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OK2Ask'''®: New Years - New Ideas! Professional Resources to Make Your Life Easier, Communica - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from January 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Start the New Year with New Ideas! This session will highlight many timesaving...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from January 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Start the New Year with New Ideas! This session will highlight many timesaving tools: professional resources to make your life easier, communication and organization tools, and classroom ideas. A question/answer period will be available to help with individual questions. It's OK2Ask ''®. This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels.

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Explore the various Professional Resources available at TeachersFirst: differentiating, rubrics, online tools, working with parents, wikis, blogs, and more! Browse and explore the various ready to go lesson plans and units created by TeachersFirst. Explore to find materials relevant to his/her classroom needs. (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 for professional purposes. Applicable NETS-T standards (2008)*: 1a, b, c; 2a, b, c, d; 3b, c, d; 4c. ISTE's standards page.

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Find new strategies and techniques for the New Year to organize your classroom, challenge your students, and explore professional resources! Explore the various tools shared. Share some of your favorite sites on your class wiki or website. Take a look at the resource page full of GREAT ideas for the New Year! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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West Contra Costa Unified School District Mathematics Center - West Contra Costa Unified School District

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The Mathematics Center is an excellent site full of mathematics teaching resources aligned to Common Core Standards. Choose options from the menu on the home page such as lessons, videos,...more
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The Mathematics Center is an excellent site full of mathematics teaching resources aligned to Common Core Standards. Choose options from the menu on the home page such as lessons, videos, applets, and Common Core resources. Links lead to offerings sorted by grade level and topic. Most content is available for easy download in PDF format. Be sure to check out the parent guides available in both English and Spanish.

tag(s): area (66), decimals (133), division (172), equations (155), exponents (42), fractions (239), functions (70), numbers (204), perimeter (32), quadratics (32), rounding (22), subtraction (208), video (254)

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Bookmark and save this site for math Common Core resources throughout the school year. Share parent guides to help parents understand teaching strategies and techniques. Explore the many general mathematics resources for classroom use. Be sure to share with other math teachers in your building and district.
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Annenberg Learner - The Annenberg Foundation

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The Annenberg Learner Foundation's goal is to advance excellent teaching in American schools. Annenberg Learner's multimedia resources help teachers increase their expertise in their...more
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The Annenberg Learner Foundation's goal is to advance excellent teaching in American schools. Annenberg Learner's multimedia resources help teachers increase their expertise in their fields and improve teaching methods in all grade levels in all subjects. There are video resources for all subject areas. Find lesson plans for all subjects by grade level. A variety of interactives accompany lessons or can also stand alone. Follow the monthly updates and blogs for the latest information.
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In your classroom, explore the interactives available to enhance your lessons. Use the lesson plan library to add a new twist to your subject matter. Organize a professional study of your area of concentration for your department or grade level.
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Expect More Achieve More - Expect More Achieve More

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Expect more, Achieve More is a coalition of business, community, and educational organizations working towards higher standards in education. Find explanations of Common Core and its...more
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Expect more, Achieve More is a coalition of business, community, and educational organizations working towards higher standards in education. Find explanations of Common Core and its importance in our country and government. A parental brochure explains the importance of Common Core and ways to assist at home. View the importance of Common Core to teachers and community members.

tag(s): commoncore (94)

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View the videos and brochures done by the Expect more Achieve More. Students need to know the new expectations of the Common Core. Share the most important snippets of the videos with them by using a tool like Stepup.io, reviewed here. This tool allows you to put together just the parts of a video you want to use. Share Expect More, Achieve More at parent informational nights or even include on your school website and individual teacher websites.
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Common Core America Achieves - America Achieves

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The Common Core America Achieves website features lesson videos in Common Core shifts, key teaching points, expanded high school resources, and editable lesson plans. Find ways to assess...more
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The Common Core America Achieves website features lesson videos in Common Core shifts, key teaching points, expanded high school resources, and editable lesson plans. Find ways to assess the quality of resources. Explore the resources provided for a number of great websites to improve your instruction. Explore the What's New area on the homepage. This is a great site to save in your professional online "bin."

tag(s): commoncore (94)

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Use with your colleagues to improve your curriculum and teaching methods. Evaluate your resources to ensure you are using quality materials. Use this resource as a professional learning group study. Find lessons that are ready to use in your classroom that encourage high quality Common Core standards.
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Gift Cards for Good - Google Sites

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Gift Cards for Good collects gift cards with a "little" left on them and uses them to buy things for charities. This 501C3 tax-exempt organization, was created by a 10 ...more
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Gift Cards for Good collects gift cards with a "little" left on them and uses them to buy things for charities. This 501C3 tax-exempt organization, was created by a 10 year old. Explore the links to find out where to send your leftover gift cards. Find the links to various charities around the world. Find other ideas about how to help around your community (without gift cards).

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Capture your students passion, hearts, and interest in proving that kids can make a big difference. Use this resources as an inspiration for community service projects that can be done -- even by 10 year-olds! Encourage students to look for charities in your area and find out how they can help. Place this link on your class website to further the cause and show parents the power of kids! Include it in your units on character education and leadership. Use it as an example for project based learning, challenging students to write promotional materials and letters explaining their project.

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Background Burner - Bonanza.com

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K to 12
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Remove the background from any image using Background Burner. Upload your image, wait a few seconds, then view options for what to do next. Select an image that looks like ...more
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Remove the background from any image using Background Burner. Upload your image, wait a few seconds, then view options for what to do next. Select an image that looks like what you want. Or choose Touch Up to use tools to restore or erase more of the background. Registration is required to save and download edited images.
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tag(s): images (266), photography (160)

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Use this tool any time that photos need to be edited for use on class blogs, wikis, or sites. In primary grades, use this tool to edit pictures from a field trip, science experiments, and more. Edit images you want to use in drag and drop sorting activities on your interactive whiteboard, such as food groups. Share the editing process with your younger students using your interactive whiteboard or projector. Edit a photo project together! Encourage older students to use this tool themselves to remove distracting backgrounds from images for projects or presentations. Language and special ed teachers will love being able to create uncluttered images to use in vocabulary activities.

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Ok2Ask'®: Tech it Out: Twitter for Teachers (and the classroom) - TeachersFirst

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Discover TeachersFirst to explore and engage your classroom through the use of Twitter. Participants will view and explore resources for understanding and learning about Twitter as...more
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Discover TeachersFirst to explore and engage your classroom through the use of Twitter. Participants will view and explore resources for understanding and learning about Twitter as well as explore ideas for a variety of classroom activities. A question/answer period will be available to help with individual questions. This session is appropriate for teachers at intermediate technology comfort levels.

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Gather ideas by exploring Twitter for Teachers resources located on TeachersFirst; Investigate hashtags and chats (including developing PLN's). Participants will also investigate and discuss basic to advanced lesson ideas offered in the reviews and by other teachers in this online session. They will List possible curriculum-related projects or activities that students could do in his/her classes using one of these resources. Teachers will explore and practice with the resource(s) of choice. (follow-up) Plan and implement a student-centered, curriculum-related use of the resource(s) of choice as part of an upcoming teaching unit. Applicable ISTE-T standards (2008)*: 1a,b,and d, 2a, b, and c, 3b and d,4c and d, 5a. ISTE's standards page.

tag(s): twitter (50)

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Are you new to Twitter? Come take a peak at some Tweets and learn more together. If you already are a Twitter user, come to learn about tools and treasures to use along with Twitter. Share your knowledge with the other participants. Take a look at the resource page full of Tech-Tastic ideas! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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Chat Salad - Nurph

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This is the go to place for a real-time record of Twitter chats. Chat Salad makes it easy to find a chat to participate and converts it into your time ...more
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This is the go to place for a real-time record of Twitter chats. Chat Salad makes it easy to find a chat to participate and converts it into your time zone! Log in with your Twitter name (handle) and view the chats that are happening soon. Click "Join" and Nurph, reviewed here, opens to prepare for the chat. Use the search function to find a chat you are looking for, or browse the pages of entries. View Editor's Choice Twitter chats as a way to find new chats that may be of interest to you. Why join a Twitter chat? Professional Development may be at a premium, as well as time for learning. Use Twitter chats to learn from others and bring the whole world to you! Learn more about Twitter for Teachers here.

tag(s): microblogging (44), professional development (123), twitter (50)

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Use this resource to find quality Professional development in organized Twitter chats. Chats can be broad, such as #EdChat, or narrow according to subject area or grade. Find other chats that focus on various content areas to learn about subject matter that can bring the world into your classroom. Be sure to share this resource and various chats with other teachers at your school to enhance the professional development possibilities.

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EQuIP - Educators Evaluating Quality Instructional Products - Achieve.org

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EQuIP offers a growing list of resources shared by teachers for professional help with Common Core Materials. Click on tabs to find rubrics and feedback forms, e-learning modules, exemplars,...more
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EQuIP offers a growing list of resources shared by teachers for professional help with Common Core Materials. Click on tabs to find rubrics and feedback forms, e-learning modules, exemplars, videos, and much more. After choosing a tab, scroll down to find grade-specific links to materials. View exemplar lessons based on EQuIP rubrics for every grade including peer review feedback. Submit your own lessons for peer review and possible inclusion on the site.

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

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Take advantage of EQuIP's lesson plans and rubrics for use in your CCSS classroom. This site is perfect for use with professional development sessions. Share information with other teachers and review rubrics for use with evaluating your current teaching materials.
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Postcard FM - David Hoffman

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Send audio postcards to friends and family with Postcard FM. Choose a photo and MP3 from your computer and preview your postcard. Click to add a message while in the ...more
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Send audio postcards to friends and family with Postcard FM. Choose a photo and MP3 from your computer and preview your postcard. Click to add a message while in the preview. Enter the email addresses and send. No registration is necessary to use this fabulously simply tool.

tag(s): digital storytelling (144), images (266)

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Use Postcard FM to send quick reminders to students or parents of upcoming events. Have students send you a postcard as a simple book reports or preview of a class presentation. Send parents a weekly audio postcard with a summary of class events. (Better yet - have students create the weekly summary!) Have students create audio postcards to practice speech/language skills or ESL/ELL vocabulary. Use it in world language class for students to practice oral language and pronunciation as they send cards to each other. Create audio postcards as a thank you to school staff or a simple gift for Mothers or Fathers Day. Make postcards to announce events in the school library or sponsored by school clubs.

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Time and Date - Steffen Thorsen

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K to 12
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Time and Date is your one-stop resource for anything concerning time zones, calendars, and weather. View current time for any place in the world, explore time zone maps, and create...more
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Time and Date is your one-stop resource for anything concerning time zones, calendars, and weather. View current time for any place in the world, explore time zone maps, and create and print personalized calendars. Explore the short news articles. Calculators and timers offer countdowns to any date. Find the number of days until a chosen date or tell the date in X number of days. Other options allow you to find the weather anywhere in the world, explore sun and moon phases, and browse through upcoming holiday events. There are also many free apps available to specific sections of this site (see the Apps link). There is a LOT here to explore!
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tag(s): calculators (41), calendars (44), DAT device agnostic tool (199), moon (72), sun (71), time (144), time zones (8), weather (188)

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Bookmark (or save in your favorites) Time and Date on your classroom computers for students to use throughout the year. Find out the local time and temperature in countries as you study them, count down the number of days until spring break or the end of the school year. Use the stopwatch or timer/alarm for timing class activities. Create a personal classroom calendar. This is a perfect addition to your Calendar Math lessons in elementary school. Share the site on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) as you count how many days you have been in school, daily weather, or a countdown to a special occasion. The possibilities are endless using all of Time and Date's features! Include time/date conversions for online conferences you will hold with parents who are deployed or traveling in different time zones. Share meeting dates/times for Skype sessions using the time conversions so everyone is "on time." Humor your fellow teachers by warning them of the upcoming full moon and its supposed effect on student behavior!

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CCSS Text Selection Toolkit - Odell Education

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Find tips to implement the Common Core standards in grades 2-12. The 26-page guide for text selection is downloadable in PDF format. There is also an interactive online review form...more
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Find tips to implement the Common Core standards in grades 2-12. The 26-page guide for text selection is downloadable in PDF format. There is also an interactive online review form (editable pdf) for evaluating texts. Click Literacy Curriculum on the left menu to access four units for grades 6-12 that highlight a core literacy proficiency. They provide instructional sequences, handouts, tools, and texts for developing deeper understanding, independent writing skills, and critical thinking in students. The units include Reading Closely for Textual Details, Making Evidenced Based Claims, Building Evidence Based Arguments, and Research to Deepen Understanding.

tag(s): commoncore (94), persuasive writing (55), professional development (123), reading comprehension (116), writing (359)

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Bookmark this program to use with units throughout the school year. Use as a text selection guide to build your knowledge and implementation of the Common Core standards. Use the guide for choosing Common Core suitable texts. Create lesson plans for favorite books, poems, articles and more.

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OK2Ask'®: Great Timesavers November 2014 - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from November 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Discover TeachersFirst to inspire new ways of thinking about lessons,...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from November 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Discover TeachersFirst to inspire new ways of thinking about lessons, student learning, and the web. This session will briefly share the new ways to find resources on TeachersFirst to help you save time. Participants will also learn the value of FREE TeachersFirst membership and how to find and use the tools available to members. A question/answer period will be available to help with individual questions. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels. As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Locate resources within TeachersFirst to provide real-world learning experiences for their students; Locate and evaluate effective, web-based tools and resources in support of teaching and learning, both for themselves and for their students; Evaluate TeachersFirst membership features applicable to their individual technology expertise and teaching situation; Locate and use the many tools available to TeachersFirst members; (Follow-up) Use the features of FREE TeachersFirst membership to maximize student learning and parental communication while saving time. Applicable ISTE-T standards (2008)*: 1b, 2a and b, 3d. ISTE's standards page.

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Join TeachersFirst (FREE) and take advantage of all of the time-saving features! Learn more about your many free features during this session. Take a look at the resource page to learn more. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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Beyond Traditional Math - Jen Smith

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2 to 7
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Beyond Traditional Math is an interesting blog written by a fourth-grade teacher who was "appalled to be handed a math book in which all instruction was whole group." This inspired...more
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Beyond Traditional Math is an interesting blog written by a fourth-grade teacher who was "appalled to be handed a math book in which all instruction was whole group." This inspired her mission to move beyond the traditional classroom model for teaching math. Informative articles discuss building strong classroom cultures through standards, writing clear learning targets, and discussions on classroom activities. Explore this blog to find many lesson ideas along with practical classroom tips for use throughout the year. The ideas are adaptable across several grade levels. Click on tags at the bottom of each blog post to find archives of posts about similar topics.
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tag(s): problem solving (272)

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Subscribe to this blog through email or follow on Facebook and Twitter to receive notification of blog updates. Use blog posts during professional development or brainstorming sessions to find and develop classroom lessons. Try these ideas to differentiate for all students. Click on the Common Core tag to see a strategy to get students to start showing their work! Share student-made math projects using Ourboox, reviewed here. Ourboox creates beautiful page-flipping digital books in minutes, and you can embed video, music, animation, games, maps and more.

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PDFaid - Prasad Gurla

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K to 12
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Find all of the tools you need for working with and manipulating PDF's at PDFaid. Choose from the many different options such as placing a watermark, extracting images, or converting...more
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Find all of the tools you need for working with and manipulating PDF's at PDFaid. Choose from the many different options such as placing a watermark, extracting images, or converting different file types to and from PDF's. Click on your desired tool to begin. Follow the step by step directions for working with and saving your PDF file.

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Be sure to add PDFaid to your professional technology toolkit for use throughout the year. Use the watermark option to label and identify your work when sharing with others. Convert PDF's to other file types such as Word or JPG to modify and use as needed. There are as many options for using PDFaid as your imagination allows! Your tech savvy high school students will love this one for working on scholarship forms, etc.
 
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Smarter Cookie - Tess Brustein & Mike Gerson

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Smarter Cookie is an online video coaching and professional development platform for teachers. Sign up with your email and get an email back with a link to quick tips. Teachers ...more
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Smarter Cookie is an online video coaching and professional development platform for teachers. Sign up with your email and get an email back with a link to quick tips. Teachers upload videos along with a short description of the video content and the focus for feedback, and share with colleagues, mentors, or supervisors. Viewers then type in feedback that is time stamped to video content. Upload videos directly from your computer or through the app for an iOS device, and add lesson plans, worksheets or other desired files. Include a title, lesson objectives, and focus areas for feedback. Then send the video link via email to your intended audience. Be sure to visit Smarter Cookie's Resource Center for detailed instructions on how to use the site and all of the features. Upload unlimited videos of ten minutes or less and receive feedback from up to 5 colleagues with a free account.

tag(s): mentoring (12), preK (281), professional development (123)

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Use Smarter Cookie as part of your personalized professional development plan. Share videos with colleagues or supervisors as part of the evaluation process. Use with student teachers to provide specific feedback with lessons. You can upload unlimited videos; if 10 minutes is not enough, divide the video in half, and upload a "part 2".

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Sidekick - HubSpot

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Sidekick is a browser add-on that provides real-time notification of incoming emails. Sidekick will work with Outlook, Gmail, Hubspot, and salesforce.com. Install with one click (and...more
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Sidekick is a browser add-on that provides real-time notification of incoming emails. Sidekick will work with Outlook, Gmail, Hubspot, and salesforce.com. Install with one click (and your email address) using the button on the home page. You can find out when recipients open or click on your email. Keep track of how many times recipients open your email by clicking the appropriate box

tag(s): social networking (112)

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Use Sidekick to verify parents have seen email notifications, for sending emails to students, or for any other purpose when you want to ensure someone received your email. Trying to inform parents of upcoming events? See who has viewed the email to know which parents are aware.

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Parent Toolkit - NBC News Education Nation and Pearson

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K to 12
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The Parent Toolkit provides an informative guide to child development from preK through High School. Choose from grade-level charts to view academic, health, and social guidelines with...more
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The Parent Toolkit provides an informative guide to child development from preK through High School. Choose from grade-level charts to view academic, health, and social guidelines with benchmarks and tips. Articles by noted experts offer up to date information and advice for parents and teachers of all grade levels. Don't forget to browse through the National Resources for local help with Mathematics and English, searchable by state.

tag(s): child development (25), learning styles (19), parent conferences (22), parents (56), preK (281), social skills (20)

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Share the Parent Toolkit with parents as an excellent resource for up to date information on education and parenting. Create a link to the appropriate grade level information on your class webpage to help parents understand developmental guidelines for their student. Share this site with colleagues during professional development to gain further understanding of academic and social grade level benchmarks.

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Moo.do - Jay Meistrich and Grant Watters

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K to 12
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Organize YOUR way with Moo.do. Just begin typing to create lists. Mark to set priority options and highlight important text. Drag and drop items at any time to place ...more
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Organize YOUR way with Moo.do. Just begin typing to create lists. Mark to set priority options and highlight important text. Drag and drop items at any time to place in order. Use @date to automatically add items to your calendar and instantly add names from your contacts for email or phone access. Be sure to watch the video (requires YouTube) and follow tutorials to quickly learn how to organize your life with Moo.do. If your school blocks YouTube, you may want to view the tutorial at home.

tag(s): calendars (44), DAT device agnostic tool (199), organizational skills (122)

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Any student would appreciate having an online time/task management tool they can access anywhere, but learning support students and disorganized gifted students need one. If they are over 13 or have parent permission, this is perfect! You may want to model using this online tool to help middle and high school students learn better personal organization. Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector during the first week of school to help students set up their own accounts. Parents may appreciate learning about this site also. Use this site professionally to keep yourself organized! Make a demo account for a mythical student and organize it together so students can see how it works. Teachers in lower grades can use this tool for their own productivity.

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