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The Reformer: An Interactive Tool to Fix Social Security - Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget

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How do we fix Social Security to make it sustainable for future generations? Try your hand at making changes using this interactive calculator. Select from options to adjust benefits...more
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How do we fix Social Security to make it sustainable for future generations? Try your hand at making changes using this interactive calculator. Select from options to adjust benefits and revenues to view long-term modifications to the solvency of the Social Security trust fund.

tag(s): financial literacy (107), politics (105)

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Include this interactive with your other resources on lessons about government and government spending. Before making choices on the interactive, ask students to interview and record relatives to get their input on Social Security financing. Students may not understand a lot of vocabulary and terms related to Social Security, get a fast assessment of their understanding using Baamboozle, reviewed here. This is a quick and easy game creator that offers users multiple types of games for two teams and keeps score as you play. Consider asking students to create podcasts discussing different issues related to Social Security. Choose from several different free podcasting tools including Radionomy, reviewed here.

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What is Fiscal Policy? Interactive Teaching Tools - Peter G. Peterson Foundation

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Learn about and understand complex financial policies through these three interactive teaching options. Learn about the federal budget with The Fiscal Ship, a game that challenges players...more
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Learn about and understand complex financial policies through these three interactive teaching options. Learn about the federal budget with The Fiscal Ship, a game that challenges players to keep their financial ship upright through policy and debt choices. The Reformer Tool addresses Social Security issues by modifying benefits and choosing tax rates. The third offering is a series of lessons for high school teachers that encourage students to think about a variety of different types of financial concerns facing individuals and the government.

tag(s): financial literacy (107)

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Take advantage of the interactives and lessons offered on this site to include with your current finance lessons. Ask students to explain a financial concept using ThingLink, reviewed here. Use ThingLink with any appropriate image to add links to websites, videos, and images. Upon completion of your finance unit, ask students to create an interactive book using Ourboox, reviewed here. Ourboox offers tools for publishing digital books that include images, video, and audio in addition to text.
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LMGTFY - Jim Garvin

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Have you ever told anyone, "Let me Google that for you?" That is what LMGTFY is all about! This site allows you to demonstrate how to Google (and much more) ...more
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Have you ever told anyone, "Let me Google that for you?" That is what LMGTFY is all about! This site allows you to demonstrate how to Google (and much more) terms, then send a link with a step by step demonstration on how to complete the search. LMGTFY has grown beyond Google and now offers users the ability to select from several popular search engines including Bing, Yahoo, Ask, and DuckDuckGo. The drop-down box provides choices to search the web, images, video, and more. After making selections and entering a search term, click to get the link or choose preview to view the information.

tag(s): browser (6), search engines (60), search strategies (25)

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Use LMGTFY to teach students how to use search engines effectively. Create links demonstrating searches using different terms and different search engines and have students analyze the results. When students create multimedia presentations of research projects, ask them to include a screen share using Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here, to show their search method using LMGTFY. This site is perfect to use with young students to demonstrate proper search techniques.

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Twitter Chat: Using Social Media to Build a Sense of School Community - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from March 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Using Social Media to Build a Sense of School Community. During ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from March 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Using Social Media to Build a Sense of School Community. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss the need for strengthening and building a united school community, 2. Discuss the benefits of using social media to impact school culture and 3. Share various social media tools and how they can be used to increase community engagement.

tag(s): climate (94), communities (40), social media (33), twitterchatarchive (61)

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Find resources and explore ways to use social media effectively to build school climate, culture, and community. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for sites and information related to social media implementation.

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OK2Ask: 5 Strategies for Building Content-Area Literacy - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from March 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Students need to be able to communicate about the content we teach. They may...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from March 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Students need to be able to communicate about the content we teach. They may learn literacy basics in the language arts classroom, but in order to apply those skills, they need content area practice. In this session we will discuss five strategies that can be used to practice reading, writing and speaking using content area concepts and vocabulary. Participants will: 1. Understand the importance of content area literacy practice; 2. Learn 5 strategies for content area literacy practice; and 3. Plan for the use of content area strategies in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): literacy (105), reading strategies (56)

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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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Ford's Theatre Abraham Lincoln Teaching Resources - Ford's Theatre

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Where is a better place to find resources for teaching about Abraham Lincoln than Ford's Theatre? Use the filters on the site to locate videos, lessons, primary sources, and much ...more
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Where is a better place to find resources for teaching about Abraham Lincoln than Ford's Theatre? Use the filters on the site to locate videos, lessons, primary sources, and much more to use with students in grades 3 and up. Full lessons include correlation to Common Core Standards, handouts, and rubrics for assessment. The videos reside on YouTube. If your school blocks YouTube, they may not be viewable.

tag(s): civil war (142), lincoln (83), presidents (126), primary sources (93)

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Use the materials found on this site to supplement your lessons on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. Find additional Lincoln and Civil War materials at Actively Learn, reviewed here. Lessons on Actively Learn include embedded questions correlated to Common Core Standards for developing reading and comprehension skills. Organize your entire Lincoln unit and share materials (including videos with embedded questions) with students using Edmodo, reviewed here. Create an entire learning path with all of your materials using Symbaloo Learning Paths, reviewed here. Symbaloo Learning Paths includes options for embedding videos, texts, quizzes, and more. In addition, Symbaloo Learning Paths allows the creator to create optional paths for users to follow allowing for differentiation of activities. Modify older students learning by having them create their own Learning Path as an alternative to a research project to share information they learned and create quizzes for fellow students.
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Lincoln's Assassination - Ford's Theatre

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Take an in-depth investigation into the events of April 14, 1865, at Ford's Theatre and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln through eyewitness accounts and exploration of the evidence...more
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Take an in-depth investigation into the events of April 14, 1865, at Ford's Theatre and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln through eyewitness accounts and exploration of the evidence left behind using materials found on this interactive site. Begin with questions to consider during your investigation then continue to read about first-hand accounts provided by witnesses in different areas of the theatre. Finally, examine the physical evidence including Lincoln's clothing and items found in John Wilkes Booth's pockets. Complete the activity as you return to the original questions with evidence in hand to support your conclusions.

tag(s): civil war (142), lincoln (83), presidents (126), primary sources (93)

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Include this website with your Civil War unit, President's Day, or Abraham Lincoln lessons. Instead of gathering information from textbooks to learn about Lincoln's death, ask students to be the investigators and gather and analyze facts on their own. Begin by sharing the questions found on this site using Padlet, reviewed here. Create a column for each question in your Padlet, then have students add evidence found on this site and others to support their answer. To enhance learning and help students organize their thinking, use a timeline creator from ReadWriteThink, reviewed here, to understand the order of events. Transform student learning as a final activity, by asking students to share their findings including evidence in an explainer video created with Biteable, reviewed here.

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Easy Teacher Worksheets - easyteacherworksheets.com

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This site offers a large assortment of ready to print worksheets with preschool through high school content. The majority of materials focus on content for elementary and junior high...more
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This site offers a large assortment of ready to print worksheets with preschool through high school content. The majority of materials focus on content for elementary and junior high levels. Choose a topic and use the topic list on the left side of the screen to narrow down to specific needs. Be sure to check out the Teacher Printables section; this includes many helpful printables for report card comments, parent information, and organization.
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tag(s): calendars (46), grammar review (42), graphic organizers (42), holidays (139), organizational skills (120), substitutes (18), worksheets (63)

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Use instructions found on the site to print materials as a PDF document. Use worksheets as a starting point for assessing student knowledge at the beginning of a unit. Have students use information on the worksheets as a starting point for research. Have them locate sources and websites that explain further and share that information in a blog post using a tool like Edublog, reviewed here. Include information from this site with your other resources and create games for review using Baamboozle, reviewed here. Baamboozle is a quick and easy game creator that makes multiple types of games for two teams and keeps score as you play.
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Native American Heritage Month - KQED PBS

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PBS presents this outstanding collection of resources for Native American Heritage Month. Learn about the culture, traditions, and history of American and Alaska Natives. Find documentaries,...more
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PBS presents this outstanding collection of resources for Native American Heritage Month. Learn about the culture, traditions, and history of American and Alaska Natives. Find documentaries, short stories and lessons for grades 3 to 12.

tag(s): alaska (24), holidays (139), native americans (79), oral history (12), video (269)

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Choose one of the documentaries that will appeal to the age group you teach to use as an introduction to your Native American Unit or for Native American Heritage Month celebrated in November. The documentaries are perfect for use on an interactive whiteboard, with a projector, or flip your classroom and create a link on your classroom webpage for students to view on their own. Most of them are an hour to an hour and a half. You may want to break the viewing of the videos into two to four days depending on the age of your students. After each viewing, ask students to write a blog entry about what they learned and what questions they still have. With middle and high school students use Telegra.ph, reviewed here. With Telegra.ph you just click on an icon to upload images from your computer, add a YouTube or Vimeo, or Twitter links. This blog creator requires no registration. If you are teaching younger students and looking for an easy way to integrate technology and check for understanding, use Seesaw, reviewed here. Once your unit is done have older students create an interactive poster using a tool like Genial.ly, reviewed here, where students can insert maps, surveys, video, audio and more. Take advantage of the free lesson plans offered on this site! This is a great way to introduce the background of American and Alaskan Natives.

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Center for News Literacy - Stony Brook University

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The Center for News Literacy provides articles and courses to teach news literacy. Defined as learning critical thinking skills to judge the reliability and credibility of information...more
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The Center for News Literacy provides articles and courses to teach news literacy. Defined as learning critical thinking skills to judge the reliability and credibility of information received, this site serves to help students and educators learn to evaluate materials from any source. Select from the courses offered including Deconstructing a Viral Video and Who Decides What is Newsworthy? The Course Packs include PowerPoint presentations with lesson materials along with final quizzes.

tag(s): internet safety (117), journalism (58), news (259), newspapers (99)

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Bookmark this site to stay up to date on the latest information on news literacy. Take advantage of the free lessons and courses to include with your lessons on evaluating news and news sources. Ask students to review online news and take notes with a tool such as Webnote, reviewed here; tell students to be sure to save the URL to share their notes and questions with you and their peers. Ask students to create a screencast using Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here. In their screencast ask them to share different online articles and compare and contrast information shared by different sources. Share with parents as a resource for finding information to discuss with their student regarding the reliability of information and sources.

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One World Education Student Writing - Eric Goldstein and Emily Chiariello

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The Student Writing portal of One World Education shares exemplary writing examples from One World Student Ambassadors. Each piece models grade-level writing and includes a reflection...more
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The Student Writing portal of One World Education shares exemplary writing examples from One World Student Ambassadors. Each piece models grade-level writing and includes a reflection experience. Based on the One World Program, articles feature information based on student research of a social justice issue important to them. In addition to the featured student writing, the site also includes a research portal for students categorized by grade levels and issues. Sign up to become a partner and access curriculum materials based on Common Core Standards.

tag(s): persuasive writing (55), sociology (24), writing (364)

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Share the student writing samples with your class to model grade-level writing and research skills. On your interactive writing board upload an example and use highlighting and drawing tools to point out examples of good writing including use of specific examples, text structure, and vocabulary. Ask students to share their first draft on a site like Peergrade, reviewed here. This site allows teachers to create an assignment with a rubric and automatically distributes uploaded assignments to peers for review. As a follow-up, after students complete their writing project, ask them to create podcasts sharing additional information and reflections on the social justice issue they researched. Buzzsprout, reviewed here, is an excellent tool for creating and sharing podcasts.
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Erasures - Wave Books

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Use the texts presented and your imagination to create a found poem by removing just a few words. Erasures supplies the text which makes this the perfect site to practice ...more
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Use the texts presented and your imagination to create a found poem by removing just a few words. Erasures supplies the text which makes this the perfect site to practice developing a found poem! Start a poem by either clicking a text title or on the top menu click Make an Erasure. Clicking on words will erase them and clicking again on the empty space will bring them back. Save the poem and take a screenshot (Command-shift-4 on a Mac or Print screen on a PC).

tag(s): creative writing (170), poetry (223), writing (364)

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Use Erasures to practice creating found poems with your class. Use a projector or an interactive whiteboard to read one of the shorter texts, then look through the archived poems to see if you and your students can get an idea about which poems were created from that text. A Bundle of Letters by Henry James and the poem New York vs. Boston would work well for this exercise. Open two browser windows and compare the text and the poem side by side. Ask students why the author chose those words. Why did the poet leave the punctuation in front of Poor? Would they choose different words and punctuation? How does that effect the poem? Next, have student pairs try to match up a poem and text on their own and analyze the word choice and punctuation. Have students record their process and results using a note taking tool such as Memo Notepad, reviewed here; tell students to be sure to save the URL to share their notes and questions with you and their peers. Allow students to work with a partner or alone to create their own poem from one of the texts. Have students record their poem in a blog entry using a tool like Loose Leaves, reviewed here, to share it with you and their peers. Students must remember to give credit to the author of the original text.

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Twitter Chat: The A in STEAM: A Closer Look - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from March 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: The A in STEAM: A Closer Look. During this chat, participants ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from March 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: The A in STEAM: A Closer Look. During this chat, participants will: 1. Define STEAM and discuss the role of the arts in STEM, 2. Share resources that assist in integrating arts into traditional STEM lessons and 3. Share technology tools to help teachers introduce arts into STEM education.

tag(s): creativity (120), design (88), STEM (205), twitterchatarchive (61)

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Find resources and explore ways to integrate the arts into STEM education. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for sites and information related to STEAM.

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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 (24)

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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 (81), colors (77), drawing (81), 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 (81), artists (81), images (281)

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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 (119)

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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 (48), 1900s (40), 20th century (50), music theory (45)

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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 (104), twitterchatarchive (61)

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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 (64)

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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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