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Cracking the Code: Coding in the Classroom - TeachersFirst

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Cracking the Code is part of TeachersFirst Help! I Lost My Library/Media Specialist series reviewed here and provides book suggestions and activities...more
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Cracking the Code is part of TeachersFirst Help! I Lost My Library/Media Specialist series reviewed here and provides book suggestions and activities to support students in learning about basic coding, including as a means to extend learning in content areas. This article provides background knowledge on valuable life skills learned by coding, such as problem-solving and critical thinking. Next, the activities section includes a suggested list of picture books and activities that engage students in learning about and practicing coding skills. The extension activities include ideas for using coding skills in content and discusses possible resources for grants and scholarships as a fundraising option for bringing robots into the classroom as a coding experience. Content on this site includes correlations to ISTE and AASL standards.

tag(s): book lists (162), coding (89), professional development (394), STEM (265)

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Include the suggested books and activities with your current lessons on coding. If you are new to coding, begin by offering activities found at Hour of Code, reviewed here. Although Hour of Code is an annual event held each December, the activities are always available, including options for beginners through advanced coders. Encourage your more tech-savvy students to become instructors and provide tutorials for their peers. Ask them to use a screen recording tool like Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here, to create short instructional videos demonstrating different methods for creating code.

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Classroom Management: Face-to-Face, Hybrid, & Virtual - TeachersFirst

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Discover many resources and ideas for creating positive and effective learning environments in any classroom using the learning modules provided by TeachersFirst. Choose from modules...more
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Discover many resources and ideas for creating positive and effective learning environments in any classroom using the learning modules provided by TeachersFirst. Choose from modules offered by grade levels, virtual classroom management, or technology that provides specific procedures utilizing age/grade-appropriate classroom management tools and techniques in your classroom. If desired, receive a professional development certificate by signing up and completing the course questionnaire.

tag(s): classroom management (128), professional development (394), remote learning (59)

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Take advantage of the learning modules shared on this site to learn new classroom management ideas or revitalize your current classroom management procedures. Share this information with peers during your grade-level planning sessions to support fellow educators and collaborate on best practices. If you would like to document your understanding and participation in completing the learning modules, complete the course questionnaire and share it with your school or district's professional learning team to obtain professional learning documentation.

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Professional Learning Log - TeachersFirst

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The Professional Learning Log shared by TeachersFirst is a form that provides documentation of independent participation in TeachersFirst professional learning opportunities. Choose...more
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The Professional Learning Log shared by TeachersFirst is a form that provides documentation of independent participation in TeachersFirst professional learning opportunities. Choose the provided link to access and open the learning log in Microsoft Word or as a Google Doc. Add information that includes the activity, date, and time spent on the learning opportunity. Next, complete each section that discusses TeachersFirst resources accessed, such as Twitter Chats, blog posts, or OK2Ask webinars. Next, complete the summary and next steps portions to reflect upon your learning and plan for future implementation of the ideas learned.

tag(s): professional development (394)

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Use the information on this page and the accompanying form to take advantage of the many professional learning opportunities offered by TeachersFirst and receive professional development credits from your school or district. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn how to use online resources such as Canva Edu, reviewed here, Microsoft products, and Elementari, reviewed here. Document your professional learning as you learn about classroom strategies found in the TeachersFirst blog posts,found here or through interactions with professionals worldwide when participating in TeachersFirst's bi-weekly Twitter Chats, found here.

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I'm Trying to Love Math - Expanding Mathematics Across the Curriculum - TeachersFirst

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I'm Trying to Love Math is part of TeachersFirst Help! I Lost My Library/Media Specialist series reviewed here and provides book suggestions and activities...more
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I'm Trying to Love Math is part of TeachersFirst Help! I Lost My Library/Media Specialist series reviewed here and provides book suggestions and activities to encourage interest in math. The background knowledge portion of the article shares some historical perspectives on the evolution of mathematics, beginning with a bone found in the Democratic Republic of Congo over 20,000 years ago. Next, scroll through the activities section to find math-related picture book suggestions and additional ideas for learning about mathematicians through biographies. The extension activity idea shares how to promote interest in math by creating brackets similar to those used with March Madness to determine the most influential mathematician of all time. Content on this site includes correlations to ISTE and AASL standards.

tag(s): biographies (94), book lists (162), careers (139), census (12), charts and graphs (169), data (147), professional development (394)

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Bookmark this article to save as a resource for incorporating literature into math lessons and engaging students with learning about mathematicians by researching their lives and career paths. Encourage students to think about the many uses of math in their daily lives using Google Jamboard, reviewed here. Create a Jamboard slide and ask students to add a sticky note anytime they use math during the day. Extend this activity by adding a slide with columns and asking students to identify the type of math used during their day. For example, create columns that include geometry, measurement, data collection, and numbers. Use this information to create graphs and analyze students' different uses of math throughout the day. In addition to the Data Gif Maker, reviewed here suggested in the article, consider creating graphs and charts using LiveGap Charts, reviewed here to create charts representing data in many formats.

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I believe that integration is a marvelous way to help students to better understand math concepts. I have employed the use of integrating Science in my Math classroom and it has enlightened the student's way of thinking. Not only are they able to associate math with shopping, time management and buildings but they see where it can be applied to another subject area. Roxanne, , Grades: 3 - 5

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Dewey Know How to Find Information - TeachersFirst

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"Dewey" Know How to Find Information: Finding Nonfiction Resources in a Traditional Library Format is part of the TeachersFirst Help! I Lost My Library/Media Specialist series reviewed...more
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"Dewey" Know How to Find Information: Finding Nonfiction Resources in a Traditional Library Format is part of the TeachersFirst Help! I Lost My Library/Media Specialist series reviewed here. This article shares background knowledge and activities to teach students how to efficiently use the Dewey Decimal System to search and find nonfiction resources for research. Resources include book suggestions, videos, and online learning suggestions. Activities provide ideas for teaching about the Dewey Decimal System through tech and non-tech methods.

tag(s): reading strategies (99), Research (83)

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Take advantage of the many resources and activities shared on this site to provide direct instruction to students on using the Dewey Decimal System to find materials for research projects and encourage learning about topics of personal interest. In addition, engage students in learning using Blooket, reviewed here, to create entertaining learning quizzes and games for individuals and groups of players. Blooket also includes "homework only" activities for use as flipped learning lessons.

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Work Smarter, Not Harder: Using Non-Fiction Text Features to Find Information Efficiently - TeachersFirst

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This article is part of TeachersFirst's Help! I Lost My Library/Media Specialist! seriesfound here and shares background knowledge, activities,...more
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This article is part of TeachersFirst's Help! I Lost My Library/Media Specialist! seriesfound here and shares background knowledge, activities, and extensions to teach students how to learn to read for research purposes. Begin with the introduction and background knowledge information to understand the importance of teaching students how to identify and use nonfiction text features. Next, this article provides many activities to guide students in understanding nonfiction text features. The final portion of this resource includes extension activities that encourage students to think about text features differently and encourage critical thinking skills.

tag(s): professional development (394), reading comprehension (143), reading strategies (99)

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Share this article and the included activities with peers as part of your professional development activities. Work with your peers to identify specific nonfiction texts to use during your lessons. One excellent resource for finding short, nonfiction articles is Newsela, reviewed here. Assign articles to students through Newsela and differentiate information based on individual student needs. Use Newsela's annotation feature to highlight text features discussed during your lessons.

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OK2Ask: My Time Learning - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from February 2023. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

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Looking for a way to get just-in-time personalized PD? We've got the ticket for you. Join us as we explore websites and communities that offer free professional learning opportunities. Whether you're a beginner or a tech ninja, you'll find something to pique your interest and grow your teaching toolbox. Start making your learning path today! As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn about a variety of free professional learning resources; 2. Understand how to craft a learning path to fit their own professional growth; and 3. Develop a professional learning plan that includes regular reflection. 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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Focusable for Education - Focusable

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Focusable provides tools that support an increased focus on activities and recharging activities that provide tools for dealing with stress. Registration isn't required; however, it...more
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Focusable provides tools that support an increased focus on activities and recharging activities that provide tools for dealing with stress. Registration isn't required; however, it allows members to create classroom groups that monitor students' focused learning time and support teaching methods on how to relax and focus. Recharge activities include eye relief, neck stretch, and box breathing techniques. Focus activities include using a timer as a focused reminder with check-in points to add a video and reflect upon progress in completing the task at hand.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (144), social and emotional learning (83), Teacher Utilities (148)

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Include Focusable as one of your tools to assist students who have difficulty staying on task or with students who have anxiety as a teaching tool to learn meditative breathing and focusing techniques. Download the Research Guide for Education to understand the research behind Focusable and learn about ways to incorporate Focusable into classroom routines that develop healthy work habits and routines. Then, be sure to add a link to Focusable on your class website or newsletter for students and parents to access at home. To reinforce your focus routines in the classroom, ask a student or a group of students to share a weekly report on progress using Focusable. Students may include new breathing techniques learned, how routines are used at home, or how paying attention to focusing techniques improves class performance. Record and share short student video presentations using Adobe Express Video Maker, reviewed here.

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TARA - Ian Cohen

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TARA is a suite of teacher utility tools created with special education teachers in mind but with support systems available for all teachers, coaches, and principals. Free plans include...more
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TARA is a suite of teacher utility tools created with special education teachers in mind but with support systems available for all teachers, coaches, and principals. Free plans include a lesson planner, strategy and resource bank, and a personalized homepage to access files, bookmarks, and action items easily. Your homepage has a to-do list to add action items to your calendar and view your schedule, a notepad for jotting down reminders, and access to the resource bank that includes 100s of classroom activities, organizers, and more. The Teacher Dashboard is the area to view upcoming lessons and review feedback. Visit the Classes page to add students, classes, collaborators, and co-teachers.

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TARA is worth a look at by all educators, even if it isn't used for lesson planning and calendar notifications, because of the easy access to the robust resource bank. To use the resource bank, select an option provided in the listed categories, then click the < next to the words "TARA's Resource Bank." A section that includes links to activities, videos, and additional resources available for that topic opens up. Add shortcuts to your HQ page for easy access to commonly-used resources, including NearPod, reviewed here, Pear Deck, reviewed here, and many other online tools.
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FreeFunder - John Symonds

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FreeFunder offers a free fundraising platform for personal causes. Begin by visiting the Create tab to create an account. Then, add images and a compelling description of your needs,...more
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FreeFunder offers a free fundraising platform for personal causes. Begin by visiting the Create tab to create an account. Then, add images and a compelling description of your needs, and use FreeFunder's tools to personalize the look of your page. When ready to share, use the many options available to share your fundraiser on social media. Secure payments are received directly through Stripe. Stripe charges a fee of 2.9% and $.30 per transaction.

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Use FreeFunder to set up fundraisers for community or school family members who need financial support. Additional ideas include fundraisers for school equipment, class trips, and after-school or summer programs. Browse through the Discover link on FreeFunder to find ideas already supported on the site.

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Givebutter - Ari Krasner, Max Friedman, and Liran Cohen

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Givebutter is a free fundraising platform offering several tools to increase support and donations. Choose from three options provided by Givebutter for use in fundraising campaigns....more
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Givebutter is a free fundraising platform offering several tools to increase support and donations. Choose from three options provided by Givebutter for use in fundraising campaigns. Raise is the fundraising portion of the site; use this area to share your fundraising needs with forms, campaigns, and events. Raise also offers opportunities for social engagement through live streaming and virtual events. Track is where users manage donations, contacts, and view donor timelines. Boost awareness and interest in fundraising needs using Engage. Use Engage to send customized messages to donor groups, including images, videos, and text. Givebutter offers payment options through Apple Pay, Google Pay, Venmo, and PayPal.

tag(s): grants (16)

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Use Givebutter for any classroom or school fundraising needs to make it easier for parents and community members to support students. Use Raise to share your classroom wishlist by sharing videos and stories of how funds will engage learning in your classroom. Share Givebutter with your school's parent/teacher organization for more extensive fundraising needs, such as new equipment for your school or playground. Accept online donations and recurring donations as a way to meet the needs of community members.

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Ditch That Textbook - Matt Miller

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Finding and implementing engaging lessons is difficult and time-consuming; Ditch That Textbook offers practical teaching ideas that adapt quickly to all content and grade levels. There...more
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Finding and implementing engaging lessons is difficult and time-consuming; Ditch That Textbook offers practical teaching ideas that adapt quickly to all content and grade levels. There are three main areas of the site to search for resources - the Blog, Google Ideas, and Resources. Blog content includes suggestions for feedback, gamifying classrooms, and sources for finding free content. Use the keyword search to look for specific information. The Google Ideas section shares material for all things Google, including using Chromebooks. Scroll down the page to find ideas sorted by Google tools and links to videos, templates, and related blog posts. Select the Resources link to find an abundance of free templates, how-to videos, and tools for remote learning. Be sure to dig around at length; there is much more available on this site, including a handful of free online courses for educators. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): assessment (146), blogs (66), Formative Assessment (70), Google (46), professional development (394)

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This resource is a treasure trove for new and experienced teachers, bookmark and save it for use throughout the year. If you are looking for the latest teaching trends, take advantage of the many templates and ideas shared through the blog. For those wanting to try new ideas, begin with the free templates that make it easy to introduce gamification and interactive activities into any classroom. Ditch That Textbook is an excellent site to use for ongoing professional development. Choose a blog post or activity monthly to discuss with peers and implement in your classroom. Use a curation tool such as Wakelet, reviewed here, to share and discuss resources found on Ditch that Textbook along with your ideas as a way to easily access your favorite ideas.

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Downdetector - Ookla, LLC

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Nothing is much worse than trying to access a website without success and not knowing if the problem is on your end or with the site. Downdetector provides real-time monitoring ...more
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Nothing is much worse than trying to access a website without success and not knowing if the problem is on your end or with the site. Downdetector provides real-time monitoring of major companies and services. Scroll down the site to find links to major services, including Twitter, YouTube, Google, and others, to find the status based upon crowd-sourced information. Although Downdetector does not provide information for all websites, it is a valuable tool for finding the status of the primary services and companies monitored.

tag(s): computers (106)

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Save Downdetector to your bookmarks to use as needed when you or your students are unable to connect to tools used in the classroom. Share with students to use to check service availability before notifying your or your technical team.

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WeTeachNYC Search Library - New York City Dept of Education

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Find high-quality resources curated by educators in all content areas and grade levels shared by WeTeachNYC. Although only registration and saving of resources are available to New...more
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Find high-quality resources curated by educators in all content areas and grade levels shared by WeTeachNYC. Although only registration and saving of resources are available to New York City Department of Education employees and partners, most materials are open to all site users. Use the search feature to find and filter content by subject, grade level, and resource type. Resources include lessons, classroom strategies, templates, and much more. All links that lead to offsite material are vetted for quality and alignment to standards.

tag(s): newbies (14), OER (43), preK (259), professional development (394), resources (88), substitutes (27)

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Add this extensive search library to your current toolbox of resources for classroom and professional use. Search for ideas when planning upcoming units and lessons and provide differentiated instruction to meet your students' learning needs. Use a learning management system such as Eduflow, reviewed here, or Classkick, reviewed here, to easily create and share personalized instruction that includes resources found on this site along with your current lessons and materials.
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OK2Ask: Digital Storytelling 201 - TeachersFirst

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

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Get ready for digital storytelling--a valuable strategy for instruction and formative and summative assessments. You or your students have a story idea, but now what do you do? In this session, we'll review the digital storytelling process, talk about tech tools you can use to create your product, and share ideas for managing your classroom while students are working on digital storytelling projects. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand the digital storytelling process; 2. Explore a technology tool for digital storytelling; and 3. Plan for the use of digital storytelling in instructional settings. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): digital storytelling (144), professional development (394), writing (317)

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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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SlidesMania - Paula Martinez

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Do you use slides? If so, SlidesMania is a must-add to your digital toolbox! SlidesMania offers hundreds of slide templates for both PowerPoint and Google Slides, and most are created...more
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Do you use slides? If so, SlidesMania is a must-add to your digital toolbox! SlidesMania offers hundreds of slide templates for both PowerPoint and Google Slides, and most are created specifically for educators. Scroll through or search the site to find templates with exciting themes, game templates, choice boards, and more. Some offerings include directions on changing colors to personalize slides to fit individual needs. To use a presentation, find the link for Google Slides or Powerpoint and follow the links to download or use the template and save.
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tag(s): presentations (17), slides (42)

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Bookmark and save SlidesMania for use with slides throughout the school year. Use to engage students using the themes and exciting formats. Create flashcards for students to practice spelling or vocabulary. Create personalized certificates to reward student success or customize templates that feature interactive lessons. Share this site with students to use when creating presentations. Include student presentations in portfolios created with Seesaw, reviewed here, to share with parents during conferences.

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Open Textbook Library - Univ. of Minnesota's College of Education & Human Development

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The Open Textbook Library provides access to over 1,000 textbooks to download, edit, and distribute at no cost. View the newest additions or use the browse feature to find textbooks...more
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The Open Textbook Library provides access to over 1,000 textbooks to download, edit, and distribute at no cost. View the newest additions or use the browse feature to find textbooks by subject. After selecting a book, read a summary, including the copyright date, author(s), and licensing information. Then, to access any text, select the "Read More" link that provides additional information and links to the available formats. Formats available include PDF, ebook, and online availability.

tag(s): blended learning (37), differentiation (83), OER (43), professional development (394), remote learning (59)

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Bookmark and save this website as a resource for finding supplemental materials for your classroom and professional development information for personal use. For example, if you teach algebra, use the search feature to find introductory and prealgebra textbooks to reinforce concepts to students differently than your current teaching materials. For students who need enrichment material, take advantage of algebra 2 books to provide differentiated instruction to meet their learning needs. This resource would be ideal to use in a remote learning situation. Consider curating this site along with other open education resources (OER) using Wakelet, reviewed here. Create a collection in Wakelet of your OER resources and share it with colleagues as a professional resource.
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Overcoming Obstacles K-12 Curriculum - Community for Education Foundation, Inc.

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Overcoming Obstacles free curriculum shares hundreds of lessons based upon a foundation of thirty life skills. Skills include effective communication, making informed decisions, setting...more
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Overcoming Obstacles free curriculum shares hundreds of lessons based upon a foundation of thirty life skills. Skills include effective communication, making informed decisions, setting goals, respecting one another, and more. Find content organized into four grade bands, beginning with kindergarten through second grade and finishing with high school. Each printable lesson starts with a plan that includes goals, objectives, and a materials list. In addition to specific lesson instructions, each activity includes additional extensions to practice and reinforce skills taught. All information is available without registration; however, registering on the site allows you to customize lessons before downloading and saving. In addition, student activity sheets are available for download in 25 languages.

tag(s): communication (136), conflict resolution (9), OER (43), problem solving (225), social and emotional learning (83)

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Use the Overcoming Obstacles curriculum as a stand-alone life-skills curriculum or as a supplement to your current teaching materials. If you cannot take advantage of the complete curriculum, use the site's library to find lessons and activities on specific topics to address in your classroom as needed. For example, if peer pressure is a concern, select that activity to include in classroom lessons. Many of the activities include role-playing, extend these activities by creating student-led podcasts using Buzzsprout, reviewed here. Create podcasts with different scenarios for students to role-play appropriate and inappropriate responses, including suggestions for making informed decisions.
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Merlot - California State University Long Beach

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Merlot (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) is a curated collection of free learning and support materials for educators that includes almost 100,000 learning...more
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Merlot (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) is a curated collection of free learning and support materials for educators that includes almost 100,000 learning resources in all content areas and grade levels. Search information on the site in several ways, such as using a keyword or searching by ISBN, materials, or members. Use the dropdown box labeled "Browse" at the top of the page to conduct a more focused search by grade level, content, type of material, and mobile platform. All available content includes clickable peer reviews and user ratings with an overview of the material, recommended uses, and target student population. Registration isn't required; however, it allows you to bookmark and save topics. In addition, registration offers access to Merlot's Content Builder (website maker) and a Course ePortfolio.

tag(s): OER (43), preK (259), professional development (394)

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Bookmark and save Merlot to use for professional development and planning purposes. Create an account to save and access bookmarks at any time throughout the year. Due to the size of this site, consider including it as part of your professional development activities with grade-level or department peers to explore by sections. For example, during one session, examine options of assessment tools, and explore the included collections about your course content at another meeting. Consider using a curation tool such as Netboard, reviewed here, or Milanote, reviewed here, to collect and share saved resources.
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100 STEAM Projects for Educators - The Oakland Toy Lab

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Are you looking for some great STEAM projects to do in your classroom? Instructables.com has a curated collection of STEAM projects complete with step-by-step directions, photos, and...more
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Are you looking for some great STEAM projects to do in your classroom? Instructables.com has a curated collection of STEAM projects complete with step-by-step directions, photos, and tips for completion. Some even have video clips to help with the directions. Projects range in age level from lower elementary to high school. The contributor, The Oakland Toy Lab, designed everything with accessibility in mind. Each project can be created with widely available and relatively low-cost materials. In addition, teachers can create a free account to download printable PDFs of step-by-step directions of each activity. Be aware that this collection is posted as a part of a larger website of community-contributed content, so some Instructables may not be appropriate for a school environment.

tag(s): crafts (54), engineering (120), makerspace (41), science fairs (19), STEM (265)

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Here, teachers can find one hundred unique, already tried and tested STEAM projects for their classrooms. Teachers can use them as written or as a starting point and modify them to fit their own needs. Perhaps creating a makerspace with several activities and supplies available to choose from would be an excellent station for early finishers in your room. This collection of 100 STEAM projects is a part of a larger website - instructibles.com, where you can learn to do just about anything in any subject area. Be sure to save this site and check back often as content is contributed by the community and is updated regularly, so you never know what you may find - you may even decide to contribute something of your own!

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I am looking forward to watching these resources to find new and refreshed ideas for STEAM to wow my K-5 students. Anne, , Grades: 0 - 5

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