TeachersFirst - Featured Sites: Week of Nov 25, 2012

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CiteThisForMe - Cite This For Me

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7 to 12
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Building bibliographies drives us all crazy. Comma before the parenthesis, or after? CiteThisForMe allows you to enter the relevant information you want to cite and download a finished...more
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Building bibliographies drives us all crazy. Comma before the parenthesis, or after? CiteThisForMe allows you to enter the relevant information you want to cite and download a finished bibliography in MLA, APA, or Harvard styles. Turabian is coming soon, according to the site. You can either enter all the sources at once and complete the task at one sitting or save your bibliography-in-progress on your computer for seven days. You can also upgrade to a paid subscription that saves your sources indefinitely, allows you to work on more than one project at a time, and saves your work to the cloud where it can be accessed from any computer.
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tag(s): citations (33)

In the Classroom

A great site to recommend to students for use at home to build properly constructed citations. The free version is limited in the information saved to the user's computer for only seven days, so it would not work well for classroom use where students use public computers. It is simple and easy, and until academics across the world decide on one format, this allows us to digitally "attach" a dynamic image of the resource to scholarly work: a great tool!

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Pathbrite - Heather Hiles

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8 to 12
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Pathbrite is a powerful tool for both teachers and students to create online portfolios. Follow the ten-part template to create a portfolio that includes text, images, weblinks, documents,...more
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Pathbrite is a powerful tool for both teachers and students to create online portfolios. Follow the ten-part template to create a portfolio that includes text, images, weblinks, documents, videos, work samples, and more. Import items directly from many social networks such as YouTube, Vimeo, Khan Academy, and others. Share completed portfolios via URL or through social networking links. At the bottom of any page, you will find a thorough Users Guide.

tag(s): careers (132), classroom management (144), college (47), portfolios (22), Teacher Utilities (107)

In the Classroom

Upload student work throughout the year and share with parents and/or students during conferences. Use this to show finished projects or to demonstrate changes in a project from start to finish. Upload examples of finished work to share with students before beginning a project to set expectations for completed products. Create a link on your class website to share projects and information. (Get parents permission before posting students' work.) Students can also take ownership of their own portfolios that show progress and products across several years. HIgh school students can build portfolios to share a part of career and college preparation.

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Common Curriculum Planner - CommonCurriculum.com

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K to 12
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CommonCurriculum is an online lesson planning resource that helps align lessons to Common Core resources. Copy and paste a current lesson plan into their weekly template. Search a standard...more
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CommonCurriculum is an online lesson planning resource that helps align lessons to Common Core resources. Copy and paste a current lesson plan into their weekly template. Search a standard to find standards that may align with the lesson. The more text provided, the more options for standards will be offered. Drag and drop items from one day to another. Print using the print option for paper lesson plans. Publish lesson plans to your blog or website with one click using links in the site. Send public sections in a daily email to addresses you enter.

tag(s): professional development (236)

In the Classroom

Use CommonCurriculum for all of your lesson planning. Copy and paste current lesson plans into the site to view standards that match your lessons. Share public areas such as homework with parents through the email option provided in the site. Use this site to align your lessons to the Common Core standards.

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Excellent planning tool. It helps organize my plans and share them with students. I can link to my files in Dropbox and then share those links with students -- no more uploading! Also, I can do long range planning easily. When I reorder my units, my lessons are automatically shifted around on the calendar. It's magic. Scott, , Grades: 1 - 2

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Harvard University High School Science Outreach Program: Scientific Animations - Harvard University

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8 to 12
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Unearth serious biology animations at Harvard's outreach program resource site. The interactive animations are clear enough to be understood by even the biology novice. Biodiversity,...more
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Unearth serious biology animations at Harvard's outreach program resource site. The interactive animations are clear enough to be understood by even the biology novice. Biodiversity, microbiology, evolution, and cancer are some of the topics that are explained here. Simply click on the topic you are interested in learning about. Topics are on the right side of the screen. The animations are engaging and help demystify biology with their straightforward nature.

tag(s): biodiversity (28), brain (53), diseases (73), evolution (88), microorganisms (11)

In the Classroom

Use these animations in your biology or life science classes to help further explain any of the concepts that they cover. Share them with the class on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students in their seats direct a student at the interactive whiteboard through the animation. If this type of sharing does not work for you, disperse a link to an animation through your website or wiki. Have students work through the animation individually and answer a teacher-created question set as they do.

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Mathematics Assessment Project - Shell Center for Mathematical Education

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6 to 12
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The Mathematics Assessment Project aims to bring life to the Common Core Standards by offering assessments for use in middle school and high school classrooms. Assessments are both...more
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The Mathematics Assessment Project aims to bring life to the Common Core Standards by offering assessments for use in middle school and high school classrooms. Assessments are both summative tests or tasks and classroom performance based. Classroom research and feedback led to the development of all tasks. Choose from complete lessons including Common Core standards goals, print-outs as needed, and directions. Also included are tasks separated by middle school or high school level and high school tests for college readiness. There is an excellent professional development portion on the site for incorporating activity based learning in classrooms along with videos, session guides, and handouts. Download modules as needed for offline use. Find a step by step overview of how to use the site at the instructions tab at the top of each page.

tag(s): angles (58), area (56), assessment (118), charts and graphs (166), decimals (105), equations (132), estimation (36), measurement (142), negative numbers (12), percent (62), pythagorean theorem (24)

In the Classroom

Bookmark and save this site as a resource for classroom activities and assessments relating to Common Core standards. Share this site with others in your department as a resource for developing and implementing activity based lessons. View videos as part of your (and your department's) professional development sessions. This is an excellent site for any Math department head or curriculum leader to use when leading fellow teachers.
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