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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 (235), vocabulary development (87)

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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 (44), curation (27), images (248), twitterchatarchive (131)

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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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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 (183), 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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Twitter Chat: HyperDocs - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from April 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is HyperDocs. During this chat, participants: 1. Defined and discussed the components...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from April 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is HyperDocs. During this chat, participants: 1. Defined and discussed the components HyperDocs, 2. Explored tools and resources to create HyperDocs, and 3. Shared classroom integration ideas for HyperDocs.

tag(s): twitterchatarchive (131)

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Find resources and information about HyperDocs. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for strategies and resources on HyperDocs.

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OK2Ask: Believe the Hype! Using HyperDocs for Innovative Instruction - TeachersFirst

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HyperDocs aren't just the "new Webquest" - they are a mechanism for flexible lesson delivery designed for differentiated activities that engage students. Maximize student time-on-task and encourage student voice with these technology-integrated lessons. In this session, you will learn to plan and design HyperDoc lessons using ready-made templates and frameworks. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn about creating and using HyperDocs; 2. Explore sample HyperDocs and templates; and 3. Plan for the use of HyperDocs in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Google (29), professional development (287)

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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: Transform Your Lesson Plans with Triple E and TeachersFirst, Part 2 - TeachersFirst

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As you reflect on how you integrate technology into your instruction to support curricular objectives, it is important to evaluate lesson effectiveness. Join us as we take a deeper dive into the Triple E Framework which helps educators evaluate the effectiveness of technology use in students' achievement of learning goals. We will provide strategies and tools to help you understand whether the technology implemented in your classroom impacts learning in a deep and meaningful way. Learn to analyze lesson plans and apply the Triple E tools to inform your practice so you can design and teach better lessons using technology. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand how to use the Triple E rubric; 2. Explore technology-integrated lesson plans; and 3. Plan for the use of technology in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): frameworks (2), professional development (287)

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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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My Wordle - Pallav Agarwal and Pulkit Agarwal

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Customize and share personalized Wordles based upon the popular word game, Wordle, reviewed here using Make Your Own Wordle. Enter a word of any length...more
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Customize and share personalized Wordles based upon the popular word game, Wordle, reviewed here using Make Your Own Wordle. Enter a word of any length (unlike the original word for five-letter words only) to generate a shareable link for your word. Make Your Own Wordle also offers the option to create words in several languages, including Spanish, French, Hindi, and German. Share the link with students using email, classroom management system, or class website. When complete, copy the attempt onto your device's clipboard to share by pasting it into an email or document.

tag(s): ELL/ESL (20), game based learning (159), sight words (22), spelling (90), vocabulary (235)

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Use this Wordle generator in various ways in any classroom for increasing problem-solving and strategy skills. When using with young students, generate three or four-letter Wordles for students to attempt with partners. Provide a list of sight words if needed to avoid frustration. When teaching older students, develop Wordles to solve using vocabulary words, weekly spelling lists, science terms, or historical characters. Provide this site to students and create Wordles to share with their peers. Include a link on classroom computers during computer centers or as an activity when finished with daily assignments. Using this site is an excellent way to include ENL/ESL students in classroom activities by creating a word from their native language. Include others in your school community or parents by developing and sharing Wordles for your school or classroom site. Your imagination only limits the possibilities of creating and sharing personalized Wordles!
 

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Wordle - Josh Wardle

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Wordle is a deceptively easy-looking word game that promotes problem-solving and strategy skills to solve a daily five-letter word. Players get six chances to solve for the word of...more
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Wordle is a deceptively easy-looking word game that promotes problem-solving and strategy skills to solve a daily five-letter word. Players get six chances to solve for the word of the day. Correct letters in the proper place are highlighted green, letters in the word but the wrong location are marked yellow and gray boxes indicate the letter is not in the word. After solving the puzzle, a colored grid shows your progress through each step toward solving the daily task.

tag(s): game based learning (159), puzzles (142), vocabulary (235)

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Include Wordle as part of daily classroom activities in many ways. For example, ask students to solve Wordle individually or as part of a collaborative group. Encourage students to discuss helpful strategies in solving the puzzle, such as starting words that include several vowels--experiment by beginning with the same word each day or using different daily choices. Create a daily graph that shares the results of your class's attempts in solving the daily puzzle. Data Gif Maker, reviewed here, is a very easy to use graphing tool to quickly share results. Consider making personalized Wordles based on reading vocabulary, science terms, or student names using My Wordle, reviewed here.

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Twitter Chat: Triple E Framework - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from March 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is:Triple E Framework. During this chat, participants: 1. Defined and discussed the ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from March 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is:Triple E Framework. During this chat, participants: 1. Defined and discussed the Triple E Framework 2. Explored strategies to implement the Triple E framework in the classroom, and 3. Shared tech tools and resources that support the use of the Triple E framework.

tag(s): twitterchatarchive (131)

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Find resources and information about the Triple E Framework. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for strategies and resources on the Triple E Framework.

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OK2Ask: Transform Your Lesson Plans with Triple E and TeachersFirst, Part 1 - TeachersFirst

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

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Want to use technology with your students while maintaining good instructional practices? Then this session is for you! Learn to use the Triple E Framework to select tools from the TeachersFirst database that match your objectives. Technology is not a magic bullet, but you can increase the positive impact of technology in your class using this simple framework and appropriate instructional strategies. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand how to use the Triple E Framework; 2. Explore digital resources and tools for learning; and 3. Plan a technology-integrated activity for the classroom using the Triple E Framework. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): frameworks (2), professional development (287)

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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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Certify'em - Gleeda Software, LLC

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Certify'em is an add-on to Google Forms that automatically generates personalized certificates. Follow the instructions to install and authorize the add-on before using it. After installation,...more
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Certify'em is an add-on to Google Forms that automatically generates personalized certificates. Follow the instructions to install and authorize the add-on before using it. After installation, personalize Certify'em within any form to create a certificate upon completion of a minimum score. Free accounts allow members to make their templates or choose from those shared on the site. Your Certify'em account also maintains a record of all exam attempts.

tag(s): assessment (123), Teacher Utilities (124)

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Certify'em is an excellent addition to every Google Forms members' toolbox. Create and share certificates with students for successful completion of quizzes and tests. Use Certify'em as a means for differentiating instruction by allowing students to take a pre-assessment test before starting a new unit. If they obtain a certificate, offer an alternative extended learning activity. Use this add-on to "certify" students for various classroom needs, such as learning safety procedures before starting a science lab activity or to "certify" students to take care of class pets.

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Twitter Chat: Curation in the Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from March 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Curation in the Classroom. During this chat, participants: 1. Discussed curation ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from March 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Curation in the Classroom. During this chat, participants: 1. Discussed curation strategies and their use in education for student projects, 2. Explored ways to incorporate the use of curated resources in the classroom, and 3. Shared resources and tech tools that assist both teachers and students with the curation of resources.

tag(s): curation (27), twitterchatarchive (131)

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Find resources and information about curation. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for strategies and resources on curation.

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OK2Ask: 3 Cool Tools for Curation - TeachersFirst

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Want to help students work on their critical thinking skills? Teach them to be curators! Curation is a skill that supports student knowledge creation and encourages analysis. In this session you will learn the basics of curation for digital learning and how to integrate curation into class projects. Leave with an example collection that demonstrates what you've learned about the topic. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand the dual approach to curation; 2. Explore three tools students can use to curate web-based items; and 3. Learn how the use of curation can support student knowledge creation. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): curation (27), professional development (287)

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

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Reading Treks: Currents - TeachersFirst

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This TeachersFirst Reading Trek, based upon the novel Currents authored by Jane Smolik, provides a virtual field trip of resources using the Maps features of Google Maps. The...more
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This TeachersFirst Reading Trek, based upon the novel Currents authored by Jane Smolik, provides a virtual field trip of resources using the Maps features of Google Maps. The Reading Trek includes a map link, KMZ file, and PDF guide for using the resources in the classroom. The list of ideas includes suggestions for working with maps based upon the novel and extension activities. In addition, find several additional resources suggested for further consideration. Activities are correlated to Common Core Standards, National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies, National Core Arts Standards for Visual Arts, and Next Generation Science Standards.

tag(s): 1800s (61), civil rights (165), immigration (58), novels (26)

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Use the suggested activities as a guide to teaching Currents as part of your reading instruction curriculum, or integrate the book into Social Studies content when teaching about immigration. Use a timeline creation tool such as the ones found at Canva's Timeline Infographic Templates, reviewed here, to help students visually represent the events and interactions of the three main characters within the story. Use the model shared in this Reading Trek using Google My Maps, reviewed here, and ask students to create a virtual field trip of other novels or events studied. In addition to adding pinned locations, ask students to add photos and videos to enhance their storytelling through maps.
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Vizzlo - Vizzlo.com

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Vizzlo is a free chart maker site offering a wide variety of options for sharing data in different formats. Get inspired by visiting the gallery to view examples of the ...more
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Vizzlo is a free chart maker site offering a wide variety of options for sharing data in different formats. Get inspired by visiting the gallery to view examples of the layouts and means for sharing data. To begin creating, sign in to your account and select "Create." If you know the type of chart you want, use the keyword search to find it. Next, browse through the page to see examples, or use the filters to find options by use, type, and alphabetical list. The possibilities include well-known charts, including timeline creators and pie charts, along with less familiar varieties such as puzzle charts. Select a chart to begin creating by using the features found on the dashboard. Personalize data, colors, and the page setup. When complete, download as a PNG image, share a link by email or embed the code into a website. Free plans offer many features and access to a wide variety of charts; however, all charts created using a free plan will include Vizzlo's dominant watermark on the image.

tag(s): charts and graphs (163), data (132)

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Bookmark this site to share data through many different formats and representations. Collect data in your classroom and quickly create a graph to represent it, then choose another design to share the data in another way. Share your charts by adding links or uploading images to blogs, wikis, or websites--share graphs on an interactive whiteboard or projector for better data analysis by the class. Graph results of a test, answers from students, favorite foods, fictitious budgets, class schedules, and anything applicable in your classroom. Use an informational text, and have students create a pie chart to understand how to read charts accompanying the nonfiction texts. Have cooperative learning groups create graphs to share on the class wiki. Create quick pie charts on your interactive whiteboard whenever you count class votes or encounter other data so students "see" data visualized regularly; visual students will have another way to absorb the information. Keep the link handy on your web page for you and your students to access it quickly in or out of class.

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Glorify - Glorify App

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Glorify is a graphic design creation app available to use for original designs or using ready-made templates. Create an account to explore the templates available for social media covers...more
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Glorify is a graphic design creation app available to use for original designs or using ready-made templates. Create an account to explore the templates available for social media covers and posts, story posts, infographics, and more. After selecting a template, use your dashboard to customize and change the design by adding or deleting text, images, and other content. Select a button from the dashboard to add links to outside resources. One excellent feature of Glorify is the background remover feature that lets you upload images from a device. After clicking the image, select the background remover to remove the background automatically. Glorify is a collaborative app; use the share button to email a link to your design to allow others to edit the project. Free accounts include monthly limits of five downloads, three users, five projects, and ten background removals.

tag(s): design (85), graphic design (49), images (248), posters (45)

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Include Glorify as part of your teacher toolbox as a resource when creating graphic designs for classroom use and student-created projects. Share Glorify and a couple of other graphic design tools such as Canva Edu, reviewed here, and Genially, reviewed here, with students to provide options for creating and including information on presentations. Enhance learning by asking students to create short tutorials for using the features in Glorify using a screen recording tool such as Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here. Share the tutorials on your class playlist created on YouTube, reviewed here, or as a link on your class webpage. In the younger grades, teachers would create projects; however, older students can easily create their own Glorify presentations. Have students use this online tool as they would any presentation tool or image enhancing site. Use this site for research projects about famous people from the past and present. Have cooperative learning groups create presentations about science or math topics. Have students create presentations to "introduce" themselves to the class during the first week of school. Link or embed the introduction presentations on your class wiki or website and have others guess who they are.

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Free Avatar Creator - Adobe Express

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Create a customized avatar using any easy-to-use templates provided on Adobe Express. Each template includes options to choose from and select facial features to make a one-of-a-kind...more
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Create a customized avatar using any easy-to-use templates provided on Adobe Express. Each template includes options to choose from and select facial features to make a one-of-a-kind avatar. In addition, the templates offer several looks that serve as the starting point for the avatar. To begin, choose a template and login into your Adobe account. Next, drag and drop features onto the face outline to create your desired look. Additional options allow avatar creators to change the background, add text, icons, and more to personalize the slide. When finished, select the download link to save to your device as a JPEG, PNG, or PDF file.

tag(s): creativity (92), emotions (44), faces (6), social and emotional learning (59)

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Include this site in many classroom activities in many different learning activities. For example, ask students to design an avatar for a character in a book they are reading and add text about their character. Create avatars for famous people in history to summarize their stories. Ask students to create avatars to use for reports and blog posts. For example, when using Edublogs, reviewed here, ask students to add their avatar image to their blog post as a replacement for a picture. Ask students to create avatars for parent/teacher conferences. When conferencing with the parent, share their student's avatar on the interactive whiteboard or within your remote conferencing app. Ask the student to include text that tells about their educational progress. Use avatars as part of social-emotional learning lessons to share their emotions using the characters and features found within the avatar templates.

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Hexagon Generator - Class Tools

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Hexagon Generator might be the tool you always needed for student learning and understanding but never knew! Begin using the generator by adding a title and text to five or ...more
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Hexagon Generator might be the tool you always needed for student learning and understanding but never knew! Begin using the generator by adding a title and text to five or more hexagons. Then, create drag and drop connected hexagons or a PDF document with your information. The online (HTML5) generator also provides options for changing the colors of hexagons once created. Finally, save your hexagons using the link and create a password, or export as a Microsft Word worksheet.
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tag(s): geometric shapes (132), teaching strategies (34)

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Once you understand why hexagons help develop understanding through connections and interactions with shared information, this generator will become one of your favorite tools for classroom use! Learn more about classrooms uses for hexagons at this blog post written by the site's creator. Print the blank hexagons for use when developing units of study as a visual representation of connections to teaching during the study. Ask students to complete and connect hexagons when preparing research papers or as a guide for studying for upcoming tests and quizzes. Replace a timeline with hexagons to connect events and dates, use colors to code information by location, time, or important people. Include a link to a hexagon worksheet when preparing blended learning or remote learning lessons. For example, create a complete guided learning activity using Blendspace, reviewed here, that includes videos, quizzes, and a hexagon activity. Have students create their hexagon presentations within a Google Document using the insert shape feature and select hexagon. Copy and paste, then add hexagons to customize by changing colors adding text and images to share information. For other ideas on how to create digital hexagonal thinking templates using Google Slides, reviewed here, follow the directions found on this YouTube video.

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21 Things 4 Educators - Macomb ISD, Shiawassee RESD, & MI Region IV Assistive Tech

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Develop and maintain 21st-century digital educator skills with free tutorials, hands-on activities, and more aligned to ISTE Standards. Explore the site in several different ways. For...more
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Develop and maintain 21st-century digital educator skills with free tutorials, hands-on activities, and more aligned to ISTE Standards. Explore the site in several different ways. For example, select "Pick a Thing" to learn about and develop an understanding of current ed-tech terms and practices. Then, select the PD Modules option to engage in personalized learning through completing the self-paced learning modules. Finally, use the search feature to find specific content or scroll down toward the bottom of the page to discover topics by ISTE Standards.

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Bookmark and save this site as a professional development resource both personally and when learning with peers. The learning modules are beneficial even after receiving other learning opportunities to refresh and understand content in a new way. The learning modules also offer correlations to several different technology frameworks, including SAMR, TPack, and TripleE. Take advantage of these opportunities to learn more about using and incorporating frameworks to guide instruction. Learn more about the different frameworks at this Twitter Chat Archive and from the TeachersFirst Infusing Technology Blog.
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