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mindmaps - David Richard

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4 to 12
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Develop mindmaps and concept maps with this easy to use tool that works both on and offline. Follow the tutorial to start and learn the basic tools within the app. ...more
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Develop mindmaps and concept maps with this easy to use tool that works both on and offline. Follow the tutorial to start and learn the basic tools within the app. Use the site's dashboard to select and change font size and color, add and move branches, and move your mindmap anywhere on the grid. When finished, save your mindmap to your computer or cloud storage sites like Google Drive using the provided links. Choose the Export as Image option to download your mindmap as a PNG file.

tag(s): charts and graphs (200), mind map (26)

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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, plot line, 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). Include your mind maps with multimedia projects to create an online book. Book Creator,reviewed here, offers many options for creating digital books including video, images, text, and more.
 

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That's Your Right - Annenberg Classroom

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5 to 12
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Learn about the Bill of Rights by playing this challenging card game. Click start to view the tutorial and choose to play from the single or multiplayer options. Choose from ...more
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Learn about the Bill of Rights by playing this challenging card game. Click start to view the tutorial and choose to play from the single or multiplayer options. Choose from three different levels of difficulty to begin play. The goal of the game is to gain freedom by collecting and matching scenario cards to features of the Bill of Rights as you play.

tag(s): bill of rights (28), branches of government (55), constitution (90), game based learning (145)

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Include this game with any lessons on the Bill of Rights. Challenge students to compete against each other and move up through the different levels of difficulty. Include the site with your other resources on a bookmarking site like SearchTeam, reviewed here. SearchTeam includes the option to add and share notes with bookmarks, add teaching notes for your future use or if sharing with students, ask them to add tips into the comments section. Upon completion of your unit, have students create animated videos using Powtoon, reviewed here, to share their understanding of the Bill of Rights.

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But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids - Vermont Public Radio

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K to 7
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But Why? Kids have lots of questions, and this podcast is all about answering them. Some of the diverse questions answered at the time of this review were - Why ...more
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But Why? Kids have lots of questions, and this podcast is all about answering them. Some of the diverse questions answered at the time of this review were - Why Do We Poop and Fart? Why Don't Spiders Get Stuck in Their Webs? Why Do We Celebrate Halloween? Why Do People Get Cancer? Kids are encouraged to send in an audio of their questions through an adult to get it answered. Most podcasts run in length between 20 and 30 minutes, and many will recommend additional resources about the topic. Don't have the time to listen to a podcast? Not to worry, there is a summary right under the audio.

tag(s): podcasts (59)

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Listen to several podcasts together as a class. Enhance learning by challenging students to reflect on their learning and what they would like to learn more about using a tool such as Flipgrid, reviewed here. Then have students come up with their own questions to be answered and submit them on a tool such as Dotstorming, reviewed here, and then to vote on their 3 favorite questions to submit.

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Crossword Hobbyist - Crossword Hobbyist Inc

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K to 12
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Create crossword puzzles or word searches, or browse through the variety of free options available on Crossword Hobbyist. Complete the crosswords online or use the provided links to...more
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Create crossword puzzles or word searches, or browse through the variety of free options available on Crossword Hobbyist. Complete the crosswords online or use the provided links to print or save as a PDF. Browse to find crosswords by grade level, subject, holidays, and more.
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tag(s): crosswords (21), puzzles (205), vocabulary (315)

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Create a link to puzzles on classroom computers for students to use for vocabulary review. Have students create and share their own crossword puzzles with classmates. Include student-created crossword puzzles into multimedia presentations of research projects. Encourage students to use vocabulary terms in writing and speaking projects.
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Twitter Chat: Start the New Year Strong: Strategies for Effective Classroom Management - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from January 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Start the New Year Strong: Strategies for Effective Classroom Management. Through...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from January 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Start the New Year Strong: Strategies for Effective Classroom Management. Through this chat, participants will: 1. Share effective strategies to strengthen classroom management skills, 2. Explore ways to promote a supportive classroom environment, and 3. Discuss technology tools that assist in managing and encouraging positive student behaviors. Find great ideas and resources to help create and maintain effective classroom management strategies.

tag(s): classroom management (151), teaching strategies (29), twitterchatarchive (63)

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Find tools and resources to maintain effective classroom management strategies. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for sites and information related classroom management. Explore the various tools that are shared.

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Twitter Chat: Using Social Media to Increase Student Engagement - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from December 2018 and will open in TweetChat. The title of this chat is: Using Social Media to Increase Student Engagement. Through this chat, participants...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from December 2018 and will open in TweetChat. The title of this chat is: Using Social Media to Increase Student Engagement. Through this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss the benefits of using social media to increase student engagement, 2. Share ways to utilize social media to foster global learning experiences, and 3. Share helpful resources to begin to incorporate more social media into daily lessons. Find great tools and resources to help use social media to engage your students.

tag(s): social media (35), twitterchatarchive (63)

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Find tools and resources to create lessons that incorporate use of social media. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for sites and information related to social media use in the classroom. Explore the various tools that are shared.

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The Inflation Calculator - Morgan Friedman

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5 to 12
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Compare the adjusted amount of money from to its value in any year, from 1900-2017, using The Inflation Calculator. Enter the dollar amount, the initial year, and the final year ...more
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Compare the adjusted amount of money from to its value in any year, from 1900-2017, using The Inflation Calculator. Enter the dollar amount, the initial year, and the final year for comparison to view the adjusted amount. For example, enter $100 in the year 1900 and compare to the 2017 value to find that the same item would cost $2988.86 in 2017!
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tag(s): 1900s (42), 20th century (52), calculators (39), financial literacy (108)

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Although this calculator seems relatively simple, use it for many purposes in your classroom. When reading stories set in different times throughout the 1900's use the calculator to compare costs in the story to 21st-century costs. Use the calculator for student writing projects set in the past to add authenticity to information included. Take student learning a step further and ask them to create an infographic comparing prices, technology, populations, workforce, or other important indicators of two different eras. Canva Infographic Creator, reviewed here, will modify student learning and is a very easy to use tool for creating infographics using their many available templates. Challenge math or economics students to enhance learning and create an inflation calculator based on different sets of statistics using Microsoft Excel or Google Forms. Work together with a history teacher to include those statistics on a history timeline with a tool like Timeline Maker, reviewed here.

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Learning with Santa Tracker - Google

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K to 8
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Google for Education provides a collection of games and lesson plans tailor-made for the December holidays at their site for teachers. Choose from games for social studies, language,...more
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Google for Education provides a collection of games and lesson plans tailor-made for the December holidays at their site for teachers. Choose from games for social studies, language, computer science, and geography. Games include topics like coding, learning other languages, and understanding maps. Further down the home page choose from lesson plans offered in several languages. Each lesson plan is offered for different grade levels and are available in PDF for easy download. Lessons also correlate to national teaching standards.

tag(s): christmas (52), coding (74), cross cultural understanding (128), cultures (112), holidays (140), map skills (79), maps (292)

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Add this site to your tool kit of December teaching resources. Include the games on classroom computers and add to your class website. Replace paper posters and have students share their favorite activities using an on line poster creator like Web Poster Wizard, reviewed here, or PicLits, reviewed here. After practicing coding using the games provided on this site, modify learning by challenging students to create their own game using a tool such as Scratch, reviewed here.
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Elementari - Nicole Kang and David Li

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3 to 12
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Create interactive digital stories with Elementari. Features include drag and drop text, illustrations, and shapes. Choose from image filters and a variety of fonts to personalize the...more
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Create interactive digital stories with Elementari. Features include drag and drop text, illustrations, and shapes. Choose from image filters and a variety of fonts to personalize the look of your story. Other tools include the ability to animate illustrations or text and to create interactions by touch. Use interactions to play a sound, go to a new page, or animate a feature. After creating your account begin by selecting the option to write your story. Follow the prompts to add images, backgrounds, audio, and more. When finished, preview your story then publish. After publishing, share using social media links or the provided embed code. You can also create a class with 30 students. Students do not need email to use Elementari. Students with existing accounts can also connect to your classroom. Students can choose an avatar from the ones provided and cannot upload any pictures. Teachers must approve stories before they can be published. Be sure to check out the Curriculum Guide!

tag(s): creative writing (170), digital storytelling (153), writing (367)

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Offer students the option to share their writing using Elementari by adding illustrations and sounds. From the home page find the upload button at the top of the page. Upload up to 10 5mb images and 10 mb audio files. Create stories together, as a class, as you move through a unit or topic. Enhance student learning by adding images and ideas your students suggest. Use in a flipped or blended classroom to deliver course information. Assign several student groups a different topic and redefine their learning by having each group create their own version as they learn more about the topic. Challenge gifted students to modify the "standard" class text with the additional material they discover, by going deeper and learning about related topics. In lower grades, create teacher-made digital stories for students to use as a learning tool.

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My Case Maker - Bean Creative

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6 to 8
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My Case Maker is a collection of 20 civics challenges for middle school students. Share individual challenges with students using the provided Challenge Code. Once students access the...more
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My Case Maker is a collection of 20 civics challenges for middle school students. Share individual challenges with students using the provided Challenge Code. Once students access the challenge, the site offers tools for adding annotations and creating case folders. Once complete, students use information as a reference for other assignments or share their work using the site's presentation mode feature. If desired, use your free My Case Maker account to modify text and associated primary sources within challenges before sharing with students.

tag(s): black history (59), civil rights (122), constitution (90), democracy (15), elections (76), freedom of speech (12), immigrants (22), immigration (62), media literacy (69), politics (107), world war 2 (141)

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Take advantage of the free materials on this site to encourage debate and discussion within your current civics lessons. Each lesson includes primary sources to use when responding to prompts, ask students to find and share additional primary sources to include with their response to each question. Instead of just creating a list of additional resources, enhance classroom technology use and share additional resources using Padlet, reviewed here. Padlet offers features for adding comments, ask students to use this feature to indicate important information found on the document. Enhance learning further by finding and sharing videos that support the topic being discussed. Use EdPuzzle, reviewed here to add comments and question prompts for students. Upon completion of student projects, have them share their thoughts through a podcast featuring students' challenge solutions. Be sure to include a group of students in each podcast featuring various points of view and their backup documentation.

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OK2Ask: Creativity Cafe: Recipes for Formative Assessment - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from November 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Looking for the secret ingredients to make 5-star formative assessment dishes...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from November 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Looking for the secret ingredients to make 5-star formative assessment dishes at every phase of the blended learning process? Join us at the Creativity Cafe to learn how the right tool at the right time in the right way can assist you in tailoring formative assessment to your students' differentiated and discriminating palates. We'll outline the different phases of blended learning and share the secret ingredients for formative evaluation for each phase or the process. Participants will explore free formative tools to provide quantitative and qualitative data and understand the importance of effective formative assessment to the success of any student-centered environment, especially a blended class. Participants will: 1. Learn the different phases of blended learning; 2. Explore digital formative assessment tools that support each phase of the blended learning process; 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), teaching strategies (29)

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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: Coding 101 - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This archived Twitter chat is from November 2018 and will open in TweetChat. The title of this chat is: Coding 101. Through this chat, participants will: 1. Explore the fundamentals...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from November 2018 and will open in TweetChat. The title of this chat is: Coding 101. Through this chat, participants will: 1. Explore the fundamentals of coding and creation, 2. Discuss ways to use technology to inspire our students to problem solve and think critically and 3. Share tech tools to help teachers introduce coding. Find great tools and resources to help create lessons that incorporate coding skills.

tag(s): coding (74), computers (102), twitterchatarchive (63)

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Find tools and resources to create lessons that incorporate coding. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for sites and information related to coding. Explore the various tools that are shared.

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OK2Ask: MakeCode: Bring Computational Thinking into Any Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from November 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Prepare your students to use today's digital tools to help solve tomorrow's...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from November 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Prepare your students to use today's digital tools to help solve tomorrow's problems. Pattern recognition, abstraction, algorithmic thinking, and decomposition are core thinking skills that apply to any subject. Come see how to integrate these components into any content area with Microsoft MakeCode projects and Hacking STEM lessons--hands-on activities that engage students immediately. Participants will: 1. Review the fundamentals of Computational Thinking and how they can be applied across K-12 disciplines; 2. Explore MakeCode and Hacking STEM, two resources that promote Computational Thinking; and 3. Plan for the use of Computational Thinking in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): coding (74), computational thinking (33), critical thinking (118), Microsoft (59)

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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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Virtual Field Trip to Ellis Island - Scholastic

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This 30-minute video guides viewers through the history of Ellis Island and the process faced by immigrants reaching the island. The narrator shows different areas of the buildings...more
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This 30-minute video guides viewers through the history of Ellis Island and the process faced by immigrants reaching the island. The narrator shows different areas of the buildings on Ellis Island and interviews park rangers sharing stories of their families along with personal stories of immigrants. Choose the link to the Teacher's Activity Guide then search for Ellis Island to find additional Scholastic resources for teaching about immigration and Ellis Island.

tag(s): ellis island (10), immigrants (22), immigration (62)

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Include this video with your other resources for students using a bookmarking tool like Symbaloo, reviewed here. Symbaloo includes icons to make organizing and sharing information easy for any topic. Ask students to interview family members to learn about immigrants in their family tree or research famous immigrants. Have them create a webpage using Hashify, reviewed here to share information about their family member including country they came from, reasons for leaving, their immigration experience, and their life in America. In addition to telling stories about immigrants, create a timeline using Timeline Maker, reviewed here.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! - National Public Radio (NPR)

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6 to 12
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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! is a weekly podcast from NPR featuring celebrities and audience participation activities based on current news. Other prominent features from the podcast...more
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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! is a weekly podcast from NPR featuring celebrities and audience participation activities based on current news. Other prominent features from the podcast include games like "Bluff the Listener." In this activity, participants hear three stories, two of them fictitious, and try to guess the correct one.

tag(s): journalism (59), listening (85), logic (250), news (258), podcasts (59), problem solving (297)

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Subscribe to this podcast and listen together as a class. This format provides many opportunities to develop listening and problem-solving skills and also provides an opportunity to teach skills for recognizing "fake news." After listening to several podcasts encourage students to create their own programs using a similar format. First, replace paper notecards and pen and have students plan out the podcast using Super Notecards, reviewed here, where students can collaborate on the script and move the notecards around until they have their podcast just right. Strenghten learning by recording and publishing their podcast using Buzzsprout, reviewed here.

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Synth - Brian Lamb

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Synth describes itself as a "bite-sized podcasting platform." Use this site to create audio recordings up to 256 seconds in length, then combine those recordings into a podcast. Think...more
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Synth describes itself as a "bite-sized podcasting platform." Use this site to create audio recordings up to 256 seconds in length, then combine those recordings into a podcast. Think of it as similar to a series of Tweets, but in an audio format. To create a recording, select the Podcast link then add the plus sign to create a podcast. Podcasts start in private mode by default, change sharing options after publishing your work. Synth also provides the opportunity for recording video from your webcam and the ability to add a transcription of recordings into the podcast. Invite participants to contribute by sharing the URL, the session code, or use the embed code to embed into your website or blog.

tag(s): podcasts (59), video (264)

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Before using Synth with your classroom, be sure to practice setting up and sharing podcasts created with this tool. One way to practice is to set up a podcast with teachers in your building or district as a professional development opportunity. Create a "slow chat" discussing ideas for literature, thematic lessons, or professional book talks. Once you are comfortable using Synth with students, create exit tickets for students to reflect, enhance their learning, and discuss the day's lesson. Synth allows students to extend critical thinking by adding web links to recordings. Ask students to share their opinion on any subject and include a web address to support their conclusion. Have students transform learning by embedding a Synth podcast into a multimedia presentation created with a tool like Sway, reviewed here, and create an interactive discussion on the topic. Instead of using your standard pre-assessment materials, replace these with Synth and extend student understanding by sharing their knowledge (or what they would like to learn) as a quick way to gauge what students already know.

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Radiooooo - Benjamin Moreau

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Discover music from all over the world and from over 100 years back in time! Visit Radiooooo and start listening immediately (no registration required) or download the iOS or Android...more
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Discover music from all over the world and from over 100 years back in time! Visit Radiooooo and start listening immediately (no registration required) or download the iOS or Android app. Just select a country (all countries in yellow have music), decade, and mood (from tabs at the bottom) the music will begin. Create a playlist from different countries and decades using Taxi Mode. Create an account to save your favorites, or upload your own favorite music.

tag(s): 1900s (42), countries (83), radio (27), songs (51)

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Social studies will have a heyday with this program! Complement any period in time with its music. Use music from the site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Play music from the period you are studying during reading or research time. Use during current events for students to hear the music and language of the country of the article. Allow students to explore the site on their own, and then share their findings with classmates. Ask students to exchange paper journals and write about their impressions of the music and make comparisons to their favorites of today using a blog tool like Telegra.ph, reviewed here. With Telegra.ph you just click on an icon to upload images from your computer, add a YouTube or Vimeo, or Twitter links. This blog creator requires no registration. Redefine learning by challenging students create multimedia timelines (with music, photos, videos, and more) using Timeline JS, reviewed here. Any teacher will appreciate Radiooooo. Play music selections quietly during any subject and student work time. Filter distractions by finding instrumentals to play during silent reading time, test taking, lab activities, or any other quiet time during class. World language teachers can use this tool to introduce music from all the countries whose population speak the language they teach. This tool would also be perfect for performance groups such as drama clubs or musicals that need background music. Use background music for poetry readings during poetry month.

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Twitter Chat: Personalize That Learning! - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from November 2018 and will open in TweetChat. The title of this chat is: Personalize That Learning! Through this chat, participants will: 1. Define personalized...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from November 2018 and will open in TweetChat. The title of this chat is: Personalize That Learning! Through this chat, participants will: 1. Define personalized learning and its characteristics 2. Share tech tools that aid in creating a personalized learning environment and 3. Share resources to help with lesson planning which incorporates personalized learning. Find great tools and resources to help create lessons that incorporate personalized learning strategies.

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Find tools and resources to create lessons that incorporate personalized learning. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for sites and information related to personalized learning. Explore the various tools that are shared.

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For the Teachers - For the Teachers

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For the Teachers contains an incredible number of lesson ideas, differentiation tips, instructional strategies, and much more for all teachers. Search for specific content using the...more
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For the Teachers contains an incredible number of lesson ideas, differentiation tips, instructional strategies, and much more for all teachers. Search for specific content using the keyword search or scroll down the home page to find some of the site's most popular content. There is a great deal of useful content on the site to explore, of note is the Reading Skills for Big Kids and Differentiation links. The Reading Skills for Big Kids includes skill-based lesson plans for use with the many included leveled articles. The Differentiation portion of the site provides specific ideas and tools to differentiate content, assessment, and lesson activities and materials.
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tag(s): characterization (18), charts and graphs (200), constitution (90), differentiation (50), graphic organizers (43), inferencing (6), mean (27), measurement (181), median (24), mode (17), multiplication (210), patterns (87), place value (55), plot (11), reading comprehension (131), rubrics (30), sequencing (29)

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Be sure to bookmark this site to save as a favorite to find lesson ideas and activities throughout the school year. When planning for a substitute, look through the site to find useful ideas for lessons and planning organizers. There is so much material here to use, consider exploring the site with peers using techniques similar to a book study. Divide the site into sections to discuss at different times of your study. Organize your favorite materials from this site and your other resources using Padlet, reviewed here. Share your Padlet with peers to collaborate and create a useful time for organizing and sharing your favorite teaching materials. Supplement information included on report cards by using a site like Seesaw, reviewed here, to create portfolios for your students to demonstrate progress in reading, math, and other content areas. Include student-created projects based on activities found on For the Teachers.
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ytCropper - 10 Best Design

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Do you want to share just a portion of a YouTube video? ytCropper is your solution, no registration required. Enter the URL of the video and select Crop! to begin. ...more
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Do you want to share just a portion of a YouTube video? ytCropper is your solution, no registration required. Enter the URL of the video and select Crop! to begin. Use the handles on the timeline bar to adjust your video stop and start times then select Crop! again. When finished, ytCropper provides a direct link to your shortened video along with an embed code for use in websites or blogs.

tag(s): conversions (30), movies (68), video (264)

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Use ytCropper to highlight specific information from YouTube videos for student use. After creating a shortened clip, encourage students to predict what comes next or use the segment before showing the entire video. Flip your classroom and ask students to use ytCropper to share important information from videos or highlight portions that need further clarification. Using shorter video segments offers many opportunities to use video clips within other online tools. For example, have students change their learning by creating a ThingLink, reviewed here, including a shortened video clip, images, and text to describe the stages of plant growth, introduce a political figure, or provide background for a novel. Thinglink presents a variety of levels for technology use depending on teacher requirements for the project, or even student ability; it allows for adding narration, videos, text and links to help explain what certain parts of the topic are about. Ask students to include shorter clips within multimedia projects created using a tool like Adobe Spark, reviewed here, to redefine classroom technology use and their learning and understanding.

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