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How Song Parodies Help Synthesize History

How Song Parodies Help Synthesize History | Ideas & Inspiration from the "Genius" @theCMS_lmc | Scoop.it
“ After watching a music video parody by history educator Mr. Betts, Jody Passanisi's 8th graders begged to create their own parodies using American History topics. The resulting lyrics effectively synthesized the content and ideas they were studying.”
Via Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby
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Try having your students write a song parody as a way to synthesize their learning.
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Contest Rules - Flocabulary

Contest Rules - Flocabulary | Ideas & Inspiration from the "Genius" @theCMS_lmc | Scoop.it

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Looking for a fun way to have your students practice writing figurative language? Try this contest and you might even win a Flocab rap and video for your students!
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Free Technology for Teachers: Create a Word Cloud Within Your Google Documents

Free Technology for Teachers: Create a Word Cloud Within Your Google Documents | Ideas & Inspiration from the "Genius" @theCMS_lmc | Scoop.it
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A word cloud builder integrated right into your Google Doc.  Cool!  This blog post also offers some good application ideas. 

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Free Technology for Teachers: How to Create Timelines With the RWT Timeline Creator

Free Technology for Teachers: How to Create Timelines With the RWT Timeline Creator | Ideas & Inspiration from the "Genius" @theCMS_lmc | Scoop.it
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Interested in having your students create an online timeline?  This post from Free Technology for Teachers includes a short video tutorial by Richard Byrne introducing ReadWriteThink's timeline tool. Check it out and give it a try. 

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Maybe It's Time To Stop Talking About Bullying, And Talk Kindness Instead

Maybe It's Time To Stop Talking About Bullying, And Talk Kindness Instead | Ideas & Inspiration from the "Genius" @theCMS_lmc | Scoop.it
“Maybe It's Time To Stop Talking About Bullying, And Talk Kindness Instead”
Via EdTechSandyK, GwynethJones
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It's sad that we should have to teach kindness, but it certainly seems to have come to that point.
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4 Big Things Transformational Teachers Do

4 Big Things Transformational Teachers Do | Ideas & Inspiration from the "Genius" @theCMS_lmc | Scoop.it
“ Transformational teachers create experiences in their classrooms, melding the art and science of any subject and making their students care about learning.”
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Are you a transformational teacher?
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The Missing Guide for Google Hangout Video Calls - Zapier

The Missing Guide for Google Hangout Video Calls - Zapier | Ideas & Inspiration from the "Genius" @theCMS_lmc | Scoop.it

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I have GOT to use Google Hangouts this year! This looks like a good place to start.
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New Teacher’s Reading Guide: Ten Steps to Turn High School Students Into Readers by Sarah Krajewski

New Teacher’s Reading Guide: Ten Steps to Turn High School Students Into Readers by Sarah Krajewski | Ideas & Inspiration from the "Genius" @theCMS_lmc | Scoop.it
Congratulations, newly minted English teacher!  After ____ months/years of trying, you have finally found a teaching job!  Now comes the task of training the youth of America on how to be successfu...
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Though this blog post was written for new high school teachers, it offers great suggestions that any teacher can use to help our students become readers.

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Infotopia-A Safe Google Alternative Search Engine for Students

Infotopia-A Safe Google Alternative Search Engine for Students | Ideas & Inspiration from the "Genius" @theCMS_lmc | Scoop.it
Constitution Day, United States Constitution, Preamble to the Constitution, bill of rights,Shays' Rebellion, the Federalist Papers, ratification of the constitution
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Celebrating Constituation Day?  You'll want to check out these resources.

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Free Technology for Teachers: 3 Clutter-free Ways to Display YouTube Videos

Free Technology for Teachers: 3 Clutter-free Ways to Display YouTube Videos | Ideas & Inspiration from the "Genius" @theCMS_lmc | Scoop.it
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Looking for an alternative to the M.I.A.Cleaner YouTube (known as Clea.nr YouTube)?  Try one on these three tools suggested by Richard Byrne on his Free Technology for Teachers blog a few years ago.

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CNN Student News

CNN Student News | Ideas & Inspiration from the "Genius" @theCMS_lmc | Scoop.it
CNN.com delivers the latest breaking news and information on the latest top stories, weather, business, entertainment, politics, and more. For in-depth coverage, CNN.com provides special reports, video, audio, photo galleries, and interactive guides.
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Looking for a way to incorporate news and current events into your classroom?  Consider using CNN Student News.  It's a 10-minute, ad-free, daily news program designed for middle and high school.  Teacher materials are available to use with the shows

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Great Digital Lessons

Great Digital Lessons | Ideas & Inspiration from the "Genius" @theCMS_lmc | Scoop.it
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Are you thinking about incorporating lessons that require students to read multiple non-fiction text items, synthesize what they read, and cite evidence to support an argument?  On the From Now On website, Dr. Jamie McKenzie details a lesson format, incorporating current events, that would be a great place to start.

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Three Mistakes Teacher Leaders Can Avoid This Year

Three Mistakes Teacher Leaders Can Avoid This Year | Ideas & Inspiration from the "Genius" @theCMS_lmc | Scoop.it
Having headed a districtwide technology initiative for the last five years, an Alabama teacher reflects on past leadership missteps and how she’s since corrected them.
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Guilty!  Better with ideas than implementation.  Thanks for the wake-up call.

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TweetBeam

TweetBeam | Ideas & Inspiration from the "Genius" @theCMS_lmc | Scoop.it
“A unique visualization of live Twitter updates. Capture the feeling of an event with a TweetBeam Twitter Wall.”
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If you're on Twitter, check this out. It would especially be cool to use during a breaking news event, a conference, or even while watching your favorite TV show.
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Record and Edit Audio - EdTechTeacher

Record and Edit Audio - EdTechTeacher | Ideas & Inspiration from the "Genius" @theCMS_lmc | Scoop.it
Click the app icon to learn more or go to the bottom of the page for an overview of all audio editing apps.  iPad Apps for Recording and Editing Audio Go Back to App Recommendations Chromebook Apps for Recording and Editing Audio Go … Read more
Mrs Barbarino's insight:

Looking for an app for your students to use to record and edit audio?  This is a great source that offers comparisons of audio apps for different devices.  Scroll down to the "laptop tools" chart to find apps that should work with Chromebooks.

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Free Technology for Teachers: It's Not You, It's Everyone! - How to Tell If a Website Is Down

Free Technology for Teachers: It's Not You, It's Everyone! - How to Tell If a Website Is Down | Ideas & Inspiration from the "Genius" @theCMS_lmc | Scoop.it
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For those times you ask yourself that question (is it just me?) when you find that the website you need appears to be down?    
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Many, Many Examples Of Essential Questions

Many, Many Examples Of Essential Questions | Ideas & Inspiration from the "Genius" @theCMS_lmc | Scoop.it
Many, Many Examples Of Essential Questions
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Ready to have your students questions more substantial questions? Here's a great list of essential questions to get you started.

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Educational Leadership:Motivation Matters:Motivated to Learn: A Conversation with Daniel Pink

Educational Leadership:Motivation Matters:Motivated to Learn: A Conversation with Daniel Pink | Ideas & Inspiration from the "Genius" @theCMS_lmc | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner. Our 175,000 members in 119 countries are professional educators from all levels and subject areas––superintendents, supervisors, principals, teachers, professors of education, and school board members.
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Are your students compliant or engaged? Great interview with Daniel Pink!

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Free Technology for Teachers: Global Schoolyard Bioblitz - A Global Nature Lesson from Project Noah

Free Technology for Teachers: Global Schoolyard Bioblitz - A Global Nature Lesson from Project Noah | Ideas & Inspiration from the "Genius" @theCMS_lmc | Scoop.it
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Anyone at CMS interested in working with me on the Global Schoolyard Bioblitz?   We would work with the students to document and share the wildlife that they observe right here in Canonsburg.  We can start with the stinkbug that just attacked my head and go from there.  

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A Beginner's Guide to Using Schoology: The Back-to-School Essentials | Schoology

A Beginner's Guide to Using Schoology: The Back-to-School Essentials | Schoology | Ideas & Inspiration from the "Genius" @theCMS_lmc | Scoop.it
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As many of us at CMSD begin to use Schoology this school year, this could be a good introduction.

 
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Free Technology for Teachers: Create Digital Portfolios On eduClipper

Free Technology for Teachers: Create Digital Portfolios On eduClipper | Ideas & Inspiration from the "Genius" @theCMS_lmc | Scoop.it
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This would be a good tool to use to have your students showcase their work throughout the year.  They could include a short description for each item that they clip.

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Edutech for Teachers » Blog Archive » Guest Post: Media Experts Name Best Technology Skill for Graduates

Edutech for Teachers » Blog Archive » Guest Post: Media Experts Name Best Technology Skill for Graduates | Ideas & Inspiration from the "Genius" @theCMS_lmc | Scoop.it
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Is this the year you incorporate blogging into your class? Engage your students while preparing them for their future. 

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A Really, Really Well-Written Set Of Classroom Rules

A Really, Really Well-Written Set Of Classroom Rules | Ideas & Inspiration from the "Genius" @theCMS_lmc | Scoop.it
A Really, Really Well-Written Set Of Classroom Rules  Well, actually 2. You could make the argument that they’re too simple I guess. Or that they seem elementary and wouldn’t work beyond 4th grade. But I’m not...

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, August 15, 2013 8:59 AM

I love how this starts: I will treat you with respect so you will know how to treat me. Wouldn't the world be a better place if everyone adhered to rule #1?

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Free Technology for Teachers: Create Citizen Scientists With NOVA Labs

Free Technology for Teachers: Create Citizen Scientists With NOVA Labs | Ideas & Inspiration from the "Genius" @theCMS_lmc | Scoop.it
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Share this with your aspiring scientists

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Science360 - Video Library

Science360 - Video Library | Ideas & Inspiration from the "Genius" @theCMS_lmc | Scoop.it
Science360 Knowledge Network immerses visitors in the latest wonders of science, engineering, technology and math.
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Here's one for the science teachers!  An extensive collection of science vdeos.

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