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PBS Kids Electric Company - Sesame Workshop

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1 to 4
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Join the Literacy Superheroes of The Electric Company to defeat the evil villains. Superheroes lead you into vocabulary, phonics, and math instruction in a highly motivating...more
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Join the Literacy Superheroes of The Electric Company to defeat the evil villains. Superheroes lead you into vocabulary, phonics, and math instruction in a highly motivating style. Create an avatar or choose a cast member to "play" the activities. Creates stories, word mangles, and battles with math concepts. Videos introduce vocabulary and math concepts in a "kid-friendly" adventure. Planet Challenges allow you to create profiles, save points, and continually play. Dance, sing, and hop your way into learning.

tag(s): operations (126), phonics (75), vocabulary development (126), word study (80)

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Share these highly engaging videos on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Preview, present, and review literacy and math concepts. Use this site as a whole class activity or at learning centers. Encourage "homework" using this video game style. Extend the concepts presented into other subjects like writing. Create your own class adventures while students choose literacy superpowers to defeat the unknown!
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CloudMagic - Webyog, Inc.

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K to 12
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CloudMagic is a search engine for your personal data. Sign up using your email address and a password, then link to other social accounts such as Twitter, GMail, Google Docs, ...more
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CloudMagic is a search engine for your personal data. Sign up using your email address and a password, then link to other social accounts such as Twitter, GMail, Google Docs, EverNote, DropBox, and more. After synching accounts, type in a search term to find matching items from all your accounts. Narrow the search using buttons on the site to find only events, contacts, mail, tweets, etc. Use this tool on any browser or download the app for all mobile devices for on the go search capability.

tag(s): organizational skills (122), search engines (65)

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"It's in here somewhere!" Use this site as a teacher organization tool for your classroom resources, parent contacts, and more. Are you trying to find your updated class list or notes for your Algebra 2 review? Search for class list or Algebra 2 to find it without having to search through all of your online and email accounts. Share this site with older students as a resource for organizing and finding their online resources.

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Learn English - Goodwill Community Foundation

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4 to 12
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Check out the GCFLearnFree Reading program. Click on the flag from the country that speaks your native language to learn English using that language. A link for teachers provides detailed...more
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Check out the GCFLearnFree Reading program. Click on the flag from the country that speaks your native language to learn English using that language. A link for teachers provides detailed information about the four different offerings for each word category. Or click on the link Learn in Simple English to go to a wide variety of activities designed to assist English learning for ESL/ELL students. This part of the site is in English and could be useful for non-ESL students as well. Activities include a Word Explorer for learning vocabulary, a Text Explorer to complete readings that include words of that category, a Video Dictionary where you can see words illustrated in a video, and an activity for review and use of new words. It is easy to navigate the site using icons, so weak readers can find their way.

tag(s): reading comprehension (116), vocabulary development (126)

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Use these activities with ESL/ELL students or learning support students to reinforce vocabulary visually and with sounds. Speech and Language teachers can use the Word Explorer to illustrate many words with video, sound, and spoken/written sentences. Share the many interactives and/or video clips on your interactive whiteboard, on a projector, or in a learning center. World language teachers might want to use the word explorer as a model for students to create their own vocabulary reinforcement activities created on video or even using a simple slideshow tool such as PowerPoint or a presentation tool from the Edge. This is an excellent site to share on your class website so students (and families) can check it out at home.
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Read Tennessee Reading and Math Toolkits - Read Tennessee

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K to 3
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Reading and math toolkits are available through this informative website. Enter through the Reading or Math link. Choose the portion of the site for your interest as a teacher, parent,...more
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Reading and math toolkits are available through this informative website. Enter through the Reading or Math link. Choose the portion of the site for your interest as a teacher, parent, or community member. Teachers can choose from Common Core standards links, resources for teaching standards, and a preK section. Choices for families include videos to help children understand math and reading, brochures, and grade level parent guides. Community pages offer resource networks, collaborations, and information on how to become involved with early learning support.

tag(s): commoncore (94), literacy (103), preK (281), professional development (123)

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Bookmark and save this site as a resource for math and literacy resources correlated to Common Core standards. Although geared toward the state of Tennessee, modify and use the guides for parents as a handout during open houses. Provide links to portions of the family section of the site on your classroom website to provide tips for helping students at home. Share videos and professional information from the site during staff development sessions.
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Planet eBook - PlaneteBook.com

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6 to 12
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Planet eBook offers an extensive list of classic (public domain) literature for free download. Scroll through titles listed in alphabetical order from 1984 to Wuthering Heights. Click...more
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Planet eBook offers an extensive list of classic (public domain) literature for free download. Scroll through titles listed in alphabetical order from 1984 to Wuthering Heights. Click on the title for a short synopsis. Once you find what you want, click Download.
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tag(s): ebooks (42), literature (275)

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Share this site with students as a resource for classic literature titles to download. Assign literature from this site as class homework. Share this link on your class website for families to find free online literature. If you are looking for text to use to teach sequencing, inference, or main idea on an interactive whiteboard, this is one source to copy/paste text that is not copyrighted. Have students highlight parts of speech, experiment with word order, and more as they "touch" the language.
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Martha Speaks - PBS Kids

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K to 3
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Join Martha (the dog) from the book and animated children's series, Martha Speaks. This interactive website focuses on vocabulary and word usage. The site includes interactives,...more
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Join Martha (the dog) from the book and animated children's series, Martha Speaks. This interactive website focuses on vocabulary and word usage. The site includes interactives, printables, videos, and "Martha's Stories" for students to explore. Make newspapers, dog tags, vocabulary word pictures, and more. Vocabulary introduced are not necessarily sight words, yet specialized content area words. Apply and learn new vocabulary in a wide variety of interactive ways. Some game features require Shockwave and/or a webcam. Don't worry. It does not keep your picture.

tag(s): literacy (103), preK (281), rhymes (33), sight words (37), vocabulary (324), vocabulary development (126)

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Intrigue your students to follow the dog, Martha, into new vocabulary learning. Share a book (or video of the show) with your students before introducing this site. Students from Kindergarten through second grade will benefit from the variety of learning activities. Add this site to your centers for an engaging way to learn vocabulary. Add this link to your class website for review or enrichment.
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Teachem - the School of You - FurtherEd

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4 to 12
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Build and view online courses created from pieces of YouTube videos using Teachem. Teachem "courses" include review questions and more to supplement the video you build. Browse current...more
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Build and view online courses created from pieces of YouTube videos using Teachem. Teachem "courses" include review questions and more to supplement the video you build. Browse current offerings by date added, number of flashcards, title, or categories from abs to YouTube. Create your own courses after registering with the site, add the YouTube url and type in questions. Teachem presents the video without YouTube's usual clutter, too! Courses can be public or private for only those with the link. See the FAQ link to answer your "how do I do this?" questions. If your district blocks YouTube, then this tool may be a bit more challenging. Before you spend too much time preparing a "course," test some of those available on Teachem to see whether they will open at school. If so, you could always view the YouTube videos at home and create your "Teachem" presentation.

tag(s): test prep (96), video (254)

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Teachem is perfect for use in the "flipped" classroom. Create your own courses for students to view including notes and comments. Have students create their own Teachem videos to share information on any topic. There is no better way to learn, than to become the teacher! Browse and search for courses already created to use in your classroom to introduce or review any topic. Embed courses on your website or blog for students to access from home. Encourage students to share any helpful course they discover on Teachem as alternative presentations or review of the concepts you are studying in class. Learning support teachers might want to work together with small groups of students to prepare a review and self-test "course" before major tests, assuming you can find the appropriate YouTube videos to help.

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Digital Learning Day - Alliance for Excellent Education

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K to 12
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Digital Learning Day is an annual February event spotlighting successful instructional practice and effective use of technology around the country. Choose the Learn and Explore option...more
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Digital Learning Day is an annual February event spotlighting successful instructional practice and effective use of technology around the country. Choose the Learn and Explore option to find out more about the goals of Digital Learning Day, begin with a detailed description listing the characteristics of digital learning. View exemplary models, showcases, lesson portals,and more using links provided. Sign up as a participant for Digital Learning Day then plan your own classroom activity, provide a presentation to parents, or choose from other ideas offered on the site. Explore the Take Action portion of the site to find digital toolkits sorted by subject area. Sign up isn't required; however, it does allow you to receive emails with updates and learning ideas throughout the year. In addition, The Alliance will provide all individuals signed up for Digital Learning Day with ten to twelve detailed lesson plans approximately two weeks before Digital Learning Day. The digital learning content demonstrations are conducted in four areas: math, science, language arts, and civics/social studies; critical areas, such as working with ELL or special education students, will be woven into the lessons.

tag(s): digital citizenship (59), digital storytelling (144), modeling (9), preK (281)

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Celebrate Digital Learning Day in your school by sharing this site and ideas for digital learning both in and out of school. Suggest to your PTO/PTA that they host a family digital learning evening on or about the same date. Bookmark and save this site to find digital learning ideas throughout the year and to plan special events for a midwinter Digital Learning Day celebration. Share with colleagues as a resource.

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Laura Jernigan: Girl on a Whaleship - Martha's Vineyard Museum

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4 to 12
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This website, produced by the Martha's Vineyard Museum, tells the story of Laura Jernegan and the journal she kept on her voyage on a whaling ship. In October 1868, Laura ...more
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This website, produced by the Martha's Vineyard Museum, tells the story of Laura Jernegan and the journal she kept on her voyage on a whaling ship. In October 1868, Laura Jernegan, a 6 year old girl from Edgartown, Massachusetts set out on a three year whaling voyage. Laura, her father, mother, brother and the ship's crew set off to the whaling grounds of the Pacific Ocean. The site also tells the adventurous history of whaling. Choose from many different topics for exploration such as information about whales, a timeline of whaling, interactive map, and explore the ship. Dive deeper to view artifacts, meet the crew, and view a picture gallery. Lesson plans (and complete units) are provided for grades 1-3, 4-5, and even high school.

tag(s): 1800s (44), whales (16)

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Include this site as you study 19th century America, New England, or maritime history. Use the teacher link at the bottom of the page to find units and lessons. Introduce the site to students and allow them to explore on their own. Challenge students to create a talking avatar using a photo or other image (legally permitted to be reproduced). The avatars can be used to explain a day in the life of one of the Jernegan family members. Use a site such as Blabberize (reviewed here). HIgh school classes could compare the whaling industry with other practices that have had an impact on our natural resources. How does this approach to whaling differ from the Native Alaskans? How does it differ from today's use of ocean resources?
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Coursera - Coursera.org

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9 to 12
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Take the world's best courses online for free! Choose courses from 33 universities in 20 different topics ranging from science, business, music and film, and the social sciences. Course...more
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Take the world's best courses online for free! Choose courses from 33 universities in 20 different topics ranging from science, business, music and film, and the social sciences. Course information displays start date, length of class, and the source offering the course. View a description/biography of the course instructor, a video explanation of each course, and information on the course format at the homepage for each class. Most courses offer a certificate of completion for successful completion of course requirements.

tag(s): china (66), climate change (64), computers (95), data (148), energy (198), engineering (125), financial literacy (80), gamification (65), greeks (30), immigrants (20), immigration (58), nutrition (154), professional development (123), psychology (64), scientific method (64), sociology (22), solar energy (38), space (205), sports (97)

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Allow gifted students to enroll in courses that interest them or that provide enrichment beyond classroom content. Share with others in your building as a resource for professional development. Explore the topics yourself for some new, engaging topics to round out your own expertise. Allow students to enroll in a course that would fit into their career goals as an exploratory opportunity in that field.
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No Water River - Poetry Resources - Renee LaTulippe

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4 to 12
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Explore and listen to poetry at No Water River. Choose from many poetry videos offered to view and hear poems, some read by the actual authors. If you want to ...more
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Explore and listen to poetry at No Water River. Choose from many poetry videos offered to view and hear poems, some read by the actual authors. If you want to see the whole post for a particular poem (including an interview with the poet and extension activities) just go back to the home page and search the poem or poet via the search box in the right sidebar. Choose the resource link to find tips for performing poetry and for big lists of children's poets, poetic forms, and poetic terms. Some of the video clips are hosted on YouTube. If your school 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): poetry (228), rhymes (33)

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View the author's video of "Doing Poetry Right" on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) after students have created or read poetry and are ready to perform readings. How many of these poetic terms do your students know? Review the list together then have students try Funnelbrain (reviewed here) to create flashcards or poetic terms to remember. Do the same with the big list of poetic forms. Use the videos as an example and have your students make their own video poetry readings. Share the videos using a tool such as Teachers.TV reviewed here. This site is a must for Poetry Month!
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The posts at No Water River are always first-rate. You'll find a Who's Who of poets reading their own work, plus the text of the poems and fun intros by Renee LaTulippe. I really love the Poet-A-Palooza post featuring David L. Harrison (hamming it up with his trombone) and the energetic Bill Nye-style video of Michael Salinger--so much FUN! janet, , Grades: 0 - 12

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Thirty Something and Fabulous: Using Marzano Question Stems in a High School Classroom - Stacy

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6 to 12
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Stacy at "Thirty Something and Fabulous" has taken Marzano's rework of Bloom's Taxonomy and created questions that "address all the literary elements as well as purpose and style" for...more
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Stacy at "Thirty Something and Fabulous" has taken Marzano's rework of Bloom's Taxonomy and created questions that "address all the literary elements as well as purpose and style" for all levels and categories on the taxonomy. Use these questions with any type of reading. They are downloadable (with credit) from her blog. With Common Core and its emphasis on critical thinking and reading nonfiction, these questions are helpful. This review is for the May 17, 2012 blog entry only. TeachersFirst feels this blog post was valuable for teaching. The remainder of the blog is off topic and not a part of this review.
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tag(s): blooms taxonomy (9), critical thinking (108), independent reading (128), literature (275), reading strategies (45), thinking skills (17)

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If you like to compare fiction or poetry with nonfiction, you can choose a few of these questions for students to answer for both pieces. Then ask students to compare which answers are similar and different for both pieces, and why that happens. If you would like to start pairing fiction with nonfiction you can start by using a site such as Earth Care reviewed here. You will find a link for Focus on Books that has lessons for The Lorax, Diary of a Worm, and several others.

If your students write in reading journals, you may want to assign a few of these questions as prompts for reflection. Challenge your students to think of additional writing prompts following this same pattern.
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Mrs. Meacham's Classroom Snapshots - Jessica Meacham

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K to 4
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Come to Mrs. (Jessica) Meacham's Classroom Snapshots to find elementary ideas and materials that are organized and ready to share! Choose from many downloads and teaching ideas all...more
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Come to Mrs. (Jessica) Meacham's Classroom Snapshots to find elementary ideas and materials that are organized and ready to share! Choose from many downloads and teaching ideas all organized by alphabetical order. Sample topics include: assessment, classroom management, organization, graphing, 100th Day, and many more. Learn about math tubs, download files, print emergent reader books, and so much more! Visit Jessica's page/site on Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, and other social media and/or organization sites.

tag(s): alphabet (92), behavior (46), copyright (47), dr seuss (13), graphic organizers (43), guided reading (47), handwriting (18), iwb (31), literature circles (5), organizational skills (122), preK (281), professional development (123)

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Bookmark and use this site throughout the year for downloads and classroom ideas. Explore the site for ideas that can be modified and used in your classroom. This site is ideal for a new teacher, substitute, or seasoned professional.
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PBS Kids Sesame Street - PBS Kids

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K to 1
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Preschool students will delight in the company of the Sesame Street characters at this long-time favorite site. Extend the fun from the television series, Sesame Street to fit...more
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Preschool students will delight in the company of the Sesame Street characters at this long-time favorite site. Extend the fun from the television series, Sesame Street to fit into an individualized, interactive learning time. Dance, sing, clap, and play along with Big Bird, Grover, Elmo, and all of the characters to help develop and sharpen phonemic awareness and phonics skills. A variety of formats allow for many learning styles. Interaction with family members is encouraged and necessary in many of the activities given. There are games, videos, printables, ecards, and a family treasure hunt. A section for parent and teacher information gives ways to help students learn. A television show schedule is included. Experience hours of fun while learning.
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tag(s): alphabet (92), numbers (204)

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Introduce PBS Kids Sesame Street into your classroom with instant enjoyment and success. Even students who have seen it at home will be delighted. Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Create centers to work with basic phonemic awareness skills and readiness skills. Individualize activities for students in the areas that they struggle. Add to your class website to provide enrichment or reinforcement.
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Textivate - TaskMagic

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4 to 12
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Textivate is a simple web tool to automatically generate a range of online activities based on any text you enter (up to 500 words). Type or paste a chunk of ...more
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Textivate is a simple web tool to automatically generate a range of online activities based on any text you enter (up to 500 words). Type or paste a chunk of text into the text box on the Textivate front page and click on the "Textivate Now" button to see the available exercises that can be generated from that text. Choose from various activities based on the amount of text used such as drag and drop, sorting, or fill in the gaps. View an example on evaporation located here. Register on the site for further options such as uploading text, embedding your textivate onto a website, or share via hyperlink.

tag(s): grammar review (37), process writing (42), sequencing (31), summarizing (13), word order (5), word study (80)

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Create Textivates to introduce or review any topic. Type in a summary of information and have students place chunks of sentences in order or choose the missing word option for students to insert missing words. Instantly create sequencing activities to build comprehension and vocabulary skills. Paste in a passage from a well-known text and experiment with word order. What would happen if you tried to rearrange the wording in a famous poem? Paste in text during a world language class so students can rearrange words to practice vocabulary, word order, and various skills. Use the embed feature to insert a Textivate activity for homework. Create activities for small group practice on an interactive whiteboard center. Have students create their own Textivate activities to summarize information. Share them with classmates to complete activities. Learning support teachers can have students create and swap review activities. Be sure to share this one with parents for them to use at home for review fun!

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Draggo - 2012 Draggo LLC

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K to 12
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Draggo is a convenient way to save, share, and organize your bookmarks from anywhere. With Draggo, you use the web to store your favorite links, preventing loss from computer problems....more
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Draggo is a convenient way to save, share, and organize your bookmarks from anywhere. With Draggo, you use the web to store your favorite links, preventing loss from computer problems. Join for free. Inside your account, add pages to store, share, and organize links. Add the browser button or drag links into Draggo to put in your inbox; organize when you have time. You can have up to 10 tabs to save your important links. Choose to keep private or make public via your own personalized Draggo URL. Editing is not possible without a user name and password. The introduction video to this site is the only part of the site that appears to require Flash.

tag(s): bookmarks (60), classroom management (135)

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Use public and private options to collect different links. If you want to make your personal page (with your personal favorites) private, you can share school related links on a public page. Share resources with other teachers. Make group work easy for any age group with easily accessible links. Link directly to single categories or embed categories on other websites. No more students typing in the URL incorrectly! Younger children can easily use your recommended online activities, or enrichment sites. Label sites according to subject, or grade level. Older students can create their own accounts. Sharing links during group collaboration is a snap. Add Draggo as a link on your class website or blog. Explore using Draggo with your professional development opportunities.

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GoCast.It - GoCast.it

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7 to 12
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This free app creates an online shared video space so collaborating is so much easier. Use the web or your mobile device to access a GoCast learning or collaboration session. ...more
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This free app creates an online shared video space so collaborating is so much easier. Use the web or your mobile device to access a GoCast learning or collaboration session. Be sure to take the tutorial to be able to manipulate the various parts of GoCast. Each person and whiteboard appear as icons that can be rotated on your screen like a carousel. Use the icons below your video to change from normal color to black and white or sepia. Turn off your video or microphone easily with a simple click. Add more whiteboards to the session by clicking the whiteboard icon. A tool tray is found below each whiteboard. Hover over the icon on each whiteboard to expand it. Take notes using the collaborative notepad and comments using the comment bar. Wikipedia is just an icon away and is useful for sharing and research. Send an invitation to others by making a general Facebook announcement (if permitted) or sending a specific invitation by email. At the time of this review, a download of a required program is needed to use GoCast, but this download is not supposed to be needed in the future.

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In the Classroom

Create a collaborative space for homework help before or after school or on snow days. Students can meet whenever help is needed or teachers can create a session that can be accessed on any device easily by those who need it. Use this app for group work - no more excuses about not being able to meet for cooperative learning projects!

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Voya Unsung Heroes Awards Program - Scholarship America.

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K to 12
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With over 5 million dollars granted, Voya Unsung Heroes has supported teachers through grants provided by its Unsung Heroes Program. Each year grants are provided to K-12 educators...more
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With over 5 million dollars granted, Voya Unsung Heroes has supported teachers through grants provided by its Unsung Heroes Program. Each year grants are provided to K-12 educators utilizing new teaching techniques and methods that improve learning. Applications are judged on three criteria: innovative method, creativity, and ability to positively influence students. 100 Finalists are chosen yearly to receive $2,000 grants with at least one award going to each of the 50 states. Three top awards of $25,000, $10,000 and $5,000 are given to the top three recipients. Follow links provided on the site to apply for the grant. The deadline is generally the end of April each year.

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Applications are accepted annually generally with a deadline of April each year. Nominate yourself or a colleague.

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Writing Felonies - Kevin Brookhouser

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7 to 12
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Kevin Brookhouser created 16 videos based on "writing crimes": common errors found in writing. These videos are succinct, straightforward, and devoid of cutesy cartoons or music. At...more
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Kevin Brookhouser created 16 videos based on "writing crimes": common errors found in writing. These videos are succinct, straightforward, and devoid of cutesy cartoons or music. At the beginning of each, he shows a snippet of a video and then uses the information in the video to explain the grammatical problem and how to solve it. The videos include often confused words, compound sentences, punctuation, passive voice, and more. Each video is between three and four minutes long.
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tag(s): grammar (216), grammar review (37), punctuation (43), spelling (168), writing (359)

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Use the videos as an introduction or review. After watching the video, have students make up their own sentences following the correct pattern of the grammatical form you want them to learn or review. Then have students exchange papers and check each other's work. If your school blocks YouTube use one of these two programs to download videos: KeepVid reviewed here, or HD Downloader reviewed here. Share individual links with students who need help with a repeated error. They might even watch an engaging video to self-solve their error!
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Web of Stories - WebOfStories.com

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8 to 12
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Web of Stories is a very interesting collection of videos shared by some of the greatest scientists along with everyday people. It began as an archive of stories from scientists...more
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Web of Stories is a very interesting collection of videos shared by some of the greatest scientists along with everyday people. It began as an archive of stories from scientists but expanded beyond science and into the realm of common life stories. Choices are from most popular stories, editor's choice, or featured films on the home page. The Lives portion of the site contains stories of people who have influenced the world: from Nobel Laureates to Oscar-winning cinematographers and more. Choose channels to find specific subjects ranging from Changing Faces (Living with Disfigurement), Sports, Technology, Family History and many more. You can upload your own videos using your computer's camcorder or with a prerecorded video. Register to add stories, recommend or comment on videos. Registration is not necessary to view videos. Caution: at the time of this review, a few videos dealt with topics appropriate for adults or older high school students, so please be sure to preview anything you wish to share. If you plan to allow students to explore on their own (which we don't recommend), be sure to closely monitor student use.

tag(s): architecture (84), environment (317), family (59), heroes (24), mental health (26), politics (99), religions (61), space (205), video (254)

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Choose from videos on the site to watch on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) for any range of subjects. Make science more real by sharing these stories. Embed videos using the code on the site onto your class website or blog for students to view at home. Have students record responses using an online tool such as the Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here) to create a visual comparison of two different videos on any given topic. Share videos with students to view when exploring career options.

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