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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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K to 12
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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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K to 12
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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 (86), graphic design (49), images (247), posters (46)

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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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3 to 12
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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 (93), emotions (45), faces (6), social and emotional learning (60)

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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 (133), 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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K to 8
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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.

tag(s): professional development (286)

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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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Spinner Wheel - spinnerwheel.com

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K to 12
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Spinner Wheel isn't just your ordinary customizable spinner; it offers the ability to include several spinners to use simultaneously. Add spinners and customize colors, text, select...more
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Spinner Wheel isn't just your ordinary customizable spinner; it offers the ability to include several spinners to use simultaneously. Add spinners and customize colors, text, select images, and themes. Customize backgrounds by color or select images from Unsplash, reviewed here. Browse through the limited selection of examples shared for inspiration on using this resource. Creating an account isn't necessary, but it allows you to save and share wheels.

tag(s): preK (238), probability (94), statistics (108), Teacher Utilities (123)

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Simultaneously spinning multiple wheels opens the door to unlimited uses to engage students. For example, create six wheels with the numbers on dice as a virtual dice roller. In addition, customize wheels for creative story writing prompts that include options for random characters, setting, and story theme. Use this tool to practice math facts by creating wheels that prompt players to solve math problems based upon a spin of the wheel. Engage students when reviewing for upcoming quizzes and tests by creating wheels to check facts. For example, in social studies, create one wheel with names and another with characteristics such as date, place, important event, other characters involved, etc. Use during math lessons on probability to have students record outcomes when spinning the wheel.

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Twitter Chat: Using Spreadsheets and Forms in the Classroom - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This archived Twitter chat is from February 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Using Spreadsheets and Forms in the Classroom. During this chat, participants ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from February 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Using Spreadsheets and Forms in the Classroom. During this chat, participants will: 1. Collaborate on ideas about how teachers can use forms and spreadsheets in instruction, 2. Explore the features of forms and spreadsheets and 3. Share ways to integrate forms and spreadsheets in the classroom for student use.

tag(s): data (132), Formative Assessment (41), spreadsheets (22), twitterchatarchive (133)

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

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OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire: Basic Spreadsheets and Forms for Real-World Problem Solving - TeachersFirst

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2 to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from February 2022. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

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Prepare your students to use today's digital tools to solve tomorrow's problems. Join this session and learn to use forms and spreadsheets for basic data collection and analysis. You'll learn to use these tools to design authentic learning activities that provide support while facilitating deep learning. Return to the classroom prepared to help your students take on challenges and communicate their findings. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn the basic use of spreadsheets; 2. Explore authentic ways to include forms and/or spreadsheets in instruction; and 3. Plan for the use of forms and/or spreadsheets in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): charts and graphs (163), Microsoft (68), professional development (286), spreadsheets (22)

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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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Desygner - Desygner

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K to 12
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Create visually stunning graphics, presentations, flyers, and more without any graphic design experience using Desygner. Created for non-designers, Desygner uses drag and drop features...more
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Create visually stunning graphics, presentations, flyers, and more without any graphic design experience using Desygner. Created for non-designers, Desygner uses drag and drop features and ready-made templates that make it easy for everyone to build and share content to use for many different needs. Create an account to begin designing using templates, upload a PDF document, or start from scratch. Select items from the dashboard to add and edit text, images, YouTube videos, and more features. When finished, share your project using the provided link, or download in JPEG, PNG, PDF, or MP4 format.

tag(s): graphic design (49), images (247), posters (46)

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This tool is perfect for enhancing, modifying, or transforming classroom technology in the classroom, depending on the requirements of the assignments. Create invitations, flyers, or newsletters for your classroom. Share what you created on your website or blog for students to review or for absent students. Deliver blended or flipped lessons using Desygner by adding links to videos, assessment information, and other learning activities. In the younger grades, teachers would be the ones creating the project. However, older students could easily create their own Desygner 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. Use this tool with your 1:1 art class to practice design principles and techniques. Share student projects with parents and others via URL. Be sure to demonstrate how to use this tool on your interactive whiteboard or projector or create a series of video instructions. Use Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here, to create and share video screencast tutorials.

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Twitter Chat: Research Skills Round Up - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from February 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is Research Skills Round-Up. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss the ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from February 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is Research Skills Round-Up. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss the purpose of research in the classroom, 2. Explore research strategies and resources for use in the classroom, and 3. Share ideas for integrating student research across the curriculum.

tag(s): Research (61), twitterchatarchive (133)

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

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OK2Ask: Tech Integration Made Easy with Animoto - TeachersFirst

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2 to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from February 2022. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

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Engage students and deepen content area knowledge by using Animoto to create instructional videos. Use text, audio, and video to provide additional context to content area instruction for your students or use student-created videos as formative assessment. Learn with other educators and brainstorm ways you and your students can use Animoto in the classroom. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn basic use of Animoto; 2. Explore three different ways to use Animoto in the classroom; and 3. Plan for the use of Animoto in instruction. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Formative Assessment (41), professional development (286), video (242)

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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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#GoOpenVA - Virginia Department of Education

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K to 12
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#GoOpenVA is an open education resource (OER) collection of digital materials and activities shared by Virginia teachers. This source provides materials for use with or without modifications...more
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#GoOpenVA is an open education resource (OER) collection of digital materials and activities shared by Virginia teachers. This source provides materials for use with or without modifications and doesn't require copyright attribution. First, use the search feature to look by a keyword, subject, education level, or standard content. The advanced feature includes additional options, including search by language, type of materials, and rating. After selecting a resource, view pertinent information, including a short description, correlation to standards, and more. Next, choose the "view resource" link to access and download any relevant materials.

tag(s): OER (36), preK (238), professional development (286), Teacher Utilities (123)

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Bookmark #GoOpenVA to use as your first stop in lesson planning. Take advantage of the search filters to narrow down the content and grade-level information to suit your needs. This website is also an excellent resource for finding materials to differentiate instruction. Use higher-level activities to challenge gifted students and search for content for remediation. As you gather resources into a collection, or lesson plans, be sure to think about ways to incorporate technology in meaningful ways to enhance and extend learning.
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Brain Teasers and Puzzles - Brain Easer

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2 to 12
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Improve critical thinking and problem-solving skills through the use of brain teasers, puzzles, and riddles found on this clever site. Select from fifteen categories of teasers divided...more
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Improve critical thinking and problem-solving skills through the use of brain teasers, puzzles, and riddles found on this clever site. Select from fifteen categories of teasers divided into three categories - math & logic, language & visual, and other. Brain teasers are also sorted by difficulty level, beginning with very easy and proceeding up to very difficult. Each puzzle includes the solution to explain the logic behind the answer.

tag(s): critical thinking (104), geometric shapes (133), patterns (61), Problem Based Learning (12), problem solving (218)

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Bookmark and save this brain teaser site to use throughout the school year. Share a problem of the week with your students to complete as homework or during a work center. Provide teasers of different levels of difficulty to differentiate and challenge your students. Enhance student learning by asking them to explain their success in solving challenges and sharing their process to find the correct solution. Use FlipGrid, reviewed here, to share your weekly teasers, then have students create and share a video response. Ask students to use the tools on Flipgrid such as the whiteboard, stickers, and text to explain their responses in detail. Extend learning further by creating a class book using Imagine Forest, reviewed here. Use Imagine Forest to make and share a digital book of brain teasers. Use the interactive elements to add links to audio suggestions for tackling problems or link to video solutions on the final pages of your book.

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Free 3D Icon - UI Factory

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Find and download free icons that don't require attribution at 3D Icon; no registration required. The free version allows you to download two PNG files of each chosen image. Both ...more
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Find and download free icons that don't require attribution at 3D Icon; no registration required. The free version allows you to download two PNG files of each chosen image. Both images are similar in appearance; however, shadowing provides subtle depth to the icon. Browse through the site to find available icons such as plants, classroom items, and much more. Click on any image to select the free version download. After selecting a download, images are downloaded to your computer in a zip file. Open the zip file to view and use the PNG image file.

tag(s): images (247)

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Use images from this collection with any digital projects, and be sure to share with students to use with their digital creations. These images are perfect to use with any number of projects including book reports, newsletters, multimedia presentations, and more. Use images in a variety of ways such as to include in explainer videos created with Adobe Express Video Maker, reviewed here, in digital books made with Imagine Forest, reviewed here, and in multimedia presentations made with Sway, reviewed here.

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Daily Learning Activities - Discovery Education

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Discovery Education offers curated calendars of ready-to-use activities for grades K-8. Activities are available in three grade bands and include virtual field trips, reading passages,...more
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Discovery Education offers curated calendars of ready-to-use activities for grades K-8. Activities are available in three grade bands and include virtual field trips, reading passages, and more in all content areas. Create an account to begin exploring and using the calendar activities. After reaching the Activity Center, find the three calendars for the current month. Next, use the "Prior Months" tab to find the previous calendars. Each calendar opens up as a full-screen, interactive resource. Click on any day's activity to open the item and view the instructions. Select the "Teachers Notes" icon to view attribution for the images used and suggestions, quiz answers, or other additional information when included.

tag(s): calendars (38), Learning Management Systems (25), Online Learning (33), remote learning (48)

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Include these many free resources on the calendar to use during classroom centers, as homework, blended learning activities, and much more. Choose an activity to assign as a weekly project if time is an issue. Many resources also include excellent graphic organizers and question prompts; adapt these ideas to fit your current curriculum needs. Use Google Jamboard, reviewed here, to gather students' ideas for questions to ask, notes with important facts and dates, or for all participants to add questions and experiences throughout your learning sessions.

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OK2Ask: 3 Cool Tools for Digital Writing - TeachersFirst

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

Get inspired by digital writing tools that facilitate the planning and implementation of powerful, engaging lessons that support literacy standards! Through the exploration of three digital writing tools, understand how these tools can scaffold instruction for each component of the writing process -- prewrite, draft, revise, edit, and publish. Engaged students who understand the writing process produce more successful work. Join us to see how you can improve student organization, collaboration, storytelling, and decision-making within the writing process by using these digital tools. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand ways different digital writing tools can scaffold instruction; 2. Identify ways digital writing can increase student engagement; and 3. Plan for the use of digital writing tools in their classroom to support the writing process. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

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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: Diving Into Digital Writing - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from January 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Diving Into Digital Writing. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from January 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Diving Into Digital Writing. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss strategies for maximizing available classroom technology, 2. Explore alternative ways to use tech tools for digital writing experiences, and 3. Share tips for integrating digital writing experiences in the classroom.

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

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Twitter Chat: Strategies for SEL - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from January 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Strategies for SEL. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss ways ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from January 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Strategies for SEL. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss ways to develop self-awareness and self-management skills, 2. Explore ways for students to develop empathy, and 3. Share resources for students to use social awareness and interpersonal skills to establish and maintain positive relationships.

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

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Attitude Anchor Chart - Zearn

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Encourage positive attitudes toward learning with this anchor chart that highlights five positive characteristics using the acronym of ZEARN. The seven-page download includes one page...more
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Encourage positive attitudes toward learning with this anchor chart that highlights five positive characteristics using the acronym of ZEARN. The seven-page download includes one page with information about the chart and six additional pages for display. Although described as a tool for encouraging positive math attitudes, this chart works well for any subject or content area.

tag(s): character education (71), social and emotional learning (60)

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Share this anchor chart with students and post it on a bulletin board to remind students to reflect upon their work and learning process. As discussed on the information for the chart, provide students with badges for demonstrating the different qualities found on the chart. Instead of a printable badge, use a digital badge creation tool such as Makebadges, reviewed here, to create unique badges to share with students. Include students in reflection and developing positive attitudes by encouraging them to use this anchor chart as an example to create their acronym and learning attitude goals. Use Canva Edu, reviewed here, to design and share anchor charts to print and display in your classroom and online.
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