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National Jukebox - Library of Congress

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4 to 12
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The National Jukebox is a historical music library collected by the Library of Congress (LOC). It includes recordings, genres, artists, playlists, and the Victrola Book of the Opera....more
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The National Jukebox is a historical music library collected by the Library of Congress (LOC). It includes recordings, genres, artists, playlists, and the Victrola Book of the Opera. Search by category, vocal type, language, place, target audience, label, date range, composer, performer, author, lyricist, and genre or combine several categories to do an advanced search. The attractive opening page offers a sampling of several types of music, playlists, artists and genres. The LOC player is right on the page as well. No membership is required to create a playlist. Send it to yourself via email, share it with friends on a social network, or embed it on a website or blog. Learn related information, such as what acoustical recording is and how gramophones affected the lives of millions of Americans.

tag(s): composers (21), listening (91), lyrics (20), sound (101)

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Introduce a class novel, a unit in the 20th century, the Great Depression, or WWII by having the class listen to music from that time period. You can also couple this site with the Old Radio World site, reviewed here, to help students get an overview of what life and entertainment was like.

Challenge your students to use a site such as TimeRime, reviewed here, to create an interactive timeline of artists during a specific musical era.

Have your students create an online "scrapbook" of a specific composer using Smilebox, (reviewed here.) Throw out the tests and have students demonstrate what they have learned by creating a scrapbook full of information!
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The Wilderness Downtown - Chris Milk

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4 to 12
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This interactive music video will bring in a street view of any address you enter. The pop group, Arcade Fire, worked with Google to develop this video for its song ...more
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This interactive music video will bring in a street view of any address you enter. The pop group, Arcade Fire, worked with Google to develop this video for its song "We Used To Wait." The video is best viewed in Chrome, but can also be viewed in Safari, and most of it on Internet Explorer. It uses Google Maps and Google Street View to bring the address you entered directly into the movie. You don't have to enter an exact address for the interaction to happen. You can put in a city, state, and country and get some very good results. A warning will appear that the information isn't complete, but click on "continue anyway" to see the results. Not only is this a sentimental trip down memory lane for you, but there are a myriad of ways to use this video with your students. Note: the video actually launches in multiple smaller windows, so allow all of them to montage on your screen! The final "postcard" that prompts you to write to your younger self uses the same artistic font as the title page. Take a screen shot of it to preserve what your message.

tag(s): creative writing (166), descriptive writing (41), poetry (228), video (254), writing prompts (92)

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World history, and world culture teachers could use this video by putting in a city and country where you know there are historical buildings from the time period you are studying. Science and math teachers could put in cities and countries for the origins of famous scientists or mathematicians or locations of major environmental events. And, of course, world language and geography teachers can input any city and country you are studying.

Any student, but especially ESL/ELL students, will discover forgotten memories after putting in an address and watching the film. Students who have always lived in the same home may want to put in the address of a favorite relative or vacation spot. At the end there is a prompt to write a postcard; however, it cannot be mailed to anyone in particular. So, have students jot memories ignited by the video on paper or in an open word processing document. Have them use one of the memories as a prompt for a memoir. Have students create blogs using Throwww (reviewed here). This site allows you to create "quick and easy" blogs to be used one time only. There is no registration necessary!

During Poetry Month or a poetry unit, talk about the song lyrics as poetry, then have students write their own poems and read them along with their personal location video (with sound muted). Make poetry a personal performance piece!

Have you ever wanted to show your students the setting of a novel you are reading as a class? Imagine using the setting for Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliet and putting in the street, city, and zipcode for Hyde Park and the University of Chicago. Powerful! At the end of the book there is a chase scene, and the students will really be able to visualize this section of the book. You might want to show the setting at the beginning and ask the students to write about why the person is running. After reading the novel, students could select different music to fit their impression of the book. Just mute the music in the video and allow their selection to play. Have students explain why they felt their choice fit that part of the novel better. Have students do this and vote on the musical selection they think fits best by using a tool such as Thinkmeter reviewed here.

This video could also be used as a prompt for a creative writing. Ask the students to listen carefully to the words in the music and connect the runner with the words, and explain why the figure is running? What might the figure be running from? Toward? Or, students could create a poem for the video, and even put the poem to music, or use the music from a favorite song for their poem. This site invites creativity and multimedia responses.

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Big Think - Big Think

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7 to 12
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News and information from top thinkers and doers around the world, screened so that it is condensed to that which is significant, relevant, and applicable, that is Big Think. This ...more
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News and information from top thinkers and doers around the world, screened so that it is condensed to that which is significant, relevant, and applicable, that is Big Think. This website is a phenomenal source for information and news. The philosophy of Big Think is that as we "move to the knowledge era" that you will be able to better function if you know more and understand what you know. This website was awarded one of TIME magazine's best websites of 2011 for news and information. Please screen any articles that you wish to share BEFORE sharing with your students. Some content is NOT appropriate for the classroom. This is not a site you want to send students off to explore on their own.
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tag(s): brain (72), business (58), cross cultural understanding (115), environment (317), news (261), politics (99), psychology (64)

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Choose a story that relates to your topic that you are teaching such as science or even music with a story such as "How Music is Good for Your Brain." Share the story with your students. Discuss the writings, and then use it as a platform on how students should approach the things that they are learning in class. This way they develop critical thinking skills and extract the most important information and leave the accessory facts to the side. Assign specific articles to cooperative learning groups to read and explore together. Then have students create a multimedia project to share with the class using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.
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Virtual Field Trip - Utah Education Network

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1 to 12
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Save hundreds of dollars spicing up your curriculum with virtual field trips! This site has "field trips" to take, instructions for creating, and resources for other virtual field trip...more
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Save hundreds of dollars spicing up your curriculum with virtual field trips! This site has "field trips" to take, instructions for creating, and resources for other virtual field trip sites. Field trips for; Career, fine arts, foreign language, health and PE, language arts, math, library, media, professional development, science, social studies, and technology are given. There is a plethora of topics - perfect for research and "virtual" travel. The topics are too broad to list all of them, but some include tessellations, dinosaurs, water cycle, medieval times, Civil War, oil painting, and much more! Receive a detailed tutorial for finding instructions on asking permission for field trips, creating virtual field trips, and evaluating the experience. No bus required! At the time of this review, three of the links under "Visit Related Sites" were not working.

tag(s): animals (276), baseball (36), biomes (116), business (58), charts and graphs (195), civil war (145), dinosaurs (57), egypt (67), field trips (12), immigrants (20), immigration (58), japan (61), maps (287), mayans (12), medieval (27), mexico (34), multiple intelligences (11), musical instruments (48), nutrition (154), olympics (47), painting (66), probability (130), religions (61), rocks (49), russia (38), sports (97), statistics (122), tessellations (6), test prep (95), virtual field trips (48), volcanoes (61), water cycle (33)

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Immerse your students into your studies with a close up in depth look through virtual field trips. Visit places where time, money, and mileage inhibit your dreams for bringing your students into wondrous worlds. Find ways to visit where your class has never gone before. Create a personalized field trip to meet your every need with the detailed tutorials given. Find ways to motivate your most reluctant learners. ESL/ELL learners will appreciate the visit. Reach all types of learners through a class visit. Use field trips as a whole class anticipatory guide, a center activity, a home connection, or even as extra credit. Challenge your gifted students to be guides to their own learning. Make your class go global!

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Flame Painter - Peter Blaskovic

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4 to 12
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Bring out the inner artist in anyone with this colorful and interactive paint program. Create original designs by choosing settings located underneath the picture image. Sliders control...more
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Bring out the inner artist in anyone with this colorful and interactive paint program. Create original designs by choosing settings located underneath the picture image. Sliders control color, saturation, opacity, size, noise, and much more. Create something that you don't like? Click the undo button to get back to the previous image. The site contains a detailed list of tools available to use along with keyboard shortcuts. Save finished images to your local computer using the link on the page.

This site requires Java. A Facebook account is required If you choose to register at the site. Registered users are able to leave comments. Be sure to preview comments before sharing this site with your students. You may want to set some ground rules about where student may and may not go when using this tool.
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tag(s): colors (79), drawing (77), painting (66)

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Have students create and save designs to use as a writing prompt or story starter. Practice art skills by having students re-create images and designs made using the site. Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. This is perfect for an art class learning about color, opacity, and more. Have students create visual interpretations of poems or music. Include the images in a class wiki or blog along with a link to the poem or music.
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obooko - Tony Stanton, Sarah Bainbridge, Tim Johnson

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7 to 12
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Join the writers and readers of obooko, the free site to publish and read ebooks. Readers' Choice Awards of 2011 winner for free eBooks , obooko offers a platform to ...more
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Join the writers and readers of obooko, the free site to publish and read ebooks. Readers' Choice Awards of 2011 winner for free eBooks , obooko offers a platform to share your work and read the works of others. Become a reviewer and write comments on other ebooks. As authors, you retain all rights with no charges or contracts. This site is legal and does not infringe on copyright laws. There are numerous categories to choose from: Romance and Women, Crime, Religion, Thriller, Mystery, Teens, and much more! This site is not intended for children under 13. Some of the content may not be appropriate for the classroom. So be sure to preview.
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tag(s): creative writing (166), ebooks (42), mysteries (25), novels (24), poetry (228), religions (61)

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For your language arts class, obooko contains many examples of contemporary writing. Selections for critiquing and editing are readily available without hurting any class member's feelings. Look at examples for current ideas and places to begin brainstorming. Included are free templates for different types of writing. Have each member of your class become a published author! Use the titles as writing prompts or read only half of the story and have students finish it in their own way. Bring each student's story into the lives of many. Assign critiques using obooko. You might even create a school or class obooko literary magazine during poetry month.

Library/media specialists may want to select certain ebooks to load on school iTouches for students to read and review. Start an obooko reading club with these free options.

If you are uncomfortable sharing here or school policy prohibits it, have your classes create a similar website (wiki) with published pieces from your school or class. Not familiar with wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through.

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Kids Talk Radio - Bob Barboza, Kids Talk Radio USA

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6 to 12
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Kids Talk Radio is maintained by educational professional, Bob Barboza to help kids learn to listen, speak, read, write, and compute effectively. Originally the project was started...more
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Kids Talk Radio is maintained by educational professional, Bob Barboza to help kids learn to listen, speak, read, write, and compute effectively. Originally the project was started for students in grade 4 to 8, but is expanding for students that are bilingual or at risk in grades 9 through 12. You can view parts of the radio shows via the website, find them on YouTube, or subscribe on iTunes! Kids radio broadcast by students for students. The topics range from news stories around the world to science to music to world cultures and more. Some of the videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view that 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): musical instruments (48), podcasts (52), radio (26), sounds (68)

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Use this to inspire your own students to create their own in school radio programs, or if you can interest your administrators in the initiative, try to start Kids Talk Radio in your school. Use a tool such as PodOmatic (reviewed here). Within science for instance, have students do current reports of controversial science topics. In music, have students create songs and sing them. You can always use this simply as inspiration or join with the initiative.
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OPB: Art Beat at School - Oregon Public Broadcasting

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K to 12
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Here you will find an online collection of streaming video clips from OPB's Oregon Art Beat television series. In addition, there are 100 lesson plans designed for K-12 teachers to...more
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Here you will find an online collection of streaming video clips from OPB's Oregon Art Beat television series. In addition, there are 100 lesson plans designed for K-12 teachers to use in the classroom. Each of the lesson plans has related materials such as worksheets and scoring guides to use with the activities. Discover a variety of ways to integrate the Arts across all subject areas with this innovative set of learning resources.

Searching this site is very flexible. You can search by categories (music, drawing and painting, historical and cultural perspectives, dance, architecture, landscape, films, sculpture, and many more) by clicking on the "search video" tab. You can also search by entering a keyword. There is also an advanced search where you can search by topic categories, curriculum categories, as well as keywords.
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tag(s): architecture (83), art history (70), cross cultural understanding (115), cultures (105), dance (28), drawing (77), geometric shapes (163), painting (66), plays (37), sculpture (21), video (254)

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This site will help any teacher answer the question, "Why do I have to learn this?" You will also find ways to show connections between the arts and other fields of endeavor. Share the videos on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Here are just a few examples of how you can use the Arts in your academic classes:

In math when studying geometric patterns, you might want to show the video about quilt artist Mary Bywater Cross. She likes to take a traditional pattern, blow it up, figure out where to cut to make the repeat in her geometrical patterns, how to achieve symmetry and balance in her designs, and how to make it all work in the quilt she envisions. Mary is also a quilt historian, so your students will also gain background knowledge about quilts and wool.

In science, view quantum physicist-turned-sculptor, Julian Voss-Andreae's stainless steel sculpture based on the molecular structure of an antibody.
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YouTube Copyright School - YouTube

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4 to 12
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This short animated YouTube clip shares specific copyright issues, focusing on reusing previously developed materials available on the Internet by uploading and presenting them on YouTube....more
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This short animated YouTube clip shares specific copyright issues, focusing on reusing previously developed materials available on the Internet by uploading and presenting them on YouTube. It begins with a written quiz on the right side of the page to assess prior knowledge and also to get viewers thinking about copyright issues. It presents the message that uploading copyrighted material onto YouTube can have serious consequences. It also explores the fact that, in addition to written and broadcast media, performances and other public presentations may also be copyrighted. It explains the concept of Fair Use in easy-to-understand terms and examples. It also points out that you may watch for people who misuse material and report any such items so they will be removed from YouTube. Note that this video is hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the video 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 video from YouTube.
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tag(s): copyright (47), multimedia (56), plagiarism (35)

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Use this site on a projector or interactive whiteboard to discuss and informally assess prior knowledge as you start your study of plagiarism on writing projects or copyright in general. Use it in art or music classes when discussing the use of "derivative works" or performance rights on music. Include this site on your class webpage for students and parents to access as a reference. To show what they have learned from this site, challenge students to create an online graphic about copyright to share using Gravit, reviewed here.
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PBS Learning Media - PBS

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K to 12
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This PBS site is a reorganized collection of over 16,000+ public media offerings (including radio and photographs), arranged specifically for preK-12 teachers. You can search by subject...more
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This PBS site is a reorganized collection of over 16,000+ public media offerings (including radio and photographs), arranged specifically for preK-12 teachers. You can search by subject and grade level across many subjects. After viewing three offerings, you must join (for free) to continue. Membership includes the option of saving favorites. You can also find correlations to state standards. The site is still in development, so material is being added frequently.

tag(s): alphabet (92), careers (132), dance (28), data (148), decimals (133), diseases (66), human body (121), mark twain (10), multimedia (56), music theory (43), percent (82), probability (130), problem solving (272), psychology (64)

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Find more details and teacher information under "Customization for States and District" to align the offerings here with your state's standards. Check this site for an introduction to a curriculum topic or unit or when looking for support activities to reinforce concepts. Use this site as the starting point for individual or group projects. Share the interactives as a learning center or on your interactive whiteboard or projector. This is one that you want to save in your favorites.
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Mind42 - IRIAN Solutions Vienna

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1 to 12
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Mind 42 is an easy to use mind mapping (or concept mapping) tool. You create the format and easily add links, notes, to do lists, images, or even a Wikipedia ...more
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Mind 42 is an easy to use mind mapping (or concept mapping) tool. You create the format and easily add links, notes, to do lists, images, or even a Wikipedia article. Import the result into documents or perhaps a Skype conversation. Bring mind maps/concept maps to a new level!

tag(s): concept mapping (22), mind map (25)

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This free organizational tool can be used in classrooms at every level. Teachers can use this tool to help organize learning units and share the orgnanization on screen so students see how pieces fit together. Share the unit map with other teachers, students, or parents, to highlight goals, objectives, learning tasks, assessments, and resources. Share before your unit and expectations become very clear. Use as a yearly overview for parents showing units with resources at the beginning of the year at Open House. Let parents see the multiple ways their child will be assessed through the year. Students can use this tool for direction in problem based learning situations. Use this tool in science for collecting data, experiments, or science fair outlines. Use the tool in writing class to make writing guides for narrative or expository writing. In reading, use for predictions, sequencing of stories, inferences, or organizing genres of books each student has read. Have students map multiple ways to solve a single problem in math class. Have students keep daily requirements or schedules with readily available resources as links. Let students enjoy taking notes from content based classes. Have a student scribe create the notes each day and share with the class. Have student groups map the current unit before the test as a review activity.

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Science (and more) to Music - Dr. Lodge McCammon

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4 to 12
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This site offers many songs related to math, social studies, and science concepts. Science concepts include water & pollution, scientific inquiry, changes in matter, and much more....more
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This site offers many songs related to math, social studies, and science concepts. Science concepts include water & pollution, scientific inquiry, changes in matter, and much more. Math concepts range from order of operations to quadratic and exponential functions. After choosing a topic, you can listen to the song online, download the mp3, view lyrics, and possibly view an accompanying video. (Not all topics include the video.) Some topics also include a teacher guide with lesson suggestions. This site does mention that you can create your own videos. However, at the time of this review, that feature was not working.

tag(s): africa (180), area (66), atoms (56), bill of rights (28), branches of government (48), cells (102), civil war (145), constitution (79), elements (36), equations (155), exponents (42), factoring (31), factors (42), functions (70), inquiry (37), integers (41), matter (58), nutrition (154), oceans (148), order of operations (33), quadratics (32), rainforests (13), ratios (53), songs (52), sound (101), volume (44), water (130), world war 2 (142)

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Play songs related to math, social studies, or science concepts in class to supplement current lessons. Download and play the tunes on iPods or mp3 players in a listening corner. Have younger students sing along with the songs (reading the lyrics). ESL/ELL students will benefit from such an alternate presentation of concepts, as will any who have strong musical/rhythmic intelligence. Give students copies of song lyrics, and have them create their own songs. After listening to a song, have students create their own song relating to current classroom topics. Suggest some familiar tunes so students do not have to start from scratch. Create a video of the songs and share using a site such as SchoolTube reviewed here.
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izzit.org - Izzit.org

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5 to 12
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Teaching Current Events has become easier by using izzit.org's website. This site offers daily lessons linked to news articles that include discussion questions designed to promote...more
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Teaching Current Events has become easier by using izzit.org's website. This site offers daily lessons linked to news articles that include discussion questions designed to promote critical thinking, challenge assumptions, and stimulate class discussions. Lessons also highlight key vocabulary to define and discuss from the articles. In addition to the daily lessons, educational videos are available on the site. Daily lessons are available without registration to the site along with a vast archive of previous lessons. Registration provides access to one free video per year, access to educational standards alignment, and daily lessons provided through email.

tag(s): critical thinking (108), news (261), vocabulary (323)

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Choose one current events lesson as a Problem of the Week for class discussion along with some of the questions provided in the lesson. Challenge students to create their own lesson with local newspaper or magazine articles. Search the archives for articles that relate to lessons taught in class. Display the article on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) and discuss, use whiteboard tools to highlight vocabulary and search for context clues in finding definitions.
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Lyrics Gaps - lyricsgaps.com

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5 to 12
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Learn a new language through music and lyrics! Choose English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Portugese, Japanese, Russian, Greek, Dutch, Danish, or Romanian. Register for FREE and...more
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Learn a new language through music and lyrics! Choose English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Portugese, Japanese, Russian, Greek, Dutch, Danish, or Romanian. Register for FREE and learn the new language. Each language has different activities: karaoke, interactive cloze activities, videos, and more. You can choose among three different difficulty levels. Some activities even have the option to "double click" to read a definition of a word. You also have the ability to submit your own songs and language activities to the site. Note that this site is fairly new and only ha a few hundred songs at the time of this review. Help contribute to the offerings!
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tag(s): cross cultural understanding (115), cultures (105), french (88), german (64), greek (41), italian (33), japanese (42), portuguese (18), russian (26), songs (52), spanish (108)

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This is a wonderful find for ESL/ELL and world language teachers. Teachers may prefer to do a class registration and use the offerings of the site with the entire class. Challenge your students to create (and submit) their own songs/activities in a new language. If school policy does not allow students to share songs on a site, have students create their own in-class presentations of songs and similar exercises using one selection from this site as a model.
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American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music - Smithsonian Institute

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5 to 12
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See a comprehensive look at the music and cultural influences of the Latin American music community on contemporary U.S. music. With 24 separate music styles including salsa, merengue,...more
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See a comprehensive look at the music and cultural influences of the Latin American music community on contemporary U.S. music. With 24 separate music styles including salsa, merengue, boogaloo, East L.A. punk, and hip hop, this site offers a broad range of genres. It also includes explanations of the musical genres, interviews with leading musicians of each, biographies of musicians, chances to listen to musical examples using the online jukebox, and an opportunity to do mixing of musical types using the embedded radio. Other features include an archived blog and a list cities around the country and where to find these music communities within that town. Extensive classroom support includes lesson plans, handouts, maps, timelines, and activities/games at all K-12 levels.

tag(s): biographies (87), cross cultural understanding (115), cultures (105), hispanic (18), mexico (34), south america (39)

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When studying music or Latin America, introduce your units with a clip from a specific type of music. Assign other types of music for your students to research; allow them to choose by listening to a section of a song and seeing what they like. Challenge students to find current examples of one of the genres and then create reports or reviews of the music using Reel Surfer, reviewed here. Share them using a tool such as SchoolTube, reviewed here.
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Reel Life Wisdom - Doug Manning

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5 to 12
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Capture your students' attention through movies! Reel Life Wisdom, offers a collection of over 3,200 hand-picked quotes from films across the ages. Search for great quotes by...more
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Capture your students' attention through movies! Reel Life Wisdom, offers a collection of over 3,200 hand-picked quotes from films across the ages. Search for great quotes by movie title, actor, or year. Quotes are organized by character qualities such as hope, faith and belief, and courage. Love: Connect to Your Supporting Cast quotes contain quotes on family, friends, contributions, and relationships. Random Bits of Wisdom quotes examine adversity, balance, discrimination, and responsibility among many others. Reel life quotes aim to inspire and support people proactively, self-managing their life. An RSS feed and email subscription ensure delivery of daily quotes to you.

tag(s): movies (65), quotations (23)

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Reel Life Wisdom supports character education programs with a parent PDF offering useful tips. Use relevant quotes in discussions on theme, choice, and empowerment. Lead your students to understand they are in charge of their lives. Improve reading comprehension of any text, by making connections or comparisons to a movie. Strengthen writing skills by critiques, explanations, and point of view essays. Challenge students to reach a deeper understanding of theme by finding a quote to match the theme. Use movies as an example for positive, effective goal setting strategies. Develop written or oral language by using the quotes as writing/speaking prompts. Challenge students to discover the many choices available to every individual. Encourage a meaningful sense of story development while connecting to each student's interest. The movies also offer a personal story into the study of people, government, and values. Create a thematic bulletin board of quotes on a topic, or have students generate word clouds from several favorite quotes on the same theme. Use a tool such as Wordle, reviewed here. Post the clouds for class inspiration. During the first week of school, share this site and ask each student to share a favorite quote on a class blog or wiki for students to get to know each other.

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Keeping Score - San Francisco Symphony

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3 to 12
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Keeping Score takes you on a creative historical journey through the composers, conflicts, and culture of some of music's most beloved and classical works. This first-class website...more
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Keeping Score takes you on a creative historical journey through the composers, conflicts, and culture of some of music's most beloved and classical works. This first-class website contains interactives for composers such as Beethoven, Copeland, Stravinsky, and Tchaikovsky. You can see pictures and listen to stories about the lives and times of the composers, hear the music, read personal reflections or quotes of the composers, and listen to commentary of other musical professionals. Also included are podcasts of the San Francisco radio show, 13 Days When Music Changed Forever which is about musical revolutions. The education link is full of ideas for incorporating music into any and all subjects. It also has time saving, standards guided lesson plans to be used in all educational settings. Musical education websites do not get cooler than this! This type of site can connect with today's learners by bringing them all the information that they need in a one stop, multimedia package. It is classy, concise, and easy to navigate.

tag(s): composers (21), music theory (43), musical instruments (48), songs (52)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Allow students to explore specific composers on their own (or in cooperative learning groups). Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.

U.S. and world history teachers will love this site! (As well as music teachers) Use interactives to integrate music into history classes, math classes (for timing and fractions), and English classes (reading and writing about music). All teachers can check out the thematic links for their subject to music. Take advantage of the FREE lesson plans. Chances are good that you could incorporate music into every type of class. Simply check out the education link, and your imagination and educational wheels will start spinning!
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The Johnny Cash Project - Johnny Cash Project

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5 to 12
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This growing, visual tribute to Johnny Cash's legacy includes images created by fans and posted as they arrive at the website. You can see the images as you enjoy the ...more
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This growing, visual tribute to Johnny Cash's legacy includes images created by fans and posted as they arrive at the website. You can see the images as you enjoy the music from Cash's last recording, "Ain't No Grave." A continuous stream of small rectangles across the bottom of the screen shows the number of drawings that have been submitted already. You can also search them by a number of grouping criteria: community popularity, number of brush strokes, most recent, most pointillist, most realistic, etc. You can contribute drawings or paintings to the project, or have your students do so. The website includes a link to a video that explains and cites reactions to this project. At the time of this review, the video was working intermittently. So preview before you share. Check with your school on their submission policies, if you plan to have students submit images to this site.

tag(s): collages (17), drawing (77), images (266)

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Introduce your students to this website (and Johnny Cash) by sharing this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have your students draw their own versions of Cash's face. Play his music and have students draw in response to that if they are not familiar with it. Create a collage in your art rooms of portraits of his face. Use this site to inspire teen music fans to create tributes to favorite musicians using an online multimedia tool from the TeachersFirst Edge. Have them include written "reviews" of favorite albums or critiques of concerts to build expository writing skills.
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Soundation - Power FX Systems AB

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5 to 12
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Soundation is an online tool to create music. No download or installation is needed to use this tool. It has the raw materials: sounds loops, effects, and virtual instruments, ready...more
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Soundation is an online tool to create music. No download or installation is needed to use this tool. It has the raw materials: sounds loops, effects, and virtual instruments, ready to be use. Experienced music creators could probably learn how to use this tool by playing around with it. For those who are little less musically trained or inclined, there is a great how-to section of the site that gives a play by play of how to make your own music. There are FREE and FEE based versions of this site. The FREE version allows you to record music in one session; however you cannot save to return later. You can use the free version to record and edit what you have recorded. You can download the file in .wav format and save it on your own computer. You can also "publish and share" via url or on Facebook. The down arrow offers both options.
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tag(s): energy (198), lyrics (20), musical instruments (48), musical notation (35), sounds (68)

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This would be fantastic for teaching how to mix music and create interesting sounds without taking up space in permanent files on the computer. If it is used for practice, the jumbles of sounds "go away" when closing the website. Try using this in music class to show students how to mix up sounds, practice with rhythms, and play with tools. Allow students to try their hand at creating their own music. Create sound files to use as "bumpers" or backgrounds in podcasts and videos. The music you create is not copyrighted, so there is no concern about "rights." As a new angle on digital storytelling, why not challenge students to tell a story through sound effects and music? Create sound sequences then as audio writing prompts for stories or poetry. In science or physics classes, this tool could be displayed on an interactive whiteboard (or projector) to show what the frequencies of sound and different pitches of voices look like when represented graphically. Use this site to demonstrate how a sound wave is actually a wave of energy. Another use would be for classroom management. Have this tool displayed on the interactive whiteboard, as student become to noisy point out what their sound looks like on the board, and show them parameters of sound that they have to meet in your classroom. For younger students, this will give the visual message that their sound is "big" because they often lack that perspective.

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Shadow Light Productions - ShadowLight Productions

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Investigate the art of shadow puppetry through Shadow Light Productions. This is a commercial site featuring performances for school groups, community centers, or various events. Examples...more
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Investigate the art of shadow puppetry through Shadow Light Productions. This is a commercial site featuring performances for school groups, community centers, or various events. Examples of performances with traditional stories appear in written and video format. A commercial venture on this site sells DVDS of actual performances. Begin your study of shadow puppetry at this site. Detailed plans with standards include suggested objectives, strategies, equipment, materials, and resources for audio, video, and texts. These plans answer all your questions on how to use shadow puppetry effectively in your classroom. Examples of lesson plans and student performance give ideas for language arts classes. Some of the images (although appropriate) may appear scary to younger students. So please preview before you share with your class.
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tag(s): halloween (40), short stories (25)

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Share some of this "puppeteer fun" on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Integrate into your Language Arts classroom to discover theme, plot, characterization, or myths and legends in a new way. Science classes can investigate the use of shadow and sound. Shadow puppetry is an easy way to incorporate several multiple intelligences. Easily differentiated plans for ESL/ELL and Gifted students to capture interest and motivate success. Use as an enrichment cluster, or after-school activity. Be sure to capture all your class creations on video and share on your class web site or blog.
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