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OK2Ask: Microsoft Teams Basics and Best Practices for Use in Remote Learning - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Microsoft Teams is a great all-in-one hub for the collaborative classroom....more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Microsoft Teams is a great all-in-one hub for the collaborative classroom. This "basics" session will introduce you to channels, tabs and posts which are the foundation of communication and collaboration in Microsoft Teams. When used with remote learning best practices, these building blocks can help you create a welcoming environment for your students. Join us to make the best use of these tools to provide structure for your remote learning environment. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn about Microsoft Teams settings and options; 2. Understand how to use channels to foster student communication; and 3. Plan for the use of Microsoft Teams to support instruction. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Microsoft (80), professional development (261), remote learning (18)

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

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Help students focus on building knowledge, understanding, and essential skills...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Help students focus on building knowledge, understanding, and essential skills by empowering them to choose how they will meet their learning goals. Learning Menus or Choice Boards allow your students to complete equally active, interesting, and engaging assignments that demonstrate their comprehension of the presented material. This session will help you learn to create and use differentiated choice boards based on Tomlinson's model for differentiation. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand Tomlinson's model for differentiation; 2. Learn about the use of choice boards for both instructional and assessment purposes; and 3. Plan for the use of choice boards as part of instruction. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): differentiation (57), Formative Assessment (27), professional development (261)

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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: Digital Citizenship: How to teach it and Resource Round-Up - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from October 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is Digital Citizenship: How to teach it and Resource Round-Up. During this ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from October 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is Digital Citizenship: How to teach it and Resource Round-Up. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss the importance of digital citizenship, 2. Explore tools and resources that support digital citizenship, and 3. Share tips and strategies for integrating digital citizenship in the classroom.

tag(s): digital citizenship (78), twitterchatarchive (93)

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Find resources and information about teaching digital citizenship and resources. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for tools and resources on digital citizenship strategies and resources.

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OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire with Edpuzzle Student Projects - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2020 opens in Adobe Connect. Looking for an engaging and unique way for students to demonstrate competency?...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2020 opens in Adobe Connect. Looking for an engaging and unique way for students to demonstrate competency? Try Edpuzzle student projects. This free and flexible online tool helps students show-what-they-know while honing real-world skills. Annotating video provides students with opportunities to practice communicating complex ideas and creating authentic media. Allowing students to reflect on what they've learned and their learning process using a nonstandard assessment measure provides a more accurate assessment of what the students know. Plus, it's just fun! As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Explore Edpuzzle student projects; 2. Create an exemplar to share with students; and 3. Plan for the use of Edpuzzle student projects as part of instruction. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Formative Assessment (27), professional development (261), video (272)

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

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Recorded screencasts can support a flipped/blended pedagogical approach,...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Recorded screencasts can support a flipped/blended pedagogical approach, give activity instructions to students, or help parents support students who are struggling with an assignment. Using Screencast-O-Matic, you can quickly create a screencast that enables you to respond to student needs. Learn best practice use of screencasts to support instruction and put screencasts to work in your educational setting tomorrow! As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn how to use Screencast-O-Matic; 2. Share ideas for the use of screencasts; and 3. Plan for the instructional use of screencasts. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): professional development (261), teaching strategies (38), video (272)

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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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Free Templates - Template.net

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Choose from over 100,000 ready-made templates for use with many different programs, including Word, Google Docs, Adobe, WordPress, and more at Free Templates. Register using your email...more
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Choose from over 100,000 ready-made templates for use with many different programs, including Word, Google Docs, Adobe, WordPress, and more at Free Templates. Register using your email to begin viewing and downloading templates to personalize. Select options by file format or type of publication desired. Use the keyword search to find specific content; for example, use Education & Free to find a variety of templates (over 1,000) for use in educational settings, including flyers, brochures, and posters. Select the file to download, then choose the free option. This option requires that users give credit to the source of the template and provides wording to copy and paste onto digital sites or print copies.
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tag(s): graphic design (43), graphic organizers (44), posters (46)

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Bookmark and save this site as a time-saving option for a variety of classroom uses. Share with students to use when creating class projects. For example, choose a brochure for students to use to create and share book reviews, state research projects, or to document a science experiment. Include completed templates on larger presentations using Sway, reviewed here. In addition to presentations created using these templates, be sure to include videos, images, and more within students' Sway presentations.
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Hamilton Education Program Online - Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

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Hamilton Education Program Online uses digital resources for educators to guide students through research using primary resources to create a performance piece such as a poem or song....more
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Hamilton Education Program Online uses digital resources for educators to guide students through research using primary resources to create a performance piece such as a poem or song. Included is a video welcome from Lin-Manuel Miranda, highlights of past student performances, video clips featuring scenes from the play, and a selection of primary documents that correlate to classroom activities.

tag(s): american revolution (88), poetry (223), songs (51), washington (28)

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Include this resource with your remote learning resources for teaching social studies. Engage students in learning about the founding of the United States through the music and words of Hamilton. Include activities available through this site along with your selected videos, documents, websites, and more to create a complete online lesson using ActivelyLearn, reviewed here. Have students use Canva Edu, reviewed here, to create posters for the play using information learned from the primary sources included with this site. Extend learning even further by challenging students to write a play about the American Revolution using ActiveTextbook, reviewed here, to create an interactive experience with videos, images, and more. For students who prefer drama and music presentations, ask them to share their learning with podcasts using Buzzsprout, reviewed here. Have students create podcasts telling the story as if they were a participant in the revolution and share their stories from different points of view.
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OK2Ask: Tech Integration Made Easy with Edpuzzle - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from September 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Use Edpuzzle to transform your classroom activities by engaging students...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from September 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Use Edpuzzle to transform your classroom activities by engaging students and deepening content area knowledge using instructional videos. Learn how to select a video, make minor edits, and add questions to bring additional context to content area instruction and monitor students' progress. Brainstorm with others how you and your students can use Edpuzzle in your classroom. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn the basic use of Edpuzzle; 2. Explore three different ways to use Edpuzzle in the classroom; and 3. Plan for the use of Edpuzzle as part of instruction. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Formative Assessment (27), professional development (261), video (272)

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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: Active Learning Strategies and Resources - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from October 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Active Learning Strategies and Resources. During this chat, participants will: 1....more
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This archived Twitter chat is from October 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Active Learning Strategies and Resources. During this chat, participants will: 1. Define and discuss the components of active learning, 2. Share tech tools that support active learning strategies, and 3. Explore ways to incorporate active learning in the classroom.

tag(s): twitterchatarchive (93)

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Find resources and information about active learning strategies and resources. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for tools and resources on active learning strategies and resources.

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Twitter Chat: Creating a Classroom Community - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from September 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Creating a Classroom Community. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from September 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Creating a Classroom Community. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss the components of building a classroom community 2. Share strategies to help students with difficult conversations, and 3. Explore ways to build empathy in the classroom.

tag(s): communities (43), twitterchatarchive (93)

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International Storytelling Center - The International Storytelling Center

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Discover the power of storytelling through the work of the International Storytelling Center. The center's work includes three main categories: performance, preservation, and practice....more
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Discover the power of storytelling through the work of the International Storytelling Center. The center's work includes three main categories: performance, preservation, and practice. Although many events are part of paid admission to the Storytelling Festival, the site contains many free resources. Start with the "Storytellers" link to learn about featured storytellers that include links to their websites. Select the area entitled "Initiatives" to find Freedom Stories and the Learning Library. Freedom Stories is an ongoing series that features performances and discussions focused on the topic of the Black Heritage of Appalachia. The Learning Library is an area for educators that includes lessons, storytelling toolkits, stories in action, and other classroom resources. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): authors (118), digital storytelling (144), stories and storytelling (34)

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Take advantage of this site's many storytelling resources to teach and share the art of storytelling with your students. Watch videos together and discuss how storytellers use different techniques to engage an audience. Use EdPuzzle, reviewed here, to create interactive video lessons by adding questions and notes to featured videos to guide students as they watch storytellers in action. As you encourage students to learn about storytelling, use activities found at ReadWriteThink, reviewed here, to help students plan and create stories. For example, use this lesson to create book trailers instead of book reports to guide students through a digital storytelling activity. As students gain confidence in storytelling, ask them to create a podcast series featuring their work. Buzzsprout, reviewed here, is a simple to use podcasting tool that offers up to two hours of free uploads per month.
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Black Illustrations - John D. Saunders

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This collection, created by a black web designer, includes over forty images of people of color for use with any digital project. They include a diverse selection of skin colors, ...more
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This collection, created by a black web designer, includes over forty images of people of color for use with any digital project. They include a diverse selection of skin colors, body types, and hairstyles to represent a broad spectrum of black images. In addition to individual images, this pack includes pre-made office and medical scenes. The downloaded contents consist of images in a variety of formats, including PNG, JPG, and others.

tag(s): clip art (10), images (273)

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Use images from this collection with any digital projects, and be sure to share with students to use with their digital work. Use images in a variety of ways such as to include in explainer videos created with Adobe Spark Video Creator, reviewed here, in digital books made with Book Creator, reviewed here, and in multimedia presentations made with Sway, reviewed here.

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News and Media Literacy Resource Center - Common Sense Media

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This collection of vetted resources provides activities and lessons for current news and social discussion topics. In addition to materials found for specific lessons, scroll further...more
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This collection of vetted resources provides activities and lessons for current news and social discussion topics. In addition to materials found for specific lessons, scroll further down the page to find curated collections for news and literacy, media literacy, and social and cultural literacy. Each collection includes regularly updated resources specially chosen to reinforce and practice each literacy skill. Pay particular attention to activities with a green heart icon; these are the site's favorite resources.

tag(s): journalism (70), media literacy (87), news (260), social media (43)

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Bookmark this site to take advantage of the many curated resources for teaching media and news literacy. Use a curation tool like Padlet, reviewed here, to save and share favorite resources found on this site with students. Use the shelf option in Padlet to create columns and organize information by topic, type of content, or for use by different groups of students. Enhance instruction by asking students to become creators of information as they share their learning. Have students use Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here, to create infographics to demonstrate different forms of media bias or to share facts learned from news articles. Extend learning even further by asking students to create blogs using Edublogs, reviewed here, to demonstrate how to write and share the news using credible information and factual resources.
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Bruce Cameron Novel Study Guide - Macmillan

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Bruce Cameron is the author of the popular book series, A Dog's Purpose. This printable document contains a reading guide that incorporates the series's novels into an integrated lesson...more
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Bruce Cameron is the author of the popular book series, A Dog's Purpose. This printable document contains a reading guide that incorporates the series's novels into an integrated lesson plan. The materials incorporate the three books to use as teaching opportunities for lessons in compare and contrast and to teach about following a plotline throughout a book series. Content includes chapter-by-chapter vocabulary, chapter summaries and questions, and extended learning questions.

tag(s): guided reading (42), independent reading (116)

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Take advantage of this free reading guide to use as a book study in your classroom. Engage students using Baamboozle, reviewed here, to introduce and assess student understanding of vocabulary words. Baamboozle is an easy to use game creation site designed to be played in teams. Extend learning of point of view concepts by asking students to use Witty Comics, reviewed here, to create comic strips sharing different points of view. As a final project, ask students to choose one of the themes found in the study guide as a project-based learning activity. Provide options for sharing their learning such as creating a podcast using Buzzsprout, reviewed here, create a learning game using Scratch, reviewed here, or use Story Maps, reviewed here, as a map-based storytelling tool.
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Site123 - Site123

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It's as easy as 123 to create a blog or build your website with Site123. Click the Get Started button and choose the type of website you want. There are ...more
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It's as easy as 123 to create a blog or build your website with Site123. Click the Get Started button and choose the type of website you want. There are 16 categories ranging from blogs to music, business, photography, portfolio, creative arts, and several others. Next, add the name for your blog or website, and last, sign up with your name and email, or your Facebook or Google account. Once this is done you can start designing by choosing from templates, their royalty-free images (or upload your own), add text, videos, and music. Use your dashboard to add pages and edit at any time, even after you've published your page. An added bonus is that you can create multiple websites and/or blogs under one account and one admin username. Be sure to check out the video tutorials for building your website and all the features available to you, such as approving comments, sharing on social media, and more! If your district blocks YouTube the tutorials may not be viewable. You can then look under the settings tab, the FAQs, or write to a support person (available 24/7).
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tag(s): blogs (77), writing (356)

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Use this site for students to post or collect material for simple projects such as stories, poems, art projects, science lab write-ups, or the week's problem in math. Collect a master list of URLs to student pages on your classroom website, wiki, or blog for easy access. If students are creating pages, check with your district's policy on publishing student work. Create pages for quick link-sharing or upcoming events such as field trips, class party information, school events, science fairs, etc. Students can create simple pages to share links to include in presentations so classmates can participate on laptops. If you are beginning a major creative project such as a literary magazine or research project, Site123 is a wonderful place for writers to collect questions and ideas to be developed later.

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Twitter Chat: Commit to Creativity: International Dot Day - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from September 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Commit to Creativity: International Dot Day. During this chat, participants will:...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from September 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Commit to Creativity: International Dot Day. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss the benefits of creativity, courage, and collaboration 2. Explore strategies for integrating creativity, courage, and collaboration across various curricular areas, and 3. Share tips for participation in the International Dot Day.

tag(s): creativity (115), twitterchatarchive (93)

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Alison - Mike Feerick

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Alison is a free learning platform offering courses for education and skills training provided by the world's leading experts. Find courses using the dropdown boxes at the top of the...more
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Alison is a free learning platform offering courses for education and skills training provided by the world's leading experts. Find courses using the dropdown boxes at the top of the site sorted by Course Categories, Course Types, and Courses for Jobs. Browse the home page to find the most popular courses and most recent offerings. Complete the free registration to begin. Upon selecting a class, view information on the number of modules, topics, and approximate length. Upon completion, Alison provides a certificate or diploma, depending on the duration of the offerings.
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tag(s): careers (151), chinese (50), coding (81), engineering (129), french (85), german (60), literature (260), Online Learning (16), politics (106), psychology (66), sociology (24), spanish (111), STEM (218)

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Use Alison to find professional learning courses, learn the basics of a new language, or for personal development. Share Alison with students to learn skills not offered in school or share with ESL/ELL students to use when learning English. Use Alison with student cohorts interested in learning about a new topic or preparing for college-level courses.

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Milanote - Milanote.com

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Collect, organize, collaborate, and visualize with Milanote's visual boards. Milanote is a digital bulletin board that includes drag and drop features to add notes, images, files, text,...more
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Collect, organize, collaborate, and visualize with Milanote's visual boards. Milanote is a digital bulletin board that includes drag and drop features to add notes, images, files, text, almost anything! Share your boards with others to collaborate in real-time, when finished, share your boards using the link to view online or download as a high-quality PDF. Additional options include a web clipper app to add items directly from your browser, and the Milanote app allows you to save text, images, and links on your phone for use when working on the computer interface. Take advantage of the ready to use templates available to start your visual boards. Education examples include boards for research projects, brainstorming, class notes, and an academic project plan. Free accounts include adding up to 100 items, unlimited boards, and uploading up to 10 files.
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tag(s): collaboration (78), collages (19), creativity (115), curation (4), DAT device agnostic tool (172), graphic organizers (44), organizational skills (106)

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Use Milanote to organize ideas and resources for upcoming lessons and units. Collaborate with peers using a visual board to organize and brainstorm ideas. Share with students to use when planning collaborative projects, to share resources, or to organize notes. Don't forget to look at all of the templates, not just those found under the education label. Use mood board templates for students to creatively share images and ideas to describe the mood or setting in a novel. Take advantage of the storyboard templates to help students organize an upcoming podcast or video presentation. Use the brainstorming templates as a visual mind map to map out features such as parts of a plant or insect body parts.

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Family Tree Creator - DNAweekly

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Quickly build your family tree, without registration, using the Family Tree Creator. Follow prompts to add family member names within the labeled boxes. This site is a no-frills way...more
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Quickly build your family tree, without registration, using the Family Tree Creator. Follow prompts to add family member names within the labeled boxes. This site is a no-frills way to see a detailed view of your family history. You can add names, dates of birth, and dates of death to each entry. Include an image, if available, with each item included on the family tree. Within each entry is an option to add parent's or sibling's information. When finished, download to your computer or share your link using the unique URL for your ancestry tree.

tag(s): family (60), immigration (71), migration (61)

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Use the Family Tree Creator as a research project for students to explore their family heritage. Use the creator as a guide to family characters within novels with complicated storylines or create a family tree to trace European kings' and queens' lineage. If students don't have images to upload, use an avatar creator such as the Free Anime Avatar Maker, reviewed here, or Bitmoji, reviewed here, to create a likeness to upload. Extend learning by asking students to interview living relatives using an audio file creator such as Vocaroo, reviewed here, to record conversations. Add additional information to a timeline created using Timeline Maker, reviewed here, that offers a simple format for creating personalized timelines. Include students' completed family trees, interviews, timelines, and additional research information in a multimedia presentation like Sway, reviewed here.

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OK2Ask: MIE Day 2 - Working with Students in Microsoft Teams - TeachersFirst

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

tag(s): classroom management (145), collaboration (78), communication (27), Microsoft (80), professional development (261), remote learning (18)

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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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