TeachersFirst Professional Exclusives

TeachersFirst’s Professional Exclusives help you learn as a teacher, try new technologies, explore new teaching strategies, or understand student differences. Discover how and why to use wikis from the Wiki Walk-Through. Learn to adapt for ESL students in a regular classroom. Learn the how and why of better rubrics – and locate or create them easily. Every TeachersFirst professional exclusive is written by experienced teachers and includes the pragmatic, teacher-friendly details that you count on from our Thinking Teachers.

 

Previous   121-133 of 133 

133 Results | sort by:

Less
More

The Common Core Shift: Short, Focused Research Projects - TeachersFirst

Grades
K to 3
5 Favorites 0  Comments
  
This article explains the idea of short, focused research projects as emphasized by Common Core. Find out the background, the why and what, and more as you see an example ...more
Here is the direct link to share this resource review. Feel free to copy and paste this URL into an email or place it on your web page or blog so others can read this TeachersFirst review:

 Close Link

This article explains the idea of short, focused research projects as emphasized by Common Core. Find out the background, the why and what, and more as you see an example you can use when teaching about the water cycle in elementary grades. Use a readaloud of a recommended book to get your class started. This particular example is for lower elementary, but the article is useful for elementary teachers at any level. The article and the sample project are written (and field tested!) by an experienced elementary library/media specialist.

tag(s): commoncore (89), water cycle (31)

In the Classroom

NO more BIG projects! Make research manageable and meaningful. Try the lesson plan as a way to incorporate Common Core reading skills into the lessons you would be teaching as part of your science curriculum. If you do not have access to the same book, check interlibrary loan or adapt the lessons to another book.

Add your comments below (available only to members) | Become a Member

Rating (click star to set rating):

Close comment form

You must be registered and logged in to add items to your favorites.
Use the form at the top of the page to log in, or click here to join TeachersFirst (it's free!).

Close

Less
More

OK2Ask: Google MANIA - Managing Your 1:1 G Suite Classroom - TeachersFirst

Grades
K to 12
1 Favorites 0  Comments
This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Having a device in every student's hands will change both your classroom...more
Here is the direct link to share this resource review. Feel free to copy and paste this URL into an email or place it on your web page or blog so others can read this TeachersFirst review:

 Close Link

This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Having a device in every student's hands will change both your classroom and the way you need to teach. Keeping students engaged is key, but doing that is sometimes easier said than done. In this session, we will share best practices for management of 1:1 classrooms. Learn about modeling routines and expectations that help to create a climate that allows inquiry and innovation to flourish. This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels. As a result of this session teachers will: 1. Understand best practice strategies for 1:1 classrooms; 2. Learn helpful routines for 1:1 classroom management; and 3. Learn engagement strategies for teaching in a digital environment.

tag(s): Google (34)

In the Classroom

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.
 This resource requires Adobe Flash.

Add your comments below (available only to members) | Become a Member

Rating (click star to set rating):

Close comment form

You must be registered and logged in to add items to your favorites.
Use the form at the top of the page to log in, or click here to join TeachersFirst (it's free!).

Close

Less
More

OK2Ask: Microsoft in Education Day - 2 Free Apps for Inclusive Learning: Office Lens & Tran - TeachersFirst

Grades
K to 12
1 Favorites 0  Comments
This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Making a learning environment accessible for everyone is critical to a successful...more
Here is the direct link to share this resource review. Feel free to copy and paste this URL into an email or place it on your web page or blog so others can read this TeachersFirst review:

 Close Link

This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Making a learning environment accessible for everyone is critical to a successful inclusive classroom. Today's classrooms are diverse and include English Language Learners and students with learning challenges, whether they have been identified or not. Every teacher needs to be able to create and deliver content in a way that is accessible to each student. Fortunately, teachers already have free technologies at their disposal to assist with this. Join us as we explore strategies and tools that facilitate an inclusive learning environment. Participants will: 1. Understand the importance of accessibility; 2. Learn about a free Microsoft tool that can be used to digitize content into accessible materials; and 3. Discover a tool that helps bridge communication gaps and supports accessible classroom learning. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Accessibility (3), Microsoft (59), Special Needs (36)

In the Classroom

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.
 This resource requires Adobe Flash.

Add your comments below (available only to members) | Become a Member

Rating (click star to set rating):

Close comment form

You must be registered and logged in to add items to your favorites.
Use the form at the top of the page to log in, or click here to join TeachersFirst (it's free!).

Close

Less
More

Teachers' Common Core Planning Toolkit: A guide for elementary teachers - TeachersFirst

Grades
K to 5
0 Favorites 0  Comments
  
This installment in a series of articles about implementing Common Core in elementary guides teachers through the steps of re-visiting and planning their teaching units to incorporate...more
Here is the direct link to share this resource review. Feel free to copy and paste this URL into an email or place it on your web page or blog so others can read this TeachersFirst review:

 Close Link

This installment in a series of articles about implementing Common Core in elementary guides teachers through the steps of re-visiting and planning their teaching units to incorporate Common Core reading and writing. This article will guide you through the Common Core planning process and assist you in adding rigor and addressing instructional shifts as you prepare a unit of study. It presents some planning considerations and then offers an example of what this might look in one classroom's September calendar. The article is intended for elementary teachers as part of our Help! I lost my library/media specialist series.

tag(s): commoncore (89), professional development (161)

In the Classroom

This is perfect for teachers' summer reading or collaborative planning. As you face the daunting task of re-visioning your plans, find a process that you can grasp.

Add your comments below (available only to members) | Become a Member

Rating (click star to set rating):

Close comment form

You must be registered and logged in to add items to your favorites.
Use the form at the top of the page to log in, or click here to join TeachersFirst (it's free!).

Close

Less
More

OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire: Podcasting in the Classroom - TeachersFirst

Grades
K to 12
1 Favorites 0  Comments
This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. If you are looking for an easy way to increase engagement in the classroom,...more
Here is the direct link to share this resource review. Feel free to copy and paste this URL into an email or place it on your web page or blog so others can read this TeachersFirst review:

 Close Link

This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. If you are looking for an easy way to increase engagement in the classroom, look no further. Podcasting - creating audio recordings to deliver via the Internet - can be used by teachers to deliver instructional information and by students to demonstrate what they have learned. Join us to learn how to connect your classroom to the world beyond your walls. Encourage students to improve their digital and communication skills in all content areas. Understand how you can plan, produce and publish podcasts for free to support your classroom goals. Participants will: 1. Learn ways to use podcasting in the classroom; 2. Explore podcasting tools; and 3. Plan for the use of podcasting in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): podcasts (60)

In the Classroom

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.
 This resource requires Adobe Flash.

Add your comments below (available only to members) | Become a Member

Rating (click star to set rating):

Close comment form

You must be registered and logged in to add items to your favorites.
Use the form at the top of the page to log in, or click here to join TeachersFirst (it's free!).

Close

Less
More

Questions and Thinking in Common Core; Part 1: Teachers as Questioners - TeachersFirst

Grades
K to 8
1 Favorites 0  Comments
  
This installment is part of a series of articles about implementing Common Core. This article examines the role that questioning can play in the Common Core, and offers some tips ...more
Here is the direct link to share this resource review. Feel free to copy and paste this URL into an email or place it on your web page or blog so others can read this TeachersFirst review:

 Close Link

This installment is part of a series of articles about implementing Common Core. This article examines the role that questioning can play in the Common Core, and offers some tips for teachers as questioners from elementary grades and up. The ideas are easily adapted as appropriate for middle and high school grades. A separate article, Part II of Questions and Thinking in Common Core will discuss Students as Questioners. The article is intended for elementary teachers as part of our Help! I lost my library/media specialist series.

tag(s): commoncore (89), questioning (36), thinking skills (13)

In the Classroom

Read lesson ideas and explore the question repertoire sources as you begin to implement Common Core. Mark this article in your Favorites. Many of the suggested resources may be helpful during curriculum planning sessions with other teachers. Click the "share" widget to send them to others!

Add your comments below (available only to members) | Become a Member

Rating (click star to set rating):

Close comment form

You must be registered and logged in to add items to your favorites.
Use the form at the top of the page to log in, or click here to join TeachersFirst (it's free!).

Close

Less
More

OK2Ask: Microsoft in Education Day - Pajama-Compatible Professional Learning - TeachersFirst

Grades
K to 12
0 Favorites 0  Comments
This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Looking for a way to get just-in-time personalized PD? We've got the ticket...more
Here is the direct link to share this resource review. Feel free to copy and paste this URL into an email or place it on your web page or blog so others can read this TeachersFirst review:

 Close Link

This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Looking for a way to get just-in-time personalized PD? We've got the ticket for you. Join us as we explore the multi-faceted, free Microsoft Educators Community, aka the MEC. The MEC provides online training courses, video Quick Tips, lesson plans, virtual field trips, educator communities, resources, and more. Whether you're a beginner or a tech ninja, you'll find something on the MEC to pique your interest and grow your teaching toolbox. Start making your learning path today! Participants will: 1. Understand the components of the MEC and how to navigate this PD-rich site; 2. Learn the steps to become a Certified Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE); and 3. Discover how to map out learning paths to fit their own professional growth. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Microsoft (59), professional development (161)

In the Classroom

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.
 This resource requires Adobe Flash.

Add your comments below (available only to members) | Become a Member

Rating (click star to set rating):

Close comment form

You must be registered and logged in to add items to your favorites.
Use the form at the top of the page to log in, or click here to join TeachersFirst (it's free!).

Close

Less
More

Common Core: The Fuss Over Non-Fiction - TeachersFirst

Grades
K to 6
1 Favorites 0  Comments
Delve into the Common Core Reading standards and the shift to greater emphasis on non-fiction, "informational texts." If, like many teachers, you teach in a state that has adopted the...more
Here is the direct link to share this resource review. Feel free to copy and paste this URL into an email or place it on your web page or blog so others can read this TeachersFirst review:

 Close Link

Delve into the Common Core Reading standards and the shift to greater emphasis on non-fiction, "informational texts." If, like many teachers, you teach in a state that has adopted the Common Core State Standards, this Q/A article will help you to make sense of this shift and provide you with some practical tips and resources to get started. Although the article is intended for elementary teachers as part of our Help! I lost my library/media specialist series, the general questions about Common Core and reading informational texts apply at any level. TeachersFirst plans to offer further articles as Common Core "rolls out" in more and more schools.

tag(s): commoncore (89)

In the Classroom

Read the questions/answers and explore the suggested resources as background during this new challenge. Mark this article in your Favorites as you begin to implement Common Core. Many of the suggested resources may be helpful during curriculum planning sessions with other teachers. Click the "share" widget to send them to others!

Add your comments below (available only to members) | Become a Member

Rating (click star to set rating):

Close comment form

You must be registered and logged in to add items to your favorites.
Use the form at the top of the page to log in, or click here to join TeachersFirst (it's free!).

Close

Less
More

OK2Ask: Create a Customized Search Experience for your Students - TeachersFirst

Grades
1 to 12
2 Favorites 0  Comments
This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. If you're searching for a way to customize your Google searches, look no...more
Here is the direct link to share this resource review. Feel free to copy and paste this URL into an email or place it on your web page or blog so others can read this TeachersFirst review:

 Close Link

This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. If you're searching for a way to customize your Google searches, look no further. Participants will learn how to create a Google custom search based on Google's core search technology for your students to link on a classroom website, blog, or LMS. Google custom searches provide your students with direction, so they aren't lost in a sea of wasted websites. Learn how to create custom search engines through Google that filters specific content or websites, and how to teach your students to create their own custom searches for assignments! Teaching your students how to use information technology to best meet their needs is an important 21st Century Skill, and it eliminates the need for teachers to create time-consuming lists of links! As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: 1. Learn how to create a Google custom search; 2. Learn how and why to use Google custom searches; 3. Create a Google Custom search; and 4. Learn how to teach students to create their own custom searches. Remember, it is OK2Ask''® questions at any time! This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Google (34)

In the Classroom

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.
 This resource requires Adobe Flash.

Add your comments below (available only to members) | Become a Member

Rating (click star to set rating):

Close comment form

You must be registered and logged in to add items to your favorites.
Use the form at the top of the page to log in, or click here to join TeachersFirst (it's free!).

Close

Less
More

OK2Ask: Google MANIA - Turbocharge Chrome with Great Apps and Extensions - TeachersFirst

Grades
1 to 12
1 Favorites 0  Comments
This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Chrome apps and extensions run in the Chrome browser, providing you or your...more
Here is the direct link to share this resource review. Feel free to copy and paste this URL into an email or place it on your web page or blog so others can read this TeachersFirst review:

 Close Link

This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Chrome apps and extensions run in the Chrome browser, providing you or your students many great tools with ease. In this session, participants will explore apps and extensions useful in your classroom. You will learn how to find apps and extensions and install them in your Chrome browser. Come to this session and revolutionize your classroom. Note: You must have the Chrome browser installed prior to the start of the session. This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn the difference between an app and an extension; 2. Explore a variety of apps and extensions that increase functionality of the classroom and student learning; and 3. Find, install, and use apps or extensions for their use.

tag(s): Google (34)

In the Classroom

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.
 This resource requires Adobe Flash.

Add your comments below (available only to members) | Become a Member

Rating (click star to set rating):

Close comment form

You must be registered and logged in to add items to your favorites.
Use the form at the top of the page to log in, or click here to join TeachersFirst (it's free!).

Close

Less
More

Meet the Author - TeachersFirst

Grades
K to 6
1 Favorites 0  Comments
 
This installment in the Help I lost my library/media specialist series offers step by step instructions and resources to learn about authors direct from the source: by Skyping with...more
Here is the direct link to share this resource review. Feel free to copy and paste this URL into an email or place it on your web page or blog so others can read this TeachersFirst review:

 Close Link

This installment in the Help I lost my library/media specialist series offers step by step instructions and resources to learn about authors direct from the source: by Skyping with them! Written by an experienced elementary library/media specialist, the feature explains the simple steps and tips (even for working with your tech department) to hold your first live author interview. After that you and you students will be "hooked"! Excite your students about authors, reading, and writing. Learn more about Skype (here).

tag(s): authors (119), skype (10)

In the Classroom

Mark this one in your Favorites as a lessons you want to try as soon as you can. Make it a professional goal to try just one author interview. Once you realize how easy it is, you can expand into interviewing other experts for other subjects, as well.

Add your comments below (available only to members) | Become a Member

Rating (click star to set rating):

Close comment form

You must be registered and logged in to add items to your favorites.
Use the form at the top of the page to log in, or click here to join TeachersFirst (it's free!).

Close

Less
More

Been There, Done That - TeachersFirst

Grades
K to 12
2 Favorites 0  Comments
Find TeachersFirst's time tested tech tips from the trenches to help technology-based lessons run smoothly. These ideas will prevent many "disasters" before they happen. Of coure, technology...more
Here is the direct link to share this resource review. Feel free to copy and paste this URL into an email or place it on your web page or blog so others can read this TeachersFirst review:

 Close Link

Find TeachersFirst's time tested tech tips from the trenches to help technology-based lessons run smoothly. These ideas will prevent many "disasters" before they happen. Of coure, technology has a mind of its own, but hopefully you can outsmart it!

tag(s): classroom management (149)

In the Classroom

Mark this page in your favorites and click the "share" widget to share it with the other teachers in your school. If you are all on the same page using shared laptops and labs, you all benefit. If you work with student teachers or new teachers, this is a must share. If you have parent volunteers or aides helping with computer activities, share with them, too!

Add your comments below (available only to members) | Become a Member

Rating (click star to set rating):

Close comment form

You must be registered and logged in to add items to your favorites.
Use the form at the top of the page to log in, or click here to join TeachersFirst (it's free!).

Close

Less
More

OK2Ask: Google MANIA - Google Maps: Make Learning a Journey with Reading Treks - TeachersFirst

Grades
K to 12
1 Favorites 0  Comments
This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. TeachersFirst Reading Treks are built using Google Earth to chronicle the journey...more
Here is the direct link to share this resource review. Feel free to copy and paste this URL into an email or place it on your web page or blog so others can read this TeachersFirst review:

 Close Link

This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. TeachersFirst Reading Treks are built using Google Earth to chronicle the journey that a story character takes over the course of the book. Each stop along the way adds to student comprehension as they explore the information, visuals, and videos embedded in the map. Give your students context for the stories that they are reading by using Reading Treks in your lessons. Participants will: 1. Understand how to use Reading Treks in the classroom; 2. Learn how Reading Treks are created; and 3. Consider titles that could be used to create Reading Treks for their classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): reading strategies (55)

In the Classroom

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.
 This resource requires Adobe Flash.

Add your comments below (available only to members) | Become a Member

Rating (click star to set rating):

Close comment form

You must be registered and logged in to add items to your favorites.
Use the form at the top of the page to log in, or click here to join TeachersFirst (it's free!).

Close

Previous   121-133 of 133