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Filter Bubble Trouble - Common Sense Education

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What is a filter bubble, and why is it an important concept to understand? This 50-minute lesson plan guides high school students through a series of activities that helps them ...more
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What is a filter bubble, and why is it an important concept to understand? This 50-minute lesson plan guides high school students through a series of activities that helps them recognize and understand filter bubbles and identify strategies for escaping their filter bubbles. In addition to directions for implementing the lesson plan, other resources include presentation slides, student handouts, and take-home resources. The lesson plan aligns with Common Core ELA, CASEL, AASL, and ISTE Standards. All materials are available in both English and Spanish.

tag(s): digital citizenship (81), internet safety (113), social and emotional learning (63), social media (47)

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Bookmark and save this lesson with other social media and digital citizenship lessons. Engage students in this lesson by assigning a Threadit activity, reviewed here, as a conversation starter. A day or two before your lesson, share a link to a Threadit with a conversation prompt using one of the provided prompts that ask students to discuss the concept of living in a bubble. As students continue their discussion on filter bubbles and view the linked video, enhance learning through using Escape Rooms that challenge students to use their knowledge to complete tasks within the Escape Room. Use Room Escape Maker, reviewed here, to create and share your Escape Room activity. Extend student learning by asking students to share Internet safety and digital citizenship tips school-wide. For example, ask students to create a monthly podcast using Acast, reviewed here, sharing advice on using social media responsibly.
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My Social Media Life - Common Sense Education

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This lesson provides resources for guiding middle-school students in learning about the role of social media in their lives, especially the effect of social media on relationships....more
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This lesson provides resources for guiding middle-school students in learning about the role of social media in their lives, especially the effect of social media on relationships. The lesson plan takes approximately forty-five minutes to complete; however, an alternative suggestion shares a fifteen-minute quick activity. Resources provided include a slide presentation, video, student handouts, and family take-home information. Also available is the correlation to Common Core ELA, CASEL, AASL, and ISTE Standards. You will need to sign in to access this free lesson and resources.

tag(s): digital citizenship (81), social and emotional learning (63), social media (47)

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Bookmark and save this lesson plan for use with lessons on media literacy, social media, or social-emotional learning. Engage students by creating visual mindmaps or flow charts using Coggle, reviewed here. For example, create a mind map with different social platforms and ask students to share the pros and cons of using each tool. Use a flow chart to share suggestions on how to address common issues that occur through the use of social media and relationships. As a final activity, ask students to create interesting video presentations using Typito, reviewed here. Typito's drag and drop interface includes free templates, drag and drop features, and the ability to personalize and share content easily.
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My Media Choices - Common Sense Education

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3 to 5
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This forty-five-minute lesson plan provides activities to guide fourth-grade students in learning about a "What? When? How Much" framework for use in evaluating media sources. An additional...more
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This forty-five-minute lesson plan provides activities to guide fourth-grade students in learning about a "What? When? How Much" framework for use in evaluating media sources. An additional option shares a quick fifteen-minute activity as an alternative to the complete lesson. In addition to the lesson description, resources include a slide presentation, video, student handouts, and take-home resources to share with families. Also available is the correlation to Common Core ELA, CASEL, AASL, and ISTE standards.

tag(s): digital citizenship (81), internet safety (113), media literacy (90)

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Although created for fourth grade, this lesson works well for grades three through five, with possible adaptations for additional grade levels. First, engage students by conducting a poll or survey of the different types of media your students regularly consume. For example, use a simple polling tool such as Kahoot reviewed here, or take a more in-depth survey using Microsoft Forms, reviewed here. Instead of completing worksheets as a paper and pencil activity, convert the worksheets into an interactive document using Google Docs, reviewed here, and assign within Google Classroom. Add questions or comments to the included video using EdPuzzle, reviewed here, to enhance learning. As an extension activity, ask students to share tips for safe media use by creating short videos to share on your class and school's websites. Use Adobe Creative Cloud Express Video Maker, reviewed here, to create engaging videos from scratch or by using the templates provided.
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Who Is in Your Online Community? - Common Sense

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K to 3
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This lesson plan for second graders guides students through the "Rings of Responsibility" as they learn to think critically about how people of different communities connect on the...more
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This lesson plan for second graders guides students through the "Rings of Responsibility" as they learn to think critically about how people of different communities connect on the Internet. In addition to the lesson plan, links on the site include a slide presentation, student handouts, and take-home resources to promote family understanding and engagement. This lesson shares a link providing correlation with Common Core ELA, CASEL, AASL, and ISTE Standards. Free registration at Common Sense is required to access this lesson plan.

tag(s): digital citizenship (81), internet safety (113)

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Engage students in learning about the Internet with this lesson plan by using age-appropriate multimedia resources. For example, during the warmup activity, students share their ideas on "What is the Internet?" Use IdeaBoardz, reviewed here, to record student responses. As the lesson progresses, students discuss the Rings of Responsibility that begin with the individual student and build to include the world. Use CirclyApp, reviewed here to create and build a graphic visualization of the rings as you discuss them. Finally, at the end of the lesson, students share their reflections explaining the difference between their community and the world. Instead of using the paper handout, ask students to create their reflection using AutoDraw, reviewed here. AutoDraw makes it easy for even young students to add text, draw, and share simple drawings. Use the AutoDraw option to turn students' drawings into professional drawings! When finished, take screenshots of student drawings to share on your class webpage.
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Resources related to Source Reliability/Checking Sources - TeachersFirst

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As educators, we must teach our students how to make sure the resources they are using are reliable. This collection includes information and resources related to checking sources and...more
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As educators, we must teach our students how to make sure the resources they are using are reliable. This collection includes information and resources related to checking sources and determining if a source is reliable and credible.

tag(s): media literacy (90), Research (64)

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We have included resources for all grades. Remember, our "In the Classroom" suggestions with each reviewed resource, give you ideas about using these tools in your classroom.

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OK2Ask: 3 Cool Tools for Images - TeachersFirst

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

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When using projects for alternative assessment and feedback, you'll find that students can express themselves more creatively when given tools to share what they have learned. Come to this session to learn about three tools students can use to work with images for their projects. We'll discuss digital citizenship expectations and explore tools that allow students to responsibly repurpose digital resources. You might even find a tool that is useful for your own purposes when creating learning objects! As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand the tenets of copyright and digital citizenship that apply to remixing and reusing images. 2. Explore three tools and how each can be used to alter and change images; and 3. Plan for the introduction of creative image tools in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): copyright (42), Creating Media (5), digital citizenship (81), images (252), professional development (305)

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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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Georgia Virtual Learning Shared Resources - Georgia Virtual Learning

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Georgia Virtual Learning is the online education headquarters for the Georgia Department of Education and offers over 100 virtual courses for middle and high school students. Choose...more
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Georgia Virtual Learning is the online education headquarters for the Georgia Department of Education and offers over 100 virtual courses for middle and high school students. Choose from studies in all core content areas and the fine arts and world languages. An additional option features courses in CTAE/Electives. These offerings include classes in finance, computer science, fitness, and more. After selecting a course to view, use the module to proceed through the contents. Each module includes an introduction featuring essential questions and interactive content and concludes with final assessments and a module test.

tag(s): art history (80), body systems (41), business (50), chinese (43), drawing (59), environment (221), financial literacy (93), french (71), geology (63), japanese (46), latin (20), music theory (45), narrative (13), novels (27), nutrition (132), oceans (135), OER (41), photography (129), plagiarism (30), poetry (186), psychology (65), robotics (24), romeo & juliet (8), short stories (18), sociology (23), space (204), spanish (100), STEM (225), writers workshop (33)

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Bookmark and save this site as a supplemental resource for your current lessons, as a resource for students to learn about subjects not covered in their current courses, and to differentiate learning for students. For example, provide remediation to high school students by sharing the 9th or 10th-grade literature and composition courses as a review activity or enhance your British Literature unit by assigning a module that focuses specifically on 17th, 18th, or 19th-century British literature. Consider assigning different activities to groups of students to present to their peers. Ask them to use an infographic creator such as the Canva Infographic Creator, reviewed here, as a tool for sharing important information. As a final learning extension, create a digital class book using Ourboox, reviewed here, to share understanding of the content learned. Include text, images, maps, and more in the student-created books.

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Chromebook Simulator - Google

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The Chromebook Simulator provides tutorials, offers the ability to connect to your Chromebook, and the option to check email offline. This site also includes an option for troubleshooting...more
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The Chromebook Simulator provides tutorials, offers the ability to connect to your Chromebook, and the option to check email offline. This site also includes an option for troubleshooting Chromebooks by using a link to reset the hardware in your Chromebook. Other features allow you to install and manage apps and connect Chromebooks to Android phones and WIFI networks.

tag(s): computers (100), tutorials (47)

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This site is a must-have for all Chromebook classrooms! Include a link on your Chromebooks for students to access efficiently to find tutorials, print, and manage files. Also, be sure to share this link on your class website and in newsletters to parents as a tool for them to use at home. As you use Chromebooks, evaluate difficulties encountered by students in using their computers. Ask students to create video tutorials using Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here, for students to watch and use to become proficient in the different features available.

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Google Digital Literacy & Citizenship Curriculum - Google and iKeepSafe

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Google and iKeepSafe present a three-part standards-based curriculum teaching digital literacy and citizenship for middle school students. Each class focuses on a different component...more
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Google and iKeepSafe present a three-part standards-based curriculum teaching digital literacy and citizenship for middle school students. Each class focuses on a different component of safe online use. For example, the first class explores how to evaluate the credibility of online information, the second focuses on maintaining a positive online reputation, and the final course teaches students how to avoid online tricks and scams. All courses include a printable lesson plan, student handouts, and links to videos included in the lessons. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, they may not be viewable.

tag(s): character education (73), digital citizenship (81)

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Incorporate the videos and lessons into your current digital literacy curriculum as needed, or use them as a stand-alone curriculum to address digital literacy lessons in your classroom. Engage students as you begin lessons using an interactive whiteboard such as IdeaBoardz, reviewed here, to create a digital KWL class response instead of using the printable KWL handout included in the course. Enhance instruction when using the shared videos using playposit, reviewed here, to create an interactive learning environment that places comments, questions, surveys, and polls directly onto the video. Extend learning by asking students to become the instructor using a video conversation platform such as Threadit, reviewed here. For example, ask students to use the tutorial template to create lessons to share with younger students on different aspects of digital literacy. The template is customizable and includes a step-by-step outline for creating a video tutorial featuring one or more speakers.
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OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire: Basic Spreadsheets and Forms for Real-World Problem Solving - TeachersFirst

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

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Prepare your students to use today's digital tools to solve tomorrow's problems. Join this session and learn to use forms and spreadsheets for basic data collection and analysis. You'll learn to use these tools to design authentic learning activities that provide support while facilitating deep learning. Return to the classroom prepared to help your students take on challenges and communicate their findings. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn the basic use of spreadsheets; 2. Explore authentic ways to include forms and/or spreadsheets in instruction; and 3. Plan for the use of forms and/or spreadsheets in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): charts and graphs (163), Microsoft (73), professional development (305), spreadsheets (23)

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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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Teachers' Essential Guide to Cyberbullying Prevention - Erin Wilkey OH and Common Sense

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This guide provides clear information and resources for educators at all grade levels on learning about and addressing the issue of cyberbullying. Learn about the definition of cyberbullying...more
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This guide provides clear information and resources for educators at all grade levels on learning about and addressing the issue of cyberbullying. Learn about the definition of cyberbullying and understand statistics on the prevalence and types of cyberbullying. Other tips share how to identify and intervene when recognizing instances of bullying. In addition, this guide provides grade-level-appropriate teaching resources to use as part of the Common Sense K-12 Digital Curriculum, reviewed here.

tag(s): character education (73), cyberbullying (43), digital citizenship (81)

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Include information from this site when planning and preparing your digital citizenship lessons and curriculum. As you gather resources to include with your studies, use a curation tool like Milanote, reviewed here.

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Digital Citizenship Progression Chart - Mike Ribble

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The Digital Citizenship Progression Chart provides clarity and an organized path for teaching the main concepts of digital citizenship starting with kindergarten and through high school....more
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The Digital Citizenship Progression Chart provides clarity and an organized path for teaching the main concepts of digital citizenship starting with kindergarten and through high school. This resource is organized using the nine themes of digital citizenship, such as digital access, digital commerce, and more. This resource provides a visual tool for use across grade levels and topics. In addition, information includes correlations to the three guiding principles of safe, savvy, and social digital users. To learn more about the nine themes of digital citizenship and the three principles, use the Nine Elements tab from the top menu. Download an updated copy of the progression chart for personal use using the link at the bottom of the page.
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tag(s): character education (73), digital citizenship (81)

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Scroll to the bottom of the page with the chart to download the updated copy of the progression chart to view and understand the general guidelines for teaching digital citizenship across all grade levels. Some themes include ideas for demonstration of learning and teaching ideas. Build upon this spreadsheet by adding additional activities and resources that fit into your curriculum. Use this document as a professional development activity to help all staff understand the progression of skills across grade levels, then break it down into smaller pieces by grade levels. Using the grade-level specific portions, work together with peers to find and share resources that teach and reinforce the appropriate concepts. Consider using an collaborative tool such as ClickUp, reviewed here, to organize your work with your peers. Use ClickUp to create a schedule, to-do lists, share documents, and more. Share your completed list of resources and grade-level progressions on a spreadsheet similar to the progression chart when finished.

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Digital Citizenship: Technological Literacy - PBS Learning Media

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Proper use and understanding of using technology responsibly are essential for all students to acquire. This offering from PBS Learning Media focuses on Digital Citizenship concerning...more
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Proper use and understanding of using technology responsibly are essential for all students to acquire. This offering from PBS Learning Media focuses on Digital Citizenship concerning technological literacy. Each of the fifty-three included videos helps students understand concepts such as understanding the role of influencers on social media, editorial accuracy, and why many people are susceptible to disinformation. Each video is relatively short in length, running from around five to fifteen minutes. Look for the icon with "SM" located at the bottom of some of the descriptions; these videos include additional support materials for use in the classroom.

tag(s): digital citizenship (81), internet safety (113), journalism (68), social media (47)

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Take advantage of the many videos and resources found on this site to include with your digital citizenship lessons. Engage students in learning about digital citizenship using playposit, reviewed here, to add notes, questions, and student-teacher interactions to any video. Enhance the learning experience by including these videos and your other resources into a digital lesson using Blendspace, reviewed here. Extend learning by asking students to share their learning using different technology tools. For example, have some students create a podcast using Buzzsprout, reviewed here, while others create and share video presentations made with Animoto, reviewed here.
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Bee-Bot Online - Terrapin

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Bee-Bot Online is an engaging way for young students to explore and learn basic coding skills. First, use Bee-Bot Online to program a virtual Bee-Bot by choosing from several included...more
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Bee-Bot Online is an engaging way for young students to explore and learn basic coding skills. First, use Bee-Bot Online to program a virtual Bee-Bot by choosing from several included virtual mats. Then, move the virtual robot through directional arrows one square at a time. Finally, use blue X to clear a path and start over. Mat options include CVC word choices, a community map, alphabets, and more.

tag(s): coding (73), computational thinking (35), critical thinking (103), problem solving (217), STEM (225)

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Include Bee-Bot Online as part of a computer center activity to encourage students to code and develop critical thinking skills. Have students use a screen recorder such as Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here, to record both successful and unsuccessful attempts and share with their classmates. Be sure to share a link to Bee-Bot Online on your class website and in newsletters for students to access at home.
 

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Deceptive Detective - Common Sense

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Deceptive Detective is a colorful poster available to download as a PDF that provides questions to ask when looking at news sources. Prompts encourage students to consider the source...more
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Deceptive Detective is a colorful poster available to download as a PDF that provides questions to ask when looking at news sources. Prompts encourage students to consider the source of information, its presentation, date of publication, and more. Select the link above the poster to view the file in its entirety. This poster is part of Common Sense's News & Literacy Toolkit, reviewed here.

tag(s): bias (17), computers (100), internet safety (113), journalism (68), media literacy (90), news (230), social media (47), STEM (225)

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Print this poster to display in your classroom or computer lab after discussing the information with your students. Use Padlet, reviewed here, to break down the questions found on the poster and share student findings. For example, begin by evaluating a website together as a class. Create a column on your Padlet for each question, then add students' responses in the appropriate column. As students become proficient at evaluating online resources, ask them to use Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here, to create infographics sharing the validity of websites and online news resources based upon the questions found on the Deceptive Detective poster. Extend learning by asking students to become the instructor through the use of podcasts. Use Buzzsprout, reviewed here, to create bi-weekly or monthly student-created podcasts sharing tips for evaluating websites, how to recognize fake news sources or suggestions for useful resources for student use.
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OK2Ask: MakeCode: Bring Computational Thinking into Any Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from November 2021. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

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Prepare your students to use today's digital tools to help solve tomorrow's problems. Pattern recognition, abstraction, algorithmic thinking, and decomposition are core thinking skills that can be applied to any subject. Learn how to integrate these components into any content area using Microsoft MakeCode projects and Hacking STEM lessons--hands-on activities that engage students immediately. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Review the fundamentals of computational thinking and how they can be applied across K-12 disciplines; 2. Explore MakeCode and Hacking STEM, two resources that promote computational thinking; and 3. Plan for the use of computational thinking in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): coding (73), computational thinking (35), Microsoft (73), professional development (305)

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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: Classroom Activities to Promote Computational Thinking - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from November 2021. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

Computational thinking prepares students to understand how to use today's digital tools to help solve tomorrow's problems. Most teachers are already teaching elements of computational thinking without knowing it. This workshop will help participants understand the fundamental tenets of computational thinking, most notably, how this concept combines critical thinking skills with the power of computing to make decisions or find solutions. Learn how to infuse computational thinking into your classroom activities across all core content areas. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn the fundamentals of computational thinking; 2. Explore activities and resources that promote computational thinking; and 3. Plan for the use of computational thinking in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): computational thinking (35), professional development (305)

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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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Evolve EdTech - Evolve EdTech

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K to 12
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Evolve EdTech shares a variety of free educational resources for educators. Resources include Jamboard templates, Wakelet Collections, infographics, and a digital plan board series....more
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Evolve EdTech shares a variety of free educational resources for educators. Resources include Jamboard templates, Wakelet Collections, infographics, and a digital plan board series. Evolve EdTech also consists of a YouTube channel that shares a series of tutorials. Visit their podcast page to subscribe to their series that offers tips and tools for successfully incorporating technology into any classroom.

tag(s): computers (100), podcasts (59), resources (86), Teacher Utilities (127), video (243)

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Discover the many free resources to add to your technology toolbox. For example, visit the Jamboard portion of the site to find and download many organizers for posing questions, summarizing, and vocabulary development. Download any of the templates to use or modify to fit your needs. Watch the short tutorials to learn about tips and tricks on using PowerPoint and Microsoft Teams. Use the ideas found on this site to create Google Jamboard, reviewed here, templates that match the educational needs of your students. Learn how to create collections using Wakelet, reviewed here, to curate and share information with students or to use for lesson planning and student projects.

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Wix Education - Wix

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Wix Education provides a series of courses for educators and students that teach web creation design and techniques. No prior knowledge is required. The introductory course provides...more
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Wix Education provides a series of courses for educators and students that teach web creation design and techniques. No prior knowledge is required. The introductory course provides the basics of using the Wix Editor. The follow-up courses guide members through the process of learning web creation, design, and development. Sign up for an educator account to access and assign each class. You must be a United States resident and teach in the United States or Canada, and students must be thirteen or older. This program aligns with ISTE Standards.

tag(s): business (50), computers (100), design (84), Online Learning (33), STEM (225), tutorials (47)

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Include lessons from Wix Education as part of any lessons for learning about web design. Although the activities are designed specifically for use with the Wix website, reviewed here, the principles and activities apply to any web creation product. Share with students interested in web design to complete an independent project or as part of an after-school program. Extend learning by asking students to share their new talent by designing websites for your classroom or different needs within the school.

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Social Media Resources - TeachersFirst

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Social media in education offers students the ability to connect with learning groups and easily find useful information. As educators, it is pivotal to teach students the benefits...more
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Social media in education offers students the ability to connect with learning groups and easily find useful information. As educators, it is pivotal to teach students the benefits of using social media, as well as the proper (and safe) way to use these types of tools. This collection provides professional learning for educators using social media in the classroom, tools to organize and share social media, plus some social media favorites (such as Twitter and Pinterest).

tag(s): social media (47)

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Explore this collection to find tools for yourself (and your students) to use to connect with others and find information using social media.

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