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Amazing Things Happen! An Introduction to Autism - amazingthingshappen.tv

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K to 12
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This 5 minute YouTube video provides a simple explanation of autism created for parents and teachers to share with students. Simple animations demonstrate how the brains of autistic...more
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This 5 minute YouTube video provides a simple explanation of autism created for parents and teachers to share with students. Simple animations demonstrate how the brains of autistic persons receive information differently. The video also offers simple tips for supporting those with autism. If your district blocks YouTube, the video may not be viewable. You could always view the video at home and bring it to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the video from YouTube.

tag(s): autism (19), brain (68), disabilities (20), Special Needs (33)

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Share this short video with your class as part of any discussions on autism. Stop the video at different points along the way to discuss the information and develop knowledge of how to understand and work with autistic students. Consider giving all students a chance to voice their opinions (even the shy and quiet ones) by using a tool like Backchannel Chat, reviewed here. Backchannel Chat is an easy tool to manage if you are starting the process of integrating technology into your classroom. If you and your students are more advanced with technology, you may want to use a tool such as Vibby, reviewed here, where you AND your students can annotate, highlight, and ask questions or make observations about the content of the video. This video is also perfect for use during staff meetings as an introduction to considering tools and guidelines for working with autistic students. Include a link to this video on your class webpage to share with parents.

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Makebadges - Digitalme

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K to 12
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Design digital badges using Makebadges' intuitive tools. Choose from templates and designs found on the site or upload your images to include with badges. When finished, download to...more
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Design digital badges using Makebadges' intuitive tools. Choose from templates and designs found on the site or upload your images to include with badges. When finished, download to your computer as a PNG file. In addition to badge creation, Makebadges also contains options for designing avatars, logos, and site logos.

tag(s): classroom management (159), design (88), game based learning (139), organizational skills (128)

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Bookmark this site for use when creating digital badges and avatars. Create badges for students to earn as they progress through different reading levels, math goals, or academic benchmarks. Have students share their badges in online portfolios such as those found at Seesaw, reviewed here. Ask students to create their own badges or avatars to include with online book reports and presentations. Consider publishing student projects to Edublog, reviewed here, which is a free blogging service for students and teachers.
 

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Math Art for Kids: Pi Skyline - Erica (MomandKiddo)

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K to 5
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Combine math and art with this excellent Pi Day (or anytime) activity! Follow the easy instructions to draw, cut, and graph your way to represent the digits of pi. Visual ...more
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Combine math and art with this excellent Pi Day (or anytime) activity! Follow the easy instructions to draw, cut, and graph your way to represent the digits of pi. Visual learners will enjoy the video demonstrating different ways to create the skyline. If your district blocks YouTube, then the video may not be viewable. You could always view it at home and bring it to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the video from YouTube.
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tag(s): charts and graphs (198), pi (28), STEM (174)

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Create a classroom display with all of your students' Pi Day Skylines. Take this idea and apply it to other number series. Have students take pictures of their creations and use Ourboox, reviewed here. Ourboox creates beautiful page-flipping digital books in minutes, and you can embed video, music, animation, games, maps and more.
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PBIS World - PBIS World

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K to 12
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Find Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports for problem classroom behaviors at PBIS World. This complete and easy to use resource includes hundreds of interventions, resources,...more
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Find Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports for problem classroom behaviors at PBIS World. This complete and easy to use resource includes hundreds of interventions, resources, and data collection and tracking tools. There are discussions about behavior, behavior analysis, problem-solving, ideas, and more! Start by selecting the behavior you want to address and proceed through the steps to the interventions and directions for using them. Some of the topics tackled include Anxiety, Disorganized, Poor Coping Skills, Lack of Participation, and many others. Explore ways to help students (or even adults) cope with these issues. There are three tiers to the program with different types of interventions.
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tag(s): autism (19), behavior (46), classroom management (159), emotions (36), Special Needs (33)

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Think of an undesirable behavior in your classroom, and you will probably find it on the PBIS list. Read a description of the behavior (just to make sure you chose the correct one). Then go on to the interventions. Click to see how and when to use each intervention. Choose from many interventions for each behavior. Use the different forms to keep track of the success (or lack of success) of the intervention over the weeks and months you try it. If the Tier One interventions do not work, proceed to tier two. Share this resource with colleagues and parents to team up for success.

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The Music In Poetry - Smithsonian Institute

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5 to 12
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If you want to get students involved in listening to poetry, try this site featuring real life SOUNDS of poetry in both ballads and the blues. Ballads are traditionally taught ...more
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If you want to get students involved in listening to poetry, try this site featuring real life SOUNDS of poetry in both ballads and the blues. Ballads are traditionally taught as story poems and, while this site does that too, it makes ballads more relevant to the music that kids listen to today. Use this site to teach about meters (iambic triameter and iambic tetrameter) in ways that students can HEAR. The images of the short films are great, too. The site includes readings and singing of great, classic examples of ballads as well as some rarer film footage of great blues singers (ex: John Jackson singing "Steamboat Whistle" at Wolf Trap in 1997). There is a wide variety of tracks to choose from and the site includes lesson plans.

tag(s): blues (17), poetry (219)

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Play the sound files on speakers in your classroom and be sure to include the link on your teacher web page for students to play at home, as well. If you are into podcasting, consider having students make their own recordings of ballads after hearing and studying these. Challenge cooperative learning groups to modernize one of the ballads and create a podcast by using sites such as podOmatic, reviewed here, or Buzzsprout, reviewed here. Help students create a checklist or rubric to use for self-evaluation or peer review. Use a tool like Quick Rubric, reviewed here, for the checklist and rubric. Use this same document to help students make constructive suggestions for story revisions. The lesson plans are printable PDFs and work with units/lessons on Langston Hughes and the blues as well as the meters of poetry.
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Visme - Hindsight Ineractive

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7 to 12
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This free tool replaces PowerPoint and Flash to create powerful presentations, banners, Infographics, and more! The projects are viewable on any mobile or computer browser, including...more
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This free tool replaces PowerPoint and Flash to create powerful presentations, banners, Infographics, and more! The projects are viewable on any mobile or computer browser, including iOS. This tool is very simple to use and not as complicated as many other tools currently available. Choose your type of creation and then a specific template theme. The Navigation area is along the left side. Customize the various tools by clicking on an item in the Navigation such as Canvas, Slides, etc. The Stage area is found to the right of the Navigation, and various tools, grids, and texts appear above the Stage. Drag and drop items into the Stage and even include vector images. Presenter also includes a free image library and also allows searching Flickr Creative Commons from within the tool. Once placed in the stage, style images the way you want, including animation! Products created by this tool play on any browser or device or can be embedded in a web page or blog. Free accounts allow only three projects.
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tag(s): images (278), infographics (51), multimedia (62)

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Use to create educational slideshows and Infographics to introduce and interest students in a topic of study. Use to generate questions prior to the discussion of topics. Create a multi-image slideshow where students brainstorm how the images are all connected. Have students create projects for class using this easy to use tool. Be sure to include this tool on your blog, wiki, or public page for easy student access. You may want to consider allowing your older students to create their own accounts, depending on school policies. Read tips for safely managing email registrations here. Create a project site for students to upload images and videos found when studying any subject. Find images with various shapes when discussing geometry or shapes in nature. Find pictures of plants or animals for a science unit, etc. World language students can create digital photo stories to narrate using new vocabulary. Present teacher professional development or an end of year display for the school media center.

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Timeline Maker - Soft Schools

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K to 12
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Generate a personalized timeline using Timeline Maker. Complete the table to include a title, number of events, and fill in the desired dates and corresponding activities. When complete,...more
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Generate a personalized timeline using Timeline Maker. Complete the table to include a title, number of events, and fill in the desired dates and corresponding activities. When complete, generate your timeline and print. To save your timeline, create a free account using your email and a password.

tag(s): timelines (58)

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Use the Timeline Maker to quickly create timelines to order events in stories, visualize and compare historic events or outline steps in a science experiment. Ask students to create a timeline then include it with written reports and presentations. Take a picture of timelines created to include in multimedia presentations using a tool like Adobe Spark, reviewed here.
 
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OK2Ask: Digital Differentiation with Symbaloo Learning Paths - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from February 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Differentiate your instruction with Symbaloo Learning Paths, interactive...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from February 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Differentiate your instruction with Symbaloo Learning Paths, interactive gameboard-style virtual lessons. Create pathways for students to learn at their own speed and infuse them with formative assessment questions, review material, and branching to construct personalized learning paths. Join us and learn how to create a learning path from scratch or by altering one created by another teacher. Learning paths provide real-time progress data and can include resources, articles, videos, and quizzes. Don't miss this opportunity to make learning fun and effective for all learners. Participants will: 1. Learn to create a basic Symbaloo Learning Path; 2. Understand how to use Symbaloo Learning Paths to differentiate classroom instruction; and 3. Plan for the use of Symbaloo Learning Paths in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): differentiation (53)

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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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Academic Word Finder - Achieve the Core

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4 to 12
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The Academic Word Finder identifies academic vocabulary (tier 2) words found in any text. Register using email to create an account before beginning. Copy and paste any text you want...more
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The Academic Word Finder identifies academic vocabulary (tier 2) words found in any text. Register using email to create an account before beginning. Copy and paste any text you want to analyze, (the site recommends starting with two to three paragraphs) and select your grade level. The Word Finder identifies the vocabulary found in the text and provides additional context with grade range, part of speech, meaning, and an example sentence. Email or print the results using links found on the site. Each entry is automatically saved to your Achieve the Core account for future reference.

tag(s): parts of speech (66), vocabulary (321), vocabulary development (124)

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Use the Academic Word Finder to introduce difficult portions of text before reading. Display the results on your interactive whiteboard or with a projector to review with students. This site is perfect for use with special needs or ESL/ELL students to break down difficult content into smaller, understandable portions. Use this site to identify vocabulary words then create online games for student practice. Bamboozle, reviewed here, offers several options for creating games for two teams. Use the Word Finder to choose vocabulary to include when creating interactive lessons for students. Rooclick, reviewed here, includes tools for creating interactive video lessons with embedded documents and quizzes.

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MatchCollege - MatchCollege.com

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8 to 12
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Choosing a college is one of the most important decisions students will make. MatchCollege is a search directory for finding information on over 8,000 institutions based on several...more
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Choosing a college is one of the most important decisions students will make. MatchCollege is a search directory for finding information on over 8,000 institutions based on several different choices including degrees offered, athletics, financial assistance, and more. In addition to the search features, this site includes a blog and articles featuring information on searching and becoming successful in your college career.

tag(s): careers (139), college (49)

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Share this site with students and parents to use as a resource for making college decisions. Help students organize their findings by using an online diagramming tool like Lucidchart, reviewed here, to create diagrams, mindmaps, and other visual graphic organizers. Save information gathered into PDF documents, then use Flipsnack, reviewed here, to turn their PDFs into an online flippable book. If you only have a word doc use PDFaid, reviewed here, to convert them to PDF format. As students near a final decision, use Google My Maps, reviewed here, to create a virtual visit to their college of choice.

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GoodCall Scholarship Search - GoodCall, LLC

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9 to 12
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GoodCall offers a scholarship search engine sortable by several different criteria options. Choose options to search by ethnicity, gender, major, location, or application type. Create...more
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GoodCall offers a scholarship search engine sortable by several different criteria options. Choose options to search by ethnicity, gender, major, location, or application type. Create a free account to curate scholarship opportunities of interest. Other features of membership allow you to receive notification of similar opportunities and track applications in progress.

tag(s): college (49), financial aid (16)

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This is a useful site to include with information on college search strategies; consider bookmarking it for college bound students. This tool is helpful for high school guidance counselors or teachers who work with juniors and seniors. Provide the link on your class website for families to access and explore at home.

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How to Become a Teacher - tobecomeateacher.org

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9 to 12
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So you want to be a teacher? How to Become a Teacher is your one-stop shopping place for information. Explore paths to teaching by state, subject, or grade level. Research ...more
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So you want to be a teacher? How to Become a Teacher is your one-stop shopping place for information. Explore paths to teaching by state, subject, or grade level. Research schools offering education degrees by state, scholarship opportunities, and take practice PRAXIS tests as you prepare to complete your teaching degree.

tag(s): careers (139), preK (288)

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This site is perfect for student use to research careers in education. Have interested students research schools and information in obtaining a teaching degree in their field of interest, then create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Venngage, reviewed here. Ask students to create a career information board by collecting ideas and findings using Padlet, reviewed here. The Padlet application creates free online bulletin boards.

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CurriConnects Book List: USA Regional Books - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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Discover books about each of the fifty United States and selected U.S. regions. Move beyond state facts and immerse readers of any age in the life of a state or ...more
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Discover books about each of the fifty United States and selected U.S. regions. Move beyond state facts and immerse readers of any age in the life of a state or region. This extensive list is sorted by state, with books listed in ascending level "bands" within each state. Listings include ESL/ELL and Lexile'® levels so every student can read successfully.

tag(s): book lists (131), states (165)

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Go beyond state "reports" to state experiences by encouraging students to select independent reading books. Looking for more information about the states? For history, economics, facts, famous people, and sights to see in each state, try TeachersFirst's 50 States, the perfect complement to these independent reading selections. Even younger students would enjoy a "tour" of the states using some of the easier books on this list. Maybe have a read-aloud tour featuring one or two states per week throughout the school year.

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PlagiarismSearch.com - PlagiarismSearch.com

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4 to 12
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Check any text containing up to 300 words for free each day with this advanced plagiarism checker. Sign up using your email and return to the site daily to check ...more
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Check any text containing up to 300 words for free each day with this advanced plagiarism checker. Sign up using your email and return to the site daily to check any text. This site compares uploaded writing to a database of 50 million documents, 14 billion web pages, and 25,000 magazines, journals, and books. After checking the text, you receive a full detailed report with results and resources.

tag(s): copyright (51), evaluating sources (16), plagiarism (37), writing (365)

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Although the free portion of this site is limited, it is worth bookmarking and sharing for use by you and your students. Be sure to include a link on your class website for students to use at home. Demonstrate to students how to upload their writing to check for plagiarism as part of your ongoing lessons in intellectual honesty. If their work is longer than 300 words, upload a small portion that needs to be checked instead of the whole project. Often when students are researching and writing a report, they find it difficult to put information in their own words. Ask students to attach their report to writing as part of the writing assignment. Encourage them to share reports that indicate plagiarism, with an online bulletin board like Dotstorming, < a href="/single.cfm?id=16997">reviewed here, where other students can comment and help them reword the writing. Then, have them discuss steps to take to avoid it happening in the future. Ask students to create video commercials informing viewers on different aspects of plagiarism. Use a tool such as Powtoon, reviewed here. Share their videos using a tool such as SchoolTube reviewed here.

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Music in Schools Month Resources - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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Bring the beat into your classroom with this editor's choice curated list. All of these reviewed resources from TeachersFirst are all about music! Prepare for Music in our Schools Month...more
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Bring the beat into your classroom with this editor's choice curated list. All of these reviewed resources from TeachersFirst are all about music! Prepare for Music in our Schools Month or share these tools throughout the entire year. Find tools that incorporate history, drama, dance, and more.

tag(s): dance (27), music theory (44), musical instruments (51), musical notation (39), rhythm (21), sound (105)

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Use this site during units on sound in science class. Share the virtual instrument sites with students in music class, as they are learning to play a new instrument. If you are teaching (or learning) the piano, check out the virtual one. Consider displaying it on your interactive whiteboard.

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Digital Citizenship Resources - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This editor's choice curated list of reviewed resources focuses on digital citizenship. Explore topics such as: protecting your digital footprint, protecting your identity, 'netiquette,...more
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This editor's choice curated list of reviewed resources focuses on digital citizenship. Explore topics such as: protecting your digital footprint, protecting your identity, 'netiquette, and much more. Find varying levels of information for different age groups and materials to help parents cooperate in educating their children about digital citizenship.

tag(s): digital citizenship (68), internet safety (118)

In the Classroom

Use this entire collection or simply select the best ones for YOUR students to continually model good digital citizenship. Share the links with parents and among your colleagues so you can promote positive action instead of fear about the Internet.

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TeachersFirst's BYOD Dream Tools: Free Tools that Work on ANY device! - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This collection of reviewed tools from TeachersFirst includes apps that are available for FREE on iOS (iPad, iPhone), Android, and web devices. Ideal for BYOD classrooms or 1:1 computer/tablet...more
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This collection of reviewed tools from TeachersFirst includes apps that are available for FREE on iOS (iPad, iPhone), Android, and web devices. Ideal for BYOD classrooms or 1:1 computer/tablet programs, these reviewed tools allow users to create and access projects using the same app, no matter what kind of device they have.

tag(s): classroom management (159), DAT device agnostic tool (179)

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Mark this page in your Favorites to use when choosing or recommending tools for your students (or their parents). Be sure to read the "Edge Features" list at the end of each review to know whether you need to create individual accounts, how products can be shared, and other tips on using these DATs safely and within school policies. This is a must-have list for students collaborating on projects using different types of devices! If you teach gifted students working on advanced projects or have students all working on different projects all at the same time, use this collection of tools as a trusted starting point for students to create their products on any device they may bring to class (or work on from home).

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Groundhog Day Resources - TeachersFirst

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K to 6
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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students celebrate and learn about Groundhog Day and to plan related projects and classroom...more
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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students celebrate and learn about Groundhog Day and to plan related projects and classroom activities. Whether you choose to focus on groundhogs during an animal unit or on the history of this pop-culture event in the context of superstitions and traditions, these ideas and resources will get you started.

tag(s): holidays (141), weather (201)

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Share this link on your class web page for use both in and out of class. Have students do a science journal about the groundhog or write a blog post as the groundhog! A word of warning: since Punxsutawney Phil is the focus of attention at a very specific time on a specific day, you may have trouble accessing these sites on the big morning. You may want to visit these sites with your class a day or two ahead!

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New Year's Day Resources - TeachersFirst

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Find resources and activities appropriate for New Year's in this collection from TeachersFirst.

tag(s): new years (11)

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Use these resources to connect New Years and related "new" celebrations to your curriculum in almost any subject or select one or two ideas to highlight along with your regular lessons. Note that a new school year is also a good time for resolutions!

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Mothers' Day Resources - TeachersFirst

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Find resources and activities appropriate for Mothers' Day in this collection from TeachersFirst. The resources include many project ideas for elementary students. Some of the creative...more
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Find resources and activities appropriate for Mothers' Day in this collection from TeachersFirst. The resources include many project ideas for elementary students. Some of the creative tools will lure even older students into writing and creating much=appreciated gifts.

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Use these resources to connect Mothers' Day to your curriculum in almost any subject or select one or two ideas to highlight along with your regular lessons.

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Fourth of July Resources - TeachersFirst

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Find resources and activities appropriate for Independence Day in this collection from TeachersFirst.

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Use these resources to connect Independence Day to your curriculum in almost any subject or select one or two ideas to highlight along with your regular lessons.

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Halloween/Fall Resources - TeachersFirst

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Find resources and activities appropriate for Halloween or Fall Festivals in this collection from TeachersFirst. Most are appropriate for younger grades with a few ideas for secondary....more
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Find resources and activities appropriate for Halloween or Fall Festivals in this collection from TeachersFirst. Most are appropriate for younger grades with a few ideas for secondary.

tag(s): halloween (38)

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Use these resources to connect Halloween or Fall Festival to your curriculum in almost any subject or select one or two ideas to highlight along with your regular lessons.

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Easter Resources - TeachersFirst

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Find resources and activities appropriate for Easter in this collection from TeachersFirst. Most are suited for elementary, and a few for middle school. ...more
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Find resources and activities appropriate for Easter in this collection from TeachersFirst. Most are suited for elementary, and a few for middle school.

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Use these resources to connect Easter to your curriculum in almost any subject or select one or two ideas to highlight along with your regular lessons.

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Earth Day: Editors' Choice Resources - TeachersFirst

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Earth Day presents a special opportunity to connect classroom curriculum with real-world experience, not only in science but also for lessons in math, language arts, social studies,...more
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Earth Day presents a special opportunity to connect classroom curriculum with real-world experience, not only in science but also for lessons in math, language arts, social studies, art, and more. With so many outstanding resources available on the web related to environmental concerns, TeachersFirst's editorial team has hand-selected this group of "Editors' Choices" for their potential to engage and involve your students in both the understanding of scientific concepts surrounding Earth Day and in environmental activism for any time of the year.

tag(s): earth (225), earth day (105), environment (324)

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Share this list with your students and parents via your class web page not only on Earth Day but throughout the year to heighten awareness of environmental issues. Allow students to team up and select Earth Day projects or choose one effort for your entire school. There are options here for all ages.

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Earth Day Resources - TeachersFirst

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This extensive list is a full listing of TeachersFirst resources for Earth Day. Whether you seek ideas for a community service project for Earth Day or ways to use innovative ...more
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This extensive list is a full listing of TeachersFirst resources for Earth Day. Whether you seek ideas for a community service project for Earth Day or ways to use innovative technologies to bring the environment into your classroom, TeachersFIrst has the reviewed resources to meet your needs in this collection.

List too long? Explore our TeachersFirst Editors' Choice resources for Earth Day.

tag(s): earth (225), earth day (105), environment (324)

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Share this long list as options for student projects or use the narrower TeachersFirst Editors' Choice listing. Either one is certain to make Earth Day more than a one-day event!

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