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K-2 ELA Resources for Teaching Remotely on Short Notice - TeachersFirst

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Get up to speed quickly with remote teaching using the tips and tools shared in this Wakelet collection of early primary ELA resources. This collection includes a set of general ...more
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Get up to speed quickly with remote teaching using the tips and tools shared in this Wakelet collection of early primary ELA resources. This collection includes a set of general tips that help educators maintain a connection with students and provide support for parents. Also, the collection offers many instructional tools along with ideas for classroom use.

tag(s): literacy (110), preK (283), professional development (226)

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Use the ideas in this collection to offer remote learning opportunities to students. For example, create your free account at Epic, reviewed here, and share reading lists with your students based on ability and interests. Engage students by having them write book reviews using My Storybook, reviewed here, then share the links with all students to read.

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K-12 Student Project Resources for Teaching Remotely on Short Notice - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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Sometimes educators need short notice ideas for student projects that try to fill in instructional gaps with limited guidance or teacher support. This collection shares ideas and resources...more
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Sometimes educators need short notice ideas for student projects that try to fill in instructional gaps with limited guidance or teacher support. This collection shares ideas and resources to get you started with student projects, especially in remote learning situations. Browse through to find a variety of tools for students to "Show What You Know" for web-based formative assessment.

tag(s): assessment (128), Formative Assessment (15), professional development (226)

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Explore the free tools shared in this Wakelet collection to find formative assessment ideas for any grade level or subject. Take advantage of the tips, OK2Ask archives, and blog posts to learn more about the shared resources and how to incorporate them into your lessons.

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Twitter Chat: Twitter Chat: Tips, Tools, and Strategies for Curating Resources - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This archived Twitter chat is from March 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Twitter Chat: Tips, Tools, and Strategies for Curating Resources. During this ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from March 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Twitter Chat: Tips, Tools, and Strategies for Curating Resources. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss curation strategies and their use in education, 2. Share resources and tech tools that assist both teachers and students with curation, and 3. Explore ways to incorporate the use of curated resources in the classroom.

tag(s): bookmarks (57), twitterchatarchive (87)

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Find resources and information about how to use tech tools to support strategies for curating resources. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for tips, tools, and strategies related to curating resources for students and teachers.

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OK2Ask: Digital Storytelling 201 - TeachersFirst

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2 to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from March 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Get ready for World Storytelling Day by joining us for this session. You (or...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from March 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Get ready for World Storytelling Day by joining us for this session. You (or your students) have a story idea, but now what do you do? We'll review the Digital Storytelling Process and then talk about using tech tools to create your product. Digital stories can be used for instruction as well as formative and summative assessments. You will also get some ideas for classroom management while students are working on digital storytelling projects. Participants will: 1. Understand the Digital Storytelling Process; 2. Explore a technology tool for digital storytelling; and 3. Plan for the use of digital storytelling in the instructional setting. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): digital storytelling (147)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas 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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Poetic Devices Scavenger Hunt - Scholastic

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Become a Poem Detective with the lesson and printable activities provided by Scholastic. Use the suggested poems to teach poetic devices such as alliteration, personification, stanzas,...more
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Become a Poem Detective with the lesson and printable activities provided by Scholastic. Use the suggested poems to teach poetic devices such as alliteration, personification, stanzas, and more. Students become the detective by searching through the verses and identifying and recording information onto their activity sheet.

tag(s): literary devices (12), poetry (223), rhymes (29), rhythm (24)

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Though there is a note that this is not an introductory lesson, our editorial team found that the lesson with the suggested poems was perfect to use as a starting point for a poetry unit, then use technology to extend student learning further. Engage students through thoughtful use of collaborative activities such as asking student groups to create infographics for each of the different poetic devices. Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here, is an easy to use free tool for creating infographics using pre-designed templates or by starting from scratch. As students become familiar with the different terms, move on to the scavenger hunt activity. Instead of using the activity sheets (printed out) for students to record their findings, take your scavenger hunt to a higher level by using GooseChase, reviewed here. GooseChase is a tool for creating and participating in digital scavenger hunts. In addition to taking a picture of the poem and labeling the poetic devices used, ask students to explain their answer within their GooseChase response. To extend student learning, have students research other poems by the authors suggested and when they find one that has all or most of the poetic devices within the poem have them take a picture of it and upload it to Thinglink, reviewed here, to highlight and label the devices they found, again explaining their answers. You may want to give extra points for finding literary devices in these poems that aren't on the original worksheet.
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Twitter Chat: Using Technology to Support Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Principles - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This archived Twitter chat is from March 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Using Technology to Support Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Principles. During...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from March 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Using Technology to Support Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Principles. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss UDL principles and strategies, 2. Share resources and tech tools that support UDL principles, and 3. Explore ways to promote the use of UDL principles when planning instruction.

tag(s): Accessibility (8), twitterchatarchive (87)

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Find resources and information about how to use tech tools to support universal design for learning (UDL) principles. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for resources related to school to home communication.

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OK2Ask: Transform Your Lesson Plans with Triple E and TeachersFirst Part 2 - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from March 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. As you reflect on how you integrate technology into your instruction to support...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from March 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. As you reflect on how you integrate technology into your instruction to support curricular objectives, it is important to evaluate lesson effectiveness. Join us as we take a deeper dive into the Triple E Framework. We will provide strategies and tools to help you understand if technology implementation in your classroom impacts learning in a deep and meaningful way. Other frameworks help us understand connections between learning and technology, while the Triple E Framework helps us evaluate the effectiveness that technology use has on student achievement of their learning goals. Learn to analyze lesson plans and apply the Triple E Measurement tool to inform your practice to design and teach better lessons using technology. Participants will: 1. Understand how to use the Triple E rubric; 2. Explore technology integrated lesson plans; and 3. Plan for the use of technology in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): professional development (226)

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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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Reading Treks: Bud, Not Buddy - TeachersFirst

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TeachersFirst Reading Treks create a virtual field trip of resources about a piece of literature or text using the My Maps feature of Google Maps. This Reading Trek provides inspiration...more
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TeachersFirst Reading Treks create a virtual field trip of resources about a piece of literature or text using the My Maps feature of Google Maps. This Reading Trek provides inspiration and suggestions for using Bud, Not Buddy with students in grades 3-7. Take advantage of the robust teaching guide. This historical fiction novel takes place in Grand Rapids, Michigan, during the time of the Great Depression. Content correlates to Common Core Standards, ISTE Student Standards, and National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies. Find the entire selection of Reading Treks here.

tag(s): civil rights (133), cultures (117), great depression (29), michigan (4), racism (21)

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Encourage students to work through the layers of the Great Depression and Life in the 1930s, exploring these periods of history using primary sources. Use this curated list of primary source resources to engage students in learning about the past through comparisons to current day life. Use an online tool such a Creately, reviewed here, to create diagrams, mindmaps, and other visual graphic organizers to compare and contrast the different periods. Engage students as they explore events shared in the book through the use of bite-sized podcasts using Synth, reviewed here. Synth is an easy to use audio tool that encourages students to share their thoughts and learning reflections in 256 seconds or less.
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Talk to Books - Google

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Talk to Books uses artificial intelligence to ask questions and find responses from within books. The answers include the passage containing the response along with a citation, including...more
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Talk to Books uses artificial intelligence to ask questions and find responses from within books. The answers include the passage containing the response along with a citation, including the author's name and date of publication. Click on the link to view the passage within the book or to go to the Google Books link. Sample questions provide ideas and examples of how to use the site.

tag(s): search engines (62), search strategies (27)

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Take advantage of this site to find specific resources to use within classroom lessons. One example on the site asks, "Why did World War 1 happen?" Responses link to several passages discussing the start of World War 1 and provide alternatives for students to review and discuss as they look at the causes of World War 1. Use a browser extension like Webnote, reviewed here, for you and your students to add comments and notes to any webpage. As you find particularly interesting articles, enhance learning by using Fiskkit, reviewed here, as a collaborative tool for sharing and discussing online articles. Fiskkit offers tools for highlighting and sharing information within online articles. Ask students to include and reference information found through the Talks to Books within any presentation. Extend student learning by having them use a tool like Wakelet, reviewed here, to present information. Wakelet is a presentation tool that offers resources for sharing websites, images, links to Twitter, and more.

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Data GIF Maker - Google News Lab

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Create and share data with the different GIF formats offered by Google News Lab. Choose from the three theme options - rectangles, circles, or racetrack to begin. Follow the prompts...more
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Create and share data with the different GIF formats offered by Google News Lab. Choose from the three theme options - rectangles, circles, or racetrack to begin. Follow the prompts to add a title and data values. Add data as a percentage or numerical values then customize your GIF by selecting from different color options. When finished, save as an HQ (high quality) or LQ (low quality) GIF. Once created, save the GIF to your computer or share using the provided link.

tag(s): data (154), images (278)

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This tool provides you and your students an excellent resource for engagingly sharing data. Use the Data GIF Maker to create a visual display when collecting data. For example, begin using this tool by polling your class to find out their favorite type of pizza and then enter the data to create a GIF. Use the same data in all three included formats to compare and contrast how the information looks based on the type of chart used. Take this same information and have students calculate the percentages and create GIFs to compare and contrast this information with your original images. Once you and your students are familiar with how to use this site to create GIFs, use it to enhance student learning by including GIFs within your presentations for students to evaluate and to visualize any data. Create GIFs to document student reading logs, the amount of time spent on homework, or time spent on community service. Have students include GIFs when annotating images using ThingLink, reviewed here, or within presentations created with tools such as Sway, reviewed here.

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Twitter Chat: Develop Design Thinking Using Digital Tools - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from February 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Develop Design Thinking Using Digital Tools. During this chat, participants: 1....more
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This archived Twitter chat is from February 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Develop Design Thinking Using Digital Tools. During this chat, participants: 1. Defined and discussed the components of design thinking, 2. Explored the role of design thinking in education, and 3. Shared resources and digital tools that could help to manage the design process.

tag(s): design (90), twitterchatarchive (87)

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Find resources and information about how to use tech tools to develop design thinking using digital tools. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for resources related to design thinking.

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EzGIF - ezgif.com

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EzGIF offers a variety of tools for editing and sharing animated GIFs. Use the GIF maker to create animated GIFs using your uploaded images or video. Other tools allow users ...more
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EzGIF offers a variety of tools for editing and sharing animated GIFs. Use the GIF maker to create animated GIFs using your uploaded images or video. Other tools allow users to crop, resize, reverse, split, and add text to your GIFs. Follow the easy directions for each part of the site to upload your image and complete the desired action. When finished, save the image to your computer.
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tag(s): animation (62), images (278), photography (145)

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Share an animated GIF to get student's attention! A cat reading a book is one way to begin reading time! Show any science concept a student should look at several times to see every aspect of the event, better yet, let students create an animated GIF using their own pictures to demonstrate the concept or show the steps of an experiment. Do you want to reveal portions of a video outlining the travels of historical expeditions, addition of the states to the US, or any other historical event captured in a video? Use a looping animated GIF! Every subject could use one of these GIFs to generate interest in a class activity or new content.

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The Molly of Denali Podcast - PBS Kids

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Follow the adventures of Molly of Denali, an Alaskan native girl, as she attempts to discover the identity of the mysterious creature who stole her birthday cake. Shared over nine ...more
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Follow the adventures of Molly of Denali, an Alaskan native girl, as she attempts to discover the identity of the mysterious creature who stole her birthday cake. Shared over nine different episodes, listeners discover the ways of life in Alaska as she solves the mystery. Podcasts run just under 15 minutes per episode. Listen to all podcasts directly on the website or from most podcast apps.

tag(s): alaska (26), native americans (85), podcasts (62)

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Molly of Denali is perfect for including with any lessons or units on Alaska or Native Americans. Listen to podcasts together as a class pausing throughout the episode as needed to identify important information such as different modes of transportation used in Alaska, weather and climate indicators, and geographic locations referenced. Before beginning your unit, engage students by asking them to brainstorm what they know about Alaska or Native Americans using Padlet, reviewed here, where you can add columns for wildlife, transportation, weather, etc. Build upon students' knowledge and address misconceptions based on your brainstorming activities. Consider creating activities within a learning management system such as Actively Learn, reviewed here. Add videos and articles based on your students' ability levels and comprehension. Enhance learning further using Symbaloo, reviewed here, to share bookmarks for further learning and additional activities. To differentiate learning, create two or more Symbaloo's based upon student interest and/or ability levels. Extend learning by participating in a Skype virtual learning field trip. Choose from several different options found at The Microsoft Educator Center, reviewed here. To find the options for virtual field trips, follow the links found under the link "Skype in the Classroom." Take learning to a whole new level and ask students to create their own podcasts featuring any destination using Molly of Denali as a model. Anchor, reviewed here, is one of several free podcasting services suitable for classroom use.

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Adobe Spark Video Creator - Adobe Spark

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K to 12
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Create and share professional-looking videos with Adobe Spark's video creator. Follow the prompts to begin your creation using a story template or start from scratch. Add videos, slides,...more
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Create and share professional-looking videos with Adobe Spark's video creator. Follow the prompts to begin your creation using a story template or start from scratch. Add videos, slides, text, music, and more to your video. Easily rearrange, change themes, and add components until satisfied. When finished, publish your video to share or download it to your computer.

tag(s): digital storytelling (147), multimedia (53), video (274)

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Consider using videos in your classroom in a variety of ways. Upload your slide presentations and add audio to create flipped and blended learning experiences for your students. Ask students to create videos as an alternative to book reports or written presentations. Share videos on your class website for students to access when away from the classroom. As you ask students to create videos, use a bookmarking site such as Padlet, reviewed here, to share and organize information for students to use when researching. Include Adobe Spark Videos as part of a larger presentation using Book Creator, reviewed here. Embed your video along with images, text, drawings, and other media into your digital book creation. Book Creator is a Chrome app.

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Image Annotator - Class Tools

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Easily annotate images using "hotspots" created using the Image Annotator. Upload an image from your computer. Click on any spot within your image to add a title, description, and URL...more
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Easily annotate images using "hotspots" created using the Image Annotator. Upload an image from your computer. Click on any spot within your image to add a title, description, and URL link if desired. Add as many hotspots as you want, then save when finished. The Image Annotator requires a password when finished, this allows you the option to return and edit your photo. Share your image by choosing the embed icon, the popup provides links to the URL link, embed code, QR code, or download the web shortcut.

tag(s): bookmarks (57), digital storytelling (147), images (278)

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Image Annotator offers an endless array of options for classroom use. Create an image with hotspots to share on your whiteboard as an introduction to any new unit of study, or start with a blank image and add hotspots throughout your unit with included links to additional information. Be sure to share the link to your interactive image on your class website. Ask students to create an interactive image as an alternative to a written assignment, have them include links to websites used for their research or to work they created online. Include an image from this site within a larger presentation such as a digital book made with Book Creator, reviewed here, or add images to an interactive timeline created with MyHistro, reviewed here.

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Zapier - Wade Foster

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Zapier helps you organize and manage your workflow between apps through automated tasks. Create an account and use the guide to find and choose apps you use. Zapier integrates with...more
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Zapier helps you organize and manage your workflow between apps through automated tasks. Create an account and use the guide to find and choose apps you use. Zapier integrates with a multitude of apps, including Dropbox, Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, as well as many other online tools. Connect two or more apps to create an automated action. Choose to create a Zap to select an app and an event. For example, select your Gmail account and create a path to save all Gmail attachments to your Google Drive automatically. Be sure to check out the "Recommended for You" options for an overview of the many ways to organize the workflow between apps.

tag(s): calendars (40), organizational skills (110)

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Use Zapier to manage everyday online work. Have Zapier send you an email each time student blogs are updated, add documents automatically to your Google Drive as they arrive in your email, or get email reminders before upcoming calendar events. The variety of actions makes this a convenient tool for automating any number of activities to save you time and maintain the organization of your information.

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Reading Treks: Keep On! The Story of Matthew Henson Co-Discoverer of the North Pole - TeachersFirst

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K to 6
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TeachersFirst Reading Treks create a virtual field trip of resources about a piece of literature or text using the My Maps feature of Google Maps. This Reading Trek provides inspiration...more
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TeachersFirst Reading Treks create a virtual field trip of resources about a piece of literature or text using the My Maps feature of Google Maps. This Reading Trek provides inspiration and suggestions for using the story of Matthew Hensen and his work as an assistant to Admiral Peary and their journey to the North Pole. The Instructional Guide offers robust activities for use with students in grades K-6. Content correlates to Common Core Standards, ISTE Student Standards, and National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies. Find the entire selection of Reading Treks here.

tag(s): arctic (47), black history (73), civil rights (133), explorers (72)

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Take advantage of the many ideas found in this Reading Trek to teach students about cultural prejudices and exploration of the North Pole. Enhance student learning by having them research and create a Then and Now Chart/Venn Diagram to compare and contrast sea travel for merchant ships. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here. Ask students to create their own digital book sharing their journey to a difficult environment using Write Reader, reviewed here, for younger students or Book Creator, reviewed here, for older students.
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Free Anime Avatar Maker - Avachara

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Design a personalized avatar using the accessible tools at this avatar maker site. Begin by choosing the gender then start customizing features, including facial features. Add wardrobe...more
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Design a personalized avatar using the accessible tools at this avatar maker site. Begin by choosing the gender then start customizing features, including facial features. Add wardrobe items and accessories as desired to complete the look. When finished, save your completed avatar to your computer as a JPG or PNG image file.
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tag(s): creativity (115), emotions (43), faces (5)

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Create and use avatars similar to how you use Bitmoji, reviewed here characters. Create an avatar for use on your class website or blog. Update your avatar to reflect current lessons, holidays, or events. Use avatars to appeal to students and draw their attention to important information. Design an avatar with an unusual look to use as a creative writing prompt. Have older students (13+) take a picture of a portion of text and add an avatar to share a connection or response to the text (also known as BookSnaps).
 

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Cooper-Hewitt Lesson Plans - Cooper-Hewitt & The Smithsonian Institution

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Cooper-Hewitt Lesson Plans shares almost 500 lesson plans for educators from PreK through high school. Topics include all content areas, including the arts and technology. Use the site's...more
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Cooper-Hewitt Lesson Plans shares almost 500 lesson plans for educators from PreK through high school. Topics include all content areas, including the arts and technology. Use the site's filters to search for lessons by content and grade level or sort by newest first to find the most recent additions to the collection. Each lesson is correlated to Common Core Standards and includes attachments with supplemental materials when indicated as part of lesson activities.

tag(s): commoncore (95), preK (283), Teacher Utilities (94), teaching strategies (35)

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Bookmark this site to find lessons to supplement your current curriculum in any subject. As you plan and teach any of these lessons, consider different options for using technology to enhance and extend student learning. Take advantage of the many resources found at Class Tools, reviewed here, for your or your students to create quizzes, graphic organizers, timelines, and more. As you include the lessons into your teaching unit, use bookmarking sites to organize information for your students. Symbaloo, reviewed here, is excellent for use with younger students because of the simple, easy to follow design. For older students, try SearchTeam, reviewed here. Search Team includes tools for you to collaborate and add notes while saving and sharing resources. Extend learning for students of all ages with Edublog, reviewed here. Consider using Edublog for students to write blogs, respond to their peers, and interact with a larger global community.

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Twitter Chat: Using Technology to Develop a Growth Mindset - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from February 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Using Technology to Develop a Growth Mindset. During this chat, participants ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from February 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Using Technology to Develop a Growth Mindset. During this chat, participants will: 1. Define "Growth Mindset" and discuss the effect it has on academic achievement, 2. Discuss the role of technology in developing a growth mindset, and 3. Share resources and tools that can help educators encourage a growth mindset in students.

tag(s): professional development (226), twitterchatarchive (87)

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Find resources and information about how to develop a growth mindset and ideas/tools to integrate it into your lessons. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for resources related to developing a growth mindset.

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