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Blog Basics for the Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This comprehensive tutorial gives all the details on using gated blogs safely in the classroom, including explanations of blogging basics, a TeachersFirst Step-by-Step on how to start...more
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This comprehensive tutorial gives all the details on using gated blogs safely in the classroom, including explanations of blogging basics, a TeachersFirst Step-by-Step on how to start one, complete charts of the features of several free blogging tools for teachers, and over two dozen ideas for how to use a blog with your students. Make "writing to learn" approachable and exciting. You will even find a customizable Blogger's Agreement to download and use with students and parents so everyone knows the expectations and consequences for your class blogs.

tag(s): blogs (85)

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You could use this step by step as the framework for a self-directed or "buddy" professional development project. Share it with your principal or professional development coordinator. USe the strategies and ideas here to start a blog for your class or for each student. Don't miss suggestions for a Teacher as Blogger so you can model blogging, too.
 

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Workshop: Tapping Into Multiple Intelligences - ThirteenEd Online

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This FREE online workshop for teachers provides understanding of Gardner's Multiple Intelligances and applications for this theory in the classroom. WNET, the New York PBS affiliate,...more
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This FREE online workshop for teachers provides understanding of Gardner's Multiple Intelligances and applications for this theory in the classroom. WNET, the New York PBS affiliate, is the parent comapny for this online teacher workshop project and is known for their consistent high-quality productions. Even the "buzzwords" of M.I. are included and explained, along with practical ideas for real teachers to use.

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Make it your goal for the year to try implementing a multiple intelligences model of instruction and watch your students each find strengths and build new ones.

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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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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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4 to 12
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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 (40), safety (92)

In the Classroom

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.

tag(s): air (148), hearing impaired (6), sign language (8)

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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 (88)

In the Classroom

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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Find science-based information on environmental issues for students and educators at this site created by the Environmental Literacy Council. Choose from the two main areas - one for...more
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Find science-based information on environmental issues for students and educators at this site created by the Environmental Literacy Council. Choose from the two main areas - one for teachers and the other for students. The Teaching Resources include a variety of lesson modules, teaching resources, and AP Labs and Activities. The Teacher Exchange is an archive for teachers of environmental science courses and contains areas for sharing lab and teaching ideas with peers. The Students Index features homework help, writing tips, and fact-based articles on a variety of topics. Editors note: When reviewing this site, some links within different sections didn't work. Try using links in the right-hand columns to find your desired topic if necessary.
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tag(s): air (148), climate (95), environment (325), geology (81), nutrition (159), weather (201)

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Bookmark this site for use by you and your students to find fact-based information on the environment. Instead of using pencil and paper to take notes, have students use Padlet, reviewed here, to write and organize notes into columns. Ask them to include links to access information easily. Ask students to create infographics using Canva, reviewed here. Use infographics to share images, statistics, and other useful information on their chosen topics. Challenge students to create their own game using a toll like Scratch, reviewed here. Scratch offers users the ability to tell stories through animated drawings and storytelling,

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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 Webby Award Gallery + Archive

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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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