Grades1 to 2
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In the ClassroomThis is a fabulous site to share on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students take turns filling in the blanks. Have students work with a partner or on individual computers. Provide this link on your class website.
GradesK to 6
tag(s): podcasts (55)
In the ClassroomTeachers, before buying a book, see if it is on this site's list of reviewed books. Gather ideas for new books here as well. Have a Podcast Festival in your classroom, as your students record their own reviews of your classroom books. Upload the reviews to SchoolTube (explained here).
Grades1 to 12
Once registered, you click to create a quiz. Then you are asked to choose between a personality quiz or a scored quiz. This site offers extraordinary details. At the scored quiz, you are able to provide a title, tags, description, and choose the type of questions (multiple choice, essay, or fill in the blank). It is simple to insert images, change font styles, insert links, and even score the online quiz. You can create a pass/fail quiz, a graded quiz (with YOU determining what qualifies as an A, B, etc..). You are also able to set a time limit, issue a certificate of achievement, and fill in the possible total score.
Once students have taken the quiz, immediate feedback is provided (including a scale of all participants, the correct answers, final score, and grade). This is a fantastic tool to use to create online quizzes!
Caution: this site does include some minor advertisements. At the time of this review, all advertisements were appropriate. But it would be wise to advise students NOT to click off of the quiz onto any of the advertisements or links.
This site includes advertising.
tag(s): quiz (89)
In the ClassroomUse this site to create online quizzes. Create a quiz as a review to share on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students take the quiz independently or in cooperative learning groups. Have students create their own quizzes to use for review or as a final project. Embed your quiz (or provide a link to it) on your class website.
Grades2 to 12
tag(s): editing (68)
In the ClassroomKnow how to browse to find files saved on your computer and be willing to "play" with the tools and menus, if you are unfamiliar with photo-editors.
Click Jump In to access Photoshop-type tools. Select an image saved on your computer or your desktop or create a new one. Currently, pictures cannot be accessed from online photo storage sites. The top menu contains almost any option the average user would need to edit and manipulate pictures. The menu is easy to navigate and read. Help is minimal at this time. The site is easy to use, and users of other paint and editing applications will be at ease using this site. Students will love the filter options for altering pictures. Multiple images can be edited or "montaged." When editing is complete, save the image by specifying an image name and file type (JPEG or PNG). Click "OK," and the file will be downloaded to your machine. The simple interface and fast site makes this a great editing application to try.
Use this site to add information to pictures for class and student projects and creations. Add attributions (copyright info and sources) directly to the photo. Add student responses to pictures of class experiments. Create artistic effects with student pictures. The ideas for picture taking, creating, and sharing are endless. Make this a link from your class wiki so students can cut down file sizes before uploading large photos or make edited composites to communicate their message visually. As you study propaganda, have students create propaganda images to share on a class wiki or classroom bulletin board. Art teachers will love the ability to teach photo montage without expensive software. Make creative bulletin board displays from multiple digital pictures of special events, adding text and captions right into the photo. ESL/ELL, language, and special ed teachers can ask students to label images with sentences including correct vocabulary and grammar. Have students in your reading class create visual idiom images using digital pictures.
Keep this tool handy as a link from your teacher web page for quick access any time!
Parent permission advised before posting student work created using this tool
Includes Interaction w general public/ public galleries with unmoderated content
Includes social features, such as "friends," comments, ratings by others
Requires registration/log-in (WITH email)
Products can be embedded
Products can be shared by URL
GradesK to 12
tag(s): video (276)
In the ClassroomIf you wish to upload your own SchoolTube video, you must register as a user at the site. Registration is free. Create and save your edited videos where you can find them on your computer. (Windows Movie Maker or iMovie are great, free tools for video). Then upload to SchoolTube. You can share the video via link or by embedding it in another web page. See our editor's SchooTube video here. If the teacher is the one uploading, the only potential concerns include posting videos with identifiable information or images about your students, school, or class. Check your school policies about posting pictures of your school. If you post student videos, obtain written parent permission to post student work, again within school policies. Any student visible in a video should also have parent permission in accordance with school policies. Students can use SchoolTube to share videos with sister schools, or to broadcast weekly news from their school or classroom. Students can also produce project videos on any curriculum topic. Try making "You Are There" videos about different events in history! Teachers may want to use this site to share ideas and lesson plans with other teachers across the nation. Make "how to" videos to share with parents and friends. Embed SchoolTube's video player into your school's website and encourage parents to view school news or clips from events they were not able to attend.
GradesK to 1
In the ClassroomDisplay the site on an interactive white board to introduce word wall vocabulary, such as number and color words, to beginning readers. As the students see the words appear on the web site, have them place the word card on the class word wall.
GradesK to 2
tag(s): spelling (167)
In the ClassroomHave students work independently or in small groups to read the books. Students can read in a choral manner or as repeated readings in order to increase fluency. Students can take turns as characters in the easy-to-read plays and present the plays to the class as an extension activity.
GradesK to 1
In the ClassroomCombine the explicit instruction provided on the site with phonemic awareness instruction in kindergarten or with ESL and ELL students for better letter-sound relationships. Allow students to use this site during center time for reiteration of the lesson or for areas in which they are struggling. Be sure to have students check out the sign language tab for enrichment to the traditional spoken alphabet. Add this link to your class website so students can use this outside of class.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomRead the Blog at this site to learn many cool ways to interact with your personal computer an devices using RTM. Learning support teachers and teachers of disorganized gifted students may want to "model" using such an online tool to help middle and high school students learn better personal organization. Make a demo account for a "mythical" student and organize him/her together so students can see how it works. You will have to check school policies and access to some of the messaging tools, however, since some may be prohibited in your school. Learning support and gifted teachers will welcome this online tool as an engaging way for students to become better-organized. Give students a tech tool, and they just might try it!
Grades1 to 6
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In the ClassroomUse this site as an educational literacy tool. When you ask your students to write book reviews, show a few videos of familiar books for examples. You may opt to hold a school-wide competition similar to StoryTubes. Or, you may opt to film your own students' book reviews and let the classroom across the hall be the "judge." Beware that some schools may block YouTube videos. Request that the tech folks permit you to use TeacherTube for this contest. You may need to SHOW your administrator why it is worth it.
GradesK to 6
In the ClassroomTake advantage of this free resource in your classroom. Share the link on your class website, so parents can use the information at home. Or set up a service project school-wide to help boost reading and more.
GradesK to 2
Once you register (which is free, but requires an email), you can go to the Teacher's Desk to add as many students as you wish (just names, no emails needed). This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.
tag(s): sight words (37)
In the ClassroomIntroduce this website to your class on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Signing up each of your students will only take a few minutes. You simply type in a name and choose a picture. For security, assign student numbers or initials rather than names. Set this site up as a learning station during your L.A. block. Don't forget your headsets. This site is also ideal for special education, ESL, and ELL students.
Be sure to list this site in your class newsletter or on your class website (especially if you aren't going to be using the site daily in class).
Grades1 to 3
In the ClassroomUse this as an anticipatory set for a lesson on synonyms. Display Sam's Lab on your interactive whiteboard or projector and have students play along at their seats. Have students take turns coming up and choosing the answers. Then use this site to create a learning center for students to practice synonyms. Allow students to explore this site during indoor recess or for reinforcement of understanding. Provide this link in your class newsletter or on your class website for at-home synonym practice.
GradesK to 12
tag(s): wikis (21)
In the ClassroomTake the time to read this article to build your own confidence to make a big change in your teaching -- one step at a time. Better yet, share it with your colleagues as the starting point for a teacher-conducted inservice where you work together to implement change. Not allowed to conduct your own inservice? Take the article to your principal and ask for a pilot cohort within your school to work on wikis together, starting from this article and the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through. All you need is the confidence to ask. If Louise can do it, you can, too, no matter what grade/subject you teach.
GradesK to 6
Lesson content includes letter-sound relationships, parts of speech, paragraph writing, sequencing, earth science, animals, egg-laying animals, volcanoes, addition, and more. The staff of TeachersFirst has incorporated technology options, tips, and templates appropriate for younger students into the lesson plans to add yet another way for your students to experience and interact with new concepts.
Many of these ideas and templates can be adapted for use with almost any subjects and concepts, to differentiate for different learning styles. All lessons include national standards. Experienced and new teachers alike will find these examples helpful in designing multi-sensory, technology-infused lessons.
In the ClassroomIf your classroom includes special needs learners or simply students who need a multi-sensory approach in order to master new concepts, try these lessons or use them as prototypes as you plan for other curriculum content. If you mentor new teachers or student teachers, share these examples for infusing technology into lessons and for differentiating lessons.
GradesK to 12
Plan to spend some time reading through the directions and trying out this tool before you assign it to students. Teachers and students must register and login each time they use this tool. Students can share the URL for their posters with grandparents or parents to show off their good work!
Students will need to know how to locate and upload a file for an image (such as a digital picture) to place it in their poster. If you allow them to use images from the web, the tool asks them to give information on their image source, as well (hooray for ethical use of the Internet!). If you use digital pictures of students, be SURE that you do NOT use full names on the site. You should get parent permission for uploading any student images, even if anonymous.
This site includes advertising.
tag(s): posters (39)
In the ClassroomSome uses for this simple tool: book reports (take a digital photo of the book cover), biographical posters of famous people (images from the web), "all about me" posters, posters about community members such as veterans of World War II whom students interview and photograph, author posters, fictitious character studies, science posters on processes or terms with accompanying digital pictures to illustrate, etc. The possibilities are endless. Once students know the tool, they can use it over and over.
Teachers, make sure you select the archive option to keep student projects live online for more than a month. Use the Teacher Feature option to create one web page of your class' archived projects. You will want to put your created web page link prominently on your class homepage.
GradesK to 5
In the ClassroomUse this site to spruce up language arts class! Take a tour of Animalia together on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students work on individual computer to watch video clips and try the interactives. Have students write the story or "crack the code" at the Games and Activities link. Save this site in your favorites on your classroom computers so students can visit during language arts class or when work is complete. Use this site to help your ESL and ELL students further familiarize themselves with the English language. Gifted student respond well to this book. Consider extending your study of animals or writing by creating your own books modeled on Animalia.
Grades4 to 8
In the ClassroomWhen you study electricity, The City of Ember is a natural reading tie-in. Reward the end of the unit with the viewing of the movie. Print out the site's worksheets and activities and bound them into a City of Ember unit to make them available in your Teacher Resource room. To make worksheets from the web pages, just cut and paste into a Word Document.
GradesK to 2
In the ClassroomSet this site up as a learning center during your language arts lesson. (Be sure to provide headphones). Use this site when you are teaching opposites (especially big, little, tall, short, over, under, outside, and inside). You may want to introduce this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector.
Grades3 to 8
In the ClassroomMake sure to address the simple rules, located on the homepage, with students prior to assigning projects. Based on the fact that this is a collaborative project and other children from around the world contribute to it, students must be open to varying opinions and works of art. Have students complete book talks individually or in small groups and then submit presentations for assessment. Check out the classrooms that used this as a medium for a summer reading program! Students could conduct book talks over holiday breaks or while on educational trips, as well. Allow for students to discuss books among each other as homework assignments. Have parents read and view their child's work and comment on it. Do not forget to obtain permission prior to submitting student work on-line.
This site uses a wiki tool as its foundation. To learn more about wikis and find logistical tips, see the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through.