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My Favorite Websites

Below you will find links to some of my absolute favorite websites.  I hope that you will find something you like and can use in your classroom. Enjoy!  =)
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Website NameURLDescription
Common Sense Media http://www.commonsensemedia.org/ A website with reviews, articles, and tips for all sorts of media; great for teachers and parents 
Edmodo http://www.edmodo.com/ An educational social networking site for classrooms; only students registered to an Edmodo class can see the posts for that class; parents can sign up to see only the posts from the teacher and the posts of their child 
Festisite http://www.festisite.com/text-​layout/ This is a text shape generator. You can type anything you like and then choose from 6 different shapes. Your generated text opens in a PDF for you to save and print. So cute! You could make some really special notes to give to your students. 
FlipSnack http://www.flipsnack.com/  Use this web 2.0 tool to turn PDFs into "flip"able eBooks. Students can create their books using word processing software like Microsoft Office, then save the documents as PDFs. The PDFs can then be uploaded to FlipSnack and converted into an eBook. Super easy to use!  
Free Technology 4 Teachers http://www.freetech4teachers.com/ Free resources and lesson plans for teaching with technology; written and maintained by Richard Byrne 
geoGreeting! http://www.geogreeting.com/main.html Just type in a message and it brings up arial pictures of the letters you type. You can then save and share the link to your message with others. The link loads one letter at a time showing with a marker where the picture comes from. 
Multiplication.com http://www.multiplication.com/ A site that is all about multiplication; kids will love the single and multiplayer games; great for use on an Interactive whiteboard 
Neo K12 http://www.neok12.com/ Check out this cool website for teachers and students that let's you find videos, websites, and even photographs for school projects. All of the videos have been reviewed by educators to make sure that the content is appropriate. 
Peep and the Big Wide World http://peepandthebigwideworld.com/ Even though this site promotes itself for preschoolers, Kindergarten through second graders love this site, too! Check out the the games link for some fun Science games. And the music and videos link will get your kids excited about Science. There are even some great activities to do with your kids.  
Primo PDF http://www.primopdf.com/index.aspx Turn any document into a PDF with this free download; Just choose PrimoPDF as your printer and your documents will be made into a PDF that you can then save in that format 
QR-Code Generator http://qrcode.kaywa.com/ A QR code generator; a QR code is a square box of code that can be added to just about anything. The QR code can be scanned by mobile devices like cell phones or iPads. The QR code then brings up information like a website that relates to what the QR code is attached to. 
Says-It.com http://www.says-it.com/ Use this site to customize pictures like signs, seals, ticket stubs, soft drink cans, records, movie marquees and more! Then you can save your creation as a jpeg and put it on a slide show, a website or blog or even in a document!  
Spelling City http://www.spellingcity.com/ A website to practice spelling words...type in your own list and it will give you a choice to take a spelling or vocabulary test or even play a game with your spelling words 
Sqworl http://sqworl.com/index.php  This one is for both teachers and students. I absolutely LOVE this site. It allows you to make a visual bookmark of all of your favorite websites. This is perfect for non-readers. Just put a short cut on your desktop for easy access to your favorite Sqworl. Sign up is free and easy. There is even a short video on the homepage to show you how it works. 
Starfall http://www.starfall.com/ A website with lots of fun phonics and reading games and activites, some that can be printed 
Storyline Online http://www.storylineonline.net/ An online streaming video website that features actors reading from popular books 
Teaching Ideas http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/ Free lesson ideas, activities and resources to use in the classroom; The cartoon graphics make it fun to use. 
TVOKids http://www.tvokids.com/ A website from TV Ontario, similar to PBS, that has lots of fun activities and games 
Wordle http://www.wordle.net/ Wordle is a web 2.0 tool for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. Make your own word cloud for just about anything. Print it and display it proudly. :) 
XtraMath http://www.xtramath.org/ A free website that teachers or parents can sign up for that allows students to practice math fluency facts 
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