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Have you made time for your own learning and development this fall? We’re half way through the semester, but there’s still plenty of time to invest in your skills and learn something new during our upcoming OK2Ask workshops on collaboration, computational thinking, MakeCode, and Google MyMaps!
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October is ADHD Awareness Month
ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects both children and adults. The theme for 2021 is "Reframing ADHD: Discovering New Perspectives." In this section, we’re featuring resources to help you learn more about ADHD.
Read highlights of current research on ADHD and references to specific scientific studies. Click Start and scroll down to ADDA Resources to find the ADHD Education section, which houses resources, webinars, and even articles related to adult ADHD.
LD OnLine provides in-depth professional and parent articles, expert advice columns, forums, and disability/differences resources for parents and educators. Learn strategies to help deal with ADHD and other disorders on this easy-to-navigate site.
Use the search box to find “Learning Disabilities: An Overview,” an article that explains what is (and isn't) considered a learning disability and what to look for when considering learning disabilities. You can also search by topic, such as ADHD.
Iris the Dragon
Discover books to educate young children on mental health and wellness. The site has several free downloadable e-books on topics including ADHD, Asperger's Syndrome, anger, and worry. Raise student awareness and encourage empathy with these resources.
Tools to Help All Students Thrive
In this section, we’re sharing extensions, web resources, and assistive technologies that can be used by all students and may be especially helpful to students with ADHD and other special needs.
This free extension for Chrome, Edge, and Firefox browsers adds accessibility and productivity tools to any website. The free version includes dyslexia-friendly fonts, a font changer, and the ability to adjust word spacing to make text easier to read.
Create and curate interactive, self-checking lessons. The free account offers you the ability to include one classroom with five students and five self-made decks. Use this to differentiate or to offer more direct instruction to your remote students.
Try this free Microsoft Learning Tool that works with OneNote, Word, Outlook, Edge and more. The tool will dictate text, highlight text during the audio reading, adjust text size and spacing, increase the spacing between lines and letters, and much more.
This unique Chrome browser extension allows you to add voice notes to Google Documents, Google Classroom, Google Slides, and Sheets. It also supports transcription in over twenty languages. Use this tool to leave feedback or collaborate with students.
Use this digital solution to allow students to ask questions they have without interrupting the class. Teachers create a class code to give to students. As they work and find they need help, they put in their name and comment virtually.
Remove distractions with this writing app. After a quick email registration, the free version allows you to save an unlimited number of documents that automatically save as you write. Use this to help students stay focused on writing.
Perfect for your blended (or remote) learning lessons, Class Responder allows teachers to assign lessons, create quizzes and activities, and view student responses on any device. Keep all students on track and focused whether in the classroom or at home.
Natural Reader takes written text from documents, emails, PDFs, scanned books, or even images from a phone and turns it into spoken text. Use this to help students—including your struggling readers, ELL students, and students with ADHD—comprehend better.
This Week at TeachersFirst
We invite you to join us this Tuesday for our next OK2Ask virtual workshop. We’re also excited to share information about the 2021–2022 Globetracker's Mission (a geographical choose-your-own-adventure story), a related blog post, and our weekly poll.
Tuesday, 10/26, 7 PM ET
OK2Ask: 3 Cool Tools to Amp Up Collaboration
Explore, compare, and contrast three free online tools for collaboration with peers and students. Discover the differences between collaboration and group work and discuss ways to foster collaboration in the classroom.
Explore ways to use these tools for collaboration in the classroom »
Join the Mission
Take your students on a virtual choose-your-own-adventure geography journey around the regions of the United States. Engage your students with stories about main characters Meri and Geo. Learn geography terms, see landmarks, and practice map skills.
Infusing Technology Blog
Supporting ADHD Students
Making sure students are on task with the purpose and objectives of learning experiences is important: it not only impacts their own learning, but possibly their classmates’ as well. Read this blog post that shares strategies to try in your class.
Share your thoughts
This week our poll asks, "What kind of tool do you think would best support your ADHD students?" Share your thoughts with our community and view the replies of other educators once you click to submit.
How can you use technology to help to support your students with ADHD? »
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