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OK2Ask: Tech Tools for Multilingual Learners - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from November 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. As teachers, we need to provide effective instructional support for the...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from November 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. As teachers, we need to provide effective instructional support for the increasing number of multilingual learners in our classrooms. Available free edtech tools used in concert with best-practice language acquisition strategies can increase student achievement while providing an engaging, accessible, and supportive learning environment. In this session, we'll explore tech tools and activities that foster independent learning and facilitate vocabulary building, writing, comprehension, reading fluency, and access to curricular content. Join us to learn how to infuse technology to serve linguistically diverse learners effectively. Participants will: 1. Identify language acquisition strategies that support multilingual learners in your classroom; 2. Explore tech tools that foster independent learning; and 3. Plan for the use of these strategies to support Multilingual Learners. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Accessibility (7), Microsoft (67), professional development (193)

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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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Brad Dale YouTube Channel - Brad Dale

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This YouTube Channel, created by a technology specialist, contains short tutorial videos for educators on how to use a variety of free technology tools. Browse through the channel to...more
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This YouTube Channel, created by a technology specialist, contains short tutorial videos for educators on how to use a variety of free technology tools. Browse through the channel to find tips on using Flipgrid, Google Classroom, Twitter, and much more. If you are looking for tips on a specific tool, choose the Playlists link to find videos sorted by individual technology tools. Most videos run less than two minutes long, making them perfect for finding valuable information without taking much time.

tag(s): professional development (193), tutorials (48)

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Bookmark and save this site for your use and for student use when using popular technology tools. Even better, use this site as a model for your students to become the experts and create their own video tips for technology tools or any classroom topic that needs additional guidance. Begin with assessing students' prior knowledge on use of a classroom tool, for example, Google Docs. Start with a very simple polling tool like UpDwn, reviewed here, to ask questions and find out how comfortable students are with the different Docs and features available. Use the information learned from the poll to motivate students to share their knowledge with others, specifically with tips for working with less familiar parts of the documents. Ask students to share their explainer videos using My Simpleshow, reviewed here, and post to your class webpage. Many times students know much more about technology than adults; use this information to your school and community's benefit by sharing student explainers on your school website. Be sure to include a comment section for community members to add ideas for explainer videos that they can use in their everyday routines when working with technology.

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Explore Live Cams - Explore Annenberg LLC

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View live webcams from around the world to see animals in a variety of settings. Over 60 webcams share the day-to-day activities of many different animals such as polar bears, ...more
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View live webcams from around the world to see animals in a variety of settings. Over 60 webcams share the day-to-day activities of many different animals such as polar bears, owls, flying foxes, and many more. Select any webcam to view the images in full-screen. Scroll down the page to find an information box about the webcam's location and highlighted activities. Additional information shares local weather, a location map, and information about the site hosting the webcam. Registration isn't required to view the webcams; however, it allows you to save favorites and take snapshots of the screens to save on your device. The webcams are hosted through YouTube, be sure to check that your school's filters don't block them before attempting to use it with students.
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tag(s): africa (168), animals (324), birds (52), fish (25), habitats (113), oceans (163), webcams (8)

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Bring lessons about animals to a whole new level when watching them in their natural habitat. Learn about elephants in Africa, bears in Alaska, and many more animals just through observation. Help students learn observation and research skills using webcams. Begin by sharing this site with your students and encourage them to select a webcam for their research. Another option is to focus on webcams based on geographic location or species of animals. Ask students to record notes digitally using Google Docs or Microsoft Word. Encourage students to include questions during their observations, then include links to additional information within their document. Take advantage of the snapshot feature or show students how to take a screenshot without having to register on the site. Enhance learning by asking students to annotate images using ThingLink, reviewed here, to share observations, and include links to videos and additional information. If viewing webcams at the same time each day, use a screen recording tool like Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here, to record video observations for several days, then have students analyze and compare animal activity during that time. As a final project, and to extend learning, ask students to use Book Creator, reviewed here, to create a digital book about their observations that includes information from their notes, images, and video screen recordings. Of course, be sure to follow all guidelines for using digital content from online sources.

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Teach Writing With The New York Times: A Free School-Year Curriculum in 7 Units - New York Times Learning Network

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Take advantage of prize-winning journalism published by the New York Times to teach writing to middle and high school students. The staff at the Learning Network of the New York ...more
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Take advantage of prize-winning journalism published by the New York Times to teach writing to middle and high school students. The staff at the Learning Network of the New York Times shares a curriculum focused on seven different genres of writing. Each unit includes daily writing prompts, guided practice, mentor texts, opportunities for student work to be published on the New York Times site, and culminates in a monthly writing contest.
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tag(s): creative writing (162), critical thinking (121), descriptive writing (42), essays (23), journalism (69), persuasive writing (55), Research (20), writing (364)

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This writing curriculum includes units for bi-monthly teaching activities, be sure to bookmark this website to view and take advantage of lessons throughout the school year. Begin your unit using a learning management system like ActivelyLearn, reviewed here, to share articles with students. ActivelyLearn allows educators to integrate assignment directions, polls, companion videos, and more to create an in-depth learning experience. Enhance learning and help students identify writing techniques within the articles shared in each unit using Fiskkit, reviewed here. Fiskkit allows groups to collaboratively examine and discuss online articles by highlighting sentences and sharing thoughts. For example, during the first unit focused on the Personal Narrative Essay, use Fiskkit for students to find and discuss details, including examples of writing with voice and use of specific examples instead of broad descriptions. As your unit moves into focusing on student-created work, use FlipGrid, reviewed here, to amplify student's voice and discuss topics for the culminating personal narrative writing project. Pose a question on Flipgrid for students to share portions of a personal narrative they have read, then discuss what makes that portion of the writing stand out. Help students collaborate on ideas for their narratives using a Flipgrid video question asking students to share two or three ideas they have for their narrative and asking peers to share their ideas on what they consider to be most interesting or sharing ideas for inclusion. As a final project, use Sway, reviewed here, to publish and share student work. Create a class Sway with all student work, or ask students to create their own Sway to include their writing, a link to the New York Times article inspiration, images, and more.

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How to Write a Visual Essay - Virginia Kearney

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What is a visual essay? This article explains the concept of a visual essay, along with examples and step-by-step directions for creating a persuasive visual essay. Follow along to...more
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What is a visual essay? This article explains the concept of a visual essay, along with examples and step-by-step directions for creating a persuasive visual essay. Follow along to learn what to include in your essay. Additional information shares ideas on where to find images and quotes to add and bring interest to your project.
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tag(s): essays (23), persuasive writing (55), video (267)

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Visual essays are the perfect way to engage students. Share the ideas and examples found on this site to inspire students and introduce the concept of a visual essay. Ask students to use their own images or use images from a free site such as Unsplash, reviewed here. Use visual essays in any content area. For example, after reading a novel or story, ask students to create an essay using images and music to retell the story or to analyze a character. In science class, use a visual essay to tell the story of physics concepts or as a journey through different landforms in social studies. Have students create an essay to tell the story of a journey through a continent or during a historic event such as the Civil War. Google My Maps, reviewed here, is an excellent tool for creating interactive maps to include with visual essays. For final projects, moovly, reviewed here, is a very easy to use video creation tool for creating and sharing students' visual essays.

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BBC Bitesize - BBC

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BBC Bitesize is an educational support site designed for students in the United Kingdom. Although much of the material is labeled based on United Kingdom grade definitions, the site...more
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BBC Bitesize is an educational support site designed for students in the United Kingdom. Although much of the material is labeled based on United Kingdom grade definitions, the site is very easy to use for students in any location. Begin by selecting from three main grade bands - primary, secondary, and post-16. Within each grade band, narrow down choices even further by age. If looking for a specific content area, scroll down to almost the bottom of the home page to select "view all subjects." Content includes quizzes, videos, articles, learning guides, and more. Registration isn't required, but it allows you to save items as favorites.

tag(s): game based learning (150), quizzes (93), video (267)

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Bookmark and save this site to take advantage of the many resources on this site to supplement classroom instruction in any topic. If you teach history, use Bitesize to provide information to students from the British perspective. Add links to games or quizzes on your classroom website for students to practice at home. Use Padlet, reviewed here, to organize and share resources with students. Organize games and online activities into columns based on different topics to make information easy to find. Have students compare and contrast British terms and units of measurement with your system of measurement and common phrases. Use a Venn Diagram creator like the one found at Class Tools, reviewed here, to show comparisons with the British examples. If working with older students, enhance learning by using Fiskkit, reviewed here, as a tool for collaborative discussions of the articles found on Bitesize. Share the URL of an article using Fiskkit and ask students to highlight portions within the story to discuss the content.

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CleverPDF - CleverPDF

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CleverPDF is your one-stop site for managing PDF documents. Choose from 27 tools to convert to and from PDF documents, reorder pages, extract images, and much more. Select the tool...more
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CleverPDF is your one-stop site for managing PDF documents. Choose from 27 tools to convert to and from PDF documents, reorder pages, extract images, and much more. Select the tool you need, upload your file, and choose from additional options based on the function selected. Scroll down within each of the tasks to find easy to follow step-by-step directions for converting and saving your file. CleverPDF also includes a downloadable application for use on Windows and Mac computers for converting files without an Internet connection.

tag(s): conversions (31), images (272), worksheets (64)

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Be sure to bookmark this site on all classroom and personal computers for use throughout the year. If you have a large PDF file but only need a page or two, use CleverPDF to extract it for you. Convert PDF files to Word or Pages when working with a document that needs editing. Convert student work into PDF then convert into a book using Flipsnack, reviewed here. Flipsnack even includes a handy page-turning effect! This is a helpful utility for students entering contests or completing applications offered only in PDF form. Help students create a more organized and appealing portfolio by converting all items to one standard file type such as PDF. PorfolioVillage, reviewed here, is an easy to use tool for creating and sharing portfolios, include student-created PDF documents to share any work document.
 
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FluentKey - Fluentkey, LLC

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FluentKey turns videos into interactive learning activities to teach foreign language learners (including American Sign Language). This site's videos engage learners through the addition...more
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FluentKey turns videos into interactive learning activities to teach foreign language learners (including American Sign Language). This site's videos engage learners through the addition of captions, quizzes, and games embedded into videos. Take advantage of the large library of videos found on the site, or upload your own videos from YouTube, Facebook, or your computer. After creating your account, add class information and student lists, then assign videos and add quizzes and other interactive content. Students access your assignment using the code created; as students complete each assignment, view responses and class averages to each question on your classroom dashboard. In addition to assigning content to individual students, FluentKey Live is an interactive game for classrooms. Share a video from the site on your interactive whiteboard and ask students to participate on their own devices.

tag(s): chinese (49), DAT device agnostic tool (171), french (85), german (61), sign language (9), spanish (106), Teacher Utilities (86)

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Use FluentKey to easily differentiate world language lessons for students and allow them to progress at their own speed. Help ESL/ELL students master English using videos and quizzes based on their knowledge level. This is also an excellent tool to provide language learning experiences based on student interests. Even if the language isn't included with the videos on the site, find and upload videos for student use and add quizzes along with additional content. As students become proficient in a new language, encourage them to share their knowledge using a variety of multimedia tools. Annotate images using ThingLink, reviewed here, create an audio recording of conversations, or use PhotoCollage, reviewed here, to create a collage. As students become more proficient in their new language, ask them to record short podcasts with a podcast creation tool like Podcast Generator, reviewed here, and share tips and advice with their fellow students.

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Wheel of Names - Martin Omander and Google

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Do you need to make random selections of names, items, places, or other items? This tool is for you! Customize the slices on the wheel to include names and/or images. ...more
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Do you need to make random selections of names, items, places, or other items? This tool is for you! Customize the slices on the wheel to include names and/or images. Because Google hosts this wheel, it allows you to save customized wheels onto Google Drive for easy access anywhere. Another handy option offers you the ability to import names from a spreadsheet or Twitter users by importing a hashtag. Although the Wheel of Names allows you to add as many names as you like, the maximum number of names showing at any time will be 48. If there are more, the names change each second until starting to spin the wheel.

tag(s): classroom management (145), preK (281), Teacher Utilities (86)

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Use the Wheel of Names to randomly call students during class discussions. Add images instead of names to make the wheel more interesting. In addition to the obvious use for calling names, use this random wheel in a variety of different ways. Add dates onto the wheel when reviewing events in history, review vocabulary, instead of student names add character names from novels for students to discuss, add books to determine the next read-aloud, the list goes on and on! Be sure to save the wheel with the names of class members so that it is ready to go at any time.

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Bingo Card Creator - Two Teachers, LLC

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Create and find customized Bingo cards with words or pictures using Bingo Card Creator. This easy to use tool also allows you to personalize Bingo cards with options for color, ...more
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Create and find customized Bingo cards with words or pictures using Bingo Card Creator. This easy to use tool also allows you to personalize Bingo cards with options for color, size, and font choices. Use the search option to find Bingo cards from the site's library, then select to customize and make it your own. If the library doesn't contain what you need, select the option to create your own from scratch. When finished, print as many cards as needed. Bingo Card Creator scrambles cards so each player has a unique game piece. Registration with your email address is required to create and print cards, then save to your account.

tag(s): game based learning (150), printables (40), Teacher Utilities (86), worksheets (64)

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Create and play Bingo in a variety of ways. Practice sight words, math facts, or use cards as an ice-breaker activity. As a tool for personalized learning, add a variety of learning activities then allow students to select a Bingo card then complete their choice of activities to earn a Bingo with their selections from the offered choices on the card. Make Bingo cards with dates in history, science terms, or vocabulary and ask students to use ThingLink, reviewed here, to share their learning. Have students take a picture of their Bingo card and add text, images, or audio to different areas in the card using ThingLink to share their understanding of the topic. As a culminating learning activity, ask students to create their own learning game using Scratch, reviewed here, using information from their research, (lab, a novel, math exploration, etc).

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Constitutional Rights - Constitution Center

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Explore the rights that the United States shares with other countries around the world with this interactive from the Constitution Center. Begin by selecting a constitutional right...more
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Explore the rights that the United States shares with other countries around the world with this interactive from the Constitution Center. Begin by selecting a constitutional right from the list next to the globe to highlight the countries that also include that right for their citizens. Select any highlighted country to compare their version with the U.S. In addition to sharing the text from each country, this interactive includes the percentage of text with content that matches between the two chosen countries.

tag(s): bill of rights (28), constitution (94), countries (84), cross cultural understanding (137)

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Include this interactive with any lessons on constitutional rights or when studying different nations. Create a Padlet, reviewed here, for your class to add and comment on constitutional rights around the world. Create columns on your Padlet by country or specific rights, then ask students to share information and articles detailing information on that right. Use an online news site like World News, reviewed here, for students to find news from around the world and search by regions. Challenge computer-savvy students to create a game using Scratch, reviewed here, that takes players around the world to learn about rights and freedoms found in different nations. Ask other students to create podcasts discussing current events and freedoms from around the world. Buzzsprout, reviewed here, is an excellent podcast creation tool and includes features for adding links and lists to shows, and allows users to schedule podcast releases for specific dates and times.

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Your Life in Another Country - Hire a Helper

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What would your life be like in another country? How much does that country spend on education? What is the average income? Find these answers at this very easy to ...more
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What would your life be like in another country? How much does that country spend on education? What is the average income? Find these answers at this very easy to use site to compare and contrast life in one country vs another. Use the dropdown boxes to choose two countries and see a variety of statistics comparing economies, lifestyles, and more.

tag(s): countries (84), cross cultural understanding (137), cultures (116), statistics (132)

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This site is perfect for use when discussing current events or during your study of different countries. Share information on your whiteboard during your discussions and ask students to contrast and compare this information to their life. Use a 2 or 3 circle Venn diagram from Class Tools, reviewed here, to visualize comparisons between countries. As students learn more about the country they are studying, ask them to use Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here, to create an infographic representing the data found. Extend learning by asking students to use Google My Maps, reviewed here, to create a virtual tour of any country using images and videos to describe life in that part of the world.

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50 Mini-Lessons for Teaching Student Research Skills - Kathleen Morris

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This PDF provides quick and useful tips for teaching research skills to students from the middle primary grades through high school. The author offers a variety of topics, including...more
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This PDF provides quick and useful tips for teaching research skills to students from the middle primary grades through high school. The author offers a variety of topics, including searching, clarifying, and citing sources, and then gives ideas for activities to teach the skill. The information on the site is concise and to the point, making it perfect for use as a resource in all classrooms.

tag(s): citations (34), Research (20), search strategies (25)

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Bookmark this page to use as a reference when teaching research skills. Consider using this site as a beginning outline of research skills to teach throughout the year then divide each topic into a unit for planning purposes. Use digital tools to reinforce and enhance the lessons. For example, when using the ideas for teaching how to clarify questions, begin with choosing a topic idea. It states to write as many questions as you can for an idea such as koalas. Gather student ideas on your whiteboard, then create a word cloud using Wordsift, reviewed here, to highlight recurring ideas and thoughts. Use this information as a starting point for research, and ask students to share online information into Padlet, reviewed here. Ask older students to use Fiskkit, reviewed here, as a collaborative tool for sharing and discussing online articles. Fiskkit includes tools for sharing online articles and adding highlights and notes with others. Upon completion of research projects, ask students to share their learning using a multimedia presentation tool like Adobe Spark, reviewed here. Have students include original work, images, videos, and more to share their research projects.
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Classkick - Andrew Rowland and Peter Do

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Classkick is a classroom learning management system that offers several tools for guiding instruction from lesson planning through assessment. Create or customize lessons using your...more
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Classkick is a classroom learning management system that offers several tools for guiding instruction from lesson planning through assessment. Create or customize lessons using your own resources or combine with content available on the site's library. Deliver lessons to students for use on any device and monitor progress in real-time. Classkick includes a private chat for students to ask for help privately and also contains options for peer to peer feedback. This site also includes a number of video tutorials and resources for implementing the tool in classrooms and a variety of ideas on how to use it.

tag(s): Learning Management Systems (22), Teacher Utilities (86)

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Use Classkick to differentiate instruction based on students' current performance. Many students are motivated to learn at their own pace using online tools, and Classkick is an option providing lessons in a different format than currently available. If not using Classkick whole -class, it provides many options for helping and enhancing learning for individual students, use for homework, or as a temporary option for providing instruction to home-bound students. As students learn through this type of management system, ask them to use a portfolio tool such as PorfolioVillage, reviewed here, to document and reflect upon their learning process.
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Twitter Chat: Tips, Tools, and Strategies for Digital Writing - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from November 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Tips, Tools, and Strategies for Digital Writing. During this chat, participants...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from November 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Tips, Tools, and Strategies for Digital Writing. During this chat, participants will: 1. Define digital writing and discuss its place within new digital literacies, 2. Explore strategies that support learning across subject areas, and 3. Share tips for using tech tools to support multimodal literacy.

tag(s): digital storytelling (147), process writing (43), twitterchatarchive (51), writing (364)

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Find resources and information about how to integrate digital writing into your learning environment. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for resources related to limited technology.

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Earth Voyager - Google Earth

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Discover the earth through visualization and storytelling brought together in a Google Earth collaboration with PBS, National Geographic, and more. Scroll through the site to find ideas...more
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Discover the earth through visualization and storytelling brought together in a Google Earth collaboration with PBS, National Geographic, and more. Scroll through the site to find ideas to explore, including The 5 Big Beasts of Africa and Sesame Street Around the World. Other ways to explore the site include opening Voyager or look further down the home page to find passports to math, ELA, geography, and social studies. Each passport includes a Google Earth activity and guiding questions for students.

tag(s): digital storytelling (147), maps (297)

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Although this site is useful for many purposes, sometimes it is best just to let students explore and discover on their own. Share Voyager with students and allow them time to look around and select places that intrigue them. Encourage them to learn more about an area or subject of interest found on the site. Instead of writing down information, ask students to use Google Docs or Microsoft Word to begin research. Using these online documents affords many benefits, including the ability to add comments, highlight information, and add links to online information. Once research is underway, suggest that students use a bookmarking tool like SearchTeam, reviewed here, to organize information. SearchTeam includes the ability to add notes to bookmarks, making it easy for students to label and add information for later use. As a final project, ask students to create their own virtual tour of a location using Story Maps, reviewed here, that includes images, videos, and text.

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Co-Co's AdverSmarts:An Interactive Unit on Food Marketing on the Web - MediaSmarts

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Co-Co's AdverSmarts is an interactive game for young students to learn about marketing techniques used when selling cereal to young children. Play the game to discover five marketing...more
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Co-Co's AdverSmarts is an interactive game for young students to learn about marketing techniques used when selling cereal to young children. Play the game to discover five marketing strategies that appeal to children to foster brand loyalty. Download the included teacher guide that provides background information and additional strategies that complement using the game in classrooms.

tag(s): advertising (37), preK (281)

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Share a link to this site on your class webpage for parents to share with their children. Include this game on classroom computers for use during computer center time. Instead of creating separate links for different games, use a bookmarking tool like Symbaloo, reviewed here, to organize and share games easily. Symbaloo is perfect for use with younger students because it includes icons for links, which makes it easy to organize content by topic and easy for non-readers to find links. Ask students to brainstorm a list of words they see and hear in advertisements, then use those words to create a word cloud using Wordsift, reviewed here, to point out and discuss common words used to entice children. Extend learning for older students by asking them to to create their own advertisement for their favorite cereal or toy using a comic creation tool like ToonyTool, reviewed here. When working with very young students, create your cartoon as a class on your interactive whiteboard then share on your class webpage for students to discuss at home.
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Slido - Slido.com

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Slido is an instant question/answer and interactive polling application. Create an account to begin using Slido. The free account allows you to crowdsource questions, share three polls...more
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Slido is an instant question/answer and interactive polling application. Create an account to begin using Slido. The free account allows you to crowdsource questions, share three polls per event, and brainstorm ideas. After creating your session and questions, provide participants with the code to access your event. Other features include a word cloud option created from audience responses and the ability to crowdsource questions and upvote favorites, so they move to the top of the list.

tag(s): Formative Assessment (8), polls and surveys (49), quizzes (93)

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Use Slido to engage students and for use as a formative assessment. When introducing a new unit, use Slido as a pre-assessment to determine student knowledge and guide instruction. Use the anonymous feature to make it easy for students to ask questions in real-time without having to raise their hand and identify themselves. Share Slido with students to use during presentations to interact with peers.

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What is a Solstice? - National Geographic and Michael Greshko

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This article takes readers through a lesson on the science of summer solstice with video and written explanations. Also, the author provides information on historical structures and...more
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This article takes readers through a lesson on the science of summer solstice with video and written explanations. Also, the author provides information on historical structures and celebrations related to the solstice. Another highlight of this site takes a look at misconceptions about the longest day of the year.
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tag(s): seasons (37), solar system (125), sun (76)

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Include this site with your other resources when teaching about the sun, earth, and seasons. Create a complete unit using ActivelyLearn, reviewed here, and include this article with the other texts and videos available on the site. If you happen to be in school during the summer solstice, use Skype, reviewed here, to find a classroom in a different country to compare and contrast how the solstice affects different parts of the world. Ask students to demonstrate learning by creating a game using Minecraft Education Edition, reviewed here, to create an immersive environment demonstrating the features of summer solstice.

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Graphing Stories - Desmos

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Graphing Stories is a math activity that teaches how to transition from one-variable representations to two-variable representations (number lines to coordinate planes). Use the attached...more
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Graphing Stories is a math activity that teaches how to transition from one-variable representations to two-variable representations (number lines to coordinate planes). Use the attached Teacher Guide to plan instruction using the included videos and whiteboard for sketching. The helpful "Teacher Moves" provides tips for guiding instruction within each of the videos. Create a free Desmos account to make a class code to use the activity with students. Desmos recommends a different class code for each class period.

tag(s): charts and graphs (205), number lines (35)

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Take advantage of the many free activities provided by Desmos by creating your account and saving favorites to collections. Use the Graphing Stories as a self-paced activity for students to complete in place of other homework assignments or as a collaborative activity with peers. Be sure to ask students to create their representations to share in the class gallery. For more specific information on using Desmos tools, search for tutorials on YouTube. Ask students to include reflections about their learning process in a digital portfolio created with Pathbrite, reviewed here. Include screenshots of the learning process as slides within the portfolio or create a screencast tutorial using Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here, and embed it within the portfolio. Instead of providing step by step instructions for students, ask students who work ahead to create explainer videos for their peers using FlexClip, reviewed here.
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