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The Science of Reading Implementation Guide - EAB District Leadership Forum

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This guide created for principals and district leaders provides an understanding of the science of how the brain learns to read and suggestions for using the toolkit to support and...more
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This guide created for principals and district leaders provides an understanding of the science of how the brain learns to read and suggestions for using the toolkit to support and implement reading reform within districts. The handbook includes building districtwide expertise, cultivating principal advocates to lead reform, providing explicit instruction, and increasing opportunities for observation and feedback. Also included is a nine-part toolkit designed to aid educators in implementing the science of reading teaching practices.

tag(s): literacy (94), phonics (48), professional development (282), reading strategies (67), science of reading (13), writing (283)

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Include this guide and your other resources as you learn about the Science of Reading and researched-based reading instruction. Share with administrators and reading coaches in your district. Browse through the guides to find ideas that support and enhance your current curriculum and instruction strategies. Share suggestions found in the guide with parents for at-home support. Share ideas and future planning with peers using a collaborative tool such as Draft, reviewed here. For example, use one of the provided Roadmap templates to map out further professional development discussions or guide the planning and implementation of new teaching strategies during the school year.
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Science of Reading Handbook - Amplify Education, Inc.

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What is the Science of Reading? Learn the fundamentals and history behind reading research and educational application with the three handbooks found on this site. Each user-friendly...more
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What is the Science of Reading? Learn the fundamentals and history behind reading research and educational application with the three handbooks found on this site. Each user-friendly guide provides readers with background knowledge and educational applications using images, graphs, and relatable stories. Handbooks one and two are primers in reading research, while the third handbook focuses on making the shift to teaching in classrooms based upon the science of reading. In addition to the three printable directories, additional resources include links to articles, podcasts, and activities that support understanding how we learn to read.

tag(s): phonics (48), professional development (282), reading comprehension (127), reading strategies (67), science of reading (13), vocabulary (233), vocabulary development (86), word study (53)

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Download and save the handbooks shared on this site for professional development and understanding of the science of reading. Share with peers to use PD activities. Consider breaking the guides into smaller portions to begin your in-depth study of this topic and as you reflect upon your current teaching strategies. The third handbook that focuses on classroom instruction is beneficial for use as a reflective and ongoing learning opportunity. Add the questions to ask, found in the third handbook, to a curation tool such as Wakelet, reviewed here, then add teaching resources to your Wakelet collection. For example, one question is, "Are vocabulary words preselected and connected to the topic and text?' " Create a Wakelet collection that includes strategies for teaching how to understand vocabulary words within the context of the passage read. Include online tools such as Read Ahead, reviewed here. Read Ahead uses AI technology to create presentations of online text that present vocabulary lists of the text and provide definitions in context while students read.
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Reading Foundational Skills - PBS Learning Media

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Find various resources for emergent readers and teachers provided by PBS Learning Media. Select content by topics that include fluency, phonics and word recognition, phonological awareness,...more
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Find various resources for emergent readers and teachers provided by PBS Learning Media. Select content by topics that include fluency, phonics and word recognition, phonological awareness, and print concepts. Use filters to narrow information by grade, resource type, or relevance, including the newest additions or most popular items. Choose from various resources, including lesson plans, interactives, videos, and much more.

tag(s): literacy (94), parents (61), phonics (48), preK (238), professional development (282), reading comprehension (127), reading strategies (67), science of reading (13), writing (283)

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Be sure to bookmark and save this site for use when teaching reading skills to students at all grade levels. Although it is beneficial for teachers in elementary grades, the valuable lessons and materials support the teaching of reading skills in all grade levels. Use a bookmarking tool like Symbaloo, reviewed here, to share resources with students to use at computer centers or share at-home activities with parents. Ask students to reflect upon their learning through blog writing using Edublogs, reviewed here. For example, have students include a link or image of the first draft of a writing project and the final document and discuss why and how they made changes. For younger students, include a recording of them reading a short passage, then add a later recording that demonstrates growth in reading skills. You might consider using Flipgrid for this, reviewed here.
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Why Phonological Awareness is Important to Reading - Glean Education

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This podcast includes a 22-minute conversation between Jessica Hamman, the founder of Glean Education, and Melanie Schuele, a leading literacy and speech-language pathology researcher....more
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This podcast includes a 22-minute conversation between Jessica Hamman, the founder of Glean Education, and Melanie Schuele, a leading literacy and speech-language pathology researcher. The discussion focuses on phonological awareness and methods for explicit phonological awareness instruction. Listen to this podcast online, download it to your device, or read and print the available transcript.

tag(s): literacy (94), phonics (48), preK (238), professional development (282), science of reading (13)

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Include this podcast with your other bookmarks and professional development resources for literacy instruction. Share with peers during professional development activities. Use information from this podcast and others to share the research behind literacy instruction methods with parents. Consider adding a short section to your class newsletter or website each month that includes information about literacy research and tips for at-home activities to encourage the practice of literacy skills at home. Find many free books, games, and activities to share with parents at We Read, reviewed here.
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How Our Brains Learn to Read - EAB District Leadership Forum

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Do you know that we use four different areas of our brains to read? This interesting printable document provides visualization and short descriptions of each portion of the brain used...more
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Do you know that we use four different areas of our brains to read? This interesting printable document provides visualization and short descriptions of each portion of the brain used in reading and the role each plays. For example, find the visual cortex to view the location in the brain and understand its role in orthographic processing (the ability to recognize and remember written words and parts of words visually). This document is shared as a PDF file and is ready to print and use for many different purposes.

tag(s): brain (52), literacy (94), professional development (282), reading comprehension (127), reading strategies (67), science of reading (13)

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Save this document as a resource for sharing information on reading and literacy with parents. Consider adding this printable and additional PDF documents to create a digital book using Flipsnack, reviewed here. Include basic information on different literacy elements and suggestions for at-home activities for parents in your digital book. Flipsnack's free plan allows you to create three books that include up to 30 pages each.
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Scribe - ScribeHow

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Scribe is a must-have Chrome browser extension for every classroom for creating step-by-step guides for many different uses. After installing the extension and creating an account,...more
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Scribe is a must-have Chrome browser extension for every classroom for creating step-by-step guides for many different uses. After installing the extension and creating an account, activate a Scribe recording to create and share step-by-step tutorials that follow your activity on the computer. Some examples shared include how to strikethrough text in a Google document, how to create a GIF from a YouTube video, and how to merge mail in Gmail. To create a Scribe, click the record button on your browser or Chrome extension and navigate to your starting page. Scribe records each of your actions with a small screenshot and creates a series of steps that guides viewers through the process shared. When finished, click the record button again to stop recording. Your Scribe appears on your account dashboard and offers options to edit the contents. After saving, use the provided link to share with others, embed using the shared code, or download it as a PDF.

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The number of uses in classrooms for Scribe are countless! Use Scribe to create guides for students to log in to software, games, and computer programs. Create step-by-step guides for students on how to add or edit images in tools such as Google Slides, reviewed here or Genially, reviewed here. Ask students to include Scribe within multimedia presentations to demonstrate information such as how to search Google for Creative Commons Images or how to narrow searches to fit into a custom time frame. Create Scribes to share with parents for use at home as a guide for accessing online tools needed for homework or practice. If you have a need for a guide to completing online activities, Scribe is the perfect answer!

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OK2Ask: Digital Storytelling 101 - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from May 2022. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

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Using digital storytelling in the classroom doesn't have to be complicated! Start your first digital storytelling project in just a few easy steps and learn to use this strategy to support and engage students, enhance your instructional cycle, and showcase your students' knowledge construction skills as they connect to the real world. Learn to use digital storytelling as a formative or summative assessment that includes 21st Century Skill practice. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Develop an understanding of the digital storytelling process; 2. Understand multiple ways digital storytelling can be used in the classroom; and 3. Learn about tools that can be used to implement the digital storytelling cycle. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): digital storytelling (128), professional development (282)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.

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Twitter Chat: Strategies and Resources for Language Learners - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from May 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Strategies and Resources for Language Learners. During this chat, participants: 1. ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from May 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Strategies and Resources for Language Learners. During this chat, participants: 1. Discussed ways to use technology to empower language learners in the classroom, 2. Explored instructional strategies that support language learners, and 3. Shared tips for using tech tools in the classroom to support language learners.

tag(s): ELL/ESL (20), twitterchatarchive (130)

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Find resources and information about language learners in the classroom. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for strategies and resources on language learners in the classroom.

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OK2Ask: 3 Cool Tools for Language Learners - TeachersFirst

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Are you looking for ways to supplement your instruction with technology tools that engage your language learners? Join us to learn about three tools you can use with language learners at all levels to incorporate reading, writing, speaking, and listening in your lessons. Learn how to enhance your students' creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication skills. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand the needs of language learners within the classroom. 2. Explore three online tools to engage language learners, and 3. Plan for the use of these tools in your instructional setting. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): ELL/ESL (20), professional development (282)

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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: Independent Practice and Assessment Strategies with Digital Worksheets - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from April 2022. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

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Versatile and adaptable across grade levels and content areas, appropriately designed and infused digital worksheets can contribute to student learning instead of merely keeping your students busy. This workshop will show you how to take your most powerful worksheets and PDFs and turn them into learning activities. Learn to adapt and personalize digital assignments from your existing print materials and build in scaffolding to accommodate learning differences using the free version of PowerPoint Online. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn the steps of using PowerPoint Online to create digital worksheets; 2. Explore strategies to design digital worksheets that go beyond busywork; and 3. Plan for the use of digital worksheet templates in your classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Microsoft (68), professional development (282), worksheets (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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OK2Ask: Tech Integration Made Easy with Big Huge Labs - TeachersFirst

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Provide challenging learning opportunities for your students while promoting innovative classroom instruction by using digital image creation to engage students and deepen their content area knowledge. Students can create posters, trading cards, mosaics, magazine covers, and more that demonstrate their knowledge construction skills. Learn to use Big Huge Labs for classroom projects and personal productivity, and brainstorm with others about ways you and your students can use this tool to demonstrate learning. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn basic use of Big Huge Labs; 2. Explore three different ways to use Big Huge Labs in the classroom; and 3. Plan for the use of Big Huge Labs in your instructional setting. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Creating Media (2), professional development (282)

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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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Take a Virtual Field Trip - Google Arts and Culture

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Where do you want to go, and what would you like to learn? The choice is yours at this virtual field trip offering from Google Arts and Culture. Start by ...more
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Where do you want to go, and what would you like to learn? The choice is yours at this virtual field trip offering from Google Arts and Culture. Start by selecting a subject, exploring all tours, or selecting a country to visit. Other options encourage you to search for answers to life's many questions, see iconic sites, or visit nature. Each field trip is easy to follow; scroll through the site for the information and images.

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Be sure to take advantage of the guide included on this site on how to take a virtual field trip. In addition, the guide offers suggestions and lesson plans for making the most of virtual field trips. Use any of the included field trips as an engaging introduction to many different topics. For example, several different field trips take viewers under the oceans and use these excursions to introduce a unit on ocean animals, climate change, or oceans worldwide. Use Google Jamboard, reviewed here, for students to share notes, questions, and information learned throughout the activity. Instead of assigning a typical research project, ask students to create a virtual field trip using Google My Maps, reviewed here. Learn the basics of creating with Google My Maps by viewing the archive of a November 2021 OK2Ask virtual workshop, reviewed here.

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Rawpixel - Rawpixel Ltd.

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Rawpixel offers a massive selection of free images, PNG elements, fonts, and backgrounds curated by the site's graphic designers. Select the Public Domain link to find collections and...more
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Rawpixel offers a massive selection of free images, PNG elements, fonts, and backgrounds curated by the site's graphic designers. Select the Public Domain link to find collections and resources for use with a Creative Commons license. Rawpixel makes it easy to find items using Topics; select the topic link to search collections by trending, popular, or new images. Use the search bar to find specific topics, photos, or boards. Follow the directions to download pictures after creating your free account. Each download also includes attribution information to have when using. Finally, create boards to save images to a collection for later use.

tag(s): creative commons (26), graphic design (49), images (247)

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Include Rawpixel with your other image resources for your professional use and share with students. Be sure to include discussions of proper attribution of images and Creative Commons Licensing. Consider using a curation tool such as Wakelet, reviewed here, or Padlet, reviewed here, to share image resources with students. Ask students to enhance presentations using images and elements found on Rawpixel. For example, when creating presentations on the American Revolution using Google Slides, reviewed here, or Canva Edu, reviewed here, ask students to find a PNG image of a smartphone, then add chat boxes into the phone to depict a conversation between George Washington and one of his generals. This site contains many useful images and graphic design resources; it is worth saving and using in all classrooms!

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Annotate - Simpliphi, Inc.

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Annotate offers several tools that allow educators to use their whiteboards while remaining completely mobile in the classroom. Use the projection feature to project information from...more
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Annotate offers several tools that allow educators to use their whiteboards while remaining completely mobile in the classroom. Use the projection feature to project information from a mobile device onto your whiteboard from anywhere in the room. Free plans offer up to two hours of sharing daily. Add the optional extension to Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge browsers to annotate web pages, take screen captures, and highlight online information. Enroll up to ten students in a course to allow students to follow your screen on their device. Once you create a class, use Annotate to live stream information, take assessments, and schedule homework. Annotate also has a built-in graphing calculator that is handy for math instructors.
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tag(s): collaboration (83), differentiation (65), iwb (32)

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Use Annotate.net as a resource for using your whiteboard while still maintaining the freedom to interact with students in other classroom areas than standing at the front. Move around the room as you use Annotate to find examples of misinformation or difficulty with work, highlight student examples that share innovative thinking, or take advantage of teachable moments as they arise. Hand your device over to students to demonstrate their understanding of concepts or highlight questions they may have.

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Kumospace - Yang Mou and Brett Martin

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Host virtual meetings with up to thirty participants with Kumospace. The free plan includes all of the site's core features, including unlimited floors and virtual apps. Other features...more
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Host virtual meetings with up to thirty participants with Kumospace. The free plan includes all of the site's core features, including unlimited floors and virtual apps. Other features include the ability to screen share, chat with individuals or the entire group, and customize your workspace. After creating an account, start your meeting by selecting the "Create a Space" button. Next, give your space a name, customize the end of the URL to be shared, and choose an option for your area. Then, share the link to invite others to your virtual meeting. Finally, choose from templates to change the background of your space, add floors, and edit privacy settings for your session and each floor. Privacy options include requiring a password for different floors or setting the floor availability only for use by co-hosts. Learn more about the features of Kumospace and how to implement them by finding videos on their YouTube Channel, located here.
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tag(s): chat (39), communication (135), parent conferences (22), video (239)

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Use Kumospace to set up virtual meetings for many different educational uses. Set up virtual parent/teacher conferences with participants in any location, conduct monthly parent meetings to share the latest classroom news, discuss your current curriculum, and answer questions. Create a virtual "get-to-know-you" session at the beginning of the school year or semester that includes team-building activities. Build classroom community by creating virtual rooms for students to share common interests, as a virtual study hall, or for use when working on collaborative projects.

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Project Zero's Thinking Routines Toolbox - Project Zero Harvard Graduate School of Education

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Support student understanding and develop routines that support learning through the use of Thinking Routines and the specific information offered by Project Zero. Scroll through the...more
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Support student understanding and develop routines that support learning through the use of Thinking Routines and the specific information offered by Project Zero. Scroll through the site to find Core Thinking Routines, Digging Deeper into Ideas, Introducing & Exploring Ideas, and several other topics. Use the filters to find thinking routines by subject area, thinking disposition or competence, or project. After selecting, choose the resource link to view an in-depth explanation of the routine, including a stated purpose, application, and tips for launching the activity. Some links also include student handouts and an educator guide.

tag(s): critical thinking (102), professional development (282), thinking skills (12)

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Bookmark this site and frequently visit as you prepare lesson plans to enhance student learning and understanding of content. This site provides excellent information for professional development, either personally or with peers. Consider exploring one topic monthly throughout the school year to explore and integrate it into classroom routines.
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Pear Deck Flashcard Factory - Pear Deck

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Pear Deck, reviewed here, offers an innovative option for creating flashcards through their integration with Google, Merriam-Webster, and Gimkit....more
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Pear Deck, reviewed here, offers an innovative option for creating flashcards through their integration with Google, Merriam-Webster, and Gimkit. Begin by creating a vocabulary list using your list or adding words and definitions from the dictionary. Select "Play Flashcard Factory" to share with students when your list is complete. After logging in with a Google account, students use the provided link and access code to enter Flashcard Factory. After joining, the site assigns students a partner to work with to create example sentences and illustrations using the vocabulary terms. As a final product, the teacher selects from the flashcards created by students to create a class flashcard set. Print or share the completed set to Gimkit, reviewed here.
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tag(s): flash cards (39), grammar review (30), test prep (70), vocabulary (233), vocabulary development (86)

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Flashcard Factory is an excellent tool for both in-person and remote learning. Use this feature to create vocabulary lists for spelling, science terms, social studies events, etc. Differentiate learning by creating lists for different student abilities or interests. Because students are the creators, they are engaged and more motivated in the learning process. Extend learning by asking students to write short stories or create writing journals using the vocabulary words used in the flashcards. For example, search for vocabulary at Read Write Think, reviewed here, to find the lesson plan for My World of Lists: Building Vocabulary Lists. This lesson culminates with students creating a "My World of Words Journal."

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Twitter Chat: Images - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from April 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is Images. During this chat, participants: 1. Discussed ways to use images ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from April 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is Images. During this chat, participants: 1. Discussed ways to use images in the classroom to enhance instruction, 2. Explored image resources for students and teachers, and 3. Shared image integration ideas for the classroom.

tag(s): copyright (43), curation (27), images (247), twitterchatarchive (130)

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Find resources and information about integrating images in the classroom. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for strategies and resources on using images in the classroom.

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

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from April 2022. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from April 2022. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

Gamification is an advanced pedagogical strategy that facilitates students' ownership of their learning goals. Learn to design independent and group learning experiences that use authentic learning activities to bring game design and game elements to the classroom. Explore resources and strategies that foster student engagement with gamification methods. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn the difference between gamification and game-based learning. 2. Explore gamification strategies and templates; and 3. Plan for the use of gamification in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): gamification (79)

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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 Kennedy Center Dance Collection - The Kennedy Center

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Discover the culture and history of dance worldwide and its importance in telling stories through movement and music using this rich and varied collection of resources. This site contains...more
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Discover the culture and history of dance worldwide and its importance in telling stories through movement and music using this rich and varied collection of resources. This site contains groups, lessons, information from featured artists, and more, covering many dance genres. In addition, media resources feature videos that teach dance, provide information on dance companies worldwide, and visit featured artists.

tag(s): chinese new year (5), cross cultural understanding (148), cultures (100), dance (23), hispanic (21), jazz (15), native americans (82), poetry (182), stories and storytelling (34)

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Take advantage of the many free resources on this site to add dance to music lessons and cultural units and enrich topics featuring people and places worldwide. Each resource includes tags, and the lessons include suggested grade levels, use these links to find additional resources for classroom use. As you include information from this site, use an online whiteboard tool such as Google Jamboard, reviewed here, to engage students in learning. For example, add a link to a video from the site about a featured artist and ask students to share their learning or post questions to explore further. Ask students to share their understanding using one of the many tools found Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education, reviewed here. For example, ask students to create a website of a featured dance style, while other students create a video sharing dance and cultural information about their chosen group of people or country.

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