September 16, 2018
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Empower & Engage!
In celebration of National Online Learning Day, we've uncovered a number of helpful online learning tools for you and your students. Explore our OK2Ask® virtual workshops. Try your hand at the Microsoft Virtual Academy and edX learning.
If you're searching for online learning opportunities for YOU, then you'll want to check out our FREE virtual workshops. Our Fall sessions kickoff September 18! Read all about OK2Ask and view the upcoming Fall schedule. New topics coming soon!
Microsoft Virtual Academy
Find beginner courses and learning paths: Game Development, Web Development, and more. These free online trainings offer a variety of skills and products, delivered by experts in the field. View the instructional videos and then take the assessment.
Access many of the best courses offered at top learning institutions (MIT, Harvard, and Berkley) - for FREE! Classes are available to complete for a Certificate of Achievement. Each course includes a description, estimated time to complete, and more.
Ready-To-Go Online Learning
This collection of apps and games help you maximize online learning time! Test your writing persistence, encourage middle schoolers to improve their Microsoft coding, plus find quick and useful game-based learning for grades 2-12.
The Most Dangerous Writing App
Can you beat the clock? This website tests your writing persistence. Choose how long you want to write or how many words then start writing. If you hesitate for five seconds or more, all of your work disappears. Keep those ideas flowing and don't give up.
Start with the introductory courses designed for middle school students to teach the basics of coding and beyond. Attend the live sessions offered weekly by the Microsoft team as they share tips for using different editing programs. Start coding today!
Discover these wonderful and free online learning games aligned to Common Core Standards. Explore the games for 2nd grade to college level by topic or type. This tool is device agnostic (available as an app and on the web), so it's perfect for BYOD!
Design Your Own Online Learning
Looking for personalized online learning to correlate with your curriculum? Then try your hand at these three engaging tools. Create interactive games or engaging lesson plans with this handy trio!
Oodlu allows you to create games for your BYOD classroom (they work on any device). Get started by creating an account and question sets. There are many different question formats including sequencing, multiple choice, and fill in the blank.
Do you use Google Chrome? This extension, for Chrome browsers only, allows you to turn any website into an interactive lesson. The pop-up feature allows you to add questions, highlight, add comments, use sticky notes with an embedded video, and more.
Create interactive lessons for your existing content. Use the drag and drop features to build lessons using your Google Slides and PPT. Add differentiation features within self-exploration paths. Use the teacher-sync to keep the class on the same slide.
This Week at TeachersFirst
Get ready to expand your learning this week as we kick off our Fall 2018 sessions of OK2Ask this Tuesday (9/18). Learn how to transform your lesson plans with TeachersFirst and SAMR. We also have a Twitter chat this Thursday (9/20) at 8 pm ET: Tech Tools for Collaboration. Plus, share what you think about online learning in our weekly poll!
Join us on Tuesday at 7 pm ET
OK2Ask - New Fall Season Kicks off Now!
Register now for Tuesday's session: Transform Your Lesson Plans with TeachersFirst and SAMR. Collaborate with other participants and learn new tools and ideas from our moderators. Read all about our other sessions being offered this season.
Tech Tools for Collaboration
Twitter Chat Thursday 8 pm ET #OK2Ask
Check out our bi-monthly Twitter chat Thursday (9/20) at 8 pm ET. This week's topic is Tech Tools for Collaboration. Discuss the importance of building collaboration skills in the classroom, ways to integrate tech tools for collaboration, and more!
Online Learning: Yes or No?
How much of your students' instruction (or homework) is completed online, whether it is learning content, reviewing, creating projects, or learning games? Click your choice on our weekly poll and read the replies of other participants.
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