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Thinkport introduces four new powerful classroom resources you can use to enrich any curriculum.

Pattern Maker

Activity Tools - Pattern MakerLooking for a way to help your students build their spatial sense?  Pattern Maker – a special combination of art and geometry -- might be just the right tool for you.

Students can flip, slide, turn, scale, and tessellate colorful objects, creating patterns of their own imagination or copying pre-selected patterns.  Finishing a pattern triggers a brief question for the student to answer, based on the geometric techniques used and linked to key terms in a Shape Dictionary.

Give PatternMaker a spin and let us know what you think about it.

View Sample Student Activities for this tool.


Create Your Own Museum

Activity Tools - MuseumIf your students were designing their own museum about history, art, or any other topic, what might they choose to put on display?  Give them a chance to find out with Create Your Own Museum.

Great for summarizing units of study, this tool allows students to select a gallery, pick images from Thinkport’s extensive content bank, and explain their selections.

Try Create Your Own Museum and let us know what you think!

View Sample Student Activities for this tool.


Annotate It!
Want students to really examine a text to build their own unique understandings? Annotate It! is the tool for you.

Using this powerful interactive tool, teachers can enter any text they would like students to examine—from basic content materials to student writing. If they wish, they can also highlight any part of the text and add special footnotes.

Students can then select electronic highlighters to annotate the text with their questions, wonderings, impressions, and other thoughts—adding explanatory footnotes of their own.

Try Annotate It! and let us know what you think about it.

View Sample Student Activities for this tool.


Timeline Builder
Need a timeline to enliven content or track student projects? With the Timeline Builder, you can do all that—and more.

This dynamic timeline generator allows teachers or students to select beginning and end points for their timeline and add dates and events—along with special images.

Try Timeline Builder and let us know what you think about it.

View Sample Student Activities for this tool.


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