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Miro - Miro

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6 to 12
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Think of Miro as a mashup of Zoom and a robust interactive whiteboard tool. Zoom in and out of the whiteboard to make it any size for viewing and adding ...more
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Think of Miro as a mashup of Zoom and a robust interactive whiteboard tool. Zoom in and out of the whiteboard to make it any size for viewing and adding information. Miro includes many templates for creating flow charts, mind maps, and planning activities. After creating an account, add a new board. Use the dashboard to add notes, templates, add comments, upload items from your computer, and much more. Collaborate with others by sharing the URL for your Miro board. Free accounts allow you to include an unlimited number of team members and create three editable boards.

tag(s): collaboration (80), graphic organizers (43), iwb (31)

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Ask older students to use Miro as a collaborative tool for projects. Have students use Miro to develop storylines that include links and images to tell the story of events in history or retell novels. Ask students to use Miro to create mood boards to share the different works of artists or demonstrate different architecture types. Miro is also an excellent choice for use as a collaborative tool for large projects to brainstorm ideas, assign tasks, and document progress. Use Miro with students as part of your science experiments to share the steps of the experiment, document hypotheses, and add images and reflections upon the outcomes of the experiment. Miro is an excellent resource for remote learning situations to engage students through interactive content and chat.

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Native Land Digital - Victor Temprano

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Native Land Digital is an interactive map of indigenous territories around the world. Click an area on the map or type in an address to find relevant tribes from that ...more
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Native Land Digital is an interactive map of indigenous territories around the world. Click an area on the map or type in an address to find relevant tribes from that area. Each tribe name includes a link to a page that tells more about the tribe or treaties referenced. Use the dropdown boxes to search by specific tribes, treaties, or languages. Be sure to go to the Resources area of this site to find a comprehensive Teacher's Guide that includes complete instructions for using the site and several map-related lessons.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (143), DAT device agnostic tool (167), maps (217), native americans (77)

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Bookmark and save this site for many purposes for geography lessons and lessons about indigenous people worldwide. Engage students in learning by finding indigenous people who lived in or near your location and then exploring the provided links to learn more about their way of life. Instead of using paper and pencil for suggested journal activities, use Telegra.ph, reviewed here, to create simple websites that include student writing and images. Extend learning by asking students to create podcasts using Buzzsprout, reviewed here. Share podcasts that feature information about different indigenous tribes or focus on one tribe through a series of podcasts that discuss the land they lived on, their lifestyle, and the history of the tribe.

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Threadit - Google

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Create and send short videos using Threadit's easy-to-use features. Available within the Chrome browser or as an extension, Threadit includes several options such as screen sharing...more
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Create and send short videos using Threadit's easy-to-use features. Available within the Chrome browser or as an extension, Threadit includes several options such as screen sharing and the ability to piece together short video clips into one video. Start with a blank screen or choose from templates such as tutorials, congratulatory wishes, and project updates. After selecting a template or blank format, be sure to follow directions to allow access to your computer's microphone and camera. If using a template, follow the steps shown on the project's dashboard. Stages are editable; delete any portions you won't be using. When finished, follow the directions to publish and share with others. All of your completed videos are available after posting onto your Threadit account. In addition, viewers have the option to reply to your Threadit video with a video of their own.

tag(s): collaboration (80), Google (27), video (245)

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Think of Threadit as something similar to FlipGrid, reviewed here, and Flipgrid responses. Use it to share how-to videos of computer software or games, start a question or prompt and ask students to reply, or create a video to accompany an article for students to read that points out highlights and important information. Use Threadit as a tool for groups to share threaded presentations. For example, ask each group member to record his portion of the presentation and then add the short videos into one longer video presentation. Many students are familiar with the short video format of tools such as TikTok, engage students by sharing Threadit as a similar tool to use in an educational setting.

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PrePostSEO - Ahmad Sattar

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6 to 12
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PrePostSEO (Search Engine Optimization) provides a suite of 95 tools for use when building and maintaining websites and for authors' use with text. Tools include a plagiarism checker,...more
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PrePostSEO (Search Engine Optimization) provides a suite of 95 tools for use when building and maintaining websites and for authors' use with text. Tools include a plagiarism checker, article rewriter, and grammar checker, among many others. First, follow the directions within each site to upload and check or convert the content. Then scroll down the page to find the names of tools sorted into categories; there is a category for writing and education that includes a spell checker, word counter, and more.
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tag(s): editing (80), plagiarism (32), writing (282)

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Use the tools found on this site to check student work for plagiarism. Share the site with students to use with writing projects and website development. This site is beneficial for computer and software development courses as a tool for checking and verifying content in many different ways. Ask students to attach their report results to their writing as part of the writing assignment.

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Vmaker - Animaker

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Vmaker is an all-in-one screen recorder, video recorder, webcam recorder, and video editor. Use Vmaker to create, edit and schedule recordings without time limits or watermarks. Create...more
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Vmaker is an all-in-one screen recorder, video recorder, webcam recorder, and video editor. Use Vmaker to create, edit and schedule recordings without time limits or watermarks. Create a free account to record unlimited videos for free. Download Vmaker to your computer or install it as a browser extension following the directions upon signup. Once the extension or download is complete, access the included features to choose settings and begin recording. When finished, your video is available to edit or share. When ready to share, download the video to your device, copy the link for your video, or share by email.

tag(s): Online Learning (29), remote learning (44), tutorials (43), video (245)

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Use this handy screen recording tool in a variety of ways in your classroom. Record tutorials for students to demonstrate how to access and use online sites; create recordings for substitutes to explain how to find and use the software on your computer, or make a how-to demo to find information on your class website to share with students and parents. Help students understand how to use the different features of documents, such as creating a tutorial showing students how to format cells in Excel, adding comments to a Google document, or finding and inserting images in slides. Share this tool with students to use when analyzing websites as part of your ongoing digital safety lessons. Ask them to include a video as part of a larger multimedia presentation. After exporting their video, ask students to include it within a presentation created using Sway, reviewed here, or Adobe Spark for Education, reviewed here.

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The Evolution of the Oval Office Decor - American Home Shield

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Each new president makes adjustments to the Oval Office decor to match their personal style and taste. This site shares 3D renderings of the Oval Office beginning in 1909 with ...more
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Each new president makes adjustments to the Oval Office decor to match their personal style and taste. This site shares 3D renderings of the Oval Office beginning in 1909 with William Howard Taft up to Joseph Biden in 2021. In addition to viewing individual renderings, viewers can compare and contrast any two images using dropdown boxes to select different presidents. At the time of this review the comparison boxes did not include Joseph Biden.

tag(s): design (81), presidents (116), white house (13)

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Use this interesting look at Oval Office decor as an introduction to your unit on presidents. Ask students to compare and contrast decorating styles and tastes. What does that tell you about the president? After looking at the renderings, use Google search or Getty Images, reviewed here, to find actual images of the offices. Ask students to use Google Drawings, reviewed here, to draw their imagined Oval Office. Include their drawing on a simple webpage created with Carrd, reviewed here, explaining their drawings and wishes for an Oval Office design.

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Twitter Chat: Back to School Planning and Preparation - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from August 2021 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Back to School Planning and Preparation. During this chat, participants: 1. ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from August 2021 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Back to School Planning and Preparation. During this chat, participants: 1. Explored strategies and resources for planning and preparation. 2. Collaborated on ideas for overcoming challenges in the classroom, and 3. Shared resources for professional learning and development.

tag(s): back to school (56), twitterchatarchive (115)

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Find resources and information about back-to-school planning. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for strategies and resources on planning and preparing for back to school.

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OK2Ask: TeachersFirst Tech Tools Smackdown - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from August 2021. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

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There are many technology tools available for classroom use, but which ones are teachers' favorites? Join TeachersFirst as we showcase and compare some of our contributors' favorite edtech resources. Explore new and tried-and-true technology tools for your classroom and help us decide which tool is the winner of this season's Smackdown! As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn about and compare some of TeachersFirst contributors' favorite technology tools; 2. Evaluate one or more tools for classroom use; and 3. Share ideas for using resources with other participants. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): communication (139), Formative Assessment (36), Online Learning (29), professional development (254)

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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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PixCove - PixCove

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PixCove offers downloadable JPEG images for use privately or commercially without requiring attribution. Use the keyword search to locate images for specific topics or browse through...more
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PixCove offers downloadable JPEG images for use privately or commercially without requiring attribution. Use the keyword search to locate images for specific topics or browse through the latest uploads. Included with each image is a short description with tags and a statement of no copyright declaring the availability to use the image without attribution. Even when not required, it is always a good idea for students to provide attribution when possible.

tag(s): images (254), photography (130)

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Explore PixCove as a resource to find images and backgrounds for any digital projects and presentations. Select interesting images to display for creative writing prompts or ask students to select a photo to inspire a creative writing project. Ask students to write their stories (displaying the image) with Telegra.ph, reviewed here, to share with the class. Telegra.ph is a very easy-to-use single web page creator with options for including images or video links.

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EDUimages - All4Ed

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K to 12
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Do you need free, high-quality, diverse classroom and student images? This free site is just for you! EDUimages provides a library of photos taken from seven urban schools that primarily...more
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Do you need free, high-quality, diverse classroom and student images? This free site is just for you! EDUimages provides a library of photos taken from seven urban schools that primarily serve multicultural students and low-income families representing modern classrooms. Images cover all grade levels from PreK through high school. Search the site by keyword, or browse through the collections divided into grade levels, subject area, and more. Download using the links provided; included with each image is all copyright information. The photos are free and licensed under Creative Commons attribution and require appropriate attribution.

tag(s): creative commons (23), images (254), preK (231)

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Bookmark this site for professional use and share it with students whenever using images for class projects and assignments. Be sure to discuss how to use and attribute images within their work properly. Use these images on your class web page, in newsletters, or in slide presentations. Many of the images also work well for use with creative writing projects. For example, display one of the interesting images on your whiteboard or share it with students in their learning space to use as a writing prompt. Ask students to include the image on a simple webpage created with Telegra.ph, reviewed here, then write a short story based upon the picture.

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Helperbird - Robert James

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K to 12
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Helperbird is an extension for Chrome, Edge, and Firefox browsers that adds accessibility and productivity tools to any website. The free version includes dyslexia fonts, a font changer,...more
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Helperbird is an extension for Chrome, Edge, and Firefox browsers that adds accessibility and productivity tools to any website. The free version includes dyslexia fonts, a font changer, and the ability to adjust word spacing to make websites easier to view. Content features include Immersive Reader, translations, a picture dictionary, and screenshot tools. Enhanced display tools offer you the ability to emphasize links and adjust for color blindness. Try it for free by choosing your browser and following the directions to add the extension. After adding the extension, pin it to your toolbar and adjust the different options as desired.

tag(s): ELL/ESL (15), Special Needs (40), Teacher Utilities (115)

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Use Helperbird as a browser extension to support learners in many different situations. Turn on the dyslexia font for students with dyslexia, for students with visual challenges, adjust the font and color to make viewing and reading online information more accessible. Include the dictionary to support readers and English as a New Language learners.

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Circlyapp - circlyapp.com

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Circlyapp is a platform for organizing and sharing information visually using brightly colored circles as an organizing tool. Work as an individual or invite others into collaborative...more
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Circlyapp is a platform for organizing and sharing information visually using brightly colored circles as an organizing tool. Work as an individual or invite others into collaborative projects and discussions using Circlyapp. Register for an account using your email to begin a blank project or choose from shared templates. The shared templates include ideas for book reviews, character maps, and a drag-and-drop opposite adjectives game. After creating a project, use the link to share with collaborators. Free accounts allow you to save up to 30 projects and download completed activities as an image.

tag(s): charts and graphs (166), graphic organizers (43), organizational skills (94)

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Share Circlyapp on your whiteboard or screen when remote teaching as a visual tool for organizing and discussing any topic. For example, use the character map template as a starting point for discussions of actions and character traits of essential characters in any story or to analyze noteworthy people in history. Have older students complete character maps on their own as an assessment activity. Share with students who are working on group projects as an organizational tool for managing different project components. Ask students to include a completed Circlyapp image as part of a larger project or book report. Use and finish the book review template as a starting point for a book review project, then include the image with other parts of the assignment within a Sway presentation, reviewed here. Take advantage of the included opposite adjectives game template to create drag and drop matching activities for any topic. For example, create a sorting game for types of animals, geographic features, historical events by date, or pairing types of speech to different categories.

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Critical Media Project - Alison Trope

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3 to 12
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The Critical Media Project incorporates critical thinking skills and empathy into lessons for students aged eight through twenty-one, raising crucial awareness of social issues such...more
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The Critical Media Project incorporates critical thinking skills and empathy into lessons for students aged eight through twenty-one, raising crucial awareness of social issues such as race, ethnicity, and individual identity. Many exercises incorporate modern culture examples, including TV episodes and YouTube videos. Explore the available lessons by selecting particular topics or use the site's curated playlists to view media sequences covering many focused issues. Be sure to check out the DIY Activities area of the Critical Media Project that contains many different ideas for extending learning. Lessons are aligned to Common Core Standards.

tag(s): bullying (52), cultures (97), difficult conversations (41), disabilities (25), identity (23), racism (67)

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Discover the many ready-to-go, short, focused activities found on this site during any lessons on social issues and current events. Each lesson features discussion questions, after class discussions ask students to share their thoughts using an online blogging tool such as Edublogs, reviewed here. Have students include information and links that reinforce their ideas. For older students, use Fiskkit, reviewed here, as a collaborative tool for sharing and discussing issues and ideas in online articles.
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Diversity Toolkit - National Education Association (NEA)

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The Diversity Toolkit provides teaching strategies and resources based on multiple facets of diversity. Explore the topics found on the toolkit to learn more about Cultural Competence...more
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The Diversity Toolkit provides teaching strategies and resources based on multiple facets of diversity. Explore the topics found on the toolkit to learn more about Cultural Competence for Teachers, Class and Income, Social Justice, and more. Each subject includes a short introduction, a discussion of the main issues, and suggestions for teaching strategies. Use the links within each of the issues to find support resources.
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tag(s): civil rights (149), difficult conversations (41), diversity (30), racism (67)

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Use this toolkit to identify different facets of diversity to include in your lessons about social justice and inequalities in society. Consider using Wakelet, reviewed here, as a resource to create and share your lessons with students. Create a Wakelet that includes links to your instructional resources, including videos, online information, and uploaded documents. Include in your Wakelet a link to a different collection that is created as a collaborative space for students to add text responses, videos and reflections. Have students upload a video into the collection directly from Flipgrid, reviewed here. For example, visit this collection entitled "Diving into the Civil Rights."

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OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire: Digital Escapes with Google - TeachersFirst

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Looking for a fun and engaging way to teach a lesson? Digital Escapes made using Google tools will fit the bill. Digital Escapes are the online version of immersive games where teams discover clues, solve puzzles, and accomplish tasks to escape from the game site. They're an exciting, fun, and effective learner-centered teaching strategy you will reach for again and again. Learn how to implement this instructional strategy in your classroom and about the many benefits of this approach, such as developing problem-solving skills, fostering a growth mindset, encouraging collaboration and teamwork, and promoting access to content knowledge. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand Digital Escapes as a learner-centered instructional strategy; 2. Explore a collection of Digital Escape examples to understand how to use the strategy in the classroom; and. 3. Plan for the use of Digital Escapes in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Formative Assessment (36), professional development (254)

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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: Maximizing Learning with Microsoft Edu - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from August 2021 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Maximizing Learning with Microsoft Edu During this chat, participants: 1. Discussed...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from August 2021 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Maximizing Learning with Microsoft Edu During this chat, participants: 1. Discussed strategies to empower students with Microsoft 365. 2. Explored strategies and resources for using Microsoft Edu to enhance instruction, and 3. Shared integration ideas for using Microsoft resources in the classroom.

tag(s): Microsoft (62), twitterchatarchive (115)

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Find resources and information about maximizing learning with Microsoft Edu. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for strategies and resources on Microsoft Edu.

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OK2Ask: Sway Cool Student Projects - TeachersFirst

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Looking for great ideas on how to measure learning with engaging student projects? Look no further! This workshop will introduce you to a wide range of projects designed with Sway, a free edtech design tool for students in grades 2-12. This visually dynamic, intuitive tool easily combines text, images, designs, audio, video to spark student creativity. It's shareable, can be collaborative, looks fantastic, and is accessible on any device, making it a perfect addition to your 1:1 initiative toolbox. Learn the basics in minutes and translate your new learning into powerful formative and summative student projects that focus on content rather than bells and whistles. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn basic use of the free Sway tool; 2. Understand what elements must be present to have an authentic, successful show-what-you-know student project; and 3. Plan for the use of Microsoft Sway in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): assessment (123), Formative Assessment (36), professional development (254)

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

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OK2Ask: Authentic Assessment with Flipgrid, Sway, and more! - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from July 2021. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

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Are you looking for ways to make your formative and summative assessments more effective? Join us to learn how to use Flipgrid, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Sway to create authentic assessments throughout your units. Whether it's formative or summative assessment, finding ways to measure students' understanding effectively is crucial to ensuring student progress and future success. In this session, we will explore how you can use free Office products to create better formative and summative assessments that reliably measure student learning, promote critical thinking, and help students develop real-world skills. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Explore the meaning of the term "authentic assessment;" 2. Evaluate several formats of assessment for their usefulness in assessing student learning; and 3. Identify a variety of assessment methods and plan for their use in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): assessment (123), Formative Assessment (36), professional development (254)

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OK2Ask: Facts Are Facts...Aren't They? - TeachersFirst

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Can your students tell

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Can your students tell facts from fiction? Do your digital natives suffer from "digital naivety"? They may be fluent enough with technology to create and post their own work, but may not be aware that not everyone who posts online is credible. Teaching students to sift through multiple sets of information allows them to learn the difference between propaganda, advertising, and factual reporting. This is a skill that students need in order to be truly digitally literate. Join us to learn strategies to help your students determine if information is reliable. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Explore tools and strategies for teaching media literacy; 2. Learn strategies that promote critical examination of online resources; and 3. Plan a learning activity that fosters digital literacy. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): media literacy (84), professional development (254)

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OK2Ask: MIE Day - 2 Free Apps for Inclusive Learning: Office Lens & Translate - TeachersFirst

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Making a learning environment accessible for everyone is critical to a successful inclusive classroom. Today's classrooms are diverse and include English Language Learners and students with learning challenges, whether they have been identified or not. Teachers need to be able to create and deliver content and communications in a way that is accessible to each student. Fortunately, there are free technologies that do just that. Join us as we explore strategies and two free tools that facilitate an inclusive learning environment. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand the importance of accessibility; 2. Learn about a free Microsoft tool that can be used to digitize content into accessible materials; and 3. Discover a tool that helps bridge communication gaps and supports accessible classroom learning. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Accessibility (6), ELL/ESL (15), Microsoft (62), professional development (254)

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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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