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TV411 - Vocabulary - Education Development Center, Inc.

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4 to 12
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Find entertaining videos, web lessons, and downloads to support learning about dictionaries, thesaurus, and "How Words Work." Each video includes a short description of content and...more
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Find entertaining videos, web lessons, and downloads to support learning about dictionaries, thesaurus, and "How Words Work." Each video includes a short description of content and the skills addressed. Most videos are approximately three minutes long and include links to related web lessons and print downloads. This site was originally created for adult basic literacy students. However, many of these lessons could be useful with younger students learning the basics of vocabulary. Preview the video for appropriateness before sharing with younger students.

tag(s): antonyms (26), dictionaries (56), prefixes (16), reading comprehension (116), root words (13), spelling (168), suffixes (14), synonyms (38), thesaurus (24), vocabulary (324), vocabulary development (126), word study (80)

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Any vocabulary development unit needs to include lessons about how dictionaries and thesaurus' work. View videos on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) as part of your dictionary/word-study unit. Use on an as-needed basis to address classroom deficiencies in particular areas. Have students complete the web lessons on their own during computer center time. Create links to particular videos on your class website or blog for students to view at home. Check out the Teachers portion of the site to find activities for specific skills along with ideas for using the videos in the classroom. Challenge students to create a talking avatar using a photo or other image (legally permitted to be reproduced). The avatars can be used to provide suggestions on improving vocabulary and writing skills. Use a site such as Blabberize, reviewed here.
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Simple English News - simpleenglishnews

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Simple English News is a site that has very short articles about items from all over the world. It also features English in 30-Seconds videos on news topics and ...more
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Simple English News is a site that has very short articles about items from all over the world. It also features English in 30-Seconds videos on news topics and language oddities like slang and idioms. In addition, there are quizzes, participatory polls, written and oral interviews, recipes, and many other selections. This is not a site for breaking or controversial news. Besides appealing to ESL/ELL students, this site would work well with resource classes. Please remember to preview anything you wish to share, to be sure the content is appropriate for your classroom. Some of the videos are hosted on YouTube. 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): grammar (216), news (261), video (254)

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Share the video clips on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Check with this site to see if it has a feature on a grammar or vocabulary lesson you are preparing. Check with your administration about the feasibility of students registering to participate in polls and make comments on news articles. Refer students to the article about five special apps for learning English.
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Find a Word You Can't Spell - TV411

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5 to 12
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Students are often in a quandary about finding words in a dictionary they do not know how to spell. Share this video and they will enjoy the humorous banter between ...more
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Students are often in a quandary about finding words in a dictionary they do not know how to spell. Share this video and they will enjoy the humorous banter between two friends while learning to find a word they cannot spell. One needs to find a word he cannot spell, and the other gives several demonstrations of just how to use the dictionary without knowing the exact spelling for a word. Although TV411 was originally created for adult English Language students, this video could be useful in any secondary English classroom.

tag(s): dictionaries (56), spelling (168)

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Use this video as an introduction to dictionary skills. ESL/ELL students will benefit from this introduction to puzzling spelling and the use of phonetics, as well. Have students create their own comics to explain other phonetic hints they want to share with classmates such as the "ph" sounds like "f" illustration from the video. Have students create an online or printed comic using one of the tools and ideas included in this collection.
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Synonyms and Antonyms - TV411

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A poet uses one of his creations to explain the usage and choice of appropriate synonyms and antonyms. He refers the listener to the thesaurus to try the same technique ...more
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A poet uses one of his creations to explain the usage and choice of appropriate synonyms and antonyms. He refers the listener to the thesaurus to try the same technique he demonstrated. The tv411 videos were originally created for the adult English language learner, however, they could be useful to all secondary students. Please preview any video clip that you wish to share.

tag(s): antonyms (26), poetry (228), synonyms (38)

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Use this video clip as an introduction to word study and synonym and antonym usage. Share the video on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Challenge students to create a word cloud of synonyms and antonyms they might use, using a tool such as Wordle reviewed here. Have students write a simple poem and then several iterations using their new found synonym and antonym knowledge.
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What's a Thesaurus? - Education Development Center

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This short video creates a situation where it is necessary to choose synonyms to avoid using the same word repeated times. It goes on to explain how to use a ...more
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This short video creates a situation where it is necessary to choose synonyms to avoid using the same word repeated times. It goes on to explain how to use a conventional thesaurus. It uses the overly repeated word from the first situation to examine a thesaurus entry, and it explains how to know which group of thesaurus words to choose from. Although tv411 was originally created for English language learners (mainly adults), much of the content would be useful with secondary students. Preview the video before you share with your class.

tag(s): dictionaries (56), thesaurus (24)

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Use as an introduction to the thesaurus when teaching dictionary skills. Click on a related, non-video lesson on "Finding New Ways to Say Something" for more ideas about how to teach thesaurus skills.
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Tv411 - Writing - Education Development Center, Inc.

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8 to 12
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Find entertaining videos, web lessons, and printable downloads to support learning about writing. This site was originally intended for adults working toward a GED or equivalent, but...more
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Find entertaining videos, web lessons, and printable downloads to support learning about writing. This site was originally intended for adults working toward a GED or equivalent, but has much to offer all secondary students. There are activities for creative and personal writing, writing for work, and the GED. Each video includes a short description of contents; then just click to view the video. Topics include poetry, revisions, the writing process, setting tone, sentence fragments, and many others. Most videos are approximately 3 minutes long and include links to related web lessons and print downloads.

tag(s): creative writing (166), descriptive writing (41), grammar (216), grammar review (37), letter writing (21), poetry (228), writing (359)

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View videos on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Use this site as part of any writing unit or on an as-needed basis to address classroom deficiencies in particular areas. Have students complete the web lessons on their own during computer center time. Create links to particular videos on your class website or blog for students to view at home. Check out the Teachers portion of the site to find activities for specific skills along with ideas for using the videos in the classroom. Challenge students to create a talking avatar using a photo or other image (legally permitted to be reproduced). The avatars can be used to provide suggestions on improving specific writing skills such as run-on sentences, proper use of commas, etc. Use a site such as Blabberize (reviewed here). Share the "blabs" as peer help on your class wiki.
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Pictolang - Michael R. Shaughnessy

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5 to 12
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Pictolang offers four image-based language/culture learning activities. Visual Word Trainer provides flashcards with images and the word it represents from a choice of several languages...more
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Pictolang offers four image-based language/culture learning activities. Visual Word Trainer provides flashcards with images and the word it represents from a choice of several languages (Arabic, French, Italian, German, Japanese, Spanish, and more). Choose your language and the type of photos you wish to find. Picture Match offers a word with an assortment of images to match correctly. Word Match is the opposite of Picture Match - one image is offered with several words. Choose the correct word to match the image. Both of these activities also ask you to choose the language. The most difficult game is the Analyst Game. This activity "tests your visual intelligence." One image is presented, you choose the correct culture represented by the image. (Try it - not as easy as it sounds!)

tag(s): arabic (20), chinese (48), cross cultural understanding (115), french (88), german (64), images (266), italian (33), japanese (42), maps (287), spanish (108)

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Use Pictolang to help students learn and review languages on their own. This is a perfect site for ESL/ELL students, world cultures class, and world language studies. Display the Analyst Game on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) and play together as a class or as a small group center. Discuss images featured and why they represent different cultures. Allow ESL/ELL students to explore the site using the ESL (North America) option to match images to the English word. This is a great link to add to your class website for world language (or ESL/ELL) students to use for additional practice.

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MeeGenius - David Park

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K to 6
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MeeGenius has a free collection of on-line (audio) classic picture books for children. Listen to the stories read aloud or read them independently. The audio playback and word highlighting...more
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MeeGenius has a free collection of on-line (audio) classic picture books for children. Listen to the stories read aloud or read them independently. The audio playback and word highlighting makes these books perfect for the beginning reader. The currently available platforms for this online library include the Web, the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, and Google TV. MeeGenius invites aspiring authors and illustrators to submit their own stories. Older students can use this site as a way to create books themselves.

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tag(s): literacy (103), preK (281)

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Expand your classroom library with MeeGenius digital books. Make a shortcut to MeeGenius on classroom computers and use the site as a listening and reading center. Let students practice reading independently while simultaneously building fluency skills. If you teach a world language, have your class listen to a story and then translate it into the language they are learning. Ask your students to visit the site and create their own personal versions of these classic tales. Be sure to include this site on your class web page for students to access both in and outside of class for further practice and enjoyment.
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Persuasion Across Time and Space Lesson Plan - Stanford University Graduate School of Education

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6 to 12
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Stanford's Understanding Language offers this free five-lesson unit plan for English Language Learners on persuasive writing. Although geared towards middle school students, it could...more
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Stanford's Understanding Language offers this free five-lesson unit plan for English Language Learners on persuasive writing. Although geared towards middle school students, it could be useful with high schoolers as well. Each lesson includes an overview of content and goals for the end of lesson. Download the introduction and each of the five lessons using the PDF links provided. All lessons include correlations to Common Core standards and take approximately 4 to 5 days to complete. Each lesson includes all necessary handouts and assessment suggestions. Lesson topics relate to important events and people from American history: Gettysburg Address, civil rights, and others.

tag(s): advertising (33), civil rights (117), gettysburg address (18), martin luther king (37), persuasive writing (55), speeches (17)

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Print and use lessons (or portions of lessons) in your classroom. Although geared toward middle school ESL/ELL students, these materials can be adapted and used for any middle and high school students. Challenge your students to write their own persuasive writing pieces. Use this site to teach about historical events in America's past (Gettysburg Address, civil rights, Martin Luther King Jr, and more).
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Curious George - PBS Kids

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K to 1
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Join Curious George in his adventures with the Man in the Yellow Hat. Enjoy the antics of Curious George through online games, printables, and videos. Games feature matching, numbers,...more
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Join Curious George in his adventures with the Man in the Yellow Hat. Enjoy the antics of Curious George through online games, printables, and videos. Games feature matching, numbers, sounds, categorizing, shapes, Spanish, movement/dance, and animal sounds. Earn stickers with successful completion of each game. In the teacher section, there are 16 "ready to go" activities. Each activity includes a description, topic, and tips!

tag(s): animals (276), dance (28), geometric shapes (163), matching (24), numbers (204), preK (281)

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Use the video clips or activities on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Use this site at centers to reinforce skills (counting, matching, learning shapes, and more). Share this link on your class website for students to access at home.
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Teaching Children Reading and Math - Patricia Hall Jones

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K to 6
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Find many easy to implement, brain-based ideas for supporting instruction in reading and math. The site contains easy to follow labels to different areas such as aesthetics, environment,...more
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Find many easy to implement, brain-based ideas for supporting instruction in reading and math. The site contains easy to follow labels to different areas such as aesthetics, environment, reading, math, games, strategies, and the early years. Within each of those areas are choices to narrow down content. Find tips to help your ADHD students to focus. The site's author is a big proponent of using word walls in all curriculum areas, so there are many pictures and suggestions for how to use word walls in the classroom. Although not fancy and glitzy like many sites, this site is well worth a visit to find simple and practical suggestions for everyday classroom use.

tag(s): adhd (28), dance (28), fluency (23), geometric shapes (163), integers (41), preK (281), reading comprehension (116), sight words (37), vocabulary development (126)

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Bookmark this site for use throughout the year for strengthening use of word walls, finding games/activities for classroom use, and ideas for strengthening teaching of reading and math. Check out the activities for use with ADHD students to help with focusing.

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OuiWrite - Peyton Fouts

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6 to 12
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This is a writer's dream come true! OuiWrite will format papers, resumes, book reports, blog entries, letters, and bibliographies into MLA, APA, or Chicago Style and create footnotes....more
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This is a writer's dream come true! OuiWrite will format papers, resumes, book reports, blog entries, letters, and bibliographies into MLA, APA, or Chicago Style and create footnotes. All you have to do is come up with the content. Actually, OuiWrite will even help with the content. While typing the paper, OuiWrite automatically searches for the content and finds sources. These sources can then be cited or added as a bibliography automatically. OuiWrite has other nifty features: templates for different types of papers and bibliographies, a dictionary and thesaurus, a plagiarism checker, and a genius button. To use the genius button, highlight a word, click on the genius button and OuiWrite will find sources for what you are writing as you write and cites them automatically. All you have to do is think about your topic. Of course, if you simply dump in citations and suggested content, your paper will read like a cutting collage, so the thought that pulls it together is what really matters!
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tag(s): citations (34), expository writing (44), persuasive writing (55), plagiarism (35)

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As teachers, we need to be aware that such a tool exists, since savvy students may compile a "paper" without a logical thought pattern simply by clicking to include suggestions from OuiWrite. The best strategy for such a tool is to show students how to use it well. Take the drudgery out of writing formal papers by emphasizing thinking over mechanics. Whether teaching beginning research or seniors in high school, introduce them to OuiWrite. For younger students, seeing all the formatting and citing done correctly, from the beginning, makes sense whether it is the body of the writing or the bibliography. With either age group, give lessons about each part of a paper or letter. Demonstrate on an interactive whiteboard and think out loud as a group to pull together ideas, sources, quotes, and more to support an argument and build a paper. You can use it, too, when you write for your graduate program. Since you can choose from MLA, APA, or Chicago Style, you do not have to worry about memorizing punctuation and double checking the format. OuiWrite will do that for you and take the stress out of formal writing.

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Learn English Teens - British Council

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7 to 12
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This teens' branch of Learn English (created in the UK) contains interactives, short stories, poems, grammar bits, and a video zone with many short videos. You can also write captions...more
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This teens' branch of Learn English (created in the UK) contains interactives, short stories, poems, grammar bits, and a video zone with many short videos. You can also write captions for humorous photos. The vocabulary zone organizes words into various categories. The exam section gives advice on exam preparation for all types of tests including listening, speaking, and reading as well as study tips. Don't miss the free time section and a magazine with articles written by peers. A free log-in allows teens access to printed versions of the stories (with questions), the ability to make comments, enter competitions, answer polls, and even submit writings. Since this site was created in the UK, you will notice some spelling differences from American English.

tag(s): creative writing (166), grammar (216), test prep (96), video (254)

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Introduce this site to your class on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Make a shortcut to this site on classroom computers and have your ELL/ESL students use it as one of your learning stations. Short stories and other interactive features of the site would work well with weaker readers and learning support students, too. Encourage your ESL/ELL students to share their writings here (if allowed by school policy).
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Croak.it - Protik Roychowdhury and Srinivasa Teja

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K to 12
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Croak.it allows you to TALK to those who land on your webpage. Your visitors can leave a verbal message for you using the Croakit application program interface (API). (An API...more
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Croak.it allows you to TALK to those who land on your webpage. Your visitors can leave a verbal message for you using the Croakit application program interface (API). (An API is similar to embedding a mini version of the tool.) The beauty of this audio recorder is that it works on many types of devices, including iOS (iPad, iTouch, iPhone), Android phones, or in a regular computer browser. And it's free. There is no email sign up. Their slogan is, "Push. Speak. Share." Leave a message up to 30 seconds on your page. You can push to stop at any time. Once you have created your Croak.it, you have the choice to adjust the tempo and pitch. Share your Croak.it through Facebook or Twitter. Copy the URL and put it on your webpage, in your email, on your blog, etc. Use Croak.it to express yourself using your voice, which is much more interesting than reading text! The only part of this program that uses Flash is the introductory video.

tag(s): speech (92)

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The potential for using Croak.it for and with your students is limitless. As you create (or update) your website at the beginning of the school year, considering using this site to verbally greet all visitors! Record a message for absent students explaining something done in class and email it to them. Leave verbal instructions on your web page or homework page that might be too complicated to write out or for your students to read. This program has incredible promise for use with learning-support students, speech and language students, ESL/ELL students, non-readers, and for differentiating instruction. If your students have blogs, consider adding Croak.It to their blog pages for spoken comments. An excellent idea from the blog "Inquiry Live in the Classroom" is to use Croak.it with QR Codes and have your students make 30 second book reviews for your classroom or school library. Students can then scan the code of a book they think they are interested in reading to see what others think of it, or to get a 30 second summary of it. Use Croak.it for tutorials on your website. Use a QR Code generator and put the code next to diagrams in text books. To view many more ideas see "QR Codes and Using Them in the Classroom," reviewed here, and know that you can combine these with the use of Croak.it, too. There are many personal ways you and your students can use this program: create a wish list, Mother's Day or birthday greeting, a message to a grandparent, or a recording of part of a picture book for a younger sibling. Because of the 30 second time limit, encourage students to rehearse (never a bad idea) before recording. One suggestion for saving recordings is to create a Google Form or wiki page where students can use to submit their recording links. This allows you to collect student recordings without having to use an e-mail account. Speech and language teachers could create wiki pages (on a private wiki) for each student to record samples throughout the year to demonstrate progress with articulation. World language teachers could record assignments and ask students to respond orally on a class wiki.

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Parenting Resources - Glazebrook and Associates

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K to 8
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Positive parental involvement is a critical part of every child's education. Discovering ways to help support and encourage parenting is a must! The site offers schools, educators,...more
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Positive parental involvement is a critical part of every child's education. Discovering ways to help support and encourage parenting is a must! The site offers schools, educators, caregivers, and teachers a collection of material on countless education topics. Information on useful websites, grant information, and a monthly newsletter offer ideas and support. Steps to a parent involvement education program helps you design, or even check your own parent program.
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tag(s): parent conferences (22), parents (56), preK (281)

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Introduce this site at Back to School Night. Share the link on your class website for parents to explore on their own. Why not feature one relevant article per month in your newsletter, blog, or wiki. (Provide the url and a brief description of the content).
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Creating Infographics: A Screencast Tutorial - School Library Journal Linda Braun

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3 to 12
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View this video to learn how to create an infographic. For visual learners, this is a must see! Linda Braun briefly introduces what an infographic is using the program Visual.ly, ...more
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View this video to learn how to create an infographic. For visual learners, this is a must see! Linda Braun briefly introduces what an infographic is using the program Visual.ly, reviewed here. She then switches over to a program called Easel.ly, reviewed here, where you can use one of their templates to create your infographic. She steps you through changing objects, object size and color, and adding text. Once she finishes the infographic in Easel.ly, she then switches to Infogr.am, reviewed here, and shows how to either use their templates, or create your own, including importing your own data and images.
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tag(s): infographics (42), video (254)

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Introduce your students to infographics and this video in class. Share this (approximately 14 minute) video on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then, post this video on your website for students to watch whenever they need help while creating an infographic. Consider assigning the creation of an Infographic as an assignment to understand content and connect it with the real world. See a full TeachersFirst article about using infographics as a scaffold and formative assessment here. Have students create an infographic about the impact of slavery on an economy or to explain an experiment and report the results with graphical information to provide meaning. Use one of the tools described in the video, Visual.ly, reviewed here, Easel.ly, reviewed here, or Infogr.am, reviewed here.
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Historical Thinking Interactive Poster (Elementary) - National History Education Clearinghouse

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3 to 7
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Think like a historian using this interactive poster! Consider how your life would have been different if you were born as a slave, an immigrant, living in the city, etc.. ...more
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Think like a historian using this interactive poster! Consider how your life would have been different if you were born as a slave, an immigrant, living in the city, etc.. Think about how your wardrobe would be different. All you have to do is hover your mouse over one of the quadrants and click. More information, activities, and links will appear. Each of the quadrants also has additional teaching resources. On the far left column you will find links to "What Is Historical Thinking?" a video, "What are primary sources?" and "What are secondary sources?" This site is content RICH and definitely worthy of your time. Some of the video clips require Flash.

tag(s): history day (23), primary sources (86)

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Use your interactive whiteboard or projector and teach your students how to think like a historian. There are some interesting links here for you and your students to investigate. For instance, there is a link to discover how different the lives of kids were in the past. View the primary sources to look at what nineteenth century kids read, what their toys were, and how the clothes looked. There are also links for using primary sources, and surfing the net successfully. You may want to go through each quadrant with the entire class, or you might want to assign groups to become "specialists" in a quadrant and have them present it to your class. Have students create online posters on paper using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) or PicLits (reviewed here.
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BBC Landscapes - BBC Scotland

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2 to 8
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This interactive map resource from the BBC introduces map skills (focusing on the Scottish Isles.) Follow the little green alien to read details about geography and the site. The three...more
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This interactive map resource from the BBC introduces map skills (focusing on the Scottish Isles.) Follow the little green alien to read details about geography and the site. The three main sections offer: learning different parts of a map, reading a guidebook that has information about Scottish landscapes, and viewing shared photos of landscapes. Learn about map legends and keys, how to read coordinates, and more. You can select from several different options when beginning the overall site, including viewing within a browser or not and also viewing with sound or not. This site is easy to use, content-rich, and entertaining. Note that distances are measured in km, not miles.

tag(s): charts and graphs (195), map skills (79), maps (287)

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Use this site when beginning a geography lesson. Although the site features Scotland, the skills are useful for any map reading. You can even talk about linear measurements: kilometers vs miles! After going through the lesson, have students use a mapping tool such as Mapskip (reviewed here) to create a map of their own city, state, or country. Mapskip even allows audio "stories" and pictures. This is a great site for ESL/ELL and learning support students to use. They can read the directions and hints and also hear the audio.
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Cyberchase - PBS KIDS

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3 to 7
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Join Jackie, Matt, and Inez in the PBS world of Cyberchase, using the magical powers of math and science to take adventures. The "Motherboard" heads the team against the evils ...more
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Join Jackie, Matt, and Inez in the PBS world of Cyberchase, using the magical powers of math and science to take adventures. The "Motherboard" heads the team against the evils of the universe, Hacker. Visit "Games" to find interactives. There are printables found at the "Activities" link. And finally, watch different episodes (see Video) of Cyberchase to practice various math skills. After the show, find links to the math presented in the show. Examples of content topics include: fractions, geometry, math, weather, money, problem solving, using data, using numbers, science and engineering, pre-algebra, measurement, math and sports, and geometry.

tag(s): data (148), engineering (125), fractions (239), money (193), problem solving (272), sports (97), weather (188)

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Introduce math concepts in a unique way, using Cyberchase adventures on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Use this site at your centers/stations to practice, use, and apply math and science skills. Put a link on your class website for students to use for review, reinforcement, and enrichment.
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PictureSet - Special Education Technology British Columbia

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K to 12
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PictureSET is a collection of downloadable visuals to support receptive and expressive communication in the classroom, at home, and in the community. Choose from the main category titles:...more
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PictureSET is a collection of downloadable visuals to support receptive and expressive communication in the classroom, at home, and in the community. Choose from the main category titles: Young Adult, School, Community, Home, and others to access resources. Available resources include songs, posters, booklets, and stories. Print and save files using links included. Many of the collections were designed to meet specific needs such as articulation.

tag(s): dental health (23), holidays (147), hygiene (10), posters (36)

In the Classroom

Print posters from the site for classroom use for procedures such as bathroom routines, cleanup, teaching personal hygiene, etc. This is an excellent site to use with learning support, or even life skills students. Many parts of this site would be ideal to use in the ESL/ELL classroom. Special ed teachers looking for free communications materials will love the teacher-made options available here. You can aso share materials you create. World language teachers can use the images to create vocabulary challenges for students to narrate.
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