September 13, 2020
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Learn how to make difficult topics like race, inclusion, class, and justice approachable for students using popular literature. Register for the fall book club by 9/21 to save your spot in the elementary, middle, or high school group!
National Online Learning Day
National Online Learning Day, recognized on September 15th, highlights the many ways that students of all ages are learning online—anywhere, anytime. Find resources to use with your students whether you’re teaching in a traditional, blended, or online/remote classroom.
Find advanced courses (and earn certificates or diplomas) using the drop-down boxes at the top of the site to sort by category, type, and job. View information on the number of modules, topics, approximate length, and other information.
Where on Google Earth is Carmen Sandiego? The Tutankhamun's Mask Caper
Grab your magnifying glass to help Carmen Sandiego track villains across the globe to recover some of the world's stolen treasures. Follow the prompts to investigate the crime scene, interview suspects, find clues, and track the criminal members of Vile.
Google Arts and Culture
Embark on a virtual field trip to over 2,000 museums—a perfect opportunity for blended and remote learning. Explore the studios of famous artists, take a selfie to find the piece of art that looks like you, or take tours of historical cities—virtually!
Online Learning for Young Students
Teaching elementary students virtually can offer unique challenges. Find resources in this section, especially designed for younger students learning online (and try them in the classroom, too!).
Collect, organize, collaborate, and visualize with these unique digital bulletin boards. Drag and drop to add notes, images, files, text—almost anything! Whatever grade you teach add this tool to your remote teaching toolbox.
Be Fearless Be Kind
Encourage your students to become change-makers by fostering empathy, leadership, creative problem solving, and teamwork. Activities include videos, projects, lesson plans, and activities about identifying feelings, self-awareness, and other topics.
Whether you're teaching in the classroom or online, these virtual manipulatives are a great way to offer students a visualization of math concepts for free. Select from virtual dice, number lines, place value disks, and many others.
Timely Topics for Students
Discover resources and lesson ideas to use with your students as you discuss current events and ways to stay safe and be responsible online. Find ideas for blending these lessons in each of the reviews.
Talking About Race and Privilege: Lesson Plan for Middle and High School Students
Guide your students toward defining the concept of privilege and identify examples of it in their lives. Use these resources when teaching lessons on racism and social injustice, either in-person or in remote or blended learning situations.
Copyright & Creativity For Ethical Digital Citizens
You can't teach online learning without including digital literacy. Learning copyright and fair use guidelines is essential, as all students are now publishers and creators. Find a free curriculum for all grade levels with many remote learning options.
Healthy Digital Citizens: Helping Kids Stay Active & Safe in the Internet Age
Dive into both internet safety and digital wellness as you investigate the topics and find tips for discussing the different facets of staying safe online. The site also includes videos that provide valuable information.
This Week at TeachersFirst®
We're jam-packed with professional learning opportunities this fall! Peruse the options below and find your perfect match (or two). From a timely book club to bi-monthly Twitter chats to blog posts, we've got you covered—and don't forget to give your input in our weekly poll!
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Fall Book Club 2020
This fall, TeachersFirst is hosting a free, member-only virtual book club designed to help teachers use popular literature to start meaningful discussions about equality and race. Books will be assigned by grade level—apply today!
Join us Thursday (9/17) at 8 PM ET
Creating a Classroom Community
OK2Ask bi-monthly Twitter chats have returned and we have a new chat topic this week: "Creating a Classroom Community." We'll discuss the components of building a classroom community and share strategies to help students with difficult conversations.
Infusing Technology Blog
School Librarians Stepping Up During Virtual Learning
Librarians and libraries are essential in school buildings today. But when schools go virtual, school librarians step up! This blog post shares many resources and lessons to help you support students and teachers, and don't miss the tips on self-care.
Resources for school librarians to support virtual learning »
Coming soon on Tuesdays!
Fall OK2Ask Virtual Workshops
It's almost time to kick off a new season of OK2Ask workshops! Registration is now open for all of our fall sessions, which begin September 22nd. Come learn about EdPuzzle, choice boards for differentiation, and other timely edtech topics!
Share your thoughts with our community
This week our poll asks: "How much of your students' work is completed online?" Once you click to share your reply, you can view the responses of others.
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