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OK2Ask: Tech Integration Made Easy with Symbaloo Learning Paths - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from July 2021. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

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Differentiate your instruction by creating interactive gameboard-style virtual lessons with Symbaloo Learning Paths. Create personalized learning pathways infused with formative assessment questions, review material, and branching to allow students to learn at their own speed. Join us and learn how to create a learning path from scratch or by altering one created by another teacher and take advantage of real-time progress data. Don't miss this opportunity to make learning fun and effective for all learners. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn to create a basic Symbaloo Learning Path; 2. Understand how to use Symbaloo Learning Paths to differentiate classroom instruction; and 3. Plan for the use of Symbaloo Learning Paths in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Formative Assessment (35), professional development (253)

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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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Comic Strips Templates - Canva

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Design and share high-quality comic strips using the many free templates from Canva's Comic Strip Templates. Choose from numerous colorful designs in various formats, including single...more
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Design and share high-quality comic strips using the many free templates from Canva's Comic Strip Templates. Choose from numerous colorful designs in various formats, including single strips or comics with multiple frames. Begin by using the dropdown box to find free templates, narrow choices by color if desired. After selecting a template, choose the link to customize. Each template includes several pages that form a complete cartoon, a blank frame, and illustration sets to enter with your design. The share option offers the ability to share creations with others and allow them to edit the comic. When complete, download your finished cartoon to your device as a PDF file or PDF, JPG, or GIF image.

tag(s): comics and cartoons (41), graphic design (46)

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Engage students by using the templates to display the day's vocabulary word, the math puzzle of the week, a concept your students are learning in social studies or science as an example, and engage students. Have students create comic strips for dialog-writing lessons, summarizing, predicting, and retelling stories. Use comic strips for literature responses. For pre-reading students, create a comic of pictures and tell the story based on the pictures/scenes. It's a good idea to require students to create a rough draft of their comic using Printable Comic Strip Templates, reviewed here. Make a class book of the comics created throughout the year. That book is likely to become a class favorite! Use comics to show sequencing of events. When studying characterization, create a dialog to show (not tell) about a character. World language and ENL/ESL teachers can assign students to create dialog strips as an alternate to a traditional assessment. Have students share all of their comics on your interactive whiteboard or projector.

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Nappy - Jacques and Dahcia Bastien

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Nappy provides stunning, high-resolution photographs of black and brown people for free download and use for personal and commercial purposes. Although the Creative Commons license...more
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Nappy provides stunning, high-resolution photographs of black and brown people for free download and use for personal and commercial purposes. Although the Creative Commons license allows the use without attribution, it is always encouraged to provide photo credits when possible. Registration isn't required; browse the site to find images, then download by choosing one of the three image size options. Create a free account to save favorites and create personalized collections of photographs.

tag(s): creative commons (23), diversity (30), images (254), photography (130)

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Bookmark Nappy as a resource for high-quality black and brown images to use throughout the year, be sure to share with students for use in their projects. Use Padlet, reviewed here, or another bookmarking tool to share a variety of free photo and image sites for student use. Ask students to be aware of using diverse images in their work. Use images from this site when making posters with Canva Edu, reviewed here, on web pages created with Carrd, reviewed here, or in digital books published on Book Creator, reviewed here.

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Twitter Chat: Enhance Experiences with G Suite for Education - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from July 2021 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Enhance Experiences with G Suite for Education. During this chat, participants: ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from July 2021 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Enhance Experiences with G Suite for Education. During this chat, participants: 1. Discussed strategies to empower students with Google apps, 2. Explored strategies and resources for using Google apps to enhance instruction, and 3. Shared integration ideas for using Google apps in the classroom.

tag(s): Google (27), twitterchatarchive (115)

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Find resources and information about enhancing student experiences with G Suite for Education. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for strategies and resources on G Suite for Education.

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MyHeritage Deep Nostalgia Photos - MyHeritage

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MyHeritage Deep Nostalgia Photos animates images in photographs that bring still photos to life. These very realistic photographs use artificial intelligence to apply predetermined...more
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MyHeritage Deep Nostalgia Photos animates images in photographs that bring still photos to life. These very realistic photographs use artificial intelligence to apply predetermined motions to facial features that provide an animated experience not possible with still photos. Upload your photo and follow the directions to create an account and save your image. Free accounts include a limited number of uploads.

tag(s): animation (60), images (254)

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Use Deep Nostalgia Photos to upload and animate images of historical figures to use with multimedia projects. Include animated images in student-created projects created with Adobe Spark for Education, reviewed here. Share images as a schema activator when introducing a new unit; for example, find a free Creative Commons image for Harriet Tubman and use it to create an animated image when introducing a unit on the Underground Railroad. Adding the animation brings life to the image and creates interest and engagement for students.

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Twitter Chat: Strategies for Tough Topics in the Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from June 2021 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Strategies for Tough Topics in the Classroom. During this chat, participants: ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from June 2021 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Strategies for Tough Topics in the Classroom. During this chat, participants: 1. Shared strategies to create a safe and supportive classroom space in which to discuss difficult issues. 2. Discussed how to establish a safe place for difficult conversations, and 3. Explored critical-thinking approaches, such as the ability to identify and question assumptions.

tag(s): difficult conversations (41), twitterchatarchive (115)

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Find resources and information about student-centered learning ideas with playlists and choice boards. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for tools and resources on playlists and choice boards.

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PDF to Word Converter - pdftowordconverter.org

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This site is as simple as the title suggests; convert PDF files to Word documents with a simple upload. No registration is required to use the site. Drag and drop ...more
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This site is as simple as the title suggests; convert PDF files to Word documents with a simple upload. No registration is required to use the site. Drag and drop or upload your PDF document to begin the conversion process instantly. After a few seconds of processing time, your word document is ready to download and use. Editor's note: this tool works best with mostly text files, be sure to check for accuracy after converting to Word.

tag(s): conversions (32), worksheets (65)

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Do you have awesome activity sheets, but they need to be tweaked a little to make them work for your classes? This tool helps you save time by editing PDF files in Word to avoid reinventing the wheel. Beware of copyrighted materials, however. Science teachers can take lab activities and refine questions or add instructions as needed for their classrooms. English teachers can add standardized test prompts to preexisting general worksheets to tailor the exercise to suit their state's test needs.
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Twitter Chat: Student-Centered Learning Ideas with Playlists and Choice Boards - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from June 2021 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Student-Centered Learning Ideas with Playlists and Choice Boards. During this chat,...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from June 2021 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Student-Centered Learning Ideas with Playlists and Choice Boards. During this chat, participants: 1. Defined and discussed the basic elements of playlists and choice boards. 2. Shared tech tools and resources that support playlists and choice boards, and 3. Collaborated on ideas to integrate playlists and choice boards across your curriculum.

tag(s): differentiation (63), twitterchatarchive (115)

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Unsplash for Education - Unsplash

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Unsplash, the amazing site for finding free, high-quality images, has curated several collections of photos for use in educational settings. Topics include health, nature, politics...more
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Unsplash, the amazing site for finding free, high-quality images, has curated several collections of photos for use in educational settings. Topics include health, nature, politics and current events, and much more. Browse through any collection to find and download images. Although attribution isn't required, it is encouraged. Include the provided attribution text when using images for any project. Registration isn't required; however, it allows you to save images and create and share collections.

tag(s): creative commons (23), images (254), photography (130)

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Use images from Unsplash as creative writing prompts. Have students create a multimedia presentation using Beautiful.AI, reviewed here. This site allows you to narrate a picture. Challenge students to find a photo (legally permitted to be reproduced) and then narrate it as a news report. Allow students to browse through Unsplash when locating images for multimedia projects and curate collections for all to use.

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TeacherMade - Brad Smith and Laura Bresko

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Reduce your paper load and grading time with TeacherMade's easy-to-use tools. Upload worksheets and PDF files, assign to students with a link through Google Classroom or Clever, and...more
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Reduce your paper load and grading time with TeacherMade's easy-to-use tools. Upload worksheets and PDF files, assign to students with a link through Google Classroom or Clever, and post questions in various formats. TeacherMade even automatically scores responses and provides opportunities for feedback. Register to create your free account, then follow the directions to upload a file of up to 12 pages or start from a blank page. Options allow for several different file formats, including PDF, DOCX, and JPG files. After creating and editing your file, follow the steps to create and share your assignment. Learn more about all of the features of TeacherMade by following their online community forum.

tag(s): differentiation (63), homework (33), Teacher Utilities (115), worksheets (65)

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TeacherMade is perfect for use in several teaching and learning situations, including blended learning, remote teaching, and differentiated instruction. Upload work assignments and create copies to differentiate activities and scoring options. Use this site to create interactive assignments for students to complete at home or during computer center activities. TeacherMade provides many options for helping and enhancing learning for individual students, use for homework, or as a temporary option for providing instruction to home-bound or remote learning students. Have students upload completed assignments of their choosing to an online portfolio creation tool like kudosWall, reviewed here. Use kudosWall to help students build their work resumes, including reflections on their creative process and personal growth.
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Mural for Education - Tactivos, Inc.

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Mural for Education offers flexible tools for virtual collaboration and communication. Think of it as a virtual whiteboard workspace that includes sticky notes, shapes, and connectors...more
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Mural for Education offers flexible tools for virtual collaboration and communication. Think of it as a virtual whiteboard workspace that includes sticky notes, shapes, and connectors to create diagrams and mind maps, drawing tools, images, and more. Use Mural to create breakout rooms for group work or prepare and share study guides and classroom calendars. Apply for a free account as a student or for a classroom account. Start collaborating by following the prompts provided by Mural to begin designing your workspace using templates or from a blank board. Use the dashboard to add text, icons, images, and more. Facilitators also have options for adding contributors, setting a work timer, and setting parameters for the session chat.

tag(s): collaboration (80), graphic organizers (43), iwb (31), Online Learning (29), remote learning (44)

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Ask older students to create a Mural for Education account when collaborating on projects to share ideas and organize information. Have students use Mural for Education to develop storylines that include links and images to tell the story of events in history or retell novels. Ask students to use Mural to create mood boards to share the different works of artists or demonstrate different architecture types. Mural would be an excellent choice as a collaborative tool for large projects to brainstorm ideas, assign tasks, and document progress. Use Mural with students as part of your science experiments to share the steps of the experiment, document hypothesis, and add images and reflections upon the outcomes of the experiment. Mural for Education is an excellent resource for remote learning situations to engage students through the use of interactive content and chat. Use the breakout room option to allow for differentiation and group discussions.

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WittyWe - Yafit Ohana Baruch

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WittyWe is an online learning portal for students in grades K-9. It includes content in many topic areas, including entrepreneurship, personal life skills, media, and STEM. Some of...more
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WittyWe is an online learning portal for students in grades K-9. It includes content in many topic areas, including entrepreneurship, personal life skills, media, and STEM. Some of the content requires a paid subscription; instead, take advantage of the free 90-day membership, or look for activities with the "free" banner on the thumbnail icon. Most activities include a short video lesson accompanied by a quiz, challenge activity, and summary of the task.

tag(s): body systems (39), branches of government (56), business (44), communication (139), electricity (61), environment (219), financial literacy (93), human body (93), internet safety (113), marine biology (23), native americans (77), photosynthesis (21), social and emotional learning (50), social media (44), world war 1 (58)

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Use the activities found in WittyWe to provide instruction in content not typically covered in all curriculums. For example, assign activities related to entrepreneurship to complete during computer centers or include free lessons about the law as part of civics lessons. Share links to free lessons using Symbaloo, reviewed here, for easy access by students. Include a link to your Symbaloo on your class website for students to access at home. Supplement your current lessons with those found on WittyWe using a learning management system such as TES Teach Blendspace, reviewed here. Include the free activities from this site along with videos, quizzes, and additional articles of your choosing. When it is time for students to demonstrate learning, provide options for showing what they know using Book Creator, reviewed here, or a video creation tool like Animoto, reviewed here.

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Icebreaker - Icebreaker

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Icebreaker is a group chat and video conversation utility that includes guided conversation games. Add up to 40 people to your meeting with unlimited conversations included in the free...more
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Icebreaker is a group chat and video conversation utility that includes guided conversation games. Add up to 40 people to your meeting with unlimited conversations included in the free plan. Once the event starts, use Icebreaker's templates to host a virtual meet and greet, watch videos together, or watch a featured speaker. After selecting a template, follow the prompts to set up your virtual event and personalize activities to suit your needs. Once your event room is set up, copy the link and share it with participants via email, text, Slack, or calendar.
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tag(s): chat (41), communication (139), parent conferences (22), professional development (253), remote learning (44)

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Use Icebreaker as a back-to-school activity when teaching remotely for students and you to get to know one another. Set up professional development sessions with peers that take advantage of the templates and cards found in the application. Use Icebreaker to set up virtual parent/teacher conferences with participants located anywhere in the world. This tool is especially useful when multiple teachers are involved or when parents may not reside in the same location. Connect whole classrooms across the country for book clubs. Collaborate with experts such as authors and scientists with classrooms of children. Create connected learning experiences with other students, especially those in older grades. Connect world language classes to classes in other countries. Teachers can hold "office hours" for homework help and asking questions. Create a collaborative space for homework help before or after school or on snow days. Students can meet whenever help is needed, or teachers can create a session that can be accessed on any device easily by those who need it. Use Icebreaker for group work - no more excuses about not meeting for cooperative learning projects! Buildings can collaborate and share professional development with others in their own district and beyond!

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OK2Ask: Tech Integration Made Easy with Adobe Spark Post - TeachersFirst

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Adobe Spark Post is a simple image creator that you can use to engage students and deepen content-area knowledge with instructional imagery. Learn to use this tool in the classroom to introduce digital citizenship concepts, create authentic assessment projects, and hone student skills that transfer to life outside of the classroom. Brainstorm with other educators about how you and your students can use Adobe Spark Post in your classroom and create a project exemplar. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn basic use of Adobe Spark Post; 2. Explore three different ways to use Adobe Spark Post in the classroom; and 3. Plan for the use of Adobe Spark Post in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): assessment (122), infographics (52), professional development (253)

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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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Twitter Chat: Harnessing the Power of Podcasting - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from May 2021 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Harnessing the Power of Podcasting. During this chat, participants: 1. Defined and discussed the components of podcasting, 2. Shared tech tools to support podcasting experiences, and 3. Explored ways to incorporate podcasting in the classroom.

tag(s): podcasts (60), twitterchatarchive (115)

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Find resources and information about podcasting. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for tools and resources on podcasting.

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OK2Ask: Playlists to Personalize Learning - TeachersFirst

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Personalizing instruction doesn't have to be complicated. Using an instructional playlist is a simple way to honor student voice and choice while structuring the work your students do independently. This session will help you create playlists that integrate multiple types of activities while using incremental checkpoints. Of all the tools that you can put in your blended learning toolkit, the playlist is one that you don't want to miss. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand the purpose of instructional playlists; 2. Learn how using playlists can support student voice and choice; and 3. Begin planning an instructional playlist. 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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Storillo - Thomas Wilkie & Tim Adowski

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Storillo reimagines group work by providing tools that lend structure to collaborative and cooperative group writing projects. After creating an account, follow the steps to add a class...more
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Storillo reimagines group work by providing tools that lend structure to collaborative and cooperative group writing projects. After creating an account, follow the steps to add a class and start your project. Before assigning tasks, students enroll in the class using the code found in your account. When ready, assign projects to groups you select or let Storilla randomly select groups from your class list. Add due dates, then give the date for students to begin. As students add contributions, their work will show on your project dashboard; you will see the student name and statistics on student contributions. Add notes and provide feedback to students from within your dashboard. Storillo includes several videos in their help section that provide step-by-step information on getting started and using this resource in your classroom. Free accounts offer three classes per year and two projects per class.

tag(s): collaboration (80), Teacher Utilities (115)

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Help students stay on track by using Storillo to plan and provide accountability for group work and collaborative projects. Use this tool for students to produce cooperative lab reports, collaborate on research projects, or with creative writing projects. Storillo is especially helpful for use when differentiating learning. Create groups based on academic levels, ENL/ESL needs, or as a way to group students with varying personalities.

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Cloud Stop Motion - ZuLogic Ltd

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Have you seen stop motion videos and wished you and your students knew how to make them? Wish no longer! Cloud Stop Motion provides all of the tools you need ...more
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Have you seen stop motion videos and wished you and your students knew how to make them? Wish no longer! Cloud Stop Motion provides all of the tools you need without downloading software, and you can use it on any browser. Choose start and allow access to your device's camera to enable the camera to take pictures of items to use in your videos. Follow the instructions to add images, video, text, and sound. When complete, export your video to your device as an MP4 video file or create a free class or school account with Cloud Stop Motion to save up to 2GB in video files. Class and school accounts also offer members the ability to create unlimited student accounts and student groups.

tag(s): digital storytelling (130), movies (54), video (245)

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Incorporate Cloud Stop Motion in your classroom tech arsenal to engage students in creative storytelling within any content area. When creating a video, it is always important to create a storyboard to organize and plan the entire episode. Find a variety of storyboard options at ReadWriteThink, reviewed here. Ask students to reenact a scene from a play, illustrate a math strategy, or demonstrate how molecular concepts and interactions work. Find many more examples and instructions on creating stop motion animations from the New York Film Academy, reviewed here.

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Involve.me is a platform for creating and sharing personalized, digital interactive content. Quickly build quizzes, surveys, and online forms with the included templates. Create and...more
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Involve.me is a platform for creating and sharing personalized, digital interactive content. Quickly build quizzes, surveys, and online forms with the included templates. Create and activate your account to begin using Involve.me. Add images, files, links, and other features to your project. When finished, publish and share by using the project URL provided.

tag(s): assessment (122), calculators (40), polls and surveys (45), quiz (62), quizzes (82)

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Use Involve.me templates and designs in a variety of ways in any classroom. Create short, interactive quizzes for students and receive feedback immediately through an email or within your Involve.me account. For example, modify the Literature Pop Quiz template for any novel or substitute questions about your latest science experiment to assess student understanding. Use the How Well Do You Know History? template to ask questions about important events during your social studies unit. Have students incorporate the survey templates to use as an interactive portion of classroom presentations. Include the inflation calculator during an economics lesson to help students understand the effects of inflation. As students create multimedia projects using resources such as Sway, reviewed here, or Adobe Spark for Education, reviewed here, ask them to include a link to a quiz or survey created using Involve.me.

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OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire: Podcasting in the Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from May 2021. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

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If you're looking for an easy way to increase engagement in the classroom, look no further. Teachers can use podcasting --creating audio recordings delivered via the internet-- in all content areas to deliver instructional information or as an opportunity for students to demonstrate what they have learned. Join us to learn how to connect your classroom to the world beyond your walls while encouraging students to improve their digital and communication skills. Understand how you can plan, produce, and publish podcasts to support your classroom goals for free. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn ways to use podcasting in the classroom; 2. Explore podcasting tools; and 3. Plan for the use of podcasting to support your classroom goals. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): podcasts (60), professional development (253)

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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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