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OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire: Gamification in the Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from July 2024. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

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Are you looking for ways to boost student engagement and motivation? This session delves into the exciting world of gamification in the classroom! Learn how to harness the power of game design principles to create dynamic learning experiences that foster a love of learning. We'll explore the difference between gamification and game-based learning, and equip you with practical strategies and templates you can use to design engaging, independent, and group activities that seamlessly integrate game elements with authentic learning objectives. Discover resources to get you started and unlock the potential of gamified learning in your classroom! As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand the difference between gamification and game-based learning approaches. 2. Identify resources that support the implementation of gamification in your classroom. 3. Develop a plan to integrate gamification into your curriculum. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): gamification (75)

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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: 3 Cool Tools for Images in the Classroom - TeachersFirst

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Unlock the power of copyright-friendly images in student projects! In this engaging workshop, we'll explore innovative ways to integrate visually stunning, legally compliant images into your lessons. Dive into the world of digital literacy and learn how to equip your students with the knowledge and skills they need to navigate copyright laws and make ethical choices when using images. We'll introduce you to three amazing online tools brimming with high-quality, copyright-friendly images that are perfect for enhancing student projects and presentations. Discover how to leverage these resources to enhance your lessons while fostering critical thinking about copyright and fair use. As a result of this session, teachers will 1. Identify and learn how to utilize copyright-friendly images. 2. Explain copyright concepts to students. 3. Integrate copyright-friendly tools into lesson plans. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): copyright (45), images (257)

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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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TeachersFirst: Differentiated Instruction Professional Learning Module - TeachersFirst

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This five-part learning model provides guidance and support to educators as they tailor instruction to meet the many differing needs of their students. Module one begins with a short...more
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This five-part learning model provides guidance and support to educators as they tailor instruction to meet the many differing needs of their students. Module one begins with a short overview of differentiating the learning process and shares several technology tools to support successful differentiation. Other models discuss differentiating the learning environment, products, and content; the final module helps pull all the information together as part of a cohesive learning unit. Professional learning credits are available; follow the provided link to receive a link to the course assessment.

tag(s): differentiation (85), professional development (395)

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Take advantage of the many instructional ideas and resources to support differentiation in your classroom. Visit TeachersFirst to find many other resources for classroom differentiation, such as the archives of online professional learning sessions, OK2Ask: Playlists to Personalize Learning, reviewed here and OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire: Choice Boards for Differentiation Pt. 2, reviewed here.

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The Power of Great Apps and Google - Google for Education

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Explore the many apps that integrate with Google to save time and increase productivity. Use the included filters to find apps by topic, age range, categories, and languages. Many resources...more
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Explore the many apps that integrate with Google to save time and increase productivity. Use the included filters to find apps by topic, age range, categories, and languages. Many resources are Google Classroom add-ons, allowing teachers and students to use the tool within Google Classroom. Not all tools are free; however, most offer a free component.

tag(s): Teacher Utilities (150)

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Take advantage of the many apps available for integration with Google to enhance current tech tools used in your classroom. Use the provided filters to find "just right" resources for your grade level and content and to provide support for multilingual learners.

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Father's Day May Not Be Easy For Some Students - Share My Lesson

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Not all children have fathers in their daily lives, and Father's Day can be difficult for them. This PDF resource shares ways to present Father's Day activities that are less ...more
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Not all children have fathers in their daily lives, and Father's Day can be difficult for them. This PDF resource shares ways to present Father's Day activities that are less likely to be difficult for students without fathers.

tag(s): fathers day (11), holidays (167), professional development (395)

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Share this resource or the PDF with fellow teachers, staff, and your administrators. You must be logged in and then click the download arrow on the right under Resources.

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Father's Day Activities - Share My Lesson

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Share My Lesson presents several activities to honor fathers, father figures, or other significant persons in students' lives. Each lesson has the suggested grade level, and titles...more
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Share My Lesson presents several activities to honor fathers, father figures, or other significant persons in students' lives. Each lesson has the suggested grade level, and titles include Father's Day Fun Facts, Kid Lit Crafts and Activities for Father's Day, a writing activity, and more.

tag(s): fathers day (11), holidays (167)

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Choose an age-appropriate activity for your class and introduce it on your whiteboard. Include the activity on your webpage so parents can help students with ideas for the project.

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Origins of Father's Day - History

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See the left menu on this page and click Origins of Father's Day to learn the history of this holiday. Learn why it took 58 years after Mother's Day became ...more
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See the left menu on this page and click Origins of Father's Day to learn the history of this holiday. Learn why it took 58 years after Mother's Day became an official holiday for Father's Day to become an official holiday.

tag(s): fathers day (11), holidays (167)

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First, create a reading guide for your younger students and weaker readers using Read Ahead, reviewed here. Next, introduce this article to the class on your whiteboard. Engage students by reading the title Father's Day: Controversy and Commercialism. Then, pair stronger readers with a weaker reader to read both articles and create a timeline using one of Canva's Timeline Infographic Templates, reviewed here. For older students, you could also have them create an AI timeline using MyLens, reviewed hereto compare their timeline to the MyLens timeline.

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5 Father's Day Ideas for Elementary Students - HMH

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Find a variety of Father's Day activities and lesson plans, including a list of books featuring fathers. These are intended for K-5 students but can easily be adapted for students ...more
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Find a variety of Father's Day activities and lesson plans, including a list of books featuring fathers. These are intended for K-5 students but can easily be adapted for students up to grade 8.

tag(s): fathers day (11), holidays (167), summer (30)

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Before school concludes, introduce this site to the class and let them know the link will be on your class website to share with their families after school is out. Try suggesting something interactive for the students to create besides the paper craft. For example, have students create online books about their fathers using Bookemon, reviewed here.

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Humy - Humy.ai

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Chat with over 1,000 historical figures, from Tutankhamun to Michael Jackson, with Humy's chatbots, or Humies. Create an account, then visit the Humies to search for specific characters...more
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Chat with over 1,000 historical figures, from Tutankhamun to Michael Jackson, with Humy's chatbots, or Humies. Create an account, then visit the Humies to search for specific characters or scroll through options that include diverse groups such as Greek Gods and Space Exploration. Select a character to begin your conversation and ask questions. Additional tools found on Humy include lesson planning and question generation tools. Visit the collections to find options to edit and share curated collections. The free subscription consists of 300 credits (approximately 25-30 chat conversations) and access to over 40 history collections; however, activating a collection uses many more credits than individual chat conversations.

tag(s): american revolution (83), art history (87), artificial intelligence (111), authors (105), black history (128), chat (41), civil rights (198), civil war (135), DAT device agnostic tool (144), environment (238), great depression (29), greeks (32), presidents (122), religions (77), renaissance (33), space (214), Teacher Utilities (150), women (138), world war 1 (73), world war 2 (151)

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Take advantage of the free account provided by Humy to generate conversations on your interactive whiteboard with historical figures to introduce new lessons and units and engage students in upcoming activities. For example, before reading The Giver by Lois Lowry, select her name from the Humies to have a conversation to learn about her inspiration for writing the book and allow students to ask questions about her writing style and how she developed her storytelling skills. Use the chat conversations as a starting point for research projects on historical figures or periods. Ask students to share their projects by creating websites with Google Sites, reviewed here or by using Google My Maps, reviewed here to create an interactive story based on locations on the map.

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Once Upon a Picture - Sam Daunt

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Once Upon A Picture is a dedicated platform aimed at enhancing classroom learning through visual stimuli, fostering creativity, and encouraging active student participation. It offers...more
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Once Upon A Picture is a dedicated platform aimed at enhancing classroom learning through visual stimuli, fostering creativity, and encouraging active student participation. It offers a vast collection of curated images and illustrations, carefully selected to inspire imagination and stimulate discussions in the classroom. Additionally, the site provides engaging writing prompts derived from the visuals, promoting creative writing skills and literacy development among students of all ages. Alongside these features, Once Upon A Picture offers reading comprehension activities, including literal, inference, deduction, and prediction questions designed to improve critical thinking and analytical skills.

tag(s): critical thinking (112), thinking skills (15), visual literacy (2), visual thinking (7), writing prompts (58)

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Incorporating Once Upon A Picture into classroom activities can amplify any lesson! Utilize Quizlet, reviewed here for vocabulary-building exercises. Teachers can create vocabulary sets based on themes or elements in the Once Upon A Picture images. Try Book Creator, reviewed here for digital storybook creation. Students can draw inspiration from Once Upon A Picture's visuals to craft engaging narratives combining text, images, audio, and video to share with the broader classroom community!

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Crayola Education Sustainability Resources - Crayola

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Crayola Education Sustainability Resources is a comprehensive platform designed to support educators in integrating sustainability and environmental consciousness into their teaching...more
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Crayola Education Sustainability Resources is a comprehensive platform designed to support educators in integrating sustainability and environmental consciousness into their teaching curriculum. With a wide range of colorful and engaging materials, this site empowers teachers to help students learn how to take action toward a more sustainable future. The site features interactive lesson plans, printable activities, and creative projects encouraging students' recommendations. Additionally, it provides resources for teachers to incorporate art-based learning strategies into sustainability education, fostering students' creativity and critical thinking skills. Reviewing and aligning any materials or activities from external websites with your school's policies and guidelines, including considerations for student privacy (FERPA) and online safety, is always recommended.

tag(s): conservation (86), environment (238), simulations (9), sustainability (43), virtual field trips (80)

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Elevate your STEM lessons by incorporating Crayola's comprehensive lesson plans and resources. This connection strengthens the understanding of concepts related to sustainability in science and technology. Immersive Experiences: Take learning to the next level with interactive simulations or virtual field trips. These engaging tools provide opportunities for students to explore environmental concepts more immersively. Want to extend this beyond the classroom walls? Organize eco-friendly art exhibitions or community projects that showcase the sustainability themes explored through Crayola's resources. If you have the bandwidth and resources, consider partnering with local environmental organizations to involve caregivers and the broader community.

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iGradePlus Online Gradebook - iGradePlus

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iGradePlus Online Gradebook offers an easy-to-use, FERPA-compliant interface with many options for busy educators. Create a grade book, add classes and students, and then assign students...more
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iGradePlus Online Gradebook offers an easy-to-use, FERPA-compliant interface with many options for busy educators. Create a grade book, add classes and students, and then assign students to the appropriate courses. iGradePlus includes several options to modify or set custom grading scales, such as grade weights for exams, quizzes, or other assignments. Free accounts include adding grades, tracking behavior and attendance, parent/teacher communication tools, custom report generation, and more.

tag(s): classroom management (126), Teacher Utilities (150)

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If your school doesn't provide a required gradebook, consider using iGradePlus. This resource is also helpful for sharing feedback for after-school programs or with tutors to share information on student progress. Modify class information as needed to adjust grade weights to fulfill requirements for special needs and gifted students.

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Twitter Chat: FigJam Fundamentals: Designing Dynamic Learning Experiences - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from June 2024 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: FigJam Fundamentals: Designing Dynamic Learning Experiences. During this chat, participants:...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from June 2024 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: FigJam Fundamentals: Designing Dynamic Learning Experiences. During this chat, participants: 1. Were introduced to FigJam and its potential applications for simplifying technology integration in the classroom; 2. Provided step-by-step guidance on how to use FigJam effectively for collaborative brainstorming, visual ideation, and lesson planning, and 3. Discussed tips, tricks, and best practices for maximizing FigJam's utility to foster creativity, communication, and problem-solving among students and teachers.

tag(s): artificial intelligence (111), charts and graphs (169), collaboration (89), graphic organizers (50), iwb (33), mind map (27), timelines (51), twitterchatarchive (175), Whiteboard (12)

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Find resources and information about integrating FigJam in the classroom. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for strategies and resources for FigJam.

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Teacher's Buddy - Teacher's Buddy

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Teacher's Buddy offers AI tools just for teachers. The free plan includes ten tools that create lesson plans, generate stories and poems, and adapt coursework for neurodiverse students....more
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Teacher's Buddy offers AI tools just for teachers. The free plan includes ten tools that create lesson plans, generate stories and poems, and adapt coursework for neurodiverse students. After creating an account, begin using Teacher's Buddy by creating a new workspace for your activities. Select an age group and choose from the available tools. Follow the directions to provide the topic and context, and connect to your Google Drive to upload documents if desired. When finished, edit the content as you wish, then save the document to your Google Drive or share using the provided link. Learn more about the different features of Teacher's Buddy by watching the tutorial videos shared on the site. Always verify the accuracy of content generated by AI before using it.

tag(s): adhd (29), artificial intelligence (111), autism (15), Special Needs (54), Teacher Utilities (150)

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Take advantage of the free resources Teacher's Buddy shares to save time and increase productivity. Generate lesson plans based on your curriculum, teaching standards, and documents you use in your classroom, then edit the contents to adapt to your teaching style and students' learning preferences. Use the neurodiversity adaptation tool to generate ideas for adaptations for students on IEPs, with ADHD, or with autism.

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Gibbly - Gibbly

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Generate quizzes, lessons, and gamified assignments using Gibbly and the power of AI. After creating an account, visit Gibbly's library to browse and search for lessons and quizzes....more
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Generate quizzes, lessons, and gamified assignments using Gibbly and the power of AI. After creating an account, visit Gibbly's library to browse and search for lessons and quizzes. Open any item to view and edit questions, print a PDF, or share the link by social media or email. Assign activities for solo play or host a live, synchronous activity. Create quizzes and lessons using the create button; options include manual and AI quiz generators and AI-generated lessons. Build lessons by adding the topic and grade level for the lesson; Gibbly then generates a lesson plan and several options for slides, including background information, discussion questions, and Did You Know information. Free accounts include 20,000 tokens monthly, unlimited hosting of review games, the creation of unlimited quizzes and lessons, and Google exports.

tag(s): artificial intelligence (111), gamification (75), preK (258), quizzes (89), Teacher Utilities (150)

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Use Gibbly to generate lessons and formative assessments that engage students in learning. Assign solo quizzes for students to review classroom information and easily differentiate learning by adjusting the reading level and content of the questions. Host a live quiz before starting a new unit to guide lesson planning based on students' prior knowledge. Use the lesson generator to build lessons, then share the link with students to review after your presentation.

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OK2Ask: Tech Made EZ with FigJam - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from May 2024. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

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Don't miss this opportunity to unlock the full potential of FigJam in your classroom! FigJam is a free online whiteboard that allows you to create, share, and collaborate on ideas with students and colleagues. Join us for an interactive workshop where you'll discover innovative ways to engage students, foster collaboration, and elevate instruction across various content areas and grade levels. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Identify the potential uses and benefits of implementing FigJam in your classroom. 2. Learn how using features like shapes, sticky notes, images, and team editing can boost engagement. 3. Explore templates for brainstorms, concept maps, visual notes, and storyboards. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): collaboration (89), Whiteboard (12)

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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: 3 Cool Tools to Build Communication Skills - TeachersFirst

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Communication is a vital skill for students in the 21st century. It encompasses not only verbal and nonverbal exchanges, but also written and digital modes of expression. In this workshop, you'll learn how to use three innovative tech tools to enhance your students' communication skills in various contexts and formats and explore how these tools can foster collaboration, critical thinking, empathy, and global awareness among your students. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Explore the multifaceted nature of communication, which encompasses verbal, non-verbal, written, and digital interactions. 2. Discuss strategies for assessing and providing feedback on students' communication skills. 3. Explain the benefits and challenges of using tech tools for communication in education. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.

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OK2Ask: Unlocking Literacy: Language Tools for the Science of Reading - TeachersFirst

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Developing oral language skills is crucial for students' academic success and social approbation. This workshop will equip educators with practical strategies that will enrich their students' oral language skills. Join us to explore innovative ways to enhance oral language development in your classroom through the strategic integration of technology. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand the importance of oral language development to academic success. 2. Design oral language activities that are engaging, interactive, and differentiated. 3. Explore various tech tools available through Microsoft that can enhance oral language skills. 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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Scribble Diffusion - Replicate

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Scribble Diffusion uses artificial intelligence (AI) to turn your scribbles into refined drawings. Use the drawing tool to draw any object, then describe your image in the prompt box...more
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Scribble Diffusion uses artificial intelligence (AI) to turn your scribbles into refined drawings. Use the drawing tool to draw any object, then describe your image in the prompt box and click "go." In just a few moments, your idea comes to life in an AI-generated image. Refine your prompt as often as you like until you receive an image to use. Copy the link or right-click to download and save the image to your device when ready.

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Anytime students use images, discuss the proper use of copyright. Currently, copyright laws do not apply to AI-generated images; include this in your discussion and consider why this might be true. Create images to use as starters for creative writing projects, to include in multimedia projects, or for students to use as avatars for blogs. Use images created with Scribble Diffusion in digital storytelling projects, such as those created with Canva Edu, reviewed here or with Canva Comic Strip Templates, reviewed here. In art class, use one doodle to create images in different art styles and ask students to compare the different features of each style. Ask students to choose one art style to use in creating drawings by choosing from different options of media and supplies.

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Varsity Tutors Free Courses - Varsity Tutors

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Varsity Tutors offers a series of free live classes for summer learning. These sessions begin on May 6 and run through August 14. Classes provide learning opportunities to help students...more
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Varsity Tutors offers a series of free live classes for summer learning. These sessions begin on May 6 and run through August 14. Classes provide learning opportunities to help students prepare for the SAT and ACT exams, learn about hieroglyphics, visit an aquarium, and more. Select the link to any class to learn more about the content and suggested grade levels, and enroll. Each class is offered at a specific time and date and lasts 45 minutes to an hour.

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In the Classroom

Include links to these free classes with your other summer reading and learning opportunities shared with students and parents. Be sure to highlight offerings of specific interest to your students; for example, if students are taking the ACT and SAT exams, point out the courses that help students prepare for these tests. Add a link to your digital calendar for each of the courses along with a reminder, then email students and parents a week before the course begins as a reminder to sign up and attend the class at the assigned time or use an online resource such as Remind, reviewed here to set up and deliver text reminders of upcoming classes.

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