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OK2Ask: Digital Storytelling In the Classroom Pt 3: Adding Tech Tools - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from April 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Using digital storytelling as a formative assessment across subject areas,...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from April 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Using digital storytelling as a formative assessment across subject areas, you can meet curricular objectives while engaging learners in cross-curricular writing. Come to this TeachersFirst OK2Ask webinar to explore free options for creating digital stories with your students. Building on our fall and winter sessions, learn how to successfully create a well planned digital storytelling project for your class and create a sample project. Attendance at the previous sessions is not required for participation in this session which is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels. As a result of this session teachers will: (1) Explore rubrics for Digital Storytelling assessment; (2) Understand features of Tech Tools for Digital Storytelling; and (3) Create a project sample to share with students.

tag(s): digital storytelling (153)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask: 3 Cool Tools for Student Response - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from April 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore how student response tools can be used to engage students, increase...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from April 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore how student response tools can be used to engage students, increase interaction and provide feedback. Participants will compare and contrast three free online student response tools, learn about the features of each, and explore ways to use them in the classroom. A question/answer period will be available to help with individual questions. This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels. As a result of this session teachers will: (1) Explore 3 student response tools to use in the classroom; (2) Start a project using one of the shared tools; and (3) Collaborate with other participants on ways to use these tools in the classroom.

tag(s): assessment (106)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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Typography Editor - Zygomatic

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Design posters, memes, and more without registration using Typography Editor. Use the tools from this site to create designs including borders, backgrounds, frames, and much more. When...more
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Design posters, memes, and more without registration using Typography Editor. Use the tools from this site to create designs including borders, backgrounds, frames, and much more. When finished, save in several different formats including jpg, png, and PDF.

tag(s): creativity (118), digital storytelling (153), images (274)

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Before assigning this tool for students to use, be sure to allow plenty of time for practice and familiarization with how to create and save designs. Use the Typography Generator as a perfect "getting to know you" activity for the beginning of the school year. Have students upload a picture of themselves doing their favorite activity and label it with a witty text or a favorite quote (or song lyric?). Have them upload a collage of images that represent their interests and character traits. Label it with an "I Am" poem. Print the images with text for a back to school bulletin board. At the end of the year, students could do a "that was then, this is now" collage with text. Have them upload a current picture doing a favorite activity, and different images that represent new interests they have learned this year. Post the images or collages side by side for spring open house night or as a year-end activity. Students could use this tool to put images with a poem they created. For ideas for images/scenes for their poems, you may want to have them use WordsEye, reviewed here. With WordsEye students can put in lines from their poem and "position" words to create a scene. Then, right click to save their scene to their device. For other uses, have students practice new words in a world language class by labeling and identifying images in that language. Create writing prompts using several annotated images. Have students create annotated images to explain key terms in science class. In ELA class, make homophone or vocabulary images to show the correct word along with an image that explains it.

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Google Earth VR - Google Earth

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Take a virtual tour of several of the world's most famous places with Google Earth VR's preview gallery. Begin by selecting from landmarks such as the Rome Colosseum or Hoover ...more
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Take a virtual tour of several of the world's most famous places with Google Earth VR's preview gallery. Begin by selecting from landmarks such as the Rome Colosseum or Hoover Dam. Move around with your cursor to see the 360-degree view, or watch as the preview takes you on tour. Be sure to click on the square icon near the bottom of each show to open up each virtual reality to a full-screen view.

tag(s): china (67), cultures (106), italian (33), mountains (15), renaissance (35), rome (28), virtual field trips (49)

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Immerse your students in your studies with a close-up, in-depth look through virtual field trips. Visit places where time, money, and mileage inhibit your dreams for bringing your students into wondrous worlds. Find ways to visit where your class has never gone before. Find the means to motivate your most reluctant learners. Small groups or individual students can focus on one of the tours and use as a starting point for additional research. ESL/ELL learners will appreciate the visual tours. Reach all types of learners through a class visit. Use these virtual reality tours as a whole class anticipatory guide, a center activity, a home connection, or even as extra credit. Challenge your gifted students to be guides to their own learning. Make your class go global! For other virtual tours, try Listly Virtual Field Trips, reviewed here.

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Google Earth Showcase - Google Earth

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Google Earth presents this showcase library of tours, videos, and imagery from planet Earth and beyond. Choose from diverse topics including the Hubble Telescope, Mars, Hereos of Google...more
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Google Earth presents this showcase library of tours, videos, and imagery from planet Earth and beyond. Choose from diverse topics including the Hubble Telescope, Mars, Hereos of Google Earth, and 3D imagery to begin your journey. Each category leads to several video presentations sharing the world with us. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): climate (93), explorers (65), heroes (25), landmarks (27), mars (42), moon (75), oceans (152), space (215), stars (66)

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Bookmark this site to use throughout the year with lessons on climate change, oceans, explorers, and much more. As an end of the year project, allow students to choose their area of interest from this showcase. Then, have students watch videos, and create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here. In language arts, during a study of heroes, use an online tool such as the Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, to compare and contrast features of Heroes of Google Earth against cartoon heroes.

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Google Earth - Oceans - Google Maps/Google Earth

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Explore the world's oceans with Google Earth. Watch videos sharing life below the surface of the world's oceans. Select from videos with topics including the Titanic, ocean floor, deep...more
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Explore the world's oceans with Google Earth. Watch videos sharing life below the surface of the world's oceans. Select from videos with topics including the Titanic, ocean floor, deep sea vents, or whale protected areas. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): explorers (65), oceans (152), whales (17)

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Benefit from the many free videos to learn more about the world's oceans and explorations. Have students select one of the videos to use as a starting point for further research. Ask students make a multimedia presentation to present their findings using Acclaim, reviewed here, that allows annotation of video, or Zeetings, reviewed here. Zeetings allows adding polls, videos, embeds, web links, PowerPoint, and PDFs.

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WeLearned.It - eduClipper

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WeLearned.It is a digital portfolio and classroom management tool for students and educators. The free pricing plan allows users to create student portfolios, manage unlimited classes,...more
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WeLearned.It is a digital portfolio and classroom management tool for students and educators. The free pricing plan allows users to create student portfolios, manage unlimited classes, provide feedback in several different formats, and distribute class assignments. Attach documents or websites to tasks from Google Drive, your computer, and more. Students receive a digital code to join, and then their work saves to their personalized portfolio.

tag(s): classroom management (147), portfolios (31)

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Take advantage of WeLearned.It's features in your 1:1 classroom for project-based learning assignments. Motivate students through feedback provided on this site in the form of badges, video or audio recordings, or text. Encourage students to support classmates through providing feedback to peers on the site. Science teachers could have students write up their lab reports, take photos of their labs and label them in a portfolio. History teachers could set up portfolios for student report writing or digital storytelling projects. WeLearned.It is a perfect tool to use during parent conferences.

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Peergrade - David Kofoed Wind, Malthe Jorgensen & Simon Lind

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Save time grading papers and encourage peer interaction with Peergrade. Create your assignment and a rubric for grading to begin. Students upload their work to the site. Upon reaching...more
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Save time grading papers and encourage peer interaction with Peergrade. Create your assignment and a rubric for grading to begin. Students upload their work to the site. Upon reaching the deadline for completing tasks, Peergrade automatically distributes work to other students for peer review. Using the associated rubric, students evaluate peer's work and provide feedback. Peergrade provides teachers reports with rubric scores, information on rubric questions providing difficulty for students, and the amount of time spent by each student providing feedback. Teachers have the option to provide their feedback on student work.

tag(s): assessment (106), rubrics (33)

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Take advantage of Peergrade to teach students how to provide meaningful feedback to peers. Be sure to check out the site's Rubric Library for use with students as you teach them about rubrics, how to provide feedback that is fair and relevant, and encourage critical thinking as part of any assignment. If you are hesitant to begin with peer reviews, upload example assignments for students to practice working with rubrics and reviews. After completing peer reviews have students create blogs using Throwww here). Ask them to reflect on their peer reviews and how completing this activity will help with future assignments. Throwww allows you to create "quick and easy" blogs to be used one time only. A unique URL is provided and this site is as easy as using a basic Word program!

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Knowlounge - Klounge

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Knowlounge is a real-time video and shared whiteboard tool for use with all devices. Create your class and share the code with students. Keep that class open as long as ...more
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Knowlounge is a real-time video and shared whiteboard tool for use with all devices. Create your class and share the code with students. Keep that class open as long as you like so that students don't need to enter a new code each time they enter the class. Knowlounge features include whiteboard tools, the ability to upload media such as PDF's and videos, and live quiz features.

tag(s): brainstorming (24), collaboration (8), DAT device agnostic tool (167), drawing (79), iwb (31)

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Knowlounge is perfect for flipped learning and collaborative learning experiences. Upload a YouTube video (or use the site's recorder to make your own), then add notes and comments for your students. Students can record their answers or comments as they watch videos. Use Knowlounge to collaborate with classes in different parts of the world, to introduce a guest speaker in another location, or to allow an absent student to participate in lessons.

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Knight Lab - Northwest University

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Knight Lab offers a variety of tools for storytelling and promoting quality journalism. Choose the Projects tab to find all available options sorted by categories of Storytelling, Research...more
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Knight Lab offers a variety of tools for storytelling and promoting quality journalism. Choose the Projects tab to find all available options sorted by categories of Storytelling, Research and Reporting, Teaching and Learning, and Prototypes, Experiments, and Past Projects. Projects include examples and full instructions for using the tool in any classroom.

tag(s): images (274), maps (290), timelines (64)

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This site is a must-have for anyone that teaches writing or assigns writing projects. Bookmark this site for use throughout the year with any writing project. Focus on one tool a month to learn more about features available. Assign a tool to different groups of students and let them become the experts. Work with peers to assign projects across subject levels using tools from this site to compare and contrast images, create interactive timelines, build story maps, and much more.
 

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The Science of Classroom Design (Infographic) - USC Rossier Online

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This infographic details five ways changes in classroom design lead to improved behavior, academic success, and increase time on task. Scroll through to find suggestions and advice...more
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This infographic details five ways changes in classroom design lead to improved behavior, academic success, and increase time on task. Scroll through to find suggestions and advice for choosing the optimal layout of furniture, wall color, and use of light. The bottom portion of the infographic suggests methods of improving digital spaces through the use of visual clues, removing screen clutter, and correct pacing of information.

tag(s): classroom management (147), preK (288), professional development (129)

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Share this infographic during professional development sessions as advice for creating student-centered classroom environments. Bookmark and save this site to review when making physical changes to your classroom or when creating digital content for students. Consider training students how to move desks and tables in and out of the different configurations, or have Parent Square, reviewed here, send out a message to ask parents and high school student volunteers come in to help move the furniture.

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Common Core Lesson Plans Template - FormSwift

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Common Core Lesson Plans offers three easy to use templates for designing professional looking lesson plans with language correlated to Common Core Standards. Begin by choosing the...more
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Common Core Lesson Plans offers three easy to use templates for designing professional looking lesson plans with language correlated to Common Core Standards. Begin by choosing the content from Math, Science, or English links. Click the link to start creating your lesson plan. Use the template to add lesson planning information within the template. When finished, print or save as a PDF or Word document. Create a free account to save finished products directly on FormSwift. You must provide the actual standards for your lesson plan.

tag(s): commoncore (96), professional development (129)

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Take advantage of these lesson plan templates for lesson planning using Common Core Standards. If you don't teach using Common Core, these templates are still useful for lesson planning. Change the portion with standards to meet your goals and objectives for individual lessons. Use these templates when collaborating on lessons with other educators as a way to maintain consistency in planning. Share these templates with other teachers during professional development sessions.
 
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ClassHook - Alexander Deeb and Joyce Ang

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ClassHook uses favorite TV shows and movies to teach classroom content in engaging and relevant ways. Students naturally relate to popular media, making ClassHook a natural learning...more
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ClassHook uses favorite TV shows and movies to teach classroom content in engaging and relevant ways. Students naturally relate to popular media, making ClassHook a natural learning tool to help students relate to concepts beyond a textbook. Find content by using the keyword search or browse by topic. Search by Math, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, or Business. Create an account using your email to gain full access to ClassHook's library of clips. Class accounts also enable users to set up and share playlists, bookmark clips, write comments on clips, and submit clips to share with other users. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): movies (70), video (269)

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Find clips on ClassHook to share with students as an attention-getter or introduction to new content. Create a link to media clips on your classroom computers or class website for students to view on their own. Flip your classroom and have students watch videos at home before teaching lessons, add questions for students to consider while viewing video clips. Have students create blogs using Throwww, reviewed here, discussing the content of movie clips concerning the lesson taught. Throwww allows you to create "quick and easy" blogs to be used one time only with a unique URL. Blogging will be as easy as using a basic Word program!

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Mahara - New Zealand's Tertiary Education Commission

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Mahara is an open source e-portfolio creator. Download the Mahara software to begin creating your e-portfolio including journals, social media resources, and uploading files. Once created,...more
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Mahara is an open source e-portfolio creator. Download the Mahara software to begin creating your e-portfolio including journals, social media resources, and uploading files. Once created, share your portfolio using access permissions, allowing members to determine who can view their work. Other features include a resume builder and social networking system connecting members to online learning communities. Scroll to the bottom to find Mahara Support which includes links to a User Manual and Wiki. There is even a demo for you to use for the day to preview Mahara.

tag(s): assessment (106), classroom management (147), portfolios (31)

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Record classroom activities and student learning with photos or videos. Show students how to create a portfolio, then document their learning and make comments in their portfolio. Share portfolios with parents, not just at conference time, but any time the student portfolio is updated to keep parents in the loop.

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Affordable Colleges Online - Dan Schuessler & Doug Jones

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Affordable Colleges Online provides extensive information about the costs and the programs offered for online degrees. Use tabs at the top of each page to view by degrees, majors, states,...more
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Affordable Colleges Online provides extensive information about the costs and the programs offered for online degrees. Use tabs at the top of each page to view by degrees, majors, states, rankings, or additional resources. Other options allow viewers to see colleges offering cheap, quality online degrees, explore accreditation, and search for religious college options. One resource worth exploring is the section describing options for financial aid, including many valuable statistics and information for finding the most financial aid.

tag(s): college (46), financial aid (15)

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Many students are considering virtual degrees, and almost all college-bound students need information on financial aid options. Affordable Colleges Online is a useful site to include with information on college search strategies, consider bookmarking it for college-bound students. This tool is helpful for high school guidance counselors or teachers who work with juniors and seniors. Provide the link on your class website for families to access and explore at home.
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Born Free USA - Belton Mouras and Ken Guerrero

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Born Free USA is an animal advocacy group offering many resources for helping animals. Browse through the Campaigns & Programs to learn about key issues of their work including Animals...more
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Born Free USA is an animal advocacy group offering many resources for helping animals. Browse through the Campaigns & Programs to learn about key issues of their work including Animals in Entertainment, Fur as Fashion, and more. Find out how to become an animal advocate with Born Free USA's tools and resources including downloadable advocacy materials. Be sure to check out the 2016 Year of the Lion that includes lesson plans, videos, and other teaching materials. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): animals (285), service projects (27)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and more to include with your animal unit. After introducing the site with a projector or on an interactive whiteboard, allow older students to explore on their own then choose a topic of interest for further research. Have students make a multimedia presentation or create a digital story about their animal topic using Adobe Spark, reviewed here. Younger students could create a digital story around their animal topic using My Storybook, reviewed here. Consider bringing in a local animal advocate to speak to your class about issues in your area. Post a link to this website for students to share with parents at home.

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Random Name/Word Picker - ClassTools

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This random name or word picker tool offers two different methods for selecting names from a list. Enter each name or word on a different line, copy and paste from ...more
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This random name or word picker tool offers two different methods for selecting names from a list. Enter each name or word on a different line, copy and paste from a spreadsheet or word document if available. Choose the typewriter to view a scrambled word letter-by-letter. The fruit machine reveals a choice with a slot machine, choose the button Remove to delete used words from the list as you play.
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tag(s): classroom management (147), gamification (71)

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The obvious use for this tool is for selecting students to answer a question or do an activity. Other uses could include forming groups/pairs or creating seating charts. Allow students to use it when it's time to choose the next student. Instead of names, enter activities for P.E., rainy day recess activities, the next book your class will read together, or anything where you need to make a choice. Enter vocabulary words and use the word picker to practice definitions, or have one student provide the definition for a selected word and other students guess the word.
 
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KQED Media Literacy Courses - KQED Teach

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KQED offers several free, self-paced courses for expanding media literacy skills. The first course begins with an introduction to the KQED teach and an overview of the platform used...more
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KQED offers several free, self-paced courses for expanding media literacy skills. The first course begins with an introduction to the KQED teach and an overview of the platform used for each of the courses. Topics include Taking Charge of Social Media, Media Essentials, and Video Storytelling Essentials. Choose any course description to view what is included in the modules and lessons in addition to the length of time to complete. All courses include interaction with an online community to share and learn together.

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Gain a better understanding of media literacy tools by taking KQED's professional development courses. Participate in classes on your own or with colleagues as part of your ongoing professional development. Begin any of the self-paced courses anytime and complete them at your own pace.

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Mummy Maker - BBC

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You become the embalmer as you prepare the body of Ramose for his funeral with this interactive game. Fail, and Ramose becomes homeless and doesn't enter Paradise. Choose the correct...more
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You become the embalmer as you prepare the body of Ramose for his funeral with this interactive game. Fail, and Ramose becomes homeless and doesn't enter Paradise. Choose the correct tools to perform each task to prepare the body for embalming. Be careful, if you make three mistakes, Ramose's body and soul become vulnerable to demons from the underworld. Though this interactivity has been archived, it is still fully functional.

tag(s): egypt (70)

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Create a link to this game on your class website and have students explore the game on their own. Have students create blogs describing the embalming process in Ancient Egypt using Throwww, reviewed here. This site allows you to create "quick and easy" blogs to be used one time only. A unique URL is provided, and this site is as easy as using a basic Word program! Have students use Fakebook, reviewed here, to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about an ancient embalmer.
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Aurasma - Aurasma

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Intrigued about Augmented Reality? Use this augmented reality application to overlay any image or video over top of an image uploaded from your computer. The next step is to upload...more
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Intrigued about Augmented Reality? Use this augmented reality application to overlay any image or video over top of an image uploaded from your computer. The next step is to upload the video you want to include as the overlay. Save and share your Aura using the links provided. Demo tutorials on this provide additional information for creating and sharing Auras.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (167), images (274)

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Use this tool for Word Walls, overlaying images of the words or videos showing the words in action when they are scanned. Create overlays of diagrammed pictures, revealing more information for each of the elements labeled. For example, add more information about parts of the human body, elements in the periodic table, works of various artists/musicians, or battles in a war. Create an interactive journal or newspaper with simple headlines. For example, create a headline of "School play a definite smash!" and overlay a video of the play using the app. Create a poster of school rules or laboratory safety. Consider assigning groups of students the task of acting out the rules to overlay on the interactive poster. As students work towards completing material for a class, create video words of encouragement or advice to play at key points of the assignment. Or, add additional information at various points, inspired by past or present student questions about how the information relates to life. Bring the outside world in by taking videos of professionals to play when reading stories in class.

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