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Crash Course - Ecology - Crash Course

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Get your students into helping our planet and ourselves by watching these interesting, short videos from Crash Course. There are a dozen videos, all about ten minutes long. This particular...more
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Get your students into helping our planet and ourselves by watching these interesting, short videos from Crash Course. There are a dozen videos, all about ten minutes long. This particular series has titles like Human Impacts on the Environment, Pollution, and Conservation and Restoration Ecology. The videos reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, they may not be viewable.

tag(s): climate change (84), earth day (59), ecology (97), environment (233), pollution (49), video (252)

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Though the videos were created for high school and college students, many of them can be used in grades as low as eighth with a bit of adapting. Use Edpuzzle, reviewed here, to add questions and discussion activities within each video. Extend learning by asking students to create blog posts using edublogs, reviewed here, to discuss what students can do differently at home to help our planet.

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Made to Sew - Aneka Truman

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5 to 12
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Made to Sew's YouTube Channel shares sewing tutorials for beginners through advanced seamstresses. Video topics include how to do alterations, make buttonholes, and sewing machine basics....more
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Made to Sew's YouTube Channel shares sewing tutorials for beginners through advanced seamstresses. Video topics include how to do alterations, make buttonholes, and sewing machine basics. Use the playlists to narrow topics to specific needs, such as matching patterns or beginner tutorials. Most videos run approximately ten minutes or less; however, some more in-depth subjects last about thirty minutes. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): fashion (11), holidays (157)

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Bookmark and save this site for use in Consumer Science Education classes to teach basic sewing skills; look for videos labeled "for beginners." This site is also helpful for sharing with students interested in sewing or fashion design to learn more about sewing methods. Made to Sew offers several playlists with tutorials for holiday projects; use these ideas as inspiration for classroom projects. Ask a parent with basic sewing knowledge to volunteer to help when working on holiday projects. Have students create tutorials for sewing projects using Google Slides, reviewed here, which includes photos and directions for each step of the process to complete the project.

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Fashion Design - Parsons School of Design via Coursera

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8 to 12
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Learn about the world of fashion design from the experts at Parsons School of Design by auditing this free four-week course provided by Coursera. Course topics include the fashion design...more
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Learn about the world of fashion design from the experts at Parsons School of Design by auditing this free four-week course provided by Coursera. Course topics include the fashion design process, sustainable fashion, collaborative design, and interpreting fashion trends and forecasting. The system is 100% online and self-paced; start at any time. Learning occurs through watching videos, reading shared articles, and then taking quizzes and submitting short writing activities. An option is available to receive a certificate for a fee to share the successful completion of the course. This course is the second of a three-part series, Transforming the Fashion Business Specialization.

tag(s): careers (135), design (83), fashion (11), Online Learning (40)

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Share this course with students interested in fashion design to get a feel for the industry and the type of courses needed to get involved in the fashion industry. Include the course as part of a project-based learning assignment and ask students to share their learning with peers when finished. Have students use a 3-D design program such as Tinkercad, reviewed here, to create original designs. As a final project, ask students to create and share a portfolio using bulb, reviewed here, or another website creator that includes templates for showcasing their designs.

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Family Consumer Science Resources - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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Family Consumer Science (FCS), also sometimes referred to as Home Economics, is a subject that encompasses many topics, including food science and preparation, human development, personal...more
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Family Consumer Science (FCS), also sometimes referred to as Home Economics, is a subject that encompasses many topics, including food science and preparation, human development, personal finance, family finance, wellness and nutrition, apparel and sewing, interior design, and more. This curated list of reviewed resources includes all of these topics and others related to FCS. We have included resources for all grades.

tag(s): child development (23), cooking (30), family (53), financial literacy (93), nutrition (133)

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Encourage your students' understanding of family consumer science using this curated collection. Share these resources with your colleagues and students by emailing the page or sharing the link from your school web page and in your school newsletter. Find resources to incorporate into your FCS lessons.

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Juicing Calculator - Sprint Kitchen

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K to 12
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What is the nutritional value of your juice or smoothy? Use these calculators to find the number of calories and view a nutrition facts label using your specifications. In addition,...more
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What is the nutritional value of your juice or smoothy? Use these calculators to find the number of calories and view a nutrition facts label using your specifications. In addition, each calculation provides meters that compare your juice's sugar content to a cola drink or Gatorade and shares a comparison vs. keto-friendly guidelines. Use the dropdown box under "Tools" to find the smoothy calculator.

tag(s): calculators (37), nutrition (133)

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Include this calculator with nutrition lessons and engage students in learning by allowing students to explore independently. Ask them to input some of their favorite vegetables and fruits to learn about how they impact the number of calories, fats, or sugars in a drink. In math class, ask students to investigate how these calculators work and develop their own formulas for finding the nutrient value in drinks and smoothies. Enhance learning by having students create infographics about nutrition using Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here. Include an image of the nutrient label created using the calculator, along with advice for creating tasty yet healthy juices and smoothies. Extend learning by creating a class recipe ebook with Book Creator, reviewed here. Include each student's recipes and nutrition labels along with links to videos and audio created and shared by each individual.

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Alison - Mike Feerick

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10 to 12
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Alison is a free learning platform offering courses for education and skills training provided by the world's leading experts. Find courses using the dropdown boxes at the top of the...more
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Alison is a free learning platform offering courses for education and skills training provided by the world's leading experts. Find courses using the dropdown boxes at the top of the site sorted by Explore Diplomas and Certificates and Discover Careers. Under More find Assessments and a Resume Builder among other tools. Browse the home page to find the popular courses and most recent offerings. Complete the free registration to begin. Upon selecting a class, view information on the number of modules, topics, and approximate length. Upon completion, Alison provides a certificate or diploma, depending on the duration of the offerings.
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tag(s): business (48), careers (135), chinese (44), coding (85), communication (134), engineering (116), french (72), german (48), literature (217), multilingual (59), OER (43), Online Learning (40), politics (111), psychology (67), sociology (22), spanish (102), STEM (245)

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Use Alison to find professional learning courses, learn the basics of a new language, or for personal development. Share Alison with students to learn skills not offered in school or share with ENL/ESL students to use when learning English. Use Alison with student cohorts interested in learning about a new topic or preparing for college-level courses.

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OK2Ask: Flipping Out Further with Flip (formerly Flipgrid) - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from July 2020. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

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It's fast! It's fun! It just keeps getting better! Learn how to elevate the use of Flip, a free social learning platform that amplifies student voice, and bolsters creativity as learners record short, authentic videos based on your topics. Find instructional inspiration in FlipAR, Whiteboard Mode, Flip Shorts, Screencasting, and more! Basic knowledge of Flip is recommended. Be ready to help your learners create content that demonstrates their learning in powerful and personal ways. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Identify Flip features that ignite creativity and amplify student voice; 2. Learn where to find templates and sample activities to support instruction in all content areas; and 3. Plan for the use of Flip in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): augmented reality (8), creativity (90), Formative Assessment (66), professional development (365), remote learning (63)

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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: Wakelet as an Instructional Hub - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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Pulling all of your lesson content into one collection that students can navigate independently is a great instructional strategy. When used to implement flipped/blended learning, Wakelet allows students to be more self-reliant and gives the instructor more time to help students who struggle. Wakelet offers flexibility in how you share content with your students encouraging creativity in both the instructional sequence and in the ways students demonstrate learning. Join us to learn how Wakelet can be used to reshape your classroom. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand how Wakelet can be used to deliver differentiated blended learning lessons; 2. Explore Wakelet's built-in tools that support instruction; and 3. Plan to deliver a lesson using Wakelet. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Accessibility (8), blended learning (17), classroom management (127), curation (36), flipped learning (10), professional development (365), remote learning (63), teaching strategies (40)

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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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The Big6 - Mike Eisenberg and Bob Berkowitz

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The Big6 provides training and resources based on the Big6 model for problem-solving and decision making. This site also includes information for incorporating the Super3 model into...more
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The Big6 provides training and resources based on the Big6 model for problem-solving and decision making. This site also includes information for incorporating the Super3 model into the decision making process for younger students. Follow the Big6 blog as a means to stay current on the latest ideas and information related to using the Big6 model in and away from the classroom. The Big6 Resources link shares detailed information on the Big6 model along with an overview of incorporating the model as a structured month by month program. The included instructional materials include handouts, presentations, videos, and additional support materials for you to learn about and teach the Big6 model strategies.
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tag(s): problem solving (220), teaching strategies (40)

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Share ideas from this site with peers as part of your professional development sessions. Consider creating a monthly building-wide schedule using the suggestions provided on the site. Include your ideas with parents through your website to teach them along with you and your students on methods for working through any type of decision. Use technology resources to reinforce and reflect upon the Big6 and Super3 decision-making processes. For example, use Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here to create digital posters for each of the strategies. Include suggestions on ways for students to be successful within each strategy. Provide resources for students to match strategies such as planning. Read Write Think, reviewed here, has a large number of student interactives including a Cube Creator, reviewed here, Book Cover Creator, reviewed here, and an Essay Map, reviewed here, that provides students assistance in planning writing assignments. As students learn about and become familiar with the Big6 and Super3 process, ask them to share their ideas and reflect upon learning using blogs created with Edublog, reviewed here. Have students share their knowledge with others using a video explainer tool like Kizoa, reviewed here. Be sure to share student reflections and explainers on your class website for parents and others to view!
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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 is from January 2020. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

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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): blended learning (17), classroom management (127), flipped learning (10), professional development (365), remote learning (63)

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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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Media Literacy Clearinghouse - Frank W Baker

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6 to 12
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Media Literacy Clearinghouse provides resources for teaching about media and media literacy using teaching standards and non-print, media texts. Browse through the site to find the...more
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Media Literacy Clearinghouse provides resources for teaching about media and media literacy using teaching standards and non-print, media texts. Browse through the site to find the latest information, or search by type of media or concepts. Use the teaching standards link to find content sorted by topics including health, math and science, art, and social studies.

tag(s): advertising (23), evaluating sources (28), journalism (69), media literacy (98)

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Bookmark this site as an excellent resource for planning for and teaching about media literacy. Include information from the Clearinghouse using lessons created with Actively Learn , reviewed here. Actively Learn offers tools for creating interactive, critical thinking lessons using materials found on their site and your own while providing you feedback on student responses and learning. As you continue with lessons on media literacy, collaborate with students on how to interpret online information using Fiskkit, reviewed here. Use Fiskkit to replace paper and pencil by sharing the URL of online articles and have students highlight and comment on any areas. Use this in lessons asking students to identify false or misleading information or to highlight areas that provide facts and information to support a claim. As students become familiar with online cues for understanding media, ask them to use Free Online Screen Recorder, reviewed here, to modify classroom technology use by creating a short video tutorial of their own sharing insights and information from an online article.
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New York Fed's Educational Comic Books - Federal Reserve Bank of New York

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6 to 12
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Learn about basic financial concepts and the Federal Reserve's part of the process through two free, downloadable comic books created for middle and high school students. Many of the...more
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Learn about basic financial concepts and the Federal Reserve's part of the process through two free, downloadable comic books created for middle and high school students. Many of the comic books also includes lesson plans for middle and high school levels correlated to state and social studies standards. Download the comic books in color or black and white PDF's.

tag(s): banks (8), comics and cartoons (50), financial literacy (93), money (118)

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Take advantage of these free comic books and lessons when teaching economic and financial lessons as a supplement to your current teaching materials. Instead of printing each comic for individual students, provide a link to students using Padlet, reviewed here. Create a Padlet to share all of your online resources for your unit in one place. Use these comic books as inspiration and modify student learning by asking them to use a comic creation tool like ToonyTool, reviewed here, to create single frame cartoons explaining financial concepts. Find more uses for using comics in the classroom by viewing the archive of our OK2Ask session Engage & Inspire: Comics in the Classroom reviewed here.
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School Garden Resource Center - Whole Kids Foundation

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Find resources for starting a school garden or supporting an existing garden at the School Garden Resource Center. Start with information on why your school needs a garden, planning,...more
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Find resources for starting a school garden or supporting an existing garden at the School Garden Resource Center. Start with information on why your school needs a garden, planning, planting, develop activities, and use the curriculum through your gardening experience. Choose from individual topics on the site or download all of the information in one PDF document.

tag(s): nutrition (133), plants (140)

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Share information from this site with your school's parent/teacher organization to gain support and possible funding for a garden project. Extend classroom technology use and student learning by asking students to create video commercials to ask for funding, share their gardening success, or for their favorite gardening tool. Use a video creation tool like Flexclip, reviewed here. Gardening is a perfect topic for student blogs. Enhance student learning by replacing paper and pencil journals and use Edublog, reviewed here, to share the progress of their gardens including images and journal entries.
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PeoplePlotr - PeoplePlotr.com

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7 to 12
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Create interactive family trees or hierarchy representations using the drag and drop features of PeoplePlotr. Features include options for embedding images, videos, and text within...more
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Create interactive family trees or hierarchy representations using the drag and drop features of PeoplePlotr. Features include options for embedding images, videos, and text within plots. After registering using your email, use your dashboard to begin. In addition to the visual tree, options include adding and viewing information in a timeline format. Follow the steps to fill in the information (only the title is required) and choose the link to create your plot. From this step start adding information to your family tree. Share with others using your unique URL. PeoplePlotr limits free accounts to one plot with 15 people and no embedding on your website.

tag(s): family (53), graphic organizers (49), timelines (46)

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If your students have a school email address use this information to sign individuals up to create their own plot. View examples on this site to get inspiration for creating plots in several different ways. Create family trees of story characters to help visualize family legacies, have students create a hierarchy chart representing government leaders, or have students research their own family tree. After completing timelines, ask students to use the information learned to enhance their learning by creating an explainer video sharing their timeline or hierarchy details. Typito, reviewed here, is a very easy to use video creation tool.

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Economic Games - Nicolas Gruyer and Nicolas Toublanc

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8 to 12
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Economic Games offers over 40 multiplayer games and 14 simulations to learn economic concepts. Game topics vary from impacts of patents on research and development to an introduction...more
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Economic Games offers over 40 multiplayer games and 14 simulations to learn economic concepts. Game topics vary from impacts of patents on research and development to an introduction to the stock market. All games include complete details and an introductory demo. To create multiplayer games the instructor selects the number of players and chooses the Get Logins link. Student logins and passwords display in a popup; players use this information to access and begin play. Be sure to view the How to Play link for full information on starting and sharing games. The site was created in France, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English. Currency is in Euros, not dollars.

tag(s): business (48), financial literacy (93), game based learning (173), simulations (7), stock market (9)

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Include games from this site as part of economics and financial literacy lessons. This site is perfect for use with gifted students for independent study with peers. After completing games, ask students to use a digital storytelling tool like Book Creator, reviewed here, to explain complex financial concepts in an easy to understand manner.

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Environmental Protection Agency

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7 to 12
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Here you will find the home page for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Choose from different areas on the site to search for environmental data, government policies, and...more
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Here you will find the home page for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Choose from different areas on the site to search for environmental data, government policies, and the latest environmental topics. Use the "Your Community" area to search for information within a specific zip code or state. There are also many EPA videos that reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): chemicals (39), environment (233), pollution (49), recycling (46), water (101)

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Bookmark this site to include with units on the environment and current events. Ask students to search for local environmental issues and concerns using search tools on the site. Encourage students to use a tool like Diigo, reviewed here, to keep track and highlight the important information they find. Upon completion of research, have students create infographics using a tool like Canva, reviewed here, to share the facts they find. Canva is easy to use and provides many templates for creating infographics. Ask students to create a podcast featuring information on the environment along with suggestions on how to solve environmental concerns. Podcast Generator, reviewed here, is a free tool for publishing audio and video podcasts.

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Above the Noise - KQED

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6 to 12
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This YouTube Channel, created for middle and high school students digs deeper into issues (environmental, health, social and more) affecting their lives. Based on science and research,...more
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This YouTube Channel, created for middle and high school students digs deeper into issues (environmental, health, social and more) affecting their lives. Based on science and research, episodes provide information to help teens make informed conclusions on topics like fake news and social media. Just below the video link see the discussion questions for use before, during, and after videos. You can also click the PBS Learning Media link to find standards-aligned free lesson plans, viewing guides, transcripts, and more for each episode. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): character education (74), drugs and alcohol (27), social media (53), social networking (68), social skills (22), sociology (22), video (252)

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Take advantage of the classroom guide to explore big questions found within each episode. Subscribe to this channel to receive notifications of new video additions. Use a tool such as MoocNote, reviewed here, to add questions directly into the YouTube videos for students to complete as a blended, flipped, or remote learning lesson and before (classroom) instruction. Use a tool such as Voxer, reviewed here, for students to discuss their thoughts on the topic of each video.

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How to Teach Your Children to be Financially Smart in the Digital Age - Blog-pawnhero

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Help create a financially literate generation by using the suggestions, games, and programs found on this blog page. Presented as an easy-to-read infographic, find suggestions for parents...more
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Help create a financially literate generation by using the suggestions, games, and programs found on this blog page. Presented as an easy-to-read infographic, find suggestions for parents at the top and programs to use ranging from ages 6 through college level. As stated in this blog post, 54% of children purchase mobile apps, and 41% use their mobiles to make general purchases. It's ever more important to teach children, adolescents, and young adults that they are buying their music, personal items, and games with REAL money, not virtual money. This blog shows you how to do that starting at an early age. There is an embed code at the bottom of the page under "Share This Image On Your Page."
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tag(s): business (48), financial literacy (93), infographics (50), parents (59)

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Find reviews for all of the suggested activities on this blog at TeachersFirst: Practical Money Skills, Financial Football, U.S. Coin Classroom (was h.i.p. Pocket Change), and BizKids. Read the suggested classroom activities in the reviews to get ideas for using the tools with your students. Post a link, or embed the inforgraphic on your web page for parents and students to use at home.

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Twitter Chat: Start a School Makerspace from Scratch - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from July 2016 and will open in Wakelet. View this archive to learn how to Start a School Makerspace from Scratch. Browse the tips and ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from July 2016 and will open in Wakelet. View this archive to learn how to Start a School Makerspace from Scratch. Browse the tips and tools offered by the chat moderators and participants.

tag(s): makerspace (41), professional development (365), STEM (245), twitterchatarchive (167)

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If you are starting Makerspace, or need some new ideas, view this archive. Share this tool with your colleagues who are interested in Makerspace.

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SparkFun Tutorials - SparkFun Electronics

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SparkFun tutorials teach the basics (and beyond) of electronics. Over 400 tutorials include topics such as computers, circuits, and wearable technology. Browse through the list of tutorials,...more
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SparkFun tutorials teach the basics (and beyond) of electronics. Over 400 tutorials include topics such as computers, circuits, and wearable technology. Browse through the list of tutorials, or choose topics by tags to find specific content. Each tutorial includes complete instructions as well as suggested reading lists to help fully develop the understanding of concepts used. Most projects require several different materials, be sure to check each tutorial's supply list before starting any project. Many projects have an intro video that resides on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable.
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tag(s): circuits (20), computers (102), electricity (60), engineering (116), weather (160)

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Share SparkFun Tutorials with students competing in electronics or computer competition. Use tutorials as guides for projects in Makerspace classrooms or with after-school clubs. SparkFun Tutorials are the perfect challenge for gifted students. Encourage them to choose projects of interest either individually or as a group to complete as a "self-directed" lesson. Share the Wearables or Pokemon Go projects with students to show them this can also be for creating a fashion statement or patches for caps, backpacks, tee shirts and more. Be sure to photograph finished products for next year's students to view. Challenge students to create an "explainer" video tutorial for their project using ScreenPal, reviewed here, and then share them on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here.
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