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OK2Ask: Google MANIA - Accessibility Features for Diverse Learners - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from July 2020. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

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The Google suite has tools added for accessibility. Don't limit the use of these tools in your classroom. Let's give all students the chance to show their best work. This session will introduce you to these features and show you how to use them to support all students. Even students who don't have a documented need may find these tools helpful. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn basic accessibility features included in the Google suite; 2. Explore instructional strategies that use the accessibility features; and 3. Plan for the use of Google suite accessibility features in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Accessibility (6), Google (28), professional development (262), remote learning (46), Special Needs (45)

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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: Keep On, Keepin' On - TeachersFirst

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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. As a result of this session, teachers 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 appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Formative Assessment (36), Google (28), organizational skills (92), professional development (262)

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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: Digital Resources for Self-Regulation - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This archived Twitter chat is from October 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Digital Resources for Self-Regulation. During this chat, participants will: 1. Define...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from October 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Digital Resources for Self-Regulation. During this chat, participants will: 1. Define self-regulation and discuss its importance in K12 education, 2. Explore tools that can help students regulate themselves, and 3. Share tips and strategies for facilitating self-regulation in the classroom.

tag(s): mental health (28), social and emotional learning (56), twitterchatarchive (119)

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100 Common English Phrases and Sentence Patterns (With Dialogue) - Michelle Tran

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K to 12
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Although very heavy in advertising, this site contains many helpful English phrases and sentence patterns with included audio, making it useful for English language learners. Scroll...more
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Although very heavy in advertising, this site contains many helpful English phrases and sentence patterns with included audio, making it useful for English language learners. Scroll down to find the list then choose any phrase and select the play arrow to hear several examples of the use of the phrase in both male and female voices. Each link also contains a written list of expressions used in the audio recording.
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tag(s): vocabulary (231), vocabulary development (87)

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Before asking students to use this site independently, share it on your interactive whiteboard to show students how to avoid the advertising and how to select the proper links for playing the audio. Once students are familiar with how to get to the audio, share a link on classroom computers for ESL/ELL students to use when learning English. Ask students to practice using Vocaroo, reviewed here, an online audio recording tool. Use Vocaroo to enhance classroom technology and for students to practice speaking and hearing their work in English. As ESL/ELL students become more comfortable in their new language, ask them to create and share their own list of phrases with other students. Have them annotate an image using ThingLink, reviewed here with their audio recordings sharing descriptions of people, places, or events. Use Thinglink for a variety of assignments in any classroom that is integrating technology as an enhancement, modification, or transformation.

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Mt. Cleverest - James Villarrubia and Bernie Prat

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5 to 12
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Mt. Cleverest uses AI technology to create quizzes based on any content you provide. Use videos, lesson plans, websites, and more and provide the URL for use. Mt. Cleverest's artificial...more
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Mt. Cleverest uses AI technology to create quizzes based on any content you provide. Use videos, lesson plans, websites, and more and provide the URL for use. Mt. Cleverest's artificial intelligence (they call it Andi) takes your information and turns it into quiz questions ranked and ordered by real-world performance based on research. Order and choose items based on your needs, then assign to students. Students can take variations of the quiz as many times as necessary until they pass. Mt. Cleverest grades student responses and emails scores to you on your selected due date.

tag(s): quiz (63), quizzes (83)

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Use Mt. Cleverest to create quizzes as pretests or final assessments. Use your documents stored in Google Drive or OneDrive to provide the URL for creating quizzes. Mt. Cleverest includes a search feature for finding previous quizzes, take advantage of this to add content for your classroom. Ask students to reflect on missed quiz questions and research the content further. Have them replace paper and pen and extend their learning by sharing their reflections on a simple webpage using Hashify, reviewed here. Hashify provides a simple tool for sharing texts and images without the distractions of multiple backgrounds and formatting options.

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Twitter Chat: What's the Buzz: Augmented Reality - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from August 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: What's the Buzz: Augmented Reality. During this chat, participants will: 1. ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from August 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: What's the Buzz: Augmented Reality. During this chat, participants will: 1. Define augmented reality and explore reasons for implementation, 2. Discuss ways to incorporate AR into the classroom, and 3. Share AR tools and resources that will assist in planning successful lessons.

tag(s): augmented reality (7), twitterchatarchive (119)

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Find resources and information about augmented reality and how to integrate it into your lessons. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for resources related to augmented reality.

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Twitter Chat: Differentiating Instruction in a 1:1 Environment - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from July 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Differentiating Instruction in a 1:1 Environment. During this chat, participants will:...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from July 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Differentiating Instruction in a 1:1 Environment. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss benefits and challenges of teaching in a 1:1 environment, 2. Share ed tech resources that allow for differentiated learning paths and 3. Explore ways to integrate technology into the classroom ways to combat them.

tag(s): computers (99), differentiation (63), twitterchatarchive (119)

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Find resources and explore ways to use ed tech tools in a 1:1 technology classroom. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for sites and resources related to using technology in the classroom.

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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 (166), independent reading (105), reading comprehension (123), reading strategies (55), Special Needs (45)

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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 (116), descriptive writing (35), differentiation (63), letter writing (15), persuasive writing (51), process writing (38), writers workshop (32), writing (283)

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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 (112), preK (231), search engines (50)

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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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K to 12
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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 (85), teaching strategies (33), twitterchatarchive (119)

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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 (78), professional development (262), Special Needs (45), twitterchatarchive (119)

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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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4 to 12
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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 (129), poetry (180)

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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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K to 12
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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 (5), search engines (50), search strategies (23)

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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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K to 12
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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 (28), social and emotional learning (56), social skills (24), twitterchatarchive (119)

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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.

tag(s): charts and graphs (156), mind map (23)

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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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K to 12
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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 (63), Special Needs (45), twitterchatarchive (119)

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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 (63), twitterchatarchive (119)

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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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Semantris - Google

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Semantris is an engaging 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 ...more
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Semantris is an engaging 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 (158), logic (164), puzzles (144), vocabulary (231), vocabulary development (87), word study (53)

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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. Enhance learning by asking 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 extend student learning by having students create their own vocabulary learning game using a tool such as Scratch, reviewed here.

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Edji - Will Stewart

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Edji is a collaborative classroom reading tool that offers options for you to interact with text. Use this site to share text, then have readers highlight and add written and ...more
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Edji is a collaborative classroom reading tool that offers options for you to interact with text. Use this site to share text, then have readers highlight and add written and audio comments to portions of text. Also, use Edji to allow readers to add comments within pictures, even selecting a specific part of an image to share a response. Create your account to start a new reading using your email or Google account. Use security features to make readings public or private and choose from grade level options. Type or paste text and use options to insert images or PDF's. Create a group for sharing, and Edji provides a URL and code for students to access your work. Use the Heat Vision feature to view the finished product with highlights and comments shared by all readers.

tag(s): reading comprehension (123), reading strategies (55), writing (283)

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Be sure to check out the Guide link, at the bottom of the page, on Edji to see lesson ideas and tips for using Edji in the classroom. Create an Edji with an introductory passage for a new unit and share with students. Ask them to highlight, comment, and ask questions about the information and use as a pre-assessment tool. Use Edji to create quick and easy writing prompts and starters - upload an image and ask students to share adjectives and interesting verbs to use in their writing. Use Edji to create peer response tools when sharing student writing.

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