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Free Rice is a great site that has been in use since 2007. Your students can send rice to needy people while studying art, chemistry symbols, English grammar, geography, French, German, Italian, Spanish, basic math, multiplication tables or more.  They even have a section for preparing for the SAT! Just click change subjects to choose a different topic.

The newest version allows you to change the language (that the directions are written, etc.) AND includes multiplication tables, capitals of the world, identifying countries from a map, and several other new topics!

This site does not require a login to use.

Free Rice

participateLParticipate Learning

Search thousands of Twitter chats, educational apps, videos, and websites that have been curated by teachers and given a Report Card. You can search using keywords or by grade level. Quickly make your own collection from all these to use in your classroom. 

 

newsela1Newselanewsela2 provides over 1,000 non-fiction and current event articles scaled at five different Lexile reading comprehension levels. The same article may be assigned to multiple students at varying reading levels. After reading articles, students may then complete Common Core-aligned quizzes. Teachers have the ability to assign articles and monitor student progress.

New features of Newsela include: Primary sources, Historic Biographies, Famous speeches and the Time Machine (articles written through history.) Articles are also available in Spanish.

Many of the resources are free, but a PRO version is available.

This is a site you're going to want to use with your students!

https://newsela.com/

The summer Olympics will begin this week! olympics2016Here are some resources to get you started:

If you discover a great site for studying the Olympics, share it in a comment 🙂

i4classroomsInternet4Classrooms is a wonderful site filled with resources for teachers, students and parents. Resources are organized by grade, subject area or topic. They also offer technology tips and tutorials. They've  added a page highlighting Educational Apps!

You can sign up for their monthly newsletter to get timely classroom ideas. For example, here's the Back-to-School issue.

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animotoIf you've never checked out this site - you are missing out! Create animated videos from still images. A great collection of popular music is available without worry of copyright violation. Apply for the free educators account. Educators get the Animoto Plus account for free to use in their classroom. Follow this link and click on the Are you a teacher? link to learn more.

http://animoto.com/education

Here's an example of an animoto video teaching a vocabulary word:

[videofile]http://podcasts.shelbyed.k12.al.us/techtreats/files/2011/09/adumbrate.wmv[/videofile]

http://podcasts.shelbyed.k12.al.us/techtreats/files/2011/09/adumbrate.wmv

We've shared this site before, but I don't want anyone to miss it! They provide Reading passages and associated question sets for all grades K-12 as well as lessons - all aligned with standards! It's also completely free, so check it out!readworks

If you haven't already discovered this awesome site, you need to check it out! "ReadWorks is committed to solving the nation's reading comprehension crisis by giving teachers the research-proven tools and support they need to improve the academic achievement of their students.

ReadWorks provides research-based units, lessons, and authentic, leveled non-fiction and literary passages directly to educators online, for free, to be shared broadly.

The ReadWorks curriculum is aligned to the Common Core State Standards and the standards of all 50 states. Most importantly, ReadWorks is faithful to the most effective research-proven instructional practices in reading comprehension."

http://www.readworks.org/

Check out these free apps for creating student digital portfolios and find one to try out this year:

seesawSeesaw – teachers can set up a free classroom account that lets the students upload their work for viewing and feedback. Parents can also set up an account to see their child’s portfolio.

 

 

threering Three Ring – take hand-built work and make it digital with a photo to create a digital record of each student’s work. App available for iOS and Android devices.

 

 

welearneditWeLearnedIt – developed by eduClipper, this project-based learning platform lets learners track their growth and achievement and is available for the iPad. Students can link files from their Google Drive or from the photo stream.

A database of 26 million, freely usable media files and more coming every day. Anyone can contribute. They have images, sounds, and videos for you to use Just check whether the artist wants you to acknowledge them, a few do.

They have several contests a month on different topics to get exceptional pictures for their site. You or your students may want to enter.

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