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OK2Ask: Google MANIA - Student Activities for Google Slides - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Google Slides is a powerful, intuitive, and versatile creation tool teachers...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Google Slides is a powerful, intuitive, and versatile creation tool teachers can use to engage students and deepen learning by supporting instructional objectives. This session will introduce participants to a myriad of "doable" yet academically robust projects. Whether you opt for a template that will maximize time spent on the content vs. format or a rubric-driven individual creation, you can design authentic assessments where students perform real-world tasks that demonstrate application and understanding. Participants will: 1. Explore ideas for projects using Google Slides; 2. Learn to leverage templates for student projects; and 3. Learn to use Google Slides to create authentic formative and summative assessments. This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels.

tag(s): Google (41), professional development (169)

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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: Google MANIA - Google Maps: Make Learning a Journey with Reading Treks - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. TeachersFirst Reading Treks are built using Google Maps to chronicle the journey...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. TeachersFirst Reading Treks are built using Google Maps to chronicle the journey that a story character takes over the course of the book. Each stop along the way adds to student comprehension as they explore the information, visuals, and videos embedded in the map. Give your students context for the stories that they are reading by using Reading Treks in your lessons. Participants will: 1. Understand how to use Reading Treks in the classroom; 2. Learn how Reading Treks are created; and 3. Consider titles that could be used to create Reading Treks for their classroom. This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels.

tag(s): Google (41), maps (295), professional development (169), reading strategies (57)

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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: Google MANIA - Google Tour Builder Basics - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Digital storytelling takes on many formats. Google Tour Builder is an interactive...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Digital storytelling takes on many formats. Google Tour Builder is an interactive storytelling tool that connects people to places using Google Maps and multimedia content. Get students engaged with instructional materials by creating virtual tours that map story settings, showcase locations of events, and share details about regions they are studying. Learn to use Google Tour Builder in any subject area. Participants will: 1. Learn to create a basic Google Tour; 2. Explore strategies for the use of Google Tours in the classroom; and 3. Plan for the use of Google Tour Builder in the classroom. This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels.

tag(s): Google (41), maps (295), professional development (169)

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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: Google MANIA - 10 More Chrome Extensions I Can't Live Without - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Chrome extensions run in the Chrome browser, providing you or your students...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Chrome extensions run in the Chrome browser, providing you or your students many great tools with ease. In this session, participants will explore apps and extensions useful in your classroom. You will learn how to find apps and extensions and install them in your Chrome browser. Come to this session and revolutionize your classroom. Note: You must have the Chrome browser installed prior to the start of the session. Participants will: 1. Learn how to locate extensions on the Chrome Web Store; 2. Explore a variety of extensions that increase functionality of the classroom and student learning; and 3. Find, install, and use extensions for their use. This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels.

tag(s): Google (41), professional development (169)

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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: Google MANIA - Google Keep in the Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Simple, powerful, and free -- take organizing, note-taking, and collaborating...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Simple, powerful, and free -- take organizing, note-taking, and collaborating to new heights with Google Keep. Learn how to maximize student productivity with great features for capturing ideas, collaborating on projects, curating resources, receiving reminders, and taking notes. See how easy it is to incorporate text, images, audio, and drawings on virtual color-coded sticky notes and checklists. "Keep" your classroom workflow smooth and on task with Google Keep. Participants will: 1. Learn the basics of using Google Keep for organization; 2. Explore strategies to enhance notetaking and resource curation; and 3. Plan for the use of Google Keep in your classroom for student productivity. This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels.

tag(s): classroom management (148), Google (41), organizational skills (108), professional development (169)

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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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Pindex - Stephen Fry

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Pindex is Pinterest for educators. In addition to saving and curating resources, educator accounts offer educators the ability to assign boards to students along with quizzes. Create...more
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Pindex is Pinterest for educators. In addition to saving and curating resources, educator accounts offer educators the ability to assign boards to students along with quizzes. Create boards then add content by using the + button to add video, links, documents, images, and more. Use the site's search feature to find boards created by other users, then save any desired content to your account. Assign boards to students then track progress under the quiz feature. Students earn "Internet gold" awards as they complete assignments.

tag(s): assessment (123), bookmarks (60), quizzes (91), social networking (94)

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Because Pindex is specifically for educators, this site makes it easier to find and save information for classroom use. Collaborate with other teachers in your building or subject area to create boards with teaching resources. Take advantage of Pindex's quiz feature to create boards for any topic and assess student learning. Use Pindex as part of flipped learning lessons or as a learning center. Extend learning after students complete quizzes using Synth, reviewed here, to have students discuss information shared on the site. Synth is similar to Twitter, but is an audio resource. Have students share a short audio response related to their learning, then Synth threads all student discussions to create a podcast to share.

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BeeLine Reader - Reading is Fundamental

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Improve reading and comprehension skills for all students and adults with BeeLine Reader. BeeLine Reader uses technology to highlight and wrap text to improve focusing and tracking...more
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Improve reading and comprehension skills for all students and adults with BeeLine Reader. BeeLine Reader uses technology to highlight and wrap text to improve focusing and tracking while reading. See BeeLine Reader in action when using reading passages within Reading is Fundamental. Use the additional tools to change the highlighted color or invert the background color. BeeLine Reader is also available as an extension for the Chrome browser, PDF viewer, and as an iOS app. The extension also works with Google Docs and extensions. Learn more about this tool and how it improves reading comprehension by watching the YouTube video introduction on the site's home page. The extension is offered to use for free up to 5 times per day; however, students and teachers can apply for a free Student Pass (some limitations apply).

tag(s): independent reading (121), reading comprehension (132), reading strategies (57)

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BeeLine Reader is an excellent addition to the already valuable reading materials found at Reading is Fundamental - Literacy Central, reviewed here. Be sure to bookmark this site to find leveled reading passages with the enhanced function of BeeLine Reader. Add the extension to your Chrome browser for use when reading any site online. Be sure to share the iOS app with parents and students for use on Apple devices. BeeLine Reader is a wonderful tool to share with ESL/ELL and Special Education specialists to use with their students. Remember, all teachers are reading teachers. Share this tool with your science, social studies, and math teachers, too!

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OK2Ask: 3 Cool Tools for the Primary Classroom (K-2) - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from May 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore, compare, and contrast three different online tools designed for early...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from May 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore, compare, and contrast three different online tools designed for early learners. Participants will learn about the features of these three free tools and then explore ways to use them in the primary classroom. A question/answer period will be available to help with individual questions. Participants will: 1. Explore primary tools to use in the classroom; 2. Start a lesson plan using one of the given tools; and 3. Collaborate with other participants on ways to use the given tools in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

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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: Cool Chrome Extension: Insert Learning - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from May 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. The Google Chrome browser offers users the ability to customize the browsing...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from May 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. The Google Chrome browser offers users the ability to customize the browsing experience and tailor it to individual needs or preferences. Insert Learning is a Chrome extension that can help teachers create differentiated lessons using web page content. Come to this session to learn to use the Insert Learning extension to create engaging lessons for your students. Participants will: 1. Understand what Chrome extensions are; 2. Learn to use the Insert Learning extension; and 3. Plan for the use of Insert Learning in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Formative Assessment (3), Google (41)

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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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Write and Improve - Cambridge English

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Write and Improve provides practice and instant feedback on writing responses to prompts. Choose from one of the many provided topics to begin. Narrow down options based on writing...more
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Write and Improve provides practice and instant feedback on writing responses to prompts. Choose from one of the many provided topics to begin. Narrow down options based on writing levels from beginner to advanced. Writing choices range from postcard responses to longer articles. After writing your response, select the link to receive feedback. Feedback includes a graph of your writing level and tracks revisions. Create a free account to save your work and access all material on the site. This site was created in England so some spellings and pronunciations may be different from the American usages.

tag(s): creative writing (160), descriptive writing (40), differentiation (52), letter writing (18), persuasive writing (52), process writing (42), writers workshop (36), writing (362)

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Feedback on this site is based on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) scale, learn more about it here. Include this site with your other resources for practicing and teaching writing as you challenge students to improve feedback scores. Take advantage of the different levels to differentiate practice for all students. Ask students to analyze their writing before hitting the feedback button as a self-reflection tool. As students improve writing, use a digital portfolio tool like Seesaw, reviewed here, and upload all revisions. Also, use Seesaw for students to share their thoughts on their writing and individual progress.

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Kid's Search - Kids Search

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Kid's Search is an ad-free, kid-friendly search engine and website. This platform uses Google Safe Search filters and other partners to manage search results by blocking out inappropriate...more
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Kid's Search is an ad-free, kid-friendly search engine and website. This platform uses Google Safe Search filters and other partners to manage search results by blocking out inappropriate content. In addition to web search features, use this site to find popular images, videos, and games for kids. Other features include quick links to calculators, translation tools, and homework helper sites.

tag(s): internet safety (122), preK (283), search engines (59)

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Consider making Kid's Search your homepage on classroom computers, or add this site as an easy to find bookmark for students to use. Share this site with students on your interactive whiteboard to demonstrate the different features and how to use them. For younger students, consider creating how-to videos using Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here, to demonstrate how to access different portions of the site. Be sure to share this site with parents to use at home; include a short demonstration during Open House or Meet the Teacher events to share the available features. Take advantage of the Online Safety Guide section to share Internet safety tips in your weekly newsletter or for use with student online safety lessons. Have students create their own internet safety tips using a comic creation tool like ToonyTool, reviewed here, to modify their technology use and learning, and then share their comics with other classrooms.

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Safety Land - AT&T

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Meet Captain Broadband and help him capture the villains of Safety Land! This approximately 15-minute interactive is an excellent introduction to online safety for kids ages 6-11. Answer...more
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Meet Captain Broadband and help him capture the villains of Safety Land! This approximately 15-minute interactive is an excellent introduction to online safety for kids ages 6-11. Answer questions correctly about cyberbullying, hacking, privacy, inappropriate images, and meet up requests and capture the cybercriminal and send him to Safety Land jail. Upon successful completion, certificates are available.

tag(s): cyberbullying (47), digital citizenship (73), internet safety (122)

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Introduce Safety Land to students on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector. Bookmark this site on classroom computers for use at any time. Be sure to include a link on your class web page for students and parents to access from home. Use Safety Land as an introduction for any lessons or units for on online safety. As a substitute for paper and pencil have younger students use a video response tool like FlipGrid, reviewed here, to reflect on their learning and share tips for their peers. Older students could use Flipgrid, too, or to extend technology use, at the end of your unit, have students organize what they've learned into a storyboard with SuperNotecard, reviewed here. Students can then use their storyboard to organize a presentation for their peers sharing safety tips. With their storyboards students or student groups can create online books sharing cybersafety tips using Book Creator, reviewed here. BookCreator presents a variety of levels for technology use depending on teacher requirements for the book or even student ability; it allows for adding narration, videos, text, and links to help explain what different cybersafety tips. As a modification to the above, instead of using Book Creator, challenge students to create a multimedia presentation with a tool like Adobe Spark for Education, reviewed here, or Powtoon, reviewed here.
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Twitter Chat: Teacher Preparation: A Chat for Future Educators - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from May 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Teacher Preparation: A Chat for Future Educators. During this chat, participants ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from May 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Teacher Preparation: A Chat for Future Educators. During this chat, participants will: 1. Share helpful tips and information for future educators, 2. Discuss the best instructional practices and methods proven effective in the classroom and 3. Create an opportunity for experienced and future educators to engage in meaningful dialogue.

tag(s): resources (106), teaching strategies (31), twitterchatarchive (66)

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Find resources and tips shared from veteran educators. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for input and insight from both new and experienced educators.

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Twitter Chat: Tech Tools for Accessibility - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from April 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Tech Tools for Accessibility. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from April 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Tech Tools for Accessibility. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss the need for technology to provide accessibility to learning for all students, 2. Share resources to meet the individual needs of students and 3. Explore ways to collaborate with school teams to ensure appropriate tools are being used in the classroom.

tag(s): climate (97), professional development (169), Special Needs (36), twitterchatarchive (66)

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Find resources and explore ways to provide accessibility to learning for all learners. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for sites and information related to assistive technology and inclusion.

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OK2Ask: Game-Based Learning Basics - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from April 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Come learn the basics of Game-Based Learning (GBL). We will explore tools that...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from April 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Come learn the basics of Game-Based Learning (GBL). We will explore tools that you can use to incorporate GBL into different content areas, talk about strategies to implement the games as well as discuss classroom management tips to use while your students are enjoying learning through games. Participants will leave with knowledge of how to choose a learning game for use in their setting. Participants will: 1. Review the meaning of Game-Based Learning; 2. Explore tools used for Game-Based Learning; and 3. Discuss classroom management strategies for implementing GBL. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): game based learning (146)

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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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Poetry Generators - Poem of Quotes

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Are you stuck trying to write a poem? These generators will help you through the process. Choose from a variety of different formats including haiku, limerick, and acrostic to begin....more
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Are you stuck trying to write a poem? These generators will help you through the process. Choose from a variety of different formats including haiku, limerick, and acrostic to begin. Once started, fill in the provided blanks to add names and other information then view your completed poem. Copy the poem as created, edit to your liking, or choose the regenerate option to generate a new creation.
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tag(s): digital storytelling (141), poetry (225)

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Take advantage of the poem generator to motivate student interest in poetry and offer the opportunity to explore different types of poetry. As students become more confident in creating their poetry, use a digital portfolio tool like educlipper, reviewed here, for students to compile and share their poetry. Transform classroom technology use by having students publish their poetry using Book Creator, reviewed here. In addition to sharing poems, ask students to add images and record audio, reading their poems and sharing their creative process when writing poetry.

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LMGTFY - Jim Garvin

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

tag(s): browser (9), search engines (59), search strategies (24)

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

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OK2Ask: 3 Cool Tools for Formative Assessment - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from February 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Engage with students during the learning process to improve student achievement....more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from February 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Engage with students during the learning process to improve student achievement. Explore three online formative assessment tools that will help you gather evidence of student progress. Understand the three steps in the formative assessment feedback loop. Discuss a variety of formative assessment strategies and learn ways to use formative assessment to increase gains in student learning. Participants will: 1. Understand the three steps in the formative assessment feedback loop to support learning gains; 2. Explore three tools and how each gathers evidence of student progress within content areas; and 3. Plan for the use of digital formative assessment tools in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

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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: Using Technology to Strengthen Social Emotional Learning - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from February 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Using Technology to Strengthen Social Emotional Learning. During this chat, participants...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from February 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Using Technology to Strengthen Social Emotional Learning. During this chat, participants will: 1. Define and discuss the main components of social emotional learning 2. Discuss the role of technology in strengthening SEL and 3. Share resources to help educators address the social emotional needs of students.

tag(s): emotions (40), mental health (27), social and emotional learning (13), social skills (26), twitterchatarchive (66)

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Find resources and explore ways to build and strengthen social emotional learning (SEL) within the classroom. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for sites and information related to social emotional learning (SEL).

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OK2Ask: TeachersFirst Tech Tools Smackdown - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from January 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. There are many technology tools available for classroom use, but which ones...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from January 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. There are many technology tools available for classroom use, but which ones are teachers' favorites? This session will share and compare some of TeachersFirst contributors' favorite resources. Help us decide which tool is the session winner of our Smackdown! Participants will: 1. Learn about and compare some of TeachersFirst contributors' favorite technology tools; 2. Evaluate uses for 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.

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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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