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Maps: Tools for Adventure-GIS in Action - National Geographic Society

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3 to 10
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Use maps to solve problems and help animals using GIS, Geographic Information Systems. This tool layers different kinds of information on a map such as animal habitat, where people...more
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Use maps to solve problems and help animals using GIS, Geographic Information Systems. This tool layers different kinds of information on a map such as animal habitat, where people live, and problems encountered by this animal. All of the layers are added to the map to show how all of the information affects the animal. Separating the layers allows you to identify patterns we would not ordinarily see, and see how all the factors interact. The animals studied are Humpback Whale, Bald Eagle, African Elephant, Giant Panda, and Koala. To find other GIS education resources within National Geographic, just type in GIS in the search box at the top right.

tag(s): endangered species (38), habitats (84), maps (288), pollution (66)

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Begin your study in science with endangered animals, animal habitats, people interacting with nature, pollution, or conservation. Share this site as an interactive whiteboard or projector presentation of GIS. After examining each layer of the map, discuss how human interaction affects each animal. Discuss ways that the patterns and interactions with humans changes the animal species. Use the site as a resource for nonfiction reading material or as a source for research material for informational reports. Choose different endangered or extinct animals and use GIS as an example for each student to create their own layer project with using Ignite, reviewed here. Ignite is a tool to create a unique multimedia project using layers and incorporating collaboration. Partner this site with a fictional book on endangered animals, such as Humpback Whale Tale, to provide more background knowledge for complete comprehension. Create a public service announcement for endangered animals, pollution, or conservation. Use one of the many templates at Lucidpress, reviewed here, to create a flyer or poster. Writing prompts come alive with the provided background information on animals for either informational writing or even narrative writing. Math and social studies classes can study map and graphing skills. Add this site to a center to identify main idea and supporting details.
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Free Training Tutorials - Barak Sofer

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K to 12
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Here is your one stop for FREE training on Microsoft Word and Excel, Typing challenges, and activities in several subjects. There are activities for typing, math, spelling, and life...more
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Here is your one stop for FREE training on Microsoft Word and Excel, Typing challenges, and activities in several subjects. There are activities for typing, math, spelling, and life skills geared toward elementary and middle school students. The menu at the left provides links to all activities except Excel. Find those at the top of the page. If you find an activity you like, easily share using links on each activity via email or social networks. Some of the video clips are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos 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.
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tag(s): grammar (216), keyboarding (38), operations (126), parts of speech (68), spelling (168), spreadsheets (17), vocabulary (324)

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Make a shortcut to any activity on this site on classroom computers and use it as a center. Be sure to include this site on your class web page for students to access both in and outside of class for further practice. Train yourself on Microsoft Word or Excel using these video clips. Share the typing activities with your students to increase their speed and accuracy. Set up learning centers for the interactives available (such as nouns and verbs).
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Better Lesson - BetterLesson

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K to 12
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This site offers over 10,000 lessons aligned with the Common Core and the Next Generation Science Standards. The lessons were created by 130 Master Teachers. You can browse resources...more
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This site offers over 10,000 lessons aligned with the Common Core and the Next Generation Science Standards. The lessons were created by 130 Master Teachers. You can browse resources without registering. Click the blue "Browse" button to get started. Choose along the top from Common Core Math, Common Core ELA, or Next Generation Science. Lessons are arranged by grade level or Math, Language, and Science subjects. However, if you want to create your own resources, registration is required. After registering, create a class and then create a unit for that class. Finally, create a lesson for that unit, fill in an objective, select a state standard, and estimate the total time on task. Upload files (or drag and drop) to assign them to the lesson or keep them "unassigned" for later use. Additionally, simply add other users' files to your own curriculum. Search for files by keyword, age-level, and type of format. Click on a result to see every lesson plan using that file.

tag(s): commoncore (94), professional development (123)

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Use this site to create lessons for students to follow. Use this site to share inspirational lessons you create or to find inspiration in the work of others. Meet the Common Core goals by using the tools and lesson plans offered at this website. Though the site deals with the technical aspect of lesson planning, many ideas exist to reverse engineer to your own lessons. Create a course to maintain and tweak your lessons for your classes. Expand PD to others in your school or in other schools to learn from the best ideas of others!

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OK2Ask'®: Common Core Literacy K-8 - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from January 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Get to the "Core" of literacy in your K-8 classroom using TeachersFirst...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from January 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Get to the "Core" of literacy in your K-8 classroom using TeachersFirst resources. Participants will view and explore resources that help develop key literacy skills and address Common Core standards. Resources that promote collaboration and individual skill work will be shared. Participants will explore and discuss how resources can be utilized in their own classroom. This session is for teachers at ALL Technology Comfort Levels

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Gather ideas by exploring at least 10 literacy resources on TeachersFirst. Participants will explore and practice with the suggested resources; Investigate and discuss lesson ideas offered in reviews and by other participants in the session; List and discuss curriculum projects or activities their students could do with their chosen resources. As follow-up, participants will be able to Implement one of the provided resources into an upcoming teaching unit or lesson. Applicable ISTE-T standards (2008)*: 1a and d, 2a, b, and c, 3b and c, 5a. ISTE's standards page.

tag(s): commoncore (94)

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Dig into Common Core Literacy for grades K-8. View this recording and find new ideas to use in your classroom. Find new ways to meet the Common Core ELA standards. Take a look at the resource page full of GREAT resources to explore! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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Sight Words - Gajan Retnasaba

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K to 3
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Sight Words offers a comprehensive resource of techniques, teaching activities, lessons, and materials for teaching young children to read. Begin your exploration by choosing the teaching...more
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Sight Words offers a comprehensive resource of techniques, teaching activities, lessons, and materials for teaching young children to read. Begin your exploration by choosing the teaching link. Explore the information and instructions for all teaching strategies employed in lessons. View videos, read blog posts, create and print your own flashcards, and more! Explore the history of Dolch and Fry sight words. Take a visit to Sight Word Games to find great ideas for your classroom: Bingo, Fly Swat, Fishing, Bean Bag Toss, and more... all related to sight words, of course. Some of the video clips are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos 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): flash cards (46), game based learning (103), gamification (65), preK (281), reading strategies (45), sight words (37)

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Sight Words is an excellent resource to share with parents. Include a link to this site on your class website and newsletters. Share this site with classroom tutors and helpers for use when working with students. Share this link with student teachers as an excellent resource for beginning reading instruction. Find ideas to implement in your classroom. Create flashcards for your students. Try the Sight Word Games in your own classroom as a learning center or even whole class games!
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Doctopus - Google

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7 to 12
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Organize student Google documents with Doctopus! This tool is essential for organizing of documents both to and from students. Create a Google Doc template. Next, create a spreadsheet...more
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Organize student Google documents with Doctopus! This tool is essential for organizing of documents both to and from students. Create a Google Doc template. Next, create a spreadsheet containing the students who will be using the document. When you install Doctopus as a Chrome add-on, a Doctopus folder is created in Google Docs. Be sure that the template you create and the spreadsheet containing student names are in that folder. A script needs to be installed to pull the student names from the spreadsheet and then send them the document. Find simple directions with screenshots here. Doctopus is a Google Chrome add-on and is available for Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, and Linux. This add-on is not available for Windows RT, iPad, or mobile devices as of this time.

tag(s): assessment (100)

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Use Google Docs more efficiently with this simple Chrome add-on. Though the process at first seems long, it actually makes sharing of documents easier with students. BUT it also makes the collecting of student documents easier. Use Docs for reading response journals, writing science labs, writing reports or papers, creating collaborative notes in any class, and more. What better way to comment on and improve student work!

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Youth Voices - UC Berkley Grad School of Education National Writing Project

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K to 12
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Youth Voices is a social networking site for young writers seeking an authentic audience and a space to publish writing across a range of genres. Search the site using the ...more
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Youth Voices is a social networking site for young writers seeking an authentic audience and a space to publish writing across a range of genres. Search the site using the keyword search or scroll through articles and topics from the home page. Click on the Guides tab to find resources for teachers. Some of the topics include Argument, Booktalk, Arts & Entertainment, Our Space (K-5), From the Middle (6-8), and many others. Registration isn't required to view articles and guides. However an email address is required to write blog posts, complete missions, and join communities. Please note: that while there are limited resources available for all ages, most of the resources and topics are more appropriate for secondary students.

tag(s): blogs (88), creative writing (166), descriptive writing (41), digital storytelling (145), expository writing (44), paragraph writing (17), persuasive writing (55), process writing (42), social networking (112)

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Share blogs and articles found on Youth Voices as examples of peer writing. Share this site on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Use the Guides tab as an excellent, relevant resource for writing prompts and ideas for classroom use. Students become better writers when they have an authentic audience, so encourage student writers to join and become an active part of this online writing community. There is a special section for grades K-5 only and another for grades 6-8.

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Lord of the Rings Project - Emil Johannson

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7 to 12
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Explore this timeline and map of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-Earth for The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. Click on the red circles to read a sequence of events for the ...more
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Explore this timeline and map of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-Earth for The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. Click on the red circles to read a sequence of events for the location. Please note: there are two different timelines. The timeline on the right menu is a Timeline of Events. The timeline on the top menu is a Timeline of the History of Middle-earth.
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tag(s): independent reading (128), novels (24)

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Share this site when giving a book talk for The Hobbit or Lord of the Rings to help create interest in the books. Share the map (or timelines) on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Post the link to this site on your class web page for students who are reading Lord of the Rings or the Hobbit. Help your students to understand the story and places.

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Learner's Dictionary - Merriam Webster

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3 to 12
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This American English online dictionary supports ESL/ELL students and people preparing for the TOEFL Test, the standardized test given to non-English speakers for admittance to universities....more
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This American English online dictionary supports ESL/ELL students and people preparing for the TOEFL Test, the standardized test given to non-English speakers for admittance to universities. The top 3000 words in the English language are featured with perfect pronunciation exercises. Use the Word of the Day to increase your vocabulary. The Ask the Editor feature is especially valuable for getting answers about things like "What does high tech mean?" or "What is the difference between beside and besides?" With a free registration, you can save your mastered words for periodic reviews. Test your vocabulary periodically, to continually challenge yourself. Get your free Kindle download or iPhone, iPad, and Android app.
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tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (199), pronunciation (44), vocabulary (324), vocabulary development (126)

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Provide daily support and growth for your ESL/ELL students by increasing vocabulary and reviewing with quizzes. Have students use their own dictionary to collect all the words they are using. This tool can be used by ANY student preparing for testing (SAT or ACT). Struggling readers can get extra support with pronunciation and save mastered words. During content area subjects, collect words for a quarter, semester, or even year. For Advanced Placement classes, collect vocabulary for continual review.

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Reading a Map - National Park Service

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4 to 9
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This interactive site makes elementary map reading fun. Learn what maps mean and how to read maps. Answer questions using a simple map. Go from a photograph to a topographic ...more
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This interactive site makes elementary map reading fun. Learn what maps mean and how to read maps. Answer questions using a simple map. Go from a photograph to a topographic view. Learn how to use the legend, scale, and compass rose (also called a direction indicator). After a review session, interesting sounds indicate when you have answered the questions correctly and understand the parts of the map.

tag(s): geology (81), maps (288)

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After viewing this site, have students take a simple local map and add geologic details such as woods, hills or mountains, water features, etc. Take photos of the maps and upload them to your computer and then Thinglink. Then challenge students to create online "tours" of their map enhancement using Thinglink, reviewed here, adding narration to explain the changes made to the map.
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Common Core: ND Curriculum Initiative - North Dakota Curriculum Initiative

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K to 12
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The North Dakota Curriculum Initiative offers this informative site containing many downloadable documents. Use these documents when implementing and planning ELA (English/Language...more
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The North Dakota Curriculum Initiative offers this informative site containing many downloadable documents. Use these documents when implementing and planning ELA (English/Language Arts) and Math Common Core Standards in all grades. Choose from grade level links to begin browsing available content. Choose from lists of standards, lesson and unit plans, pacing calendars, and much more.

tag(s): commoncore (94), professional development (123)

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Share the Parents Guide with parents at Open House to introduce them to Common Core ideas and guidelines. Use information and resources on the site to supplement your current lesson ideas and planning tools. Use unit and yearly pacing guides as a guideline for planning. Share these resources with colleagues during professional development sessions.
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Nearpod - Nearpod

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5 to 12
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Use this free slide-based multimedia app to put lessons and other material on any web browser OR iOs and Android devices. Build your own presentations using pre-made templates. The...more
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Use this free slide-based multimedia app to put lessons and other material on any web browser OR iOs and Android devices. Build your own presentations using pre-made templates. The site does offer some ready-made presentations (some free). Many of the video and text presentations are from Khan Academy and include questions to answer as you work through the presentations. What is the best part of Nearpod? Teachers control the pace of the lesson, and students do not move to the next screen until advanced by the teacher. Use the teacher version of the app to push out the presentation to your students. Every student uses their own student app to follow the screens and answer the questions. This provides immediate feedback about every student. The feedback can be emailed to the teacher for later review. This formative assessment tool is invaluable and a unique part of the app. The tool also includes drawing for students to work out problems. Teachers are able to identify students who are not "on task" and not working within the app when a little red light pops up. Absent students are able to complete the assignment at home.

tag(s): assessment (100), classroom management (135), DAT device agnostic tool (199), multimedia (57), slides (63)

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This is an exciting way to begin an iPad (or BYOD) integration into the classroom. Though it may be difficult to determine the best pacing of the lesson, the ability to slow down the advancement of the next screen allows more time to digest the information. Be aware that students needing more time may be very frustrated as the screen may advance before they are able to finish. Start small by uploading presentations and using JPEG and other images. Add interactive elements such as polls and videos. Grab students attention by using the first slide to deliver a piece of humorous information. Create guided learning stations and push out several presentations to different devices as students move through the various lessons to be learned. This technique can be helpful for struggling learners. Use this tool to help reinforce the most difficult parts of the lesson. Use the app to create schedules for training, clubs, and more. For English, learn about grammar rules, sentence structure, and other elements necessary for good writing. For ESL/ELL classes and world languages, practice various vocabulary words and learn tenses of verbs. Learn vocabulary and basic scientific concepts in any science class or facts about historical periods in history classes. This app is a valuable tool in any classroom.

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PBS Newshour Extra - PBS NewsHour Productions LLC

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7 to 12
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Find news and resources for grades 7-12 at PBS Newshour Extra. Search the site by Subject Area, Videos, Arts and Media, Science, and more. Explore news articles written for students...more
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Find news and resources for grades 7-12 at PBS Newshour Extra. Search the site by Subject Area, Videos, Arts and Media, Science, and more. Explore news articles written for students with the background and context needed to understand complex topics. The Daily Videos are ad-free and have related stories along the right side of the page. Read the current events news stories and follow the Extra Twitter feed. Don't miss the many free lesson plans including current events, American history, health, government, holidays, and more. Lesson plans are all aligned to the Common Core standards. Lesson plan topics vary from "Personal reflections on the poetry of Maya Angelou" to "Selma to Montgomery: An introduction to the 1965 marches" and countless others! Look for the Student Voices and Student Reporting Labs for those who would like to be published or to help a local PBS station produce the news.
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tag(s): civil rights (117), elections (75), holocaust (39), memorial day (13), news (261), poetry (228), video (253), women (101)

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Watch the news together on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Allow students to watch independently on laptops or at a learning station. Use any video or article as a current events writing prompt. Challenge students to create blog posts about them using Throwww, reviewed here. Throwww allows you to create "quick and easy" blog posts for one-time use only. Don't forget the many free lesson plans (already aligned to Common Core standards). Click on the Lesson Plans link to explore the countless topics available (Poetry, Veterans, Elections, Ebola, Civil Rights, and more). For articles and videos about conflicts and tension, you might want to have your students engage in a debate using a tool such as ProConIt, reviewed here. Keep your class up-to-date on the news using this site. Provide this link on your class website for students (and families) to access both in and out of your classroom.
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QuestBase - SmartLite Software

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Create and manage assessments, tests, and quizzes. Create surveys and polls using QuestBase. All can be administered online or printed. Take assessments using any online device or print...more
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Create and manage assessments, tests, and quizzes. Create surveys and polls using QuestBase. All can be administered online or printed. Take assessments using any online device or print choosing multiple versions and formats. Enter questions manually or import using built-in wizards. Choose from different question formats. Use pictures, movies, special characters, or math equations to personalize any content. Publish online, embed onto a website, share via email, or print finished tests. Other options include the ability to add timers, passwords, and privacy options.

tag(s): polls and surveys (48), quiz (85), quizzes (97)

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Use this tool for creating practice quizzes for your students to take on any computer or device. Use as a formative assessment to see what material needs more review with classes (or individual students). Students can take the quiz on their own for at-home study. Share with students as a resource for creating quizzes for studying at home. When students are using surveys and polls for reports, introduce them to QuestBase since it works on any device that accesses the Internet.

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Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes - Lowell Milken Center

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5 to 12
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The Lowell Milken Center discovers, develops and communicates the stories of Unsung Heroes who have made a profound and positive impact on the course of history. Explore Featured Projects...more
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The Lowell Milken Center discovers, develops and communicates the stories of Unsung Heroes who have made a profound and positive impact on the course of history. Explore Featured Projects to learn about everyday people who became heroes by standing up to adversity in their lives. Each project features information about the hero and the storyteller. Some projects include links to student-created web pages and videos. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view the videos 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. Start your own Unsung Hero project using the ten steps provided to include inspiration from start to finish.

tag(s): heroes (24)

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Share stories from the Unsung Heroes project on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Discuss traits that make a hero and find inspiration to search for heroes in your everyday lives. Use this site as a starting point for individual or group projects. All types of classes can complete a project about an unsung hero. P.E. classes can find out about veterans, surfers, or car accident victims who have lost limbs and used their challenges to make a difference. Math and science students can complete an Internet search for high school inventors. Students could also search through old Scholastic Scope magazines for articles about young people who have overcome adversity. Have students create an annotated image of a hero including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. Have students use Fakebook, reviewed here, to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about a hero they have chosen.
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Harp - House of Harrari

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K to 6
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Did you ever want to try to play a harp? Grab your computer and you can strum away on your "virtual" harp. Pluck each string and make a note. Create ...more
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Did you ever want to try to play a harp? Grab your computer and you can strum away on your "virtual" harp. Pluck each string and make a note. Create your own melody. This site is extremely simple to use.

tag(s): music theory (43), musical instruments (48)

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Bring your students into the calming place of listening to harp music. Use as a way of allowing your students to have reflection time or quiet/calm time. Create a story with different notes, tunes, or melodies with your harp. Use the harp's music to represent a character, especially with the study of antagonist or protagonist. As one student reads a text aloud, create a melody to accompany the text. Use your harp for creative movement time in preschool and kindergarten classes. Pull out your harp when you want your class to come back to order. Use this virtual tool when introducing string instruments in elementary music class. If you can't bring in a real harp, this is a wonderful alternative.
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Copy Paste Character - Konst & Teknik & Martin

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K to 12
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Copy Paste Character offers a large assortment of characters to use with any text. Choose from characters within a favorite set such as music notes, smiley faces, or mathematical symbols....more
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Copy Paste Character offers a large assortment of characters to use with any text. Choose from characters within a favorite set such as music notes, smiley faces, or mathematical symbols. Click on any symbol then paste into your document. View other sets such as graphic shapes, punctuation, and emojis using the drop-down box. Registration is not required, but it is an option if you want to create and save sets for future use.

tag(s): images (266), symbols (19)

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Bookmark this site to easily find symbols for use on your class webpage, newsletters, and lessons. Share with students as a resource for finding characters and symbols for use on any project. Add this link to your class website for students (and families) to access at home.

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Bookopolis - Kari Ness Riedel

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1 to 7
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Bookopolis is more than an online social reading club for children ages 7-12. It has an education portal to keep track of and review a reader's work. In the New ...more
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Bookopolis is more than an online social reading club for children ages 7-12. It has an education portal to keep track of and review a reader's work. In the New Book section, find a book by grade level and read ratings and reviews from other readers. Bookopolis includes digital reading logs, reading log prompts, and suggests places to find comprehension questions about the book. Through the dashboard, monitor and comment on the reader's writing and reading logs. The activities and features on the site are aligned with many of the Common Core Reading and Writing standards. There are several video tutorials on getting started and how to use the dashboard. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos 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): book lists (128), book reports (36), guided reading (47), independent reading (128), reading comprehension (116), social networking (112)

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Create your account with your email, teacher name, username, and some basic information. Create your dashboard by adding a class and class name. You can create multiple classes. View the several teacher dashboard video tutorials to get started. Student accounts can be created manually or by importing an xls or csv file. Students will automatically be "friends" with other students in the same class, but can also invite students from different classes. Share this site with students (and parents at back to school night) using your interactive whiteboard or projector. Show students the video tutorial "How to Add Books" to get them started. Students can create bookshelves for books they are reading, that they have read, and that they want to read. Students can earn badges and points for the books they read. This tool will get students excited about reading since they can connect with friends to share book reviews and swap book recommendations. Students also practice persuasive writing, comprehension, and typing skills by completing reviews, reports, and reading logs online.

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Plagiarism.org - iParadigms, LLC

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6 to 12
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Here you will find everything you will ever need to know about plagiarism and citing sources. Click on Plagiarism 101 and find out exactly what plagiarism is and the different ...more
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Here you will find everything you will ever need to know about plagiarism and citing sources. Click on Plagiarism 101 and find out exactly what plagiarism is and the different types of plagiarism. Citing Sources explains what a citation is, why one should cite sources, how to paraphrase, how to quote material, what a footnote is, and when one should cite the source. Although this site is rather plain in appearance, it is a hot topic and definitely a site to save and share with students!

tag(s): citations (34), plagiarism (35), summarizing (13)

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Meet your Common Core standards for nonfiction reading using the pages at this informative site! In addition, every student who creates a report, presentation, speech, or project, in any subject, needs to know this information. Consider dividing and presenting this site with a teacher in another curriculum, so students get the idea that this is information for EVERY class. Consider presenting the information, questions, and quizzes using a program such as GoClass, reviewed here or Answer Pad, reviewed here. With these programs, you can create questions or a scavenger hunt. Then you can quiz students on the information and have it all self-corrected. Moreover, using one of these programs will make this text heavy, but necessary material, much more tolerable for your students. You may want to challenge your gifted and musically inclined students to create a rap highlighting the important information they learned about plagiarism and citing sources. Have them teach the rap to the rest of the class. Or have students create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from this site using a tool such as Wordle (reviewed here).

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ActivityCircle - Frolyc, Inc.

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K to 12
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Use ActivityCircle (formerly Frolyc) to create multimedia lessons on the web, and have access to them via the iPad (or any web browser). ActivityCircle also has ready-made lessons aligned...more
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Use ActivityCircle (formerly Frolyc) to create multimedia lessons on the web, and have access to them via the iPad (or any web browser). ActivityCircle also has ready-made lessons aligned to Common Core Standards. Search lessons by grade level or keyword. All ready-made activities list grade level, subject area, Lexile levels, and standards addressed. Whether using a premade lesson or designing your own, assign a lesson to students and collect data on student responses. Educators, tutors, and parents can author or create activities. Sign up with email and add student profiles. All assignments, creations, etc. that were on Frolyc transferred seemlessly to ActivityCircle. Just click on the name of the review above and you'll go there. There are several excellent videos to help you create everything on ActivityCircle! If your district blocks YouTube, they may not be viewable. You could always view the instructional videos 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.
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tag(s): assessment (100), classroom management (135), multimedia (57), polls and surveys (48), quizzes (97), reading comprehension (116), writing (359)

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Once you have created a class and student profiles, assign lessons from the catalog or create your own. If your students are using iPads, they will need to have the free ActivityCircle Spot app added. The app requires Wi-Fi to sync with activitycircle.com. Student profiles will automatically sync with the iPads. Each student can only interact with the activities assigned to him or her via an access code. Since ActivityCircle is web-based you can create easy, simple activities or elaborate units. Start building Common Core aligned and differentiated activities such as reading, filling out concept maps, writing paragraphs, drawing, answering questions, taking quizzes, and more. Add links to read and hear multimedia content such as videos and slideshows. For longer videos, you may want to put a tag or comment in certain areas. Use a program like EDPuzzle, reviewed here, to accomplish this. Tags can be as simple as "answer question 4 now." Alternatively, use one of the ready-made lessons from the catalog for free. The app will need Wi-Fi for video and voice-over. ActivityCircle publishes Common Core Standards aligned reading comprehension activities to this app for student use. The possibilities are endless!

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