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Really Great Reading - Really Great Reading

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Really Great Reading shares many resources to support reading instruction using the Science of Reading framework. Visit the free resources link to find summer school training and lessons,...more
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Really Great Reading shares many resources to support reading instruction using the Science of Reading framework. Visit the free resources link to find summer school training and lessons, heart word magic to help students read and spell high-frequency words, and reading assessments to group and monitor student progress. This site also includes a free version of Letter Tile Freeplay Live, an interactive activity that allows players to explore and sound out letters and sounds.

tag(s): literacy (110), phonics (50), preK (259), reading comprehension (143), reading strategies (99), science of reading (33)

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Bookmark and save this site as a resource for learning about and finding activities for reading instruction. Share ideas and articles with parents to support reading activities at home. The Heart Word Magic section includes many short video tutorials to help students learn to read and spell high-frequency words; consider including a video tutorial in your weekly classroom newsletter and on classroom computers for students and parents to review at home and in school. As an alternative to adding information to your classroom newsletter, consider using Wakelet, reviewed here or Padlet, reviewed here to organize and share resources with parents and guardians.

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OK2Ask: Multilingual Magic: Enhancing Communication and Expression for Diverse Learners - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from April 2024. 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 April 2024. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

Are you looking for effective ways to support your multilingual students' communication and learning? By the end of this workshop, you'll have a toolkit of edtech strategies that will enhance both your teaching and student success. You will also have the opportunity to network with other educators and share your ideas and experiences. Join us as we empower educators to create inclusive learning experiences that honor and celebrate linguistic diversity! As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Discover how to leverage various digital tools to facilitate language acquisition and develop communication skills. 2. Dive into the benefits of incorporating audio-based strategies to support multilingual learners. 3. Generate practical ideas for fostering the development of communication skills in a culturally responsive classroom environment. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): multilingual (67), professional development (393)

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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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Mother's Day Lesson Plans and Resources - Share My Lesson

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This collection of Mother's Day resources includes lessons, activities, and book suggestions for teaching about Mother's Day. Select any ideas to access all the resources for each activity;...more
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This collection of Mother's Day resources includes lessons, activities, and book suggestions for teaching about Mother's Day. Select any ideas to access all the resources for each activity; many include videos, printable teacher guides, worksheets, and more. The provided resources come with grade-level recommendations.

tag(s): book lists (162), crafts (54), holidays (163), mothers day (13)

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Add these resources to your current collection of ideas for Mother's Day lessons and crafts. Find more suggestions on the TeachersFirst Special Topics Page with Mother's Day Resources, reviewed here. Visit GoodReads, reviewed here to find lists and book suggestions for additional Mother's Day books to include in your lessons.
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Skybrary Collection - Reading Is Fundamental

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The Skybrary collection is part of RIF's digital offerings, providing a wide range of interactive eBooks and educational activities to improve literacy and foster a love of reading...more
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The Skybrary collection is part of RIF's digital offerings, providing a wide range of interactive eBooks and educational activities to improve literacy and foster a love of reading among children. The Skybrary features themed collections of books, fun animations, and engaging narration to help young readers. Additionally, there are activities, a puzzle maker, and a searchable database.

tag(s): book lists (162), ebooks (39), interactive stories (22)

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Have students choose a book from the Skybrary and create a digital story map using one of the graphic organizers found on the site. Using them to outline the plot, characters, and settings, reinforces narrative understanding. Enhance learning by having students create a character trading card using Trading Card Creator, reviewed here. Extend students' learning by creating a video like Adobe Express Video Maker, reviewed here to create a book trailer for a Skybrary book they enjoyed. These trailers can be shared on the library's webpage to help students learn about different books.
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Headliner - Headliner

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Headliner converts audio podcasts into YouTube videos and automatically transcribes the video's audio into captions. Register for an account to begin using Headliner, then choose from...more
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Headliner converts audio podcasts into YouTube videos and automatically transcribes the video's audio into captions. Register for an account to begin using Headliner, then choose from options that include manual and automatic audiograms, transcribe audio or video, caption a video, or use the advanced editor. Headliner also offers several templates, or you can upload your own. After choosing, follow the steps to select an aspect ratio, upload your video file, select a transcription language, and edit the portion of the video to transcribe. When ready, click to create your project and add additional items such as background audio, additional text or media, and more. To finish your project, choose to export your work and leave the tab open as your video generates. When complete, choose from several options to download your video, share to social media sites, or share using the URL of your project. Free accounts allow up to five projects monthly without watermarks, unlimited watermarked applications, and the ability to export videos in 1080p.

tag(s): multilingual (67), podcasts (79), text to speech (19), video (261)

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If your class is creating podcasts, use Headliner to convert podcasts to videos on YouTube to make them easier for some listeners to access. Adding transcripts provides options for making any of your videos more accessible to listeners of any language. For example, if your school has a large Spanish-speaking community, post videos and podcasts in both languages for everyone to view. This tool also works well when creating videos in other formats such as Animate from Audio, reviewed here. Animate from Audio doesn't automatically include captions, use Headliner to add captions in any language to videos created by you and your students when using this tool.

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WE Library of Resources - WE Charity

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The WE Library of Resources offers learning modules to support and encourage student empowerment as part of our global community. Register with your email to access the WE Virtual Learning...more
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The WE Library of Resources offers learning modules to support and encourage student empowerment as part of our global community. Register with your email to access the WE Virtual Learning Center, then use the links to find lessons, courses, and videos that share ideas for teaching gratitude, making connections, and building healthy relationships. Click on any lesson to download the PDF. Most lessons include correlation to Common Core Standards and ideas for differentiation.

tag(s): conservation (85), cross cultural understanding (155), emotions (47), financial literacy (92), french (74), mental health (34)

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Discover the many ready-to-go free lesson plans for use in your classroom for all different subjects. Collaborate with another classroom in a different country to complete lessons and compare understanding of different cultures. During lessons, have students or groups collect ideas and findings using Padlet, reviewed here. The Padlet application creates free online bulletin boards.
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OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire: Animate Your Voice with Adobe Express - TeachersFirst

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Bring your instruction and student projects to life with animation! In this workshop, you'll learn how to use Adobe Express Character Animation, a free and user-friendly tool that lets you easily create engaging animated videos using your own voice or audio files. By the end of this session, you'll have the ability to create short, visually striking animations that capture students' attention and bring hard-to-grasp concepts to life. You'll leave equipped to create learning tools that are simple to make and fun to watch, revolutionizing the way you approach teaching and igniting students' curiosity about any subject matter. Don't miss out on this opportunity to make your instruction pop! As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Explore innovative ways to seamlessly integrate character animation into instructional materials. 2. Examine real-world examples of character animation in educational contexts. 3. Become proficient in navigating the application's interface. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): animation (62), professional development (393)

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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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Figjam - Figma

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Figjam is an online collaborative whiteboard with many built-in versatile tools for classroom use. The whiteboard offers infinite space to add templates, drawings, and areas for conversations...more
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Figjam is an online collaborative whiteboard with many built-in versatile tools for classroom use. The whiteboard offers infinite space to add templates, drawings, and areas for conversations and projects. In addition, interactive elements allow members to react to ideas with emojis, high-fives, and stamps. Create an account to begin using Figjam and access all of its features. Create your Figjam board by selecting the purple "+Figjam Board" link near the top of the home page. Add features to your whiteboard by choosing from the many options available, including drawing and writing tools, a timer, and an AI generator to create items such as timelines and mindmaps. Share your Figjam board with others by copying the link, sending an email, or copying the embed code onto a webpage.

tag(s): artificial intelligence (110), charts and graphs (169), collaboration (89), graphic organizers (50), iwb (33), mind map (27), timelines (51), Whiteboard (12)

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Use Figjam in many different ways to engage learners and support classroom instruction. Google Jamboard, reviewed here is a similar but less robust tool than Figjam and will not be supported after December 31, 2024. Import your current Jamboards into Figjam using the "Import" button so you don't lose access to those files after Jamboard shuts down. When working in Figjam, use sticky notes as a collaborative activity to brainstorm ideas and information as a class. Use the drawing tools and ask students to label places, parts of plants, and more. Use Figjam templates to create all-about-me activities, such as class check-in and exit ticket activities, Frayer Model activities, and much more. Learn more about Figjam's many features and how to get started by viewing this tutorial from Figjam.

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Animate from Audio - Adobe Express

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Make an animated character with your voice using the easy-to-use tools provided by Adobe Express. Choose a character from those provided; options include robots, superheroes, cartoon...more
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Make an animated character with your voice using the easy-to-use tools provided by Adobe Express. Choose a character from those provided; options include robots, superheroes, cartoon characters, and more. Next, click the background link to select a background image from those available on the site, select a color, or upload an image from your device. The final customization option allows you to size the video by choosing from several options customized for use with social media. After making your selections, click record to create your audio recording of up to two minutes in length. After the animation processes, download the final product as an MP4 file or open it into dobe Creative Cloud Express, reviewed here to add filters, text, and additional animations. Registration isn't required to create and download your animations.

tag(s): animation (62), artificial intelligence (110), images (256)

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Take advantage of this engaging site for you and your students to use in many ways. Engage students in upcoming lessons by creating animated previews of forthcoming material. For example, create a short video with hints about geographic features to be studied by including one of them as your background. Ask students to share learning by creating short videos presented as a character chosen from the provided options. Extend learning by asking students to include their animations as part of a larger presentation created using tools found on Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education, reviewed here, such as videos, pamphlets, and webpages. Use TinyWow, reviewed here to convert your Adobe MP4 video to a GIF, MOV, or MP3 file as needed.
 

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My Cyberspace Academy Lesson 12: Copyright and Plagiarism - Carnegie Mellon University

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The PDF lesson plan from Carnegie Mellon University introduces students to copyright issues, defines new terms, emphasizes illegal actions that could occur when using information from...more
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The PDF lesson plan from Carnegie Mellon University introduces students to copyright issues, defines new terms, emphasizes illegal actions that could occur when using information from the Internet, and provides guidance on safe practices for searching and using information online. It includes learning objectives and materials for teachers to use with students.

tag(s): copyright (44), internet safety (113), plagiarism (34)

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In addition to the existing lesson plan, in small groups, have students use FreeComicMaker.com, reviewed here to create comics featuring heroes who respect copyright laws and villains who disregard them. This project encourages creativity and application of knowledge in a new context extending learning. Then, organize a virtual gallery walk for students to view each group's comics. Utilize a quiz program like Kahoot, reviewed here and use the information from the lesson to create a quiz that focuses on different aspects of copyright. Have students create their own Legal or Illegal trading card utilizing Trading Card Creator, reviewed here.
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Teacher Resources for the Baltimore Museum of Art - Baltimore Museum of Art

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The Baltimore Museum of Art offers resources for educators to support classroom curriculum and enhance student learning across disciplines. Museum featured artwork provides the content...more
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The Baltimore Museum of Art offers resources for educators to support classroom curriculum and enhance student learning across disciplines. Museum featured artwork provides the content for detailed lessons. Click the menu on the left, then slide down and click Learn to find Art to Go, Teacher Guides, Family Activities, and more. Sign up for Art to Go monthly email that contains a printable full-color image of an artwork at the Baltimore Museum of Art. A brief commentary focuses on teaching ideas, while the challenge project invites students to try this idea and bring it into their own style. There is a plethora of ideas and lessons on this site.

tag(s): art history (86), artists (78), museums (44)

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Have you been trying to incorporate different sources into your social studies content? Use the content areas found in this collection. In gifted classrooms, use these activities for choice enrichment activities to deepen content knowledge. Use the artwork to inspire a narrative or informative writing prompt. Art classes have immediate lesson plans. Use it as a quick lesson in case of a sub. When going on a trip to your local museum, begin by investigating the content found in the Baltimore Museum of Art. Assign students the opportunity to uncover the mystery of artwork in your own museum to increase interest and motivation during your visit. Students then work on a multimedia project, find one for them to use here, of what they discovered and present it to the class. Some tool suggestions are (click on the tool name to access the review): Adobe Express for Education, Animatron, Renderforest, and Google Slides.
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OK2Ask: Remix & Reuse Responsibly: Copyright for Digital Citizens - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from April 2024. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

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Students need to understand copyright laws and responsible content creation as they engage in various academic projects and creative endeavors. This workshop will equip you with the essential knowledge and strategies you need to effectively teach copyright concepts to your students. Together, we'll explore the legal and ethical implications of using other people's work and the creative and educational benefits of remixing and reusing content. Discover various tools and resources to help you and your students find, evaluate, and cite free or licensed content for reuse and gain valuable insights that will help you seamlessly integrate copyright literacy into your teaching practices. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand the basic copyright laws and how they apply to educational settings. 2. Explore strategies for teaching students to remix and reuse content in their projects responsibly. 3. Gain practical resources and tools that support copyright education in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): copyright (44), digital citizenship (90), professional development (393)

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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: Google Sites: Amplify Learning in Your Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from April 2024 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Google Sites: Amplify Learning in Your Classroom. During this chat, participants:...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from April 2024 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Google Sites: Amplify Learning in Your Classroom. During this chat, participants: 1. Discussed best practices for designing visually appealing and user-friendly classroom websites, 2. Shared tips for efficiently creating content on Google Sites, and 3. Explored strategies for maximizing student engagement and collaboration through interactive elements and multimedia integration.

tag(s): Google (46), twitterchatarchive (175)

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Find resources and information about Google Sites to amplify learning in your classroom. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for strategies and resources for Google Sites in the classroom.

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K-2 Writing Interactives - Utah Education Network

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This site shares four interactive activities designed to help students learn and practice writing letters and making and reading words. Activities include a word scramble, word match,...more
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This site shares four interactive activities designed to help students learn and practice writing letters and making and reading words. Activities include a word scramble, word match, sentence unscramble, and a virtual alphabet writing lesson. The sentence scramble activity is available in several levels from first through fifth grade. Be sure to visit the K-2 student interactives link near the top of the page to find additional pages with activities for all K-2 subjects.

tag(s): handwriting (16), sentences (22), sight words (22)

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Include these activities to meet individual needs during computer centers, labs, or station rotation activities. Share the link with parents through your newsletter or classroom webpage as a resource for students to practice at home. Use the games on this site as a model for creating interactive activities to fit the diverse needs of the students in your classroom using Pear Practice, reviewed here or Nearpod, reviewed here drag and drop features.

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Google News Archive Search - Google

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This site is part of a thirteen-part series of lessons demonstrating how to use Google search to find historical digital publications and scanned newspapers. The short step-by-step...more
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This site is part of a thirteen-part series of lessons demonstrating how to use Google search to find historical digital publications and scanned newspapers. The short step-by-step instructions include pictures showing how to search the archives for news articles from 1995 and search terms for finding scanned newspaper articles before 1995. This lesson is available online or as a PDF document.

tag(s): journalism (72), primary sources (117), search engines (50), timelines (51)

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This site provides helpful information on effective browser searches for any social studies, history, or English class. Create a bookmark for news.google.com on classroom computers so that students can quickly access web news content from 2003. Include this site and other effective and safe web browsing tutorials by creating a Wakelet collection, reviewed here. Include items in your collection such as tutorials, shortcut tips, and how to use exact terms for searches.
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Sentence Scrambler - altastic.com

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This sentence scrambler allows teachers to type or paste in as many sentences as they would like and scrambles the words at random. Any punctuation typed in remains attached to ...more
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This sentence scrambler allows teachers to type or paste in as many sentences as they would like and scrambles the words at random. Any punctuation typed in remains attached to the word it is next to. Students can then try to unscramble the sentences. Options include putting slashes or dashes between words to make them easier to distinguish. After typing/pasting the desired number of sentences, teachers should check the box marked "Add Numbers" in order to have the sentences separated and numbered. Sentences in Spanish can also be scrambled. Rearranging the words is not part of the interactive activity.

tag(s): grammar (133), inferencing (7), multilingual (67), sentences (22), sight words (22), spanish (105)

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Multilingual students will find this activity useful for practicing correct English word order. Primary teachers can also use it to teach basic sight words, sequencing, and inferencing skills with short sentences. After typing/pasting in the sentences, copy the scrambled word box on an interactive whiteboard or projector and have students write or type the paragraph in the correct order.

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OK2Ask: Build a Google Site in a Day! - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from March 2024. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

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Do you want to create dynamic, interactive websites for your classroom? Do you want to showcase your students' work and achievements? Do you want to learn how to use Google Sites, a free and easy tool that lets you build and publish websites in minutes? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this workshop is for you! In this session, you'll master the basics of Google Sites and explore how to use it for instruction and student projects. You will also discover inspiring examples of ways Google Sites can enhance learning and engagement in your classroom. This workshop will equip you with the confidence and skills you need to create your own Google Site and effectively use it as a digital learning environment. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Gain familiarity with the basic features and functionalities of Google Sites. 2. Learn how to integrate Google Sites into instructional practices to enhance teaching and learning experiences. 3. Learn best practices and tips for using Google Sites for instruction and student projects. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Google (46), professional development (393)

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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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Reading Treks: Charles Darwin's Around-the-World Adventure - TeachersFirst

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Take a virtual field trip with this Reading Trek based upon Jennifer Thermes' book Charles Darwin's Around-the World Adventure. This Reading Trek includes a Teacher Guide that...more
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Take a virtual field trip with this Reading Trek based upon Jennifer Thermes' book Charles Darwin's Around-the World Adventure. This Reading Trek includes a Teacher Guide that uses Google My Maps, reviewed here as the basis for a virtual journey that includes maps that are embedded into illustrations to tell the story of Darwin's five-year voyage aboard the HMS Beagle. Additional suggestions include ideas for using this book with lessons on using maps and extension activities for several core content areas. Teaching suggestions are correlated to National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies, National Core Standards for Visual Arts, Next Generation Science Standards, and Social Justice Standards.

tag(s): animals (284), continents (33), darwin (13), ecosystems (73), plants (147), preK (259)

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Take advantage of the many lesson ideas in the Teachers' Guide to bring this story to life and provide activities that correlate with the book's theme of adventure and exploration. Help students understand the timeline of Darwin's adventure using MyLens, reviewed here to create a timeline that includes the dates of his voyage created using AI or build a timeline as you read the book using ReadWriteThink's Timeline builder tool, reviewed here. Work together as a class to create an adventure story using Book Creator, reviewed here. Add student drawings, voice recordings, and maps to your digital book, then create a link on classroom computers for students to read over and over again!
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Ideogram - Ideogram

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Ideogram uses artificial intelligence to generate images from text. Explore images created by Ideogram users by scrolling through the home page and selecting any image to view the prompt...more
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Ideogram uses artificial intelligence to generate images from text. Explore images created by Ideogram users by scrolling through the home page and selecting any image to view the prompt used to create it. Additional links include options to save images as favorites, remix them, or retry creating them. Free accounts allow you to make up to 25 images daily. Enter your prompt in the chat bar and choose from options for size, privacy, and image style. Each prompt generates four images. Open any image and right-click to save it on your device.

tag(s): artificial intelligence (110), creative writing (119), images (256)

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Ideogram is an excellent tool for creating AI-generated images and a valuable resource for learning how to create effective prompts. Scroll through the home page to find images of interest, then open the picture to view the prompt used to make it. Teach students how to write descriptive sentences by creating AI-generated images; students quickly learn how to add specific details to create a desired output. Use Ideogram to engage students in creative writing projects by generating images based on anything their imaginations share. Include AI-generated images in your classroom newsletter, website, or worksheets as an easy resource for adding pictures without spending much time searching for the right photograph. Share this site with students to include images in multimedia projects, such as those created using Sway, reviewed here or edublogs, reviewed here. When using any AI resource, be sure to provide guidance on using AI tools ethically, creatively, and responsibly.

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ZeroGPT - ZeroGPT

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ZeroGPT offers a suite of artificial intelligence (AI) tools, including a plagiarism checker, chat, summarizer, spell checker, citation generator, and more. Select a tool from the left...more
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ZeroGPT offers a suite of artificial intelligence (AI) tools, including a plagiarism checker, chat, summarizer, spell checker, citation generator, and more. Select a tool from the left side of the chat box, then type in text, upload a document, or paste text to begin. Registration isn't required but allows you to save and access your history. Free plans include up to 15,000 characters in AI detection, 1,500 in the AI Summarizer, 300 words in the paraphraser, and 1,000 prompts in ZeroChat-4.
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tag(s): artificial intelligence (110), citations (34), editing (90), plagiarism (34), summarizing (22), writing (317)

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Use ZeroGPT for several purposes, including checking student work for AI-written content with the AI detector tool. However, caution should be exercised, as not all information provided by AI tools is accurate. The AI checker gives you a percentage likelihood that the content is either written by AI or a human. This site should be used as part of a qualified educator's overall evaluation of work and not as a sole means of evaluation. If students use AI to create writing projects, images, or media, teach them to use the citation generator to provide credit for using AI in their work.

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