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Media Literacy Clearinghouse - Frank W Baker

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Media Literacy Clearinghouse provides resources for teaching about media and media literacy using teaching standards and non-print, media texts. Browse through the site to find the...more
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Media Literacy Clearinghouse provides resources for teaching about media and media literacy using teaching standards and non-print, media texts. Browse through the site to find the latest information, or search by type of media or concepts. Use the teaching standards link to find content sorted by topics including health, math and science, art, and social studies.

tag(s): advertising (34), journalism (64), media literacy (72)

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Bookmark this site as an excellent resource for planning for and teaching about media literacy. Include information from the Clearinghouse using lessons created with ActivelyLearn , reviewed here. ActivelyLearn offers tools for creating interactive, critical thinking lessons using materials found on their site and your own while providing you feedback on student responses and learning. As you continue with lessons on media literacy, collaborate with students on how to interpret online information using Fiskkit, reviewed here. Use Fiskkit to replace paper and pencil by sharing the URL of online articles and have students highlight and comment on any areas. Use this in lessons asking students to identify false or misleading information or to highlight areas that provide facts and information to support a claim. As students become familiar with online cues for understanding media, ask them to use Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here, to modify classroom technology use by creating a short video tutorial of their own sharing insights and information from an online article.
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Essential Questions in Teaching American History - Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History & John McNamara

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7 to 12
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This document contains 163 essential questions for guiding instruction in American History. Question topics range from broad concepts like "Do political parties serve the public interest...more
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This document contains 163 essential questions for guiding instruction in American History. Question topics range from broad concepts like "Do political parties serve the public interest and further the cause of democracy?" to more focused topics such as " Was the Great Depression inevitable?" Be sure to check out the related site content included on the page to find other information available on the Gilder Lehrman Institute website.

tag(s): 1800s (52), 1900s (45), american revolution (89), civil rights (125), civil war (149), cold war (31), constitution (92), elections (78), great depression (28), russia (37), terrorism (46), world war 1 (57), world war 2 (144)

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Although it appears simple, this document is an excellent resource to bookmark for anyone who teaches American History. Print and save this document to focus on essential questions as you plan your lessons. Consider using an online platform like ActivelyLearn , reviewed here, to find and share quality lessons and learning activities with your students as they relate to these essential questions. To enhance learning and classroom technology, ask students to respond to questions found on this list by creating a website using Jimdo, reviewed here, and include their response along with supporting material including documents, videos, and more. Ask individual students or groups to modify technology use by creating a timeline of events using Timeline JS, reviewed here, to visualize and document events based on the essential questions. For example, if answering "Was the Great Depression inevitable?" ask students to build a timeline including important causes including World War 1, bank failures, the Dust Bowl, and more to demonstrate the many causes of the Great Depression.
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The Books That Made the Largest Impact on the World - Largest.org

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9 to 12
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This site shares a list of 25 books that impacted the world, divided into several time period categories. The list starts with before 1000 CE and the Torah and finishes ...more
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This site shares a list of 25 books that impacted the world, divided into several time period categories. The list starts with before 1000 CE and the Torah and finishes with 2003's The DaVinci Code. In addition to listing book titles, each mention includes a small indication of the type of impact along with a summary of the book. Download a complete infographic with all of the information at the end of the list.

tag(s): book lists (128), literature (265), novels (25), religions (71)

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Keep this list handy as a resource and reminder of books with which students should be familiar. Share this list with students then ask them to create their own list of note-worthy and important books. Replace a written list by using Padlet, reviewed here, to have students add their books to columns with different categories sorted by genre. After choosing a book that they consider to be the most important of all time, modify classroom technology use by asking students to support their argument through a multimedia presentation using Sway, reviewed here, to add text, images, and videos.

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Sports Resources - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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Explore this editor's choice collection of resources related to sports. This is a perfect list to share during football season, baseball season, the Olympics, or anytime throughout...more
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Explore this editor's choice collection of resources related to sports. This is a perfect list to share during football season, baseball season, the Olympics, or anytime throughout the year. Read the descriptions to find out whether a site sounds right for what you want to know. Don't miss the "In the classroom" ideas for specific projects, activities, lessons, and ideas. There are also additional links to all of TeachersFirst's resources tagged sports, and special topics pages for Olympics and more.

tag(s): baseball (37), olympics (52), sports (102)

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This collection includes resources for all grades. Each review includes several classroom use ideas. These are excellent tools to use to study science, math, and more! Save (or bookmark) this list for students to use to review tough concepts. Explore the activities suggested.

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New York Fed's Educational Comic Books - Federal Reserve Bank of New York

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Learn about basic financial concepts and the Federal Reserve's part of the process through two free, downloadable comic books created for middle and high school students. Each comic...more
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Learn about basic financial concepts and the Federal Reserve's part of the process through two free, downloadable comic books created for middle and high school students. Each comic book also includes lesson plans for middle and high school levels correlated to state and social studies standards. Download the comic books in color or black and white PDF's.

tag(s): banks (11), financial literacy (109), money (185)

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Take advantage of these free comic books and lessons when teaching economic and financial lessons as a supplement to your current teaching materials. Instead of printing each comic for individual students, provide a link to students using Padlet, reviewed here. Create a Padlet to share all of your online resources for your unit in one place. Use these comic books as inspiration and modify student learning by asking them to use a comic creation tool like ToonyTool, reviewed here, to create single frame cartoons explaining financial concepts. Find more uses for using comics in the classroom by viewing the archive of our OK2Ask session Engage & Inspire: Comics in the Classroom reviewed here.
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National Geographic 101 - National Geographic

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Learn about and discover some of the world's most fascinating and timely topics with National Geographic's 101 video series. Each short video is under 5 minutes and features an overview...more
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Learn about and discover some of the world's most fascinating and timely topics with National Geographic's 101 video series. Each short video is under 5 minutes and features an overview of the issue. The diverse range of video subjects includes pollution, human origins, and the flu virus. Click the "more" button next to each video for a transcript and tags for related videos.
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tag(s): animals (323), chemicals (48), climate (98), climate change (75), dinosaurs (51), diseases (72), drugs and alcohol (26), energy (213), evolution (105), genetics (89), hiv/aids (20), moon (81), planets (140), plants (174), pollution (67), religions (71), romans (37), solar energy (39), solar system (124), space (233), STEM (210), sun (75), weather (211)

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Take advantage of the share feature included with each video to share a link or embed videos on your class website or student computers. These videos provide a wonderful opportunity for students to explore a variety of science topics that aren't always included in the science curriculum. As students find a topic of interest on the site, ask them to research additional information, and then use Canva, reviewed here, to modify their learning and create posters or infographics sharing their findings with their peers. Include student-created posters or infographics as part of an overall presentation using a portfolio-building site like About.me, reviewed here. Use About.me for students to create a portfolio as their future self as a scientist sharing their research that includes posters, written work, cited research, and more.

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Digital Civics Toolkit - MacArthur Research Network

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8 to 12
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The Digital Civics Toolkit contains five high-quality modules and resources for teaching civic potentials of digital life. Topics include Participate, Investigate, Dialogue, Voice,...more
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The Digital Civics Toolkit contains five high-quality modules and resources for teaching civic potentials of digital life. Topics include Participate, Investigate, Dialogue, Voice, and Action. Each module consists of a conversation starter video along with activities and closing reflections. Each module provides background resources for educators. If your school blocks YouTube be sure to look at alternatives for sharing the conversation starters and other videos on classroom computers.

tag(s): communities (41), cross cultural understanding (134), digital citizenship (73), journalism (64)

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Save yourself some time, and use these excellent free modules on this site to use during online safety lessons. Share this site with your school's counselor for use during digital awareness activities. Instead of using paper and pencil to record ideas during brainstorming sessions, use an online bulletin board like Padlet, reviewed here, to organize and record student responses. Padlet offers tools for participants to share links and add comments to posts. As students develop responses to prompts, replace paper and pencil and ask them to create simple web pages to share their ideas and include support for their position using a simple webpage creation tool like Jimdo, reviewed here. Add a link to each student or group's web pages onto your class website to share the variety of ideas and resources shared by the class. Enhance learning and use Synth, reviewed here, to create podcasts featuring student's sharing tips for being digitally aware and share with your school community. Synth is an extremely easy to use tool for creating short audio and video soundbites and automatically pieces together soundbites into threads to share as podcasts.

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All About the Holidays - PBS Learning Media

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K to 12
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Learn about the history and significance behind many holidays through this video collection from PBS Learning Media. Begin browsing by choosing from fall, winter, spring, or summer...more
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Learn about the history and significance behind many holidays through this video collection from PBS Learning Media. Begin browsing by choosing from fall, winter, spring, or summer holidays. Each section includes short videos explaining the history of the holiday. Each selection also includes links to standards along with additional links to supporting materials such as lesson plans or printable items.

tag(s): back to school (62), chinese new year (4), cinco de mayo (12), easter (14), elections (78), fathers day (9), fire prevention (12), flag day (6), halloween (37), hanukkah (14), holidays (140), july 4th (8), kwanzaa (10), labor day (6), martin luther king (38), mothers day (11), new years (10), pi (28), presidents (135), rosh hashanah (8), st patricks day (13), thanksgiving (35), valentines day (13), veterans (18), womens suffrage (27), yom kippur (8)

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Bookmark this site to use as a resource for teaching material during holidays throughout the year. For each holiday use a bookmarking site such as Wakelet, reviewed here, to organize and share lesson materials, videos, and game sites for your students. Instead of worksheets or written reports, enhance student learning by asking them to create infographics sharing information about any holiday. Canva Infographic Creator, reviewed here, is a very easy to use tool that includes pre-made templates. Don't keep student learning to yourself, share their knowledge through holiday podcasts for your entire school and community to hear. Anchor, reviewed here, features many kid-friendly tools to get you started with creating and sharing podcasts. Learn more about podcasting in the classroom in this OK2Ask session archive.

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United States Courts Educational Resources - Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts

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Discover a wide variety of educational resources and interactive lessons teaching about the United States court system and Constitution. Choose the Educational Activities section to...more
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Discover a wide variety of educational resources and interactive lessons teaching about the United States court system and Constitution. Choose the Educational Activities section to find lessons based on Constitutional Amendments and the U.S. Court of Appeals. Within each of the different areas of this section are several activities that include a downloadable activity package for educators. Explore landmark Supreme Court cases and participate in interactive activities including a simulation of the Supreme Court decision making process.

tag(s): branches of government (58), constitution (92), supreme court (25)

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Take advantage of these free resources and activities to use in your social studies classroom when teaching about the U.S. Constitution. Instead of asking students to take individual notes throughout your lessons, take advantage of Google documents to create shared notes. Ask students to highlight and annotate important information shared. Use Wakelet, reviewed here to create "wakes" for students to organize information. Add websites, documents, videos, and more to any wake for students to access information in one site. As a final project, challenge students to use a video explanation tool like Rawshorts, reviewed here to share the background and information learned about Supreme Court cases and decisions.
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Humans of New York - Brandon Stanton

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7 to 12
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Humans of New York was supposed to be a photography project; then it evolved into a vibrant blog featuring the individual stories and portraits of people around the world. Browse ...more
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Humans of New York was supposed to be a photography project; then it evolved into a vibrant blog featuring the individual stories and portraits of people around the world. Browse through the site to read stories of people from every walk of life in the United States. Choose the countries link to read featured stories from over 20 countries around the world. Don't forget to visit the "series" link to find poignant stories based on themes like pediatric cancer and refugee stories.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (134), new york (27)

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Each story included on this site is only about a paragraph long, perfect to use with reluctant readers or as a short introduction to lessons on a variety of social issues. Help students identify the key concepts found in each story by creating a word cloud using Wordsift, reviewed here. Use the keywords found in your word cloud as a starting point for students to begin researching the topic further - examples might be research into refugees, drug abuse, or childhood illness. As students become familiar with the site, use it as an example to create your own site as a class related to your curriculum. For science create a Humans of Chemistry, in social studies create a Humans of the American Revolution, or in language arts create a Humans of Shakespeare. Use a presentation tool like Sway, reviewed here, to share finished projects that include student writing, photographs or drawings, videos, and other multimedia. Use Sway for a variety of assignments in any classroom that is integrating technology as an enhancement, modification, or transformation. Have students work together to compare and contrast their findings as part of a discussion within ongoing podcasts. Anchor, reviewed here, is an augmentation tool offering free podcasting creation and sharing and many features for both new and experienced podcasting teams.

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DelanceyPlace.com - Richard Vague

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8 to 12
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Delancy Place provides brief, daily emails to subscribers with interesting quotes and writing excerpts along with a short commentary. Common topics include information based on history-based...more
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Delancy Place provides brief, daily emails to subscribers with interesting quotes and writing excerpts along with a short commentary. Common topics include information based on history-based non-fiction writing. Browse the archives that date back to 2007 for a quick look at the latest topics such as The Vikings and Young Beethoven. Use the search feature to find information by keyword, author, book title, subject, or publisher.

tag(s): churchill (7), congress (42), england (57), novels (25), parts of speech (70), presidents (135), vikings (12)

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Be sure to subscribe to the daily email for Delancy Place to stay up to date with the latest commentaries. Use this site as a terrific resource for non-fiction supplemental reading materials for students in social studies classes and as a resource for motivating student interest in the many varieties of topics included. Include a link to the site on classroom computers for student use, or include a link with other useful student resources using a bookmarking site shared with students. SearchTeam, reviewed here, is an excellent bookmarking and sharing tool to use with older students due to it's feature that allows you to add comments. Share an article from Delancy Place with your students and add a question in the comments for students to consider during reading. After reading the article and considering your questions, have students share their answers and reflections with a video response on FlipGrid, reviewed here. Transform student learners into student teachers by asking them to use this site as an example to take classroom reading material and create their own video commentaries using Moovly, reviewed here. Use Moovly's templates and editing tools to create professional-looking video presentations to share.

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Kialo - Kialo, Inc

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8 to 12
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Kialo offers a platform for focused online discussions. Use Kialo to create and map out debates onto an interactive tree featuring arguments both pro and con. Create your own forum...more
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Kialo offers a platform for focused online discussions. Use Kialo to create and map out debates onto an interactive tree featuring arguments both pro and con. Create your own forum or participate in the questions posed by other site members. Choose to make your question private or public then invite others to contribute. Throughout the debate use the site's tools to rate the impact of arguments and switch perspectives to view opinions from the other side. Be sure to watch Kialo's introductory video for an overview of all of the site's features.

tag(s): collaboration (54), debate (47), perspective (12), point of view (11), Teacher Utilities (78)

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Kialo is a great resource to find debate topics to use with your students; be sure to bookmark it. Explore the topics available on the public portion of the site and share the discussions with your students. Use the information to teach students how to include relevant information when debating any topic and point out the importance of viewing information through different perspectives. When ready, create your own topic for classroom debate using the private option. For example, have students debate the importance of the use of propaganda during World War 2 or the ethics of using animals when testing products. As students research your topic, have them use Wakelet, reviewed here, to bookmark and save their research. When complete, transform learning by asking students to use an infographic creation tool like Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here, to create an infographic based on their topic.

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Bad News - Cambridge Social Decision-Making Lab and DROG

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How bad can you be? This game teaches you how fake news and disinformation spreads as players take on the role of the bad guy to acquire as many followers ...more
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How bad can you be? This game teaches you how fake news and disinformation spreads as players take on the role of the bad guy to acquire as many followers as possible while raising their credibility ratings. Follow the prompts and make selections on how to spread disinformation and take advantage of others' fears and emotions as you proceed through the game. As you make choices, watch how that affects the number of your followers and learn how to use celebrity and fear to influence others. Throughout the game, players earn up to six badges recognizing accomplishments such as impersonation and emotion.

tag(s): digital citizenship (73), game based learning (148), internet safety (121), media literacy (72), social media (37)

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This game is perfect for use as an introduction to lessons on digital citizenship, media literacy, and social media. Share the site with your students to explore on their own and encourage them to play several different times using the different options provided. Your students won't mind playing over and over; it is easy to get hooked on trying to find the best way to gain as many followers as possible! Once students become familiar with the game and the different options presented for spreading misinformation, ask them to apply their findings to online content. Have them do some online research to find sites or information using tactics such as emotion and the others featured in Bad News. As they research sites and online information, have them add links to the sites they find on a class Padlet. Padlet, reviewed here, offers an option to create columns, use this option then label a column for each badge found in the game and ask students to share a link to their sites in the appropriate column. In addition to adding a link, have students include a comment providing information on why their site belongs in the category. Instead of assessing learning with quizzes or a written report, transform your assessment by having students create infographics to share information learned. Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here, provides easy to use templates to create interesting and informative infographics. Take learning one step further and ask students to become the teacher using Symbaloo Learning Paths, reviewed here, to create an online learning activity teaching others on how to recognize and avoid disinformation found online. Be sure to share your assessment rubric with students as part of your assignment. Find many ideas for implementing rubrics for assessment along with examples and online tools at TeachersFirst Rubrics to the Rescue, reviewed here.

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Civic Online Reasoning - Stanford University

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6 to 12
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This series of assessments offers students a selection of online content and asks them to evaluate and judge the credibility of information. Using digital resources like Wikipedia,...more
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This series of assessments offers students a selection of online content and asks them to evaluate and judge the credibility of information. Using digital resources like Wikipedia, Twitter, and news websites students view information then respond to the provided questions. Competencies evaluated through the activities include student ability to understand who is giving information, identifying evidence, and comparing the content studied to that shared by other sources.

tag(s): journalism (64), news (257), social media (37)

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Include activities from this site as part of any online safety lesson. Use these lessons at the beginning of the school year to teach students how to evaluate online information and as an assessment for the understanding of the ability to judge the credibility of information and sources. Student responses from this site are created through Google Forms, use these responses as a template to create your own Google Forms for personalized content such as local news articles or tv news. Instead of creating a table to compare and contrast various sources of information, replace paper and pencil by using an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, for students to evaluate similarities and differences between news sources. Have students share their learning by creating an infographic using Canva Infographic Creator, reviewed here. Challenge students to include facts, comparisons, and images to create the infographics.

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Online Teen Safety - StaySafe.org

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5 to 12
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This guide shares online safety suggestions for teens and parents by providing basic facts and advice. Starting with tips for protecting hardware and devices from viruses and malware...more
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This guide shares online safety suggestions for teens and parents by providing basic facts and advice. Starting with tips for protecting hardware and devices from viruses and malware the site guides readers through a variety of valuable information. Additional topics include social media, scams and online shopping, and online bullying. Although the site lacks a lot of bells and whistles, it offers a great deal of information related to online safety and provides a starting point for further research.

tag(s): cyberbullying (46), internet safety (121)

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Include the information from this site with your other resources for teaching about online safety. Instead of creating a list of links for students, share safety tips with students by replacing the list using a bookmarking tool like Padlet, reviewed here, to share all resources including videos, websites, and more in one place. Invite students to add their own resources to the Padlet as a collaborative activity on internet safety. Create quizzes using Baamboozle, reviewed here, as a formative assessment during your online safety unit. Baamboozle is a quick and easy quiz creation tool to replace paper and pencil. Divide the class into groups to research the different topics found on this site then let them create their own Baamboozle quizzes for their classmates. Instead of teaching online safety in individual lessons, consider using Symbaloo Learning Paths, reviewed here, to create a learning path including all of your lessons. Have students follow at their own pace and use tools with the Learning Paths to offer differentiation for the abilities and interests of your students. To modify learning and further challenge students, have them create their own internet safety Learning Paths for classmates to complete.

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The United States Diplomacy Center - United States Department of State

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8 to 12
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The United States Diplomacy Center shares free simulations providing hands-on exercises in dealing with complex world problems. Topics include migration, nuclear arms, global health...more
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The United States Diplomacy Center shares free simulations providing hands-on exercises in dealing with complex world problems. Topics include migration, nuclear arms, global health issues, and more. Free materials include student learning packets available in three different ability levels and videos featuring content experts. Educator materials include all information to conduct each scenario including student materials and tools for productive negotiations.

tag(s): animals (323), cross cultural understanding (134), debate (47), migration (61), nuclear energy (27), oceans (163), pollution (67), water (137)

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Take advantage of these free materials to immerse students in learning about current events topics through a global lens. One important component of these lessons includes the task of completing a series of formal and informal discussions on each topic. As students identify key topics and information, enhance their learning by asking them to use Lino, reviewed here, to create digital sticky notes to share among teachers and peers. Use options within Lino to color code the sticky notes to identify the group creating the note or different concepts to address throughout the simulation. Simulations also provide background information on each topic, use this information as a starting point, then have students research each topic further on their own or in groups. Share bookmarks and resources using SearchTeam, reviewed here. In addition to sharing bookmarks, SearchTeam includes tools for adding notes and comments for all team members to use when collaborating together. Throughout your simulation activities, use FlipGrid, reviewed here, to modify learning and to pose essential questions discussed within the activity. Have students add video responses within Flipgrid to share their perspective and solutions to the different problems. As a final learning activity, provide students options for sharing their conclusions and suggestions to the simulation activities through a variety of multimedia choices. Instead of a book report or PowerPoint presentation consider asking students to create a digital book using Book Creator, reviewed here, or a multimedia presentation using Adobe Spark for Education, reviewed here. Both options offer tools for transforming students' learning to include video, images, and more to share their final conclusion and perspective on the topic included in the simulation.
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Checkology - News Literacy Project and the Facebook Journalism Project

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8 to 12
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Help your students (and you) learn how to separate fact from fiction in media through lessons and tools provided by Checkology. Free accounts offer users access to three Checkology...more
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Help your students (and you) learn how to separate fact from fiction in media through lessons and tools provided by Checkology. Free accounts offer users access to three Checkology news literacy lessons. Lessons include tools for students to learn how to categorize information, evaluate bias, and evaluate arguments. Checkology incorporates videos and activities shared by real-world journalists. As they complete activities, they use online tools built into the system including bias checkers and infozones to evaluate the type of resource used for analysis.

tag(s): journalism (64), media literacy (72), social media (37)

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Take advantage of the free materials found on Checkology to use as a starting point for teaching students how to evaluate news and news sources. Use an online quiz tool like Dotstorming, reviewed here, as an activator to begin your news unit. Include several different news articles on your Dotstorming board and ask students to decide if they are true or made up stories. Dotstorming also allows students to comment, ask them to share their reasoning behind their choices. As students become more proficient in identifying misinformation in news sources, ask them to modify their learning and create infographics sharing their tips for other students. Canva Infographic Creator, reviewed here, provides many templates for creating and sharing infographics. Have students write their own articles sharing misinformation, replace pen and paper journals and have students share them in a blog using Edublog, reviewed here, then ask their peers to review the blog and identify the misinformation included in the article. Consider having students share a weekly screencast with their peers using Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here. Use these screencasts to share websites that spread disinformation or highlight well-written news articles containing factual information to use as models.

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Read. Inquire. Write. - University of Michigan

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6 to 10
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Read. Inquire. Write. is a free curriculum using investigations to support middle school social studies learning through inquiry-based lessons; also, this site provides many supports...more
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Read. Inquire. Write. is a free curriculum using investigations to support middle school social studies learning through inquiry-based lessons; also, this site provides many supports for English Language Learners within the activities. Use the provided literacy tools to guide students in analytical reasoning and argument writing within the 5-day investigations. Each investigation includes all materials needed including teacher's guides, student packets, rubrics, student models, and a PowerPoint presentation. Also, all activities provide video models demonstrating methods to encourage student thinking and investigative responses. Each lesson includes correlation to Common Core Standards. Registration is required to download materials from this site. Videos reside on YouTube. If your school blocks YouTube, they may not be viewable.

tag(s): civil war (149), colonial america (108), concept mapping (17), debate (47), democracy (16), evaluating sources (16), greece (29), inquiry (29), maps (295), mexico (30), middle east (43), native americans (82)

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Instead of using paper documents, scan the included PDF or Word documents into Google Classroom or your school student/teacher platform to share and assign to students. Be sure to include mentor texts for student use. Enhance student learning by asking students to use highlighting and note-taking tools within their word document to provide documentation for their responses. Although this site includes many high-quality graphic organizers, create your own and using Diagramo, reviewed here, to personalize for your classroom use. Have students use a digital portfolio tool to share their investigations. PorfolioVillage, reviewed here, includes many resources for creating online portfolios and web pages. Consider sharing the activities found on this site with your peers as a model for redesigning lessons you already use in your classroom. Use Padlet, reviewed here, to collaborate and share ideas, activities, and resources as you work toward incorporating inquiry lessons into your classrooms.
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Engaging Congress - Indiana University

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5 to 12
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Engaging Congress is an interactive game that uses primary sources to help students evaluate information as they learn about the United States government. Download the app from Google...more
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Engaging Congress is an interactive game that uses primary sources to help students evaluate information as they learn about the United States government. Download the app from Google Play or the iTunes store, or select the webGL link to play on the web. Begin play by choosing a story, primary source, or pick a trivia challenge or practice. Use the Teacher Toolbox to find documents by era or topic, learning objectives matched to Common Core Standards, and compelling questions for use with each issue and story. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the home page to find the link to request classroom giveaways to encourage play!

tag(s): branches of government (58), congress (42), DAT device agnostic tool (174), primary sources (99)

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Take advantage of the free games and materials on this site to use as a supplement to your current resources for teaching history and government. Instead of written notes, strengthen learning by having students use an online tool such as Creately, reviewed here, to create diagrams, mindmaps, and other visual graphic organizers. To compare and contrast information found in different primary sources, create a Venn Diagram using Creately. As students prepare to share their findings and summarize their learning, have them modify their learning by creating infographics using Canva Infographic Creator, reviewed here, to visually represent facts and information. As a final assessment for your unit using these materials, ask students to form teams to debate different sides of the issues presented. Share their debates as a podcast using Anchor, reviewed here. Anchor is a simple to use podcasting tool offering several free options for creating, hosting, and sharing podcasts. As an alternative, ask other students redefine their learning and to create multimedia presentations using Sway, reviewed here to share text, videos, images, and more.
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Eagle Eye Citizen - Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media

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Develop civic understanding and historical thinking skills through interactive challenges found on Eagle Eye Citizen. These activities, geared toward middle and high school students,...more
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Develop civic understanding and historical thinking skills through interactive challenges found on Eagle Eye Citizen. These activities, geared toward middle and high school students, teach about American History using primary sources from the Library of Congress. The Solve link provides challenge puzzles to learn about historical events, the big picture, and sorting information into categories. Use the Teach link to find ideas for lessons and units based on this site's components, assessment ideas, and quick activities for use at any time. This link also includes several rubrics for use with the Challenge activities.

tag(s): branches of government (58), civil rights (125), congress (42), elections (78), immigrants (23), presidents (135), womens suffrage (27)

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Share activities from this site to introduce civics and government lessons; be sure to point out links with additional resources included after problem-solving activities. Share a link to this site on your class website for students to use at home. Replace written notes and help students organize information using a mind mapping tool like Coggle, reviewed here. Use Coggle to create and share colorful diagrams with included text and images. As students continue through the unit, have them enhance their learning by including their diagram on a website sharing their knowledge of civics concepts or discussing the historical event studied. Webnode, reviewed here, is a free website creator offering premade templates and easy to use tools. Transform student learning at the next level and ask them to create a book for younger students to teach them about the event studied using Book Creator,reviewed here. For example, when learning about the three branches of government ask students to create a digital book explaining the functions of the three branches. Book Creator allows you to include videos, images, audio recordings, and more.
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