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Eduflow - Eduflow

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Create, teach, and manage online learning with Eduflow's learning management system. Create a course from scratch or begin with one of the provided templates. Use the links within each...more
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Create, teach, and manage online learning with Eduflow's learning management system. Create a course from scratch or begin with one of the provided templates. Use the links within each activity to personalize the course offering and upload files. Adjust the submission settings and rules to define course deadlines, options for editing after submission, and to add prerequisites necessary before allowing access to individual activities. Invite students to join the course using their email address. Once added, your teacher dashboard will show student progress within each course. Free accounts offer one instructor the ability to provide three active courses with 50 students in each course and limit student uploads to 10mb/file.

tag(s): Learning Management Systems (25), Teacher Utilities (97)

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Use Eduflow's features to deliver blended learning opportunities to students in a variety of teaching settings. Differentiate learning by ability or student interest. Offer remote learning opportunities for students who are away from school for an extended time. Offer additional support and collaboration opportunities for students using Padlet, reviewed here. Create a Padlet that includes links to online resources used during your course or as a collaboration tool for students to share ideas and resources. Instead of written reports, extend learning and ask students to create explainer videos using Biteable, reviewed here, and have them share a link to their video as part of their response within Eduflow.

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Clever Crazes for Kids - Building Healthy Lives Foundation

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Clever Crazes for Kids is a kid-friendly website devoted to sharing education enrichment resources aligned to state and Common Core Standards. This site features game-based learning...more
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Clever Crazes for Kids is a kid-friendly website devoted to sharing education enrichment resources aligned to state and Common Core Standards. This site features game-based learning activities based upon STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) concepts and content. Additional activities provide foundations in English language learning skills for ELL/ESL students. Play games as a guest or create a free account to save favorites and earn points. Download the Toolkit for Educators (PDF) to find an overview of the site's offerings and suggested curriculum uses.

tag(s): game based learning (158), preK (286), STEM (219)

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Add games found on Clever Crazes for Kids to others shared on classroom computers. Encourage students to participate in games by earning points. Have students document and extend their learning by sharing screenshots of accomplishments and by screen recording student reading sessions to demonstrate progress. Use Seesaw, reviewed here, as a digital portfolio to document progress and share student learning with parents.
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Twitter Chat: Dive into Deep Learning: Communication - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from June 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Dive into Deep Learning: Communication. During this chat, participants will: 1. ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from June 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Dive into Deep Learning: Communication. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss communication in the context of Deep Learning, 2. Explore strategies to enhance communication in teaching and learning, and 3. Share tech tools to support communication as defined by deep learning.

tag(s): communication (25), twitterchatarchive (89)

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Find resources and information about diving deep into learning through communication. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for a dive into deep learning: communication.

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Microsoft Whiteboard - Microsoft

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Microsoft Whiteboard is a digital online whiteboard web tool that integrates with Microsoft 365 Education products. The whiteboard includes features for adding collaborators through...more
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Microsoft Whiteboard is a digital online whiteboard web tool that integrates with Microsoft 365 Education products. The whiteboard includes features for adding collaborators through Teams or by email invitation. Use the tools on the whiteboard to draw, type, add images, and much more. Your whiteboards save automatically to the cloud for easy access at any time or from any device. Sign in to your school's Microsoft 365 account or follow the directions to download the app for Windows or iOS. The download provides additional resources beyond what is available on school accounts.

tag(s): collaboration (70), iwb (31)

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Use Microsoft Whiteboard to collaborate with students to share and organize information instantly. Use the whiteboard through Microsoft's Teams to differentiate instruction with groups of students. Allow students to create collaborative drawings as responses to literature. They can map out the plot or themes, add labels, create character studies, and more. Share the finished products on an interactive whiteboard, projector, or your class website. Have a group of students create a drawing so that another group can use it as a writing prompt. Use the whiteboard as a brainstorming or sketching space as groups (or the class) share ideas for a major project or for solving a real-world problem. Use this site in a computer lab (or on laptops) to create a drawing of the setting in a story as it is read aloud. As an assessment idea, have students draw out a simple cartoon with stick figures to explain a more complex process such as how democracy works. If you are lucky enough to teach in a BYOD setting, have a blended classroom, or are distance teaching, use Microsoft Whiteboard to demonstrate and illustrate any concept while students use the chat and drawing tools to interact in real-time. If you are studying weather, have students diagram the layers of the atmosphere and what happens during a thunderstorm, for example. Introduce this tool to students who are working on group projects. Alternatively, have students use this to work as partners or as a small team to complete complex math problems or equations. Give students a question by typing it on their whiteboard.

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TeachersFirst Resources for Teaching Remotely - TeachersFirst

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This resource for educators contains instructional ideas, tips, and how-to ideas to get you started teaching remotely. Find information by selecting grade-level or content-area links....more
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This resource for educators contains instructional ideas, tips, and how-to ideas to get you started teaching remotely. Find information by selecting grade-level or content-area links. Each link provides general tips, suggested instructional tools, and tools for students to show what they know. Although created for educators as a starting point for remote learning and distance education, the tools and tips provide information for all educators providing distance learning.

tag(s): Online Learning (15)

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Use the information provided in this resource as a guide for incorporating remote learning into any classroom. This content is helpful to educators using blended learning techniques and with flipped classroom content. Information provided on this site was curated using Wakelet, reviewed here. Use Wakelet to create your collections of remote learning resources in your classroom and to provide learning templates for student use.

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First Book Marketplace Book Bank - First Book

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We all know that books are expensive. First Book comes to the rescue! Browse the marketplace to order books from their continuously updated website that includes books donated by publishers...more
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We all know that books are expensive. First Book comes to the rescue! Browse the marketplace to order books from their continuously updated website that includes books donated by publishers and other partners. Books are free; you only pay the shipping cost. There are titles in both English and Spanish for all age ranges.

tag(s): book lists (135), preK (286)

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Book titles change often, check this site regularly to find class sets and individual titles to add to your classroom library. Share your wish list with parents and your school's parent/teacher organization to request funding for shipping charges. Because many titles come in cartons of eight or more books, work with peers to create class sets of books to share across classrooms and grade levels. Find many more ideas and teaching strategies at this TeachersFirst Special Topics Page for Reading Strategy Resources.

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Twitter Chat: Self-care Tips and Strategies for Educators - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from June 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Self-care Tips and Strategies for Educators. During this chat, participants will: ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from June 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Self-care Tips and Strategies for Educators. During this chat, participants will: 1. Define and discuss self-care for educators, 2. Share strategies for self-care, and 3. Explore tech tools that support educator self-care.

tag(s): social and emotional learning (24), twitterchatarchive (89)

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Find resources and information about how self-care tips and strategies for educators. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for resources related to self-care tips and strategies for educators.

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OK2Ask: Tech Integration Made Easy with Edpuzzle - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from June 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Transform your classroom activities by learning how to use Edpuzzle. Engage...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from June 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Transform your classroom activities by learning how to use Edpuzzle. Engage students and deepen content area knowledge by using instructional videos. Learn how to select a video, make minor edits, and add questions to bring additional context to content area instruction for your students and monitor progress. Brainstorm with others how you and your students can use Edpuzzle in your classroom. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn basic use of Edpuzzle; 2. Explore three different ways to use Edpuzzle in the classroom; and 3. Plan for the use of Edpuzzle in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): assessment (130), Formative Assessment (16), professional development (231), video (275)

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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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Summer Reading Journal - Barnes and Noble

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Barnes and Noble provides a summer reading program for students in grades 1-6. The list starts with titles for reading divided into three grade bands. Students complete the journal...more
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Barnes and Noble provides a summer reading program for students in grades 1-6. The list starts with titles for reading divided into three grade bands. Students complete the journal by listing eight books they read from the list, then sharing their favorite portion of the book and a short explanation of why. Upon completion, students bring their record to Barnes and Noble between July 1 and August 31, to receive a free book.

tag(s): book lists (135), summer (10)

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Although this list is for the current Barnes and Noble reading program, it provides ideas to add to any summer reading book list shared with students and parents. Create a list using Google Docs or Padlet, reviewed here to share a variety of reading materials to engage students in summer learning. Encourage students to share their summer reading by creating a collaborative topic using FlipGrid, reviewed here. Ask students to share what they are reading and a short review with a video response. Encourage students to add comments to book reviews sharing their thoughts about the reading materials.
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Little Free Library - Little Free Library

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Join the world's largest book-sharing movement by sharing or borrowing from hundreds of free library boxes located around the world. Visit the world map and search by location to find...more
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Join the world's largest book-sharing movement by sharing or borrowing from hundreds of free library boxes located around the world. Visit the world map and search by location to find free libraries situated near you. Join the movement by building your sharing box using the plans shared by the site's users or start your little free library using the 5-step quick start guide.
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tag(s): character education (5), preK (286)

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Use the map on Little Free Library's website to locate book sharing locations near you and your students. Share this information with parents and encourage them to donate books to the library and/or borrow books. Use this site as an inspiration to create a free borrowing library for your school. Ask parents and community members to donate supplies and books, then build a sharing box using plans found on the site. Have students use time during makerspace activities to build models for inspiration. Extend student learning using podcasts created with Buzzsprout, reviewed here. Ask students to write and produce podcasts featuring books found in the free library and share their reflections on the goodwill created with the free library system.
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Book It! - Pizza Hut

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Book It! is the popular free reading program provided by Pizza Hut since 1984. The program is available October through March each year and encourages students in grades K-6 to ...more
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Book It! is the popular free reading program provided by Pizza Hut since 1984. The program is available October through March each year and encourages students in grades K-6 to set and accomplish monthly reading goals. Educators help students set achievable goals and provide a free pizza certificate upon completion.

tag(s): independent reading (117)

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Encourage student reading by signing up and sharing the Book It! program with your students. Set goals together with your students that match individual reading abilities and interests. Use a spreadsheet such as Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets to document student progress and accomplishments. Visit ReadWriteThink, reviewed here to find a large variety of activities and templates to extend learning with any book. Be sure to visit the section with printouts that contains many graphic organizers, writing starters, and assessment tools.

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Text Features Questions: Higher Order Thinking - Teaching Made Practical

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This blog post provides ideas for teaching upper elementary students about text features based upon each level within Bloom's Taxonomy. The questions provide a quick overview for educators...more
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This blog post provides ideas for teaching upper elementary students about text features based upon each level within Bloom's Taxonomy. The questions provide a quick overview for educators on how to guide students toward higher thinking skills. Use the provided link at the end of the blog post to access a PDF version of the questions that include links to additional blogs that support teaching of nonfiction texts.
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tag(s): reading comprehension (135), reading strategies (65)

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Use the suggestions found on this site as a starting point for ideas to use when teaching nonfiction. Engage students by creating choice boards with options to demonstrate learning. Learn more about choice boards by viewing the archive of the October 2018 OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire: Choice Boards for Differentiation session, located here. Enhance learning by using FlipGrid, reviewed here to ask students to provide video responses to questions about nonfiction text. Use Flipgrid's Disco Library to find many ideas and prompts to use to encourage students to use higher-level thinking skills when discussing a text. Extend student learning further by asking them to create nonfiction multimedia projects. Provide a variety of options including Book Creator, reviewed here to create digital books, Powtoon, reviewed here to create animated videos, and Buzzsprout, reviewed here as a podcasting option.

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Nonfiction Text Features: Books and Lesson Ideas - Minds in Bloom

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This blog post shares teaching strategies to increase student comprehension with nonfiction text. The author shares images and information with guidelines for using anchor charts, how...more
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This blog post shares teaching strategies to increase student comprehension with nonfiction text. The author shares images and information with guidelines for using anchor charts, how to focus on specific text features, and spiraling learning. Additional suggestions share ideas for differentiating learning to increase student engagement and interest. As a bonus, the author includes a link to the graphic organizers and pacing guide to download for free use.
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tag(s): reading comprehension (135), reading strategies (65)

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Use this blog post as a starting point for ideas to use when teaching with nonfiction text. Create a book list using Padlet, reviewed here sharing ideas for nonfiction books with your students. Organize them into categories using the "stream" option. Ask students to share their comments and short book reviews as a way to share reading materials with classmates. Enhance learning further using nonfiction materials and lesson ideas found at ReadWriteThink, reviewed here. Type in "nonfiction" using the keyword search at ReadWriteThink to find printable materials such as a nonfiction pyramid, a lesson plan using guided inquiry to learn about nonfiction, and use of the THIEVES strategy as a guide to previewing nonfiction reading materials. Extend learning further by asking students to incorporate nonfiction text features within their writing. Share student work using Edublogs, reviewed here.

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Text Feature Surgery for Elementary Students - Travelicious Teacher

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In this blog post, you'll learn how to use the metaphor of surgery to teach your students nonfiction or informational reading strategies. Find everything you will need in a step-by-step...more
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In this blog post, you'll learn how to use the metaphor of surgery to teach your students nonfiction or informational reading strategies. Find everything you will need in a step-by-step format, starting with a list titled "Text Feature Surgery Supplies" with lots of photos for picturing what the lessons will look like in your classroom. There is a "printable" suggested in this blog post that is not free; however, there is a generous amount of free ideas. Be sure to explore the Travelicious Teacher blog for many other ideas and teaching lessons for your classroom.
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tag(s): literacy (111), reading comprehension (135), reading strategies (65)

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Your students won't even realize how much they are learning about reading while participating in this fun, hands-on nonfiction reading unit. Look through the steps and quickly adapt the lessons to your own classroom. At the end of the unit ask individuals or small groups of students to enhance their learning by photographing their bulletin boards and creations and uploading them to a tool like Screenshot, reviewed here, or Tolks, reviewed here, to demonstrate what they learned about nonfiction reading comprehension.

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OK2Ask: The Fantastic Four: An Intro to the Free Office Online - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from May 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Microsoft's Office Online is a completely free, web-based version of Microsoft...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from May 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Microsoft's Office Online is a completely free, web-based version of Microsoft Office. Designed to facilitate workplace readiness skills including communication, critical thinking, collaboration and creativity, Office online can be used with students of all ages. We will share promising practices as well as strategies for staying organized, easily sharing files, and using these tools with your students. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand the features of Office Online that support the 4Cs; 2. Explore classroom applications for Microsoft Forms and Sway; and 3. Plan for the use of Office Online in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): collaboration (70), communication (25), creativity (115), critical thinking (124), Microsoft (70), professional development (231)

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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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TeachersFirst Infusing Technology Blog - TeachersFirst

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Find hands-on, technology-infused ideas with the snack-size informative posts shared by TeachersFirst blog authors. Each post shares ideas for incorporating free resources into classrooms...more
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Find hands-on, technology-infused ideas with the snack-size informative posts shared by TeachersFirst blog authors. Each post shares ideas for incorporating free resources into classrooms based on the latest frameworks for effectively using technology to enhance learning. Not only do the blogs have technology-infused ideas, but the topics are always spot on for your classroom, using monthly celebrations such as Women's History, Black History, holidays, Get Caught Reading, and other appropriate topics like Using Cartoons to Empower Student Voice, Using Rubrics When teaching Remotely, and many more. Use the search feature to find and read blog posts for any topic. Don't forget to subscribe using your RSS feed and receive alerts with the latest posts.

tag(s): blogs (79), preK (286), teaching strategies (36)

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Bookmark and save this site as a professional development resource to keep you up to date with the latest technology and ideas on incorporating tech into any classroom. Share ideas with your peers during professional development sessions as you discuss your curriculum and ways to enhance learning. Take advantage of the information linked in the blog posts to expand your knowledge of the latest online resources and teaching frameworks.

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Twitter Chat: Tools and Resources to be VOCAL online - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from May 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Tools and Resources to be VOCAL online. During this chat, participants ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from May 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Tools and Resources to be VOCAL online. During this chat, participants will: 1. Define and discuss the VOCAL approach to instruction, 2. Explore methods to incorporate a VOCAL approach in the instructional environment, and 3. Share tools that enhance the teachers' ability to be VOCAL.

tag(s): communication (25), Online Learning (15), twitterchatarchive (89)

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Find resources and information about how to use technology to be VOCAL online. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for resources related to a VOCAL approach in the instructional environment.

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OK2Ask: Build Comprehension with Tech Tools for Reading Fluency - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from May 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Want to increase student comprehension? We can show you one way to...Research...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from May 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Want to increase student comprehension? We can show you one way to...Research tells us that reading slowly can negatively effect student comprehension, so increasing reading fluency is a quick way to effect student comprehension. In this session, we will investigate ways to use technology to increase reading fluency. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand how reading fluency effects comprehension; 2. Explore 3 edtech strategies that can be used to enhance reading fluency; and 3. Plan for the use of technology integrated reading fluency strategies. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): professional development (231), reading comprehension (135), reading strategies (65)

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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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Koji - Koji

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Koji is an interactive content creator for use with all types of social media. Create games and quizzes by creating a template or remixing one of the thousands of available ...more
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Koji is an interactive content creator for use with all types of social media. Create games and quizzes by creating a template or remixing one of the thousands of available models found on the website. Choose an existing game and click the remix button to begin. Customize the options, including text, sound, images, and game features. Publish and share using the game link or directly into social media using the provided links.

tag(s): coding (80), game based learning (158), gamification (81)

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Find templates by browsing the templates found on the home page, or choose the option to see what others are remixing to find examples to use in the classroom. Modify quizzes to include on your class website for quick review and practice on any device. Choose a "tap to reveal" feature to share before introducing a new unit. For example, before starting a unit on national landmarks, quickly create several "tap to reveal" games with United States landmarks and publish one a day on the week before the start of your unit. Have students create quizzes and games to review classroom material, then share the games with all students on your class websites. Share with students interested in software and coding applications, encourage them to create games that interact with current classroom materials. Koji includes options for viewing the source code for advanced coders to use in creating and modifying their interactives.

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Snapstouch converts your photos into images that appear to be paintings. Choose and upload your image to begin. Select from the two options of painting 1 and painting 2, each ...more
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Snapstouch converts your photos into images that appear to be paintings. Choose and upload your image to begin. Select from the two options of painting 1 and painting 2, each option provides a different look to the "painting." This site also provides a couple of options to add outlines, change the brush size, and adjust the level of painting. Click "paint" to convert your image, when finished, choose to download to save on your device as a JPG image.
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tag(s): images (274)

In the Classroom

Before sharing with students, you may want to share this tool on an interactive whiteboard or projector and show students how to save images correctly. Use this tool anytime to add interest to photos for use on class blogs, wikis, or in presentation tools. Share with older students to use for converting images for projects or presentations. Have students create a painted image to use instead of a photograph to use as their image within Google Classroom or other learning tools.
 

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