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BookBub - Josh Schanker

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7 to 12
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Looking for a new book to read? Bookbub has it covered. Enter your email address and begin telling BookBub your preferences in genres and your preferred reader device or app ...more
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Looking for a new book to read? Bookbub has it covered. Enter your email address and begin telling BookBub your preferences in genres and your preferred reader device or app (Nook, Kindle, iBook, Google Play, Kobo). You will be presented with a list of authors to follow based on your genres, and then you create your password. Next you will get a list of books recommended for you. Best of all, many of the books are free. You can always put a book under bookmarks, and be alerted when it has a reduced price or is available for free. Under your account and notifications select how often you would like to receive BookBub updates - daily, weekly, and various other choices.
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tag(s): book lists (131), independent reading (129), reading lists (81)

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Sign up for BookBub and receive daily emails with book excerpts. Share the excerpts with your class as a way to hook some students into reading or to offer book suggestions. Use the emails as an example of a service that students may want to try. A valid email is required to join this site. Read tips for safely managing email registrations here. Have students choose an interesting excerpt from a book they are reading and share with others via email or on your classroom blog or website.

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Beat the Summer Reading Slump! - ReadWorks

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K to 12
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Beat the Summer Reading Slump! offers reading packets for grades K-12 perfect for reading practice and enrichment over the summer. Choose a grade level, then view the entire packet,...more
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Beat the Summer Reading Slump! offers reading packets for grades K-12 perfect for reading practice and enrichment over the summer. Choose a grade level, then view the entire packet, or individual stories to download or print. Each article includes Lexile levels to indicate reading levels. Some features require a FREE registration.

tag(s): guided reading (47), independent reading (129), summer (10)

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Share these summer reading resources with parents on your class website or print out reading packets for students who don't have computer access while out of school. These articles aren't just for summer! Print and use throughout the year to provide enrichment and remediation in reading instruction. Use as part of your guided reading lessons or as a reading center. Have students create printed comics (or rough drafts) using Printable Comic Strip Templates, reviewed here, or an online comic with one or two characters with Comic Creator, reviewed here. Students can create an online comic strip by using Write Comics, reviewed here. Learn more about Lexile levels and find additional reading resources at TeachersFirst Reading for All located here.
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USA Gold - Scholastic and USA Gold Pencils

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K to 6
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Celebrate poetry with quick and easy ideas found at the Writing Activity Library from USA Gold and Scholastic. Also, watch for contests and new writing activities added throughout the...more
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Celebrate poetry with quick and easy ideas found at the Writing Activity Library from USA Gold and Scholastic. Also, watch for contests and new writing activities added throughout the year. Choose the Teacher's Guide for a printable with lesson ideas for students in grades 1-6 that promote poetry writing skills and vocabulary development.

tag(s): narrative (19), poetry (221), vocabulary development (122)

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Share this site with an interactive whiteboard or projector, then provide resources at a learning center for poetry writing. Encourage students to submit entries to contests when available! Have students or groups brainstorm ideas for poems using Padlet, reviewed here. The Padlet application creates free online bulletin boards. After creating poetry, have students create a word cloud of their poem using a tool such as Wordle, reviewed here, or Word It Out, reviewed here. Create a class poetry book using Ourboox, reviewed here. Ourboox creates beautiful page-flipping digital books in minutes, and you can embed video, music, animation, games, maps and more.
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Shakespeare Quotes - eNotes

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6 to 12
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If you teach Shakespeare, you'll want to check out these explanations of over 200 Shakespeare Quotes. Each quote contains an explanation of the meaning of the quote along with the ...more
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If you teach Shakespeare, you'll want to check out these explanations of over 200 Shakespeare Quotes. Each quote contains an explanation of the meaning of the quote along with the context used within the play. Tags below each explanation lead to additional quotes with a similar theme.

tag(s): hamlet (10), literary devices (12), macbeth (10), novels (22), plays (35), shakespeare (111)

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Share a link to this site on your class webpage for students to access at any time. Have students use this site as a model for creating their own explanation of quotes from Shakespeare (or any piece of literature). Encourage students to find a suitable quote to introduce their persuasive piece. Have students upload a photo they have taken and add voice bubbles to explain what they learned about Shakespeare using a tool such as Superlame, reviewed here. Challenge students to create a fictional Twitter account about a character in a Shakespeare play. Use the Twitter Fictional Account Template, reviewed here.

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SlideHunter - slidehunter.com

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K to 12
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SlideHunter offers over 4000 free templates and backgrounds for PowerPoint users. Browse the site using the keyword search or choose categories to view files for download. There is...more
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SlideHunter offers over 4000 free templates and backgrounds for PowerPoint users. Browse the site using the keyword search or choose categories to view files for download. There is no registration required; however, downloading is much easier using this option.
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tag(s): slides (68)

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Use SlideHunter to find PowerPoint templates for your personal use. If sharing this site with students to use with projects, demonstrate how to avoid advertising and properly download files on an interactive whiteboard or projector. You may want to consider creating a class account so that students don't have to have their own account.

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Open Badges - Mozilla

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K to 12
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Earn, issue, collect, and display digital badges with Open Badges. Set up a Mozilla Backpack to earn your first badge. Once registered, follow to create and issue your badges with ...more
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Earn, issue, collect, and display digital badges with Open Badges. Set up a Mozilla Backpack to earn your first badge. Once registered, follow to create and issue your badges with documentation features. Share with those seeking to earn the badge; they upload evidence of accomplishment. Once achieved, awarded badges are displayed on an individual's profile and can easily be shared online.

tag(s): behavior (45), classroom management (155), game based learning (137), gamification (88), organizational skills (122)

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Badges are the "stickers' of today and much more. Use Open Badges to keep track of student progress with big assignments, rewarding badges for each completed step. Present awards using badges such as Student of the Month, Math Hero, Perfect Attendance, and more. Share this site the first week of school as you set up your classroom expectations. Autistic support and behavior support teachers will find this tool useful and easy to use for reinforcement and tracking. Gamify your class using badges as reward levels. Challenge students to progress through different achievement levels by providing badges along the way. Share student login information with parents so they can track progress and accomplishments at home. Be sure to keep the login information yourself, just in case students misplace it. Keep track of mastery of various topics or skills, much like a sticker chart! Students can embed their class badges in other sites, such as personal blogs, using the embed code.

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StoryBots - JibJab Bros Studio

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K to 2
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StoryBots is a collection of classroom learning tools for pre-K and kindergarten children, their parents, and teachers. There are plenty of free videos and activity sheets to use without...more
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StoryBots is a collection of classroom learning tools for pre-K and kindergarten children, their parents, and teachers. There are plenty of free videos and activity sheets to use without registration. Register to create an online classroom and assign learning materials to individuals, small groups, or your whole class. Assign videos or games aligned to Common Core Standards. Upload your own lessons or assign StoryBots' lessons teaching math and reading skills. Share your class code with parents for at-home use.

tag(s): commoncore (89), preK (286)

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Create your class account, share your class code with parents, and ask them to register their child for your class. Assign lessons and activities to individual students or groups to differentiate instruction. Include a link on classroom computers for center use. Take advantage of the opportunity to upload your own lessons to supplement the learning materials available at StoryBots.
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OK2Ask: 3 Cool Tools to Amp Up Collaboration - TeachersFirst

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3 to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from April 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore three online tools for collaboration with peers and students. Discover...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from April 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore three online tools for collaboration with peers and students. Discover the differences between collaboration and group work. Discuss and learn ways to foster collaboration in the classroom. Share with peers the positives of collaboration and strategies for encouraging participants when faced with difficulties. Begin to develop a collaborative activity for your individual needs. Participants will: 1. Understand the difference between collaboration and group work; 2. Compare/Contrast three online tools for collaboration; 3. Explore three online tools for collaboration; and 4. Participate in a collaborative activity. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): collaboration (27)

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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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Triventy Collaborative Quizzes - Triventy

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4 to 12
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Create and play interactive quizzes in three easy steps with Triventy. Set up a game, or choose from the public games available, to begin. Customize public games to your specifications....more
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Create and play interactive quizzes in three easy steps with Triventy. Set up a game, or choose from the public games available, to begin. Customize public games to your specifications. When ready to play, invite others to play by sharing a link to the game and the access code, or a QR code. Once all players are logged in, select start to play the game. Options for creating games include the length of time to respond, the choice of many different languages, and sharing via Google Classroom.

tag(s): assessment (116), gamification (88), quiz (84), quizzes (104), test prep (97)

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Create a Triventy quiz as a tool for checking prior knowledge or making a quick assessment. Have students answer exit questions or see what students remember from the previous day. Use for formative assessment to identify misconceptions that students may have at the start of a unit. ESL/ELL and world language teachers could use this for vocabulary practice and take advantage of the many different language options. Have students create quizzes with characteristics of story characters for classmates to see which character they are most like.

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Sedja - Sedja

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K to 12
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Sedja is a tool for working with PDF documents without having to register for an account. Use Sedja to split, rotate, merge, convert PDF files to Microsoft Word format, and ...more
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Sedja is a tool for working with PDF documents without having to register for an account. Use Sedja to split, rotate, merge, convert PDF files to Microsoft Word format, and more. Select the task you desire, upload your PDF document, and follow directions. When complete, download the new document with changes. Documents delete automatically from Sedja's servers after three hours.
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tag(s): conversions (27), worksheets (64)

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Use this site to work with PDF files in many ways. If you need just a page or two from a large PDF file, perhaps a worksheet to send home to an absentee student, easily extract it to send. Combine class projects received as individual PDFs to create a complete class book by merging all files. Combine several lessons into one whole unit by merging files. Make combined PDFs available as downloads from your class web page so students "get it all together." Teachers at all grades can use this tool, and older students may find it handy for their own use.

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SuperNotecard - Mindola Software

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8 to 12
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Originally a desktop application, and now available on mobile devices with browsers, too, SuperNotecard is a virtual note-taking tool based on the traditional 3 x 5 note-cards concept....more
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Originally a desktop application, and now available on mobile devices with browsers, too, SuperNotecard is a virtual note-taking tool based on the traditional 3 x 5 note-cards concept. After creating an account, start a Project where you'll add note cards. Enter text via a simple text editor window. Flexible features allow cards to be edited, moved, and graphically notated. Cards may be organized by Decks, Categories, and tied to Reference source cards with built-in citation help. Simple tutorials will help you get started. Share projects by email. Exporting and importing work is possible. There are templates for fiction, nonfiction, script and flash cards. This site does have a slight learning curve. After five free projects, the cost is $25 per year, but projects may be deleted to stay within the free limit. There is an informative tutorial, created by a high school teacher, available on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the video may not be viewable. You could always view the video at home and bring it to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as ClipGrab, reviewed here, to download the video from YouTube.
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tag(s): note taking (41), organizational skills (122), paragraph writing (17), persuasive writing (57)

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With the emphasis in many state standards on gathering information from multiple sources, citing textual evidence in reading and writing, and producing argumentative writing and research, students need help in note-taking skills and citing sources. This tool will be useful to teach outlining, note-taking, and organizing. On an interactive whiteboard, or with a projector, demonstrate how to create a project, edit, and organize. The whole class or small groups can work together on one device to outline and gather facts and quotes from a writing sample. Students with email may share their projects with teachers or other students who import a copy into their accounts. Export Project files to review off line. The Flash Card option creates a study tool individuals or groups may use. Help is minimal, but a Community Forum shares usage questions and answers.

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Quizlet Live - Quizlet

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5 to 12
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Quizlet Live is a classroom quiz game for groups created by the makers of Quizlet, reviewed here. Follow directions to create and share a quiz set...more
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Quizlet Live is a classroom quiz game for groups created by the makers of Quizlet, reviewed here. Follow directions to create and share a quiz set and assign to student teams. At least six students are needed to create a Quizlet Live game. When students receive the code and log in, they find other team members and begin competing. Accuracy is encouraged over speed, providing a wrong answer will send teams back to start from the beginning of the quiz.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (179), quizzes (104), spelling (168), vocabulary (319), word study (78)

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Use Quizlet Live to introduce new topics or content, or as a review before testing. Quizlet Live would be an excellent tool for the start of the year to help students get to know each other, or use throughout the year to have students work with different students in cooperative learning activities.

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Gravit Designer - Alexander Adam

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4 to 12
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Gravit is a vector-based design tool for creating social media covers, websites, postcards, flyers, infographics, and much more. Create your account to view tutorials and begin creating...more
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Gravit is a vector-based design tool for creating social media covers, websites, postcards, flyers, infographics, and much more. Create your account to view tutorials and begin creating designs. Use Gravit's pre-designed templates or start from a blank layout. The creation tools offer you the opportunity to add images, text, and much more. Create an organization in Gravit to add other users and work as a team to create designs. When finished, save and share your design or download to your computer choosing from available file options. Use Gravit on the web or as a download on your computer. 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): graphic design (38), images (285), social networking (111)

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Use Gravit to create an interesting graphic for your Twitter or classroom YouTube account. Allow students to create postcards using Gravit to write and illustrate a message from a character in a novel. Create a flyer (poster) advertising books read, make an infographic showing details from events in history, or challenge students to create a cover for their blog entries using Gravit.

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MoocNote - MoocNote.com

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6 to 12
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Add comments, links, and questions to online videos with MoocNote. Create a free account, then import any YouTube video or playlist by pasting the URL. Other options include adding...more
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Add comments, links, and questions to online videos with MoocNote. Create a free account, then import any YouTube video or playlist by pasting the URL. Other options include adding videos from DropBox or Google Drive. Return to unfinished videos from where you left off. Notes link back to the appropriate spot in the video and collect in one central spot for easy viewing. Options on the site allow you to create groups to share videos and adjust privacy settings.

tag(s): note taking (41), organizational skills (122), video (279)

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Be sure to view the User manual link for directions about how to use MoocNote. Share YouTube playlists with students using MoocNotes, add questions or additional information for student viewing. Only registered users can access your videos so that each student will need his own account. Another option is to set up a single teacher account and have all the students use the class login to avoid safety concerns. They could add their own information by including their code-name on notes. This tool would be perfect for adding student accountability to the flipped classroom!

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GooseChase edu - Andrew Cross

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3 to 12
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Organize and run a scavenger hunt with GooseChase! Sign up for an account to begin creating games. Add your own missions to games or use missions available on the site. ...more
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Organize and run a scavenger hunt with GooseChase! Sign up for an account to begin creating games. Add your own missions to games or use missions available on the site. Determine point values for completion and optional links or images to provide additional information. Choose to allow participants to submit validation of completion through photos or videos that you can see in real-time. Once your game is set up (using any computer or device with Internet access), invite participants to begin play through a mobile device. Download the free apps for any mobile device through the Google Play Store or iTunes. GooseChase now has free basic plans for teachers where you can have unlimited games and classes and even a team game.

tag(s): creativity (117), DAT device agnostic tool (179), game based learning (137), gamification (88)

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Use GooseChase in your classroom as part of your project based learning activities. Assign a series of activities to groups for completion. Differentiate projects based on student interest and ability. Use one of the many educational games already in the library to see great examples of how to use GooseChase for any subject area. GooseChase would be an excellent addition to staff meetings. Have participants locate information on websites, textbooks, or throughout your school as part of professional development. Create a GooseChase for students as part of a nature walk outside of your school, ask younger students to find different geometric shapes, or have students draw pictures of main characters in books as part of a GooseChase mission.

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LivingTree - livingtree.com

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K to 12
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LivingTree is an online collaborative tool for teachers, parents, and students. Share messages, photos, files, and more in 41 languages instantly. Create a shared calendar for all members...more
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LivingTree is an online collaborative tool for teachers, parents, and students. Share messages, photos, files, and more in 41 languages instantly. Create a shared calendar for all members to access and contribute information. Calendars offer the ability for parents and volunteers to easily sign up for events such as conferences and field trips. There are introductory videos, and video guides for teachers, parents, administrators, and organizations. 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): classroom management (155), DAT device agnostic tool (179), organizational skills (122)

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Use LivingTree to manage and organize any classroom. Maintain a classroom calendar, with automatic reminders, so students can easily find due dates and deadlines for homework and projects. Share information with parents to keep them up to date. Use the discussion feature as a resource for keeping students involved over long holidays or on a snow day.

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7 Things All New Teachers Need to Know - Adam Gordon/USC Rossier School of Education

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K to 12
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Although fairly short and simple, this article offers advice to brand new teachers as they begin their first day of school. These practical tips provide common sense information for...more
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Although fairly short and simple, this article offers advice to brand new teachers as they begin their first day of school. These practical tips provide common sense information for helping to ease jitters for the new school year and beyond.

tag(s): back to school (58), newbies (15), professional development (161)

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Share with all teachers, not just new teachers, as part of back to school planning and activities. Create your own 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.

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The Open Video Project - Interaction Design Labratory, Univ of N Carolina at Chapel Hill

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6 to 12
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The Open Video Project provides a repository of video clips from many different sources for use by researchers and educators. Choose from various genres or collections to find available...more
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The Open Video Project provides a repository of video clips from many different sources for use by researchers and educators. Choose from various genres or collections to find available videos. Find specific content using search filters to find keyword content, video format, the length of the video, and more. Download videos using the links provided with each video clip.

tag(s): video (279)

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Bookmark the Open Video Project as a resource for finding videos on many different classroom topics. Share this site with students for finding clips to include with multimedia projects. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools, reviewed here.

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Mindset - Carol Dweck

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Mindset is the accompanying website to the book of the same name and offers guidance on achieving a growth mindset. Learn about How Mindset Affects Success with specific information...more
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Mindset is the accompanying website to the book of the same name and offers guidance on achieving a growth mindset. Learn about How Mindset Affects Success with specific information for parents, teachers, and coaches. Other links allow you to Test Your Mindset; find out how to Change Your Mindset through four simple steps.
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tag(s): brain (67), professional development (161)

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Use information from this site to help change negative mindsets and promote growth mindsets. Share ideas with parents through your class website or newsletter. Take one of the four ideas for changing mindsets to use as a focus for a month at a time school-wide. Share information with peers during professional development sessions.

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Tough Choices - Bill Chapman

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9 to 12
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Tough Choices offers resources for small groups to discuss ethical real world problems, both past and present. Four different simulations present ethical dilemmas such as those facing...more
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Tough Choices offers resources for small groups to discuss ethical real world problems, both past and present. Four different simulations present ethical dilemmas such as those facing juries and a transplant committee. Also, find links to additional lessons and reading material.

tag(s): debate (46), persuasive writing (57), problem solving (297)

In the Classroom

Use materials from this site when working with debate groups. Take advantage of the ideas on this site for persuasive writing ideas. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, to compare different points of view. If you are beginning the process of integrating technology, have students create blogs sharing their learning and understanding using Telegra.ph, reviewed here. This blog creator requires no registration.

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