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Zing - Schoolwide

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1 to 12
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Find Ebooks by topic, reading level, or language. Ebooks have a built-in dictionary, highlighting, and bookmarking capability. There are also tools for taking notes and writing a review....more
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Find Ebooks by topic, reading level, or language. Ebooks have a built-in dictionary, highlighting, and bookmarking capability. There are also tools for taking notes and writing a review. Select from award-winning titles, books and series from well-known authors, short texts, poems, and articles. Through your Zing account, you can also access Buzzing, an informational website with author interviews, lesson plans, instructional resources, teaching tips, collaborative tools, and much more. Click Help to find screen shots with written directions or video tutorials for anything you need to do in Zing. There are also free 15-minute webinars for you to attend. Additional features are available for a fee.
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tag(s): assessment (100), classroom management (135), independent reading (128), reading comprehension (116)

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After signing up click Manage Students to get a class code, URL, and to start adding students. This rather intensive job will take some planning ahead. Look at the required fill-in boxes before starting. Free accounts can have one class and 30 students. If you have a larger class or more than one class, there is a "workaround" for this. If you have a Gmail account, you can add subaccounts (see directions to do this here). You could create another Zing account with this subaccount; you would end up with two different accounts for your classes. Give the students the class code to log in and find their name on the class list. Bookmark your Zing account on class computers for easy access, and post the link on your teacher website for students and parents to access the program at home. Consider requiring students to use the tools on their dashboard for taking notes or highlighting main ideas and supporting details. Students can also use it when writing a review for a book, and then you can conference with students to have them show you their work.

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Make It Memorable - NBC News

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Explore this video collection of inspirational and heart-warming stories of people around the U.S. Choose from 20 short videos based on Bob Dotson's, (NBC National Correspondent for...more
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Explore this video collection of inspirational and heart-warming stories of people around the U.S. Choose from 20 short videos based on Bob Dotson's, (NBC National Correspondent for 40 years) book Make It Memorable. The diverse topics include such titles as 8th Grader Uses Bubble Wrap to Make Skin for Artificial Limbs, Secret Soldiers of World War II, Interview with Florence Owens Thompson, the Mona Lisa of the Dust Bowl, and seventeen other unusual and inspiring subjects. Although part of a larger pay for use site, this portion of it is free.
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tag(s): creative writing (166), creativity (109), disabilities (20), service projects (25), video (253)

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Share these clips as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Use videos from this site as the starting point for individual or group projects. Have students brainstorm or collect ideas about other inspirational or innovative subjects on a collaborative bulletin board like Scrumblr, reviewed here, or Lino, reviewed here. Both of these are quick starts with no membership required! Language arts teachers could use these short videos for writing prompts or story starters.
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Quiz Socket - Sven Kreiss

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2 to 12
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Use Quiz Socket to quickly get feedback or give assessments. Quiz Socket is so easy to use you can create a quiz on the spur of the moment. No registration ...more
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Use Quiz Socket to quickly get feedback or give assessments. Quiz Socket is so easy to use you can create a quiz on the spur of the moment. No registration is required. Click Create Quiz and get a code to give to participants. Participants enter the code and respond on the Quiz Socket site using any device. Ask multiple choice questions verbally or post them with a projector onto a screen or whiteboard.

tag(s): assessment (100), DAT device agnostic tool (199), quizzes (97)

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Quiz Socket is an excellent tool for checking prior knowledge or making a quick assessment. Use Quiz Socket for students to answer exit questions or to see what students remember from the previous day. Use for formative assessment to identify misconceptions that students may have at the start of a unit. ESL/ELL teachers could use this for vocabulary practice.

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TwistedWave - MediaHQ

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Create and edit audio recordings with the TwistedWave online editor. Use links to upload existing files from your computer, Google Drive, or Sound Cloud, or start a new document. Tools...more
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Create and edit audio recordings with the TwistedWave online editor. Use links to upload existing files from your computer, Google Drive, or Sound Cloud, or start a new document. Tools in the editor allow you to add effects, crop and cut, and much more. When finished, save the file to Google Drive or Sound Cloud. No account is necessary; however, free accounts can edit mono files up to 5 minutes long.

tag(s): editing (61)

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Use TwistedWave in early grades to promote literacy by recording students and creating an audio portfolio record of their reading. Use this tool with ESL/ELL students to practice fluency and hearing themselves speak. Record your class singing. Record compositions to share with parents on your website or blog. Record and edit sound for PowerPoint presentations. Use with a creative writing or digital storytelling project to record stories for selected images. Record speeches, create podcasts, record students learning world languages, create radio advertisements as part of a writing project, the ideas are endless!

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Happier - Nataly Kogan

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Share positive moments and increase your happiness! Share by describing your happy moment, upload a picture (not required), and place it in categories you create, such as working out,...more
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Share positive moments and increase your happiness! Share by describing your happy moment, upload a picture (not required), and place it in categories you create, such as working out, family, and more. Click Share to share with others, including on Twitter or Facebook. Why use categories? If you are lacking motivation for working out, viewing your positive messages from before can definitely help! Connect with others and comment on their happy moments! Read helpful tips to center you on happiness, find mini-courses, and use daily reminders to increase your happiness. Read the many articles on your journey to a happier YOU! This site/app is easy to use with today's busy lives, and interactivity is grounded in actual science.

tag(s): mental health (26), psychology (64)

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With testing, social pressure, and the desire to do well, use Happier in class to celebrate the small steps and successes on which students should be focusing. Teach students to identify positives along the way, no matter what the test or situation's outcome. Consider asking what did you learn from the situation? Identify categories that encompass all of the student's lives and focus on finding happy moments in all areas. Be sure to use this yourself! Find the positives in every facet of your day building happiness day by day. Psychology and Sociology classes can use this as an experiment about happiness, collecting student or family data through the year.

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Word Mover - ReadWriteThink

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Use Word Mover to assemble found poems from word tiles. Use word banks, existing famous works, or create your own word tiles. Experiment with word placement, size, font, color options,...more
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Use Word Mover to assemble found poems from word tiles. Use word banks, existing famous works, or create your own word tiles. Experiment with word placement, size, font, color options, and six backgrounds. Register with a username and save to your device, send as email, or print. Find an introduction video here. Word Mover will work on any device that uses a web browser and Flash. There is also an app for both iPads and Android devices.

tag(s): creative writing (166), creativity (109), DAT device agnostic tool (199), grammar (216), poetry (228), sentences (52), writing (359)

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Word Mover is a perfect tool to use with an interactive whiteboard or projector for a class activity for constructing sentences. Employ this tool in this manner to teach simple lessons about subject-verb agreement, complex sentences (with proper punctuation), or any grammar lesson. Write a found poem from a descriptive informational article with the proper attribution and citation. Use on class computers and at literacy stations. If you are lucky enough to have iPads, have students use the text to speech feature to listen to their creations. ESL/ELL students especially will benefit from hearing their sentence construction. With older students, creating found poems can be a non-threatening outlet for creativity and self-expression. Have students use a found poem for a book they've read, or a particularly descriptive article about an interest of theirs (sports, animals, music, and more). National Geographic is a good source to find descriptive informational writing.

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Learning Toolbox - James Madison University Special Education Program

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The Learning Toolbox contains tools and resources for students, parents, and teachers for helping middle and high school students with learning difficulties. Choose from one of the...more
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The Learning Toolbox contains tools and resources for students, parents, and teachers for helping middle and high school students with learning difficulties. Choose from one of the three sections to begin as a student, parent, or teacher. Locate strategies for teaching and assessing students in the teacher portion of the site. Options for parents include information about teaching strategies as well as advocacy information for finding the best educational options for their student. Find tools for organization, test taking, and much more that offer help directly to students.

tag(s): note taking (32), organizational skills (122), reading comprehension (116), test prep (96)

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Although this site states it is for working with learning difficulties, much of the information offers support to all students. Use the tips found in the student section to help any student struggling with time management, organization, or comprehension. Share this site with parents as a resource for explicit directions on helping students who struggle with these issues.

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Digital Citizenship Toolkit - Microsoft

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This free Toolkit from Microsoft is an excellent resource for high-quality materials to complement your Internet safety unit. Download PDFs and brochures about digital citizenship for...more
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This free Toolkit from Microsoft is an excellent resource for high-quality materials to complement your Internet safety unit. Download PDFs and brochures about digital citizenship for any age group. Find topics titled Digital Citizenship Begins with You Factsheet, Help Kids Stand Up to Online Bullying Brochure, DigiDucks Big Decision Book Sample, and more.

tag(s): digital citizenship (59), internet safety (109)

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Use the PDFs in your class or during professional development. Take advantage of the many free resources and ideas on this site. Bring some technology into the presentations by challenging small groups of students to transform the PDFs presentation into an interactive learning tool for younger students or their peers. Ask them to add questions, feedback, more images, etc. so the PDF becomes a student-created tutorial on an aspect of digital citizenship. Of course, students will be graded on the accuracy of their information as well as their creativity. Think of it as inverse teaching. Have students extract the information (with proper credit of course) and create their tutorial using ePubEditor, reviewed here, or Zeetings, reviewed here. Prepare a rubric before you start or use our Rubrics to the Rescue to find one that shares your expectations for this project.
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Disney's Surf Swell Island: Adventures in Internet Safety - Disney

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K to 6
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Join Mickey and his gang to learn about Internet safety. Find three engaging interactives designed for Pre-K, primary, and elementary students, their teachers and parents. Favorite...more
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Join Mickey and his gang to learn about Internet safety. Find three engaging interactives designed for Pre-K, primary, and elementary students, their teachers and parents. Favorite Disney characters focus on privacy, viruses, and netiquette. Each activity includes a mini-quiz that reinforces the concepts learned. Find teacher and parent guides with recommendations for using the site for different age groups. There is a glossary of terms on the bottom menu, and the left menu has MANY free printables and ideas for parties, too.
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tag(s): digital citizenship (59), internet safety (109), preK (281)

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Project the glossary words and review them with students. Also, print out the words and post in your classroom or computer lab. Have students create flashcards for the terms using a tool such as Flashcard Stash, reviewed here. Make a shortcut to this Disney site on classroom computers and use it as a center on Internet safety and digital citizenship. Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on Internet safety on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Share a link to this interactive on your class website for students to play at home. Be sure to share this site with parents for reinforcing Internet safety at home.
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Reading Strategies - Reading Horizons

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Reading Horizons offers this collection of Reading Strategies for parents and teachers to help young and/or struggling readers. Find a list of reading strategies with explanations and...more
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Reading Horizons offers this collection of Reading Strategies for parents and teachers to help young and/or struggling readers. Find a list of reading strategies with explanations and suggestions by clicking List of Reading Strategies at the bottom of the landing page. Also, find links to learn about decoding skills. On the menu at the bottom of the landing page, under resources, find a link to a Reading Workshop Webinar that is free for 30 days. This webinar is about teaching the sounds of the alphabet, phonetic sounds and common patterns of English words, and two decoding skills. There is the ability to pause the webinar for your convenience. You must register to view the webinar.
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tag(s): alphabet (92), phonics (75), reading comprehension (116), reading strategies (45), word study (80)

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This site is worth bookmarking for two reasons. The first is the list of reading strategies. The second is the 30-day free webinar. Reading Horizons claims that implementing the skills in this webinar in your classroom will improve reading by two to three grades. Since the webinar is pause-able, you can complete it on your own schedule within the 30 days.

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Daily 5s with Technology - Kelsey Hoffman

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This Prezi is a K-3 lesson plan for the Daily 5 using several different apps for the iPad. The majority of the apps are free. Find apps for Read to ...more
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This Prezi is a K-3 lesson plan for the Daily 5 using several different apps for the iPad. The majority of the apps are free. Find apps for Read to Self, Partner Read, and Listen to Reading. There are Word Work apps, and Work on Writing apps, as well as a slide on possible challenges and solutions for using these tools in the classroom.

tag(s): listening (91), literacy (103), reading comprehension (116), reading strategies (45), sight words (37), vocabulary development (126), word study (80), writing (359)

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Bookmark this Prezi lesson plan for reference when implementing technology for students into the Daily 5 routines. Download the apps to student iPads in your classroom. Post a list, with the links to download, on your web page or blog for parents to download to their student's iPads at home. If you are interested in using Prezi in your classroom you will find a review of it here.

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Daily 5/Cafe Pinterest Board - Jana Wilson

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Do you need new ideas to spice up your Daily 5 instruction? Try browsing through this Pinterest board for ideas from all over the web. Choose the links provided to ...more
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Do you need new ideas to spice up your Daily 5 instruction? Try browsing through this Pinterest board for ideas from all over the web. Choose the links provided to find many free ideas for strategy charts, scheduling, posters, and tips for use throughout the school year.

tag(s): bookmarks (60), literacy (103), reading comprehension (116), reading strategies (45), word study (80), writing (359)

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Be sure to "follow" this Pinterest board to view new pins as they are added. Use this board as inspiration for creating your own Pinterest board for your Daily 5 links and favorite ideas. Share with colleagues and create a Pinterest board as you collaborate. Create a Pinterest board with links for parents to use at home. The ideas are as endless as your imagination!

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Balanced Literacy & Technology Integration - Lorie Squalls

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This excellent site offers many resources for balancing literacy and technology into your Daily 5 routine. Choose from several categories including organization, strategies, and a comprehensive...more
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This excellent site offers many resources for balancing literacy and technology into your Daily 5 routine. Choose from several categories including organization, strategies, and a comprehensive overview of the Daily 5 program to find information and resources for classroom use. Be sure to check out the Elementary Resources located under the Classroom Organization section to find several downloads such as book club reading cards and literacy station schedules and directions.

tag(s): independent reading (128), literacy (103), professional development (123), reading comprehension (116), reading strategies (45), vocabulary development (126), word study (80), writing (359)

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Use this site as a professional resource when developing lessons and understanding how to implement the Daily 5 into your classroom. Take advantage of the free printables for use with students. Share this site with teaching colleagues who use (or are thinking about incorporating) Daily 5 strategies.
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Technology and the Daily 5 K-2 - Laura Moore

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Technology and the Daily 5 is a must-see site if you are thinking about adding technology into to your Daily 5 routines. Although the title states K-2 classroom, the Daily ...more
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Technology and the Daily 5 is a must-see site if you are thinking about adding technology into to your Daily 5 routines. Although the title states K-2 classroom, the Daily 5 routines (and tools) are great to use for any elementary grade. For each of the components of the Daily 5 find categories such as Web Tools, Mobile Devices, and a video. Some components have interactive whiteboard suggestions, and there are links to other resources such as a PDF for task cards. 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 KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): literacy (103), literary devices (11), reading comprehension (116), reading strategies (45), video (253), vocabulary development (126), word study (80), writing (359)

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Bookmark this site for use all year while incorporating technology into your Daily 5 components. Post links to downloads for the apps you decide to use so parents can get them on their computers and mobile devices at home for student use. As you get into more and more technology for student use, you may consider suggesting apps to parents that you do not have time for in the classroom. These apps could be for additional at-home practice.

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Daily 5 Technology - Jennifer Lambrecht

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If you are a primary or elementary teacher looking to include technology into your Daily 5 routine, look no further. At this primary teacher's blog investigate the tabs across the ...more
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If you are a primary or elementary teacher looking to include technology into your Daily 5 routine, look no further. At this primary teacher's blog investigate the tabs across the top for Videos, Word Work, iPad Creating, SMART Notebook, QR Codes, Listening to Reading, Skype/FaceTime, and Web. Under Videos find a link to a Play List of YouTube videos for literacy, and a video showing how to set up iPods for the Listen to Reading component. Under each of the other tabs find sources and "how to's" for all sorts of technology to incorporate into your literacy lessons. This blog also has a section about incorporating Chrome Books (under the New tab) and iPads into the primary curriculum. 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 KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): independent reading (128), listening (91), literacy (103), reading comprehension (116), reading strategies (45), video (253), vocabulary development (126), word study (80), writing (359)

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Incorporating technology for students into the classroom is necessary to meet state standards. Let this blog guide you and make it easier. Although the creator of this site is a 1st grade teacher, many of the technology ideas and tools she mentions are appropriate for older students and other grades as well. This especially pertains to the QR Code and iPad Creating, and Skype/FaceTime sections of this blog. Mentioned are several iPad apps this blogger is currently using with her students. One ingenious idea is to use Skype or FaceTime for your Read to Someone component. Primary teachers may be interested in Literactive, reviewed here, and Teach Your Monster to Read, reviewed here, that she has students use on her Chrome Books. So if you are thinking of, or just beginning to use technology in your class, take a look at this blog for an easy start or as a guide for new ideas to add.

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Daily 5 - K-5 Literacy Connections

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View four short videos of a teacher and her first-grade students as they practice the Daily 5 routines. These videos give a great beginning overview of how this structured literacy...more
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View four short videos of a teacher and her first-grade students as they practice the Daily 5 routines. These videos give a great beginning overview of how this structured literacy time functions in the classroom. Each video is six minutes or less. Also find a Pacing Guide for the first 23 days of a Daily 5 routine. 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 KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): independent reading (128), literacy (103), reading comprehension (116), reading strategies (45), video (253), vocabulary development (126), word study (80)

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Although these videos feature a first-grade classroom, the Daily 5 routines are great to use for any elementary grade. If the Daily 5 is new to your classroom, these videos will be a great asset in helping you understand what you do, what the students do, and how all of it sounds and looks. Once you have viewed the videos, click on the Pacing Guide to view what to do for the first 23 days while implementing the Daily 5.

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Dustbin - Class Tools

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Create an interactive categorization activity with Dustbin. Give the activity a title and begin adding categories. Add items in up to four different categories. When finished, drag...more
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Create an interactive categorization activity with Dustbin. Give the activity a title and begin adding categories. Add items in up to four different categories. When finished, drag and drop items as quickly as possible into the correct bin. Use the provided links to share the activity, embed into a blog or web page, or print it. Use password protection if desired to limit access. Click the question mark on the bottom right toolbar, and scroll down that page to find many templates for inspiration or use.
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tag(s): game based learning (103), quiz (85), quizzes (97)

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Develop Dustbin activities to review any topic and save for use as a classroom center. Have students create review Dustbins as a study tool. Be sure to demonstrate how to make and share Dustbin before having students set up their own. Ideas for categorization activities are unlimited, but can include categorizing types of animals, literary elements in novels, habitats, characteristics of geographic areas, and much more.

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Breaking News Generator - Russell Tarr

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4 to 12
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Design professional looking front pages for a newspaper with this tool. Simply fill in the pertinent information (headline, date, place, and more) and an image. Share via URL, Twitter,...more
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Design professional looking front pages for a newspaper with this tool. Simply fill in the pertinent information (headline, date, place, and more) and an image. Share via URL, Twitter, or download to your computer. There is also the ability to save a blank template. Be sure to view the several samples available, and click on the little question mark at the end of the title to see ideas for use of this tool. No registration is necessary.

tag(s): digital storytelling (145), images (266), newspapers (94)

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Assess students prior knowledge by creating a Breaking News piece to introduce a new unit. Ask students to fill in an interactive KWL chart from Holt, reviewed here, or discuss in small groups what they know about the topic. Use in presentation slides by downloading the image from your computer. Then upload the image to a slide presentation creator such as Slidestory, reviewed here. Suggest to students that they do the same for their presentations. Use as a timeline of events for lab experiment, a novel study, historical event, and more. You might want to think about using this tool as a storyboard for digital storytelling; printing blank templates would work well for storyboarding.

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Free Conference Call - freeconferencecall.com

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Conduct virtual conferences with up to 25 people at one time with Free Conference Call. Instantly share your screen during online calls for participant viewing. Other features allow...more
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Conduct virtual conferences with up to 25 people at one time with Free Conference Call. Instantly share your screen during online calls for participant viewing. Other features allow for recording and sharing meetings when finished. After creating an account, follow instructions for inviting participants and setting up the conference call.

tag(s): chat (51), DAT device agnostic tool (199), parent conferences (22), parents (56)

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Use Free Conference Call to set up virtual parent/teacher conferences with participants located anywhere in the world. This is especially useful when multiple teachers are involved or when parents may not reside in the same location. Share your screen as needed to provide information on assessments and student work.

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Jellybean Scoop - Jellybean Scoop

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Use the news and improve reading scores. Jellybean Scoop offers different news articles, written daily, at four different Lexile reading levels. Levels for articles are Starter, Single,...more
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Use the news and improve reading scores. Jellybean Scoop offers different news articles, written daily, at four different Lexile reading levels. Levels for articles are Starter, Single, Double, and Triple. Find articles in categories of World News, Nature and Science, Odd News, Inspiration and Health, and Fun Facts. Each story has an audio recording and the ability to record yourself reading it. Find activities such as vocabulary, sentence scramble, and a quiz. See the many Demo Videos to really understand the powerful features on Jellybean Scoop. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos 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): audio books (32), DAT device agnostic tool (199), differentiation (47), news (261), reading comprehension (116), sound (101)

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Achieve three goals here: differentiate, help students improve their reading comprehension, and keep students current with what is happening in our nation and the world. When assigning articles, choose to have the class read at one reading level, or choose individuals and set the reading level for them. Set up different articles at different learning stations on the computers in your room. Since Jellybean Scoop is cloud based, even absent students can complete the missed work easily. Teachers of gifted students can use this site to accelerate or enrich reading for students. Teachers of Learning Support students and ESL/ELL students will love this alternate way for their students to meet current events requirements. Teachers with free accounts can have up to 25 students. If you have a larger class, there is a "work around" for this. If you have a Gmail account, you can add subaccounts (see directions to do this here). You could create another Jellybean account with this subaccount, but you would end up with two different accounts on Jellybean Scoop.

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