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Resources to Develop a Positive Self-Identity - TeachersFirst

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Encourage your students to develop positive self-identities based on their membership in various groups in society. Help your students to feel confident to express pride and healthy...more
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Encourage your students to develop positive self-identities based on their membership in various groups in society. Help your students to feel confident to express pride and healthy self-esteem about their own self-identity, without devaluing the dignity of those that may be different than they are. The resources shared in this section help teachers to enable students to recognize that people have multiple identities and are members of multiple groups within our society, creating complex and unique individuals.

tag(s): bias (15), difficult conversations (38), identity (21)

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Find resources to educate yourself and your students about various topics related to self-identity. This collection includes lesson plans, blogs, book suggestions, and interactives too. Share these resources with your colleagues and families.

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Resources Related to Difficult Conversations - TeachersFirst

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As teachers, we frequently tackle uncomfortable subjects in the classroom, but polarizing public conversations or events in the news can sometimes make these subjects downright difficult...more
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As teachers, we frequently tackle uncomfortable subjects in the classroom, but polarizing public conversations or events in the news can sometimes make these subjects downright difficult to discuss with students. The resources in this collection will give you ideas on how to start and facilitate tough conversations about topics like inequality, injustice, and politics sensitively while still accomplishing learning goals. You'll also find lessons and activities to encourage respectful conversation, inclusivity, empathy, and understanding.

tag(s): difficult conversations (38), empathy (24), racism (59)

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Explore this collection to use to engage in difficult conversations in your classroom. Learn more about difficult conversations and empathy for others in some of the informational readings.

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Understanding Empathy - TeachersFirst

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Empathy is our desire and ability to understand and share another person's feelings and use that information to guide our actions. It's the foundation of respect and inclusivity and...more
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Empathy is our desire and ability to understand and share another person's feelings and use that information to guide our actions. It's the foundation of respect and inclusivity and is an essential component of relationship building, resolving interpersonal conflicts, and understanding cause and effect. In this collection, we share resources that will help you create lessons and experiences that cultivate empathy in your students and informational websites about this important topic.

tag(s): empathy (24), perspective (13), racism (59)

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Help your students to develop empathy for others. Share these resources with your colleagues and school parents by emailing the page or sharing the link from your school web page or on your school's LMS.

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Resources on Racism and Discrimination - TeachersFirst

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As educators, it's our duty to teach our students to respect people of all races, genders, orientations, and cultures, both in our classroom and in the outside world. Racism, sexism,...more
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As educators, it's our duty to teach our students to respect people of all races, genders, orientations, and cultures, both in our classroom and in the outside world. Racism, sexism, and orientation discrimination can be difficult topics to broach in the classroom but are essential to discuss as students find their voices and form their understanding of the world. In this collection, we share resources about combatting racism, lesson plans about the human cost of discrimination, and additional activities to spark meaningful discussion and encourage students at all grade levels to treat all people with respect.

tag(s): black history (79), empathy (24), racism (59)

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Find resources to educate yourself and your students about various topics related to racism and discrimination. This collection includes lesson plans and interactives too. Share these resources with your colleagues and families.

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Canvas - Instructure, Inc

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Canvas is a free learning management system that provides tools for delivering instruction through course modules. Use the included features to set up your class, add students, add...more
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Canvas is a free learning management system that provides tools for delivering instruction through course modules. Use the included features to set up your class, add students, add assignments, distribute quizzes, and access the online grade book. Use the included calendar to add assignment due dates, upcoming events, and other important information. Canvas also includes ePortfolios for students to share and display their work as part of the learning process. Be sure to visit the tutorials included on the site to learn how to add classes and assignments, and also to understand how to adjust privacy settings to meet your requirements.

tag(s): Learning Management Systems (25), portfolios (21), remote learning (24), Teacher Utilities (97)

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Use Canvas to deliver remote instruction or as a supplemental tool for in-school instruction. Create courses to differentiate learning opportunities for students. Provide advanced courses for gifted learners, or add additional resources for students that need additional instruction in any content area. As students become familiar with using Canvas, encourage them to use the ePortfolio feature to share their educational accomplishments and reflect upon the learning process.

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OK2Ask: Make the Most of Your TeachersFirst Membership - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Learn about the features and benefits of your free TeachersFirst membership...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Learn about the features and benefits of your free TeachersFirst membership and use it to inspire technology-integrated lessons. This session will briefly share how to find and use resources on TeachersFirst to help you save time. Remember, it is OK2Ask questions at any time! As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Explore TeachersFirst membership features; 2. Identify and share resources to support classroom instruction; and 3. Prepare to use the features of TeachersFirst membership to maximize student learning. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): professional development (267), resources (104)

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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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Promoting A Sense Of Self: Experiences And Activities - Virtual Lab School

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Learn how to support and encourage children by understanding anti-bias teaching methods that recognize and support individual student needs with this self-paced professional development...more
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Learn how to support and encourage children by understanding anti-bias teaching methods that recognize and support individual student needs with this self-paced professional development lesson. Learning activities include embracing diversity, multiple social identities, and embracing character through understanding the six pillars of character education. This lesson also includes strategies for strengthening family relationships and ideas for developing student interests through short and long-term projects.

tag(s): bias (15), bullying (56), character education (68), diversity (38), identity (21), professional development (267)

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Share this lesson with your peers to use as a learning opportunity or review the included ideas to support students' identity and awareness of others' diversity. Consider sharing a link to this article with parents to help them develop skills for discussing character issues and diversity at home. Use Padlet, reviewed here, to share this article with parents and curate other information from a variety of resources to support and provide education with dealing with character education issues at home.

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Making it Meaningful: Interrupting Biased Comments in the Classroom - Rosalind Wiseman

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How do you address racially insensitive, homophobic, or other biased comments in your classroom? This article shares tips for handling these comments through immediate responses that...more
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How do you address racially insensitive, homophobic, or other biased comments in your classroom? This article shares tips for handling these comments through immediate responses that turn into teachable moments. Whether you only have time for a quick response, or if you have time for a more meaningful lesson, these ideas provide opportunities to turn the comments into moments for reflection and change.

tag(s): bullying (56), character education (68), difficult conversations (38), empathy (24), identity (21), racism (59)

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All classrooms face difficult conversations at some point; bookmark this article to use as inspiration on how to address those moments and help students understand and develop empathy for others. Even if you don't have time for an extended lesson, encourage students to think beyond the moment by creating a Padlet, reviewed here, that curates and shares resources based upon your conversation. For example, one topic discussed in the article is "bonding" teasing and "annoying" teasing. Ask students to share examples of teasing in a Padlet that has columns for each form discussed. Use FlipGrid, reviewed here, as a platform for discussing difficult moments and ask students to share ways to handle biased or insensitive comments.

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Free Templates - Template.net

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Choose from over 100,000 ready-made templates for use with many different programs, including Word, Google Docs, Adobe, WordPress, and more at Free Templates. Register using your email...more
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Choose from over 100,000 ready-made templates for use with many different programs, including Word, Google Docs, Adobe, WordPress, and more at Free Templates. Register using your email to begin viewing and downloading templates to personalize. Select options by file format or type of publication desired. Use the keyword search to find specific content; for example, use Education & Free to find a variety of templates (over 1,000) for use in educational settings, including flyers, brochures, and posters. Select the file to download, then choose the free option. This option requires that users give credit to the source of the template and provides wording to copy and paste onto digital sites or print copies.
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tag(s): graphic design (43), graphic organizers (44), posters (44)

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Bookmark and save this site as a time-saving option for a variety of classroom uses. Share with students to use when creating class projects. For example, choose a brochure for students to use to create and share book reviews, state research projects, or to document a science experiment. Include completed templates on larger presentations using Sway, reviewed here. In addition to presentations created using these templates, be sure to include videos, images, and more within students' Sway presentations.
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Talking to White Kids About Race & Racism - Safe Space Radio

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This hour-long radio program explores how to discuss race and racism with kids of any age through the lens of white parents and students. The radio program provides specific examples...more
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This hour-long radio program explores how to discuss race and racism with kids of any age through the lens of white parents and students. The radio program provides specific examples of how to expose children to people of all races, address children's' questions about race, and tips on how to be aware of situations that provide opportunities to discuss race and racism. In addition to the radio program, the site also includes two PDF documents. The first contains strategies for talking to white kids about racism; the other is a discussion guide with general questions and questions to use with each session segment.

tag(s): character education (68), racism (59)

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Use this radio broadcast as a resource for addressing racism both in the classroom and at home. The program includes short segments with different guests, use the segments to divide information into smaller topics and big ideas. Share a segment with parents along with guiding questions found in the discussion guide and encourage them to use this information to address race in their home as you also address these ideas at school. Use Padlet, reviewed here, to curate and share additional resources for families. As students reflect upon the questions and discussions, have them use Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here, to create infographics with their ideas for addressing issues of race and racism. Use Google Drawings, reviewed here, as an alternative for younger students to create and share their thoughts through original drawings.
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CASEL Program Guides - Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning

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The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) provides support and tools that include high-quality information for social and emotional learning. The guides...more
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The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) provides support and tools that include high-quality information for social and emotional learning. The guides shared on this page provide a framework for evaluating social and emotional programs. Choose from two versions of the guides; one is for preschool and elementary programs, the other features the middle and high school edition. For both editions, open the PDF link to view or print the guide. Each guide includes an in-depth discussion of the methods used to rate programs, along with charts with ratings and information on the effectiveness of the programs.

tag(s): professional development (267), social and emotional learning (37)

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The guides shared on this website provide a structured framework for evaluating any social/emotional learning program. Use the information to analyze any programs or tools being considered for use in your classroom. Share this guide with administrators in your district to use when considering implementing new learning programs. Create your own evaluation framework based on this information using Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets to serve as a useful look at the pros and cons of the resource being considered.
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Safe@School - Lesson Plans and Toolkits - USC Rossier

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USC Rossier's online master's in school counseling program provides this extensive collection of resources for helping you to facilitate discussions about race, racism, and diversity...more
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USC Rossier's online master's in school counseling program provides this extensive collection of resources for helping you to facilitate discussions about race, racism, and diversity with students of all ages. Some of the resources are lesson plans, glossaries, toolkits, and others are activities. You don't have to pursue a master's in counseling to use these resources.

tag(s): african american (104), hispanic (15), racism (59)

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Use these resources throughout the school year, and especially during difficult conversations, including those about racism, come up in class. Review these resources to prepare yourself for spontaneous discussions about race and differences. You may want to start the school year with "Claim It! Creating a Climate of Inclusion Lesson Plan," or skim through the list of resources to find one that will fit your lesson and students.

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Canvas - Canvas Network

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Canvas is an open platform for providing professional development programs and self-paced courses for educators. Topics cover a wide range of content, including growth mindset, understanding...more
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Canvas is an open platform for providing professional development programs and self-paced courses for educators. Topics cover a wide range of content, including growth mindset, understanding copyright, and teaching STEAM. Before enrolling in a class, view information including estimated time commitment, credentials earned upon completion, and the course objectives. Be sure to check each course date, some are self-paced, and others are offered in a defined time frame.

tag(s): differentiation (56), professional development (267), Special Needs (44)

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Utilize the free courses offered through Canvas for personal and professional development opportunities. Learn about educational concepts not available through your school district. Share a class that interests you with other educators in your building or with your PLN (Personal Learning Network) and use that opportunity to collaborate on the information in the course. When finished, share your learning with your peers during a staff meeting. Course offerings are continually updated, check back often to see the latest additions.
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OK2Ask: MIE Day - Working with Students in Microsoft Teams - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Microsoft Teams creates an ideal digital hub for teachers to deliver instruction,...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Microsoft Teams creates an ideal digital hub for teachers to deliver instruction, enhance learning, and interact in a rich and engaging online space. Participants will engage in a series of immersive learning activities that will build a strong understanding of how to use Microsoft Teams to improve instruction and meet students' learning needs. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Build awareness of promising instructional strategies for remote learning plans; 2. Explore the use of Microsoft Teams as an extension of the classroom; and 3. Plan for the use of Microsoft Teams for instruction. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): classroom management (146), collaboration (78), communication (28), Microsoft (83), professional development (267), remote learning (24)

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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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Eduflow - Eduflow

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

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

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

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Twitter Chat: Dive into Deep Learning: Communication - TeachersFirst

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

tag(s): communication (28), twitterchatarchive (95)

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

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TeachersFirst Resources for Teaching Remotely - TeachersFirst

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

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

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TeachersFirst Book Study - TeachersFirst

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Join the TeachersFirst professional learning community in a virtual book study. Participate in weekly conversations guided by TeachersFirst educators throughout the book study. Complete...more
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Join the TeachersFirst professional learning community in a virtual book study. Participate in weekly conversations guided by TeachersFirst educators throughout the book study. Complete optional activities to receive professional development hours. Participation requirements include being a member of TeachersFirst (free) and participation in an OK2Ask webinar (free) within the stated time frame for the book club. Enrollment is limited to the first 40 eligible teachers to sign up. View the page to find a complete timeline and enrollment information.

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Take advantage of this free professional development opportunity to engage with educators from across the world. Use Google Documents or Microsoft Word to take notes and save links discussed during the book study. Upon completion, consider sharing the information you learn with peers during professional development sessions. Use Synth, reviewed here to encourage virtual discussions with your peers. Synth is a platform for creating bite-sized audio podcasts of 256 seconds or less that encourage users to collaborate and share information through focused responses.

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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 (150), communication (28), Google (55), Microsoft (83), Online Learning (16), 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.

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In the Classroom

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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