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What Is Giftedness? - National Association for Gifted Children

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Find current definitions of giftedness in the U.S. as explained by NAGC. See the variations between legal and clinical/research-based definitions. The brief history of gifted is informative...more
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Find current definitions of giftedness in the U.S. as explained by NAGC. See the variations between legal and clinical/research-based definitions. The brief history of gifted is informative and lends some perspective on where gifted programs began. For more information, explore the many useful links.

tag(s): gifted (96)

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Read and bookmark this in your professional resources as a "must-know." If you have students in your class who may be gifted or parents who ask about whether their child should be identified as gifted, this is a good place to start. Remember, however, that most states have their own legal definitions. For a more practical, observational way of "spotting" gifted students, see How to Spot a Gifted Student.

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The Do's and Don'ts of Instruction: What it Means to Teach Gifted Learners Well - Carol Ann Tomlinson, Ed.D

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This short article offers specific information on general indicators of appropriate and inappropriate instruction for gifted students. Each of the 11 statements offers a general topic...more
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This short article offers specific information on general indicators of appropriate and inappropriate instruction for gifted students. Each of the 11 statements offers a general topic of information. Specific examples are also provided. Sample ideas include addressing good and appropriate curriculum while avoiding putting gifted students in the role as a classroom tutor. As a conclusion, the article reminds us that "What it takes to teach gifted learners well is actually a little common sense."

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Read through this article for ideas on appropriate instruction for gifted learners in your classroom. Print and save this article (or bookmark on your computer) to include with your gifted teaching resources. Share this article during professional development sessions in your school and with parents of gifted students.

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Common Myths in Gifted Education - National Association for Gifted Children

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Take a close look at myths versus truths in Gifted Education at this informative site. Topics range from identification of gifted students through information on accelerated options....more
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Take a close look at myths versus truths in Gifted Education at this informative site. Topics range from identification of gifted students through information on accelerated options. Browse through a series of over 10 myths related to Gifted Education and then view a short discussion of the truth. Each set of truths includes links to further information on the National Association for Gifted Children's website. You will find articles, studies, and webpages related to the specific myth being addressed.

tag(s): gifted (96)

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Share information from this site during professional development sessions in your school as a resource for properly serving your gifted population. Use information from this site when holding parent conferences as a resource for research on gifted education.

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Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted - SENG

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Change lives and change futures of gifted and talented individuals by gaining a more comprehensive view of being gifted. SENG's mission is to empower families and communities to help...more
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Change lives and change futures of gifted and talented individuals by gaining a more comprehensive view of being gifted. SENG's mission is to empower families and communities to help gifted and talented individuals to reach their goals: intellectually, physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. A variety of programs offers education either through home study courses, annual conferences, online parent support groups, or ways to establish a parent support group in your area. Continuing education credits are offered for health care professionals or any interested individual. Find a health care provider in your own area. Free materials further explain medical misdiagnosis for Gifted, Emotional Health, Twice Gifted, ADHD, Roles for Health Care Professionals, and more. An extensive free library of print, audio, and video resources help explain needs of gifted and talented students and how to advocate for them. Find links to other gifted organizations, books, and downloadable informational brochures.
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Have questions about a gifted child or a child you suspect to be gifted? Teach a gifted and talented group? Answer many of your own questions and also parent questions with an amazing amount of information available. Sponsor a parent night for Gifted Students and offer and feature many of the resources highlighted. Be sure you have a strong base of your own knowledge of the needs of gifted and talented students. Keep up to date with latest research and information.
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Online Tools: Suggestions from TeachersFirst - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This editor's choice collection offers timesavers and organizational tools for teachers. They include "utility" sites for teaching tasks such as seating charts, rubrics, and certificates....more
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This editor's choice collection offers timesavers and organizational tools for teachers. They include "utility" sites for teaching tasks such as seating charts, rubrics, and certificates. Other tools facilitate parent communication, such as text messaging or online conferencing. Our editors have also hand picked simple, timesaving, creative tools from the TeachersFirst Edge. These tools organize to-do lists (for yourself or for students), convert files, remove ads from web pages, check web site readability, write a one-time blog, generate an online sign up sheet, make a simple graphic organizer or chart, create online corkboards or stickies, and much more.

tag(s): classroom management (135), rubrics (32)

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MultiURL - multiurl.com

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Shorten any link for easy sharing or combine several links into one short shareable link using MultiURL. Choose from the multiple or single link options, and paste in urls for ...more
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Shorten any link for easy sharing or combine several links into one short shareable link using MultiURL. Choose from the multiple or single link options, and paste in urls for sharing along with a name for the link. Use the Submit button to create your link and view sharing options through social networks and email. Registration isn't necessary; however, it does provide the option for editing links and viewing statistics on the number of times links are clicked.
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tag(s): bookmarks (60)

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Although we recommend this site for all ages, in the primary grades this would be strictly a professional tool for teachers to share site lists with parents, students, or even colleagues. Use this site to combine the url's of online class projects into one group (one url). Create a group of recommended resources for students or parents on a specific subject or topic. Share that url through your classroom website or newsletter. Create a single url to all reading resources or math resources for students to explore at home. Create a url for each unit. Create a group with videos on a specific area of classroom content. Create a classroom account where students add resources they have found to share with others. Share this site with others in your building or district as an easy way to save and share online resources.

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OK2Ask'®: Google 6-Part Series: Google Cool Tools - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from April 2014, 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 2014, 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. A question/answer period will be available to help with individual questions. It's OK2Ask'''®. This fast paced session is appropriate for teachers at the Intermediate to advanced technology comfort levels. As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Explore Google 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; Learn about the latest tools that Google has to offer; Find solutions to individual questions or practical problems, and (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 and b, 2b and c, 3a and d. Please read the full text at ISTE's NETS-T page.

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Explore various Cool Tools in this session. Learn ways to implement these tools in your classroom. Take a look at the resource page full of GREAT ideas! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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30 Boxes - Julie Davidson and Nick Wilder

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Create a simple, easy-share, online calendar using 30 Boxes. Use the wizard to fill in birthdays, email connections, your zip code (for weather information), and more. Click on any...more
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Create a simple, easy-share, online calendar using 30 Boxes. Use the wizard to fill in birthdays, email connections, your zip code (for weather information), and more. Click on any date to add events, add start and finish times, notes, tags, or make private. Use the dropdown box to choose times for reminders by text or email. Send an invite to your contacts or add any email address. Choose from many personalization options to change color, add online calendars to your feed, or change privacy settings. Share your calendar using the link, embed code, or other share options.

tag(s): calendars (44), social networking (112)

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Create a 30 Boxes calendar and share on your class website. Include homework, upcoming events such as conferences and holidays, and test dates. Share with your school's Parent Teacher Organization as an excellent way to share school events with the community. Create an online calendar including professional development opportunities to share with others in your school and district. If you advise a club, this is a handy tool for sharing the events calendar.

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Tweetchup - Alex Kaul

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4 to 12
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Tweetchup is an easy to use Twitter analytic tool. Registration is not required. Login with your Twitter account to view an analysis of your Twitter account stats. View mentions, average...more
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Tweetchup is an easy to use Twitter analytic tool. Registration is not required. Login with your Twitter account to view an analysis of your Twitter account stats. View mentions, average mentions per day, the potential number of followers you reach, and more. What makes Tweetchup different from other Twitter analysis sites is the ability to analyze other Twitter users' hashtags and keyword histories. Use the "Profiles" link to analyze the profile of any other Twitter user. The "Keywords" option allows you to enter any keyword to analyze the last 1600 tweets using that keyword. Your analysis includes recent tweets, most retweeted tweets, and most favorited tweets.

tag(s): internet safety (109), social networking (112), twitter (50)

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Looking for more ways to use Twitter in the classroom? Read more about Twitter at TeachersFirst's Twitter for Teachers page. Use Tweetchup to find and analyze popular and viral hashtags. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here or Venngage reviewed here. Use Tweetchup to analyze your class Twitter account to find and improve content and connections. This is also a great way for students to realize the extent of their digital footprint!
 

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Readability - Arc90

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K to 12
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This simple but powerful tool allows you to view ANY web page as simple, clear text. It removes all of the flashing, moving, distracting elements that interrupt concentration and understanding....more
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This simple but powerful tool allows you to view ANY web page as simple, clear text. It removes all of the flashing, moving, distracting elements that interrupt concentration and understanding. Visit the Apps and Add-ons page before making an account. Readability will recognize most browsers to download a Readability add-on or extension for your browser so you can "clean up" the pages you're viewing with a single click. You can also install a "bookmarklet," a simple mini-program that runs inside Internet Explorer, Firefox, or other web browsing software on your computer. "Installing" is then as simple as dragging the Readability button to the Favorites bar of your browser, a one-click button to scrub webpages clean of distractions. No Favorites or links bar to which to drag? Go to the View menu on your browser and click to turn on your Favorites or links bar. Once you have the Readability button, go to ANY web page and click "Readability" to see the page magically change to simple text passages, ready for your interactive whiteboard, easier for your young readers, or enlarged for tired eyes. Share your Readability links through email or Flipboard. There are also Readability Twitter clients as well as many other features offered on the Apps and Add-ons page of the Readability site. Note: Pages with content created in FLASH will not work in Readability, since FLASH text is actually an image to a computer. Test it first before planning to use it in class. Readability delivers a great reading experience on every platform and provides an avenue for connecting readers and publishers on the Web. iOS and Android apps for Readability are available to use on mobile devices.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (199), media literacy (58), reading comprehension (116)

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Install Readability at the beginning of the year on any computer you use with interactive whiteboards so students can highlight key words from any web page and practice notetaking, main idea, summarizing or other comprehension skills to improve web literacy and overall reading skills. If your school computers are locked down, show it to tech staff and special ed/reading department chairs to convince them it is worth installing! Use Readability as you project any advertising-laden site or to help attention-deficit students stay focused on the words. Resource and ESL/ELL teachers will appreciate the ability to focus on the words without other distractions, allowing you to determine how much students are actually reading words vs. using images as context clues. Use this site to help your unfocused gifted students pay better attention! Try turning Readability on and off to show students how they can use images to help in comprehension once they find some meaning from the words on a page. All readers would benefit from stopping to compare how they construct meaning from words and text. Advanced art and design or media literacy students will enjoy examining the advertising techniques on a web page by stripping them away, then turning them back on. This tool also provides a clean way to make printable versions of web page text, even adjusting text size to your preferred option. Please consider the trees before getting carried away, though!
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WhenIsGood - Keith Harris

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K to 12
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WhenIsGood is an easy to use tool to find out when all participants are free for an event or meeting. Choose "get started" and click all possible times and dates ...more
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WhenIsGood is an easy to use tool to find out when all participants are free for an event or meeting. Choose "get started" and click all possible times and dates for an event. Narrow times to particular days and time periods of 15, 30, or 60 minutes. Give the event a title. Additional options include specifying a time zone and viewing of only specific hours each day. After creating the event, write down the result code provided to receive the link to send to participants. Click the box to receive email alerts for any new responses. Participants highlight their choices and submit adding comments if desired. No registration is required to use this tool. You can register for an account to receive a few additional perks: edit or delete activities, no need for result codes with each event, and more.
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tag(s): calendars (44), parent conferences (22)

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Create a calendar for scheduling parent-teacher conferences to send to parents. Scheduling a special presentation and inviting parents? Use this tool to find out what date and time of day will work best. Use WhenIsGood to set up grade level or department meetings. Share with your school's Parent Teacher Organization as a tool for scheduling meetings, fundraisers, or book fairs.

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Eventbrite - Kevin and Julia Hartz

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Eventbrite is an all-in-one event planning solution. Create your event page including logos, images, and other pertinent information using the templates provided. Take advantage of...more
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Eventbrite is an all-in-one event planning solution. Create your event page including logos, images, and other pertinent information using the templates provided. Take advantage of the option for creating bar coded tickets to send to participants (choose free tickets for the free account, paid tickets have a small charge to cover credit card costs). Once your event page is ready, get the word out using Eventbrite tools such as emailing personalized invitations or various social media options. Use the mobile features to check attendees in at your event and scan bar coded invitations.
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Use Eventbrite to increase excitement for any classroom event. Be creative and have students attend an "event" to review for exams (with bar coded tickets they can earn by sharing a student-made review activity). Offer tickets to in class enrichment "events" for those who test out of a unit. Have student groups design "events" instead of giving class presentations. The "event" could be a quiz show or game session that teaches a curriculum topic, such as "World War Wonders." Have your class work together to plan a culminating "event" such as a tea for famous Americans, and issue invitations and tickets to students who play the parts of the people they researched. Invite parents to Open Houses and Conferences. (Perhaps provide a small door prize for those using the Eventbrite app as their admission ticket!) Use Eventbrite to manage events with limited seating or a limited number of participants. If you provide professional development sessions, this is an excellent way to spread the word and manage participation. If you are an advisor for a school club, this tool would make club-sponsored events easier to organize.

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OK2Ask'®: Specialized for Special Needs April 2014 - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from April 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Learn how to adapt your teaching for your students' special needs using...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from April 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Learn how to adapt your teaching for your students' special needs using TeachersFirst resources. Participants will view and explore tools to help students needing emotional support, learning support, speech/language support, autistic support, ESL assistance, and more. Find resources that promote organization, focus, and differentiated learning. Use exploration time to discover and discuss how selected resources can be utilized in your classroom. This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels. As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Gather ideas by exploring at least 6 -10 specialized resources on TeachersFirst; Explore and practice with selected resources; Investigate and discuss lesson ideas offered in reviews and by other participants; List and discuss other curriculum related projects or activities that could be done using the resources in the teacher's own teaching situation; and (Follow-up) Implement one of the provided resources into an upcoming teaching unit or lesson. Applicable NETS-T standards (2008)*: 1a, b, c; 2a, b, c, d; 3b, c, d; 4c. Please read the full text at ISTE's NETS-T page

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Explore ideas to use with your learning support, autistic, ESL/ELL students, and other special needs. Take a look at the resource page full of GREAT ideas! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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Bam! Radio - Bam Radio Network

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Bam! Radio is a podcast network devoted to education from many different perspectives. Choose from parents, educators, or leaders channels to view offerings. Specialized channel options...more
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Bam! Radio is a podcast network devoted to education from many different perspectives. Choose from parents, educators, or leaders channels to view offerings. Specialized channel options include those for school nurses, principals, and child care providers. Topics vary, but some examples include Online and Blended Learning, Integrating Physical Activity Into Classrooms and Lesson Plans, Shifting the Focus from Testing to Student Learning, and many others. Discussions include all education-related topics with multiple perspectives. Listen directly on the site by choosing the play button or use the iTunes option to download and play through your iTunes account.

tag(s): classroom management (135), parents (56), professional development (123)

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Bam! Radio is an excellent resource for professional development sessions. Search the site to find topics of interest and listen to the session together as a staff to begin your discussions. Be sure to share topics of concern with parents such as those for gifted students or keys to motivating teens. Be sure to follow Bam! Radio on Facebook, iTunes, or Twitter to receive latest updates and information.

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OK2Ask'®: Introduction to Writing with Common Core - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from March 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Writing is an important and powerful way to build and assess student understanding....more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from March 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Writing is an important and powerful way to build and assess student understanding. This fast paced session will help you find ideas and resources to implement Common Core ELA/Writing and science or social studies literacy standards as part of writing across your curriculum. This session is appropriate for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels. As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Explore a sampling of web-based writing tools and resources, including Common Core-appropriate writing prompts, word choice/vocabulary resources, common error help, tools for citations and research, writing templates, and more; Refer to Common Core to guide in selection of appropriate resources; Locate specific TeachersFirst writing resources appropriate for the his/her subject and grade level; Consider possible writing projects or activities that students can do in his/her classes using web-based resources; and (followup) Implement Common Core appropriate writing lesson(s) with students using web-based tools. Applicable NETS-T standards (2008)*: 1c, 2a, c; 3a, b, d. Please read the full text at ISTE's NETS-T page

tag(s): commoncore (94), writing (359)

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Having trouble finding great writing resources for your classroom? Take your writing to the next level using the resources shared during this session. Learn more about the Common Core and how to implement the standards in your writing lessons. 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 Math Ideas K-8 - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from March 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 March 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. 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 resource, 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.; and (follow-up) Plan and implement a student-centered, curriculum-related use of the resource(s) of choice as part of an upcoming teaching unit.

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Find new ideas to energize your math curriculum and excite your students. Learn more about the Common Core standards. Take a look at the resource page full of GREAT ideas! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask'®: Google 6-Part Series: GoogleEarth and Maps - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from March 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Take your lessons INTO the world using GoogleEarth and Maps. This session...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from March 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Take your lessons INTO the world using GoogleEarth and Maps. This session will introduce you to GoogleEarth and Maps, demonstrate and evaluate various tools available, offer advanced support to those already using GoogleEarth and maps, provide time for individual exploration, and more. A question/answer period will be available to help with individual questions. It's OK2Ask. This session is appropriate for teachers at the Intermediate technology comfort levels.

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Explore GoogleEarth and Google Maps and learn a few teaching features. They will evaluate selected tools available for use in your curriculum. Explore topics and lesson ideas that could be enhanced using GoogleEarth and Maps. Learn how to create a basic GoogleEarth placemarker. Find solutions to individual questions or practical problems. (Follow-up) Create a Google Maps or Earth project for your classroom. Applicable NETS-T standards (2008)*: 1b, 2a and b, 3d

tag(s): map skills (79), maps (287)

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Learn more about Google Maps and Google Earth. Explore sites to use with your class. Take your students on a virtual field trip around the world. Find resources to use these mapping tools in literature, math, social studies, art, and more. Take a look at the resource page full of GREAT ideas and sites to explore!
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The Library of Congress American Memory - Library of Congress

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American Memory provides this digital record of American history and creativity through written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet...more
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American Memory provides this digital record of American history and creativity through written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. Some of the categories are Advertising, Environment and Conservation, Immigration and American Expansion, Performing Arts, Sports and Recreation, and many others. These materials, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that make up America.

tag(s): advertising (33), african american (113), architecture (84), branches of government (48), cities (25), conservation (127), cultures (105), environment (317), immigration (58), industrialization (15), literature (275), maps (287), native americans (78), north america (19), presidents (131), religions (61), sports (97), women (101)

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Use American Memory in your study of either state, or United States history providing further primary and secondary resources to bring life into your subject matter. Discover point of view or popular opinion found in the collections. Use on your interactive whiteboard with the class, or even as a resource on projects to give a personal reference. Combine with literature for understanding of a place or time in American history. Look at the year of birth for your students to compare and contrast for today. Use as an example for your year of learning in your subject area or even grade level. Be sure to list as a resource on student computers or your class website.
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Teaching Florida - Florida Humanities Council

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Teaching Florida will bring Florida's history alive. Study Spanish Influence, Explorers, Native Americans, or Parts of Florida. Lesson plans, primary and secondary resources, maps,...more
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Teaching Florida will bring Florida's history alive. Study Spanish Influence, Explorers, Native Americans, or Parts of Florida. Lesson plans, primary and secondary resources, maps, paintings, and references make the subject matter come alive. Extend your learning by finding resources for summer workshops, district programs, and resources for teachers.

tag(s): explorers (61), florida (11), maps (287), native americans (78)

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Integrate fiction and nonfiction sources into your studies of explorers, Native Americans, or Spanish influences. Compare and contrast the differences between primary and secondary sources. Integrate units of English Language Arts Common core standards and Social Studies standards.
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School Robins - EduKey

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Collate and gather "round robin" information using email conversations at School Robins. After creating an account, create an information request for a specific student name...more
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Collate and gather "round robin" information using email conversations at School Robins. After creating an account, create an information request for a specific student name or class. Send the request to chosen staff members by clicking the "Round Robin" button. Once responses arrive, view all information in an easy to view table format. Other options include sending reminders, requesting updates, and uploading a staff or class list directly from your computer. Be sure to view the Quick Start Guide for full details on how to use School Robins. Free accounts allow individual users to send two free Round Robin information requests per month.

tag(s): classroom management (135), parent conferences (22)

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Use School Robins as an excellent communication tool for use with students who see multiple teachers. Send a request to other teachers for information when preparing for parent teacher conferences, IEP conferences or progress reports, filling out report cards, or even when noticing unusual behavior with students. This is an excellent tool for communication collaboration between classroom teachers, learning support teachers, guidance counselors, and more.

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