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Film Story - Mnemonic Productions

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3 to 12
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Film Story is a great listing of history films searchable by country, era, subject, and film type (feature film, documentary, or mini-series). Another helpful feature is when you roll...more
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Film Story is a great listing of history films searchable by country, era, subject, and film type (feature film, documentary, or mini-series). Another helpful feature is when you roll your cursor over the map, the region and how many films are available will pop up. Film Story's goal is to help you learn more about historical people, places, and events through film. Once you click on a film, you see the era, type of film, etc. and several themes. All of these are links to other films in these categories. Film story is simply a directory. Search out the films you find on your favorite search engine and borrow them from a library or video store. No registration required to use this site.

tag(s): afghanistan (7), africa (180), asia (73), black history (59), central america (13), china (66), cross cultural understanding (115), europe (75), middle east (30), movies (65), north america (19)

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Discover videos on Film Story to help build prior knowledge and illustrate what students are learning in history or world languages/cultures classes. Find several films and have small groups of students view them. Have students become "eyewitnesses" to history and watch the video assigned to them before they have a context for it. Then have them write or blog about what they think they are witnessing. Afterward they can research the event in more depth and write a follow-up reflection on what was actually happening in the video. Challenge your students to use a site such as Timetoast reviewed here, to create timelines of topics researched on the site. Use images from public domain sites, such as the collections reviewed here, to illustrate the events.

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Magic Tree House - Random House Children's Books

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K to 4
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Explore Magic Tree House Books online. Enter the Tree House and collect stamps for your passport by answering questions about each of the books or learn more about the Magic ...more
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Explore Magic Tree House Books online. Enter the Tree House and collect stamps for your passport by answering questions about each of the books or learn more about the Magic Tree House books by reading excerpts. There are engaging online games and printable activities to play and screen savers and wallpapers to download. Most are educational; however some are just "for fun" games. Print many lesson ideas and activities from the teacher tree located on the site. Registration with email is required to receive a passport that can be stamped as each book is completed. Complete individual activities without a passport or registration.
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tag(s): book lists (128), guided reading (47), literature (275), quizzes (97)

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Use quizzes from the site for a fun way for students to check comprehension and reflect on reading. Print passports from the site and stamp student passports as they finish reading each book. Use one email address to register all students. Or read tips for safely managing email registrations here. If you are reading the Magic Tree House books to your students, create a class passport for the year. Your whole class can help answer the questions to earn the stamps.
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Sozo Exchange - Sozo Exchange

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9 to 12
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Sozo offers daily online broadcasts for learning English. Older teens and adults will enjoy learning English through daily feature videos, pronunciation assists, and interview clips...more
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Sozo offers daily online broadcasts for learning English. Older teens and adults will enjoy learning English through daily feature videos, pronunciation assists, and interview clips which include lesson features and online review exercises. You can contribute to online surveys, learn idioms, and take quizzes with free registration. Subject matter is designed for teens and adults.
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tag(s): figurative language (16), idioms (44), listening (91), news (261), pronunciation (44), vocabulary development (126)

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This is a great find for independent ESL/ELL students who want to improve their oral comprehension and knowledge of vocabulary along with its idiomatic language and slang expressions. Keep the link to this program on your computers at school and on your web page for home use, too. Parents wanting to learn English could use this site too!
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Mentimeter - Mentimeter

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3 to 12
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This free voting tool provides instant feedback from audiences or classes. Create a question and a set of answer choices. Choose from various themes and then provide a short link ...more
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This free voting tool provides instant feedback from audiences or classes. Create a question and a set of answer choices. Choose from various themes and then provide a short link (http://vot.rs) with the ID code of the poll. Participants choose an answer using a mobile device or their computer. Generate a large QR code easily for the fastest linking. View results instantly (which is a plus for interactive presentations or classes). Results can also be embedded on a website. Mentimeter is supported by the most popular mobile platforms.

tag(s): polls and surveys (48)

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Mentimeter is helpful in the classroom as a formative assessment tool. Educators can interact with others inside class or during presentations. Because the poll address and ID code number can be given verbally, it is very easy to create and give to classes. Survey students during activities and lectures to check on understanding of important concepts. Responses can also be open ended by creating your poll without any choice of answers. Students can only vote once per question with this tool.

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Venngage - Venngage

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7 to 12
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Like the looks of Infographics but wish it were as easy as creating a Powerpoint? This website aims to empower you to easily create infographics in a short time. It ...more
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Like the looks of Infographics but wish it were as easy as creating a Powerpoint? This website aims to empower you to easily create infographics in a short time. It is worth the free registration to gain access. Create beautiful Infographics by creating a title and then choosing a template or color scheme. Create your own templates using a range of color, label, and font choices. Click on the elements on the template to change the words, add widgets, create charts, and more. Use the slider along the top right to move between edit mode and preview mode. Go beyond traditional charts by including word clouds, treemaps, bubble charts, and more. Click Save as Template (helpful in creating labels and examples for students to follow) to save your style for later. Click Publish to make the Infographic public or private. You can save the Infographic as an image, share via URL, or use an embed code to place on a wiki, site, or blog. Click on your dashboard to view additional templates shared by creators and to find your Infographics.

tag(s): data (148), infographics (42), posters (36), vocabulary (324)

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Consider creating Infographics of material learned in class and for better understanding and connection with other topics and the "real world." Make curriculum content more real with infographics that students can relate to. Have students create their own infographics with this site to display what they have learned from a unit of study, how vocabulary words are related to the unit content, or as a review before a test. It could even be a replacement for the test! Connect data found on the Internet to information needed to understand that data. (Consider looking at different ways to show the data which can generate bias.) Use your interactive whiteboard or projector to allow student groups to present an Infographic about a book they've read, related news article, etc. Create Infographics about events such as Earth Day, D-Day, Take Your Child to Work Day, and other observances.

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Infogr.am - Infogr.am

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5 to 12
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Create interactive charts or infographics to embed onto your site and share with others. Choose from one of the themes (a limited choice for free members) and enter your information...more
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Create interactive charts or infographics to embed onto your site and share with others. Choose from one of the themes (a limited choice for free members) and enter your information into the existing words and charts. You can even load data from Excel. Change settings, themes, elements, and more as you work. Your work saves automatically and can be found in your Library. When finished, click Share to publish and send to Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Copy the embed code to place the graphic on your web site, or click "view on web" to copy/paste the URL to share. Note that any infographic you make with a free account is publicly viewable.

tag(s): charts and graphs (195), data (148), infographics (42)

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Consider using quantitative data (or collecting your own) to create class graphics explaining and sharing the data. This tool does not create infographics that show flow charts or non-numeric relationships. Use the site to teach data and the graphic display of data. Common Core expects students to interpret data from visual representations and to create their own visual representations of information. 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. 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.

To challenge your gifted students, have them research and create infographics depicting the data to support stances on issues related to your curriculum topics: Numbers of people affected by climate change, economic effects of pollution, etc. Have them research the data and present it visually on a class wiki, then write an accompanying explanation or opinion piece.

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Piktochart - Ai Ching and Andrea Zaggia

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9 to 12
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If a picture is worth a thousand words, then use images in an Infographic to tell those words in a captivating way. Fill in the information about your presentation and ...more
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If a picture is worth a thousand words, then use images in an Infographic to tell those words in a captivating way. Fill in the information about your presentation and choose a theme. Information will be added to the theme you choose. Add data, change images and icons, and add text. Save as a static image (JPEG or PNG) or in an HTML format to embed in a web page.
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tag(s): infographics (42)

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You will want to play with this tool before using it in class. For a good explanation of the infographic process using Piktochart, see this blog post. Use this tool anywhere numerical data is collected and is best shown in a chart. Collect data in a science, survey, or math class and display it using different graphs to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using each graph type. Use for quick creation and sharing of created graphs. Create charts together easily on an interactive whiteboard when introducing the different types. Use to portray different sets of data about a topic in a new and unique way.

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Seeing the Future! A Guide to Visual Communication - HOWTOONS and the Lemelson/MIT InvenTeams

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6 to 12
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This comic-book style guide traces the history of visual communications and explains design principles anyone can use to create visual projects. You can click to view in html (web page)...more
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This comic-book style guide traces the history of visual communications and explains design principles anyone can use to create visual projects. You can click to view in html (web page) form or download the pdf version. The comic book follows the tale of a young man who cannot draw but wants to revolutionize the world. By breaking drawing into simple shapes and lines, the protagonist learns to communicate through drawing. Then he adds perspective to move past "flat" to the look of 3D. Whether you are trying to create a poster, an infographic, a scientific diagram, or a greeting card, this guide will give you new "perspective."

tag(s): graphic design (35), infographics (42), visual thinking (10)

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Share this guide (the html version) on your interactive whiteboard or projector before any visual project or assignment. Offer the pdf and/or the link as a reference on your class web page or computer cluster for students who become frustrated drawing. The tools explained in the guide are easily duplicated in most computer drawing programs and online whiteboard tools, such as these reviewed tools from the TeachersFirst Edge. Encourage students to view this guide when they must design a model or infographic and cannot figure out how to simplify their ideas to something they can represent.
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TeachersFirst's Resources for Infographics - TeachersFirst

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4 to 12
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Find a targeted collection of infographic resources including tools for creating them, collections of great infographic examples, and sites with professional information for teachers...more
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Find a targeted collection of infographic resources including tools for creating them, collections of great infographic examples, and sites with professional information for teachers planning to use infographics for student projects and assessments.

tag(s): infographics (42)

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Join the21st century trend of infographics as a way to share a lot of information, quantitative data, and relationships in a compact but effective visual space. Help students learn and construct meaning using infographics. Share this collection on your class web page as a starting point for students.

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Infographic of Infographics - Ivan Cash

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6 to 12
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This infographic depicts the trends and design strategies used to convey information in today's infographics. See stats on the visual devices used, topics, locations, and informational...more
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This infographic depicts the trends and design strategies used to convey information in today's infographics. See stats on the visual devices used, topics, locations, and informational elements that are "trending" in infographic use. Whether you are an analytic person or a visual one, this site make you stop and think.

tag(s): graphic design (35), infographics (42)

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If you are assigning students to create infographics, this is a must-share. Have students explore this in small groups then find examples of the trend they find most interesting. Share their finds on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Better yet, share them on your class wiki so students can refer back to these ideas when they are "stuck" working on their own visual products. Art teachers can use this as an entry point into a graphic design unit. Reading teachers can use this to help students interpret and analyze the graphics that often accompany informational texts.

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Four Directions Teaching - 4D Interactive Inc.

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5 to 12
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A Canadian site focused on five "first nations" central to Canada's history, Four Directions Teaching, uses Flash technology to create a visually beautiful site about the Blackfoot,...more
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A Canadian site focused on five "first nations" central to Canada's history, Four Directions Teaching, uses Flash technology to create a visually beautiful site about the Blackfoot, Cree, Ojibwe, Mohawk, and Mi'kmaq tribes. There are also extensive teacher resources, sorted by challenge level, to download, a photo collection, audio narration, and printables. These resources are appropriate not only for use by Canadians, but also for understanding the development of Native American culture throughout North America. (The Native Americans preceded any national boundaries!). Technical notes point out that you need to allow pop=ups from this site.

tag(s): canada (30), cross cultural understanding (115), cultures (105), native americans (78)

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The series of animated mini lessons are perfect for use on an interactive whiteboard (or projector) and help anchor the learning activities available for download. They could also be used as stand-alone resources to complement lessons you have designed. You might choose to look at creation myths across the various tribes or how each culture constructed shelters or conducted ceremonies. These themes make the lessons useful even for those not studying specifically Canadian history. Have students make a multimedia presentation on a chosen topic using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.
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TalkMiner - FXPAL

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4 to 12
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Talkminer is a search engine specifically for video lectures, webinars, webcasts, and presentations. Save time searching for videos that contain exactly the information you need! Search...more
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Talkminer is a search engine specifically for video lectures, webinars, webcasts, and presentations. Save time searching for videos that contain exactly the information you need! Search for the exact phrase you need (cell mutation, for example). Talkminer will not only list all the videos, webcasts, etc. that have that phrase, but when you view the item, it will display each frame that has your keywords. Talkminer searches WITHIN the video, webcast, etc. identifying your keywords. No more searching by title, hoping the video will have what you need. Better yet, no more watching the entire video just to find out it doesn't HAVE exactly what you need!

tag(s): search engines (65), slides (63), video (254)

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Use short clips in any grade level to provide background knowledge to your students. Use Talkminer to illustrate a concept you are teaching. If you use PowerPoint or another presentation tool, embed the clip you want directly into your presentation. You can use a tool like Clip Nabber reviewed here to do this. During student research, have them use Talkminer and keywords for their topic to hear expert opinions and take notes for their report. This will give you the opportunity to teach them how to cite a video or webcast for their Works Cited. Students could also embed clips from the videos in their own presentations. You might want them to create their presentation using authorSTREAM reviewed here.
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History Engine: Tools for Collaborative Education and Research - The University of Richmond

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8 to 12
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Contribute to ongoing historical research by submitting your own 500-word (or so) "episodes" to the History Engine. Each episode is designed to analyze and examine a particular event...more
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Contribute to ongoing historical research by submitting your own 500-word (or so) "episodes" to the History Engine. Each episode is designed to analyze and examine a particular event or small story, using primary sources and supporting research. The study of history is an ever-evolving process of continuing research and collaboration. While younger students may see history as something that has already been discovered, settled, written down and agreed upon, more advanced learners recognize that history is really much more interpretive and contextual.

The site is designed for use by college professors in designing research projects for individual students or student groups, but there is nothing here that would prevent advanced high school students from using the site or its materials as the basis for a research project. As the site is designed, instructors are to register prior to assigning research so that students can use an authorization code when submitting their research. If you decide to use the resources without submitting student work to the site, no registration is required. It should be noted that the terms of submission make the work the property of the University of Richmond; be sure that's consistent with your goals before you decide to submit.
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tag(s): advanced placement (21), history day (23), local history (13)

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The site and the research it encourages is designed for college students, so secondary school use would need to be either in an upper level or Advanced Placement course, or perhaps for a student doing research for a National History Day project. As an alternative, the site can be used even in less advanced classes simply as a resource to explore the "episodes" already submitted by others.
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What on Earth Made This - Website ''''''© 1996-2012 WGBH Educational Foundation

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4 to 12
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Explore a super sized volcano, the Scablands, the Magafloods, and beautiful and bizarre natural formations made from forces on our planet. Discover an interactive or printable version...more
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Explore a super sized volcano, the Scablands, the Magafloods, and beautiful and bizarre natural formations made from forces on our planet. Discover an interactive or printable version of each topic brimming with information. Use text, video, audio, or multimedia resources to accompany each topic.
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tag(s): earth (228), geology (81), landforms (45), landmarks (26)

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Make earth geology come alive in each of these captivating subjects. The resources deepen understanding. Open on an interactive whiteboard or projector to begin your earth study or include in a center for individual exploration. Add to your classroom website for enrichment purposes. Use as an example for a classroom wiki on any science subject. Not comfortable with wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through.
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2ePub - 2epub.com

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6 to 12
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This site easily converts one type of eBook format to another. This is perfect for those with more than one device using different formats or when sharing eBook resources with ...more
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This site easily converts one type of eBook format to another. This is perfect for those with more than one device using different formats or when sharing eBook resources with others. Use many formats such as doc, pdf, mobi, html and more to convert. Set the author, attributes, and title during the process. Note that only five ebooks can be selected and processed at a time. When finished, download the finished book to your desktop.
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tag(s): ebooks (42)

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Use this resource to convert eBooks that are useful for sharing in a class using a variety of devices. Engage kids by making pdfs, docs or any format that is readable on the devices being used. Use for students to "publish" their own works easily. Write and collaborate using Google Docs, download the document, and then convert using this tool. Use in elementary reading to make instant ebooks from kids writing or from vocabulary words in upcoming units. Use for whole-class collaboration and create a book to share on ebook readers. The possibilities for creating ans sharing are endless!
 

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All My Tweets - AirTight Interactive

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9 to 12
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All My Tweets is an easy way to see the tweets of a certain user. The result of the search is a list of tweets through time. It loads a ...more
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All My Tweets is an easy way to see the tweets of a certain user. The result of the search is a list of tweets through time. It loads a maximum of 3,200 tweets. Try entering teachersfirst in the search bar to see an example. Note: adults should preview results before using this tool with students, since unintended results may include inappropriate content.

tag(s): twitter (50)

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Use on an Interactive whiteboard or projector to introduce a class topic or follow current events. This site could be used for students to submit an assignment of their own tweets they did over a period of time. Or use this site during a presentation on how Twitter works, showing the information contained in a succession of tweets. Have students submit a record of tweets that show their learning over time. Follow a Twitter user who often shares resource links for a diary of resources that have been shared. Trace the tweets from the White House, any high profile political figure, or author over a period of time. Follow discussions about current events or new events in science or medicine. See this list of tweeting authors for some possibilities.

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Knovio - Online Video Presentations Made Easy - Knowledge Vision

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3 to 12
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Knovio takes the pain out of PowerPoint presentations by bringing them to life with webcam and audio enhancement. Create a PowerPoint or Keynote presentation, upload the file, press...more
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Knovio takes the pain out of PowerPoint presentations by bringing them to life with webcam and audio enhancement. Create a PowerPoint or Keynote presentation, upload the file, press record, and present to your audience. If you are camera shy, disable the defaulted webcam to just audio! Share with people you select through the site's private spaces or share to the world via your social network. When sharing through private spaces, you will need your audience's email addresses. Additionally, when your recipients view your presentation, you will receive an email confirmation of when the presentation was viewed.

tag(s): slides (63), video (254)

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If you have students who are uncomfortable presenting in front of a group or who must be absent on presentation day, they can package their presentations using Knovio. High school students can share "packaged" projects as part of their student portfolio or college applications.

Knovio could take the lecture out of the classroom and free time for hands-on activities. Use this tool to record a presentation that you would normally share with your students in class, add it to your website or wiki, and assign it as homework for students. This allows you the ability to "flip" your classroom. Create student accounts using Google tools so that you can easily share your presentations privately and securely. With the email confirmation, you can be sure that your students have opened the presentation. To ensure that they have viewed the presentation, assign them to take notes from it or write a summary of it as an entry ticket to your classroom on the day after it is to be viewed. Students still have access to the "traditional" way of learning from the teacher; however now you have maximized learning time by allowing for extended thinking activities, laboratory activities, and other higher order thinking activities in your room. This allows you time to facilitate more group projects, student choice assignments, and a deeper level of understanding of the concepts that you are teaching. Knovio could enhance any online teaching, too! This way, your students can see, hear, and learn from you even when they are not in a real-time environment. Knovio would be a great professional tool as well. Administrators could use this to create presentations to share with faculty. Faculty could view on their own time so that when they get to a meeting, the discussion can begin immediately. You can even share information from Back To School night and know which parents actually viewed it.

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Dr. Arbor Talks Trees - University of Illinois Extension

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Learn more about the basic inner workings of trees, how trees grow and develop, the many uses of trees and their bi-products, and some basic chemical principles. Choose from different...more
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Learn more about the basic inner workings of trees, how trees grow and develop, the many uses of trees and their bi-products, and some basic chemical principles. Choose from different sections on the site including tree basics, Dr. Arbor's Lab, State Tree Gallery, Resources, or Teacher's Guide. Select the Spanish button to view and listen to the entire site in Spanish, making this a wonderful resource to use with ESL/ELL students. Activities for lower grade levels are also accessible via the Teachers Guide.

tag(s): earth day (112), trees (30)

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Site creators describe this activity as being for grades 6-8, but the audio and overall tone make it appropriate for younger viewers. This is a wonderful site to explore with your interactive whiteboard or projector. This is a great site to save for Earth Day or Arbor Day activities. Have student create commercials and share them using a tool such as SchoolTube reviewed here. Have students predict what your state tree is then find it in the State Tree Gallery. The Glossary portion of the site contains many words that may be unfamiliar to students. Challenge them to find the definition of the words and use them correctly in sentences about trees or add the words to your class word wall or wiki.
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WDCS Kids - Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society

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Learn about and explore the world of dolphins and whales with this educational site. Find out if your schools serves "whale-friendly" lunches, make an origami dolphin, or watch a video...more
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Learn about and explore the world of dolphins and whales with this educational site. Find out if your schools serves "whale-friendly" lunches, make an origami dolphin, or watch a video demonstrating how dolphins get caught in fishing nets. Be sure not to miss the life size whale animation that provides an up-close perspective on just how large whales are. Lesson plans are available on the site under the Info Box and include PDF lesson plans and worksheets for students.

tag(s): ecology (135), habitats (84), marine biology (33), whales (16)

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The life size whale animation is perfect for use on interactive whiteboards or projectors. Display the animation and move the box around to give different perspective on the size of a whale. The red box on the whale on the right-hand corner of the screen shows what part of the whale is being displayed. Challenge cooperative learning groups to research dolphins or whales and create a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.
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Track My T - Anvil Knitwear

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5 to 12
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Learn all about cotton. Type in the unique lot number on a t-shirt and follow your shirt through an amazing interactive journey from its very beginning as a cotton seed ...more
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Learn all about cotton. Type in the unique lot number on a t-shirt and follow your shirt through an amazing interactive journey from its very beginning as a cotton seed on a farm! If you don't have a tracking number, simply click the "choose a random t-shirt" option. Learn about picking cotton, the cotton gin, yarn spinners, textile mills, cut and sew factories, and distribution centers. This is an incredible journey teaching the process that goods go through before ending up in the local store. Each stop on the journey includes video, images, and information about what happens during that part of the t-shirt creation process. In addition, you encounter historical figures such as Eli Whitney. Click on the house at the bottom right-hand side of the screen to download many lesson plans to use with the site. Click the music note in the bottom right to turn music on/off.

tag(s): consumers (21), producers (8)

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Use this activity as a whole class with an interactive whiteboard or projector as you teach about the industrial revolution, basic economics (raw materials, factories, etc.), or even plants/agriculture. Create a center focusing on this activity in the classroom or individually in the computer lab setting. As a follow up activity, have students put placemarks on a Google Earth map (reviewed here) on the location where their t-shirt/pants/shoes were made. This activity could easily be expanded to the geography classroom where students could do additional research about the country where their t-shirt originated from. Extend the activity by having students research and map other products and their origins.
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