TeachersFirst - Featured Sites: Week of Oct 28, 2012

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Illustrative Mathematics - Institute for Mathematics and Education

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K to 12
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Find lessons and activities aligned to Common Core math standards for every grade level on the Illustrative Mathematics site. Choose from K-8 or high school standards to begin your...more
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Find lessons and activities aligned to Common Core math standards for every grade level on the Illustrative Mathematics site. Choose from K-8 or high school standards to begin your search. Choose a topic such as geometry or measurement and data to expand the list of activities. Choose from the appropriate grade level to find the task. Each task has a direct link to view the task along with a link to download in PDF format. The site is a little difficult to follow, so allow some exploration time to find all that there is to offer. Site registration isn't required; however, it is available to rate and comment on lessons and upload your own activities.

tag(s): assessment (117), base ten (7), equations (135), fractions (196), operations (94), probability (113), problem solving (240), ratios (58), statistics (117)

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Share this site with other teachers as you begin implementation of Common Core lessons and activities. Bookmark the site for use when planning new units. Explore this site for new teaching ideas. Share with new teachers as a resource for lesson planning.

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Snipboard.io - Terence Lee

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K to 12
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Sharing screen shots or images online just became easy and hassle free! If you have ever had a problem with any program, the support people always seem to ask you ...more
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Sharing screen shots or images online just became easy and hassle free! If you have ever had a problem with any program, the support people always seem to ask you to send a screen shot (Command-shift-4 on a Mac or FN [Function key]+ PRTSC [print screen] on a PC). That requires several steps after you take the screenshot! With Snag.gy, you can simplify to a single copy/paste. Once you have created your screen shot share it through Snag.gy by URL, Twitter, Facebook, Stumble Upon, and a few other social networks. You can also share any image on the web instantly, such as a digital picture.

tag(s): images (259)

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When teaching your students a new Internet program, consider taking a series of screen shots to post on your blog, wiki, or teacher page to guide students through the steps. Students can create screen shots for presentations. Consider using Typito, reviewed here. With Typito students can use text and video to enhance their presentations. Wish you could share an image to use as a writing prompt or for students to analyze what was seen/photographed through a microscope? Share the image instantly and give ti its own URL using Snipboard.io.

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Inhabitat - Inhabitat, LLC

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7 to 12
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Find technological improvements and enhancements that make a difference in today's rapidly changing world. This site's mission statement is "Good design is green design." Search articles...more
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Find technological improvements and enhancements that make a difference in today's rapidly changing world. This site's mission statement is "Good design is green design." Search articles about improvements in architecture, interiors, energy, technology, transportation, fashion, art, and kids. Read blog posts about advancements in each of the categories. Below the posts are related topics of additional interest. This site appears to be updated often, so be sure to check back.
This site includes advertising.

tag(s): ecology (111), environment (249), inventors and inventions (75), persuasive writing (51), resources (90)

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When discussing environmental topics, be sure to share this link on your class website or on a class computer for students to access information about great technological breakthroughs. Use when students are researching technological advancements of their choice. Challenge individual students or cooperative learning groups to read one of the articles and report their findings to the class, making connections to some of the topics you study. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here or Venngage reviewed here. If you teach about advertising techniques inventions, challenge your students to select a "product" from this site to create a new advertisement using a specific technique. The innovative ideas will spark their interest! Use articles from this site for reading comprehension selections that will interest even the most reluctant readers. The articles are also useful prompts for persuasive writing or debates.

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How to embed almost anything in your website - Amit Agarwal

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K to 12
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This simple blog site offers directions for embedding practically anything in a web site. Directions are included for photos, RSS feeds, YouTube videos and other videos, podcasts, and...more
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This simple blog site offers directions for embedding practically anything in a web site. Directions are included for photos, RSS feeds, YouTube videos and other videos, podcasts, and more.
This site includes advertising.

tag(s): images (259), photography (134), portfolios (20), resources (90), video (240)

In the Classroom

If you have students creating projects using online tools, embedding is often the best way for them to collect projects all in one place. Often the tools are not clear about how to manage the details of embedding, to this reference is very helpful. If your students create ME-portfolios to showcase their work to colleges or potential employers, embedding is a must. Link to this site from your class web page of general resources to help today's tech-savvy students learn how to embed from various applications. Provide this link on your class website, wiki or blog for students (and parents) to access at school and at home. Teachers can create a class wiki or web site using embedding, even in school-subscription web site services. Share your elementary class's creative projects by embedding them on your class site so parents can see their great work. This site wil help you learn how.

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IconBug.com - ClipArt Free - IconBug 2011

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K to 12
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Looking for some new free clipart to add to projects, presentations, and websites? With over 10,000 images and a keyword search function, IconBug makes locating and using clipart easy....more
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Looking for some new free clipart to add to projects, presentations, and websites? With over 10,000 images and a keyword search function, IconBug makes locating and using clipart easy. Simply click on the image to download. With Mac, the image automatically downloads as a PNG. With a PC, you need to choose to save the image. Either way, it is easy to use and there is no need to worry about image copyright. Each image page specifically tells you whether icons/clip art are free for personal use, for commercial use, or both. Note that many do require that you give credit via link back to their site.
This site includes advertising.

tag(s): clip art (11), creative commons (20), images (259)

In the Classroom

Share this link with your students so they have safe images to use in projects beyond the standard images in their computer software. If you worry that students will spend far too much time making up their minds, download a smaller collection, including the links to give proper credit, to share locally as part of a project assignment. Use clipart to spice up your activity sheets and rubrics. Use clipart images in learning support, speech and language, or life skills classrooms to teach words using images. This method could also be applied for students learning a new language. World language teachers can create a presentation of pictures and speak the words in the world language to help students learn. An extension of this type of activity could also be helpful with ESL/ELL students in your classroom. The handy icons here would also work well for sharing link collections visually using a tool such as Symbaloo, reviewed here.

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