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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 (261)

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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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Causes of the American Revolution | Interactive Timeline - BS & WGBH Educational Foundation.

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The PBS LearningMedia website has an interactive timeline called "Causes of the American Revolution" that helps students learn about the events leading up to America's fight for independence...more
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The PBS LearningMedia website has an interactive timeline called "Causes of the American Revolution" that helps students learn about the events leading up to America's fight for independence from Britain. It covers important happenings and laws from the 1760s to the start of the Revolutionary War, showing them in order with explanations, pictures, and original documents. The site offers an accessible version for those who may need it and allows you to share it on Google Classroom or share a direct link with students.

tag(s): american revolution (82), primary sources (117), timelines (51)

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Students examine the timeline to identify where key events took place. Using Google My Maps, reviewed here or another mapping tool, have students create an interactive map that plots the locations of significant events leading up to the American Revolution, adding descriptions and images for each location. Have students use the timeline to gather evidence on the causes of the American Revolution and organize a class debate on whether the American Revolution was justified. Divide the class into two groups, one arguing in favor and the other against, using information from the timeline to support their arguments. Using ePubEditor, reviewed here have students create an interactive quiz using information they find from the timeline.

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State Historical Society of Iowa Primary Source Sets - State Historical Society of Iowa

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The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs website offers a special section for teachers, featuring sets of historical materials that tell the story of Iowa's past. These sets contain...more
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The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs website offers a special section for teachers, featuring sets of historical materials that tell the story of Iowa's past. These sets contain items like old photographs, maps, documents, and artifacts, each focused on different parts of Iowa's history, from the early days to the present. Alongside these materials, are guides filled with questions and activities designed to help students explore and understand the history of Iowa more interactively and engagingly. Some videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): african american (111), black history (125), iowa (3), primary sources (117)

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Have students select a specific primary source from the collection that interests them, such as a letter, photograph, or map, and use a digital annotation tool like Kami, reviewed here to have students annotate the document, noting interesting details, questions they have, and their interpretations of the source's significance. After exploring various primary source sets, students choose a theme or event in Iowa history to focus on for a virtual museum exhibit. Use a platform like Netboard, reviewed here where students can add to a virtual exhibit that includes images, text, and primary sources from the site. Utilize the grade level lesson plans and implement some of the suggested lessons.
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OK2Ask: Multilingual Magic: Enhancing Communication and Expression for Diverse Learners - TeachersFirst

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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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Printable Mother's Day Crafts - Kids Craft Room

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Discover over thirty-five printable crafts to create for Mother's Day that include photos, a brief description, and links to tutorials and templates. The easy-to-create activities include...more
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Discover over thirty-five printable crafts to create for Mother's Day that include photos, a brief description, and links to tutorials and templates. The easy-to-create activities include ideas such as a Mother's Day Superhero Puppet Craft and several crafty and personalized card ideas. Most activities use commonly found items, including construction paper, scissors, crayons, and glue.
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tag(s): crafts (54), holidays (163), mothers day (13), preK (259)

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Bookmark this site as a resource for finding craft ideas for Mother's Day. Make your craft ideas extra special by adding a poem written by students using the Theme Poem Generator shared by ReadWrite Think, reviewed here or add a word cloud with descriptive words about mom created with Word Clouds for Kids, reviewed 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)

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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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Celebrate Urban Birds - Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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Celebrate Urban Birds is a project by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology that involves urban communities in birdwatching and conservation activities. The website offers resources for learning...more
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Celebrate Urban Birds is a project by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology that involves urban communities in birdwatching and conservation activities. The website offers resources for learning about birds, gardening for wildlife, and using arts to connect with nature. It encourages collaborative science through data submission on bird observations and provides mini-grants for community projects.

tag(s): birds (45), cities (17), citizen science (27)

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Have students use the website to identify local birds and then observe them in their schoolyard or backyards. Have students record their sightings and behaviors using Google Forms, reviewed here. then your class can review and create an infographic of the data using Infogram, reviewed here Using guidance from the site, have your class design and plant a garden that attracts local birds, documenting the process and bird visits on a blog. After studying birds on the website, students create artworks inspired by what they've learned and display them digitally on a platform like Artsonia, reviewed here.

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Headliner - Headliner

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Headliner converts audio podcasts into YouTube videos and automatically transcribes the video's audio into captions. Register for an account to begin using Headliner, then choose from...more
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Headliner converts audio podcasts into YouTube videos and automatically transcribes the video's audio into captions. Register for an account to begin using Headliner, then choose from options that include manual and automatic audiograms, transcribe audio or video, caption a video, or use the advanced editor. Headliner also offers several templates, or you can upload your own. After choosing, follow the steps to select an aspect ratio, upload your video file, select a transcription language, and edit the portion of the video to transcribe. When ready, click to create your project and add additional items such as background audio, additional text or media, and more. To finish your project, choose to export your work and leave the tab open as your video generates. When complete, choose from several options to download your video, share to social media sites, or share using the URL of your project. Free accounts allow up to five projects monthly without watermarks, unlimited watermarked applications, and the ability to export videos in 1080p.

tag(s): multilingual (67), podcasts (79), text to speech (19), video (261)

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If your class is creating podcasts, use Headliner to convert podcasts to videos on YouTube to make them easier for some listeners to access. Adding transcripts provides options for making any of your videos more accessible to listeners of any language. For example, if your school has a large Spanish-speaking community, post videos and podcasts in both languages for everyone to view. This tool also works well when creating videos in other formats such as Animate from Audio, reviewed here. Animate from Audio doesn't automatically include captions, use Headliner to add captions in any language to videos created by you and your students when using this tool.

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WE Library of Resources - WE Charity

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The WE Library of Resources offers learning modules to support and encourage student empowerment as part of our global community. Register with your email to access the WE Virtual Learning...more
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The WE Library of Resources offers learning modules to support and encourage student empowerment as part of our global community. Register with your email to access the WE Virtual Learning Center, then use the links to find lessons, courses, and videos that share ideas for teaching gratitude, making connections, and building healthy relationships. Click on any lesson to download the PDF. Most lessons include correlation to Common Core Standards and ideas for differentiation.

tag(s): conservation (85), cross cultural understanding (155), emotions (47), financial literacy (92), french (74), mental health (34)

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Discover the many ready-to-go free lesson plans for use in your classroom for all different subjects. Collaborate with another classroom in a different country to complete lessons and compare understanding of different cultures. During lessons, have students or groups collect ideas and findings using Padlet, reviewed here. The Padlet application creates free online bulletin boards.
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OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire: Animate Your Voice with Adobe Express - TeachersFirst

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Bring your instruction and student projects to life with animation! In this workshop, you'll learn how to use Adobe Express Character Animation, a free and user-friendly tool that lets you easily create engaging animated videos using your own voice or audio files. By the end of this session, you'll have the ability to create short, visually striking animations that capture students' attention and bring hard-to-grasp concepts to life. You'll leave equipped to create learning tools that are simple to make and fun to watch, revolutionizing the way you approach teaching and igniting students' curiosity about any subject matter. Don't miss out on this opportunity to make your instruction pop! As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Explore innovative ways to seamlessly integrate character animation into instructional materials. 2. Examine real-world examples of character animation in educational contexts. 3. Become proficient in navigating the application's interface. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): animation (62), 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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Figjam - Figma

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Figjam is an online collaborative whiteboard with many built-in versatile tools for classroom use. The whiteboard offers infinite space to add templates, drawings, and areas for conversations...more
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Figjam is an online collaborative whiteboard with many built-in versatile tools for classroom use. The whiteboard offers infinite space to add templates, drawings, and areas for conversations and projects. In addition, interactive elements allow members to react to ideas with emojis, high-fives, and stamps. Create an account to begin using Figjam and access all of its features. Create your Figjam board by selecting the purple "+Figjam Board" link near the top of the home page. Add features to your whiteboard by choosing from the many options available, including drawing and writing tools, a timer, and an AI generator to create items such as timelines and mindmaps. Share your Figjam board with others by copying the link, sending an email, or copying the embed code onto a webpage.

tag(s): artificial intelligence (110), charts and graphs (169), collaboration (89), graphic organizers (50), iwb (33), mind map (27), timelines (51), Whiteboard (12)

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Use Figjam in many different ways to engage learners and support classroom instruction. Google Jamboard, reviewed here is a similar but less robust tool than Figjam and will not be supported after December 31, 2024. Import your current Jamboards into Figjam using the "Import" button so you don't lose access to those files after Jamboard shuts down. When working in Figjam, use sticky notes as a collaborative activity to brainstorm ideas and information as a class. Use the drawing tools and ask students to label places, parts of plants, and more. Use Figjam templates to create all-about-me activities, such as class check-in and exit ticket activities, Frayer Model activities, and much more. Learn more about Figjam's many features and how to get started by viewing this tutorial from Figjam.

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Animate from Audio - Adobe Express

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Make an animated character with your voice using the easy-to-use tools provided by Adobe Express. Choose a character from those provided; options include robots, superheroes, cartoon...more
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Make an animated character with your voice using the easy-to-use tools provided by Adobe Express. Choose a character from those provided; options include robots, superheroes, cartoon characters, and more. Next, click the background link to select a background image from those available on the site, select a color, or upload an image from your device. The final customization option allows you to size the video by choosing from several options customized for use with social media. After making your selections, click record to create your audio recording of up to two minutes in length. After the animation processes, download the final product as an MP4 file or open it into dobe Creative Cloud Express, reviewed here to add filters, text, and additional animations. Registration isn't required to create and download your animations.

tag(s): animation (62), artificial intelligence (110), images (261)

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Take advantage of this engaging site for you and your students to use in many ways. Engage students in upcoming lessons by creating animated previews of forthcoming material. For example, create a short video with hints about geographic features to be studied by including one of them as your background. Ask students to share learning by creating short videos presented as a character chosen from the provided options. Extend learning by asking students to include their animations as part of a larger presentation created using tools found on Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education, reviewed here, such as videos, pamphlets, and webpages. Use TinyWow, reviewed here to convert your Adobe MP4 video to a GIF, MOV, or MP3 file as needed.
 

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My Cyberspace Academy Lesson 12: Copyright and Plagiarism - Carnegie Mellon University

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The PDF lesson plan from Carnegie Mellon University introduces students to copyright issues, defines new terms, emphasizes illegal actions that could occur when using information from...more
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The PDF lesson plan from Carnegie Mellon University introduces students to copyright issues, defines new terms, emphasizes illegal actions that could occur when using information from the Internet, and provides guidance on safe practices for searching and using information online. It includes learning objectives and materials for teachers to use with students.

tag(s): copyright (46), internet safety (113), plagiarism (34)

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In addition to the existing lesson plan, in small groups, have students use FreeComicMaker.com, reviewed here to create comics featuring heroes who respect copyright laws and villains who disregard them. This project encourages creativity and application of knowledge in a new context extending learning. Then, organize a virtual gallery walk for students to view each group's comics. Utilize a quiz program like Kahoot, reviewed here and use the information from the lesson to create a quiz that focuses on different aspects of copyright. Have students create their own Legal or Illegal trading card utilizing Trading Card Creator, reviewed here.
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Students as Creators: Exploring Copyright - ReadWriteThink and Cassandra Love

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Students as Creators offers a five-lesson series that provides middle school students with a foundation for the ethical use of copyright materials. This site's information includes...more
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Students as Creators offers a five-lesson series that provides middle school students with a foundation for the ethical use of copyright materials. This site's information includes correlations to state and national standards. The resources and preparation section includes printouts, supplemental websites, and educator preparation suggestions. Visit the Instructional Plan to find all of the lessons and student objectives.

tag(s): copyright (46), digital citizenship (90), plagiarism (34)

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The lessons are designed to be co-planned and co-taught by a classroom teacher and school media specialist. If this isn't possible in your current situation, consider asking another classroom teacher to collaborate with you on teaching this unit, or break the lessons into smaller pieces and prepare portions of the lesson in your school library as needed. If you cannot teach all of the lessons, review and save the printouts for use by students throughout the year to determine how to address copyright issues with classroom projects. Save copies of the printouts for students to access on your LMS or class website.
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Women and the American Revolution Interactive Lesson - PBS Learning Media

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The interactive lesson "Women and the American Revolution" on PBS LearningMedia is an engaging lesson crafted to shed light on the often-overlooked contributions of women during this...more
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The interactive lesson "Women and the American Revolution" on PBS LearningMedia is an engaging lesson crafted to shed light on the often-overlooked contributions of women during this pivotal period in American history, providing a rich and comprehensive exploration of the topic. This interactive lesson includes multimedia elements such as videos, historical documents, and interactive activities that bring the topic to life for students. Additionally, the lesson offers teaching tips and technical notes to help educators effectively use the resource in their classrooms. Take note of any technical considerations outlined in the Technical Notes section to ensure a smooth lesson implementation.

tag(s): black history (125), women (137), womenchangemaker (28)

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Begin by captivating your students' imaginations with a presentation showcasing powerful images and short video clips about women's roles in the American Revolution. Prompt them to share their initial thoughts, questions, and predictions about what they see, fostering a sense of curiosity and intrigue about the topic - transition to a deeper exploration of the topic using the interactive lesson. The interactive lesson provides valuable opportunities for students to enhance their historical understanding by analyzing primary sources, developing persuasive arguments based on evidence, and exploring the diverse experiences of women during the American Revolution. Extend learning beyond history class by helping students see how women's roles in the American Revolution relate to issues today. They can research and share about influential women in history or explore how women's rights have changed over time.

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Scale City - The Road to Proportional Reasoning - Kentucky Educational Television

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Explore unique roadside attractions in Kentucky while you learn about the mathematics of scale with Scale City. A short video field trip and an engaging, interactive simulation help...more
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Explore unique roadside attractions in Kentucky while you learn about the mathematics of scale with Scale City. A short video field trip and an engaging, interactive simulation help you understand proportional reasoning at each stop. Follow the suggested route, to begin with simpler concepts and move to more complex ones, or discover individual stops of your choosing. Visit any links to find support materials for teachers, including additional activities and teaching guides.

tag(s): baseball (33), dinosaurs (40), geometric shapes (136), measurement (125), musical instruments (47), painting (55), time (92)

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Be sure to include this site on your class web page for students to access both in and outside of class for further practice. Have students create maps using Zeemaps, reviewed here, displaying information from roadside attractions found on Scale City. Zeemaps allows students to create audio recordings AND choose a location on a map where the attraction takes place.
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Teacher Resources for the Baltimore Museum of Art - Baltimore Museum of Art

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The Baltimore Museum of Art offers resources for educators to support classroom curriculum and enhance student learning across disciplines. Museum featured artwork provides the content...more
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The Baltimore Museum of Art offers resources for educators to support classroom curriculum and enhance student learning across disciplines. Museum featured artwork provides the content for detailed lessons. Click the menu on the left, then slide down and click Learn to find Art to Go, Teacher Guides, Family Activities, and more. Sign up for Art to Go monthly email that contains a printable full-color image of an artwork at the Baltimore Museum of Art. A brief commentary focuses on teaching ideas, while the challenge project invites students to try this idea and bring it into their own style. There is a plethora of ideas and lessons on this site.

tag(s): art history (86), artists (78), museums (44)

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Have you been trying to incorporate different sources into your social studies content? Use the content areas found in this collection. In gifted classrooms, use these activities for choice enrichment activities to deepen content knowledge. Use the artwork to inspire a narrative or informative writing prompt. Art classes have immediate lesson plans. Use it as a quick lesson in case of a sub. When going on a trip to your local museum, begin by investigating the content found in the Baltimore Museum of Art. Assign students the opportunity to uncover the mystery of artwork in your own museum to increase interest and motivation during your visit. Students then work on a multimedia project, find one for them to use here, of what they discovered and present it to the class. Some tool suggestions are (click on the tool name to access the review): Adobe Express for Education, Animatron, Renderforest, and Google Slides.
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OK2Ask: Remix & Reuse Responsibly: Copyright for Digital Citizens - 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.

Students need to understand copyright laws and responsible content creation as they engage in various academic projects and creative endeavors. This workshop will equip you with the essential knowledge and strategies you need to effectively teach copyright concepts to your students. Together, we'll explore the legal and ethical implications of using other people's work and the creative and educational benefits of remixing and reusing content. Discover various tools and resources to help you and your students find, evaluate, and cite free or licensed content for reuse and gain valuable insights that will help you seamlessly integrate copyright literacy into your teaching practices. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand the basic copyright laws and how they apply to educational settings. 2. Explore strategies for teaching students to remix and reuse content in their projects responsibly. 3. Gain practical resources and tools that support copyright education in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): copyright (46), digital citizenship (90), 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: Google Sites: Amplify Learning in Your Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from April 2024 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Google Sites: Amplify Learning in Your Classroom. During this chat, participants:...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from April 2024 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Google Sites: Amplify Learning in Your Classroom. During this chat, participants: 1. Discussed best practices for designing visually appealing and user-friendly classroom websites, 2. Shared tips for efficiently creating content on Google Sites, and 3. Explored strategies for maximizing student engagement and collaboration through interactive elements and multimedia integration.

tag(s): Google (46), twitterchatarchive (175)

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Find resources and information about Google Sites to amplify learning in your classroom. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for strategies and resources for Google Sites in the classroom.

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Copyright Education YouTube Playlist - Media Education Lab

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Media Education Lab offers a twenty-two-video playlist teaching educators and students the purpose of copyright and fair use in digital learning. Most videos are less than fifteen minutes...more
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Media Education Lab offers a twenty-two-video playlist teaching educators and students the purpose of copyright and fair use in digital learning. Most videos are less than fifteen minutes long; however, a couple more extended offerings are approximately twenty minutes long. Topics include plagiarism vs copyright, the future of copyright, and others. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): copyright (46), digital citizenship (90), plagiarism (34)

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View the videos shared on this playlist to understand copyright and how to attribute and include copyrighted materials in the classroom appropriately. Use Diffit, reviewed here to extend learning and understanding of the video concepts. Enter the video URL and choose a reading level to automatically create AI-generated resources and student activities, including vocabulary terms, multiple choice questions, and printable activities (look under student activities for items labeled "free this month"). Share videos with parents on your class website to help them understand the importance of properly using copyright and attribution.

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