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Media Literacy - TeachersFirst

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Peruse this curated list to find resources related to media literacy. Media literacy is a set of skills that help people to analyze, evaluate, and create messages in a wide ...more
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Peruse this curated list to find resources related to media literacy. Media literacy is a set of skills that help people to analyze, evaluate, and create messages in a wide variety of media modes, genres, and formats. To become media literate, students must learn to raise the right questions about what they are listening to, watching, or reading. Media literacy education is about helping students become competent, critical, and literate in all media forms so that they can appropriately interpret what they see or hear rather than blindly accepting what they are told. This collection of resources includes lesson ideas, activities, and resources for teaching media literacy skills. Be sure also to check out the media literacy professional learning resources.

tag(s): critical thinking (103), cyberbullying (41), digital citizenship (79), evaluating sources (13), internet safety (108), media literacy (90), news (230), primary sources (104), professional development (315), social media (46)

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Today's messages come in many forms and literacy can no longer refer simply to the ability to read and write. Prepare your students to be literate citizens with this collection. Many are ideal for whole-group instruction, while others would work best on individual devices. Read the reviews to find classroom use ideas with each review. Although the list of tools is mainly geared towards grades 4-8, there are a few resources for the primary grades.

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TechTerms Computer Dictionary - Sharpened Productions

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6 to 12
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Expert and newbie tech users will appreciate this dictionary providing definitions of Internet and computer terms in easy to understand language. Search for any phrase or word or browse...more
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Expert and newbie tech users will appreciate this dictionary providing definitions of Internet and computer terms in easy to understand language. Search for any phrase or word or browse through recent additions to the dictionary. In addition to the dictionary, this site includes monthly quizzes. Choose the quizzes link to access archives dating back to 2011.
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tag(s): computers (96), dictionaries (47), quizzes (82), STEM (223)

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Save this site on your computer and student computers to quickly look up any technology terms. Have students create online posters individually or together as a class sharing technology terms using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard, reviewed here, or PicLits, reviewed here. Consolidate information learned from the site to create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. Take your student's learning to a higher level and ask them to create commercials or short video discussions of technology using a tool such as Powtoon, reviewed here, then share them using a tool such as SchoolTube, reviewed here.

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Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers - Michael A. Caulfield

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Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers is a timely ebook containing strategies for determining the truth of online statements. Each chapter discusses specific information on how to...more
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Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers is a timely ebook containing strategies for determining the truth of online statements. Each chapter discusses specific information on how to find deleted pages, who paid for a website, and using context clues to determine truthfulness in statements.

tag(s): ebooks (34), internet safety (108)

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Include this ebook with your resources when teaching online safety to students. Share a link on your class website or newsletter for parents. The short chapters work well with providing a lesson of the week with different techniques for determining the validity of web content. Share portions of the book on your interactive whiteboard or projector during classroom discussion. Use your smart board tools to highlight important content as you take a look at online information together as a class. No smart board? No problem! Use your projector and eMargin, reviewed here, to highlight and annotate as a class. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, to compare and contrast different versions of an online article. When finished, have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools to share their research into online information. Some tool suggestions are (click on the tool name to access the review): Visme, Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education, Kizoa, and My Simpleshow.

As an ongoing activity have students create blogs sharing online safety tips using Telegra.ph, here. There is no registration with Telegra.ph, and you'll get a unique URL for sharing. With Telegra.ph you just click on an icon to upload images from your computer, add a YouTube or Vimeo, or Twitter links.

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Typing Trainer - Typing Master, Inc

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K to 12
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Typing Trainer provides a variety of games and activities using a step-by-step approach to keyboarding and typing skills. Each lesson includes skills practice, a review including targeted...more
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Typing Trainer provides a variety of games and activities using a step-by-step approach to keyboarding and typing skills. Each lesson includes skills practice, a review including targeted practice, and a final skills test.
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tag(s): game based learning (171), keyboarding (29)

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This site includes many ads. Before having students use the tools on their own, share this site on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector and demonstrate how to avoid the advertisements. Once students understand how to use the site, share a link on classroom computers and your class website for individual practice. Challenge students to increase typing speed and create a spreadsheet to record progress. Convert spreadsheets into a more visual table format using Tableizer, reviewed here. Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts with a typing tip of the week to share with the class. Use a site such as podOmatic, reviewed here. Be sure they type their script ahead of time!

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Metaverse Studio - Google, Magic Leap, BuzzFeed, MySpace, and Fujitsu

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Metaverse Studio makes it easy for anyone to create augmented reality experiences. Create your account to begin then use Metaverse components to arrange items on your storyboard and...more
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Metaverse Studio makes it easy for anyone to create augmented reality experiences. Create your account to begin then use Metaverse components to arrange items on your storyboard and connect without coding. Share completed projects with a QR code, link, or social media options to play using the Metaverse app. Be sure to watch the welcome tutorial for an overview of features and capabilities of Metaverse Studio. Videos reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): augmented reality (7), coding (76), creativity (91), design (84), gamification (80), quizzes (82)

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Share Metaverse Studio with students as part of any computer skills class. Ask students to brainstorm ideas to create using this site. Use a tool like Padlet, reviewed here, to share ideas and suggestions. As students become comfortable using this site, have them videotape tips and suggestions for creating experiences using Screencast-o-matic, reviewed here, then share them using a tool such as SchoolTube, reviewed here. Use Metaverse Studio to create engaging games and quizzes for your classroom.

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Microsoft Visual Studio - Microsoft

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Microsoft Visual Studio offers a variety of free tools and services to create and develop apps on any platform. Transform your classroom technology use by downloading Visual Studio...more
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Microsoft Visual Studio offers a variety of free tools and services to create and develop apps on any platform. Transform your classroom technology use by downloading Visual Studio Code and Visual Studio Community, and sign up for a free account on Visual Studio Team Services providing tools and information for integration across platforms. Sign up also for training sessions and additional downloads.

tag(s): coding (76), computers (96), logic (163), Microsoft (75), problem solving (216)

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Share Microsoft Visual with students interested in computer coding. Have students sign up for training that meets their interests. Transform classroom technology use by encouraging students to design apps that help fellow students and others in your school. For example, design an app for tracking assignments or an app for collaborating on school projects.

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Poki Educational Games - Poki

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Poki Educational Games provides an assortment of learning activities in several different subjects. Find interactives by content by choosing from the related categories options on the...more
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Poki Educational Games provides an assortment of learning activities in several different subjects. Find interactives by content by choosing from the related categories options on the the left menu tabs. Categories include interactives in all content areas as well as problem-solving activities and puzzles.
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tag(s): game based learning (171), logic (163), problem solving (216)

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This site contains many advertisements, demonstrate how to avoid the ads on your interactive whiteboard with younger students before independent use. Share links to games on classroom computers and your class website. Share with parents for practice at home. Use Dotstorming, reviewed here, to survey students to see which of several games was a favorite. With Dotstorming students are allowed to vote and make comments. After voting, challenge students to create their own game, similar to the one voted most popular using a tool such as Scratch, reviewed here.

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TypeTastic! - Typing Master, Inc

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Learn letter placement on the keyboard through gameplay with TypeTastic! The site's many free activities teach and practice location of letters on a keyboard through visualization of...more
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Learn letter placement on the keyboard through gameplay with TypeTastic! The site's many free activities teach and practice location of letters on a keyboard through visualization of the board in three different colors. Keyboarding exercises come in three different levels (K-2 Elementary, Upper Elementary, and Middle & High).
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tag(s): game based learning (171), keyboarding (29), preK (246)

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Make a shortcut to this site on classroom computers and use it as a center. Be sure to share a link on your class website or newsletter for students to practice at home.

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Inkscape - The Inkscape Project

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Inkscape is a free vector graphics software program. Download it to your computer using the provided links for different operating systems. Use Inkscape to create icons, logos, maps,...more
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Inkscape is a free vector graphics software program. Download it to your computer using the provided links for different operating systems. Use Inkscape to create icons, logos, maps, and more. The software supports many different file formats and has an extensive set of drawing tools. View the many tutorials found on the site to learn how to use Inkscape and understand the many features available for use. The video tutorials reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): design (84), graphic design (49), images (254)

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Include Inkscape as part of any graphics art program. Allow students to use the program to create digital icons for school projects, logos for athletic teams, or enhance images for school yearbooks.

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RobotBasic - John Blankenship

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RobotBasic is a free program download for robotic simulations. It features the ability to include several different commands and sensors. The program is for both novice and experienced...more
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RobotBasic is a free program download for robotic simulations. It features the ability to include several different commands and sensors. The program is for both novice and experienced programmers, this site includes several video tutorials that begin with the assumption that users don't have any programming experience. Be sure to read all system requirements and necessary information before downloading the program.

tag(s): computers (96), robotics (23)

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Share RobotBasic with students interested in computer programming. Ask proficient programmers to be the "experts" and share how-to activities with other students. Have your experts create short tutorials using a tool like My Simpleshow, reviewed here, and share them using a tool such as SchoolTube, reviewed here.

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C-Stem Studio - UC Davis C-Stem Center

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C-Stem Studio is a software download integrated with learning opportunities for STEM subjects. Videos and interactives provide instruction in math, coding, and robotics. Choose from...more
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C-Stem Studio is a software download integrated with learning opportunities for STEM subjects. Videos and interactives provide instruction in math, coding, and robotics. Choose from the different pages to view information about each program. For those who prefer not to download software; try RoboBlockly. Roboblockly is an online tool for learning to code using drag and drop blocks to move robots. There is a link for RoboBlockly on this site.

tag(s): coding (76), computational thinking (37), game based learning (171), gamification (80), logic (163), problem solving (216), robotics (23), STEM (223)

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Download C-Stem Studio as part of your ongoing STEM and coding instruction. Be sure to follow directions on downloading the correct version and order of downloads. Share activities on your interactive whiteboard or projector, then have students create and explore on their own. After school clubs and activities can use this program 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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Twitter Chat: Coding: Bring it to all Classrooms - TeachersFirst

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Get prepared for the Hour of Code with this archived Twitter chat from November 2017 that will open in Wakelet. Browse the tips, articles, and tools offered by the chat ...more
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Get prepared for the Hour of Code with this archived Twitter chat from November 2017 that will open in Wakelet. Browse the tips, articles, and tools offered by the chat moderators and participants. Through this chat participants will: Share ideas on how to incorporate coding and computer science into all curriculums, learn about the skills coding provides to help students thrive in a digital world, and discuss ed tech tools available to assist with coding in all content areas.

tag(s): coding (76), twitterchatarchive (147)

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Is your class doing the Hour of Code? View this chat yourself or with your colleagues to learn more about this fabulous weeklong event in December. Make coding a regular language in your classroom, stretching past the "hour" in December. Learn about resources (and benefits) for all grades, even kindergarten.

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Edabit - Matt MacPherson

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Learn to code with Edabit and their progressively difficult interactive challenges. Start by using your email to register. Begin with challenges that match your coding skills, then...more
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Learn to code with Edabit and their progressively difficult interactive challenges. Start by using your email to register. Begin with challenges that match your coding skills, then continue learning as you progress through more challenging activities. Each Edabit Challenge includes a problem, practice with code, help resources, and a discussion area. As you complete coding challenges, earn experience points and unlock new skills through real-world situations.

tag(s): coding (76), computational thinking (37), computers (96), critical thinking (103), engineering (111), problem solving (216), STEM (223)

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Coding is an excellent way to teach critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Use this site as homework, a center, or in a lab setting. Activities are self-paced, so differentiation is easy. However, it is still a good idea, if possible, to seat a more experienced computer user with one who is less experienced. Explain to students that coding is a critical skill in today's world filled with technology and will also be a valuable skill in the job market. Many jobs that will require coding do not yet exist. Put a link to this tool on your class website, blog, or wiki.

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Childnet Resources - Childnet International

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Childnet International (was Know IT All Resources) provides Internet safety resources and information for parents and teachers. Support information includes presentations for primary...more
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Childnet International (was Know IT All Resources) provides Internet safety resources and information for parents and teachers. Support information includes presentations for primary and secondary teachers, leaflets for parents, and toolkits including lessons and activities for teaching online safety.

tag(s): cyberbullying (41), internet safety (108)

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Take advantage of the many free resources found on the site including classroom lessons about cyberbullying and Internet safety. Share information with parents on your website or during Open House activities. Redefine learning by having students make a multimedia presentation such as a poster, brochure, or infographic about information learned using Visme, reviewed here.
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The Curious Engineer YouTube Channel - Omkar Bhagat

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The Curious Engineer YouTube Channel provides monthly animated video explanations of the world around us. Browse through to find titles including Why do we add leap seconds? and How...more
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The Curious Engineer YouTube Channel provides monthly animated video explanations of the world around us. Browse through to find titles including Why do we add leap seconds? and How Google Search Works. Most videos run less than 5 minutes in length, providing short, yet interesting explanations of many topics. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable.
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tag(s): birds (42), computers (96), magnetism (34), maps (212), oceans (134), space (206), STEM (223), time (92)

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Share videos with students either on an interactive whiteboard, with a projector, or as a link on your class website. Many of the videos discuss computer programming concepts, making them particularly useful for Computer Science lessons. For more advanced classes, provide time for students to choose a video to view and research the underlying concept. Enhance learning by having students make a multimedia presentation sharing their findings using Slides, reviewed here, if you are starting the process of integrating technology into your classroom. Slides is an easy tool to manage if you are familiar with PowerPoint or Keynote. If you and your students are more advanced with technology, you may want to use a tool such as Canva, reviewed here, for students to create a custom poster, presentation, or flyer for relaying what they discovered.

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KidzType - KidzType

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KidzType contains a full suite of activities for learning and practicing typing skills. Choose from games, keyboarding lessons, typing exercises, or typing practice to begin. Most activities...more
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KidzType contains a full suite of activities for learning and practicing typing skills. Choose from games, keyboarding lessons, typing exercises, or typing practice to begin. Most activities include many competence and grade level choices.
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tag(s): computers (96), game based learning (171), keyboarding (29)

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Use KidzType as a classroom computer center or as a computer lab activity. Challenge students to complete exercises and improve typing speeds. Create a link to the site on your class website for students to practice at home.

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Social Media: Digital Literacy + Citizenship - New York City Department of Education

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Find social media guidelines for students, parents, and educators at this site from the New York City Department of Education. The section for students includes information and activities...more
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Find social media guidelines for students, parents, and educators at this site from the New York City Department of Education. The section for students includes information and activities for students 13 years and older and those younger than 13. For parents, the site details the family's role in responsible social media behavior. Educator information includes staff guidelines as well as teacher guides to student social media.

tag(s): digital citizenship (79), internet safety (108), social media (46)

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Share information from this site with your peers and other staff members as you work to develop guidelines for social media lessons and acceptable use in the classroom. Include a link to this site on your class webpage for parent use at home. During your social media lessons have students share tips and ideas using Padlet, reviewed here. The Padlet application creates free online bulletin boards. Sort ideas on the Padlet into columns based on different social situations, types of online media, or consequences of inappropriate behavior. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create weekly social media advice videos using a tool like My Simpleshow, reviewed here, which is a simple tool to use to modify student technology use. Then share the videos on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here.
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Minecraft Hour of Code Tutorials - code.org

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Use code to make your own Minecraft game or learn the basics of computer coding by moving characters through a Minecraft world with these Hour of Code activities. From the ...more
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Use code to make your own Minecraft game or learn the basics of computer coding by moving characters through a Minecraft world with these Hour of Code activities. From the top of the page choose one of the Minecraft Activities like Voyage Aquatic, Heros Journey, Adventurer, or Designer. These activities teach and reinforce coding skills through the familiar Minecraft game. Scroll down the page to watch one of the inspirational video as an introduction. Free resources include a lesson plan, videos, computer science curriculum, and a teacher training. The free trial is limited by the number of logins and includes 25 for teachers with an Office 365 Education account and 10 for all other users. Trial logins cannot be refreshed.

tag(s): coding (76), computational thinking (37), computers (96), critical thinking (103), design (84), problem solving (216), STEM (223)

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Make coding part of science inquiry or math logic in any classroom. Include it as part of scientific method or discussions about careers in science. You may even want to portray coding as just another "world language" in today's world. Be sure to look at all the implementation advice before introducing these extensive coding resources to your class. It would be wise to complete the Hour of Code yourself, so you will feel comfortable helping students if they get stuck. Better yet, invite a few students to do an hour with you after school and learn together! You will have a team of "techsperts" to help their peers. Plan an hour of Code on nationally designated days or on your own calendar! Invite the PTA/PTO to host a coding event. Select a video from this site to use to introduce Computer Science to your students. If you only have a few computers, introduce this tool using a projector or interactive whiteboard and bookmark it as a learning station with earbuds/headphones. Encourage students to help each other when they have difficulty. Share this on your website for students to use at home, too.

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deseat.me - Wille Dahlbo and Linus Unneback

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K to 12
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Would you like to clean up your online presence? Perhaps you want to know what you signed up for in the past. deseat.me uses your Google email address to find ...more
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Would you like to clean up your online presence? Perhaps you want to know what you signed up for in the past. deseat.me uses your Google email address to find websites you have signed up for and then offers the option to delete or unsubscribe.

tag(s): internet safety (108)

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Include deseat.me with any lessons on cyber safety. Share how the site works on a projector or with an interactive whiteboard as part of your discussions about online safety. Be sure to think carefully about the account you use and preview before sharing with students. After considering the number of sites typical Internet users may have, ask students to research other ways to improve their online presence. At the end of your cyber safety unit have students make a multimedia presentation with online safety suggestions using Genial.ly, reviewed here.

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CSS Reference - cssreference.io

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CSS References is a visual guide to CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). CSS describes how HTML elements display on a screen. Choose from within the guide to view by collections including...more
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CSS References is a visual guide to CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). CSS describes how HTML elements display on a screen. Choose from within the guide to view by collections including animation, backgrounds, and typography. Use the search bar to locate any of 129 properties, or scroll through the list to find your desired content. Each item includes images and descriptions using the correct HTML code.

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Bookmark CSS References on classroom computers for use in computer coding lessons. Be sure to include a link on your class website for students to access from home. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos using Screencastify (Chrome app), reviewed here, demonstrating different techniques. Share them on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here.

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