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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 (122), Formative Assessment (35), game based learning (156), 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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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 (46), graphic organizers (43), posters (43), preK (231), Teacher Utilities (115)

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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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Arctic and Antarctic Classroom Resources - National Science Foundation

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Arctic and Antarctic Classroom Resources shares a variety of lessons and activities for all ages. View videos of scientists who explore the math of sea ice, study the Arctic marine...more
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Arctic and Antarctic Classroom Resources shares a variety of lessons and activities for all ages. View videos of scientists who explore the math of sea ice, study the Arctic marine food web, and more in the multimedia gallery. Other classroom offerings include a timeline of South Pole telescopes, a free online magazine connecting polar science to literacy, and links to games, puzzles, and songs. This site is a must-add to include when teaching about animals or the arctic regions!

tag(s): animal homes (59), animals (260), antarctica (26), arctic (41), scientists (62)

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This site contains many excellent resources to include within units on animals, plants, or geographic regions. Add the videos or activities within learning activities created using TES Teach Blendspace, reviewed here. In addition to resources found on this site, add links to articles, websites, and quizzes to create a complete learning unit. Use Baamboozle, reviewed here, to create quick and easy learning games to use as a formative assessment or to review materials at the end of your unit. Extend learning by asking students to use Wakelet, reviewed here, to share their learning. Create a template in Wakelet to share with students that include categories for their research reports. For example, if researching an arctic animal, create categories for the student to share information on their home, food, upload images, impact from humans, etc.

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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 (115)

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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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RealClearHistory - RealClear

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RealClearHistory is a history buff's dream. This portion of the RealClear site focuses on history through a variety of different lenses. Begin with the current date in history to access...more
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RealClearHistory is a history buff's dream. This portion of the RealClear site focuses on history through a variety of different lenses. Begin with the current date in history to access articles from many other global resources relating to events on that date or use the dropdown arrow to return a few days in time. Then, scroll further down the page to find multimedia, current news, the latest articles, and much more. If that isn't enough, browse the left sidebar to find history tidbits, biographies and memoirs, documents, and the map room. This site will keep history buffs and students engaged for a very long time!
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tag(s): biographies (86), civil war (125), constitution (88), politics (100), presidents (116), religions (62), slavery (53), space (200), vikings (9), world war 1 (58), world war 2 (133)

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Make this site available in favorites on your classroom computers for students to refer to for history-related resources. You may want to list this link on your class website for students to access the page both in and out of the class. Consider using the site as an icebreaker at the beginning of a class: pick one of the articles or short video clips (share it on your interactive whiteboard or projector) and discuss. After doing research, have cooperative learning groups create podcasts or video commercials highlighting an interesting historical event. Create FREE podcasts using a site such as Anchor, reviewed here.

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Mars 2020 Perserverance Rover - NASA

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Stay up to date and learn about the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover mission as it explores the surface of Mars. Follow links to learn about the four science objectives of ...more
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Stay up to date and learn about the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover mission as it explores the surface of Mars. Follow links to learn about the four science objectives of the mission, view the timeline, and learn about the spacecraft. In addition, view raw images taken from Mars, observe a weather report, and listen to sounds from Mars' surface. Be sure to visit the site often throughout the mission as content is updated with the latest videos and observations.

tag(s): mars (28), space (200), STEM (215)

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Include a link to the Perseverance Rover site on classroom computers for students to visit and view the latest updates from Mars. Consider using Google Jamboard, reviewed here, to create an ongoing class journal sharing observations and findings. Ask students to add a sticky note with new findings and information after exploring the site. Enhance learning by asking students to design a spaceship or rover that would explore one of the other planets. Use Google Drawings, reviewed here, as a starting point for students to create their drawing. Ask them to add text boxes with descriptions of their spaceship/rover and the reasoning behind their design. Extend learning by asking students to brainstorm ideas on applying Perseverance's design features to improve everyday items used at home and school. Have students share their thoughts using an animated video explainer tool such as Renderforest, reviewed here.

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Juicing Calculator - Sprint Kitchen

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What is the nutritional value of your juice or smoothy? Use these calculators to find the number of calories and view a nutrition facts label using your specifications. In addition,...more
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What is the nutritional value of your juice or smoothy? Use these calculators to find the number of calories and view a nutrition facts label using your specifications. In addition, each calculation provides meters that compare your juice's sugar content to a cola drink or Gatorade and shares a comparison vs. keto-friendly guidelines. Use the dropdown box under "Tools" to find the smoothy calculator.

tag(s): calculators (40), nutrition (131)

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Include this calculator with nutrition lessons and engage students in learning by allowing students to explore independently. Ask them to input some of their favorite vegetables and fruits to learn about how they impact the number of calories, fats, or sugars in a drink. In math class, ask students to investigate how these calculators work and develop their own formulas for finding the nutrient value in drinks and smoothies. Enhance learning by having students create infographics about nutrition using Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here. Include an image of the nutrient label created using the calculator, along with advice for creating tasty yet healthy juices and smoothies. Extend learning by creating a class recipe ebook with Book Creator, reviewed here. Include each student's recipes and nutrition labels along with links to videos and audio created and shared by each individual.

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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.

tag(s): timelines (47)

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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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EdLight - Ryan Knight

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EdLight offers tools for capturing and providing feedback for student work products. Follow the three easy steps to create assignments, take a picture of the work, and provide feedback...more
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EdLight offers tools for capturing and providing feedback for student work products. Follow the three easy steps to create assignments, take a picture of the work, and provide feedback on any device. Provide student feedback using rubrics, text, stickers, or record an audio message. Share EdLight tasks using Google Classroom, Clever, or student codes. Free accounts allow you to save up to 1000 images with up to two co-teachers.

tag(s): assessment (122), communication (139), Formative Assessment (35), Learning Management Systems (26), Teacher Utilities (115)

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Make grading student work more accessible and more effective using EdLight's included tools. Use tools to draw on submitted work to point out specific areas of interest. Leave audio feedback that is specific and focused on each student's needs. Use EdLight to create portfolios for use when conferencing with parents. EdLight is an excellent tool for remote learning and hybrid learning situations as it allows flexibility in sharing work and providing timely feedback. Learn more about different implementations of EdLight at the site's blog.
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Along - Gradient Learning

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Along is an online tool for providing digital check-ins and reflection activities with students using audio, video, or text. Share a question with some or all students to encourage...more
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Along is an online tool for providing digital check-ins and reflection activities with students using audio, video, or text. Share a question with some or all students to encourage making connections and check in on student wellness. Students select an option to share their responses, and the teacher views reflections within the Along dashboard. Follow up with students as desired to continue the conversation or to make personal connections with all students. Use the tips and content provided by Along to select research-based questions designed to help students build life skills and confidence.

tag(s): classroom management (144), communication (139), social and emotional learning (49), Teacher Utilities (115)

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Along makes it easy for you to implement this tool into your classroom with their many free resources. Resources include guides to introducing Along to students and fellow educators. Share the privacy information guide with parents as you begin using this tool. Begin by using the customizable calendar as a method for planning to introduce and use Along. Consider using the information found on the site to create and share a presentation about this product using Google Slides, reviewed here, or by creating a short video using Adobe Spark K-12, reviewed here. Be sure to show students how to prepare for their responses. If you find some students are reluctant to use one of the modes, for instance, the video, work with that student to help them feel comfortable. Uses for this tool are only limited by your imagination! Check-in with students during long projects or reports to see where they are in the process and if they have any frustrations, check-in after a science lab to see who has questions, ask students at the end of a project or lab what they would do differently next time. Check-in with Language arts book groups to see how students are doing with the novel, their group, the project at the end, etc.
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Twitter Chat: Creating a Community of Learners - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from September 2021 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Creating a Community of Learners. During this chat, participants: 1. Discussed...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from September 2021 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Creating a Community of Learners. During this chat, participants: 1. Discussed the components of building a classroom community. 2. Shared strategies and resources to foster an inclusive classroom community, and 3. Explored ways to build connections in the classroom despite our differences.

tag(s): back to school (56), communities (31), twitterchatarchive (115)

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Find resources and information about creating a classroom community. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for strategies and resources on creating a classroom community.

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videoask - Typeform

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videoask is an asynchronous video conversation tool. Use videoask to create authentic dialogue within a video format. First, create an account to begin a conversation using the templates...more
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videoask is an asynchronous video conversation tool. Use videoask to create authentic dialogue within a video format. First, create an account to begin a conversation using the templates found on the dashboard or start from a blank project. After providing a name for your project, use the options to choose a language and toggle contact details on or off. Turning contact details on adds a contact form to your conversation to identify those who respond and offer the ability to reply. When ready, record from your webcam, desktop or upload a video file from your device. Follow each step to prepare your recording, then access the video's URL to share with others. Respondents can answer using video, audio, or text. Free accounts offer up to 20 minutes per month of video or audio processing and three steps per videoask. Learn more about videoask by watching this video.

tag(s): collaboration (80), Online Learning (29), remote learning (44), video (245)

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Engage and support student learning through interactive conversations created with videoask. Use videoask at the beginning of the school year for students to introduce themselves. Then, use the provided code to add a widget to your class website to build community and comradery among peers. Consider creating a question of the week or month for students to share what they have learned, ask questions, or discuss topics they would like to learn more about. For group projects, ask students to create a videoask to include with their final presentation that includes discussions of items considered for inclusion or a conversation about the group's collaborative process.

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Miro - Miro

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Think of Miro as a mashup of Zoom and a robust interactive whiteboard tool. Zoom in and out of the whiteboard to make it any size for viewing and adding ...more
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Think of Miro as a mashup of Zoom and a robust interactive whiteboard tool. Zoom in and out of the whiteboard to make it any size for viewing and adding information. Miro includes many templates for creating flow charts, mind maps, and planning activities. After creating an account, add a new board. Use the dashboard to add notes, templates, add comments, upload items from your computer, and much more. Collaborate with others by sharing the URL for your Miro board. Free accounts allow you to include an unlimited number of team members and create three editable boards.

tag(s): collaboration (80), graphic organizers (43), iwb (31)

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Ask older students to use Miro as a collaborative tool for projects. Have students use Miro to develop storylines that include links and images to tell the story of events in history or retell novels. Ask students to use Miro to create mood boards to share the different works of artists or demonstrate different architecture types. Miro is also an excellent choice for use as a collaborative tool for large projects to brainstorm ideas, assign tasks, and document progress. Use Miro with students as part of your science experiments to share the steps of the experiment, document hypotheses, and add images and reflections upon the outcomes of the experiment. Miro is an excellent resource for remote learning situations to engage students through interactive content and chat.

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Threadit - Google

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Create and send short videos using Threadit's easy-to-use features. Available within the Chrome browser or as an extension, Threadit includes several options such as screen sharing...more
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Create and send short videos using Threadit's easy-to-use features. Available within the Chrome browser or as an extension, Threadit includes several options such as screen sharing and the ability to piece together short video clips into one video. Start with a blank screen or choose from templates such as tutorials, congratulatory wishes, and project updates. After selecting a template or blank format, be sure to follow directions to allow access to your computer's microphone and camera. If using a template, follow the steps shown on the project's dashboard. Stages are editable; delete any portions you won't be using. When finished, follow the directions to publish and share with others. All of your completed videos are available after posting onto your Threadit account. In addition, viewers have the option to reply to your Threadit video with a video of their own.

tag(s): collaboration (80), Google (27), video (245)

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Think of Threadit as something similar to FlipGrid, reviewed here, and Flipgrid responses. Use it to share how-to videos of computer software or games, start a question or prompt and ask students to reply, or create a video to accompany an article for students to read that points out highlights and important information. Use Threadit as a tool for groups to share threaded presentations. For example, ask each group member to record his portion of the presentation and then add the short videos into one longer video presentation. Many students are familiar with the short video format of tools such as TikTok, engage students by sharing Threadit as a similar tool to use in an educational setting.

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PrePostSEO - Ahmad Sattar

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PrePostSEO (Search Engine Optimization) provides a suite of 95 tools for use when building and maintaining websites and for authors' use with text. Tools include a plagiarism checker,...more
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PrePostSEO (Search Engine Optimization) provides a suite of 95 tools for use when building and maintaining websites and for authors' use with text. Tools include a plagiarism checker, article rewriter, and grammar checker, among many others. First, follow the directions within each site to upload and check or convert the content. Then scroll down the page to find the names of tools sorted into categories; there is a category for writing and education that includes a spell checker, word counter, and more.
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tag(s): editing (80), plagiarism (32), writing (282)

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Use the tools found on this site to check student work for plagiarism. Share the site with students to use with writing projects and website development. This site is beneficial for computer and software development courses as a tool for checking and verifying content in many different ways. Ask students to attach their report results to their writing as part of the writing assignment.

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Vmaker - Animaker

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Vmaker is an all-in-one screen recorder, video recorder, webcam recorder, and video editor. Use Vmaker to create, edit and schedule recordings without time limits or watermarks. Create...more
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Vmaker is an all-in-one screen recorder, video recorder, webcam recorder, and video editor. Use Vmaker to create, edit and schedule recordings without time limits or watermarks. Create a free account to record unlimited videos for free. Download Vmaker to your computer or install it as a browser extension following the directions upon signup. Once the extension or download is complete, access the included features to choose settings and begin recording. When finished, your video is available to edit or share. When ready to share, download the video to your device, copy the link for your video, or share by email.

tag(s): Online Learning (29), remote learning (44), tutorials (43), video (245)

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Use this handy screen recording tool in a variety of ways in your classroom. Record tutorials for students to demonstrate how to access and use online sites; create recordings for substitutes to explain how to find and use the software on your computer, or make a how-to demo to find information on your class website to share with students and parents. Help students understand how to use the different features of documents, such as creating a tutorial showing students how to format cells in Excel, adding comments to a Google document, or finding and inserting images in slides. Share this tool with students to use when analyzing websites as part of your ongoing digital safety lessons. Ask them to include a video as part of a larger multimedia presentation. After exporting their video, ask students to include it within a presentation created using Sway, reviewed here, or Adobe Spark for Education, reviewed here.

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Beginning Statistical Inquiries into the Scientific Method: Jelly-Side-Down - Genentech, Inc.

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This is a lesson from Genentech's Access Excellence collection, which contains several hundred detailed lesson plans for high school level biology topics. Each lesson includes objectives,...more
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This is a lesson from Genentech's Access Excellence collection, which contains several hundred detailed lesson plans for high school level biology topics. Each lesson includes objectives, instructions, methodology, and outcomes.

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Twitter Chat: Back to School Planning and Preparation - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from August 2021 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Back to School Planning and Preparation. During this chat, participants: 1. ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from August 2021 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Back to School Planning and Preparation. During this chat, participants: 1. Explored strategies and resources for planning and preparation. 2. Collaborated on ideas for overcoming challenges in the classroom, and 3. Shared resources for professional learning and development.

tag(s): back to school (56), twitterchatarchive (115)

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Find resources and information about back-to-school planning. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for strategies and resources on planning and preparing for back to school.

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OK2Ask: TeachersFirst Tech Tools Smackdown - TeachersFirst

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

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

There are many technology tools available for classroom use, but which ones are teachers' favorites? Join TeachersFirst as we showcase and compare some of our contributors' favorite edtech resources. Explore new and tried-and-true technology tools for your classroom and help us decide which tool is the winner of this season's Smackdown! As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn about and compare some of TeachersFirst contributors' favorite technology tools; 2. Evaluate 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): communication (139), Formative Assessment (35), Online Learning (29), professional development (253)

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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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PixCove - PixCove

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PixCove offers downloadable JPEG images for use privately or commercially without requiring attribution. Use the keyword search to locate images for specific topics or browse through...more
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PixCove offers downloadable JPEG images for use privately or commercially without requiring attribution. Use the keyword search to locate images for specific topics or browse through the latest uploads. Included with each image is a short description with tags and a statement of no copyright declaring the availability to use the image without attribution. Even when not required, it is always a good idea for students to provide attribution when possible.

tag(s): images (254), photography (130)

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Explore PixCove as a resource to find images and backgrounds for any digital projects and presentations. Select interesting images to display for creative writing prompts or ask students to select a photo to inspire a creative writing project. Ask students to write their stories (displaying the image) with Telegra.ph, reviewed here, to share with the class. Telegra.ph is a very easy-to-use single web page creator with options for including images or video links.

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