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This is a collection of websites and articles that may be interesting or useful to students in the virtual learning environment.
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Google Docs Voice Typing lets you speak instead of type | ExtremeTech

Google Docs Voice Typing lets you speak instead of type | ExtremeTech | Virtual Students | Scoop.it
Last week, Google announced it has added free speech-to-text capabilities to Google Docs (Google calls it Voice Typing). Here's how ...
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I have been sharing this with students who are struggling with their writing and/or keyboarding skills.  It is much more accurate than Windows Narrator and Dragon Naturally Speaking Premium for Students.  I hope Google continues to add improvements to this aspect of their universal design functionality.

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I just coded a holiday tree

I just coded a holiday tree | Virtual Students | Scoop.it
Check out my tree. This holiday season, girls across the country are using code to light up the holiday trees in the nation's capital. Join in by coding one of your own.
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This coding opportunity is very easy, interactive and REALLY cool!

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Kiddle - search engine for kids

Kiddle - search engine for kids | Virtual Students | Scoop.it
Kiddle - search engine for kids with illustrated results and safe search.

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This search engine seems to block any explicit content that may be visible in another search engine that does not have its settings adjusted from the start.  It will also block sites that contain bad words.  I tested this on a few searches, including a few YouTube searches, and I was not able to access anything inappropriate.

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Ricard Garcia's curator insight, December 2, 2014 2:33 AM

Children friendly... proper filters...a good initiative!!

Anabela Baptista's curator insight, December 4, 2014 5:10 PM

Google para crianças

Carla Manuela Nunes's curator insight, January 29, 2015 11:32 AM

Ainda não tem possibilidades de selecionar idioma, mas já é um avanço

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The Elements: A Visual Exploration on Vimeo

If you think you've seen the periodic table, think again. The Elements: A Visual Exploration lets you experience the beauty and fascination of the building blocks…
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This is a quick Vimeo introduction for a high quality app by TouchPress that explores The Elements.

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OnGuard Online

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OnGuardonline.gov has several short and quick online games that reinforce online usage and protection for kids (and adults): avoid scams, secure your computer, protect kids online, be smart online, etc.

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Beyond the Bubble

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This is a site that can be used to find Primary Sources for Early US History.

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This is a site that can be used to find Primary Sources for Early US History.

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Naomi Orlovsky's curator insight, November 22, 2014 1:14 PM

This site, created by Stanford Univ., uses primary sources to inspire students to learn from living history.  Assessment tasks and rubrics are also available.

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SciGirls

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This is a great PBS website to inspire girls in science.  It includes videos and projects.

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Monster Physics App Sneak Peek Rocket Mission

Monster Physics App Sneak Peek! #science #edapps http://www.screenr.com/FO08
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Naomi Orlovsky's curator insight, July 4, 2013 11:42 AM

This is an excellent app for introducing physics concepts in a game-oriented way!  My whole family loves it! - Naomi O.

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BUILDING BIG: Home Page

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BUILDING BIG: A PBS miniseries on megastructures, hosted by David Macaulay
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"Explore large structures and what it takes to build them withBUILDING BIG™, a five-part PBS television series and Web site from WGBH Boston."

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Algodoo - Physics Educational Software by Algoryx Simulation on the Classmate PC

Algodoo is a 2D physics simulation environment for creating interactive scenes in a playful, cartoony manner. Algodoo is designed to encourage young peoples ...
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Code.org - Code with Anna and Elsa: Artist #1

Code.org - Code with Anna and Elsa: Artist #1 | Virtual Students | Scoop.it
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This is a very easy coding opportunity that allows students to code a program that has an animated Elsa ice skate various snowflake patterns on the ice.  Girl-child approved!

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Kid World Citizen - Activities that help young minds go global

Kid World Citizen - Activities that help young minds go global | Virtual Students | Scoop.it
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This website provides recommendations for global learning for kids in documentaries, arts & crafts projects, geography, language, games, cultural celebration, literature, music, and more.

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Molecules by Theodore Gray on Vimeo

Molecules by Theodore Gray is the extraordinary sequel to The Elements. For the first time, experience what it’s like to touch, stretch and twist molecules,…
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Another wonderful science app by TouchPress created from Theodore Gray's absolutely beautiful book "Molecules: The Elements and the Architecture of Everything."  Users will have the ability to use their touch screen and finger to move and bend molecular structures.

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Daily Writing Tips

Whether you are an attorney, manager or student, writing skills are essential to your success. The rise of the information age - with the proliferation of
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This is a website that you can subscribe to that will send you a brief daily writing tip on how to improve or better understand your writing.

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Create A Graph

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Kids' Zone: Create A Graph

Learning with NCES

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This website allows to create their own graphs.

http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/createagraph/default.aspx

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Scribble Maps : Draw On Maps and Make Them Easily.

Scribble Maps : Draw On Maps and Make Them Easily. | Virtual Students | Scoop.it
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This map making tool will allow you to highlight, draw, and save your map as a jpeg so you can easily insert it into your presentation for tasks that require a map component.

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Using DragonBox To teach Algebra in the Classroom

Jean-Baptiste Huynh uses DragonBox in the classroom to teach Algebra to students. See how they respond to the learner-centric game.
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This is an excellent program for instilling algebraic thinking in a game-oriented fashion.  Our whole family loves trying to pass the different levels.  The first two chapters were a bit easy and orienting.  At chapter 3, the pace picks up into more indepth mathematical thinking.  Great app!

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5 Brilliant ‘Design Your Own Game’ Websites for Students

5 Brilliant ‘Design Your Own Game’ Websites for Students | Virtual Students | Scoop.it
Five 'design your own game' sites for creative students and learners to take gaming to a deeper level by creating and designing games them self.

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Kate Richards's curator insight, April 16, 2013 2:11 AM

Taking gaming to the next level.

Limitless Learning Limited's curator insight, April 21, 2013 8:41 AM

Websites targeted at different ages that allow students to modify or create games 

Hua Hoong Chia's curator insight, June 24, 2013 5:57 AM

Productive app for student to use.

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William Kamkwamba: How I built a windmill | Video on TED.com

TED Talks When he was just 14 years old, Malawian inventor William Kamkwamba built his family an electricity-generating windmill from spare parts, working from rough plans he found in a library book.
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DESIGN SQUAD NATION . Home | PBS KIDS GO!

DESIGN SQUAD NATION . Home | PBS KIDS GO! | Virtual Students | Scoop.it
Be creative, help people and make dreams come true with engineering. Play games, watch full episodes and video clips, design new inventions and share them in this social community.
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