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Lingro - lingro.com

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2 to 12
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This study tool and open content dictionary allows you to enter a web address (URL) and make all of the words on that page clickable for definitions and translation. A ...more
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This study tool and open content dictionary allows you to enter a web address (URL) and make all of the words on that page clickable for definitions and translation. A clicked word immediately displays its definition from the Lingro dictionary pages. The website looks visually the same within the Lingro window, but all words become clickable. You can also use Lingro to translate to and from English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, and Polish with more languages to be added. When students use the translation/definition tool, the site keeps a short-term record of their words and web pages, allowing them to study their own wordlists and to play games with these words. The wordlist and history feature only works short-term and at the SAME computer, unless you register, for free, to be able to take your personal history to any computer. With the translation capability, you can read websites in other languages. If you spell a word incorrectly, Lingro has a "best match" feature which finds likely definitions for your word of choice. There is also a tool to create electronic flash card type games from your saved wordlists.

Important technical note: Lingro cannot "see" words included in Flash interactives such as the "What's New" rotating content on the TeachersFirst home page. If you RIGHT click on an area of text and see "About Adobe Flash Player...," this means that the text is displayed in Flash and not "legible" to Lingro. Often pages offer a non-Flash version as an alternative.

tag(s): french (91), german (66), germany (27), italian (36), spanish (111), vocabulary (319), vocabulary development (122)

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When your ESL/ELL, learning support, or weaker readers do Internet research on sites above their independent reading level, have them open Lingro first and then enter the URL (web address) they wish to read. Use Lingro for vocabulary development in any subject. Mark this site as a favorite on your classroom computer or on your teacher web page so that ESL/ELL, world language students, or weaker readers can use the definition and translation feature and benefit from instantly-created word lists. If your school permits individual student accounts on web tools, this is a good one. If not, create a single teacher account to compile class word lists.

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Researching A Story - CBBC

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This website offers excellent tips about researching a news story. The contents include an interactive quiz, educational game, and a tutorial. Learn about the important job of a journalist...more
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This website offers excellent tips about researching a news story. The contents include an interactive quiz, educational game, and a tutorial. Learn about the important job of a journalist - getting the facts straight, and writing a trust-worthy story. The interactive challenges provide "fill in the blank" questions and specific (BBC) links to use for the research. NOTE: If you seek to join the site (for free), you must be 15 years old or younger. You do not need to join to do the interactive quiz, play the game, etc. This is a safety measure to protect children from online predators. Many of the activities require FLASH. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): careers (144), journalism (54)

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What an intriguing website to include in a journalism or English class. Use an interactive whiteboard or projector to share these activities with your students. Use this website as an anticipatory set for a "real world" research assignment. Write a weekly research question on your class blog and have students respond using the techniques learned through this activity.
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Word Reference - wordreference.com

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This series of free translating dictionaries allows students to search to/from English in these languages: French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, and German. Once a definition comes up...more
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This series of free translating dictionaries allows students to search to/from English in these languages: French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, and German. Once a definition comes up in English, there are links to other dictionary pages where the word appears in a sentence. You can click on the audio button to hear the word spoken in both languages. This feature is only available in more commonly used words

There are also immediate clicks to other languages, so a student could check the same word in Spanish and French very easily. In addition to the translation dictionaries, there are also "English Dictionaries" (non-interactive) available in Portuguese, Polish, Romanian, Czech, Turkish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Arabic (coming soon). Many of the foreign language dictionaries will increase in volume as the site developers add more vocabulary.

Be aware: this site does include minor advertisements. There is a link to Language Forums. It is probably best to advise students to stay away from the forums.

tag(s): chinese (50), dictionaries (59), italian (36), japan (60), japanese (45), korea (18), portuguese (21), russia (35), russian (28)

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Save this site in your favorites on your classroom computers for use by ESL/ELL and foreign language students or for use when studying derivations and word families in English (compare the same word across several languages to see how close they can be!). Students can take an active role in vocabulary preview work by using this site in prior to reading. Be sure to list this site on your class webpage so students can access this information both in and out of the classroom.

If you are introducing new vocabulary words to your foreign language class. Have them use this site to find the appropriate translations. Then have the students work in cooperative learning groups to create online vocabulary guide books using a tool such at Bookemon (reviewed here). Have the groups share the online books on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Be sure to keep the links for future students to use the guides, as well.

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Hunt the Fact Monster - Education World

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Weekly printable Hunt the Fact Monster activity sheets encourage students to build research skills and internet literacy as they use the Fact Monster search engine to find the answers...more
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Weekly printable Hunt the Fact Monster activity sheets encourage students to build research skills and internet literacy as they use the Fact Monster search engine to find the answers to the questions in the activity. There are separate sections for grades 2-3 and grades 4-8. This site requires Adobe Acrobat Reader. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): search strategies (24)

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This site can be used for individual students, in a technology class, or as a parent-and-student together assignment. Be sure to see the Ideas for Using Hunt the Fact Monster in Your Classroom page for tips on using the hunts in your classroom. Before you launch your research project with younger students, use this exercise to solidify research basics or as a pretest to be sure everyone is ready. Challenge your more able students to create their own Fact Monster hunts on individual research topics and share them with classmates. Reading teachers can also use these activities to help students practice skimming and scanning.

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Information Finder - BBC

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1 to 3
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This unusual website is interactive and provides students with the unique challenge of determining which types of reference books should be used to find specified information. Some...more
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This unusual website is interactive and provides students with the unique challenge of determining which types of reference books should be used to find specified information. Some of the reference books include an atlas, a book about flags, a book about wildlife, and a few specialized weather books. The website provides a Teachers/Parents link that provides general standards for this interactive game. The entire activity requires Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): animals (322), atlas (6), matching (24), weather (201)

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Use an interactive whiteboard and let students take turns to help your students understand the various forms of informational texts. Or set up this site as a center in the library/media center to remind students where to look for information.
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QUICK: the Quality Information Checklist - HDA and CHIQ

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By teaching young students how to evaluate web pages early, this site helps create critical consumers of information. By clicking on items arranged in a circle on the screen, students...more
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By teaching young students how to evaluate web pages early, this site helps create critical consumers of information. By clicking on items arranged in a circle on the screen, students go on to further explanations, examples, and quizzes about the main points of web evaluation.

tag(s): evaluating sources (16)

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This site would be great on a projector as a teacher-centered lesson, returning to each point as you build the understanding throughout the year. Use one point at a time as you show students various websites throughout the school year. Simply open this site prior to sharing a site with the class. You can use the points here to "evaluate" the source together. Be sure to include it as a reference link on your teacher web page, as well. Parents will appreciate it and students can "show" their parents how to judge sources.

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Englishbanana.com Picture Dictionary - Matt Purland

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This fairly extensive picture dictionary uses photographs, not drawings, to assist language learners to see the real thing! Besides defining the word the student selects to look up,...more
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This fairly extensive picture dictionary uses photographs, not drawings, to assist language learners to see the real thing! Besides defining the word the student selects to look up, other items in the photo are also labeled so that learning vocabulary can occur in chunks, thus making it more meaningful and comprehensive. Site users may add to an archive of quizzes on the dictionary's word list.

tag(s): speech (87), vocabulary (319)

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A great dictionary site to bookmark on your classroom computers for limited English speakers! This one would also be good for speech and language practice for special ed both at home and at school.

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Heinle's Newbury House Dictionary of American English - Heinle Newbury House Publishers

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Designed especially for the limited English speaker, this easy-to-use dictionary contains definitions in simple language ESL learners can understand, and each word is used in a sentence....more
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Designed especially for the limited English speaker, this easy-to-use dictionary contains definitions in simple language ESL learners can understand, and each word is used in a sentence. Other features include pronunciation, synonyms, part of speech, word of the day, and activities; browsing and advanced search options are also available.

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A great dictionary to bookmark for your ESL learners on your classroom computer for handy reference anytime.

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Citation Maker - Elementary - Oregon School Library Information System

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2 to 6
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This is almost too easy! Students can enter information about a research source and, with the click of a mouse, create an entry in proper MLA format. Results can be ...more
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This is almost too easy! Students can enter information about a research source and, with the click of a mouse, create an entry in proper MLA format. Results can be copied and pasted into a word processing document, printed directly, or saved to an RTF file. This tool is perfect for younger students who are just learning about the importance of citing sources for a school report.

tag(s): citations (37)

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Share this link on your class web page for easy use any time students have a research project. Have a student demonstrate how to use it on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Make sure to teach the easy keyboard commands for copy (Ctrl +C or Command+C) and paste (Ctrl+V or Command + V). The easy way to remember the letter "V" is to think, "Velcro-- to stick it there!"

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Rhyme Zone

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4 to 12
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This site is much more than an on-line rhyming dictionary. Use it as a thesaurus, spell checker, or on-line source for all of Shakespeare's works. Other features include interactive...more
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This site is much more than an on-line rhyming dictionary. Use it as a thesaurus, spell checker, or on-line source for all of Shakespeare's works. Other features include interactive quizzes on a variety of topics (high-school level), thousands of searchable quotations and poems, and the complete texts of several famous documents.

tag(s): shakespeare (111), thesaurus (23)

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Copyright Terms and the Public Domain - Cornell University

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Knowing the specific rules about copyright terms can be a definite benefit when copying or scanning. This easy-to-read chart outlines the point at which published or unpublished materials...more
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Knowing the specific rules about copyright terms can be a definite benefit when copying or scanning. This easy-to-read chart outlines the point at which published or unpublished materials enter the public domain. It may be more information than you care to know about the public domain, but it will keep you legal!

tag(s): air (146), copyright (47)

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Kidspace - Christian Science Monitor

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Elementary students can safely browse through this growing collection of Kidspace articles to find information about a favorite topic or resources for a school project. Topics include...more
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Elementary students can safely browse through this growing collection of Kidspace articles to find information about a favorite topic or resources for a school project. Topics include history, animals, crafts and activities, language arts, sports, and technology. The fun and informative articles - downloadable as PDF files - are engaging for parents and teachers as well and provide some great ideas for activities in the classroom or a home.

tag(s): news (260)

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Use this site to encourage students to become more involved with current events. Every week assign a group of students a news section to research and report back to the class about. Have students create a multimedia presentation using UtellStory, reviewed here. Challenge students to find a photo (legally permitted to be reproduced), and then narrate the photo as if it is a news report. To find Creative Commons images for student projects (with credit, of course), try Compfight, reviewed here.
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Copyright with Cyberbee - Cyberbee

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This highly interactive explanation of copyright laws helps students recognize and understand their responsibility in citing sources. Use as an introduction or refresher before assigning...more
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This highly interactive explanation of copyright laws helps students recognize and understand their responsibility in citing sources. Use as an introduction or refresher before assigning research projects. The site also contains teacher resources and tips on explaining copyright issues.

tag(s): air (146), copyright (47)

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Educator's Reference Desk - Information Institute of Syracuse

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Educators who have lamented the demise of the AskERIC service will welcome its new incarnation, offering a robust, up-to-date collection of theme-based educator resources, and wealth...more
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Educators who have lamented the demise of the AskERIC service will welcome its new incarnation, offering a robust, up-to-date collection of theme-based educator resources, and wealth of lesson plans, and archives of past questions. Managed by the Information Institute of Syracuse, the new format greatly enhances usability. Kudos!

tag(s): professional development (161)

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Copyright Kids

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Copyright Kids is a copyright primer created expressly for students. It provides a structured introduction to various aspects of copyright and their implications for students, especially...more
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Copyright Kids is a copyright primer created expressly for students. It provides a structured introduction to various aspects of copyright and their implications for students, especially those using the web for research projects. This one could be a great classroom reference or an integral element of a unit on copyright issues.

tag(s): air (146), copyright (47), plagiarism (36)

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Dictionary of Units of Measurement - University of North Carolina

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4 to 12
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No matter what you want to measure, you'll find information on how to quantify it here. While some browsing is required, teachers will find applications for this information in science,...more
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No matter what you want to measure, you'll find information on how to quantify it here. While some browsing is required, teachers will find applications for this information in science, math, geography, and other subject areas. The reference possibilities are also extensive. Add this one to your toolkit of web reference specialties.

tag(s): measurement (178)

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Search Engine Showdown - Greg R. Notess

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Not all search engines are the same, and using the right search tool is critical to finding what you want on the web. This site offers both quick comparisons and ...more
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Not all search engines are the same, and using the right search tool is critical to finding what you want on the web. This site offers both quick comparisons and in-depth reviews of the major search engines, to help you find a search tool that will work best for you. If you're into web research, this is a great starting point.

tag(s): computers (101), search engines (58)

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Fact Monster - Information Please

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Here's an on-line reference to thousands of facts, sorted into kid-friendly categories and with plenty of instructions. This site feels a lot like other search engines, but it's designed...more
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Here's an on-line reference to thousands of facts, sorted into kid-friendly categories and with plenty of instructions. This site feels a lot like other search engines, but it's designed with kids in mind, and yields results that will keep young researchers enthused. Great starting point for any factual question or research topic. Ignore the advertising; the site content is worth it.

tag(s): resources (106)

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Be sure to include this site on your teacher web page for students to access both in and outside of class for further practice.

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The Journey Inside (SM) - Intel

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The Journey Inside (SM) is 35 interactive, online lessons introducing students to the interworkings of computers and technology. The site teaches students and teachers the fundamentals...more
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The Journey Inside (SM) is 35 interactive, online lessons introducing students to the interworkings of computers and technology. The site teaches students and teachers the fundamentals of how a microprocessor does its decision-making. The animations make the presentation particularly interesting, and the topic can be integrated into a number of science or technology applications.

tag(s): computers (101)

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This site is ideal for use on a whiteboard or projector. Pick and choose from among the thirty-five interactive lessons, or use the entire series to introduce your class to the technologies, processes, and methods that enable computers.
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U.S. Copyright Office Home Page - Library of Congress

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Links to full text of copyright law, Congressional discussions on copyright revision, and numerous PDF files on specific or technical topics related to copyright. ...more
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Links to full text of copyright law, Congressional discussions on copyright revision, and numerous PDF files on specific or technical topics related to copyright.

tag(s): air (146), copyright (47)

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