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Diversity Workshop - USC School of Social Work

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9 to 12
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Diversity Workshop is a training guide for facilitating discussions on diversity and the role of identity in social relationships. Training focuses on two key areas - the concept of...more
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Diversity Workshop is a training guide for facilitating discussions on diversity and the role of identity in social relationships. Training focuses on two key areas - the concept of culture and identity. Different activities offer participants the opportunity to learn about and practice ideas within each concept.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (115), cultures (105), diversity (36)

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Take advantage of the activities shared within the guide to use as part of community building in your classroom or to teach diversity. Have students create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from this site using a tool such as WordItOut, reviewed here. Before and after activities have students or groups collect ideas and thoughts about diversity using Dotstorming, reviewed here. The Dotstorming application creates free online bulletin boards. Embed Dotstorming on your class website for students to access at home.

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Professor Garfield - Paws

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Professor Garfield offers many entertaining activities to promote literacy and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Art) education, with America's favorite cat featured...more
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Professor Garfield offers many entertaining activities to promote literacy and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Art) education, with America's favorite cat featured as the resident "edu-cat-or." Begin by choosing from options such as Explore, Play, Create, Read, or Steamed to view offerings. In addition to games and activities for kids, Professor Garfield contains a large teacher resource area. Choose the Instructional Materials link in this area to find content categorized by grade, standards, and specific content topic. Videos reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): careers (132), comics and cartoons (74), creative writing (166), drawing (78), mental health (26), phonics (75), reading comprehension (116), reading strategies (45), sight words (37), STEM (134), vocabulary (324)

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Create a link on classroom computers for students to explore and play games on their own. The site is a little difficult to navigate; you may want to introduce it on your interactive whiteboard and demonstrate how to find specific activities and content. Be sure to share a link to Professor Garfield on your class website for student use at home. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, to compare two different stories read on the Professor Garfield site.
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OK2Ask: Cool Tools: Tools for Formative Assessment - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore three online tools that will help you with formative assessment....more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore three online tools that will help you with formative assessment. Understand the three steps in the formative assessment feedback loop. Discuss and learn ways to use formative assessment to increase gains in student learning. Use exploration time to discover and discuss how selected resources can be utilized in your 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) Understand the three steps in the formative assessment feedback loop to support learning gains; (2) Explore and evaluate the three online tools for formative assessment; (3) Find ways to use formative assessment to increase targeted feedback; (4) Discover ways to set goals to meet targeted learning goals; and (5) Make detailed plans for including formative assessments in daily lessons. Have free exploration time for finding ways to integrate these tools into your curriculum. This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels. Remember, it is OK2Ask'® questions at any time!

tag(s): assessment (100)

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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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Choose 2 Matter - Choose2Matter Inc.

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4 to 12
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Choose2Matter invites people to discover that what they do matters and to take action on their dreams and passions. Download the free ebook Liberating Genius in the Classroom-The First...more
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Choose2Matter invites people to discover that what they do matters and to take action on their dreams and passions. Download the free ebook Liberating Genius in the Classroom-The First 20 Days as a guide to students becoming mentors and role models in their community. Discover the Manifesto located under student resources challenging students to acknowledge and use the gifts and strengths within them.
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tag(s): back to school (58), differentiation (47), mentoring (12), professional development (123)

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Share this site with students as an example of how they can learn to take power over their lives and recognize their strengths. After reading and discussing the manifesto, have students upload a photo they have taken and add voice bubbles with their personal manifesto using a tool such as Superlame, reviewed here. Liberating Genius has two lessons that feature Thrively, which helps students discover and explore their passion. See the TeachersFirst review of Thrively, here.

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Gauging Your Distraction - Gabriel Dance, Tom Jackson and Aron Pilhofer/The New York Times

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8 to 12
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Discover the potential consequences of driving while distracted with this interactive focusing on the impact of driving while texting. Change lanes using your keyboard pad while sending...more
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Discover the potential consequences of driving while distracted with this interactive focusing on the impact of driving while texting. Change lanes using your keyboard pad while sending and receiving text messages. Upon completion of the game, learn your reaction times and how they compare to average response times with and without texting.

tag(s): safety (92)

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If you teach drivers education or health, include this site on your wiki or class website. Share the site with students (and parents) as a valuable addition to the "learn to drive" toolkit. Have students complete the game to learn the consequences of trying to multitask while driving. Have students create commercials about the dangers of texting and driving and share them using a tool such as SchoolTube, reviewed here.
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Mindfulness Integration LLC - Leigh Smith

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K to 12
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Mindfulness Integration offers resources and tips for slowing down and appreciating life in a mindful way. Choose the Resources link to find videos, articles, and guided meditations,...more
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Mindfulness Integration offers resources and tips for slowing down and appreciating life in a mindful way. Choose the Resources link to find videos, articles, and guided meditations, teaching the tools of behaving in a mindful manner. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.
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tag(s): brain (72), emotions (35)

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Use the videos on the site to learn more about mindfulness and how to achieve it in ten days. Share them on your interactive whiteboard as you and your students work together to achieve mindfulness throughout your day. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos using wevideo, reviewed here, that discuss mindfulness. Share the videos on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here. Use an online poster creator, like Web Poster Wizard, reviewed here, to create posters for a classroom bulletin board display.
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Royal Blind Learning Hub - Royal Blind

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Royal Blind Learning Hub offers resources for working with visually impaired students. Browse the glossary to find an extensive listing of different types of visual impairment, resources,...more
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Royal Blind Learning Hub offers resources for working with visually impaired students. Browse the glossary to find an extensive listing of different types of visual impairment, resources, and terminology. Free online screencasts offer information about teaching blind and partially sighted literacy and science. Check out the How To videos for short presentations sharing how to use a Brailler, assist blind runners, and more. The site was created in Scotland, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English.

tag(s): disabilities (20)

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Take advantage of the free resources on this site when working with visually impaired students. Share this site with your teaching colleagues who work with students with disabilities. Include information from Royal Blind Learning Hub as part of any unit on disabilities. Challenge students to find photos (legally permitted to be reproduced), and narrate the day in the life of someone with a visual impairment. Have students use Voicethread, reviewed here, to create this multimedia presentation. Voicethread allows you to narrate a picture. Have older students take this a step further and discuss different causes of blindness and visual impairments.

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OK2Ask: Technology Integration Made Easy with ThingLink - TeachersFirst

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3 to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from May 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Transform your classroom activities by learning how to use ThingLink. Engage...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from May 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Transform your classroom activities by learning how to use ThingLink. Engage students and deepen content area knowledge by creating annotated images. Text, audio, and video bring additional context to images for your students. Brainstorm with others how you and your students can use ThingLink in your classroom. Learn a little about the principles of design. We will supply you with an image to upload and the annotations so you can learn to use this fantastic tool. Participants will: 1. Learn how to annotate an image using ThingLink: text, audio, and video; 2. Determine ways in which Thinglink can be used to support instruction; and 3. Create an activity with ThingLink that can be used in class. 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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Toolkit for Promoting Empathy - Ashoka

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The Toolkit for Empathy is a downloadable handbook for teaching empathy for children in grades K-5 available in English, Spanish, French, and Korean. Find content in three sections:...more
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The Toolkit for Empathy is a downloadable handbook for teaching empathy for children in grades K-5 available in English, Spanish, French, and Korean. Find content in three sections: Prepare, Engage, and Reflect and Act. Lessons provide activities and tips for engaging children in understanding and learning empathy.

tag(s): emotions (35)

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Take advantage of these free lessons for use with character education activities throughout the year. Share ideas from this site with parents to use at home with their child. Create a class (or school) bulletin board with examples of students demonstrating empathy.
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Cyber Security Tips for Teens - Vodien Internet Solutions

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Cyber Security Tips for Teens offers a short article with information about keeping teens safe online along with several links to videos (Flash is needed for these) and PDF handouts....more
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Cyber Security Tips for Teens offers a short article with information about keeping teens safe online along with several links to videos (Flash is needed for these) and PDF handouts. Topics include online safety tips, cyberbullying, and an online safety quiz.

tag(s): cyberbullying (43), internet safety (109)

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Browse this article and the provided links for resources to use when discussing Internet safety. Share information and a link to this article with parents through your class newsletter or class website. Have students create online posters with online safety information individually or together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard, reviewed here, or PicLits, reviewed here.
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Elmer's Kindness Parade - David McKee/Anderson Press

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K to 2
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Create a culture of kindness with Elmer, the elephant, based on popular children's stories by author David McKee. Choose the download for free activities for using the Elmer books to...more
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Create a culture of kindness with Elmer, the elephant, based on popular children's stories by author David McKee. Choose the download for free activities for using the Elmer books to find examples of kindness, how to have a kindness parade, and create a kindness pledge. Ideas are all correlated to Common Core Standards.

tag(s): authors (120), emotions (35), preK (281)

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Take advantage of the ideas found on this site when teaching kindness and empathy in your classroom. Ideas are perfect for use when addressing bullying or behavior issues that arise. Take pictures of students demonstrating kindness and share on your class website or blog. Have students color the included Elmer coloring sheet to use as a bulletin board display.
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Tough Choices - Bill Chapman

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Tough Choices offers resources for small groups to discuss ethical real world problems, both past and present. Four different simulations present ethical dilemmas such as those facing...more
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Tough Choices offers resources for small groups to discuss ethical real world problems, both past and present. Four different simulations present ethical dilemmas such as those facing juries and a transplant committee. Also, find links to additional lessons and reading material.

tag(s): debate (41), persuasive writing (55), problem solving (272)

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Use materials from this site when working with debate groups. Take advantage of the ideas on this site for persuasive writing ideas. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, to compare different points of view. Have students create blogs discussing their point of view using Throwww, reviewed here, to document their learning and observations. Throwww enables you to create "quick and easy" blogs to be used one time only. Throwww provides a unique URL for sharing your blog.

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Creating Safe Spaces: Lesson Plans for Social-Emotional Learning - Michelle Manno/USC Rossier School of Education

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K to 6
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USC Rossier School of Education offers several lesson plans for K-6 students, providing support for dealing with bullying and strengthening social-emotional skills. Lessons include...more
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USC Rossier School of Education offers several lesson plans for K-6 students, providing support for dealing with bullying and strengthening social-emotional skills. Lessons include links to downloads for supporting materials. Additional links on the site provide further information about other programs with anti-bullying information.

tag(s): bullying (52), emotions (35)

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Take advantage of the free lessons offered on this site; many include suggestions for use on special dates such as Random Acts of Kindness week. Share with your school's guidance counselor as a resource for activities and lessons. Have students create blogs using Throwww, reviewed here, to share information from these lessons. Throwww allows you to create "quick and easy" blogs to be used one time only. A unique URL is provided, and this site is as easy as using a basic Word program!
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Heroes! - The Olympic Museum

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5 to 12
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What makes someone a hero? Explore the four different types of heroes from various periods in history with this virtual exhibition. Scroll through time periods to view images of heroes...more
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What makes someone a hero? Explore the four different types of heroes from various periods in history with this virtual exhibition. Scroll through time periods to view images of heroes through several Olympic periods. Learn about the influences of media and other outside sources on society's perceptions of heroic qualities.

tag(s): greeks (30), heroes (24), journalism (46), olympics (47), sports (97)

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Include this site as part of any unit on the Olympic Games or heroes. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Piktochart, reviewed here. Challenge students to create an annotated image of someone they consider to be a hero, including text boxes, video, and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, to compare and contrast two different heroes.
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Ask the Judge - Tom Jacobs

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Ask the Judge provides information and answers for teens relating to the law. Scroll through the homepage to view the latest blog entries relating to court and law issues. Choose ...more
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Ask the Judge provides information and answers for teens relating to the law. Scroll through the homepage to view the latest blog entries relating to court and law issues. Choose the Teen Help Network link to find resources by state, including attorneys, classes for teens, drug treatment programs, and more. Receive answers to questions about the law in the teen chat room by posting your question or reading through questions and responses provided by Judge Tom. Be sure to check out the "Your Rights" portion of the site with extensive information about teen rights at school, on the Internet, and much more.
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tag(s): bill of rights (28), civil rights (117), courts (15), digital citizenship (59)

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Ask the Judge explores many topics of high interest to teens; introduce it on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Have students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here, to demonstrate different rights of teens. Share with school counselors as an excellent resource of information for students and as a resource for finding specific help in your state for youth who are in trouble. Use as part of a civil rights unit as you research real cases involving teens, have students find other similar situations and compare legal outcomes.

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SheHeroes - sheheroes.org

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SheHeroes is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering girls from ages 8-14 to dream big and pursue any interests regardless of gender. Articles feature well-known and everyday...more
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SheHeroes is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering girls from ages 8-14 to dream big and pursue any interests regardless of gender. Articles feature well-known and everyday females that serve as inspiration for young girls. Choose the Features link to browse articles by categories such as engineering and sports. The video link offers several short videos of prominent women discussing how they have grown in their careers. Each includes a link to discussion questions for further exploration. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): careers (132), women (101), womens suffrage (26)

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Use SheHeroes as part of your Career Day or career unit resources. Add a link on classroom computers for students (male and female) to explore on their own. Take advantage of the further discussion questions to encourage students to think about the obstacles faced by women in business and society. Ask a prominent local business woman to speak to your class and discuss obstacles she has faced and how she was able to overcome those issues. Although the site is dedicated to girls from ages 8-14, share with both boys and girls from ages 8 and up as part of any unit on gender inequalites.
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NewseumED - NewseumED.org

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Make history relevant to the world today and learn more about First Amendment issues at the same time. Find lesson plans, a multimedia collection of primary sources and artifacts, interactive...more
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Make history relevant to the world today and learn more about First Amendment issues at the same time. Find lesson plans, a multimedia collection of primary sources and artifacts, interactive tools, and worksheets. These are searchable by type, topic, and time-period. The focus of the lessons is historical connections, media literacy, and civics and citizenship. At the time of this review, there were three EdCollections titled "Making a Change," "Women, Their Rights and Nothing Less," and "Freedom in the Balance." The latter focuses on teaching and learning about 9/11 and the attacks in Paris, France 2015, and adhering to the First Amendment freedoms and concerns for safety and the public good. All of this is free with an email sign up.

tag(s): civil rights (117), DAT device agnostic tool (200), freedom of speech (10), terrorism (49), terrorist (16)

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If you teach or even discuss civil rights, the First Amendment and its freedoms and ideals, current events, or the presidential elections be sure to look at the lessons provided here. The lessons will also help you show students how to tell facts from opinions in current events. Use ideas from the lesson plans to supplement your current teaching materials. Challenge small groups of students to create a simple infographic sharing their learning from the notes they took during the lesson. Use Piktochart, reviewed here to construct the infographic.
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Charity Navigator - Charity Navigator

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1 to 12
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Discover a database of charities that include a rating system done by financial analysts to help you make an informed decision about which charities to support. Top ten lists select...more
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Discover a database of charities that include a rating system done by financial analysts to help you make an informed decision about which charities to support. Top ten lists select charities based on most followed, celebrity related, routinely in the red, relying on public contributions, top notch, low rated, charity worth watching, as well as many more categories. Learn about charities formed to help recent events such as an earthquake, Ebola outbreaks, or supporting our troops. Learn tips for donating like tax benefits, a guide to volunteering, giving in the workplace, or questions to ask before donating.
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tag(s): communities (35), problem solving (272), service projects (25)

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Inspire your students to find worthy causes to give back and help other people in need. Give character education programs real purpose by discovering the many ways people need help. Challenge students to become an active part of your community and help others. Each class can choose a favorite charity to support through time or donations. Throughout the year, find ways to volunteer, collect money, or make a difference. Challenge each class to highlight the journey of giving in your community through a video documentary using a tool like Wevideo, reviewed here. Share videos using a tool like Schooltube, reviewed here. Keep a class blog documenting progress, plans, ideas, and experiences. New to blogging? Check out TeachersFirst's Blog Basics.

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This is a "gift" to those who are interested in having their students realize that where they donate can be researched. Furthermore it shows how many are working to improve the world across multiple categories. This helps foster critical analysis. My students will be selecting a charity and arguing for its support. Patricia, NJ, Grades: 6 - 12

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Radio Rookies - WNYC Public Radio

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8 to 12
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Radio Rookies offers programming created by teens for teens to help in coping with the challenges of teen life. Scroll down the home page to browse through recent episodes and ...more
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Radio Rookies offers programming created by teens for teens to help in coping with the challenges of teen life. Scroll down the home page to browse through recent episodes and articles featuring difficult topics such as abuse, dating, and dealing with peers. Become a part of Radio Rookies by downloading the DIY Radio Rookies Toolkit featuring ideas and information for sharing your own story. Be sure to check out the Educators portion of the site containing ideas for using Radio Rookies as a teaching tool. Complete their short survey to receive Radio Rookies: Teaching True Stories Curriculum Guide by email. Please note - many topics discussed on this site are sensitive, and not necessarily appropriate for your class. Be sure to preview any broadcast before sharing with the class.

tag(s): adolescence (11), behavior (46), emotions (35), radio (27), social skills (20)

In the Classroom

Be sure to include this site on your class webpage for students to access both in and outside of class as a resource for hearing how peers handle difficult teenage issues. Share a link with parents as a resource for them to use with their teen. Remind parents to PREVIEW! Be sure to share with your school's counselor as an excellent tool for use when working with students. Listen to episodes together with your class, and then have cooperative learning groups create podcasts discussing specific issues found in your school or classroom. Use a site such as podOmatic, reviewed here. Before beginning the podcast, have students create a storyboard using a tool like Amazon Storybuilder, reviewed here. They will also need to develop a script and practice. Try using Penflip, reviewed here, for students to write the script collaboratively. This tool allows groups of three or more to write together with complete version control.
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Thrively is a free tool that gives strengths and interests assessments in an engaging and entertaining way. Based on 23 factors and developed for children, you receive a profile that...more
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Thrively is a free tool that gives strengths and interests assessments in an engaging and entertaining way. Based on 23 factors and developed for children, you receive a profile that is personal, positive, and celebrates each child's core strengths and unique talents. Children, teachers, and parents all have a dashboard displaying activities and videos selected specifically for the child's strengths and interests. Explore a comprehensive activity index with over 120,000 activities and hundreds of videos designed to inspire. The videos feature interesting ideas, leaders, and a range of insights into careers and opportunities that are a good fit for the child's unique strengths. The Activity Boards are a way to discover and research the activities and collect them all in one place. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.
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tag(s): back to school (58), differentiation (47), multiple intelligences (11)

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Begin your school year with a more personal touch, by knowing what your students' interests are. On the teacher dashboard, examine each student and match interest to activities to differentiate instruction. Students can explore careers, apps, and activities matching their profile. With interest and strengths targeted, you can sail smoothly into a highly engaged class of individualized learning. During career explorations, open up worlds of possibilities for students and families to begin planning a successful path. Add a link to this tool to your class website for possible enrichment activities for families. Offer suggestions to parents for enriching after school activities found around your area.

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