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EzGIF - ezgif.com

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K to 12
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EzGIF offers a variety of tools for editing and sharing animated GIFs. Use the GIF maker to create animated GIFs using your uploaded images or video. Other tools allow users ...more
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EzGIF offers a variety of tools for editing and sharing animated GIFs. Use the GIF maker to create animated GIFs using your uploaded images or video. Other tools allow users to crop, resize, reverse, split, and add text to your GIFs. Follow the easy directions for each part of the site to upload your image and complete the desired action. When finished, save the image to your computer.
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tag(s): animation (62), images (274), photography (144)

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Share an animated GIF to get student's attention! A cat reading a book is one way to begin reading time! Show any science concept a student should look at several times to see every aspect of the event, better yet, let students create an animated GIF using their own pictures to demonstrate the concept or show the steps of an experiment. Do you want to reveal portions of a video outlining the travels of historical expeditions, addition of the states to the US, or any other historical event captured in a video? Use a looping animated GIF! Every subject could use one of these GIFs to generate interest in a class activity or new content.

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Adobe Spark Video Creator - Adobe Spark

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K to 12
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Create and share professional-looking videos with Adobe Spark's video creator. Follow the prompts to begin your creation using a story template or start from scratch. Add videos, slides,...more
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Create and share professional-looking videos with Adobe Spark's video creator. Follow the prompts to begin your creation using a story template or start from scratch. Add videos, slides, text, music, and more to your video. Easily rearrange, change themes, and add components until satisfied. When finished, publish your video to share or download it to your computer.

tag(s): digital storytelling (148), multimedia (53), video (274)

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Consider using videos in your classroom in a variety of ways. Upload your slide presentations and add audio to create flipped and blended learning experiences for your students. Ask students to create videos as an alternative to book reports or written presentations. Share videos on your class website for students to access when away from the classroom. As you ask students to create videos, use a bookmarking site such as Padlet, reviewed here, to share and organize information for students to use when researching. Include Adobe Spark Videos as part of a larger presentation using Book Creator, reviewed here. Embed your video along with images, text, drawings, and other media into your digital book creation. Book Creator is a Chrome app.

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Zapier - Wade Foster

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K to 12
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Zapier helps you organize and manage your workflow between apps through automated tasks. Create an account and use the guide to find and choose apps you use. Zapier integrates with...more
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Zapier helps you organize and manage your workflow between apps through automated tasks. Create an account and use the guide to find and choose apps you use. Zapier integrates with a multitude of apps, including Dropbox, Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, as well as many other online tools. Connect two or more apps to create an automated action. Choose to create a Zap to select an app and an event. For example, select your Gmail account and create a path to save all Gmail attachments to your Google Drive automatically. Be sure to check out the "Recommended for You" options for an overview of the many ways to organize the workflow between apps.

tag(s): calendars (40), organizational skills (106)

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Use Zapier to manage everyday online work. Have Zapier send you an email each time student blogs are updated, add documents automatically to your Google Drive as they arrive in your email, or get email reminders before upcoming calendar events. The variety of actions makes this a convenient tool for automating any number of activities to save you time and maintain the organization of your information.

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Audacity - Audacity

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Audacity is a free, open-source audio editor and recording tool that works across most computer platforms. Follow the links to download the software onto your computer to use with a...more
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Audacity is a free, open-source audio editor and recording tool that works across most computer platforms. Follow the links to download the software onto your computer to use with a variety of recording needs. Create audio using your files or create new files using your microphone or uploaded files.

tag(s): editing (81), sound (106)

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Use Audacity in a variety of ways in your classroom. Let students become familiar with creating audio files by practicing voice recordings and experimenting with Audacity's editing tools. As students become familiar with this tool, use its many features to create background audio for podcasts, to create podcasts, or to record audio instructions for lessons. Ask students to use Audacity to record interviews of parents or other family members. For example, when studying immigration, ask students to record the story of a family member who immigrated to the U.S.

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Free Anime Avatar Maker - Avachara

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Design a personalized avatar using the accessible tools at this avatar maker site. Begin by choosing the gender then start customizing features, including facial features. Add wardrobe...more
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Design a personalized avatar using the accessible tools at this avatar maker site. Begin by choosing the gender then start customizing features, including facial features. Add wardrobe items and accessories as desired to complete the look. When finished, save your completed avatar to your computer as a JPG or PNG image file.
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tag(s): creativity (116), emotions (41), faces (5)

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Create and use avatars similar to how you use Bitmoji, reviewed here characters. Create an avatar for use on your class website or blog. Update your avatar to reflect current lessons, holidays, or events. Use avatars to appeal to students and draw their attention to important information. Design an avatar with an unusual look to use as a creative writing prompt. Have older students (13+) take a picture of a portion of text and add an avatar to share a connection or response to the text (also known as BookSnaps).
 

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Book Club for Kids - Kitty Felde

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5 to 9
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Book Club for Kids is a free, weekly 20-minute podcast for middle school students. Each podcast includes a discussion of a favorite book along with an author interview and celebrity...more
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Book Club for Kids is a free, weekly 20-minute podcast for middle school students. Each podcast includes a discussion of a favorite book along with an author interview and celebrity reading. In addition to the podcasts, this site offers a variety of information for students and educators, and parents. Select the link for librarians, teachers, and parents to find curriculum guides for several books. Choose the sections with "Writers on Writing" to discover in-depth conversations with several authors. Podcasts are available on most popular podcasting sites.

tag(s): authors (119), book lists (135), book reports (34), literature (258), podcasts (62)

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This tremendous resource is a must-have for all middle school classrooms and libraries! Share the podcasts with students not only to learn about the latest books but also to learn how to improve public speaking skills, learn about the author's techniques and tips, and discover how to share informative book reports. Subscribe to the podcast and have students listen to weekly presentations during center times or as a class. Share the "Books We Love" portion of the site on your class webpage for students to use when looking for reading material. Ask your school librarian to share these podcasts in the media center and look into ordering books of interest to your students. As students learn from these podcasts, ask them to use what they learned to create their podcasts to share with classmates and your school. Have students use organizers found on ReadWriteThink, reviewed here, to organize and plan for their podcasts and book reviews. Help students visualize their written work by creating word clouds with Wordsift, reviewed here, to focus on commonly-used terms within their text and evaluate their usefulness. As a final project, help your students create and produce ongoing podcasts sharing their book reviews with peers. Buzzsprout, reviewed here, and Anchor, reviewed here, both provide free podcasting tools.

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Cooper-Hewitt Lesson Plans - Cooper-Hewitt & The Smithsonian Institution

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K to 12
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Cooper-Hewitt Lesson Plans shares almost 500 lesson plans for educators from PreK through high school. Topics include all content areas, including the arts and technology. Use the site's...more
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Cooper-Hewitt Lesson Plans shares almost 500 lesson plans for educators from PreK through high school. Topics include all content areas, including the arts and technology. Use the site's filters to search for lessons by content and grade level or sort by newest first to find the most recent additions to the collection. Each lesson is correlated to Common Core Standards and includes attachments with supplemental materials when indicated as part of lesson activities.

tag(s): commoncore (94), preK (288), Teacher Utilities (98), teaching strategies (37)

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Bookmark this site to find lessons to supplement your current curriculum in any subject. As you plan and teach any of these lessons, consider different options for using technology to enhance and extend student learning. Take advantage of the many resources found at Class Tools, reviewed here, for your or your students to create quizzes, graphic organizers, timelines, and more. As you include the lessons into your teaching unit, use bookmarking sites to organize information for your students. Symbaloo, reviewed here, is excellent for use with younger students because of the simple, easy to follow design. For older students, try SearchTeam, reviewed here. Search Team includes tools for you to collaborate and add notes while saving and sharing resources. Extend learning for students of all ages with Edublog, reviewed here. Consider using Edublog for students to write blogs, respond to their peers, and interact with a larger global community.

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Twitter Chat: Using Technology to Develop a Growth Mindset - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from February 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Using Technology to Develop a Growth Mindset. During this chat, participants ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from February 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Using Technology to Develop a Growth Mindset. During this chat, participants will: 1. Define "Growth Mindset" and discuss the effect it has on academic achievement, 2. Discuss the role of technology in developing a growth mindset, and 3. Share resources and tools that can help educators encourage a growth mindset in students.

tag(s): professional development (248), twitterchatarchive (89)

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Find resources and information about how to develop a growth mindset and ideas/tools to integrate it into your lessons. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for resources related to developing a growth mindset.

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OK2Ask: Data and Charts and Graphs, Oh My! Let Google Tools Be Your Guide - TeachersFirst

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2 to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from February 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Humans respond to and process visual data better than any other type of...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from February 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Humans respond to and process visual data better than any other type of data. Whether students are learning to collect, organize, graph, or interpret data, this webinar offers proven tools and strategies that assist learners in developing and applying those skills. Together we will explore and plan for the use of forms to collect data, web resources to access data, spreadsheets to manipulate and graph data, and Google MyMaps to visualize data. Students from beginner to advanced can use these tools to visualize and connect math, science, and social studies concepts to concrete, real-world applications. Let's get students excited about learning and help them incorporate complex data literacy into their world view. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels. Participants will: 1. Understand how to use data visualization in the classroom; 2. Explore digital tools that will assist students with data visualization projects; and 3. Plan for the use of data visualization in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): charts and graphs (195), data (155), Google (55), infographics (51), professional development (248), visualizations (15)

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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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OK2Ask: Tech Integration Made Easy with Flipgrid - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from January 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Input and expertise from peers can help students learn and grow. Learn to...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from January 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Input and expertise from peers can help students learn and grow. Learn to use Flipgrid, a video discussion platform, to increase student voice in your classroom. This tech tool can enhance social learning through sharing short videos centered around a topic. Getting started is easy, and after this session, you will be ready to use Flipgrid to encourage every student to share what they know. Participants will: 1. Learn to create a basic classroom Flipgrid; 2. Understand ways to use Flipgrid to increase student voice in the classroom; and 3. Plan for the use of Flipgrid in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Formative Assessment (20), Microsoft (75), professional development (248), video (274)

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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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Phyllis Wheatley - Biography

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Enjoy this interesting, short "biography" about Phyllis Wheatley and her poem "His Excellency General Washington" (an ode to George Washington). In the video, historian Alexis Coe reads...more
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Enjoy this interesting, short "biography" about Phyllis Wheatley and her poem "His Excellency General Washington" (an ode to George Washington). In the video, historian Alexis Coe reads the last verse of Wheatley's poem and describes Washington's reaction (and adds a bit of her own opinion of Washington). She then describes Wheatley's experience as a slave, which was quite different from what other slaves experienced. A lot of information is packed into this 2:45 video! If you use a "pop-up blocker" or "ad blocker," be sure to disable it to view this video.

tag(s): african american (106), biographies (92), black history (73), poetry (222)

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Use this short video when studying any of Phyllis Wheatley's poems, types of poetry, George Washington, or the American Revolution. Since the historian in this video is rather opinionated, use a tool like Padlet, reviewed here, to ask students questions about the video and their opinion about the statements made by Alexis Coe. Padlet allows you to create columns for posting in categories (or for different questions). You may want to allow students to choose which questions to answer.

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Celebrating Black History Month - Collection - Poetry Foundation

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7 to 12
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For Black History Month, the Poetry Foundation has put together this excellent collection of poems, articles, and podcasts that will help you discover African American history and culture....more
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For Black History Month, the Poetry Foundation has put together this excellent collection of poems, articles, and podcasts that will help you discover African American history and culture. Find poems and podcasts from Langston Hughes, Nikki Giovanni, Maya Angelou, Rita Dove, Gwendolyn Brooks, and many others. Also, discover Educational Resources that include biographies, poem guides, and Articles for Teachers.

tag(s): african american (106), biographies (92), black history (73), podcasts (62), poetry (222)

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Share several poems with students and then have them create similar poet and poem podcasts. Start your own classroom collection to be shared digitally on your website. Exchange the physical whiteboard or chalkboard by creating a digital, collaborative board using a tool such as Lino, reviewed here, for the collection ideas. Enhance learning and augment classroom technology use by using a site such as podOmatic, reviewed here, for students to present their poems to their classmates. Post the podcasts to your class website for students and parents to enjoy at home.

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QRickit QR Codes - Denso Wave Inc.

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Create and share QR codes from any device using the free resources from QRickit QR Codes. Use the dropdown box to select the type of code you wish to create ...more
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Create and share QR codes from any device using the free resources from QRickit QR Codes. Use the dropdown box to select the type of code you wish to create from the many available options, including links to websites, playing a YouTube video, viewing a Google Map location, and more. Fill in the blanks to add relevant information then choose QCreate to view and download the QR Code image. When finished, QRickit provides an option for embedding the code into a flyer, select this option to personalize and create your flyer that is ready to print and use.
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tag(s): gamification (80), qr codes (19)

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Create a QR code that directs to your class website or blog. Include it on handouts for Back to School night. Create a QR code scavenger hunt for students or make a webquest more engaging. Add QR codes to documents for students to check their answers. Further, develop knowledge of a topic by adding a QR code to a site that expands upon what is in the textbook. Create a data chart accessible via a QR code. Students can access the data and manipulate the information. Have students create a book trailer or review and affix a QR code to the outside of the book. Students may be more apt to read a book that has been reviewed by another student. Make a display completely interactive with a QR code that describes the assignment, the process, the research, students' reactions, and more! Add extra help information to any assignment that asks students to solve problems. Create an online help tutorial accessible via a QR code, and place the code beside a similar problem. Link a QR code directly to a Google Map. Place QR code contact information for you and your school on contact cards to give to parents. Attach QR codes to physical objects around the room to provide information about the object. Instead of copying/pasting links in a newsletter, put them into QR codes for easier access by readers. Post QR codes to resource sites and new articles on your BYOD classroom bulletin boards for students to access information on their tablets or smartphones. As a time-saver, post a QR code to the class wiki or web page.
 

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Tour Creator - Google

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4 to 12
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Create and share virtual tours with Tour Creator. Tour Creator's features offer you the ability to include 360-degree photos, highlighted points of interest, and image overlays. Use...more
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Create and share virtual tours with Tour Creator. Tour Creator's features offer you the ability to include 360-degree photos, highlighted points of interest, and image overlays. Use your 360-degree images or use those found on Google Street View. Begin creating a tour from a blank page or one of the site's templates. Follow the directions to add images and descriptions. Choose the "See Other Tours" link to view examples created by others. View finished tours on any device or with virtual viewing devices.

tag(s): design (89), images (274), virtual field trips (79)

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Create interactive games around your school, campus, or community for your students to complete. Send students on scavenger hunts to explore geometric shapes, nature, and history. Extend learning by having students create games for a field trip or visitors to explore your community. Have students create virtual tours of geographic locations. For example, have students create a tour of Gettysburg battlefields when studying the Civil War or use a 360-degree image taken by students to identify landforms or types of architecture found nearby. Include your virtual tours within presentations designed using Story Maps, reviewed here, to create an interactive look at any topic using maps, multimedia, and images.

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OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire: Flipped and Blended Learning - TeachersFirst

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3 to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from January 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Do you want to engage your students and have time in class to give ...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from January 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Do you want to engage your students and have time in class to give extra support to those who need it? Then you need to use flipped and/or blended learning. In this session, we will simplify these instructional models and introduce a tool that will support both. Blendspace allows you to create interactive lessons that deliver instruction digitally while allowing flexibility for student pacing. Engage and Inspire your students with this free teaching resource. Participants will: 1. Understand the instructional case for flipped and blended learning and the differences between the two; 2. Explore a tech tool that can deliver digital content; and 3. Plan an authentic learning activity using flipped/blended learning. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): professional development (248)

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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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Reading Trek: Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad - TeachersFirst

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5 to 9
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TeachersFirst Reading Treks create a virtual field trip of resources about a piece of literature or text using the My Maps feature of Google Maps. This Reading Trek provides inspiration...more
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TeachersFirst Reading Treks create a virtual field trip of resources about a piece of literature or text using the My Maps feature of Google Maps. This Reading Trek provides inspiration and suggestions for using the trade book Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. Use our robust Instructional Guide with students in grades 5-9. Content correlates to Common Core Standards, ISTE Student Standards, and National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies. Find the entire selection of Reading Treks here.

tag(s): black history (73), civil rights (135), civil war (150), commoncore (94), underground railroad (11)

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Take advantage of the many suggested classroom uses for this resource found on the Instructional Guide (PDF). Consider using the historical information and primary sources from the book to have students create timelines of the important events during a period in Tubman's life. Find a variety of free online timeline creation tools located here. Using the map and locales, trace and then calculate distances for some of Tubman's rescues, missions, and places she lived. Use Google My Maps, reviewed here, to create and share custom maps.
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Twitter Chat: Tech Tools to Enhance School to Home Communication - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This archived Twitter chat is from January 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Tech Tools to Enhance School to Home Communication. During this chat, ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from January 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Tech Tools to Enhance School to Home Communication. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss the importance of school-to-home communication, 2. Explore strategies on how to strengthen communication with families, and 3. Share tools that can be used to share information with students and their guardians.

tag(s): back to school (62), communication (26), parents (58), twitterchatarchive (89)

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Find resources and information about how to use tech tools to enhance school to home communication. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for resources related to school to home communication.

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Writing Movie Reviews - Scholastic and Angela Bunyi

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3 to 8
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This lesson plan and the student printables offer a starting point for teaching the art of review writing. The included templates guide students through the observation and evaluation...more
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This lesson plan and the student printables offer a starting point for teaching the art of review writing. The included templates guide students through the observation and evaluation process as they reflect upon movie reviews and write a review based upon the supplied rubric.

tag(s): movies (65), writing (357)

In the Classroom

Make the most of students' interest in movies to engage them in the art of writing reviews using the lesson plan and materials as a starting point. Engage students by polling them using Dotstorming, reviewed here, to select a movie to review together. Once you have modeled this process, create a Padlet, reviewed here, for you and your students to share additional movie suggestions. Organize your Padlet into columns based upon movie genres and encourage students to review movies from more than one genre during your movie review activities. Enhance student learning by tying your activities into real-world events like the Oscars. Search for Oscar-themed lesson ideas at ReadWriteThink, reviewed here, that helps students view movies beyond the role of a participant, but also from the viewpoint as a film crew member or writer. Extend learning even further by placing students into the role of a film critic through creating podcasts to share on your class or school website. In addition to movie reviews, ask students to take the role of journalists and interview different members of the film crew for the movie they are reviewing. Buzzsprout, reviewed here, offers many free podcasting tools suitable for classroom use.
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ProWritingAid - Orpheus Technology

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Improve your writing with this Chrome browser extension. Follow the directions to download the extension and begin using it. In addition to highlighting grammar and spelling errors,...more
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Improve your writing with this Chrome browser extension. Follow the directions to download the extension and begin using it. In addition to highlighting grammar and spelling errors, this add-on also provides suggestions for improving the clarity of wording. Other features include highlighting sentence length variations, passive voice, and more.

tag(s): editing (81), grammar (202), proofreading (25), spelling (162), writing (357)

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Use this excellent, free browser extension to improve your writing and your students' writing. Never send home a newsletter with spelling or writing errors again. Install the browser onto all classroom computers for students to use for editing purposes with all written work. Ask students to take a screenshot of their initial work and include it with the final project. Have students analyze their writing for common errors and reflect upon a plan to make improvements. Compile a list of common writing errors made by your students and use that information as a basis for writing lessons. Extend learning by asking students to write and produce podcasts using Buzzsprout, reviewed here, to share an ongoing series of writing tips and suggestions.

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Audience Connect - Create with Google

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Engage and connect your audience during Google Slide presentations using Audience Connect. Download the app onto your Windows or Apple computer to set up and take advantage of features...more
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Engage and connect your audience during Google Slide presentations using Audience Connect. Download the app onto your Windows or Apple computer to set up and take advantage of features that make your audience active participants in your presentation. After entering the connect code, participants connect to your session to view the slide show. During the presentation, ask participants to provide feedback, answer questions, or view preloaded videos.

tag(s): Google (55), multimedia (53), slides (55)

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Take lessons beyond your typical slide show presentations by using the features in Audience Connect. Insert polls within your slides to quickly gauge students' understanding of the content or ask them to respond to questions throughout the presentation. Use the embed video feature to have all students watch portions of video directly from your laptop onto their device. Have students use Audience Connect as an enhancement to any class presentation to keep their audience involved and active in the presentation topic.

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