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Teaching Hard History in Grades K-5 - Learning for Justice

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This archived recording of a September 2019 webinar shares strategies based upon Learning for Justice's framework for teaching elementary students about slavery. The webinar includes...more
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This archived recording of a September 2019 webinar shares strategies based upon Learning for Justice's framework for teaching elementary students about slavery. The webinar includes several downloads and links to lessons, texts, and explanations of strategies focusing on telling complete stories and making connections. The webinar is approximately an hour long and accessible after completing a short registration form.

tag(s): civil rights (165), difficult conversations (45), slavery (60)

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Take advantage of this free professional development to learn new strategies and access resources for teaching about slavery to students in elementary school. The information in the webinar provides ideas for teaching difficult history topics using current classroom materials and suggesting additional resources and teaching strategies. Consider viewing this webinar with other elementary teachers across grade levels as part of your professional development and understanding scaffolding of information throughout the elementary grades and preparing for middle and high school content. Although this webinar is for elementary teachers, it is also a helpful tool for upper-level educators to understand methods for teaching young students and applying them to middle and high school lessons. As you participate in the webinar and discuss the content, use Threadit, reviewed here. Threadit is a tool that incorporates video conversations as a tool for collaboration. Begin a thread with a question or conversation starter, asking participants to analyze current teaching materials based on the webinar's strategies. Following this conversation, discuss ways to bolster your instruction based on learned teaching strategies.

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BackStory: Blackstory - Edsitement

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10 to 12
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BackStory: Blackstory is a podcast compilation of some of the best content from the podcast, BackStory, focused on discussions of anti-Black violence. Select segments using the links...more
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BackStory: Blackstory is a podcast compilation of some of the best content from the podcast, BackStory, focused on discussions of anti-Black violence. Select segments using the links provided. Each feature includes a series of comprehension questions and additional resources for using the information in the classroom. Resources include lesson plans, curriculums, and media, including articles and primary source documents. Some episodes include discussions of lynching and racial slurs, be sure to preview before sharing with your students.
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tag(s): black history (90), civil rights (165), martin luther king (39), podcasts (65)

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Due to the intense nature of some of the content shared in the podcast, consider listening to the podcast chapters one by one together as a class. Prepare for some of the difficult conversations by using resources found within the TeachersFirst Special Topics Page Resources for Difficult Conversations. Take advantage of the lesson plans shared on this site to extend student comprehension beyond the conversations shared in the podcast. Encourage students to enhance learning by researching areas of interest while creating a Padlet, reviewed here, with a variety of resources such as videos, primary sources, and books. Extend learning by offering students various options for sharing their learning about anti-Black violence. Ideas include using Adobe Creative Cloud Express Video Maker, reviewed here, to create video, or create a podcast using Buzzsprout, reviewed here, or build a website using Site123, reviewed here, or build an interactive story using maps created with Google My Maps, reviewed here.

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Twitter Chat: Research Skills Round Up - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from February 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is Research Skills Round-Up. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss the ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from February 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is Research Skills Round-Up. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss the purpose of research in the classroom, 2. Explore research strategies and resources for use in the classroom, and 3. Share ideas for integrating student research across the curriculum.

tag(s): Research (61), twitterchatarchive (133)

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

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Jazz - BrainPOP

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BrainPOP offers this interactive site with several resources for learning about jazz. First, view the introductory five-minute video to learn the basics of jazz. Then, see the lesson...more
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BrainPOP offers this interactive site with several resources for learning about jazz. First, view the introductory five-minute video to learn the basics of jazz. Then, see the lesson ideas and activities that provide opportunities to listen to different types of jazz, learn about famous jazz artists, and understand the roots of jazz from its start in New Orleans.

tag(s): 1920s (8), commoncore (79), jazz (15), Teacher Utilities (123)

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Use resources on this site as part of any lesson on music, musicians, and the early 1900s. Create a link to the site on classroom computers for students to explore independently. Replace pen and paper and have students create blogs sharing their learning and understanding using Telegra.ph, reviewed here. With Telegra.ph you just click on an icon to upload images from your computer, add a YouTube or Vimeo video, or Twitter links. This blog creator requires no registration. Ask students to research a jazz musician, share their favorite songs, or explore a neighborhood famous for jazz. You could enhance learning and challenge older students to create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here.. Activities are correlated to Common Core Standards.
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OK2Ask: Tech Integration Made Easy with Animoto - TeachersFirst

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

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Engage students and deepen content area knowledge by using Animoto to create instructional videos. Use text, audio, and video to provide additional context to content area instruction for your students or use student-created videos as formative assessment. Learn with other educators and brainstorm ways you and your students can use Animoto in the classroom. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn basic use of Animoto; 2. Explore three different ways to use Animoto in the classroom; and 3. Plan for the use of Animoto in instruction. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Formative Assessment (41), professional development (286), video (242)

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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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#GoOpenVA - Virginia Department of Education

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#GoOpenVA is an open education resource (OER) collection of digital materials and activities shared by Virginia teachers. This source provides materials for use with or without modifications...more
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#GoOpenVA is an open education resource (OER) collection of digital materials and activities shared by Virginia teachers. This source provides materials for use with or without modifications and doesn't require copyright attribution. First, use the search feature to look by a keyword, subject, education level, or standard content. The advanced feature includes additional options, including search by language, type of materials, and rating. After selecting a resource, view pertinent information, including a short description, correlation to standards, and more. Next, choose the "view resource" link to access and download any relevant materials.

tag(s): OER (36), preK (238), professional development (286), Teacher Utilities (123)

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Bookmark #GoOpenVA to use as your first stop in lesson planning. Take advantage of the search filters to narrow down the content and grade-level information to suit your needs. This website is also an excellent resource for finding materials to differentiate instruction. Use higher-level activities to challenge gifted students and search for content for remediation. As you gather resources into a collection, or lesson plans, be sure to think about ways to incorporate technology in meaningful ways to enhance and extend learning.
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Free 3D Icon - UI Factory

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

tag(s): images (247)

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

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Daily Learning Activities - Discovery Education

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Discovery Education offers curated calendars of ready-to-use activities for grades K-8. Activities are available in three grade bands and include virtual field trips, reading passages,...more
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Discovery Education offers curated calendars of ready-to-use activities for grades K-8. Activities are available in three grade bands and include virtual field trips, reading passages, and more in all content areas. Create an account to begin exploring and using the calendar activities. After reaching the Activity Center, find the three calendars for the current month. Next, use the "Prior Months" tab to find the previous calendars. Each calendar opens up as a full-screen, interactive resource. Click on any day's activity to open the item and view the instructions. Select the "Teachers Notes" icon to view attribution for the images used and suggestions, quiz answers, or other additional information when included.

tag(s): calendars (38), Learning Management Systems (25), Online Learning (33), remote learning (48)

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Include these many free resources on the calendar to use during classroom centers, as homework, blended learning activities, and much more. Choose an activity to assign as a weekly project if time is an issue. Many resources also include excellent graphic organizers and question prompts; adapt these ideas to fit your current curriculum needs. Use Google Jamboard, reviewed here, to gather students' ideas for questions to ask, notes with important facts and dates, or for all participants to add questions and experiences throughout your learning sessions.

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

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

tag(s): Microsoft (68), professional development (286), Research (61)

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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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Black History Milestones: Timeline - History.com

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6 to 12
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Learn about important events in Black history in the United States, starting with the arrival of 20 enslaved people brought into the British colony of Virginia in 1619 and continuing...more
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Learn about important events in Black history in the United States, starting with the arrival of 20 enslaved people brought into the British colony of Virginia in 1619 and continuing through present times. This timeline updates frequently and includes the latest and most relevant milestones related to Black history. Each entry consists of images or videos along with a summary of the event; many also have links to additional information and resources.

tag(s): black history (90), civil rights (165), martin luther king (39), presidents (115), racism (71), rosa parks (9), slavery (60), women (104)

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Include this timeline with your Black history and civil rights resources. Share with students using Padlet, reviewed here, along with other resources including videos, weblinks, and reading suggestions. Other considerations for using Padlet are to use the column feature in Padlet to sort information by dates or use the timeline option to build a visual timeline of the events shared in this timeline and additional ones taught in class. Ask students to share their understanding by creating timelines using the templates found at Canva Edu, reviewed here or Knight Lab, reviewed here.

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Freedom Riders - PBS

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This documentary film from award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson tells the story of six months in 1961 that changed America's future forever. Follow the wrenching tale of 400 black...more
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This documentary film from award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson tells the story of six months in 1961 that changed America's future forever. Follow the wrenching tale of 400 black and white Americans traveling throughout the south in the face of oppressive Jim Crow laws through non-violent means of activism. The film begins with information on the background of segregated travel and follows the Freedom Riders through training and travels to cities throughout the south. The conclusion celebrates the final chapter of the story with Justice at Last.
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tag(s): 1960s (29), black history (90), civil rights (165), congress (37), racism (71), social and emotional learning (60)

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This film is almost two hours long; however, it includes dividing points that break the video into several shorter chapters. Consider sharing this film with students for several days not only as a means for adapting to time constraints but also to allow time to process and discuss the information in shorter chunks. Consider including this video as part of a Symbaloo Learning Path, reviewed here. Include additional resources as part of the learning path for students to read and view, along with short quizzes or opportunities to share their reflections on the information. As an opportunity for reflection use Synth, reviewed here, to encourage an ongoing conversation about the events shared in this film. Create a channel to discuss each chapter, including a prompt to initiate student discussions. For more ideas on facilitating difficult conversations in the classroom, visit the TeachersFirst Special Topics Page, located here, that is devoted to resources for difficult conversations.

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Do's and Don'ts of Teaching Black History - Learning for Justice

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This easy-to-follow list of do's and don'ts provides an excellent start to understanding the basics of teaching Black history throughout the year. Adapted from lessons created by Pat...more
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This easy-to-follow list of do's and don'ts provides an excellent start to understanding the basics of teaching Black history throughout the year. Adapted from lessons created by Pat Russo at SUNY Oswego, these simple ideas offer guidelines that ensure Black history lessons are meaningful and relevant.

tag(s): black history (90), civil rights (165), cross cultural understanding (148), cultures (100), difficult conversations (45), martin luther king (39), politics (101), racism (71), rosa parks (9)

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Bookmark and use the information provided in the article as a guideline for teaching Black history, not just during Black History Month but throughout the year. Find many Black History resources at the TeachersFirst Black History Special Topics page, found here, or within many of the Reading Treks, found here. The Reading Treks share virtual field trips of resources based upon literature and include many Black history selections. Celebrate your students' learning throughout the year using digital tools to create virtual field trips using Google My Maps, reviewed here, or creating interactive infographics using Canva Infographic Templates, reviewed here.

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PrepAI - DataToBiz

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

tag(s): assessment (122), quiz (62), quizzes (82), test prep (69)

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

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

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

tag(s): professional development (286), writing (283)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.

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Twitter Chat: Diving Into Digital Writing - TeachersFirst

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

tag(s): twitterchatarchive (133), writing (283)

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

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Twitter Chat: Strategies for SEL - TeachersFirst

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

tag(s): social and emotional learning (60), twitterchatarchive (133)

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Change is Coming - TeachersFirst

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Include literature in your teaching about the Progressive Era in the United States with the resources shared in this TeachersFirst Exclusive. Begin with a background summary that conveys...more
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Include literature in your teaching about the Progressive Era in the United States with the resources shared in this TeachersFirst Exclusive. Begin with a background summary that conveys information, including important dates and legislation passed during this period. Following this summary is a list of suggested picture books, virtual field trips, and videos to include with your studies of the Progressive Era. Additionally, each shared book also includes suggestions for classroom activities. Finally, this site also offers additional extension activities and correlation to National Library and ISTE teaching standards.

tag(s): 1800s (61), 1900s (55), branches of government (56), business (50), constitution (85), transportation (35), womens suffrage (35)

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Take advantage of the many ideas and teaching activities already offered by Change is Coming to engage student learning. Extend learning using Wakelet, reviewed here, as a tool for sharing and collaborating on information. Create a Wakelet collection for students to use to share resources within columns. For example, use columns to organize information by periods, locations, or people. Another idea is to use the columns to organize resources by type, such as videos, websites, articles, etc. Enhance learning by asking students to share their knowledge learned using multimedia tools such as Sway, reviewed here, or Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education, reviewed here. Adobe Express offers a variety of tools that include options for creating images, videos, and websites. Sway is a digital storytelling resource that makes it easy to create and share visually appealing presentations.
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Attitude Anchor Chart - Zearn

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Encourage positive attitudes toward learning with this anchor chart that highlights five positive characteristics using the acronym of ZEARN. The seven-page download includes one page...more
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Encourage positive attitudes toward learning with this anchor chart that highlights five positive characteristics using the acronym of ZEARN. The seven-page download includes one page with information about the chart and six additional pages for display. Although described as a tool for encouraging positive math attitudes, this chart works well for any subject or content area.

tag(s): character education (71), social and emotional learning (60)

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Share this anchor chart with students and post it on a bulletin board to remind students to reflect upon their work and learning process. As discussed on the information for the chart, provide students with badges for demonstrating the different qualities found on the chart. Instead of a printable badge, use a digital badge creation tool such as Makebadges, reviewed here, to create unique badges to share with students. Include students in reflection and developing positive attitudes by encouraging them to use this anchor chart as an example to create their acronym and learning attitude goals. Use Canva Edu, reviewed here, to design and share anchor charts to print and display in your classroom and online.
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Tract - Ari Memar and Esther Wojcicki

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

tag(s): Project Based Learning (12), Teacher Utilities (123)

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

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Verizon Innotive Learning HQ - Verizon

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K to 12
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Innovative Learning HQ shares professional development resources in technology for educators, classroom lessons designed to bring STEM education to bridge the digital divide across...more
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Innovative Learning HQ shares professional development resources in technology for educators, classroom lessons designed to bring STEM education to bridge the digital divide across under-resourced communities, and various AR/VR apps. Create a free account to access over 100 lesson plans and professional development sessions that provide micro-credentials. Browse the featured resources or select activities by content area. Most activities provide a focus on virtual reality or augmented reality and include a facilitator's guide, introductory videos, and student activity worksheets. In addition, lessons offer options for teaching to different grade level bands that form a progression of learning. Tasks include correlation to Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core Standards, and ISTE Standards. Finally, professional development courses provide coaching, collaboration, blended learning, and more learning opportunities. The on-demand modules are approximately 3-4 hours in length and offer the chance to apply for a micro-credential certificate upon completion.

tag(s): animals (265), animation (62), augmented reality (6), biographies (88), cells (82), coding (75), digital storytelling (129), engineering (111), graphic design (49), maps (211), musical notation (35), Problem Based Learning (12), problem solving (217), robotics (23), STEM (225), sustainability (13), Teacher Utilities (123)

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