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Dictionary.com - Dictionary.com, LLC

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Dictionary.com provides much more information than a typical dictionary. Browse the page to find the Word of the Day, grammar tips, and word trends. Find the menu or "hamburger" (3...more
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Dictionary.com provides much more information than a typical dictionary. Browse the page to find the Word of the Day, grammar tips, and word trends. Find the menu or "hamburger" (3 small lines located at the top-left hand corner of the home page) to translate text into different languages, play games, or read the very interesting blog. Creating an account isn't necessary; however, it allows you to save words as favorites.
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tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (177), dictionaries (58), game based learning (138), thesaurus (23), word choice (27)

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Use this online dictionary instead of printed dictionaries and thesauruses in the classroom. Be sure to share a link to this site on your class website. Display the word of the day on your interactive whiteboard as a lesson starter during writing or language arts lessons. Ask students to include featured words during writing activities using Google Documents, then highlight each time the word is used. Take it a "tech" step further and have students create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from this site using a tool such as WordItOut, reviewed here. Dive even deeper and have students or groups of students create daily video presentations featuring their choice for word of the day (or week) using a tool like Powtoon, reviewed here. Share their videos on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here.

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Typely - typely.com

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Typely is a free online proofreading tool. In comparison to other grammar checkers, this tool focuses on usage errors instead of grammatical errors. Typely provides feedback on common...more
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Typely is a free online proofreading tool. In comparison to other grammar checkers, this tool focuses on usage errors instead of grammatical errors. Typely provides feedback on common mistakes including redundancy, sexism, and misspellings among others. Copy and paste your text into the editor to view results. Use settings to change the appearance of your text and use of Typely. When finished, save your document to your computer or create a Typely account to save online.

tag(s): editing (74), grammar (210), proofreading (25), spelling (166), writing (365)

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Bookmark Typely for use with any writing projects to allow students to concentrate on content instead of grammar. Be sure to share a link on your class webpage and classroom computers for students to use with written work. Ask students to analyze their writing by sharing a before and after analysis as a one-time blog post using Telegra.ph, reviewed here, or as part of their digital portfolio using bulb, reviewed here as a digital portfolio tool.

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Understood - Understood.org USA LLC

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K to 12
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Understood is an online collaboration of 15 non-profit organizations with a goal to provide learning resources for students aged 3-20. The site offers thousands of articles, decision...more
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Understood is an online collaboration of 15 non-profit organizations with a goal to provide learning resources for students aged 3-20. The site offers thousands of articles, decision guides, quizzes, and more. Also, choose from unique tools such as the Parenting Coach, Tech Finder, and Through Your Child's Eyes (simulations of different learning issues). Use the Parent Toolkit to find personalized resources available by topic, grade, or learning disorder. Videos reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as ClipGrab, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): emotions (38), learning disability (18), learning styles (20), preK (284), professional development (160), Special Needs (35)

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Bookmark this site as an excellent tool for finding learning resources for classroom students and sharing with parents. Be sure to share a link to the site with parents on your class website or newsletter. Use items found on this site as part of your professional development activities. Organize participant's thoughts and ideas using a mind mapping tool like MindMup, reviewed here. Share websites, articles, and resources related to your topic using a bookmarking tool such as SearchTeam, reviewed here. SearchTeam allows you to share resources and add comments making collaboration easy for participants. Expand your learning and collaboration efforts using a tool like FlipGrid, reviewed here. FlipGrid is a video response tool that allows you to record a question and gather video responses. As a final product and follow-up to send to your participants, share information learned from this site and others through a multimedia presentation with Sway, reviewed here. Sway is an easy to use tool for creating professional-looking online presentations including video, images, text, and more.
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Reader - MindSky

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Reader is an app for desktop and mobile devices that allows you to save articles without a lot of the clutter. Sign up using your email and password, then activate ...more
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Reader is an app for desktop and mobile devices that allows you to save articles without a lot of the clutter. Sign up using your email and password, then activate your account using the link sent to your email. Follow directions to download the app if you think you will be using Reader on a regular basis. However, you don't have to download the app. You can just click the "+" sign at the top right and enter the URL of the article you want to read right in your browser. Reader's features allow you to highlight and share articles. Viewing options include several themes and font options. All features are fully functional in your browser, too! Editors note, the activation link to create an account was not sent immediately. Be sure to create and set up your account well in advance before using it. Check your spam folder if you don't find the activation link.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (177), media literacy (66), reading comprehension (129)

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Download Reader onto classroom computers and mobile devices for saving and sharing web articles. This app is especially useful for ESL/ELL or Special Education students to help remove distracting information. After reading articles, have students share their thoughts using a voice recording tool like Vocaroo, reviewed here, then share their recordings on your class website. Share several articles with students using Reader, then post an essential question on Recap for younger students, reviewed here, or on FlipGrid for older students, reviewed here. Both Recap and Flipgrid allow students to post video question responses, then add comments to the posted responses creating an excellent tool for collaborative discussions. Share student responses and discussions with a class podcast using Podcast Generator, reviewed here.

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Dreamreader - Neil Millington

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Dreamreader is a site created by a teacher of English as a Foreign Language providing a large variety of reading content in many different ability levels. Each article also includes...more
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Dreamreader is a site created by a teacher of English as a Foreign Language providing a large variety of reading content in many different ability levels. Each article also includes a lesson plan, quiz, and audio reading of the story. Choose from the different content labels to find articles categorized from Easy English to Academic English. Within the Academic English option choose from beginner through advanced reading levels.
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tag(s): independent reading (124), reading comprehension (129), reading lists (78)

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Bookmark this site as an excellent resource for interesting reading material for students of all ability levels. For struggling readers, have them play the audio recording before reading on their own. When finished, ask students to create their own audio recording of the story. Use an audio tool like Vocaroo, reviewed here, to create recordings. Have students create their own quizzes based on reading material using a site like Online Quiz Creator, reviewed here, for their peers. Challenge students to choose an article that interests them as a starting point for a research project. Have them share their findings by creating an interactive poster using a tool like Adobe Spark for Education, reviewed here. Adobe Spark offers you the option to include video, images, and other media easily into any type of presentation.
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OK2Ask: Free Microsoft Tools to Make Learning Accessible and Inclusive - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from February 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Making a learning environment accessible for everyone is critical to a successful...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from February 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Making a learning environment accessible for everyone is critical to a successful inclusive classroom. Today's classrooms are diverse and include English Language Learners and students with learning challenges, whether they have been identified or not. Every teacher needs to be able to create and deliver content in a way that is accessible to each student. Fortunately, teachers already have free technologies at their disposal to assist with this. Join us as we explore strategies and tools that facilitate an inclusive learning environment. Participants will: 1. Understand the importance of accessibility; 2. Explore Microsoft tools that can be used to create accessible materials; and 3. Identify an easy new habit, hack, and/or tool they can adopt to help make the material accessible for their students. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Accessibility (3), differentiation (49), Microsoft (59), Special Needs (35)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire: Comics in the Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from January 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Visual literacy is quickly becoming a "must-have" skill. Infusing comics...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from January 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Visual literacy is quickly becoming a "must-have" skill. Infusing comics in your instruction can help students easily learn and practice these skills. In this workshop, you will learn to help students create comics that both show their visual literacy skills and demonstrate comprehension of the content they are learning. Participants will: 1. Learn to use comics to teach visual literacy strategies; 2. Explore tools to create Comics; and 3. Discuss assessment strategies for the use of comics in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): comics and cartoons (62)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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Biteable - Biteable

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Biteable claims to be "the world's simplest video maker," and they may be right. Choose from many animated features, color combinations, and photo scenes to personalize videos. The...more
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Biteable claims to be "the world's simplest video maker," and they may be right. Choose from many animated features, color combinations, and photo scenes to personalize videos. The wide assortment of templates include options to create ads, infographics, and more. Drag and drop images, add text and choose colors and sound onto the video timeline. When complete, publish and share on YouTube or social media sites with the provided links. Free accounts offer 1GB of storage and five video projects per month.
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tag(s): digital storytelling (152), infographics (53), multimedia (57), video (271)

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Add Biteable to your technology toolbox for use with multimedia reports and presentations. Learn how to create and personalize videos together by sharing the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector and demonstrating the available features. As students become familiar with Biteable, ask them to use this site to create videos explaining and showing specific features available on the website. Be sure to have students create a storyboard to help make the video creation go smoothly. Do this either with paper and pencil or try using a digital storyboard like the Amazon Storybuilder, reviewed here, or SuperNotecard, reviewed here, where you can turn your notes into a storyboard! Use this site to create introductory videos for any classroom content. Replace the paper version of a travel brochure, ask students to use the travel templates on this site to make a video sharing information about any location. Instead of having students write a report on healthy living use the healthy living infographic template to share interesting facts and information about nutrition and wellness. In your finance class use the electronics templates and ask students to create a video advertising a product or a new store. This site is incredibly versatile and offers options for use in any classroom setting!

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OK2Ask: My Students Need That! Chrome Features & Extensions for Accessibility - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from January 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Do you have struggling learners in your classroom? Harness the power of Google...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from January 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Do you have struggling learners in your classroom? Harness the power of Google Chrome to support diverse learners and build an inclusive classroom. Join us as we explore Chrome's built-in accessibility features and free apps and extensions that allow you to accommodate and differentiate the needs of your students. Efficient and user-friendly, these tools can be a game-changer for your students. Participants will: 1. Learn about Chrome's built-in features that support accessibility, 2. Explore extensions to support the Google Chrome experience in your classroom; and 3. Plan for the instructional use of Chrome features and extensions to support all learners. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Accessibility (3), differentiation (49), Google (33)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask: Make the Most of Your TeachersFirst Membership - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from January 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Inspire technology integrated lessons for student learning based on web-based...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from January 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Inspire technology integrated lessons for student learning based on web-based resources. Learn about the features and benefits of your free TeachersFirst membership. This session will briefly share how to find and use resources on TeachersFirst to help you save time. Remember, it is OK2Ask questions at any time! Participants will: 1. Explore TeachersFirst membership features; 2. Identify and share resources to support classroom instruction; and 3. Prepare to use the features of TeachersFirst membership to maximize student learning. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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Fake Text Message - iFakeTextMessage.com

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2 to 12
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Fake Text Message is a tool to create images that appear to be screenshots of text messages. Use the editing tools to include a name, a series of messages, show ...more
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Fake Text Message is a tool to create images that appear to be screenshots of text messages. Use the editing tools to include a name, a series of messages, show time, battery life, and more. When finished editing, choose the link to create your image then share it using social media links or download to your computer.
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tag(s): creative writing (170), digital storytelling (152), writing prompts (92)

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Use Fake Text Message to bring lessons to students through their digital world. Ask students to create made-up text messages between book characters or world leaders during a crisis. In math, have students create a conversation discussing methods for solving a difficult problem. Take advantage of the editing tools such as battery life and signal strength indicator to demonstrate urgency in different situations. Have students include images of text messages created into a Google document as part of a written report. Take your text messages to a different level and have students create podcasts incorporating text messages using a tool like Podcast Generator, reviewed here.
 

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Free Website Map Widget - ClustrMaps

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K to 12
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Add a real-time map of your website or blog's visitors with this geo-location hitmap. Download then customize the widget with your preference of colors, size, and stats available for...more
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Add a real-time map of your website or blog's visitors with this geo-location hitmap. Download then customize the widget with your preference of colors, size, and stats available for viewing. Follow the steps to create your customized code then place on your site.

tag(s): blogs (84), computers (102), maps (295)

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Students will love seeing the wide variety of visitors to their classroom website. Have a student share locations of viewers with other students, then research to learn more about those areas around the world. Challenge students to create an interactive map with images and videos using a tool such as Stepmap, reviewed here, for where the visitors to their blog live. With Stepmap students can colorize specific areas including national parks, or the city and neighborhoods of their visitors to their blog; additional options include latitude and longitude lines, and icons. Ask students to create an annotated image of any location including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. Display a world map in your classroom and pin locations of viewers on the map for students to see at all times.

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The Teacher's Response to Intervention Guide - Marcus Guido

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K to 12
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This helpful guide provides specific information for effectively using the Response to Intervention (RTI) process. The article begins with a review of RTI strategies then provides specific...more
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This helpful guide provides specific information for effectively using the Response to Intervention (RTI) process. The article begins with a review of RTI strategies then provides specific teaching strategies for each of the three tiers. Be sure also to check out the accompanying infographic, found here, that provides an excellent summary of RTI information.

tag(s): assessment (118), data (157), gamification (89), professional development (160), teaching strategies (27)

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Pack this information away in your professional toolbox for classroom reference at any time. Share this article and infographic with other teachers in your school as part of your professional development activities. Print the infographic and post in your school's teacher lounge or other areas for common viewing.

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ProProfs Brain Games - ProProfs Brain Games

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K to 12
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ProProfs Brain Games allows you to play or create puzzles and games. Choose from created games in formats including hangman, crosswords, word scrambles, tic tac toe, and more. Create...more
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ProProfs Brain Games allows you to play or create puzzles and games. Choose from created games in formats including hangman, crosswords, word scrambles, tic tac toe, and more. Create a free account to make your own puzzles using the game choices provided. Creating puzzle options includes options for levels of difficulty and personalization of images and vocabulary.

tag(s): game based learning (138), gamification (89), logic (247), problem solving (293), puzzles (204)

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Share puzzles and brain teasers with students on your class website or classroom computers. Brainstorm with students on problem-solving methods and tips. Use a tool like Padlet, reviewed here, to share your list of ideas. Have students use Brain Games to create their own games to review classroom material before tests and quizzes. Take student learning a step further and include their game in a Symbaloo Learning Path, reviewed here. This site allows users to add tiles including quizzes, websites, videos, and more to follow as a learning path for any subject.

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WordMint - Nathaniel Story

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K to 12
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Create crossword puzzles, word searches, and bingo cards quickly with WordMint. Create your free account to begin, then choose an activity to set up and enter terms. When finished,...more
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Create crossword puzzles, word searches, and bingo cards quickly with WordMint. Create your free account to begin, then choose an activity to set up and enter terms. When finished, print and save your puzzle including an answer key and student copies. WordMint also contains an extensive database of already made word searches and puzzles that don't require registration to use, find the links to them at the bottom of the home page.

tag(s): crosswords (20), puzzles (204)

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

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

tag(s): book lists (128), literature (264), preK (284), video (271)

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

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Kodu Game Lab - Microsoft Research

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

tag(s): coding (71), game based learning (138), gamification (89), Microsoft (59)

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

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Creative Writing Now - William Victor

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

tag(s): creative writing (170), poetry (222), stories and storytelling (34), writing (365)

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

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Check123 - Yuval Katz and Yuval Shani

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

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

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

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

tag(s): back to school (60), commoncore (89), newbies (15), professional development (160)

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

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