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Second grade teacher from North Carolina

I would like to begin some of

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I would like to begin some of these with my 2nd graders this year. Are there any sites out there that are easier then others for this age child? Thanks for your imput!

High School science teacher from central Washington

Other great tech tools

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Here is a Livebinder (a great tool) of a bunch of tech tools that I compiled last summer to present to colleagues: http://livebinders.com/play/play_or_edit?id=22880

Enjoy!

High School science teacher from central Washington

Google Custom Search

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Another great tool to help students search effectively is Google Custom search. You can easily add a bunch of useful sites and resources that will help students, effectively narrowing the Internet firehose to a helpful trickle. Obviously, you are creating a "search bubble" for them in this way but it can be a step along the way to teaching them effective research skills.

I've used this in project based learning to narrow students' searches at the start of a project so that their initial research is productive.

High School Chemistry Teacher from DeForest, Wisconsin

Web Tools

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I found the following website that has a ton of web tools to explore.

http://cooltoolsforschools.wikispaces.com/Home

8th Grade Comm. Arts from Wisconsin

Social Networking Web Tools

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I've decided, with the new position I've accepted as an 8th grade comm. arts teacher, to complete my project using the Good Reads web tool. Good Reads is a site in which the user builds their virtual bookshelves with books they have read or want to read. The readers have the ability to rate the book, as well as give the book a review. I can see this working really well within a middle school classroom; not only for students to find out what others are reading, but to also give the students the chance to practice critiquing and reviewing.
http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/5714953?shelf=read

In addition to building this social reading network, I also want to begin student reading blogs. I envision these blogs to encompass many aspects of reading-character and plot analysis, predictions, themes, connections to the text, etc. With my newly enabled Twitter account, I can hopefully find another school/classroom that we can socially connect with to help build our networks (both blogging and book sharing!).

Anyone know of another 8th grade class that may want to become reading networking buddies with a Wisconsin classroom?

PS. A really cool addition to a historical fiction or biography unit--www.museumbox.e2bn.org Check it out!

4th grade teacher from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Diigo: Social Bookmarking

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I have decided to focus my project on using Diigo, a social bookmarking tool, with my students this year. For students, I believe it is important to start with discussing the importance of social bookmarking and how using this tool will help them share information with each other and others outside of school. My early lessons will consist of modeling to my students how to bookmark and tag, how to add to a list, and how to write a good description of the site. Once we practice using Diigo for the "basics," we will move on to learning how to annotate notes and share our information. I am currently in the process of typing an informational letter to post on my classroom website for my students' parents. In my letter, I will inform the parents about the importance and student benefit of using Diigo and also encourage the parents to download the Diigo toolbar at home. Here is a link to my blog post discussing this project and other explorations: http://amber-mccabe.blogspot.com/2011/06/web-exploration-organizing-coll...

9th and 12th grade English teacher in White Swan, Washington

Good Reads

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I'm exploring Good Reads as a way to create a social reading climate at my school. It functions much like Facebook with a review system like Rotten Tomatoes and has a large user base, allowing my student to connect to readers around the world. My full post on how I plan to use this is on my blog:

http://kennetholden.posterous.com/web-tools-good-reads

7-12 Science teacher from Lansing, Iowa

livebinder

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I've created a supplement to use with the Populations and Ecosystems FOSS kit for middle school science using livebinder.com

The program provides a quick, easy interface and editing tools and allows for selective privacy settings by the project rather than for the entire account. It's a work in progress...

http://livebinders.com/edit?id=129388

High School science teacher from central Washington

Symbaloo

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I'm playing with Symbaloo this summer to help collect and organize tools for my students.

You could easily organize content by project or unit with this tool as well.

Here is my blog post about it (examples included): http://mrtricescience.posterous.com/exploring-web-tools-symbaloo

Asst Professor of Science Education @ UW-Oshkosh

I just found this tool and

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I just found this tool and thought it might be useful: http://knowledgeloom.org/index.jsp

Knowledge Loom allows you to add a series of links and it creates a nice "table of contents" for your students...

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