January 1, 2023

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Featured EDTECH Resources Reviewed by TeachersFirst

New Year, New Ideas for Your Lessons

Happy New Year! This week, we’re sharing resources to recognize the accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to remember the Holocaust. You will also find fresh ideas to celebrate the countdown to the 100th Day of school and National Puzzle Day.

Honor the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

TeachersFirst Reading Treks offer students a way to use Google My Maps to take a virtual field trip to locations found in a book. In this story, Lynda Blackmon Lowery shares her story of the historic civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery.

Explore “Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom" »

International Holocaust Day

The 2023 theme for Holocaust Remembrance Day is Ordinary People. Ordinary people acted with extraordinary heroism during this difficult period of history. Use this resource list to find lessons and activities to share their stories with your class.

Discover many resources related to the Holocaust. »

Happy New Year

Observed on January 29, National Puzzle Day is the perfect time to do brain exercises with your students. Brain Twisters—one of our Ready-to-Go activities—provides weekly challenges for two levels (elementary and middle school).

Explore this original resource »

Celebrate Making it to 100

Jump rope 100 times, name 100 cities, collect 100 cans for the food bank—these are just a few ways to mark the 100th Day of school! These activities will challenge lower and upper elementary students to build better number sense for 100.

Read about 50+ ideas (and more) for the 100th Day of School »

This Week at TeachersFirst

You are invited to our first Twitter chat of 2023 on Thursday (1/5)! The winter series of OK2Ask® virtual workshops also begins soon, so register now to save your spot. We’re also highlighting collections related to National Mentoring Month and the New Year, along with a Reading Trek that is ideal to share for MLK Day. Don't miss our blog post or the chance to participate in our weekly poll! 

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Thursday, 1/5, 8 PM ET

Twitter Chat: The Power of Genius Hour

Come and tweet with us using the hashtags #OK2Ask and #TeachersFirst. During this chat, participants and our expert tech coaches will discuss the components of Genius Hour and explore ways to incorporate this strategy in the classroom.

Share tech tools that support Genius Hour experiences »

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Join us for many new edtech topics

Register now for Winter OK2Ask Sessions

Registration is open for winter virtual workshops! Upcoming topics include tools for blended/flipped learning, classroom management, and podcasting. You can also learn about new tech tools like Jamboard and Adobe Express for Education.

Save your seat for our upcoming sessions »

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January is National Mentoring Month

National Mentoring Month

This collection includes resources to help teachers mentor students. Find tools to use in all grade levels, including tools to help students prepare for college or future careers, anti-violence tools, and ways to empower girls.

Explore tools to coach, lead, teach, and mentor in your classroom and beyond »

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Take a virtual field trip to story settings

Prepare for MLK Jr. Day

As you prepare your lessons for Martin Luther King Day in grades 7–12, consider using this Reading Trek about “March, Book One.” Take advantage of the map to share locations from the story and the teacher guide, which includes several activity ideas.

Explore the guide and map »

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Celebrate the holiday with these resources

Happy New Year

This collection of reviewed resources offers ideas for incorporating New Year's activities into the regular curriculum. Whether you focus on a specific activity or share them for enrichment outside of class, your students will find fresh and new ideas!

Find resources for your 2023 lessons »

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Infusing Technology Blog

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

View this post about International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a commemoration of the Holocaust, a tribute to the victims of the atrocities, and a time for UNESCO to reaffirm its commitment to countering antisemitism and other forms of racial intolerance.

Share the information in this post with your students »

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Share your thoughts with our community

Weekly Poll

This week our poll asks, "Will your students do anything to recognize the 100th Day of school?" Share your reply and immediately view the responses of other educators.

Will you celebrate the 100th Day? »

Six More Areas to Explore

If you are looking for even more great ideas and resources for your lessons, check out these six additional areas offered on TeachersFirst. 

Classroom Planning Calendar

Classroom Connection Events

Special Topics

Reading Treks

Rubrics to the Rescue

Classroom Management

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