheels with choices such as games or food. Create your own wheels. Scroll down below the wheel and choose "Make/Modify Wheel" to customize your wheel for any purpose. Add up to 100 choices and a title. Advanced options allow you to remove a choice after landing on it, choose from color options, adjust the length of spin, and more. Cancel the "click" sound if it is distracting. At the time of this review saving a wheel required signing in with your Facebook account or bookmarking/copying the URL.

tag(s): classroom management (78), probability (106)

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Use Wheel Decide to select a student to do an activity or to answer a question. Allow students to use the name generator to choose which classmate comes next. Create your class name wheel and SAVE it to use throughout the year. Use Wheel Decide as part of a probability unit to chart how often names or items appear with random spins (be sure not to remove them from the list as they appear). Create custom wheels throughout the year to help with decisions such as students' choice activities, options for games at indoor recess, or subjects for reports.

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Printliminator - Chris Coyier and Devon Govett

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K to 12
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Highlight and print (or view) only what you want from a web page using Printliminator. Drag the bookmarklet to your browser's toolbar. (Printliminator works with Safari, Chrome, and...more
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Highlight and print (or view) only what you want from a web page using Printliminator. Drag the bookmarklet to your browser's toolbar. (Printliminator works with Safari, Chrome, and Firefox.) Then click the bookmarklet from any page to open up tool options. Mouse over your web page and click on red boxes to remove them from the page. When ready, preview and send to your printer. Be sure to watch the Quick Video Demo for a full overview of all features of the Printliminator.

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Install the Printliminator on your browser tool bar. Use when viewing web pages on your interactive whiteboard to eliminate unnecessary information. Delete unnecessary information from webpages. Send to print and save as PDF for use with student handouts or links from your class web page. (Of course, you will want to include your SOURCE on the handouts as a model of good digital citizenship.) Use this tool to share handouts or pdfs with students who are easily distracted to help them stay focused on what matters. This is also a great way to select portions of a web site to save as a pdf and share on an interactive whiteboard for summarizing, highlighting, and more.

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RawShorts - Antonio Otalvaro and George Estrella

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4 to 12
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Create short animated video presentations using RawShort's cloud-based video maker. Create an account to begin. Choose the free templates option on the left side of the page to view...more
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Create short animated video presentations using RawShort's cloud-based video maker. Create an account to begin. Choose the free templates option on the left side of the page to view pre-made options or begin with a blank template to create your own design. Name the design and launch the video builder. Use options to add backgrounds, images, text, and other features. Videos include just five slides, keeping to the concept of creating SHORT presentations. When complete, save and share your video using social media links or upload to YouTube. Free accounts offer storage of 25 mb and max resolution of 480 SD.
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tag(s): animation (52), slides (55), video (180)

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Use your interactive whiteboard (or projector) and a student emcee to show students the templates and how to use this tool. Ask students to make a plan (storyboard) for their video project. Talk about how to distill your message to only five slides! Have students write and illustrate slides as book reviews for independent reading they have done. Use this tool for students to make book promos for the library/media center. Challenge your gifted students to create a simple video presentation that goes beyond your regular curriculum. Have students make slide shows telling a short story, explaining the life of a famous person, chemical equations, solving for X, and more. During a unit on plants, have students create a video guide for plant care or a show about the world's strangest plants. ESL/ELL or world language students could create videos to practice using their new vocabulary. Create animated presentations for introduction of new units, projects, and lessons.

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Printable Comic Strip Templates - Donna Young

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Find several different comic strip templates at this simple, yet useful site. Choose from templates with various numbers of panels and squares or arch tops. Click on any ...more
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Find several different comic strip templates at this simple, yet useful site. Choose from templates with various numbers of panels and squares or arch tops. Click on any template to view and print the PDF version.
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Have small groups of students each create one panel as a summary of what the class just learned. Use comics in math and turn a word problem into a comic strip/cartoon. In social studies create a comic strip/cartoon about a historic event, person, place, or speech. In language arts take a novel or non-fiction book and create a comic strip/cartoon depicting the characters and plot. Have students write summaries of current events or responses to reading assignments. With younger students, use an interactive whiteboard or projector to create a class comic on a current topic of study, such as the different parts of a plant, the planets, or a butterfly's life cycle. Use these templates for students to plan out storyboards for more involved projects, such as videos. In emotional support or autistic support classes, create comics to show how people interact. In world languages or with ELL students, create comics to reinforce correct language. Looking for even more comic resources? Check out TeachersFirst's complete collection of Comics and Cartoons.
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TweetBeam - Pim Stuurman

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Highlight and show tweets from any hashtag or twitter handle in a creative and visually appealing way with TweetBeam. Enter any hashtag or sign in to your Twitter account to ...more
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Highlight and show tweets from any hashtag or twitter handle in a creative and visually appealing way with TweetBeam. Enter any hashtag or sign in to your Twitter account to view a stunning, real-time visualization of tweets. They update as new tweets arrive. Mouse over any image to view the entire text. Click the four arrows near the top left of the screen to view in full screen.
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TweetBeam is perfect for use on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Follow hashtags on current events to view information in real-time. Do you have your own hashtag for your class? If not, this is a perfect way to get started! Use TweetBeam to interact and follow other classrooms and projects anywhere in the world. Create a hashtag for any school event and display TweetBeam on the big screen to participants to encourage them to interact and participate! Looking for more ways to use Twitter in the classroom? Read more about Twitter at TeachersFirst's Twitter for Teachers page.
 

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Writing Across the Curriculum - creative-writing-ideas-and-activities.com

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Do you need fresh ideas and tips for writing across the curriculum? This site should give you lots of inspiration and step-by-step suggestions to get going. Read about the benefits...more
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Do you need fresh ideas and tips for writing across the curriculum? This site should give you lots of inspiration and step-by-step suggestions to get going. Read about the benefits of cross-curricular writing. Get started with the RAFTS prompts information. RAFTS prompts provide students with focus and clarity in writing projects and encourage creativity and freedom of thought. Be sure to check out these thoughtful ideas as you gear up your writing instruction.

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Use ideas from this site as a starting point for any writing projects. Share this site with other teachers as a professional development activity. Incorporate suggestions from this site into your Writing Workshop. Have students use Page Flip-Flap (reviewed here) to turn their Word documents, PDFs, and images into an online book. There is even a page-turning effect! Have students create blogs using Instablogg ( here). This tool allows you to create "quick and easy" blogs to be used one time only. A unique URL to your blog allows you to share it easily.

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