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Formative Assessment Resources - TeachersFirst

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Formative assessment is a term that refers to a wide variety of strategies and methods that teachers use to provide ongoing feedback to students. Before the final assessment, a formative...more
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Formative assessment is a term that refers to a wide variety of strategies and methods that teachers use to provide ongoing feedback to students. Before the final assessment, a formative assessment evaluates student comprehension, academic progress during lessons, and learning needs. These assessments help teachers check for understanding, determine skills mastery, and choose topics to review. Peruse the resources shared in this collection to find unique and engaging tools to use as you assess your students throughout your daily lessons.

tag(s): assessment (119), Formative Assessment (36), game based learning (157), polls and surveys (45)

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Find new tools to try in your classroom to create formative assessment activities! This curated list includes professional learning resources, polls, gaming tools, and other strategies to use to gauge a "quick check" of student understanding. Each review includes classroom use ideas. Read the details of each tool and find the ones that will work best for your students.

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A Whole New World: Using Books to Help Teach Students About Colonial America - TeachersFirst

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Engage students in learning about Colonial America with this selected list of picture books, chapter books, and non-fiction books, along with accompanying activities. Each suggested...more
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Engage students in learning about Colonial America with this selected list of picture books, chapter books, and non-fiction books, along with accompanying activities. Each suggested book includes a summary as well as suggested teaching activities. Then, browse through the extension activities to find additional support materials that have a virtual tour of colonial cities, a suggested research project, and ideas for using Google Expeditions to take students on a virtual reality field trip.

tag(s): colonial america (92), colonization (15)

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Bookmark and save this resource to use when teaching about Colonial America. Engage students in learning by incorporating suggested book titles that help students understand colonial times through a personal perspective. Help students compare and contrast current times to the colonial time period using a Venn Diagram. Canva's Venn Diagram Creator reviewed here, includes easy to use tools for creating and sharing a variety of Venn Diagrams. Extend learning by asking students to create animated videos using Biteable, reviewed here, to tell the story about a character or event from colonial times.

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Templates for Teachers - Beth Kingsley and Sarah Kiefer

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Search through a treasure trove of ready-made templates for many classroom uses at Templates for Teachers. Find templates for book reports, biographies, lesson plans, newsletters, and...more
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Search through a treasure trove of ready-made templates for many classroom uses at Templates for Teachers. Find templates for book reports, biographies, lesson plans, newsletters, and much more. First, select a thumbnail image to view a short description of the item and suggestions for modifications. Then, choose from the links that provide a preview to download the file to your Google Drive. All items use Google apps, including Slides, Sheets, Drawing, and Forms.

tag(s): graphic design (46), graphic organizers (44), posters (43), preK (230), Teacher Utilities (113)

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Bookmark this site to find ideas and templates for use in your classroom throughout the year. After saving a file, modify it to fit your needs and those of your students. Share examples found on the site as inspiration for older students, then ask them to create flyers or reports using some of the design techniques they viewed. Use this site as inspiration to create a template bank of your own work to share with your peers using Padlet, reviewed here. Use the shelf feature to create columns for different tools, then ask your colleagues to add their templates to your Padlet collection.

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Unsung Hero Projects - Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes

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The Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes celebrates the untold stories of heroes worldwide and throughout history by sharing student-created project-based learning activities. First,...more
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The Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes celebrates the untold stories of heroes worldwide and throughout history by sharing student-created project-based learning activities. First, browse through the shared projects page to find stories about lesser-known heroes of civil rights, wars, or STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math). Then, open any project to learn about the featured unsung hero and the storytellers that created the project. In addition to the completed projects, this site shares a project-based learning tool that provides a ten-step tutorial for creating and sharing student projects.

tag(s): american revolution (74), civil rights (149), civil war (130), heroes (19), Project Based Learning (10), STEM (217), vietnam (30), world war 1 (58), world war 2 (134)

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Share this site with students to learn more about the "everyday" people involved with historical events. Consider starting a project-based learning activity for your students. Learn more about project-based learning at the TeachersFirst Special Topics Page devoted to project-based learning, found here. Help students organize resources found in their research using Wakelet, reviewed here. Create Wakelet collections for each project that includes links to articles, videos, and other relevant information to be used in their project. As students prepare to complete their projects, share a storyboard creation tool such as Storyboard Generator, reviewed here, to help plan videos, podcasts, websites, or plays.

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City Guesser - virtualvacations.us

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How well can you guess the name of a city based on audio and street scenes within a video? Play City Guesser as an individual or in a multi-player scenario ...more
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How well can you guess the name of a city based on audio and street scenes within a video? Play City Guesser as an individual or in a multi-player scenario to see how well you know your geography. Start by selecting from different world areas, or try your hand anywhere in the world as your starting point. When you think you know where it is, click the link to start guessing. Drop a pin on the map's location of your guess, then click to see how close you are! Once you become a pro, try the advanced challenges that test your radius streak and ability to find locations without audio clues or within a predetermined time limit. Compete with friends using the multi-player option to create a private room, join a random room (not recommended), or use a code provided by a friend.

tag(s): cities (17), maps (218)

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City Guesser is an excellent resource to use together as a class on your whiteboard, at computer centers, or as a quick learning activity to teach students about using visual cues and critical thinking skills. Before placing a guess, ask students to share the clues they saw in the video that led to their suggestion. Use City Guesser as an ongoing estimation activity in math class. Create a chart to show the average distance between guesses and actual locations, then challenge students to become more accurate with their guesses. As students discover interesting places, encourage them to research and learn more about the location. Use Google My Maps, reviewed here, to create virtual field trips around the world based on locations previewed in City Guesser.

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Twitter Chat: Digging into Digital Literacy - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from September 2021 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Digging into Digital Literacy. During this chat, participants: 1. Shared strategies...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from September 2021 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Digging into Digital Literacy. During this chat, participants: 1. Shared strategies to evaluate sources for reliability and bias. 2. Discussed the use of digital tools and resources for safe digital communication practices, and 3. Explored critical thinking approaches to empower students to embrace digital literacy.

tag(s): copyright (44), digital citizenship (73), media literacy (85), twitterchatarchive (117)

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

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World History for Us All - Public History Iniative, Department of History, UCLA

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World History for Us All is a free curriculum for middle and high schools that offers history as a single story instead of unconnected stories of various civilizations. The teaching...more
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World History for Us All is a free curriculum for middle and high schools that offers history as a single story instead of unconnected stories of various civilizations. The teaching units are divided into nine significant eras and include history, geography, and time and a look at the past and future. Each unit addresses the same three essential questions that offer the opportunity to explore history through a focus on the bigger picture. Select the link to any unit to see an overview of the content and download the unit in a PDF or DocX format. All materials correlate to state and national standards.

tag(s): africa (136), asia (68), cold war (23), environment (219), europe (68), greeks (28), industrial revolution (19), migration (39), north america (12), population (51), religions (61), south america (37), world war 1 (58), world war 2 (134)

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Bookmark this site to use in whole as your history curriculum or use parts of lessons to supplement your current instruction. Collaborate with your peers to modify and adjust information in these units to suit your needs. If using Microsoft Word, share your document with peers and add highlights and comments as you adjust the unit. If using the PDF version, use the tools found at SmallPDF, reviewed here, to annotate, merge with your current materials, or convert to another format. As you use this curriculum to view the world from a global perspective, use Google Earth, reviewed here, to create a collaborative project by adding markers to areas around the world to create virtual tours of historic events told through the lens of different locations and perspectives.
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BlackPast - BlackPast.org

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BlackPast is an incredibly robust resource for learning about Black history around the world. Begin your search by locating information classified by African American History or Global...more
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BlackPast is an incredibly robust resource for learning about Black history around the world. Begin your search by locating information classified by African American History or Global African History. Within each of those topics are several categories: people, places, speeches, newspapers, and much more. Another category includes the Main Features page with multimedia, timelines, historic landmarks, and a mentoring page. The Special Topics section focuses on specifics such as COVID-19, Negro League Baseball, and racial violence.

tag(s): african american (92), biographies (86), branches of government (56), civil rights (149), inventors and inventions (68), journalism (66), racism (67), sports (81), STEM (217)

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BlackPast is a must-have for any social studies classroom. Bookmark this resource to use when learning about Black history, African-American biographies, important events, and more. Consider creating a Padlet, reviewed here, to save different articles from BlackPast for students to easily access specific information. Use the shelf option to divide your Padlet into sections by date, topic, or events. Padlet also has a timeline feature when creating biographies or highlighting important dates within a specific time. Ask students to create blogs using Edublogs, reviewed here, to share information learned from this site. As students prepare to "show what they know," modify their technology use by asking them to use Sway, reviewed here, as a presentation tool and include images, videos, and student writing to share their learning.
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What We Do - Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media - Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media

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The Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM) is a part of George Mason University's Department of History and Art History. As part of their Digital History Fellowship...more
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The Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM) is a part of George Mason University's Department of History and Art History. As part of their Digital History Fellowship program, they create and share websites and other tools to enhance the understanding and appreciation of history. This page shares their many projects, including topics with names such as Eagle Eye Citizen and the September 11 Digital Archive. Select any of the shared subects to view a summary of the project and its' contributors. Then, follow the included link to visit the projects' main website and access all of the included features.

tag(s): branches of government (56), civil rights (149), hurricanes (27), primary sources (97), religions (61), sept11 (15)

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Bookmark and save this site as a supplemental resource for any history lessons and teaching units. One portion of the site leads to Teachinghistory.org, reviewed here, which is an amazing resource for finding teaching materials, best practices, and history content. Be sure to visit it often to find many ideas for effective teaching of history concepts. Other links are perfect for sharing with students to use for locating and learning from primary sources. For example, Papers of the War Department (1784-1800) contains a large collection of images and transcriptions that provide context and understanding into files once considered lost in a fire at the War Department. Create a collaborative Padlet, reviewed here, and ask students to share primary documents and add comments discussing their relevance to historic events being studied. Padlet also includes a timeline feature; use this tool to create a visual timeline of events for any time. Extend learning by asking students to create podcasts using Buzzsprout, reviewed here. Options for podcast topics could include telling the story of historical events from the perspective of a man on the street and sharing perspectives on an event from the viewpoint of different participants.
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Voices of Democracy - The U.S. Oratory Project - Voices of Democracy

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Voices of Democracy features curriculum units based on significant speeches throughout U.S. History. The units are designed for college-level instruction; however, they also contain...more
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Voices of Democracy features curriculum units based on significant speeches throughout U.S. History. The units are designed for college-level instruction; however, they also contain lesson plans for teaching speech at middle and high school. Find speeches by time, theme, author, or speaker. Each unit includes a video of the address (when available), the transcript, an interpretive essay, and learning materials. Learning materials for middle and high school learners include correlation to national teaching standards, a suggested teaching timeline, discussion questions, and featured vocabulary. If your district blocks YouTube, then the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): authors (97), civil rights (149), conflict resolution (7), freedom of speech (12), religions (61), speech (70), speeches (18)

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Include these significant speeches as part of speech class or during history lessons related to the speech's topic or speaker. Clip portions of any video using ytCropper, reviewed here, for students to use when focusing on presentation techniques or content of the speech. For a more in-depth look at any video clip or the entire speech, use Timelinely, reviewed here, to add images, maps, links, and more to any area on the video timeline. As a final project, ask students to record their own speeches or present one of the featured speeches on FlipGrid, reviewed here. Flipgrid includes many tools to extend student learning in addition to the video recording feature. Ask students to use Flipgrid's features such as recording their screen, using the whiteboard, and including images to enhance their speech presentation.
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Ken Burns in the Classroom - PBS Learning Media

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Ken Burns' historical films are iconic; this collection gathers forty years of film history into one easy-to-use resource. Use the keyword search to find specific resources or browse...more
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Ken Burns' historical films are iconic; this collection gathers forty years of film history into one easy-to-use resource. Use the keyword search to find specific resources or browse by era or film name to find primary sources, images, videos, and more. Each collection includes a correlation to state and national standards and support materials, including discussion questions and classroom activities.

tag(s): 1700s (34), 1800s (58), 1900s (51), 20th century (48), authors (97), civil rights (149), civil war (130), industrial revolution (19), sports (81), vietnam (30), westward expansion (35), womens suffrage (33)

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Use this resource as a starting point to find many primary sources and videos of historical importance. Take advantage of the lesson ideas and activities to include with your current lessons and activities. Engage students in learning by asking them to watch videos and browse through images before teaching your lesson. Ask them to post their thoughts and questions on Google Jamboard, reviewed here, to help guide the focus of your lesson. Extend learning and help students visualize the order of events by creating a digital timeline using Knight Lab's Timeline , reviewed here. Add media from online sites to your timeline from YouTube, Vimeo, Google Maps, and more.
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Time Graphics Timeline Maker - Time.graphics

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Time Graphics Timeline Creator offers tools to create interactive timelines that include video, images, and maps. Create an account to begin building a timeline. Locate a date on the...more
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Time Graphics Timeline Creator offers tools to create interactive timelines that include video, images, and maps. Create an account to begin building a timeline. Locate a date on the timeline, then choose to add a new event. After adding an event, on the dashboard, accept the default title or change it, add information, including a description, beginning and ending dates, and more. Other options in the dashboard include settings to change the look of the marker on the timeline. Although there are other options, the free account only allows saving timelines as public. After saving a timeline, use the provided URL to share or copy the embed code to include on a website or blog. To see an example of a timeline that includes many features available, take a look at this History of Civilization found here, or view the Editor's choices to see a variety of styles.

tag(s): timelines (47)

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It may take some time for you to become comfortable with creating a timeline with this product. Share with students to allow them to explore the different options, then ask them to become the teachers creating and using this tool in various ways. Ask students to create screencasts using Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here, with directions for using certain features of the timeline. Add all of the student tutorials into a Wakelet collection, reviewed here, for easy access at any time. Create timelines to introduce material in any subject. If your school uses Google Apps or Docs/Drive, your students (or groups) can create their own very easily. Map specific battles in history (World War II or the Revolutionary War, perhaps?) Map significant scientific discoveries in the progress of understanding cell theory or genetics. Follow the works of various writers, artists, or musicians. Follow the life of famous people or noteworthy events such as elections, the Olympics, or even local history!

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EdLight - Ryan Knight

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EdLight offers tools for capturing and providing feedback for student work products. Follow the three easy steps to create assignments, take a picture of the work, and provide feedback...more
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EdLight offers tools for capturing and providing feedback for student work products. Follow the three easy steps to create assignments, take a picture of the work, and provide feedback on any device. Provide student feedback using rubrics, text, stickers, or record an audio message. Share EdLight tasks using Google Classroom, Clever, or student codes. Free accounts allow you to save up to 1000 images with up to two co-teachers.

tag(s): assessment (119), communication (138), Formative Assessment (36), Learning Management Systems (23), Teacher Utilities (113)

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Make grading student work more accessible and more effective using EdLight's included tools. Use tools to draw on submitted work to point out specific areas of interest. Leave audio feedback that is specific and focused on each student's needs. Use EdLight to create portfolios for use when conferencing with parents. EdLight is an excellent tool for remote learning and hybrid learning situations as it allows flexibility in sharing work and providing timely feedback. Learn more about different implementations of EdLight at the site's blog.
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Along - Gradient Learning

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Along is an online tool for providing digital check-ins and reflection activities with students using audio, video, or text. Share a question with some or all students to encourage...more
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Along is an online tool for providing digital check-ins and reflection activities with students using audio, video, or text. Share a question with some or all students to encourage making connections and check in on student wellness. Students select an option to share their responses, and the teacher views reflections within the Along dashboard. Follow up with students as desired to continue the conversation or to make personal connections with all students. Use the tips and content provided by Along to select research-based questions designed to help students build life skills and confidence.

tag(s): classroom management (141), communication (138), social and emotional learning (52), Teacher Utilities (113)

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Along makes it easy for you to implement this tool into your classroom with their many free resources. Resources include guides to introducing Along to students and fellow educators. Share the privacy information guide with parents as you begin using this tool. Begin by using the customizable calendar as a method for planning to introduce and use Along. Consider using the information found on the site to create and share a presentation about this product using Google Slides, reviewed here, or by creating a short video using Adobe Spark K-12, reviewed here. Be sure to show students how to prepare for their responses. If you find some students are reluctant to use one of the modes, for instance, the video, work with that student to help them feel comfortable. Uses for this tool are only limited by your imagination! Check-in with students during long projects or reports to see where they are in the process and if they have any frustrations, check-in after a science lab to see who has questions, ask students at the end of a project or lab what they would do differently next time. Check-in with Language arts book groups to see how students are doing with the novel, their group, the project at the end, etc.
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Twitter Chat: Creating a Community of Learners - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from September 2021 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Creating a Community of Learners. During this chat, participants: 1. Discussed...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from September 2021 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Creating a Community of Learners. During this chat, participants: 1. Discussed the components of building a classroom community. 2. Shared strategies and resources to foster an inclusive classroom community, and 3. Explored ways to build connections in the classroom despite our differences.

tag(s): back to school (56), communities (31), twitterchatarchive (117)

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Find resources and information about creating a classroom community. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for strategies and resources on creating a classroom community.

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videoask - Typeform

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videoask is an asynchronous video conversation tool. Use videoask to create authentic dialogue within a video format. First, create an account to begin a conversation using the templates...more
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videoask is an asynchronous video conversation tool. Use videoask to create authentic dialogue within a video format. First, create an account to begin a conversation using the templates found on the dashboard or start from a blank project. After providing a name for your project, use the options to choose a language and toggle contact details on or off. Turning contact details on adds a contact form to your conversation to identify those who respond and offer the ability to reply. When ready, record from your webcam, desktop or upload a video file from your device. Follow each step to prepare your recording, then access the video's URL to share with others. Respondents can answer using video, audio, or text. Free accounts offer up to 20 minutes per month of video or audio processing and three steps per videoask. Learn more about videoask by watching this video.

tag(s): collaboration (81), Online Learning (30), remote learning (45), video (241)

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Engage and support student learning through interactive conversations created with videoask. Use videoask at the beginning of the school year for students to introduce themselves. Then, use the provided code to add a widget to your class website to build community and comradery among peers. Consider creating a question of the week or month for students to share what they have learned, ask questions, or discuss topics they would like to learn more about. For group projects, ask students to create a videoask to include with their final presentation that includes discussions of items considered for inclusion or a conversation about the group's collaborative process.

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Miro - Miro

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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 (81), graphic organizers (44), iwb (32)

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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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6 to 12
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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 (145), DAT device agnostic tool (166), maps (218), native americans (81)

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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 (81), Google (27), video (241)

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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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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.
This site includes advertising.

tag(s): editing (80), plagiarism (31), writing (283)

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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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