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OK2Ask: 3 Cool Tools for Timelines - TeachersFirst

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Creating and using timelines is a great instructional strategy that can scaffold student comprehension in all subjects. From the introduction of a concept to assessment, timelines can help empower learners and inform your instruction. Explore, compare, and contrast three different online timeline creators in this session. Participants will learn about the features of these three free tools and then explore ways to use them in the classroom. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand various ways that timelines can be used in the classroom; 2. Explore three free timeline tools; and 3. Plan to use one of the three tools in your educational setting. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): professional development (379), timelines (47)

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OK2Ask: Tech Made EZ with Adobe Express for Education - TeachersFirst

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Ignite creativity and learning with Adobe Express for Education. Provide challenging learning opportunities for your students by using media creation to engage them and deepen their content area knowledge. Students can create posters, presentations, images, animations, web pages, videos, and more that demonstrate their knowledge construction skills. Learn to use Adobe Express 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 Adobe Express for Education; 2. Explore three different ways to use Adobe Express in the classroom; and 3. Plan for the use of Adobe Express in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): assessment (145), creativity (92), professional development (379)

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OK2Ask: My Time Learning - TeachersFirst

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Looking for a way to get just-in-time personalized PD? We've got the ticket for you. Join us as we explore websites and communities that offer free professional learning opportunities. Whether you're a beginner or a tech ninja, you'll find something to pique your interest and grow your teaching toolbox. Start making your learning path today! As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn about a variety of free professional learning resources; 2. Understand how to craft a learning path to fit their own professional growth; and 3. Develop a professional learning plan that includes regular reflection. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

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OK2Ask: 3 Cool Tools That Support Growth in the K-8 Classroom - TeachersFirst

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Want to use an engaging and challenging learning platform to bridge content knowledge gaps for your students? Come to this session to learn about three tech tools that will help you reach every student at their level. Teach Your Monster to Read, CommonLit, and GeoGebra will help find and fix missing skills in Reading or Math. Learn how to leverage these free, adaptive online tools to improve student outcomes. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn about content area tools to use in the classroom to bridge knowledge gaps; 2. Understand how to use assessment data to guide intervention; and 3. Collaborate with other participants on ways to use these tools in instruction. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): professional development (379), reading strategies (96)

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OK2Ask: More Authentic Learning Activities with Jamboard - TeachersFirst

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Keep on jammin' with Jamboard - Google's power-packed whiteboard app. We're back with more great classroom collaboration and integration ideas! Simple enough for even young learners, Jamboard gives students tools to share what they've learned and demonstrate content mastery. Use Jamboard to facilitate active learning strategies that include individual and group work. Come prepared to learn strategies you can use in traditional and remote classrooms across multiple content areas and grade levels. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Review the basics of using Google Jamboard for remote learning; 2. Explore strategies that foster 21st-century skills; and 3. Share ideas for using Jamboard in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Google (44), professional development (379), Whiteboard (7)

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OK2Ask: Podcasting 101: Using Podcasts in Your Classroom - TeachersFirst

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Looking to change things up in your classroom? Try using podcasts! Improve your students' listening comprehension skills, build academic vocabulary, and strengthen literacy skills with this easy-to-use, research-based instructional strategy. Join us and learn to find appropriate podcasts and use them instructionally. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn ways to use podcasts as an instructional strategy; 2. Explore podcasts series created for students; and 3. Plan for the use of podcasts in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): podcasts (69), professional development (379)

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OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire: Flipped and Blended Learning - TeachersFirst

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Do you want to engage your students while still being able to give extra support to those who need it? Then you need to use flipped and/or blended learning! In this session, we will simplify these instructional models and introduce tools that support them. Learn to use free teaching resources to deliver instruction digitally while allowing flexibility for student pacing. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand the instructional case for flipped and blended learning and the differences between the two; 2. Explore tech tools that can deliver digital content; and 3. Plan an authentic learning activity using a flipped/blended learning approach. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): blended learning (16), flipped learning (9), Microsoft (84), professional development (379), remote learning (61)

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OK2Ask: TeachersFirst Tech Tools Smackdown - TeachersFirst

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Many technology tools are available for classroom use, but which are teachers' favorites? This session will share and compare some of TeachersFirst contributors' favorite resources. Help us decide which tool is this session's winner of our Smackdown! As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn about and compare some of TeachersFirst contributors' favorite technology tools; 2. Evaluate uses for 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): classroom management (127), professional development (379)

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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 (379), vocabulary (234), vocabulary development (89)

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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 (87), computational thinking (41), Google (44), professional development (379)

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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 (85), professional development (379), teaching strategies (41)

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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 (35), professional development (379), social and emotional learning (74)

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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 (379), teaching strategies (41)

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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 (16), flipped learning (9), professional development (379), remote learning (61), video (253)

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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 (16), flipped learning (9), Microsoft (84), professional development (379), remote learning (61)

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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 (171), professional development (379)

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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 (379)

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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: 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 (140), professional development (379)

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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: 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 (44), professional development (379)

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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: 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 (83), personalized learning (9), playlists (10), professional development (379)

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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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