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OK2Ask: Google MANIA - Google Keep in the Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Simple, powerful, and free -- take organizing, notetaking, and collaborating...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Simple, powerful, and free -- take organizing, notetaking, and collaborating to new heights with Google Keep. Learn how to maximize student productivity with great features for capturing ideas, collaborating on projects, curating resources, receiving reminders, and taking notes. See how easy it is to incorporate text, images, audio, and drawings on virtual color-coded sticky notes and checklists. "Keep" your classroom workflow smooth and on task with Google Keep. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn the basics of using Google Keep for organization; 2. Explore strategies to enhance notetaking and resource curation; and 3. Share ideas for using Google Keep in your classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): collaboration (78), curation (4), Google (55), organizational skills (106), 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: TeachersFirst Tech Tools Smackdown (Global Citizenship Edition) - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. There are many technology tools available for classroom use, but which ones...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. There are many technology tools available for classroom use, but which ones are teachers' favorites? This session will share and compare some of the TeachersFirst contributors' favorite resources. Help us decide which tool is the session winner of our Smackdown! As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn about and compare some of TeachersFirst contributors' favorite technology tools; 2. Evaluate uses for one or more tools for classroom use; and 3. Share ideas for using resources with other participants. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): professional development (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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Coronavirus Resource Page for Students - New York Times Learning Network

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This New York Times page features a curation of coronavirus-related articles, picture prompts, and opinion pieces suitable for students. Scroll through to find the latest articles sharing...more
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This New York Times page features a curation of coronavirus-related articles, picture prompts, and opinion pieces suitable for students. Scroll through to find the latest articles sharing updates on coronavirus information from the US and around the world. Use the search feature to look for specific keywords or to sort by the newest or oldest articles.
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tag(s): diseases (78), journalism (70), news (260), newspapers (98)

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Engage students in learning about the coronavirus by sharing this link with students on your class website. Ask them to browse through information on the site, including opinion pieces as a starting point for writing an opinion piece. Guide students toward learning techniques for presenting a persuasive argument by viewing the site ProCon, reviewed here, to demonstrate methods for sharing both sides of an argument. Take advantage of the many picture prompts shared by the New York Times to encourage student creativity. Use Flipgrid, reviewed here, to promote student voice by sharing a picture prompt from this site and asking students to share their ideas. Be sure to turn on and allow commenting to promote student collaboration and discussion.

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Eduflow - Eduflow

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Create, teach, and manage online learning with Eduflow's learning management system. Create a course from scratch or begin with one of the provided templates. Use the links within each...more
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Create, teach, and manage online learning with Eduflow's learning management system. Create a course from scratch or begin with one of the provided templates. Use the links within each activity to personalize the course offering and upload files. Adjust the submission settings and rules to define course deadlines, options for editing after submission, and to add prerequisites necessary before allowing access to individual activities. Invite students to join the course using their email address. Once added, your teacher dashboard will show student progress within each course. Free accounts offer one instructor the ability to provide three active courses with 50 students in each course and limit student uploads to 10mb/file.

tag(s): Learning Management Systems (24), Teacher Utilities (97)

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Use Eduflow's features to deliver blended learning opportunities to students in a variety of teaching settings. Differentiate learning by ability or student interest. Offer remote learning opportunities for students who are away from school for an extended time. Offer additional support and collaboration opportunities for students using Padlet, reviewed here. Create a Padlet that includes links to online resources used during your course or as a collaboration tool for students to share ideas and resources. Instead of written reports, extend learning and ask students to create explainer videos using Biteable, reviewed here, and have them share a link to their video as part of their response within Eduflow.

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American Experience - PBS

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8 to 12
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American Experience is a PBS documentary program featuring stories about important and interesting experiences in American history. This site provides films, videos, and feature articles...more
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American Experience is a PBS documentary program featuring stories about important and interesting experiences in American history. This site provides films, videos, and feature articles to support and provide additional information to the series' documentary presentations. Browse through the homepage to find images that include a link to the supporting information, including a link to the original documentary. Most of the original programming is not online; however, there is typically the option to view the trailer for the program along with a transcript of the full story.

tag(s): 1800s (56), 1900s (48), civil rights (142), great depression (31), heroes (22), medicine (62), presidents (130), weather (200), womens suffrage (30)

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The films, videos, and articles provided on this site offer many opportunities to include primary sources within any American or world history unit. Bookmark this site to share first-hand information on world events with your students. Ask students to create timelines using Timelinely, reviewed here, that includes maps, videos, and links to relevant information as a way to understand the complete picture of world events. For students who enjoy drama or journalism, ask them to produce podcasts using Buzzsprout, reviewed here. Use podcasts for students to role-play events throughout history as told from a variety of perspectives.
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Twitter Chat: Dive into Deep Learning: Communication - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from June 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Dive into Deep Learning: Communication. During this chat, participants will: 1. ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from June 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Dive into Deep Learning: Communication. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss communication in the context of Deep Learning, 2. Explore strategies to enhance communication in teaching and learning, and 3. Share tech tools to support communication as defined by deep learning.

tag(s): communication (27), twitterchatarchive (93)

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Find resources and information about diving deep into learning through communication. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for a dive into deep learning: communication.

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Microsoft Whiteboard - Microsoft

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Microsoft Whiteboard is a digital online whiteboard web tool that integrates with Microsoft 365 Education products. The whiteboard includes features for adding collaborators through...more
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Microsoft Whiteboard is a digital online whiteboard web tool that integrates with Microsoft 365 Education products. The whiteboard includes features for adding collaborators through Teams or by email invitation. Use the tools on the whiteboard to draw, type, add images, and much more. Your whiteboards save automatically to the cloud for easy access at any time or from any device. Sign in to your school's Microsoft 365 account or follow the directions to download the app for Windows or iOS. The download provides additional resources beyond what is available on school accounts.

tag(s): collaboration (78), iwb (30)

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Use Microsoft Whiteboard to collaborate with students to share and organize information instantly. Use the whiteboard through Microsoft's Teams to differentiate instruction with groups of students. Allow students to create collaborative drawings as responses to literature. They can map out the plot or themes, add labels, create character studies, and more. Share the finished products on an interactive whiteboard, projector, or your class website. Have a group of students create a drawing so that another group can use it as a writing prompt. Use the whiteboard as a brainstorming or sketching space as groups (or the class) share ideas for a major project or for solving a real-world problem. Use this site in a computer lab (or on laptops) to create a drawing of the setting in a story as it is read aloud. As an assessment idea, have students draw out a simple cartoon with stick figures to explain a more complex process such as how democracy works. If you are lucky enough to teach in a BYOD setting, have a blended classroom, or are distance teaching, use Microsoft Whiteboard to demonstrate and illustrate any concept while students use the chat and drawing tools to interact in real-time. If you are studying weather, have students diagram the layers of the atmosphere and what happens during a thunderstorm, for example. Introduce this tool to students who are working on group projects. Alternatively, have students use this to work as partners or as a small team to complete complex math problems or equations. Give students a question by typing it on their whiteboard.

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TeachersFirst Resources for Teaching Remotely - TeachersFirst

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This resource for educators contains instructional ideas, tips, and how-to ideas to get you started teaching remotely. Find information by selecting grade-level or content-area links....more
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This resource for educators contains instructional ideas, tips, and how-to ideas to get you started teaching remotely. Find information by selecting grade-level or content-area links. Each link provides general tips, suggested instructional tools, and tools for students to show what they know. Although created for educators as a starting point for remote learning and distance education, the tools and tips provide information for all educators providing distance learning.

tag(s): Online Learning (16)

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Use the information provided in this resource as a guide for incorporating remote learning into any classroom. This content is helpful to educators using blended learning techniques and with flipped classroom content. Information provided on this site was curated using Wakelet, reviewed here. Use Wakelet to create your collections of remote learning resources in your classroom and to provide learning templates for student use.

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Sync: Audio Books for Teens - AudioFile

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Sync is a free summer audiobook program for teens. The program runs for 13 weeks starting on April 30 and provides participants with two thematically paired audio books weekly. After...more
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Sync is a free summer audiobook program for teens. The program runs for 13 weeks starting on April 30 and provides participants with two thematically paired audio books weekly. After enrolling with Sync, follow the directions to download the Sora app from iTunes or Google Play. Use the explore feature within the app to find and borrow weekly titles. Be sure to view the FAQ for additional information on accessing and participating in Sync.

tag(s): audio books (24), independent reading (116)

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Share Sync with your students to promote summer reading and provide a variety of reading topics. If it is too late to participate in the program or listen to a weekly title, use the book list provided to locate the titles in your community library for checkout either in person or digitally. Encourage students to reflect upon the books using journals such as those found in BoomWriter, reviewed here. BoomWriter journals offer the ability to add prompts to sections of journals, enter vocabulary terms, and view and respond to student journals. Extend student learning by highlighting important areas of text within the books using Wordsift, reviewed here. Copy and paste in key portions of any book into WordSift to visualize the text within a word cloud. Use the word cloud to explore and discuss new vocabulary or frequently used terms. Use Sync as a model for students to hear text read using intonation and phrasing. Ask students to create podcasts sharing their writing using Anchor, reviewed here. Refer students back to the audiobooks they listened to as a helpful reminder on how to engage listeners through the spoken word.

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First Book Marketplace Book Bank - First Book

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K to 12
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We all know that books are expensive. First Book comes to the rescue! Browse the marketplace to order books from their continuously updated website that includes books donated by publishers...more
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We all know that books are expensive. First Book comes to the rescue! Browse the marketplace to order books from their continuously updated website that includes books donated by publishers and other partners. Books are free; you only pay the shipping cost. There are titles in both English and Spanish for all age ranges.

tag(s): book lists (136), preK (289)

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Book titles change often, check this site regularly to find class sets and individual titles to add to your classroom library. Share your wish list with parents and your school's parent/teacher organization to request funding for shipping charges. Because many titles come in cartons of eight or more books, work with peers to create class sets of books to share across classrooms and grade levels. Find many more ideas and teaching strategies at this TeachersFirst Special Topics Page for Reading Strategy Resources.

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Twitter Chat: Self-care Tips and Strategies for Educators - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from June 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Self-care Tips and Strategies for Educators. During this chat, participants will: ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from June 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Self-care Tips and Strategies for Educators. During this chat, participants will: 1. Define and discuss self-care for educators, 2. Share strategies for self-care, and 3. Explore tech tools that support educator self-care.

tag(s): social and emotional learning (37), twitterchatarchive (93)

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Find resources and information about how self-care tips and strategies for educators. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for resources related to self-care tips and strategies for educators.

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OK2Ask: Tech Integration Made Easy with Edpuzzle - TeachersFirst

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3 to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from June 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Transform your classroom activities by learning how to use Edpuzzle. Engage...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from June 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Transform your classroom activities by learning how to use Edpuzzle. Engage students and deepen content area knowledge by using instructional videos. Learn how to select a video, make minor edits, and add questions to bring additional context to content area instruction for your students and monitor 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 basic use of Edpuzzle; 2. Explore three different ways to use Edpuzzle in the classroom; and 3. Plan for the use of Edpuzzle in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): assessment (129), 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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Little Free Library - Little Free Library

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Join the world's largest book-sharing movement by sharing or borrowing from hundreds of free library boxes located around the world. Visit the world map and search by location to find...more
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Join the world's largest book-sharing movement by sharing or borrowing from hundreds of free library boxes located around the world. Visit the world map and search by location to find free libraries situated near you. Join the movement by building your sharing box using the plans shared by the site's users or start your little free library using the 5-step quick start guide.
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tag(s): character education (56), preK (289)

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Use the map on Little Free Library's website to locate book sharing locations near you and your students. Share this information with parents and encourage them to donate books to the library and/or borrow books. Use this site as an inspiration to create a free borrowing library for your school. Ask parents and community members to donate supplies and books, then build a sharing box using plans found on the site. Have students use time during makerspace activities to build models for inspiration. Extend student learning using podcasts created with Buzzsprout, reviewed here. Ask students to write and produce podcasts featuring books found in the free library and share their reflections on the goodwill created with the free library system.
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OK2Ask: The Fantastic Four: An Intro to the Free Office Online - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from May 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Microsoft's Office Online is a completely free, web-based version of Microsoft...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from May 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Microsoft's Office Online is a completely free, web-based version of Microsoft Office. Designed to facilitate workplace readiness skills including communication, critical thinking, collaboration and creativity, Office online can be used with students of all ages. We will share promising practices as well as strategies for staying organized, easily sharing files, and using these tools with your students. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand the features of Office Online that support the 4Cs; 2. Explore classroom applications for Microsoft Forms and Sway; and 3. Plan for the use of Office Online in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): collaboration (78), communication (27), creativity (115), critical thinking (119), Microsoft (80), 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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TeachersFirst Infusing Technology Blog - TeachersFirst

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Find hands-on, technology-infused ideas with the snack-size informative posts shared by TeachersFirst blog authors. Each post shares ideas for incorporating free resources into classrooms...more
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Find hands-on, technology-infused ideas with the snack-size informative posts shared by TeachersFirst blog authors. Each post shares ideas for incorporating free resources into classrooms based on the latest frameworks for effectively using technology to enhance learning. Not only do the blogs have technology-infused ideas, but the topics are always spot on for your classroom, using monthly celebrations such as Women's History, Black History, holidays, Get Caught Reading, and other appropriate topics like Using Cartoons to Empower Student Voice, Using Rubrics When teaching Remotely, and many more. Use the search feature to find and read blog posts for any topic. Don't forget to subscribe using your RSS feed and receive alerts with the latest posts.

tag(s): blogs (77), preK (289), teaching strategies (38)

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Bookmark and save this site as a professional development resource to keep you up to date with the latest technology and ideas on incorporating tech into any classroom. Share ideas with your peers during professional development sessions as you discuss your curriculum and ways to enhance learning. Take advantage of the information linked in the blog posts to expand your knowledge of the latest online resources and teaching frameworks.

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Twitter Chat: Tools and Resources to be VOCAL online - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from May 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Tools and Resources to be VOCAL online. During this chat, participants ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from May 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Tools and Resources to be VOCAL online. During this chat, participants will: 1. Define and discuss the VOCAL approach to instruction, 2. Explore methods to incorporate a VOCAL approach in the instructional environment, and 3. Share tools that enhance the teachers' ability to be VOCAL.

tag(s): communication (27), Online Learning (16), twitterchatarchive (93)

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Find resources and information about how to use technology to be VOCAL online. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for resources related to a VOCAL approach in the instructional environment.

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OK2Ask: Build Comprehension with Tech Tools for Reading Fluency - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from May 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Want to increase student comprehension? We can show you one way to...Research...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from May 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Want to increase student comprehension? We can show you one way to...Research tells us that reading slowly can negatively effect student comprehension, so increasing reading fluency is a quick way to effect student comprehension. In this session, we will investigate ways to use technology to increase reading fluency. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand how reading fluency effects comprehension; 2. Explore 3 edtech strategies that can be used to enhance reading fluency; and 3. Plan for the use of technology integrated reading fluency strategies. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): professional development (261), reading comprehension (132), reading strategies (64)

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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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Draft - Draft

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Think of Draft as a collaborative workspace that offers features to investigate ideas, solve problems, and draft plans to move forward with a designated workflow in place. Sign up using...more
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Think of Draft as a collaborative workspace that offers features to investigate ideas, solve problems, and draft plans to move forward with a designated workflow in place. Sign up using your email to begin, then choose from three workflow options. Use the dashboard to add notes, create drag and drop lists, upload documents and images, and add information from the web. Use the sharing options to invite others to edit the board or allow viewing only. Use the examples on your home page as inspiration using Draft in a variety of ways. Free plans allow members to use up to 500 objects in drafts, create an unlimited number of drafts, and have unlimited contributors.

tag(s): graphic organizers (44), organizational skills (106)

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Have students use Draft to create storylines that include links and images to tell the story of events in history or to retell novels. Ask students to use Draft to create mood boards to share the different works of artists or to demonstrate different types of architecture. Draft would be an excellent choice as a collaborative tool for large projects to brainstorm ideas, assign tasks, and document progress. Use Draft with students as part of your science experiments to share the steps of the experiment, document hypothesis, and add images and reflections upon the outcomes of the experiment.

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Koji - Koji

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Koji is an interactive content creator for use with all types of social media. Create games and quizzes by creating a template or remixing one of the thousands of available ...more
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Koji is an interactive content creator for use with all types of social media. Create games and quizzes by creating a template or remixing one of the thousands of available models found on the website. Choose an existing game and click the remix button to begin. Customize the options, including text, sound, images, and game features. Publish and share using the game link or directly into social media using the provided links.

tag(s): coding (81), game based learning (160), gamification (80)

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Find templates by browsing the templates found on the home page, or choose the option to see what others are remixing to find examples to use in the classroom. Modify quizzes to include on your class website for quick review and practice on any device. Choose a "tap to reveal" feature to share before introducing a new unit. For example, before starting a unit on national landmarks, quickly create several "tap to reveal" games with United States landmarks and publish one a day on the week before the start of your unit. Have students create quizzes and games to review classroom material, then share the games with all students on your class websites. Share with students interested in software and coding applications, encourage them to create games that interact with current classroom materials. Koji includes options for viewing the source code for advanced coders to use in creating and modifying their interactives.

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Snapstouch - SnapsTouch

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Snapstouch converts your photos into images that appear to be paintings. Choose and upload your image to begin. Select from the two options of painting 1 and painting 2, each ...more
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Snapstouch converts your photos into images that appear to be paintings. Choose and upload your image to begin. Select from the two options of painting 1 and painting 2, each option provides a different look to the "painting." This site also provides a couple of options to add outlines, change the brush size, and adjust the level of painting. Click "paint" to convert your image, when finished, choose to download to save on your device as a JPG image.
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tag(s): images (273)

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Before sharing with students, you may want to share this tool on an interactive whiteboard or projector and show students how to save images correctly. Use this tool anytime to add interest to photos for use on class blogs, wikis, or in presentation tools. Share with older students to use for converting images for projects or presentations. Have students create a painted image to use instead of a photograph to use as their image within Google Classroom or other learning tools.
 

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