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Muvee Cloud - Muvee

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6 to 12
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Muvee Cloud is a photo sharing site that allows you to save, share, and make videos of your photos. The tool also allows you to merge your photos and movies ...more
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Muvee Cloud is a photo sharing site that allows you to save, share, and make videos of your photos. The tool also allows you to merge your photos and movies with your friends' and family's photos and videos to create amazing videos. The power of this site -- in contrast to most slide based shows -- is the collaboration and addition of others' pictures, the ability to pull in images from any webpage, and the ease of adding video clips to the shows. If it can be uploaded to your computer, it can be added to the show!

tag(s): photography (160), video (254)

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Have students create their own advertisements for upcoming school events such as fundraisers or plays and musicals. Have students in the yearbook club use the site to submit pictures for publication in the school yearbook. Have students use this tool to make digital portfolios in science class by having them take pictures of their labs and activities and use as a final project grade. Rather than a tradition report on a country, person, or invention...have students use this colorful tool to create a multimedia presentation!

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Tin Eye - Idee Inc.

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K to 12
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Use Tineye as a reverse image search engine. Tineye's unique image search engine looks for the same actual image -- not the description. This is a great way to ...more
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Use Tineye as a reverse image search engine. Tineye's unique image search engine looks for the same actual image -- not the description. This is a great way to find out where else an image is in use on the Internet. To use this simple and free service: upload or enter the link to an image on the Internet. Tineye will search the Internet to find the same image even if it has been rotated, altered or cropped by using image recognition technology. What a terrific way to discover the origin of an image or find those using it without permission. Note that the maximum upload size is 1 MB. Use this free service without registering. Create an account to use other features such as saving your searches. Registration does require email verification. Download the applet for Firefox or Chrome for ability to instantly use the service. You must have the ability to install browser add-ons to use the add-on version of the tool.
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tag(s): images (266), photography (160), plagiarism (35), search engines (65)

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This tool is best used by a teacher to determine whether class pictures have been used elsewhere or determine the origin of pictures students have used in projects. Check the origin of student-used pictures to determine source. Determine whether pictures (yours or others) have been used without permission. Easily determine whether pictures have also been altered.

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Hands On Math - The Futures Channel

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3 to 12
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This site offers many hands-on math activities and videos for different mathematical concepts. Topics include counting numbers, integers, fractions, geometry, measurement, reasoning,...more
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This site offers many hands-on math activities and videos for different mathematical concepts. Topics include counting numbers, integers, fractions, geometry, measurement, reasoning, statistics, and trigonometry. After choosing a topic, activities are offered such as learning circles with cookies, how much water would it take to fill a classroom, and make a box with a given volume. Most activities have an accompanying video that can be used to supplement the lesson. Lessons are in PDF form and some also include student activity sheets. Activities also include a suggested grade level for lessons. Be sure to visit the movies with mathematical activities portion of the site to view many movies that can be used to accompany any classroom mathematical instruction.
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tag(s): charts and graphs (195), data (148), fractions (239), integers (41), numbers (204), statistics (122), video (254), whole numbers (16)

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View movies on your interactive whiteboard or projector as a supplement to classroom lessons. Download and use PDF lessons for hands-on math lessons. Share this link on your class website or blog for students to use both in and out of the classroom.

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Teachers' Domain - Teachers' Domain

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K to 12
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Teachers' Domain is a free digital media service for educational use. All of the material are from public broadcasting and its partners. This site aggregates thousands of media rich...more
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Teachers' Domain is a free digital media service for educational use. All of the material are from public broadcasting and its partners. This site aggregates thousands of media rich resources like lessons, videos, learning games and professional development resources. All resources can be found by subject area. In addition, each subject has sub areas to help you refine your search even more. You are allowed 7 views of material without registering.
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tag(s): professional development (123), resources (112), teaching strategies (24)

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Use this site to find activities and resources for all subject areas. Use the games and videos with a projector or interactive whiteboard. Use the learning interactives as a center for students to access or put on your classroom website or blog. Teachers you can also use the professional development area for previews of available online courses (cost) and lots of handouts on different teaching strategies.
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Special Holiday Emergency Desk - Erwin Penland

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K to 12
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This great site draws a picture of whatever is typed into the "Draw It" box. A baseball-capped man (viewed in a video) sitting behind a desk with many pictures tacked ...more
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This great site draws a picture of whatever is typed into the "Draw It" box. A baseball-capped man (viewed in a video) sitting behind a desk with many pictures tacked on the wall behind him takes up his drawing pad and pen and creates the drawing in front of you! The site does take a few seconds to load and to draw, so it is not an instant picture, but the picture appears within 6 seconds. The supporting dictionary does seem to be somewhat limited, so the picture you get may not always be what you are expecting! And if students types in something inappropriate, they get a "naughty list' note from the man.

tag(s): dictionaries (56), drawing (78), vocabulary (324)

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This is a great site for ESL, SPED, and language teachers who can not seem to communicate exactly what a certain object is. Share the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. For students who do not know what a hedgehog or okapi is, this is a simple way to display a picture. Have students compete to draw their vocabulary words with the onscreen man, and decide whose pictures are best!
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CWSU National Map - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (U.S. Gov.)

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2 to 12
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This interactive weather map of the U.S., Mexico and Canada allows you to mouse over any location to see current conditions including temperature, wind chill, visibility, dew point,...more
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This interactive weather map of the U.S., Mexico and Canada allows you to mouse over any location to see current conditions including temperature, wind chill, visibility, dew point, etc. Most "dots" are local airports. With a click on the desired station, a history of the current weather conditions for the last few days pops up, showing the information in a linear table. In addition, there are graphs above the table of temperature/dewpoint and relative humidity. Under other tabs on this page are aerial weather information observations, forecasts, and other more technical weather information. This is a great source for seeing a variety of graphs and their practical applications.

tag(s): charts and graphs (195), weather (188)

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Use this site as an introduction to study of graphs, meteorology, and information application. Aspiring meteorologists will find plenty of new vocabulary to learn here. To show what they have learned from this site, challenge students to create an online graphic to share using Tabblo reviewed here.

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Mr. R's World of Math - Mr. R

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K to 12
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"I decided to put together Mathstory.com to keep students smiling and engaged as they mastered mathematical concepts," is Mr. R's explanation for this site that includes many resources...more
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"I decided to put together Mathstory.com to keep students smiling and engaged as they mastered mathematical concepts," is Mr. R's explanation for this site that includes many resources for elementary teachers along with a few lessons for Jr High and High School teachers. Be sure to check out the Math Videos page which includes 20 homemade videos created for learning strategies for counting and multiplying (the page may be slow to load because of the number of videos included). The Math Story link currently leads you to the online book, Fourth Grade and the Evil Wizard of Math. Each chapter contains math problems. There are many math lessons included for all grade levels. Don't miss the interesting math poems to learn geometric shapes. There is A LOT here to explore!
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tag(s): geometric shapes (163), interactive stories (32), poetry (228), video (254)

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Share a Math Poem a day from the site with your class on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Challenge students to create their own Math Poems. Math videos on the site are perfect to share on your interactive whiteboard, or create a link on classroom computers and allow students to explore the videos on their own. Share the Math Story as a read-aloud during Math class. Put this link on your class website for students to access both in and out of the classroom.
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Instagrok - Google for Learning

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6 to 12
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Grok: To understand thoroughly and intuitively. Instagrok is an intelligent search engine that improves independent learning on any topic. It retrieves information from around the web...more
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Grok: To understand thoroughly and intuitively. Instagrok is an intelligent search engine that improves independent learning on any topic. It retrieves information from around the web but goes one step further by helping you navigate your way through the results, identifying and rating the difficulty of important concepts and creating review quizzes. It also displays concept definitions and the relationships between concepts in the left column. Be sure to watch the video for information on using Instagrok.

tag(s): search engines (65), search strategies (30)

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Use this search engine to find information about important concepts and focus on student learning. Encourage students to "grok" any concept or term they encounter to gain a general sense of what they will learn. Display a "grok" of every unit topic as you begin the unit and use this visual display for students to access prior knowledge and make observations about what they see. Place a link on your class site, wiki, or blog for easy access or on a classroom computer for quicker searching. Demonstrate how to use this search engine on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Use this tool to save students' time while researching.
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Slavery Footprint - How Many Slaves Work For You? - MUH-TAY-ZIK HOF-FER

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7 to 12
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Slavery Footprint calculates the number of forced laborers involved in making the products we buy as consumers (such as beans in our coffee). Questions are based on the food...more
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Slavery Footprint calculates the number of forced laborers involved in making the products we buy as consumers (such as beans in our coffee). Questions are based on the food you eat, clothes you own, and even the sports you do. There is even the option to add detail about certain commodities to allow the program to make a more precise calculation. The result gives you the exact number of slaves that "work for you" in the supply chains of your consumption. An interesting portion of the site goes into detail about the methodology used for determining the number of slaves "working" for the respondents. The site also provides their definition of a slave: "Anyone who is forced to work without pay, being economically exploited, and unable to walk away." Be sure to share the opening portion of the site, "What? Slaves work for me?" with students for a wonderful explanation of slavery and the purpose of the site. Note: There is one question in the survey about paying for sex. While sexual slave trade is a very real issue in today's world, you may not want your less mature students to encounter this question. Only you know your school community's tolerance for such discussions.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (115), ecology (135), slavery (72)

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Have students complete individual surveys and graph results, use the information for a basis of class discussions on economy and each individual's impact on the environment. Complete one survey for the entire class on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) using average information found from students. Show the impact of changes in lifestyle by completing new surveys by making lifestyle changes. Have students use a tool such as Woices (beta) (reviewed here) to create a fictitious radio news story from information they learn at this site. Have students use a mapping tool such as Google Earth (reviewed here) to create an audio (and visual) tour of countries included on the survey.

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DOGOnews - Meera Dolasia

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2 to 12
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Need kid-friendly online news? This safe site, written for kids, by kids, offers news from a younger point-of-view. You can create a class page where you can load a variety ...more
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Need kid-friendly online news? This safe site, written for kids, by kids, offers news from a younger point-of-view. You can create a class page where you can load a variety of articles, add a book list, a calendar, favorite sites list, add lesson plan instructions, monitor student comments, and more. DOGOnews is kid friendly, colorful, and flexible. After all, DOGO means young or small in Swahili. You can select articles from a number of categories (Social Studies, Science, World, Current Events, etc.). There is an integrated dictionary for challenging words and maps for geographical context. Some of the articles include short video clips. Students may leave brief comments about each article (no login required). Also, typing the word "video" in the search box will bring up the Video of the Week for the past several weeks. The videos reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube. In addition, find a Book and Movie section with a brief summary for the book or movie, and comments. You don't have to join to read the articles, but you do need to join to create a class page. There are many benefits to creating a class page, and it's all free! Don't want to create a class page? You can also embed articles on your current web page.

tag(s): news (261), reading comprehension (116), sports (97)

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Non-fiction reading and background knowledge have found a new emphasis with The Common Core State Standards. It is more important now than ever to help connect students with quality, non-fiction reading and viewing material. Find great news resources and videos of the week to create assignments for your class at DOGOnews. You may want to create a class page and load several news articles. Have students choose from the articles, and email it to themselves. Have students print out the article and complete a "close reading" of the article by annotating it. Then have students who chose the same article get together in groups to discuss their reactions about the article, create a summary together, and create four or five open-ended questions about the article. Lastly, create groups of four, with each student having a different article, and have them present their article to the others in the group and ask them their open-ended questions to trigger a discussion. Create a class magazine from the articles. Or better yet, have students create a multimedia presentation using UtellStory, reviewed here. This site allows users to narrate a picture. Challenge students to find a photo (legally permitted to be reproduced), and then narrate the photo as if it is a news report. Strengthen reading comprehension by having an 'article du jour' on your interactive whiteboard or projector as students arrive. Link this site on your homepage.

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BigMarker - BigMarker.com

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9 to 12
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Big Marker is a new, free service for creating and participating in online conferences, chats, webinars, or other get-togethers. Big Marker is a good service for online tutoring sessions,...more
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Big Marker is a new, free service for creating and participating in online conferences, chats, webinars, or other get-togethers. Big Marker is a good service for online tutoring sessions, sessions for brainstorming, and any other online activity where people from multiple computer locations can congregate to share ideas. Create a public or private meeting room. Making the room public allows anyone to join. (There are many upcoming sessions that are public and listed on the main page.) Provide a password to other participants when making the room private. Share screens through the presentation board or write on the provided whiteboard. Chat through many methods including text, audio, and video. The creator of the Big Marker conference controls audio and video options and who is heard throughout the chats. Try the demo room first to become acquainted with the tools available and the interface.

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Use Big Marker for online tutoring or peer tutoring sessions and providing additional lessons to students for enrichment. Use Big Marker for brainstorming, planning, and completing projects. Create professional development opportunities for others in your school or elsewhere. Use for extracurricular activities, home schooling, or other online events. Set up a Big Marker get together during snow days so students can stay up to date with projects and assignments.

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TallJerome Math Songs/Video - Jerome White

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8 to 12
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New Orleans Math Teacher, Jerome White, has created this site to share his classroom productions with others. He has produced videos fashioned after popular songs with Math themes....more
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New Orleans Math Teacher, Jerome White, has created this site to share his classroom productions with others. He has produced videos fashioned after popular songs with Math themes. Examples are Super Geek sung to the the tune of Super Freak, I Solved for X to the tune of I Kissed a Girl, and many more. Videos are presented through YouTube and most are also linked to an original posting with an explanation of the contents. Be sure to also check out his Math Nerdiness page which features his Mathematical explanation of Parallel Parking, Sine Cradle, Rational Functions explanations, and other "Nerdiness." Other linked portions of the site are for more mature students, such as the tattoo designs done by calculus students.

tag(s): angles (88), geometric shapes (163), humor (15), quadratics (32)

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This is a great find for gifted students or to lure in disengaged math students. Allow them to explore the Math Nerdiness and investigate the Mathematical explanations contained there. Share the videos with students on your interactive whiteboard or projector to add a little humor to Math class. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view them 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. Challenge students to create their own video or multimedia presentations using current Math content. Share the videos on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here.
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HS Tutorials - Lisa Thorne

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7 to 12
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This site offers many animated tutorials for Pre-Algebra, Algebra, and Geometry. The lessons referenced are in popular textbooks by Prentice-Hall and Glencoe/McGraw/Hill. In addition,...more
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This site offers many animated tutorials for Pre-Algebra, Algebra, and Geometry. The lessons referenced are in popular textbooks by Prentice-Hall and Glencoe/McGraw/Hill. In addition, there are some animated lessons covering computer topics such as digital imaging, keyboarding, and introduction to computers. After choosing a topic, links are available to specific textbooks, study aides such as vocabulary, and skills games. Tutorials last approximately 1 to 2 minutes each and offer a visual example of solving problems along with an oral explanation of methods used.
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tag(s): test prep (96), tutorials (47), vocabulary (324)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard, or to provide an explanation for a problem in your students' textbook. Post a link to one of the explanations on your classroom website or blog for students to use as reference when working homework problems. This site is perfect to use on your interactive whiteboard when discussing methods of solving problems; tutorials can be paused to allow for discussion and comments as needed. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create their own tutorial videos. Share the videos on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here.
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Jiskha - Jiskha.com

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3 to 12
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Jiskha Homework Help is a large collection of resources to help students learn and improve their grades. The homework help forum welcomes posts to their large group of professional...more
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Jiskha Homework Help is a large collection of resources to help students learn and improve their grades. The homework help forum welcomes posts to their large group of professional experts and teachers who are there to receive questions. A well organized array of articles, links, and other searchable resources on all kinds of school subjects round out this really well thought-out site for students of all ages. Archives are available to find answers to previous questions, simply type in a search term to find questions, articles, and directories related to the search. Other searches can be done by grade level or school subject by choosing links on the left side of the page. Most answers are provided within a couple of days so this site shouldn't be counted on for last-minute homework questions!
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tag(s): homework (44)

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Share this site with students to use at home for homework help. Use the site on your interactive whiteboard to answer questions that may come up in the classroom. Have students create "talking pictures" to illustrate responses to homework questions that were answered on the site using Fotobabble reviewed here.

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MathEbook - MathEbook

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K to 12
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Mathebook.net has Online Tutorials as well as Downloadable pdf tutorials which you can save on a computer and use later. It can be used by teachers for home work purpose. ...more
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Mathebook.net has Online Tutorials as well as Downloadable pdf tutorials which you can save on a computer and use later. It can be used by teachers for home work purpose. The pdf is editable and students can e-mail the homework tutorials by e-mail back to teachers. To begin using the site, you simple choose from kindergarten, elementary, middle school, or high school levels. Within each of those sections is a list of topics, and then a choice of virtual or ebook. Virtual activities are those done on the computer and cannot be saved. These are items such as fact practice where feedback will be given as to the correctness of answers. eWorkbook items are PDF documents that can be printed and used as worksheets. You can either print and use them, or the answers can be inputted online, saved, then emailed to the instructor. The site also includes a math dictionary, video tutorials, and downloadable worksheets.
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tag(s): addition (251), decimals (133), division (172), factors (42), fractions (239), measurement (159), multiplication (227), number sense (97), subtraction (208), time (144), video (254), worksheets (60)

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Save this site as a link on classroom or computer lab computers for math practice. Share this site on your classroom website or blog for students to practice at home. Share the video tutorials on your interactive whiteboard or projector to introduce or review concepts taught in class.
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Math Topics - Adam Chan

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8 to 12
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This site offers four animations explaining how to solve algebraic operations. The interactives are interesting, easy to follow, and provide a great resource for introduction or review...more
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This site offers four animations explaining how to solve algebraic operations. The interactives are interesting, easy to follow, and provide a great resource for introduction or review for Linear Equations, Linear Systems, Completing the Square, and the AC Method of Factoring. Although the site is quite basic in its look, these animations will be a great addition to teacher and parent resources for these topics.

tag(s): equations (155), factoring (31), test prep (96), video (254)

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Share videos on your interactive whiteboard or projector as an introduction to these topics or as review. Share the site on your classroom website or blog for students to access at home for review. After viewing the videos, have students recreate the steps using their own problems in their math journals. Challenge students to create their own videos/animations sharing how to solve an algebraic problem. Share the videos using a site such as SchoolTube reviewed here.
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Erich's Puzzle Page - Erich Friedman

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6 to 12
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If you are looking for puzzles, this site offers hundreds of choices in many different forms. Try solving weight puzzles, color sum puzzles, or pyramid puzzles. If unsure, puzzles are...more
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If you are looking for puzzles, this site offers hundreds of choices in many different forms. Try solving weight puzzles, color sum puzzles, or pyramid puzzles. If unsure, puzzles are also sorted by easy, medium, or hard levels. Solutions are available for all puzzles.

tag(s): logic (235), puzzles (208)

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Choose a puzzle for a quick class starter for students to solve when entering class. Display a puzzle on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to use as a problem-solving activity. Challenge students to create their own puzzles to share with the class. Create a link on classroom computers for students to use during extra class time.
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Shelfari - Amazon

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4 to 12
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Shelfari is a community-powered encyclopedia for book lovers. Create a virtual bookshelf, discover new books, connect with friends, and learn more about your favorite books. You can...more
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Shelfari is a community-powered encyclopedia for book lovers. Create a virtual bookshelf, discover new books, connect with friends, and learn more about your favorite books. You can read, write and edit plot summaries, popular quotes, character descriptions and more than a dozen other types of book factoids. The site can be searched without registration; however, free registration is required to create a virtual bookshelf. (Although they do not openly "advertise," Amazon obviously hopes this site will inspire you to buy more books. If you feel so moved, we hope you will make your purchase by entering through the Amazon search at the bottom of this page so TeachersFirst can benefit from the donations Amazon makes to our non-profit service as a result of your purchase.)
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tag(s): book lists (128), book reports (35), independent reading (128)

In the Classroom

Before or after reading classroom novels, pull up the book on your interactive whiteboard or projector to view what others have written about the book. Create a classroom account and your own virtual bookshelf as a resource for students to find books that they will enjoy. Create different bookshelves by subject, genre, etc. Show this site on your interactive whiteboard to demonstrate how to use the site and find books of interest. Use examples on the site, then have students create their own book summaries (using this site's format) using Google Docs reviewed here. Add the Shelfari widget to your classroom website or blog for easy access for students.

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Produce Oasis - P-O-P Interactive, Inc.

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4 to 12
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Produce Oasis is a source for information about selecting and preparing herbs, fresh fruits & vegetables. The site includes healthy recipes, seasonal information, history, and nutritional...more
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Produce Oasis is a source for information about selecting and preparing herbs, fresh fruits & vegetables. The site includes healthy recipes, seasonal information, history, and nutritional & dietary data about your favorite fruits and vegetables! To explore the site, choose from one of the categories offered: fruits, vegetables, recipes, and more. One unique area is the produce nutrition section; click this button and choose a vitamin or mineral from the list to find the daily recommended allowance. It also provides lists of fruits and vegetables and their percentage of the daily allowance in a serving. The Tip of the Day section offers a daily tip on vegetables or fruits that are high in nutrition and includes archives of past tips.
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tag(s): cooking (34), nutrition (154)

In the Classroom

During a unit on healthy eating, challenge your students to create a web exhibit collection about the nutritional value of fruits and vegetables using a tool such as Bag The Web (reviewed here) to share all of the important links, information, and even brief descriptions. Use the site with students to create healthy menus and find alternatives to fast foods. If you are a family and consumer science teacher, try out some of the recipes in class! Have students choose a recipe and create a "how-to" video to share with the class. Share the videos using a tool such as SchoolTube reviewed here.

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Calcoolate - The Coolest Calculator on the Web - Calcoolate.com

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7 to 12
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Calcoolate is an online, fast, scientific calculator. It has a clean interface and, unlike other online calculators, doesn't clutter your screen with unnecessary calculator buttons...more
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Calcoolate is an online, fast, scientific calculator. It has a clean interface and, unlike other online calculators, doesn't clutter your screen with unnecessary calculator buttons that you can input from your keyboard (1,2,3, +, -,* etc). It supports simple and trigonometric or scientific math functions (sin, cos, log, etc), instantly highlights any errors in your input, and automatically saves a history of your previous calculations. The preferences page allows for further customization of the calculator: choose to use either a dot or comma as the decimal point, save the history (or not), and show angles in radians or degrees. In addition to the calculator, there is an online conversion tool. This tool performs conversions for distance and length, speed, temperature, weight, volume, area, and currency. Your computer's calculator history will also show on screen when performing conversions. Although the advertisements on this page can be a bit "flashy," this site is definitely worth using!
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tag(s): calculators (41), conversions (23), measurement (159)

In the Classroom

Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector when performing operations and conversions in math and science. Use the history as a reference for comparing calculations performed. (Some school computers may "blow out" the computer "cookies" that store this history.) Share a link to the site on your classroom website or blog for students to use at home.

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