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OK2Ask: Resource Roundup: Free Tools from the Edge - TeachersFirst

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

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

Looking for new tech tools? Go to the cutting edge with TeachersFirst! Discover tools you and your students can use to create images, timelines, whiteboards, mind maps, and more. Learn how the TeachersFirst Edge collection is organized so you can find a tool that fits your needs. Get inspired and explore classroom applications for time-saving tools in this fast-paced session. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Explore the categories and tools reviewed in TeachersFirst Edge; 2. Plan to implement an Edge resource for student-centered use as part of an upcoming teaching unit; and 3. Use an Edge tool to create an instructional learning object. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): professional development (231)

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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: The Essentials of ePortfolios - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from April 2021 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: The Essentials of ePortfolios. During this chat, participants: 1. Defined and ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from April 2021 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: The Essentials of ePortfolios. During this chat, participants: 1. Defined and discussed the purpose of ePortfolios, 2. Shared strategies to integrate ePortfolios, and 3. Explored resources and digital tools that help manage ePortfolios.

tag(s): portfolios (20), twitterchatarchive (104)

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Find resources and information about ePortfolios. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for tools and resources on ePortfolios.

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Seed Exchange - Houzz Inc.

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Are you looking for a way to get new seeds for your classroom or school garden? Or possibly you have some extra seeds that you would like to donate. This ...more
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Are you looking for a way to get new seeds for your classroom or school garden? Or possibly you have some extra seeds that you would like to donate. This site offers a great way to exchange seeds! The link provided will lead you to a discussion board. We suggest this site for educators to use to find seeds. "The Seed Exchange provides a place where users can offer seeds for trade and make requests for seeds they are seeking. Items for sale are not permitted."
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tag(s): plants (148)

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Create a class garden and use this site to find (and share) seeds with folks from locations near and far. Use this site to show students the importance of not just throwing away leftover seeds, but repurposing them and sharing them with others in need.

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Problem-Based Learning Resources - TeachersFirst

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Problem-based learning is a curriculum design method that offers learners challenging, open-ended problems. The hands-on learning activities offer investigations of real-world problems....more
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Problem-based learning is a curriculum design method that offers learners challenging, open-ended problems. The hands-on learning activities offer investigations of real-world problems. Problem-based learning allows students to develop lifelong learning skills, gain work-place readiness, and improve team-work and cooperative learning strategies. View this collection to begin your journey with problem-based learning in your classroom.

tag(s): Problem Based Learning (8), problem solving (246), STEM (215)

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Help your students to practice problem-solving skills using these engaging resources. Share these resources with your colleagues and school parents by emailing the page or sharing the link from your school web page and in your school newsletter.

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Project-Based Learning - TeachersFirst

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Project-based learning is a dynamic teaching method that encourages students to gain knowledge by working to actively explore problems and investigate authentic and complex questions...more
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Project-based learning is a dynamic teaching method that encourages students to gain knowledge by working to actively explore problems and investigate authentic and complex questions or challenges. This curated list includes project-based learning resources for all grades.

tag(s): problem solving (246), Project Based Learning (9)

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Find new tools to try in your classroom to create project-based learning! Each review includes classroom use ideas. Read the details of each tool and find the ones that will work best for your students.

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Astronomical Observational Images: The Naked Eye through Current Observations - Project PHaEDRA

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Observation of the universe has changed over time with the development of new technologies. This collection hosted on the Smithsonian Learning Network shares imagery from telescopes...more
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Observation of the universe has changed over time with the development of new technologies. This collection hosted on the Smithsonian Learning Network shares imagery from telescopes and spacecraft that tell a story of how observers view the sky and its objects. The collection contains fifty-five items, including newspaper articles, photographs, and videos. Choose any thumbnail to view, share, and download each resource. It isn't necessary to create a Smithsonian Learning Institute account to access and share the materials; however, creating a free account allows you to save and favorite items and personalize collections.

tag(s): scientists (66), space (216), stars (67), STEM (215), telescopes (9)

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Share this collection with students, then allow them time to explore on their own. Be sure to point out and discuss the proper use of citations when using materials from the site. Each item includes an icon with quotation marks which includes proper citation that can be copied and pasted into your document. Ask students to compare and contrast features found within the images using Canva's 4-Circle Venn Diagram Creator, reviewed here. To extend learning, ask students to use Canva's Infographic Maker, reviewed here, to share information about the change in technology used to observe stars over time.
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Annie Jump Cannon: Biographical Digital Resources - Project PHaEDRA

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Learn about Annie Jump Cannon, an American astronomer whose work was crucial in developing our categorizing system of stars at this collection hosted by the Smithsonian Learning Institute....more
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Learn about Annie Jump Cannon, an American astronomer whose work was crucial in developing our categorizing system of stars at this collection hosted by the Smithsonian Learning Institute. The collection consists of thirty-five resources that include photographs, videos, articles, and more. Select any thumbnail to view the full content. Use the links to download or share items. Creating an account at the Smithsonian Learning Center isn't necessary; however, it allows you to save items and personalize collections.

tag(s): biographies (87), scientists (66), stars (67), STEM (215), women (101)

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Include this collection with your other resources when teaching lessons about astronomers, famous women, or scientists. Use Wakelet, reviewed here, to curate resources and share with students. As you provide time for students to explore this collection, use edpuzzle, reviewed here, with the videos to enhance learning. Add questions or comments to the videos that encourage students to focus on the importance of Cannon's work in the field of astronomy. When sharing articles that contain difficult reading selections, use Read Ahead, reviewed here, to transform the text into a Guided Reading activity that includes a focus on keywords and vocabulary found in the text.
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Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin and the Components of Stars - Project PHaEDRA

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Learn about the woman whose thesis was declared to be "the most brilliant Ph.D. thesis ever written in astronomy" by exploring this interesting collection of videos, articles, images,...more
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Learn about the woman whose thesis was declared to be "the most brilliant Ph.D. thesis ever written in astronomy" by exploring this interesting collection of videos, articles, images, and more. Browse the site to view thumbnails of forty items and open to view the resources. Download items or share using the provided links. Open a free Smithsonian Learning Institute account to save favorites for further use or create your collections from materials available on the Smithsonian Learning Institute's site.

tag(s): biographies (87), elements (32), scientists (66), stars (67), STEM (215), women (101)

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Share this collection with students to explore when learning about famous Women in History, scientific advancements, or during an astronomy unit. Ask collaborative groups to work together and share information found in the collection. Use a collaborative note-taking tool such as Notejoy, reviewed here, to have students share ideas and information using checklists, adding images and links, and documenting individual contributions to the project. Ask groups or individuals to share their learning using a simple video creation tool like Biteable, reviewed here. Ask students to include images and require they include proper citations along with their original work.
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The Science of Henrietta Swan Leavitt - Project PHaEDRA

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Learn about American astronomer Henrietta Swan Leavitt with this twenty-piece collection that tells the story of her discoveries while working at the Harvard College Observatory as...more
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Learn about American astronomer Henrietta Swan Leavitt with this twenty-piece collection that tells the story of her discoveries while working at the Harvard College Observatory as a "computer." This collection includes images of plate glass used for computer calculations, videos, quiz questions, and photos of Leavitt. Choose any thumbnail to open and view each resource. Use the links within each resource to share or download information. Registration isn't required; however, creating a free account offers you the opportunity to save and favorite items within personalized collections.

tag(s): computers (101), scientists (66), STEM (215), women (101)

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Bookmark and save this collection for use during Women's History Month or during studies of famous scientists. Be sure to show students how to use the citation link found with each resource (select the quotation mark icon) when downloading and using items from this collection. Challenge students to learn more about Leavitt by starting with a FlipGrid, reviewed here, sharing one of the plate glass images and encouraging students to speculate on what they are looking at. Include items from this collection with your other resources and share them with students on a Padlet, reviewed here. Add additional articles and videos to your Padlet for students to explore. Extend learning by asking students to conduct further research to learn about Leavitt, then share their findings using one of the presentation tools found at Adobe Spark for Education, reviewed here, such as flyers, videos, or infographics.

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Williamina Fleming: Discoveries and Biographical Resources - Project PHaEDRA

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Learn about astronomer Williamina Fleming's work with this collection of resources found at the Smithsonian Learning Lab. The collection includes videos, biographies, images, articles,...more
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Learn about astronomer Williamina Fleming's work with this collection of resources found at the Smithsonian Learning Lab. The collection includes videos, biographies, images, articles, and research that tell the story of her astronomy accomplishments, including her discovery of the Horsehead Nebula in 1888. Scroll through the page to view thumbnails of each resource and click to open to view fully. Registration isn't required to use the Smithsonian Learning Lab resources; however, it does allow you to collect and save materials located on the site.

tag(s): 1800s (54), biographies (87), stars (67), STEM (215), women (101)

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Add a link on classroom computers to this collection for students to explore. Add this and other resources to a collection in Wakelet, reviewed here, and share with students. All materials found on the site are available to download, be sure to show students how to cite each resource using the quotation icon found on each item. Ask students to find biographies and collections of other astronomers, female pioneers, or interesting people from the 1800s for a research project. Create a digital class book of your biographies using Book Creator, reviewed here.
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Change Begins at School - Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility

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Morningside Center provides resources for K-12 educators that encourage social responsibility and help develop social and emotional skills. The site was created following 9/11 to help...more
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Morningside Center provides resources for K-12 educators that encourage social responsibility and help develop social and emotional skills. The site was created following 9/11 to help teachers address sensitive issues that arose in the aftermath of the tragedy. Select the Classroom Resources section to find and filter TeachableMoments lessons. Sort by topic area, subject, and grade level or search by keyword. Each lesson includes instructions and background information as well as links to supporting material. The site is constantly updated with lessons relating to current events. Many activities include links to YouTube videos, if your district blocks YouTube; then the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): bullying (52), climate change (69), conflict resolution (7), disasters (37), diversity (34), elections (74), holidays (132), politics (100), racism (58), religions (60), social and emotional learning (43), women (101)

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Engage students in any of the provided lessons by starting with a simple poll using Updwn, reviewed here. For example, ask students if they are familiar with the topic discussed, have experienced a similar emotion, or display an image on your whiteboard and ask students if they know what it represents. Enhance learning throughout any of the lessons by sharing additional resources using a curation tool such as Padlet, reviewed here. Add links to videos, articles, or online activities related to the lesson's content. As you complete lesson activities, extend learning by asking students to share their understanding by creating digital books using Book Creator, reviewed here, flyers made with Adobe Spark for Education, reviewed here, or infographics created with Canva Infographic Creator, reviewed here.

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Twitter Chat: OK2Ask Campfire: Digital Storytelling Strategies and Resources - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from March 2021 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is OK2Ask Campfire: Digital Storytelling Strategies and Resources. During this chat, participants:...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from March 2021 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is OK2Ask Campfire: Digital Storytelling Strategies and Resources. During this chat, participants: 1. Defined and discussed the basic elements of digital storytelling, 2. Shared tech tools and resources that support digital story experiences, and 3. Explored ideas to integrate digital storytelling across your curriculum.

tag(s): digital storytelling (130), twitterchatarchive (104)

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

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Numerade - Numerade.com

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Numerade is an interactive science and math platform that contains over one million video lessons taught by top educators from around the US. Engage with the site's content through...more
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Numerade is an interactive science and math platform that contains over one million video lessons taught by top educators from around the US. Engage with the site's content through several different options, including questions found in many textbooks, test prep books, or "Winter Break Bootcamps" that provide short, focused lessons on topics such as calculus and physics. Each lesson is a video explanation of specific questions and uses whiteboards to draw and share information. Registration isn't necessary to view and share videos; it provides the opportunity to create classrooms by importing information from Google Classroom or manually creating a class. Use your class information to build and share playlists with students. Registered users also have the option to create and share videos with students.

tag(s): chemicals (47), genetics (72), statistics (117), STEM (215), test prep (75), variables (15), video (241)

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Numerade features video lessons from many different textbooks, making it a useful resource to supplement current classroom content. Check to see if your current textbooks are available, including videos as a part of a playlist to share with students. Take advantage of the playlists as a resource for homework or remote learning lessons. Use the videos found on this site as a model for students to share and explain their solutions to math and science problems. Incorporate a FlipGrid, reviewed here, assignment to post questions for student response, and ask them to use the whiteboard feature to share solutions and their problem-solving process. Consider sharing videos with advanced students to use as a resource for working ahead within textbooks, or by assigning a different textbook than used in class.

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Newsfeed Generator - Class Tools

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Use this interactive to create a "race against time" newsfeed that challenges students to take notes efficiently. Follow the directions to create a list of items to add to your ...more
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Use this interactive to create a "race against time" newsfeed that challenges students to take notes efficiently. Follow the directions to create a list of items to add to your newsfeed, then add images if desired. Your newsfeed automatically plays and advances through your list; however, it also provides an option to pause during the feed. When finished, use the URL or QR code to share your Newsfeed Generator or use the embed code to embed to your website.

tag(s): game based learning (157)

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Add the Newsfeed Generator to many classroom lessons. Share a newsfeed on your whiteboard to engage students at the beginning of a new unit. Provide a set of clues and use their responses to gauge prior understanding. Create newsfeeds to announce field trips, locate areas of interest for social studies lessons, or point out locations in novels and other reading material. Have students create their own newsfeed as an activity for sharing a favorite location, where they were born, or to begin a biography of a famous person or series of historical events such as the civil rights movement. In science class, have students create a newsfeed sharing traits of different habitats or environmental disaster sites. Embed or provide a link to your newsfeeds or those created by your students into any multimedia presentation such as those created in Sway, reviewed here, or within online books created with Book Creator, reviewed here.

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Bakpax - Jose Ferreira

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Bakpax uses AI (artificial intelligence) to read handwriting and grade assignments using your uploaded tasks or activities found on Bakpax. Create an account, enroll your students in...more
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Bakpax uses AI (artificial intelligence) to read handwriting and grade assignments using your uploaded tasks or activities found on Bakpax. Create an account, enroll your students in your virtual classroom by connecting to Google Classroom, or manually add information. Use the Discover area to find and assign activities to students or upload images or PDF files to your account. Bakpax also offers a "magic" option, email your assignment to the site, and it will upload for you. Students can complete work online or submit finished assignments by taking a picture with a mobile device and uploading them to Bakpax. Be sure to view the videos and frequently ask questions to learn more about using and sharing Bakpax with your students.

tag(s): assessment (117), quiz (63), Teacher Utilities (104), worksheets (64)

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Although Bakpax isn't able to automatically grade longer writing assignments, it is useful for lessons that require a shorter response or fill-in-the-blank responses. Share activities with students to use as a lesson-starter or to provide additional practice with new skills. Create a practice bank of worksheets and share with parents requesting additional work for students. Enhance learning by asking students to record a FlipGrid, reviewed here, that shares their thinking and problem-solution process. Flipgrid includes the option of including a whiteboard within responses, ask students to use the whiteboard as a teaching tool to explain their responses to an assignment.

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Joystock - Joystock Royalty Free Music

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Do you need background music for a multimedia project? This site is for you! Joystock provides royalty-free music downloads in a variety of different genres. Browse through the options...more
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Do you need background music for a multimedia project? This site is for you! Joystock provides royalty-free music downloads in a variety of different genres. Browse through the options ranging from corporate to hip hop to preview and select from the choices offered. Select download to add to your device. Although Joystick is royalty-free, they do require attribution to use it for free legally. Find all attribution information and faqs at the link describing how to use royalty-free music found at the top of every page.

tag(s): copyright (43), digital citizenship (72), multimedia (46)

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Joystock is an excellent resource to bookmark for use in a variety of classroom projects. Share with students to use when creating podcasts, videos, or any multimedia project. Choose a calming tune to play as students enter your classroom or a more lively selection to get students inspired to begin their day. Use music from Joystock when creating videos with online tools such as moovly, reviewed here. For example, use the Travel Promo template found in moovly to create a short video tour of a location studied during geography class. Add music from Joystock to set the appropriate mood and create a professional-looking and sounding video. Don't forget to include Joystock when teaching proper attribution and digital citizenship throughout the year!

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Undraw - Katerina Limpitsouni

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Undraw is an open-source resource for image designs to use with any application. Choose from a huge library of images available in PNG and SVG formats. Use the color generator ...more
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Undraw is an open-source resource for image designs to use with any application. Choose from a huge library of images available in PNG and SVG formats. Use the color generator to customize and change the image color to fit your needs. Although only a portion of each image changes color, the effect is significant and very helpful for various needs. Take advantage of the search feature to browse through the many available images that match your criteria. After selecting an image and color, click to open the picture and choose from options to download to your computer as an SVG or PNG file.

tag(s): clip art (11), images (260)

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Be sure to bookmark this resource for images for a variety of classroom uses. Include images from this site in your class newsletter or website. Select interesting images to use for creative writing prompts. Change the color in an image and ask students to compare the two images and reflect upon how the use of color changes an item's mood or tone. Bookmark this site on classroom computers for students to use with their creative projects. For example, use images in videos created with Animoto, reviewed here, to make travel commercials, explain science experiments, or explain literary genres.

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Earth School - TEDEd

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Earth School contains a 30-day nature-focused series of lessons and activities designed for learners of all ages. Each daily Quest includes a video introduction along with a quiz and...more
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Earth School contains a 30-day nature-focused series of lessons and activities designed for learners of all ages. Each daily Quest includes a video introduction along with a quiz and additional discussion and focus activities. Designed in response to school shutdowns due to the Coronavirus, activities are designed to be self-paced and available for students to complete on any device. Lessons are designed in weekly themes beginning with The Nature of Stuff that looks at items found in everyday life and builds toward The Nature of Change in the final week that focuses on ways individuals can work toward rebalancing fragile ecosystems in the planet. Create a free account to save and edit activities. Students who successfully complete all 30 activities received a certificate via email. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): agriculture (48), climate (83), climate change (69), design (82), forests (29), oceans (144), recycling (47), remote learning (25), solar energy (33), STEM (215), Teacher Utilities (104), water (122)

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Bookmark this site as a resource for science and nature lessons to supplement current materials in your classroom. Because lessons were created for use in remote learning situations, they are perfect for including during elearning or digital learning days. Create an account and customize lessons to personalize activities to fit your curriculum and students. For example, customize lessons easily to change discussion questions to adapt to student abilities, then share the differentiated lessons to different groups of students. Extend learning by adding links to additional activities such as asking students to write a short blog post using Edublogs, reviewed here or create a cartoon based on the activity's content using ToonyTool, reviewed here. Extend learning for all students using Synth's audio podcasting tool reviewed here. Begin by creating a discussion question, then share the topic with students. Students record a response that is 256 seconds or less; responses are linked together to create a shareable audio podcast.

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Photopea - photopea.com

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Photopea is an advanced image editor similar to Photoshop but available within your browser for free and doesn't require registration. Files opened in Photopea save to PSD format; however,...more
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Photopea is an advanced image editor similar to Photoshop but available within your browser for free and doesn't require registration. Files opened in Photopea save to PSD format; however, you can upload JPG and other file formats to use in Photopea to add and edit information. Other options for sharing completed images include publishing products to Imgur in PNG or JPG format. Use the "Learn" link found at the top of the page to access the site's tutorials for using the different features available.
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Previous experience with layer-based design software editing such as Photoshop is extremely beneficial. The Photopea Learn page provides helpful tutorials, but individuals without previous training may need additional support.

Challenge students to learn about the different options and features included with Photopea, then create and share video tutorials for their peers using a screen recording tool like Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here. As your students become familiar with the different features, have students include their edited images in any multimedia projects. Include images when using Adobe Spark for Education, reviewed here, when creating videos, flyers, or websites. Include images with storytelling projects created with Sway, reviewed here.

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Twitter Chat: Math Resource Round-Up - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from March 2021 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Math Resource Round-Up. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss strategies...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from March 2021 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Math Resource Round-Up. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss strategies to empower students in mathematics, 2. Share tips for using tech tools to support mathematics learning experiences, and 3. Explore strategies and resources to enhance mathematics instruction.

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Find resources and information about mathematics resources. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for tools and resources on mathematics.

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