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PicMonkey - PicMonkey

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K to 12
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Use this free and simple tool to edit your photographs. Find tools including: crop, rotate, exposure changes, color adjustment, resizing, and sharpening/blurring. Use other included...more
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Use this free and simple tool to edit your photographs. Find tools including: crop, rotate, exposure changes, color adjustment, resizing, and sharpening/blurring. Use other included effects such as touch up and blemish removal. Add text and include overlays and borders on the photo. The all important Undo button is also useful. Upload your picture, edit and manipulate it, then re-save back to your computer.
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tag(s): images (265), photography (160)

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

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Famous Scientists - famousscientists.org

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6 to 12
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Know your Einstein from your Eddington with this informative site that profiles some of the greatest scientists. Learn about their contributions to science and society and how their...more
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Know your Einstein from your Eddington with this informative site that profiles some of the greatest scientists. Learn about their contributions to science and society and how their discoveries affect us today. Don't click on the underlined words; this does NOT provide definitions. Instead it brings up advertisements.
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tag(s): inventors and inventions (101), scientists (68)

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

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

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

tag(s): assessment (99), behavior (46), classroom management (134), commoncore (92), differentiation (47), inquiry (37), newbies (18), professional development (123), rhythm (20), substitutes (21), video (253)

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

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

tag(s): quizzes (97), word study (80), worksheets (59)

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

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3 to 12
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EasyBib, the automatic bibliography and citation maker, instantly creates and formats citations for your sources in MLA format. Cite websites, books, newspapers, journals, and data...more
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EasyBib, the automatic bibliography and citation maker, instantly creates and formats citations for your sources in MLA format. Cite websites, books, newspapers, journals, and data bases correctly in seconds. All you have to do is enter your website URL, or the title or ISBN number of the book, journal, etc. in the form. You can copy/paste citations from Easy Bib into a document to create your works cited list. You will need to alphabetize the citations yourself. The paid version offers APA and Chicago/Turabian style and additional features. Pick up the latest tips and tricks in their research guide. Review the writing and citation process in an instant. and review citation rules for various styles using the reference guides.
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tag(s): citations (34)

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

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Useful charts - UsefulCharts Publishing

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5 to 12
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Find hundreds of useful charts and diagrams that illustrate philosophy, english, history, science, current events, and more for free, online viewing. You will find PDFs, posters, timelines,...more
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Find hundreds of useful charts and diagrams that illustrate philosophy, english, history, science, current events, and more for free, online viewing. You will find PDFs, posters, timelines, etc. Learn about topics such as: Most Famous Paintings, World Leaders Timeline, Muppet Voices Chart, New Seven Wonders, Human Evolution Timeline, and more. General "subjects" include Social Studies Charts, Most Popular Charts, Psychology Charts, Philosophy & Religion Charts, English Charts, Science Charts, and many others! The site is selling charts and downloads, but you can view the site for FREE. Zoom in to see details using the View menu in your web browser or touchpad zooming on Macs.
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tag(s): art history (69), charts and graphs (195), grammar (216), multiple intelligences (11), myths and legends (25), poetry (227), politics (99), psychology (64), religions (61), solar system (119), space (205), timelines (62)

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

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Rhymenlearn - The World's Greatest Math and Science Rap - Rhyme 'n Learn Records, LLC

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7 to 12
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Rhymenlearn offers twenty-five "squeaky clean" math and science rap videos about a variety of topics. They are constantly adding to this site, so you will probably find even more than...more
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Rhymenlearn offers twenty-five "squeaky clean" math and science rap videos about a variety of topics. They are constantly adding to this site, so you will probably find even more than twenty-five! Sort by math or science using the tabs at the top. Subtitles are given along with the YouTube video. These videos are perfect for the classroom. While seeing a Heart Rap or Pi Rap may make you giggle, many learn best from hearing words to music. These are simple to understand and include many words and diagrams.You can also sign up for more free math and science raps with your email (no SPAM). YouTube videos use Flash. If your school blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here to download the videos from YouTube.
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tag(s): acids and bases (11), angles (88), atoms (55), body systems (57), brain (72), cells (102), chemicals (40), differentiation (47), dna (69), equations (155), fractions (239), heart (42), human body (120), number lines (22), percent (82), photosynthesis (33), probability (130), pythagorean theorem (35), quadratics (32), ratios (53), songs (52), statistics (122), video (253)

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Use these videos to introduce or reinforce topics. Though corny, they are catchy and can help students learn and retain concepts. Provide this link on your class website for students to use as a review at home. If you don't want students to access the entire site, you may want to provide the URL directly to the specific video. Consider having your class create simple videos or songs that help other students learn various topics. share the videos on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here.
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iBioSeminars - iBioSeminars

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10 to 12
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iBioSeminars features lectures and videos about biology, ecology, health (and more) that begin with broad introductions and progress to specific research. Most videos require QuickTime....more
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iBioSeminars features lectures and videos about biology, ecology, health (and more) that begin with broad introductions and progress to specific research. Most videos require QuickTime. Search by top picks or category. You can also try entering a biology term in the search box. Click on Teaching Tools to find related materials for use with the lectures. Many lectures are as long as an hour. Don't miss the "short clips" menu for videos more applicable in high school settings. Subtitles in English, Spanish, and French are also available. You can subscribe to the lectures using iTunesU. There is also a link to view the video clips on YouTube.

tag(s): cells (102), ecology (135), energy (197), evolution (100), medicine (67)

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Use iBioSeminars to bring the human side of biological research to the classroom. Use the lectures as an introduction to a biology concept or when connecting the topic to students' everyday lives. Share the video clips on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Save this in your favorites as a possible tool for substitutes to share with the class (if the topic is applicable). Use this site along with other related sites for students to pick from when assigning current events in your science class. Challenge students to familiarize themselves with a topic by watching a video and then have cooperative learning groups create a multimedia presentation to share with the class using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.

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Explore Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emmissions - EPA

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7 to 12
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Confused about climate change and the evaluation of the data? View this free site from the EPA that compiles current greenhouse gas emissions data into an interactive map. This site...more
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Confused about climate change and the evaluation of the data? View this free site from the EPA that compiles current greenhouse gas emissions data into an interactive map. This site visualizes the biggest emitters. Included are polluters of more than 25,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide a year. Unfortunately, not shown in the data are the smaller polluters. When using the site, keep in mind that polluters like transportation, residential, or agricultural sources are missing. This tool is useful for looking at how industry and power contribute to climate change, and which type of fuel source (coal provides 50%) provides power generation. Click on the US map and then specific blue circles (the numbers inside represent the total number of facilities) to zoom in and find the list of facilities in the left navigation panel. Clicking on each facility brings up the data of emissions. Search by specific gas emission (carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, or methane). Change the overall view by list, map, or graph to customize how best students view the data.

tag(s): carbon dioxide (17), climate change (64), fossil fuels (18)

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Use this site during a unit on pollution. First be sure to discuss what combustion is. Choose facilities found within your state to investigate. Compare similar facilities across various states to compare emissions. Have students or groups compare by facility type (especially different types of power generation) then research the type of fuel used to determine the different emissions. Research how emissions compare to the driving of automobiles and the use of agriculture. Research the types of changes and alternatives that could change these numbers. Have students make simple infographics to show comparisons and conclusions. Try using a tool such as Venngage, reviewed here.

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PictoBrowser - Diego Bauducco

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

tag(s): images (265), slides (63)

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

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Phrasr - Pimpampum.net

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

tag(s): figurative language (16), images (265), phrases (6), poetry (227)

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

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Royalty Free Music & Songs - Dan-O

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K to 12
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Danosongs.com provides royalty free music for many different purposes as long as you give credit where it is due: Music by Dan-O at DanoSongs.com. Dan creates music, posts to this ...more
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Danosongs.com provides royalty free music for many different purposes as long as you give credit where it is due: Music by Dan-O at DanoSongs.com. Dan creates music, posts to this blog, and offers it free of charge under a Creative Commons license as long as credit is given. This is a really great trade-off for free music for your presentations, movies, video games, websites, blogs, or even excercise tracks. Possibilities for uses are so broad, you just have to use your imagination to add to this list! There is the option of "buying" the songs for $10 to use without giving credit.
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tag(s): citations (34), copyright (47), podcasts (52), sound (100), sounds (68)

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This website is great to use when making creative product such as movies, podcasts, websites, commercials, or even slide presentations. Often students are at a loss for sounds or music they can legally use. This is a great resource for music and a way to teach about ethical use, citation, and copyright. Subject specific ideas include: having students in physical education classes create playlists for different types of exercise and have them edit them after exercising, relating the beats per minute to how effective their exercise session was. In music class, have students find the beat, add a new instrument track to an existing song, or maybe even create their own song to share with the site creator. In biology or health class, play songs with varying beats per minute and have students take pulses and compare to the music to see the impact that it has on their heart rate and mood.

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Backpack TV Educational Video Library - Backpack.tv

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

tag(s): angles (88), atoms (55), decimals (133), equations (155), fractions (239), functions (70), homework (44), periodic table (50), variables (22), vectors (25), video (253)

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

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

tag(s): dictionaries (56), vocabulary development (126)

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

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

tag(s): qr codes (21)

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

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NPR Podcast Directory - NPR

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7 to 12
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Mix your own podcast to create your own unique collection of podcasts available from NPR's library of thousands of podcasts. Name your podcast, select relevant keywords and content,...more
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Mix your own podcast to create your own unique collection of podcasts available from NPR's library of thousands of podcasts. Name your podcast, select relevant keywords and content, and then subscribe to your new custom podcast using your podcast tool choice.
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tag(s): podcasts (52)

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

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The Naked Scientists - University of Cambridge

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5 to 12
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Love science? Find ideas, extraordinary information, and experiments on this entertaining site. Listen to the weekly science podcasts and archives that cover a vast array of topics...more
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Love science? Find ideas, extraordinary information, and experiments on this entertaining site. Listen to the weekly science podcasts and archives that cover a vast array of topics including those that may seem unbelievable. This realistic and scientific site looks at topics like aliens and telepathy as well as ballistics and volcanoes. Find in-depth information explained with scientific clarity, even complex topics, explained in terms that everyone can understand and from multiple perspectives.

tag(s): experiments (71), genetics (90), oceans (148), podcasts (52), volcanoes (61)

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Use Naked Science to explore topics as an introduction in class. Or use these articles to hook students during a start-of-school "what is science" unit. Use the site to find answers to many of the tough questions that students can pose during classroom instruction. Provide time for students to research the facets of a topic as a group for lively group or class discussions. Discuss the set up of the problems, description of the theories, or how to separate fact from opinion. Research the backgrounds of the experts on this site. Teachers of gifted students and regular classroom teachers seeking ways to adapt for gifted students will find this site well-suited to the eclectic interests and angles of out-of-the-box thinkers. Be sure to share the link on your class web page.
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PBS Video Online - PBS

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

tag(s): video (253)

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

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

tag(s): creativity (109), scientists (68)

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

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Laboratory - Planet SEED - Schlumberger Excellence in Educational Development, Inc.

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6 to 10
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PlanetSEED offers a number of high quality interactive science activities. Increase your understanding of seemingly complex physical science concepts using the interactives and laboratory...more
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PlanetSEED offers a number of high quality interactive science activities. Increase your understanding of seemingly complex physical science concepts using the interactives and laboratory activity resources found here. Activities require minimal to no equipment and are thought provoking. Making this site even more advantageous are its links to further information that is age appropriate and highly understandable for curious minds. Topics include physical science concepts such as density, buoyancy, magnetism, the carbon cycle, gases, and more.

tag(s): carbon (21), carbon dioxide (17), density (20), electricity (89), magnetism (35), matter (56)

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Employ individual activities from PlanetSEED's Laboratory page in classroom activities to reinforce physical science concepts such as density, buoyancy, magnetism, the carbon cycle, gases, and more! Have students use the buoyancy interactive as an alternative to a lab in class to save time and money. Ask students to figure out which material would make the amusement park floating ride, both the solution media and the floating object. Challenge them to think beyond what they have already experienced in everyday life. Have them create a chart of solutions and solids in their notebook or even in a spreadsheet. Once they have experimented with the interactive, have them measure the actual density of fluids and solids in real life or research densities on the Internet for actual values. Extend the activity into a cost/benefit analysis of building and operating a ride out of the materials chosen.
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