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Bloggers: A portrait of the internet's new storytellers - PEW Foundation

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The PEW Foundation research (2006) on who is blogging and who is reading the blogs Tells a tale of variety. As you consider blogging for the classroom, this background ...more
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The PEW Foundation research (2006) on who is blogging and who is reading the blogs Tells a tale of variety. As you consider blogging for the classroom, this background may give you ideas for your uses. It can also warns you about the concerns of using blogs as a source in student research. BIas is most certainly an issue. Blogs are, however, the ultimate primary source!

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LearniT: Technology Videos - Nortel

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For teachers or students who have not had the opportunity to learn technology skills from a real person, these video tutorials can be very helpful. They can also fill in ...more
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For teachers or students who have not had the opportunity to learn technology skills from a real person, these video tutorials can be very helpful. They can also fill in gaps in basic computer knowledge. Topics range from Internet safety and Netiquette to more advanced video production, digital imaging, and web page creation. For your students doing independent projects, for basics before you launch into a full-class technology production, or even for teaching yourself as a teacher, these tutorials are approachable and fairly up-to-date. Make sure you choose the right level(s) for your students, since they may have better skills than you think. You can differentiate easily with the multiple skill levels available. This one takes a longer time to open, so be patient.

tag(s): gifted (96), tutorials (47)

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Include this link on your teacher web page or in Favorites in your computer lab or on a classroom machine for students to use as a reference. This can be a great help for students who move in and do not have the same background knowledge as the rest of the class or as a challenge to your techno-whiz or gifted student. These also can make excellent ready-to-go projected tutorials a substitute could show in preparation for an upcoming project.

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Daily Grind - Mr. McNamar

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This site offers one of the more articulate "teacher blogs" - usually interesting, seldom trivial, yet rarely whiny or preachy. Teachers who sometimes yearn for someone who can put...more
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This site offers one of the more articulate "teacher blogs" - usually interesting, seldom trivial, yet rarely whiny or preachy. Teachers who sometimes yearn for someone who can put things back in focus will often find this English teacher's posts helpful. This is an example of a blog for personal, rather than class use, with the intended audience being adults.

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Hurricane Preparedness - National Weather Service

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Designed for National Hurricane Preparedness Week, this site offers extensive resources to help students and their parents plan ahead in case they find themselves in the path of a hurricane....more
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Designed for National Hurricane Preparedness Week, this site offers extensive resources to help students and their parents plan ahead in case they find themselves in the path of a hurricane. There are also extensive descriptions of storm surge, inland flooding, wind damage, and other phenomena associated with these storms.

tag(s): hurricanes (35), safety (92)

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If your community is in an area that can be affected by tropical storms, the content in these pages can be invaluable - whether as part of a science, health, or current events class.

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American Sign Language Browser - Michigan State University

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This interactive glossary of thousands of American Sign Language Terms provides students and teachers with QuickTime animations and description of how the words are actually formed....more
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This interactive glossary of thousands of American Sign Language Terms provides students and teachers with QuickTime animations and description of how the words are actually formed. A great visual resource for those needing some practical assistance in communicating with hearing impaired students.

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Pics4Learning - Tech4Learning

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This impressive collection of thousands of copyright-friendly images - graciously donated by students, teachers, and amateur photographers - is a wonderful resource for teachers and...more
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This impressive collection of thousands of copyright-friendly images - graciously donated by students, teachers, and amateur photographers - is a wonderful resource for teachers and student needing good quality, educational photos for projects and presentations. Browse by topic or use the site's search feature. Includes a nice collection of related lesson plans, organized by subject.

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Innovation Odyssey - Intel

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Intel's Innovation Odyssey offers a catalog, tool kit, and other resources designed to help teachers use technology more effectively in education. Of course, much of the focus is on...more
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Intel's Innovation Odyssey offers a catalog, tool kit, and other resources designed to help teachers use technology more effectively in education. Of course, much of the focus is on hands-on, project based science education. This is an extensive effort that includes scores of mini-case studies, inservice materials, and teaching tools.

tag(s): design (84)

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Staff responsible for integrating technology will find lots of opportunities here, as will teachers interested in participatory classroom projects.
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Field Trip Advice

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Before you schedule that next field trip, spend some time with this helpful site that outlines tips for making the excursion as pain-free as possible. A must for first-timers - ...more
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Before you schedule that next field trip, spend some time with this helpful site that outlines tips for making the excursion as pain-free as possible. A must for first-timers - but even seasoned trekkers can pick up some useful advice. Includes a sample schedule, parent letter, and suggested rules.

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School District Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist - U.S. Health & Human Services Dept.

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While Avian Influenza currently presents no credible threat to humans in North America, this planning guide for school and health professionals outlines steps that might be required...more
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While Avian Influenza currently presents no credible threat to humans in North America, this planning guide for school and health professionals outlines steps that might be required should such a threat turn into an actual pandemic. As such, it might be useful reference to bookmark for possible future use. The various links to facts about avian influenza and its current spread should be of more immediate interest.

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Hyperstaffs - Staffordshire University

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Empower students to help themselves in learning content-related material with this engaging collection of educational multimedia lessons created by Staffordshire University students....more
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Empower students to help themselves in learning content-related material with this engaging collection of educational multimedia lessons created by Staffordshire University students. Enter a first name, choose an age range, and explore the interdisciplinary offerings. Drag the magnifying glass through the town map, and click on the signpost of your choice to reveal a collection of activities organized by subject area.

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Understanding Fair Use - University of Minnesota

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Understanding and applying the Doctrine of Fair Use is vital for teachers and students at all levels. This site clearly explains important exemptions that limit the exclusive rights...more
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Understanding and applying the Doctrine of Fair Use is vital for teachers and students at all levels. This site clearly explains important exemptions that limit the exclusive rights of copyright holders and provides analysis of the four factors of Fair Use. Other features include an interactive tool to help students and teachers determine whether the use of a copyrighted work is a "fair use," a downloadable worksheet, and classroom guidelines.

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Earth Calendar

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Find a reason to celebrate each day of the year with this online calendar that highlights special holidays and celebrations around the world. Check out the current observances, or search...more
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Find a reason to celebrate each day of the year with this online calendar that highlights special holidays and celebrations around the world. Check out the current observances, or search for holidays by date, country, or religion.

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Let's Play: A Guide to Toys for Children with Special Needs - American Foundation for the Blind

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If you're looking for an educational toy or game for a special-needs student, check out this comprehensive, annotated list of items, especially designed for children with physical and...more
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If you're looking for an educational toy or game for a special-needs student, check out this comprehensive, annotated list of items, especially designed for children with physical and hearing impairments, vision problems, and developmental disabilities.

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Boggle's World - Boggle's World

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This impressive collection of free printable worksheets, flashcards, puzzles, and lesson plans offers ESL teachers at all levels so many options for teaching vocabulary, conversational...more
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This impressive collection of free printable worksheets, flashcards, puzzles, and lesson plans offers ESL teachers at all levels so many options for teaching vocabulary, conversational skills, "survival" English, and culture. You may have to poke around a bit to find what you need, but this is definitely a resource to bookmark.

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Try the "Hypothetically speaking" game as a way to teach students how and when to speak hypothetically in a fun, humorous way. Put students in cooperative learning groups that are mixed in levels of English comprehension. Introduce the game by example with a select student before allowing cooperative learning groups to complete it themselves.

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Parent's Guide to Helping Kids with Learning Disabilities - Schwab Learning

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This searchable online resource is filled with timely articles, interactive features, and practical information on understanding a child's special needs, managing his/her education,...more
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This searchable online resource is filled with timely articles, interactive features, and practical information on understanding a child's special needs, managing his/her education, and connecting with other parents who share similar concerns. Sign up for a free weekly e-newsletter, participate in an interactive message board, or personalize your visits to the site with the "My Page" feature.

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Basic Environmental Science Concepts - Environmental Literacy Council

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This primer from the Environmental Literacy Council offers teachers a brief but thorough introduction to the basic concepts of environmental science. While suitable for use by high...more
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This primer from the Environmental Literacy Council offers teachers a brief but thorough introduction to the basic concepts of environmental science. While suitable for use by high school students directly, much of the content could serve as background information for science lesson planning.

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Making Schools Work - PBS

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PBS commentator Hedrick Smith's latest articulation of current "school reform" efforts concentrates on the factors common to several school districts that have achieved notable successes...more
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PBS commentator Hedrick Smith's latest articulation of current "school reform" efforts concentrates on the factors common to several school districts that have achieved notable successes at improving both teaching and student performance. While not designed to please everyone, teachers will want to peruse the extensive text content on this site for ideas they might adapt to their own situations.

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Time Out - Edutopia

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This article, published in the George Lucas Foundation's Edutopia online journal, argues that the rigid time schedules found in most schools work to the detriment of both teachers and...more
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This article, published in the George Lucas Foundation's Edutopia online journal, argues that the rigid time schedules found in most schools work to the detriment of both teachers and their students. It argues for a reexamination of some of the practices common in most schools, and suggests the consequences of continuing with current patterns.

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Who Needs Education Schools? - New York Times

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This lengthy article challenging many education schools' current assumptions about the essentials of teacher training is sure to spark a lively discussion in any teachers' lounge. Which...more
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This lengthy article challenging many education schools' current assumptions about the essentials of teacher training is sure to spark a lively discussion in any teachers' lounge. Which is more important, a sound theoretical foundation or an emphasis on practical skills and critical thinking? Are teachers facilitators, mentors, or a bit of each? Agree or not, this one will certainly prompt some reflections on how you teach, and why.

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The 2005 Webby Award Winners

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While they're not all strictly educational, this sampling of winning web sites, along with a large number of nominees, makes for an interesting barometer of how the Web is being ...more
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While they're not all strictly educational, this sampling of winning web sites, along with a large number of nominees, makes for an interesting barometer of how the Web is being used by scores of disciplines and in hundreds of ways. Try a sampling of these sites for a taste of what's possible on the web.

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