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Kimberly LaPrairie

Spelling & Vocabulary Website: SpellingCity - 66 views

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    SpellingCity.com has:
    - Over 42,000 spelling words and ten learning games!
    - A REAL person who says each word and sentence.
    - Free home pages for teachers and parents to save lists.
    - How To Videos to explain to teachers and parents how to use SpellingCity.com.
    - A free forum and newsletter with more vocabulary and spelling resources!
    - Ten spelling and vocabulary games to play online or to print.
    - Free printables for handwriting practice with your saved lists.
    - A Resources Section which highlights features and existing lists for Dolch words, compound words, sound-alikes (their, there, they're), contractions, possessives, and more.

    After taking the online spelling test, students can print out a report, retake the entire test, or get tested only on spelling words that they got wrong the first time.

    TeachMe spells and displays the word in ways that stimulate memory for visual and verbal learners.

    Printable Games include WordSearch, UnScramble, WhichWord?, Sentence UnScramble and MissingLetter.

    Printable Handwriting Worksheets for combined spelling and handwriting practice can be created from any saved list (this feature only works if the list is saved). Choices includes three sizes of lines, capitals or small letters, script or cursive, and with directional arrows on or off. How cool is that?
Kimberly LaPrairie

Internet Safety Resources | SimpleK12 - 6 views

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    Check out the best collection of resources available on the web to keep your students and children (and yourself!) safe: http://www.simplek12.com/internetsafety
Kimberly LaPrairie

July is National Cell Phone Courtesy And Safety Month! | SimpleK12 - 1 views

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    Did you know that July is cell phone courtesy and safety month? To see what you can do to help prevent "sexting" and other dangers teens face while using their cells, here's a quick video and some resources: http://www.simplek12.com/cellphonesafety

    Sexting isn't cool.
    Help spread the word.
Kimberly LaPrairie

SimpleK12 - 3 views

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    SimpleAssessment
    Free assessment to test the technology proficiency of students.

    SimpleTechLearning
    Tools to help teachers develop skills to lead students in 21st century classrooms.

    SimpleSchoolSafety
    Free school safety resources to protect against H1N1, bloodborne pathogens, and MRSA.

    SimpleTechIntegration Teacher-to-teacher community for sharing classroom resources and free tech tools.

    Protecting Students
    Curriculum to educate and keep students, staff, and teachers safe on the Internet and with cell phones.
Kimberly LaPrairie

PBS Teachers LIVE! Webinars - 1 views

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    PBS Teachers offers a series of FREE monthly webinars featuring leading education technology experts and PBS producers sharing resources and strategies to help teachers use digital media to engage students in rich learning experiences.
Kimberly LaPrairie

Welcome to The IRIS Center - 2 views

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    Visit the IRIS Center for Training Enhancements for free online interactive resources that translate research about the education of students with disabilities into practice. Our materials cover a wide variety of evidence-based topics, including behavior, RTI, learning strategies, and progress monitoring.
Kimberly LaPrairie

picturing the thirties - 0 views

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    "Picturing the 1930s," a new educational web site created by the Smithsonian American Art Museum in collaboration with the University of Virginia, allows teachers and students to explore the 1930s through paintings, artist memorabilia, historical documents, newsreels, period photographs, music, and video. Using PrimaryAccess, a web-based teaching tool developed at the university's Curry Center for Technology and Teacher Education, visitors can select images, write text, and record narration in the style of a documentary filmmaker. They can then screen their video in a virtual theater. PrimaryAccess is the first online tool that allows students to combine their own text, historical images from primary sources, and audio narration to create short online documentary films linked to social studies standards of learning, said Glen Bull, co-director of the Curry Center. Since the first version was developed in collaboration with U.Va.'s Center for Digital History and piloted in a local elementary school in 2005, more than 9,000 users worldwide have created more than 20,000 short movies. In creating digital documentaries, students embed facts and events in a narrative context that can enhance their retention and understanding of the material, said Curry research scientist Bill Ferster, who developed the application with Bull. Besides increasing their knowledge about the period, "Picturing the 1930s" enhances students' visual literacy skills, Ferster noted, adding that PrimaryAccess "offers teachers another tool to bring history alive."
Kimberly LaPrairie

Our Courts - Homepage - 6 views

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    A free computer game for teenagers created with the help of former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor has made its online debut. "Supreme Decision," the first of several planned web-based games, went online in August as part of a project called Our Courts. In it, students can play a Supreme Court law clerk helping a justice with a tie-breaking vote over a First Amendment case. Backed by the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University and Georgetown University, the Our Courts project is designed to teach middle school students about the Constitution and the courts. O'Connor, the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court, has said more people can name an "American Idol" judge than the three branches of government. Besides teaching about civics, she hopes the Our Courts project will help students learn how to analyze problems and develop arguments. In "Supreme Decision," students play a law clerk and must help fictional Justice Irene Waters write the majority opinion on whether a school can ban students from wearing music band T-shirts. Another game, called "Do I Have a Right," will be released soon. In that game, students will play the director of a constitutional law firm who must decide which amendment resolves a problem posed by a client.
Kimberly LaPrairie

YOUniversityTV: Tutorial - 0 views

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    Video tours of college campuses aren't a new phenomenon; many universities have provided video tours and information about their campuses to prospective students for years. But Boynton Beach, Fla., startup YOUniversity LLC is hoping to draw users to its sites by offering prospective college students an unbiased, third-party source of information about hundreds of schools in an interactive, social environment. "Most of our employees are recent grads, who are best able to share their campus experiences with others getting ready to go to college," said co-founder Ron Reis, who launched the company in January 2008. The 17-person staff has three full-time camera crews that travel around the country, shooting high-definition footage of college campuses and the surrounding area. They've already taped more than 400 top schools throughout the country and have interviewed administrators, faculty, and students about their campus experience. "They've done a really good job, and they seem to have found a niche market that people really need," said Gordon Chavis, associate vice president for undergraduate admissions at the University of Central Florida
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