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OK2Ask: Tech Made EZ with FigJam - TeachersFirst

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Don't miss this opportunity to unlock the full potential of FigJam in your classroom! FigJam is a free online whiteboard that allows you to create, share, and collaborate on ideas with students and colleagues. Join us for an interactive workshop where you'll discover innovative ways to engage students, foster collaboration, and elevate instruction across various content areas and grade levels. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Identify the potential uses and benefits of implementing FigJam in your classroom. 2. Learn how using features like shapes, sticky notes, images, and team editing can boost engagement. 3. Explore templates for brainstorms, concept maps, visual notes, and storyboards. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): collaboration (88), Whiteboard (11)

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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 to Build Communication Skills - TeachersFirst

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Communication is a vital skill for students in the 21st century. It encompasses not only verbal and nonverbal exchanges, but also written and digital modes of expression. In this workshop, you'll learn how to use three innovative tech tools to enhance your students' communication skills in various contexts and formats and explore how these tools can foster collaboration, critical thinking, empathy, and global awareness among your students. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Explore the multifaceted nature of communication, which encompasses verbal, non-verbal, written, and digital interactions. 2. Discuss strategies for assessing and providing feedback on students' communication skills. 3. Explain the benefits and challenges of using tech tools for communication in education. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): communication (136)

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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: Unlocking Literacy: Language Tools for the Science of Reading - TeachersFirst

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Developing oral language skills is crucial for students' academic success and social approbation. This workshop will equip educators with practical strategies that will enrich their students' oral language skills. Join us to explore innovative ways to enhance oral language development in your classroom through the strategic integration of technology. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand the importance of oral language development to academic success. 2. Design oral language activities that are engaging, interactive, and differentiated. 3. Explore various tech tools available through Microsoft that can enhance oral language skills. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): 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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National Geographic Education - National Geographic Education

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National Geographic Education shares many classroom resources for all grade levels, including videos, interactives, maps, and more. Use the keyword search to find content related to...more
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National Geographic Education shares many classroom resources for all grade levels, including videos, interactives, maps, and more. Use the keyword search to find content related to specific content, filter by grade, type of learning materials, and subject, or browse the site to view some of the latest resources. Although registration isn't required, creating an account allows members to bookmark and save favorite resources.

tag(s): africa (138), amazon (11), animals (283), antarctica (29), anthropology (10), australia (27), biodiversity (31), birds (45), cells (81), climate (81), climate change (88), conservation (84), constitution (88), continents (33), countries (70), diseases (67), earth (185), earthquakes (45), egypt (48), engineering (120), erosion (15), explorers (65), fish (18), hurricanes (36), mammals (23), migration (45), molecules (42), moon (71), natural disasters (17), natural resources (38), nutrition (135), oceans (149), plants (147), pollution (51), population (48), religions (76), reproduction (7), reptiles (12), romans (34), slavery (76), sociology (22), solar system (109), space (215), volcanoes (56), weather (165), world war 2 (150)

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Bookmark and save this site as a resource to supplement your current curriculum. Share interactives and videos with students by bookmarking them on classroom computers or using a curation tool such as Symbaloo, reviewed here when sharing several resources. Enhance student learning when watching videos using Playposit, reviewed here to add questions, text, and additional media. Upon completing your unit, ask students to share their understanding of the content by creating concept maps using a visual organization tool such as Circlyapp, reviewed here.

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GZM Shows - GZM Shows

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GZM Shows is home to several podcast series geared toward students of all ages, including some web award winners for content. Browse through all the titles, or choose from mystery,...more
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GZM Shows is home to several podcast series geared toward students of all ages, including some web award winners for content. Browse through all the titles, or choose from mystery, comedy, non-fiction categories, and younger listeners. Visit any link for a podcast summary, then select the episode's link to begin listening. One series, Sies Minutos, is in Spanish. Many of the series include a link for educators, as well as supplemental materials such as a Listening Guide, Choice Board activities, and Explore Boards.

tag(s): 1800s (73), adolescence (12), ecosystems (74), franklin (11), mayans (11), mysteries (20), podcasts (77), sports (78)

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Include the podcasts on this site among your other podcast resources to share with students. Use podcasts in your classroom for many purposes, including as a resource to enhance curriculum topics, teach listening skills, and increase vocabulary and comprehension. Learn more about using podcasts in the classroom by watching archived recordings of OK2Ask: Podcasting 101: Using Podcasts in the Classroom, reviewed here and OK2Ask: Podcasting 201: Creating Podcasts in Your Classroom, reviewed here.

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The Big Fib Podcast - Benjamin Strouse, Chris Tarry & David Kreizman

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The Big Fib Podcast encourages kids to separate accurate information from falsehood by listening to an interview with two participants in a game show format. The participants are known...more
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The Big Fib Podcast encourages kids to separate accurate information from falsehood by listening to an interview with two participants in a game show format. The participants are known experts and liars. Recent podcasts include kid-friendly topics such as whales, bicycles, and laughter. Several educational guides are available for download, including a Listening Guide for prelistening, an Explore Board for use before and while listening, and a Choice Board for after listening activities. An additional document includes correlations between reading and literature standards and speaking and listening standards.
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tag(s): game based learning (173), media literacy (103), podcasts (77)

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Share this podcast as a flipped learning experience or include it as part of a listening center during station rotation activities on evaluating information shared by different sources. Take advantage of free teaching materials such as the Listening Guide to provide students with focus while listening and as a resource for documenting their evaluation process. After listening to and evaluating several episodes of the podcast, encourage students to write and produce a podcast in a similar style. After creating storyboards and writing their script, use a podcast creation tool such as Castbox Creator Studio, reviewed here to record and share your podcasts.

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AI Photo Generator - Perchance

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AI Photo Generator allows you to generate realistic photos using AI, without signing up or facing any usage limits. It's a free tool designed to create images based on your-input ...more
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AI Photo Generator allows you to generate realistic photos using AI, without signing up or facing any usage limits. It's a free tool designed to create images based on your-input descriptions. The platform is user-friendly and accessible directly through the browser, making it convenient for anyone looking to create custom images quickly.
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tag(s): artificial intelligence (106), clip art (11), images (263)

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Have students write a character description and use the AI Photo Generator to visualize it. They share these images along with stories using Google Docs. Have students research historical figures, then create a modern version of them using the generator. Present these images alongside historical facts in a PowerPoint presentation, linking past to present. Using the different styles, have students use the same prompt and see how the image changes depending on the chosen style.

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Scribble Diffusion - Replicate

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Scribble Diffusion uses artificial intelligence (AI) to turn your scribbles into refined drawings. Use the drawing tool to draw any object, then describe your image in the prompt box...more
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Scribble Diffusion uses artificial intelligence (AI) to turn your scribbles into refined drawings. Use the drawing tool to draw any object, then describe your image in the prompt box and click "go." In just a few moments, your idea comes to life in an AI-generated image. Refine your prompt as often as you like until you receive an image to use. Copy the link or right-click to download and save the image to your device when ready.

tag(s): artificial intelligence (106), drawing (60), images (263)

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Anytime students use images, discuss the proper use of copyright. Currently, copyright laws do not apply to AI-generated images; include this in your discussion and consider why this might be true. Create images to use as starters for creative writing projects, to include in multimedia projects, or for students to use as avatars for blogs. Use images created with Scribble Diffusion in digital storytelling projects, such as those created with Canva Edu, reviewed here or with Canva Comic Strip Templates, reviewed here. In art class, use one doodle to create images in different art styles and ask students to compare the different features of each style. Ask students to choose one art style to use in creating drawings by choosing from different options of media and supplies.

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The Tumble Podcast - Lindsay Patterson and Marshall Escamilla

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Tumble is a science podcast for kids; however, it is entertaining and informative for the entire family. Topics include timely events like a solar eclipse and thought-provoking questions...more
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Tumble is a science podcast for kids; however, it is entertaining and informative for the entire family. Topics include timely events like a solar eclipse and thought-provoking questions like whether dinosaurs burped. Each podcast episode includes a blog with a transcript and supplemental information such as videos, images, and links to additional resources. Most podcast episodes run between twenty and thirty minutes and are available on several podcast-hosting resources, including Apple, Google, and Amazon Music.

tag(s): animals (283), bacteria (22), birds (45), dinosaurs (40), insects (69), listening (69), molecules (42), oceans (149), planets (113), plants (147), podcasts (77), stars (68), sun (70)

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Bookmark and save this site to find informative podcasts. Podcasts can be an engaging way to promote interest in science topics as part of a listening center rotation or to enhance your current lessons. Enhance learning by downloading the transcript and creating a set of questions using an AI resource such as MagicSchool, reviewed here. Visit MagicSchool, select the Text Dependent Questions generator, add the requested information, and upload the PDF transcript to generate a set of comprehension questions based on the information in the podcast. Extend learning by asking students to create an infographic using free templates found in Adobe Infographic Creator, reviewed here or Canva Education Templates, reviewed here.

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Varsity Tutors Free Courses - Varsity Tutors

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Varsity Tutors offers a series of free live classes for summer learning. These sessions begin on May 6 and run through August 14. Classes provide learning opportunities to help students...more
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Varsity Tutors offers a series of free live classes for summer learning. These sessions begin on May 6 and run through August 14. Classes provide learning opportunities to help students prepare for the SAT and ACT exams, learn about hieroglyphics, visit an aquarium, and more. Select the link to any class to learn more about the content and suggested grade levels, and enroll. Each class is offered at a specific time and date and lasts 45 minutes to an hour.

tag(s): animals (283), coding (89), college (46), deserts (16), egypt (48), essays (21), Online Learning (42), pyramids (17), rivers (14), STEM (265), test prep (67)

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Include links to these free classes with your other summer reading and learning opportunities shared with students and parents. Be sure to highlight offerings of specific interest to your students; for example, if students are taking the ACT and SAT exams, point out the courses that help students prepare for these tests. Add a link to your digital calendar for each of the courses along with a reminder, then email students and parents a week before the course begins as a reminder to sign up and attend the class at the assigned time or use an online resource such as Remind, reviewed here to set up and deliver text reminders of upcoming classes.

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Scholastic Summer Reading Home Base - Scholastic

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Summer Reading Home Base is a free digital game-based platform that provides a community for readers in grades preK through 8th grade from early May through early September. Sign up...more
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Summer Reading Home Base is a free digital game-based platform that provides a community for readers in grades preK through 8th grade from early May through early September. Sign up to read books and stories, attend author events, play games based on books, and much more. This program encourages students to track reading and maintain a "Reading Streak" to earn additional digital experiences. Visit the parents and educators page to learn more about the program and the safeguards to ensure a safe online experience.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (144), independent reading (86), preK (257), spelling (96), summer (29), writing (316)

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Share Home Base with other suggestions to encourage student reading over the summer; find additional ideas for summer reading programs and options on TeachersFirst Special Topics Page: Summer Specials, reviewed here. Consider curating ideas for summer reading programs and activities by sharing a Wakelet, reviewed here collection with parents and guardians. Help parents understand the benefits of using a game-based platform to encourage reading over the summer by creating a short video using Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here to explain how to access this program and the different features provided.

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OK2Ask: Empowering Students: Navigating AI in the Classroom - TeachersFirst

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As artificial intelligence (AI) continues to revolutionize various industries, educators must equip their students with the knowledge and skills needed to thrive in an AI-driven world. AI can help students improve their academic skills, create engaging learning materials, and explore new possibilities for creative expression. This session will empower you with practical techniques and resources to help you effectively introduce AI concepts and tools to your students, fostering critical thinking, creativity, and academic growth. By the end of this workshop, you will have a better understanding of AI and its potential for education, as well as a set of AI tools that you can use to enrich your teaching and your students' learning. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Explore diverse ways they can use AI to enhance student learning. 2. Discuss the importance of fostering digital literacy and responsible AI usage among students. 3. Collaborate with peers to share ideas, strategies, and best practices for integrating AI into the curriculum. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): artificial intelligence (106), 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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Twitter Chat: Building Bridges: Creating Supportive Environments for Multilingual Learners - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from May 2024 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Building Bridges: Creating Supportive Environments for Multilingual Learners. During...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from May 2024 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Building Bridges: Creating Supportive Environments for Multilingual Learners. During this chat, participants: 1. Examined methods for supporting linguistic diversity in the classroom and promoting inclusivity through multilingual communication, 2. Shared resources and tools for facilitating language acquisition and expression among students with diverse linguistic backgrounds, and 3. Discussed practical strategies for incorporating multilingualism into lesson planning, instruction, and classroom activities to create an inclusive learning environment for all learners.

tag(s): multilingual (67), twitterchatarchive (174)

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Find resources and information about creating supportive environments for multilingual learners. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for strategies and resources for multilingual learners.

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CapCut - CapCut

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CapCut is an all-in-one video editing platform that provides tools for creating, editing, and sharing videos. The website offers various features such as editing tools, AI-driven options...more
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CapCut is an all-in-one video editing platform that provides tools for creating, editing, and sharing videos. The website offers various features such as editing tools, AI-driven options like background removal and color correction, and templates for different social media platforms. You can access CapCut online, download it for desktop use, or use the mobile app to edit videos. The platform also supports team collaboration and provides resources for enhancing video content with music, texts, and effects.

tag(s): digital storytelling (143), social media (54), video (259)

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Have students create short biography videos of historical figures, integrating photos, text, and voiceovers using CapCut. They can document their science experiments through video, using CapCut to add captions explaining each step. This method engages students and enhances comprehension of scientific concepts. Have students craft Public Service Announcements (PSAs) about topics like bullying, the environment, or other social issues using CapCut to edit and share their message. These can be shared on the school's social media accounts. Teachers can use CapCut to create teaser videos that can be used to peak students' interest for an upcoming unit of study.

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Snorkl - Snorkl

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Snorkl uses AI to generate personalized feedback on students' verbal explanations of assignments. After viewing a question, students create a recording with options for drawing on a...more
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Snorkl uses AI to generate personalized feedback on students' verbal explanations of assignments. After viewing a question, students create a recording with options for drawing on a virtual whiteboard to enhance their responses. After submitting a response, students receive feedback that identifies positive information in their responses and areas for improvement. Use questions from Snorkl's library or create questions to add to your library and assign to students. When assigning activities to your class, options are available to allow students to view their classmates' responses and comments if desired. Students access the assignments by visiting the link provided after creating the assignment or using the join code. As students post responses, teachers receive insights based on the shared answers that describe students' understandings and misunderstandings of the topic.

tag(s): artificial intelligence (106), feedback (9), Teacher Utilities (146), Whiteboard (11)

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Use Snorkl to enhance student learning by providing prompts that encourage students to develop thinking and reasoning skills while sharing their understanding of the topic. Encourage students to use the included whiteboard to provide written responses and drawings in addition to the recorded audio explanations. Differentiate learning for students by creating questions based on students' understanding of the topic. Encourage students to take advantage of the AI feedback provided to rerecord responses that provide additional information that shows a deeper knowledge of the topic.

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OK2Ask: Empower Students as Creators: Using Flip in the Classroom - TeachersFirst

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Empower your students with effective tools that will help them create dynamic projects. In this workshop, you'll learn how to use Microsoft Flip, a versatile platform that allows educators to engage, inspire, and support students throughout their project journey. Leave with the knowledge and skills you need to harness the full potential of Microsoft Flip in the classroom, facilitating enriched learning experiences and fostering creativity among students. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand the basic features and functionalities of Microsoft Flip. 2. Learn how to successfully implement Microsoft Flip in support of student projects across grade levels and subject areas. 3. Discuss strategies for using Microsoft Flip to accommodate diverse learning styles and needs, ensuring inclusivity and accessibility in student projects. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): professional development (394), video (259)

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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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Service Learning Action Guides & Lesson Plans - EarthEcho International

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This page provides action guides and lesson plans introducing students to service learning through citizen science projects based on monitoring water quality. Each action guide provides...more
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This page provides action guides and lesson plans introducing students to service learning through citizen science projects based on monitoring water quality. Each action guide provides students with a roadmap to participating in service projects, beginning with investigating resources and interests and finishing with telling the story and reporting data. Lessons (available in English and Spanish) provide background information, objectives, student handouts, and assessments. Additional extension resources include illustrated stories that share the importance of observation and the crucial need for healthy waterways.

tag(s): citizen science (27), pollution (51), water (101), watersheds (8)

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Share the illustrated books with students as a class read-aloud, or share the link with students to read independently. Each book includes discussion questions; add these to a Google Form, reviewed here to assess understanding or create a Google Slides reviewed here presentation with each of the questions and gather answers through a class discussion. Use the lessons and action guides to extend students' understanding of the process of scientific observations. Include the lessons as part of an after-school program to engage students in learning about how students and citizens can help scientists monitor waterways.
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Citizen Science Projects - National Geographic Education

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Discover the many ways to become involved in citizen science projects through local and large-scale observations and activities by visiting the ideas shared on this page from National...more
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Discover the many ways to become involved in citizen science projects through local and large-scale observations and activities by visiting the ideas shared on this page from National Geographic Education. Ideas and links include opportunities to participate in a bird census, monitor local bodies of water, collect weather data, and more. Click on each project's shared link to learn more about its activities and how to participate.

tag(s): animals (283), birds (45), butterflies (14), citizen science (27), ecosystems (74), life cycles (22), oceans (149), photography (125), planets (113), plants (147), stars (68), STEM (265), weather (165)

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Add this page to your bookmarks for citizen science opportunities for you and your students to participate in. Find additional ideas by visiting TeachersFirst's Citizen Science Resources Special Topics Page, reviewed here. Include citizen science projects to extend learning by building them into your current science lessons. Create free scientific observation journals at Canva Storyboard Templates, reviewed here for students to record, organize, and share information. Ask older students to share data by creating graphs on Displayr, reviewed here or use Google's Data Gif Maker, reviewed here when working with younger students.

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OK2Ask: Multilingual Magic: Enhancing Communication and Expression for Diverse Learners - TeachersFirst

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

Are you looking for effective ways to support your multilingual students' communication and learning? By the end of this workshop, you'll have a toolkit of edtech strategies that will enhance both your teaching and student success. You will also have the opportunity to network with other educators and share your ideas and experiences. Join us as we empower educators to create inclusive learning experiences that honor and celebrate linguistic diversity! As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Discover how to leverage various digital tools to facilitate language acquisition and develop communication skills. 2. Dive into the benefits of incorporating audio-based strategies to support multilingual learners. 3. Generate practical ideas for fostering the development of communication skills in a culturally responsive classroom environment. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): multilingual (67), 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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Butterfly Counts - North American Butterfly Association

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The Butterfly Counts section on the North American Butterfly Association website outlines a citizen science program that tracks butterfly populations through annual counts in the U.S.,...more
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The Butterfly Counts section on the North American Butterfly Association website outlines a citizen science program that tracks butterfly populations through annual counts in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. It details how to participate in or start a butterfly count in a specific area, aiming to gather data for environmental research and increase public awareness about butterflies.

tag(s): butterflies (14), citizen science (27), data (147), maps (207)

In the Classroom

Based on research from the site, have students design a school garden to attract butterflies, documenting their project using a website tool like Carrd, reviewed here. Employ an animation tool like Brush Ninja, reviewed here to have students create an animation showing the lifecycle of a butterfly they learned about. Have students use a digital presentation tool like Google Slides, reviewed here to create a virtual exhibit on different butterfly species, incorporating findings from the butterfly counts.

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