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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 (87), Research (61)

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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 (43), Creating Media (3), digital citizenship (78), images (247), professional development (286)

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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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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 (101), 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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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 (68), professional development (286), spreadsheets (22)

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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 (71), cyberbullying (43), digital citizenship (78)

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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 (71), digital citizenship (78)

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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 forty-seven 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 (78), journalism (67), social media (44)

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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 (75), computational thinking (34), 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 (101), internet safety (110), journalism (67), media literacy (87), news (232), social media (44), 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 (75), computational thinking (34), Microsoft (68), professional development (286)

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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.

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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 (34), professional development (286)

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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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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 (101), podcasts (65), resources (85), Teacher Utilities (123), video (242)

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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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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 (44)

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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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Copyright & Creativity For Ethical Digital Citizens - Copyright & Creativity.org

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Digital Literacy is an important topic to teach to students, and understanding copyright is increasingly essential as all students are now publishers and creators. This site provides...more
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Digital Literacy is an important topic to teach to students, and understanding copyright is increasingly essential as all students are now publishers and creators. This site provides a free curriculum for all grade levels to teach copyright and fair use. Choose from one of the three grade-level bands - elementary, middle school, or high school to access the shared lessons. Each of the grade-level content areas includes lessons, slides, videos, and all materials needed to teach the curriculum fully. In addition to the student lessons, Copyright & Creativity also includes an on-demand teaching unit for professionals that is hosted on Canvas, reviewed here. Videos included with the lessons are hosted on YouTube.

tag(s): copyright (43), digital citizenship (78)

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Utilize the free curriculums offered on this site to teach students (and yourself) about the proper use of copyright. If you are unable to download the videos, this site recommends viewing the videos using View Pure, reviewed here, to remove all of the annoying "extras" included with YouTube videos. As you teach lessons and ask students to brainstorm ideas or compare and contrast information, use a graphic organizer tool such as Popplet, reviewed here, to create and save visual displays of students' ideas that include both text and images. Ask students to include a link to their Popplet organizer on Seesaw, reviewed here, along with original drawings, recordings, or other materials created during your unit. As a final project, extend learning by asking students to create a tutorial about copyright based upon their knowledge. Provide a variety of resources for creating the tutorial as a way to differentiate learning. Examples of some tools to include are Book Creator, reviewed here, or Adobe Creative Cloud Express Video Maker, reviewed here, or create an infographic using Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here.
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Healthy Digital Citizens: Helping Kids Stay Active & Safe in the Internet Age - Tennis Department

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This resource is for all adults who teach kids how to be safe and responsible digital citizens. This site contains two sections - Internet Safety and Digital Wellness. Each of ...more
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This resource is for all adults who teach kids how to be safe and responsible digital citizens. This site contains two sections - Internet Safety and Digital Wellness. Each of the two parts includes small portions that share tips for talking to children and discussing the different facets of staying safe online. In addition to written information, this site contains some videos that provide valuable information, including creating secure passwords and responding to bullying.

tag(s): cyberbullying (43), digital citizenship (78), internet safety (110)

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Include this resource with your other information for use when teaching online safety and digital citizenship. Share the information with parents on your class website or through email. Use the format of this resource to your advantage by sharing the different topics bi-weekly. Embed activities found on this site on ClassTools, reviewed here. Encourage student communication with parents as you share the topics. For example, the first topic is Open Communication. Use the Drag and Drop Quiz Generator to create a quiz for parents and students to take together based upon the communication suggestions found in the article. Upon completion of the quiz, create a certificate to provide a certificate of achievement created with ClassTools.
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GCF Learn Free - GCF Learn Free

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GCF Learn Free offers a large selection of topics, lessons, videos, and more designed to offer training in essential skills needed to live and work in the 21st century. Registration...more
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GCF Learn Free offers a large selection of topics, lessons, videos, and more designed to offer training in essential skills needed to live and work in the 21st century. Registration isn't required; however, it allows you to save progress within courses. Topics range from technology basics, software training, career planning, and much more. Learn Free also has links to information for educators, including Teachers Guides and Resources and Tools.

tag(s): business (50), careers (132), communication (135), Google (29), Microsoft (68), OER (36), Online Learning (33), spreadsheets (22)

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Take advantage of these free courses to brush up your computer and technology skills. Share links to specific tutorials with students for use with classroom projects. For example, share the Google Docs course with students to help them learn how to use and manage Google Drive, documents, and complete basic tasks. Be sure to share tips with parents too for their personal use. Consider sharing a section of a course each week on your website for students to learn about various tools in bite-sized pieces. For a more immersive learning experience, use Blendspace, reviewed here, to create a learning path for students that includes information from this site along with YouTube videos, quizzes, and links to other learning resources. Extend student learning further by asking them to create their tutorials based on class needs. If your class is having difficulties organizing and sharing information within Google Drive, for example, ask knowledgeable students to create an explainer video using simpleshow video maker, reviewed here, to use as a guide.

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PBS Kids - PBS

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PBS Kids' focus is mainly educational activities and videos for kids in Preschool, Kindergarten, and Primary age students. For younger students, select games, videos, and activities...more
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PBS Kids' focus is mainly educational activities and videos for kids in Preschool, Kindergarten, and Primary age students. For younger students, select games, videos, and activities about well-known characters like Clifford the Big Red Dog, Arthur, Peg and Cat, Dr. Seuss, and more. Clicking All Games will give you 29 categories to choose from, for example, Team Work, Feelings, Engineering, Spelling, Reading, Healthy Habits, and many more. Click New Games to find topics such as Guess the Feeling, World Orchestra, and others to help familiarize youngsters with flight, trains, counting, and well, you name it, and PBS Kids probably has it!

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (134), game based learning (159), literacy (96), preK (238), video (242)

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Discover and share the many free resources available on PBS Kids. Show clips on your interactive whiteboard, or with your projector, then have students complete an accompanying activity. With younger students, use FlipGrid, reviewed here, as a video response platform for students to share how they would use what they learned by watching the videos or using the interactives. Alternatively, you might try using Synth, reviewed here; Synth is an extremely easy to use tool for creating audio and video to share as podcasts. PBS Kids is perfect for sharing with parents. Include a link to activities on your class website along with suggestions on how to use activities at home.

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OK2Ask: Data and Charts and Graphs, Oh My! Let Google Tools Be Your Guide - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from February 2020. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from February 2020. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

Humans respond to and process visual data better than any other type of data. Whether students are learning to collect, organize, graph, or interpret data, this webinar offers proven tools and strategies that assist learners in developing and applying those skills. Together we will explore and plan for the use of forms to collect data, web resources to access data, spreadsheets to manipulate and graph data, and Google MyMaps to visualize data. Students from beginner to advanced can use these tools to visualize and connect math, science, and social studies concepts to concrete, real-world applications. Let's get students excited about learning and help them incorporate complex data literacy into their world view. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels. Participants will: 1. Understand how to use data visualization in the classroom; 2. Explore digital tools that will assist students with data visualization projects; and 3. Plan for the use of data visualization in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): charts and graphs (163), data (132), Google (29), infographics (52), professional development (286), visualizations (11)

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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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Excel Easy - E-Learning

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Do you need some help with Excel basics and functions? Excel Easy uses fully illustrated tutorials to walk you through Excel sheets from start to finish. Use the links at ...more
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Do you need some help with Excel basics and functions? Excel Easy uses fully illustrated tutorials to walk you through Excel sheets from start to finish. Use the links at the top of the site to select from options starting with the basics, functions, and data analysis. Choose the 300 Excel Examples to find tutorials on any topic quickly. Each tutorial includes step-by-step directions, including images to guide users through each portion of the directions.
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tag(s): computers (101), data (132), Microsoft (68), spreadsheets (22)

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Bookmark this site for your use and for student use on classroom computers. Make it easy to find sites with tutorials by creating a Padlet, reviewed here, to share with students. Use columns to sort tutorials and other helpful sites by topic within your Padlet. If you don't find a tutorial that you need, extend student learning by asking them to create their own using Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here, or by creating an explainer video using FlexClip, reviewed here.

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Shapegrams - Learning in Hand with Tony Vincent

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Discover the world of Shapegrams, a tool for teaching students how to use Google Draw. Although only the first three Shapegrams are free, this site provides inspiration and tools for...more
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Discover the world of Shapegrams, a tool for teaching students how to use Google Draw. Although only the first three Shapegrams are free, this site provides inspiration and tools for understanding Google Draw features and incorporating them into student-created drawings. Select one of the free drawings to begin. Choose to make a copy of the instructions, make a copy without YouTube, download QR codes, or download the video. Be sure to review the important tips for sharing with students that point out different options for use in Google Classroom, SeeSaw, and other learning management systems.

tag(s): drawing (58), Google (29)

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Take advantage of the free lessons and additional images found on the site to teach your students (and yourself) the many different features available with Google Draw. A new Shapegram is added each week, share the image with students, and challenge them to create it using their new skills. Ask students to create Shapegrams in a variety of ways throughout the curriculum. Enhance learning by having students draw a scene representing a moment in a story, create an emoticon to represent their understanding of math content, or make a drawing demonstrating a science experiment. Incorporate student drawings into digital projects. Include drawings in digital books created with Book Creator, reviewed here, upload and use in explainer videos created using Biteable, reviewed here, or save images as JPEG files and include in student-created games made with Scratch, reviewed here. As students create their own drawings, ask them to share with their peers by creating a screen recording using Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here. Share student recordings on your class website for others to view and try.

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