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YouthSpark Online Safety - Microsoft YouthSpark

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Help yourself and others stay safe online with tips and information from YouthSpark Online Safety. Get advice for protecting things important to you such as your reputation and money....more
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Help yourself and others stay safe online with tips and information from YouthSpark Online Safety. Get advice for protecting things important to you such as your reputation and money. Learn online safety tips for dealing with strangers, sharing photographs, and protecting passwords. This site also includes short quizzes and suggestions for managing online sharing.

tag(s): cyberbullying (43), digital citizenship (53), internet safety (120)

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This site is perfect to incorporate into any digital citizenship lessons or to share during the first week of school! Share information and a link to this article with parents through your class newsletter or class website. Share this site with school counselors as a resource for teens facing online safety issues. Have students make a multimedia presentation using Swipe, reviewed here.''' Older students can share their presentation with younger students to teach them about online safety.

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Parent Toolkit en Espanol - NBC News Education Nation and Pearson

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This is NBC Learn's Spanish-language version of the Parent Toolkit, reviewed here (English version). The Parent Toolkit provides an informative guide...more
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This is NBC Learn's Spanish-language version of the Parent Toolkit, reviewed here (English version). The Parent Toolkit provides an informative guide to child development from pre-K through High School. Videos offer information and advice for parents and teachers.

tag(s): back to school (56), child development (25), learning styles (18), nutrition (154), parents (55), social skills (21)

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Share the Parent Toolkit with parents as an excellent resource for information on education and parenting. Create a link to the appropriate grade level information on your class webpage to help parents understand developmental guidelines for their student.

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Mindfulness Integration LLC - Leigh Smith

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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 (69), emotions (34)

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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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Free PowerPoint Templates - fppt.com

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Spice up PowerPoint presentations beyond the templates included with your software! Free PowerPoint Templates offers over 7000 templates available for free download. Browse by theme,...more
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Spice up PowerPoint presentations beyond the templates included with your software! Free PowerPoint Templates offers over 7000 templates available for free download. Browse by theme, top rated, categories, tags, or colors. You can also use the keyword search to find a specific look. Be very careful with all of the advertising to locate the download link - they will have a .zip at the end of the title and are located under the description of the template.
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tag(s): slides (59)

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Take advantage of the many templates on this site to create visual interest to your presentations. Share with students for use with their presentations; however, you may want to display this site on your interactive whiteboard and demonstrate the correct link for downloading files.

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OK2Ask: Technology Integration Made Easy with ThingLink - TeachersFirst

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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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Public School Review - Public School Review

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Public School Review provides information about public school systems and individual schools around the United States. Choose your state and nearest large city to begin or use the keyword...more
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Public School Review provides information about public school systems and individual schools around the United States. Choose your state and nearest large city to begin or use the keyword search to locate any area desired. Learn about public schools nearby as well as available charter, private, and preK offerings. Information includes total students, teacher/student ratio, diversity statistics, free lunch percentages, and more. Our editors noticed some inconsistencies in this tool. So while it is useful, you may want to use it along with another similar site.
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tag(s): statistics (122)

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Share information about your school with parents during school visits. Have students compare and contrast schools within your district. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, to compare and contrast information. Take it further and have students brainstorm ideas on why there are differences between schools and propose changes to provide equity.

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SlideHunter - slidehunter.com

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SlideHunter offers over 4000 free templates and backgrounds for PowerPoint users. Browse the site using the keyword search or choose categories to view files for download. There is...more
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SlideHunter offers over 4000 free templates and backgrounds for PowerPoint users. Browse the site using the keyword search or choose categories to view files for download. There is no registration required; however, downloading is much easier using this option.
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tag(s): slides (59)

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Use SlideHunter to find PowerPoint templates for your personal use. If sharing this site with students to use with projects, demonstrate how to avoid advertising and properly download files on an interactive whiteboard or projector. You may want to consider creating a class account so that students don't have to have their own account.

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Sedja - Sedja

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Sedja is a tool for working with PDF documents without having to register for an account. Use Sedja to split, rotate, merge, convert PDF files to Microsoft Word format, and ...more
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Sedja is a tool for working with PDF documents without having to register for an account. Use Sedja to split, rotate, merge, convert PDF files to Microsoft Word format, and more. Select the task you desire, upload your PDF document, and follow directions. When complete, download the new document with changes. Documents delete automatically from Sedja's servers after three hours.
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tag(s): conversions (22), worksheets (58)

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Use this site to work with PDF files in many ways. If you need just a page or two from a large PDF file, perhaps a worksheet to send home to an absentee student, easily extract it to send. Combine class projects received as individual PDFs to create a complete class book by merging all files. Combine several lessons into one whole unit by merging files. Make combined PDFs available as downloads from your class web page so students "get it all together." Teachers at all grades can use this tool, and older students may find it handy for their own use.

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LivingTree - livingtree.com

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LivingTree is an online collaborative tool for teachers, parents, and students. Share messages, photos, files, and more in 41 languages instantly. Create a shared calendar for all members...more
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LivingTree is an online collaborative tool for teachers, parents, and students. Share messages, photos, files, and more in 41 languages instantly. Create a shared calendar for all members to access and contribute information. Calendars offer the ability for parents and volunteers to easily sign up for events such as conferences and field trips. There are introductory videos, and video guides for teachers, parents, administrators, and organizations. 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): classroom management (127), DAT device agnostic tool (189), organizational skills (117)

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Use LivingTree to manage and organize any classroom. Maintain a classroom calendar, with automatic reminders, so students can easily find due dates and deadlines for homework and projects. Share information with parents to keep them up to date. Use the discussion feature as a resource for keeping students involved over long holidays or on a snow day.

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7 Things All New Teachers Need to Know - Adam Gordon/USC Rossier School of Education

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Although fairly short and simple, this article offers advice to brand new teachers as they begin their first day of school. These practical tips provide common sense information for...more
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Although fairly short and simple, this article offers advice to brand new teachers as they begin their first day of school. These practical tips provide common sense information for helping to ease jitters for the new school year and beyond.

tag(s): back to school (56), newbies (18), professional development (121)

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Share with all teachers, not just new teachers, as part of back to school planning and activities. Create your own list of advice for new teachers in your school and district. Share with student teachers as a starting point for discussing how to handle different situations they will face as new teachers.

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OK2Ask: Mapping Across Content Areas with Google Maps - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from March 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Have you ever used Google Maps to find directions? Sure you have! However,...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from March 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Have you ever used Google Maps to find directions? Sure you have! However, there are so many more things you can do with it, even in the classroom. Learn how to make lit trips, tour famous buildings, create scavenger hunts using coordinates and so much more. In this session, educators will be taken on a journey through the world of Google Maps. This session is appropriate for teachers at Intermediate to advanced technology levels.

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Explore the difference between Google Maps and My Maps; Discover how to make literacy trips in My Maps; Explore Google Map gallery; Create a map; and Plan a way to incorporate maps into an upcoming lesson.

tag(s): maps (285)

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Understand how to create a Google My Maps and use all the many built-in features of the traditional Google Maps and related map tools and treks to support classroom instruction. Watch this recording together with a few of your teaching colleagues to collect new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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Very fun to experience. Maria, CA, Grades: 9 - 12

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Mindset - Carol Dweck

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Mindset is the accompanying website to the book of the same name and offers guidance on achieving a growth mindset. Learn about How Mindset Affects Success with specific information...more
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Mindset is the accompanying website to the book of the same name and offers guidance on achieving a growth mindset. Learn about How Mindset Affects Success with specific information for parents, teachers, and coaches. Other links allow you to Test Your Mindset; find out how to Change Your Mindset through four simple steps.
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tag(s): brain (69), professional development (121)

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Use information from this site to help change negative mindsets and promote growth mindsets. Share ideas with parents through your class website or newsletter. Take one of the four ideas for changing mindsets to use as a focus for a month at a time school-wide. Share information with peers during professional development sessions.

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Tarr's Toolbox - Russel Tarr

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4 to 12
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Tarr's Toolbox contains many quick and easy suggestions for spicing up lessons. Although created by a history teacher, most ideas can easily adapt to any subject. Click on any text...more
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Tarr's Toolbox contains many quick and easy suggestions for spicing up lessons. Although created by a history teacher, most ideas can easily adapt to any subject. Click on any text box for a complete description of activities. Some of the descriptions have suggestions for use of the tools found on Classtools, reviewed here. Be sure to subscribe to Tarr's Toolbox blog to receive updates as new ideas are added.

tag(s): classroom management (127), differentiation (47), game based learning (97), professional development (121)

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Bookmark this excellent resource to use when looking for new ideas for your classroom. Choose from ideas such as "Hands up if you DON'T know" or "Sock puppets in the secondary classroom" to inspire and motivate your students. Look to this blog to differentiate for students of all levels. Divide students into cooperative learning groups using different ideas found on Tarr's Toolbox.

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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 (263), newspapers (93), professional development (121)

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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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The Guide to Pinterest for Educators - USC Rossier/Leah Anne Levy

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The Guide to Pinterest for Educators is an excellent resource for teachers and administrators with tips and information for managing Pinterest as a powerful learning tool. Divided into...more
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The Guide to Pinterest for Educators is an excellent resource for teachers and administrators with tips and information for managing Pinterest as a powerful learning tool. Divided into eight sections this handbook discusses the basics of pinning, organization, collaboration, and more. Each section is short and simple to read, making this an outstanding guide for using Pinterest as part of your professional planning and teaching tools.

tag(s): bookmarks (60), professional development (121), social media (12)

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Use this resource to understand how to use Pinterest for your personal and professional use and also for student collaboration. Share ideas with other staff members to collaborate on shared interests. Discuss one section a month with your PLN (Professional Learning Network) and reflect together how to make the most of Pinterest in your educational setting.

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Zoom - Eric Yuan

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Collaborate with up to 50 participants from anywhere and at any time with Zoom's free online video conferencing options. Features include screen sharing, scheduled or instant meeting...more
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Collaborate with up to 50 participants from anywhere and at any time with Zoom's free online video conferencing options. Features include screen sharing, scheduled or instant meeting times, and private or group chat. Up to 40 minutes of meeting time is included with the free meeting plans. Sign up using your email or social network account to begin hosting a meeting. The step by step instructions make it easy to quickly begin video conferencing at your convenience.

tag(s): chat (53), DAT device agnostic tool (189), parent conferences (22), video (251)

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Use Zoom to set up virtual parent/teacher conferences with participants located anywhere in the world. This is especially useful when multiple teachers are involved or when parents may not reside in the same location. Share your screen as needed to provide information on assessments and student work. Connect whole classrooms across the country for book clubs. Collaborate with experts such as authors and scientists with classrooms of children. Create connected learning experiences with other students, especially those in older grades. Connect world language classes to classes in other countries. Teachers can hold "office hours" for homework help and asking questions. Create a collaborative space for homework help before or after school or on snow days. Students can meet whenever help is needed or teachers can create a session that can be accessed on any device easily by those who need it. Consider using a tool such as Remind, reviewed here, to alert parents and students when your sessions are open. Use Zoom for group work - no more excuses about not being able to meet for cooperative learning projects! Buildings can collaborate and share professional development with others in their own district and beyond!

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With Math I Can - Amazon

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Increase math confidence and outcomes through a growth mindset with many resources located at With Math I Can. Research demonstrates that students who believe their abilities can grow...more
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Increase math confidence and outcomes through a growth mindset with many resources located at With Math I Can. Research demonstrates that students who believe their abilities can grow and change, achieve higher than those who think they have a fixed ability. Choose from resources for the classroom, your district, and at home to begin. Each of the sections includes videos and links to resources for learning about the growth mindset and its components.

tag(s): brain (69), mental math (27)

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This site is perfect for teachers, families, and students who lack confidence in math. Use the classroom resources on your interactive whiteboard or projector to demonstrate and teach students lessons on perseverance, grit, and more. Include activities as part of your professional development as you discuss math curriculum during staff meetings. Be sure to share the at home resources with parents on your class website, include parents by sharing stories from your classroom as students work on developing their growth mindset.
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eLearning Infographics - e-Learning Industry LLC

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eLearning Infographics offers an extensive selection of infographics for educational use. Choose from a variety of topics such as Playing to Learn and The Evolution of Technology in...more
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eLearning Infographics offers an extensive selection of infographics for educational use. Choose from a variety of topics such as Playing to Learn and The Evolution of Technology in Schools. Each infographic displays a category. Click that link to view others with similar topics. Click on the infographic link to see the full image along with links for sharing on social networks and email, or copy and paste the embed code to embed directly onto your website.
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tag(s): digital storytelling (130), infographics (42), professional development (121)

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Take advantage of the infographics on this site for both classroom use and professional development. Introduce a topic by sharing the Infographic and allowing time for students (or peers) to identify various items that they notice about the chart. Allow time to think-pair-share and list questions for further understanding. Choose a new infographic each week and use links for each image to embed on your website or share via social media. Make curriculum content more real with infographics that students can relate to. Consider creating Infographics of material students are learning in class for better understanding and connection with other topics and the world around them. You and students can create a simple infographic sharing information and/or findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here.

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OK2Ask: Game-Based Learning: The Quest for Classroom Success - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from March 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. The quest for classroom success begins with game-based learning. Learn tips,...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from March 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. The quest for classroom success begins with game-based learning. Learn tips, techniques, and tools to challenge and engage students. Game-based learning is a dynamic strategy that offers tremendous potential for meaningful and enriching experiences in the classroom. Enjoy sandbox time in the session to explore the vast collection of resources to suit a multitude of learners. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels. As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, participants will... (1) Learn about the difference between gamification and game-based learning; (2) Learn game-based learning techniques and tips; (3) Evaluate tools and resources for game-based learning; (4) Share ideas for using tools with other participants; and (5) Start a project using one of the given tools.

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Explore the many resources and ideas from this session and engage your students with game-based learning activities. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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