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Change Makers - Women in STEM - TeachersFirst

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From laying the foundations of computer programming to making groundbreaking discoveries in physics and space exploration, women have left an indelible mark across STEM disciplines....more
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From laying the foundations of computer programming to making groundbreaking discoveries in physics and space exploration, women have left an indelible mark across STEM disciplines. Pioneers like Ada Lovelace wrote the first computer algorithm in the 1800s, while others like Marie Curie, the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, advanced our understanding of radiation. Their breakthroughs and tireless pursuit of knowledge have profoundly impacted humanity. Use this curated list of reviewed resources to help your students see the vital role women have had in the past, present, and future in the field of STEM.

tag(s): STEM (255), women (136), womenchangemaker (18)

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Share these resources with your students to learn about many women in STEM who changed the world. Share a link to this collection on your school web page and in your school newsletter (or email). Find resources to incorporate into your lessons to encourage girls to pursue learning paths in STEM and realize their potential.

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OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire with Fake Websites - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from January 2024. 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 January 2024. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

Misinformation is rampant online. As educators, how can we prepare students to navigate this landscape? In this interactive workshop, participants will explore techniques for leveraging fake websites to build essential media literacy skills. Join us to explore this engaging approach to promoting digital citizenship and critical thinking. Leave equipped with practical strategies for developing media-savvy students through authentic learning experiences that incorporate analyzing fake websites. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Evaluate fake websites and identify specific indicators of misinformation, such as biased language, questionable sources, and misleading visuals. 2. Learn strategies for responsibly incorporating fake websites into instruction to foster critical thinking. 3. Plan to implement activities using fake websites in instruction. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): digital citizenship (83), media literacy (102), professional development (379)

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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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10 AI Terms Everyone Should Know - Susanna Ray

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What is Artificial Intelligence (AI), and how is it related to machine learning? How does generative AI leverage the power of large language learning (and what is large language learning?)?...more
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What is Artificial Intelligence (AI), and how is it related to machine learning? How does generative AI leverage the power of large language learning (and what is large language learning?)? Find the answers to these questions and more with this informative article that breaks down some of the common buzzwords used to gain an understanding of AI and its impact on society. Each of the ten terms is explained in everyday language including short explanations and examples of the content discussed.

tag(s): artificial intelligence (79), Microsoft (84)

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Use this article to develop your understanding of AI and related terms. Share the information with your peers as part of your professional development activities as you learn about AI tools, discuss guidelines for the use of AI by you and your students, and support your discussions of AI use with parents. Consider sharing this article on your class website to help parents learn about AI. As a school, dig deeper into developing an understanding of AI by choosing to explore one term in-depth each month. For example, begin with term number one, artificial intelligence, and start a conversation with what you, your peers, parents, or students know about AI. Use a word cloud creation tool like Answer Garden, reviewed here as an easy way to collect responses anonymously while still viewing responses in this visual format. Use the embed code to include your Answer Garden poll on your class website if desired. Use that information to guide your activities toward the discussion focus for the following month.

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CTRL-F - Civix

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CTRL-F is a seven-hour, four-part program designed to teach students in grades 7-12 how to conduct quick and strategic searches to verify, fact-check, and trace online information to...more
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CTRL-F is a seven-hour, four-part program designed to teach students in grades 7-12 how to conduct quick and strategic searches to verify, fact-check, and trace online information to identify reliable and trustworthy information. The program includes curriculum connections to social studies and language arts; the content is adaptable to any subject. After completing a free registration, you have access to lesson plans, videos, activity sheets, and more. Additional resources include interactive walk-throughs of practice examples, material availability in multiple formats, and bilingual resources. If your district blocks YouTube, then the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): digital citizenship (83), internet safety (111), STEM (255), Teacher Utilities (143)

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Include all or any lessons and activities with your current teaching units on online safety and digital citizenship. If time doesn't allow you to teach all the classes, consider using the link to the Student-Facing Site and ask students to complete those activities as part of a flipped lesson learning station activity. Another option is to take advantage of the items in the Example Bank to teach the topics featured on CTRL-F through short, engaging activities based on pop culture, current events, and curricular topics. Engage students in identifying trustworthy resources by creating a collaborative online document sharing information learned through ongoing research. Create a collaborative Google Slides, reviewed here, or Microsoft PowerPoint, reviewed here presentation using a template for students to share research and results when investigating online information. Extend learning by asking students to create infographics for younger students sharing how to identify reliable and trustworthy information online. Visme, reviewed here and Venngage, reviewed here offer free, easy-to-use tools for creating visually appealing infographics.
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Day of AI Curriculum - Day of AI and Massachussets Institute of Technology

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AI (artificial intelligence) is all around us and an ever-growing part of our culture. Day of AI provides lessons for students of all ages that teach the basics of AI ...more
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AI (artificial intelligence) is all around us and an ever-growing part of our culture. Day of AI provides lessons for students of all ages that teach the basics of AI and introduce students to the different uses of AI. In addition, this site includes an introductory course for students of all grades that introduces them to the basics of ChatGPT, reviewed here and includes different prompts and activities for different grade levels. Free registration is required to access all of the activities. Teachers who register for Day of AI get access to the curriculum, lesson plans, and optional free professional development training on the materials, with a certificate of completion that may be used for PD credits. Student materials are available in other languages by contacting Day of AI.

tag(s): artificial intelligence (79), computers (105), digital citizenship (83), internet safety (111), media literacy (102), STEM (255), Teacher Utilities (143)

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Include these lessons as part of your computer science program to introduce AI to students and provide them with information on using this technology appropriately. Share the lessons with parents as a valuable resource for understanding AI and how it works in both positive and negative ways. Use Google Forms to assess student understanding, then use Certify'em, reviewed here, a forms add-on to generate personalized certificates of completion for students. Extend learning by asking students to share their understanding of AI using Canva for Education, reviewed here by creating presentations, infographics, or posters to share on your class website.
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We should always be cautious when giving our students access to things like AI. However, with the expanding knowledge of technology in the classroom, teachers can use it as a teaching tool. This provides limitless opportunities to introduce our children to new topics that interest them within the safe space of a classroom. Bekkah, IN, Grades: 0 - 5

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Resources for using Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Productivity - TeachersFirst

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Learn about and explore artificial intelligence (AI) technologies and tools educators can use to automate administrative tasks and improve student learning outcomes using the resources...more
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Learn about and explore artificial intelligence (AI) technologies and tools educators can use to automate administrative tasks and improve student learning outcomes using the resources in this collection. These tools can help leverage AI's power to increase your productivity and efficiency in the classroom. Many tools can also allow AI to personalize student learning experiences and optimize lesson planning.

tag(s): artificial intelligence (79), differentiation (83), personalized learning (9), Teacher Utilities (143), writing prompts (57)

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Use this collection to save time doing many tasks, from creating assessments to writing prompts, rewriting your emails in a new tone, and much more. Bookmark this site to use to find new ways to increase your productivity and lower your time required using the power of AI!

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Replit - Replit, Inc.

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Replit is an online coding platform that works with many different programming languages. Many of Replit's tools incorporate Artificial Intelligence (AI) to enhance productivity and...more
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Replit is an online coding platform that works with many different programming languages. Many of Replit's tools incorporate Artificial Intelligence (AI) to enhance productivity and provide suggestions when coding. Begin by creating an account and choose from options for using Replit. Options include personal use, work, or education as a teacher or student. After setting up your class account, choose the +Create Repl and select a template from the programming templates offered. Use the code editor to write code and receive suggestions from Replit when creating games, text, websites, and more. Invite others to join you on Replit to collaborate and work together on your coding project. When complete, use the Deploy icon to produce a stable public version of your product.

tag(s): artificial intelligence (79), coding (87), STEM (255)

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Use Replit to create simple tests, review student work, and provide feedback. Share Replit with students who enjoy coding as a resource for learning new skills and increasing their understanding of different coding platforms. Use Replit as part of an after-school club activity for students to collaborate to create games, applications, and more. Ask students who work with Replit to provide tutorials and share their projects by creating videos made with Free Online Screen Recorder, reviewed here and share on your class website.

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The AI Education Project (aiEDU) - Alex Kotran

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aiEDU offers information, activities, and toolkits for students, educators, and parents to learn about and interact with AI tools and become AI literate. Visit "Learn" to try AI challenges...more
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aiEDU offers information, activities, and toolkits for students, educators, and parents to learn about and interact with AI tools and become AI literate. Visit "Learn" to try AI challenges such as "Can you design 10 ways to fool your phone's face recognition?" The "Teach AI" section includes an Introduction to AI curriculum for high school students, a project dashboard, and AI Snapshots featuring 180 5-minute teacher-led warmup activities for middle and high school students. Other offerings for educators include professional development sessions, printable AI toolkits, and an Educators' Newsletter.

tag(s): artificial intelligence (79), ethics (23), professional development (379)

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Take advantage of the many offerings of aiEDU to develop a foundational knowledge of AI literacy and teach students how to interact productively and safely with AI tools. Many lessons and activities are available with options for teacher-led or independent student activities. Share these lessons with students to complete as independent learning projects or flipped lessons based on student interests. For example, share "Picturing the Future of Medicine" with students interested in medical careers and have students interested in government complete "The 29 AIs of Washington" lesson. Each self-guided study is approximately 3-5 hours long. Include the short AI Snapshots activities into classroom lessons on ethics and morals and teach how to debate complex topics respectfully.
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Cracking the Code: Coding in the Classroom - TeachersFirst

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Cracking the Code is part of TeachersFirst Help! I Lost My Library/Media Specialist series reviewed here and provides book suggestions and activities...more
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Cracking the Code is part of TeachersFirst Help! I Lost My Library/Media Specialist series reviewed here and provides book suggestions and activities to support students in learning about basic coding, including as a means to extend learning in content areas. This article provides background knowledge on valuable life skills learned by coding, such as problem-solving and critical thinking. Next, the activities section includes a suggested list of picture books and activities that engage students in learning about and practicing coding skills. The extension activities include ideas for using coding skills in content and discusses possible resources for grants and scholarships as a fundraising option for bringing robots into the classroom as a coding experience. Content on this site includes correlations to ISTE and AASL standards.

tag(s): book lists (158), coding (87), professional development (379), STEM (255)

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Include the suggested books and activities with your current lessons on coding. If you are new to coding, begin by offering activities found at Hour of Code, reviewed here. Although Hour of Code is an annual event held each December, the activities are always available, including options for beginners through advanced coders. Encourage your more tech-savvy students to become instructors and provide tutorials for their peers. Ask them to use a screen recording tool like Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here, to create short instructional videos demonstrating different methods for creating code.

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STEM - STEAM - STREAM Resources - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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If you are still getting familiar with STEM (STEAM or STREAM), learn all about them through the resources in this collection. What we once referred to as STEM (educational curriculum...more
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If you are still getting familiar with STEM (STEAM or STREAM), learn all about them through the resources in this collection. What we once referred to as STEM (educational curriculum that combines science, technology, engineering, and math) has evolved into STEAM and now STREAM. STEAM includes the original four areas and has integrated art into the mix. STREAM takes it further and adds a layer of reading and writing. You will find helpful information about STEM, STEAM, and STREAM in this collection. In addition, we have curated web resources for all grade levels to help as you plan your activities (lesson plans, interactives, and more).

tag(s): engineering (117), STEM (255)

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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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Be MediaWise - Lessons to Teach Media Literacy - PBS Learning Media

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Be MediaWise--Lessons to Teach Media Literacy is a series of media literacy lessons designed to teach students to fact-check information found online. The collection consists of engaging...more
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Be MediaWise--Lessons to Teach Media Literacy is a series of media literacy lessons designed to teach students to fact-check information found online. The collection consists of engaging videos featuring teens evaluating various online sources. The videos are short and give relevant examples of how to evaluate posts on social media, spot satire, and identify content that may be created by artificial intelligence.

tag(s): critical thinking (112), media literacy (102), social media (53)

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Teach your middle and high school students how to critically evaluate information with each video's downloadable lesson plans, handouts, and slide decks. Lessons include evaluating actual posts on social media, video, and news sites. Create deeper understanding and extend learning by having your students create "social media" posts using tools such as Canva for Education, reviewed here, or Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education, reviewed here, then, evaluate classmates' work.

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TEACHFLIX - Ditch That Textbook

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Teaching with videos engages and excites students, but finding the right video takes time. TEACHFLIX is a curated collection of videos shared by classroom teachers to put to immediate...more
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Teaching with videos engages and excites students, but finding the right video takes time. TEACHFLIX is a curated collection of videos shared by classroom teachers to put to immediate use in class. Begin by browsing by grade level or content area. If browsing by grade level, open up your choice to view all videos or narrow your selection by specific topics. No registration is required; however, sign up with your email to receive the Teaching with TEACHFLIX ebook to download, which includes suggestions and activities to use with videos. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): coding (87), computational thinking (41), computers (105), digital citizenship (83), engineering (117), problem solving (225), social and emotional learning (74), STEM (255), video (253), virtual field trips (79)

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Use this curated collection of videos to engage students in lessons in all subjects. Use EdPuzzle, reviewed here, to enhance the video content by adding comments, questions, and more within the video. Create interactive lessons with videos from this collection, formative assessments, and other interactive content using Pear Deck, reviewed here, to present material in a deeper, more robust manner. Upon completion of your lesson, extend learning by asking students to share their learning using a simple web page builder such as Straw.Page, reviewed here.

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Hour of Code - Code.org

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Join students around the globe each December to participate in Hour of Code activities. This year, Hour of Code is incorporating AI (Artificial Intelligence) with Non-AI into the program;...more
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Join students around the globe each December to participate in Hour of Code activities. This year, Hour of Code is incorporating AI (Artificial Intelligence) with Non-AI into the program; it's your choice which one in which to participate. This site provides all the information needed to get started and join the annual celebration. Register your event to be included in the global map of events, receive updates, and obtain help finding a local software engineer to inspire students. View the activities area to find beginner and "comfortable" coding activities for preschool through high school-aged students. Use filters to find exercises by content area, type of coding language, and lesson length, and choose from self-led activities or lesson plans. Additional options found at Hour of Code provide detailed information on planning and promoting your Hour of Code event to encourage participation and excitement within your classroom. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): coding (87), computational thinking (41), computers (105), preK (254), problem solving (225), STEM (255), Teacher Utilities (143)

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Use information on this site to plan and prepare for Hour of Code events at school and within your classroom. Create excitement for your upcoming event by engaging students during the days leading up to your Hour of Code by asking them to share ideas about coding using a word cloud created with Answer Garden, reviewed here. For example, create a word cloud that asks students to provide a short response to the question, "What is Creativity?" Extend student learning after your Hour of Code by providing various coding resources to try during computer centers or as an at-home activity. Ask students to reflect upon their coding experience using Canva Comic Strip Templates, reviewed here, to share their feelings about participating in Hour of Code. Extend learning by creating infographics and asking students to create and share information about coding and computer science careers. Infogram, reviewed here, and Genially, reviewed here, provide easy-to-use infographic creators that include many templates to use as a starting point.

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Try an Hour of Code with Khan Academy - Khan Academy

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3 to 12
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Participate in Hour of Code by selecting from different options provided by Khan Academy. Offerings include drawing with Javascript, using HTML and CSS to make webpages, and an Hour...more
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Participate in Hour of Code by selecting from different options provided by Khan Academy. Offerings include drawing with Javascript, using HTML and CSS to make webpages, and an Hour of Databases. All courses introduce beginners to coding through videos, challenges, and a final project. The teachers' guide provides clear guidelines for preparing and implementing Hour of Code activities. In addition, Khan Academy encourages participants to follow up on activities through links to their full coding curriculum.

tag(s): coding (87), computers (105), critical thinking (112), logic (163), STEM (255)

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Although this site is a resource for Hour of Code, it is available at any time. Include the tutorials on classroom computers for students to use during computer center time or as an ongoing STEM activity. Encourage students to revisit lessons and try them again with their newly-found coding skills or ask them to try a different tutorial than the one used during Hour of Code. Ask students to become coding experts by sharing tips and ideas created using a screen recording tool such as Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here. Share the recordings on your class website for students to access from any location. Consider starting a monthly podcast designed by students to share coding tips and suggestions with the larger school community. Buzzsprout, reviewed here, offers up to two hours of free podcast uploads monthly. Hour of Code lessons are supported in many languages, including a transcript option for deaf students. Registration isn't required; however, it allows you to track progress and earn badges on the Khan Academy site.

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iThrive Sim- Digital Simulation Games - ithrive games

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Engage and enhance students' civic and social-emotional (SEL) learning using simulations by iThrive Sim. The simulations are for high school students in social studies, history, and...more
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Engage and enhance students' civic and social-emotional (SEL) learning using simulations by iThrive Sim. The simulations are for high school students in social studies, history, and humanities classes. The digital simulations are designed to support student-driven learning, and the storyline is determined by the actions students take together. The page includes links to three learning scenarios where teachers can preview the game. Registration with a school email address is required to play. The resources on this site are designed for high school students.

tag(s): collaboration (85), flipped learning (9), game based learning (171), Online Learning (39), simulations (8), social and emotional learning (74)

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Teachers can find links to individual games, downloadable curricula for various video games, lesson plans, and teaching resources. These game simulations are designed to build skills in decision-making, understanding bias, compromise, advocacy, and collaboration among students. The games support face-to-face interaction and can also be adapted to the needs of online and hybrid learning environments.

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Password Folder - PasswordFolder.net

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Password Folder allows Windows users to create password-protected folders on their PCs using downloadable software tools. Once downloaded and installed, add a password to protect any...more
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Password Folder allows Windows users to create password-protected folders on their PCs using downloadable software tools. Once downloaded and installed, add a password to protect any folder in three clicks. Begin by selecting the file to download to your device and following the installation and setup directions. Once installed, select any folder and add a password; protected folders turn red and then display a lock icon to indicate they are locked. To open a protected folder, click open as usual and enter the password. Use different passwords for each folder, or select the "One password for all folders" option to lock multiple folders with one password.

tag(s): digital citizenship (83), internet safety (111), Teacher Utilities (143)

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Add Password Folder to your Windows device for many different uses. For example, protect sensitive student files, private data, or financial information. In addition, use a password when sharing files with parents to ensure that only authorized viewers access personal information. Adding a password to folders also provides an extra layer of security if your device is hacked.

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Filter Bubble Trouble - Common Sense Education

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9 to 12
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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 (83), internet safety (111), social and emotional learning (74), social media (53)

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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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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 (102), Research (81)

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

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 (41), Creating Media (5), digital citizenship (83), images (268), professional development (379)

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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 (85), body systems (40), business (48), chinese (44), drawing (60), environment (237), financial literacy (92), french (73), geology (64), japanese (47), latin (22), music theory (45), narrative (15), novels (30), nutrition (133), oceans (144), OER (43), photography (130), plagiarism (32), poetry (187), psychology (67), robotics (22), romeo & juliet (8), short stories (18), sociology (22), space (211), spanish (104), STEM (255), writers workshop (31)

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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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