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Free 3D Icon - UI Factory

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Find and download free icons that don't require attribution at 3D Icon; no registration required. The free version allows you to download two PNG files of each chosen image. Both ...more
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Find and download free icons that don't require attribution at 3D Icon; no registration required. The free version allows you to download two PNG files of each chosen image. Both images are similar in appearance; however, shadowing provides subtle depth to the icon. Browse through the site to find available icons such as plants, classroom items, and much more. Click on any image to select the free version download. After selecting a download, images are downloaded to your computer in a zip file. Open the zip file to view and use the PNG image file.

tag(s): images (247)

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Use images from this collection with any digital projects, and be sure to share with students to use with their digital creations. These images are perfect to use with any number of projects including book reports, newsletters, multimedia presentations, and more. Use images in a variety of ways such as to include in explainer videos created with Adobe Express Video Maker, reviewed here, in digital books made with Imagine Forest, reviewed here, and in multimedia presentations made with Sway, reviewed here.

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OK2Ask: Jumpstart Student Research Projects with the Edge Browser - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from January 2022. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

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Understanding how to research topics online is a critical skill that all students need - so is choosing the right tools to assist in the process. Give your students the support they need as they learn to navigate the research process by teaching them to use Microsoft Edge. Join us to learn how the built-in functions of the Edge browser can support your students as they search, curate, make connections and build knowledge. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Explore the built-in functions of the Edge browser that support student research; 2. Understand the components of student research projects; and 3. Plan for the use of the Edge browser in student research projects. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Microsoft (68), professional development (282), Research (57)

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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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PrepAI - DataToBiz

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PrepAI generates tests and quizzes using artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/MI) technology along with your content. In addition, it makes it easy to create tests with...more
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PrepAI generates tests and quizzes using artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/MI) technology along with your content. In addition, it makes it easy to create tests with three different levels of difficulty from the same information source. Begin by creating an account, then follow the steps to create a test by typing or pasting text. PrepAI automatically generates questions in several formats, including true/false and multiple choice. Next, edit the questions and order to fit your needs; when finished, download as a PDF or DOC file. Free accounts offer a 500-word limit and the option to save previous question papers.

tag(s): assessment (122), quiz (63), quizzes (83), test prep (70)

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Create short quizzes for students to review and practice content for upcoming tests. Share this site with students to create review material. Consider this option as an alternative to flashcards or other review methods. As students become familiar with PrepAI, enhance student learning by using this tool as a starting point on lessons, sharing how to find and understand important information within any piece of writing. Create a quiz together and share it on your interactive whiteboard. Ask students to analyze the questions and difficulty levels that PrepAI creates and discuss how to prepare for all types of questions and content during testing.
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OK2Ask: 3 Cool Tools for Digital Writing - TeachersFirst

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Get inspired by digital writing tools that facilitate the planning and implementation of powerful, engaging lessons that support literacy standards! Through the exploration of three digital writing tools, understand how these tools can scaffold instruction for each component of the writing process -- prewrite, draft, revise, edit, and publish. Engaged students who understand the writing process produce more successful work. Join us to see how you can improve student organization, collaboration, storytelling, and decision-making within the writing process by using these digital tools. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand ways different digital writing tools can scaffold instruction; 2. Identify ways digital writing can increase student engagement; and 3. Plan for the use of digital writing tools in their classroom to support the writing process. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): professional development (282), writing (283)

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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: Diving Into Digital Writing - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from January 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Diving Into Digital Writing. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from January 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Diving Into Digital Writing. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss strategies for maximizing available classroom technology, 2. Explore alternative ways to use tech tools for digital writing experiences, and 3. Share tips for integrating digital writing experiences in the classroom.

tag(s): twitterchatarchive (130), writing (283)

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

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Twitter Chat: Strategies for SEL - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from January 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Strategies for SEL. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss ways ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from January 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Strategies for SEL. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss ways to develop self-awareness and self-management skills, 2. Explore ways for students to develop empathy, and 3. Share resources for students to use social awareness and interpersonal skills to establish and maintain positive relationships.

tag(s): social and emotional learning (59), twitterchatarchive (130)

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Find resources and information about social and emotional learning. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for strategies and resources on social and emotional learning.

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Science at Home - Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

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Find ideas for science activities using everyday household items, learn from engaging videos, play games, and complete professional development courses at this fantastic site offered...more
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Find ideas for science activities using everyday household items, learn from engaging videos, play games, and complete professional development courses at this fantastic site offered by the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. Choose the Science at Home activities to find engaging activities to complete at home, such as making slime or creating a rubber band bungee cord to drop an egg safely. Each activity includes a list of items needed, instructions, and a simple explanation of the science concept. Many activities also include video demonstrations. The video portion of the site shares information on various topics such as hatching baby chicks and understanding forces used in elevators. Be sure to visit the educators' part of the site that includes directions for learning labs, science education webinars, and Jr. Science Cafes, sharing discussions with professionals in the medical field and the impact of COVID.

tag(s): architecture (63), circuits (17), dna (42), energy (126), engineering (111), forces (35), gravity (43), light (47), natural resources (37), plants (138), recycling (45), solar energy (33), sounds (46), STEM (225), water cycle (20), weather (156)

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This site is a must-have for all teachers of science. Bookmark the resources found on the site to use when planning science lessons. Share the science education webinars with your peers for professional development sessions. Share the at-home lessons with parents in your classroom newsletters or updates; consider sharing a monthly activity for students to complete at home. If necessary, create travel kits for students who don't have the needed resources at home. Another option is to ask a volunteer to conduct labs and experiments with students during center time at school. Engage students using FlipGrid, reviewed here, to provide a prompt for students to respond on a video sharing the results of their experiments. Extend learning by asking students to create infographics using Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here, to explain their understanding of the science concepts explored.

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Extreme Science - Earth Science - Extreme Science

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Learn about crucial earth science concepts and discover world records in geological formation and earth sciences at this portion of the Extreme Science website. Scroll through the site...more
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Learn about crucial earth science concepts and discover world records in geological formation and earth sciences at this portion of the Extreme Science website. Scroll through the site to find links to categories that include World Records, Plate Tectonics, Volcanoes, and All About Gemstones. Each category leads to additional links and information related to the specific topic. Although simplistic looking, Extreme Science offers abundant information to learn about and research earth science.
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tag(s): earth (173), geology (62), plate tectonics (19), volcanoes (51)

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This site contains a great deal of helpful information related to earth science; however, it may be a little difficult for students to explore due to the need to follow many links. Make student research easier by curating and sharing information with Wakelet, reviewed here. Use Wakelet to create collections with links to specific topics and information for students to access at any time. Enhance student learning by incorporating lesson activities into an interactive learning experience using Blendspace, reviewed here. Add videos, quizzes, links to online resources, and more as part of your Blendspace lesson. Extend student learning using a digital storytelling creation tool such as Imagine Forest, reviewed here. Ask students to create books (or a book series) that share their understanding of earth science concepts. Include text, images, videos, and audio recordings to digital books.

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Tract - Ari Memar and Esther Wojcicki

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Tract is a learning platform for sharing and guiding students through project-based learning activities. Students complete self-directed learning paths consisting of small missions...more
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Tract is a learning platform for sharing and guiding students through project-based learning activities. Students complete self-directed learning paths consisting of small missions and challenges to deepen understanding by choosing many different topics. Share content from already created learning paths found in Tract's library or create and personalize your learning paths. After making an account, educators add students and invite them to join using a personalized code. Students gain access to many different activities with varying levels of difficulty. They add reflections and complete projects as they follow a chosen learning path. Along the way, there is an option for students to interact with the student creators of their project to ask questions and learn from their expertise. Students earn points for completing learning paths to use as rewards to donate to their choice of several different charities. The educator dashboard enables teachers to track student progress, monitor submissions, and provide ongoing feedback.

tag(s): Project Based Learning (11), Teacher Utilities (124)

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Use Tract in various ways in any classroom to promote critical thinking skills, provide learning opportunities that meet students' interests, or provide enrichment that supports your current curriculum. Tract is excellent for use as part of Genius Hour or within a distance learning system. Help students select projects that match their interests and ability (take advantage of the project labels to find easy, medium, and advanced level learning activities). Ask students to document and share projects as part of a digital portfolio. About.me, reviewed here, is a portfolio creation site suitable for older students. For elementary students, consider sharing student projects in Seesaw, reviewed here. Add student-created work, including videos, images of completed activities, and reflection documents.

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Verizon Innotive Learning HQ - Verizon

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Innovative Learning HQ shares professional development resources in technology for educators, classroom lessons designed to bring STEM education to bridge the digital divide across...more
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Innovative Learning HQ shares professional development resources in technology for educators, classroom lessons designed to bring STEM education to bridge the digital divide across under-resourced communities, and various AR/VR apps. Create a free account to access over 100 lesson plans and professional development sessions that provide micro-credentials. Browse the featured resources or select activities by content area. Most activities provide a focus on virtual reality or augmented reality and include a facilitator's guide, introductory videos, and student activity worksheets. In addition, lessons offer options for teaching to different grade level bands that form a progression of learning. Tasks include correlation to Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core Standards, and ISTE Standards. Finally, professional development courses provide coaching, collaboration, blended learning, and more learning opportunities. The on-demand modules are approximately 3-4 hours in length and offer the chance to apply for a micro-credential certificate upon completion.

tag(s): animals (266), animation (62), augmented reality (6), biographies (88), cells (82), coding (75), digital storytelling (128), engineering (111), graphic design (49), maps (213), musical notation (35), Problem Based Learning (12), problem solving (214), robotics (23), STEM (225), sustainability (12), Teacher Utilities (124)

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Discover the many ready-to-go free resources offered through Innovative Learning HQ in classroom lessons and for your professional development needs. If unsure of how to find assignments for your grade level, visit your dashboard to find recommended activities. After selecting tasks for students, use the provided modules to deliver instruction. Most activities are perfect for use in computer labs, a computer center, or a blended learning activity.
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Twitter Chat: Technology Integration Frameworks - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from December 2021 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is Technology Integration Frameworks. During this chat, participants: 1. Defined and...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from December 2021 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is Technology Integration Frameworks. During this chat, participants: 1. Defined and discussed technology integration frameworks, 2. Explored strategies to implement the frameworks in the classroom, and 3. Shared tech tools and resources.

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Family Guy Yourself - Fox

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Design a personalized avatar based upon characters from The Family Guy tv series using the accessible tools at this site. Begin by choosing the body type, then use the icons ...more
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Design a personalized avatar based upon characters from The Family Guy tv series using the accessible tools at this site. Begin by choosing the body type, then use the icons on the right side of the page to start customizing features, including facial features. When finished, select an image format to complete your design. Save to your computer or share using the social media links.

tag(s): creativity (91), emotions (44), faces (6)

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Create and use avatars similar to how you use Bitmoji, reviewed here. Create an avatar for use on your class website or blog. Update your avatar to reflect current lessons, holidays, or events. Use avatars to appeal to students and draw their attention to important information. Design an avatar with an unusual look to use as a creative writing prompt. Have older students (13+) take a picture of a portion of text and add an avatar to share a connection or response to the text (also known as BookSnaps).

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PDF Mixer - PDF Mixer

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Organize, merge, and save PDF files in Windows operating systems with the PDF Mixer download. Follow the directions to download this tool to any of the listed operating systems for...more
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Organize, merge, and save PDF files in Windows operating systems with the PDF Mixer download. Follow the directions to download this tool to any of the listed operating systems for Windows XP through Windows 11. After installation, follow the directions to complete many different tasks. Options include adding files, changing the order of documents, scanning pages, and uploading documents from Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

tag(s): conversions (32), worksheets (65)

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Download PDF Mixer onto your computer as a timesaving tool when working with PDF documents--saving as a PDF offers flexibility when sharing documents with others. Save multiple student documents as a PDF to share with parents. Use Flipsnack, reviewed here, to turn students' PDFs into an online book; there is even a page-turning effect! This tool is a helpful utility for students entering contests or completing applications offered only in PDF form.
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Spaces - Gil Silberstein

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Spaces is a portfolio-creation tool that provides assessment opportunities and demonstrates student progress through three different types of Spaces. First, create a Class Space to...more
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Spaces is a portfolio-creation tool that provides assessment opportunities and demonstrates student progress through three different types of Spaces. First, create a Class Space to share files and media and promote discussion for the whole class. Second, Group Spaces offer the ability to connect with groups designed from within the Class Space. Finally, Individual Spaces allow individual students and families to engage in sharing learning products. Use the tools provided in Spaces to add tags to show progress or curate work products. Other options include the ability to assign activities on specific dates and to particular groups and individuals.

tag(s): assessment (122), communication (135), DAT device agnostic tool (135), Formative Assessment (41), Learning Management Systems (25), portfolios (23), Teacher Utilities (124)

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Access the included guides to learn about the features of Spaces and to import your class. After creating a class, invite students to join by sharing the class code or link. Access is available on all devices and through apps available on Google Play and the Apple App Store. Introduce students to Spaces by asking them to upload a short video or photo introducing themselves to the class. Create and share student portfolios that demonstrate growth in reading, math, science, music, art, or other subjects. Share student work during parent/teacher conferences to show and highlight student progress.
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BioRender - Shiz Aoki

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Science teachers rejoice! BioRender is a resource for creating professional quality scientific diagrams using the images and templates provided on the site. The library includes an...more
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Science teachers rejoice! BioRender is a resource for creating professional quality scientific diagrams using the images and templates provided on the site. The library includes an icon library with more than 20,000 images from a variety of life science fields. Drag and drop images onto your design, then download or share using the provided links. Free plans offer you the option to create up to five figures and use any of over 1,000 templates. The free program also includes access to the Protein Data Bank that supports creating 3D models of proteins. Be sure to take advantage of the Learning Hub to view short tutorials of the different features available in BioRender.

tag(s): cells (82), graphic design (49), images (247), life cycles (20), organisms (16)

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Bookmark BioRender is a resource for student projects and uses when teaching and demonstrating the life science curriculum. For example, ask students to create an image that includes labels of the different cell components, create flow diagrams, and use the icons found on BioRender. The templates are an excellent starting point to find ideas for designs. Include student images within science fair projects or research papers. Ask students to use a multimedia presentation tool such as Sway, reviewed here, to share their findings. Include images created using BioRender, student-created videos, links to articles, and more.

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Twitter Chat: The Science of Learning - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from December 2021 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is The Science of Learning. During this chat, participants: 1. Defined and ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from December 2021 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is The Science of Learning. During this chat, participants: 1. Defined and discussed retrieval practices, 2. Explored evidence-based strategies for learning, and 3. Shared strategies and resources to mix up your teaching practices to engage students.

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OK2Ask: Google My Maps Basics - TeachersFirst

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

You've probably used Google Maps to find directions, but there are so many other things you can do with this tool in the classroom! In this session, educators will go on a journey to learn how to integrate Google Maps into instruction. Learn about strategies for group collaboration and how to create and customize your own map by adding placemarks and paths--and remember, it's OK2Ask questions at any time! As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Explore Google Maps and its features, 2. Learn about uses for Google My Maps in education; and 3. Plan to incorporate Google My Maps into an upcoming lesson. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Google (29), map skills (55), professional development (282)

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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: MakeCode: Bring Computational Thinking into Any Classroom - TeachersFirst

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Prepare your students to use today's digital tools to help solve tomorrow's problems. Pattern recognition, abstraction, algorithmic thinking, and decomposition are core thinking skills that can be applied to any subject. Learn how to integrate these components into any content area using Microsoft MakeCode projects and Hacking STEM lessons--hands-on activities that engage students immediately. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Review the fundamentals of computational thinking and how they can be applied across K-12 disciplines; 2. Explore MakeCode and Hacking STEM, two resources that promote computational thinking; and 3. Plan for the use of computational thinking in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): coding (75), computational thinking (34), Microsoft (68), professional development (282)

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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: Trust the Process: Computational Thinking - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from November 2021 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Trust the Process: Computational Thinking. During this chat, participants: 1. Defined...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from November 2021 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Trust the Process: Computational Thinking. During this chat, participants: 1. Defined and discussed computational thinking strategies, 2. Explored tools and resources for computational thinking, and 3. Shared computational thinking classroom integration ideas.

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Find resources and information about computational thinking. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for strategies and resources on computational thinking.

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TheyDiffer - TheyDiffer.com

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Sometimes it is difficult to understand the difference between two items or concepts; TheyDiffer explains differences in simple, easy-to-understand terms. For example, browse the home...more
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Sometimes it is difficult to understand the difference between two items or concepts; TheyDiffer explains differences in simple, easy-to-understand terms. For example, browse the home page to find recent additions that explain the difference between real and fake diamonds or why llamas and alpacas are confused for the other. Another browsing option is to select from the categories provided, including health, technology, and many more. Each explanation begins with a table summary that compares the two items. Following the comparisons are definitions of each term and a final overview.

tag(s): animals (266), environment (218), nutrition (132), plants (138), Research (57), space (204), STEM (225), vocabulary (233), weather (156)

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Bookmark TheyDiffer on classroom computers for students to use as a quick guide for exploring commonly misunderstood differences. Consider using Symbaloo, reviewed here, as a resource to curate and share bookmarked resources on classroom computers or share a link to your Symbaloo on your class web page. Use TheyDiffer as an example for students to enhance learning by sharing their comparisons of information or concepts. For example, as students compare life in the early 1900s to life in the 21st century, use the model provided for students to create infographics using Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here. Extend learning by having students include their infographics with other research and create Sway, reviewed here, presentations. Include videos, images, text, and more in Sway presentations to create interactive multimedia reports.

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