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Twitter Chat: Differentiation with Forms - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from April 2021 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Differentiation with Forms. During this chat, participants: 1. Defined and discussed...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from April 2021 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Differentiation with Forms. During this chat, participants: 1. Defined and discussed differentiation, 2. Explored the features of forms to differentiate instruction, and 3. Shared ways to incorporate the use of forms in face-to-face and remote instruction.

tag(s): differentiation (53), twitterchatarchive (105)

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Whiteboard.fi - Digital Teaching Tools Finland Ltd

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K to 12
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Whiteboard.fi is a temporary whiteboard tool created specifically for educators and for classroom use. Free accounts offer you the ability to create and use a whiteboard and the accompanying...more
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Whiteboard.fi is a temporary whiteboard tool created specifically for educators and for classroom use. Free accounts offer you the ability to create and use a whiteboard and the accompanying tools without registration. Temporary rooms are deleted following two hours of inactivity. Choose the option to start a new class and follow the steps to begin a session. Options allow you to create a waiting room where students have to be allowed into the whiteboard area and include a save mode that adapts for participants with limited internet strength. Once the room is created, share the URL or QR Code with students. The whiteboard tools include text, drawing, images, and more. When finished, use the included options to save your whiteboard as an image file or PDF document.

tag(s): collaboration (70), iwb (27)

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Use Whiteboard.fi to collaborate with students to share and organize information instantly. Use the whiteboard as a brainstorming or sketching space as groups (or the class) share ideas for a major project or solve a real-world problem. Use this site in a computer lab (or on laptops) to create a drawing of the setting in a story as it is read aloud. As an assessment idea, have students draw out a simple cartoon with stick figures to explain a more complex process, such as how democracy works. If you are lucky enough to teach in a BYOD setting, have a blended classroom, or are distance teaching, use this whiteboard tool to view students' whiteboards in real-time. For example, if you study weather, have students diagram the layers of the atmosphere and what happens during a thunderstorm. Introduce this tool to students who are working on group projects. Alternatively, have students use this to work as partners or as a small team to complete complex math problems or equations.

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OK2Ask: Resource Roundup: Free Tools from the Edge - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from March 2021. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from March 2021. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

Looking for new tech tools? Go to the cutting edge with TeachersFirst! Discover tools you and your students can use to create images, timelines, whiteboards, mind maps, and more. Learn how the TeachersFirst Edge collection is organized so you can find a tool that fits your needs. Get inspired and explore classroom applications for time-saving tools in this fast-paced session. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Explore the categories and tools reviewed in TeachersFirst Edge; 2. Plan to implement an Edge resource for student-centered use as part of an upcoming teaching unit; and 3. Use an Edge tool to create an instructional learning object. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): professional development (231)

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

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Twitter Chat: The Essentials of ePortfolios - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from April 2021 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: The Essentials of ePortfolios. During this chat, participants: 1. Defined and ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from April 2021 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: The Essentials of ePortfolios. During this chat, participants: 1. Defined and discussed the purpose of ePortfolios, 2. Shared strategies to integrate ePortfolios, and 3. Explored resources and digital tools that help manage ePortfolios.

tag(s): portfolios (20), twitterchatarchive (105)

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Problem-Based Learning Resources - TeachersFirst

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Problem-based learning is a curriculum design method that offers learners challenging, open-ended problems. The hands-on learning activities offer investigations of real-world problems....more
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Problem-based learning is a curriculum design method that offers learners challenging, open-ended problems. The hands-on learning activities offer investigations of real-world problems. Problem-based learning allows students to develop lifelong learning skills, gain work-place readiness, and improve team-work and cooperative learning strategies. View this collection to begin your journey with problem-based learning in your classroom.

tag(s): Problem Based Learning (8), problem solving (240), STEM (215)

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Help your students to practice problem-solving skills using these engaging resources. Share these resources with your colleagues and school parents by emailing the page or sharing the link from your school web page and in your school newsletter.

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Project-Based Learning - TeachersFirst

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Project-based learning is a dynamic teaching method that encourages students to gain knowledge by working to actively explore problems and investigate authentic and complex questions...more
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Project-based learning is a dynamic teaching method that encourages students to gain knowledge by working to actively explore problems and investigate authentic and complex questions or challenges. This curated list includes project-based learning resources for all grades.

tag(s): problem solving (240), Project Based Learning (9)

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Find new tools to try in your classroom to create project-based learning! Each review includes classroom use ideas. Read the details of each tool and find the ones that will work best for your students.

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Oral History Activity: Uprooted! Japanese Americans During WWII - California Museum

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4 to 10
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This distance learning lesson uses four oral history videos of persons that lived through incarceration camps to teach the story of discrimination toward Japanese Americans during WWII....more
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This distance learning lesson uses four oral history videos of persons that lived through incarceration camps to teach the story of discrimination toward Japanese Americans during WWII. The content is correlated to Common Core Standards and California Content Area Connections. A set of discussion questions accompanies each of the videos in the first portion of the lesson. During the second activity, students dig deeper into the symbolism and feelings evoked from watching the videos. The California Museum also provides a playlist of videos to accompany these activities, learn more about them here. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (138), difficult conversations (37), japanese (43), oral history (12), world war 2 (132)

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Use the videos and lesson activities included on this site as part of any unit on discrimination, WWII, and American History. Engage students in learning as you start your unit using Google Jamboard, reviewed here. Ask students to add sticky notes or text to a prompt that asks them what they understand about discrimination or events during WWII. Instead of providing a worksheet for students to respond to the questions included in this activity, use edpuzzle, reviewed here, to add questions and discussion activities within each video. Extend learning further by asking students to create blog posts using Edublogs, reviewed here, to discuss discrimination against the Japanese during WWII and reflect upon how that impacts Japanese Americans in current times.
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Twitter Chat: OK2Ask Campfire: Digital Storytelling Strategies and Resources - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from March 2021 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is OK2Ask Campfire: Digital Storytelling Strategies and Resources. During this chat, participants:...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from March 2021 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is OK2Ask Campfire: Digital Storytelling Strategies and Resources. During this chat, participants: 1. Defined and discussed the basic elements of digital storytelling, 2. Shared tech tools and resources that support digital story experiences, and 3. Explored ideas to integrate digital storytelling across your curriculum.

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Newsfeed Generator - Class Tools

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Use this interactive to create a "race against time" newsfeed that challenges students to take notes efficiently. Follow the directions to create a list of items to add to your ...more
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Use this interactive to create a "race against time" newsfeed that challenges students to take notes efficiently. Follow the directions to create a list of items to add to your newsfeed, then add images if desired. Your newsfeed automatically plays and advances through your list; however, it also provides an option to pause during the feed. When finished, use the URL or QR code to share your Newsfeed Generator or use the embed code to embed to your website.

tag(s): game based learning (157)

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Add the Newsfeed Generator to many classroom lessons. Share a newsfeed on your whiteboard to engage students at the beginning of a new unit. Provide a set of clues and use their responses to gauge prior understanding. Create newsfeeds to announce field trips, locate areas of interest for social studies lessons, or point out locations in novels and other reading material. Have students create their own newsfeed as an activity for sharing a favorite location, where they were born, or to begin a biography of a famous person or series of historical events such as the civil rights movement. In science class, have students create a newsfeed sharing traits of different habitats or environmental disaster sites. Embed or provide a link to your newsfeeds or those created by your students into any multimedia presentation such as those created in Sway, reviewed here, or within online books created with Book Creator, reviewed here.

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Bakpax - Jose Ferreira

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Bakpax uses AI (artificial intelligence) to read handwriting and grade assignments using your uploaded tasks or activities found on Bakpax. Create an account, enroll your students in...more
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Bakpax uses AI (artificial intelligence) to read handwriting and grade assignments using your uploaded tasks or activities found on Bakpax. Create an account, enroll your students in your virtual classroom by connecting to Google Classroom, or manually add information. Use the Discover area to find and assign activities to students or upload images or PDF files to your account. Bakpax also offers a "magic" option, email your assignment to the site, and it will upload for you. Students can complete work online or submit finished assignments by taking a picture with a mobile device and uploading them to Bakpax. Be sure to view the videos and frequently ask questions to learn more about using and sharing Bakpax with your students.

tag(s): assessment (117), quiz (63), Teacher Utilities (104), worksheets (64)

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Although Bakpax isn't able to automatically grade longer writing assignments, it is useful for lessons that require a shorter response or fill-in-the-blank responses. Share activities with students to use as a lesson-starter or to provide additional practice with new skills. Create a practice bank of worksheets and share with parents requesting additional work for students. Enhance learning by asking students to record a FlipGrid, reviewed here, that shares their thinking and problem-solution process. Flipgrid includes the option of including a whiteboard within responses, ask students to use the whiteboard as a teaching tool to explain their responses to an assignment.

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Joystock - Joystock Royalty Free Music

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Do you need background music for a multimedia project? This site is for you! Joystock provides royalty-free music downloads in a variety of different genres. Browse through the options...more
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Do you need background music for a multimedia project? This site is for you! Joystock provides royalty-free music downloads in a variety of different genres. Browse through the options ranging from corporate to hip hop to preview and select from the choices offered. Select download to add to your device. Although Joystick is royalty-free, they do require attribution to use it for free legally. Find all attribution information and faqs at the link describing how to use royalty-free music found at the top of every page.

tag(s): copyright (43), digital citizenship (71), multimedia (46)

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Joystock is an excellent resource to bookmark for use in a variety of classroom projects. Share with students to use when creating podcasts, videos, or any multimedia project. Choose a calming tune to play as students enter your classroom or a more lively selection to get students inspired to begin their day. Use music from Joystock when creating videos with online tools such as moovly, reviewed here. For example, use the Travel Promo template found in moovly to create a short video tour of a location studied during geography class. Add music from Joystock to set the appropriate mood and create a professional-looking and sounding video. Don't forget to include Joystock when teaching proper attribution and digital citizenship throughout the year!

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Undraw - Katerina Limpitsouni

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Undraw is an open-source resource for image designs to use with any application. Choose from a huge library of images available in PNG and SVG formats. Use the color generator ...more
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Undraw is an open-source resource for image designs to use with any application. Choose from a huge library of images available in PNG and SVG formats. Use the color generator to customize and change the image color to fit your needs. Although only a portion of each image changes color, the effect is significant and very helpful for various needs. Take advantage of the search feature to browse through the many available images that match your criteria. After selecting an image and color, click to open the picture and choose from options to download to your computer as an SVG or PNG file.

tag(s): clip art (11), images (259)

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Be sure to bookmark this resource for images for a variety of classroom uses. Include images from this site in your class newsletter or website. Select interesting images to use for creative writing prompts. Change the color in an image and ask students to compare the two images and reflect upon how the use of color changes an item's mood or tone. Bookmark this site on classroom computers for students to use with their creative projects. For example, use images in videos created with Animoto, reviewed here, to make travel commercials, explain science experiments, or explain literary genres.

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Verse by Verse - Google

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Verse by Verse is an experimental poetry-creation project by Google that uses AI (Artificial Intelligence) to help create poems using classic American poets' suggestions. Begin by selecting...more
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Verse by Verse is an experimental poetry-creation project by Google that uses AI (Artificial Intelligence) to help create poems using classic American poets' suggestions. Begin by selecting up to 3 muses for inspiration. If you aren't sure who they are, click on any image to view short biographical information. During the next step, choose a poem structure, syllable count, and rhyme. Enter the first line of your poem and become inspired by options presented by your muses! When finished, choose from options to copy the text or add a border, then download it as a PNG image.

tag(s): poetry (184)

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Introduce different forms of poetry and poets using Verse by Verse. Offer students time to explore and experiment with the different features to become familiar with the different types of formats and styles of the included poets. Have students share their poetry digitally by creating an audio podcast using Synth, reviewed here. Synth features easy to use tools for creating short audio podcasts in up to 256-second increments. Encourage students to rehearse reading their poetry and add proper intonation, spacing, and reading techniques such as they would for an in-person poetry reading. Besides sharing poems, ask students to add images and record audio, read their poems, and then share their creative process when writing poetry. Share student recordings on a class blog created with a free blog tool such as Site123, reviewed here, or in a series of blogs based on different forms of poetry.
 

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Amanda Gorman Inauguration Poem Lessons - #TeachLivingPoets

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Amanda Gorman captured the nation's attention with the recital of her inspiring poem, "The Hill We Climb," during Joe Biden's 2021 inauguration ceremony. This site shares lessons and...more
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Amanda Gorman captured the nation's attention with the recital of her inspiring poem, "The Hill We Climb," during Joe Biden's 2021 inauguration ceremony. This site shares lessons and teaching activities to accompany this poem. Resources include links to a hyperdoc that explores the poem's craft, lessons comparing inaugural poets and poetry, and a black poets video playlist. Scroll through the site to find many ideas for engaging students in poetry.

tag(s): authors (96), inauguration (6), poetry (184)

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Bookmark this site as a resource to find many ideas for engaging students in poetry. Use Amanda Gorman's poetry to spark your students' interest in learning about poetry. Start by watching and sharing Gorman's inaugural reading on YouTube. Ask students to share their reactions to the reading using Answer Garden, reviewed here. Post a question to Answer Garden that requires a short student response, such as, "What is the predominant emotion you felt as you watched Amanda Gorman read her poem?" As students add responses, view the word cloud that is created to discuss how poetry is used to deliver emotions. Use a video response tool such as edpuzzle, reviewed here, to enhance learning by inserting questions and comments within the YouTube reading by Gorman. Include questions of your own and those found in the lessons shared on this website. Extend learning further by asking students to create and share poems. This Poem Generator, reviewed here, helps students develop confidence and learn the basics of poetry writing as they start on their poetry journey. Find many more ideas for teaching and sharing at TeachersFirst Poetry Month Editor's Choice Resources.

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Photopea - photopea.com

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Photopea is an advanced image editor similar to Photoshop but available within your browser for free and doesn't require registration. Files opened in Photopea save to PSD format; however,...more
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Photopea is an advanced image editor similar to Photoshop but available within your browser for free and doesn't require registration. Files opened in Photopea save to PSD format; however, you can upload JPG and other file formats to use in Photopea to add and edit information. Other options for sharing completed images include publishing products to Imgur in PNG or JPG format. Use the "Learn" link found at the top of the page to access the site's tutorials for using the different features available.
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tag(s): editing (76), images (259)

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Previous experience with layer-based design software editing such as Photoshop is extremely beneficial. The Photopea Learn page provides helpful tutorials, but individuals without previous training may need additional support.

Challenge students to learn about the different options and features included with Photopea, then create and share video tutorials for their peers using a screen recording tool like Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here. As your students become familiar with the different features, have students include their edited images in any multimedia projects. Include images when using Adobe Spark for Education, reviewed here, when creating videos, flyers, or websites. Include images with storytelling projects created with Sway, reviewed here.

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Twitter Chat: Math Resource Round-Up - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from March 2021 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Math Resource Round-Up. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss strategies...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from March 2021 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Math Resource Round-Up. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss strategies to empower students in mathematics, 2. Share tips for using tech tools to support mathematics learning experiences, and 3. Explore strategies and resources to enhance mathematics instruction.

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Find resources and information about mathematics resources. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for tools and resources on mathematics.

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OK2Ask: TeachersFirst Tech Tools Smackdown (Global Citizenship Edition) - TeachersFirst

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

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

There are many technology tools available for classroom use, but which ones are teachers' favorites? This session will share and compare some of the TeachersFirst contributors' favorite resources. Help us decide which tool is the session winner of our Smackdown! As a result of this session, teachers 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 (231)

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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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Fresh Folk - Leni Kauffman

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Fresh Folk is a downloadable library of editable people and objects. Enter your email and download the versatile library of items, including mix and match characters and various objects...more
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Fresh Folk is a downloadable library of editable people and objects. Enter your email and download the versatile library of items, including mix and match characters and various objects to use when creating scenes. After selecting to download the images, all files are saved to your computer in a zip folder, open the folder to access all of the shared items. All images are in PSD format for use with Photoshop. Use Photoshop tools to edit all features of images, including text, color, layers, and more.

tag(s): editing (76), images (259)

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Previous experience with layer-based design software editing such as Photoshop is extremely beneficial.

Include this library of objects for students to use with any digital projects. If you or your students, don't use PhotoShop, edit images using Photopea, reviewed here, then save in PNG or SVG format. Include the multicultural images when creating classroom newsletters, calendars, and worksheets. Ask students to use the images when creating digital books or multimedia projects. For example, include images when making digital books with Book Creator, reviewed here, or include with explainer videos created using Powtoon, reviewed here.

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AnyFlip - Wonder Idea Technology

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Instantly convert any PDF document into a flipbook using AnyFlip. Add links, audio, video, animation, and other interactive features to create multimedia books by adding a few more...more
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Instantly convert any PDF document into a flipbook using AnyFlip. Add links, audio, video, animation, and other interactive features to create multimedia books by adding a few more steps. After creating an account, upload a PDF document of up to 150 MB, and AnyFlip converts your document to a flipbook that can be shared using a QR code or link. Access the advanced functions by downloading the desktop version that is available for Windows or Macs. The downloadable version includes functions for editing book designs, adding multimedia links, creating clickable hot spots, and more. Free accounts allow up to 150 uploads per month and 100G of storage.

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Use AnyFlip in a variety of ways in the classroom. Upload multipage PDF documents to create easier to read flip-style books. Download the desktop version for you and your students to create interactive books for any subject. Make books for younger students to teach colors or ABC's. Have students create interactive books to show what they know at the end of any unit. For example, have groups of students create books that share information about the 50 states, make books sharing interactive instructions on completing a lab activity, or use in art class to share information about different styles of art and artists.

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OK2Ask: Assessment with Student-Centered Tools - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from February 2021. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from February 2021. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

Are you looking for ways to make your formative and summative assessments more effective? Join us to learn how to use Flipgrid, PowerPoint, Whiteboard, Forms, and Sway to create effective assessments throughout your units. Whether it's a formative or summative assessment, finding ways to effectively measure students' understanding is crucial to ensuring student progress and future success. In this session, we will explore how you can use free Office and other Microsoft products to create better formative and summative assessments that reliably measure student learning, promote critical thinking, and help students develop real-world skills. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand the purposes of and differences between formative and summative assessment; 2. Explore several forms of assessment for their usefulness to evaluate student learning; and 3. Examine a variety of assessment methods and begin planning for their use in the classroom. 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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