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OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire: Digital Escapes with Flipgrid - TeachersFirst

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Looking for a fun and engaging way to teach a lesson? Digital Escapes made with Flipgrid will fit the bill. Digital Escapes are online versions of immersive games where teams discover clues, solve puzzles, and accomplish tasks to escape from the game site. They're an exciting, fun, and effective learner-centered teaching strategy you'll reach for again and again. Learn how to implement this instructional strategy in your classroom and about the many benefits of this approach, such as developing problem-solving skills, fostering a growth mindset, encouraging collaboration and teamwork, and promoting access to content knowledge. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand Digital Escapes as a learner-centered instructional strategy; 2. Explore a collection of Digital Escape examples to understand how to use this strategy in the classroom; and. 3. Plan for the use of Digital Escapes in instruction. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Microsoft (64), professional development (257)

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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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Resources for ENL (English as a New Language) Students - TeachersFirst

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As educators, we must prepare our lessons thinking of all learners. Students learning English as a new language (ENL) are no exception. Recognizing that these students are likely to...more
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As educators, we must prepare our lessons thinking of all learners. Students learning English as a new language (ENL) are no exception. Recognizing that these students are likely to be fluent in other languages, ENL classes use specific instructional strategies that build on the linguistic strengths that these students have already demonstrated. Any content area teacher may find themselves designing lessons for this population. In this curated list, we share some resources to help you plan lessons that include strategies for your ENL students.

tag(s): ELL/ESL (16), spanish (94)

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Find new tools and strategies to use with your ENL students. Share this list on your class website for families to use at home. This list includes resources for elementary and secondary students.

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What a Character! Using Fictional Characters to Help Students Fall in Love with Reading - TeachersFirst

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Fictional book characters engage and inspire readers in different ways. This curated list includes suggestions for books with memorable characters and consists of picture books, chapter...more
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Fictional book characters engage and inspire readers in different ways. This curated list includes suggestions for books with memorable characters and consists of picture books, chapter books, and book series. In addition, you will find suggested activities to help learners analyze characters through the author's words and interactions with other characters within the books. Finally, extension activities provide additional ideas that extend learning by looking at characters from a different point of view. Information is correlated to AASL National Library School Standards and ISTE Standards for Students.

tag(s): book lists (123), characterization (11), critical thinking (101)

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Include books from this list on your recommended books list to share with students. Engage students further by using FlipGrid, reviewed here, to create student-produced short book reviews. Create a topic for each book title, then ask students to share a review of the book creatively using the site's tools to add text, stickers, incorporate a whiteboard, and more.

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Brother Against Brother: Books to Help Teach Civil War - TeachersFirst

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Share stories and events about the Civil War using the books, virtual field trips, and videos shared on this curated list. Each book includes a summary and suggested teaching activities....more
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Share stories and events about the Civil War using the books, virtual field trips, and videos shared on this curated list. Each book includes a summary and suggested teaching activities. In addition, browse through the extension activities to find additional suggestions to support student learning about the Civil War. Information is correlated to AASL National School Library Standards and ISTE Standards for students.

tag(s): book lists (123), civil war (127), underground railroad (8)

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Create a list of suggested books for students using Padlet, reviewed here. Encourage students to add comments in short book reviews for other students to use as a resource. Enhance learning by incorporating books found on this list into your other resources to create a learning unit using Blendspace, reviewed here. Use Blendspace to add videos, articles, quizzes, and more to create engaging multimedia lessons.
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Maths Through Stories - University of Reading's Institute of Education (UK)

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Gather ideas for teaching math through stories and creative writing at this site created for parents and educators. Find book lists, lesson ideas for students up to fourteen years old,...more
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Gather ideas for teaching math through stories and creative writing at this site created for parents and educators. Find book lists, lesson ideas for students up to fourteen years old, and guidelines for writing stories for students of all ages. Another option includes a link to YouTube videos featuring high-quality readings of math stories. Learn about the key elements to include in math stories based on tips for authors and read interviews with mathematical storytellers.

tag(s): book lists (123), stories and storytelling (29)

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Use this resource to find ideas for introducing and teaching the elements of math stories with your students. Bookmark and share interesting math stories with your students using Symbaloo, reviewed here. Take advantage of the many tools found at ReadWriteThink, reviewed here, to teach students the features and process for writing math stories. Search for math stories at ReadWriteThink to find lessons. After students create math stories have them create interactive presentations using Genially, reviewed here. Use Genially to create presentations, interactive images, or games and escape rooms.
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OK2Ask: Social Media Literacy: Purposeful Practice in Every Classroom - TeachersFirst

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As educators, we can prepare every child to be influential by helping them understand how to leverage the power of social media. While students intuitively understand the mechanics of social media platforms, using them in a responsible, purposeful way to build influence is not instinctual and must be taught and practiced. Learn to develop your students' social media savvy by using practice spaces focused on digital citizenship, critical thinking, persuasion, and communication skills. Explore online and offline strategies and tools to create safe, authentic learning experiences for students in grades 2-12 in any content area. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn the importance of responsible social media use by students; 2. Understand the purpose of using social media practice spaces as part of regular instruction; and 3. Explore both paper-based and digital practice spaces that can be used with students. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): digital citizenship (73), professional development (257), social media (45), student-centered (2)

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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: Social Media Literacy - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from October 2021 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Social Media Literacy. During this chat, participants: 1. Identified the main ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from October 2021 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Social Media Literacy. During this chat, participants: 1. Identified the main purpose and objectives of media literacy, 2. Discussed the impact of social media on media literacy skills, and 3. Explored social media literacy strategies and resources.

tag(s): media literacy (84), twitterchatarchive (116)

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Find resources and information about social media literacy. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for strategies and resources on social media literacy.

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If/Then Collection - If/Then

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The If/Then Collection is a free resource for finding and sharing images and videos of women related to STEM topics. Search the collection by media type, discipline, location, or ambassador...more
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The If/Then Collection is a free resource for finding and sharing images and videos of women related to STEM topics. Search the collection by media type, discipline, location, or ambassador name. Another option is to browse through the featured categories found on the home page, including topics such as sports, explorers, and hero videos. Then, share items by selecting the share icon located on each thumbnail image. The required prompt asks you to complete a short form before sharing. The form includes the user's email, the purpose for using the content, and the checkbox agreeing to proper use. Although items on the site are available for free use without crediting the photographer or videographer, proper credit is always encouraged when possible.

tag(s): careers (131), engineering (109), images (255), photography (131), STEM (216), video (242)

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Include this site with your other bookmarks for photo and video resources to use on any occasion. Consider using Symbaloo Edu, reviewed here, or Wakelet, reviewed here, to curate media resources to share with students. Include a link to your Wakelet or Symbaloo collection on your class web page for you and your students to access at any time. Include images from this site with many class projects such as biographies, career research, or science lab reports. Include images in media projects such a video explainers created using Biteable, reviewed here, or presentations made with Sway, reviewed here.

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Lesson Ideas and Templates - Pennsbury Educational Technology

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

tag(s): professional development (257)

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Bookmark this site to find teaching resources throughout the year. Use the templates found, and then edit information as needed to fit your curriculum and assessments. Browse through the site to get ideas for creating templates of your own. This site is a curation of ideas from one school district; share this idea with your peers or your technology department to consider creating a tool such as this with materials from within your school district.
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OK2Ask: Tech Integration Made Easy with Genially - TeachersFirst

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Want to make learning fun and enjoyable for your students? Try Genially! Start from scratch or use a template to gamify a lesson or unit of study and easily create interactive content that your learners will want to explore. In this session, you will learn to make interactive images, infographics, and presentations to engage learners of all ages. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Discuss the basic principles of multimedia learning, 2. Explore various ways to use Genially in the classroom; and 3. Plan for the instructional use of Genially. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): multimedia (46), professional development (257), student-centered (2)

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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: The Distance Between Us - TeachersFirst

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Embark on a virtual field trip to follow the journey of Reyna Grande, an undocumented Mexican teen, as she tries to find her identity as both a Mexican and an ...more
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Embark on a virtual field trip to follow the journey of Reyna Grande, an undocumented Mexican teen, as she tries to find her identity as both a Mexican and an American. This Reading Trek provides a robust set of learning activities and extension resources to engage learners in exploring this book through a virtual journey using Google Maps. Use our robust Instructional Guide with students in grades 5-9. Content correlates to Common Core Standards, ISTE Student Standards, National Core Arts Standards for Visual Arts, and National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies. Find the entire collection of Reading Treks here.

tag(s): hispanic (20), identity (24), immigrants (27), mexico (26)

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Take advantage of the many suggested classroom uses for this resource found on the Instructional Guide (PDF). After reading this book and completing the activities found in the Reading Trek, ask students to document their identity using a tool like Story Maps, reviewed here. Use Story Maps to create a map-based story that includes images, text, videos, and photos. Find more ideas for teaching identity at this Discover My Identity Lesson Plan, reviewed here.
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Core Knowledge - The Core Knowledge Foundation

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Core Knowledge provides a free, sequenced curriculum for grades K-8. Content includes most subjects including language arts, history and geography, science, and math. Visit the curriculum...more
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Core Knowledge provides a free, sequenced curriculum for grades K-8. Content includes most subjects including language arts, history and geography, science, and math. Visit the curriculum page to find and download an overview of course sequences and curriculum by grade level and subject. Each set of materials contains a comprehensive set of resources correlated to Common Core Standards. Materials include lesson directions, student handbooks, assessments, and all printed materials necessary for the content shared. Email registration is required to access and download materials.

tag(s): commoncore (78), professional development (257), Teacher Utilities (113), worksheets (66)

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Save this site for use as an entire curriculum, or use the materials to supplement your current resources. Use the materials to differentiate learning activities for your students. Provide students additional support using content found at lower grade levels or challenge gifted students with materials from a higher grade level. Use Duck Soup, reviewed here, as an alternative to printed assignments and convert any page into an e-sheet gradable activity.
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OK2Ask: Transform Your Lesson Plans with SAMR and TeachersFirst - TeachersFirst

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

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Using technology in the classroom can foster engagement and higher-order thinking. When strategically infused into lesson plans designed with sound instructional practices, technology can provide challenging, collaborative, and creative experiences. Learn how to transform your lesson plans and create rich digital learning experiences by applying the SAMR Model while using resources available on the TeachersFirst website. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand the SAMR Model and its importance to the lesson planning process; 2. Locate resources within TeachersFirst that support lesson planning in your content area; and 3. Plan to use TeachersFirst's resources and the SAMR Model together to plan effective technology-infused lessons. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): professional development (257)

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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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Vevox - Auga Technologies. Ltd

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Get instantaneous feedback with the Vevox survey tool. The setup is simple once you create an account (there is a 58-second video explanation). At the end of setting up, you ...more
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Get instantaneous feedback with the Vevox survey tool. The setup is simple once you create an account (there is a 58-second video explanation). At the end of setting up, you click "present," and your audience can start responding to your questions, close the pole when they're done, and all responses will appear on your screen and their devices. It's that quick! The free account will also integrate with Microsoft Teams and PowerPoint, and you can have instantaeous question and answer sessions. Compare the free account for education and business - one allows up to 100 participants, and the other allows up to 500 participants.
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tag(s): assessment (118), Formative Assessment (36), Microsoft (64), polls and surveys (45), questioning (32), quiz (63), quizzes (83)

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What a cool way to have all students at the same place in your lesson! Additionally, they can ask questions, answer a poll, or watch a video, all in real time. Use Vevox for daily quiz questions as a formative assessment or to check for understanding of a previous lesson. Use as an anticipatory guide for introducing new content. Use to check for understanding after a lecture or demonstration. Older students may want to include polls on their student blogs to increase reader engagement. Have students create polls for after a project presentation. Use polls to generate data for math class (graphing), during elections, or for critical thinking activities dealing with the interpretation of statistics. Engage students using "real" data from a survey of issues and current events that matter to them. Use it to serve as a class voting device. Students can use their mobile devices to answer the survey.

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Formative Assessment Resources - TeachersFirst

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Formative assessment is a term that refers to a wide variety of strategies and methods that teachers use to provide ongoing feedback to students. Before the final assessment, a formative...more
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Formative assessment is a term that refers to a wide variety of strategies and methods that teachers use to provide ongoing feedback to students. Before the final assessment, a formative assessment evaluates student comprehension, academic progress during lessons, and learning needs. These assessments help teachers check for understanding, determine skills mastery, and choose topics to review. Peruse the resources shared in this collection to find unique and engaging tools to use as you assess your students throughout your daily lessons.

tag(s): assessment (118), Formative Assessment (36), game based learning (155), polls and surveys (45)

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Find new tools to try in your classroom to create formative assessment activities! This curated list includes professional learning resources, polls, gaming tools, and other strategies to use to gauge a "quick check" of student understanding. Each review includes classroom use ideas. Read the details of each tool and find the ones that will work best for your students.

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A Whole New World: Using Books to Help Teach Students About Colonial America - TeachersFirst

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Engage students in learning about Colonial America with this selected list of picture books, chapter books, and non-fiction books, along with accompanying activities. Each suggested...more
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Engage students in learning about Colonial America with this selected list of picture books, chapter books, and non-fiction books, along with accompanying activities. Each suggested book includes a summary as well as suggested teaching activities. Then, browse through the extension activities to find additional support materials that have a virtual tour of colonial cities, a suggested research project, and ideas for using Google Expeditions to take students on a virtual reality field trip.

tag(s): colonial america (92), colonization (15)

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Bookmark and save this resource to use when teaching about Colonial America. Engage students in learning by incorporating suggested book titles that help students understand colonial times through a personal perspective. Help students compare and contrast current times to the colonial time period using a Venn Diagram. Canva's Venn Diagram Creator reviewed here, includes easy to use tools for creating and sharing a variety of Venn Diagrams. Extend learning by asking students to create animated videos using Biteable, reviewed here, to tell the story about a character or event from colonial times.

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

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

tag(s): climate change (72), critical thinking (101), immigrants (27), native americans (79), point of view (7), racism (67)

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

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Search through a treasure trove of ready-made templates for many classroom uses at Templates for Teachers. Find templates for book reports, biographies, lesson plans, newsletters, and...more
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Search through a treasure trove of ready-made templates for many classroom uses at Templates for Teachers. Find templates for book reports, biographies, lesson plans, newsletters, and much more. First, select a thumbnail image to view a short description of the item and suggestions for modifications. Then, choose from the links that provide a preview to download the file to your Google Drive. All items use Google apps, including Slides, Sheets, Drawing, and Forms.

tag(s): graphic design (47), graphic organizers (43), posters (43), preK (230), Teacher Utilities (113)

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Bookmark this site to find ideas and templates for use in your classroom throughout the year. After saving a file, modify it to fit your needs and those of your students. Share examples found on the site as inspiration for older students, then ask them to create flyers or reports using some of the design techniques they viewed. Use this site as inspiration to create a template bank of your own work to share with your peers using Padlet, reviewed here. Use the shelf feature to create columns for different tools, then ask your colleagues to add their templates to your Padlet collection.

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Twitter Chat: Digging into Digital Literacy - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from September 2021 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Digging into Digital Literacy. During this chat, participants: 1. Shared strategies...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from September 2021 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Digging into Digital Literacy. During this chat, participants: 1. Shared strategies to evaluate sources for reliability and bias. 2. Discussed the use of digital tools and resources for safe digital communication practices, and 3. Explored critical thinking approaches to empower students to embrace digital literacy.

tag(s): copyright (44), digital citizenship (73), media literacy (84), twitterchatarchive (116)

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

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Time Graphics Timeline Maker - Time.graphics

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Time Graphics Timeline Creator offers tools to create interactive timelines that include video, images, and maps. Create an account to begin building a timeline. Locate a date on the...more
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Time Graphics Timeline Creator offers tools to create interactive timelines that include video, images, and maps. Create an account to begin building a timeline. Locate a date on the timeline, then choose to add a new event. After adding an event, on the dashboard, accept the default title or change it, add information, including a description, beginning and ending dates, and more. Other options in the dashboard include settings to change the look of the marker on the timeline. Although there are other options, the free account only allows saving timelines as public. After saving a timeline, use the provided URL to share or copy the embed code to include on a website or blog. To see an example of a timeline that includes many features available, take a look at this History of Civilization found here, or view the Editor's choices to see a variety of styles.

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It may take some time for you to become comfortable with creating a timeline with this product. Share with students to allow them to explore the different options, then ask them to become the teachers creating and using this tool in various ways. Ask students to create screencasts using Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here, with directions for using certain features of the timeline. Add all of the student tutorials into a Wakelet collection, reviewed here, for easy access at any time. Create timelines to introduce material in any subject. If your school uses Google Apps or Docs/Drive, your students (or groups) can create their own very easily. Map specific battles in history (World War II or the Revolutionary War, perhaps?) Map significant scientific discoveries in the progress of understanding cell theory or genetics. Follow the works of various writers, artists, or musicians. Follow the life of famous people or noteworthy events such as elections, the Olympics, or even local history!

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