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Looking 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 […]

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 […]

Massachusetts Institute of Technology has created the BLOSSOMS video library for teachers to access over 50 math and science videos and lesson plans. Each lesson contains video segments, a teacher’s guide, downloadable hand-outs, and a list of additional online resources relevant to the topic. The idea behind each of these lessons is for teachers to […]

Edward B. Fiske, former education editor for The New York Times and a widely-published writer and editor specializing in education, spoke on Wednesday February 12th at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Education as part of the Hussman Education Policy Colloquium Series. Fiske’s talk was entitled “Getting the Word Out: Using Your Research to Craft Opinion-Editorials” and focused on advice for faculty and students when writing op eds.

Students can create original artwork, animated movies, stories, greeting cards, and more on Kerpoof. The site’s homepage contains links to classroom ideas, lesson plans, and educational standards  so that teachers do not have to re-invent the wheel. You do have to register to create an account,t but it is free.  This site is kid friendly, […]


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Chogger is a free on-line comic creator students can use to create their own characters, retell what they have read, or demonstrate understanding. There are multiple comic strip layouts. Students can easily add images by uploading, taking pictures, importing from Google Image Search, or drawing. The site walks the students through the process with easy […]


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TikaTok is a free resource produced by Pearson where students can write and create their own digital storybooks. This digital storytelling tool can be aligned with Common Core, is a great way to incorporate integration between multiple subjects, and can easily be differentiated for ability level and interest. Students can either chose a blank book […]


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Looking for a fun new way to send electronic newsletters out to parents? Try LetterPOP. The basic plan allows you to publish and share 10 newsletters for only $4.95 and the teacher plan, allowing 365 newsletters, is $39.00. This easy-to-use program includes templates, drag and drop features for adding text and images, and online. The […]


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exploratree is a free web resource full of mind maps. You can use these already created maps, edit them, or create a brand new one. Teachers can create blanks within maps for students to fill in while reading or listening to a class lecture and use maps as presentation tools or assessments. Students can create […]


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Quora is a question-and-answer website where questions are created, answered, edited and organized by its community of users. Users may log in by creating an account or using their Google, Facebook, or Twitter account. After logging in the user is given interest areas from which to choose to create a personalized question and answer feed.  […]