July 30, 2017
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Differentiate Lessons for Students!
Our curated list of teacher-reviewed differentiation tools includes tools for voice recording (perfect for emergent readers, ESL, and all students), for customization of content, and for enrichment or advancement (perfect for gifted students)!
Differentiate while you empower your students to master Common Core Standards for math and language arts. The content (presented through videos and interactives) is individualized based on student skills through the use of pre-tests of standards.
Open Learning Initiative
Peruse these quality online courses for yourself or your students! You can even create your own class (and be the instructor). Share this site with your gifted students for alternative assignment options. See our full review for additional ideas.
Get down with differentiation using this voice recorder and the notepads. Features include timestamps on recordings, editing, transcription, and shareable links. Mic Note also syncs notes across platforms! Our review provides more ideas to differentiate!
Assessment Resources for Your Toolbox
These two fabulous assessment finds allow you to create rubrics and provide immediate feedback to students!
Bring your assessment to the next level with Vizia! Add questions and quizzes to videos and easily embed and share on any platform. Use this to gather instant feedback and check for understanding during the video. Create a summary quiz for after viewing.
This assessment tool offers endless options: highlighting text, pre-loading feedback, creating rubrics,and more! JoeZoo offers immediate feedback to students. Use this Google add-on to simplify assessment and to provide feedback more quickly.
Essential Writing Tools
Get creative with our teacher reviews of several engaging writing tools. Older students can collaborate together on shared stories using StoryTimed. Do you want to teach your students the proper way to use quotes? We've got you covered. We also have tools for creating portfolios and checking your writing in twenty different languages.
Get writing at this engaging site! Join a story that has already been started or begin your own. Choose from an open story (that you can view from the beginning) or a closed story (that you can't view the beginning). Excite your high schoolers to write!
Quote It With Me
Who said what? Follow four easy steps to easily create and add quotations to any writing assignment. Copy and paste the quote and choose a formatting style: MLA, APA, Chicago. Helpful to teach the proper way to quote, add some zing to reports, and more.
Get writing (right) with this tool offering a FREE spelling and language checker in over 20 languages! Simply, copy and paste your text to check for spelling and grammatical errors. Use the drop-down boxes to change language preferences.
Create a portfolio using Bulb. You can keep your portfolio public or private. Share students' work with families using Bulb. Add text, images, videos, and more. Read our review for more creative ideas that your students will love.
This week at TeachersFirst
Our summer professional learning continues into August! Don't miss our two OK2Ask virtual workshops covering edtech topics such as Blendspace and computational thinking. And for our weekly poll be sure to tell us which edge tools you find most useful.
OK2Ask Virtual Workshops
This week we have two sizzling summer workshops for you! [Tuesday - 8/1] Learn how to infuse technology using Blendspace. [Wednesday - 8/2] Join us to learn how to encourage computational thinking in your students.
What tools are most useful?
This week's Featured Sites include new edge tools. Which kind of edge tools do you find most useful?
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