June 24, 2018
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Outdoor Exploration & Project Creation!
June is the perfect time to get outdoors, which is why our features this week spotlight gardening, camping, weather, and other helpful topics! We've also included tools for creating projects on a rainy day such as sharing your summer adventures!
Did someone say roadtrip? Plan your trip (real or not) by entering the starting address and the final destination. Discover the journey's duration, the amount of money needed for gas, and the mileage. Print your plans or email them to yourself or others.
Educators Guide to Lyme Disease
Although this may not be a favorite summer subject, it is important to stay informed about Lyme disease. This site offers a free mini-unit on tick bite prevention and Lyme disease. Download the teacher overview and share on your class website.
Ultimate Camp Resource
Whether you are looking for activities to use at camp, summer classes, team-building for clubs, or even for the beginning of next year, don't miss this eclectic collection. Find songs, games, videos, and more.
Weather - Science Resources
Peruse this collection of resources, all related to weather. Find sites to share with elementary through high school students. Learn about hurricanes, tornadoes, volcanoes, and more. Many sites include interactives, videos, and other resources to share.
Plant a Garden & Watch It Grow!
This trifecta of gardening goodies includes booklists, ideas for starting gardens in your community, and a guide for how to get started gardening. Whether you are a new gardener or already have a green thumb, take a look!
Inch by Inch, Row by Row: Read-Alouds for Gardens
This collection includes a wealth of excellent books (both fictional and informational) for teaching topics such as the life cycle of plants, the scientific method, what plants need to thrive, ecosystems, food chains, soil science, and more.
Get Your Hands Dirty
Download this packet, offering a guide to growing plants and keeping animals at school. View specific information on enhancing learning opportunities through the nurturing of growing things. Find tips to use if you have limited or no land to garden.
Looking to start a garden at home or at school? Choose from the Family Gardening or School Gardening sections for how-to guides, lessons, and projects. Explore the articles discussing different types of gardening, gardens in schools, and much more.
Rainy Day Creation Fun!
Bring your outdoor adventures inside on a rainy day. Create a digital project to help remind you of a special trip to the park, visit to the creek, family vacation, or another memorable summer day activity.
Color, Draw, and Paint
Create a simple digital story about a special day (or memory) from your summer. Choose from the included tools to spray paint, draw, add stickers, and more. When you are finished you can save or print. There is a tutorial available with more information.
Upload your favorite summer photos to edit and share. Choose from thousands of templates to create designs for cards, posters, book covers, social media, and much more. The site offers some free images, if you don't wish to use your own.
No experience necessary! Create your own videos to share your summer adventures (or anytime during the year) in just a few minutes. Follow the prompts as you upload images and videos, and add captions. Choose your theme and music options, then publish.
This Week at TeachersFirst
We are gearing up for our Summer Kickoff for our OK2Ask virtual workshops and registration is now open! Or if you're looking for quick and easy professional learning, read some of our latest blog posts. Plus, our weekly poll seeks your thoughts about upcoming Social Media Day!
Sweet Summer of Edtech 2018
FREE Virtual Workshops This Summer!
With our summer sessions beginning in a few weeks, now is a great time to explore the workshops being offered to reserve your spot! We have several new topics, plus special days dedicated to Microsoft and Google tools.
From our Infusing Technology blog!
Let’s Talk About Location-Based Augmented Reality
Check out this recent blog post related to location-based augmented reality. Learn about several tools to try yourself and with your students. Lesson ideas are provided and activities are suggested. Read all about ways to engage your students.
We want to hear from you!
Did you know Social Media Day is coming up on June 30th? From a professional perspective, what form of social media do you use the most? Are you on Twitter, Pinterest, or something else?
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