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Twitter Chat: Using Digital Tools to Demonstrate Learning - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from December 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Using Digital Tools to Demonstrate Learning. During this chat, participants will:...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from December 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Using Digital Tools to Demonstrate Learning. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss indicators that learning is taking place, 2. Explore tech tools that can be used to enhance learning goals, and 3. Share tips for using tech tools.

tag(s): classroom management (146), collaboration (57), communication (18), Formative Assessment (12), Online Learning (10), twitterchatarchive (70)

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Find resources and information about using digital tools to demonstrate learning and how to integrate them into your lessons. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for resources related to online learning.

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Kwanzaa - Sandbox and Co.

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Enjoy the many ideas and activities for learning about and celebrating Kwanzaa at this site. Learn the terms used about this holiday through an interactive quiz, make a pasta necklace...more
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Enjoy the many ideas and activities for learning about and celebrating Kwanzaa at this site. Learn the terms used about this holiday through an interactive quiz, make a pasta necklace or chain, and see 10 decorations to put you in the mood for Kwanzaa.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (146), holidays (145), kwanzaa (14)

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Introduce your students to Kwanzaa by taking the quiz to see how much they know about Kwanzaa. Then in pairs or small groups, have students research the terms. As students research, substitute paper and pen journals by asking younger students to create a blog using a tool like Loose Leaves, reviewed here, to share what they are learning with fellow students. A great blogging tool for older students is Telegra.ph, reviewed here. With Telegra.ph have students click on an icon to upload related images, add YouTube or Vimeo, or Twitter links. Engage older students, by having them create a poster about Kwanzaa using a tool like DesignCap, reviewed here, and then upload the poster to their blog about the terms and what they've learned about this December holiday.

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Kwanzaa Activities and Fun Ideas for Kids - Child Fun, Inc.

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Discover a little about the history, principles, and traditions of Kwanzaa and enjoy the activities on this site. You'll find suggested activities for each principle and several others...more
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Discover a little about the history, principles, and traditions of Kwanzaa and enjoy the activities on this site. You'll find suggested activities for each principle and several others about dress and food.
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tag(s): cross cultural understanding (146), holidays (145), kwanzaa (14)

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Add this site to your activities to use for Kwanzaa and to help children from all backgrounds understand the different holidays celebrated in December. Introduce simple activities on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Bookmark this site on your classroom computers to use during center time. Share this link on your class website for families to access at home.

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All About Kwanzaa - CBC Kids

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Learn all about the traditions, food, and dress of Kwanzaa and then vote on your favorite aspect of this December holiday. Read about the special meaning for each of seven ...more
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Learn all about the traditions, food, and dress of Kwanzaa and then vote on your favorite aspect of this December holiday. Read about the special meaning for each of seven candles.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (146), holidays (145), kwanzaa (14)

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Add this site to your activities to use during December and to help students from all backgrounds understand the different holidays celebrated in December. Have students look at the site in pairs and create a bulletin board of what they thought were the most interesting facts. We recommend a site such as Padlet, reviewed here. With Padlet you can create columns for each of the holidays celebrated in December. Have students display their bulletin boards.

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Ducksters Holidays - Kwanzaa - Technological Solutions, Inc. (TSI),

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Learn some fun facts about Kwanzaa in addition to learning about its history, principles, and symbols. Visit Ducksters to learn the details, ...more
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Learn some fun facts about Kwanzaa in addition to learning about its history, principles, and symbols. Visit Ducksters to learn the details,

tag(s): africa (164), cross cultural understanding (146), holidays (145), kwanzaa (14)

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Add this site to your activities to use for the December holidays and to help students from all backgrounds understand the different holidays celebrated in December. Have students look at the site in pairs, and create a poster of what they thought were the most interesting facts. We recommend a site such as DesignCap Poster Creator, reviewed here. Have students display their posters using social media with the provided link, download to your computor, or print the posters.

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YouTube - YouTube, LLC

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YouTube is a video hosting platform for viewing and sharing videos with over one billion users around the world. Content ranges across all subjects and interests. Use YouTube's search...more
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YouTube is a video hosting platform for viewing and sharing videos with over one billion users around the world. Content ranges across all subjects and interests. Use YouTube's search feature to locate videos for any content and age ranges. You are also able to upload your own videos. After uploading videos, YouTube offers basic editing tools to remove portions of your video, add music, and add end screens. Use the share option to share the link to your video using social media or obtain the embed code to include on a website or blog. Be sure to check on your school's policy and use of filters before using YouTube in the classroom.
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tag(s): video (272)

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YouTube provides opportunities for a variety of classroom uses. Create your own YouTube channel to provide instructional videos for your students. Make a playlist of videos that support your teaching and allow students to learn from different viewpoints. With proper permissions, have students create videos sharing their learning and understanding of concepts and share them on your class webpage. Flip learning by having students watch videos at home to provide context before classroom lessons. Are there too many ads and distractions on YouTube videos? Use Safe YouTube, reviewed here, and generate an ad-free version of the video. Use YouTube videos to create an interactive learning experience instead of passive learning by using a site such as EdPuzzle, reviewed here, to modify any video to your lesson. Add questions, clip out unneeded portions of the video, and add comments and information by adding a recording in your voice. One big bonus when using EdPuzzle is that YouTube videos are viewable through EdPuzzle even if YouTube is blocked through your district.

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Resources for Storage - TeachersFirst

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From storing photos to videos to other content, we've got you covered with this collection of resources for storage. Storage isn't something that we often think about when planning...more
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From storing photos to videos to other content, we've got you covered with this collection of resources for storage. Storage isn't something that we often think about when planning our lessons and activities, yet sometimes finding ways to store information online can present a challenge. Don't forget our "In the Classroom" suggestions to read ideas about how to use the tools with your students.

tag(s): Storage (8)

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Use these resources to find tools for your storage needs. Share this list on your class website for students to find tools for storage.

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Classroom Management Resources - TeachersFirst

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Classroom management covers a wide range of tasks or routines: collecting assignments, designing seating charts, promoting positive behaviors, creating cooperative learning groups,...more
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Classroom management covers a wide range of tasks or routines: collecting assignments, designing seating charts, promoting positive behaviors, creating cooperative learning groups, and so much more. If you are looking for some new tools to ensure that your classroom lessons run smoothly and disruptive behaviors are kept to a minimum, check out this collection to maximize your management. Classroom management matters at all grade levels and we have tools for all ages and for all subjects.

tag(s): classroom management (146), Teacher Utilities (90)

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Find management tips and tools to make your class run smoother. Share this collection with your colleagues.

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Tools to Create Media - TeachersFirst

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Media comes in all shapes and sizes: videos, podcasts, posters, digital stories, and much more. This curated list includes some of our best tools for creating media in the K-12 ...more
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Media comes in all shapes and sizes: videos, podcasts, posters, digital stories, and much more. This curated list includes some of our best tools for creating media in the K-12 classroom. Remember our, "In the Classroom," suggestions give you ideas about how to use these tools in your classroom -- interested in more? See our complete list of tools related to many types of media: videos, digital design, presentations, and digital storytelling.

tag(s): Creating Media (2), digital storytelling (149), podcasts (60), posters (45), video (272)

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Find new tools to try in your classroom to create some cool media! Each review includes classroom use ideas. Read the details of each tool and find the ones that will make your tasks easier to manage and engage your students.

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Tools - No Student Registration Required - TeachersFirst

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Peruse this collection to save time during instruction with these resources that require no student registration. Some of these tools require teacher registration. Students may need...more
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Peruse this collection to save time during instruction with these resources that require no student registration. Some of these tools require teacher registration. Students may need a code to join, given by the teacher, or no additional information at all before using the site. This list includes resources for all grades.

tag(s): classroom management (146)

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Find new tools to try to save time with easy registration. Each review includes classroom use ideas. Read the details of each tool and find the ones that will make your activities easier to manage.

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OER Commons - OER Commons and ISKME

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OER (Open Educational Resources) Commons is a digital public library and collaboration platform for educators, including K-12 and universities. The collection includes complete courses,...more
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OER (Open Educational Resources) Commons is a digital public library and collaboration platform for educators, including K-12 and universities. The collection includes complete courses, textbooks, mini-lessons, and simulations, as well as lesson plans, workbooks, and more. In addition to the content on the site, OER Commons also includes features for building interactive lessons and modules and media documents. Registration isn't required; however, free signup on the website provides you the option to save materials, create and collaborate with groups, and align resources to standards.

tag(s): OER (31), preK (280), Teacher Utilities (90)

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Bookmark OER Commons to use as your first stop in lesson planning. Take advantage of the search filters to narrow down the content and grade-level information to suit your needs. This website is also an excellent resource for finding materials to differentiate instruction. Use higher-level activities to challenge gifted students, and search for content to use for remediation. As you gather resources into a collection or lesson plans, be sure to think about ways to incorporate technology in meaningful ways to enhance and extend learning.
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Read Ahead - Full Tilt Ahead, LLC

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Transform any text into a guided reading activity presentation using vocabulary, keywords, and phrases with Read Ahead. Create a presentation highlighting critical components of a text...more
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Transform any text into a guided reading activity presentation using vocabulary, keywords, and phrases with Read Ahead. Create a presentation highlighting critical components of a text passage by choosing keywords or phrases, add your vocabulary list, or use the Smart Skimmer to select items automatically. When complete, your presentation shares featured words and terms with readers before beginning to read the text. Share with students using the created link or through social media links.

tag(s): literacy (107), reading comprehension (131), vocabulary (299), vocabulary development (116)

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Include Read Ahead with your other resources for teaching vocabulary. Read Ahead is perfect for introducing any reading passage to struggling readers, special education students, and ESL/ELL learners. Create presentations for articles found in science or social studies materials to prepare students for difficult vocabulary and phrases. Take advantage of this site to use reading material with your students that might otherwise be above their reading level. Instead of asking students to use vocabulary in sentences to demonstrate understanding, ask them to use the words to create digital stories using an online tool like Book Creator, reviewed here. Book Creator can be used for a variety of assignments in any classroom that is integrating technology as an enhancement, modification, or transformation.

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Twitter Chat: Tech Tools to Support Universal Design for Learning - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from December 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Tech Tools to Support Universal Design for Learning. During this chat, ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from December 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Tech Tools to Support Universal Design for Learning. During this chat, participants will: 1. Define Universal Design for Learning, 2. Discuss Universal Design for Learning guidelines, and 3. Share tech tools that support UDL.

tag(s): design (91), learning disability (19), Special Needs (42), twitterchatarchive (70)

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Find resources and information about how to integrate Universal Design for Learning into your learning environment. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for resources related to UDL.

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OK2Ask: Low-Tech and No-Tech STEM - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from November 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) is a necessary component...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from November 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) is a necessary component in all classrooms today. As educators, we need to find ways to reach all students and help them to understand the topics within STEM better. In this session, we will share a few no-tech and low-tech STEM activities, for those educators with limited tech options or simply looking for a no-tech or low-tech STEM lesson. Management is key in any classroom, but when working in cooperative groups, it is imperative. During the session, we will reflect on the activity suggestions and discuss possible management concerns. Participants will: 1. Explore no-tech and low-tech STEM activities; 2. Understand the engineering design process; and 3. Plan for the integration of no and low-tech STEM activities in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): professional development (200), STEM (216)

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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: Getting Ready for the Hour of Code - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from November 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Getting Ready for the Hour of Code. During this chat, participants ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from November 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Getting Ready for the Hour of Code. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss the benefits of integrating coding into instruction, 2. Explore strategies for coding across various curricular areas, and 3. Share tips and strategies for the participation in the Hour of Code.

tag(s): coding (77), twitterchatarchive (70)

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Find resources and information about the Hour of Code and ideas/tools to integrate it into your lessons. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for resources related to self-regulation.

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OK2Ask: Classroom Coding with Google Tools - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from November 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. It is important for students at all grade levels to have exposure to computational...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from November 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. It is important for students at all grade levels to have exposure to computational thinking and coding. Learning to code helps students understand problem solving and logic while expressing their creative side. While increasing student fluency in coding technologies helps them to be prepared for many academic pursuits, it also helps them to build perseverance, determination, and grit. Join us to explore a few cool tools that will help as you embark on this journey with your class. Participants will: 1. Understand the components of computational thinking; 2. Explore tools that engage students in coding; and 3. Plan for the use of coding activities in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): coding (77), computational thinking (35), Google (47), professional development (200)

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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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OK2Ask: Tech Tools for Multilingual Learners - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from November 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. As teachers, we need to provide effective instructional support for the...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from November 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. As teachers, we need to provide effective instructional support for the increasing number of multilingual learners in our classrooms. Available free edtech tools used in concert with best-practice language acquisition strategies can increase student achievement while providing an engaging, accessible, and supportive learning environment. In this session, we'll explore tech tools and activities that foster independent learning and facilitate vocabulary building, writing, comprehension, reading fluency, and access to curricular content. Join us to learn how to infuse technology to serve linguistically diverse learners effectively. Participants will: 1. Identify language acquisition strategies that support multilingual learners in your classroom; 2. Explore tech tools that foster independent learning; and 3. Plan for the use of these strategies to support Multilingual Learners. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Accessibility (7), Microsoft (70), professional development (200)

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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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BBC Bitesize - BBC

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BBC Bitesize is an educational support site designed for students in the United Kingdom. Although much of the material is labeled based on United Kingdom grade definitions, the site...more
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BBC Bitesize is an educational support site designed for students in the United Kingdom. Although much of the material is labeled based on United Kingdom grade definitions, the site is very easy to use for students in any location. Begin by selecting from three main grade bands - primary, secondary, and post-16. Within each grade band, narrow down choices even further by age. If looking for a specific content area, scroll down to almost the bottom of the home page to select "view all subjects." Content includes quizzes, videos, articles, learning guides, and more. Registration isn't required, but it allows you to save items as favorites.

tag(s): game based learning (150), quizzes (93), video (272)

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Bookmark and save this site to take advantage of the many resources on this site to supplement classroom instruction in any topic. If you teach history, use Bitesize to provide information to students from the British perspective. Add links to games or quizzes on your classroom website for students to practice at home. Use Padlet, reviewed here, to organize and share resources with students. Organize games and online activities into columns based on different topics to make information easy to find. Have students compare and contrast British terms and units of measurement with your system of measurement and common phrases. Use a Venn Diagram creator like the one found at Class Tools, reviewed here, to show comparisons with the British examples. If working with older students, enhance learning by using Fiskkit, reviewed here, as a tool for collaborative discussions of the articles found on Bitesize. Share the URL of an article using Fiskkit and ask students to highlight portions within the story to discuss the content.

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CleverPDF - CleverPDF

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CleverPDF is your one-stop site for managing PDF documents. Choose from 27 tools to convert to and from PDF documents, reorder pages, extract images, and much more. Select the tool...more
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CleverPDF is your one-stop site for managing PDF documents. Choose from 27 tools to convert to and from PDF documents, reorder pages, extract images, and much more. Select the tool you need, upload your file, and choose from additional options based on the function selected. Scroll down within each of the tasks to find easy to follow step-by-step directions for converting and saving your file. CleverPDF also includes a downloadable application for use on Windows and Mac computers for converting files without an Internet connection.

tag(s): conversions (31), images (277), worksheets (64)

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Be sure to bookmark this site on all classroom and personal computers for use throughout the year. If you have a large PDF file but only need a page or two, use CleverPDF to extract it for you. Convert PDF files to Word or Pages when working with a document that needs editing. Convert student work into PDF then convert into a book using Flipsnack, reviewed here. Flipsnack even includes a handy page-turning effect! This is a helpful utility for students entering contests or completing applications offered only in PDF form. Help students create a more organized and appealing portfolio by converting all items to one standard file type such as PDF. PorfolioVillage, reviewed here, is an easy to use tool for creating and sharing portfolios, include student-created PDF documents to share any work document.
 
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Wheel of Names - Martin Omander and Google

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Do you need to make random selections of names, items, places, or other items? This tool is for you! Customize the slices on the wheel to include names and/or images. ...more
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Do you need to make random selections of names, items, places, or other items? This tool is for you! Customize the slices on the wheel to include names and/or images. Because Google hosts this wheel, it allows you to save customized wheels onto Google Drive for easy access anywhere. Another handy option offers you the ability to import names from a spreadsheet or Twitter users by importing a hashtag. Although the Wheel of Names allows you to add as many names as you like, the maximum number of names showing at any time will be 48. If there are more, the names change each second until starting to spin the wheel.

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Use the Wheel of Names to randomly call students during class discussions. Add images instead of names to make the wheel more interesting. In addition to the obvious use for calling names, use this random wheel in a variety of different ways. Add dates onto the wheel when reviewing events in history, review vocabulary, instead of student names add character names from novels for students to discuss, add books to determine the next read-aloud, the list goes on and on! Be sure to save the wheel with the names of class members so that it is ready to go at any time.

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