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Future Ready Schools Planning Dashboard - Future Ready Schools

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Future Ready Schools Planning Dashboard provides a 5-step framework for technology planning for district teams. The framework starts with guidelines and planning assistance and advances...more
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Future Ready Schools Planning Dashboard provides a 5-step framework for technology planning for district teams. The framework starts with guidelines and planning assistance and advances to creating your district team. Additional steps guide you through assessing the district's current readiness and moves toward the final goal of creating an ongoing future-ready plan that is in line with district goals. All work is created and shared within a password-protected format using templates and other tools provided within the dashboard.

tag(s): collaboration (51), data (156), Teacher Utilities (77)

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Take advantage of this free online tool to guide your district toward planning and implementing your technology plan. Share with administrators as an option for use with your technology committee. As you gather and share information with your community and staff to use in your guide, consider using a collaboration tool like Padlet, reviewed here. Use Padlet to share technology options with the community and gather comments. Create another Padlet to gather comments and ideas from staff. When considering more complex ideas during your planning, use FlipGrid, reviewed here, to create and share video discussions. Use Flipgrid's MixTape feature to build a "mix" of responses to highlight and share. Help build community support for your technology plan by creating ongoing podcasts using Anchor, reviewed here. Share podcasts with your community throughout the planning process to discuss ideas, update listeners on your goals and progress, and to compare and contrast options considered for your plan.
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OK2Ask: Fostering Accountability: Media Literacy in the Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from May 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. As digital media increasingly replaces traditional media, students must have...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from May 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. As digital media increasingly replaces traditional media, students must have the skills to think critically about these new types of texts. Media literacy - the ability to skillfully read and write in a wide range of message forms - allows students to identify themes and issues emerging from popular culture. Media literacy standards have been incorporated across content areas and grade levels in all 50 states. Join us to learn more about this information age survival skill. Participants will: 1. Understand the importance of teaching media literacy in the classroom; 2. Explore media literacy resources; and 3. Learn to use the 5 key questions of media literacy when planning lessons. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): digital citizenship (72), media literacy (71)

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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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Nova Labs - PBS

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6 to 12
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Engage in authentic scientific exploration with the games and interactives offered through Nova Labs. Engage in lab topics of cybersecurity, evolution, RNA, clouds, energy, and the...more
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Engage in authentic scientific exploration with the games and interactives offered through Nova Labs. Engage in lab topics of cybersecurity, evolution, RNA, clouds, energy, and the sun. Each interactive includes a collection of videos providing background information. The site also shares educator guides specific to each lab with strategies for use.

tag(s): cells (101), critical thinking (118), energy (212), evolution (104), internet safety (120), Research (11), solar energy (38), sun (72), weather (210)

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Nova Labs provide many opportunities for engaging students in authentic learning situations. Consider using this site as an introduction to any of the included topics. For example, begin your energy unit by assigning the energy lab as homework or as a flipped learning activity. Watch the introductory video together, then allow students to explore the site on their own. Use Playposit, reviewed here, extend technology use by adding questions and student responses to videos to encourage critical thinking skills. Have students share their learning after participating in the lab by annotating images using ThingLink, reviewed here. Thinglink presents a variety of levels for technology use depending on teacher requirements for the project, or even student ability; it allows for adding narration, videos, text, and links to help explain the project. Ask tech-savvy students to create their own learning games with Scratch, reviewed here, using information learned from their research.
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Blockly - Google

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Blockly is an open source library of drag and drop blocks to use for generating computer codes. Use each block to stack and add information to create code in an ...more
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Blockly is an open source library of drag and drop blocks to use for generating computer codes. Use each block to stack and add information to create code in an infinite number of ways. After creating your work using Blockly, use the drop-down box to view and copy the code in JavaScript, Python, and other coding formats. For full instructions on using Blockly, be sure to follow the link for Guides at the top of the Blockly home page.

Blockly is an open source library of drag and drop blocks to use for generating computer codes. Use each block to stack and add information to create code in an infinite number of ways. After creating your work using Blockly, use the drop-down box to view and copy the code in JavaScript, Python, and other coding formats. For full instructions on using Blockly, be sure to follow the link for Guides at the top of the Blockly home page.

tag(s): coding (77), computers (100), game based learning (148), STEM (201)

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Use Blockly as an interesting way to introduce coding to your class for beginners and experienced coders. Display Blockly on your interactive whiteboard or projector as you explore the different features of the site, then have students create and explore on their own. To generate ideas on how to use Blockly, have students practice using Blockly at Blockly Games, reviewed here. After school clubs and activities can use Blockly to learn to code. Use this tool with gifted students for a great challenge. Set up a coding activity center for interested students when they finish class work or for rainy days and snow days. Share this link on your class website for students to access both in and out of the classroom.
 

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Online Teen Safety - StaySafe.org

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This guide shares online safety suggestions for teens and parents by providing basic facts and advice. Starting with tips for protecting hardware and devices from viruses and malware...more
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This guide shares online safety suggestions for teens and parents by providing basic facts and advice. Starting with tips for protecting hardware and devices from viruses and malware the site guides readers through a variety of valuable information. Additional topics include social media, scams and online shopping, and online bullying. Although the site lacks a lot of bells and whistles, it offers a great deal of information related to online safety and provides a starting point for further research.

tag(s): cyberbullying (46), internet safety (120)

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Include the information from this site with your other resources for teaching about online safety. Instead of creating a list of links for students, share safety tips with students by replacing the list using a bookmarking tool like Padlet, reviewed here, to share all resources including videos, websites, and more in one place. Invite students to add their own resources to the Padlet as a collaborative activity on internet safety. Create quizzes using Baamboozle, reviewed here, as a formative assessment during your online safety unit. Baamboozle is a quick and easy quiz creation tool to replace paper and pencil. Divide the class into groups to research the different topics found on this site then let them create their own Baamboozle quizzes for their classmates. Instead of teaching online safety in individual lessons, consider using Symbaloo Learning Paths, reviewed here, to create a learning path including all of your lessons. Have students follow at their own pace and use tools with the Learning Paths to offer differentiation for the abilities and interests of your students. To modify learning and further challenge students, have them create their own internet safety Learning Paths for classmates to complete.

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Fake It To Make It Game - Amanda Warner

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Learn about how and why fake news is created and distributed with this game where players earn money by spreading false news. Begin by selecting a guide for the game ...more
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Learn about how and why fake news is created and distributed with this game where players earn money by spreading false news. Begin by selecting a guide for the game and choosing a financial goal. Follow the game to create your site and choose from different payment and options for monetizing information, while at the same time working toward optimum credibility. As the game continues, players select options for sharing their fake news to gain the maximum number of shares and likes. Throughout the game, follow your progress to your financial goal chosen at the beginning of the activity.

tag(s): journalism (62), news (257), newspapers (99), problem solving (293)

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More than ever, understanding the use of media to manipulate readers is a critical skill. Use this game as a supplement to lessons on verifying news sources and fact-checking. Help students discover trigger words found in fake news articles by creating lists of sensational words. Replace word lists with a word cloud creator like Wordsift, reviewed here, to help visualize the use of trigger words found in online news. Have students find fake news online to analyze for misrepresentations of facts. Instead of doing this as a pencil and paper project, ask students to transform their learning and use ThingLink, reviewed here, to share an image of the article and add links, images, and videos to "debunk" false information. As students become more familiar with recognizing fake news, have them use a comic creation tool like ToonyTool, reviewed here, to modify their learning by creating single frame cartoons with tips for avoiding false information then share these comics on your class or school webpage.

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Project Look Sharp - Project Look Sharp, Ithaca College

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Project Look Sharp promotes media literacy education and critical thinking skills through the offering of curriculum kits for classrooms in grades K-12. The free kits include teacher...more
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Project Look Sharp promotes media literacy education and critical thinking skills through the offering of curriculum kits for classrooms in grades K-12. The free kits include teacher guides, handouts, assessments, and correlating digital media. Browse through all available kits, or filter by grade level or Common Core Standard. Each kit is available for download in its entirety or download individual lessons as desired; registration is required. Lesson contents cover a variety of topics including Global Warming, Presidential Campaigns, and Social Justice. Be sure to look through other sections of the site including professional development information and links to handouts from Project Look Sharp's presentations.

tag(s): american revolution (88), climate change (73), critical thinking (118), environment (322), martin luther king (37), media literacy (71), middle east (43), nutrition (156), OER (26), presidents (132), russia (35), social media (37)

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Become acquainted with these free curriculum kits and lessons to integrate media literacy within content already taught in the classroom. As you teach lessons found on the site, incorporate technology to enhance learning and build student understanding. Use Word Writer, reviewed here, to introduce and develop vocabulary during individual activities. This tool allows you to enhance classroom technology use and create assignments using individual vocabulary lists then provide feedback and options for student revisions and peer feedback. Incorporate images with annotations to help students understand "big picture" ideas using ThingLink, reviewed here. For younger students create a ThingLink together as a class to add text, video, and more to images. Ask older students to create their own ThingLink sharing information learned throughout your lessons. Be sure to share all of your images on your class website for students to view at any time. To transform classroom technology use and as a culminating activity, use a digital book creation tool like Book Creator, reviewed here, as an alternative assessment to quizzes or tests. Include student-created writing, ThingLink images, and add videos with student commentary within each book. Be sure to provide students with your rubric to use as a guide before turning in digital books. Find many ideas for implementing rubrics for assessment along with examples and online tools at TeachersFirst Rubrics to the Rescue, reviewed here. Whether students work individually or in groups, be sure to share your new digital library related to your lesson topic with students to review and revisit at any time!
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Browse Happy - WordPress

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Do you ever wonder if you have the latest updates to your Browser? Do you know about the different browsers available for use? Browse Happy provides the answers for you. ...more
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Do you ever wonder if you have the latest updates to your Browser? Do you know about the different browsers available for use? Browse Happy provides the answers for you. Click on any of the browsers shared on the site to visit their website to download the latest version.

tag(s): browser (9)

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Keeping your browsers updated helps to provide the latest security for your computers. Use this site to discover the most popular browsers available. Download different browsers to compare and contrast features to find the one that is most user-friendly for your needs.

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Center for News Literacy - Stony Brook University

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The Center for News Literacy provides articles and courses to teach news literacy. Defined as learning critical thinking skills to judge the reliability and credibility of information...more
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The Center for News Literacy provides articles and courses to teach news literacy. Defined as learning critical thinking skills to judge the reliability and credibility of information received, this site serves to help students and educators learn to evaluate materials from any source. Select from the courses offered including Deconstructing a Viral Video and Who Decides What is Newsworthy? The Course Packs include PowerPoint presentations with lesson materials along with final quizzes.

tag(s): internet safety (120), journalism (62), news (257), newspapers (99)

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Bookmark this site to stay up to date on the latest information on news literacy. Take advantage of the free lessons and courses to include with your lessons on evaluating news and news sources. Ask students to review online news and take notes with a tool such as Webnote, reviewed here; tell students to be sure to save the URL to share their notes and questions with you and their peers. Ask students to create a screencast using Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here. In their screencast ask them to share different online articles and compare and contrast information shared by different sources. Share with parents as a resource for finding information to discuss with their student regarding the reliability of information and sources.

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Quick, Draw! - Google

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Can this site guess what you are drawing? Find out with Quick, Draw! Select the Let's Draw! button to begin. Draw the item listed in 20 seconds or less and ...more
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Can this site guess what you are drawing? Find out with Quick, Draw! Select the Let's Draw! button to begin. Draw the item listed in 20 seconds or less and find out if their neural network recognizes your doodles. After six drawings, view how well this site identifies your work. Click on any of your drawings to see how others drew the same thing. Be sure to take a look at the link to the world's largest doodling set to observe other pictures and learn about the scientific research behind the doodles.

tag(s): computers (100), drawing (72), keyboarding (40)

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Share this site with younger students to practice computer mouse skills. In art class, have students use this site to draw different images quickly, then have them use the links to view how others drew them. Discuss as a class what parts of drawings are essential in making the item identifiable.

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Patches - vizorvr

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Design and create WebVR and WebGL experiences without writing code using Patches. Patches offers over 350 options from simple programming to more complex options. Learn more about how...more
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Design and create WebVR and WebGL experiences without writing code using Patches. Patches offers over 350 options from simple programming to more complex options. Learn more about how to use the site and explore ideas by browsing the sample projects and viewing tutorials on the site's YouTube and Vimeo channels.

tag(s): coding (77), creativity (117), virtual field trips (53)

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Share Patches with your students who are familiar with virtual reality and coding to use to expand their ability to create vr experiences. For those not familiar with this technology, consider beginning with the Vizor 360 link located at the bottom of the home page. Use this tool to drag, drop, and create 360 interactive experiences of any location. Begin by creating a virtual tour of your classroom together and sharing on your class website. Be sure to take advantage of the many tutorials found on the site to help you and your students to get started or work through problems along the way. Begin using the WebVR portion of the site by sharing examples with students on your interactive whiteboard to demonstrate the different ways the tool has been used. Have students choose one of the tools, then use the edit feature to make changes. After exploring options in the available projects, have students create their own project from the beginning. Instead of assigning written reports, or craft projects, offer students the option to create an experience using Patches to demonstrate landforms, types of plants, or a virtual scene from a novel. Have students explain their finished project using Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here. Ask students to share challenges faced in making their projects and how they were able to resolve their issues along the way.

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Coding Resources - TeachersFirst

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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students learn about coding, and for use as a guide for finding the appropriate tools for use...more
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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students learn about coding, and for use as a guide for finding the appropriate tools for use with all grade and skill levels. Nurture problem solving, logic, and creativity. Find resources for just one hour of code or for use as ongoing technology lessons.

tag(s): coding (77), computational thinking (33), critical thinking (118), design (89), problem solving (293), STEM (201)

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Explore these resources for use with after-school computer clubs or as an excellent tool when recruiting skilled parent volunteers. Turn the intimidating content of computer programming into an exciting learning adventure for all with these helpful sites!

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Turtle Academy - TurtleAcademy

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Turtle Academy offers lessons in LOGO programming language for beginner programmers. Select the lessons link to begin and follow lesson activities. For those with some programming experience,...more
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Turtle Academy offers lessons in LOGO programming language for beginner programmers. Select the lessons link to begin and follow lesson activities. For those with some programming experience, this site allows you to select any portion of lessons as a starting point. In addition to lessons, take advantage of Turtle Academy's playground to create, share, and save programs.
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tag(s): coding (77), computers (100), logic (250), STEM (201)

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Share Turtle Academy with students as part of a computer coding center. The ability to select different portions of lessons makes this a great tool for both novice and experienced programmers. Ask more proficient students to become advisors to newer programmers and share their knowledge and skills. Begin using this site by demonstrating lessons and activities on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector. Modify student learning and understanding by asking them to create video explainers for different skills using a tool like Rawshorts, reviewed here, then share videos on your class website for student use at any time. Looking for other coding activities for your classroom? Find more at TeachersFirst's Coding in the Classroom special topic page.

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Stay Safe Online - Stay Safe Online - NCSA

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Stay Safe Online offers resources to help keep yourself, others, and your computer safe online. Visit the Resources page to find infographics, videos, logos and graphics and more. Click...more
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Stay Safe Online offers resources to help keep yourself, others, and your computer safe online. Visit the Resources page to find infographics, videos, logos and graphics and more. Click Stop.Think.Connect in the upper left corner of the menu to take you to page with tips and advice and even more resources. The tips and advice include Safety Tips for Mobile Devices (in many languages), doing a Digitial Spring Cleaning (with a checklist), What LGBTQ Communities Should Know About Online Safety, and many other practical tips about taxes, shopping online, Cyber Trip Adviser, etc. Before doing a task online, double check with Stay Safe Online and fight off the dark side of the web by using good cyber habits!

tag(s): digital citizenship (72), internet safety (120)

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Introduce this site or the accompanying pages of Stop.Think.Connect to show students how to navigate the resources. Then, allow pairs or small groups to choose from the tips and advice for further study and exploration. As a substitute for handwritten notes, have students document their learning and understanding by taking notes online with SuperNotecard, reviewed here. SuperNotecard can then be turned into a storyboard and used to create a multimedia digital story for students' siblings, parents, and peers. Show your students how to embed media modifying their work into a true digital story with one of these tools (click on the tool name to access the review): PicLits, Adobe Spark For Education, Plotagon, and My Simpleshow.

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Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative (ESCEI) - Air Force Association

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The ESCEI is part of the Air Force Associations CyberPatriot program. On this page find and download a kit with everything you need for teaching your K-6 students about digital ...more
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The ESCEI is part of the Air Force Associations CyberPatriot program. On this page find and download a kit with everything you need for teaching your K-6 students about digital safety! Fill out the registration form and submit. You will quickly receive a link for downloading the kit which needs to be un-zipped and takes about five minutes. You'll find cover letters to parents, guardians, and educators, three interactive learning modules about online safety and cybersecurity principles, slides for classroom instruction, and a complete instructors guide (with descriptions for each module, vocabulary, games to print, and more). Students will learn basic computing skills to how to deal with complex issues like phishing and malware. Be sure to see the supplemental activities and videos. Though the lessons are labeled up to sixth grade, they are adaptable for eighth grade and ninth grade.

From this landing page also find the home page with all the information about CyberPatriot and check out the competitions that are for middle school, high school, and beyond. CyberPatriot brings you these real-world competitions in conjunction with the Cisco Networking Challenge. There is online training for competitors. Videos on this site reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): computers (100), cyberbullying (46), digital citizenship (72), internet safety (120), STEM (201)

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Include materials from this site with any lessons or units for on online safety. For basic technology integration have younger students use a video response tool like FlipGrid, reviewed here, to reflect on their learning and share tips for their peers. Older students could use Flipgrid, too, or to take technology integration to the next level have students take notes about what they are learning about cyber safety using a tool like SuperNotecard, reviewed here. Next, have small groups of students share and compare their notes. Students can then use their notes as a storyboard to organize a presentation for their peers sharing safety tips. With their storyboards students or student groups can create online books sharing cybersafety tips using Book Creator, reviewed here. Book Creator includes tools for making digital books that include images, text, and audio recordings. As a modification to the above, instead of using Book Creator, challenge students to create a multimedia presentation with a tool like Genial.ly, reviewed here, or Powtoon, reviewed here. Include links to learning modules on a bookmarking tool like Symbaloo, reviewed here, on classroom computers for students to easily access materials.

High school students and your tech-savvy middle school students may be interested in the competitions where they will focus on network security. The competition would be very good for the student who thinks they would like a career in IT or computer science.
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OK2Ask: Transform Your Lessons Plans with TeachersFirst and SAMR - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from September 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Technology in the classroom can foster engagement and higher order thinking....more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from September 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Technology in the classroom can foster engagement and higher order thinking. When strategically infused into lesson plans designed with sound instructional practices, technology can provide challenging, collaborative, and creative experiences. Learn how to transform your lesson plans by applying the SAMR Model in conjunction with resources available on the TeachersFirst website. Participants will: 1. Understand the SAMR Model and its importance to the lesson planning process; 2. Locate resources within TeachersFirst that support lesson planning in your content area; and 3. Plan to use TeachersFirst's resources and the SAMR Model in combination to plan effective technology-infused lessons. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

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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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Microsoft Virtual Academy - Microsoft

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Find free online training for a variety of skills and products, delivered by experts in the field, at Microsoft Virtual Academy. Choose from the many courses offered for developers,...more
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Find free online training for a variety of skills and products, delivered by experts in the field, at Microsoft Virtual Academy. Choose from the many courses offered for developers, IT pros, and data pros by topic or product. Some options include beginner courses and learning paths for students interested in technology careers. Participate in courses by viewing a series of videos then completing a final course assessment.

tag(s): computers (100), Microsoft (65), OER (26), STEM (201)

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Share the Virtual Academy with students interested in learning more about technology and considering careers in computer programming. Have students choose courses of interest to complete on their own as part of a computer technology course. Share with the leader of after-school computer clubs to supplement their current material.

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Microsoft MakeCode - Microsoft

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Learn computer science through hands-on learning projects for all ages at Microsoft MakeCode. Take advantage of project ideas to inspire computing projects for your classroom. Introductory...more
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Learn computer science through hands-on learning projects for all ages at Microsoft MakeCode. Take advantage of project ideas to inspire computing projects for your classroom. Introductory courses for middle school students teach the basics of coding and beyond. Learn more through live sessions offered weekly by Microsoft team editors as they share tips for using different editing programs. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): coding (77), makerspace (27), Microsoft (65), STEM (201)

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Make use of the resources offered by Microsoft to share with your students as they learn how to code. Share project ideas with students and include materials for them to create their projects as part of makerspace activities. Have students take pictures of their creation and enhance their learning by using ThingLink, reviewed here, to add audio to describe their creative process. Add images to your class website as part of your student work gallery. Challenge students to redefine learning by using Sway, reviewed here, to create an online multimedia page including images, video, and text to describe, evaluate, and share their work with coding projects. Include project ideas from the site and set up a makerspace during open house events at your school.

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Web Cultures Web Archive - Library of Congress

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The Library of Congress offers this collection to document and share information on emerging cultural traditions on the web. Information includes communication created through the use...more
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The Library of Congress offers this collection to document and share information on emerging cultural traditions on the web. Information includes communication created through the use of technology including GIFs, memes, online communities, emojis, and slang. Browse the site to view current entries or use the filters to sort by date or title. Other links allow users to find information on specific topics or languages.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (132), cultures (114), digital citizenship (72), STEM (201)

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Include this Library of Congress collection with your other resources shared with students for research. Consider using Padlet, reviewed here, to share resources with students. Sort information by topic and add notes then embed your Padlet onto your class website for student use. After studying information found on this site, ask students to create a short animated video using a tool like Powtoon, reviewed here, to compare and contrast the cultures of different time periods or countries.

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Citizenship in the Digital Age (Infographic) - Diana Fingal

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Discover the parallels and differences between a good citizen and a good digital citizen with this interesting infographic. The nine points shared compare the hallmarks of good citizenship...more
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Discover the parallels and differences between a good citizen and a good digital citizen with this interesting infographic. The nine points shared compare the hallmarks of good citizenship to the similar applications in digital citizenship. Be sure to check out the related links shared on this page to learn more about promoting good digital citizenship.

tag(s): cyberbullying (46), digital citizenship (72), infographics (51), internet safety (120)

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Share this infographic on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector with students as part of ongoing discussions on becoming good digital citizens. Ask students to create their own infographics using Canva Infographic Creator, reviewed here, to share different components of online safety and responsibility. Consider having groups of students create weekly podcasts sharing tips and information on digital citizenship. Podcast Generator, reviewed here, is a free tool for creating and sharing podcasts.

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