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McGruff the Crime Dog - McGrufff.org Milstein Family Center

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Join McGruff, the crime dog, and take a bite out of crime. Interactive activities promote child protection and safety. Learn more about bullying, school safety, and safety tips. A video...more
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Join McGruff, the crime dog, and take a bite out of crime. Interactive activities promote child protection and safety. Learn more about bullying, school safety, and safety tips. A video illustrates a cartoon character's reaction and solution to bullying. An advice section creates conversations for bullies about getting along, community safety, advice for all seasons, guns and drugs, home, school, and online safety. Free downloadable posters include a circle of respect activity and advice in PDF format. A link for parents directs them to the National Crime Prevention Council.

tag(s): bullying (52), digital citizenship (59), internet safety (106)

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Looking for ways to develop your health, wellness, or leadership curriculum? Use the videos, interactives, or advice as the basis for your lessons or further discussions on Internet safety. Present at a parents' night as advice for protecting your child on the Internet. Include this in your technology curriculum as a resource. Post on your website as a reminder to students and parents for your technology expectations.
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Science Trek - Idaho Public Television

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K to 6
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Science Trek is an integrated web and broadcast tv project introducing science topics to elementary students. In addition to the broadcasts, Science Trek provides accompanying material...more
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Science Trek is an integrated web and broadcast tv project introducing science topics to elementary students. In addition to the broadcasts, Science Trek provides accompanying material for teacher and parent use. Each month of the school year a new broadcast answers students' science questions and provides additional resources. Currently there are more than 90 topics available. Choose from any topic to view the web broadcast and explore resources such as games, facts, and glossaries.
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tag(s): animal homes (41), animals (276), archeology (32), body systems (57), brain (72), earthquakes (48), ecology (135), endangered species (38), food chains (22), forces (45), fossils (44), gravity (46), habitats (84), heart (43), human body (121), mass (23), moon (72), planets (123), plants (145), rocks (49), simple machines (37), soil (17), sound (101), STEM (134), volcanoes (61), water (130), weather (188)

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Take advantage of the free resources on the site to supplement your current teaching materials in many science topics. Create a link on classroom computers for students to view videos and share a link on your class website for students to view at home. Have students create online posters individually or together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) or PicLits (reviewed here. Don't forget to find the standards link within each resource to align to Common Core Standards.
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The Rainforest Concern - Rainforestconcern.org

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K to 12
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Transport yourself to the rainforest, the richest and most important environment on the planet! Use the links in the interactive to find out why the rainforest is important. Become...more
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Transport yourself to the rainforest, the richest and most important environment on the planet! Use the links in the interactive to find out why the rainforest is important. Become acquainted with the plants and animals that call the rainforest their home. Learn ways that everyone can help the rainforest in the Help the Rainforest section. Find out how much rainforest is being depleted in Vanishing Rainforests. Solve the Rainforest Riddle and take a Quiz about the rainforest. Test your knowledge of rainforest life in Sounds of the Rainforest. At the time of this review the directions for installing the e-flet on your PC or printing it were not working. The actual e-flet is working and is beautiful.

tag(s): animals (276), ecology (135), ecosystems (88), environment (317), medicine (67), natural resources (59), plants (145), rainforests (13), resources (112)

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The Rainforest Concern will make a colorful overview introduction to the rainforest. Learn about its features as a class using an interactive whiteboard or projector. As you read about the various animals or plants, discuss what the animals would sound like or what the plants would hear around them. Create a travel brochure about the rainforest with the information that you find on this site. Expand your research to find more information than found on this site. For example, assign a project to find other rainforest plants with the potential for medicinal use. Find other items from the rainforest that are useful to others (and whose harvest does not destroy the rainforest). Create a pledge campaign, informing others and joining in to reduce the purchase of items that destroy the rainforest. Become a plant or animal from the rainforest and write a short story from that organism's point of view including the interaction with other organisms it would encounter. Use one of the many Digital Storytelling tools, reviewed here. Publish the class stories as "Stories from the Rainforest."
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Photos for Class - Clever Prototypes, LLC

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K to 12
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Here is an excellent site for finding images for non-commercial use that will have the proper citation downloaded with it. Find a photo you want to use. Click the download ...more
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Here is an excellent site for finding images for non-commercial use that will have the proper citation downloaded with it. Find a photo you want to use. Click the download link under the picture. The downloaded image will have the appropriate attribution information with it. Note: right clicking on the photo will not produce the attribution information. Our editors found all photos to be "class appropriate." However, it is always best to use caution with image searching. Provide students with clear guidelines and expectations.

tag(s): images (266), photography (160), search engines (65)

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Have students use this site for Creative Common images for any report, newsletter, or project. The images from this site are all supposed to be G-Rated for classroom use. The search engine uses Flickr safe search, and other built-in filtering so all images produced should be appropriate for school use. Have students create an annotated image or build a story including text boxes and related links using images found on this tool and a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. Be sure to keep a link to this site on your wiki, blog, or web page for students to use whenever they are working on a project.

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Antarctica: The Frozen Continent of the South Pole - Enchanted Learning

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K to 12
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Looking for great information on Antarctica? This site offers a variety of information about explorers, views from space, dinosaur fossils, surviving the cold, and more. ...more
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Looking for great information on Antarctica? This site offers a variety of information about explorers, views from space, dinosaur fossils, surviving the cold, and more.
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tag(s): animals (276), antarctica (29), continents (49)

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Provide this link to students on your class page. Provide time to view various pages of the site to gather general information to discuss as a class. Be sure to share the view from space and the map/geography on an interactive whiteboard or projector to the whole class. Identify the various Antarctic visitors (both human and other animals that come and go). Students can write a letter home and pretend to be one of the many visitors using information from this site in their creation. Consider using Throwww, reviewed here, for the letter. Throwww allows you to create "quick and easy" blog to be used one time only. A unique URL is provided and this site is as easy as using a basic Word program!
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mySkillBoard - Rob Steller and Josiah Hills

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K to 12
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MySkillBoard is an online tool for managing and tracking student data aligned to Common Core or individual standards. Create student groups and add your activities to match standards....more
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MySkillBoard is an online tool for managing and tracking student data aligned to Common Core or individual standards. Create student groups and add your activities to match standards. Quickly input each score and view data through several different visualization options. This site is optimized for use on any device allowing you to input and track student performance at any time.

tag(s): assessment (100), classroom management (135), DAT device agnostic tool (198), differentiation (47)

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MySkillBoard requires a bit of a learning curve due to a lack of tutorials on using the program. However, it may be useful for differentiating student instruction in any classroom. Add each class or group of students to document. Follow learning goals and mastery of standards. Use mySkillBoard together with other teachers to monitor and document student progress in all learning areas.

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Edcite - 2014 Edcite Inc.

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1 to 8
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Give your students practice and instruction in standardized test style format. Find an easy way to create Common Core assignments using PARCC and Smarter Balanced question types. Passages...more
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Give your students practice and instruction in standardized test style format. Find an easy way to create Common Core assignments using PARCC and Smarter Balanced question types. Passages allow for highlighting, graphs, image labeling, and video sections for background knowledge. Questions include a section for written response to improve evidence-based answers as well as multiple choice. Teachers can share their assignments or use other teacher created assignments. Students receive immediately graded feedback. With a free teacher account, save questions to your library.

tag(s): assessment (100), test prep (95)

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Use technology to motivate and engage your students. Give these quality text passages personalized to your class needs. Use as a teaching tool on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Continue to use individually or as small group instruction. Pair a weak reader with a strong reader for independent pair work. You can easily differentiate by creating tiered assignments to meet each students' needs. Share at your next staff meeting to provide collaboration between teachers. Use in a flipped classroom and have students complete the work at home. They will still receive immediate feedback! Use at parent gatherings to provide an example of the grade level expectations. Put on your classroom website as a way to practice at home. Before assigning questions to individual students you might want to check the readability of the questions or supplied readings. Use a tool such as The Readability Test Tool, reviewed here. This reviewer found the articles in some grade levels to be about two years higher in reading level than the grade listed for the question.
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Goodbits - Charles Bergeron, Kalvir Sandhu, Philippe Creux and Godfrey Cha

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K to 12
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Finally! A tool to create a professional looking email newsletter in minutes! Goodbits has simplified the task of designing a newsletter by having sections and changing the layout easily....more
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Finally! A tool to create a professional looking email newsletter in minutes! Goodbits has simplified the task of designing a newsletter by having sections and changing the layout easily. You can also crop images where necessary. Just find and collect your content, plug it into Goodbits, and they will make it beautiful. You can read the newsletter on most browsers and mobile devices. You can add links via mobile devices; however, they recommend creating and sending newsletters on a computer. Goodbits uses Mail Chimp, reviewed here, but plans on using other email programs in the future. The sign up is quick, just your name and email, and you are set to go.
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tag(s): creative writing (166), descriptive writing (41), expository writing (44)

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Consider using Goodbits to create a daily newsletter about what students learned in class, and then present it as a recap at the beginning of the next day. Be sure to add images and charts where possible for visual students. Eventually, students could do this on their own at the end of the class. A newsletter would build an excellent learning journal and could be used to study for a test, or as a source for writing a final essay. Writing for digital publication is an important element of Common Core writing. In science and math classes, students can design a newsletter about a famous scientist or mathematician. In science class, students can develop a newsletter to explain to a younger student about cells, life cycles, or any science topic. Do an author study with the end project being a newsletter. For literature circle end projects have the group create a newsletter about the plot and characters. Create digital magazines for any subject or topic: explain an event in history, demonstrate different types of animals or habitats. With the Goodbits newsletter tool, it will almost seem effortless to send home a weekly or monthly newsletter to parents with ongoing news of class activities, announcements, schedules, and more.

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The Great Backyard Bird Count - Cornell University

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3 to 12
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Join the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count every February anywhere in the world. Help scientists collect data to get an annual snapshot of ...more
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Join the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count every February anywhere in the world. Help scientists collect data to get an annual snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds. Detailed information contains a tool kit with instructions and a how to video, data forms, bird lists, and an online bird guide. Submit your observations and explore the data that was submitted by area, range, and submission map. Count birds any time of the year by clicking on the ebird link on the home page.

tag(s): birds (50), service projects (25)

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Involve your class in discovering the world of birds, the environments, and how they effect ecosystems. Determine the birds in your area and ways to attract birds. As a class or at home, have students participate in Project Feeder Watch and analyze their own data. Compare with other places in the country or world. Have students create a multimedia presentation to share their results. Use one of the many multimedia tools reviewed by TeachersFirst here.
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Success Certificates - 2012 Certificate Web Design by Us

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1 to 12
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Here is the solution to all your certificate needs. Find free printable certificates for school, sports, family, or fun. Change color schemes or formats, select and add your text, and...more
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Here is the solution to all your certificate needs. Find free printable certificates for school, sports, family, or fun. Change color schemes or formats, select and add your text, and be ready in seconds. Print or download to save.
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tag(s): worksheets (60)

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Make your students' day by recognizing their hard work and efforts! Use this tool to recognize students in seconds in a fun, free way. Ideas for student use include having students choose characters from a book and create a certificate for them. Next have students elaborate and describe the reasons why this certificate is awarded. During Thanksgiving, let students become more aware of all the people that help them and nurture them. Use with younger buddies to give them the idea of thankfulness and appreciation. During a study of communities, have students choose a community worker and send a certificate of thanks. For older students help them set the sites high, and create the certificate they want to receive in the future. What goals do they need to set to achieve this?
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PhotoCat - photocat.com

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PhotoCat is a free online photo editing service. Edit and retouch images easily. Make photo collages in just a few simple steps. Upload any image from your computer. If the ...more
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PhotoCat is a free online photo editing service. Edit and retouch images easily. Make photo collages in just a few simple steps. Upload any image from your computer. If the image is too large PhotoCat will ask to reduce it automatically. Choose from the many options such as special effects, retouching tools, frames, text, and more. Once completed save your image to your computer or share using social networking links.

tag(s): editing (61), images (266), photography (160)

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Use this tool anytime that photos need to be edited for use on class blogs, wikis, or in presentation tools (reviewed here). In primary grades, this tool could be useful for teachers to use to edit pictures from a field trip, science experiments, and more. Share the editing process with your younger students using your interactive whiteboard or projector. Edit together! Encourage older students to use this site themselves on images for projects or presentations. Use this tool in photography or art classes. Use the editor to edit pictures to fit styles of pictures when doing historical reports or to set a mood. Use text options for the photos themselves to tell the stories. Have students annotate or label Creative Commons online images of cells, structures of an animal, and much more.

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PBS Interactive Whiteboard Games - PBS Kids

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K to 5
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PBS Kids offers a large selection of interactive whiteboard activities exploring different curriculum topics. All activities are related to their popular TV characters. Scroll through...more
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PBS Kids offers a large selection of interactive whiteboard activities exploring different curriculum topics. All activities are related to their popular TV characters. Scroll through to find resources sorted by math, language arts, social science, and the arts. Each activity includes a short description and suggested grade level. Find activities for sight words, vocabulary, estimation, measurement, civics, gravity, and much more. Click on any link to go directly to the activity or download.

tag(s): design (83), environment (317), estimation (46), game based learning (103), gravity (46), literacy (103), measurement (157), operations (125), painting (66), patterns (85), reading comprehension (116), sight words (37), suffixes (14), vocabulary (323), vocabulary development (125)

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Use activities from this site on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to supplement current lessons. Create a link to specific activities on classroom computers for use as a learning center. Allow students to explore these sites on individual computers. Share links to games and activities on your class web page for students to try at home.
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The Little Memory - Ivan Tse

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2 to 12
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The Little Memory provides an online tool for diary writing and journaling. You can download the app for any device (or use on a web browser) and start to write! ...more
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The Little Memory provides an online tool for diary writing and journaling. You can download the app for any device (or use on a web browser) and start to write! Upload pictures, tag your location, and share with other friends using social media links. Change settings to allow private or public viewing of any entries. Choose the star icon to save memories as favorites. Choose "stat" to see your statistics such as number of entries, current and longest writing streaks, and photos used. Earn photo credits by sharing memories with others. Click the World Memories icon to view entries by other users; however, these are not moderated.

tag(s): creative writing (166), DAT device agnostic tool (198), journals (21)

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Share this site with students to create their own private diary or journal. Use The Little Memory as a good option for students to use for prewriting and brainstorming before beginning writing projects. Create your own account and use The Little Memory as a tool for reflecting on lessons and classroom activities each day. If you have individual laptops for students, or are in a BYOD school, why not begin class with an entry each day. Have students keep a simple, yearlong journal of the highlights of their learning. Use The Little Memory as lesson "closure" writing a summary of each day's events.

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Paradise Earth - Dr. Thomas Lovejoy

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We all know tropical rainforests are special, but many of us will never have the chance to visit one. Visit Paradise Earth (PE) as the next best thing. This site ...more
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We all know tropical rainforests are special, but many of us will never have the chance to visit one. Visit Paradise Earth (PE) as the next best thing. This site was created by a renowned scientist and founder of the Nature TV series. Explore information from experts, learn about Ecotourism, and discover plants for Medicine and Health. Find interactive activities in KidsTV, Games, and Education. Find great information on species by clicking on the PE Article Database. Choose plants, animals, or birds then select a continent along the right to view a large number of species and information about them. Read a Rainforest Story that discusses the richness of the Rainforest and what it has to offer.

tag(s): animals (276), biodiversity (38), biomes (116), birds (50), conservation (127), plants (145), rainforests (13)

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Use this resource for great information about the rainforest with messages and expertise by scientists in the field. Follow the Rainforest story, identify why preserving the rainforest is important. Create a project where students report on various species from a continent to the rest of the class. Pin up drawings or posters of these species around the room, and then challenge students to connect them as a food web using yarn or string across the room. Create complex questions to identify the importance of each of the species. Encourage students to identify how all species have value and identify three other organisms that could not live (or maybe could live if it were prey) without that species. Create an advertisement for a medicinal plant to use in place of synthetic medicines. Consider a Wanted project, using a species from the rainforest and including who wants to find that species and why it is so important. Have students create online posters individually or together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard, reviewed here. Explain biodiversity and why it is so important. Create a wall collage with all of the information discussed during the class discussion.
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Gas Prices/Fuel Economy - US Department of Energy

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4 to 12
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Find great information on the factors that affect gas prices and ways to improve fuel economy! Be sure to click on Gas Mileage Tips for great ways to improve fuel ...more
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Find great information on the factors that affect gas prices and ways to improve fuel economy! Be sure to click on Gas Mileage Tips for great ways to improve fuel economy. Use the Fuel Cost Calculator to identify changes in miles per gallon when making changes in improving fuel economy. View the frequently asked questions in Understanding Gas Prices.
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tag(s): energy (198), fossil fuels (18), resources (112)

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Provide time for students to view the suggestions in Gas Mileage Tips and then report to the class about their findings. Create a survey for students to participate in (if at a high school) or to observe their parents driving patterns. Use a tool such as SurveyRock, reviewed here. Encourage students to suggest tips that their families can use to increase their gas mileage. Research the types of cars found in other countries and the average mile per gallon of the cars driven. Also, research the gas prices/gas tax in other countries to identify how gas prices/taxes lead to better choices in cars and driving practices.

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Water Use It Wisely - Park & Co

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Find an impressive amount of information about water conservation on this site. Though created for conservation in Arizona, the information is applicable to a variety of areas. This...more
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Find an impressive amount of information about water conservation on this site. Though created for conservation in Arizona, the information is applicable to a variety of areas. This is a hot topic in many locations suffering through droughts. Be sure to look at the latest news and information in the energy saving toolkit. The toolkit includes interactive activities to teach water conservation. Find 100+ ways to conserve in the tab along the top and numerous resources under the Kids and Resources tabs.

tag(s): conservation (127), natural resources (59), water (130)

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Use the information from this site for inspiration in the creation of digital or conventional posters for water conservation. Create a campaign for increasing water conservation in school and at home. Survey the school community on their water usage using a tool such as SurveyRock, reviewed here. Calculate the amount of water saved as a Math activity. Use this site on a computer during learning centers when studying other environmental issues.
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Apples4 the Teacher - Apples4theteacher

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Capture the attention of your students using multimedia by bringing technology into the curriculum. Find teaching ideas, classroom resources, and interactive learning sites for students....more
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Capture the attention of your students using multimedia by bringing technology into the curriculum. Find teaching ideas, classroom resources, and interactive learning sites for students. Lesson plans are presented by subject matter or themes. Need ideas for holidays? Check out each holiday offering. Find worksheets, printables, games, and thematic books.
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tag(s): professional development (123)

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Need resources for a new unit or even want to spruce up an old unit? Search the extensive database of Apples 4 the teacher. Add as a resource to your class website as a safe place for students to explore. Find new ideas in art, languages, literacy, math, science, social studies, and research. Put your student technology team to work to the search for sites to help classes.
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World of Dinosaurs - Virneth Studios

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4 to 12
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The World of Dinosaurs provides a quick overview of the life and times of dinosaurs. Explore each section to learn when dinosaurs were alive, what they ate, and find out ...more
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The World of Dinosaurs provides a quick overview of the life and times of dinosaurs. Explore each section to learn when dinosaurs were alive, what they ate, and find out what happened to the dinosaurs. Scroll through the gallery to view representations of different kinds of dinosaurs. Visit the extensive data section to get basic facts and information on many different dinosaur species. Caution: the links in the body of the text on the home page lead to apartments for rent, apartment hunting tips, and notes from a City of Portland meeting.
This site includes advertising.

tag(s): dinosaurs (57), paleontology (41)

In the Classroom

Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. The site is text heavy. Consider pairing weaker readers with stronger readers. After students explore the site, have small groups create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here. Have students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here, to describe the life and times of dinosaur species. At the time of this review the "Eggs" game did not appear to work.
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Cluuz Search - Sprylogics

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K to 12
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This tool is the search engine for the next generation. Search with better results than traditional search engines. How is this possible? Cluuz uses the relationship between the terms,...more
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This tool is the search engine for the next generation. Search with better results than traditional search engines. How is this possible? Cluuz uses the relationship between the terms, persons, or other items searched for more relevant results. Enter your search term. Click Advanced for more search options. Click the various items to include in the search under Preferences. Select whether to search using the News or the Web. Results are displayed in a list form and image thumbnails. Click on each heading to view the source. Find relevant tags below the heading of each source that have some relationship with your topic. These tags help streamline your search, finding the relationships that you are actually looking for. Be sure to notice the word clusters found along the right side of the search page. These semantic graphs are clusters created by items extracted from the web pages. Look at each semantic graph to zero in on the actual focus of your search. Use the menu across the top to learn Search Basics or How to Use Cluuz (this is a powerpoint download).

tag(s): search engines (65)

In the Classroom

When discussing 21st century skills, use Cluuz alongside other search engines to compare the results and determine whether the search engines deliver relevant results. Use this search engine when researching any person, event, or concept in your classes. Be sure to link this search engine along with the others on your web page.
 

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e-learning for kids - Hearing - Dr. Nick van Dam

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3 to 12
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Travel through the outer ear (pinna) all the way through to the auditory cortex in the brain to see how hearing works. Don't miss the little diagram of the middle ...more
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Travel through the outer ear (pinna) all the way through to the auditory cortex in the brain to see how hearing works. Don't miss the little diagram of the middle ear, on the audiologist's shirt. Click it to learn about balance. Use headphones or turn the sound down on the computer if using this when others are in the room.

tag(s): human body (121), senses (28)

In the Classroom

Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector during your unit on the five senses, body systems, or sound. Setup a station in your classroom and rotate students through it. The text portions might be challenging for ESL/ELL and younger students. Pair stronger readers with weaker readers. Ask students to create flashcards for different parts of the ear, using an online flashcard maker, like Flashcard Stash, reviewed here.
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