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OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire: Tools for Your Maker Box - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from March 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Makerspace activities are a great way to promote a growth mindset in your students....more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from March 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Makerspace activities are a great way to promote a growth mindset in your students. Using the right challenges and everyday items, teachers can create a pop-up makerspace in a box for their classroom. We will discuss management ideas and ways to tie activities to curricular objectives. Participants will: 1. Understand the features of a pop-up makerspace; 2. Explore makerspace activities; and 3. Plan for the use of makerspace activities in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): makerspace (25)

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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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CurriConnects Booklist: The Artist's Eye - TeachersFirst

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This CurriConnects features books about artists and their style and by Caldecott winning authors who have unusual or beautiful layouts. Treat your students to the possibility of exploring...more
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This CurriConnects features books about artists and their style and by Caldecott winning authors who have unusual or beautiful layouts. Treat your students to the possibility of exploring color and its power to communicate feelings and ideas, that art can be in the eye of the beholder, finding art (and joy) in the shapes of nature, different ways to look at perspective, and much, much more! This thematic list includes fiction and nonfiction, interest and grade levels, ISBNs for ordering or searching, ESL levels and Lexiles (where available) to match with student independent reading levels to challenge, not to frustrate.

tag(s): artists (80), colors (76), drawing (73), perspective (11)

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This list will be a natural fit for anyone teaching art whether in elementary, middle, or high school. Use the books to introduce concepts in art and have students create digital sketchbooks about the styles and concepts they like. Replace the paper journal or sketchbook with one that can be accessed anywhere and never left behind. Use a digital "idea bin" collector like Padlet, reviewed here, that offers tools for creating columns to organizing information about the concepts learned and post ideas and photos. Be sure to share this list of CurriConnects books about art with parents on your teacher webpage.

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DeepArt - Leon Gatys, Alexander Ecker and Matthias Bethge

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Turn any photo into a work of art in the style of your favorite artist using DeepArt. In three easy steps, this site transforms any image into the form of ...more
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Turn any photo into a work of art in the style of your favorite artist using DeepArt. In three easy steps, this site transforms any image into the form of your chosen artist. Upload your picture, select the style, then submit. The process takes up to 15 minutes depending on the amount of traffic on DeepArt. When finished, download to your computer.

tag(s): art history (79), artists (80), images (265)

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Use this site in art class as you teach about different styles and genres of art. Find many ideas for using images in the classroom at this archive of an OK2Ask webinar, located here. Turn student images into a digital book using Book Creator, reviewed here. Ask students to create books including images, videos, and text to explain different forms of art or as part of a research project on the life and times of people at different periods in history.

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OK2Ask: 3 Cool Tools for Formative Assessment - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from February 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Engage with students during the learning process to improve student achievement....more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from February 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Engage with students during the learning process to improve student achievement. Explore three online formative assessment tools that will help you gather evidence of student progress. Understand the three steps in the formative assessment feedback loop. Discuss a variety of formative assessment strategies and learn ways to use formative assessment to increase gains in student learning. Participants will: 1. Understand the three steps in the formative assessment feedback loop to support learning gains; 2. Explore three tools and how each gathers evidence of student progress within content areas; and 3. Plan for the use of digital formative assessment tools in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): assessment (118)

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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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Musicmap - Kwinten Crauwels

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Musicmap is a colorful guide to the genealogy of popular music genres based on research from over 200 sources. Color-coding on the map indicates relationships between different genres....more
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Musicmap is a colorful guide to the genealogy of popular music genres based on research from over 200 sources. Color-coding on the map indicates relationships between different genres. Choose any area of the map to click and read the history behind the style and listen to music in the playlist. Tools on the sidebar of the map offer different features to find and access content within the site. This site includes YouTube videos.

tag(s): 1800s (50), 1900s (42), 20th century (52), music theory (44)

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If you teach music, be sure to include this as a starting point for teaching music history and different formats. This site isn't just for music teachers. In Social Studies, use this site to provide context to different periods of history through music and as a starting point for student research on music styles and life during any period. If you teach Reading and Language Arts, use this site to find and share music from the period found in novels and current reading materials. Take advantage of students' interest in music to use this Musicmap as a starting point for research and biography projects. As students complete their research, enhance their learning by asking them to share their findings on a website created using Webnode, reviewed here. In addition to student writing, include audio, video, and images to tell their story. For a different take on research projects, use Story Maps, reviewed hereto tell a story using images, text, and more using maps.

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Twitter Chat: Resources for Digital Learning Day and Beyond - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from February 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Resources for Digital Learning Day and Beyond. During this chat, participants ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from February 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Resources for Digital Learning Day and Beyond. During this chat, participants will: 1. Define digital learning and its impact on education, 2. Share resources for Digital Learning Day and 3. Discuss ways to promote digital learning throughout the school year.

tag(s): resources (105), twitterchatarchive (65)

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Find resources and explore ways to integrate digital learning tools into classroom. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for sites and information related to digital learning.

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Is That a Big Number? - Andrew Elliott

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As you might guess from the title, this site is all about numbers. Their goals are to promote numeracy, develop number sense, and have fun along the way. Use the ...more
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As you might guess from the title, this site is all about numbers. Their goals are to promote numeracy, develop number sense, and have fun along the way. Use the search bar to ask about any number; the results provide context and relationships to your query. Results might include comparisons to items that are bigger or smaller and equivalent items. Choose other links to learn number facts about countries, ratios, or take a number quiz.

tag(s): measurement (181), number sense (97), numbers (192), ratios (65)

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Bookmark this site to use for reference throughout the year. Use it as a 5-10 minute fill-in when you have a little bit of extra time. Get your interactive whiteboard or projector ready and challenge students to provide numbers to use as a comparison or take the numbers quiz together to learn more about numbers. As a substitute to paper and pencil, have students create explainer videos using Biteable, reviewed here, to demonstrate the power and size of large numbers. To extend student learning and understanding, challenge students to create a web page using Carrd, reviewed here, to share information learned after researching numbers and statistics found on this site and others.

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Apagraph - Artem Rudenko

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Apagraph is a quick and easy tool for combining quotes and images for social media use. Click to start your graphic and type a quote. Select from the included backgrounds ...more
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Apagraph is a quick and easy tool for combining quotes and images for social media use. Click to start your graphic and type a quote. Select from the included backgrounds found at the bottom of the page and choose "next." Add tags and categories if desired, and choose from privacy options before publishing. Your image is ready to share! Be sure to check out the privacy options, images not set to private will be included in the public stream and allows others to like and comment on your image. Use the links found at the bottom of the page to share directly to Facebook, Twitter, or to copy the URL. After publication, locate your image in your stream and use additional links to download to your computer in the format you select.

tag(s): graphic design (39), images (265), quotations (23)

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Create quick motivational or introductory quotes to share on your interactive whiteboard for when students enter the class or to use for a journal prompt. Use Apagraph to create attention-grabbing images to include with your Twitter posts. Share this site with students to use with slide show and multimedia presentations. Ask students to include their graphic images when using a presentation tool like Sway, reviewed here, to highlight different portions of their work.

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Unhangout - MIT Media Lab

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Unhangout is a free platform for connecting community-driven learning opportunities. Participants gather in the site's lobby at the time of the event, introduce themselves, and possibly...more
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Unhangout is a free platform for connecting community-driven learning opportunities. Participants gather in the site's lobby at the time of the event, introduce themselves, and possibly view a short presentation or video together. After introductions, participants choose breakout rooms based on their interest. Breakout rooms hold up to ten participants at a time and open in a new tab so they can continue to add to the main chat if desired. Within the breakout rooms, conversations focus on a common topic and include options for members to use their webcam to discuss topics, view videos together, or work on a shared document. Following the event, participants receive an email with a transcript of the event and email contacts of fellow participants. Create your event by logging into your account and adding information including date, time, and additional hosts if desired. Other options enable you to set privacy options, allow follow-up emails, and provide for a custom URL.

tag(s): chat (47), collaboration (46)

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Unhangout offers many opportunities for classroom use and professional use. Use this site to introduce a topic, for example, the Civil War. After your initial introduction and discussion, enhance learning and ask students to choose a breakout session based on their interest - perhaps causes of the Civil War, battles, Civil War leaders, and cities. Within these sessions, have students share ideas on the focus of their learning and discuss how to divide up research and sharing of information. After the session, as students conduct their research, have them share resources using a collaborative Wakelet, reviewed here, stretching everyone's learning. Wakelet is a free bookmarking tool for sharing videos, documents, online resources, and more in an easy to view format. As students gather information, modify learning and use Timeline JS, reviewed here. Timeline JS offers the option to upload and add photos, videos, audio, Tweets, and Google Maps. After sharing group projects, challenge students to redefine their learning and share with their peers in a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools, reviewed here. Some tool suggestions are (click on the tool name to access the review): Adobe Spark For K-12, Plotagon, and My Simpleshow.

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YoTeach! - PALMS

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YoTeach! is a free backchanneling app created for teachers and students. Create a room and set a password then provide the URL to your students. Once in the platform, the ...more
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YoTeach! is a free backchanneling app created for teachers and students. Create a room and set a password then provide the URL to your students. Once in the platform, the site's features allow you to share chat discussions, use the online whiteboard, and upload images. Additional options include a simple polling tool, a "like" button, and student participation statistics. When finished, download the conversation to your computer as a PDF. When creating your room, use settings to control privacy and moderate participants.

tag(s): chat (47), social networking (95)

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Use this site to connect to other classes to open up a discussion between your students in one convenient place. Safety is not a concern with this site since only those with an email invitation/link or the QR code can participate in a chat. (Your students need not have email. You can simply email the link to yourself and share it with students to enter into their browsers.) Teach good digital citizenship of chat etiquette while using this activity to learn. Connect with other classes to learn about other locations, learn various perspectives, find animals that are similar yet different, learn about the different books others are reading, or survey students on various economic, political, or environmental topics. Be sure to plan content ahead of time, so students have the opportunity to think through the material and formulate a response. Discuss appropriate ways to communicate with others before connecting with another classroom.

Use backchannel chat on laptops during a video or student presentation. Pose questions for all to answer/discuss in the backchannel, or ask students to pose their own "I wonder if..." questions as they watch and listen. Keep every student engaged and THINKING as an active listener. The first time you use backchannel, you will want to establish some etiquette and accountability rules. The advantage of backchannel chat is that every student has a voice, no matter how shy. Use this in world language classes, ESL/ELL classes, or autistic support classes for backchannel chat. Challenge students to use their new language skills to describe a scene from a video or the feelings of the actors. When studying literature, collaborate with another class to have students role-play a chat between two characters. In a history class, create fictional conversations between soldiers on two sides of the Civil War or different sides of the Scopes Monkey trial.

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Choice of Games - Choice of Games LLC

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Choice of Games includes tools for creating and playing text-based games (think of it as similar to a choose your own adventure story). Try making games by following the directions...more
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Choice of Games includes tools for creating and playing text-based games (think of it as similar to a choose your own adventure story). Try making games by following the directions to download the script source. Include simple commands using text options for players. This site includes tutorials to get started and add more complex commands. Explore the games archive to play games created by other users and to get inspiration for your creations.

tag(s): coding (77), creative writing (162), DAT device agnostic tool (176), gamification (88), interactive stories (32), STEM (209), writing (364)

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Introduce this site to your students on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector and explore one or two of the games together. Create a short story together to learn about how to use the different story-writing options. As students begin creating games using this site, consider having students create explainer videos to modify their learning using My Simpleshow, reviewed here, and to demonstrate tools that need a more detailed explanation than what is on the site. Have students create stories to show what they have learned about literature, geography, history, science concepts, and more. As a more "serious" approach, use Choice of Games to present opinion pieces where you take a position and allow readers to click on questions about it. They could also click on statements expressing opposing views so you can write counterarguments to their points. This idea could end up being a powerful way to present an argument and evidence as required by Common Core writing standards. Redefine student learning by having them include their text-based game as part of a collaborative multi-media presentation created using Sway, reviewed here. In addition to their game, ask students to include their written documents, images, and video creations.

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OK2Ask: Tech Integration Made Easy with Twiducate - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from February 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Transform your classroom activities by learning how to use Twiducate. Engage...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from February 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Transform your classroom activities by learning how to use Twiducate. Engage students, build digital literacy skills, and deepen content area knowledge using this versatile and secure social media practice space. Creation, communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and citizenship -- Twiducate can be a one-stop solution. Brainstorm with others how you and your students can use Twiducate in your classroom. Participants will: 1. Learn basic use of Twiducate; 2. Explore three different ways to use Twiducate in the classroom; and 3. Plan for the use of Twiducate in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): digital citizenship (73), social media (38)

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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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KidCitizen - Congress, Civic Participation, and Primary Sources Project

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KidCitizen is a series of interactive episodes for students in grades K-5 using primary source documents to explore and learn about civic matters. Also, the KidCitizen Editor lets you...more
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KidCitizen is a series of interactive episodes for students in grades K-5 using primary source documents to explore and learn about civic matters. Also, the KidCitizen Editor lets you customize existing episodes or create game-based activities with primary sources you choose. The Getting Started Guide provides an excellent overview of the online tools and how to get started producing your episodes.

tag(s): american flag (10), communities (40), congress (40), DAT device agnostic tool (176), national parks (23), symbols (18)

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KidCitizen works across all devices, share a link to episodes on classroom computers for students to watch as a learning center activity. Flip your classroom and have students view at home before discussing concepts in class. As students interact with content in the episodes, take advantage of the many resources found at Classtools (reviewed here) to create concept maps, quizzes, and online games. If you teach younger students, create additional interactive games with your own content using Oodlu, reviewed here. Ask older students to create their own games using Oodlu. As a final project, have students create books using WriteReader, reviewed here. Write Reader is a very easy to use tool for even young students and includes features for sharing invented writing along with correct spelling. For older students, consider using Book Creator, reviewed here that features more robust digital storytelling tools.

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Twitter Chat: Using Technology to Strengthen Social Emotional Learning - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from February 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Using Technology to Strengthen Social Emotional Learning. During this chat, participants...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from February 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Using Technology to Strengthen Social Emotional Learning. During this chat, participants will: 1. Define and discuss the main components of social emotional learning 2. Discuss the role of technology in strengthening SEL and 3. Share resources to help educators address the social emotional needs of students.

tag(s): emotions (38), mental health (27), social skills (22), twitterchatarchive (65)

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Find resources and explore ways to build and strengthen social emotional learning (SEL) within the classroom. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for sites and information related to social emotional learning (SEL).

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Clockify - Nenad Milanovic

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Clockify is an online time tracker and spreadsheet. Use Clockify to organize information by project or assigned topics. Invite others to your spreadsheet, then log in to start and stop...more
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Clockify is an online time tracker and spreadsheet. Use Clockify to organize information by project or assigned topics. Invite others to your spreadsheet, then log in to start and stop the timer while working. This site also has a manual mode for entering information. Add tags to sort further and categorize information as needed.

tag(s): calendars (44), DAT device agnostic tool (176), organizational skills (119)

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Have you ever had students complain about group projects and class members not participating fully? Clockify is an excellent tool for managing these projects. Share this site with team members and ask them to include time spent on the project and use tags to categorize time spent on different activities of the project. Clockify is also an excellent resource for teaching data and statistics in math class. Create a project and use the site's tools to add information on time spent on class activities, chart time spent on homework, or hours spent on after-school activities. Ask students to take the data and analyze the results. Use a simple online chart-creation tool like ChartAccent, reviewed here, to display the data.

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OK2Ask: TeachersFirst Tech Tools Smackdown - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from January 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. There are many technology tools available for classroom use, but which ones...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from January 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. There are many technology tools available for classroom use, but which ones are teachers' favorites? This session will share and compare some of TeachersFirst contributors' favorite resources. Help us decide which tool is the session winner of our Smackdown! Participants will: 1. Learn about and compare some of TeachersFirst contributors' favorite technology tools; 2. Evaluate uses for one or more tools for classroom use; and 3. Share ideas for using resources with other participants. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

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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: Classroom Collaboration with Google Tools - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from January 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. G Suite tools are changing today's classrooms. Using Docs, Slides, MyMaps,...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from January 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. G Suite tools are changing today's classrooms. Using Docs, Slides, MyMaps, Forms, Draw, and more, students can collaborate on activities and deepen content knowledge. Discover simple yet powerful activities that promote student collaboration and increase student engagement across grade levels and content areas. Take away strategies you can share with colleagues and use to take your student's learning to the next level. Participants will: 1. Understand the components of a successful collaborative activity; 2. Explore ideas for collaborative activities using G Suite tools; and 3. Plan a collaborative project for your instructional setting. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): collaboration (46), Google (36)

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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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ERDPlus - ERDPlus

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4 to 12
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ERDPlus is a free and simple diagram maker that includes options for creating several different types of schema models. Create your diagrams with or without free signup. Free accounts...more
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ERDPlus is a free and simple diagram maker that includes options for creating several different types of schema models. Create your diagrams with or without free signup. Free accounts offer users the ability to save documents onsite and options to easily share documents with others. Once you begin using the diagram maker, use the dashboard to choose the style of diagram to create or import a document from your computer. Use the tools to add information, connect items, and move information around to suit your needs. When finished, save to your account or your computer.

tag(s): charts and graphs (203), mind map (24)

In the Classroom

Use ERDPlus to create classroom models and diagrams for any subject. Before assigning to all students, choose a few tech-savvy students to learn how to use this site and provide tutoring help for those that need it. Consider having a few students create a video explanation using MySimpleShow, reviewed here, using the provided templates. Create diagrams for students to "map" out a chapter or story. Assign groups to create study guides using this tool. Use this tool for literature activities, research projects, social studies, or science topics. Use this to create family trees or food pyramids in family and consumer science. Have students collaborate (online) to create group mind maps or review charts before tests on a given subject. Have students organize any concepts you study. Have students map out a story, plotline, or plan for the future. Students can also map out a step-by-step process (such as a life cycle or how to solve an equation).
 

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Webcomics Web Archive - Library of Congress

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8 to 12
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The Library of Congress presents this collection which features comics created explicitly for the web beginning in 2014 and ongoing. Selections include award-winning comics as well...more
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The Library of Congress presents this collection which features comics created explicitly for the web beginning in 2014 and ongoing. Selections include award-winning comics as well as those featured based on significance in the field of comics. Browse through the collection items or use search features to narrow your selection by different criteria including format, date, subject, and location. Please note that all content is provided in its original form and may not be suitable for all ages.

tag(s): artists (80), comics and cartoons (60), politics (108)

In the Classroom

Include this collection in art classes during the study of comic book art. Share comics with students in history classes along with newspaper comics to demonstrate the use of comics to depict historic events or share political beliefs and satire. In literature classes, include this site along with others to share comics depicting characters in novels. Have students create their own comics or cartoons to summarize story events or depict characters and events from history using a comic creation tool like ToonyTool, reviewed here, to create single frame cartoons. Find more uses for using comics in the classroom by viewing the archive of our OK2Ask session Engage & Inspire: Comics in the Classroom, reviewed here.

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2 and 3 Circle Interactive Venn Diagrams - Class Tools/Russell Tarr

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K to 12
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Create and practice using 2 and 3 circle Venn Diagrams utilizing this creation tool from Class Tools. Select the number of circles to begin. Add your name and title, then ...more
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Create and practice using 2 and 3 circle Venn Diagrams utilizing this creation tool from Class Tools. Select the number of circles to begin. Add your name and title, then add labels for each circle. Type directly into the chosen portion of the diagram to add information. Be sure to check out the samples found at the green question mark icon for ideas on creating and using Venn Diagrams.
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tag(s): charts and graphs (203), venn diagrams (18)

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Share a link to this site on classroom computers and your class website to use anytime when working with Venn Diagrams. Ask students to practice using Venn Diagrams using the interactive activities. Have students create their own prompts for classmates to complete a diagram. Have students use a video explainer tool like My Simpleshow, reviewed here, to demonstrate how to create and use Venn Diagrams.

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