Have Fun While Preparing for Standardized Testing!

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People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing. Dale Carnegie   Many years ago, Volkswagen presented an initiative called The Fun Theory Award. The premise behind the award is that fun is the easiest way to change people’s behavior for the better. The competition encouraged participants to submit entries demonstrating how … read more »


10 Edge Resources for Digital Learning Day

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Mark your calendar to celebrate Digital Learning Day this February 23 with educators from around the globe. This day highlights excellent teaching with technology and promotes the use of digital learning tools to improve the learning experience of our students. Digital Learning Day 2017 (#DLDay) provides an excellent opportunity to try a new digital tool … read more »


Tech Tool of the Month: Animoto

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From time to time I learn about or rediscover a tech tool that is really versatile.  When that happens, members of the TeachersFirst team know that for at least the next month they will find the tool strategically placed in emails, mentioned in conversation, and suggested for inclusion on all types of projects that we … read more »


Using Primary Sources to Teach Thanksgiving

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There is one day that is ours. Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American. O. Henry A recent TeachersFirst blog post by Paula Deal discussed the use of primary sources and suggested several resources for finding primary sources for all grade levels. What better time of year to include primary sources than … read more »


Gamify Learning with Symbaloo Lesson Plans

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Are you incorporating game-based learning activities into your classroom? Perhaps you are familiar with Symbaloo to use as a bookmarking tool, but did you know that Symbaloo has a new lesson planning site that turns activities into a game-like simulation? You can find the TeachersFirst review of Symbaloo Lesson Plans here, or go directly to … read more »