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You Decide: Jefferson or Hamilton? A Biography of America - PBS Learning Media California

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6 to 12
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Whom do you believe had the most enduring vision for America, Thomas Jefferson or Alexander Hamilton? Launch this interactive to learn more about the beliefs of each statesman and choose...more
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Whom do you believe had the most enduring vision for America, Thomas Jefferson or Alexander Hamilton? Launch this interactive to learn more about the beliefs of each statesman and choose the vision that you believe would be best for America. Throughout the interactive, view several sets of statements and make choices before coming to a final decision. When complete, compare your thoughts to others who voted.

tag(s): 1700s (29), constitution (87), jefferson (20)

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This interactive provides a perfect introduction to any unit on the Constitution. Ask students to complete the short quiz, then compare their response to others. Create a quick poll (with no membership required) using SurveyRock, reviewed here, to view responses from your class. Have students make an interactive multimedia presentation after researching Hamilton or Jefferson using a tool like Sway, reviewed here, or Zeetings, reviewed here. Take advantage of the discussion questions on this site to encourage students to think about the visions of our government leaders.

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Alexander Hamilton: Early Influences - PBS Learning Media California

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6 to 12
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This three minute video tells the story of Alexander Hamilton's difficult youth and early career working for an export company. Support materials include additional information on Hamilton...more
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This three minute video tells the story of Alexander Hamilton's difficult youth and early career working for an export company. Support materials include additional information on Hamilton and discussion questions. This site also includes correlation to National Standards for History.

tag(s): 1700s (29), constitution (87)

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View this video together as a class as an introduction to lessons on Alexander Hamilton, the Constitution, or slavery. Flip your lessons and have students watch the video before class. Use the Discussion Questions from the site to challenge students to research other Founding Fathers. Have students or groups share what they know about Hamilton using Padlet, reviewed here. The Padlet application creates free online bulletin boards. Encourage students to research Alexander Hamilton's later life, then upload a photo they have encountered (with proper credit, of course) and add voice bubbles to explain what they learned using a tool such as Superlame, reviewed here.

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Darfur is Dying - mtvU

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7 to 12
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Step inside the life of a Darfurian refugee with this narrative-based simulation. Start by choosing a Darfurian to represent your camp, then begin by foraging for water while avoiding...more
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Step inside the life of a Darfurian refugee with this narrative-based simulation. Start by choosing a Darfurian to represent your camp, then begin by foraging for water while avoiding death by the militia. Fulfill other tasks throughout the experience including collecting food, building shelter, and staying healthy. Along the way learn facts and information about the genocide that has taken place in Darfur throughout the years.

tag(s): africa (180)

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Share this site with students as part of any study of Sudan or Africa. Facts and information on the site are from 2006, ask students to research an update and statistics of life in Darfur. Create a class wiki with information about Darfur and other refugee situations. Not comfortable with wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through. If your community has someone with first-hand knowledge of the refugee situation, invite them to speak to your class. Have students create a timeline (with music, photos, videos, and more) using Capzles, reviewed here, to illustrate events leading up to this crisis or the events that have occurred since 2006.
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History of Classroom Technology (Infograph) - Judy Hanning/Learning Success

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6 to 12
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This interesting infographic takes viewers back to the first technology used in schools. Begin with Horn-Books from 1650, through slate and chalkboards introduced in 1890, and on through...more
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This interesting infographic takes viewers back to the first technology used in schools. Begin with Horn-Books from 1650, through slate and chalkboards introduced in 1890, and on through to 2010 with the introduction of iPads in classrooms.
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tag(s): infographics (45), STEM (151)

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Share this infographic with students as you demonstrate how technology has changed lives in different ways over many years. Use this as an example of an infographic, then have students create their own to demonstrate changes in vehicles over time, climate change, mobile phones, personal computers, or any number of changes over time. Create your infographics using Piktochart, reviewed here, or Easel.ly, reviewed here. Share this site during professional development sessions as an ice-breaker when introducing new classroom tools or websites.

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Pixton Lesson Plans - Goodinson Design Inc

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K to 12
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Pixton Lesson Plans is the companion to Pixton, a comic strip creation site, reviewed here. Find lesson plans by subject, or use the search bar to...more
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Pixton Lesson Plans is the companion to Pixton, a comic strip creation site, reviewed here. Find lesson plans by subject, or use the search bar to perform a keyword search with a particular topic. Each lesson plan includes a teacher guide, examples, and correlation to standards when applicable. Import activities directly into your Pixton dashboard to begin use.
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tag(s): comics and cartoons (72)

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Information in the lesson plans isn't confined to use with Pixton, use ideas in the lesson plan collection to create your own lessons. After using several of the lessons, challenge students to create an online or printed comic about what they learned from any lesson (not a Pixton lesson) using the Pixton Lessons as a model. Alternatively, students could lead a class review or they could teach the class about something or someone they are researching using Pixton's comic strip format. First have students create a rough draft of their comic using Printable Comic Strip Templates, reviewed here. Students in grades 1-3 can create a simple comic using one or two characters with Comic Creator, reviewed here. For students in grades 4-12 have them create a comic strip using Write Comics, reviewed here.
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geniushour - Denise Krebs and Gallit Zvi

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K to 12
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This wiki is a multi-faceted jewel of a resource for teachers to use to find out about and start the Genius Hour model of instruction. Easily navigate the site by ...more
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This wiki is a multi-faceted jewel of a resource for teachers to use to find out about and start the Genius Hour model of instruction. Easily navigate the site by choosing topics from the links on the left side of the page under the search bar. Topics include background information, planning and managing, and the Genius Hour presentation slides and handout from ISTE 2015. The Resources page includes Rubrics, Google and Word docs for brainstorming, a self-assessment rubric, videos, exit slips, and more. Several other pages will also be helpful in the classroom.

tag(s): professional development (133), teaching strategies (25), wikis (21)

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Share resources from the site during staff meetings to help further knowledge of Genius Hour benefits, techniques, and management. Divide the wiki into sections and have different staff members present on resources from various parts of the site. Consider creating a book study group for interested staff members.

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Roadtrip Nation - Mike Marriner, Nathan Gebhard, Brian McAllister & PBS

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8 to 12
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Roadtrip Nation inspires young people to find their path in life by sharing how others found their life passion. PBS shares this journey through the eyes of participants as they ...more
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Roadtrip Nation inspires young people to find their path in life by sharing how others found their life passion. PBS shares this journey through the eyes of participants as they interview leaders from many different career paths. Use links to watch thirteen seasons of the series, or choose the Roadtrips option to view interviews by locations. Explore the various trips by interest, themes, or music. High school students have the opportunity to participate in road trips by applying through the Roadtrip Nation website.

tag(s): careers (137), STEM (151)

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Include Roadtrip Nation as part of your career exploration activities. Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts sharing information about their chosen career field. Encourage students to interview someone in that field either in person or online. Use a site such as PodOmatic, reviewed here.

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Children and Youth in History - Center for History and New Media

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9 to 12
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Learn about children and youth in history through primary sources, case studies, and teaching modules available from this extensive site. As you begin your exploration of primary sources...more
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Learn about children and youth in history through primary sources, case studies, and teaching modules available from this extensive site. As you begin your exploration of primary sources by world regions take the time to read the introductory essay that includes strategies for using these items successfully. Be sure to take advantage of the well-developed teaching modules including lesson plans, teaching strategies, and more.

tag(s): africa (180), china (68), england (58), japan (62), slavery (72), south america (40)

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Save time with the ready-to-go, free resources found on this site during your studies of geography and cultures. Compare and contrast life in your area to those around the world. Have students create maps using Animaps, reviewed here, as they learn about children around the world. Students can add text, images, and location stops!

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Interland - Google

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2 to 6
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Master five core principals of Internet safety through gameplay with Interland. Choose from four different lands to learn how to deal with phishers, hackers, over-sharers, and bullies....more
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Master five core principals of Internet safety through gameplay with Interland. Choose from four different lands to learn how to deal with phishers, hackers, over-sharers, and bullies. Interland is part of a larger Internet safety site from Google, Be Internet Awesome, reviewed here.

tag(s): cyberbullying (44), digital citizenship (65), internet safety (108)

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Include Interland as part of any digital safety unit. Add a link to games on classroom computers for use as a center. Be sure to include a link on your class web page for students to play at home. Share this site with parents during Open House or Meet the Teacher sessions as a resource for teaching Internet safety at home. Have students or groups collect ideas and suggestions for staying safe on the web using Dotstorming, reviewed here. The Dotstorming application creates free online bulletin boards that can include comments and voting. Have students make a multimedia presentation sharing Internet safety advice using Genial.ly, reviewed here. Genial.ly allows you to add polls, videos, embeds, web links, PowerPoint, and PDFs.

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Be Internet Awesome - Google

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2 to 6
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Be Internet Awesome is a series of resources from Google to teach digital safety. Resources include Interland, reviewed here, an online interactive...more
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Be Internet Awesome is a series of resources from Google to teach digital safety. Resources include Interland, reviewed here, an online interactive that offers users the opportunity to practice skills to combat phishers, hackers, and cyber bullies. The free curriculum, available for download, is best suited for grades 3-5; however, it is easily adaptable to other grade levels. Other features from the site include a teacher training course, an Internet safety poster, and certificates and badges for students. All features of this site align to ISTE Standards.

tag(s): cyberbullying (44), digital citizenship (65), internet safety (108)

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Discover the many free resources for teaching digital safety offered on this site. Share a link on your class website for parents. Include the interactive game as part of a computer center during Internet safety lessons. Use the free lesson plan to teach digital safety either as a one-time unit or as mini-units throughout the school year. Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts discussing digital safety information. Use a site such as Buzzsprout, reviewed here, to create the podcasts.
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Telegra.ph - telegra.ph

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2 to 12
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Telegra.ph is a simple to use web publishing tool for even the most novice creators. Click and type to fill in the title, your name, and add content. Choose the ...more
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Telegra.ph is a simple to use web publishing tool for even the most novice creators. Click and type to fill in the title, your name, and add content. Choose the camera icon to upload images from your computer or select the brackets to paste a YouTube, Vimeo, or Twitter link. When finished, click on the publish button. That is it! Your work is now online. Just copy the URL to share. Add or delete content at any time using the link to edit.

tag(s): blogs (90), writing (366)

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Use this tool as an easy to use blogging tool in the classroom and in every subject area. Use in language arts classes to strengthen students' writing ability and 21st century skills. Teach about proper commenting etiquette on simple first blog posts. Use for student-written book reviews for the school library. Use as a tool for class or parent communication. Engage students in discussions on current events, independent reading, literature, and more. Ask students to play the role of a historical figure and write about their viewpoints or experiences. Use the site as a forum for any simulated or real task. Invite parents to join to give their points of view on upcoming elections or public policy issues by commenting on student posts. Share a blog in even the youngest of classes, for parents to use to learn about a specific unit of study, field trips, and more. Use this site in world language classes to have students write a blog entry in the new language. Include the principal or superintendent in class discussions of students' rights as you study the Constitution. Create incredible discussions of environmental, political, or economic issues. Create a standing assignment for elementary and middle schoolers on snow days. Have students write a post about the snow using Telegra.ph and share the url on a class wiki. Post the various links on the class web page so students can comment on each other's posts after they come in from sledding.

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Text2VoiceOver - Ipsilon Developments

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K to 12
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Add a voiceover to any YouTube video or video on your computer choosing from 15 different voices and 13 languages with Text2VoiceOver. Select the "Create VoiceOver Now!" button to begin,...more
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Add a voiceover to any YouTube video or video on your computer choosing from 15 different voices and 13 languages with Text2VoiceOver. Select the "Create VoiceOver Now!" button to begin, then choose from options to select your video. Once the video loads, select the location for your voiceover and follow directions for adding text and choosing from voice options. Be sure to watch the tutorial video with complete instructions for using the site and generating your voiceover. 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.
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tag(s): text to speech (18), video (274)

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Use Text2VoiceOver to add comments and instructions to any YouTube video your students view. Share specific tips, ask questions, or add additional details to content. Have students create a voiceover to share their thoughts on a video, or ask questions to clarify content.

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SoundGator - soundgator.com

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K to 12
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Do you need sound effects to spice up a presentation? SoundGator contains a large variety of free audio sound effects for personal use. Search for any sound, or use categories ...more
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Do you need sound effects to spice up a presentation? SoundGator contains a large variety of free audio sound effects for personal use. Search for any sound, or use categories to browse through available files. Click any file to preview the file, then choose from options for use. Share via email, copy the embed code for use on web pages, or download to your computer. Downloading and sharing requires registration on the SoundGator site.

tag(s): sound (105), sounds (70)

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Use the many files on SoundGator to add interest to multimedia presentations and as part of your digital storytelling needs. To create a digital story use a tool like Microsoft Photo Story 3, reviewed here. Find a large variety of tools for multimedia presentations at TeachersFirst Edge tools, reviewed here.''''?Choose an interesting sound to share with students as a creative writing story starter. If your students enjoy creating podcasts and videos, share this site as an excellent resource for adding interest and drama to their presentations.
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Buttons - Dreamlabs

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K to 12
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Collect, organize, and share your web bookmarks with Buttons. Buttons works across platforms making bookmarks available on all devices. Add notes and sort items into groups to make...more
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Collect, organize, and share your web bookmarks with Buttons. Buttons works across platforms making bookmarks available on all devices. Add notes and sort items into groups to make finding information easier. Buttons free plan limit the number of "webmarks" per button and the number of buttons available per user, be sure to check the plan link for complete information.
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tag(s): bookmarks (64), collaboration (10), organizational skills (128)

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Create a class account to organize and share bookmarks for any unit. Invite students to share bookmarks to include. Have older students set up and share their own curated bookmarks for research projects using Button. 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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Royalty Free Music - Partners in Rhyme Inc

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3 to 12
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This site provides a selection of royalty free music for use in YouTube videos or personal projects. Download any file in WAV format following the directions provided on the site. ...more
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This site provides a selection of royalty free music for use in YouTube videos or personal projects. Download any file in WAV format following the directions provided on the site. The files offered include a wide variety of genres, just click play to preview. Should you need to provide proof that you have the right to use the music, download the signed PDF authorization included on Royalty Free Music.

tag(s): copyright (50), sound (105), sounds (70)

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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. Challenge students to try to make 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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Bingo Card Generator - My Free Bingo Cards

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Create Bingo cards quickly and easily with the Bingo Card Generator. Insert your title, add your list of words, then choose options to personalize the look of your Bingo Cards. ...more
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Create Bingo cards quickly and easily with the Bingo Card Generator. Insert your title, add your list of words, then choose options to personalize the look of your Bingo Cards. When finished, select the option to print 30 free cards. One unique feature of this site allows users to play online, just share the link provided after choosing print. Players click on the called words on their online bingo card when given the link for the games.
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tag(s): game based learning (113), printables (38), worksheets (62)

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Having the ability to play the Bingo game online is perfect for those who are beginning to integrate technology into their classroom. Use the Bingo Card Generator to create Bingo games to review any topic with small groups. Instead of saying the word that is on the Bingo card, give the definition (so students must find the term) or a math problem whose answer is among those on the card. Create sight word bingo cards for younger students and ESL/ELL students. Bingo is an excellent review tool for science or social studies. Put a short description of a vocabulary word into the space. Tell students the name of the vocabulary word and see if they can find it on the Bingo card. Encourage students to create bingo games for each other as a review or to engage the audience during oral presentations. Learning support teachers can create them together with students as an engaging way to review. World language teachers (and students) can create bingo cards to reinforce vocabulary.

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When Tragedy Hits - NewseumEd

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6 to 12
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When Tragedy Hits, is a simulation based on the Virginia Tech massacre and its aftermath. It is intended for the class as a whole and to help students understand reactions, ...more
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When Tragedy Hits, is a simulation based on the Virginia Tech massacre and its aftermath. It is intended for the class as a whole and to help students understand reactions, interactions, and the ethics involved - from the role of the media, law enforcement, technology and citizen journalists, and others. The lesson should take about 90 minutes. Find a Teacher Overview, Setting the Scene, Scenarios, and Role cards, all in PDF format for you to download and preview. You must be a registered NewseumEd member to access this resource; however, membership is free.

tag(s): journalism (55), media literacy (60), news (265)

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Read all materials before presenting this simulation to the class. You may decide participation may be too difficult for some students - those with a personal connection to this or similar tragedies. Make a copy of Setting the Scene and Scenarios for each student. Project the PDFs with the projector and ask students to volunteer for a read-aloud - read-around with all listening to one person and then another. Use the accompanying discussion questions. Consider giving all students a chance to voice their opinions (even the shyest and quiet ones) by using a tool like Backchannel Chat, reviewed here.

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World News Reporter - Passport - NewseumED

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4 to 7
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This lesson for elementary students helps them to understand how reporters choose news stories, how they are shared, and will get students starting to think about asking good questions....more
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This lesson for elementary students helps them to understand how reporters choose news stories, how they are shared, and will get students starting to think about asking good questions. If you are not in the position of taking a field trip to the News History Gallery at the Newseum, not to worry; they have their Today's Front Pages, reviewed here, online, too! The lesson provides standards and a PDF to download. The PDF contains all instructions, worksheets, the Passport, and a Certificate of Completion. Membership to NewseumEd is free. You need to register to become a member to have full access to this lesson.

tag(s): journalism (55), news (265), newspapers (97)

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This lesson would work well when your class is talking about current world events, current events in science, or for a lesson on media reporting of news events. Once the class has completed World Reporter Passport, challenge small groups of students to extend their new skills by choosing a topic of interest and developing a news article about it. Students can use a site like Model Bank Elements of Language, reviewed here, to see how to write a proper news article. There is always the "traditional" paper and pen way to write the article. If you would like to try integrating technology in your class assignments, ask students to write their final product online using Printing Press, reviewed here. With Printing Press, individual articles will become part of a newspaper.

To further extend students' knowledge about their chosen topic and to get a "real world" point of view, they could interview a specialist in the topic using video or a podcast. Have students create podcasts using a site such as Buzzsprout, reviewed here.

Some ideas for finding people to interview would be to contact someone on Twitter, at a local nursing home, fire station, or museum to recollect times such as wars, the Great Depression, Civil Rights Movements, and more. To hone students questioning skills Refer to Story Corps, reviewed here. Once at StoryCorps click participate then Questions. You'll find tips on interview questions and an interview check list to use with students.
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From Provocative to Productive - NewseumEd

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Turn uncomfortable, sensitive topic discussions in your classroom into a learning tool for developing critical thinking skills with NewseumEd's guidelines for helping you and your students...more
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Turn uncomfortable, sensitive topic discussions in your classroom into a learning tool for developing critical thinking skills with NewseumEd's guidelines for helping you and your students discuss issues respectfully. Topics like racial tensions, politics, and religion can become a classroom learning tool to teach the art of dialogue and to increase respectful public speaking, confidence, engagement, and listening skills. Read and use the four guidelines: confidence in your content, respectfulness of your participants, asking questions, and encouraging debate, and be the best the facilitator you can be. You must be a registered NewseumEd member to access this resource; however, membership is free.

tag(s): debate (45), listening (92), speaking (25)

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Have this lesson handy when a controversial or contentious subject emerges. You just never know when that will happen, but you can run with it if you prepare using these NewseumEd guidelines. Share them with students, so they will understand what they need to do to participate successfully in a discussion or debate. Are there no issues at hand? Try finding one using Teachable Moments, reviewed here. At Teachable Moments find lesson plans based on articles and current topics, ready for download in PDF format. Try giving students a choice! Show them several subjects and use Dotstorming, reviewed here, to comment and vote on topics for the discussion. Use the opportunity to hone students information literacy skills by reviewing how to evaluate and cite sources. Once they have researched their topic, and are ready to discuss, use a tool such as Socratic Smackdown, reviewed here, to practice their discussion and argument strategies. With older students, a next step might be to take the debate public using Virtual Debate, reviewed here, which has online examples and resources for conducting virtual debates, or ProConIt, reviewed here, where you create a debate or ask specific questions of a group or the entire web.

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World Press Freedom Map - NewseumEd

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Discover what a free press really is and how many of the world's nations enjoy a free press using the NewseumEd activity World Press Freedom Map. You don't have to ...more
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Discover what a free press really is and how many of the world's nations enjoy a free press using the NewseumEd activity World Press Freedom Map. You don't have to make a trip to Washington D.C. to learn from this activity, instead, use the accompanying link for the Freedom House interactive map. Download the worksheet/chart in PDF or as a Word document for distribution. You must be a registered NewseumEd member to access this resource; however, membership is free.

tag(s): freedom of speech (11), journalism (55), media literacy (60), news (265), newspapers (97)

In the Classroom

Begin by showing students the Freedom House interactive map and read the information in the right column about what a genuinely free press is. Compare that info to a partly free press (explained just under it). Then have students work in small groups or with a partner to fill out the worksheet/chart. Complete a class discussion of the chart, and then have the small groups or pairs choose one of the countries with partial freedom of the press and research what other freedoms the U.S. enjoys that are restricted or repressed for the citizens of that country. Add these to the chart. Challenge students to convert their paper worksheet/chart to an online digital infographic to present their findings using Visme, reviewed here, or to set up their own graphic organizer to show the comparisons using an online tool such as TUZZit, reviewed here. TUZZit allows you to create diagrams, mindmaps, and other visual graphic organizers.

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