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Featured EDTECH Resources Reviewed by TeachersFirst

Choose Your Own Professional Learning Adventure!

If you're on the hunt for professional learning opportunities during your summer "down time," our virtual workshops are a perfect fit! We're also excited to share with you a unique experience exclusively for middle level science teachers.

Beach-Compatible Virtual Workshops: Start July 11!

Our professional learning line up is sizzling HOT this summer & filled with new topics! We also have dedicated days for Microsoft in Education & Google for Education! Best of all, you can learn from your couch all while wearing flip flops or PJs!

Get your summer learning on here! »

Enhance Science Learning!

Middle school science teachers interested in using our free, COPPA-compliant, social learning platform - MySciLife - to get kids excited about science learning are encouraged to attend online jumpstart trainings. Participants receive training certificate!

Jumpstart with MySciLife now! »

July Events to Share with Students

July offers a summer blast of topics for your classroom. This week we are featuring two timely topics: The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and The Battle of Gettysburg (both occuring during the month of July). Peruse the resources shared to find engaging activities for your students.  

Gettysburg by the Numbers

Go back in time to those three pivotal July days in 1863 with our data-infused interactive! Imagine the weather, clothing, people, weapons, and more. Our themed infographics spotlight facts and figures for students to better understand the Civil War!

Make the battle more meaningful & real »

Civil Rights Act of 1964

The Civil Rights Act ended segregation in public places and prohibited employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, or gender. Leverage our list of primary resources, history projects, interactive maps, video lessons, and more!

Find social justice resources for your class »

More July Inspiration!

The month of July puts a spotlight on cell phone courtesy, family reunions, Independence Day, and the birth day of the zip code. Celebrate these unique observations with our listed resources below! Also, don't miss an opportunity to discuss the 4Cs of education with our edtech coaches during this week's Twitter chat, and let us know if your school has a cell phone policy in our weekly poll.

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Cell Phones in the Classroom

Cell Phone Courtesy Month

Who imagined when cell phones were introduced that someday they would be a part of our teaching? In celebration of Cell Phone Courtesy Month, we are sharing our BYOD Dream Tools. These device agnostic tools are available as apps or on the Web!

Find your dream tool here »

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Don't forget to take a picture!

National Family Reunion Month

This curated list of free image resources comes in handy for July's National Family Reunion Month observation! Find photos to use on invitations or tools to edit your own images of family reunions, neighborhood cookouts, vacations, or other events!

Scan these free image resources »

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Established - July 1, 1963

The Invention of the Zip Code

Zip codes were invented back in 1963 to help folks find locations and for mail to be delivered in a quicker manner. In honor of the zip code, we are sharing our Mapping tools from the Edge. Each review includes directions and classroom ideas.

Go to the Edge with these Mapping tools »

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Happy Independence Day

Get Outside and Celebrate July 4th

Discover history and government tools for all grades. Use these finds to teach about America's battle for independence, the meaning of symbols, and more. Skim our reviews for tool descriptions and classroom integration ideas.

Celebrate America's Independence »

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Technology and the 4Cs

Twitter Chat #OK2Ask - Thursday 8 pm ET

Join us this Thursday at 8 pm ET using our #OK2Ask hashtag to explore the 4Cs of education. We'll also share ways to integrate technology into 21st century lesson planning as well as tech tools to facilitate higher order thinking and deeper learning.

See upcoming Twitter Chats »

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Weekly Poll

Cell Phone Usage in the Classroom. Yes or No?

July is Cell Phone Courtesy Month. Does your school allow phones in the classroom? Share your response on our weekly poll!

Tell us about your school's cell phone policy »

Summer Sparklers from TeachersFirst

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