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GradesK to 12
As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, coaches will: Explore TeachersFirst, evaluating its resources, original content, and value-added reviews for potential in meeting the needs of teachers and students they work with; Share and discuss challenges with working with reluctant teachers; Identify strategies to help teachers reluctant to new technologies; Explore professional offerings to support effective teaching; Find and exchange challenges, ideas, and solutions with other coaches through live discussion during the session; and (follow-up) use selected solutions from this session and/or TeachersFirst's resources to suggest or model new strategies/resources in an upcoming coaching opportunity. Applicable ISTE-T standards (2008)*: 2a, b, c, d, e, f; 3 a, b, c; 6a ISTE's standards page.
In the ClassroomConnect with other ed tech coaches to find solutions to help your most reluctant teachers. View this archive for fresh ideas. Take a look at the resource page full of excellent resources to explore! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
GradesK to 12
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.
In the ClassroomExplore 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.
Grades4 to 8
In the ClassroomBe sure to bookmark this site on classroom computers for students to use as a resource to find reading material that suits their interests. Share with your school's media specialist for use when ordering library books. Share on your class web page as a resource for parents. Use this AuthorStream as a model and have students create their own book talks as an alternative to a traditional book report. Consider using a tool such as RawShorts, reviewed here, for short book talks or Moovly, reviewed here, for longer book talks. Post the videos on your teacher website for parents to enjoy.
Grades4 to 12
In the ClassroomUse maps for current events, geography, or much more. Use your interactive whiteboard or projector and show a sampler of Showcase maps to students. For example, share Great Women in History and The American Revolution. Consider asking a small team of students to create a Heganoo about a historic event or environmental issue you are studying. Have the student team demonstrate to the class how they created the project and how to use Heganoo at the same time. Heganoo would make a great project for any subject area. Students can create a Heganoo about a battle, a natural disaster, a famous scientist or mathematician, an author's life, or a short story you just read. Creating a Heganoo would be a good project for your gifted students to extend their learning about any subject.
Grades4 to 12
In the ClassroomStudents can use Printing Press to demonstrate learning of any kind across grade levels and content areas. Instead of writing a boring research report, have your students create a professional looking newspaper or brochure! Math and science students can create posters explaining concepts they learned. Students can photograph experiments and write up labs. Use Printing Press for students to "report" out the important events in a book they read, or make a poster advertising it as a movie. Teachers can use this tool as a jump page to guide a lesson or upload images and write up examples of exemplary work to share with students to set expectations for completed products before beginning any project. The uses for this tool are wide open!
Grades4 to 12
In the ClassroomUsers must be familiar with Google documents and forms. You must also have a Google account (FREE). Follow the demo and overview to become acquainted with this tool. This tool is best used by teachers for ongoing formative assessment. If allowing students to create formative assessments, be sure to create a separate class Google and Flubaroo account for use. Consider assigning groups to to make daily quizzes for the whole class to take as an ongoing formative assessment. Use for check point quizzes to check on terminology, general understanding, and to identify weaknesses in student understanding. Be sure to save this site in your favorites to use professionally to save time and keep your learning tasks organized.
I would be curious to know how good you have to be with Google docs to be able to use this. Sounds like a summer project for me!Thinking, PA, Grades: 5 - 10
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomGather 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.
GradesK to 12
tag(s): Google (12)
In the ClassroomThe 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.
GradesK to 9
In the ClassroomShare individual videos with parents to help them understand different reading strategies. Embed a video of the week on your class website or blog for parents. Share with colleagues as part of your ongoing professional development.
GradesK to 5
tag(s): addition (252), classroom management (129), DAT device agnostic tool (192), data (149), decimals (133), differentiation (47), division (172), fractions (239), geometric shapes (159), measurement (163), multiplication (227), numbers (203), operations (126), subtraction (209)
In the ClassroomUse Zearn on a projector or an interactive whiteboard to demonstrate specific concepts or use as weekly math centers for student practice. Zearn provides data to target instruction to specific students or concepts needing additional reinforcement. Since Zearn is a complete math program, with individualized lessons for students to work on, teachers can conduct small group instruction while others work independently. Zearn is perfect to use for gifted or advanced students, allowing them to work at their own pace. Be sure to put a link to Zearn on your class web page for students to use at home.
Includes an education-only area for teachers and students
Parent permission advised before posting student work created using this tool
Requires registration/log-in (WITH email)
Includes teacher tools for registering and/or monitoring students
Grades3 to 5
In the ClassroomAssign specific activities to students for individual practice. This site is great for differentiation. Meet your students' needs by assigning them a subject/activity that relates to what they are learning. Create a link on classroom computers. Share this site with parents in your classroom newsletter or website as a resource for grammar practice. Be sure to point out the glossary included with each game for learning and understanding grammar concepts.
GradesK to 12
tag(s): characterization (16), context clues (8), figurative language (16), guided reading (46), independent reading (125), main idea (9), parts of speech (68), plot (10), point of view (9), reading comprehension (114), reading strategies (43), sequencing (31), themes (12), vocabulary (323)
In the ClassroomThis site is a must. Bookmark ReadWorks for access throughout the year. Search for lessons addressing specific skills to use in your classroom. Share with others in your building, and be sure to check out the 5th and 6th grade novel study units for classroom use, perhaps with gifted 3rd and 4th graders too!
Grades4 to 5
tag(s): reading lists (72)
Grades3 to 5
In the ClassroomExtend this lesson using online tools such as Thinglink, reviewed here, for students to upload and share their figure of speech projects and comment to each other about them.
Grades3 to 6
In the ClassroomTake advantage of this free and interactive lesson plan! Just be sure to save it as a favorite to allow for easy retrieval later on!
Grades4 to 6
Many of these ideas and templates can be adapted for use with almost any subject or concepts, to differentiate for different learning styles. The lesson includes national standards.
tag(s): volcanoes (61)
In the ClassroomExperienced and new teachers alike will find this example helpful in designing multi-sensory, technology-infused lessons.
GradesK to 12
tag(s): organizational skills (120)
In the ClassroomExplore 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.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomLearn 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.
GradesK to 12
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In the ClassroomCreate books together as a class as you move through a unit or topic, adding images and ideas your students suggest. Use in a flipped classroom to deliver course information. Assign several student groups a different topic and have each group create their own multimedia versions as they learn more about the topic. Make a digital bookshelf of all the versions for all to use. Challenge your gifted students to enhance the "standard" class text with additional material they discover by going deeper and learning about related topics. In lower grades, create teacher-made ebooks for your young readers, perhaps adding audio of your own voice reading the text.
Grades2 to 12
In the ClassroomCreate a quiz as a tool for checking prior knowledge or making a quick assessment. Have students answer exit questions or see what students remember from the previous day using Quizzy. Use for formative assessment to identify misconceptions that students may have at the start of a unit. ESL/ELL and world language teachers could use this for vocabulary practice. Have students create quizzes with characteristics of story characters for classmates to see which character they are most like. Students could also create a quiz to present to his/her peers after giving a class presentation.
Grades4 to 12
In the ClassroomUse Stack up to monitor the time students spend on specifically assigned websites. You can also track reading around the web by pre-defined guidelines allowing flexibility of student choice. Use of privacy settings allows competition with reading times or use settings that allow complete privacy. Upon the completion of reading requirements, have students use a tool like Zoho Show (similar to Powerpoint, but easier and free), reviewed here, to present information learned.
Grades5 to 12
In the ClassroomThis is an exciting way to begin an iPad (or BYOD) integration into the classroom. Though it may be difficult to determine the best pacing of the lesson, the ability to slow down the advancement of the next screen allows more time to digest the information. Be aware that students needing more time may be very frustrated as the screen may advance before they are able to finish. Start small by uploading presentations and using JPEG and other images. Add interactive elements such as polls and videos. Grab students attention by using the first slide to deliver a piece of humorous information. Create guided learning stations and push out several presentations to different devices as students move through the various lessons to be learned. This technique can be helpful for struggling learners. Use this tool to help reinforce the most difficult parts of the lesson. Use the app to create schedules for training, clubs, and more. For English, learn about grammar rules, sentence structure, and other elements necessary for good writing. For ESL/ELL classes and world languages, practice various vocabulary words and learn tenses of verbs. Learn vocabulary and basic scientific concepts in any science class or facts about historical periods in history classes. This app is a valuable tool in any classroom.
Grades3 to 12
In the ClassroomThis site would be very handy in world language classes and when working with ESL/ELL students. Use this site as a learning station or center. Include this site as a resource when students are preparing a project about another culture. If you have students in world language, world cultures, or even language arts classes who need enrichment - send them to this site to learn the basics of a new language or to look for roots that show in English. Self-motivated advanced students or those planning a semester abroad can learn language basics on their own here. Be sure to include this site for "Children of the World Day" or family heritage day activities.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomFind great resources that help answer "What is energy?," the different energy sources, and using and saving energy. Have cooperative learning groups explore one of the articles of interest on this page and create a multimedia project using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomView videos on your interactive whiteboard as part of your reading comprehension or study skills unit. Use on an as-needed basis to address classroom deficiencies in particular areas. Have students complete the web lessons on their own during computer center time. Create links to certain videos on your class website or blog for students to view at home. Check out the Teachers portion of the site to find activities for improving or introducing skills along with ideas for using the videos in the classroom. Challenge students to create a talking avatar using a photo or other image (legally permitted to be reproduced). The avatars can be used to provide suggestions for study skills and improving reading comprehension. Use a site such as Blabberize, reviewed here.
This is an excellent site with a variety of short videos for concept instruction.Patricia, NJ, Grades: 6 - 12