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OK2Ask: Fostering Accountability: Media Literacy in the Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. As digital media increasingly replaces traditional media, students must have...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. As digital media increasingly replaces traditional media, students must have the skills to think critically about these new types of texts. Media literacy - the ability to skillfully read and write in a wide range of message forms - allows students to identify themes and issues emerging from popular culture. Media literacy standards have been incorporated across content areas and grade levels in all 50 states. Join us to learn more about this information age survival skill and how to prepare lessons in time for media literacy week. Participants will: 1. Understand the importance of teaching media literacy in the classroom; 2. Explore media literacy resources; and 3. Learn to use the 5 key questions of media literacy when planning lessons. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): digital citizenship (65), media literacy (64)

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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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Climate Kids - NASA

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Learn about climate change through games, articles, and interactives at Climate Kids. Choose from different aspects of climate change including oceans or plants and animals, or use...more
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Learn about climate change through games, articles, and interactives at Climate Kids. Choose from different aspects of climate change including oceans or plants and animals, or use links at the top of the page to choose the type of activity. In addition to student activities, this site features information and ideas for teaching about climate change.

tag(s): air (150), animals (291), carbon (21), climate (91), climate change (64), energy (203), oceans (154), plants (156), weather (198)

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Include Climate Kids with any unit on weather, oceans, or climate change. Share the site on your interactive whiteboard to feature specific games and activities for your students. The entire site may be overwhelming for younger students; instead of creating a link to the main site, create separate links to games and activities on classroom computers and on your class website. Upon completion of your unit, have students create a simple infographic sharing information about climate change using Piktochart, reviewed here. Have students take pictures of your local environment, then create an annotated image sharing potential effects of climate change, including text boxes and related links, using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here.
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Twitter Chat: Social Studies When Time is Limited - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from May, 2017 and will open in Storify. View this archive to learn tips and tools to use when teaching social studies. Find ideas about ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from May, 2017 and will open in Storify. View this archive to learn tips and tools to use when teaching social studies. Find ideas about how to incorporate more social studies when your time is limited during the school day. Browse the strategies offered by the chat moderators and participants.

tag(s): professional development (158), twitterchatarchive (24)

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Is your social studies time limited? Check out this archived chat for tools and tips to use in your class to make social studies stretch past the limited time allotted. Share this tool with your colleagues interested in learning more tips and tools to use in social studies lessons.

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EarthCam Live Webcam Network - EarthCam, Inc

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Discover what is happening all around the world, live as it takes place. EarthCam's network includes live webcams featuring weather, traffic, animals, and more. Discover webcams by...more
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Discover what is happening all around the world, live as it takes place. EarthCam's network includes live webcams featuring weather, traffic, animals, and more. Discover webcams by topic or explore popular offerings. Scroll further down the home page to choose webcams on a clickable map by location. Because webcams may feature streaming from inside homes or contain other personal information, do not have young children access them without supervision. Previewing all videos before sharing with the class would be wise.
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tag(s): cultures (110), globe (15), maps (293), webcams (7)

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This site would be an excellent addition to any science, social studies, or world cultures class. Teachers click on a webcam in different parts of the world to see things like weather and basic geography. In early elementary, use webcams to introduce the world visually with a projector or on an interactive whiteboard. Select specific webcams and create shortcuts on classroom computer desktops for students to "see what's happening" on a certain continent as you study the seven continents. Use animal webcams for students to observe animal behavior and keep a "lab journal" of what they see. Use this site to visit different areas that have been effected by natural disasters. Share the videos on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector.

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Teaching Children Philosophy - Book Modules - TeachingChildrenPhilosophy.org and Squire Family Foundation

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Teaching Children Philosophy offers a large list of favorite children's books to use when discussing philosophical ideas with students. Choose from the alphabetical book list or select...more
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Teaching Children Philosophy offers a large list of favorite children's books to use when discussing philosophical ideas with students. Choose from the alphabetical book list or select from topics including ethics, the mind, and more. Each book's suggestions include a summary of the plot, discussion guidelines, and philosophical discussion questions.

tag(s): brain (73), cross cultural understanding (120), cultures (110), ethics (18), logic (243), psychology (66), religions (68)

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Although created using children's books, this site is perfect for introducing philosophical discussions to students of any age. Choose two books that represent different sides of an issue to share with your class. Then have students create an annotated image demonstrating their viewpoint including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. Create a mind map including different ideas represented within topics using a tool such as Mindmeister, reviewed here.

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ToonyTool - ToonyTool

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ToonyTool is a simple canvas to create a single frame cartoon easily. With ToonyTool you can add a dash of humor and create a single comic to get the message ...more
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ToonyTool is a simple canvas to create a single frame cartoon easily. With ToonyTool you can add a dash of humor and create a single comic to get the message across. Choose from one of their background pictures, or upload one of your own. Create a title or type in part of your message in the Meme text bar. Choose a character or two, add a prop, and select speech bubbles to type message. Everything is easy to move around by just dragging and dropping. At the bottom of the page find tools to share and edit your comic. Share via Google, Facebook, Twitter, print, download, or email. There is no registration required.

tag(s): comics and cartoons (69), creative writing (170), summarizing (15)

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There is a multitude of ways to use comics/cartoons in the classroom. For instance, create one-page discussion starters to help students keep up with current political issues. Use comics to show sequencing of events, for example, explain the sequence of a story, a science concept, or current event! When studying about characterization, create a dialog to show (not tell) about a character. Use comic strips for literature responses. Another idea - why not use the comics for conflict resolution or other guidance issues (such as bullying). Sometimes it is easier for students to write it down (or draw the pictures) than use the actual words. Emotional support and autistic support teachers can work with students to create strips about appropriate interpersonal responses and feelings. World language and ESL/ELL teachers can assign students to create dialog strips as an alternative to traditional written assessments; summarize through a comic. Challenge students who move through other assignments more quickly to create a cartoon for review of a topic studied in class. Make a class book of the comics created throughout the year.

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OK2Ask: Tech Integration Made Easy with Adobe Spark - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from May 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Engage students and deepen content area knowledge using instructional imagery....more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from May 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Engage students and deepen content area knowledge using instructional imagery. Deliver instruction in a compelling way and transform your classroom activities by learning how to use Adobe Spark, an integrated suite of FREE storytelling applications. Learn to use Adobe Spark, Post, and Page for classroom projects and personal productivity. Select images and make minor edits to bring additional context to content area instruction for your students. Brainstorm with others how you and your students can use Adobe Spark in your classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels. As a result of this session teachers will: 1. Learn basic use of the Adobe Spark tools; 2. Explore three different ways to use Adobe Spark in the classroom; and 3. Plan for the use of Adobe Spark 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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Ultimate Parent's Guide to Internet Safety - EveryCloud

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The Ultimate Parent's Guide to Internet Safety is a comprehensive infographic providing facts on the use of the Internet by children. Scroll through the page to learn about the use...more
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The Ultimate Parent's Guide to Internet Safety is a comprehensive infographic providing facts on the use of the Internet by children. Scroll through the page to learn about the use of mobile devices and the Internet beginning with kids as young as one-year-old. Continue down the page to learn about the most popular social media sites, the amount of time typically spent online by children, and typical use of the Internet by teens. Other information provides tips for knowing when teens are in trouble online due to cyberbullying or misuse of the Internet. This infographic is also available in PDF format or copy and paste the embed code to post on your web page.

tag(s): cyberbullying (44), internet safety (108), preK (292)

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This site contains valuable information to share with parents and students. Include a link to the site on your class webpage and consider sharing during Open House events. Share with your school's guidance counselor. View this site with students on an interactive whiteboard. Ask them to use an online poster creator, such as Padlet, reviewed here, to share additional Internet safety tips and information. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create weekly or monthly podcasts sharing Internet safety tips. Use a tool such as podOmatic, reviewed here.
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Whats on the Seder Plate: A Kindergarten Webquest - Linda Kagan

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This Pesach (Passover) holiday webquest is for children to identify the items on a Seder Plate and discuss the symbolism of each item. Children need to have the basic computer ...more
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This Pesach (Passover) holiday webquest is for children to identify the items on a Seder Plate and discuss the symbolism of each item. Children need to have the basic computer skills of mouse clicking and opening files. The webquest represents a new challenge in computer skills, a focused Internet search. On the menu bar on the left, there are tabs for Home, Task, Resources, and a Teachers Guide. Under Resources, find a Seder Plate Game, Coloring Pages, a tic-tac-toe game, and more.

tag(s): hebrew (20), holidays (151), jews (26)

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The Teacher's Guide suggests pairing your student with an older buddy to provide another learning opportunity; the kindergartener and older "buddy" will learn communication and cooperation skills by working together. Display the WebQuest on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector, and discuss the goals with students. Then, have them work in pairs to complete the WebQuest. Once they have all completed the WebQuest, have the students and buddies post what they learned about the Seder Plate, symbolism, and communication. Use a tool like Dotstorming, < a href="/single.cfm?id=16997">reviewed here. With Dotstorming students can have video, images, text, audio, voting & make comments in a chat box. Allow students to make comments on each other's finding to extend the communication process.

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Jewish Kids: Passover - Chabad.org

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The Jewish Kids Passover page offers videos, crafts, songs, stories, and games to learn about the Passover holiday. The videos include Out of Egypt, the Passover Mini-Series parts 1,...more
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The Jewish Kids Passover page offers videos, crafts, songs, stories, and games to learn about the Passover holiday. The videos include Out of Egypt, the Passover Mini-Series parts 1, 2, 3, how the Jews left Egypt and several others. There are printables featuring coloring pages, mazes, and a mystery. The Guide starts out with a challenge for children called The Big Clean, explains Chametz vs. Matzah, The Lighting of Candles, and much more. There is no registration necessary to enjoy these activities.

tag(s): hebrew (20), holidays (151), jews (26)

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Keep this site in mind as an easy place to learn about the Jewish holiday of Passover, Jewish symbols relating to Passover, and a little information about Judaism. Classes studying world cultures, the Hebrew language, and/or international holidays can learn from this site and also use it as a model to create similar games and projects for other cultures and languages. Select music for students to listen to while completing coloring pages and puzzles.

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OK2Ask: Tech Integration Made Easy - Animoto - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from October 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Transform your classroom activities by learning how to use Animoto. Engage...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from October 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Transform your classroom activities by learning how to use Animoto. Engage students and deepen content area knowledge by instructional videos. Text, audio, and video bring additional context to content area instruction for your students. Use student created videos as formative assessment. Brainstorm with others how you and your students can use Animoto in your classroom. As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: (1) Learn the basic use of Animoto; (2) Explore three different ways to use Animoto in the classroom; and (3) Plan for the use of Animoto 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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iCivics, Win the White House - iCivics

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Make the presidential election process personal. Run for U.S. president by playing this free interactive online game which is best played on a computer using most current browsers....more
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Make the presidential election process personal. Run for U.S. president by playing this free interactive online game which is best played on a computer using most current browsers. In this lively, colorful simulation, students will experience being part of a campaign, including creating a candidate avatar, selecting either Democratic or Republican issues, participating in debates and developing a media campaign. Choose your level to start: elementary, middle, or high school and complete the easy-to-follow tasks which do involve some reading, especially the debates section. The "Campaign Manager" will lead you through the process ending with your final probability of winning. Loading the game may take a few moments. Sound begins immediately, but may be toggled off. Online assistance is available by clicking the Help button in the top right corner at each step of the game. Also, the Back button in the top left corner allows easy do-overs of sections. Students may play without registering, but will access more content, compete with others and earn badges after logging in. You can have separate accounts for students and teachers, but must have email addresses. An automatic username is generated when registering. The easy to use Extension Pack for Teachers provides more activities and assessments. Registered teachers can message students and create classes to give students a virtual class code to join without needing an email. If students register, they can check their My iCivics accounts to see points and message members of their groups which can be controlled by the teacher.

tag(s): elections (78), presidents (132)

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Start out using this site with your projector or interactive whiteboard with the whole class. Walk through the beginning of the game and demonstrate the built-in help which is useful for students who might need additional guidance. Have individuals play or create small group teams of campaign staff to guide the candidates. Students or groups may play multiple times. After registering, the site will save games and students can send messages. Use the Achievements badges and points for student assessments. Have students research the debate topics and compare the different aspects of the game to real-life examples in the news. An easy to use Extension Pack for Teachers provides more activities and assessments.
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National Geographic Kids - National Geographic

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National Geographic offers this kid-centric site as a companion to National Geographic Kids and Little Kids magazines. The focus is on information about animals, geography, and the...more
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National Geographic offers this kid-centric site as a companion to National Geographic Kids and Little Kids magazines. The focus is on information about animals, geography, and the natural world presented in a fun and engaging format. Use this busy interactive site for free, register to gain access to more content. Buttons on the home page lead to short videos, images, stories, polls, news bites, games, and activities. The site includes heavy advertising for the magazine subscriptions. A search box at the top right allows for exploration of the extensive content. Students may submit photos or comments to the "My Shot" picture gallery all of which are selected to be posted by site administrators.
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tag(s): animals (291), countries (78), endangered species (40), environment (319), plants (156), reading comprehension (119)

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This site is perfect for interactive whiteboards or projectors. Display the site on your whiteboard to use as a learning center for students. Select videos for lesson introductions for flipped or blended learning activities. For language arts, practice finding the main idea or summarizing stories using these interesting informational texts. ESL/ELL learners can also find accessible news stories here. Choose words from stories to include with weekly spelling tests or as vocabulary builders. Assign different stories to groups of students to summarize and present to the class. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos about any article on the site. Upload images (use Creative Commons or other copyright-safe pictures) and use Moovly, reviewed here, for this project. Then share the videos on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here. Use the site for learning games that will appeal more to younger students. Preview all video since some feature animals hunting which may upset some students.

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OK2Ask: Go to the Edge: Tour of TeachersFirst Edge Tools - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Go to the EDGE with TeachersFirst! What is the Edge? Cutting edge tools used...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Go to the EDGE with TeachersFirst! What is the Edge? Cutting edge tools used to create: list-makers, timelines, mind maps, and more. Learn about the various Edge categories and what they mean. Have time to explore the Edge on your own. Find inspiration and timesaving tools in this fast-paced session! As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Explore the edge categories and tools available at TeachersFirst. Find more ways to save time using TeachersFirst for planning lessons. Have free exploration time to find materials relevant to his/her classroom needs. Prepare to plan and implement a student-centered, curriculum-related use of the resource(s) of choice as part of an upcoming teaching unit. Plan how to use one of the edge tools to organize, communicate, or create in your classroom. 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: Cool Tools: Tools for Formative Assessment - TeachersFirst

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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!

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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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USA Today Rio Olympics Guide - YouTube - USA Today

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Stay up to date with the latest news and information from the Rio Summer Olympics with these videos from USA Today. Topics include how to watch little-known sports such as ...more
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Stay up to date with the latest news and information from the Rio Summer Olympics with these videos from USA Today. Topics include how to watch little-known sports such as wrestling and archery. Subscribe to this channel to receive updates as new content is added. 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.

tag(s): olympics (49), south america (38), sports (98)

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Share videos with your students as you follow the Summer Olympic games from your classroom. Use the "how to watch" sports videos as a model, then have students create their own videos describing how to watch their favorite sport. Share their videos on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here. Research Olympic athletes and their countries, then have cooperative learning groups create podcasts sharing news about the Olympics. Use a site such as podOmatic, reviewed here to complete a podcasting project.

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Protecting Children's Privacy Guide - Paul Bischoff

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Protecting Children's Privacy is a guide for parents, educators, and caregivers with suggestions for keeping children safe in a digital world. One excellent portion of the guide includes...more
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Protecting Children's Privacy is a guide for parents, educators, and caregivers with suggestions for keeping children safe in a digital world. One excellent portion of the guide includes suggestions for how to adjust privacy settings on computers and mobile devices for popular social networking sites such as Facebook and Snapchat. Learn how to adjust privacy controls on computers and mobile devices, get suggestions for browsing online anonymously, and much more.

tag(s): internet safety (108)

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Share information from this article with students as part of your ongoing lessons in cyber safety. Share a link on your class website as a resource for parents. Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts sharing online safety tips and suggestions. Use a site such as PodOmatic, reviewed here, for a podcasting project.

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Filming a Beluga Whale - National Geographic

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This YouTube video takes viewers behind the scenes to learn about filming Beluga Whales as they gather in Canada each summer. Although the video is quite short, there is extensive ...more
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This YouTube video takes viewers behind the scenes to learn about filming Beluga Whales as they gather in Canada each summer. Although the video is quite short, there is extensive information about the project included in the video summary. If your district blocks YouTube, then the video may not be viewable. You could always view the video at home and bring it to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the video from YouTube.
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tag(s): climate change (64), migration (59), oceans (154), whales (17)

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Share this video on an interactive whiteboard or projector, or ask students to watch at home as an introduction to a unit on ocean animals or climate change. Challenge students to research whales further and learn more about their migrations and interactions as a unit. Have students use Vibby, reviewed here, to grab more information from other YouTube videos to share with the class about whale behavior. Have students create maps using Animaps, reviewed here, to show locations of whales around the world and their migration patterns. Students can add text, images, and location stops with Animaps!

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Rio 2016 Olympics - International Olympic Committee

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Keep up to date with the latest 2016 Summer Olympic news from Rio de Janeiro at the official site of the Olympic Games. Follow individual sports through links featuring background ...more
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Keep up to date with the latest 2016 Summer Olympic news from Rio de Janeiro at the official site of the Olympic Games. Follow individual sports through links featuring background on each event, photo galleries, and features on Olympians to watch. Learn more about the athletes and countries by choosing the respective links. Follow this site for the latest information on results, medal counts, photos, videos, and all things Olympic.

tag(s): olympics (49), south america (38), sports (98), summer (12)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard and allow students to explore on their own. Create a bulletin board to display the latest medal counts, have students update daily with information from the Olympics site. Have students create a simple infographic on their favorite sport using Easel.ly, reviewed here or Venngage reviewed here. Have cooperative learning groups create daily podcasts to share the latest news from the Olympics. Use a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here).

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Making the Grade - PBS NewsHour

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Making the Grade is the weekly online accompaniment to the PBS series of the same title exploring issues in education from preK through higher education. Scroll down the page to ...more
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Making the Grade is the weekly online accompaniment to the PBS series of the same title exploring issues in education from preK through higher education. Scroll down the page to view segment titles and a short description of the content. Click the link to see the transcript, watch the video, or listen to the podcast. Each resource also includes links to additional information. 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): news (264), newspapers (97), professional development (158)

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Use information from this site as part of your ongoing professional development and discussion within your school and district regarding educational issues. Have debate students use this site as a resource for topics or to find information for their viewpoint in a debate. Challenge students to read articles and write about how they would address the issues if placed in a position of power. Challenge students to create a multimedia presentation representing their viewpoint using Zeetings, reviewed here. Zeetings' features allow for audience participation, polls, video, embeds, and more.

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