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Vocabulary and Humor for High School Students - August Vocab Videos Classroom Subscription ($90.00 value) 8/31/2015 Create and submit a lesson plan involving high school level vocabulary, sprinkle in a bit of humor and you'll qualify for a chance to get a subscription of Vocab Videos for your classroom. We'll award one grant per month, but you'll only need to submit one lesson plan for the this grant. About Vocab Videos: Vocab Videos is an online vocabulary system for students and educators that uses hilarious short videos to illustrate the meanings of 500 high value, frequently-tested SAT, ACT, & high school vocabulary words. The vocabulary learning videos were developed by a team of SAT and standardized test experts and produced using professional actors and comedians. The vocabulary videos are organized into episodes of 20 words (approximately 10 minutes), forming short stories with memorable characters and entertaining plots. Each video follows a structure designed to make memorizing easier, using both auditory and visual cues. A freeze frame of the vocabulary word and its definition generally start each video, while a voice-over provides the proper pronunciation and reinforces the meaning. The vocabulary word is then illustrated by the action in the video (approximately 30 seconds), and concludes with a voice-over of either the definition of the word or a sentence using the word in the context of the scene. Watch a few of the videos here: http://www.digitalwish.com/dw/digitalwish/product?id=6919
Digital Citizenship and Cyber Safety - August Digital Citizenship IT Curriculum Unit Package ($199.00 value) 8/31/2015 Submit a lesson plan on cyber safety or digital citizenship and qualify for one of our Digital Citizenship IT Curriculum Unit Package awards. Digital Citizenship, the first unit in the 1:1 IT Curriculum series, provides clear instruction on cyber safety. Students will be well-prepared to use technology every day in a safe, respectful, and responsible way. The Digital Citizenship Unit comes to you in a clear, easy to navigate full color spiral bound book that you can use throughout your school every year. Presentations to use along with this Unit's lessons are accessed through a secure portal on Digital Wish's website. Digital Citizenship Unit contains an instructor preparation checklist and four important lessons:
  1. Digital Citizens and the Internet
  2. Cyber Safety
  3. Safety Skits for Reinforcement
  4. Copyright in the Classroom
Lesson plan extensions and extra projects are included at the end of the book. One popular extra in this Unit is the Cyber Safety Poster Contest. Submit a lesson plan on cyber safety or digital citizenship and qualify for one of our Digital Citizenship IT Curriculum Unit Package awards. See the unit here: http://www.digitalwish.com/dw/digitalwish/product?id=6555
Let's Get Podcasting - August Simple Guide to Podcasting Book/Cd Set and the Adventures in Podcasting! Incredible Lesson Plans for Your Classroom Book/CD Set! Plus Tool Factory Podcasting w/Video Software ($100.00 value) 8/31/2015 Apply for the Let's Get Podcasting! Grant for a chance to win copies of the Simple Guide to Podcasting Book/Cd Set and the Adventures in Podcasting! Incredible Lesson Plans for Your Classroom Book/CD Set! BONUS: Tool Factory's Podcasting with Video Software! To apply, simply develop and submit a podcasting lesson plan. The most creative and fun lesson plan incorporating podcasting will win! ABOUT THE SIMPLE GUIDE TO PODCASTING BOOK CD/CD SET: Get the book and get started! This is the perfect companion book to Tool Factory Podcasting. Learn what a podcast is, then explore some great introductory web links. The pages are jam-packed with step-by-step instruction on how to record sounds and publish your own podcasts. This is a great resource for learners who want visual instructions at-a-glance. Every step in the process is outlined with large bold pictures and easy 1-2-3 instructions. Readers can delve into the text for a deeper understanding of the podcasting process, or simply browse the visual images which "show" every step in the podcasting process. This book is a wonderful practical guide to podcasting. There’s even a chapter on copyright laws and acceptable use policies for podcasting. Learn what you can and can’t post on the internet, and explore safe podcasting practices. All of the materials were developed as a result of practical hands-on training. The planning chapter is excellent for trainers who are teaching podcasting to larger groups. Simple fill-in-the-blank worksheets are indispensible for walking new podcasters through every step in the process. The book makes an excellent class textbook for every student or participant. You can download the table of contents and a few sample pages by clicking the "Downloads" link in the upper right corner of this page. Also included is a CD with an instructional PowerPoint presentation to help you teach or learn about podcasting. Plus there’s also a 24 page workbook included on the supplementary CD, to assist you in developing acceptable use policies for podcasting in education or business. ABOUT THE : ADVENTURES IN PODCASTING! INCREDIBLE LESSON PLANS FOR YOUR CLASSROOM BOOK/CD SET: Raise your classroom podcasting program to a whole new level with Tool Factory’s book, "Adventures in Podcasting: Incredible Lesson Plans for Your Classroom!" The book includes 40 podcast lesson plans designed to stretch students’ imagination and get them thinking creatively about the curriculum. Send your students on a podcast adventure deep into the heart of a rainforest, or have them interview prospectors panning for gold out West in the 1800s! A bonus companion CD of editable worksheets lets teachers tailor every activity to their own curriculum. Bonus CD Included: Don’t forget the bonus CD! There’s a copy of every worksheets from the book included on CD, plus a bonus planning chapter from Tool Factory’s Simple Guide to Podcasting book. The additional planning chapter is ideal for educators who are planning their own podcasting ideas, or who want to add a new twists to the existing lesson plans. By Educators, For Educators: Podcasts are extremely versatile and educators are using this technology to cover a wide variety of topics. More than half of the lesson plans were inspired by original ideas from educators all across the country! Adventures in Podcasting is written to help you take your podcasts one step beyond typical classroom podcasts. Each lesson plans will help you integrate podcasting into your regular curriculum in new and innovative ways. The Lesson Plans: We’ve divided the lesson plans into English, Math, Science and Social Studies chapters. The “Cross Curriculum” section will regularly clue-you-in on ways to cover additional subjects and involve other classes in the podcasting projects. A cross-curriculum guide is included to demonstrate just how modifiable each lesson plan can be—take a glance at the guide and see the variety of classes that could utilize the “Journey Down the Nile” lesson plan! Educators can teach the lesson plans directly from the book, or make them their own by using the starter formats and editing them to meet their unique curriculum needs! Here are some sample lesson plans from Adventures in Podcasting: Incredible Lesson Plans for Your Classroom: • English: Choose Your Own Podcast - Do you choose to take an adventure back in the time to battle ferocious dinosaurs? or travel forward to discover what lies ahead? Students write their own branching episodic tales and invite listeners to dictate what happens in the next episode! • Math: Math Mystery Stories - “How did Count Barkov steal the 47 golden eggs?” Students compose mystery stories that are only solvable by math-savvy detectives, and then publish them in an episodic podcast. • Science: The Tonight Show with Your Brain - Students take on the personalities and roles of different organs in the body and get interviewed by the host, the quick-witted Brain! • Social Studies: Journey Down the Nile - Maneuver through rapids and careen past crocodiles in this exciting podcast that tells a serial tale of your students’ imaginary wild ride down the Nile in ancient times! The Worksheets: Each lesson plan is accompanied by 1-3 worksheets to guide your students’ research and production of podcasts. We’ve include a CD with all of the worksheets for each lesson plan to allow for quick printing and copying. The worksheets are provided in PowerPoint format so it’s a cinch to edit them to match any state’s unique standards. Change words and phrasing to supplement the planned curriculum, add in new questions, or change the formats to meet the needs of younger or older students. Once you are happy with the way a worksheet looks, simply print and hand them out to your students!
Collaborative Writing and Debating - August Classroom Collaboration and Debate Curriculum Unit Package ($199.00 value) 8/31/2015 Write and submit a lesson plan on collaborative writing or debating and you may be awarded one of our Classroom Collaboration and Debate Curriculum Unit Packages. About The Classroom Collaboration and Debate Curriculum Unit Package
In this unit, students will become editors of their own classroom wiki or other collaborative website. The right wiki program will allow students to post questions, pictures for analysis, or documents for group editing. They will also be able to see their classmates’ work and give feedback digitally, creating a classroom environment that gives all students a voice and nourishes and fosters fresh ideas. Moreover, it is an excellent opportunity to practice good digital citizenship. Step by step, students can be trained not only on how to use the technology, but also how to use it appropriately in a collaborative setting. See the unit here: http://www.digitalwish.com/dw/digitalwish/product?id=6559