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Primary Sources Resources - TeachersFirst

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This curated list includes resources for all grades, compares primary to secondary sources, and countless other topics. Primary sources offer direct (firsthand) accounts about events,...more
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This curated list includes resources for all grades, compares primary to secondary sources, and countless other topics. Primary sources offer direct (firsthand) accounts about events, people, works of art, and more. Remember our "In the Classroom" suggestions give you ideas about how to use these tools in your classroom.

tag(s): primary sources (99), Research (20)

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Use these tools to help students to understand primary sources, research, and more. Find tools for students to use to research when doing projects or studying for an exam.

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Teacher Utilities Resources - TeachersFirst

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Technology offers teachers many management tools for classroom procedures, communication, design of the classroom, and more. This collection highlights what we call "Teacher Utilities."...more
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Technology offers teachers many management tools for classroom procedures, communication, design of the classroom, and more. This collection highlights what we call "Teacher Utilities." These are any tools that make the job of the teacher slightly easier to manage. Some examples of tools in this collection include timers, learning management systems, lesson plan builders, classroom design tools, and many more. Remember our "In the Classroom" suggestions give you ideas about how to use these tools in your classroom.

tag(s): Teacher Utilities (87)

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Find new tools to try in your classroom, for communication with families and more. Each review includes classroom use ideas. Read the details of each tool and find the ones that will make your tasks easier to manage.

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Popped - Carbon Studio LLC

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Popped brings a social media feel to story writing and planning. Write a story or screenplay the same way you text. Create an account and select to begin a new ...more
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Popped brings a social media feel to story writing and planning. Write a story or screenplay the same way you text. Create an account and select to begin a new project, either as a story or movie. Add two characters, upload an image for each character, and your title. Add additional characters at any time as you write the story. Use the edit feature to move text up or down within the story, change the character associated with the text, or delete items. Before creating a story, use Popped's timeline feature to create an outline for your work. When complete, publish your work and share it using the provided links. Be sure to look at options found on this site to turn off mature content since submissions aren't moderated.

tag(s): creative writing (162), digital storytelling (147), writing (364)

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Popped is an excellent tool to help students manage and create storytelling projects. Ask them to use this site to plan original pieces of fiction or to retell events in history through the eyes of different participants. For example, when learning about Civil Rights, have students share options for what might happen if Martin Luther King hadn't been assassinated. Use these stories as a basis for student podcasts about moments in history and how different events shaped and changed history. Use Buzzsprout, reviewed here, as a podcasting tool that offers options such as scheduling episodes for specific dates and times, adding chapter markers to episodes, and adding links, lists, and formatting to your show notes.

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PmWiki - Patrick R. Michaud

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K to 12
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Get all of the features of a wiki, but with the look of a website using PmWiki. PmWiki offers a variety of templates, all designed for easy use without coding ...more
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Get all of the features of a wiki, but with the look of a website using PmWiki. PmWiki offers a variety of templates, all designed for easy use without coding or HTML knowledge. Use the site's pre-made skins (themes), add-ons, and password protection options to customize a wiki to fit your needs. Download and install on your computer using the direct links found on the site.

tag(s): social networking (94), wikis (17)

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If you have not tried a wiki yet, visit the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through for a detailed, step-by-step explanation and starter help, including dozens of ideas for ways to use a wiki in your classroom. Before implementing this site with your classroom, take some time to teach students how to edit and add information. This site is not WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get), meaning that when editing a page, you see the markup information. Allow students time to play in the site's "sandbox" as a way to preview and learn how to add information. Create and use a wiki to collaborate and compile information on any classroom research projects. For example, have your class work together to add resources and web links when researching causes of the Civil War, plants and animals found within different habitats, or share math problem-solving ideas and links. Use your wiki for small group projects and ask students to share a synopsis of group meetings along with a compilation of websites and videos used in their research.

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OK2Ask: Facts Are Facts...Aren't They? - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Do your digital natives suffer from "digital naivete"? They may be fluent...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Do your digital natives suffer from "digital naivete"? They may be fluent enough with technology to create and post their own work, but not be aware that everyone who posts online isn't credible. Teaching students to sift through multiple sets of "facts" allows them to learn the difference between propaganda, advertising, and factual reporting. This is a skill that students need in order to be truly digitally literate. In an age of instant information, students need to know how to tell if they can trust a source of information. Join us to learn strategies for helping them. Participants will: 1. Explore tools and strategies for teaching media literacy; 2. Learn strategies that promote critical examination of online resources; and 3. Plan a learning activity that fosters digital literacy. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): digital citizenship (75), media literacy (77), professional development (196)

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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: Limited Access to Technology: Tips and Resources - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from October 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Limited Access to Technology: Tips and Resources. During this chat, participants...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from October 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Limited Access to Technology: Tips and Resources. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss strategies for maximizing available classroom technology, 2. Explore alternative ways to use tech tools, and 3. Share tips for creating authentic group learning.

tag(s): professional development (196), twitterchatarchive (53)

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Find resources and information about how to integrate technology into your classroom with limited resources. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for resources related to limited technology.

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The Urlist - Burke Holland and Cecil Phillip

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K to 12
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Do you need to share a group of URLs? The Urlist makes it easy to create and share a list of URLs without having to share each one individually. Copy ...more
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Do you need to share a group of URLs? The Urlist makes it easy to create and share a list of URLs without having to share each one individually. Copy and paste each link, then share the URL created, no need to even register! As you build your list, use drag and drop features to re-order items. When finished, give your list a name and description and publish it. Once published, copy the URL from your browser to share by email or however you usually share links. Create a free account if desired to save, manage, and edit your lists.

tag(s): bookmarks (54)

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Bookmark The Urlist to use whenever you want to share a group of links. For example, gather all of your online resources for any unit into one list for your personal use or to share with students on your class website for easy access at all times. Create an account at the site to keep track of your bookmark lists and edit as needed. Ask students to use this site when doing research projects and ask them to include their URL list as part of the final project.

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ArtsNow - ArtsNow.org

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ArtsNow provides a large variety of resources for teaching and integrating art across the curriculum. Choose from Curriculum Guides, Modules, or Integrated Units to begin. Browse the...more
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ArtsNow provides a large variety of resources for teaching and integrating art across the curriculum. Choose from Curriculum Guides, Modules, or Integrated Units to begin. Browse the Curriculum Guides by grade level or content. Download any guide in PDF format for a complete lesson overview including, correlation to National and Georgia state standards. This site also includes several integrated units for grades K-7. Download any unit for all unit resources including, activities, rubrics, and suggestions for differentiation. Choose modules for grades K-5 that integrate STEAM activities. Modules include a strong focus on integrating the arts with science concepts such as magnets and ecosystems.

tag(s): animals (324), art history (78), civil war (149), geometric shapes (172), maps (296), matter (64), seasons (37), STEM (211), stories and storytelling (34), temperature (35), weather (211)

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Take advantage of these free lesson plans and classroom activities to integrate art into your everyday classroom activities. Consider coordinating lessons with your school's art and music teachers. Expand upon the ideas found on this site to bring other art forms into the lessons. For example, take advantage of poetry resources and interactives found at ReadWriteThink, reviewed here, and have students create diamante, acrostic, and haiku poems relating to your lessons. Enhance student learning further by asking students or groups of students to create webpages sharing their learning activities using a resource like Carrd, reviewed here. This very simple tool allows users to add images and text to create a beautiful website using the provided templates. Be sure to ask students to include a reflective writing piece describing their learning throughout your unit. Take learning to the highest level and ask students to design and create a series of podcasts using Anchor, reviewed here. Ask students to discuss their learning activities, and also hypothesize on different outcomes of experiments when changing elements or activities. For example, if creating a podcast discussing changes in matter, have students share their thoughts on how the room and outdoor temperature affects outcomes. What if they used juice instead of water? Would the change from ice to liquid take the same amount of time?
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OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire: Augmented Reality in the Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Are you wondering about Augmented Reality (AR)? You may have already used...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Are you wondering about Augmented Reality (AR)? You may have already used it and not even been aware. This session will explain both place-based and marker-based AR as it is used in our daily lives. We will then look at what this could mean in our classrooms through interacting with markers and using mobile devices. Come learn about tools and apps that can create engaging experiences for your students. Participants will: 1. Understand what Augmented Reality (AR) is and the difference between place-based and marker-based AR; 2. Explore a tool to create Augmented Reality experiences in the classroom; and 3. Plan for the instructional use of Augmented Reality. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): augmented reality (7), professional development (196)

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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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TWiki - Peter Theony

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TWiki is an open-source application for creating and using wikis. Easily add and share information without any coding or programming skills. Think of it as an easily editable page....more
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TWiki is an open-source application for creating and using wikis. Easily add and share information without any coding or programming skills. Think of it as an easily editable page. Download the application to create your wiki. Add text, links, and documents to your wiki pages. Additional features include the ability to view the history of any topic and receive email notifications of changes to any topic. Enhance your wiki with the site's available plugins including a calendar, chart visualizer, slide show module, and others.

tag(s): collaboration (55), wikis (17)

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In language arts or history classrooms use a wiki to create a favorite historical figures page, have students share their favorite person from history along with supporting evidence. Use a wiki to set up a debate between students. For example, create a wiki and ask students to debate the use of homework in schools, the effect of social media on society, or year-round school vs. traditional school calendars. As your class builds and adds to the wiki, extend student learning by having small groups of students select a topic to research further. A nice feature of TWiki is that it allows you to set up collaborative groups where students can share information and ideas about their research. Culminate the research by having students use a multimedia creation tool like Sway, reviewed here, transforming classroom technology by sharing information including text, images, videos, and more. As a last step have the small groups load their Sway creation to their collaborative page on TWiki. For more ideas and information on how to use wikis, visit the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through for a detailed, step-by-step explanation and starter help, including dozens of ideas for ways to use a wiki in your classroom.

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Brush Ninja - Ben Gillbanks

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Create animated gifs using Brush Ninja's paint tools and online editor. Use the paintbrushes to draw and color each frame. The toolbox contains a variety of features, including pencils,...more
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Create animated gifs using Brush Ninja's paint tools and online editor. Use the paintbrushes to draw and color each frame. The toolbox contains a variety of features, including pencils, text, shapes, and more. Use the control panel to adjust and play the animation. The timeline allows you to see the frames making up an animation, then drag and drop any frame to change the order. When finished, export your gif as an image for each frame, animated gif, or as an animated gif adjusted for Twitter.

tag(s): animation (61), drawing (74)

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Use Brush Ninja in a variety of ways. Share this site with students and give them time to explore and experiment. When working with troubled students, use this site to let students share their thoughts and emotions through an animation. This is an excellent site to use with students who love art and enjoy sharing their learning through creative expressions. Take a look at the images created by other users in the gallery as inspiration for how to use animations. Ask students to create animations demonstrating science concepts like erosion, weathering, or chemical reactions. Use this site to have students create animations demonstrating events from stories, share their thought process in math, or animate an event from history. Have students include their animations when creating multimedia projects in an online tool like Sway, reviewed here.

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Glide - David Siegel

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Create apps from Google Sheets with Glide without writing code. Choose any of your Google Sheet documents, and import it into the app. Use the features to customize information, add...more
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Create apps from Google Sheets with Glide without writing code. Choose any of your Google Sheet documents, and import it into the app. Use the features to customize information, add icons, and more. Another option is to use Glide's templates to start creating apps for city guides, track learning goals, or a directory of members of an organization. When finished, share the URL for your app through the social media links provided, or copy and share the URL.

tag(s): organizational skills (107), spreadsheets (24)

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Take advantage of the video tutorials to learn about how to create and customize apps with Glide. Consider sharing this tool with one or more of your tech-savvy students and let them become the expert at how to use the different features. Ask them to create screencasts using Awesome ScreenShot, reviewed here, to demonstrate how to begin creating an app, how to customize an app, or any other features of this tool. Use Glide as a unique teaching tool to engage and capture student interest in a variety of ways. For example, have students create a directory of characters found in a Shakespeare play and include pertinent information including their relationship to other characters, the character's important moments within the play, and more. Another example of how to use Glide is to create an app for students to use when working on long-term projects. Use the objectives template to set up goals and timelines for students to follow.

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Send Secure - Acture UG

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Send and share files safely and securely using Send Secure. Send Secure transfers your data without using any cloud services directly to recipients without uploading to a server, and...more
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Send and share files safely and securely using Send Secure. Send Secure transfers your data without using any cloud services directly to recipients without uploading to a server, and only the recipient you choose has access to the file. Select a file from your computer or drop it onto the page. Copy the URL generated and share it with your recipient. When they paste the URL into their browser, the file automatically downloads to their device.

tag(s): collaboration (55), computers (105)

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Use Send Secure to quickly transfer files and images between devices in your BYOD or 1:1 classroom. Student groups working on projects in class can gather and share files easily. This tool would work well when students do not have email addresses or Google Accounts for sharing work with their teachers or each other. What a great way for students to turn in work done on their devices! During curriculum development and other professional development activities, members of a department (or even school-wide) can share resources and documents quickly with each other.

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OK2Ask: Transform Your Lesson Plans with TeachersFirst and Triple E - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Want to use technology with your students while maintaining good instructional...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Want to use technology with your students while maintaining good instructional practices? Then this session is for you! Learn to use the Triple E Framework to select tools that match your objectives from the TeachersFirst database. Technology is not a magic bullet, but you can increase the positive impact of technology in your class using this simple framework and appropriate instructional strategies. Participants will: 1. Understand how to use the Triple E Framework; 2. Explore digital resources and tools for learning; and 3. Plan a technology integrated activity for the classroom using the Triple E Framework. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): professional development (196)

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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: Digital Resources for Self-Regulation - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from October 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Digital Resources for Self-Regulation. During this chat, participants will: 1. Define...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from October 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Digital Resources for Self-Regulation. During this chat, participants will: 1. Define self-regulation and discuss its importance in K12 education, 2. Explore tools that can help students regulate themselves, and 3. Share tips and strategies for facilitating self-regulation in the classroom.

tag(s): mental health (29), social and emotional learning (14), twitterchatarchive (53)

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Find resources and information about self-regulation and ideas/tools to integrate it into your lessons. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for resources related to self-regulation.

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Realism - Realism Inc.

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Realism is your virtual science lab, available to use at any time and anywhere. Engage students with 3D virtual experiments to learn about thermochemistry with a coffee cup calculator,...more
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Realism is your virtual science lab, available to use at any time and anywhere. Engage students with 3D virtual experiments to learn about thermochemistry with a coffee cup calculator, learn about Hooke's Law with springs and weight, and more. Free individual accounts include access to all labs and lesson plans aligned to Next Generation Science Standards.

tag(s): acids and bases (13), chemicals (51), newton (26), rockets (18), STEM (211)

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Add Realism to your other resources for teaching science content; it provides an excellent alternative for teachers with a lack of resources at school or as an option for a virtual lab for your students to explore anywhere. Consider incorporating this site along with other activities into a complete unit using ActivelyLearn, reviewed here. ActivelyLearn includes many features and resources for building custom learning opportunities for your students using their data bank of resources along with those you add on your own. In addition, ActivelyLearn provides you with immediate feedback to use for assessment. As students explore the different lab activities, ask them to use Google Docs or Microsoft Word to document data collected during the experiment, including screenshots captured during the lab. Have students share their work and reflections on activities using a portfolio creation tool like Dropr, reviewed here. Encourage students to show creativity within their portfolio by adding a variety of elements using tools offered in Dropr, including images, music, video, and more to share their learning process.

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OK2Ask: Digital Storytelling 101 - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from September 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Digital Storytelling can begin very simply and become more extensive if...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from September 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Digital Storytelling can begin very simply and become more extensive if you choose. Easy steps will bring success when you start your first digital storytelling project. Use digital storytelling as a formative, or summative assessment that includes 21st Century Skill practice. This strategy supports students as you engage them, enhances your instructional cycle, and extends your students' knowledge as you connect to the real-world. Participants will: 1. Develop an understanding of the digital storytelling process; 2. Understand how digital storytelling can be used in the classroom; and 3. Learn about tools that can be used to implement digital storytelling. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): digital storytelling (147), professional development (196)

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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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WikkaWiki - Wikka Labs

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WikkaWiki is a wiki creation tool using PHP programming language and stores pages using MySQL. Install your wiki using the installation tool found on the site and upload to a ...more
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WikkaWiki is a wiki creation tool using PHP programming language and stores pages using MySQL. Install your wiki using the installation tool found on the site and upload to a directory that is web accessible. Features include a cross-browser compatible editor toolbar, page preview, and a variety of formatting options. WikkaWiki also contains a large variety of plugins including a calendar, feedback form, Google search form, and more. Be sure to visit the site's features page to view the entire list of tools and support for creating and maintaining a wiki with this program.

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Before implementing this site with your classroom, take some time to teach students how to edit and add information. Consider asking a group of students to learn about this site and teach others how to use the different features. Modify classroom technology use by asking them to create short explainer videos using My Simpleshow, reviewed here, and share them on your class website. Introduce wikis slowly into your classroom; start with asking each student to add a page to the wiki with a short biography. Once students become familiar with wikis, use your wiki for group brainstorming sessions, open-ended discussions such as preparing a list of questions for a class speaker or upcoming unit, post examples of excellent student work, or share information for student research projects. If you have not tried a wiki yet, visit the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through for a detailed, step-by-step explanation and starter help, including dozens of ideas for ways to use a wiki in your classroom.

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Proficonf Video Conferencing - Proficonf Ltd.

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Do you need a safe online meeting site? Proficonf offers web-based conferencing without any downloads. Create your room, share the link, and begin your conference. After creating your...more
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Do you need a safe online meeting site? Proficonf offers web-based conferencing without any downloads. Create your room, share the link, and begin your conference. After creating your account, begin an event or schedule a time for a later meeting date. After allowing the site to access your camera and microphone, choose the link to share with invited participants. This site also includes a chat feature to turn on or off as desired. Other options allow screen sharing, an online whiteboard, and file uploads. Free accounts offer meeting times of up to 45 minutes with up to 25 participants.

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Use Proficonf to set up virtual parent/teacher conferences with participants located anywhere in the world. Online conferencing is especially useful when multiple teachers are involved or when parents may not reside in the same location. Share your screen as needed to provide information on assessments and student work. Enhance classroom technology by sharing this tool with students to use when collaborating on group projects. If using the chat feature, ask them to include their chat with the final project as part of their reflection on the learning process.

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DoluWiki - Andreas Gohr

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DokuWiki is an open-source wiki creator that doesn't require a database, making it simpler to use than some other wiki creation tools. Use DokuWiki to create collaborative workspaces...more
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DokuWiki is an open-source wiki creator that doesn't require a database, making it simpler to use than some other wiki creation tools. Use DokuWiki to create collaborative workspaces for any number of classroom uses. Some of the site's features include unlimited change revisions, a large variety of extensions for customization, options for sharing content in many different languages, and many templates and themes. Click the download button to build and install your wiki. Be sure to check out the site's features page to find links and information on how to create your wiki.

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In language arts or history classrooms use a wiki to create a favorite historical figures page, have students share their favorite person from history along with supporting evidence. Use a wiki to set up a debate between students. For example, create a wiki and ask students to debate the use of homework in schools, the effect of social media on society, or year-round school vs. traditional school calendars. As your class builds and adds to the wiki, ask students to select a topic to research further. Ask them to use a multimedia creation tool like Sway, reviewed here to transform classroom technology and share information including text, images, videos, and more. If you have not tried a wiki yet, visit the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through for a detailed, step-by-step explanation and starter help, including dozens of ideas for ways to use a wiki in your classroom.

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