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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 (124)

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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 (282), video (239)

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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 (35), preK (238), professional development (282), Teacher Utilities (124)

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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 (47)

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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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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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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 (282), 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 (130), 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 (59), twitterchatarchive (130)

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Find resources and information about social and emotional learning. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for strategies and resources on social and emotional learning.

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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 (59)

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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 (11), Teacher Utilities (124)

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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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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 (266), animation (62), augmented reality (6), biographies (88), cells (82), coding (75), digital storytelling (128), engineering (111), graphic design (49), maps (213), musical notation (35), Problem Based Learning (12), problem solving (214), robotics (23), STEM (225), sustainability (12), Teacher Utilities (124)

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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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Twitter Chat: Technology Integration Frameworks - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from December 2021 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is Technology Integration Frameworks. During this chat, participants: 1. Defined and...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from December 2021 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is Technology Integration Frameworks. During this chat, participants: 1. Defined and discussed technology integration frameworks, 2. Explored strategies to implement the frameworks in the classroom, and 3. Shared tech tools and resources.

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Find resources and information about technology integration frameworks. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for strategies and resources on technology integration frameworks.

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Family Guy Yourself - Fox

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Design a personalized avatar based upon characters from The Family Guy tv series using the accessible tools at this site. Begin by choosing the body type, then use the icons ...more
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Design a personalized avatar based upon characters from The Family Guy tv series using the accessible tools at this site. Begin by choosing the body type, then use the icons on the right side of the page to start customizing features, including facial features. When finished, select an image format to complete your design. Save to your computer or share using the social media links.

tag(s): creativity (91), emotions (44), faces (6)

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Create and use avatars similar to how you use Bitmoji, reviewed here. Create an avatar for use on your class website or blog. Update your avatar to reflect current lessons, holidays, or events. Use avatars to appeal to students and draw their attention to important information. Design an avatar with an unusual look to use as a creative writing prompt. Have older students (13+) take a picture of a portion of text and add an avatar to share a connection or response to the text (also known as BookSnaps).

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PDF Mixer - PDF Mixer

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Organize, merge, and save PDF files in Windows operating systems with the PDF Mixer download. Follow the directions to download this tool to any of the listed operating systems for...more
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Organize, merge, and save PDF files in Windows operating systems with the PDF Mixer download. Follow the directions to download this tool to any of the listed operating systems for Windows XP through Windows 11. After installation, follow the directions to complete many different tasks. Options include adding files, changing the order of documents, scanning pages, and uploading documents from Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

tag(s): conversions (32), worksheets (65)

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Download PDF Mixer onto your computer as a timesaving tool when working with PDF documents--saving as a PDF offers flexibility when sharing documents with others. Save multiple student documents as a PDF to share with parents. Use Flipsnack, reviewed here, to turn students' PDFs into an online book; there is even a page-turning effect! This tool is a helpful utility for students entering contests or completing applications offered only in PDF form.
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Spaces - Gil Silberstein

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Spaces is a portfolio-creation tool that provides assessment opportunities and demonstrates student progress through three different types of Spaces. First, create a Class Space to...more
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Spaces is a portfolio-creation tool that provides assessment opportunities and demonstrates student progress through three different types of Spaces. First, create a Class Space to share files and media and promote discussion for the whole class. Second, Group Spaces offer the ability to connect with groups designed from within the Class Space. Finally, Individual Spaces allow individual students and families to engage in sharing learning products. Use the tools provided in Spaces to add tags to show progress or curate work products. Other options include the ability to assign activities on specific dates and to particular groups and individuals.

tag(s): assessment (122), communication (135), DAT device agnostic tool (135), Formative Assessment (41), Learning Management Systems (25), portfolios (23), Teacher Utilities (124)

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Access the included guides to learn about the features of Spaces and to import your class. After creating a class, invite students to join by sharing the class code or link. Access is available on all devices and through apps available on Google Play and the Apple App Store. Introduce students to Spaces by asking them to upload a short video or photo introducing themselves to the class. Create and share student portfolios that demonstrate growth in reading, math, science, music, art, or other subjects. Share student work during parent/teacher conferences to show and highlight student progress.
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20th Century America (1945-2000) Resources - TeachersFirst

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20th Century America Part 2 includes the years after World War 2 through the end of the 20th Century. During this period, there were global conflicts in Korea, Vietnam, and ...more
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20th Century America Part 2 includes the years after World War 2 through the end of the 20th Century. During this period, there were global conflicts in Korea, Vietnam, and the Middle East. In addition, the Cold War, a period of tension between the United States, the Soviet Union, and their allies, continued for decades. The latter half of the 20th Century was also a tumultuous time for Civil Rights. Strong African American leaders who worked for social justice included Rosa Parks, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and the Little Rock Nine. It was also a time of innovation and technological advancements. Read all about these events and more in the resources shared in this curated list.

tag(s): 20th century (48), black history (90), civil rights (165), cold war (24), korea (18), martin luther king (39), middle east (40), rosa parks (9), segregation (16), vietnam (31)

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Use these resources as you prepare social studies lessons related to American History 1945-2000. Each review includes technology integration ideas. This list includes resources for elementary and secondary students.

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20th Century America (1900-1945) Resources - TeachersFirst

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The first part of the 20th Century in America takes us from the turn of the century through the end of World War 2. It is pivotal to help students ...more
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The first part of the 20th Century in America takes us from the turn of the century through the end of World War 2. It is pivotal to help students understand how these years changed the country. Find resources in this collection related to the economic, social and technological milestones seen during this time. We will include resources that introduce the opening of the Panama Canal, the Wall Street Crash of 1929, The Great Depression, Mahatma Gandhi, World War I and II, the first winter Olympics, US Immigration Act of 1924, the Holocaust, Japanese internment camps, the segregation era, the Roaring Twenties and prohibition, The Ford Model-T, Lindburgh's first nonstop flight from NY to Paris, the construction of the Empire State Building and the Hoover Dam. Discover these topics and many others in this collection.

tag(s): 20th century (48), great depression (27), holocaust (40), immigration (58), japanese (46), segregation (16), stock market (8), world war 1 (62), world war 2 (136)

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Find resources to educate yourself and your students about various topics related to American history during the years of 1900-1945. This collection includes lesson plans and interactives too. Share these resources with your colleagues and families.

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Twitter Chat: The Science of Learning - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from December 2021 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is The Science of Learning. During this chat, participants: 1. Defined and discussed retrieval practices, 2. Explored evidence-based strategies for learning, and 3. Shared strategies and resources to mix up your teaching practices to engage students.

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Find resources and information about the science of learning. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for strategies and resources on the science of learning.

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Oxfam's Education Resources - OXFAM

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Find an extensive list of free resources for developing learning about global issues from Oxfam's collection for education. These resources aim to give students the materials and activities...more
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Find an extensive list of free resources for developing learning about global issues from Oxfam's collection for education. These resources aim to give students the materials and activities to think critically and act responsibly. In this collection, you'll find activities, lesson plans, quizzes, PowerPoint presentations, and more. Topics explore high-interest issues for learners ages 7 to 14. Examples of a few cases are Children's Rights, Sustainable Clothing, Climate Change/Emergency/Challenge, Where Food Comes From, and much more. The units are downloadable in PDF format and include plans for different age groups, a teacher overview, related links, a detailed resource outline, and PowerPoints (where applicable).

tag(s): civil rights (165), climate change (77), environment (218), immigration (58), women (104)

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These units are very comprehensive! Choose a unit to complete as a class using your interactive whiteboard or projector to show students all activities, links, and other resources. Then go through some titles and descriptions of several units and ask the class which ones they would be interested in exploring. You may want to use a tool such as Padlet, reviewed here, to keep this organized and eventually form student groups. Students interested in the same topic can form small groups to explore their topics. For younger students, structure this in a very organized way in that all students will look at the links for their unit on a certain day and divide them up with their group to explore and share with other group members after a given time. For older students you could modify their technology use using a tool like Workona, reviewed here, to keep student groups organized and moving forward in their research. At the end of the research, enhance student learning by having student groups share with the class what they learned using a multimedia tool like Genially, reviewed here. With Genially, students can choose what type of presentation they want to use (interactive poster, infographic, videos, games, etc.).
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