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OK2Ask: 3 Cool Tools for Curation - TeachersFirst

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

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

Want to help students work on their critical thinking skills? Teach them to be curators! Curation is a skill that supports student knowledge creation and encourages analysis. In this session you will learn the basics of curation for digital learning and how to integrate curation into class projects. Leave with an example collection that demonstrates what you've learned about the topic. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand the dual approach to curation; 2. Explore three tools students can use to curate web-based items; and 3. Learn how the use of curation can support student knowledge creation. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): curation (28), professional development (286)

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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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Reading Treks: Currents - TeachersFirst

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This TeachersFirst Reading Trek, based upon the novel Currents authored by Jane Smolik, provides a virtual field trip of resources using the Maps features of Google Maps. The...more
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This TeachersFirst Reading Trek, based upon the novel Currents authored by Jane Smolik, provides a virtual field trip of resources using the Maps features of Google Maps. The Reading Trek includes a map link, KMZ file, and PDF guide for using the resources in the classroom. The list of ideas includes suggestions for working with maps based upon the novel and extension activities. In addition, find several additional resources suggested for further consideration. Activities are correlated to Common Core Standards, National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies, National Core Arts Standards for Visual Arts, and Next Generation Science Standards.

tag(s): 1800s (61), civil rights (165), immigration (58), novels (26)

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Use the suggested activities as a guide to teaching Currents as part of your reading instruction curriculum, or integrate the book into Social Studies content when teaching about immigration. Use a timeline creation tool such as the ones found at Canva's Timeline Infographic Templates, reviewed here, to help students visually represent the events and interactions of the three main characters within the story. Use the model shared in this Reading Trek using Google My Maps, reviewed here, and ask students to create a virtual field trip of other novels or events studied. In addition to adding pinned locations, ask students to add photos and videos to enhance their storytelling through maps.
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Vizzlo - Vizzlo.com

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Vizzlo is a free chart maker site offering a wide variety of options for sharing data in different formats. Get inspired by visiting the gallery to view examples of the ...more
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Vizzlo is a free chart maker site offering a wide variety of options for sharing data in different formats. Get inspired by visiting the gallery to view examples of the layouts and means for sharing data. To begin creating, sign in to your account and select "Create." If you know the type of chart you want, use the keyword search to find it. Next, browse through the page to see examples, or use the filters to find options by use, type, and alphabetical list. The possibilities include well-known charts, including timeline creators and pie charts, along with less familiar varieties such as puzzle charts. Select a chart to begin creating by using the features found on the dashboard. Personalize data, colors, and the page setup. When complete, download as a PNG image, share a link by email or embed the code into a website. Free plans offer many features and access to a wide variety of charts; however, all charts created using a free plan will include Vizzlo's dominant watermark on the image.

tag(s): charts and graphs (163), data (132)

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Bookmark this site to share data through many different formats and representations. Collect data in your classroom and quickly create a graph to represent it, then choose another design to share the data in another way. Share your charts by adding links or uploading images to blogs, wikis, or websites--share graphs on an interactive whiteboard or projector for better data analysis by the class. Graph results of a test, answers from students, favorite foods, fictitious budgets, class schedules, and anything applicable in your classroom. Use an informational text, and have students create a pie chart to understand how to read charts accompanying the nonfiction texts. Have cooperative learning groups create graphs to share on the class wiki. Create quick pie charts on your interactive whiteboard whenever you count class votes or encounter other data so students "see" data visualized regularly; visual students will have another way to absorb the information. Keep the link handy on your web page for you and your students to access it quickly in or out of class.

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Free Pictogram Maker - Visme

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Follow five easy steps to create personalized pictograms using the built-in features of this pictogram maker. First, start from scratch or use one of the premade templates and customize...more
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Follow five easy steps to create personalized pictograms using the built-in features of this pictogram maker. First, start from scratch or use one of the premade templates and customize your information and design elements. The drag and drop features make it easy for participants to add and change content. After creating an account, begin with a blank template or choose from premade templates, including customer surveys, weather forecasts, and most popular social media channels. After selecting a template, use the dashboard features to change fonts, colors, graphics, data, and more. When complete, share your pictograph using the URL created upon publication, embed it onto a website using the embed code, or download it as a JPG or PNG image file. Visme's Pictogram Maker also offers the option of adding collaborators. Use the collaborator option to share as a view-only image, comment, or add editors.

tag(s): charts and graphs (163), data (132), infographics (52), presentations (3)

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Use this pictogram creator to create engaging graphics that bring information to life. Examples are sharing a death count by states during the Civil War, student surveys of favorite books, or salary comparisons of different career paths. Ask students to create pictograms to accompany presentations and research projects. These pictogram templates are perfect for sharing data for science fair projects. Add images or embed pictograms into presentations created with Sway, reviewed here, or in video presentations created using Animoto, reviewed here.

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Glorify - Glorify App

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Glorify is a graphic design creation app available to use for original designs or using ready-made templates. Create an account to explore the templates available for social media covers...more
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Glorify is a graphic design creation app available to use for original designs or using ready-made templates. Create an account to explore the templates available for social media covers and posts, story posts, infographics, and more. After selecting a template, use your dashboard to customize and change the design by adding or deleting text, images, and other content. Select a button from the dashboard to add links to outside resources. One excellent feature of Glorify is the background remover feature that lets you upload images from a device. After clicking the image, select the background remover to remove the background automatically. Glorify is a collaborative app; use the share button to email a link to your design to allow others to edit the project. Free accounts include monthly limits of five downloads, three users, five projects, and ten background removals.

tag(s): design (85), graphic design (49), images (247), posters (46)

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Include Glorify as part of your teacher toolbox as a resource when creating graphic designs for classroom use and student-created projects. Share Glorify and a couple of other graphic design tools such as Canva Edu, reviewed here, and Genially, reviewed here, with students to provide options for creating and including information on presentations. Enhance learning by asking students to create short tutorials for using the features in Glorify using a screen recording tool such as Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here. Share the tutorials on your class playlist created on YouTube, reviewed here, or as a link on your class webpage. In the younger grades, teachers would create projects; however, older students can easily create their own Glorify presentations. Have students use this online tool as they would any presentation tool or image enhancing site. Use this site for research projects about famous people from the past and present. Have cooperative learning groups create presentations about science or math topics. Have students create presentations to "introduce" themselves to the class during the first week of school. Link or embed the introduction presentations on your class wiki or website and have others guess who they are.

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History of Voting in America - Office of Secretary of State Washington

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This helpful document provides a visual timeline sharing the history of voting from 1776 through the present time. Black and white images and simple explanations guide voting, beginning...more
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This helpful document provides a visual timeline sharing the history of voting from 1776 through the present time. Black and white images and simple explanations guide voting, beginning with the introduction of voting for white men over twenty-one and chronicles changes throughout the years, including eliminating racial barriers and women's voting rights. Although some information is specific to Washington State, this timeline includes all federal voting benchmarks, making it appropriate for use in any classroom. This document is available for viewing online and as a downloadable PDF document.

tag(s): civil rights (165), constitution (85), elections (75), immigrants (29), womens suffrage (35)

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Bookmark and save this document for use with any lessons on voting and to provide context during American History units. The visuals included on the timeline are especially helpful for visual learners to give context and a deeper understanding of the progression from 1776. Engage students by introducing this information with a gamification app such as Blooket, reviewed here. Blooket works well with both in-person and remote learning and offers a variety of game options, including games for single players and groups. Additional Blooket options are offered as homework, meaning students participate at their leisure during the provided time frame. Enhance student learning by creating timelines that include information from this document and additional information from your lessons. Canva, reviewed here, offers many easy to use timeline templates that allow you to add links to outside sites, images, and more. Extend learning by asking students to interview local election officials or senior citizens to share their experience with voting rights and regulations. Ask students to create presentations sharing what they learned using Google Slides, reviewed here, or Microsoft PowerPoint Online, reviewed here. Include links to audio recordings of interviews, add images, supporting videos, and more.
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Free Avatar Creator - Adobe Express

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Create a customized avatar using any easy-to-use templates provided on Adobe Express. Each template includes options to choose from and select facial features to make a one-of-a-kind...more
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Create a customized avatar using any easy-to-use templates provided on Adobe Express. Each template includes options to choose from and select facial features to make a one-of-a-kind avatar. In addition, the templates offer several looks that serve as the starting point for the avatar. To begin, choose a template and login into your Adobe account. Next, drag and drop features onto the face outline to create your desired look. Additional options allow avatar creators to change the background, add text, icons, and more to personalize the slide. When finished, select the download link to save to your device as a JPEG, PNG, or PDF file.

tag(s): creativity (93), emotions (45), faces (6), social and emotional learning (60)

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Include this site in many classroom activities in many different learning activities. For example, ask students to design an avatar for a character in a book they are reading and add text about their character. Create avatars for famous people in history to summarize their stories. Ask students to create avatars to use for reports and blog posts. For example, when using Edublogs, reviewed here, ask students to add their avatar image to their blog post as a replacement for a picture. Ask students to create avatars for parent/teacher conferences. When conferencing with the parent, share their student's avatar on the interactive whiteboard or within your remote conferencing app. Ask the student to include text that tells about their educational progress. Use avatars as part of social-emotional learning lessons to share their emotions using the characters and features found within the avatar templates.

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Unpublished Black History - The New York Times

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Browse through unpublished images from The New York Times archives published daily during February's Black History Month recognition, including short background information about the...more
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Browse through unpublished images from The New York Times archives published daily during February's Black History Month recognition, including short background information about the picture's subject. Email signup isn't required; scroll past that portion at the top of the page to browse the content. Images include well-known entertainers, sports, political figures, and pictures commemorating everyday events. In addition, each entry has a link to a New York Times article.

tag(s): 1960s (29), 1970s (10), black history (90), civil rights (165), journalism (67), martin luther king (39), movies (55), rosa parks (9), sports (77)

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This page is perfect for sharing with students to explore and find people and events of interest. The page is quite lengthy; if looking for specific information such as an event in a particular city or a person, use the search for text feature on your computer to find that information. On a Mac, use "Command+F"; on a Windows device, use "Ctrl+F"; another method for easier viewing is to click on the magnifying glass found on the bottom, left-hand corner of an image. This option allows viewers to scroll through a slide show of the images that include a short description of the activity. As students find information to research further, use the Wikipedia Timeline Generator found at Class Tools, reviewed here, to view a chronological list of events related to that person or event. Use other templates found in class tools to extend learning further. For example, use the Venn Diagram generator to organize and understand overlapping events and people involved or ask students to use the Fakebook generator to create a fictional social profile for one of the people featured on the New York Times page. Extend learning by asking students to become reporters and write news articles about current or past Black History events not found in this article. Consider using a simple web-publishing tool like Telegra.ph, reviewed here, to create and share articles that include student-created text along with images and web links.

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Amelia Earhart - History.com

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Discover the story of Amelia Earhart's life and accomplishments through the video and story shared at History.com. The short video tells about Earhart's early life and her introduction...more
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Discover the story of Amelia Earhart's life and accomplishments through the video and story shared at History.com. The short video tells about Earhart's early life and her introduction to the field of aviation. Then, follow the page to read about her flight across the Atlantic and learn about theories about her mysterious disappearance.
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tag(s): 1900s (55), aviation (32), careers (132), flight (30), transformations (12), women (104)

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Share this site with students when learning about famous women, aviation pioneers, or important events from the 1900s. Share your resources using Symbaloo, reviewed here, and organize information on your Symbaloo by color. For example, add biographies as one color and important events as another. Enhance learning by creating an interactive map together with your students using Google My Maps, reviewed here, to follow Earhart's travels around the world along with other famous aviators. Add stops to your map that share the story of events in the location, including images and links to additional information. As a final project, ask students or student groups to create an interactive timeline of Amelia Earhart's life using one of the timeline creation tools located here. Two suggestions are (click on the tool name to access the review): Timeline Infographic Templates and History in Motion.

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Hexagon Generator - Class Tools

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Hexagon Generator might be the tool you always needed for student learning and understanding but never knew! Begin using the generator by adding a title and text to five or ...more
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Hexagon Generator might be the tool you always needed for student learning and understanding but never knew! Begin using the generator by adding a title and text to five or more hexagons. Then, create drag and drop connected hexagons or a PDF document with your information. The online (HTML5) generator also provides options for changing the colors of hexagons once created. Finally, save your hexagons using the link and create a password, or export as a Microsft Word worksheet.
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tag(s): geometric shapes (133), teaching strategies (34)

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Once you understand why hexagons help develop understanding through connections and interactions with shared information, this generator will become one of your favorite tools for classroom use! Learn more about classrooms uses for hexagons at this blog post written by the site's creator. Print the blank hexagons for use when developing units of study as a visual representation of connections to teaching during the study. Ask students to complete and connect hexagons when preparing research papers or as a guide for studying for upcoming tests and quizzes. Replace a timeline with hexagons to connect events and dates, use colors to code information by location, time, or important people. Include a link to a hexagon worksheet when preparing blended learning or remote learning lessons. For example, create a complete guided learning activity using Blendspace, reviewed here, that includes videos, quizzes, and a hexagon activity. Have students create their hexagon presentations within a Google Document using the insert shape feature and select hexagon. Copy and paste, then add hexagons to customize by changing colors adding text and images to share information. For other ideas on how to create digital hexagonal thinking templates using Google Slides, reviewed here, follow the directions found on this YouTube video.

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21 Things 4 Educators - Macomb ISD, Shiawassee RESD, & MI Region IV Assistive Tech

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Develop and maintain 21st-century digital educator skills with free tutorials, hands-on activities, and more aligned to ISTE Standards. Explore the site in several different ways. For...more
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Develop and maintain 21st-century digital educator skills with free tutorials, hands-on activities, and more aligned to ISTE Standards. Explore the site in several different ways. For example, select "Pick a Thing" to learn about and develop an understanding of current ed-tech terms and practices. Then, select the PD Modules option to engage in personalized learning through completing the self-paced learning modules. Finally, use the search feature to find specific content or scroll down toward the bottom of the page to discover topics by ISTE Standards.

tag(s): professional development (286)

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Bookmark and save this site as a professional development resource both personally and when learning with peers. The learning modules are beneficial even after receiving other learning opportunities to refresh and understand content in a new way. The learning modules also offer correlations to several different technology frameworks, including SAMR, TPack, and TripleE. Take advantage of these opportunities to learn more about using and incorporating frameworks to guide instruction. Learn more about the different frameworks at this Twitter Chat Archive and from the TeachersFirst Infusing Technology Blog.
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Spinner Wheel - spinnerwheel.com

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K to 12
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Spinner Wheel isn't just your ordinary customizable spinner; it offers the ability to include several spinners to use simultaneously. Add spinners and customize colors, text, select...more
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Spinner Wheel isn't just your ordinary customizable spinner; it offers the ability to include several spinners to use simultaneously. Add spinners and customize colors, text, select images, and themes. Customize backgrounds by color or select images from Unsplash, reviewed here. Browse through the limited selection of examples shared for inspiration on using this resource. Creating an account isn't necessary, but it allows you to save and share wheels.

tag(s): preK (238), probability (94), statistics (108), Teacher Utilities (123)

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Simultaneously spinning multiple wheels opens the door to unlimited uses to engage students. For example, create six wheels with the numbers on dice as a virtual dice roller. In addition, customize wheels for creative story writing prompts that include options for random characters, setting, and story theme. Use this tool to practice math facts by creating wheels that prompt players to solve math problems based upon a spin of the wheel. Engage students when reviewing for upcoming quizzes and tests by creating wheels to check facts. For example, in social studies, create one wheel with names and another with characteristics such as date, place, important event, other characters involved, etc. Use during math lessons on probability to have students record outcomes when spinning the wheel.

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7 Tips and 1 Activity to Help Digital Citizens Engage With Empathy - Diana Fingal

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This article shares simple yet effective tips for effective online communications for students and adults. The seven tips start with common-sense (yet often forgotten) ideas, such as...more
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This article shares simple yet effective tips for effective online communications for students and adults. The seven tips start with common-sense (yet often forgotten) ideas, such as taking the time to read and understand others' posts and conclude with the suggestion to consume as much as you contribute. The activity shared demonstrates and provides examples of using sentence frames to instruct students to provide respectful online responses.
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tag(s): character education (71), communication (135), digital citizenship (78)

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Include this article with your other digital citizenship lessons as a starting point for classroom discussions or as part of a broader lesson in responsible citizenship. Consider selecting a tip each week to explore further with your class. Engage students by beginning the week using a word cloud creation tool like Answer Garden, reviewed here. Use the tip as the prompt in Answer Garden and ask students to share their thoughts and ideas. Continue to build upon your students' ideas throughout the week using Google Jamboard, reviewed here, to create a template for students to share digital stickers with information. For example, the fourth tip recommends that all online users carefully craft their message. Create a Jamboard divided into columns labeled grammar, clarity, and audience. When crafting online content, ask students to share specific ways to keep these topics in mind. As an extension activity, ask students to write a short article sharing tips and information on becoming responsible digital citizens. Use a simple web-publishing tool like Telegra.ph, reviewed here. Although Telegra.ph is simple to use, it offers features that allow students to create and share simple websites, including links, images, and more.

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Twitter Chat: Using Spreadsheets and Forms in the Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from February 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Using Spreadsheets and Forms in the Classroom. During this chat, participants ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from February 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Using Spreadsheets and Forms in the Classroom. During this chat, participants will: 1. Collaborate on ideas about how teachers can use forms and spreadsheets in instruction, 2. Explore the features of forms and spreadsheets and 3. Share ways to integrate forms and spreadsheets in the classroom for student use.

tag(s): data (132), Formative Assessment (41), spreadsheets (22), twitterchatarchive (133)

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

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OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire: Basic Spreadsheets and Forms for Real-World Problem Solving - TeachersFirst

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

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

Prepare your students to use today's digital tools to solve tomorrow's problems. Join this session and learn to use forms and spreadsheets for basic data collection and analysis. You'll learn to use these tools to design authentic learning activities that provide support while facilitating deep learning. Return to the classroom prepared to help your students take on challenges and communicate their findings. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn the basic use of spreadsheets; 2. Explore authentic ways to include forms and/or spreadsheets in instruction; and 3. Plan for the use of forms and/or spreadsheets in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): charts and graphs (163), Microsoft (68), professional development (286), spreadsheets (22)

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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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Desygner - Desygner

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Create visually stunning graphics, presentations, flyers, and more without any graphic design experience using Desygner. Created for non-designers, Desygner uses drag and drop features...more
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Create visually stunning graphics, presentations, flyers, and more without any graphic design experience using Desygner. Created for non-designers, Desygner uses drag and drop features and ready-made templates that make it easy for everyone to build and share content to use for many different needs. Create an account to begin designing using templates, upload a PDF document, or start from scratch. Select items from the dashboard to add and edit text, images, YouTube videos, and more features. When finished, share your project using the provided link, or download in JPEG, PNG, PDF, or MP4 format.

tag(s): graphic design (49), images (247), posters (46)

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This tool is perfect for enhancing, modifying, or transforming classroom technology in the classroom, depending on the requirements of the assignments. Create invitations, flyers, or newsletters for your classroom. Share what you created on your website or blog for students to review or for absent students. Deliver blended or flipped lessons using Desygner by adding links to videos, assessment information, and other learning activities. In the younger grades, teachers would be the ones creating the project. However, older students could easily create their own Desygner presentations. Have students use this online tool as they would any presentation tool or image enhancing site. Use this site for research projects about famous people from the past and present. Have cooperative learning groups create presentations about science or math topics. Have students create presentations to "introduce" themselves to the class during the first week of school. Link or embed the introduction presentations on your class wiki or website and have others guess who they are. Use this tool with your 1:1 art class to practice design principles and techniques. Share student projects with parents and others via URL. Be sure to demonstrate how to use this tool on your interactive whiteboard or projector or create a series of video instructions. Use Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here, to create and share video screencast tutorials.

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Black History Month - Library of Congress

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Black History Month features events and resources provided by the Library of Congress. Begin by visiting the "Read More" link in the introductory paragraph to find information about...more
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Black History Month features events and resources provided by the Library of Congress. Begin by visiting the "Read More" link in the introductory paragraph to find information about the site along with several additional Black History Month Resources. The featured activity is a lesson plan that explores the role of artists and artwork in the Civil Rights movement. In addition, the lesson activities feature many primary source documents for use as the basis for learning activities. Further down the page are Black History Month event highlights. Finally, follow the links on the events to register or view activities throughout the month, including photo research of African-Americans in the Military and A House Built by Slaves: African-American Visitors to the Lincoln White House.

tag(s): african american (93), black history (90), civil rights (165), lincoln (58), underground railroad (10), white house (15)

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Bookmark this site to use as a supplement to your current resources for teaching about Black History. Engage students through the use of primary documents within Google Jamboard, reviewed here. Add a document to a Jamboard slide and ask students to add sticky notes with information learned throughout your lesson activities. As you continue through your lessons, enhance student understanding using visual organization tools like CirclyApp, reviewed here. For example, use the Simple Book Notes template found on CirclyApp to summarize events during different periods related to Black History and understand overlapping and non-intersecting events and historical characters. As a final extended learning activity, ask students to interview local historians and Black activists to understand their first-hand experiences as a Black person in America. Share students' research using the storytelling tools found at Knight Lab, reviewed here. Tools include story maps, timelines, and Storyline - a tool for sharing the story behind numbers.

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

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

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

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

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Twitter Chat: Research Skills Round Up - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This archived Twitter chat is from February 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is Research Skills Round-Up. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss the ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from February 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is Research Skills Round-Up. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss the purpose of research in the classroom, 2. Explore research strategies and resources for use in the classroom, and 3. Share ideas for integrating student research across the curriculum.

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

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

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Jazz - BrainPOP

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

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

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