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OK2Ask'®: Google 301: Google Advanced Level Cool Tools - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Learn about the latest and greatest Google Cool Tools, plus some old favorites...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Learn about the latest and greatest Google Cool Tools, plus some old favorites in this fast paced session. Explore basics such as Google Templates and Google Docs and Forms. Plus, delve into Hangouts, Google plus, Picasa, and the newer features that Google has to offer. Time will be provided for individual exploration. A question/answer period will be available to help with individual questions. It's OK2Ask''®. This fast paced session is appropriate for teachers at the Intermediate to advanced technology comfort levels.

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Explore Google Templates, Google Docs, Google Forms, Hangouts, and Google Plus and learn a few teaching features; Evaluate selected tools available for use in your curriculum; Explore topics and lesson ideas that could be enhanced using Google Cool Tools; Learn about the latest tools that Google has to offer; Find solutions to individual questions or practical problems; (Follow-Up) Create a project for your class (or position) using one of the tools shared during the session. Applicable ISTE-T standards (2008)*: 1a, b, and d, 2a, b, and c, 3b and d, 4c and d, 5a ISTE's standards page.

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Explore the "tech"tactic advanced tools that Google has to offer! Use this session to learn more ways to organize, save time, communicate, and collaborate both in and out of your classroom. Take a look at the resource page full of excellent resources to explore! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask'®: Google 201: Google Intermediate Level Cool Tools - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore Super Searching on Google. Find out about the various tools (and...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore Super Searching on Google. Find out about the various tools (and tricks) used to make searching a "snap." Learn more about Google Trends, Google Correlate, Blog Searches, and more. Take your lessons INTO the world using Google Maps. This session will also offer an introduction to Google Maps, demonstrate and evaluate various tools available, provide time for individual exploration, and more. Participants will be given time to explore. A question/answer period will also be available. This session is for teachers at Beginner to Intermediate Technology Comfort Levels.

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Explore several of the various educational search tools available through Google; Browse and explore Google Trends, Google Correlate, Blog Searches, and more; Explore the many resources on TeachersFirst related to Google's offerings; Explore Google Maps and learn a few teaching features; Explore topics and lesson ideas that could be enhanced using Google Maps; (Follow-up) Create a lesson for your own classroom (or position) using one of the Google tools shared. Applicable ISTE-T standards (2008)*: 1a and b, 2a, b, c and 3a and d ISTE's standards page.

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Search through these Google goodies to find new ideas to save you time searching on Google. View the Map tips and share with your students. Take a look at the resource page full of excellent resources to explore! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask'®: Google 101: The Top View of Google and Basics - TeachersFirst

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

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

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Go Google in your classroom using the fabulous tools shared during this session. Use this session to learn more ways to organize, communicate, and translate both in and out of your classroom. Take a look at the resource page full of excellent resources to explore! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask'®: Great Timesavers: Tools and tips to maximize TeachersFirst's free membership - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Discover TeachersFirst to inspire new ways of thinking about lessons, student...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Discover TeachersFirst to inspire new ways of thinking about lessons, student learning, and the web. This session will briefly share the new ways to find resources on TeachersFirst to help you save time. Participants will also learn the value of FREE TeachersFirst membership and how to find and use the tools available to members. A question/answer period will be available to help with individual questions. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Locate resources within TeachersFirst to provide real-world learning experiences for their students; Locate and evaluate effective, web-based tools and resources in support of teaching and learning, both for themselves and for their students; Evaluate TeachersFirst membership features applicable to their individual technology expertise and teaching situation; Locate and use the many tools available to TeachersFirst members, and (follow-up) Use the features of FREE TeachersFirst membership to maximize student learning and parental communication while saving time. Applicable ISTE-T standards (2008)*: 1b, 2a and b, 3d ISTE's standards page.

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Use this session to find some great ideas to share with your students on your class website. Explore TeachersFirst and the many resources available for FREE! Learn more about FREE TeachersFirst Membership and the many benefits! Take a look at the resource page full of excellent resources to explore! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask'®: Great Ideas: Exploring the Resources of TeachersFirst - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Discover TeachersFirst to inspire new ways of thinking about lessons, student...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Discover TeachersFirst to inspire new ways of thinking about lessons, student learning, and the web. This session will briefly share the teacher-friendly features of TeachersFirst to help you save time and envision new ways for students to learn using the tools of the web. Participants will be encouraged to seek specific solutions and ask questions to meet their own classroom needs. It's OK2Ask''''®. This session for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels.

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Locate resources within TeachersFirst to provide real-world learning experiences for their students; Locate and evaluate effective, web-based tools and resources in support of teaching and learning, both for themselves and for their students; Evaluate TeachersFirst membership features applicable to their individual technology expertise and teaching situation; Find solutions to individual questions or practical problems of their teaching situation by exploring TeachersFirst and/or asking live questions during the session: and(follow-up) Use the features of TeachersFirst's value-added reviews to plan technology. Applicable ISTE-T standards (2008)*: 1b, 2a and b, 3d ISTE's standards page.

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Use this session to find some great ideas to share with your students on your class website. Explore TeachersFirst and the many resources available for FREE! Find new ideas for the NEW school year! Take a look at the resource page full of excellent resources to explore! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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P 21 - Partnership For 21st Century Skills - P21

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Join the community designed to educate students and all learners in 21st century learning. The mission consists of building collaborative partnerships between education, businesses,...more
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Join the community designed to educate students and all learners in 21st century learning. The mission consists of building collaborative partnerships between education, businesses, government, and community leaders to promote learning skills needed in the 21st century for life, work, and citizenship. P21 strives to prepare all students for the challenges of the future. Find a framework for student outcomes with support system outlines. Resources for educators include sample lesson ideas, Common Core alignment, P21 Common Core Tool Kit, professional development guides, 21st century skill maps in a variety of subject areas, case studies of exemplar schools, a newsletter, and a Blogazine. Resources for policymakers include information on definitions, framework, and implementing 21st century skills. A parents' guide contains information on 21st century skills and leadership. Most downloadable materials are free. Get a press kit or join an advocacy group or mailing list.
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Investigate P21 to see if you are meeting your students' needs for the 21st century. Use the parent tip sheet, real world examples, or the PowerPoint to clarify your goals to parents and administration. Explore literacy maps and skills maps to compare your methods of instruction. Look for ways to support professional development in your school. Become more effective using Common Core Curriculum. Join the blog and change your world. This site contains great research, ideas, and goals to include in grants, mission statements, or strategic planning.
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Squirt - Squirt io

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

tag(s): independent reading (128)

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

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We Tell Stories - Penguin Books Limited

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

tag(s): digital storytelling (144), narrative (24)

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

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

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Locate resources within TeachersFirst to provide real-world learning experiences for their students; Locate and evaluate effective, web-based tools and resources in support of teaching and learning, both for themselves and for their students; (follow-up) Use the features of TeachersFirst's value-added reviews to plan technology infused lessons. Applicable NETS-T standards (2008)*: 1b, 2a and b, 3d ISTE's standards page.

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Use this session to find some great ideas to share with your students (and colleagues) all about TeachersFirst. Explore our Ready To Go features, reviews, Professional information, Wikis, Blogs, and more. Take a look at the resource page full of excellent resources to explore! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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NovoEd - NovoEd, Inc

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NovoEd is an online learning platform focusing on collaboration, project-based, and team-based learning. This tool, geared toward small group learning, caters to group interaction and...more
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NovoEd is an online learning platform focusing on collaboration, project-based, and team-based learning. This tool, geared toward small group learning, caters to group interaction and peer-to-peer collaboration. Choose from several different learning categories such as finance, design, or math and science to view offerings, many provided by Stanford University. Narrow down options by starting date or length of a course. Enroll in courses with others to form your own group or join as an individual and interact with others enrolled in the course. Receive a statement or certificate of accomplishment with the successful completion of courses.

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Sign up for courses with your peers as part of your professional development goals. NovoEd is perfect for professional development on your own, choose courses of interest and interact with others across the world in this online platform.

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BookBoon - BookBoon

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BookBoon features over 1000 free ebooks in seven different languages, aimed at the high school and college level. Find an interesting book and type in your email. The books focus ...more
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BookBoon features over 1000 free ebooks in seven different languages, aimed at the high school and college level. Find an interesting book and type in your email. The books focus on business/economics, engineering/natural sciences, and IT with many being authored by professors. Search for a book or subscribe to the newsletter. Note: The books you download may have advertisements.
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Find ebooks available for further study on specialized subjects for your research project, or just to further your knowledge. Use with gifted or advanced students to provide further challenge or self study projects.
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TeachThought - Teachthought 2015

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Sign up for TeachThought's newsletter and get articles and information about teaching, learning, Common Core, technology, apps, iPads, culture, and social media. TeachThought stretches...more
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Sign up for TeachThought's newsletter and get articles and information about teaching, learning, Common Core, technology, apps, iPads, culture, and social media. TeachThought stretches teachers to think beyond the norm, and try new exciting ideas such as learning in a digital world, flipped classrooms, project based learning, and simulations. A few examples of the articles include: 10 Team Building Games that Promote Critical Thinking, 25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area, 55 Free Apps For iPads, 249 Bloom's Taxonomy Verbs for Critical Thinking, 14 Brilliant Bloom's Taxonomy Posters For Teachers, and 20 Things You Can Do in 10 Minutes For A Smoother Running Classroom. Join in the conversation, add your opinion, or ask a question.
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Think beyond your everyday lessons to something that makes you a teacher that kids always remember. Interesting ideas challenge you to do what you want the most in your teaching, inspire and motivate. Subscribe to the newsletter and follow the latest articles. Use the resources for enrichment or information. Share with colleagues and the collaboration begins. Share at a professional development meeting for many relevant ideas.
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Edusight - Garros Li, Dev Chakraborty, Vikram Somasundaram, & Qiming Weng

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Edusight is an online grade book for K-12 teachers with features for capturing grades and comments easily and powerful analytics for viewing and sharing data. Edusight features "buckets"...more
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Edusight is an online grade book for K-12 teachers with features for capturing grades and comments easily and powerful analytics for viewing and sharing data. Edusight features "buckets" for organizing information. Create buckets for tests, quizzes, group work, or any label you desire. Watch the site's Video Walkthrough for an overview of available features. If your district blocks YouTube, the video may not be viewable. You could always view the video 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): assessment (100), classroom management (135), data (148)

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Share Edusight information with parents as part of your ongoing communication process. Use Edusight to collect and gather information for IEP and other intervention and data collection meetings. Track student behavior for positive reinforcement or discipline purposes. This versatile tool has many possibilities.

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Edusight features "buckets" for organizing information. Create buckets for tests, quizzes, group work, or any label you desire. Raxi, , Grades: 0 - 12

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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 three 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 (97), problem solving (272), video (254)

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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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Common Core Conversations - Kristina Holzweiss

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1 to 12
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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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Twittalert - Atomic Productions

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8 to 12
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Enjoy checking your Twitter feed without wasting time by flipping browser tabs. Twittalert is like an SMS or IM window that will pop up on your PC screen and stay ...more
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Enjoy checking your Twitter feed without wasting time by flipping browser tabs. Twittalert is like an SMS or IM window that will pop up on your PC screen and stay there about 11 seconds. Quickly scan the Tweet and get on with your work. The app can be easily deleted by exiting the program and deleting the unzipped download folder. When you want to use it again, just download it once more. At the time of this review, the app is only available for Windows.

tag(s): chat (51), microblogging (44), social networking (112), twitter (50)

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On Twitter follow hashtags for current events. View the information in real-time by projecting Twittalert on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Construct a question about events occurring elsewhere in the world to read student perspectives. Use a class Twitter account to set up chats with classes in other schools using this tool. Create a focused chat session based upon a particular question, such as the constitutionality of a law or the environmental impact of fracking project answers as they come in using Twittalert. Use Titttalert to interact and follow other classrooms and projects anywhere in the world in real-time. Looking for more ways to use Twitter in the classroom? Read more about Twitter at TeachersFirst's Twitter for Teachers page.

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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 (19), professional development (123)

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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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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 (60), organizational skills (122), social media (16)

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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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