Grades3 to 12
tag(s): comics and cartoons (72)
In the ClassroomChoose a comic creator tool for students to use in your class to reinforce curriculum concepts. With younger students or those who need examples, create the first comic(s) together on interactive whiteboard or projector as a closure activity to reinforce concepts before a test. Gradually allow students to create their own comics (or collections of comics) to tell stories, review concepts, or make political comments. More techno-savvy students will appreciate the variety of tool options offered here.
Grades3 to 9
In the ClassroomUse this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on geology and/or natural disasters on a projector or interactive whiteboard. When a disaster is in the news, use this site as the starting point for individual or group projects in response to their curiosity about the news event. Have ESL/ELL students use this to introduce other students to some possible disasters that occur in their parts of the world. Another option would be to divide students into cooperative learning groups to explore the site. Have them create presentations on different parts of the information found in the site and its activities. Use the information they find as a jumping off place for doing further research on areas that interest them.To show what they have learned from this site, challenge students to create an online graphic to share using Tabblo reviewed here
Grades1 to 12
tag(s): flash cards (46)
In the ClassroomJoin the site or let them create an account for you -- but be sure you remember that username, etc. so you can access it again! (email required). Read through the various options or use their "wizards" to create materials.
Create materials for review and practice with basic information, terms, and more. Students can collect and save rows or information they missed to aid with their learning. Ask your students to create their own flashcards or memory set to review before a test or quiz. Have students make practice materials for each other, as well. Learning support teachers will find their students enjoy reviewing more if they are creating something themselves, and the process of MAKING the cards is actually a review in itself.
Share this link on your website for parents to review with their student. This format is very flexible and can be used to create materials for everything from math to Social Studies.
Grades2 to 12
In the ClassroomYou need to know how to copy/paste text passages (ctrl or command + C, then ctrl or command + V to paste. Think Velcro to stick it there!). If you wish to Save, you must join the site (email required). Alternately, capture the image using screen capture (apple/shift/4 on a Mac or Print Screen on a PC.)
Use a word cloud in virtually any class. With emergent readers, enter multiple words with the same consonant cluster or vowel sound, so they can SEE a visual grouping of that sound on your interactive whiteboard and guess the sound. Project a teacher-created word cloud at the start of a new lesson or unit and have students determine what the lesson will be about. Have students use word clouds to proof their own essays or stories. Use word clouds for students to identify the subject and frequently used words to check if they are on target with their intended message. Have students find overused words in their own writing as part of lessons on word choice. Teachers could create and save a word cloud then share it as a visual prompt for students to work individually or in groups to identify words they know (and the definitions) as well as the words they are unfamiliar with. Create word clouds of passages or stories and allow students to guess the author, title, subject, or meaning of the story. Underscore motifs in literature by creating clouds of passages, especially poetry. Have students work together to make clouds of alternative ways to say "said" or "went" in story-writing to post in your classroom as a reference. Create word clouds of opinion passages to determine the bias of the author and possible reasons for that specific opinion. Make word cloud posters on health topics such as the potential health risks of smoking. Make word clouds of different food groups. Create higher order thinking activities by approaching text in a unique way.
Grades3 to 12
tag(s): olympics (48)
In the ClassroomShare these videos on an interactive whiteboard or projector, being sure to have student use the whiteboard tools as you pause the video so students can draw lines to illustrate forces and other concepts. Have student groups watch different videos and report back on the theoretical science AND the actual results from that sport, connecting the science concepts to the actual results they see in competition. Even younger students can benefit from the videos as an overview of more advanced concepts, provided you preview vocabulary, then stop and discuss more challenging words during the video. Your students will want the link to this site, so share it on your class web page. You can also embed the videos right in your web page, blog, or wiki. Have students write about the embedded piece, adding their own commentary of the actual Olympics based on the video.
Grades1 to 12
In the ClassroomUsers will need to create a free teacher account. Use this limited free account for 30 students and 15 activities at a time. Note that the account will be deleted after sixty days of inactivity. A Pro and Ultimate paid account is available.
Create student accounts and group profiles. Prepare activities and create permissions for them. Provide login data to students for access. Consider adding links to a website, blog, or wiki page for student access. Alternatively, create a group with anonymous access by creating activities with a web address. Note that statistics of individual student use are not available this way. Publish the web address on a site for access or print the activities for use in a class. The 5 sections of the site control all aspects: Students, Groups, Activities, Files, and Profile. Use the Student section to check results, delete a student, or edit a student account. Click "Add student" at the bottom to create student accounts. Create group access to activities, enable a group forum with the group space icon, or share information under the Group section. Click on "Add group" at the bottom to create a group. Personal access requires students added to your account. Anonymous access creates a class page that students access via URL. Create the group and the kubbu url to save. Create activities and quizzes in the Activities section. View statistics, set permissions, print, review, duplicate, or share activities in this section also. Click on "Add activity" and enter a title and set permissions including time limit, answer revealing, and instructions. Upload pictures and sound files in the Files section. Use these items in with the Composer activities. Change your information including login and password under the Profile section. Hover over any icon you are unsure of to view a description of the function. This is a very helpful resource of this site.
Material can be made public for others outside your class to use. Student information is not available for others to see. As teachers add students or create anonymous groups, this creates an ideal educational environment that is CIPPA compliant. Use a teacher site, blog, or wiki page to share links to created quizzes and other activities.
Create matching activities for many subject areas. Match synonyms, state or country capitals, definitions, terminology, and many others ideas. Create crosswords easily. Consider using student-created words and hints to be entered easily for practice and quizzing. Create student groups with each group working on a separate section of the chapter or unit. At the end, compile these crosswords and quizzes for a file of practice activities for all students. Keep a file of activities to be printed for substitute plans or extension activities.
Parent permission advised before posting student work created using this tool
Includes Interaction w general public/ public galleries with unmoderated content
Requires registration/log-in (WITH email)
Premium version (not free) includes additional features or storage
Products can be shared by URL
Includes teacher tools for registering and/or monitoring students
Grades4 to 12
In the ClassroomUse this site to check student understanding of topics being studied. Share this site and the activities on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have groups of students investigate various topics together. Students can use this site individually to check for understanding and additional practice. List this link on your class website for students to use for practice both in and out of the classroom.
Grades4 to 12
In the ClassroomView unidentified plants in order to classify, name, and enter information to help others. Create groups to find, photograph, and identify native plants to add to this database as part of a classification, botany, or my community unit. Use this site to determine where many plants are found, which can lead to discussions of climate zones, native and invasive plants, adaptations of plants, as well as uses of various plants in our living spaces.
GradesK to 8
In the ClassroomSave this site in your favorites on classroom computers and use it as a center. Students can focus on areas of strength or weakness on a math game day. Because this site offers multiple levels and activities for many topics, it is easy to differentiate for ability levels within your class. Include this site on your class web page for students and parents to access for home based skills practice. There is a LOT here to explore.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomThis site is great if you need some clever clipart to jazz up student handouts, classroom bulletin boards or PowerPoint/Keynote presentations. There is also web clipart that you can use for your blog, class webpage, or wiki. Interested in learning more about wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through. When using the clipart be sure to download to your computer first before inserting into an application. Copying it directly from the web site puts a black background behind your image. Have students use this site in science class (or other classes to explain concepts and create colorful projects. Have students create a Slidestory, reviewed here, to narrate a picture and describe what they have learned.
GradesK to 2
In the ClassroomThis site works really well with an interactive whiteboard or projector. Students can view the videos on the board and then play the games on the interactive board. The printables can be used by an entire class or for individual students who need skills reinforcement, and the books can be used as a center. The students have the choice of having the books read to them or reading on their own, so the site addresses the abilities of all students.
Grades4 to 12
In the ClassroomUse this resource to obtain information for future discussion of environmental or climate change. Students can write letters to the editor, blog posts, or reaction letters about the increase or decrease of various gases in the atmosphere. Research man made and environmental factors that contribute to the changes of the composition of these gases and present findings to the class. Discuss or debate current thoughts in atmosphere and climate science. Create a class wiki all about the atmosphere. Have students add their own comments as they research this site. Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through.
Grades2 to 12
In the ClassroomClick on "Lesson Plans for Teachers" to find great ways to use the site in your classroom. Share the activities on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Why not have cooperative learning groups create multimedia presentations about one of the topics at this site. Have students create nutrition infomercials and share them using a tool such as SchoolTube reviewed here. Click on each activity to review a teacher guide, look at more than one activity for the same topic, and view the answer key. Add playnormous games by clicking on "Linking to playnormous health games" to copy the embed code to place into your own site, wiki, or blog. This is a great link to include on your class website to educate families on nutrition. This embed feature can make these games a handy part of any class web site, during health units or any time!
Grades2 to 12
In the ClassroomAllow students to try the activities and collect the information learned for discussion in class. Create conventional or multimedia posters about nutritional facts that others may not be aware of. Use an online poster creator, such as Padlet (reviewed here) or Glogster, (reviewed here). Analyze current diets of students with what is recommended. Analyze commercials for foods for truth and untruth to learn to make good choices. Set goals for a nutrition campaign in your classroom.
Grades3 to 12
In the ClassroomUse this site for additional information in learning about healthy bodies. Create action plans and goals for increasing calcium intake and activities. Compile additional recipes to produce as a class either in written form or through a blog or wiki. Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through. Why not have cooperative learning groups explore specific topics presented at this site and create multimedia presentations. Create online books using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here.
Grades2 to 12
Since this site is user-contributed, they do make a caveat that "No guarantee is made on the results' accuracy. Do not use this tool when designing bridges or launching interplanetary probes."
tag(s): measurement (160)
In the ClassroomHave students use the converter to check their work after they make a valid attempt to convert their own measurements. Make sure students research the various forms of measurement when they see a new form that they do not know. Provide this link on your class website and save it on your own classroom computer's favorites! Have students use this site and work with a partner to create their own math word problems (relative to your current unit of study). Share the math problems on your class wiki. Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomUse the links on the left hand side to find videos on how to use some of the most popular and useful classroom sites around. Find something of use in the vast array available for viewing. The screencasts of the web 2.0 sites offer step by step instructions to help novice and intermediate users in their use in the classroom. Videos are organized into topics with multiple tools showcased in the segment. Find quick videos at the bottom of the page which highlight just one tool. Even teachers of very young students will find many of the tools explained helpful for their own use in creating learning materials, centers, etc.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomWith younger students, share life among penguins and have the students make observations from the webcams. Read the journals of the research to identify characteristics of the penguins as well as life needs. Compare this information to other animals living in the same area. Discuss similar, different, and overlapping niches. Have cooperative learning groups create interactive Venn diagrams using an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here).
Create food chains and webs. Discuss how change in the environment can change the ability of the penguin to adapt. Students can use the activity "Penguins under pressure" to determine how environmental change affects them. As part of a classification unit, explore the similarities and differences with other types of birds. As students read through the information, encourage creation of their own journal for recording specific information. Use the glossary of penguin terms to create stories of penguin life. Create a class wiki devoted to penguins. Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through.
Grades1 to 12
tag(s): moon (75)