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This is a 3D solar system simulation application, which gives you the approximate location of the planets in the solar system at different time, and some information about each one of them.
Actively Learn is a digital platform that provides educators with new tools to get every student reading closely. If you're working towards close reading, balanced literacy, or the Common Core, Actively Learn makes it easy for teachers to put those practices to use in the classroom. Activity Learn has a library of free texts available for unlimited use, or teachers can upload up to three documents each month.
In a nutshell:
1. Discover or Add Any Content You Love
2. Embed Questions, Notes, and Videos Directly Into a Text
3. Get Students to Think, Write, and Collaborate While Reading
4. Measure Student Effort and See Where Comprehension Breaks Down
American Journeys contains more than 18,000 pages of eyewitness accounts of North American exploration, from the sagas of Vikings in Canada in AD1000 to the diaries of mountain men in the Rockies 800 years later. Help
This page calculates the relative size of planets based on the diameter of the sun selected by the user. It also calculates other distances along with the speed of light in a universe with a sun of that size.
Calorie, carbohydrate and nutritional food database.
CommonLit is a collection of free texts for middle school classrooms.
Common Sense is dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. We empower parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives. Curriculum Training
Design Something is a 3D modeling application running on Chrome.
Doctopus allows teachers to create groups for classes, and even subgroups, so teachers can differentiate quickly. In the past, I have used digital assignments to differentiate, but I had to tell the students which assignment to choose and then others would know as well. With Doctopus, I created groups to assign work and the assignment is sent directly to those students without me having to send 65 individual emails. Everything is kept organized for me, too. While there is the initial work to create my classes and groups, I feel as though the benefits of differentiating the work quickly and inconspicuously is beneficial to my students.
(From the EdCite Help Document) Edcite is a comprehensive education platform equipping teachers with customizable content and quality Common Core resources. Our platform is built by teachers, for teachers to tackle the classroom challenges of today and strengthen the quality of education tomorrow. Edcite is about access, not ownership; we believe all students and teachers deserve top quality digital tools and content, and our site will always be free for teachers and students.
Edcite is about enabling teachers to engage their students better. We believe that this is key to improving student learning and reducing teacher workload. The upcoming transition to Common Core standards and web-based assessments creates a need in education, and an opportunity for us, to deliver on our objective.
To this end, Edcite provides a web-based platform for teachers to design interactive Assignments that are aligned with the rigor and style of the Common Core. The more that teachers use Edcite, the more useful the product becomes!
We have a continually expanding library of Questions and Assignments spanning various grades -- and these can be tagged to specific Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
On our platform, students can get as many opportunities as they need to practice with these high-level questions. We believe that this type of formative practice improves their learning. (These are typically designed to be formative in nature to help the student reinforce concepts through non-repetitive practice combined with immediate and helpful feedback).
EDpuzzle helps teachers customize video content for their classrooms by giving them an easy way to edit video clips, add voice overs, and embed quizzes. Teachers can assign a video to a set of students and track students' viewing history and quiz results. EdPuzzle integrates with Khan Academy and easily allows you to search for and annotate Khan Academy videos with audio, comments, and quizzes.
NEW UPDATE: EdPuzzle now integrates with Google Classroom Video Tutorial
GeoGebra is free dynamic mathematics software for all levels of education that brings together geometry, algebra, spreadsheets, graphing, statistics and calculus in one easy-to-use package. Interactive learning, teaching and evaluation resources created with GeoGebra can be shared and used by everyone at tube.geogebra.org. Quickstart Guide
Google Dictionary is a Chrome Extension that allows you to:
1) Double-click any word on a webpage to view its definition in a small pop-up bubble.
2) View the complete definition of any word or phrase using the toolbar dictionary (to the right of the Omnibox).
3) Store a history of words you've looked up, so you can practice them later.
This will not work within a Google Doc. To define a word in Google Docs, right click on a word and select Define from the menu, or click on a word and press Ctrl+Shift+Y
Google Hangouts is a communication platform that supports instant messaging and video chat.
Google Lit Trips are digital geographical maps made by various teachers and contain pieces of information specific to a book to help build students’ schema. For example, students can use a lit trip to “travel” the places that the main character did. To learn more about lit trips visit the Google Lit Trips homepage
The downfall for Google Lit Trips has always been that Google Earth (Windows/Mac Install) was required for viewing AND it isn’t possible to view on a chromebook. HOWEVER, that has all changed with the introduction of My Maps.
This page is a gateway to a series of web pages for the interactive visualisation of cutting-edge geoscience datasets, all possible within freely available web browsers. Use the links on the left side of this page to access visualisations of:
The Planetary Habitability Laboratory (PHL) is a research and education virtual laboratory dedicated to studies of the habitability of Earth, the Solar System, and exoplanets.
Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. Teachers can create classrooms with Khan Academy and the coach dashboard provides a summary of class performance as a whole as well as detailed student profiles. Khan Academy now supports login through Clever.
This video from the Teaching Channel introduces a collaborative strategy for teaching linear equations (or any math skill).
Lexipedia presents words with their semantic relationships displayed in an animated visual word web.
LucidCharts creates diagrams, charts, flowcharts, or mindmaps.
Create a new LucidChart directly from your Google Drive. Help Basics
Create your own comic strips. Completed strips can be emailed or printed as a PDF or Saved to Google Drive from the Print Screen. Demo
Mission US is a multimedia project that immerses players in U.S. history content through free interactive games. Students must register to create their own user accounts.
Mission 1: “For Crown or Colony?” puts players in the shoes of Nat Wheeler, a printer’s apprentice in 1770 Boston. They encounter both Patriots and Loyalists, and when rising tensions result in the Boston Massacre, they must choose where their loyalties lie. Mission 1 Educator Guide
The Lemelson-MIT program has compiled a variety of resources for young inventors including an Inventor Handbook and K-12 activities. More information about the program can be found here.
MyMaps allows you to create custom Google Maps by pinning locations and charting routes and distances between locations.
Google Maps Gallery This gallery contains many pre-created maps on a variety of subjects and geographic locations. There are 23 pages listing the top maps, and more can be accessed using the search function.
MyMaps Presentation containing several examples of MyMaps
OpenEd is a directory of open educational resources (free) that can be browsed or searched by standards, grade level, or keyword. Using this can save time searching the web for quality resources since they have already curated many videos, assessments, and activities into one place. OpenEd recently added the ability to share the resources indexed through the site with Google Classroom. When you find a resource you want to share with a class, click the Classroom link at the top of the resource listing and a window will open giving you the option to create an announcement or assignment and select which class you want to receive a link to this resource. You will then have the ability to title the announcement and assignment and include any instructions before posting to Classroom.
Padlet is an online bulletin board where you can stick notes containing text, links, or files.
Padlet walls can be formated as freeform, stream, or grid (select the gear icon on the right side of your wall and then select Layout. Post moderation can be configured in the privacy settings (gear icon menu).
This site contains several HTML5 Simulations that will run on a Chromebook. Click on the simulation icon and then click the play button on the next page to run the simulation. You can also press the download link to download the simulation to a Chromebook that can be used while offline.
. . .a multimedia educational project that invites young people in grades three to twelve to write poems in response to those shared by some of the award-winning poets who serve on the Academy of American Poets Board of Chancellors. There site also contains a series of activities, aligned with the Common Core for teachers to use in the classroom.
Popularized in recent years by writer and artist Austin Kleon, blackout poetry encourages readers to create poems by redacting words from ordinary texts.
Browse thousands of biographies of poets and poems, essays about poetry, and some of the most important books, anthologies, and textbooks about the art form ever written.
Create animated videos and presentations
If you love Kahoot but do NOT love all the craziness that goes with it ( kids being loud and shouting out silly things during the games), you should try Quizizz! It's set up just like Kahoot but the students work quietly on their Chromebooks. It's still a competition but each student works through the questions at his/her own pace!
You and the students can still see the rankings during the game. Keep in mind though that EVERYONE can see everyone's score. You might want them to put in different names.
The scrible Toolbar Extension offers the best way to annotate, tag and share online articles and webpages and save them to your scrible Account. The Extension places a scrible Button to the right of your Address Bar. While browsing the Web, click the Button to load the scrible Toolbar on webpages and use it to:
* richly annotate articles with multiple styles (highlight, bold, underline, etc.) and colors to flag critical passages.
* capture your insights by adding sticky notes that anchor to particular parts of articles.
* categorize your annotations by type and color with dynamic legends that give meaning to your markups.
* easily share your annotated articles with others via email, Facebook, Twitter or a permalink.
* tag and save articles to your own personal Library in the cloud for easy access later.
Students are eligible for an enhanced account and can register here.
We are giving you the keys to the universe. Think you can build a solar system that can maintain the balance and spawn life? Design your own planets and stars and try your hand at the interactive SolarE System Builder. But construct carefully, the fate of your planetary system requires keen celestial reasoning and understanding of gravity's pull.
Calculate the scaled planet diameters and planet-sun distances for a solar system model.
A 3D interactive solar system simulation that contains information on each planet in our solar system.
How long will your favorite food or beverage stay safe and tasty? What’s the best way to store it?
This article offers some suggestions for teaching math through art projects.
ThingLink is a platform for creating interactive images. Students can upload an image and add tags to the image with links to websites and web-based resources.
Teacher Account SignUp Page (supports Google Sign-On)
The most exciting new technology tool I have been using this year has been VersoApp.com. This online discussion board might be one of the best ways I’ve seen to get students to engage in meaningful discussion and feedback. Students are given a written prompt to answer. You can also add a links, Google Drive files, or even video/audio that you record to the assignment. I really liked being able to record myself giving the directions to the prompt (I just used my phone) so that way I didn’t have to answer the same question 15 times/hour. One of my favorite things about the program is how the responses are displayed. First, a student cannot see the other students’ posts until they have made their own. This way you get a more authentic response as opposed to a regurgitation of someone else’s answer. Secondly, only the teacher can see who makes each post so students are more confident in answering truthfully as well as giving authentic feedback to their peers. Final little things I love about this website, like with Google Classroom students will need a class code, but fortunately they can sign in with google which lessens many of the headaches. The assignments are able to be seen on any device (especially handy for grading/giving feedback). It looks really nice and professional, especially for a free tool. The website makes it easy to track how many students are done with each assignment, as well as the overall class turn in rate. Also, students can comment, like, and flag as inappropriate the peers comments. I haven’t had too many inappropriate posts, but when I have the students typically flag them and I get an email letting me know right away. Haven’t tried it yet, but there is a way to group students together based on their responses which could be really nice for management. Lastly, when you create a class it comes preloaded with the first assignment that teaches the students how to use the website.
Visible Geology is an interactive visualization program where you can create and explore your own geologic block models. Getting Started Tutorial
Wolfram|Alpha introduces a fundamentally new way to get knowledge and answers—
not by searching the web, but by doing dynamic computations based on a vast collection of built-in data, algorithms, and methods.
Zoom In is a free, Web-based platform that helps students build literacy and historical thinking skills through “deep dives” into primary and secondary sources.
Zoom In’s online learning environment features 18 content-rich U.S. history units that supplement your regular instruction and help you use technology to support students’ mastery of both content and skills required by the new, higher standards: