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Smarter Cookie - Tess Brustein & Mike Gerson

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K to 12
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Smarter Cookie is an online video coaching and professional development platform for teachers. Sign up with your email and get an email back with a link to quick tips. Teachers ...more
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Smarter Cookie is an online video coaching and professional development platform for teachers. Sign up with your email and get an email back with a link to quick tips. Teachers upload videos along with a short description of the video content and the focus for feedback, and share with colleagues, mentors, or supervisors. Viewers then type in feedback that is time stamped to video content. Upload videos directly from your computer or through the app for an iOS device, and add lesson plans, worksheets or other desired files. Include a title, lesson objectives, and focus areas for feedback. Then send the video link via email to your intended audience. Be sure to visit Smarter Cookie's Resource Center for detailed instructions on how to use the site and all of the features. Upload unlimited videos of ten minutes or less and receive feedback from up to 5 colleagues with a free account.

tag(s): mentoring (12), preK (279), professional development (123)

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Use Smarter Cookie as part of your personalized professional development plan. Share videos with colleagues or supervisors as part of the evaluation process. Use with student teachers to provide specific feedback with lessons. You can upload unlimited videos; if 10 minutes is not enough, divide the video in half, and upload a "part 2".

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Sidekick - HubSpot

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Sidekick is a browser add-on that provides real-time notification of incoming emails. Sidekick will work with Outlook, Gmail, Hubspot, and salesforce.com. Install with one click (and...more
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Sidekick is a browser add-on that provides real-time notification of incoming emails. Sidekick will work with Outlook, Gmail, Hubspot, and salesforce.com. Install with one click (and your email address) using the button on the home page. You can find out when recipients open or click on your email. Keep track of how many times recipients open your email by clicking the appropriate box

tag(s): social networking (112)

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Use Sidekick to verify parents have seen email notifications, for sending emails to students, or for any other purpose when you want to ensure someone received your email. Trying to inform parents of upcoming events? See who has viewed the email to know which parents are aware.

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CurriConnects Book List - Solar System and Space - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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Launch into books about space and space exploration. Delve into black holes, or get to know famous astronomers. This list includes books at all levels from young "astronauts to be"...more
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Launch into books about space and space exploration. Delve into black holes, or get to know famous astronomers. This list includes books at all levels from young "astronauts to be" to high school space scholars. There are books at all interest and reading levels, so every student can reach for the stars. CurriConnects thematic book lists include ISBN numbers for ordering or searching, interest grade levels, ESL levels and Lexiles'® to match with student independent reading levels to challenge, not frustrate. Don't miss other CurriConnects themes being added regularly.

tag(s): scientists (68), solar system (119), space (205)

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Include this booklist as you count down to a unit on space so each student can do some personal exploration - and sharing with the class during the unit. Reading a book or two independently will help them will build "prior knowledge" and personal connections with the science concepts and give them more experience to bring to class discussions.

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Parent Toolkit - NBC News Education Nation and Pearson

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K to 12
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The Parent Toolkit provides an informative guide to child development from preK through High School. Choose from grade-level charts to view academic, health, and social guidelines with...more
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The Parent Toolkit provides an informative guide to child development from preK through High School. Choose from grade-level charts to view academic, health, and social guidelines with benchmarks and tips. Articles by noted experts offer up to date information and advice for parents and teachers of all grade levels. Don't forget to browse through the National Resources for local help with Mathematics and English, searchable by state.

tag(s): child development (25), learning styles (19), parent conferences (22), parents (56), preK (279), social skills (20)

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Share the Parent Toolkit with parents as an excellent resource for up to date information on education and parenting. Create a link to the appropriate grade level information on your class webpage to help parents understand developmental guidelines for their student. Share this site with colleagues during professional development to gain further understanding of academic and social grade level benchmarks.

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Your Life on Earth - BBC

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6 to 12
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We know our own lifetimes are but a tiny hiccup in the long history of the Earth. But what HAS happened since we were born? The BBC will tell you. ...more
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We know our own lifetimes are but a tiny hiccup in the long history of the Earth. But what HAS happened since we were born? The BBC will tell you. Simply enter your date of birth (using the day/month/year format) and some other information (you can choose either metric or Imperial/US measurement), and a wonderful series of charts appears! How many times has your heart beat? How old would you be on Venus? How has the Earth changed since you were born? How has humankind changed the Earth since you were born? How many volcanoes have erupted? What's happened to the sea levels? How many endangered species have become extinct? This site is created by the BBC (United Kingdom). American English speakers may notice some slights spelling differences. It is best viewed in Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer 10 and above.
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tag(s): climate change (64), earth (228), earth day (112), earthquakes (48), planets (123), writing prompts (92)

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Look at the various metrics based on your age to gain perspective on many science and history topics. Look at the impact of human behavior on the environment or at the "big picture" of what one human can do in a lifetime. Consider comparing the changes on Earth based on a student's age versus a teacher's age (if you're brave enough to tell!). You can also dial back the clock 100 years, but choose times in modern history for the comparison. Don't forget to use the dropdown menus on each chart for more information. For example, pick any planet to see how old you'd be there. Small groups of students could discuss and analyze different components of the site and present their findings to the larger class. Include this in math class as a way to apply multiplication formulas or conversions. Use observations on this site to spark blog posts of evidence-based writing. Have students make visual representations of their life on Earth as an infographic. To learn more about infographics in the classroom, see TeachersFirst's Now I See!.
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LunaPic - lunapic.com

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K to 12
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LunaPic is an easy to use, online photo editor that doesn't require registration. Upload your picture from any computer, website, or social media option to begin. Choose from many photo...more
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LunaPic is an easy to use, online photo editor that doesn't require registration. Upload your picture from any computer, website, or social media option to begin. Choose from many photo effect options such as red-eye removal, vintage, dark, or pencil strokes. Use options within each photo effect to create your desired image. There is even an effect to insert your picture as the image on a dollar bill! Choose from save options to save to your computer, email, or add to other sites.
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tag(s): editing (60), images (265), photography (160)

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Use this tool anytime photos need to be edited for use on class blogs, wikis, or sites. In primary grades, use this tool to edit pictures from a field trip, science experiments, and more. Share the editing process with your younger students on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Edit the project together! Encourage older students to use this tool on images for projects or presentations. Use it to edit pictures to match historic looking pictures for reports or to set a mood. Of course, you will want to require that students give proper credit for any starter image they obtain from copyright-safe (CC licensed) sources.

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Moo.do - Jay Meistrich and Grant Watters

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K to 12
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Organize YOUR way with Moo.do. Just begin typing to create lists. Mark to set priority options and highlight important text. Drag and drop items at any time to place ...more
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Organize YOUR way with Moo.do. Just begin typing to create lists. Mark to set priority options and highlight important text. Drag and drop items at any time to place in order. Use @date to automatically add items to your calendar and instantly add names from your contacts for email or phone access. Be sure to watch the video (requires YouTube) and follow tutorials to quickly learn how to organize your life with Moo.do. If your school blocks YouTube, you may want to view the tutorial at home.

tag(s): calendars (44), DAT device agnostic tool (196), organizational skills (122)

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Any student would appreciate having an online time/task management tool they can access anywhere, but learning support students and disorganized gifted students need one. If they are over 13 or have parent permission, this is perfect! You may want to model using this online tool to help middle and high school students learn better personal organization. Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector during the first week of school to help students set up their own accounts. Parents may appreciate learning about this site also. Use this site professionally to keep yourself organized! Make a demo account for a mythical student and organize it together so students can see how it works. Teachers in lower grades can use this tool for their own productivity.

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PixiClip - pixiclip.com

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K to 12
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PixiClip (currently in Beta) is an online whiteboard tool that allows you to record and share a drawing with optional audio or webcam accompaniment. Choose the Get Started or Create...more
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PixiClip (currently in Beta) is an online whiteboard tool that allows you to record and share a drawing with optional audio or webcam accompaniment. Choose the Get Started or Create a PixiClip button to begin and click on Start Doodling. You also have the option to record using the microphone or webcam link. Add color, text, draw, and upload images using the tool bar. When finished, choose Publish, options for privacy, and choices for showing the cursor during your clip. Create a free account to retain saved clips on the site. Share without an account to Facebook, Twitter, email, or using an embed code. You can save clips without an account by saving the URL, but these clips will be "public" for anyone with the URL to see.

tag(s): multimedia (57)

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Introduce this tool to students who are working on group projects. 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. Have them work through the problem together, noting all of their reasoning and steps of work along the way. Have them "turn in" their work by URL or post the URL on the class wiki to compare with others. Use PixiClip as a brainstorming or sketching space as groups share ideas for a major project or to solve a real world problem. Create a PixiClip using any image to demonstrate a concept such as labeling parts of a cell, identifying landforms, or more. Have very young students draw and narrate their drawings, such as describing the life cycle of a plant or even telling an animated story. They will need to plan a storyboard and practice first, but the resulting recordings would be wonderful digital writings! Embed resulting recordings on your class web page for students to view at home. Use this tool with an uploaded image in Art class to have students demonstrate understanding of design concepts as they narrate and explain how the eye "travels" through the image.

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ShowDocument - HBR Labs, LLC

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6 to 12
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ShowDocument is a web meeting and collaboration tool. Team members see other team members' screens. They can edit a document, add maps, review and annotate video clips, and even translate...more
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ShowDocument is a web meeting and collaboration tool. Team members see other team members' screens. They can edit a document, add maps, review and annotate video clips, and even translate conversations instantly in the chat. All of this makes it easy to create multimedia presentations. Free accounts allow 30 minute sessions and three people to work together. However, if invited to a ShowDocument meeting, you just need the code for entry. ShowDocument works both as a web tool and via an app for Android.
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tag(s): chat (51), multimedia (57), video (253)

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Use ShowDocument for literature activities, research projects, social studies, or science topics. Have students collaborate (online) to plan presentations, using this tool as a meeting space and a wiki page for their final product. Not comfortable with wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through. Use ShowDocument for literature circles to collaborate and to present their book to the class. Students can also use it on 1:1 or BYOD devices during class to collaborate on diagrams, brainstorms, or mind maps. This tool is perfect during snow days and school breaks. Have students work as partners or as a small team to complete complex math problems or equations. Have them work through it together, noting all of their reasoning and steps of work along the way. ShowDocument would be a great tool for gifted students (or any students) to collaborate with others outside of their class, even from other schools. It is simple enough for ANY student to figure out.

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CurriConnects Book List - Music and Musicians - TeachersFirst

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Dance to the beat with books about musicians, composers, and the way they make music. This list includes fiction and nonfiction books, as well as books about instruments and how ...more
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Dance to the beat with books about musicians, composers, and the way they make music. This list includes fiction and nonfiction books, as well as books about instruments and how they are made. Take note of music and the people who make it -- from long ago until today. This list includes books for ALL levels. CurriConnects thematic book lists include ISBN numbers for ordering or searching, interest grade levels, ESL levels and Lexiles''® to match with student independent reading levels to challenge, not frustrate. Don't miss other CurriConnects themes being added regularly.

tag(s): composers (21), music theory (42)

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Share this list with students (and parents) during Music in Your Schools Month (March) or even during a unit on sound in your science classes. Bring the Arts into STEM to make STEAM!

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Itten's Twelve Part Color Wheel - Thinking Woman Studios

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3 to 12
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Explore colors and the color wheel using this interactive. (You can turn off the music to concentrate better!) See primary colors, color schemes, and more visually -- along with text...more
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Explore colors and the color wheel using this interactive. (You can turn off the music to concentrate better!) See primary colors, color schemes, and more visually -- along with text explanations. There is a typo in the text-- can you find it? Small thumbnail images serve as examples of the various color schemes.

tag(s): colors (79), light (46), painting (66), psychology (64)

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This simple color wheel can launch many explorations and discussions, both scientific and artistic. Share this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector during an art lesson on color or during your unit on color and light in science class. With younger students, you can simply show the interrelationships among the colors. If you study perception during a science unit on the senses, include a discussion of color and how we relate to colors we see. Your visual-spatial students will respond to the science concepts of color in this "applied" artistic context. As an extension, have students investigate the physics of different colored light or the way the human eye vs. other species see color.
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Royalty Free Music - Kevin MacLeod

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3 to 12
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Royalty Free Music provides music in several genres for free download to your computer. Choose from genres such as African, Modern, or Soundtracks, as well as different "feels" such...more
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Royalty Free Music provides music in several genres for free download to your computer. Choose from genres such as African, Modern, or Soundtracks, as well as different "feels" such as humorous or intense to start your search. Each piece includes a short description including instruments, play time, and tempo. Listen to each selection before deciding to download. (Some also include a link to a "video" plays the tune with visual annotations). Choose the download button to save to your computer. Some selections also include a YouTube link for video viewing. Click the "More" button for complete credits and licensing information. Be sure to give proper credit when you use one of these downloads!
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tag(s): copyright (47), sound (100), sounds (68)

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You might want to share this site on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) before student use to demonstrate how to use the search and how to work around the many advertisements on the site. Play musical selections for students to "name the instrument" or talk about musical elements and styles in music class. Have partners explore the site to find examples of different rhythms or styles they prefer. Use Royalty Free Music for soft background music during quiet work times in your classroom. Share with students for use in multimedia presentations. Try sharing this resource with students when they are creating podcasts, slideshows, and other media projects. This would also be great for performance groups such as drama clubs or musicals that need background music. Use background music for poetry readings during poetry month. Have them try making a "sound rebus" story on your class wiki, with words and sound links to tell what happens. Download sound effects and add them, worry-free, to projects or productions. Make sure students realize that "royalty free" does not dismiss the need to give proper credit for their source!
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Behold - Alexei Yavlinsky

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5 to 12
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Behold is a search tool for high quality images on Flickr. It goes beyond typical search tools by looking beyond tags and filenames to find what is inside at the ...more
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Behold is a search tool for high quality images on Flickr. It goes beyond typical search tools by looking beyond tags and filenames to find what is inside at the pixel level. In addition to a keyword search, other filters allow you to find images licensed for free use, modification, or for commercial use. For a full overview of how to use Behold, click on the "About" link for video examples on using filters. Be sure to preview any searches/results that you plan to share with students. Flickr can have images of just about anything. You should also double check the Flickr image page for the image you choose to double verify that the license is what you sought (CC, for example). If the image owner changes the license after the image is indexed by Behold, the image may show in the wrong results.

tag(s): creative commons (21), images (265), photography (160)

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Use this tool to find high quality images for classroom projects. When using images on a web page or wiki, use ImageCodr reviewed here to correctly use and give proper credit. BOTH the image AND the licensing will be displayed. Post images as writing prompts, you-name-it science questions, or world language conversation starters, all from a simple Flickr image search! Use images as examples of design principles or art elements. Be sure students understand the different types of images available and use ones that are licensed correctly in their own media projects. Model use of this tool for using images from Flickr. To give image credit in a slide show or other media project, click to see the full image on Flickr, double check the license information, and copy the url for the Flickr page. Paste it into a credits are below the image on your slide. Of course, you will want to give (or subtract) points for the ethical use of images by giving proper credit.

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Geography Awareness Week - National Geographic

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Geography Awareness Week is an annual opportunity for families and schools to engage in educational experiences that draw attention to the importance of place and how we affect and...more
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Geography Awareness Week is an annual opportunity for families and schools to engage in educational experiences that draw attention to the importance of place and how we affect and are affected by it. Launched in 1987, this initiative is celebrated during the third week of November. The Awareness Week site offers support through lessons, activities, films, and print materials to spread the word in your community. Each year offers a different theme. Scroll down near the bottom of the home page to find links to free materials, information on local events, and information on how to register your event and receive free supplies to give away!

tag(s): globe (14), map skills (80), maps (288)

In the Classroom

Have older students pair up with a younger classroom to create and share events for Geography Awareness Week. Celebrate Geography Awareness Week in your classroom or school using supplies and resources provided on the website. View all of TeachersFirst's Editor's Choices for Geography Awareness Week here.

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Webnote - Tony Chang

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4 to 12
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Take "sticky notes" quickly and easily -- wherever you have a web browser available. Just name your workspace and load the page. There is no sign-in or registration. Click on ...more
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Take "sticky notes" quickly and easily -- wherever you have a web browser available. Just name your workspace and load the page. There is no sign-in or registration. Click on the yellow square (upper left corner) to create a sticky note. Double click on the note to write text. Change the color to visually organize notes. Click on the disk icon to save. Wait... there is more... you can store pictures, give presentations, use it for real-time collaboration, or simply make a to-do list. Just save the URL to share with friends and co-workers or to go back and revise. Check out the "Hint" page to learn how you can add HTML code to link to another website, how to move all notes of one color at the same time, and much more. This site looks simple, but it is quite powerful.

tag(s): brainstorming (23), note taking (32), organizational skills (122), writing (358)

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Use a Webnote to collaborate when collecting ideas, brainstorming, and more. There are many classroom uses for electronic note taking. Science and math students can jot down the steps or reminders of what they did in a lab or math problem. History students can take notes on the text they are reading. Students in all subjects can take notes for a test or create questions for a test on Webnote. Language Arts students can keep track of characters in a novel and write responses as they read. Writing students can use this tool as a place to jot down ideas or first drafts. Make sure your students COPY and save the url to their own webnotes. They can "tun them in" to you by url or share them with classmates. Have the next student add notes in a different color, perhaps arguing or elaborating on some of the original notes.

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Blobs.org - Tim Sheppard

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8 to 12
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Blobs.org provides user-friendly scientific explanations using illustrations and a friendly, down to earth tone. Click Resources to view and sort articles by topics from basic science...more
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Blobs.org provides user-friendly scientific explanations using illustrations and a friendly, down to earth tone. Click Resources to view and sort articles by topics from basic science through medical science. Sort the article list alphabetically or by difficulty levels 1 through 4. Each article includes illustrations and several sub-sections with more in-depth information. Articles are heavily text-based.

tag(s): acids and bases (11), atoms (55), cells (102), density (20), heart (42), human body (120), mass (23), molecules (43), volume (45)

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Share information from Blobs.org on your interactive whiteboard to introduce science units. This site is excellent for enrichment or for practice with informational text in science. Include it on your class web page for students to access both in and out of class. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here or Venngage reviewed here. Have students create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from this site using a tool such as Wordle (reviewed here) or WordItOut (reviewed here).

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Down the Drain Project - The Center for Innovation in Science and Engineering

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Down the Drain is a free Internet-based collaborative project that has classes around the world share and compare their water consumption. For a detailed explanation, visit the New...more
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Down the Drain is a free Internet-based collaborative project that has classes around the world share and compare their water consumption. For a detailed explanation, visit the New to the Project link. The project includes a hypothesis, prediction, data collection, and comparing results. The data collection period lasts one week. There is a link for Student Activities. The Teacher Guide link offers an overview of the project, publishing policy information, and extension activities. The project says it is designed for grades 4-8 but can be used in upper grades, as well.

tag(s): environment (317), recycling (57), water (130)

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Bring problem-based learning into your classroom and share the results globally. Encourage multiple classrooms or schools in your area to participate. Extend the project by having collaborative groups find water saving ideas to employ in school, at home, or in the community. Find ways to share results locally in newspapers or news channels to encourage community involvement. Present findings with a variety of multimedia: PowerPoint, Prezi, reviewed here, video, podOmatic podcast, reviewed here, artwork, poetry, or song.

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Holt Interactive Graphic Organizers - Holt

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2 to 12
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Interactive Graphic Organizers help to gather thoughts, visualize, understand, or organize. Find interactive graphic organizers from categories such as identifying/organizing details,...more
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Interactive Graphic Organizers help to gather thoughts, visualize, understand, or organize. Find interactive graphic organizers from categories such as identifying/organizing details, order and sequence, cause and effect, process diagrams, persuasive position support, vocabulary, and many others. The selected organizer will download in PDF format. The features of the form are: interactive form fields, highlighting, adding mark-up, commenting, and saving it all. Find accompanying teaching notes for each organizer by clicking on the link in the paragraph at the top of the page. The teacher guide has detailed lessons and suggested uses.

tag(s): concept mapping (22), graphic organizers (43)

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Mark this site on your class web page, put it on your task bar, and add to all student computers. Demonstrate by using and creating your customized graphic organizer. Turn it into PDF format and save or print. Get students in the habit of using graphic organizers to improve achievement, organization, and details.
 This resource requires PDF reader software like Adobe Acrobat.

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MergeFil.es - mergefil.es

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K to 12
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Merge multiple file formats into one format easily and quickly with Mergefil.es; merge from your computer or Google Drive. Formats supported include PDF, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS...more
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Merge multiple file formats into one format easily and quickly with Mergefil.es; merge from your computer or Google Drive. Formats supported include PDF, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Excel, images, html, and/or .txt files. After uploading files, choose the target format for your merged file: PDF, MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, or audio file. Within just a few moments, your finished document will be available for download and use. Merged files created using the free version will contain the site's watermark, obscuring some of the information.
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tag(s): worksheets (59)

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Use MergeFil.es to easily combine documents for viewing in one format. Combine lesson plans for a complete unit including handouts, worksheets, and more. Create a quick PowerPoint presentation by combining several different file formats. Ever find terrific activity sheets, but they need tweaking to make them work for your classes? This tool helps save time by allowing you to edit PDF files in Word to avoid reinventing the wheel; be aware of copyrighted materials. Science teachers can take lab activities and refine questions or add instructions as needed for their classrooms. English teachers can add standardized test prompts to preexisting general worksheets to tailor the activity to suit their state's testing needs. Mergefil.es is a helpful tool for students entering contests or completing applications offered only in PDF form.
  This resource requires Adobe Flash and PDF reader software like Adobe Acrobat.

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Raindrop.io - Mussabekov Rustem

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Raindrop.io is a smart bookmarking tool to "collect" online and media content. It is available as a mobile app, as a web tool, and as a browser extension for Safari, ...more
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Raindrop.io is a smart bookmarking tool to "collect" online and media content. It is available as a mobile app, as a web tool, and as a browser extension for Safari, Chrome, Opera, or Firefox. After adding the extension to your browser, a couple of clicks saves and organizes content into thematic collections. Collections can include videos and other content. Watch the tour videos to see how it works. Add tags, and drag and drop bookmarks between collections as you wish. Browse your collections using the search bar and keywords. Use Raindrop's social networking feature to create and share collections or find and subscribe to others' collections. Receive a weekly email digest of your bookmarks, or turn that feature off.
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tag(s): bookmarks (60), DAT device agnostic tool (196), organizational skills (122)

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Use Raindrop.io to create a bank of resources to use for each content unit within your subject or your class. Have students download and use the materials you provide via Raindrop to make their own projects, complete webquests, or to learn independently. Create a separate class account for students to curate their own lists of bookmarks and resources. Use this tool to compile web treasure hunts to learn or introduce any topic within your content area. Collect links to informational texts for students to read "closely" a la CCSS. With younger students, create collections of audio books for children to view and listen to. Share simple interactives teaching colors, numbers and more for a computer center. Have students create their own Raindrop as a place to store links for a project. Share a link to your Raindrop on your class webpage. Save pictures of class activities with a Raindrop collection to share with parents. Encourage your gifted students to curate collections of media and articles above the level of current curriculum or for individual research on related topics they are interested in. Share these "advanced" collections with all students to spark personal learning.

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