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Summer Specials - TeachersFirst

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Keep students engaged in fun, enriching activities this summer with the diverse learning opportunities showcased in this collection. From resources focused on robotics and coding to...more
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Keep students engaged in fun, enriching activities this summer with the diverse learning opportunities showcased in this collection. From resources focused on robotics and coding to reading incentives at local libraries and restaurants, these summer programs strive to prevent learning loss while still feeling like a vacation. Find audiobooks, online courses, exercise programs, and more to round out the compilation of vetted resources. Easily share these ideas for summer academic and physical engagement with colleagues, families, and students.

tag(s): seasonal (18), summer (29)

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Find new tools, activities, and more to share with your students for use during the summer break! Each review includes classroom use ideas. Read the details of each tool and find the ones that will be useful to your students.

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OK2Ask: Sway Cool Student Projects - TeachersFirst

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Harness the power of Microsoft Sway to create dynamic, multimedia-rich student projects. Explore the versatility of Sway and learn how to craft compelling "show what you know" assignments that are applicable to a wide range of grade levels and subject areas. In this workshop, you'll learn how to use Microsoft Sway to create and share digital stories that showcase your students' learning. Whether it's a book report, an interactive webpage, a portfolio, or a curated collection of artifacts, Sway can breathe new life into student projects, fostering creativity, critical thinking, and digital literacy. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand the potential of Microsoft Sway as a versatile tool for student projects. 2. Plan a "show what you know" project using Sway. 3. Produce an exemplar to accompany their project description. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Formative Assessment (70)

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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 Digital Reading - TeachersFirst

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Digital or online reading is different from reading print. Digital reading often includes a research component that is not linear, so when reading online, students need to clarify their purpose and then evaluate and synthesize information. Come learn about the processes involved in digital reading and explore three tools that will help you teach critical strategies to your students. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand skills and processes involved in digital reading. 2. Explore tools that help students find, evaluate, and synthesize what they read. 3. Plan for digital reading instruction in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): digital reading (16), professional development (394), reading strategies (99)

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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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Flaticon - Flaticon

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Flaticon offers an extensive repository of free icons and stickers for use with any project. Free accounts allow you to download icons in PNG format. Browse the home page to ...more
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Flaticon offers an extensive repository of free icons and stickers for use with any project. Free accounts allow you to download icons in PNG format. Browse the home page to find the top icons and stickers, or use the search bar to locate specific icons. Click on the icon to download or add to a collection. A free account is required to create up to three collections with up to 256 icons per collection.

tag(s): images (263), preK (257), presentations (17), symbols (15)

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Use images from this collection with any digital projects, and be sure to share them with students to use with their digital creations. These images are perfect for many projects, including book reports, newsletters, multimedia presentations, etc. Use images in various ways, such as to include in explainer videos created with Adobe Creative Cloud Express, reviewed here, in digital books made with Imagine Forest, reviewed here, and in multimedia presentations made with Sway, reviewed here.

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Upschool - Richard Mills and Gavin McCormack

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Upschool provides many free learning opportunities aligned with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The core of Upschool's content includes a selection of 10-week and short courses...more
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Upschool provides many free learning opportunities aligned with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The core of Upschool's content includes a selection of 10-week and short courses with topics such as The Solar System and Beyond and The Importance of Mountains. Additional learning opportunities include Social Scenarios, Comprehension Corner, SDG Challenges, and Teacher Training. Upschool also has a library of over one hundred books submitted by authors with a special message to share. Read the books online or download them as a PDF for free. Many of the books also include teaching resources such as task cards.

tag(s): animals (283), antarctica (29), careers (139), climate (81), earth (185), explorers (65), food chains (17), gifted (65), glaciers (17), journalism (72), mountains (10), oceans (149), Online Learning (42), photography (125), planets (113), plants (147), rainforests (18), social and emotional learning (83), solar system (109), sustainability (43), weather (165), writing (316)

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Share Upschools 10-week and short courses with students to complete as individualized learning projects. Encourage gifted students to select courses that meet their interests and develop a personal learning plan based on the content. Each course includes accompanying materials for parents and teachers to support student learning. Use Whiteboard.chat, reviewed here as a collaboration tool for students while taking courses provided on the site. Create a board for each "cohort" to share ideas, ask questions, and add resources. After completing courses, ask students to share their learning through a method of their choosing. Examples might include podcasts shared using Spotify for Podcasters, reviewed here or videos created with Typito, reviewed here.
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CK-12 Plix - CK-12

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Plix (Play, Learn, Interact, and eXplore) shares over 1,000 interactives, providing practice and exploring math and science concepts. Math topics range from adding whole numbers to...more
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Plix (Play, Learn, Interact, and eXplore) shares over 1,000 interactives, providing practice and exploring math and science concepts. Math topics range from adding whole numbers to calculus concepts; science content includes biology, physics, earth, and life science, among others. Follow the directions found in each interactive to move the slider to show changes in each story problem or question. Plix integrates with several learning management systems, including Google Classroom, Schoology, and Canvas. Share Plix activities by creating a new class on the Plix site or assigning it to your learning management system.

tag(s): angles (51), area (52), atoms (42), charts and graphs (169), data (147), decimals (84), earth (185), earthquakes (45), equations (119), fractions (159), geometric shapes (136), integers (22), latitude (10), magnetism (36), molecules (42), oceans (149), planets (113), plate tectonics (20), prime numbers (26), probability (96), rock cycle (12), rocks (36), scientific method (47), seasons (36), simulations (8), solar system (109), statistics (115), STEM (265), Teacher Utilities (146), volume (34), water (101)

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Use Plix interactives as warm-up activities when teaching new concepts, as a computer center activity, or as an exploration activity for homework. If you are not using a learning management system, use the three dots located on the top bar to find different share options and embed code to use on websites. After providing exploration time, ask students to share their understanding of content in interactives using Flip, reviewed here. Create a topic for students to add a video response that might include a demonstration of their computer screen as they discuss how the interactive works and share their understanding of the concept they explored.

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Pear Practice - Pear Deck

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Pear Practice is a gamified learning experience that promotes collaborative learning and independent practice using tools provided by Pear Deck, reviewed...more
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Pear Practice is a gamified learning experience that promotes collaborative learning and independent practice using tools provided by Pear Deck, reviewed here. Use Pear Practice to create learning experiences or choose from the large selection of activities in the practice sets. When creating a set, Pear Practice allows members to create multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, drawing, and drag-and-drop questions. Once a practice set is chosen, create an assignment for individual practice or start a live practice by choosing one of the game mode options. Options within live practice activities allow educators to set time limits for questions, allow guest students not in Pear Deck classrooms, and create random groups. Students join activities using the unique code or by sharing a link. When sharing as an assignment, specify a start and ending date and assign an accuracy goal for students to achieve. Students can retake the assignment as often as needed to meet the accuracy goal. Many activities in Pear Practice's public library correlate to Common Core Standards.

tag(s): assessment (146), differentiation (83), quiz (65), quizzes (88), Teacher Utilities (146)

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Include Pear Practice as part of your ongoing practice and formative assessment activities. Browse the site's public library to find many activities for all grade levels and subjects, then edit questions to fit your needs. Use this feature to differentiate practice materials and games to accommodate the different needs of your students. Create sets that meet your specific needs as you become comfortable using Pear Practice. For example, generate practice sets for multilingual learners to learn vocabulary before beginning a new unit or make a set for students needing additional math facts practice. Include a link to assigned Pear Practice activities on your class website or parent newsletter for at-home practice.

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OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire with Fake Websites - TeachersFirst

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Misinformation is rampant online. As educators, how can we prepare students to navigate this landscape? In this interactive workshop, participants will explore techniques for leveraging fake websites to build essential media literacy skills. Join us to explore this engaging approach to promoting digital citizenship and critical thinking. Leave equipped with practical strategies for developing media-savvy students through authentic learning experiences that incorporate analyzing fake websites. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Evaluate fake websites and identify specific indicators of misinformation, such as biased language, questionable sources, and misleading visuals. 2. Learn strategies for responsibly incorporating fake websites into instruction to foster critical thinking. 3. Plan to implement activities using fake websites in instruction. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): digital citizenship (90), media literacy (103), professional development (394)

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Twitter Chat: Reading Reimagined in the Digital Era - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from February 2024 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Reading Reimagined in the Digital Era. During this chat, participants: 1. ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from February 2024 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Reading Reimagined in the Digital Era. During this chat, participants: 1. Explored digital reading tools that meet diverse learning needs, 2. Discussed strategies for integrating digital reading resources into your existing curriculum, and 3. Gained insights into how digital reading resources can be used to differentiate instruction.

tag(s): digital reading (16), independent reading (86), reading comprehension (143), reading strategies (99), science of reading (33), twitterchatarchive (174)

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Find resources and information about reading reimagined in the digital era. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for strategies and resources for reading in the digital era.

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OK2Ask: Google My Maps Basics - TeachersFirst

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Google Maps is a familiar tool for finding directions, but it has so much more potential for dynamic learning in the classroom. Google My Maps allows educators to create customized, interactive maps to engage students with location-based projects across subjects and grades. In this workshop, participants will learn the basics of building customized maps and explore examples of how other teachers have used My Maps to enhance instruction, collaboration, and student projects. Learn strategies for using My Maps to allow students to guide their own explorations, tell location-based stories, visualize data, and demonstrate their learning. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Build a customized My Maps demo map incorporating markers, shapes, and multimedia elements. 2. Explore examples of My Maps projects and reflect on potential connections to their own instruction. 3. Plan for their own instructional My Maps project to try with students. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): map skills (56), maps (207), professional development (394)

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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: Save Time, Enhance Learning, and Maximize Resources with TeachersFirst - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from January 2024. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

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Spend less time searching and more time teaching with TeachersFirst.org! This workshop will empower educators by introducing them to the thousands of original and curated classroom resources on the site--all reviewed and rated by real teachers. You'll learn how to enrich instruction by taking advantage of lesson plan ideas and explanations of how to integrate top-rated resources into your classroom. You'll also discover how to stay on top of education trends through TeachersFirst's blogs, workshops, and weekly newsletter. Maximize your time and resources by finding everything you need in one place. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Discover time-saving strategies for finding top-rated teaching resources reviewed by real educators. 2. Learn how to integrate TeachersFirst's highly-rated resources into engaging and effective lesson plans. 3. Gain access to a network of support through TeachersFirst's blogs, workshops, and newsletter to stay on top of education trends. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): professional development (394), resources (88)

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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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230+ Accessibility Improvements Added to Book Creator - Book Creator/Dan Kemp

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This article shares many accessibility features added to Book Creator, reviewed here that offers options that make it easier for all students to access...more
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This article shares many accessibility features added to Book Creator, reviewed here that offers options that make it easier for all students to access and use Book Creator. Highlights include dictation support for over 120 languages, video captions, and transcripts to audio recordings. Other additions include features that improve color contrast to make reading more accessible for all and screen reader support. Learn more about how this supports educators by watching the included video that shares the updated features and has suggestions for differentiating lessons using Book Creator.

tag(s): Accessibility (9), differentiation (83), ebooks (39), professional development (394), Special Needs (53)

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Bookmark and save this article to support your use of Book Creator in your classroom and develop your understanding of how to use this resource to differentiate learning for all students. Learn how to use Book Creator in your classroom by visiting Supporting Language Learners with Book Creator, reviewed here and completing the Book Creator Certified Author course, Book Creator, reviewed here.

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In Pieces - 30 Endangered Species, 30 Pieces. - Bryan James

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In Pieces is an interactive exhibition of 30 of the world's most interesting but unfortunately endangered species, portrayed through fragmented geometric art. Each species has a dedicated...more
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In Pieces is an interactive exhibition of 30 of the world's most interesting but unfortunately endangered species, portrayed through fragmented geometric art. Each species has a dedicated page with an animation and a brief, informative description highlighting its danger and the need for conservation. This artistic website aims to raise awareness about endangered species and illustrate how people can help with conservation. Each animal has statistics, a video, and a link to ways to help. The videos are housed in YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. Be sure to view the linked resources to ensure they are appropriate for your students.

tag(s): animals (283), conservation (84), endangered species (27), extinction (3), origami (15), statistics (115), tangrams (8)

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This resource would be great in art, math, or science. Download the images and have students use a drawing program to cut out shapes or use pattern blocks to replicate the downloaded image. Use this site in math class to enhance your statistics unit. The information is shown in various ways and provides students with a real-world connection on how statistics can be used to communicate information. Have students research a different endangered animal not shown and create a statistic presentation. In science, use this site to engage students in a unit on conservation. Have students view the site and record facts or statistics they found interesting. They could utilize a KWL to chart and record their thoughts. You can find many different graphic organizers at Freeology - Free Printable Graphic Organizers, reviewed here.

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Discover Water - Project WET Foundation and Ecolab

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DiscoverWater.org is an interactive educational website dedicated to teaching children about the importance of water, its uses, and conservation strategies. It offers a variety of engaging...more
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DiscoverWater.org is an interactive educational website dedicated to teaching children about the importance of water, its uses, and conservation strategies. It offers a variety of engaging activities, games, and learning modules to explore the science and management of water enjoyably. The site aims to inspire responsible water stewardship and increase awareness about the critical role water plays in our environment and daily lives. While there are informative videos on the site, they are YouTube videos. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): conservation (84), earth (185), ecology (100), environment (238), oceans (149), water cycle (22)

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Use this site to engage students as you introduce a unit on water conservation. Use the included assessments which can be found in the teacher resource section to give your students a pre or post-test. The website provides audio directions making it a good resource for use as a center. While the site allows students to create a take-action poster that can be printed, another option is to use what they have learned and create a poster in Canva, reviewed here. With nine different modules, break students into nine smaller groups and assign each group a module to complete. Students can print the included science notebook to take notes, and when they are done, have them Jigsaw and teach one another about what they learned. Need a refresher for Jigsaw? See Jigsaw Classroom, reviewed here.

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ReadTheory Reading Passage Generator - ReadTheory

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ReadTheory's Reading Passage Generator is a quick and easy tool for generating reading passages and questions for any topic and grade level. Enter your topic in the chat box, then ...more
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ReadTheory's Reading Passage Generator is a quick and easy tool for generating reading passages and questions for any topic and grade level. Enter your topic in the chat box, then move to the next step to select a grade level, and then generate text. Within about a minute, your reading passage is created. Use the edit button in the title or reading passage to tweak the contents as desired. When satisfied, choose the looking good link to generate multiple choice questions based upon the text. Enter your email to receive the passage and questions, or download them as a PDF document.

tag(s): artificial intelligence (106), differentiation (83), reading comprehension (143), worksheets (70)

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Use this reading passage generator to create introductory and review passages for any subject; no registration is required. Differentiate for student ability levels by selecting different grade levels while providing all students the same information. Take some time to practice generating texts and questions to understand different ways to create questions that meet your needs. For example, when choosing lower elementary grades, sometimes the passages are too short in length. When entering the topic for your prompt, include guidelines for the passage length to create. If you want a passage about stars and planets, have the instructions to make the passage longer than 100 words. Extend learning using other AI tools such as MagicSchool, reviewed here by copying your prompt into one of the many tools available. Use MagicSchool's translator tool to translate for multilanguage learners, generate a list of vocabulary words, or create a science lab activity to accompany your chosen text and topic.
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Twitter Chat: Winter Wellness Wonderland - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from January 2024 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is Winter Wellness Wonderland. During this chat, participants: 1. Shared winter wellness...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from January 2024 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is Winter Wellness Wonderland. During this chat, participants: 1. Shared winter wellness tips to help maintain students' and teachers' physical and mental health, 2. Collaborated on ideas to create a wellness-focused culture within their classrooms, and 3. Explored innovative ways to incorporate short wellness breaks, movement activities, and mindfulness exercises to enhance the overall learning environment.

tag(s): mental health (34), twitterchatarchive (174)

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Find resources and information about winter wellness tips for teachers and students. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for strategies and resources for creating conversations in the classroom.

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Summarize.tech - Summarize, LLC

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Summarize.tech saves you and your students time using artificial intelligence (AI) to summarize long YouTube videos. Paste the YouTube URL and submit it to view a video summary. Most...more
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Summarize.tech saves you and your students time using artificial intelligence (AI) to summarize long YouTube videos. Paste the YouTube URL and submit it to view a video summary. Most summaries include an option to expand the summary to view more information. Use the shared examples to see how Summarize.tech works with a State of the Union Speech, San Francisco School Board Meeting, and other videos. When using AI tools, always check the results for accuracy.

tag(s): artificial intelligence (106), summarizing (22), video (259)

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Use Summarize.tech as a time-saving tool when searching for YouTube videos in your classroom to get a quick overview of the video's content. Before sharing videos with students, provide a summary of the contents to give direction when students are viewing the video. Copy the summary onto a Google Document, then ask students to share information from the original video that provides additional information. Use the provided summaries as examples of how to write a summary, then ask students to summarize a video and compare their results to those given by this site.

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Science of Reading Podcast - Susan Lambert

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Explore the topic of the Science of Reading by listening to this series that showcases national models of reading excellence. Podcasts feature national experts and explore topics that...more
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Explore the topic of the Science of Reading by listening to this series that showcases national models of reading excellence. Podcasts feature national experts and explore topics that include knowledge and vocabulary, integrating science with literary activities, and focused implementation. Episodes typically run from forty minutes to an hour and are available on most podcasting services, including Apple, Spotify, and Google.

tag(s): dyslexia (11), literacy (109), podcasts (77), professional development (394), reading comprehension (143), science of reading (33), vocabulary (236)

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Include this podcast in your list of professional development activities. Start with the first season and listen to all episodes to catch up, or visit the information for each season to find podcasts of interest. Use Wakelet, reviewed here to curate and share your favorite podcasts with your peers, use the search feature on Wakelet to find other collections of teacher podcasts to find ideas to include with your collection.

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Twitter Chat: Creating Conversations in the Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from December 2023 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Creating Conversations in the Classroom. During this chat, participants: 1. Defined...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from December 2023 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Creating Conversations in the Classroom. During this chat, participants: 1. Defined and discussed the importance of using discussion strategies in the classroom; 2. Explored how to integrate technology tools and platforms to enhance discussions, and 3. Shared ways to create a supportive and inclusive classroom environment that fosters open and respectful discussions among students.

tag(s): difficult conversations (58), twitterchatarchive (174)

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Find resources and information about creating conversations in the classroom. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for strategies and resources for creating conversations in the classroom.

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Teachally - EZ Reward, LLC

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Teachally uses artificial intelligence (AI) to create personalized, standards-aligned lesson plans that include enrichment activities and ideas for differentiated learning instruction....more
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Teachally uses artificial intelligence (AI) to create personalized, standards-aligned lesson plans that include enrichment activities and ideas for differentiated learning instruction. Free plans allow teachers to add up to fifty students, including twenty-five AI credits monthly and unlimited lesson plans, rewards, and messages. After creating an account, use the links on your dashboard to add a class, plan and teach, communicate, find templates, and more. Next, use the create lesson option to generate a lesson based on your objectives and standards. Options are available to upload resources and import standards. After developing lessons, use the edit options to adjust the lesson and activities as desired. Return to your lessons to find additional AI generation tools that create images, questions based on Bloom's Taxonomy, choice boards, exit tickets, and more. Teachally has many built-in video tutorials that guide members through the options offered. Always check your results for accuracy when using AI-generation tools.

tag(s): artificial intelligence (106), differentiation (83), Teacher Utilities (146)

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Teachally is a handy tool to use for many different purposes. Use Teachally to find ideas for choice boards, generate questions, and create exit tickets for any lesson. Quickly create a presentation from a lesson using the enrichment tools for flipped or blended learning lessons, and then share the activity on your class website or LMS. Use Teachally's trivia game creator as a quick, engaging formative assessment activity. Many enrichment activities, such as the presentations and trivia game creators, use Google Slides; after saving these slides, edit and change questions and information as needed. Use Teachally's message center to invite parents to the platform, then share updates and bulletins that inform parents about current classroom activities.

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