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Prezi is a unique online presentation builder that seems to be popping up a lot lately all over the web. It is getting so much attention because of its new approach to online slide shows. Prezi has some unique features like zooming presentations that grab and hold viewers attention. Prezi lets you create a sort of walking path through your presentation. The finished product is engaging and impressive looking. The tools in Prezi are different from other online presentation builders but are easy to use and figure out. The tutorial will have you creating in minutes.

Getting Started with Prezi

Go to http://prezi.com Click on the blue SIGN UP button

Click on the GO button inside the gold

STUDENT/TEACHER Licenses is the lower left of the window Click on the GET button at the bottom of

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the EDU ENJOY column so signup for a free teacher account and fill out the information A confirmation will be sent to your email

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links to learn prezi and see other people’s presentations. The Prezi Toolbar

Signing into Your Account

To login, enter your email address and password in the upper right corner of the window.

Click on the LEARN tab to watch the available videos. Be Sure to watch the 2 videos listed under BASIC. There is a great MANUAL you can access by clicking on the OPEN button on the right of the LEARN tab screen. If you click on the SHOWCASE tab, you can see prezi’s that have already been created.

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Click on the MY tab and then click on the CREATE BEW PREZI button in the upper left of the window. Give your Prezi a Title and Description, click on the color scheme you would like to use and click on the CREATE button in the lower right. You will now see a new window that shows all of your presentations. The one you just created will be a blue screen that says OPEN ME. Double click on it to open. When the new window pops up, choose OPEN again. If you’re interested in learning more, please contact Lyn Moxim for more training on PREZI.


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Math Live Math Live has a collection of animated cartoons that teach students math concepts. 3rd through 6th grade students can learn about numbers, patterns and relations, shape and space, and statistics and probability. These cartoons are extremely high quality and teach key math concepts through story. Students can watch videos on place value, multiples, factors, primes, proper fractions, equivalent fractions, comparing and ordering fractions, comparing and ordering decimals, addition and subtraction of decimals, multiplication of whole numbers, division of whole numbers, multiplication and division of decimals, patterns, area and perimeter, volume, time, triangles, polygons, sides, tessellations, ordered pairs, displaying data, probability and estimating. The videos show students real-world applications of math concepts. The videos are chunked really well and stop

periodically so that students can think about and discuss their thoughts on the math concept. The videos have outstanding visuals that explain the concepts succinctly. Each video is accompanied by an Activity Sheet (read worksheet), an assessment, and Teacher/Parent Notes. The Teacher Notes include a great section with “Common mistakes students make� to help teachers avoid common pitfalls when teaching. They also include great ideas for additional practice of the concepts. Math Live gives students an excellent animated, interactive math glossary. As students are viewing a video lesson, they can access either the master glossary (with all of the sites vocabulary) or visit the lesson glossary (with only the vocabulary from the lesson). http://www.learnalberta.ca/ content/me5l/html/ math5.html#

MathMastery.com Mastery provides online interactive math activities to help students in grades three through eight learn and practice essential math skills. The math course, available for free preview, is available by subscription, but the site also offers plenty of free fun and educational activities. For practice of basic facts, the direct link is: http://www.mathmastery.com/cyberchallenge/index.html There is also a new geometry section with videos explaining the concept, practice exercises and then a quiz for each topic. The direct link is: http://www.mymasterynetwork.com/extrapractice/course.php?name=geometry

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readwritethink.org This website has a wealth of information and activities for use in your classroom. ReadWriteThink offers a collection of online student materials that support literacy learning in the kindergarten through twelfth grade classroom. The free interactive materials can supplement any curriculum and provide an opportunity for students to use technology

while developing literacy skills. There are 55 interactive activities with everything from Word Family Sorts, to a Comic Creator. If you don’t have a lot of time to look through this site, click on STUDENT INTERACTIVES under CLASSROOM RESOURCES to find some quick activities that you can use with your students. This provides a list of the interactivities, the grade level, and short description of the activity. Many of these

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interactives provide an organizational model for students to making writing easier. They input information and in the end, a printout of the concept mapping can be printed out. After choosing an interactive, you will find lesson plans that use the activity. Some examples from this website are previewed on the rest of this page.

The Animal Inquiry interactive is a versatile tool that can enhance student inquiry in research at the elementary level. The graphic organizer invites students to explore four facets of animals [basic facts, animal babies, interaction with others, and habitats (shown at left)]; the possibilities for extensions or adaptations, moreover, make this a a nice complement with inquiry-based projects. The follow-up writing prompts can be used to organize research questions as well as to record findings. After completing individual sections or the entire organizer, students have the ability to print out their final versions for feedback and assessment. Summarizing information is an important postreading and prewriting activity that helps students synthesize what they have learned. BioCube allows students to develop an outline of a person whose biography or autobiography they have just read; it can also be used before students write their own autobiography. Specific prompts ask students to describe a person's significance, background, and personality. The finished printout can be folded into a fun cube shape that can be used for future reference. Using popular culture texts in the classroom offers students an alternative way to demonstrate their literacy knowledge and skills and to engage in meaningful literary practices. The Character Trading Cards tool allows students to create their own character cards, which they can then print off, illustrate, and trade or keep. It can be used with characters in a book students are reading or as a prewriting exercise for students who are writing narrative stories. Specific prompts ask students to describe the character, look at his or her thoughts and feelings, explore how he or she develops, identify important thoughts and actions, and make personal connections to the character.


More Samples from ReadWriteThink.org Expository writing is an increasingly important skill for elementary, middle, and high school students to master. The Essay Map graphic organizer helps students develop an outline that includes an introductory statement, main ideas they want to discuss or describe, supporting details, and a conclusion that summarizes the main ideas. The tool offers multiple ways to navigate information including a graphic in the upper right-hand corner that allows students to move around the map without having to work in a linear fashion. Students can also click the Review My Map link and preview what they have written, return to the map for revisions, or print the completed map. Students are more likely to understand, recall, and care about what an idiom means after having played with the phrase through a highly engaging exploration of metaphorical language. Eye on Idioms can be used to engage students in a study of seven idioms. After viewing the literal representation of each idiom, students are asked to complete the sentence by selecting the correct idiom from the list. Using context clues from the sentence, students can then determine the metaphorical meaning of the idiom. As a final step, students are asked to use the idiom in a sentence to show their understanding of its meaning. Students should be reminded to print the page after completing each idiom exercise since their work cannot be saved electronically. The Story Map interactive includes a set of graphic organizers designed to assist teachers and students in prewriting and postreading activities. The organizers are intended to focus on the key elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution development. Students can develop multiple characters, for example, in preparation for writing their own fiction, or they may reflect on and further develop characters from stories they have read. After completing individual sections or the entire organizer, students have the ability to print out their final versions for feedback and assessment. The versatility of this tool allows it to be used in multiple contexts.

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