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Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Masters of Disaster (High School)
Description: Students will research natural disasters and their impact on people.  They will work in teams to design a disaster preparedness guide to share with the community to reduce the impact of a natural disaster utilizing various creativity apps on the iPad.


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Subject: Mathematics (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: The Geometry Around Us
Description: This is an introduction to geometry with a technology-based project in which students will go out looking for geometric shapes in the world around them.  Students will capture pictures or video of the objects they find using a digital camera/camcorder and put all of them together into a multimedia presentation.  The students will then upload their projects to edmodo.com.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: A Trip along the Alimentary Canal
Description: Students will prepare a digital presentation on the digestive organs, accessory structures, processes, digestive chemicals, and nutrients. This is a part of the unit on digestion and metabolism, and is performed at the beginning of the unit with additional content afterwards, especially on metabolism, nutrition, and digestive disorders. It involves use of technology to research, create, and display a presentation. It may be done individually or in small groups.


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Subject: Mathematics (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Let's Go Hunting!
Description: Students will work in groups of 3 or 4 scouring the campus for items of various shapes, sizes and angles. The items that students will be looking for are outlined on the rubric. Students will use technology to create a creative digital presentation representing all of their captured scenes. Students will work in class to create this presentation and then be prepared to present it on the assigned viewing date.


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Subject: Technology Education (3 - 12)
Title: Basic Photo Editing with IrfanView 4.1 (free photo editor)
Description: Use a free photo editor to learn the following skills: Determine photo size and zoom level Cropping a photograph Resizing a photograph Rotating a photograph- A more precise description and download link for IrfanView can be found in About section of the tutorial, which can be downloaded below.


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Subject: Social Studies (12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: So You Want to Be President? Let's Elect a President:  A Classroom Election Wiki Project
Description: This project-based learning project extends classroom learning with a variety of multimedia tools to conduct an engaging election campaign for the Presidency. Students form political parties, write a platform, and conduct a campaign for the Presidency. Party platforms are presented to the class and embedded on a election wiki where each party has its own campaign page for their candidate. Parties use a variety of web tools to conduct the multimedia online campaign and create their candidate's web page. The project concludes with the election of one of the candidates.    


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Subject: English Language Arts (9 - 10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Literary Elements in Literature
Description: This lesson is applicable to any story or novel in literature. The students will be introduced to twelve literary elements through a podcast. They will then be divided into small groups to complete activities involving story and literary elements.


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Subject: Social Studies (10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Report the Trials: Salem Hysteria
Description: Students will act as a radio/TV reporter informing the public of the hysteria of the 1692 Salem Witch Trials. Within partners/groups, students will create a podcast/vodcast connecting Puritan life and culture with the events in Salem.


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Subject: Social Studies (10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Who Will You Back? (The First American Political Parties)
Description: Students will produce an illustrated documentary on one of the first two American political parties.


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Subject: English Language Arts (10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Going the "Write" Direction
Description: We’ve all gotten bad directions and if the truth were known, we have all given poor directions.So we are going to hone our skills in giving (writing) and following (reading) directions.


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Subject: English Language Arts (11), or Social Studies (10 - 11), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: The Challenges and New Inventions of the Great Plains Farmer.
Description: Students will work in groups of four to create presentations using their research on a particular farming invention that was created from (1837-1867) and also research specific elements about life on the Great Plains. Each group's presentation will be merged into a final class presentation.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9 - 11), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Digital Story Writing: Cultural Myths
Description: You are a folklorist observing the lives and cultures of different people. You want to tell the world about  their culture, beliefs, and values. You and a group of other folklorist are going to research the lives of a an ethnic group, and create a digital story about their lives, and present it to all the folklorist at the "Who are They?" convention.


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Subject: English Language Arts (11 - 12), or Social Studies (11), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Civil Rights Movement Photo Story Timeline
Description: In this lesson students will be able to explain various events that took place during the Civil Rights Movement. The students will be divided into groups of 5. Each student within the group will receive an individual role of spokesperson, graphic designer, technical director or reporter. The groups will develop a Photo story timeline on four events that took place during the Civil Rights Movement using Microsoft Photo Story 3. This program will allow the students to create incredible multimedia video presentations using still images combined with text, narration and music. Each group will present their Photo Story presentation to the class and the students in the audience will complete an audience input guide.


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Subject: Arts Education (6 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: It's Greek To Me!
Description: As part of a study of theatre history, students will do research on Greek theatre. . As a group, students will use websites to gain information about various fairy tales and children's stories. Students will then turn those stories into their own Greek tragedy. Students will then create a video of the "Greek Fairy Tale" and share it with the class.


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Subject: Arts Education (6 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Greek Playwright Research Project
Description: As part of a study of the Greek theatre, students will do research on a Greek theatre playwright. Individually, students will use websites to gain information about the playwright and the playwright's effect on the history of theatre. Students will relate social issues addressed in the Greek plays to social issues in the 21st century. Students will then create a Photostory of the playwright to be shared with the class.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9 - 10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Book Talks
Description: This lesson is designed to give teachers and students an alternate approach to the traditional book report. "Book Talks" enable students to read a book and create a photostory presentation. Students will give example passages from the book and critique the story.


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Subject: Arts Education (6 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: History from Hairspray
Description: Students will conduct an Internet search to find out about specific items, events, and people mentioned in the song lyrics from the movie.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: To Buy or Not to Buy...
Description: This lesson is designed to give students a hands-on experience in advertising a product. Students will learn the various advertising and propaganda techniques. Students will then work in groups to create a commercial advertising their own product.


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Subject: English Language Arts (12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: And Then There Were None: Casting the Characters
Description: Students will work in pairs to cast their own movie version of the novel.  Students must have a knowledge of the characters and setting from the novel.  Casting of the characters must correlate with the character traits mentioned in the book.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9 - 11), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Digital Scrapbook: Symbols and Setting in The Scarlet Letter
Description: Students will be given a list of symbols from the novel and then be asked to photograph images they think represent those symbols.


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Subject: Arts Education (7 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: A Closer Look at Value: Self-Portraits
Description: This lesson will introduce students to the basic editing tools of Photoshop, which will be used in preparation for a large graphite self-portrait drawing. The students will learn about value and proportion and will employ the grid drawing technique in order to enlarge and reproduce an image of themselves.


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Subject: English Language Arts (10 - 11), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Video Resume
Description: Students will construct an ongoing list of their accomplishments.  Students will videotape each other presenting their achievements.


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Subject: English Language Arts (10), or Social Studies (10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Extra, Extra!! Mary Rowlandson's Captivity Newscast
Description: This lesson will be an interdisciplinary lesson that involves both English Language Arts and Social Studies (History). The lesson will be primarily technology-based and also project-based that will have the students performing historical research and developing a "photo-story" through a PowerPoint presentation for their own newscast. The lesson will be part of a larger unit that combines literature from the early 1600s through the 1800s, and will primarily focus on the encounters and relationships of European explorers with the Native American life in North America. The lesson, in particular, will look at the Puritan life and beliefs, and how this life style influenced history, literature, and one woman's captivity with the Native American Indian tribe of the Wampanoag. Through research and analysis of the captivity narrative of Mary Rowlandson, the students will compose a newscast that will track the history of the events of King Philip's War and tie those events into a narrow report on Mary Rowlandson's actual captivity through the "removes" that she details in her narrative.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Who Wants to Know the Periodic Table?
Description: The purpose of the project is to help the students gain an in depth knowledge of the Periodic Table of Elements. The periodic table is the very backbone of chemistry. In order for the students to be successful in chemistry, they must be able to understand, apply, interpret and evaluate the Periodic Table of Elements. In order to successfully meet this goal, students must do more than merely write a paper or read the textbook. The project will require research, critical thinking, application of knowledge, evaluation of facts and data, creativity, and the use of technology.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Poetry Slam
Description: Students will locate a poem of their choice from a designated website to interpret. Students will then search the Internet for performances of the poem they select. In addition to creating a written interpretation of the poem, including references to websites they visited to view other performances, students will perform the poem of their choice before a live audience. Prior to their performance, students will create posters using Glogster to advertise the slam. As audience members, students will evaluate the performance of their peers.


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Subject: Social Studies (7 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Let's Vote! What Do You Need to Know to Vote In Alabama?
Description: Registering to vote, gathering information about the candidates, and casting a vote at the polls are vital parts of the process of selecting elected officials. Students will understand how the registration process works and how to cast their votes in Alabama, thus fulfilling their responsibilities as citizens in the electorate.


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Subject: Education and Training (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Divorce: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly!
Description: This lesson identifies reasons couples divorce, and the effects of the divorce on children. Movies and music will be utilized in this study to emphasize the importance of preventing children from self-blame and guilt. Students will create an audio podcast as part of this lesson to be posted on the school web site.


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Subject: Education and Training (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Ages and Stages of Growth: Infancy to Adolescence
Description: This lesson is a study of the milestones children should achieve at certain ages in development. It involves studying physical, emotional, social and intellectual development of children from infancy to adolescence. Students will be required to create a digital photo presentation of their childhood as part of this study.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Novel Study - Independent Reading
Description: Students will choose a novel from a teacher-created reading list. After reading their choice novel, students will prepare a 1-1/2 to 2 minute multimedia presentation to "sell" other students on the novel. In addition, students will prepare a poster advertising their novel for display and a written summary of the novel that identifies various literary elements of the novel.


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Subject: Social Studies (7 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Why Vote?
Description: Students will complete a web quest that includes reading material on the expansion of voting rights, viewing video on historical events related to suffrage, and completing a multimedia project (public service announcement). An extension poster project is included.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: To Kill a Mockingbird Character Interviews - Podcast
Description: Students will write and produce character interviews based on the novel To Kill a Mockingbird. The interviews will be produced as a podcast based on characters from the novel and students' interpretation of the events in the novel, as well as its historical setting. The project will be a conclusion to the class study of the novel.  


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Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Barf Biology (An Extended Owl Pellet Dissection)
Description: As part of the study of the biosphere, the students will create pyramids using owl pellets.  In groups, students will dissect owl pellets to aquire information about owl consumption.  Groups will then create an ecological pyramid, a number pyramid, and a biomass pyramid.  These creations will be composed into a vodcast to be shared on school tube.


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Subject: Mathematics (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Parallel Photography
Description: Students will use laptops and digital cameras to understand parallel lines, corresponding angles, alternate interior angles, alternate exterior angles, and same-side (consecutive) interior angles.  Poster-size concept maps will be created by students and posted on the classroom "word wall."


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Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: What is in a Biome? 
Description: As part of the study of the biosphere, the students will create a lesson and provide a three dimensional model of teacher assigned biome.  In groups students will use lap tops to acquire information about assigned biome.  Groups will then create lesson presentation and a three dimensional model explaining identifying characteristics of assigned biome.


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Subject: English Language Arts (10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: A Comparison of Puritan Authors and Their Viewpoints on God and the Devil.
Description: Students in teacher-selected groups of two will create a presentation on Puritan authors using Google Docs.  Student groups will compare authors Anne Bradstreet and Jonathon Edwards.  Students will support their comparisons through examples from each of the author's works.  Student groups will then research Puritan writers Cotton Mather and Michael Wigglesworth online.  All groups will present to the class as well as posting the presentations online. 


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Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title:  Terrestrial Biomes of the World
Description: This is a technology-based Biology lesson on the Biomes of the world. Students will work in groups and research an assigned biome. Students will use Photo Story 3 to create a digital presentation of their biome.


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Subject: English Language Arts (11), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Harlem Renaissance Authors and the Impact on the 21st Century
Description: As part of a study of the Harlem Renaissance, students will do research on a Harlem Renaissance author. Individually, students will use websites to gain information about the author and the author's impact in literature and society. Students will relate writings from the author to issues found in the 21st century. Students will then create a photostory of the author to be shared with the class.


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Subject: Social Studies (10 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Happy Constitution Day
Description: Students work in groups to create presentations answering who, what, when, where, why, and how questions concerning the U.S. Constitution. Presentations will be used to create digital Constitution Day Program.


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Subject: English Language Arts (12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Translating in Your Own Words: Pride and Prejudice 
Description: Students will work in groups to select a "scene" from Pride and Prejudice and translate the scene into contemporary English.


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Subject: Social Studies (12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Court Reporters
Description: Students will research assigned Supreme Court cases and write a case summary. Students will create podcasts of their summaries. Summaries will be added to class website for future students to access.


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Subject: English Language Arts (10 - 11), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Locating With The LCC
Description: The parts of the LCC call numbers are taught in this lesson using colored index cards to represent the four parts. Students will be able to recognize what each part of the call number stands for.


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Subject: Finance (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Insure My Life?
Description: In this lesson, life insurance options will be explored. Students will conduct online research to compare life insurance policies from 5 different companies. This is a Commerce and Information Technology lesson plan.


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Subject: Information Technology (9 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 12)
Title: Network Devices in Action
Description: The students will use custom animations in presentation software to show the flow of data through a LAN. This is a Commerce and Information Technology lesson plan.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (9 - 10), or Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Environmental Issues Scrapbook and Podcast
Description: Over the duration of a semester students will collect newspaper and magazine articles related to environmental issues. Students will compose a scrapbook of articles. Students will choose two topics to record and share with the class.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9 - 10), or Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Body Symmetry of Animals
Description: Students will watch a slideshow about the body symmetry of animals. Included is a short quiz of animals and images. The students will determine the symmetry of each animal. Students then design their own animals. They should design one with each type of symmetry.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: Mathematics (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Polygons All Around Us! (This lesson is geared to a standard high school geometry class.)
Description: This is a hands-on lesson that introduces students to polygons and their properties. It also promotes visual learning by having students identify how polygons are used in the world around us. Students will be given the opportunity to see the importance of geometry in the construction of almost everything in our world. Students will be able to state properties of different geometric figures. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Force and Motion
Description: In this lesson, the students will work across the curriculum using technology, business education, and mathematics. They will form a company and use the physics of force and motion to build a hovercraft. The students will use this experience to apply to 'real life' business situations.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: English Language Arts (10), or Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: The Flow of Red Blood Cells
Description: Students will research the flow of red blood cells through the body. The student will prepare a presentation (oral or written) based on RAFT (role, audience, format, theme). Students will use technology to do research for accuracy of information and English Language Arts for presentation.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: To Herb or Not to Herb
Description: This unit allows students to research some common herbal supplements to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the herb. Students will compare the herbal supplements to pharmaceutical medicines to judge which is the better choice. Students will make a PowerPoint presentation to advertise herbal supplements and their common uses. The students will make an informative web site that allows others access to their discoveries. The students will learn the process of scientific problem-solving using the appropriate tools and technology. Students will critique the advertisement of herbal drugs and the impact they are having on society. They will present their findings to the class with a brochure or newsletter.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: Arts Education (7 - 12), or Mathematics (7 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Color this Polynomial Simplified
Description: This lesson helps students of all levels visualize the process of polynomial simplification and replicate it with ease. Three alternate forms of assessment are given to accomodate any school's level of technology (Podcasting. Powerpoints or Poster Presentations). This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Organism PowerPoints/ Booklets
Description: This lesson requires students to use technology to research information on any organism from one of the six kingdoms. Students use the information to produce a PowerPoint presentation or booklet to present to their classmates. This project covers several biology and zoology objectives and is intended to be a review of the material previously covered.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Building a Ramp for Handicap Accessibility - Part 3
Description: Groups of 4-5 students will take the information gathered in parts 1 and 2 of Building a Ramp for Handicap Accessibility and develop a "How To" video. The video will be scored using a rubric. A script with scene blocking must accompany the video. Students will also be asked to demonstrate knowledge of video editing for a test grade. The video must include calculations and construction costs.


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Subject: Technology Education (6 - 12)
Title: All I Want for Christmas (a spreadsheet investigation)
Description: Students will complete a Santa list using a Spreadsheet. Students will enter a list of items they want for Christmas, try to estimate the cost, and total their cost. They will then go on an internet shopping trip to find the actual cost of their items. They will then have an itemized list they can give to their special "santa".


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Subject: Technology Education (K - 12)
Title: Ramp for Handicap Accessibility - Part 2
Description: Working in groups of 4-5 students will use the information, pictures, diagrams, and narratives created in Part 1 to develop a brochure. The brochure will consist of guidelines for handicap accessible ramps, sample calculations and contact information. It must be suitable for distribution at city hall.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Living in a "Submicro" World
Description: This is a technology-based lesson plan designed for high school Chemistry students as an introduction to the study of the fundamental nature and structure of the atom. Students will create a publication using Desktop Publishing software to support the content of this unit.


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Subject: English Language Arts (10 - 12), or Social Studies (10 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Constitution or Articles? the Question or the Millennium
Description: In this lesson,students will observe the political climate at the time of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, and read the writings of the delegates who refused to sign the proposed Constitution,as well as, those who supported it. Taking on the role of Mason, Gerry, Randolph and others, students will work together to create a modern-day document - a press release, advertisement, bill ,or declaration on PowerPoint that summarizes their objections or support of the proposed constitution. Students will be asked to quickly communicate thier position to the majority of state legislatures and to the citizenry.


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Subject: Social Studies (11), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: The 1960s: A Time of Contrast, Change, and Controversy
Description: This lesson explores the 1960s and the contrasts, changes, and controversies that occurred during the period. The teacher will present an overview of the cultural and social aspects of the period. Students will choose a person, event, or area involved in the decade. Each student will research his/her topic and present the research in a brochure, flyer, newsletter, or powerpoint presentation using the appropriate technology.


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Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Social Studies (10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: The Louisiana Purchase: An Offer We Couldn't Refuse
Description: This lesson explores the circumstances surrounding the United States' acquisition of the Louisiana Territory. To research these topics students will integrate a variety of print and technology resources. Students will apply the results of the research to produce a multimedia presentation supplemented by a brochure created through the application of desktop publishing software.


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Subject: English Language Arts (10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: If I Read It, It Must Be True
Description: Working in groups, students identify methods of propaganda and analyze television, magazine, and Internet ads. Groups then create their own ad using one of the identified methods.


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Subject: Technology Education (3 - 12)
Title: Parent Brochures for English Language Learners
Description: In this lesson English Language Learners will design and publish a brochure that introduces the school to their parents. The brochure includes English and native language translations, pictures, and explanations of school function. The lesson can be adjusted for any grade level.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9 - 10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Analyzing the Poetry of Emily Dickinson
Description: Students examine ways in which life events of a poet influence the poetry written. After researching Emily Dickinson's biography, students analyze her poetry and present a collage depicting one poem. The lesson can be easily adapted to the study of many other poets.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Take Two: Using Technology for Writing and Designing
Description: In groups, students brainstorm to create a product, develop an advertisement for the product, design and present a slideshow, script a commercial for the product, and present the commercial in a 5-10 minute video.


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Subject: Arts Education (6 - 12), or English Language Arts (10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Translating Short Stories into Original Short Films
Description: After reviewing the elements of the short story, students develop a script and storyboard from a published or original story. Students then film and edit a video of the story to present during a class film festival.


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Subject: Arts Education (6 - 12), or Languages Other Than English (Foreign Languages) (6 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 12)
Title: Oral Presentations on French Impressionism
Description: Students research and present an artist from the period of French Impressionism. Presentations include a biography and examples of the artist's work. After the presentations, students produce sidewalk chalk paintings.


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Subject: Arts Education (7 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Digital Alphabet
Description: In this technology-based visual arts lesson, students find letters of the alphabet in objects made from nature. For example: veins of a leaf to make the "v," a fallen tree in front of another to make the letter "x," ground erosion to make the letter "y". Through digital photography and basic computer skills students create their own digital "natural" alphabet.


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Subject: Languages Other Than English (Foreign Languages) (6 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Greeting Exchange auf Deutsch
Description: This is a great "first day of first-year German" activity. Using the melody to "Are You Sleeping" introduce students to a typical exchange of greetings. If taught on the first day of school, students will be able to "speak German" immediately.


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Subject: Languages Other Than English (Foreign Languages) (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Ein Mann zu Viel
Description: In this lesson designed for second semester of German 3/4, students will read a short story Ein Mann zu Viel, review vocabulary, discuss chapters and then recreate the story by making a video adaptation of the story. Students may alter the ending of the story to make it more interesting.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Gas Pressure
Description: This lesson is a demonstration lecture that defines gas pressure in terms of force, explains how pressure is measured, and defines and converts units of pressure. Students will create a slide show presentation on a gas and its uses in science, medicine, or technology.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall
Description: This lesson covers chiral molecules, which are important in carbohydrate and protein chemistry. Understanding the difference in their structures helps with understanding the different biochemical properties of molecules with similar structures. In this lesson, students will be introduced to chirality through a teacher-led multimedia presentation and demonstrations. In cooperative groups, students will then study the concepts in more depth, building molecular models and producing their own slide shows for the class. Different groups within each class will cover different aspects of chirality, with the whole class completing a presentation of the material in the unit.


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Subject: Social Studies (10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Our Original Thirteen Colonial Settlements
Description: After students have researched one of the thirteen original colonies, they will be asked to present a flyer encouraging others to come settle in their assigned colony. Oral presentations to the class must be accompanied by a written report and may include a computer slideshow presentation that will receive a separate grade.


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Subject: Mathematics (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Going the Distance for Circles
Description: This lesson is designed for an Advanced Mathematics class and introduces the first conic section - a circle. The definition and important information related to circles is presented in a multimedia presentation. Students are then required to document what they have learned in a brochure.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: "Dummie's" Guide to PCR
Description: (This lesson is for a more advanced class such as honors or AP Biology.) The lesson will look at one of the most important tools to the molecular biologist, PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction). The students will learn the science behind PCR and the steps scientists go through to do PCR. The students will design a slideshow presentation to explain the science of PCR to others.


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Subject: English Language Arts (12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Modern Day Macbeth
Description: As students work in small groups to compose scripts and produce videos recreating a selected scene, they demonstrate an understanding of Macbeth and the elements of drama.


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Subject: Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Teaching with The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
Description: Students in a high school parenting class use Dr. Seuss's The Lorax to teach age-appropriate environmental tips to first graders. This lesson would be a great asset to the Read Across America celebration.


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Subject: English Language Arts (11), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Dead Poets Society: Socratic Seminar Discussion
Description: As a springboard to an eleventh grade poetry unit, students view the movie Dead Poets Society and participate in a Socratic seminar of the themes, symbols, and life questions raised by the film. Student groups research and present one of the poems used in the film.


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Subject: Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: All About Me Presentation
Description: After class lessons in computer technology, students design, create, and give a multimedia presentation about themselves. Presentations incorporate digital photograph(s), scanned pictures, and original artwork created in a drawing program.


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Subject: Languages Other Than English (Foreign Languages) (6 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 12)
Title: German Food and Eating Customs
Description: Working in small groups, students plan and serve a typical German supper, using the studied vocabulary to express their needs and opinions. Presentations of cultural customs, cultural differences, and menus make efficient use of limited computer access. (The lesson is easily adapted to other culture studies.)


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Subject: English Language Arts (11), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Of Mice and Men
Description: This is a technology-based group project. It requires students to use the Internet as well as various types of software to creatively display their knowledge of the novel, Of Mice and Men.


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Subject: English Language Arts (12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Gossip to Learn: A Juicy Approach to Research
Description: Though teachers might use this student-centered, technology-based, one or two-day research project to introduce any author, English 12 teachers may wish to use the lesson to jump-start a unit on British literature from the Romantic period. The Shelleys, Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Lord Byron, for example, lived lives chockful of enough tantalizing secrets to keep their peers whispering over the fence forever. Generate interest in Romantic poetry and fiction as students use technology to delve into the oh-so-interesting lives of assigned authors.


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Subject: English Language Arts (12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Illustrating Imagery in Poetry
Description: Students will select a favorite poem from a class poetry unit, from Poem Finder, included in the Alabama Virtual Library, or from other online sources or poetry collections in the school library, and create a collage or digitally-produced illustration of the poem's imagery.


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Subject: Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Planning a Family Vacation
Description: Students will use the Internet to explore different vacation opportunities for the family. Using a given set of criteria, students will compile data in a table, then use the data to create a tri-fold brochure and a slideshow presentation.


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Subject: Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Diseases and Medical Conditions
Description: This is a technology-based research project designed to gather information about a given disease or medical condition and to present that information to a class by using a slideshow presentation. This health class lesson will address Career Technical skills through development of slideshow slides with transitions, animations, and timing features. It will also utilize a variety of input devices such as a digital camera, scanner, CD-ROM, and the Internet.


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Subject: Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Bones: Framework of the Body
Description: In this lesson students will do a hands-on study of the bones using a laboratory skeleton and use media center and online resources to enhance their knowledge of the bones of the body and diseases and injuries to the skeletal system. The students will present information gained from research in a slideshow presentation as well as a newsletter.


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Subject: English Language Arts (10 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Sharing Summer Reading Through Literature Circles
Description: This lesson allows students to discuss the assigned summer reading in literature circles with respect to plot, character, and theme. Students work in groups of three to four to produce a slideshow presentation of one of the novels read. Each group shares its presentation with the class.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9), or Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Researching Dolphins as Endangered Mammals
Description: In this interdisciplinary lesson, students work in groups of 3-4 to use the Internet for research. Students create reports and slideshow presentations (optional) defining dolphins as mammals and as an endangered species. Students will also propose ways to prevent extinction.


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Subject: Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Beaver Mountain Bike Tours Presentation
Description: Students will create, design and give a multimedia presentation about Beaver Mountain Bike Tours to pursuade travel agents to use their service. Presentations will include digital photography, Excel graphs, Word tables, and organizational graphs in PowerPoint. This is a business simulation that students will complete after finishing all major sections in the Microsoft Office Suite and is a culmulation of all of the skills learned previously. The total business simulation was created by Carl Lyman.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Classifying Plants Using Technology
Description: This lesson teaches students to use taxonomic groupings to classify plants found on the school grounds. Students will be photographing, analyzing, and comparing species.


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Subject: Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: National Park Road Trip
Description: This lesson allows students to use computer skills they have learned to do a research project on national parks. The students will research a park, plan a trip to a park, keep a "journal" of the trip, document their sources using MLA style, and then make a presentation to the class.


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Subject: Mathematics (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Ballistic Statistics!
Description: Students will collect examples of various statistical instruments and form an electronic scrapbook. These materials will be gathered from electronic sources in addition to periodicals and other print resources.


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Subject: Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Geometer's Sketchpad Basics - Getting Students Acquainted with Geometer's Sketchpad
Description: In this lesson students will explore Geometer's Sketchpad. They will use this computer software to discover how points, segments, midpoints, angles, polygons, etc. are related. The students will also be intrigued by their constant interaction with geometry.


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Subject: English Language Arts (12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Powerpointing to Your Career
Description: This exercise is used as the culmination of a career research project. This is a technology-based, interdisciplinary project which requires students to do Internet research and prepare a slideshow presentation. If a career is not used as a the topic of research, then the requirements can be adjusted to fit the topic of consideration.


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Subject: English Language Arts (12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Using the Digital Notebook to Visualize Thematic Links and/or Character Motivation in Macbeth
Description: Students will work in groups of two or three to produce two pages of a digital scrapbook covering a thematic element from Macbeth. The pages will then be assembled into a visual review of the play’s themes and character motivations arranged by acts. Each class will produce one presentation of the scrapbook.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Multimedia Presentation on Writing a Resume
Description: This lesson focuses on advanced skills in creating, presenting, and evaluating multimedia presentations.


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Subject: Languages Other Than English (Foreign Languages) (6 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 12)
Title: Touring Our School Through Two Languages
Description: This lesson will help students combine the tools of technology with language skills to communicate with non-English speaking students in the community.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9 - 10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Analyzing Characters in 12 Angry Men (or any other work of literature with many characters) Using PowerPoint
Description: Re-telling a story from the points of view of its various characters is a powerful way to review the events of a story, show how authors use characterization to reveal characters' personalities, and encourage students to view stories from multiple perspectives. Reginald Rose's play, 12 Angry Men, obviously has a large cast of characters, but using PowerPoint to review and analyze them offers a way for students to understand each character's personality and how it impacts the play. This idea could be easily adapted to any other play or novel with a large cast of characters.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: It's My Life: Multimodal Autobiography Project     
Description: Students express themselves verbally, visually, and musically by creating multimodal autobiographies, exchanging ideas with other students and sharing important events in their lives through PowerPoint presentations.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



ALEX Learning Assets


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Title: Disaster Awareness PSA
Digital Tool: iMovie App for iPad
Digital Tool Description: iMovie is a moviemaking app that allows students to make beautiful HD movies anywhere with everything they need to tell a digital story through an iPad or iPhone.


ALEX Podcasts


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6 Steps for Creating Awesome Vines: A 7 Habits Project
Overview:
Vine videos have taken the Internet by storm. A vine video is only six seconds and can be really fun to create and watch. Here are six tips for making your six second vine a little more awesome! This podcast also contains instructions for a 7 Habits project or contest.  


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Adobe Captivate Tutorial 5
Overview:
This short video will be the 5th in a series of tutorials designed to introduce the beginner to Adobe Captivate 5.5. Adobe Captivate is a great program to create software demonstrations, simulations, and e-learning content. In this tutorial I will demonstrate how to set publishing preferences, publish your project in several different file formats and publish directly to YouTube.  


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Adobe Captivate Tutorial 1
Overview:
This short video will be the 1st in a series of tutorials designed to introduce the beginner to Adobe Captivate 5.5. Adobe Captivate is a great program to create software demonstrations, simulations, and interactive e-learning content.  In this tutorial, I will briefly go over the workspace, how to set preferences, adjust individual slide properties, add, delete, duplicate, & re-order slides, add images and simple animation to a presentation.  I’ll also show you how to preview your project.


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Adobe Captivate Tutorial 2
Overview:
This short video will be the 2nd in a series of tutorials designed to introduce the beginner to Adobe Captivate 5.5. Adobe Captivate is a great program to create software demonstrations, simulations, and interactive e-learning content.  In this tutorial I will show you how to create a presentation by importing an existing PowerPoint file.  I will show you how to link and edit the presentation, and how to add /edit background audio.


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Adobe Captivate Tutorial 3
Overview:
This short video will be the 3rd in a series of tutorials designed to introduce the beginner to Adobe Captivate 5.5. Adobe Captivate is a great program to create software demonstrations, simulations, and interactive e-learning content.  In this tutorial I will show you how to add/edit text, add interactive buttons & click boxes, add slide sound & narration, add video, and demonstrate how to use the zoom function for your project.


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Adobe Captivate Tutorial 4
Overview:
Adobe Captivate is a great program to create software demonstrations, simulations, and e-learning content. In this tutorial I will demonstrate how to set quiz preferences and create a simple quiz composed of various question formats.  Question formats covered are true/false, multiple choice, fill in the blank, short answer, and hotspot. 


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Air Pollution
Overview:
This podcasts describes the causes and effects of air pollution.  It was created by high school students.


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Twins
Overview:
This podcast explains fraternal and paternal twins.


Web Resources


Podcasts


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Digital Tools/Storytelling/Animoto
http://animoto.com...
Create and upload video and pictures to share on the Internet.

Interactives/Games


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Make Learning Funny
http://makebeliefsco...
MakeBeliefComix allows students to create a three or four frame comic strip. This site can be utilized for storytelling or to incorporate a content standard in a creative way. The final product can be emailed to the teacher or printed for assessment.

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Mozilla Popcorn Maker
https://popcorn.webm...
Use Popcorn to add interactive context to online video, including social media, news feeds, and text boxes.

Learning Activities


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Digital Tools/Storytelling/Animoto
http://animoto.com...
Create and upload video and pictures to share on the Internet.

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Aviary
http://aviary.com/...
Suite of online creation tools including editing, video, audio, image and effects. Free.

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Video Production for Kids
http://kidsvid.4teac...
This website allows students to create their own videos, including scripting, editing, and publishing.

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Mozilla Popcorn Maker
https://popcorn.webm...
Use Popcorn to add interactive context to online video, including social media, news feeds, and text boxes.

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History Pin
http://www.historypi...
An online historical map with tours and collections of photographs. Students and teachers can collaborate and create an historical map.

Teacher Tools


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Digital Tools/Storytelling/Animoto
http://animoto.com...
Create and upload video and pictures to share on the Internet.

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Produce an Animated Movie
http://goanimate.com...
Goanimate allows students to produce their own animated video. Tools include casting and customizing characters, zooming in on objects, changing cameras and their angles, modifying backgrounds and adding text and audio. Teachers can incorporate the video into lessons as part of an introduction to material or have students create their own video as a way for teachers to assess acquired knowledge. GoAnimate can also be used as a group project for collaborative learning.

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Make Learning Funny
http://makebeliefsco...
MakeBeliefComix allows students to create a three or four frame comic strip. This site can be utilized for storytelling or to incorporate a content standard in a creative way. The final product can be emailed to the teacher or printed for assessment.

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Present a Prezi
http://prezi.com/...
Prezi is a presentation tool which takes you from the one dimensional slide to a three dimensional world full of possibilities. Presentations zoom in and out and move about a whiteboard. Videos, animations, and pictures are easily inserted for an engaging lesson. Prezi is another alternative for student projects and presentations for content knowledge.

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Mozilla Popcorn Maker
https://popcorn.webm...
Use Popcorn to add interactive context to online video, including social media, news feeds, and text boxes.

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History Pin
http://www.historypi...
An online historical map with tours and collections of photographs. Students and teachers can collaborate and create an historical map.

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