September 1, 2019

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Featured EDTECH Resources Reviewed by TeachersFirst

September is the Perfect Time for Reading

Grab a book and celebrate International Literacy Day (9/8) and National Read a Book Day (9/6)! September 8th is also National Grandparents Day -- encourage your students to read a book to a grandparent or create a special gift as a way to connect with and honor these special people in our students' lives. 

Reading Inspiration

Discover book selections for all readers, organized by grade level and complete with short descriptions. Check your school library to borrow or follow the link to purchase the book. Share these reading suggestions on your class website.

Find books to enjoy for all grade levels »

Thank You, Grandparents

This collection of creative tools can be used to make projects to thank grandma and grandpa for the many stories read, games played, and times shared together while also stretching students' creative thinking, writing skills, and problem-solving skills.

Find cool tools for creating gifts »

Fall Professional Learning

TeachersFirst offers several professional learning opportunities this fall beginning this Thursday (9/5) with a Twitter chat about online learning. And, view our Fall 2019 OK2Ask® virtual workshop schedule for hands-on, virtual learning all season long.

Twitter Chat: Online Learning

Looking for new tools and strategies for online learning? Join us on Twitter this Thursday (9/5) at 8 pm ET to connect with our edtech coaches and your peers. Share resources and ideas and discuss the benefits and challenges of online learning.

Tweet with us using the hashtag #OK2Ask »

OK2Ask Virtual Workshops

Registration for our Fall 2019 OK2Ask virtual workshops is now open. Many new topics have been added. Learn about Digital Storytelling, the Triple E Framework, Augmented Reality, Coding using Google Tools, and more. Earn certificates of participation.

See schedule of workshops and save your seat »

More September Happenings

As the leaves start to fall, take a moment to acknowledge National Hispanic Heritage Month, National Deaf Awareness Month, and Punctuation Day (9/24). We are also excited to share our updated Reading Treks collection. 

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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage

National Hispanic Heritage Month

View this collection to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage month and the important contributions of those whose heritage traces to Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America through related projects and classroom activities.

Discover lessons and projects »

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Technology to make learning more accessible

National Deaf Awareness Month

Make learning more accessible for the hearing impaired with Microsoft Translator. Use to translate your words: both speech and text. There are over sixty language options for text and a speech translator option.

Learn how Microsoft Translator can assist in the classroom »

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Punctuation Day

With punctuation day coming soon, make time to teach (or remind) your students about the importance of proper punctation. Find resources for all grade levels in this tagged list, including interactive practice, printables, and more.

Instill the power of proper punctuation »

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Four more adventures

Reading Treks - NEW Journeys to Explore

Have you explored our Reading Treks? Reading treks are a way to create a virtual field trip of resources for a piece of literature and can help provide context and make connections for readers. Four new Reading Treks were recently added to our collection.

Find a Reading Trek for your class »

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Involve your students

Weekly Poll

This week we are trying something new! Poll your students to find out what percentage live within one hour of at least one grandparent. Then, submit your class results in our poll. You'll be able to see the poll results and share them with your students.

Poll your students and share the results in our weekly poll »

6 TeachersFirst Offerings that You Don't Want to Miss

Take time to explore these six helpful, free resources for your classroom. 

Classroom Planning Calendar

Classroom Connection Events

Dates that Matter

Special Topics

TogetheReads Booklist

Infusing Technology Blog

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