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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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tag(s): professional development (124)

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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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K to 12
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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 (102), classroom management (137), 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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4 to 12
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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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1 to 12
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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 (96), problem solving (272), video (262)

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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.

tag(s): commoncore (94)

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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 (111), 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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K to 12
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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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tag(s): commoncore (94)

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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 (124)

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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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Common Sense for Common Core - Scholastic Inc

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K to 12
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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 (102), commoncore (94), questioning (32), test prep (95), writing (365)

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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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3 to 12
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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 (48), learning styles (19), professional development (124)

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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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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 (94), parent conferences (22), parents (56)

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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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OK2Ask'®: Ready, Set, Summer: Student Tools to Stay Fresh and Teacher Refreshments - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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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.

tag(s): summer (13)

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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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tozzl - Lars Natus

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6 to 12
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Tozzl is a free collaboration tool and digital pinboard. Create your tozzl to add items such as YouTube videos, a Twitter wall, files, pictures, and more. Click on "Create a ...more
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Tozzl is a free collaboration tool and digital pinboard. Create your tozzl to add items such as YouTube videos, a Twitter wall, files, pictures, and more. Click on "Create a new tozzl" to begin and follow the prompts. Once your tozzl is created, use links to edit and add information, add new members, and share. Best of all, tozzl doesn't require registration!

tag(s): brainstorming (24), chat (51), organizational skills (122)

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Use tozzl to create public or private, password-protected message boards. Use as a backchannel tool for discussions during lessons. Share with students to create their own message boards when working on group projects. Use tozzl as a message board for each of your classes. Include class notes, handouts, links to videos, and more.

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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 (49), cyberbullying (40), digital citizenship (62)

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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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What is Mathematics? - Dr. Robert H Lewis

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8 to 12
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What is Mathematics? is a very helpful article for understanding that mathematics is about process not numbers. Dr. Lewis takes his readers through the thought process of providing...more
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What is Mathematics? is a very helpful article for understanding that mathematics is about process not numbers. Dr. Lewis takes his readers through the thought process of providing insight into what math is by comparing it to early reading instruction, sports analogies, and more. His explanations give readers an understanding of the true meaning of mathematics - "true mathematical understanding, the true ability to think, perceive, and analyze mathematically."

tag(s): logic (236), problem solving (272), professional development (124)

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Have your students ever said, "I'll never use this in real life"? If so, that is the time to pull out this article for classroom discussions. Provide different sections of the article to groups of students to present to classmates as a way to understand the importance of developing mathematical understanding, not just a way to put numbers together. Share this article with parents to help them understand the importance of developing mathematical understanding. Share this article with other math teachers in your building.

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Training Games - Thiagi.com

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7 to 12
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Find more than 350 ready to use ideas for training games and activities at Thiagi Training Games. Titles include types of activity, for example, whether it is a card game, ...more
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Find more than 350 ready to use ideas for training games and activities at Thiagi Training Games. Titles include types of activity, for example, whether it is a card game, role play, etc. Choose a title and view a full description including playing time, number of players, and materials needed. Although created for corporate training sessions, many ideas fit right into classroom use such as debate ideas, getting to know you activities, and more.

tag(s): back to school (58), debate (41), game based learning (110)

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Use this resource for Back to School getting to know you activities. Choose games labeled "Opener" as activators for prior knowledge on any topic. Be sure to check out "Structured Sharing" activities for ideas to use with group projects. Use ideas to incorporate into professional development sessions.

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OK2Ask'®: Google Advanced Cool Tools 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 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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OK2Ask'®: Go to the Edge: Tour of TeachersFirst Edge Tools - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from April 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Go to the EDGE with TeachersFirst! What is the Edge? Tools used to create:...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from April 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Go to the EDGE with TeachersFirst! What is the Edge? Tools used to create: listmakers, timelines, mind maps, and more. Learn about the various Edge categories and what they mean. Have time to explore the Edge on your own. Find inspiration and timesaving tools in this fast-paced session! This session is ideal for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels. Applicable NETS-T standards (2008)*: 1b, 2a and b, 3d. ISTE's standards page.

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Take a tour of the edge and learn about various tools in many categories. Find tools to create animation, blogs, timelines, bookmarks, online stickies, and more. Looking for some time-saving and easy to use tools? View this webinar archive to find tools to create polls and quizzes, seating charts, lists, 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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OK2Ask'®: Online Tools to save you time and your sanity - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from March 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Discover all of the "ready to go" resources available at TeachersFirst....more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from March 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Discover all of the "ready to go" resources available at TeachersFirst. Explore the timesaving (and easy to use) online tools. Find inspiration and timesaving tools in this fast-paced session! This session for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels. As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Explore the various online tools available at TeachersFirst; Find more ways to save time using TeachersFirst for planning lessons; Have free exploration time to find materials relevant to his/her classroom needs; (Follow-up) Plan and implement a student-centered, curriculum-related use of the resource(s) of choice as part of an upcoming teaching unit. Or plan how to use an online tool to save time in his/her classroom. Applicable NETS-T standards (2008)*: 1b, 2a and b, 3d. ISTE's standards page.

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Looking for some time-saving and easy to use tools? View this webinar archive to find tools to create seating charts, free printable paper, online timers, polls and quizzes, and much 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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OK2Ask'®: Juggling the BYOD or 1:1 Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from March 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Are you trying to "juggle" the BYOD or 1:1 classroom? View this session...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from March 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Are you trying to "juggle" the BYOD or 1:1 classroom? View this session to explore resources for the management of assignments, resources for students to use on their devices, and more. Whether you are already part of a 1:1 (or BYOD) program or plan to implement one soon, this session is certain to help. Share ideas and experiences with others to shift a traditional classroom to a 1:1 experience. A question/answer period will also be available. 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 TeachersFirst, evaluating resources and original content to find ideas to use in your BYOD/1:1 classroom. Participants will search and share resources and experiences for the management of activities and other concerns; Find and exchange ideas, challenges, and solutions with others through live discussion (via chat) during the session, and explore ideas and resources for students' "tech toolbox" including reviewed, device agnostic tools, well suited for BYOD or 1:1 classrooms. For follow-Up, participants will use selected solutions from this session and/or TeachersFirst resources to implement new strategies/resources in an upcoming lesson. Applicable NETS-T standards (2008)*: 1a and b, 2b and c, 3a and d. ISTE's standards page.

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Has your class gone byod or are you considering 1:1? View this webinar archive to learn more about 1:1 and/or byod. 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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