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Science Animations - Sumanas, Inc.

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6 to 12
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Looking for great science animations? Find amazing interactives, key vocabulary, overviews, and even quizzes on a variety of science topics. Choose from categories such as "General...more
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Looking for great science animations? Find amazing interactives, key vocabulary, overviews, and even quizzes on a variety of science topics. Choose from categories such as "General Biology," "Biotechnology," "Statistics," "Chemistry," "Astronomy," and "Ecology" to name a few. View a variety of animations in each of these topics. Choose to view as a complete animation, step by step, and even with narration if desired. Be sure to link to the actual animation in your site, wiki, or blog to satisfy copyright.

tag(s): animation (66), atoms (58), cells (103), meiosis (15), mitosis (11), molecules (45)

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Share the interactives on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Have small groups view the animations together and create online posters ("glogs") using Glogster EDU, reviewed here. Have groups share the topics they learned about on their "glog."

Use as an introductory activity with or without accompanying questions you create to get kids thinking. Discuss as small groups or a class what is happening throughout the animation and what they notice. Follow with lab activities or building their own models to demonstrate understanding out of simple art materials. Use this activity to reinforce complex and difficult to see concepts.
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Interactive Whiteboard Resources - Secondary Science - Think Bank Limited

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6 to 12
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This website provides numerous resources that can be downloaded and used in secondary science classes. All of the resources are designed to use on an interactive whiteboard. Specific...more
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This website provides numerous resources that can be downloaded and used in secondary science classes. All of the resources are designed to use on an interactive whiteboard. Specific topics include genetic crossing, writing scientific explanations, mitosis and meiosis, the periodic table, rock cycles and many others. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): energy (202), matter (61), periodic table (51), solar system (123)

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Use these "ready to go" resources on your interactive whiteboard.
 This resource requires Adobe Flash.

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Dr. Saul's Biology in Motion - Leif Saul

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8 to 12
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Try these outstanding, highly-visual online activities, quizzes, and demonstrations to teach and reinforce biology concepts, including: classification, mitosis and meiosis, how enzymes...more
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Try these outstanding, highly-visual online activities, quizzes, and demonstrations to teach and reinforce biology concepts, including: classification, mitosis and meiosis, how enzymes work, selection/mutation/evolution, and multiple physiological processes. Your students will love the animation, created by a college professor/game developer.

tag(s): body systems (58), evolution (102), meiosis (15), mitosis (11)

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Several of these interactives would be terrific on an interactive whiteboard or projector. The quizzes would be a great way to review on the whiteboard before a test.

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Cell Cycle and Mitosis - University of Arizona

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6 to 12
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This online tutorial walks students through DNA basics, the cell cycle, and the process of mitosis. Each step of cell division is introduced with a brief description and illustration....more
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This online tutorial walks students through DNA basics, the cell cycle, and the process of mitosis. Each step of cell division is introduced with a brief description and illustration. Includes a short animation of mitosis, review quiz, and vocabulary list.

tag(s): cells (103), division (167), meiosis (15), mitosis (11), vision (86)

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Toolkit for Digitally-Literate Teachers - University of Southern California Rossier School of Education

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8 to 12
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Toolkit for Digitally-Literate Teachers consists of five articles provided by the USC Rossier School of Education. Useful for both teachers and school administrators, the content includes...more
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Toolkit for Digitally-Literate Teachers consists of five articles provided by the USC Rossier School of Education. Useful for both teachers and school administrators, the content includes definitions, myth busters, how-to guides, implementation strategies, real-life examples of the benefits of digital literacy in the classroom, and a list of essential digital literacy sites. This Toolkit is sure to assist any teacher in understanding the basics of digital literacy and why using technology in the classroom is critical to helping students become digitally literate.

tag(s): digital citizenship (63), media literacy (57)

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Although geared toward teacher professional development, use the list of skills and tools to create formative or summative assessments. Have individuals or groups of students research the topic of digital literacy using the site and then create presentations using some of the online tools suggested. Share with your administrators and other staff members.

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Copyright Decision Tool - Council of Ministers of Education, Canada

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6 to 12
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Encourage and promote proper digital citizenship through the use of the Copyright Decision Tool. Choose the type of published work from options including periodicals, poems, books,...more
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Encourage and promote proper digital citizenship through the use of the Copyright Decision Tool. Choose the type of published work from options including periodicals, poems, books, and more to begin. Answer questions to learn if it is a permissible use of the published work. In addition to the decision tool, this site contains many other resources for teachers including articles and video presentations.

tag(s): copyright (50), digital citizenship (63), ethics (18), plagiarism (37)

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Include this site as part of your digital citizenship lessons. Explore together what is the acceptable use, and what is not. Have students create online posters individually or together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard, reviewed here, or PicLits, reviewed here, to demonstrate the acceptable use of published work. Be sure to include a link to this tool on your class web page for student use at home.
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Dr. Seuss Audio Page - Gold Ridge Schools

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K to 3
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Listen to several classic Dr. Seuss stories on this page offered by Gold Ridge Schools. Click the arrow to begin play on the audio player to listen in random order, ...more
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Listen to several classic Dr. Seuss stories on this page offered by Gold Ridge Schools. Click the arrow to begin play on the audio player to listen in random order, or choose any story to listen. Use the arrows to rewind or fast forward if desired or to adjust the volume.

tag(s): audio books (31), dr seuss (13), preK (284)

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Create a link to the Dr. Seuss stories on classroom computers for use as a listening center. Provide a copy of each of the books for students to read as they follow along with the audio version. Share a link to this site on your class website for students to use at home. Have students record themselves reading a story after listening to the audio version.
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What an awesome resource for audiobooks!! Amanda, , Grades: 0 - 6

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OK2Ask: Getting Started with OneNote - TeachersFirst

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3 to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from February 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Microsoft OneNote is a free tool that takes digital notebooks to the...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from February 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Microsoft OneNote is a free tool that takes digital notebooks to the extreme while keeping everything together on all of your devices. Organize, create, and collaborate anytime anywhere with text, audio, video, files, digital ink, and so much more! Provide support, feedback, and encouragement from one simple application. Remember, it's OK2Ask''®. This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels. As a result of this session teachers will: (1) Learn the basic use of Microsoft OneNote; (2) Explore ways to give feedback to students using OneNote; and (3) Collaborate with other educators on ways to use OneNote in the classroom.

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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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GeoInquiries - ESRI

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4 to 12
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GeoInquiries offers standards-based collections for teaching map-based concepts. Choose from several different content topics such as Earth Science, US History, and more. Locate the...more
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GeoInquiries offers standards-based collections for teaching map-based concepts. Choose from several different content topics such as Earth Science, US History, and more. Locate the complete list of available collections on the left side of the homepage. After choosing a broad topic, select a specific activity, then click to open the PDF for easy access to content. In addition to the GeoInquiries, this site also includes several additional lengthier activities including all necessary teacher and student materials.

tag(s): agriculture (56), american revolution (88), civil war (144), climate change (64), cold war (29), demographics (19), earthquakes (49), landforms (45), maps (289), minerals (18), oceans (150), population (61), rocks (50), volcanoes (64), weather (194), world war 1 (53)

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Take advantage of the free lessons offered on GeoInquiries for use in your classroom. Divide students into groups to participate in different activities or use as enrichment for gifted students to complete independently. When finished with your inquiries, challenge students to create a presentation using Prezi, reviewed here, demonstrating information learned.
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History in Motion - Paul Cashman

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6 to 12
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Design an animated timeline that will move simultaneously with a map. Include descriptions of events, display images, and embed videos along each point of the timeline. Register to...more
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Design an animated timeline that will move simultaneously with a map. Include descriptions of events, display images, and embed videos along each point of the timeline. Register to get started. Be sure to watch the introductory video before starting a project/scenario. Start by selecting the beginning and ending points. After that, fill in the events, images, and videos. Editing is possible at any time. Video tutorials are available for each step. Share your scenario via URL. Some videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): animation (66), maps (289), timelines (64)

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Create a History in Motion timeline to share with the entire class to introduce them to the program, or simply watch the introductory video together using an interactive whiteboard or projector. There are also example projects to view. If your class discusses current events, this would be an excellent tool to use to track the history of certain issues. To do this more easily use a tool like Wide Angle Window Into Global History, reviewed here. Language arts students can trace the events in a novel and history students can trace historical events such as the Civil Rights Movement (or certain aspects of) or famous people. When assigning a biography for math or science use this tool to trace where and when the famous person's theories or inventions spread. Now that would be an interesting take on a biography project! Be sure to share the URL on your class web page for students to work on the program and watch the "How-To" videos at home.

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Vision - e-learningforkids.org

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3 to 12
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Follow along during a visit to the optometrist to learn why your eyes are the most amazing part of your body. Click on the different parts of the eye to ...more
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Follow along during a visit to the optometrist to learn why your eyes are the most amazing part of your body. Click on the different parts of the eye to learn the function. Choose from options at the bottom of the page such as Yucky Bits or Eye Tests. Shine a torch into the eye to view how light is seen and processed.

tag(s): eyes (6), human body (124), senses (29)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) during your unit on the five senses, body systems, or light. Have students explore on their own using laptops or other devices (not iOS because this uses Flash). Have students create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from this site using a tool such as Wordle (reviewed here), Tagxedo (reviewed here), or WordItOut (reviewed here). Use an online flashcard maker, like Flashcard Stash (reviewed here) to create flashcards for the different parts of the eye.
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OK2Ask: Coding with Kids - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from November 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Discover the world of coding with your students. Begin by learning how...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from November 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Discover the world of coding with your students. Begin by learning how to introduce students to the world of coding and computer programming. Learn about computational thinking skills and how it develops logical thinking. Continue with a hands on activity to activate concrete understanding of programming. Explore three different sites that use visual coding to develop programming skills. By the end of this session, you will be well on your way to begin the journey in learning and teaching computer programming. As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: (1) Understand what is coding and how aspects of it can be used in the classroom; (2) Explore resources to introduce coding and game design into the classroom including unplugged activities; (3) Envision the use of free tools for use in Coding in the classroom; and (4) Learn reasons for integrating coding in the classroom. This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels.

tag(s): coding (50)

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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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WordClouds - wordclouds.com

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2 to 12
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WordClouds generates custom word clouds using your text. Create using their "wizard" with step-by-step directions to add documents or text and personalize features. Another option is...more
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WordClouds generates custom word clouds using your text. Create using their "wizard" with step-by-step directions to add documents or text and personalize features. Another option is to use the dashboard at the top of the page to add and customize the look of your word cloud. Choose colors, type of display, and font. The most frequent words appear larger and darker. When finished, select file to save in your choice of format or share online.

tag(s): editing (66), proofreading (24), speech (92), vocabulary (325), word choice (27), word clouds (11)

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WordClouds is a terrific visual tool to share on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector. Paste in a passage or URL for a political speech to visualize the politician's "message." Analyze advertising propaganda by visualizing the language used in TV or print ads. Create word clouds of historical texts of inauguration speeches as time capsules of the issues of the day. Use this site as a way to help students see and memorize text, especially visual learners. Use it also when writing poetry or reading passages of great literature to "see" themes and motifs of repeated words and images. Have students paste in their own writing to spot repeated (and monotonous) language when teaching lessons on word choice. Students will be surprised to see what words appear to be dominant. ESL and ELL students will eagerly use this site since word order will no longer be a problem for them. Have students work in groups to create word posters of vocabulary words with related meanings, such as different ways to say "walk" or "said" and decorate your classroom with these visual reminders of the richness of language.

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Baamboozle - baamboozle.com

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K to 12
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Baamboozle is a quick and easy-to-use tool for playing and creating games. It doesn't require registration to play. Choose the "Play games now" link to go to all games saved ...more
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Baamboozle is a quick and easy-to-use tool for playing and creating games. It doesn't require registration to play. Choose the "Play games now" link to go to all games saved on Baamboozle. Scroll through to view games, or search for a term. Divide the group into two teams and begin play. Each team chooses a number from the game board and answers the question. Check for accuracy; then, Baamboozle keeps track of scores. Use games found on the site, or create games on any device. Registration with email is necessary to create your own games.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (166), flash cards (46), game based learning (109), preK (284)

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Save Baamboozle in your bag of tricks for a quick review of any content. Have students create games to share with the class when reviewing for quizzes and tests. Bring excitement to professional development by creating a Baamboozle with materials you are sharing. Be sure to provide a link to Baamboozle games on your class website for students to play at home.

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Seesaw - Charles Lin, Carl Sjogreen , Adrian Graham

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

tag(s): blogs (89), DAT device agnostic tool (166), digital storytelling (152), portfolios (30)

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

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Bloomz - Chaks Appalabattula

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K to 12
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Bloomz is a tool that has more than six free features that teachers need to communicate with their classroom community: share photos, schedule conferences, send reminders, and more....more
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Bloomz is a tool that has more than six free features that teachers need to communicate with their classroom community: share photos, schedule conferences, send reminders, and more. These features are all in one place. So don't use one program to share photos, one to send reminders, one to share calendar updates, and another to schedule volunteers and conferences. Just use Bloomz and do all of the work from the same site. Once you have signed up with your email, watch the introduction video and view the demo class to see how easy Bloomz is to use. This tool works with all mobile devices and computers.

tag(s): calendars (45), DAT device agnostic tool (166), images (271), parent conferences (23), parents (58)

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Use Bloomz for all your communications with your classroom community. Not only that, but share important documents (field trip permission slips, a syllabus, etc.) for others to access. Post photos of special projects in class or from field trips. P.E. teachers and coaches can use this tool to post what skills students are learning and action pictures of student involvement in games and activities. Parents can download the free app or receive updates via email. Currently, there are three ways to invite parents and other class members. Email, enter the information manually, or upload an Excel spreadsheet and send a bulk invitation. Create groups within your Bloomz class and invite members. These groups might be volunteers in the classroom, volunteers for driving on a field trip, and more. Then you can communicate just to that group when necessary. Introduce Bloomz to parents at Back to School Night in the fall, Open House in the spring, or during parent conferences. Encourage resource teachers and others to join your class community to see what your class is doing. Update Bloomz on the go with your mobile device!

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Get Body Smart - Concept Creators, inc.

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6 to 12
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View interactive animations of the human body systems for learning and understanding the complexity of the human body. Click on various systems such as the skeletal system, muscle tissue...more
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View interactive animations of the human body systems for learning and understanding the complexity of the human body. Click on various systems such as the skeletal system, muscle tissue physiology, muscular system, nervous system, circulatory (cardiovascular) system, respiratory system, urinary system, histology, or an overview of all of the human body systems. Turn labels on and off, print or expand the image, and use additional interactives or quizzes.

tag(s): body systems (58), heart (44), human body (124)

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This site is begging to be used on a projector or interactive whiteboard! Share the systems that you are currently teaching. Use this in conjunction with any vertebrate dissection for comparison to the human systems. Use in a health class for great visuals and quizzing of the human systems being studied. Discuss additional issues with systems. For example, discuss the different types of injuries that can occur in the skeletal and muscular system with sports and other injuries. Have students create a multimedia presentation to share with the class about one of the topics learned at this site. Have students create online posters on paper or do it together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) or GlogsterEDU(reviewed here).
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The Biology Place - Pearson Education, Inc.

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7 to 12
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The Biology Place is an informative site with links to a Biocoach, Glossary, and LabBench. The Biocoach link offers about 20 activities (some interactive) all about various concepts...more
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The Biology Place is an informative site with links to a Biocoach, Glossary, and LabBench. The Biocoach link offers about 20 activities (some interactive) all about various concepts in biology. These practice activities include information, manipulative graphs, completing biological puzzles, and quizzes. The Glossary includes a collection of over 1,000 words that students may encounter during biology class. The highlight of the website are the twelve LabBench activities. These activities are designed for pre and post lab reviews. There is some simple animation and interactive questions that connects the students' laboratory procedures to various biological principles. The website mentions that the LabBench is designed for more advanced (AP) students. The LabBench activities include key biology concepts, interactive experiments (limited), analysis of the results, and quizzes.

tag(s): cells (103), dna (68), meiosis (15), mitosis (11)

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Share this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector, or simply list the link on your class website for students to use for additional information on topics learned in biology class. Why not use laptops (or the computer lab) and complete a LabBench exercise with your AP biology students? You could use the LabBench with lower levels also (possible as a teacher-led activity).

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Copy Edit Tihs! - New York Times and Philip B. Corbett

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6 to 12
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Here is your chance to be an editor for the New York Times. This 10 question quiz includes passages from New York Times articles with one grammatical error each. Click ...more
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Here is your chance to be an editor for the New York Times. This 10 question quiz includes passages from New York Times articles with one grammatical error each. Click on the word you believe to be incorrect; if you choose the correct word, the reason for the error appears. Choose the wrong word, then try again. After three incorrect attempts, opt to select Give Up to see the correct response and explanation.

tag(s): editing (66), grammar (215), grammar review (38), journalism (51), proofreading (24)

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As part of on-going grammar and editing instruction, share Copy Edit Tihs! with a projector or on an interactive whiteboard and edit sentences together. Discuss the author's explanation for errors. Ask students to find their own examples of incorrect grammar in online publications. Have students create blogs using Throwww, reviewed here, to share their findings. Throwww allows you to create "quick and easy" blogs to be used one time only. A unique URL is provided. Throwww is as easy as using a basic Word program! Share a link to Copy Edit Tihs! on your class web page as a resource for student use when editing work.

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Chalkup - Chalkup Corp.

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3 to 12
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Chalkup will be your "do everything" class management tool. Chalkup will do everything other learning management systems (LMS) do, and includes an emphasis on collaboration and student...more
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Chalkup will be your "do everything" class management tool. Chalkup will do everything other learning management systems (LMS) do, and includes an emphasis on collaboration and student voice. View the video "Guided Tours" to see all the features. An impressive one is the class chat where teachers and students engage in real time. Also, Chalkup is very Google Drive friendly. It converts Drive files into the Chalkup LMS to post and assign text, images, documents, AND embed any HTML object in an assignment (quizzes, polls, and more). Grading is easy, too. There are numerical grades, and it is also possible to create rubrics for a document, short answer, and essay grading. Find tools to markup student documents with highlights, discussion points, and more. Student accounts look much the same as the teacher account, so it is easy to help them get around in the beginning. Students have the additional feature of looking ahead at future assignments, AND students can create discussions and post questions so they can get help from other students or the teacher. Chalkup works with any browser and has a free iOS app.

tag(s): assessment (104), chat (53), classroom management (145), homework (46), multimedia (61)

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Project the student page for Chalkup on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Once students are on Chalkup, they can use a course code to become a member of your class. Use the class chat for discussions, brainstorming, informal assessment, and many other response system tasks. Consider using class discussion at student registration time and while showing the students around. This way they can ask questions about Chalkup features. You can also sign students up via email. For ESL/ELL classes and world languages, use this tool for assigning various vocabulary words and learning tenses of verbs. Assign vocabulary and explain any basic scientific concepts in science classes, or facts about historical periods in history classes. Lab partners can present their findings, and math students can demonstrate how they solved a problem. For English, post assignments about grammar rules, sentence structure, and other elements necessary for good writing. Since Chalkup is an interactive and collaborative program, have literature circles complete write ups, discussions, and final presentations about the book they are reading using Chalkup. Soon you will be able to group students within a class. For now, a potential solution could be to create separate assignments for each group. Label the assignments in the Title by group name, i.e., "[Group 1] Project" (or book title) so that students know which assignment belongs to their group.

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Freemake Video Converter - Ellora Assets Corporation

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K to 12
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Convert, edit, and save video files with Freemake Video Converter. The video converter supports over 300 file input formats including video, audio, and image files. Use templates provided...more
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Convert, edit, and save video files with Freemake Video Converter. The video converter supports over 300 file input formats including video, audio, and image files. Use templates provided to turn photos or images into slideshows with a chosen soundtrack. Other features include the ability to clip and rotate video, upload to YouTube, and convert files to burn and save on Blu-ray or DVD. Be sure to watch the video on the site with directions on how to use this tool. It is a YouTube video so you may need to watch it somewhere other than at school.

tag(s): conversions (24), images (271), movies (69), multimedia (61), slides (65), video (268)

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Share with students for use with any multimedia or presentation project. Use this tool to backup videos on your YouTube channel. Bookmark and save this video converter for use as an alternative to Keepvid, reviewed here. This tool and Keepvid are both used to download and save videos at home that you wish to show to students, especially if they are blocked at school. If you want to use the video at school, you may need to save the conversion to a USB stick, if a CD drive isn't available.

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Code School - Code School LLC

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5 to 12
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The Code School free account provides access to twelve introductory courses in computer coding. Create an account using your email address, then navigate to courses to view the free...more
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The Code School free account provides access to twelve introductory courses in computer coding. Create an account using your email address, then navigate to courses to view the free offerings. Courses offer several levels of training including videos and challenges. Earn digital badges as you complete each course.

tag(s): coding (50), computers (92), critical thinking (110), engineering (127), problem solving (272), STEM (143)

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Coding is an excellent way to teach critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Use this site as homework, a center, or in a lab setting. Courses are self-paced, so differentiation is easy. Explain to students that coding is a critical skill in today's world filled with technology and will also be a valuable skill in the job market. Many jobs that will require coding do not yet exist. Put a link to this tool on your class website, blog, or wiki. Since registration is via email, for young students consider using a "class set" of Gmail subaccounts, explained here; this tells how to configure Gmail subaccounts to use for any online membership service. Using Gmail subaccounts will provide anonymous interaction within your class.

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Thinkuknow - Crown

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1 to 12
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Stay safe online and know what to do if you need help. Go to ThinkuKnow, a website dedicated to Internet safety for young people. Find safety information, how to have ...more
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Stay safe online and know what to do if you need help. Go to ThinkuKnow, a website dedicated to Internet safety for young people. Find safety information, how to have fun, stay in control, report a dangerous situation, songs, and activities geared toward educating young people about safe Internet use. Grouped by age, find information for 5-7, 8-10, 11-13, 14+, parent, and teacher areas to target the appropriate information. Some videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): digital citizenship (63), internet safety (104), professional development (126)

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Before you begin work with any tool on the Internet, educate students with the most important lessons, keeping safe! Choose the age group and follow the lessons together as a group on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Continue discussions on your class blog. Add parents to your blog so they can reinforce lessons on Internet safety. Then it is time to introduce the Appropriate Use for Technology permission form, and this will now make sense to kids. Bookmark this site on classroom computers so students can refer to the information. Be sure to offer as a tool for parents to review and reinforce at home. At your technology night, have this up on your projector screen while parents are entering, so all get a needed reminder. Be sure student technology clubs examine and understand the concepts. Have the student technology club make their own videos introducing safety concepts.
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Creator Academy - YouTube

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Creator Academy offers a series of online video courses designed to maximize YouTube success. Although this isn't the goal of every video creator, the courses provide many valuable...more
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Creator Academy offers a series of online video courses designed to maximize YouTube success. Although this isn't the goal of every video creator, the courses provide many valuable lessons in video production and creating engaging content. Each video includes a downloadable lesson reinforcing content. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): creativity (116), journalism (51), social media (17), video (268)

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View videos with a projector or on an interactive whiteboard before assigning multimedia projects. Include a link to videos on your class web page for students to view at home. Set up a video chat time for one of these YouTube videos using a tool such as Watch Together, reviewed here, to discuss the video lesson. Be sure to share with your school's journalism teacher for use with writing and video projects.
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Seven Digital Deadly Sins - Guardian Weekend Magazine

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What are the seven digital deadly sins? This site explores digital sins through videos and personal stories. Learn how envy has led to social media users feeling inadequate with their...more
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What are the seven digital deadly sins? This site explores digital sins through videos and personal stories. Learn how envy has led to social media users feeling inadequate with their own life circumstances, or how digital access stops some users from personal interactions. Click on any image to open the topic and view each personal story. Be very careful if using this in a classroom as there are discussions of items not appropriate for all viewers.

tag(s): digital citizenship (63), professional development (126), social media (17)

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Be very careful if using this in a classroom as there are discussions of items not appropriate for general consumption, and may be more appropriate as inspiration for discussing the main "sins" in your classroom. At a minimum, be sure to view and screen portions of the site for appropriateness before sharing with students. Have students create an online graph using Amblegraph, reviewed here, to analyze their digital usage. Share ideas and reflections comparing the positives of digital media versus the negative impacts. Exchange information from the site with your colleagues and school counselors as part of any professional development or discussions about the use of social media and digital tools. Share with parents who have concerns about their student's digital usage.
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