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Internet4Classrooms: Grade Level Help

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Interactive language arts (common core aligned), math, and social studies activities to reinforce skills.  Organized by grade level and skill categories.  Each skill builders page provides multiple links to interactive resources for students.   For all grade levels.

Open Text Summarizer

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Paste text or a URL into this tool to get back a condensed version of the text or keywords.  Select the summarization ratio and language of choice.  For use with nonfiction text only. For grades 6 and up.

Text Compactor

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This free web tool summarizes a text.  Paste a text into the box, and use the slide bar to adjust the percentage of the text you want to keep in the summary.  For use with nonfiction text only. For grades 6 and up.

Online Publishing Tools

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Research has shown that when students write for a tangible audience, their motivation and performance improve. This, in addition to many other reasons, such as engagement with material outside of the class and added communication between teachers and students, shows the value in having students make writing public, which they can do through the use of online publishing tools. Listed below are different types of online publishing tools including those for presentations, writing, and eBooks. 

A.nnotate

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A.nnotate is a free online tool that allows collaborative annotating of documents and images. Annotations can appear on the page or in the margins. Notes are indexed and searchable. You can set a document to private or share with others. For all grade levels.

Ponder

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Ponder is a browser add-on and app that allows you to create "micro reading responses" anywhere on the web and measures reading activity. Teachers can set up a class and assign readings and students can identify challenging passages and share their reflections with classmates. For all grade levels.

Curriculet

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Curriculet is a free digital reading platform. Teachers can enrich reading by embedding questions, quizzes, and media. Texts are available in the book room and public domain, or you can use an article from the internet or upload your own text. Also allows tracking of common core literacy standards. For all grade levels.

Actively Learn

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Actively Learn is a free online e-reader that allows teachers to add content such as questions, images, and videos to a text to help guide the reading. Choose from hundreds of public domain texts, use internet articles, or upload your own text. Also have access to embedded common core aligned questions and multimedia. Also allows you to assess and analyze data.

Rewordify

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Rewordify is a free online software that simplifies a text. Paste text into the box and click "rewordify text". The difficult words are replaced with easier words and highlighted. You can hover over the highlighting to see the original words. Rewordify also provides a reading level for the text, lets you choose from six different rewording levels, and has settings that allow you to manipulate how the highlighting appears. You can also save and share the results. This software includes tools that help with learning the difficult words that were replaced.

Utilizing Student-Owned Devices

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Students are accustomed to having nearly constant access to digital devices outside of the classroom, so why not find ways to incorporate the use of student-owned devices inside the classroom? Here are three possibilities to assist teachers with integrating student-owned devices to enhance lessons, increase communication, and engage students:

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