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6. Exploriments

Exploriments are simulation-based interactive learning units for enhancing conceptual understanding n Science andmath in an experiential manner. Useful for students and teachers alike, Exploriments provide a highly interactive, exploratory and engaging experience.

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  • It is a different take on PowerPoint and can be a really neat way to showcase information.
  • The site has a tutorial to help you with learning how to use it.
  • I found that searching YouTube for additional tutorials was helpful.
  • Below is an example Prezi presentation.


If you want your students to do a presentation, but don't have PowerPoint available, this site is great.

  • It's a very simplified presentation tool that can even be used with lower elementary.

  • You work on one slide at a time.

  • There is a tutorial offered on the website for beginners.

  • If you only have one computer, an individual or small group could work at the computer during center rotations.

  • Let the students play with the program before you have them work with it. It will help them become familiar with it, and they might even end up teaching you how to use it.

  • This is a great alternative for the traditional assessment.


  • Create a slide show about what they learned
  • Sequencing: Beginning, middle, end of story
  • Do a presentation about a favorite character in a story
  • The steps used to solve a math problem
  • Their favorite parts of a science lesson and what they learned
  • Important outcomes of the Civil War
  • Science experiment: hypothesis, tested hypothesis, conclusion


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If you need a tutorial for a program or just about anything you can think of, just visit and type in what you're looking for.

  • Try it now. Type in the search box on YouTube, "PowerPoint tutorial." There are about 1,400 results for this.

  • Use it for videos to insert in your PowerPoints, on your interactive white board, in Webquests, introduction into lesson, etc.

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technology into their teaching.
  • Just click on anything in the left hand side bar and a video will open and take you through how
    to use that technology.
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This site is great if your students are exploring relationships between concepts, words, or topics. It's like
a search engine but can be used for projects.
  • Has a tutorial on the site
  • You are able to locate relevant information and connections instantly.
  • Facts and relationships between terms and concepts are visualized in an interactive application.

Elementary ideas:

  • Use as a supplement for brainstorming about a topic
  • See related words to a topic or concept
  • Use for enrichment. Have a student pick something that interests them to research.
  • Use to click on related ideas for a quick definition or description of concept or topic


This site is a comic strip creator. Most often these comic strip creators are used for digital story telling and
comprehension strategies. Here are some ideas for using comic creators like Pixton.
  • Students can create a comic about what they learned
  • Write summaries of current events
  • Respond to reading assignments
  • Create class comic on the current topic like the life cycle of the frog, ways to conserve energy,
    or how matter changes state
  • Sequencing of a story (beginning, middle, end)
  • The teacher could create a comic to use for media literacy
  • The teacher could create a comic as part of an anticipatory set, introduction, or to catch the students' attention for a lesson.
  • The teacher could use a comic with empty bubbles. Have students create a story by looking at the scenes in each block of
    the comic.
  • Use empty bubbles or fill in the blank bubbles for assessment

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*See Deborah's Notes on Google Docs


Museum Box is an awesome tool for creating Web Quests, using as student projects, or a lesson guide for something you're teaching. You can add images, text, sounds, video, documents, files, and links. Here's are several suggestions:

  • You search other people's boxes.

  • If you can put a number of items into a box that described your life, what would you include?

  • What do you think would be included if you were a Victorian Servant or Queen Elizabeth I?

  • If you lived during the English Civil War, what items would you include to make a case for, or against, the parliamentarians?

  • What if you were an abolitionist and wanted to show that slavery was wrong and unnecessary, how would you create your evidence?

  • If you were a scientist and wanted to gather vital information on matter to show your fellow scientists, what would you include?

  • If you wanted to show someone what you've learned about polygons, what kinds of things you would assemble in your museum box to show them.

  • For a lesson you could assemble a box with main components in the lesson. Then use the box as you present the lesson.

This is an example Atoms Museum Box I made. Each compartment has something different in it. There are pictures, a link to a YouTube video, text, and a word document assessment. You can add more layers to the box if you want. Be sure to save after you've begun your museum box before you exit out of the window. When you return, you can click on "Start" and it will bring you to this page. Just click "Load" from the top menu and choose the one you would like to change or work on.


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Find slide shows on for tons and tons of subjects, concepts, or topics.
  • Use as a resource for student projects
  • Use to search for class information
  • Use in class lectures
  • Have students research particular topics

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Want an easy way to keep up with all your bookmarks that you can access at whatever
computer you're on? Try
Hints and tips:
  • When you're tagging, be sure to be very specific and general at the same time (Example for a Tornado website: Science, Weather, Tornadoes, Safety, Storms, etc)
  • When you are tagging your websites, list as many thing as you can think of that you can associate with the site being bookmarked.
  • Delicious can be accessed from any computer with internet access.
  • My tags allow me to quickly find valuable resources when I need them.
  • If you take the time to tag your sites, delicious can be an organized resource that can be extremely valuable.
  • Search by tags. You can search through yours or public tags.
  • Share tags with with colleagues
  • Follow other teachers
  • RSS Feed the bookmarks of your favorite users

wordle2.jpg is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide.

  • The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text.
    • Idea: During the drafting and editing phase of writing, have students insert their text and search for words that might be used toooften such as "that", "and", "because" or "like".
    • Upload a vocabulary list
    • Use for affixes, compound word lists,
    • Think alouds
    • Introduction to a new topic - Think Pair Share what they think the words mean
    • Another way to do Concept Circles - Which word does not belong
    • What do you think these words are describing? - Use as a riddle for properties of something
    • Word Wall words
    • Possible sentences words
    • Sesquipedalian words
    • Word analysis
  • You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes.
  • The images you create with Wordleare yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to sharewith your friends.
  • Here are some tips for saving the picture to your desktop.
    • Jing is a great tool. See Deb's 2.0.
    • Click the PrntScrn (Print Screen) button on your keyboard. Open Paint and paste. Save as a Jpeg.
  • 38 Interesting Ways to Use Wordle in the Classroom

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42 Interesting Ways to Use Interactive White Boards in the Classroom

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34 Interesting Ways to Use Search Engines in the Classroom

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40 Interesting Ways to Use a Pocket/Flip Video Camera in the Classroom


With this Chart Tool you can design and share your own graphs online and for free.

  • They support a number of different chart types like: bar charts, pie charts, line charts, bubble charts and radar plots.

  • SUPER EASY to use

  • You can save the chart as a PDF, PNG, JPEG, or CSV.

  • With the variety of formats, you can use them in PowerPoints, on Interactive White Boards, or as handouts for data analysis.

  • The ease of use makes it appropriate for student usage.

external image edublogLogo.gif See Deb's Web 2.0 for additional information.
  • Effortlessly create and manage students blogs
  • Packed with useful features and customizable themes
  • Ready made for podcasting, videos, photos and more
  • Step by step support with helpful video tutorial
  • Post materials and resources - All you have to do on your Edublog is upload, or copy and paste, your materials to your blog and they’ll be instantly accessible by your student from school and from home. You can easily manage who gets to access them through password and plugin safety measures.
Elementary Ideas:
  • Students can blog what they've learned, what they want to know more about, and questions they might have. It can be set to private between only you and that student. It comes a dialogue journal of sorts.
  • Use as a classroom newspaper or newsletter. You can control who is allowed to view the blog, so parents, grandparents, and guardians could be given access to see what students are doing in class.
  • Use the site to share lesson plans with team teachers and colleagues.
  • Post Webquests
  • Writing prompts
  • Embed videos and have students critique, respond to, or discuss
  • Have a mascot that travels with the teacher to different places. Bring several small stuffed animals into class. Let the students vote on their new
    mascot and vote on a name. You could take the mascot to foreign countries or cities the students might not get to see. The mascot tells about
    those places from his point of view. Think outside the box. Some students might never have seen a local produce market, museums, historical sites,
    the co-op,etc. If there is somewhere you can't seem to make happen for a field trip, consider going there yourself and doing a blog as
    "Harry the Hippo". The younger elementary kids would be really excited to see where "Harry the Hippo" was going and where he might go next.
    • You could also let the student comment on the blog. They could individually comment about what they learned or ask questions they might have for Harry.
  • The whole class could blog with another class in different states or even different countries. Have a different student be in charge each week or day
    to respond to the comments left from the other class or classes. You can learn about other cultures, climates, traditions, geography, etc.
    • This is a site that three teachers who connected using blogs started to give some tips and updates to what they're doing and how they're using
      blogs in the classroom. It's an amazing resource if blogging with other classrooms is of interest to you. >> http://primaryconnections.wikispace

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  • Wallwisher is a like an online bulletin message board.
  • No registration required
  • Easy to use
  • You can post words, images, music, and pages.
  • No time for a Wikispace or a blog? You can create a Wallwisher page for your class.

Ideas for Uses:

  • Use for daily assignments
  • Update with homework (I realize not all students have access to the internet, but this might help the ones who do.)
  • After an activity, have students list things they liked or disliked about it.
  • After a lesson, let students leave questions they have.
  • Students can post comments or suggestions for the teacher.
  • Create a page for parents and guardians. They can go on the page and contact you, sign up as field trip chaperones, sign up to bring things to a party, etc.
  • For students that finish early, they can go to the Wallwisher and write two or three things they learned.
  • Use as a way to conduct an interest inventory

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  • Free online brainstorming tool
  • Create colorful mind/concept maps online
  • Share and work with friends
  • Embed your mind/concept map in your blog or website
  • Email and print your mind map
  • Save your mind map as an image
  • Easy to use
Elementary Ideas:**
  • If you have an interactive white board, this would be a great engagement or brainstorming activity before reading, before the introduction of a newconcept, for prewriting, etc.
  • Create the concept map before class to show relationships
  • Create as an example of how to brainstorm a topic
  • If you have computers in the classroom, have students rotate using the for projects, prewriting, or class assignments
  • Use in teacher or student presentations
  • Use for assessments - you could leave all or some bubbles empty

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  • Use in presentations
  • Allow students to use in projects
  • Use to help with developing vivid language - play sound and have students write adjectives to describe the sound


Want to pick names fairly and completely at random? Random Name Generator will do it for you.

  • You can create a new list by clicking on "Create a New LIst" in the bottom right hand corner, or you can upload a .txt class list.
  • Works well with an interactive whiteboard or projector. If you have a personal laptop, you could stand at the front of the room and use that.


Super Teacher Tools has a variety of review games, classroom management software, and other miscellaneous tools for educators. This site provides technology tools for teaching that are quick and easy to download, learn, and start using in your classroom. It's free! It has:

  • Jeopardy
  • Hang Man
  • Who Wants to be a Millionaire
  • Speed Match (Quiz Maker )
  • Flash Board Game
  • Seating Chart Maker
  • Group Maker
  • Random Name Generator
  • and More