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Dotstorming - Gareth Marland

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2 to 12
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Create an online bulletin board (much like Padlet, reviewed here, or Lino, reviewed here) for brainstorming and...more
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Create an online bulletin board (much like Padlet, reviewed here, or Lino, reviewed here) for brainstorming and VOTING on any topic. The voting is what makes this tool different. Create an account. There is no waiting for email approval. Add a board, title, select how many votes the participants will have (up to 10), and start adding posts with text, images, and video. Add images and video via URL or upload from your computer. When participants join, they give their name. Participants can add posts. Names of participants using the board appear below the chat box. Participants name's appear when they make a comment in the chat. However, comments on posts don't have the participant name. Once the board is complete, the creator can finalize the board so no new ideas can be posted, but the voting feature is still open.

tag(s): bulletin boards (17), gamification (73), images (277)

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Share your board with a projector or interactive whiteboard. Put the URL link on your website for students to access. If you don't want to share the link that way, then use a tool such as Google URL Shortener, reviewed here, for students to type in (and reduce input mistakes). You may want to think about students using only their first name or their code to participate. Dotstorming does not show which posts belong to which student, so you may want to require that students identify their post and comment by putting their initials, their first name, or their code on their contributions to get credit. If you plan to allow all students to post to the wall or make comments, you may want to discuss Internet safety and etiquette and establish specific class rules and consequences.

Use Dotstorming to collect WebQuest links and information to share with students. Assign a student project. For example, have students create a board about an environmental issue. They can include pictures, video, links, and other information to display. Use as a new format for book reports. Do your students have favorites such as music or sports? Create a board around these favorites or hobbies. Use a wall for grammar or vocabulary words. Create walls for debates or viewpoints. The voting is perfect for that idea! Post assignments, reminders, or study skills on a board. Do you use student scribes or reporters? Use Dotstorming to create a board with class news and updates.

Use Dotstorming as an "idea bin" where students can collect ideas, images, quotes, and more for a project. Require them to share a brainstorming Dotstorming board to show you the ideas they considered before they launch into a project. Have them brainstorm (and rank by votes) the possibilities for a creative problem solving or a "Maker Faire" project. In writing or art classes, use Dotstorming as a virtual writer's journal or design notebook to collect ideas, images, and even video clips.

Use Dotstorming as your virtual word wall for vocabulary development. Have students submit and share questions or comments about assignments and tasks they are working on.

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Brain Doodles - Thomas Michaud

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5 to 12
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Learn more about taking visual notes at Brain Doodles. Find lesson plans, examples, and videos to help improve your memory; do this with doodles and using the senses of sight, ...more
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Learn more about taking visual notes at Brain Doodles. Find lesson plans, examples, and videos to help improve your memory; do this with doodles and using the senses of sight, hearing, and touch. This site is actually more than a learn to doodle site. It's more like drawing lessons to help you think. Find lessons about using letters and numbers for images, drawing stick figures, faces and emotions, memory techniques, problem-solving, and how to listen effectively (so important!). There are several videos per lesson. Roll your cursor over the lesson boxes to see titles of videos in a pop-up box. Download the complete lessons in PDF format. If you're not a doodler, maybe you should be! In an article published in "Applied Cognitive Psychology" Jackie Andrade, a professor at the University of Plymouth, stated doodlers find it easier to recall dull information (29 percent more) than non-doodlers.

tag(s): critical thinking (110), drawing (79), listening (91), note taking (38), organizational skills (129), problem solving (271)

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Introduce this tool on an interactive whiteboard or projector, explaining some of the research behind doodling, memory techniques, and listening. Students love to draw so focus their attention on drawing to learn by setting up a station/center for students to rotate through during any other stations/centers you might have for math, science, history, writing, and more. If you don't use stations, you may want to include a short lesson as an opener or closer each day. Students could finish the day's lesson at home by putting a link to Brain Doodles on your class website for students and parents to access. Now that's homework your students will be motivated to learn!
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Inquiry Maths - Andrew Blair

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1 to 12
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Inquiry Maths provides a large variety of resources for teaching and encouraging inquiry math practices. Choose from different content options to find complete lesson activities with...more
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Inquiry Maths provides a large variety of resources for teaching and encouraging inquiry math practices. Choose from different content options to find complete lesson activities with everything needed to guide students through the inquiry process such as a lesson outline, lesson and mathematical notes, examples, downloads for use on whiteboards, and even classroom posters. Other links provide background information to understand and research how to teach using inquiry math concepts. The first set of links found on the site is for upper elementary and secondary math. Use the last link on the list to find prompts and resources for primary students. The site was created in the UK, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English.

tag(s): angles (86), area (67), equations (153), fractions (235), geometric shapes (163), mean (25), median (22), mode (15), number sense (95), perimeter (30)

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Take advantage of the free lessons and materials found on this site for teaching math. Collaborate with colleagues and use this site for professional development as you implement inquiry math into your curriculum. Use prompts and problems from this site for group learning activities and in your math centers. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos demonstrating their learning and share them on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here.
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Washington NatureMapping Program - NatureMapping Foundation

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4 to 12
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The Washington NatureMapping Program provides information and programs to support environmental stewardship and the collection of data to inventory and monitor wildlife. Although primarily...more
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The Washington NatureMapping Program provides information and programs to support environmental stewardship and the collection of data to inventory and monitor wildlife. Although primarily geared toward the states of Washington and California, many of the support materials include information of interest for all locations. Choose the Resources link to find educational materials, animal fact sheets, and more. Be sure to check out the Biodiversity Data that includes several modules with information divided into categories such as marine animals, plants, and wildlife.

tag(s): animal homes (42), animals (286), data (148), environment (318)

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If you don't live in a state included in the NatureMapping Program, use this site as a model to begin collecting data on wildlife in your area. You may want to share the video Leapin Lizards! found on the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector to inspire students to do their own field research. Have students create online posters individually or together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard, reviewed here, or PicLits, reviewed here, to show different animals and habitats in your region.
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Ocenaudio - ocenaudio

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K to 12
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Ocenaudio is easy to use software for editing audio. Download the software to any major operating system such as Windows, Mac, or Linux. Use prompts to navigate the software using ...more
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Ocenaudio is easy to use software for editing audio. Download the software to any major operating system such as Windows, Mac, or Linux. Use prompts to navigate the software using a large variety of audio files. Trim, copy, and paste audio or choose from an assortment of effects. When finished, save the file in the format of your choice. Be sure to see the features link on the site for complete information on the capabilities of the software.

tag(s): editing (66), sound (103)

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Use Ocenaudio in early grades to promote literacy by recording your students and creating an audio portfolio record of their reading. Use this tool with ESL/ELL students to practice fluency and hear themselves speak. Use Ocenaudio to record parents, principals, lunch ladies, librarians, relatives, and bus drivers all telling a favorite class story. During writing time, allow students freedom from the pencil to express their true creative voices. Also, dabble into digital storytelling to create a lesson in adding voice, emotion, and characterization. Record audio interviews at local nursing homes, fire stations, or museums to recollect times such as wars, the Great Depression, Civil Rights Movements, or as a primary source during memorable events. Record world language conversations as a student project. Make music class or the school band a gold recording!

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Sharalike - Aymeric Vigneras and Etienne Leroy

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K to 12
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Sharalike is a simple and beautiful tool to create slideshows. Import images and use the drag and drop feature to put them in order. Add music from their library or ...more
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Sharalike is a simple and beautiful tool to create slideshows. Import images and use the drag and drop feature to put them in order. Add music from their library or upload your own. Share via email, Twitter, Facebook, embed code, or URL. You may also wish to make your slideshow public and see if it gets featured.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (167), digital storytelling (154), images (277), multimedia (62), slides (65)

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Sharalike is a great way for students to create and share things that they photograph. Challenge students to give oral reports using Sharalike as the visual part of their presentation. Have students take pictures during field trips to use in a Sharalike to display what they saw and learned on the trip. Photograph steps of a science experiment. Alternatively, have students search for Creative Commons and Public Domain images to use as part of a slideshow biography about a prominent person in history. Use to tell the story of the water cycle or another process. Create a Sharalike to use for review of classroom topics. Have students create a Sharalike presentation demonstrating learning in any subject area such as Civil War events, different characteristics of animals, etc. Create a Sharalike for your elementary classroom as part of an informal, sharing presentation. Upload a picture that each student has drawn and have students tell the class about the picture in their own words. What a great way to get young students acclimated to talking in front of a group.

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Science Fair Project World - Science Fair Projects

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2 to 8
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Discover hundreds of Science Fair Projects categorized by science discipline and a category for math. Most disciplines have several projects from which to choose. Each experiment has...more
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Discover hundreds of Science Fair Projects categorized by science discipline and a category for math. Most disciplines have several projects from which to choose. Each experiment has Materials Required and Procedures with diagrams/images and complete written instructions. The directions for these hands-on projects are deceptively simple; you will need to think outside the box about what each project might entail.

tag(s): experiments (73), science fairs (25)

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Introduce this tool to students on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Create a link on your class website for students and parents to access at home. Assign a science experiment for students to try at home on a bi-weekly basis; this will help students and parents to be prepared when science fair time comes around. Allow older students to work together in small groups to investigate and complete the experiments. They could physically work together, or do the projects on their own and report the results and findings back to their group. Use a tool such as Simply Circle, reviewed here, to help students keep their group organized and communicating. For younger students use Simply Circle and include their parents to keep them informed about which project is due and when.

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Doodle.ly - Darren Paul and Evan Vogel

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K to 12
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Doodle.ly is a quick and easy to use drawing tool. Click Doodle Now in the upper right corner to begin drawing. Use tools located at the bottom of the screen ...more
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Doodle.ly is a quick and easy to use drawing tool. Click Doodle Now in the upper right corner to begin drawing. Use tools located at the bottom of the screen to draw with pencil, crayon, marker, and more. Change colors by clicking the color bar. When finished, click Publish to save your drawing with options to share on Twitter or Facebook. Doodle.ly works on the web and iOS7 (at the time of this review). Doodle.ly automatically loads popular drawings when loading the home page, be sure to check for inappropriate content before sharing with students.

tag(s): colors (80), drawing (79), painting (66)

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If you are fortunate enough to have computers or iPads in the classroom, this application will work well for collaborative illustrations. Have each student add a different part of a story for retelling or summarizing main events while others watch and share additional information. Have students create simple math problems while another student solves. Sketch out plans for visual projects, brainstorm freehand, or even create collaborative diagrams to accompany lab reports.

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Do Your Homework Arizona - Stand for Children Arizona

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K to 8
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Do Your Homework Arizona is a free tool for helping parents understand Common Core Math and English Standards in grades K-8. Search by keyword or explore by grade level and ...more
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Do Your Homework Arizona is a free tool for helping parents understand Common Core Math and English Standards in grades K-8. Search by keyword or explore by grade level and content. Links provide a definition and explanation of each standard and most include an additional link to a practice activity or suggestions for practicing the standard at home. 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 KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): commoncore (96), parent conferences (23), parents (58)

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Although created for Arizona parents, all content is aligned to Common Core Standards. Share a link to the site on your class webpage for parents to access on their own. Share information from the site during parent conferences or Meet the Teacher Events to help parents understand standards.
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Keith Hughes Teaching Stuff YouTube Playlist - Keith Hughes

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K to 12
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Keith Hughes' playlist includes 27 videos geared toward new teachers containing practical advice and tips in an entertaining way. Titles include 5 Ways For Teachers to Chillax Students...more
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Keith Hughes' playlist includes 27 videos geared toward new teachers containing practical advice and tips in an entertaining way. Titles include 5 Ways For Teachers to Chillax Students on Test Day, Teaching Advice for Dummies, and The Art of the Lecture. Most videos run ten minutes or less making them easy to watch and share. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here to download the videos from YouTube.
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tag(s): back to school (58), mentoring (12), professional development (129), test prep (96)

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Include videos during back to school preparation and planning with other staff members. Share with your student teacher as an excellent repository of teaching advice. Use these videos as examples for creating your own videos to share with your teaching colleagues.

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Mega Seating Plan - Rob Cowen

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K to 12
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Make classroom management easier with the Mega Seating Plan seating chart creator. Import student data from a spreadsheet and set up the layout of your classroom. Choose to create a...more
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Make classroom management easier with the Mega Seating Plan seating chart creator. Import student data from a spreadsheet and set up the layout of your classroom. Choose to create a random seating arrangement or boy/girl setup. Drag and Drop students to adjust as you like. Include additional data, if desired, on the spreadsheet to show on your seating plan such as reading level or current grades.
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tag(s): back to school (58), classroom management (148)

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Use this site at the beginning of the year to create a seating chart for your classroom. Use the drag and drop technology to configure the desks the way you want them. Trying to separate the most social students? Experiment with different seating layouts until you find the one you think might work. This tool will also make useful diagrams for your sub plans. Flip your classroom a new way by having students "design" a dream classroom as part of a math lesson on measurement or a lesson on simple map skills. Suddenly, the classroom tool becomes a student tool!

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Trandori - Trandori LLC

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Trandori is a search engine for finding and sharing interactive educational problems, mostly math related. Use the search tool to choose subjects, grade level, topic, and keywords....more
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Trandori is a search engine for finding and sharing interactive educational problems, mostly math related. Use the search tool to choose subjects, grade level, topic, and keywords. Create and add problems using the Canvas Designer tool. Account registration isn't necessary, but it allows you to add problems to a queue, convert interactive problems to PDF, and take advantage of privacy options for sharing problems.

tag(s): addition (238), division (167), energy (202), fossil fuels (18), measurement (160), multiplication (220), photosynthesis (32), problem solving (271), search engines (65), subtraction (198), vocabulary (325), vocabulary development (125)

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Use Trandori to find interactive problems for sharing on your interactive whiteboard or as homework assignments. When using your whiteboard, have students use a free voting tool such as Mentimeter, reviewed here, to choose an answer using a mobile device or their computer.

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Woot Math - Woot Math Inc

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Woot Math is an online math program specifically developed for pre-algebra readiness through targeted lessons in decimals and fractions. Register to create and set up a classroom account...more
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Woot Math is an online math program specifically developed for pre-algebra readiness through targeted lessons in decimals and fractions. Register to create and set up a classroom account for students to independently work on Woot Math activities. Although the teacher creates a starting point, this tool then suggests and unlocks activities based on student performance. Lessons include an explanation of concepts and interactive practice. The teacher dashboard provides information on individual and class progress through the lessons. Sign up for Woot Math for 2015-2016 is free.

tag(s): decimals (131), fractions (235)

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Woot Math is perfect for use as a classroom center that adapts to individual student needs and skills. Create your account and demonstrate to students on your interactive whiteboard or projector how to log on and use this site. Be sure to share a link on your class web page for use at home. Share Woot Math with parents during Meet the Teacher Night or during student conferences as a resource for practicing fractions and decimals at home. Although the site is for pre-algebra students, lessons provide excellent practice for any student needing additional help with decimals and fractions.

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Mobile Learning: Why Tech Savvy Educators Are Turning to Podcasts - Buzzsprout

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This article from Buzzsprout offers a great deal of information about mobile learning and how to incorporate it into classrooms. Discover the importance of mobile learning along with...more
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This article from Buzzsprout offers a great deal of information about mobile learning and how to incorporate it into classrooms. Discover the importance of mobile learning along with some of the hurdles faced when incorporating it in any learning situation. Read about the advantages of using podcasts in a flipped classroom or as a solution for self-paced learning. Be sure to check out the infographic included with this article that has statistics about the increased presence of mobile learning.

tag(s): podcasts (55), professional development (129), radio (27)

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Share this article with parents (or administrators) as an explanation and introduction to using podcasts in your classroom. Share with other teachers as part of your professional development sessions on learning technologies. Explore these other options for choosing your podcasting tools - PodOmatic, reviewed here, and Spreaker, reviewed here.

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Ultimate Camp Resource - Ultimate Camp Resources

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K to 7
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Enter the world of Ultimate Camp Resources and find a myriad of songs, games, videos, and more to use at home, at camp, or in a classroom. Then check out ...more
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Enter the world of Ultimate Camp Resources and find a myriad of songs, games, videos, and more to use at home, at camp, or in a classroom. Then check out the blog for even more resources! 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 KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): back to school (58), family (59), songs (53), sports (97), video (272)

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Bookmark this tool for the first week of school or any time that you want to experience some "team-building" in your class. Use this site to find games and activities for classroom icebreakers. Find ideas on this site to build relationships among students. Share this site with parent helpers to find ideas for classroom parties.

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GetEdFunding - CDW-G

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K to 12
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GetEdFunding curates and collects an up to date database of grant and award opportunities for school systems. Create a free account using your email to search and view available grants....more
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GetEdFunding curates and collects an up to date database of grant and award opportunities for school systems. Create a free account using your email to search and view available grants. Once you have an account, save items of interest and stay up to date on upcoming deadlines. In addition to the site's very large database, be sure to check out the Resources link for articles, videos, a glossary, and access to the online community forum. 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 KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.
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tag(s): grants (19)

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Create your account and explore GetEdFunding to find many grant opportunities. Apply for a grant using the tips provided in the Resources link. Be sure to share with your colleagues as an excellent resource for all grade levels and subjects. Consider creating a committee of interested teachers to divide up grant writing and win money for your school.
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Buzzsprout - Tom Rossi

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K to 12
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Buzzsprout offers free, easy to use, podcast hosting. Sign up to receive two hours of hosting per month. Uploads remain available for 90 days. Buzzsprout's dashboard walks you through...more
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Buzzsprout offers free, easy to use, podcast hosting. Sign up to receive two hours of hosting per month. Uploads remain available for 90 days. Buzzsprout's dashboard walks you through the process of creating and sharing podcasts and provides information on the time remaining in your current cycle. Copy and paste one line of code to include your podcast directly on any website.
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tag(s): podcasts (55)

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Even if you aren't ready to create podcasts, share the How To Make a Podcast page with your students with excellent tips for creating any type of speaking presentation. Create regular or special podcasts to share on your class web page or wiki. Have readers (perhaps older buddies) build fluency by recording selected passages for your non-readers. Launch a service project for your fifth or sixth graders to record stories for the kindergarten to use in their reading and listening center. Have students create "you are there" recordings as "eyewitnesses" to historical or current events. Make a weekly class podcast, with students taking turns writing and sharing the "Class News." Have students create radio advertisements for concepts studied in class (Buy Dynamic DNA!). Have students write and record their own stories or poetry in dramatic readings. Language students or beginning readers could record their fluency by reading passages and listening to themselves. Allow parents to hear their child's progress reading aloud, etc. Compare world language, speech articulation, or reading fluency at two points during the year. Have your Shakespeare students record a soliloquy. Write and record a poem for Father's or Mother's Day (or other special events) and send the URL as a gift to that special person. If you have gifted students who lean toward the dramatic, this tool is simple enough for them to create dramatic mini-casts without needing a video camera.

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The podcasting 101 information is incredibly helpful for anyone wishing to begin podcasting. It also establishes tips that can be helpful for any speaker (as the description says). Patricia, NJ, Grades: 6 - 12

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GIMP - Jens T. Lautenbacher and Adrian Likins

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GIMP is a free software download to use when working with images and photos. Features include paint tools, photo retouching, animation, and much more. GIMP provides an extensive tutorial...more
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GIMP is a free software download to use when working with images and photos. Features include paint tools, photo retouching, animation, and much more. GIMP provides an extensive tutorial library broken into categories for beginning through expert users.

tag(s): editing (66), images (277), photography (162)

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Use this tool anytime photos need to be edited for use on class blogs, wikis, or in presentation tools found here. In primary grades, this tool could be useful for teachers to use to edit pictures from a field trip, science experiments, and more. Share the editing process with your younger students using your interactive whiteboard or projector. Edit together! Encourage older students to use this site themselves on images for projects or presentations. Use this tool in photography or art classes. Use the editor to edit pictures to fit styles of pictures when doing historical reports or to set a mood. Use text options for the photos themselves to tell the stories. Have students annotate or label Creative Commons online images of cells, structures of an animal, and much more.

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SRecorder - SRecorder Company

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Record a PC desktop with or without sound using free software from SRecorder. This software works only with Windows Operating Systems. After downloading and installing the software,...more
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Record a PC desktop with or without sound using free software from SRecorder. This software works only with Windows Operating Systems. After downloading and installing the software, use the desktop shortcut to begin the recording. Choose to view the entire desktop or select a specific area using the crop box provided. Click the red button to record, then use the icons on the screen to save to your computer or share to social networking sites.

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Use SRecorder to record instructions for using websites. Share how to perform problems, step by step directions for any project, and much more. Leave a video message for your substitute teacher or even your class! Create a video message to share with parents about current projects, clips from field trips, and more. Share on your class website for students to view at home.

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Technology Student Association - Technology Student Association

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The Technology Student Association (TSA) is an organization offering competitions, leadership events, and more to high school and middle school students involved in STEM (Science, Technology,...more
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The Technology Student Association (TSA) is an organization offering competitions, leadership events, and more to high school and middle school students involved in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education. Learn how to join or start your own chapter with similarly minded members. Find out about the latest school level competitive events. The Student portion of the site offers a comprehensive list of scholarship information as well as links and resources with information on STEM careers.

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Use information from this site to start a TSA chapter in your school. Share information on scholarship opportunities and career information with students interested in STEM careers. Even if your school doesn't have a TSA chapter, take advantage of the Competitive Events Overview to get ideas for your own classroom-created competition.

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