April 7, 2024

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Featured EDTECH Resources Reviewed by TeachersFirst

Resources for Your Lessons

April brings a diverse array of commemorations and celebrations, and we’re sharing resources related to four of these events. We kick things off with National Robotics Week (April 6–14), which honors technological marvels that have revolutionized manufacturing and other fields. April 11 is National Pet Day, a chance to shower extra love on our four-legged (or feathered or scaled!) family members. History buffs will reflect on the anniversary of the start of the Civil War on April 12. The month draws to a close with Earth Day on April 22, which raises awareness about environmental protection for our planet.

National Robotics Week

Leverage educational resources that integrate robotics into classrooms, makerspaces, and extracurriculars. Use the resources shared in this collection to empower students as innovators through hands-on challenges that bridge theory and practicality.

Find new resources to try »

National Pet Day

In honor of National Pet Day, we’re sharing a TeachersFirst Reading Trek about “Mr. Popper’s Penguins.” Share this beloved story with your students, find inspiration in the teacher guide, and take your students on a virtual tour with the map.

Explore locations and history shared on the map »

Brother Against Brother - Books to Help Teach Civil War

This comprehensive article includes an engaging introduction, a wealth of contextual background information, book suggestions, and diverse student-centered activities, including immersive virtual field trips and curated web resources.

Find books, web resources, and more »

Earth Day

Celebrate our incredible planet with hands-on activities, multimedia resources, and cross-curricular lessons for Earth Day. Empower the next generation of environmental champions with the ideas shared in these resources.

Foster environmental stewardship »

This Week at TeachersFirst

We cordially invite you to join our OK2Ask® virtual workshop on Tuesday, April 9. We also encourage you to check out our highlighted post from the TeachersFirst Infusing Technology Blog. We'd also appreciate your input on our weekly poll.

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Tuesday, 4/9, 7 PM ET

OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire: Animate Your Voice with Adobe Express

In this workshop, you'll learn how to use Adobe Express Character Animation, a free and user-friendly tool for creating engaging animated videos using your own voice or audio files. Examine real-world examples of uses for this cool tool!

Make your instruction pop! »

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Infusing Technology Blog

Tech Tool of the Month: Animate From Audio

If you’re eager to learn more about Adobe Express and animation, check out this new blog post that offers a simple tutorial, classroom use ideas, standards alignment, framework connections, and more for using Adobe's Animate from audio tool.

Try your hand at Animate From audio »

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Share your thoughts with our community

Weekly Poll

This week, our poll asks, "Have your students used animation tools in the classroom?" View the responses of other educators once you click submit.

Do your students use animation tools? »

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