January 15, 2023
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10 Wonderful Writing Resources
Put (digital) pen to paper in honor of National Handwriting Day on January 23! Use these resources to help students learn and practice the art of writing.
OK2Ask: 3 Cool Tools for Persuasive Writing
Understanding the terms "fact," "opinion," and "evidence" is key to digital literacy, and using them appropriately will help students construct an argument. View this on-demand workshop to learn about new tech tools and strategies for persuasive writing.
What is a writer’s workshop? How do I get started? Where can I find resources? This exclusive resource from TeachersFirst answers these questions and much more. Don’t miss the downloadable resources, organizers, templates, and the link to planning sheets!
Twitter Chat: Diving Into Digital Writing
This archived Twitter chat opens in Wakelet and explores digital writing. During this chat, participants discussed strategies for maximizing available classroom technology and explored alternative ways to use tech tools for digital writing experiences.
College Essay Builder
Share the College Essay Builder with students as they prepare to write college admission applications, or use it as a guide for writing personal essays about any topic. Sign up to receive tools like StoryBuilder and a series of story-writing courses.
Biographies with BrainPOP Jr. - Martin Luther King Jr.
This week is the perfect time to teach elementary students about civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. Have students view the short video, then click "Write About It" to find an engaging and timely writing exercise related to Dr. King.
How to Research: Ultimate Guide [+Online Tools]
Add a link on your website to this handy guide that provides a step-by-step guide to creating a research paper from start to finish. The manual begins with an overview of the three universal research purposes: exploratory, descriptive, and explanatory.
Wordtune is a fabulous Chrome extension and Microsoft Word add-on that takes your writing and provides suggestions for rephrasing to clarify the information to make it more concise and engaging. The free plan offers up to twenty rewrites per day.
Write and Improve
Explore this tool that provides practice and instant feedback on written responses to prompts. Choose from one of the many provided topics, then narrow down options based on writing level (beginner to advanced) and length (emails, stories, etc.).
Design beautiful, multimedia digital books. Create books as a class as you move through a unit or topic. Enhance student learning by adding images and ideas your students suggest. In a flipped lesson, use stories to deliver course information.
With WriteReader, students create books that include text, pictures, and voice recordings. Teachers have space on the page to write comments and make corrections. The interface is so simple even young children can use it successfully.
This Week at TeachersFirst
Tomorrow, we pause to remember the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We then invite you to join us for two professional learning opportunities: our first OK2Ask virtual workshop of 2023 on Tuesday and our bimonthly Twitter chat on Thursday. We are also sharing a related blog post and kindly request your input in our weekly poll.
Monday, 1/16, 2023
Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Tomorrow is the day we pause to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We are sharing a collection of classroom resources that includes timelines, lesson plans, primary sources, videos, and other information about civil rights events and leaders.
Tuesday, 1/17, 7 PM ET
OK2Ask: TeachersFirst Tech Tools Smackdown
Many technology tools are available for classroom use, but which are teachers’ favorites? This session will share and compare some of TeachersFirst contributors’ favorite resources. Help us decide which tool is this session’s winner of our Smackdown!
Thursday, 1/19, 8 PM ET
Twitter Chat: SEL: Strategies to Support and Empower Learners
Come and tweet with us using the hashtags #OK2Ask and #TeachersFirst as we explore resources that help students use social awareness and interpersonal skills to establish and maintain positive relationships.
Discuss ways to develop self-awareness and self-management skills »
Infusing Technology Blog
Tech Tool of the Month: Elementari
Read this blog post to learn about Elementari, a colorful and engaging website that allows you to easily create digital stories as slideshows. This blog post includes connections to standards and frameworks, classroom use ideas, and a full tutorial.
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This week our poll asks, “What type of writing do you find the most challenging to teach?” Submit your reply and view the responses of other educators.
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