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Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Obey The Law:  Using Computer Coding to Create an Interactive Energy Pyramid
Description: During this activity, the students will use drag and drop computer code to create an interactive ecological energy pyramid model that shows how the 10% law applies to the energy available at each trophic level.  As part of the hour of code, students can use this activity to participate in the Hour of Code week during their biology class.   This lesson plan results from a collaboration between the Alabama State Department of Education and ASTA.


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Subject: Credit Recovery 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: Credit Recovery 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: 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: Business, Management, and Administration (9 - 12), or English Language Arts (9), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Producing Poetic Podcasts (Hey, That's Alliteration!)
Description: In this culminating lesson for a poetry unit, students will create a video podcast that summarizes a specific poem, analyzes the poet's use of literary elements, and infers the meaning of the poem (theme). The podcast must use a talk show format to discuss the literary elements and theme. The talk show may feature the students or animated characters using xtranormal.com.


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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: John Marshall: True to His Party?
Description: Students will take part in an inquiry-based lesson in which they will analyze the rulings by John Marshall as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.  After evaluation, they will justify through blogging whether John Marshall held up the characteristics of the Federalist Parties intended as a "midnight judge".


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Subject: Social Studies (10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Spice up the Nineteenth Century!
Description: Students will make interactive outlines using the Internet of the reform movements, literature, trails, religion or technology of the early nineteenth century.


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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: English Language Arts (10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Google in the Classroom: Using Google Docs to Write for Audience, Context, and Purpose
Description: Students write and digitally publish a weekly newsletter using Google Docs. The content will be a synthesis of interesting issues from their class as well as some outside news and issues which directly impact students. The target audience will be students, faculty, and administration, as well as parents and the larger community. This lesson is based on the webpage "Writing for Context" by Andrea Zellner.  


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Subject: English Language Arts (10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Google in the Classroom: Creating a Book Review using Google Books
Description: Technology-based lesson for a High School English class, incorporating Google Books and Google Docs. Students will choose a book to review, read the book, research other reviews of the same book, and then use Google Docs to create their own review. They will share this review with the teacher on Google Docs, and after receiving approval, they will post the review on Google Books.


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Subject: English Language Arts (10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Google in the Classroom: How to get the most out of Google Search
Description: Technology based lesson for a High School English class on how to accurately and efficiently research information on the internet using Google Search. Students conduct Web searches on open-ended questions, and draw on their experiences to develop guides to searching effectively and finding reliable information online.This lesson is based on the New York Times article "Just Google It? Developing Internet Search Skills" by Sarah Kavanagh and Holly Epstein Ojalvo from the New York Times website. http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/02/22/just-google-it-developing-internet-search-skills/


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Subject: Finance (9 - 12), or Mathematics (9 - 12), or Social Studies (12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: To Market, To Market- Learning and Teaching About Investing in Stocks
Description: This is a technology-based lesson to provide students an opportunity to research and select companies to invest in by 'purchasing' stocks. Students are responsible for tracking and reporting results of investments, as well as creating a beginers' guide to investing in the stock market using available web 2.0 tools.


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Subject: English Language Arts (11), or Social Studies (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Research Project: American Heroes - Collaborative Education
Description: This lesson is designed to help students of all backgrounds learn to work together in groups to complete a research paper assignment. This is a collaborative based lesson plan that challenges students to work together to complete the assignment as a warm-up to the individual research paper required at the end of the term. It is a technology-based lesson with student presentations and student guided research. It is a cross curriculum based lesson with areas of history and technology integrated within the lesson's content.


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Subject: Social Studies (7 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: The Impact of Political Debates in the Television Age
Description: This technology-based lesson encourages active engagement in the state elections process as part of a unit to prepare for debates to be held in the Fall of 2010.  The lesson may also be adapted for use as a stand alone lesson. Student groups research television debates from 1960-2008 and collaborate on a wiki to present an overview of each debate and analyze the impact of these political debates on elections. Other lessons in this unit are Why Vote?, How Do You Vote:What Do You Need to Know to Vote in Alabama?, and Analyzing Gubernatorial Debates: The 2010 Election.


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Subject: Credit Recovery 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: Social Studies (12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Will You Join a Special Interest Group?
Description: Students will create a brochure aimed at recruiting members of a special interest group. After selecting a group to research from a list that is attached, students will use the Internet to research the group, identify the primary objectives of the group and the group's accomplishments. Students then will publish a brochure aimed at recruiting prospective members.


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Subject: Social Studies (7 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Analyzing Gubernatorial Debates: The 2010 Election  
Description: This technology-based lesson encourages active engagement in the state electoral process. Students collaborate on a wiki designed to aid in analyzing candidates' responses in a gubernatorial debate.  Pre-debate and post-debate activties are included and may be adapted for use in either 7th Grade Civics or 12th Grade United States Government. The 2010 Gubernatorial Debates will be held on September 16th at the University of Alabama and October 19th at Auburn University.  The debates will be televised and are Co-sponsored by the Student Government Associations of The University of Alabama and Auburn University, Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program, and the League of Women Voters of Alabama, Greater Tuscaloosa, and East Alabama.


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Subject: Social Studies (12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Keeping Up With the Alabama Legislature: Legislative Update Wiki Project
Description: This technology-based lesson encourages active engagement in the state legislative process. Students participate on a wiki designed to follow the progress of legislation as it moves through the state legislature. It is conducted during the Legislative session and concludes at the end of the session. Sessions will start in either January or February depending on whether or not it is an election year.


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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: Credit Recovery 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: Credit Recovery Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: All About Animals
Description: Biology students in this technology-based project will explain the significance of major characteristics used for classification in the kingdom Animalia. After collecting information about an assigned trait, students will take pictures of native animals that illustrate this feature. Students will then create a video Podcast explaining how their characteristic is beneficial to the animal and illustrated by the animals they found.


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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: English Language Arts (12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Digital Senior Memory Book
Description: Students will design a digital story that will consist of their memories and thoughts from their whole life. After the students finish the digital book, the book will be combined into a digital presentation to be shared at a senior luncheon.  


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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: Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: History of Math as We Know It
Description: Students will ne researching a famous mathematician to create and present a presentation on him/her and his/her contributions to mathematics. Students will contribute their research content to a class wiki.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.


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Subject: Credit Recovery Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Building A Cell: Edible Cell Project
Description: Students will create an Eukaryotic cell from materials that they can eat.  Students will need to have a lesson on the types of Eukaryotic cells and its organelles before they complete this assignment.  Students will construct these projects at home and present them to the class. Pictures will be taken of the students and their Edible cell. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.


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Subject: Mathematics (6 - 7), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Applications of Area Abound
Description: The teacher will first provide direction instruction on area formulas and provide students an opportunity to practice using those formulas. Students will then apply their knowledge of area to real-life situations. They will write a short story to go along with the area problem, then record themselves "acting" it out, and finally add clip art images to illustrate their story. They will then turn all of this into a podcast using Photo Story 3, which can be uploaded to the Internet.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Credit Recovery Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: "The Lorax"- An Environmental Issue
Description: Students watch "The Lorax" as an introduction to environmental issues. Students need not have prior knowledge of terms. This lesson follows the learning cycle. Students design a plan to make the Truffula trees sustainable and economically viable.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 I
Description: In this lesson, students will apply the trigonometry involved in finding angles of elevation to a real-life problem. Groups of 4-5 students will determine a suitable angle of elevation for handicap entrance ramps, calculate dimensions for a ramp reaching a specified height, and determine the construction cost for this ramp. Presentation of results will be in the form of a webpage. The teacher will evaluate the project using a rubric, and students will evaluate one others cooperative skill using rubrics.


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Subject: Mathematics (7 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Creating a Water Tank - Part II "Selling the Tank"
Description: Working in groups of 4-5 students will take the information,pictures and 3-D model of the water tank they assembled in Part I of Creating a Water Tank and develop a web page and a video presentation. The web page will be a tool to advertise their water tank construction company and must include hyperlinks and digital pictures. The video presentation will be a "sales pitch" to a city council. The web page and video will be scored using a rubric. The web page and video must include the surface area, volume and cost of construction.


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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: 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: Credit Recovery Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: New Town Health Club Website
Description: As part of an ongoing, year-long project designing a health club, students in Human Anatomy and Physiology class will design a website for the health club. The site should contain linked pages that will show the information gathered and decisions made on various associated projects throughout the year.


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Subject: Languages Other Than English (Foreign Languages) (3 - 12), or Technology Education (3 - 12)
Title: Spanish Travel Brochures
Description: Students will incorporate information from Internet research in creating original travel brochures for Spanish speaking countries using word processing or publishing software. Students could alternatively create wikis or podcasts.


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Subject: Credit Recovery Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Safety in the Science Lab
Description: Students, working in groups, write and produce a video on laboratory safety. This can be done as an interdiciplinary activity with the English and/or drama departments.


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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: Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Career Commercials
Description: This lesson has students create "commercials" for careers by using the Internet for research and a digital slideshow as the presentation method.


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Subject: Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Open for Business
Description: This is an integrated lesson using word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and database software and the Internet. Each student will create the appropriate documents for operating a personal business: Letter (with designed letterhead) to perspective customer requesting a meeting for a presentation of services or products; database listing with proper fields for products and one for customer listings; invoice with company logo showing a sale with tax and shipping; a presentation to promote products or services. Students will search the Internet for actual prices, pictures, and documentation of products or service. They will have creative privileges for designs and logos.


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Subject: Credit Recovery Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Researching Hurricanes with Technology
Description: This lesson will help students to understand the formation, power, and history of hurricanes. Students will do this using a combination of technological skills. Examples of technology used include: PowerPoint, Word, Netscape Composer, and Internet searches.


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Title: Literary Scrapbooking
Digital Tool: Picstitch
Digital Tool Description: Picstitch allows you to create digital collages from your photos along with text and special effects.


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Title: Math Lesson Performance
Digital Tool: Cute CUT
Digital Tool Description: CuteCUT is a video creation app.  You can import your video and do all of your work in one place. The interface seems to be directed more toward students with a little different look to it from most video apps. Unique here is the ability to choose a portrait or landscape orientation for your project.  Students or adults using this app will get basic editing skills for movies, pictures and sound. They will like the video tutorials included in the app. An easy interface will help the learning curve that comes with this app.


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Title: Presenting....Digital Citizenship through Infographics
Digital Tool: Piktochart
Digital Tool Description: Piktochart is one of many programs that makes it easy for teachers to integrate literacy and technology standards into any lesson.  Visual learners love the way that infographics seem to make data easier to digest.  Infographics are very helpful when a teacher wants to 'chunk' a lesson in to smaller units.  'Chunking' is a method for grouping and organizing information to make it easier to comprehend and remember.  Piktochart can be used to display and present a large amount of information in a visually appealing way.    


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Title: Using Smore to Create Digital 'How-To' Guides
Digital Tool: Smore
Digital Tool Description: Smore is a digital flyer creator.  Once a digital flyer is created with Smore, the user can share the flyer with social media sites, email a link or embed the flyer into a webpage.


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Title: Remembering 9-11
Digital Tool: Make Beliefs Comix
Digital Tool Description: Make Beliefs Comix is a cartoon strip creator on which students create original cartoons.


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Title: Left Brain versus Right Brain: Brain Hemispheric Dominance Infographic
Digital Tool: Mural.ly
Digital Tool Description: Mural.ly is an online collaboration web tool that allows users to creatively work together. It allows the organization of information and an easy way to create infographics.


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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.


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KidBlog: A Guide for Beginners 
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Led by a guide dog, children will explore the basic KidBlog interface. This podcast begins with the basics: finding the site, logging in, getting to know the workspace, and creating a new post.  


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KidBlog: How to Lose Your Readers
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Rusty the guide dog explains what not to do when creating a blog post. Topics include using all caps, copying and pasting text from other websites, using poor grammar, and more.


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Kidblog: Inserting Hyperlinks into a Blog Post
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This is the second video in a series dedicated to helping users navigate and use Kidblog. Rusty the guide dog will show users how to add hyperlinks to their posts. 


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KidBlog: Embedding HTML into Posts
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Learn how to spice up your posts by embedding videos, Wordles, Vokis, and more in the third episode of KidBlog! Rusty the guide dog will help you through the process of embedding HTML codes into KidBlog posts. 


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40 Webtools for the Classroom: Episode 2
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This series of podcasts will introduce you to some of the best web 2.0 tools you can use in your classroom to foster creativity, communication, and collaboration.


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40 Webtools for the Classroom: Episode 3
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This series of podcasts will introduce you to some of the best web 2.0 tools you can use in your classroom to foster creativity, communication and collaboration.


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40 Webtools for the Classroom: Episode 4
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This series of podcasts will introduce you to some of the best web 2.0 tools you can use in your classroom to foster creativity, communication and collaboration.


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Making the Most out of Learning with Web 2.0 Technologies - Part 1 (Prezi)
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Since technology is an excellent tool that can be used to enhance the learning process for all students, I have developed a series of podcasts that will introduce you to four Web 2.0 tools.  When these tools are integrated into the learning environment, the possibilities for collaboration and creativity are endless.  This first podcast will introduce you to Prezi, a new and innovating application editor that allows you to create presentations similar to PowerPoint.


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40 Webtools for the Classroom:  Episode 1
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This series of podcasts will introduce you to some of the best web 2.0 tools you can use in your classroom to foster creativity, communication and collaboration.


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


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All About Animal Skeletons
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This Podcast is sample of a student-generated project that describes the basic characteristics of the Kingdom Animalia. Students are placed in cooperative groups and assigned one of the basic characteristics of the kingdom. (Skeletal, reproductive, method of fertilization, body symmetry,body coverings and locomotion) Students then research their characteristic and use digital cameras to collect pictures of animals that represent these traits. Students can also collect pictures from the Internet to complete missing representatives. Cooperative groups then work together to create a Podcast.


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A Few of Our Favorite Things...
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Technology can launch new ideas and engage students in interactive learning environments. This podcast spends time exploring different types of technology that can be used in the classroom to excite students and take learning to a new level. By using 21st Century technology in the classroom, teachers are given the opportunity to create lessons that encourage students to work together and use more reasoning skills. Technology also saves prep time and allows more time for focusing on the students. We hope you enjoy taking a look and also listening to a few of our favorite things that we think enhance instruction and help prepare students for the 21st century.  


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Spanish Travel Podcast 
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Each student was assigned a different Spanish speaking city to research and create a podcast. The students played the role of a tour guide inviting students to travel to their assigned location. They gathered information and created a story board and narrative in order to complete the podcast. These were shown to all of the Spanish classes throughout the semester. 


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