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 »


What’s the Buzz: Augmented and Virtual Reality

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Augmented reality and virtual reality might sound like geek-speak to some, but the truth is these technological advances have real implications for the classroom.  Of course, before you can make your case for new apps or equipment to supplement your instruction, you have to know what you are asking for and how it could help … read more »


Let’s Talk About: Technology Integration

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  In this podcast, I talked about three different approaches teachers give coaches when talking about technology integration.  After you listen to the podcast, I would encourage you to think about your approach to technology integration.  Do you use technology as a help for the teacher or to engage your students?  When thinking about using … read more »