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OK2Ask: Google Form Basics - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from April 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Google forms can support classroom instruction AND improve teacher productivity....more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from April 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Google forms can support classroom instruction AND improve teacher productivity. You can use Google Forms to create surveys and quizzes; collect research data, and plan events. Unlike other "freemium" web-based form tools, Google forms is completely free and allows for unlimited questions and responses, as well as logic branching. Once completed and shared, recipients can easily fill out and submit their responses. A Google form is automatically connected to a spreadsheet with the same title. When you send or share a form, recipients' responses will automatically be collected in that spreadsheet. Participants will: 1. Explore the features of Google Forms; 2. Discover a variety of uses for Google Forms; and 3. Create a basic Google Form. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): assessment (114), Google (29), polls and surveys (55)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share 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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Classroom Blogging - Scott Chow

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Do you want to start a classroom blog but don't know how to start? This series of articles provides all the information you need from getting started through promoting your ...more
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Do you want to start a classroom blog but don't know how to start? This series of articles provides all the information you need from getting started through promoting your blog. Information on this site begins with the most basic information including choosing the appearance of your blog and moves on to cover using and customizing your site. All information in these articles pertains to using WordPress as your platform; however, the tips and information apply to anyone wanting to create a classroom blog.

tag(s): blogs (85)

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Check out TeachersFirst Blog Basics for the Classroom for additional information on creating a blog for your classroom. Use this information as a starting point for creating blogs for students. Instead of written reports or oral presentations ask students to create blog posts sharing information learned in class. Easyblog, reviewed here is a simple to use blogging tool for both younger students and teachers. UseTelegra.ph, reviewed here, for older students. With Telegra.ph you just click on an icon to upload images from your computer, add a YouTube or Vimeo, or Twitter links. This blog creator requires no registration. If you need classroom management tools for older students use Edublog, reviewed here, however the free version does not allow embedding videos or HTML (links).

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OK2Ask: Formative Assessment with Infographics - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from March 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Effective formative assessment can improve student learning. Explore how the...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from March 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Effective formative assessment can improve student learning. Explore how the use of infographics as a formative assessment strategy can both engage students and improve learning. This workshop will help you understand what infographics are, what makes them effective, and how powerful they can be when infused into content-area instruction. Infographic creation requires the application of a range of critical skills, such as synthesis, analysis, organization, and creativity. In order to summarize and convey information correctly, clearly, and concisely, students must understand the material and their audience. Join us and learn how to get started using infographics for formative assessment. Participants will: 1. Understand what infographics are and the elements that make them effective; 2. Explore strategies for using infographics to gather evidence of student progress; and 3. Plan for student use of infographics as formative assessment. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): infographics (51)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share 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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Password Generator Tool - Comparitech

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This safe and straightforward site creates unique passwords within your given parameters. Choose the length of your desired password and use the checked boxes to include or exclude...more
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This safe and straightforward site creates unique passwords within your given parameters. Choose the length of your desired password and use the checked boxes to include or exclude letters, characters, or numbers. Additional options allow you to select the number of numeric characters or symbols to add. After making your selections, click "Generate" to create your password. Additional information on the site explains why it is important to use strong passwords along with specific content on how a strong password looks.

tag(s): internet safety (118)

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Share this site with students as part of any online safety unit. Discuss the importance of creating strong passwords. One disadvantage of using a site like this is trying to save and remember the unique passwords. Use information on this site to find free, online tools for saving and managing your passwords. As students learn more about online safety, ask them to share their tips using a video response tool like FlipGrid, reviewed here. Use Flipgrid to provide video questions to students with scenarios that might occur online due to lack of knowledge or application of safety techniques. Have students respond with solutions to these problems. Ask students to share their advice with other students using a video explanation tool like Rawshorts, reviewed here, to create short, animated video explanations.
 

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A Guide to Protecting Children's Privacy Online - Vicki Shotbolt

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Don't let the simple look of this article keep you away; it lists explicitly several specific threats facing children through their use of online content. After viewing these risks...more
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Don't let the simple look of this article keep you away; it lists explicitly several specific threats facing children through their use of online content. After viewing these risks and corresponding data, this site shares suggestions for protecting against these threats and pre-emptive steps for avoiding many Internet pitfalls.

tag(s): cyberbullying (48), internet safety (118)

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Share this article with peers during online safety discussions. Include a link to this article on your class website as information for parents. You may also want to point out information from the article during Meet the Teacher sessions for parents and guardians. View this article on your interactive whiteboard together with students and highlight key phrases or information that is important in your specific situation. As students learn about online safety, ask them to share tips and advice through blog postings. Easyblog, reviewed here, offers features for setting up classroom accounts with individual options. As a culminating activity, ask individuals or groups of students to create an online book with advice and information about online safety using a tool like Book Creator, reviewed here. Book Creator is easy to use even for the youngest of students and offers a variety of editing opportunities.

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OK2Ask: So Simple. So Slick. So Sway! - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from February 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. You and your students can create and share engaging interactive reports,...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from February 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. You and your students can create and share engaging interactive reports, presentations, assignments, projects, and more with Sway, a free app from Microsoft Office. This workshop will introduce Sway as attendees transform an outline to an engaging, modern presentation using Sway, Microsoft's digital storytelling, and presentation app. Create presentations that focus on content rather than bells and whistles. Get up and running within a class period. Sway is accessible on any device, making it a perfect addition to your 1:1 initiative toolbox. Participants will: 1. Learn basic use of the Microsoft Sway tool; 2. Learn three different ways to use Microsoft Sway in the classroom; and 3. Plan for the use of Microsoft Sway in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): digital storytelling (155), Microsoft (41)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share 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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Get More Out of Google - HackCollege

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This handy infographic provides viewers with tips and tricks for using Google for online research. Scroll down the page to find helpful tips for searching smarter, narrowing down results...more
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This handy infographic provides viewers with tips and tricks for using Google for online research. Scroll down the page to find helpful tips for searching smarter, narrowing down results to needed information, and keyboard shortcuts for viewing and finding information on your computer. This page also includes a link to a YouTube video sharing Google Search Hacking Tricks. If your district blocks YouTube, the video may not be viewable. You could always view it at home and bring it to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as ClipGrab, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): Google (29), search engines (62), search strategies (28)

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Embed this valuable infographic on your class website for quick reference at any time. Have students brainstorm additional smart search ideas on a collaborative bulletin board like Corkboard, reviewed here. Corkboard works across all media platforms and offers you the ability to add notes and sort items into groups. Instead of just using this site for reference, take lessons further and have groups of students create quizzes to reinforce understanding of safe Internet searching. Use a tool like Triventy, reviewed here, a quiz creation tool featuring many options to make collaborative quizzes. As a final project, have students use a video creation tool like My Simpleshow, reviewed here, to demonstrate tips and tricks for Internet searches. My Simpleshow is designed specifically for creating video explanations and includes a variety of templates and step-by-step directions for making videos.

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Twitter Chat: Tackle the Engineering Design Process With Students - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from February 2018 and will open in TweetChat. The topic of this chat is Tackle the Engineering Design Process With Students. Through this chat we ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from February 2018 and will open in TweetChat. The topic of this chat is Tackle the Engineering Design Process With Students. Through this chat we will define and understand the Engineering Design Process, learn how to work through the 5 steps of the cycle with your students, to brainstorm ways to incorporate this process into your lessons. Read the many comments and suggestions by both the moderator and other participants.

tag(s): engineering (129), twitterchatarchive (38)

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Share this chat with your colleagues trying to tackle the engineering process. Peruse the resources shared.

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Twitter Chat: Preparing for Digital Learning Day - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from February 2018 and will open in TweetChat. Through this chat, participants will discuss how to best integrate Digital Learning Day into the classroom,...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from February 2018 and will open in TweetChat. Through this chat, participants will discuss how to best integrate Digital Learning Day into the classroom, share digital-learning activities, and plan how to showcase digital student work. Read the many comments and suggestions by both the moderator and other participants.

tag(s): twitter (45), twitterchatarchive (38)

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Share this chat with your colleagues preparing for Digital Learning Day. Explore the various tools that are shared. Use these resources as you prepare for Digital Learning Day.

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MakerSpace - TeachersFirst

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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students learn about the MakerSpace movement and mindset. Engage your students, challenge their...more
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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students learn about the MakerSpace movement and mindset. Engage your students, challenge their minds, teach cooperative learning, and more. There is no right or wrong way to do a MakerSpace. Use the tools provided to find digital options to use in your MakerSpace area. Read the professional information to educate yourself about the mindset of MakerSpace.

tag(s): circuits (23), coding (68), creativity (118), engineering (129), makerspace (11), musical instruments (51), robotics (29), STEM (174)

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Use these resources for your digital MakerSpace. Find tools for all grades. Don't miss the Twitter Chat for teachers just starting a MakerSpace. There are also a few sites that are more information for educators just learning about MakerSpace. Some of these resources are ideal for individual devices.

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Media Literacy - TeachersFirst

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Peruse this curated list to find resources related to media literacy. Media literacy is a set of skills that help people to analyze, evaluate, and create messages in a wide ...more
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Peruse this curated list to find resources related to media literacy. Media literacy is a set of skills that help people to analyze, evaluate, and create messages in a wide variety of media modes, genres, and formats. To become media literate, students must learn to raise the right questions about what they are listening to, watching, or reading. Media literacy education is about helping students become competent, critical, and literate in all media forms so that they can appropriately interpret what they see or hear rather than blindly accepting what they are told. This collection of resources includes lesson ideas, activities, and resources for teaching media literacy skills. Be sure also to check out the media literacy professional learning resources.

tag(s): critical thinking (120), cyberbullying (48), digital citizenship (68), evaluating sources (16), internet safety (118), media literacy (65), news (262), primary sources (93), professional development (164), social media (24)

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Today's messages come in many forms and literacy can no longer refer simply to the ability to read and write. Prepare your students to be literate citizens with this collection. Many are ideal for whole-group instruction, while others would work best on individual devices. Read the reviews to find classroom use ideas with each review. Although the list of tools is mainly geared towards grades 4-8, there are a few resources for the primary grades.

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OK2Ask: Free Microsoft Tools to Make Learning Accessible and Inclusive - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from February 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Making a learning environment accessible for everyone is critical to a successful...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from February 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Making a learning environment accessible for everyone is critical to a successful inclusive classroom. Today's classrooms are diverse and include English Language Learners and students with learning challenges, whether they have been identified or not. Every teacher needs to be able to create and deliver content in a way that is accessible to each individual student. Fortunately, teachers already have free technologies at their disposal to assist with this. Join us as we explore strategies and tools that facilitate an inclusive learning environment. Participants will: 1. Understand the importance of accessibility; 2. Explore Microsoft tools that can be used to create accessible materials; and 3. Identify an easy new habit, hack, and/or tool they can adopt to help make material accessible for their students. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Accessibility (2), differentiation (53), Microsoft (41), Special Needs (33)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share 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: Engage & Inspire: Comics in the Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from January 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Visual literacy is quickly becoming a "must-have" skill. Infusing comics...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from January 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Visual literacy is quickly becoming a "must-have" skill. Infusing comics in your instruction can help students easily learn and practice these skills. In this workshop, you will learn to help students create comics that both show their visual literacy skills and demonstrate comprehension of the content they are learning. Participants will: 1. Learn to use comics to teach visual literacy strategies; 2. Explore tools to create Comics; and 3. Discuss assessment strategies for the use of comics in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): comics and cartoons (65)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share 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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Connections Newsletters - Consortium for Media Literacy

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The Consortium for Media Literacy provides this collection of archived newsletters for teachers, parents, administrators, and others involved with education. Each issue is based on...more
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The Consortium for Media Literacy provides this collection of archived newsletters for teachers, parents, administrators, and others involved with education. Each issue is based on a monthly theme and includes teaching ideas related to the subject along with research highlights and additional resources. Select the latest issue with the provided link or scroll through the archives listed in alphabetical order to find topics of interest. Sample topics include Cell Phones as Learning Tools and Parents and Media Literacy.

tag(s): internet safety (118), media literacy (65), professional development (164)

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Use ideas found in the newsletters on this site as the basis for professional development sessions. Organize participant's thoughts and ideas using a mind mapping tool like MindMup, reviewed here. Share websites, articles, and resources related to your topic using a bookmarking tool such as SearchTeam, reviewed here. SearchTeam allows you to share resources and add comments making collaboration easy for participants. Expand your learning and collaboration efforts using a tool like FlipGrid, reviewed here. FlipGrid is a video response tool that allows you to record a question and gather video responses. As a final product, share information learned from this site and others through a multimedia presentation with Sway, reviewed here. Sway is an easy to use tool for creating professional-looking online presentations including video, images, text, and more.
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Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers - Michael A. Caulfield

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Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers is a timely ebook containing strategies for determining the truth of online statements. Each chapter discusses specific information on how to...more
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Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers is a timely ebook containing strategies for determining the truth of online statements. Each chapter discusses specific information on how to find deleted pages, who paid for a website, and using context clues to determine truthfulness in statements.

tag(s): ebooks (43), internet safety (118)

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Include this ebook with your resources when teaching online safety to students. Share a link on your class website or newsletter for parents. The short chapters work well with providing a lesson of the week with different techniques for determining the validity of web content. Share portions of the book on your interactive whiteboard or projector during classroom discussion. Use your smart board tools to highlight important content as you take a look at online information together as a class. No smart board? No problem! Use your projector and eMargin, reviewed here, to highlight and annotate as a class. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, to compare and contrast different versions of an online article. When finished, have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools to share their research into online information. Some tool suggestions are (click on the tool name to access the review): Visme, Adobe Spark, Plotagon, and My Simpleshow.

As an ongoing activity have students create blogs sharing online safety tips using Telegra.ph, here. There is no registration with Telegra.ph, and you'll get a unique URL for sharing. With Telegra.ph you just click on an icon to upload images from your computer, add a YouTube or Vimeo, or Twitter links.

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Typing Trainer - Typing Master, Inc

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Typing Trainer provides a variety of games and activities using a step-by-step approach to keyboarding and typing skills. Each lesson includes skills practice, a review including targeted...more
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Typing Trainer provides a variety of games and activities using a step-by-step approach to keyboarding and typing skills. Each lesson includes skills practice, a review including targeted practice, and a final skills test.
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tag(s): game based learning (139), keyboarding (40)

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This site includes many ads. Before having students use the tools on their own, share this site on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector and demonstrate how to avoid the advertisements. Once students understand how to use the site, share a link on classroom computers and your class website for individual practice. Challenge students to increase typing speed and create a spreadsheet to record progress. Convert spreadsheets into a more visual table format using Tableizer, reviewed here. Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts with a typing tip of the week to share with the class. Use a site such as podOmatic, reviewed here. Be sure they type their script ahead of time!
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OK2Ask: Make the Most of Your TeachersFirst Membership - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from January 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Inspire technology integrated lessons for student learning based on web-based...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from January 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Inspire technology integrated lessons for student learning based on web-based resources. Learn about the features and benefits of your free TeachersFirst membership. This session will briefly share how to find and use resources on TeachersFirst to help you save time. Remember, it is OK2Ask questions at any time! Participants will: 1. Explore TeachersFirst membership features; 2. Identify and share resources to support classroom instruction; and 3. Prepare to use the features of TeachersFirst membership to maximize student learning. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share 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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Free Website Map Widget - ClustrMaps

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Add a real-time map of your website or blog's visitors with this geo-location hitmap. Download then customize the widget with your preference of colors, size, and stats available for...more
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Add a real-time map of your website or blog's visitors with this geo-location hitmap. Download then customize the widget with your preference of colors, size, and stats available for viewing. Follow the steps to create your customized code then place on your site.

tag(s): blogs (85), computers (102), maps (298)

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Students will love seeing the wide variety of visitors to their classroom website. Have a student share locations of viewers with other students, then research to learn more about those areas around the world. Challenge students to create an interactive map with images and videos using a tool such as Stepmap, reviewed here, for where the visitors to their blog live. With Stepmap students can colorize specific areas including national parks, or the city and neighborhoods of their visitors to their blog; additional options include latitude and longitude lines, and icons. Ask students to create an annotated image of any location including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. Display a world map in your classroom and pin locations of viewers on the map for students to see at all times.

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Poki Educational Games - Poki

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K to 8
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Poki Educational Games provides an assortment of learning activities in several different subjects. Find interactives by content by choosing from the related categories options on the...more
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Poki Educational Games provides an assortment of learning activities in several different subjects. Find interactives by content by choosing from the related categories options on the right side of the page. Categories include interactives in all content areas as well as problem-solving activities and puzzles.
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tag(s): game based learning (139), logic (248), problem solving (294)

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This site contains many advertisements, demonstrate how to avoid the ads on your interactive whiteboard with younger students before independent use. Share links to games on classroom computers and your class website. Share with parents for practice at home. Use Dotstorming, < a href="/single.cfm?id=16997">reviewed here, to survey students to see which of several games was a favorite. With Dotstorming students are allowed to vote and make comments. After voting, challenge students to create their own game, similar to the one voted most popular using a tool such as Scratch, < a href="/single.cfm?id=9202">reviewed here.
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TypeTastic! - Typing Master, Inc

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K to 3
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Learn letter placement on the keyboard through gameplay with TypeTastic! The site's many activities teach and practice location of letters on a keyboard through visualization of the...more
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Learn letter placement on the keyboard through gameplay with TypeTastic! The site's many activities teach and practice location of letters on a keyboard through visualization of the board in three different colors. Keyboarding Kickstart exercises help learners find and practice correct finger placement on the keyboard.
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tag(s): game based learning (139), keyboarding (40), preK (288)

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Make a shortcut to this site on classroom computers and use it as a center. Be sure to share a link on your class website or newsletter for students to practice at home.

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