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TagCrowd: Make Your Own Tag Cloud From Any Text - Daniel Steinbock

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K to 12
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TagCrowd is a web application to visualize word frequencies in any text through creation of a word cloud, text cloud, or tag cloud. Simply type or paste in any text, ...more
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TagCrowd is a web application to visualize word frequencies in any text through creation of a word cloud, text cloud, or tag cloud. Simply type or paste in any text, import from any website, or upload a file to begin the word cloud. Choose from options such as language to use, limit number of words, exclude words based on frequency, or exclude unwanted words. Save as a PDF, print, or embed the finished image using links included with the finished product. The most frequently used words appear larger and in a bold font.

tag(s): speech (92), vocabulary (325), word clouds (11)

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This is a great visual tool to use. Take a poll and have your students type their answers into the word cloud builder. Then display on an interactive whiteboard or projector and see which answer was the most popular. Use this site as a way to help students see and memorize text, especially visual learners. Use it also when writing poetry or to "see" themes of repeated words and images. Have students paste in their own writing to spot repeated (and monotonous) language when teaching lessons on word choice. Use this site to surprise students with words that appear often in their writing. Have students work in groups to create word posters of vocabulary words with related meanings, such as different ways to say "walk" or "said" and decorate your classroom with these visual reminders of the richness of language. More ideas for primary grades: Dolch words, class names, numbers to 20, words with the same beginning letters, collection of ALL the words that hang in the classroom (so students can walk around and find/touch them on a laminated Word cloud card in their hands), or any collection of similar words.

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Optimist World - Optimistworld.com

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6 to 12
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This site offers many news articles, all positive and upbeat. In addition to current news stories, you will also find articles about charities, organizations that demonstrate social...more
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This site offers many news articles, all positive and upbeat. In addition to current news stories, you will also find articles about charities, organizations that demonstrate social responsibility, sustainable travel, and inspirational events. The reading level is reasonable for high school students. You can comment on any articles you read and read the comments of others. Articles are available in printable form as well as online. The site requires a free and easy registration; why not do a registration for your entire class instead of individual students. A link to "Optimist TV" adds a video component to the news.
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tag(s): environment (319), media literacy (57), news (261), sustainability (19)

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Use this tool for you and your students to find articles related to science, social studies, and cultural topics you are studying. Share the TV clips on your interactive whiteboard or projector, for some "happy news" to share with your students. To teach about the subtleties of "spin," have students select, read, and compare two articles on the same subject (possibly one with a more neutral or negative spin?). What makes the article positive? Have small groups of students take turns presenting weekly news. Use articles as practice for finding main idea and other comprehension skills. Create a selection of stories as writing prompts for persuasive writing pieces. Collect news sources related to an upcoming election to follow in a civics/government class. Have students create an online presentation on their selected news topics from categories you've assigned for your classroom news. Use one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.
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Word Root of the Day Archive - Membean - Ragav Satish, Brett Brunner, Micah Elliott

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4 to 12
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Membean has root words galore! Find interactive flashcard-style information about individual roots. Click "Read more" at the bottom of each "card" to get an impressive display of information...more
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Membean has root words galore! Find interactive flashcard-style information about individual roots. Click "Read more" at the bottom of each "card" to get an impressive display of information for that root and lots of new words. See an interactive tree with words containing that root; when you click on the word the definition appears. There is also a short summary, a podcast (aka a "root cast"), and a "Memlet." A "Memlet" separates the parts of a word and describes how they combine to make meaning. Click on any word part, with a tree icon and a star, to see other words that use that root. You will also find related roots with similar meanings, and definitions of the word's affixes. Clicking on the question marks after the "memlet" offers a video about word parts and roots. Only some or the videos require Flash. This is a remarkably powerful and unique way to learn all about words.

tag(s): prefixes (16), root words (13), suffixes (14), vocabulary (325), vocabulary development (125), word study (79)

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Root words are at the heart of any vocabulary development unit, or should be! Project this vocabulary website using your classroom whiteboard and projector, and share one of the root words. Have a student demonstrate how to navigate the different types of media to help them understand and learn the root. To assign certain roots for study, post their distinct URLs on your website, blog, wiki, or bookmark on the classroom computers. Once you are on the page for one of the roots, you will see a link that says "See an example word page." Show your students this example word page and analyze the parts together. Then assign individuals or small groups to develop word pages for words based on the roots you are studying. An engaging, visual way for them to present their results would be to use Sharalike, reviewed here , or Zeetings, reviewed here.
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Quipper - Quipper

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4 to 12
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Quipper is a wonderful quiz maker. Click the "Make Your Own Quiz" to get started. The quizzes then are approved by the website and published as an App available via ...more
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Quipper is a wonderful quiz maker. Click the "Make Your Own Quiz" to get started. The quizzes then are approved by the website and published as an App available via Google Play or at the Apple App Store. Make your own multiple choice quiz and easily add images and files. Quizzes can be made public or private by the creator. You can also add explanations to accompany the answers. Quizzes can be made by entering each question separately or uploading a spreadsheet of questions and answers. Be sure to make your quiz in advance to allow time for it to be available through the app. The site states that it takes approximately 24 hours for a quiz to appear as an app. Note: the home page may display a quiz that is not classroom appropriate, so this tool is for ADULT use in creating quizzes or for use under adult supervision. Click to RELOAD the page if a quiz is showing that you do not wish to share with younger users.

tag(s): quizzes (97)

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Use this tool for creating practice quizzes for your students to take on their Android and iOS devices. Students can save their place in the quiz and return to it later. Students can also review previously taken quizzes. Pretest your gifted students and allow them to "test out" of material they already know. Use as a formative assessment to see what material needs more review with classes. Have students each write a review question and combine them to create a quiz together as a class during review days a few days prior to a major test or semester final. Students can take the quiz on their own for at-home study.

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PicMonkey - PicMonkey

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K to 12
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Use this free and simple tool to edit your photographs. Find tools including: crop, rotate, exposure changes, color adjustment, resizing, and sharpening/blurring. Use other included...more
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Use this free and simple tool to edit your photographs. Find tools including: crop, rotate, exposure changes, color adjustment, resizing, and sharpening/blurring. Use other included effects such as touch up and blemish removal. Add text and include overlays and borders on the photo. The all important Undo button is also useful. Upload your picture, edit and manipulate it, then re-save back to your computer.
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tag(s): images (274), photography (161)

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This tool is so simple to use! Use it to edit pictures for class projects or for publishing to a blog, wiki, or site. Use these fun photo effects for creating interesting pictures for About Me information on a blog or other sites. In primary grades, teachers can use it to edit pictures you can share on your class web page, perhaps a student of the week. Use for pictures of lab events in science. These pictures can be incorporated into presentations or other multimedia products using online tools or PowerPoint. Students can dress as a historical figure, take and upload a picture, and use in classroom projects. Have students upload a photo add voice bubbles to explain what they learned using a tool such as Superlame, reviewed here. Be sure to check district policy about using student pictures, though the website does not "keep" them. If using pictures from the Internet, be sure to discuss copyright issues and approve pictures that students use. Find Creative Commons they can use (with proper credit) on Compfight, reviewed here.

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Famous Scientists - famousscientists.org

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6 to 12
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Know your Einstein from your Eddington with this informative site that profiles some of the greatest scientists. Learn about their contributions to science and society and how their...more
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Know your Einstein from your Eddington with this informative site that profiles some of the greatest scientists. Learn about their contributions to science and society and how their discoveries affect us today. Don't click on the underlined words; this does NOT provide definitions. Instead it brings up advertisements.
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tag(s): inventors and inventions (96), scientists (69)

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The reading level of this site is rather challenging. Have weaker readers work together with stronger ones. While discussing scientists and inventors, use this site as a resource for gathering information. Have small groups of students research scientists from the same time period. Have them research their contributions including reactions of others to their discovery or invention. Research why these inventions were particularly important and the scientific knowledge that changed as a result. Have them present their findings to the class by creating a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. Then, if you would like to take your students critical thinking up a notch, you could have the small groups compare the different inventions and decide how and why the earlier inventions had to come before a later invention could be developed. For this you might want to have students use a collaborative graphic organizer like Creately reviewed here and have them report out their thoughts and discoveries to the class.

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Teaching Channel - Videos, Lesson Plans, and Other Resources for Teachers - Teaching Channel

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K to 12
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Explore this video showcase of innovative and effective teaching practices from America's schools. The video library offers a wide range of subjects for grades K-12. Videos also include...more
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Explore this video showcase of innovative and effective teaching practices from America's schools. The video library offers a wide range of subjects for grades K-12. Videos also include information on alignment with Common Core State Standards and ancillary material for teachers to use in their own classrooms. Browse by grade level band, subject, or popular topics. Use the search box to find ideas for a specific topic, such as "earth" or "electricity." There are too many topics to list. Pretty much anything you are looking for academically, behaviorally, or professionally can be found here! See video length for each choice along with the title, subject and grade band. After choosing a video, view objectives, questions to consider, and information about the teacher in the video. Download or receive codes to embed videos using the links available with each video. Register on the site (free) to access the site's lesson planner features. Save, schedule, and receive reminders about great ideas after registering or follow teachers to receive notification of new uploads.

tag(s): assessment (106), behavior (47), classroom management (147), commoncore (96), differentiation (48), inquiry (37), newbies (18), professional development (129), rhythm (20), substitutes (21), video (269)

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Mark this one in your favorites for those times when you need inspiration. View videos as a way of finding fresh lesson ideas with practical suggestions for implementation. Share this site with other teachers, viewing videos together during professional development sessions. This site is a great site for mentoring new teachers to develop professional skills. There are even videos to share with your class on your interactive whiteboard or projector.
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The Art of Storytelling - Delaware Art Museum

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3 to 12
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At The Art of Storytelling you can view artwork from the from the Delaware Art Museum and interact with the artwork, create your own art, and tell its story. Tell ...more
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At The Art of Storytelling you can view artwork from the from the Delaware Art Museum and interact with the artwork, create your own art, and tell its story. Tell a story about a piece you are viewing or you can read a story about the piece but written by someone else. Use the tabs at the top: Experience a Story, Tell a Story, or Picture a Story. Experience a Story is where you read stories written by others inspired by the artwork. Choose a story by genre, most recently told, and most recently pictured. Tell a Story has you pick the artwork that inspires you and create your own story. Picture a Story is where you interact with the artwork and change it, then write your story. At the left, choose Kids Only for kids to record the story they write.

tag(s): art history (72), creative writing (168)

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Use the lesson plans to spark class ideas. Use this site on your interactive whiteboard to introduce and explore with your students. Create a class story about one of the works of art. What a great learning center this would make on a class computer! For older students, flip your classroom and briefly introduce the different sections you want them to explore at home. Have them choose one of the writing sections and come back to class with questions, ready to work and share.
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ToolsforEnglish - toolsforenglish.com

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2 to 12
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Create exercises and quizzes for English language and other subjects quickly and easily with ToolsforEnglish. Copy and paste any text and create worksheets by filtering out prepositions,...more
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Create exercises and quizzes for English language and other subjects quickly and easily with ToolsforEnglish. Copy and paste any text and create worksheets by filtering out prepositions, conjunctions, modal verbs, and articles. You can also create documents that scramble words, sentences, or paragraphs, and for matching, multiple choice and true/false questions. Your choices create a worksheet and answer sheet to print right away or create a PDF file that you can save on your computer for later use. The introduction video requires Flash.

tag(s): quizzes (97), word study (79), worksheets (61)

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Despite the name, ToolsforEnglish is for ANY teacher who creates reviews before a test or quiz. Use the gap fill tool on your projector or interactive whiteboard and have students fill in key words to complete the exercise. Assign as homework for a study aid. Create study aids for ELL/ESL, or learning support students to review and learn. Even better: Let students take control! Have students create the tests, in order to find the keywords or quiz each other. Use in centers for a review of current vocabulary, concepts, or even mathematical practice. Divide the class into cooperative learning groups to cover all aspects of one topic. The subject options are limitless. Use as a competition. Post this link on your website as a resource for parents to help at home.
 
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Easy Bib - Imagine easy Solutions, LLC

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3 to 12
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EasyBib, the automatic bibliography and citation maker, instantly creates and formats citations for your sources in MLA format. Cite websites, books, newspapers, journals, and data...more
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EasyBib, the automatic bibliography and citation maker, instantly creates and formats citations for your sources in MLA format. Cite websites, books, newspapers, journals, and data bases correctly in seconds. All you have to do is enter your website URL, or the title or ISBN number of the book, journal, etc. in the form. You can copy/paste citations from Easy Bib into a document to create your works cited list. You will need to alphabetize the citations yourself. The paid version offers APA and Chicago/Turabian style and additional features. Pick up the latest tips and tricks in their research guide. Review the writing and citation process in an instant. and review citation rules for various styles using the reference guides.
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tag(s): citations (33)

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Use your interactive whiteboard and projector to show students how to use this tool for citing their sources. Share this web site for all of your projects using research so students know the correct procedure for citations. Be sure to add it on your class web site as a useful reference.

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Useful charts - UsefulCharts Publishing

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5 to 12
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Find hundreds of useful charts and diagrams that illustrate philosophy, english, history, science, current events, and more for free, online viewing. You will find PDFs, posters, timelines,...more
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Find hundreds of useful charts and diagrams that illustrate philosophy, english, history, science, current events, and more for free, online viewing. You will find PDFs, posters, timelines, etc. Learn about topics such as: Most Famous Paintings, World Leaders Timeline, Muppet Voices Chart, New Seven Wonders, Human Evolution Timeline, and more. General "subjects" include Social Studies Charts, Most Popular Charts, Psychology Charts, Philosophy & Religion Charts, English Charts, Science Charts, and many others! The site is selling charts and downloads, but you can view the site for FREE. Zoom in to see details using the View menu in your web browser or touchpad zooming on Macs.
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tag(s): art history (72), charts and graphs (194), grammar (213), multiple intelligences (11), myths and legends (25), poetry (225), politics (100), psychology (64), religions (66), solar system (123), space (215), timelines (64)

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Share a visual overview of a topic on projector or IWB before teaching or as a reference before lessons that zero in on subtopics. Use this site to teach data and the graphic display of data. Allow groups of students to choose a graphic and report to the class on how the data was made more meaningful using the graphics that were chosen. You may also want to share this link as a research tool for debates or presentations on science or social studies topics. Share the timeline or graphic on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Discuss the science, history, or math behind the data collected. Discuss other information and ways of presenting the information in order to create a more interesting graphic. Have students try their hand at creating an infographic using a tool such as Easel.ly, reviewed here.

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PictoBrowser - Diego Bauducco

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K to 12
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Create stunning, embeddable, interactive slideshows of your Flickr or Picasa images using PictoBrowser. PictoBrowser is easy to use and makes it effortless to embed slideshows in your...more
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Create stunning, embeddable, interactive slideshows of your Flickr or Picasa images using PictoBrowser. PictoBrowser is easy to use and makes it effortless to embed slideshows in your blog or web page. Enter your Flickr or Picasa user name, choose images by set, tag, or group. Then copy and paste the provided html code into your blog or web page. Use the PictoBuilder to customize your slideshow by changing background color, picture size, hide thumbnails, titles or notes, or image alignment. To coordinate image groups, you will need to know basics in Flickr, reviewed here.

tag(s): images (274), slides (65)

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Easily embed slide shows of classroom activities or projects to your blog or website using PictoBrowser. Allow students to take pictures of geometric shapes; then upload images and create a slideshow on your website. Create a folder of copyright-safe images for any classroom topic such as Spanish words, colors, famous mathematicians, presidents, etc. Then use the image slideshow on your interactive whiteboard during lessons.

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Phrasr - Pimpampum.net

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4 to 12
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Create online image phrases with this clever tool. Type any phrase into Phrasr's search box to find images to "match" the words. Narrow down your image choices for each word ...more
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Create online image phrases with this clever tool. Type any phrase into Phrasr's search box to find images to "match" the words. Narrow down your image choices for each word by choosing from many offerings. When complete, provide a title and name to publish your image phrase. The one misnomer here is that you can actually use a sentence, not just a phrase. Published phrases show the words in a slow left to right scroll easily read by anyone, with your selected images above each word. Make rebus-style messages by simply keeping the word with the "no image" option in some spots. View archives to find image phrases created by others (viewer discretion advised). Send phrases via email or other social tools when complete. You can also click to see your just-published phrase in the "archive" to copy the url directly. See a sample here. Our editors found that the image selections are rather unusual, unlike typical "clip art" collections.

tag(s): figurative language (16), images (274), phrases (6), poetry (225)

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Use this site to make lessons grab your students' attention (which isn't always easy). Create images for content-related phrases and display on your interactive whiteboard for students to guess the phrase. "What goes up must come down" could introduce a lesson on Newton's laws! Use as a unit starter to provide image phrases related to upcoming lessons. Have students create their own phrases with images for classmates to guess the phrase (cover the sentence with a notebook tool or similar). Use pictures to display your morning message. Use this site during a poetry unit to talk about the many visual images used in poetry and for students to compose figurative language phrases that they can test in Phrasr. In art class, use Phrasr to discuss the way we relate images to meaning.

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Common Core Instructional Support Tools - North Carolina Public Schools

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K to 12
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Visit Common Core Instructional Support Tools to promote understanding and implementation of the Common Core Standards. Although produced by North Carolina Schools, the information...more
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Visit Common Core Instructional Support Tools to promote understanding and implementation of the Common Core Standards. Although produced by North Carolina Schools, the information is relevant to anyone implementing Common Core. It has several sections and includes information divided by subject and grade level. Most documents are in PDF format, making them easy to print and use. The "unpacking" section is especially useful as it takes each standard then puts the information into words explaining what a student must know and be able to do to meet each standard. This site is a "must-visit" for anyone beginning to implement Common Core Standards in their classroom.

tag(s): commoncore (96), teaching strategies (24)

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Bookmark and save this site for use in implementing and understand Common Core Standards. Share this site with other teachers and administrators in your building.
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Backpack TV Educational Video Library - Backpack.tv

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8 to 12
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Backpack.tv contains videos produced by teachers of lectures about particular topic areas. Search by topic, subject, duration, or presenter for videos ranging from 5 to 20 minutes in...more
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Backpack.tv contains videos produced by teachers of lectures about particular topic areas. Search by topic, subject, duration, or presenter for videos ranging from 5 to 20 minutes in length. General subject areas (at the times of this review) include Algebra, Calculus, Chemistry, Basic Math, Economics, Physics, Biology, and Art History. Currently videos include only a title without a description of the content, so you may need to take some time to find videos that meet your needs. Create an account to save videos in your queue for easy access.

tag(s): angles (86), atoms (57), decimals (131), equations (153), fractions (235), functions (68), homework (46), periodic table (52), variables (21), vectors (25), video (269)

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Use videos on your interactive whiteboard to introduce or review content. Share videos on your classroom website or blog for student use at home. Share videos with students using the Facebook, Twitter, or email button. Encourage students to share links to specific videos they find helpful on a "Video Reviews" (yes, that is a pun) page of your class wiki. For a very real challenge, have students create their own simple review videos and upload to SchoolTube reviewed here or YouTube, whichever works best in your school. Embed them on your class wiki for a year-to-year, student-made study guide!
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Membean Word Maps - Ragav Satish, Brett Brunner, Micah Elliott

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1 to 12
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The Membean Word Map displays all the synonyms and closely related words for any word you enter. Clicking on a synonym for the word will bring up a word map ...more
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The Membean Word Map displays all the synonyms and closely related words for any word you enter. Clicking on a synonym for the word will bring up a word map for that synonym, but your original search word will remain in the box at the top. What a fantastic way to look up a word that is unfamiliar to you or find alternatives. See words via relationships instead of in isolation.

tag(s): dictionaries (57), vocabulary development (125)

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Project this word map page using your interactive whiteboard and projector, and type in a word. Show students how easy it is to examine the different synonyms and their meanings used to help them understand the original word. What an easy way show students the different nuances and connotations of the meanings, and that not all synonyms fit in a specific sentence. You may want to post this page on your website or wiki and bookmark it on the classroom computers for parent and student use.
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Twelve Ideas for Teaching with QR Codes - Andrew Miller

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K to 12
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This short article provides some quick tips for using QR (Quick Response) codes in the classroom. Most ideas are easy to use immediately in a classroom setting. For example, use ...more
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This short article provides some quick tips for using QR (Quick Response) codes in the classroom. Most ideas are easy to use immediately in a classroom setting. For example, use QR codes to link to exemplars to provide examples of quality work for students or use codes to make learning stations that link to online content. If you are interested in using QR codes in your classroom, this article will help you get started. Be sure to read the comments from others for some additional ideas for using QR codes in the classroom.

tag(s): qr codes (21)

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Choose one of the ideas suggested in the article as a starting point for using QR codes in your classroom; then try additional ideas a little at a time. Share the article with other teachers and split up the ideas for each to become an "expert" in one of the strategies. Share your experiences as you learn together, perhaps in a staff meeting.

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NPR Podcast Directory - NPR

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7 to 12
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Mix your own podcast to create your own unique collection of podcasts available from NPR's library of thousands of podcasts. Name your podcast, select relevant keywords and content,...more
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Mix your own podcast to create your own unique collection of podcasts available from NPR's library of thousands of podcasts. Name your podcast, select relevant keywords and content, and then subscribe to your new custom podcast using your podcast tool choice.
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tag(s): podcasts (54)

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Students can use NPR's "mix your own podcast" service to create interesting and informative podcast collections. Create a podcast collection of content related to your course; then share the link on your classroom blog, wiki, or website. Encourage students to share findings from the podcasts in blog posts or for extra credit on a class wiki. Play excerpts from podcasts (turn up your speakers) during the last ten minutes of study halls when students are getting "itchy."

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PBS Video Online - PBS

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3 to 12
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Watch full episodes of your favorite PBS shows without having to record them. Videos may be searched by show name or by subject. Use the subscribe button to automatically subscribe...more
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Watch full episodes of your favorite PBS shows without having to record them. Videos may be searched by show name or by subject. Use the subscribe button to automatically subscribe to the show so you will never miss a new episode again.

tag(s): video (269)

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Teachers you can now access videos from PBS without having to record them. Use the subject search to find videos relevant to a unit of study. Display videos with your projector or add a link to your class website so students can watch at home.
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Pop!Tech Popcasts - PopTech, a 501(c)3 organization

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10 to 12
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Pop!Tech provides scientific discovery and social innovation information. Are you ready to challenge your paradigm? Step back and feel your brain spin into action while you think about...more
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Pop!Tech provides scientific discovery and social innovation information. Are you ready to challenge your paradigm? Step back and feel your brain spin into action while you think about the goals and objectives of this "community of innovators, working together to expand the edge of change." Thought-provoking videos (about 20 minutes long) address change from many angles.

tag(s): creativity (118), scientists (69)

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Want your students to think differently about science, technology, and collaborating? The projects and initiatives on this site did not happen in seclusion. Have students read an article and break it down to see how all three play equally important parts in creating change. Challenge students to work together to design or create something new for their school or community. This would be great in science classes, social studies classes, potentially even art or family and consumer science class. Expertise can come from many different disciplines. How many times have you told a student that they need to be prepared for jobs that may not yet exist? Emphasize this point by having them read different articles from this website. These innovations were certainly not around when today's parents were graduating. >br>
As an intro to upper level science courses or a lead-in to a gifted enrichment project, have students choose one video and explore the various scientific advances now in the preliminary stages that may lead to related changes. Challenge them to discover what future careers might draw on such change and to present the ideas as a "Window into Change" presentation using any medium they prefer (video, multimedia, music, poetry or ??).

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