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Smithsonian Science Education Center Games - Smithsonian Science Education Center

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K to 2
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Enjoy science activities correlated to Common Core and National Science Standards at this site from the Smithsonian Science Center. The initial game offering, Shutterbugs: Wiggle and...more
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Enjoy science activities correlated to Common Core and National Science Standards at this site from the Smithsonian Science Center. The initial game offering, Shutterbugs: Wiggle and Stomp, offers the opportunity to describe movement and motion while visiting exotic animals from the zoo. Game difficulty levels scale up or down based on your response and adults receive printable reports of mastered words. Coming soon is a Memory Match game. These games are device agnostic. Click on the actual game and scroll to the bottom of the page for links to download free app versions from the Google Play or Apple stores.

tag(s): animals (276), DAT device agnostic tool (198), habitats (84), motion (59), preK (281)

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Be sure to check out the "About Our Games" portion of the site for game features and information. This site is excellent for use as a classroom center or on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Be sure to share the link with parents on your classroom newsletter or website.
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TeachersFirst's Editors' Choice Tools for Pretests - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This collection of resources was selected by TeachersFirst editors as the easiest or most useful tools for creating pretests, a must-have when working with gifted students in the regular...more
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This collection of resources was selected by TeachersFirst editors as the easiest or most useful tools for creating pretests, a must-have when working with gifted students in the regular classroom. This collection is part of a special section of TeachersFirst, Nourishing Gifted Through Technology in Any Classroom.

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

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You may not always be able to pretest at the start of a new unit, and sometimes an informal assessment will tell you that a student is ready to move beyond the regular curriculum content right away. You may want to wait a day or two before offering a retest, since many truly gifted students will absorb or even seem to "intuit" the full unit of content very quickly after a short exposure. The great thing about using online pretests is that once you create them, you have them for the next year. Consider teaming up with other teachers in your subject/grade to build a library of pretests that you can share.

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Brief.ly - Brief.ly

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K to 12
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Brief.ly is a simple way to share a "bundle" of links at the same time. Enter up to 30 links and captions you want to share (one per line or ...more
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Brief.ly is a simple way to share a "bundle" of links at the same time. Enter up to 30 links and captions you want to share (one per line or click the wrench for more options). Brief.ly will generate a unique URL. When opened, a Table of Contents page lists the sites included. When you open the bundle, each site appears and tabs appear along the top of the page that allow you to easily jump from one recommended site to the next. This site is very easy to use and helpful for all ages, as long as they can read. With your membership, you can edit the contents of your list later, without resending it or changing the single link.

tag(s): bookmarks (60), organizational skills (122)

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Brief.ly is a lifesaver for every classroom, teacher, or school. Whenever you are sharing multiple sites at centers, during small or whole group presentations, or even sites gathered for a research projects, Brief.ly takes away frustration and saves time! Save different content areas, subjects, or study links in one simple click. Gather all grade level websites on your school webpage, and list all classes. Unclutter your own class webpage or blog with just a few links. Sending links to parents or colleagues could not be any easier! Collaboration within classes, groups, or home is a snap! Improve organization for yourself and your class. As students work on group projects, they can share their link list easily. Use a class account so students do not have to register, and you can watch what they are using for sources.

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NCES Kids' Zone - NCES

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4 to 12
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NCES Kids' Zone offers enrichment and informational data. Explore This Day in History, updated daily. Take a poll and compare your own answers with others. Try your problem solving...more
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NCES Kids' Zone offers enrichment and informational data. Explore This Day in History, updated daily. Take a poll and compare your own answers with others. Try your problem solving skills with the mindbender. Learn (and use) the word of the day. The Dare to Compare button leads to short quizzes where you can compare your knowledge with others. You can also explore data about your local schools and libraries and even find college information. Note that the upper menus do not work in all browsers, so not all areas of the site are readily accessible.

tag(s): charts and graphs (195), probability (130)

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Strike an interest in your school and community by finding out where you rank. Investigate college choices. After short quizzes, have a daily comparison of your students to see how they compare in civics, economics, geography, history, mathematics, and science at multiple grade levels. Inspire students to collect data and make their own graphs about school wide topics. Have students create an online graph using Amblegraph (reviewed here). Dig into probability problems to discover the odds.
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4 Free Photos - 4freephotos.com

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K to 12
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4 Free Photos offers public domain and free stock images. Preview and download the photos at no cost. Use the search feature to find the image you are looking for. ...more
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4 Free Photos offers public domain and free stock images. Preview and download the photos at no cost. Use the search feature to find the image you are looking for. The images on this site are contributed by the photographers for open sharing under Creative Commons. Be aware, there are photos for sale (clearly labeled). Some of the links for "More Free Photos" and other ads take you to outside sites. You may want to advise students to avoid those links. Note that all uses of the photos are supposed to be accompanied by the link to the license (available on each photo's display page).
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tag(s): copyright (47), creative commons (21), images (266), photography (160)

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Starting a lesson on copyright? With so much social media and access to almost anything on the web, it is important to teach students about copyright and about owner's rights. Use this site to search for photos for presentations, photos, projects, or research. For your ESL/ELL students or speech/language, use the images for them to create their own visual dictionary. World language teachers can also challenge students to use images to illustrate vocabulary or accompany writing. Use images for writing prompts or even to create descriptive sentences. Have one student describe the image as another sketches the image. Now compare the described image to the real image. To find more Creative Commons images for student projects (with credit, of course), try Compfight, reviewed here or PhotoPin, reviewed here.
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Random Acts of Kindness - Random Acts of Kindness Foundation

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K to 12
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Inspire people to practice kindness and pass it on to others. The Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Foundation is a non-profit organization founded upon the powerful belief in kindness....more
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Inspire people to practice kindness and pass it on to others. The Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Foundation is a non-profit organization founded upon the powerful belief in kindness. It is dedicated to providing resources and tools that encourage acts of kindness. Discover inspirational quotes, kindness ideas, and share your own ideas. Explore lesson plans, classroom materials, projects, ideas for courses, and RAK clubs. Discover research, videos, and stories about random acts of kindness. Sign up for the newsletter or join the blog.

tag(s): classroom management (135), emotions (35), service projects (25)

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Become a "RAKTIVIST" and start a kindness raid on unsuspecting communities, classes, or schools! Give children power and voice through their actions. Partner this with character education programs to make a difference in all the lives you touch. During social studies, find ways kindness has changed the world. Look for times in which kindness was thwarted, such as during civil wars, dictatorships, or wars. Start a research project on world leaders who have changed the world through nonviolence, education, or generosity. Explain the power of nonprofit organizations and all the lives affected. Look into your own community and school to find needs that are waiting for active, caring participants. Create school or classroom rules to promote the power of kindness. Challenge student to create "kindness" commercials. Share them using a tool such as SchoolTube reviewed here. Emotional Support or Autistic Support teachers may find some of the ideas here helpful for talking about how others feel and ways to show kindness in a very deliberate way.
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WeJIT - Democrasoft, Inc.

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4 to 12
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WeJIT is a simple, powerful online collaboration and decision-making tool. Easily sign up with email, name, and password. You can also sign up using your Google or Twitter account....more
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WeJIT is a simple, powerful online collaboration and decision-making tool. Easily sign up with email, name, and password. You can also sign up using your Google or Twitter account. Use ready-made templates for making decisions, selecting options, brainstorms, debates, and priorities. With each template choose to add an image, video, or PDF/MS Office document (or not). Decide whether your WeJIT is for private or public distribution. Send a link via email, Tweet, or post to your FaceBook or Google+ page. Embed WeJITS in e-publications, blogs, wikis and other applications. It is simple to turn e-mails into social networking and Tweets into discussions without participants having to join anything.

tag(s): brainstorming (23), polls and surveys (48)

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WeJIT's templates are applicable for every subject at the beginning, middle, or end of a unit. Want student engagement in a BYOD or 1:1 class or to gather student opinions about upcoming activities? Use WeJIT to find out what your students are thinking. Use WeJIT as a way to check for prior knowledge at the start of a unit. Use one to collect answers to simple data questions (favorite food, color, vacation spot, number of siblings etc.) to use in graphing activities. Find out what people believe about various issues or ideas to introduce in class discussions or debates. Keep students thinking outside of class by posing a controversial question related to what you discussed in class today: "What would life be like in the U.S. if Germany had won World War II?" What would you name the next book in the series (for a book read by the class)? Coax participation out of students who are usually very quiet. Use this tool easily in a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) classroom since all students will be able to access it for free, no matter what device they have.

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Stoodle - CK12

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K to 12
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This free tool offers real-time collaboration using a virtual whiteboard that can be accessed and modified in the browser on any device! Start instantly with NO membership required!...more
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This free tool offers real-time collaboration using a virtual whiteboard that can be accessed and modified in the browser on any device! Start instantly with NO membership required! Create as many whiteboard pages as needed, including voice conferencing and text chat. Click at the left on the email icon to invite others to join in live. This tool is unique because it includes audio chat. You have to click to ALLOW your computer's mic to be accessible to Stoodle. Save your whiteboards for later access. Easily upload images within the tool without having to open new tabs to search for them. As with other similar tools, basic drawing tools, image uploads, and colors are available in Stoodle. Share your whiteboard via URL. (An embed option is currently not available in this tool.) Be sure to allow some time to play with the various icons on the Stoodle board. Before any actions can happen on the board, you must select a tool on the right or left side of the board. Add new pages to a board using the arrows at bottom right. Be sure to save the urls for your boards as Favorites, send them to yourself, or copy/paste them into an organized document so you do not "lose" them. Once you close them, you might have trouble finding them again!

tag(s): drawing (77)

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Stoodle is an excellent tool to use for impromptu peer tutoring sessions or hosting online brainstorming sessions. Students can also use it on 1:1 or BYOD devices during class to collaborate on diagrams, brainstorms, or mind maps. This tool is perfect for snow days and school breaks. Use as a place to collect web quest links and information. Solicit input, discussions, or viewpoints from students. Use as a new format for book reports. Use for students to illustrate their personal definitions for vocabulary words. Need an open space for debates or viewpoints? Post assignments, reminders, or study skills. Do you use student scribes or reporters? Use this tool for them to record information from class that you can share via a link on your class web page.

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Online Dictation - Amit Agarwal

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K to 12
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Use the magic of speech recognition to create emails, dictate notes, or write an essay without ever touching your keyboard. Online Dictation only works in the Chrome browser. Click...more
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Use the magic of speech recognition to create emails, dictate notes, or write an essay without ever touching your keyboard. Online Dictation only works in the Chrome browser. Click "Start Dictation," and grant the site permission to connect to your computer's microphone. Begin talking, and watch your words appear on the screen. Dictation detects many different languages so is useful for many non-English speakers. When you finish speaking, export your text using links to Dropbox, Google Drive, your computer, or send as an email.

Since this tool has to connect back to its own servers to "translate" your spoken words to text, it may not have the sensitivity you expect. It is a good idea to test it first yourself before assigning students to use it. You might want to demonstrate how clearly you must speak to make it work.

tag(s): speech (92)

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Use Online Dictation to dictate homework assignments to post on your class webpage. Demonstrate proper note taking using Online Dictation. Leave this site up in your browser, and add notes throughout your lesson. Save notes to your computer to print and use for future reference. Share this site with students who have difficulty putting thoughts onto paper or students with delayed handwriting skills or processing delays. Let students dictate stories, poems, questions, etc. to print and use. Share Online Dictation with your school's ESL/ELL teacher as a resource for use with their students. Speech and language teachers can try this tool to encourage students to improve articulation. If they speak clearly, their words will "magically" appear in writing!
 

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The concept is great but the execution is disappointing. The text response is slow and often captured only an occasional word or phrase. Most of what was returned in text was gibberish. This program is not suitable for student use. Dwight, , Grades: 3 - 7

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You Can Book Me - Bridget Harris

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K to 12
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You Can Book Me is an appointment scheduling tool that works within your Google Calendar. Sign in with your Google login, and set up scheduling pages with your availability preferences....more
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You Can Book Me is an appointment scheduling tool that works within your Google Calendar. Sign in with your Google login, and set up scheduling pages with your availability preferences. Enter the length of "bookings" (appointments) along with time zone and language preference. Choose a theme to finish set-up. Customize your calendar further with tools under the advanced options. Options include different availability times on individual dates, a block for your lunch period, or requiring a minimum notice to schedule appointments. Once saved, share a link to your calendar with your custom booking link.
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tag(s): calendars (44), organizational skills (122)

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Use You Can Book Me to schedule parent or student conferences to meet mutual scheduling needs. Create events for professional development sessions. Have participants choose a time for attending or presenting at sessions. Schedule student presentations at your evening science fair or other culminating event. Share with your school's Parent Teacher Organization as an excellent scheduling tool for any event. If you advise a club, use this tool to schedule student volunteers to work the photobooth, concession stand, or other volunteer hours. Link this to your Google Calendar and save time, emails, phone calls, and more! School library/media specialists can book their volunteer slots or visiting readers using this tool.

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Appear.in - appear.in

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K to 12
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Create video conversations including up to eight people instantly with Appear.in. There is nothing to download, and no registration is required. Add a name for your room and click "create."...more
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Create video conversations including up to eight people instantly with Appear.in. There is nothing to download, and no registration is required. Add a name for your room and click "create." Allow access to your computer's webcam and microphone, and your room is all set up. Send the link to others to click and join in. Claim a room to get privileges such as customizing your room's background and locking your room when empty. Appear.in works with Chrome, Firefox, and Opera browsers. Appear.in does not currently work on mobile devices. Sign up to receive notification when mobile capability becomes available.

tag(s): chat (51), video (254)

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Connect up to eight whole classrooms across the country for book clubs. Connect experts such as authors and scientists to classrooms of children. Create connected learning experiences with other students, especially those in older grades. Connect world language classes to classes in other countries. Students interested in graphic design can connect with an expert or artist far away and share current work in a virtual critique. Connect students with mentors or older students for help with homework. Teachers can hold "office hours" for homework help and student questions. Whole buildings can collaborate and share professional development with others in their own district and beyond! Of course, you will want to pretest whether this service works in your school since some filters block access to such "interaction."

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Achieve the Core - Student Achievement Partners

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K to 12
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Find lessons and materials to jump into Common Core. Whether you are already a Common Core whiz or just a beginner, this site will help you grow and learn. Search ...more
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Find lessons and materials to jump into Common Core. Whether you are already a Common Core whiz or just a beginner, this site will help you grow and learn. Search the site by selecting subject area, grade level(s), and your role/position. Begin your professional development with instructional modules. Modules include a facilitators guide, a video, and hands on activity with discussion ideas. Content includes both ELA and Math. Some lessons can be found (in ELA) that also incorporate science and social studies. Search by individual grade level or by elementary, middle school, or high school. Under ELA/Literacy, examine text dependent questions and text complexity. You will also find instructional videos, sample lesson and assessment questions, instructional practices, and aligning materials. Math activities include videos, examining the shifts, and evaluating yourself. Another area to explore is the Leadership Tools.

tag(s): commoncore (94)

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Bookmark this site for professional development. Find the self evaluation tools to use before your evaluation by administrators. Start a Common Core study group, and explore and share together. Ready made parent materials make parent involvement easy. Learn ways to become involved with the Common Core movement. And of course, don't miss the fabulous "ready to go" lessons!
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DropCanvas - Chris Newnham and Heath Axton

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K to 12
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DropCanvas offers quick and easy file sharing. Simply drag and drop any file onto your "canvas" and it is ready to share. Share using the link for your canvas or ...more
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DropCanvas offers quick and easy file sharing. Simply drag and drop any file onto your "canvas" and it is ready to share. Share using the link for your canvas or send using email or social networking links. Privacy options allow adding a password for viewing and setting an expiration date for your canvas. Inactive canvases automatically expire in three days with no activity when using an anonymous account. Register (FREE) to increase storage and save canvases for up to 14 days with no activity. If you seek a place to KEEP files beyond 14 days, this is not the tool for you. Try Dropbox, reviewed here.
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When assigning group projects to be done outside of class, suggest that students share work via DropCanvas. This eliminates the need to actually be in the same place at the same time, which can be difficult for students to arrange due to their schedules and their parents' schedules. Use this to have students share files with you. Students can send you any file up to 1GB (or 5GB with registration) with a few simple clicks. Use this as an extra file back-up when transporting files for a grad presentation or other important event. Easily share files and lesson plans with other teachers using DropCanvas.

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Dictionarist - dictionarist.com

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3 to 12
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Dictionarist is an online talking dictionary. Type any word into the search box. See a definition and click the icon to hear the pronunciation and view a translation into several ...more
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Dictionarist is an online talking dictionary. Type any word into the search box. See a definition and click the icon to hear the pronunciation and view a translation into several languages. Click on a country flag at the top of the page to begin with a foreign word to hear the pronunciation and view the translation into different languages, including English. If desired, save preferences for future visits or use the bookmarklets to add Dictionarist to your search provider or Google Toolbar. Be aware: This dictionary includes many words that are not appropriate for the classroom, as it is not abridged for students. Talk about ethical behavior and observe less mature students' searches .
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tag(s): dictionaries (56)

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Save Dictionarist or add the bookmarklet to your computer for use anytime foreign translations might be needed or for correct pronunciation of difficult words. Dictionarist may be especially useful in ESL/ELL classrooms as an online tool for definitions and pronunciations of English terms. This site is very simple to use, even for younger students. Share this site on your class website for families to use to find definitions and pronunciations for difficult words.

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Free Teleprompter - Autocue

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1 to 12
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This handy online tool makes any computer screen into a "teleprompter" (scrolling screen with the text YOU paste in). No membership or login is required. Just open the site and ...more
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This handy online tool makes any computer screen into a "teleprompter" (scrolling screen with the text YOU paste in). No membership or login is required. Just open the site and copy/paste in the text from a word doc (or type it in). Note: there is no way to SAVE it on the site. We recommend keeping your text ready to copy/paste and saved in another document. Set the font size and screen size to large or small. When you are ready to "speak," click the "start prompter" button. Use speed controls at the top of the screen to speed up or slow down your scrolling text. If you are fortunate enough to have a rear projection screen, the text can even be reversed by turning mirroring on. Other options allow for viewing white text on black or black text on a white background.

tag(s): fluency (23), speech (92)

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Make a sample dialog for students to recite as you project it in a foreign language or ESL/ELL class. Be sure to write in script format so they know who is speaking! Or share this tool with students who need help getting their nose out of their notes when giving speeches or recording videos. They can run it on a laptop only they can see and look out at the audience past the prompter. The comfort of having their text right there will ease many butterflies. Use this site to feed information used in group or individual presentations to the class. Set this up on another computer when recording video and audio recordings. Why use this tool? Information fed through the prompter can be read at a steady and consistent pace. Use this site with emergent readers to practice basic reading fluency. Make oral reading fluency practice more engaging by having students pretend they are newscasters. If you advise the school announcement crew, try this handy tool to make them sound and look more professional. Share this link on your class website for young readers to use to practice reading skills at home or for older students to use to practice building confidence in their speeches.
 

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FlipQuiz - Marcus D. Burnette

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2 to 12
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Quickly create slick Jeopardy style games using FlipQuiz without a lot of technical know-how. Sign up for your free account to begin your first game board. Save your games for ...more
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Quickly create slick Jeopardy style games using FlipQuiz without a lot of technical know-how. Sign up for your free account to begin your first game board. Save your games for easy access on any device with Internet access. Include correct responses on your game board or leave them off if you prefer. Be sure to save your FlipQuizzes for future use.

tag(s): quiz (84), quizzes (96)

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Create Jeopardy style quizzes to gamify review and reinforcement of classroom content. Have groups of students create a quiz to share with the class or with other groups. Use a class account for younger students or those who do not have email addresses. Have students brainstorm what they like about each of the different activities for more analysis on their strengths and weaknesses and how they learn best (metacognition). Have student emcees operate the student-made quizzes on an interactive whiteboard (or projector). Share the quizzes by url on a class wiki so every student can take a try. Learning support teachers may want to have small groups create their own review quizzes, since creating the quiz is a great way to reinforce content. Share a link to any FlipQuiz on your class website or blog for student use at home.

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Lulu's Games - Lulu's Games

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K to 4
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Lulu's Games offers a nice assortment of strategy and number games. Choose from games for four year olds or seven year olds. Different categories include games focusing on logic and...more
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Lulu's Games offers a nice assortment of strategy and number games. Choose from games for four year olds or seven year olds. Different categories include games focusing on logic and strategy, observation, math, or positioning. The overall look of this site is very "outdated", but some games are still quite decent.

tag(s): alphabet (92), logic (235), number sense (96), preK (281), problem solving (272), puzzles (208)

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Include games on classroom computers to use for learning centers. Play logic and strategy games on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) and discuss strategies and outcomes. Share with parents through your class newsletter or website for students to play at home.

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Everything Preschool - everythingpreschool.com

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K to 1
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Everything Preschool offers a large assortment of preschool and early elementary resources. Discover 30,000 activities sorted into 100 themes. Explore categories to find activities...more
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Everything Preschool offers a large assortment of preschool and early elementary resources. Discover 30,000 activities sorted into 100 themes. Explore categories to find activities and lessons requiring basic supplies. Choose from topics such as themes, lesson plans, alphabet ideas, and crafts. Discover top lesson plans and popular themes located on the right hand side of the page or search the site for any term using the Google search bar.
This site includes advertising.

tag(s): alphabet (92), holidays (147), preK (281)

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If you teach preschool or kindergarten you will want to be sure to bookmark this site for use throughout the year. Search for activities to supplement your current lessons. Share activities from Everything Preschool with parents as at-home learning experiences. Place a reminder on your calendar to check the monthly holiday calendar for thematic lessons for each month.
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Dictionary Design - BBC

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2 to 4
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Practice alphabetical order by arranging dictionary definitions. Discover new vocabulary words while alphabetizing. Choose the easy game or the hard game for a greater challenge. Note:...more
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Practice alphabetical order by arranging dictionary definitions. Discover new vocabulary words while alphabetizing. Choose the easy game or the hard game for a greater challenge. Note: this game was created in the UK, so some spellings may vary from the American version.

tag(s): alphabetical order (19)

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Introduce Dictionary Design on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to your whole group. Play the game together. Add this as an option in your ELA center rotation for individual practice. Have students create either index cards, a PowerPoint, or a Prezi (reviewed here) to feature vocabulary words, spelling words, or content area vocabulary and practice your own custom made alphabetizing.
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Toogles - toogl.es

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K to 12
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Toogles is a clean, clutter-free interface to search YouTube videos. Browse by categories. Type your search term to begin. Results display in easy to view boxes including the title...more
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Toogles is a clean, clutter-free interface to search YouTube videos. Browse by categories. Type your search term to begin. Results display in easy to view boxes including the title and length of the video. Click to begin play without all the clutter of comments, ratings, and other distractions included on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, this may not be viewable.Since the videos on YouTube, not all are appropriate for the classroom. So please preview. Remember that this is only a search tool, and you will not be able to save or share videos using traditional YouTube methods.

tag(s): video (254)

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Bookmark and use Toogles for use as a YouTube search tool. Help your students have better focus with fewer distractions. Share a link on your class webpage or blog for students to access at home.
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