Tech Tool of the Month: Animoto – Part 1

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Animoto is an amazing free tool to create slideshows with many extra touches (images, music, video clips, sounds, and other forms of media). The user interface is easy to use and basically requires click and drag to move text, add images, and more. There are many templates to choose between as you begin your project, … read more »


Primary Sources for Native American Heritage Month

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Each November, Americans celebrate Native American Heritage Month. It is a time to celebrate the culture and heritage along with the contributions of Native people. In addition, it is an opportunity to raise awareness of the real stories of Native Americans, not caricatures and stereotypes. A quick search of the TeachersFirst blog page finds many … read more »


Connecting Distance Learners Through Collaboration

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Teaching and learning are complex, and remote learning provides another layer of challenge. Many teachers across the country have recently faced the task of delivering dynamic, collaborative remote learning activities that encourage students to get involved with the content and their classmates. The physical separation of the students in remote learning experiences limits the ability … read more »


Curation in the Classroom

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Curation in the classroom is not something new to educators; we curate content all the time for lessons, project resources, future ideas, and more. However, curation is also a valuable tool for students! It is a skill they can use in their classes, personal life, and future careers. Getting started with content curation in the … read more »


Digital Citizenship Week Resources for All Grade Levels

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A digital citizen is “a person who develops the skills and knowledge to effectively use the internet and other digital technology, especially to participate responsibly in social and civic activities.” Dictionary.com Digital Citizenship Week is celebrated annually during the third week of October and encourages reflection upon the use and interactions with technology. October is an excellent … read more »