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OK2Ask: 5 Strategies for Building Content-Area Literacy - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from March 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Students need to be able to communicate about the content we teach. They may...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from March 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Students need to be able to communicate about the content we teach. They may learn literacy basics in the language arts classroom, but in order to apply those skills, they need content area practice. In this session we will discuss five strategies that can be used to practice reading, writing and speaking using content area concepts and vocabulary. Participants will: 1. Understand the importance of content area literacy practice; 2. Learn 5 strategies for content area literacy practice; and 3. Plan for the use of content area strategies in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): literacy (105), reading strategies (56)

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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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Martin Luther King Jr. Interactive Timeline - Beth Newingham

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K to 6
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This lesson provides details on how to use images from the book, A Picture Book of Martin Luther King Jr., to create an interactive student timeline. Follow the directions to ...more
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This lesson provides details on how to use images from the book, A Picture Book of Martin Luther King Jr., to create an interactive student timeline. Follow the directions to scan or print the pictures, then challenge students to build their timeline based on the images. This activity also includes a couple of lesson extensions.
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tag(s): interactive stories (31), martin luther king (36), timelines (57)

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Although this activity seems quite simple, it provides many opportunities for extending student learning about Martin Luther King, Jr. and also inspires use as an activity with other topics. Instead of using images from picture books, ask students to create their own drawings representing events from any book, a process in a scientific experiment or study, or historic events. Scan or take pictures of student work then add them into a Google SlideShow or PowerPoint as recommended on this site to use as a digital timeline activity. Take this activity a step further and modify learning using a digital timeline creator like eStory, reviewed here, to create a digital timeline including images and links to media. For additional tools and ideas, take a look at other timeline creation tools located here.

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Easy Teacher Worksheets - easyteacherworksheets.com

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K to 12
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This site offers a large assortment of ready to print worksheets with preschool through high school content. The majority of materials focus on content for elementary and junior high...more
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This site offers a large assortment of ready to print worksheets with preschool through high school content. The majority of materials focus on content for elementary and junior high levels. Choose a topic and use the topic list on the left side of the screen to narrow down to specific needs. Be sure to check out the Teacher Printables section; this includes many helpful printables for report card comments, parent information, and organization.
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tag(s): calendars (46), grammar review (42), graphic organizers (42), holidays (139), organizational skills (120), substitutes (18), worksheets (63)

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Use instructions found on the site to print materials as a PDF document. Use worksheets as a starting point for assessing student knowledge at the beginning of a unit. Have students use information on the worksheets as a starting point for research. Have them locate sources and websites that explain further and share that information in a blog post using a tool like Edublog, reviewed here. Include information from this site with your other resources and create games for review using Baamboozle, reviewed here. Baamboozle is a quick and easy game creator that makes multiple types of games for two teams and keeps score as you play.
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Center for News Literacy - Stony Brook University

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The Center for News Literacy provides articles and courses to teach news literacy. Defined as learning critical thinking skills to judge the reliability and credibility of information...more
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The Center for News Literacy provides articles and courses to teach news literacy. Defined as learning critical thinking skills to judge the reliability and credibility of information received, this site serves to help students and educators learn to evaluate materials from any source. Select from the courses offered including Deconstructing a Viral Video and Who Decides What is Newsworthy? The Course Packs include PowerPoint presentations with lesson materials along with final quizzes.

tag(s): internet safety (117), journalism (58), news (259), newspapers (99)

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Bookmark this site to stay up to date on the latest information on news literacy. Take advantage of the free lessons and courses to include with your lessons on evaluating news and news sources. Ask students to review online news and take notes with a tool such as Webnote, reviewed here; tell students to be sure to save the URL to share their notes and questions with you and their peers. Ask students to create a screencast using Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here. In their screencast ask them to share different online articles and compare and contrast information shared by different sources. Share with parents as a resource for finding information to discuss with their student regarding the reliability of information and sources.

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Circle Round - WBUR

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K to 6
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Discover a storytelling podcast for kids at Circle Round. These diverse folktales, with topics such as kindness, persistence, and generosity are 10 to 20 minutes long. At the time of...more
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Discover a storytelling podcast for kids at Circle Round. These diverse folktales, with topics such as kindness, persistence, and generosity are 10 to 20 minutes long. At the time of this review, there were over 40 podcasts from around the world. Use the top menu and find Coloring Pages, Live Shows, Road Trip Reels, and more. The Road Trip Reels are 60 to 120 minutes long and need to be downloaded. The 60-minute "Reels" have three stories that focus on the theme of music and have coloring pages to go with them. The 90-minute "Reels" are all stories about magic, and the 120-minute "Reels" are stories about our furry and feathered friends. All "Reels" have accompanying coloring pages. All Coloring Pages are in PDF format.

tag(s): diversity (34), folktales (50), stories and storytelling (35)

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Place the link To Circle Round on your teacher web page for students to share stories at home, too. The stories would make an excellent classroom listening center with headphones. Let younger students listen over and over. Use these delightful stories as opportunities to develop listening skills by playing the story, then asking questions. Ask listening comprehension questions, or talk about story structure with older children (rising action, climax, and falling action, for example). Consider having your younger students share their own favorite stories with a tool like Flipgrid, reviewed here, and then encourage students to respond to each others favorites. Inspire your older students to build fluency and expression by creating their own podcasts after listening to these. For this have students plan their story with digital "post its" that can be moved around using a tool like Pinup, reviewed here. Once students are ready, have them record their podcast using a tool like Podcast Generator, reviewed here. Be sure to post student podcasts on your website or wiki to share with parents.
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One World Education Student Writing - Eric Goldstein and Emily Chiariello

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The Student Writing portal of One World Education shares exemplary writing examples from One World Student Ambassadors. Each piece models grade-level writing and includes a reflection...more
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The Student Writing portal of One World Education shares exemplary writing examples from One World Student Ambassadors. Each piece models grade-level writing and includes a reflection experience. Based on the One World Program, articles feature information based on student research of a social justice issue important to them. In addition to the featured student writing, the site also includes a research portal for students categorized by grade levels and issues. Sign up to become a partner and access curriculum materials based on Common Core Standards.

tag(s): persuasive writing (56), sociology (24), writing (365)

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Share the student writing samples with your class to model grade-level writing and research skills. On your interactive writing board upload an example and use highlighting and drawing tools to point out examples of good writing including use of specific examples, text structure, and vocabulary. Ask students to share their first draft on a site like Peergrade, reviewed here. This site allows teachers to create an assignment with a rubric and automatically distributes uploaded assignments to peers for review. As a follow-up, after students complete their writing project, ask them to create podcasts sharing additional information and reflections on the social justice issue they researched. Buzzsprout, reviewed here, is an excellent tool for creating and sharing podcasts.
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MSN Kids - MSN Worldwide

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MSN Kids features content and search features geared toward elementary and middle-school aged kids. In addition to news stories around the world of interest to kids, the site also includes...more
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MSN Kids features content and search features geared toward elementary and middle-school aged kids. In addition to news stories around the world of interest to kids, the site also includes crafts and videos that appeal to students. Use the links to different categories including animals, science and tech, and more to narrow down features. One very nice feature for classrooms is that this site does not include any advertising or sponsored content.

tag(s): bookmarks (69), cross cultural understanding (128), search engines (59)

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Set the home page on classroom computers to MSN Kids for students to explore and learn about current events around the world. Have students choose an article and use it as a basis for a research project. Challenge students to create an infographic using Canva, reviewed here, to share information learned from the site. After researching information using MSN Kids, ask students to create an explainer video using Biteable, reviewed here, to provide facts, background information, and discuss any topic.

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Erasures - Wave Books

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Use the texts presented and your imagination to create a found poem by removing just a few words. Erasures supplies the text which makes this the perfect site to practice ...more
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Use the texts presented and your imagination to create a found poem by removing just a few words. Erasures supplies the text which makes this the perfect site to practice developing a found poem! Start a poem by either clicking a text title or on the top menu click Make an Erasure. Clicking on words will erase them and clicking again on the empty space will bring them back. Save the poem and take a screenshot (Command-shift-4 on a Mac or Print screen on a PC).

tag(s): creative writing (170), poetry (223), writing (365)

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Use Erasures to practice creating found poems with your class. Use a projector or an interactive whiteboard to read one of the shorter texts, then look through the archived poems to see if you and your students can get an idea about which poems were created from that text. A Bundle of Letters by Henry James and the poem New York vs. Boston would work well for this exercise. Open two browser windows and compare the text and the poem side by side. Ask students why the author chose those words. Why did the poet leave the punctuation in front of Poor? Would they choose different words and punctuation? How does that effect the poem? Next, have student pairs try to match up a poem and text on their own and analyze the word choice and punctuation. Have students record their process and results using a note taking tool such as Memo Notepad, reviewed here; tell students to be sure to save the URL to share their notes and questions with you and their peers. Allow students to work with a partner or alone to create their own poem from one of the texts. Have students record their poem in a blog entry using a tool like Loose Leaves, reviewed here, to share it with you and their peers. Students must remember to give credit to the author of the original text.

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ArchKIDecture

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4 to 7
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Explore the resources offered at ArchKIDecture - you'll find a list of books, links to other resources, lessons, and project ideas. A few project ideas include drawing a floor plan,...more
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Explore the resources offered at ArchKIDecture - you'll find a list of books, links to other resources, lessons, and project ideas. A few project ideas include drawing a floor plan, building a toothpick structure, and building a geodesic dome. All projects include a materials list. Sign up for the free newsletter to receive notice of new project ideas.

tag(s): architecture (83), book lists (130), makerspace (24)

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Bookmark and save this site for use when implementing STEAM activities or makerspaces. Introduce this activity with a projector or on an interactive whiteboard to show students how to navigate the site. Then, in your flipped or blended classroom (or at a computer center), have students, or small groups of students, explore on their own. Allow them to choose a book (creating book groups?) or a project to explore. Ask students to create their own concept maps to record their learning and understanding using MindMup, reviewed here. Challenge students to use their concept maps to share what they learned with peers by making an interactive infographic using Piktochart, reviewed here. Piktochart allows students to insert videos, hyperlinks, & maps that are interactive.

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Twitter Chat: The A in STEAM: A Closer Look - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from March 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: The A in STEAM: A Closer Look. During this chat, participants ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from March 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: The A in STEAM: A Closer Look. During this chat, participants will: 1. Define STEAM and discuss the role of the arts in STEM, 2. Share resources that assist in integrating arts into traditional STEM lessons and 3. Share technology tools to help teachers introduce arts into STEM education.

tag(s): creativity (120), design (88), STEM (206), twitterchatarchive (60)

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Find resources and explore ways to integrate the arts into STEM education. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for sites and information related to STEAM.

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OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire: Tools for Your Maker Box - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from March 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Makerspace activities are a great way to promote a growth mindset in your students....more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from March 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Makerspace activities are a great way to promote a growth mindset in your students. Using the right challenges and everyday items, teachers can create a pop-up makerspace in a box for their classroom. We will discuss management ideas and ways to tie activities to curricular objectives. Participants will: 1. Understand the features of a pop-up makerspace; 2. Explore makerspace activities; and 3. Plan for the use of makerspace activities in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): makerspace (24)

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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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CurriConnects Booklist: The Artist's Eye - TeachersFirst

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This CurriConnects features books about artists and their style and by Caldecott winning authors who have unusual or beautiful layouts. Treat your students to the possibility of exploring...more
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This CurriConnects features books about artists and their style and by Caldecott winning authors who have unusual or beautiful layouts. Treat your students to the possibility of exploring color and its power to communicate feelings and ideas, that art can be in the eye of the beholder, finding art (and joy) in the shapes of nature, different ways to look at perspective, and much, much more! This thematic list includes fiction and nonfiction, interest and grade levels, ISBNs for ordering or searching, ESL levels and Lexiles (where available) to match with student independent reading levels to challenge, not to frustrate.

tag(s): artists (81), colors (78), drawing (81), perspective (11)

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This list will be a natural fit for anyone teaching art whether in elementary, middle, or high school. Use the books to introduce concepts in art and have students create digital sketchbooks about the styles and concepts they like. Replace the paper journal or sketchbook with one that can be accessed anywhere and never left behind. Use a digital "idea bin" collector like Padlet, reviewed here, that offers tools for creating columns to organizing information about the concepts learned and post ideas and photos. Be sure to share this list of CurriConnects books about art with parents on your teacher webpage.

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DeepArt - Leon Gatys, Alexander Ecker and Matthias Bethge

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K to 12
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Turn any photo into a work of art in the style of your favorite artist using DeepArt. In three easy steps, this site transforms any image into the form of ...more
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Turn any photo into a work of art in the style of your favorite artist using DeepArt. In three easy steps, this site transforms any image into the form of your chosen artist. Upload your picture, select the style, then submit. The process takes up to 15 minutes depending on the amount of traffic on DeepArt. When finished, download to your computer.

tag(s): art history (81), artists (81), images (281)

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Use this site in art class as you teach about different styles and genres of art. Find many ideas for using images in the classroom at this archive of an OK2Ask webinar, located here. Turn student images into a digital book using Book Creator, reviewed here. Ask students to create books including images, videos, and text to explain different forms of art or as part of a research project on the life and times of people at different periods in history.

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Plum Pudding Illustration Agency - Plum Pudding

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Plum Pudding Illustration Agency features the work of leading children's illustrators. Scroll through the home page to choose from images sharing the work of each artist. After selecting...more
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Plum Pudding Illustration Agency features the work of leading children's illustrators. Scroll through the home page to choose from images sharing the work of each artist. After selecting an artist, browse through their work to view the pictures shared. Be sure to look at the bottom of the illustration thumbnails on each page to find additional images and a biography of the artist.

tag(s): artists (81), literature (265)

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Use this site to find and compare the work of different children's book illustrators. When reading books with pictures by these artists, share their different images with your students to compare and contrast the different styles in the books. Ask students to browse through the site to find images that inspire them, then have them create illustrations to accompany their own work using the same style. Use those images when publishing student work using Book Creator, reviewed here. Don't forget to include a short biography of the author with the book!

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OK2Ask: 3 Cool Tools for Formative Assessment - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from February 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Engage with students during the learning process to improve student achievement....more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from February 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Engage with students during the learning process to improve student achievement. Explore three online formative assessment tools that will help you gather evidence of student progress. Understand the three steps in the formative assessment feedback loop. Discuss a variety of formative assessment strategies and learn ways to use formative assessment to increase gains in student learning. Participants will: 1. Understand the three steps in the formative assessment feedback loop to support learning gains; 2. Explore three tools and how each gathers evidence of student progress within content areas; and 3. Plan for the use of digital formative assessment tools in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): assessment (119)

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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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Twitter Chat: Resources for Digital Learning Day and Beyond - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from February 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Resources for Digital Learning Day and Beyond. During this chat, participants ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from February 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Resources for Digital Learning Day and Beyond. During this chat, participants will: 1. Define digital learning and its impact on education, 2. Share resources for Digital Learning Day and 3. Discuss ways to promote digital learning throughout the school year.

tag(s): resources (104), twitterchatarchive (60)

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Find resources and explore ways to integrate digital learning tools into classroom. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for sites and information related to digital learning.

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Official SAT Practice - Khan Academy

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Practice and prepare for SAT tests with Khan Academy's interactive site. Their research shows that 20 hours of practice on the site doubles the average gain from PSAT to SAT ...more
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Practice and prepare for SAT tests with Khan Academy's interactive site. Their research shows that 20 hours of practice on the site doubles the average gain from PSAT to SAT scores from those that don't use it. Begin your personalized practice with a plan based on diagnostic testing or current SAT or PSAT/NMSQT scores. The practice pages provide instant feedback and progress to participants.

tag(s): test prep (95)

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Share this site with students and parents on your class website and newsletters. Provide time in class for students to practice in preparation of standardized testing. Have students choose difficult questions and work together with peers to solve. Transfrom learning by asking them to use My Simpleshow, reviewed here, to create video explanations to share with peers. Include these explainer videos on your class website.

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Apagraph - Artem Rudenko

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Apagraph is a quick and easy tool for combining quotes and images for social media use. Click to start your graphic and type a quote. Select from the included backgrounds ...more
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Apagraph is a quick and easy tool for combining quotes and images for social media use. Click to start your graphic and type a quote. Select from the included backgrounds found at the bottom of the page and choose "next." Add tags and categories if desired, and choose from privacy options before publishing. Your image is ready to share! Be sure to check out the privacy options, images not set to private will be included in the public stream and allows others to like and comment on your image. Use the links found at the bottom of the page to share directly to Facebook, Twitter, or to copy the URL. After publication, locate your image in your stream and use additional links to download to your computer in the format you select.

tag(s): graphic design (39), images (281), quotations (26)

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Create quick motivational or introductory quotes to share on your interactive whiteboard for when students enter the class or to use for a journal prompt. Use Apagraph to create attention-grabbing images to include with your Twitter posts. Share this site with students to use with slide show and multimedia presentations. Ask students to include their graphic images when using a presentation tool like Sway, reviewed here, to highlight different portions of their work.

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Unhangout - MIT Media Lab

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Unhangout is a free platform for connecting community-driven learning opportunities. Participants gather in the site's lobby at the time of the event, introduce themselves, and possibly...more
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Unhangout is a free platform for connecting community-driven learning opportunities. Participants gather in the site's lobby at the time of the event, introduce themselves, and possibly view a short presentation or video together. After introductions, participants choose breakout rooms based on their interest. Breakout rooms hold up to ten participants at a time and open in a new tab so they can continue to add to the main chat if desired. Within the breakout rooms, conversations focus on a common topic and include options for members to use their webcam to discuss topics, view videos together, or work on a shared document. Following the event, participants receive an email with a transcript of the event and email contacts of fellow participants. Create your event by logging into your account and adding information including date, time, and additional hosts if desired. Other options enable you to set privacy options, allow follow-up emails, and provide for a custom URL.

tag(s): chat (51), collaboration (35)

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Unhangout offers many opportunities for classroom use and professional use. Use this site to introduce a topic, for example, the Civil War. After your initial introduction and discussion, enhance learning and ask students to choose a breakout session based on their interest - perhaps causes of the Civil War, battles, Civil War leaders, and cities. Within these sessions, have students share ideas on the focus of their learning and discuss how to divide up research and sharing of information. After the session, as students conduct their research, have them share resources using a collaborative Wakelet, reviewed here, stretching everyone's learning. Wakelet is a free bookmarking tool for sharing videos, documents, online resources, and more in an easy to view format. As students gather information, modify learning and use Timeline JS, reviewed here. Timeline JS offers the option to upload and add photos, videos, audio, Tweets, and Google Maps. After sharing group projects, challenge students to redefine their learning and share with their peers in a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools, reviewed here. Some tool suggestions are (click on the tool name to access the review): Adobe Spark For K-12, Plotagon, and My Simpleshow.

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YoTeach! - PALMS

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YoTeach! is a free backchanneling app created for teachers and students. Create a room and set a password then provide the URL to your students. Once in the platform, the ...more
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YoTeach! is a free backchanneling app created for teachers and students. Create a room and set a password then provide the URL to your students. Once in the platform, the site's features allow you to share chat discussions, use the online whiteboard, and upload images. Additional options include a simple polling tool, a "like" button, and student participation statistics. When finished, download the conversation to your computer as a PDF. When creating your room, use settings to control privacy and moderate participants.

tag(s): chat (51), social networking (107)

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Use this site to connect to other classes to open up a discussion between your students in one convenient place. Safety is not a concern with this site since only those with an email invitation/link or the QR code can participate in a chat. (Your students need not have email. You can simply email the link to yourself and share it with students to enter into their browsers.) Teach good digital citizenship of chat etiquette while using this activity to learn. Connect with other classes to learn about other locations, learn various perspectives, find animals that are similar yet different, learn about the different books others are reading, or survey students on various economic, political, or environmental topics. Be sure to plan content ahead of time, so students have the opportunity to think through the material and formulate a response. Discuss appropriate ways to communicate with others before connecting with another classroom.

Use backchannel chat on laptops during a video or student presentation. Pose questions for all to answer/discuss in the backchannel, or ask students to pose their own "I wonder if..." questions as they watch and listen. Keep every student engaged and THINKING as an active listener. The first time you use backchannel, you will want to establish some etiquette and accountability rules. The advantage of backchannel chat is that every student has a voice, no matter how shy. Use this in world language classes, ESL/ELL classes, or autistic support classes for backchannel chat. Challenge students to use their new language skills to describe a scene from a video or the feelings of the actors. When studying literature, collaborate with another class to have students role-play a chat between two characters. In a history class, create fictional conversations between soldiers on two sides of the Civil War or different sides of the Scopes Monkey trial.

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