August 30, 2020
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With many schools opening this week, we know teachers are feeling the pressure to keep students engaged while staying on top of a shifting educational landscape. TeachersFirst has a variety of resources to help, including the new release of MySciLife, an educational social media platform to enrich middle grade science instruction, and a new season of our Twitter Chats.
Recognizing Intergeneration Month
September is Intergeneration Month, and it’s more important than ever to make time to connect (in person or virtually) with older family and community members. Use these resources to serve as a starting point for intergenerational conversations.
The Legacy Project
Use this site to explore your connection with others and create closer intergenerational relationships. Find out how you can help make a better world by addressing issues like building stronger communities and caring for the environment.
Discover this showcase of diverse voices, where you’ll hear women from different cultures and walks of life tell stories about how they’ve made a positive change in their life or community.
Food is a great way to connect across generations! Encourage students to share these recipes and cooking ideas (including videos) with older members of their family. During times of social distancing, cook together virtually!
Create a Family Tree
Family trees help us visualize the connections between generations. Use the resources shared in this section to create a family tree or a concept map about another subject.
Create interactive family trees or other hierarchy representations by dragging and dropping images, videos, and text in digital canvases called plots. Free accounts are limited to one plot with 15 people that can be shared via URL.
Family Tree Creator
Quickly build your family tree with no registration necessary! Follow the simple prompts to add family member names, birthdays, and images within the labeled boxes. Download or share the URL of your finished tree.
Develop family trees using this tool that creates mindmaps and concept maps both on- and offline. Follow the tutorial to learn the basic tools and how to change font size and color, add and move branches, and move your map anywhere on the grid.
Collaborate & Connect with Virtual Projects
The tools shared in this section can be used to collaborate and learn about other generations. Use these tools to interview older family and community members and capture their stories.
Upload and share photos and videos from yesterday and today on this site. Create your account, then use the storyboard to add pictures and videos from your device and add music to tell stories and share information.
Check out this all-in-one tool that will become your go-to for creating visual content, including interactive posters, images, infographics, charts, and presentations. Select from a multitude of templates after a quick and free registration.
Create and share podcasts that highlight interviews and stories from members of other generations using Buzzsprout's dashboard. The free account gives users two hours of free hosting per month and other features.
This Week at TeachersFirst®
This week, we invite you to register to join our fall book club and participate in a new season of our Twitter chats, which begin this Thursday. Don't miss our latest blog posts and to answer our weekly poll!
Read & discuss with other educators
Announcing the TeachersFirst 2020 Fall Book Club
This fall, TeachersFirst® is hosting a free, member-only virtual book club designed to help teachers use popular literature to start meaningful discussions about equality and race. Books are assigned by grade level.
Commit to Creativity: International Dot Day
Our bi-monthly Twitter chats return this Thursday (9/3) at 8 PM ET for a new season. Join us as we discuss the benefits of creativity, courage, and collaboration. We will also share tips for participation in International Dot Day.
Infusing Technology Blog
Low-Tech and No-Tech Remote Learning Strategies
Discover new ways to creatively meet students’ learning needs during remote instruction. This blog post highlights ways to differentiate content, process, and product in your lessons with tech tools as well as some non-tech options.
Share your thoughts with our community
This week, our poll relates to Intergeneration Month. How do you encourage students to meet and collaborate with people from older generations?
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