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OK2Ask: Google's Productivity Tools for the Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from October 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Learn about some of the many tools that Google has to offer. Learn more...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from October 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Learn about some of the many tools that Google has to offer. Learn more about using Gmail in the classroom, Google Calendar, Google Drive (including templates and docs/forms), and Google Keep! Other tools including Photos, Google Plus, and Flubaroo will also be explored. Time is included to explore and play with the tools to create. This session is for teachers at intermediate to advanced technology comfort levels.

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Learn how to use Google tools to enhance your lessons, remain organized, and collaborate more effectively. Watch this recording together with a few of your teaching colleagues to collect new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask: Google Search Tips and Tricks - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from October 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore Super Searching on Google. Find out about the various tools (and...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from October 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore Super Searching on Google. Find out about the various tools (and tricks) used to make searching a "snap." Learn more about Google Trends, Google Correlate, Blog Searches, and more. This session also offers an introduction to Google Maps and demonstrations of various tools available. Time is provided for individual exploration.

tag(s): search strategies (30)

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Inspire your lessons with new ways to search and save time when using Google. Watch this recording together with a few of your teaching colleagues to share and collect new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask: The Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship in Your Classroom - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from October 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Join us to learn about tools and resources to teach your students about...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from October 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Join us to learn about tools and resources to teach your students about safe and responsible online behavior. Teaching students about digital citizenship not only benefits the students, but can improve the climate of your classroom. This session helps you use the themes of Respect, Educate, and Protect to teach digital citizenship. Participants have the opportunity to view discussions of strategies and explore resources for weaving this essential 21st century skill into the core curriculum and throughout the school day.

tag(s): digital citizenship (58)

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Become informed about digital citizenship for yourself and students. Watch this recording together with a few of your teaching colleagues to collect new ideas. Find related resources and links on these TeachersFirst pages.. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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CS Unplugged - CS Education Research Group

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4 to 12
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Find hands-on learning of computer science concepts (often without technology) with this collection of free learning activities including interactives and puzzles. All materials are...more
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Find hands-on learning of computer science concepts (often without technology) with this collection of free learning activities including interactives and puzzles. All materials are through Creative Commons licenses for easy copying, sharing, and personal adaptation. Download all activities for free in a book download or explore individual activities by topic, and then download in PDF format available in several languages. Other options include videos to view individually or by topic on activity pages. Topics covered include Binary numbers, Images Representation, Text Compression, Information Theory, Searching and Sorting Algorithms, Routing and Deadlocks, and Cryptography, among others. Also, check out the section for teachers under the Community tab. This section includes many additional resources and learning programs. The videos are in English, French, Swedish, Korean, and Chinese. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): computers (94), data (148)

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Make technology understandable and available to everyone, without the need to use technology. Use CS Unplugged as one of your STEM stations/centers during science lessons. Use CS Unplugged as an excellent resource for students who want to learn about computer science on their own. CS Unplugged is a great tool to share with students considering a major in computer science in college or wondering about computer careers. If you teach computer science courses, CS Unplugged could be useful for locating review materials to share with your students.
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Curiosity Machine - Iridescent

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4 to 12
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Curiosity Machine connects scientists and engineers with young people to help design and create projects together. Create an account to begin using features on the site. Discover challenges...more
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Curiosity Machine connects scientists and engineers with young people to help design and create projects together. Create an account to begin using features on the site. Discover challenges to build on your own, including categories such as aerospace, robotics, engineering, and more. Find inspiration by watching videos of scientists and engineers sharing their inventions. Share your finished projects as inspiration for other aspiring engineers and scientists.

tag(s): aeronautics (13), computers (94), engineering (125), gifted (96), oceans (148), problem solving (272), robotics (25), STEM (134)

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Be sure to take advantage of the free educator units offered with membership. Share project ideas with students as ideas for a school science or engineering fair. Share this site with students interested in exploring careers in science or engineering. Encourage students to use a visual blogging tool such as Check This, reviewed here, (no registration required) to document their progress while completing projects. Have gifted students choose projects from the site to complete as enrichment within different learning units.
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Alfa Typing - AlfaTyping

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K to 12
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Learn and practice typing skills through games, lessons, and demos at Alfa Typing. This site includes sixty lessons in English and fifty in Russian. Registration isn't required to play...more
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Learn and practice typing skills through games, lessons, and demos at Alfa Typing. This site includes sixty lessons in English and fifty in Russian. Registration isn't required to play the games. Registration allows you to create unlimited classes, monitor student results, and create your own personalized courses. Be sure to take one of the three typing tests first, this opens access to playing games. See the introductory video tutorial or their very thorough FAQs section. If your district blocks YouTube, the video may not be viewable. You could always view the video at home and bring it to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the video from YouTube.

tag(s): computers (94), game based learning (103), keyboarding (38)

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Everyone can benefit from learning to type faster. Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector by showing the 2-minute video tutorial. Remember to have students take the typing test, and then have them practice their touch typing independently. Have older students keep their results in a word document or a Google Doc. Be sure to watch and see that students are using the proper touch typing position (no two finger typing!). Share this site with your students who are struggling with handwriting. Offer students the opportunity to learn to type in addition to writing!

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turnitin - Source Educational Evaluation Rubric (SEER) - turnitin

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Find an interactive rubric for evaluating the quality of Internet sources students use in academic writing and projects. Fill out a short registration form to have immediate free access...more
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Find an interactive rubric for evaluating the quality of Internet sources students use in academic writing and projects. Fill out a short registration form to have immediate free access to the rubric as a PDF. The criteria for the rubric includes Authoritative, Educational Value, Intent, Originality, and Quality. Below the rubric see an example of three popular sites evaluated with SEER and the scores given for each criterion. Download the rubric to your computer. Once filled in save it to your computer and print.

tag(s): evaluating sources (13), media literacy (58), rubrics (32)

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Share this rubric with middle and high school students with your projector or on an interactive whiteboard. Ask students to suggest a popular site for referencing in papers and projects. Use the rubric together and evaluate the site. Break students into small groups and have them evaluate several sites. Make these sites you have already evaluated, and then have the students evaluate them until you know most students agree on what makes a Highly Creditable site compared to a Creditable or Discreditable site. At the end of the activity give a quick assessment. This way students who do not feel sure about evaluating a site have the opportunity to let you know. Consider using Quiz Socket, reviewed here, for a quick assessment or Quizalize, reviewed here, for a more in-depth assessment.
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FutureLearn for Schools - FutureLearn

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FutureLearn for Schools offers a large variety of free online courses presented by leading universities for students aged 13 and older in a variety of topics. Choose a category to ...more
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FutureLearn for Schools offers a large variety of free online courses presented by leading universities for students aged 13 and older in a variety of topics. Choose a category to begin browsing topics offered. Content includes history, creative arts and media, literature, and much more. Watch a short video to learn specifics about the course offerings and objectives. This site was created in the UK, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English.

tag(s): advertising (33), business (58), computers (94), creative writing (166), cultures (105), dental health (23), environment (317), financial literacy (80), gifted (96), literature (275), photography (160), politics (99), professional development (123), psychology (64)

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Allow gifted students to enroll in courses that interest them or that provide enrichment beyond classroom content. Share with others in your building as a resource for professional development. Explore the topics yourself for some new, engaging material to round out your own expertise. Allow students to enroll in a course that would fit into their career goals as an exploratory opportunity in that field. With older students you may want to consider requiring them to take a course with the idea that it is a model. Challenge students to develop a course using a tool like Lore, reviewed here, about something in which they feel they are an expert.
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Brain Pump - brainpump.net

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6 to 12
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Learn something new every day with Brain Pump videos. Choose from the many topics including game design, history, science, math, technology, nature, business, casual science, and more...more
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Learn something new every day with Brain Pump videos. Choose from the many topics including game design, history, science, math, technology, nature, business, casual science, and more to view a random video about the topic. Not interested? No problem, click the next video link to watch another on the same subject. Sign up isn't necessary but allows you to "star" videos to find for later viewing. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.
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tag(s): business (58), critical thinking (108), earth (228), financial literacy (80), fish (24), human body (120), marine biology (33), natural resources (59), plants (144), psychology (64), rivers (21), space (205), spanish (108), video (253)

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Use the short videos found at Brain Pump to introduce content and assess prior knowledge. Create a link to videos, or embed them, on your class website for student viewing at home. Use a video tool such as EdPuzzle, reviewed here, or ComentBubble, reviewed here, to have students answer questions, from home, on the content of the video. Back in the classroom, have students talk in small groups about any video and their questions and ideas about the topic. Have the student groups share out the important questions and thoughts with the whole class. After the class discussion, have the students write a group response, either on paper or on your class blog or wiki. Completing a group response now, could evolve into students writing journal entries at home or during class about the topic of a video. These videos make powerful writing prompts. After viewing a few videos in this manner, you may want to have older students select videos they want to watch (or you can assign them) and have the students respond.

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O2 Internet Safety for Kids - O2 and NSPCC

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Provide kids with a safe online experience with tips and information from O2 Internet Safety for Kids. Choose from several different categories including meeting strangers online, online...more
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Provide kids with a safe online experience with tips and information from O2 Internet Safety for Kids. Choose from several different categories including meeting strangers online, online addiction, safe downloading, and more. Each category includes a short video and specific information about keeping kids safe online, including what to do if each proper behavior is compromised. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube. The site was created in the UK, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English.

tag(s): cyberbullying (43), digital citizenship (58)

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Although this site was created in the UK, the message is universal and information included is relevant to all classrooms, regardless of location. Include this site on your class webpage for students and parents to access as a reference. Use information from the site as part of your online safety lessons. Have students create an annotated image, including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here, to demonstrate online safety.

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Digital Citizenship Toolkit - Microsoft

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This free Toolkit from Microsoft is an excellent resource for high-quality materials to complement your Internet safety unit. Download PDFs and brochures about digital citizenship for...more
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This free Toolkit from Microsoft is an excellent resource for high-quality materials to complement your Internet safety unit. Download PDFs and brochures about digital citizenship for any age group. Find topics titled Digital Citizenship Begins with You Factsheet, Help Kids Stand Up to Online Bullying Brochure, DigiDucks Big Decision Book Sample, and more.

tag(s): digital citizenship (58), internet safety (108)

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Use the PDFs in your class or during professional development. Take advantage of the many free resources and ideas on this site. Bring some technology into the presentations by challenging small groups of students to transform the PDFs presentation into an interactive learning tool for younger students or their peers. Ask them to add questions, feedback, more images, etc. so the PDF becomes a student-created tutorial on an aspect of digital citizenship. Of course, students will be graded on the accuracy of their information as well as their creativity. Think of it as inverse teaching. Have students extract the information (with proper credit of course) and create their tutorial using ePubEditor, reviewed here, or Zeetings, reviewed here. Prepare a rubric before you start or use our Rubrics to the Rescue to find one that shares your expectations for this project.
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Disney's Surf Swell Island: Adventures in Internet Safety - Disney

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K to 6
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Join Mickey and his gang to learn about Internet safety. Find three engaging interactives designed for Pre-K, primary, and elementary students, their teachers and parents. Favorite...more
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Join Mickey and his gang to learn about Internet safety. Find three engaging interactives designed for Pre-K, primary, and elementary students, their teachers and parents. Favorite Disney characters focus on privacy, viruses, and netiquette. Each activity includes a mini-quiz that reinforces the concepts learned. Find teacher and parent guides with recommendations for using the site for different age groups. There is a glossary of terms on the bottom menu, and the left menu has MANY free printables and ideas for parties, too.
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tag(s): digital citizenship (58), internet safety (108), preK (279)

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Project the glossary words and review them with students. Also, print out the words and post in your classroom or computer lab. Have students create flashcards for the terms using a tool such as Flashcard Stash, reviewed here. Make a shortcut to this Disney site on classroom computers and use it as a center on Internet safety and digital citizenship. Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on Internet safety on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Share a link to this interactive on your class website for students to play at home. Be sure to share this site with parents for reinforcing Internet safety at home.
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Excel Easy - excel-easy.com

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Excel-Easy provides step by step tutorials for using Excel for beginners through advanced users. Click on each of the tabs on the top of the page to get an overview ...more
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Excel-Easy provides step by step tutorials for using Excel for beginners through advanced users. Click on each of the tabs on the top of the page to get an overview of the features included in Excel software. Within these tabs, choose links from the right side of the page for additional details and tutorials with images. To find specific examples such as formatting cells for decimal points or locking cells, be sure to review the tab with 300 examples with clear explanations of how to complete tasks.
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tag(s): spreadsheets (17)

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Make a shortcut to any activity on this site on classroom computers and use it as a center. Be sure to include this site on your class web page for students to access both in and outside of class for reference. Bookmark this site for your own reference when working with Excel. Choose a new feature to learn together as a class each month from the explanations provided on the site.

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Think Before You Link - Discovery Education

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Empower your students with Think Before You Link In School by Intel and Discovery Education. Encourage safe, smart, and good digital citizenship in your classroom. Modules offer lessons...more
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Empower your students with Think Before You Link In School by Intel and Discovery Education. Encourage safe, smart, and good digital citizenship in your classroom. Modules offer lessons in cybersafety, cybersecuriuty, and cyberethics. In the educator section, find resource guides for the lessons. Additional tips include Think Before You Link Online Tips, Family Safety Blog, Parent Tips, Activities for Kids, and a link to the National Cyber Security Alliance. The toolkit includes word documents to include in emails to parents, newsletters, social media, frequently asked questions, a banner, and a Think Before You Link logo. Occasionally this site offers sweepstakes for prizes. Sign up for the latest updates.
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tag(s): digital citizenship (58), internet safety (108)

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Use Think Before You Link at the beginning of the school year to review the most important lessons you can give to students, safety and good digital citizenship! In this manner, you can refer back to these lessons when needed. The beginning of the year Acceptable Use policies students sign, will be more meaningful and relevant. Be sure to give to parents to help educate them on ethics and safety. Feature at a "Tech it Out Night" for a timely reminder. Give students similar topics on healthy digital citizenship and digital safety and let them design their own multimedia presentation using Slideshow, reviewed here.
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CheckiO - CheckiO

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This resource is an excellent online activity to learn Python through coding challenges. Choose a challenge and solve the problem to move onto another challenge. Complete each of the...more
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This resource is an excellent online activity to learn Python through coding challenges. Choose a challenge and solve the problem to move onto another challenge. Complete each of the tasks to gain points and move to the next area. Designed for beginners and experts students will have to stick with it to be able to move past the beginning as the backstory is lost moving from one action assignment to another. The story can be the one item that makes this site different from other coding challenges. After most of the challenges, the solutions are shown. Create an account or log in through Google or Facebook.

tag(s): coding (47), critical thinking (108), problem solving (272)

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Allow students to a variety of different types of coding. Use this site to learn Python. Once students have used several different coding sites, discuss what they learned from the process. Brainstorm and discuss the following: What is the use of learning coding? What are the similarities and differences of the various coding platforms? Use an online interactive Two or Three-Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, and here, for the comparisons of the coding programs.

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The Foos - codeSpark

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K to 6
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Learn the ABC's of Computer Science with the Foos! Reminiscent of Pac-Man (including the music), these microscopic creatures live deep inside computer chips. Program them to do almost...more
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Learn the ABC's of Computer Science with the Foos! Reminiscent of Pac-Man (including the music), these microscopic creatures live deep inside computer chips. Program them to do almost anything, but happiness comes from working together with other Foos. As programming skills increase, new characters, commands, and adventures unlock to take the game to the next level. Watch a very short intro video, and from there view the Gameplay/Walkthrough for this free coding "game." Both reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): coding (47), computers (94), critical thinking (108), DAT device agnostic tool (196), logic (235), problem solving (272), STEM (134)

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Learning to code is an opportunity to teach students to think and problem solve. Coding is a critical digital literacy skill for the future. After school clubs and activities can use The Foos to learn to code. Use this tool with gifted students for a great challenge. Share the Walkthrough video on your interactive whiteboard or projector to get your students enthused about the "game." Set up a coding activity center for interested students when they finish class work or for rainy days and snow days. Share this link on your class website for students to access both in and out of the classroom. Take advantage of the free apps to use in your BYOD classroom.
 

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Intel Teach Elements - Online Professional Development Courses - Intel

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K to 12
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Learn how to engage students through digital learning, integrate technology into any curriculum, and effectively use digital resources in the classroom with these free, online courses....more
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Learn how to engage students through digital learning, integrate technology into any curriculum, and effectively use digital resources in the classroom with these free, online courses. Multimedia contents include animated eLearning tutorials and interactive learning exercises. Begin any of the self-paced courses anytime and complete them at your own pace.

tag(s): professional development (123)

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Gain a better understanding of digital learning tools and techniques by taking Intel's professional development courses. Share with other faculty members as part of your school's professional development. Take a course together with fellow staff members and discuss content and how it works in your teaching situation.
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eEtiquette - 101 Guidelines for the Digital World - Deutsche Telekom AG

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3 to 12
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Find answers to 101 do's and dont's in the digital world with this new approach to etiquette. Scroll through the pages to find basic etiquette on email, social networking, and ...more
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Find answers to 101 do's and dont's in the digital world with this new approach to etiquette. Scroll through the pages to find basic etiquette on email, social networking, and computer use. Choose tags within the word cloud to search by topic or find the most popular posts. Download a poster in PDF format with eight pieces of popular advice. This site offers the opportunity for users to post comments; these comments are unmoderated, be sure to double check before sharing publicly.

tag(s): digital citizenship (58), internet safety (108)

In the Classroom

Use eEtiquette 101 as an excellent supplement to your current Internet safety lessons. Choose one tip to discuss each week throughout the year. Have students brainstorm other etiquette advice to include. Share this site during professional meetings as a reminder to staff members of the necessity for all teachers to monitor digital citizenship in their classes. Be sure to share a link with parents to use when discussing online issues with their student. Have students create online posters individually or together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard, reviewed here, or PicLits, reviewed here, to demonstrate Internet etiquette advice.
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Ratatype - Typing Speed Test - Ratatype

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2 to 12
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Type a short text to find out your typing speed and earn certificates. Receive silver, gold, and platinum certificates based on speed and accuracy. After typing the selection, the results...more
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Type a short text to find out your typing speed and earn certificates. Receive silver, gold, and platinum certificates based on speed and accuracy. After typing the selection, the results display provides accuracy percentage and words per minute. You must create an account to access and print certificates. However, no account is needed to simply take typing tests.

tag(s): keyboarding (38)

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Share this site on your classroom computer, teacher web page, or in a class newsletter for students to practice keyboarding outside of class or at home. Be sure to demonstrate how the typing test works on an interactive whiteboard or projector before students take tests on their own. Challenge students to improve speed and accuracy through the different levels of certificates.

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Digital Compass - Common Sense Media

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5 to 9
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Digital Compass is an animated interactive designed to teach middle school students about digital citizenship. Each of the eight characters demonstrates a different topic such as cyberbullying...more
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Digital Compass is an animated interactive designed to teach middle school students about digital citizenship. Each of the eight characters demonstrates a different topic such as cyberbullying and Internet safety. Along the way players choose different options. Some choices have positive results, and others have negative consequences. This tool is also available in Spanish. Find an Educator Guide for suggestions about how to use this tool in the classroom and PDFs for a Quick Start Guide and the Teacher's Guide.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (196), digital citizenship (58), internet safety (108)

In the Classroom

This site is perfect to incorporate into any digital citizenship lessons. Complete activities together on your interactive whiteboard while making appropriate and inappropriate choices along the way. Create a link on your class website or blog for use at home. Be sure to share Digital Compass with parents to use as part of their online safety discussions at home. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here, or Venngage, reviewed here.
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