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Melody Street - Guy Frenkel, Gil Feldman, and Gilad Benamram

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K to 4
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Explore music through many interactive activities on Melody Street. There are games, videos, radio, and more!! This highly engaging site includes the High/Low Pitch game or Who's That...more
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Explore music through many interactive activities on Melody Street. There are games, videos, radio, and more!! This highly engaging site includes the High/Low Pitch game or Who's That Instrument. Watch videos teaching about instruments and more. Listen to music with Melody Street's radio, choosing from songs, classical, or country stations. The Fun Stuff portion of the site includes wallpapers, printables, and coloring pages for download. Other options include a musical storybook and a gallery of musical friends.

tag(s): musical instruments (27), preK (225)

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If you are an elementary music teacher, this site is a MUST SAVE! Perhaps your school has lost its music teacher? This site is a great way to introduce musical instruments. Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Make a shortcut to this site on classroom computers and use it as a center. Share a new video or interactive each week.
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Next Vista for Learning - Rushton Hurley

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3 to 12
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Next Vista offers Learning videos for teachers looking for alternatives to YouTube. At the time of this review, they offered over 1,000 videos (most useful for in the classroom). Videos...more
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Next Vista offers Learning videos for teachers looking for alternatives to YouTube. At the time of this review, they offered over 1,000 videos (most useful for in the classroom). Videos are made by teachers and/or students. Search by three main topics: Light Bulbs, Global View, or Seeing Service. Better yet, use the right sidebar to search by topic: Math, Science, World Languages, History & Culture, Performing Arts, and more.Next Vista offers an extensive collection of career videos to use as a resource for exploring and discovering career opportunities. View videos directly on site or share using the link or embed code provided. Throughout the school year, Next Vista hosts video creation contests for students and teachers. Submit your own videos less than 5 minutes in length using directions provided. They even offer small prizes for winners.

tag(s): africa (179), asia (68), careers (107), computers (38), europe (64), literature (216), musical instruments (27), musical notation (19), north america (18), parts of speech (60), poetry (210), shakespeare (133), south america (31), speech (86), video (170)

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Explore the various topics to share with your students. In the math section, share the "How to Show Your Work" video on your projector or interactive whiteboard. There are useful videos in all sections, offered at a variety of levels. Bookmark and save this site for use throughout the year for student and teacher created videos. Challenge students to create a video to submit for one of the site's contests; who knows, they may win!

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Fractions of a Second: An Olympic Musical - The New York Times

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3 to 12
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This very interesting site offers a musical look at the amount of time between finishers in several different Olympic events such as Alpine Skiing and Bobsledding. View each event and...more
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This very interesting site offers a musical look at the amount of time between finishers in several different Olympic events such as Alpine Skiing and Bobsledding. View each event and the winning time along with dots on a timeline representing the next finisher's times. Click the play icon to hear a tone representing each contestant crossing the finish line. This is an excellent visual and audio display of how close some events really are!
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tag(s): olympics (40), sports (78)

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View this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector and listen together to the different spacings of finishes by event. Challenge students to create timelines of finishes for other Olympic events (with music, photos, videos, and more) using Capzles (reviewed here).

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The Rhythm Trainer - John Blank

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1 to 8
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Learn and practice rhythm with the Rhythm Trainer's two modes of play. Choose the A mode to click on rhythms heard. Choose B mode to see a rhythm notation and ...more
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Learn and practice rhythm with the Rhythm Trainer's two modes of play. Choose the A mode to click on rhythms heard. Choose B mode to see a rhythm notation and choose the matching audio clip. Choose from slow or fast tempos and to include or exclude rhythm choices.

tag(s): musical notation (19), rhythm (17)

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Make a shortcut to this site on classroom computers and use it as a center. Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Use as an example, and have students create their own rhythms. Play and have other students identify what they hear. Share this site on your class website for those students taking private lessons. This is excellent practice!
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Whack a Note - Kennedy Center Artsedge

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1 to 5
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Presented by the Kennedy Center's Artsedge program, this activity is a fun-filled way to learn about reading music. Similar to the popular carnival game Whack a Mole, the object...more
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Presented by the Kennedy Center's Artsedge program, this activity is a fun-filled way to learn about reading music. Similar to the popular carnival game Whack a Mole, the object is to click on the correct note when it pops up and before it disappears. Move through several levels beginning with single note identification to earn points.

tag(s): musical notation (19)

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Use this site in your classroom to supplement current music instruction (or to begin if you have lost your music teacher). Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Share with parents of students taking beginning music lessons as a resource for learning notes on a scale. Make a shortcut to this site on classroom computers and use it as a center.
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My Pop Studio - Media Education Lab, Temple University

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6 to 12
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My Pop Studio is a creative play experience that strengthens critical thinking skills about television, music, magazines and online media directed. Some of the activities are geared...more
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My Pop Studio is a creative play experience that strengthens critical thinking skills about television, music, magazines and online media directed. Some of the activities are geared towards girls, but many could be used with any teenager. Choose from four opportunities to learn more about mass media: Music, TV, Magazines, or Digital. Choose a studio to begin. Registration is optional but allows you the opportunity to save progress within activities. Go behind the scenes to think about the meaning of song lyrics: how songs and media sell items and ideas. Think about how magazines alter images by viewing before and after images. Be sure to check out the section for parents and the teachers portion of the site for ideas to use the site as well as lesson plans and supplemental activities for download.

tag(s): advertising (27), media literacy (43)

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This site would be perfect for use with an after school program directed at teenagers or as part of a unit on propaganda and media literacy. Use lessons and activities to inspire debate and discussion on the role of media in society and especially its effect on young girls. Talk about the impact of advertising on our ideas of what matters. Include this as part of a character education or consumerism unit. Use as an independent in-class activity for girls in the classroom. Allow students to explore the site then challenge students to create a presentation using Prezi (reviewed here) to explore issues related to media literacy.
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GE Focus Forward - GE & Cinelan.com

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6 to 12
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GE Focus Forward offers a series of 30 three-minute videos featuring stories about innovators. Directed by award-winning documentary film makers, the films range in topics from a "Journey...more
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GE Focus Forward offers a series of 30 three-minute videos featuring stories about innovators. Directed by award-winning documentary film makers, the films range in topics from a "Journey Under the Sea" to a look at the "Secrets of Trees." Hover over any film icon to view a short description of the topic. Click to begin. Share films using social networking buttons within the film. Copy the embed code to embed on any website or blog. Videos are hosted on Vimeo, which is accessible in most schools.

tag(s): environment (287), inventors and inventions (96), medicine (48), mental health (17), nutrition (136), oceans (124), robotics (17), solar energy (29), STEM (52), trees (24), video (170)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Have students explore this site independently or in small groups. There is one film about sanitation that refers to "poop," so you may want to avoid classroom giggles from less mature students by setting the tone for scientific viewing. Use as any part of a career unit, as a look at explorers and innovators, or when discussing character education. Be sure to include this site on your class web page for students to access both in and outside of class for further practice. Challenge students to choose a topic to further explore and create a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.

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Interactive Orchestra - ADL

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K to 6
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Explore and learn about parts of an orchestra with this interesting interactive resource. Click on any section of the orchestra image to see the name of the highlighted section and...more
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Explore and learn about parts of an orchestra with this interesting interactive resource. Click on any section of the orchestra image to see the name of the highlighted section and hear a short piece played by those instruments. Click again to complete a short fill in the blank about that section of the orchestra more in depth.

tag(s): musical instruments (27)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. This is ideal for music class or for schools with no music teacher. In science units about sound, take the basics of sounds a little further by having students figure out how different instruments within the orchestra generate sound waves and adjust the pitch. Create a quick poll (with no membership required) using kwiqpoll (reviewed here) to find students' favorite orchestra section.
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Online Voice Recorder - 123apps

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K to 12
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Just as the name says, Online Voice Recorder allows you to record your voice from your computer and save the file. With no membership required, this is a free and ...more
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Just as the name says, Online Voice Recorder allows you to record your voice from your computer and save the file. With no membership required, this is a free and simple recording treasure! Simply push the record button and follow screen prompts to ALLOW the application access to your computer's microphone. Talk as long as desired. Then listen to the recorded playback. Trim and edit the length using easy sliders as desired. Save your finished version in mp3 format using the link.
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tag(s): fluency (24), preK (225), speech (86), spelling (159)

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Have students practice spelling words orally, record speeches, practice reading fluency, and much more using Online Voice Recorder. After recording, allow students to listen to the playback and reflect upon the quality of their work. Do before and after recordings of students to share with parents during conferences to demonstrate reading progress. Have students record weekly summaries for what has happened in your class to share on your class website or blog (you will have to upload the files). Record weekly or daily homework assignments and share as a voice recording on your website. Save file space by replacing old files with new ones. Online Voice Recorder would be an excellent resource for recording and sharing more complicated directions for projects and assignments (adding you voice intonation and cues!). Your weaker readers and ESL/ELL students may do better with a combination of written AND auditory directions. Provide the link on your class website for students to use at home for additional practice in spelling, reading, practicing reports, and more. Have students write and record audio book reviews others can play on iPads or iTouches in the school library. If you have gifted students in your classroom, this tool is simple enough for even the youngest to be able to record audio mini-dramas portraying a historic figure, poetry readings, and more. Be sure to show them how to NAME and download the files to the local computer! Anything they can say out loud can become a creative project recording. Don't forget about recording musical performances or practices.

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VideoNot.es - UniShared

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4 to 12
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Take note! VideoNot.es is a collaborative notebook that will enhance your online learning experiences. Play a video file on the left side of the screen while typing notes in blank ...more
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Take note! VideoNot.es is a collaborative notebook that will enhance your online learning experiences. Play a video file on the left side of the screen while typing notes in blank note-taking space on the right. You can't go wrong with this tool. Copy and paste a video URL from Khan Academy, Coursera, Udacity, Vimeo, or even YouTube. Play the video and start typing your notes! Each new line that you start writing on is time-coded to coincide with the video. After typing your notes, this noteworthy feature allows you to click on that line and the video will automatically jump to the spot that note was added. Imagine the time this will save you when reviewing your notes. Pause the video until the concept is understood and resume the video with keyboard shortcuts. VideoNot.es integrates with Google Drive. Save your notes in Google Drive to collaborate with friends and classmates. Collaboration with video information will revolutionize your online education and your experience in a flipped classroom. Note that this tool will not work if the video sharing service (such as YouTube) is blocked in your school.

tag(s): note taking (22), organizational skills (87), video (170)

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Flipping your classroom? You'll flip over this collaborative video note taking tool. Students watch videos and share notes with classmates so classroom time is more efficient. Use the qualitative information from the notes as well as quantitative data from pre-assessments to differentiate instruction. VideoNote.es is great for interactive formative and summative assessments. This is a great assistive technology tool for low-level readers to listen to questions as they type their responses. Use VideoNot.es to post online presentations and to type evaluations. This is a great tool to comment on multimedia projects created by students. Post video clips for students to analyze in all subject areas. Collaboration is easy with the Google Drive integration. Do your students lose their paper-and-pencil notes? Google Drive allows for optimal organization. Students and classes can combine their notes to create study guides for the lesson. Read more about Google Docs/Drive here.

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Dry Bones - Mighty Book

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K to 3
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Join the dancing skeleton singing about "Dem bones"! This catchy site offers music while it introduces various body parts (bones of the body). Words are highlighted (in red) as the...more
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Join the dancing skeleton singing about "Dem bones"! This catchy site offers music while it introduces various body parts (bones of the body). Words are highlighted (in red) as the "bones" sing the words.

tag(s): halloween (39), holidays (129), human body (88), preK (225)

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Share this engaging (and fun) site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Use during Halloween as a fun way to integrate science. Challenge younger students to read along with the song, perhaps turning the sound off. In older classes, have students use the correct anatomical names and change the song. Record the "new version" of the song using a site such as Yodio (reviewed here).
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Quincy and the Magic Instruments - Disney Jr

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K to 2
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Learn about musical instruments with Quincy from The Little Einsteins show. Watch the introduction then hover over instruments to hear the sound that each instrument makes. Drag...more
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Learn about musical instruments with Quincy from The Little Einsteins show. Watch the introduction then hover over instruments to hear the sound that each instrument makes. Drag and drop to match like instruments. Continue through to form your own orchestra with Quincy.

tag(s): musical instruments (27), preK (225)

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Has your school lost its music instructor? If so, this is a great resource for teaching musical instruments to young children. View together on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Identify instruments as a group. This is a great resource for early primary students to learn computer skills such as drag and drop while also learning about musical instruments.
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Documentary Tube - DocumentaryTube.com

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4 to 12
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Watch full length documentaries online for free. Find your favorites through daily suggestions, browsing the top 100, or searching categories: 9/11, activism, art, aviation, business,...more
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Watch full length documentaries online for free. Find your favorites through daily suggestions, browsing the top 100, or searching categories: 9/11, activism, art, aviation, business, comedy, crime, disaster, drugs, economics, environmental, food/drink, health, media, medicine, music, nature, performing arts, philosophy, political, religion, science, social, sport, strange, technology, travel, and many more. Look at film festivals and films featured in each. If you do not find what you are looking for, submit your request. A link to Amazon brings you to DVD's. Some are free, and others are for sale.
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tag(s): video (170)

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Discover the power of documentaries while studying point of view, primary and secondary resources, and debate skills. Examine the aspects shown in documentaries and help students find structure to provide an unbiased research project. Challenge existing knowledge in many areas. Help students become active thinkers and become involved in current events. Sharpen your own understandings.
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Let Freedom Swing - jacl.org

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6 to 12
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Let Freedom Swing is an inspirational site showing democracy and jazz as parallels. The videos are the creation of, and inspired by, retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor...more
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Let Freedom Swing is an inspirational site showing democracy and jazz as parallels. The videos are the creation of, and inspired by, retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and Wynton Marsalis, musician, composer, educator and Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center. The three six-minute videos feature; "We the People," "E Pluribus Unum" (From Many, One), and "A More Perfect Union". A study guide for each video includes questions for discussion, teaching activities, and additional resources.

tag(s): branches of government (39), democracy (12), jazz (14), music theory (23)

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Let Freedom Swing is ideal for social studies, humanities, and music classes in grades 6-12, although teachers may be able to adapt the materials for use with younger children. Use along with Common Core Standards to integrate art and music into the content area curriculum. Otherwise, use the website and ideas as a model for use in other subjects with the genre of music or art. Use in writing class to inspire writing in content areas. Find connections between the content areas of music or art. Use this to prompt the investigation of art or music in historical contexts or even in literary settings.

These intelligent, creative people have made incredibly cool analogies between jazz and democracy that enable your students to easily remember the branches of government and parts of the constitution. However, students often need time to think about unusual comparisons. Consider having the students watch the video at home with the questions embedded into the video. Use a program like Grokit/Answers, reviewed here, to achieve this. Also, for your quiet ones, consider having the classroom discussion via backchannel chat, giving everyone in the room a chance to have a voice. Use a program like Today's Meet, reviewed here, and project the discussion on your whiteboard (or projector), where everyone can see what everyone else is saying.
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Isle of Tune - isleoftune.com

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K to 5
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Create musical journeys by building streets, houses, trees, and islands with Isle of Tune. Skip the "now make this" block screen and click the green PLAY button to begin. Then...more
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Create musical journeys by building streets, houses, trees, and islands with Isle of Tune. Skip the "now make this" block screen and click the green PLAY button to begin. Then view Help for a quick overview of what each of the buttons does. Objects generate sounds as cars go by. Choose the sounds to associate with each object. Build and rebuild the musical journey as desired. When finished, share using links provided to Twitter, Facebook, or email. An iOS app is available, but, unlike the web version, it is not free.

tag(s): coordinates (31), musical instruments (27), patterns (71), rhythm (17)

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Connect music with math and logic using this engaging tool! Isle of Tune is an excellent site for exploring and playing with patterns, coordinate directions, and more. Teacher rhythm or pitch visually in music class. After creating a musical journey, use it as a creative writing prompt. Have students share created journeys with each other and identify similarities and differences in their creations. Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector.
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PreKinders - Karen Cox

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K to 1
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PreKinders offers printables and teaching ideas for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten teachers. Explore the learning areas to find quick and easy activities for literacy, math, and...more
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PreKinders offers printables and teaching ideas for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten teachers. Explore the learning areas to find quick and easy activities for literacy, math, and more. Choose from themes such as fairy tales and families. Search through the many printables in all subject areas as well as classroom management checklists, assessments, and posters.
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tag(s): alphabet (88), alphabetical order (17), back to school (33), classroom management (65), colors (69), counting (113), magnetism (26), musical instruments (27), numbers (177), nursery rhymes (19), preK (225), songs (48), sounds (65), weather (174)

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Bookmark this site to use throughout the year. Use the printables and images from this site for your bulletin boards. Take advantage of the free lesson plans offered. Check out the holiday and back to school activities for use in the classroom.
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Color in my Piano - Joy Morin

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K to 12
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Color in my Piano is a piano teacher's blog for exchanging and finding resources. "Start Here" gives an overview of the most popular articles, teaching tips, and resources offered....more
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Color in my Piano is a piano teacher's blog for exchanging and finding resources. "Start Here" gives an overview of the most popular articles, teaching tips, and resources offered. Explore the large printables portion of the site to view and download worksheets, games, lesson plans, sheet music, and more. Search through an extensive reading list of articles and resources for teachers, parents, and students. Don't miss Wednesday's Words of Wisdom, featuring inspirational quotes for all. If piano music interests you, this site is a must-see! Note: some of the materials mentioned are for sale, but there is plenty for free.
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tag(s): music theory (23), musical instruments (27), musical notation (19)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and worksheets for music classroom use. Search the Reading Lists for articles to share with students. Share (and discuss) Wednesday's Words of Wisdom. Use this site to differentiate for music students of all levels.
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NuSkool - Abran Maldonado and George Baburov

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6 to 12
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NuSkool integrates pop culture into classroom lessons. Students will love learning fractions with the Miami Heat's Dynamic Duo or using Law and Order to engage in Persuasive Writing...more
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NuSkool integrates pop culture into classroom lessons. Students will love learning fractions with the Miami Heat's Dynamic Duo or using Law and Order to engage in Persuasive Writing activities! Use the search bar to find specific topics or use the link to find lessons and choose from grade level, subject, and genre. Lessons include links to media, description, procedure, and assessment information. Email registration is required to access complete lesson information. Please preview: some of the lessons are intended for mature students.

tag(s): sports (78), video (170)

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Bookmark and save this site for engaging lesson ideas for use throughout the year. Some lessons contain several media links. Assign groups different portions of the lesson to complete and share with classmates. Even if you do not have time to do the entire lesson, the links provide good background information for shorter investigations and activities. Challenge your students to suggest other pop-culture lessons related to the topics you are studying that you can submit to the site.
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WD-1 DJ-Trainer - Wortel Drie Productions

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3 to 12
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The WD-1 DJ-Trainer is an online musical tool to create a dance track. Select from 25 professional sound banks to make your own hip hop, techno, trance, reggae, rock, disco, ...more
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The WD-1 DJ-Trainer is an online musical tool to create a dance track. Select from 25 professional sound banks to make your own hip hop, techno, trance, reggae, rock, disco, jazz, or samba track. Learn about timing and "building" a song on this easy to use site. Start the samples and the loops using your keyboard or mouse to control the sounds. Help buttons are available for all the buttons. Make your own groove by controlling the loops and the time triggered sounds. This is a great site to make music magical and to fill up the dance floor. An iOS app is available -- for purchase.
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tag(s): music theory (23), musical instruments (27), musical notation (19), songs (48)

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Use this site in music classes to teach musicians about timing and the layers of a track. Create songs or poems for any subject area and use the WD-1 DJ-Trainer to create a track to support the lyrics. Create a track that reflects the tone or mood of a poem and recite the poem with the track to integrate music with language arts. Record your track with GarageBand or Audacity because you're unable to save your tracks on WD-1 DJ-Trainer. Create tracks or have your students create tracks for morning announcements or transitions in the classroom. This would be a great site for improvisation in music class or the regular education classroom. Create tracks to support readers' theatre activities in the classroom. Have students create podcasts using a site such as Spreaker (reviewed here) or PodOmatic (reviewed here). Use the tracks created on this site in the background for the podcasts. Use music as a classroom management tool by recording "theme music" as cues for different transitions and activities. Teachers of gifted can challenge their students to tell a story in music using this tool.
 

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Cool Ways to Use Skype in the Classroom - Annie Condron

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K to 12
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Find many good ideas for including Skype in your classroom. See tips for making the most of your Skype experience and a video of an actual classroom Skype session with ...more
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Find many good ideas for including Skype in your classroom. See tips for making the most of your Skype experience and a video of an actual classroom Skype session with author Mike Artnell. Be sure to check out the embedded slide show that includes lots of tips for Skyping with students. The video clip is hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then it may not be viewable. You could always view the video at home and bring it to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): parent conferences (12), skype (13), virtual field trips (36)

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Bookmark and save this site to use as reference when setting up Skype calls. Share with other teachers during professional development sessions. After completing Skype sessions, have students create maps using Animaps (reviewed here). Students can add text, images, and location stops! Want to learn more about using Skype in the classroom? View TeachersFirst's OK2Ask: Skype archived webinar (here). This webinar is about 90 minutes long.
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