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I Rule Money - DoughMain

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8 to 12
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This site offers informative 30 second videos to answer teens' questions on different financial matters related to their lives. Choose from categories such as credit and debt, housing,...more
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This site offers informative 30 second videos to answer teens' questions on different financial matters related to their lives. Choose from categories such as credit and debt, housing, cars, jobs, and more. Within each category are questions from typical teenagers with links to the video response. Banking & Loans questions include "How can I get a college loan," "Why do some ATM's charge me a fee to withdraw money," and other bank-related concerns.
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tag(s): financial aid (12), financial literacy (80), money (193)

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Use these short videos on your interactive whiteboard or projector to introduce financial literacy topics in the classroom. Share videos with students as models then have them create their own 30 second video response to other financial topics discussed in class. Share the videos using a tool such as SchoolTube reviewed here.

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Soungle - Southern Codes

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5 to 12
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Royalty Free Sound Effects Library for Download by Soungle.com is a go-to resource to keep in your bookmarked favorites for easy, free downloads of sounds, and the best part ...more
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Royalty Free Sound Effects Library for Download by Soungle.com is a go-to resource to keep in your bookmarked favorites for easy, free downloads of sounds, and the best part is it is searchable! The sound effects are short, and there is no membership required. Cautionary advice would be to direct students to type in a search term and avoid clicking on word links which will actually lead away from the webpage.
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tag(s): sound (100), sounds (68)

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Try sharing this resource with students when they are creating podcasts, slideshows, and other media projects. This would also be great for performance groups such as drama clubs or musicals that need sound effects. Very creative students might like to actually tell a story through nothing but sound effects. Have them try making a "sound rebus" story on your class wiki, with words and sound links to tell what happens. Download sound effects and add them, worry-free, to projects or productions. Make sure students realize that "royalty free" does not dismiss the need to give proper credit for their source!

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Epic Decide - EpicDecide.com

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3 to 12
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Use this free and easy to use tool to make decisions quickly. Provide a question and options to choose from. View data and a make a decision based upon the ...more
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Use this free and easy to use tool to make decisions quickly. Provide a question and options to choose from. View data and a make a decision based upon the majority. Test the tool by trying the Instant Demo. Enter the answer to the following: "What would you like to vote on" and "The best options are the most"... Include as many options as are necessary. Click create the vote. Send the URL to others to read the options and make a choice. Click Settings to choose to update the acceptance of nominations. Click Results to see choices people have made. Be sure to keep the results page bookmarked in your Favorites to view the results. Results are not saved within an account.

tag(s): polls and surveys (48), quizzes (97)

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Use this tool to make choices on activities in class, what students feel about certain aspects of history or current events, or any other question where you want to offer options and collect votes. Use in clubs and organizations in school. Poll a class at the start (on iTouches) to see how they would have handled a difficult issue in history or as part of homework, have them predict what will happen in the next chapter of the novel the class is reading. Have students use the decision maker in a role play activity such as deciding whether or not your state should secede from the Union in 1861.

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Google Swiffy - Google

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8 to 12
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This tool lets you convert Flash SWF files to HTML5 to view on non-Flash devices such as iTouch, iPad, and iPhone. Choose the file, then upload and convert. Swiffy renders ...more
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This tool lets you convert Flash SWF files to HTML5 to view on non-Flash devices such as iTouch, iPad, and iPhone. Choose the file, then upload and convert. Swiffy renders a product that is very good, with a slightly larger file size than the original. This simple to use, one step solution provides an alternative for viewing Flash based ads and animations. This site is unable to convert files that contain audio.

tag(s): computers (94)

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Use this tool to convert animations or other items needed in class to a file that students can view on their non-Flash devices such as iTouch or iPad.
 

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A Google a Day - Google

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4 to 12
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Here you will find a new question each day for your students to practice their web search skills. Some are as simple as "How many cubits tall is the ...more
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Here you will find a new question each day for your students to practice their web search skills. Some are as simple as "How many cubits tall is the structure that houses the ZIP code 10118?" and others are more complicated, such as "If you were a ferry passenger traveling from Continental Europe to the country with twice as many sheep as people, in what town would you most likely dock?" What a discussion starter for key words to use in THAT search! There is also an archive of questions you can get to by clicking on the colored numbers below the question of the day.

tag(s): logic (235), problem solving (272), search strategies (30)

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Use this after presenting some of the lessons from "Google Web Search for Educators" reviewed here. Once you've been through several of those lessons, why not use "A Google a Day" for a beginning of the class warm up or an end of the class exit activity. Once you've done this for a while, you might want to switch things up and have students write their own questions (related to curriculum, of course) to challenge their classmates.

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National Repository of Online Courses - Monterey Institute for Technology and Education

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8 to 10
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A great resource for teaching math, especially when trying to teach with digital media, the National Repository of Online Courses offers free content teaching resources for Algebra...more
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A great resource for teaching math, especially when trying to teach with digital media, the National Repository of Online Courses offers free content teaching resources for Algebra One and Developmental Math. Provide your name, email, and title to be allowed into the Moodle courses that are already designed. Read tips for safely managing email registrations here.

tag(s): homework (44)

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Have students use activities from this website as homework on the web in Algebra One courses. It is a great practice for college learning settings where a lot of homework is going digital.

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Brain Teasers - Pedago.net

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4 to 12
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This simple site offers hundreds of brain teaser problems along with answers. Categories include friends, math, logic, optical illusions, puzzles, and more. Some topics are NOT suitable...more
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This simple site offers hundreds of brain teaser problems along with answers. Categories include friends, math, logic, optical illusions, puzzles, and more. Some topics are NOT suitable for the classroom (such as dating.) Each brain teaser is fairly short and includes a link to click on the answer.
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tag(s): logic (235), optical illusions (11), problem solving (272), puzzles (208)

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Choose a problem to use for a problem of the day or problem of the week in your classroom. Students can explain the problem solving process in math journals. Use several problems in a math problem-solving center. Copy several problems and have students store them in math folders to complete when finished with other work.

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Paper Rater - paperrater.com

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6 to 12
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At Paper Rater you can check your grammar, detect plagiarism, and find writing suggestions all at one place. Use this site for sixth grade writing and above. With the free ...more
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At Paper Rater you can check your grammar, detect plagiarism, and find writing suggestions all at one place. Use this site for sixth grade writing and above. With the free version you are able to check for plagiarism, grammar, vocabulary, word choice and style (transitions). No login is required. PaperRater offers a premium version for a fee.

tag(s): book reports (36), editing (60), essays (21), grammar (216), plagiarism (35), proofreading (19), writing (358)

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Users must be able to find their document and copy and paste into the correct fields. Follow the easy directions to determine grammar errors and create a better document. Use without a login or sign up.

Have students use Paper Rater to check their rough drafts. Have students work in pairs, as a peer review, to help each other improve their papers using the suggestions given by Paper Rater. Provide this link on your class website for students to access both in and out of the classroom.

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KId Wind - Kind Wind Project

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6 to 12
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Build a wind turbine and learn about wind power with your class. Kid Wind provides free lessons, Power Point presentations, and resources to support teachers and students as they learn...more
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Build a wind turbine and learn about wind power with your class. Kid Wind provides free lessons, Power Point presentations, and resources to support teachers and students as they learn about wind energy. The wind turbine plans vary in difficulty. Construct basic models from common materials such as Tinker Toys or create a more sophisticated one with a wind generator built from car alternators. This is a good resource for students interested in investigating for a science fair project about renewable energy. In the free curriculum area there are also lesson plans/activities (mainly pdfs) on energy efficiency, creating a hot air balloon, solar power, and more. Be aware: some of this site is for a fee.

tag(s): air (163), electricity (89), energy (197), engineering (125), ratios (53), solar energy (38)

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Use experiential learning to model how higher-level math concepts have a direct correlation to current environmental issues. Learn to measure wind energy, calculate "gear ratios," the area of a blade's "sweep," measure the amount of energy or wind a turbine is producing.

There is a range of lessons and activities here, some more complex than others. You may want to choose a few that fit your curricular needs and then allow small groups of students to investigate one together. Have student groups make an online Stixy (reviewed here) of things they discover about their topic, and later rearrange the items to "explain" their topic to classmates visually.

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Common Core Standards - Pearson Education, Inc.

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K to 12
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Start investigating the world of common core Curriculum through Pearson education. Pearson Common Core standards website offers an introduction to Common Core standards, reading standards,...more
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Start investigating the world of common core Curriculum through Pearson education. Pearson Common Core standards website offers an introduction to Common Core standards, reading standards, math standards, and information on the transition to Common Core Curriculum. All but six states have adopted common Core standards and they will be transitioned into full use by 2014. Pearson currently employs several of the authors of common core curriculum. Free webinars offer information about introductions to common core, math and reading, and transitions into common core. Included on this site is a blog and parent information.
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tag(s): commoncore (92), professional development (123)

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Begin your transition in to the world of Common Core Curriculum by starting with great webinars and resources. The webinars are very informational and give great insight. Find ways to begin to align your own teaching by offering more rigor and challenge. Stay in touch with the latest blogs on Common Core Information.
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Perimeter Explorer - Shodor

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3 to 12
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This applet provides practice calculating the perimeter of random shapes. Create random shapes or the site will make them for you, another option allows for creating a shape based on...more
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This applet provides practice calculating the perimeter of random shapes. Create random shapes or the site will make them for you, another option allows for creating a shape based on a pre-determined area. An explanation of perimeter is provided on the learners portion of the site. The instructors part of the site provides links to standards, a printable with exploration questions, classroom discussion information, and links to similar resources.

tag(s): area (66), perimeter (32)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups to complete the exploration questions. Create a link on classroom computers to use as a center. Create a link on your classroom website or blog for students to practice at home. Have students create their own representations after exploring the site and allow other students to solve for perimeter and area.

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Angles - Shodor

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6 to 12
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This site provides practice with vocabulary associated with angles. Common Core State Standards are addressed for fourth and seventh grades and geometry. The site is also appropriate...more
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This site provides practice with vocabulary associated with angles. Common Core State Standards are addressed for fourth and seventh grades and geometry. The site is also appropriate for younger grades to use when learning and processing information about angles. The learner section has detailed explanations about different types of angles that can be used as a review when working with angles. The instructor area has correlations to standards, classroom information, links to similar resources, and a downloadable exploration questions sheet. The activity allows options of one or two transverals and scoring can be used or turned off.

tag(s): angles (88), geometric shapes (163)

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Introduce this site with your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups to complete the exploration questions. Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson about angles on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Create a link to the site on your classroom webpage or blog for students to practice at home.

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Number Base Clock - Shodor

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3 to 12
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This site provides practice in converting from base 10 to other values up to base 16. Three clocks are displayed and options are provided for choosing the value used on ...more
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This site provides practice in converting from base 10 to other values up to base 16. Three clocks are displayed and options are provided for choosing the value used on the clocks. Upon entering the choice, the hands on the clock turn to show the appropriate representation in the chosen base. The learner section provides information on base number systems and how they have been used in the past. The instructor section provides links to standards, place value in the curriculum, possible issues that may arise in the classroom and links to additional resources including an activity sheet.

tag(s): base ten (12), number sense (97)

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Provide students with the exploration questions and let them work with a partner to solve. Display the site on the interactive whiteboard or projector as a springboard to introduction of bases other than the base 10 system. Use when studying Ancient Mayans to demonstrate their counting system that used base 20.
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Yudu - Yudu.com

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5 to 12
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Yudu is more than an online library to read and explore. You can get your own writing published. It's as simple as uploading your PDF, Word, or PowerPoint document. These ...more
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Yudu is more than an online library to read and explore. You can get your own writing published. It's as simple as uploading your PDF, Word, or PowerPoint document. These are automatically turned into the Yudu page-turning format. You don't even have to register to read or listen to a book, magazine, podcast, or brochure. It's free. Aspiring authors can register and publish your writing here, for free. You can also publish digital content beyond digital magazines and brochures. You can publish podcasts, music, audio clips, and photos. You can use Yudu as a visual bookmarking program, too. Once registered, you can create a library to store, share, & promote your digital content. Share your digital, page-turning publications for free or you can keep them private for you, friends, and family. There is an introductory video to get you started. The Yudu "plus" version (for a fee) has additional features.

tag(s): digital storytelling (142), ebooks (41), multimedia (57), news (261), podcasts (52)

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If you have a classroom newsletter, this would be the perfect place for you to publish it. You can then embed it on your website or wiki for parents and students to read.

If your class is studying a certain time period and/or area in the world, have your students produce brochures or newspapers (called a magazine on Yudu) using Yudu. Have your students create their brochure using Word, and then upload it to Yudu for a very polished look. You can then publish these by embedding them, or sharing the url on your wiki or webpage for your class and their parents to view.

In science or math students could make a small magazine with pictures to describe a concept or equation to their peers, to younger students, , or as a final assessment. Instead of a book report, create a Yudu! In English (or L.A.) have students write creative stories or step by step instructions and publish them via Yudu. At the beginning of the school-year, create a class Yudu introducing everyone in the class (name, favorite subject, favorite sport, highlight of their summer, etc..). Share the books with parents online or at Back to School Night.

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Probabilistic Learning Activities Network - David Kay Harris

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8 to 12
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This site offers 30 probability activities based on questions. Answers are deliberately left out. The reasoning behind the site and the activities is thoroughly explained in the Teacher...more
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This site offers 30 probability activities based on questions. Answers are deliberately left out. The reasoning behind the site and the activities is thoroughly explained in the Teacher Support Section. Two different types of activities are offered - essential questions which are more generally and offer exploration of conceptual understanding, and QHE which are based on a hypothesis-experiment-instruction model. The activities include Java applet interactives. There is also a student support section which links to a student forum. Use of the forum isn't necessary to complete the activities on the site. In addition, there is a technology support link that offers information on technology found on the site such as information embedded onto Excel spreadsheets. The site is aligned to the IB curriculum but can be used elsewhere.
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tag(s): probability (130), problem solving (272)

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Introduce the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector then assign students various portions of the site to explore or discuss within small groups. This site is great for gifted students to proceed at their own pace, allowing them many different activities to explore different types of probabilities through activities and essential questions.
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Positive Linear Function Machine - Shodor

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6 to 12
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This site provides great practice with linear functions in the format of y=m*x+b. Integers between 0 and 10 are available for use. The activity can be used with or without ...more
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This site provides great practice with linear functions in the format of y=m*x+b. Integers between 0 and 10 are available for use. The activity can be used with or without scoring. The learner section provides a detailed explanation and examples on how to use the function machine. The instructor sections includes information on how to use the site in the classroom, links to standards and related resources. Be sure to check out the downloadable exploration questions that can be used in the classroom.

tag(s): functions (70), logic (235), patterns (85), problem solving (272)

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Demonstrate the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector by introducing the learner section and discussing examples included. Provide students with a copy of the explorations questions to complete on their own or with a partner. Provide a link on classroom computers to use as a classroom center. Provide a link on your classroom website or blog for students to practice at home.
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Linear Function Machine - Shodor

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6 to 12
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Explore simple linear functions with this activity. The function is always a simple line of y=(m*x)+b, any integers from -10 to 10 can be inputted. You can practice algebra skills,...more
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Explore simple linear functions with this activity. The function is always a simple line of y=(m*x)+b, any integers from -10 to 10 can be inputted. You can practice algebra skills, pattern finding, arithmetic skills, and exploring the function of variables. The instructor tab also includes standards addressed, possible issues that may come up in class discussion, and links to similar resources.

tag(s): equations (155), functions (70), patterns (85), variables (22)

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Display on the interactive whiteboard or projector when introducing linear functions. Explore different variables with the class and problem solving strategies to use when working with linear functions. Create a link on your classroom computer and allow students to work in pairs to create functions and predict outputs.
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Trimble SketchUp - Google

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8 to 12
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With Google SketchUp, users can create 3D models of homes, shacks, sheds, decks, design wood work projects, and even imagine and visualize space ships. Once a user has navigated this...more
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With Google SketchUp, users can create 3D models of homes, shacks, sheds, decks, design wood work projects, and even imagine and visualize space ships. Once a user has navigated this tool, it becomes fast to use, flexible, and fun! The pile of possibilities is sky high (and higher in the spaceship case!). Your creations can be shared online and/or added to Google Earth to get a picture of what your creation would look like in real life from the sky! For more information about Google Earth click here. Beyond a doubt, this is a very cool tool to use for learners, amateur architects, and professionals alike!

tag(s): architecture (83), design (84), drawing (78)

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To introduce yourself to the program, check out the training video. There are templates that you can use to create your designs and they are offered in both metric and English measurements. The application is reminiscent of basic paint programs. Perhaps the best way to learn how to create with this tool is to take some time to "play" with it. The editors at TeacherFirst strongly recommend working your way through a sample before you implement this in a class. It gives your students a great model to visualize your expectations, and it will give you the hands on experience that you can use to help them. Another way to implement this is to roll it out to your students and have them "play" with it. You may learn more from them than you could have ever anticipated. Another neat feature of this program is that it allows you to Google search for previously constructed 3D models and download them directly into SketchUp on your computer!

As part of a multidisciplinary unit in science, technology, economics, math, social studies, and English classes, use this site to create a culminating design project. In English classes, have students create a written grant or design proposal. In economics, have the students discover how to construct the project for the best possible cost. Have the final design project be a new museum or historical/tourist attraction to commemorate a local hero/heroine. In math and science classes, have the students "build" the project with accurate measurements. Then as follow up, have students use Google Earth reviewed here to predict the environmental impact of the new construction. Or, in technology education or industrial arts class, use this as a way to submit project drafts for construction.

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LiveBinders4Teachers - Barbara Tallent

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K to 12
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This website is a compilation of completed LiveBinders. LiveBinders4Teachers is separated by subject, grade, and general usage. This would be a great way for a new teacher to get ideas...more
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This website is a compilation of completed LiveBinders. LiveBinders4Teachers is separated by subject, grade, and general usage. This would be a great way for a new teacher to get ideas for teaching units. Using a pre-made binder saves time and sheds light on some of the potential of the application. Anyone interested in setting up their own LiveBinders would benefit from using this resource. To learn more about Livebinders and how to make your own, see our full review of LiveBinders here.

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Science IQ - Science IQ. com

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8 to 12
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This website features answers to new science questions everyday. If the simple answer is not enough for you, there are helpful links, and suggested additional reading if you would like...more
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This website features answers to new science questions everyday. If the simple answer is not enough for you, there are helpful links, and suggested additional reading if you would like a greater understanding of the concept. Even more information is available through using the categorized science facts found on the left side of the screen. Questions are also searchable by keyword. Subjects include: physics, astronomy, chemistry, biology, mathematics, geology, engineering, and medicine.
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Try using this site's questions on a weekly or daily basis in science or math class to start discussions and provoke student thinking. Allow students to view the question on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then brainstorm possible answers. Once enough thoughts have been seeded, share the real answers. Or, allow students to work at the answer as the lesson continues for a few days and reveal the correct answer as a finale to the lesson.

This site could also be used as a learning station for the question of the day or the week.

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