ALEX Learning Activity Resources

ALEX Learning Activities  
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Title: Shakespeare: English Comedic Icon
Digital Tool: ThingLink
Digital Tool Description: Allows a user to add content to images. For example, a student could display a map of Washington, D.C. and add a video explaining how a bill becomes a law over the Capitol building. And it’s easy. The user just clicks a spot on the image and adds text, a link to a website, or an embed code for video. It’s a quick and easy way to make a project more dynamic and interactive.  The Basic Educator account is free and allows basic tagging tools, easy addition of students, teacher-generated user names and passwords, unlimited number of students allowed.  Students may also log in using Google Apps for Education accounts.

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Title: Themes Beyond Fallen Angels
Digital Tool: Prezi
Digital Tool Description: Prezi is an Internet-based creative slide show creation and presentation tool that is available primarily by Internet. 

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Title: The Dirtiest Jobs of the Middle Ages
Digital Tool: The Worst Jobs in History
Digital Tool Description: The Worst Jobs in History is a series of three interactive learning experiences developed by Russel Tarr and hosted on his site Active History. In The Worst Jobs in History students learn about the dirtiest, most dangerous, and tiring jobs in three time periods. The time periods are Medieval, Early Modern, and Modern. In each activity in The Worst Jobs in History students read short descriptions of jobs and rank them according to how dirty, dangerous, or tiring they think that they are. After ranking the jobs students can take a short online quiz about what they read about the jobs. There is also the option to download a worksheet to use with the activities.

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Title: Beowulf Comparisons
Digital Tool: Student Interactive Venn Diagram
Digital Tool Description: The interactive Venn Diagram allows the students to type in similarities and differences found in the text and the movie of Beowulf.

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Title: Interactive Plot Diagram
Digital Tool: Plot Diagram
Digital Tool Description: This organizational tool for grades K-12 uses the plot diagram pyramid to map events in a story.  You can choose beginning, middle, and end for younger learners or exposition, climax, and resolution for older learners.  The mapping tool allows readers to recreate a story you have taught in class, or writers to map out the ideas for an original piece. 

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