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OK2Ask: Microsoft in Edu Day: 2 Free Apps for Inclusive Learning - Office Lens & Translate - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Making a learning environment accessible for everyone is critical to a successful...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Making a learning environment accessible for everyone is critical to a successful inclusive classroom. Today's classrooms are diverse and include English Language Learners and students with learning challenges, whether they have been identified or not. Every teacher needs to be able to create and deliver content in a way that is accessible to each student. Fortunately, teachers already have free technologies at their disposal to assist with this. Join us as we explore strategies and tools that facilitate an inclusive learning environment. Participants will: 1. Understand the importance of accessibility; 2. Learn about a free Microsoft tool that can be used to digitize content into accessible materials; and 3. Discover a tool that helps bridge communication gaps and supports accessible classroom learning. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Accessibility (7), Microsoft (68), professional development (228)

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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: Microsoft in Education Day: Enhancing Assessment in 21st Century Classrooms - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Good instruction relies heavily on assessment and feedback. Teachers need to...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Good instruction relies heavily on assessment and feedback. Teachers need to know what students have learned, and students need feedback to see if they have understood what the teacher has tried to convey. Technology can help us with this assessment and the feedback loop in several ways. Learn to clarify instructions, automate assessment, and individualize feedback using tools from the free Microsoft online suite: Forms, OneNote, and Sway. Participants will: 1. Discover how to use Forms to create formative and summative assessment; 2. Explore how OneNote features can enhance assessment; and 3. Examine how Sway can be utilized for instruction and evaluative purposes. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): assessment (120), Formative Assessment (19), Microsoft (68), professional development (228)

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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: Microsoft in Education Day - Learning Tools to Build an Inclusive Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. We know how important it is for educators to design authentic activities that...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. We know how important it is for educators to design authentic activities that acknowledge and accommodate for all variations of learners. Learning Tools brings advanced accessibility options for a wide range of students with proven success in reading and writing achievement. See how this and other tools bring the content to the student while removing barriers to learning. Participants will: 1. Understand the importance of an inclusive classroom; 2. Learn how Microsoft's free Learning Tools provide proven techniques to improve reading and writing; and 3. Discover how students can leverage these tools to personalize their reading and writing experience. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Accessibility (7), Microsoft (68), professional development (228)

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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: Flipping Out for Fliphunts - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Have we got a powerful, engaging, video discussion-based instructional strategy...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Have we got a powerful, engaging, video discussion-based instructional strategy for you! Make room in your lesson plans for Fliphunts. Take free discussion-based edtech tool Flipgrid, add a well-crafted lesson along with a dash of any content area at any grade level; then stir in a heaping serving of critical thinking, creativity, and student voice and you have a fun a formative assessment to inform your instruction. Fliphunts are video-based scavenger hunts organized within Flipgrid -- get kids active in kinesthetic learning while immersing them in content. Challenge your students to show-what-they-know with a Fliphunt. Participants will: 1. Learn the basic use of Flipgrid to record responses and set up a grid; 2. Understand ways to use Fliphunts as formative assessment; and 3. Begin planning a Fliphunt for your classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Formative Assessment (19), Microsoft (68), professional development (228), video (259)

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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 - 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 (37), professional development (228)

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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 (37), maps (286), professional development (228), reading strategies (56)

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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 (37), maps (286), professional development (228)

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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 (37), professional development (228)

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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 (143), Google (37), organizational skills (97), professional development (228)

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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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BeeLine Reader Collection - Reading is Fundamental

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Improve reading and comprehension skills for all students and adults with this BeeLine Reader Collection on Literacy Central. Find over 100 books and stories as downloadable PDFs, all...more
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Improve reading and comprehension skills for all students and adults with this BeeLine Reader Collection on Literacy Central. Find over 100 books and stories as downloadable PDFs, all using BeeLine Reader technology to highlight and wrap text to improve focusing and tracking while reading. Use the leveled reading passages within Reading is Fundamental for multiple grade levels and books. Find additional support materials for each book, including author interviews, lesson plans, crosswords, and word searches all as downloadable PDFs. Though Beeline Reader is not usually a free tool, Literacy Central is providing it to its members for free through these PDFs. You do not need to create a free membership to use these materials, only to save them as a favorite. Learn more about the Beeline Reader tool and how it improves reading comprehension by watching the YouTube video introduction on this page.
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tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (169), independent reading (106), reading comprehension (123), reading strategies (56), Special Needs (42)

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These BeeLine Reader PDFs are 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. These PDFs are wonderful 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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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 (134), descriptive writing (39), differentiation (52), letter writing (16), persuasive writing (51), process writing (40), writers workshop (30), writing (316)

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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 (119), preK (277), search engines (61)

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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. Enhance student learning by having students create their own internet safety tips using a comic creation tool like ToonyTool, reviewed here, to modify their technology use, and then share their comics with other classrooms.

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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 (102), teaching strategies (33), twitterchatarchive (98)

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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 (95), professional development (228), Special Needs (42), twitterchatarchive (98)

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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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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 (134), poetry (203)

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Take advantage of the poem generator to motivate students' 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 Participate, 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 (7), search engines (61), search strategies (25)

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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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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 (44), mental health (31), social and emotional learning (37), social skills (26), twitterchatarchive (98)

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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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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 you 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.

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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 who need it. Consider having a few students create a video explanation using Biteable, 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 Wakelet. 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 Wakelet. 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 (52), Special Needs (42), twitterchatarchive (98)

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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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Twitter Chat: Personalize That Learning! - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from November 2018 and will open in Wakelet. 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 Wakelet. 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 (52), twitterchatarchive (98)

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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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