October 16, 2022
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October is National Computer Learning Month
Computer Learning Month was established to encourage people to learn more about computers. In this section, you will find many ways you and your students can celebrate, professional resources to help you learn about various tech tools, and online courses for your students.
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OK2Ask: Google Drawings in the Classroom
View this on-demand workshop to learn about Google Drawings and ways you can use it to refresh your classroom activities. Learn to design interactive images, labeling activities, and timelines that engage students and deepen content-area knowledge.
Explore this series of three semester-length coding lessons designed to teach future developers how to code. Lessons begin with the basics of creating games using block and script programming functions and continue to learning java and more.
OK2Ask: Blended and Remote Learning with Microsoft Forms
This on-demand OK2Ask session is about Microsoft Forms, a tool often overlooked when discussing free blended and remote instruction tools. View this workshop to learn to use Forms to personalize instruction and accommodate learner differences.
Find free online training about various skills and products delivered by experts in the field on Microsoft Learn. The activities include learning paths for students and educators for many topics and tools like Immersive Reader and Sway.
OK2Ask: Google Keep in the Classroom
Take organizing, note-taking, and collaborating to new heights with Google Keep—a simple, powerful, and free tool. This workshop teaches how to incorporate text, images, audio, and drawings in color-coded virtual sticky notes and checklists.
Open Learning Initiative
Explore information about high-quality online courses in various subjects, including topics covered, estimated completion time, and required software. Classes are free for independent learning. You can also set up and teach your own course.
Education for the Real World
EVERFI provides free digital curricula about real-world skills through interactive, game-based lessons. Topics include financial education, STEM and career readiness, social and emotional learning, remote learning, summer learning, and much more.
Twitter for Teachers
Learn the basics of Twitter and how it can help you engage in personalized, immediate professional development and collaboration with other teachers in other schools. There are four quick tutorials and you can earn a professional learning certificate.
Media Literacy Week
Media Literacy Week, hosted by the National Association of Media Literacy Education (NAMLE), takes place October 24–28. The event draws attention to the critical role that education plays in helping students understand media literacy. This section features several resources to deepen your students' knowledge about media literacy.
Media Literacy Resources
Media literacy is a set of skills that help people analyze, evaluate, and create messages in various media modes, genres, and formats. This curated list shares lesson ideas, activities, and resources for teaching media literacy skills.
Resources related to Source Reliability/Checking Sources
As educators, we must teach our students how to ensure the resources they use are reliable. This collection includes information and resources related to checking sources and determining when a source is trustworthy and credible.
OK2Ask: Fostering Accountability - Media Literacy in the Classroom
As digital media increasingly replaces traditional media, students must have the skills to think critically about these new types of texts. This on-demand workshop will help you understand the importance of teaching media literacy in the classroom.
My Media Choices
Try out the activities in this lesson that guide students in learning about a "What? When? How Much?" framework for use in evaluating media sources. Resources include a slide presentation, video, student handouts, and other resources to share.
This Week at TeachersFirst
We invite you to join us this Tuesday (10/18) for our next OK2Ask® virtual workshop and this Thursday (10/20) for our next bimonthly Twitter chat. Don't miss the collection of blog posts about media literacy, and don’t forget to give your input in our weekly poll.
Tuesday, 10/18, 7 PM ET
OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire with EduProtocols
EduProtocols are routines you apply to your lesson content to streamline the instructional process and allow yourself and your students to focus on the content. Join us to see how EduProtocols can help provide a framework for your lessons.
Thursday, 10/20, 8 PM ET
Twitter Chat: Get in the Game with Game-Based Learning
Come and tweet with us using the hashtags #OK2Ask and #TeachersFirst. During this chat, participants will discuss the components of game-based learning and explore tools and resources related to this topic.
Infusing Technology Blog
Media Literacy Posts
Media literacy is a significant part of teaching students to be good digital citizens. Peruse this tagged list of blog posts and find tools to try, activities to incorporate into your lesson plans, and additional information about media literacy.
Share your thoughts with our community
This week our poll asks, “What tool would you like to learn more about during Computer Learning Month?" Submit your reply and view the responses of other educators.
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