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Year-End Roundup, 2016-2017: Questions for Writing and Discussion - New York Times/The Learning Network

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7 to 12
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The Year-End Roundup includes 179 questions asked by the New York Times Learning Network between September 2016 and June 2017. Each prompt promotes discussion on current events appropriate...more
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The Year-End Roundup includes 179 questions asked by the New York Times Learning Network between September 2016 and June 2017. Each prompt promotes discussion on current events appropriate for students 13 years and older. Choose the link to any question to read a short article with background information and suggested points to consider. Download the complete list in a PDF form for easy reference; however, this form doesn't include links to the articles and additional information.

tag(s): debate (45), persuasive writing (57), process writing (47), writers workshop (33), writing (369)

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Bookmark and save this site as a resource for writing prompts, current events discussions, or as a springboard to debate topics. Before writing, encourage students to research their topic and take notes. Use an online note-taking site like Google Keep, reviewed here, to save and share notes. Have students share their completed projects in a blog and ask for feedback from their peers using Telegra.ph, reviewed here. There is no registration with Telegra.ph and you just click on an icon to upload images from your computer, add a YouTube or Vimeo, or Twitter links. Take completed writing projects one step further and ask students to create a Story Map, reviewed here. Story Map offers the ability to tell a story through interactive maps including video, images, and more.
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Beautiful Audio Editor - Creative Tools

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K to 12
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Beautiful Audio is an in-browser audio editor that works with Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Use the editor to import or record audio files to edit. Use the toolbar to ...more
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Beautiful Audio is an in-browser audio editor that works with Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Use the editor to import or record audio files to edit. Use the toolbar to add effects, drag and reorder audio, and split or delete sections of your file. Easily save completed projects to Google Drive or your computer. Be sure to visit the "Docs" section of this site for an overview of available features. Beautiful Audio recommends using the editor for files under 300mb or 45 minutes in length to avoid crashes leading to project failures.

tag(s): editing (71)

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Record your class singing or reading their compositions to share with parents on your website or blog. Record and edit sound to be included with PowerPoint presentations. Use with a creative writing project to record stories for selected images. Share with students to use with multimedia projects to create background audio or original audio presentations. View the features of the site on your interactive whiteboard together with your older students, then allow them time to explore and experiment with the available features. Instead of having students share a written speech as an oral presentation, ask them to use Beautiful Audio to record their presentation and add original features to the soundtrack. Include this recording as part of a multimedia presentation using a site like Sway, reviewed here. Sway offers tools to create interactive presentations available for all devices.
 

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MrOwl - Arvind Raichur

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6 to 12
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Organize, search, and share information with MrOwl. Use this site to build "branches" with information useful to you. Add links, photos, and videos to your branches, then share with...more
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Organize, search, and share information with MrOwl. Use this site to build "branches" with information useful to you. Add links, photos, and videos to your branches, then share with others through social media. Search the site to find branches created by others and grab them to save in your account.

tag(s): bookmarks (67), organizational skills (129)

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Use MrOwl to organize and save resources for all classroom content. Have students create and share branches with resources used in research projects. Share with students as a way to organize information for review of any content.

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Chaparral Biome - Blue Planet Biomes

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3 to 12
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Visit this site to learn more about the chaparral biome. Choose from links on the page to learn about the animals, plants, locations, and climate in this biome which is ...more
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Visit this site to learn more about the chaparral biome. Choose from links on the page to learn about the animals, plants, locations, and climate in this biome which is found on most in continents. Be sure to check out this site for an excellent starting point to learn about one of the world's lesser-known biomes.
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tag(s): animal homes (57), biomes (117), habitats (90), plants (166)

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Include this site with your biome unit. Be sure to check out TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit. This is an online research project for elementary and middle school students.

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Biomes of the World - Arizona State University School of Life Sciences

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Explore and learn about biomes through this interactive resource from the biologists at Arizona State University. Choose a particular biome to read and listen to information describing...more
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Explore and learn about biomes through this interactive resource from the biologists at Arizona State University. Choose a particular biome to read and listen to information describing the definition and characteristics of the biome. The show/hide words portion of each section provides definitions of vocabulary included in each part of the site. Other information on the site includes worksheets and coloring pages to print.

tag(s): biomes (117), deserts (15), forests (28), oceans (161), rainforests (15), rivers (25), tundra (16)

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Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts describing each different biome using the scientist's audio from the site as a model. Use a site such as Podcast Generator, reviewed here. Have students use a mapping tool such as Zeemaps, reviewed here, to create a map of biomes from around the world (or country) with audio stories and pictures included!
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How to Deliver a World Class Presentation - Malcolm Andrews

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Does giving a presentation make you nervous? Perhaps you envy those who make presenting look easy? This infographic packed with tips and advice provides solutions to everyday concerns...more
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Does giving a presentation make you nervous? Perhaps you envy those who make presenting look easy? This infographic packed with tips and advice provides solutions to everyday concerns about speaking in public. Scroll through to find common problems and how to address them. Other information includes planning, preparation, and delivery tips for getting the most out of any presentation.
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tag(s): infographics (48), speaking (26), speeches (19)

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Share this infographic with students before class presentations. Include it on your website for reference throughout the year. After class presentations, have students reflect on what they learned through the speech creating and presenting process and ask them to think about what they would do differently next time. Ask students to write a rough draft script for what they want to say (be sure to have them state what they would do differently next time). Then use a tool such as Recap, reviewed here, or Flipgrid One, reviewed here. Recap and Flipgrid One are video response and reflection tools. This wrap-up for your assignment will help students internalize what they've learned about giving a presentation. Challenge students to create an infographic for something they do well academically, i.e. test taking and studying, writing up labs or research reports, etc. Use a tool such as Infogram, reviewed here, or Piktochart, reviewed here.

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Top 10 Animal Adaptations - Animal Planet

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This slideshow takes viewers through a list of 10 animal adaptations beginning with living in communities and ending with nest parasitism (using another species' nest for laying eggs)....more
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This slideshow takes viewers through a list of 10 animal adaptations beginning with living in communities and ending with nest parasitism (using another species' nest for laying eggs). Each slide contains a short description of the adaptation.
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tag(s): adaptations (18), animal homes (57), animals (309)

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Include this slideshow with any unit on animals. Create an online bulletin board using Padlet, reviewed here. Add a column to your Padlet for each adaptation and ask students to add animals to each category of adaptation. Ask students to create reports on animals and their adaptations, then use Flipsnack, reviewed here, to turn their PDFs into an online book. There is even a page-turning effect! If you only have a word doc or image use PDFaid, reviewed here, to convert them to PDF format.

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Biome Challenge - Diana Dell

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Test your knowledge of biomes with this 12 question quiz. The quiz begins with a question with a $500 value and moves up in difficulty to the final question worth ...more
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Test your knowledge of biomes with this 12 question quiz. The quiz begins with a question with a $500 value and moves up in difficulty to the final question worth $1,000,000. Use the three hints provided with each question, if needed, to choose the correct response from the four provided options.

tag(s): assessment (113), biomes (117), ecosystems (88)

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Use this site as either an activator to assess how much students know about biomes, OR as a review tool assessing what needs practice before an exam. Have students complete the activity individually on classroom computers, either simultaneously - or as a learning center or station. Be sure to post the site on your teacher wiki or webpage too, allowing students to review before an assessment both in and out of the classroom. Have students create their own quizzes using Quia or another quiz creation site such as Bamboozle, reviewed here.
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Biomes Jeopardy Review Game - SuperTeacherTools

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Review information about biomes with this Jeopardy-style game. Play using different options for teams or individuals. Choose the play live option to receive a code to join a game or...more
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Review information about biomes with this Jeopardy-style game. Play using different options for teams or individuals. Choose the play live option to receive a code to join a game or play directly from the game board by clicking on question and dollar amount options.
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tag(s): assessment (113), biomes (117), game based learning (128)

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Use this game as a quick assessment of prior knowledge at the beginning of your biome unit. Share a link on classroom computers and your website for students to play on their own to review concepts. Have students create their own Jeopardy game using Jeopardy Labs, reviewed here, to share and review facts before a unit test on any topic.

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Virtual Lab: Ecosystems, Organisms, and Trophic Levels - Glencoe

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4 to 12
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Explore biomes and ecosystems in this virtual lab while seeking out various organisms found in each environment. Go further in the exploration to answer field observation questions...more
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Explore biomes and ecosystems in this virtual lab while seeking out various organisms found in each environment. Go further in the exploration to answer field observation questions seeking relationships between inhabitants of the ecosystems. Begin research by choosing a biome, then clicking on an organism. Earn points for correct answers throughout the lab. Be sure to check out the journal including descriptions and information about the inhabitants of each biome.

tag(s): animal homes (57), animals (309), biomes (117), ecology (139), ecosystems (88)

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Add this virtual lab to your biome and ecosystem unit resources. Have students explore the site as part of a science center or on their own as part of a flipped lesson. Ask students to choose one biome to explore in depth, and then share locations of these biomes around the world using Google Earth, reviewed here. Challenge students to create an annotated image of that biome or ecosystem including text boxes and related links using a tool such as ThingLink, reviewed here. Have them color-code the text or sources where they learned new or different information about the biome they explored.
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kudoswall - Nikhil Vootkur and Jag Vootkur

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K to 12
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kudoswall is a free online portfolio-building tool. Upload images to document accomplishments, talents, and experiences. Add and sort information into categories documenting sports,...more
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kudoswall is a free online portfolio-building tool. Upload images to document accomplishments, talents, and experiences. Add and sort information into categories documenting sports, academic, volunteer, or other topics. kudoswall automatically creates a portfolio for sharing or updating at any time.

tag(s): assessment (113), classroom management (157), portfolios (35)

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Record classroom activities and student learning with photos or written anecdotes. Show students how to create a portfolio, then document their learning and make comments in their portfolio. Share portfolios with parents, not just at conference time, but anytime the student portfolio is updated to keep parents in the loop.

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WordMint - Nathaniel Story

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K to 12
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Create crossword puzzles, word searches, and bingo cards quickly with WordMint. Create your free account to begin, then choose an activity to set up and enter terms. When finished,...more
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Create crossword puzzles, word searches, and bingo cards quickly with WordMint. Create your free account to begin, then choose an activity to set up and enter terms. When finished, print and save your puzzle including an answer key and student copies. WordMint also contains an extensive database of already made word searches and puzzles that don't require registration to use, find the links to them at the bottom of the home page.

tag(s): crosswords (20), puzzles (203)

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Create puzzles and activities to review spelling or vocabulary terms. Create bingo cards and use as an introduction to new concepts. Share a link to this site on your class website for students to create their own puzzles for review at home.
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Genes to Cognition - Cold Spring Harbor Labratory and DNA Learning Center

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Genes to Cognition is an interactive focusing on neuroscience, specifically cognitive disorders and processes. Select an area to begin exploring topics including autism, ADHD, and depression....more
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Genes to Cognition is an interactive focusing on neuroscience, specifically cognitive disorders and processes. Select an area to begin exploring topics including autism, ADHD, and depression. Each item opens up to a web of information to explore further. Information is color-coded to make searching for specific items easier for you. Be sure to also check out additional features on this site including a 3-D brain and teacher features with classroom-related materials correlated to science and psychology standards.

tag(s): adhd (30), autism (20), brain (70), cells (104), genetics (94), psychology (67)

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When discussing cognitive disorders, use this resource first to obtain information. Be sure to explore the tools to understand how different subsets have an impact on other sets. Include this site when discussing anatomy and physiology, disorders that have an environmental and genetic component, and when discussing reactions within the body.
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LOOPY - Nick Case

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LOOPY is a drawing tool for thinking in systems and experimenting with simulations. Play with examples of basic ecology, depression & anxiety, or automation & job loss to get a ...more
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LOOPY is a drawing tool for thinking in systems and experimenting with simulations. Play with examples of basic ecology, depression & anxiety, or automation & job loss to get a feel for the features of LOOPY. View tutorials for modifying existing models or create your own from scratch. When finished, share with the URL or embed code.

tag(s): drawing (84), gifted (90)

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Share LOOPY with students then have them explore the features included on the shared models. LOOPY would work well in classes with gifted students as an exploration project of different cause and effect relationship influences. Use the embed code to share student examples and explanations on your class website.

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Discovery Education Virtual Field Trips - Discovery Education

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K to 12
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Travel to the world's most amazing places whenever you like with Discovery Education's Virtual Field Trips, no chaperones or payment required! Explore the archives by subject, grade...more
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Travel to the world's most amazing places whenever you like with Discovery Education's Virtual Field Trips, no chaperones or payment required! Explore the archives by subject, grade level, or theme to view all available experiences. The virtual field trips include a video along with lesson plans and additional resources to download. Some videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): agriculture (59), animals (309), careers (139), constitution (87), design (95), energy (207), england (55), explorers (64), holocaust (41), lincoln (86), nutrition (155), pi (30), planets (128), shakespeare (104), spain (8), STEM (168), virtual field trips (52), weather (197)

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Immerse your students into your studies with a close-up in-depth look through virtual field trips. Visit places where time, money, and mileage inhibit your dreams for bringing your students into wondrous worlds. Find ways to visit where your class has never gone before. Find ways to motivate your most reluctant learners. ESL/ELL learners will appreciate the visit. Reach all types of learners through a class visit. Use field trips as a whole class anticipatory guide, a center activity, a home connection, or even as extra credit. Challenge your gifted students to be guides in their own learning by choosing topics of interest. Then ask these students to share research findings in a video with discussion questions to go with the research and with links to outside resources using a tool such as Rooclick, reviewed here. Be sure students create a script to read from before beginning to produce their own video.
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Pickit - Microsoft

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Pickit is a computer add-on providing royalty-free images and icons for use in Microsoft applications. Photos integrate seamlessly into PowerPoint, Sway, Word, and Windows 10. Select...more
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Pickit is a computer add-on providing royalty-free images and icons for use in Microsoft applications. Photos integrate seamlessly into PowerPoint, Sway, Word, and Windows 10. Select the download for Windows 10 or the Windows app to begin and follow directions to access the free plan.

tag(s): images (274)

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Use Pickit in your Microsoft classroom as a resource for free images for presentations, reports, and writing projects. Once downloaded, share with students how to access and find images. Use images to add interest to your class website, newsletters, and more.

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Anchor - Michael Mignano and Nir Zicherman

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Turn audio into a podcast using any device with Anchor. Add songs from Apple Music or Spotify, upload audio from your computer, or record your voice to create your podcast. ...more
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Turn audio into a podcast using any device with Anchor. Add songs from Apple Music or Spotify, upload audio from your computer, or record your voice to create your podcast. Choose a name when finished, then upload your content as a finished podcast. For ideas on what to include in your podcast, listen to Anchor podcasts shared on the site by Anchor users.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (177), podcasts (59)

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Create regular or special podcasts to share on your class web page or wiki. Looking for even more ideas? Record class assignments or directions. Record story time or a reading excerpt for younger ones to listen to at a computer center AND from home! Have readers (perhaps older buddies) build fluency by recording selected passages for your non-readers. Launch a service project for your fifth or sixth graders to record stories for the kindergarten to use in their reading and listening center. Challenge students to create "you are there" recordings as "eyewitnesses" to historical or current events. Make a weekly class podcast, with students taking turns writing and sharing the "Class News," encourage students to create radio advertisements for concepts studied in class (Buy Dynamic DNA!). Invite students to write and record their own stories or poetry in dramatic readings. Language students or beginning readers could record their fluency by reading passages. Allow parents to hear their child's progress reading aloud, etc. Compare world language, speech articulation, or reading fluency at two points during the year. Challenge your Shakespeare students to record a soliloquy. Write and record a poem for Father's or Mother's Day (or other special events) and send the URL as a gift to that special person. If you have gifted students who lean toward the dramatic, this tool is simple enough for them to create dramatic mini-casts without needing any additional tools.

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QuizPedia - Stephan Stephensen

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6 to 12
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Create and play your own quizzes with QuizPedia's straightforward and customizable design. Play quizzes without registration or register to create and save your own quizzes. Follow...more
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Create and play your own quizzes with QuizPedia's straightforward and customizable design. Play quizzes without registration or register to create and save your own quizzes. Follow the steps to create your quiz on any device. QuizPedia's format allows the use of images as an option for both questions and responses. Additional options let you set the time quizzes are active or set rules for visibility options.

tag(s): assessment (113), DAT device agnostic tool (177), game based learning (128), gamification (81), quizzes (102)

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Pretest students and allow them to "test out" of material they already know. Learning support teachers will want their students to create their own QuizPedia sets for practice and review of any material. Create your own sets of quizzes, or let students do the work for themselves and each other. Take advantage of quizzes previously developed and available to share with students on your class website. Allow students to create a quiz for other students to take following class presentations and reports.

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Sketchboard - sketchboard.io

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K to 12
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Sketchboard is an online collaborative whiteboard tool that contains unlimited drawing space. The free plan allows up to 5 users, three private boards, and unlimited public boards....more
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Sketchboard is an online collaborative whiteboard tool that contains unlimited drawing space. The free plan allows up to 5 users, three private boards, and unlimited public boards. View the 3 step tutorial to learn how to add features and use the included features. Easily share your board with other participants using the provided link.

tag(s): drawing (84), iwb (33), painting (67)

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Allow students to create collaborative drawings as responses to literature. They can map out the plot or themes, add labels, create character studies, and more. Share the finished products on an interactive whiteboard, projector, or your class website. Have a group of students create a drawing so that another group can use it as a writing prompt. Use a board as a brainstorming or sketching space as groups (or the class) share ideas for a major project or for solving a real-world problem. Use this site with students in a computer lab (or on laptops) to create a drawing of the setting in a story as it is read aloud. As an assessment idea, have students draw out a simple cartoon with stick figures to explain a more complex process such as how democracy works. If you are lucky enough to teach in a BYOD setting, use Sketchboard to demonstrate and illustrate any concept while students use the chat and drawing tools to interact in real time. If you are studying weather, have students diagram the layers of the atmosphere and what happens during a thunderstorm, for example. Introduce this tool to students who are working on group projects. Alternatively, have students use this to work as partners or as a small team to complete complex math problems or equations. Give students a problem by typing it on their board.

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Sploder - Geoff P. Gaudreault

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5 to 12
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Design and play online games at Sploder. Register on the site to save and share your creations; however, registration isn't required to play games. Choose from four different game options...more
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Design and play online games at Sploder. Register on the site to save and share your creations; however, registration isn't required to play games. Choose from four different game options to create games without any coding skills. Scroll down on the home page to select games by topic including two-player games and girl games.

tag(s): game based learning (128), gamification (81)

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Show Sploder to students who love to play games as an excellent source for creating their own games. Ask them to create educational games for classroom topics such as identifying parts of speech or multiples of numbers. Share a link to games on your class website for review.

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