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Microsoft Project Siena - Microsoft

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Project Siena is a tool for creating Windows-based apps without any prior app-building experience. View the video tutorials and download sample apps, then follow the link to get Siena...more
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Project Siena is a tool for creating Windows-based apps without any prior app-building experience. View the video tutorials and download sample apps, then follow the link to get Siena on your computer, this only works on Windows operating systems. Modify the sample apps for your own use, or use them to understand how to include features and build your own app.

tag(s): coding (47), computers (94), critical thinking (108), problem solving (272), STEM (134)

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Share Project Siena with students interested in computer coding. Have students modify sample apps to demonstrate an understanding of concepts. For example, modify the Bridge Tutor app to demonstrate how to conduct a science experiment or change the Health Cost Calculator to become an interactive tool for learning personal finance.

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Code School - Code School LLC

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The Code School free account provides access to 10 introductory courses in computer coding. Create an account using your email address, then navigate to courses to view the free offerings....more
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The Code School free account provides access to 10 introductory courses in computer coding. Create an account using your email address, then navigate to courses to view the free offerings. Courses offer several levels of training including videos and challenges. Earn digital badges as you complete each course.

tag(s): coding (47), computers (94), critical thinking (108), engineering (125), problem solving (272), STEM (134)

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Coding is an excellent way to teach critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Use this site as homework, a center, or in a lab setting. Courses are self-paced, so differentiation is easy. Explain to students that coding is a critical skill in today's world filled with technology and will also be a valuable skill in the job market. Many jobs that will require coding do not yet exist. Put a link to this tool on your class website, blog, or wiki. Since registration is via email, for young students consider using a "class set" of Gmail subaccounts, explained here; this tells how to configure Gmail subaccounts to use for any online membership service. Using Gmail subaccounts will provide anonymous interaction within your class.

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Dash - General Assembly

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Dash is an interactive, online learn to code program. Use Dash to practice HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to build a website, blog theme, CSS robot, or your own mad libs ...more
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Dash is an interactive, online learn to code program. Use Dash to practice HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to build a website, blog theme, CSS robot, or your own mad libs game. Choose your project, then follow prompts in each accompanying slide show to add coding and receive feedback. Dash also highlights skills learned to view progress throughout tutorials. Click on any learned skill for a quick review lesson. The one-minute intro video resides on YouTube. 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 Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the video from YouTube.

tag(s): coding (47), computers (94), critical thinking (108), problem solving (272), STEM (134)

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Use Dash to learn basic coding skills. Students will quickly catch on to this program when allowed to explore and see what they can make. Provide a simple assignment with defined rules/tasks to learn the tools. Younger students may familiarize themselves more easily working with a partner. Be sure to recommend that students "ask three before me" (the teacher). When finished with these lessons, move to other free tools such as Scratch, reviewed here. Teachers of even very young gifted students can turn them loose with these challenges when they have already mastered the math or science curriculum. Have them create a creature they can explain to the class or share with gifted peers in other classrooms.

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Vidcode - vidcode.io

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Vidcode provides beginner project tutorials for learning to code through projects designed to match teens' interests, specifically for teen girls. Although designed for girls, all students...more
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Vidcode provides beginner project tutorials for learning to code through projects designed to match teens' interests, specifically for teen girls. Although designed for girls, all students will benefit from the projects available on the site. Free projects include topics such as Make Your Own Filter, Make a Stop Motion, and Doodle SFX: Magic. Follow the step by step directions to drag and drop code to create and share projects. The best way to find the free projects is to click the Pricing link at the top of the homepage, then select "Start Coding" under the free column to view and access the free projects. Use email, Google, or Microsoft 365 to register. Once finished with the project, share it using the URL provided. A short intro video resides on YouTube. 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 Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the video from YouTube.
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tag(s): coding (47), critical thinking (108), engineering (125), images (265), multimedia (57), problem solving (272), STEM (134), video (253)

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Create a coding center in your classroom using Vidcode. Encourage students to use the tutorials to create projects to include with any multimedia presentation. Have students make their multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge Multimedia tools, reviewed here. Some tool suggestions are (click on the tool name to access the review): Piktochart, Lucidpress, Powtoon, and theLearnia. Use Vidcode projects as part of any after-school or recess/lunch coding club activity.

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Cardboard2Code - CBIS Education

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Cardboard2Code offers three free modules to learn computer programming tasks. Module topics include creating a cardboard robot arm, a virtual robot arm using Scratch, reviewed...more
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Cardboard2Code offers three free modules to learn computer programming tasks. Module topics include creating a cardboard robot arm, a virtual robot arm using Scratch, reviewed here, and using Python to control a robot arm. Enter your name and email to access each module. This site was created in the UK, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English. There is a short introductory video that resides on YouTube. 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 Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the video from YouTube.

tag(s): coding (47), computers (94), critical thinking (108), engineering (125), problem solving (272), STEM (134)

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Cardboard2Code would be perfect for use as an independent or group learning station. Share these modules with students interested in learning to code. Include a link on your class website to the modules for students to complete at home. Locate a volunteer with coding skills to work with your class to complete modules.
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Code the Future - Code the Future Ltd.

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Code the Future connects local volunteer developers to educators as an initiative to teach coding to students. Register your class project on the site to be linked to a volunteer ...more
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Code the Future connects local volunteer developers to educators as an initiative to teach coding to students. Register your class project on the site to be linked to a volunteer in your community.

tag(s): coding (47), computers (94), engineering (125), STEM (134)

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At the time of this review, there were very few volunteers available in the United States. Use the site to find ideas for coding projects, then reach out to your local community to find available volunteers to help you and your students reach your goal.

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Pencil Code Gym - David Bau

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Code your own art, music, and interactive fiction with Pencil Code Gym. The main language is Coffescript, but you can press the gear button to use HTML, Javascript, and CSS. ...more
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Code your own art, music, and interactive fiction with Pencil Code Gym. The main language is Coffescript, but you can press the gear button to use HTML, Javascript, and CSS. Follow instructions to code using drag and drop blocks or text. Click the pencil in the upper left corner to see several resources including Materials for Teachers, Teachers Manual, Printable Activities, and several others. Toggle back and forth between the two formats to view the different formats. The wide range of activities make this site perfect for use with students of all levels of coding abilities. When complete, share finished projects on "GymStage", the sharing portion of Pencil Code Gym.

tag(s): coding (47), critical thinking (108), digital storytelling (142), drawing (78), geometric shapes (163), musical notation (35), problem solving (272)

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Create a link on classroom computers for use as centers. Use the text options for students to use with digital storytelling. This site is perfect for differentiating different levels of coding skills. Allow students to explore at their own pace, then share their creations with classmates. Challenge students or groups to create videos explaining their creations using theLearnia, reviewed here, and share them on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here. Be sure to add a link to your class website for students to practice at home.
 

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W3 Schools Online Web Tutorials - W3 Schools

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W3 Schools offers online tutorials for learning different forms of computer coding, from beginner level through advanced concepts. Choose from available categories to begin, then follow...more
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W3 Schools offers online tutorials for learning different forms of computer coding, from beginner level through advanced concepts. Choose from available categories to begin, then follow the tutorials including online examples to edit. Take quizzes to test your skills. Experienced coders will appreciate the reference guides included on the site containing common tags and terms used.

tag(s): coding (47), computers (94), critical thinking (108), gamification (65), logic (235), STEM (134)

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Use these tutorials to provide coding instruction for students at all ability levels. Make coding part of science inquiry or math logic in any classroom. Include it in the context of the scientific method or discussions about careers in science. You may even want to portray coding as just another "world language" in today's world. If you are looking for more ways to use coding in the classroom, check out TeachersFirst's Coding in the Classroom page.

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Intro to JS: Drawing & Animation - Kahn Academy

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In this Kahn Academy interactive online course, participants learn the basics of the JavaScript language to draw images and animations and beyond. Select from the Contents menu on the...more
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In this Kahn Academy interactive online course, participants learn the basics of the JavaScript language to draw images and animations and beyond. Select from the Contents menu on the left, or scroll down the page. Lessons are taught using short videos. Many videos have an interactive transcript and an error checker to assist you if you make a mistake. Use the provided links to videos hosted on YouTube. After viewing the explanation or a concept, try the practice sessions. Work through the seventeen modules with multiple lessons to earn badges. Many of the videos include real-time student questions and replies, Tips, Thanks, and Spin-Offs. The New Program space encourages the creation of original JavaScript programs. To save progress and keep track of projects, create an account by signing up using Gmail, Facebook or any email. Identify yourself if you are teacher or parent. Documentation, in both text and video format, includes information on JS basics. Help is available in a community forum format which students may access. 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): animation (63), coding (47), computers (94), critical thinking (108), problem solving (272)

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The course is self-paced, so differentiation is easy. Explain to students that coding is a critical skill in today's tech-filled world and will be a valuable skill in the job market. Compare coding to just another "world language." Put a link to this tool on a class website, blog, or wiki. Look for more ways to use coding in the classroom on the TeachersFirst's Coding in the Classroom page, here. Make JS part of science inquiry or math logic in any classroom. Besides the intrinsic factors that come with learning to code, students will be motivated by badges. Set up a coding activity center for interested students when they finish class work or for rainy days and snow days. Coding is an excellent way to teach critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Use this site as homework, a classroom center, or in a lab setting.

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Girls Who Code - Reshma Saujani

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Girls Who Code is an organization founded to help close the gender gap in technology. They have two programs offering girls the opportunity to explore coding with peers. The Clubs ...more
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Girls Who Code is an organization founded to help close the gender gap in technology. They have two programs offering girls the opportunity to explore coding with peers. The Clubs Program is for girls in grades 6-12 and meets two hours each week in local schools and provides opportunities for computer training for beginners through advanced learners. The Summer Immersion Program offers a 7-week training for 10th and 11th-grade students in coding and exposure to jobs in the technology field. Accepted students receive stipends for transportation and living expenses to attend the program. Enter your city, state, and zip code to see a map for clubs in your area, or consider contacting the organization to start a club in your area. While most of the content on this site is appropriate for middle school girls, please preview before you share.

tag(s): coding (47), computers (94), critical thinking (108), logic (235)

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Share this site with your school's administration or anyone willing to consider leading an after-school computer program for girls and ask them to become a sponsor. Be sure to share information on the Summer Immersion Program with your high school guidance counselor and technology teachers as an excellent opportunity for interested students.

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CodeHow - CodeNow.org

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CodeHow is a series of YouTube videos created by alumni of CodeNow sessions teaching students about coding. Presented by students, these videos explain common programming misconceptions...more
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CodeHow is a series of YouTube videos created by alumni of CodeNow sessions teaching students about coding. Presented by students, these videos explain common programming misconceptions and programming concepts. Topics include getting started with Github, Cloud9, and specific programming concepts such as working with string variables. 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 Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): coding (47), computers (94), creativity (109), critical thinking (108), logic (235), problem solving (272)

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Share CodeHow tutorials with students interested in coding and computer programming. Share with your school's technology teacher for use with advanced students or after-school computer clubs. Consider asking technology leaders in your community to speak to students with specific tips and advice for learning how to code.

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Code Warriors - Kuato Studios

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Learn JavaScript coding through gameplay and strategy with Code Warriors. Use codes to reach your opponent's power core while protecting your core. Although created for two players,...more
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Learn JavaScript coding through gameplay and strategy with Code Warriors. Use codes to reach your opponent's power core while protecting your core. Although created for two players, single player challenges provide the opportunity to practice skills while preparing for new matches. Choose the Teacher Zone to monitor student progress either as individual players, groups, or as a whole class.

tag(s): coding (47), computers (94), creativity (109), 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 Code Warriors to learn to code. Use this tool with gifted students for a great challenge. 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.

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

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from September 2016, 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 development session from September 2016, 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 session will introduce Sway as attendees transform an outline to an engaging, modern presentation using Sway, Microsoft's new 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. As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: (1) Learn basic use of the Microsoft Sway tool; (2) Explore 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 (142)

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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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Connected Science Learning - National Science Teachers Association

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Connected Science Learning is an online journal featuring STEM education experiences. Featured articles focus on classroom STEM learning projects and innovations. Other portions of...more
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Connected Science Learning is an online journal featuring STEM education experiences. Featured articles focus on classroom STEM learning projects and innovations. Other portions of the journal include links to STEM in real-world practice and a focus on bringing STEM learning to underserved groups.
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tag(s): careers (132), engineering (125), STEM (134)

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Take advantage of the classroom connections found in the Connected Science Learning journal to find ideas for use in your STEM classroom. Share articles with colleagues as part of professional development activities.

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Stem in 30 - Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

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Stem in 30 is an interactive classroom offering 30-minute webcasts for middle school students. Interact with scientists by asking questions, participate in polls, and receive resources...more
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Stem in 30 is an interactive classroom offering 30-minute webcasts for middle school students. Interact with scientists by asking questions, participate in polls, and receive resources for follow-up activities. Don't worry if you can't attend, view the archives of all past presentations to enjoy at your convenience. Previous topics include Moon Rocks!, Time and Navigation, and WW1: How History Shaped Technology. Most archived recordings include correlation to Next Generation Science Standards. If your district blocks YouTube, then 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): earth (228), earth day (112), ecology (135), ecosystems (88), flight (36), mars (41), molecules (43), space (205), STEM (134), world war 1 (54)

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Share webinars on your class website for students to view at home. Check the site's homepage for upcoming webinars, then participate with your class. Check Twitter to see if your class can follow any of the presenting scientists. If you are lucky enough to live in the Washington, DC area, contact the museum to attend a live taping. After viewing a webinar, have students create a multimedia presentation using Voicethread, reviewed here. Voicethread allows users to narrate a picture. Challenge students to find a photo (legally permitted to be reproduced), and then narrate the photo as if it is a news report. STEM in 30 is also a great resource for gifted students to get involved with their own challenges and pursuits.

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The Educator's Guide to Building & Construction - HomeAdvisor

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HomeAdvisor presents a series of lessons, activities, projects, and videos for grades K-12 introducing young people to the world of construction. Choose a grade level band to begin...more
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HomeAdvisor presents a series of lessons, activities, projects, and videos for grades K-12 introducing young people to the world of construction. Choose a grade level band to begin browsing content. Topics include real-world activities such as viewing and building bird houses, scientific experiments to learn about erosion, and analyzing electric circuits.

tag(s): animal homes (41), animals (276), architecture (83), bridges (8), circuits (20), counting (120), electricity (89), engineering (125), erosion (17), geometric shapes (163), habitats (84), insects (69), pyramids (29), simple machines (36), solar energy (38), STEM (134), water (130)

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Take advantage of the many free lesson plans and activities to incorporate STEM activities and Maker projects into your classroom. Ask a parent volunteer, local contractor, or naturalist to come in and help with activities. Have students create blogs to share their projects using Throwww, here. This site allows you to create "quick and easy" blogs to be used one time only. A unique URL is provided, and this site is as easy as using a basic Word program!

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

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from August 2016, 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 development session from August 2016, 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 session will introduce Sway as attendees transform an outline to an engaging, modern presentation using Sway, Microsoft's new 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. As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: (1) Learn basic use of the Microsoft Sway tool; (2) Explore three different ways to use Microsoft Sway in the classroom; and (3) Plan for the use of Microsoft Sway in the classroom. Remember, it is OK2Ask'® questions at any time! 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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Emoji Science - GE and Bill Nye

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Emoji Science takes the simple and understandable world of emojis to explain complex science concepts. Explore the Emoji Table of Experiments to find videos (with special guests), do...more
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Emoji Science takes the simple and understandable world of emojis to explain complex science concepts. Explore the Emoji Table of Experiments to find videos (with special guests), do it yourself science experiments, and more. The broad range of topics includes content such as super materials, the human brain, and plants. Scroll down the homepage to find the link to Emoji Education that includes lesson plans aligned to standards. 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): climate change (64), DAT device agnostic tool (196), energy (197), human body (120), magnetism (35), solar energy (38), solar system (119)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans available on Emoji Science. Enjoy exploring the site with students on an interactive whiteboard or allow them to explore on their own. Use this site to introduce science concepts in an entertaining way. At the end of your unit, have cooperative learning groups create podcasts demonstrating their understanding of one of the concepts. Use a site such as PodOmatic, reviewed here. Have students create a multimedia presentation of science topics using Voicethread, reviewed here. This site allows users to narrate a picture. Challenge students to find a photo (legally permitted to be reproduced), and then narrate the photo as if it is a news report.

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FabFems - National Girls Collaborative

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FabFem encourages girls to find or become a role model in STEM careers. It is a national database of professionals in science, technology, engineering, and math careers. Browse through...more
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FabFem encourages girls to find or become a role model in STEM careers. It is a national database of professionals in science, technology, engineering, and math careers. Browse through resources including community highlights and upcoming events or "like" their Facebook page to stay current with the latest information. Find a role model using keyword filters, ethnicity, the field of work, age range, and more. Contact role models using the contact form, if desired, to ask questions or learn more about their careers. Create a new account and add yourself as a role model to serve as an inspiration to young women.

tag(s): careers (132), engineering (125), STEM (134), women (101)

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Use this site when researching science careers and scientists to be sure to give women their turn and to inspire another generation of female scientists. Challenge your students to learn more about famous present-day women in STEM careers and create their own interactive books about them. Have students use Page Flip-Flap, reviewed here, to turn their Word documents, PDFs, and images into an online book. There is even a page-turning effect! Have students create a personal timeline using Dipty, reviewed here, to map out career goals.

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Nanotechnology: Super Small Science - NBC Learn

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Explore the science behind the hidden world of nanotechnology, where you measure objects in the billionths of meters. Six videos offered by NBC Learn in partnership with the National...more
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Explore the science behind the hidden world of nanotechnology, where you measure objects in the billionths of meters. Six videos offered by NBC Learn in partnership with the National Science Foundation discuss Nanotechnology at the Surface, Nanoelectronics, Nanoarchitecture, Nano-Enabled Sensors, and Nanoparticles, plus quantum dots and working in nanoscale. Videos are approximately 5 to 6 minutes in length with a transcript. Although part of a larger site that charges for access, these videos and lessons are all free.
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tag(s): careers (132), chemicals (40), engineering (125), scientists (68)

In the Classroom

Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson in chemistry or physical science class. Divide students into cooperative learning groups to explore the site. Have each group choose a video to use as a launching pad for further study. Have students create an annotated image, including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. Place the videos on your classroom website or blog for students to explore on their own. Flip your instruction and as an assignment have your students watch the videos before class time to build background knowledge. Review nonfiction reading strategies with students before having students read transcripts. Have students explore STEM careers by researching the jobs of the scientists interviewed.

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