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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 (5), Google (43)

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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 (41), differentiation (54), letter writing (18), persuasive writing (53), process writing (42), writers workshop (36), writing (361)

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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 (121), preK (282), search engines (58)

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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 (46), digital citizenship (73), internet safety (121)

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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 (32), twitterchatarchive (71)

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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 (98), professional development (184), Special Needs (36), twitterchatarchive (71)

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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 (147)

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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 are 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 (143), poetry (222)

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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 (58), 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.

tag(s): assessment (124)

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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 (71)

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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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ERDPlus - ERDPlus

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ERDPlus is a free and simple diagram maker that includes options for creating several different types of schema models. Create your diagrams with or without free signup. Free accounts...more
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ERDPlus is a free and simple diagram maker that includes options for creating several different types of schema models. Create your diagrams with or without free signup. Free accounts offer users the ability to save documents onsite and options to easily share documents with others. Once you begin using the diagram maker, use the dashboard to choose the style of diagram to create or import a document from your computer. Use the tools to add information, connect items, and move information around to suit your needs. When finished, save to your account or your computer.

tag(s): charts and graphs (203), mind map (24)

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Use ERDPlus to create classroom models and diagrams for any subject. Before assigning to all students, choose a few tech-savvy students to learn how to use this site and provide tutoring help for those that need it. Consider having a few students create a video explanation using MySimpleShow, reviewed here, using the provided templates. Create diagrams for students to "map" out a chapter or story. Assign groups to create study guides using this tool. Use this tool for literature activities, research projects, social studies, or science topics. Use this to create family trees or food pyramids in family and consumer science. Have students collaborate (online) to create group mind maps or review charts before tests on a given subject. Have students organize any concepts you study. Have students map out a story, plotline, or plan for the future. Students can also map out a step-by-step process (such as a life cycle or how to solve an equation).
 

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Twitter Chat: Inclusive Technology - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from December 2018 and will open in TweetChat. The title of this chat is: Inclusive Technology. Through this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss the need...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from December 2018 and will open in TweetChat. The title of this chat is: Inclusive Technology. Through this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss the need for technology that meets the diverse needs of our learners, 2. Share tech tools that can aid in differentiating the learning environment and 3. Brainstorm possible solutions to the challenge of meeting the needs of all students. Find great tools and resources to create equitable learning experiences.

tag(s): differentiation (54), Special Needs (36), twitterchatarchive (71)

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Find tools and resources to create lessons that incorporate technology, while meeting the diverse learning needs of your students.

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OK2Ask: Creativity Cafe: Recipes for Formative Assessment - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from November 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Looking for the secret ingredients to make 5-star formative assessment dishes...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from November 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Looking for the secret ingredients to make 5-star formative assessment dishes at every phase of the blended learning process? Join us at the Creativity Cafe to learn how the right tool at the right time in the right way can assist you in tailoring formative assessment to your students' differentiated and discriminating palates. We'll outline the different phases of blended learning and share the secret ingredients for formative evaluation for each phase or the process. Participants will explore free formative tools to provide quantitative and qualitative data and understand the importance of effective formative assessment to the success of any student-centered environment, especially a blended class. Participants will: 1. Learn the different phases of blended learning; 2. Explore digital formative assessment tools that support each phase of the blended learning process; and 3. Plan for the use of digital formative assessment tools in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): assessment (124), teaching strategies (32)

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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: Personalize That Learning! - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from November 2018 and will open in TweetChat. The title of this chat is: Personalize That Learning! Through this chat, participants will: 1. Define personalized...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from November 2018 and will open in TweetChat. The title of this chat is: Personalize That Learning! Through this chat, participants will: 1. Define personalized learning and its characteristics 2. Share tech tools that aid in creating a personalized learning environment and 3. Share resources to help with lesson planning which incorporates personalized learning. Find great tools and resources to help create lessons that incorporate personalized learning strategies.

tag(s): differentiation (54), twitterchatarchive (71)

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Find tools and resources to create lessons that incorporate personalized learning. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for sites and information related to personalized learning. Explore the various tools that are shared.

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OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire: Choice Boards for Differentiation - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Empower students to choose how they will meet their learning goals by helping...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Empower students to choose how they will meet their learning goals by helping them to focus on building knowledge, understanding, and essential skills. Learning Menus or Choice Boards allow your students to complete equally active, interesting and engaging assignments which demonstrate their comprehension of the presented material. This session will help you learn to create and use differentiated Choice Boards based on Tomlinson's model for differentiation. Participants will: 1. Understand Tomlinson's model for differentiation; 2. Learn about the use of Choice Boards for both instructional and assessment purposes; and 3. Plan for the use of Choice Boards as part of instruction. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): differentiation (54), teaching strategies (32)

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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: Tech Integration Made Easy with Animoto - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Engage students and deepen content area knowledge using Animoto to create...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Engage students and deepen content area knowledge using Animoto to create instructional videos. Text, audio, and video provide additional context to content area instruction for your students. Use student-created videos as formative assessment. Brainstorm with others workshop participants on how you and your students can use Animoto in the classroom. Participants will: 1. Learn basic use of Animoto; 2. Explore three different ways to use Animoto in the classroom; and 3. Plan for the use of Animoto 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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Semantris - Google

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Semantris is a pair of word association games offered as a Google experiment in predicting the use of words by players. Arcade is a quick-thinking game; Write a word associated ...more
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Semantris is a pair of word association games offered as a Google experiment in predicting the use of words by players. Arcade is a quick-thinking game; Write a word associated with the shared selection to drop words to the bottom of a list as quickly as possible. Block is a slower paced game; Try to provide a short phrase to describe one of the words in the blocks to drop the blocks and prevent them from reaching the top of the page.

tag(s): game based learning (147), logic (251), puzzles (203), vocabulary (311), vocabulary development (118), word study (74)

In the Classroom

Share Semantris with students on classroom computers or devices for use as a quick word association and vocabulary building activity. Challenge students to become more proficient in "beating" Google by earning as many points as possible. For younger students, this site is an excellent way to build vocabulary skills. Have older students take this site a step further and research how machine learning works through this Google activity. Ask them to substitute a traditional report or presentation by making a video explanation tool like Biteable, reviewed here, to describe the concept of machine learning. After spending some time practicing this game, take it a step further and modify student learning by having students create their own vocabulary learning game using a tool such as Scratch, reviewed here.

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Emoji Prompts - Ian Byrd

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4 to 12
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Do you need some creative writing prompt ideas? Try Emoji Prompts as an excellent way to inspire creativity in you and your students. Start with the provided emoji, then click ...more
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Do you need some creative writing prompt ideas? Try Emoji Prompts as an excellent way to inspire creativity in you and your students. Start with the provided emoji, then click the "And then..." to add another emoji prompt. Continue adding emojis as long as you like to continue the story.

tag(s): creative writing (160), writers workshop (36), writing (361), writing prompts (85)

In the Classroom

Students are very familiar with emojis, so this site is an excellent resource to begin any creative writing activity. Use Emoji Prompts as a quick warm up in writing class by displaying the site on your interactive writing board and adding 2 or 3 emojis for students to use to write a short paragraph; for longer projects add more emojis. Have students share their writing with classmates as a peer editing activity. Have students share completed writing activities on Edublog, reviewed here. Ask them to include the emojis used as the basis of the writing piece and reflect on their writing process and revisions made.

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It's nice, but everything's completely randomized so sometimes the emojis could be used as a 'play tool'. , , Grades: 0 - 12

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