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OK2Ask: Microsoft Teams: Assignments & Feedback - TeachersFirst

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Meaningful feedback helps everyone improve. Microsoft Teams offers both formal and informal feedback mechanisms. In Teams, you can give students assignments with all applicable resources and templates attached, then use rubrics, polls, and quizzes to offer timely feedback on progress toward learning goals. Learn to create and use this assignment and feedback loop to help students grow. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn how to create assignments in Microsoft Teams; 2. Understand how to give students feedback on completed assignments; and 3. Plan to use a rubric to offer students feedback. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Microsoft (57), professional development (236), remote learning (31)

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

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OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire: Choice Boards for Differentiation - TeachersFirst

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

tag(s): differentiation (55), Formative Assessment (21), professional development (236)

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

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OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire with Edpuzzle Student Projects - TeachersFirst

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

tag(s): Formative Assessment (21), professional development (236), video (240)

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

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OK2Ask: Tech Integration Made Easy with Screencast-O-Matic - TeachersFirst

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

tag(s): professional development (236), teaching strategies (33), video (240)

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

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OK2Ask: Tech Integration Made Easy with Edpuzzle - TeachersFirst

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

tag(s): Formative Assessment (21), professional development (236), video (240)

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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: 3 Cool Tools That Support Growth in the K-8 Classroom - TeachersFirst

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Want to use an engaging and challenging learning platform to bridge content knowledge gaps for your students? Come to this session and learn about three tech tools that will help you reach every student at their level. ReadTheory and Prodigy will help find and fix missing skills in English and Math, while Freckle Education can be used in all four core content areas. Learn how to leverage these free, adaptive online tools to improve student outcomes. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn about content area tools to use in the classroom to bridge knowledge gaps; 2. Understand how to use assessment data to guide intervention; and 3. Collaborate with other participants on ways to use these tools in instruction. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): professional development (236)

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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: 3 Cool Tools for Station Rotation - TeachersFirst

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One of the more popular blended learning models is station rotation. Having groups of students change tasks on a schedule allows you to meet student needs by differentiating instruction. Join us to explore, compare and contrast three tools that can be used to maximize your "computer station" time when using the rotation model. Learn about the features of each tool and understand how to add them to your instructional toolkit. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn about the station rotation model; 2. Share ideas on ways to differentiate using station rotation; and 3. Plan to use station rotation when delivering instruction. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): classroom management (144), professional development (236), remote learning (31)

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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: Maximize Learning: Classroom Management for Remote Learning - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat from January 2021 will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Maximize Learning: Classroom Management for Remote Learning. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss the components of classroom management for positive remote learning experiences, 2. Share classroom management practices for remote learning, and 3. Explore tools and resources to assist with remote classroom management strategies.

tag(s): classroom management (144), remote learning (31), twitterchatarchive (106)

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Fling the Teacher! - Russel Tarr and Andrew Field

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Add interest to short quizzes using Fling the Teacher! Quickly create and share 15 item quizzes for students to review and practice content using multiple-choice responses. Select the...more
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Add interest to short quizzes using Fling the Teacher! Quickly create and share 15 item quizzes for students to review and practice content using multiple-choice responses. Select the "create your own" link to begin, then follow prompts to add a title and questions with four possible answers. When complete, create your game and share using the URL, QR code, or embed link. If you teach history, be sure to check out the many sample quizzes available for immediate use.
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tag(s): game based learning (160), gamification (78), quizzes (82), test prep (74)

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Engage students in content review by creating and sharing quizzes to use in learning centers or at home. Ask students to create their own quizzes to share with peers. Demonstrate how to make quizzes on your interactive whiteboard or create a video tutorial using Screencast-o-matic, reviewed here. This demonstration is especially important so that users know how to avoid ads and use the correct links to creating and playing games (hint: look for the links with the gray highlighted background). Use quizzes you create as a preassessment activity to determine student knowledge as you start a new learning unit.

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ClickUp - Zeb Evans and Alex Yurkowski

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ClickUp is a task organizing tool that offers the option to integrate information easily from other productivity applications and to collaborate with others. After creating an account,...more
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ClickUp is a task organizing tool that offers the option to integrate information easily from other productivity applications and to collaborate with others. After creating an account, follow the prompts to create lists, folders, and tasks. Create task lists for projects and use labels to prioritize jobs, import a calendar, add and assign items to collaborators, and much more. Learn more about using and organizing ClickUp by viewing the On-Demand Demo videos found in the Learn tab. Free accounts include up to 100MB storage with unlimited tasks and users.

tag(s): calendars (40), organizational skills (95)

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Use ClickUp to organize your professional life and share it with students to manage their academic and personal needs. Any student would appreciate having an online time management account, but learning support students and disorganized gifted students need one. You may want to model using this online tool to help middle and high school students learn personal organization. Make a demo account for a mythical student and organize his/her academic and individual needs together so students can see how it works. Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector the first week of school to help students set-up their own accounts. Parents may appreciate learning about this site also, so be sure to post a link on your school/classroom website

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Six Word Memoirs: Six in Schools - Six Words, LLC

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Engage and inspire others with simple six-word memoirs. Six in Schools shares teaching guides, videos, and examples for classroom use. Browse through the examples, or use the filters...more
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Engage and inspire others with simple six-word memoirs. Six in Schools shares teaching guides, videos, and examples for classroom use. Browse through the examples, or use the filters to find examples and articles about the impact of using the six-word technique to reflect and share learning through short, concise wording.

tag(s): writers workshop (30), writing (281)

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Use the ideas from this site and the teaching guides to engage students in learning by focusing on sharing ideas through only six words. This site is particularly helpful for students who dislike writing or have difficulty expanding on their thoughts. Help students explore and expand word choice options by sharing the Big Huge Thesaurus, reviewed here. After completing their six-word memoirs, ask students to use Canva Edu, reviewed here, to enhance learning by creating posters that further share their thoughts and reflections.
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Loop - Loop

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Loop is a free student response system that works on all devices. Use Loop to send questions to students instantly or schedule them in advance. After registration, follow the steps...more
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Loop is a free student response system that works on all devices. Use Loop to send questions to students instantly or schedule them in advance. After registration, follow the steps to create a group, invite students, and ask questions. Choose from different options for student responses, including multiple-choice, short answer, emoji reactions, or a scaled score from 1-7. Invite students into your group using the provided code. Students use their Google account to login and access questions. Upon receiving responses, Loop provides options for responding to students. Free accounts allow one teacher to use the application with three groups and 50 students per group.

tag(s): assessment (118), game based learning (160), gamification (78), polls and surveys (47), quizzes (82)

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Use Loop to engage students throughout your lessons and to provide feedback on student understanding. Loop is also perfect for use as an exit ticket response or use as an informal formative assessment. Use Loop to create pretests that allow students to "opt-out" of material they already know or use it to create review activities that students participate in as teams.

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Ancient Earth Globe - Ian Webster

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What did the earth look like 240 million years ago? 20 million years ago? When did the first land animals appear? What did our world look like with the Pangea ...more
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What did the earth look like 240 million years ago? 20 million years ago? When did the first land animals appear? What did our world look like with the Pangea supercontinent? This visualization of the earth shows viewers these answers and more. Use the dropdown box to see the earth as it looked from zero to 750 million years ago. Use your cursor to spin the planet to view any area or to zoom in and out. Another option lets viewers choose to view the earth as it appeared with the first appearance of algae, shells, and other items on through the extinction of dinosaurs.

tag(s): dinosaurs (37), earth (180), geologic time (9)

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Engage student interest by sharing this site with them and letting them explore. Use Google Jamboard, reviewed here, to create a bulletin board for students to share their observations. Ask them to add sticky notes and drawings with their thoughts and questions. If desired, create multiple boards to divide information by periods. Include a link to the site as part of a larger learning unit on dinosaurs or the earth's evolution over time. Include videos, websites, quizzes, and more as part of your unit. As students learn about changes in the earth over millions of years, enhance learning using Google My Maps, reviewed here. Use Google My Maps to create a virtual tour around the earth by adding location stops that include images and descriptions of changes over time to places worldwide.

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The Digital Librarian's Survival Toolkit - Librians for Librarians

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This crowdsourced ebook created using Book Creator, reviewed here, shares technology tools and teaching tips specifically for librarians. As you turn...more
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This crowdsourced ebook created using Book Creator, reviewed here, shares technology tools and teaching tips specifically for librarians. As you turn the pages, find videos and examples for using digital resources for both in-person and distance learning situations. Browse through to find ideas for creating book clubs, using QR codes, hosting virtual field trips, and much more. Although created by librarians for librarians, this ebook contains many ideas and inspiration for all educators.

tag(s): ebooks (35), professional development (236)

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Bookmark and save this ebook to use for inspiration in a variety of teaching situations. Use the ideas found in the book to incorporate technology into any subject or grade level. This ebook is perfect to use as part of your professional development activities or to use as a source for a professional book club discussion. Choose ideas from the book's authors to discuss and include in your teaching activities monthly as part of a peer discussion group with other teachers at your grade level or content area. Consider using BookCreator to curate your own book that specifically addresses technology resources and how to incorporate them into your classrooms.

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MIT Full STEAM Ahead - MIT

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Find free, high-quality STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) resources for all grade levels at this fantastic site! Each week educators from MIT provide thematic...more
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Find free, high-quality STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) resources for all grade levels at this fantastic site! Each week educators from MIT provide thematic grade-level learning "packages" that include video, activities, and challenges in various topics. Content includes inventions, outer space, and music and sounds, among other topics. Many subjects also include activities that don't require Internet access. Additional links provide a curated list of learning games that promote 21st Century skills. All content is created for teaching in online or in-person situations.

tag(s): design (81), diseases (73), earth (180), engineering (108), game based learning (160), inventors and inventions (71), makerspace (33), sounds (47), space (209), STEM (214)

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As students participate in the activities and lessons shared on this site, utilize the many features of Google Documents or Microsoft Word to gather information, and collaborate with peers. Use spreadsheet tools to record findings and create graphs to evaluate the results of experiments. Engage students in the learning process by adding questions and comments to the videos in the learning packages using edpuzzle, reviewed here. Ask students to use Sway, reviewed here, to share the products of their learning activities. Add text, images, videos, and more to create multimedia presentations. Use the learning packages to find activities and resources to incorporate into your current learning units. Be sure to check out the interactives (games) that focus on problem-solving and collaboration skills.
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OK2Ask: TeachersFirst Smackdown (Classroom Management Edition) - TeachersFirst

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Explore new and tried-and-true technology tools for your classroom. Join TeachersFirst as we showcase our favorite edtech resources. 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 classroom management resources. Participants during the live session helped to decide the winner of this Smackdown! As a result of viewing 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): classroom management (144), professional development (236)

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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: Inspire Ingenuity and Creativity in Your Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from January 2021 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Inspire Ingenuity and Creativity in Your Classroom. During this chat, participants...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from January 2021 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Inspire Ingenuity and Creativity in Your Classroom. During this chat, participants will: 1. Define and discuss the components of design thinking, 2. Share resources and digital tools that can help manage the creative process in your classroom, and 3. Explore the role of ingenuity and creativity in education.

tag(s): creativity (90), twitterchatarchive (106)

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Convert PDF to Excel - pdftoexcel.com

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As the title states, this site converts PDF documents to Excel documents. Upload a file of any size from your computer, Google Drive, Dropbox, or OneDrive without having to create ...more
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As the title states, this site converts PDF documents to Excel documents. Upload a file of any size from your computer, Google Drive, Dropbox, or OneDrive without having to create an account. Files remain on the site's server for six hours before being automatically deleted. Once converted, all information imports into an Excel file, and any tables in the original document become fully editable and formatted. The conversion speed depends on the file's size and server speed; our practice document was ready to use within a minute.

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Keep this site handy to use in a variety of situations. For example, many student worksheets available with textbooks are in PDF format. PDF files are the most common type of document available, take advantage of this conversion site to extract information and explore different scenarios using the original formulas. Science teachers can take lab activities and refine questions or add instructions as needed for their classroom. Save student grades in a PDF document and then convert to Excel to understand individual assignments' impact on the overall grade.
 This resource requires PDF reader software like Adobe Acrobat.

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A Looming Plague: The Fight to Contain a New Locust Invasion - Tara John and Bethlehem Feleke, CNN

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Explore the reasons locusts threaten food security in Kenya, Ethiopia, and Somalia with this CNN interactive. Scroll through to learn how the coronavirus pandemic is hampering the region's...more
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Explore the reasons locusts threaten food security in Kenya, Ethiopia, and Somalia with this CNN interactive. Scroll through to learn how the coronavirus pandemic is hampering the region's ability to implement efforts to fight the impending maturation of locusts that reproduce quickly and devastate crops. The interactive also takes viewers through a timeline of extreme weather events leading to the threat to African crops.

tag(s): africa (135), climate change (67), insects (66), weather (171)

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Include this interactive with lessons about African countries, climate change, weather, or insects. Engage students by exploring this site together using Microsoft Whiteboard, reviewed here, or Google Jamboard, reviewed here, to add notes, images, or create diagrams sharing students' thoughts. For older students, have them explore the site independently and share ideas on a collaborative whiteboard. Ask students to research the problems faced due to locusts and include information from previous infestations. As students conduct their research, use a collaborative site like Milanote, reviewed here, for groups to share articles, images, and brainstorm ideas. Extend learning further by asking students to become the problem solvers and share their suggestions for solving the problem both long term and short term. Provide options for groups to present their findings through various methods of digital media. For example, ask a group to use Google Tour Creator, reviewed here, to create a virtual tour of the problem areas and add images and notes with their suggestions. Have another group use tools found at Genially, reviewed here, to create a presentation that includes interactive images, infographics, and videos using templates found on the site.

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How the Human Eye Works - Animagraffs

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Do you know how the human eye works? This animated infographic includes detailed images and information sharing the parts of the eye, how light focuses on the eye, movement of ...more
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Do you know how the human eye works? This animated infographic includes detailed images and information sharing the parts of the eye, how light focuses on the eye, movement of the eye, and much more. In addition to the animations, this site includes vocabulary and descriptions that tell how our eyes gather and process light.

tag(s): animation (59), eyes (5), human body (97), infographics (51), vision (50)

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This animation is a "must-use" for science classes! All learners will appreciate the use of animations to learn about how the eye works; however, it is especially useful for visual learners to "see" the process in motion. Provide a link to this site or embed it on your class website for students to use when learning about anatomical features. Include this animation along with videos, articles, and other information in an interactive learning platform such as Crio, reviewed here. In addition to including options for learning materials, Crio includes several formats for assessment, including multiple-choice and open-ended response questions. Upon completion of your learning activities, have students demonstrate learning by creating explainer videos using FlexClip, reviewed here, that explain the process of how eyes work.

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