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Sonoran Desert Fact Sheet - Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

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Learn about the many plants and animals that live in the Sonoran Desert through the many fact sheets on this site. Click on any animal or plant name to learn ...more
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Learn about the many plants and animals that live in the Sonoran Desert through the many fact sheets on this site. Click on any animal or plant name to learn about their adaptations, habitat, range, and more. Some also include an audio file sharing their sounds. In addition to plants and animals, this site also includes an interesting link to information on the people who live in the desert.

tag(s): animal homes (57), animals (308), deserts (15), plants (166)

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Include this site as a student resource when teaching about biomes and habitats. Use an online flashcard maker, like Flashcard Stash, reviewed here, to create digital flashcards with features of different desert animals. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, to compare and contrast features of different animals or biomes.

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WordMint - Nathaniel Story

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Create crossword puzzles, word searches, and bingo cards quickly with WordMint. Create your free account to begin, then choose an activity to set up and enter terms. When finished,...more
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Create crossword puzzles, word searches, and bingo cards quickly with WordMint. Create your free account to begin, then choose an activity to set up and enter terms. When finished, print and save your puzzle including an answer key and student copies. WordMint also contains an extensive database of already made word searches and puzzles that don't require registration to use, find the links to them at the bottom of the home page.

tag(s): crosswords (20), puzzles (203)

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Create puzzles and activities to review spelling or vocabulary terms. Create bingo cards and use as an introduction to new concepts. Share a link to this site on your class website for students to create their own puzzles for review at home.
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ABC Avenue YouTube Channel - ABC Avenue

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K to 2
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ABC Avenue's YouTube Channel offers videos of children's books read aloud for the youngest of readers. Choose the video link to see all uploaded videos or choose playlists to view ...more
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ABC Avenue's YouTube Channel offers videos of children's books read aloud for the youngest of readers. Choose the video link to see all uploaded videos or choose playlists to view by type of book. Playlists include funny books, picture books, and more. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): book lists (133), literature (273), preK (294), video (278)

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Share individual videos on classroom computers for students to view during center time. Share a link to this YouTube Channel on your class website or newsletter for viewing at home. Share this site with older students, then ask them to create their own video story read alouds for younger students using a tool like playposit (fromerly eduCanon) reviewed here, then share them using a tool such as SchoolTube, reviewed here.

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Kodu Game Lab - Microsoft Research

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3 to 12
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Kodu is a software download for creating Windows PC games through a simple programming language. A download is also available for Xbox games; however, it is not free. The software ...more
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Kodu is a software download for creating Windows PC games through a simple programming language. A download is also available for Xbox games; however, it is not free. The software allows users to create and personalize virtual worlds through point and click options. Additional options offer "if this, then that" personalization to add variety to the game. Under Resources find the "Getting Started" tutorial videos that reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): coding (65), game based learning (128), gamification (81)

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Have students work in teams to design and develop content demonstrating an understanding of lessons in any subject area. Begin sharing Kodu with your computer experts who are interested in programming. Allow them to be the leaders in sharing how to use and personalize the program. Use Kodu as part of an after-school computer club. Be sure to take advantage of the resources section of Kodu for tips and tutorials on using the program.

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Creative Writing Now - William Victor

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Creative Writing Now offers a broad array of resources supporting the writing of fiction, poetry, and drama. Choose from tabs at the top of the page to find creative writing ...more
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Creative Writing Now offers a broad array of resources supporting the writing of fiction, poetry, and drama. Choose from tabs at the top of the page to find creative writing ideas and prompts, writing guides, and tips for writers. Creative Writing Now also offers free online courses with topics including Endless Story Ideas, Story Structure, and Bringing Characters to Life.

tag(s): creative writing (167), poetry (221), stories and storytelling (33), writing (369)

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Bookmark this site as a resource for many creative writing activity tools throughout the year. Encourage students to participate in the free online courses offered; some take as little as three days to complete. Share student writing using Flipsnack, reviewed here, to turn their PDFs into an online book, There is even a page-turning effect! If you have a Word doc or image use PDFaid, reviewed here, to convert them to PDF format.

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Check123 - Yuval Katz and Yuval Shani

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K to 12
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Think of Check123 as a video encyclopedia with over 20,000 videos from around the world. Each video is approximately 1, 2, or 3 minutes in length. Videos are curated and ...more
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Think of Check123 as a video encyclopedia with over 20,000 videos from around the world. Each video is approximately 1, 2, or 3 minutes in length. Videos are curated and validated by experts to ensure accuracy and quality. Quality ratings for each entry provide a score of up to 10 points based on accuracy, quality, and entertainment value. Search for any topic or browse through the many categories. Free signup allows you to save videos and request videos for addition to the site. Check123 is a very powerful tool for the classroom. You can create a lesson and search for videos from your lesson or copy and paste a relevant article and Check123 will scan its data base for you. Create quizzes and discussions for the videos that will reside on the videos' timeline. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): animals (308), art history (74), artists (78), cells (104), chemicals (42), civil war (143), cold war (30), diseases (74), drugs and alcohol (23), earth (230), evolution (99), explorers (64), human body (132), industrial revolution (26), internet safety (111), movies (71), oceans (161), planets (128), plants (166), space (221), war of 1812 (15), world war 1 (56), world war 2 (142)

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Bookmark Check123 on your classroom computers for access throughout the year. Pull up short videos on any topic to introduce or reinforce content. Be sure to share a link to this site on your class webpage. Have students use Check123 to find videos on any topic, plants for example, then share the different videos to learn together. Have students make a multimedia presentation using Genial.ly, reviewed here, and include videos found on this site to include in the presentation.

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Teacher's Guide to the Common Core State Standards - USC Rossier School of Education

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K to 1
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From Rossier Online this comprehensive guide for the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) will become your "go to" resource for questions from parents and new educators. Come away with...more
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From Rossier Online this comprehensive guide for the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) will become your "go to" resource for questions from parents and new educators. Come away with a thorough understanding of the four strands and the standards for ELA, as well as the standards for Math. Both Math and ELA have six shifts in standards explained in everyday language for better understanding. Also, find sections for Understanding CCSS Assessments and an explanation of the three different Types of Tests used at the time of this review. Get help with teaching parents about CCSS, and explore the Tools and Resources for just about any need you can think of for the classroom and community.

tag(s): back to school (61), commoncore (97), newbies (19), professional development (162)

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Share with all teachers, not just new teachers, as part of back to school planning and activities. Create your own (shortened) list of advice for new teachers in your school and district. Share with student teachers as a starting point for discussing how to handle different situations they will face as new teachers. Make a list of pertinent explanations for parents at back-to-school night or as a handout.

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Makerbot - Thingiverse: Education - Makerbot Industries, LLC

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Thingiverse offers over 15,000 3D printing designs and enough lesson plans to keep a classroom busy all school year. All free! Discover lessons for K-5, 6-8, 9-12 and university levels....more
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Thingiverse offers over 15,000 3D printing designs and enough lesson plans to keep a classroom busy all school year. All free! Discover lessons for K-5, 6-8, 9-12 and university levels. Also, find lessons categorized by subject. By clicking on any of these categories, you can then search the new page by both grade level and subject i.e. K-5 and Special Education. Find Collections like Quick Projects, Building Bridges, and Featured Projects. If you are really into 3D and want to design your own project, you can do that at Thingiverse, too. Thingiverse's 3D printing documents from this tool only work on MakerBot or Stratasys printers.

tag(s): artists (78), design (95), fashion (10), makerspace (8), printables (39)

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Whether you are a STEM or STEAM educator or teach woods or metal shop, there is something here for everyone. Are you setting up a makerspace and want to include 3D projects? Find more than you can imagine at Thingiverse. Many lessons address Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards, too. History, math, and language arts teachers may enjoy Cryptography: Sending Secret Messages and could extend it into a cross-curricular project; look at Egyptian Hieroglyphs - Making a Cartouche, too. ELA teachers, take a look at the Book Report project to create 3D Keychains having elements of the character's personality and challenges. Art teachers be sure to check out Art Connector Set SVG Conversion Project where your students can turn their drawing into a sculpture! These are just a few of the many lesson plans and projects to look into on Thingiverse. Cut down the time it takes to discover interesting projects by allowing time in class for students to explore in categories selected by you.

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Prefix Study Pages - myvocabulary.com

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2 to 12
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As part of their extensive vocabulary site, MyVocabulary.com includes over 90 word puzzles practicing Greek and Latin root words. This site includes alignment of activities to Common...more
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As part of their extensive vocabulary site, MyVocabulary.com includes over 90 word puzzles practicing Greek and Latin root words. This site includes alignment of activities to Common Core Standards. Find 90 additional prefix studies on page 2 here.
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tag(s): grammar (210), grammar review (41), prefixes (17), root words (14), spelling (167), vocabulary (323)

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Include these activities as part of any lessons on prefixes. Use words found on this site as a starting point, then challenge students to find additional words with the same prefixes.

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Honey & Honey Bees - myvocabulary.com

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3 to 5
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As part of their extensive site for vocabulary, roots, and more, MyVocabulary.com has added a themed area for Honey & Honey Bees. Find a crossword puzzle and word search using ...more
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As part of their extensive site for vocabulary, roots, and more, MyVocabulary.com has added a themed area for Honey & Honey Bees. Find a crossword puzzle and word search using honey and bee vocabulary words.

tag(s): animals (308), insects (72), spelling (167), vocabulary (323), vocabulary development (128)

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Share the puzzles on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students work with a partner to solve the puzzles on their own. Have students try to create their own word puzzles and share them on a class wiki. Challenge students try to create a different type of word puzzle for these words using a site like Educaplay, reviewed here. Share them on a class wiki.

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Grammar Words - myvocabulary.com

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4 to 8
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As part of their extensive site for vocabulary, roots, and more, Vocabulary.com has added a themed area for grammar words. Find interactive vocabulary activities using the same 20 grammar...more
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As part of their extensive site for vocabulary, roots, and more, Vocabulary.com has added a themed area for grammar words. Find interactive vocabulary activities using the same 20 grammar words. You will find interactive puzzles as well as fill in the blanks, definition matches, and true/false puzzles. This and other "themes" available on the site will make vocabulary development enjoyable.

tag(s): crosswords (20), grammar (210), grammar review (41), spelling (167), vocabulary (323), vocabulary development (128)

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Share the puzzles on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students work with a partner to try out the puzzles on their own. Challenge students to try to create their own word puzzles using a site like HTML Crossword Generator, reviewed here, if you are just beginning to integrate technology into your classroom, or Educaplay, reviewed here, if you and your students are experienced tech users. Share them on a class wiki.

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NoteBookCast - notebookcast.com

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Create and collaborate with up to 10 others using this online whiteboard, no registration necessary. Optional registration allows users to save whiteboards for later use. Give your...more
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Create and collaborate with up to 10 others using this online whiteboard, no registration necessary. Optional registration allows users to save whiteboards for later use. Give your whiteboard a name and choose your board size to begin. Options allow for customizing the look of the whiteboard, adding a chat box, and uploading images. Share with other users using the provided link or with your personalized code. NoteBookCast is compatible with many devices making it easy for everyone to work together.

tag(s): collaboration (18), drawing (83), iwb (33)

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Most subject area teachers and their students will benefit from the use of this tool. Allow students to create collaborative drawings as responses to literature. They can map out the plot or themes, add labels, create character studies, and more. Share the finished products on an interactive whiteboard, projector, or your class website. Have a group of students create a drawing, so another group can use it as a writing prompt. Use a NoteBookCast board as a brainstorming or sketching space as groups (or the class) share ideas for a major project or for solving a real world problem. Use this tool with students in a computer lab (or on laptops) to create a drawing of the setting in a story during a read-aloud. As an assessment idea, have students draw out a simple cartoon with stick figures to explain a more complex process such as how democracy works. If you are lucky enough to teach in a BYOD setting, use this site to demonstrate and illustrate any concept while students use the chat and drawing tools to interact in real time. If you are studying weather, have students diagram the layers of the atmosphere and what happens during a thunderstorm, for example. Introduce this tool to students who are working on group projects. Alternatively, have students use this to work as partners or as a small team to complete complex math problems or equations.

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Grade Spelling - SpellingClassroom

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Grade Spelling is a free site for practicing spelling through different activities. Take a spelling placement test to determine your spelling grade level. Find complete spelling courses...more
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Grade Spelling is a free site for practicing spelling through different activities. Take a spelling placement test to determine your spelling grade level. Find complete spelling courses for grades 1-8 including weekly word lists and day-by-day practice activities. Additional word lists include practice with holiday words, SAT word lists and lessons, and Dolch word lists.
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tag(s): spelling (167), vocabulary (323)

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Discover the many ready-to-go, free resources on this site to find spelling lists and activities. This site makes it easy to differentiate instruction and personalize lists for students based on ability. If your students are struggling, begin with an easier list to build confidence. If your students aren't being challenged enough, try lists above grade level to build spelling skills.
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OK2Ask: Tech Integration Made Easy with Sutori - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from November 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Transform your classroom activities by learning how to use Sutori. Engage...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from November 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Transform your classroom activities by learning how to use Sutori. Engage students and deepen content area knowledge through digital stories. Text, audio, video, discussion forums, and quiz questions bring additional context to content area instruction for your students. Use student-created visual stories and timelines as formative assessment. Brainstorm with others how you and your students can use Sutori in your classroom. Participants will: 1. Learn basic use of Sutori; 2. Explore three different ways to use Sutori in the classroom; and 3. Plan for the use of Sutori in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): digital storytelling (151), timelines (62)

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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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Loose Canon - Julia Franks

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Create excitement about books and promote the love of reading with Loose Canon. This site provides over 9000 book recommendations to view by subject or grade level. Create a free ...more
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Create excitement about books and promote the love of reading with Loose Canon. This site provides over 9000 book recommendations to view by subject or grade level. Create a free classroom account to add your books and recommendations by your students. Free accounts allow up to 60 participants to share and compare texts. Be sure also to view the resources provided by Loose Canon. This portion of the site shares assessment, classroom activities, and reading research to viewers without requiring registration. Included is approximately a five minute video explaining reading workshop and features of Loose Cannon. This video resides on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, 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 ClipGrab, reviewed here, to download the video from YouTube.

tag(s): book lists (133), book reports (39)

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Share Loose Canon with your students as an extensive resource for finding and comparing books to read. Use materials found on this site to create collaborative Literature Circles in your classroom. If you create an account with Loose Canon, ask students to share their thoughts on books read in school and at home by reviewing and rating it on Loose Canon. These reviews can be made public, or students can keep them private. Take your reading reflections a step further and ask students to share their thoughts through a multimedia presentation using an interactive tool like Sway, reviewed here, that allows users to include images, links, and videos.

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Unio - Harness

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Create interactive online lessons including quizzes and polls with Unio. Create an account using your email address to begin. Upload images, PowerPoints, videos, PDF's, and more to...more
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Create interactive online lessons including quizzes and polls with Unio. Create an account using your email address to begin. Upload images, PowerPoints, videos, PDF's, and more to include in your slideshow. Follow the tutorials to learn how to edit information and add quizzes and polls. When ready, launch your lesson and share the join code with students for access. Students will see your screen and be able to save the lesson for access later. Teachers can monitor students in real time. Free accounts provide temporary student access (instead of student accounts) and storage of up to 5 lessons. The tutorials reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as ClipGrab, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): book reports (39), classroom management (157), multimedia (63), social networking (111)

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Use Unio to create and prepare lessons for presentation on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector. After providing the share code to students ask them to participate by answering quiz questions or use the drawing tools to highlight information shared in the lesson. Upon completion of your lesson using Unio, have students add a video response to share information learned using a collaborative tool like Flipgrid, reviewed here. Flipgrid allows students to respond to a prompt and add comments as part of a shared conversation within a group. Instead of a written report at the end of your lesson, ask students to create a Symbaloo Learning Path, reviewed here, to use for review. This site allows users to create a learning path by adding websites, videos, documents, and more.

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OK2Ask: Google Earth Web: Oh the Places You Can Go - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Dust off your digital passport and join us on a journey using the new ...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Dust off your digital passport and join us on a journey using the new Google Earth web. Learn the key features of Google Earth web and how to incorporate this powerful tool into your classroom instruction. The reimagined version of Google Earth includes features that go beyond the use of maps and satellite imagery. Users can now explore the world with Voyager, Google Earth's showcase of guided tours, and try out the 3D button to view places from any angle. Leave with classroom ideas and lesson planning resources. Participants will: 1. Get acquainted with the key features of Google Earth web; 2. Explore interactive guided tours with Voyager; and 3. Start building your own Tour for Google Earth web. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Google (25)

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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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Minecraft Education Edition - Microsoft and Mojang AB

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2 to 12
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Promote creativity, problem-solving, and collaboration through game play with Minecraft Education Edition. This version of the popular game includes features for classroom use including...more
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Promote creativity, problem-solving, and collaboration through game play with Minecraft Education Edition. This version of the popular game includes features for classroom use including documentation of work and a secure environment for class play. In addition to the software download, this site includes a small base of lesson plans, classroom community support forums, and a My Classroom feature. My Classroom allows teachers to create a private world for students to join enabling them to work together in the same world.

tag(s): coding (65), game based learning (128), gamification (81)

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Make use of the features provided in the education edition of Minecraft to allow learning through gameplay. Ask students to use the camera and portfolio features to document decision making and progress through games. Use features within the game to learn about history, for example, have students import 3-dimensional structures such as the Roman Colosseum to explore and create experiences from that time. Instruct students to create a story for creative writing projects. Encourage students to retell a story through a Minecraft experience. Use Minecraft features to teach math lessons on shape, volume, area, and more. Discover more ideas at Minecraft Hour of Code Tutorials, reviewed here.

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Formilla - Tawer Gilyana and Zaia Gilyana

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Formilla is a live chat widget add-on for your website. Compatible with all formats, Formilla is customizable for different languages and appearance. Free accounts include access to...more
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Formilla is a live chat widget add-on for your website. Compatible with all formats, Formilla is customizable for different languages and appearance. Free accounts include access to one website, one chat agent, and up to 30 chats/emails.
This site includes advertising.

tag(s): chat (54)

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Offer a set time for office hours published well in advance for parents and students to drop in and ask questions about assignments, homework help, or any other matters that they may have. Set up a chat time early in the school year for "meet and greet" so parents discover your website or for those who are unable to attend back to school night! Cut down on email! Encourage students to identify the questions they (or their parents) have the most as you develop the scope for your chat. ESL/ELL teachers can use the chat to provide extra written language practice for their students in an engaging way! Use the chat with your colleagues in a Teacher Lounge format to help each other in the appropriate use of technology, content sharing, or professional development.

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ClassroomScreen - Laurens Koppers

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K to 12
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ClassroomScreen is a background utility for use with interactive whiteboards or projector screens. Choose from circles at the bottom of the screen to add features including a random...more
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ClassroomScreen is a background utility for use with interactive whiteboards or projector screens. Choose from circles at the bottom of the screen to add features including a random name picker, text, timer, and clock. Drag items to place them on the screen as desired.

tag(s): classroom management (157), functions (70), iwb (33), time (139)

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Use ClassroomScreen on your interactive whiteboard for quick access to many commonly used tools. Add to student computers for access to a calculator and text box for notes. ESL/ELL teachers will enjoy the multi-language feature. Use the different backgrounds as inspiration for creative writing projects.
 

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