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How to Create an Infographic - Canva

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This beneficial article shares step by step tips for creating and designing infographics. Begin with ideas selecting and defining your topic and learn about layouts, organizing content,...more
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This beneficial article shares step by step tips for creating and designing infographics. Begin with ideas selecting and defining your topic and learn about layouts, organizing content, and selecting colors based on color psychology. In addition to design tips, this site provides several examples of infographics and their use.

tag(s): data (158), graphic design (41), infographics (52)

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Infographics are an excellent way for students to share learning. Take advantage of the tips in this article to help your students learn how to create interesting and informative infographics on a wide variety of topics. Use Canva's Infographic Maker, reviewed here, to make infographics to retell events in a story, demonstrate the connection of places and people, show different points of view, and much more. Include student-created infographics within larger projects. Ask students to create a webpage using Webnode, reviewed here, that includes their infographic. Be sure to point out that many of the same tips shared for creating infographics applies to web page construction.

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Nepris - Nepris, Inc.

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Nepris is a mostly STEM-based resource that connects teachers with experts without having to leave the classroom. Choose from a variety of resources, including live industry chats,...more
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Nepris is a mostly STEM-based resource that connects teachers with experts without having to leave the classroom. Choose from a variety of resources, including live industry chats, virtual volunteer opportunities, and archived video sessions. The Career Explorer shares video sessions featuring popular career choices in engineering, computer design, video game creation, and more. Create an account to bookmark favorites and participate in live sessions

tag(s): careers (148), computers (101), engineering (131), financial literacy (109), graphic design (41), STEM (208)

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Include Nepris with your other bookmarked sites for career exploration and STEM lessons. Use the provided templates to request sessions with subject matter experts. Browse the video library to share sessions on your interactive whiteboard with students or to find specific topics that match students' interests. Include items from this site and others and build a webmix using Symbaloo, reviewed here, for students to explore on their own based on their career interest or topics they want to learn. Have students share their findings by creating a digital book using Book Creator, reviewed here. Use Book Creator to add videos, images, drawings, and more to highlight and share students' knowledge of their topic. Use BookCreator for a variety of assignments in any classroom that is integrating technology as an enhancement, modification, or transformation.

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Google Drawings - Google

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Google Drawings is a collaborative drawing tool included with your Google Drive account. To find it, select "new", "more", then choose Google Drawings. Use the tools found on the site...more
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Google Drawings is a collaborative drawing tool included with your Google Drive account. To find it, select "new", "more", then choose Google Drawings. Use the tools found on the site to add shapes, lines, text, and more. Import images from your drive or save Creative Commons images for use. Use the share option to send the links to other users to edit (be sure that your settings allow users with the link to edit the document). To view the revision history for any drawing select "file" and "see the revision history." Images automatically save to your Google Drive and can be downloaded to your computer by saving in a variety of formats including jpg, pdf, and png. Use the publish option to create an embed code and embed into your website.

tag(s): collaboration (51), drawing (73), images (269)

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Take advantage of this easy to use tool for a variety of classroom uses. Upload images and use the text tool to add digital annotations. Ask students to add digital annotations to images, for example, different landforms or to share as an assessment. Use the shape tool to create quick and easy timelines. This is perfect for use as a quick activity on your interactive timeline to help students understand the sequence of a story or a timeline of historic events. Create graphic organizers and mind maps easily by using the shapes tools, drawing lines, and adding text with links to additional information. When working on group projects, suggest students collaborate together to create and annotate images to include with a final multimedia presentation. Use Google Drawings to easily create infographics to share information on any topic.

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Phishing Quiz - Google

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Do you know when you're being phished? Can you spot fake information? Take this quiz to find out your ability to judge real from fake online content. Begin by creating ...more
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Do you know when you're being phished? Can you spot fake information? Take this quiz to find out your ability to judge real from fake online content. Begin by creating a fake name and email, then proceed through a series of eight questions to determine phishing vs. legitimate content. After selecting an answer, the quiz explains to viewers how to validate content based on links found in emails, documents, and more.

tag(s): internet safety (121), STEM (208)

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Use this quiz as an introduction to any online safety lessons or unit. Complete the quiz together as a class on your interactive whiteboard or have students take the quiz on their own. If students complete the quiz individually, compile statistics on individual questions and percentage correct on the overall quiz. Use your statistics to modify technology use by creating a simple infographic and chart using Venngage, reviewed here. Discuss the questions that gave students the most difficulty and use that as a starting point for further lessons. Augment classroom technology by having students share their knowledge of online safety through podcasts using Buzzsprout, reviewed here. Use Buzzsprout to schedule and share podcasts through weekly "chapters" that include links to further information.

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In Pictures - In Pictures, Inc.

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Do you need help learning how to use Microsoft and Google Suite Products? In Pictures provides a variety of tutorials using color accented screenshots. Choose a product to begin, go...more
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Do you need help learning how to use Microsoft and Google Suite Products? In Pictures provides a variety of tutorials using color accented screenshots. Choose a product to begin, go step by step through the tutorial or select a task from the included list. Each tutorial shares complete directions to walk you through the steps to create, edit, and share documents. In addition to Word and Google documents, In Pictures provides tutorials for basic web coding skills and working with VPN software.
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tag(s): editing (79), Google (43), Microsoft (66), tutorials (47)

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In Pictures is an excellent site to bookmark on classroom computers and share with students. Use this site to help students (and you) understand how to complete various tasks when working with a variety of documents. Use In Pictures as a model to demonstrate how to present how-to guides then have students create their own how-to presentation based on your classroom needs. Ask students to create their guides using an easy website creation tool like Carrd, reviewed here, and enhance classroom technology. For example, in science class have students create a step-by-step guide using screenshots and images to demonstrate the scientific process, or for a reading project have students demonstrate skills for reading non-fiction by previewing chapter titles, images, and captions.

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Twitter Chat: Online Learning: Turning it into Student Success - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from September 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Online Learning: Turning it into Student Success. During this chat, participants...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from September 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Online Learning: Turning it into Student Success. During this chat, participants will: 1. Define online learning and discuss its importance in K12 education, 2. Discuss the impact of students thriving with the ability to learn online, on-demand, and 3. Share resources and websites/apps that provide powerful learning experiences for students.

tag(s): Online Learning (2), resources (106), twitterchatarchive (47)

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

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Quetext Plagiarism Checker - Quetext

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Check text up to 500 words in length for plagiarism using Quetext. Copy and paste your text to begin the evaluation and receive results within a few minutes. The plagiarism ...more
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Check text up to 500 words in length for plagiarism using Quetext. Copy and paste your text to begin the evaluation and receive results within a few minutes. The plagiarism checker compares your work to large databases of books, web pages, and journals. View your score in the easy to read final report.

tag(s): copyright (46), editing (79), evaluating sources (16), plagiarism (35), writing (361)

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Although the free portion of this site is somewhat limited, it is worth bookmarking and sharing for use by you and your students. Be sure to include a link on your class website for students to use at home. Demonstrate to students how to upload their writing to check for plagiarism as part of your ongoing lessons in intellectual honesty. If their work is longer than 500 words, upload a small portion that needs to be checked instead of the whole project. Often when students are researching and writing a report, they find it difficult to put information in their own words. Ask students to attach their report results to their writing as part of the writing assignment. Encourage them to share reports that indicate plagiarism, with an online bulletin board like Dotstorming, < a href="/single.cfm?id=16997">reviewed here, where other students can comment and help them reword the writing. Then, have them discuss steps to take to avoid it happening in the future. Ask students to create video commercials modifying their learning and informing viewers on different aspects of plagiarism. Use a tool such as Powtoon, reviewed here. Share their videos using a tool such as SchoolTube reviewed here.

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Mt. Cleverest - James Villarrubia and Bernie Prat

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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 (76), quizzes (92)

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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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boclips for Teachers - https://www.boclips.com/teachers

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boclips makes it easy to find and use educational videos without worrying about ads, school filters, or inappropriate content. Choose from over 1 million videos selected by teachers...more
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boclips makes it easy to find and use educational videos without worrying about ads, school filters, or inappropriate content. Choose from over 1 million videos selected by teachers for teachers. Create your account then use the search bar to find videos on any topic. View videos from within the boclips platform or save to your account for later viewing. Be sure to check out videos before sharing with your class; some offerings return a "not available in your country" message when trying to view.

tag(s): video (263)

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Take advantage of this site for exactly what it is, a curated resource for finding videos on many content topics. Search for and save videos to share on your interactive whiteboard with students to present new topics or to build content knowledge. Share videos on your class website using the provided link for students to watch at home or on classroom computers. Use Symbaloo, reviewed here to curate your own collection of videos and websites on your chosen topic and include a link to videos found on boclips. Find and share videos with parents and guardians that provide explanations of classroom topics. Embed videos within digital storytelling sites such as Book Creator, reviewed here as part of a student or teacher-created presentation. Just copy the link to any video found on boclips into the embed portion of Book Creator to create a link for viewing any video.

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ZoteroBib - Corporation for Digital Scholarship

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Do you need help with creating bibliographies? ZoteroBib is here to help. Add any URL, book, title, or another identifier to begin. Choose from over 9,300 different style options to...more
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Do you need help with creating bibliographies? ZoteroBib is here to help. Add any URL, book, title, or another identifier to begin. Choose from over 9,300 different style options to create a citation. ZoteroBib also includes an option for manual entry of information. When complete, copy the citation to your device's clipboard or generate a link to view online.

tag(s): citations (32), expository writing (38), persuasive writing (53), plagiarism (35), Research (13)

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Include this tool on all classroom computers and as a link on your class website for student use. This bibliography tool help students properly format their Works Cited pages. Use this tool to help keep your students (or even yourself) organized! Make sure you teach plagiarism lessons about paraphrasing and proper citation of sources, so students use this tool properly! As teachers, we need to be aware that such a tool exists, since savvy students may compile a "paper" without a logical thought pattern simply by clicking to include suggestions from ZoteroBib or other citation creation tools. The best strategy for such a tool is to show students how to use it well. Take the drudgery out of writing formal papers by emphasizing thinking over mechanics. Whether teaching beginning research or seniors in high school, introduce them to ZoteroBib. For younger students, seeing all the formatting and citing done correctly, from the beginning, makes sense whether it is the body of the writing or the bibliography. With either age group, give lessons about each part of a paper or letter. Demonstrate on an interactive whiteboard and think out loud as a group to pull together ideas, sources, quotes, and more to support an argument and build a paper. You can use it, too, when you write for your graduate program. Since you can choose from MLA, APA, or Chicago Style, you do not have to worry about memorizing punctuation and double checking the format.

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Travelling Tales - Joel Bevans

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Collaborate with classrooms around the world through this story-telling project. Sign up to create your collaborative tale based on a book and told through five different activities....more
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Collaborate with classrooms around the world through this story-telling project. Sign up to create your collaborative tale based on a book and told through five different activities. Work together with your assigned partner to define topics of study (each class chooses their own based on their own needs). Once started, participate in the five activities by completing each segment within 48 hours. The complete project takes place within a two-week time frame. Both classes use Adobe Spark, reviewed here, to share their final stories. To participate, complete the Google Form application on the Travelling Tales website.

tag(s): collaboration (51), cross cultural understanding (134), digital storytelling (143)

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Integrate reading, writing, and social studies objectives through participation in this global project. After signing up for the project, motivate students by predicting the location of your partner class before your assignment arrives. Instead of asking for student predictions, use an online survey tool like Dotstorming,reviewed here, for students to vote on the country you might be assigned. Include all students in your class project by asking them to use organization tools from ReadWriteThink, reviewed here. For example, have each student use the Plot Diagram interactive to tell a story then collaborate as a class on your final submissions based on student ideas. Extend student learning even further by learning more about your partner classroom's country. Share your learning using Google My Maps, reviewed here, to create a virtual field trip to your collaborator's home country.

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Grammar Lookup - Kamran Khan

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Check text for grammar and punctuation mistakes using Grammar Lookup. Type or paste any text then choose the Lookup button to view highlighted errors. Click on highlighted areas to...more
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Check text for grammar and punctuation mistakes using Grammar Lookup. Type or paste any text then choose the Lookup button to view highlighted errors. Click on highlighted areas to see an explanation of the error, change and replace writing, or link to a further description of the grammar mistake.

tag(s): editing (79), grammar (205), proofreading (24), spelling (165), writing (361)

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Include Grammar Lookup with other options for students to use when editing and revising work. Have students copy and paste writing projects into the text editor for a final check for spelling and grammar mistakes after making their last revisions. Continued use of this tool helps students correct writing on their own after seeing common errors in their writing. Never send out a newsletter or post to your web page with spelling or grammar errors again! Use Grammar Lookup to spell check and suggest corrections for any published writing projects. Reinforce learning by asking students to share before and after of written projects. Along with submitting a rough draft and final draft, ask students to take a screenshot of text copied into Grammar Lookup along with the highlighted errors. Insert this screenshot into the rough draft as an image using Google Docs or Microsoft Word. Modify learning and ask students to use their screenshot with highlighted errors to create a Thinglink image, reviewed here. Add text, image examples, and voice recordings to create a short presentation highlighting grammar mistakes and suggestions for corrections.
 

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OK2Ask: TeachersFirst Tech Tools Smackdown - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from August 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. There are many technology tools available for classroom use, but which ones...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from August 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. There are many technology tools available for classroom use, but which ones are teachers' favorites? This session will share and compare some of TeachersFirst contributors' favorite resources. Help us decide which tool is the session winner of our Smackdown! Participants will: 1. Learn about and compare some of TeachersFirst contributors' favorite technology tools; 2. Evaluate uses for one or more tools for classroom use; and 3. Share ideas for using resources with other participants. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): professional development (184)

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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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Collabify - collabify.app

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Participate in an online meeting with one click using Collabify, no registration or download required. Click to begin your session, then share the URL with the other participant. Features...more
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Participate in an online meeting with one click using Collabify, no registration or download required. Click to begin your session, then share the URL with the other participant. Features include chat, webcam access, screen sharing, and file sharing. Using this site without registration allows you to participate in one-on-one meetings, register to invite up to four participants.

tag(s): chat (45), collaboration (51), parent conferences (22), parents (52)

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Use Collabify to set up virtual parent/teacher conferences with participants located anywhere in the world. Collabify is especially useful when multiple teachers are involved or when parents may not reside in the same location. Share your screen as needed to provide information on assessments and student work.

Have your students set up collaborative groups for projects, lab data, and more. Anything students can do on a single computer; they can do collaboratively on this tool, accessing their work from any online computer. Be sure to test out this tool before using with your class. It may be a good idea to set up the groups with the teacher as a "member" but have students work from home for group projects. Make sure you are protecting the safety of student work and identity and are within your school's Acceptable Use Policy.

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ZineLab Digital Zines - ZineLab

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Build, save, and share interactive magazines with ZineLab. Use the included templates to add many forms of content including images, video, maps, and text. After creating an account,...more
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Build, save, and share interactive magazines with ZineLab. Use the included templates to add many forms of content including images, video, maps, and text. After creating an account, select to begin creating your magazine. Watch the tutorial to get started or select items from the dashboard to upload and use. Uploaded images are limited to 2mb in size. When finished, publish your zine and share using the URL created. Free accounts allow you to access basic templates and create up to six zines.

tag(s): blogs (80), digital storytelling (143)

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Before using this site, share the tutorials and how-to information with students to get them started. Modify learning for your tech-savvy or gifted students to create a screen recording tutorial using Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here, or an explainer video using My Simpleshow, reviewed here, to share on your class website or blog for students who need additional help on any features. If image files are too large, reduce them using Web Resizer, reviewed here. Once students are familiar with the site, create magazines using student images to share class projects or use available images found in ZineLab to create and share research information.

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Mix - StumbleUpon

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Are you looking for some of the best content on the web? Use Mix to browse and search for information based on your interests and those of like-minded people. ...more
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Are you looking for some of the best content on the web? Use Mix to browse and search for information based on your interests and those of like-minded people. Mix imports content from news sources, popular blogs, and additional world-wide resources. The more you browse and save material, the more Mix will refine its understanding of what you like. Create collections by adding information found on the site or by keeping links to web content found as you browse the Internet. Use Mix's web browser extension to save URL's to collections with just one click. When ready to share your collection, use the share icon to copy the link, send via email, or share on social media.

tag(s): bookmarks (53), evaluating sources (16), social networking (92)

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Use Mix for your personal research and professional development. Visit Mix occasionally to find new ideas and new sites for teaching. Create and share collections of websites to share with students for use with research projects. For example, as you prepare to teach a science unit on plants, create a collection containing news articles, explainer sites, and online games for students to use as a virtual resource for supplementing classroom lessons. Include documents, slide presentations, and more from your Google Drive for student access from any device. Another use of Mix is to create collections when teaching students how to evaluate online resources. Create a collection from a variety of different resources based on the same topic and ask students to reflect upon the validity of the information and the source. Ask them to use a presentation tool like Sway, reviewed here to share their findings by including links to the information along with supporting evidence. Another idea for using Mix is for students to create collections to share as part of multimedia projects as a virtual bibliography. In addition to websites shared, ask them to add their written work, images, or other creations. Mix is an excellent tool for creating an online portfolio for students to use when applying to college. Show students how to easily create new collections using their work, but personalized to individual college applications.

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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.

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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 (101), differentiation (52), twitterchatarchive (47)

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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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OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire: Tools for Your Maker Box - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from August 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Makerspace activities are a great way to promote a growth mindset in your...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from August 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Makerspace activities are a great way to promote a growth mindset in your students. Using the right challenges and everyday items, teachers can create a pop-up makerspace in a box for their classroom. We will discuss management ideas and ways to tie activities to curricular objectives. Participants will: 1. Understand the features of a pop-up makerspace; 2. Explore makerspace activities; and 3. Plan for the use of makerspace activities in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): makerspace (26), professional development (184)

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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: Sway Cool Student Projects - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from August 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Looking for great ideas on how to measure learning with engaging student projects?...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from August 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Looking for great ideas on how to measure learning with engaging student projects? Look no further! This workshop will introduce you to a wide range of projects that can be designed with Sway, a free edtech design tool that can motivate students grades 2-12. What's not to love about a visually dynamic, intuitive tool that easily combines text, images, designs, audio, video and more that sparks student creativity, can be collaborative, is shareable and looks fantastic? Learn the basics in minutes and translate your new learning into powerful formative and summative projects for your students that focus on content rather than bells and whistles. Sway is accessible on any device, making it a perfect addition to your 1:1 initiative toolbox. Participants will: 1. Learn basic use of the free Sway tool; 2. Understand what elements must be present to have an authentic, successful, Show-What-You-Know student project; and 3. Plan for the use of Microsoft Sway in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (174), Microsoft (66), professional development (184)

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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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