Grades2 to 12
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Get inspired by digital writing tools that facilitate the planning and implementation of powerful, engaging lessons that support literacy standards! Through the exploration of three digital writing tools, understand how these tools can scaffold instruction for each component of the writing process -- prewrite, draft, revise, edit, and publish. Engaged students who understand the writing process produce more successful work. Join us to see how you can improve student organization, collaboration, storytelling, and decision-making within the writing process by using these digital tools. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand ways different digital writing tools can scaffold instruction; 2. Identify ways digital writing can increase student engagement; and 3. Plan for the use of digital writing tools in their classroom to support the writing process. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.
In the ClassroomThe 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.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomFind resources and information about digital writing. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for strategies and resources on digital writing.
GradesK to 12
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In the ClassroomShare Blob Opera with students as an engaging way to experiment with the found included opera categories - tenor, bass, mezzo-soprano, and soprano. Ask students to record and share their experiments on your classroom webpage. Use Blob Opera as a brain break activity or stress-reliever for students (and teachers!).
Grades5 to 12
In the ClassroomEngage students in analyzing literature and their writing using just the punctuation. Ask students to compare and contrast the use of punctuation by different authors and discuss how it reflects a certain writing style or sets a tone for the text. Discuss authors with similar styles and those with very different use of punctuation. Compare and contrast punctuation in news articles versus fiction writing or textbooks. Is there a difference, and why? Take a screenshot of a new section of text to introduce the writing to students before reading and ask them to share their predictions on the author's writing style - consider the number of periods, exclamation marks, etc. Enhance learning by asking students to compare a piece of their writing to different authors. Can they find an author with a similar writing style? When finished, have students share their reflections in a blog created with Carrd, reviewed here. Ask students to include a screenshot of the punctuation discussed along with your students' reflection upon the writing style.
GradesK to 6
In the ClassroomUse this excellent, free curriculum and professional development academy to incorporate social-emotional learning into your classroom. If time doesn't allow for full implementation of the curriculum, use the ideas found on Harmony SEL to address specific needs within your classroom. For example, if you see a need to reinforce and practice empathy for others, use the lessons provided to promote understanding of others and encourage students to look through the perspective of others. As students participate in the learning activities, encourage them to use Edublogs, reviewed here, to share their learning activities and reflect upon how to use their social-emotional skills. Ask students to use a comic creation tool like ToonyTool, reviewed here, to create cartoons that share ideas and examples of positive character traits and how to respond in difficult situations.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomFind resources and information about social and emotional learning. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for strategies and resources on social and emotional learning.
GradesK to 8
In the ClassroomShare this anchor chart with students and post it on a bulletin board to remind students to reflect upon their work and learning process. As discussed on the information for the chart, provide students with badges for demonstrating the different qualities found on the chart. Instead of a printable badge, use a digital badge creation tool such as Makebadges, reviewed here, to create unique badges to share with students. Include students in reflection and developing positive attitudes by encouraging them to use this anchor chart as an example to create their acronym and learning attitude goals. Use Canva Edu, reviewed here, to design and share anchor charts to print and display in your classroom and online.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomDownload this guide as a resource for online and in-person teaching of English Language Learners. Share with your peers to include during professional development activities. Share ideas in this guide with parents to support English Language Learners in your classroom. Include a tip from the guide in your weekly newsletters or classroom website updates. Use Wakelet, reviewed here, to curate and share all of your ideas and resources with parents in one central location. Use an online translation tool such as Microsoft Translator for Education, reviewed here, to communicate and facilitate conversations with parents in any language.
Grades3 to 12
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In the ClassroomThis site is a must-have for all teachers of science. Bookmark the resources found on the site to use when planning science lessons. Share the science education webinars with your peers for professional development sessions. Share the at-home lessons with parents in your classroom newsletters or updates; consider sharing a monthly activity for students to complete at home. If necessary, create travel kits for students who don't have the needed resources at home. Another option is to ask a volunteer to conduct labs and experiments with students during center time at school. Engage students using FlipGrid, reviewed here, to provide a prompt for students to respond on a video sharing the results of their experiments. Extend learning by asking students to create infographics using Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here, to explain their understanding of the science concepts explored.
Grades5 to 12
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In the ClassroomThis site contains a great deal of helpful information related to earth science; however, it may be a little difficult for students to explore due to the need to follow many links. Make student research easier by curating and sharing information with Wakelet, reviewed here. Use Wakelet to create collections with links to specific topics and information for students to access at any time. Enhance student learning by incorporating lesson activities into an interactive learning experience using Blendspace, reviewed here. Add videos, quizzes, links to online resources, and more as part of your Blendspace lesson. Extend student learning using a digital storytelling creation tool such as Imagine Forest, reviewed here. Ask students to create books (or a book series) that share their understanding of earth science concepts. Include text, images, videos, and audio recordings to digital books.
GradesK to 8
In the ClassroomDownload the field guide and print copies for students to take notes and record their questions about the world around us. Submit questions to Dr. Universe to see if she will respond to your questions. Include the podcast as part of a learning or computer center in your classroom. Explore previous questions together as a class to find out answers to common questions such as "Why Do Leaves fall in the fall?" or "Why can't we breathe in space?" Include Dr. Universe's response within science lessons created using Blendspace, reviewed here. Create and share interactive self-paced lessons in Blendspace, including videos, quizzes, podcasts, and more. Have students extend learning by creating explainer videos using Biteable, reviewed here, or FlexClip, FlexClip, reviewed here of topics researched.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomUse Tract in various ways in any classroom to promote critical thinking skills, provide learning opportunities that meet students' interests, or provide enrichment that supports your current curriculum. Tract is excellent for use as part of Genius Hour or within a distance learning system. Help students select projects that match their interests and ability (take advantage of the project labels to find easy, medium, and advanced level learning activities). Ask students to document and share projects as part of a digital portfolio. About.me, reviewed here, is a portfolio creation site suitable for older students. For elementary students, consider sharing student projects in Seesaw, reviewed here. Add student-created work, including videos, images of completed activities, and reflection documents.
GradesK to 12
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