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OK2Ask: Tech-Infused Vocabulary Strategies - TeachersFirst

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Engage students and get them excited to jump into learning with tech tools to support direct instruction for vocabulary. Learn to implement direct instruction based on Marzano's strategies to expand vocabulary in all subject areas and increase success in school and on achievement tests. Using the six-step approach, we'll explore tech tools to help bring vocabulary from short-term memory into long-term memory. Discover how to choose tech tools you can use to increase student collaboration and provide data for formative assessments. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Review Marzano's strategies for vocabulary instruction; 2. Explore tools for vocabulary instruction; and 3. Understand how to use tech tools to create formative assessments for vocabulary. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): professional development (313), vocabulary (231), vocabulary development (90)

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OK2Ask: Computational Thinking and Coding with Google Tools - TeachersFirst

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It's important for students of all grade levels to have exposure to computational thinking and coding. Learning to code helps students understand problem solving and logic while expressing their creative side. While increasing student fluency in coding technologies helps them prepare for many academic pursuits, it also helps them build perseverance, determination, and grit. Join us to explore a few cool tools that will help as you embark on this journey with your class. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand the components of computational thinking; 2. Explore Google tools that engage students in coding; and 3. Plan for the use of coding activities in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): coding (77), computational thinking (38), Google (37), professional development (313)

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OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire with Hexagonal Thinking - TeachersFirst

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Hexagonal Thinking can be both a metacognitive and collaborative strategy that helps students to construct knowledge. Students can use this strategy to organize concepts presented in class and determine how they are interrelated with concepts students have already grasped. Attend this session to learn about hexagonal thinking and how to use it in instruction. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand how hexagonal thinking supports knowledge construction; 2. Explore three ways to use hexagonal thinking in the classroom; and 3. Plan for the use of hexagonal thinking during instruction. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): collaboration (87), professional development (313), teaching strategies (35)

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OK2Ask: Build Community in Your Classroom with Tech Tools - TeachersFirst

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Research shows that students who feel safe and included are more likely to be academically motivated. Take time to focus on supporting and facilitating students' sense of belonging in the classroom. Join us to explore tools that will help students communicate and collaborate, support their social and emotional needs, and build a safe and inclusive environment. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn community-building strategies; 2. Explore tech tools that support communication and collaboration; and 3. Plan to use community-building strategies in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): communication (135), communities (32), professional development (313), social and emotional learning (70)

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OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire with EduProtocols - TeachersFirst

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Routines are a key part of classroom management. As educators, we create routines for many things: asking to leave the room, handing out supplies, and transitioning to a new task, to name a few. EduProtocols are routines you apply to your lesson content, streamlining the instructional process and allowing you and your students to focus on the content. Join us to see how EduProtocols can help provide a framework for your lessons. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand the purpose of EduProtocols; 2. Explore a collection of EduProtocol routines; and 3. Plan for the use of EduProtocols in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): professional development (313), teaching strategies (35)

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OK2Ask: Tech Integration Made Easy with Screencastify - TeachersFirst

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There are many ways you can use screencasts to support instruction: giving activity instructions to students, helping parents support students who are struggling with an assignment, or even allowing students to make their thinking visible. Screencastify can facilitate all of these and more. Join us to learn how you can put this tool to work for your students. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn basic use of Screencastify; 2. Explore three ways to use screencasts in your classroom; and 3. Plan for the instructional use of Screencastify. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): blended learning (11), flipped learning (8), professional development (313), remote learning (59), video (245)

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OK2Ask: 3 Cool Tools for the Flipped Classroom - TeachersFirst

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Let's flip the classroom by sending direct instruction materials home and completing application exercises in class! This model of instruction works well for blended classrooms where the emphasis is placed on student autonomy - allowing students to learn at their own pace. Join us for this session on using Microsoft Flip (formerly Flipgrid), Sway, and Forms to facilitate student instruction. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn flipped instruction basics; 2. Explore three tools that can facilitate flipped instruction; and 3. Plan for the use of flipped instruction in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): blended learning (11), flipped learning (8), Microsoft (74), professional development (313), remote learning (59)

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OK2Ask: Game-Based Learning Basics - TeachersFirst

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Learn the basics of game-based learning (GBL)! In this session, we will explore tools that you can use to incorporate GBL into different content areas, talk about strategies for implementing games, and discuss classroom management tips you can use while your students are learning. Participants will leave knowing how to choose a learning game for use in their setting. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Review the meaning of game-based learning (GBL); 2. Explore tools used for GBL; and 3. Discuss classroom management strategies to support implementing GBL. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): game based learning (167), professional development (313)

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OK2Ask: Resource Roundup: Free Tools from the Edge - TeachersFirst

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Looking for new tech tools? Go to the cutting edge with TeachersFirst! Discover tools you and your students can use to create images, timelines, whiteboards, mind maps, and more. Learn how the TeachersFirst Edge collection is organized so you can find a tool that fits your needs. Get inspired and explore classroom applications for timesaving tools in this fast-paced session. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Explore the categories and tools reviewed on the TeachersFirst Edge; 2. Plan to implement an Edge resource for student-centered use as part of an upcoming teaching unit; and 3. Use an Edge tool to create an instructional learning object. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Creating Media (5), professional development (313)

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OK2Ask: TeachersFirst Tech Tools Smackdown (Digital Storytelling Edition) - TeachersFirst

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There are many digital storytelling tools available for classroom use, but which ones are teachers' favorites? Join TeachersFirst as we showcase and compare some of our contributors' favorite edtech resources for digital storytelling. Explore new and tried-and-true technology tools for your classroom and help us decide which tool is the winner of this season's smackdown! As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn about and compare some of TeachersFirst contributors' favorite technology tools; 2. Evaluate one or more tools for classroom use; and 3. Share ideas for using resources with other participants. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): digital storytelling (135), professional development (313)

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OK2Ask: Google Drawings in the Classroom - TeachersFirst

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Refresh your classroom activities using Google Drawings. Learn to design interactive images, labeling activities, and timelines that engage students and deepen content-area knowledge. These resources can bring additional context to your instruction and be used across content areas and grade levels. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn how to create three types of instructional activities using Google Drawings; 2. Identify ways in which Google Drawings can be used to support instruction; and 3. Create an instructional activity that can be used in class. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): drawing (60), Google (37), professional development (313)

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OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire: Choice Boards for Differentiation Pt. 2 - TeachersFirst

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Take your choice boards to the next level! Regular choice boards allow your students to complete equally active, interesting, and engaging assignments that demonstrate their comprehension of the presented material--but not all students learn at the same pace or have the same background knowledge coming into a lesson. In this session, you'll learn to differentiate your choice boards by process, product, or content to support students as necessary. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn the basics of Tomlinson's differentiation model; 2. Learn to differentiate choice boards for both instructional and assessment purposes; and 3. Use a template to create a differentiated choice board. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): differentiation (70), professional development (313)

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OK2Ask: Using Multimedia Text Sets for Student Knowledge Construction - TeachersFirst

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Looking for a new way to engage your learners as they study a topic? Try Multimedia Text Sets (MMTS)! In this session, we'll learn to curate topically related materials and organize them in order to help students build background knowledge and vocabulary. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn the difference between HyperDocs and MMTS; 2. Explore sample Multimedia Text Sets; and 3. Plan for the use of MMTS in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): curation (27), professional development (313)

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OK2Ask: MIE Day: Creating Classroom Communities with Flip - TeachersFirst

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It's important for students to be able to express themselves clearly and effectively when working with others. Using Flip as a regular component of your instructional day can help that happen. Join us as we look into leveraging the Flip platform to increase engagement with your content, amplify student voice, and promote social learning. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn to use Flip to encourage classroom dialogue; 2. Understand content-area applications for Flip; and 3. Plan for the use of Flip in instruction. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

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OK2Ask: MIE Day: Branching Forms for Differentiation - TeachersFirst

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Just as everyone has a unique fingerprint, every student has an individual learning path. Chances are your students grasp subjects differently and have varying levels of ability--so how can you better deliver instruction to reach everyone in class? Branching forms allow teachers to differentiate assessments and account for differences in pacing and outcomes. Join us to learn how to use Microsoft Forms to apply this strategy in your lessons. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn how Microsoft Forms can support differentiation; 2. Understand how to plan for a branching form; and 3. Learn multiple uses for branching forms. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): differentiation (70), Microsoft (74), professional development (313)

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OK2Ask: MIE Day: Build Fluency with Reading Progress - TeachersFirst

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Reading Progress in Microsoft Teams is a tool that encourages students to build fluency through independent reading practice. Recording students as they practice allows educators to check student progress regularly while freeing time for active instruction. Reading Progress provides a running record for educator review and summary data insights to help with instructional decision-making. Join us to learn how to put this powerful tool to work in your classroom. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Explore why fluency is an essential reading skill; 2. Understand how to create, assign, and review a Reading Progress assignment in Teams; and 3. Explore insights and analytics in Reading Progress. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Microsoft (74), professional development (313), science of reading (20)

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OK2Ask: MIE Day: Enrich Learning Experiences with the Edge Browser - TeachersFirst

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Microsoft Edge has many built-in tools for educators and learners. You can organize research using collections, write on screenshots and PDFs with digital inking, create interactive experiences using web capture, and increase productivity by having students separate home and school activities with browser profiles. Join this session to learn how to use the Edge browser and its features to enhance instruction. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Explore how the Edge browser's built-in tools and features increase accessibility; 2. Understand how to organize websites and web content identified through search; and 3. Use Math Solver to provide math help through step-by-step instructions and additional resources. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Microsoft (74), professional development (313)

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OK2Ask: Digital Storytelling 201 - TeachersFirst

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Get ready for digital storytelling--a valuable strategy for instruction and formative and summative assessments. You or your students have a story idea, but now what do you do? In this session, we'll review the digital storytelling process, talk about tech tools you can use to create your product, and share ideas for managing your classroom while students are working on digital storytelling projects. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand the digital storytelling process; 2. Explore a technology tool for digital storytelling; and 3. Plan for the use of digital storytelling in instructional settings. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): digital storytelling (135), professional development (313), writing (299)

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OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire: Choice Boards for Differentiation Pt. 1 - TeachersFirst

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Help students focus on building knowledge, understanding, and essential skills by empowering them to choose how they will meet their learning goals. Learning menus or choice boards allow your students to complete equally active, interesting, and engaging assignments that demonstrate their comprehension of the presented material. This session will teach you to use choice boards to help students demonstrate mastery of content. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand how choice boards support student voice and choice; 2. Learn about the use of choice boards for both instructional and assessment purposes; and 3. Plan for the use of choice boards as part of instruction. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): professional development (313)

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OK2Ask: Tech Integration Made Easy with Canva - TeachersFirst

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Provide challenging learning opportunities for your students while promoting innovative classroom instruction by using digital image creation to engage students and deepen their content area knowledge. Students can create posters, social posts, videos, presentations, and more that demonstrate their knowledge construction skills. Learn to use Canva for classroom projects and personal productivity, and brainstorm with others about ways you and your students can use this tool to demonstrate learning. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn basic use of Canva; 2. Explore three different ways to use Canva in the classroom; and 3. Plan for the use of Canva in your instructional setting. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Creating Media (5), graphic organizers (46), professional development (313)

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