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Nepris - Nepris, Inc.

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Nepris is a mostly STEM-based resource that connects teachers with experts without having to leave the classroom. Choose from a variety of resources, including live industry chats,...more
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Nepris is a mostly STEM-based resource that connects teachers with experts without having to leave the classroom. Choose from a variety of resources, including live industry chats, virtual volunteer opportunities, and archived video sessions. The Career Explorer shares video sessions featuring popular career choices in engineering, computer design, video game creation, and more. Create an account to bookmark favorites and participate in live sessions

tag(s): careers (148), computers (102), engineering (131), financial literacy (109), graphic design (40), STEM (209)

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Include Nepris with your other bookmarked sites for career exploration and STEM lessons. Use the provided templates to request sessions with subject matter experts. Browse the video library to share sessions on your interactive whiteboard with students or to find specific topics that match students' interests. Include items from this site and others and build a webmix using Symbaloo, reviewed here, for students to explore on their own based on their career interest or topics they want to learn. Have students share their findings by creating a digital book using Book Creator, reviewed here. Use Book Creator to add videos, images, drawings, and more to highlight and share students' knowledge of their topic. Use BookCreator for a variety of assignments in any classroom that is integrating technology as an enhancement, modification, or transformation.

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Google Drawings - Google

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Google Drawings is a collaborative drawing tool included with your Google Drive account. To find it, select "new", "more", then choose Google Drawings. Use the tools found on the site...more
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Google Drawings is a collaborative drawing tool included with your Google Drive account. To find it, select "new", "more", then choose Google Drawings. Use the tools found on the site to add shapes, lines, text, and more. Import images from your drive or save Creative Commons images for use. Use the share option to send the links to other users to edit (be sure that your settings allow users with the link to edit the document). To view the revision history for any drawing select "file" and "see the revision history." Images automatically save to your Google Drive and can be downloaded to your computer by saving in a variety of formats including jpg, pdf, and png. Use the publish option to create an embed code and embed into your website.

tag(s): collaboration (54), drawing (73), images (269)

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Take advantage of this easy to use tool for a variety of classroom uses. Upload images and use the text tool to add digital annotations. Ask students to add digital annotations to images, for example, different landforms or to share as an assessment. Use the shape tool to create quick and easy timelines. This is perfect for use as a quick activity on your interactive timeline to help students understand the sequence of a story or a timeline of historic events. Create graphic organizers and mind maps easily by using the shapes tools, drawing lines, and adding text with links to additional information. When working on group projects, suggest students collaborate together to create and annotate images to include with a final multimedia presentation. Use Google Drawings to easily create infographics to share information on any topic.

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In Pictures - In Pictures, Inc.

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K to 12
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Do you need help learning how to use Microsoft and Google Suite Products? In Pictures provides a variety of tutorials using color accented screenshots. Choose a product to begin, go...more
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Do you need help learning how to use Microsoft and Google Suite Products? In Pictures provides a variety of tutorials using color accented screenshots. Choose a product to begin, go step by step through the tutorial or select a task from the included list. Each tutorial shares complete directions to walk you through the steps to create, edit, and share documents. In addition to Word and Google documents, In Pictures provides tutorials for basic web coding skills and working with VPN software.
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tag(s): editing (79), Google (43), Microsoft (66), tutorials (47)

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In Pictures is an excellent site to bookmark on classroom computers and share with students. Use this site to help students (and you) understand how to complete various tasks when working with a variety of documents. Use In Pictures as a model to demonstrate how to present how-to guides then have students create their own how-to presentation based on your classroom needs. Ask students to create their guides using an easy website creation tool like Carrd, reviewed here, and enhance classroom technology. For example, in science class have students create a step-by-step guide using screenshots and images to demonstrate the scientific process, or for a reading project have students demonstrate skills for reading non-fiction by previewing chapter titles, images, and captions.

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Twitter Chat: Online Learning: Turning it into Student Success - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from September 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Online Learning: Turning it into Student Success. During this chat, participants...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from September 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Online Learning: Turning it into Student Success. During this chat, participants will: 1. Define online learning and discuss its importance in K12 education, 2. Discuss the impact of students thriving with the ability to learn online, on-demand, and 3. Share resources and websites/apps that provide powerful learning experiences for students.

tag(s): Online Learning (2), resources (106), twitterchatarchive (71)

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Find resources and information about online learning and how to integrate it into your lessons. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for resources related to online learning.

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Sports Resources - TeachersFirst

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Explore this editor's choice collection of resources related to sports. This is a perfect list to share during football season, baseball season, the Olympics, or anytime throughout...more
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Explore this editor's choice collection of resources related to sports. This is a perfect list to share during football season, baseball season, the Olympics, or anytime throughout the year. Read the descriptions to find out whether a site sounds right for what you want to know. Don't miss the "In the classroom" ideas for specific projects, activities, lessons, and ideas. There are also additional links to all of TeachersFirst's resources tagged sports, and special topics pages for Olympics and more.

tag(s): baseball (37), olympics (52), sports (102)

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This collection includes resources for all grades. Each review includes several classroom use ideas. These are excellent tools to use to study science, math, and more! Save (or bookmark) this list for students to use to review tough concepts. Explore the activities suggested.

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Quetext Plagiarism Checker - Quetext

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Check text up to 500 words in length for plagiarism using Quetext. Copy and paste your text to begin the evaluation and receive results within a few minutes. The plagiarism ...more
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Check text up to 500 words in length for plagiarism using Quetext. Copy and paste your text to begin the evaluation and receive results within a few minutes. The plagiarism checker compares your work to large databases of books, web pages, and journals. View your score in the easy to read final report.

tag(s): copyright (46), editing (79), evaluating sources (16), plagiarism (35), writing (361)

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Although the free portion of this site is somewhat limited, it is worth bookmarking and sharing for use by you and your students. Be sure to include a link on your class website for students to use at home. Demonstrate to students how to upload their writing to check for plagiarism as part of your ongoing lessons in intellectual honesty. If their work is longer than 500 words, upload a small portion that needs to be checked instead of the whole project. Often when students are researching and writing a report, they find it difficult to put information in their own words. Ask students to attach their report results to their writing as part of the writing assignment. Encourage them to share reports that indicate plagiarism, with an online bulletin board like Dotstorming, < a href="/single.cfm?id=16997">reviewed here, where other students can comment and help them reword the writing. Then, have them discuss steps to take to avoid it happening in the future. Ask students to create video commercials modifying their learning and informing viewers on different aspects of plagiarism. Use a tool such as Powtoon, reviewed here. Share their videos using a tool such as SchoolTube reviewed here.

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PictureStem Project - Tamara Moore, Kristina Tank, and Elizabeth Gajdzik

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The PictureStem Project offers STEM teaching units for grades K-2 incorporating the engineering process and correlated to science standards. These three units - one each for grades...more
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The PictureStem Project offers STEM teaching units for grades K-2 incorporating the engineering process and correlated to science standards. These three units - one each for grades K, 1, and 2 include modular features that contain content within different lessons throughout the school day. Each lesson within a unit provides science concepts based upon literary connections using picture books. Select any unit to view and download the entire unit including printables.

tag(s): animal homes (66), animals (322), engineering (131), geometric shapes (170), main idea (9), measurement (180), numbers (192), patterns (88), phonics (68), preK (282), reading comprehension (133), STEM (209)

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Enjoy these free, high-quality STEM units to use in your elementary classroom. As you teach lessons found on this site, enhance learning using a portfolio-creation tool like Seesaw, reviewed here, to share student work and reflections. Upload images of student projects then use Seesaw to add video reflections, students' written responses, and more. Share Seesaw portfolios with parents during parent/teacher conferences to demonstrate student learning. If you are unable to use the complete units in your classroom, be sure to look through the many lessons to "mine" for shorter activities that work in your teaching situation.
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NASA Education Robotics Website - NASA

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The NASA Education Robotics Website encourages innovation, creativity, and problem-solving through the world of robotics. Explore this site to find an interactive robot activity, a...more
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The NASA Education Robotics Website encourages innovation, creativity, and problem-solving through the world of robotics. Explore this site to find an interactive robot activity, a timeline tracing the history of robotics, and read about the scientists and engineers who create and program robots. Be sure to visit the Lesson Plans to find a variety of lessons for all grade levels. Follow the student and educator links to access a large variety of NASA science and STEM resources. If your school blocks YouTube be sure to look at alternatives for sharing the videos from this site on classroom computers.

tag(s): careers (148), data (157), mars (42), moon (80), planets (139), robotics (25), scientists (69), STEM (209)

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Take time to explore this site for use in a variety of ways in your classroom. The lesson plans provide an excellent starting point for use in science centers or your makerspace projects. Enhance student interest in robotics and science topics by incorporating this content into reading lessons. ActivelyLearn, reviewed here, provides free, high-quality non-fiction reading materials in all subjects that includes teaching ideas and questions to promote student learning. Use ActivelyLearn to assign science and robotics articles based on varying student needs and interests. As students learn about robotics and try them on their own, ask them to share their learning using tools from Read Write Think, reviewed here. For example, use the K-W-L Creator to organize their thinking and guide future learning or use the NoteTaker tool to record and share information. Transform learning as a final project, by having students create a video using Moovly, reviewed here, sharing their robotics projects that includes a discussion on their problem-solving activities.
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boclips for Teachers - https://www.boclips.com/teachers

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boclips makes it easy to find and use educational videos without worrying about ads, school filters, or inappropriate content. Choose from over 1 million videos selected by teachers...more
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boclips makes it easy to find and use educational videos without worrying about ads, school filters, or inappropriate content. Choose from over 1 million videos selected by teachers for teachers. Create your account then use the search bar to find videos on any topic. View videos from within the boclips platform or save to your account for later viewing. Be sure to check out videos before sharing with your class; some offerings return a "not available in your country" message when trying to view.

tag(s): video (263)

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Take advantage of this site for exactly what it is, a curated resource for finding videos on many content topics. Search for and save videos to share on your interactive whiteboard with students to present new topics or to build content knowledge. Share videos on your class website using the provided link for students to watch at home or on classroom computers. Use Symbaloo, reviewed here to curate your own collection of videos and websites on your chosen topic and include a link to videos found on boclips. Find and share videos with parents and guardians that provide explanations of classroom topics. Embed videos within digital storytelling sites such as Book Creator, reviewed here as part of a student or teacher-created presentation. Just copy the link to any video found on boclips into the embed portion of Book Creator to create a link for viewing any video.

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Grammar Lookup - Kamran Khan

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Check text for grammar and punctuation mistakes using Grammar Lookup. Type or paste any text then choose the Lookup button to view highlighted errors. Click on highlighted areas to...more
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Check text for grammar and punctuation mistakes using Grammar Lookup. Type or paste any text then choose the Lookup button to view highlighted errors. Click on highlighted areas to see an explanation of the error, change and replace writing, or link to a further description of the grammar mistake.

tag(s): editing (79), grammar (205), proofreading (24), spelling (166), writing (361)

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Include Grammar Lookup with other options for students to use when editing and revising work. Have students copy and paste writing projects into the text editor for a final check for spelling and grammar mistakes after making their last revisions. Continued use of this tool helps students correct writing on their own after seeing common errors in their writing. Never send out a newsletter or post to your web page with spelling or grammar errors again! Use Grammar Lookup to spell check and suggest corrections for any published writing projects. Reinforce learning by asking students to share before and after of written projects. Along with submitting a rough draft and final draft, ask students to take a screenshot of text copied into Grammar Lookup along with the highlighted errors. Insert this screenshot into the rough draft as an image using Google Docs or Microsoft Word. Modify learning and ask students to use their screenshot with highlighted errors to create a Thinglink image, reviewed here. Add text, image examples, and voice recordings to create a short presentation highlighting grammar mistakes and suggestions for corrections.
 

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Earth Rangers Classroom Resources - Earth Rangers Foundation

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Earth Rangers provides several hands-on lesson activities for elementary level environmental lessons. Take on an engineering challenge with The Need for Seed, explore habitat loss with...more
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Earth Rangers provides several hands-on lesson activities for elementary level environmental lessons. Take on an engineering challenge with The Need for Seed, explore habitat loss with Fly Away Home, and more. Each lesson is ready to print with complete instructions for interactive games, follow-up discussions, and optional lesson extensions.

tag(s): animal homes (66), animals (322), climate change (75), engineering (131), environment (323), habitats (112), STEM (209)

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Be sure to see these free lessons to enhance your current animal and environment lessons. Compile your online resources for students using Symbaloo, reviewed here, and share on classroom computers. Include links to information about specific animals and habitats, games, quizzes, and more in one easy to find place. Replace paper and pen quizzes by including a link to a quiz created using the "Connect Fours" Quiz Generator found at Class Tools, reviewed here, within your Symbaloo for students as a tool for them to review and connect key concepts. Use another another free, excellent resource found on Class Tools to create 2 and 3 circle Venn diagrams to compare and contrast different habitats or animal features. Be sure to save the URL for the Venn diagrams to include as part of a book composed by individual students or groups to share their learning. Book Creator, reviewed here, offers many tools for creating and sharing digital books that include embedded images, videos, and text. BookCreator can be used for a variety of assignments in any classroom that is integrating technology as an enhancement, modification, or transformation. Allow students to choose their animal or habitat to research and produce an ebook for each student. When finished you and your students will have a complete online library with information on a variety of subjects!
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OK2Ask: TeachersFirst Tech Tools Smackdown - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from August 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. There are many technology tools available for classroom use, but which ones...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from August 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. There are many technology tools available for classroom use, but which ones are teachers' favorites? This session will share and compare some of TeachersFirst contributors' favorite resources. Help us decide which tool is the session winner of our Smackdown! Participants will: 1. Learn about and compare some of TeachersFirst contributors' favorite technology tools; 2. Evaluate uses for one or more tools for classroom use; and 3. Share ideas for using resources with other participants. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): professional development (184)

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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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Collabify - collabify.app

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Participate in an online meeting with one click using Collabify, no registration or download required. Click to begin your session, then share the URL with the other participant. Features...more
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Participate in an online meeting with one click using Collabify, no registration or download required. Click to begin your session, then share the URL with the other participant. Features include chat, webcam access, screen sharing, and file sharing. Using this site without registration allows you to participate in one-on-one meetings, register to invite up to four participants.

tag(s): chat (45), collaboration (54), parent conferences (22), parents (53)

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Use Collabify to set up virtual parent/teacher conferences with participants located anywhere in the world. Collabify is especially useful when multiple teachers are involved or when parents may not reside in the same location. Share your screen as needed to provide information on assessments and student work.

Have your students set up collaborative groups for projects, lab data, and more. Anything students can do on a single computer; they can do collaboratively on this tool, accessing their work from any online computer. Be sure to test out this tool before using with your class. It may be a good idea to set up the groups with the teacher as a "member" but have students work from home for group projects. Make sure you are protecting the safety of student work and identity and are within your school's Acceptable Use Policy.

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Twitter Chat: What's the Buzz: Augmented Reality - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from August 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: What's the Buzz: Augmented Reality. During this chat, participants will: 1. ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from August 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: What's the Buzz: Augmented Reality. During this chat, participants will: 1. Define augmented reality and explore reasons for implementation, 2. Discuss ways to incorporate AR into the classroom, and 3. Share AR tools and resources that will assist in planning successful lessons.

tag(s): augmented reality (6), twitterchatarchive (71)

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Find resources and information about augmented reality and how to integrate it into your lessons. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for resources related to augmented reality.

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Twitter Chat: Differentiating Instruction in a 1:1 Environment - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from July 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Differentiating Instruction in a 1:1 Environment. During this chat, participants will:...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from July 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Differentiating Instruction in a 1:1 Environment. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss benefits and challenges of teaching in a 1:1 environment, 2. Share ed tech resources that allow for differentiated learning paths and 3. Explore ways to integrate technology into the classroom ways to combat them.

tag(s): computers (102), differentiation (54), twitterchatarchive (71)

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Find resources and explore ways to use ed tech tools in a 1:1 technology classroom. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for sites and resources related to using technology in the classroom.

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OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire: Tools for Your Maker Box - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from August 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Makerspace activities are a great way to promote a growth mindset in your...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from August 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Makerspace activities are a great way to promote a growth mindset in your students. Using the right challenges and everyday items, teachers can create a pop-up makerspace in a box for their classroom. We will discuss management ideas and ways to tie activities to curricular objectives. Participants will: 1. Understand the features of a pop-up makerspace; 2. Explore makerspace activities; and 3. Plan for the use of makerspace activities in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): makerspace (27), professional development (184)

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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: Sway Cool Student Projects - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from August 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Looking for great ideas on how to measure learning with engaging student projects?...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from August 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Looking for great ideas on how to measure learning with engaging student projects? Look no further! This workshop will introduce you to a wide range of projects that can be designed with Sway, a free edtech design tool that can motivate students grades 2-12. What's not to love about a visually dynamic, intuitive tool that easily combines text, images, designs, audio, video and more that sparks student creativity, can be collaborative, is shareable and looks fantastic? Learn the basics in minutes and translate your new learning into powerful formative and summative projects for your students that focus on content rather than bells and whistles. Sway is accessible on any device, making it a perfect addition to your 1:1 initiative toolbox. Participants will: 1. Learn basic use of the free Sway tool; 2. Understand what elements must be present to have an authentic, successful, Show-What-You-Know student project; and 3. Plan for the use of Microsoft Sway in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (174), Microsoft (66), professional development (184)

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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 Wakelet - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Looking for a free multifaceted tech tool to introduce to your students? Look...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Looking for a free multifaceted tech tool to introduce to your students? Look no further, you've found Wakelet. Wakelet can be used in a variety of ways in your classroom. Learn to use Wakelet to engage your students in authentic instructional activities. Create collections with instructional activities or to tell stories. Have students create digital portfolios or collect other digital evidence. Come see how you can change instruction with Wakelet. Participants will: 1. Learn basic use of Wakelet; 2. Explore three different ways to use Wakelet in the classroom; and 3. Plan for the use of Wakelet in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

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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: Believe the hype! Using HyperDocs for Innovative Instruction - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. HyperDocs aren't just the "new Webquest." They are a mechanism for flexible...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. HyperDocs aren't just the "new Webquest." They are a mechanism for flexible lesson delivery designed for differentiated activities that engage students. Maximize student time on task and encourage student voice with these technology-integrated lessons. In this session, you will learn to plan and design HyperDoc lessons using ready-made templates and frameworks. Participants will: 1. Learn about creating and using HyperDocs; 2. Explore sample HyperDocs and templates; and 3. Plan for the use of HyperDocs in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Google (43), professional development (184), teaching strategies (32)

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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: Microsoft in Edu Day: 2 Free Apps for Inclusive Learning - Office Lens & Translate - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Making a learning environment accessible for everyone is critical to a successful...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Making a learning environment accessible for everyone is critical to a successful inclusive classroom. Today's classrooms are diverse and include English Language Learners and students with learning challenges, whether they have been identified or not. Every teacher needs to be able to create and deliver content in a way that is accessible to each student. Fortunately, teachers already have free technologies at their disposal to assist with this. Join us as we explore strategies and tools that facilitate an inclusive learning environment. Participants will: 1. Understand the importance of accessibility; 2. Learn about a free Microsoft tool that can be used to digitize content into accessible materials; and 3. Discover a tool that helps bridge communication gaps and supports accessible classroom learning. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Accessibility (6), Microsoft (66), professional development (184)

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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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