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Primary Sources Resources - TeachersFirst

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This curated list includes resources for all grades, compares primary to secondary sources, and countless other topics. Primary sources offer direct (firsthand) accounts about events,...more
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This curated list includes resources for all grades, compares primary to secondary sources, and countless other topics. Primary sources offer direct (firsthand) accounts about events, people, works of art, and more. Remember our "In the Classroom" suggestions give you ideas about how to use these tools in your classroom.

tag(s): primary sources (100), Research (18)

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Use these tools to help students to understand primary sources, research, and more. Find tools for students to use to research when doing projects or studying for an exam.

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Teacher Utilities Resources - TeachersFirst

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Technology offers teachers many management tools for classroom procedures, communication, design of the classroom, and more. This collection highlights what we call "Teacher Utilities."...more
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Technology offers teachers many management tools for classroom procedures, communication, design of the classroom, and more. This collection highlights what we call "Teacher Utilities." These are any tools that make the job of the teacher slightly easier to manage. Some examples of tools in this collection include timers, learning management systems, lesson plan builders, classroom design tools, and many more. Remember our "In the Classroom" suggestions give you ideas about how to use these tools in your classroom.

tag(s): Teacher Utilities (81)

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Find new tools to try in your classroom, for communication with families and more. Each review includes classroom use ideas. Read the details of each tool and find the ones that will make your tasks easier to manage.

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Learning Management Systems Resources - TeachersFirst

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Peruse this collection of learning management system resources. The list includes tools for all grades. Find tools to use to organize your communication, documentation, grading, and...more
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Peruse this collection of learning management system resources. The list includes tools for all grades. Find tools to use to organize your communication, documentation, grading, and more. Whatever your needs may be, you may find the perfect tool in this collection. Be sure to read the "In the Classroom" suggestions for examples of ways to use the LMS (learning management system) tools with your students.

tag(s): assessment (124), Learning Management Systems (21), Teacher Utilities (81)

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Find new tools to try in your classroom. Each review includes several classroom use ideas. Read the details of each tool and find the one that best meets your needs.

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Twitter Chat: How to Increase Student Engagement Using Technology - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from September 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: How to Increase Student Engagement Using Technology. During this chat, participants...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from September 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: How to Increase Student Engagement Using Technology. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss the benefits of using technology to increase student engagement, 2. Explore various apps and websites that foster increased student engagement and powerful learning experiences, and 3. Share helpful resources to begin to incorporate more technology tools into daily lessons.

tag(s): communication (14), Formative Assessment (6), Online Learning (7), teaching strategies (33), twitterchatarchive (50)

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Find resources and information about online learning and how to integrate it into your lessons. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for resources related to online learning.

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Twitter Chat: Online Learning: Turning it into Student Success - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from September 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Online Learning: Turning it into Student Success. During this chat, participants...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from September 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Online Learning: Turning it into Student Success. During this chat, participants will: 1. Define online learning and discuss its importance in K12 education, 2. Discuss the impact of students thriving with the ability to learn online, on-demand, and 3. Share resources and websites/apps that provide powerful learning experiences for students.

tag(s): Online Learning (7), resources (107), twitterchatarchive (50)

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Find resources and information about online learning and how to integrate it into your lessons. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for resources related to online learning.

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OK2Ask: TeachersFirst Tech Tools Smackdown - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from August 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. There are many technology tools available for classroom use, but which ones...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from August 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. There are many technology tools available for classroom use, but which ones are teachers' favorites? This session will share and compare some of TeachersFirst contributors' favorite resources. Help us decide which tool is the session winner of our Smackdown! Participants will: 1. Learn about and compare some of TeachersFirst contributors' favorite technology tools; 2. Evaluate uses for one or more tools for classroom use; and 3. Share ideas for using resources with other participants. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): professional development (189)

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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: Keep Calm and Get Ready for a Successful School Year! - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from August 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Keep Calm and Get Ready for a Successful School Year!. During ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from August 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Keep Calm and Get Ready for a Successful School Year!. During this chat, participants will: 1. Share resources and ideas for a successful start to back to school, 2. Discuss instructional trends or "hot topics" for the 2019-2020 school year, and 3. Share management strategies for how to create an organized and successful start to the year.

tag(s): back to school (61), professional development (189), twitterchatarchive (50)

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Find resources, tips, and tools to get organized for the new school year! Share this archived list with colleagues just starting out or looking for new strategies, tips, and tools to try.

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Twitter Chat: Ways for Educators to Stay "Connected" Over the Summer - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from June 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Ways for Educators to Stay "Connected" Over the Summer. During this ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from June 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Ways for Educators to Stay "Connected" Over the Summer. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss the importance of ongoing professional learning and development, 2. Share ways to build and maintain a PLN during the summer, and 3. Share resources for educators to stay connected all year long.

tag(s): PLN (9), professional development (189), twitter (38), twitterchatarchive (50)

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Find resources to stay engaged this summer! Share this archived list with a colleague looking for some ed tech inspiration!

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Twitter Chat: What's the Buzz: Augmented Reality - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from August 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: What's the Buzz: Augmented Reality. During this chat, participants will: 1. ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from August 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: What's the Buzz: Augmented Reality. During this chat, participants will: 1. Define augmented reality and explore reasons for implementation, 2. Discuss ways to incorporate AR into the classroom, and 3. Share AR tools and resources that will assist in planning successful lessons.

tag(s): augmented reality (7), twitterchatarchive (50)

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Twitter Chat: Differentiating Instruction in a 1:1 Environment - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from July 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Differentiating Instruction in a 1:1 Environment. During this chat, participants will:...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from July 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Differentiating Instruction in a 1:1 Environment. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss benefits and challenges of teaching in a 1:1 environment, 2. Share ed tech resources that allow for differentiated learning paths and 3. Explore ways to integrate technology into the classroom ways to combat them.

tag(s): computers (102), differentiation (51), twitterchatarchive (50)

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Find resources and explore ways to use ed tech tools in a 1:1 technology classroom. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for sites and resources related to using technology in the classroom.

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OK2Ask: Sway Cool Student Projects - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from August 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Looking for great ideas on how to measure learning with engaging student projects?...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from August 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Looking for great ideas on how to measure learning with engaging student projects? Look no further! This workshop will introduce you to a wide range of projects that can be designed with Sway, a free edtech design tool that can motivate students grades 2-12. What's not to love about a visually dynamic, intuitive tool that easily combines text, images, designs, audio, video and more that sparks student creativity, can be collaborative, is shareable and looks fantastic? Learn the basics in minutes and translate your new learning into powerful formative and summative projects for your students that focus on content rather than bells and whistles. Sway is accessible on any device, making it a perfect addition to your 1:1 initiative toolbox. Participants will: 1. Learn basic use of the free Sway tool; 2. Understand what elements must be present to have an authentic, successful, Show-What-You-Know student project; and 3. Plan for the use of Microsoft Sway in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Microsoft (66), professional development (189)

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

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Looking for a free multifaceted tech tool to introduce to your students? Look...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Looking for a free multifaceted tech tool to introduce to your students? Look no further, you've found Wakelet. Wakelet can be used in a variety of ways in your classroom. Learn to use Wakelet to engage your students in authentic instructional activities. Create collections with instructional activities or to tell stories. Have students create digital portfolios or collect other digital evidence. Come see how you can change instruction with Wakelet. Participants will: 1. Learn basic use of Wakelet; 2. Explore three different ways to use Wakelet in the classroom; and 3. Plan for the use of Wakelet in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): professional development (189)

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

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. HyperDocs aren't just the "new Webquest." They are a mechanism for flexible...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. HyperDocs aren't just the "new Webquest." They are a mechanism for flexible lesson delivery designed for differentiated activities that engage students. Maximize student time on task and encourage student voice with these technology-integrated lessons. In this session, you will learn to plan and design HyperDoc lessons using ready-made templates and frameworks. Participants will: 1. Learn about creating and using HyperDocs; 2. Explore sample HyperDocs and templates; and 3. Plan for the use of HyperDocs in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Google (43), professional development (189), teaching strategies (33)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask: Microsoft in Edu Day: 2 Free Apps for Inclusive Learning - Office Lens & Translate - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Making a learning environment accessible for everyone is critical to a successful...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Making a learning environment accessible for everyone is critical to a successful inclusive classroom. Today's classrooms are diverse and include English Language Learners and students with learning challenges, whether they have been identified or not. Every teacher needs to be able to create and deliver content in a way that is accessible to each student. Fortunately, teachers already have free technologies at their disposal to assist with this. Join us as we explore strategies and tools that facilitate an inclusive learning environment. Participants will: 1. Understand the importance of accessibility; 2. Learn about a free Microsoft tool that can be used to digitize content into accessible materials; and 3. Discover a tool that helps bridge communication gaps and supports accessible classroom learning. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Accessibility (6), Microsoft (66), professional development (189)

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

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Looking for a way to get just-in-time personalized PD? We've got the ticket...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Looking for a way to get just-in-time personalized PD? We've got the ticket for you. Join us as we explore the multi-faceted, free Microsoft Educators Community, aka the MEC. The MEC provides online training courses, video Quick Tips, lesson plans, virtual field trips, educator communities, resources, and more. Whether you're a beginner or a tech ninja, you'll find something on the MEC to pique your interest and grow your teaching toolbox. Start making your learning path today! Participants will: 1. Understand the components of the MEC and how to navigate this PD-rich site; 2. Learn the steps to become a Certified Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE); and 3. Discover how to map out learning paths to fit their own professional growth. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Microsoft (66), professional development (189)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask: Google MANIA - 10 More Chrome Extensions I Can't Live Without - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Chrome extensions run in the Chrome browser, providing you or your students...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Chrome extensions run in the Chrome browser, providing you or your students many great tools with ease. In this session, participants will explore apps and extensions useful in your classroom. You will learn how to find apps and extensions and install them in your Chrome browser. Come to this session and revolutionize your classroom. Note: You must have the Chrome browser installed prior to the start of the session. Participants will: 1. Learn how to locate extensions on the Chrome Web Store; 2. Explore a variety of extensions that increase functionality of the classroom and student learning; and 3. Find, install, and use extensions for their use. This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels.

tag(s): Google (43), professional development (189)

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

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2019, 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 July 2019, 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. Participants 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 for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels.

tag(s): classroom management (145), Google (43), organizational skills (107), professional development (189)

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

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore the teacher-friendly features of TeachersFirst to help you save time...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore the teacher-friendly features of TeachersFirst to help you save time in developing technology-infused lessons. Participants will learn strategies to incorporate the tools of the web successfully into any classroom. Participants will: 1. Locate resources within TeachersFirst to provide real-world learning experiences for their students; 2. Locate and evaluate effective, web-based tools and resources in support of teaching and learning, both for themselves and for their students; and 3. Plan to use TeachersFirst's value-added reviews to plan technology-infused lessons. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): professional development (189), resources (107)

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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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Pindex - Stephen Fry

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Pindex is Pinterest for educators. In addition to saving and curating resources, educator accounts offer educators the ability to assign boards to students along with quizzes. Create...more
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Pindex is Pinterest for educators. In addition to saving and curating resources, educator accounts offer educators the ability to assign boards to students along with quizzes. Create boards then add content by using the + button to add video, links, documents, images, and more. Use the site's search feature to find boards created by other users, then save any desired content to your account. Assign boards to students then track progress under the quiz feature. Students earn "Internet gold" awards as they complete assignments.

tag(s): assessment (124), bookmarks (54), quizzes (91), social networking (95), Teacher Utilities (81)

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Because Pindex is specifically for educators, this site makes it easier to find and save information for classroom use. Collaborate with other teachers in your building or subject area to create boards with teaching resources. Take advantage of Pindex's quiz feature to create boards for any topic and assess student learning. Use Pindex as part of flipped learning lessons or as a learning center. Extend learning after students complete quizzes using Synth, reviewed here, to have students discuss information shared on the site. Synth is similar to Twitter, but is an audio resource. Have students share a short audio response related to their learning, then Synth threads all student discussions to create a podcast to share.
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Future Ready Schools Planning Dashboard - Future Ready Schools

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Future Ready Schools Planning Dashboard provides a 5-step framework for technology planning for district teams. The framework starts with guidelines and planning assistance and advances...more
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Future Ready Schools Planning Dashboard provides a 5-step framework for technology planning for district teams. The framework starts with guidelines and planning assistance and advances to creating your district team. Additional steps guide you through assessing the district's current readiness and moves toward the final goal of creating an ongoing future-ready plan that is in line with district goals. All work is created and shared within a password-protected format using templates and other tools provided within the dashboard.

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Take advantage of this free online tool to guide your district toward planning and implementing your technology plan. Share with administrators as an option for use with your technology committee. As you gather and share information with your community and staff to use in your guide, consider using a collaboration tool like Padlet, reviewed here. Use Padlet to share technology options with the community and gather comments. Create another Padlet to gather comments and ideas from staff. When considering more complex ideas during your planning, use FlipGrid, reviewed here, to create and share video discussions. Use Flipgrid's MixTape feature to build a "mix" of responses to highlight and share. Help build community support for your technology plan by creating ongoing podcasts using Anchor, reviewed here. Share podcasts with your community throughout the planning process to discuss ideas, update listeners on your goals and progress, and to compare and contrast options considered for your plan.
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