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BLAST Common Core State Standards: Mathematics Professional Development - Clark County School District

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K to 8
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Find many professional development modules for understanding Common Core State Standards in Mathematics for grades K-8. Each module includes four main components: standards, assessment,...more
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Find many professional development modules for understanding Common Core State Standards in Mathematics for grades K-8. Each module includes four main components: standards, assessment, instruction, and collaboration. Designed with collaborative groups in mind, modules use Edmodo reviewed here as the platform for discussion and response. Access modules at any time for professional development on your time schedule!

tag(s): commoncore (94), professional development (123)

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This site is excellent for use during professional development time in grade level meetings. Choose a different standard for exploration monthly or weekly across district levels without having to leave your building. Use for your personal knowledge. Complete modules to gain a better understanding of Common Core Math Standards.
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Azendoo - Christophe Gagin, Benoit Drulin and Gregory Lefort

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7 to 12
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Azendoo is an online tool for organizing and collaborating on group projects. It works with other applications such as Everenote, Google Drive, and Dropbox to access and edit group...more
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Azendoo is an online tool for organizing and collaborating on group projects. It works with other applications such as Everenote, Google Drive, and Dropbox to access and edit group documents. Create to-do lists, work collaboratively, and stay organized. After signing up, you can delegate responsibilities, tag projects, or forward emails to Azendoo to turn into shareable tasks. Use the privacy options to set tasks to private or shared. Free mobile app versions are also available for iOS and Android.
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tag(s): brainstorming (23), DAT device agnostic tool (198), organizational skills (122)

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Share with students as a tool for organizing and collaborating on group projects. Demonstrate the different tools and functions on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Suggest students use Azendoo to remain on track with project deadlines. Use this tool to collaborate with colleagues for use with professional projects such as unit planning and long term scheduling. You may also want to use it with your grad school group projects.

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Webs - Make a Free Website - webs.com

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K to 12
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Webs is a free, easy to use website creator with many features for personalizing content. Drag and drop to add content: images, photos, video, slideshows, and more. Choose from a ...more
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Webs is a free, easy to use website creator with many features for personalizing content. Drag and drop to add content: images, photos, video, slideshows, and more. Choose from a variety of themes in the template gallery. Add pages for blogs and online forums. Viewing on mobile and desktop computers is supported. The free version includes use of the mobile site (with ads) and storage for up to 40 MB and up to 5 items in an online store.
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tag(s): blogs (88), social networking (112)

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Possible uses are only limited by your imagination! Create your own website for parents and students where they can stay updated about what is happening in your classroom. Include links to where students can submit their assignments, your contact information, and anything else you might want to put on your website. There is a free blogging tool for writing assignments, reflection, or reading journals. Have everything you need on one website! Find more specific blog ideas in TeachersFirst's Blog Basics for the Classroom.

Try using Web for: "visual essays;" digital biodiversity logs (with digital pictures students take); online literary magazines; or personal reflections in images and text; research project presentations. Create comparisons of online content, such as political candidates' sites or content sites used in research (compared for bias); science sites documenting experiments or illustrating concepts, such as the water cycle; "Visual" lab reports. Have students create digital scrapbooks using images from the public domain and video and audio clips from a time in history - - such as the Roaring Twenties; Local history interactive stories or Visual interpretations of major concepts, such as a "visual" U.S. Constitution. Imagine building your own online library of raw materials for your students to create their own "web pages" as a new way of assessing understanding: you provide the digital pictures, and they sequence, caption, and write about them (younger students) or you provide the steps in a project as a template, and they insert the actual content of their own.

After a first project where you provide "building blocks," the sky is the limit on what they can do. Even the very young can make suggestions as you "create" a whole-class product together using an interactive whiteboard or projector. Consider making a new project for each unit you teach so students can "recap" long after the unit ends. Use as an online portfolio for high schools students to include with college applications.

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Pulitzer Center Lesson Plans - Pulitzer Center

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3 to 12
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Find lesson plans at the Pulitzer Center for grades 3-12 that identify global issues and ways to address them. Topics include subjects such as International Adoptions: Ethics and Effects...more
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Find lesson plans at the Pulitzer Center for grades 3-12 that identify global issues and ways to address them. Topics include subjects such as International Adoptions: Ethics and Effects and America's Responsibility for the Welfare and Safety of Chinese Workers and many other intriguing topics. Each lesson plan includes big ideas, essential questions, Common Core standards, vocabulary, assessments, and additional resources. Bring lessons to life through journalist visits (in larger cities) or Skype visits (using the request a class visit option on the site).

tag(s): africa (180), careers (132), china (66), debate (41), earthquakes (48), ethics (16), food chains (22), hiv/aids (18), india (36), journalism (46), media literacy (58), water (130), women (101)

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Use the lesson plans on the site as a resource for discussing and debating global issues. If there is no time to complete a full unit, explore resources from each topic for ideas to use in your classroom. For example, try the ideas on interviewing individuals who migrated to the United States offered in the "How Did I Become the Person That I Am" unit. Share this site with students interested in journalism careers as a resource for learning more about the profession and some of its members.

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OK2Ask'®: Teacher Timesavers and Online Tools September 2013 - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from September 2013, opens in Adobe Connect. Discover all of the "ready to go" resources available at TeachersFirst....more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from September 2013, opens in Adobe Connect. Discover all of the "ready to go" resources available at TeachersFirst. Explore the timesaving (and easy to use) online tools. Find inspiration and timesaving tools in this fast-paced session! This session for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels. As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Explore the various online tools available at TeachersFirst, find more ways to save time using TeachersFirst for planning lessons, have free exploration time to find materials relevant to his/her classroom needs. As follow-up, plan and implement a student-centered, curriculum-related use of the resource(s) of choice as part of an upcoming teaching unit. Or plan how to use an online tool to save time in his/her classroom. Applicable NETS-T standards (2008)*: 1b, 2a and b, 3d. * The text of these standards is copyrighted. Please read the full text at ISTE's NETS-T page.

tag(s): organizational skills (122)

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View this archived webinar to learn about some new online tools and time-saving sites. Take a look at the resource page full of of variety of online tools! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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Common Core Videos - SEDL

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K to 12
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View these detailed set of videos that describe key components of the Common Core State Standards in math. At the time of this review, only math standards were included. However, ...more
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View these detailed set of videos that describe key components of the Common Core State Standards in math. At the time of this review, only math standards were included. However, English Language Arts are supposed to be added soon. Find videos by grade level for immediate viewing or download for later. Videos focus on standards and include examples though the intention is to clarify the meaning but not how to teach the standard. Many of the videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): commoncore (94)

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Use as a professional resource to think about how to use the Common Core State Standards in your classroom. Regardless if you teach primary grades or advanced high school math, you are certain to find useful content here (aligned to standards).
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Documentary Tube - DocumentaryTube.com

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4 to 12
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Watch full length documentaries online for free. Find your favorites through daily suggestions, browsing the top 100, or searching categories: 9/11, activism, art, aviation, business,...more
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Watch full length documentaries online for free. Find your favorites through daily suggestions, browsing the top 100, or searching categories: 9/11, activism, art, aviation, business, comedy, crime, disaster, drugs, economics, environmental, food/drink, health, media, medicine, music, nature, performing arts, philosophy, political, religion, science, social, sport, strange, technology, travel, and many more. Look at film festivals and films featured in each. If you do not find what you are looking for, submit your request. A link to Amazon brings you to DVD's. Some are free, and others are for sale.
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tag(s): video (254)

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Discover the power of documentaries while studying point of view, primary and secondary resources, and debate skills. Examine the aspects shown in documentaries and help students find structure to provide an unbiased research project. Challenge existing knowledge in many areas. Help students become active thinkers and become involved in current events. Sharpen your own understandings.
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Documentary Storm - 2013 DocumentaryStorm

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4 to 12
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Dive into Documentary Storm to discover 100% free documentary films. The goal of the website is to share knowledge spread ideas, and have fun. Search the different channels to find...more
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Dive into Documentary Storm to discover 100% free documentary films. The goal of the website is to share knowledge spread ideas, and have fun. Search the different channels to find exactly what you are seeking. Topics included are art, biography, conspiracy, culture, drugs, environment, health, indie films, lifestyle, mockumentaries, money, nature, politics, psychology, religion, science, society, sports, technology, war, and many more. Search in the top 100 documentaries, or click use"surprise me." Connect with Facebook, RSS, Twitter, or email.

tag(s): video (254)

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With documentaries challenge your students' understanding of food, history, politics, or people. Use to provide another point of view which might not be available in traditional text books. Use to explain primary and secondary sources, as well as an example of a way to extend thinking. Provide a documentary as an example for your students to do an in depth research project. Use documentaries to challenge knowledge, create new knowledge, and learn.
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Ribbon Hero 2 - Microsoft

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5 to 12
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Ribbon Hero is an add-on for Microsoft Office that allows you to play a game within the Office application (ie Word), teaching some of the unique features of the Word ...more
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Ribbon Hero is an add-on for Microsoft Office that allows you to play a game within the Office application (ie Word), teaching some of the unique features of the Word program. When playing Ribbon Hero, you can earn points for doing different tasks within Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. Every game challenge exposes you to more Office features, many of which help you to be more efficient. What a great way to learn about Office. Note that this game requires WIndows XP, 7, or Vista.

tag(s): computers (95)

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Download Ribbon Hero to classroom computers and have students play games to become more proficient using Microsoft Office. Ribbon Hero is perfect for use in computer labs to teach MS Office skills. Have students create videos of their own tips, then share them using a tool such as SchoolTube reviewed here. Ribbon Hero isn't just for kids. Play games on your own to learn new tips and techniques to use with Microsoft Office products.

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Math Reasoning Inventory - Marilyn Burns

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6 to 9
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Math Reasoning Inventory is an online assessment tool for middle school students developed by renowned math educator Marilyn Burns. The inventory involves three different assessments...more
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Math Reasoning Inventory is an online assessment tool for middle school students developed by renowned math educator Marilyn Burns. The inventory involves three different assessments done face to face with students then provides results with individual and group reports. The tool focuses on student's strategies, understandings, and misconceptions of math concepts. The free account allows use with up to 160 students.

tag(s): assessment (100), professional development (123)

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Use the Math Reasoning Inventory to provide an excellent overview of your students' math understanding. Use the inventory as you would Dibels or literacy assessment to monitor progress throughout the school year. Share this site during department meetings or professional development sessions as an assessment tool to use with all students.
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TeachersFirst Featured Sites: Embeddable widgets - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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Share TeachersFirst's weekly Features SItes automatically on your teacher blog or school web page. If you can copy/paste and use embed codes, you can choose from two formats to show...more
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Share TeachersFirst's weekly Features SItes automatically on your teacher blog or school web page. If you can copy/paste and use embed codes, you can choose from two formats to show the current Featured Sites on your teacher blog, ed tech coaching page, or resource page for preservice teachers. The widget automatically updates your page with new content every week. Note that use of these widgets is limited to educators and is not allowed on fee-based or commercial sites. Once you place the widget on your page, it automatically updates with the new sites each week -- with no work by you! Share the reviewed resources you trust with your colleagues, parents, and students. Thinking Teachers Teaching Thinkers!

tag(s): professional development (123), resources (112)

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If you know how to use embed codes, use this widget to offer trusted, weekly new content on your web page. If you do not know how to embed, ask one of your tech-savvy students or colleagues. It isn't hard at all! Be sure to tell you edtech coach or instructional technology specialist and library/media specialist about this great, free service.
 

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OK2Ask'®: Writing with the Web August 2013 - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from August 2013, opens in Adobe Connect. Writing with the Web: Tips and ideas for all levels. Writing is an important...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from August 2013, opens in Adobe Connect. Writing with the Web: Tips and ideas for all levels. Writing is an important and powerful way to build and assess student understanding. As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Explore a sampling of web-based writing tools and resources, including writing prompts, word choice/vocabulary resources, common error help, tools for citations and research, writing templates, and more; Refer to Common Core or your own school's writing standards to guide in selection of appropriate resources; Locate specific TeachersFirst writing resources appropriate for the his/her subject and grade level; Investigate and discuss writing lesson ideas offered in the reviews and by other teachers in this online session; Explore web-based tools and resources for collaborating during the writing process and/or sharing/publishing student writing; List possible curriculum-related writing projects or activities that students could do in his/her classes using web-based resources; and (followup) Implement writing lesson(s) with students using web-based tools for at least one phase of the writing process. Applicable NETS-T standards (2008)*: 1c, 2a, c; 3a, b, d. * The text of these standards is copyrighted. Please read the full text at ISTE's NETS-T page.

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View this archived webinar to learn some new ideas for writing class. Take a look at the resource page full of wonderful writing ideas! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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Twiddla - twiddla.com

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3 to 12
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Twiddla is an online meeting space and collaboration tool that is like having a whiteboard skin placed over any website or image so you can draw and more. Discover options ...more
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Twiddla is an online meeting space and collaboration tool that is like having a whiteboard skin placed over any website or image so you can draw and more. Discover options available in the practice area named the Sandbox. Choose options for collaboration such as a url, uploaded image or document, or collaborate together on a blank screen. Use the Invite button to share the collaboration url via email or copy/paste. Take a snapshot of your session at any time and export as an image. Pro Accounts offer additional features, such as screen captures and password protection. Receive these services free as an educator, find the directions in the FAQ.
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tag(s): design (83), editing (61), iwb (31), note taking (32)

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Use Twiddla to explore and save information from any website. Display any website on your interactive whiteboard using Twiddla. Add text, highlight information, and mark up the site as you wish. Take a screenshot and add to your classroom webpage for students to view at home for review. Have a flipped classroom? Create a lesson from any image, document, or website using Twiddla then share the image for student use. Art teachers can have students annotate a web-based image to emphasize design elements. Teach notetaking by having students mark up important ideas on a web page (perhaps evidence found in informational texts?) Hold an online conference with students about their web-based projects using Twiddla. Use Twiddla with your bring your own device (byod) classroom or in the computer lab to highlight and share information from documents, images, and websites.

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ipadio - Andy Ayers, Mark Smith, and Giles Bryan

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4 to 12
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Broadcast live to the Internet from any phone to create a phlog (live voice-blog) using ipadio. Register on the site with the phone number desired. Then call one of the ...more
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Broadcast live to the Internet from any phone to create a phlog (live voice-blog) using ipadio. Register on the site with the phone number desired. Then call one of the local numbers provided by ipadio. After the welcome message, enter your pin number and start recording for up to 60 minutes. Disconnect using the # button on your phone, and your phlog is complete! Once complete, login to your ipadio account to view the broadcast and find the embed code for sharing on your website. Ipadio has both iOS and Android apps, both free at the time of this review.

tag(s): blogs (88), podcasts (52)

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One interesting option available with ipadio is the ability for other users to call in with your account. Have students call in with answers to homework using your channel. View how to do this at the help section located in ipadio. If you already do podcasts, use ipadio in a similar manner to share course content or describe step by step procedures for math problems, etc. Create a weekly phlog to embed in your class websites with a summary of the week's activities. Do this during class and allow students to add to the summary. Have BYOD? Create a class phlog and assign rotating student groups to make audio summaries/review podcasts of class content. Invite them to be creative by developing characters and their own creative podcast format. Library/media specialists can invite students to create ipadio book reviews. World language teachers can assign students to create ipadio podcasts of dialogs or cultural topics to build spoken language skills.

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Making the Common Core Come Alive! - Just Ask Publications

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K to 12
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Making the Common Core Come Alive provides many resources for implementing and teaching Common Core Standards. Scroll through this page to find templates for designing units, a self...more
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Making the Common Core Come Alive provides many resources for implementing and teaching Common Core Standards. Scroll through this page to find templates for designing units, a self inventory of understanding of the standards, curriculum templates, and much more. Download one of several units such as 1st Grade persuasive writing, middle school force and motion, or high school comparing and contrasting plant and animal cells. Each resource includes a short description along with a link to a PDF or Word document for your use.
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tag(s): africa (180), cells (102), commoncore (94), decimals (133), forces (45), fractions (239), organisms (21), percent (82), persuasive writing (55), professional development (123)

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Take advantage of the free resources including the templates for developing Common Core lessons. Share this site during professional development sessions. Use the templates for lesson and unit planning.
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OK2Ask''®: More Google Goodies! August 2013 - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from August 2013, opens in Adobe Connect. More Google Goodies! Hidden Treasures and teacher favorites! Explore some...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from August 2013, opens in Adobe Connect. More Google Goodies! Hidden Treasures and teacher favorites! Explore some of the many Google goodies and tricks. Learn more about various sites owned by Google. Explore Super Searching, Google Translate, Google Video Chat, Google Maps, Google Templates, YouTube in the classroom, Gmail subaccounts, and more! A question/answer period will be available. It's OK2Ask'''®.

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Explore the various educational resources available for using Google in the classroom; Browse and explore the benefits of using YouTube'''® (owned by Google) for education; Learn time saving Google tricks including Super Searching, Google Translate, Google Templates, and more; Explore the many resources on TeachersFirst related to Google's offerings; and (Follow-up) Create a lesson for your own classroom (or position) using one of the Google tools shared. Applicable NETS-T standards (2008)*: 1a and b, 2b and c, 3a and d - * The text of these standards is copyrighted. Please read the full text at ISTE's NETS-T page.

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Explore Google like never before during this archived webinar. Find ways to use the Google Tools, YouTube, and more in your classroom. Sit back and view this webinar with colleagues in your computer lab or on an interactive whiteboard (or projector). Take a look at the resource page full of great Google goodies. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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Engage NY: Common Core Tool Kit - NYSED

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K to 12
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Need a way to get a quick understanding of Common Core or explain the basics to parents? Be prepared with this all in one site. Find explanatory videos, documents, and ...more
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Need a way to get a quick understanding of Common Core or explain the basics to parents? Be prepared with this all in one site. Find explanatory videos, documents, and more.

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Be ready to begin implementation of Common Core with Engage NY: Common Core Tool Kit. Use the basics to explain Common Core to parents, colleagues, or even teachers. Topics such as facts, myths, and key points begin the Common Core journey. View video clips to learn more about Common Core. Find examples of assessments by grade level, units, and a plethora of resources to supplement your journey into Common Core.
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ScreenLeap Free Screen Sharing - ScreenLeap, Inc

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Share your screen instantly and easily to any device with a browser using ScreenLeap. Choose Start Now to begin and follow simple start-up directions. Once connected, send the...more
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Share your screen instantly and easily to any device with a browser using ScreenLeap. Choose Start Now to begin and follow simple start-up directions. Once connected, send the link via email or text or provide the access code to anyone else to begin sharing. Choices include sharing the entire screen or just what is within the box. Directions include options for just audio sharing. Free account access offers up to 2 hours of screen sharing time per day.
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Screen share with students in a computer lab to demonstrate how to locate information on websites, or when learning tech tools. This is a great alternative if an interactive whiteboard or projector is not available. Use this tool to collaborate with other teachers when creating lesson plans or student documents. Have students with laptops share their screen with you during presentations to make information easier to view. Share this site with students to use at home when collaborating on projects. Help a homebound student by sharing your class computer screen and opening an audio connection over the phone. Offer "extra help" sessions via screen share at predetermined "office hours" or during a snow day or on certain evenings. Have students teach tech skills to their peers using this free sharing app. Share a student's work using a screenshare during a parent phone conference. Show a parent how to navigate a practice site you want the family to use at home.

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OK2Ask'®: Google Earth August 2013 - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from May 2013, opens in Adobe Connect. Google Earth: Take your lessons INTO this world! Prerequisite - all participants...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from May 2013, opens in Adobe Connect. Google Earth: Take your lessons INTO this world! Prerequisite - all participants must have a Google Earth account prior to the session. Take your lessons INTO the world using GoogleEarth. This session will introduce you to GoogleEarth, demonstrate and evaluate tools available using GoogleEarth, offer advanced support to those already using GoogleEarth, provide time for individual exploration, and more. A question/answer period will be available to help with individual questions. It's OK2Ask''®.

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Explore what GoogleEarth is and a few of its teaching features; Evaluate selected tools available in GoogleEarth for use in your curriculum; Explore topics and lesson ideas that could be enhanced using GoogleEarth; Learn how to create a basic GoogleEarth placemarker; Find solutions to individual questions or practical problems using GoogleEarth; and (follow-up) Create a GoogleEarth project or lesson to use with your students. Applicable NETS-T standards (2008)*: 1b, 2a and b, 3d - * The text of these standards is copyrighted. Please read the full text at ISTE's NETS-T page.

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In the Classroom

View this webinar with a friend (or a bowl of popcorn). Explore and learn more about Google Earth and ways to incorporate the program in your classroom. Find some ready to go ways to use Google Earth. Take a look at the resource page full of great links and ideas! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask'®: Google Drive August 2013 - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from August 2013, opens in Adobe Connect. Google Drive: A focused workshop on Google Docs (Forms and Documents only). PLEASE...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from August 2013, opens in Adobe Connect. Google Drive: A focused workshop on Google Docs (Forms and Documents only). PLEASE CREATE A GOOGLE ACCOUNT PRIOR TO JOINING THE SESSION. (You do not need to create a gmail account unless you want to. You can register with an existing email but need to verify it in order to use some functions. Be sure you have opened Google Docs prior to the session as downloading Google Drive may be required first.) As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Explore sample Google Docs examples and template files to gather ideas; List possible curriculum-related projects that students could create in his/her classes; Explore TeachersFirst to locate appropriate web resources to support and inspire a Google Doc project; Establish an account on Google Docs and explore general Docs organization/tools or discussion of doing so with students; Practice with a Google Doc word processing file and spreadsheet; List practical tips for implementing Google Docs with students (teacher-created and/or student-created): and (follow-up)Implement use of Google Docs as part of an upcoming teaching unit. Applicable NETS-T standards (2008)*: 1a,b,c; 2a,b,c,d; 3b,c,d;4c * The text of these standards is copyrighted. Please read the full text at ISTE's NETS-T page.

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Find ways to use Google Drive in your classroom. Explore the many "ready to go" templates and learn about many time saving features during this archived webinar. Take a look at the resource page full of information and ideas. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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