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Twitter Chat: Primary Sources - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from November, 2016 and will open in Storify. View this archive to learn more about primary sources. Learn what primary sources are, why they matter, ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from November, 2016 and will open in Storify. View this archive to learn more about primary sources. Learn what primary sources are, why they matter, and how to use them. Browse the tips and tools offered by the chat moderators and participants.

tag(s): primary sources (93), professional development (158), twitterchatarchive (24)

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Educate yourself about primary sources with this archived chat. Share this tool with your colleagues who are interested in learning more about primary sources.

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Twitter Chat: Connected Educator Month 2016 - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from October, 2016 and will open in Storify. View this archive to learn about Connected Educators Month. Browse the tips and tools offered by the ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from October, 2016 and will open in Storify. View this archive to learn about Connected Educators Month. Browse the tips and tools offered by the chat moderators and participants.

tag(s): professional development (158), twitterchatarchive (24)

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Learn more about Connected Educators Month with this archived chat. Share this archive with your colleagues who are interested in Connected Educators Month .

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Twitter Chat: Formative Assessment - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from October, 2016 and will open in Storify. View this archive to learn more about formative assessment. Browse the tips and tools offered by the ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from October, 2016 and will open in Storify. View this archive to learn more about formative assessment. Browse the tips and tools offered by the chat moderators and participants.

tag(s): assessment (108), professional development (158), twitterchatarchive (24)

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Learn more about formative assessment by browsing this chat. Share this archive with your colleagues who are interested in formative assessment.

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Twitter Chat: Preparing for the School-Year: Setting Goals and Getting Organized - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from August, 2016 and will open in Storify. Browse the tips and tools offered by the chat moderators and participants. Get yourself in gear for ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from August, 2016 and will open in Storify. Browse the tips and tools offered by the chat moderators and participants. Get yourself in gear for the new school year with the organization strategies, ice-breakers, and other information shared.

tag(s): back to school (60), classroom management (153), twitterchatarchive (24)

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Get ready for the school year with these resources and tools. Find organization tools and more. Share this archived chat with your fellow colleagues who are preparing for the new year. Get ready for a great start!

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Twitter Chat: Classroom Management - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from September, 2016 and will open in Storify. View this archive to learn about classroom management strategies and tools. Browse the tips and tools offered...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from September, 2016 and will open in Storify. View this archive to learn about classroom management strategies and tools. Browse the tips and tools offered by the chat moderators and participants.

tag(s): classroom management (153), professional development (158), twitterchatarchive (24)

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If you are looking for some new classroom management ideas and tools, view this archive. Share this chat with your collegues who also want to learn new classroom management ideas from other teachers in the trenches.

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Twitter Chat: Start a School Makerspace from Scratch - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from July 2016, and will open in Storify. View this archive to learn how to Start a School Makerspace from Scratch. Browse the tips and ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from July 2016, and will open in Storify. View this archive to learn how to Start a School Makerspace from Scratch. Browse the tips and tools offered by the chat moderators and participants.

tag(s): makerspace (4), professional development (158), STEM (156), twitterchatarchive (24)

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If you are starting Makerspace, or need some new ideas, view this archive. Share this tool with your colleagues who are interested in Makerspace.

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Teaching with Twitter (Infographic) - Michelle Mano

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Do you want to use Twitter, but aren't sure how? This infographic provides several different suggestions for using Twitter for professional development and as a classroom resource....more
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Do you want to use Twitter, but aren't sure how? This infographic provides several different suggestions for using Twitter for professional development and as a classroom resource. Scroll through to find ideas such as using Twitter analytics in a math classroom and ways to engage with colleagues through retweeting and sharing resources.

tag(s): infographics (48), professional development (158), social media (21), twitter (44)

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Take advantage of the many suggestions in the infographic to get started with Twitter. Use the embed code to include this infographic on your school or district's professional development page. Use as part of any professional development session to encourage others to use Twitter in the classroom.

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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: 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: 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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OK2Ask: Resource Roundup: FREE Tools from the Edge - TeachersFirst

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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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OK2Ask: Google MANIA - Managing Your 1:1 G Suite Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Having a device in every student's hands will change both your classroom...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Having a device in every student's hands will change both your classroom and the way you need to teach. Keeping students engaged is key, but doing that is sometimes easier said than done. In this session, we will share best practices for management of 1:1 classrooms. Learn about modeling routines and expectations that help to create a climate that allows inquiry and innovation to flourish. This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels. As a result of this session teachers will: 1. Understand best practice strategies for 1:1 classrooms; 2. Learn helpful routines for 1:1 classroom management; and 3. Learn engagement strategies for teaching in a digital environment.

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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: Google MANIA - G Suite Hacks for Every Teacher's Toolbox - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. G Suite is a powerful digital ecosystem that is revolutionizing classroom...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. G Suite is a powerful digital ecosystem that is revolutionizing classroom instruction and teacher productivity. It is full of rich features that are unknown to many of us. Join us for a fast-paced look at tips and tricks that will help you become even more productive. From keyboard shortcuts to navigation, formatting tips, and productivity assists, tap into the power of GSuite to provide rich instructional supports for your classroom. This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels. As a result of this session teachers will: 1. Look at G suite tips and features that support creativity, communication, and collaboration; 2. Learn keyboard shortcuts to increase productivity in G Suite; and 3. Understand productivity workflows that facilitate instruction.

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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: Google MANIA - Winning Ways to Use Google Forms in the Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Make the most of Google Forms to support effective classroom instruction...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Make the most of Google Forms to support effective classroom instruction and increase student engagement. Powerful, simple, and loaded with options, Google Forms can be used to create exit tickets, surveys, quizzes, and rubrics as well as to collect data and communicate with students and parents. Google Forms is the go-to web-based form tool for teachers. It is completely free and allows for unlimited questions and responses, as well as logic branching. This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels. As a result of this session teachers will: 1. Explore the features of Google Forms; 2. Learn ways to use Google Forms in the classroom; and 3. Plan for the use of Google Forms 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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OK2Ask: Google MANIA - Turbocharge Chrome with Great Apps and Extensions - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Chrome apps and extensions run in the Chrome browser, providing you or your...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Chrome apps and extensions run in the Chrome browser, providing you or your students many great tools with ease. In this session, participants will explore apps and extensions useful in your classroom. You will learn how to find apps and extensions and install them in your Chrome browser. Come to this session and revolutionize your classroom. Note: You must have the Chrome browser installed prior to the start of the session. This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn the difference between an app and an extension; 2. Explore a variety of apps and extensions that increase functionality of the classroom and student learning; and 3. Find, install, and use apps or extensions for their use.

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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: Hidden Treasures: Engaging and Free Resources from TeachersFirst - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore the teacher-friendly features of TeachersFirst to help you save time...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore the teacher-friendly features of TeachersFirst to help you save time in developing technology infused lessons. Participants will learn strategies to incorporate the tools of the web successfully into any classroom. This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels. As a result of this session teachers will: 1. Locate resources within TeachersFirst to provide real-world learning experiences for their students; 2. Locate and evaluate effective, web-based tools and resources in support of teaching and learning, both for themselves and for their students; and 3. Plan to use TeachersFirst's value-added reviews to plan technology infused lessons.

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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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Credo Reference - Credo Reference

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Credo Reference is an extensive online research collection containing almost 900 online dictionaries, reference tools, and encyclopedias. Begin with a keyword search or by subject....more
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Credo Reference is an extensive online research collection containing almost 900 online dictionaries, reference tools, and encyclopedias. Begin with a keyword search or by subject. Use the drop-down box to narrow search terms to include images, topic, books, or mind maps. Choose the advanced search option to limit searches to meet your defined inclusions. Although login isn't required; creating an account allows you to save, print, and share search results.

tag(s): bookmarks (65), search engines (64)

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Bookmark Credo Reference to use on all classroom computers as a reliable and hearty search engine. Be sure to include a link on your class webpage for student use at home. Demonstrate on your interactive whiteboard different methods of searching and appropriate use of each method. Have cooperative learning groups research a certain topic and share their resources using this tool. Remind students that they will need to give proper credit for any resource they use in their research! To either teach about or give students a review of plagiarism and citing sources, use a tool like Plagiarism.org, reviewed here.
 

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History of Classroom Technology (Infograph) - Judy Hanning/Learning Success

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This interesting infographic takes viewers back to the first technology used in schools. Begin with Horn-Books from 1650, through slate and chalkboards introduced in 1890, and on through...more
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This interesting infographic takes viewers back to the first technology used in schools. Begin with Horn-Books from 1650, through slate and chalkboards introduced in 1890, and on through to 2010 with the introduction of iPads in classrooms.
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tag(s): infographics (48), STEM (156)

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Share this infographic with students as you demonstrate how technology has changed lives in different ways over many years. Use this as an example of an infographic, then have students create their own to demonstrate changes in vehicles over time, climate change, mobile phones, personal computers, or any number of changes over time. Create your infographics using Piktochart, reviewed here, or Easel.ly, reviewed here. Share this site during professional development sessions as an ice-breaker when introducing new classroom tools or websites.

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Pixton Lesson Plans - Goodinson Design Inc

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Pixton Lesson Plans is the companion to Pixton, a comic strip creation site. Find lesson plans by subject, or use the search bar to perform a keyword search with a ...more
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Pixton Lesson Plans is the companion to Pixton, a comic strip creation site. Find lesson plans by subject, or use the search bar to perform a keyword search with a particular topic. Each lesson plan includes a teacher guide, examples, and correlation to standards when applicable. Import activities directly into your Pixton dashboard to begin use. Note: The Pixton comic creator is not free after 15 days. Information in the lesson plans isn't confined to use with Pixton, use ideas in the lesson plan collection to create your own lessons.
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tag(s): comics and cartoons (69)

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After using several of the lessons, challenge students to create an online or printed comic about what they learned from any lesson (not a Pixton lesson) using the Pixton Lessons as a model. Alternatively, students could lead a class review or they could teach the class about something or someone they are researching using Pixton's comic strip format. If you are used to having students create comics with pencil and paper, you might want to try an online comic creator. First have students create a rough draft of their comic using Printable Comic Strip Templates, reviewed here. Students in grades 1-3 can create a simple comic using one or two characters with Comic Creator, reviewed here. For students in grades 4-12 have them create a comic strip using Write Comics, reviewed here.
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geniushour - Denise Krebs and Gallit Zvi

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This wiki is a multi-faceted jewel of a resource for teachers to use to find out about and start the Genius Hour model of instruction. Easily navigate the site by ...more
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This wiki is a multi-faceted jewel of a resource for teachers to use to find out about and start the Genius Hour model of instruction. Easily navigate the site by choosing topics from the links on the left side of the page under the search bar. Topics include background information, planning and managing, and the Genius Hour presentation slides and handout from ISTE 2015. The Resources page includes Rubrics, Google and Word docs for brainstorming, a self-assessment rubric, videos, exit slips, and more. Several other pages will also be helpful in the classroom.

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In the Classroom

Share resources from the site during staff meetings to help further knowledge of Genius Hour benefits, techniques, and management. Divide the wiki into sections and have different staff members present on resources from various parts of the site. Consider creating a book study group for interested staff members.

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