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Ready or Not, Let the Games Begin - Esri

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This story map, created for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil, takes you through different facets of preparation for the Olympics. Scroll through to read about the city, construction...more
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This story map, created for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil, takes you through different facets of preparation for the Olympics. Scroll through to read about the city, construction of venues, and difficulties faced including the Zika virus, security, and pollution issues. Images, maps, and graphs all work together to provide an excellent overview of the stage set for the 2016 Summer Games.

tag(s): maps (287), olympics (47), pollution (66), south america (39), sports (97)

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Ready or Not was created using Story Map, reviewed here. Use Story Map to create your own stories for any subject, perhaps an overview of the Olympics at the end of the games or a profile of a notable Olympic athlete. View this story together with your class, then divide students into groups to learn more about Brazil and South America. Include this site with your current events discussions as you compare security threats across the globe, pollution issues, or health concerns such as the Zika virus.

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USA Today Rio Olympics Guide - YouTube - USA Today

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Stay up to date with the latest news and information from the Rio Summer Olympics with these videos from USA Today. Topics include how to watch little-known sports such as ...more
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Stay up to date with the latest news and information from the Rio Summer Olympics with these videos from USA Today. Topics include how to watch little-known sports such as wrestling and archery. Subscribe to this channel to receive updates as new content is added. If your district 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.

tag(s): olympics (47), south america (39), sports (97)

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Share videos with your students as you follow the Summer Olympic games from your classroom. Use the "how to watch" sports videos as a model, then have students create their own videos describing how to watch their favorite sport. Share their videos on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here. Research Olympic athletes and their countries, then have cooperative learning groups create podcasts sharing news about the Olympics. Use a site such as podOmatic, reviewed here to complete a podcasting project.

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What Do We Do All Day? - Erica (MomandKiddo)

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K to 8
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What Do We Do All Day? is a blog created by a stay-at-home mom and is packed full of learning activities and resources for children. Choose the Kids Activities link ...more
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What Do We Do All Day? is a blog created by a stay-at-home mom and is packed full of learning activities and resources for children. Choose the Kids Activities link to find ideas sorted by kitchen learning, outdoors, math, science, and more. There is also an extensive book list sorted into categories with a short synopsis of each book. A few of the videos are hosted on YouTube, but most are not. If your district 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): blogs (88), cooking (34), printables (38), puzzles (208), STEM (134)

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Bookmark and save this blog to find many ideas for classroom use. Take advantage of the free ideas and printables offered for projects across the curriculum. Browse through the many book lists for additions to your class library. Take pictures of classroom finished projects, then use Ourboox, reviewed here. Ourboox creates beautiful page-flipping digital books in minutes, and you can embed video, music, animation, games, maps and more.
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Phenomena: All Over the Map - Betsy Mason & Greg Miller/National Geographic

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Discover the world of maps and the stories they tell with this blog from a pair of science journalists. Learn about centuries-old maps as they compare to those developed in ...more
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Discover the world of maps and the stories they tell with this blog from a pair of science journalists. Learn about centuries-old maps as they compare to those developed in today's society, or find out how cartographers are planning to map the surface of the planets. Interesting topics include Mapping the Creatures Living Beneath Our Feet, the First Human Outpost on Mars, Reading a Pilot's Map of the Sky, and several others.

tag(s): blogs (88), maps (287)

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Although in its infancy, this blog offers a great deal of promise for use in science and social studies classrooms. Subscribe to the RSS feed to view new posts when published. Share with students and have them explore contents further. This blog is wonderful to use for covering the informational reading standards required with the CCSS. Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts demonstrating their understanding of one of the concepts. Use a site such as podOmatic, reviewed here. Use information on the site to compare past and present using an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here.

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Discover NYC Landmarks - New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission

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6 to 12
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Discover the tens of thousands officially designated New York City landmarks with this interactive map. Landmarks include individual buildings, districts, interiors, and scenic landmarks....more
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Discover the tens of thousands officially designated New York City landmarks with this interactive map. Landmarks include individual buildings, districts, interiors, and scenic landmarks. Also included are sites up for consideration to be official landmarks. Zoom in on the map to view items, or use the search to find specific landmarks. Click on any point to view information, then click on the included link for further details.

tag(s): 1900s (33), 20th century (51), images (266), local history (13), maps (287), new york (26), photography (160)

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If you teach about local history, inspire students by sharing this site first, then have them create a wiki about your town! Not comfortable with wikis? Check out TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through. Get the interactive whiteboard or projector ready for this photographic journey. Share photos from different time periods as you study different eras from the 19th and 20th centuries. Have students use a mapping tool such as Zeemaps, reviewed here, to create a map of local landmarks (with audio stories and pictures included)!

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Business Insider Science YouTube Channel - Business Insiders

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6 to 12
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Don't let the business in the name fool you, this YouTube channel is all about science! Watch videos with the latest news in science, space, and medicine with new content ...more
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Don't let the business in the name fool you, this YouTube channel is all about science! Watch videos with the latest news in science, space, and medicine with new content added each week. Scroll through the page to find the latest videos or explore playlists with topics such as Explainers and Psychology. Most videos run less than three minutes in length, making them perfect for a snack-sized bite of science information! If your district 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): animals (276), brain (72), climate change (64), dinosaurs (57), drugs and alcohol (19), earth (228), human body (121), nutrition (154), planets (123), plants (145), scientists (69), space (205), STEM (134), weather (188)

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Share a video with students once a week to help all of you learn about the latest information from the world of science. Flip your classroom and use a video as homework. Have students take notes on the material and write down questions they still have and topics that confuse them. Or, use a tool like eduCanon, reviewed here, for students to pause videos and ask or answer questions right on the video. These activities can help uncover student misconceptions. Show the video to the class, and then discuss the concept at length.

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Filming a Beluga Whale - National Geographic

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This YouTube video takes viewers behind the scenes to learn about filming Beluga Whales as they gather in Canada each summer. Although the video is quite short, there is extensive ...more
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This YouTube video takes viewers behind the scenes to learn about filming Beluga Whales as they gather in Canada each summer. Although the video is quite short, there is extensive information about the project included in the video summary. If your district blocks YouTube, then the video may not be viewable. You could always view the video at home and bring it to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the video from YouTube.
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tag(s): climate change (64), migration (59), oceans (148), whales (16)

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Share this video on an interactive whiteboard or projector, or ask students to watch at home as an introduction to a unit on ocean animals or climate change. Challenge students to research whales further and learn more about their migrations and interactions as a unit. Have students use Vibby, reviewed here, to grab more information from other YouTube videos to share with the class about whale behavior. Have students create maps using Animaps, reviewed here, to show locations of whales around the world and their migration patterns. Students can add text, images, and location stops with Animaps!

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HTML 5 Crossword Generator - Class Tools

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3 to 12
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Create personalized crossword puzzles to embed on your blog or website with this easy puzzle creator. View the help for the directions and examples. It is as simple as typing ...more
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Create personalized crossword puzzles to embed on your blog or website with this easy puzzle creator. View the help for the directions and examples. It is as simple as typing a question on each line followed by an asterisk, then the correct answer. When complete, submit to view your puzzle online and choose from different options for sharing. Also, you can download puzzles as PDF documents.

tag(s): crosswords (18), puzzles (208)

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Create puzzles for any subject or topic for review or introduction to new materials. Allow students to create puzzles for other students to solve. Add a puzzle to the classroom newsletter or blog to create interest. Share puzzles on an interactive whiteboard for students to solve together.

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Writing Cheat Sheet - Chapman Learning Commons

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5 to 12
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Do you need some quick tips for improving writing? This "cheat sheet" provides common sense, but easily forgotten ideas to use when working on non-fiction writing projects. ...more
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Do you need some quick tips for improving writing? This "cheat sheet" provides common sense, but easily forgotten ideas to use when working on non-fiction writing projects.

tag(s): expository writing (44), persuasive writing (55), writers workshop (31)

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Share the Writing Cheat Sheet with students before beginning a writing project, include a link on your class website for easy reference. Have students use this as a model for creating their tips for getting the most out of any writing project. Brainstorm or collect ideas on a collaborative bulletin board using an online poster creator, such as Padlet, reviewed here, for you and your students to make your own posters for writing suggestions.
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Kids Fire Safety Guide - Home Advice Guide

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K to 12
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Learn fire safety tips and information from this informative guide for kids and caregivers. Scroll through to learn facts about causes of fires, universal prevention and preparedness...more
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Learn fire safety tips and information from this informative guide for kids and caregivers. Scroll through to learn facts about causes of fires, universal prevention and preparedness steps, and creating a plan for escaping fires.

tag(s): fire (25), fire prevention (10), fire safety (11)

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Share with students during Fire Safety Week. Create a quick poll (with no membership required) using SurveyRock, reviewed here, to find out how many students have discussed fire safety and an escape plan from their home. Have students create online posters using Checkthis, reviewed here, with fire safety tips. Be sure to include a link to this guide on your class website for parents to view at home.

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Rio 2016 Olympics - International Olympic Committee

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3 to 12
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Keep up to date with the latest 2016 Summer Olympic news from Rio de Janeiro at the official site of the Olympic Games. Follow individual sports through links featuring background ...more
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Keep up to date with the latest 2016 Summer Olympic news from Rio de Janeiro at the official site of the Olympic Games. Follow individual sports through links featuring background on each event, photo galleries, and features on Olympians to watch. Learn more about the athletes and countries by choosing the respective links. Follow this site for the latest information on results, medal counts, photos, videos, and all things Olympic.

tag(s): olympics (47), south america (39), sports (97), summer (12)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard and allow students to explore on their own. Create a bulletin board to display the latest medal counts, have students update daily with information from the Olympics site. Have students create a simple infographic on their favorite sport using Easel.ly, reviewed here or Venngage reviewed here. Have cooperative learning groups create daily podcasts to share the latest news from the Olympics. Use a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here).

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Rio 2016: 16 Fun Facts - NBC News

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Get into the excitement of the Summer 2016 Olympic Games with these 16 fun facts! These facts include information about the host city, Rio de Janiero, as well as facts ...more
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Get into the excitement of the Summer 2016 Olympic Games with these 16 fun facts! These facts include information about the host city, Rio de Janiero, as well as facts about Olympic games and events. This article provides just enough information to whet your appetite for the games, and learn more about the events!
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tag(s): olympics (47), south america (39)

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Share one fact a day with students as you count down toward the beginning of the 2016 Summer Games, August 5 to 21, 2016. Use this information as a learning center and have students conduct research to learn more about the Olympic Games and Brazil. Challenge students to create a daily annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here, with information gathered from their research. Have students create timelines (with music, photos, videos, and more) using Capzles, reviewed here, to show the training process of Olympic athletes. Create a quick poll (with no membership required) using SurveyRock, reviewed here, to find out how many students plan on watching the Olympics, guesses for the number of medals earned by your country, or their choice for potential host cities. Alternatively, if your school starts after the Olympics are over, use these facts for a discussion of the Olympics. Create a quick poll (with no membership required) using SurveyRock, reviewed here, to find out how many students watched the Olympics. Those students could then share with their peers what they learned from the Rio Olympics using any of the tools suggested above.

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Scholarships Demystified - Sean O'Dacre

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9 to 12
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Learn the basics about scholarships through this informative infographic and supporting information. Discover facts such as the number of scholarships distributed annually (of course,...more
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Learn the basics about scholarships through this informative infographic and supporting information. Discover facts such as the number of scholarships distributed annually (of course, this changes each year), where the money comes from, and little-known scholarship offerings. Click on the infographic image to open the full version in a new tab for easier viewing

tag(s): college (43), financial aid (12), infographics (42)

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Embed this infographic on your class website as a resource for students and parents as they apply for scholarships and learn about resources available. Share with your school's guidance counselor to share with students.

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GeoInquiries - ESRI

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4 to 12
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GeoInquiries offers standards-based collections for teaching map-based concepts. Choose from several different content topics such as Earth Science, US History, and more. Locate the...more
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GeoInquiries offers standards-based collections for teaching map-based concepts. Choose from several different content topics such as Earth Science, US History, and more. Locate the complete list of available collections on the left side of the homepage. After choosing a broad topic, select a specific activity, then click to open the PDF for easy access to content. In addition to the GeoInquiries, this site also includes several additional lengthier activities including all necessary teacher and student materials.

tag(s): agriculture (55), american revolution (86), civil war (145), climate change (64), cold war (29), demographics (19), earthquakes (48), landforms (45), maps (287), minerals (17), oceans (148), population (60), rocks (49), volcanoes (61), weather (188), world war 1 (54)

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Take advantage of the free lessons offered on GeoInquiries for use in your classroom. Divide students into groups to participate in different activities or use as enrichment for gifted students to complete independently. When finished with your inquiries, challenge students to create a presentation using Prezi, reviewed here, demonstrating information learned.
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OK2Ask: Content Area Vocabulary Strategies - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from June 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Excite and engage students to jump into learning with tech tools to support...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from June 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Excite and engage students to jump into learning with tech tools to support direct instruction for vocabulary. Increase the vocabulary in all subjects areas using direct instruction based on Marzano strategies to increase success in school and on achievement tests. Increased vocabulary deepens background knowledge providing a better schemata for different learning experiences. Using the six step approach, discover tech tools to bring the vocabulary from short term memory into long term memory. Discover how the tech tools chosen, can be used to increase student collaboration and provide data for formative assessments. Participants will: 1. Review Marzano's strategies for vocabulary instruction; 2. Explore tools for vocabulary instruction; 3. Learn strategies for student collaboration during vocabulary instruction; and 4. Understand how to create formative assessments for vocabulary using tech tools This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): vocabulary (324), vocabulary development (126)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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Cloudschool - Wyzed

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Teachers can create and deliver classroom content online with this free, easy-to-use web application. As a teacher, staying organized can be a challenge. Keep all of your units and...more
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Teachers can create and deliver classroom content online with this free, easy-to-use web application. As a teacher, staying organized can be a challenge. Keep all of your units and lesson plans in one place with Cloudschool. Students can access course content at any time via URL on any device without logging in. After creating an account, design courses with individual lessons using content you select and upload based on school standards. Add lessons, homework, assignments, even embed Google Docs and other content; then "publish" some, or all of the content. Your account is a personal education website called a Teaching Space whose URL you share with others. After logging in, use the Dashboard to navigate and easily manage all your Courses and Lessons. Mark courses with a tag so they will come up for anybody who visits your Teaching Space, or password protect your Lessons. Share with other teachers or students by sending Lessons and Courses via email. Download lessons as Word docs. Students can only interact via class discussions you set up and monitor in the lessons. As a simple learning management system, Cloudschool facilitates delivery of curricular content, and keeps you organized with your lessons and units. Find them easily next year! While free for individuals, there is a charge for institutions.

tag(s): classroom management (135), teaching strategies (24)

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Watch the short videos on the landing page to see how Cloudschool works; once signed up, you will have access to the very complete Help section. Within each course, create and distribute text-based or multimedia lessons containing a variety of formats which may be embedded, including audio, video, PDFs, and worksheets. Add discussion questions to all Lessons for students to reply to within your course environment. Use toolbars at the top as main controls for each page for easy navigation and creation. The left-side navigation menu links to Courses, Lessons, Curriculum Lists, and Files. Helpful tips appear by hovering over buttons. Click into a Course to add a new Lesson, then choose a Template, or use the Create New Lesson button. A Plus button at the top center of the page adds text, images, audio, and video to your lesson. Include homework, student discussion, assignments, and assessments which students submit outside of the Cloudschool environment. Notifications are available. After creating lessons, use your Teaching Space to give large or small group in-class presentations. Consider putting a bookmark on classroom computers to the lesson the students are to work on. You could also share the lessons on your class website. Share lesson plans with colleagues and administrators. Cloudschool is useful for any teacher to organize content and deliver it easily to individual students in class or at home as part of blended or flipped classroom environments. No classroom management tools are available since students do not register.

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Classroom Heroes - Classroom Heroes

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K to 12
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Manage and reward classroom behaviors with Classroom Heroes. Students choose their superhero avatar and receive gold stars for positive behaviors. Instantly send messages to individual...more
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Manage and reward classroom behaviors with Classroom Heroes. Students choose their superhero avatar and receive gold stars for positive behaviors. Instantly send messages to individual or groups of parents including images. Classroom Heroes' online portal offers parents access to their child's behavior, schedule, and attendance. This tool will become active in September 2016; get on their email list NOW for notification when it becomes active. Please be aware that Classroom Heroes falls under the FERPA laws for "directory information" and "educational records." Any school getting funds from the Department of Education (public schools) is required to disclose to parents and get written consent to use Classroom Heroes with their child.

tag(s): behavior (46), classroom management (135), DAT device agnostic tool (199), gamification (65), parents (56)

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Consider using this program to reward a group of the week. Award points for positive behaviors such as participation, helping others, creativity, hard work, or create categories yourself. Use Classroom Heroes for identifying behaviors and providing immediate feedback to students. Use this tool to help your unfocused students stay on task. Share this site with students on the first day of school as you go over class expectations and your behavior plan for your classroom. Use Classroom Heroes to offer positive feedback to parents and students.

Are you a regular education teacher with special education students mainstreamed into your classroom? Use Classroom Heroes to keep track of student behaviors privately, and send a report to special education teachers or parents. This tool could be invaluable to life skills, autistic support, gifted, or emotional support teachers who need to track the behavior of each of the students as part of an IEP/GIEP. Alternative ed programs may find this tool very useful, as well, even up through high school.

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My students love this. They actually line up to mark their attendance by themselves on the interactive board. It's still in early development stage but it's already fun and engaging. Haris, , Grades: 0 - 12

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Knowledge Maps - Pavneet Tiwana & Arjun Tuli

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K to 12
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Knowledge Maps provides a resource for community problem solving. Sign up using Gmail or FaceBook. First-time members are asked to choose a map. An introduction wizard will then come...more
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Knowledge Maps provides a resource for community problem solving. Sign up using Gmail or FaceBook. First-time members are asked to choose a map. An introduction wizard will then come up and walk you through how to use Knowledge Maps, or you can decide to skip the intro. Then, start a map by posing a question or problem and invite friends and other community members to recommend resources. After receiving and reviewing resources, share with others as part of the Knowledge Maps community.

tag(s): bookmarks (60), social networking (112)

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Knowledge Maps is an excellent way to narrow down resources for class projects and research taking away the overwhelming nature of Google searches. Create a Knowledge Map for students to share their favorite website for interpreting literature, finding solutions to math problems, or locating pictures for use in multimedia projects. Ask students to create a Knowledge Map that includes resources used on class projects. Create a Knowledge Map to embed on your class website with suggested books for reading. Use this site professionally to curate and share resources with coworkers. The ideas for using this tool are endless!

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ePubEditor - ePubEditor.it

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K to 12
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Create multimedia and interactive ebooks that work on tablets and computers for free with ePubEditor. Create your account to begin, then follow prompts to upload images and text with...more
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Create multimedia and interactive ebooks that work on tablets and computers for free with ePubEditor. Create your account to begin, then follow prompts to upload images and text with optional image, video, or audio. Other options allow you to create quizzes with different responses such as multiple choice, matching, or drag and drop response. Allow others to edit and add to your book using the share editing option. When complete, publish and share your book using the created URL or download in different formatting options including epub and PDF.
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tag(s): digital storytelling (144), ebooks (42)

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Create books together as a class as you move through a unit or topic, adding images and ideas your students suggest. Use in a flipped classroom to deliver course information. Assign several student groups a different topic and have each group create their own multimedia versions as they learn more about the topic. Make a digital bookshelf of all the versions for all to use. Challenge your gifted students to enhance the "standard" class text with additional material they discover by going deeper and learning about related topics. In lower grades, create teacher-made ebooks for your young readers, perhaps adding audio of your own voice reading the text.

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Votesy - Tyler Cruz

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K to 12
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Votesy is a crowdsourcing voting platform. Quickly create a poll by text, video, or image to receive votes or comments. Create private or public polls or limit questions to certain...more
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Votesy is a crowdsourcing voting platform. Quickly create a poll by text, video, or image to receive votes or comments. Create private or public polls or limit questions to certain demographics such as location or gender. Register for a free account and follow the simple prompts to create a survey. Choose from many options to personalize the poll such as allowing voters to change their mind, setting a deadline, or allowing others to add answer choices. Once finished, share your poll with social media links, URL, or embed into your website.

tag(s): polls and surveys (48), quiz (85), quizzes (97)

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Share polls on a projector or interactive whiteboard to discuss and informally assess prior knowledge as you start a new unit, asking questions about the material. Discuss in groups why students would choose a particular answer to uncover misconceptions. Use for daily quiz questions to check student understanding as a means of formative assessment. Use a class account to have student groups alternate to create a new poll for the next day. Place a survey on your teacher web page as a homework inspiration or to ask questions to increase parent involvement. Older students may want to include polls on their student blogs to increase reader involvement. Have students create polls to use at the start of project presentations. Use surveys to generate data for math class (graphing), during elections, or for critical thinking activities dealing with the interpretation of statistics. Use "real" data to engage students on issues and current events that matter to them.

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