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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.

tag(s): back to school (58)

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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'®: Gifted Resources to Make Your Classroom Sizzle - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Bring the sizzle to your gifted students. With so many ability levels, special...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Bring the sizzle to your gifted students. With so many ability levels, special needs, state mandates, testing, and more... what is a teacher to do to reach gifted learners? With so many special needs in one classroom, how do you not forget those gifted students? In this fast-paced session we will delve into some of the best resources for creativity, organization, leadership (and collaboration), and differentiation. We will also briefly discuss how to incorporate digital writing (a la Common Core), teaching gifted students the importance of digital citizenship, using BYOD/BYOT with gifted students, and more. 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: Find technology tools to differentiate academic content for gifted students in the regular classroom; Explore and discuss common misconceptions about the gifted; Locate web-based resources that promote creativity in gifted students; Review tools that could be used to teach leadership and collaboration skills; View tools that improve students' organizational skills and facilitate classroom management; Discuss the importance of teaching gifted students about digital citizenship and some of the best tools to share; and as follow-up we hope that you can 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 ISTE's standards page.

tag(s): differentiation (47), gifted (96), organizational skills (122)

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Don't forget those gifted students! Find strategies and tips for differentiating in your own classroom, ideas for enrichment, leadership tasks, and more. 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'®: Specialized for Special Needs - July 2015 - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Learn how to adapt your teaching for your students' special needs using TeachersFirst...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Learn how to adapt your teaching for your students' special needs using TeachersFirst resources. Participants will view and explore tools to help students needing emotional support, learning support, speech/language support, autistic support, ESL assistance, and more. Find resources that promote organization, focus, and differentiated learning. Use exploration time to discover and discuss how selected resources can be utilized in your classroom. This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels.

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Gather ideas by exploring at least 10 specialized resources on TeachersFirst; Explore and practice with selected resources; Investigate and discuss lesson ideas offered in reviews and by other participants; List and discuss other curriculum related projects or activities that could be done using the resources in the teacher's own teaching situation; (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 ISTE's standards page.

tag(s): adhd (28), autism (22)

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Help ALL of your special needs students with the ideas in this session. Learn ways to differentiate to reach them all. 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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The Best and Worst Places to Grow Up: How Your Area Compares - New York Times

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Take a look at county by county income mobility in the U.S. using this interactive map. Click a county to read about the differences in income for children who grow ...more
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Take a look at county by county income mobility in the U.S. using this interactive map. Click a county to read about the differences in income for children who grow up in that county when they reach age 26, as compared with the national average. Note that the site is "smart" and senses where you are located to tell you about your area. You can also enter in any county in the U.S. in the search box or drag the map to other locations. The accompanying text explains the results in more detail, including differing mobility for boys and girls. The map may surprise you and cause you to wonder why. Read the full explanation or click the link to the related article. Note the importance of education in income results, but that is not the only factor.
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tag(s): demographics (19)

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Share this interactive on students' devices for them to discuss in small groups. Share on a projector/interactive whiteboard for whole class discussion of the factors that might lead to these results. Why do poor children have greater income mobility than richer children in some areas? What about gender? What might be misleading about these statistics? Take a broad look at the country to talk about what cultural factors may be different in different areas. For a good exercise in digital citizenship and critical thinking, ask students to find out where the data came from and to write three questions that might dig into the "why" behind these stats. Ask them what else they would like to know after seeing this map -- and how it might influence their own decisions and future plans (if at all). In a government/civics class, the discussion naturally will move to how this information might influence elections and candidates' strategies in one county vs another. This same interactive is also important for teachers as professionals. Know your community and what happens to the children you teach. You may want to share it with administrators for some staff conversations about the impact of your school.

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The eLearning Coach - Connie Malamed

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5 to 12
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Get ready to sharpen your information and visual presentations! Discover resources to make your presentations pop at The eLearning Coach. Find downloadable storyboard templates, editing...more
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Get ready to sharpen your information and visual presentations! Discover resources to make your presentations pop at The eLearning Coach. Find downloadable storyboard templates, editing tools, and examples of online learning. Included are various podcasts to support instructional design. Articles also support audio, authoring tools, graphics, video, mobile learning, and more. The site also provides support and advice. They offer many free templates, ready to go! This site contains some products for purchase. This review is for the free part of this tool.
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tag(s): digital storytelling (142), multimedia (57)

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Bring students to the next level of technology literacy. Bring the eLearning coach into your classroom to present different ideas and lessons. Begin with an article and allow exploration time. Offer as a resource when using multimedia. Use as a resource for yourself to make your presentations more professional and stand out! Be sure to share this tool with other teachers.
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Daily 140 - Zach Hamed

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Don't miss information from your favorite tweeps when you sign up with Daily 140. Sign in and add the Twitter handle of three people you want to track. Each day ...more
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Don't miss information from your favorite tweeps when you sign up with Daily 140. Sign in and add the Twitter handle of three people you want to track. Each day receive an email with a list of all new people they have followed and tweets they have favorited.

tag(s): microblogging (44), social networking (112), twitter (50)

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Sometimes it is hard to get started with Twitter. Take advantage of the daily emails to find people of interest to follow or stay current on the latest education conversations. Use Daily 140 to stay up to date with other educators, politicians, The White House, and more. To get started following other educators see A List of Twitter Educators by Subject Area, reviewed here. If your class is following a scientist, engineer, politician, or any other professional, share the daily emails with students. Looking for more ways to use Twitter in the classroom? Read more about Twitter at TeachersFirst's Twitter for Teachers page.

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OK2Ask'®: Common Core Math (K-12): Ideas, resources, and collaboration for Common Core - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Discover TeachersFirst to energize and strengthen teaching of Common Core...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Discover TeachersFirst to energize and strengthen teaching of Common Core Math Standards in the classroom. Participants will view and explore new resources for lesson planning, student use, and collaboration with a focus on understanding and developing math concepts as well as the use of writing the math classroom. A question/answer period will be available to help with individual questions.

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Gather ideas by exploring 15-20 math resources located on TeachersFirst; Investigate and discuss lesson ideas, student resources, and common core resources 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, c,and d, 2a, b, c, and d, 3b, c and d, 5a ISTE's standards page.

tag(s): commoncore (92)

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Get to the "root" of the Common Core and view this fabulous archive. Find many new ideas, sites, and professional information to explore. Find ideas for K-12 math instruction. 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'®: Sharing and Solutions for Technology Coaches/Trainers: Guiding Reluctant Teachers - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Do you need some help, tips, and collaboration to guide your reluctant teachers?...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Do you need some help, tips, and collaboration to guide your reluctant teachers? This session is for anyone (regardless of title) working as an instructional technology coach, technology integration specialist, technology facilitator, or working alongside teachers to help them integrate technology in support of effective teaching and learning. Explore resources to inspire your teachers (even the most reluctant). Discuss practical ideas to help them envision and implement effective use in their classroom. Share and exchange problems/solutions from your coaching experience. This session is appropriate for teachers at Intermediate+ technology comfort levels.

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.

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Connect 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.
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OK2Ask'®: Common Core Literacy and Writing Ideas K-12 - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Get to the "Core" of English Language Arts in your K-12 classroom using TeachersFirst...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Get to the "Core" of English Language Arts in your K-12 classroom using TeachersFirst resources. Participants will view and explore resources that help develop key literacy and writing skills and address Common Core standards. This fast-paced session will help you find resources that promote reading and writing along with collaboration and integration of science and social studies curriculum. Participants will explore and discuss how resources can be utilized in their classroom. This session is for teachers at ALL Technology Comfort Levels.

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Locate and explore ideas by exploring at least 10 ELA resources on TeachersFirst; Discover a sampling of web based reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language tools and resources; including reading selections which have questions aligned to Common Core, Common Core writing prompts, word choice/vocabulary resources, common error help, tools for citations and research, writing templates, collaboration and presentation ideas. Teachers will also determine specific TeachersFirst resources for reading, writing speaking and listening, and language resources, collaboration and presentation, appropriate for his/her subject and grade level; Explore and practice with the suggested resources; Consider possible ELA projects including literacy, writing, speaking and listening, and language ideas that students can accomplish in her/his classes using web-based resources; Investigate and discuss lesson ideas offered in reviews and by other participants in the session; and List and discuss curriculum projects or activities students can do with the chosen resources. For follow-up, we hope teachers can Implement one of the provided resources into an upcoming teaching unit or lesson. Applicable ISTE-T standards (2008)*: 1a, c, and d, 2a, b, and c, 3a, b, c and d, 5a ISTE's standards page.

tag(s): commoncore (92)

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Get to the CORE of teaching writing and literacy in K-12. Find new ideas and inspiration as we talk, collaborate, and explore. 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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Hott Notes - Joel Riley

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Get Hott Notes to create sticky notes, lists, or scribbles, to keep on your home screen. Never again have your sticky notes get buried on your desk or lose their ...more
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Get Hott Notes to create sticky notes, lists, or scribbles, to keep on your home screen. Never again have your sticky notes get buried on your desk or lose their stick and fall off the wall! If you have a Windows machine, download the program, and find the hot notes icon on the task bar. Easily create a note, list, or scribble at no cost. Add an alarm feature to a note or change colors of notes. Lists have a check off feature to help keep track of each item completed. Done with a note? Click it away. Never buy or lose your important sticky notes again. See the download section for directions about how to take your computer desktop stickies with you everywhere!

tag(s): note taking (32)

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A teacher's life is full of many things to remember. Keep sticky notes wherever you go on your computer desktop, in a folder, and on a USB mini-drive. Students love technology so encourage sticky note reminders. Use as a way to have students vote for choices. Allow students to add a sticky note to your computer after finishing an assignment. List all materials needed for lessons and labs on your sticky notes. Gather them from multiple places and still keep track. Use as a way to brainstorm with your class and later eliminate unneeded ideas. Keep weekly vocabulary or spelling words on Hott Notes for all of your student computers. Use as a method for tracking behavior.

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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'®: 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'®: Google 101: The Top View of Google and Basics - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore the "Top View" of Google. Learn more about various services owned...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore the "Top View" of Google. Learn more about various services owned by Google: Google Voice, Video Chat, and Translate. Explore YouTube in the Classroom, using Gmail in the classroom, Google Calendar, and MORE! Learn tips for using YouTube in the classroom and find explore YouTube sites for education. Participants will have time to explore. A question/answer period will also be available. It's OK2Ask''''®. This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels.

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Explore several of the various educational services available from Google for use in the classroom including Voice, Translate, and Video Chat; Browse and explore the benefits of using YouTube''''® for education and sites that use YouTube; Learn timesaving features of Google Calendar and Gmail; Explore the many resources on TeachersFirst related to Google's offerings; (Follow-up) Create a lesson for your own teaching situation using one of the Google services or tools. Applicable ISTE-T standards (2008)*: 1a and b, 2b and c, 3a and d ISTE's standards page.

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Go Google in your classroom using the fabulous tools shared during this session. Use this session to learn more ways to organize, communicate, and translate 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'®: Great Timesavers: Tools and tips to maximize TeachersFirst's free membership - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2015, 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, and (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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Use this session to find some great ideas to share with your students on your class website. Explore TeachersFirst and the many resources available for FREE! Learn more about FREE TeachersFirst Membership and the many benefits! 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'®: Great Ideas: Exploring the Resources of TeachersFirst - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Discover TeachersFirst to inspire new ways of thinking about lessons, student...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2015, 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 teacher-friendly features of TeachersFirst to help you save time and envision new ways for students to learn using the tools of the web. Participants will be encouraged to seek specific solutions and ask questions to meet their own classroom needs. It's OK2Ask''''®. This session for teachers at ALL technology comfort 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; Find solutions to individual questions or practical problems of their teaching situation by exploring TeachersFirst and/or asking live questions during the session: and(follow-up) Use the features of TeachersFirst's value-added reviews to plan technology. Applicable ISTE-T standards (2008)*: 1b, 2a and b, 3d ISTE's standards page.

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Use this session to find some great ideas to share with your students on your class website. Explore TeachersFirst and the many resources available for FREE! Find new ideas for the NEW school year! 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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P 21 - Partnership For 21st Century Skills - P21

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1 to 12
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Join the community designed to educate students and all learners in 21st century learning. The mission consists of building collaborative partnerships between education, businesses,...more
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Join the community designed to educate students and all learners in 21st century learning. The mission consists of building collaborative partnerships between education, businesses, government, and community leaders to promote learning skills needed in the 21st century for life, work, and citizenship. P21 strives to prepare all students for the challenges of the future. Find a framework for student outcomes with support system outlines. Resources for educators include sample lesson ideas, Common Core alignment, P21 Common Core Tool Kit, professional development guides, 21st century skill maps in a variety of subject areas, case studies of exemplar schools, a newsletter, and a Blogazine. Resources for policymakers include information on definitions, framework, and implementing 21st century skills. A parents' guide contains information on 21st century skills and leadership. Most downloadable materials are free. Get a press kit or join an advocacy group or mailing list.
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tag(s): professional development (123)

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Investigate P21 to see if you are meeting your students' needs for the 21st century. Use the parent tip sheet, real world examples, or the PowerPoint to clarify your goals to parents and administration. Explore literacy maps and skills maps to compare your methods of instruction. Look for ways to support professional development in your school. Become more effective using Common Core Curriculum. Join the blog and change your world. This site contains great research, ideas, and goals to include in grants, mission statements, or strategic planning.
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Squirt - Squirt io

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2 to 12
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Start speed-reading with Squirt! Just install Squirt on your bookmarks bar. Clicking Try It Now will show you how this tool works. Back on the home page, click Install Squirt...more
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Start speed-reading with Squirt! Just install Squirt on your bookmarks bar. Clicking Try It Now will show you how this tool works. Back on the home page, click Install Squirt to read the FAQs and install the bookmarklet. When visiting a page on the web, select the text you would like to speed-read. Click on the bookmarklet, and watch the magic of Squirt begin. Squirt shows one word at a time while you adjust the speed of the words you read.

tag(s): independent reading (126)

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Want to take away the distractions of advertising or annoying graphics on a page? Use Squirt to only look at one word at a time. Squirt can also help struggling readers to practice their speed and accuracy rate. Squirt aids readers who may have problems with tracking. Use as an example of speed reading versus comprehension. Discuss the difference between reading with and without illustrations, tables, pictures, and the difference they make to comprehension. Use as a way to challenge students for reward certificates or extra computer time using an interactive they love. Use Squirt yourself, to get caught up on articles you need to read.

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PlayAlong - Collaborative Fund and Sesame Workshop

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Answer questions about children's literacy, early childhood education, and related topics, and you will be funding Sesame Street with every correct answer. This simple interactive was...more
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Answer questions about children's literacy, early childhood education, and related topics, and you will be funding Sesame Street with every correct answer. This simple interactive was created to help celebrate Sesame Street's anniversary, but its messages are timeless. Each correct answer pays one cent to support Sesame Street, but you won't mind being a passive "fundraiser" as you learn, too!

tag(s): literacy (103), preK (279)

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Try this yourself to learn more about early literacy. Share a question or two with parents and colleagues at the start of Back to School night, summer in-service, or a staff meeting.

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We Tell Stories - Penguin Books Limited

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Discover We Tell Stories, and find six different types of fiction with six different authors, each using a different type of technology. Each story has its unique way of integrating...more
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Discover We Tell Stories, and find six different types of fiction with six different authors, each using a different type of technology. Each story has its unique way of integrating technology into its fictional story. The story, The 21 Steps, uses Google Maps, challenging you to follow the story along the map. Once Upon a Time allows you to choose the characters. The story, Slice, unfolds through a series of blogs by the main characters. Hard Times is an interactive Prezi-type story. The interactive story, The Former General, allows you to navigate with the arrow keys uncovering the plot of the story. Don't miss this incredibly journey into digital storytelling.

tag(s): digital storytelling (142), narrative (24)

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Immerse your students into the world of digital storytelling! Lead your study of digital literacy with fictional literature with a new direction. Carefully examine, analyze, and enjoy each story! Feature each story on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Look for common characteristics found in all of the stories. Examine and analyze each story. Compare the story format to the traditional book format. Have students take a fairy tale (no copyright infringement), and assign groups to create their own way of adding technology. Use one of the many multimedia tools reviewed by TeachersFirst Edge, here, for this project. Present student creations to younger students. Finally, challenge your students to write and publish their own fictional story through technology. ESL/ELL and resource students will especially appreciate and benefit from the visual aspects of these stories. Be sure to add your students' finished digital storytelling projects to your class web page and share at family nights at school.
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OK2Ask''®: Introduction to TeachersFirst for Summer Book Club - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from June 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. This session was created for Book Club participants. However, anyone is welcome...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from June 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. This session was created for Book Club participants. However, anyone is welcome to attend and/or view the archive to learn more about TeachersFirst. Discover TeachersFirst to inspire new ways of thinking about lessons, student learning, and the web. This session will briefly share the teacher-friendly features of TeachersFirst to help you save time and envision new ways for students to learn using the tools of the web.

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; (follow-up) Use the features of TeachersFirst's value-added reviews to plan technology infused lessons. Applicable NETS-T standards (2008)*: 1b, 2a and b, 3d ISTE's standards page.

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Use this session to find some great ideas to share with your students (and colleagues) all about TeachersFirst. Explore our Ready To Go features, reviews, Professional information, Wikis, Blogs, and more. 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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