TeachersFirst Update

TF Update - October 16, 2016
Thinking Teachers Teaching Thinkers®

For Your Classroom

October is Connected Educators Month. This TeachersFirst Update is all about keeping you connected! How does a teacher find the resources, colleagues, and TIME to stay connected? Hopefully this Update will get your connection wheels spinning. Visit the Connected Educators Month site to learn about webinars, chats, and more. To learn even more about Connected Educators Month, take a look at the archive of our most recent #OK2Ask Twitter Chat.


Professional Development

OK2Ask - FREE Web Workshops
Join us for OK2Ask, our free online workshops. Register now to attend one of our helpful web workshops. Read our FAQ for general information about certificates, etc. Please be sure to read the detailed descriptions and suggested technology comfort levels BEFORE you register.

Here is what is coming up:

Tuesday October 25, 7:00 - 8:30pm Eastern - Introduction to Digital Storytelling (Part One of the Digital Storytelling Series)

Tuesday November 1, 7:00 - 8:30pm Eastern - Great Ideas for Tech Infused Lessons

Tuesday November 8, 7:00 - 8:30pm Eastern - Coding with Kids


Digital Storytelling Series
Join TeachersFirst (OK2Ask) for our three-part series about Digital Storytelling. These hands-on sessions will be offered in October, January, and April. You may attend one, two, or all three workshops. Register now for Session 1: Introduction to Digital Storytelling. Don’t miss this journey through literacy with Gretchen Sting, digital storytelling aficionado and Jason Ohler, author of Digital Storytelling in the Classroom.

As a special bonus to kickoff our series, Jason Ohler will give one participant a copy of his book Digital Storytelling in the Classroom. To be eligible, you must attend the October 25th Digital Storytelling session and be a member of TeachersFirst (Membership is free. Sign up here.). If you have questions about the giveaway or the Digital Storytelling series, please email us at OK2Ask@sflinc.org.

TeachersFirst Exclusives

Take a Poetic Flight with TeachersFirst’s Interactive Raven
One of the most popular resources on TeachersFirst during the month of October is our Interactive Raven. This simple presentation shares Poe’s classic poem with the ability to roll over words for definition and more.


The Explorers’ Graveyard
This engaging lesson (ideal for grades 3-6) combines some history (Explorers to America) with Halloween (creating tombstones). Find interactive tools to incorporate technology into your lesson. You can also explore our CurriConnect Booklist about Explorers. CurriConnects offers booklists for various reading levels.


Parent Participation
This week’s Teacher Poll asks: How often are parents invited into the classroom to observe or participate in activities? Place your vote on the teacher poll on the TeachersFirst home page.

TeachersFirst Features

Explore many sites to help you stay connected in this week’s Featured Sites:

  • Docs.com
  • Connected Science Learning
  • Airtable
  • Splash
  • Stampsy
  • Papaly
  • Edmodo
  • And more

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are reading this October 16th, or later, the link above will take you to the Featured Sites for the current week. Find the archived October 30th Features here, and don’t miss our many other recent additions from the link at the bottom of the Featured Sites page.

Get connected to other educators today! Take advantage of some of the free PD and connections offered during Connected Educators Month.

Melissa Henning
Educational Content Manager
TeachersFirst/Source For Learning