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With many districts choosing distance learning for the fall, we know teachers are feeling the pressure not just to keep students engaged and motivated, but also to keep them connected. TeachersFirst is here to help with a variety of lesson ideas and resources, including the new release of MySciLife, an educational social media platform to enrich science instruction (grades 5–9).
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Learn about Remote & Blended Learning
Classrooms are going to look different this year. Depending on your school and location, you may be teaching online, in person, or a combination of the two. Regardless of your teaching situation, these resources will help you learn more about remote and blended learning and provide tools to help you and your students succeed.
Learn ways to differentiate instruction and create an engaging learning environment for every student during remote learning. Give students a choice of materials to acquire the required skills and demonstrate what they have learned.
If you're teaching fully or partially remotely, you're sure to find some tips and tools in this TeachersFirst exclusive collection. Find resources and information divided by age and subject, and don't miss the page on self-care for educators.
View this archive of a recent virtual workshop and learn how to take your most powerful worksheets and PDFs and turn them into editable worksheets using Google Slides. You will also explore strategies to design digital worksheets that go beyond busywork.
If you're looking for some great tools for blended learning, check out this collection of some of our best resources for all ages. Find tools to help you assess and engage students, share materials, and more.
Watch this OK2Ask to understand the instructional case for flipped and blended learning and the differences between the two. You will also explore a tech tool that can deliver digital content and plan for its use in the classroom.
Cool Tools for Remote & Blended Learning
Whatever grade level you teach, you are sure to find some neat tech tools in this section that you can try with your students during remote and blended learning lessons or in the traditional classroom.
Eduflow allows educators to create, teach, and manage online learning. You can create a course from scratch or begin with one of the provided templates. Personalize the courses, set due dates, and customize using various options.
Create interactive video experiences by pasting a YouTube video URL and annotating. Select any portion of the video timeline and add images, maps, links, and more to the annotation box. Edit and publish when done!
Read Theory offers 1,000+ interactive reading comprehension exercises (including detailed reports for teachers) to help students learn to think critically, draw inferences, understand scope and global concepts, and find or recall details.
Design interactive videos adding questions, voice narration, and comments. Begin by choosing a video on the site or uploading your own. The best part of this tool is you can cut specific segments of the video for students to view!
Generate an interactive online lesson or collection with this powerful tool. Type in your lesson topic and select from suggested items and your resources will appear in a grid on the screen. You can upload docs, PDFs, videos, URLs to websites, and more.
From the creators of TeachersFirst, MySciLife is an educational social media platform where students learn science by personifying and posting as science-themed identities. Engage students and enrich any curriculum for a lesson, unit, or all year long.
This Week at TeachersFirst®
Our summer OK2Ask virtual workshops have wrapped up, but professional learning never stops! Access recordings of OK2Ask workshops on your schedule. Read a timely blog post about remote learning. And, please share your input in our weekly poll.
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Did you miss some of our Summer OK2Ask virtual workshops? Search our extensive archive collection! Learn about assessment with student-centered tools, differentiation for remote learning, Jamboard for authentic learning activities, and more.
Explore recent workshop topics »
Infusing Technology Blog
Our Infusing Technology blog is another great resource to help plan for remote and blended learning. This week, we're highlighting a blog post that discusses strategies for building meaningful relationships, even when you can't meet face-to-face.
Read about new tools and strategies »
How will you be teaching in the new school year?
Schools around the world may look a little different this school-year. This week our poll asks: "What is your school's plan for the fall?" Give us your response and then view the replies of others.
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