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Equivalent Fractions - David Hellam

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3 to 8
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Equivalent Fractions asks students to make three fractions equivalent to the first one and automatically checks whether or not the answers are correct for instant feedback. This is...more
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Equivalent Fractions asks students to make three fractions equivalent to the first one and automatically checks whether or not the answers are correct for instant feedback. This is a simple "fill in the box" exercise.

tag(s): fractions (229)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. After introducing equivalent fractions, have students practice making equivalent fractions with this interactive. This would be a great site to use for a warm up or review.

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Planet Size Comparison - Science Net Links

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1 to 6
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Planet Size Comparison allows students to see the differences in the sizes of planets side by side. Students can choose two planets they want to compare and visually experience the...more
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Planet Size Comparison allows students to see the differences in the sizes of planets side by side. Students can choose two planets they want to compare and visually experience the size differences of each planet. The comparison lists the diameter of each planet in kilometers or miles and also provides the ratio size differences for each comparison.

tag(s): planets (129)

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Planet Size Comparison is an interesting way to show size comparisons when teaching about the planets. Project the site for a larger feel of the size differences. Students will really enjoy seeing the planets in a larger-than-life view. Have students find pairs of images that have the same relative size or create their own electronic drawings, then stretch/shrink them to create size comparisons of their own on PowerPoint slides or to print out. In math class, use the size comparisons to discuss ratio as well as the solar system.

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Decimal Challenge - David Hellam

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4 to 7
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Decimal Challenge is a guessing game where students try to identify a decimal. The interactive tells you whether your guess is too high or too low. Students try to guess ...more
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Decimal Challenge is a guessing game where students try to identify a decimal. The interactive tells you whether your guess is too high or too low. Students try to guess the decimal in the fewest amount of tries.

tag(s): decimals (124), numbers (196)

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A great interactive to use with students who need a little extra practice with decimal number sense. Use on an interactive whiteboard or projector to discuss strategies and then let students play independently or with a partner. Students would enjoy competing against each other during whole class time.

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Common Core State Standards - Common Core State Standards Initiative Team

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K to 12
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The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a nationwide effort led by the National Governor's Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers to establish a common set...more
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The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a nationwide effort led by the National Governor's Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers to establish a common set of educational standards which aligns benchmarks and expectations across state lines. This system builds on what states are already doing by providing an opportunity to share experiences, best practices, and lessons, while maintaining high expectations that insure the quality of education across America to enable our students to maintain a competitive edge in the global economy.

Visit this website to find out exactly what the national K-12 standards are for English language arts and literacy in history/social studies, science and technology, as well as mathematics, and to find out if your state is one many states (at the time of this review) that have already committed to adopt the Common Core State Standards. Watch videos and the recorded webinar, and read about the key points and rigorous curriculum standards, including the content and skills related to the use of media and technology for critical analysis and production.

tag(s): commoncore (89)

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Take a look at exemplars and sample performance tasks and students' writing to consider how you can integrate these ideas into your own planning to prepare students for the growing challenges of today's world. You can also sign up to receive updates via email. For more information about the Common Core and implementing it in your classes, see TeachersFirst's Common Core: The Fuss Over Non-Fiction, a Q/A article for elementary teachers, and TeachersFirst's resources tagged Common Core for many helpful sites.
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A New Way to Lecture - Michael Zimmer

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4 to 12
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At this site you will find a slide show with at least fourteen different programs you can use instead of PowerPoint for your lectures. Are your PowerPoint lectures boring you ...more
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At this site you will find a slide show with at least fourteen different programs you can use instead of PowerPoint for your lectures. Are your PowerPoint lectures boring you and your students? Take a look at this online slide show, and choose one of fourteen different programs to convert just one of your PowerPoint lectures. Not only is each program explained, but many have suggestions for integrating your lectures with the program. Take a look. Learn about some great web 2.0 sites (Prezi, TypeWith.me, Animoto, ToonDoo, and many others). Note that many of the tools mentioned are also reviewed on TeachersFirst in greater detail if you want to learn more.

tag(s): chat (50), comics and cartoons (64), digital storytelling (153)

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Surprise your students and yourself with how effective any one of these programs can be with your material or THEIR presentations. Create a comic strip to replace a traditional grammar lesson. Use a class wiki to discuss and debate topics in history class. Once you see a tool that sounds interesting, read its full review on TeachersFirst to find even more ways to use it.
 

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Money Desk - Pete Baldwin

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K to 3
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Students will have fun counting money on this useful website. Choose your difficulty level (easy, normal, or hard) and then a helper character. Students are given stacks of coins and...more
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Students will have fun counting money on this useful website. Choose your difficulty level (easy, normal, or hard) and then a helper character. Students are given stacks of coins and a sum of money that they must use the coins to match. The helper character provides assistance about the total amount of money already used and the remainder still needed. Students proceed to click and drag the correct amount of money to the money desk. As students drag money to the pile, the sum is counted down so they can keep track of how much more they need. When students are done, they click on the helper characters face to go on to the next problem. NOTE: This site opens slowly. Please be patient.

tag(s): money (187)

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You will want to demonstrate this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector so students know how to use the site and move on to the next question. Money Desk is a perfect activity for math centers. Teachers can also use this site for struggling students who may need a little more practice. The site could also be used as enrichment tool for students who may be ready to move to the next level. Add this link to your class website for students to use both in and out of the classroom.

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PhotoPeach - Nota, Inc

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3 to 12
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This site allows you to upload photos, create captions, and add music to a slideshow in minutes. It is fun and easy to use. Check out the reviewer's sample ...more
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This site allows you to upload photos, create captions, and add music to a slideshow in minutes. It is fun and easy to use. Check out the reviewer's sample here. Shows can be shared or embedded into other social networking type sites.

tag(s): images (285), photography (159), slides (68)

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You also must be able to locate files on your computer to upload. Follow onscreen instructions to create a project. The instructions are very easy to understand. In a few short steps, there is a finished product. Share the finished show by URL or embed code (for those who know how to copy/paste this code).

Use this site in science class to make a slideshow of a completed lab as an alternative to a laboratory report. Use this in history class to create short videos about different people and places in history. Use in math to have students explain a word problem or complex algebra problems in a slide by slide (step by step) manner. In lower grades, use a whole class account to create a slideshow about a class project or special event such as pumpkin day and all the calculations you do with pumpkin seeds, the weight of pumpkins, etc. Share the slideshow as an embedded object on your class web page/wiki or share the link with parents so they can ask their child about the activity and reinforce the concepts simply by having him/her talk about it at home.

If students create their own shows using images from the web, be sure they are using Creative Commons licensed photos or images without copyright restrictions, sine the products are shared online. Of course you will want to require a credit for any photo used to be included in the show.

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MathSlice

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1 to 12
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The mission of MathSlice is to provide interactives and worksheets for elementary aged children; however this site contains much more. Basic math worksheets are available in many different...more
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The mission of MathSlice is to provide interactives and worksheets for elementary aged children; however this site contains much more. Basic math worksheets are available in many different areas of math concepts beginning with addition going up through scientific notation and percentages. In addition, there are links to ipad games that teach math skills. Many other interactives are available on the site including math millionaire, scrabble, connect 4 and dozens more. In addition to Math, there are activities for Geography, science, music, early literacy, and Spanish.

tag(s): light (53), logic (248), puzzles (204), sight words (36), sound (106), worksheets (64)

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Display games on the interactive whiteboard or projector for students during indoor recess times. Allow students to try the interactives during computer time to reinforce current concepts taught. This is a great link to post on your class website for students (and parents) to try at home.
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XP Math - T. L. Hui

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K to 9
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XP Math offers a wide variety of math interactives organized by NCTM math strands. There are countless activities on the topics of numbers & operations, algebra, geometry, measurement,...more
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XP Math offers a wide variety of math interactives organized by NCTM math strands. There are countless activities on the topics of numbers & operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, data analysis, and probability. Activities are user friendly and use vibrant graphics. Registration is free, but not required for game play. This site also includes a section detailing how math is used in different professions in addition to worksheets and other helpful resources for teachers and students.

tag(s): coins (7), fractions (229), measurement (178), mixed numbers (14), multiplication (211), order of operations (40), prime numbers (31), volume (53), whole numbers (16)

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Have students try these interactives on a math game day. To prepare for standardized testing, have students play one or two games from each strand and then have them describe what kind of problems fall under each strand. Ask students to identify strong and weak strands. Students can practice more of the activities in their weaker strands. Be sure to list this site on your class website so students can access the site both in and out of the classroom.
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Basic Mathematics - Jetser Carasco

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K to 8
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Basic Mathematics is designed to help students and adults with the basic understanding of mathematics concepts and operations. Instructions follow a sequential logical order and concepts...more
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Basic Mathematics is designed to help students and adults with the basic understanding of mathematics concepts and operations. Instructions follow a sequential logical order and concepts are presented in clear, simple terms. Advertisements can be distracting.

tag(s): decimals (124), fractions (229)

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Assign students topics to teach to classmates. Have students use these sequential instructions as an outline or starting point for how to teach a topic. Students can create multimedia presentations to help their classmates learn. Have your students create an interactive online poster using Lucidpress, reviewed here. Challenge students to create a video and share using a site such as SchoolTube, reviewed here.

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Web Resizer - webresizer.com

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2 to 12
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This site is quick, easy, requires no registration, and FREE. Upload your image to this site in order to create a smaller file size for use on other sites and ...more
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This site is quick, easy, requires no registration, and FREE. Upload your image to this site in order to create a smaller file size for use on other sites and applications as well as adding effects such as corner rounding, rotating, tinting, changing contrast/brightness, or adding borders/edges. Upload an image up to 5 MB to alter easily with this site. Web resizer automatically reduces the file size to create an optimized image. Be sure to click "apply changes" once you have finished making selections. Click "start over" to remove previous changes. Download the image easily in a JPEG format.

tag(s): images (285)

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Provide the link to this site for students to use in altering and resizing images for use in presentations and online applications. Be sure students understand the file size needed for the various sites that are used in class (for example, wikispaces has a 20 MB file size limit.)
 
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Use this all the time. Easy to use and SO helpful. You can use online, don't have to download. Frances, CT, Grades: 6 - 8

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This Day in History - Timelines, Inc.

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4 to 12
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This site, containing tons of timelines, is great for a number of different content areas. There are many video clips included. Search for the timeline of your choice, browse topics...more
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This site, containing tons of timelines, is great for a number of different content areas. There are many video clips included. Search for the timeline of your choice, browse topics or people, or play timeline trivia. Topics range from Mark Twain to Women's Suffrage to The Beatles to Lord of the Rings (and countless others). There is a lot of information written in a clear, understandable manner. Plus, the pictures help tell the story of the timeline. You can also contribute by creating events, voting, commenting, and adding descriptions, photos, and videos to this site. 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.
This site includes advertising.

tag(s): famous people (23), heroes (24), religions (67), timelines (57)

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To add events to the site, locate the "add event" found at the bottom of the Timelines.com homepage. Follow the very clear (with samples) directions to insert your own event. Viewing the timelines is simple. Click to watch videos, view the maps, click "Like" or "Dislike" or make comments by clicking on the words.

Monitor what students are viewing in the premade timelines. Also, teach students appropriate events to include and check their work before having them submit work so that they are more accurate.

Use the timelines on the site in science class to help students understand the history behind discoveries that they take for granted, such as the the space race. Today's students have never lived in a world where traveling to the moon was not possible, and understanding the history of the event could be very helpful in understanding the magnitude of such an event. This site would also be useful in art or music class. Have students investigate the history of their favorite group or type of music and create a multimedia presentation to share with the class. How about a video (including music, of course). Use a tool such as Moovly, reviewed here, and then share the videos on a site such as SchoolTube, reviewed here.

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Goofram - goofram.com

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K to 12
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Looking for the most from your search? Use Goofram to find the best of both Google and Wolfram alpha all in one place. View top Google searches using Safesearch as ...more
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Looking for the most from your search? Use Goofram to find the best of both Google and Wolfram alpha all in one place. View top Google searches using Safesearch as well as Wolfram alpha (which include definitions and abundant resources.)

tag(s): resources (106), search engines (58)

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This site is very simple to use. Simply type in the term you are searching and click "search."

This site is as safe as any other search engine. Just be sure students are aware of the consequences of misusing the search engine.

Use Goofram the next time that you use search in your classes. Discuss the difference between each side of the screen where both parts appear. What is the advantage of Wolfram Alpha vs. Google? Use this site as you discuss how to search and use materials on the web. Practice showing different searches and aspects of the searches that are useful. Challenge students to use these sites for individual research projects.
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Curriki - Global Education and Learning Community

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K to 12
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Curriki is a website that has been designed to help educators connect online - the name comes from "curriculum" and "wiki". Teachers can search and find resources and lesson plans ...more
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Curriki is a website that has been designed to help educators connect online - the name comes from "curriculum" and "wiki". Teachers can search and find resources and lesson plans in all subjects. In addition, educators can share their resources within the community. After becoming a member you can save favorite resources to your favorites page for easy access anywhere. Resources can be rated and reviewed to help narrow down search findings. Curriki also offers online communities that can be created and joined by its members.

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Use Curriki as a resource to find materials to use in your classroom. Join communities of educators with common interests to share and find resources.

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Tagul - tagul.com

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4 to 12
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This site takes any quotation or poem and creates a "word cloud" (graphical display) of the words in a passage of text. Paste in any passage or the URL for ...more
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This site takes any quotation or poem and creates a "word cloud" (graphical display) of the words in a passage of text. Paste in any passage or the URL for any blog entry or web page (including newspapers online) to create a word cloud of the text. This resource is currently free while in beta and intends to keep it free for NON PROFIT only. Enhance basic word clouds by using this site to create clouds in various shapes, use mouse rollover options, use font effects, and more. Elevate your word clouds into an art form. Once registered, change your password by clicking on the profile tab and entering your changes. Before creating a word cloud, agree to their terms that includes only using appropriate content. Copy and paste series of words or use the url of a page where the words can be found. Choose a shape such as a heart, cloud, or geometric patterns. Choose a font as well as other options, and then click "Build the Cloud." Preview your cloud before saving.

tag(s): images (285), vocabulary (319), word choice (28), word clouds (11)

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Users must be able to copy and paste text or provide a url to a page of text as well as determine parameters of more advanced word clouds. Alternately, these word clouds can be kept very simple. After creating the word cloud, be sure to save the image (or use a screen capture) to share with others. Another idea, use the url of the cloud or embed into a place to share such as blog, wiki, or site.

This is a terrific visual tool to share on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Help students develop creative fluency by creating their own taguls of words and ideas from scratch. Paste in a passage or URL for a political speech to visualize the politician's "message." Analyze advertising propaganda by visualizing the language used in TV or print ads. Create taguls of historical texts of inauguration speeches as time capsules of the issues of the day. Use this site as a way to help students see and memorize text, especially visual learners. Use it also when writing poetry or reading passages of great literature to "see" themes and motifs of repeated words and images. Have students paste in their own writing to spot repeated (and monotonous) language when teaching lessons on word choice. Students will be surprised to see what words appear to be dominant. ESL and ELL students will eagerly use this site since word order will no longer be a problem for them. Have students work in groups to create word posters of vocabulary words with related meanings, such as different ways to say "walk" or "said" and decorate your classroom with these visual reminders of the richness of language. Collect thoughts about the class subject at the beginning of the year and then again at the end of the year to determine changes in thoughts about the subject matter.

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Study Skills Resources - TeachersFirst

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3 to 12
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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help students learn their most effective study strategies. The collection includes specific study tools, reading...more
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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help students learn their most effective study strategies. The collection includes specific study tools, reading strategies, review ideas, and notetaking methods that students and teachers can try as lessons in themselves or --even better-- as they go about the regular curriculum. Whether you want to use a graphic organizer, create your own electronic flash cards, or simply learn how to approach a test, there is a resource to help. Learning Support teachers and teachers of gifted will also want to share these alternate ways for students to organize and retain concepts, vocabulary, and more.

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Make learning how to learn part of your class routine at any grade level and in any subject. Feature one or more new study strategy each month and share this entire list as a link from your class web page for students and parents to access both in and out of school.

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Tagxedo - Hardy Leung

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K to 12
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Want a word Cloud with Style? Create one here! A word cloud is an image of words that show the most frequent word in a larger font than the others. ...more
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Want a word Cloud with Style? Create one here! A word cloud is an image of words that show the most frequent word in a larger font than the others. Create a visual representation of a passage to pull out and identify important words or show the text in an interactive, visually appealing way. The resulting cloud pops out the words as you roll over them, so viewers can "see" each word separately. See a sample, created by the TF Edge review team. Explore the gallery for many inspiring examples, including some that use the customizable image shapes uploaded from your own computer (premium feature). Some features may change slightly after the beta phase, but developer Hardy Leung assures TeachersFirst users, "Even after beta you'll be able to save the animated version of the Tagxedo for free to your computer or to the web without the paid version. I may require a membership, though unlikely, but even then I'll make sure there is a free version for teachers and students."

Tagxedo requires Silverlight. The site will appear as a blank page with the "Install Silverlight Plugin" button if your computer does not have it installed. See your tech folks to allow download and installation of this plug-in if school computers do not have it and/or are "locked down."

tag(s): firstday (25), vocabulary (319), word choice (28), word clouds (11)

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NO membership required to create a cloud, though saving may require a (free) membership in the future, according to developer Hardy Leung. Click "Create" and then "Words." Paste URL to "cloud" words from a web page or copy/paste (or type) a passage of words into the given field. (Repeat words to make them larger). Experiment with various settings and "themes" to create the different colors and shapes of the word cloud. Change the theme, shape, direction, layout, and other parameters easily. Click SAVE to easily download a static image of various sizes or take a screenshot using shortcut keys. Saved images do not have the cool "pop-out" feature (rats!), though the developer tells TeachersFirst that users will be able to download animated versions in the future. You can also save and obtain the direct URL to your animated cloud. Be sure to bookmark it or copy/paste the URL for safe keeping in a document, wiki, etc. During beta, the tool allows you to save and copy embed code, but this feature will cost money later.

In the classroom: This is a terrific visual tool to share on an interactive whiteboard or projector. In primary grades. Enter a group of related words into the text box, such as sight words, words with the same spelling cluster, or vocabulary terms. Then have students roll over the words to read them aloud as they pop out (only works in the ONLINE version of the clouds). Paste in a passage or URL for a political speech to visualize the politician's "message." Analyze advertising propaganda by visualizing the language used in TV or print ads. Create word clouds of historical texts of inauguration speeches as time capsules of the issues of the day. Use this site as a way to help students see and memorize terms and important vocabulary, especially visual learners. Use it also when writing poetry or reading passages of great literature to "see" themes and motifs of repeated words and images. Have students paste in their own writing to spot repeated (and monotonous) language when teaching lessons on word choice. Students will be surprised to see what words appear to be dominant. ESL and ELL students will eagerly use this site since word order will no longer be a problem for them. Have students work in groups to create word posters of vocabulary words with related meanings, such as different ways to say "walk" or "said" and decorate your classroom with these visual reminders of the richness of language. Use themes and shapes that coordinate with the word cloud (for example, use a bird shape when creating a cloud about flight or a heart when interpreting a love poem. Consider using a word cloud as a first week of school activity where students discuss summer vacation or what they did over the summer. As a first day activity, students could also make a cloud with words about themselves, then have classmates guess which cloud matches which person.

For a free gift for special occasions, make word clouds about mom for Mother's Day or Thanksgiving "I am thankful" visual poems. Share them by emailing the URL or in printed form.

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Very versatile, creates word clouds in specific shapes. Adds another dimension. Frances, CT, Grades: 6 - 8

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Money Counting Worksheets - John Rickey

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Money Counting Worksheets takes the basic idea of worksheets and incorporates it with the benefits of technology. This simple tool generates online worksheets that show either the coin...more
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Money Counting Worksheets takes the basic idea of worksheets and incorporates it with the benefits of technology. This simple tool generates online worksheets that show either the coin faces or coin values. Students simply count the sums of the coins and type their answers in the space provided. Students can check their answers as they go and print their worksheets upon completion if necessary. *Be aware, there is also a link to writing worksheets. This feature is for a FEE. The counting worksheets are free.

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Money Counting Worksheets can provide simple enrichment and differentiated instruction opportunities. This is a great site to add as a math center. You can quickly and easily generate worksheets to supplement math curricula for whole group instruction or individual needs. Be sure to demonstrate how this site works on an interactive whiteboard or projector.
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Color Sudoku - PrimaryGames

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Color Sudoku will engage even the youngest of Sudoku players by using colors rather than the traditional numbers. This option is helpful for students who may not be completely comfortable...more
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Color Sudoku will engage even the youngest of Sudoku players by using colors rather than the traditional numbers. This option is helpful for students who may not be completely comfortable with number recognition but enjoy playing games of logic. Color Sudoku is a great training tool for beginners entering the world of Sudoku. Players can click on "Give Me A Hint" if they need a little help. Be aware: this site does include some advertisements. Shrink your window to cut off the right side and avoid the distraction!

tag(s): colors (79), logic (248), puzzles (204), sudoku (16)

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Model this game as a whole group activity several times so students become comfortable with the concept and rules. Share the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector, and show students how to shrink the window to cut out the ads. Place students in pairs during center time, math class, or computer lab to accomplish this game together for problem solving and teamwork. Allow students to try this site independently on laptops. Use this as an end-of-the-week, whole group incentive. Be sure to list this link on your class website for students to access both in and out of the classroom. Challenge older students to create their own color Sudoku challenges using a paint program.

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My Math Games

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K to 12
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My Math Games provides easy to use interactives for addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and fractions. There is also a link to a calculus activity ideal for secondary students....more
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My Math Games provides easy to use interactives for addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and fractions. There is also a link to a calculus activity ideal for secondary students. Games use recognizable animated characters to engage students. Advise students to ignore the advertisements. The links to the actual games are BELOW the ads!

tag(s): addition (226), division (160), fractions (229), multiplication (211), subtraction (186), vision (79)

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Have students try out these simple skills based activities using an individual laptop. Share this site with parents (on your class wiki or website), so students can practice at home. Since the games are very kid friendly, make a shortcut to this site on classroom computers and use it as a center.

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