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OK2Ask: Innovation with Gamification Level Up your Learning! - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from February 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Gamification is an innovative way to transform classrooms. Learn how...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from February 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Gamification is an innovative way to transform classrooms. Learn how to maximize the students' learning potential by using game design and game elements in the classroom. Explore innovative resources and strategies to foster student engagement with gamification methods. This session is appropriate for teachers at Intermediate technology levels.

tag(s): game-based learning (2), gamification (2)

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Engage your students and inspire your lessons by applying game principles and elements to non-game activities. These activities can be high-tech or low-tech. It is not about the tool as much as it is about the emphasis on game-like mechanics. Start small and become comfortable with the terminology and process. Choose some aspect of your classroom practice to gamify. You might choose to gamify components of professional development, classroom management, centers, entrance/exit slips, activities, or even whole units. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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Ok2Ask Take the Common out of your Common Core ELA Standards - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from January 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore, compare, and contrast online tools. Tools shared include Class...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from January 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore, compare, and contrast online tools. Tools shared include Class Chatter, Throwww, EduBlog, and PBWorks. In addition to learning about these tools, discover many different applications for using in any classroom.

tag(s): blogs (82), commoncore (88), wikis (20)

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Inspire your lessons and find new ways to create and share writing with these tools in your classroom. Learn how to use blog and wiki tools for you and your students. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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Ok2Ask TeachersFirst Tech Tools Smackdown - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from January 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore, compare, and contrast online tools. Tools shared include Remind,...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from January 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore, compare, and contrast online tools. Tools shared include Remind, Simply Circle, AudioBoom, and Screencast-O-Matic. In addition to learning about these tools, discover many different applications for using in any classroom.

tag(s): social networking (127)

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Inspire your lessons and find new ways to communicate with these tools in your classroom. Learn how to use communication and sharing tools for you, your students, and parents. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask: 3 Tools for Creating Timelines - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from November 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore, compare, and contrast three different online timeline creators...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from November 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore, compare, and contrast three different online timeline creators (Hstry, TimeToast, & Timeline). In addition to learning about specific tools, discover many different applications for using timelines in any classroom.

tag(s): timelines (65)

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Inspire your lessons with new ways to use timeline tools in your classroom. Encourage older students to create their own timelines, create timelines together with younger students to demonstrate progression in stories, historical events, or a timeline of your school year. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask: Technology Integration made Easy with AudioBoom - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from November 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. AudioBoom has been compared to an audio version of YouTube. It is a social...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from November 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. AudioBoom has been compared to an audio version of YouTube. It is a social media platform that allows one to record, listen, and share audio files. In the classroom, AudioBoom can be used to support reading instruction, as formative assessment, or to assist with classroom management. Learn how AudioBoom can be used in your classroom through participation in this session! This session is for teachers at Intermediate technology levels.

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Become inspired with these new ways to use audio in your classroom. Collaborate with other teachers to incorporate AudioBoom into your lessons. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask'®: Tech Coaches: Tools to Get the Job Done - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from November 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. No matter what the job title, those who coach teachers all need strategies...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from November 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. No matter what the job title, those who coach teachers all need strategies and tools to maximize the effects of the work they do. In this session, we discuss tools to help create, curate, and circulate resources. Learn from other coaches as they share tools that work for them. This session is for teachers at all technology levels.

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Use selected solutions from this session and/or TeachersFirst's resources to suggest or model new strategies/resources in an upcoming coaching opportunity. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask: 3 Terrific Tech Tools to Poll/Quiz,Organize, & Make Images Come to Life - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from November 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore and discover three terrific tech tools. Learn about the features...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from November 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore and discover three terrific tech tools. Learn about the features available on all tools and choose one for further exploration. Tools will be shared to poll and quiz students, organize yourself and your sites, and edit images. Participants voted on which tools would be shared. This session includes Kahoot, Symbaloo, and Spruce. Time is provided to create a project using one of the shared tools.

tag(s): images (255), organizational skills (107), polls and surveys (43)

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Gather ideas from this session to find some new tech tools to use in your classroom View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask: Resources for Energizing Your Math K-8 Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from October 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore the resources of TeachersFirst to energize and strengthen the...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from October 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore the resources of TeachersFirst to energize and strengthen the teaching of Common Core Math Standards in the classroom. View and explore new resources for lesson planning, student use, and collaboration with a focus on understanding and developing math concepts as well as the use of writing the math classroom.

tag(s): commoncore (88)

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Explore the many resources and ideas from this session to enhance your math teaching practices. Take advantage of the many useful Common Core sites to find lessons for use in any classroom. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask: Create With Coding - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from October 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Learning to code can help students develop high level problem-solving...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from October 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Learning to code can help students develop high level problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Explore age-appropriate resources and strategies, including games for teaching students coding skills. Learn strategies for "unplugged" classroom activities for all grade levels. Learning to code turns our technology tourists from passive learners into makers and producers. This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels.

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Explore these interesting tools to introduce coding into your classroom. Are you a little intimidated at the thought of teaching coding skills? Learn together with fellow teachers to take the intimidation factor out and become an expert at introducing these high-level activities to your students. Find additional coding resources and links on these TeachersFirst pages. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask: Get Organized: For You, Your Classroom and Your Students! - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from October 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Get organized using the many organizational resources offered at TeachersFirst....more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from October 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Get organized using the many organizational resources offered at TeachersFirst. Explore resources to share with your students to help them stay organized. Find tools to use in your classroom (or on your website) to keep the entire class organized and explore many resources to keep yourself organized both professionally and personally. Use exploration time to discover and discuss how selected resources can be utilized in your classroom. This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels.

tag(s): organizational skills (107)

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Explore tools to help keep your students, the classroom, and yourself organized. Share and collaborate organizational strategies. Find solutions to individual organization struggles. Delve deeper into an organizational tool shared. Watch this recording together with a few of your teaching colleagues to collect new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask: Google's Productivity Tools for the Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from October 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Learn about some of the many tools that Google has to offer. Learn more...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from October 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Learn about some of the many tools that Google has to offer. Learn more about using Gmail in the classroom, Google Calendar, Google Drive (including templates and docs/forms), and Google Keep! Other tools including Photos, Google Plus, and Flubaroo will also be explored. Time is included to explore and play with the tools to create. This session is for teachers at intermediate to advanced technology comfort levels.

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Learn how to use Google tools to enhance your lessons, remain organized, and collaborate more effectively. Watch this recording together with a few of your teaching colleagues to collect new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask: Google Search Tips and Tricks - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from October 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore Super Searching on Google. Find out about the various tools (and...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from October 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore Super Searching on Google. Find out about the various tools (and tricks) used to make searching a "snap." Learn more about Google Trends, Google Correlate, Blog Searches, and more. This session also offers an introduction to Google Maps and demonstrations of various tools available. Time is provided for individual exploration.

tag(s): search strategies (28)

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Inspire your lessons with new ways to search and save time when using Google. Watch this recording together with a few of your teaching colleagues to share and collect new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask: The Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship in Your Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from October 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Join us to learn about tools and resources to teach your students about...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from October 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Join us to learn about tools and resources to teach your students about safe and responsible online behavior. Teaching students about digital citizenship not only benefits the students, but can improve the climate of your classroom. This session helps you use the themes of Respect, Educate, and Protect to teach digital citizenship. Participants have the opportunity to view discussions of strategies and explore resources for weaving this essential 21st century skill into the core curriculum and throughout the school day.

tag(s): digital citizenship (48)

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Become informed about digital citizenship for yourself and students. Watch this recording together with a few of your teaching colleagues to collect new ideas. Find related resources and links on these TeachersFirst pages.. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask: Daily 5 With a Technology Twist - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from October 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. What is the Daily 5? How can you infuse technology into your Daily 5?...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from October 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. What is the Daily 5? How can you infuse technology into your Daily 5? This session offers an introduction to the Daily 5. Learn what the Daily 5 is and how it can work in your elementary or middle school classroom. Explore resources to learn more about the Daily 5. Find tools that will work with your students. This session is for teachers at all technology comfort levels.

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Find tools from this session to incorporate technology into Daily 5 structure. Watch this recording together with a few of your teaching colleagues to collect and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask: Flip It: Tools for a Flipped Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from September 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. What is Flipped Learning? Learn about the basics of flipping the classroom,...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from September 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. What is Flipped Learning? Learn about the basics of flipping the classroom, including pros and cons as well as management ideas. Find resources to use for creating interactive flipped activities. Explore resources for assessing, differentiating, and communicating in a Flipped classroom. Find resources to investigate and understand Flipped learning environments, explore apps to help organize students and the content in a Flipped classroom, review tools that assess students' knowledge (both for pretesting and general assessment/feedback), envision the use of many free tools in the Flipped classroom, and earn management strategies for an effective Flipped environment.

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Change up your classroom with these suggestions for flipped learning. Watch this recording together with a few of your teaching colleagues to collect and collaborate with new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask: Great Ideas for Developing Technology Infused Lessons - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from September 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore the teacher-friendly features of TeachersFirst to help you save...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from September 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore the teacher-friendly features of TeachersFirst to help you save time in developing technology infused lessons. This session offers new strategies to incorporate the tools of the web successfully into any classroom. As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will locate resources within TeachersFirst to provide real-world learning experiences for their students, locate and evaluate effective, web-based tools and resources in support of teaching and learning, both for themselves and for their students, evaluate TeachersFirst membership features applicable to their individual technology expertise and teaching situation and find solutions to individual questions or practical problems of their teaching situation by exploring TeachersFirst.

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Inspire your lessons with new ways to use technology in your classroom. Watch this recording together with a few of your teaching colleagues to collect and collaborate with new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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Ok2Ask'®: Digital Storytelling (Grades K-12) - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from August 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Once upon a time, teachers wanted to make content meaningful and relevant...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from August 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Once upon a time, teachers wanted to make content meaningful and relevant to their students' lives. They carefully crept into the TeachersFirst world of Ok2ask and the world of Digital Storytelling! There, revealed to all teachers, were ways to promote higher level thinking skills and multiple intelligences in content areas to increase enduring understandings of any unit or topic. Along the way, they discovered; what digital storytelling is, how to plan, develop, find web-based tools to assist, and evaluate. Around the bend, the teachers uncovered resources to promote collaboration and sharing of the story. Come into this TeachersFirst Ok2Ask webinar and see how to integrate digital storytelling as a formative, summative, effective way to learn content. This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels.

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Uncover the mysteries of digital storytelling, and discover how to use it easily and effectively; Follow steps for successful implementation of a digital storytelling project, locate supporting materials and handouts appropriate to your class, grade, and subject; Discover ways to integrate digital storytelling into the curriculum; Review resources for healthy digital citizenship; Explore a variety of web based tools and resources to support digital storytelling; and (Follow up) Consider possible projects or activities integrating digital storytelling with curriculum from science, social studies, math, or others. Applicable ISTE-T standards (2008)*: 1a, c, d 2 a, b, c, d, 3 a, b 4 a, b, c, d and 5b ISTE's standards page.

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Bring digital storytelling to life in your classroom with the fabulous ideas shared during this session. Take a look at the resource page full of excellent resources to explore! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask'®: TeachersFirst Summer Book Club 2015 - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from August 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. As teachers, summer gives us a chance to recharge and prepare for the upcoming...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from August 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. As teachers, summer gives us a chance to recharge and prepare for the upcoming year. One way to prepare is to learn something new that you would like to try next year. Join our TeachersFirst Inaugural Summer Book Club as we read and discuss Boni Hamilton's "Integrating Technology in the Classroom." We'll have synchronous sessions via Adobe Connect and discussion via Google+. Reading, discussions and webinars should take about 45 hours.

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Share favorite Web 2.0 tools; Discuss Internet Safety, COPPA and Copyright; Their effect on instruction and Instructional strategies for sharing this information with students; Investigate sites to learn more about technology Integration; Share reactions to the content with the author of our book - Boni Hamilton; and Plan for sharing information gained through the book club. Applicable ISTE-T standards (2008)*: NETS-T 1d, 2a, 3a, 4a, 5; NETS-C 4b, c; 6a ISTE's standards page.

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OK2Ask'®: Tech It Out - DATS: Tools and Management Tips for your BYOD or 1:1 classroom - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from August 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Texting.. Texting.. 1-2-3 - What is your greatest BYOT (1:1) need? More...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from August 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Texting.. Texting.. 1-2-3 - What is your greatest BYOT (1:1) need? More than likely there is an app for that! Let our team of BYOT "tech-perts" help you find useful free tools to get started with BYOT or complement your current app offerings. The tools that we will share are "device agnostic" - meaning they will work on any device and are offered in both app and web browser formats. We will share tools to communicate with students, parents, and colleagues (collaboration). Participants will have the opportunity to explore tools for differentiation and assessment. We will share management strategies for all levels. Participants will also try out tools to organize their students, their classrooms, and themselves! This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels.

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Find technology tools to differentiate curriculum content in the BYOT (1:1) classroom; Explore apps to help organize students, the classroom, and the busy life of a teacher; Review tools to assess students knowledge (both for pretesting and general assessment/feedback); View tools to use to improve communication with parents, students, and other colleagues; Envision the use of many free tools in the BYOT (or 1:1) classroom; Discuss the importance of finding the age-appropriate (safe) tool; Learn management strategies for an effective BYOD environment; and (Follow-Up) Use selected solutions from this session and/or TeachersFirst resources to implement new strategies/resources in an upcoming lesson. Applicable ISTE-T standards (2008)*: 1a and b, 2b and c, 3a and d ISTE's standards page.

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Find the perfect DATs for your classroom. Learn about many tips and tricks to make your byod (1:1) classroom run smoother. Take a look at the resource page full of excellent resources to explore! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask'®: School Year KickOff 2015 - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Discover all of the "ready to go" resources available at TeachersFirst. Explore...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Discover all of the "ready to go" resources available at TeachersFirst. Explore the Professional Resources, TeachersFirst Exclusives, and some of our favorite back to school "time savers." Find inspiration for new teaching strategies in this fast-paced session! This session is appropriate for teachers at all levels of technology comfort.

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Explore the various Professional Resources available at TeachersFirst: differentiating, rubrics, working with parents, wikis, blogs, and more; Browse and explore the various ready to go lesson plans and units created by TeachersFirst; Find some back to school time savers for both students and teachers; Have free exploration time to find materials relevant to his/her classroom needs; and (Follow-up) Plan and implement a student-centered, curriculum-related use of the resource(s) of choice as part of an upcoming teaching unit. Or plan how to use the professional resources to prepare for the new school year. Applicable ISTE-T standards (2008)*: 1b, 2a and b, 3d ISTE's standards page.

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Ready.. Set... Go! It is back to school time. Are you ready? Find many tips and tricks to make your year (and life easier). Take a look at the resource page full of excellent resources to explore! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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