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FutureLearn for Schools - FutureLearn

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7 to 12
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FutureLearn for Schools offers a large variety of free online courses presented by leading universities for students aged 13 and older in a variety of topics. Choose a category to ...more
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FutureLearn for Schools offers a large variety of free online courses presented by leading universities for students aged 13 and older in a variety of topics. Choose a category to begin browsing topics offered. Content includes history, creative arts and media, literature, and much more. Watch a short video to learn specifics about the course offerings and objectives. This site was created in the UK, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English.

tag(s): advertising (33), business (57), computers (102), creative writing (169), cultures (111), dental health (22), environment (320), financial literacy (91), gifted (81), literature (264), photography (155), politics (101), professional development (161), psychology (64)

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Allow gifted students to enroll in courses that interest them or that provide enrichment beyond classroom content. Share with others in your building as a resource for professional development. Explore the topics yourself for some new, engaging material to round out your own expertise. Allow students to enroll in a course that would fit into their career goals as an exploratory opportunity in that field. With older students you may want to consider requiring them to take a course with the idea that it is a model. Challenge students to develop a course using a tool like Lore, reviewed here, about something in which they feel they are an expert.
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Quizalize - Zzish

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4 to 12
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Track learning in real-time with Quizalize. Student answers are color-coded on the teacher dashboard for ease in identifying who needs more help. Create scrambled word or multiple choice...more
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Track learning in real-time with Quizalize. Student answers are color-coded on the teacher dashboard for ease in identifying who needs more help. Create scrambled word or multiple choice questions, and each question can have a custom timer. View reports for each student's progress and learning gaps. Create a quiz or select one from Quizalize's growing library. Quizzes can be "gamified" by showing the teacher dashboard as a leaderboard to see progress against other users. Quizalize works on any device with a browser and Internet connection. Sign up with an email and password. Create a quiz, assign it to classes, get a code, give it to students, and let the fun begin!

tag(s): differentiation (50), game based learning (139), gamification (89), polls and surveys (56), quizzes (104)

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Make a class challenge! Create practice quizzes to review the material just learned in class. Use an interactive whiteboard or projector for students to view the "leaderboard" (teacher dashboard) as in a game. Students score more points by answering questions quickly. As with other tools with a leaderboard, it is helpful to have a collaborative environment where competition is not the goal, instead working together and improving is important. Use Quizalize as a formative assessment and to differentiate to see what material needs more review with classes (or individual students). Use this tool often to obtain a snapshot of each student's understanding of content (subtopic/standards); quickly see who understands a concept and who needs some individualized practice. Share with students as a resource for creating quizzes for studying at home. When students are using surveys and polls for reports, introduce them to Quizalize since it works on any device. Share quizzes with your fellow teachers.

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Seesaw - Charles Lin, Carl Sjogreen , Adrian Graham

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K to 10
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Seesaw is a digital portfolio that is totally free for all devices and on the web. Students can showcase their work, videos, text, drawings, and images, and get feedback from ...more
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Seesaw is a digital portfolio that is totally free for all devices and on the web. Students can showcase their work, videos, text, drawings, and images, and get feedback from teachers and parents. Create a class blog in your Seesaw for students to write blog posts. Teachers create an account with email and then start creating as many classes as needed. There is no limit on the number of students a class can have. Give students a "join" code for their class, and they sign up from there, choosing to access their account through a Seesaw generated QR code or their email. Teachers can enable or disable student likes, comments, and editing. Blog post and comments must have teacher approval before becoming public. Students will be able to reflect on their work with a voice recording or text, and can share artifacts from their portfolio by clicking the red button at the bottom of the screen and then either print or get the item QR code. Once you have an account, click Help & Teacher Resources to find Getting Started Tips, Tutorial Videos, FAQs, and Activity Ideas grouped by grade level. If your district blocks YouTube, the tutorials may not be viewable.

tag(s): blogs (84), DAT device agnostic tool (177), digital storytelling (151), portfolios (30)

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Sign up for Seesaw and generate a join code for the class from the menu at the upper right corner or by clicking your name or initials in the left corner to get a drop down menu. The join code expires in 15 minutes, so it is best to do this in your classroom or computer lab. Teachers can add photos, drawings, links, notes, and upload a file from this same menu by clicking the + symbol. You can even add a co-teacher! See Seesaw's FAQs for ways for parents to sign up and letters to send home. Use Seesaw portfolios for any subject or grade level. Once your account is set up, create a simple project or borrow one from the Activities on the Help and Teacher Resources page. Share the project on your interactive whiteboard or projector to get your students started. The teacher portal allows you to access and comment on student work. View the work of an individual or the entire class. The ability to import work from many creation apps to Seesaw makes this a perfect portfolio tool. Don't forget to watch the video about setting up blogs for your students. Remember, this is all free! Science teachers could have students write up their lab reports, take photos of their labs and label them in a portfolio. History teachers could set up portfolios for student report writing or digital storytelling projects. Seesaw is the perfect tool to use during parent conferences.

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HSI: Historical Scene Investigation - College of Wm & Mary and Univ of Kentucky Schools of Education

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6 to 12
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Become the investigator and solve famous cases from history using the Historical Scene Investigation model. Each investigation follows four steps, starting with Becoming a Detective...more
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Become the investigator and solve famous cases from history using the Historical Scene Investigation model. Each investigation follows four steps, starting with Becoming a Detective and ending with Cracking the Case. Follow each investigation using the Student or Teacher View. The Student View includes links to 13 cases with primary documents, images, videos, and secondary documents to use as evidence along the way. The Teacher View includes an introduction to the case and additional teaching tips and links to standards addressed. Another benefit to using this site is the informational primary and secondary documents that help meet Common Core standards.

tag(s): american revolution (85), civil rights (121), civil war (140), constitution (89), jamestown (10), mysteries (23)

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Take advantage of these investigations to incorporate standards and use of primary documents into your classroom in a manner that appeals to today's students. Use as part of any Civil and Revolutionary War studies. Divide investigations between groups of students and have them present their findings to classmates. Flip your classroom and have students complete investigations before beginning any complementary unit. You, your gifted, or more technology inclined students could use these investigations as a model to create inquiries into any unit of study. Use a tool like Webs, reviewed here, a free and easy web maker, to share a project such as this.
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QuickRubric - Clever Prototypes, LLC

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K to 12
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Develop rubrics to assess what you expect students to learn with Quick Rubric. Registration is free and allows for saving the rubric. Click Create a Rubric and add a title, ...more
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Develop rubrics to assess what you expect students to learn with Quick Rubric. Registration is free and allows for saving the rubric. Click Create a Rubric and add a title, brief description, and the maximum and minimum scores. Describe your indicators, add descriptors, and even include standards. At any time during the formation of the rubric add columns and rows. Save and share via URL or printing. The ability to copy and modify a rubric from your account is a great time-saver.

tag(s): assessment (118), rubrics (30)

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Use this online tool to create original rubrics before introducing a new project. Be sure to review the rubric with your students on a projector or interactive whiteboard, to be certain that they understand your expectations. As you approach the project deadlines, consider reviewing the rubric again having students mark or highlight key terms in the rubric that will help them get a better evaluation. Have a question and answer period at this time. Rubrics can be created for any task or project. For example, prepare rubrics for silent reading time, science labs, skills tasks in physical education, and all presentations. Visit Rubrics to the Rescue to see examples of topics and wording.

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Johnny Appl - United Nations and Eden Projects

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6 to 12
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Johnny Appl is an online trivia activity that also helps fight deforestation in Haiti, Madagascar, and Ethiopia. For every activity played, a micro-donation is made to a tree planting...more
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Johnny Appl is an online trivia activity that also helps fight deforestation in Haiti, Madagascar, and Ethiopia. For every activity played, a micro-donation is made to a tree planting site benefiting local workers and the environment. Choose from quiz topics such as General Geography, What's That Mammal?, English Vocabulary, Flags of the World, Fruit Explorer, and MANY more. As you play, earn badges and view your personal Carbon Meter showing the amount of CO2 offset through your gameplay.

tag(s): animals (319), carbon footprint (11), environment (320), landmarks (26), trivia (21), vocabulary (315)

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Share Johnny Appl with students during any study of the environment. Create a link on your class web page and classroom computers for students to play. Record and display carbon savings as you work together as a class to earn money for planting trees.

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Novel-Ties: New books you can't wait to discuss - Multnomah County Library

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4 to 8
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Discover current fiction titles for 4th through 8th graders at Novel-Ties. Find a series of video book talks divided into categories discussing current fiction books perfect...more
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Discover current fiction titles for 4th through 8th graders at Novel-Ties. Find a series of video book talks divided into categories discussing current fiction books perfect for tweens and young teens. Choose from categories such as Bullying, Girl Power, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Fantasy, and more. Each link leads to a book talk hosted on AuthorStream, reviewed here, discussing the book followed with some Discussion Topics and Related Websites. Videos work best on computers or laptops. Not all features work on mobile devices.

tag(s): book lists (128), book reports (36), independent reading (123), reading lists (77), video (269)

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Be sure to bookmark this site on classroom computers for students to use as a resource to find reading material that suits their interests. Share with your school's media specialist for use when ordering library books. Share on your class web page as a resource for parents. Use Novel-Ties and AuthorStream as a model and have students transform their learning by creating their own book talks as an alternative to a traditional book report. Consider using a tool such as rawshorts, reviewed here, for short book talks or moovly, reviewed here, for longer book talks. Post the videos on your teacher website for parents to enjoy.
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Quiz Socket - Sven Kreiss

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2 to 12
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Use Quiz Socket to quickly get feedback or give assessments. Quiz Socket is so easy to use you can create a quiz on the spur of the moment. No registration ...more
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Use Quiz Socket to quickly get feedback or give assessments. Quiz Socket is so easy to use you can create a quiz on the spur of the moment. No registration is required. Click Create Quiz and get a code to give to participants. Participants enter the code and respond on the Quiz Socket site using any device. Ask multiple choice questions verbally or post them with a projector onto a screen or whiteboard. Quiz Socket will work on any device with a modern browser and Internet access.

tag(s): assessment (118), quizzes (104)

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Quiz Socket is an excellent tool for checking prior knowledge or making a quick assessment. Use Quiz Socket for students to answer exit questions or to 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 teachers could use this for vocabulary practice.

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TwistedWave - MediaHQ

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K to 12
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Create and edit audio recordings with the TwistedWave online editor. Use links to upload existing files from your computer, Google Drive, or Sound Cloud, or start a new document. Tools...more
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Create and edit audio recordings with the TwistedWave online editor. Use links to upload existing files from your computer, Google Drive, or Sound Cloud, or start a new document. Tools in the editor allow you to add effects, crop and cut, and much more. When finished, save the file to Google Drive or Sound Cloud. No account is necessary; however, free accounts can edit mono files up to 5 minutes long.

tag(s): editing (74)

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Use TwistedWave in early grades to promote literacy by recording students and creating an audio portfolio record of their reading. Use this tool with ESL/ELL students to practice fluency and hearing themselves speak. Record your class singing. Record compositions to share with parents on your website or blog. Record and edit sound for PowerPoint presentations. Use with a creative writing or digital storytelling project to record stories for selected images. Record speeches, create podcasts, record students learning world languages, create radio advertisements as part of a writing project, the ideas are endless!

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International Dot Day - Reynolds Center for Teaching Learning & Creativity

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K to 12
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Become part of a global celebration of creativity, courage, and collaboration on International Dot Day. Formed in response to The Dot written by Peter H. Reynolds, this day is...more
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Become part of a global celebration of creativity, courage, and collaboration on International Dot Day. Formed in response to The Dot written by Peter H. Reynolds, this day is set aside to rekindle and inspire the power of creativity in all of us. Sign up for free to download the Educators Handbook. Explore the site to find many pictures of Dot Day in action. Don't forget to follow International Dot Day on Facebook and Twitter to stay in touch with all of the latest updates from around the world. Sign up to become a member of the Dot Day Community and celebrate with others around the world each September! Some of the videos are on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, they 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 Online-Convert, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): creativity (120), cross cultural understanding (127), literature (264)

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Although the official International Dot Day is in September, use ideas from the site to inspire creativity and collaboration throughout the year. Read The Dot to students and encourage them to collaborate ways they can make their mark in the world. Challenge older students to explore their place in the world through the use of a blog. If you are beginning the process of integrating technology, have students create blogs sharing their learning and understanding using Penzu, reviewed here, with Penzu you can add images or your own artwork as illustrations. Or, use Pen.io, reviewed here. This blog creator requires no registration. Take this a step further by joining ePals, reviewed here, and sharing your Dot Day activities with your global friends. Consider following International Dot Day on Facebook and Twitter to stay in touch with all of the latest updates from around the world.
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Happier - Nataly Kogan

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3 to 12
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Share positive moments and increase your happiness! Share by describing your happy moment, upload a picture (not required), and place it in categories you create, such as working out,...more
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Share positive moments and increase your happiness! Share by describing your happy moment, upload a picture (not required), and place it in categories you create, such as working out, family, and more. Click Share to share with others, including on Twitter or Facebook. Why use categories? If you are lacking motivation for working out, viewing your positive messages from before can definitely help! Connect with others and comment on their happy moments! Read helpful tips to center you on happiness, find mini-courses, and use daily reminders to increase your happiness. Read the many articles on your journey to a happier YOU! This site/app is easy to use with today's busy lives, and interactivity is grounded in actual science.

tag(s): mental health (26), psychology (64)

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With testing, social pressure, and the desire to do well, use Happier in class to celebrate the small steps and successes on which students should be focusing. Teach students to identify positives along the way, no matter what the test or situation's outcome. Consider asking what did you learn from the situation? Identify categories that encompass all of the student's lives and focus on finding happy moments in all areas. Be sure to use this yourself! Find the positives in every facet of your day building happiness day by day. Psychology and Sociology classes can use this as an experiment about happiness, collecting student or family data through the year.

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Learning Toolbox - James Madison University Special Education Program

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2 to 12
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The Learning Toolbox contains tools and resources for students, parents, and teachers for helping middle and high school students with learning difficulties. Choose from one of the...more
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The Learning Toolbox contains tools and resources for students, parents, and teachers for helping middle and high school students with learning difficulties. Choose from one of the three sections to begin as a student, parent, or teacher. Locate strategies for teaching and assessing students in the teacher portion of the site. Options for parents include information about teaching strategies as well as advocacy information for finding the best educational options for their student. Find tools for organization, test taking, and much more that offer help directly to students.

tag(s): note taking (43), organizational skills (119), reading comprehension (128), Special Needs (36), test prep (94)

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Although this site states it is for working with learning difficulties, much of the information offers support to all students. Use the tips found in the student section to help any student struggling with time management, organization, or comprehension. Share this site with parents as a resource for explicit directions on helping students who struggle with these issues.

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25 Moments That Changed America - Time Magazine

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6 to 12
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Take a look at what leading experts consider the 25 moments that changed 20th century America in this interesting list from Time. Click through the slideshow or view all moments ...more
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Take a look at what leading experts consider the 25 moments that changed 20th century America in this interesting list from Time. Click through the slideshow or view all moments in one list. Each event, listed in chronological order, also includes a summary and photograph. A few also include a video clip. Click on the links at the bottom of each moment to view more information from the Time Vault.
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tag(s): 20th century (49), civil rights (121), presidents (125), womens suffrage (25)

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Use this site to introduce any lesson or unit on 20th century America with an interactive whiteboard or projector. At the end of a 20th century unit, have students create their own list individually or as a group before sharing this site. This site contains many events that may be unfamiliar to most younger Americans, use it as an opportunity to explore these events further. Have students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here, to share information from different events. This is a good informational reading source to help meet your Common Core Standards.

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Multimedia Mania Project Checklist - MidLink Magazine

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5 to 12
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Do you need a checklist for students to use before submitting multimedia projects? This site provides a printable list (pdf) that covers several areas such as mechanics, documentation,...more
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Do you need a checklist for students to use before submitting multimedia projects? This site provides a printable list (pdf) that covers several areas such as mechanics, documentation, and quality of content. Check off each item on the list, multiply the weight, and come up with the total points.

tag(s): assessment (118), multimedia (56), rubrics (30)

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Use this checklist as it is or as a starting point for creating your own rubric for any project. Not sure how to build your own rubric? See Rubrics to the Rescue, here. Share with students when assigning any project and ask them to complete it and turn it in with the project when done. Create a link on your web page or blog so students (and parents) can access information from home. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools, reviewed here.
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Bill's Games - Bill Kendrick

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4 to 12
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Bill's Games offers a variety of free online activities and puzzles. Although this site is "plain vanilla," there are classic activities that offer challenges for all ages. Scroll through...more
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Bill's Games offers a variety of free online activities and puzzles. Although this site is "plain vanilla," there are classic activities that offer challenges for all ages. Scroll through the home page to find puzzles, board games, mazes, and word games. Each activity includes directions for play and many offer options for difficulty levels.
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tag(s): game based learning (139), logic (246), problem solving (292), puzzles (205)

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Share and demonstrate the activities on an interactive whiteboard. Create a link on classroom computers to use as a center. Challenge students to increase difficulty levels in games and activities. Ask students to journal about their problem-solving process when playing games and activities.

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Digital Citizenship Toolkit - Microsoft

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This free Toolkit from Microsoft is an excellent resource for high-quality materials to complement your Internet safety unit. Download PDFs and brochures about digital citizenship for...more
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This free Toolkit from Microsoft is an excellent resource for high-quality materials to complement your Internet safety unit. Download PDFs and brochures about digital citizenship for any age group. Find topics titled Digital Citizenship Begins with You Factsheet, Help Kids Stand Up to Online Bullying Brochure, DigiDucks Big Decision Book Sample, and more.

tag(s): digital citizenship (67), internet safety (116), Microsoft (59)

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Use the PDFs in your class or during professional development. Take advantage of the many free resources and ideas on this site. Bring some technology into the presentations by challenging small groups of students to transform the PDF presentation into an interactive learning tool for younger students or their peers. Ask them to add questions, feedback, more images, etc. so the PDF becomes a student-created tutorial on an aspect of digital citizenship. Of course, students will be graded on the accuracy of their information as well as their creativity. Think of it as inverse teaching. Have students extract the information (with proper credit of course) and enhance their learning by creating their tutorial using ePubEditor, reviewed here, or redefine learning by having them use Zeetings, reviewed here. Prepare a rubric before you start or use our Rubrics to the Rescueto find one that shares your expectations for this project.
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Heatmap News - Heatmap News

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Heatmap News provides a quick look at the latest world news using hotspots and news provided by Google News and Google Earth Maps. Click on any of the hotspots to ...more
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Heatmap News provides a quick look at the latest world news using hotspots and news provided by Google News and Google Earth Maps. Click on any of the hotspots to read short articles about events in that area. Use the drop-down box labeled Date to include only the last hour, today, this week, or any date back to August 18, 2014.

tag(s): journalism (57), news (258)

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Share Heatmap News on an interactive whiteboard or projector as part of any current events lessons. Create a link to this site on your class website and have students find news and then research to learn more about an event. A side benefit of using Heatmap News for your current events is that students will become more knowledgeable about world geography. Challenge students to use a tool such as Zeemaps, reviewed here, to create a map with images and an audio recording for what they learned about an event where the story takes place. Students can add details for news from around the world.

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Building STEAM with Dia Book LIsts - American Library Association

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1 to 8
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Find the ALA's STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) book lists for students birth to eighth grade with multicultural titles. The book lists are in printable PDF format....more
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Find the ALA's STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) book lists for students birth to eighth grade with multicultural titles. The book lists are in printable PDF format. Each list features a STEAM activity.

tag(s): book lists (128), STEM (199)

In the Classroom

Promote STEAM activities into the curriculum using books in language arts or science classes. Check with your site library to see if any of these books are available. If not, work with the librarian/media specialist to get them ordered for student and teacher use. Use at a faculty meeting to share resources. Attach the list to your class website for parents who would like enrichment books and activities. Make a file containing all the different ways teachers implemented STEAM ideas.
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GoConqr - ExamTime Ltd

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6 to 12
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GoConqr (formerly ExamTime) is a crowdsourcing site for uploading and sharing class notes, flashcards, quizzes, and more. Free membership offers you access to 3 subjects and 20 public...more
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GoConqr (formerly ExamTime) is a crowdsourcing site for uploading and sharing class notes, flashcards, quizzes, and more. Free membership offers you access to 3 subjects and 20 public resources. Sign up using your email account to begin using GoConqr's features. Be sure to watch the video tutorials for creating resources for your personal page. Use the search feature to find and access resources already designed and shared on the site. If your district blocks YouTube, they 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 Online-Convert, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): classroom management (149), flash cards (45), homework (43), mind map (24), quizzes (104), social networking (106), test prep (94)

In the Classroom

Share GoConqr with students to build and use study skills. Although an individual can use the site on their own, it is best to use it as a sharing site for study information. Encourage students to sign up and build a network of friends for creating and sharing resources. Learning support teachers and teachers of gifted-but-disorganized students will want to share the tools and encourage their students to create groups and collaborate with their peers. Have students create review activities and swap them with peers. Use this tool with colleagues to co-create materials to use with content units or materials to use for flipping the classroom. Use this tool for professional development.

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Siftr - David Gagnon & Shelby Copeland

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5 to 12
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Siftr is a social photo sharing site for students to post, tag, and describe their surroundings based on a teacher-directed prompt or activity. Explore already created Siftrs through...more
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Siftr is a social photo sharing site for students to post, tag, and describe their surroundings based on a teacher-directed prompt or activity. Explore already created Siftrs through a keyword search or browse through recent and popular activity. Create an account to begin your own Siftrs. Upload a picture with a brief description and tag with one of the five selected themes. Share Siftr with others to contribute their photos and observations, all tagged and uploaded to a map.

tag(s): images (279), maps (292), photography (155), social networking (106)

In the Classroom

Browse through Siftr for ideas on how others use this site for photo sharing in the classroom. Create Siftrs to demonstrate different stages of plant growth, identify landforms around the world, inspire creative writing, or share items that can be recycled. The possibilities are endless!

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