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GCF Learn Free - GCF Learn Free

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GCF Learn Free offers a large selection of topics, lessons, videos, and more designed to offer training in essential skills needed to live and work in the 21st century. Registration...more
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GCF Learn Free offers a large selection of topics, lessons, videos, and more designed to offer training in essential skills needed to live and work in the 21st century. Registration isn't required; however, it allows users to save progress within courses. Topics range from technology basics, software training, career planning, and much more. Learn Free also has links to information for educators, including Teachers Guides and Resources and Tools.

tag(s): careers (152), communication (24), Google (50), Microsoft (70), Online Learning (14), spreadsheets (24)

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Take advantage of these free courses to brush up your computer and technology skills. Share links to specific tutorials with students for use with classroom projects. For example, share the Google Docs course with students to help them learn how to use and manage Google Drive, documents, and complete basic tasks. Be sure to share tips with parents too for their personal use. Consider sharing a section of a course each week on your website for students to learn about various tools in bite-sized pieces. For a more immersive learning experience, use TES Teach Blendspace, reviewed here to create a learning path for students that includes information from this site along with YouTube videos, quizzes, and links to other learning resources. Extend student learning further by asking them to create their tutorials based on class needs. If your class is having difficulties organizing and sharing information within Google Drive, for example, ask knowledgeable students to create an explainer video using My Simpleshow, reviewed here to use as a guide.

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Complimentary Professional Development Courses - Capella University

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Capella University offers over 20 free online professional development courses for educators. Select courses from a variety of topics: Implementing Technology, Course Design, Developing...more
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Capella University offers over 20 free online professional development courses for educators. Select courses from a variety of topics: Implementing Technology, Course Design, Developing Best Practice to Become a Leader or Coach, and others. Self-guided classes offer flexibility to complete requirements on any device and within a self-chosen timeline. Select any offered course to view download the Student Guide and Course Syllabus. Successful completion of each course earns 25-50 clock hours of professional development certification at no cost. Although not necessary, you do also have the option to apply hours earned during the courses toward Capella University credits for $50 per credit.

tag(s): assessment (130), digital citizenship (77), professional development (229)

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Take advantage of these free courses to expand your knowledge in a variety of professional learning topics. Share your learning with peers during departmental or school meetings. Use Google Slides,reviewed here or Microsoft PowerPoint Online,reviewed here to organize and present information to staff members. Encourage collaboration and discussion of any topic using Synth, reviewed here. Synth is a platform for creating "bite-sized" podcasts in short audio topics of 256 seconds or less. Create a Synth topic to encourage debate and discussion of a professional learning topic and ask peers to add their voice to the conversation by sharing their thoughts, difficulties, and successes in their learning opportunities.
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OK2Ask: The Fantastic Four: An Intro to the Free Office Online - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from May 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Microsoft's Office Online is a completely free, web-based version of Microsoft...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from May 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Microsoft's Office Online is a completely free, web-based version of Microsoft Office. Designed to facilitate workplace readiness skills including communication, critical thinking, collaboration and creativity, Office online can be used with students of all ages. We will share promising practices as well as strategies for staying organized, easily sharing files, and using these tools with your students. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand the features of Office Online that support the 4Cs; 2. Explore classroom applications for Microsoft Forms and Sway; and 3. Plan for the use of Office Online in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): collaboration (67), communication (24), creativity (116), critical thinking (124), Microsoft (70), professional development (229)

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

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

tag(s): blogs (79), preK (283), teaching strategies (36)

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

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Twitter Chat: Virtual Field Trips: Take Your Students on an Adventure - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from May 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Virtual Field Trips: Take Your Students on an Adventure. During this ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from May 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Virtual Field Trips: Take Your Students on an Adventure. During this chat, participants will: 1. Explore ways to use virtual field trips in various educational settings, 2. Discuss the benefits of different types of virtual field trips, and 3. Share virtual field trips that can support instructional goals.

tag(s): twitterchatarchive (87), virtual field trips (77)

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Find resources and information about how to use technology to use virtual field trips to take your students on an adventure. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for resources related to virtual field trips.

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OK2Ask: Keep On, Keepin' On - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from April 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Simple, powerful, and free -- take organizing, note-taking, and collaborating...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from April 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Simple, powerful, and free -- take organizing, note-taking, and collaborating to new heights with Google Keep. Learn how to maximize student productivity with great features for capturing ideas, collaborating on projects, curating resources, receiving reminders, and taking notes. See how easy it is to incorporate text, images, audio, and drawings on virtual color-coded sticky notes and checklists. "Keep" your classroom workflow smooth and on task with Google Keep. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn the basics of using Google Keep for organization; 2. Explore strategies to enhance notetaking and resource curation; and 3. Plan for the use of Google Keep in your classroom for student productivity. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Formative Assessment (16), Google (50), organizational skills (109), professional development (229)

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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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HyperDocs - Laura Moore

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This blog provides informative tools for learning about and incorporating HyperDocs into classroom instruction. Begin with the link to "Pages" to view the dropdown menu that starts...more
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This blog provides informative tools for learning about and incorporating HyperDocs into classroom instruction. Begin with the link to "Pages" to view the dropdown menu that starts with an explanation of HyperDocs. Follow the additional links in the HyperDocs dropdown to find information sharing the pedagogy and examples of how to create and modify HyperDocs. Most information on the blog is geared toward using this blended learning method in K-5 classrooms; however, there is also a link to another site created by the author with information on how to use HyperDocs at the secondary level.

tag(s): blogs (79), professional development (229)

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This blog is an excellent resource for learning about and incorporating Hyperdocs into classroom instruction for all grade levels and content areas. Learn more about Hyperdocs at this OK2Ask archived recording of the July 2019 webinar, Believe the Hype! Using HyperDocs for Innovative Instruction, reviewed here. Be sure to take advantage of the community information shared on this site to share and learn from other educators using HyperDocs in their instruction.

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Grades 6-8 Research Resources for Teaching Remotely on Short Notice - TeachersFirst

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Student research projects are perfect for use in remote teaching lessons, and this collection of resources provides tips and instructional tools perfect for at-home learning. The sites...more
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Student research projects are perfect for use in remote teaching lessons, and this collection of resources provides tips and instructional tools perfect for at-home learning. The sites contained in this Wakelet collection include a safe search option and an organizational tool for student use. Learn how to use these tools and get ideas for use with the links shared to TeachersFirst blogs and Special Topics pages.

tag(s): professional development (229), Research (31), search engines (62)

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Share ideas found in the collection with students to use from start to finish with research projects. Encourage student collaboration using Fiskkit, reviewed here. Fiskkit is a tool for sharing and commenting on online articles. Share articles found during research and ask students to highlight important content and share their thoughts with peers.

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Grades 6-8 eBooks Resources for Teaching Remotely on Short Notice - TeachersFirst

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Remote teaching doesn't have to be complicated. Get off to a great start with this collection of free eBook resources to use and share with students in grades 6-8. These ...more
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Remote teaching doesn't have to be complicated. Get off to a great start with this collection of free eBook resources to use and share with students in grades 6-8. These resources include links to public domain eBooks, audiobooks, Kindle books, and podcasts. Enjoy new ideas in this collection to find ideas for summertime reading suggestions just for teachers.

tag(s): audio books (23), ebooks (36), podcasts (62), professional development (229)

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Take advantage of your remote teaching lessons to offer a variety of reading suggestions to your students. Browse through the free books offered and create a list of suggestions based on your knowledge of student interests and abilities. Encourage communication and collaboration between your students through the use of Padlet, reviewed here. Use Padlet to share links to your book suggestions, then ask students to add comments and reviews.

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Grades 6-8 Social Studies Resources for Teaching Remotely on Short Notice - TeachersFirst

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This collection shares a few simple tools and tips to get you started with remote teaching social studies for students in grades 6-8. The tips provide specific ideas for maintaining...more
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This collection shares a few simple tools and tips to get you started with remote teaching social studies for students in grades 6-8. The tips provide specific ideas for maintaining a calendar and sharing due dates with students. The instructional tool shared, Mission US, reviewed here, includes five simulations that engage students while learning about US History. Other ideas found in this collection provide links and resources for assessment and additional interactive challenges for your remote teaching needs.

tag(s): civil rights (133), game based learning (157), immigration (65), native americans (85), professional development (229)

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Use the suggestions found in this Wakelet collection to set up a calendar for your students to participate in your learning activities. As suggested on the site, use Edublog, reviewed here, as an assessment tool. Ask students to share their progress through the interactives and discuss their problem-solving process when making decisions.

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Grades 6-8 Math & Science Resources for Teaching Remotely on Short Notice - TeachersFirst

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It doesn't have to be difficult to teach remotely. This collection shares tips and online resources for use in teaching math and science for grades 6-8 in remote situations. The ...more
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It doesn't have to be difficult to teach remotely. This collection shares tips and online resources for use in teaching math and science for grades 6-8 in remote situations. The tips share guidelines for getting started and maintaining schedules. Also key is the need for student interaction; the tips also share ideas for maintaining classroom community even during remote lessons. Use instructional tools included in this collection, PhET Interactive Simulations, reviewed here, and tips to provide practice and exploration of many math and science topics. This collection also includes ideas for formative assessment based on the use of the PhET Simulations.

tag(s): game based learning (157), problem solving (293), professional development (229)

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Take advantage of your remote teaching experience to provide students with engaging interactives and games using PhET Simulations. Copy the Wakelet template shared on the site and modify student directions to fit the activity and your learning goals. If you need quick training on the use of Flipgrid or Wakelet, use the links in this collection to view archived webinars sharing how to incorporate each of these resources into the classroom.

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Grades 6-8 ELA Resources for Teaching Remotely on Short Notice - TeachersFirst

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This Wakelet collection provides resources to fill in instructional gaps with tools and tips that require little guidance for student use. The "General Tips" share a path to getting...more
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This Wakelet collection provides resources to fill in instructional gaps with tools and tips that require little guidance for student use. The "General Tips" share a path to getting started and recommendations for implementing remote learning activities. The "Instructional Tools" shares a free tool that incorporates seamlessly into at-home learning. "Show What They Know" provides resources for formative assessment along with guidelines for using the assessment tool.

tag(s): assessment (130), Learning Management Systems (24), literacy (109), professional development (229)

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Discover the many recommendations and tools found in this collection to provide a variety of learning opportunities to your students. When using CommonLit, reviewed here, use the classroom feature to assign topics by student ability or interest. Don't forget to use the site's large Spanish library that includes reading passages and questions as a resource for Spanish speaking students.

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Communications Resources for Coronavirus - Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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Find fact-based resources directly from the CDC to share with parents and students, available in several languages. Select Print Resources to find and print fact sheets, posters, and...more
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Find fact-based resources directly from the CDC to share with parents and students, available in several languages. Select Print Resources to find and print fact sheets, posters, and infectious disease guides. Choose the video portion of the website to view videos of the latest updates and guidelines from the CDC, including American Sign Language YouTube videos. Other resources available include a coronavirus widget to embed into a website along with additional guidance for travelers and Public Health Communicators.

tag(s): diseases (77)

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Take advantage of the many free, and updated, resources to share factual information about the coronavirus with families on your website. Use the posters and infographics as models, then have students create fact-based communications and information sheets using Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here, or templates found at Canva Edu, reviewed here. Enhance learning and have students share information with others by creating a website using Carrd, reviewed here, and update it daily with the latest information. Consider extending learning by starting a podcast using Buzzsprout, reviewed here, to deliver news regularly. Ask students to write scripts then take on the role of a journalist as they keep your community informed.
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What Students Should Know About the Coronavirus - PBS Newshour

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Learn about the coronavirus through two short videos and discussion questions provided by PBS Newshour. Each video shares a clip from a Newshour broadcast then provides a series of...more
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Learn about the coronavirus through two short videos and discussion questions provided by PBS Newshour. Each video shares a clip from a Newshour broadcast then provides a series of discussion questions and extension activities. View the videos online or download using the link provided. Sign up to receive the latest email education and teaching updates from PBS Newshour.

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Use the videos from this site and accompanying questions as the starting point for any lesson focusing on coronavirus, disease, or health. Share the videos with students using EdPuzzle, reviewed here. Use EdPuzzle to add comments, questions, and point out highlights within the videos. Enhance learning and have students share their understanding of the topic using Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here, to create infographics that explain the origins of viruses, the spread of disease, or information about how the coronavirus has impacted your community or state.

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Coronavirus: Multilingual Resources for Schools - Colorin Colorado

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As coronavirus takes hold across the globe, it is vital to keep all families up to date with the latest news and information. Colorin Colorado provides updated information, fact sheets,...more
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As coronavirus takes hold across the globe, it is vital to keep all families up to date with the latest news and information. Colorin Colorado provides updated information, fact sheets, posters, and more for students and families of English Language Learners. Virtually all of the materials shared on the site include English, Spanish, and Simplified Chinese versions.
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tag(s): chinese (49), diseases (77), spanish (110)

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Take advantage of the materials available in Spanish or Chinese to share information about the coronavirus with foreign language speaking families in your community. Help families stay up to date with the latest information by creating and sharing a Padlet, reviewed here, with the latest news from all of your resources. Create columns in your Padlet to sort information by the language used or by resources available for students and adult information. Engage all members of the community by using a translator app such as the Microsoft Translator, reviewed here, to converse with parents and share information without language barriers.
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Grades 3-5 Research Resources for Teaching Remotely on Short Notice - TeachersFirst

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Take your remote teaching activities to the next level with these research resources for grades 3-5. Each suggestion includes information about the online resource and how to get started....more
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Take your remote teaching activities to the next level with these research resources for grades 3-5. Each suggestion includes information about the online resource and how to get started. Additional resources include links to TeachersFirst blogs and other primary source links with ideas for classroom use.

tag(s): professional development (229), Research (31)

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Incorporate videos, articles, and quizzes found in the National Geographic link as part of an overall learning experience using TES Blendspace, reviewed here. As students complete their research projects provide a variety of options for sharing their learning. Ideas to include as options include Adobe Spark, reviewed here, My Simpleshow, reviewed here, and Anchor podcasts, reviewed here.

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Grades 3-5 eBooks Resources for Teaching Remotely on Short Notice - TeachersFirst

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Nurture a love of reading with this collection of eBook resources specifically designed for educators of students in grades 3-5. General tips provide guidelines to help you to get started...more
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Nurture a love of reading with this collection of eBook resources specifically designed for educators of students in grades 3-5. General tips provide guidelines to help you to get started and organize your remote learning activities. The instructional tools share sites that offer instant access to eBooks, learning videos, quizzes, and more. Don't forget to check out the additional resources section with links to TeachersFirst blogs sharing other ideas for incorporating reading resources into all curriculums.

tag(s): ebooks (36), professional development (229), Research (31)

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Share a link to the eBook resources with parents and students. Create a list of student suggestions and reviews to help students choose books that match their interests and ability. Encourage students to share book reviews by creating online books with images, video, and audio using Book Creator, reviewed here.

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Grades 3-5 Social Studies Resources for Teaching Remotely on Short Notice - TeachersFirst

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Remote teaching involves a different mindset than in-classroom lessons. This collection shares tips, resources, and assessment tools to get remote learning off to a successful start....more
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Remote teaching involves a different mindset than in-classroom lessons. This collection shares tips, resources, and assessment tools to get remote learning off to a successful start. Follow the advice to encourage continued interactions with students through the use of digital tools. Use the instructional tools to provide interactive learning activities. Follow up learning activities using the assessment suggestions offered in the collection. Extend learning with continued use of the shared resources following your return to your regular classroom routines.

tag(s): branches of government (61), capitals (22), maps (292), professional development (229)

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Provide students with a variety of online learning tools using a bookmarking tool like Padlet, reviewed here. Use the column feature to organize information by topic. As students create Adobe Spark Videos reviewed here to share learning, be sure to include a link to each student's creations on your class webpage for all to see.

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Grades 3-5 Math & Science Resources for Teaching Remotely on Short Notice - TeachersFirst

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Do you need ideas for remote teaching of math and science? This Wakelet collection shares tips, teaching tools, and assessment resources for quick implementation of at-home lessons....more
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Do you need ideas for remote teaching of math and science? This Wakelet collection shares tips, teaching tools, and assessment resources for quick implementation of at-home lessons. These math and science suggestions provide high-quality support for use in any classroom and remote teaching situation.

tag(s): assessment (130), Learning Management Systems (24), professional development (229)

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As you start remote teaching, be sure to provide parents with as much support and information as possible. Use the Shorts feature of FlipGrid, reviewed here, to create short videos with instructions and information for completing lessons and activities. Share the URL to the video with parents on your class webpage or through email. Use FlipGrid to set up a topic to support parents and students and answer questions. Consider this topic to be your virtual office and make sure to respond to questions promptly.

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Grades 3-5 ELA Resources for Teaching Remotely on Short Notice - TeachersFirst

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Augment your remote teaching resources with this collection of instructional tools and tips for sharing ELA resources for students in grades 3-5. Take advantage of the General Tips...more
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Augment your remote teaching resources with this collection of instructional tools and tips for sharing ELA resources for students in grades 3-5. Take advantage of the General Tips provided to plan and implement remote teaching activities. The Instructional Tools section includes several free resources for finding and sharing ELA lessons and activities. Have students "Show What They Know" using the formative assessment ideas contained in the collection.

tag(s): differentiation (56), Formative Assessment (16), independent reading (115), professional development (229)

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Take advantage of the tools included in this collection to differentiate instruction both in-class and during remote learning. Use Freckle, reviewed here to create a class account and assign lessons based on student interest and ability across subject areas. Use Voki, reviewed here, as recommended in this collection, to have students create animated characters. Have students create a Voki to discuss a book they read, share a solution to a math problem, or to discuss a science concept.

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