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Embracing Research - TeachersFirst

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This installment in the Help I lost my library/media specialist series offers a step by step approach to a research unit, written by an experienced elementary library/media specialist....more
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This installment in the Help I lost my library/media specialist series offers a step by step approach to a research unit, written by an experienced elementary library/media specialist. Although nothing can replace the specialized knowledge of a teacher-librarian, this plan includes everything from pre-planning to sharing an assessing products. There are different resources and ideas for primary, upper elementary, and middle school grades. It is almost like having your helpful library/media specialist working along with you!

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Mark this one in your Favorites for use when planning you next major research project. The resources and ideas will help every student be successful. Adapt for weaker readers by using resources or ideas from lower grades.

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OK2Ask'®: Guilty about Gifted August 2014 - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from August 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Move beyond feeling guilty. Experienced gifted teachers will share technology...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from August 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Move beyond feeling guilty. Experienced gifted teachers will share technology resources to differentiate, foster creativity, help with organization and focus, and encourage digital collaboration in this fast-paced session. Nourish gifted needs while maintaining your sanity. Discover resources available at TeachersFirst. A question/answer period will be available to help with individual questions. It's OK2Ask'®. This session is appropriate for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels.

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Use TeachersFirst to find tools to differentiate academic content for gifted students in their regular classroom. Locate web-based resources that promote creative thinking in gifted students. Explore opportunities for collaboration among gifted peers. Envision the use of personalized "Me Portfolios." View tools that improve students' organizational skills and facilitate classroom management. (Follow-up) Implement one of the provided resources into an upcoming teaching unit or lesson. Applicable ISTE-T standards (2008)*: 1a, b, c; 2a, b, c, d; 3b, c, d; 4c. Please read the full text at ISTE's standards page.

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Got gifted students? Then this is a must-see session for you! Learn new ways to help both the student (and yourself) stay organized. Find sites to increase creativity, advance students, and offer enrichment. Take a look at the resource page full of GREAT ideas! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask'®: Great Timesavers November 2014 - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from November 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Discover TeachersFirst to inspire new ways of thinking about lessons,...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from November 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Discover TeachersFirst to inspire new ways of thinking about lessons, student learning, and the web. This session will briefly share the new ways to find resources on TeachersFirst to help you save time. Participants will also learn the value of FREE TeachersFirst membership and how to find and use the tools available to members. A question/answer period will be available to help with individual questions. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels. 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; Locate and use the many tools available to TeachersFirst members; (Follow-up) Use the features of FREE TeachersFirst membership to maximize student learning and parental communication while saving time. Applicable ISTE-T standards (2008)*: 1b, 2a and b, 3d. ISTE's standards page.

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Join TeachersFirst (FREE) and take advantage of all of the time-saving features! Learn more about your many free features during this session. Take a look at the resource page to learn more. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask: Using Social Media to Build Your PLN - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from May 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. As teachers, we know that the standard Professional Development (PD) offered...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from May 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. As teachers, we know that the standard Professional Development (PD) offered at our schools doesn't always meet our learning needs or learning style. It may be too general, focused on a school initiative, or simply focused on a productivity tool - like the gradebook. Additionally, the timing of the standard PD may not be optimal. Learn to find resources on your own timetable that will help you improve your craft as a teacher and meet your personal learning needs. Join this session and you'll never want for good PD again! Participants will: 1. Define Social Media and PLN; 2. Identify different categories/types of social media platforms; 3. Explore several social media tools; 4. Understand how to connect with other educators on social media platforms; and 5. Learn tips and tricks for honing your digital identity. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. 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: Edmodo for Classroom Communication - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from August 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Communicating with students and their parents isn't always the easiest...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from August 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Communicating with students and their parents isn't always the easiest thing to do. Learn to use Edmodo to bridge that gap. Allow students to use Edmodo as a convenient way to contact you if they have questions about an assignment or if they are confused about what is being taught in class. Use of Edmodo can allow you to give individual and group feedback and foster communication between students as they learn to reach out to each other for assistance as well. As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, participants will: 1. Learn to use Edmodo to communicate with students individually and in small groups; 2. Use Edmodo to encourage students; and 3. Learn to use Edmodo to communicate with parents and guardians. Remember, it is OK2Ask'® questions at any time! This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. 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: Getting Started with OneNote - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from February 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Microsoft OneNote is a free tool that takes digital notebooks to the...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from February 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Microsoft OneNote is a free tool that takes digital notebooks to the extreme while keeping everything together on all of your devices. Organize, create, and collaborate anytime anywhere with text, audio, video, files, digital ink, and so much more! Provide support, feedback, and encouragement from one simple application. Remember, it's OK2Ask''®. This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels. As a result of this session teachers will: (1) Learn the basic use of Microsoft OneNote; (2) Explore ways to give feedback to students using OneNote; and (3) Collaborate with other educators on ways to use OneNote in the classroom.

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. 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'®: Google 6-Part Series: Google Cool Tools - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from April 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Learn about the latest and greatest Google Cool Tools, plus some old favorites...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from April 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Learn about the latest and greatest Google Cool Tools, plus some old favorites in this fast paced session. Explore basics such as Google Translate and Google Voice. Plus, delve into Hangouts, Orkut, and the newer features that Google has to offer. Time will be provided for individual exploration. A question/answer period will be available to help with individual questions. It's OK2Ask'''®. This fast paced session is appropriate for teachers at the Intermediate to advanced technology comfort levels. As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Explore Google Translate, Google Voice, Hangouts, and Orkut and learn a few teaching features; Evaluate selected tools available for use in your curriculum; Explore topics and lesson ideas that could be enhanced using Google Cool Tools; Learn about the latest tools that Google has to offer; Find solutions to individual questions or practical problems, and (Follow-Up) Create a project for your class (or position) using one of the tools shared during the session. Applicable NETS-T standards (2008)*: 1a and b, 2b and c, 3a and d. Please read the full text at ISTE's NETS-T page.

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Explore various Cool Tools in this session. Learn ways to implement these tools in your classroom. Take a look at the resource page full of GREAT ideas! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask'®: Google 6-Part Series (Part 2): Google Search Secrets - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from November 2014, 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 November 2014, 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, Google Tools available on TeachersFirst, and more. Participants will be given time to explore. A question/answer period will also be available. This session is for teachers at Beginner to Intermediate Technology Comfort Levels. As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Explore several of the various educational search tools available through Google; Browse and explore Google Trends, Google Correlate, Blog Searches, and more; Explore the many resources on TeachersFirst related to Google's offerings; (Follow-up) Create a lesson for your own classroom (or position) using one of the Google tools shared. Applicable ISTE-T standards (2008)*: 1a and b, 2b and c, 3a and d. ISTE's standards page.

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Become a super searcher using the tips shared in this engaging and fast-paced session. Use the strategies and tools shared to save time while you search on Google! Take a look at the resource page full of GREAT ideas! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask'®: Google 201: Google Intermediate Level Cool Tools - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 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 July 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. Take your lessons INTO the world using Google Maps. This session will also offer an introduction to Google Maps, demonstrate and evaluate various tools available, provide time for individual exploration, and more. Participants will be given time to explore. A question/answer period will also be available. This session is for teachers at Beginner to Intermediate Technology Comfort Levels.

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Explore several of the various educational search tools available through Google; Browse and explore Google Trends, Google Correlate, Blog Searches, and more; Explore the many resources on TeachersFirst related to Google's offerings; Explore Google Maps and learn a few teaching features; Explore topics and lesson ideas that could be enhanced using Google Maps; (Follow-up) Create a lesson for your own classroom (or position) using one of the Google tools shared. Applicable ISTE-T standards (2008)*: 1a and b, 2a, b, c and 3a and d ISTE's standards page.

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Search through these Google goodies to find new ideas to save you time searching on Google. View the Map tips and share with your students. 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: Cool Tools: Tools for the Flipped Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2016, 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 July 2016, 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. Explore 3 tools to use for creating interactive flipped activities. Find resources for assessing, differentiating, and communicating in a Flipped classroom. A question/answer period will be available to help with individual questions. As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, participants will: 1. Find resources to investigate and understand Flipped learning environments; 2. Explore apps to help organize students and the content in a Flipped classroom; 3. Review tools that assess students knowledge (both for pretesting and general assessment/feedback); 4. Envision the use of many free tools in the Flipped classroom; and 5. Learn management strategies for an effective Flipped environment. Remember, it is OK2Ask'® questions at any time! This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. 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: 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: Coding with Kids - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from November 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Discover the world of coding with your students. Begin by learning how...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from November 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Discover the world of coding with your students. Begin by learning how to introduce students to the world of coding and computer programming. Learn about computational thinking skills and how it develops logical thinking. Continue with a hands on activity to activate concrete understanding of programming. Explore three different sites that use visual coding to develop programming skills. By the end of this session, you will be well on your way to begin the journey in learning and teaching computer programming. As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: (1) Understand what is coding and how aspects of it can be used in the classroom; (2) Explore resources to introduce coding and game design into the classroom including unplugged activities; (3) Envision the use of free tools for use in Coding in the classroom; and (4) Learn reasons for integrating coding in the classroom. This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels.

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. 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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Common Core Part 2: Moving Forward with Informational Text - TeachersFirst

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In this second in a series about Common Core, move into lessons that address Common Core Reading standards for "informational texts." This article offers specifics about Common Core...more
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In this second in a series about Common Core, move into lessons that address Common Core Reading standards for "informational texts." This article offers specifics about Common Core Anchor Standard #5 for Reading, which deals with text structure. Find explanations of the five most common text structures and instructional approaches to help students understand and even write each type of information text. Learn how you can explicitly teach organizational patterns in reading and have students apply these patterns in their own writing. Note that the CCSS and texts also apply in science and social studies literacy, so the lessons cross into these disciplines, as well. Although the article is intended for elementary teachers as part of our Help! I lost my library/media specialist series, the discussion of Common Core and informational texts applies at any level.

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Read lesson ideas and explore the suggested resources as you begin to implement Common Core. Mark this article in your Favorites. Many of the suggested resources may be helpful during curriculum planning sessions with other teachers. Click the "share" widget to send them to others!

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OK2Ask'®:Skype: Bring the World Into Your Classroom August 2014 - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from August 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Discover TeachersFirst to explore and energize your classroom through the...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from August 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Discover TeachersFirst to explore and energize your classroom through the use of Skype. Participants will view and explore resources for understanding and learning about Skype as well as explore ideas for immediate and future classroom activities. A question/answer period will be available to help with individual questions. It's OK2Ask,"'?. This session is appropriate for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels.

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Gather ideas by exploring 6-10 Skype resources located on TeachersFirst. Investigate and discuss lesson ideas offered in the reviews and by other teachers in this online session. List possible curriculum-related projects or activities that students could do in his/her classes using one of these resources. Explore and practice with the resource(s) of choice. (Follow-up) Plan and implement a student-centered, curriculum-related use of the resource(s) of choice as part of an upcoming teaching unit. Applicable ISTE-T standards (2008)*: 1a,b,and d, 2a, b, and c, 3b and d,4c and d, 5a. Please read the full text at ISTE's standards page

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Bring Skype into your classroom. Learn about some great ideas and sites to use in your classroom with Skype. Take a look at the resource page full of GREAT ideas! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here
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OK2Ask'®: Google 301: Google Advanced Level Cool Tools - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Learn about the latest and greatest Google Cool Tools, plus some old favorites...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Learn about the latest and greatest Google Cool Tools, plus some old favorites in this fast paced session. Explore basics such as Google Templates and Google Docs and Forms. Plus, delve into Hangouts, Google plus, Picasa, and the newer features that Google has to offer. Time will be provided for individual exploration. A question/answer period will be available to help with individual questions. It's OK2Ask''®. This fast paced session is appropriate for teachers at the Intermediate to advanced technology comfort levels.

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Explore Google Templates, Google Docs, Google Forms, Hangouts, and Google Plus and learn a few teaching features; Evaluate selected tools available for use in your curriculum; Explore topics and lesson ideas that could be enhanced using Google Cool Tools; Learn about the latest tools that Google has to offer; Find solutions to individual questions or practical problems; (Follow-Up) Create a project for your class (or position) using one of the tools shared during the session. Applicable ISTE-T standards (2008)*: 1a, b, and d, 2a, b, and c, 3b and d, 4c and d, 5a ISTE's standards page.

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Explore the "tech"tactic advanced tools that Google has to offer! Use this session to learn more ways to organize, save time, communicate, and collaborate both in and out of your classroom. 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®:Now I See! April 2013 - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from April 9, 2013, opens in Adobe Connect. Infographics are an excellent tool for students to understand and connect...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from April 9, 2013, opens in Adobe Connect. Infographics are an excellent tool for students to understand and connect vocabulary, data, and other information. Discover ways for students to use infographics to learn and to "show what they know." Hear how one teacher implemented infographics as the scaffold for learning. Discover helpful tools, how-to strategies, and practical tips for using student-created infographics in middle school or high school classes. (Ideas are adaptable for elementary). As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: List possible ways to incorporate infographics in your curriculum; Chat with a teacher who has used infographics and learn from her experiences; View examples of student-made infographics and hear students' thoughts about learning through infographics; Discuss how to get started with infographics, even if you are NOT a visual person!; Explore a sampling of resources, materials, and web-based tools appropriate for student-created infographics in many subjects/grade levels; Locate at least one appropriate web resource/tool for use in your curriculum/teaching situation; (follow-up) Implement lesson(s) using infographics as scaffold or assessment (or both).

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View this recording to learn more about infographics and how to use them in your classroom. Reach your more visual learners using infographics. Visit the resource page to view all of the links shared. 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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OK2Ask: My Maps Basics - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Participants will have time to explore maps and discover ways they can be...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Participants will have time to explore maps and discover ways they can be implemented into classrooms with students of all ages. As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: 1. Explore the difference between Google Maps and its features; 2. Learn about Google My Maps' uses in education; 3. Explore other products from Google Maps; and 4. Plan a way to incorporate maps into an upcoming lesson. Remember, it is OK2Ask'® questions at any time! This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Google (15), maps (289)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. 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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Food, Glorious Food! Serving Up Common Core Connections - TeachersFirst

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This read-aloud from TeachersFirst provides some resources and suggestions of books and activities on the theme of Foods and Nutrition. The content areas can provide rich opportunities...more
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This read-aloud from TeachersFirst provides some resources and suggestions of books and activities on the theme of Foods and Nutrition. The content areas can provide rich opportunities to integrate the CCSS English Language Arts standards as we teach science, health, and social studies. With the current focus on childhood obesity, the popularity of school gardens and farm-to-school initiatives, and the campaign to "eat local," the connection to food-related books is compelling. This installment in our Help! I lost my library/media specialist! series of ideas for implementing Common Core really gives you "food for thought."

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When teaching science, social studies, or health content about nutrition, foods, plants, or farms, consider pairing fictional books along with informational texts to maximize the potential of every unit of study. This read-aloud is a good starting point. What a perfect way to integrate healthy eating, whether during the holiday season or spring garden planting!

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OK2Ask: Technology Integration Made Easy with Voicethread - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from April 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Learn to use VoiceThread in your classroom. Need to have students create...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from April 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Learn to use VoiceThread in your classroom. Need to have students create a project to demonstrate comprehension? Want to allow your class to continue an important conversation after class is dismissed for the day? Can you make formative assessment less foreboding? You can use VoiceThread for all of this and more. Learn to easily add a layer of interaction in your class that increases student engagement. Join us for this session and your students will thank you! Please Note: It would be best to attend this session on a computer. iPad users attending this session should download the VoiceThread app prior to the session. Participants will: 1. Learn basic use of the VoiceThread tool; 2. Explore three different ways to use VoiceThreads in the classroom; and 3. Plan for the use of VoiceThread in the classroom This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. 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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