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My goal is that my students have fun while learning valuable life skills. I design lessons that help them be independent, life-long learners. Students take ownership in their learning as they create their own questions and are motivated to assist in finding their own answers! Lessons are created primarily for middle school (grades 6, 7, 8), but many are easily adaptable to upper elementary or secondary learners.

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My goal is that my students have fun while learning valuable life skills. I design lessons that help them be independent, life-long learners. Students take ownership in their learning as they create their own questions and are motivated to assist in finding their own answers! Lessons are created primarily for middle school (grades 6, 7, 8), but many are easily adaptable to upper elementary or secondary learners.
Learning to Use Microsoft Word - Beginner Lessons & Activities

Learning to Use Microsoft Word - Beginner Lessons & Activities

The “Learning MS Word” Beginner Lessons start students with no previous knowledge of Microsoft Word on a path of learning the most important and frequently used commands to give them a quick start. Each lesson has a short, step-by-step tutorial that includes screenshots to walk students through the new tools they will use in the lesson. Then, they are given a creative task to solve, using those skills to create a document. There are five lessons, each taking no more than two (50 minute) class periods. Files Included with this Lesson • Teacher Notes and Resources • 5 Mini Lessons with Tutorial and Creative Project including rubrics (.pdf files - not editable) These lessons were created for middle school, but could easily be adapted to a slightly older or younger student by modeling the lesson and rewriting some of the instructions.
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Design & Build a City - Project Based Technology & Engineering

Design & Build a City - Project Based Technology & Engineering

In this project based learning unit, middle school/early high school students learn about city planning and architecture as they research and design their own city. In addition to using Internet search skills, they'll utilize CAD skills using Sketchup (free download) and finally build the city from chipboard and other recyclables and name their final creation. . Unit download includes: 1. Teacher Resources and Materials List 2. Expectations and Overview of the Unit 3. Introduction to City Planning (research and vocabulary) – includes key 4. “What’s in the City” – team worksheet 5. Project Proposal – group planning worksheet 6. Create the City in SketchUp (CAD) 7. Building the City Information (hands on construction) 8. Student Team Work Log 9. Student Daily Work Log 10. Building scale information and examples 11. Sketchup and Building Examples 12. Project Written Reflection I've used this lesson with an 8th grade Engineering class and every year students start work on this BEFORE the bell they enjoy it so much! I know your classes will enjoy it too!
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Newton's Laws: The Physics of Force & Motion Webquest (Internet Scavenger Hunt)

Newton's Laws: The Physics of Force & Motion Webquest (Internet Scavenger Hunt)

This webquest / Internet scavenger hunt is a perfect one day activity for middle schoolers to learn more about the Sir Isaac Newton's laws of physics and their application. In addition, they'll learn a little about some of the other things Newton was famous for! Lesson includes resources for the teacher and student, the student handout and an answer key. This is a great lesson to leave with a sub too!
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Interactive Vocabulary Notebook - Computer & I.T. Words

Interactive Vocabulary Notebook - Computer & I.T. Words

This resource allows students to create an ongoing, interactive vocabulary notebook using either Microsoft PowerPoint or Google Slides. This is perfect for a technology class to use as part of a daily lesson to learn important terminology in a fun, interactive way. Teachers distribute the notebook pages to students electronically, either using Google Drive or a classroom management system such as Edmodo (www.edmodo.com) or Google Classroom (https://classroom.google.com). Students make additional copies of the template page in their own version of the notebook and then enter the information on each slide (page). A list of 100 computer and technology terms is included to make it easy for the teacher to choose which word(s) to assign, and a full answer key with definitions is included to assist with grading. Additionally, a sample notebook page is included to help students understand the expectations. Notebooks are included in both Microsoft PowerPoint and Google Slides and are editable. They are provided in 6 different colors to make it easy for the teacher to code each class period using a different color, or just to accommodate student preference. The project was created for use as a daily warm up activity for grades 7-8 but could easily be used with upper elementary or high school students. Files Included with this Lesson • Teacher Notes • 100 Computer & Technology Terms List and Definition Key • 6 Different Color Versions of the Interactive Notebook in Microsoft PowerPoint • 6 Different Color Versions of the Interactive Notebook in Google Slides • Sample Notebook Page
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Learning to Create Infographics using Piktochart - Internet Research Project

Learning to Create Infographics using Piktochart - Internet Research Project

In this lesson, students learn more about what makes an effective infographic as they analyze existing infographics and then create their own. Included with the lesson is a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation for whole class instruction (editable) to learn about infographics and analyze them as a class. Infographics with discussion questions are included in the PowerPoint. Next, students choose a topic of interest, research their topic and then create an infographic using Piktochart (www.piktochart.com), a free Web 2.0 tool that does not require download. A Quick Start Guide for the program is included to help students navigate the program. Topic suggestions are included in the teacher/student resource material. These infographics look great printed and displayed in the hallways! This lesson was designed for middle school (grades 6-8) but could be used in upper elementary grades or high school as well. It can be used for any subject that wants to incorporate technology in a lesson. Files included: • Teacher & Student Resources • Infographics Presentation (whole class with discussion questions) in MS PowerPoint (editable) • Research worksheet (two versions – for individual or teams) • Infographic Project: Student expectations, instructions and grading rubric • Quick start tutorial for Piktochart
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Planets and the Solar System - WebQuest / Internet Scavenger Hunt

Planets and the Solar System - WebQuest / Internet Scavenger Hunt

In this lesson, students learn about the Solar System as they complete a WebQuest (Internet Scavenger Hunt) to answer questions about the topic. A complete answer key is provided for the WebQuest for easy grading, along with resources for both teachers and students. The student questions are included in both a print version and a digital (editable) version to make it easy for students to complete the lesson digitally or on paper. This activity is perfect for a science or technology class. This lesson was designed for middle school (grades 6-8) but could be used in upper elementary as well. This is also a great lesson to leave for a substitute teacher! Files included: • Teacher & Student Resources • Learning about the Solar System WebQuest Activity (print and editable digital files included) • Learning about the Solar System WebQuest Answer Key
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Design and Build a Hotel - STEM, Engineering and Math Group Project

Design and Build a Hotel - STEM, Engineering and Math Group Project

about the engineering and design of hotels as they research and design one with their team. After introducing the lesson with a short video (link included in resources), students complete a math project about hotel design that focuses on perimeter, area, square footage, measurement and scale skills (formulas are included). Next, they work with their team to research information about the design and engineering involved in hotel construction and plan the design, materials and budget for the hotel they will design. Then, they work individually to create their own hotel to scale in Sketchup (a free CAD software program, download available at: https://www.sketchup.com/download ) and after completion, determine which of the team’s designs they will actually construct. Finally, they build a model of their hotel using recycled materials, following the Engineering Design Process with their team. After completing their hotel, students present their project to the class and explain their design choices. Finally, students reflect on and summarize their learning with short answers to questions about the experience and what they learned. This lesson was created for 7th and 8th grade, but could also be used successfully in upper elementary grades or high school as well. Files included: • Teacher & Student Resources • Team Sign Up Sheet • Team Planning Sheet, Budget Sheet & Price List (editable) • Hotel Design Math Project – Student Questions and Answer Key (editable digital and print versions) • Math Formula “Cheat Sheet” • Engineering & Design Research Project – Student Questions and Answer Key (editable digital and print versions) • Hotel Design in Sketchup Project - Student Instructions, Expectations and Grading Rubric • Hotel Building & Construction Project – Student Instructions, Expectations and Grading Rubric • Engineering Design Process Planning Sheet (editable digital and print versions) • Reflection Questions (editable digital and print versions)
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Design and Build a Cruise Ship - STEM and Engineering Group Project

Design and Build a Cruise Ship - STEM and Engineering Group Project

This project lets students learn about the engineering and design of ocean liners and cruise ships as they research and design one with their team. After introducing the lesson with a short video (link included in resources), students work with their team to research information about the design and engineering involved in ship building from early times, including the Titanic, through the modern cruise ships of today. Then, they brainstorm together to determine what features they would include in their own “ship of dreams”. Next, they plan their design and create their own modern cruise ship to scale in Sketchup (a free CAD software program, download available at: https://www.sketchup.com/download ). Finally, they build a model of their ship using recycled materials, following the Engineering Design Process with their team. After completing their ship, students present their project to the class and explain their design choices. Finally, students reflect on and summarize their learning with short answers to questions about the experience and what they learned. This lesson was created for 7th and 8th grade, but could also be used successfully in upper elementary grades or high school as well. Files included: • Teacher & Student Resources • Team Sign Up Sheet • Team Planning Sheet • Ship Engineering & Design Research Project – Student Questions and Answer Key (editable digital and print versions) • Ship Design in Sketchup Project - Student Instructions, Expectations and Grading Rubric • Ship Building Project – Student Instructions, Expectations and Grading Rubric • Engineering Design Process Planning Sheet (editable digital and print versions) • Reflection Questions (editable digital and print versions)
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The Art of Vincent van Gogh - WebQuest / Internet Scavenger Hunt & Art Project

The Art of Vincent van Gogh - WebQuest / Internet Scavenger Hunt & Art Project

In this lesson, students learn fun facts about Vincent van Gogh and his art as they complete a WebQuest (Internet Scavenger Hunt) to answer questions about the topic. Then, they use that knowledge to create an art project of their own, using van Gogh's style, in Microsoft Paint, 3D Paint, or one of these free Web 2.0 tools: SketchPad (https://sketch.io/sketchpad/) or SumoPaint (https://www.sumopaint.com/home/#app) that do not require download. A complete answer key is provided for the WebQuest for easy grading, along with resources for both teachers and students. The student questions are included in both a print version and a digital (editable) version to make it easy for students to complete the lesson digitally or on paper. Also included are tutorial links to assist students with the software for the art project. This lesson was designed for middle school (grades 6-8) but could be used in upper elementary as well. Files included: • Teacher & Student Resources • Fun Facts about Vincent van Gogh WebQuest Activity (print and Editable digital files included) • Fun Facts about Vincent van Gogh WebQuest Answer Key • Creating Art in Vincent van Gogh’s Style using a Choice of Software
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History of Video Games - Research & Presentation Project

History of Video Games - Research & Presentation Project

What student does love games – especially video games! In this lesson, students learn more about the origin and history of video games. Students choose a time period in history from a provided list, research that era, and then choose the software they will use to showcase their research. Students can choose to create a presentation, a brochure, or a video using Web 2.0 tools such as Prezi, Adobe Spark, eMaze, Canva, etc. (free, no download needed) or by using Microsoft Office or Google Apps. A full list of software/technology options is listed in the student lesson instructions and includes links to tutorials. For classrooms with limited technology, this lesson can be completed with students working in pairs or small groups. The completed presentations can be shared with the rest of the class if the teacher chooses. This is a great activity for a social studies or history class, career exploration class, Principles of Arts, A/V Technology & Communications class, or any technology class. This lesson was designed for middle school (grades 6-8) but could be used in high school as well. Files included: • Teacher & Student Resources • Student Instructions, Expectations and Grading Rubric for individual lesson • Student Instructions, Expectations and Grading Rubric for partner/team lesson
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Pixel Art in Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets - Volume 2

Pixel Art in Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets - Volume 2

Need a fun way to introduce Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets to upper elementary or middle school students? This great lesson lets students learn the basics of Microsoft Excel (or Google Sheets) as they create pixel art using the program. First, they'll create a quick pixel art from a given example and then they'll create their own! These are also fun lessons to use if you just need something for a one day lesson. Perfect for the beginning of the school year too. This is the SECOND volume in the series with 8 brand new, exciting pixel art projects for your students to create, plus two new samples for the lessons. The projects vary in difficulty so that every student can be challenged and successful. I've used this with 7th and 8th graders who used their free time to create even more art! I hope your students have as much fun as mine did learning Excel or Google Sheets! Files Included • Teacher & Student Resources • Introduction to Pixel Art Lesson (Microsoft Excel project) with tutorial • Introduction to Pixel Art Lesson (Google Sheets project) with tutorial • Legends and Sample Pictures for 8 Additional Pictures • Full Excel (2016) editable files for all pixel art projects (note: these can be opened in Google Sheets too) Pixel Art Pictures Include: * Frog * Balloon * Soccer Ball * Volkswagen Bus * Dolphin * Rubber Duck * Pineapple * Butterfly * Motorcycle * Rain Cloud
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Founding Fathers of the U.S. - WebQuest / Internet Scavenger Hunt

Founding Fathers of the U.S. - WebQuest / Internet Scavenger Hunt

In this lesson, students learn interesting facts about the Founding Fathers as they complete a WebQuest (Internet Scavenger Hunt) to answer questions about the topic. A complete answer key is provided for the WebQuest for easy grading, along with resources for both teachers and students. The student questions are included in both a print version and a digital (editable) version to make it easy for students to complete the lesson digitally or on paper. This activity is perfect for a social studies or technology class. This lesson was designed for middle school (grades 6-8) but could be used in upper elementary as well. This is also a great lesson to leave for a substitute teacher! Files included: • Teacher & Student Resources • Learning about the Founding Fathers WebQuest Activity (print and editable digital files included) • Learning about the Founding Fathers WebQuest Answer Key
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Google Tour Builder - Explore the Architectural Landmarks of Santa Fe

Google Tour Builder - Explore the Architectural Landmarks of Santa Fe

Create your own tour of the architectural landmarks in Santa Fe! Students learn more about famous structures and landmarks in Santa Fe, New Mexico and the individuals who created them as they research and then create a tour using Google Tour Builder to showcase their information along with pictures, videos and maps. Included with the lesson are student expectations, grading rubric and a tutorial for Google Tour Builder (a free, Web 2.0 tool that does not require download). For classrooms with limited technology, this lesson can be completed with students working in pairs or small groups. The completed presentations can be shared with the rest of the class if the teacher chooses. This is a great activity for a social studies or history class, or for a technology class. This lesson was designed for middle school (grades 6-8) but could be used in upper elementary grades or high school as well. Files included: • Teacher & Student Resources • Student Instructions, Expectations and Grading Rubric • Google Tour Builder Getting Started Tutorial
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Google Tour Builder - Explore the Architectural Landmarks of Detroit

Google Tour Builder - Explore the Architectural Landmarks of Detroit

Create your own tour of the architectural landmarks in Detroit! Students learn more about famous structures and landmarks in Detroit, Michigan and the individuals who created them as they research and then create a tour using Google Tour Builder to showcase their information along with pictures, videos and maps. Included with the lesson are student expectations, grading rubric and a tutorial for Google Tour Builder (a free, Web 2.0 tool that does not require download). For classrooms with limited technology, this lesson can be completed with students working in pairs or small groups. The completed presentations can be shared with the rest of the class if the teacher chooses. This is a great activity for a social studies or history class, or for a technology class. This lesson was designed for middle school (grades 6-8) but could be used in upper elementary grades or high school as well. Files included: • Teacher & Student Resources • Student Instructions, Expectations and Grading Rubric • Google Tour Builder Getting Started Tutorial
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Figurative Language: Idioms - Drawing using Shapes in PowerPoint or Slides

Figurative Language: Idioms - Drawing using Shapes in PowerPoint or Slides

This unit connects learning with technology to English Language Arts/Reading. This lesson teaches students about idioms and guides them through using shapes and other graphic features in Microsoft PowerPoint or Google Slides to create an idiom. The lesson includes links to sites with information about kid-friendly idioms as well as other related resources. Also included are a PowerPoint presentation to introduce the lesson, a step-by-step tutorial of the features of Microsoft PowerPoint and Google Slides needed to create the project, and a sample project. This lesson is great for English/Language Arts classes, art classes or technology classes. It was created for middle school (grades 6-8), but could be used successfully in upper elementary classes as well. Files Included with this Lesson • Teacher Notes and Resources • Introduction to Idioms PowerPoint presentation (editable) • Step-by-Step tutorial covering MS PowerPoint basics, shapes and graphics • Step-by-Step tutorial covering Google Slides basics, shapes and graphics • Student project expectations and grading rubric • Sample project
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Google Tour Builder - Explore the Architectural Landmarks of New Orleans

Google Tour Builder - Explore the Architectural Landmarks of New Orleans

Create your own tour of the architectural landmarks in New Orleans! Students learn more about famous structures and landmarks in New Orleans, Louisiana and the individuals who created them as they research and then create a tour using Google Tour Builder to showcase their information along with pictures, videos and maps. Included with the lesson are student expectations, grading rubric and a tutorial for Google Tour Builder (a free, Web 2.0 tool that does not require download). For classrooms with limited technology, this lesson can be completed with students working in pairs or small groups. The completed presentations can be shared with the rest of the class if the teacher chooses. This is a great activity for a social studies or history class, or for a technology class. This lesson was designed for middle school (grades 6-8) but could be used in upper elementary grades or high school as well. Files included: • Teacher & Student Resources • Student Instructions, Expectations and Grading Rubric • Google Tour Builder Getting Started Tutorial
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Learning about Veterans Day - WebQuest / Internet Scavenger Hunt

Learning about Veterans Day - WebQuest / Internet Scavenger Hunt

This webquest / Internet scavenger hunt is a perfect one day activity for middle schoolers to learn more about Veterans Day with these fun questions. It is appropriate for middle school social studies/history or technology classes. The lesson includes the student handout and an answer key, along with a short list of sites that teachers can provide to students to help with the quest if they choose. There are also some additional links to sites if teachers want to expand the lesson. Two versions of the WebQuest are included to let teachers print the questions or to provide them digitally as an interactive page in an editable Microsoft PowerPoint file. This is a great lesson to leave with a sub too! Files Included: • Teacher & Student Resources • WebQuest questions for students - print and digital versions (editable) • WebQuest Answer Key (non-editable, .pdf)
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The Art of Henri Matisse - WebQuest / Internet Scavenger Hunt & Art Project

The Art of Henri Matisse - WebQuest / Internet Scavenger Hunt & Art Project

In this lesson, students learn fun facts about Henri Matisse and his art as they complete a WebQuest (Internet Scavenger Hunt) to answer questions about the topic. Then, they use that knowledge to create an art project of their own, using Matissse's style, in Microsoft Paint, 3D Paint, or one of these free Web 2.0 tools: SketchPad (https://sketch.io/sketchpad/) or SumoPaint (https://www.sumopaint.com/home/#app) that do not require download. A complete answer key is provided for the WebQuest for easy grading, along with resources for both teachers and students. The student questions are included in both a print version and a digital (editable) version to make it easy for students to complete the lesson digitally or on paper. Also included are tutorial links to assist students with the software for the art project. This lesson was designed for middle school (grades 6-8) but could be used in upper elementary as well. Files included: • Teacher & Student Resources • Fun Facts about Henri Matisse WebQuest Activity (print and Editable digital files included) • Fun Facts about Henri Matisse WebQuest Answer Key • Creating Art in Henri Matisse’s Style using a Choice of Software
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The Art of Paul Cezanne - WebQuest / Internet Scavenger Hunt & Art Project

The Art of Paul Cezanne - WebQuest / Internet Scavenger Hunt & Art Project

In this lesson, students learn fun facts about Paul Cezanne and his art as they complete a WebQuest (Internet Scavenger Hunt) to answer questions about the topic. Then, they use that knowledge to create an art project of their own, using Cezanne's style, in Microsoft Paint, 3D Paint, or one of these free Web 2.0 tools: SketchPad (https://sketch.io/sketchpad/) or SumoPaint (https://www.sumopaint.com/home/#app) that do not require download. A complete answer key is provided for the WebQuest for easy grading, along with resources for both teachers and students. The student questions are included in both a print version and a digital (editable) version to make it easy for students to complete the lesson digitally or on paper. Also included are tutorial links to assist students with the software for the art project. This lesson was designed for middle school (grades 6-8) but could be used in upper elementary as well. Files included: • Teacher & Student Resources • Fun Facts about Paul Cezanne WebQuest Activity (print and Editable digital files included) • Fun Facts about Paul Cezanne WebQuest Answer Key • Creating Art in Paul Cezanne’s Style using a Choice of Software
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Google Tour Builder - Explore the Architectural Landmarks of San Francisco

Google Tour Builder - Explore the Architectural Landmarks of San Francisco

Create your own tour of the architectural landmarks in San Francisco! Students learn more about famous structures and landmarks in San Francisco, California and the individuals who created them as they research and then create a tour using Google Tour Builder to showcase their information along with pictures, videos and maps. Included with the lesson are student expectations, grading rubric and a tutorial for Google Tour Builder (a free, Web 2.0 tool that does not require download). For classrooms with limited technology, this lesson can be completed with students working in pairs or small groups. The completed presentations can be shared with the rest of the class if the teacher chooses. This is a great activity for a social studies or history class, or for a technology class. This lesson was designed for middle school (grades 6-8) but could be used in upper elementary grades or high school as well. Files included: • Teacher & Student Resources • Student Instructions, Expectations and Grading Rubric • Google Tour Builder Getting Started Tutorial
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Google Tour Builder - Explore the Architectural Landmarks of New York City

Google Tour Builder - Explore the Architectural Landmarks of New York City

Create your own tour of the architectural landmarks in New York City! Students learn more about famous structures and landmarks in New York City and the individuals who created them as they research and then create a tour using Google Tour Builder to showcase their information along with pictures, videos and maps. Included with the lesson are student expectations, grading rubric and a tutorial for Google Tour Builder (a free, Web 2.0 tool that does not require download). For classrooms with limited technology, this lesson can be completed with students working in pairs or small groups. The completed presentations can be shared with the rest of the class if the teacher chooses. This is a great activity for a social studies or history class, or for a technology class. This lesson was designed for middle school (grades 6-8) but could be used in upper elementary grades or high school as well. Files included: • Teacher & Student Resources • Student Instructions, Expectations and Grading Rubric • Google Tour Builder Getting Started Tutorial
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Google Tour Builder - Explore the Architectural Landmarks of Dallas

Google Tour Builder - Explore the Architectural Landmarks of Dallas

Create your own tour of the architectural landmarks in Dallas! Students learn more about famous structures and landmarks in Dallas, Texas and the individuals who created them as they research and then create a tour using Google Tour Builder to showcase their information along with pictures, videos and maps. Included with the lesson are student expectations, grading rubric and a tutorial for Google Tour Builder (a free, Web 2.0 tool that does not require download). For classrooms with limited technology, this lesson can be completed with students working in pairs or small groups. The completed presentations can be shared with the rest of the class if the teacher chooses. This is a great activity for a social studies or history class, or for a technology class. This lesson was designed for middle school (grades 6-8) but could be used in upper elementary grades or high school as well. Files included: • Teacher & Student Resources • Student Instructions, Expectations and Grading Rubric • Google Tour Builder Getting Started Tutorial
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