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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 (132), professional development (309)

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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 (61), Google (37), professional development (309)

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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 (69), professional development (309)

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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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Teaching a More Complete Picture of MLK - Candra Flanagan, Eden Cho & Phoebe Hillemann

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The study of Martin Luther King's accomplishments and legacy involves more than an annual celebration featuring one day or Black History Month. Three educators share their suggestions...more
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The study of Martin Luther King's accomplishments and legacy involves more than an annual celebration featuring one day or Black History Month. Three educators share their suggestions for using primary sources to expand students' understanding of his significant impact on civil rights. The article links many collections, including the Smithsonian Learning Lab, reviewed here, and an MLK primary source collection that includes art, posters, and interviews.
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tag(s): black history (97), civil rights (168), martin luther king (40), primary sources (100)

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Include this article that features various teaching ideas with your other resources for lessons about MLK. Use Padlet, reviewed here, to collect and organize lesson ideas and information. For example, create a Padlet with columns to organize information by primary sources, books, saved lesson plans, etc., as a way to easily find content to use. Engage and extend learning as students watch videos using edpuzzle, reviewed here. Add comments and questions to the appropriate portions of videos as a way for students to focus on critical information. As students prepare to show their learning, consider using Canva Infographic Creator, reviewed here, as a resource for students to create infographics about Martin Luther King and his contributions to civil rights.

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Crowd Buzzer - Crowd Buzzer

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Crowd Buzzer is a virtual game buzzer that lets players buzz in from any digital device and lets others see who buzzed in first and the order of other players. ...more
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Crowd Buzzer is a virtual game buzzer that lets players buzz in from any digital device and lets others see who buzzed in first and the order of other players. No more wondering who hit that buzzer first! Begin by giving your game a name, then look for the game code in the upper left portion of the page. Next, provide players a link to the Crowd Buzzer site, located here, and ask them to enter the game code. In addition to the game code, players add their name and the optional team name if desired before joining. Next, turn the buzzer on and off from the hosting site; for example, turn off buzzers while reading a question, and turn them on when ready for responses. Finally, players click the buzz button on their screens, and the host receives a list of names in the order they buzz in. Crowd Buzzer allows up to 100 users per game.

tag(s): game based learning (159), Teacher Utilities (126)

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Crowd Buzzer is perfect for many in-person and virtual activities. For example, use Crowd Buzzer to engage students at the start of a lesson to review previous concepts or as an exit ticket activity at the end of class. Enhance learning by including students as the host of activities, ask groups to share information with their peers, and host a Crowd Buzzer game to have other students provide answers to questions they create. Extend learning by asking students to become the teacher and share a project-based learning activity using Crowd Buzzer as a virtual learning activity that includes students and adults. An example would be a student project to understand food waste in the cafeteria. Students share a slide presentation created with Google Slides, reviewed here, or prepare a Wakelet collection, reviewed here, with information found in their research, and then provide an interactive presentation that includes opportunities for administrators and students to buzz in to respond to questions based on statistics learned as part of the students' research presentation.

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FakeYou - echelon

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Convert your text into audio spoken by your favorite characters using FakeYou; no registration is required. Choose from many options to select a voice; options include celebrities,...more
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Convert your text into audio spoken by your favorite characters using FakeYou; no registration is required. Choose from many options to select a voice; options include celebrities, cartoon characters, foreign language accents, and more. After choosing a voice, type your text into the box and click "Speak." Scroll down to find the results. Use the play button to listen to the results and follow the link to download the WAV file. Audio is computer-generated, so it may not be an exact duplicate of the chosen voice; however, the representations are close and are helpful for several different uses.

tag(s): text to speech (17)

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Create and use audio recordings from FakeYou in several different ways in the classroom. For example, convert a short student-written speech into an audio recording featuring a well-known politician's voice, such as Barack Obama or Franklin Roosevelt. In addition, FakeYou offers many voices making it an excellent option to use when writing biographies to add audio to multimedia presentations. Include the downloaded audio file as part of student-created websites made with Site123, reviewed here, or upload the file to include with additional interactive content within a Genially, reviewed here, presentation or video.
 

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Experiment with Google: Arts & Culture Experiments - Google

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Uncover a city with over 200 pyramids, search across Europe for your penguin friend, or test your knowledge of ancient artworks and artifacts, and much more at Google's Arts & ...more
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Uncover a city with over 200 pyramids, search across Europe for your penguin friend, or test your knowledge of ancient artworks and artifacts, and much more at Google's Arts & Culture Experiments. This large selection of experiments allows you to interact with artificial intelligence and interactive experiences to explore the arts in new and exciting ways. Hover over the icon for any investigation to launch the activity or see an overview that summarizes the experiment and information on tools used to build the experience.

tag(s): animation (64), art history (80), artists (75), climate change (80), colors (60), crosswords (18), drawing (61), egypt (44), emotions (46), environment (220), europe (72), france (37), glaciers (17), insects (59), july 4th (10), museums (42), music theory (45), nasa (28), nutrition (132), painting (55), patterns (63), poetry (185), pollution (48), robotics (24), women (106)

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Save this exciting site to use in several ways to engage students in arts and culture worldwide. For example, as students learn about Europe, add "Where is Hopper" to classroom computers as an activity center for students to explore independently. As students search for Hopper, ask them to use Google Jamboard, reviewed here, to add clues and information learned throughout their exploration. As a final project, as a class or within groups, have students create interactive maps of their travels using Google My Maps, reviewed here. Add images, text explanations of the clues, and videos to share information about each location.

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Markwhen - Markwhen.com

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Create cascading text timelines with Markwhen without registration. Add information to the timeline in a variety of ways. For example, click on any timeline area to add and edit an...more
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Create cascading text timelines with Markwhen without registration. Add information to the timeline in a variety of ways. For example, click on any timeline area to add and edit an event for a specific date or time or use the edit link to add events. Other features include grouping events, dragging and dropping to move events, and tagging by colors. Share finished timelines using the share link or create an account to add a custom URL for sharing. Another option for sharing completed timelines is to save them as a PNG or PDF file. Use the help area to learn more about the included features of Markwhen.

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Markwhen may require some practice before use. Consider asking students to create short tutorials of the features using Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here. Post the tutorials on your class site for students to use in class and at home when using Markwhen. Create timelines to share events in novels, in Social Studies class to document events such as those leading up to the Civil War, or when writing biographies to demonstrate life events. For students working on long-term projects, suggest they create a timeline for planning the work needed. After creating timelines, ask students to include a PNG image within a multimedia presentation created with Sway, reviewed here, or Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education, reviewed here.

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Animated Drawing - Meta AI Research

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Animated Drawing is a nifty online tool that incorporates a four-step process to bring life to simple character drawings. Use the sample drawings to get an overview of the example ...more
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Animated Drawing is a nifty online tool that incorporates a four-step process to bring life to simple character drawings. Use the sample drawings to get an overview of the example images. Begin by following the initial checklist that provides guidelines for successful use, including giving a drawing of one character on a white, well-lit background. When ready, upload your photo and follow the prompts to resize, separate, and find the character joints. The final step offers choices to change the motions of your character to dancing, walking, jumping, or funny. Finally, use the share icon to download the image as an mp4 file, share it to social media sites, or copy a link to the page with your animated image.

tag(s): animation (64), drawing (61), editing (80), images (250), preK (241)

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This animated drawing tool engages students in learning using their creative expressions and artwork. Incorporating animated images on most sites is easier when using a GIF file instead of the provided MP4; use a file conversion tool such as EzGIF, reviewed here. Include animated drawings in student blogs created with Edublogs, reviewed here, or in multimedia presentations produced in Sway, reviewed here.

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WeTeachNYC Search Library - New York City Dept of Education

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Find high-quality resources curated by educators in all content areas and grade levels shared by WeTeachNYC. Although only registration and saving of resources are available to New...more
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Find high-quality resources curated by educators in all content areas and grade levels shared by WeTeachNYC. Although only registration and saving of resources are available to New York City Department of Education employees and partners, most materials are open to all site users. Use the search feature to find and filter content by subject, grade level, and resource type. Resources include lessons, classroom strategies, templates, and much more. All links that lead to offsite material are vetted for quality and alignment to standards.

tag(s): newbies (14), OER (40), preK (241), professional development (309), resources (86), substitutes (16)

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Add this extensive search library to your current toolbox of resources for classroom and professional use. Search for ideas when planning upcoming units and lessons and provide differentiated instruction to meet your students' learning needs. Use a learning management system such as Eduflow, reviewed here, or Classkick, reviewed here, to easily create and share personalized instruction that includes resources found on this site along with your current lessons and materials.
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OK2Ask: Using Multimedia Text Sets for Student Knowledge Construction - TeachersFirst

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

tag(s): curation (29), professional development (309)

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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: MIE Day: Creating Classroom Communities with Flip - TeachersFirst

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

tag(s): Microsoft (73), professional development (309)

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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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Twitter Chat: Inspire Creativity with Canva - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from August 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Inspire Creativity with Canva. During this chat, participants: 1. Discussed strategies...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from August 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Inspire Creativity with Canva. During this chat, participants: 1. Discussed strategies to use Canva as a teaching tool, 2. Explored Canva's features, and 3. Collaborated on ideas to use Canva in the classroom to empower students.

tag(s): creativity (94), twitterchatarchive (136)

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Find resources and information about Canva. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for strategies and resources on Canva.

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African American Artists - National Gallery of Art

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Explore an extensive collection of African-American art provided by the National Gallery of Art. This collection includes a variety of mediums, including photography, sculpture, and...more
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Explore an extensive collection of African-American art provided by the National Gallery of Art. This collection includes a variety of mediums, including photography, sculpture, and paintings. Click any thumbnail to find a summary of the artwork to learn more about the artist.

tag(s): african american (96), artists (75), black history (97)

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Include this collection with your other resources shared during Black History Week or as part of art lessons exploring types of media and art genres. Padlet, reviewed here is an excellent tool to curate and share resources with students. Use individual images for story starters or writing prompts. For example, share an image on Google Slides, reviewed here, then ask students to write a short story based on the image. As students explore artists and their work, have them share their learning by creating a website using Carrd, reviewed here. Carrd is a simple website creation tool that asks students to add images, information about artists, and their reflections on the artwork. Extend learning by turning the tables and allowing the students to become the teacher using Symbaloo Learning Paths, reviewed here. Ask students to create a Learning Path about their favorite artist or media that includes links to biographies, art displays, videos, quizzes, and more. Share Learning Paths with peers to provide a personalized learning experience about art.

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OK2Ask: MIE Day: Branching Forms for Differentiation - TeachersFirst

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

tag(s): differentiation (69), Microsoft (73), professional development (309)

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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: MIE Day: Build Fluency with Reading Progress - TeachersFirst

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

tag(s): Microsoft (73), professional development (309), science of reading (17)

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

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

tag(s): Microsoft (73), professional development (309)

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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: Digital Storytelling 201 - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from July 2022. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

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

tag(s): digital storytelling (132), professional development (309), writing (289)

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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. 1 - TeachersFirst

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

tag(s): professional development (309)

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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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Gertrude 'Ma' Rainey - Ma Rainey's Black Bottom - Paramounr

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Ma Rainey's "Black Bottom" is the theme song for August Wilson's play from 1982 and the Netflix movie from 2020 of the same name. The song, first recorded in 1927, ...more
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Ma Rainey's "Black Bottom" is the theme song for August Wilson's play from 1982 and the Netflix movie from 2020 of the same name. The song, first recorded in 1927, is still relevant today; it is set in the 1920s in Chicago and deals with themes of Black art and culture, racial tension, and power. This song resides on YouTube and may not be available in your classroom.

tag(s): african american (96), black history (97), blues (20), plays (25)

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Are you studying Black history or the Blues? Then your students need to know about Ma Rainey. Have them read Ma Rainey's biography, reviewed here, and then listen to one of Ma Rainey's most famous songs. Ask pairs or small groups to listen carefully and pick out phrases that would still apply to Black Americans today. Use a tool such as Padlet, reviewed here, to list the example phrases and research current topics that are relevant. With Padlet, students can post various resources such as videos, primary sources, and books.

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