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You Know You’re A Teacher When
The ALA Washington Office is hosting a free webinar on
Tuesday, June 18, 2013, from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT. “Advocacy Recycling”:
Leverage Existing Events and Resources For Lasting Advocacy Impact will look at
10 quick and easy ways to use something you’re already doing to impact the
policy arena. Think of it as “advocacy recycling.” https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/820414770
Description: “Between reading programs, hosting
community meetings and classes, assisting students in summer school, and
everything in between, summer is a great time for all types of libraries to
really shine. As we all know, when decision makers don't understand what a
library does and how it benefits your community or school, they might feel
tempted to cut funds or other methods of support. Now is the time to leverage your existing
resources, calendar and events to really show (not just tell) how valuable you
are to the people a decision maker represents.
We'll look at 10 quick and easy ways to use something you're already
doing to impact the policy arena. Think
of it as ‘advocacy recycling.’ If you've
wanted to help make a difference but were never sure you had the time, join
this session for some practical tips, techniques and case studies from the
Free teacher pass for the Philadelphia Zoo
This pass will be available to certified/licensed preK-12
classroom teachers, principals and assistant principals who work in public,
private and charter schools. The pass will be good for your single admission,
Mondays through Fridays, between June 17 and August 30, 2013. You can use the
pass to visit the Zoo multiple times during this period. Each individual
teacher must register online for one individual pass and you must bring BOTH a
valid pass and your teacher ID, union card or school district pay stub each
time you visit the Zoo.
Coffee Time EDU
EdTech tutorial videos on a variety of technology tools.
30 Free Teacher PD Courses
Three Places to Search for Free Online Courses
“The boom in MOOC and other online course offerings means
that we don't have to go far to find courses that meet our needs. Here are
three places to find your next free, online course.”
Learn it in 5
A powerful library of how-to videos, produced by technology
teachers, for the purpose of helping teachers and students create classroom
strategies for today's 21st century's digital classroom. These step-by-step
how-to videos walk teachers through Web 2.0 technology, demonstrating how to
use Web 2.0 applications like blogs, social networks, podcasts, interactive
videos, wikis, slide sharing and much more.
7 Wonderful Google Docs Tutorials for Teachers
Book swaps, mobile library aim to stop summer ‘brain
How do you combat summer “brain drain?” Top of the list
for schools in Austin, Texas, are book swaps and a new mobile library that will
visit parks near their schools.
Differentiate with Choice Boards
Differentiating Instruction Using Learning Menus and Choice
Boards with templates and instructional videos.
Include menu of projects to choose from for an assignment. It has a
"Required" section where everyone has to do that part of the project,
then there is a section where you pick like 2 of the 5 choices.
TechSteps Typing Tutor
It is free and available to all WV students 2nd grade to 8th
grade. Take a look at this link for a student recording sheet to go along with
the program. http://www.wvpomeroy.com/uploads/1/1/4/1/11412243/become_a_keyboarding_expert.docx
To see the program, just log in as a student at http://www.techsteps.com
Your essential ‘how-to’ guide to using Prezi in an academic
“Presentation boredom can be a significant barrier to
academic communication. Ned Potter provides guidance on the strengths and
weaknesses of Prezi as a fresh approach to the PowerPoint doldrums. Prezi
favours a non-linear format which also allows for more self-guided autonomy for
viewers. But Prezi isn’t brilliant for accessibility and the whizzy technology
can interfere with what you’re trying to say. Helpful tips are provided on how
to get the most out of the interactive features.”
Create free webquests without HTML. Other created webquests
A Search Engine For Learning.
Discover your favorite Science, Math, Social Sciences and Language Arts
Instant access to tens of thousands of classroom-ready,
digital resources including videos, games, audio clips, photos, lesson plans,
and more! You can search, save, and share with ease. Free for educators.
A free social educational network. A unique educational hybrid of educational
videos combined with the social media interaction. It is powered by
adaptive-LMS™ engine, a statistical algorithm that uses the wisdom of the crowd
and analyzes students' learning curves to organize materials in a way that
students can find relevant lessons and help them to explore new content related
to their skills.
A Google Chrome extension that displays a small pop-up
notification in the corner of your browser whenever someone edits one the
Google Documents that you have shared with him or her.
Culture Street Picture Book Maker
Create online, print or email.
Formerly Wallwisher. A virtual surface that has all the
benefits of being digital and the simplicity of a notepad.
What QR Codes Can Do For You!
The primary purpose of Dispatch is to provide a place in
which you can create a group of collaborators to share files, exchange notes,
and plan projects from Google Drive, Evernote, Dropbox, and Box.
The New Version of Google Forms Finally Arrived on Google
Apps for Edu
One of the best features of the new version is the option to
include pictures in your questions. Watch the video to learn how to add
pictures to Google Forms.
Remind 101 - Safely Text Parents and Students
“Remind 101 is a free service that allows you to send text
messages to groups of students and or parents from your computer, your iPhone,
or your Android phone. The benefit of using Remind 101 over Google Voice to
text students and parents is that your phone number is not revealed and your
students' cell phone numbers are not revealed to you. Students and parents have
to opt-in if they want to be added to your text messaging list. Students and
parents have to enter a confirmation code to state that they do want to be
contacted by you through the service.”
Create online to-do lists.
A free service offering tools for highlighting, annotating,
and bookmarking webpages and includes options for formatting bibliographies as
you bookmark. Scrible offers browser bookmarklets for Firefox, Chrome, Safari,
and Internet Explorer. Students can get
a free Scrible account that has double the storage capacity of the standard
free account. Scrible also has a new feature that allows you to compile your
article clippings into one package.
A free service that allows you to quickly create practice
tests and flashcards for social studies, language arts, mathematics, and
science. “Problem-Attic gives you access
to about 85,000 questions from a variety of sources, all for free! Use these
questions to easily create your own teaching materials, from tests and
worksheets to flashcards and overheads.”
A visual bookmarking tool to add "clips"
(bookmarks) to your eduClipper boards. You can add PowerPoint, PDF, Google
Drive files and image files to your boards. You can also add links to videos to
your boards and play the videos without leaving your eduClipper board.
Play Games or Create Your Own Through YoYo Games
Power My Learning
Free online educational activities organized by subject area.
So You Want to Do Mystery Skype?
Great Mystery Skype Questions to Get You Started
Academic and Common Core
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, one of two major
coalitions of states designing the tests, has released sets of online sample
test questions for grades 3-8 and 11 in both English language arts and math,
the first two subjects to be tested. The common-core tests will be delivered
online in participating states during the 2014-15 academic year.
Direct Link: https://sbacpt.tds.airast.org/student/
Click on the sign in button---you will be let in
Select grade level and then YES.
Choose your subject....and begin.
For additional information: http://www.smarterbalanced.org/pilot-test/
Common Core Conversation
Free resources, lessons and teaching strategies.
Sharing Common Core Language with Students video.
Free education resources for teaching. Standards-aligned and
Free online school content, CosmoLearning (CL) is an
educational website committed to improving the quality of teaching and student
excellence. Designed for educators and self-learners, organized according to
traditional curriculum standards, provides courses, video lectures,
documentaries, images, books and other multimedia in dozens of subjects.
Educational videos, lessons and games. Organized by topic.
Language Arts Resources
Offers printable handouts on plagiarism, proper citation, and
The Newspaper Clipping Generator
Create a newspaper clipping, a clapper board, and more…
Short story idea generator, random conflicts generator, word
count meters, readability analyzer, half title generator, cliché buster.
5 Free Services for Helping Students Learn to Spell
Here are some resources that your students can use to develop
and practice their spelling skills.
Making Sense of Spelling
The TED-Ed video Making Sense of Spelling explains why some
words are spelled the way they are and why some words have multiple spellings.
22 Frames - News Videos for ESL Students
“22 Frames is a service that provides a central location for
locating captioned videos for learning English and for Internet users who have
hearing impairments. 22 Frames provides more than just captioned videos. Along
with the videos 22 Frames provides a list of idioms, slang words, and commonly
mispronounced words in each video. Viewers can click on any of the words in the
lists provided by 22 Frames to find a definition for each word and to find
Make Beliefs Comix Offers 300+ Printable Comic Templates
The printable templates from Make Beliefs Comix could be
excellent resources to use as creative writing prompts.
5 Tools Students Can Use to Create Alternative Book Reports
“Having students create book trailers is an excellent
alternative to traditional book report projects.”
Shakespeare Uncovered - Videos and Lesson Plans
A collection of videos and lesson plans hosted on PBS
Learning Media, “Shakespeare Uncovered is designed for high school students to
explore more than just the writing of Shakespeare. The materials in Shakespeare
Uncovered can provide a deeper understanding of what influenced Shakespeare's
Famous Authors’ Handwritten Outlines for Great Works of
NurdRage Science Experiments
A channel run by science nerds for science nerds. They demonstrate science experiments for all
levels, from kitchen chemistry to advanced synthesis.
Nature Works Everywhere
The Nature Conservancy and its 550 scientists have created
this initiative which gives teachers, students and families everything they
need to start exploring and understanding nature’s fantastic factory — videos,
interactive games, and interactive lesson plans that align to standards. Takes
your class around the world to visit nature at its productive best — from coral
reefs to bee gardens, from Maine’s snowy forests to Africa’s grasslands. Science and social studies topics that teachers
can use as is or customize for their own classroom needs.
Social Studies Resources
PBS: American Experience
Browse the entire American Experience series featuring over
250 films. Watch full films online, download teacher’s guides, go behind the
scenes, and learn more about your favorite films.
A team of digital craftsmen with a passion for education,
including editors, graphic artists, web developers, filmmakers, and
Includes video content and teaching
T.J. and the Revo…Too Late to Apologize:
Create and share lessons about the news.
Timelines of Exploration
“This year National Geographic is celebrating 125 years of
publishing pictures and stories from explorations all over the world. One of
the ways that National Geographic is publishing items from their archives is as
parts of exploration timelines. There are four timelines of exploration hosted
online right now. Those timelines are Underwater Exploration, Women Explorers,
Space Exploration, and National Geographic History. The images in the timelines
highlight notable achievements in each area. Each of the captioned images can
Using Primary Sources to Learn About Lincoln
“Under His Hat is a website produced by the Abraham Lincoln
Presidential Library Foundation for the purpose of showcasing some digital
versions of primary source materials about Abraham Lincoln.”
Free, Open Source, Portable Atlas
“PAT is a free, open source, collection of maps developed by
Ian Macky. The collection includes maps of every country in the world. Regional
maps were recently added to the collection. You can download any and all of
these detailed maps for free.”
Explore more with Mapping with Google
Free, self-paced, online course from Google. Mapping
with Google will be offered from June 10 - June 24, and you can
choose whether to explore the features of Google Maps, Google Earth, or both.
In addition, you’ll have the option to complete a project, applying the skills
you’ve learned to earn a certificate. Visit g.co/mappingcourse to learn more and
Free Lesson Plans
Resource of lesson plans, thematic units, bulletin boards,
teacher resources, sites, etc.
MIT Open Courseware
Materials used in the teaching of MIT's subjects available on
Free organized educational videos.
Video presentation and interactive assignments. Free.
Educational videos. Includes “flip this video” button which
allows you to turn a video into a customized lesson that can be assigned to
students or shared more widely. You can add context, questions and follow-up
“Free, core academic web site that delivers rich multimedia
content--videos, animations, and simulations--on general education subjects to
middle-school and high-school teachers and college professors, and their
students, free of charge. Teachers project HippoCampus content during classroom
learning and assign it for computer labs and homework. Students use the site in
the evenings for study and exam prep. Users do not need to register or log in
to use the site.”
National Gallery of Art
More than 25,000 images of works of art. Nearly all images can be downloaded and
reused for free.
Check Out the New Look of the Google Art Project
“The Google Art Project features artwork from dozens of
famous museums all over the world. The Google Art Project takes inside the
museum with Street View imagery.”
29 Games Kids Can Play to Try Engineering
“Try Engineering is a site that hosts lesson plans and games
designed to get students interested in engineering. The lesson plans, 114 in
all, are arranged according age and engineering topic. The lesson plans can be
downloaded as PDFs. The games section of
Try Engineering features 29 games. Some of the games were developed
specifically for Try Engineering while others are hosted on other educational
sites like those of NASA and PBS. Like the lesson plans, the games collection
cover a variety of topics including solar energy, space science, and
Seven YouTube Channels Your Students Will Love
These channels offer students clips that feed their
Top 10 Must Have Free Windows Applications
5 Good Lesson Plans for Teaching Copyright
“Copyright can be a confusing topic for adults as well as
children. The EFF's Teaching Copyright lesson plans provide teachers with the
materials and resources needed for teaching appropriate use of copyrighted
Still the Best Presentation on Copyright for Educators
Dr. Wes Fryer's presentation Copyright for Educators.
Common Sense Media
Offers Digital Literacy and Citizenship Classroom Curriculum
on their website by grade level. Also offers free printable colorful posters
NEW! 1-to-1 Essentials Program: Care & Maintenance Poster for Younger
Ready to go 1:1 with your elementary
class? This classroom poster from our 1-to-1 Essentials Program will help
remind your younger kids to keep their new tablet safe, dry, charged, and
shared with these 5 basic rules.
NEW! 1-to-1 Essentials Program: Care
& Maintenance Poster for Older Kids
From our 1-to-1 Essentials Program, use
this poster to give students the jumpstart they need to use their 1:1 devices
in enriching and responsible ways. Hang this poster in your classroom to
encourage older kids to treat tablets with care with these tips.
All Digital Citizens: Classroom Poster
for Elementary School
What makes a digital citizen? Display
this reminder in your classroom to help young kids remember to protect private
information, respect themselves and others, stay safe online, stand up to
cyberbullying, and balance the time they spend using media.
Should I Share?: Classroom Poster for
Middle & High School
Kids love to instantly share photos of
their friends and family online - it's one of the best things about today's
technology! But there are some cases where a photo shouldn't be posted or
shared. Hang this poster in your hallway to help students decide if posting
their new pic is a good idea.
We, The Digital Citizens Pledge:
Classroom Poster for Elementary School
The essentials of digital citizenship
(such as showing respect, giving credit, and standing up to cyberbullying) are
all there - but also a few blank lines for your class to discuss and add their
own thoughts to the pledge before they sign.
Sexting Among Teens to be Banned in West Virginia
Teens, Social Media, and Privacy: New Survey Findings from
Pew and the Berkman Center
Teens are sharing more details about themselves on social
media profiles, but few do so publicly; Teen social media users do not express
a high level of concern about third-party access to their data; Teen Twitter
use has grown significantly.
17 Teacher-tested Ways to Find Free or Cheap Stuff for Your
Disclaimer: WVDE does not promote any for-cost products,
services or vendors.
Free PowerPoint Templates
“Download free PowerPoint templates and backgrounds with
original slide designs for your presentations. Make awesome PowerPoint
presentations with free illustrations or combine nice diagrams for PowerPoint
with business characters and avatars to impress your audience. You can download
free PowerPoint templates and themes compatible with Microsoft PowerPoint 2010,
2007 and the new PowerPoint 2013 but also available to be used on Keynote
presentations or Office for Mac.”
SYNC is a program that gives away two complete audiobook
downloads–a current Young Adult title paired thematically with a Classic or
Required Summer Reading title–each week to listeners ages 13+ while SYNC is in
session. SYNC is in session this year
from May 30 – August 21, 2013.
Titles are delivered through the OverDrive Media Console. You can prepare for the program by
downloading the software to your desktop and whichever device you anticipate
Graphics and Website Enhancements
Allows you to design your own name or logotype in
graffiti-style. Several different font
styles to choose from.
Photo collage, Photo card and a Where’s Waldo game creater
are all the available web applications.
Big Huge Labs
A variety of photo editor tools available for free. Create
your own motivational poster, magazine cover, movie poster, and more!
Create images for your classroom or site from popular
Web service that enables you to create word/tag clouds that
you can place on your webpage. Tagul clouds have numerous advantages against
ordinary text clouds like words inside words feature, fancy fonts, various
cloud shapes, customizable colors, etc.
Generate animations from plain text.
Multiple tools to enhance your website.
Clipping Magic - Remove Background Materials from Your Images
“A new tool that makes it easy to edit background objects out
of your images. Clipping Magic allows you to erase all of the background from
an image so that the only thing left is the person, animal, or object that is
the centerpiece of your image.”
Three Free Tools for Creating infographics
Create Infographics With Piktochart
“Provides seven free infographic templates. Each template can
be customized by changing the colors, fonts, icons, and charts on each
template. If you need more space on the template, you can add more fields at
the bottom of the templates. If you need less space, you can remove fields from
Every Stock Photo
A Search Engine for Free Images—an alternative to using
Google Images to look for Creative Commons and Public Domain images.
Mobile and desktop video annotation tool.
8 Overlooked Useful YouTube Tools
“The YouTube video editor has some useful features for
teachers and students.”
90 Videos That Will Help You Make Better Videos
“Today, we have lots of free and easy-to-use tools for
creating videos. But the difference between a good video and a great video
still comes down to the operator of those tools. These YouTube tutorial videos
can help you and your students make the most of the video creation tools
available to you.”
Create Slowmotion Videos Using the YouTube Video Editor
“YouTube [makes] it possible for anyone to create a slow
motion video. The enhancements tool in the YouTube video editor now includes
the option to apply slow motion effects to your videos. You can slow the action
to 50%, 25%, or 12.5% of the original speed.”
Kathy Schrock’s Boolmin’ Apps