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TeachersFirst's Implementing Common Core in Elementary Grades - TeachersFirst

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Find thoughtful yet practical articles with strategies for implementing Common Core in elementary grades. These articles guide teachers through the steps of re-visiting or planning...more
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Find thoughtful yet practical articles with strategies for implementing Common Core in elementary grades. These articles guide teachers through the steps of re-visiting or planning their teaching units to incorporate Common Core reading, writing, speaking, listening standards as well as Next Gen Science Standards.

tag(s): commoncore (50), listening (79), literacy (83), speaking (18)

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Mark this one in your professional favorites and use them as discussion points for inservice sessions or grade level meetings as you move to Common Core.

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Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits - Reagan Tunstall

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K to 3
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This blog offers practical teaching tips and suggestions for early elementary classrooms. Although the author teaches first grade, most ideas are practical for use in other grade levels....more
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This blog offers practical teaching tips and suggestions for early elementary classrooms. Although the author teaches first grade, most ideas are practical for use in other grade levels. Browse through ideas for setting up Guided Math groups, using iPads in the elementary classroom, and other specific suggestions and images. To find earlier posts scroll down the page and look on the right-hand side. View trending past posts or labels. Choose a label to see posts with topics such as math tubs, journals, or word work.
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tag(s): classroom management (70), posters (24), professional development (67)

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Sign up and receive email updates for new posts on the blog or join using Google Friend Connect. Share ideas from the blog with other teachers and use images for inspiration in your classroom. Print and use free resources from the site such as posters, and labels for journals and notebooks.

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Curious - Curious

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4 to 12
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Learn fascinating information in video format on a plethora of different topics. As you click through, click FREE at the top of each category to se only the free offerings. ...more
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Learn fascinating information in video format on a plethora of different topics. As you click through, click FREE at the top of each category to se only the free offerings. Choose from categories such as Game On, Curious 52, Art and Photo, Smarty Pants, Fit and Active, and Health and Beauty. There is so much more: Learn to Code, Great Outdoors, Popular, Fancy Pants, Around the House, Staff Picks, Pocket Perfect, Language, Crafting, Green Thumb, Software, Tasty Treats, Song and Dance, Business Savvy, and Party Time. Each video has a clickable "timeline" under it where you can read about the video, find lessons, make comments, find related topics, and see assignments. Teach others your skill or talent. Send Curious cards to teachers or others to show what you know. Be aware, not all of the video clips are free.
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tag(s): art history (49), dance (24), family (53), financial literacy (58), money (174), nutrition (135), sports (79), video (175)

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Check out the offerings for videos that support or extend your curriculum. Have your students find a lesson to learn or even a lesson to teach. Be sure to show them where to click "free" to narrow the listings. After previewing Curious on an interactive whiteboard or projector, choose a video to evaluate and gather the important parts of the information. Small groups could each choose a different video. Have students create their own lessons in content areas using these as a model. As you teach about informational text, this is the perfect example of digital writing to convey information. Suggest this site at a parent night to help keep everyone lifetime learners. Be sure to post a link on your website for parents and students to access at home.
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LitPick - LitPick

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4 to 12
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LitPick is a great place to find preteen and teen literature reviewed by students from all over the world. It was selected in 2013 as Best Website for Teaching ...more
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LitPick is a great place to find preteen and teen literature reviewed by students from all over the world. It was selected in 2013 as Best Website for Teaching and Learning by the American Association of Librarians. Discover the latest reads reviewed by students. Students apply to become a reviewer, along with an adult sponsor, and get a free eBook or print book. Choose a book by age or genre. Read within 4-6 weeks and write a 5-10 sentence review summarizing the book, without giving away the ending. Submit and receive feedback before the final review is approved and published. Receive points and badges for well written reviews. Find books listed by author, genre, or age group. Adult members of LitPick can participate in the monthly book giveaway contest and newsletter that features student book reviews and special offers. Sign up to receive the latest announcement and promotional giveaways. Start book clubs, or use in classes.

tag(s): expository writing (30), independent reading (95), literature (213), literature circles (4)

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Use this site for a real reviewer's experience or simply to find great books. Evaluate other reviews and make a list of noteworthy reviewing techniques. Students choose the latest new reads before they are released to the public. Sign up individual students, groups or students, or your class to read a book together and write a review. Challenge your gifted ones to work on this authentic review task. This site is perfect to use for literature circles. Create your own "LitPick" on your school library site. Have students involve parents as their sponsor for greater parental involvement and excitement. Get the newest books free.
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Codecademy - Codeacademy

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Try Codecademy to learn how to code. Build projects such as interactive websites, games, and apps. Join a community of coders and share the knowledge. Collaborate with others from all...more
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Try Codecademy to learn how to code. Build projects such as interactive websites, games, and apps. Join a community of coders and share the knowledge. Collaborate with others from all over for new projects. Find 18 adaptable lesson plans that link to Codecademy's online courses. You can also build a profile to track progress. Included is a free kit to start an after school coding club. Check out the one hour introductory class on coding for teachers. Codecademy's small lessons help one focus on tasks that might at first be completely foreign or overwhelmingly technical. Discover the curriculum developed for primary and secondary schools. Download an app for iPhones to continue coding. Lessons for coding include JavaScript, HTML/CSS, PHP, Python, Ruby, and APIs.

tag(s): computers (40), engineering (81), STEM (55)

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Codecademy offers you basic instruction before you begin teaching your students (or learning together with them!). Create accounts for your students, and track their progress. Besides the intrinsic factors that come with learning to code, students will be motivated by the streaks, badges, and points they can earn. After school clubs with Codecademy will be a breeze with everything all set up. Set up a coding activity center for interested students when they finish class work or for rainy days and snow days.
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OK2Ask'®:Skype: Bring the World Into Your Classroom August 2014 - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from August 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Discover TeachersFirst to explore and energize your classroom through the...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from August 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Discover TeachersFirst to explore and energize your classroom through the use of Skype. Participants will view and explore resources for understanding and learning about Skype as well as explore ideas for immediate and future classroom activities. 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: Gather ideas by exploring 6-10 Skype resources located on TeachersFirst. Investigate and discuss lesson ideas 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,and d, 2a, b, and c, 3b and d,4c and d, 5a. Please read the full text at ISTE's standards page

tag(s): skype (14)

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Bring Skype into your classroom. Learn about some great ideas and sites to use in your classroom with Skype. Take a look at the resource page full of GREAT ideas! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here
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OK2Ask'®: Guilty about Gifted August 2014 - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from August 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Move beyond feeling guilty. Experienced gifted teachers will share technology...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from August 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Move beyond feeling guilty. Experienced gifted teachers will share technology resources to differentiate, foster creativity, help with organization and focus, and encourage digital collaboration in this fast-paced session. Nourish gifted needs while maintaining your sanity. 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: Use TeachersFirst to find tools to differentiate academic content for gifted students in their regular classroom. Locate web-based resources that promote creative thinking in gifted students. Explore opportunities for collaboration among gifted peers. Envision the use of personalized "Me Portfolios." View tools that improve students' organizational skills and facilitate classroom management. (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. Please read the full text at ISTE's standards page.

tag(s): gifted (80)

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Got gifted students? Then this is a must-see session for you! Learn new ways to help both the student (and yourself) stay organized. Find sites to increase creativity, advance students, and offer enrichment. Take a look at the resource page full of GREAT ideas! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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Slack - Slack Technologies, Inc.

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K to 12
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Slack is a real-time messaging tool for teams that includes archiving and search features. Create your own channels for different groups or teams to include messages, files, images,...more
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Slack is a real-time messaging tool for teams that includes archiving and search features. Create your own channels for different groups or teams to include messages, files, images, and more for sharing. Drag and drop files work with Google Docs, Dropbox, Twitter, and more making it easy to share across several different platforms. Easily search Slack archives to find discussions, documents, and more.
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tag(s): chat (36), DAT device agnostic tool (68), microblogging (35), organizational skills (91), social networking (103)

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Share this resource with high school students working on group projects for better group communication, managing workflow, and more. Take the time during the first week of school or as group projects approach to model how to plan and manage group process using such a tool. Use this tool with school clubs, as well. Manage professional discussions by creating channels for different departmental or grade level teams.

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My Live Chat - mylivechat

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K to 12
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Create a polished, professional live chat on your blog or class site with this FREE tool. Create a "How Can I Help You?" message to pop-up as parents and students ...more
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Create a polished, professional live chat on your blog or class site with this FREE tool. Create a "How Can I Help You?" message to pop-up as parents and students visit the page. When in an active chat, visitors receive a pop-up asking if they wish to join the chat. This tool runs on every platform and mobile device. Be sure to check out the demo tab to understand how to use the tool in your website. Add the HTML code into your site to add the chat box and features. Use this tool to analyze site traffic so you can identify what is most used by students and parents.
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tag(s): chat (36), DAT device agnostic tool (68)

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Create a chat message pop-up for the most frequently asked questions students and parents have about finding items on your classroom site. Offer a set time for office hours published well in advance for parents and students to drop in and ask questions about assignments, homework help, or any other questions that they may have. Set up a chat time early in the school year for "meet and greet" so parents discover your website or for those who are unable to attend back to school night! Cut down on email! Encourage students to identify the questions they (or their parents) have the most as you develop the scope for your chat. ESL/ELL teachers can use the chat to provide extra written language practice for their students in an engaging way! Use the chat with your colleagues in a Teacher Lounge format to help each other in the appropriate use of technology, content sharing, or professional development.

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Random Name Selector - Primary Technology

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Easily "draw" student names at any time and from any device using the Random Name Generator. Choose "Change Names" to create your own list of names. Click "Save" when finished. ...more
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Easily "draw" student names at any time and from any device using the Random Name Generator. Choose "Change Names" to create your own list of names. Click "Save" when finished. Adjust the length of your spin from 4 to 7 seconds. Turn the sound on or off. Choose "Save and Share" to view the embed code for any blog or website or copy the URL to bookmark and save for future use. As each name appears, it includes the option to remove it from the list.

tag(s): classroom management (70), probability (105)

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Use the Random Name Generator to select a student to do an activity or to answer a question. Allow students to use the name generator to choose the classmate who comes next. Create your list at the beginning of the year and SAVE it to use throughout the year. Use the Random Name Generator as part of your probability unit to chart how often names appear with random spins (be sure not to remove them from the list as they appear).

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OK2Ask'®: Common Core Math Ideas K-8 August 2014 - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from August 2014, 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 August 2014, 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 in the math classroom. 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: Gather ideas by exploring 10-15 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. Please read the full text at ISTE's standards page

tag(s): commoncore (50)

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Have you gone Common Core in your classroom? Explore these fabulous math sites to meet your Common Core standards. Many of these sites would be useful in any math classroom, even one not following Common Core. Take a look at the resource page full of GREAT ideas! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask'®:Common Core Literacy Ideas (Grades K-8) - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from August 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Get to the "Core" of literacy in your K-8 classroom using TeachersFirst...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from August 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Get to the "Core" of literacy in your K-8 classroom using TeachersFirst resources. Participants will view and explore resources that help develop key literacy skills and address Common Core standards. Resources that promote collaboration and individual skill work will be shared. Participants will explore and discuss how resources can be utilized in their own 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 6 -10 literacy resources on TeachersFirst. Explore and practice with the suggested resources. Investigate and discuss lesson ideas offered in reviews and by other participants in the session. List and discuss curriculum projects or activities their students could do with their chosen resources. (Follow-up) Implement one of the provided resources into an upcoming teaching unit or lesson. Applicable ISTE-T standards (2008)*: 1a and d, 2a, b, and c, 3b and c, 5a. Please read the full text at ISTE's standards page.

tag(s): commoncore (50)

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Has your school gone Common Core? Learn more about literacy for grades K-8 during this webinar. Learn about great sites that help you meet and implement the Common Core ELA standards. Take a look at the resource page full of GREAT ideas! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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Toggl - Toggl

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Easily track time spent on projects without time sheets! Enter your task and click to begin tracking. View the day-by-day breakdown of time spent on the activities. Generate summary,...more
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Easily track time spent on projects without time sheets! Enter your task and click to begin tracking. View the day-by-day breakdown of time spent on the activities. Generate summary, detailed, or weekly reports. Use this tool to create teams and generate team reports. Invite members by email and mark team data as public or private as needed. Use multiple machines in the day? No problem. Time is tracked across multiple devices including Android and iOs.
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tag(s): classroom management (70), DAT device agnostic tool (68), organizational skills (91), time (130)

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Introduce this tool to students as you talk about study skills and homework habits at the start of the school year. Make it part of your lessons on "how to study" or part of your first long term project, especially with disorganized middle schoolers (and gifted students). Have students track how they are spending their time outside of school and make resolutions about how they can adjust it to improve grades, etc. Even teachers need to track time spent on activities. Record time spent in preparing lessons, collaborating, maintaining your PLN, communicating with parents, extra-curricular activities, and more. This tool is beneficial with student groups and tracking time spent on activities. Be sure that students break down the specific responsibilities needed for the project and separate them out to the group. Students can show the work they completed as well as the summary report of time spent. Students can use this information as self-reflection upon completion of any class project and see the possible impact of time well spent!

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SoGoSurvey - Suhail Farooqui

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K to 12
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Create and personalize online surveys quickly with SoGoSurvey's easy to use online platform. This survey tool will work on ANY device. Step by step wizards guide you through the process...more
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Create and personalize online surveys quickly with SoGoSurvey's easy to use online platform. This survey tool will work on ANY device. Step by step wizards guide you through the process of adding images, videos, logos, and more. There are many features including steps for using the survey process and even receiving email alerts for negative responses. Choose from over 25 sample surveys to modify or start your own from scratch. Add questions in multiple-choice format or more complex matrix grid formats. Share completed surveys via email invitations or social networking links. The free account allows you to create up to 15 surveys with 75 questions and up to 200 responses. Use this tool anywhere a quick, simple poll is required and on any device! This tool works on mobile device browsers.
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tag(s): data (142), polls and surveys (38)

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If you've never used a poll before or would like to like to use survey information more effectively, click on Solutions in the top menu, and slide down to K-12 to begin. There you will find field-tested templates for schools and a link for the "survey process." Share polls on BYOD devices or laptops/tablets to assess prior knowledge as you start a new unit and ask questions about the material. If you do not have individual devices, project the survey to uncover misconceptions by having students discuss in groups why they would choose a particular answer. Use for daily quiz questions as a formative assessment. Use a class account to have student groups alternate to create a new poll for the next day. Place a poll on your teacher web page as a homework inspiration or to ask parent questions and increase involvement. Older students may want to include polls on their student blogs to increase reader engagement. Have students create polls for the start of project presentations. Use polls to generate data for math class (graphing), during elections, or for critical thinking activities dealing with the interpretation of statistics. Engage students using "real" data from a survey about issues and current events that matter to them.

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Bloom's Revised Taxonomy With Verbs - Mia

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Find a gem of an infographic with a multitude of action verbs for the different tiers of Bloom's Revised Taxonomy. This colorful, eye-pleasing infographic of verbs starts at the top...more
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Find a gem of an infographic with a multitude of action verbs for the different tiers of Bloom's Revised Taxonomy. This colorful, eye-pleasing infographic of verbs starts at the top of the taxonomy with higher order thinking skills (HOTS). Learn some new HOTS words to use yourself or with students.

tag(s): blooms taxonomy (9), verbs (38)

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Post this infographic in your classroom to discuss higher order thinking skills vs lower order thinking skills and where the task at hand would fall. Keep this infographic handy as you develop projects and new lesson ideas. Embed the infographic on your class website or blog.

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OK2Ask'®: School Year KickOff July 2014 - TeachersFirst

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Kickoff your school-year right with the ideas shared in this recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2014. It opens in Adobe Connect. Discover all of...more
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Kickoff your school-year right with the ideas shared in this recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2014. It 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. (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. Please read the full text at ISTE's standards page.

tag(s): back to school (34)

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Set your gears in motion for a great school-year. Learn about many hot topics such as differentiation, blogs, wikis, BYOD (bring your own device) classrooms, and more. Take a look at the resource page full of GREAT ideas! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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HelloSign - Joseph Walla

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Obtain and send signatures on documents with HelloSign. This service allows you to email documents and receive legally binding signatures through email and other services. HelloSign...more
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Obtain and send signatures on documents with HelloSign. This service allows you to email documents and receive legally binding signatures through email and other services. HelloSign also syncs with DropBox, Box, Evernote, and SkyDrive. Sign up using your email or Google account then follow steps on the Getting Started link. Upload documents from your computer or allowed services to edit and sign, add a message and recipients then send. Send up to three free documents per month with a free account. There is the option for a 30-day free trial period of some of the premium features, however, this review is only for the "always" free features.
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Use HelloSign to obtain parent signatures on IEP's, behavior notices, and more when parents are unable to physically sign documents. Have administrators send evaluation documents for teacher signatures electronically. Use anytime a signature is required without having to mail documents or have the signer present. You will, of course, want to be sure that a "clever" student is not doing the signing for his or her parents! Make sure to verify email addresses through a phone call or other means.

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Metryx - Shawn Rubin and Stephanie Castilla

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Gather formative assessment data to better identify students needing help. Document data from a variety of sources: exit tickets, online activities, pop quizzes, chalkboard problems,...more
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Gather formative assessment data to better identify students needing help. Document data from a variety of sources: exit tickets, online activities, pop quizzes, chalkboard problems, verbal questioning, and more. Use a mobile device to enter student assessments as you mingle and work with them. Click Help to view videos (hosted on Vimeo) that explain how it works. Document correct or incorrect responses with one tool. Use Metryx to choose a skill. Choose a student and enter quantitative or qualitative data. View an analysis and graphs of data. Use this tool to separate students into groups based on mastery achievement. Evaluate the whole class or view trends over time. Add classes, students, and skills. Use the Track, Analyze, and Differentiate tabs to enter and evaluate collected data. You can upload student data from Excel to save time.

tag(s): assessment (62), data (142)

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Use this tool to keep track of student mastery of specific skills. Use this tool to help group students to identify those that need more help mastering various concepts. Develop a plan for differentiating instruction for specific groups or individuals.

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OK2Ask'®: Great Timesavers July 2014 - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2014, 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 2014, 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. (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. Please read the full text at ISTE's standards page

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Learn more about the benefits of FREE TeachersFirst membership. Take a look at the resource page full of GREAT ideas! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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Progressions Documents for the Common Core Math Standards - The Arizona Board of Regents

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Explore the progressions of the Common Core math standards throughout the grade levels. Look at different areas of mathematical standards, numbers and operations, base ten, counting...more
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Explore the progressions of the Common Core math standards throughout the grade levels. Look at different areas of mathematical standards, numbers and operations, base ten, counting cardinality in algebraic thinking, numbers and operations for fractions, geometry, and measurement and data in grades kindergarten through grade five. In grades six through eight explore statistics and probability, expressions and equations, the number system, ratios, and proportional relationships. In high school discover the progressions in algebra, functions, and modeling. Find resources for further development of programs offered to support Common Core mathematics. Discover research, periodicals and groups using Common Core math.

tag(s): commoncore (50)

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Strengthen your teaching of Common Core mathematics. Having an understanding of the knowledge students enter with or without, leads to better preparation for where the students will explore later. Use this as an individual study or even as a professional learning group study with your grade level and department.
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