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Twitter Chat: Coding 101 - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This archived Twitter chat is from November 2018 and will open in TweetChat. The title of this chat is: Coding 101. Through this chat, participants will: 1. Explore the fundamentals...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from November 2018 and will open in TweetChat. The title of this chat is: Coding 101. Through this chat, participants will: 1. Explore the fundamentals of coding and creation, 2. Discuss ways to use technology to inspire our students to problem solve and think critically and 3. Share tech tools to help teachers introduce coding. Find great tools and resources to help create lessons that incorporate coding skills.

tag(s): coding (69), computers (102), twitterchatarchive (53)

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Find tools and resources to create lessons that incorporate coding. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for sites and information related to coding. Explore the various tools that are shared.

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Disney Hour of Code Digital Toolkit - Moana: Wayfinding with Code - Disney and Code.org

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Participate in Hour of Code activities using Disney's Moana as an engaging introduction to computer science. This site includes videos, a printable toolkit, and a hands-on coding adventure...more
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Participate in Hour of Code activities using Disney's Moana as an engaging introduction to computer science. This site includes videos, a printable toolkit, and a hands-on coding adventure geared toward students ages eight through twelve. There is information in the toolkit sharing suggestions for preparing for your Hour of Code activities including coordinating volunteers and providing the appropriate technology needed for the session.

tag(s): coding (69), STEM (196)

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Take advantage of these free materials to plan your Hour of Code activities for your school or classroom. Although created for Hour of Code, use these materials to create student interest in computer science at any time. Find many other coding activities and tutorials for all ability levels at Code, reviewed here. Instead of using the invitation provided in this activity, enhance learning and have students personalize and create their own flyer and invitations using Canva, reviewed here. Use Canva after your activity to send thank you notes to volunteers. Extend learning and have students share their coding stories (including successes and failures) using FlipGrid, reviewed here. Encourage students to continue to learn about coding and computer science using Scratch, reviewed here, to create their own learning games.
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Turtle Academy - TurtleAcademy

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Turtle Academy offers lessons in LOGO programming language for beginner programmers. Select the lessons link to begin and follow lesson activities. For those with some programming experience,...more
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Turtle Academy offers lessons in LOGO programming language for beginner programmers. Select the lessons link to begin and follow lesson activities. For those with some programming experience, this site allows you to select any portion of lessons as a starting point. In addition to lessons, take advantage of Turtle Academy's playground to create, share, and save programs.
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tag(s): coding (69), computers (102), logic (246), STEM (196)

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Share Turtle Academy with students as part of a computer coding center. The ability to select different portions of lessons makes this a great tool for both novice and experienced programmers. Ask more proficient students to become advisors to newer programmers and share their knowledge and skills. Begin using this site by demonstrating lessons and activities on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector. Modify student learning and understanding by asking them to create video explainers for different skills using a tool like Rawshorts, reviewed here, then share videos on your class website for student use at any time. Looking for other coding activities for your classroom? Find more at TeachersFirst's Coding in the Classroom special topic page.

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Coding Resources - TeachersFirst

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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students learn about coding, and for use as a guide for finding the appropriate tools for use...more
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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students learn about coding, and for use as a guide for finding the appropriate tools for use with all grade and skill levels. Nurture problem solving, logic, and creativity. Find resources for just one hour of code or for use as ongoing technology lessons.

tag(s): coding (69), Computational Thinking (33), critical thinking (117), design (87), problem solving (295), STEM (196)

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Explore these resources for use with after-school computer clubs or as an excellent tool when recruiting skilled parent volunteers. Turn the intimidating content of computer programming into an exciting learning adventure for all with these helpful sites!

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OK2Ask: MakeCode: Bring Computational Thinking into Any Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from November 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Prepare your students to use today's digital tools to help solve tomorrow's...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from November 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Prepare your students to use today's digital tools to help solve tomorrow's problems. Pattern recognition, abstraction, algorithmic thinking, and decomposition are core thinking skills that apply to any subject. Come see how to integrate these components into any content area with Microsoft MakeCode projects and Hacking STEM lessons--hands-on activities that engage students immediately. Participants will: 1. Review the fundamentals of Computational Thinking and how they can be applied across K-12 disciplines; 2. Explore MakeCode and Hacking STEM, two resources that promote Computational Thinking; and 3. Plan for the use of Computational Thinking in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): coding (69), Computational Thinking (33), critical thinking (117), Microsoft (40)

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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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Virtual Field Trip to Ellis Island - Scholastic

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This 30-minute video guides viewers through the history of Ellis Island and the process faced by immigrants reaching the island. The narrator shows different areas of the buildings...more
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This 30-minute video guides viewers through the history of Ellis Island and the process faced by immigrants reaching the island. The narrator shows different areas of the buildings on Ellis Island and interviews park rangers sharing stories of their families along with personal stories of immigrants. Choose the link to the Teacher's Activity Guide then search for Ellis Island to find additional Scholastic resources for teaching about immigration and Ellis Island.

tag(s): ellis island (10), immigrants (22), immigration (61)

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Include this video with your other resources for students using a bookmarking tool like Symbaloo, reviewed here. Symbaloo includes icons to make organizing and sharing information easy for any topic. Ask students to interview family members to learn about immigrants in their family tree or research famous immigrants. Have them create a webpage using Hashify, reviewed here to share information about their family member including country they came from, reasons for leaving, their immigration experience, and their life in America. In addition to telling stories about immigrants, create a timeline using Timeline Maker, reviewed here.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! - National Public Radio (NPR)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! is a weekly podcast from NPR featuring celebrities and audience participation activities based on current news. Other prominent features from the podcast...more
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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! is a weekly podcast from NPR featuring celebrities and audience participation activities based on current news. Other prominent features from the podcast include games like "Bluff the Listener." In this activity, participants hear three stories, two of them fictitious, and try to guess the correct one.

tag(s): journalism (57), listening (86), logic (246), news (258), podcasts (60), problem solving (295)

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Subscribe to this podcast and listen together as a class. This format provides many opportunities to develop listening and problem-solving skills and also provides an opportunity to teach skills for recognizing "fake news." After listening to several podcasts encourage students to create their own programs using a similar format. First, replace paper notecards and pen and have students plan out the podcast using Super Notecards, reviewed here, where students can collaborate on the script and move the notecards around until they have their podcast just right. Strenghten learning by recording and publishing their podcast using Buzzsprout, reviewed here.

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Synth - Brian Lamb

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Synth describes itself as a "bite-sized podcasting platform." Use this site to create audio recordings up to 256 seconds in length, then combine those recordings into a podcast. Think...more
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Synth describes itself as a "bite-sized podcasting platform." Use this site to create audio recordings up to 256 seconds in length, then combine those recordings into a podcast. Think of it as similar to a series of Tweets, but in an audio format. To create a recording, select the Podcast link then add the plus sign to create a podcast. Podcasts start in private mode by default, change sharing options after publishing your work. Synth also provides the opportunity for recording video from your webcam and the ability to add a transcription of recordings into the podcast. Invite participants to contribute by sharing the URL, the session code, or use the embed code to embed into your website or blog.

tag(s): podcasts (60), video (273)

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Before using Synth with your classroom, be sure to practice setting up and sharing podcasts created with this tool. One way to practice is to set up a podcast with teachers in your building or district as a professional development opportunity. Create a "slow chat" discussing ideas for literature, thematic lessons, or professional book talks. Once you are comfortable using Synth with students, create exit tickets for students to reflect, enhance their learning, and discuss the day's lesson. Synth allows students to extend critical thinking by adding web links to recordings. Ask students to share their opinion on any subject and include a web address to support their conclusion. Have students transform learning by embedding a Synth podcast into a multimedia presentation created with a tool like Sway, reviewed here, and create an interactive discussion on the topic. Instead of using your standard pre-assessment materials, replace these with Synth and extend student understanding by sharing their knowledge (or what they would like to learn) as a quick way to gauge what students already know.

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Where Science Meets Art - National Public Radio

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This series explores the intersection of art and science through thought-provoking podcast discussions. Topics range from music and its healing effect to the inclusion of optics and...more
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This series explores the intersection of art and science through thought-provoking podcast discussions. Topics range from music and its healing effect to the inclusion of optics and physics in sculpture. Each podcast is under 10 minutes long. Listen to podcasts online, download, or use the embed code to include on your class website or blog.
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tag(s): colors (78), earth (224), evolution (102), music theory (45), podcasts (60), sculpture (19), STEM (196)

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Use this site to "hook" artistic-inclined students into learning more about the science behind their interests. Share podcasts with your students on your class website or have students listen on their own devices. After listening to podcasts, ask students to explore the topic further through research online. Instead of creating a written or online list of bookmarks used, replace these and have students create a Padlet, reviewed here, to include bookmarks, images, videos, and additional content. Share the Padlet with other students and classes to allow others to collaborate on the topic. Use this podcast series as inspiration for students to create their own podcasts. Instead of having students respond through a writing project, expand this into a weekly or bi-weekly podcast sharing student research into the arts and sciences. Podcast Generator, reviewed here, is one of many free podcasting tools available to create and share podcasts.

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Radiooooo - Benjamin Moreau

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K to 12
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Discover music from all over the world and from over 100 years back in time! Visit Radiooooo and start listening immediately (no registration required) or download the iOS or Android...more
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Discover music from all over the world and from over 100 years back in time! Visit Radiooooo and start listening immediately (no registration required) or download the iOS or Android app. Just select a country (all countries in yellow have music), decade, and mood (from tabs at the bottom) the music will begin. Create a playlist from different countries and decades using Taxi Mode. Create an account to save your favorites, or upload your own favorite music.

tag(s): 1900s (38), countries (83), radio (27), songs (53)

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Social studies will have a heyday with this program! Complement any period in time with its music. Use music from the site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Play music from the period you are studying during reading or research time. Use during current events for students to hear the music and language of the country of the article. Allow students to explore the site on their own, and then share their findings with classmates. Ask students to exchange paper journals and write about their impressions of the music and make comparisons to their favorites of today using a blog tool like Telegra.ph, reviewed here. With Telegra.ph you just click on an icon to upload images from your computer, add a YouTube or Vimeo, or Twitter links. This blog creator requires no registration. Redefine learning by challenging students create multimedia timelines (with music, photos, videos, and more) using Hstry, reviewed here. Any teacher will appreciate Radiooooo. Play music selections quietly during any subject and student work time. Filter distractions by finding instrumentals to play during silent reading time, test taking, lab activities, or any other quiet time during class. World language teachers can use this tool to introduce music from all the countries whose population speak the language they teach. This tool would also be perfect for performance groups such as drama clubs or musicals that need background music. Use background music for poetry readings during poetry month.

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Twitter Chat: Personalize That Learning! - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from November 2018 and will open in TweetChat. The title of this chat is: Personalize That Learning! Through this chat, participants will: 1. Define personalized...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from November 2018 and will open in TweetChat. The title of this chat is: Personalize That Learning! Through this chat, participants will: 1. Define personalized learning and its characteristics 2. Share tech tools that aid in creating a personalized learning environment and 3. Share resources to help with lesson planning which incorporates personalized learning. Find great tools and resources to help create lessons that incorporate personalized learning strategies.

tag(s): differentiation (48), twitterchatarchive (53)

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Find tools and resources to create lessons that incorporate personalized learning. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for sites and information related to personalized learning. Explore the various tools that are shared.

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For the Teachers - For the Teachers

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For the Teachers contains an incredible number of lesson ideas, differentiation tips, instructional strategies, and much more for all teachers. Search for specific content using the...more
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For the Teachers contains an incredible number of lesson ideas, differentiation tips, instructional strategies, and much more for all teachers. Search for specific content using the keyword search or scroll down the home page to find some of the site's most popular content. There is a great deal of useful content on the site to explore, of note is the Reading Skills for Big Kids and Differentiation links. The Reading Skills for Big Kids includes skill-based lesson plans for use with the many included leveled articles. The Differentiation portion of the site provides specific ideas and tools to differentiate content, assessment, and lesson activities and materials.
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tag(s): characterization (17), charts and graphs (197), constitution (89), differentiation (48), graphic organizers (40), inferencing (6), mean (27), measurement (179), median (24), mode (17), multiplication (210), patterns (87), place value (55), plot (11), reading comprehension (129), rubrics (30), sequencing (29)

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Be sure to bookmark this site to save as a favorite to find lesson ideas and activities throughout the school year. When planning for a substitute, look through the site to find useful ideas for lessons and planning organizers. There is so much material here to use, consider exploring the site with peers using techniques similar to a book study. Divide the site into sections to discuss at different times of your study. Organize your favorite materials from this site and your other resources using Padlet, reviewed here. Share your Padlet with peers to collaborate and create a useful time for organizing and sharing your favorite teaching materials. Supplement information included on report cards by using a site like Seesaw, reviewed here, to create portfolios for your students to demonstrate progress in reading, math, and other content areas. Include student-created projects based on activities found on For the Teachers.
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ytCropper - 10 Best Design

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Do you want to share just a portion of a YouTube video? ytCropper is your solution, no registration required. Enter the URL of the video and select Crop! to begin. ...more
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Do you want to share just a portion of a YouTube video? ytCropper is your solution, no registration required. Enter the URL of the video and select Crop! to begin. Use the handles on the timeline bar to adjust your video stop and start times then select Crop! again. When finished, ytCropper provides a direct link to your shortened video along with an embed code for use in websites or blogs.

tag(s): conversions (29), movies (69), video (273)

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Use ytCropper to highlight specific information from YouTube videos for student use. After creating a shortened clip, encourage students to predict what comes next or use the segment before showing the entire video. Flip your classroom and ask students to use ytCropper to share important information from videos or highlight portions that need further clarification. Using shorter video segments offers many opportunities to use video clips within other online tools. For example, have students change their learning by creating a ThingLink, reviewed here, including a shortened video clip, images, and text to describe the stages of plant growth, introduce a political figure, or provide background for a novel. Ask students to include shorter clips within multimedia projects created using a tool like Adobe Spark, reviewed here, to redefine their learning and understanding.

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STEAM Art Lessons - Tricia Fuglestad

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Do you need inspiration for art and technology-rich STEAM lessons? Take a look at the many ideas on this site created by art teacher Tricia Fuglestad. Lesson topics include ideas ...more
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Do you need inspiration for art and technology-rich STEAM lessons? Take a look at the many ideas on this site created by art teacher Tricia Fuglestad. Lesson topics include ideas based on famous works of art like Edvard Munch's The Scream and Gilbert Stuart's George Washington portrait. Each lesson consists of a link to the blog post describing the lesson, many of these also include a video overview of the activity. Editor's Note: Some links in the lessons go to a paid site to purchase lesson materials such as PowerPoints. The free lesson ideas and suggestions on this site are sufficient for creating and teaching these ideas without having to buy anything additional.

tag(s): black history (60), coding (69), collaboration (33), creativity (119), digital storytelling (153), dr seuss (11), drawing (79), environment (323), graphic design (39), great depression (27), literacy (103), nutrition (159), photography (156), poetry (222), problem solving (295), qr codes (19), read across america (6), STEM (196), stories and storytelling (34), symmetry (51)

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If you feel that you are strong in the arts but not technology (or the other way around), find a teaching partner that complements your strength and work together to teach lessons from this site. Use ideas from here in your classroom makerspace. Download the browser extension, Surfmark, reviewed here, to add notes and questions as you prepare to teach lessons from this blog. Surfmark offers the ability to collaborate and share with others through the addition of written and audio notes to any web page. Use lesson activities found on this site as a replacement for traditional research projects, book reports, or written reports. Have students use a blogging tool like Edublog, reviewed here to share images and videos of their work from start to finish and to reflect upon learning. Have older students extend learning through the use of Symbaloo Learning Paths, reviewed here. Ask them to research and find additional information on the topic of your lesson and create a learning path for other students to complete. For younger students, create a Symbaloo Learning Path for students to complete as a center activity to complement your STEAM learning activities.

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POV For Educators - American Documentary, Inc. PBS (KQED)

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POV documentaries, presented by PBS, offers these standards-aligned free lesson plans, discussion guides, and reading lists for over 200 online film clips from the documentaries. Deepen...more
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POV documentaries, presented by PBS, offers these standards-aligned free lesson plans, discussion guides, and reading lists for over 200 online film clips from the documentaries. Deepen student's media analysis skills by using the first themed lesson plans for Documentaries and Media Literacy. Find other Lesson Plan Themes categorized into Disabilities Issues, The Politics of Elections, Black History, Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage, Veterans Day, The Environment, Women's History, and a few more. The lesson plans can be viewed online or downloaded as a PDF file. These are found on the left menu bar, as is a link to join (for free) the Community Network where you can borrow the full DVDs for free.

tag(s): black history (60), cultures (109), disabilities (22), elections (74), politics (99), veterans (17), video (273), women (97)

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Bookmark and look at POV first for any of the listed themes that come up throughout the school year. The lesson plans also have extension activities, many for inquiry or research. Show these to students and have them choose one to extend their learning. If your students need an introduction or review of research skills you may want to parallel the POV lesson with R4S: Research for Success, reviewed here. As you work through the lesson, ask students to keep a journal about what they are learning and questions they still have. Subtitute paper and pen journals for a digital journal using a tool like Penzu, reviewed here; with Penzu you can add images or your own artwork as illustrations. As a culmination activity enhance student's understanding by having them put together an interactive infographic about their learning for you and their peers using Infogr.am, reviewed here.
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OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire: Choice Boards for Differentiation - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Empower students to choose how they will meet their learning goals by helping...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Empower students to choose how they will meet their learning goals by helping them to focus on building knowledge, understanding, and essential skills. Learning Menus or Choice Boards allow your students to complete equally active, interesting and engaging assignments which demonstrate their comprehension of the presented material. This session will help you learn to create and use differentiated Choice Boards based on Tomlinson's model for differentiation. Participants will: 1. Understand Tomlinson's model for differentiation; 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): differentiation (48), teaching strategies (26)

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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: Tech Integration Made Easy with Animoto - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Engage students and deepen content area knowledge using Animoto to create...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Engage students and deepen content area knowledge using Animoto to create instructional videos. Text, audio, and video provide additional context to content area instruction for your students. Use student-created videos as formative assessment. Brainstorm with others workshop participants on how you and your students can use Animoto in the classroom. Participants will: 1. Learn basic use of Animoto; 2. Explore three different ways to use Animoto in the classroom; and 3. Plan for the use of Animoto in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

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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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Semantris - Google

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Semantris is a pair of word association games offered as a Google experiment in predicting the use of words by players. Arcade is a quick-thinking game; Write a word associated ...more
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Semantris is a pair of word association games offered as a Google experiment in predicting the use of words by players. Arcade is a quick-thinking game; Write a word associated with the shared selection to drop words to the bottom of a list as quickly as possible. Block is a slower paced game; Try to provide a short phrase to describe one of the words in the blocks to drop the blocks and prevent them from reaching the top of the page.

tag(s): game based learning (138), logic (246), puzzles (204), vocabulary (315), vocabulary development (120), word study (78)

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Share Semantris with students on classroom computers or devices for use as a quick word association and vocabulary building activity. Challenge students to become more proficient in "beating" Google by earning as many points as possible. For younger students, this site is an excellent way to build vocabulary skills. Have older students take this site a step further and research how machine learning works through this Google activity. Ask them to substitute a traditional report or presentation by making a video explanation tool like Biteable, reviewed here, to describe the concept of machine learning. After spending some time practicing this game, take it a step further and modify student learning by having students create their own vocabulary learning game using a tool such as Scratch, reviewed here.

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Emoji Prompts - Ian Byrd

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Do you need some creative writing prompt ideas? Try Emoji Prompts as an excellent way to inspire creativity in you and your students. Start with the provided emoji, then click ...more
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Do you need some creative writing prompt ideas? Try Emoji Prompts as an excellent way to inspire creativity in you and your students. Start with the provided emoji, then click the "And then..." to add another emoji prompt. Continue adding emojis as long as you like to continue the story.

tag(s): creative writing (169), writers workshop (34), writing (364), writing prompts (92)

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Students are very familiar with emojis, so this site is an excellent resource to begin any creative writing activity. Use Emoji Prompts as a quick warm up in writing class by displaying the site on your interactive writing board and adding 2 or 3 emojis for students to use to write a short paragraph; for longer projects add more emojis. Have students share their writing with classmates as a peer editing activity. Have students share completed writing activities on Edublog, reviewed here. Ask them to include the emojis used as the basis of the writing piece and reflect on their writing process and revisions made.

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The Halloween Collection - PBS Learning Media

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Explore the concept of fear through this Halloween Collection based on PBS T.V. shows. The collection includes videos and lessons for students in PreK through high school. Each item...more
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Explore the concept of fear through this Halloween Collection based on PBS T.V. shows. The collection includes videos and lessons for students in PreK through high school. Each item included on this site provides links to standards, and many include lesson support materials. Use links to share directly to Google Classroom or social media accounts.

tag(s): emotions (38), halloween (36), macbeth (10), preK (284), salem (8), shakespeare (110), sound (106), spiders (11)

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Instead of viewing videos on this site as a class, enhance student understanding by using EdPuzzle, reviewed here, to create a complete lesson within the video. Students could then view videos in class as partners, or at a learning center on their own. In blended learning classes, students could watch the videos on their own at home if you post them on your website. EdPuzzle offers features for inserting questions into videos and provides quick feedback on student understanding. To wrap up your unit, substitue a paper and pen project by having younger students work together to create a class book using WriteReader, reviewed here, to share different types of scary situations and suggestions on how to address them. For older students, have them redefine their learning by using a multimedia tool like Book Creator, reviewed here, to analyze supernatural or historic events like the Salem Witch Trial included in this site.

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