Your Life on Earth

Would you like to see how you and the earth have changed since you were born? Find out many times your heart has beat, how far you have traveled, how much the ocean has risen, how high a redwood has grown, and much more. Just put in your birth date, gender, height and click Go.

Your Life on Earth

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Your students will love this one. It is easy to use and the students will like the resulting picture of their newspaper clipping, see example below. You make up a name for your newspaper, give it a date, title, and write the article. Once you finish that click Generate! and it makes an image for you of your newspaper article. Just that easy and quick.


Example of Fodey generated image

Example of Fodey generated image

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K-12 Resources for Music Teachers

If you teach music in any way (band, choral, vocal, orchestra, etc.), you will want to bookmark this site. It has hundreds of organized links for you.

K-12 Resources for Music Teachers

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Students learning to write “code”

So much of our students’ world revolves around the logic of various types of code. Next week (Dec. 8-12) has been designated in a global initiative as the “Hour of Code.” The idea being that every child spend one hour learning about code. This site provides multiple tutorials that will allow students to do just that - and some do not even require a computer!

Check out these tutorials for all ages at Hour of Code

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Create a Graph


Try this easy, interactive site with your students. It allows you to create Bar, Line, Area, Pie, and XY charts using their step by step instructions and templates.

Create a Graph

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Fact Monster

Try out Fact Monster from Information Please – students can get homework help, find interesting facts, search the reference desk, and use the thesaurus and almanac to gather information for any project. They have thousands of subjects.


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App for Free Children’s Books for Educators

This is an “All-You-Can-Read” ebook service for kids. Educators can sign up for a free account to use on school devices, but there is a monthly fee if parents wish to use it at home. There are a wide variety of quality books from read-alouds to those aimed at students 11-12 years old.

Go to the website and sign up for a free educator account and then download the app on your Apple device: 

This app was shared with me by one of our wonderful media specialists (thanks AH :) )

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Students can create an “App”

I discovered a free app, POP (Prototyping on Paper), that I think your students will enjoy – better yet, it will make them THINK! It can be used an an introduction to programming for students of all ages! It allows you to create an “app” from paper drawings. Essentially you take pictures of each screen of your app and link them – it’s harder than it sounds.

The app is available for both Apple and Android, just search for Prototyping on Paper.

Here’s the example that I made: POP App

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Ideas for BYOD

Shelby County classrooms are going mobile! More and more mobile devices are filling our schools and teachers need ideas of how they can use them. Usually we share our ideas with you, but this time we’re asking for YOU to share your ideas with us.

Please add a comment that shares a way that you are allowing your students to use their mobile devices. This could include laptops, ipads, chromebooks, etc. as well as students’ personally owned devices.

We do not need for you to take the time to write a detailed description, just a general idea. For example: “I allow students to use the camera in their device to take pictures of specific geometric shapes and then they post them on “

If for any reason you do not want your name to appear with your idea, simply add “anonymous” and we will remove your name before approving your comment.

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30+ Websites with FREE Photos

When teachers and students are working on multimedia projects or need images for their presentations, finding sites with free photos can be a challenge. This post from lists more than 30 web resources for free stock photos. Many of the sites have photos with Creative Commons Zero licenses while others may require attribution for use by others.

What is attribution?  Basically attribution is crediting the author or photographer for the original creation no matter where or how the image is used.

Learn more about Creative Commons Licensing for appropriate use of material found on the Web.

30+ Websites to Download Free Photos (blog article)

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