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Slido - Slido.com

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Slido is an instant question/answer and interactive polling application. Create an account to begin using Slido. The free account allows you to crowdsource questions, share three polls...more
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Slido is an instant question/answer and interactive polling application. Create an account to begin using Slido. The free account allows you to crowdsource questions, share three polls per event, and brainstorm ideas. After creating your session and questions, provide participants with the code to access your event. Other features include a word cloud option created from audience responses and the ability to crowdsource questions and upvote favorites, so they move to the top of the list.

tag(s): Formative Assessment (8), polls and surveys (49), quizzes (93)

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Use Slido to engage students and for use as a formative assessment. When introducing a new unit, use Slido as a pre-assessment to determine student knowledge and guide instruction. Use the anonymous feature to make it easy for students to ask questions in real-time without having to raise their hand and identify themselves. Share Slido with students to use during presentations to interact with peers.

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What is a Solstice? - National Geographic and Michael Greshko

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This article takes readers through a lesson on the science of summer solstice with video and written explanations. Also, the author provides information on historical structures and...more
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This article takes readers through a lesson on the science of summer solstice with video and written explanations. Also, the author provides information on historical structures and celebrations related to the solstice. Another highlight of this site takes a look at misconceptions about the longest day of the year.
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tag(s): seasons (37), solar system (125), sun (76)

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Include this site with your other resources when teaching about the sun, earth, and seasons. Create a complete unit using ActivelyLearn, reviewed here, and include this article with the other texts and videos available on the site. If you happen to be in school during the summer solstice, use Skype, reviewed here, to find a classroom in a different country to compare and contrast how the solstice affects different parts of the world. Ask students to demonstrate learning by creating a game using Minecraft Education Edition, reviewed here, to create an immersive environment demonstrating the features of summer solstice.

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Gzaas! - Gzaaz.com

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Do you need to make a big, bold statement on your computer screen or whiteboard? Gzaas! will do it for you. Type your message, then Gzaas! it. After submitting your ...more
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Do you need to make a big, bold statement on your computer screen or whiteboard? Gzaas! will do it for you. Type your message, then Gzaas! it. After submitting your message, use the default look or choose from several options to customize your message. Change the background, text color, font, and more. Gzaas! allows you to use up to 40 characters in your text.

tag(s): graphic design (42), images (273), iwb (30)

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Although Gzaas! is a very simple site, it offers many opportunities for enhancing classroom instruction. Use Gzaas! to create a welcome message as students enter the classroom, share a motivational quote, provide starting instructions for the day's tasks, or to simply post sight words. Create a message introducing a new topic as a springboard for discussion. Leave a message on your interactive whiteboard during class work time with information needed for students to complete their task. Use Gzaas! as an exit ticket activity and have students create a message on their mobile device sharing something they learned as they leave class.

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Whimsical Mind Maps - Whimsical

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Whimsical Mind Maps is a visual presentation tool offering concept maps in a variety of formats. Create appealing flowcharts, wireframes, sticky notes, and mind maps through the use...more
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Whimsical Mind Maps is a visual presentation tool offering concept maps in a variety of formats. Create appealing flowcharts, wireframes, sticky notes, and mind maps through the use of templates and intuitive editing tools. After signing in to your account, begin creating your mind map by choosing a template for your chosen format. Each format includes a dashboard with items to add and edit onto your page. Select the sharing icon to enable and disable features, including password protection, allowing comments, and creating a shareable link. Be sure to view the examples found on the site, including the interactive model on the home page to get a feel for the features available to you. Free accounts offer you the ability to create up to 4 free boards.

tag(s): charts and graphs (204), mind map (25)

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Assign students to "map" out a chapter or story. Assign groups to create study guides using this tool. Use this tool for literature activities, research projects, social studies, or science topics. Use this to create family trees or food pyramids in family and consumer science. Have students collaborate (online) to create group mind maps or review charts before tests on a given subject. Have students organize any concepts you study. They can color-code concepts to show what they understand, wonder, and question. Have students map out a story, plotline, or plan for the future. Students can also map out a step-by-step process (such as a life cycle or how to solve an equation). Use the wireframe option to create interesting images mimicking screen displays found on computers, phones, and mobile devices. Enhance and extend student learning by asking students to include their "map" as part of a final presentation created using a multimedia presentation tool like Wakelet, reviewed here, or as part of a digital book created using Book Creator (Chrome and app) Book Creator, reviewed here.

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OK2Ask: Tech Integration Made Easy with GooseChase - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Want to implement formative assessment that encourages collaboration, increases...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Want to implement formative assessment that encourages collaboration, increases student engagement, and gets kids moving around? Learn how to make that happen with GooseChase scavenger hunts. Use it in any subject and at any grade level (as long as they can read the missions). The possibilities are limited only by your imagination and creativity. When designing a mission, choose whether participants will submit a photo, a video, a text response, or check-in at a particular location. Participants will learn how to create a new game from scratch and how to use teacher-created templates from the Game Library. Brainstorm with other workshop participants how you and your students can use GooseChase scavenger hunts in the classroom. Participants will: 1. Learn basic use of GooseChase; 2. Explore three different ways to use GooseChase in the classroom; and 3. Plan for the use of GooseChase in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Formative Assessment (8), professional development (196)

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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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Primary Sources Resources - TeachersFirst

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This curated list includes resources for all grades, compares primary to secondary sources, and countless other topics. Primary sources offer direct (firsthand) accounts about events,...more
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This curated list includes resources for all grades, compares primary to secondary sources, and countless other topics. Primary sources offer direct (firsthand) accounts about events, people, works of art, and more. Remember our "In the Classroom" suggestions give you ideas about how to use these tools in your classroom.

tag(s): primary sources (99), Research (20)

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Use these tools to help students to understand primary sources, research, and more. Find tools for students to use to research when doing projects or studying for an exam.

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Teacher Utilities Resources - TeachersFirst

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Technology offers teachers many management tools for classroom procedures, communication, design of the classroom, and more. This collection highlights what we call "Teacher Utilities."...more
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Technology offers teachers many management tools for classroom procedures, communication, design of the classroom, and more. This collection highlights what we call "Teacher Utilities." These are any tools that make the job of the teacher slightly easier to manage. Some examples of tools in this collection include timers, learning management systems, lesson plan builders, classroom design tools, and many more. Remember our "In the Classroom" suggestions give you ideas about how to use these tools in your classroom.

tag(s): Teacher Utilities (88)

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Find new tools to try in your classroom, for communication with families and more. Each review includes classroom use ideas. Read the details of each tool and find the ones that will make your tasks easier to manage.

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Popped - Carbon Studio LLC

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Popped brings a social media feel to story writing and planning. Write a story or screenplay the same way you text. Create an account and select to begin a new ...more
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Popped brings a social media feel to story writing and planning. Write a story or screenplay the same way you text. Create an account and select to begin a new project, either as a story or movie. Add two characters, upload an image for each character, and your title. Add additional characters at any time as you write the story. Use the edit feature to move text up or down within the story, change the character associated with the text, or delete items. Before creating a story, use Popped's timeline feature to create an outline for your work. When complete, publish your work and share it using the provided links. Be sure to look at options found on this site to turn off mature content since submissions aren't moderated.

tag(s): creative writing (162), digital storytelling (148), writing (364)

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Popped is an excellent tool to help students manage and create storytelling projects. Ask them to use this site to plan original pieces of fiction or to retell events in history through the eyes of different participants. For example, when learning about Civil Rights, have students share options for what might happen if Martin Luther King hadn't been assassinated. Use these stories as a basis for student podcasts about moments in history and how different events shaped and changed history. Use Buzzsprout, reviewed here, as a podcasting tool that offers options such as scheduling episodes for specific dates and times, adding chapter markers to episodes, and adding links, lists, and formatting to your show notes.

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PmWiki - Patrick R. Michaud

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Get all of the features of a wiki, but with the look of a website using PmWiki. PmWiki offers a variety of templates, all designed for easy use without coding ...more
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Get all of the features of a wiki, but with the look of a website using PmWiki. PmWiki offers a variety of templates, all designed for easy use without coding or HTML knowledge. Use the site's pre-made skins (themes), add-ons, and password protection options to customize a wiki to fit your needs. Download and install on your computer using the direct links found on the site.

tag(s): social networking (93), wikis (17)

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If you have not tried a wiki yet, visit the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through for a detailed, step-by-step explanation and starter help, including dozens of ideas for ways to use a wiki in your classroom. Before implementing this site with your classroom, take some time to teach students how to edit and add information. This site is not WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get), meaning that when editing a page, you see the markup information. Allow students time to play in the site's "sandbox" as a way to preview and learn how to add information. Create and use a wiki to collaborate and compile information on any classroom research projects. For example, have your class work together to add resources and web links when researching causes of the Civil War, plants and animals found within different habitats, or share math problem-solving ideas and links. Use your wiki for small group projects and ask students to share a synopsis of group meetings along with a compilation of websites and videos used in their research.

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OK2Ask: Facts Are Facts...Aren't They? - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Do your digital natives suffer from "digital naivete"? They may be fluent...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Do your digital natives suffer from "digital naivete"? They may be fluent enough with technology to create and post their own work, but not be aware that everyone who posts online isn't credible. Teaching students to sift through multiple sets of "facts" allows them to learn the difference between propaganda, advertising, and factual reporting. This is a skill that students need in order to be truly digitally literate. In an age of instant information, students need to know how to tell if they can trust a source of information. Join us to learn strategies for helping them. Participants will: 1. Explore tools and strategies for teaching media literacy; 2. Learn strategies that promote critical examination of online resources; and 3. Plan a learning activity that fosters digital literacy. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): digital citizenship (75), media literacy (77), professional development (196)

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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: Limited Access to Technology: Tips and Resources - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from October 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Limited Access to Technology: Tips and Resources. During this chat, participants...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from October 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Limited Access to Technology: Tips and Resources. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss strategies for maximizing available classroom technology, 2. Explore alternative ways to use tech tools, and 3. Share tips for creating authentic group learning.

tag(s): professional development (196), twitterchatarchive (53)

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Find resources and information about how to integrate technology into your classroom with limited resources. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for resources related to limited technology.

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The Urlist - Burke Holland and Cecil Phillip

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Do you need to share a group of URLs? The Urlist makes it easy to create and share a list of URLs without having to share each one individually. Copy ...more
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Do you need to share a group of URLs? The Urlist makes it easy to create and share a list of URLs without having to share each one individually. Copy and paste each link, then share the URL created, no need to even register! As you build your list, use drag and drop features to re-order items. When finished, give your list a name and description and publish it. Once published, copy the URL from your browser to share by email or however you usually share links. Create a free account if desired to save, manage, and edit your lists.

tag(s): bookmarks (54)

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Bookmark The Urlist to use whenever you want to share a group of links. For example, gather all of your online resources for any unit into one list for your personal use or to share with students on your class website for easy access at all times. Create an account at the site to keep track of your bookmark lists and edit as needed. Ask students to use this site when doing research projects and ask them to include their URL list as part of the final project.

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ArtsNow - ArtsNow.org

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ArtsNow provides a large variety of resources for teaching and integrating art across the curriculum. Choose from Curriculum Guides, Modules, or Integrated Units to begin. Browse the...more
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ArtsNow provides a large variety of resources for teaching and integrating art across the curriculum. Choose from Curriculum Guides, Modules, or Integrated Units to begin. Browse the Curriculum Guides by grade level or content. Download any guide in PDF format for a complete lesson overview including, correlation to National and Georgia state standards. This site also includes several integrated units for grades K-7. Download any unit for all unit resources including, activities, rubrics, and suggestions for differentiation. Choose modules for grades K-5 that integrate STEAM activities. Modules include a strong focus on integrating the arts with science concepts such as magnets and ecosystems.

tag(s): animals (324), art history (78), civil war (149), geometric shapes (172), maps (296), matter (64), seasons (37), STEM (211), stories and storytelling (34), temperature (35), weather (211)

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Take advantage of these free lesson plans and classroom activities to integrate art into your everyday classroom activities. Consider coordinating lessons with your school's art and music teachers. Expand upon the ideas found on this site to bring other art forms into the lessons. For example, take advantage of poetry resources and interactives found at ReadWriteThink, reviewed here, and have students create diamante, acrostic, and haiku poems relating to your lessons. Enhance student learning further by asking students or groups of students to create webpages sharing their learning activities using a resource like Carrd, reviewed here. This very simple tool allows users to add images and text to create a beautiful website using the provided templates. Be sure to ask students to include a reflective writing piece describing their learning throughout your unit. Take learning to the highest level and ask students to design and create a series of podcasts using Anchor, reviewed here. Ask students to discuss their learning activities, and also hypothesize on different outcomes of experiments when changing elements or activities. For example, if creating a podcast discussing changes in matter, have students share their thoughts on how the room and outdoor temperature affects outcomes. What if they used juice instead of water? Would the change from ice to liquid take the same amount of time?
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OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire: Augmented Reality in the Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Are you wondering about Augmented Reality (AR)? You may have already used...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Are you wondering about Augmented Reality (AR)? You may have already used it and not even been aware. This session will explain both place-based and marker-based AR as it is used in our daily lives. We will then look at what this could mean in our classrooms through interacting with markers and using mobile devices. Come learn about tools and apps that can create engaging experiences for your students. Participants will: 1. Understand what Augmented Reality (AR) is and the difference between place-based and marker-based AR; 2. Explore a tool to create Augmented Reality experiences in the classroom; and 3. Plan for the instructional use of Augmented Reality. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): augmented reality (7), professional development (196)

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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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iBiology - Ron Vale

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iBiology provides hundreds of videos from scientists sharing the latest in scientific research. Video topics include interviews, lectures, and storytelling. Begin your search on the...more
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iBiology provides hundreds of videos from scientists sharing the latest in scientific research. Video topics include interviews, lectures, and storytelling. Begin your search on the site by selecting the "Start Here" link. Choose a talk by selecting your role as a researcher, educator, student, or someone curious about biology. Each talk includes a short overview of the topic and a speaker's bio. Videos are hosted on YouTube, be sure that your school filters allow access before sharing with students on school computers or download using the links provided in each video.

tag(s): cells (104), diseases (73), ecology (135), evolution (106), genetics (91), plants (175), STEM (211)

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Bookmark this site to use with classroom lessons. Share a link to selected videos for students to view on your class website or blog (be sure to preview videos before sharing to ensure content is appropriate for your age-level students). Use a tool like playposit, reviewed here, to engage students by making interactive content with these videos. Add questions for students to discuss, gather student comments, and include polls to receive immediate feedback to guide your lessons. As an alternative to your traditional assessment, ask students to create an explainer video using FlexClip, reviewed here to explain and demonstrate biology content learned throughout your unit.

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HoloLab Champions - Schell Games

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Use virtual reality to learn about and engage in chemistry lab experiments with HoloLab Champions. Different game features allow you to work on your own, in groups, or together as ...more
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Use virtual reality to learn about and engage in chemistry lab experiments with HoloLab Champions. Different game features allow you to work on your own, in groups, or together as a class. Begin your experience in the Hall of Brains to select from different options for gameplay. As you interact with the game, the host provides instructions and lab procedures in the scientist's notebook. Follow the procedures then submit your lab reports. Good news! Try as many times as you like to complete your submissions without penalty. Be sure to review the Classroom Guide for a complete overview of the many activities and content available within HoloLab Champions.

tag(s): chemicals (51), density (25), experiments (68), mass (27), measurement (178), volume (52)

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HoloLab Champions is an excellent addition to any chemistry classroom. Whether you have a well-stocked lab or a lab with few supplies, this site provides learning opportunities that are available anywhere and at any time. Along with the many different experiments, the lab provides detailed notes on many different types of lab equipment. Consider sharing this information at the beginning of your school year before students begin hands-on activities. Instead of simply introducing lab equipment to students, ask them to explore this site and share their knowledge of proper use by creating cartoons with students using equipment properly. Use a comic creation tool like ToonyTool, reviewed here. As students interact with this site, ask them to use Google Documents or Microsoft Word to record and share their science journals. Include successes and failures within the experiments, along with student reflections on their experience. Ask students to highlight keywords, add links to online articles, or add links to videos that helped them learn about science concepts. After completing experiments on the site, enhance student learning by asking students to become the expert and share their learning with others as a presentation using Zeetings, reviewed here. Zeetings offers interactive features such as real-time polls and comments to keep viewers interested in involved in the presentation.

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TWiki - Peter Theony

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TWiki is an open-source application for creating and using wikis. Easily add and share information without any coding or programming skills. Think of it as an easily editable page....more
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TWiki is an open-source application for creating and using wikis. Easily add and share information without any coding or programming skills. Think of it as an easily editable page. Download the application to create your wiki. Add text, links, and documents to your wiki pages. Additional features include the ability to view the history of any topic and receive email notifications of changes to any topic. Enhance your wiki with the site's available plugins including a calendar, chart visualizer, slide show module, and others.

tag(s): collaboration (55), wikis (17)

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In language arts or history classrooms use a wiki to create a favorite historical figures page, have students share their favorite person from history along with supporting evidence. Use a wiki to set up a debate between students. For example, create a wiki and ask students to debate the use of homework in schools, the effect of social media on society, or year-round school vs. traditional school calendars. As your class builds and adds to the wiki, extend student learning by having small groups of students select a topic to research further. A nice feature of TWiki is that it allows you to set up collaborative groups where students can share information and ideas about their research. Culminate the research by having students use a multimedia creation tool like Sway, reviewed here, transforming classroom technology by sharing information including text, images, videos, and more. As a last step have the small groups load their Sway creation to their collaborative page on TWiki. For more ideas and information on how to use wikis, visit the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through for a detailed, step-by-step explanation and starter help, including dozens of ideas for ways to use a wiki in your classroom.

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Brush Ninja - Ben Gillbanks

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4 to 12
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Create animated gifs using Brush Ninja's paint tools and online editor. Use the paintbrushes to draw and color each frame. The toolbox contains a variety of features, including pencils,...more
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Create animated gifs using Brush Ninja's paint tools and online editor. Use the paintbrushes to draw and color each frame. The toolbox contains a variety of features, including pencils, text, shapes, and more. Use the control panel to adjust and play the animation. The timeline allows you to see the frames making up an animation, then drag and drop any frame to change the order. When finished, export your gif as an image for each frame, animated gif, or as an animated gif adjusted for Twitter.

tag(s): animation (61), drawing (74)

In the Classroom

Use Brush Ninja in a variety of ways. Share this site with students and give them time to explore and experiment. When working with troubled students, use this site to let students share their thoughts and emotions through an animation. This is an excellent site to use with students who love art and enjoy sharing their learning through creative expressions. Take a look at the images created by other users in the gallery as inspiration for how to use animations. Ask students to create animations demonstrating science concepts like erosion, weathering, or chemical reactions. Use this site to have students create animations demonstrating events from stories, share their thought process in math, or animate an event from history. Have students include their animations when creating multimedia projects in an online tool like Sway, reviewed here.

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Glide - David Siegel

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7 to 12
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Create apps from Google Sheets with Glide without writing code. Choose any of your Google Sheet documents, and import it into the app. Use the features to customize information, add...more
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Create apps from Google Sheets with Glide without writing code. Choose any of your Google Sheet documents, and import it into the app. Use the features to customize information, add icons, and more. Another option is to use Glide's templates to start creating apps for city guides, track learning goals, or a directory of members of an organization. When finished, share the URL for your app through the social media links provided, or copy and share the URL.

tag(s): organizational skills (107), spreadsheets (24)

In the Classroom

Take advantage of the video tutorials to learn about how to create and customize apps with Glide. Consider sharing this tool with one or more of your tech-savvy students and let them become the expert at how to use the different features. Ask them to create screencasts using Awesome ScreenShot, reviewed here, to demonstrate how to begin creating an app, how to customize an app, or any other features of this tool. Use Glide as a unique teaching tool to engage and capture student interest in a variety of ways. For example, have students create a directory of characters found in a Shakespeare play and include pertinent information including their relationship to other characters, the character's important moments within the play, and more. Another example of how to use Glide is to create an app for students to use when working on long-term projects. Use the objectives template to set up goals and timelines for students to follow.

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Send Secure - Acture UG

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K to 12
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Send and share files safely and securely using Send Secure. Send Secure transfers your data without using any cloud services directly to recipients without uploading to a server, and...more
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Send and share files safely and securely using Send Secure. Send Secure transfers your data without using any cloud services directly to recipients without uploading to a server, and only the recipient you choose has access to the file. Select a file from your computer or drop it onto the page. Copy the URL generated and share it with your recipient. When they paste the URL into their browser, the file automatically downloads to their device.

tag(s): collaboration (55), computers (105)

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Use Send Secure to quickly transfer files and images between devices in your BYOD or 1:1 classroom. Student groups working on projects in class can gather and share files easily. This tool would work well when students do not have email addresses or Google Accounts for sharing work with their teachers or each other. What a great way for students to turn in work done on their devices! During curriculum development and other professional development activities, members of a department (or even school-wide) can share resources and documents quickly with each other.

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