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Merlot II

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Merlot II is a site with a collection of free online simulations, interactives, games, and lessons, many of which are innovative approaches to teaching abstract and complex concepts. Locating these free services, however, is a journey.

QuizBean

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Quizbean is a great assessment resource for educators with features like the ability to take a quiz without using an email address, add unlimited questions, students get "instant score" during a quiz, add explanations to questions, allow students to view reports of what they got right/wrong, and more. An account is free for 3 quizzes and 26 students per year and, for educators, more for nominal fees. For all grade levels.

Suggested Free Video Compression & Converter Software

Below are two free softwares that compress large files and some tutorial on how to go about compressing files. Note, if your video file is in HD and over 1GB, it will take a significant amount of time to compress it.

Video Resources & How to create & upload a video to TaskStream

Video Editing Software Suggestions: links below will send you to tutorials per application or overview

Praxis Test Resources

Below are links to available resources for free online practice tests and study materials.

ETS Praxis site & updates:

Collaborative Student Display Station

Collaborative Student Display Stations (CSDS) serve as a flexible teaching tool. With a collaborative station, a teacher has more resources available to them through the internet; interactive, web 2.0 sites; their own personally created files; and more--all of which broadens understanding of concepts taught in class. Also, the stations provide students with a way to show what they know through an array of digital projects from simple survey responses to teacher questions to videos or podcasts demonstrating a lesson on a given topic. CSDSs include but are not limited to:

Doodle

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Doodle is a web-based communication tool that allows you to send out a poll to see which dates work best for invitees and then to select accordingly. Doodle also connects to many calendar softwares-- such as Outlook, Google Calendar, iCloud, iCal, etc.-- so that the scheduled events can be added to a user's calendar. 

SignUpGenius

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SignUpGenius is another great coomunication tool that is free. Like the others, it protects the privacy of people's contact information and will not require a person to sign up for the service in order to respond to the invitation. A teacher needs only add the parental contact emails, create the sign up email and set the settings to remind users of the event a few days ahead. Other handy features make signing up for Parent Conferences easy and reminders of events and what to bring automated. 

Socrative

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Socrative allows you to engage and assess your students through the use of real-time questioning, result aggregation, and visualization, you have instant insight into levels of understanding so you can use class time to better collaborate and grow as a community of learners. Students can access your quizzes, warm-ups, and exit tickets from any smart device connected to wifi. For all grade levels.

Discovery Education Network

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Discovery Education provides for free videos, lessons, virtual tours, puzzel makers and more based on Core Curriculum Standards and much more with the premium accounts. For all grade levels.

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