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Ladder of Reading & Writing - Nancy Young

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Crack the code to understand the components of structured literacy using the three printable documents found at the Ladder of Reading & Writing. The first two-page document provides...more
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Crack the code to understand the components of structured literacy using the three printable documents found at the Ladder of Reading & Writing. The first two-page document provides an overview of the progression of structured literacy skills. The second linked document shares a primer on structured literacy terms more about structured literacy. The third document shares information and an infographic demonstrating the interconnectedness of structured literacy's multiple components. Print and use any documents found on this site; however, they may not be changed or modified.

tag(s): literacy (96), professional development (286), reading strategies (67), science of reading (16), writing (283)

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Use these documents for professional use to help understand the components of literacy. In addition, these items also provide excellent information to use with parents when discussing their student's literacy journey. For example, use the first document with the literacy ladder to provide perspective during parent/teacher conferences on students' progress toward becoming effortless readers. Finally, share with peers during professional development activities to develop an awareness of structured reading components and assess your current teaching strategies. Use a collaborative tool like Notejoy, reviewed here, to share ideas and plan lessons. Consider sharing literacy terms and strategies with parents on an ongoing basis through your school website or classroom newsletter. Include ideas for parents to incorporate at home to support reading skills.
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Scarborough's Reading Rope: A Groundbreaking Infographic - International Dyslexia Association

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Understand the complexity and many strands woven into becoming a skilled reader using this infographic created by Dr. Hollis Scarborough. The infographic demonstrates the many components...more
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Understand the complexity and many strands woven into becoming a skilled reader using this infographic created by Dr. Hollis Scarborough. The infographic demonstrates the many components required for reading fluency and comprehension by illustrating strands woven together to become a strong rope. The rope is broken into two pieces - comprehension and word recognition to demonstrate further the skills required to become successful readers.

tag(s): fluency (20), professional development (286), reading comprehension (127), science of reading (16)

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Bookmark this simple yet effective representation of required reading skills to keep as a reference when reflecting upon your reading curriculum and instructional strategies. Use the strands described in the infographic as a starting point for organizing and curating resources. Consider using a curation tool such as Weje, reviewed here, to gather links, articles, and lessons grouped by the different skills illustrated on the Reading Rope. Use the Reading Rope as a starting point for professional development activities as you and your peers discuss strategies and resources for teaching reading skills. Be sure to share this infographic with parents to help them understand the many components of skills required of successful readers.

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Science of Reading Handbook - Amplify Education, Inc.

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What is the Science of Reading? Learn the fundamentals and history behind reading research and educational application with the three handbooks found on this site. Each user-friendly...more
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What is the Science of Reading? Learn the fundamentals and history behind reading research and educational application with the three handbooks found on this site. Each user-friendly guide provides readers with background knowledge and educational applications using images, graphs, and relatable stories. Handbooks one and two are primers in reading research, while the third handbook focuses on making the shift to teaching in classrooms based upon the science of reading. In addition to the three printable directories, additional resources include links to articles, podcasts, and activities that support understanding how we learn to read.

tag(s): phonics (46), professional development (286), reading comprehension (127), reading strategies (67), science of reading (16), vocabulary (232), vocabulary development (86), word study (52)

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Download and save the handbooks shared on this site for professional development and understanding of the science of reading. Share with peers to use PD activities. Consider breaking the guides into smaller portions to begin your in-depth study of this topic and as you reflect upon your current teaching strategies. The third handbook that focuses on classroom instruction is beneficial for use as a reflective and ongoing learning opportunity. Add the questions to ask, found in the third handbook, to a curation tool such as Wakelet, reviewed here, then add teaching resources to your Wakelet collection. For example, one question is, "Are vocabulary words preselected and connected to the topic and text?' " Create a Wakelet collection that includes strategies for teaching how to understand vocabulary words within the context of the passage read. Include online tools such as Read Ahead, reviewed here. Read Ahead uses AI technology to create presentations of online text that present vocabulary lists of the text and provide definitions in context while students read.
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Reading Foundational Skills - PBS Learning Media

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Find various resources for emergent readers and teachers provided by PBS Learning Media. Select content by topics that include fluency, phonics and word recognition, phonological awareness,...more
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Find various resources for emergent readers and teachers provided by PBS Learning Media. Select content by topics that include fluency, phonics and word recognition, phonological awareness, and print concepts. Use filters to narrow information by grade, resource type, or relevance, including the newest additions or most popular items. Choose from various resources, including lesson plans, interactives, videos, and much more.

tag(s): literacy (96), parents (61), phonics (46), preK (238), professional development (286), reading comprehension (127), reading strategies (67), science of reading (16), writing (283)

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Be sure to bookmark and save this site for use when teaching reading skills to students at all grade levels. Although it is beneficial for teachers in elementary grades, the valuable lessons and materials support the teaching of reading skills in all grade levels. Use a bookmarking tool like Symbaloo, reviewed here, to share resources with students to use at computer centers or share at-home activities with parents. Ask students to reflect upon their learning through blog writing using Edublogs, reviewed here. For example, have students include a link or image of the first draft of a writing project and the final document and discuss why and how they made changes. For younger students, include a recording of them reading a short passage, then add a later recording that demonstrates growth in reading skills. You might consider using Flipgrid for this, reviewed here.
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The Collection: Volume 1 January 2022 - Virginia State Literacy Association (VSLA)

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Volume 1 of The Collection includes several articles devoted to the Science of Reading approach to literary instruction. Topics include early literacy screening and answers to common...more
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Volume 1 of The Collection includes several articles devoted to the Science of Reading approach to literary instruction. Topics include early literacy screening and answers to common questions about the Science of Reading. View and print this collection using the icons found on the preview screen.

tag(s): literacy (96), professional development (286), reading strategies (67), science of reading (16), writing (283)

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Include information from this collection of articles as part of your ongoing professional development activities. Include this collection along with your other resources using Wakelet, reviewed here. Create a shared Wakelet to collaborate and share information about the Science of Reading with your peers.
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The Educator's Science of Reading Glossary - Virginia State Literacy Association

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Learn about and understand the fundamentals of the Science of Reading with this printable glossary. Follow the link found in the short article to access the ten-page PDF document that...more
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Learn about and understand the fundamentals of the Science of Reading with this printable glossary. Follow the link found in the short article to access the ten-page PDF document that shares definitions of basic terms referenced in the Science of Reading approach to teaching reading and writing. Additional resources in this document include links to other references and research.

tag(s): fluency (20), phonics (46), preK (238), reading strategies (67), science of reading (16), vocabulary (232)

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Bookmark and save this document as a resource for understanding the Science of Reading approach in your classroom. As you learn about the Science of Reading through professional development opportunities, consider using a curation tool such as Padlet, reviewed here, to collaborate and share ideas with peers. Create a column for each term and add resources such as articles, videos, and teaching resources within your Padlet.
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The Freedom Riders and the Popular Music of the Civil Rights Movement - EDSITEment!

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This fascinating lesson plan includes six teaching activities that focus on how civil rights activists used the power of song to share their message of equal justice under the law ...more
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This fascinating lesson plan includes six teaching activities that focus on how civil rights activists used the power of song to share their message of equal justice under the law for all. The lesson begins with guiding questions and stated learning objectives aligned to Social Studies and Common Core literacy standards. Then, students listen to several songs from the 1960s and analyze the lyrics to understand the civil rights messages during their study of the materials. This lesson includes links to all media and music referenced within the activities.

tag(s): 1960s (29), black history (90), civil rights (165), martin luther king (39), oral history (15)

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Integrate this lesson into your teaching about civil rights, Freedom Fighters, or the 1960s to engage students in learning about this period through music. Enhance learning by dividing students into groups to analyze different songs, then ask them to share their findings with the class by sharing a presentation created using one of the tools found at Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education, reviewed here. After viewing the presentations, encourage students to look for similarities within each message. Use Answer Garden, reviewed here, to post a question and ask students to post responses to create a word cloud. For example, ask each group to share important words or concepts from their song, then view the word cloud to understand overlapping content. As a final activity, extend learning by asking students to create interactive timelines that include important civil rights events, 1960s music, and highlights of civil rights leaders' activities. Use a timeline creation tool such as Time Graphics Timeline Maker, reviewed here, or the timeline feature found in Padlet, reviewed here. Using either option, ask students to include links to videos, recordings, and discussions of the civil rights events.
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Evolve EdTech - Evolve EdTech

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K to 12
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Evolve EdTech shares a variety of free educational resources for educators. Resources include Jamboard templates, Wakelet Collections, infographics, and a digital plan board series....more
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Evolve EdTech shares a variety of free educational resources for educators. Resources include Jamboard templates, Wakelet Collections, infographics, and a digital plan board series. Evolve EdTech also consists of a YouTube channel that shares a series of tutorials. Visit their podcast page to subscribe to their series that offers tips and tools for successfully incorporating technology into any classroom.

tag(s): computers (101), podcasts (65), resources (85), Teacher Utilities (123), video (242)

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Discover the many free resources to add to your technology toolbox. For example, visit the Jamboard portion of the site to find and download many organizers for posing questions, summarizing, and vocabulary development. Download any of the templates to use or modify to fit your needs. Watch the short tutorials to learn about tips and tricks on using PowerPoint and Microsoft Teams. Use the ideas found on this site to create Google Jamboard, reviewed here, templates that match the educational needs of your students. Learn how to create collections using Wakelet, reviewed here, to curate and share information with students or to use for lesson planning and student projects.

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Lesson Ideas and Templates - Pennsbury Educational Technology

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Browse or search through more than 2600 (yes, 2600+!) lesson ideas, Google templates, PDFs, and more to find teaching resources for all grade levels and subject areas. Get a quick ...more
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Browse or search through more than 2600 (yes, 2600+!) lesson ideas, Google templates, PDFs, and more to find teaching resources for all grade levels and subject areas. Get a quick overview of each resource within the list; each item includes the title and link, content area, target grade level(s), and resource type. Also, because the list is extensive, viewers may use the filters at the top of the page to narrow down resources by topic, grade, or type of material. There is also a keyword search for use when trying to find specific terms. After accessing any of the Google documents, follow the directions to create a document to edit and share from your Google Drive.

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Bookmark this site to find teaching resources throughout the year. Use the templates found, and then edit information as needed to fit your curriculum and assessments. Browse through the site to get ideas for creating templates of your own. This site is a curation of ideas from one school district; share this idea with your peers or your technology department to consider creating a tool such as this with materials from within your school district.
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#TeachLivingPoets - Melissa Alter Smith

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#TeachLivingPoets is a robust resource that seeks to get contemporary poetry into the hands of students. Among its goals is the desire to provide students with "poetry that reflects...more
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#TeachLivingPoets is a robust resource that seeks to get contemporary poetry into the hands of students. Among its goals is the desire to provide students with "poetry that reflects their identities, backgrounds, and present circumstances." Subscribe to and follow the site's blog to read about the use of poetry in classrooms. Find specific teaching content at the link for hyperdocs. This portion of the site contains many lessons featuring a variety of poets and styles. Browse the virtual library and find poets as a resource for locating diverse poetry examples. Finally, visit the Poetry Review portion of #TeachLivingPoets to find reviews written by teachers for teachers.

tag(s): authors (99), cross cultural understanding (148), identity (25), poetry (182)

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Bookmark and save this site as a resource for finding and including contemporary poets and poems in your poetry units. Share with students, then have them browse through the site to find poets that appeal to them. Curate and share favorites using Milanote, reviewed here. Milanote is a virtual tool for organizing information that allows you to upload images, files, links, and notes. Ask students to share information about favorite poets, portions of poems, or lists of favorite phrases from poems they have read. Use Edji, reviewed here to enhance learning through collaborative discussions of the text of poems. Edji includes tools for providing group discussions along with areas for individuals to add notes for personal use. Create groups within Edji based on your students' interests and preferred poets. Enhance learning by asking students to write poems of their own or share a poetry reading of a favorite poem. Use a podcasting tool such as Synth, reviewed here, to record and share audio and video recordings of student poetry readings.

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Social and Emotional Learning Resources - TeachersFirst

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Social-emotional Learning (SEL) is the process by which students of all ages develop and use social and emotional skills, knowledge, and attitudes. Using SEL skills, students better...more
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Social-emotional Learning (SEL) is the process by which students of all ages develop and use social and emotional skills, knowledge, and attitudes. Using SEL skills, students better understand emotion, manage their own, and show empathy towards others. SEL skills also help students set and achieve positive goals. Although this is an ongoing process through all grade levels, you can begin to instill these skills and understandings in even your youngest students. We encourage you to find appropriate tools and resources in this collection to use with your students and in your lessons.

tag(s): emotions (44), empathy (27), social and emotional learning (60)

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Find resources to educate yourself and your students about various topics related to social-emotional learning. This collection includes lesson plans, digital check-ins, toolkits, professional resources, and more. Share this curated list with your colleagues and families.

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Extra, Extra, Read All About It: Looking at Current Events with an Analytical Eye - TeachersFirst

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Perception is reality. Use this extensive collection of resources to teach students to think critically about the world around them. In addition to background knowledge, this resource...more
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Perception is reality. Use this extensive collection of resources to teach students to think critically about the world around them. In addition to background knowledge, this resource provides activities that promote critical thinking. Take advantage of the many ideas found to explore relationships between concepts, collaborate with others, and use evidence to create questions for any topic. Use the specific book titles and correlated activities to incorporate critical thinking skills and apply learning to current issues of interest.

tag(s): climate change (77), critical thinking (103), immigrants (29), native americans (82), point of view (7), racism (71)

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Use the information shared on the site to find resources and activities that teach students to think critically about their information. Take advantage of the suggested books and ideas that extend learning through the use of technology. Consider using Wakelet, reviewed here, as a curation tool to share information with students and to share your students' work products.
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ResumeCoach - LeadCareer

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Get step-by-step help in creating an impressive resume with ResumeCoach. First, choose from an assortment of resumes or let ResumeCoach choose the one best for your chosen profession....more
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Get step-by-step help in creating an impressive resume with ResumeCoach. First, choose from an assortment of resumes or let ResumeCoach choose the one best for your chosen profession. Next, select a template and get advice on appropriate and professional wording to include. After selecting a template, fill in the information to include following the provided steps. When finished, download your resume or share it online using Google or directly to LinkedIn. Registration isn't necessary unless you share your resume online.

tag(s): careers (132)

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Aside from the obvious use of creating a resume for a job application, this site offers an excellent resource for students to learn about the process of job hunting and the requirements for obtaining a career in any field. Ask students to complete a personal resume as a way for them to highlight their individual skills. Have students complete a resume for their "dream" job that focuses on the unique skills that make them the best candidate. Have students create a resume for a fictional or real character in history. For example, create a resume for a past president that includes a list of his accomplishments while in office. Have students include these resumes as part of a research project and include them using tools found at Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education, reviewed here.
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What We Do - Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media - Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media

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The Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM) is a part of George Mason University's Department of History and Art History. As part of their Digital History Fellowship...more
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The Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM) is a part of George Mason University's Department of History and Art History. As part of their Digital History Fellowship program, they create and share websites and other tools to enhance the understanding and appreciation of history. This page shares their many projects, including topics with names such as Eagle Eye Citizen and the September 11 Digital Archive. Select any of the shared subects to view a summary of the project and its' contributors. Then, follow the included link to visit the projects' main website and access all of the included features.

tag(s): branches of government (56), civil rights (165), hurricanes (28), primary sources (99), religions (64), sept11 (17)

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Bookmark and save this site as a supplemental resource for any history lessons and teaching units. One portion of the site leads to Teachinghistory.org, reviewed here, which is an amazing resource for finding teaching materials, best practices, and history content. Be sure to visit it often to find many ideas for effective teaching of history concepts. Other links are perfect for sharing with students to use for locating and learning from primary sources. For example, Papers of the War Department (1784-1800) contains a large collection of images and transcriptions that provide context and understanding into files once considered lost in a fire at the War Department. Create a collaborative Padlet, reviewed here, and ask students to share primary documents and add comments discussing their relevance to historic events being studied. Padlet also includes a timeline feature; use this tool to create a visual timeline of events for any time. Extend learning by asking students to create podcasts using Buzzsprout, reviewed here. Options for podcast topics could include telling the story of historical events from the perspective of a man on the street and sharing perspectives on an event from the viewpoint of different participants.
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Distance Learning Toolkit - National Center for Learning Disabilities

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The Distance Learning Toolkit is a 44 page PDF document that provides strategies for meeting the instructional needs of all students in distance learning situations. The methods are...more
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The Distance Learning Toolkit is a 44 page PDF document that provides strategies for meeting the instructional needs of all students in distance learning situations. The methods are inclusive for all students; however, they focus on key mindsets and teaching practices for students who learn differently and pose unique instructional challenges. Each section provides information on different teaching strategies such as Universal Design for Learning (UDL), flexible grouping, and positive behavior strategies. View this document online or print individual copies.

tag(s): professional development (286), remote learning (48), teaching strategies (34)

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Save this toolkit to use as an excellent resource for both distant learning and in-person teaching situations. Share with your peers to include with staff meetings and professional development sessions. Consider separating each key teacher mindset and the key teaching practices into individual professional development discussions. Create a collaborative Google Jamboard, reviewed here, for all participants to add ideas, questions, and experiences throughout your learning sessions.
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Project Ready - UNC-Chapel Hill's School of Information and Library Science

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Project Ready provides twenty-seven teaching modules focused on improving relationships and instruction to multicultural youth. The curriculum focuses on educating youth services library...more
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Project Ready provides twenty-seven teaching modules focused on improving relationships and instruction to multicultural youth. The curriculum focuses on educating youth services library staff on how to amplify multicultural works. It provides strategies for improving library programs and services for urban youth, Indigenous youth, and children and teens of any color. Included in each module are videos and audio examples focused on the topic. Begin with the Curriculum Guide, from the right menu "Pages," to understand the organization of the modules and the thought process toward creating the cycle of instruction.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (148), difficult conversations (45), diversity (31), native americans (82), racism (71)

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Project Ready's modules are designed for use by individuals or small groups. Although this content is directed at library services, the information is invaluable for anyone who works with youth. Follow the curriculum for your personal growth or as a grade or content-level peer group. Completing all of the modules requires an extended time period; in fact, it might be helpful to use for professional development over two years instead of one school year. If you and your peers don't have time to complete all of the curricula, consider choosing individual modules based on your desired professional development goals and school needs to study as a group or for your own personal development.
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Doozy - Doozy Live Ltd

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Doozy is a social platform for teams to chat, create quizzes, participate in group games, and much more. Register and create an account with Doozy to create your social space. ...more
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Doozy is a social platform for teams to chat, create quizzes, participate in group games, and much more. Register and create an account with Doozy to create your social space. Grab the link to invite others to your game room to begin group activities. Once in the room, use chat features to interact, create a quiz or choose from the library of pre-made quizzes, or add a playlist from Spotify as part of your activity room.

tag(s): chat (39), communication (135), remote learning (48), social and emotional learning (60), social networking (82)

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Use Doozy as a virtual get-to-know-you activity when starting remote learning activities or when collaborating with other classrooms. It is also an excellent icebreaker for professional development sessions or back-to-school team meetings. Create a quiz, or choose from the library to start a friendly competition with others. Since Doozy doesn't track scores, it is an excellent way to work with teams to review practice material in a non-competitive environment. Include Doozy as part of any team-building and social skill support activities.

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TeacherMade - Brad Smith and Laura Bresko

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Reduce your paper load and grading time with TeacherMade's easy-to-use tools. Upload worksheets and PDF files, assign to students with a link through Google Classroom or Clever, and...more
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Reduce your paper load and grading time with TeacherMade's easy-to-use tools. Upload worksheets and PDF files, assign to students with a link through Google Classroom or Clever, and post questions in various formats. TeacherMade even automatically scores responses and provides opportunities for feedback. Register to create your free account, then follow the directions to upload a file of up to 12 pages or start from a blank page. Options allow for several different file formats, including PDF, DOCX, and JPG files. After creating and editing your file, follow the steps to create and share your assignment. Learn more about all of the features of TeacherMade by following their online community forum.

tag(s): differentiation (65), homework (33), Teacher Utilities (123), worksheets (65)

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TeacherMade is perfect for use in several teaching and learning situations, including blended learning, remote teaching, and differentiated instruction. Upload work assignments and create copies to differentiate activities and scoring options. Use this site to create interactive assignments for students to complete at home or during computer center activities. TeacherMade provides many options for helping and enhancing learning for individual students, use for homework, or as a temporary option for providing instruction to home-bound or remote learning students. Have students upload completed assignments of their choosing to an online portfolio creation tool like kudosWall, reviewed here. Use kudosWall to help students build their work resumes, including reflections on their creative process and personal growth.
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Connecthub - Suzana Somers

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Simplify the instructional coaching process with Connecthub's organizational tools. Add educator profiles, create groups, and share notes and task management information all within...more
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Simplify the instructional coaching process with Connecthub's organizational tools. Add educator profiles, create groups, and share notes and task management information all within one portal. After creating an account, Connecthub guides members through the process of adding educator profiles that are included on your dashboard. Use the dashboard to add tasks, create notes, and view statistics on your coaching at a glance. Other tools offer the ability to create and share coaching cycles with your peers, including notes and outlines for focused training. The free plan allows members to add up to 20 educators, create profiles, create custom groups, and share notes with educators via email.

tag(s): communication (135), professional development (286), Teacher Utilities (123)

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Connecthub includes tools to organize and clarify instructional coaching for both the coach and the educator. Share this tool with tech and academic coaches to use as a guide and to document interactions. Set up a coaching schedule based on participants' needs. For example, if your district or school is implementing new technology tools, use Connecthub to create a training schedule based on individual teachers' needs and classroom use. Ask teachers to share their coaching needs and use this tool to collaborate and create a road map for training. Share documented interactions as part of your ongoing professional development to include when preparing for teaching evaluations.

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OK2Ask: Resource Roundup: Free Tools from the Edge - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from March 2021. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from March 2021. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

Looking for new tech tools? Go to the cutting edge with TeachersFirst! Discover tools you and your students can use to create images, timelines, whiteboards, mind maps, and more. Learn how the TeachersFirst Edge collection is organized so you can find a tool that fits your needs. Get inspired and explore classroom applications for time-saving tools in this fast-paced session. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Explore the categories and tools reviewed in TeachersFirst Edge; 2. Plan to implement an Edge resource for student-centered use as part of an upcoming teaching unit; and 3. Use an Edge tool to create an instructional learning object. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

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

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