December 2, 2018

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Featured EDTECH Resources Reviewed by TeachersFirst

Computers and Coding in the Classroom

Computer Science Education Week and the Hour of Code make their annual debut this week, providing educators and students with endless opportunities to learn more about computer science. Use the resources shared here to access a variety of websites, apps, tools, and more that will work on browsers, tablets, smartphones, or "unplugged."


This week is Computer Science Education Week (CSEW), a yearly observance dedicated to promoting computer science in schools. Our computer science resources will help you find the perfect fit for your classroom needs!

Encourage students to learn computer science »

Hour of Code

Celebrate coding! Find activities for just one hour of code or for use as ongoing technology lessons. Use our list to uncover resources about coding, and for use as a guide for finding the appropriate tools for use with all grade and skill levels.

Prepare for the Hour of Code »

Professional Learning to Discover

We are currently accepting participants for our Winter Book Study; details and requirements are shared below. And while our virtual workshops may be on "winter break," you can still delve into to our virtual workshop archives of past sessions you may have missed!

Winter Book Study

Our winter book study features The Relevant Educator: How Connectedness Empowers Learning by Tom Whitby and Steven W. Anderson. Come learn simple tools educators can use to get connected. Registration is limited to 40 educators. Read the requirements.

Join us to learn more about connectivity tools »

OK2Ask Virtual Workshops

Did you miss some of our Fall OK2Ask virtual workshops? Search our extensive archive collection! Learn about MakeCode and Hacking Stem, Sway Cool Reading, Google Draw, Animoto, Choice Boards for Differentiation, and more. Learn from our coaches!

Explore our virtual workshop archives »

More December Happenings

December observances include Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, just a few days away. Many innovators and inventions, like the Wright Brothers' first flight and Eli Whitney, are recognized this month as well. And tomorrow, 12/3, is Special Education Day/International Day for People with Disabilities. See our highlights below for helpful links and timely resources in support of these December observances and more!

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Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Never Forget - 1941

Whether you focus on Pearl Harbor for one class or spend an entire unit on World War II (or the Holocaust), use this collection to honor Pearl Harbor Day and the important events of World War II through related projects and classroom activities.

Rummage through our Pearl Harbor Day collection »

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December 3rd

Special Education Day - International Day for People with Disabilities

Tomorrow (Monday, December 3rd), we celebrate Special Education Day, also known as the International Day for People with Disabilities. Leverage our list of special education resources, which includes a variety of classroom usage ideas.

Access tools, sites, and more for special needs »

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Great ideas born in December

Innovations & Inventions

This month we celebrate the birth of Eli Whitney, the anniversary of the Wright brothers' first flight, the opening of the first American cotton mill, the first public demonstration of the light bulb, and more! Find books to share related to inventions.

See our list of originators, creators, innovators »

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Using Social Media to Increase Student Engagement

Join Our Twitter Chat #OK2Ask

Our next Twitter chat is this Thursday (12/6) at 8 pm ET and will highlight how educators can use social media to increase student engagement. Our K12 coaches share helpful resources and more.

View Twitter chat topics, schedule »

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Share your thoughts

Weekly Poll

This week's poll asks how (and if) innovations and inventions are part of your curriculum. Share your choice in our poll and then view the results of other participants.

Participate in our weekly poll here »

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