Twiducate

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Connect, collaborate, and embed using Twiducate, a private social networking site. This site is free, safe, and easy to use. Teachers register, then allow students to join the site and monitor all activity. Students can meet on the site to answer questions, collaborate, and embed pictures and videos while the teacher maintains control over who is invited and what is posted.

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This cloud based teaching tool was developed to help teachers manage time and use their time well by increasing engagement, integrating resources, and improving accountability.  Teachers can plan lessons and assignments, receive emails, grade assignments, collaborate with other educators, gather resources, communicate with parents, and more, all from one platform. Check out this video to learn more.

 

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Gaggle

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Online safety is an increasing concern as classrooms and schools take on 1:1 and Bring Your Own Device initiatives. Gaggle was designed for the K-12 classroom as a way to build and maintain connections with students, parents, and educators in an easy, safe and controlled environment. Here are a few tools that are available through Gaggle: paperless classroom assignments, email, class pages, digital lockers, discussion boards, student and teacher blogs, calendars, SMS texting, and more!

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AMSER is a free educational resource portal contains a collection of over 30,000 STEM resources made accessible through an easily searchable database. AMSER is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as part of the National Science Digital Library. Users create a free account and then search, save, organize, and share their resources.

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A sister site to the hubblesite.org , Amazing Space is designed specifically for students and educators. There are teaching tools, basic astronomy facts, figures, and lesson ideas, and resources for educators that want to design their own public outreach program. Students will enjoy the Homework Help section that contains interesting celestial facts and figures. 

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“Out of the ordinary…out of this world.”

 Hubble Site, created by the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), has a ton of great astronomy resources for teachers of all ages and disciplines. What was once unimaginable can now be explored due to the Hubble Telescope’s extraordinary technology. This site makes this exploration accessible to students and teachers. Use the Gallery link to see photographs, the Video link to watch explanatory videos, and the Hubble links to see what has been discovered through this technology.

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PowerUp is an on-line, free resource that supports all faculty within K-12 schools by addressing both instructional and organizational issues within schools. PowerUp is funded by a five year grant from the U.S. Department of Education and Office of Special Education Programs. This huge database of resources has been developed and field- tested over the past four years by a team of educators and researchers. There is so much on this site but here are five areas to check out:

Instructional Strategy Guides:

Power Up offers evidence-based instructional strategies aligned with Common Core Standards in English Language Arts and Math.

Tech Matters, The PowerUp Blog :

Check here for frequently updated information about technology trends, free apps, how to use technology in the classroom, etc.

Make Tech Happen:

This section contains step by step instructions on how to implement technology into your school and/or classroom.

Formative Assessment:

This section offers a complete explanation of formative assessment and how technology can support it.

Professional Development:

Use PowerUp’s Professional Development Support Materials to plan face-to-face and blended learning opportunities for teachers, including in-service workshops, professional learning communities, team meetings, pre-service courses, and self-study.

Grid

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Grid is an app that allows groups of teachers or students to create a collaborative spreadsheet. It is the perfect technology tool for teachers to plan units, projects, and lesson plans with your Professional Learning Community. Students can use it to brainstorm or work on projects in collaborative groups. Grid helps users organize notes, pictures, people, and places in their own unique manner.

PowToon

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logoLooking for a way to spice up your PowerPoints to make them more engaging? Want to throw in some animation to help keep your students’ attention? PowToon is a free, easy to use presentation tool that uses click and drag features to create animation. The set up is very similar to PowerPoint, so it is not intimidating to learn, and the graphics are pretty spectacular. Check out the two-minute video to get a sense of what it can do and then have fun playing around on it. 

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WordSift is an on-line, free tool to support effective vocabulary instruction by helping students identify key words in text, as well as creating a visual resource using the web. Teachers and students can also use the tool as a way to skim text and increase comprehension. Simply copy and paste text into the window, click sift, and the fifty most common words in the text will appear with the most frequent words appearing larger than the others. The most frequent words are automatically entered into the text box just below which is linked to Google Images, causingimages of these words to appear. Then, the most frequent one word is automatically placed into the visual thesaurus and a list of the sentences from the text that contain the word are listed for the user.  The user can click on any of these sentences to see the sentence within the context of the text. The visual and textual information is so abundant, automatically organized, and user-friendly that you can find something for everyone! Watch this short introductory video to get a better sense of how to navigate this tool.