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PDF Pad

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K to 12
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This handy tool creates printables (Acrobat Reader format) to your specifications right from the web site. You can make calendars (customize, many options), musical staff paper, graph...more
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This handy tool creates printables (Acrobat Reader format) to your specifications right from the web site. You can make calendars (customize, many options), musical staff paper, graph paper, and even an endless supply of sudoku puzzles! It is easy to figure out (simple pulldowns to make your choices). The Spanish language version is in development. Remember, this site uses Acrobat Reader, so you MUST have this plug-in. Get it (free) from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): calendars (44), printables (38), sudoku (18)

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Share this link with parents and students on your teacher web page. Students can make personal calendars to plan long-term projects or give as holiday gifts. You sudoku addicts willl love you for it!
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Gliffy - Gliffy, Inc.

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K to 12
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Research verifies the power of graphic organizers in promoting strong thinking skills and comprehension for all ages. Gliffy is a FREE online tool for creating graphic organizers without...more
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Research verifies the power of graphic organizers in promoting strong thinking skills and comprehension for all ages. Gliffy is a FREE online tool for creating graphic organizers without purchasing ANY software. The free use is limited to 5 "maps," however, so you will have to delete old projects. Individuals or groups can create the organizers or the class can create them together, such as in a brainstorming session on a projector. You can export the graphic organizers to a blog or "publish" them on the web -- all for free.

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Play with the tools and toolbars to create diagrams, access help and FAQ to collaborate, publish, or embed diagrams in your blog or other web page. Collaborators need individual email accounts to gain access.

Assign students to "map" out a chapter or story or assign groups to create study guides using this tool collaboratively. Create a whole-class concept map from a brainstorm to determine prior knowledge at the start of a unit. Then have students add to it throughout the unit. Your students are certain to enjoy this tool and be forced to THINK in the process. This would also be a great tool for group projects in YOUR grad classes!

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180 Tech Tips

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Find a tech tip a day for the entire school year in this listing created by a teacher in Pennsylvania. You can also sign up to receive the tips via ...more
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Find a tech tip a day for the entire school year in this listing created by a teacher in Pennsylvania. You can also sign up to receive the tips via email if you wish.

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Del.icio.us - del.icio.us

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Delicious is a social bookmarking tool. Your high school students (and maybe you?) have probably been using it for a couple of years. Keep your Favorites (bookmarks) on a web ...more
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Delicious is a social bookmarking tool. Your high school students (and maybe you?) have probably been using it for a couple of years. Keep your Favorites (bookmarks) on a web page where you can access them from any computer, organize them by "tag" (keyword), and make them public or private. You can share them with others or search for others' choices by tag, as well, as long as the "owner" made them public. You must join to set up an account with a valid email, then you can download a toolbar or make an "Add to my Delicious" link on your links bar so you can add sites as you find them. Many school districts block this site, unfortunately, because the "What's Hot" links available from the Delicious homepage may lead to inappropriate content. Sometimes automated filtering systems therefore block the entire site.

tag(s): bookmarks (60)

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If you can access the site from school, tag links by the units you teach or by assignment so students can access the public side of your Delicious page and use the links to complete assignments. If you are a truly inspiring teacher, they may even add some of them to their own delicious accounts. Unless your school specifically permits user profiles and accounts for students, do NOT encourage them to set up these accounts from school. If they do, use pseudonyms. Another possible use is for collaborative projects. If students have their own accounts, they can "collect" links for a group project with a shared tag so others can access them. You may have to help those who have less experience with web tools, and you must be careful about equity issues such as home Internet access. Using a single teacher account IN class prevents these concerns. Another plus: you can add to your Del.icio.us from any inservice you attend and NEVER lose the links! Tech skills needed: developing a system of tagging that will facilitate sharing and searching (look to see how others do it), adding a link to your links bar, copying the URL of the public side for students to use.

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NASP Crisis Resources - NASP

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The National Association of School Psychologists provides many suggestions for dealing with crisis situations. These include links and articles as well as specific actions schools can...more
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The National Association of School Psychologists provides many suggestions for dealing with crisis situations. These include links and articles as well as specific actions schools can take in different crisis situations. There is contact information for providing an assistance team. There are also tips for students on dealing with upsetting times (available in multiple languages).

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"Teachable Moment" Lesson on School Safety - NASP

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This lesson summary provides ways to help children of all ages deal with frightening news about school violence. Use these ideas on those terrible occasions when the students simply...more
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This lesson summary provides ways to help children of all ages deal with frightening news about school violence. Use these ideas on those terrible occasions when the students simply need to talk. The National Association of School Psychologists provides this "teachable moment" strategy to help.

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Adapt-a-Strategy for ESL/ELL - TeachersFirst

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Adapt your existing lesson plans using these simple strategies to help ESL students. Click on the activity type you have planned and find suggestions and resources to help your ESL/ELL...more
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Adapt your existing lesson plans using these simple strategies to help ESL students. Click on the activity type you have planned and find suggestions and resources to help your ESL/ELL students be successful with the lesson. Some of the same strategies may help with students with IEPs for speech and language or learning support.

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Using Humour in the Second Language Classroom - Paul-Emile Chiasson

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Read about the value of humor as a teaching tool, especially for ESL/ELL students. Using joking frequently is a way to say the same thing in a slightly different way. ...more
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Read about the value of humor as a teaching tool, especially for ESL/ELL students. Using joking frequently is a way to say the same thing in a slightly different way. Students want to learn what is funny in the U.S. Humor varies from culture to culture and your ESL students want to know why certain things are funny so they can join in with the fun.

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Use the information on this site to look for new ideas and activities to use in your ELL classroom. Be sure to pass the article on to peers looking for ways to better connect with students.

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Juicy Studio: Readability Test

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Use this fabulous website to check readability levels on web sites before you assign them to your students or include them in a webquest. Open TWO windows on the internet: ...more
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Use this fabulous website to check readability levels on web sites before you assign them to your students or include them in a webquest. Open TWO windows on the internet: one for possible web sites and one with this tool, ready to go. Simply copy and paste the URL (web address)from the address bar when you are looking at the web page you want students to use. Paste it into the space on this site and click "Calculate Readability." Juicy Studio will give you a Gunning Fog Index score and a Flesch-Kincaid Grade level for the web page you provided. Be sure to read the explanations of what these scores mean! Note: This tool does not check an entire SITE, just the actual page you were looking at when you copied the URL. To be sure your students can read the entire site, select a page that is text-intense as the one you "test." As in any content reading book, illustrations, captions, and other graphics will help your students "read" any page, but sometimes they just need to be able to read the words!

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Colonial Williamsburg Multimedia Pages - Colonial Williamsburg

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3 to 12
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This site provides over 30 photographs of scenes at Colonial Williamsburg that can be downloaded at no cost. They can be used as computer wallpaper, or could be compiled ...more
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This site provides over 30 photographs of scenes at Colonial Williamsburg that can be downloaded at no cost. They can be used as computer wallpaper, or could be compiled into a slide show. There are also links to podcasts and downloadable ring tones.

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History teachers with a computer cluster in the classroom could use these various wallpapers to "set the mood" for an early American unit. Really hard core American history fans can download colonial ringtones (is that an oxymoron?) for their cell phones including fife and drums, Patrick Henry's "Give Me Liberty" speech or colonial African American songs. If you are using an interactive whiteboard or projector for your American History lesson, why not use a multimedia activator/anticipatory set at the start of your lesson?

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Every Stock Photo - everystockphoto.com

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Find images to use in your classroom multimedia productions, on your web page, or on bulletin boards without violating copyright. Help your students find images to include in their...more
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Find images to use in your classroom multimedia productions, on your web page, or on bulletin boards without violating copyright. Help your students find images to include in their own products. This site is a tool to search the web for photos with "Creative Commons" rights. This means that many are free and ask only that you let the photographer know where you are usng the photo. Some are NOT free. Note: YOU MUST read the rights and permissions information that accompanies each image, since the photographer sets his/her own requirements. The intent of the site is to share photos in an open, easily-searchable environment, but in accordance with these requirements. Help your students learn about copyright by SHOWING them the rights sections and modeling compliance. The search tool is easy to use.

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Use photos from this site in your PowerPoint shows, web page, blog, etc, but be sure to stop and mention where you found them and the thinking/reading you did to be sure you were in compliance with the rights granted. If you suggest the site for student use, model this process on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Then hold students accountable for demonstrating that they have done the same (make it a part of your project rubric). These concepts of copyright are challenging for young students (below about grade 4. You may want to "collect" some photos for their use and save them locally for them to choose from until they are ready to understand the more difficult rights issues.

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Using Humor in the ESL Classroom - Teacher Joe

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Humor is a valuable teaching tool.This site has plenty of suggestions about how to make learning more fun, increase student involvement in activities, and use humor as part of daily/weekly...more
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Humor is a valuable teaching tool.This site has plenty of suggestions about how to make learning more fun, increase student involvement in activities, and use humor as part of daily/weekly lesson plans when you have ESL students in your class.

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Short and sweet, the tips on this page are a great way to help teachers "hook" students into a lesson, and keep their attention as well as a good sense of humor. Save the site as a favorite to allow for easy reference, and be sure to pass it on to other peers in need of something new. The tips on this page aren't exclusive to ELL classes, so don't hesitate to send it to all types of teachers.

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Flash card maker - American Girl

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Enter your own questions/answers or words/meanings in this flash card maker. Options include being able to print them out or study them online. Learning support teachers will love this...more
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Enter your own questions/answers or words/meanings in this flash card maker. Options include being able to print them out or study them online. Learning support teachers will love this option to encourage study skills.

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A good study-at-home option for you to show your students! Be sure to read the "Take Note" message regarding the required plug-ins and cookie enabling for this site to work.

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ESL Levels - TeachersFirst

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TeachersFirst provides these descriptions of ESL levels to help you think about what your student may be capable of doing in your class. These will also help in dialog with ...more
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TeachersFirst provides these descriptions of ESL levels to help you think about what your student may be capable of doing in your class. These will also help in dialog with other teachers who work with this student. If you have an ESL/ELL specialist available for consultation, you may want to talk to him/her about where your students fit in this continuum.

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ELL teachers, refer this site to teachers who are new to teaching English language learners and may be unsure of how to incorporate the student in a general education classroom.

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Top Ten Tips for Working With ESL/ELL Students - TeachersFirst

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Teaching ESL./ELL students in your regular classroom can be a challenge. You feel great empathy for the children who enter your room, bewildered, but you have the rest of the ...more
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Teaching ESL./ELL students in your regular classroom can be a challenge. You feel great empathy for the children who enter your room, bewildered, but you have the rest of the class to think of, too. TeachersFirst offers these Top Ten Tips for Teachers working with ESL/ELL students to help you find appropriate ways to differentiate instruction and make minor adjustments for the individual student and maximize the benefit of having these new students in the class.

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From TeacherFirst, this site is a helpful resource for new ELL teachers, or to pass along to general education teachers who are eager to know how to best assimilate a new ELL student into their classroom. Save the site as a favorite on your desktop to allow easy reference whenever, and pass it along to interested peers!

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English Language Proficiency Standards in the Core Content Areas - TESOL

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This site has the PreK-12 English Language Proficiency Standards in the Core Content Areas. Particularly helpful for classroom teachers are sections within the pdf document listed at...more
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This site has the PreK-12 English Language Proficiency Standards in the Core Content Areas. Particularly helpful for classroom teachers are sections within the pdf document listed at the bottom of the page [click on Preview: PreK-12 English Language Proficiency Standards in the Core Content Areas (PDF)] It would be most helpful for you to print these out. Page 15 which describes the 5 levels of proficiency for ESL students in public and private schools from preschool through high school. It also describes "Grade Level Clusters" for such students, as well as defining standards for the students in school and academic fields. Pages 20 and 21 which have a chart of appropriate student abilities by language domain (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) in the 5 levels of proficiency. Standards for 16 states including Washington DC can be found beginning on page 22. This document requires Acrobat Reader. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

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Save this site as a favorite for easy reference and use it as a measure-point for student progress. This can help teachers track where students are at and should be by the end of the year.
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Create Your Own RAFTS Prompt for Math Class - Writing Fix

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Trying to incorporate writing into your math class? Looking for prompts to use in class or on a gated blog? Use this site to generate the RAFTS prompt for you. ...more
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Trying to incorporate writing into your math class? Looking for prompts to use in class or on a gated blog? Use this site to generate the RAFTS prompt for you. If you do not know or recall what a RAFTS is, the site explains that, too. Here is a hint: Role, Audience, Format, Topic, Strong verb. You could even share this RAFTS generator with your students to create their own!

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Mark this one in Favorites. It is a time saver and really challenges higher order thinking. Gifted or creative students would LOVE generating and answering their own prompts or ceating them for each other

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Pair Your Newcomers with Buddies - Everything ESL: Judie Haynes

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Try this article on using buddies as a helpful strategy for your ESL/ELL students. Specific suggestions wbout what kind of buddy to choose and what buddy rsponsibilitites should be...more
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Try this article on using buddies as a helpful strategy for your ESL/ELL students. Specific suggestions wbout what kind of buddy to choose and what buddy rsponsibilitites should be are very useful. You may want to share some portions of this article with the buddies themselves in secondary-level classes. Don't forget to also read TeachersFirst's Top Ten Tips for Working with ESL/ELL students.

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Be sure to pass this site and information on to peers who are also working with ELL/ESL students. Continuing the strategy across the various classes a student is enrolled in can make it more effective and help ease the transition into an English-speaking school.

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Activities for Newcomers - Everything ESL: Judie Haynes

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Your class is welcoming some ESL/ELL students. Here are some tips for starting out right with newcomers who speak little or no English. The tips include drawing on the resources ...more
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Your class is welcoming some ESL/ELL students. Here are some tips for starting out right with newcomers who speak little or no English. The tips include drawing on the resources of others so you, as the teacher, do not feel you must do everything yourself. Don't forget to also read TeachersFirst's Top Ten Tips for Working with ESL/ELL students.

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ELL teachers, pass this site on to teachers who are also working with new English language learners. It allows them to understand where the student may be at, and the resources they have available if they are unaware.

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Writing in the Mathematics Classroom - Future of Math

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This site, while simple in appearance, is a rich source of teaching ideas for using a blog in your math classroom. There are over 50 different writing prompt ideas, different ...more
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This site, while simple in appearance, is a rich source of teaching ideas for using a blog in your math classroom. There are over 50 different writing prompt ideas, different approaches to getting students to write about math (a MUST for many high-stakes tests nowadays), and innovative suggestions for using digital images or podcasts as part of you math blog. Every term used includes a definition and many have examples to help you envision using the blog.

tag(s): blogs (88)

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Look through these ideas before you launch a math blog or when (if) your ideas run dry. Just rading this site may be enough to push you into trying a blog. Remember that TeachersFirst has the step-by-step information for getting started in our Blogging Basics

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