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Is It Down Right Now? - isitdownrightnow.com

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Find out instantly if the problem you are having opening a web site is YOUR problem or a website that is down. Is It Down Right Now (iidrn.com for short) ...more
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Find out instantly if the problem you are having opening a web site is YOUR problem or a website that is down. Is It Down Right Now (iidrn.com for short) instantly "pings" a site so you can tell whether the site is down for everyone or just for you (perhaps due to a glitch with your Internet provider). The Internet is never a sure thing, but this tool tells you whether it's just YOU having trouble. Although it sounds geeky, it's easy. Copy/paste or type the url you are trying to reach into the box at top right, and click "Check." The results tell you how long it takes for the site to respond and how long it has been down (if it is). What a handy tool for ANYONE using the web! What this tool will not tell you is if you are mistyping the url, so always double check.
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Mark this one in your Favorites and remind your student to use it before they call out, "The page isn't opening!" in the middle of class. Make it one of the required tools as part of "ask three before me." If you have a class web page, this is a handy way to find out if your web page service (or district-provided web page server) is having trouble "serving up" the class page. Tell savvy students who are unable to access web sites to use this tool and take a screen shot of the results if a site assigned for homework is "down" for prolonged periods. This is simple "proof" worthy of a get-out-of-homework-free card if they can show that the site was down for 3 hours on the night of the assignment!

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Sherry Parrish: Number Talks: Building Numerical Reasoning - Scholastic

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Get free professional development in Common Core math. Watch the YouTube video produced by Scholastic: Number Talks created by Sherry Parrish. Number Talks supports the Standards of...more
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Get free professional development in Common Core math. Watch the YouTube video produced by Scholastic: Number Talks created by Sherry Parrish. Number Talks supports the Standards of Mathematical Practice in the Common Core Standards for all grade levels. The video helps one understand the process of number sense, flexible thinking in problem solving, and fluency. Examples of the Number Talks are shown in use in real classrooms where students manipulate numbers to gain a deeper understanding. Students reason abstractly and quantitatively to help persevere in solving problems. Students use models to find structure and use reasoning to provide evidence for answers and thought processes. Gain a fuller, deeper understanding of the process of Number Talks. Number Talks are often used in many schools' curriculum. If your district blocks YouTube, the video may not be viewable. You could always view it at home and bring it to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the video from YouTube.

tag(s): number sense (91), problem solving (218), video (204)

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Gather your colleagues to watch the video introducing the process of Number Talks, using the Standards of Mathematical Practice. Use this video for a Professional Learning Community. Be sure to document for your professional development. Scroll down the page to find many Number Talks videos not produced by Scholastic.

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Reading and Writing Project Resources - Teachers College Columbia University

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Provide the best literacy program for your students by implementing ideas and assessments from Reading and Writing Resources Project. Find high quality, research-based reading and writing...more
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Provide the best literacy program for your students by implementing ideas and assessments from Reading and Writing Resources Project. Find high quality, research-based reading and writing resources developed by a Teachers College, Columbia University and Lucy Caulkins. Assessment information includes running records, the concept of print, letter/sound information, high-frequency words, and independent reading benchmarks. Additional Assessments include Independent Reading Books, Comprehension Proficiency, and Monitor Reading Volume and Stamina with book logs and daily reading examples. Under Book Lists find units of study for teen readers with titles and authors categorized by genre with quality literature suggestions. Many videos depict classes in action discovering Narrative, Informative/Explanatory, and Opinion/Argument writing. One video series shows Danielson's Framework for Teaching evaluations, with classroom teachers being observed using reading/writing workshop. This includes PDF's with the notes and scoring. Find a baseline of excellent student writing sorted by grade level using Readers' Notebook and student writing samples. Nonfiction text sets give examples or resources for you to use in the classroom. Find text examples to use with your students featuring health and consumer science topics.
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tag(s): assessment (76), book lists (107), reading comprehension (100), reading lists (68), writers workshop (21), writing (330)

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Use the free resources recommended by Teachers College, Columbia University to fine tune your reading and writing assessments. Assessments are ready to go and use, and videos help demonstrate quality teaching and learning. Use examples of student work on your interactive whiteboard for your class. Sharpening your literacy classroom increases your effectiveness. Share the professional development videos or resources with your colleagues. Use materials from this tool in your next presentation. Use at Open Houses or with curriculum chats with parents so they have a better understanding of grade level expectations. Be sure to document your professional growth for your teacher evaluations.
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Common Core Conversations - Kristina Holzweiss

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Common Core Conversations is your place to find Common Core resources. The Standards, Resources from state education departments, free resources in all subject areas, using tech tools...more
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Common Core Conversations is your place to find Common Core resources. The Standards, Resources from state education departments, free resources in all subject areas, using tech tools for learning the standards, and a section for parent information provides a great basis for your Common Core needs. Resources include: ESL/ELL, library, careers, family and consumer sciences. Join the online community to join in the conversations.

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Common Core Conversations provides ideas and resources to assure your lessons contain Common Core Standards necessities. Investigate a resource for yourself every week or to share at your professional growth development. Be sure to document your new ideas under professional growth for your evaluation. When hosting professional growth development, begin here.
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Teaching Text Features - Lerner Publishing Group

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The Common Core Standards in every grade level has a standard using text features. Each grade level builds upon the knowledge from the previous grade. Lerner publishers has created...more
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The Common Core Standards in every grade level has a standard using text features. Each grade level builds upon the knowledge from the previous grade. Lerner publishers has created a PDF source (chart) for teaching text features to meet Common Core Standards. Each grade level provides features found in social studies and science content area texts. Lerner Sources (charts) are organized by features that help understand the organization of the text, text features for visual aids, and text features that point out important information. An example of each text feature along with the purpose follows. Each is given in a downloadable, color PDF chart.

tag(s): charts and graphs (189), commoncore (74), reading comprehension (100), reading strategies (30)

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When beginning your study on text features, show the charts with an interactive whiteboard or projector. Now go further and use a nonfiction book and find these features. Print the chart and use for student reference. Keep bookmarked on your website, so students can refer back to the chart to aid comprehension. Use this guide when students write their own informational pieces. Keep handy during research projects.
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19 Topics to Teach in Digital Citizenship - And How - Jacqui Murray

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Learn the 19 most important topics to teach for Digital Citizenship. Also, get many great ideas for resources by grade level K-8 with this interesting article. Most resources discussed...more
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Learn the 19 most important topics to teach for Digital Citizenship. Also, get many great ideas for resources by grade level K-8 with this interesting article. Most resources discussed in the article also include a short description of how others have used it in the classroom.
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tag(s): copyright (47), creative commons (19), cyberbullying (37), digital citizenship (32), internet safety (107)

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Bookmark this article for finding resources and understanding topics to be included when teaching Digital Citizenship. Share during professional development sessions and during meetings when discussing digital policies at your school. For older students, have groups split up the 19 topics to research and present to the class. Use a tool like Zoho Show (similar to Powerpoint, but easier and free), reviewed here, to present findings. Be sure to share information from this article with parents to discuss with their student.

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Shmoop Common Core Standards - shmoop.com

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Still wrestling with Common Core? Let Shmoop help with math and language arts Common Core resources. Search for any standard or browse through standards links to begin. Links to each...more
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Still wrestling with Common Core? Let Shmoop help with math and language arts Common Core resources. Search for any standard or browse through standards links to begin. Links to each standard offer a tab explaining the standard and another tab with aligned resources. Resources may include videos, teaching guides, sample assignments, and more. Not all standards include resources, but most do.
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Use Shmoop to find materials correlated directly to individual Common Core Standards in Math and English. Share a link to student activities on your class webpage or blog for students to practice at home. Link to activities on classroom computers for use as centers. Use assessments for planning Common Core related lessons.
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Educator Innovator - MacArthur Foundation

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Always challenging your students to the highest level of Bloom's taxonomy, creating? The time has come for you as a teacher to jump into creativity in teaching. Join the blog ...more
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Always challenging your students to the highest level of Bloom's taxonomy, creating? The time has come for you as a teacher to jump into creativity in teaching. Join the blog and growing community of educators and organizations who support you, to change education. Get inspired with webinars, podcasts, and videos by educators who have found new ways of meeting and challenging students. Grant opportunities and webinars of successful, innovative teachers challenge you to look for more. Some of the videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): grants (17), professional development (91)

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Dare to be different and engage your students in learning that is unique and meets their needs, designed by you! Share this site with a colleague and let your imaginations run wild. Do what teachers do best, engage, motivate and inspire students to love learning.
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HomeRoom Mom - School Family Media

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K to 6
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Homeroom Mom is an online community to share tips and tools for working with classroom teachers. Don't let the title fool you, this site contains valuable information for anyone working...more
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Homeroom Mom is an online community to share tips and tools for working with classroom teachers. Don't let the title fool you, this site contains valuable information for anyone working with students! Choose from the many categories to find ideas for decorations, crafts, holidays, and much more. Select Letters, Flyers, and Forms to find a yearly planning calendar, party sign-up sheets, and other handy forms for immediate use.

tag(s): classroom management (99), field trips (10), holidays (142), parents (48), preK (256)

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Share Homeroom Moms on your class website as an excellent resource for use by your homeroom mom (or dad), tutors, and other classroom helpers. Bookmark and save for use when planning class parties, finding holiday activities, and much more. Use this site to help YOU get organized!

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Beenpod for Education - Dave Yoon and Sang Shin

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Beenpod is a tool to gather, share, and organize your favorite webpages. Create your own "beens" to create collections of websites, people, and ideas. Explore pages together with a...more
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Beenpod is a tool to gather, share, and organize your favorite webpages. Create your own "beens" to create collections of websites, people, and ideas. Explore pages together with a single colleague or entire class as you pause, resume, and chat together. Educator accounts for teachers, parents, and administrators offer the ability to create student accounts. Organize groups of students into groups as small or large as desired. Be sure to read through the FAQ and view videos for an overview of Beenpod's offerings.

tag(s): bookmarks (57), organizational skills (101), social networking (105)

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Use the "surf together" feature to explore and discuss online information as a class, small group, or with a partner classroom. Use Been to create a bank of resources to use for each content unit within your subject or classroom. Share Beens with students and let them add to the ever growing lists. Use for web treasure hunts to learn or introduce any topic within your content area. Use comments to ask questions or give directions about each site. Collect links to informational texts for students to read "closely" a la CCSS. Have students create Beens as a place to store links for a project. Share Been as a tool older students may want to use while collaborating on a project from a distance. They can browse online TOGETHER at the same time to decide which sources they want to use for a project, for example.

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Common Sense for Common Core - Scholastic Inc

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See these free Common Core resources and materials, sample lesson plans, and book lists to help you implement the Common Core Standards with success! English Language Arts, Math, Social...more
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See these free Common Core resources and materials, sample lesson plans, and book lists to help you implement the Common Core Standards with success! English Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, and Science lesson plans span K-12. Detailed plans include teaching nonfiction within integrated content areas. Find detailed book lists by grade level, literature titles, or professional development areas. News and Resources include articles describing a variety of concerns teachers face in today's classroom including, using one iPad in a classroom, reaching every reader, math Common Core tips, and much more. Get answers to some frequently asked questions involving Common Core. Get back to the basics of Common Core through the explanatory sites. Expert videos highlight important aspects of using Common Core Standards. The Editor's Corner gives full units that span the range of the grades with titles such as War Stories, Poetry; Explore the Power of Words, and Life, Death, and Stories in Between. Still have a burning question? Submit your question and get an emailed response. Join the conversation with educators discussing different aspects of Common Core. A parent Common Core Area uses the Common Core Basics, News and Resources, and a list of books to use by grade level. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos 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): assessment (76), commoncore (74), questioning (32), test prep (88), writing (330)

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Bookmark this site on your computer! Find answers to all of your questions with resources to challenge your students. Share in your professional learning communities with a different area each meeting. Document your professional development growth for your evaluation. Need to explain Common Core to parents? Begin here!
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Cubing and Think Dots Strategy - Eulouise Williams

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This PDF explains the teaching strategies of Cubing and Think Dots. Cubing is an instructional strategy that asks students to consider a concept from different perspectives. Use ideas...more
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This PDF explains the teaching strategies of Cubing and Think Dots. Cubing is an instructional strategy that asks students to consider a concept from different perspectives. Use ideas from the site to understand how to use cubes to differentiate teaching for various groups of students. Similar to cubes, Think Dots incorporates the idea of students constructing the meaning of concepts through the use of activity cards correlated to the roll of a dice. The PDF starts with an overview of Bloom's Taxonomy and its revision.

tag(s): blooms taxonomy (9), differentiation (34), learning styles (14), professional development (91)

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Use ideas from this PDF to differentiate and offer a variety of learning opportunities to students. Share this site and the strategies with peers during professional development sessions. Have students create cubes or think dots of their own for use when reviewing material for tests and quizzes.
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Common Core Math - Grade by Grade View for Parents - Tricia Bevans & Dev Sinha University of Oregon

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K to 12
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Common Core Math is a PDF document providing an overview of mathematics skills developed through Common Core Standards. Designed for use with curriculum nights or conferences in mind,...more
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Common Core Math is a PDF document providing an overview of mathematics skills developed through Common Core Standards. Designed for use with curriculum nights or conferences in mind, information on each grade level fits on the front and back of one page when printed (two pages for high school). View advice for use as a parent or teacher on the first page. Be sure to scroll down to the two last pages providing an excellent overview of the big picture of teaching math and general tips for parents.

tag(s): commoncore (74), parent conferences (15), parents (48)

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Share this Common Core Math handout with parents on meet the teacher night or at conferences. Be sure to include the last two pages sharing tips for parents to help students with math. Share with co-workers as a resource for parent information.
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5 Steps to Internet Safety - Vicki Davis

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4 to 12
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Download the 5 Steps to Internet Safety handout using this handy link. The handout includes the 5 steps to complete when faced with questionable Internet situations. In addition to...more
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Download the 5 Steps to Internet Safety handout using this handy link. The handout includes the 5 steps to complete when faced with questionable Internet situations. In addition to the 5 keywords (stop, screenshot, block, tell, and share), each keyword includes advice for completing the step. Click links to view the document in Full Screen, download, or print.
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tag(s): cyberbullying (37), internet safety (107)

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Print this flyer to display in computer labs and classrooms. Provide each student with the handout to place in notebooks. Share information with parents through a link on your class website or blog.
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OK2Ask'®: Ready, Set, Summer: Student Tools to Stay Fresh and Teacher Refreshments - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from May 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Find ways for both you and your students to stay fresh during the summer....more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from May 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Find ways for both you and your students to stay fresh during the summer. Learn about some "Summer Sparklers" to share with your students and explore many timesaving tools for yourself: professional resources, communication and organization tools, plus classroom ideas. A question/answer period will be available. It's OK2Ask'''''''''''''''''®. This fast paced session is appropriate for teachers at all technology comfort levels.

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Explore the various Professional Resources available at TeachersFirst: differentiating, professional development, time saving tools, latest tech for teaching, and more! Participants will browse and explore the various ready to go activities for students to "stay fresh." All will locate materials relevant to his/her professional challenges or students' needs. For follow-up, participants will find and use resources for both teachers and students to refresh and learn over the summer. 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 on your class website. Find some fabulous ideas to keep your own professional development fresh. Find new ideas for the NEW school year in August! 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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McGruff the Crime Dog - McGrufff.org Milstein Family Center

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2 to 5
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Join McGruff, the crime dog, and take a bite out of crime. Interactive activities promote child protection and safety. Learn more about bullying, school safety, and safety tips. A video...more
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Join McGruff, the crime dog, and take a bite out of crime. Interactive activities promote child protection and safety. Learn more about bullying, school safety, and safety tips. A video illustrates a cartoon character's reaction and solution to bullying. An advice section creates conversations for bullies about getting along, community safety, advice for all seasons, guns and drugs, home, school, and online safety. Free downloadable posters include a circle of respect activity and advice in PDF format. A link for parents directs them to the National Crime Prevention Council.

tag(s): bullying (52), digital citizenship (32), internet safety (107)

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Looking for ways to develop your health, wellness, or leadership curriculum? Use the videos, interactives, or advice as the basis for your lessons or further discussions on Internet safety. Present at a parents' night as advice for protecting your child on the Internet. Include this in your technology curriculum as a resource. Post on your website as a reminder to students and parents for your technology expectations.
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OK2Ask'®: Building Ethical Digital Citizens (including Copyright images) April 2015 - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from April 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Learn more about resources (and ideas) to help increase your students' awareness...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from April 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Learn more about resources (and ideas) to help increase your students' awareness of their digital footprint. Explore opportunities to teach ethical uses of online resources: citing, fair use of copyrighted/creative common images. Participants will be given time to explore. A question/answer period will also be available. This session is appropriate for teachers at beginner/intermediate technology comfort levels.

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Browse and explore sample class policies to develop your own student-centered, safe classroom policy; Explore resources and ideas to build student awareness of their digital footprint; Learn strategies to help students understand ethical use of online resources, such as citing and fair use of copyrighted/creative commons images; Discuss strategies to develop positive student "netiquette." For follow-up, participants will be able to create a lesson for your own classroom or position using one of the tools or strategies shared. Applicable NETS-T standards (2008)*: 1d, 3a, 4a and c, 5d ISTE's standards page.

tag(s): copyright (47), cyberbullying (37), digital citizenship (32)

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Take a look at the resource page full of excellent resources to explore! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here. Explore the Cool Tools and ideas shared during this session.
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Edcite - 2014 Edcite Inc.

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1 to 8
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Give your students practice and instruction in standardized test style format. Find an easy way to create Common Core assignments using PARCC and Smarter Balanced question types. Passages...more
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Give your students practice and instruction in standardized test style format. Find an easy way to create Common Core assignments using PARCC and Smarter Balanced question types. Passages allow for highlighting, graphs, image labeling, and video sections for background knowledge. Questions include a section for written response to improve evidence-based answers as well as multiple choice. Teachers can share their assignments or use other teacher created assignments. Students receive immediately graded feedback. With a free teacher account, save questions to your library.

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Use technology to motivate and engage your students. Give these quality text passages personalized to your class needs. Use as a teaching tool on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Continue to use individually or as small group instruction. Pair a weak reader with a strong reader for independent pair work. You can easily differentiate by creating tiered assignments to meet each students' needs. Share at your next staff meeting to provide collaboration between teachers. Use in a flipped classroom and have students complete the work at home. They will still receive immediate feedback! Use at parent gatherings to provide an example of the grade level expectations. Put on your classroom website as a way to practice at home. Before assigning questions to individual students you might want to check the readability of the questions or supplied readings. Use a tool such as The Readability Test Tool, reviewed here. This reviewer found the articles in some grade levels to be about two years higher in reading level than the grade listed for the question.
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Apples4 the Teacher - Apples4theteacher

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Capture the attention of your students using multimedia by bringing technology into the curriculum. Find teaching ideas, classroom resources, and interactive learning sites for students....more
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Capture the attention of your students using multimedia by bringing technology into the curriculum. Find teaching ideas, classroom resources, and interactive learning sites for students. Lesson plans are presented by subject matter or themes. Need ideas for holidays? Check out each holiday offering. Find worksheets, printables, games, and thematic books.
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Need resources for a new unit or even want to spruce up an old unit? Search the extensive database of Apples 4 the teacher. Add as a resource to your class website as a safe place for students to explore. Find new ideas in art, languages, literacy, math, science, social studies, and research. Put your student technology team to work to the search for sites to help classes.
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OK2Ask'®: Google Advanced Cool Tools April 2015 - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from April 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 April 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 Translate and Google Voice. Plus, delve into Hangouts, Orkut, and the newer features that Google has to offer. Time will be provided for individual exploration. 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 Translate, Google Voice, Hangouts, and Orkut 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; and Learn about the latest tools that Google has to offer. Participants will find solutions to individual questions or practical problems and as follow-up, create a project for your class (or position) using one of the tools shared during the session. Applicable NETS-T standards (2008)*: 1a, b, and d, 2a, b, and c, 3b and d, 4c and d ISTE's standards page.

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Take a look at the resource page full of excellent resources to explore! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here. Explore the Cool Tools shared during this session.
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