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Expresso - Mikhail Panko

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6 to 12
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Expresso is a tool to improve and analyze writing through providing data to enhance your writing style. Paste your work into Expresso to analyze your sample. Expresso's analysis provides...more
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Expresso is a tool to improve and analyze writing through providing data to enhance your writing style. Paste your work into Expresso to analyze your sample. Expresso's analysis provides a significant amount of data including the number of weak verbs in your writing, frequently used words, and readability statistics. Take full advantage of the power of this site by exploring how to use the sections in the metrics information menu and the site's tutorial.

tag(s): editing (70), grammar (214), proofreading (25), spelling (169), writing (367)

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Share this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector and demonstrate how to use it with your students. Instead of having students turn in a final draft of writing assignments, ask them to paste their writing project into Expresso and make improvements before turning it in for grading. Ask students to submit their original work along with the final project and highlight changes made using Microsoft Word or Google Docs. After making changes, ask students to post their work on Comments4Kids, reviewed here. This site offers interactive peer feedback of student writing under specific guidelines to promote positive interactions. Ongoing use of Expresso helps students identify common writing errors made. After using this site for some time, have students create a podcast using a site such as Podcast Generator, reviewed here, to share tips and helpful information for improving writing.

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Text to Speech Reader - WellSource Ltd

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K to 12
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Drag, upload, or paste text files to convert your text to speech instantly. Choose from many voice and language options for replay. Other options allow control over the speed of ...more
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Drag, upload, or paste text files to convert your text to speech instantly. Choose from many voice and language options for replay. Other options allow control over the speed of your speech replay. Use the upload icon to save to your computer.
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tag(s): chinese (52), french (92), german (67), spanish (110), text to speech (19)

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Share with world language learners to hear text spoken in the native language. Use this site with ESL/ELL students to convert small pieces of text to their native language. Use the speed options to slow down speech for students who are language learners. Use this site with students who have difficulty reading, especially when working with more challenging passages and text. Include a link to this site on your class website for students to use when learning new vocabulary in a different language and for your ESL/ELL students to hear something read or pronounced both in and outside of class.

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Listenwise - Monica Brady-Myerov

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6 to 12
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Listenwise has podcasts and public radio broadcasts for use in advancing literacy and learning skills. Register on Listenwise using your email to access your teacher dashboard and to...more
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Listenwise has podcasts and public radio broadcasts for use in advancing literacy and learning skills. Register on Listenwise using your email to access your teacher dashboard and to begin exploring the site. Search for lessons on any topic or browse through current events. Use the tab at the top of the page to browse by subject. Choose any resource to listen to the story; most topics are less than 10 minutes. Scroll down the page to find comprehension questions and themes for classroom use. Add any lessons to your favorites. Listenwise provides several methods for assigning lessons to students. Use the provided link to share with students, add to your Google Classroom, or use the code to add to Socrative.

tag(s): adhd (29), authors (122), biographies (91), listening (92), literacy (107), literature (275), podcasts (55), poetry (225)

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Bookmark Listenwise for use throughout the year in all subjects. Share lessons with students as a flipped learning experience. Have students listen to the broadcast before class, then ask students to discuss their thoughts and answer the comprehension questions using a video tool such as Flipgrid, reviewed here. This site is perfect for use with ESL/ELL and special education students as it allows the opportunity to listen to information as many times as necessary for understanding. Take advantage of the printables included with broadcasts that offer graphic organizers, charts, and much more.
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Bitmoji - Bitstrips Inc

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K to 12
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Build an emoji with Bitmoji. Bitmoji is an Android and Apple app, also available as a Chrome extension. Use email to create an account then follow prompts to create an ...more
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Build an emoji with Bitmoji. Bitmoji is an Android and Apple app, also available as a Chrome extension. Use email to create an account then follow prompts to create an emoji with your likeness; save it as a png to your computer, Google Drive, or Microsoft OneDrive. The fun starts after creating your emoji! Choose from countless options to share your Bitmoji in emails, messages, as an avatar, or anywhere you communicate online.

tag(s): creativity (120), DAT device agnostic tool (173), emotions (35), faces (4), images (275)

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Create a Bitmoji to use as your avatar on your class website or blog. Update your avatar to reflect current lessons, holidays, or events. Use emojis to appeal to students and draw their attention to important information. For example, choose the bitmoji with praying hands and "please" as a reminder to read all of the directions before beginning work. Choose a Bitmoji with an interesting background or phrase to use as a writing prompt. Insert a bitmoji into a Google form as feedback for student responses. Have older students (13+) take a picture of a portion of text and add a Bitmoji to share a connection or response to the text (also known as BookSnaps).

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Cult of Pedagogy Blog - Jennifer Gonzalez

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K to 12
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The purpose of this blog and the accompanying podcast and videos is to support "a vibrant, encouraging, stimulating community of teachers, supporting each other toward excellence."...more
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The purpose of this blog and the accompanying podcast and videos is to support "a vibrant, encouraging, stimulating community of teachers, supporting each other toward excellence." General education, resource, and ESL/ELL teachers will find plenty of subjects of interest. Choose from broad topics including instruction, classroom management, or technology for ideas in honing your craft through topics of interest to any teacher. Dig deeper to find leadership ideas and hot topics. Check further down the page to browse and find information on specific subjects and grade levels.

tag(s): classroom management (153), learning styles (21), parent conferences (25), parents (61), professional development (158)

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This site is a must-add to any professional development activities. Be sure to check back often for the latest posts or follow The Cult of Pedagogy's Twitter feed for all of the latest updates. The podcasts are extremely engaging, interesting and helpful to all classroom teachers. Listen in your car on your way to and from school, or listen with your peers during your lunch period.

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Citation Generator - ClassTools

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8 to 12
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Citation Generator creates citations for books, movies, and websites in several different formats. Choose the type of source, then select the citation type from four options, and enter...more
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Citation Generator creates citations for books, movies, and websites in several different formats. Choose the type of source, then select the citation type from four options, and enter the title or URL. Submit to receive results, then copy and paste into any document. The Citation Generator also includes a button to add to your browser. Drag the button to the bookmarks bar to receive one-click citations from any URL you visit.

tag(s): citations (37), copyright (50), plagiarism (35)

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Use this easy tool in any subject area when requiring research. This is a great site to recommend to students for use at home to build properly constructed citations. Use the Citation Generator to create citations using different formats to compare and contrast differences between the various types available. Include this site on your classroom computers for students to use any time citing resources.

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Free Screen Recorder Online - AceThinker

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K to 12
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Capture your entire screen, or just a part of it with this easy to use screen recorder that includes audio. Download and install the launcher required for your operating system ...more
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Capture your entire screen, or just a part of it with this easy to use screen recorder that includes audio. Download and install the launcher required for your operating system then follow prompts to set up your recording. Save in several popular video formats or directly upload your recording to YouTube, Dropbox, or Google Drive.

tag(s): tutorials (49), video (275)

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Any subject area teacher can use this tool to record instructions for using websites. Share how to solve problems, step by step directions for any project, and much more. Leave a video message for a substitute teacher or even your class! Create a video message for parents about current projects, clips from field trips, and more. Put a link to your recording on your class website for students to view at home. Demonstrate how to use this tool for students with a projector or interactive whiteboard, then have them record questions they have when using websites or online programs.

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PlayPhrase.me - Eugene Potapenko

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K to 12
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PlayPhrase.me teaches common english phrases and words through the use of video clips from tv and movies. Type a phrase to watch and hear it said in many different ways. ...more
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PlayPhrase.me teaches common english phrases and words through the use of video clips from tv and movies. Type a phrase to watch and hear it said in many different ways. Create a free account to view the phrases used converted to another language of your choosing. Use the tool bars under each video to replay clips, add to favorites, or add text over the video.

tag(s): vocabulary (325), vocabulary development (125)

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This site is perfect for English Language Learners to hear phrases and words spoken in several different ways. Include a link on your class website or allow students to spend a few minutes each day in the classroom with the site to learn new words.

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Answerables - Nexed

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K to 8
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Answerables is a game-based virtual learning world and learning management system. Download and log in as an educator to begin. Within Answerables, users create PODS to enroll students,...more
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Answerables is a game-based virtual learning world and learning management system. Download and log in as an educator to begin. Within Answerables, users create PODS to enroll students, create events and assignments, and provide feedback. This site features the use of a token system representing web URL's used by students. Be sure to check out the explanatory video demonstrating all features available within Answerables. Free accounts provide access for single users.

tag(s): classroom management (153), game based learning (116)

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All subject area teachers can benefit from making Answerables your digital library available from anywhere and anytime for you and your students. Store and organize links to websites, videos, and more for your students. Use PODS on this site to differentiate learning for students. Share student's digital work in this secure environment with parents and peers.

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Book Creator - Red Jumper Limited

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K to 12
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Create beautiful, multimedia digital books with Book Creator. Follow the site's prompts to add video, text, images, and audio to your book. When finished, publish and share your book...more
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Create beautiful, multimedia digital books with Book Creator. Follow the site's prompts to add video, text, images, and audio to your book. When finished, publish and share your book using the site's web-based reader for access on any device. Be sure to follow the short tutorial after signing up to learn about the many features for creating, storing, and sharing your books. The free plan offers one activity library with storage of up to 40 books. At the time of this review, Book Creator only works with Google Chrome or the iPad app.

tag(s): digital storytelling (152), ebooks (43), preK (292)

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Create books together as a class as you move through a unit or topic, adding images and ideas your students suggest. Use in a flipped classroom to deliver course information. Assign several student groups a different topic and have each group create their own multimedia versions as they learn more about the topic. Students can combine their books later as a class book. Make a digital bookshelf of all the versions for all to use. Challenge gifted students to enhance the "standard" class text with additional material they discover by going deeper and learning about related topics. In lower grades, create teacher-made e-books for your young readers, perhaps adding audio - your own voice reading the text.

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Teaching English Jukebox - Ann Foreman

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6 to 12
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Teaching English Jukebox is a Padlet, reviewed here, with links to many videos useful for teaching English and grammar concepts through song. Each...more
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Teaching English Jukebox is a Padlet, reviewed here, with links to many videos useful for teaching English and grammar concepts through song. Each Padlet entry includes the name and artist of the video along with a suggestion for its use in teaching English. Some concepts on the site include past tense, idioms, and story-telling. Click any entry to go to the shared video. Some of the videos reside on YouTube. 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 Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): grammar (214), grammar review (39), idioms (45), parts of speech (68), stories and storytelling (32)

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Browse through these suggestions with your class with a projector or interactive whiteboard, or have students explore on their own. Ask students to find their own videos demonstrating the use of English concepts and add them to this Padlet, or create one of your own. Use this site as inspiration for using video to teach other subjects - find songs that include a science concept such as the environment, or songs that mention places and countries to find on a map.

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EarthCam Live Webcam Network - EarthCam, Inc

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K to 12
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Discover what is happening all around the world, live as it takes place. EarthCam's network includes live webcams featuring weather, traffic, animals, and more. Discover webcams by...more
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Discover what is happening all around the world, live as it takes place. EarthCam's network includes live webcams featuring weather, traffic, animals, and more. Discover webcams by topic or explore popular offerings. Scroll further down the home page to choose webcams on a clickable map by location. Because webcams may feature streaming from inside homes or contain other personal information, do not have young children access them without supervision. Previewing all videos before sharing with the class would be wise.
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tag(s): cultures (110), globe (15), maps (292), webcams (7)

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This site would be an excellent addition to any science, social studies, or world cultures class. Teachers click on a webcam in different parts of the world to see things like weather and basic geography. In early elementary, use webcams to introduce the world visually with a projector or on an interactive whiteboard. Select specific webcams and create shortcuts on classroom computer desktops for students to "see what's happening" on a certain continent as you study the seven continents. Use animal webcams for students to observe animal behavior and keep a "lab journal" of what they see. Use this site to visit different areas that have been effected by natural disasters. Share the videos on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector.

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Teaching Children Philosophy - Book Modules - TeachingChildrenPhilosophy.org and Squire Family Foundation

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K to 12
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Teaching Children Philosophy offers a large list of favorite children's books to use when discussing philosophical ideas with students. Choose from the alphabetical book list or select...more
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Teaching Children Philosophy offers a large list of favorite children's books to use when discussing philosophical ideas with students. Choose from the alphabetical book list or select from topics including ethics, the mind, and more. Each book's suggestions include a summary of the plot, discussion guidelines, and philosophical discussion questions.

tag(s): brain (73), cross cultural understanding (120), cultures (110), ethics (18), logic (243), psychology (66), religions (68)

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Although created using children's books, this site is perfect for introducing philosophical discussions to students of any age. Choose two books that represent different sides of an issue to share with your class. Then have students create an annotated image demonstrating their viewpoint including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. Create a mind map including different ideas represented within topics using a tool such as Mindmeister, reviewed here.

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Grammar Checker Online - Grammar Checker Online

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5 to 12
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Instantly check any piece of writing for grammar and punctuation errors using Grammar Checker Online. Copy and paste your writing, then click "Check your text" to receive feedback....more
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Instantly check any piece of writing for grammar and punctuation errors using Grammar Checker Online. Copy and paste your writing, then click "Check your text" to receive feedback. Click on the information to find style suggestions, spelling errors, and grammar suggestions. At the time of this review, this free tool worked best on FireFox, Edge, Internet Explore, and Chrome (Chrome on Windows 10).
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tag(s): editing (70), proofreading (25), writing (367)

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Use this highly visual revision program with your students who are ready to refine and improve their writing. Use Grammar Checker Online for revision of style after editing the grammar and mechanics is complete. Partner an advanced writer with one not so advanced and have them use this site to improve their styles. Put the link to this site on your class webpage for students and parents to use from home. Remind seniors to use it for their college essays. Use this tool to polish your professional writing, parent newsletters, blog posts, and papers for grad classes!

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OK2Ask: 3 Cool Tools for the Primary Classroom (K-3) - TeachersFirst

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K to 3
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from August 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore, compare, and contrast three different online tools designed for early...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from August 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore, compare, and contrast three different online tools designed for early learners. Participants will learn about the features of these three free tools and then explore ways to use them in the primary classroom. A question/answer period will be available to help with individual questions. Participants will: 1. Explore primary tools to use in the classroom; 2. Start a lesson plan using one of the given tools; and 3. Collaborate with other participants on ways to use the given tools in the classroom. 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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OK2Ask: Meet Google Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from August 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Want to go paperless? Try Google Classroom, an online tool that incorporates...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from August 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Want to go paperless? Try Google Classroom, an online tool that incorporates G-Suite apps into a dynamic classroom environment. Learn how to create, distribute, and grade assignments. Understand how to organize class resources, post announcements, and questions. Google Classroom makes it easy to coordinate and organize your G-Suite and tech-infused students projects. Participants will: 1. Set up a basic Google Classroom; 2. Create an assignment and import a document into either a question, announcement, or topical post; and 3. Plan for the use of Google Classroom in their setting. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Google (23)

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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: Class Hacks Using Microsoft Office - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from August 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Would you like to hack your classroom and gain more instructional time with...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from August 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Would you like to hack your classroom and gain more instructional time with your students? Come learn tricks and tips for using Microsoft Office online more efficiently so that you can hack your classroom, save time, and gain more time to spend on what matters the most- your students! Participants will: 1. Explore Microsoft tools that can be used to create interactive lessons; 2. Learn to use Microsoft tools to simplify creating presentations; and 3. Convert handouts to digitally editable files. 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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OK2Ask: Classroom Activities to Promote Computational Thinking - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from August 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Learn how to infuse Computational Thinking into your classroom activities...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from August 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Learn how to infuse Computational Thinking into your classroom activities across all core content areas. Computational Thinking prepares students to understand how to use today's digital tools to help solve tomorrow's problems. Most teachers are already teaching elements of Computational Thinking without knowing it. This workshop will help participants understand the fundamental tenets of Computational Thinking, most notably, how Computational Thinking combines critical thinking skills with the power of computing to make decisions or find solutions. Participants will learn strategies to incorporate computational thinking into classroom activities, brainstorm ideas with other educators for using those strategies in their content area, and begin planning a lesson. This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels. As a result of this session teachers will: 1. Learn the fundamentals of Computational Thinking; 2. Explore activities and resources that promote Computational Thinking; and 3. Plan for the use of Computational Thinking in the classroom.

tag(s): coding (53)

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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: Technology Integration Made Easy with Blendspace - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from August 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Transform your classroom lessons by learning how to use Blendspace. Engage...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from August 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Transform your classroom lessons by learning how to use Blendspace. Engage students and deepen content area knowledge by collecting and bundling resources online. Learn how to collect and upload video, photos, text and add quizzes to create engaging digital lessons that students can complete at their own pace. Use digital media to add context to content area instruction for your students and monitor progress. Brainstorm with others how you and your students can use Blendspace in your classroom. This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn basic use of Blendspace; 2. Explore three different ways to use Blendspace in the classroom; and 3. Plan for the use of Blendspace in the classroom.

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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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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Looking for new tech tools to use? Go to the cutting Edge with TeachersFirst!...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Looking for new tech tools to use? Go to the cutting Edge with TeachersFirst! Discover tools you and your students can use to create images, timelines, whiteboards, mind maps, and more. Learn how this collection is categorized so you can explore the Edge on your own. Find inspiration and time-saving tools in this fast-paced session while learning classroom applications for these tools. This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels. As a result of this session teachers will: 1. Explore the Edge categories and tools available at TeachersFirst; 2. Prepare to plan and implement a student-centered, curriculum-related use of the resource(s) of choice as part of an upcoming teaching unit; and 3. Plan how to use one of the edge tools for digital storytelling, communication, or creating study tools for your classroom.

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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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