GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomUse 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.
Grades7 to 12
In the ClassroomInclude 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.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomInclude 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.
Grades8 to 12
In the ClassroomUse 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.
Grades7 to 12
In the ClassroomTake 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.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomUse the information on this site to develop your understanding of AI, along with increasing your awareness of the benefits and negative aspects of AI. Take advantage of the activities shared on More Than Human for students to explore music and art activities. For example, select Create Your Own Artwork to create a Poem Portrait by adding one word to generate an addition to a collective poem or provide students with time to explore 12 Songs Created by Artificial Intelligence. Share articles and experiments with students by creating a Wakelet, reviewed here collection that includes links to materials found on this site and others of your choosing. After exploring the many applications of AI, ask students to debate the pros and cons of using Artificial Intelligence. Visit ProCon,reviewed here and search for artificial intelligence to find a discussion on the pros and cons of AI, along with discussion questions and an extensive resource list to use for research. Ask students to create videos, infographics, or multimedia presentations using Canva Edu, reviewed here to share their knowledge of AI.
Grades7 to 12
In the ClassroomTake advantage of the many free materials offered by SMAP to find lessons and activities to engage students in learning about astronomy research. Share the monthly SMAP schedule with students and invite them to share their learning with peers upon completing the monthly activity by creating a website using Canva for Education, reviewed here using one of the many shared templates. Ask students to include interactive elements found within Canva, such as infographics and quizzes, to engage their audience.
Grades5 to 12
In the ClassroomBookmark and save this site to find engaging science videos and podcasts for virtually any topic. Use the search features found in the Superheroes of Science YouTube channel and podcast page to search for episodes related to your current topic. Share a link to episodes with students to introduce a new topic, as a computer station activity, or as part of a flipped learning lesson. Include videos in lessons created with NearPod, reviewed here and add questions to the videos to enhance student understanding; include short questions in your slide presentation as a formative assessment and a quick option for creating differentiated learning activities. After watching videos and conducting your experiments and lab activities, ask students to create learning videos and podcasts to share with peers demonstrating the science content learned. Buzzsprout, reviewed here is an easy-to-use tool for creating and sharing podcasts, while moovly, reviewed here offers many free resources for creating and sharing engaging videos.
GradesK to 12
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In the ClassroomAdd Fun Stuff for Kids and Teams to your science and art bookmarks to use across many different content areas. For example, one activity is called Journey Through an Exploded Star; share a link to this interactive with students to explore before introducing lessons on stars and supernovas. Ask students to share their learning and add questions using IdeaBoardz, reviewed here. Create an IdeaBoard with two columns (or more if desired), then share the link with students to share information and questions with peers. Encourage student engagement in animal-related learning by introducing them to the Art Meets Science Collections. Afterward, ask students to create multimedia projects incorporating animals as art to showcase scientific concepts like habitats, conservation, and human interactions. Find many different templates and presentation ideas at Genially, reviewed here.
GradesK to 12
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In the ClassroomThis site is a must-have for all science teachers to use to find high-quality lessons and teaching materials. Be sure to visit the Phenomena section to find the Master List of Phenomenon Google Document sharing suggestions for observable science events or find phenomena by grade level. Engage students in learning by sharing videos on this site, then use Edpuzzle, reviewed here to add questions and focus comments to the videos to support student learning. Use the ideas and resources on this site to create flipped and blended learning lessons or to create playlists to encourage student choice of learning activities. Learn more about playlists by viewing the archive of OK2Ask: Playlists to Personalize Learning, reviewed here and learn about choice boards at the OK2Ask archive: Choice Boards for Differentiation Part 1, reviewed here.
Grades2 to 12
In the ClassroomAs the activities are completed, engage students further by using Flip, reviewed here to explain how the concepts in each actiivty could be applied to their favorite music genre. Ask them to comment on the ideas of their classmates, too!
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomUse ClassPoint's tutorials after downloading this tool onto your compatible Windows device to learn how to add quizzes, create word clouds, upload videos, and use the other features available with ClassPoint. Take lessons beyond your typical slide show presentations using ClassPoint's interactive component to engage students and connect learning through multimedia presentations. Insert polls within your slides to gauge students' understanding of the content or ask them to respond to questions throughout the presentation. Use this program when you have to be away from the classroom instead of writing out all the directions for a sub by creating a ready-to-go presentation.
Grades2 to 12
In the ClassroomShare this activity with parents and students to encourage learning over the summer on your class website or end-of-year newsletter. Encourage students to share their activities and to remain active over the summer using Flip, reviewed here. Create a topic for students to share their progress throughout the game and discuss how they complete tasks. For example, one of the coding activities challenges students to create a carnival game in Microsoft MakeCode, reviewed here. Ask students to share and discuss their game in Flip and compare their creations to those of others.
Grades9 to 12
In the ClassroomThe downloadable lesson plan includes four ways to approach teaching about Sally Ride; contributions, additive, transformational, and social action. In addition, the plan consists of links to websites and videos to enhance your instruction. After researching Sally Ride, students can apply their knowledge by creating multimedia presentations using tools such as Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education, reviewed here, Canva for Education, reviewed here, or Microsoft Sway, reviewed here.
In the ClassroomInclude 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.
In the ClassroomBookmark and save this article as a resource for incorporating literature into STEM lessons. Find many more resources at the TeachersFirst STEM-STEAM-STREAM Special Topics Page found here. Engage younger students in learning about the engineering design process by including the BrainPop activity reviewed here as part of a computer learning center. Extend learning for upper elementary and older students by asking them to complete activities found at Teaching NGSS Engineering Design Through Media, reviewed here. This collection includes lessons that include age-appropriate topics, such as how to keep lemonade cool for younger students and designing a smart power grid for high school students.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomWe 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.
GradesK to 12
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In the ClassroomBookmark and save this site as a resource for lessons in many content areas to engage students using popular video clips. All lessons are created as remote learning activities making them easily adaptable for both in-class and out-of-class assignments. Easily find activities to differentiate instruction for different student ability levels by browsing options below or above the student's current grade level. Many lessons include worksheets in PDF format, turn these activities into a digital format by taking a screenshot of the document, then save as the background on Google Slides, reviewed here. Add text boxes in the appropriate place on the slide for students to add responses. Use Pear Deck Flashcard Factory, reviewed here, to create flashcards for students to practice the vocabulary highlighted in each lesson.
Grades6 to 12
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